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First PSK31 QSO since March 2019

meikol <meikol@...>
 

Hi all -

Due to many factors I haven't done much PSKing the last couple of years.  Today I put up a new 20m dipole and while trying it out I saw 4 or 5 bright traces in the waterfall.  Called CQ once and Kent, K7YXZ, came right back to me.  We had a great 30+ minute QSO.  A very nice way to get back into PSK31.

--
73 - Mike N6STA  070 # 1516


Re: Signalink USB

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

The SignaLink USB PTT control works exactly as you have described.  It’s essentially VOX based on the audio coming from the computer.

The nice thing about the SignaLink USB is that you can just buy a cable and internal jumper plug to match your radio, put the plug in the socket inside, connect the cable that runs to your radio, connect a USB cable, and you’re in business.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Dec 27, 2020, at 3:50 PM, Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri@...> wrote:

I don't need CAT. I had previously said that rig control wasn't a goal (at least not now).

From what I read in the manual on pages 6 and 7


it has an internal PTT that's VOX-like (in my words). It detects the audio coming from the computer and triggers the PTT line to the radio.

Steve
W3HF


-----Original Message-----
From: David, K9DWR <david@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Dec 27, 2020 11:29 pm
Subject: Re: [070Club] Signalink USB


> On Dec 27, 2020, at 12:28, Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
> 
> Lauri -
> 
> Understood. The simplification comes from the fact that right now I have three cables from the computer to the interface: Tx audio, Rx audio, and PTT (which is a USB-to-RS232 adapter connected to the RS232 input on the adapter). Consolidating that mess into a single USB is one of the goals.

Actually, the SignaLink likely will not meet that goal. It will be one USB for the audio to the SignaLink, but CAT control is not something the SignaLink does.  You would still need a second cable for CAT control.

https://tigertronics.com/slusbfaq.htm#Can%20I%20use%20the%20SignaLink%20USB%20to%20control%20my%20radio,%20or%20will%20I%20need%20a%20separate%20CAT%20interface?



David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@...







Re: Signalink USB

David, K9DWR
 

On Dec 27, 2020, at 17:50, Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

I don't need CAT. I had previously said that rig control wasn't a goal (at least not now).

From what I read in the manual on pages 6 and 7

http://www.tigertronics.com/files/slusbman.pdf

it has an internal PTT that's VOX-like (in my words). It detects the audio coming from the computer and triggers the PTT line to the radio.
Yes, it will definitely PTT from the software for you. I just didn’t want you expecting CAT control as well.



David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@graniteweb.com


Re: Signalink USB

Stephen Melachrinos
 

I don't need CAT. I had previously said that rig control wasn't a goal (at least not now).

From what I read in the manual on pages 6 and 7


it has an internal PTT that's VOX-like (in my words). It detects the audio coming from the computer and triggers the PTT line to the radio.

Steve
W3HF


-----Original Message-----
From: David, K9DWR <david@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Dec 27, 2020 11:29 pm
Subject: Re: [070Club] Signalink USB


> On Dec 27, 2020, at 12:28, Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
>
> Lauri -
>
> Understood. The simplification comes from the fact that right now I have three cables from the computer to the interface: Tx audio, Rx audio, and PTT (which is a USB-to-RS232 adapter connected to the RS232 input on the adapter). Consolidating that mess into a single USB is one of the goals.

Actually, the SignaLink likely will not meet that goal. It will be one USB for the audio to the SignaLink, but CAT control is not something the SignaLink does.  You would still need a second cable for CAT control.

https://tigertronics.com/slusbfaq.htm#Can%20I%20use%20the%20SignaLink%20USB%20to%20control%20my%20radio,%20or%20will%20I%20need%20a%20separate%20CAT%20interface?



David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@...






