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Re: RTTY, PSK, CW skimmer project (RCK skimmer, Windows)

Jerry N9AVY
 

Bo:

The local group I'm a member of used a skimmer for a few years. They were quite sucessful on FD (3A) and won it 2-3 running.  We had a couple of ops who were very good at around 40 wpm and the skimmer at a members QTH fed the FD ops calls as fast as they could copy.

I would use skimmer frequently during the year to chase CW DX.  It was on the air for a ew years until K9WMN, it' creator, passed away. Afterwards it was disassembled and sent to W9CA for storage and reassembly. Unfortunately that never happened as W9CA moved to TN, but the skimmer may be resurrected someday. 

It was a blast while it was working !

Bo, I commend your efforts on assembling another skimmer !!!

73,  Jerry  N9AVY 

On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 01:18:51 PM CST, Bo W4GHV <bobarr@...> wrote:


Interested in RTTY & PSK non-contest activity I found very few spotters/skimmers for them on PSKreporter.
Wanting to learn a bit, I decided to make one! I'm 80 and still trying to learn something new every day.
I've set up a RTL-SDR, HDSDR, OmniRig, & RCKskimmer and have actually captured one RTTY station!
 
Questions:
1. Is there a way to run it using V2.1 of OmniRig that is required for the latest HDSDR? RCK skimmer appears to work OK with the V1. 1 version with the matching HDSDR.
2. Does anyone have a useful frequency chart/setup for RCK skimmer??   And any of the useful settings for the program?
3. Or just a link to the ranges to scan for PSK & RTTY?
    Is this close enough:  1838-1843 kHz, 3580-3600 kHz, 7040-7100 kHz, 10120-10150 kHz, 14080-14099 kHz, 18100-18110 kHz, 21080-21100 kHz, 24910-24930 kHz, 28080-28100 kHz.
4. I'm unable to connect to their cluster dl4rck Anyone know about it?
 
Again, the main purpose is to find Active RTTY & PSK stations FOR QSOs mostly. And learn a bit. I may add a CW skimmer, mostly to find my needed DXCCs.
I run a local copy of VE7CC on my PC with my desired filters set.  So I wonder if I can only send the CW spots to it for filtering for use.?
 
Any info, links appreciated. Any groups? 
If enough are interested I can share my collection of info on Google Drive. 
 
PS. I've temporarily replaced the RTL-SDR with my RSP 2pro. to eliminate some stumbling parts. 
73, Bo W4GHV since '54
https://www.qrz.com/db/W4GHV 


RTTY, PSK, CW skimmer project (RCK skimmer, Windows)

Bo W4GHV
 

Interested in RTTY & PSK non-contest activity I found very few spotters/skimmers for them on PSKreporter.
Wanting to learn a bit, I decided to make one! I'm 80 and still trying to learn something new every day.
I've set up a RTL-SDR, HDSDR, OmniRig, & RCKskimmer and have actually captured one RTTY station!
 
Questions:
1. Is there a way to run it using V2.1 of OmniRig that is required for the latest HDSDR? RCK skimmer appears to work OK with the V1. 1 version with the matching HDSDR.
2. Does anyone have a useful frequency chart/setup for RCK skimmer??   And any of the useful settings for the program?
3. Or just a link to the ranges to scan for PSK & RTTY?
    Is this close enough:  1838-1843 kHz, 3580-3600 kHz, 7040-7100 kHz, 10120-10150 kHz, 14080-14099 kHz, 18100-18110 kHz, 21080-21100 kHz, 24910-24930 kHz, 28080-28100 kHz.
4. I'm unable to connect to their cluster dl4rck Anyone know about it?
 
Again, the main purpose is to find Active RTTY & PSK stations FOR QSOs mostly. And learn a bit. I may add a CW skimmer, mostly to find my needed DXCCs.
I run a local copy of VE7CC on my PC with my desired filters set.  So I wonder if I can only send the CW spots to it for filtering for use.?
 
Any info, links appreciated. Any groups? 
If enough are interested I can share my collection of info on Google Drive. 
 
