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FMRE RTTY Contest info needed

Don Hill AA5AU
 

Does anyone have information concerning the 2020 FMRE RTTY Contest (also referred to as the XE RTTY Contest)? I'm looking for official rules and dates.

It seems FMRE has a new website but there does not appear to be any information about the RTTY contest.


Any information is appreciated.

Thanks,
Don AA5AU

Re: Ron Stailey K5DJ - Silent Key

Nicholas Roy Smith
 

Me too Don, It's a sad Thanksgiving to hear about my friend Ron, he taught me just about all I know for RTTY contesting. He used to tell me when he would be at Bryan's station, "nick just keep up where I am and get next to me and you will get all the over flow". I did just that and improved my score several times.

Ron rest in peace.

Nick, w4gkm



On 11/28/2019 9:53 AM, Don Hill AA5AU wrote:

Sure hate to hear this sad news. On this Thanksgiving Day, I'm thankful I got to know Big Ron. He taught be a lot about RTTY contesting and introduced me to WriteLog.

 

One contest we operated together was the 2000 BARTG RTTY Contest. We set a record that still stands today. I remember having a big run into Europe in the morning on 10 meters and thinking I was seeing a few JA calls in the pileup as well. I thought I was hallucinating. I said to Ron "I think I'm seeing JAs". He said "Yeah, turn the top antenna southeast and work the JAs longpath." I had never worked JAs longpath before on any band, let alone ten meters. But there they were. Operating contests with Ron was a real treat. Here's a synopsis of that 2000 BARTG contest with Ron (with pictures).

 

https://www.aa5au.com/rtty/articles/2000-bartg-hf-rtty-contest/

 

RIP my friend.

 

Don AA5AU

 

From: RTTY@groups.io [mailto:RTTY@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jay WS7I
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 1:31 PM
To: RTTY@groups.io; rttydigital@groups.io
Subject: [RTTY] Ron Stailey K5DJ - Silent Key

 

Ron Stailey, K5DJ, has a silent keyboard as reported to me a few minutes ago by his daughter.

Ron was a RTTY Contester who created the WW RTTY WPX contest with me while we wrote  for the RTTY Journal.

He also created the RTTY NAQP contest.

Winner of many contests, friend to many of us.  Ron was associated with Writelog the contesting program for a long time
and got W5XD to add RTTY to his program.

Hopefully someone can cross post to contesting.com as he had many friends there as well.

I will further info on the services which will be in Texas after the holiday.

Jay WS7I



-- 
Nick, W4GKM

--
Dennis was so nice and thoughtful to check out my units and wire them correctly, however the second one will not xmit. When I installed it selected a comport but I had problems getting it to let me select TinyFsk and the comport that it was assigned to it. The first radio went great, no problems, xmits and it prints just fine. I must be doing something that is causing this but I don't know what to do. I did connect my old Buxcom back up and it worked just fine.

Does anyone have a suggestion for me. Oh, BTW I am using Writelog.

Nick, w4gkm

Re: Ron Stailey K5DJ - Silent Key

Don Hill AA5AU
 

Sure hate to hear this sad news. On this Thanksgiving Day, I'm thankful I got to know Big Ron. He taught be a lot about RTTY contesting and introduced me to WriteLog.

 

One contest we operated together was the 2000 BARTG RTTY Contest. We set a record that still stands today. I remember having a big run into Europe in the morning on 10 meters and thinking I was seeing a few JA calls in the pileup as well. I thought I was hallucinating. I said to Ron "I think I'm seeing JAs". He said "Yeah, turn the top antenna southeast and work the JAs longpath." I had never worked JAs longpath before on any band, let alone ten meters. But there they were. Operating contests with Ron was a real treat. Here's a synopsis of that 2000 BARTG contest with Ron (with pictures).

 

https://www.aa5au.com/rtty/articles/2000-bartg-hf-rtty-contest/

 

RIP my friend.

