A Great CQWW contest - NOOOOT
40 HOURS OF RADIO AND NOT A SINGLE MULTIPLIER
It was Saturday Oct 26 in the afternoon. Last weekend of October.
CQWW weekend. I was standing on the roof of Entebbe airport, the
international airport of Kampala, Uganda. Somebody called on VHF: 'T
minus 30 minutes, the planes are landing!'. The telecom crew looked up
from their work as two cargo planes approached the runway. 'UN-WFP'
was painted on their side, United Nations World Food Programme, the UN
organisation I work for as regional telecom manager.
I let out a long sigh. 'At least we're payed for this', joked Ake,
5X1R, who stood next to me, and guessed how my mind wandered off
to the CQWW SSB contest which was not to happen for me this year.
It all started six days ago. Fighting between the Zairean Tutsi's and
the military run out of hand in Uvira, East Zaire. The 200,000
refugees in the camps around the city were fleeing for their safety,
to the North, to Bukavu, the nearest refugee camps. The lifes of the
expatriate aid workers was threathened and they were evacuated from
Uvira with a WFP plane, leaving behind a total chaos: local people,
the Tutsi rebels, the Zairean army looting and fighting. We airlifted
our people out on Tuesday, and the days after, alarming reports
reached us that the fighting was approaching Bukavu. About 110,000
refugees from Uvira had then approached the already existing Bukavu
refugee camps, population 300,000.
I saw it coming: no cqww for me this year. And true it was. On Friday
morning the UN decided to airlift food into Bukavu, as the
foodpipeline, to Bukavu was stopped. This pipeline is a fleet of
Kampala based trucks who drive in hundreds of tons of food per day, to
Goma and Bukavu. But the border with Zaire was recently closed due to
local fighting and Goma itself was not much safier either. With a
refugee population increasing to 500,000 , Bukavu foodstocks could no
longer be replenished.
The same day, our regional telecom crew prepared to put up an air
operations communication center in Entebbe.
The next day, Saturday morning at 10:00, we left Kampala with two cars
full of equipment, and we set up the radio stations on Entebbe
Airport, one hour's driving away.
Now the first two of five planes were flying in and we needed to be
ready A.S.A.P. And ready we were. Six hours after leaving Kampala, we
had two HF base stations up and running, one VHF base, on cellulare
phone as at 1600 hours the first plane took off direction of Bukavu.
The first messages were immediately handled by our newly set up air
ops comms room.
One radio was in continuous contact with the planes, one handled all
traffic between the bases in Kampala, Goma and Bukavu, as well as with
the WFP air ops centres in Nairobi and Lokichogio, both in Kenya. The
VHF links were used to liaise between the Crisis Team in Kampala (who
were in contact with the WFP HQ in Rome and UN HQ in NY), and the
logistics ground crew, who was around in the airport, getting air
clearances, ordering fuel, looking for storage and accomodation for
people and cargo.
Meanwhile, our orders were changed: instead of flying in the food, we
were to get the aid helpers out of Bukavu, as the situation was
running out of hand and headed straight for a plain blood bath. The
scenario in Bukavu was equal to that of Uvira, a couple of days
before, and Rwanda in 1994. At this point in time, 600,000 refugees
were struggling for their lifes in between the fighting and the
The air ops communication centre which I manned resembled like
manning single handedly a multi-multi contest station with one person.
Hundreds of messages were relayed and logged. Main events logged on a
large white board, plans and scenarios pinned on the wall, people
running around trying to set up and arranging all kinds of things
which make an airlift/evacuation rolling. In a contest, you can miss a
QSO or a multiplier, but in this situation you can not miss understand
or miss relay one message. People's lifes were at stake.
By 22:00 we had evacuated the 120 people we needed to pick up from
Uvira, with 3 planes, and two more were being prepared on the air
strip to fly into Goma the next day.
I came home at 23:30, and did not dare to switch on my ham radio. The
CQWW contest would be all over the bands and I would pity myself
having missed it.
The sunday, I got up at 5 am, and speeded off to the airport. We did
not know what was going to happen, as the situation was very confused.
Were we to get aidworkers out of Goma, north of Bukavu, which shelters
750,000 refugees? Where we to fly good into Goma? Though we still had
some staff in Bukavu, and were fully manned in Goma, it was difficult
to form a global overview on what was happening. The situation seemed
very volatile. We sent two cars out to Gisenyi and Cyangugu, Rwandese
towns just over the border of Zaire, to monitor the stream of refugees
coming into Rwanda. Both teams had HF radios and satellite telephones
with them. A smaller UNHCR plane flew into Goma, and we used it as a
'probe' to feel what the situation was at the airport. Not good as
we found out as some passengers were harressed and denied access to
the plane. Zairean military planes were overflying Goma airport,
which, soon after the small UN plane left, was declared 'closed'. No
way we could get any of our large cargo planes in. Neither to take
food in, nor to take people out.
We decided to keep all planes on standby for the rest of the day, 'on
call' as it was for our crew in Goma. The situation did not
deteriorate further and in the evening, we closed the station at the
airport. There was no way we could fly in during the night anyway.
