PSKFEST experiences


Costas Krallis SV1XV <sv1xv@...>
 

Well, I managed 110 QSOs with 47 multipliers (15 US states,
1 VE province, 31 DXCC including W&VE). Worked all bands
from 3.5 - 28. Very few europeans showed up on 7035, while
I worked 3 north americans on 7070. Less productive periods
were: 00:00 - 01:00, 02:30-04:00 and 21:45-23:59.

Interesting participants (from my "point of view"):

HF0POL VP8 IOTA AN-010 QSL: SQ5TA
FK8BG FK IOTA OC-032 QSL: ???? (*)
EM1KCC CE9 IOTA AN-006 QSL: UT7UA
ZD8JA ZD8 IOTA AF-003 QSL: ???
WA4MIT AL
KC0IFL MO

Unfortunately VQ9NL in Diego Garcia who was active
in PSK31, did not participate.

Worst problem: Stations replying to a CQ CONTEST call and,
when passed the contest exchange, returning their "my name is..."
tape and then, if asked for the contest exchange, replying
"sorry - no contest".

See you again next year!

73 Costas SV1XV


(*) Not contest participant but replied to CQ-contest
and passed RST+Country info





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N3DQU@...
 

In a message dated 1/20/2002 4:00:39 AM Eastern Standard Time, sv1xv@... writes:


Worst problem: Stations replying to a CQ CONTEST call and,
when passed the contest exchange, returning their "my name is..."
tape and then, if asked for the contest exchange, replying
"sorry - no contest".


   Yeah, you're going to get that in any contest you work Costas. There was even a guy here calling "CQ DX" on 20m yesterday, so what the heck was he thinking?? Anyways, chock it all up to the contesting experience hi! 73 de Jay N3DQU


Steve W3HF
 

Costas (and others) -

ZD8JA ZD8 IOTA AF-003 QSL: ???
ZD8JA is 070's own Jeremy Allen (note the initials in the callsign),
N1ZZZ/4. I'm sure he will QSL all contacts once he gets home from
his overseas trip.

Address is on QRZ.com.

73,
Steve
W3HF

P.S. Yippee, I worked him too!


Russell Chandler <rhchan@...>
 

I would be interested in learning more about your PSK31 setups.
The best I could do was 48 contacts, no exotic callsigns.

Was I operating in some type of void here in Southeastern Virginia....???


73',
Russ/KU4FP


DL2AYL@...
 

Hi Kostas, the home call of ZD8JA is N1ZZZ/4,
Jeremy, he is also a member of the 070 Club.
73 de DL2AYL/Erika


hamopcq
 

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


Steve W3HF
 

To the gang -

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

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

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

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

High points were:

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to all for a great time.

73,
Steve
W3HF


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.)


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


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


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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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


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
:


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
: