ATA PSK Contest
Our friends over in TA-land have organized a PSK contest for this coming
November! For more info check out TA7J's website at <
http://www.qsl.net/ta7j/psktest/ > ....73 de Jay N3DQU.
80 M QRV
I am QRV on 3680 KHZ USB after 09:00 UTC.
ANATOLIAN ATA PSK31 CONTEST
A new PSK test sponsored by Anatolian Radio AMateurs Association :
YL800 Special Prefix
Just wanted to let you guys know that the Latvian Amateur Radio League
(LARL) is celebrating the 800th anniversary of Riga, the capital of Latvia.
Look for Latvian hams using the special prefix YL800 on cw, ssb and hopefully
psk31. Andris YL2FD/YL800FD says that there will be a certificate offered for
working these YL800 stations. In addition, there may be an endorsement in the
works from the 070 Club for working YL800 stations on psk31. Stay tuned for
more information on this special certificate and endorsement. In the
meantime, be on the lookout for them YL800 stations and join in the
celebration!...73 de Jay N3DQU.
Re: MixW 2.0
Ok, I meant that if you read the operators qth and state you certainly will know
in which direction you'll have to turn the beam. For the dx outside the USA the
program shows the correct direction anyway.
Thanks for the prompt reply as to information about the subject software program.
As I said I am interested in using any aid which will improve working DX.
I am just a little confused about what you mean by this sentence: "The problem with the vanity calls can't be solved by any program, but as I said the MixW can be combined with the call book CD and if the guy has an entry you'll make out the right direction." Just what do you mean by "entry?" If the call book CD gives the operator's FCC call sign (vanity or otherwise) containing a region number other than his/her actual QTH, how will the call book CD correct that?"
Of course you are right, that in most cases, the operator just beams in the general direction of a desired DX source. I am just trying to understand how the software works in theory.
73 Onis K5COX
73 Onis K5COX
Re: MixW 2.0
If you are working from a different qth you can put in your new coordinates and
the program will show you the appropriate directions.
The problem with the vanity calls can't be solved by any program, but as I said
the MixW can be combined with the call book CD and if the guy has an entry
you'll make out the right direction. Anyway my experience is, it doesn't matter
too much if your beam is 5 or 10 degree off the right position.
In Germany for instance the number in the call doesn't give any hint from where
the station is operating.
I am always interested in any process that increases the chance for a DX
contact and thanks for giving out some information on your software
But what happens with MixW 2.0 if the operator is operating at an offsite
location different from his callsign QTH? Also, in the US, with the many
vanity callsigns, often the operator's actual QTH may different from the
region on the callsign? There has been some criticism of the Vanity
program because of this. In these cases, the subject software program
or any other software program controlling on the just the callsign would
misdirect the operator's aiming wouldn't it?
73 Onis K5COX
Re: DXAtlas Program
Just for information, the software I'm using for the digital modes is MixW 2.0.
That program shows automatically where to turn the beam and which dxcc it is
when you double-click on the callsign on your screen. You can combine it also
with the common call book CD's.
If you are interested you'll find a link on the home page of WA2VOS/Jim.
the address is www.nvbb.net/~jaffejim .
Re: DXAtlas Program
Steve, W3HFOnis -
That's what I end up doing, but then again, I only have a dipole. I
think if I had a directional antenna, I would use the program for:
1. calculating antenna bearings
2. trying to guess propagation conditions to different locations from
gray line positions, and pointing the antenna appropriately
You can also use it to find the location of a station from an obscure
prefix. For example, if I heard a C9 station, and didn't remember
what that was, I could sort the prefix list by prefixes and find out
that it's Mozambique. Then I could click on the listing to pinpoint it
on the map, or right-click on the listing to show details, like which
CQ or ITU zone it's in, or the bearing/distance to it.
It can also be useful to see the call district divisions in other
countries. (You have to zoom the map to see this.) All US hams
understand our own 10 districts (I hope), but I am pretty uninformed
of the way other countries define their districts. For example, I
didn't realize that the two members of the 070 club that live in
Turkey (TA7I and TA9J) both live in the eastern part of that country,
and that the low numbers (2, 3, 4, and 5) are more to the west.
For now, the program is more of an interesting way to explore the
DXCC list graphically, instead of perusing a 12-or-so-page text file
printout. And there's a little bit of a history lesson there, with the
deleted prefixes still in the database.
By the way, Alex is interested in any comments or suggestions
people have for future releases. Things he's planning to do some
1. Maidenhead grid squares (I don't know if it's only 4-digit or all the
way to 6-digit)
2. IOTA listings (if the RSGB allows him to)
I've suggested things like manual entry of the home location, and
user-defined "other" locations that can be saved (like stations you
have a sked with, etc).
I'd be glad to forward any suggestions to him if anyone wants to
send them to me instead of to him.
And thanks for asking.
The program sounds interesting, but I was wondering just how to apply it
on a day to day basis. The way I have been doing DX is just work the
bands every chance I get and hope the propagation is in.
Hope you guys don't mind, but I agreed to give a little publicity to a
program a friend of mine wrote. If you are offended by the mention
of a commercial product, please forgive me and delete this
The program is called DX Atlas and it's a computerized map for the
DXer. It includes rectangular and azimuthal map projections, can
instantly zoom the map and change its center, plots prefixes on
the maps, shows CQ and ITU zones, calculates antenna bearings
and distances (short and long path), shows the gray line and
sunrise/sunset times, and much more.
You can find out more about it at
It's shareware--US$29.95 to register, but there's an introductory
price of US$23.95 through this weekend.
Thanks for looking.
Formal Disclaimer: Although I do not receive anything from the
sales of the program, I did write the help files, and received a free
copy of the program in return.
