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Jim's GAZETTE #116

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Jim's GAZETTE
Newsletter #116
20 February 2002

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parties, or to reproduce it in
any other publication. All we ask is that you give credit where it is due.

SHORT NOTES: The WPX contest drew a crowd. The highest score I've seen came
from 3Z0WPX. This special callsign was based in Poland. Four operators in a
multi/2 transmitter setup (Chris SP7GI provided the antenna farm and rigs),
made over 2500 Q's and 4.7 million points. That's a genuine WOW! It doesn't
look like
that short CW Sprint hurt this bunch of guys!

3Z's result lends credence to AA5AU's claim as to the total number of RTTY
operators around the world. Don made 11,660 Q's in 2001 with 3306 unique call
signs. That's a bit high because it counts KI6DY and KI6DY/0 as two stations.
1312 of these were US/VE, 1984 were DX. Interesting numbers!

Troy W4AJJ took me to task about Pactor. Hi! He asked me to tune to 7080
daily at 3-5 PM where I'd find half a dozen Pactor stations hang out for
QSO's in both
I and II. (See more about
Pactor below).

Bryan G3GOT thinks PSK is the 'second childhood' mode (as opposed to
Kindergarten!). 'PSK creates a great feeling of nostalgia among those of us
who are old
enough to have been there before,' says he. And, adds, 'It's good to know
there are still people in ham radio who can type more than 599 TU 73.' Bryan
is just one
of many old-timers who returned to their rigs after long absence because of
PSK's basic appeal. I saw this on the screen moments ago, ' . . . PSK created
a real
revival in my ham radio interest level.'

Don't miss this historic event! Bill NA2M reminds us of a happening the likes
of which has not taken place for 1001 years. At 8:02PM EST on 20 February,
the
time/date will be in perfect harmony-20:02 20/02 2002. Don't wait up for the
next one (1001 years down the road)!

Here's a good propagation education site. K9LA, who does the ARRL propagation
bulletin has a website at www.arrl.org/tis/info/k9la-prop.html.

KG4DX (Guantanamo) will be active 22-27 February. Op will be Bill W4WX. HR3
(Honduras) will be very busy 16 February-3 March. KB0CY, KB9DPF and
W3QA will be on as time allows while involved in a medical mission. PSK, CW
and SSB 40-10 meters. QSL home callsigns.

The 21st Annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference will be 13-15
September in Denver. Papers must be submitted by 5 August. Details at
www.tapr.org/dcc.

I don't understand why the VP8 group risked their lives to go to S. Sandwich
and S. Georgia, but despite all that nature could throw up against them, they
made
70,428 QSO's in about eleven days on air activity.


There has been a mass of comment about two dimensions of the contest logging
problem. The first problem is not new. Fact: too few of the participants in a
contest
file a log. All the heavy-hitters do, of course, but to the casual contester,
there is little if any incentive to file. Unlike one's income tax return,
there is neither penalty nor
reward attached to the filing process. Most simply pass it by. Thus the
inventory of check-logs is small and insufficient to the task. Phil GU0SUP
points out that in
ANARTS only three G-stations submitted logs, a tiny fraction of those who
played in the contest.

It's an uphill battle, for two reasons. First, the same small group of
super-stars wins most of the prizes, over and over again. They love it and
deserve it, but their
dominance demotes most of the entrants from the 'I want to win' category to
the 'I just want to play' group. So they have a little fun and go on about
their lives.

The second reason is equally serious. John VK4CE writes, 'It's no wonder that
submission rates are down. I've had my WPX 2002 log returned by the robot two
times, so far. The frustration of having to do this over and over will lead
me to join the ranks of those who do not bother.' Ah, the price of progress.
John suggests that
the robots get thrown overboard! Shelby K4WW chimes in with a comment about
the famed robot, suggesting that 'it' doesn't know what 'it' means. HI Sadly,
a
string of Emails will solve that problem NOT! As they say, 'back to the
drawing board!'

Peter G3PLX strikes again! His habit of reprocessing old ideas and technology
and dressing them in new clothing led to very significant progress in our
digital arena.
AMTOR was one example, PSK31, the latest and perhaps the most significant.
Now he enters a brand new field and, though it relates directly to a current
digital
development, it has broad application to the entire amateur spectrum.

