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From: arsenal@infotel.msk.su (arsenal@infotel.msk.su)
Date: Fri Jun 2 19:10:57 1995
From:   ARS:.MARS::ANDY          2-JUN-1995 12:27:23.51
Subj:   letter to trey

To: trey@tgv.com
Hi Trey!!
Did you get my 1-st msg about going to Krasnoyarsk this summer?
i2vxj phoned me yesterday and told me that he would come!!
161!Andy ua3dpx
Hi everybody!
I'm back to the forrum
Some rezults of Russians in WPX
RZ9U (RZ9UA op) - 2,2M SO-SB-20
RU3A - MS - 3,1M
UA3D (UA3DPX op) - 2,69M - SO-All bands High Power
161! aAndy - ua3dpx

>From k8mr@barf80.nshore.org (Jim Stahl)  Fri Jun  2 15:08:01 1995
From: k8mr@barf80.nshore.org (Jim Stahl) (Jim Stahl)
Subject: Small Power Supplies
Message-ID: <3RN36c1w165w@barf80.nshore.org>

The Electro Automatic Corp. in Lawerence MA has had an advertisement in 
QST in the past few months for a 22 amp, 13.8 volt switching power 
supply.  It is packaged to match the TS-50, etc.  It is a German made 
supply resold by EAC.  List price is about $270, not cheap but maybe not 
bad if it saves you a chiropractor visit or two.  :-)

EAC's ad this month is for a earpiece/microphone for the shack on the 
belt crew, but April or May QST showed the switching supply.  I guess 
they try to cover all the bases!

The supply weighs about 6.5 lbs, has over-voltage, over-current, etc. 
They quote some EIN standard for RFI, but I have no idea what it means in 
real life.

Jim   K8MR      k8mr@barf80.nshore.org

Jim Stahl
InterNet: k8mr@barf80.nshore.org
Basic Amateur Radio Frequency, BARF-80 +1 216/237-8208
"Totally devoted to Amateur Radio" - 24 Hrs a day 8/N/1 14.4k-300 baud

>From H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil@seattleu.edu  Fri Jun  2 17:31:47 1995
From: H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil@seattleu.edu (H. Ward Silver)
Subject: Rangers!
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9506020945.C8599-9100000@bach.seattleu.edu>

Not only is it "better to ask permission..." but be sure to follow up with
a short thank-you note.  The offices usually get nothing but gripes and
wants, so a pleasant acknowledgement of any services rendered sticks out
like a sore thumb and helps pave the way for any other ham operations.

"You can lead a horse to vinegar, but you can't make him stick!"

73, Ward N0AX

>From Rich L. Boyd" <rlboyd@CapAccess.org  Fri Jun  2 18:18:27 1995
From: Rich L. Boyd" <rlboyd@CapAccess.org (Rich L. Boyd)
Subject: Antenna/Tower Advice Needed
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9506021326.A15437-a100000@cap1.capaccess.org>

RE N3BDA's antenna query.

TH6 is a great antenna on a shoestring, available used $100-$150,
almost as good as a TH7, which will cost 3 times as much used.  TH6s are
probably more available used also.

Rohn 25 should be fine at 60', even for pretty large antennas.
2-el 40 over the TH6 would be good.  If you can do a second tower, put
it over there.  Cushcraft seems to be peoples' favorite.  Hence, other
brands may be more readily available (and may not work as well either).
204BA would be a good "starter" 20M monobander, at the beginning of the
20M monobander incremental improvements spectrum that is.


Rich Boyd KE3Q

>From Rich L. Boyd" <rlboyd@CapAccess.org  Fri Jun  2 18:26:08 1995
From: Rich L. Boyd" <rlboyd@CapAccess.org (Rich L. Boyd)
Subject: KG1D WPX CW (additional)
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9506021307.B15437-8100000@cap1.capaccess.org>

KF3P was one who mentioned the 200' high yagi at W3LPL not being as
effective in this one as the 50/100 stack.  73

Rich Boyd KE3Q

>From gdo@aloft.att.com (Glenn D. O'Donnell)  Fri Jun  2 21:42:58 1995
From: gdo@aloft.att.com (Glenn D. O'Donnell) (Glenn D. O'Donnell)
Subject: Antenna/Tower Advice Update
Message-ID: <9506022042.AA04506@dasher>

