Date   

new SW Radiogram program available

 

Hello to all the digital folks out there.
 
A new program for the Shortwave Radiogram broadcasts has now been posted on the SW Radiogram website.  
 
If you're new to decoding digital, this is a pretty nice way to get your feet wet. You can use your desktop or laptop, or you can use an Android device such as a smartphone or tablet. You can find links to the SW Radiogram website, software for decoding, and wiki articles with extensive details and help at: http://www.udxf.nl/events.html.  
 
If you'd like to see a list of web receivers (which are often reported as being used), receiver, transceiver and SDR applications and more, take a look at the SW Radiogram gateway at https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway
 
Help is also available on Facebook and Twitter. The SW Radiogram website has the links. 
 
Radio Northern Europe International has announced its new schedule for program 31.  
See https://rnei.org/2022/07/01/radio-northern-europe-international-show-31-announcement/ 
 
KBC Radio in the Netherlands also uses digital modes in their broadcasts.  They usually announce the frequency, time and modes they are going to use on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc
 
Here's hoping for good propagation 


new SW Radiogram program is available

 

Hello to all the digital folks out there.
 
A new program for the Shortwave Radiogram broadcasts has now been posted on the SW Radiogram website.
 
If you're new to decoding digital, this is a pretty nice way to get your feet wet. You can use your desktop or laptop, or you can use an Android device such as a smartphone or tablet. You can find links to the SW Radiogram website, software for decoding, and wiki articles with extensive details and help at: http://www.udxf.nl/events.html.  
 
If you'd like to see a list of web receivers (which are often reported as being used), receiver, transceiver and SDR applications and more, take a look at the SW Radiogram gateway at https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway
 
Help is also available on Facebook and Twitter. The SW Radiogram website has the links. 
 
Radio Northern Europe International also uses digital modes during its broadcasts. See https://rnei.org/ for more information. 
 
KBC Radio in the Netherlands also uses digital modes in their broadcasts.  They usually announce the frequency, time and modes they are going to use on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc
   
Here's hoping for good propagation 


new SW Radiogram program is available

 

Hello to all the digital folks out there.
 
A new program for the Shortwave Radiogram broadcasts has now been posted on the SW Radiogram website.
 
If you're new to decoding digital, this is a pretty nice way to get your feet wet. You can use your desktop or laptop, or you can use an Android device such as a smartphone or tablet. You can find links to the SW Radiogram website, software for decoding, and wiki articles with extensive details and help at: http://www.udxf.nl/events.html.  
 
If you'd like to see a list of web receivers (which are often reported as being used), receiver, transceiver and SDR applications and more, take a look at the SW Radiogram gateway at https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway
 
Help is also available on Facebook and Twitter. The SW Radiogram website has the links. 
 
Radio Northern Europe International also uses digital modes during its broadcasts. See https://rnei.org/ for more information. 
 
KBC Radio in the Netherlands also uses digital modes in their broadcasts.  They usually announce the frequency, time and modes they are going to use on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc
   
Here's hoping for good propagation 


New release of MULTIPSK 4.46.1 #Multipsk

Patrick Lindecker
 

New release of MULTIPSK (4.46.1)

 

Pour les francophones: la version en français de ce message se trouve sur mon site (http://f6cte.free.fr). Il suffit de cliquer sur le lien "Principales modifications (courriel avertissant de la sortie de la nouvelle version)".

 

Hello to all Ham and SWL,

 

The new release of MultiPSK (4.46.1) is on my Web site (http://f6cte.free.fr/index_anglais.htm).
The mirror site is Earl's, W8BR: https://www.paazig.net/f6cte/MULTIPSK_setup.exe

The MD5 signature of the downloaded MULTIPSK_setup.exe file to, possibly, check (with WinMD5 for example), that the downloading works without error, is equal to:

b62aa301c72df91204ebd74a1a69e136

Multipsk associated to Clock are freeware programs but with functions submitted to a licence (by user key).

