Date   

Re: 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

Bill Garwood
 

Some comments on this subject:

It might be prudent to provide a short paragraph just before each of our contests to remind folks of what they need to do for a proper contest exchange.  We already tell them we need the S/P/C etc.  What we do not tell them is what we do not need.  I get club members sending me their names, membership number, city, county, grid square etc. as part of the contest.  If it is not part of the rules for that particular contest, leave it out.  Contest macros set up before the contest can help.

 

With that said, I’ve been in a lot of the 070 Club contests and beyond working PSK modes.  When I started with PSK years ago, I was told more than one time that if you want to work DX or contests with digital, “you stay away from PSK as the PSK operators do not know how to operate properly.  RTTY is where the action is.”  I’m a bit hard headed and operated PSK31 anyway and have had a good time working DX, contests and rag chewing.  I was W1AW/4 NC in 2014 and gave out over 900 PSK31 contacts in one week.  I could not get into any kind of flow.  I was the pileup.  Tried to operate split, no one knew how to do it.  Tried to work areas, EU only, W6 only, etc.  nada…Similar problems with the state QSO party, just less stations calling. 

 

PSK folks are not going to get your QSO rate up and if you let that bother you, it will just get your blood pressure rate up.  Our contests are fun and laid back.  Enjoy.  Even the dupes, and the newbies who want you to help them get something going in the middle of you trying to rack up more points and cause you to miss a new one.

 

Happy Radio 2019!

 

Bill N4GBK in FM16 NC  #1688

 

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From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Peter, NN9K #2629 <nn9k.peter@...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:02:41 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE
 

A typical contest QSO, PSK, RTTY, SSB and CW has a rhythm and flow to it. For example:

  • CQ CQ PSK Fest de NN9K NN9K k (I call CQ)

  • NN9K de N9BIL N9BIL kn (I get an answer)

  • N9BIL 599 IL—IL N9BIL bk (I send my report)

  • NN9K QSL ur 599 IL IL de N9BIL (He confirms my info and sends his)

  • N9BIL QSL 73 tu NN9K QRZ PSK Fest (I confirm his info and am ready for
    another caller)

Quick, easy and everyone received the required exchange and confirmed it.

But I had this happen several times in the Fest:

  • CQ CQ PSK Fest de NN9K NN9K k (I call CQ)

  • NN9K de N9YPN ur 599 IL QSL? (He answers me and sends his information BUT how did he know I heard/saw him?

  • So I send N9YPN 599 IL IL k – and get nothing back from him! So did he get my information or not? Since there was no confirmation he received my information I can’t log the QSO. Just wasted time and a QSO point!

  • Even if I send N9YPN QSL UR 599 IL IL k – I still need a confirmation from him before I can move on to another QSO.

  • If I get NN9K QSL 73 de N9YPN k then I can send N9YPN QSL 73 TU NN9K QRZ PSK Fest

Several times in the Fest I didn’t receive confirmation that my information was received and I lost several QSO points. A pretty simple tutorial can be found buried in the ARRL Field Day information packet, some folks might want to read it.

I do have to compliment a couple of pretty good operators who after I called QRZ PSK Fest immediately sent their call and we completed a QSO very quickly.

Not trying to change the world folks but as Jerry, N9AVY said in another post “everyone needs to keep contacts ASAP (As Short As Possible)” In a radio contest of any kind the name of the game is RATE. You have to have the QSOs as well as the multipliers to win. How you balance the QSO/multiplier chase is up to your operating style and goals. But even if you are in contest just for fun or just to make a few contacts you can help the other operators by keeping the contacts ASAP and follow the accepted format.



 



 


Re: 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

Jerry N9AVY
 

Peter:

 

In any contest the other station needs to toss in his call and wait for ACKNOWLEDGEMENT by station he’s calling.  With no acknowledgement there is NO QSO.  This is important because otherwise it is incomplete contact and that station will not be in log.  Confirmation via LoTW or Eqsl will not be there and some contest checkers will not count the contact … and even penalize points. 

 

Your points in this email a very valid and should remind all that a complete QSO must be made. If a station fades out before confirmation can be sent then it’s an incomplete QSO …  yes, some may try to fudge on that, but it’s good conduct to acknowledge the contact.  A few seconds it all it takes.  However, I believe most of know that and this is mostly for benefit of new guys. 

