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Re: Propagation

Richard Rohrer
 

Yes David it sounds like a line from Mad Max.  I wish I had the car from the original movie, hi hi. 

Bob I worked him on 20 mtrs around 2100.  He was working a CA station before me so that day he was hitting both coasts.  

73
Dick - KC3EF


PSK Fest Log Reminder

Rick - N7WE
 

If you haven't submitted your PSK Fest Log, time is running out!  Submit now!  No matter how many or how few you worked.  RC3 points for all who submit!
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602
PR Director

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Propagation + JM7OLW

 

Bob, I just did a log check, and I've worked OM Suke, JM7OLW, 31 times on 

both cw and digital modes since 2004.

Check out his page on QRZ.com. He truly has a super-station!

Milt.N6MG

070-650

LONP #76



-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Motyl <bobmotyl@...>
To: 070Club <070Club@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Jan 9, 2019 4:03 pm
Subject: Re: [070Club] Propagation

I have worked JM7OLW on 20 meters.  I see him on 20 meters from about 20000-22000 utc during the week.

Bob KK6KMU


Re: Propagation

Jerry N9AVY
 

I see JM7OLW here in Northern Illinois at about the same times  2000 – 2200 GMT.  But Bob is in CA  and they have openings to

To Asia more frequently.

 

Jerry    N9AVY   #454

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Robert Motyl
Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 6:03 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Propagation

 

I have worked JM7OLW on 20 meters.  I see him on 20 meters from about 20000-22000 utc during the week.

Bob KK6KMU

 


Re: Propagation

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

I have worked JM7OLW on 20 meters.  I see him on 20 meters from about 20000-22000 utc during the week.

Bob KK6KMU


Re: Propagation

Dan Morris - KZ3T
 

Dick - May I ask which band you worked him on??  

Dan Morris

I live to live for Him!




On Jan 9, 2019, at 11:33 AM, Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@...> wrote:

Even in the time of not very good conditions I worked JM7OLW yesterday around 21:36.  He was calling and calling and I decided to answer not thinking we would make contact.  He was the only trace on the waterfall.  Not great copy, but we did manage to send reports and info between stations.  So even though conditions are not great some DX still pops up.  

73
Dick - KC3EF


Re: Confessions of a rookie

David, K9DWR
 

On Jan 9, 2019, at 13:29, Milton Garb <n6mg@verizon.net> wrote:

Mike,
Very thorough and accurate dissertation. I think you're experiencing what many of us have felt and practiced.
Operating, and the use of strange and different software as well as a new mode is always fun and a challenge.
Sift carefully the responses you receive to queries for information and operating tips.
I won't say that anyone would steer you wrong with phony info. on purpose. But I will say that some information is more accurate than others. There are many amongst the membership that post nonsense just to see their call in print.
Nonsense :-)


David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@graniteweb.com


Re: Confessions of a rookie

 

Mike,
Very thorough and accurate dissertation. I think you're experiencing what many of us have felt and practiced.
Operating, and the use of strange and different software as well as a new mode is always fun and a challenge.
Sift carefully the responses you receive to queries for information and operating tips.
I won't say that anyone would steer you wrong with phony info. on purpose. But I will say that some information is more accurate than others. There are many amongst the membership that post nonsense just to see their call in print.
Enjoy the mode!...Enjoy the hobby!...The 070 Club is still the best with the most complete data and info base in the world of digital communications!
73,
Milt. N6MG
070-650
LONP #76

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Behr <behrcave@...>
To: 070Club <070Club@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Jan 9, 2019 9:38 am
Subject: [070Club] Confessions of a rookie