I found out something of this quite accidentally. First, Fred OH/DK4ZC
Emailed some comments about Pactor II and the rumored III. Pactor and its use
is a
controversial issue in DL, to say the least. In any event, the next thing I
knew he forwarded a copy of a memo between G3PLX and Les VK2DSG. Les had
recorded the sounds of Pactor III on 20 meters and sent them to Peter, who by
coincidence had been watching the same 2.4 kHz-wide signal pattern on 80
meters.
Interesting.

As soon as I had read the note, I contacted Peter for permission to reprint
his remarks. He responded generously and added additional commentary. He
argues,
simply and logically, that we have erred in allocating frequencies by mode
name. This method has been overtaken by technology and its various
applications. Here,
then, is Peter's Law of Allocation. BROADER BANDWIDTH CAUSES MORE QRM THAN IT
SUFFERS-thus, any band plan should put modes of similar
bandwidth in the same space. This is THE NATURAL LAW of allocation.

This would place Pactor III, along with SSTV, in the SSB portion of any band.
Any new mode, and there will no doubt be several, would go above, below or
within
the existing digital allocation depending entirely upon the width of the
signal.

Don't miss reading the entire article. Find it at
www.n2hos.com/digital/peter.html. Your comments are welcome and will be added
to the string.

Oh, it's nice to be back on the air. The new rig finally made it from Ten-Tec
and I wasted no time in hooking up the Jupiter. It's merely a Pegasus with a
traditional
front-end. I found the knobs and dials so forbidding that I immediately
exercised the option to put all the controls on my laptop computer. Hi! Back
when I first
received the Pegasus, I was really confused by the thought that I would not
touch the transceiver except to turn it on or off. Now, habit hath reversed
itself-and I'll
never use the front-end hardware again.

Mario IZ1AVA was the first contact. Then, old faithful 4X6UO was on 20 meters
to welcome me back. Arie, regardless of conditions, booms into this area most
evenings at about 00:30 GMT onwards.

Within two days I had worked three new countries, so now I'm up in the
stratosphere with 103 in PSK mode. I might even catch up with my RTTY count
some day.
Whenever it happens, I will have enjoyed the chase!

Note: This letter is a bit early because of travel requirements.

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


Re: Gitmo

hamopcq
 

Hi All,
I was able to work Chuck on 17mtrs. BTW, the QSL route is N8CH.
Regards,
Lenny K2LAM

--- In 070@y..., "Stephen J. Melachrinos" <w3hf@a...> wrote:
KG4NW is lonely on 17m now, calling CQ. Counts not only as a
country, but a QSO on a WARC band for 070 Tri-WARC.

Steve
W3HF


cw (wot, not psk?)!

Sean \(G4UCJ\) <g4ucj.shack@...>
 

Hi all, sorry to steer off course but I have a question regarding MixW and the algorithms used to decode CW. I had no response from the MixW reflector so I thought I'd give this one a try! Has anyone noticed any difference between the two algorithms used to decode CW? if so is one better than the other (or better under certain conditions)? It seems to do a fair job of decoding, providing the signal is pretty clear of noise-of course the human ear is always going to be superior but the decoding is useful for dupe checking in a contest (no need to type the call in!). It's great for the other modes and especially psk. Wonder if anyone uses MixW for CW and what their thoughts are.

73

Sean Gilbert, G4UCJ

Member: IPRE,RSGB, FISTS, GWQRP, PODXS 070's

County Morse Examiner

Email: g4ucj.shack@...

AX25: g4ucj@gb7imk.#43.gbr.eu

TCP/IP: 44.131.160.74

 

 


Hi Steve-W3HF

Sean \(G4UCJ\) <g4ucj.shack@...>
 

Hi Steve (W3HF), thanks for the qso just now. Your doing a great job with the 817 and the attic dipole. Also using an attic dipole here and copied you just fine, even though there was a strong station just HF of us. Hope my IMD was OK-never had any complaints but it's always nice to know you have a clean signal. Hope to catch you on the other bands (17 would be nice-never worked psk on that band).

73

Sean Gilbert, G4UCJ

Member: IPRE, RSARS, RSGB, FISTS, GWQRP, PODXS 070's

County Morse Examiner

Email: g4ucj.shack@...

