160 Meter Contest Scores

WR3O at isd2.tdec.state.tn.us WR3O at isd2.tdec.state.tn.us
Thu Feb 3 16:48:23 EST 1994

I know it's a little late to be posting this, but I have been very busy.

The CQ 160 CW test last weekend was my first real attempt at contesting.
I had dabbled a bit here and there, mostly looking for new countries etc,
but never really participated or tried to make a score.

Thanks to reading this reflector, and to some coaching from a local
contest type (thanks AA4NU), I got interested enough to give it a try.

I used to sit back and wonder why anyone would ever want to contest?!?
Now I find myself looking forward to doing it again!

The station:   Icom IC-761
               AL-811 amp  ( 500 watts CW )
               160 meter Inverted Vee at 85 feet w/ tuned feeders

The score:     510 QSO's,  1211 points,  70 multipliers,  Total: 84,770

I live about 20 miles west of Nashville, TN.

I learned a lot, including that fact that contesting is SERIOUS FUN.

Hope to try it again.

New internet address:   WR3O at isd2.tdec.state.tn.us

73, Kirk  WR3O

>From CT1BOH <0006309523 at mcimail.com>  Thu Feb  3 18:37:00 1994
From: CT1BOH <0006309523 at mcimail.com> (CT1BOH)
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 94 13:37 EST
Subject: re re topgun(ct1boh)
Message-ID: <23940203183732/0006309523PK2EM at mcimail.com>

KM9P complains I didn't sign my e-mail.
Sorry for that I was in a hurry.
RE RE TOPGUN was written by ct1boh
jose carlos cardoso nunes

>From DANIEL P. DOWNARD" <ab4rx at coplex.com  Thu Feb  3 23:35:27 1994
From: DANIEL P. DOWNARD" <ab4rx at coplex.com (DANIEL P. DOWNARD)
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 1994 18:35:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Antenna Quiz
Message-ID: <Pine.3.88.9402031854.A6741-0100000 at coplex>

How long should a folded dipole made from 450 ohm ladder line (VF=.9) be:
A- 468/F
B- 468/F X VF
C- 468/F with shorting stubs at 468/F X VF
I have never heard a reasonable explanation and am curious.  I tried to 
duplicate the Multi-Tee antenna in the ARRL Antenna Book. Never worked on 
160 or 80, but worked fine on 40.

Reply to ab4rx at coplex.com and I'll summarize results.

>From gswanson at arrl.org (Glenn Swanson)  Thu Feb  3 17:53:52 1994
From: gswanson at arrl.org (Glenn Swanson) (Glenn Swanson)
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 94 13:53:52 edt
Subject: New listings format.
Message-ID: <1074 at gs>

Hi Billy, I for one like the 'new' style of listings.  My only suggestion
          would be: Add one more column to the 'box' lists with the two
          letter state abbreviation, so you'd have call score class and
          state (within the region). For example: KB1GW 1020 B CT
          The state just adds one column yet gives alot of specific
          information on where a station is located.  73! Glenn KB1GW

>From barry at w2up.wells.com (Barry Kutner)  Thu Feb  3 22:16:40 1994
From: barry at w2up.wells.com (Barry Kutner) (Barry Kutner)
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 94 22:16:40 GMT
Subject: QSL survey results
Message-ID: <HqZ7gc1w165w at w2up.wells.com>

I was amazed at the number of replies I got - about 70. Rather than
bore everyone with copies of comments, I can summarize it by saying
the VAST majority of replies QSL all cards received.

Several suggested QSLing every contest QSO, that way you don't have
to bother looking at incoming cards.

May use CT. Many others import into DXBase or another logging pgm
for producing labels.

Most who answered the question "does NOT QSLing decrease contest rates" 
felt that it did. Some even mentioned that during the contest, stations
would comment "how come no reply to my QSL?" (This reminded me that I
have done the same thing to FR5DX!)

Only one reply from a multi-multi op saying they don't QSL.
Another very active contester said he got too far behind and it became
too expensive.

73 Barry

Barry N. Kutner, W2UP       Usenet/Internet: barry at w2up.wells.com
Newtown, PA                 Packet Radio: W2UP @ WB3JOE.#EPA.PA.USA.NA
                            Packet Cluster: W2UP >K2TW (FRC)

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