 

For example:

 

      CQ de N9AVY K

 

       N9AVY de  K9XXXX KN

 

  K9XXXX de N9AVY  599 IL de N9AVY QSL ?  

 

N9AVY de K9XXXX 599  WI TU QSL sk

 

QSL de n9avy TU  QRZ ?

 

Or some variation of this.  Keep it all minimal.   Sometimes  there can be some variations if you know other operator there can be a brief deviation as it breaks up the monotony.  Everyone has their own variations and that’s okay, but keep to the main exchange info.

 

Back in my days of 10-10 contests/QSO Parties , many members would often stop in the middle of it and ragchew for a while; because “winning isn’t everything”, we just had fun ! 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

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From: Peter, NN9K #2629
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:02 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

 

A typical contest QSO, PSK, RTTY, SSB and CW has a rhythm and flow to it. For example:

  • CQ CQ PSK Fest de NN9K NN9K k (I call CQ)
  • NN9K de N9BIL N9BIL kn (I get an answer)
  • N9BIL 599 IL—IL N9BIL bk (I send my report)
  • NN9K QSL ur 599 IL IL de N9BIL (He confirms my info and sends his)
  • N9BIL QSL 73 tu NN9K QRZ PSK Fest (I confirm his info and am ready for
    another caller)

Quick, easy and everyone received the required exchange and confirmed it.

But I had this happen several times in the Fest:

  • CQ CQ PSK Fest de NN9K NN9K k (I call CQ)
  • NN9K de N9YPN ur 599 IL QSL? (He answers me and sends his information BUT how did he know I heard/saw him?
  • So I send N9YPN 599 IL IL k – and get nothing back from him! So did he get my information or not? Since there was no confirmation he received my information I can’t log the QSO. Just wasted time and a QSO point!
  • Even if I send N9YPN QSL UR 599 IL IL k – I still need a confirmation from him before I can move on to another QSO.
  • If I get NN9K QSL 73 de N9YPN k then I can send N9YPN QSL 73 TU NN9K QRZ PSK Fest

Several times in the Fest I didn’t receive confirmation that my information was received and I lost several QSO points. A pretty simple tutorial can be found buried in the ARRL Field Day information packet, some folks might want to read it.

I do have to compliment a couple of pretty good operators who after I called QRZ PSK Fest immediately sent their call and we completed a QSO very quickly.

Not trying to change the world folks but as Jerry, N9AVY said in another post “everyone needs to keep contacts ASAP (As Short As Possible)” In a radio contest of any kind the name of the game is RATE. You have to have the QSOs as well as the multipliers to win. How you balance the QSO/multiplier chase is up to your operating style and goals. But even if you are in contest just for fun or just to make a few contacts you can help the other operators by keeping the contacts ASAP and follow the accepted format.

 

 

 

 

 


2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

Peter, NN9K #2629
 

A typical contest QSO, PSK, RTTY, SSB and CW has a rhythm and flow to it. For example:

  • CQ CQ PSK Fest de NN9K NN9K k (I call CQ)

  • NN9K de N9BIL N9BIL kn (I get an answer)

  • N9BIL 599 IL—IL N9BIL bk (I send my report)

  • NN9K QSL ur 599 IL IL de N9BIL (He confirms my info and sends his)

  • N9BIL QSL 73 tu NN9K QRZ PSK Fest (I confirm his info and am ready for
    another caller)

Quick, easy and everyone received the required exchange and confirmed it.

But I had this happen several times in the Fest:

  • CQ CQ PSK Fest de NN9K NN9K k (I call CQ)

  • NN9K de N9YPN ur 599 IL QSL? (He answers me and sends his information BUT how did he know I heard/saw him?

  • So I send N9YPN 599 IL IL k – and get nothing back from him! So did he get my information or not? Since there was no confirmation he received my information I can’t log the QSO. Just wasted time and a QSO point!

  • Even if I send N9YPN QSL UR 599 IL IL k – I still need a confirmation from him before I can move on to another QSO.

