Fi> Hi. As a part-time station designer, I have been asked to recommend
Fi> a low-band receiving antenna for a location that has unusually good
Fi> ground; i.e. a salt marsh.
Fi> -Tony, K1KP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bi> Tony, you've got it wrong!
Bi> Over saltwater, however, a Beverage is no good since
Bi> the low angle performance is very poor.
Bi> 73 Bill
Now that I took the time to really read your original posting, I realize
that you WERE speaking about salt water. Sorry for telling you a bunch of
stuff you already know!
>From Joe Subich" <email@example.com Sat Aug 5 14:46:29 1995
From: Joe Subich" <firstname.lastname@example.org (Joe Subich)
Subject: Windows 95
>Have any of those who have had the opportunity to use the beta copy of
>Windows 95 tried it's compatibility with the various contest programs? I
>understand that there is no real DOS prompt in Windows 95 and that it may
>not like programs like CT. It would be good to know before installing
>Windows 95 on your computer!
Since Windows 95 is nothing more than Windows 4.0 over MSDOC 7.0, you can
easily avoid booting the graphical portion (Windows) and revert to a DOS
command line. The keys are in CONFIG.SYS and MSDOS.SYS (MSDOS.SYS is now
a text INI file ... you add GUI=NO or some similar command [my notes are
not at home] and the Windows GUI will not start).
Since most of the programs like CT are very timing dependent, particularly
if you are using them to send CW, you don't want to be messing them up with
Windows' unreliable "multi-tasking." Run them from DOS 7 ...
... Joe Subich, AD8I
>From Will Sill <email@example.com> Sun Aug 6 01:47:40 1995
From: Will Sill <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Will Sill)
On Wed, 2 Aug 1995 email@example.com wrote a VERY long comment defending
his product and growling about criticism. I see the author has since
apologized for "advertising" here, and only wish to comment about some
of the "facts" that could be checked and measured:
<deleting much verbiage>
I DID NOT FIND ANY FACTS ABOUT PERFORMANCE!
With all due respect to the writer, I do realize that "Kurt Sterba" is a
caustic fellow indeed, and that he is a sort of Johnny-one-note on
antenna matters, groaning regularly about exaggeration and unproven
claims. But in this case, I fail to see any tangible EVIDENCE (in the
subject post) that the Force12 product is superior to, say, an aluminum
ladder, or that Sterba stuck it to you unfairly. Notice I don't say the
C3 is no good - I'm saying no hard data was presented.
I join Sterba is being completely unimpressed with testimonials. The fact
that I had a nice 30 minute QSO with a VE7 on 17m with 100w and a G5RV
(true) does not make the G5RV a killer antenna.
I also have a dim view of measurements that fail to take into account
real world conditions - dbi is a cute concept but try measuring THAT in
your home town.
You want to impress me? Show me field strength meter data from A/B/C
comparisons. In other words, show me hard, independently-verified
evidence that your antenna focuses RF better than mine. Never mind the
computer simulation stuff. I was into computer simulation in the fifties -
and I know a computer can be programmed to tell you what you wanna hear.
(No offense intended to legitimate stuff that's helpful!)
When you have the data, I listen real good. When you just wanna tell me
what a good guy you are, and how long you been a ham (some of the old
ducks can't hardly find their way to the bathroom - age don't impress me,
as I am old by some standards myself!), or how many contests you've won,
don't bother. Contests are not won by antennas, or transceivers, or
amplifiers, or good marketing. They are won by people, taking advantage of
available equipment AND circumstances AND a little bit 'o luck!
Maybe you've got a legitimate beef, and maybe you haven't - but IMO you
brought it to the wrong forum.
firstname.lastname@example.org - KD3XR - W F Sill, Tunkhannock, PA
>From email@example.com (Jim Stahl) Sun Aug 6 04:31:04 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Stahl) (Jim Stahl)
Subject: NAQP Score
NCJ NORTH AMERICAN QSO PARTY
Call used: K8MR Location:
Category: Multi-Single Xmtr Mode: CW Power:
Callsign of Operator: K8MR
If multi-operator, show calls of all operators and loggers:
(In order of appearance:) KU8E NZ4K WD8LLD WD8AUB K8MR W8FN N8JEC K8CC
W8KIC KE7X WZ3Q AA8AV NZ8O K8AZ AC8E
Exchanged Information: K8MR ERIN OH
Hours of Operation: 03:49
band QSOs points mults
160 7 7 6
80 46 46 25
40 13 13 9
20 81 81 29
15 54 54 17
10 12 12 5
TOTAL 213 213 91 SCORE: 19,383
Club or Team Name: Mad River Radio Club
Comments: This started at the annual KN8Z Barbeque & Mad River RC
Picnic. This included all the 40 - 10 meter qsos. The 80 and 160
QSOs were done by the real K8MR from the real K8MR QTH 150 miles
Now QRT to get up in the a.m. to head for a cruise in C6A, where the
namesake made it's claim to fame last week.
I, by virtue of my statement below, have taken part in the
NCJ NORTH AMERICAN QSO PARTY on 08/05/1995
conscientiously applying my most ethical interpretation of the
published rules for this contest.
Name: Jim Stahl Call: K8MR
30499 Jackson Road
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
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 Steve Merchant <email@example.com> Sun Aug 6 07:22:01 1995
From: Steve Merchant <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Steve Merchant)
Subject: N4TQO NAQP Score
This was a very part time effort for me -- around 6 hours -- lots of
playing, not much serious operating. 294 x 124 = 36,456. Nice to see
some new (old) faces, and the usual crowd as well. Hope everyone had
fun. See you all in SSB section.
Where was W9NQ? He must be too close to me now that I've moved.
73, Steve N4TQO
>From XTFF35A@prodigy.com (MR CHARLES A CULLIAN) Sun Aug 6 07:37:32 1995
From: XTFF35A@prodigy.com (MR CHARLES A CULLIAN) (MR CHARLES A CULLIAN)
Subject: NAQP SCORE
QRN was awful, but here's the score:
Band QSOs Mults
160 14 8
80 36 22
40 138 42
20 257 48
15 130 38
10 143 38
Totals 718 196
Had a great time, wish my low band score was up to par.
>From email@example.com (Brian Short) Sun Aug 6 08:11:27 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian Short) (Brian Short)
Subject: 1st NAQP Score
My first time (ever) using the N6TR program and I must say that I did
enjoy it very much. Maybe next time I'll be more practiced with the
software, but the learning curve was not bad. Also my first time in
NAQP. Eqpt: FT-990, KT-34, 40M2A (2 el 40), 80m folded dipole.
NA QSO SUMMARY SHEET
Contest Dates : 05-Aug-95, 06-Aug-95
Callsign Used : KE7GH
Operator : KE7GH
Category : SOP
Default Exchange : Brian AZ
Name : Brian K. Short
Address : 1994 E Laguna Dr
City/State/Zip : Tempe, AZ 85282
Country : United States
Team/Club : Central Arizona DX Association
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Mults
80CW 21 21 21 10
40CW 128 128 128 41
20CW 271 271 270 48
15CW 80 80 80 31
Totals 500 500 499 130
Final Score = 64870 points.