Date   

Ham Cruise

John Hendry KG5OIB
 

Well, I haven't been on my radio for the last few months, since we've been in the middle of a move, but I plan to remedy that situation starting this weekend, when the XYL and I hop on board Carnival for a Ham Cruise!    I plan to work a lot of PSK when I get my radio time, so please look for me.  I'm told we will have updated location data, so this may be a chance to get some grids that are rather unique!

If I can post when my shifts are, I will do so. 

73

John
KG5OIB


Re: Grid chart

Don Bolstad K9DEB
 

Rick

I had created an Excel Grid Map for the Grid Chase.  I use conditional formatting to show grids worked and confirmed.  The data is sourced from my ACL master log file.  
This PDF is of  PSK all bands.  I can sort and display by bands.  Can also display by other modes if so desired.

Don K9DEB


Re: 2019 PSK Fest—An idea that worked and the musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind.

Jerry N9AVY
 

Peter:

 

Good comments.  Regarding PSK contests, everyone needs to keep contacts ASAP (As Short As Possible)  or as Sgt. Friday used to say “just the facts ….”.   Having contested for about 40 years, I was made painfully aware of this on many occasions.  It’s all about keeping the “rate” up;  the “rate” is the total number of contacts per hour.  PSK rates may never be as high as 120, but we can hope. By keep QSO’s short you will have a chance at stations who are short timers or may only be around while prop is good.

 

I agree with you about sending superfluous info (TMI) .  Times/dates are a function of the logging program at your station. Have noticed that some station tend to use the ending time of QSO, which is why LoTW  gives everyone a ½ hour window. In early 80’s I was QSL manager for a DX station and many JA stations had trouble converting to GMT/UTC …   not fun searching through paper logs … yes , this was B.C.  (Before Computers), hi, hi !

 

Sorry I wasn’t in PSKFEST, but I had other obligations … one was letting smoke out of alarm panel (rookie mistake, I know better).

 

73,  Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Peter, NN9K #2629
Sent: Monday, January 7, 2019 1:08 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] 2019 PSK Fest—An idea that worked and the musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind.

 

First the idea that was successful-- The radio I use for PSK is a Kenwood TS-480SAT. It was purchased to be a backup radio for my shared remote station but rather than leaving it sit on the shelf I decided to use it for PSK.

 

The 480 has a very efficient internal fan but there are times in a contest when the metal chassis gets warm. Like a lot of other people I like my electronics to run cool so I purchased an inexpensive (cheap!) laptop cooler. The 480 sits, tucked away, under a shelf riser and has plenty of breathing room. Now it sits on the laptop cooler with the fans blowing air on the bottom and along the sides of the chassis. The fans are very quiet and are powered by a USB computer port. The cooler I purchased happens to have a series of blue LEDs which in addition to telling me that it is plugged in and running it is sort of reminiscence of a certain “big box” store that had blue light sales.

 

The PSK Fest proved my theory that the 480 would run cooler in a contest with extra airflow being provided. The internal fan did kick in a few times but didn’t run for any length of time.

 

Now for the “musings” and please these are my thoughts and I don’t mean to offend anyone. And I really do try to be polite during a contest but…..

 

  • Why would anyone attempt to make their first PSK in a contest situation? No idea of the contest exchange, how it flows nor how to use macros!

 

  • If you saw a bunch of activity on your waterfall with everyone calling PSK Fest would you watch to see how the QSOs are taking place or heaven forbid would you Google PSK Fest to see what it was? Guess some people aren’t that curious!

 

  • No I don’t need you to tell me “thanks for this XX-meter PSK QSO logged at XX:XX UTC”. My logging program will tell me that.

 

  • And I don’t need you to tell me at the end of our the exchange “this QSO is being automatically uploaded to EQSL, LoTW and QRZ”. To me that’s post contest stuff. Use a contest logging program or if possible set your PSK program into a contest mode. If nothing else, trim your macros.

 

  • Why would someone not realize their transmitter was stuck in transmit for several minutes. One of the reasons I like PSK contesting is not needing headphones. But I do keep the radio volume at a low level so if don’t see anything on my waterfall or don’t hear any tones I know I have a problem.