PS. I've temporarily replaced the RTL-SDR with my RSP 2pro. to eliminate some stumbling parts. 
73, Bo W4GHV since '54
https://www.qrz.com/db/W4GHV 


Re: Valentine Sprint

David, K9DWR
 

* John - KC3FL via groups.io <kc3fl=aol.com@groups.io> [2021-02-09 08:01]:
What is the best way to designate a YL when we upload log?  Should we use Call/YL or list them in the soap box?
If you mean, "how do I mark what I am?," that's a radio button on the upload form.

If you mean, "Where do I put YL for an individual QSO?," the scorer will pick
that up in the following fields, in descending order:

app_n1mm_misctext
srx_string
srx
comment
notes
name
other
award

The most common I've seen are srx_string and comment, but any will work (yes, I've seen some weird locations).

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


Re: Valentine Sprint

Josef 'Jeff' Sipek
 

On Tue, Feb 09, 2021 at 08:01:57 -0800, John - KC3FL via groups.io wrote:
What is the best way to designate a YL when we upload log?  Should we use
Call/YL or list them in the soap box?
I just assumed it'd go into the SRX_STRING/STX_STRING ADIF fields...

Jeff, sadly without an HF antenna at the moment.


Valentine Sprint

 

What is the best way to designate a YL when we upload log?  Should we use Call/YL or list them in the soap box?

John
KC3FL


Re: Mailing

Sebastien
 

I just got my stickers yesterday, thanks to the team!
Indeed what a massive effort it must be doing this task!

73 to all,
Seb VA2SIB #2765


Re: More Joy of Chasing 070 Grids

Rick - N7WE
 

Here you go Malcolm-
1.  Log on to the 070 groups.io website.  https://070club.groups.io/g/main
2.  On the left hand side of the page cursor down to the Files Icon.  Click on it.
3.  A list of folders within the Files Section opens in the main window.
4.  Click on 070 Grid Chase.  It is the top Folder and has 9 files in it.  
5.  The window opens to show all 9 files.  Click on the one you want to open.  I recommend browsing all 9 of them!

Hope this helps...if not, please ask.  

There are LOTS of great grids along the Lewis & Clark Trail.  We did the trail in 1999 long before I got into PSK and chasing grids.  It is a fantastic trip.  Wish we could do it again.  Enjoy!
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: The Joy of Chasing 070 Grids

Jerry N9AVY
 

The grids you don't have ae all rare , hi, hi !

Jerry

On Monday, February 8, 2021, 04:21:34 PM CST, Lee - N5SLY <n5sly@...> wrote:


I've added a file created in 2007 which lists the rarest grid squares in the country.  Enjoy.

73

Lee N5SLY

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Re: More Joy of Chasing 070 Grids

malcolm heard
 

I would appreciate guidance on getting to the files mentioned above. 

On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 4:48 PM malcolm heard via groups.io <heardmalcolm2017=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I will be following Lewis and Clark trail this summer.  I’ll start planning. 

On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 4:46 PM Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:
On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 04:52 PM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
.....Was hoping to activate some grids this summer, but health situation appears it will not be allowed...drat !
 
Jerry-
That sentence and Malcolm's post triggered a thought.  While confined by winter and the pandemic, it's a great time to start thinking, planning, and scheming, Yes! - even scheming, about activating some of the rarer grids in 2021.  GRID-PEDITIONS!  There are a bunch of "sure pile-up" grids in northern Maine and northern New Hampshire.  Likewise for the Upper Peninsula in Michigan and the Boundry Water area in Minnesota.  Tons of opportunities in the west in Montana, eastern Utah, any of Nevada other than Las Vegas and Reno.  Don't overlook North Dakota and South Dakota.  Many in Washington and Oregon outside the I-5 corridor.  And northern and eastern California is rich in opportunities too.  Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama have opportunities too!

The File Section in the 070 Grid Chase folder has lots of good info about lesser worked and desirable grids.  Plug that info into K2DSL's Amateur Radio Ham Radio Maidenhead Grid Square Locator Map   http://www.levinecentral.com/ham/grid_square.php 
and it will give you great help with roads, cities, and grid boundaries.  And once the planning is done, be sure to post your intentions here at least a week ahead of time.  