  • If I get NN9K QSL 73 de N9YPN k then I can send N9YPN QSL 73 TU NN9K QRZ PSK Fest

Several times in the Fest I didn’t receive confirmation that my information was received and I lost several QSO points. A pretty simple tutorial can be found buried in the ARRL Field Day information packet, some folks might want to read it.

I do have to compliment a couple of pretty good operators who after I called QRZ PSK Fest immediately sent their call and we completed a QSO very quickly.

Not trying to change the world folks but as Jerry, N9AVY said in another post “everyone needs to keep contacts ASAP (As Short As Possible)” In a radio contest of any kind the name of the game is RATE. You have to have the QSOs as well as the multipliers to win. How you balance the QSO/multiplier chase is up to your operating style and goals. But even if you are in contest just for fun or just to make a few contacts you can help the other operators by keeping the contacts ASAP and follow the accepted format.



 



 


Re: Ham Cruise

Irv [K3IRV] McWherter
 

Please provide info on ham cruise:  Dates, duration, ship and cruise line, port of departure and travel agent.  Thanks John.

73, Irv - K3IRV



On January 8, 2019, at 11:24 AM, John Hendry <archer@...> wrote:


Well, I haven't been on my radio for the last few months, since we've been in the middle of a move, but I plan to remedy that situation starting this weekend, when the XYL and I hop on board Carnival for a Ham Cruise!    I plan to work a lot of PSK when I get my radio time, so please look for me.  I'm told we will have updated location data, so this may be a chance to get some grids that are rather unique!

If I can post when my shifts are, I will do so. 

73

John
KG5OIB


Ham Cruise

John Hendry KG5OIB
 

Well, I haven't been on my radio for the last few months, since we've been in the middle of a move, but I plan to remedy that situation starting this weekend, when the XYL and I hop on board Carnival for a Ham Cruise!    I plan to work a lot of PSK when I get my radio time, so please look for me.  I'm told we will have updated location data, so this may be a chance to get some grids that are rather unique!

If I can post when my shifts are, I will do so. 

73

John
KG5OIB


Re: Grid chart

Don Bolstad K9DEB
 

Rick

I had created an Excel Grid Map for the Grid Chase.  I use conditional formatting to show grids worked and confirmed.  The data is sourced from my ACL master log file.  
This PDF is of  PSK all bands.  I can sort and display by bands.  Can also display by other modes if so desired.

Don K9DEB


Re: 2019 PSK Fest—An idea that worked and the musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind.

Jerry N9AVY
 

Peter:

 

Good comments.  Regarding PSK contests, everyone needs to keep contacts ASAP (As Short As Possible)  or as Sgt. Friday used to say “just the facts ….”.   Having contested for about 40 years, I was made painfully aware of this on many occasions.  It’s all about keeping the “rate” up;  the “rate” is the total number of contacts per hour.  PSK rates may never be as high as 120, but we can hope. By keep QSO’s short you will have a chance at stations who are short timers or may only be around while prop is good.

 

I agree with you about sending superfluous info (TMI) .  Times/dates are a function of the logging program at your station. Have noticed that some station tend to use the ending time of QSO, which is why LoTW  gives everyone a ½ hour window. In early 80’s I was QSL manager for a DX station and many JA stations had trouble converting to GMT/UTC …   not fun searching through paper logs … yes , this was B.C.  (Before Computers), hi, hi !

 

Sorry I wasn’t in PSKFEST, but I had other obligations … one was letting smoke out of alarm panel (rookie mistake, I know better).

 

73,  Jerry  n9avy

 

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From: Peter, NN9K #2629
Sent: Monday, January 7, 2019 1:08 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] 2019 PSK Fest—An idea that worked and the musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind.

 

First the idea that was successful-- The radio I use for PSK is a Kenwood TS-480SAT. It was purchased to be a backup radio for my shared remote station but rather than leaving it sit on the shelf I decided to use it for PSK.

 

The 480 has a very efficient internal fan but there are times in a contest when the metal chassis gets warm. Like a lot of other people I like my electronics to run cool so I purchased an inexpensive (cheap!) laptop cooler. The 480 sits, tucked away, under a shelf riser and has plenty of breathing room. Now it sits on the laptop cooler with the fans blowing air on the bottom and along the sides of the chassis. The fans are very quiet and are powered by a USB computer port. The cooler I purchased happens to have a series of blue LEDs which in addition to telling me that it is plugged in and running it is sort of reminiscence of a certain “big box” store that had blue light sales.

