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VE3EEE Active

Digital Modes, DX, Operating

I’ve been running as VE3EEE on FT8 over the Christmas holidays, just for a bit of a change-up.  So if you see VE3EEE on the waterfall, it will be me, probably with a macaw on my shoulder “helping” as she is wont to do 🙂

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How to use a computer – The Squid Zone

Equipment, Operating, Security, Technology

A good reminder for everyone…

This is a primer for anyone searching the web looking for tips on how to use a computer.  The language is direct, and intended to be clear and unequivocal. 1. A computer is a dangerous power tool, treat it accordingly As computers become ever more a part of everything we do, there is a tendency […]

Source: How to use a computer – The Squid Zone

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VE3EEE on the air around Christmas

Astrophysical and Geophysical, Digital Modes, DX, Operating

Just for something different, I’ve been using my second callsign lately.  I have been doing mostly digital modes, especially JT-65, between 10 and 30 watts depending on conditions.

Despite the solar conditions (K-index between 4 and 6 for the last few days) there has been some DX on all bands from 80m to 10m.

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ARRL Field Day 2015

Clubs, Digital Modes, DX, General, Operating, Technology, Voice Modes

It’s the end of June and that means ARRL Field Day 2015.  Squidette (VA3CEW) and I deployed to the Outlet Beach (FN13jv, right beside Sandbanks Provincial Park) to operate a Field Day station as VE3EEE.

Equipment

We went out with the standard VE3EEE portable pack:

  • Honda EU2000i generator
  • Quad core i7 laptop
  • Yaesu FT-847
  • Begali paddles
  • RigExpert Plus TNC
  • LDG automatic tuner
  • Hy-Gain DP-19D dipole (set for 20m)
  • Buddipole (set for 15 or 40 depending on the time of day)

WX

Cold  and miserable with drizzle for basically the entire time.  That was not fun at all.  Nevertheless, we did have shelter, so it wasn’t the end of the world.

Solar WX

There were geomagnetic storms earlier in the week, but they had pretty much abated.  K-index bounced between 1 and 3.  15m down to 80m seemed to be open.  I listened on 10 and didn’t hear anything, so I didn’t bother with 6m.

Results

We made 72 contacts between 40m, 20m, and 15m, almost all digital although we threw in a few CW and Phone contacts just for good measure.

Social

We also took the time to drive across the county to visit the Quinte ARC Field Day site in Ameliasburg.  It was rainy and miserable there too, but they had a great setup with 4 radios going!

Photos

This is the buddipole set up on a sand dune. The tower isn't quite fully extended due to overhead trees. Nevertheless, it's got a good 5-7m over the ambient ground level.
This is the buddipole set up on a sand dune. The tower isn’t quite fully extended due to overhead trees. Nevertheless, it’s got a good 5-7m over the ambient ground level.

This is the buddipole set up on a sand dune. might be a bit easier to see.
This is the buddipole set up on a sand dune. might be a bit easier to see.

Hy-Gain dipole between trees. Had I planned this better, I'd have picked different trees and maybe gone for 40m.
Hy-Gain dipole between trees. Had I planned this better, I’d have picked different trees and maybe gone for 40m.

Looking northwest along the beach road.
Looking northwest along the beach road.

This is the cabin on the beach while we were setting up. The generator is in front.
This is the cabin on the beach while we were setting up. The generator is in front.

This is the VE3EEE operating position. That's a 27" touch screen on the left, which makes operating the radio a lot like a Star Trek console.
This is the VE3EEE operating position. That’s a 27″ touch screen on the left, which makes operating the radio a lot like a Star Trek console.

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Making WSPR software work on Yaesu FTdx-1200

Digital Modes, Equipment, Operating, Technology

I will state up front: The knowledge I am about to lay down in print was imparted to me by Roger (GW4NOS).  I am putting it here so that a) I can find it again; and b) the internet will archive it for future seekers of knowledge.

The Problem:

Like many people I bought a Yaesu FTdx-1200 and it works very well… except when using WSPR software, there seems to be no incantation that permits CAT control to work.  Like the Reverend Mother told Paul Atreides:

The Solution:

It turns out, however, that the software can be made to work in a few simple steps.

Step 1: Select Yaesu FTdx-9000 on the WSPR software.  Apparently that radio has the same CAT command set as the FTdx-1200.

Step 2: On the radio, menu 039 must match the setting in the WSPR software.

Step 3: On the radio, menu 040 must be 100 ms or greater.  Apparently, the default of 10 ms is too speedy for the WSPR software.

Step 4: On the radio, menu 041 must be “DISABLE”.  Nothing I have uses CTS/RTS flow control anyway.

Once that was done, everything worked perfectly!

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