Starting a new thread, since the one on PSK fest is getting pretty long... 
I concur with N4GBK that “Our contests are fun and laid back.  Enjoy.”
Will you entertain some comments from a “newbie” to PSK-31?  I have been active in Ham Radio only since 2016, and found my way (with no help) to PSK-31 in 2017.  Although I am now comfortable with PSK-31 and have a PODXS membership, I still consider myself very much a rookie with lots to learn in digital operation.  Many of my QSOs have been with hams interested in helping me out, with comments on signal quality or operating technique or just a friendly “welcome”.  A few, unfortunately, have been grumpy, impatient, or downright rude – and it’s those folks who discourage newcomers to the hobby when we really need to be encouraging new blood.
I think that in amateur radio, we are often guilty of thinking that others have the same interests as we do -- and become impatient or frustrated when our expectations don’t match up.  Some operators like to collect DX contacts, and want only to exchange call signs and log the contact.  Their “wham, bam, thank you ham” QSOs seem unfriendly or even impolite to the folks who are looking for a rag-chew.  Hard-core competitors can be so intent on running up a score that they discourage the new folks who, even if they realize a contest is underway may be unsure on how to participate or hesitant to do so.
When I answered “CQ PSKfest” last Saturday, I assumed the ham on the other end was involved in the contest and, after establishing initial contact, gave the contest exchange.  But when I saw only “CQ” and then after the initial exchange started receiving the usual macros (or even better, actual typing), I was willing to chew the rag for as long as it was fun.  We shouldn’t assume that just because we have a contest on a weekend, the bands are reserved for contest use only.  Some folks still like to communicate, and with PSK-31 we certainly are not so constrained in bandwidth that we can’t satisfy all interests.
So I’d encourage all of us (especially you more experienced hams) to be willing to take a breather during the PSK contests, provide some encouragement and education for the folks who may be new to amateur radio or PSK-31 or unfamiliar with PODXS 070, and help others to have as much fun as you are having in the hobby. 
Mike  W4BZM  PODXS 070 #2653  


Re: Confessions of a rookie

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

Mike,

I haven't had the chance to welcome you to this group so I'm taking the time now a doing just that.  Welcome and thank you for joining PODXs.  Great email by the way.  I too am fairly  new to Amateur Radio.  Have loved radio all my life but never took the plunge.  Got my license in 2014 .  Still consider myself a rookie.  Still learning.
Discovered PSK by chance.  During a QSO someone listed their PODXs number, so I took the time to looked it up.  Was welcomed immediately and have never looked back.  I have enjoyed a number of the PODXs  contest primary because of the relaxed atmosphere for a beginner to feel comfortable.  It has taken some time but I have learned a great deal about the operation of my station.   I have modified my contest macros several times trying to find a balance between efficiency and practicality.  I still have some work to do. 
Mike some of us have forgotten that you can not have any kind of contest event with one person,  For our contest to be successful we need to encourage armature radio operators to become members and provide a welcoming and learning environment.  I believe the PODXS core members would agree with that concept.  


Confessions of a rookie

Mike W4BZM
 

Starting a new thread, since the one on PSK fest is getting pretty long... 

I concur with N4GBK that “Our contests are fun and laid back.  Enjoy.”

Will you entertain some comments from a “newbie” to PSK-31?  I have been active in Ham Radio only since 2016, and found my way (with no help) to PSK-31 in 2017.  Although I am now comfortable with PSK-31 and have a PODXS membership, I still consider myself very much a rookie with lots to learn in digital operation.  Many of my QSOs have been with hams interested in helping me out, with comments on signal quality or operating technique or just a friendly “welcome”.  A few, unfortunately, have been grumpy, impatient, or downright rude – and it’s those folks who discourage newcomers to the hobby when we really need to be encouraging new blood.

I think that in amateur radio, we are often guilty of thinking that others have the same interests as we do -- and become impatient or frustrated when our expectations don’t match up.  Some operators like to collect DX contacts, and want only to exchange call signs and log the contact.  Their “wham, bam, thank you ham” QSOs seem unfriendly or even impolite to the folks who are looking for a rag-chew.  Hard-core competitors can be so intent on running up a score that they discourage the new folks who, even if they realize a contest is underway may be unsure on how to participate or hesitant to do so.

When I answered “CQ PSKfest” last Saturday, I assumed the ham on the other end was involved in the contest and, after establishing initial contact, gave the contest exchange.  But when I saw only “CQ” and then after the initial exchange started receiving the usual macros (or even better, actual typing), I was willing to chew the rag for as long as it was fun.  We shouldn’t assume that just because we have a contest on a weekend, the bands are reserved for contest use only.  Some folks still like to communicate, and with PSK-31 we certainly are not so constrained in bandwidth that we can’t satisfy all interests.

So I’d encourage all of us (especially you more experienced hams) to be willing to take a breather during the PSK contests, provide some encouragement and education for the folks who may be new to amateur radio or PSK-31 or unfamiliar with PODXS 070, and help others to have as much fun as you are having in the hobby. 

