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aa9jy at aa9jy at
Wed Apr 5 08:45:16 EDT 1995

  This is for all you RTTY buffs. My Friend Jim KD0AV just sent this to me.
  Thought it might interest some of you out there, since contesting is in
  our blood, and they want publicity. See you all in this one.
  IJ> ==================================================
 IJ> Subject: ANARTS WW RTTY Contest Rules
 IJ> From: myzer at (Myzer)
 IJ> Date: 3 Apr 1995 00:39:11 GMT
 IJ> Message-ID: <3lng3f$13q at>


 IJ> For information of all potential contestants and the Editors
 IJ> of  all  appropriate  publications.    These  rules  may  be
 IJ> published at the discretion of all readers.

 IJ> A.N.A.R.T.S.              To be held on the week-end of
 IJ> 10th-11th JUNE. 1995.
 IJ> Australian National Amateur 
 IJ> Radio Teleprinter Society.
 IJ> RULES                   P.O. Box 860, CROWS NEST, NSW 2065.
 IJ> =======================================================================
 IJ> = 
 IJ> These Rules are distributed to cover the 1995 ANARTS WW RTTY
 IJ> TEST PERIOD: Contest takes place on the second full week-end of
 IJ> June in each year.  Contests start 0000 UTC Saturday and end 0000
 IJ> UTC Monday. The 1995 contest is to be held 10-11th June.

 IJ> Not more than 30 hours of operating is permitted for Single Op.
 IJ> Stations Non operating periods can be taken at any time during the
 IJ> contest. 
 IJ> Multi Op. Stations may operate the entire contest period.

 IJ> Summary of operating times must be submitted with each contest log.

 IJ> BANDS:  Use Amateur bands 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres.

 IJ> MODES:  All digital modes permitted (RTTY,AMTOR,FEC,PKT,PACTOR)
 IJ> NOTE:  No satellite operation permitted.


 IJ> (B) MULTI-OPERATOR  (One transmitter)

 IJ> (C) SWLs

 IJ> MESSAGES: To consist of RST, TIME (UTC), and (CQ) ZONE.

 IJ> SCORING:  For each band used - As per Exchange Points Table to
 IJ> obtain QSO Points. (This Table was revised 1994 and is so
 IJ> marked). Count Countries worked (see definition)

 IJ> Total all bands used to obtain (1) Total QSO Points.
 IJ> "    "    "     "   "    "   (2) Total Countries.

 IJ> World stations calculate "VK BONUS"  which is 100 points
 IJ> for each VK worked on 14MHz; 200 points for each VK worked
 IJ> on 21MHz; 300 points for each VK worked on 28Mhz; 400
 IJ> points for each VK worked on 7MHz and 500 points for each
 IJ> VK worked on 3.5MHz.

 IJ> CLAIMED SCORE for WORLD STATIONS  is calculated by
 IJ> multiplying (1) TOTAL QSO POINTS by (2) TOTAL COUNTRIES
 IJ> during the contest.(Note that each continent counts once
 IJ> only to a maximum of 6). To the total obtained ADD the "VK

 IJ> Example for World Station: 720 points from zone chart (1)
 IJ> X 29 countries (2) = 20,890 X 5 continents (3) = 104,400
 IJ> pts plus(+) 6 VK stations worked on 14MHz (that is 600
 IJ> points) giving a grand total of 105,000 points.

 IJ> calculated by multipying (1) TOTAL QSO POINTS by (2) TOTAL
 IJ> COUNTRIES and then that total by (3) the NUMBER OF
 IJ> CONTINENTS WORKED during the contest with a maximum of six
 IJ> as stated above.  This calculation gives the GRAND TOTAL
 IJ> In all cases, a station may only be worked once per band,
 IJ> but may be worked on other bands for QSO points and
 IJ> multipliers. 
 IJ> COUNTRIES: The country count  is as per  ARRL DXCC  list of 
 IJ> countries, except that Australia (Areas 1-8), Canada,
 IJ> Japan, and U.S.A. mainland DO NOT count as separate
 IJ> countries.   HOWEVER, each call area VK1-VK8, and each
 IJ> call area in Canada, Japan and mainland U.S.A. DO COUNT AS
 IJ> SEPARATE COUNTRIES. Contact with ones own country does
 IJ> count for QSO points but does NOT COUNT AS A MULTIPLIER.
 IJ> (NOTE that call areas VK1-8, and in Canada, Japan and USA
 IJ> mainland count as countries). 
 IJ> LOGS:      Logs must show in this order:
 IJ> 1. DATE
 IJ> 2. TIME (UTC)

