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Subject: VHF Rover story/sob/score/comments
From: PEMS_ST_DK@noeca.ohio.gov (PEMS_ST_DK@noeca.ohio.gov)
Date: Mon Jun 12 19:47:54 1995
The W8CAR first ever, vhf rover effort is over.

score by square:
EM99    8q x 6grids =48
Em89    9q x 4 grids=36
En80    2q x 2 grids=4  (I was tired!)
En81    8q x 6 grids=48
A fairly lame score but read on (or DEL)
Saturday: Leave Cleveland with a load of stuff for my daughter at O.U.
Rain, no, Torrential rain near Mansfield.  cover pickup with tarp.
Arrive Columbus to pick up Son, number 1 helper and strong back.
Notice that 5l beam is now 3l beam due to whipping of tarp and inertial
stupidity forces caused by tarp operator.
stuff delivered-daughter happy-son tired-he books home to Columbus.
W8CAR almost does same BUT drives into Wayne National Forest looking for
a hill. He has topo maps with premarked spots.  He gets lost and finally
finds a stopping place to look at maps. Looking for Ridge road.----looks
at sign --it says--Ridge road and better yet: Itgoes UP!!!
He goes UP (its only a hill remember) and finds a wide spot in gravel road 
near a summit that has only one layer of trees.
He sets up the mighty 5l/3l beam on the trusty 15 foot mast and fires up
(well, warms up) the 25watt Yaesu.  He hears signals and works some.
Sandwich time-this rover stuff is cool!
Leaves EM99 at 8:30p.m. local time and heads to next stop.
(I got real tired here and time is a blur but I got back to the home
grid late and operated frm EN81 on Sunday.

Now the dumb part. I had fun!!!!!!!! and I heard cw and wrked a few
Let's see now with an amp and a beam with all the elements and a higher spot
in the clear and a helper to keep me company it could almost be like
CQWW ((not really!))
I will do it again !!!
*  W8CAR pems_st_dk@noeca.ohio.gov                                 * 
*  Dan Kovatch                                                     *
*  Antennas are the key - BUT an ALPHA sure doesn't hurt!          *

>From Robert <w5robert@blkbox.COM>  Tue Jun 13 00:19:27 1995
From: Robert <w5robert@blkbox.COM> (Robert)
Subject: Summary: Tower Cement
Message-ID: <9506121819.aa13607@blkbox.COM>

Bob (& others interested in tower concrete)

I read the comments and the one on using a square hole so it
would not rock in the wind?   My tower is self-supporting and
at the previous QTH we bored a 42" ROUND hole 7ft down and 
at the current QTH we bored a 48" round hole 7.5 FT down.
I notice no rocking of the cement and was always told the round
hole (bored) was the way to go....   It always appeared the
square holes were used as they were hand done & hence fit the 
budget better -  I'm just not getting into a hole 7ft deep....
73 Robert  WB5CRG  w5robert@blkbox.com   

>From Mr. Brett Graham" <bagraham@HK.Super.Net  Tue Jun 13 01:05:07 1995
From: Mr. Brett Graham" <bagraham@HK.Super.Net (Mr. Brett Graham)
Subject: VS6BG ARRL June VHF QSO Party score
Message-ID: <199506130005.AA10370@is1.hk.super.net>

Category: single-op 50 MHz
QSOs: 10
Grids: 7
Score: 70
Rig: FT-726 100W & 3-el quad @ 13m
QTH: OL72dk
Elev: 20m
Comment: Sometimes we don't have Es for the June QSO Party weekend.  This
         year, the Es season has been pretty healthy, but for the weekend
         it was down from what it has been.  JAs were in & out & the TV
         sync buzz from the NNW never got above S3.  Some of the local boys
         were up on a hill (450m) & could attract more JAs than I could, but
         weren't aware there was a contest on.  As always, too many of the
         JAs didn't know their square, so lost a few Qs & undoubtedly, mults.
73, VS6BrettGraham aka VR2BG bagraham@hk.super.net

>From barry@w2up.wells.com (Barry Kutner)  Tue Jun 13 01:09:55 1995
From: barry@w2up.wells.com (Barry Kutner) (Barry Kutner)
Subject: New record for contest reporting
Message-ID: <9iVL7c1w165w@w2up.wells.com>

Congrats are in order to WS7I and AB5KD for scoring, reporting, and 
mailing awards in about 3 months for the WPX RTTY contest.

Plaques were presented to those present at Dayton for the 1995 (yes 
1995!) WPX RTTY contest which took place in early February.

Yes, I know the "big ones" have many more logs, but here's a goal to 
shoot for!


Barry N. Kutner, W2UP       Internet: barry@w2up.wells.com
Newtown, PA                 Packet Radio: W2UP @ WB3JOE.#EPA.PA.USA.NA
                            Packet Cluster: W2UP >WB2R (FRC)

>From stearns@gn2.getnet.com (Ned Stearns)  Tue Jun 13 02:24:34 1995
From: stearns@gn2.getnet.com (Ned Stearns) (Ned Stearns)
Subject: VHF Contest results
Message-ID: <199506130124.SAA01194@gn2.getnet.com>

Having been absent from this contest for a few years, I decided to see if
the station still worked. Conditions were fair on six throughout the weekend
and we did catch a thirty minute Eskip opening on 2 meters to some
underpopulated grids in Texas. The bottom line was: 1 new country
(HR6/W6JKV), 1 new grid on 2 meters and 10 new grids on 6 meters.


6 meters        272 Q's X 137 grids
2 meters         80 Q's X  26 grids
70 cm             6 Q's X   4 grids

Total score 60,788 points.

See you in September, as they say.

Ned Stearns
Ned Stearns AA7A
Scottsdale, AZ
aa7a@amsat.org  ned_stearns@email.mot.com  stearns@getnet.com

>From mraz@maverick.aud.alcatel.com (Kris I. Mraz)  Tue Jun 13 02:52:12 1995
From: mraz@maverick.aud.alcatel.com (Kris I. Mraz) (Kris I. Mraz)
Subject: optimum stacking distance
Message-ID: <9506130152.AA28621@maverick.aud.alcatel.com>

At HamCom this past weekend I attended the antenna design forum on Sunday. The
presenter (can't think who it was right now) stated that the optimum
(vertical) stacking distance between Yagis was dependent on the gain of
the individual Yagis.

I had never heard of this before so when I got home I looked up Yagi
Stacking in the ARRL Antenna Handbook. It briefly touched on this by
stating that the stacking distance was dependent on the *beamwidth* of
the major forward lobe and referred to a little graph with beamwidth on
the x-axis and stacking distance on the y-axis. It showed that narrower
beamwidth antennas must be stacked further apart than broader beamwith

Now, I know that in general higher gain antennas have narrower
beamwidths. Can someone explain why narrower beamwidth (higher gain)
antennas must be stacked further apart? Or point me to a book that
gives the details? tnx.

Kris AA5UO

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