Mike  W4BZM  PODXS 070 #2653  


Re: Propagation

David, K9DWR
 

On Jan 9, 2019, at 10:33, Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@arrl.net> wrote:

Even in the time of not very good conditions
Sounds like a line from Mad Max :-)


David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@graniteweb.com


Re: Propagation

Mike Besemer - WM4B #348 <mwbesemer@...>
 

I see him frequently via Gray Line propagation. 

Mike
WM4B
#348


On Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 11:33 AM, Richard Rohrer wrote:

 Even in the time of not very good conditions I worked JM7OLW yesterday around 21:36.  He was calling and calling and I decided to answer not thinking we would make contact.  He was the only trace on the waterfall.  Not great copy, but we did manage to send reports and info between stations.  So even though conditions are not great some DX still pops up.  

73


Propagation

Richard Rohrer
 

Even in the time of not very good conditions I worked JM7OLW yesterday around 21:36.  He was calling and calling and I decided to answer not thinking we would make contact.  He was the only trace on the waterfall.  Not great copy, but we did manage to send reports and info between stations.  So even though conditions are not great some DX still pops up.  

73
Dick - KC3EF


Re: 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I’m not a contester.  It’s just not really my sort of thing.  I’ve got a friend who has urged me to get into contesting - she just thinks it’s the bee’s knees and very exciting - but no matter what I just don’t seem to enjoy it.

So just about the only contesting I do is occasional participation in the 070 contests, which are laid back enough for me to enjoy my little attempts at participation.

One of the macros in my ‘contest’ set is an ‘070 blurb’ macro - a short description of podxs070 and a short but very enthusiastic recommendation to check it out.  There will never be a day where I feel like the time it takes to help someone connect with PODXS070 is a burden.


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

On Jan 9, 2019, at 7:57 AM, Paula K7PAX #1739 via Groups.Io <hamette@...> wrote:

Rick, very well said. This laid-back attitude and helpful friendliness is what drew me to the club and what keeps me here!

Paula K7PAX 1739

On Jan 9, 2019, at 3:39 AM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

One of the things I value about our contests is that they are laid-back. Now I’m never going to be Top Dawg.  I spend too much time using DM780 SuperSweeper to “read the mail.”  But I get an overall picture of what’s going on.  And I rarely see OBB (operators behaving badly) that, for me, is all too common in contesting in other modes.

It gives me pleasure when I see some of our members, who are always in the running for Top Dawg, calling “CQ ____ Contest – All Are Welcome” and I know they mean it.  I like it when I see someone get hit with a newbie that doesn’t know the ropes, and they drop out of contest mode and give them the 070 spiel.  Point them to the club website, invite them to join, gracefully close with something like “73 & hope to work you again on a different band” – and then jump right back to contest mode.  It happens a lot!  And a lot of our members have their 070 spiel as part of their contest macros.

Over the years, I have seen a lot of new calls show up in our contests.  Some try it and become regulars.  Some find it is not their “cup of tea” and drift away.  I hope our contests always remain friendly, welcoming, low-key, and laid-back.  It's part of what makes 070 what it is!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Ham Cruise

John Hendry KG5OIB
 

The HAM cruises are done every so often by Debra Rumfield - N5DSR <mypinmoneytravel@...>.   This cruise leaves out on Saturday 1/12/19 on the Carnival Freedom from Galveston, Texas. 
Ports of call are:
Key West, Florida (1/14/19),
Freeport, The Bahamas (1/15/19)
Nassau, The Bahamas (1/16/19)
We return to Galveston on 1/19/19.

John
KG5OIB


Re: 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

Ray Clements
 

Back in 2013, when I was just becoming involved in digital modes, I responded to a CQ by a member of the 070 club during a "members only" contest. Rather than responding with a curt message, this fine gentlemen took time away from racking up contest points to introduce me to the 070 club. A few weeks later, I completed my 50 PSK31 contacts and received my 070 number.   

With poor propagation and my limited station, I am not as active on the air as I was back when solar activity was better. However, I will always remember the kindness of this individual. The club needs multiple individuals with this same attitude if the club is going to thrive, especially through the next few years until the solar cycle peaks again in 2024-2026. There are still some lean years ahead.

