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Re: Hawaii on 20Mtrs - Guess What?

Steve W3HF
 

Lenny -

Congratulations! Now if only you could have gotten him 25 hours
earlier, for that extra multiplier ... naw, don't get greedy.

Steve

Just worked KH7O (Tnx Rick!) There are propagation Gods after all. I
was just abt to close everything down and decided to take 'one more
look at 20mtrs'. There were a few marginal signals, clicked around and
there was Rick. Heart started to pound, fingers were sweaty, said my
prayers to the propagation Gods...then called him. Waited a few
seconds getting ready to call him agn then, K2LAM DE KH7O. Wooopie!.
The last state is always the BEST!. OK, I feel better now.... 73 all,
Lenny K2LAM


Re: PSKFest

Ernest Mills <emills@...>
 

Hi Steve,
Hey! got you as well eh! so thanks for the points. Uhmm! I wish I had
seen N6YIH but ...

I think the Class of 2001 was the first class. Check with Jay eh! 73
Ernie

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen J. Melachrinos" <w3hf@arrl.net>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2002 9:05 PM
Subject: Re: [070] PSKFest



I really wanted to work all the PODXS Class of 2001. Thanks Erika
DL2AYL but where were Steve N6YIH and John AG4CZ. ?

Thanks again and 73 Ernie
I never saw John, but found Steve on 15m just before the end.

And is there a listing of "class year" for us 070ers? Other than
knowing that I must be class of 2000 (#025, dated 12/24/00), and
picking up a few other certificate numbers from the TDW, I'm not
sure where to get the rest of the information.

Steve
W3HF

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Re: PSKFest

Steve W3HF
 

I think the Class of 2001 was the first class. Check with Jay eh!
I guess it depends on how you calculate it. I was in calendar 2000,
but if you define the first year like a school year (since the 070 club
started in July 2000) then I guess I was in the first "graduating"
class, with a "graduation" date of 2001.

Steve


Re: PSKFest

Steve W3HF
 

I really wanted to work all the PODXS Class of 2001. Thanks Erika
DL2AYL but where were Steve N6YIH and John AG4CZ. ?

Thanks again and 73 Ernie
I never saw John, but found Steve on 15m just before the end.

And is there a listing of "class year" for us 070ers? Other than
knowing that I must be class of 2000 (#025, dated 12/24/00), and
picking up a few other certificate numbers from the TDW, I'm not
sure where to get the rest of the information.

Steve
W3HF


Re: PSKFEST experiences

Steve W3HF
 

Steve... w3hf

You really were 599 in northwest Florida! ...

Tom, k3psk

Tom -

Thanks for making me chuckle. I know it may have been true in your
case, but I also remember the times I had to repeat the call 10 or 20
times, and then got a 599.

Steve
W3HF


Jim's GAZETTE #114

N3DQU@...
 

Subj: GAZETTE Newsletter #114
Date: 1/19/2002 5:51:32 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: mortjame@...
To: Newsletter@..., Readers@...
Sent from the Internet (Details)



Jim's GAZETTE
Newsletter #114
20 January 2002

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to any and all interested parties, or to reproduce it
in
any other publication. All we ask is that you give credit where it is due.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

SHORT NOTES: It only took about one thousand Emails to prove that Don AA5AU was not deemed to have
used 'assistance' during the RTTY RU. And we didn't even resort to the Supreme Court to reach the
conclusion. Don's asking a casual contest contact 'Where did you see UN6P?' was not in Ron's (N1ND
ARRL Contest Branch Manager) opinion a formal operating arrangement. Informal or casual queries of
this sort do not make the station 'assisted.' Some thought Don guilty of a cardinal sin, but it is
now obvious that it is appropriate behavior to ask a routine contact for a bit of information. But,
no pre-arrangements of any sort, please.

