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Jim's GAZETTE Newsletter #125

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Jim's GAZETTE
Newsletter #125
5 July 2002

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Short Notes: Don AA5AU, who says he has nothing to do but 'watch TV, read
Email, surf the web and work RTTY--all at the same time,' now wants to share
that awesome knowledge with one and all. Never one to perform at a half-baked
clip, Don developed a complete tutorial for RTTY tyros, and it includes a
full treatment MMTTY, the free RTTY sound-card program. This may be a school
for all of us, veteran or newcomer. Just go to www.aa5au.com/rtty. You
will even have a chance to hear the sounds of RTTY! Many thanks to Don for a
splendid addition to the beginner's arsenal of knowledge.

The sounds of RTTY, I said. Yes, you can hear it at Don's website, but it's
not described in the esoteric terms that cropped up during various Internet
discussions this past week. John WA9ALS penned these immortal words--RTTY is
music, PSK31 is QRM. MFSK16 is somewhere in between. Chen
W7AY, who can't ever leave well enough alone, enhanced his reputation as a
colorful observer by the following: MFSK16 most resembles music, PSK is
like fingernails scratching on chalkboard, except the torture doesn't stop.
Hi!

Given these comments, neither one of these folks has many friends left in the
digital world any more. But Chen wasn't through yet. He went on, in his
inimitable poetic style, by writing: I used to think that 45 baud FSK sounded
like an old bicycle with very loose chains periodically banging against the
metal plate which protects your legs from the chain!

Oh, brother! Well, we must ask, what is music to Chen's ears? A CW pileup,
says he!! No wonder he doesn't understand that you look at not listen to the
digital modes. With the waterfall tuning, who needs the good or the bad sound
of PSK? I've never had the AF up high enough to hear more than a very tiny
chirp, just enough to remind me that, yes, the radio is really working. Hi!

Bill W5EC may be a typical digital convert. He wrote: In 45 years of radio I
never had the slightest interest in RTTY. Then, along came PSK and I knew I
could do that. I soon earned my DXCC in PSK31 (the pin says RTTY J). Then P5
came on the air and I had to switch to RTTY to work him. Got him! Now I
enjoy RTTY also. But I still like PSK for it is more relaxed and not as
stressful to me. Probably it is that way to a lot of others, one reason
contest
exchanges are slower. Everybody wants to put in his or her brag file.

Thanks, Bill. Your note is interesting and it also introduces a much broader
discussion on the subject of the attitudes and prejudices rising out of the
ARRL Field Day 2002 digital experience.

Field Day--the facts, based on published reports and personal observation: 1)
RTTY signals were as scarce as water in Wyoming, 2) the few RTTY
signals clustered on 20 meters, 3) PSK31 signals were thick as fleas on all
bands, 4) PSK operators demonstrated their lack of knowledge about the
sacred lore of contest exchanges while, 5) also demonstrated their lack of
interest in learning or caring anything about said lore, 6) had it not been
for
PSK, the ARRL would probably drop the digital modes from Field Day 2003, 7)
all of which, predictably, produced a remarkable response from the 'old
guard,' the keepers of the RTTY contesting flame.

Let's look at some extracts: 'If all the PSK ops would work RTTY on FD, they
would be surprised at the number of Q's they could achieve in a short time .
.
. and then they might want to try RTTY contests, too!'

'I was very disappointed in that there was very little RTTY activity on any
band but 20M, yet there was PSK on almost every band and a lot more of it!
The
worst thing about PSK was not the time per QSO but the really clueless and
rude operators that abound on the mode. Every time I get on PSK (and it's not
very often) I swear I'll never do it again.'

'Still a nasty contest mode!'

'These ops have no etiquette, no form, and especially no idea how to
efficiently transmit information across a less-than-perfect connection.'