 

The main improvement of MULTIPSK 4.46.1 is the following:

 

Several bugs fixed permit to this new version to decode 93 sound files representing more or less all the amateur and professional modes which can be decoded by Multipsk.

 

The goal of this collection of 93 sound files is, for a user, to train on digital modes proposed by Multipsk. For this, for a given mode, it will be found a sound file, which will permit:

·    To listen to the type of sound generated by the mode in transmission (except for the modes decoded in SDR).

·    To see how its spectrum appears on the "waterfall",

·    To see how looks like the decoding.

·    To test the different controls proposed.

The information about this collection of files is proposed below:

http://f6cte.free.fr/About_the_collection_of_Multipsk_sound_files.pdf

 

The sound files are inside ZIP files downloadable here:

http://f6cte.free.fr/1-2-3-4.zip

http://f6cte.free.fr/B-C-D.zip

http://f6cte.free.fr/E-F-G-H-I-J.zip

http://f6cte.free.fr/L-M-N-O.zip

http://f6cte.free.fr/P-Q.zip

http://f6cte.free.fr/R.zip

http://f6cte.free.fr/S-T-V.zip

 

Note: technical questions about Multipsk and about this collection of sound files can be asked, in English, to the IO Multipsk discussion group.

 

Note about translation of Multipsk.exe and Clock .exe:  the 4.46 version of Multipsk has been translated to Spanish by Joachin (EB4Z), from French.

See: http://f6cte.free.fr/Translation_files.htm

 

73

Patrick

 

 

 


SeaTTY 2.65 is released

Sergei Podstrigailo
 

Hello All,

I have uploaded SeaTTY 2.65 to the main site and the mirror:

https://www.dxsoft.com/seatty.zip

https://www.hamport.com/seatty.zip

SeaTTY versions history

V2.65
The soundcard sampling error correction was rewritten.
A wave-file with any sampling rate in range of 6000...48000 samples/s
can be opened for decoding by the "File / Decode From File" command.
V2.60
PACTOR-1 FEC mode support was made.
At least PWZ-33 Brasilia station transmits weather warnings in this mode.
Some minor improvements and bug fixes were made.
V2.55
A soundcard number can be above ten now.
V2.50
The "Setup / Text / Add this comment to saved text files: ..." option was made.
[...]


--
Best regards,
Sergei

DXsoft-Support Telegram group: https://t.me/DXsoftSupport


Re: WAS in 3-4 hours

Tony
 

Andrew OBrian wrote:

Worked 50 states in one evening! Well, "worked" is not exactly the case. Received by all 50 states is more accurate .
Nice job Andy. I bet you can do that again if you use the same band-hopping method to help fill-in the skip zones. Maybe try 80 meters this time to score the states that are closest to you.

Tony -K2MO


Re: WAS in 3-4 hours

Graham
 

Tis the  modern way )

This is Opera op2 dong the  same  thing  10 years  ago ,  on a world wide basis  with less  power and  only taking a  few  Hz 
bandwidth  

But to be fair , English is a  fun language especially if you  add  in a  touch of the  north 

  "worked" is not exactly the case  , actually  implies   the  opposite to  the  literal  interpretation of  worked 

73-Graham
g0nbd


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Re: WAS in 3-4 hours

Andrew OBrien
 

and the antenna 


On Sat, Jul 30, 2022 at 9:36 AM michel soldevila <michel.soldevila@...> wrote:
Hi Andrew,
Sorry to be rude, but it's your computer, which can work 24/7, which has been received in 50 states.
73, Michel (F1GOC)


Re: WAS in 3-4 hours

michel soldevila
 

Hi Andrew,
Sorry to be rude, but it's your computer, which can work 24/7, which has been received in 50 states.
73, Michel (F1GOC)


WAS in 3-4 hours

Andrew OBrien
 

Worked 50 states in one evening! Well, "worked" is not exactly the case. Received by all 50 states is more accurate . Still fascinating. I was not trying to do it. I just happened to get on a roll mainly working DX on 30, 20, and 40M. FT4 and FT8 . When I had had enough I checked the map of reception reports , zooming in I could not see any state that had not received me this evening. There were a few states where only one station received me (Delaware, Alaska , Hawaii, New Mexico, North Dakota) . Homemade wire antennas . 70 watts.



new SW Radiogram program is available

 

Hello to all the digital folks out there.
 