KH1 Baker and Howland coming up again! Hrane YT1AD is leading a very large operation that will work
all bands, each and every mode from April 30 to May 5. Then they head for Dayton. This is a very
expensive operation. Contact Will K6NDV (k6ndv@...) for donation info.

Ekki DF4OR, in a very welcome gesture, is about to undertake the maintenance of WF1B RTTY software.
He has been assured of financial support by a number of hams and, though he is not aiming to make
any money on maintaining and upgrading the program, he does want to be certain that he can cover
the expenses involved is keeping the programming libraries current. The RTTY software will continue
to be free. Among other sites, RTTY can also be downloaded from www.sk3bg.se/contest/download.htm.

Signs of the times: Larry W2AX took a cruise on the QE2 these past few weeks. He remembered exactly
where to go in order to operate the ham station he operated a few years ago. But, and imagine his
surprise, he couldn't find the radio room on the QE2 anymore! It's now just another passenger
suite. No more radio room, no more radio operators. What's next? No Captain?

The 2002 International DX Convention has a website at www.qsl.net/visalia2002. The 53rd annual
convention is coming up!

Bob NT1V wanted keep the N1RCT RTTY site alive and well. But he found the pressures of his job and
the frequent and extended travels made the task insurmountable. Thus, Jamie WW3S stepped up to the
plate and will operate the site at www.rttyinfo.net. We all are indebted to Bob's effort and are
thankful that he's found a suitable successor. Good luck, Jamie!

Mo'Slo is often a requirement these days. If you have upgraded, as many if not most of us have, to
a blazing new CPU, you may find some of those good old DOS programs won't work. But they can! All
you have to do is slow your speedster down to a crawl. Do it with this software. Go to
www.hpaa.com/moslo/ and give it a try. It's the price you pay for progress. Hi!

Nick VK1AA will be on H40 28 Mar-12 Apr. He has a HAL RTTY box so he'll be there for the deserving.

Mark your calendar! The TARA PSK31 Rumble (The Spring Wakeup) runs from 0000Z to 2400Z on 20 April.
PSK only, 80-40-20-15-10-6 Meters. There are six categories from Normal to Novice. Full details at
www.qsl.net/wm2u/rumble.html or www.n2ty.org. You may Email Bill at ny2u@... or Ernie at
wm2u@... for more information. See additional comment below. 

An Email arrived via satellite from old friend Charles NX2T who is aboard as Ship's Doctor on the
SeaCloud 2 in the Carib sea. On a bus trip during their stopover in Dominica, he was exposed to a
bit of surprising technology. The bus driver picked up his 2 meter rig, dialed a three digit code
and proceeded to talk to a ham friend in Toronto, Canada via a local VHF repeater. The island
apparently has a world-class backbone consisting of four repeaters with a DSL connection to the
Internet. The whole world is their oyster. Congratulations!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Ernie WM2U lives and works 'up the river' from the Big Apple, about 100 miles north, up the mighty
Hudson River. TARA, the Troy, NY amateur group is very active and runs its 7th PSK Rumble on 20
April. Ernie developed the Rumble and has now turned his attention to another digital arena. The
Digital Prefix Award (DPX) is similar to the CQ WPX (which is limited to CW and SSB) is new and
overdue. The Penn-Ohio DX Society is sponsoring the award for ALL digital modes. The details are on
the website at www.qsl.net/wm2u/podxs_dpx.html.

In an Email conversation Ernie and I talked about the Rumble and its progress. From my observation
post each iteration of the contest seems to be gaining in activity. I also noted, however, that the
behavior in and pace of the Rumble continues to be substantially different than the typical RTTY
contest. He agreed, as did many others who Emailed about NL#113's PSK commentary. One respondent,
in RTTY since 1969, but a dropout, found his way back into digital via PSK. Like me, he feels this
new mode is the way RTTY 'used to be' and he thoroughly enjoys marching to this different and
better drummer.

