To: >INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org at OCF_INFORM
Subject: next 160?
Anyone know the dates of the next 160 contests?
ARRL? CQ? SSB? CW?
Had lotsa fun in ARRL 160 CW!
>From email@example.com (DAMON S. RAPHAEL) Tue Dec 5 21:37:09 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (DAMON S. RAPHAEL) (DAMON S. RAPHAEL)
Subject: N7DD (NJ6D) 40M CQWW score
At 11:44 AM 11/30/95 MST, Chuck Claver wrote:
>N7DD 1995 CQWW Score:
>from Tucson, Arizona.
>40M single band, single-op, high power, unassisted, Zone 3:
>1047 QSO 37 Zones 108 Countries = 432673
>Guest op: NJ6D
>Equipment: FT1000MP + Henry 3K Ultra
>Antennas : 3elm full size @100ft, 3elm KLM at 70ft
>My first single op effort ever, and first contesting in more than 10 years.
>It was LOTS of fun!!! I learned much and hope to do better next time around.
>Jim (N6IG)... give me a little more experience... ;-) fabulous effort!!
>As far as the conditions go... It was the weekend the Earth ('s geomagnetic
>field) stood still. I had a good 6 hour JA run the first night, but the second
>night was not as good. However, good propagation on the second night made
>up for it. I spent all of the second night splitting between JA and Europe.
>Where was zone 12? Is there any political unrest in Chile? or do Chilean's
>not like CW?
>Cheers to all,
Congratulations on ur score in CQWW CW test.
>From k3lr <email@example.com> Tue Dec 5 22:37:40 1995
From: k3lr <firstname.lastname@example.org> (k3lr)
Subject: 160 and More
I was working at broadcast stations on a few DX islands last week and
thought it would be fun to try and put on two different DXCC
countries during the same contest.
160 Meter Contest
Friday Night as V47NLR (my new Nevis call)
TS430 with NO cw filter Full size inverted Vee at 150'
Tougher going than I expected with no cw filter. The antenna made
everyone so loud that I could not find a place to call CQ where
I could listen.
Didn't get on till 0230z as I had to wait for the AM station to sign
off before going on the tower to install the antenna. Gave up at
0430z and took down the antenna in preparation to catch my flight to
VP2V early Saturday.
V47NLR 80 QSOs in 29 sections
Big signals from ON4UN, VE3EJ, K8CX, WA2EKW (who is this?)
Saturday Night as VP2V/K3LR (my long Tortola call)
TS950 WITH a cw filter Same full size inverted vee at 100' on
the 2nd highest mountain on Tortola. Nothing but salt water
to the USA.
Got on at 2215z (VP2V sunset) called guys for 15 minutes, than ran
for another 2 hours. It was fun to hear the sunset across the USA
as stations further west called in at their sunset. Best rate was
142 in one hour (signing the long call after every QSO). Took
down the antenna in the dark and packed to go home early Sunday.
Couldn't hear all of the stations calling because the 160 antenna
was two feet from a 10,000 watt FM station. I should of waited
until after the contest to fix the FM station. It was running
300 watts when I arrived.
I listened to S9 Island music through a 500 Hz filter the whole time.
VP2V/K3LR 325 QSOs in 53 sections
Big signals from the same group of guys as on V4 the night before.
Thanks to everyone who responded to me about amateur radio on
On other issues:
Have W3LPL and N2RM posted hour by hour breakdowns for CQ WW CW
to the reflector yet?
Does anyone have specs on small JA type PIN diodes?
Does anyone have info on station GKE at 3.543 MHz. It is
similair to GNI on 3.517, but 20 dB louder.
What is the RTTY garbage on 3.754 MHz? It peaks out of the
south east from western PA and was VERY strong in V47 land.
It makes operation on 3.753 dificult at times....
I didn't notice the 40 meter garbage from EU during the CQWW CW
No one else mentioned that it hurt them. Did it really go away?
Does anyone know how to stop the CAT light on the FT1000D from
blinking off and on? WR3G is cross eyed from watching it all
>From SHAWN LIGHTFOOT <email@example.com> Wed Dec 6 00:14:00 1995
From: SHAWN LIGHTFOOT <firstname.lastname@example.org> (SHAWN LIGHTFOOT
Subject: Mac Software
Hi all. I hate to waste bandwidth, but I would like to take the time to
thank all of those who gave me information regarding contesting
software, as it was most certainly appreciated.
Anyone wishing a summary of the responses, can e-mail me directly at:
Good luck and Gud DX
>From H. L. Serra" <email@example.com Wed Dec 6 01:04:30 1995
From: H. L. Serra" <firstname.lastname@example.org (H. L. Serra)
Subject: FCC 1070: 610-V Instructions
I was able to download 610-V forms from FCC homepage, but saw no
instructions, previously identified as 1070, other than the first page
info on the 610-V. Has anyone successfully located the instruction sheets
for the vanity callsign program for downloading?
