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Subject: Log program
From: jefray@comsys.net (Jerry Fray)
Date: Tue Jul 30 09:25:54 1996
Hey gang -

I'm looking for a log program I can run on a Pentium 100mhz system.
Either WIN 3.11 for Workgroups OR WIN 95 as the operating system. NO DOS
only program PLEASE!!!!! ( I don't wanna go backwards agn). The ONLY
experience with computer logging programs was from Field Day and that
was a DOS based program and it WOULDN'T run off my Pentium!

All ideas and suggestions will be appreciated!
Jerry KB9NMU

>From DKMC@chevron.com (McCarty, DK 'Dav)  Tue Jul 30 16:12:08 1996
From: DKMC@chevron.com (McCarty, DK 'Dav) (McCarty, DK 'Dav)
Subject: How Much does a DB Cost?
Message-ID: <CPLAN065.DKMC.653512080096212FCPLAN065@ION.CHEVRON.COM>

From: McCarty, DK 'David'
Subject:  Re: How Much does a DB Cost?


Actually, those truly in-the-know hold forth that the effectiveness of a
given antenna is proportional to the difference between the erection
temperature and room temperature (68F)  This explains, of course, why the
Northern climes do so much better, since the temperature deviates further on
the cold side than it does on the high side down south!  It also explains
the successful strategy of N5RZ moving to Midland, Texas, to win SS.  The
summer projects are "baked" at over 110F in the shade -- and there isn't
much shade out in West Texas -- while the winter fixer-uppers often take
advantage of the blue Norther effect!

>Subject: Re: How Much does a DB Cost?
>On Jul 25, 12:35am, Charles H. Harpole wrote:
>> Subject: Re: How Much does a DB Cost?
>> DBs costs relate to the weather.  EVERYBODY knows that antennas worked
>> on in a snowstorm (etc., you name the weather, like 30 below) produce
>> gain than those assembled in nice weather.  I am now assembling a HyTower
>> in 110 degree plus effective temp. here in sunny Fla. and place all
>> readers on alert to the killer signal it will output.  de K4VUD
>I don't think so Charles ... The weather factor only applies when you
>must wear a lot of clothes and work with gloves. There is addition gain
>for work done in high wind and snow conditions. Work done in warm, sunny
>conditions on the other hand add a negative DB factor ... I just don't
>understand how anyone from Fla. can be heard on the bands.
>73, Jim 'from northern nine land', WA6SDM
>cc: tower-talk@contesting.com

>From kr4dl@atl.mindspring.com (Steven R. Schmidt)  Tue Jul 30 23:50:35 1996
From: kr4dl@atl.mindspring.com (Steven R. Schmidt) (Steven R. Schmidt)
Subject: KR4DL/P IOTA Contest (NA076)
Message-ID: <>

We (KR4UJ and I) arrived at 12:30 AM Friday and immediately saw our hurdle.
>From the cottages we'd reserved sight-unseen, we had a hill rising as much
as 20' to the northeast, our path to Europe.  I had figured Cedar Key
(NA076) would be flat.  This didn't bode well for the TA33jr. on a 20'
push-up mast we'd brought.  Too late to do anything about it, we unpacked
the gear and set up our station.  We were too keyed up to sleep right away,
so we tested the set-up by connecting the station to a 20 meter Hustler
vertical attached to the back of the truck.  We worked A35PM almost
immediately.  This cheered us up a bit and we went to sleep.
Waking late the next morning, we ended up having to erect the TA33jr. and an
R-7000 vertical in 90+ degree temperatures.  We sampled the airwaves and
found our path to Europe, predictably, was hampered by the hill to the
northeast.  We also ran into some snags trying to set up TRLog; it was the
first time using the program for both of us.  We got a little practice with
the program working US stations on Friday afternoon and evening.  Though the
water tasted a bit funny, the local seafood was delicious!
Saturday morning, we started things slowly on 40 meters. When we switched to
20 we found the low TA33jr. worked adequately in the states, though we never
stirred any huge pileups.  Finally, in the afternoon, Europe started coming
through on the little beam.  I worked piles of europeans on 20 CW for 2 1/2
hours before turning the rig over to Paul.  He found our highest Q rate on
20 SSB for the next hour 'til Europe started to fade on us.  The ground
sloped from our antenna to the water and gave us a nice shot northwest to
southwest, but we never found the large numbers of VKs, ZLs, JAs, etc, that
we hoped for.  In fact, we only worked one JA.  We had some real surprises,
like working a ZL long path on 20 late saturday afternoon, and having KH2D
call us early in the evening.  We were also pleased to find ZD8 and C5 on 40
for new multipliers.  A35PM gave us another shout, along with a 5W for
welcome mults.  Next time we'll try to push the mast up to 30 feet and get
it on the top of the hill!
We had to clean up some glitches in our log; TRLog allows you to enter
either EU005 or EU5 and counts them as separate multipliers.  We lost some
mults (and a few points!) cleaning up the log after the contest.  Our score
was not impressive, but we had a great time.  This is a fun contest for a
domestic "dxpedition".  QSL's will be answered direct or via the bureau,
just as we receive them (direct with appropriate SASE).  QSL via my home
call.  Thanks to everyone for the contacts, we hope you had as much fun as
we did.  Totals:  616 Q's, 75 mults, 249,450 points.
73,  Steve  KR4DL