Correction - Please note that the start date for both the China Clipper
and the TRI-WARC endorsements is July 4, 2001...Jay, N3DQU.
CQ 070 CLUB
Two new endorsements have been posted up on the 070 Club website, the
"China Clipper" and the "TRI-WARC" pennant. Please note that the valid
contact date for the TRI-WARC pennant is July 4, 2001. Have fun es 73 de Jay
Thanks for the new endorsements!
got them today, want to send a picture of my new achievements to Ernie but I
don't have the mail on my new computer with the requirements fot the picture.
Maybe you have it still stored somewhere.
I'll send you the qsl for Tom with my collection of internantional IRC's. That
must cost a fortune now to send all the endorsements for 116 members.
keep cool in the summer heat !
Hallo Erika and other 070 gays,
I would like to inform You that city in which I live - Riga, the capital of
Latvia, celibrates 800 year of establishment.
Thats why 81 of Latvian HAM's can use special prefix YL800...
I start using this prefix yesterday and during everning made more than 100 QSO's
- at this moment mainly on CW and SSB.
So, I have short QRT on digimodes for solving some general PC and room
reconstruction problem, but it will not be for long time.
Than I'll be back on PSK31, RTTY, HELL and SSTV.
The official celibration of Riga 800 will be in middle of August, but activities
of YL800 will be up to the end of September.
We are going print special QSL cards to memorate this data.
So turn Your antennas to my direction (KO26AW) and listen, listen, listen ...
With best regards
YL2FD, for some time YL800FD.
Mysteries of the 070 Club explained!
Every so often we hear from an 070 Club member who wonders why he got his
certificate in the mail but not his endorsements, or visa versa. For those
relatively new to the 070 Club and those members who have often wondered but
were afraid to ask, here is a brief description of the 070 Club organization
and what happens with your applications.
The 070 Club is a PSK awards program sponsored by the Penn-Ohio DX
Society, a very small (only 4 members!) HF-oriented club located in western
Pennsylvania and more commonly known by its initials PODXS (pronounced
PO-DIX), not to be confused with the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin, a very fine
weekly DX newsletter published by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW.
The 070 Club itself is run by two guys, both named Jay. For convenience
sake and to avoid any confusion, they will be referred to by their callsigns
KA3X and N3DQU.
KA3X is the manager of the 070 Club and holds certificate #001. He is the
Top Banana and takes care of the new members, issues 070 Club member numbers,
member certificates, Ragchewers certificates and QSO upgrade spots (e.g. 50,
100, 150, etc). KA3X's email address is < JHudak3rd@aol.com >.
N3DQU takes care of the 070 Club website and all of the information placed
therein. He also takes care of the 070 Club reflector, issues the
endorsements (e.g. Aloha, Lower 48, Hot Dog!, etc.) and often spends his off
hours thinking up new ones just to keep you guys busy! N3DQU is also the
contest manager and takes care of such things as the Three-Day Weekend (TDW),
which just took place in June and was a big success! N3DQU's email address is
< firstname.lastname@example.org >.
If they are lucky, KA3X and N3DQU may see each other once a month. There
is no central database and no meetings to conduct 070 Club business. Almost
all correspondence regarding the 070 Club is passed between the two via the
internet, and each mails out the respective items that they are responsible
for to the members. For example, if a member puts in for an upgrade to the
300 QSO level and also applies for an Aloha endorsement, then the 300 spot
will be mailed out by KA3X and the Aloha endorsement will be mailed out by
For best results, please send your applications and requests to the person
responsible for that particular item. If you send a QSO upgrade to N3DQU for
example, your request has to be forwarded to KA3X and may result in a delay.
By the same token, if you send an endorsement request to KA3X, then he must
forward the information to N3DQU, once again possibly resulting in a delay.
So you can see that it is quite possible to receive your upgrades,
certificates, and endorsements all at different times, even though you had
applied for them at the same time. The TARA Spring Wakeup and the TDW also
slowed throughput down quite abit this past two months, but the backlog has
been cleared up and everything is now back on track.
The 070 Club is free and open to all amateurs licensed to operate on the
HF bands. Operation of this awards program is made possible thru the support
of PODXS and contributions made by 070 Club members. Many thanks to all the
070 Members for your participation and enthusiasm! 73 de Jay N3DQU.
The results of our very first on-the-air event are now final. Congrats go
to W4TMM for a Top Dog score of 3468 points! Here are the top scoring
stations who will be getting certificates and an entry in the 070 Club record
book: W4TMM - N. America, Yl2FD - Europe, TA7I - Asia, PU5OPR - S. America,
DL2AYL - Bonus Station. Congratulations to all and thanks to everybody who
made the 2001 TDW a success! 73 de Jay N3DQU.
Re: Jeremy - N1ZZZ/mm
THANKS ... Erikatoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I catch it ... sorry i was out for a few time ok ... but i just sended the e-mail
meeting in next day 02 ok ...
Thanks for all and wait for news ok ..
Nando, your e-mail address isn't correct in the www.qrz.com. Just for the case
Re: Erika - Congrats!!
Good Mmorning Steve,
worked him on 15 meters in the evening, strange conditions, hardly any signal on
the band just the AH6 and XU7ABN - the latter didn't hear me but nobody else was
calling, hi. The AH6 called a Scot but that one didn't reply either, so I filled
the gap.... That is the advantage of my big antenna, I hear the weaker stations
sooner than others.
During the expedition of ZL9CI I couldn't hear the ZL 9 in huge pile up, but one
Saturday when I was bored by the TV program I switched on the radio, found out
that the bands were actually dead, just on 20 meters I heard a lonely station
cqing, weak but workable, turned the beam and found out it was ZL9CI, can you
believe - it was just dl2ayl who called him and got him, hi..
Good weekend to you and yours !