Virus with PED.EXE

es at es at
Mon Sep 27 12:23:00 EDT 1993

Just got a hold of the "latest" PED program and Norton Utilities has
found that it has the virus "Maltese Amoeba".  The version of McAfee
SCAN that I have (8.6V93) did not find it.  The date associated with this
version of PED is 9/2/93 and it is 34795 bytes.

Has anyone else seen this?  Norton's antivirus repair utility was unable
to fix it.

Ed Parsons, K1TR
es at

>From rmarosko at (Ron Marosko)  Mon Sep 27 12:35:17 1993
From: rmarosko at (Ron Marosko) (Ron Marosko)
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1993 11:35:17
Subject: Virus with PED.EXE -*- FALSE ALARM
Message-ID: <rmarosko.29.000B96EE at>

In article  es at writes:

>Just got a hold of the "latest" PED program and Norton Utilities has
>found that it has the virus "Maltese Amoeba".  The version of McAfee
>SCAN that I have (8.6V93) did not find it.  The date associated with this
>version of PED is 9/2/93 and it is 34795 bytes.

>Has anyone else seen this?  Norton's antivirus repair utility was unable
>to fix it.

This is a false alarm. Contact Symantec for a bug-fix release on your 
anti-virus software. NAV detected Maltese Amoeba in several programs, the most 
common being PKWare's new release of PKZIP, v2.04.

Just to make sure, I just ran SCAN 9.17 V106 on PED.EXE (also 34795, 9/2/93) 
and detected nothing.

Vy 73,
    Ron KB5NFN

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>From tree at (Larry Tyree)  Mon Sep 27 17:14:57 1993
From: tree at (Larry Tyree) (Larry Tyree)
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 93 09:14:57 PDT
Subject: Sprint logs
Message-ID: <9309271614.AA22289 at>

Many of you have sent in your Sprint logs via E-Mail or with a diskette,
but there are still some stations who used software for the contest and
did not send in a diskette.

The Sprint contest is one of the most thoroughly checked contests around.
About 75 to 80 percent of the information in the logs is verified.  As you
can imagine, this is a lot of work!!  However, you can help out by supplying
your log via electronic media whenever possible.  Many of the top ten
stations use paper during the contest, but support the log checking process
by entering their log on a computer after the contest.

Your log can be sent in most any ASCII form.  The .PRN file from NA works
just fine as does the LOG.DAT file from my program.  The main requirement
is for their to be no more than one line of data for each QSO and have
the information in columns looking somewhat like the standard log sheet.

You can even save yourself some postage as your entry can consist of a
diskette and a summary sheet.  If you are entering you log after the
contest, you can enclose your original log and if I find a typing
mistake, it will not be counted against you.

About 80 percent of the logs received were done on computer.  Please do
your part to increase the accuracy of the results and decrease the amount
of time that Rick and I need to take away from my family to administer this


Tree  N6TR

>From R.SCHREIBMAIER" <bob at  Mon Sep 27 19:06:06 1993
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1993 13:06:06 -0500 (EDT)
Subject: Virus with PED.EXE

> Just got a hold of the "latest" PED program and Norton Utilities has
> found that it has the virus "Maltese Amoeba".  The version of McAfee
> SCAN that I have (8.6V93) did not find it.  The date associated with this
> version of PED is 9/2/93 and it is 34795 bytes.
> Has anyone else seen this?  Norton's antivirus repair utility was unable
> to fix it.
> Ed Parsons, K1TR
> es at


I ran the program through F-Prot Version 2.09d and it found
no viruses.  F-Prot is specifically supposed to be able to
find the Maltese Amoeba virus, but the scan proved negative.

Anybody know exactly what the Maltese Amoeba virus is supposed
to do?  According to the F-Prot documentation, it is an encrypted
virus that contains the message:

AMOEBA virus by the Hacker Twins (C) 1991
This is nothing, wait for the release of AMOEBA II-The universal
infector, hidden to any eye but ours! Dedicated to the University
of Malta-the worst educational system in the universe, and the
destroyer of 5X2 years of human life.

Bob K2PH

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>From Bruce Sawyer" <sawyer at  Mon Sep 27 20:52:41 1993
From: Bruce Sawyer" <sawyer at (Bruce Sawyer)
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 93 12:52:41 PDT
Subject: Push-up Masts
Message-ID: <9309271955.AA02220 at>

This coming weekend, as all readers of this forum surely are aware, marks the 
REAL opening of contest season with the California QSO Party.  For this event, 
I spent all day Sunday driving down dirt roads and fire trails to finally 
locate an absolutely KB location at the highest point of the ridgeline 
separating Lake and Colusa Counties.  Now if I can solve my antenna problem, 
I'll be passing out 2 multipliers on each first contact, giving the exchange 
COL/LAK.  These are both rare counties, and I would be surprised if anybody 
else is on from either one.

