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Jim's Gazette ~83, 5 October 2000

from Jim N2HOS on October 10, 2000
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Jim's GAZETTE Newsletter #83

5 October 2000

Short Notes: Did you work A61AJ during the CQWW? The op was DJ6QT, but the QSL manager is Bernie W3UR. Use his CBA, direct only!

One thing about Eddie W6/G0AZT, he is loath to express an opinion. Just the other day he noted that HO1A was operating split during the CQWW. He was dismayed at such activity. Among other things, he called it unsportsmanlike and made no bones about his feelings. Wil DJ7AA, one of the ops, responded as soon as he arrived home after the long flight from Panama. He explained that they did work split during two short periods during the contest. The reason-they simply could not handle the pileup any other way.

While it is true a few stations have used split before during contests, it does create a certain amount of havoc in a situation that is already bordering on chaos. Tradition calls for DX, even rare ones, to work a single frequency on each band. I don't know which is right, but it sounds like the rule makers had better take a look and decide what to do about it before next year rolls around.

Katsu JR3KFX writes that he and JA3ART will be T88FX 6-8 October from Palau. This will include the TARA PSK31 Contest. There will also be some RTTY and SSTV. QSL JR3KFX CBA or Bureau.

There is a website that specializes is collecting those 'contest' calls that can't be found in QRZ, calls that often confuse both software and operators. Go to

Iain, ex-M1ETJ passed his 12 wpm CW test and is no M0PCB. Expect to see his print on the bands.

Look for 5V7DF from now until 9 October, then XT2OW 10-15 October. More details on the home page of Frank DL7DF,

When WindowsXX says that you are missing a DLL file, and you suddenly find your favorite program won't load or operate, you have experienced one of life's darker moments. Now there is first aid. Charles NX2T, the finder of strange web sites, found This is an ever-growing treasure of those wicked files we all must have on our system. So, if you need help, find it here. Remarkable!

Sanjeevi VU2SJV was active in CQWW and is on PSK regularly. QSL is via N2HOS, direct only, please. His QSL manager (name withheld) lost his stack of QSL cards in a recent move, so he needs your card! Incidentally, he's using MMTTY which has done a very good job for him.

If you are a WinME user (and I'm not sure why you should be) be aware that Norton Antivirus is not yet ready for this version of our favorite operating system. If you are thinking about becoming a Win2K user, be aware that most Boca Research modems are not compatible. And, according to Email from the company, it doesn't sound like they have any near term plans for solving the problem!


Yes, it's true. The ARRL has taken a few giant steps toward the EQSL (pronounced eequizal?). We applaud the move since we have been a crusader on EQSL's behalf for some time. Frank N2FF says the goal is to become the 'Logbook of the World.' That's a big idea and I'm happy to witness ARRL's commitment to this goal. Of course, it won't happen overnight. Frank reminds us that processing individual QSL's depends on the availability of the required electronic signature at an acceptable low cost. So, don't expect miracles.

We would hope, however, that the organization would launch an early experiment with the well-documented logs of the major DXpeditions. Why shouldn't my account be credited with an X1XX contact the day after the well-authenticated deposit is made by the expedition? With new hardware and software in place within a year, there is little reason to delay. By the same token, it would be appropriate for the ARRL to examine the potential benefit of working with This group is up and running with a system that works. While it may lack the guarantee of the electronic signature, there may be other quite suitable methods of validation available. Let's not reinvent the wheel!


The 2000 CQWW led a charmed life. Propagation produced blowout conditions. Scores were nothing short of phenomenal, and individual tales of heroism and success flooded the Internet. Here are a few examples among the claimed scores: ZS6EZ (HP) worked 30 zones and piled up 1406 Q's on 10 meters! LW7EIC worked 26 zones with low power on the same band. PK2KC, operating HP on 15, contacted 32 zones within the 1018 Q's. VA3MM scored 28 zones and 900 Q's with low power on 15. I suspect it will be a while before we see these levels again.

Bruce WT4I said it best. 'Even though we had 11 operators we assumed we wouldn't work between 2-5AM. As it turned out, the bands improved as it got later. 3AM Sunday was better than many daytime hours! Who could imagine 35Q's at 3 in the morning?" By the way, four of the eleven operators were newbies and the experience hooked a couple of them. And, oh, this group produced a score of 1.5 million.

In the single operator, all band class ON4UN (HP), found 2033 Q's and produced a score of 3.6 million. W2UP reached 1666 Q's and 2.5 million with low power.

Phil GU0SOP used his fabled antenna farm (a half-size G5RV up 5 meters) and 50 watts to reach 73 countries, including six new ones, 430 Q's and a score of 310K. FR5GS called him, which did lead Phil to admit that this sort of thing might not happen with a plain old 'G' call. Through it all, he sticks with his station's limitations because he gets more of a thrill out of his DX contacts that way. I think he's right. It's the same sort of feeling you get when you work the world on 25 watts with PSK. It tingles!

The only persistent question after the contest: 'where were the VK's??' I'll give you one guess.


I received an Email recently from a VK (not at the Olympics) who wants to go into PSK31. His question, 'What do I need to get started?' I answered with the usual stuff, and then asked Chen AA6TY to respond as well. His approach was interesting. 'Let's start with what you DON'T need. You don't need expensive equipment, antennas, amps, modems, microphones, keyers and all that nonsense, and most of the time not even a decent set of IF filters for the rig. All you need is a rig capable of SSB operation, a decent computer with sound capability and a modest antenna. Make note that if the rig doesn't have VOX you will need to build some PTT arrangement.'

He's right. And Chen could add that you don't even need to buy any software. There are plenty of fine, free programs out there. Come on in. The water's fine!


New award! Tom GM4FDM, operating 400 watts to a yagi at 70 feet, received a 7PM call from a neighbor. The report, 'my cooker has just blown up!' Investigation proved that the electronic controllers for the halogen heating elements had done just that. The evidence suggests that the antenna, right close to the house in question, might very well have perpetrated the crime. Tom, ruing the expense involved, is nonetheless pleased to receive the first Worked All Cookers 2000 award.

Not to be outdone Bill W7TI produced evidence demonstrating the destruction of his neighbor's phone on three different occasions. Fortunately, K-Mart replaced them each time, so there was no expense involved. The neighbor has since moved and Bill wonders if he and his signal are missed! No award is yet available in this category.


If you have an interest in PSK31 and/or haven't been there yet, go to Experts provide solutions to your tuning problems. Don't be a BandBlaster, tune it right! Learn a lot about it on this site. Thanks to all who contributed.


We relocate to Florida on 10 October. We are ready, for an already cool fall season suggests that winter might be early and snowy. Email remains the same, but phones change to 727 596 3105, fax 727 596 7473. Mail address is PO Box 490, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785.


73 de Jim N2HOS

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N2HOS , Very Interesting Article  
by W2IOJ on October 16, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
JIM: This is my first reading of your info on PSK-31 AND I find your suggestions very informative.....many thanks for your comprehensive approach to PSK ....73,Jim
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