 

The PSK Fest proved my theory that the 480 would run cooler in a contest with extra airflow being provided. The internal fan did kick in a few times but didn’t run for any length of time.

 

Now for the “musings” and please these are my thoughts and I don’t mean to offend anyone. And I really do try to be polite during a contest but…..

 

  • Why would anyone attempt to make their first PSK in a contest situation? No idea of the contest exchange, how it flows nor how to use macros!

 

  • If you saw a bunch of activity on your waterfall with everyone calling PSK Fest would you watch to see how the QSOs are taking place or heaven forbid would you Google PSK Fest to see what it was? Guess some people aren’t that curious!

 

  • No I don’t need you to tell me “thanks for this XX-meter PSK QSO logged at XX:XX UTC”. My logging program will tell me that.

 

  • And I don’t need you to tell me at the end of our the exchange “this QSO is being automatically uploaded to EQSL, LoTW and QRZ”. To me that’s post contest stuff. Use a contest logging program or if possible set your PSK program into a contest mode. If nothing else, trim your macros.

 

  • Why would someone not realize their transmitter was stuck in transmit for several minutes. One of the reasons I like PSK contesting is not needing headphones. But I do keep the radio volume at a low level so if don’t see anything on my waterfall or don’t hear any tones I know I have a problem.

 

 

  • Dupes—yes I work dupes! In fact I think that I worked one gentleman/lady three times on the same band during the Fest, I remember the distinctive suffix but don’t remember the prefix. Much easier and quicker to work the call again and let the logging program figure it out. I don’t know, but I suspect that all of the newer PSK programs have some sort of dupe indicator. I only had one person tell me after I sent my exchange “sri dupe 73 es gl”’

 

Logging programs make things so much easier. I’m sure that some of you remember the good(?) old days of paper dupe sheets. Great fun especially in a contest like Sweepstakes. It was fairly easy with just the WA, WB, WD , K and N calls but when they started adding the KA and KB and then the 2X1s, it really got crazy! Then came the DOS general logging programs. The introduction of CT and Na for contesting finally let operator(s) concentrate on operating, not worrying about logging times, frequencies and dupes.

 

  • Groups.io—I have mixed emotions about this service. Granted it is better the Yahoo service but I didn’t spend much time there anyway. My problem with Groups.Io is that it is not real-time. I used to spend a lot of time running and chasing counties on CW. There is a spotting system for county hunters that uses web pages and IRC chat rooms so you can see real time information. Who is running, the band/frequency being used, the county and state as well as the person who input the spot.

 

Although I guess for PSK operating a chat room would probably only be good for chasing DX, IOTAs or grids. What we really need is a PSK Skimmer. PSK Reporter in my view is not all that handy unless I am missing something. It may show the sites that captured my signal but I can’t find where it gives my signal strength or other information. The Reverse Beacon Network does a better job but it’s CW only. Oh well maybe someday in the future.

 

 

  • Now for a confession—I don’t really like PSK! But to clarify that I should say I don’t like PSK as a daily operating mode. To me PSK is a chatty mode, macros are find but can’t do it all, there still is a need for typing and I am not a good typist. And I’m not a chatty person unless it is over a cup or cups of coffee. A 30 minute CW QSO is a long one for me!

 

But I do like PSK contesting. I’m long past the point of 24 hour contests or even sitting for 7 or 8 hours for a state QSO party. For me those have become multi- operator endeavors. I can manage a 2 hour QRP sprint or to really stretch it, a 4 hour QRP contest if the weather is nice and I’m outside. It sounds crazy but I can sit in front of a computer for hours watching a waterfall clicking a mouse and pushing the ENTER key. Much less fatigue and best of all I can go to sleep at night without CW still ringing in my ears.

 

Ok, I’m done with my musing! The PSK Fest was great fun and I am looking forward to the next big event. CU then!

 


Upcoming mailings!

Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
 

Hey, y'all!

