KZ8E at KZ8E at
Tue Aug 29 11:21:51 EDT 1995

     Call used: KZ8E                                           Location: TX
     Category: Multi-Two Xmtr             Mode: SSB             Power: 150W
     Callsign of Operator: KZ8E  
     If multi-operator, show calls of all operators and loggers:
    NJ1V, WB5N, KZ8E
     Exchanged Information: KZ8E EARL TX  
     Hours of Operation: 11:54
     band      QSOs     points    mults
    160	 3	3	1
      80	 60	60	25
      40	 138	138	44
      20	 572 	572	60
      15	 25	25	15
      10	 1	1	1
     TOTAL	799	 799	146      SCORE: 116,654
     Club or Team Name: TEXAS DX SOCIETY            
FT1000D, no low audio problems with the Heil headset.
KLM34A at 50 ft.
80/40 meter dipoles at 30 and 40 feet respectively.

Heath SB1400 (FT747 look a like)
Ground mounted trap vertical.
40 meter dipole at 40 feet.

Need higher wires for 80/40 and anything on 160.

Station number two was assembled just before the contest and while NJ1V was 
running on 20 during the 1st hour.

WB5N phonetics:  "Thats 'EARL', like you put in your car."

Go away I don't need no %@$?@# contest!
Do you have a callsign?
Yep Wx5x.  (callsign changed to protect the innocent)
Wow Wx5x you sure are strong.  Are you in Texas?
Is there anywhere else to be?
I suppose not.  This is Earl in Texas.  What's your handle?
Handle here is Bubba you #@%$ yankee..
Thanks for the QSO Bubba.  QRZ contest KZ8E

Earl KZ8E
kz8e at

>From H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil at  Tue Aug 29 17:04:30 1995
From: H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil at (H. Ward Silver)
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 1995 09:04:30 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Salmon-Run/WorldRadio
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9508290930.A23072-a100000 at>

As my childhood "wild-man local advertiser", Steve Mizerany, would say,
"Don't Be Confused!"  Even though WorldRadio lists a Washington State QSO
Party on the same weekend as the exalted (should that be "salted"?) Salmon
Run, there is only ONE Washington State contest.

The sponsor of the bogus contest, NF7D, didn't know about ours and got his
into WorldRadio before the conflict was resolved.  He's on board with us,
so there's no feud going on or anything like that.  Just the normal
editorial chaos.  Look to QST and CQ for the proper times/rules/etc.

So, toss that line in the water at 1600Z on 23 Sep.  See you in the swim!

73, Ward N0AX

>From aa4lr at (Bill Coleman AA4LR)  Tue Aug 29 17:28:29 1995
From: aa4lr at (Bill Coleman AA4LR) (Bill Coleman AA4LR)
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 1995 12:28:29 -0400
Subject: Contest headphones
Message-ID: <v01520d01ac68ead782d4@[]>

>After wearing Peltor H7A ear protectors for many days while working on
>my PC, I have reached the conclusion that they will make the ultimate
>contest headphones.
>The H7A are designed to be comfortably worn the whole day, and
>completely block out all outside noise without punishing your outer

Peltor also makes a line of aviation headsets based on this same design.
They aren't terribly expensive. (Odd that the hearing protectors are
$8-$15, and the headsets are > $150) They also come with an integral boom
mike (although adapting the simulated carbon element with the military mike
plug could get interesting -- all standard in aviation headsets)

These are some of the lightest weight passive noise-cancelling headsets.
Might be easier to use the headsets than try to modify the ear protectors.

I'm curious, though. What sort of work could you do on your PC that
requires hearing protection? Testing an installed jet engine CPU
turbocharger? Playing DOOM with a mega-watt sound blaster?

Bill Coleman, AA4LR      Mail: aa4lr at
Quote: "The same light shines on vineyards that makes deserts." -- Steve

>From Will Sill <will at>  Tue Aug 29 17:32:40 1995
From: Will Sill <will at> (Will Sill)
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 1995 12:32:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: ZAPPED ! It CAN happen 2 U !
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950829122219.8615A-100000 at>

On Tue, 29 Aug 1995 PaulKB8N at wrote:

> It seems that there may be two schools of thought on grounding, one that says
> ground everything, and one that says isolate everything to prevent a current
> path.  Have there been any experiments dealing with passive lightning
> protection?  The more extensively we ground an antenna system and the lower
> the ohmic value of the ground, don't we create a more attractive and
> potentially more devastating discharge path?
> I don't want to start an ozone layer debate, but aren't there really two
> sides to this story?

Good grief - there a dozen sides to it!  Contesters who have tall towers
up probably can echo my experience with a 95' steel wind-machine tower
perched on a high ledge behind my QTH and well above avg terrain.  This
tower sat on the functional equivalent of a ceramic insulator (sandstone
ledge) and was grounded via 3/4" alum cable 150'+ long, buried along the
eaves of my house to get into the most dependably moist soil on this rocky

Over a ten year period that tower (now gone) attracted enough jolts
(mostly indirect) to fry the diodes in the generator control circuits at
least a dozen times. I was fairly sure we had a direct hit on at least one
occasion (the steel tower rang like a huge bell!) and we never suffered
any damage beyond the diode failures.  Call it luck or whatever - that's
the facts of one experience. 

Perhaps next week my ham tower will be whacked and an identical grounding 
system will prove inadequate!   Mother nature is not a nice lady!

will at - KD3XR - W F Sill, Tunkhannock, PA

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