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Author Topic: Seeing spots (sending QSX information)  (Read 2675 times)
WA9PIE
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« on: March 09, 2001, 01:02:44 AM »

Quite a few of us now have these really neat rig-control programs that take also integrate with DX Packetcluster terminal windows.  This makes going after the next "big one" as easy as clicking the mouse - the rig automatically tunes itself to that frequency and sets the mode to the mode appropriate for that frequency.

Many of these applications also have the ability to send DX spotting information also.  All the information is taken right from the rig itself - such as frequency and mode.  But they also put QSX in there automatically.

This is pretty convenient for folks who have these programs.  When the QSX information is given in kHz, the rig will automatically set the split function to QSX to that frequency.

Here comes the part that I think we need to do better at.

When spotting DX on the cluster that's working split, be sure to put the correct information in the DX announcement.  That is - if you intend to put "QSX" in the announcement, make the extra effort to put the frequency in kHz so that folks with rig-control will get directed to the correct frequency; example "QSX 21020.00".

Spots that are sent that say "QSX up 3" or "QSX 020-025" will not tune the 2nd VFO to the correct split frequency and will confuse the rig control software.

If you'd like to send that kind of information, my suggestion is to just say - "up 3" or "up 020-025".  That'll save everyone steps and typing all around.

73 de Mike, WA9PIE
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K0RS
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2001, 05:29:46 AM »

Heaven forbid that the Packet Cluster shouldn't tune your 2nd VFO correctly.  Whatever happened to operator involvement?  Do we need to know how to do anything anymore?  Do we even need to be home  to work DX?  What DX station continues to use the same listening frequency time after time anyway?  By the time the spot propagates thru the Cluster system he's already listening on a different frequency.  Try turning off the Packet Cluster and tuning around a bit (Hint: It's the big knob in the middle of the radio), and doing some actual listening.  You will be amazed at what you find and hear.  A fringe benefit is the satisfaction of doing it yourself.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2001, 12:15:37 PM »

Okay, then lemme ask you this...

If your microwave isn't heating your food properly, it's only because we're too lazy to use the stove?  If we're not happy with the stove, it's only because we're too lazy to build a campfire?

If your washing machine/dryer are doing the job, then it's only because we're too lazy to wash clothes by hand and hang them on the line?

How far back in technology do we really need to go to satisfy the "old-timers" (I've been at it since '74)?  Should we get rid of computers in the shack (logging programs, rig control, packet cluster...)?  Do we get rid of VFOs and go back to crystal rigs?  How 'bout spark-gap?  Wouldn't that be fun?

I'm only suggesting that folks take the time to properly send their spotting announcements.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2001, 09:14:39 PM »

Today the ARRL announced the impending availability of a new award--the DDXCC or "Digital DX Computer Contacts."  "This award will be available to anyone who works 100 DX countries, er, excuse me "entities" without ANY operator involvement whatsoever," said a League spokesman on the condition of anonymity.  From behind dark sunglasses he continued, "With the DX spotting technology and computerization of rig control we realized the demand for this type of award would be high.  We feel awards of this nature will carry our awards program into the new century.  Job and family demands are higher than ever, and we feel it's discriminatory not to be able to offer our DXCC program to individuals who can't actually get on the air."  So get those rig interfaces debugged, automatic rotor controls working, and DVK's programmed, voice recognition technology is here!  Watch for the impending announcement of the acceptance of e-QSLs for this exciting new award.  Good luck to your computer and software!  Who will be first?
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