AX25: g4ucj@gb7imk.#43.gbr.eu

TCP/IP: 44.131.160.74

 

 


Dominica

Steve W3HF
 

And J73CCM is CQing on 10m. Easy new country, even QRP with
the attic dipole.

So far a great afternoon, and I've only been on the air 10 minutes!

Steve
W3HF


Gitmo

Steve W3HF
 

KG4NW is lonely on 17m now, calling CQ. Counts not only as a
country, but a QSO on a WARC band for 070 Tri-WARC.

Steve
W3HF


Re: KG4 on 15 Mtr

Ricky Scott <kf7qz@...>
 

Ill give him a shout,

My problem right now is that the computer I built from
spare parts is Noisy as all heck on my 706. I get a
S7 or so HASH from it.

Going to try grounding the case and see how that
works.

Rick KF7QZ

--- "John H. Van Eijndt" <kc0deb@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi everyone,

Just worked KG4NW Chuck in Guantanamo Bay on BPSK31
( QSL via N8CH ),
on 15 mtrs at 14:36 utc. He's CQing a lot, with not
much reply.
Got the info from DX Summit Cluster, vy handy with
the Digital Mode filter.
Hope you have to opportunity to work Chuck! 73 de
John Kc0deb





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John van Eijndt KC0DEB
 

Hi everyone,

Just worked KG4NW Chuck in Guantanamo Bay on BPSK31 ( QSL via N8CH ),
on 15 mtrs at 14:36 utc. He's CQing a lot, with not much reply.
Got the info from DX Summit Cluster, vy handy with the Digital Mode filter. Hope you have to opportunity to work Chuck! 73 de John Kc0deb





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Re: PODXS DPX

spdomingue@...
 

Now we don't need to help her so much she does really good on her own. That signal she has can really get to the USA west coast very strong some times. I would like to see here station it sure sounds great here.(Now that I have taken out the DL filters from my antenna.)

SteveD
N6YIH/7
I only have 230 cards/ecards so have a long wan to go from here.


Re: PODXS DPX

spdomingue@...
 

Darn, I would have like to have that one,
Way to go Erica nice job.

SteveD


Re: PODXS DPX

John Durbin <durbinsjz@...>
 

Erika,
 
I know what you mean. I have enough for the award but not enough QSL's. At least they accept eqsl's.
 
Chris KC8LJN

----- Original Message -----
From: DL2AYL@...
To: 070@...
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2002 7:27 AM
Subject: Re: [070] PODXS DPX

Don't get envious boys, the number one is still available, I
overlooked the important part that you must have the qsl's
for the contacts - still a long way to go...
73 Erika/DL2AYL


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Re: PODXS DPX

g7ahn <sv1xv@...>
 

Hi Erika,

--- In 070@y..., DL2AYL@t... wrote:

Don't get envious boys, the number one is still available, I
overlooked the important part that you must have the qsl's
for the contacts - still a long way to go...
Well, if you still need "SV1", please ask and I can
send it direct.

73
Costas SV1XV


Re: PODXS DPX

DL2AYL@...
 

Don't get envious boys, the number one is still available, I
overlooked the important part that you must have the qsl's
for the contacts - still a long way to go...
73 Erika/DL2AYL


Re: eqsl news and firestorms

kg9ni <kg9ni@...>
 

--- In 070@y......> wrote:
When do you think Bill Moore is going to make an official
announcement, Ernest? I haven't seen anything from the League as yet.

1. I was only the messenger--please don't shoot at messengers; I did
not purport to be the source nor recipient of the original
communication. I cited the source from which I received the news...I
was brief, as there was no reason for me to regurgitate that which was
already posted elsewhere & cited within my email. Granted, I was a
little excited about the news, but that happens from time to time. No
offense taken or intended...

2. Holy gee whiz, this issue is getting nasty...I sure would like to
see some resolution to this.

3. My personal commentary (just my opinions, that's all): I realize
that it likely does come down to the almighty dollar when we get to
it, but what really is the difference from me asking my HP LaserJet 6L
printer to print a QSL on my printer & then my sending it to you via
mail vs. you sending a card to me via eQSL and my asking eQSL to print
and mail it to ME? The stance that ARRL (through the DXCC
coordinator) is taking seems unreasonable and inconsistent (to me).