And, so on. In general, the attitude reflects a belief that RTTY is the only
way to go, that current practices are the only acceptable method of operation
and
therefore, all who do not believe it are aliens not worthy of even their 31
kHz bandwidth! All were highly critical of these naive newcomers who start
calling on top of another signal (perhaps an act detected only by a stacked
array of monobanders!), or answer your call and give the exchange at the
same time, or start calling before an exchange ends. Gee, I've never seen
that kind of behavior in RTTY contests or DX pileups!

I'm sorry, but all these comments lead me to conclude the obvious. The
old-time contesters think Field Day is just another RTTY contest, one on
their
crowded calendar, one in which more radios, higher antennas and faster
exchanges make the difference. They seem to forget that FD is, by design, a
training session in emergency communications, an exercise that proves ham
radio's capacity to operate without the support of the local electrical
utility,
the perfect antenna farms and so on. Many others have forgotten as well. FD
is an experiment, an operation devoted to training, to luring new recruits,
to
portable operation . . . to hot dogs, sodas and fun!

Tom WX4TM said it best when he expressed his concern about the FD trends . .
. 'the tremendous number of 1D contacts (home, commercial power),
indicates a growing trend of more and more hams staying home instead of
getting out and supporting their local radio club. All of which indicates a
declining interest in participation and commitment to amateur radio in
general. I hope I'm wrong!'

And, to end the discussion, Jerry W4UK says, 'Was there much RTTY activity
this FD? Over at our club's site, some of the guys asked me if our club
should try RTTY next year."

PSK may have saved the day . . . and received nothing less than insults in
return.

A note from Joe EI4FV confirms that the Lee de Forest special event generated
an excellent turnout. There will be a bigger show next year, the 100th
anniversary! He also told of the Blind Amateur Radio Group (EI5HAM). Modeled
after and helped by the US Handi-Ham and Canada's CBN1B programs,
these 9-to-16 year kids learn radio the hard way. But the system works and
after an average two year stint, they are ready for their special license
test.
What a great program!

Of course, he also mentioned that the Irish soccer team did remarkably well
in the World Cup tourney. The team was welcomed home as heroes, even
though they finally lost. But their effort proved that even a small country
can make it to a place very near the top rung. Maybe next time around, Joe!

73 de Jim N2HOS: GAZETTE at www.n2hos.com/digital


Re: 40 & 80m

Stephen Prior <smprior@...>
 

Yes, a 40 M sprint would be great fun. I have found like N3DQU that I had as
many if not more contacts on 40M than 20M during FD and TDW.

On 80 meters a question - random length antenna any comments or suggestions
. I would like to run a long wire out into the woods behind the house and
see what happens.


have a safe 4th of July
73
Steve
N3UYI

----- Original Message -----
From: <n0bhc@aol.com>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2002 5:57 PM
Subject: Re: [070] 40 & 80m


In a message dated 7/4/02 11:49:42 AM Central Daylight Time,
wb0dul@arrl.net
writes:


Whatever works Steve. I noticed you didn't want to change the prize for
the
winner. Of course, we haven't heard from Jay yet. ROFL!!!!

73,

Dick
WB0DUL@arrl.net
Boy oh boy! It's GREAT of Steve to provide such an incentive to light up
40M. What a guy!

Bob N0BHC






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Re: 40 & 80m

Steve W3HF
 

Whatever works Steve. I noticed you didn't want to change the prize
for the winner. Of course, we haven't heard from Jay yet. ROFL!!!!

73,

Dick
WB0DUL@arrl.net
Boy oh boy! It's GREAT of Steve to provide such an incentive to light
up 40M. What a guy!

Bob N0BHC

No, it was JAY providing the incentive! I was just agreeing with
Dick's wonderful suggestion! :-)

Steve


Re: 40 & 80m

Dick Thompson <wb0dul@...>
 

Whatever works Steve. I noticed you didn't want to change the prize for the winner. Of course, we haven't heard from Jay yet. ROFL!!!!

