BK1ZX70SFL at aol.com BK1ZX70SFL at aol.com
Sun Dec 31 21:50:02 EST 1995

Happy New Year everyone.

I have been e-mail incommunicado for several weeks now, if you were trying to
get a hold of me, my appologies. Now the grandkids have gone home I will go
back to reflecors/contests, etc.

I am going to be on AOL for a while, at least until my free 10 hours runs
out...note new email address!


                                                            Jim, K1ZX
          (BK1ZX70SFL at aol.com)
>From btippett at ctc.net (Bill Tippett)  Thu Jan 18 20:46:30 1996
From: btippett at ctc.net (Bill Tippett) (Bill Tippett)
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 16:46:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: NAQP SSB This Weekend

Steve (N4TQO) wrote:

>Please observe the DX window on 160 meters by using the suggested 
>frequency of 1865 on that band.

Steve, you're a gentleman and a scholar!!!!  Thank you,  Bill  W0ZV

P. S.  I'm going to make a point of going up and handing out some Q's to
everyone I have NOT heard below 1850!
Bill Tippett, PO Box 37, New London, NC  28127-0037 USA
Phone/FAX:  +1 704-463-1445        E-mail:  btippett at ctc.net

>From aa4lr at radio.org (Bill Coleman AA4LR)  Thu Jan 18 20:53:02 1996
From: aa4lr at radio.org (Bill Coleman AA4LR) (Bill Coleman AA4LR)
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 16:53:02 -0400
Subject: QRS tips - BRAVO
Message-ID: <v01530500ad2450786bb3@[]>

>I don't know about the rest of you, but I'll take any QSO I can get in
>a contest.  If someone calls at 10 wpm, I'm more than glad to slow down
>to that speed.  I guess the only question is whether we need to slow down
>so they can get our calls when we call CQ.  Most operators can catch
>the call at much higher speeds than they normally copy, if they hear
>in several times.


I think you are mistaken here. As a QRS operator, I'm often frustrated by
not being able to copy the callsign of QRQ operators, even after many many
repeats. In the recent NAQP, I would listen for as long as 5 minutes to
some guys, and I still had to give up and move on.

Another thing, if you answer a QRQ operator, he naturally assumes you can
copy whatever speed he is sending. (Unless you make EVERY call as AA4LR PSE
QRS, which is twice as long at a slow speed)

>The other thing, of course, is to show them that we
>really WILL QRS to match their speed.

I think it is an interesting theory. Later in a CW contest, perhaps slowing
down the CW might increase the rate. That is, ASSUMING, there is a body of
lower speed contesters out there to work. They may not exist. They may not
exist precisely because CW Contesting is primarily a QRQ enterprise. (Field
Day may be a notable exception -- but then it isn't really a contest)

So, my theory is this -- if you are CQing several times in a row with no
answers, perhaps a lower speed CQ is in order. If you don't even get to
call CQ, and are working them one right after another, slowing down would
be foolish.

Maybe CT or TR could tie the CW speed to the rate meter....

Bill Coleman, AA4LR      Mail: aa4lr at radio.org
Quote: "Man will never fly in a thousand years!"
            -- Wilbur Wright, 1902

>From George Cutsogeorge <0006354141 at mcimail.com>  Thu Jan 18 21:33:00 1996
From: George Cutsogeorge <0006354141 at mcimail.com> (George Cutsogeorge)
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 96 16:33 EST
Subject: 775 vs 1000mp
Message-ID: <13960118213331/0006354141PK1EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

My previous post generated a lot of questions about Rad Com.
It's the journal of the Radio Society of Great Britain.  They
may be contacted at:

	Radio Communication
	Lambda House, Cranborne Road
	Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3JE

They will probably be taking subscriptions in Dayton again this

George, W2VJN.

>From Bill Fisher, KM9P" <km9p at akorn.net  Thu Jan 18 23:34:25 1996
From: Bill Fisher, KM9P" <km9p at akorn.net (Bill Fisher, KM9P)
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 18:34:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Pointing Yagis into Wind de K8CC
Message-ID: <199601182334.SAA17958 at paris.akorn.net>

I'm forwarding this message for K8CC... Please don't just hit reply and send
me the message.

