PSK31 Rant

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K5DVW, Feb 22, 2002.

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  1. K5DVW

    K5DVW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I, like many of you have been enjoying PSK31. I'm also a relative newcomer to the mode (even wrote an article about it here QRZ). I've noticed something that really gets me ranting. I've noticed that some people are exceptionally proud of their setup, to the point that they don't think anything of sending you 5 minutes (no exaggeration, I timed one) of canned text describing every electronic thing in their shack, even when you didn't ask. This has happened to me many times, and frankly, I don't care that you're computer has an AMD 33 Mhz processor or that you have a 180m long wire and 10 other antennas and various radios you're not currently using when we're talking on 10m. I'm sure there are times and places to discuss such information and if it's a topic of discussion by all means let er rip, but folks, on a slow digital mode, simpler is always MUCH better. Something like "Radio is Icom 706 with long wire and 25W" is more than sufficient to convey the essence of your station without hogging bandwidth.

    I like many folks these days, dont have a lot of time to operate. So when I get on the radio looking for a QSO, I'd rather actually engage the other station than have canned macros sent to me. I'm just funny that way. Now DX is another story, and even then, you'd be wise to keep your macros VERY short. Let's not develop bad habits on this fine new mode.

    That's my rant. I will also say I've had some exceptionally pleasant QSO's with top notch people over PSK and I really enjoy the mode. But when someone launches their station brag file and it reads like a novel, I may not be there when you return it to me.

    Anyone else have an opinion on this?

  2. N6AJR

    N6AJR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I understand your point, but others like myself, I type with two fingers and poorly at that. I use several macro's that I have preset for use on the band such as a brag file (probably 200-300 characters) a QTH file with the town name and then "about half way between * & *" and so on so I can keep up the appearance of having a conversation and not typing practice. I was a Guide on AOL awhile back and used macro extensively and learned how to use them. I don have any that run 3 minutes but I have several different one to help me make a qso..I think that is why they put them there in the program. Have a little pitty fo us TYPOGRAPHICALLY DISADVANTAGED FOLKS. My biggest problem is due to an injury to my right hand from a couple years ago, but then I wasn't much of a touch typer before then either..10-12 wpm.. so please, kind sir, have pitty on us poor typers.. and you are right this is a good mode. thanks and remember, its not about radios , its about people who use them.. 73 tom N6AJR
  3. N6AJR

    N6AJR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I can't spell either... tom N6AJR [​IMG]
  4. KG6IRW

    KG6IRW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hear you. I've just started with PSK31, my first attempt at the chat-keyboard type of QSOs. I'm an ok typer and can keep up with the sending speeds of PSK31 but I can understand that those who feel their typing skills are not as well-exercised as their CW fist could feel intimidated. For those, I'm glad there are macros.

    Until you pointed it out, I hadn't really though about macro length so I appreciate that it is important to be clear and to the point with the shack descriptions. I'm going to go back and look at a couple of macros where I could use less letters/words and still get the point across.

    Thanks posting.


  5. WB3DSJ

    WB3DSJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I agree, after only two weeks on psk (the best thing
    since sliced bread) I have edited down my macros".
    For yus guys what cant type try using a fill in the blank
    macro such s "How's the wx there? Wx here is ___"
    My two cents
  6. KB9YFI

    KB9YFI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Anyone who can't type at 75 WPM should not be licensed to use the Internet or Amateur radio.  Heck, I could teach my dog to type that fast. It's easy!  Anyone can learn it in just a couple of days.  I guess you are too lazy to learn to type.  Keyboarding forever!!!!!  75WPM keyboard requirement would keep the lids out. blah, blah, blah, blah....

  7. KC5SDY

    KC5SDY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Among other things, macros need to be used in moderation.  I can usually type a little faster than PSK is sending but the times when I seem to have nothing but fat thumbs for fingers, those macros sure come in handy.  It is a good thing to check your macros as you build them to make sure that they are not too long.  I like to keep mine under 30-45 seconds but, that is just so I can put in my 2 cents in here and there.  Plus, I have a problem with thinking of things to say realy quick so my QSO's end up being a little on the short side.
  8. N4LNE

    N4LNE XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I for one use macros to allow the qso to flow smoothly and I do make use of a brag macro. My macro contains station info, location info including a grid and qsl info.
    The use of macros allows me to send one file and be done with it. I am a new general and have no claim to great knowledge, but if all operators would allow all other operators the freedom to do it the way they wish within the rules provided then complaints would stop. My way is my way and your way is yours, I plan to continue to do it my way and may you do the same.
  9. KA8FFM

    KA8FFM Ham Member QRZ Page

    For united we stand, divided we fall...Just another nit picking, self orientated article designed to weaken the amateur brotherhood. Those are my blocks!!! Vince KA8FFM
  10. K6UEY

    K6UEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you for the post and interesting views on PSK-31. I am not presently on the mode but giving it thought and putting together the interface and antennas to give it a try. Due to these posts I may have to give it a little additional thought before putting a signal on the air. I was under the impression it was another of the many modes of Ham Radio,it would appear it is only and extension of the Internut and the Cyber World.
    I am not a typist I use the 2 finger method of typing and until now it has been adequate to carry on a conversation on Packet,Ascii, and the old Baudot Teletype .I have never had any asperations of being a Secretary so typing skills have always held a low priority on the accomplishment list.
    Maybe I should give SSTV or Real Time TV  another look they don't require Cyber World Skills.
        73, To all   ORV / K6UEY
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