Dayton Party-suite update

Sat Apr 29 05:23:13 EDT 1995

Well, it's 4:11am and it's bedtime for bonzo.  WE9V hit the sack at 1am, but
the rest of us continued to party till the wee hours.  The last party suite
closed at 3:00am (SMC - Society of Midwest Contesters)... yes, the black hole

So, it was off not to the lobby suite.... but to the area in front of the
elevators on the 12th floor near the SMC suite.  This elite group of late
night partiers included WN9JAT and 19-year-old daughter Michelle, 9X5EE,
WB2ZHB, and N0BSH, WX9E and me.  The highlight definitely was Michelle, who
really seemed to like us ham radio dudes.  I think she liked WX9E too, cause
he's still out there, while Mike and I are writing this (and then going to

That's about it.  WN4KKN finally arrived, and it was good to see him.  NP4Z sa
ys he didn't get much sleep last night 'cause of K5ZD's snooring.  Lots of
guys asking about the babe... glad I remembered to bring pictures!  Blah,
blah, blah....

73 Scott KA9FOX
Room 1226, Stouffer's
Dayton, OH


>From westnet at (Liam)  Sun Apr 30 17:00:44 1995
From: westnet at (Liam) (Liam)
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 1995 17:00:44 +0100
Message-ID: <199504301715.SAA04922 at>

             Inis Meain Island - EU-006 1995 IOTA Contest
After last years very enjoyable island Dxpedition to St. Tudwal's 
(IOTA EU-106) off the GW coast ,the WestNet DX Group is again planning 
a major effort in the IOTA contest in July, 1995. 
The group will operate from Inis Meain Island (IOTA EU-006) from 
Thursday July 27th to Tuesday August 1st. The Atlantic Island is located 
off the West Coast of EI. Outside the contest the group will be active 
on all bands and modes including amtor & pactor using the call EJ****??. 
Operators for this year's WESTNET Island IOTA adventure include:-
Republic of Ireland:  EI6FR, EI2GX, EI3HA, EI9IF, EI7DSB.
              Wales:  GW4VEQ, GW0ONY, GW4OFQ, GW3JXN.
   Northern Ireland:  GI0KOW, GI0NWG.
********************  Qsl's will be VIA EI6FR.***********************
We are all looking forward to working all our Ham-Radio friends around 
the World, and hope to make this year's IOTA contest score the best ever!
Here are our QSL statistics for our 1994 
  trip to St.Tudwal's Island (EU106):-
All direct cards were returned prior to December '94
All qso's in GB0TI log qsl'ed via buro ......DEC '94
All qso's in GW4VEQ/p log qsl'ed via buro ...MAR '95
73's & Good IOTA, de   D e c l a n   EI6FR, WestNet DX Group.

>From westnet at (Liam)  Sun Apr 30 17:00:56 1995
From: westnet at (Liam) (Liam)
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 1995 17:00:56 +0100
Subject: EJ0SI/EJ6FR Qsl's frm way back
Message-ID: <199504301715.SAA04950 at>

Hello All,
among the qsl cards received from the buro this month were cards relating
to the following operations...
1992  Saltee Islands   EU-103     EJ0SI
1993  Blasket Islands  EU-007     EJ6FR & EJ3HA
All stations appearing in the logs of both these operations have long since
been qsl'ed via the buro system.All direct requests were also answered.
There may have been cross over with cards in the buro system and I hope
that by now anybody wanting a card has received same.However I still hold
cards and as many new people have discovered IOTA and may have found us in
an old log and may have mislaid or not received a card for the above
operations I will be happy to provide confirmation,however such requests
must be made directly to my callbook address.I will not respond to further
requests via the buro for the above operations.
73's de Declan ei6fr

>From CT1BOH at (JOSE C. C. NUNES)  Tue Aug  1 05:08:22 1995
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 95 21:08:22 PDT
Message-ID: <Chameleon.950731211528.CT1BOH at>

Here is the claimes score of the M/S operation by the GPDX-Grupo Portugues de 
DX from Berlenga Island - CS2B

2163 Qsos * 254 Islands 4.3 Million a new Claimed record.

and 40,000 Seaguls 

P.S. I guess the saying bird shit on your head is a sign of good fortune 
became reality. We did break our previous record after all!
ct1boh at

>From Dave Lance <NF8R at internetMCI.COM>  Tue Aug  1 02:56:04 1995
From: Dave Lance <NF8R at internetMCI.COM> (Dave Lance)
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 1995 20:56:04 -0500
Subject: Testing
Message-ID: <01HTJ8143W0I8WWN6F at MAILSRV1.PCY.MCI.NET>

-- [ From: Dave Lance * EMC.Ver #2.3 ] --

The contest refractor
How is the E layer ?
Just like the ionoshpere

Dave NF8R at InternetMCI.COM

>From Dave Lance <NF8R at internetMCI.COM>  Tue Aug  1 02:56:23 1995
From: Dave Lance <NF8R at internetMCI.COM> (Dave Lance)
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 1995 20:56:23 -0500
Subject: Turn it off vs. Leave it on?

