ARRL 160

uszvn9l6 at uszvn9l6 at
Mon Dec 5 11:01:14 EST 1994

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This was my first contest since FD and it sure felt good. Put up a new dipole
on 160 Saturday AM and it seemed to cut through the ether in grand style.
Thanks everyone for the Q's. Here's the lowdown:

      Call: W8XY                     State: OH
      Mode: CW                       Category: SO


      160      223      446       45

               Score:  20070

Power Output: 150 watts     Hours of operation: 6

Equipment Description:
160m DIPOLE @ 48'

>From Gerry Hohn <Gerry.Hohn.0285711 at>  Mon Dec  5 08:54:08 1994
From: Gerry Hohn <Gerry.Hohn.0285711 at> (Gerry Hohn)
Date: 5 Dec 1994 08:54:08 U
Subject: Several Scores-VE6AO
Message-ID: <199412051605.1377.0 at>

                       Subject:                               Time:8:41
  OFFICE MEMO          Several Scores-VE6AO                  
Following are several recent scores from VE6AO, Multi/Single operation
of the Calgary DX Club.

CQWW-SSB: 665 Qs  49 Zs  96 Cs  = 184,295 Ps
SS-CW:        330 Qs  65 Ss            =   42,900 Ps
SS-SSB:       642 Qs  74 Ss            =   95,016 Ps
CQWW-CW:   970 Qs  59 Zs  96 Cs = 321,005 Ps

Gerry VE6LB for VE6AO      

>From Martin Durham <MDurham+aENG%EFJohnson at>  Mon Dec  5 15:57:00 1994
From: Martin Durham <MDurham+aENG%EFJohnson at> (Martin Durham)
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 94 10:57 EST
Subject: MLS
Message-ID: <12941205155721/0005058293DC3EM at MCIMAIL.COM>


>From Richard L. King" <0007131253 at  Mon Dec  5 16:11:00 1994
From: Richard L. King" <0007131253 at (Richard L. King)
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 94 11:11 EST
Subject: ARRL 160 (better story)
Message-ID: <12941205161121/0007131253PJ1EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

Here are the K5NA ARRL 160M Contest results:

1303 QSOs, 41 Countries, 74 W/VE, 351,095 Score


Was assigned emergency baby-sitting duties for my grandchild at 7:00AM 
Friday morning killing my sleeping in late plans.

Discovered a few minutes before the contest started that the east 
beverage for southern Europe wasn't working. As a matter of fact all 
the other beverages except the NE and SE were performing poorly. The 
NE beverage heard well but from all directions. As a result I spent 
the entire contest with the running station listening on the NE beverage 
and the second S/P station used the SE beverage. I think the nasty 
hunters and the frantic Banbis must have really taken a toll on my 
beverage system. As soon as I get my courage up for the shooting gallery,
I will brave the woods and fix everything.

I slept 4 hours at mid-day on Saturday and had a total of 5 hours off 
time (that's 37 hours operating for the mathematically impared).

Conditions were super in spite of my receiving difficulties this year. 
I know I had many Europeans and West Coast stations calling that I didn't
pull through.

This was my best score since 1986 when I last broke 300K as a single-op.

I forgot to mention above that I was single-op high power.

Station is a IC765 and a TS-940; antennas are two slopers (NE and SW) 
hung from a 190 foot tower and a octagional loop (top at 120 feet and 
bottom at 20 feet, fed at the middle of the bottom) broadside NE/SW. 
I can switch the antennas around to either station. Amps are a Henry 
Premier model (has 160) and a Dentron DTR-1000L.

I tried to avoid the area from 1830-1835 as a DX window, choosing to 
crowd in as close above 1835 as I could. I had lots of jammers (Window 
Police?) as a result. I think I gave up on the window concept somtime 
Sunday morning. If a reasonable, consistant DX window was established, 
I would honor it. However, 20 years ago when I was doing this same 
contest from Texas, I remember the DX window was 1825-1830. The 160M 
DXers were EXTREMELY good about honoring the window. However, when the
contest came along, there was always people operating in the window 
in spite of this and attempts to move them out weren't usually 
successful. I don't think you will EVER have a DX window honored by 
all participants during a contest weekend.

I missed KH6, VE8, and VI. I thought I heard someone send KV4FZ on the 
second rx once, but not sure if it was he in QSO or someone asking 
about him. I heard J7 and an LU(?) that I didn't work. KL7Y was the 
loudest I have ever heard him. Most Eu mults called me. Where was KH6CC 
and ZL3GQ. I usually expect to get these two stations and I never heard

Best hour (per CT) was 88 QSOs. I had 1200 NA QSOs, 142 Eu QSOs, 3 SA 
QSOs, and 1 AF (5T5JC) QSO. No Asia and Pacif this year.

This is still one of my favorite contests since my first effort in 1972 
as a guest op at W5SZ (has it already been over 20 years?) Thanks to 
all who dropped by to give me a QSO.

