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Subject: High Rates
From: reisert@eng.pko.dec.com (reisert@eng.pko.dec.com)
Date: Mon Jun 19 13:01:56 1995
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>From De Syam <syam@Glue.umd.edu>  Mon Jun 19 17:16:55 1995
From: De Syam <syam@Glue.umd.edu> (De Syam)
Subject: FRACAP Contest 1995 -- 9 July 1995
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950619114249.3191J-100000@mocha.eng.umd.edu>

I have just received a flyer from the Club de Radio-Experimentadores de 
Nicaragua (CREN), host of this year's FRACAP (Federacion de Clubes de 
Radioaficionados de Centroamerica y Panama) Convention.

To publicize the Convention they are having a contest, and here are the 

Time: 9 July 1995, 1200 to 2400 GMT

Band/Mode: 40 meter phone only

Classification: Single Operator only

Exchange: serial number beginning with 0001 plus Report (RS) plus the 
time.  (Yes, you tell the other station what time you are logging him at).

Points: Everybody works everybody.  Each QSO counts one point except:
-- TG, YS, HR, TI, HP: two points (except portables from outside Central 
   America who happen to be operating in Central America still count only 
   one point)
-- YN: five points
-- Station YN1YN (CREN club station): 25 points
-- Station YN0FRACAP (FRACAP Club Station): 35 points..

Multiplier:  Add all your points up and multiply by 35 for final score:

Logs to:

                             CONCURSO FRACAP '95
                             APARTADO POSTAL 925

    mail within 15 days of the contest.

Awards:  plaque to winner from each country.  
         certificate of participation to everyone who sends in a log.

The prizes will be awarded at the FRACAP Convention Banquet in Managua, 
16 Sept. 1995 (The Convention will be held Sept. 15, 16, 17 in 
Managua.  Convention details can be obtained by fax from fax number 
74973 in Managua).

Comment:  OK, I know.  You have to speak Spanish and most of the 
activity will be below 7100 on SSB, so how can a US station participate?
Well if you want to practice your Spanish for CQWW and all those LU 
novices on 10 meters, here is the perfect opportunity.  Just pick out a 
clear spot above 7153 (remember if you are below 7153 your sidebands go 
over the sub-band limit) and call:

       "Say-coo con-COORS-so frah-cup" 
 a few times and sign your call in Spanish (remember, FCC rules say you 
also have to ID in English every ten minutes or at the end of each QSO even 
when QSO'ing in Spanish).

To the first station that answers you, after passing the required 
information, ask him in Spanish:

   "Oye, colega, me puedes dar una manito?  Estoy cogido aqui arriba y no 
    puedo bajar por debajo de los 7150 KHz.  Puedes decir a los colegas 
    mas que aqui estoy arriba QRV para que me vengan y llamen"

   (Hey OM, can you give me a hand?  I'm stuck up here above 7150 and I 
    can't go down further.  Can you tell the guys down below that I'm up 
    here and waiting for them to come up here and give me a call?)

It works like a charm.  I have worked the Colombian and Venezuelan 
contests like this for years with great success, and last year I got a 
beautiful plaque from FRACAP for being the US winner, thanks to Nao, 
NX1L, who handcarried it back from the FRACAP Convention in Guatemala.

                                    Buena suerte!

                                    Very 73,

                                     Fred Laun, K3ZO   

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