>Boy......I wouldn't sign NV to my call if there was any other choice.
Every contest I enter I hear people sign NV after their calls, sometimes I
even do it. Some people make it sound like NST or TEST also.
Tom Frenaye, K1KI, P O Box 386, West Suffield CT 06093 Phone: 860-668-5444
>From David Robbins <firstname.lastname@example.org> Fri May 3 23:28:49 1996
From: David Robbins <email@example.com> (David Robbins)
Subject: Elevated cable runs
Scott Detloff wrote:
> I'm getting ready to start running cables from my two towers. They are
> 170' and 310' away from the house, and the plan is to use 8' 4X4's buried
> 2' and spaced every 10'. A "U" shaped bracket will hold a 1/4" guy wire on
> 4X4, and the the cable runs attached to the guy wire. There will be atleast
> five 3/4"
> CATV, and 6 control line/ rotator cables coming from each tower. Any
> on your installation, or installations that you have seen would be greatly
> for tips.
i have a run of about 200' from one tower. i have 5 supports along it.
i used 10' or 12' 4x4's buried about 2', this gets the wires just high
enough that i can walk under them except at the bottom of the dips. to
attach to the posts i pre-drilled and screwed in a heavy eye bolt (abt
1/2" diameter i think). for 2 of the posts i used 16' 4x4's so i could
raise the cables up with ropes thru the eyebolts like a draw bridge to
get backhoes and cement trucks under for future towers. of course
always use pressure treated wood for posts like this.
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
>From Charles Epps <firstname.lastname@example.org> Fri May 3 23:57:56 1996
From: Charles Epps <email@example.com> (Charles Epps)
Subject: WRTC Awards Program
Many people have asked about the awards which will be available for
stations who work the 52 competing WRTC teams. Here is where things
stand as of today. Please contact me if you have questions, need
additional information, or would like to sponsor one of the plaques.
Thanks de Rusty Epps, W6OAT
WRTC96, Inc. Publicity Chairman
Fifty-two teams of top amateur radio contest operators from 30 countries
will travel to San Francisco July 10-15 to compete head to head in the
1996 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC-96). These operators were
selected for this competition by national amateur radio organizations,
leading contest clubs, and an international panel of judges. Among their
ranks are the holders of world records in virtually every major HF contest.
The WRTC competition is a "sub-competition" within the framework of the
larger IARU HF World Championship contest scheduled for the weekend of
July 13 and 14, 1996. The WRTC competitors will enter the IARU contest
as 52 two-person multi-operator, single-transmitter entries. All 52
teams will be located near San Francisco Bay on flat terrain in
relatively close physical proximity so as to minimize propagation
differences, and all will run exactly 100 watts output into nearly
identical antenna systems. By eliminating many of the station and
propagation variables normally associated with radio contesting, the WRTC
strives to present a meaningful competition in which the winners can
rightfully claim to be "the best of the best."
Although the WRTC stations will be competing only with each other, they
can work anybody and everybody operating in the IARU contest. The WRTC
stations will be on the air from 12:00 UTC, July 13 until 06:00 UTC, July
14, on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. You can work them once on cw and once
on ssb on each of these bands, so the maximum number of QSOs possible
will be 4 (bands) x 2 (modes) x 52 (stations) = 416. The WRTC stations
will be easy to identify because they will be signing 52 distinctive
"1x1" callsigns specially approved by the Federal Communications
Commission for the competition. These callsigns are W6A through W6Z and
K6A through K6Z.
Several incentives exist to encourage everyone to find and work the WRTC
teams. Those who "slice through" the pileups will earn a customized WRTC
letter opener endorsed for making 10, 25, 50, 75, or 100 QSOs on any
combination of bands and modes. If you're lucky enough to achieve a
"grand slam" by working all 52 different 1x1 callsigns, you'll garner a
special commemorative deck of WRTC playing cards.
Numerous radio clubs and individuals have donated plaques to be awarded
to amateurs in specific geographical areas who make the most QSOs with
WRTC team stations. These areas are Worldwide (excluding the San
Francisco Bay Area*); Africa, Asia, Oceania, and South America; ITU Zone
6 (excluding the SF Bay Area), Zone 6 (SF Bay Area), Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone
11, Zone 18, Zone 27, Zone 28, Zone 29 and Zone 37.