Hi everyone,
  I just want to quickly acknowledge the incredible display of help in
response to my query about antennas/towers/rotors.  Wow!  I've received
a few dozen replies in the first day alone.  It'll take me a while to
digest all the advice and then I'll post my summary.
  A few points that seem to stand out among those I've read so far are:
        - The Force 12 antennas are highly regarded as are some others.
        - My choice of Rohn 45G tower is good.
        - I should probably blow off the computer control of the rotor.
        - I've had some references to FAA/FCC rules on the approach
          angle to the airport.  I'm aware of those rules, thus my
          decision to eventually move the QTH.  According to the rules,
          I'm in violation if I lay an antenna on the ground!  I'm OK
          if I stay near the treetops and avoid the hassle of application
          to the FAA.
        - Several of you recommend used stuff to save $$$.  I tend to avoid
          used stuff if I can.  I will definitely spend the extra $$$ for
          brand new tower.  This is one item that I must not skimp on.
          Antennas & rotor are a possibility.  More thought needed.
        - The multi-band vs monobanders battle looks near a dead heat.
          The advantages of monobanders is obvious, but cost & load factors
          need to be considered.  Again, more thought.  There are good
          arguments for and against both.
        - Many of you point out that 15 & 10 are NOT totally dead and ARE
          useful in a contest.  I agree.  I gotta think about the pros & cons
          of my choices.
  That's it for now.  More to follow.  Thanks again to everyone!  Keep those
cards and letters coming.  I usually try to personally reply to everyone
who responds to one of my queries.  Although there are so many, I will still
try to do just that.  You folks are great!
  This is turning out to be a FUN project.  I'm really enjoying it.
        73 de Glenn, N3BDA

>From becker@shell.portal.com (Tony and Celia Becker)  Fri Jun  2 18:49:36 1995
From: becker@shell.portal.com (Tony and Celia Becker) (Tony and Celia Becker)
Subject: VPED BUG: Won't record with 16 bit Sound Blaster
Message-ID: <199506022050.NAA07749@nova.unix.portal.com>

Forwarded message from JE3MAS.
Thank you for your VPED bug report.  Those bugs are expected because I wrote
VPED with very little hardware information.  I doubt the mixer chip on the
16 bit SB is different from that on my SB-pro. 

Can you check if the mixer chip is working correctly?
Some TSR for controlling the mixer chip like SBP-MIX.EXE could be 
attached in your SB softwares. And you can check the mixer status with that 
software like:

  1) Run SBP-MIX.EXE .
  2) Run VPED recording function.
  3) Press ALT-1 to wake up SBP-MIX.EXE.
  4) Read recording level. ( I suppose the recording level is zero.)
  5) If the level is zero, set it maximum.
  6) Try to record again.
de JE3MAS,  MasIII H.Kozu (KHD00751@niftyserve.or.jp)

>From becker@shell.portal.com (Tony and Celia Becker)  Fri Jun  2 18:54:52 1995
From: becker@shell.portal.com (Tony and Celia Becker) (Tony and Celia Becker)
Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT: Internet FD Challenge and Draft Rules for comment
Message-ID: <199506022055.NAA08082@nova.unix.portal.com>

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We are pleased to announce The Internet FD Challenge!

The Internet FD Challenge is a separate competition within the
existing ARRL Field Day event.  This contest-within-a-contest has
two objectives for the experienced operator: providing a more
challenging contest operating experience combining FD rates with
SS mults, while attracting and training new operators by
over-the-air example and direct mentoring.

The discussion of attracting additional contester participation
and training in FD, followed by much consultation with W6QHS and
WN4KKN, has resulted in the following draft announcement for all
to review.  (Just when you thought the contest season was over
and you could relax for the summer.)  We would love to have your
comments and suggestions by the evening of next Thursday, 8 June,
just in case we missed something crucial.

I have received suggestions from the authors suggesting how best
to use TRLog and WriteLog to track your operator time.  I hope to
get a response from all so the Appendix will be comprehensive.

We plan to post the final version the weekend of 10-11 June, so
every one has time to get their group together.  Many of you are
doing this mentoring anyway and now you have a way to get some
special recognition for your group.  Those of you who haven't now
have a challenge to respond to (or not...).  We're going to do
this, so think about giving it a try.


                           2 June 95

To enter the Internet FD Challenge, here is what you have to know
and do:

1. OPERATOR CLASSES:  New Operators are defined as operators who
have never won a major contest award.  Expert operators are those
of you who have been listed, either singly or as part of a
multioperator group, in QST, NCJ or CQ in a Top-Ten box, or as a
Divisional, Sectional or County Leader in SS, CQP and other
regional QSO Parties (Novice Roundup leaders are considered new
operators).  Use your good judgement and remember, we all get to
see your choices.  You know who you are.