The last Rumble drew 200 submitted E-logs, some unknown fraction of the participants. They came
from 35 states and 35 DX countries. Ernie found over 90 DX countries and most all of the US states
in the logs in the logs.

The behavior and pace of the contest-that's a difficult phenomenon to describe. It's sort of a
peaceful and rambling undertaking in the PSK world. But RTTY changed it ways somewhere over the
past several years. Even those you least suspect show that their focus narrowed to a surprising
degree. Shelby K4WW is a perfect example. He's a good friend, an honorable man and a serious RTTY
addict. (That's not an oxymoron!) Goetz DJ3IW wrote a note to the RTTY reflector and said, '10M is
open to North America every day. But nobody from NA is active in RTTY. Even extended CQ calls
produce no response.' Aye, there's the rub.

In a very frank yet friendly response to Goetz, Shelby outlined his priorities. 'If it's too cold
for fishing, I play radio. Being retired I don't have anything more important to do. (Shelby,
please call collect. I've work for you!).' And, then he goes on to explain that he doesn't care to
ragchew because of the predictable content, so he tunes around and looks for the calls of the 71
countries he has yet to work or the 33 he's worked, calls that produced no QSL card.

Oh, he's not quite that single-minded for he does answer CQ's if the call is not in his log. In so
doing, according to his theory, he's planting seeds that will sprout during the next contest. Hmmm!
Maybe he's right. Maybe they will look for him the next time they dial into the contest chaos.

Fortunately, PSK has yet to reach that level of dedication. Maybe it will, but many (if not a
majority) of PSK-ers are seasoned operators who gave up on the SSB, CW or RTTY world and went QRT.
Whether it was sheer boredom or distaste, we'll never know. Some claim to have been away from the
hobby for a number of years. In any event they have found a new home in this new mode and, as Steve
N3UYI says, 'Think this mode great fun and a reason to become active in HF again.'

All hope that the fun and games of PSK remain unchanged. I couldn't agree more!!

. >>>>>>>>>>


73 de Jim N2HOS jem@...
Jim's GAZETTE
Newsletter #114
20 January 2002

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to any and all interested parties, or to reproduce it
in
any other publication. All we ask is that you give credit where it is due.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

SHORT NOTES: It only took about one thousand Emails to prove that Don AA5AU was not deemed to have
used 'assistance' during the RTTY RU. And we didn't even resort to the Supreme Court to reach the
conclusion. Don's asking a casual contest contact 'Where did you see UN6P?' was not in Ron's (N1ND
ARRL Contest Branch Manager) opinion a formal operating arrangement. Informal or casual queries of
this sort do not make the station 'assisted.' Some thought Don guilty of a cardinal sin, but it is
now obvious that it is appropriate behavior to ask a routine contact for a bit of information. But,
no pre-arrangements of any sort, please.

KH1 Baker and Howland coming up again! Hrane YT1AD is leading a very large operation that will work
all bands, each and every mode from April 30 to May 5. Then they head for Dayton. This is a very
expensive operation. Contact Will K6NDV (k6ndv@...) for donation info.

Ekki DF4OR, in a very welcome gesture, is about to undertake the maintenance of WF1B RTTY software.
He has been assured of financial support by a number of hams and, though he is not aiming to make
any money on maintaining and upgrading the program, he does want to be certain that he can cover
the expenses involved is keeping the programming libraries current. The RTTY software will continue
to be free. Among other sites, RTTY can also be downloaded from www.sk3bg.se/contest/download.htm.

Signs of the times: Larry W2AX took a cruise on the QE2 these past few weeks. He remembered exactly
where to go in order to operate the ham station he operated a few years ago. But, and imagine his
surprise, he couldn't find the radio room on the QE2 anymore! It's now just another passenger
suite. No more radio room, no more radio operators. What's next? No Captain?

The 2002 International DX Convention has a website at www.qsl.net/visalia2002. The 53rd annual
convention is coming up!

