need FD seat nr Dallas

Fri Jun 10 17:06:56 EDT 1994

No, not me, but one of my River City Contesters and NV6O ops, Steve,
KN6OX is looking for a fd operation that he can visit and perhaps
participate in near Plano, TX.  I think that's near Dallas.  Excuse my
K5 geography, but I'm cowboy disadvantaged.

Steve is a phone operator, recently retired from Pacific Bell, and
recently hired by MCI.  He will be attending a school of some sorts near
(or maybe in) Plano.

You can reply to me directly, or call steve at home on (916) 983-MARY
(that's his wife's name).

Derek - you near there?

Eric, NV6O - who will stay at home and operate from the N. Cal. Rice

edwoods at

>From MSgt Bob Smith/SCSMH <smithb at>  Sat Jun 11 01:17:56 1994
From: MSgt Bob Smith/SCSMH <smithb at> (MSgt Bob Smith/SCSMH)
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 94 19:17:56 CDT
Subject: SS PINS
Message-ID: <9406110017.AA05547 at>

I recently returned from a month long business trip.  In my mail
were the SS PINS.  Unfortunately, there were two CW PINS.  Did 
anyone out there get two SSB and would like to trade?

Please contact me directly.

73 de Bob 
smithb at

>From Randy A Thompson <K5ZD at>  Sat Jun 11 03:29:38 1994
From: Randy A Thompson <K5ZD at> (Randy A Thompson)
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 1994 22:29:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CQ Magazine Antenna Column
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9406102254.A11436-0100000 at>

Here's a subject that should be good for a few days...

Has anyone noticed that the Antennas & Accessories column in CQ Magazine 
by W8FX really seems to be the Software Review column?  Either that or it 
is the New Product Review column?  Or the "I will print your press 
release here" column.

Seems with all the interesting antennas and antenna-smart people in the 
world, there would be someone who could actually write a column on 
ANTENNAS!  This would free up W8FX to do what he really seems to prefer, 
writing about software.

As the beer commercial says, "Wouldn't it be great?"

K5ZD at

>From Randy A Thompson <K5ZD at>  Sat Jun 11 03:38:59 1994
From: Randy A Thompson <K5ZD at> (Randy A Thompson)
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 1994 22:38:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Antenna Question
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9406102252.A11436-0100000 at>

On a more serious antenna note.

In June 94 CQ Magazine, World of Ideas column by K4TWJ, there is an 
interesting antenna given the name "El Toro."

It is basically a 1/4-wave of 450 ohm open wire fed against ground.  
K4TWJ writes:

"Rather than using a single wire "worked against ground" (like a 1/4 wave 
vertical), it is made of ladder line with ground connected to one 
conductor. This simple step raises the antenna's signal radiation efficiency
from 20 to 60 percent."

Why is this so?  What does 20 to 60 percent increase in "efficiency" mean in 
actual signal improvement?  And why, if it is so effective, have we not 
heard more about making verticals this way?

Follow up question.  I have a 1/4-wave vertical for 160.  Would it work 
better if I built it as an El Toro???

Please do not use mathematical equations or symbols in your answer.

K5ZD at

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