Re: [wsjtgroup] suggestions for working mobiles
- Hi All,
While not for WSJT modes yet, I have been faced with the mobile logging
problem often. I run into nearly the same problem during my contest
Roving. The "best" solution I have came up with so far is to use a
tape record QSO's, or just repeat the QSO data into a tape recorder, or
a digital voice recorder, with all the needed data to be entered into
the log later.
With my setup, roving solo, it's just not safe for me to log any other
way. It is a pain to go back and "fix the log" afterward, but my
operation while in motion is pretty limited so it's normally just a few
Hope this helps,
Dan Evans K9ZF
Scottsburg, IN 47170
K9ZF /R no budget Rover
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- I thought I would drop a note here to get some other peoples ideas.I have worked several stations now while mobile. From the work truck I was in 6 or 7 grids in one day.I have received several cards now for some of the QSO's.. None of the cards I received indicate what grid I was in when they worked me.When going down the road I don't do much logging, because it is tough enough just running the program. I am always by myself. I do write down some if the opportunity presents itself. Like having to stop at one of my dealers locations right after a couple QSOs.I am depending on the stations I work to keep the important information, time and grid.Am I doing this wrong ???My suggestion is, when you work someone mobile and send a card, put on the card what grid you are wanting confirmed and any other important information to help them out.Come on rocks and E skip !!!73,N0PB
- I sympathize with your predicament, but I feel it is your responsibility to confirm that the contact is valid and that the info on "YOUR QSL card is correct. I do not feel you should rely on incoming cards as your source of "valid QSO data"my 2 centsjim K4KAE----- Original Message -----From: N0PB PhilSent: Saturday, July 10, 2004 10:26 AMSubject: [wsjtgroup] suggestions for working mobilesI thought I would drop a note here to get some other peoples ideas.I have worked several stations now while mobile. From the work truck I was in 6 or 7 grids in one day.I have received several cards now for some of the QSO's.. None of the cards I received indicate what grid I was in when they worked me.When going down the road I don't do much logging, because it is tough enough just running the program. I am always by myself. I do write down some if the opportunity presents itself. Like having to stop at one of my dealers locations right after a couple QSOs.I am depending on the stations I work to keep the important information, time and grid.Am I doing this wrong ???My suggestion is, when you work someone mobile and send a card, put on the card what grid you are wanting confirmed and any other important information to help them out.Come on rocks and E skip !!!73,N0PB
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I wonder if you use the WSJT function to save the data in the text file and then review it when you had the time for logging… Or another possibility is to save the last wav file for either the RRR or 73 messages and use them at the end of the day when you fill in your notes… Another possibility would be to talk Joe into supplying a “Log It” button on the front end for logging qso’s or someone who is capable of programming the code write the routine for Joe. (That leaves out a bunch of us…) But a simple logger would be nice for all the portable ops. guys.
Personally, I have no problem with the way you’re doing it. As hard as it is to work new initials / grids I think the person needing the card should be able to supply all the information needed on the qsl card.
The biggest problem I have is making sure I know the Grid the Portable / Mobile station is in. Having the Grid in the CQ Message is necessary but it would help if the portable station also used the Grid for his Report instead of the 26/27 standard report.
Thanks for the new initials while you were mobile, we have had 7 completed qso’s and two meters was the hardest.
- At the risk of getting some people upset at me, I will say the following.
When you receive a QSL card it is your responsibility to verify certain
information before you send one back.
1. Did you actually make a contact with the station requesting the card?
2. Did you receive his callsign correctly.
3. Does the date and time for the contact agree with what he showed on his
#3 is not as important as the first 2 and I will generally ignore time
differences of a few hours (possibly they are using local time) and date
differences of a day.
But, if the contact is not in my log, with the correct call, I don't send
back a card. (And if the contact IS in my log, but with the wrong call, I
remove it from the log and do not count it as a grid worked (if it was a new
If you don't have a log, how are you going to verify the contact properly?
You could receive a card from a station you did not even work, and you would
not know the difference. Or you might not have copied his call correctly
when you made the contact. The rules for a valid contact specifically say
that callsigns must be copied correctly by both parties.
For a mobile station it is not that hard to have a little "dictating" type
of tape recorder, and speak the log information when each contact is
complete. It can be transferred to a paper log when you next stop.
73, Russ K2TXB
- I operate mobile CW as well !!
That is done in your head, so no need to look down like running WSJT.
2 of the days I was in all those grids I drove over 500 miles ,took care of
customers at their locations and several on the phone. Not a lot of time
left for stopping to do a good job of logging.
THANKS FOR YOUR KIND OBSERVATION !!
----- Original Message -----
From: "SteveH" <k0xp@...>
To: <email@example.com>; "HSMS/JT44" <hsms@...>
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 2:15 PM
Subject: RE: [HSMS/JT] suggestions for working mobiles
> At Monday, 12 July 2004, "Russ Pillsbury" <k2txb@...> wrote:
> >For a mobile station it is not that hard to have a little
> >"dictating" type of tape recorder, and speak the log
> >information when each contact is complete. It can be
> >transferred to a paper log when you next stop.
> Back in the olden days, quite a few of us did a LOT of mobile CW
> operation, on the move, while driving. I don't recall hearing of
> anyone crashing due to being "distracted" while on the air; if you
> were smart enough to build a functional mobile CW setup, you could
> certainly handle driving with one hand and keying your radio with
> the other.
> My own first mobile setup consisted of separate Heathkit
> with all the attendant separate controls, including VFOs on both.
> When chasing DX across the band, things could get sorta exciting
> for awhile, what with having to keep the drifting DX station tuned
> in the receiver, then spot the transmitter on them as they drifted
> and CQed. When you had to do offset-spotting like in DX pileups,
> things REALLY got exciting ;o))) My own vehicles included everything
> from automatic- and cruise-control-equipped sedans and pickup trucks
> to my 4-speed-equipped, '64 GTO street/race car with manual disc
> brakes and manual steering, requiring lots of shoulder grunt while
> maneuvering the car through street traffic.
> I'll admit there were some folks who should never have been allowed
> to operate mobile CW; the late Don Wallace, W6AM, was one.... countless
> times, he'd be barreling down the SoCal freeways with me in the passenger
> seat going to the SoCal DX club meetings and at least once every
> trip, I'd close my eyes when I became convinced he was about to sideswipe
> another car in the other lane. Never ever seemed to happen, though,
> and I never saw any body damage to his cars indicating he'd ever
> hit anybody ;o\
> Both Don and I had NO TROUBLE keeping handwritten logs while driving.
> You simply didn't watch what you were writing, that's all. After
> you came to a stop, you'd perhaps review your squibbles, try to make
> sense of them, and perhaps rewrite em. No problem.
> So I fail to understand all the big deal about folks today, in the
> fanciest automobiles ever on the roads and oft-times even equipped
> with TELEVISIONS for Christ's sake, not wanting to keep a mobile
> operation log. Doesn't make any sense to me. Granted: not everybody
> is coordinated enough to be able to chew gum and drive at the same
> time. Still, something's wrong when folks are too lazy and won't
> even bother to use a dictating tape recorder to properly log their
> contacts. Sounds like still another example of the dumbing-down of
> today's America ;o\ ;o\ ;o\
> Steve, K0XP
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