 

Don AA5AU

 

From: RTTY@groups.io [mailto:RTTY@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jay WS7I
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 1:31 PM
To: RTTY@groups.io; rttydigital@groups.io
Subject: [RTTY] Ron Stailey K5DJ - Silent Key

 

Ron Stailey, K5DJ, has a silent keyboard as reported to me a few minutes ago by his daughter.

Ron was a RTTY Contester who created the WW RTTY WPX contest with me while we wrote  for the RTTY Journal.

He also created the RTTY NAQP contest.

Winner of many contests, friend to many of us.  Ron was associated with Writelog the contesting program for a long time
and got W5XD to add RTTY to his program.

Hopefully someone can cross post to contesting.com as he had many friends there as well.

I will further info on the services which will be in Texas after the holiday.

Jay WS7I

Ron Stailey K5DJ - Silent Key

Jay WS7I
 

Ron Stailey, K5DJ, has a silent keyboard as reported to me a few minutes ago by his daughter.

Ron was a RTTY Contester who created the WW RTTY WPX contest with me while we wrote  for the RTTY Journal.

He also created the RTTY NAQP contest.

Winner of many contests, friend to many of us.  Ron was associated with Writelog the contesting program for a long time
and got W5XD to add RTTY to his program.

Hopefully someone can cross post to contesting.com as he had many friends there as well.

I will further info on the services which will be in Texas after the holiday.

Jay WS7I


Ron Stailey K5DJ SK

Ray Ortgiesen WF1B
 

Ron has passed away, very sad day indeed. Details of his service are still in planning but will be in Round Rock TX.  If you are part of the"ranch" crew please reach out to me. Also wanted to reach Don AA5AU.
Thank you, Ray WF1B

NS RTTY this Thursday

Ken K6MR
 

Greetings Diddlers:

I hope everyone had a good time with the original digital mode over the weekend.  Even at the bottom of the cycle people were wall to wall on 20 and below. 

 

There is a Russian “Multi Mode” test this upcoming weekend.  RTTY is included, so you never know what you might hear.

 

I’m sure our group is going to be pretty small given Turkey Day.  But if you find yourself stuck in the shack and looking to amuse yourself for 30 minutes, please join us.

 

Friday,  29 Nov 2019, 0145Z - 0215Z (Thursday, 28 Nov 2019 in NA)
-- 1745 - 1815 PST
-- 2045 - 2115 EST
-- (others in-between those two)
-- 160: 1805 and up (Last two minutes seem to be popular…)
-- 80/40/20/15 +84 kHz up from the band edge   <--NOTE
-- Same band dupes ok after 1 intervening Q.
-- 1 kHz QSY rule, otherwise standard Sprint rules
-- Mults per band.
-- 100W power limit

Please visit http://www.ncccsprint.com/rttyns.html for complete rules and links to other info. If you find any problems with the web pages, please let me know so we can get them fixed.

If you would like to receive all the latest info about NS as well as a have a place for comments and questions, sign up for the NS mailing list:  https://groups.io/g/nccc-blue

Contestonlinescore.com has a slot set up for us if you’d like to make sure your logger is talking to the world.  Select NCCC NA RTTY Sprint.

Report scores to 3830scores.com, and join us at 0300Z on 3610 kHz (+/- a few for ongoing groups) for comments and questions (and dinner menus).

Diddle diddle,

Ken K6MR


CTY-2916 Country Files - 20 November 2019

Jim Reisert AD1C
 

The Country (CTY) Files were updated on 20 November 2019:

http://www.country-files.com/cty-2916-20-november-2019/

For installation instructions, start at:

http://www.country-files.com/

Hover your mouse over the word Contest in the menu, then select the
software you are using.

To install the file, follow the link to your software at the top of the page.

If you are interested in a bigger CTY.DAT for everyday logging, you can get
it here:

http://www.country-files.com/big-cty-20-november-2019/

Note that the release notes (and Version Entity) for this larger file are
different than what is shown below. There is a separate link to them.