We're going to be beginning the "end of the year" mailings for all the contest certificates from 2018 as well as all of the stickers earned through 31 December here by the middle of January.

There's something approaching 1000 stickers, about 200 certificates including nearly 125 contest certificates, plus a few new member packets and about a dozen ABCD certificates.  What's an ABCD certificate you say? Funny you should ask.... here's a picture and an explanation.

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An 070 ABCD certificate (and sticker!) is an "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" certificate, reserved for those that donate more than $25 to the club in a given year. Yes, some very generous people have earned multiple ABCD certs in one year! Some have earned them in multiple years! Remember that any donation gets you on the list for a Postaid sticker for the year as well!  Donations of US "forever" stamps are welcome as well - please use the address at the bottom of the page found at the link below!

We haven't just out-and-out asked for donations in well over a year, but that time is here.

Being mailing time, we have to purchase stamps, and they aren't cheap. Please donate whatever you can to the club today. podxs070.com/how-to-donate  

Postage is going up here in a couple of weeks, so we'd like to get as many "forever" stamps as possible before the rate hike since we have a few hundred dollar's worth of stuff going out now. 

Please keep in mind that we live solely on the generous donations of our members, as there are no dues for the 070 Club, and we plan on keeping it that way.  PLEASE DONATE TODAY!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your participation in the club - all the work the  070 staff does is just for you!

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

P.S. Here's a shot of PART of the stack of certificates waiting to go out... (just ignore the messy desk and floor!!!)

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Re: Thank You PSKFEST

Jim K5SP
 

Good work Bob.

Unusual this year,  normally when we have PSKFest, I am flooded during and after the event with Membership requests.  Sad to report that here we are a few days later, and only one new membership app was received. 

Jim K5SP
Membership Director

On 1/7/2019 3:14 PM, Robert Motyl wrote:
Just want to thank everyone who helped with and participated in this years PSKFEST. 
I had 45 new psk contacts and 10 new PODXS member contacts.  Couldn't be happier.
I even got out of contest mode with two contacts and welcomed them to psk.

What a way to ring in the new year.

Thanks again,
Bob KK6KMU

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Thank You PSKFEST

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

Just want to thank everyone who helped with and participated in this years PSKFEST. 
I had 45 new psk contacts and 10 new PODXS member contacts.  Couldn't be happier.
I even got out of contest mode with two contacts and welcomed them to psk.

What a way to ring in the new year.

Thanks again,
Bob KK6KMU


Re: IOTA Activations

Loren McCullough - WA3WZR
 

that email address is "iota at podxs070 dot com"

Loren


Re: IOTA Activations

Loren McCullough - WA3WZR
 

For 070 endorsements, just let me know the dates and callsign of the activation at iota@... , and I will make not of it for future credit.

For RSGB IOTA, it is a bit more complicated.

 Here is what I can find from the IOTA website  

Cards submitted for credit should show clearly the callsign used on the air and the island location at the time of the contact:
1) the callsign used for the operation must be printed (not handwritten or part hand-written),
2) the name of the island from which the operation took place must be printed (not handwritten) on the QSL card, as the IOTA Reference Number alone is not sufficient, and
3) the island name must be one that is recognized through its listing in the IOTA Directory
Cards with handwritten island names will never be acceptable and will be rejected.
 
 
DO  I  NEED  TO  TELL  YOU  MY  PLANS  IN  ADVANCE  OR CONTACT YOU AFTERWARDS?
No,  it  is  normally  not  necessary for  operations  from  routinely activated  groups  to  inform  us  in  advance.  Just let  the  DX bulletins   know   your   plans   so   that   they   can   publicise   the operation.  However,  this  said,  there  are occasions  when  you need to be in contact with us. If you plan to operate from a new, i.e. provisionally numbered, or rare IOTA group or a group which geography,  politics,  or  licensing  or  environmental  restrictions make  difficult to  access, contact  us  early  in the  planning  stage as there is a validation procedure you will need to follow for your operation  to  be  accepted  for  IOTA. For  these  you  will  need  to provide  supporting  documentation after  the  operation. For any operations,it  is  prudent  to  keep  travel  invoices,  ticket  stubs, permits   and   evidence   of   being   on   the   island   in   case   of subsequent challenge.

