KF9PL-10m Contest

Sean E. Kutzko tigger at prairienet.org
Sun Dec 11 21:11:53 EST 1994


KF9PL  Single op w/ Packet, 100w.

155 QSO's CW, 26 sections, 6 Countries
56 QSO's SSB, 15 sections, 6 Countries

Just over 30,000 points.

Icom 745 w/Wilson CL-33 Tribander at 40 feet.

I had to work all weekend. Didn't get back Friday until 9pm, and had to
go in to work Saturday at N
Noon.  Sunday was a total writeoff...worked from 10AM until 6PM.

I decided to concentrate mostly on working CW states. Managed to get a couple
nice countries on SSB, but no new ones for me.

Had an excellent run on SSB saturday night...pipeline into North Carolina.
Then my alcoholic neighbor called and started yelling about the phone 
interference. It's hard to explain to a drunk why an $8 phone works great
as a receive antenna. I've already got filters out the wazoo on my equipment.
M<aybe I'll buy him some toroids for Christmas.

After the neighboorhood dispute calmed down, went to CW and ran for an hour.
All east-coast stuff...I love 10 meters! Reminds me of my Novice days back in
1987, watching the propagation start in New England, work its way down south,
over to Texas, and up to Colorado. Good memories.

Moral of the weekend: I don't care how far I have to commute, I'm going to
move to the sticks where I can set up a good stack and not worry about what
my neighbors think.

Cheers from the cornfields!

Sean Kutzko KF9PL
Urbana, IL

"Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent
 and original in your work."                 -Gustave Flaubert

>From Dr. Eugene Zimmerman" <ezimmerm at DGS.dgsys.com  Mon Dec 12 03:19:20 1994
From: Dr. Eugene Zimmerman" <ezimmerm at DGS.dgsys.com (Dr. Eugene Zimmerman)
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 1994 22:19:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject: HELP! rotor advice pse
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.941211220215.22665A-100000 at DGS>

Hi Doug --

On Sun, 11 Dec 1994, you wrote:

> 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; 

Here I can't help you but I believe Norm Jeweler K3LYW (known to you as 
Norm the Rotor Man) supports this rotor and thinks highly of it.  You can 
call him at 301-874-5885 for details.  I think Norm knows lots more about 
rotors than anyone I know and I have never known him to support anything 
but high quality stuff.

> I am also looking at the HDR300. 

I have used an HDR300 since about 1986.  It has performed flawlessly and 
I expect it to be good for 20 years of service for my needs.  I have a 
small tribander (HYGain Explorer) and about 7 VHF beams on the tower - I 
would guess less than 20 square feet of load.

There are 3 potential problems with the HDR300 --
*  It has a north stop which is a pain in the *** and as far as I can 
see, that cannot be changed without discarding the digital readout (if 
there is some way to get a south stop and keep the readout, I would like 
to know about it)

*  If you let the rotor coast past the stop, the pot/indicator inside the 
rotor is subject to damage - this can be fixed by having the brake and 
the rotation controlled by the same switch but then occasionally the 
brake will not release and you will have to hit the rotator witch a few 
times to get it going -- this is an annoyance but much less of an 
annoyance than replacing the pot!!

* I understand from Norm LYW that the rotator uses a key system that by 
its very nature is not as strong as it might be and thus with large 
antennas like a 40 meter beam and a couple of other long HF yagis rocking 
back and forth in the wind, there could be trouble (though I have never 
heard of any such).  The Orion uses some other system that is inherently 
stronger and more reliable so that might be a reason to use it instead of 
the 300.

Good luck with your endeavors.

Gene  W3ZZ

>From bhorn at netcom.com (Bruce Horn)  Mon Dec 12 04:24:13 1994
From: bhorn at netcom.com (Bruce Horn) (Bruce Horn)
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 1994 20:24:13 -0800
Subject: 10m Contest Score
Message-ID: <199412120424.UAA10032 at netcom15.netcom.com>

Call: WA7BNM
Location: S.Calif
Category: Mixed Mode, Single Op, Low Power

Hours of Operation: 4.6

CW: 76Q x 21M
Ph: 47Q x 18M  =  15,522

Had very limited time to operate in the 10m contest -- about half
of the few hours I had were during times when DX consisted of
stations 30 miles away :-)

However, got plenty of practice sending my call on cw (almost
have it mastered)

Another score from S.Calif:
Call: KJ6HO
Category: Phone Only, Single Op, Low Power
Hours of Op: 22.3

455Q x 42M = 38,220

Happy holidays and 73 de Bruce, WA7BNM   (bhorn at netcom.com)