 IJ> SUMMARY REPORT: Summary sheet must show:  Callsign of station, name
 IJ> and address of operator, bands used (a separate log is
 IJ> required for each band), the points claimed for each
 IJ> band, the number of countries worked on each band, the
 IJ> number of continents worked; and details of VK BONUS
 IJ> calculations for world stations.  A summary of the
 IJ> calculations made to obtain the GRAND TOTAL CLAIMED SCORE
 IJ> as per the "Scoring" section will assist checking.  The
 IJ> general certification  regarding compliance with rules and
 IJ> signature of operator is also required.

 IJ> Multi-op logs must contain signatures and callsigns of
 IJ> each operator.

 IJ> AWARDS:  Plaques will be awarded for first place in each
 IJ> Classification. Certificates  will be given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd places
 IJ> in World and also on a country basis (see above).   The judges
 IJ> decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
 IJ> Logs become the property of ANARTS 
 IJ> CLOSING DATE: Logs must be received by the Contest Manager,
 IJ> A.N.A.R.T.S P.O. Box 93,  TOONGABBIE,  NSW 2146,  AUSTRALIA,  by 1st
 IJ> September of the year of the contest.
 IJ> -------------------------
 IJ> Note that corrected Exchange Points Tables can be obtained from the
 IJ> Contest Manager (SASE or similar appreciated) and that the Guide to
 IJ> RTTY Contests published by N6GG and used by many of the Stateside
 IJ> magazines contains correct versions of the Table.  If in doubt, we can
 IJ> do the scoring for you but it makes for a lot of work.

 IJ> Please allow plenty of time for your log to reach the Contest Manager,
 IJ> last year we had logs, mainly from eastern Europe but also one from
 IJ> South America which took nearly six months to make the journey, by
 IJ> which time the results  had been  determined and published.

 IJ> 73 es Good Luck to All.     ANARTS...

 IJ> The Society will be very appreciative of any circulation of the above
 IJ> Rules carried out by recipients of this message.  Amateurs in any
 IJ> areas could canvass their local organisations to ensure good coverage.

--- Blue Wave/QWK v2.10

>From Tony Brock-Fisher <fisher at>  Wed Apr  5 14:20:15 1995
From: Tony Brock-Fisher <fisher at> (Tony Brock-Fisher)
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 09:20:15 -0400
Subject: Locate a Biological Existance
Message-ID: <9504051320.AA03094 at>

Hmmm... Pretty Interesting idea, this ISDN thing. We could locate the
station transmitters and antennas at a common location so that reduced
transmit power would be needed. All contesters could get together and
buy an acre of land in the desert somewhere. And yeah, we could use
uhf frequencies to avoid the QRM and solar induced propagation 
problems of the HF bands. Aww, what the heck, why bother with
radio at all? we could just buy a 900 number somwhere and contest
our brains loose for 48 hours on a weekend without QRMing any
slowscanners anywhere! Or, we could all bash it out on the Internet -
we could probably write CW interfaces for America On Line!

Come on guys, get a life! How can you smell the smoke of a straining
linear amplifier about to melt down over a phone line? Let's not
forget that contesting is about radio, not communication. Contesting
is about building radios and antennas and stations, and making them
all play in actual conditions. It's about great operators getting
the most out of lousy band conditions. It's about knowing what
propagation is going to do.

This is the problem with Ham Radio and it's future. We've got a whole
crop of no-coders who couldn't give a #$%^ for the radio art - they
just want to communicate. What are these guys doing mixed up with
those of us who have a genuine love for a surprise grey-line long-path
opening? If you can't get excited using a 20 year old radio to 
make a DX contact, why don't you just move to internet and leave the
bandwidth for the rest of us?

