Phone SS Results and comment AA4LR

bcoleman at bcoleman at
Wed Nov 24 16:21:54 EST 1993

Since some of you provided me with advise, I figured you might wonder how I 
did in the phone SS -- BETTER THAN EVER!

   AA4LR  GA, low power  

   827 Qs
   77 Sections
   127,358 points.

   22.3 hours of operation.

  80:   156
  40: 105
  20: 387
  15: 142
  10:  37

Station: (Very modest)
  Kenwood TS-430S barefoot. (90W PEP)
  80: 125' doublet, 45' up.
  40: dipole, 20' up.
  20, 15 and 10: Cushcraft A3 at 35'


While I didn't break the 1000 Q barrier (which three of us did this year 
during FD), this score is the best ever from AA4LR. Previous best was 106K in 
1990. I doubt I'll be in the top ten, but maybe I'll take the GA section.

I wasn't so worried about the sweep. I've gotten a sweep the last 4 times I've 
entered phone SS. (88, 89, 90, 92) What I did do was go through my 90 and 93 
logs and figure out which sections where the hardest. I didn't worry about any 
mults but the hardest 5 (NWT, VI, PR, DE and WV) during the first 12 hours.

Average rate was 37.1, and much of that was S & Ping. Biggest tip this year 
was using two VFOs to tune in a second station while trying to bust the first. 
After acquiring two stations to call, I flipped back and forth until I worked 
one of them or moved on. This kept the rate up while I was trying to bust 
through early on. I think I'm gonna wear out the VFO knob on my TS-430. I'll 
have to find a radio with pushbutton VFO flip/flip.

Some sporatic E really helped out. At 0300Z, I was up on 15m calling CQ and 
managed a 51 Q hour. At 0400Z, I went to 20m and managed a 69 Q hour, the best 
of the contest. Calling CQ on 15 and 20 while the big guns were down on 40 and 
80 was real helpful. Second biggest tip was to call CQ on any clear frequency.

Best moments were have W3TCI in DE call me at 0330Z on 15m; trying to work 
KP4CZ, who had a most unruly pileup going; and working VY1QST on the first call 
Sunday afternoon in a pileup (the only YUK/NWT I heard all weekend), for the 

Weirdest moment was trying to work N6VI/KH6 who was going around by call 
areas. I couldn't believe he was doing that. While I was calling, I tuned 
around with the second VFO and snagged NH6JC who was just a few kHz up. Never 
did work N6VI/KH6.

Many thanks to Randy K5ZD, Dave WX3N, Ralph K9ZO, and Dave KT5V for their 
advise. It really helped. I think Randy summed it up best: "Remember, be 
aggressive, tune fast, and CQ anytime you find a halfway clear frequency." 
That's exactly what I did.

  73, Bill AA4LR

>From Jim Hollenback <jholly at>  Wed Nov 24 22:11:29 1993
From: Jim Hollenback <jholly at> (Jim Hollenback)
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 93 14:11:29 PST
Subject: Todays ethics question (again)
Message-ID: <9311242211.AA10503 at>

> >From the replys I got appearently I didn't state this very well. The B
> power station was feeding the lower power station QSOs. One after another
> for at least the twenty minutes I tuned around. The lower power station
> will be very competitive in his class.         73, Jay K0GU
Of course, the question begging, is why in the world would a competitive 
high power station waste his time feeding the small station q's? 
73, Jim, WA6SDM

>From draperbl <draperbl at>  Wed Nov 24 21:39:56 1993
From: draperbl <draperbl at> (draperbl)
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 93 15:39:56 MDT
Subject: K9RS phone SS score
Message-ID: <9311241539.A06343 at>

K9RS/5 Phone SS, SINGLE-OP (AA5B, op)   New Mexico

    80   281
    40   544
    20   948
    15   202
    10   105
        2080  X 77  ---->  320k

Station:  KT34XA @ 65', KT34 @ 50', CC 40-2 @ 75', 80 inv V @ 60'
          TS850 x 2  (multi-band dipole on 2nd radio)
          Dentron DTR2000 amp

Felt great to do single-op again.  Some observations . . .

1.  From this neck of the woods, this was a completely different 
contest than in past years.  Gone are the days of pinning my top-
ten hopes on cruising along all day on 10 meters.  This year it 
seemed impossible to keep anything going on 15 meters (and 10 was 
useless), so I had to keep running back to 20.  Guess I'm going 
to have to learn to like that band for the next several years.  
But looking at KI3V/7's breakdown, it seems that it must've been 
almost business as usual in Nevada . . . over 1100 Qs on 10 and 
15.  If I didn't have decent propagation on those bands and the 
guys in the northwest also were complaining, then Nevada must be 
a magic spot this year. California, too?  I'd be interested in 
hearing from KM9P, K6LL, WB5VZL, K0KR, and KY7M about their 

2.  Right before the contest started, there were two competing 
little voices in my head.  One, the voice of the ghost of 
Sweepstakes past, said "start on the highest band that seems open 
(15)."  The other kept whispering "try to remember how bad 15 was 
for the CW weekend . . . start on 20!"  Unfortunately, I listened 
to the wrong voice, started on 15, and had to move to 20 after a 
very short while.  Ever try to find a good slot on that band only 
30 minutes into the contest?  I spent the next several hours on 
14.151, hating every minute of it.  My rate for the first hour 
was my worst ever -- even below the rates for the years when I 
ran low power.    

