Re: linux & psk31


In a message dated 9/6/2002 4:41:54 PM Eastern Daylight Time,

As a follow-up on the question "what's the advantage of linux over
windows?" that was asked the other day...

Based on the responses that Dave and I gave to that question, I guess
there is no definitive answer that isn't long winded. :) But...if
anyone is interested, I did find a site that contains quite a bit of
information about N0NB's opinion of "What Linux Offers Hams":

You guessed it, it is a fairly long-winded site, but has good info. It
was profiled on ARRL Web's "Surfin" column in March of this year.

73 & I hope to see you all on the waterfall,
Well, I would say the length of your answers is probably due more to the
enthusiasm that the Linux user community as they thumb their noses in the
general direction of Bill Gates hi! But like the Macintosh users who also
swim against the Microsoft current, the average Windows user has to wonder
just what the advantages are if any to changing over to another OS, and if
there is enough third party software available to make it worth the effort,

Re: Logs for N3MK/0 APE expedition

Steve W3HF

27-Aug-2002 01:47:45 7 PSK31 KB8QLG 599 467 Buford
Pocatalico, wv

Hey Jay8QQ -

See, all you need to do is go canoeing in Minnesota, have your cousin
cut his finger wide open with a fishhook, fry your laptop power
supply, wade through mud up to your waist, have an otter eat your
food, and then you too can work West Virginia with your last seconds
of laptop operation!

Sounds simple enough to me ....

Your buddy,

Logs for N3MK/0 APE expedition

Don Snider

Below is my PSK31 log for the N3MK/0 APE expedition. I know I lost 2
QSOs due to operator glitches so if we had a QSO, please let me know and
I'll correct the problem. Don

End date UTC RX Mode Call RSTS RSTR Name QTH

24-Aug-2002 02:43:54 14 PSK31 W4GTM 579 599 Karen Nokesvill, VA

24-Aug-2002 02:50:34 14 PSK31 W4GTM 599 599 Karen Nokesville, VA

24-Aug-2002 16:01:14 14 PSK31 K5RLE 599 579 Roy Burnet, TX

24-Aug-2002 16:07:59 14 PSK31 WM2U 599 599 Ernie Ballston Lake,
24-Aug-2002 16:12:32 14 PSK31 KF4FHS 579 569 Bernie Yelm, WA

24-Aug-2002 16:28:22 14 PSK31 KU4FP 599 599 Russ James City
Co., VA
24-Aug-2002 16:45:27 14 PSK31 KJ8L 599 599 Steve Marietta, OH

24-Aug-2002 16:55:05 14 PSK31 KM5RI 599 599 Bob McAlester, OK

25-Aug-2002 22:21:03 14 PSK31 W4GTM 599 599 Karen

25-Aug-2002 22:30:23 14 PSK31 AE4AV 599 599 Mike

25-Aug-2002 22:46:05 14 PSK31 N2XTT 599 599 Peter Little Falls,
25-Aug-2002 22:50:29 14 PSK31 KM4TM 599 579 Tom Murfreesboro,
25-Aug-2002 22:53:40 14 PSK31 K3PSK 599 559 Tom

25-Aug-2002 23:00:27 14 PSK31 N5RDL 599 599 Gordon Fayettevill,
25-Aug-2002 23:02:57 14 PSK31 W3HF 599 599 Steve

25-Aug-2002 23:07:01 14 PSK31 WD4RBF 599 599 Marvin Powell, tn

26-Aug-2002 23:42:00 14 PSK31 K4VJT 599 599 Vickie Sadieville, KY

27-Aug-2002 00:10:34 14 PSK31 KB3FN 599 599 Lynn Harriburg ,Pa

27-Aug-2002 00:21:31 14 PSK31 N2PAQ 599 599 Frank nj

27-Aug-2002 00:40:11 14 PSK31 VA7DXR 599 599 Ron

27-Aug-2002 00:43:04 14 PSK31 N6YIH/7 599 599 Steve

27-Aug-2002 00:53:39 14 PSK31 KG4TYB/AG 599 599 Bruce Roanoke, AL

27-Aug-2002 00:59:01 14 PSK31 KH7B 599 599 Clarence Kauai, Hi

27-Aug-2002 01:08:31 14 PSK31 AA1XO 599 599 Stan

27-Aug-2002 01:15:12 14 PSK31 KF4UTD 599 599 Ed

27-Aug-2002 01:33:56 14 PSK31 W1CNY 599 599 Bob ct

27-Aug-2002 01:47:45 7 PSK31 KB8QLG 599 467 Buford Pocatalico, wv

Callsign error: M0CIZ


Please note that the callsign M0CIZ has been listed in error on the Alpha
List and Member Standings. The correct callsign is M0CLZ. The Alpha List and
Member Standings have been corrected...73 de Jay N3DQU.

