solicitation of contacts

K3NA at K3NA at
Sun Dec 11 14:55:35 EST 1994

On Sat, 10 Dec 1994 a message appeared on the Contest Reflector:

> I would like to schedule a phone QSO with anyone who reads this message.
> I am participating in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest this weekend and will be
> calling CQ on 28.404 + or - 5KC Saturday 12/10 at 15:00 zulu or 10AM
> on the East coast of U.S. Look foward to hearing you in the pileup.
> Thanks,
> (etc)

   Use of the Internet in this way is "soliciting contacts by non-amateur
means".  It appears, from earlier discussions, that most contesters feel this
is inappropriate (even if not explicitly prohibited in the rules).

-- Eric K3NA

k3na at

>From Richard F. DiDonna" <rdidonna at  Sun Dec 11 19:10:37 1994
From: Richard F. DiDonna" <rdidonna at (Richard F. DiDonna)
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 1994 15:10:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Need a phone QSO
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9412111524.A8087-0100000 at>

On Sat, 10 Dec 1994, Jeff Singer wrote:

> On Sat, 10 Dec 1994 shaimes at wrote:
> > I would like to schedule a phone QSO with anyone who reads this message.
> > I am participating in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest this weekend and will be
> > calling CQ on 28.404 + or - 5KC Saturday 12/10 at 15:00 zulu or 10AM
> > on the East coast of U.S. Look foward to hearing you in the pileup.
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Stu N2AUK

So, what would happen if 28.399 - 28.409 were occupied?  Why would one 
really need to set up a schedule when the other guys will be in the 
contest anyhow.  Afterall, this is a "contest reflector"...


Rich KI6ZH (or /4)


>From Douglas S. Zwiebel" <0006489207 at  Sun Dec 11 22:39:00 1994
From: Douglas S. Zwiebel" <0006489207 at (Douglas S. Zwiebel)
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 94 17:39 EST
Subject: HELP! rotor advice pse
Message-ID: <12941211223921/0006489207PK3EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

Hi...I'm currently using the Ham IV rotors, but I would like something
bigger.  I have the USTower TX472, so I can't fit anything real big in
it.  I know that the (old) Orion will fit (now M^2).  My second tower
has more room for a bigger rotor (HG54HD), but I'm not sure what will
actually fit.
I would like any stories (pro or con) on the Orion; especially if
it is one from M^2 (Mike Stahl).  I am concerned as to whether or not
this thing will continue to be supported if M^2 dumps it.  Has anyone
gotten replacement parts for it "off the shelf" and NOT from Orion or
M^2???  Anyone researched this aspect yet?
I am also looking at the HDR300.  I know it WON'T fit the US Tower, but
maybe it will fit inside the HG54.  Any comments on this one?
And if you have another favorite rotor (that will fit inside my towers),
please let me know.  Many thanks...
de Doug  KR2Q at MCIMAIL.COM

>From Jim Stevens, KI4HN" <ki4hn at Cybernetics.NET  Mon Dec 12 00:53:24 1994
From: Jim Stevens, KI4HN" <ki4hn at Cybernetics.NET (Jim Stevens, KI4HN)
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 1994 19:53:24 -0500 (EST)
Subject: ARRL 10M Results - KI4HN
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.941211193455.6726A-100000 at server0>

Category:  Single op - Mixed Mode - Low Power (100W)
Equipment: Kenwood TS-440 & ground mounted Cushcraft AP-8 trap vertical
Time On:   11.5 hours

CW:  141 Qs, 31 domestic mults, 3 DX mults (PY, CX, & LU)
SSB:  93 Qs, 23 domestic mults, 0 DX mults

Total score = 42750

Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I was actually able generated some
runs especially on CW, but I did get one decent run on SSB on Sunday.

For me with 100W and a vertical and this point of the sunspot cycle, this
contest consists of listening for about an hour in the morning to try and
work some South Americans, but things don't get serious until about 2 or
3 PM local when the Northeast and Midwest start coming in.  Then it's 
work 'em as hard and fast as you can until the band closes.

Saturday night the band stayed open until 8PM local (2+ hours past sunset),
but on Sunday, it died by 6:30PM local (0.5 hour before the end of the test).
CW was better for me on Saturday, but SSB seemed better on Sunday.  Looked
several times and tried calling CQ at slow speeds in the N/T CW section,
but never got an 8 point QSO.  

Funniest & most frustating story while S&P on SSB (all calls are made up
except mine and the station on the other end):

him:  QRZ?
me:   KI4HN
him:  N4XX 59 ME
them: (couldn't hear)
him:  QSL QRZ?
me:   KI4HN
him:  W5ZZ 59 ME
them: (couldn't hear)
him:  QSL QRZ?
me:   KI4HN
him:  KI4HN we're a dupe
me:   I would know that if you'd give your call
him:  (pause) QRZ?