Re: Signalink USB

David, K9DWR
 

On Dec 27, 2020, at 12:28, Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

Lauri -

Understood. The simplification comes from the fact that right now I have three cables from the computer to the interface: Tx audio, Rx audio, and PTT (which is a USB-to-RS232 adapter connected to the RS232 input on the adapter). Consolidating that mess into a single USB is one of the goals.
Actually, the SignaLink likely will not meet that goal. It will be one USB for the audio to the SignaLink, but CAT control is not something the SignaLink does. You would still need a second cable for CAT control.

https://tigertronics.com/slusbfaq.htm#Can%20I%20use%20the%20SignaLink%20USB%20to%20control%20my%20radio,%20or%20will%20I%20need%20a%20separate%20CAT%20interface?



David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@graniteweb.com


Re: ACLog

Steve McEdwards
 

Hi Steve,
If you search putting psk31 in mode box and then highlight the qso's from December 25.you should then be able to export Adif file under the export section.I have done it this way for some of our contest.
Hope it helps HNY
73  de Steve
VA3TPS


On Sun., 27 Dec. 2020 at 5:22 p.m., Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io
<melachri@...> wrote:
Does anyone use ACLog? I'm trying to help someone figure out how to extract their Christmas Run log.

Specifically, we need instructions on how to export a file that:

- only has QSOs from 12/25/2020
- only has PSK31 QSOs
- only has the Date, Time, Callsign, Mode, Freq or Band fields
- is either .txt, .prn, .csx, .xls, etc

If you can help, please post the instructions here. Thanks.

73,
Steve
W3HF


Re: ACLog

Leland Sly
 

I use AC Log when I operate portable.  I then import my contacts to my "Master" log in HRD.  The way I got my report for the Christmas event was to export an ADIF file of the contacts I made.  Then I used the ADIF Master program to delete the fields I did not want.  Then saved that file as a CSV file.  That is a text file that should be exactly what the doctor ordered.

I don't know how to do it in one step.

73

Lee N5SLY

On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 4:22 PM Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
Does anyone use ACLog? I'm trying to help someone figure out how to extract their Christmas Run log.

Specifically, we need instructions on how to export a file that:

- only has QSOs from 12/25/2020
- only has PSK31 QSOs
- only has the Date, Time, Callsign, Mode, Freq or Band fields
- is either .txt, .prn, .csx, .xls, etc

If you can help, please post the instructions here. Thanks.

73,
Steve
W3HF


Re: Signalink USB

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

“No annoying clutter on the table” has ten syllables, the right number of syllables for a sonnet although the syllable emphasis is wonky for iambic pentameter.  I will leave it up to you to write the remaining 13 lines.

I love sonnets, although I’m complete rubbish at writing them.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Dec 27, 2020, at 2:06 PM, Ron Bosch <boschfamily@...> wrote:

I would write a sonnet to my IC-7100, but English 101 was a long time ago, and I can't remember the form, plus how would I rhyme "one USB cable"? :-)

73
Ron
KE4DRF

On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 12:28 PM Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
Lauri -

Understood. The simplification comes from the fact that right now I have three cables from the computer to the interface: Tx audio, Rx audio, and PTT (which is a USB-to-RS232 adapter connected to the RS232 input on the adapter). Consolidating that mess into a single USB is one of the goals.

Steve 


-----Original Message-----
From: Lauri Lundgren <n1ukxradio@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Dec 27, 2020 11:06 am
Subject: Re: [070Club] Signalink USB

You're going to need at least 2 cables.  The USB cable is between the SignaLink and the computer, and then you'll need a cable from the SignaLink to the radio.




ACLog

Stephen Melachrinos
 

Does anyone use ACLog? I'm trying to help someone figure out how to extract their Christmas Run log.

Specifically, we need instructions on how to export a file that:

- only has QSOs from 12/25/2020
- only has PSK31 QSOs
- only has the Date, Time, Callsign, Mode, Freq or Band fields
- is either .txt, .prn, .csx, .xls, etc

If you can help, please post the instructions here. Thanks.

73,
Steve
W3HF


Re: Signalink USB

Jerry N9AVY
 

"under the table "   ???

