Date   

Now the hard part...

Greg D
 

Hi folks,

So with Field Day 2020 in the rear view mirror, the hard part starts...
preparing the logs.

I have a combination of WSJT-X contacts (33) on the computer, along with
paper logs (23 + 1 satellite *). WSJT-X appears to be able to export
the logs in Cabrillo format, but how can I add my paper logs to them?
The common format might be a spreadsheet, a combination of the wsjtx.log
file copied into a spreadsheet, with the paper entries added by hand,
then exported to a text file. There's also the bonus points, for
Winlink messages, ARRL Bulletin, etc.

Does that work for both the club and ARRL?

Thanks,

Greg KO6TH

* Yes, one satellite, K5TA in NM! Actually there were two, but I
can't find the other station's call (ended in either RR or MM) among my
scribbles, and I didn't remember their exchange. Note to self: Get an
audio recording of everything. I have the equipment; use it!


Re: W2MWK Field Day 2020 log

Greg D
 

Hi Mark,

I'm trying to figure out the log thing too, combining what WSJT-X created with what I have on paper from phone contacts.

One note on your submission...  The club is Sierra Foothills ARC.  Foothills should be plural.

Good luck!

Greg  KO6TH


Mark Koehler W2MWK via groups.io wrote:

Orion,

 

First thanks for the help and pointers in getting started in my first field day. It forced me to learn a lot about my radio and setting up an adhoc antennas for HF. I built a modified Fan Dipole that gave me 40m, 20m and 15m access to a limited degree. I could not generate enough signal to punch through the noise. But I learned that with a pile of speaker wire, some PVC and a lot of patience you can make an HF antenna which was a lot of fun.

 

As to the log,

 

I tried submitting through N3FJP, file->write Cabrillo so I clicked that and it says they don’t want that so I don’t know. I’m just skipping the whole ARRL submittal thing, sorry, just too confusing for a first timer.

 

The log (see attached) generated by Cabrillo(?) does not seem to have what you needed.  I grabbed a list from N3FJP that seems to have what you needed, pasted it into Excel and attached it here. Hopefully that is okay.

 

I show 5 contacts, I also touched base with Brian a couple of times over the 24 hours, which reassured me that I was actually transmitting ;>}

 

Thanks so much for pulling this all together and answer my questions.

 

Mark W2MWK

Koehler

 

 

 

 



W2MWK Field Day 2020 log

Mark - W2MWK
 

Orion,

 

First thanks for the help and pointers in getting started in my first field day. It forced me to learn a lot about my radio and setting up an adhoc antennas for HF. I built a modified Fan Dipole that gave me 40m, 20m and 15m access to a limited degree. I could not generate enough signal to punch through the noise. But I learned that with a pile of speaker wire, some PVC and a lot of patience you can make an HF antenna which was a lot of fun.

 

As to the log,

 

I tried submitting through N3FJP, file->write Cabrillo so I clicked that and it says they don’t want that so I don’t know. I’m just skipping the whole ARRL submittal thing, sorry, just too confusing for a first timer.

 

The log (see attached) generated by Cabrillo(?) does not seem to have what you needed.  I grabbed a list from N3FJP that seems to have what you needed, pasted it into Excel and attached it here. Hopefully that is okay.

 

I show 5 contacts, I also touched base with Brian a couple of times over the 24 hours, which reassured me that I was actually transmitting ;>}

 

Thanks so much for pulling this all together and answer my questions.

 

Mark W2MWK

Koehler

 

 

 

 


WXJT-X logging through JTAlert into N3FJP Field Day logging program

Fred - WA4VXW
 

It is not intuitive if you normally use the ACL by N3FJP.  The N3FJP Field Day contest log is a little different.  But works GREAT!
Here is the how-to that i found on the interwebs.
https://www.kevinhooke.com/2019/05/27/configuring-wsjt-x-to-log-to-n3fpj-for-arrl-field-day-part-1/
73 and good hunting
WA4VXW 1D SV


Re: ZOOM Room #fieldday

Gary - KB7QWC
 

Brian,

   I had it up earlier and sent you an invite as I’m not running the same setup as FD.