Bob NT1V wanted keep the N1RCT RTTY site alive and well. But he found the pressures of his job and
the frequent and extended travels made the task insurmountable. Thus, Jamie WW3S stepped up to the
plate and will operate the site at www.rttyinfo.net. We all are indebted to Bob's effort and are
thankful that he's found a suitable successor. Good luck, Jamie!

Mo'Slo is often a requirement these days. If you have upgraded, as many if not most of us have, to
a blazing new CPU, you may find some of those good old DOS programs won't work. But they can! All
you have to do is slow your speedster down to a crawl. Do it with this software. Go to
www.hpaa.com/moslo/ and give it a try. It's the price you pay for progress. Hi!

Nick VK1AA will be on H40 28 Mar-12 Apr. He has a HAL RTTY box so he'll be there for the deserving.

Mark your calendar! The TARA PSK31 Rumble (The Spring Wakeup) runs from 0000Z to 2400Z on 20 April.
PSK only, 80-40-20-15-10-6 Meters. There are six categories from Normal to Novice. Full details at
www.qsl.net/wm2u/rumble.html or www.n2ty.org. You may Email Bill at ny2u@... or Ernie at
wm2u@... for more information. See additional comment below. 

An Email arrived via satellite from old friend Charles NX2T who is aboard as Ship's Doctor on the
SeaCloud 2 in the Carib sea. On a bus trip during their stopover in Dominica, he was exposed to a
bit of surprising technology. The bus driver picked up his 2 meter rig, dialed a three digit code
and proceeded to talk to a ham friend in Toronto, Canada via a local VHF repeater. The island
apparently has a world-class backbone consisting of four repeaters with a DSL connection to the
Internet. The whole world is their oyster. Congratulations!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Ernie WM2U lives and works 'up the river' from the Big Apple, about 100 miles north, up the mighty
Hudson River. TARA, the Troy, NY amateur group is very active and runs its 7th PSK Rumble on 20
April. Ernie developed the Rumble and has now turned his attention to another digital arena. The
Digital Prefix Award (DPX) is similar to the CQ WPX (which is limited to CW and SSB) is new and
overdue. The Penn-Ohio DX Society is sponsoring the award for ALL digital modes. The details are on
the website at www.qsl.net/wm2u/podxs_dpx.html.

In an Email conversation Ernie and I talked about the Rumble and its progress. From my observation
post each iteration of the contest seems to be gaining in activity. I also noted, however, that the
behavior in and pace of the Rumble continues to be substantially different than the typical RTTY
contest. He agreed, as did many others who Emailed about NL#113's PSK commentary. One respondent,
in RTTY since 1969, but a dropout, found his way back into digital via PSK. Like me, he feels this
new mode is the way RTTY 'used to be' and he thoroughly enjoys marching to this different and
better drummer.

The last Rumble drew 200 submitted E-logs, some unknown fraction of the participants. They came
from 35 states and 35 DX countries. Ernie found over 90 DX countries and most all of the US states
in the logs in the logs.

The behavior and pace of the contest-that's a difficult phenomenon to describe. It's sort of a
peaceful and rambling undertaking in the PSK world. But RTTY changed it ways somewhere over the
past several years. Even those you least suspect show that their focus narrowed to a surprising
degree. Shelby K4WW is a perfect example. He's a good friend, an honorable man and a serious RTTY
addict. (That's not an oxymoron!) Goetz DJ3IW wrote a note to the RTTY reflector and said, '10M is
open to North America every day. But nobody from NA is active in RTTY. Even extended CQ calls
produce no response.' Aye, there's the rub.

In a very frank yet friendly response to Goetz, Shelby outlined his priorities. 'If it's too cold
for fishing, I play radio. Being retired I don't have anything more important to do. (Shelby,
please call collect. I've work for you!).' And, then he goes on to explain that he doesn't care to
ragchew because of the predictable content, so he tunes around and looks for the calls of the 71
countries he has yet to work or the 33 he's worked, calls that produced no QSL card.

