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Topband: The Stew Perry Warm-up Exerciser and Toner

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Subject: Topband: The Stew Perry Warm-up Exerciser and Toner
From: lew <lew@dsl-only.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 13:47:03 -0700
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Yo to you Contesters, Dxers and lesser forms of RF-Slinging Life,
       This weekend will usher in  a warm-up exercise on 160M sponsored 
by The Boring Amateur Radio Club. This event will start  on 1500Z Oct. 
20 and end on 1500Z Oct. 21. The usual set of simple rules exist at    
     Unlike the real Stew Perry TopBand DX Challenge there are no 
plaques for the winning combatants this weekend.  People will be 
exercising in the contest for a variety of reasons but hardwood for the 
wall won't be one of them.  Reasons to get on and play in this weekend 
exercise may include:  testing a new TX/RX array, wire or damp 
handkerchief,  working DX- which  will be afoot for this exercise,  
practicing contesting methods, trying out The Code in a contest (very 
safe area to do this),  insomnia, or you'd just like a little time to 
get on the air and joust with the denizens of the TopBand. 
     The naysayers and doomsday prognosticators have been heard 
muttering about the lack of sunspots from 'ol Sol.  The 160M band is the 
best placed band to have the best consequences from the sun's spotless 
behavior.  No spots for the next cycle..?? OK- the 10-10 boys and girls 
will raise their voices in frustration and angst but the enlightened 
will thrive on here on 160M enjoying the evenings and in particular 
competitions such as the one this weekend.
     Be sure to tell your local friend/adversary that you'll be sending 
in your log by Nov. 20. If they choose not to enter or send in the log  
I predict you'll have a significant lead over them when the scores from 
this Stew Perry TopBand Warmup come out in December before the Real Stew 
    Shortly I'll send out the clarion call for the Stalwarts who donate 
plaques for the Official Stew Perry TopBand  Challenge during the ending 
days of December but this will give you time to consider what TopBand 
Plaque you'd like to sponsor for that year ending event.
    If you're new to the 160M neighborhood just ask around what your 
grid square is, spiff up your particular wire and get on this weekend. 
It'll be fun!
    73 and I remain,
     Lew  W7EW/W7AT
     Boring Amateur Radio Club Exhorter

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