3.  If the numbers hold up, this will be the 3rd year in a row 
that the median top-ten high-power phone score has decreased.  
Conversely, the median top-ten CW score has gone up for 4 years 
in a row.  Interesting.  I haven't had a chance to look at the 
participation numbers (how 'bout it, Billy?).  The phone boys 
are, no doubt, suffering from fewer novice/tech Qs on 10 meters.  
But I bet the CW crew is doing a much better job of compensating 
for worse conditions through good use of the second radio.  How 
many SS phone operators are using the second radio? 

See you from AA6TT's for WW CW.  


                Bruce  AA5B

                 draperbl at   

>From Tim Coad" <tim_coad at  Wed Nov 24 23:30:19 1993
From: Tim Coad" <tim_coad at (Tim Coad)
Date: 24 Nov 1993 15:30:19 -0800
Subject: WC6H Breakdowns
Message-ID: <9311242331.AA07585 at>

                       Subject:                               Time:3:23 PM
  OFFICE MEMO          WC6H Breakdowns                        Date:11/24/93
Rich just phoned me with these numbers form SJV:
10 - 248 
15 - 839
20 - 213
40 - 585
80 - 157
2042 x (sweep)
A quite different breakdown from K9RS, yet very close scores.
He said 20 was such a mess he pretty much stayed away from it.
Also said 220 of his 248 Q's on 10 came in one 2 hr period.

Tim - NU6S

>From dcurtis at (Dave Curtis)  Thu Nov 25 01:59:29 1993
From: dcurtis at (Dave Curtis) (Dave Curtis)
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 93 17:59:29 PST
Subject: Todays ethics question
Message-ID: <9311250159.AA03562 at>

 >Well here is todays question. A big station running B power in the SS
 >calls CQ on 75m. He get a call and works the calling station. Then he
 >tells the station that called to stand by for another station. The calling
 >station is then worked by big gun's friend who is considerably weaker
 >and in a lower power class. Is this OK????

I guess the lawyer's art lies in being able to write a rule that says
"no pimping" without sounding crude.

73, dave ng0x

>From dcurtis at (Dave Curtis)  Thu Nov 25 02:06:44 1993
From: dcurtis at (Dave Curtis) (Dave Curtis)
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 93 18:06:44 PST
Subject: Software Piracy
Message-ID: <9311250206.AA03579 at>

AI6E says:
> K5TM "thm at" wrote:
>>I am unable to understand how software should be considered as 
>>somehow different from any other retail (i.e. end user) transaction.
>Because there is no transfer of tangeable property between the software
>seller and the pirate, this is not a good analogy...

the property in question is intellectual property, and it clearly has
been diluted.  no one ever "buys" software.  you buy media, and you
*license* the software.  did your copy of CT come with a license
to use, or a license to redistribute?  the former, i think.

73, dave ng0x

>From bhorn at (Bruce Horn)  Thu Nov 25 02:15:04 1993
From: bhorn at (Bruce Horn) (Bruce Horn)
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1993 18:15:04 -0800
Subject: Yesterday's Ethics
Message-ID: <199311250215.SAA08514 at>

Regarding AB6FO's question concerning soliciting info from other
contestants as to the whereabouts of needed multipliers:

I thought it might be interesting to look at this from a practical
point of view.  The issue for most is whether a competitor has an
unfair advantage over us that will result in a higher score.  Generally,
advantages are either classified as 1) against the rules of the
contest, or 2) a separate classification of operation.

For purposes of discussion, suppose you work 75 sections and 1000 Qs
without asking anyone for anything.  For the same score you can either
work an additional 2 sections, or another 29 Qs.  (For 1500 Qs, another
2 sections would be equivalent to another 42 Qs.)  

Now we have to decide whether the advantage of obtaining the additional
2 sections by soliciting on-air info is a significant advantage.  It's
interesting to note that those of us using a single rig are now regularly
competing with those using 2 rigs.  From my conversations with such operators
the 2nd rig provides them with an additional 75 to 100 Qs over the course
of the contest.  Since neither method of enhancing one's score is prohibited
by the contest rules, is the method providing a 29-50 Q advantage unethical,
while the method providing a 75-100 Q advantage is ethical ?

It seems that contesting methods continually evolve.  I personally am more
concerned with improving my score, as compared with previous years.  (Although
I wouldn't mind "winning" one.)  If someone uses two radio to "beat" me,
then I can easily rationalize the difference between our scores.

We all seem to grind our teeth a lot over these issues.  Non-hams acquaitances
are always mystified when told that all you can win is a plaque or certificate
when they ask what the stakes are.

73 de Bruce, WA7BNM

>From oo7 at (Derek Wills)  Wed Nov 24 21:29:08 1993
From: oo7 at (Derek Wills) (Derek Wills)
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 93 21:29:08 GMT
Subject: Yesterday's Ethics
Message-ID: <9311250329.AA10399 at>

        >Non-hams acquaitances are always mystified when told that 
        >all you can win is a plaque or certificate when they ask 
        >what the stakes are.

	>73 de Bruce, WA7BNM

And even if you solicit information to get a Clean Sweep and the 
coffee mug, you still have to pay for the mug...

Still, many ethical contesters spend a lot of time and money on 
improving their station, or traveling to another continent, and it
seems awfully low to do them out of a rightful win, by using some
of the questionable tactics that have been mentioned here.

If the stakes were higher - e.g. monetary prizes - perhaps we would
have contest monitors going around randomly measuring stations' ERP,
correlating "unassisted" activity with packet spots, collecting logs
1 minute after the contest to avoid later "tidying up" and so on.

Have fun in CQWW - and be good,

Derek AA5BT

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