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Using SS contacts for W.A.S.

Subject: Using SS contacts for W.A.S.
Date: Mon Nov 22 15:53:42 1993

The definition of a contact is a simple communication...
In theory a contact could be like this:


of course, the point is to prove that both stations heard each other.

Somehow because of the net-people we got it in our heads that a contact
must have a number like "five five," "fifty five" "one, two, three, four, 
"one two three four five."  

The Sweeps exchanges even more information than the standart 59.


>From Hodge Thorgerson David Cameron-INBA <hodge@redvax1.dgsca.unam.mx>  Mon 
>Nov 22 20:31:43 1993
From: Hodge Thorgerson David Cameron-INBA <hodge@redvax1.dgsca.unam.mx> (Hodge 
Thorgerson David Cameron-INBA)
Subject: sunrise/sunset times
Message-ID: <Pine.3.87.9311221443.B17691-0100000@redvax1.dgsca.unam.mx>

Hello all, I am planning on being active for the whole test SOAB as
XE1/AA6RX this weekend.  To help in maximizing my score I'd love to 
get my hands on a list of SR/SS times world wide for the contest weekend.
Does any one have the capability of sending me a list?  For the future, is
there some freeware or share ware that does this?  The only problem with
this method is that it is a major hassle to get access to a disk drive
in order to up/down load files.  I'm pretty much stuck to using a dumb
terminal at the University.  But with some effort I could download the
file if it exists and someone can forward it to me.
Appreciate any help and look forward to working you all on multiple bands.
73,  David Hodge XE1/AA6RX

>From Mark E. Bailey" <mebly@Glue.umd.edu  Mon Nov 22 21:25:09 1993
From: Mark E. Bailey" <mebly@Glue.umd.edu (Mark E. Bailey)
Subject: Fun with LPT1: and CW keying
Message-ID: <199311222125.QAA09811@mountaindew.eng.umd.edu>

I didn't ask my question accurately (or clearly).  Let me try again, with the
help of two kind responders.

The CT manual suggests using two lines from LPT1: to key my transmitter.
These are SLCT (DB25 pin 17) to the base of an NPN resistor through a
1K resistor and STROBE (DB25 pin 1) to the emitter.

Both signals appear to follow CT's keying.  Maybe I have a short.

Question 1:  Does SLCT key the
transmitter with STROBE remaining low, or does STROBE key the transmitter
with SLCT staying high? 

Question 2:  How much current can STROBE sink?  (20 mAmps?)

Knowing what SLCT and STROBE are supposed to be doing will let me debug
the circuit.  I can make it work by grounding the emitter of the transistor.
So, I suspect that SLCT keys the transmitter and STROBE should be going low.

Thanks for all inputs/advice.

Mark Bailey     KD4D          Motto:  Life's too short to drink cheap beer.
mebly@eng.umd.edu             Disclaimer:  I didn't really say this.

>From David C. Patton" <mudcp3@uxa.ecn.bgu.edu  Mon Nov 22 18:23:16 1993
From: David C. Patton" <mudcp3@uxa.ecn.bgu.edu (David C. Patton)
Subject: K4VX: New Director
Message-ID: <199311221823.AA06089@uxa.ecn.bgu.edu>

Unofficial word on the street is that Lew Gordon, K4VX/0 has been
elected Director of the ARRL's Midwest Division.  Lew mobilized his
election campaign (at considerable cost) after W0FIR became a SK.
Thanks to all who assisted/contributed to placing one of our more
prominent contesters in a high-level position with the ARRL.  K0BJ,
another well-known DXer and traveler is the new Vice Director of
the Midwest Division.

73, Dave Patton WX3N

>From Mark E. Bailey" <mebly@Glue.umd.edu  Mon Nov 22 21:36:25 1993
From: Mark E. Bailey" <mebly@Glue.umd.edu (Mark E. Bailey)
Subject: Can SS contacts be used for awards like WAS?
Message-ID: <199311222136.QAA09978@mountaindew.eng.umd.edu>

Thanks for all of the responses.  They can.  I'm not sure where I got
the idea that RST was necessary.  Maybe it was by tuning past DX nets
years ago.


