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Re: Trying to wrap up PODX 070 366 endorsement

Geary McDowell
 

I had a nice and quick with a regular tonight, John KC3FL.  Thanks John for helping me X off one more date.  Only SIX to go now!

73 Geary KE5IRK

On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 12:36 PM Geary McDowell via groups.io <ke5irk=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Looks like I only need the following to complete the 366 endorsement for a PSK contact each day of the year, and I got Leap Year day last year!  I will be mostly on 20 meters but might hit other bands if they are good for me here in southwest Oklahoma.  I am not an early riser but might have to try to be for seven days.  HI HI HI
June 24, 29 and 30
July 2, 11, 15, and 18
Thanks in advance if you see my call and respond.
73 Geary McDowell, AKA KE5IRK
Lawton-Fort Sill, Oklahoma in Comanche County of the USA
North America, Northern Hemisphere, Earth, and the Milky Way although I prefer a Snickers.


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When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.



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When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.


Re: PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !

Leland Sly
 

FT8 is a weak signal mode not a low power mode.  If your audio settings on the computer are set properly you can run as much power as you want on FT8.  Someone did an experiment a while ago using FT8.  A number of hams all over the country sent the same messages.  The wattage varied from 1 watt to 1000 watts.  One station received all messages and could not tell what station was using any power setting based on the received signals.  So it is not the power that matters...it is the received signal.  The sending station may have to use 1000 watts to have the same signal level as another station using 1 watt depending on how the radio waves travel around the earth.

73

Lee N5SLY

On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 2:06 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:
Ray:


I always thought that FT8 was a low power mode.  Am I mistaken ???

Jerry  n9avy

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 10:30:22 AM CDT, Ray Clements <r.clements@...> wrote:


Exactly

That is why I stated that we need both old and new stations back on the air. I will try to make some PSK contacts on July 4th.

One thing I like about FT8 is that it provides accurate signal reports in dB for both signals sent and signals received. I have heard other stations with signals as strong as +18 dB S/N ratio. Because I have HOA restrictions on antennas at my QTH, my signals sent are typically 5-10 dB lower than signals received. Most PSK contacts send a generic 599 signal report, even when  the signal is  difficult to copy. That is not very helpful.

I can run higher power on FT8 than on PSK31 due to the nature of the signals. If I try to run too much power on PSK, the signal will distort. I run 80-100 watts on FT8 and 25-50 watts on PSK. Both FT8 and PSK 31 can decode signals below the noise floor.

Propagation should be good enough to make PSK contacts if people would get on the air. If the bands are open for FT8 contacts, they should also be open for PSK contacts, but it takes two to tango.

I hope to see some of you on the PSK frequencies.

Ray N9RWC 73






------ Original Message ------
Received: 08:13 AM CDT, 06/23/2021
From: "Jim K5SP" <jinnis@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !


Ray, the most recent TDW was very active.  120+ logs submitted.  Contacts on all bands from 80-10 (don't recall if any 160 were made).  A major problem is everybody thinks the bands are dead and don't bother with PSK.  TDW proved that wrong!  As I have long said, lack of propagation is due to lack of operation.  

I have been on every day this week trying to work anybody, yet, only one 40m contact in the log. 

I will be on this afternoon, so look for my PSK in the waterfall.

Jim K5SP

On 6/23/2021 7:39 AM, Ray Clements wrote:
We need to get PSK stations on the air both old and new. 

My station has been off the air for over a year. I had to disconnect my antennas due to a lot of renovation on the house. With the last job completed, I was able to reconnect the antenna. When I turn on the radio, the first thing I do is check all the PSK watering holes from 40 meters up to 10 meters, including WARC bands. Over the past week, I have seen only a couple of PSK signals on the water fall. After checking PSK, I check all the RTTY frequencies. I have seen only a single RTTY signal and it was too weak to copy. 

Since PSK and RTTY were not viable modes, I started up the WSJT-X software and looked for FT8 signals. I was able to make dozens of FT8 contacts on 40m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, and 10m. The contacts included Europe, South and Central America, Caribbean islands, Japan, and many USA and Canada stations. After being off the air for an extended period, being able to make contacts was fun.

