ARD-230A parts

na2n at na2n at
Sun Dec 10 21:35:19 EST 1995

Need help - I need parts for my Advanced Radio Devices ARD-230A CONTEST
amplifier. Who has them? (Specifically, the motor for the "Tune" capacitor).


Greg Becker NA2N
na2n at

>From George Cook (AA3JU)" <george at  Mon Dec 11 03:47:42 1995
From: George Cook (AA3JU)" <george at (George Cook (AA3JU))
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 22:47:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Attracting new blood
Message-ID: <199512110347.WAA14549 at>

Oh I dunno you could let the new guys operate at the bigger stations like I
got to.
10 meters AT NIGHT at the Bottom  of the sunspot cycle.
Builds charcter.

AA3JU  george at    AA3JU at W3PYF
Proudly  F R C...........
"FRC When second best just isn't good enough!"

>From Al Gritzmacher <ae2t at>  Mon Dec 11 03:53:04 1995
From: Al Gritzmacher <ae2t at> (Al Gritzmacher)
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 22:53:04 -0500
Subject: 10 M Score
Message-ID: <199512110352.WAA28857 at>

                              ARRL 10 SUMMARY SHEET

    Contest Dates : 09-Dec-95, 10-Dec-95

    Callsign Used : AE2T
         Operator : AE2T

         Category : SO HP

 Default Exchange : 59(9) NY

             Name : Albert Gritzmacher
          Address : 92 Saxton St.
   City/State/Zip : Lockport NY 14094
          Country : United States

        Team/Club : Western NY DX Assoc.

   BAND   Raw QSOs   Valid QSOs   Points   Mults   Countries   

   10CW        9           9         36       4         1 
   10SSB       6           6         12       3         0 

 Totals       15          15         48       7         1 

    Final Score = 384 points.

This should be worth a laugh. Conditions stunk! 

Al Gritzmacher                Internet: ae2t at
Amateur Radio AE2T              or      bc510 at
                                or      76100.3670 at
                              Packet: ae2t at (IP)
                                or    AE2T at KE2VW.#WNY.NY.US.NOAM
                                or    AE2T at KN2M (DXCLuster)

Radio Shack: You've got questions: We've got dumb looks.

>From bhorn at (Bruce Horn)  Mon Dec 11 04:56:49 1995
From: bhorn at (Bruce Horn) (Bruce Horn)
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 20:56:49 -0800
Subject: 10m Contest Result
Message-ID: <199512110456.UAA06166 at>

              ARRL 10-meter Contest Results

Call:  WA7BNM
Category:  Single Op, Low Power, CW & Phone
Location:  Black Hole of S. Calif.
Operation:  7.5 hours

        Q       C       S
CW     108      4      17
SSB    134      3      14
       242      7      31   =  26,600

Using two yagis in this contest for the first time made
for interesting decisions. Pointed one at Northridge and
one at Burbank.  Now, should I point the lower one at
Northridge and the upper one at Burbank?  Or, the upper
one at Northridge and the lower one at Burbank?  Hmmm, decisions,
decisions.  :-)

Spent most of the time working locals in S.Calif. Actually,
spent most of the time comiserating with other contesters in
S. California. There was one good opening on Saturday to the
East Coast from about 1600Z to 1730Z when I worked every 4-land
state. This was immediately followed (with some overlap) by an
opening to the Northwest (WA and MT).  Peak rate was a 74 QSO hour
starting at 1710Z, with the last 10 meter hitting 250. This
opening was memorable because it was surrounded by hours of
eeking out 10 Qs/hour.

Sunday was almost all locals, except for opening to the
Northwest (WA, MT, OR). Only heard a couple of East Coast

Ended contest with a big 2 QSOs in the last hour. What fun!

73 de Bruce, WA7BNM   (bhorn at

>From Matthew S. Trott" <0007288678 at  Mon Dec 11 05:31:00 1995
From: Matthew S. Trott" <0007288678 at (Matthew S. Trott)
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 95 00:31 EST
Subject: AA7BG 10 Metres
Message-ID: <10951211053101/0007288678PJ2EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

172 Q's		25 states	6 countries

Out of the 172 Q's, 82 were with CA (if you can't run JA's, run CA's).