Each WRTC team using a 1x1 callsign will have a unique, distinctive QSL
card so work them all to collect the entire set. WRTC stations will QSL
100 percent via the bureau and it is not necessary for you to send your
QSL to them.
The competition organizers will use a computer for processing the 52 WRTC
station logs to generate QSL labels and to determine award eligibility,
so you do not need to submit your log. This means, though, that if you
have any doubt whether a WRTC station got your call right, you should
work it again as there will be no chance to correct your callsign after
If you work at least 10 WRTC stations and would like to have one of the
above-mentioned awards, send a self-addressed adhesive mailing label (not
an SASE) containing your name, callsign, and address, along with $1.00 or
2 IRCs for postage and handling, to WRTC-96, Inc., c/o Rusty Epps, W6OAT,
651 Handley Trail, Redwood City, CA 94062, USA. Please submit your
request by August 15, 1996.
Plaque: Donated By:
Worldwide (No SF) Radio Amateurs of/du Canada, Inc.
Africa (Donor being sought)
Asia Morioka Contest and DX Association
Oceania Carl Cook, AI6V
South America Radio Club Quilmes in memory of Jorge H. Bozzo, LU8DQ
ITU Zone 6 (No SF) WRTC-90 (Seattle) Organizing Committee
ITU Zone 6 (SF) Dick Dievendorff, AA6MC
ITU Zone 7 Bill Hider, N3RR
ITU Zone 8 Frankford Radio Club
ITU Zone 11 Dennis Motschenbacher, AA7VB
ITU Zone 18 Nokia Corporation
ITU Zone 27 (Donor being sought)
ITU Zone 28 A.R.I. - Italy
ITU Zone 29 (Donor being sought)
ITU Zone 37 (Donor being sought)
*The "San Francisco Bay Area" consists of the California counties of
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa
Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma.
>From firstname.lastname@example.org (Barry Kutner) Fri May 3 23:55:18 1996
From: email@example.com (Barry Kutner) (Barry Kutner)
Subject: Elevated cable runs
> In a message dated 96-05-03 15:33:34 EDT, you write:
> >Scott, elevated cable runs are an open invitation for lightning and other
> >problems.Use em if you have to, but be aware of the dangers!
> Tom --
> Over 90% of commercial cellular, paging, broadcast, communications and
> microwave installations all have elevated cable runs. I'm not sure what you
> mean by your statement about the dangers.
I think the potential problem (pun intended) being alluded to is the
fact that a cable brought in above the ground may not be at
ground potential. I believe the key is to bring it to physical (and
electrical) ground first at the tower base before running it in.
As a simplified example, if you have a 100 ft tower, and bring the cable
down to 10 ft, then run it into the shack, you may retain 10% of the
voltage of a lightning strike on the cable. This is (as I'm sure you
know) because the tower appears as an inductance to the quick pulse of a
strike, and the cable at the 10 ft level appears as a "tap" 10% above
ground potential of the tower/inductor.
As long as the shield of the feedline is grounded at the tower BASE, the
way the cable is carried into the shack is irrelevant.
Barry N. Kutner, W2UP Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newtown, PA Packet Radio: W2UP @ WB3JOE.#EPA.PA.USA.NA
Packet Cluster: W2UP >WB2R (FRC)
>From Ken Silverman" <ken.silverman@CCMAIL.AirTouch.COM Sat May 4 01:52:03
From: Ken Silverman" <ken.silverman@CCMAIL.AirTouch.COM (Ken Silverman)
Subject: Dayton Rooms Available (come and get em)
This message is being relayed for NCCCer Ed, W0YK:
"I have 2 rooms available at the Stouffer Hotel, as I am no longer going to
attend Dayton. I would appreciate your posting this message on CQ Contest.
I will give the confirmation number(s) to the first callers and they can
switch the credit card number. Have them call me at 408-353-1853."
(Note: this is Ed's home number, and he lives in California. Please contact Ed
directly if you need a room. 73, Kenny WM2C)