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Re: PODXS 070 Membership

Jim K5SP
 

Anyone using the software tat can assist Sergio?

Jim K5SP 
Executive Director 



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From: Serge Bertuzzo <smbertuzzo@...>
Date: 8/2/20 12:50 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: info <info@...>
Subject: PODXS 070 Membership

Good afternoon to you. 

I have been a PSK31 user since 2008. I never thought of applying and joining the PODXS club. I have come back to PSK31 after an absence and would like to join. I currently use  DX Lab Suits DX Keeper as my main logging program. I understand that I should be able to do a ADIF extract of all my PSK31 qso's using DX Keeper. Unfortuantely, I am not sure how to do that. Is there some other way I can get the information to you? 
I will go to the DX Lab reflector and see if someone can also help me out there.

I look forward to your membership. 

73

Serge

VA3SB


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Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


5BWAS

Jerry N9AVY
 

Received certificate from ARRL back in 2015 for WAS, but today my mailbox yielded 5 gold stickers to add to certificate (10/15/20/40/80m). Many of those contacts were PSK31 which I've worked over the past 5 years. Not in a big hurry to finish up some awards because I want to have something to do in my old age... hi ! hi !

Jerry n9avy


anyone wanna play on 30 meters today?

John Hendry KG5OIB
 

I'm going to hop on 30 around 18:30 UTC (1:30 pm Central) and see what trouble I can get into?

20 seems to be dead today... at least it is in Texas.

73   John
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     John Hendry

     Decatur, Wise County, Texas

     LOC:  EM13eg

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Re: 17 meters

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

For those who reside on the west coast of the US (CN and CM) I would remind you that, not long ago when condx were better, I would get on the air about 2300Z and see a lot of JA stations on 17m psk31, all doing a little ham radio in the morning with their breakfast tea/coffee.  There were a bunch of hams I would see several times a week; I came to think of them as the ‘usual suspects’.  Good fun, I miss chatting with those guys.  I hope that as conditions improve we will be seeing them regularly once again.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Jul 30, 2020, at 7:39 AM, John Hendry KG5OIB <archer@...> wrote:

It was so much fun the other day, that I'm working there right now!!  

73


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     de  KG5OIB

     John Hendry

     Decatur, Wise County, Texas

     LOC:  EM13eg

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Re: 17 meters

John Hendry KG5OIB
 

It was so much fun the other day, that I'm working there right now!!  

73


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     de  KG5OIB

     John Hendry

     Decatur, Wise County, Texas

     LOC:  EM13eg

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Re: 17 meters

Don - KM4UDX
 

Hello John!  While late in the day and lon after your made the post, I tuned to 18,097 and called CQ.

I didn't know my radio worked that band, hahah.  Yes, it was crickets all around, but it was fun to try a new band. So, thank you for the encouragement!
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Don, km4udx, uBITX


Re: 17 meters

Jerry N9AVY
 

Today the band was only for those whose names started with "J" ! Ha-ha !!!!

Jerry

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 12:57:13 PM CDT, John Hendry KG5OIB <archer@...> wrote:


Saw several signals on the band, but only able to work two (thanks, Jerry and John).   And now, the band is silent again, but good to see some activity!   If the solar forecast holds out, we might see better conditions later in the week, and, gasp, maybe 12 meter and 10 meter openings!!!

73
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     de  KG5OIB

     John Hendry

     Decatur, Wise County, Texas

     LOC:  EM13eg

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Re: 17 meters

 

Got John, Jerry, Stan and Karl Heinz.  Saw the Ca station Stan worked but he couldn't hear me.  17 has always been a great band but the low cycle has pretty much shut it down.


Re: 17 meters

John Hendry KG5OIB
 

Saw several signals on the band, but only able to work two (thanks, Jerry and John).   And now, the band is silent again, but good to see some activity!   If the solar forecast holds out, we might see better conditions later in the week, and, gasp, maybe 12 meter and 10 meter openings!!!

73
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     de  KG5OIB

     John Hendry

     Decatur, Wise County, Texas

     LOC:  EM13eg

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Re: 17 meters

Jerry N9AVY
 

Checked 17m and worked John in TX, but he was very weak here. Only using a rotatable dipole at 40 ft. Also worked John in FL who was a solid 599. The are both 1st contacts for this band. Heard Stan in IN but worked him back in 2016 on 17m. Good logging program MixW 3.2 !

Still listening for any others....

73 de n9avy

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 11:58:38 AM CDT, John Hendry KG5OIB <archer@...> wrote:


I'm hearing a lot of SSB on 17 today, so thought I would try some PSK.   I'm at 18.097, if you'd like to try for a few more 17 meter contacts!

73!
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     de  KG5OIB

     John Hendry

     Decatur, Wise County, Texas

     LOC:  EM13eg

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17 meters

John Hendry KG5OIB
 

I'm hearing a lot of SSB on 17 today, so thought I would try some PSK.   I'm at 18.097, if you'd like to try for a few more 17 meter contacts!

73!
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     de  KG5OIB

     John Hendry

     Decatur, Wise County, Texas

     LOC:  EM13eg

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Re: interesting psk signal today...

Don - KM4UDX
 

Thank you!  I have to get better at uBITX fldigi RX level management.  Thanks again!
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Don, km4udx, uBITX


Re: interesting psk signal today...