73,

Dick
WB0DUL@arrl.net

----- Original Message -----
From: Stephen J. Melachrinos
To: 070@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2002 10:27 AM
Subject: Re: [070] 40 & 80m


> That's a darned good idea, Jay. A four hour session and the one with
> the highest number of contacts on 40 meters wins a week in Jamaica,
> compliments of N3DQU. (Man, what a guy! :) ) Seriously, a 4 hour
> marathon on 40 would be fun. Just exchange calls, county, report,
> name & section, not necessarily in that order.
>
> Maybe the name could be the 40 Meter PSK Static Crash Contest or
> whatever.
>
> What say guys? It would be fun.
>
> 73,
>
> Dick
> WB0DUL@arrl.net


I'm game, though I would opt for a simpler exchange. County and
section can always be dealt with later.

I'd vote for Call/Name/Report, or Call/State/Report, with non-US
substituting province or DX identifier for the state.

Steve
W3HF

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Re: 40 & 80m

Dick Thompson <wb0dul@...>
 

That's a darned good idea, Jay. A four hour session and the one with the highest number of contacts on 40 meters wins a week in Jamaica, compliments of N3DQU. (Man, what a guy! :) ) Seriously, a 4 hour marathon on 40 would be fun. Just exchange calls, county, report, name & section, not necessarily in that order.

Maybe the name could be the 40 Meter PSK Static Crash Contest or whatever.

What say guys? It would be fun.

73,

Dick
WB0DUL@arrl.net

----- Original Message -----
From: n0bhc@aol.com
To: 070@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2002 10:11 AM
Subject: Re: [070] 40 & 80m



Karen & Jay

Same observation from here. 40M and 80M seem to be abandoned. How about a
"Dog Days Sprint" type of contest? It could be a 4 hr sprint from say 0001Z
to 0040Z. Dates and times may have to be adjusted - Do not try this at home
- Other local restrictions may apply.

Bob N0BHC





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Re: 40 & 80m

Steve W3HF
 

That's a darned good idea, Jay. A four hour session and the one with
the highest number of contacts on 40 meters wins a week in Jamaica,
compliments of N3DQU. (Man, what a guy! :) ) Seriously, a 4 hour
marathon on 40 would be fun. Just exchange calls, county, report,
name & section, not necessarily in that order.

Maybe the name could be the 40 Meter PSK Static Crash Contest or
whatever.

What say guys? It would be fun.

73,

Dick
WB0DUL@arrl.net

I'm game, though I would opt for a simpler exchange. County and
section can always be dealt with later.

I'd vote for Call/Name/Report, or Call/State/Report, with non-US
substituting province or DX identifier for the state.

Steve
W3HF


Re: 40 & 80m

Peter Baskind <pbaskind@...>
 

It's not just 40 & 80 that I wonder about...

I have been shocked how little activity there has been on 10 meters this
Summer. With the E-skip season in full swing (such as it is -- pretty poor
this year, actually), one wonders why there isn't more activity up there.

I'll get onto 10 whenever it's open and run a CQ or two, and almost never
get any response. Many of the states workable on 10 during the E-skip
season are hard indeed during the balance of the year -- especially QRP, as
I operate (It's pretty tough to work backscatter off an attic dipole @ 5w)
Boy, I would love to work KY, IN, or GA on 10m QRP -- still lookin'.

And 6m? I have never heard a signal on 6. Maybe I'm not looking at the
right time.

Oh, well... still several weeks left in the Season. Maybe I'll get lucky.

73s all,

Peter Baskind
AG4KI

Peter Baskind, J.D., LL.M.
Germantown, TN
Voice: (901) 624-5295
Fax: (901) 624-6060
pbaskind@midsouth.rr.com


Re: 40 & 80m

The Maryland Crofts <croft@...>
 

Hi Karen and Warblers!

