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Re: DXCC - PSK-31

DL2AYL@...
 

I have worked 178 entities in PSK, confirmed 67 so far, mostly via the
bureau. A lot of eqsl's, but I'm not registered there and can't retrieve
them. In RTTY I have worked 106 entities with just 240 qso's.
Erika/DL2AYL

----- Original Message -----
From: "melachri" <w3hf@arrl.net>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 6:49 PM
Subject: [070] Re: DXCC - PSK-31


--- In 070@y..., "hamopcq" <HAMOPCQ@A...> wrote:
Hello All,
Has anyone, or know of anyone that has achieved this honor yet?. It
appears to be very 'do-able', since there's a ton of DX on this
great
mode. Now getting the QSL cards back is another story......
Regards,
Lenny K2LAM
Lenny -

I know of a few that have more than 100 entities on PSK:

ZL3JT
WA3MME
W3HF

I'm not sure how many each of the first two have confirmed, but I have
92 (I think).

Steve
W3HF


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Re: PSKfest Scoring

N3DQU@...
 

In a message dated 1/21/2002 4:58:25 PM Eastern Standard Time, w1sql@... writes:


Subj:[070] PSKfest Scoring
Date:1/21/2002 4:58:25 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:w1sql@...
Reply-to:070@...
To:070@...
Sent from the Internet



I was trying to get to the website to check this but it can't hit it at all. I'm adding up my scores for the PSKFEST and wonder if the US and Canada also count as multipliers for a US station.

Anyone know?


Joe
W1SQL


   Yeah Joe, they count, not to mention HI and AK as DXCC entities. Steve is adjusting the scores to reflect this if not already taken. AOL is doing "things" with their servers, even I haven't been able to get up to my own website hi! Jay N3DQU.


Re: DXCC - PSK-31

Steve W3HF
 

--- In 070@y..., "hamopcq" <HAMOPCQ@A...> wrote:
Hello All,
Has anyone, or know of anyone that has achieved this honor yet?. It
appears to be very 'do-able', since there's a ton of DX on this
great
mode. Now getting the QSL cards back is another story......
Regards,
Lenny K2LAM
Lenny -

I know of a few that have more than 100 entities on PSK:

ZL3JT
WA3MME
W3HF

I'm not sure how many each of the first two have confirmed, but I have
92 (I think).

Steve
W3HF


Re: DXCC - PSK-31

Alan M. Eshleman <doctore@...>
 

Someone must have done this by now. I have about 60 DXCC "entities"
without trying very hard, and about 30 confirmed. I have #319 on CW/SSB
and just don't have the drive (and postage) to go after a PSK DXCC until
the ARRL starts accepting digital confirmations. Perhaps some day the
award will come to me in the form of cards via the bureau.

73,

Alan/K6SRZ

On Mon, 21 Jan 2002, hamopcq wrote:

Hello All,
Has anyone, or know of anyone that has achieved this honor yet?. It
appears to be very 'do-able', since there's a ton of DX on this great
mode. Now getting the QSL cards back is another story......
Regards,
Lenny K2LAM


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DXCC - PSK-31

hamopcq
 

Hello All,
Has anyone, or know of anyone that has achieved this honor yet?. It
appears to be very 'do-able', since there's a ton of DX on this great
mode. Now getting the QSL cards back is another story......
Regards,
Lenny K2LAM


Re: PSKFEST experiences

Dieter, DL2RR <dl2rr@...>
 

Hello Demetre,
I hope you hear me not at the same time all over 20m, ha ha ha. Indeed I had
some problems to tune the PA well for most output while less distortions.

I believe you know the situation, when other stations came closer and closer
from both sides. They don't hear you and you have to QSY.

Your signal was also very pretty and strong here in soutwest Germany.

cuagn and 73's de Dieter

----- Original Message -----
From: <sv1ens@panafonet.gr>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 11:18 AM
Subject: Re: [070] PSKFEST experiences


: On Mon, 21 January 2002, "Dieter, DL2RR" wrote:
:
: Hey Dieter,
:
: You were all over 20m, everytime I thought I had found a
: strong signal to call it was you :-)
: VE3IAY called me too, he gave me a 599 (I just hope this
: wasn't just a macro), I also managed several stateside
: calls, Texas was the highlight of my US contacts. Another
: nice call was the Isle of Man.
: QRP is fun, although a little frustrating when you are not
: heard...
:
: 73
: Demetre - SV1ENS
:


Re: PSKFEST experiences

Dieter, DL2RR <dl2rr@...>
 

Steve,
it harms that we don't came together. At late afternoon (local) the first W
came up, but with weak and very changefully signals. My experiences is this
contest is, you need a very good antenna to use QRP successfully.
I plan to mount a single LOOP for only 20 m if the weather permits it. It's
no fun to work in the roof at temperatures down to -18�C, hi. All parts are
situated already here, including a simple rotor for tv antennas. Hope to
finish it befor the Spring Rumble.