As a reminder, there is an RSS feed of the latest country file announcements:

http://www.country-files.com/feed/

Here are the release notes:

20 November 2019 (CTY-2916)
VER20191120, Version entity is Austral Islands, FO/a

Added/changed Entities/Prefixes/Callsigns:

* 3D2AG/P is Rotuma Island, 3D2/r
* 3DA0BP/J is Kingdom of eSwatini, 3DA
* A41HA/ND, A41KJ/ND and A41NN/ND are all Oman, A4
* A61Q/FD is United Arab Emirates, A6
* CE9/SQ1SGB and VP8HAL are both Antarctica, CE9 in ITU zone 73
* EA5EZ/P is Spain, EA
* EA8BFH/P is Canary Islands, EA8
* EA1DFP/9 is Ceuta & Melilla, EA9
* FO/F6BCW is Marquesas Islands, FO/m
* TO9W is St. Martin, FS
* GB0SBG is Northern Ireland, GI
* GB0GDS, GB2CWR and GB2SAS are all Scotland, GM
* 4U25B, II5BP/J and IK6FAW/J are all Italy, I
* N2JNR is United States, K in CQ zone 3, ITU zone 6
* W2IY and W9DKB are both United States, K in CQ zone 4, ITU zone 7
* AE4ED, K4UU, N3RA, NJ4P and NN4NT are all United States, K in CQ zone 4, ITU zone 8
* K9GWS is United States, K in CQ zone 5, ITU zone 8
* AE7CA is Guam, KH2
* K6HNL, KL3JC, KM6UVP and N7ODC are all Hawaii, KH6
* K7VRK, KB4DX, KF4JET, KF7FLL, KF7FLM, KF7KTH and KM4AGL are all Alaska, KL
* LU1DI/D, LU1ELY/D, LU1IG/I, LU1SF/S, LU1UG/U, LU2CDE/D, LU2EE/D,
LU2EGA/D, LU2ENH/D, LU2EPL/D, LU2EPP/D, LU2FGD/J, LU3AYE/D, LU3DAR/D, LU3DEY/D,
LU3DJA/D, LU3DJT/D, LU3ELR/D, LU3FCA/F, LU3FV/F, LU4DGC/D, LU4DLN/D, LU4KC/K,
LU5DA/D, LU5DGR/D, LU5DQ/D, LU5HA/H, LU5HPM/H, LU5QR/Q, LU6EQV/D, LU6EVD/D,
LU7DHE/D, LU7DLN/D, LU7DW/D, LU7EXX/D, LU7KGB/O, LU7YG/F, LU8DY/D, LU8GCJ/GA,
LU8VCC/U, LU9AOS/D, LU9DPI/D, LU9DPI/I, LU9FBA/F, LU9LOP/L, LW1DXH/D, LW1ECE/D,
LW2DKF/D, LW2EQS/D, LW3DAB/D, LW3DED/D, LW3DGC/D, LW3DJC/D, LW3DTD/D, LW3EK/D,
LW5DTD/D, LW5DUS/D, LW6DYZ/D, LW8EGA/D, LW9DTP/D, LW9DTQ/D and LW9EDX/D
are all Argentina, LU
* LU1VDF/V, LU1VYL/V, LU1XAB/V, LU1YJG/V, LU1YY/V, LU2WA/W, LU3YLF/V,
LU5YEC/V, LU6VEK/W, LU8VCC/V and LU8XW/XP are all Argentina, LU in ITU zone 16
* OV4JAM/J is Denmark, OZ
* PA0TLM/J, PA1AW/J, PA1EDL/J, PA1ET/J, PA2RO/J, PA3AFG/J, PA4AGO/J,
PA4WK/J, PA6JAM/J, PA6SHB/J, PA6SJB/J, PA9JAS/J, PC5D/J, PC6RH/J, PE18KA/J,
PE1ORG/J, PE1PEX/J, PE7M/J, PH9GFB/J and PI4VHW/J are all Netherlands, PA
* SV2AEL/J, SV2CLJ/J, SV2JAO/J and SZ4SRM/J are all Greece, SV
* R105DA, R200SB, R9JBF/1, RD0L/3, UA9MA/1 and UA9MA/3 are all European Russia, UA
* R100MTK is European Russia, UA in ITU zone 30
* R1II/P is European Russia, UA in CQ zone 17, ITU zone 20
* RF1A/9 is Asiatic Russia, UA9
* R4YA/8 and RV7B/9 are both Asiatic Russia, UA9 in ITU zone 20
* R100KM and UA0ZDY/9 are both Asiatic Russia, UA9 in CQ zone 18, ITU zone 31
* VE2KK is in ITU zone 9, not ITU zone 4
* VE2KK is in CQ zone 5, not CQ zone 2
* VY2NA/VE2 is Canada, VE in CQ zone 2, ITU zone 4
* VK60LZ is Australia, VK
* HF0ANT is South Shetland Islands, VP8/h