A new program for the Shortwave Radiogram broadcasts has now been posted on the SW Radiogram website.
 
If you're new to decoding digital, this is a pretty nice way to get your feet wet. You can use your desktop or laptop, or you can use an Android device such as a smartphone or tablet. You can find links to the SW Radiogram website, software for decoding, and wiki articles with extensive details and help at: http://www.udxf.nl/events.html.  
 
If you'd like to see a list of web receivers (which are often reported as being used), receiver, transceiver and SDR applications and more,  take a look at the SW Radiogram gateway at https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway
 
Help is also available on Facebook and Twitter. The SW Radiogram website has the links. 
 
Radio Northern Europe International also uses digital modes during its broadcasts. See https://rnei.org/ for more information. 
 
KBC Radio in the Netherlands also uses digital modes in their broadcasts.  They usually announce the frequency, time and modes they are going to use on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc
   
Here's hoping for good propagation 


Re: OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Chiefsfan2
 

I have psk31 on a droid tablet and look to do some portable qrp with it. It is a good and easy mode to operate on. 

On July 22, 2022 at 7:47 PM Siegfried Jackstien <siegfried.jackstien@...> wrote:

why do digital when you can speak hi hi :-)

dg9bfc sigi

Am 22.07.2022 um 23:51 schrieb Rick Ellison:

I was really surprised a few weeks ago to find that in early evening on 20 just before the band dies there is some PSK31 and 63 going on. I have made at least  one or two qso’s a night using it. I am not a fan at all of the FT Modes.. SO it gives me hope there is still other digital modes being used..

 

73 Rick N2AMG

 

From: main@digitalradio.groups.io [mailto:main@digitalradio.groups.io] On Behalf Of Andrew OBrien
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2022 3:32 PM
To: main@digitalradio.groups.io
Cc: Tag Loomis <tag.loomis@...>
Subject: [digital-mode-radio] OK , Gridtracker it is then !

 

OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Over the last year my interest in amateur radio has waxed and waned . I sold a few HF radios , gave up running the WSJTX group for Joe Taylor and crew, MOSTLY stopped using FT8, did not chase DX seriously , and what activity I did do was QRP CW and experimental digital modes . I think I had a period of 2-3 months where Iistened only .
Within the last couple of months my interest has increased and I bought a new radio , built an antenna or two. I have been trying to decide where my focus should be , emcomm, DXing , nets , POTA, CW only . While thinking about this, I had a thought about my views last year that JTlerts and Gridtracker were the bane of amateur radio . My thoughts were that they have turned some people in to  “ham snobs”, making it easy for them to only conduct QSOs with people they have never contacted before .

With my renewed interest over the last few weeks I decided I was going to keep things simple and focus on awards like DXCC . Casually operating . I decided to reinstall Gridtracker . A couple of years ago I made comments about the promise the software had , especially if grid-squares were routinely shared as an exchange in modes like CW. After installing it again, and actually reading the documentation (shock !),  I am back to my original conclusion that it really does make operating more interesting . Filtering options allow you to select stations likely to have a good chance of working each other (setting minimum SNR for an alert ).  Of course , it heavily favors JT modes . Trawling those is generally more productive than sifting through other digital signals and SSB phone stations .

So , I finally have decided Gridtracker it is ! I’ll work other modes when the mood hits , I’ll hop into a contest every now and again , and experiment with any new digital mode that is released . However , the way Gridtracker allows me to organize the information on the screen is far superior to other options . Especially at a time where my multitasking skills are decreasing, slightly . Gridtracker , is NOT just a grid tracker ! In fact , tracking grids is of very little interest to me . Gridtracker is a ham radio operator's “office suite”. Like some logging software , Gridtracker integrates all aspects of your on-air activity . You then decide what information you want to see , how you want to view it , and present the information as a summary of how well your station is performing . If I could somehow add CW Skimmer to the mix ( I might try ) , I would have a complete picture . So, no more spending two hours looking for exotic digital modes and finding no stations worked , GridTracker ,and it’s supported
modes , it is !