-Tony, K1KP, fisher at

>From Swanson, Glenn,  KB1GW" <gswanson at  Wed Apr  5 14:06:00 1995
From: Swanson, Glenn,  KB1GW" <gswanson at (Swanson, Glenn,  KB1GW)
Date: Wed, 05 Apr 95 09:06:00 EDT
Subject: FW: ANARTS WW RTTY Contest Rules
Message-ID: <2F828834 at>

Greetings, A friend of mine (AB4U) offers these comments  regarding
ANARTS WW RTTY contest scoring.  See his comments below.
(Note: these are NOT my comments, just passing some info along.)
73, --Glenn KB1GW
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>SCORING:  For each band used - As per Exchange Points Table to obtain
>QSO Points. (This Table was revised 1994 and is so marked).

>Note that corrected Exchange Points Tables can be obtained from the Contest
>Manager (SASE or similar appreciated) and that the Guide to RTTY Contests
>published by N6GG and used by many of the Stateside magazines contains
>correct versions of the Table.  If in doubt, we can do the scoring for you
>but it makes for a lot of work.  Contest Manager, A.N.A.R.T.S.   P.O. Box 
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I am familiar with ANARTS.  In fact the fellow who runs the Digital Journal
column on contests and I have had some correspondence about that contest.
 The lookup table that is used for scoring has several (over 20) errors in
it.  That is, it does not give the same number of points from say zone 4 to
zone 11 as it gives for contacts from zone 11 to zone 4.  I came up with an
easy way to check for these errors and he was going to get in touch with the
Aussies.  Never heard anything else on it.  By the way the zones (in the 
message to the contest reflector) are only illustrative, I forget where the 
errors really were.  I sent my notes to the Digital Journal.
73, Rick Cook, AB4U  rllcook at


>From Karl-Heinz Merscher" <Karl-Heinz.Merscher at  Wed Apr  5 15:51:42 1995
From: Karl-Heinz Merscher" <Karl-Heinz.Merscher at (Karl-Heinz Merscher)
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 15:51:42 +0100
Subject: DX-Request at
Message-ID: <B0692E6ECD at>

Hi ,

does anybody know whether the DX-Request at is still active??

I cannot subscribe DX-Request at Did they change the mailing 

73's Charlie, DL6RDE/AA1KD

>From gjk at (Gerald J Kersus)  Wed Apr  5 16:09:22 1995
From: gjk at (Gerald J Kersus) (Gerald J Kersus)
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 95 11:09:22 EDT
Subject: Will this technology change anything?
Message-ID: <9504051509.AA16741 at>

Using an ISDN D-channel to control a radio while using the B-channel to
listen is certainly a neat idea, but not a new one.  A few years ago,
I provided some ISDN consultation to some folks (who also happened to be
hams) who were working on a classified project that did exactly that.  
They gave me an unclassified demonstration and I personally found it to be 
one of the most useful ISDN applications I've seen.  The application
allowed a user to remotely control a receiver.  They had built an interface
for the IC-781 (I wonder where that ever went to?) and a commercial
receiver (maybe a Racal or Marconi).  They had developed a pretty neat
windows  package for interfacing with the radios.  The Icom interface was
pretty limited (changing frequency, mode and a few other things) but the 
other radio interface also allowed  changing the AF and RF levels, selecting
different filters, changing AGC, etc.  These guys promised me a copy of
the software package for my office so I could play with the radios, but
they never did deliver it to me!  They're off working in another part of
the business, so I don't know what ever happened to this.

In theory, this could be used for remote contesting.  I could just see N2IC
operating at K1EA's without ever having to leave Colorado.  The problem is
the limited availability of ISDN.  (The above application relied on private
lines carrying using ISDN between the operators and the radios.)  The
availability of ISDN, especially for non-business lines, is still pretty spotty.
Switched service (i.e, not using private lines) over wide areas is even worse.  
Things may get better if "telecommuting" ever lives up to current expectations, 
but things will remain limited for the more remote areas. (Hell, I'm surprised
N2RM even has phone service!)  It will probably be a while before we have
to amend the contest rules to require all operators be located on the same
property or within a 1000 foot diameter circle.  But, that day will come.

Gerry Kersus, W1GD

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