If I check PSKreporter.info, the map for the past hour only shows 11 PSK monitors. Only two of those were in USA with nine in Europe. In contrast, there are 5500 active stations on FT8 representing countries from all over the world, including Africa, Australia and the Middle East and many islands in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. No wonder I have not seen PSK stations on the waterfall.

As a member of PODX 070 and having achieved LONP status, I would prefer to work PSK rather than FT8, but it seems the only way to work PSK these days is to schedule a contact at a specific time and frequency.  Hopefully, things will be different on Field Day. Staring at an empty waterfall is not very exciting.


Ray N9RWC  73

------ Original Message ------
Received: 06:52 AM CDT, 06/23/2021
From: "Jerry N9AVY" <n9avy@...>
To: "main@070club.groups.io" <main@070club.groups.io>
Subject: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !


Some recognition is better than none.  PODXS is mentioned twice in the letter. Hopefully we'll get more stations  (new members) to work !

Jerry  n9avy #454



PODXS 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint, Jul 3, 2000z to Jul 4, 2000z; PSK31; Bands: 40m Only; RST + (state/province/country); Logs due July 11







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


Re: PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !

Ray Clements
 

FT8 is a weak signal mode. It is not a low power mode.
 
Because it is an AFSK mode like RTTY rather than a PSK mode, it is possible to run full legal power with an amp without signal distortion. I am sure some of the huge signals I have seen on the waterfall have been with 1500 watt amps. 




------ Original Message ------
Received: 02:06 PM CDT, 06/23/2021
From: "Jerry N9AVY" <n9avy@...>
To: "main@070Club.groups.io" <main@070Club.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !


Ray:


I always thought that FT8 was a low power mode.  Am I mistaken ???

Jerry  n9avy

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 10:30:22 AM CDT, Ray Clements <r.clements@...> wrote:


Exactly

That is why I stated that we need both old and new stations back on the air. I will try to make some PSK contacts on July 4th.

One thing I like about FT8 is that it provides accurate signal reports in dB for both signals sent and signals received. I have heard other stations with signals as strong as +18 dB S/N ratio. Because I have HOA restrictions on antennas at my QTH, my signals sent are typically 5-10 dB lower than signals received. Most PSK contacts send a generic 599 signal report, even when  the signal is  difficult to copy. That is not very helpful.

I can run higher power on FT8 than on PSK31 due to the nature of the signals. If I try to run too much power on PSK, the signal will distort. I run 80-100 watts on FT8 and 25-50 watts on PSK. Both FT8 and PSK 31 can decode signals below the noise floor.

Propagation should be good enough to make PSK contacts if people would get on the air. If the bands are open for FT8 contacts, they should also be open for PSK contacts, but it takes two to tango.

I hope to see some of you on the PSK frequencies.

Ray N9RWC 73






------ Original Message ------
Received: 08:13 AM CDT, 06/23/2021
From: "Jim K5SP" <jinnis@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !


Ray, the most recent TDW was very active.  120+ logs submitted.  Contacts on all bands from 80-10 (don't recall if any 160 were made).  A major problem is everybody thinks the bands are dead and don't bother with PSK.  TDW proved that wrong!  As I have long said, lack of propagation is due to lack of operation.  

I have been on every day this week trying to work anybody, yet, only one 40m contact in the log. 

I will be on this afternoon, so look for my PSK in the waterfall.

Jim K5SP

On 6/23/2021 7:39 AM, Ray Clements wrote:
We need to get PSK stations on the air both old and new. 

My station has been off the air for over a year. I had to disconnect my antennas due to a lot of renovation on the house. With the last job completed, I was able to reconnect the antenna. When I turn on the radio, the first thing I do is check all the PSK watering holes from 40 meters up to 10 meters, including WARC bands. Over the past week, I have seen only a couple of PSK signals on the water fall. After checking PSK, I check all the RTTY frequencies. I have seen only a single RTTY signal and it was too weak to copy. 

