ARRL 160 Score - W9UP

N0bsh at N0bsh at
Wed Dec 6 13:16:14 EST 1995

1995 ARRL 160 Contest

W9UP  (N0BSH, op)
Single-op, High Power, Unassisted

IC 751, Homebrew 4-1000
135' elevated vertical, 2 two-wire beverages

~1000 QSOs     102 Mults   (74 sections + 28 countries)
~220,000 points

Numbers are approximate but should be reasonably close.  I had
only intended on messin' around a bit, make a couple hundreds Qs,
work a little DX, and then go home, so I didn't even bother to take
the computer with me.  Then I got caught up in the fun and....., well,
you know how it goes!  

While the numbers are approximate, the amount of fun is not!!  
Best results to EU I've ever had!!  Worked 53 EUs on Friday night.  
Only *heard* three on Saturday night but worked 3 JAs on Sunday 
morning - none heard on Saturday morning.

Missed Sections:  MAR, VY1/VE8, KP2
DX heard but not worked:  FG, 6Y5, EA, SP
DX conspicuously absent:  VK, ZL (or anything else in the Pacific)

I'll be back again for CQ 160 CW in January.73  Mike  N0BSH
n0bsh at

>From Danny Eskenazi <k7ss at>  Wed Dec  6 18:25:43 1995
From: Danny Eskenazi <k7ss at> (Danny Eskenazi)
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 10:25:43 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Street light noise source?
Message-ID: <199512061825.KAA02187 at>

W7OM and I spent an evening driving around the neighborhood looking for our
s9 QRN and found streetlights
that were cycling on and off every 60 or so seconds, and in the intital turn
on phase were producing VERY loud
static. We found 6 bad lights in a 12 block area....

Called CITY LIGHT and they told us that these new lamps were burning out in
a 2 year period and many go thru
that on-off cycling. The older mercury vapors were good for 20 years
each..and this new lot was bought by bid, They replaced 2 near W7OMs home
(within a block) and he now is able to actually hear 80 and 160. 
Can you imagine a city of 500,000 people with the street lights going out
every 2 years? and we found 6 bad in
one square mile.

The QUESTION:  Has anyone gone through the process of dealing with a power
utility in getting them to change their type of lights? or change out the
bad ones? or had experience in talking to the "powers that be" on this subject?
Is there some sort of "danger" or "harm", (other than big QRN on HF) to
equipment TV, stereo, people, etc
being caused by this?

I want to write a letter to our power utility and to the city council
explaining the problem, and would like to have 
some  ammunition from knowledgable folks such as yourselves

Please respond to me directly...and yes this DOES relate to contesting

73 de K7SS

Danny Eskenazi

"Life's Too Short for QRN".

>From Fred Cady <cady at>  Wed Dec  6 18:57:59 1995
From: Fred Cady <cady at> (Fred Cady)
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 11:57:59 -0700
Subject: FCC's Answers 601V Questions-just the facts
Message-ID: <199512061857.LAA26302 at>

>Subject: FCC's Answers 601V Questions-just the facts
>Here is the dialogue regarding my inquiry into the 610V confusion:
>Sirs:                                                   6 Dec 1995
>There seem to be several questions regarding the submittal of the new
>610V form. One report says the FCC will only accept forms that were
>requested by mail, another says the
>ARRL (American Radio Relay League) will have a master we can use,
>another says you can use the one downloaded off the fax machine,
>another says you can use the one off the FCC's web site ... etc, etc.
>Can you please answer as to which version of the 610V form you will
>Steven Nace  KN5H
>Date: Wed, 06 Dec 1995 12:02:13 -0500
>To: snace at
>Subject:  Form 610V Questions -Reply
>When the FCC Form 610V is available to the public (middle of January
>1996) it will be available  in hard copy through the ARRL and the FCC
>Forms Warehouse and via our fax-on-demand system.  At this time we
>have not decided to accept electronic filing of this form.
>>>> Steve Nace <snace at> 12/06/95 11:58am >>>
>The FCC was VERY fast in getting an answer to me. It took less that
>5 minutes! I betcha these are THE facts.
>73 de Hose  KN5H

It still doesn't answer the question if the forms that can be downloaded
from the web site are valid forms.

Fast isn't necessarily good (like in cw ;-)

Fred KE7X
Fred Cady (ieefc at

>From broz at (John Brosnahan)  Wed Dec  6 19:27:10 1995
From: broz at (John Brosnahan) (John Brosnahan)
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 12:27:10 -0700
Subject: KR0Y ARRL 160 "score"
Message-ID: <199512061927.MAA18891 at>

>  OFFICE MEMO         KR0Y ARRL 160 "score"                 Date:  12/4/95
>Operated about 3 hours. Surprisingly easy to find a hole to CQ "ON".
>Jeff  KR0Y

Like a lightbulb, the old brain suddenly clicked on.  The black hole is not
real, it is just a state of mind.  The problem is that when we, the whiners
and complainers,  find a hole, we CQ "IN" it, and if we would just CQ "ON"
it we wouldn't be down at the bottom of the pile.  From now on I am going to
take a more enlightened stance.  Instead of being "propagationally
challenged" I will think positive thoughts.  We are wonderfully "absorption

73  John  W0UN  (no longer "in a hole" now, happily, "on top of a hole")

John Brosnahan  
La Salle Research Corp      24115 WCR 40     La Salle, CO 80645  USA
voice 970-284-6602            fax 970-284-0979           email broz at

>From Bob Patten <z002816b at>  Wed Dec  6 19:08:41 1995
From: Bob Patten <z002816b at> (Bob Patten)
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 14:08:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Ameritron AL-xxx Amplifier Problems
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9512061440.C16344-0100000 at>

Has anyone else experienced a problem with ALC in the AL-1500 or other 
AL-xxx series?  If I monitor ALC on the multimeter, the ALC 
characteristics completely change and the grid drive increases considerably.
Also, I've blown the 1N4007 (300-0266) diode on the Filter Capacitor 
Board twice.  I replaced it with a 1N5404 (3A diode) and have had no 
further problem.  All in all, I'm very happy with my new AL-1500 - it's 
one fine CONTEST amplifier.

Bob Patten
bobpatt at

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