August,1995 NAQP CW--K8NZ
386-151 58,286 pts. Oper. Time: 6.5 hrs.
I love this contest, but I hate the time of year. It always falls
on a beautiful sunny August day(except for this year) and it
conflicts with one of the great social events of the mid-west--
the KN8Z GF&B. I had intended to go to Doc's and have a great time
and blow off the NAQP, but decided against it at the last minute in
order to get some chores done at home and win some needed
A continous rain forced me to put off chores and
spend some time at the radio testing my new 40m Loop. Of course
one cannot spend just a little time in NAQP especially with above
average conditions. Was very surprised to hear 10/15 open into
the early evening and I'm sure the TX boys rolled up some massive
totals on those bands. Some day I'll be able to hear well on those
bands and find out what their potential is from my home QTH.
Had a great time and hope to see everyone on SSB.
>From email@example.com (Brian Short) Sun Aug 6 20:02:37 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian Short) (Brian Short)
Subject: NAQP Score (revised)
Made a small mistake in my log, so now a higher score! 73 de Brian
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 42
20CW 271 271 270 49
15CW 80 80 80 32
Totals 500 500 499 133
Final Score = 66367 points.
>From email@example.com (Tony and Celia Becker) Sun Aug 6 17:30:01 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tony and Celia Becker) (Tony and Celia Becker)
Subject: AE0M NAQP Score
NA QSO CW
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Mults Ants (100% aluminum free)
80CW 34 34 34 18 GP @ 8'
40CW 97 97 97 40 Delta Loop @ 8'
20CW 94 91 91 37 Delta Loop @ 12'/ Attic Dipole
15CW 30 30 30 14 Delta Loop @ 16'/ Attic Dipole
10CW 9 9 9 4 Attic Dipole @ 28'
Totals 264 261 261 113
Final Score = 29493 points.
RIG: FT-990, FL7000 at 150W & 486DX2-66 MHz running N6TRLog version 5.24.
Late night work this week precluded a full effort. I moved the 20m delta
loop further out of the tree and a bit higher, but the attic dipole is
still better for some contacts, esp. one hop. No neighbor RFI complaints
yet. Off time stategy was dictated by falling asleep at 2023 and again at
0137 for 90 min ea. and 3 hours off. 28 band changes (fully automatic ant.
switching with auto tune amp was fun to play with).
Best 10m rate was at 0431 (90/hr) and best hour 0410-0510 (61/hr); that
vertically polarized 40m loop works well.
I gotta figure out a better antenna for 20m; maybe the 20m delta loop
should be polarized horizontally instead of vertically?
AE0M, Tony Becker - email@example.com - Silicon Valley, U.S.A.
>From Steve Sacco <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sun Aug 6 20:32:00 1995
From: Steve Sacco <email@example.com> (Steve Sacco)
Subject: win95 + More
> I have been running version 4.00.484 beta of Win 95, and > agree that it
is the slickest thing since teflon.
Not to start one of these O/S "religious" wars, but if you *REALLY* want to
see an impressive O/S, SKIP Windows '95, and install a copy of Windows NT
v3.5.1. Then you can see what REAL multi-tasking, etc looks like.
I think it will be incredibly interesting to see what the impact of more
robust Operating Systems, and the inclusion of built-in networking
capability and TCP/IP stacks, and ultra-low cost "Ethernet" boards, will
have on CONTESTING in the future.
Imagine not having to deal with that serial/parallel port silliness, and
just have every dodad accessory be an addressable device hung off of the
LAN. It will be SO much easier to set things up!
Imagine a contest logging program which used a relational database engine
running on a PC somewhere on the LAN. You could do all manner of
interesting queries against it during and after the contest ("I wonder how
many XY1's I worked on 80?" SELECT COUNT * FROM log WHERE callsign LIKE
"XY1%" AND band = "80").
Imagine contest logging software with which you can integrate resources
like those available on the World Wide Web. You could do things like real-
time browsing of the OH2BUA "WebCluster", or view up-to-the-minute maps of
the aurora at both poles, or have extended capability of the "SUPER CHECK
PARTIAL" kind of function which automatically did a look-up to an up to
date callsign server maintained by that country's licensing authority. Of
course, you could be doing all of this while logging Q's, AND viewing the
latest pix of Alecia Silverstein on her WWW page!
I've been spending too much time in the Florida sun.
Back to the towers; there's only 11 weekends left after this one before
Narcoosee, Florida (only minor damage from Hurricane Erin)
>From KE2PF <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sun Aug 6 20:49:00 1995
From: KE2PF <email@example.com> (KE2PF)
Subject: WAE Rules?
Could someone in Europe please re-post the CORRECT version of the
Worked All Europe rules? I know the correct date, but CQ magazine
shows it as a 48 Hour contest while QST shows it as only 36 hours.
I am more inclined to believe CQ magazine (QST contest coverage really
@#!#s!!!), but I would like to make sure.
I know they were posted here a couple weeks ago, but I must have lost
them while deleting the dozens of QRL messages.
Thanks for the help, and hope to see you on next weekend.
73, Dave KE2PF
US Coast Guard
Cape May, NJ