The second most popular place was the other orange juice state FL with 16 Q's.
Ended up with 19 DX Q's, mostly LU, others being XE,VK,ZL,PY,CX.

This test was like a ping-pong match what with the meteor scatter pings and the
band coming alive for short (very) openings. But, most of the time was spent
searching for the ball. 

Had a great E's opening to CA on Sat. and a weak F opening to East coast on
Sun. at 1700 that lasted for about 1/2 hour. 

Everytime I listened to SE during dead band times (most of time) I heard WD0T
and NC0P. Hard-core stns heard to west all weekend were:
KA6BIM,KD6KKP,K7FR,N6YK/7,K6AYA and a few others. 

Software sez 19 hours, but I will report 31 hours as I had an ear trained on
the hiss for that long. One needs to set his offthresh to max for this one. 

EQUIP: TS930S to ALPHA 374A to 105BAS at 32 feet

73, Matt
aa7bg at

>From Matthew S. Trott" <0007288678 at  Mon Dec 11 05:33:00 1995
From: Matthew S. Trott" <0007288678 at (Matthew S. Trott)
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 95 00:33 EST
Subject: AA7BG 10m cont.
Message-ID: <81951211053318/0007288678PJ2EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

Forgot to mention:

CW Only High Power for ten meter test. What else??

>From Paul Knupke (CS)" <knupke at  Mon Dec 11 05:39:19 1995
From: Paul Knupke (CS)" <knupke at (Paul Knupke (CS))
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 00:39:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Attracting new blood
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.951211003517.6111B-100000 at babbage>

On Sun, 10 Dec 1995, George Cook (AA3JU) wrote:

> 10 meters AT NIGHT at the Bottom  of the sunspot cycle.
> Builds charcter.

  ... and larangytis ...

Well this is the beginning of my third year contesting (and will enter my 
fourth year licensed next month) ... and have never had the opportunity 
to work at a big station yet.  I decided to work 10M in 1993 because I 
could (was a tech plus then) and had a blast (700+ Q's), then last year 
(670 Q's) and this year (248 Q's) 

I wish I could find a job in my degreed field so I could at least work 
somewhat normal hours and not have to ask off time to contest when I want to.

Up next Jan VHF Sweeps from N2BRG/4 probably.

73 paul

 Paul Knupke, Jr.	           /  Pinellas County ARES Asst. EC
 knupke at      /         Pinellas County Skywarn
 Largo, FL USA                   /               Fidonet 1:3603/570
 Amateur Radio Callsign KR4YL   /    Packet @N4CNW.#TPA.FL.USA.NOAM 

>From Ray Rocker <rocker at>  Mon Dec 11 06:06:06 1995
From: Ray Rocker <rocker at> (Ray Rocker)
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 00:06:06 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Scatterfest '95 errr 10m contest
Message-ID: <199512110606.AAA01111 at>

I made 50 QSOs with 21 mults (17 states + LU YV HK HP), all Saturday.
On Sunday it seemed like the time budgeted for the 'test was better
spent working on antennas while wx was cooperative.

I can honestly say this was the worst condx I've ever seen in my
12 years of working this 'test. Yuck. Around 1630Z Saturday the
textbook Es opening centered on MD/VA/DE happened, but was very
localized. K3ZO, KF4YH, W3BGN and a few others were loud but
signals dropped off rapidly in any direction. A few W6's came in 
about that time too, but weak. Also the southern LU's with the
suffixes beginning with V came in on the transeq path.

Around 1800Z another typical Es opening to MN/SD/ND popped up.
K0TT was loud, and WD0T has the distinction of being the only
one to push my S-meter past S9 thru the whole 'test.

Then there was a brief shorter opening to MO/KS and we got
a little F layer to WA later in the day.

Now, I should note that I discovered my antenna half on the ground 
during mid-afternoon, a victim of the Cold Front From Hell
(or is that Canada) that blasted through Saturday morning.
It's sad when you're so used to people not hearing your calls
that you don't realize something might be wrong :-)

Local AB5YG was working a whole lotta stations I could barely
or not hear, so his score may be pretty decent.

40 and 80 are much more fun these days. Can't wait for sprINT.