Mark Bailey     KD4D          Motto:  Life's too short to drink cheap beer.
mebly@eng.umd.edu             Disclaimer:  I didn't really say this.

>From Steve Lund <stevel@hpsrfh.sr.hp.com>  Mon Nov 22 21:40:32 1993
From: Steve Lund <stevel@hpsrfh.sr.hp.com> (Steve Lund)
Subject: WA8LLY SS results
Message-ID: <9311222140.AA10717@hpsrfh.sr.hp.com>

Part time effort (12.7 hours).  Spent Sunday afternoon assembling a GAP DX-IV.
Could have used it Saturday night, as my Hustler 5BTV would not load.  Worked
5 VE8/VY1s, but does anyone in VE2-land operate SS seriously?  This was my
first Clean Sweep.  Snagged VE1, KP2, and KP4 while finding a frequency to call
CQ on.

471 x 77 = 72534 Single Operator, Low Power

Steve WA8LLY/6

>From dcurtis@mipos2.intel.com (Dave Curtis)  Mon Nov 22 21:54:30 1993
From: dcurtis@mipos2.intel.com (Dave Curtis) (Dave Curtis)
Subject: single-op distracted
Message-ID: <9311222154.AA02664@climax.intel.com>

from wb4iux:

> What I'm waiting for is the single-op distracted (SOD)
> category.

I listened to a /kh6 work about 100/min with an "assistant"
operator on his lap that sounded about 1 1/2 years old --
said op was "assisting" with the computer logs and cooing into
the mic to help give the signal that distinctive sound.
SOD could be pretty competitive category -- unfortunately,
can't remember the stations call.


>From raid5!davep@csn.org (Dave Palmer)  Mon Nov 22 21:27:38 1993
From: raid5!davep@csn.org (Dave Palmer) (Dave Palmer)
Subject: How Sweep It Is!
Message-ID: <9311222127.AA04501@raid5>

  How SWEEP it IS!

  SS CW  Low Power   Single OP portable from Wyoming...
  431 Qs x *** S W E E P *** = 66,374  15 hours
  QSOs by band:  75=93, 40=177, 20=104, 15=50, 10=17
  Total station cost w/o computer: $350.  With PC = $850.

  WOW!  What a great feeling to finally get my first sweep!
  You sure got to call CQ to get them all!
  Bagged South Dakota at 11am Sunday and called it quits (besides I
  had to pack up for the trip back to Boulder).

  Thanks again to you Reflector-ites for some good antenna ideas;
  I used only an HF6V for all QSOs and it played much better than
  low dipoles...  I mounted it so the base was up 8' and had only
  14 radials.   QRN was a problem on 75 and 40...S9+10...but the
  blanker helped.   Was worried about not getting Manitoba, but finally
  ran across VE4JK who said he had gone to a hockey game Saturday night and
  had forgot all about the SS!!

  Wyoming was sure NOT rare this year: on my QSO #20, KI3V says he's
  already worked a TON of Wyomings... but I did get a couple of QSL requests
  from 5BWAS hunters.  (If you worked me and need Platte County, WYO (which IS
  rare), QSL via 7628 Estate Circle, Longmont, CO 80503).

  Dave Palmer, N6KL
  davep@arraytech.com     Boulder, CO

>From Chris Gay" <KU4A@LEXVMK.VNET.IBM.COM  Mon Nov 22 21:52:26 1993
From: Chris Gay" <KU4A@LEXVMK.VNET.IBM.COM (Chris Gay)
Subject: Can SS contacts be used for awards like WAS?

> It is my understanding that the exchange of signal reports is what
> makes a valid QSO for most awards.

Not for most. At one time, I think there were some awards that required
a "minimum" signal report (i.e. 22(9) or 33(9)). This is not true of WAS.
There is no requirement that the report be exchanged to make the QSO

The signal report you put on the card is the signal report for the QSO,
even though you didn't exchange the report on the air. If you don't
remember how loud (or weak) the station was, do like I do and put down
59 or 599 :-).

