[pskmail] Re: A few reflections after GlobalSET

  • From: Rein Couperus <rein@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2008 13:34:24 +0100

Congrats on the good results!

I must admit I am not very good at things like this. First I did not wake up 
I had not set an alarm, so I was only in time for sending messages 4-6.
Then I sent the messages to xxx,net instead of xxx.net. This was because 
the keyboard of the eeePC is small and the ',' and the '.' are quite near 
to each other. Because of this both PI4TUE and IS0GRB-3 acknowledged the 
messages but refused to send them (which is their good right....).
This will undoubtedly have a disastrous effect on the statistics.

I think I am not very good at things like this...

Rein PA0R

> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: "Per Crusefalk" <per@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Gesendet: 08.11.08 10:27:26
> An: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Betreff: [pskmail] A few reflections after GlobalSET

> I was up early this morning, 0300 UTC, as I intended to go north to the
> voluntary radio organisations office in town for this exercise. As I was
> aware that condx on 30 meters is not supposed to be very good at that
> time I went to my shack to ping around and get a feel for what would
> work. The only server that I could work, apart from my own server but
> that would be cheating, was DK4XI on 3588 kHz. But, there was quite a
> lot of QRM from strong RTTY-stations so I could do aprs but a connected
> session would have been a challenge. So I decided I would use the
> antenna at home for the first three messages and go to town and handle
> the rest from there (no rule restriction on that). So, I sent the first
> three messages via DK4XI using pskaprs and got nice acks every time.
> DK4XI was quite strong then, abt S6-7. Sending these messages took abt
> 20 minutes in all including preparing them.
> I then packed the mobile station in bags and travelled by car to the
> offices in town. When there I had the earth anchor in the ground,
> erected the 6m fish pole antenna and connected the coax to the tuner in
> abt 5-10 minutes. I then set up the station inside and hooked it up to
> their battery and was ready to rock after abt 20 minutes or so. Then, as
> something just have to go wrong each and every time, I noticed high swr
> and realized that I had a bad coax... I was lucky in that they had extra
> coax and I could borrow, thanks.
> The hf environment in town wasn't so very nice, I realize that I am
> lucky living where I do. Its normally very quiet at home but in town I
> had the S-meter constantly at S7-8. Anyway, I started pinging on 30
> meters and got response from IS0GRB. I could hear the responses but
> fldigi didn't detect so very much. The signal from IS0GRB got better and
> better all the time and at abt 0630 UTC I could try a connected session
> (which worked but not very good). Regarding the messages I demonstrated
> sending the three messages using pskaprs and it worked so well, and so
> fast, that I had to try to prolong it by bouncing messages back and
> forth between me and IS0GRB a few times.
> There was also other activities there with both voice and pactor /
> winlink being tested. When I left they had not been able to send any
> messages over pactor / winlink at all, the SCS modem didn't manage to
> connect and that was probably due to the QRM level and the bandwidth
> required with that mode. So, the game pskmail vs pactor/winlink ended
> like a walkover set in tennis: 6-0. I could have sent many more messages
> to increase that score but the exercise had a set limit of only six
> messages.
> 73 de Per, sm0rwo


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