Andy K3UK

 


 


 


Re: OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Rick Ellison
 

Sigi..

I do speak from time to time but some of these digital modes amaze me.  I’m not a big rag chewer I think that is what drew me to contesting but being able to work with very little power with digi really makes me happy..

 

73 Rick N2AMG

 

From: main@digitalradio.groups.io [mailto:main@digitalradio.groups.io] On Behalf Of Siegfried Jackstien
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2022 7:48 PM
To: main@digitalradio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [digital-mode-radio] OK , Gridtracker it is then !

 

why do digital when you can speak hi hi :-)

dg9bfc sigi

Am 22.07.2022 um 23:51 schrieb Rick Ellison:

I was really surprised a few weeks ago to find that in early evening on 20 just before the band dies there is some PSK31 and 63 going on. I have made at least  one or two qso’s a night using it. I am not a fan at all of the FT Modes.. SO it gives me hope there is still other digital modes being used..

 

73 Rick N2AMG

 

From: main@digitalradio.groups.io [mailto:main@digitalradio.groups.io] On Behalf Of Andrew OBrien
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2022 3:32 PM
To: main@digitalradio.groups.io
Cc: Tag Loomis <tag.loomis@...>
Subject: [digital-mode-radio] OK , Gridtracker it is then !

 

OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Over the last year my interest in amateur radio has waxed and waned . I sold a few HF radios , gave up running the WSJTX group for Joe Taylor and crew, MOSTLY stopped using FT8, did not chase DX seriously , and what activity I did do was QRP CW and experimental digital modes . I think I had a period of 2-3 months where Iistened only .
Within the last couple of months my interest has increased and I bought a new radio , built an antenna or two. I have been trying to decide where my focus should be , emcomm, DXing , nets , POTA, CW only . While thinking about this, I had a thought about my views last year that JTlerts and Gridtracker were the bane of amateur radio . My thoughts were that they have turned some people in to  “ham snobs”, making it easy for them to only conduct QSOs with people they have never contacted before .

With my renewed interest over the last few weeks I decided I was going to keep things simple and focus on awards like DXCC . Casually operating . I decided to reinstall Gridtracker . A couple of years ago I made comments about the promise the software had , especially if grid-squares were routinely shared as an exchange in modes like CW. After installing it again, and actually reading the documentation (shock !),  I am back to my original conclusion that it really does make operating more interesting . Filtering options allow you to select stations likely to have a good chance of working each other (setting minimum SNR for an alert ).  Of course , it heavily favors JT modes . Trawling those is generally more productive than sifting through other digital signals and SSB phone stations .

So , I finally have decided Gridtracker it is ! I’ll work other modes when the mood hits , I’ll hop into a contest every now and again , and experiment with any new digital mode that is released . However , the way Gridtracker allows me to organize the information on the screen is far superior to other options . Especially at a time where my multitasking skills are decreasing, slightly . Gridtracker , is NOT just a grid tracker ! In fact , tracking grids is of very little interest to me . Gridtracker is a ham radio operator's “office suite”. Like some logging software , Gridtracker integrates all aspects of your on-air activity . You then decide what information you want to see , how you want to view it , and present the information as a summary of how well your station is performing . If I could somehow add CW Skimmer to the mix ( I might try ) , I would have a complete picture . So, no more spending two hours looking for exotic digital modes and finding no stations worked , GridTracker ,and it’s supported
modes , it is !


Andy K3UK

 


Re: OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Andrew O'Brien
 

Siegfried, I have been doing a bit more of that . 