Oh, he's not quite that single-minded for he does answer CQ's if the call is not in his log. In so
doing, according to his theory, he's planting seeds that will sprout during the next contest. Hmmm!
Maybe he's right. Maybe they will look for him the next time they dial into the contest chaos.

Fortunately, PSK has yet to reach that level of dedication. Maybe it will, but many (if not a
majority) of PSK-ers are seasoned operators who gave up on the SSB, CW or RTTY world and went QRT.
Whether it was sheer boredom or distaste, we'll never know. Some claim to have been away from the
hobby for a number of years. In any event they have found a new home in this new mode and, as Steve
N3UYI says, 'Think this mode great fun and a reason to become active in HF again.'

All hope that the fun and games of PSK remain unchanged. I couldn't agree more!!

. >>>>>>>>>>


73 de Jim N2HOS jem@...
http://www.n2hos.com/digital


Re: PSKFEST experiences

Tom <tomias@...>
 

Steve... w3hf

You really were 599 in northwest Florida! ...

Tom, k3psk

First of all, let me echo Dave (WB5NHL) 's comments about thanks
for those of you that were listening for the little guys. I know it was
hard for you to dig the signal out of the noise at some times, but
it's an ego boost to then get a 599 report. hi hi

(And Dave, we'll have to set up a schedule for next time. We
should be 5/5 given our locations.)


PSKFest

Ernest Mills <emills@...>
 

Really enjoyed that contest. It has earmarks of one of the great ones eh! :)
 
Congratulations to the PODXS boys, Jay N3DQU, Jay KA3X, Tom N3XC and Jay AA8QQ, for getting out there and doing it. I worked them all:)   Errr! is there a sticker for that eh!
 
I really wanted to work all the PODXS Class of 2001. Thanks Erika DL2AYL but where were Steve N6YIH and John AG4CZ. ?
 
    Thanks again and 73 Ernie 


070 Club website

N3DQU@...
 

Just finished talking to a tech-dood at AOL. Seems they are doing some
work on the Hometown servers, so if you have been having trouble accessing
the 070 Club website lately, that is reason why. Hopefully they will get
things back to normal asap...Sorry for the inconvenience...Tnx es 73 de Jay
N3DQU.


Re: After the fest

Leonel <ct4ms@...>
 

Hello Jay
Negative ---sorry -possible next contest, hi hi
73
Leonel
CT4MS

----- Original Message -----
From: <AA8QQJMauch@aol.com>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2002 5:37 PM
Subject: [070] After the fest


Hi All,
Had a really great time on this PSK contest, but that's nothing new.
Made 80 or 81 QSO's with 38 mults, QRP on 80 thru 10. I deleted a
possible
QSO with CT4MS, so if you could check your log Leonel and let me know if
I'm
in there I would appreciate it.

Used GenLog for the first time. Learned to use it on the fly. All in
all, a
very nice logging program. Nice enough that I'm giving up on my logger.
No
sense reinventing the wheel. So if you see a note on the PODXS 070 page
saying to wait for my logger, ignore it, that's old history. I'll give my
input to Dave and let him use any of my ideas for the good of all.

I wonder how many have worked more than 100 QSO's. Seems AOL is having
internal problems displaying some pages. Keeps saying "Server Busy" so
don't be surprised if you get such a message when you goto the results
page.

73 for now, see you all going over my waterfall.

de AA8QQ - Jay


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Re: After the Fest

bernie_kf4fhs <kf4fhs@...>
 

Hi All,

First, Thanks to the 070 guys for the PSKFest, it's the most
enjoyable way I can think of to be kept awake all night(well almost).

Who shut the DX gate to the Northwest ? I saw a lot of one sided
QSO's where folks were working our friends across the pond, but not
much coming back to WA.