VE$XA portable schedule

Bob Mitchell <VE4XA@...>

I will be in Minnesota tonight..Friday, September 6, Will be operating in the evening local time on 20 meters.
On Saturday and Sunday will be in North Dakota..Again operating 20 meters
Monday through Wednesday will be in Montana,
Then up to Possibly Alberta and Saskatchewan.

I am so far limited to 20 meters, but may be able to operate 40/80.

No other bands available at this point.

Operating will be in afternoon and evenings local times.

Will be using a Hustler mobile antenna, so signal will not be very strong.

I will have no email access for the next week.

hope to work you from N.D and Montana.

got the laptop up and running..phew!!!!


bob VE4XA

Re: Logs for N3MK/0 APE expedition


In a message dated 9/6/2002 12:02:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time,

Hey Jay8QQ -

See, all you need to do is go canoeing in Minnesota, have your cousin
cut his finger wide open with a fishhook, fry your laptop power
supply, wade through mud up to your waist, have an otter eat your
food, and then you too can work West Virginia with your last seconds
of laptop operation!

Sounds simple enough to me ....

Your buddy,
waka waka! 'dqu

Re: OZ/DH8LU/p

Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL

about where steve?

---- wrote:
should have also told you he was on 20m PSK.


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Steve W3HF

should have also told you he was on 20m PSK.


OZ/DH8LU/p on EU-125

Steve W3HF

He is named Uwe, and he is on holiday on the island with a 30w

BTW, he did not announce his IOTA, but identified the island. I
looked it up in the directory.

Re: Updated PSK31 Linux software released

Steve W3HF

KPSK is a PSK31 digital radio communications
application designed specifically for the KDE 3.x
Linux desktop environment....
And you read it here first!

KPSK has made today's weekly ARRL Web In Brief listing:

thanks to the contribution of Ernie KG9NI.




VE3WMB/VE9 Grand Manan Island NB lighthouse NA-014 now on 20m good signal
but bad QSB...73 de Jay N3DQU

DX Outgoing


Endorsements mailed today 04 Sept 2002 for HP1AC and HP1BSL...73 de Jay

Jim's Gazette NL #129


Subj: GAZETTE NL #129
Date: 9/4/2002 8:58:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Once again I find myself in a Delta airline seat catching up, with modest
success, on the 'to do' list for September. Since this is our last month in
York, the list dwarfs an encyclopedia and is not even alphabetized! If only
each item dropped off the list with the first contact! Instead most of the
require repeated, frustrating calls, faxes, visits and/or visitors. All of
this is extraordinarily complex because the controlling dates are fixed and
move. The packers will be there on 30 September, the moving van 1 October.
The formal real estate closing falls on 2 October and we fly out on 3
October. Carved in stone, those dates! Meanwhile, we try to stay in touch
with and see the old friends who will soon be living 1500 hiway miles away
from us. We'll never move again! (My XYL points out that I've said that

This very short visit to Florida, part of move number one, may at the very
least give me a few hours on the air. Since the station in New York is long
gone, I do miss the waterfall. I'm now seated next to the rig and propagation
must be as bad as it can get. No signals of note so far. I even checked to
make sure the antenna was connected to the rig. Hi!

Speaking of tearing down the station, the heritage continues. Charles NX2T
says he wants the copperpipe-dipole-in-the-attic. And since his attic is a lot
higher off the ground than mine was, he should do very well with it. By the
way, I received a Winlink message from him two days ago. He was sailing
across Bantry Bay and looking forward to more good Irish food before flying
home early this week.

Meanwhile, the PSK station has found its way to JHS 22, through the good
hands of Joe WB2JKJ. He joined our group for breakfast last Thursday, then
hauled away a ton of stuff. Joe's stories of the Crew fascinate me and every
year I find some way to support the group. They deserve it. Go to and arrange to contribute that unused gear.

Short notes: PODX (the Pennsylvania-Ohio DX group) is on the move. Their new
website is at Except, in VK land you must dial up Don't ask me why. Hi! There's lots of good stuff there
particularly for the PSK enthusiasts of the world.

Tapani OH2LU sent in an update for his DXCC score the other day. There aren't
but a very few in the world who have worked more, but he advised me that
it will be some time before he can upgrade again. He's short the last few
that everybody else is short. Hi! His note arrived in the middle of our worst
wave and I told him I might dash over to OH just to cool off for a few days.
His reply discouraged me. 'It's our hottest summer in over 100 years! I had to
buy a fan and it runs 24 hours a day!' Well, there goes another quick fix.