4. I've got an email from Mr. Moore dated Jan 28...here it is in its
entirety--with my email address edited out to prevent spam. (If you've
got a problem with this, email me & I'll forward you the email with
all headers attached....you can look me up via the normal qrz
methods.) The messages are in reverse chronological order. The
following string is precisely why I was so suprised to see the email
on the eQSL site.

73 & good will to all of you,
Ernest

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: question regarding DXCC rule #2
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 09:52:49 -0500
From: "Moore, Bill, NC1L" <......>
To: "'Ernest Stracener'" <......>

Hi Ernest:

Presently, e-QSLs cannot be accepted.

However, If you receive an E-QSL, then send it to the station you
worked and
they make reference on the card to confirm the QSO, then it could be
accepted. Other than that we could not accept it.

Please see this link as it should show you what ARRL is doing on this:

http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2001/08/02/3/

73

Bill Moore NC1L



-----Original Message-----
From: Ernest Stracener [mailto:occsafety@hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 9:34 AM
To: dxcc@arrl.org
Subject: question regarding DXCC rule #2


A question regarding rule #2 for DXCC:
"2. Written proof (i.e., QSL cards) of two-way communication
(contacts) may
be submitted directly to ARRL Headquarters for all DXCC credits
claimed. "

This means a card submitted for DXCC credit has come through the mail
or
does it have to have handwriting on it to qualify? The reason I ask
is eQSL

has established a service to print on cardstock the received eQSLs
that its
members wish to pay to have printed and mailed to them. Is there
anything
about these printed & mailed cards that would invalidate them for DXCC
credit?

Thank you es 73,
Ernest Stracener
kg9ni


Re: PODXS DPX

Steve W3HF
 

Erika -
 
I just thought you wanted us to be envious. :-)
 
I was also disappointed that I didn't make your first 300! I see you only had to make it to the Os to get to the magic number.
 
I'm still shooting for the first DXCC using only a PSK-20.
 
Steve
W3HF
 
P.S. Congratulations!!!

-----Original Message-----
From: DL2AYL@... [mailto:DL2AYL@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 9:52 AM
To: 070@...
Subject: Re: [070] PODXS DPX

Sorry, that was the wrong address, I just saw Ernies name and got excited...
73 Erika/DL2AYL

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Re: PODXS DPX

DL2AYL@...
 

Sorry, that was the wrong address, I just saw Ernies name and got excited...
73 Erika/DL2AYL


Re: PODXS DPX

DL2AYL@...
 

Hi Ernie,
I want the Number 1!!!!
 
Here I send my 300 contacts, made in PSK 31 only, will send you a printed version
with my application bucks.. 
 
 
73's de Erika/DL2AYL  070 # 35


Re: arrl is accepting eqsls for dxcc credit

Tom <tomias@...>
 

Opinion - The ARRL is not going to do anything that will jepordize their
control and or income .... using eqsl could/would do both .... see March
2002 QST, "It Seems To Us" where financial woes relating to QST are
discussed.

The ARRL board of directors make the policy and decisions.... all others are
employees ... ask your respective division directors ... they can give a
clear answer to the questions raised .... but will they?

Tom, k3psk

----- Original Message -----
From: <AA8QQJMauch@aol.com>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 10:16 AM
Subject: Re: [070] arrl is accepting eqsls for dxcc credit


from the arrl web site:

NEWINGTON, CT, Aug 2, 2001--Fast on the heels of approval of the
"Logbook of the World" by the ARRL Board of Directors, ...

Should read
... Fast on the heels of eQSL, the ARRL Board of Directors,...

de AA8QQ


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Re: arrl is accepting eqsls for dxcc credit

Steve W3HF
 

I think we need to come up with a different term. The name "eQSL" still apparently means (to Bill) a QSL that is delivered electronically to the ultimate recipient. I have used the term "paper eQSL" to denote the paper card that eQSL will send to you for a service charge of US$1, but perhaps that term is confusing. It certainly seems like an oxymoron to me.
 
Bill made it clear that if eQSL sends a paper card, based on logs received (even electronically) from a station, then it is acting as a QSL manager and the cards would be valid. He specifically said that no signature or "stamp" was needed. I'm not sure what else might be required.
 
Steve
W3HF

-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Thompson [mailto:wb0dul@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 7:58 AM
To: 070@...
Subject: Re: [070] arrl is accepting eqsls for dxcc credit

This may be duplicated to several Yahoo groups, but I wrote to Bill Moore at the ARRL.  This is the response I got.  Maybe the League has told him to "shut up?" 
 
Dick
 
 
Hi Dick:
 
There has been no change in ARRL policy regarding e-QSLs. To see what ARRL
is currently doing see this site:
 
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2001/08/02/3/
<http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2001/08/02/3/>
 
73
 
Bill Moore NC1L


Re: arrl is accepting eqsls for dxcc credit

Dick Thompson <wb0dul@...>
 

I received another reply from Bill Moore.  He sure doesn't say much.  Has he been told by higher-ups to put a lid on it?  Below is his response to my last e-mail.
 
Dick
 
 
Hi Dick:
 
There has been no change in ARRL policy regarding e-QSLs. To see what ARRL
is currently doing see this site:
 
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2001/08/02/3/
<http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2001/08/02/3/>
 
73
 
Bill Moore NC1L
 

----- Original Message -----
From: kf4hou
To: 070@...
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 4:33 AM
Subject: [070] Re: arrl is accepting eqsls for dxcc credit

From: Moore, Bill, NC1L [mailto:bmoore@...]
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 12:31 PM
To: 'Richard B. Drake'
Cc: DXCC
Subject: RE: Professionally Printed and mailed eQSL's 
Hi Rich:
Something does not sound right here. You are saying that Dave is
physically mailing out QSL cards by the US postal system? This is
news to me.

If you are my QSL manager and I send you my logs by e-mail, I am
sending them direct from point A to point B. Just as if I was sending
them to you by regular mail. This is OK. I remember somewhere several
years ago that some people used to get their logs over the air on
RTTY and another digital mode (AMTOR I think). Not a problem.

However, if as the result of a log being sent to E-QSL, someone goes
in and receives a card electronically and uses it for DXCC, that e-
QSL cannot be accepted for DXCC credit under rule 2. I spent a bit of
time with a simple shareware program to prove the unreliability of
that method.

However, if Dave, acting as QSL manager with station logs completes a
card (even one from his printer) and sends it by mail to you, this is
an acceptable exchange and we have see this often for several years
now. (assuming he phyiscally checks the log). Many people use self-
made cards from their printer. Each one is evaluated on a case by
case basis, and many times under Section IV rule 4(b) we have
conducted an audit to insure the vaildity of a card like this.

In cases like this it would be REAL nice if they used a stamp or
placed their initials or signature on it, but this is not required by
the rules. However, this issue has been discussed and has been given
some consideration.

To clarify, if Dave is sending out cards through the US Postal System
as the result of the log(s) he receives, this is OK. (This would
basically be operating as QSL manager).

Regards,

Bill Moore NC1L
DXCC Manager

Note: Use of this message is authorized in discussions as long as it
is used in its entirity and as long as parts are not edited out.


> Costas, write to Bill Moore at dxcc@a..., and express your feelings
to him directly.  I agree that clarification is needed.  A can of
worms has been opened by Bill Moore and now he needs to clarify what
he said and/or put it to rest. 
>
> 73,
>
> Dick
> wb0dul@a...
>
>
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: Costas Krallis SV1XV
>   To: 070@y...
>   Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 9:00 PM
>   Subject: RE: [070] arrl is accepting eqsls for dxcc credit
>
>
>   At 20:29 12/2/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>
>   > Unfortunately this thing is still spinning out of hand. Bill's
email's appear to be inconsistent, when I
>   > don't believe he intends them to be that way. At this point, I
believe two things need to happen:
>   >
>   > 1. There needs to be some sort of formal announcement from the
ARRL regarding this.
>   > 2. The ARRL needs to agree that the steps laid out on the eQSL
site are correct, and that
>   >     cards created that way will be accepted.
>   >
>   > So far I think Bill has stated a process, and eQSL has
interpreted it. (Correctly, in my opinion.)
>
>
>   Another issue here is: How do they (ARRL) know that a card is
printed by eQSL.CC and
>   mailed instead of being printed locally by the recipient? I think
that some type of signature
>   and/or rubber stamp endorsement at eQSL is essential.
>
>   73  Costas SV1XV
>
>
>
>
>
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