   I have to leave soon but if you use that invite I’ll keep it up for a while.

 

   …Gary

 

From: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io <sfarc@w6ek.groups.io> On Behalf Of Brian Gohl - AI6US
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 3:21 PM
To: Gary Willett <kb7qwc@...>; sfarc@w6ek.groups.io
Subject: Re: [from W6EK Groups.io] ZOOM Room #fieldday #fieldday

 

Any chance to test the Field Day Zoom Room before tomorrow?

--
Brian- AI6US


Re: ZOOM Room #fieldday

Alan - W6WN
 

Gary and I will keep trading notes. We're both testing by setting up a couple of PCs using different Zoom logins to test the Interface between Hosts and participants. 
It's also simple to set up a separate test meeting in advance of the main show and have a number of folks log in to "kick the cyber-tires."

We were trading notes about using "breakout rooms" to enable logging assistants where someone could give the station operator a break and do his or her logging for them remotely.


Re: ZOOM Room #fieldday

Brian - AI6US
 

Any chance to test the Field Day Zoom Room before tomorrow?

--
Brian- AI6US


Re: Satellite info for Field Day #fieldday #satellites

carl.wf6j@gmail.com
 

Thanks Greg!

On Jun 26, 2020, at 9:52 AM, Greg D <ko6th.greg@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi folks,

If you're interested in trying your hand at a satellite contact, or even
just listening in to what will surely be a bit of a zoo in the sky,
attached is some satellite pass information that might help you. The
two pass charts (Saturday 11am to 11pm, and 11pm to 11am Sunday) show
the various satellites that I have in my database (which needs some
serious cleanup!) on the vertical axis, and time going across the
horizontal. Circled passes might be the better ones, based only on how
high they are. No promises.

Also is an old copy of the AMSAT Satellite Frequency Chart, as a quick
reference. You will also need an idea of where the satellite will be.
Amsat.org has tools under https://www.amsat.org/ mouse over the
Satellite Info tab.

Enjoy!

Greg KO6TH




<Satellite Passes Saturday.jpeg><Satellite Passes Sunday.jpeg><Frequency Chart front.jpeg><Frequency Chart back.jpeg>


Re: The Wayback machine - early sf-arc website

carl.wf6j@gmail.com
 

Fred,

Hello I am trying to pull more of this together so we have an on-line archive.  Think I have a bunch of Newsletters from you, but need to open my archive drive and check.

Thank you for your interest, we can talk after I check out what I have on disk.

73,
Carl, WF6J

On Jun 26, 2020, at 11:29 AM, Skip - K6DGW <k6dgw@...> wrote:

I think it's been mentioned but the original site was SF-ARC@..., SFARC is the San Francisco ARC and was already taken.

If anyone is interested, and having edited the SFARC News [and later Sierra Signals, a much better name!] on multiple tours of duty, I have a few Wordperfect files from 1992 and 1993, and MS Word files from 2000 thru 2014.  I also have all of the "Contesting" and "Misc Radio" columns.

If someone is putting a club history together, I'll be glad to correspond, I go back as a member to about 1974/1975 when the club was revived after a period of dormancy.

73,
Fred ["Skip"] K6DGW
Sparks NV DM09dn
Washoe County


Re: ZOOM Room #fieldday

Alan - W6WN
 

Hi Gary,

OK, got it, thanks. The label "Zoom Room" threw me since that's a different Zoom product offering.

Fortunate that Zoom allows 24-hour duration Meetings :)

 - Alan, W6WN WRCT301


Re: ZOOM Room #fieldday

Gary - KB7QWC
 

Hi Alan,

   No special settings.  Just set a meeting for 11am Saturday until 11am Sunday.  Gave out invites with password and that’s all.  Did not disable Zoom Rooms so that’s an option as is chats.

   Did not distribute invites to the general public to keep the visibility low.

   That’s it.  Should be fun.  Go for it.  I actually have two locations at home so mine is up and running now as I do some testing.  You can set another person as host if you want a break.