As far as cards vs. clublog,    cards are not required when using clublog matching.


My comments:

for your brief activation, I am not sure it is worth the effort to have those QSOs recognized by RSGB, and I am not sure who you would contact as it is after the fact.

I have used Clublog matching to get my RSGB IOTA certificate, their crediting goes something like this (The QSO in your log must match the activators log exactly)
- callsigns that can only map to a single island are counted automatically
- for all other IOTA groups, they list specific callsigns granted approval for that IOTA, and this list is updated periodically

Sample list:
AF-001 3B6RF  
AF-002 Any from Amsterdam & St Paul Islands  
AF-003 Any from Ascension Island  
AF-004 Any from Canary Islands  
AF-005 D44EE  
AF-005 D44TEG  
AF-045 6V1IS/P  
NA-076 AA8LL/4  
NA-076 K4KGG  
NA-076 KC8PG/1F4  
NA-076 W4/SP5APW  
NA-076 W4DFU  
NA-076 W4HY  
NA-076 W9DC  
NA-076 WW2PT  


2019 PSK Fest—An idea that worked and the musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind.

Peter, NN9K #2629
 

First the idea that was successful-- The radio I use for PSK is a Kenwood TS-480SAT. It was purchased to be a backup radio for my shared remote station but rather than leaving it sit on the shelf I decided to use it for PSK.

 

The 480 has a very efficient internal fan but there are times in a contest when the metal chassis gets warm. Like a lot of other people I like my electronics to run cool so I purchased an inexpensive (cheap!) laptop cooler. The 480 sits, tucked away, under a shelf riser and has plenty of breathing room. Now it sits on the laptop cooler with the fans blowing air on the bottom and along the sides of the chassis. The fans are very quiet and are powered by a USB computer port. The cooler I purchased happens to have a series of blue LEDs which in addition to telling me that it is plugged in and running it is sort of reminiscence of a certain “big box” store that had blue light sales.

 

The PSK Fest proved my theory that the 480 would run cooler in a contest with extra airflow being provided. The internal fan did kick in a few times but didn’t run for any length of time.

 

Now for the “musings” and please these are my thoughts and I don’t mean to offend anyone. And I really do try to be polite during a contest but…..

 

  • Why would anyone attempt to make their first PSK in a contest situation? No idea of the contest exchange, how it flows nor how to use macros!

 

  • If you saw a bunch of activity on your waterfall with everyone calling PSK Fest would you watch to see how the QSOs are taking place or heaven forbid would you Google PSK Fest to see what it was? Guess some people aren’t that curious!

 

  • No I don’t need you to tell me “thanks for this XX-meter PSK QSO logged at XX:XX UTC”. My logging program will tell me that.

 

  • And I don’t need you to tell me at the end of our the exchange “this QSO is being automatically uploaded to EQSL, LoTW and QRZ”. To me that’s post contest stuff. Use a contest logging program or if possible set your PSK program into a contest mode. If nothing else, trim your macros.

 

  • Why would someone not realize their transmitter was stuck in transmit for several minutes. One of the reasons I like PSK contesting is not needing headphones. But I do keep the radio volume at a low level so if don’t see anything on my waterfall or don’t hear any tones I know I have a problem.

 

 

  • Dupes—yes I work dupes! In fact I think that I worked one gentleman/lady three times on the same band during the Fest, I remember the distinctive suffix but don’t remember the prefix. Much easier and quicker to work the call again and let the logging program figure it out. I don’t know, but I suspect that all of the newer PSK programs have some sort of dupe indicator. I only had one person tell me after I sent my exchange “sri dupe 73 es gl”’

     

    Logging programs make things so much easier. I’m sure that some of you remember the good(?) old days of paper dupe sheets. Great fun especially in a contest like Sweepstakes. It was fairly easy with just the WA, WB, WD , K and N calls but when they started adding the KA and KB and then the 2X1s, it really got crazy! Then came the DOS general logging programs. The introduction of CT and Na for contesting finally let operator(s) concentrate on operating, not worrying about logging times, frequencies and dupes.