Once again, it was night when I arrived home, and decided to switch
on the radio. The CQWW contest was going into its sprint for the
finish. I spin the dial over the bands, but I was almost falling
asleep despite all the excitement I heard in the headset.
I went to bed with mixed feelings. End of October has not been
my lucky period lately. Last year, I missed the CQWW as, with the
Heard team, we were in VK6 trying to find a boat for the expedition,
after an Australian guy run off with our money. This year, I am in
Africa, trying to help out in a regional conflict.
In a few minutes, I felt asleep like a rock. Maybe I dreamt of where
I would be next year for the CQWW? Maybe I dreamt of entering my score
of a few thousands of QSOs. With not a single multiplier...
>From email@example.com (Dieter Dippel) Tue Oct 29 09:09:58 1996
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dieter Dippel) (Dieter Dippel)
Subject: CQWWDX SSB: QSL-MANAGER the 2nd
CQWWDX SSB CONTEST 1996
QSL-MANAGER (last update 29th of October 1996)
tnx for information SM4EMO, OK1DXI, IK7TAJ and others
c/o: DF4RD, Dieter (email: email@example.com)
Member of the Bavarian Contest Club
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>From firstname.lastname@example.org (Fred Hopengarten) Tue Oct 29 07:05:54 1996
From: email@example.com (Fred Hopengarten) (Fred Hopengarten)
Subject: Lil Gun Fret Not (Long)
Fred Hopengarten, K1VR
Six Willarch Road * Lincoln, MA 01773-5105 * 617/259-0088
Big antennas, high in the sky, are better than small ones, low.
On Mon, 28 Oct 1996 11:34:58 -0500 (EST) firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank
>Its true! Just about every highly competitive contester I'm aware of
>today started out small! In my case, I was 12 years old living in the
>city in 1959 (fortunately my family had an oversized lot for that area
>80 x 80 feet). I used a Hallicrafters S-38D receiver, an Ameco AC-1
>transmitter and a 40 foot wire strung up the side of our three family
>house (similar to Archie Bunker's house!).
K1VR: I visited Frank in that house, back then. I remember thinking:
"Boy, has this guy got it good." I had an S-38B (his was two models more
modern) and a 6AG7/6L6 rig built by W1ETH (today a physician at Mount
Hoyloke College -- now there's an interesting job). KN1LPL's AC-1 could
change bands and tune up a LOT more easily. I, on the other hand, was
tuning up my 60 foot wire with a lightbulb (brighter is better).
All of this goes to show that I've always been jealous of Frank Donovan's
>From email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tue Oct 29 17:41:28 1996
From: email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) (email@example.com)
Subject: CQWWDX SSB: QSL-MANAGER the 2nd
>9K2RA via YO9HP
This qsl info is not correct, 9K2RA ONLY VIA THE BUREAU!!!
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P.O.Box:29174 | Phone: (965) 2562561 between 0900 to 2000 UTC |
13152, Safat | Mobile:(965) 9685111 If I'm not home!! |
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| Packet: 9K2HN @ 9K2HN.KWT.AS |
The Archchancellor's most important job, as the Bursar saw it, was to sign
things, preferably, from the Bursar's point of view, without reading them
-- Middle management explained
(Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures)
>From email@example.com (Tom Francis) Tue Oct 29 12:12:14 1996
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Francis) (Tom Francis)
Subject: dupe/no dupe - Part II
Opinions on the work dupes or not question
agreed with my opinion, so I'm comfortable
with my choice of working 'em all regardless....
How about this as an ethics question in
the light of contest dupes/no dupes....
Say it's late in the contest, you notice
TA2KK (just an example - not real) comes
across the cluster and for some reason it's
a mult for the band your working. You zip
to his frequency, call him and he tells you
your a dupe and gives chapter and verse (i.e.;
time/date of the Q)! You accept the answer,
but check back in the log and no T anything
in the log for the time he mentioned. You
zip back, call him again, but he ain't buying
a duplicate Q - no way, no how...
Here's the question:
Do you make a note of the Q and "massage" the
log after, just forget it, or log the contact
as a current contact (after all, he did hear
you, hi) and hope for the best?
Flames to me - opinions to the reflector, hi..
73 and thanks for your input..
Tom, NM1Q (email@example.com)
>From firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Smith) Tue Oct 29 13:08:59 1996
From: email@example.com (Pete Smith) (Pete Smith)
Subject: to flame or not to flame - should there be any question?
Ever since I got on the Internet, I've been bemused by the tendency of
long-time users to "flame" each other in e-mail. I reasoned that it was
probably like giving someone the finger if you don't like the way he's
driving on the Interstate -- you're anonymous and will probably never see
him again. Didn't make it particularly pleasing, but at least understandable.
But here on the contest reflector, I don't understand it. We have a pretty
strong peer-driven thing about signing your call to messages, and our
call-signs are far from anonymous. In the early days, there was often
strong disagreement, but very little flaming. Nowadays it's different --
people talk about putting their flame-suits on when they give an opinion on
some issue, and others say they are deterred from stating their opinions
because of the flames they'll get.