I managed to get 183 Q's and 46 Multi's ( 6 DXCC, 3 Provinces, 36
States and Pennsylvania :-) (sorry Jay(s), but I couldn't resist).

As far as ragchewers go, I don't mind taking a couple minutes to
say hello to someone and tell them about the 070 club, you never
know, it may inspire them to join the club, and that would be another
multiplier for the TDW :-)

Thanks Again Guys & 73,
Bernie / KF4FHS


Re: PSKFEST - Getting Ready

Steve W3HF
 

One other disappointment:

I know you guys were there, but I never saw a SV on the air during
the contest on any band. Wish I had found one on 15--that's the
band I need for the SV Tri-band endorsement.

And of course, two hours after the contest, there was SV1DZL
CQing on 20m. Oh well ....

Steve
W3HF


Re: PSKFEST experiences

Steve W3HF
 

To the gang -

First of all, let me echo Dave (WB5NHL) 's comments about thanks
for those of you that were listening for the little guys. I know it was
hard for you to dig the signal out of the noise at some times, but
it's an ego boost to then get a 599 report. hi hi

(And Dave, we'll have to set up a schedule for next time. We
should be 5/5 given our locations.)

For Russ's (KU4FP) benefit, my station was a Yaesu FT-817
running five watts, with 40m, 20m, and 10m dipoles in the attic (of
a two-story, aluminum-sided house). The 40m seems to work
pretty well (as expected) on 15m, and I was even able to load up
the 40m on 80 to snag a few QSOs there. Used DigiPan v1.5 for
the PSK software, and FT-817 Commander for control of the radio.

Totals were 118 contacts on all five bands, approximately 60
multipliers (33 states, 4 VE provinces, and 23 DX entities). 99
unique calls. These are initial totals, subject to revision.

High points were:

- working Jeremy ZD8JA on two bands, for a new country and IOTA
- working KH7B on 20m (thanks Kala, and to Lenny: sorry for
mentioning it)
- working VX4XA for a new Canadian province

Low points were the times I tried to transmit on the wrong antenna
for the band I had tuned the radio to. I remembered to switch the
rig, and even reset the tuning on the MFJ antenna tuner, but forgot
to flip the antenna switch, too. (That includes the 20m QSO with
AA8QQ, when I was on the 40m dipole. You thought it was YOUR
antenna, Jay.)

Apologies to KC0EFZ and WB4JFS for duping them on 20m.

Scored 3 of the 4 PODXSers--never heard KA3X this time.

And the winners of the "who can contact W3HF the most times
during the contest" were K0CIE and KG9NI, at three times each
(10/15/20 and 15/20/40, respectively). Fifteen others found me on
two bands. Maybe I should initiate an "I worked W3HF on all five
bands" award or 070 endorsement for the next contest.

Thanks to all for a great time.

73,
Steve
W3HF


New poll for 070

070@...
 

Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
070 group:

How much power did you generally use
to make contacts during the PSKFEST on
19 Jan 2002?

o 1 to 5 Watts max (or Less)
o 6 to 20 watts max
o 21 to 30 watts max
o 31 to 40 watts max
o 41 to 50 watts max
o 51 to 60 watts max
o 61 to 70 watts max
o 71 to 80 watts max
o 81 to 90 watts max
o 91 to 100 watts max


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Thanks!


Re: PSKFEST - Getting Ready

Demetre Koumanakos <sv1ens@...>
 

Hi Gang, Costas,

This was my first contest and I really enjoyed it, I'll most definitely
participate again :-)
The problems I faced other than not being heard on the pileup with my 5
watts, was
the many different dxcc designators I got from our Russian friends, RU, RA,
UA, UR ect.