 

 

  • Dupes—yes I work dupes! In fact I think that I worked one gentleman/lady three times on the same band during the Fest, I remember the distinctive suffix but don’t remember the prefix. Much easier and quicker to work the call again and let the logging program figure it out. I don’t know, but I suspect that all of the newer PSK programs have some sort of dupe indicator. I only had one person tell me after I sent my exchange “sri dupe 73 es gl”’

 

Logging programs make things so much easier. I’m sure that some of you remember the good(?) old days of paper dupe sheets. Great fun especially in a contest like Sweepstakes. It was fairly easy with just the WA, WB, WD , K and N calls but when they started adding the KA and KB and then the 2X1s, it really got crazy! Then came the DOS general logging programs. The introduction of CT and Na for contesting finally let operator(s) concentrate on operating, not worrying about logging times, frequencies and dupes.

 

  • Groups.io—I have mixed emotions about this service. Granted it is better the Yahoo service but I didn’t spend much time there anyway. My problem with Groups.Io is that it is not real-time. I used to spend a lot of time running and chasing counties on CW. There is a spotting system for county hunters that uses web pages and IRC chat rooms so you can see real time information. Who is running, the band/frequency being used, the county and state as well as the person who input the spot.

 

Although I guess for PSK operating a chat room would probably only be good for chasing DX, IOTAs or grids. What we really need is a PSK Skimmer. PSK Reporter in my view is not all that handy unless I am missing something. It may show the sites that captured my signal but I can’t find where it gives my signal strength or other information. The Reverse Beacon Network does a better job but it’s CW only. Oh well maybe someday in the future.

 

 

  • Now for a confession—I don’t really like PSK! But to clarify that I should say I don’t like PSK as a daily operating mode. To me PSK is a chatty mode, macros are find but can’t do it all, there still is a need for typing and I am not a good typist. And I’m not a chatty person unless it is over a cup or cups of coffee. A 30 minute CW QSO is a long one for me!

 

But I do like PSK contesting. I’m long past the point of 24 hour contests or even sitting for 7 or 8 hours for a state QSO party. For me those have become multi- operator endeavors. I can manage a 2 hour QRP sprint or to really stretch it, a 4 hour QRP contest if the weather is nice and I’m outside. It sounds crazy but I can sit in front of a computer for hours watching a waterfall clicking a mouse and pushing the ENTER key. Much less fatigue and best of all I can go to sleep at night without CW still ringing in my ears.

 

Ok, I’m done with my musing! The PSK Fest was great fun and I am looking forward to the next big event. CU then!

 


Upcoming mailings!

Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
 

Hey, y'all!

We're going to be beginning the "end of the year" mailings for all the contest certificates from 2018 as well as all of the stickers earned through 31 December here by the middle of January.

There's something approaching 1000 stickers, about 200 certificates including nearly 125 contest certificates, plus a few new member packets and about a dozen ABCD certificates.  What's an ABCD certificate you say? Funny you should ask.... here's a picture and an explanation.

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An 070 ABCD certificate (and sticker!) is an "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" certificate, reserved for those that donate more than $25 to the club in a given year. Yes, some very generous people have earned multiple ABCD certs in one year! Some have earned them in multiple years! Remember that any donation gets you on the list for a Postaid sticker for the year as well!  Donations of US "forever" stamps are welcome as well - please use the address at the bottom of the page found at the link below!

We haven't just out-and-out asked for donations in well over a year, but that time is here.

Being mailing time, we have to purchase stamps, and they aren't cheap. Please donate whatever you can to the club today. podxs070.com/how-to-donate  

Postage is going up here in a couple of weeks, so we'd like to get as many "forever" stamps as possible before the rate hike since we have a few hundred dollar's worth of stuff going out now. 

Please keep in mind that we live solely on the generous donations of our members, as there are no dues for the 070 Club, and we plan on keeping it that way.  PLEASE DONATE TODAY!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your participation in the club - all the work the  070 staff does is just for you!

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

P.S. Here's a shot of PART of the stack of certificates waiting to go out... (just ignore the messy desk and floor!!!)

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Re: Thank You PSKFEST

Jim K5SP
 

Good work Bob.

Unusual this year,  normally when we have PSKFest, I am flooded during and after the event with Membership requests.  Sad to report that here we are a few days later, and only one new membership app was received. 