Since PSK and RTTY were not viable modes, I started up the WSJT-X software and looked for FT8 signals. I was able to make dozens of FT8 contacts on 40m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, and 10m. The contacts included Europe, South and Central America, Caribbean islands, Japan, and many USA and Canada stations. After being off the air for an extended period, being able to make contacts was fun.

If I check PSKreporter.info, the map for the past hour only shows 11 PSK monitors. Only two of those were in USA with nine in Europe. In contrast, there are 5500 active stations on FT8 representing countries from all over the world, including Africa, Australia and the Middle East and many islands in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. No wonder I have not seen PSK stations on the waterfall.

As a member of PODX 070 and having achieved LONP status, I would prefer to work PSK rather than FT8, but it seems the only way to work PSK these days is to schedule a contact at a specific time and frequency.  Hopefully, things will be different on Field Day. Staring at an empty waterfall is not very exciting.


Ray N9RWC  73

------ Original Message ------
Received: 06:52 AM CDT, 06/23/2021
From: "Jerry N9AVY" <n9avy@...>
To: "main@070club.groups.io" <main@070club.groups.io>
Subject: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !


Some recognition is better than none.  PODXS is mentioned twice in the letter. Hopefully we'll get more stations  (new members) to work !

Jerry  n9avy #454



PODXS 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint, Jul 3, 2000z to Jul 4, 2000z; PSK31; Bands: 40m Only; RST + (state/province/country); Logs due July 11







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




Re: New Chat: Field Day #chat-notice

Jerry N9AVY
 

Seems like there's a lot of different chats.  Can't we just use the Contests thing ? I confused...


Jerry  n9avy

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 05:54:08 PM CDT, main@070Club.groups.io Notification <noreply@groups.io> wrote:


A new chat has been created:

New

As it stands now, I'm planning to do Field Day.  How many in our Group are planning to enter?

Buz, WA5AMM

By: Buz Johnson <wa5amm.sc.usa@...>

View/Join This Chat

Do not reply to this message to post to the chat. You can participate in chats only through the group's website.


Re: LONP Congrats

David Alvarez
 

Thank you Milt, Jim, and Stan for all of your hard work.

73
Dave
WA3LXD 

On Jun 23, 2021, at 4:17 PM, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:



I think Milt is still processing your log.  This list was compiled from the logs that he and I have completed over the past couple of weeks.  Some are still in process, but we want to get the word out to those that we have finished.

Jim K5SP

On 6/23/2021 1:01 PM, JoAnn Donaldson via groups.io wrote:
I sent in my logs for this but don't seem to have made the grade. Why?

JoAnn
AB8YZ
#2844

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 11:23:37 AM CDT, stan W9SMR <robinstan@...> wrote:


Congrats new LONP 100 Members: 

Jim W0JSL #452; David WA3LXD #453; Buz WA5AMM #454; Joe K3YES #455

Our Exec Jim, K5SP and right-hand man Milt, N6MG have been hard at work manually digging out LONP progress due to the malfunctioning Endorsement Checker software. We have our first LONP achievers with member numbers greater to or equal to #2787. In addition to their diligent pursuit of this coveted award, their recognition is due especially to the efforts of Milt, N6MG and the member’s upload directly to him. See instruction for that process below.


So OFFICIAL CONGRATS to the following:



We also have an excited pack of LONP Seekers in hot pursuit of this traditional first rights award. If you see them, give them a call and spot them on PSKReporter and our reflector:


 

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!

Since the endorsement checker does not properly recognize and give any LONP credit for member numbers that are greater than 2786, this task must now be completed manually by a volunteer.

This also means that regardless of your 070 # you will not receive credit for member QSOs with 070 # greater than 2786. You must get with Milt and ask for his assistance to get that credit.

If your 070 # is above #2786, you may still apply for LONP by submitting your entire log of member contacts to Milt, N6MG per the Instructions !  


See also PODXS 070 Home Page for an example of upload needed.

Congratulations to all for your diligent pursuit of these cherished Awards!!

73,
Stan
W9SMR - 070  #1611
PODXS 070 - PR Director


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


New Chat: Field Day #chat-notice

main@070Club.groups.io Notification <noreply@...>
 

A new chat has been created:

New

As it stands now, I'm planning to do Field Day.  How many in our Group are planning to enter?

