When is Sept. RSGB convention?

KA9FOX at aol.com KA9FOX at aol.com
Thu Feb 2 22:05:21 EST 1995

Can someone forward me the dates of this year's RSGB convention in Oxford?
 (for Paul W0AIH)

73 Scott
ka9fox at aol.com

>From H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil at seattleu.edu  Thu Feb  2 23:24:58 1995
From: H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil at seattleu.edu (H. Ward Silver)
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 1995 15:24:58 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Visalia Room Share Wanted
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9502021551.C11251-8100000 at bach.seattleu.edu>

Anybody have room to share at Visalia?  I admit it, I have a zero call,
but I'm past the probationary period.  Don't care about smoking or nuthin'

Ward, N0AX

>From Marijan Mileti} <Marijan.Miletic at ijs.si>  Fri Feb  3 12:27:32 1995
From: Marijan Mileti} <Marijan.Miletic at ijs.si> (Marijan Mileti})
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 1995 12:28:32 +0001
Subject: Few S5 160m scores
Message-ID: <01HMM2GW603M0002XL at CATHY.IJS.SI>

Hi Gang,

Here are some Slovenian scores in CQ WW 160m CW contest.
CONDX were excelent but some stations had no ears (VE3EJ).
Tine, S50A has abt. 300K having worked 50 JA's on Inv. Vee!

 Call  QSOs Pnts DX+WVE Score   Rig + QRO        Ant
 S56A   240 1177 49+3   61.000  IC-735 + SB-221  78m Windom
 S59AA  556 3130 64+27  284.830 FT-1000 + 2 kW   GP + Bev.
 S59A   631 3817 69+30  377.883 FT-1000 + TL922  2el. Vert.

CU WPX RTTY & WVE DX de Mario, S56A, N1YU.

P.S. I had great time with MM & YCCC members in Jan. 95!

73 de Mario, S56A, N1YU.

email: Marijan.Miletic at IJS.SI

>From fish at crl.com (Bill Fisher, KM9P  Concentric Systems, Inc.)  Fri Feb  3 14:42:15 1995
From: fish at crl.com (Bill Fisher, KM9P  Concentric Systems, Inc.) (Bill Fisher, KM9P  Concentric Systems, Inc.)
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 1995 06:42:15 -0800
Subject: How many hams?  de K3ZO
Message-ID: <199502031442.AA12492 at mail.crl.com>

I got this repsonse from K3ZO and thought it was worth reflecting.

Hey, Bill, good to finally be on the Internet!

Re the subject at hand, at a contest forum at Visalia a couple of years 
ago I was asked to make one prediction about the future of contesting and 
I answered: "The West Coast will rise again."  There is tremendous growth 
in ham radio over there.  I was at the recent IARU Region 3 Conference 
and Taiwan alone is talking about adding 200,000 hams to the BV ranks in 
the next few years, once they establish a no-code license.  (They 
presently have only one license class, which includes a CW exam of about 
15 wpm).  The Chinese reported that 1400 people took their first HF 
home-station-license exam in 28 different Chinese cities last July. 
Thailand reported 93,000 hams, almost all VHF/no-code.  India reported 
9000 hams but only 4500 of them have been able to afford to buy or build 
a rig.  Both China and India talked about eventual plans of their native 
industries to start cranking out inexpensive CW/SSB only rigs for the 
local market.  Japanese imports are just too expensive.  My occasional 
sessions from HS0 show me that there is tremendous growth over there 
already just based on what I hear call me each time I fire up from there.

Will no-coders ever take to contesting?  My friend HS1CHB has started a 
monthly VHF sprint contest in Thailand precisely to try to make this 
happen, and it has been a great success.  It doesn't hurt that six 
trophies are presented at every monthly meeting of the Radio Amateur 
Society of Thailand to those who won the various categories of the 
previous month's sprint -- almost immediate gratification!  Once those 
guys start thinking about where to go next in contesting they will have 
to think about upgrading, and then what?  How about 93,000 HS's in the 
CQWW?  The mind boggles!

Why aren't the 1,000,000 JA's in con 
testing?  The W6's used to get much bigger pileups from Japan than they 
do now and are puzzled by it.  K3EST who goes to Japan every year says 
it's because RFI has gotten to be a big problem for JA's operating in 
close quarters on HF.  Some W6's say that a lot of JA contesters got sick 
of working only W6's and don't call them any more.  But whatever the 
reason, the enthusiasm shown originally by the JA's will show up in other 
Asian countries as their citizens first take to the HF bands in large n 

At least that's my optimistic prediction!

