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Grid chart

Jerry N9AVY
 

Well spent an hour or so transposing grids to chart and was very pleased with it.   Before anyone gets discouraged by the number of grids filled in, I want to say that I put in a lot of time in front of radio to get where I am.  You can do it, too.

 

I like the fact that it’s a quick visual reference that I can quickly refer to while operating; mush better than the Excel file I had which was more of a “To Do” list.

 

Thanks !

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

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Re: Maidenhead Grid Map

Jerry N9AVY
 

Like to add my thanks as well !   Just printed it out.  Looks good.

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

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From: Rick - N7WE
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 5:30 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Maidenhead Grid Map

 

Thank you Bob!  That must have taken a lot of work.  It's really useful.  I had been using colored pencil on a printout of the ARRL FFMA map.  Your method is WAY better.

070 does Grid Endorsement slightly different than ARRL FFMA.  This from the Endorsement page:

"We took the ARRL FFMA map and excluded the following (nearly all water or VE/XE): CM79 CM86 CM93 CM94 CN70 CN72 CN73 CN74 CN75 CN76 CN77 CN78 DL79 DL98 DM02 DM03 DM12 DM22 DM31 DM61 EL15 EL28 EL58 EL79 EL84 EL86 EN29 EN48 EN57 EN58 EN62 EN63 EN64 EN67 EN85 EN86 EN92 FM02 FM13 FM25 FM26 FM27 FN03 FN14 FN25 FN35 FN46 FN51 FN53 FN57 FN66 FN67"


I added red fill to the 070 excluded grids on your XLS master.  A copy is attached.  Thanks again for a very nice contribution for all of us chasing the 070 Grids Endorsements.

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

 


Re: IOTA Activations

Jerry N9AVY
 

Thought I heard that the new IOTA Group which took over from RSGB changed some requirements.  Haven’t really checked into that.  I do know that they are no longer publishing upcoming IOTA activations because I read that in various DX bulletins.   IOTA activations during IOTA contests do not require QSLs.

 

Jerry  n9avy  

 

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From: Stephen Melachrinos
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 6:51 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] IOTA Activations

 

Rick -

 

Good questions, and important if you want your contacts to be able to claim official IOTA credit.

 

1. I don't think ANY activation requires pre-authorization, but activation of very rare groups may require documentation (after-the-fact) to prove you actually were there and had authorization to operate. I don't think any Florida groups would qualify--may Dry Tortugas. I had no problem with any that I've activated, and that included VQ9 (which has restrictive travel requirements). I think the rule applies for islands like Bouvet, or Peter I, or that type of rare.

 

2. I'm pretty sure at this time, paper QSLs are required. (There might be an exception if you activate an island during an IOTA contest and submit--as the activator--your log). And I stated the rules of what has to be printed--the island name which has to be listed as a qualifying island in an island group. But these don't have to be commercially-printed--I've printed my own. In fact, I've printed a couple for some contacts I made with an activator who wasn't using IOTA-compliant cards. (I wanted the credit, printed a card for him to sign, and mailed it to him with an SASE. Of course, I pre-coordinated with him after he sent me one of those non-complying cards.) I think they will also accept the island information on the "QSO information sticker" that logging programs create.

 

3. I'm not familiar with how ClubLog confirmations work wrt IOTA.

 

4. I've only submitted paper cards to a checker.

 

Steve

W3HF

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...>
To: 070Club <070Club@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Jan 6, 2019 7:15 am
Subject: [070Club] IOTA Activations

Loren, Steve, and anyone else-
I'm a real newbie on the IOTA stuff.  My original intent was to just to put NA-076 on-air for 070 members since I was going to be on Cedar Key anyway.   It was such a bust, yet so much fun, that I'm now thinking about activating some of the remaining 9 Florida IOTA Groups.  But if I'm going to do that, I want to do it right so those chasing RSGB IOTAs (as opposed to just the 070 IOTAs) can get credit if they want it. But after reading everything on the IOTA website, I'm still not sure what I need to do. I'm not looking for Activator credits, but here are some of my questions (probably really dumb questions):

Does an activation of a previously activated group require pre-authorization by IOTA? 