Removed Entities/Prefixes/Callsigns:

* 4U500M in Vienna Intl Ctr, *4U1V
* GB2WAM in Shetland Islands, *GM/s
* 9M4CKT/6 and 9M4CRP/6 in East Malaysia, 9M6
* EA8BFH/4 and EA8BFH/P in Spain, EA
* EA5EZ and EA5EZ/P in Balearic Islands, EA6
* TO019IEEE and TO0MPB in Reunion Island, FR
* GB0WRH, GB2GVC, GB2KDR, GB2OWM, GB2RDR and GB2WAM in Scotland, GM
* GB0SRK in Guernsey, GU
* GB0CTK, GB0VK, GB0WHH, GB2SCC, GB4BIT, GB4OST and GB60ATG in Wales, GW
* 7Z1AL/ND in Saudi Arabia, HZ
* JD1BNA/JD1 in Minami Torishima, JD/m
* AH6AX and WD5F in United States, K
* AA7LE, AK2J, K6KKW, K6MIO, KB7AKQ, N1VOP and W4PRO in Hawaii, KH6
* KD0JJB, KF6RMG, KG7JVJ, N1NDA, N7HRO and N8SUG in Alaska, KL
* K2U, K7V and KB0JRR in Puerto Rico, KP4
* LU2FGD/F, LU3YA/V and LU9FNI/F in Argentina, LU
* 4U500M in Austria, OE
* R0CAF/3, R70MRK, R75YBO, R8MB/1, R9GM/P, R9OM/6, R9YU/3, RA9DF/4/P,
RA9DF/6/P, RA9KD/6, RA9SB/3, RA9WU/6, RN9N/6, RO75RK, RT9K/6, RU9CK/6/P,
RV9CX/6/P, RW9JZ/6, RW9WJ/P, UA9XK/1, UB5O/1 and UE90AGN in European Russia, UA
* UB5O/2 in Kaliningrad, UA2
* R1FW/0, RA4RU/9, RK4PA/9, RV3DSA/0, UB5O/0, UB5O/4, UB5O/8 and UB5O/9
in Asiatic Russia, UA9
* VK3ZK/6, VK3ZK/8, VK5FLEA/6 and VK6MB/3 in Australia, VK
* RI1ANF in South Shetland Islands, VP8/h

73 - Jim AD1C

--
Jim Reisert AD1C, <jjreisert at alum.mit.edu>, http://www.ad1c.us

NS RTTY this Thursday

Ken K6MR
 

Greetings Diddlers:

Just one short of double digits last week, but good activity.  I hope everyone’s voice has recovered from the fone fest this last weekend. 

 

The upcoming weekend is the final big test of the month, and this year it’s not even on Thanksgiving weekend.  CQWW CW will be pretty much it, so if you consider CW a digital mode you are all set!


But if you’d like a RTTY style digital fix this week, please join us Thursday evening. Here are the details:.