 

  • Groups.io—I have mixed emotions about this service. Granted it is better the Yahoo service but I didn’t spend much time there anyway. My problem with Groups.Io is that it is not real-time. I used to spend a lot of time running and chasing counties on CW. There is a spotting system for county hunters that uses web pages and IRC chat rooms so you can see real time information. Who is running, the band/frequency being used, the county and state as well as the person who input the spot.

     

    Although I guess for PSK operating a chat room would probably only be good for chasing DX, IOTAs or grids. What we really need is a PSK Skimmer. PSK Reporter in my view is not all that handy unless I am missing something. It may show the sites that captured my signal but I can’t find where it gives my signal strength or other information. The Reverse Beacon Network does a better job but it’s CW only. Oh well maybe someday in the future.

 

 

  • Now for a confession—I don’t really like PSK! But to clarify that I should say I don’t like PSK as a daily operating mode. To me PSK is a chatty mode, macros are find but can’t do it all, there still is a need for typing and I am not a good typist. And I’m not a chatty person unless it is over a cup or cups of coffee. A 30 minute CW QSO is a long one for me!

 

But I do like PSK contesting. I’m long past the point of 24 hour contests or even sitting for 7 or 8 hours for a state QSO party. For me those have become multi- operator endeavors. I can manage a 2 hour QRP sprint or to really stretch it, a 4 hour QRP contest if the weather is nice and I’m outside. It sounds crazy but I can sit in front of a computer for hours watching a waterfall clicking a mouse and pushing the ENTER key. Much less fatigue and best of all I can go to sleep at night without CW still ringing in my ears.

 

Ok, I’m done with my musing! The PSK Fest was great fun and I am looking forward to the next big event. CU then!


Re: PSKFest

Jim K5SP
 

Thanks Bill, saw you a lot also.� I am in deep Kim Chee with the XYL due to the hours that I had my BIC on this one.� Tried to calm her down with "But this contest is only once a year", that didn't work, seems� that is what I told her on the last one.� I have to agree with her, I did spend too many hours on this year.

Concur with the signals, I did see several that looked like they were overdriving, but when I saw the call signs and they were members I had worked before with no problems, I also attributed it to weird propagation.� It was strange this weekend,� it seems I would work east, they would fade out, then I could work west. West would fade, and I could work east again.� Seemed to swap several times Saturday.�

Had a lot of fun, looking for the next one.

Jim K5SP

On 1/7/2019 8:50 AM, Bill Garwood wrote:

No signal problems noted here for you Jim.� Worked you on two bands.� Saw you on the waterfall a lot.

�

There is some kind of phenomenon that I�ve observed on multiple occasions on PSK31 on 20 meters fairly late in the afternoon.� When I first started with PSK31, I�d get the occasional complaint about my signal degrading when I had not made any changes to my transmitting setup.� That is what prompted me to get a PSK IMD meter.� What happens is a station�s signal will get broad and distorted on the waterfall for a few minutes then it will return to normal.� It acts like the transmitting station has turned on a linear and is running lots of power with a lot of ALC.� When it is doing this, the distortion will seem to move from one station to another one.� From here, I see it on stations to the west of me maybe 500 to 1000 miles away.� Only happens occasionally and only for a few minutes then goes away.� My very uneducated guess is this is some kind of multipath propagation that occurs under certain conditions.� Maybe the sun angle?� Maybe an atmospheric cloud?� The transmitted signal arrives at the receiver in a jumble.� It gets the PSK Police in an uproar.� Anyway, I�d not be too concerned about it.

�

Had fun in the contest.� Happy Radio.

�

Bill N4GBK in FM16 eastern NC.

�

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�


From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Jim K5SP <jinnis@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 6:01:50 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] PSKFest
�
Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?� It seemed all weekend that
regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him.�
Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see
his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band.�
Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set
output for more than 22 watts.� Could not figure out the problem, but
operated anyway.� Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time
I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing
parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.��� Also does anyone that
made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?� Late Saturday
afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near
to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun,
and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode.�
Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain
quantity of signals in the waterfall.

73,

Jim K5SP



--
Jim,� K5SP #483
Member Services Director




--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Re: PSKFest

Bill Garwood
 

No signal problems noted here for you Jim.  Worked you on two bands.  Saw you on the waterfall a lot.