   Later,

 

   …Gary, KB7QWC  WREN366

      Foresthill, CA

 

     Sent from my Dell desktop!

 

 

 

  

 

From: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io <sfarc@w6ek.groups.io> On Behalf Of Alan Thompson
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 2:29 PM
To: Orion Endres <ojendres@...>; sfarc@w6ek.groups.io
Subject: Re: [from W6EK Groups.io] ZOOM Room #fieldday #fieldday

 

Hello All,

Is the "Zoom Room" you're setting up basically a standard Zoom Meeting set for 24 hours duration?

Any special settings you're using to set this up?

Can participants link up for one-to-one chats within the Zoom Room?

I've been asked to set up something similar, using my paid Zoom account for the El Dorado Club


Re: ZOOM Room #fieldday

Alan - W6WN
 

Hello All,

Is the "Zoom Room" you're setting up basically a standard Zoom Meeting set for 24 hours duration?

Any special settings you're using to set this up?

Can participants link up for one-to-one chats within the Zoom Room?

I've been asked to set up something similar, using my paid Zoom account for the El Dorado Club


ARLB018 K9JM to transmit CW version of 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin

Greg D
 

fyi... 

According to QRZ, K9JM is just up the road in Grass Valley.  Depending on where the transmitter is located, this might be the easiest way to copy the bulletins for Points.

Greg  KO6TH


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: ARLB018 K9JM to transmit CW version of 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:23:52 -0400 (EDT)
From: ARRL Web site <memberlist@...>
To: ko6th.greg@...


SB QST @ ARL $ARLB018
ARLB018 K9JM to transmit CW version of 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin

ZCZC AG18
QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 18  ARLB018
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 26, 2020
To all radio amateurs 

SB QST ARL ARLB018
ARLB018 K9JM to transmit CW version of 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin

West Coast ARRL Qualifying Run station K9JM will transmit the CW
version of the 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin on 80 and 40 meters.

On Saturday, June 27, 2020, the CW version will be transmitted at
7:30 AM PDT, or 1430 UTC.  On Saturday evening, the CW version will
be transmitted at 5:30 PM PDT, or Sunday UTC at 0030 UTC.

On Sunday, June 28, 2020, the CW version of the bulletin will be
transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT, or 1430 UTC.

The frequencies are 3581.5 and 7047.5 kHz.

Please see http://www.arrl.org/field-day for details on Field Day.
NNNN
/EX


PACIFICON 2020 #QST

Clyde Campbell
 

PACIFICON has been cancelled for this year see their website for details www.pacificon.org.
Clyde AB4CC


Re: The Wayback machine - early sf-arc website

Skip - K6DGW
 

I think it's been mentioned but the original site was SF-ARC@..., SFARC is the San Francisco ARC and was already taken.

If anyone is interested, and having edited the SFARC News [and later Sierra Signals, a much better name!] on multiple tours of duty, I have a few Wordperfect files from 1992 and 1993, and MS Word files from 2000 thru 2014.  I also have all of the "Contesting" and "Misc Radio" columns.

If someone is putting a club history together, I'll be glad to correspond, I go back as a member to about 1974/1975 when the club was revived after a period of dormancy.

73,
Fred ["Skip"] K6DGW
Sparks NV DM09dn
Washoe County


Satellite info for Field Day #fieldday #satellites

Greg D
 
Edited

Hi folks,

If you're interested in trying your hand at a satellite contact, or even
just listening in to what will surely be a bit of a zoo in the sky,
attached is some satellite pass information that might help you. The
two pass charts (Saturday 11am to 11pm, and 11pm to 11am Sunday) show
the various satellites that I have in my database (which needs some
serious cleanup!) on the vertical axis, and time going across the
horizontal. Circled passes might be the better ones, based only on how
high they are. No promises.

Also is an old copy of the AMSAT Satellite Frequency Chart, as a quick
reference. You will also need an idea of where the satellite will be.
Amsat.org has tools under https://www.amsat.org/ mouse over the
Satellite Info tab.