Friday,  22 Nov 2019, 0145Z - 0215Z (Thursday, 21 Nov 2019 in NA)
-- 1745 - 1815 PST
-- 2045 - 2115 EST
-- (others in-between those two)
-- 160: 1805 and up (Last two minutes seem to be popular…)
-- 80/40/20/15 +84 kHz up from the band edge   <--NOTE
-- Same band dupes ok after 1 intervening Q.
-- 1 kHz QSY rule, otherwise standard Sprint rules
-- Mults per band.
-- 100W power limit

Please visit http://www.ncccsprint.com/rttyns.html for complete rules and links to other info. If you find any problems with the web pages, please let me know so we can get them fixed.

If you would like to receive all the latest info about NS as well as a have a place for comments and questions, sign up for the NS mailing list:  https://groups.io/g/nccc-blue

Contestonlinescore.com has a slot set up for us if you’d like to make sure your logger is talking to the world.  Select NCCC NA RTTY Sprint.

Report scores to 3830scores.com, and join us at 0300Z on 3610 kHz (+/- a few for ongoing groups) for comments and questions (and dinner menus).

Diddle diddle,

Ken K6MR


Re: FT8 and FT4 sub bands?

David Jaffe
 

Note that DXpedition will often pick some other frequency range. So the result is that FT8 can be anywhere

WD6T

--
K6DAJ
David

Re: FT8 and FT4 sub bands?

Rich N1IXF
 

Thanks for input on this.

FWIW, I developed the following based on the info received.

RTTY Sub Bands

 

 

 

 

 

Band

Contest

Normal

JA

PSK31

Avoid

Beacon

FT8

FT4

80

3560-3600

3580-3600

3520-3575

3580

 

3573

3575

40

7025-7100

7025-7050

7080-7100

7030-7100

7070

 

7074

7047.5

20

14060-14150

14080-14100

14070-14150

14070

14100 ±.5

14074

14080

15

21060-21150

21080-21100

21070-21150

21070

21150 ±.5

21074

21140

10

28060-28150

28080-28100

28070-28200

28120

28200 ±.5

28074

28180













 73

Rich N1IXF


Re: FT8 and FT4 sub bands?

John Barber
 

The usual frequencies for FT8 come up as defaults in WSJT-X software, in the drop down frequency menu.

For FT4 try 3.575, 7.048, 10.140, 14.080, 18.104 and pray for sunspots if you go higher!

John GW4SKA

 

From: RTTY@groups.io <RTTY@groups.io> On Behalf Of Rich N1IXF
Sent: 14 November 2019 17:02
To: RTTY@groups.io
Subject: [RTTY] FT8 and FT4 sub bands?

 

After the WAE contest this past weekend, I realized that I don't have a clue where the FT8 and FT4 operators congregate.

Are there preferred frequencies / sub-bands for these guys?  For example, I thought they centered their 40M activity around 7074 but found there were also conflicts around 7048/7049.  Felt like I stumbled into the SSTV frequency.

I would like to create an operating aid so I know where this mode has its watering holes on each of the contest bands.  I thought such a chart would exist but I couldn't find one with a quick search. 

Thanks,
Rich N1IXF

Re: FT8 and FT4 sub bands?

Don Hill AA5AU
 

FT8 is typically on (not including WARC frequencies) 3573, 7074, 14074, 21074 and 28074 kHz.

FT4 is suppose to be a contesting mode but operators are using it outside of contests on 14080 and 7047 (I think) kHz.

During FT4/FT8 contests, the recommended frequencies in both the WW-Digi and FT Roundup are shown below with the . exception there are no 160 meter contacts allowed in the FT Roundup. Not sure what frequencies are used for the ARRL RTTY Roundup (refer to the ARRL website for that).