73, Fred Laun, K3ZO  


Bill Fisher, KM9P   -    Concentric Systems, Inc.  

>From Steve Fraasch <sfraasch at ATK.COM>  Fri Feb  3 17:30:00 1995
From: Steve Fraasch <sfraasch at ATK.COM> (Steve Fraasch)
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 95 09:30:00 PST
Subject: EWE & Beverage Tips
Message-ID: <2F326851 at msm.ATK.COM>

I read WA2WVL's article with keen interest.

I haven't tried a EWE, but here are a few observations (from a EM 
ant-designer sorta' guy):

The real benefit to using this antenna is the front-to-back.  In my case, I 
have a severe line noise problem (despite living in the boonies), and such 
an antenna with its null placed at the noise direction could result in 
significant signal-to-noise improvement.

As reported, I was dissapointed, but expected, the high-angle of radiation 
from the EWE.   The horizontal wire is an "approximate" transmission line, 
with some radiation (due to the low height, it will be high angle).  Also, 
with the relatively short spacing (assuming 2 phased short vertical 
elements), the half-power beamwidth is quite broad; therefore, the antenna 
really doesn't have a directional characteristic (unless phased with other 
EWEs as WVL explained); merely a null.

Nevertheless, a very inovative idea to WA2WVL's credit.  Wished I'd thought 
of it.  It certainly seems worthwhile trying, and I may do so anyways.

Walt, K2WK, asked for some beverage ideas.  I have only one 300' beverage, 
but here's my tips:

I first was told by many people that 300' would be too short, and that it 
would work like (expletive deleted) on 75m.  Yet, I looked at it on NEC, and 
it certainly had a directive, if somewhat broad pattern, so I went ahead 
anyways.  In short, I am amazed how well it hears compared to my 70' 
vertical.  A 4X4 who was Q3 on the vertical last Sunday night was an easy Q5 
on the beverage (oriented east, I live near Minneapolis, near epi-center of 
blackhole country).  The line noise disappears.

I made a modification to my beverage from what is typically shown in the 
antenna books.  Ripping off from ON4UN, I used a shielded stub down lead at 
the termination side.  This is done to avoid "summing" an omni-directional, 
high-angle, vertically polarized component which ruins the directivity.  In 
other words, it prevents adding the response of a short vertical to the 
otherwise directional, low-angle beverage.  From there I made a slight (not 
astounding) departure: I applied the same shielded stub to the feed side 
(balun ground side), since that wire is certainly part of the beverage 
antenna, and will also "sum" omni-directional, high angle energy.  I tried 
wire vs. stub, and wire-only certainly degraded performance, at either end 
(qualitative evaluation only).

The beverage is only 4' high.  The stubs were 4.5' sections of RG-58/U, with 
~980 pF capacitor in series to cancel the inductive reactance of the stub. 
 I tuned the stubs for 3.8 Mhz using an Autek RF-1 analyzer, which by the 
way, is ideal for this sort of thing (the stub and cap are low-Q).  The stub 
and series cap then nearly provide a 0 ohm shunt to ground with no vertical 
field response.  The braid is soldered to the center conductor at the bottom 
(ground potential), but isolated from the center conductor at the top side.

Because I am an anal-retentive perfectionist, the termination resistor (560 
ohms) and the cap run horizontal (4" length) on the termination side, 
whereas the stub runs vertical.

Also, I recommend E field (metal cover) shielding your balun.  The magnetic 
shielding is there already if you're using toroids.  In my case, I placed 
the 980 pF cap inside the balun box, connecting one end to the balun ground, 
the other to a terminal insulated from the box (the box is DC connected to 
the coaxial receptacle, and the balun ground).

You can parallel stubs to get broad-band coverage.  It's in the ON4UN 
lowband DX book.

So there's my new tip: put a shielded stub and cap on both sides of the 
beverage.  You guys with 1500' bevs probably are dying laughing, but as 
Jeff, K0OD implied, us real-estate starved guys are desparate.