73, Larry N6AZE
>From Joe Subich" <email@example.com Tue Dec 5 15:40:18 1995
From: Joe Subich" <firstname.lastname@example.org (Joe Subich)
Subject: FCC 1070: 610-V Instructions
> I was able to download 610-V forms from FCC homepage, but saw no
> instructions, previously identified as 1070, other than the first page
> info on the 610-V. Has anyone successfully located the instruction sheets
> for the vanity callsign program for downloading?
> 73, Larry N6AZE
Form 1070 is the last two pages in the FCC 610-V package. The files are
0061085.PCX and 0061086.PCX. If you print 0061085.PCX, you should see it
identified as "FCC 1070V, November 1995" in the lower right corner.
... Joe Subich, AD8I
>From Jeffrey Yeager <email@example.com> Wed Dec 6 02:17:13 1995
From: Jeffrey Yeager <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Jeffrey Yeager)
Subject: KO4EW 160 LP Results
I'm posting this for KO4EW who is not on internet.
Catagory: Single Op, Low Power
710Q 67 Sections 3 dx = 100,030
Equipment: IC 761, elevated INV-L w/7 radials
3 beverages 350'-1000' long
Great Contest! Got a late start Fri, helped the local club with VE testing
so didnt get started till 300z. Still managed about 24 hrs operating.
Was it just me or did others have a problem with dupes? I definitely
set a personal record- a total of 50! Thats what about 7%!
Guys help me with this one. Do I need to take a serious look at the vanity
call list? My CW speed dis not greased lighting - about 24-28 wpm. My
call is KO4EW not K04EW or KO4W or who knows what.
I know that O and 0 are close on the keyboard. Maybe teh dog ate their
dupe sheets. Any thoughts? BTW, I do use CT to send the CW.
Had a blast! Will be back for 10M
73 KQ4HC Jeff
>From email@example.com (Kenneth Ramirez ) Wed Dec 6 02:51:57 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kenneth Ramirez ) (Kenneth Ramirez )
Subject: Last Tango in New York
I really love these contest stories! K5NA's really took the cake
though! Over 1k qsos on a dipole 40 ft high! I have been contemplating
an antenna for 160m but the only type I think I will be able to get up
is a dipole up about 50ft. I have mentioned this to a few 160 types and
have always gotten the same response; "you won't be happy".
After reading K5NA's post I now WILL try the dipole at 50ft.
If I can work 750 plus q's from here in SC I'd be happy. Hope to Join
all you guys in January in the CQ 160m! 73 Ken
>From email@example.com (Scott Neader, KA9FOX) Wed Dec 6 02:02:27 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Neader, KA9FOX) (Scott Neader, KA9FOX)
Subject: OZ5W CQWW CW
This was sent directly to me and it appears this was intended to go to the
reflector. - Scott
Re.: CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST 1995
We participate in the Multi-Multi category, however had only 2 stations
running simultaneously and a 3rd to pick-up multipliers, since we were
only 4 operators. We used the QTH of Morten, OZ3W (OZ1FTE). We used a
FT-1000D, FT-1000MP (tnx to OZ1HJX) and IC-736, with AL-1200, MLA-2500
and TL-922. Antennas are; 160m: vertical, linear load. 80m: elevated
vertical. 40m: vertical. 20m: 4 element at 35m, and 2nd at 16m.
15m: 5 element. 10m: 6 element.
Only 1 week prior to the contest, we lost our 2 element 40m yagi in a storm.
A vertical was put up, with which managed to work a nice number of multipliers,
but did not have the usual "punch" to create any steady pile-up at our CQ.
Also the newly erected 160m vertial broke in halfs, however this was easy to
fix, though expensive, just replacing the tubing.
Conditions on the low-bands were VERY good, eg. we worked some 125 W-stn on
160m (more than DL !).
We only really missed the high QSO-numbers on 40m.
Some confusion exist with another OZ-stn; OZ5WQ. So if you have worked both,
its NOT a DUPE.
A nice weekend, little sleep, lots of QSOs. CU in the next contest.
Operators: OZ1DOQ,Uffe - OZ1FTU,Soeren - OZ1KRF,Torben - OZ3W,Morten.
73 de OZ1FTU, Soeren
Call: OZ5W Country: Denmark
Mode: CW Category: Multi Multi
BAND QSO QSO PTS PTS/QSO ZONES COUNTRIES
160 562 860 1.53 15 57
80 1173 2045 1.74 23 81
40 311 576 1.85 32 102
20 1230 3091 2.51 34 92
15 574 1240 2.16 34 100
10 21 36 1.71 8 15
Totals 3871 7848 2.03 146 447 => 4,653,864
EDR Roskilde OZ5W/OZ9EDR
>From email@example.com (Jay O'Brien - W6GO) Wed Dec 6 03:40:08 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jay O'Brien - W6GO) (Jay O'Brien - W6GO)
Subject: JPS ANC-4 noise canceller
Several have asked about the JPS ANC-4 I mentioned in my 160 meter
contest writeup. It's a well-made unit (don't drop it on your foot!) and
seems to work as advertized. However, right now all of my noise has gone
away. It won't cancel noise that isn't there! If the ANC-4 scared the
noise away, it's a good investment. Here's the scoop on the JPS ANC-4 so
far, from my (limited) experience.
