N0bsh at N0bsh at
Tue Jul 26 15:15:37 EDT 1994

Where's Joe Walsh when you need him - WB6???

Mike N0BSH

>From Steve Harrison <sharriso at>  Tue Jul 26 19:14:44 1994
From: Steve Harrison <sharriso at> (Steve Harrison)
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 1994 14:14:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Dymo labels for cables
Message-ID: <Pine.3.87.9407261444.A15575-0100000 at eagle>

A more permanent (and harder to do, especially at the top of a tower) 
alternative is to etch the cable name into the connector shell with one 
of those cheap home vibration etcher things.

For something that only has to last several months, you can create small 
paper labels (about 1/2" x 1" long) and stick the label, 
writing-side-out, onto a piece of wide, clear tape that you then wrap 
around the end of the cable. Or, I suppose you could sandwich the paper 
label between the cable and a piece of clear heatshrink. You might wrap 
the ends of the heatshrink with electrical tape to be certain that 
moisture doesn't get in. You can even create other labels for the shack 
end of a cable that indicate such info as measured VSWR @ whatever 
frequency on such-and-such a date for comparison against later 
troublesome VSWR problems.

Be aware that most kinds of ball-point inks will fade with exposure to 

73, Steve KO0U/4 <sharrison at>

>From DPBUNTE alias account" <K9FN at  Tue Jul 26 22:38:56 1994
From: DPBUNTE alias account" <K9FN at (DPBUNTE alias account)
Date: 26 Jul 94 16:38:56 EST
Subject: Marking coax
Message-ID: <2B788ED6DCE at>

The best method I have ever used is to put tie-wraps, in unique
combinations, at opposite ends of each cable.  For example: 2 tie-
wraps, an inch apart for 20 meters, 2 tie-wraps 4 inches apart for 80
meters etc.  Combinations of numbers of ties, size of ties, and
spacing between them will allow a great deal of differentiation.  Of
course they must be tight enough to not slide...and loose enough to
not damage the coax.  The major down side to this technique is that
pulling the cable through tight spots is made more difficult unless
the tie-wrap is placed on the cable after it is pulled...and you MUST
maintain a legend where you can FIND IT in the future.

73 -Dave K9FN-

k9fn at

>From dgf at (David Feldman)  Tue Jul 26 23:08:53 1994
From: dgf at (David Feldman) (David Feldman)
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 1994 15:08:53 -0700
Subject: Marking coax
Message-ID: <199407262208.PAA28110 at>

>The best method I have ever used is to put tie-wraps, in unique
>combinations, at opposite ends of each cable.  For example: 2 tie-

I use this scheme too, but discovered that my early tie-wraps were
not UV resistant, and became brittle and fell off in the colorado sun :-(
73 Dave WB0GAZ dgf at

>From Robert Penneys <penneys at>  Tue Jul 26 23:58:55 1994
From: Robert Penneys <penneys at> (Robert Penneys)
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 1994 18:58:55 -0400
Subject: Join NERDS NAQP! Let's Go!!
Message-ID: <199407262258.SAA08953 at>

NAQP is a week from Saturday and the truly "in" team, the N.E.R.D.S., will
be on. Join us for the greater glory.

I will send in team rosters, summary, etc. Team members must go get'em,
get log done and in on time, and remember to credit team.

We'll be on Sprint, too.

Reach me here. Tnx Bob

Bob Penneys, WN3K     Frankford Radio Club      N.E.R.D.S.
Internet:  penneys at       Work: Ham Radio Outlet, Delaware
U.S. Mail:  12 East Mill Station Drive    Newark, DE 19711    U.S.A.

>From Tom Frenaye <0002349723 at>  Wed Jul 27 00:53:00 1994
From: Tom Frenaye <0002349723 at> (Tom Frenaye)
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 94 18:53 EST
Subject: Gunning for grids
Message-ID: <61940726235316/0002349723PK3EM at>

I'm not very enthusiastic about grids for multipliers, especially where
the total number of grids is greater than the present multiplier norm.
While the K5ZD and K1AR's of the world (and those off the back of my beam)
thrive on running them and letting the mults call in, that's not my favorite
style of contesting.  Sure, you have to be good at picking out the weak ones,
at holding a frequency, and knowing when to change bands but...

In a contest where there the ratio of QSOs to multipliers is fewer (ARRL DX
vs CQWW; IARU HF vs WPX) winning takes some additional skills (or at least
I'd like to think so) in searching out and finding multipliers.  The lower
the final ratio of QSOs to multipliers is, the more you'll find people CQing
endlessly and fighting for the sweat spots in the band.  

When multipliers are worth 10Q each it's worth tuning for them.  You end
up needing to know about secondary propagation paths (long path, etc) in
order to be competitive, and you don't have to run Europeans on 20/15/10
at sunrise (east coast) when 80/40/20 are open to the Pacific and Asia.

Give me a contest where the Q/M ratio is more than 10 and I'm in fat city!!!

73 Tom  K1KI  2349723 at

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