2012 ARRL RTTY Roundup is coming soon
2012 ARRL RTTY Roundup is coming soon avatar

Hi everyone and Happy Holidays


Just a reminder that the 2012 ARRL RTTY Roundup is just a couple of weeks away. This is one of the more popular RTTY contests and it does not require an entire weekend commitment. The contest is 30 hours long of which single op’s may operate 24 hours. Lots of stations to work and alot of DX participation as well. Full rules at  http://www.arrl.org/rtty-roundup


Hope to hear some CTRI activity in the contest.



Rick KI1G

8 comments on “2012 ARRL RTTY Roundup is coming soon
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  1. I am hoping to get on for this one.

    I am looking for some help getting W1CGA up and running for this contest. The cadets will be back from Winter Holiday break, and the semester will be brand new, so I think we can convince them to spring some time to operate. Or, do we want to offer them chair time at a Multi-Op station of one of the CTRI CG gang?

    At W1CGA we have a Kenwood TS-2000 and TS-480SA (which we haven’t taken out of the box yet) Does anyone want to give me a hand, or should I plan on operating from a Multi-Op?

    Please let me know. I will be back in New England on Tuesday evening. Mike, K1DM

  2. Mike,

    I’d be happy to give you a hand with setting up the W1CGA station for RTTY. What would they be using to generate the FSK?

    You can email me or give me a shout on my cell phone if you’d like – 401-787-3021

    Pat, NG1G

  3. Pat, thanks for the offer. I would like to use FSK direct. We have a Windows XP Professional computer with 8 serial ports (it’s the same box that Ken and I use but the 8-port version). We have been using your favorite Kenwood radio, but I can unbox the TS-480SA and we could use that, either way. What I don’t have yet is the keying/fsk module make up. I don’t know if 1AN has any extras, but I can at least copy what he has. We have N1MM set up on the computer, but I have not loaded MMTTYY. I have an old copy of
    Write-log (from Ray) that we could use. I haven’t decided yet.

    Right now we just have the triband beam, but that’s probably good to keep them busy. We also don’t have an ampl, but I don’t think we’d need it. I’ll be home for sure on Wednesday and we could start then. Keep in touch, I have internet here in Delaware. 73, Mike

  4. Hi guys, Does the Rig have the STD 4 pin DIN for FSK like the FT1000? I also have an adapter for a Kenwood TS2000 rig made up. I will leave both on the back porch today. I also suggest using a built in COM port for FSK if one is available. I will email you the info.
    Cell 860-536-1118

    John, w1AN

  5. I plan on operating for this one but will be out of town for most of the week before. We can do a multi here if there is interest! Setup will need to be done the Thursday and Friday before the test.
    John, W1AN

  6. Hi All,

    For all of you RTTY guys out there who use MMTTY… Is anyone using anything else??

    I have been using MMTTY ver 1.65D for years and was surfing the web today and found that the latest version of MMTTY is 1.68A which seesm to have cleaned up a couple of minor nuisances. If anyone is interested, MMTTY ver 1.68A is free and available at http://hamsoft.ca/pages/mmtty.php.

    Time to get the RTTY engines tuned up.


    Rick KI1G

  7. While poking around today, I found a web site that allows one to calculate the length of RTTY messages. This is useful for increasing your Q rate. You can play around with various versions of messages to see which is fastest, and the results might surprise you. For instance, in the example it shows, the encoded length of the message “599-0123-0123” is shorter than (and .31 seconds faster than) the message “599 0123 0123”.

    Seconds add up over the course of hundreds or thousands of Qs. http://dwestbrook.net/projects/ham/rtty-length/

    Also, if anyone is looking for suggestions on what messages to use for a given RTTY contest, I suggest http://www.rttycontesting.com/rttymessages.htm

    Pat, NG1G

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