73, K0SF, Steve Fraasch

sfraasch at atk.com

>From joe.ham at ctobbs.com (Joe Ham)  Thu Feb  2 13:29:16 1995
From: joe.ham at ctobbs.com (Joe Ham) (Joe Ham)
Date: Thu,  2 Feb 1995 13:29:16 GMT
Subject: CQ 160 ,\m contest
Message-ID: <9502030630182008 at ctobbs.com>

See this month's QST for a good article on these antennaes.  Don't
require much room at all!  They are directional receiving antennaes.
Weather permitting, I'll be putting up two this weekend on a medium size
urban lot--one for 80 and one for 160.

Good luck


>From scoolica at gpu.srv.ualberta.ca (Shannon  Coolican)  Fri Feb  3 16:53:03 1995
From: scoolica at gpu.srv.ualberta.ca (Shannon  Coolican) (Shannon  Coolican)
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 1995 09:53:03 -0700
Subject: Wilson System 36 beam with 40 meters
Message-ID: <199502031651.JAA05891 at bock.ucs.ualberta.ca>

I have a Wilson 6 element tribander  for 10, 15 & 20 meters and I have 
installed  a Wilson 40 meter modification kit ( 33-6 MK ) in the driven element.

With the traps installed in the correct direction the antenna would not load 
on 20 M and resonanted poorly on 40 Meters. 10 and 15 meters were OK. 
Without the 40 traps all bands work properly.

Upon removing these traps and  grid dipping them I have found that they are:
 - identical
 - the naked trap by itself dips at 13.0 Mhz
 - with the 22.75 inch length of pipe on the boom side of the trap attached 
they dip at 12.24 Mhz.
 - Adding the element ends to the non boom side of the trap does not change 
the resonant frequency of the trap.

I would expect that these traps would have to resonant on 14.2 Mhz when 
installed on the beam so that they are a high impedance on the 20 meter 
band. I would expect that the element length from the 40 meter trap to the 
15 meter trap would be part of the 20 meter resonant circuit.

The outside shell of the trap is connected directly to the element on the 
non boom side of the trap whilst the boom side of the shell is  not 
connected  to the element. This is as per the instructions. 

I have looked through indexes of CQ, Ham Radio and QST but have found no 
reference to a fix for these traps.

I was wondering if I have some traps that have physically been manufactured 
incorrectly as it seems that they have never worked, although they have 
never been modified.

Any help with 40 meter traps on the Wilson Beam available out there?

Denis  VE6AQ / VE6FI

>From H. L. Serra" <hlserra at teetot.acusd.edu  Fri Feb  3 18:01:57 1995
From: H. L. Serra" <hlserra at teetot.acusd.edu (H. L. Serra)
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 1995 10:01:57 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Visalia Dates
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9502031051.A28064-0100000 at teetot.acusd.edu>

Anyone know the precise scheduled dates for Visalia this year?
Thanks, Larry N6AZE

>From RADIOCLUB_T91ENS at ZAMIR-SA.ztn.zer.de (RADIO CLUB "NOVO SARAJEVO"1ENS)  Fri Feb  3 11:11:16 1995
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 1995 13:11:16 +0200
Subject: T99W CQ WW 160m Contest score
Message-ID: <12.20919 at zamir-sa.ztn.zer.de>

T99W worked last week in CQ WW 160m Contest. Here is his score :

Call     : T99W
Country  : Bosnia and Herzegovina
Category : Single Operator

QSO's   -  666
Pts     - 3622
Country -   60
USA/VE  -   15
score : 274650

Equipment :  ICOM IC-728 + 800W PA

Antenna   :  160m oblong NW/SE
             1/4 wave sloper NE

   Night before contest conditions was great - 60 USA for about 45 min.
During the contest spend lot of time to call USA. Propagations was
better for stations in Western Europe & Scandinavia. BTW had lot of fun
and see all of You in SSB part. QSL via DL1QQ.

73's Emil T99W

Forwarded by: radioclub_t91ens at zamir-sa.ztn.zer.de

>From Patrick Collins <pcollins at freenet.columbus.oh.us>  Fri Feb  3 20:58:20 1995
From: Patrick Collins <pcollins at freenet.columbus.oh.us> (Patrick Collins)
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 1995 15:58:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Traveling
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9502031520.A22916-9100000 at acme>

If things work out by this time next week I will be in Costa Rica.  The
ticket prices have been confirmed and I just have to go pick them up.  I
will probably leave tuesday or wednesday.

Does anyone have any phone numbers for local contest friendly hams. 
Personally I would like to work the 160 phone contest.  The rest of the
time will be spent having fun (you can have a lot of fun in 2 months).

Pat nz4k

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