IARU HQ stations

frenaye at pcnet.com frenaye at pcnet.com
Sat Jul 8 02:44:25 EDT 1995

A couple more to add from the W1AW log:

SK3HQ	SSA	Sweden
OT5H	UBA	Belgium

Also, we worked F5LDY on two bands.  He said "REF" but TM5M seemed 
to be the real REF station...

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>From ccook at agora.rdrop.com (Craig Cook)  Tue Jul 11 02:53:00 1995
From: ccook at agora.rdrop.com (Craig Cook) (Craig Cook)
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 95 18:53 PDT
Subject: N7ENU IARU
Message-ID: <m0sVUW2-0001EhC at agora.rdrop.com>

                               IARU SUMMARY SHEET

    Contest Dates : 08-Jul-95, 09-Jul-95

    Callsign Used : N7ENU
        Operators : CRAIG COOK

         Category : Single-op CW only.

 Default Exchange : 599 06

             Name : Craig R. Cook
          Address : 38250 Sandy Heights St.
   City/State/Zip : Sandy, Or. 97055
          Country : United States

        Team/Club : None

   BAND   Raw QSOs   Valid QSOs   Points   Mults   Zones

   40CW       53          53        161       1        15
   20CW       68          68        276       9        10

 Totals      121         121        437      10        25

    Final Score = 15295 points.

 Soapbox Comments

 Wish I had more time, this is a good one for modest station owners.

Spent about three hours in various chunks of time.

>From kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart)  Tue Jul 11 03:42:11 1995
From: kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart) (Tyler Stewart)
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 1995 22:42:11 -0400
Subject: KF3P IARU SO Mixed Score...plus Andy Rooney!
Message-ID: <199507110242.WAA10947 at cais.cais.com>

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                      IARU HF Championship -- 1995

      Call: KF3P                     Country:  United States
                                     Category: Single Operator Mixed Mode


      160        2        2     1.00      1      0
       80       75      211     2.81     12      7
       40      262      952     3.63     23     14
       20     1445     5599     3.87     47     20
       15      331     1261     3.81     26     17
       10      131      429     3.27     10      4

     Totals   2246     8454     3.76    119     62

                 Score: 1,530,174 points

Table-hopping at W3LPL

This was my first time on for this contest.  It's a bit different from the
other big contests with both modes running concurrently.  I decided to just
jump in cold, run mixed mode and just "feel my way around".  Since phone
contacts count the same as SSB, I figured on working all phone at the
beginning and possibly switching to CW for the first time Saturday evening
when moving to 40 meters, then just "play it by ear". The other thing worth
noting is that you can work ANYONE for points, and as soon as you get out of
your own zone, they are significant, so unlike WPX, you want to have a good
signal into the midwest and west coast and WORK those guys, yet concentrate
on the good EU/DX openings when they are there...

This contest also has an interesting cure for the guy who likes to RUN 99%
of the time...it's those HQ stations.  Since they rarely S&P and there are
lots of them, you have to go find them by S&Ping yourself, or you wont work
very many and your score will suffer.  It also seemed that there were more
"rare" DX stations running during this contest than during the big two...
probably due to the fact that it was easier to find and hold a frequency.

I started out on 10 meters working the mild EU opening that was there,
doing a quick sweep of the bands, phone es CW, and then running on 28500 with
a reasonable rate for an hour.  I then moved to 15 meters and spent the
rest of the morning stabbing away at that band with mediocre rates using
a combination of CQing and S&P, mostly on phone but also CW.  About 1PM
I moved for good to 20 meters with rates a little on the slow side at the
start, but gradually increasing into spectacular rates until dark, when I
moved into the lower bands as the last ten rate meter fell below 100/hr.
Since 40 phone sucks into EU (running split), I figured there would be little
or no phone activity.  I checked a couple of times and heard none working US.
So I spent several hours running and pouncing and table-hopping between
40CW es 40/80 phone with a quick hop over to 160 for my zone 8 Q!  With no
listening antennas, 80 and 160 were pretty tough, but 40 was in good shape.
THE band, however, was 20 meters.  It stayed open all night in a MAJOR way.
I could have run europeans around the clock!  I started hopping to 20 meters
around 0530Z as Europe started seeing sunlight...I also started spending more
time on 20 CW at this point as the phone runs were slowing down as signals
got weaker and harder to copy.  At this point rates were higher running CW
than running phone...aided by the fact that it was a fresh pot...I hadn't
made many 20 CW Q's yet.  There was a good JA opening Sunday morning on 20 as
well as the EU opening - 20 at it's best!  Good solid 100 hours on 20 CW
until the end of the contest.  Even though my "sleep bank" was overdrawn
BEFORE the contest, I didnt have much trouble staying awake with the rates
as high as they were.

