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PSK End of Summer Sprint

spdomingue@...
 

Well guess all the hard work was worth while...

I just recived a 1st place award from the contest not bad for first time on
QRP
(less than 5 watts) it was for First place for Idaho but still a first place.


Thanks Jay for getting me to enter just to get the endorcement.

Steve D
N6YIH/7


OQ Activity Days

ON4CAS / N1TOI <egbert.hertsen@...>
 

OQ ACTIVITY DAYS
------------------------
As you probably heard, the UBA is currently sponsering the commemorative "OQ
AWARD"...
In order to give any HAM and SWL a fair chance to work/hear the required
number of OQ stations, two "OQ Activity Days" are being organized. We urge
all Belgian HAMs to make use of their special OQ prefix and propose to make
as much QSOs as possible using the following scheme:
Dates: Sunday December 9th AND Saturday December 22nd 2001
From 07.00 UTC till 08.00 UTC : 80m CW only
From 08.00 UTC till 10.00 UTC : 80 & 40m SSB
From 12.00 UTC till 19.00 UTC : all other HF bands, all modes
From 19.00 UTC till 22.00 UTC : 6m, 2m and 70cm, all modes (except packet
radio and repeater contacts)
This is NO real contest such as the UBA, ON or Spring contests. The aim is
to give anyone interested in the OQ award the opportunity to make the
necessary contacts. However, the UBA award manager will be sponsering a
plaque or trophy for the UBA member who, using his/her OQ call, makes the
highest number of QSOs. Anyone wishing to participate in this challenge is
invited to send his/her log to ON4CAS. The plaque or trophy will be handed
over during the UBA General Assembly 2002. Furthermore, special certificates
will be awarded to the HAM outside Belgium AND both the ONL and foreign SWL
who logs the highest number of OQ stations during these activity days. Logs
should be sent before January 15th to: Egbert Hertsen, ON4CAS, Postbus 85,
Mechelen 2, B-2800 Mechelen, Belgium -- or via e-mail: on4cas@arrl.net or
egbert.hertsen@pandora.be
Please feel free to send an e-mail if you have any further questions about
these activity days and/or the OQ award...


73 de Egbert
ON4CAS / N1TOI
UBA Award Manager
http://www.qsl.net/on4cas


N1ZZZ/MM

N3DQU@...
 

Worked Jeremy a couple hours ago on 20m. He is /MM off the coast of
Puerto Rico...If you wrk N1ZZZ/MM send me ur log data es I'll send ya an " I
WRK'D N1ZZZ/MM IN 2001" spot fer ur certificate...73 de Jay N3DQU.


PSK Fest

AA8QQJMauch@...
 


Hey Steve,
ENTRY CATEGORIES
- QRP Single Band 5 watts

Hmmmm, sound like this category was made just for you. 
Anyone else run single band/ QRP?

de AA8QQ - Jay


PSK problem II

John van Eijndt KC0DEB
 

Hi Duncan & Andris,

Thank you vy much for the quick reply!
I have forwarded your suggestions, and hopefully we will have another OP on PSK31 soon. TNX Guys! 73 de John kc0deb



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PSK Problem

John van Eijndt KC0DEB
 

Hi everyone,

I need some help solving a problem someone has hr in Kansas City.
At our last Hamfest I had a Demo PSK31 station up and going, and got quite a few guys interested in PSK31. Now, one of the Op's ( WB0MDP Wally ) has this problem hooking up his Drake TR7. He had an interface made by a local HAM Store, which should work fine. He can't get any sound to and from his rig. The cables check out fine, and I have taken him step by step through the setup , volume controls etc. Still no RX and TX.
He had his PC system and soundcard checked, and his Gateway 233 MHz is performing fine, as is his Drake TR7. Software is Digipan. He told me he checked the cable from the rig to the Line In, and he has audio at the 3.5 mm jack. I figured that it would be a Volume Control Setting problem. Or in worst case scenario, corrupted software? Is there any other possibility I have overlooked?
Wally is ready to throw the towel in the ring, and give up.
Your suggestions would be much appreciated! I really want this guy on the air in this Mode. Tnx in advance Guys! 73 de John KC0DEB


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NEW: the OQ Award

ON4CAS / N1TOI <egbert.hertsen@...>
 

The Belgian IARU society UBA proudly presents The OQ Award at the occasion
of the birth of H.R.H. Princess Elisabeth, born on October 25th, 2001.
Belgian stations are entitled to use the special prefix OQ till the end of
2001. Every HAM and SWL is encouraged to apply for this commemorative
certificate.

Requirements:

Work/hear stations using the OQ prefix between October 26th and December
31st, 2001.
On HF, Belgians need at least 15 different stations, including at least 4
different prefixes;
On VHF/UHF Belgians need at least 20 different stations, including at least
6 different prefixes;
Other Europeans need at least 7 different stations, including at least 3
different prefixes;
All others need at least 5 different stations, including at least 2
different prefixes.