On Sunday, December 27, 2020, 04:06:57 PM CST, Ron Bosch <boschfamily@...> wrote:


I would write a sonnet to my IC-7100, but English 101 was a long time ago, and I can't remember the form, plus how would I rhyme "one USB cable"? :-)

73
Ron
KE4DRF

On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 12:28 PM Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
Lauri -

Understood. The simplification comes from the fact that right now I have three cables from the computer to the interface: Tx audio, Rx audio, and PTT (which is a USB-to-RS232 adapter connected to the RS232 input on the adapter). Consolidating that mess into a single USB is one of the goals.

Steve 


-----Original Message-----
From: Lauri Lundgren <n1ukxradio@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Dec 27, 2020 11:06 am
Subject: Re: [070Club] Signalink USB

You're going to need at least 2 cables.  The USB cable is between the SignaLink and the computer, and then you'll need a cable from the SignaLink to the radio.


Re: Signalink USB

Ron Bosch
 

I would write a sonnet to my IC-7100, but English 101 was a long time ago, and I can't remember the form, plus how would I rhyme "one USB cable"? :-)

73
Ron
KE4DRF


On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 12:28 PM Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
Lauri -

Understood. The simplification comes from the fact that right now I have three cables from the computer to the interface: Tx audio, Rx audio, and PTT (which is a USB-to-RS232 adapter connected to the RS232 input on the adapter). Consolidating that mess into a single USB is one of the goals.

Steve 


-----Original Message-----
From: Lauri Lundgren <n1ukxradio@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Dec 27, 2020 11:06 am
Subject: Re: [070Club] Signalink USB

You're going to need at least 2 cables.  The USB cable is between the SignaLink and the computer, and then you'll need a cable from the SignaLink to the radio.


Re: Serious question

Josef 'Jeff' Sipek
 

On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 19:10:31 +0000, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
I see stations giving out S/N  and IMD reports.  Tend to ignore them, but
have always wondered if they really have any value or are just filler.   
I find them useful. They give me a more accurate idea of what my signal
looks like on the waterfall - and since they are generated automatically,
there is less operator interpretation.

I think the fldigi manual talks a about what the two numbers mean, but the
rule of thumb KC3FL told me when I started with fldigi, was that S/N should
be equal to the the negated IMD for "perfect" signal. For example,

- 30dB S/N & -30dB IMD is great
- 30dB S/N & -15dB IMD means that I'm a bit wider than I should be

Technically, this info is contained in the RSQ, but like many I tend to
leave it at 599 unless something warrants changing it.

If a station can make contact with me that's usually good enough for me. 
And that's fine too, after all - it is 'only' a hobby. :)

Jeff (AC1JR).


Re: Serious question

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I find the S/N number more useful than ‘599’, as pretty much everyone sends 599 for signal reports unless something really unusual is happening.

I try to override the default 599 and send actual signal reports but I confess I often fail to do so.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Dec 27, 2020, at 11:10 AM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

I see stations giving out S/N  and IMD reports.  Tend to ignore them, but have always wondered if they really have any value or are just filler.   

If a station can make contact with me that's usually good enough for me.  If someone gets a 599 report from me, it's because the 599 is given to everyone and I seldom deviate from that. (No one gets offended that way, ha-ha !)

Jerry   n9avy


Serious question

Jerry N9AVY
 

I see stations giving out S/N  and IMD reports.  Tend to ignore them, but have always wondered if they really have any value or are just filler.   

If a station can make contact with me that's usually good enough for me.  If someone gets a 599 report from me, it's because the 599 is given to everyone and I seldom deviate from that. (No one gets offended that way, ha-ha !)

Jerry   n9avy


Re: 25 contacts on 20m

Jerry N9AVY
 

Michael:

No problem.  Figured out you were in AZ from the /7  identifier.  Made correction in my log.  You signal was good enough to get name & signal report; then everything went to pot with your signal.

BTW, you down the road from my old friend Dale , WA9ENA, who is up kind of Northeast from you. Looks to be a short distance on the map, but maps are misleading - ha-ha !