I stayed to listen.  He worked 3 more guys before someone asked him for his
call, and I found out it was NY1E.

73, Jim, KI4HN
ki4hn at

>From Alan Brubaker <alan at nah.dsd.ES.COM>  Mon Dec 12 01:01:42 1994
From: Alan Brubaker <alan at nah.dsd.ES.COM> (Alan Brubaker)
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 1994 18:01:42 -0700
Subject: 10 Meter VHF^H^H^H contest
Message-ID: <199412120101.SAA04083 at nah.dsd.ES.COM>

K6XO/7  Single op, high power, unassisted, mixed mode, propagationally
challenged class...

84 QSOs
20 Mult CW
16 Mult SSB

9,288 total

You know that things are getting bad when you don't even break 100 QSOs/
10K in a weekend. Thanks to all the people with good ears who pulled me
out of the noise. The biggest surprise was working VE8AV easily on 
Saturday. Never heard him again after that. All of the western states
except for New Mexico were worked on CW - mostly on scatter except for
a weak sporadic E opening to the northwest on Sunday morning. Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year to all from the Rancho.

Alan, K6XO

alan at

High solar fluxes - an endangered species...

>From Rudolf Torsten Clay <torsten at>  Mon Dec 12 01:57:01 1994
From: Rudolf Torsten Clay <torsten at> (Rudolf Torsten Clay)
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 94 19:57:01 CST
Subject: N4OGW 10m score
Message-ID: <199412120157.AA01710 at>

N4OGW/9 (Illinois)

Single Op, High Power, Mixed mode.
 about 14 hrs.	

CW	176	41	11
SSB	109	26	6
	285	67	17	==> 77,448.			

500w + 40m dipole at 60 feet. 1 radio.
  Realized friday night that not much was happening this weekend, final exams
not till next friday, so decided to do a semi-serious operation.  Worked all
the mults I could hear except DE, 9J, and 5N.  Conclusion: 10 sucks from IL.
Most popular QTH's in my log: MA (25), NY (25), TX (21), LU (18!).

Tor n4ogw at

>From Richard L. King" <0007131253 at  Mon Dec 12 02:20:00 1994
From: Richard L. King" <0007131253 at (Richard L. King)
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 94 21:20 EST
Subject: K5NA/M4 in the 10M Contest
Message-ID: <55941212022055/0007131253PJ1EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

Hello from South Florida. I just spent Saturday and Sunday of the ARRL 
10M Contest operating mobile while driving down here. Because of the 
hours I chose to drive, the bulk of my QSOs (daylight hours) started in 
VA and then extended to NC, SC, GA, and finally FL.

My problem is that it was a contant battle to rework stations after I 
had QSOed them from the first state. Typically they would send "SRI QSO 
B4" after I would answer their QSO. Then when I would send "NO NO, MOBILE 
IN A NEW STATE" they would sometimes go ahead and work me. A few would 
ignore me, thereby losing a valid QSO.

It is not practical for K1EA to program in something that will accomodate
mobile stations moving between states. It just doesn't happen that often.
I wonder if I would have done better by signing "K5NA/M/VA" or "K5NA/M/NC"
and so-on instead of "K5NA/M4" from each state. Most of my QSOs were on 
CW and that limits quick explanations of why I am calling a station for 
a second time. Any comments for my future mobile contesting? Is there a 
standard way this situation should be handled?

73, Richard  -  K5NA

>From Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF" <jfenster at  Mon Dec 12 02:43:14 1994
From: Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF" <jfenster at (Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF)
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 1994 18:43:14 -0800 (PST)
Subject: ARRL 160 Meter Score and Comments
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9412111804.A25004-0100000 at potlatch>

Finished my new 160 meter installation about 4 hours after the contest 
began (but just at our sunset on the NW Left Coast.  Finally got the 
shunt fed tower to work again after new antennas went up a couple of 
years ago.  Using a tower 85' tall with a 205BA and 402CD as capacity 
hats.  Also, installed a 600" beverage headed E-W.

Rather then try to fool with switching arrangements, I fired up the old 
T4XC/R4C combo complete with the Sherwood mods.  It was a ball using the 
old gear again after about 10 years on the shelf.  Also, used the AL-1200 
amp for the first time.  Next year will have a single 4-1000A dedicated 
to 160/80.  Only "played" in the contest and envy the mega-mults the east 
coast had.

The score from K9JF/7

434 QSOs
72 Sections
3 countries
67,350 points
8 hours of operation
single op high power
unassisted (are you kidding...who would want any assistance from the 
Pacific NW.  The only thing rare we hear is W1's)

For those of you in the East that heard and remember my sig.  I would 
like to know how it sounded and perhaps give me some  tips on improving 
it.  I worked most everyone I heard.  However, I did hear HS0B call and 
work K7QQ but I couldn't find another freq to call CQ in hopes the HS 
would call me.  Oh well...

73 Jim Fenstermaker
jfenster at

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