>From n4vhk@sumnet.summit.winston-salem.nc.us (HENRY HEIDTMANN)  Tue Jul 30 
>18:13:07 1996
From: n4vhk@sumnet.summit.winston-salem.nc.us (HENRY HEIDTMANN) (HENRY 
Subject: No subject
Message-ID: <199607301713.NAA23960@sumnet.summit.winston-salem.nc.us>

Quick question about CQWW SSB... Is there any chance of a Multi-Op/Single
xmtr LOW POWER category??? Wouldn't that open up the doors a little bit for
those barefoot stations to have a chance? 
        Discussions? Thoughts? Good seafood recipes?

73 de Henry Heidtmann, N4VHK
W4NC Contest Team
Winston-Salem, NC

>From va3wto@pathcom.com (Rui,VA3WTO)  Tue Jul 30 22:22:05 1996
From: va3wto@pathcom.com (Rui,VA3WTO) (Rui,VA3WTO)
Subject: Iaru log Tank you.
References: <31FDED8A.1CC1@pathcom.com>
Message-ID: <31FE7CFD.7545@pathcom.com>

My special tank`s to VE3RM,KA5WSS,K3WW K9VFA,AA7VB,N2MZH,JA0FVU,
 S50U for replying to my question were to send the IARU log via 
email,here is the answer:
 73 to all de Rui.
 One of the operator`s of the VA3SK contest Team.

>From va3wto@pathcom.com (Rui,VA3WTO)  Tue Jul 30 22:25:30 1996
From: va3wto@pathcom.com (Rui,VA3WTO) (Rui,VA3WTO)
References: <m0ulD3S-000f4iC@mgate.arrl.org> <31FE7D6C.5C4A@pathcom.com>
Message-ID: <31FE7DCA.649D@pathcom.com>

Rui,VA3WTO wrote:
> Hogerty, Tom, KC1J wrote:
> >
> > Your Email has been received in the Contests Branch
> >
> > 73,
> >
> > Tom Hogerty, KC1J
> > Assistant Contests Manager
> >
> >  ---------
> > From: Rui,VA3WTO
> > To: contest
> > Subject: 96 Iaru Log
> >
> > <<File Attachment: IARU96.SUM>> <<File Attachment: VA3WTO.LOG>>
> > Hello here is my log for the iaru contest i did operated as singel op
> > ssb only low power.
> > 73 de Rui

>From paul1@wizard.ucs.sfu.ca (Paul Erickson)  Tue Jul 30 22:53:57 1996
From: paul1@wizard.ucs.sfu.ca (Paul Erickson) (Paul Erickson)
Subject: your mail
Message-ID: <9607302153.AA12847@wizard.ucs.sfu.ca>


I think it is a GREAT idea!!!! But what do I know... I'm a qrper and would
like to see a Multi/Multi qrp catagory.

cheers, Paul
email: paul1@wizard.ucs.sfu.ca
> Quick question about CQWW SSB... Is there any chance of a Multi-Op/Single
> xmtr LOW POWER category??? Wouldn't that open up the doors a little bit for
> those barefoot stations to have a chance? 
>         Discussions? Thoughts? Good seafood recipes?
> 73 de Henry Heidtmann, N4VHK
> W4NC Contest Team
> Winston-Salem, NC

>From jreid@aloha.net (Jim Reid)  Tue Jul 30 23:20:36 1996
From: jreid@aloha.net (Jim Reid) (Jim Reid)
Subject: N4XM Tuner
Message-ID: <>

>     From my perusal of the net I know you have one of N4XM's tuners. I was 
>     wondering how you like it now that you have had it for awhile. I'm in 
>     the market for a reliable, high power tuner for topband work and also
>     those other bands. At your convience, send me a synopsis of your 
>     conclusions re this tuner. It is many $ and I hope it is worth the 
>     cost.