>From THOMAS CARLSSON <xcom.tksthc at memo4.ericsson.se>  Sat Dec 10 09:19:59 1994
From: THOMAS CARLSSON <xcom.tksthc at memo4.ericsson.se> (THOMAS CARLSSON)
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 1994 10:19:59 +0100
Subject: From Saudi
Message-ID: <199412120424.XAA25616 at jjmhome.jjm.com>

I have forwarded your regards to Mike K3UOC/7Z5OO and he tells
me to return his regards and a request to post his score on the
Mike is in process of arranging access to internet, he is app-
lying for an X.25 node subscription which he will reach through
a normal modem with local (free) telephone access. That's the
cheapest way. May we hope he will suceed.
Met him and his wife Lee last Wednesday at the 7Z1AB meeting,
wery nice people..
It was really lucky that you sent the previous regards through me
so I could give him all the info re. e-mail access.

Please forward to the Reflector

Band     QSO    Z    Cty
160       82    7     30
 80      555   16     55
 40      693   18     61
 20      433   21     67
 15      600   23     62
 10      180   19     50
        2543  104    325    Total 2,838,693
QSL manager W1AF?? if I remember correctly. Mike said that he
uses the club callsign as QSL info.

Can you also inform: In previous reflected message N4KT was
given as QSL mgr for HZ1AB. This is wrong...through N4KT they
will newer get it, it shall as usual go to K8PYD.

Why don't I do this myself. Well, I have problems to send
messages to cq-contest..tgv.com (.. is at) because my access to
internet is through a gateway at our company's e-mail system.
This gateway is obviously more than one node.
My internet address is xcom.tksthc..memo.ericsson.se
My e-mail system can not take   at   so it is given as ..   or
may be it is translated so you get the proper    at  .
Then when I receive reflectors I get my address as
xcom.tksthc..memo3.ericsson.se and sometimes as ...memo4..
it seems to me that when I subscribed to cq-contest... my
subscription address wsa automatically given as, say memo3, and
if I now send a message and it is sent out on memo4 then of
course I am not recognized as a subscriber and what I get is:
Error in delivery to mailing list cq-contest:
   access denied; send subscription requests to....
Problem: I can not force our system to access me to a specific
node to internet.
Can also access through my compuserve access but then more
xpensive for me
My compuserve address is 74364,2660
Any suggestions to the above??
Many regards from us all in Saudi
Thomas   SM0CXU/AB5CQ    ...B4  VS6CU, 9M2CX, 9K2EX, HC2IA,
                      Fred Hopengarten K1VR
           Six Willarch Road * Lincoln, MA 01773-5105
     home + office telephone:  617/259-0088 (FAX on demand)
                   internet:  k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com
"Big antennas, high in the sky, are better than small ones, low."

>From David O. Hachadorian" <0006471356 at mcimail.com  Mon Dec 12 04:30:00 1994
From: David O. Hachadorian" <0006471356 at mcimail.com (David O. Hachadorian)
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 94 23:30 EST
Subject: K6LL 10 Meter Contest results
Message-ID: <13941212043031/0006471356PK3EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

K6LL, Single Operator, High Power, Mixed mode, Yuma, Arizona.
   MODE      Valid QSOs   Points   Mults   Countries   

   10CW          289       1156      35        16 
   10SSB         616       1232      34        17 

 Totals          905       2388      69        33 

    Final Score = 243576 points.


It was so slow compared to previous years that I took a lot of breaks due to
boredom. Op time was about 15 hours.

As of Sunday noon, it looked like the cw score was decidedly more
competitive than the mixed mode score, and I almost decided to change
categories. Up to then, there just weren't the massive numbers of ssb
Novices to work. However, on Sunday afternoon there was a nice opening to
W1, W2, W3, W8, and I worked 375 on SSB in 90 minutes. It ended as fast as
it began. If ya snooze, ya lose on 10m. Hope I didn't miss any other good
openings due to excessive snoozing.

Equipment was the usual TS850, SB220, and KT34XA @ 49'. N6TRlog v5.11
software worked perfectly and made the slow times more interesting and
productive with the bandmap feature.

Most frequent QTHs:
   1.          FLA   93
   2.         PENN   76
   3.           NY   63
   4.           NJ   63
   5.         OHIO   60
   6.           LU   58 <---- !
   7.           VA   49
   8.           MD   48
   9.         CONN   39
  10.         MASS   36
  11.         MICH   31
  12.          CAL   30
  13.          VE3   20

73 and Season's greetings to all. See you in the January NAQPs.

Dave, K6LL
k6ll at mcimail.com

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