Also, don't need your Grid, but need grids further West; so don't sweat it..  Another 9-land friend is around Sioux Falls, but never hear him.

73,  Jerry n9avy



On Sunday, December 27, 2020, 12:43:28 PM CST, Michael KE0CEN <mlhagema@...> wrote:


Jerry,
   Well, I wrote a detailed reply to this post, then my browser crashed before I could send it. Very sorry for the miscommunication Jerry. I was operating as KE0CEN/7 as I was in Phoenix, Az on vacation. I was trying to tell you I was NOT in Iowa, but the NOT part got lost in the ether. So I was in Az when we made contact. I will try very hard to make contact next time I see your call from home, it is easy to remember.

  Again, sorry for any part I played in the confusion and congrats on the 25, I worked about 3 hours and only got 11, but had fun trying.



73,

   Michael KE0CEN


Re: Secondary Callsign detailed usage information

Stephen Melachrinos
 

Michael -

Bob's info is exactly correct for eQSL, but I need to tweak the LoTW info.

> As for LoTW, you will need to request a new certificate for the KE0CEN/7 call sign.  

Exactly correct. LoTW issues certificates for each callsign or callsign variant you use.

You can do that through the TQSO program.

There's a typo there. It's the TQSL program. Under the "Callsign Ceritificate" menu pick, select "Request New Callsign Certificate."

Make sure you enter the correct QTH information. 

Here's where eQSL and LoTW are different. LoTW's callsign certificates do NOT identify the actual QTH other than DXCC entity. If I operated as W3HF from 28 different states (other than Alaska and Hawaii), I could use the same callsign certificate. (If I make even a minor variation in the callsign, I'd need a different certificate, but that's the answer to a different question.)

So you request a certificate for KE0CEN/7 without stating you are in Arizona. And you can use it if/when you operate from Washington, Idaho, or wherever you sign as KE0CEN/7.

When you receive the new certificate via email, you will need to import it into the TQSL program.

Correct. After you receive the certificate is when you create station locations and then associate them with the correct callsign certificate(s). To some extent, you can mix and match a bit. I've almost always operated with portable identifiers, but I've been portable as W3HF/3 and W3HF/0 from at least two different locations each. So I created separate station locations (two in the third district and two in the tenth district), and associated them with the same W3HF/3 and W3HF/0 certificates, respectively. And very occasionally, I've operated as W3HF from somewhere else--I know one time was from a club station in California where I almost always operated as W3HF/6. So I had to create two instances of that same station location with different callsign certificates.

It probably sounds more difficult than it really is. TQSL shows you in a tree structure which location-certificate combinations you have established.

From then on, just make sure you select the correct QTH when uploading to LoTW.

And I'll modify that to say "correct QTH/certificate combination" to allow for all possible variants.

As to the rest of your questions:

- I can't help you with QRZ, as I don't log there.
- I suspect that different logging programs address (your) station locations differently, so you should probably identify your logger. Someone here should be able to help.

Steve
W3HF (and W3HF/1, W3HF/2, W3HF/3, W3HF/4, W3HF/6, W3HF/8, W3HF/0, W3HF/KH2, W3HF/KH6, W1A and VQ9HF)





Re: 25 contacts on 20m

Michael KE0CEN
 

Jerry,
   Well, I wrote a detailed reply to this post, then my browser crashed before I could send it. Very sorry for the miscommunication Jerry. I was operating as KE0CEN/7 as I was in Phoenix, Az on vacation. I was trying to tell you I was NOT in Iowa, but the NOT part got lost in the ether. So I was in Az when we made contact. I will try very hard to make contact next time I see your call from home, it is easy to remember.

  Again, sorry for any part I played in the confusion and congrats on the 25, I worked about 3 hours and only got 11, but had fun trying.


73,
   Michael KE0CEN


Re: Signalink USB

Stephen Melachrinos
 

Lauri -

Understood. The simplification comes from the fact that right now I have three cables from the computer to the interface: Tx audio, Rx audio, and PTT (which is a USB-to-RS232 adapter connected to the RS232 input on the adapter). Consolidating that mess into a single USB is one of the goals.