For myself it was just a bit confusing whether the freq should be 7.070
or 7.080 MHz . . . but have "settled" with '070' . . . I did notice a
CO2 station on 40 the other morning . . . and for those of you looking
for another "rare" one . . . I'll try to keep K3VOA operating most
weekend mornings between 1000z and 1100z (before I 'go' to work)
spending perhaps 20 minutes on 40, 20 and then 15 . . . and maybe a peek
at ten!

Of course I do operate a bit a "lunchtime" but that hour can vary quite
a bit and depends upon what kind of work I had been up to beforehand.

73,

John, K3NJ &
Member VOA ARC K3VOA

Karen Russo wrote:


Hey all,

Any reason why there is such little PSK activity on 40 & 80m?
I think 40m is a nice band. My screen is mostly empty when I listen
or put out CQ's. Maybe we could have some informal 070
gatherings there once in a while? Start stirring up some activity on
those bands? I like 10, 15 & 20m, but it would be nice to make
more contacts on the lower bands. Maybe my G5RV is broken?
But hey, it worked for the TDW contest.

Happy 4th! Karen - W4GTM





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Re: 40 & 80m

DL2AYL@...
 

40 meters on our side is not so busy too but you can find always contacts in
the evenings there. But that reminds me of the WARC-endorsements, what
became of our activities there? The bands are not bad, even worked VK2 on
30 meters, haven't seen much activity on the WARC bands lately.
73's Erika/DL2AYL


40 & 80m

Karen Russo <w4gtm@...>
 

Hey all,

Any reason why there is such little PSK activity on 40 & 80m?
I think 40m is a nice band. My screen is mostly empty when I listen
or put out CQ's. Maybe we could have some informal 070
gatherings there once in a while? Start stirring up some activity on
those bands? I like 10, 15 & 20m, but it would be nice to make
more contacts on the lower bands. Maybe my G5RV is broken?
But hey, it worked for the TDW contest.

Happy 4th! Karen - W4GTM


Re: 40 & 80m

n0bhc
 

In a message dated 7/4/02 11:49:42 AM Central Daylight Time, wb0dul@arrl.net
writes:


Whatever works Steve. I noticed you didn't want to change the prize for the
winner. Of course, we haven't heard from Jay yet. ROFL!!!!

73,

Dick
WB0DUL@arrl.net
Boy oh boy! It's GREAT of Steve to provide such an incentive to light up
40M. What a guy!

Bob N0BHC


Re: 40 & 80m

n0bhc
 

Karen & Jay

Same observation from here. 40M and 80M seem to be abandoned. How about a
"Dog Days Sprint" type of contest? It could be a 4 hr sprint from say 0001Z
to 0040Z. Dates and times may have to be adjusted - Do not try this at home
- Other local restrictions may apply.

Bob N0BHC


Re: New endorsements up

Sean \(G4UCJ\) <g4ucj.shack@...>
 

Hi Erika, I'm afraid I'm a pretty rare catch on PSK at the moment as most of my air time is spent on CW but perhaps we can make a sked, perhaps on 30 or 40m? They seem to be the best for DL from here.
73 Sean G4UCJ

----- Original Message -----
From: DL2AYL@t-online.de
To: 070@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2002 8:10 AM
Subject: Re: [070] New endorsements up


Hi Sean,

Thank you for the enlightenment, have already 60% of the
Tartan-Endorsement.
I'm still after you for my 070 collection, you are the only one of the
UK-hams who escaped me.
73's to all and best wishes to the US-070ers for a great
and peaceful Independence Day-weekend !
Erika/DL2AYL



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Re: 40 & 80m

N3DQU@...
 