73 de Chris KU4A

Kentucky Contest Group

>From Chris Gay" <KU4A@LEXVMK.VNET.IBM.COM  Mon Nov 22 21:59:43 1993
From: Chris Gay" <KU4A@LEXVMK.VNET.IBM.COM (Chris Gay)
Subject: Can SS contacts be used for awards like WAS?

> In fact, does the WAS program even require QSLs any more?

Yes, and this has caused me to enrich the US Postal Service a good bit
down through the years. Two-way certified postage for mixed WAS, 40m
WAS, 20m WAS, 10m WAS, etc., etc, etc. ARRL Special Service Clubs (not
any affiliated club, just Special Service Clubs) can now do field
checking for WAS. I'm sure this works great if you have an SSC nearby,
which I don't.

73 de Chris KU4A, who needs only KL7 on 80m for 5BWAS. Wonder what the
postage will be on that box of cards?


>From Chris Gay" <KU4A@LEXVMK.VNET.IBM.COM  Mon Nov 22 22:12:44 1993
From: Chris Gay" <KU4A@LEXVMK.VNET.IBM.COM (Chris Gay)
Subject: KU4A in SSB SS

680/75 = 102000
16 hours, class A single-op
missed DE and PAC

Nice sporadic-E Saturday night, gave me some of the highest rates I've
ever had.

I missed the first three hours of the contest to watch football - big
mistake. My teams lost and I missed 3 hours of good condx.

73 de Chris KU4A
Kentucky Contest Group

>From Steve Lund <stevel@hpsrfh.sr.hp.com>  Mon Nov 22 22:26:34 1993
From: Steve Lund <stevel@hpsrfh.sr.hp.com> (Steve Lund)
Subject: ON/OFF in CT
Message-ID: <9311222226.AA10856@hpsrfh.sr.hp.com>

ARRL Sweepstakes logs are supposed to indicate ON/OFF times.  I used the
ON/OFF feature in CT (8.19), but I notice that the .ALL and .LOG files do
not indicate the on/off times.  There is nothing in my manual about how to
use this feature.  What did I do wrong?

Steve WA8LLY/6

>From k7yno@hdls.COM (Terry Smith)  Mon Nov 22 23:01:50 1993
From: k7yno@hdls.COM (Terry Smith) (Terry Smith)
Message-ID: <9311222301.AA01999@amy.hdls.COM>

Resending -
Only able to get on for 6 hours...
CALL: K7YNO     CATEGORY: Single-Op, High-Power


        350 QSOs x 70 SECs = 49,000 TOTAL

Rig: FT-1000D, Alpha 77, CT 8.45, Monobanders 15, 20 & 40

73, Terry K7YNO, Los Altos, CA

>From fred.kleber@atlas.ccmail.PacTel.COM (fred kleber)  Mon Nov 22 23:15:25 
From: fred.kleber@atlas.ccmail.PacTel.COM (fred kleber) (fred kleber)
Subject: signing portable in XE
Message-ID: <9310227540.AA754010125@atlas.ccmail.pactel.com>

---------------------------- Forwarded with Changes ---------------------------
From: Hodge Thorgerson David Cameron-INBA <hodge@redvax1.dgsca.unam.mx>@ATLAS
*To: CQ-CONTEST@tgv.com at ATLAS
Subject: signing portable
Message Creation Date was at 22-NOV-1993 15:03:00
Hi folks,  talking about long calls, as Jim Niger told me,"David, you
need to get a shorter call!"  Well, I'm sorry to say that I am stuck with
XE1/AA6RX until further notice.  We have to follow the rules here in the
Federal District so I can't get a neat call unless someone lets me use
theirs, which is frowned upon.  I am told that until I have immigrant
status in Mexico I will have to sign portable.  And for each yearly work
visa I have to renew my operating permission to the tune of $90 and a lengthy
wait..always just before the CQWW!!  Oh yes, and I need a letter from a local
ham taking responsibility for my amateur radio actions.  The things we do for
love... and I do love the CQWW!!!
I took note the other day that when XE1X and I send our calls simultaneously,
I stll have the last dit of "/" and my call to send when he is finished!!
Hope to hear you all in my pile ups this weekend!  73,  David  XE1/AA6RX

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