Steve 


-----Original Message-----
From: Lauri Lundgren <n1ukxradio@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Dec 27, 2020 11:06 am
Subject: Re: [070Club] Signalink USB

You're going to need at least 2 cables.  The USB cable is between the SignaLink and the computer, and then you'll need a cable from the SignaLink to the radio.


Re: Secondary Callsign detailed usage information

GA - Bob - K4VBM
 

Mike,

As a support volunteer for eQSL, what you need to do is create an attached account for the KE0CEN/7 call.

This is how:

Log into your existing account and go to the 'My Accounts' page, https://www.eqsl.cc/qslcard/MyAccounts.cfm
and at the bottom of the page you will see a section called: 'Register a New Attached Account'.
Change the callsign to be KE0CEN/7, put in the start date of when you made the first contact with that call,
enter an corresponding End Date, enter all the correct QTH information, give it a good nickname based on where you were operating from,
and press the 'Create New' button.

The new account will be attached to your old account, so they will share the same membership level,
and also the credits from both accounts will be combined for the eAwards program.

As for QRZ.com, just login and go to the account manager page:  https://www.qrz.com/manager
A ways down is a section called Secondary Callsigns.  Click on the "Add a new secondary callsign" link, and go from there.

As for LoTW, you will need to request a new certificate for the KE0CEN/7 call sign.  You can do that through the TQSO program.  Make sure you enter the correct QTH information.  When you receive the new certificate via email, you will need to import it into the TQSL program.  From then on, just make sure you select the correct QTH when uploading to LoTW.

Those are the ones I can help you with.

Bob
K4VBM (Very Bad Memory)

On 12/27/2020 12:47 PM, Michael KE0CEN wrote:
Hello all!
 
First post here on the email reflector, I'm newish to PSK-31 and a new member of PODXS070!!
Before my question I'd like to thank all those that volunteer their time and effort to PODXS070, the contests and awards are fun and I look forward to introducing our Boy Scout ARC (WN0BSA) to them later this year!
 
I'm looking for a good resource to learn more about the proper usage of secondary callsigns. In particular how to log them for personal information, how to use them for QRZ, LoTW, eQSL , etc.
 
I was outside my home QTH last week using the callsign KE0CEN/7 as I was in Arizona (home is Iowa) and I was sure to use my actual LOC and QTH when communicating with people so awards and contest results would be accurate.
 
I have gotten a few QSL requests using just the callsign KE0CEN, and I'm not sure what to do about that.
 
Anyway, I'm mostly looking for something that is already written that I can read or a video I can watch. I did some digging myself on the internet, but I didn't really see anything detailed about logging, contests, and secondary call signs etc.
 
Thanks for any information on the subject and thanks to all the club members I contacted the last few weeks!
 
73,
  Michael KE0CEN


Secondary Callsign detailed usage information

Michael KE0CEN
 

Hello all!
 
First post here on the email reflector, I'm newish to PSK-31 and a new member of PODXS070!!
Before my question I'd like to thank all those that volunteer their time and effort to PODXS070, the contests and awards are fun and I look forward to introducing our Boy Scout ARC (WN0BSA) to them later this year!
 
I'm looking for a good resource to learn more about the proper usage of secondary callsigns. In particular how to log them for personal information, how to use them for QRZ, LoTW, eQSL , etc.
 
I was outside my home QTH last week using the callsign KE0CEN/7 as I was in Arizona (home is Iowa) and I was sure to use my actual LOC and QTH when communicating with people so awards and contest results would be accurate.
 
I have gotten a few QSL requests using just the callsign KE0CEN, and I'm not sure what to do about that.
 
Anyway, I'm mostly looking for something that is already written that I can read or a video I can watch. I did some digging myself on the internet, but I didn't really see anything detailed about logging, contests, and secondary call signs etc.
 
Thanks for any information on the subject and thanks to all the club members I contacted the last few weeks!
 
73,
  Michael KE0CEN

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