Software piracy

W5XD at W5XD at
Mon Mar 21 16:11:41 EST 1994

I must respond to this:

>>someone's private battle against software "pirates".
>>Find another way to deal with your pet peeve.
>>Dave AA9D

If software pirating of ham logging software exists (I have
no compelling evidence either way, but I have my suspicions)
then it is NOT a "private battle" to which concerned folks 
should be told, if I read between the lines correctly, to 
bug off.

If we, the amateur contesting community, expect to have
decent logging software, then we will have to foster the
attitude that it has to be paid for. (You might be 
surprised at how little money a software author is willing
to make on his pet project, but zero is definitely below
the minimum). "Peer pressure" is the only prescribed solution,
but its pretty vague. I request VE6SH to use any channels
available to him as a CAC rep. to further the attitude
among contesters that running pirated software is as
acceptable as running illegal power, logging non-existent
QSOs, etc. And its not just because its immoral. Its because
contesting itself will suffer if authors won't write for
the market because hams cheat. 

I know of at least one case that the money you spend on
logging software is, in effect, you bribing the author's
XYL to spend a little more time updating the program. 
If the author were interested in making money, he'd write
for real customers that spend real money.

Wayne, W5XD

>From David R. Siddall" <0006358668 at  Tue Mar 22 00:12:00 1994
From: David R. Siddall" <0006358668 at (David R. Siddall)
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 94 19:12 EST
Subject: Fur re Ice on Ants
Message-ID: <31940322001213/0006358668PK3EM at>

In my earlier message I talked about the cost of Vellox for protecting yagis
from ice buildup.  Spoke with the owner today and learned two additional
facts: formulation can be used on most materials, not just aluminum; therefore 
can be used on steel (whether guy wires or tower itself).  Also, not on price
list but available is a kit of a pint of primer and container of spray paint,
estimated sufficient for 20-30 sq. ft coverage, that retails for $40.  This
might be about right for a contester's antenna farm!  73 de Dave K3ZJ

>From wr6r at (albert crespo)  Tue Mar 22 03:52:54 1994
From: wr6r at (albert crespo) (albert crespo)
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 1994 19:52:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject: arrl ssb
Message-ID: <199403220352.TAA19333 at>



160       235         46
80        663         57
40        880         56
20        627         54
15       1298         57
10       1257         55

Totals 4960           325    = 4,836,000

Only worked 2 minutes in the first hour due to problems in shack and 
never recovered ! Always next year.

See you all in WPX this weekend as WH6/WR6R

Alhoa, Al.

>From Trey Garlough <GARLOUGH at TGV.COM>  Tue Mar 22 05:58:53 1994
From: Trey Garlough <GARLOUGH at TGV.COM> (Trey Garlough)
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 1994 21:58:53 -0800 (PST)
Subject: ARRL DX contest
Message-ID: <764315933.817443.GARLOUGH at TGV.COM>

Now that everyone has had a chance to think about this year's ARRL
DX Contest, I would like to hear about some people's experiences.
I am particularly interested in what made the contest interesting
to your from a competitive standpoint, such as a local or regional
competition that you were a part of, or if you managed to set some
goals for yourself and meet (or almost meet) them.

Everyone has a story, and I want to hear yours.

Replies directly to me, please.

--Trey, WN4KKN/6

>From Lawrence A. Lake" <llake1 at  Tue Mar 22 14:35:04 1994
From: Lawrence A. Lake" <llake1 at (Lawrence A. Lake)
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 1994 08:35:04 -0600 (CST)
Subject: No subject
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9403220848.B8344-0100000 at services>


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>From Rick Zabrodski <zabrodsk at>  Tue Mar 22 14:41:50 1994
From: Rick Zabrodski <zabrodsk at> (Rick Zabrodski)
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 1994 07:41:50 -0700 (MST)
Subject: tribander vrs monobander summary
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9403220752.A1837-0100000 at ume>

Did not say what was right or wrong......just what the vast majority of 
people think.  I wonder if trap lossess are more noticielble because 
mechanical  or electrical breakdown over time. I not a physicist, I fix 
people for a living.  I read something similiar to fred's comments in a 
recent issue of qst describling the phasing of tribanders. 
In any case, the general tone of the survey was quite don't 
get something for nothing and monobanders are considered the no 
compromise approach whether its .5 or 1.5 db total loss in the a3 
tribander.   Why do I think this issue won't go away.......

On Sun, 20 Mar 1994, Fred Hopengarten wrote:

> On Sun, 20 Mar 1994 17:12:31 -0700 (MST), "Rick Zabrodski"
> <zabrodsk at> wrote:
> > Some interesting and varied opinions on trap losses and
> > true gain of yagis over dipole:   consensus . . . trap
> > losses [of] 1 to 2 db on 20 for a conventional 3 element
> > tribander . . .
> K1VR:  WRONG.  Think about this for a moment.  Put 1500
> watts into 100 feet of half-inch hardline at 14 MHz.  What
> do you get at the feedpoint?  Almost 1500 watts.  Now try
> taking 2 dB of that, and I'll bet you that the coil goes up
> in smoke.  N6BV and I have asked trap antenna mfrs, and
> others who have tried measuring trap losses, and the
> consensus we get looks more like 0.5 dB for trap losses in
> something like the Hy-Gain or Cushcraft traps.
>      Want a rough number?  3 dB of 1500 watts is 750 watts,
> isn't it?  Could those traps stand up, year after year, if
> they were taking say 500 watts of HEAT key down?  Try
> applying a 250 watt soldering iron to the plastic coil stock
> and see what happens.  Perhaps someone handy with a slide
> rule could take a moment and run some numbers to better
> elucidate the situation.
> -- 
>                       Fred Hopengarten K1VR
>            Six Willarch Road * Lincoln, MA 01773-5105
>      home + office telephone:  617/259-0088 (FAX on demand)
>              internet:  k1vr!k1vr.UUCP at
> "Big antennas, high in the sky, are better than small ones, low."

>From Jim Hollenback <jholly at>  Tue Mar 22 16:52:40 1994
From: Jim Hollenback <jholly at> (Jim Hollenback)
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 94 8:52:40 PST
Subject: call sign sorting
Message-ID: <9403221652.AA12186 at>

Anyone got some callbook sequence sorting code for call signs 
they would care to share?  Needs to handle all the W1/XXX and
XXX/What-ever permutations. Prefer C, but anything will do.

jholly at

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