Ray WQ5L
rocker at

>From Ray Rocker <rocker at>  Mon Dec 11 06:13:49 1995
From: Ray Rocker <rocker at> (Ray Rocker)
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 00:13:49 -0600 (CST)
Subject: New Categories
Message-ID: <199512110613.AAA01185 at>

>      B. Tribander (any type) with a single feedline from the
> transmitter to the antenna and single element (TS) category. During
> the contest, an entrant shall use only one (1) tribander for
> 10,15,20 meters and single element antennas on 40,80 and 160.

Yeeeesssss! It's about time! Whoever is responsible for this,
I thank you! Little pistols of the world, rejoice.

Now I gotta get a tower+tribander before next March, but this is 
at least a possibility.

Ray  WQ5L
rocker at

>From De Syam <syam at>  Mon Dec 11 07:30:41 1995
From: De Syam <syam at> (De Syam)
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 02:30:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: ARRL 10 Meter Contest: K3ZO score and comments
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.951211022243.13744B-100000 at>

K3ZO High Power/Mixed Mode/Single Operator Entry
      Mode      QSOs      Countries     States/Provinces
       CW       330          15*            40
      SSB       339          15**           29
    Totals      669          30             69   =  197,802 points
                                                    FINAL SCORE 
    *XE, CO, KG4, CT, ZS, ZL, LU, CX, HC, YV, PY, YS, KP4, C6, CP
   **CE, CP, CT3, CX, EA, FR, HC, HK, KG4, LU, PY, TG, XE, ZP, ZS
Rig: TS-830-S driving Titan 425 amp.
Ant: 4-L W6PU dual-driven cubical quad (33 foot boom) at 78 feet.
Time on: about 28 hours.
After the way 10 behaved in the CQWW CW, I didn't hold out much
hope for it this weekend;  the WWV numbers were about the same
going into the fray as they had been for the CQWW CW weekend.
Friday night was all tropo or meteors and I packed it in at 0510
GMT with 134 QSOs in the log.  
Back on Saturday morning at 1100 GMT with more meteors and tropo. 
At that hour the usual Florida CW gang (N4EJW, AC4NJ, WD4AHZ) were
practically solid on meteors, joined this year by K1ZX/4 who was
the loudest of the bunch.  Jim was going around S&P'ing and I kept
on saying to myself: "Jim, with a signal like that, you should be
running 'em."  He finally did.   KM9P was a big meteor signal out
of GA a bit later, giving perennial WS4F a run for his money.  In
fact Bill was about an S-point louder on the average.
At 1330 GMT suddenly ZS6SA was booming in at 120 degrees and then
CT1BOH showed up peaking at 90 degrees.  Pointing the beam at 120
degrees yielded good backscatter back into the USA but only a few
ops realized that this opening was there -- W4MYA, KQ2M, and K1VUT,
the latter with a monstrous backscatter signal --  most were still
trying to make it on meteors beaming direct path.  I ran the
backscatter opening on CW until 1440 GMT and the USA QSO's were
salted with KP4VA, YV1OB and YV7QP plus an unidentified DX station
who gave me #007 while I was working someone else.  Then I went to
SSB and logged some more ZS's.  At 1520-1525 I ran across FR5DX,
CT3FF and EA1FBU.  The southeast backscatter path began to fade
shortly thereafter but at 1600 GMT a southwest backscatter path
opened up with W6's and W7's in there along with the closer in
stuff.  XE's were loud direct path at the time.  This path shut
down about 1645 GMT to be replaced by a fair sporadic E opening to
TX, FL, AL and MS which went on until 1740 GMT at which time I
noticed the LU's and CX's were in with only fair signals, but
workable.  They lasted until 1815 GMT at which time a spotty
direct-path opening to CA, OR and WA replaced them.   This went on
until 2040 GMT, and then suddenly ZL1AXB went into the log, and 
after that we were back to meteors again.
The ARRL 10 meter contest weekend occurs each year simultaneously
with the arrival of the first burst of Arctic air into the DC area
from Canada, and this year was no exception.  This frequently is
accompanied by high winds and even power outages.  The frigid air's
entrance this year was comparatively gentle, however.  First, a
little rain/snow early Saturday morning which took out the line
noises all day Saturday, making the band beautifully quiet for me,
a great birthday present from the weather gods on my 58th birthday. 
About midnight on Saturday the XYL's wind chimes began to serenade
us, which they continued to do all night long.  This, coupled with
a dewpoint of about three degrees Fahrenheit by morning, had
whipped the neighborhood line noises into fine fettle by the time
I eased myself into the operating chair at about 1200 GMT.  All I
heard was N2BIM forlornly calling CQ so I went away for a while and
my first QSO Sunday was at 1257 GMT.  Sad to say, no southeast
backscatter opening was heard Sunday, but the South Americans began
to show up at 1430 GMT although very spotty.
With the line noise this was to be mostly an S&P day as I didn't
want to play alligator.  The meteors hung in there to the Midwest
and W9OEH, NC0P, W9XT, N9XBM, K9LJN, AA8U, N9QX and K9OM -- the
Midwest powerhouses I guess -- were in there all day long.  But
nobody else until suddenly at 1650 GMT the state of Missouri showed
up with loud signals led by K4VX.  This opening extended to KS, WI
and IL but was uneven.  It lasted until about 1740 GMT at which
point I noticed the PY's, CX's and LU's, which had been in and out
all day, suddenly got very loud.  They had tremendous signals until
1900 GMT at which time ten meters began to sound like a VHF contest
band;  the W9's and W0's were still in there at times but very
It got so bad I went away to watch football for a while but came
back to the shack at 2315 GMT just to make sure I wasn't missing
anything.  I heard NU4Y loud on CW from FL so, on a hunch, I fired
up on an empty phone band and called CQ with the beam that way. 
Immediately they started coming back to me and before long the
noise blanker was beginning to lose its grip so I knew the band was
beginning to be populated again.  Thus the best sporadic E opening
of the weekend hit just as the contest was ending, but it was good
for 43 QSO's which allowed me to have a little excitement up to the
last minute.       
200 K is nothing like the 1.6 meg I had when the band was in its
heyday, but 10 meters shall rise again, and in the meantime it's
still a pretty interesting band with all the different forms of
propagation it exhibits.
Those of you who missed DC were just, to coin a phrase,
"propagationally challenged";  the boys at the Voice of America's
club station K3VOA were in there with a great effort and really
pushed to make DC available this year, along with W4KM, WF3Q and
WA3BDS.  Take note of those calls for next year's contest.
                                           Very 73,
                                         Fred Laun, K3ZO     