My question is how best to put up a push-up mast.  I have done it several times 
in the past, but never satisfactorily.  I have tried pushing it straight up 
while helpers hold guy wires, and once I even managed to spring one up from the 
horizontal fully extended (it only had a Butternut beam at the top).  This time 
I will be trying to get a Cushcraft A3 up in the air--by myself.  I have a 5 
section, 50' [nominal length] push-up mast.  My current plan is to just toss 
the last section, because it is too weak, and go for a 40' mast.  The best idea 
I can come up with is as follows:

My fantastic site (located on a ridgeline just about a mile from the KA6WWJ 
repeater site) already has a 2-section, 20' mast firmly installed with 3 wire 
guys at both the 10 and 20 foot points.  I'll take that mast down, put a pulley 
at the top, then put it back up.  Then, put the 40' mast together with the A3 
at the end.  I plan on attaching a wire at the 30' point, and running it over 
the pully on the mast already at the site.  Then (you guessed it) I winch the 
mast up to about a 60 degree angle with the wire over the pully before grabbing 
a guy and pulling it up to the vertical by hand.  Has anybody ever tried this 
before?  I did an experiment at home Saturday to try this and everything went 
great until the wire I had holding the pulley broke and mast with antenna came 
down directly on my head.  I spent the rest of the day fixing the broken 
elements on the beam.  The head still hurts.  If this isn't the optimal way of 
getting one of these masts in the air, what is?   Any suggestions would be 
warmly appreciated.
                                          de Bruce, AA6KX   

>From Jim Hollenback <jholly at>  Mon Sep 27 22:37:23 1993
From: Jim Hollenback <jholly at> (Jim Hollenback)
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 93 14:37:23 PDT
Subject: CQ RTTY Scores
Message-ID: <9309272137.AA00544 at>

Here's my score from this last weekend. Judging from all the scores posted,
I guess I came in second - (insert smiley here)

CQ WW RTTY Contest

Call used: WA6SDM
Location:  CA

Entry Class: Single Op, All Band   

Band    QSOs   Pts   QTH    DX  Zones
80        13    15     9     2     3
40        64   113    20    11    11
20       215   336    41    36    19
15        79   142    21    17    12
10         2     6     0     2     2
Total    373   612    91    68    47

Score: 126072

73, Jim, WA6SDM
jholly at

Jim Hollenback

2021 Stonewood Ln.

San Jose, CA 95132

>From bhorn at (Bruce Horn)  Tue Sep 28 04:31:44 1993
From: bhorn at (Bruce Horn) (Bruce Horn)
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 93 20:31:44 -0700
Subject: GAP Verticals
Message-ID: <9309280331.AA29305 at>

Has anyone had experience with GAP verticals, either the Challenger
or Voyager, on 40, 80, or 160.  I'm looking for a more effective
low band antenna to use on a small city lot than the HF-2V with random
length verticals currently in use here.  Would appreciate any direct
or indirect experience, particularly comparison with other antennas
in this freq range.

Thanks and 73 de Bruce, WA7BNM

>From Takao Kumagai <je1cka at>  Tue Sep 28 11:47:32 1993
From: Takao Kumagai <je1cka at> (Takao Kumagai)
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 93 10:47:32 JST
Subject: Virus with PED.EXE
Message-ID: <9309280147.AA10649 at>

Hi Ed

  Thanks for the "Virus information". Did you have any damages to your
resources? What "Maltese Amoeba" virus will cause troubles?
  I forwarded your message to JE3MAS and asked him to check it.

>To all "PED408i Users"
  Please stop to use ped408i until further notice will be made from 
JE3MAS/JE1CKA. If you have further informations on that virus, please 
email to je1cka


>From Takao Kumagai <je1cka at>  Tue Sep 28 12:07:11 1993
From: Takao Kumagai <je1cka at> (Takao Kumagai)
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 93 11:07:11 JST
Subject: Virus with PED.EXE -*- FALSE ALARM
Message-ID: <9309280207.AA10837 at>


Oh, I was so confused.
I replied to Ed, K1TR's article.

Is that a realy *FALSE ALARM* ?
PED408I.EXE was checked by some free virus scan program before release.
The check program is not complete or any scan programs are imcomplete forever.
(There will be new type viruses always)

Anyhow, please stop to use ped408i.exe now and we'll check it as possible
as we can.

Mas found the bug that ped40xi did not run with SBv1.5 so will release the
new one with *27*pile-ups with SBpro soon. (This will be checked as carefully
as possible)

  He has been developing the Voice-PED. The proto type virsion creates 4 PH
pile-ups. But still there are many difficulties like how to create different
voices for each callers, how to off-tune the voice(high tone/ low tone)
etc. If you have any interests on this VOICE-PED or any programming ideas
send me e-mails. Thanks

Tack, JE1CKA

>From Jack Fleming <oolon at>  Tue Sep 28 06:11:12 1993
From: Jack Fleming <oolon at> (Jack Fleming)
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1993 22:11:12 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Salmon Run Info
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9309272212.A29932-b100000 at>

Thanks to everyone who joined in the Salmon Run.  This was the third year
that the contest has been sponsored by the Western Washington DX Club and
we had a great turn out (even with 10 meters being totally dead!).

The scoring is as follows:

	SSB QSOs = 2 points
	CW QSOs = 3 points
	Novice/Technician CW QSOs = 6 points
	The same station may be worked for QSO points on each band, SSB
	and CW.  Portables and mobiles may be worked for QSO credit in 
	different counties.

	Washington Counties (39) count as multipliers - once on each mode
	regardless of bands for 78 total multipliers (Now that would be a

	QRP Bonus: Multiply score x 3
	Low Power Bonus: Multiply score x 2

A package of Portlock Smoked Salmon supplied by Port Chatham Packing of
Seattle to the highest score in each DX country, and each U.S. call
district (with at least 25 QSOs from the DX or at least 50 QSOs by the W/Ks).
Lots of certificates (I think we sent one out to every competitor last

Send logs to: 	W7FR
		Western Washington DX Club
		P.O. Box 224
		Mercer Island, WA  98040

Jack Fleming, WA0RJY                          oolon at
20148 6th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA  98155                            DON'T PANIC!

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