Jim K5SP
Membership Director

On 1/7/2019 3:14 PM, Robert Motyl wrote:
Just want to thank everyone who helped with and participated in this years PSKFEST. 
I had 45 new psk contacts and 10 new PODXS member contacts.  Couldn't be happier.
I even got out of contest mode with two contacts and welcomed them to psk.

What a way to ring in the new year.

Thanks again,
Bob KK6KMU

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Thank You PSKFEST

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

Just want to thank everyone who helped with and participated in this years PSKFEST. 
I had 45 new psk contacts and 10 new PODXS member contacts.  Couldn't be happier.
I even got out of contest mode with two contacts and welcomed them to psk.

What a way to ring in the new year.

Thanks again,
Bob KK6KMU


Re: IOTA Activations

Loren McCullough - WA3WZR
 

that email address is "iota at podxs070 dot com"

Loren


Re: IOTA Activations

Loren McCullough - WA3WZR
 

For 070 endorsements, just let me know the dates and callsign of the activation at iota@... , and I will make not of it for future credit.

For RSGB IOTA, it is a bit more complicated.

 Here is what I can find from the IOTA website  

Cards submitted for credit should show clearly the callsign used on the air and the island location at the time of the contact:
1) the callsign used for the operation must be printed (not handwritten or part hand-written),
2) the name of the island from which the operation took place must be printed (not handwritten) on the QSL card, as the IOTA Reference Number alone is not sufficient, and
3) the island name must be one that is recognized through its listing in the IOTA Directory
Cards with handwritten island names will never be acceptable and will be rejected.
 
 
DO  I  NEED  TO  TELL  YOU  MY  PLANS  IN  ADVANCE  OR CONTACT YOU AFTERWARDS?
No,  it  is  normally  not  necessary for  operations  from  routinely activated  groups  to  inform  us  in  advance.  Just let  the  DX bulletins   know   your   plans   so   that   they   can   publicise   the operation.  However,  this  said,  there  are occasions  when  you need to be in contact with us. If you plan to operate from a new, i.e. provisionally numbered, or rare IOTA group or a group which geography,  politics,  or  licensing  or  environmental  restrictions make  difficult to  access, contact  us  early  in the  planning  stage as there is a validation procedure you will need to follow for your operation  to  be  accepted  for  IOTA. For  these  you  will  need  to provide  supporting  documentation after  the  operation. For any operations,it  is  prudent  to  keep  travel  invoices,  ticket  stubs, permits   and   evidence   of   being   on   the   island   in   case   of subsequent challenge.

As far as cards vs. clublog,    cards are not required when using clublog matching.


My comments:

for your brief activation, I am not sure it is worth the effort to have those QSOs recognized by RSGB, and I am not sure who you would contact as it is after the fact.

I have used Clublog matching to get my RSGB IOTA certificate, their crediting goes something like this (The QSO in your log must match the activators log exactly)
- callsigns that can only map to a single island are counted automatically
- for all other IOTA groups, they list specific callsigns granted approval for that IOTA, and this list is updated periodically

Sample list:
AF-001 3B6RF  
AF-002 Any from Amsterdam & St Paul Islands  
AF-003 Any from Ascension Island  
AF-004 Any from Canary Islands  
AF-005 D44EE  
AF-005 D44TEG  
AF-045 6V1IS/P  
NA-076 AA8LL/4  
NA-076 K4KGG  
NA-076 KC8PG/1F4  
NA-076 W4/SP5APW  
NA-076 W4DFU  
NA-076 W4HY  
NA-076 W9DC  
NA-076 WW2PT  


2019 PSK Fest—An idea that worked and the musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind.

Peter, NN9K #2629
 

First the idea that was successful-- The radio I use for PSK is a Kenwood TS-480SAT. It was purchased to be a backup radio for my shared remote station but rather than leaving it sit on the shelf I decided to use it for PSK.

 

The 480 has a very efficient internal fan but there are times in a contest when the metal chassis gets warm. Like a lot of other people I like my electronics to run cool so I purchased an inexpensive (cheap!) laptop cooler. The 480 sits, tucked away, under a shelf riser and has plenty of breathing room. Now it sits on the laptop cooler with the fans blowing air on the bottom and along the sides of the chassis. The fans are very quiet and are powered by a USB computer port. The cooler I purchased happens to have a series of blue LEDs which in addition to telling me that it is plugged in and running it is sort of reminiscence of a certain “big box” store that had blue light sales.