There are no band restrictions, but repeater contacts are invalid. All
modes, except packet radio may be used.
An award picture can be found at:
http://www.qsl.net/on4cas/oq.htm

Send your log extract + the fee of 5 ? or 5 $ no later than February 28th,
2002 to:
UBA Award Manager, Egbert Hertsen, ON4CAS, Postbus 85, Mechelen 2, B-2800
Mechelen, Belgium.


Hot News! Ducie Island on PSK!!!

Steve W3HF
 

Hey guys,

I was just monitoring 20m PSK a few minutes ago (about 0015z) and saw
the following transmission:


...... We are testing the K31 Contraption.
....... Miga come ohc e,I as a new DMCC entity.
....... Please listen for us on the 16 November 200rom 000 UTC on.
....... This is jnst a test of the PSK31 ConttaŠ on.
....... 73 & DX .....


I was aiming the beam west from Sunnyvale CA. So I think this is the
Ducie Island team. No other announcement has ever indicated they
would operate PSK, but this seems to change things.

Too bad I'll be leaving CA just around that time. :-(

73,
Steve
W3HF


Serial Numbers

Duncan McMahon <zl3jt@...>
 

de Jungle Telegraph,
I note the comments, I'm sorry if I offended anyone. If you take offence whenever
someone has a different opinion, then maybe you should not communicate with anyone
at all!

I digress....perhaps I should've asked, "What is the purpose of a serial number in
a contest exchange?"

73s


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Re: Serial Numbers

Jeff Baker <jjbaker@...>
 

It disturbs me to see people use offensive language in their emails. This
is just a hobby. It really shows a lack of character and poor use of the
English language.

Jeff Baker KG4ENR


Contest exchanges

Duncan McMahon <zl3jt@...>
 

de Jungle Telegraph!
Having received several messages about my previous comments re-contests, I wish to
make the following points of fact.
1. The only relevant information needed in an exchange is the callsigns in the respective
logs on the same band on the same day, about the same time...
2. Everything else is optional and irrelevant, except where a zone/state/call area
is required for that type of contest.
3. The most popular contests are the ones without sequential serial numbers.
4. The absence of the 'serial number' encourages casual participation.
5. Many amateurs can only use their radios during the weekend, and many are saying
"There are too many contests!"
6. The point of my objection is not to knock contests, but to encourage activity
for ALL amateurs, even on a casual basis, to have some contacts in contests! There
will be if serial numbers aren't part of the exchange!
7. I have stated that I will not participate in contests with serial numbers. This
is only my way of protesting!
8. To have a valid contact with a DX entity, DXCC only require callsigns, band, date,
mode! The time and RSTs are not required. RSTs are for DX net controllers only! Everybody
is 59, or 599 to a DX-pedition!

73s and see you in the CQWW CW contest, and the PSK Fest. (NO SERIAL NUMBERS!)


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Re: Contest exchanges

N3DQU@...
 

In a message dated 11/10/2001 6:41:25 AM Eastern Standard Time, zl3jt@... writes:


3. The most popular contests are the ones without sequential serial numbers.


   I beg to differ om...here in the states the Pennsylvania QSO Party is probably the biggest state party here in the US es the exchange is serial number es county. In the 1999 event they had over 700 entries! Looking at the Contest Chart in the November 2001 issue of Worldradio, the following events require a serial number as part of the exchange:
Ukrainian DX
ARRL SS
Japan Intl DX
European DX RTTY
OK/OM DX
ARRL 10M
...Hmmm, I can see de Jungle Telegraph will not be doing much contesting in November and December!
   As far as encouraging casual participation, I think you will find that there will always be ops out there who will be intimidated by the fast pace of the contest, no matter what the exchange or mode. That is the nature of our hobby and no amount of exchange-streamlining will fix that problem. And then there are the hams who live for the ragchew and see contesting only as so much QRM mucking up the bands for the weekend. These guys have never worked a contest and probably never will. I am sure you've run into them....you call "CQ Contest" and they come back with their name, qth, wx report es bragfile. Once again, dumping serial numbers will not get these guys involved either...Jay N3DQU.
  


Serial Numbers

Duncan McMahon <zl3jt@...>
 

de Jungle Telegraph.
The use of consequential serial numbers for contest exchanges is absolutely innane!
Why not have income tax numbers? or birthdays? or telephone numbers? Dinner menus?
This prevents 'casual' participation in any contest....You want participation don't
you? Someone who doesn't know about a contest will see the activity and then be discouraged
by some dickhead serial number he is supposed to give in the exchange!
I say get real....!! You won't get me in any contest with serial numbers in any mode/band!

ZL3JT 73s


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Serial numbers in contests

N3DQU@...
 

Wow, seems like Duncan has some pretty strong opinions on this particular
subject. Personally, I don't see that sending a serial number in a contest
exchange is all that much of a hassle. So you gotta keep a running tab of
your last used number, not a biggie in my book. Of course, I am not what you
would call a world-class contester, but still I think everyone would agree
that the contest sponsor has the right to make the rules for his event as he
sees it. If that keeps some ops out of the contest, well that is the way
things go. You can't make everybody happy. To me tho, it only makes the hobby
more interesting. What is it they say...variety is the spice of life...73 de
Jay N3DQU.


