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Author Topic: 6 Meter PSK31  (Read 9079 times)
KB3MMX
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« on: May 05, 2006, 05:19:06 PM »

Hi, I just set up a Rigblaster M8 with my ICOM 7000 at the home QTH. I would like to get started on PSK, I have the software and have been giving CQ's but no responses.
 There is a selection for TX and RX frequency in the WinPSK program and I was wondering if there are some "usual" settings for these?

 I have been trying PSK on 50.290Mhz USB..

 Thanks everyone!!

 KB3MMX--Chuck
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G0GQK
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2006, 02:41:06 PM »

Not a good choice for PSK, not all that much activity at the best of times. The best choices are 20 metres then 40 and perhaps 80. 17 metres is quiet these days but on occasions it produces some pleasant surprises.

Mel G0GQK
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KB3MMX
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2006, 06:09:36 PM »

Thanks for the reply.
 I don't have HF transmit "privilages" yet, so 6 meters is as close as I can get unless the rules change.
   
    It's a shame to need CW for Digital HF ops..
 
 Hopefully there is a band opening on 6 and I can get some PSK DX activity. So far only local activity.
 I'll have to try some 144.144 USB and see if there's anything there....?

 
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2006, 05:20:51 AM »

KB3MMX wrote, "It's a shame to need CW for Digital HF ops.."

And I had to learn about digital modes in order to pass the written tests in order use CW! Kind of ironic, eh?

I guess it all depends on how much you want those HF privileges!  
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KB3MMX
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2006, 07:07:02 AM »

Good point.
Makes alot of sense, huh.
 I guess next question should be in another forum asking exactly how passing a CW test makes you a better operator on phone or digital, as for the requirement.
 Actually, nevermind. I don't want to swat a hornet nest.
 Thanks for the reply.

 
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KC0RDG
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2006, 07:07:29 AM »

No worries, CW req will be dropped soon Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2006, 11:22:00 AM »

I think you might want to also download, learn and try the WSJT software and modes for weaksignal work on VHF/UHF.  These modes are as easy to learn and use as PSK31 and will produce daily contacts using tropo or Meteor Scatter (even a modest station single Yagi and 100w can do some EME with larger EME stations).  See the bottom for some links to WSJT.

I have used PSK31 for years on 6 meters and although I have had good luck making PSK contacts on 6 meters it can be lonely between band openings and finding any PSK signals on 6 meters.  Experimenting on 2 meters also if fun but even harder to find activity for PSK31 on 2 meters but when you do it's a great place to experiment with digital modes be it PSK31 or other digital modes.

hope this help some,
de kb9umt Don EN50dp


Try DOS group also with my good friend Tip WA5UFH:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DigitalOnSix/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wsjtgroup/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PSK_VHF_UHF_HAMRADIO/


DIGITAL BAND(guide..not official) PLAN FOR VHF/UHF

This is NOT an official band plan but a guide for most "normal" digital activity and areas will vary in different places so please use common courtesy and if you are unsure ask local operators and or listen.....but never run digital on the SSB/CW calling frequencies or the EME subbands

6 Meters CW/SSB/Digital
50.060-50.080 CW Beacons (unattended sub-band)
see: <http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/por/50.htm>
50.080-50.100 CW QSO's
50.100-50.125 DX Window
50.110 DX Calling Frequency
50.125 North American SSB Calling Frequency
50.133-50.430 Voice Nets see: <http://6mt.com/nets.htm>
<http://www.google.com>
50.255 FSK441 lower practical limit for most QSO's
50.260 FSK441 Calling Frequency
50.285 FSK441 upper practical limit for most QSO's
50.290 SSB PSK31
50.291 BEACONet^31 (with +1500hz PSK audio)
50.300 or 50.700 RTTY?
6 Meters
50.680 SSTV

2 Meters CW/SSB/Digital
144.00-144.05 EME (CW)
144.05-144.06 Propagation beacons (old band plan)
144.06-144.10 General CW and weak signals
144.10-144.20 EME and weak-signal SSB
144.140 WSJT FSK441/JT44 calling frequency
144.110 to 144.160 WSJT FSK441 or JT44 (around this area)
144.131 BEACONet^31 (with +1500hz PSK audio)
144.150 SSB PSK/HELL/MFSK16/SSTV
144.200 National SSB calling frequency
144.20-144.30 General SSB operation, upper sideband
144.275-144.300 New beacon band
2 Meters FM Digital modes
145.500 SSTV (National SSTV Simplex FM Frequency)
145.550 FM PSK31, Hellschreiber


70 Centimeters CW/SSB/Digital
420.00-426.00 ATV repeater or simplex with 421.25 MHz video carrier control links and experimental
426.00-432.00 ATV simplex with 427.250 MHz video carrier frequency
432.00-432.07 EME (Earth-Moon-Earth)
432.07-432.08 Propagation beacons (old band plan)
432.08-432.10 Weak-signal CW
432.100 70 cm calling frequency
432.11-432.20 WSJT JT44/FSK441 ?
432.150 SSB PSK
432.10-433.00 Mixed-mode and weak-signal work
432.30-432.40 New beacon band


For sure try WSJT modes.....here are some links:

Download the WSJT software:

http://pulsar.princeton.edu/~joe/K1JT/

http://www.vhfdx.de/wsjt/

Know where to find contacts both calling freq and or net skeds:

http://www.pingjockey.net/

http://www.pingjockey.net/cgi-bin/pingtalk/

Register your callsign in the WSJT directory:

http://www.aa1yn.com/wsjt/

Read up on how to use the WSJT program:

http://www.ykc.com/wa5ufh/WEB/WHAT.HTM

http://k1six.com/6Mweak.htm

http://www.ykc.com/wa5ufh/WEB/STEPS.HTM

http://home.alltel.net/wb5apd/meteor.html

Some other links of interest:

http://www.sportscliche.com/wb2fko/article2.html

http://www.wr6wr.com/newSite/articles/features/wsjt.html

http://www.n1bug.net/

http://www.qsl.net/w8wn/hscw/hscw.html

http://www.meteorscatter.de

http://www.meteorscatter.net


Hope some of this might help.

de kb9umt Don EN50dp
http://www.HamRadioHelp.com
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AA9GL
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2006, 04:50:45 AM »

As long as we are talking Band Plan don't forget about us FMers on 52.525Mhz,its afun place to be on band openings.
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2009, 03:03:46 PM »

One day recently I set my Flex Radio 5000A up for PSK31 on each band 160 through 6. Just for the heck of it, I called CQ using PSK31 on 50.290 Mhz and just as I was getting ready to tune off, a station about 100 miles away called me. We both were running about 25 watts and had a long discussion about how well PSK31 works over a usually weak path if using FM, SSB or CW. PSK31 would be a good mode for emergency operations if only the people in charge of it knew how to hook things up properly.
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K3ROJ
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2010, 06:27:38 AM »

Even though a few PSK31 contacts have been made on 6 meters, CW is the way to go.  By hanging around 50.090 or so, I have made many contacts when short band openings popped up.  It is a shame new hams are not required to learn the code but many hams are intelligent enough to realize CW is the best mode on all bands and go ahead and learn it.  Having a good transceiver such as the Flex 5000A and at least a 5 element beam can do wonders, even during the bleak periods of no sun spots.
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KF6QEX
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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2010, 09:18:40 PM »

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5 element beam can do wonders
With 5 elements, you can probably have a contact using the toaster lever for a key..but I hear spark transmitters were "outlawed" a looong time ago , probably right before toasters were invented Smiley
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