hope to cu, 73's de Dieter

----- Original Message -----
From: Stephen J. Melachrinos <w3hf@arrl.net>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: [070] PSKFEST experiences


: Dieter -
:
: I heard you a few times and tried to call you, but was QRMed
: (unintentionally I'm sure) by a larger station. When I tried to go back
: to you later, I couldn't find you any more.
:
: So your signal was making it across the pond, but QRP-to-QRP is
: difficult in a contest setting. But 66 QSOs on 20m alone is very
: good, more than I did on 20m, and comparable to what I did using
: my PSK-20 during the two Rumbles last year.
:
: Steve
: W3HF
:


Re: PSKFEST - Getting Ready

Steve W3HF
 

Hi Steve,

You know, I don't have the SV tri-band endorsement either :-(
We can schedule a contact if you like and get you the endorsement...

73
Demetre - SV1ENS
Demetre -

I can't help you with the former (unless contacting a W3 of Greek
descent will count), but I appreciate your offer of a schedule. I will
contact you off-list at a later date to arrange this.

Thank you.

73,
Steve
W3HF


Re: PSKFEST experiences

Steve W3HF
 

Dieter -

I heard you a few times and tried to call you, but was QRMed
(unintentionally I'm sure) by a larger station. When I tried to go back
to you later, I couldn't find you any more.

So your signal was making it across the pond, but QRP-to-QRP is
difficult in a contest setting. But 66 QSOs on 20m alone is very
good, more than I did on 20m, and comparable to what I did using
my PSK-20 during the two Rumbles last year.

Steve
W3HF

Hello,
at first I would like to follow Steve:

----- Original Message -----
From: Stephen J. Melachrinos <w3hf@arrl.net>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2002 9:18 PM
Subject: Re: [070] PSKFEST experiences


: 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 : .........

I tried to use my PSK20 (tuned a little up to 4 watts) within the
contest with fewer success, than I expected. Antennas were a Diamond
CP6 and a windom FD4. There was no great difference while contacting
Europeans, and DX was a luck play. On late afternoon fell my success
rate decreased on 1 QSO per hour. Highlight for me was VE3IAY (he
called me !!!), and the effort to get Ernie, WM2U, hi.

Total result were 66 contacts and 22 multipliers, all on 20 meters
only.

Nevertheless it made fun. But I believe, 20m single band was under no
circumstances the best choice during this contest when 15/10m were
open. However, it was a good possibility to test the device.

cuagn again on the band in next contest.

73's de Dieter - DL2RR


Re: PSKFEST experiences

sv1ens@...
 

On Mon, 21 January 2002, "Dieter, DL2RR" wrote:

Hey Dieter,

You were all over 20m, everytime I thought I had found a
strong signal to call it was you :-)
VE3IAY called me too, he gave me a 599 (I just hope this
wasn't just a macro), I also managed several stateside
calls, Texas was the highlight of my US contacts. Another
nice call was the Isle of Man.
QRP is fun, although a little frustrating when you are not
heard...

73
Demetre - SV1ENS

I tried to use my PSK20 (tuned a little up to 4 watts) within the contest
with fewer success, than I expected. Antennas were a Diamond CP6 and a
windom FD4. There was no great difference while contacting Europeans, and DX
was a luck play. On late afternoon fell my success rate decreased on 1 QSO
per hour. Highlight for me was VE3IAY (he called me !!!), and the effort to
get Ernie, WM2U, hi.

Total result were 66 contacts and 22 multipliers, all on 20 meters only.

Nevertheless it made fun. But I believe, 20m single band was under no
circumstances the best choice during this contest when 15/10m were open.
However, it was a good possibility to test the device.

cuagn again on the band in next contest.

73's de Dieter - DL2RR




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PSKFEST experiences

Dieter, DL2RR <dl2rr@...>
 

Hello,
at first I would like to follow Steve:

----- Original Message -----
From: Stephen J. Melachrinos <w3hf@arrl.net>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2002 9:18 PM
Subject: Re: [070] PSKFEST experiences


: 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
:
.........

I tried to use my PSK20 (tuned a little up to 4 watts) within the contest
with fewer success, than I expected. Antennas were a Diamond CP6 and a
windom FD4. There was no great difference while contacting Europeans, and DX
was a luck play. On late afternoon fell my success rate decreased on 1 QSO
per hour. Highlight for me was VE3IAY (he called me !!!), and the effort to
get Ernie, WM2U, hi.

Total result were 66 contacts and 22 multipliers, all on 20 meters only.

Nevertheless it made fun. But I believe, 20m single band was under no
circumstances the best choice during this contest when 15/10m were open.
However, it was a good possibility to test the device.

cuagn again on the band in next contest.

73's de Dieter - DL2RR


Re: PSKFEST - Getting Ready

Demetre Koumanakos <sv1ens@...>
 

Hi Steve,

You know, I don't have the SV tri-band endorsement either :-(
We can schedule a contact if you like and get you the endorsement...

73
Demetre - SV1ENS

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

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Hawaii on 20Mtrs - Guess What?

hamopcq
 

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: 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.)