Just received the first copy of the new CQ Contest magazine today at the PO
box. 52 pages, including covers. Another new ad from Force 12 Antennas (Do
these guys ever get to use their antennas themselves? They seem to have a
new antenna or new version every month! They must spend all their time
writing ads and taking pictures!)
Have not read any of the articles yet. Several seem interesting form the
titles and pictures.
Have not seen any other posting about this as of 3pm EST, so I thought I
would let those who are anxiously awaiting their issue know that it is out.
Had a great time operating with AA4NC this past weekend in the 10 meter
contest. Wish conditions had been better. Tried to work all that called,
but a lot were really down in the noise due to the band conditions.
Henry Pollock - WB4HFL
>From email@example.com (Roger D. Johnson) Mon Dec 11 20:17:45 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Roger D. Johnson) (Roger D. Johnson)
Subject: 160m DX Window
I didn't receive as many flames as expected. However, I did receive an
interesting reply from a WB2 in New Jersey. He stated the he did operate
in the DX window but only until sunset. Holy Cow, Batman!!! Does this guy
think that the sun sets everywhere at the same time? According to Miniprop
Plus, my sunset, during the contest, was 26 min before his. For the VE's,
up to an hour earlier! Are there really contesters out there who don't
realize how the Grayline works and that folks to the northeast can hear the
europeans before they do? Boggles the mind! In addition, the rules don't
mention any times, only that stations should use this portion of the band
for intercontinental QSO's. Did this guy read the contest rules? Hard to say
whether these guys are operating from arrogance or ignorance. Hopefully, we
can educate the ignorant and stomp on the arrogant.
This chap went on to say that he didn't hear any key clicks on WB1GQR. That
it probably was receiver overload or an AGC problem on my end. Isn't it always!
No one EVER tunes up their Loudenboomer MkVII amplifier or turns up the drive
too high on their $3000 Nipponese transceiver and causes clicks or splatter.
It's always the other guy's receiver at fault! Notwithstanding the fact that
there were plenty of equally loud stations on the band that didn't have key
Anyway, I think it's really an isiduous plot by the goverment to take over
our frequencies. Give a ham license to every yahoo and mental defective, turn
the ham bands in a replay of 11m, everyone gives up in disgust and the bands
can be reclaimed for worthwhile useage. Do you suppose these militia nuts have
something after all?
'till the next one,
>From Jim Hollenback" <email@example.com Mon Dec 11 20:33:55 1995
From: Jim Hollenback" <firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Hollenback)
Subject: New Categories - there goes the neighborhood
On Dec 11, 12:01pm, RUSSELL S. RINN wrote:
> Subject: Re: New Categories - there goes the neighborhood
> > The 1996 SSB and CW World Wide WPX contests will initiate
> > three new categories in an effort to encourage entry level and
> > average antenna stations.
> Just a further watering down of the results into what will eventually turn
> into just an alphabetical list of everyone that operated the contest.
> Why bother improving skills and upgrading stations? Just wait long enough
> and there will be a tailor made category for you to "win".
Gee, Russell, I'm glad you have such a neat, positive attitude towards this.
I've been competing in the TS category for a long time, only it wasn't
the Tri-band and Single element category. I don't have a big tower and
gain on 40, 80, or 160. Probably won't soon, perhaps ever. I can improve my
station to the cows come home, but I still won't be able to compete against
the guy that has gain on 40, and the guys the have a four square. Not that
I expect to win, but I sure would like to see how I compare with a station
like mine ... and that is what this category will do.
Bob, your doing the right thing. Keep it up !!! And Thank You for your
73, Jim, WA6SDM
>From RUSSELL S. RINN" <email@example.com Mon Dec 11 21:09:29 1995
From: RUSSELL S. RINN" <firstname.lastname@example.org (RUSSELL S. RINN)
Subject: New Categories - there goes the neighborhood
> On Dec 11, 12:01pm, RUSSELL S. RINN wrote:
> > Subject: Re: New Categories - there goes the neighborhood
> > > The 1996 SSB and CW World Wide WPX contests will initiate
> > > three new categories in an effort to encourage entry level and
> > > average antenna stations.
> > Just a further watering down of the results into what will eventually turn
> > into just an alphabetical list of everyone that operated the contest.
> > Why bother improving skills and upgrading stations? Just wait long enough
> > and there will be a tailor made category for you to "win".
> Gee, Russell, I'm glad you have such a neat, positive attitude towards this.
> I've been competing in the TS category for a long time, only it wasn't
> the Tri-band and Single element category. I don't have a big tower and
> gain on 40, 80, or 160. Probably won't soon, perhaps ever. I can improve my
> station to the cows come home, but I still won't be able to compete against
> the guy that has gain on 40, and the guys the have a four square. Not that
> I expect to win, but I sure would like to see how I compare with a station
> like mine ... and that is what this category will do.
1) My attitude is based on what I see as something detrimental to
the spirit of true competetion (in anything, not just contesting). I don't
view it as positive.
2) When I'm operating I have a pretty good idea of all the similarly
equipped stations out there, I don't need a category to list 'em all.
However, I didn't want to compare myself with those similary equipped, I
wanted to take on all stations in my category. I get satisfaction from
trying to operate my way past better equipped stations (and not be
outdone by those less equipped).
Don't assume that just because you don't win or place highly that others
dismiss your efforts!
When I look at results I look at certain stations who I know have only
wires or low power or deed restricitions and judge their scores accordingly.
It's not hard to tell if someone did a good job. I feel all these new
categories will make people gloss over the results with just a yawn.