Buz, WA5AMM

By: Buz Johnson <wa5amm.sc.usa@...>

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KZ9V POTA activation

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

Dave us doing a POTA  activation PSK on 20 meters.  

Try and contact him.

Bob 
KK6KMU
--
Bob  KK6KMU  #2484


Re: LONP Congrats

Jim K5SP
 

I think Milt is still processing your log.  This list was compiled from the logs that he and I have completed over the past couple of weeks.  Some are still in process, but we want to get the word out to those that we have finished.

Jim K5SP

On 6/23/2021 1:01 PM, JoAnn Donaldson via groups.io wrote:
I sent in my logs for this but don't seem to have made the grade. Why?

JoAnn
AB8YZ
#2844

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 11:23:37 AM CDT, stan W9SMR <robinstan@...> wrote:


Congrats new LONP 100 Members: 

Jim W0JSL #452; David WA3LXD #453; Buz WA5AMM #454; Joe K3YES #455

Our Exec Jim, K5SP and right-hand man Milt, N6MG have been hard at work manually digging out LONP progress due to the malfunctioning Endorsement Checker software. We have our first LONP achievers with member numbers greater to or equal to #2787. In addition to their diligent pursuit of this coveted award, their recognition is due especially to the efforts of Milt, N6MG and the member’s upload directly to him. See instruction for that process below.


So OFFICIAL CONGRATS to the following:



We also have an excited pack of LONP Seekers in hot pursuit of this traditional first rights award. If you see them, give them a call and spot them on PSKReporter and our reflector:


 

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!

Since the endorsement checker does not properly recognize and give any LONP credit for member numbers that are greater than 2786, this task must now be completed manually by a volunteer.

This also means that regardless of your 070 # you will not receive credit for member QSOs with 070 # greater than 2786. You must get with Milt and ask for his assistance to get that credit.

If your 070 # is above #2786, you may still apply for LONP by submitting your entire log of member contacts to Milt, N6MG per the Instructions !  


See also PODXS 070 Home Page for an example of upload needed.

Congratulations to all for your diligent pursuit of these cherished Awards!!

73,
Stan
W9SMR - 070  #1611
PODXS 070 - PR Director


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


Re: South Cook Island

Jerry N9AVY
 

Bob:

You have a better path to South Cook because it's mostly water and radio waves tend to do better when they don't have mountains to cross and all sorts of ground clutter to deal with.  In one sense youse guys on da left coast have better paths in Asia.

Jerry  n9avy

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 02:04:40 PM CDT, Bob Motyl KK6KMU <bobmotyl@...> wrote:


20 meters has been open for me more than two hours after sunset.  I was calling and landed Bob E51BQ yesterday about 0400 UTC.  I had contact with him in 2017 but he said he has been away form PSK since then.  I know its late for the east coast but try calling on 20 meters well after sunset.  You just might get lucky
--
Bob  KK6KMU  #2484


Re: PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !

Jerry N9AVY
 

Ray:


I always thought that FT8 was a low power mode.  Am I mistaken ???

Jerry  n9avy

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 10:30:22 AM CDT, Ray Clements <r.clements@...> wrote:


Exactly

That is why I stated that we need both old and new stations back on the air. I will try to make some PSK contacts on July 4th.

One thing I like about FT8 is that it provides accurate signal reports in dB for both signals sent and signals received. I have heard other stations with signals as strong as +18 dB S/N ratio. Because I have HOA restrictions on antennas at my QTH, my signals sent are typically 5-10 dB lower than signals received. Most PSK contacts send a generic 599 signal report, even when  the signal is  difficult to copy. That is not very helpful.

I can run higher power on FT8 than on PSK31 due to the nature of the signals. If I try to run too much power on PSK, the signal will distort. I run 80-100 watts on FT8 and 25-50 watts on PSK. Both FT8 and PSK 31 can decode signals below the noise floor.

Propagation should be good enough to make PSK contacts if people would get on the air. If the bands are open for FT8 contacts, they should also be open for PSK contacts, but it takes two to tango.

I hope to see some of you on the PSK frequencies.