Andy


On Jul 22, 2022, at 7:47 PM, Siegfried Jackstien <siegfried.jackstien@...> wrote:



why do digital when you can speak hi hi :-)

dg9bfc sigi

Am 22.07.2022 um 23:51 schrieb Rick Ellison:

I was really surprised a few weeks ago to find that in early evening on 20 just before the band dies there is some PSK31 and 63 going on. I have made at least  one or two qso’s a night using it. I am not a fan at all of the FT Modes.. SO it gives me hope there is still other digital modes being used..

 

73 Rick N2AMG

 

From: main@digitalradio.groups.io [mailto:main@digitalradio.groups.io] On Behalf Of Andrew OBrien
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2022 3:32 PM
To: main@digitalradio.groups.io
Cc: Tag Loomis <tag.loomis@...>
Subject: [digital-mode-radio] OK , Gridtracker it is then !

 

OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Over the last year my interest in amateur radio has waxed and waned . I sold a few HF radios , gave up running the WSJTX group for Joe Taylor and crew, MOSTLY stopped using FT8, did not chase DX seriously , and what activity I did do was QRP CW and experimental digital modes . I think I had a period of 2-3 months where Iistened only .
Within the last couple of months my interest has increased and I bought a new radio , built an antenna or two. I have been trying to decide where my focus should be , emcomm, DXing , nets , POTA, CW only . While thinking about this, I had a thought about my views last year that JTlerts and Gridtracker were the bane of amateur radio . My thoughts were that they have turned some people in to  “ham snobs”, making it easy for them to only conduct QSOs with people they have never contacted before .

With my renewed interest over the last few weeks I decided I was going to keep things simple and focus on awards like DXCC . Casually operating . I decided to reinstall Gridtracker . A couple of years ago I made comments about the promise the software had , especially if grid-squares were routinely shared as an exchange in modes like CW. After installing it again, and actually reading the documentation (shock !),  I am back to my original conclusion that it really does make operating more interesting . Filtering options allow you to select stations likely to have a good chance of working each other (setting minimum SNR for an alert ).  Of course , it heavily favors JT modes . Trawling those is generally more productive than sifting through other digital signals and SSB phone stations .

So , I finally have decided Gridtracker it is ! I’ll work other modes when the mood hits , I’ll hop into a contest every now and again , and experiment with any new digital mode that is released . However , the way Gridtracker allows me to organize the information on the screen is far superior to other options . Especially at a time where my multitasking skills are decreasing, slightly . Gridtracker , is NOT just a grid tracker ! In fact , tracking grids is of very little interest to me . Gridtracker is a ham radio operator's “office suite”. Like some logging software , Gridtracker integrates all aspects of your on-air activity . You then decide what information you want to see , how you want to view it , and present the information as a summary of how well your station is performing . If I could somehow add CW Skimmer to the mix ( I might try ) , I would have a complete picture . So, no more spending two hours looking for exotic digital modes and finding no stations worked , GridTracker ,and it’s supported
modes , it is !


Andy K3UK

 


Re: OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Siegfried Jackstien
 

why do digital when you can speak hi hi :-)

dg9bfc sigi

Am 22.07.2022 um 23:51 schrieb Rick Ellison:

I was really surprised a few weeks ago to find that in early evening on 20 just before the band dies there is some PSK31 and 63 going on. I have made at least  one or two qso’s a night using it. I am not a fan at all of the FT Modes.. SO it gives me hope there is still other digital modes being used..

 

73 Rick N2AMG

 

From: main@digitalradio.groups.io [mailto:main@digitalradio.groups.io] On Behalf Of Andrew OBrien
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2022 3:32 PM
To: main@digitalradio.groups.io
Cc: Tag Loomis <tag.loomis@...>
Subject: [digital-mode-radio] OK , Gridtracker it is then !

 

OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Over the last year my interest in amateur radio has waxed and waned . I sold a few HF radios , gave up running the WSJTX group for Joe Taylor and crew, MOSTLY stopped using FT8, did not chase DX seriously , and what activity I did do was QRP CW and experimental digital modes . I think I had a period of 2-3 months where Iistened only .
Within the last couple of months my interest has increased and I bought a new radio , built an antenna or two. I have been trying to decide where my focus should be , emcomm, DXing , nets , POTA, CW only . While thinking about this, I had a thought about my views last year that JTlerts and Gridtracker were the bane of amateur radio . My thoughts were that they have turned some people in to  “ham snobs”, making it easy for them to only conduct QSOs with people they have never contacted before .