2.  ENTRY CATEGORIES:   Multi-Single is the same as 1A or 1B,
including the 5W battery-powered option, and Multi-Two is the
same as 2A or 2B, including 5W-battery.  The 1A through 2B
classes are defined in FD rules, pg. 133, May QST.  The Internet
FD Challenge does not include a Single-Operator category.  Any
outside assistance (packet spotting, etc.) may be used, and the
results of a Novice Station as defined in the FD rules may be
included in the scoring.  Except for SS-type multiplier scoring
and limited entry categories, all other ARRL Field Day Rules
apply.  You must have submitted your regular entry to ARRL. 

3.  MENTORING NEW OPERATORS:  During the contest look for some
serious contesters doing serious rates in the usual places.  Put
in the effort to show the new guys and gals how to log and
maximize both QSOs and Multipliers, and let them have the
operating time to do it.   Keep track of the operating hours for
each operator and transmitter.  You can use the OpOn or Note
features of CT, NA, TRLog, or WriteLog to keep track of operating
time, and learning how to use the computer is part of training
New Operators.  It OK to use paper logs and transcribe to
electronic form later too.

In the single transmitter class, operating time of all expert
operators must total less than 16 hours; in the two transmitter
class, operating time of all expert operators must total less
than 16 hours for each transmitter.  Once an expert operator has
initiated operation at a transmitter, a minimum of 15 minutes
must be logged.  The participation of one or more expert
operators is encouraged but the Internet FD Challenge is open to
all operators with no limit on operating time of new operators. 
Time used by expert operators coaching or assisting new operators
does not count toward the expert's time limit, so long as the new
operator is doing the operating.

4.  SCORING:  The Internet FD Challenge multiplier is the number
of ARRL/RAC sections worked; the sixty-nine ARRL sections are
listed on Pg. 8 of any QST, and the seven RAC sections are MAR,
PQ, ONT, MB, SK, AB and BC (VE8/VY1 does not count in the
Internet FD Challenge; a Clean Sweep is 76 sections, for which
there is a separate award).  Each station can be worked for
scoring credit on as many band/modes as possible, but multiplier
credit is given for each section only once, regardless of band
and mode.  

The Internet FD Challenge score is the number of FD QSO points
multiplied by the number of ARRL/RAC sections worked.  FD QSO
points are the same as defined in the FD rules:  2X the number of
CW contacts plus 1X the number of SSB contacts made on any of the
FD bands and modes, multiplied by the FD power multipliers (X5
for 5W battery, X2 for 150W maximum, X1 otherwise).  QSOs and
multipliers by a Novice Station as defined in the FD rules may be
included in the Internet FD Challenge score.  

No Bonus points will be credited for the Internet FD Challenge.

5.  REPORTING:  Make up a summary sheet, showing the number of
sections worked and separate lists of new operators and expert
operators, with operating times identified.  Don't forget to
include number of transmitters and their power levels, including
any novice station.  E-mail the summary sheet with the above
information to AE0M, at the address below by midnight, PDT,
Sunday, July 2, 1994 (the following weekend).

6.  AWARDS:  A modest plaque will be awarded to the top scorers
in the M/S and M/2 classes.  Certificates will be sent to the
top-scoring group in each ARRL/RAC section.  A suitable trinket
will be sent to each group reporting a clean sweep, subject to
receiving $5 to cover costs by snail mail with a copy of the
summary sheet.

If you are not going out with a group including New Operators,
get on in the usual places doing your usual best, but show a
little extra patience, QRS when asked and limit yourselves to 16
hours total operating time at any transmitter.

A summary will be posted on the contest reflector and a full
report sent to the NCJ editor ASAP.

                         Appendix A
   Tracking operator time with Computer Logging Programs

TRLog doesn't track operator time automatically, but there is a
feature that allows you to add a note to the log where you can
indicate when the operator has changed.  After the contest, you
just manually tally up the times.
(Thanks Tree, N6TR)

WriteLog has no automatic facility to track operator time, but it
can be used as follows:  Add a column to the log, as you may for
any contest in WriteLog, enter the operator start/stop times into
these columns and add them up after the contest manually. 
(Thanks Wayne, W5XD)

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AE0M, Tony Becker - becker@shell.portal.com - Silicon Valley, U.S.A.


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