Enjoy!

Greg KO6TH


Why is Mayday the International Distress Call?

carl.wf6j@gmail.com
 
Edited


SFARC Net - Thu, 06/25/2020 #cal-notice

sfarc@w6ek.groups.io Calendar <noreply@...>
 

SFARC Net

When:
Thursday, 25 June 2020
7:30pm to 8:30pm
(GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
W6EK Repeater - 145.430 -600, PL162.2

Description:
Check-in for Club updates from Officers and members, QSTs and more. Everyone is welcome!


Re: Field Day and FT8 #digital #fieldday

Greg D
 

I mean CHECKED it is.

Greg  KO6TH


Greg D via groups.io wrote:

Ah, good point.  Un-checked it is.

Greg  KO6TH


Orion, AI6JB wrote:

Greg,

 

That works, except if you return to calling CQ.  Now you are on the S&P’s frequency.  You are potentially going to interfere with them. 

 

Remember, the S&P station is searching for ANY station and is NOT limiting themselves to the even or odd cycle.  Therefore, if you TX on their TX frequency and they choose to respond to a station that uses the other cycle time, you will be interfering with them.

 

I think the advise still stands, lock your transmit frequency whether or not you are Running or S&P.

 

73

Orion Endres, AI6JB

1201 Wood Oak Court, Roseville, CA 95747-7383

(916) 788-8251 H \\ (916) 534-8251 C

 

P.S.  For those who do not know the terms Running and S&P: “Running” means calling CQ, and “S&P” means Search and Pounce.

 

 

From: Greg D <ko6th.greg@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 14:04
To: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io; ojendres@...
Subject: Re: [from W6EK Groups.io] Field Day and FT8

 

Hi Orion,

Now, that makes a lot of sense.  Adding, since this is SSB, not FM, the capture effect which traditional AFSK packet radio depends on, doesn't apply.  What I don't know is how well JT's algorithms handle multiple colliding signals. 

So, if you're hunting and pouncing, check the box to stay put.  If you're calling CQ, then by your logic you should uncheck the box so that when the person responds, your Tx will move to their frequency, which is presumably a nice quiet spot for them, so they'd be more likely to hear you?

Greg  KO6TH

Orion, AI6JB wrote:

Carl & Gerry,

 

I am very confused as well, so a spent some time drawing bubbles and lines to figure this out.  Does this make sense …

 

Gerry if you call CQ and I am the only other person in the world, we can both TX and RX on the same frequency.  That works because for the first 15 sec you are TX’ing and the next 15 sec I am TX’ing.

 

The problem comes when you call CQ and Carl, with his mega station, also responds.  Since we are both on the same frequency he will either over-power me or we will interfere with each other and you would decode nothing or I will over-power him.

 

Now, if we all transmit on different frequencies, Carl transmits on a frequency other than yours, and I transmit on a frequency other his and yours, you will be able to see both of us.  Your band activity window will change color showing both of us responding.  You will be able to pick the better of us two, Carl, by double clicking on his call.  Your RX Frequency window will then lock on to Carl’s TX frequency the exchange will continue.  I will see you chose him on the next cycle in my band activity window which is a hint to move on.

 

If you had picked me instead, my RX Frequency window is locked on to your TX frequency and the software will automatically give the response immediately on the next cycle.

 

In a nutshell, if we all TX and RX on the same frequency, it will be slug fest to get your attention.  The stronger station will prevail or no one will win.  Does that make sense?

 

73

Orion Endres, AI6JB

1201 Wood Oak Court, Roseville, CA 95747-7383

(916) 788-8251 H \\ (916) 534-8251 C

 

What the heck does “73” mean?  73 is morse code short hand for “Best Regards” used by Ham radio operators.  It’s origin goes all the way back to the landline telegraph days.

 

 

 

From: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io <sfarc@w6ek.groups.io> On Behalf Of Carl - N6CKV
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 13:00
To: Gerry Brentnall <gjbrent@...>; sfarc@w6ek.groups.io
Subject: Re: [from W6EK Groups.io] Field Day and FT8

 

Gery

From the help file
Check the box Hold Tx Freq to ensure that the specified Tx frequency is not changed automatically when you double-click on decoded text or a signal in the waterfall.