Oh, another contest. The QRP ops are sponsoring the End-of-Summer PSK31
Sprint. Four big hours, 20 Meter only, PSK only, runs from 2000-2400Z on 8
September, 2002. Full details at

Costas SV1XV took the time to salute Shelby K4WW for achieving a
worked-all-states award at eQSL. Well, two things. First, I thought Shelby
worked 'em
all every time a contest happened (read almost every weekend) and, second, I
am not at all certain that the achievement will draw recognition from any
other source, particularly from the ARRL. Hi! Anyway, Shelby, keep at it.
Maybe some day . . .!

Jeremy N1ZZZ Emailed comments regarding PSK and 160 meters. He doesn't know
anything about the band but he is puzzled about PSK in multi-path
environments. Jeremy operated from Ascension Island last year with a vertical
and had a plethora of strong signals on the waterfall, probably from the
US. While he worked European stations with no problem, he couldn't decode any
of the North American stations assumedly due to multi-path. His
theory-the long and short path met at his vertical and the phase distortion
was such that decoding was impossible.

He switched to MFSK16 and worked the US stations with ease. So, Jeremy
postulates the theory that Hell modes will work on 160, if anyone wants to try
that band.

Any comments on this issue are most welcome.

Tom W7WHY says that someone is airing a signal that sounds like music at
14081.65 USB. And, quite naturally, he wants to know what kind of stuff is

The most plausible explanation came from Phil GU0SUP. It's THROB, says PHIL.
What??? He goes on to explain that it is a bit like PICCOLO (the military
version) and produced by Lionel G3PPT. There are three speeds at 1, 2 or 4
THROBS per second. There is a central tone with a side tone and bandwidth
is determined by the speed. It works very well in poor conditions. Phil
steers us to Get it and give THROB a

He goes on to say that he 'likes MT63 because it is so robust. It doesn't
even falter if an SSB or
Packet signal starts up. Throb is also great fun, as is Hellschrieber. PSK
used to be fun, but is now frequented by many who simply haven't read the
basics, and run everything at full tilt. Take a listen to 14.070 and see for
yourselves. It is sad to see someone giving out station details which include
running 600 watts to a 6 element beam!'

Thus, if you think our hobby prospers because of such variety in the digital
space you have to be happy as a clam. On the other side of the coin, if you
think RTTY is the one and only method of communicating with the world, and
have no interest other than contests and/or DX, it's an even money bet that
you think this variety thing is about as welcome as the West Nile Virus.

Historically, the odds favor the status quo. Think back and count the number
of stylish new modes and variations that made an attempt to revolutionize
digital communications, then count the survivors. The fingers on one hand are
more than you need. Yet, there is a fundamental difference this time
around. In a word, economics! All these new modes are free. If you have a
computer and a sound card, an almost universal asset, then you are in
business. Download the software, buy or build an interface for little or no
cost, put up a coat hanger antenna and you are ready to work the world.

We don't yet know how many thousands this will attract. But we do know that
except for contest weekends, the majority of activity on any band isn't
RTTY. It's Hell, PSK, THROB or whatever the flavor of the week might be. More
power to the experimenters!

DX info

Karen Russo <w4gtm@...>

Thanks JayQQ and SteveHF for the DX URL's.

73 - Karen W4GTM

6m QSO, anyone (New England)

Peter Baskind <pbaskind@...>

Getting some nice signals from New England on 6m right now. Anyone want to
try a .290 QSO?

Peter, AG4KI

Peter Baskind, J.D., LL.M.
Germantown, TN
Voice: (901) 624-5295
Fax: (901) 624-6060

Re: Updated PSK31 Linux software released

Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL

Hmmm....Looks like Digipan to me Dave. So tell
us what's the advantage of
Linux over Windows, anyways? Jay N3DQU
You know how to punch my button Jay <grin>. Actually
your comment on it looking like Digipan is some what
a compliment since so many have gotten used to
Windows look and feel.

But just a couple of items for Linux and hamming.
Hamming with Windows is like buying a car (and an
expensive one ) with the hood welded shut or maybe a
Japanese transceiver (remember the good old days of
Heathkit). Heathkit didn't really work any better
than Drake or Swan etc. But who hasn't enjoyed the
satisfaction of completing a kit or getting in the a
voltmeter and fixing/modifying a unit.
When did you last reboot your Windows computer
because it locked up, yesterday or the day before? My
Linux machine runs weeks (24/7) and even then either
I'm changing a h/w item or I'm just lazy. Computers
with real operating systems don't need rebooting. My
firewall running on a 486-33 and a single floppy
version of Linux runs months unattended (no monitor
or keyboard).
So what about an office suite? Linux now has
OpenOffice ( that even has
corporations switching off MS Office.
Right now the biggest limitation to ham operation
IMO is logging software. Nothing currently compares
with the commercial Windoze s/w. There are some good
starts like xlog and myvrlog but they have some way
to go. Luc, LX2GT in his spare time (when he isn't
keeping Ernie and I keep straight) is also working on
a logger.