In a message dated 7/4/02 11:41:28 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
croft@patriot.net writes:

For myself it was just a bit confusing whether the freq should be 7.070
or 7.080 MHz . . . but have "settled" with '070'
John - 40m PSK started out on 70.725 for some reason, settled down to
7.070 but you can still find traces fm 7060 up....the Euros are on 7035 as
7070 is their fone band...Jay N3DQU


Re: 40 & 80m

Andy <ve9dx@...>
 

Being a new kid on the block when it comes to PSK. I have lots to learn
yet. I have yet found any PSK on 80 and about the only PSK on 40 was
during FD and like Jay, I worked more PSK stations on 40 than I did on
any other band.
Maybe some one can fill me in on where I might find PSK on 80, both
North America and Europe and where Europe hangs out on 40 PSK.
I have worked many stations on 30 already and even a few on 17.
Hopefully I will find a few in my log over the next few days on the
lower bands...
Happy July 4....
73 Andy (VE9DX)

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Re: 40 & 80m

N3DQU@...
 

In a message dated 7/4/02 10:03:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time, w4gtm@his.com
writes:

Hey all,

Any reason why there is such little PSK activity on 40 & 80m?
I think 40m is a nice band. My screen is mostly empty when I listen
or put out CQ's. Maybe we could have some informal 070
gatherings there once in a while? Start stirring up some activity on
those bands? I like 10, 15 & 20m, but it would be nice to make
more contacts on the lower bands. Maybe my G5RV is broken?
But hey, it worked for the TDW contest.

Happy 4th! Karen - W4GTM
40m was pretty hot for FD too! In fact, I think I made more PSK Q's on 40m
than I did on 20m...Jay N3DQU


Re: 40 & 80m

AA8QQJMauch@...
 

Karen,
I've often wondered the same thing. Seems like everyone is hung up on the
"middle" bands. I only have 3 QSO's on 6 meters, and not many more than that
on 40 & 80. Heck, if anyone's willing, I'd even like to get some activity
going on 160.

73,
Jay - AA8QQ

Wanna work a sked on 40 or 80?


Re: New endorsements up

DL2AYL@...
 

Hi Sean,

Thank you for the enlightenment, have already 60% of the
Tartan-Endorsement.
I'm still after you for my 070 collection, you are the only one of the
UK-hams who escaped me.
73's to all and best wishes to the US-070ers for a great
and peaceful Independence Day-weekend !
Erika/DL2AYL


Re: Scottish endorsement clarification

AA8QQJMauch@...
 

Almost clr as mud hr, om.
de AA8QQ


Re: New endorsements up

Sean \(G4UCJ\) <g4ucj.shack@...>
 

OOps, forgot the prefix for Intermediate B licences, they are 2E1 (2M1) etc.

----- Original Message -----
From: Sean (G4UCJ)
To: 070@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2002 11:57 PM
Subject: Re: [070] New endorsements up


Hi Erika, let me clear up our prefixes as they can be confusing!
FOUNDATION LICENCE: 10W ALL BANDS EXCEPT 10m
Prefix: M3 (MM3 etc.)
INTERMEDIATE LICENCE (class A): 50W ALL BANDS
Prefix: 2E0 (2M0 etc)
INTERMEDIATE LICENCE (class B): 50W 50MHz and above

FULL LICENCE (class A) 400W ALL BANDS
Prefix: G0,2,3,4,5 (2 LTR), 6 (2LTR), 8 (2LTR); M0

FULL LICENCE (class B) 400W 50MHz and above
Prefix G1,6 (3ltr), 7, 8 (3 ltr); M1

It's a horrible system! So you won't get any 1's on HF (yet!) as it's a VHF licence. Hope that clears things up a bit. The exception to the rule are the single letter contest calls which could contain any number plus a single letter suffix.

73 Sean, G4UCJ
----- Original Message -----
From: DL2AYL@t-online.de
To: 070@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2002 2:29 PM
Subject: Re: [070] New endorsements up


Jay,

<<GM0KWW, GM, MM0CBL, MM (0,1,2,4 or 5), MM3 (i.e. You must work GM0KWW and
MM0CBL in addition to working another GM and MM).>>

How is that meant, we can't work MM1 or GM1, I'm not so sure about the
numbers 2 and 4 but I never saw any MM1 or GM1 on HF-bands.

73's Erika





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