 

The PSK Fest proved my theory that the 480 would run cooler in a contest with extra airflow being provided. The internal fan did kick in a few times but didn’t run for any length of time.

 

Now for the “musings” and please these are my thoughts and I don’t mean to offend anyone. And I really do try to be polite during a contest but…..

 

  • Why would anyone attempt to make their first PSK in a contest situation? No idea of the contest exchange, how it flows nor how to use macros!

 

  • If you saw a bunch of activity on your waterfall with everyone calling PSK Fest would you watch to see how the QSOs are taking place or heaven forbid would you Google PSK Fest to see what it was? Guess some people aren’t that curious!

 

  • No I don’t need you to tell me “thanks for this XX-meter PSK QSO logged at XX:XX UTC”. My logging program will tell me that.

 

  • And I don’t need you to tell me at the end of our the exchange “this QSO is being automatically uploaded to EQSL, LoTW and QRZ”. To me that’s post contest stuff. Use a contest logging program or if possible set your PSK program into a contest mode. If nothing else, trim your macros.

 

  • Why would someone not realize their transmitter was stuck in transmit for several minutes. One of the reasons I like PSK contesting is not needing headphones. But I do keep the radio volume at a low level so if don’t see anything on my waterfall or don’t hear any tones I know I have a problem.

 

 

  • Dupes—yes I work dupes! In fact I think that I worked one gentleman/lady three times on the same band during the Fest, I remember the distinctive suffix but don’t remember the prefix. Much easier and quicker to work the call again and let the logging program figure it out. I don’t know, but I suspect that all of the newer PSK programs have some sort of dupe indicator. I only had one person tell me after I sent my exchange “sri dupe 73 es gl”’

     

    Logging programs make things so much easier. I’m sure that some of you remember the good(?) old days of paper dupe sheets. Great fun especially in a contest like Sweepstakes. It was fairly easy with just the WA, WB, WD , K and N calls but when they started adding the KA and KB and then the 2X1s, it really got crazy! Then came the DOS general logging programs. The introduction of CT and Na for contesting finally let operator(s) concentrate on operating, not worrying about logging times, frequencies and dupes.

 

  • Groups.io—I have mixed emotions about this service. Granted it is better the Yahoo service but I didn’t spend much time there anyway. My problem with Groups.Io is that it is not real-time. I used to spend a lot of time running and chasing counties on CW. There is a spotting system for county hunters that uses web pages and IRC chat rooms so you can see real time information. Who is running, the band/frequency being used, the county and state as well as the person who input the spot.

     

    Although I guess for PSK operating a chat room would probably only be good for chasing DX, IOTAs or grids. What we really need is a PSK Skimmer. PSK Reporter in my view is not all that handy unless I am missing something. It may show the sites that captured my signal but I can’t find where it gives my signal strength or other information. The Reverse Beacon Network does a better job but it’s CW only. Oh well maybe someday in the future.

 

 

  • Now for a confession—I don’t really like PSK! But to clarify that I should say I don’t like PSK as a daily operating mode. To me PSK is a chatty mode, macros are find but can’t do it all, there still is a need for typing and I am not a good typist. And I’m not a chatty person unless it is over a cup or cups of coffee. A 30 minute CW QSO is a long one for me!

 

But I do like PSK contesting. I’m long past the point of 24 hour contests or even sitting for 7 or 8 hours for a state QSO party. For me those have become multi- operator endeavors. I can manage a 2 hour QRP sprint or to really stretch it, a 4 hour QRP contest if the weather is nice and I’m outside. It sounds crazy but I can sit in front of a computer for hours watching a waterfall clicking a mouse and pushing the ENTER key. Much less fatigue and best of all I can go to sleep at night without CW still ringing in my ears.

 

Ok, I’m done with my musing! The PSK Fest was great fun and I am looking forward to the next big event. CU then!


Re: PSKFest

Jim K5SP
 

Thanks Bill, saw you a lot also.� I am in deep Kim Chee with the XYL due to the hours that I had my BIC on this one.� Tried to calm her down with "But this contest is only once a year", that didn't work, seems� that is what I told her on the last one.� I have to agree with her, I did spend too many hours on this year.

