The weekend started out poorly, as I got very little sleep Friday night
while fighting the most painful stomach virus I've ever had occasion to meet.
(My wife had it five days earlier, but I didn't worry because I never catch
such things...) By 21:00 Saturday, I was only exhausted and feeling queasy -
the worst was over. Besides, it had been 8 years since my last real SS
operation, and I really didn't want to miss it. Even with propagation less
than expected, I am glad I battled the physical problems. Oh yes, my keyer
also died with 3 hours to go, but that was relatively minor!
I chose to use paper logs, since I can't type fast enough to keep up with 35
wpm code. (You might find it hard to believe that I work as a software
engineer, but it's true!) I also won't be able to dupe them until next
weekend, since I have to spend every spare minute this week preparing this
week's college lectures (part-time job) which I would have prepared Saturday
morning had I not been sick. Anyway, enough excuses - the raw score follows
(my past experience indicates 1 or 2% of the contacts will be dupes/broken
749 x 72 sections Low Power E MA section
Propagation sure was strange. It was great in the first couple hours, then
suddenly went bad. However, the night bands were wide open (with weak signals).
I don't think I ever worked W6 stations at 01:00 on 40m and 03:00 on 80m before.
I couldn't believe how many QRP stations worked me. These guys sure have their
work cut out for them in the low sunspot years. 20 never seemed to fully open
on Sunday. Of the five missing sections, four are normally considered "givens"
from E MA. I never heard KL7 or VE5, and didn't hear KH6 until it was so late
(weak signals) that I couldn't track him up the band (he was S&P'ing). I
worked W7s galore, but none from E WA (where were they)? VE8/VY1 was the
other missed section.
Regarding Zero Beating When Answering CQs:
I am also one of the people who run the CW filter really tight (TS-930).
Unlike the DX contests, where my antennas are aimed away from all the strong
U.S. stations, I find the QRM to be unbearable if I don't. In the early 80's
I read an interesting article by K1GQ in the YCCC Scuttlebutt, where he stated
that his success in the previous CQ WW (#1 in the U.S.) was in large part due
to careful zero beating of the station he was calling. I have taken this to
heart, and over the years have found that I frequently will beat stronger
high power stations in DX pileups when I am running 100 watts. I have proven
that it works, and strongly back up Bill's point. Yes, it does get more
difficult as you get tired, but you just have to add that to the list of things
to train yourself to handle during fatigue periods.
Regarding Buy Better Filters:
The remark made about "paying lots of money to be wide" at first sounds
arrogant, but I rather imagine it was a reaction to some contest-hater
"policeman". You all know the type - they come crawling out of the woodwork
during the big contests. I know its easy to overdrive the mike during periods
of excitement, but I've been told that I am too wide when my yagi is 90
degrees away from the offended station, my processor is turned down, and I am
only running 100 watts. Even better, I was told last year that I was
interfering with a certain net on 20 meters. I asked the person what frequency
they were on so that I could move in the opposite direction. He wouldn't tell
me, so I didn't move. Come to find out later, I was a full 10 khz away
(again running 100 watts). People like that tend lose their credibility. I
choose to ignore them, perhaps others make remarks like the one mentioned.
At the end of the contest, and on the basis of how awful I felt, I decided
that I would never enter a SS again. I fully expect to feel this way for
three more days. See you all on SS Phone! (Aren't contests great?)
73, Dave Clemons K1VUT
p.s. Will somebody who reads this give me Trey's direct e-mail address? The
college changed our address a day before they promised, so I am now being
forwarded a copy from the old address, and have subscribed using the new address
so that I can put messages onto the net. I'm sure he can fix the problem with
a little manual work - I can't unsubscribe the old address since it doesn't
agree with the new one. Thanks.
>From email@example.com (Derek Wills) Mon Nov 7 20:14:44 1994
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Derek Wills) (Derek Wills)
Subject: SS exchange
I had a few replies to my comment about people sending both
callsigns in SS, and should clarify that what bugged me was
I meant was when people replied to:
CQ SS de W1XYZ W1XYZ SS SS
W1XYZ de W9AAA
instead of just "W9AAA"
I wasn't worried by people sending my call at the start of
the full exchange, I did that too (even though the rules
don't require it - well, I wasn't trying to win[tm]).
Derek AA5BT, G3NMX
>From email@example.com (Bruce Horn) Tue Nov 8 03:08:54 1994
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bruce Horn) (Bruce Horn)
Subject: SSCW Results/Comments
Category: SO QRP
Score: 100/68 = 13,600
Spent my now traditional CW SS looking for exactly 100 Qs. Part of
the time I looked for new sections and part of the time I spent either
in the novice band or up higher in frequency with the keyer speed
turned down as slow as I could send without too many mistakes. Ended
up working a combination of those serious contesters who ventured to
the slow cw frequencies looking for more Qs and those newer hams (the
ones I was really looking for) who feel mighty nervous on cw. (I fully
appreciate their nervousness, since I'm only slightly better than they are.)
A suggestion to those "hot" cw operators calling CQ at 40 wpm on Sunday
afternoon with no replies for 5 minutes: figure you've already worked
the hot cw operators by that time and slow your cqs down to something
the average guy can copy and will maybe be tempted to reply to your
cq. It certainly won't hurt your rate at that point and maybe it will
tempt more hams to get involved in cw contests.
73 de Bruce, WA7BNM (email@example.com)
>From Richard L. King" <firstname.lastname@example.org Mon Nov 7 21:00:00 1994
From: Richard L. King" <email@example.com (Richard L. King)
Subject: K5NA 1994 SS CW Results
We did a multi-op from K5NA this year for the CW SS. The operators were
K5NA, KU2Q, JA9SSY, SM0CCM, and KY2J. Here is the breakdown:
80 435 QSOs
40 316 QSOs
20 324 QSOs
15 60 QSOs
Total was: 1135 QSOs, 77 Mults, 174,790 points.
Please note that I am now using a new service for my E-Mail. I can be
reached at K5NA@MCIMAIL.COM
This is in spite of what the header information for this update specifies.
Apparently both addresses work to get mail to me here.
>From Edward Guilford <firstname.lastname@example.org> Tue Nov 8 03:40:32 1994
From: Edward Guilford <email@example.com> (Edward Guilford)
Subject: NM7M's SOLAR MAX propagation game
Bob Brown, NM7M, has developed a game, SOLAR MAX, a simulated
dx contest for those wishing to learn more about HF propagation.
A Mac System 7.0 version is available for $10.00 ppd from
SUN FOLLOWER SOFTWARE
3185 Endicott Drive
Boulder CO 80303
(The original DOS version is available direct from Bob, same price).
73 de Ed, AA7HQ
>From Trey Garlough <GARLOUGH@TGV.COM> Tue Nov 8 03:50:25 1994
From: Trey Garlough <GARLOUGH@TGV.COM> (Trey Garlough)
Subject: NM7M's SOLAR MAX propagation game
> Bob Brown, NM7M, has developed a game, SOLAR MAX, a simulated
Come on folks. How many times do we have to hear about this solar
max game being for sale? Please, do not use the cq-contest as a
forsale forum; it's a contest forum, not a swap shop. If you want
to advertise, please buy some space in the NCJ.
Please refrain from advertising in the cq-contest forum in the future.