Please see file attached.
KT3Y CW WPX Score S/O HP unassisted
My congratulations to KE2PF for an exceptional score. With marginal condx=
overall and heavy QRN on the low bands, a "super" station clearly makes =
a difference. =
In addition, my congratulations to Bob KQ2M (4.6M) who beat my "all wire=
antenna score with a similar setup. Also congratulations to Fred K3ZO =
for taking the PVRC top spot with 4.7 M. =
QSO Points Prefixes =
160 2 4 0 Compressed delta loop =
80 92 372 20 Phased dipoles NE/SW, NW/SE dipole
40 790 3554 376 3L wire beam NE, N/S, E/W dipoles
20 997 2412 259 5L wire beams NE and NW, stacked dipol=
15 46 114 19 5L wire beam NE, 3 lazy Hs
1927 6456 674 =3D 4,351,344 =
All antennas mounted between trees. Heights 70 to 80 feet maximum.
Three two wire beverages (maximum length 450 feet) for receive.
I was pleased with the performance of the 3L 40 beam. It is an exceptiona=
antenna with a very good pattern. I am not sure of the exact height but
would estimate 75 feet maximum.
The phased dipoles on 80 (spaced about a quarter wave) also appear very =
promising. Computer modeling indicates that the gain over a dipole at =
70 feet is 4.5 db bidirectionally with a lower radiation angle. =
73, Phil =
>From email@example.com (David Clemons) Tue May 28 23:42:02 1996
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (David Clemons) (David Clemons)
Subject: station cost/personal motivation
The idea that "radio contesting costs too much money" has been put
forth for quite a few years. I think one of the reasons for this notion is
that our present society is noted for the desire for instant gratification.
When someone suddenly discovers radio contesting, does he/she feel they need
to have the best equipment and antennas before they enter their first serious
contest? And if they can immediately afford that super station, how will
they cope with the inevitable fact that they will be outdone by several
operators with far inferior setups? It seems to me that people who go
through life with this attitude will seldom achieve much, and what they
achieve will not give them any satisfaction anyway.
The way most of us serious operators have progressed is by starting
small, getting a taste of what contesting is, finding out what we can
presently accomplish, and deciding what we would like to accomplish in
the future. Then we begin to work towards our goals accordingly. Wouldn't
it be foolish if all K1's quit contesting because we could not beat the likes
of K1AR, for example? (Wouldn't it be equally silly for all NBA players to
quit because they will never quite be like Mike?) Well, if you must
immediately be tops, then I guess you need to start your own unique activity.
Several ops have posted mail as to how they put together a good
station without a large expenditure of money. I too can verify that my
station, put together over a period of 14 years, has cost very little.
(If I didn't have family obligations it would have been quicker. But so
what? My family is, after all, more important than my hobby.) About half of
my tower sections and half of my antennas have been acquired as used items,
some of them needing repair. One of my best moves was to take a welding
course at the local trade school in the early 80's. You'd be surprised at how
much you can save when you can do your own arc welding. (Small arc welders
are fairly cheap on the used market too.) And my radios have seldom been top
of the line models.
I will never be quite like the Mikes of contesting, but I am starting
to approach some of my goals. If I reach them, I'll simply set some more
goals and keep on going. For the serious contester, I think it boils down to
this - no matter what our level of contesting, it's the goal setting and the
chase that keep us going.
73, Dave Clemons K1VUT
>From email@example.com (Bill Fisher, KM9P) Wed May 29 00:15:04 1996
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Fisher, KM9P) (Bill Fisher, KM9P)
>I wonder how your KM900P paid off ! Any comments on that ?
Clearly a mistake in judgement on using this callsign. I was having trouble
using the second radio anyway (since there were so few times 2 bands were
actually open and the QRN on the low bands was so bad), but add in the
KM900P callsign and S&Ping was a terrible experience.
I've learned two lessons this year:
#1: Never operate the Sprint with a funny call and 100w.
#2: Never operate any other contest with a funny callsign.
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