73, Don AA5AU

A. FT4 recommended sub-bands:
1.840-1.844
3.580-3.590
7.080-7.090
14.080-14.090
21.080-21.090
28.080-28.090

Set the radio dial at the bottom of the sub-band and work stations on audio frequencies within the radio passband, typically 2.5-4 kHz wide. If a sub-band becomes crowded, move the radio dial frequency up in 2 kHz increments, as needed. (For example: 7.080, 7.082, 7.084, 7.086 and 7.088)

B. FT8 recommended sub-bands:
1.844-1.848
3.590-3.600
7.090-7.100
14.090-14.100
21.090-21.100
28.090-28.100

Set the radio dial at the bottom of the sub-band and work stations on audio frequencies within the radio passband typically 2.5-4 kHz wide. If a sub-band becomes crowded, move the radio dial frequency up in 2 kHz increments, as needed. (For example: 7,090, 7.092, 7.094, 7.096 and 7.098)

C. JA sub-bands on 160, 80 and 40 meters:
FT4: 1.840-1.844 (non-JA) and 1.908 (JA) split
3.528 (JA-JA), 3.570 (JA-DX)
7.038 (JA-JA), 7.080-7.090 (JA-DX)

FT8: 1.844-1.848 (non-JA) and 1.908 (JA) split
3.531 (JA-JA), 3.573 (JA-DX)
7.041 (JA-JA), 7.090-7.100 (JA-DX)



On Thursday, November 14, 2019, 11:01:39 AM CST, Rich N1IXF <n1ixf@...> wrote:


After the WAE contest this past weekend, I realized that I don't have a clue where the FT8 and FT4 operators congregate.

Are there preferred frequencies / sub-bands for these guys?  For example, I thought they centered their 40M activity around 7074 but found there were also conflicts around 7048/7049.  Felt like I stumbled into the SSTV frequency.

I would like to create an operating aid so I know where this mode has its watering holes on each of the contest bands.  I thought such a chart would exist but I couldn't find one with a quick search. 

Thanks,
Rich N1IXF

Re: FT8 and FT4 sub bands?

Peter N5UWY
 

On Thu, Nov 14, 2019 at 11:01 AM Rich N1IXF <n1ixf@...> wrote:

After the WAE contest this past weekend, I realized that I don't have a clue where the FT8 and FT4 operators congregate.

Are there preferred frequencies / sub-bands for these guys? For example, I thought they centered their 40M activity around 7074 but found there were also conflicts around 7048/7049. Felt like I stumbled into the SSTV frequency.

I would like to create an operating aid so I know where this mode has its watering holes on each of the contest bands. I thought such a chart would exist but I couldn't find one with a quick search.
I thought I'd just pull up K1JT's docs and point you to them ... but
they are not listed in the docs. I'm not near my radio PC else I'd
have screen-capped it (or dug up the file that holds same).

Took more googlage than I expected, but this looks right:

https://www.qsl.net/sv1grb/psk31.htm

This would be zero on the waterfall and most setups are about 3000 Hz
wide, so you could see traces as much as 3 kHz above these numbers. I
think I have that right.


--
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!

FT8 and FT4 sub bands?

Rich N1IXF
 

After the WAE contest this past weekend, I realized that I don't have a clue where the FT8 and FT4 operators congregate.

Are there preferred frequencies / sub-bands for these guys?  For example, I thought they centered their 40M activity around 7074 but found there were also conflicts around 7048/7049.  Felt like I stumbled into the SSTV frequency.

I would like to create an operating aid so I know where this mode has its watering holes on each of the contest bands.  I thought such a chart would exist but I couldn't find one with a quick search. 

Thanks,
Rich N1IXF

Re: Mod 15questions

Tim Richardson, WS4V
 

I would suggest the Greenkeys mailing list that is hosted on qth.net There are a lot of folks on there with vintage TTY equipment and parts as well as a lot of knowledge about the machines.

http://mailman.qth.net

73,

Tim WS4V

On 11/13/2019 3:25 PM, Gary Schulz wrote:
Just joined the group and was wondering if this is the right place to post questions regarding the old stuff (i.e. model 15's etc...).

I have a 15 with an original table that has all the sockets that are supposed to be used to interface the printer with a rectifier and line control unit.  Problem is I have no idea where to source any of those old and long obsolete power connectors present on the table.  There are various permutations of 2 pin twist locks and 2 and 4 pin DC connectors that I can't find any trace of.  I wanted to make up a cable set that matches these things but don't know where to look.