Hi Hank,

Well,  so far the XM is  FB.  Have used it on all bands, 160 thru 10.  No
problem getting good matches between the rig,  either barefoot or via
the 87A.  Used them both a lot during the recent WRTC competition
(BTW,  was surprised to learn I had won the Pacific Div plaque!!).

The unit is very costly  when looked at from the bill of materials cost;
which is probably around $200 or,  maybe $300. Paul, N4XM got a patent
several years ago (1986) which covers "reversible" switching of
elements in an "impedance matching device);  the XMatch, (TM)
is based upon the patent. (Patent No. 4,763,087, Impedance Matching
Network",  7 claims).

The kilobuck plus price is justified if one wants real quality and wishes
to support a guy who is doing his best to give us top quality and stuff
that works as advertised. This "no frills" unit is the most efficient tuner
available.  Buying one means you are after every fraction of a dB in
efficiency, a la, what is the cost of a dB.  Similar to why I am now
using Hofi coax swiches:  0.04 dB insertion loss!! And they also are expensive.

Paul  also needs the dollars to build his business, cover the overhead, keep
his wife happy,  and recover a lot of expense he obviously had to put
out to get that patent granted a few years back(see below). I worked for
years for a man who taught us that if you could not sell a high tech product
for at least 5 or 6 times "prime" cost (parts and labor) you were going out
of business!

checked out his claims,  and may have looked at one of the units before they
would accept his small ad he is now running (which is costing him around
$225 or so per month,  depends upon his copy insertion contract).  They
have not yet "reviewed" the unit,  and may not, as its price will not appeal
to the broad amateur market;  am sure it is intended  for the contest guns!
It is
his only product,  so it must support the business.  His wife packed up my
unit very FB;  I was impressed anyway.  

The XM1 and XM2 switch  positions of Paul's unit,
interchange the two T-circuit capacitors which are in the "series" signal
arm,  while the inductor hangs open from between the C's,  with the
roller tap going to ground.  One of the C's is a fixed bank of  5kV rated
capacitors,  connected in parallel to total 575 pF.  The other capacitor
is a dual variable built by either Oren or Cardwell.  The two sections are
also wired in parallel thus doubling the capacitance which can be interchanged
from the input of the tuner,  while the 575 pF is in series with the output
connector to the antenna,  or can be reversed so that the fixed C is at the
input,  and the variable at the output to the antenna load.  By the way,
the above circuit description is based upon my own "tracing" of the wiring,
and may NOT abe correct,  but that is what I believe I saw.

I have found that it is well to swich between XM1 and XM2 at nearly every
tune-up,  tho usually the XM1 position gives the correct match at the lower
end of each of the bands,  while the XM2 is nearly always correct for the upper
band regions.  Have  no idea why.  You must tune VERY slowly,  especially
when doing inductor adjustments,  it is eady to go by the "sweet" spot when
trying to use a digital SWR meter, as on my Kenwood or P-3000.   I now
have placed an MFJ antenna analyzer permanently  on one of my Hofi multi
position switches.  This way I can swich the input terminal of the XM tuner to
the analyzer,  and very quickly and easily get a 1.0 match at any frequency
within the band range of my beam or several dipoles. When  switched 
back to the rig,  I have a perfect match to the antenna system at and
around that frequency, and the tune up didn't bother anybody,  either.

The single switch is probably the most expensive component,  it is very
husky and unlike the MFJ tuners,  the drive shaft is not ever going to
slip.  It even uses a separate, spring loaded detent locking wafer! 

Also, usually need very little L (that is,  low counter reading of the
inductor tuning
indicator)  to obtain a great match.  The roller inductor is on a ceramic
core;  MFJ's
new inductor is air core,  and will be higher in Q than were it on ceramic.
I went to
the XMatch tuner after melting my earlier MFJ inductor core while on 160;
that was
the earlier MFJ design which had a plastic inductor core of some type.  I
did also
become very frustrated with the poor quality of construction of the MFJ
the switch shaft would slip,  not turn the switch because the internal shaft
was slipping;  the turns counter would slip on the inductor drive shaft,  etc.

The XM unit has no balun,  no provison to switch to a second antenna,  no
SWR meters: in short it lacks "features",  but does work,  as advertised. I
use an Amidon 1.5:1 balun to feed my 72 ohm balanced line to the dipoles.
Again going for highest possible efficiency with the antenna set up I can put
up here on a smaller lot.

