Date   

Welcome 2735

Jim K5SP
 

Please join me in welcoming our new member(s):

2735  Gary  N4UCU

Jim K5SP
Membership Director

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


KC3EF in DE

Richard Rohrer
 

Hi Dave,

Would you send me your text number off lists and I will text you when we are heading out.  My email is call sign at arrl.net.  Looks like possible opportunity on Sat afternoon and Sunday morning and afternoon.  Will be mobile with 20mtr hamstick.  Also have 40 mtr with me.  
--
Dick - KC3EF
070 - 747


DX VK2KM 579 into FL

stan W9SMR
 

Karl is barreling into SW FL on 20M.

Nice chat, not in a hurry!

Got get him,
73,
Stan
W9SMR

________________________________________


Idaho QSO Party

Rick Sterling <KI7OIY@...>
 

Hello Everyone,
The Idaho QSO party is this weekend. I will be doing some PSK31 for the event.
I would consider it a personal favor if you see me on the waterfall to work me, even if we had worked before.

Thank you everyone.

KI7OIY
Rick


next EA PSK63 contest 14th-15th March

EB4Z
 

Hi dear Friend:

I’m Joaquín, EB4Z, Contest Manager of EAPSK63, it's a pleasure for me to invite you to join the EAPSK63 contest 2020 which is to be held on 14th and 15th March.

Sponsored: by Unión de Radioaficionados Españoles (URE). The manager of the contest is EB4Z.

Participants: Any licensed amateur station.

Date: 2nd full weekend of March, from 16:00 UTC Saturday till 16:00 UTC Sunday (March 14-15, 2020).

Mode: BPSK63.

Bands: 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 meters, according to IARU Region 1 band plan.

Log sending instructions: The log-file is to be submitted in Cabrillo-format via https://concursos.ure.es/en/logs/
The receipt of the log will be automatically confirmed by an email with a message of possible errors in the log.

Power: The power allowed in this contest, is up to 50 W. The use of higher powers, will be the subject of investigation by the organization, and may be cause for disqualification.

Complete official rules here: https://concursos.ure.es/en/eapsk63/

You can submit your participation in this contest at 
https://concursos.ure.es/en/anuncio-de-participacion/

Hope to see you. Good luck:

73 de Joaquín EB4B
Contest Manager EAPSK63


CONGRATS - 366 Chasers – Leap Day

stan W9SMR
 

 


It was inspiring to see the widespread pursuit of the Leap Year Endorsement (February 29) and the chase for the 366 Award.

February 29th – Leap Day – only happens once every 4 years.  And there is a 070 Endorsement specifically for logging a QSO on Leap Day.  It was first offered in 2016 and 198 members had earned it prior to this year.  I am sure there are more log uploads coming, but as of Monday, March 9th, at least 21 additional members had uploaded for the Leap Year Endorsement.

Those grabbing the Leap Day Endorsement so far include: 

K4VBM   Bob    #2727
K5KHK    Karl    #2645
K9HW     Harry  #1959
KA5VZG  Alan  #1509
KD2QAK  Bob  #2703
KD9ADB  Daniel #2699
KE5IRK    Geary  #1787
KF3AA    Robert  #124
KI7OIY    Rick     #2662
KJ7EP     Wayne  #2725
N3XL      Bill     #2722
N8TCP    Roger  #2693
W3SW    Andy #482
W4BZM  Mike #2653
WB4JJJ    Alan   #985

 

 

 

This date was also critical for the coveted 366 Award for making a QSO on all 366 calendar days, including Leap Day.

 

That one date was holding back 7 folks who needed ONLY February 29 to complete Leap Year and 366 Endorsements. Six of them have uploaded for the Gold Ring:

 

F8BFU      Thierry   #1543

K4ARE      Sonny     #2347

KE0GHU   Mike       #2415

SA7BXU    Torbjorn   #1699

WB8YXF    Richard    #2328

WM4B       Michael     #348

 

Only M5PLY, Ivor, #292 so far has not uploaded a log showing his QSO on 2/29. I hope he made it.

 

Now, of our 2,734 members, 51 have achieved 366.


To see what dates you need for 366, upload your full log and check the "Online Endorsement Checker". In the "In Progress" section, click on "Target" for the 360 category and a list of needed dates will show. If you have a problem seeing that, please just let me know.

 

These contests also give a big boost to the LONP chasers and other Endorsements like 88 Triple Play won by Bill, N3XL, #2722.  Good job!!

