Re: DMR at Ozarkcon

Gary E. Kohtala

You will also find PSK31 at times on or near 7035 USB dial, just below the WSPR sliver. I have made many excellent contacts there.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

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On Mar 17, 2019, at 18:11, KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...> wrote:
40m PSK is on 7070

20m PSK is on 14070

Not sure about the rest

On 3/17/2019 5:50 PM, Jim Parks wrote:

Dave, what are the “watering hole” frequencies for PSK. I want to try
that using FLDIGI. I use it for regular RTTY and have pretty well
mastered it so it is time to try something new. BTW, I up to over 3000
FT* contacts so far.


Jim Parks  NY0J

*From:* <> *On Behalf Of
*David Speltz
*Sent:* Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:44 PM
*Subject:* Re: [4SQRP] DMR at Ozarkcon

FT8 is rather remarkable and in a few short weeks I had worked the
Falklands, WAS, etc etc on a nine foot vertical all from NH.  However,
I really do find PSK, which tends to have the same robust
characteristics, more interesting since it is keyboard to keyboard
talking other that watching the robot do its work.  I am sure I will
be back to FT8 now and then, but after maybe 1000 contacts, there is
so much more to do and so little time.

David KB1PJ

On Mar 17, 2019, at 4:39 PM, Jim Parks <jim.ny0j@...
<mailto:jim.ny0j@...>> wrote:

Here is my experience with FT8. I have been a ham for nearly 50
years and had been inactive for the past 20 years due  to the
typical excuses, job, family etc. I retired and moved into a condo
in Branson MO and decided to become an active ham again.
Unfortunately, due to very restrictive HOA regulations a “normal”
antenna was out of the question. I did have, however, a 18’ piece
of downspout right outside the room where I could put my radio
equipment. I jury rigged an antenna out of it, but to no surprise
I heard virtually nothing in the way of SSB signals and a few weak
CW signals. One day while tuning around on 40m near 7.074 I heard
these strange musical tones. Asking around, I discovered FT8. I
downloaded the software and learned to use it. In the past 14
months, using this amazing weak-signal mode, I have worked, and
have confirmed 49 states on 5 bands and have confirmed over 35
DXCC entities. I would NEVER have been able to do this using the
“conventional” modes. This reenergized me in ham radio and kept
one old him active. I think this is just an example of just how
broad this hobby is. There is something for everybody from 75m rag
chewers to 10GHZ moon bounce communicators. I guess my feeling is
that you don’t knock it until you have at least tried it. It might
just be the right thing for you. You CAN trach an old dog new
tricks as long as he has an open mind!!!


Jim Parks  NY0J

<>>*On Behalf Of*Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io
*Sent:*Saturday, March 16, 2019 2:36 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:*Re: [4SQRP] DMR at Ozarkcon

Yes, of course, however there is a mentality afoot that repeatedly
attacks FT8  (and other things they don't understand, not taking
time to get the facts). This is quite rampant and it's difficult
to separate the humor from the haters. Sorry if I overreacted. I
use FT8 quite regularly and find it quite awesome. For those that
don't support FT8 or other modes, please don't belittle those that
do. I am sure that is reciprocal in that each amateur makes
personal choices. Check out FT8. You will like it. FT8 fits in
perfectly for QRP and QRPp work as it is a weak signal mode.
Soapbox off.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Radcliff, KY (EM77at)

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On Mar 16, 2019, at 09:36, Duane Brayton <dwbrayton@...
<mailto:dwbrayton@...>> wrote:


Do you not understand humor?

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On Mar 15, 2019, at 23:39, "Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io" < <>
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FT8 does not work like that. Whoever told you that does
not know what he is talking about.<mailto:gary.k7ek=>

I use FT8 almost daily. In all cases an operator must be
at the computer to initiate contacts<mailto:gary.k7ek=>

and to respond according to what the other station sends.
There is nothing automatic about it.<mailto:gary.k7ek=>

There are programmable scripts similar to macros that make
the job a lot easier but the op<mailto:gary.k7ek=>

must still be there throughout the contact. If you would
like to really become knowledgeable about<mailto:gary.k7ek=>

FT8 (and other JT modes), please peruse this link:

Whoever gave you that explanation of FT8 is apparently
afraid of something that he does not understand it, so FT8

attacked. That is sad, indeed.<mailto:gary.k7ek=>


Best regards,<mailto:gary.k7ek=>


Gary, K7EK<mailto:gary.k7ek=>


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