Ray N9RWC 73






------ Original Message ------
Received: 08:13 AM CDT, 06/23/2021
From: "Jim K5SP" <jinnis@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !


Ray, the most recent TDW was very active.  120+ logs submitted.  Contacts on all bands from 80-10 (don't recall if any 160 were made).  A major problem is everybody thinks the bands are dead and don't bother with PSK.  TDW proved that wrong!  As I have long said, lack of propagation is due to lack of operation.  

I have been on every day this week trying to work anybody, yet, only one 40m contact in the log. 

I will be on this afternoon, so look for my PSK in the waterfall.

Jim K5SP

On 6/23/2021 7:39 AM, Ray Clements wrote:
We need to get PSK stations on the air both old and new. 

My station has been off the air for over a year. I had to disconnect my antennas due to a lot of renovation on the house. With the last job completed, I was able to reconnect the antenna. When I turn on the radio, the first thing I do is check all the PSK watering holes from 40 meters up to 10 meters, including WARC bands. Over the past week, I have seen only a couple of PSK signals on the water fall. After checking PSK, I check all the RTTY frequencies. I have seen only a single RTTY signal and it was too weak to copy. 

Since PSK and RTTY were not viable modes, I started up the WSJT-X software and looked for FT8 signals. I was able to make dozens of FT8 contacts on 40m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, and 10m. The contacts included Europe, South and Central America, Caribbean islands, Japan, and many USA and Canada stations. After being off the air for an extended period, being able to make contacts was fun.

If I check PSKreporter.info, the map for the past hour only shows 11 PSK monitors. Only two of those were in USA with nine in Europe. In contrast, there are 5500 active stations on FT8 representing countries from all over the world, including Africa, Australia and the Middle East and many islands in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. No wonder I have not seen PSK stations on the waterfall.

As a member of PODX 070 and having achieved LONP status, I would prefer to work PSK rather than FT8, but it seems the only way to work PSK these days is to schedule a contact at a specific time and frequency.  Hopefully, things will be different on Field Day. Staring at an empty waterfall is not very exciting.


Ray N9RWC  73

------ Original Message ------
Received: 06:52 AM CDT, 06/23/2021
From: "Jerry N9AVY" <n9avy@...>
To: "main@070club.groups.io" <main@070club.groups.io>
Subject: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !


Some recognition is better than none.  PODXS is mentioned twice in the letter. Hopefully we'll get more stations  (new members) to work !

Jerry  n9avy #454



PODXS 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint, Jul 3, 2000z to Jul 4, 2000z; PSK31; Bands: 40m Only; RST + (state/province/country); Logs due July 11







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


South Cook Island

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

20 meters has been open for me more than two hours after sunset.  I was calling and landed Bob E51BQ yesterday about 0400 UTC.  I had contact with him in 2017 but he said he has been away form PSK since then.  I know its late for the east coast but try calling on 20 meters well after sunset.  You just might get lucky
--
Bob  KK6KMU  #2484


Re: Trying to wrap up PODX 070 366 endorsement

 

Geary,

Start at 00:00 z.  Propagation on 20 is good up to about 02:00 z.  Use the CQ 365 or CQ 366 and any member seeing that will jump on you.

John
KC3FL


Re: Trying to wrap up PODX 070 366 endorsement

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

Geary,

I will be looking for you.  I still need over 60 days.  I'm just taking it one day at a time.

Bob
KK6KMU


Re: LONP Congrats

JoAnn Donaldson
 

I sent in my logs for this but don't seem to have made the grade. Why?

JoAnn
AB8YZ
#2844

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 11:23:37 AM CDT, stan W9SMR <robinstan@...> wrote:


Congrats new LONP 100 Members: 

Jim W0JSL #452; David WA3LXD #453; Buz WA5AMM #454; Joe K3YES #455

Our Exec Jim, K5SP and right-hand man Milt, N6MG have been hard at work manually digging out LONP progress due to the malfunctioning Endorsement Checker software. We have our first LONP achievers with member numbers greater to or equal to #2787. In addition to their diligent pursuit of this coveted award, their recognition is due especially to the efforts of Milt, N6MG and the member’s upload directly to him. See instruction for that process below.