KN5H asked the question about what is the optimum direction to aim yagis
under conditions of high wind.  Here is my opinion (if the opinion of a
electronics/software engineer can count on a mechanical issue...).

>From messing around with NI6W's Yagi-Stress program, it can be seen that
the maximum wind load for a given antenna occurs not parallel to the wind
direction, nor perpendicular, but rather at a angle that combines the
wind areas of the boom and the sum of the elements.  Steve is looking for
the opposite case - minimum load.  In this case, the correct direction
depends on whether the boom or the elements present the worst wind load
area.  For example, a 204BA has four 35' elements a 26' boom - although the
boom has larger diameter, it likely has less area so a 204BA probably should
be aimed perpendicular to the wind.  On the other hand, a 7L10M beam (which
might have a large diameter boom and small diameter elements) might exhibit
the least wind load aimed into the wind.

Another factor to consider is whether you want to purely minimize wind load
or rather present a balanced surface to the wind, which would reduce torque
on the mast/tower/rotator.  In this case, aimed into the wind might be
preferable, since element spacings are rarely equal anymore in the post-YO
era, while I have never seen a yagi with elements mounted off-center.

73, Dave/K8CC
DAP14 at infoctr.chrysler.com

>From Hodge Thorgerson David Cameron-INBA <hodge at servidor.unam.mx>  Thu Jan 18 23:40:18 1996
From: Hodge Thorgerson David Cameron-INBA <hodge at servidor.unam.mx> (Hodge Thorgerson David Cameron-INBA)
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 17:40:18 -0600 (CST)
Subject: naqp scores
Message-ID: <Pine.SV4.3.91.960118173024.24790J-100000 at servidor>

George,  my NAQP score off top of head as follows


448 Qs x 151 Mults    score  approx  67k  Bands used 80/40/20/15

I believe this is a new XE record, although it was tough going past NV1P's
mark of '91.

Got off to a Great start with 20 and then 15 hopping.  Having not operated
much recently I was rusty and couldn't handle the volume at first.  Then
Murphy struck!  In switching bands I screwed something up or the radio did
it all by itself!  I took 30 minutes of prime time to switch in another
radio.  After the contest I find that the yagi in use is stuck beaming VK!!
Did I really work all those guys in the first hour off the back on 15???
Still not clear what happened.  Grand mystery.  I wonder if it is one of the
flaky things that '940s are known to do?  
Things were fast to deteriorate.  20 became useless before the sun was near
down.  40 took a while to get going and then promptly went away.  I spent 
lots of time S & Ping on 80 until the end of the contest.  Moving mults was
an exercise in frustration.  I could never copy the guy I moved!  Sorry...
500 Qs and 150 mults seemed and easy feat before I began and with no Murphy
might have been so.  Anyway it was lots of fun to work you guys.  
73,  David  XE1/AA6RX

>From Felipe J. Hernandez" <0006627542 at mcimail.com  Thu Jan 18 22:22:00 1996
From: Felipe J. Hernandez" <0006627542 at mcimail.com (Felipe J. Hernandez)
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 96 17:22 EST
Subject: Re Help NAQP Stuff!
Message-ID: <71960118222217/0006627542NA3EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

    When using NA for NAQP, Is it just VE1 or the VE9 and VO count

     Felipe NP4Z

>From M Glenn Vinson Jr <mgvinson at crl.com>  Fri Jan 19 00:30:22 1996
From: M Glenn Vinson Jr <mgvinson at crl.com> (M Glenn Vinson Jr)
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 16:30:22 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Pointing Yagis into Wind de K8CC
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.960118161415.5990A-100000 at crl2.crl.com>

