Guest op, will travel

s.nace1 at s.nace1 at
Wed Dec 7 04:54:00 EST 1994

Dear Jeff: I am truly sorry I cannot offer any sugestions on where to
go with your suprise Delta ticket. If however, you should find any of
the following other items in your drawers and you cannot get rid of them,
let me know:
Dallas Cowboy Tickets
Texas Lottery Tickets (winners only)
Airline tickets (please no USAir)
U of T/ A & M/ Cotton bowl tickets
Houston Rocket tickets
Dallas Cowboy Tickets (dupe?)
73 de Hose		KN5H

>From Wilbert Knol <wk at>  Wed Dec  7 22:07:03 1994
From: Wilbert Knol <wk at> (Wilbert Knol)
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 1994 11:07:03 +1300 (NZDT)
Subject: reply to N3RD
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.3.90.941208104434.28717B-100000 at muscle>

On Wed, 7 Dec 1994 KR2J at wrote:
> RM.  Hmmmm.  Yes, laid back RM.  Well, to be honest, the RM shack is not a
> showplace at all.  The towers 
> and antennas are nice - but you have to be careful about the ticks all over
> the place as you walk around.  
> KQ2M got one when he was there a couple of years ago.  In addition, ther is
> no running water or modern 
> plumbing.  During the contests, Bob contracts with a portable toilet company
> and they place one of those 
> things that you see at construction sites outside the shack.  We have to run
> out every time we need food or 
> drinks or what have you.  Depite Bob's efforts, there are mice there and what
> they have left behind is there 
> too.  While bringing in all of our equipment, we have to clean the area we
> are going to put it in.  

Dearodearodear.... At ZM2K, the only running water is from a plastic 
container, or you can stick your head in the trough outside if you are 
game enough. The other running water is from operators taking a leak 
against the fence if they aren't using the long drop. Apart from mice and 
possums, we have an audience of  starlings shooting through the 
woolshed/radio shack, occasionally bombing the operators, just to let 
them know who owns the place :-) Of course, there is the usual wild life 
ouside:  turning the beams usually involves  getting into some sturdy 
footwear for a trip across the paddock, dodging rabbits, sheep and their 
deposits. I guess it all adds flavour to contesting :-)


Wilbert Knol, Acoustics Group, MAF Marine Research, Wellington, New Zealand.
Usenet: wk at  sats:@ AO16,LO19     packet:ZL2BSJ at ZL2WA.NZL.OC
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>From Jim Reisert AD1C  07-Dec-1994 1735 <reisert at>  Wed Dec  7 22:31:51 1994
From: Jim Reisert AD1C  07-Dec-1994 1735 <reisert at> (Jim Reisert AD1C 07-Dec-1994 1735)
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 94 17:31:51 EST
Subject: N2RM Operation
Message-ID: <9412072231.AA04238 at>

John WB2EKK wrote:

[reformatted for the >80 characters/line impaired]

> As an occasional W3LPL operator, I would like to encourage all EPA, WPA,
> SNJ, and NNJ operators to continue to experiment in the single op and
> multi-single categories, rather than operate with that clique-ish N2RM
> crowd.  I'm sure any more operators there would just make it more crowded
> and unpleasant to operate.  Unless, of course, you are an experienced Ten
> Ten contest operator, or have been an OO for years, then I would recommend
> you operate at N2RM, preferably on 20M during the next few years.

I'm sure John meant this as a joke, but I found a few pearls of wisdom here,
some of which contradict each other:

1.  I think it's more likely for a ham to be "recruited" into serious
    contesting that it is to find that path on one's own.  Thus, it's
    it's up to the multi-ops to nurture potential new contestors.

2.  The club score is *NOT* necessarily enhanced by having all the club's
    best operators at a multi.  For example, if each person can score 3M,
    maybe 5 of them would only score 10M at a multi.  The club score just
    went down 5M points (5*3M - 10M).

3.  Yet, you can't get to be a great contester by operating by yourself all
    the time.  It's important to operate multi- and see what the others are
    doing.  Chances are you'll pick up a few new things to increase your
    score that would have *never* thought of by yourself.

4.  On the other hand, a large number of Multi-single operators really can
    help a club score.  It's really up to them to provide the DX spots for
    the SOA and MM stations (who have to run most of the time).  They're the
    ones that almost always have that second operator tuning around looking
    for juicy multipliers.

5.  20 meters is going to tough, but it's where contests will be decided.
    K1AR beat us (KC1XX) by 250 QSOs on that in band in WW CW 94, and by 1M
    points in the contest.  Yes, there were other factors (like mults), but
    that was the only band where we were more than about 20 QSOs apart.
    From their breakdown, there were only 9 hours in the contest that they
    *didn't* make a QSO on 20 meters.

73 - Jim AD1C
reisert at

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