With my renewed interest over the last few weeks I decided I was going to keep things simple and focus on awards like DXCC . Casually operating . I decided to reinstall Gridtracker . A couple of years ago I made comments about the promise the software had , especially if grid-squares were routinely shared as an exchange in modes like CW. After installing it again, and actually reading the documentation (shock !),  I am back to my original conclusion that it really does make operating more interesting . Filtering options allow you to select stations likely to have a good chance of working each other (setting minimum SNR for an alert ).  Of course , it heavily favors JT modes . Trawling those is generally more productive than sifting through other digital signals and SSB phone stations .

So , I finally have decided Gridtracker it is ! I’ll work other modes when the mood hits , I’ll hop into a contest every now and again , and experiment with any new digital mode that is released . However , the way Gridtracker allows me to organize the information on the screen is far superior to other options . Especially at a time where my multitasking skills are decreasing, slightly . Gridtracker , is NOT just a grid tracker ! In fact , tracking grids is of very little interest to me . Gridtracker is a ham radio operator's “office suite”. Like some logging software , Gridtracker integrates all aspects of your on-air activity . You then decide what information you want to see , how you want to view it , and present the information as a summary of how well your station is performing . If I could somehow add CW Skimmer to the mix ( I might try ) , I would have a complete picture . So, no more spending two hours looking for exotic digital modes and finding no stations worked , GridTracker ,and it’s supported
modes , it is !


Andy K3UK

 


Re: OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Andrew OBrien
 

Hi fellow Lakes dude.  JS8 works well but I think VARA AC has more promise. Problem with both (to me) is same cadre of hams using it.  I get bored using a mode if there is not new life or new experiments.

Andy K3UK

On Fri, Jul 22, 2022 at 5:29 PM Sholto Fisher <sholto.fisher@...> wrote:
Hi Andy,

Do you do any JS8Call? Seems like a lot of people do that for a break
from FT8.

Sholto
K7TMG

On 7/22/2022 2:32 PM, Andrew OBrien wrote:
> OK , Gridtracker it is then !
>
> Over the last year my interest in amateur radio has waxed and waned . I
> sold a few HF radios , gave up running the WSJTX group for Joe Taylor
> and crew, MOSTLY stopped using FT8, did not chase DX seriously , and
> what activity I did do was QRP CW and experimental digital modes . I
> think I had a period of 2-3 months where Iistened only .
> Within the last couple of months my interest has increased and I bought
> a new radio , built an antenna or two. I have been trying to decide
> where my focus should be , emcomm, DXing , nets , POTA, CW only . While
> thinking about this, I had a thought about my views last year that
> JTlerts and Gridtracker were the bane of amateur radio . My thoughts
> were that they have turned some people in to  “ham snobs”, making it
> easy for them to only conduct QSOs with people they have never contacted
> before .
>
>






Re: OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Andrew OBrien
 

Yes Rick, I even worked some European DX on PSK31 . 


On Fri, Jul 22, 2022 at 5:51 PM Rick Ellison <rellison@...> wrote:

I was really surprised a few weeks ago to find that in early evening on 20 just before the band dies there is some PSK31 and 63 going on. I have made at least  one or two qso’s a night using it. I am not a fan at all of the FT Modes.. SO it gives me hope there is still other digital modes being used..

 

73 Rick N2AMG

 

From: main@digitalradio.groups.io [mailto:main@digitalradio.groups.io] On Behalf Of Andrew OBrien
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2022 3:32 PM
To: main@digitalradio.groups.io
Cc: Tag Loomis <tag.loomis@...>
Subject: [digital-mode-radio] OK , Gridtracker it is then !