Do I have to make/send paper QSLs  - with a printed (not hand written) name of the island - specific to that activation in order for those I work to claim credit ?

Does uploading to ClubLog only do it for DXpedition activations?  It seems from the website that it works for any activation, but then it talks about paper cards required.

Does IOTA still only use paper cards for checking?  The website seems to suggest use of ClubLog, but I'm not clear.


Any guidance greatly appreciated!  (I get by with a little help from my friends!)


Rick - N7WE

070 - #1602

 


Re: IOTA Activations

Stephen Melachrinos
 

Rick -

Good questions, and important if you want your contacts to be able to claim official IOTA credit.

1. I don't think ANY activation requires pre-authorization, but activation of very rare groups may require documentation (after-the-fact) to prove you actually were there and had authorization to operate. I don't think any Florida groups would qualify--may Dry Tortugas. I had no problem with any that I've activated, and that included VQ9 (which has restrictive travel requirements). I think the rule applies for islands like Bouvet, or Peter I, or that type of rare.

2. I'm pretty sure at this time, paper QSLs are required. (There might be an exception if you activate an island during an IOTA contest and submit--as the activator--your log). And I stated the rules of what has to be printed--the island name which has to be listed as a qualifying island in an island group. But these don't have to be commercially-printed--I've printed my own. In fact, I've printed a couple for some contacts I made with an activator who wasn't using IOTA-compliant cards. (I wanted the credit, printed a card for him to sign, and mailed it to him with an SASE. Of course, I pre-coordinated with him after he sent me one of those non-complying cards.) I think they will also accept the island information on the "QSO information sticker" that logging programs create.

3. I'm not familiar with how ClubLog confirmations work wrt IOTA.

4. I've only submitted paper cards to a checker.

Steve
W3HF


-----Original Message-----
From: Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...>
To: 070Club <070Club@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Jan 6, 2019 7:15 am
Subject: [070Club] IOTA Activations

Loren, Steve, and anyone else-
I'm a real newbie on the IOTA stuff.  My original intent was to just to put NA-076 on-air for 070 members since I was going to be on Cedar Key anyway.   It was such a bust, yet so much fun, that I'm now thinking about activating some of the remaining 9 Florida IOTA Groups.  But if I'm going to do that, I want to do it right so those chasing RSGB IOTAs (as opposed to just the 070 IOTAs) can get credit if they want it. But after reading everything on the IOTA website, I'm still not sure what I need to do. I'm not looking for Activator credits, but here are some of my questions (probably really dumb questions):
Does an activation of a previously activated group require pre-authorization by IOTA? 
Do I have to make/send paper QSLs  - with a printed (not hand written) name of the island - specific to that activation in order for those I work to claim credit ?
Does uploading to ClubLog only do it for DXpedition activations?  It seems from the website that it works for any activation, but then it talks about paper cards required.
Does IOTA still only use paper cards for checking?  The website seems to suggest use of ClubLog, but I'm not clear.

Any guidance greatly appreciated!  (I get by with a little help from my friends!)


Rick - N7WE

070 - #1602


IOTA Activations

Rick - N7WE
 

Loren, Steve, and anyone else-
I'm a real newbie on the IOTA stuff.  My original intent was to just to put NA-076 on-air for 070 members since I was going to be on Cedar Key anyway.   It was such a bust, yet so much fun, that I'm now thinking about activating some of the remaining 9 Florida IOTA Groups.  But if I'm going to do that, I want to do it right so those chasing RSGB IOTAs (as opposed to just the 070 IOTAs) can get credit if they want it. But after reading everything on the IOTA website, I'm still not sure what I need to do. I'm not looking for Activator credits, but here are some of my questions (probably really dumb questions):

Does an activation of a previously activated group require pre-authorization by IOTA? 
Do I have to make/send paper QSLs  - with a printed (not hand written) name of the island - specific to that activation in order for those I work to claim credit ?
Does uploading to ClubLog only do it for DXpedition activations?  It seems from the website that it works for any activation, but then it talks about paper cards required.
Does IOTA still only use paper cards for checking?  The website seems to suggest use of ClubLog, but I'm not clear.

