Sorry for the delay folks, I got back late Sunday night and needed a couple
days to recover.
WP3/WX9E M/S (field day style)
Ops N0BSH, NP4Z and WX9E
Bottom line is something like:
2125 x 652 for something close to 4.5m
Antennas were a 3 el 15m fixed on EU at 20ft (bottom of a 100ft roof mounted
tower), A3 with an armstromg rotor on a push-up mast at 15ft, 40m sloper and
an 80m half sloper. All near the top of a 2500' mountain. Rigs were an
OmniVI (great radio, awesome receiver!!!!) and a 440, Clipperton L amp.
The wire antennas were put up the previous weekend, and the yagis were put
up a few hours before the contest. Not too many things went wrong. Had some
RF getting into the computer, and the breaker blew a few times, but
everything ran smoothly for the most part.
The first night on 40m was AWESOME, about 650 Qs with incredibly loud JAs.
Then the bottom sorta fell out. Conditions down south were quite odd.
Felipe said he has never seen anything like it before. Condx seemed to get
better the farther north you went. We were listening to several stateside
guys run people we couldn't hear. 15 and 20 had it's moments, but for the
most part was disappointing. You know condx are strange when a Caribbean
M/S gets beat by some stateside single-ops, and VP5BB who was SOLP! My hats
off to all of them!
Thanks to Felipe for the hospitality!
PS KP3/AA3BG was a different operation, do not send cards for that call to
me. Only NP3/N0BSH and WP3/WX9E.
>From Dravland, Todd" <ToddD@dci.state.sd.us Wed Jun 7 23:19:00 1995
From: Dravland, Todd" <ToddD@dci.state.sd.us (Dravland, Todd)
Subject: FW: VHF test
Sorry to use so much bandwidth, but found out K1LL/0 will be at DN83 (Bear
Looks like others are doing the posting thing, so I will put my 2 cents in.
I ( and others, hopefully) will be operating W0RTD from DN94 in Pierre, SD
on 50 and 144 Mhz during the VHF test.
Also, K1LL/0 and others will be at Bear Mtn., SD in the western Black Hills
at 7200 ft elev. with a big setup on each band 50 thru 1296.
May be a few other SD stations on at various locations. See you in the
>From email@example.com (Tyler Stewart) Wed Jun 7 23:01:23 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tyler Stewart) (Tyler Stewart)
Subject: On Wkg 0-Pointers
>I'd like to offer a couple of observations concerning
>working domestic (i.e., zero-point) QSOs in the WPX
>contest. This really applies to U.S. entrants, so DX
>readers may wish to hit the DELETE key now.
>First, I took three typical large U.S. scores from George's
>WPX CW results/rumors posting and noted the following:
> Score Mults QSO Pts (derived)
>Multi-Multi 10.0 million 930 10750
>Multi-Single 2.7 million 620 4350
>Single-op AB 3.0 million 685 4380
>The effect on score of adding one 0-point mult vs. one
>non-mult 3-point QSO is as follows for the above cases:
> M-M M-S SOAB
>1 more 0-point mult 10750 4350 4380
>1 more non-mult 3-pt QSO 2790 1860 2055
>trade-off value of mult 3.8 Qs 2.3 Qs 2.1 Qs
>So it's worth foregoing a couple of DL4's or JA3's if it means
>snagging that WX9. The next question concerns the likelihood of
>getting a new domestic multiplier by running W's. I analyzed my
>own WPX CW log (20m single-band) and found I had worked 267 of a
>possible 819 mainland-U.S. prefixes ... that's just under 1/3 of
>the available prefixes. Among the "easy" misses were AA4, WB3,
>KB6, KC5 and the like. With that low a penetration, I offer that
>you will pick up new multipliers even by non-selectively running
>As an aside, there's also the "psych-out" factor as your friendly
>competitors tune across you giving out huge - and legitimate -
>So don't ignore the W's, and do encourage the newer licensees
>(who typically have rarer prefixes) to get on and operate.
>For the DX types still reading, I'd be interested as to how your
>own penetration of possible U.S prefix multipliers stacks up;
>e-mail me direct at the address below with any input.
> 73 ... Marty N6VI/KH6 (or sometimes KH7) :-)
You should have made your comparison using four 0 point QSO's with 1 new prefix
vs four 3-6 point QSOs with 1 or even 0 new prefixes...THAT is quite a
Even so, I dont mind giving out the 0 pointers once, but if several stations
call, the DX gets preference. What gets me is when I look at the F9?
Check Call screen in CT and see I've already worked the same US guy on 3 other
bands or that he's a dupe on the same band. It gets so bad by Sunday afternoon
that at times 50% of the stations that call are dupes and a large percentage
are US. Then you tell 'em QSO B4 and they just keep calling anyway until you
work them again just to get them to go away.
I dont want to sound ungrateful for valid QSO's of any kind, but in the "heat
of battle" 40 hours into a contest, that stuff tends to "get to ya!"
73, Tyler KF3P
>From Tim Coad" <Tim_Coad@smtp.svl.trw.com Wed Jun 7 23:21:02 1995
From: Tim Coad" <Tim_Coad@smtp.svl.trw.com (Tim Coad)
Subject: More WPX thoughts....
Subject: Time:3:16 PM
You know I have heard people say that having a funny prefix like "NU6" is
not a help in WPX.....but there is one thing they leave out....the otherside
of the QSO. When I search and pounce toward the end of the contest it sure is
nice hearing "Tnx ur a new prefix!" rather than being ignored or scorned for
being worth zero points.
Tim - NU6S
>From Floydjr <email@example.com> Wed Jun 7 23:32:27 1995
From: Floydjr <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Floydjr)
Subject: On Wkg 0-Pointers
Well I have tried to explain this issue to CQ several times but they say
the same thing. It is a contest for the US to work DX. Well then in my
opinion we need to change the name of the contest. I believe WPX stands
for World Prefix Contest. The last time I looked the US was part of the
world. If it is for the US to work DX then lets call it DXPX contest. I
would like to see some point value given to US contacts. I do realize
that it will affect records but all records were made to be changed. Just
put a star beside them. Maybe the best bet is to start a new contest.
Oh well just my opinions. I did run my 94 sweepstakes through the WPX
contest just to see how many different prefixs I worked. I believe it
came to about 280 some. Now how would we all like to add 280 multi's to
73's Jim // WA4ZXA
>From Rich L. Boyd" <rlboyd@CapAccess.org Thu Jun 8 02:16:58 1995
From: Rich L. Boyd" <rlboyd@CapAccess.org (Rich L. Boyd)
Subject: A Contester's Prayer
Add me to the list of those whose only missed section in CW SS last year
Rich Boyd KE3Q