 

Don,

You could look at the S/N and IMD down at the lower left and tell by that but that doesn't look like a PSK signal.  Keep in mind the closer the IMD is to the negative value of S/N, the cleaner the signal.  So if it had a S/N 25 dB and an IMD -15 dB, the signal would be over driven.
From looking at the waterfall controls circled in red in my attachment you have to apply a lot of audio in to Fldigi to see the traces and you are probably not seeing workable signals.  Try changing that Zero to something around -20 and the 60 to about 40 and go from there.  Make sure the Diamond at the lower right is Green.  On the trace to the right, the psk signal is as wide as that red horizontal line.  The rest of it looks like noise.  The trace on the left looks like it has harmonics and to be over driven.  If you make changes to the waterfall controls you will have to drop the RX out of the radio to Fldigi.

John
KC3FL.


Endorsement Checker

Jim K5SP
 

As most of you have probably noticed, the endorsement checker is not working as it used to.  As expected due to Google Deprecating API's, some of our software has been adversely affected.

As it is now, it appears that the checker is accepting your logs, processing them, and giving you the report as normal.  It is when you check to receive the endorsement that the failures begin.  The software is now only placing one item in the queue for approval, and the individuals that approve cannot approve them. 

Loren (IOTA) and Jerry (Endorsements) are manually tracking approvals.  As they approve them, you will no longer see the item change from orange to reflect the approval.  For the approvers, it appears as if they will have to examine each of your submissions to see new awards, then manually approve.  It is a time consuming effort, and they are doing all they can to ensure that each of you receives the endorsements you have earned. Should it reach the point to where the software no longer works for endorsement entirely, we may ask you to hold off log submissions until the replacement software is in place.

K9DWR is working on the software, but when you look at all the endorsements that we have, and realize that he has to program to check every log submitted for every possible endorsement, and then test that software thoroughly prior to making it available it becomes a daunting task (and, remember that he does have to maintain his job status, family obligations, etc) and time to work on this task is limited.

On the plus side, we do have in place a new membership application that is working fine, except for checking the logs for 50 unique QSO's, which I have been doing by hand.  We are working on the log checking issue, but I will not let that hold up processing for new members.

Thanks to all for their understanding, thanks to K9DWR, W3WZR, N9AVY, N7WE, and W9SMR for all their hard work on the many aspects of keeping the worlds best PSK31 club in operation.

We are still looking for volunteers that can write scripts/programs that work with Google Sheets.  David is currently writing in Python, but, PHP skills could also be utilized.  Anyone that can work with API.s would also be a help.

73,

Jim K5SP


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Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Welcome 2789, 2790, 2791

Jim K5SP
 

Please join me in welcoming new member(s):

2789 VA2YZX   Sly
2790 KE4DRF  Ron
2791 K3FKW    Ken

Jim K5SP
Executive Director/Membership Director
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Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: interesting psk signal today...

Jerry N9AVY
 

Less expensive radios don't have a lot of features of the more expensive ones. Have seen you on the air and your signal always looks good; so you must be doing something right.

When you run across a signal that is really wide, your only options are to wait him out until he's finished, move far enough away that it's no longer a problem or go to a different band.

Jerry n9avy

On Monday, July 27, 2020, 08:22:05 AM CDT, Don - KM4UDX <dontay155@...> wrote:


Jerry -- good advice.  My little kit radio had no internal pads or notch filters. So I'll just move on to other open spots.  I'm always interested in Waveform spurs/harmonics due I part to my uBITX's colored history with same. But, once I learned how to control my own audio drive levels and monitor my output, and TX in the upper part of my bandpass, I seem to be out of the woods.
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Thanks!

Don, km4udx, uBITX


Re: interesting psk signal today...

Don - KM4UDX
 

Jerry -- good advice.  My little kit radio had no internal pads or notch filters. So I'll just move on to other open spots.  I'm always interested in Waveform spurs/harmonics due I part to my uBITX's colored history with same. But, once I learned how to control my own audio drive levels and monitor my output, and TX in the upper part of my bandpass, I seem to be out of the woods.
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Thanks!

Don, km4udx, uBITX


Re: interesting psk signal today...

Jerry N9AVY
 

Don:

You might try turning OFF AGC and inserting 18 db of attenuation .. your rig has that. On my FT-1000 this usually clears up problems with signals like that. However that station could be overdriving, have processor on, or simply running too much power (like 200 to 1 kilowatt). I encounter a few signals like this and now just tend to ignore them.

Jerry n9avy

On Sunday, July 26, 2020, 12:39:51 PM CDT, Don - KM4UDX <dontay155@...> wrote:



So this PSKer was at (approx) 950, 1.8k and 2.9K on my waterfall.  Is this simply an overdriven TX?

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Don, km4udx, uBITX


interesting psk signal today...

Don - KM4UDX
 


So this PSKer was at (approx) 950, 1.8k and 2.9K on my waterfall.  Is this simply an overdriven TX?

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Don, km4udx, uBITX


Re: Solar Cycle 25

Jerry N9AVY
 

It's always nice to read positive predictions about solar cycle, but it's like buying a lottery ticket , it's nice to dream until the ticket loses.

Jerry

On Sunday, July 26, 2020, 11:38:06 AM CDT, K7DWI Art <k7dwicn82@...> wrote:


It still is wishful thinking.
As far as I am concerned if you look at the community messages, if you look down the list to the chart of the Solar Polar Fields:
http://www.solen.info/solar/polarfields/polar.html
It shows what happened and what to expect.
In 2011, Jim Kennedy K6MIO explained that the Sun's Magnetic Poles were out of sync and there was less magnitude between them. Right one prediction!! The end result was an anemic Solar Cycle.
It has improved approaching the new Cycle, but only a slight improvement.
It will be better in a few years, but I won't be building a big 6 Meter station and probably won't see F2 there in my remaining life .... damn it.
73 Art K7DWI

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