 

OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Over the last year my interest in amateur radio has waxed and waned . I sold a few HF radios , gave up running the WSJTX group for Joe Taylor and crew, MOSTLY stopped using FT8, did not chase DX seriously , and what activity I did do was QRP CW and experimental digital modes . I think I had a period of 2-3 months where Iistened only .
Within the last couple of months my interest has increased and I bought a new radio , built an antenna or two. I have been trying to decide where my focus should be , emcomm, DXing , nets , POTA, CW only . While thinking about this, I had a thought about my views last year that JTlerts and Gridtracker were the bane of amateur radio . My thoughts were that they have turned some people in to  “ham snobs”, making it easy for them to only conduct QSOs with people they have never contacted before .

With my renewed interest over the last few weeks I decided I was going to keep things simple and focus on awards like DXCC . Casually operating . I decided to reinstall Gridtracker . A couple of years ago I made comments about the promise the software had , especially if grid-squares were routinely shared as an exchange in modes like CW. After installing it again, and actually reading the documentation (shock !),  I am back to my original conclusion that it really does make operating more interesting . Filtering options allow you to select stations likely to have a good chance of working each other (setting minimum SNR for an alert ).  Of course , it heavily favors JT modes . Trawling those is generally more productive than sifting through other digital signals and SSB phone stations .

So , I finally have decided Gridtracker it is ! I’ll work other modes when the mood hits , I’ll hop into a contest every now and again , and experiment with any new digital mode that is released . However , the way Gridtracker allows me to organize the information on the screen is far superior to other options . Especially at a time where my multitasking skills are decreasing, slightly . Gridtracker , is NOT just a grid tracker ! In fact , tracking grids is of very little interest to me . Gridtracker is a ham radio operator's “office suite”. Like some logging software , Gridtracker integrates all aspects of your on-air activity . You then decide what information you want to see , how you want to view it , and present the information as a summary of how well your station is performing . If I could somehow add CW Skimmer to the mix ( I might try ) , I would have a complete picture . So, no more spending two hours looking for exotic digital modes and finding no stations worked , GridTracker ,and it’s supported
modes , it is !


Andy K3UK

 


Re: OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Rick Ellison
 

I was really surprised a few weeks ago to find that in early evening on 20 just before the band dies there is some PSK31 and 63 going on. I have made at least  one or two qso’s a night using it. I am not a fan at all of the FT Modes.. SO it gives me hope there is still other digital modes being used..

 

73 Rick N2AMG

 

From: main@digitalradio.groups.io [mailto:main@digitalradio.groups.io] On Behalf Of Andrew OBrien
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2022 3:32 PM
To: main@digitalradio.groups.io
Cc: Tag Loomis <tag.loomis@...>
Subject: [digital-mode-radio] OK , Gridtracker it is then !

 

OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Over the last year my interest in amateur radio has waxed and waned . I sold a few HF radios , gave up running the WSJTX group for Joe Taylor and crew, MOSTLY stopped using FT8, did not chase DX seriously , and what activity I did do was QRP CW and experimental digital modes . I think I had a period of 2-3 months where Iistened only .
Within the last couple of months my interest has increased and I bought a new radio , built an antenna or two. I have been trying to decide where my focus should be , emcomm, DXing , nets , POTA, CW only . While thinking about this, I had a thought about my views last year that JTlerts and Gridtracker were the bane of amateur radio . My thoughts were that they have turned some people in to  “ham snobs”, making it easy for them to only conduct QSOs with people they have never contacted before .

With my renewed interest over the last few weeks I decided I was going to keep things simple and focus on awards like DXCC . Casually operating . I decided to reinstall Gridtracker . A couple of years ago I made comments about the promise the software had , especially if grid-squares were routinely shared as an exchange in modes like CW. After installing it again, and actually reading the documentation (shock !),  I am back to my original conclusion that it really does make operating more interesting . Filtering options allow you to select stations likely to have a good chance of working each other (setting minimum SNR for an alert ).  Of course , it heavily favors JT modes . Trawling those is generally more productive than sifting through other digital signals and SSB phone stations .