Any guidance greatly appreciated!  (I get by with a little help from my friends!)


Rick - N7WE

070 - #1602


Re: Maidenhead Grid Map

Rick - N7WE
 

Thank you Bob!  That must have taken a lot of work.  It's really useful.  I had been using colored pencil on a printout of the ARRL FFMA map.  Your method is WAY better.

070 does Grid Endorsement slightly different than ARRL FFMA.  This from the Endorsement page:

"We took the ARRL FFMA map and excluded the following (nearly all water or VE/XE): CM79 CM86 CM93 CM94 CN70 CN72 CN73 CN74 CN75 CN76 CN77 CN78 DL79 DL98 DM02 DM03 DM12 DM22 DM31 DM61 EL15 EL28 EL58 EL79 EL84 EL86 EN29 EN48 EN57 EN58 EN62 EN63 EN64 EN67 EN85 EN86 EN92 FM02 FM13 FM25 FM26 FM27 FN03 FN14 FN25 FN35 FN46 FN51 FN53 FN57 FN66 FN67"

I added red fill to the 070 excluded grids on your XLS master.  A copy is attached.  Thanks again for a very nice contribution for all of us chasing the 070 Grids Endorsements.

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Thanks for Letting me join the fun

Scotty W7PSK
 

Didnt do much. Other family stuff but thought I would hand a few
out. It was fun

Scotty W7PSK



--
Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138


Re: Welcome

JEFF WALSH
 

Welcome to the club Tim ! ...... now it's time to start collecting those little stickers !

JEFF WALSH
W3WMU
#1673
BUBBAWOOD
WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS
STURGIS, MS.


On Saturday, January 5, 2019, 9:06:12 PM CST, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:


Please join me in welcoming our new PODXS070 member(s):

2665 Tim  KR4GM

Jim K5SP
Membership Director

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Re: N7WE/P Rick IOTA

Brian Wolf Leverich
 

Hi Rick and all -

It doesn't help with PSK because the duty cycle is too long, but you can
smooth CW and voice peak power demands with a large capacitor bank.

This is particularly useful if you want to run "100W" off a cigarette
lighter socket, but it's also helpful if your portable battery has a
high enough internal resistance that it can't or shouldn't deliver 20+
amp current spikes.

You can buy capacitor banks off the shelf like the MFJ-4403, or you can
cobble one together yourself. The main issue is limiting current inrush
when you're first charging the capacitor bank.

Cheers, B.

On Fri, Jan 04, 2019 at 04:32:31PM -0800, Rick - N7WE wrote:

Matt-

I have been thinking about them.   I see a lot of portable ops using KX2s
and KX3s are using Bioennopower.    I've never pushed beyond about 35w when
doing battery PSK /P...but there sure have been a lot of times I could have
used more fire in the wire!  What transceiver you were running?  I'd be
curious to know what the max TX amp pull was.

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Welcome

Jim K5SP
 

Please join me in welcoming our new PODXS070 member(s):

2665 Tim  KR4GM

Jim K5SP
Membership Director
--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Re: That was fun !!!

Matthew King - AK4MK
 

Glad to hear that you enjoyed it, John!

I wasn't able to make it to this year's PSKFest unfortunately, but I'm sure it was a great time to be had.

Here's to looking forward to the Valentine's Day Contest! :-)

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director


On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 6:41 PM John Raynsford via Groups.Io <al7jk=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
 I'd been away from PSK31 for so long, I'd forgotten just 
how relaxing it is to spend hours on end just staring into
that waterfall screen chasing the tracks. 

73 to all !
AL7JK, John
# 2094


2019 PSKFest scorer update

Matthew King - AK4MK
 

The 2019 PSKFest scorer is now ready to receive logs!

Here's the link: 2019 PSKFest

Please be sure that you pick the correct entry class. Not picking an entry class will cause your log to be ignored for position and RC3 scoring.

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director


That was fun !!!

John Raynsford
 

 I'd been away from PSK31 for so long, I'd forgotten just 
how relaxing it is to spend hours on end just staring into
that waterfall screen chasing the tracks. 