Just a modest suggestion -- how about trying to re-establish normal,
civilized behavior on this reflector? Who knows, it might be catching. I
timidly suggest two simple standards:
1. Maintain the distinction between a disagreement on substance and
personal attacks. The latter should be out of bounds here.
2. If you have something critical to say to someone, say it in private
e-mail and do it the way you would with a friend whom you cared about seeing
(or working) again.
CU all in this fall's CONTESTS.
73, Pete Smith N4ZR
... and not changing!
>From firstname.lastname@example.org (Greg Richard KC4ZV) Tue Oct 29 13:29:04 1996
From: email@example.com (Greg Richard KC4ZV) (Greg Richard KC4ZV)
Subject: No subject
Several months ago, W6QHS posted some dimensions for a Hygain 204BA
that gave good gain, SWR and F/B across the entire 20 meter band.
Could somebody dig up that info and email me a copy?
>From firstname.lastname@example.org (Warren Hill) Tue Oct 29 13:51:13 1996
From: email@example.com (Warren Hill) (Warren Hill)
Subject: New info: XX9X
Final totals for XX9X are much higher than originally posted:
Overall: More than 10,000 QSOs
10-meters: more than 2,000 QSOs
73 de Warren/KF7AY
KF7AY in Arizona
Myanmar (Burma) DXpedition Web Site
>From firstname.lastname@example.org (charles d. shinn) Tue Oct 29 03:38:26 1996
From: email@example.com (charles d. shinn) (charles d. shinn)
Subject: SOA , Accuracy and the Advancement of the Art.
Recently there have been many threads suggesting the need for policing =
of SOA; measurements of quality with respect to uniques and several =
other measure intended to advance the art of contesting. Something about =
these suggestions had bothered me but I was unable to put a finger on =
the reason until now.=20
It dawned on me that the reason I was bothered by these noble =
suggestions was they were unifomly after-the-fact measures. The very =
rules of the games we play put no premium on performance other than =
score. This was fine when the nature of communications was tenuous and =
reliability was suspect. However, today with equipment reliability not =
any where the problem of the past and improved technology to assist, =
pehaps the very nature of the game needs to be updated to reflect =
current conditions and even anticipate future technology changes. Now =
those of you that have had Murphy visit will disagree on the reliability =
statements- but in the long measure....consider the numbers of =
participants and the incidents of equipment failures before taking issue =
with my point.
Tradition is a difficult factor to overcome. But for the good of the =
sport (if accuracy and quality are important) these issues may require =
rethinking.To that end perhaps instead of 599 kw as a report, the =
contest commitee adopts the token idea; one where each party starts the =
contest with a unique exchange and passes it too and fro like a token. =
There are many suggestions to explore and I'm not the source for the =
ideas. I'm mearly making a case to be introspective of the game and use =
the self examination to enhance the sport. I enjoy the game and am =
fearful of its' demise. If not from lack of interest then thru =
legislation due to the lack of new blood.=20
I am admittedly a techno freak and have wondered many times why we dont =
use more of the tools available to us. I guess it always comes down the =
the lack all players having all the tools necesary. Perhaps demanding =
more of the operator up front and in real time is that first step in =
improving the sport.
de Chuck Shinn W7MAP
>From Ed_Stratton/US/3Com%3COM@smtp1.isd.3com.com (Ed Stratton/US/3Com) Tue
>Oct 29 13:39:38 1996
From: Ed_Stratton/US/3Com%3COM@smtp1.isd.3com.com (Ed Stratton/US/3Com) (Ed
Subject: NO FCC VANITY SOFTWARE PROBLEMS
Interesting. I received a call from a FCC staffer(717 area code) last week.
This person wanted to confirm my call sign preferences. I submitted my 610V
electronically on Sept. 23rd via the internet. This person said that the FCC
hope to process all first day applications either late last week, or this
I did not get any other information, nor did I ask the FCC staff any more
details. I do not have this person phone number, and I will not give you thier
name. So don't reply and ask for these items. As a matter of fact I threw this
information away. If I get anyone of my call sign choices that will be fine,
if not, then so be it. It is only a hobby.
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don @ aurumtel.com @ SMTP1
From: HWDX09A @ prodigy.com (ROBERT REED) @ SMTP1
Subject: NO FCC VANITY SOFTWARE PROBLEMS
Last Friday I was asked to confirm or disprove a rumor that the FCC
tried to run and had problems with the Vanity software for Gate 2.
Apparently a small rumor started out of GA.
The following was just received from the FCC.
Gate 2 was not run or nor was it attempted to run
on the 10-24. Hopefully, we will run the receipts
later this week.
s/n Larry Weikert
The plan to run gate 2 later this week also coincides with a
projected run date that I was given about a week ago.
73, Bob Reed, WB2DIN
1991 Route 37 West - Lot 109
Toms River, New Jersey 08757
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