Concur with the signals, I did see several that looked like they were overdriving, but when I saw the call signs and they were members I had worked before with no problems, I also attributed it to weird propagation.� It was strange this weekend,� it seems I would work east, they would fade out, then I could work west. West would fade, and I could work east again.� Seemed to swap several times Saturday.�

Had a lot of fun, looking for the next one.

Jim K5SP

On 1/7/2019 8:50 AM, Bill Garwood wrote:

No signal problems noted here for you Jim.� Worked you on two bands.� Saw you on the waterfall a lot.

�

There is some kind of phenomenon that I�ve observed on multiple occasions on PSK31 on 20 meters fairly late in the afternoon.� When I first started with PSK31, I�d get the occasional complaint about my signal degrading when I had not made any changes to my transmitting setup.� That is what prompted me to get a PSK IMD meter.� What happens is a station�s signal will get broad and distorted on the waterfall for a few minutes then it will return to normal.� It acts like the transmitting station has turned on a linear and is running lots of power with a lot of ALC.� When it is doing this, the distortion will seem to move from one station to another one.� From here, I see it on stations to the west of me maybe 500 to 1000 miles away.� Only happens occasionally and only for a few minutes then goes away.� My very uneducated guess is this is some kind of multipath propagation that occurs under certain conditions.� Maybe the sun angle?� Maybe an atmospheric cloud?� The transmitted signal arrives at the receiver in a jumble.� It gets the PSK Police in an uproar.� Anyway, I�d not be too concerned about it.

�

Had fun in the contest.� Happy Radio.

�

Bill N4GBK in FM16 eastern NC.

�

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

�


From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Jim K5SP <jinnis@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 6:01:50 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] PSKFest
�
Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?� It seemed all weekend that
regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him.�
Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see
his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band.�
Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set
output for more than 22 watts.� Could not figure out the problem, but
operated anyway.� Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time
I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing
parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.��� Also does anyone that
made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?� Late Saturday
afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near
to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun,
and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode.�
Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain
quantity of signals in the waterfall.

73,

Jim K5SP



--
Jim,� K5SP #483
Member Services Director




--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Re: PSKFest

Bill Garwood
 

No signal problems noted here for you Jim.  Worked you on two bands.  Saw you on the waterfall a lot.

 

There is some kind of phenomenon that I’ve observed on multiple occasions on PSK31 on 20 meters fairly late in the afternoon.  When I first started with PSK31, I’d get the occasional complaint about my signal degrading when I had not made any changes to my transmitting setup.  That is what prompted me to get a PSK IMD meter.  What happens is a station’s signal will get broad and distorted on the waterfall for a few minutes then it will return to normal.  It acts like the transmitting station has turned on a linear and is running lots of power with a lot of ALC.  When it is doing this, the distortion will seem to move from one station to another one.  From here, I see it on stations to the west of me maybe 500 to 1000 miles away.  Only happens occasionally and only for a few minutes then goes away.  My very uneducated guess is this is some kind of multipath propagation that occurs under certain conditions.  Maybe the sun angle?  Maybe an atmospheric cloud?  The transmitted signal arrives at the receiver in a jumble.  It gets the PSK Police in an uproar.  Anyway, I’d not be too concerned about it.

 

Had fun in the contest.  Happy Radio.

 

Bill N4GBK in FM16 eastern NC.

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Jim K5SP <jinnis@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 6:01:50 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] PSKFest
 
Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?  It seemed all weekend that
regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him. 
Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see
his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band. 
Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set
output for more than 22 watts.  Could not figure out the problem, but
operated anyway.  Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time
I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing
parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.    Also does anyone that
made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?  Late Saturday
afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near
to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun,
and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode. 
Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain
quantity of signals in the waterfall.

73,

Jim K5SP



--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director




Re: PSKFest

Lewis Karriker (Sonny) - K4ARE - #2347
 

Jim - worked you on 2 bands and did not notice a signal problem. BTW everyone - great contest.  Saw a lot of regular folks and a lot of new qsos.  Thanks to all who made it possible.  Wish I could have worked more hours.

Lewis - K4ARE - 2347

On 1/6/2019 6:01 PM, Jim K5SP wrote:
Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?  It seemed all weekend that regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him.  Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band.  Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set output for more than 22 watts.  Could not figure out the problem, but operated anyway.  Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.    Also does anyone that made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?  Late Saturday afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun, and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode.  Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain quantity of signals in the waterfall.

