> Makes you wonder about the analogy that
> spawned the term. Next time some east coast
> type offers me a bowl of soup, I'll proceed
> with EXTREME caution.
I have first hand experience with this. (those with weak stomachs, do not
continue reading!) On my first East Coast-pedition, which was for CQWW SSB
'93, I was invited to operate 15 meters at W3LPL. Before sleeping Saturday
night, I ate a big bowl of Chili. Sunday morning came and, instead of
getting up to run Europeans, I ran to the toilet and worked a guy named Ralph
(not K9ZO) for a good hour, then went back to sleep until well after Noon,
never really recovering until after the contest.
So, I can confirm the rumors about W3LPL having SOUP and GAS (I know I did!!)
73 Scott (urp) KA9FOX
>From email@example.com (Larry Tyree) Mon Jul 18 22:33:48 1994
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Larry Tyree) (Larry Tyree)
Subject: SprINT contest coming up this weekend.
FIFTH INTERNET CW SPRINT CONTEST
Yes, another in the series of SprINT contests. Will N6TR be able to
continue his streak? Will Sprint Operator Extraordinare KR0Y turn his
radio on for one of these things? Will K9ZO or K4PQL be able to get off
to a fast start like last time, and avoid getting blown away on 40. Will
there be any 40 meter QSOs made anyway? Will N4TQO's computer make it
through the contest without sending a long dah at .02 WPM? How many
different versions of the name Derek or Derrick can be generated? (It
is rumored that one operator is thinking of starting the contest with
the name Derick).
Who will be the poor soul who doesn't know about the contest, makes 12 QSOs
sending the name DAVE each time, and then turn off the radio to go eat
dinner never knowing they have just changed the complexion of the
There is only one way to find out... join the fun in 2 and a half weeks!!
Contest period: 01:00:00Z to 03:00:00Z on Sunday July 24th (Saturday local)
Bands: 40 and 20 meters only (this is a real radio contest, no internet)
Max power output: 150 watts.
Exchange: Consecutive QSO number (starting with one), name and state
or province or DXCC country (if outside W/VE). The name for
the first QSO is your name. For every QSO afterwards, the name
you send is the name you received in the previous QSO.
Call: CQ INT
The standard sprint QSY rule must be followed. This means that if you
solict a QSO (ie: with CQ or QRZ), after completing the QSO, you must
QSY at least 1 kHz before calling another station, or 5 kHz before
solicting another QSO.
Both callsigns must be sent during the exchange. Only one signal at a
time please and all QSOs are to take place on CW. All information
submitted must have been decoded during the contest. The use of post
contest detection or verification techniques or systems is not allowed.
Also, do not make round robin type QSOs. It will be very easy to spot
these with the names floating around. A round robin QSO is one where
you should QSY, but instead hang around to work the station who is
QSOing the station you gave the frequency to.
You may work the same station multiple times provided they are separated
by at least 3 other QSOs in both logs (regardless of band). For example,
if WN4KKN and N6TR had a QSO, they BOTH must work at least three other
stations before they could work each other again. Changing bands does
not eliminate the three QSO requirement.
You must not work the same station or stations using any kind of schedule
or system. It is the intent of this rule to make sure we don't run out of
stations to work. It is NOT the intent of this rule for you to change how
you would operate the contest if dupes were not allowed. If, in the log
checkers opinion, you have not lived up to the intent of this rule, your
log will be disqualified!!
Total score is the number of contacts you make. Any QSO found to be
defective in anyway will be removed from both logs (yes, if someone
miscopies your exchange, you won't get credit for the QSO, so QRS a
Please refrain from using vulgar or inappropriate names. If you receive
one of these names, feel free to either edit it or replace it with your
starting name. Make sure to make a note in your log so we know what you did.
Injecting the contest with an inappropriate name (in the log checker's
opinion) will result in a 1000 point penalty per occurrence. Examples of
inappropriate names may be found on MTV and generally start with the
Additional penalties will be assessed to people who work a significant number
of QSOs, but don't turn a log in. They will be given minus one point
for each QSO that we can verify actually occurred.
Logs must be sent in ASCII format via internet to email@example.com within
72 hours of the end of the contest.
Logs must show the band, time, station worked, number sent, number received,
name received and QTH received for each QSO. Also, please tell me the
name you start the contest with. We will assume the name you send is the
name received on your previous QSO, so you don't have to show that.
Results will be publised on CQ-CONTEST within 2 weeks of the contest. Logs
are checked using the K2MM LogZap software system.
Good luck, tell a friend and HAVE FUN!!
>From Bruce Sawyer" <firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Jul 19 06:10:12 1994
From: Bruce Sawyer" <email@example.com (Bruce Sawyer)
Subject: Calif QSO Party Dates
>Anyone know the PRECISE dates (not "first weekend in Oct.")and times
>designated for the Calif QSO Party this year?
>Thanks, Larry N6AZE
It's the first weekend in October! To be exact, the beginning time is 1600
UTC on 1 October 1994; the contest is over at 2200 UTC on 2 October. About
a month before the contest I'll publish the full set of rules here.
As advance info, the only things that have changed since last year are...
- We're suggesting 1850 for 160m SSB :-)
- High scorers will be eligible for an official CQP T-shirt.
- We've added an award to encourage CA mobile oberation
Ken Anderson, K6PU, has graciously agreed to be the contest judge again this
year, so logs go directly to Ken.
One way or another, we'll get all 58 California counties on the air.
Bruce Sawyer, AA6KX
Pres., Northern California Contest Club