So OFFICIAL CONGRATS to the following:



We also have an excited pack of LONP Seekers in hot pursuit of this traditional first rights award. If you see them, give them a call and spot them on PSKReporter and our reflector:


 

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!

Since the endorsement checker does not properly recognize and give any LONP credit for member numbers that are greater than 2786, this task must now be completed manually by a volunteer.

This also means that regardless of your 070 # you will not receive credit for member QSOs with 070 # greater than 2786. You must get with Milt and ask for his assistance to get that credit.

If your 070 # is above #2786, you may still apply for LONP by submitting your entire log of member contacts to Milt, N6MG per the Instructions !  


See also PODXS 070 Home Page for an example of upload needed.

Congratulations to all for your diligent pursuit of these cherished Awards!!

73,
Stan
W9SMR - 070  #1611
PODXS 070 - PR Director


Trying to wrap up PODX 070 366 endorsement

Geary McDowell
 

Looks like I only need the following to complete the 366 endorsement for a PSK contact each day of the year, and I got Leap Year day last year!  I will be mostly on 20 meters but might hit other bands if they are good for me here in southwest Oklahoma.  I am not an early riser but might have to try to be for seven days.  HI HI HI
June 24, 29 and 30
July 2, 11, 15, and 18
Thanks in advance if you see my call and respond.
73 Geary McDowell, AKA KE5IRK
Lawton-Fort Sill, Oklahoma in Comanche County of the USA
North America, Northern Hemisphere, Earth, and the Milky Way although I prefer a Snickers.


--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.


LONP Congrats

stan W9SMR
 

Congrats new LONP 100 Members: 

Jim W0JSL #452; David WA3LXD #453; Buz WA5AMM #454; Joe K3YES #455

Our Exec Jim, K5SP and right-hand man Milt, N6MG have been hard at work manually digging out LONP progress due to the malfunctioning Endorsement Checker software. We have our first LONP achievers with member numbers greater to or equal to #2787. In addition to their diligent pursuit of this coveted award, their recognition is due especially to the efforts of Milt, N6MG and the member’s upload directly to him. See instruction for that process below.


So OFFICIAL CONGRATS to the following:



We also have an excited pack of LONP Seekers in hot pursuit of this traditional first rights award. If you see them, give them a call and spot them on PSKReporter and our reflector:


 

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!

Since the endorsement checker does not properly recognize and give any LONP credit for member numbers that are greater than 2786, this task must now be completed manually by a volunteer.

This also means that regardless of your 070 # you will not receive credit for member QSOs with 070 # greater than 2786. You must get with Milt and ask for his assistance to get that credit.

If your 070 # is above #2786, you may still apply for LONP by submitting your entire log of member contacts to Milt, N6MG per the Instructions !  


See also PODXS 070 Home Page for an example of upload needed.

Congratulations to all for your diligent pursuit of these cherished Awards!!

73,
Stan
W9SMR - 070  #1611
PODXS 070 - PR Director


Re: PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

PSK is my go to digital mode.  As a new ham in 2014 it was an easy way for me to have a conversation on the air.  Back then SSB was very intimidating.  
Over the last 6 months I have met a large number of new to PSK operators and past operators who have come back.  Yes propagation has a great deal to do with it.
PSK is, in my opinion, more civilized for lack of a better word.  I don't have to fight for band space with other PSK users and then have someone come on top of me after you found an opening.
It's the other digital modes I have issues with.  PSK users, again in my opinion, watch their output power and watch not to put out interference.  In general, in my opinion, PSK users are responsible, respectful and very helpful.  PODXS is a great club with great leadership and great volunteers.  I am very grateful.

Bob
KK6KMU


Re: PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !

Ray Clements
 

Exactly

That is why I stated that we need both old and new stations back on the air. I will try to make some PSK contacts on July 4th.

One thing I like about FT8 is that it provides accurate signal reports in dB for both signals sent and signals received. I have heard other stations with signals as strong as +18 dB S/N ratio. Because I have HOA restrictions on antennas at my QTH, my signals sent are typically 5-10 dB lower than signals received. Most PSK contacts send a generic 599 signal report, even when  the signal is  difficult to copy. That is not very helpful.