 

The next PODXS 070 Event is the St. Patrick's Day Contest starting Friday evening 8:00 p.m. EDT March 20 and running for 24 hours. This contest includes all bands 160M to 6M (no WARC) with a single power category less than 50 W. Spell "Erin Go Bragh" for bonus points. Check the website for details:  St. Patrick's Rules

PSK-31 Rocks!!

73,

Stan

W9SMR - 070  #1611


Re: DX

DAVE KB3RAN 1692/381
 

Roger that.
--
Dave H
KB3RAN
1692/381


Re: DX

Stephen Melachrinos
 

Dave -

I didn't say that. My words were "...the 2019 DX Specials would continue (until the end of 2019) but we would not add the 2020s right away". So the 2019 DX Specials expired on their announced date (31 Dec 2019) and the 2020 DX Specials will not be announced until the club has a new system for processing endorsements.

Steve
W3HF

-----Original Message-----
From: KB3RAN 1692/381 via Groups.Io <davehardy0101@...>
To: 070Club <070Club@groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Mar 9, 2020 2:53 am
Subject: Re: [070Club] DX

So, we're still chasing  Hawaii, Italy and Mexico through 2020?

Dave
KB3RAN
1697/381

--
Dave H
KB3RAN
1692/381


Re: DX

DAVE KB3RAN 1692/381
 

So, we're still chasing  Hawaii, Italy and Mexico through 2020?

Dave
KB3RAN
1697/381

--
Dave H
KB3RAN
1692/381


Re: DX

KF3AA
 

TNX Steve 73 Bob


Re: DX

Stephen Melachrinos
 

Bob -

I think the official answer should come from others, but my recollection of the discussions regarding the transition of the club indicated we/they would try to maintain the current suite of endorsements, but not add any (and result in new work) until we had a working system for processing the new ones. I interpreted that to mean that the 2019 DX Specials would continue (until the end of 2019) but we would not add the 2020s right away.

Steve
W3HF


-----Original Message-----
From: KF3AA <KF3AA@...>
To: 070Club <070Club@groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Mar 7, 2020 1:59 pm
Subject: [070Club] DX

Are there any DX special countries endorsements  this year?
 If so what are they?
   73 to all  de  KF3AA Bob


DX

KF3AA
 

Are there any DX special countries endorsements  this year?
 If so what are they?
   73 to all  de  KF3AA Bob


Re: WX info with a button for PSK

Kevin Lyons, K1KL
 

Thanks Scotty. That’s helpful. I also saw the Acura right Wi-Fi version which is less than $70 so I’ll compare that perhaps to the ambient.

Similarly, I’ll choose content that I send on PSK based on the QSO and to some extent, greater extent I hope, the interests of the other operator. I’ve seen notable differences in terms of peoples interest in WX by country. It may be a broad brush, but Germans always seem to make a WX inquiry or send WX. I often enjoy a weather report, particularly when followed by personal experience with that weather. I could, of course, look up the QTH on weather.com. Sometimes, it’s just a nice part of a QSO.
Thanks for the recommendation, Scotty, I’ll keep you posted.
Kevin, K1KL

On Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 12:05 PM Scotty W7PSK <w7psk@...> wrote:
I will be purchasing a home WX station and looking for a solution, so this discussion is helpful.

I have the Ambient WX 2902A.  It has the features I wanted without the Massive prices.  I highly recommend it if you want to get into it without a lot of bucks.

For the rest, I rarely send the WX unless asked.  Also if I see we have worked I dont send the Brag either.  But it would have been nice to automate it, because I love to play with gadgets :).   I guess, since I use FL-Digi Ill just use what I have.  Its too bad MIXW died out, I really loved that program.

--

Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138

--
Kevin


Re: WX info with a button for PSK

Scotty W7PSK
 

I will be purchasing a home WX station and looking for a solution, so this discussion is helpful.

I have the Ambient WX 2902A.  It has the features I wanted without the Massive prices.  I highly recommend it if you want to get into it without a lot of bucks.

For the rest, I rarely send the WX unless asked.  Also if I see we have worked I dont send the Brag either.  But it would have been nice to automate it, because I love to play with gadgets :).   I guess, since I use FL-Digi Ill just use what I have.  Its too bad MIXW died out, I really loved that program.

--

Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138


Re: New member calling CQ - 40M KC4UPR #2733

Rick Sterling <KI7OIY@...>
 

Didn’t see anyone :(
Hopefully next time
KI7OIY 

On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 8:35 PM stan robinson <robinstan@...> wrote:
Just worked Rob  on 40M . He is calling CQ mid-band. Good signal into SW FL.

Also worked Jay, WB5K on 40M  afew minutes ago.