A peculiarity of construction,  at least it seems odd to me,  is that the
case cover
is insulated from the chassis at all sheet metal screws points,  except for
one screw
where a good connection is assured by the use of a lock washer;  all others
use insulating washers.  Only thing I can figure is that this is done to somehow
reduce circulating currents around the internal circuit components;  but this is
just a guress.  I sent an e-mail to Paul,  but he chose to ignor that question;
also,  he would not send me a copy of his patent;  I obtained it via the
internet from
a patent supplying outfit called the internet Shadow Patent Office.

I probably might have purchased a Viking tuner,  but did get a lot of
negative comments
about them via the internet,  so shy'd away.  I  did get some excellent
references about
the XMatch tuner from Top Band guys.  I  really do believe the XMatch  design is
probably optimized for 80 and 160.  It is even labeled as the "Classic

Hope this stuff helps in your purchase decision,  Hank.

73,  Jim, AH6NB

>From radio@UDel.Edu (Robert Penneys)  Tue Jul 30 23:39:14 1996
From: radio@UDel.Edu (Robert Penneys) (Robert Penneys)
Subject: NERD seeks NAQP CW team...
Message-ID: <199607302239.SAA11520@copland.udel.edu>

It's been a while since we have mobilized the redoubtable N.E.R.D.S.

I am going on NAQP CW and will put in full time. I hope to operate from
K3WW in PA.

If you have a serious team going and have a spot, let me know.


Bob WN3K

Frankford Radio Club   N.E.R.D.S.  Manager, Ham Radio Outlet, Delaware

>From km9p@contesting.com (Bill Fisher, KM9P)  Wed Jul 31 00:35:21 1996
From: km9p@contesting.com (Bill Fisher, KM9P) (Bill Fisher, KM9P)
Subject: Melbourne, FL contesters?
Message-ID: <199607302335.TAA01478@paris.akorn.net>

Anyone near Melbourne Florida on this system?


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>From Tim_Coad@smtp.svl.trw.com (Tim Coad)  Wed Jul 31 00:36:03 1996
From: Tim_Coad@smtp.svl.trw.com (Tim Coad) (Tim Coad)
Subject: Please..No more Catagories.
Message-ID: <n1373377547.34963@smtp.svl.trw.com>

Please lets not start talking about adding more catagories again.
If you are interested in this dead horse, Im sure Trey has it all archived.
Tim - NU6S

>From k2mm@jzap.com (John LastMinute Zapisek K2MM)  Wed Jul 31 01:40:20 1996
From: k2mm@jzap.com (John LastMinute Zapisek K2MM) (John LastMinute Zapisek 
Subject: SprINT-Checking Source Code Now On FTP
Message-ID: <199607310040.RAA02248@jzap.com>

Hi, Barry (W2UP).

Good luck with your new RTTY Sprint.  Yes, you're welcome to the source code
for the programs I use to check the Internet SprINT.

> If easier for you, I can get them via ftp.

Great idea.  I've put all the sources in


> I'm not gonna be one modifying source code, hi hi.

You'll probably have to find a UNIX-comfortable programmer.  I say this
because the roadmap to the sources is a file called Makefile.  Some
familiarity with makefiles and the "make" command will be necessary.

Also, a compiler that generates code for virtual-memory execution is almost
a must.  Otherwise you're gonna need a REAL whiz-bang programmer who's
willing to do a ton of work.

There's a LOT of code written specifically to do name traces.  And that's
still the most labor-intensive checking task -- probably all with a very
small payback in terms of reader interest.  You'd likely be better off if
you omitted the send-the-last-name-you-got rule in YOUR contest.

(This is not a problem with the code.  The checking program is separate from
the pre-formatter which homogenizes the e-mail logs and propagates rx/tx
names.  The checker works FB with regular NA-Sprint-style name rules.)

73.  --jzap

John Zapisek K2MM <k2mm@jzap.com>

P.S.  You CQ-Contest readers are welcome to browse the sources as well!  If
you've read this far, you're self-selected :-)

>From k8mr@barf80.nshore.org (Jim Stahl)  Tue Jul 30 18:54:11 1996
From: k8mr@barf80.nshore.org (Jim Stahl) (Jim Stahl)
Subject: Sept. VHF Contest Dates
Message-ID: <1w5VRD2w165w@barf80.nshore.org>

I notice that the September VHF QSO Party is the week after
certain hamfests that have produced lots of FM controversy in the
past.  I for one am happy that I will get to do the CW sprint and
go to a major hamfest in Findlay, OH, without screwing up the VHF
I this the result of some good thinking at ARRL HQ, or just the
dumb luck of the calendar?
Jim   K8MR     k8mr@barf80.nshore.org

Jim Stahl
InterNet: k8mr@barf80.nshore.org
Basic Amateur Radio Frequency, BARF-80 +1 216/237-8208
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