 

There is some kind of phenomenon that I’ve observed on multiple occasions on PSK31 on 20 meters fairly late in the afternoon.  When I first started with PSK31, I’d get the occasional complaint about my signal degrading when I had not made any changes to my transmitting setup.  That is what prompted me to get a PSK IMD meter.  What happens is a station’s signal will get broad and distorted on the waterfall for a few minutes then it will return to normal.  It acts like the transmitting station has turned on a linear and is running lots of power with a lot of ALC.  When it is doing this, the distortion will seem to move from one station to another one.  From here, I see it on stations to the west of me maybe 500 to 1000 miles away.  Only happens occasionally and only for a few minutes then goes away.  My very uneducated guess is this is some kind of multipath propagation that occurs under certain conditions.  Maybe the sun angle?  Maybe an atmospheric cloud?  The transmitted signal arrives at the receiver in a jumble.  It gets the PSK Police in an uproar.  Anyway, I’d not be too concerned about it.

 

Had fun in the contest.  Happy Radio.

 

Bill N4GBK in FM16 eastern NC.

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Jim K5SP <jinnis@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 6:01:50 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] PSKFest
 
Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?  It seemed all weekend that
regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him. 
Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see
his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band. 
Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set
output for more than 22 watts.  Could not figure out the problem, but
operated anyway.  Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time
I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing
parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.    Also does anyone that
made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?  Late Saturday
afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near
to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun,
and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode. 
Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain
quantity of signals in the waterfall.

73,

Jim K5SP



--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director




Re: PSKFest

Lewis Karriker (Sonny) - K4ARE - #2347
 

Jim - worked you on 2 bands and did not notice a signal problem. BTW everyone - great contest.  Saw a lot of regular folks and a lot of new qsos.  Thanks to all who made it possible.  Wish I could have worked more hours.

Lewis - K4ARE - 2347

On 1/6/2019 6:01 PM, Jim K5SP wrote:
Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?  It seemed all weekend that regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him.  Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band.  Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set output for more than 22 watts.  Could not figure out the problem, but operated anyway.  Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.    Also does anyone that made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?  Late Saturday afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun, and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode.  Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain quantity of signals in the waterfall.

73,

Jim K5SP



Re: PSKFest

Mike W4BZM
 

Jim,
When we worked 20 meters in the morning (1500Z), your signal looked fine.  And I appreciate your taking the time to talk to a fellow shipmate in the midst of the PSKfest, rather than just grabbing an exchange and moving on.  

During our contact later in the day (2251Z) on 40 meters, I thought your signal was a bit wider than normal on the waterfall -- but I didn't notice any extra traces.  Of course, I usually crank the receive bandwidth down to 500 Hz once I establish a contact, so I wouldn't have seen anything outside that.

(Hope your database gets updated soon to show my PODXS number.)  

73

Mike W4BZM
PODXS 070 # 2653


On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 5:01 PM Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:
Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?  It seemed all weekend that
regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him. 
Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see
his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band. 
Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set
output for more than 22 watts.  Could not figure out the problem, but
operated anyway.  Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time
I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing
parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.    Also does anyone that
made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?  Late Saturday
afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near
to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun,
and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode. 
Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain
quantity of signals in the waterfall.

73,

Jim K5SP



--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director




Re: Grid chart

Rick - N7WE
 

The truth of the matter Jerry...I'm color blind.  I didn't know it was a different color and looking at it just now, I still don't.  But I checked my log and it should be blank.  I have not worked DM32.  I'll fix that tomorrow.  I can tell blank from green!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Grid chart

Jerry N9AVY
 

Rick:

 

There are some very subtle differences which are probably due to our QTHs and propagation.    

 

Why is DM32 a different color ???   Is that a  “I may have worked this one” ???  Just curious.

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

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From: Rick - N7WE
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 6:11 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Grid chart

 

OK here's mine Jerry.  As Tweety Bird used to say to Larry Bird: "We look a lot alike!"  Anybody out West or up North want to activate some grids and be a hero?  
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

 


Re: Grid chart

Rick - N7WE
 

OK here's mine Jerry.  As Tweety Bird used to say to Larry Bird: "We look a lot alike!"  Anybody out West or up North want to activate some grids and be a hero?  
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

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