I can run higher power on FT8 than on PSK31 due to the nature of the signals. If I try to run too much power on PSK, the signal will distort. I run 80-100 watts on FT8 and 25-50 watts on PSK. Both FT8 and PSK 31 can decode signals below the noise floor.

Propagation should be good enough to make PSK contacts if people would get on the air. If the bands are open for FT8 contacts, they should also be open for PSK contacts, but it takes two to tango.

I hope to see some of you on the PSK frequencies.

Ray N9RWC 73






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From: "Jim K5SP" <jinnis@...>
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Subject: Re: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !


Ray, the most recent TDW was very active.  120+ logs submitted.  Contacts on all bands from 80-10 (don't recall if any 160 were made).  A major problem is everybody thinks the bands are dead and don't bother with PSK.  TDW proved that wrong!  As I have long said, lack of propagation is due to lack of operation.  

I have been on every day this week trying to work anybody, yet, only one 40m contact in the log. 

I will be on this afternoon, so look for my PSK in the waterfall.

Jim K5SP

On 6/23/2021 7:39 AM, Ray Clements wrote:
We need to get PSK stations on the air both old and new. 

My station has been off the air for over a year. I had to disconnect my antennas due to a lot of renovation on the house. With the last job completed, I was able to reconnect the antenna. When I turn on the radio, the first thing I do is check all the PSK watering holes from 40 meters up to 10 meters, including WARC bands. Over the past week, I have seen only a couple of PSK signals on the water fall. After checking PSK, I check all the RTTY frequencies. I have seen only a single RTTY signal and it was too weak to copy. 

Since PSK and RTTY were not viable modes, I started up the WSJT-X software and looked for FT8 signals. I was able to make dozens of FT8 contacts on 40m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, and 10m. The contacts included Europe, South and Central America, Caribbean islands, Japan, and many USA and Canada stations. After being off the air for an extended period, being able to make contacts was fun.

If I check PSKreporter.info, the map for the past hour only shows 11 PSK monitors. Only two of those were in USA with nine in Europe. In contrast, there are 5500 active stations on FT8 representing countries from all over the world, including Africa, Australia and the Middle East and many islands in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. No wonder I have not seen PSK stations on the waterfall.

As a member of PODX 070 and having achieved LONP status, I would prefer to work PSK rather than FT8, but it seems the only way to work PSK these days is to schedule a contact at a specific time and frequency.  Hopefully, things will be different on Field Day. Staring at an empty waterfall is not very exciting.


Ray N9RWC  73

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From: "Jerry N9AVY" <n9avy@...>
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Subject: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !


Some recognition is better than none.  PODXS is mentioned twice in the letter. Hopefully we'll get more stations  (new members) to work !

Jerry  n9avy #454



PODXS 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint, Jul 3, 2000z to Jul 4, 2000z; PSK31; Bands: 40m Only; RST + (state/province/country); Logs due July 11







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Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !

Jerry N9AVY
 

Ray:

There are some stations returning to PSK because they find FT8 and that ilk boring once the novelty wears off.  Get on the air at various times because propagation varies with time of day/night.   July 3  on 40m should produce a bunch of contacts.

Propagation has not been great the last few days here in IL, but as the solar cycle gets better so will propagation (we all hope).  If you follow propagation predictions you see they are optimistic. There have been some sun spots, but nothing real significant that I saw.

The TDW contest earlier this month had lots of stations with the addition of several new members afterwards as well as a few in late May.  So, someone must be hearing PSK signals.

Kee checking PSK freqs and you'll eventually  her something.


73,   Jerry  n9avy


On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 07:39:11 AM CDT, Ray Clements <r.clements@...> wrote:


We need to get PSK stations on the air both old and new. 

My station has been off the air for over a year. I had to disconnect my antennas due to a lot of renovation on the house. With the last job completed, I was able to reconnect the antenna. When I turn on the radio, the first thing I do is check all the PSK watering holes from 40 meters up to 10 meters, including WARC bands. Over the past week, I have seen only a couple of PSK signals on the water fall. After checking PSK, I check all the RTTY frequencies. I have seen only a single RTTY signal and it was too weak to copy. 