Any ideas on where to get obsolete connectors like those?  I am going to be linking the old TTY setup to a Dovetron TU and an R-390A at some point...

Is this the right forum or is there a better place to ask these sorts of questions.

Thanks

Gary Schulz WB9YIR


Mod 15questions

Gary Schulz
 

Just joined the group and was wondering if this is the right place to post questions regarding the old stuff (i.e. model 15's etc...).

I have a 15 with an original table that has all the sockets that are supposed to be used to interface the printer with a rectifier and line control unit.  Problem is I have no idea where to source any of those old and long obsolete power connectors present on the table.  There are various permutations of 2 pin twist locks and 2 and 4 pin DC connectors that I can't find any trace of.  I wanted to make up a cable set that matches these things but don't know where to look.

Any ideas on where to get obsolete connectors like those?  I am going to be linking the old TTY setup to a Dovetron TU and an R-390A at some point...

Is this the right forum or is there a better place to ask these sorts of questions.

Thanks

Gary Schulz WB9YIR

NS RTTY this Thursday

Ken K6MR
 

Greetings Diddlers:

Very strange conditions on the west coast last week, but everyone else was doing well.  K4DXV has been having a tough year, but things are improving and he’s back in the shack. Welcome back Steve.  WQ5L was also back in the mix.  And looks like most of us remembered the time change.  So if you tried last week but didn’t hear anyone, write a yellow sticky to remind yourself that we’re all there one hour earlier in local time.

 

Looks like the big kahuna for the upcoming weekend is Phone SS, and pretty much nothing digital.  So I guess you can take the weekend off or dig out that microphone and give it a go!

 

So for your weekly digital fix, please join us Thursday evening. Here are the details:.

Friday,  15 Nov 2019, 0145Z - 0215Z (Thursday, 14 Nov 2019 in NA)
-- 1745 - 1815 PST
-- 2045 - 2115 EST
-- (others in-between those two)
-- 160: 1805 and up (Last two minutes seem to be popular…)
-- 80/40/20/15 +84 kHz up from the band edge   <--NOTE
-- Same band dupes ok after 1 intervening Q.
-- 1 kHz QSY rule, otherwise standard Sprint rules
-- Mults per band.
-- 100W power limit

Please visit http://www.ncccsprint.com/rttyns.html for complete rules and links to other info. If you find any problems with the web pages, please let me know so we can get them fixed.

If you would like to receive all the latest info about NS as well as a have a place for comments and questions, sign up for the NS mailing list:  https://groups.io/g/nccc-blue

Contestonlinescore.com has a slot set up for us if you’d like to make sure your logger is talking to the world.  Select NCCC NA RTTY Sprint.

Report scores to 3830scores.com, and join us at 0300Z on 3610 kHz (+/- a few for ongoing groups) for comments and questions (and dinner menus).

Diddle diddle,

Ken K6MR

 

SARTG WW RTTY 2019 Result published

sm7bhm@...
 

Hello,
 
The result for SARTG WW RTTY Contest 2019 is ready, pse find it on our page www.sartg.com
Awards will be ready soon, stay tuned.
 
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Comments needed on FCC 16-239

Ron K0IDT
 

The FCC has filed a new Public Notice concerning WT Docket 16-239 https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1101131173138/DA-19-1130A1.pdf

For those of you that don't know, or may have forgotten, 16-239 is the result of ARRL filing RM-11708, removing the 300 baud rate restriction. The FCC came up with 16-239, it removes the baud limit and allows wideband (unlimited) digital
signals anywhere in the HF RTTY/Data sub bands. Despite claims that wideband digital will not overrun the narrow band users, RTTY, CW, JT/FT, etc., there is no provision to keep the wider signals in check. The new FCC Public Notice is
seeking comments on a Declaratory Ruling on Part 97.113(a)(4) and enactment of RM-11831 provisions for transmission transparency, i.e, all amateur digital  transmissions must be openly decodable over the air by anyone hearing them.