This subject was addressed by Dick Weber, PE, K5IU, at the New Orleans DXC
last year in a presentation entitled, "Important Mechanical Issues for
Yagi Antenna Installations."  It was printed as an article in one of the
journals.  Pls refer to the actual article for the details, but what he
says generally is that the direction of maximum wind load is either boom
or elements broadside to the wind, and not in between.  For minimum wind
load into your tower during storm conditions, he presents some graphs
based on boom area and element area, saying "when in doubt point your boom
45 degrees to the wind".  Tom Schiller, N6BT, of Force 12 Antennas says
that, "most beams have more element than boom wind load."  Based on this
proposition, I point my Force 12 using the 45 degree rule, but as if the
elements were the boom, i.e., I point the elements 45 degrees to the wind
(yes, I should be more precise and use Dick's charts).  In the big storm
we had here last month (85 mph winds here), nothing moved on my tower
while a friend's Force 12 free-wheeled into exactly the direction that I
had my beam headed.  Just some anecdotal information.  73, Glenn. W6OTC 

>From Ronald E. Vincent" <rev at efn.org  Fri Jan 19 03:24:16 1996
From: Ronald E. Vincent" <rev at efn.org (Ronald E. Vincent)
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 19:24:16 -0800 (PST)
Subject: stack box info
Message-ID: <199601190324.TAA25411 at caritas.efn.org>

At 08:02 AM 1/17/96 -0600, Greg Richard KC4ZV wrote:
>I have just bought a dx engineering stackbox. it doesn't have the owners
>manual. it is the box with 7 so-239 connectors on a circuit board that
>mounts in the outdoor box (on the tower) and has a 3 position switch
>with 3 LED on the control box.
>can anyone help me out with   the manual for this box   thanks
>greg kc4zv

If all else fails with email on your request let me know.  I live about
10mi. from Bill N0XX/7 (owner/manufacturer of DX Engineering) and know him
quite well . . .  I can see if he has a manual for it . . . I noticed that
you got it used from your second message . . . I don't have one myself, but
do have the remote coax switch box and control box he makes, which is also a
fine unit.  His HF/VHF antennas are SOMETHING to behold also, the best I've
seen! (and NOT cheap!)  

73 de Ron WJ7R
rev at efn.org

>From Steven Affens <k3sa at access.digex.net>  Fri Jan 19 03:39:17 1996
From: Steven Affens <k3sa at access.digex.net> (Steven Affens)
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 22:39:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Pointing Yagis into Wind de K8CC
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.960118223907.10967A-100000 at access5.digex.net>

Steven C. Affens
k3sa at access.digex.net

>From Steven Affens <k3sa at access.digex.net>  Fri Jan 19 03:48:20 1996
From: Steven Affens <k3sa at access.digex.net> (Steven Affens)
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 22:48:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Pointing Yagis into wind
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.960118224020.10967C-100000 at access5.digex.net>

I'm more concerned about rotor destruction or having the mast torqued off
true direction within the rotor than antenna damage.  So what I have tried
on numerous occasions is release the brake during heavy winds and let the
array (TH6 and 2el 40 both pointed in the same direction) seek its own
direction just as a wind vane would.  EVERY time, the array ends up
"beaming" right into the wind and settles down.  Virtually NO strain on the
rotor.  (assuming a fairly constant wind direction)

So there's by 2 cents... find your array's "happy" point re the wind and 
leave it there.

Good Luck.

Steve K3SA

Steven C. Affens
k3sa at access.digex.net

>From WF3T <steve.steltzer at paonline.com>  Fri Jan 19 04:03:57 1996
From: WF3T <steve.steltzer at paonline.com> (WF3T)
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 04:03:57 +0000
Message-ID: <30FF182D.EBD at paonline.com>

Sorry for the delay, cluster node down is making for tough 

TEAM: FRC NERDS (North Eastern Radio Domestic Screamers) NAQP CW SCORE

KZ2S   John	140,499
WB2SRQ Ed	108,780
K3WW   Chas	103,761
AA3B   Bud	 80,661
WN3K   Bob (NRA) 69,455

NOIDS scores to follow when I get em. Good luck to everyone in SSB.
							73, Steve

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