Two mew ones for me.

73 es GL,
Stan
W9SMR

________________________________________
From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Jim K5SP <jinnis@...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 8:22 AM
To: robert@...; 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Welcome 2733

Please join me in welcoming our new member(s):

2733  Rob  KC4UPR

Jim K5SP
Membership Director

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director





New member calling CQ - 40M KC4UPR #2733

stan W9SMR
 

Just worked Rob on 40M . He is calling CQ mid-band. Good signal into SW FL.

Also worked Jay, WB5K on 40M afew minutes ago.

Two mew ones for me.

73 es GL,
Stan
W9SMR

________________________________________
From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Jim K5SP <jinnis@swbell.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 8:22 AM
To: robert@thefrenchfamily.org; 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Welcome 2733

Please join me in welcoming our new member(s):

2733 Rob KC4UPR

Jim K5SP
Membership Director

--
Jim, K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Re: WX info with a button for PSK

Kevin Lyons, K1KL
 

Ray and Jerry,
You guys are really enlightened. Glad to have you in the hobby. 
 
Kevin, K1KL

On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 2:09 PM Ray Clements <r.clements@...> wrote:
If you are having a legitimate conversation with someone and they ask about the weather or your station, then by all means provide that information. My gripe is about those who send that information with every contact they make. If I have already seen your station information when you worked a previous contact, I would prefer not to see it again.

Ray N9RWC


------ Original Message ------
Received: 11:10 AM CST, 03/04/2020
From: "Paul Butzi (W7PFB)" <w7pfb@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] WX info with a button for PSK


i have a very sophisticated neural network arrangement to insert current weather data into my psk QSOs when I feel it is appropriate, which is generally when the conversation turns to the weather.

I look out the window from my operating position, and observe what it’s like outside.  Then I type what I see into the text window.  Temperatures are generally accurate to within 5 or 10 degrees F.  Snow depths are judged by looking out the other window into the courtyard, where the snow settles evenly. Wind speed is estimated by watching the tree tops and listening. Intensity of current rainfall is judged by listening to the sound of the rain falling on the standing seam metal roof.

The same neural network also provides reports on: whether my dogs want to go for a walk, what chores I’m neglecting in favor of playing radio, and so on.

The best part is that this neural network system interfaces easily not only with fldigi but also the Kent single paddle keyer, the SSB HF rig, Winlink, and the FM VHF/UHF rigs.


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

On Mar 4, 2020, at 8:05 AM, Ray Clements <r.clements@...> wrote:

Personally, I find station macros and weather macros to be a complete waste of time and bandwidth. Band opening tend to be sporadic these days, so do not waste the opportunities you have.

I could care less which computer, operating system,  or software you are using. If it is 20 degrees F here in Northern Illinois, I do not really want to hear that it is 75 degrees in South Florida, or wherever you might live. 

If I am in the middle of a QSO and I start to receive stuff like that, I am likely to drop off the call without ever logging the contact. 
If you want to chat, however, I will gladly join in.

Ran N9RWC

 


------ Original Message ------
Received: 07:07 AM CST, 03/04/2020
From: "Kevin Lyons, K1KL" <k1kl@...>
To: 070 Club PSK Group <070Club@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [070Club] WX info with a button for PSK


Hi Scotty et. al. RE: Automating WX,
I use HRD/DM and I cut and paste into a macro from the NWS text forecast. Takes me 3 seconds, but I have forgotten to update and transmitted weeks' old WX! That's the problem.
I will be purchasing a home WX station and looking for a solution, so this discussion is helpful.

Kevin, K1KL
Hampton, NH
070, #2716


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 1:54 AM Scotty W7PSK <w7psk@...> wrote:

I seem to remember one of the PSK programs (whether MIXW or FL-DIGI) would transmit a weather.txt file.  There was a way to download

weather information into this txt file.   However, FL-DIGI now does WX:XXXX, and in the place of the 4 Xs you put the metar weather

station you want to send data from.   Id rather download my weather station data to a text file and then send that.  And I remember

years ago we added a program that would do that.   But its too long. 


On 3/3/2020 16:31, K8TOM wrote:
Rick,

I also use HRD and have used Ed, W4ELP's program for inserting the wx info into a QSO with the push of a button (or via macro).

It's described by Scott N3FJP here http://www.n3fjp.com/help/digitalsetup.html.

The "bridge" program has quite a lot of additional function, to say the least, and Ed maintains it well.