My receive antennas are a LONG WAY (300 ft or more) from the operating
position, so noise picked up on the little whip provided with the ANC-4
inside is completely different from what my antennas hear. It is
important that the noise antenna hear the same noise as that heard on the
regular antenna. Thus, I had to experiment with several outside antennas
connected to the ANC-4 noise antenna jack.
The noise antenna input of the ANC-4 expects a very inefficient
antenna. There is a high-gain amplifier in the ANC-4 on the noise input.
It is very succeptable to overload if a "real antenna" is hooked to the
noise input! I test for noise amplifier overload by disconnecting the
"real antenna" (switch to dummy load?) and listening to the receiver,
usually on AM. Turn the noise phase to either end of its rotation and
slowly turn up the noise gain. In my case I was rewarded with multiple
intermodulation products from the local broadcast stations if the
amplifier was overloaded. Using a KT34 tribander (10' above ground, 600
feet of 7/8" hardline) as a noise antenna, I had to put 30 db of 50 ohm
attenuation between that antenna and the ANC4 to get below the overload
threshold of the noise amplifier, listening on 80 or 160. With wire
antennas, more attenuation is needed, plus an ICE 1.8 MHz high pass
Once I was satisfied the ANC-4 wasn't being overloaded by the antenna
hooked to the noise input, to cancel noise I first turned the noise gain
all the way down (or disconnected the noise antenna). Then, listening to
the regular antenna (on AM to enhance the noise), I would identify the
sound and S-meter reading of the noise. If a noise was, say, S6 on the
regular antenna with the ANC4 "off", then with no noise antenna on the
ANC4, the S meter went to S5 with the ANC4 on due to the 6db loss in the
ANC-4. Now, disconnect the regular antenna from the ANC4 (switch station
to dummy load?). With an antenna connected to the ANC4 noise antenna
input, and noise phase fully to either end, turn up the noise gain. I
found that if I could hear substantially the same noise on the noise
antenna and adjust the noise gain for S5 (in this example) then the ANC4
would be able to cancel the noise.
At this point I reconnected the main antenna and adjusted noise phase
and noise gain for a reduction in the noise. One "phase range" setting
was always better, but if one worked, the other was better or worse. I
didn't find a situation where one phase range setting worked and the other
Results? I heard many stations who were perfect copy on 160 SSB that
were not copyable at all with the ANC-4 off. However, most of them were
copyable if I turned the noise blanker on in the FT-1000. Of course, the
noise blanker has other problems and is not something you want to use
during a contest.
Disadvantges? 1) More knobs to turn. 2) If the noise antenna also
hears the desired signal, it will cancel the signal too! 3) It required
me to completely redesign my antenna switching arrangement so I could
route unused antennas to the noise input of the ANC-4.
My plans are to build a simpler to use front end attenuator for the
noise input, probably something with 10 db steps up to 50 db, replacing
the surplus Daven attenuator with inconvienent push buttons. Also, I will
install some noise antennas, low to the ground and short. I also plan to
experiment with signal cancellation. For instance, if I hear a weak DX
signal with one antenna and I am getting QRM from someone in a different
direction, I should be able to point another antenna at that station,
hopefully hearing only the interference and not the desired, weak station.
Then, feed in the signal from the antenna pointed at the QRM into the
noise input of the ANC-4, and it should cancel the interference! Limited
tests show this to work, but no practical experience yet.
This is a FUN TOY. I think it will pay off. In the meantime, it seems
to work like an insurance policy for me. I keep paying insurance and
never have an accident, so obviously the insurance is working. My noise
went away when I got the ANC-4, and if I never have to use it (like
insurance) it was worth the money just to scare the noise away.
I had several instances to talk to technical personnel at JPS while I
was trying to understand its capabilities and limitations. I couldn't ask
for better technical support! Tom Jacks, K4ICJ, provided technical
details and insight. George, KQ4QM (a 'new contester') and Doug, KF4KL
were also very helpful.
By the way, there is nothing special about their power supply. A power
connector is furnished, and the unit draws a maximum of 300 ma from a 12
volt supply. Also, some of the published specifications seem to limit the
unit to handling transcievers of 150 watts or less. The real rating is
200 watts, so it will handle a FT1000. I'm not feeding transmitter power
through it in my setup, but that is the simplest way to hook it up.
Every contester and DXer ought to consider this unit. It may (or may
not) add the little 'edge' to your operation.