Ray N9RWC


------ Original Message ------
Received: 05:39 AM CST, 01/09/2019
From: "Rick - N7WE" <n7we1980@...>
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Subject: Re: [070Club] 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE


One of the things I value about our contests is that they are laid-back. Now I’m never going to be Top Dawg.  I spend too much time using DM780 SuperSweeper to “read the mail.”  But I get an overall picture of what’s going on.  And I rarely see OBB (operators behaving badly) that, for me, is all too common in contesting in other modes.

It gives me pleasure when I see some of our members, who are always in the running for Top Dawg, calling “CQ ____ Contest – All Are Welcome” and I know they mean it.  I like it when I see someone get hit with a newbie that doesn’t know the ropes, and they drop out of contest mode and give them the 070 spiel.  Point them to the club website, invite them to join, gracefully close with something like “73 & hope to work you again on a different band” – and then jump right back to contest mode.  It happens a lot!  And a lot of our members have their 070 spiel as part of their contest macros.

Over the years, I have seen a lot of new calls show up in our contests.  Some try it and become regulars.  Some find it is not their “cup of tea” and drift away.  I hope our contests always remain friendly, welcoming, low-key, and laid-back.  It's part of what makes 070 what it is!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

Paula K7PAX #1739
 

Rick, very well said. This laid-back attitude and helpful friendliness is what drew me to the club and what keeps me here!

Paula K7PAX 1739

On Jan 9, 2019, at 3:39 AM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

One of the things I value about our contests is that they are laid-back. Now I’m never going to be Top Dawg.  I spend too much time using DM780 SuperSweeper to “read the mail.”  But I get an overall picture of what’s going on.  And I rarely see OBB (operators behaving badly) that, for me, is all too common in contesting in other modes.

It gives me pleasure when I see some of our members, who are always in the running for Top Dawg, calling “CQ ____ Contest – All Are Welcome” and I know they mean it.  I like it when I see someone get hit with a newbie that doesn’t know the ropes, and they drop out of contest mode and give them the 070 spiel.  Point them to the club website, invite them to join, gracefully close with something like “73 & hope to work you again on a different band” – and then jump right back to contest mode.  It happens a lot!  And a lot of our members have their 070 spiel as part of their contest macros.

Over the years, I have seen a lot of new calls show up in our contests.  Some try it and become regulars.  Some find it is not their “cup of tea” and drift away.  I hope our contests always remain friendly, welcoming, low-key, and laid-back.  It's part of what makes 070 what it is!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

Rick - N7WE
 

One of the things I value about our contests is that they are laid-back. Now I’m never going to be Top Dawg.  I spend too much time using DM780 SuperSweeper to “read the mail.”  But I get an overall picture of what’s going on.  And I rarely see OBB (operators behaving badly) that, for me, is all too common in contesting in other modes.

It gives me pleasure when I see some of our members, who are always in the running for Top Dawg, calling “CQ ____ Contest – All Are Welcome” and I know they mean it.  I like it when I see someone get hit with a newbie that doesn’t know the ropes, and they drop out of contest mode and give them the 070 spiel.  Point them to the club website, invite them to join, gracefully close with something like “73 & hope to work you again on a different band” – and then jump right back to contest mode.  It happens a lot!  And a lot of our members have their 070 spiel as part of their contest macros.

Over the years, I have seen a lot of new calls show up in our contests.  Some try it and become regulars.  Some find it is not their “cup of tea” and drift away.  I hope our contests always remain friendly, welcoming, low-key, and laid-back.  It's part of what makes 070 what it is!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

Jerry N9AVY
 

Bill & all…

 

Guess we all need to realize that al contests mean different things to different people and not everyone is there to win.  I have lost sight of this many times.  Believe it would be to PODXS’ credit to be kind and helpful to all.  If someone needs your grid, state or 070#, just give it to him, you might lose a contact or two, but that station will remember you gave him what he needed, hopefully.

 

Back in 2014 , was also W1AW/9 in IL for a week and made 700+ contacts on PSK31.  It was fun and I had all sorts of slow moving contacts where I learned the name of some W6’s dog  and maybe even someone’s hat size.  Got all sorts of strange info in that week. Did it slow me down from contest style operating , is the pope Catholic ?   Just learned to grit my teeth and take them as they came.  Unfortunately,  I missed a lot of Q’s because of some being long-winded, but that’s all water over the dam.  Would like to have made QSOs with all, but it just was not to be.  