Tom
K8TOM

--
Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138











--
Kevin


Re: WX info with a button for PSK

Ray Clements
 

If you are having a legitimate conversation with someone and they ask about the weather or your station, then by all means provide that information. My gripe is about those who send that information with every contact they make. If I have already seen your station information when you worked a previous contact, I would prefer not to see it again.

Ray N9RWC


------ Original Message ------
Received: 11:10 AM CST, 03/04/2020
From: "Paul Butzi (W7PFB)" <w7pfb@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] WX info with a button for PSK


i have a very sophisticated neural network arrangement to insert current weather data into my psk QSOs when I feel it is appropriate, which is generally when the conversation turns to the weather.

I look out the window from my operating position, and observe what it’s like outside.  Then I type what I see into the text window.  Temperatures are generally accurate to within 5 or 10 degrees F.  Snow depths are judged by looking out the other window into the courtyard, where the snow settles evenly. Wind speed is estimated by watching the tree tops and listening. Intensity of current rainfall is judged by listening to the sound of the rain falling on the standing seam metal roof.

The same neural network also provides reports on: whether my dogs want to go for a walk, what chores I’m neglecting in favor of playing radio, and so on.

The best part is that this neural network system interfaces easily not only with fldigi but also the Kent single paddle keyer, the SSB HF rig, Winlink, and the FM VHF/UHF rigs.


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

On Mar 4, 2020, at 8:05 AM, Ray Clements <r.clements@...> wrote:

Personally, I find station macros and weather macros to be a complete waste of time and bandwidth. Band opening tend to be sporadic these days, so do not waste the opportunities you have.

I could care less which computer, operating system,  or software you are using. If it is 20 degrees F here in Northern Illinois, I do not really want to hear that it is 75 degrees in South Florida, or wherever you might live. 

If I am in the middle of a QSO and I start to receive stuff like that, I am likely to drop off the call without ever logging the contact. 
If you want to chat, however, I will gladly join in.

Ran N9RWC

 


------ Original Message ------
Received: 07:07 AM CST, 03/04/2020
From: "Kevin Lyons, K1KL" <k1kl@...>
To: 070 Club PSK Group <070Club@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [070Club] WX info with a button for PSK


Hi Scotty et. al. RE: Automating WX,
I use HRD/DM and I cut and paste into a macro from the NWS text forecast. Takes me 3 seconds, but I have forgotten to update and transmitted weeks' old WX! That's the problem.
I will be purchasing a home WX station and looking for a solution, so this discussion is helpful.

Kevin, K1KL
Hampton, NH
070, #2716


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 1:54 AM Scotty W7PSK <w7psk@...> wrote:

I seem to remember one of the PSK programs (whether MIXW or FL-DIGI) would transmit a weather.txt file.  There was a way to download

weather information into this txt file.   However, FL-DIGI now does WX:XXXX, and in the place of the 4 Xs you put the metar weather

station you want to send data from.   Id rather download my weather station data to a text file and then send that.  And I remember

years ago we added a program that would do that.   But its too long. 


On 3/3/2020 16:31, K8TOM wrote:
Rick,

I also use HRD and have used Ed, W4ELP's program for inserting the wx info into a QSO with the push of a button (or via macro).

It's described by Scott N3FJP here http://www.n3fjp.com/help/digitalsetup.html.

The "bridge" program has quite a lot of additional function, to say the least, and Ed maintains it well.

Tom
K8TOM

--
Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138










Re: WX info with a button for PSK

Jerry N9AVY
 

This is one of those things Ray & I agree on. A lot of information is just "busy work" and doesn't really belong in an actual QSO. We should be talking about our interests/hobbies and trying to find common ground. Of course, taboo subjects should still be sex, religion & politics as has always been.

For me, useless information includes IMD, S/N ratio, a brag list of every darn piece of equipment you own, people who give out Club numbers which are specific to a certain band (10-10 numbers, 30DMG, etc.) , detailed WX reports , and so on. When I operated W1AW/9 a few years back on PSK31, I got scads of useless information which only served to lessen the 700+ contacts I made because many operators got bored with exchanges filled with 10 minutes of useless TMI. Be considerate of other operators !

Guess I' another Old Curmudgeon ...

Jerry n9avy


On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 10:05:50 AM CST, Ray Clements <r.clements@...> wrote:


Personally, I find station macros and weather macros to be a complete waste of time and bandwidth. Band opening tend to be sporadic these days, so do not waste the opportunities you have.

I could care less which computer, operating system,  or software you are using. If it is 20 degrees F here in Northern Illinois, I do not really want to hear that it is 75 degrees in South Florida, or wherever you might live. 