Serial # & PSK Software

John van Eijndt KC0DEB
 

Hi Erika,

Thank you for your help, I will try MixW out, aswell as W1SQLPSK.
I will see you in the test! 73 es GL to all. John kc0deb



Hi Jan,

try the MixW, available for testing at

http://www.nvbb.net/~jaffejim/mixwpage.htm

You can run it in the contest mode, setting up all the features you need,
including the progressive number.
I can only recommend that software.
See you in the contest !
73's Erika/DL2AYL





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Re: Serial #

Steve W3HF
 

Jay -

I looked through all the functions in DigiPan and couldn't figure out any
way to automate the serial number process. (This was in response to Duncan's
comments a few weeks ago.)

I personally am going to do it on paper this time. I wonder, though, if Skip
is planning any more updates to DigiPan. Perhaps this is something that
could/should be forwarded to him, specifically:

1. either internal functions that allow for incrementing a variable
2. function calls external to the program, that might run a batch file or
something similar that would do the incrementing.

The latter might also be usable to tie in to a CD callbook, for some other
functions.

I guess it all depends on whether Skip considers DigiPan "done", or whether
it is still an evolving product.

As for giving all QSOs #001, I think that might not be consistent with the
reporting requirements of the contest. Ismail wants to see actual logs, not
summaries. Quoting from the rules, "Use seperate log sheets for each band.
Logs must show: band, date, time (UTC), callsign, message, points and
multiplier." Although it doesn't say what serial number YOU sent (I'm
interpreting "message" to be the exchange you receive from the other op), I
would expect that there might be a "counter" on each page, i.e., a line
number for the entry. And that would look awful funny if they were all 001s.

BTW, I just thought about multi-op entrants, who would presumably be working
separate bands. The only practical implementation I can think of is for each
operator to be running his own set of serial numbers, e.g., one set for each
band. I can't imagine their sharing a single list. This would then tie in
nicely with the "separate log sheet for each band" requirement. Maybe this
is another reason to try to discourage their use in future contests.

73,
Steve
W3HF/6 (yes, I'll be portable 6 in the contest, but still monoband QRP)

-----Original Message-----
From: AA8QQJMauch@aol.com [mailto:AA8QQJMauch@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2001 10:36 AM
To: 070@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [070] Serial #


Hi All,
I REALLY want to work the Anatolian test this weekend. I tried W1SQLPSK
(looks like a great program) but my shack PC won't run high res modes
required for it, so I'm stuck with DigiPan. As for the paper log just to
keep track of the serial number, seems like that's gonna be one BIG hassle.

Don't know what to do. Maybe give all QSO's ser # 001. Just a thought.

73 and see you in the test,
Jay - AA8QQ

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Re: Serial #

Tom <tomias@...>
 

Hi Jay,

Why not download the demo copy of mixw .... it is fully functional for 15
days and will auto increment the serial numbers and get you through the
contest period.

Tom, k3psk

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Sent: Friday, November 09, 2001 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: [070] Serial #


Hi All,
I REALLY want to work the Anatolian test this weekend. I tried W1SQLPSK
(looks like a great program) but my shack PC won't run high res modes
required for it, so I'm stuck with DigiPan. As for the paper log just to
keep track of the serial number, seems like that's gonna be one BIG
hassle.
Don't know what to do. Maybe give all QSO's ser # 001. Just a thought.

73 and see you in the test,
Jay - AA8QQ

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Re: Serial # & PSK Software

Ricky Scott <kf7qz@...>
 

Contest ??

--- DL2AYL@t-online.de wrote:
Hi Jan,

try the MixW, available for testing at

http://www.nvbb.net/~jaffejim/mixwpage.htm

You can run it in the contest mode, setting up all
the features you need,
including the progressive number.
I can only recommend that software.
See you in the contest !
73's Erika/DL2AYL




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Re: Serial #

AA8QQJMauch@...
 

Hi All,
I REALLY want to work the Anatolian test this weekend. I tried W1SQLPSK
(looks like a great program) but my shack PC won't run high res modes
required for it, so I'm stuck with DigiPan. As for the paper log just to
keep track of the serial number, seems like that's gonna be one BIG hassle.
Don't know what to do. Maybe give all QSO's ser # 001. Just a thought.

73 and see you in the test,
Jay - AA8QQ


Re: Serial # & PSK Software

w1sql@...
 

W1SQLPSK has a progressive counter and you can send the value with a macro switch. However, I thought the serial number requirement was dropped from the contest or maybe I am confusing contests.

The software can be downloaded at www.faria.net/w1sql or www.w1sql.com

Joe
W1SQL

-----Original Message-----
From: John H. Van Eijndt [mailto:kc0deb@...]
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2001 6:10 AM
To: 070@...
Subject: [070] Serial # & PSK Software


Hi All,

I am wondering, is there such thing as a PSK31 program, with the progressive
serial # built in ? Like, I use Digipan, which works FB for me, but now with
the Test coming up, it looks like more of a hassle to keep track of the
serial #.  I am going to keep a paper log now, but it would be nice to have
that built within the software.
Is there such software available?   Hope to work you in the Test tomorrow.  
73 de John KC0DEB




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