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Author Topic: looking for sound files of callsigns ...  (Read 1989 times)

Posts: 24

« on: April 19, 2010, 10:53:16 AM »

if there are any hams who have access to a pc with sound recording capability:
- could you email me a recording of you announcing your callsign as if you are in a contest

the purpose of this sound recording is to help me practice for SSB for the upcoming field day.  more than likely, if you use the windows sound recorder program, it will be a .wav file.  but any popular format is fine, i can convert it later.

i will bundle up all the collected sound file callsigns and play them back randomly so that i can get used to quickly translating these audio callsigns into my logging program.  probably use perl to make the actual playback script.

my email address is:

i am only using these audio recordings for private use.  if anyone is interested, i can forward the script with audio files to them or place them at an ftp site for other hams to download, if they want.

thanx in advance...

bill pong, VA3BPO

Posts: 2243

« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2010, 01:42:33 PM »

You want to practice entering callsigns
in SSB mode into your logging program, right? So you won't be
nervous or fumbling with the keyboard and logging software
commands during Field Day, if I read your post correctly.
If this is so,

I would go to a DX Spotting website, look for DX spots,
then tune to those frequencies and see if you can hear
the DX station well. (Hint: look for spotters with callsigns
in your country or area. If a bunch of guys in Asia are spotting
an African station, but no Canadians are, you probably
won't hear the DX station.) But you never know...

Now start or open a practice log file in your logging program.
OK, now tune to listen to the DX station. When HE comes
back to a station calling him, YOU type in that stations callsign.
What you are doing is sorta like being the DX stations remote logger.
This will be easier for you if the DX station guy is operating
split. (Listening on one frequency, transmitting on another.)

If you want to practice picking out individual callsigns out of
20 stations calling at once, good luck. That's different entriely
than practicing entering calls in your logging program.
There are CW "Pileup Practive" programs where the program throws
several calls at once at you, and you try to pick out individual calls, but I've
never heard of a SSB program like that.

I think you are worrying too much. Field Day is supposed to be
fun, Maybe instead of sitting on a frequency and calling CQ
(which *might* result in many guys calling you at once).
You should "hunt and pounce" tune up and down the band and answer other
stations calling CQ. That way you can listen for the other guy's callsign,
type the call letters in your program, and then wait until he calls you
to hit "Enter" or "Save QSO" or whatever way your logging program works.

Just get on the air and have fun.
I bet after 20 minutes you'll settle down
and have the hang of it.

73, Ken  AD6KA

Posts: 2243

« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2010, 01:55:52 PM »

Forgot to mention this.
There are *plenty* of SSB contests you can practice
and/or participate in between now and Field Day.
And, you'll be able to hear much louder and clearer
stations than my "Find a DX station spot" idea.

WA7BNM's Contest Calendar is a great resource.
Be sure to check the contest's rules so you know
the start & ends times, bands, exchange, etc.

12 Month Calendar:

WA7BNM Calendar Home Page:

The "8 Day Calendar" page is nice because it has hyperlinks
to the listed contests rules & home page.
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