Well TREE asked for it, so here it is.
Secrets to using 2 rigs in the Sprint !
First .... you MUST HAVE two radios. Amplifiers
optional but STRONGLY recommended. For antennas
it is helpful if you can use any of the three bands at once,
i.e., three feedlines, one each for 20/40/80. 20/80 CAN be
shared as it is unlikely you will use both at the same time,
at least during the current solar cycle levels.
Second ... some method of switching two radios
satisfactorily is needed. Think K0GU is collecting data
on this now.
Third .... You DO NOT need a computer for the SPRINT.
Just my opinion. I use 'em for every other contest tho...
Fourth ... operate 15 to 20 SPRINTS to get the hang of
the contest. More = better.
Lastly.... It is against IA2RCU (Int'l Amateur 2 Radio
Contesters Union) rules and regulations to use
2 rigs until you make 250 QSOs with one rig. Three rigs are A O.K. after 300
QSOs (w/ 2 rigs). Four rigs are O.K. after 350 QSOs (w/ 3 rigs)
You get the picture, don't you ?
See you in September!
>From email@example.com (Barry Kutner) Sun Jul 31 01:39:13 1994
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Barry Kutner) (Barry Kutner)
Subject: A *New Contest* using GRID SQUARES
I disagree with Dave, WX3N. I think we all (most) agree that CQWW is the
premier DX contest. That doesn't mean every DX contest is to be the CQWW.
The way I look at it, the ARRL DX test is an analog of WAE test, All
Asia, etc. It is a region vs. the world contest, not a free-for-all like
CQWW. In my opinion, having the different sets of rules adds some spice
to contesting, rather than detracting from it.
If you compare ARRL DX to any of its analogs, it is by far the most
popular. As the old saying goes, let's compare apples with apples.
Personally, I think there are enough apples, and prefer the fruit salad!
Barry N. Kutner, W2UP Usenet/Internet: email@example.com
Newtown, PA Packet Radio: W2UP @ WB3JOE.#EPA.PA.USA.NA
Packet Cluster: W2UP >K2TW (FRC)
>From Fred Hopengarten" <firstname.lastname@example.org Sat Jul 30 21:14:37 1994
From: Fred Hopengarten" <email@example.com (Fred Hopengarten)
Subject: building a m/s station
On Fri, 29 Jul 94 21:51:30 EST, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> I am getting ready to build a house on 6 acres and build a 3 or 4 tower
> station..would like to hear ideas or experiences others have been thru
> to eliminate some of the mistakes that could occur..station is going to
> be in the basement of a 2 story house..the article in the ncj about
> kl7ra's station provided some info on running ac lines..etc and this
> is the type of information i'm looking for...and yes, i know that
> ac lines are a GOOD thing to have an dthat i SHOULD have them..
> 1 how do most guys with stations in a basement run the coax into
> radio room?? How do u prevent water form getting in?? etc
> 2..Anybody using the Polyphasor stuff?? Heard several good reports
> about their products..
> These are some of the questions i have es would like to have a "plan"
> before we start building..Again any additional info on stacked antennas
> inside layout etc would be most useful
> thanks 73's
> greg kc4zv email@example.com
K1VR: I bring all of my feedlines in underground. However, my shack is
NOT in the basement. That would be far too plebian. Here in Lincoln,
my shack in on the plaza level.
To punch a hole in the concrete, use a reciprocating drill, often known
by the name of a manufacturer (and called a Milwaukee drill). Punch a
few holes and then chip out the concrete. Put pipe in and then seal
with a modern epoxy cement to prevent leakage. Any electrician or
local contractor can do it too. If you are pouring new concrete for
that portion of the house, put the pipe in before your pour.
Plant a ground rod through the floor at this entry point, and seal the
downward hole with the same stuff. Now you can ground everything at the
In addition to your ham radio coaxial runs, be sure to plant at least one
RG-11 or RG-59 run to a tall tower for distant TV reception, as cable TV
companies will be offering fewer and fewer distant stations in the future.
Also, run some RG-59 (I suggest a pair) to a common patch panel for future
use in distributing signals around the house. It is also impossible to
have too many pairs of telephone cable.
Fred Hopengarten K1VR
Six Willarch Road * Lincoln, MA 01773-5105
home + office telephone: 617/259-0088 (FAX on demand)
"Big antennas, high in the sky, are better than small ones, low."