>From wb2jsj at (Greetings from WB2JSJ RADIO!)  Mon Dec 11 04:07:00 1995
From: wb2jsj at (Greetings from WB2JSJ RADIO!) (Greetings from WB2JSJ RADIO!)
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 95 04:07:00 UTC
Subject: WB1GQR 10M Contest
Message-ID: <3600 at>

Message-Id: <3600_ka2tcq>
From: wb2jsj at ka2tcq (Greetings from WB2JSJ RADIO!)
To: cq-contest at

                 WB1GQR 10 METER CONTEST

             "Contest?  I thought it was CQ practice!"

          Class: Single op, high power, phone only, unassisted

          qsos       points    mults

           223         446        36     claimed score:     16,056

QSO:     191 US/CAN, 32 DX  (23 Q's with LU- the pipeline works!
MULTS:   26 states (bleah), 2 prov, 8 DX

Missed:  To long and painful to list

Station: 1200 watts to triband at 50 feet.

Conditions:  Famed contesters Beavis and Butthead had this to say
about the propagation:
"It sux - heh heh, heh heh, heh heh, heh heh"

Wasn't too serious about the effort.  Spent most of weekend doing paperwork!
This was my lowest 10 meter score in 22 years!

Propagation very uninteresting - 90% was 4-land and LU.
Some midwest came through on scatter.  Got AZ  (double hop Es?)
No west coast.  Europe?  What's that?

Highlight:  ZL1ANJ answering my CQ.  (Is that trans-equatorial or what?)
Go ahead, tell me he was /4!!

I listened very carefully and can report that I heard no U.S. stations
operating in the DX Window.

oh boy! here come the eggs!

73, Mitch WB1GQR

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