CAC Address?/160 DX window

albraun at albraun at
Tue Dec 5 05:32:01 EST 1995

frenaye at wrote:

>I just can't believe all of the radio policeman that have
>come out of the woodwork.  Must be the wintertime blues.

>So there's a change to the 160m window in the ARRL contest.
>From what I hear there was an army of policeman there ready
>to harass every one of them


>Isn't it appropriate to back off just a little?  The rule
>(is it a hard and fast rule?) is new.


>I'm not so sure the window is even enforceable (I used
>to check logs at ARRL, I'd find it very hard to do).  Even
>so, let's give it a chance to work out.  Some gentle works
>or persuasion work a lot better than blasts by e-mail.

Tom - some things to agree with and some things to dispute
here.  First off, not everyone who thinks the rules ought to
be enforced was out QRMing the offenders.  I was more interested
in making QSOs of my own...I just tuned through the window,
worked what DX I could hear, ignored the W stations calling CQ
in the window, made some notes and moved on to look for a new
run frequency above the window.

I agree that public blasts at specific people in a forum such
as this are not appropriate.  I for one will certainly NOT be

sending flame messages to the offenders nor will I post their
call signs here.

I'm surprised, however, that you, as a former CAC member,
would say that the DX window rule is new!  The only thing that
is different is the size (smaller).  When I read your note I
grabbed for the oldest November QST I could find without moving

things in the closet, and came up with November 1991.  Rule 6A
on page 80 says that "the segment 1.830 to 1.850 MHz should be
used for intercontinental QSOs only, in conformance with the
ARRL band plan."  This year, the window size was shrunken from
20 kHz to 5 kHz, but the concept has been with the contest as
long as I've been doing it (1986 or so).  To my knowledge it
has never been enforced.  Granted, it isn't easy to do, but if
a sufficient number of documented complaints about a specific
station are received and they all match up, then I think it
behooves the contest committee to either enforce the rule or
abolish it.  If the rules can't be enforced, why make them?

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>From SHAWN LIGHTFOOT <shawn.lightfoot at>  Tue Dec  5 00:33:00 1995
From: SHAWN LIGHTFOOT <shawn.lightfoot at> (SHAWN LIGHTFOOT <shawn.lightfoot at>)
Date: Mon, 04 Dec 95 17:33:00 -0700
Subject: Mac contest software.
Message-ID: <8B6441D.0065000C7D.uuout at>

Hello fellow contestors.

I have a Macintosh SE/30, and wondering where I can get some contesting
software for it (as well as other amateur related software).

Please reply directly to me at:
shawn.lightfoot at

73 de Shawn

>From Aurelio Bellussi <aurelio at>  Tue Dec  5 10:59:03 1995
From: Aurelio Bellussi <aurelio at> (Aurelio Bellussi)
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 1995 11:59:03 +0100 (MET)
Subject: ***PI4TUE's score CQWWCW95 M/S
Message-ID: <199512051059.LAA02170 at>

                    CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST -- 1995

      Call: PI4TUE                   Country:  Netherlands
      Mode: CW                       Category: Multi Single


      160       87       94     1.08      6      27
       80      280      420     1.50     13      49
       40      315      605     1.92     28      74
       20      594     1482     2.49     25      70
       15      288      758     2.63     26      65
       10        9       17     1.89      5       7

     Totals   1573     3376     2.15    103     292  =>  1,333,520

Operator List: PA3GFE Martijn, PA3EZL Aurelio

Equipment Description: TS850S, 400W, 3 el 3 bander YAGI, 40m dipole
                       80/160m longwire, all about 250 feet high.

This was the first in a long time that our club operated in a CW test. Biggest
problem (I think many clubs are still facing) was lack of operators. Out of
about 50 members only 5 'qualify' to operate a CW test like the CQ WW. Of
those 5 only 2 found the time to join in. This resulted in an off time of 
about 18 hours. Considering this, the score's quite ok. We noticed that the
normal comments we usually get ("waw, you're one of the strongest signals on 
the band") did NOT apply in this contest. We had to stuggle real hard in order
to work the multipliers. All in all, a great contest! Thanks to all that 
gave us a point.


*   Aurelio M.M. Bellussi,   PA3EZL/AA2WH                    *
*                    E-mail:     a.m.m.bellussi at  *
*                           OR   pa3ezl at     *
*                    AX25-mail:  pa3ezl at     *
*   Graduate student at Eindhoven Univeristy of Technology   *
*   department of Electrical Engineering.                    *

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