So , I finally have decided Gridtracker it is ! I’ll work other modes when the mood hits , I’ll hop into a contest every now and again , and experiment with any new digital mode that is released . However , the way Gridtracker allows me to organize the information on the screen is far superior to other options . Especially at a time where my multitasking skills are decreasing, slightly . Gridtracker , is NOT just a grid tracker ! In fact , tracking grids is of very little interest to me . Gridtracker is a ham radio operator's “office suite”. Like some logging software , Gridtracker integrates all aspects of your on-air activity . You then decide what information you want to see , how you want to view it , and present the information as a summary of how well your station is performing . If I could somehow add CW Skimmer to the mix ( I might try ) , I would have a complete picture . So, no more spending two hours looking for exotic digital modes and finding no stations worked , GridTracker ,and it’s supported
modes , it is !


Andy K3UK

 


Re: OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Sholto Fisher
 

Hi Andy,

Do you do any JS8Call? Seems like a lot of people do that for a break from FT8.

Sholto
K7TMG

On 7/22/2022 2:32 PM, Andrew OBrien wrote:
OK , Gridtracker it is then !
Over the last year my interest in amateur radio has waxed and waned . I sold a few HF radios , gave up running the WSJTX group for Joe Taylor and crew, MOSTLY stopped using FT8, did not chase DX seriously , and what activity I did do was QRP CW and experimental digital modes . I think I had a period of 2-3 months where Iistened only .
Within the last couple of months my interest has increased and I bought a new radio , built an antenna or two. I have been trying to decide where my focus should be , emcomm, DXing , nets , POTA, CW only . While thinking about this, I had a thought about my views last year that JTlerts and Gridtracker were the bane of amateur radio . My thoughts were that they have turned some people in to  “ham snobs”, making it easy for them to only conduct QSOs with people they have never contacted before .


OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Andrew OBrien
 

OK , Gridtracker it is then !

Over the last year my interest in amateur radio has waxed and waned . I sold a few HF radios , gave up running the WSJTX group for Joe Taylor and crew, MOSTLY stopped using FT8, did not chase DX seriously , and what activity I did do was QRP CW and experimental digital modes . I think I had a period of 2-3 months where Iistened only .
Within the last couple of months my interest has increased and I bought a new radio , built an antenna or two. I have been trying to decide where my focus should be , emcomm, DXing , nets , POTA, CW only . While thinking about this, I had a thought about my views last year that JTlerts and Gridtracker were the bane of amateur radio . My thoughts were that they have turned some people in to  “ham snobs”, making it easy for them to only conduct QSOs with people they have never contacted before .

With my renewed interest over the last few weeks I decided I was going to keep things simple and focus on awards like DXCC . Casually operating . I decided to reinstall Gridtracker . A couple of years ago I made comments about the promise the software had , especially if grid-squares were routinely shared as an exchange in modes like CW. After installing it again, and actually reading the documentation (shock !),  I am back to my original conclusion that it really does make operating more interesting . Filtering options allow you to select stations likely to have a good chance of working each other (setting minimum SNR for an alert ).  Of course , it heavily favors JT modes . Trawling those is generally more productive than sifting through other digital signals and SSB phone stations .

So , I finally have decided Gridtracker it is ! I’ll work other modes when the mood hits , I’ll hop into a contest every now and again , and experiment with any new digital mode that is released . However , the way Gridtracker allows me to organize the information on the screen is far superior to other options . Especially at a time where my multitasking skills are decreasing, slightly . Gridtracker , is NOT just a grid tracker ! In fact , tracking grids is of very little interest to me . Gridtracker is a ham radio operator's “office suite”. Like some logging software , Gridtracker integrates all aspects of your on-air activity . You then decide what information you want to see , how you want to view it , and present the information as a summary of how well your station is performing . If I could somehow add CW Skimmer to the mix ( I might try ) , I would have a complete picture . So, no more spending two hours looking for exotic digital modes and finding no stations worked , GridTracker ,and it’s supported
modes , it is !

Andy K3UK

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