But having said all this and much more what is the
real bottom line for hamming with Linux?? It is fun!
It is the same fun from building up a PSK-20 getting
it on the air and saying I built it/ or wrote the
code. If you are content with buying a xcvr from
Japan plugging it into a sound card, and unwrapping
some software... go to it. But if you like getting
under the hood with a voltmeter etc linux, kpsk and
other development efforts have something to offer.

Pardon the long winded answer. Hopefully I won't get
too many flames from the Windoze supporters hi hi.

73, Dave

Re: Updated PSK31 Linux software released

Ernest Stracener <ds3@...>

Hmmm....Looks like Digipan to me Dave. So tell us what's the advantage of
Linux over Windows, anyways? Jay N3DQU
That's one way to think about it: Digipan for linux. There are two or
three other PSK31 applications for linux (Linpsk and twpsk that I can
think of off-hand), each of which has strengths and weaknesses--same as
with Windows applications. In the end, it boils down to just having

KPSK has a lot of the same features as Digipan, but was constructed from
the ground up without the advantage of being able to see the source code
of the differences are really in the guts of the programs.
I'm not a programmer, but I was able to make a couple of small
programming contributions & it has been fun to learn along the way. My
main job in the project was writing the user manual and web site.

Think of the development of KPSK as trying to paint a replica of
VanGoghs's "Starry Night" in the dark, with a blindfold on,
underwater...its tough, and you learn a lot in the process. :) Is the
product of one better than another? Not necessarily, but they do offer
options in how to accomplish the same goal: enjoyment of ham radio
through PSK31. One good thing is that now and ever after, the very
guts of the source code for KPSK is exposed and available to anyone who
wants to take a crack at improving it, something that is not often
available for windows applications.

Windows has its place in the doubt or argument there. I use
windows every day on the job and until this project, for everything in
the hamshack as well.

To me, linux is perfect for the kind of person that likes to tinker with
the guts of complex things (kind of like building/creating new circuits
or QRP rigs) -- to make new stuff or to improve old stuff. It is a
platform for learning. It certainly isn't for everyone--it can be very
frustrating and hard to learn at first, kind of like learning morse code
or using a computer for the first time....

Just a nickel's worth of opinion. :) I'll be happy to try to help
anyone who wants to try it out, just drop a line to "kg9ni at arrl dot

73 & see you on the waterfall,

Updated PSK31 Linux software released

Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL

Ever wanted to try Linux on your station computer but
were worried about a PSK31 program?

Well thanks to Luc, LX2GT; Dave, WB5NHL and Ernie,
KG9NI a new and improved version of KPSK is available.

KPSK is a PSK31 digital radio communications
application designed specifically for the KDE 3.x
Linux desktop environment.

This release brings a greatly improved version of
KPSK to the KDE 3.x desktop environment, expanding on
the original functionality of KPSK. KPSK was
initially developed by LX2GT, and first released for
the KDE 2.x desktop as version 0.7 in September 2000.

KPSK Features include:
Simple, feature-filled user interface
Simultaneous monitoring of up to four PSK31 signals
User-configurable waterfall colors, fonts.
Auto-scaling waterfall
Optimization to provide IMD data only when the
measurement is valid
Twelve user-defined fixedtexts (TX macros),
available by mouse or F1-F12 keys
Integral BerkeleyDB-based QSO logbook
BPSK or QPSK operation
Automatic and manual modes for calling CQ
Ability to send an ASCII text file
Extensive application documentation (Spanish
translation coming)

The homepage (including screenshots and
documentation) for KPSK is

For other Linux ham applications try

Look for me on upcoming 070 contests, I will be using

As a final note to 070 members. We are looking for
additional project support, developers, testers etc.
Neither Ernie nor I are professional programmers.
Linux and its associated applications are amazing
learning tools. Remember those days in hamming when
you could piece a circuit together in a weekend and
see what happens on the air. Well, Linux is the
software equivalent and the community is just as
helpful and eager as hams.

I (and I'm sure Ernie also) will help anyone
interested in experimenting with Linux (and you can
dual boot your PC so you don't have to give up your
Windoze safety net). E-mail myself
( or Ernie (

73, Dave WB5NHL

Re: Updated PSK31 Linux software released


In a message dated 9/4/2002 1:44:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Ever wanted to try Linux on your station computer but
were worried about a PSK31 program?

Well thanks to Luc, LX2GT; Dave, WB5NHL and Ernie,
KG9NI a new and improved version of KPSK is available.
Hmmm....Looks like Digipan to me Dave. So tell us what's the advantage of
Linux over Windows, anyways? Jay N3DQU

Re: N3MK/P in WV Sept 13th - 15th


Thanks again Steve,
Jay - AA8QQ