If I am in the middle of a QSO and I start to receive stuff like that, I am likely to drop off the call without ever logging the contact. 
If you want to chat, however, I will gladly join in.

Ran N9RWC

 


------ Original Message ------
Received: 07:07 AM CST, 03/04/2020
From: "Kevin Lyons, K1KL" <k1kl@...>
To: 070 Club PSK Group <070Club@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [070Club] WX info with a button for PSK


Hi Scotty et. al. RE: Automating WX,
I use HRD/DM and I cut and paste into a macro from the NWS text forecast. Takes me 3 seconds, but I have forgotten to update and transmitted weeks' old WX! That's the problem.
I will be purchasing a home WX station and looking for a solution, so this discussion is helpful.

Kevin, K1KL
Hampton, NH
070, #2716


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 1:54 AM Scotty W7PSK <w7psk@...> wrote:

I seem to remember one of the PSK programs (whether MIXW or FL-DIGI) would transmit a weather.txt file.  There was a way to download

weather information into this txt file.   However, FL-DIGI now does WX:XXXX, and in the place of the 4 Xs you put the metar weather

station you want to send data from.   Id rather download my weather station data to a text file and then send that.  And I remember

years ago we added a program that would do that.   But its too long. 


On 3/3/2020 16:31, K8TOM wrote:
Rick,

I also use HRD and have used Ed, W4ELP's program for inserting the wx info into a QSO with the push of a button (or via macro).

It's described by Scott N3FJP here http://www.n3fjp.com/help/digitalsetup.html.

The "bridge" program has quite a lot of additional function, to say the least, and Ed maintains it well.

Tom
K8TOM

--
Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138






Re: WX info with a button for PSK

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

i have a very sophisticated neural network arrangement to insert current weather data into my psk QSOs when I feel it is appropriate, which is generally when the conversation turns to the weather.

I look out the window from my operating position, and observe what it’s like outside.  Then I type what I see into the text window.  Temperatures are generally accurate to within 5 or 10 degrees F.  Snow depths are judged by looking out the other window into the courtyard, where the snow settles evenly. Wind speed is estimated by watching the tree tops and listening. Intensity of current rainfall is judged by listening to the sound of the rain falling on the standing seam metal roof.

The same neural network also provides reports on: whether my dogs want to go for a walk, what chores I’m neglecting in favor of playing radio, and so on.

The best part is that this neural network system interfaces easily not only with fldigi but also the Kent single paddle keyer, the SSB HF rig, Winlink, and the FM VHF/UHF rigs.


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

On Mar 4, 2020, at 8:05 AM, Ray Clements <r.clements@...> wrote:

Personally, I find station macros and weather macros to be a complete waste of time and bandwidth. Band opening tend to be sporadic these days, so do not waste the opportunities you have.

I could care less which computer, operating system,  or software you are using. If it is 20 degrees F here in Northern Illinois, I do not really want to hear that it is 75 degrees in South Florida, or wherever you might live. 

If I am in the middle of a QSO and I start to receive stuff like that, I am likely to drop off the call without ever logging the contact. 
If you want to chat, however, I will gladly join in.

Ran N9RWC

 


------ Original Message ------
Received: 07:07 AM CST, 03/04/2020
From: "Kevin Lyons, K1KL" <k1kl@...>
To: 070 Club PSK Group <070Club@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [070Club] WX info with a button for PSK


Hi Scotty et. al. RE: Automating WX,
I use HRD/DM and I cut and paste into a macro from the NWS text forecast. Takes me 3 seconds, but I have forgotten to update and transmitted weeks' old WX! That's the problem.
I will be purchasing a home WX station and looking for a solution, so this discussion is helpful.

Kevin, K1KL
Hampton, NH
070, #2716


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 1:54 AM Scotty W7PSK <w7psk@...> wrote:

I seem to remember one of the PSK programs (whether MIXW or FL-DIGI) would transmit a weather.txt file.  There was a way to download

weather information into this txt file.   However, FL-DIGI now does WX:XXXX, and in the place of the 4 Xs you put the metar weather

station you want to send data from.   Id rather download my weather station data to a text file and then send that.  And I remember

years ago we added a program that would do that.   But its too long. 


On 3/3/2020 16:31, K8TOM wrote:
Rick,

I also use HRD and have used Ed, W4ELP's program for inserting the wx info into a QSO with the push of a button (or via macro).

It's described by Scott N3FJP here http://www.n3fjp.com/help/digitalsetup.html.

The "bridge" program has quite a lot of additional function, to say the least, and Ed maintains it well.

Tom
K8TOM

--
Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138







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