Since PSK and RTTY were not viable modes, I started up the WSJT-X software and looked for FT8 signals. I was able to make dozens of FT8 contacts on 40m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, and 10m. The contacts included Europe, South and Central America, Caribbean islands, Japan, and many USA and Canada stations. After being off the air for an extended period, being able to make contacts was fun.

If I check PSKreporter.info, the map for the past hour only shows 11 PSK monitors. Only two of those were in USA with nine in Europe. In contrast, there are 5500 active stations on FT8 representing countries from all over the world, including Africa, Australia and the Middle East and many islands in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. No wonder I have not seen PSK stations on the waterfall.

As a member of PODX 070 and having achieved LONP status, I would prefer to work PSK rather than FT8, but it seems the only way to work PSK these days is to schedule a contact at a specific time and frequency.  Hopefully, things will be different on Field Day. Staring at an empty waterfall is not very exciting.


Ray N9RWC  73

------ Original Message ------
Received: 06:52 AM CDT, 06/23/2021
From: "Jerry N9AVY" <n9avy@...>
To: "main@070club.groups.io" <main@070club.groups.io>
Subject: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !


Some recognition is better than none.  PODXS is mentioned twice in the letter. Hopefully we'll get more stations  (new members) to work !

Jerry  n9avy #454



PODXS 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint, Jul 3, 2000z to Jul 4, 2000z; PSK31; Bands: 40m Only; RST + (state/province/country); Logs due July 11







Re: PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !

Jim K5SP
 

Ray, the most recent TDW was very active.  120+ logs submitted.  Contacts on all bands from 80-10 (don't recall if any 160 were made).  A major problem is everybody thinks the bands are dead and don't bother with PSK.  TDW proved that wrong!  As I have long said, lack of propagation is due to lack of operation.  

I have been on every day this week trying to work anybody, yet, only one 40m contact in the log. 

I will be on this afternoon, so look for my PSK in the waterfall.

Jim K5SP

On 6/23/2021 7:39 AM, Ray Clements wrote:
We need to get PSK stations on the air both old and new. 

My station has been off the air for over a year. I had to disconnect my antennas due to a lot of renovation on the house. With the last job completed, I was able to reconnect the antenna. When I turn on the radio, the first thing I do is check all the PSK watering holes from 40 meters up to 10 meters, including WARC bands. Over the past week, I have seen only a couple of PSK signals on the water fall. After checking PSK, I check all the RTTY frequencies. I have seen only a single RTTY signal and it was too weak to copy. 

Since PSK and RTTY were not viable modes, I started up the WSJT-X software and looked for FT8 signals. I was able to make dozens of FT8 contacts on 40m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, and 10m. The contacts included Europe, South and Central America, Caribbean islands, Japan, and many USA and Canada stations. After being off the air for an extended period, being able to make contacts was fun.

If I check PSKreporter.info, the map for the past hour only shows 11 PSK monitors. Only two of those were in USA with nine in Europe. In contrast, there are 5500 active stations on FT8 representing countries from all over the world, including Africa, Australia and the Middle East and many islands in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. No wonder I have not seen PSK stations on the waterfall.

As a member of PODX 070 and having achieved LONP status, I would prefer to work PSK rather than FT8, but it seems the only way to work PSK these days is to schedule a contact at a specific time and frequency.  Hopefully, things will be different on Field Day. Staring at an empty waterfall is not very exciting.


Ray N9RWC  73

------ Original Message ------
Received: 06:52 AM CDT, 06/23/2021
From: "Jerry N9AVY" <n9avy@...>
To: "main@070club.groups.io" <main@070club.groups.io>
Subject: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !


Some recognition is better than none.  PODXS is mentioned twice in the letter. Hopefully we'll get more stations  (new members) to work !

Jerry  n9avy #454



PODXS 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint, Jul 3, 2000z to Jul 4, 2000z; PSK31; Bands: 40m Only; RST + (state/province/country); Logs due July 11







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

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