I am not sure but I think it keeps you from "grabbing" the other station's frequency if you chose to tx your own CQ

carl
N6CKV

 




Re: Field Day and FT8 #digital #fieldday

Greg D
 

Ah, good point.  Un-checked it is.

Greg  KO6TH


Orion, AI6JB wrote:

Greg,

 

That works, except if you return to calling CQ.  Now you are on the S&P’s frequency.  You are potentially going to interfere with them. 

 

Remember, the S&P station is searching for ANY station and is NOT limiting themselves to the even or odd cycle.  Therefore, if you TX on their TX frequency and they choose to respond to a station that uses the other cycle time, you will be interfering with them.

 

I think the advise still stands, lock your transmit frequency whether or not you are Running or S&P.

 

73

Orion Endres, AI6JB

1201 Wood Oak Court, Roseville, CA 95747-7383

(916) 788-8251 H \\ (916) 534-8251 C

 

P.S.  For those who do not know the terms Running and S&P: “Running” means calling CQ, and “S&P” means Search and Pounce.

 

 

From: Greg D <ko6th.greg@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 14:04
To: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io; ojendres@...
Subject: Re: [from W6EK Groups.io] Field Day and FT8

 

Hi Orion,

Now, that makes a lot of sense.  Adding, since this is SSB, not FM, the capture effect which traditional AFSK packet radio depends on, doesn't apply.  What I don't know is how well JT's algorithms handle multiple colliding signals. 

So, if you're hunting and pouncing, check the box to stay put.  If you're calling CQ, then by your logic you should uncheck the box so that when the person responds, your Tx will move to their frequency, which is presumably a nice quiet spot for them, so they'd be more likely to hear you?

Greg  KO6TH

Orion, AI6JB wrote:

Carl & Gerry,

 

I am very confused as well, so a spent some time drawing bubbles and lines to figure this out.  Does this make sense …

 

Gerry if you call CQ and I am the only other person in the world, we can both TX and RX on the same frequency.  That works because for the first 15 sec you are TX’ing and the next 15 sec I am TX’ing.

 

The problem comes when you call CQ and Carl, with his mega station, also responds.  Since we are both on the same frequency he will either over-power me or we will interfere with each other and you would decode nothing or I will over-power him.

 

Now, if we all transmit on different frequencies, Carl transmits on a frequency other than yours, and I transmit on a frequency other his and yours, you will be able to see both of us.  Your band activity window will change color showing both of us responding.  You will be able to pick the better of us two, Carl, by double clicking on his call.  Your RX Frequency window will then lock on to Carl’s TX frequency the exchange will continue.  I will see you chose him on the next cycle in my band activity window which is a hint to move on.

 

If you had picked me instead, my RX Frequency window is locked on to your TX frequency and the software will automatically give the response immediately on the next cycle.

 

In a nutshell, if we all TX and RX on the same frequency, it will be slug fest to get your attention.  The stronger station will prevail or no one will win.  Does that make sense?

 

73

Orion Endres, AI6JB

1201 Wood Oak Court, Roseville, CA 95747-7383

(916) 788-8251 H \\ (916) 534-8251 C

 

What the heck does “73” mean?  73 is morse code short hand for “Best Regards” used by Ham radio operators.  It’s origin goes all the way back to the landline telegraph days.

 

 

 

From: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io <sfarc@w6ek.groups.io> On Behalf Of Carl - N6CKV
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 13:00
To: Gerry Brentnall <gjbrent@...>; sfarc@w6ek.groups.io
Subject: Re: [from W6EK Groups.io] Field Day and FT8

 

Gery

From the help file
Check the box Hold Tx Freq to ensure that the specified Tx frequency is not changed automatically when you double-click on decoded text or a signal in the waterfall.

I am not sure but I think it keeps you from "grabbing" the other station's frequency if you chose to tx your own CQ

carl
N6CKV

 


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