-- [ From: Dave Lance * EMC.Ver #2.3 ] --

-------- REPLY, Original message follows --------

Date: Saturday, 29-Jul-95 01:50 PM

From: Jim Reid                 \ Internet:    (jreid at
To:   cq-contest at       \ Internet:    (cq-contest at
cc:   dx at       \ Internet:    (dx at

Subject: Turn it off vs. Leave it on?

OK,  what's the truth?  Just had a visit out here from a Hewlett-Packard
engineer friend of ours.  He seemed concerned when he saw me shut off the
rig and computer after showing him some of the "toys" here in the shack.

Per him, at hp they NEVER trun off the PC's nor the lab test equipment.  He
explained that the life of such things is estimated by the US Gov and
others on the basis of the numer of turn-on/turn-off cycles;  also that
most of it only has a life expectancy of 5 or so years anyway!

He felt strongly I ought never turn any of this stuff off. I asked about
the hard drive spinning all the time in the computer.  He said never mind,
the bearings are designed to last the expected life of the machine anyway! 
 Well what about the power consumed (my computer rig is so called "green
compliant",  it sort of shuts down if nothing is used for 15 min or so;
however the hard drive keeps on spinning tho the monitor has gone dark and
does take a few  seconds to come to life if the mouse is moved, for example
to wake the machine.  Again,  he claimed the in-rush of current at turn-on
was causing much more harm to the components via thermal shock,  that the
cost would be higher in earlier maintenace/replacement cost,  than  the
cost of current used were all the stuff just left on anyway,  all the time.

I know in the old days,  DX'ers always left the rigs on,  kept the
temperature constant,  and the VFO's were, therefore, kept more stable. 
But that is not supposed to be a problem with our new solid-state, 
synthesized VFO's., etc.

So what do you do,  leave them on or turn everything off? Which way will
all this expensive stuff have the longest  life?

Aloha and 73,

Jim,   AH6NB
jreid at

-------- REPLY, End of original message --------
A couple of other factors add concern for me.

1. If there are frequent lightning storms in your area, even the best surge
will not help against the frequent power surges that will ZORCH the
equipment when
coming in the power line. Granted even if it is off a big surge could arc
over the power switch, but for me having equipment off is the best
protection when I am not
nearby during a storm.

2. Especially with monitors, there is an imcreased fire hazard if they are
and unattended. I had a failure of a 17 inch monitor at work that probably
been a major fire had I not been there to turn it off.

When I am home. The packet cluster and logging computer is always going.
I shut everything off and disconnect all antennas when I leave.



>From wrt at (Bill Turner  W7LZP)  Tue Aug  1 03:38:35 1995
From: wrt at (Bill Turner  W7LZP) (Bill Turner  W7LZP)
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 1995 02:38:35 +0000
Subject: Turn it off vs. Leave it on?
Message-ID: <199508010239.TAA04954 at>

At 01:50 PM 7/29/95 -1000, Jim Reid wrote:
>So what do you do,  leave them on or turn everything off?
>Which way will all this expensive stuff have the longest 
>Aloha and 73,
>Jim,   AH6NB
>jreid at
Where I work there are about 100 computers, and about half of them get
turned off at night and about half run 24 hours a day.  I asked our computer
maintenance fellow if he thought it made a difference or not and he said as
far as he could tell, it didn't matter either way.  Not very scientific, but
perhaps useful.  I turn mine off to save electricity and reduce the fire
hazard.  Granted, a fire IN a computer must be pretty rare, but fire in the
wires supplying the current is all too common.  Ask your local FD.  

73, Bill  W7LZP
wrt at

>From [user unknown]" <cmschonewaldcox at  Tue Aug  1 03:55:12 1995
From: [user unknown]" <cmschonewaldcox at (user unknown)
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 1995 19:55:12 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Youth
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.950731195226.7813E-100000 at>

Dear Youth,
If you are 25 or younger and into contesting, send a message to 
K3EST at to join the youth reflector of the CQ WW. About 20 
fellow contesters are already on it.

>From Jeff Singer <k0od at MO.NET>  Tue Aug  1 04:07:48 1995
From: Jeff Singer <k0od at MO.NET> (Jeff Singer)
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 1995 22:07:48 -0500
Subject: Rufz Flaws
Message-ID: <199508010307.WAA27974 at Walden.MO.NET>

   Been playing with Rufz for a few days, and I can now copy Polish and 
Swiss calls in my sleep. Just noticed that my program, however, has no 
Japanese or British calls in its enormous data base (13,000 calls). The 
absence of difficult 2x3 Japanese calls certainly makes Rufz easier and 
less realistic for guys like me who never run anyone but JA's anyway.
   Also, all USA 1x2 and 1x3 'K' calls are missing. There are few 2x3 USA 
calls. Where did this file come from?
   Is my version of Rufz incomplete? Surely, this is not the same version 
used for Morse contests in Europe. 
   BTW, my version of Rufz was configured for a initial PARIS speed of 
100, unlike KR0Y's 150. (my top speed is a bunch lower than his, too!)
   If anyone is collecting this info, my best score is 16,468/284. This 
puny score is because ...[begin excuse]... I lived for years in Japan and 
Britain and only entered domestic contests.   
        Jeff K0OD  St. Louis, MO  USA
            e-mail:   k0od at

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