You may ignore this next part if you wish, it contains the Winlink word. ARSFI (Amateur Radio Safety Foundation Inc) / Winlink decided RM-11831, and this latest FCC notice were all about them. The beginnings of the push for the baud limit removal go back 15 years or so to RM-11306. RM-11306 was the disastrous ARRL petition that would have allowed wide digital, including unattended stations, anywhere in the amateur spectrum. Fast forward to 2013 and we got RM-11708, baud rate limit gone and wideband allowed anywhere in the RTTY/Data sub bands--wideband digital is currently allowed anywhere in that segment and is exploited by some current users connecting to off shore Winlink gateways with wider modes. If 16-239 passes as written expect to hear some new wide modes running all over the sub band with Winlink being the one group looking to expand their operations. Just recently one Winlink gateway decided it was a good idea to set up on 3510......cw guys aren't safe in this.

The 300 baud limit needs to go away but at the same time some sanity needs to be brought into the process as to where and how wideband digital is going to fit in. The ARRL is supposed to be coming up with a new band plan, but after their last
FCC submission, where what the Board requested and what actually got filed at the Commission was significantly different, I don't look for anything worthwhile coming out of the band planning committee.

Comments are to be submitted on 16-239, read the FCC Notice, and instructions on how to file can be found on www.rttycontesting.com  (top link, thanks Don for keeping that alive) and also on http://www.wirelessgirl.net/HowToFile16239STD.html
Please use your own wording, there are a couple of great examples on the ECFS already. One that really hits the points extremely well is  https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1103182882861/KC4RAN%20DA%2019-1130%2011-02-2019.pdf
December 2 is the deadline for comments.

Feel free to cross post wherever you think it might help.I only wish AB5K could see how far we've come with this,,,,,,,,

Ron K0IDT

 

NS RTTY this Thursday (Warning: local time change for most of you)

Ken K6MR
 

Greetings Diddlers:

It looks like I failed to send out my usual greeting last week.  My only excuse is that it was the great California Power Outage last week, so the generator noise sort of drove me wacky.  But all is back to normal in paradise!

 

For those of you who are forced into the crazy time changes every year, well last weekend was one of them.  So put a yellow sticky somewhere to remind yourself that UTC hasn’t changed but most likely we will be active one hour earlier in your local time.  So if no one appears to be around you likely missed us!

 

One of the major RTTY tests is up this weekend: WAE RTTY.  WAE is always interesting with the QTCs, and with RTTY there is more freedom to send and receive.  Of course I’m always partial to any kind of Sprint, so don’t forget a fast 4 hours of the SSB Sprint.


So please join us Thursday evening and make sure everything in your shack is ready for the WAE RTTY.  Here are the details:.

Friday,  8 Nov 2019, 0145Z - 0215Z (Thursday, 7 Nov 2019 in NA)
-- 1745 - 1815 PST
-- 2045 - 2115 EST
-- (others in-between those two)
-- 160: 1805 and up (Last two minutes seem to be popular…)
-- 80/40/20/15 +84 kHz up from the band edge   <--NOTE
-- Same band dupes ok after 1 intervening Q.
-- 1 kHz QSY rule, otherwise standard Sprint rules
-- Mults per band.
-- 100W power limit

Please visit http://www.ncccsprint.com/rttyns.html for complete rules and links to other info. If you find any problems with the web pages, please let me know so we can get them fixed.

If you would like to receive all the latest info about NS as well as a have a place for comments and questions, sign up for the NS mailing list:  https://groups.io/g/nccc-blue

Contestonlinescore.com has a slot set up for us if you’d like to make sure your logger is talking to the world.  Select NCCC NA RTTY Sprint.

Report scores to 3830scores.com, and join us at 0300Z on 3610 kHz (+/- a few for ongoing groups) for comments and questions (and dinner menus).

Diddle diddle,

Ken K6MR