Have fun...even if right now all you can do is think about it!
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

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Lincoln, NE 68516
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Re: More Joy of Chasing 070 Grids

malcolm heard
 

I will be following Lewis and Clark trail this summer.  I’ll start planning. 

On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 4:46 PM Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:
On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 04:52 PM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
.....Was hoping to activate some grids this summer, but health situation appears it will not be allowed...drat !
 
Jerry-
That sentence and Malcolm's post triggered a thought.  While confined by winter and the pandemic, it's a great time to start thinking, planning, and scheming, Yes! - even scheming, about activating some of the rarer grids in 2021.  GRID-PEDITIONS!  There are a bunch of "sure pile-up" grids in northern Maine and northern New Hampshire.  Likewise for the Upper Peninsula in Michigan and the Boundry Water area in Minnesota.  Tons of opportunities in the west in Montana, eastern Utah, any of Nevada other than Las Vegas and Reno.  Don't overlook North Dakota and South Dakota.  Many in Washington and Oregon outside the I-5 corridor.  And northern and eastern California is rich in opportunities too.  Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama have opportunities too!

The File Section in the 070 Grid Chase folder has lots of good info about lesser worked and desirable grids.  Plug that info into K2DSL's Amateur Radio Ham Radio Maidenhead Grid Square Locator Map   http://www.levinecentral.com/ham/grid_square.php 
and it will give you great help with roads, cities, and grid boundaries.  And once the planning is done, be sure to post your intentions here at least a week ahead of time.  


Have fun...even if right now all you can do is think about it!
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

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Malcolm Heard, M.S.
7516 South 37th Street
Lincoln, NE 68516
heardmalcolm2017@...
402.202.3853

Leadership • Culture • Talent


More Joy of Chasing 070 Grids

Rick - N7WE
 

On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 04:52 PM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
.....Was hoping to activate some grids this summer, but health situation appears it will not be allowed...drat !
 
Jerry-
That sentence and Malcolm's post triggered a thought.  While confined by winter and the pandemic, it's a great time to start thinking, planning, and scheming, Yes! - even scheming, about activating some of the rarer grids in 2021.  GRID-PEDITIONS!  There are a bunch of "sure pile-up" grids in northern Maine and northern New Hampshire.  Likewise for the Upper Peninsula in Michigan and the Boundry Water area in Minnesota.  Tons of opportunities in the west in Montana, eastern Utah, any of Nevada other than Las Vegas and Reno.  Don't overlook North Dakota and South Dakota.  Many in Washington and Oregon outside the I-5 corridor.  And northern and eastern California is rich in opportunities too.  Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama have opportunities too!

The File Section in the 070 Grid Chase folder has lots of good info about lesser worked and desirable grids.  Plug that info into K2DSL's Amateur Radio Ham Radio Maidenhead Grid Square Locator Map   http://www.levinecentral.com/ham/grid_square.php 
and it will give you great help with roads, cities, and grid boundaries.  And once the planning is done, be sure to post your intentions here at least a week ahead of time.  


Have fun...even if right now all you can do is think about it!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: The Joy of Chasing 070 Grids

Lee - N5SLY
 

I've added a file created in 2007 which lists the rarest grid squares in the country.  Enjoy.

73

Lee N5SLY


Re: The Joy of Chasing 070 Grids

Rick - N7WE
 

Malcolm -
There is a whole bunch of info in the Files Section in the 070 Grid Chase folder.  The data was last updated in July of 2020, but I don't think with the pandemic and limited travel there has been much change.

On the Grid-pediton front, I know Dick KC3EF and Kathy, his trusty pilot (she drives while he works PSK31/M - How's that for a fine XYL?), are planning an adventure for sometime this Spring.  I think it will be a southern swing.  Dick will be sure to post here as plans firm up.
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: The Joy of Chasing 070 Grids

malcolm heard
 

Is there a list of most wanted rare grids.  In Nebraska and at one time en01 and 02 were tough to get. 

On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 3:53 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:
Collecting grids is a lot of fun and also gives one another reason for being active on the air. It's a goal-oriented activity which gives satisfaction.

BTW, don't need DN84, but like you Rick I need DN85. Was hoping to activate some grids this summer, but health situation appears it will not be allowed...drat !