I used two programs for logging, 1) GenLog worked well, but was very
sensitive to the dxcc
mistakes, 2) MixW worked nicely but did not report dxcc as detailed as I
would like it,
anyway between the two and the hard copy of the iota dxcc list, I managed to
get things done :-)

I personally did not mind the rag chewers, I had time to spare between
successful QRP calls.
I managed to work on 20m with my bent (from the last snowstorm) vertical and
10m on a converted
CB antenna for about 7 hours total, the rest of the time the bands were
simply deaf to my signal

totaling 55 QRP contacts with 36 multipliers.
It was pleasing seeing several SV's participating, also nice to see about
80% of the DXers who I
contacted were actually participating on PSKFEST...

So, all in all, a success for PSK and 070.

73
Demetre - SV1ENS

BTW I have faced two problems:

1. too many replies to CQ CONTEST by non participant, who
must be then guided how to give the proper contest exchange

2. Lots of non-standard exchanges: Russia as either RA
and RU. Italy as "I", "ITA" and "Italy", Greece
as "Greece" and "SV", Asiatic Russia as "AR" and "RU9" etc.
In my logs I intend to replace non-standard prefixe exchanges
with the ones specified in the DXCC booklet.

Costas SV1XV





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Lots of FUN! PSKFEST rocks!

kg9ni <kg9ni@...>
 

Hello all! It was great making the PSKFEST contacts with many of you
during the PSKFEST, but kind of missed the conversation that usually
goes along with psk31 contacts. This was my first contest & it was
very exciting and fun for me. I used 30 watts, digipan, and a
multiband dipole @ abt 35 ft.

I only had a few contacts that didn't realize/recognize that the 'fest
was happening...and those contacts were good opportunities to have a
short chat to try to regain a bit of sanity after hours of punching
cold macros. ;) One thing I did notice, which seemed very different
(and fantastic) from everyday psk31 is that the really nasty, wide,
and poorly adjusted signals were almost non-existent! It is an every
day occurrence on 20m (mostly) to see a signal that nearly obliterates
the passband...what happened? Most of the signals that I was able to
see on the waterfall were very nice & clean; however I do recall one
particular signal that had a "starburst" distortion pattern to it...I
had never seen that before. The "echoes" from the originating
signal radiated out on either side of the signal on the
waterfall...that was tough to deal with. Anyone else see that/have
any idea of what was going on?

**If** I've counted everything up correctly, I made 197 countable
contacts, some stations on muliple bands & including a total of 19 DX
contacts; 163 unique calls in total. 54 unique SPC multipliers: 37
states (incl. kh7o!-tnx!), 3 provinces, and 14 DX.

DX included: ZS,YV,YO,UA9,UA,SV,SM,OK,I,HK,HB,F,EA,DL
The above list is from my logging program; I've got to go back and
double check the DXCC list to ensure these are all unique & valid
countries.

Logs and dupe sheet posted at: http://www.qsl.net/kg9ni/log.html
On my dupe sheet, I had omitted counting OK2MF as an additional unique
SPC, as I was just looking at the SPC info from the contacts & thought
it was Oklahoma at first...I'll be making that correction as soon as I
can get to it.

I wish I had been able to work N3XC...after looking at the logs I got
3 of the 4 contacts needed for the "I worked 'em all" 070 certificate
endorsement! :) I'll keep looking for him...

The PSKFEST was a blast...I'm looking forward to the next one! I hope
to get to chat with you all at a more leisurely pace on the bands
between now and then.

73,
Ernest (kg9ni)


Logs for the PSK fest

spdomingue@...
 

OK so I now know why Jay asked me to Check the logs for the PSK Fest.
After the contest I ran to send my log to JAY so I could be the first one on the web page and be TOP DOG (at least for a short time) BUT I already had logs in the e-mail here and the contest just ended. Some of you all are really fast!

As I receive each log I am sending a reply back that I received the log and Thanks for playing, and other notes if you ask something.

So if you do not receive a note back in a day or two, send me a note again to see what I am doing or if I went to sleep.

Now give me a day or two to go over the log and send the info to Jay for the web page.