73, Richard -  K5NA

>From Scott J Bauer" <sjb at  Mon Dec  5 16:32:27 1994
From: Scott J Bauer" <sjb at (Scott J Bauer)
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 94 11:32:27 -0500
Subject: SquINT
Message-ID: <199412051632.LAA27281 at>

Thanks to NJ0U, the loudest station here for two QSOs.  One with my daughter
Sara and one with my son Alex

Rcvd                      Sent

NJ0U Kyle age 6 Pink      WA2LCC Sara age 3 Yellow
NJ0U Kyle age 6 Pink      WA2LCC Alex age 8 Red ? I dont remember

"Score"  45 min * 2 comments = 90 points.  1 potty break.

Many yawns while talking, from my daughter.  She lasted 40 minutes !! She calls
a mean CQ, when not yawning.  Using VOX worked best.  BIG smile from Sara when
she knew Kyle was talking to her !  Went to McDonalds for the after contest

I've got to get a new QTH so I can put up some real antennas.
Great idea for something different !  Made my son do 5 minutes.

Scott WA2LCC, sjb at

>From David & Barbara Leeson <0005543629 at>  Mon Dec  5 16:20:00 1994
From: David & Barbara Leeson <0005543629 at> (David & Barbara Leeson)
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 94 11:20 EST
Subject: Beverage to TS-830
Message-ID: <35941205162053/0005543629NA2EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

Re W8CAR's question...Don, the way to get a beverage or 2nd antenna into
a TS-830 (or other Kenwood rigs) is through the transceiver plug on the back...
that's what all the talk is about how to get the plug for that connector...
both the receive side of the TR relay and the receiver input are available
for a switch box at this connector.  Dave, W6QHS

>From Jay Kesterson K0GU x6826 <jayk at>  Mon Dec  5 16:54:18 1994
From: Jay Kesterson K0GU x6826 <jayk at> (Jay Kesterson K0GU x6826)
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 94 9:54:18 MST
Subject: K0GU ARRL 160 Score
Message-ID: <9412051654.AA06897 at>

ARRL 160 METER CONTEST                         NA = 1020  98.3%  CO2JA
Call: K0GU   Section: CO                       SA =    2   0.2%  PY0FF, YV1OB
Category: Single Op                            AS =   15   1.4%  JAs, UA0/MM
 QSO   PTS  PTS/Q  SEC  DX                     OC =    1   0.1%  V73GT
1038  2133   2.05   75   5 = 170,640           EU/AF Bzzzzzt

FT-1000D, Alpha 76PA, N4KG tower feed, six beverages, W3LPL BPF, RX preamp

Whats a phone op like me doing in a contest like this?? My first serious SO
CW effort after 20 years of contesting. Notable effects as fatigue set in,
my CW sending went to h*ll and sometimes Q5 stations called and it just
didn't register ( ..--.. ). I did not sleep well during the day on Saturday.

Three times had stations, that were obviously copying me well, rip my
frequency. I stayed and battled them for 10 or so minutes to no avail. They
were there to stay, had to cut my losses and run. Kind of surprised me,
frequencies weren't that hard to come by, unless you wanted to be in the
window :-). Oh well, I probably PO somebody myself.

I don't want to hear anymore whining about slow second day contest rates :-).
Highest rate the second night was 44. The 08Z hours was 4 Qs. I now
understand why M/S is popular in this contest.

Installed the N4KG feed on my tower (55' Rohn 45 w/ Mosley PRO-96) the
weekend before. Even though my tower is only a bit over 1/8 wave by the 
formula in the article (June QST) it out performed my elevated inverted L
(38' in vert section, metal barn roof ground) by a few DB to a few S units.
With four radials (at only 5' elevation) the SWR was 1:1. The SWR is almost
flat over the whole band, I assume from loss of short tower and radial
height. I you have the room for the radials its a quick and easy way to
get on 160. However in a head to head battle to a JA, with a local using a
elevated 1/4 wave vert, the JA copied him with one minor fill of his call.
The JA then CQed in my face (without even a QRZ) till I gave up. Would like
to swap info with other N4KG users, send me some Email.

73, Jay K0GU  jayk at

>From sellington" <sellington at  Mon Dec  5 11:04:47 1994
From: sellington" <sellington at (sellington)
Date: 5 Dec 94 11:04:47 U
Subject: K9MA 160 Score
Message-ID: <9412051706.AA03674 at ns.PacBell.COM>

K9MA 1994 ARRL 160 M Contest Score, Single Operator, High Power:

883 QSO's, 86 Mults, 155,058 Points

Antennas:  Shunt-Fed 23M tower, receiving loops and wires.


Poor conditions for DX, but better the second night.  AFTER  the contest, the
K index was zero again.  Figures.

High point was getting a call from 5T5JC.

Low point was when a particularly obnoxious Iowa station blatantly tried to
steal my frequency.

The "DX Window" just doesn't work in this contest.  The DX stations are 
usually so weak that there's no possibility of hearing them through
pile-ups anyway.  It seems the only way for NA stations to work DX is to
hope they answer our CQ's.

The two small phased loops work fairly well for receiving to Europe on
160.  ELNEC predicts some interaction with the tower on 160, but still
about 9 dB of f/b, which seems to be about what I get.  (Both ELNEC and
observations agree that coupling to the tower makes the loops useless
on 80.)


Scott  K9MA
sellington at

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