Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Sat Apr 8 14:36:33 EDT 1995

>As with any Internet mail list, send your subscription request to
>" dx-request at unbc.edu ".
>Lyndon handles the list manually on a time available basis, so don't expect 
>an immediate response like automated list handlers give.  When I rehomed 
>this list from my work machine to my home machine, it took around a week for 
>him to get around to doing it.
>        Regards / JBL   KD1ON
	As a CONTESTER and a DXer I would like to be on both lists! I 
haven't been able to get onto the DX forum yet...I have seen some people 
say that the message text should simply say:
and others say it should read:
subscribe dx

Does it matter? Perhaps since Lyndon does it manually, it doesn't?

						73, Zack W9SZ

>From becker at shell.portal.com (Celia and Tony Becker)  Sun Apr  9 07:57:29 1995
From: becker at shell.portal.com (Celia and Tony Becker) (Celia and Tony Becker)
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 1995 23:57:29 -0700
Subject: DX Sprint thoughts
Message-ID: <199504090657.XAA05286 at nova.unix.portal.com>

You wrote:
>Hmm... I don't know Sprint rules... :-(

The Sprint has a special QSY rule: If you solict a QSO (ie: with CQ or QRZ),
after completing the QSO, you must QSY at least 1 kHz before calling another
station, or 5 kHz before solicting another QSO.

This means that you _cannot_ just sit on one frequency and call CQ, waiting
for other stations to answer.  You _must_ search and pounce every other

>I always supposed it's a US only competition. But now I see I was wrong...

Several groups are starting local Sprint contests.  One in Europe and one
int Asia.  What we are discusssing in this thread is how a world-wide or DX
Sprint might be organized.

>And another hand, can you describe the meaning "hand-off QSO" for me?
>After this I would be able to answer your question.

What Dave meant by "hand-off QSO" is that, like a Relay-Team in a track
meet, the runner who is ending his sprint must QSO his team member to
"hand-off" the "baton" before the new runner may begin his sprint, making
more QSOs for the team.
AE0M, Tony Becker - becker at shell.portal.com - Silicon Valley, U.S.A.

>From Bill Turner <wrt at eskimo.com>  Sun Apr  9 08:14:52 1995
From: Bill Turner <wrt at eskimo.com> (Bill Turner)
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 1995 00:14:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Followup on RTTY software
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950409000018.8129B-100000 at eskimo.com>

Had several responses to the question about RTTY contest programs.  
Several operators had used the Scotchlog program and all agreed it was 
user-unfriendly and a poor second to WF1B.  W5VSZ uses the Aries 
program but pointed out that it is a DX/ragchew program, not really a 
contest program.  It does work well (bulletproof was the word) and does 
CW, AMTOR, ASCII and packet, but not PACTOR or G-TOR.  He commented it's 
kind of old by today's standards.  

Looks like WF1B is still king of the hill.  

Thanks to those who responded.  See you in the pileups!

73, Bill W7LZP

>From Bill Turner <wrt at eskimo.com>  Sun Apr  9 09:02:19 1995
From: Bill Turner <wrt at eskimo.com> (Bill Turner)
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 1995 01:02:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Unshifted figures problem
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950409003855.17692B-100000 at eskimo.com>

In working RTTY contests, I often get signal reports and exchanges like 
this:  599 TOOQWE TOOQWE.  Took me a while but I finally figured out what 
is happening is the sending station is sending a figures shift immediately 
before the 599 and then unshifting after the last TOOQWE.  My TNC, a KAM, 
has a command I can set to Unshift On Space (USOS on or off).  What this 
does if it is on, is to unshift figures case as soon as it sees a space.  
If the sending station does not transmit another figures shift then I get 
TOOQWE instead of 599123 or whatever.  On the other hand if I set USOS 
off, then it gets the figures right but doesn't return to character mode 
when it should.  

It would appear that the thing to do is always send a figures shift 
command immediately before sending figures, but apparently not all 
programs do this.  Or is this a carryover from the old days of mechanical 

It seems like it is mostly the JAs that I get this on, but occasionally 
US stations, too.  

Anybody else having this problem?  Anybody found a solution?

73, Bill W7LZP

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