Jay will need a week or two to get my input to him on the web page.

So after you receive the note back from me and you DO NOT see you call on the web page in a day or 4, PLEASE  PLEASE send me a note to see If I went to sleep or did some other dumb thing and did not get the data to JAY.

Well, I had fun and enjoyed the contest.

SteveD
N6YIH/7


Re: After the fest

Bills4570@...
 

Hi all,

What a difference a nights sleep makes!

Thanks to each of you who I worked during the fest. What
a great crowd to hang with!

After the smoke (and the propogation fog) cleared, it
looks like 188 Qs and 48 Ms with hardly any DX at all.
It was real frustrating hearing the rest of you working
all over Europe, but I couldnt hear a peep on those
antenna headings. I even checked long path to no
avail.......

A couple of conclusions:

1. 0700 to 1400 Z was a waste of time.

2. I never thought of 80M as a contest band, but thanks
to those half dozen or so hardy souls on 3.5, the wee
hours were not a total loss.

3. When the propogation is not totally shut down,
there's never a need for more than 30 watts of power on
PSK-31. A good antenna make all the difference. When the
band is dead, more power just heats the atmosphere.......
Hmmmmmm.....maybe that's why we have global warming.......

4. Where else would you find 100 greedy contesters
successfully crammed into 1 Khz of bandwidth???? Amazing!

Thanks to you 070 guys who put this contest together. It
was real fun.

73, Bill Schwantes
KG6EXF

Hi All,
Had a really great time on this PSK contest, but that's nothing new.
Made 80 or 81 QSO's with 38 mults, QRP on 80 thru 10. I deleted a possible
QSO with CT4MS, so if you could check your log Leonel and let me know if I'm
in there I would appreciate it.

Used GenLog for the first time. Learned to use it on the fly. All in all, a
very nice logging program. Nice enough that I'm giving up on my logger. No
sense reinventing the wheel. So if you see a note on the PODXS 070 page
saying to wait for my logger, ignore it, that's old history. I'll give my
input to Dave and let him use any of my ideas for the good of all.

I wonder how many have worked more than 100 QSO's. Seems AOL is having
internal problems displaying some pages. Keeps saying "Server Busy" so
don't be surprised if you get such a message when you goto the results page.

73 for now, see you all going over my waterfall.

de AA8QQ - Jay


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Re: PSKFEST experiences

hamopcq
 

Hi All,
Thought the PSKFEST was a blast. Roughly 94 contacts, 30 states and
10DX stations all on 10-15-20. Would have done better if I had
antennas for 40/80mtrs. DX included Germany (tnx Ericka), Czech
Rep.,Ukraine, Isreal, Poland, and several Canada stations. For those
who worked Hawaii on 20mtrs, tnx for rubbing it in. I kept checking
my radio to turn OFF the Hawaii Filter, but couldn't find it..hi.
Tnx to all who I met during the PSKFEST.
Regards,
Lenny K2LAM


PSKFEST Notes

WB5NHL
 

All;
Very nice contest. Almost double previous totals,
71 QSO's, 62 Multipliers on 80-10. All with 5 watts
and in antenna restricted townhouse. Checkout
http://www.oldcyberdude.com for my antenna details.
Thanks to everyone listening for the little guys. To
everyone with only transmitters and CQ PSKFEST tapes
maybe next time. OBTW, the most important 2 points

1. Met Jay (twice) nice quick chat between us PA's

2. Worked HI first time, Yup 5 watts and an attic
dipole on 20M, it can be done. Thanks KH7B (KH7O maybe
next time), now for the card. XYL volunteering for
hand delivery

One more thought, I agree with Charlie, name is much
more meaningful and RST. I only got 2 other than 599.
I never had such a strong signal worldwide hi hi.

Finally, Thanks to everyone of the organizers. As Jay
noted in our QSO "looks like a keeper."


73, Dave WB5NHL