I must say I enjoyed the contest a lot more than I thought I would.  If you
like DX and high rates, this one is a lot of fun and conditions this weekend
were perfect!

One thing worth pointing out:  this contest BEGS for 2-radio single-op'ing,
especially in mixed mode and an Alpha 87 would shine bright!  You could have
run most hours on 20 meters and picked off everything else  on the other

I hope CQ moves their VHF contest to another weekend so I dont have to choose
between this one and VHF...because their mediocre-at-best VHF contest will
lose every time!

73, Tyler KF3P

It's time for my Andy Rooney routine.

Did you ever notice that most hams never ask if the frequency is in use
before they start using it?

The interesting thing I've noticed is that it seems to be a larger problem
during smaller contests than the big ones!  THE WORST operating practices
(ie. general rude behavior) was observed during field day this year.
I heard absolutely no one ask if a frequency was in use!  IARU was better
but not by much.  I actually had one guy in the "SSTV window" on 20 tell
me I was the first one who had actually ASKED if the freq was in use before
calling CQ!  This is bad PR guys and it's (hopefully) mostly due to new and
inexperienced operators.

Remember these phrases:  "Is the frequency in use?" on phone and "QRL?"
on CW.  Use them religiously and as an "Elmer", remember to teach them.


PPS - Uh oh...my Andy Rooney impression on the "cluster" has been boo'ed by
a couple veteran contesters, so I guess it'll be a HOT one for internet
reflector discussion!

73 again, Tyler KF3P


>From Peter Hardie <hardie at herald.usask.ca>  Tue Jul 11 03:56:17 1995
From: Peter Hardie <hardie at herald.usask.ca> (Peter Hardie)
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 1995 20:56:17 -0600 (CST)
Subject: IARU HQ stations
Message-ID: <Pine.ULT.3.91.950710204036.24600B-100000 at herald.usask.ca>

On Sat, 8 Jul 1995 frenaye at pcnet.com wrote:
> Also, we worked F5LDY on two bands.  He said "REF" but TM5M seemed 
> to be the real REF station...

It is possible that both were valid REF stations. The rules for HQ 
stations are quite different than the usual rules for M/M contest stations.

The rules allow an HQ station to operate a transmitter on each band/mode 
simultaneously but they also imply that, provided that all the stations 
are within the HQ's country, there can be up to six separate stations 
(i.e. separate callsigns at separate QTH) each one handling the SSB/CW on 
one band.

So if F5LDY was on, say, 160 and 80 and TM5M was on 40 thru 10 (or just 
40 for that matter) then that would be valid. If you worked F5DLY on the 
same band as TM5M then that is definitely suspicious.  

Taking the rules to the limit, each IARU country could have 6 HQ stations 
in widely separate parts of their country, each handling the SSB/CW on one 
band and each having a separate callsign.

Perhaps if Billy Lunt is reading this he could let us know if I have 
interpreted the rules correctly.

73 de Pete
ve5va.qrp at usask.ca

>From scott at 6.microbbs.us.com (Scott Lieberman)  Tue Jul 11 02:44:46 1995
From: scott at 6.microbbs.us.com (Scott Lieberman) (Scott Lieberman)
Date: 10 Jul 95 17:44:46 -0800
Subject: Vanity Callsign Forms
Message-ID: <5cf_9507102000 at microbbs.us.com>

I requested the 610V form from the FCC and today received this message:

"FCC610V printing delayed, will not be available until late 1995- please
reorder no earlier than 10/31/95- Thank You"

I guess this means one more CONTEST season as N1EE/6.
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>From James White <0006492564 at mcimail.com>  Tue Jul 11 04:26:00 1995
From: James White <0006492564 at mcimail.com> (James White)
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 95 22:26 EST
Message-ID: <65950711032656/0006492564PK5EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

RE the writeup of the NAQP in the current issue of NCJ;

The Florida Contest Group is pleased to gather we were fourth in the Team

The number five score shown for the Tennessee Contest Group is one of our
own! - It is Jeff WC4E's score from station AC4NJ....Jeff, our
Secretary-Treasurer, is the one who turned in our club submission and it
appears he is on one of our competitors' teams - don't get me wrong they
have a great name, but:

As with any printed contest reporting error, we the Florida Contest Group
seek acknowledgement of this grievous error...the REAL #5 score on the
Tennessee Contest Group is 'proximately 54K - I guess....is it WA6KUI?? heah
- it says he is a Schwinger in the Team Scores....We're all confused, Bob.

Please re-evaluate the Team Scores box. I know, don't you hate this part of
the job....all I can say is: 20 years ago I was "in your shoes"......
The Florida Contest Group looks forward to seeing all of you come August


                        Jim, K1ZX
                        Florida Contest Group

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