Earl=Morse%EMC=Srvc%Eng=Hou at Earl=Morse%EMC=Srvc%Eng=Hou at
Tue Nov 8 08:36:25 EST 1994

                        ARRL SWEEPSTAKES -- 1994

      Call: KZ8E                     Country:  STX
      Mode: CW                       Category: Single Operator


      160        0        0        -
       80      119      238        -
       40      111      222        -
       20      227      454        -
       15      255      510        -
       10       15       30        -

     Totals    727     1454       76

               Score:  110,504

Power Output: _150_ watts     Hours of operation: 23.5

Equipment Description:
80 & 40 meter High SWR dipole @ 30 feet
80-10 meter ground mounted trap vertical with 4 radials.


No equipment failures except the fan in the FT-1000 is getting loud.
Saturday night was mediocre here so I crashed at 0700z.  At 13:00z
I awoke to a pretty good 40 meters, but 15 meters yielded great runs.
Best score I ever had -- worse antennas I've ever used.  Kind of like 
Field Day from my spare bedroom.  Due to flooding here I couldn't get
the tower up at the new QTH (hole filled with water, house didn't).  
I don't even have anything grounded, maybe thats why I didn't have any
RFI in the FIF232 CAT interface.

Happiness is working that next to the last mult with 9 hours left in 
the test.  I hate being teased by elusive KL7s that can't be found
unless they are operating from stateside.  I worked 2 and had to
ask for fills on the section because I couldn't believe it wasn't so.

Had a blast.  I don't think I'll miss the Blackhole so much now
because the propagation in Texas as compared to Michigan is so much 
better and you can work on antennas all winter long.

Club Affiliation: 

This is to certify that in this contest I have operated
my transmitter within the limitations of my license and have
observed fully the rules and regulations of the contest.



               EARL MORSE  KZ8E
               33626 COMMANCHE TRAIL
               MAGNOLIA , TX 77355

>From mraz at (Kris I. Mraz)  Tue Nov  8 14:54:37 1994
From: mraz at (Kris I. Mraz) (Kris I. Mraz)
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 94 08:54:37 CST
Subject: Stealing Freqs
Message-ID: <9411081454.AA01663 at>

Here's another scenario that happened several times during SS:

I call CQ and get two responses. One gives his callsign which I copy.
The other sends "?" which I assume is a request to repeat of my
callsign.  I respond to the first station. Turns out the "?" is really
a request to see if the frequency is clear. Since I didn't respond they
assume it's clear and start CQing.

Or maybe this is just another tricky way to steal a frequency :-)

Kris AA5UO
mraz at

>From Tim S. Ellam  <TELLAM at>  Tue Nov  8 14:56:42 1994
From: Tim S. Ellam  <TELLAM at> (Tim S. Ellam  <TELLAM at>)
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 1994 09:56:42 -0500
Subject: SS Comments
Message-ID: <sebf4bc8.001 at>

My thoughts on SS CW

1. QRPers sending the exchange twice-hmmm this never happened
with the Q stns I worked nor did I send my exchange more than
once-I think most who operate Q power have confidence that if
someone picked out the call they could copy the exchange-this
year I got a lot of repeats on the call-its SH not SS

2.Losing a run freq-hey it happens-I know running only 5 watts at
some point someone will assume the freq is clear and blast
away-its something you have to live with!

3. Propagation complaints-you guys in the alleged black hole have
it easy! if conditions are bad they are even worse up here! 15
and 10 had no life whatsoever on Sunday and 20 was not much
better-I shudder to think what VY1JA and VE8RCS have to live


NB: my firm decided to enter the 90s and get on the net
new address: tellam at

>From Mark E. Bailey" <mebly at  Tue Nov  8 15:18:27 1994
From: Mark E. Bailey" <mebly at (Mark E. Bailey)
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 1994 10:18:27 -0500
Subject: Sweepstakes Strategy Question?
Message-ID: <199411081518.KAA17498 at>

In CW SS, a friend and I went to DE, hoping to be a (relatively) rare section.
We used my call - KD4D.

Should we have signed KD4D/3, at least when running, to attract attention?

Please mail me your comments and I'll summarize if I hear anything. :-)

While I'm here, we used the same CHECK during the entire contest.  Some
stations were changing the CHECK as the operator changed.  Which is the
"right" way?

Thanks and 73.

Mark Bailey     KD4D          Motto:  Life's too short to drink cheap beer.
mebly at            Disclaimer:  I didn't really say this.

>From Mark E. Bailey" <mebly at  Tue Nov  8 15:20:41 1994
From: Mark E. Bailey" <mebly at (Mark E. Bailey)
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 1994 10:20:41 -0500
Subject: Anyone using a MODEM as a serial port?
Message-ID: <199411081520.KAA17536 at>

I have use of a nice laptop courtesy of my employer.  I use it during most
contests.  It only has one serial port and it is difficult (i.e. expensive)
to add more.  However, it does have a PCMIA modem.

I ought to be able to connect another modem and create a second serial port.
Is anyone doing this?  Are there any pitfalls I should be aware of?

Thanks for any and all responses.


Mark Bailey     KD4D          Motto:  Life's too short to drink cheap beer.
mebly at            Disclaimer:  I didn't really say this.

>From lvn at (Larry Novak)  Tue Nov  8 15:25:06 1994
From: lvn at (Larry Novak) (Larry Novak)
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 94 10:25:06 EST
Subject: K3TLX SS CW Score
Message-ID: <9411081525.AA02004 at>


      Call: K3TLX                    
	  State: Maryland
      Category: Single Operator/Single Rig/Unassisted
				Low Power

	  Operating time: 6.5 hours.

      BAND     QSO
	  ----     ---
      160        0
       80      109
       40       70
       20       53
       15       26
       10        6
     Totals    264 X 65

               Score:  34,320

Equipment:  TS0930S
            Multiband Windom at 55 ft, 40/15/10 meter dipole at 50 ft
            TR log V5.06

Didn't plan a full-time operation due to poor planning on the part of my
wife's chorus - had a concert Saturday night. Didn't plan on flooding
the bathroom Sunday morning while trying to install new sink or the old
friend who wanted to play golf Sunday afternoon. Had fun anyway and have
SS/CW on my 1995 calendar for a full-timer.

Missed several easy mults: MAR, PQ
Missed some I usually get: ME, VT, DE, ND, SK, AB
Missed the hard ones: PAC, AK, NWT, and the elusive NE

73, Larry, K3TLX

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