 

Contest macros should be set up before the contest and a copy of the specific contest rules should be printed out and hung by the operating position in case you need it.  Get to know the various S/P/C’s in case you get partial QRM so you can fill in the blanks if needed.

 

Started out in ham radio as a DXer and I can tell you that there more types of DXers than Baskin-Robbins has flavors.  There are 2 types that drive me up the wall as it probably does the DX station.  The DX station is in a pileup and frequently gives his call sign and some guy from Podunk managers to work him and the proceeds to ask him what is his callsign, QTH and QSL route.  Another one is the guy who breaks the pileup with 8000 watts and says “nice to work you for the 7th time this week !”…  these are real stations which I’ve heard is just about every major DXpedition pileup over the last 40 years.  With both these types, if you listen very carefully you can hear teeth grinding in the background.  If or when you chase DX or work a pileup, know who & where you’re working.  Always get all the info you need on a station in a contest before you work him and hopefully that will avoid any future problems.  Get in and get out quickly is contest style operating and then you shouldn’t get all bent out of shape when someone asks for additional info.  If you work PSK31 DX, remember some stations are not as proficient in English as they are their own language; so you may have to help him a bit.

 

Above all, just have fun. There’s only one Top Dawg , but it doesn’t have to be you.

 

Jerry   N9AVY

 

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From: Bill Garwood
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 8:15 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

 

Some comments on this subject:

It might be prudent to provide a short paragraph just before each of our contests to remind folks of what they need to do for a proper contest exchange.  We already tell them we need the S/P/C etc.  What we do not tell them is what we do not need.  I get club members sending me their names, membership number, city, county, grid square etc. as part of the contest.  If it is not part of the rules for that particular contest, leave it out.  Contest macros set up before the contest can help.

 

With that said, I’ve been in a lot of the 070 Club contests and beyond working PSK modes.  When I started with PSK years ago, I was told more than one time that if you want to work DX or contests with digital, “you stay away from PSK as the PSK operators do not know how to operate properly.  RTTY is where the action is.”  I’m a bit hard headed and operated PSK31 anyway and have had a good time working DX, contests and rag chewing.  I was W1AW/4 NC in 2014 and gave out over 900 PSK31 contacts in one week.  I could not get into any kind of flow.  I was the pileup.  Tried to operate split, no one knew how to do it.  Tried to work areas, EU only, W6 only, etc.  nada…Similar problems with the state QSO party, just less stations calling. 

 

PSK folks are not going to get your QSO rate up and if you let that bother you, it will just get your blood pressure rate up.  Our contests are fun and laid back.  Enjoy.  Even the dupes, and the newbies who want you to help them get something going in the middle of you trying to rack up more points and cause you to miss a new one.

 

Happy Radio 2019!

 

Bill N4GBK in FM16 NC  #1688

 

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From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Peter, NN9K #2629 <nn9k.peter@...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:02:41 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

 

A typical contest QSO, PSK, RTTY, SSB and CW has a rhythm and flow to it. For example:

  • CQ CQ PSK Fest de NN9K NN9K k (I call CQ)
  • NN9K de N9BIL N9BIL kn (I get an answer)
  • N9BIL 599 IL—IL N9BIL bk (I send my report)
  • NN9K QSL ur 599 IL IL de N9BIL (He confirms my info and sends his)
  • N9BIL QSL 73 tu NN9K QRZ PSK Fest (I confirm his info and am ready for
    another caller)

Quick, easy and everyone received the required exchange and confirmed it.

But I had this happen several times in the Fest:

  • CQ CQ PSK Fest de NN9K NN9K k (I call CQ)
  • NN9K de N9YPN ur 599 IL QSL? (He answers me and sends his information BUT how did he know I heard/saw him?
  • So I send N9YPN 599 IL IL k – and get nothing back from him! So did he get my information or not? Since there was no confirmation he received my information I can’t log the QSO. Just wasted time and a QSO point!
  • Even if I send N9YPN QSL UR 599 IL IL k – I still need a confirmation from him before I can move on to another QSO.
  • If I get NN9K QSL 73 de N9YPN k then I can send N9YPN QSL 73 TU NN9K QRZ PSK Fest

Several times in the Fest I didn’t receive confirmation that my information was received and I lost several QSO points. A pretty simple tutorial can be found buried in the ARRL Field Day information packet, some folks might want to read it.