Also don't sell yourself short on making minor improvements to your
station. I remember building a 2 el quad for 10m prior to a CQWW or 10m
contest. I mounted it at 20', below my TH3 at 39', my 4el 15m yagi at 30'
and adjacent to a 5el mono at 30' on a push up mast. 40m and 80m?
Inverted V at 35'. 160m? Inv L, vert portion 30' high.
Maybe I'm from the old school?
I remember getting visited by a ham for the first time. He looked at my
antenna system and said you made the top 10 from here??? That was worth
alot to me.
I guess it's simply different philosophies.
> Bob, your doing the right thing. Keep it up !!! And Thank You for your
> 73, Jim, WA6SDM
Good luck to you Jim in all your efforts.
>From email@example.com (jim floyd) Mon Dec 11 20:40:06 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (jim floyd) (jim floyd)
Subject: ARRL 10 Meter Contest 95 Scores I
ARRL 10 Meter Contest 1995
Date Posted: 12/11/95
CALL HRS SCORE QSO'S PTS SEC DX
WF2V 160 12 4
K4VUD 78,800 704 44 12
N8RA/1 65,800 731 32 13
KE5FI 37,026 363 29 22
KQ4HC 21,620 235 35 11
WB1GQR 16,056 223 446 28 8
N9ITX/7 4,524 78 22 7
K1ZX/4 151,956 567 45 22
KM9P 102,600 420 48 14
N8RR 10 24,300 135 36 9
AA7BG 31 21,000 172 25 6
WX9E 2,272 42 16
VSYBG 4 1 1
AC4NJ (OP WC4E) 245,952 820 86 26
K3ZO 28 197,802 669 69 30
WM2C 9 51,688 324 994 44 8
KI8W 3 9,042 274 33
WF1B 6,500 100 260 24 1
AE2T 384 15 7 1
ZS9F 195,716 866 1732 42 70
ZS6BRZ 150,876 762 1524 39 60
ZS6BRH 67,490 397 794 35 50
N3AL 38,352 408 30 17
WA4ZXA 9 5,640 94 18 12
KM9P 102,672 420 48 14
AC1O/4 82,700 397 40 12
W5HUQ 56,000 280 39 11
KP4VA (OP KP4TK) 31,960 170 680 36 11
N9XBM @KO9Y 29,184 191 29 9
WA2RSQ 6 21,080 170 26 5
W3CPB 6,480 90 360 15 3
K7MM 5,112 71 284 13 5
AB7GM 204 17 3
KD0AV/9 1 204 17 2 1
AA4GA 73,472 315 896 65 17
K2UF 41,600 211 45 19
WA0X 28,600 276 30 17
WA7BNM 26,600 242 31 7
WF2L 7,600 59
K6XO/7 3,058 96 11
KK7A 820 27 82 8 2
N4ZC 263,000 723 83 36
NU4Y 170,000 671 77 27
NC0P 140,000 473 102
AA5UO 70,500 398 44 28
N5RP 63,992 291 842 76
WD0T 55,700 287 54 15
K0RC 16,000 127 35 7
VE5MX 784 19 6 8
KR4YL @WB2LES 37,576 246 616 42 19
N2BIM 162,000 516 62 20
K3WW 150,858 560 64 23
AA4NC 127,000 585 72 31
WS1C 13 89,200 415 62 13
AB4RU 27,000 170 43 12
Amateur Call: WA4ZXA
Packet Node: N4ZC
>From David O. Hachadorian" <email@example.com Mon Dec 11 21:34:17 1995
From: David O. Hachadorian" <firstname.lastname@example.org (David O. Hachadorian)
Subject: K6LL 10M score
ARRL 10 METER CONTEST
Callsign Used : K6LL
Operator : K6LL
Category : Single op, Mixed mode, High power
Default Exchange : 59(9) AZ
Team/Club : SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CONTEST CLUB
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Mults Countries
10CW 257 257 1028 37 10
10SSB 238 236 472 14 8
Totals 495 493 1500 51 18
Final Score = 103,500 points.
Equipment: TS-850, SB220, KT-34XA @ 49'
With the exception of one opening to the east coast, lasting
one hour and forty minutes, it was pretty dull from out here in
the wide open spaces. That one short run produced 166 cw qso's.
Terrible multiplier on ssb. Maybe I'd be better off cw-only,
counting the ssb qso's as a check log?
QRATE Stats (during the Saturday morning east coast run on cw):
1716: 4 per minute (240/hr)
1716: 30 per 10 minutes (180/hr)
1742: 119 per hour
Sent an e-mail message to Tree at 11 a.m. Saturday, crabbing
about a bug in the way TRLog displayed needed multipliers. Two
hours later, Tree put out a new version of the program, fixing
the bug. Downloaded it from the bbs and used the new version for
the rest of the contest. Pretty good service!
Most frequent multipliers:
1. WA 102
2. LU 44 <--- !
3. TX 42
4. OR 35
5. FL 31
6. CA 28
7. VA 17
8. AZ 15
9. MD 15
10. NY 15
11. PA 12
12. NJ 10
13. MA 10
14. PY 10
15. OH 9
16. SC 8
17. GA 7
18. VE7 7
19. CT 5
Not exactly 1989, when the solar flux was 181 and the A-index
was 1, with 3670 Q's and a mult of 237, but it was fun anyway.
Thanks for all the Q's. See you all in the sprINT right after
Christmas. Happy holidays.
email@example.com <--- note. vanity user id's are coming
to compuserve. Several "gates."