73 to all !
AL7JK, John
# 2094


Re: Maidenhead Grid Map

Jerry N9AVY
 

Also, people move and while they change their addresses, the grid sometimes don’t change  or if they enter the grid it is sometimes in error.  Don’t trust QRZ  too much.

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2019 11:01 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Maidenhead Grid Map

 

Paul - while that would be nice to have, it'd have to be updated every day (or night) in order to remain current.  QRZ discourages such regular automated things as it ties up their query systems. 

 

Other attempts to automatically query the QRZ database have been only semi-successful, with random errors and lack of information returned being the big two things, with neither rhyme nor reason being evident. 

 

Besides that, some of the grid information in QRZ is inaccurate, as it's derived through geo-location rather than user supplied information.

 

Sorry for the less than encouraging response...

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 11:51 AM Paul Milward <nu4c@...> wrote:

Bob,

Thank you. I was able to open the file and color my worked Grids with a green background. It is a great visual aid and will be a big help in (hopefuly) completing the Grid chase.

I have a question for all you computer gurus. Is there a way to bounce the 070 member list against the QRZ database? If so, can the Grid data in QRZ be added to each member's row in the 070 member list?

73

Paul NU4C 

 

 

 

Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

 

-------- Original message --------

From: Robert Motyl <bobmotyl@...>

Date: 1/2/19 16:25 (GMT-05:00)

Subject: [070Club] Maidenhead Grid Map

 

I would like to share something I created in Excel.  It is a representation of the continental us using grid squares.  I use it to keep track of my PSK grid contacts.  I highlight the appropriate squares.  Not sure anyone is interested.  Let me know.  Not sure if I can attach the files but I will try.

A great New Year to all.
Bob KK6KMU

 


Re: N7WE/P Rick IOTA

Jerry N9AVY
 

Key down CW  I believe is about the best way to measure current draw, but keep that short.

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2019 12:29 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] N7WE/P Rick IOTA

 

Rick - we were running a new Yaesu FT-891. The monitor showed about 10.7 amps peak, but I don't think it was able to respond to voice peaks quickly enough to give the true power draw.

 

Yaesu says it'll draw 23 amps at 100w out and 13.8v in, but that'd be at steady carrier, dits/dahs, or voice peaks of course.

 

It's a seriously cool battery. It's neat enough that I'm seriously thinking of buying an FT-891 for myself now, as well as the 20Ah battery. Going portable with SLAs just didn't appeal to me, especially something like a deep cycle battery where you'd have some reasonable capacity, but these LIFEPO4 batteries are the bee's knees and may very well make me get my own portable setup!

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

On Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 7:32 PM Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Matt-

I have been thinking about them.   I see a lot of portable ops using KX2s and KX3s are using Bioennopower.    I've never pushed beyond about 35w when doing battery PSK /P...but there sure have been a lot of times I could have used more fire in the wire!  What transceiver you were running?  I'd be curious to know what the max TX amp pull was.

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

 


Re: N7WE/P Rick IOTA

Matthew King - AK4MK
 

Rick - we were running a new Yaesu FT-891. The monitor showed about 10.7 amps peak, but I don't think it was able to respond to voice peaks quickly enough to give the true power draw.

Yaesu says it'll draw 23 amps at 100w out and 13.8v in, but that'd be at steady carrier, dits/dahs, or voice peaks of course.

It's a seriously cool battery. It's neat enough that I'm seriously thinking of buying an FT-891 for myself now, as well as the 20Ah battery. Going portable with SLAs just didn't appeal to me, especially something like a deep cycle battery where you'd have some reasonable capacity, but these LIFEPO4 batteries are the bee's knees and may very well make me get my own portable setup!

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director


On Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 7:32 PM Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:
Matt-

I have been thinking about them.   I see a lot of portable ops using KX2s and KX3s are using Bioennopower.    I've never pushed beyond about 35w when doing battery PSK /P...but there sure have been a lot of times I could have used more fire in the wire!  What transceiver you were running?  I'd be curious to know what the max TX amp pull was.

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


2019 PSKFest Scorer setup

Matthew King - AK4MK
 

Hey, everybody - the 2019 PSKFest scorer setup is not in place yet. It will definitely be there by the cutoff time, and likely MUCH sooner than that. 