I do have to compliment a couple of pretty good operators who after I called QRZ PSK Fest immediately sent their call and we completed a QSO very quickly.

Not trying to change the world folks but as Jerry, N9AVY said in another post “everyone needs to keep contacts ASAP (As Short As Possible)” In a radio contest of any kind the name of the game is RATE. You have to have the QSOs as well as the multipliers to win. How you balance the QSO/multiplier chase is up to your operating style and goals. But even if you are in contest just for fun or just to make a few contacts you can help the other operators by keeping the contacts ASAP and follow the accepted format.

 

 

 

 

 


Re: 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE

Bill Garwood
 

Some comments on this subject:

It might be prudent to provide a short paragraph just before each of our contests to remind folks of what they need to do for a proper contest exchange.  We already tell them we need the S/P/C etc.  What we do not tell them is what we do not need.  I get club members sending me their names, membership number, city, county, grid square etc. as part of the contest.  If it is not part of the rules for that particular contest, leave it out.  Contest macros set up before the contest can help.

 

With that said, I’ve been in a lot of the 070 Club contests and beyond working PSK modes.  When I started with PSK years ago, I was told more than one time that if you want to work DX or contests with digital, “you stay away from PSK as the PSK operators do not know how to operate properly.  RTTY is where the action is.”  I’m a bit hard headed and operated PSK31 anyway and have had a good time working DX, contests and rag chewing.  I was W1AW/4 NC in 2014 and gave out over 900 PSK31 contacts in one week.  I could not get into any kind of flow.  I was the pileup.  Tried to operate split, no one knew how to do it.  Tried to work areas, EU only, W6 only, etc.  nada…Similar problems with the state QSO party, just less stations calling. 

 

PSK folks are not going to get your QSO rate up and if you let that bother you, it will just get your blood pressure rate up.  Our contests are fun and laid back.  Enjoy.  Even the dupes, and the newbies who want you to help them get something going in the middle of you trying to rack up more points and cause you to miss a new one.

 

Happy Radio 2019!

 

Bill N4GBK in FM16 NC  #1688

 

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From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Peter, NN9K #2629 <nn9k.peter@...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:02:41 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] 2019 PSK Fest—The musing of a tired, old and sometime grumpy mind—MORE
 

A typical contest QSO, PSK, RTTY, SSB and CW has a rhythm and flow to it. For example:

  • CQ CQ PSK Fest de NN9K NN9K k (I call CQ)

  • NN9K de N9BIL N9BIL kn (I get an answer)

  • N9BIL 599 IL—IL N9BIL bk (I send my report)

  • NN9K QSL ur 599 IL IL de N9BIL (He confirms my info and sends his)

  • N9BIL QSL 73 tu NN9K QRZ PSK Fest (I confirm his info and am ready for
    another caller)

Quick, easy and everyone received the required exchange and confirmed it.

But I had this happen several times in the Fest:

  • CQ CQ PSK Fest de NN9K NN9K k (I call CQ)

  • NN9K de N9YPN ur 599 IL QSL? (He answers me and sends his information BUT how did he know I heard/saw him?

  • So I send N9YPN 599 IL IL k – and get nothing back from him! So did he get my information or not? Since there was no confirmation he received my information I can’t log the QSO. Just wasted time and a QSO point!

  • Even if I send N9YPN QSL UR 599 IL IL k – I still need a confirmation from him before I can move on to another QSO.

  • If I get NN9K QSL 73 de N9YPN k then I can send N9YPN QSL 73 TU NN9K QRZ PSK Fest

Several times in the Fest I didn’t receive confirmation that my information was received and I lost several QSO points. A pretty simple tutorial can be found buried in the ARRL Field Day information packet, some folks might want to read it.

I do have to compliment a couple of pretty good operators who after I called QRZ PSK Fest immediately sent their call and we completed a QSO very quickly.

Not trying to change the world folks but as Jerry, N9AVY said in another post “everyone needs to keep contacts ASAP (As Short As Possible)” In a radio contest of any kind the name of the game is RATE. You have to have the QSOs as well as the multipliers to win. How you balance the QSO/multiplier chase is up to your operating style and goals. But even if you are in contest just for fun or just to make a few contacts you can help the other operators by keeping the contacts ASAP and follow the accepted format.



 



 

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