73,

Jim K5SP



Re: PSKFest

Mike W4BZM
 

Jim,
When we worked 20 meters in the morning (1500Z), your signal looked fine.  And I appreciate your taking the time to talk to a fellow shipmate in the midst of the PSKfest, rather than just grabbing an exchange and moving on.  

During our contact later in the day (2251Z) on 40 meters, I thought your signal was a bit wider than normal on the waterfall -- but I didn't notice any extra traces.  Of course, I usually crank the receive bandwidth down to 500 Hz once I establish a contact, so I wouldn't have seen anything outside that.

(Hope your database gets updated soon to show my PODXS number.)  

73

Mike W4BZM
PODXS 070 # 2653


On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 5:01 PM Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:
Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?  It seemed all weekend that
regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him. 
Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see
his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band. 
Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set
output for more than 22 watts.  Could not figure out the problem, but
operated anyway.  Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time
I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing
parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.    Also does anyone that
made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?  Late Saturday
afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near
to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun,
and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode. 
Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain
quantity of signals in the waterfall.

73,

Jim K5SP



--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director




Re: Grid chart

Rick - N7WE
 

The truth of the matter Jerry...I'm color blind.  I didn't know it was a different color and looking at it just now, I still don't.  But I checked my log and it should be blank.  I have not worked DM32.  I'll fix that tomorrow.  I can tell blank from green!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Grid chart

Jerry N9AVY
 

Rick:

 

There are some very subtle differences which are probably due to our QTHs and propagation.    

 

Why is DM32 a different color ???   Is that a  “I may have worked this one” ???  Just curious.

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Rick - N7WE
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 6:11 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Grid chart

 

OK here's mine Jerry.  As Tweety Bird used to say to Larry Bird: "We look a lot alike!"  Anybody out West or up North want to activate some grids and be a hero?  
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

 


Re: Grid chart

Rick - N7WE
 

OK here's mine Jerry.  As Tweety Bird used to say to Larry Bird: "We look a lot alike!"  Anybody out West or up North want to activate some grids and be a hero?  
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


PSKFest

Jim K5SP
 

Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?  It seemed all weekend that regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him.  Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band.  Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set output for more than 22 watts.  Could not figure out the problem, but operated anyway.  Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.    Also does anyone that made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?  Late Saturday afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun, and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode.  Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain quantity of signals in the waterfall.

73,

Jim K5SP



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Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Postage increases U.S. & Canada

Jerry N9AVY
 

POSTAGE GOING UP FOR U.S. AND CANADA. The U.S. Postal Service announced

  new prices for 2019 and they in effect Jan. 27, 2019. The proposed

  Mailing Services price changes include:

     Product                                    Current      Proposed

     -------                                    -------      --------

     Letters (1 oz.)                            50 cents     55 cents

     Letters additional ounces                  21 cents     15 cents

     Letters (metered 1 oz.)                    47 cents     50 cents

     Outbound International Letters (1 oz.)     $1.15        $1.15

     Domestic Postcards                         35 cents     35 cents

  For more info, see:

  https://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2018/pr18_086.htm

 

    The Canadian Postal will also go up on January 14th. The postage

  rate for domestic LettermailTM items weighing 30 grams or less when

  purchased in a booklet, coil or pane would increase to $0.90 from the

  current rate of $0.85. The price of a single domestic stamp would

  increase to $1.05 (Canadian) from the current rate of $1.00. Letters

  to the U.S. will go up $0.07 or more and to other countries $0.15 or

  more

 

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IOTA

Jerry N9AVY
 

“ PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have

  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA

  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX,

  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

 

From OPDX Bulletin

 

This is what I was referring to earlier this morning.

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

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Re: Grid chart

Jerry N9AVY
 

BTW, if others were to put their grids on here, it could also help in planning 2019 trips to activate needed grids… sort of like the “10 Most Wanted DX” lists.   

 

Just a thought ….

 

Jerry

 

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From: Jerry N9AVY
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 11:42 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Grid chart

 

Well spent an hour or so transposing grids to chart and was very pleased with it.   Before anyone gets discouraged by the number of grids filled in, I want to say that I put in a lot of time in front of radio to get where I am.  You can do it, too.

 

I like the fact that it’s a quick visual reference that I can quickly refer to while operating; mush better than the Excel file I had which was more of a “To Do” list.

 

Thanks !

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

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