David has just assured me that he will get to it just as quickly as he possibly can, hopefully tonight. 

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that it is a known thing that the remedy is being actively pursued.

Happy New Year!


73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director


Re: Maidenhead Grid Map

Paul Milward <nu4c@...>
 

Thanks Matt, Now I know so I'll just keep on keepin' on.
73
Paul NU4C 



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-------- Original message --------
From: Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
Date: 1/5/19 12:01 (GMT-05:00)
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Maidenhead Grid Map

Paul - while that would be nice to have, it'd have to be updated every day (or night) in order to remain current.  QRZ discourages such regular automated things as it ties up their query systems. 

Other attempts to automatically query the QRZ database have been only semi-successful, with random errors and lack of information returned being the big two things, with neither rhyme nor reason being evident. 

Besides that, some of the grid information in QRZ is inaccurate, as it's derived through geo-location rather than user supplied information.

Sorry for the less than encouraging response...

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 11:51 AM Paul Milward <nu4c@...> wrote:
Bob,
Thank you. I was able to open the file and color my worked Grids with a green background. It is a great visual aid and will be a big help in (hopefuly) completing the Grid chase.
I have a question for all you computer gurus. Is there a way to bounce the 070 member list against the QRZ database? If so, can the Grid data in QRZ be added to each member's row in the 070 member list?
73
Paul NU4C 



Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

-------- Original message --------
From: Robert Motyl <bobmotyl@...>
Date: 1/2/19 16:25 (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [070Club] Maidenhead Grid Map

I would like to share something I created in Excel.  It is a representation of the continental us using grid squares.  I use it to keep track of my PSK grid contacts.  I highlight the appropriate squares.  Not sure anyone is interested.  Let me know.  Not sure if I can attach the files but I will try.

A great New Year to all.
Bob KK6KMU


Re: Maidenhead Grid Map

Matthew King - AK4MK
 

Paul - while that would be nice to have, it'd have to be updated every day (or night) in order to remain current.  QRZ discourages such regular automated things as it ties up their query systems. 

Other attempts to automatically query the QRZ database have been only semi-successful, with random errors and lack of information returned being the big two things, with neither rhyme nor reason being evident. 

Besides that, some of the grid information in QRZ is inaccurate, as it's derived through geo-location rather than user supplied information.

Sorry for the less than encouraging response...

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director


On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 11:51 AM Paul Milward <nu4c@...> wrote:
Bob,
Thank you. I was able to open the file and color my worked Grids with a green background. It is a great visual aid and will be a big help in (hopefuly) completing the Grid chase.
I have a question for all you computer gurus. Is there a way to bounce the 070 member list against the QRZ database? If so, can the Grid data in QRZ be added to each member's row in the 070 member list?
73
Paul NU4C 



Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

-------- Original message --------
From: Robert Motyl <bobmotyl@...>
Date: 1/2/19 16:25 (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [070Club] Maidenhead Grid Map

I would like to share something I created in Excel.  It is a representation of the continental us using grid squares.  I use it to keep track of my PSK grid contacts.  I highlight the appropriate squares.  Not sure anyone is interested.  Let me know.  Not sure if I can attach the files but I will try.

A great New Year to all.
Bob KK6KMU


Re: Maidenhead Grid Map

Paul Milward <nu4c@...>
 

Bob,
Thank you. I was able to open the file and color my worked Grids with a green background. It is a great visual aid and will be a big help in (hopefuly) completing the Grid chase.
I have a question for all you computer gurus. Is there a way to bounce the 070 member list against the QRZ database? If so, can the Grid data in QRZ be added to each member's row in the 070 member list?
73
Paul NU4C 



Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

-------- Original message --------
From: Robert Motyl <bobmotyl@...>
Date: 1/2/19 16:25 (GMT-05:00)
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Maidenhead Grid Map

I would like to share something I created in Excel.  It is a representation of the continental us using grid squares.  I use it to keep track of my PSK grid contacts.  I highlight the appropriate squares.  Not sure anyone is interested.  Let me know.  Not sure if I can attach the files but I will try.

A great New Year to all.
Bob KK6KMU

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