Have been trying to record grids , LONPs and everything else as it comes along.  Was most active from 2006 to 2018, but propagation and many deserting PSK31 for "greener pastures" sort of put an end to that. Hopefully, the sunspots returning will increase activity.

Jerry   n9avy

On Monday, February 8, 2021, 03:29:25 PM CST, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:


So I'm watching PSK31 on PSK Reporter and there's one!  In far western South Dakota.  Definitely a rare one!  So I click on him - DN84!  I look at my chart and...DRAT!...already got that one.  I need DN85.  Seems they are always just one grid away.

Are you working on the 070 Grids Endorsement or are you missing out on all this fun?

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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

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7516 South 37th Street
Lincoln, NE 68516
heardmalcolm2017@...
402.202.3853

Leadership • Culture • Talent


Re: The Joy of Chasing 070 Grids

Jerry N9AVY
 

Collecting grids is a lot of fun and also gives one another reason for being active on the air. It's a goal-oriented activity which gives satisfaction.

BTW, don't need DN84, but like you Rick I need DN85. Was hoping to activate some grids this summer, but health situation appears it will not be allowed...drat !

Have been trying to record grids , LONPs and everything else as it comes along.  Was most active from 2006 to 2018, but propagation and many deserting PSK31 for "greener pastures" sort of put an end to that. Hopefully, the sunspots returning will increase activity.

Jerry   n9avy

On Monday, February 8, 2021, 03:29:25 PM CST, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:


So I'm watching PSK31 on PSK Reporter and there's one!  In far western South Dakota.  Definitely a rare one!  So I click on him - DN84!  I look at my chart and...DRAT!...already got that one.  I need DN85.  Seems they are always just one grid away.

Are you working on the 070 Grids Endorsement or are you missing out on all this fun?

--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


The Joy of Chasing 070 Grids

Rick - N7WE
 

So I'm watching PSK31 on PSK Reporter and there's one!  In far western South Dakota.  Definitely a rare one!  So I click on him - DN84!  I look at my chart and...DRAT!...already got that one.  I need DN85.  Seems they are always just one grid away.

Are you working on the 070 Grids Endorsement or are you missing out on all this fun?

--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Mailing

Rick - N7WE
 

RRR Barry.  Good Luck!  I'm wondering if there is a quarentine facility somewhere that all mail inbound to Canada gets held for 14 days before it is passed on to Customs for clearence...and then and only then out for distribution.  By the way, a birthday card from here to Seattle took 4 days - mailed the same day as the Sechelt card.
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Mailing

Barry VA7GEM
 

On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 05:21 AM, Rick - N7WE wrote:
FYI Barry.  A birthday card mailed 1st class from here in Florida (2 weeks before the birthday) to Sechelt, British Columbia arrived 1 week after the birthday.  Another from here to London, Ontario mailed 3 weeks ago has still not arrived.  Do not give up hope my Canadian friend!
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602
Rick
Still a lot of hope here. I ordered some PCM controllers from FL in Oct. Tracking shs they were in Miami on Nov08. I am optimistic they may get to the Far Northern Regions by next xmas.
cheers
Barry


Re: Mailing

Barry VA7GEM
 

On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 05:04 AM, Jim K5SP wrote:

No, there is not a link on the website, except for the "Recent Awards" module on the homepage.  (It only lists the last 100 or so.)

However, I can report that we show you were mailed an envelope that contained ten (10) stickers.  Let me know if you do not receive this in the next few days.  It was sent via CPE (Canadian Pony Express). lol.

73

Jim K5SP

On 2/7/2021 7:17 PM, Barry VA7GEM via groups.io wrote:
Jim and team
TVM for all the effort you folks put into this.
Is there by any chance a list on the website where one can check if they
were due a mailing.
cheers
barry
va7gem

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Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director
Jim
TVM es look fwd to getting it just in time for the summer.


Re: Mailing

Rick - N7WE
 

FYI Barry.  A birthday card mailed 1st class from here in Florida (2 weeks before the birthday) to Sechelt, British Columbia arrived 1 week after the birthday.  Another from here to London, Ontario mailed 3 weeks ago has still not arrived.  Do not give up hope my Canadian friend!
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

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