Kids contest correction

shaimes at shaimes at
Tue Jul 11 21:25:30 EDT 1995

*********************CORRECTION   CORRECTION     CORRECTION********************
An error appeared in the rules of the kids contest otherwise known as 
SquINT. In the section named QSO Points there was a contradiction in the
number of points per QSO. ALL QSOs ARE TWO(2) points each. Again, ALL

Sorry for the confusion. The response has been tremendous! Get a hold of
some kids and we'll see you Sunday.

Stu n2AUK

>From k8mr at (Jim Stahl)  Tue Jul 11 21:40:03 1995
From: k8mr at (Jim Stahl) (Jim Stahl)
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 95 16:40:03 EDT
Message-ID: <gXD48c2w165w at>

     One of my basic premises of contesting is that the ones that
are the most fun are the ones that you go into with the least
idea of what will happen (provided of course that *something*
does indeed happen).   Those who showed up for this year's IARU
were certainly rewarded under this principle.
     I for one didn't plan to do anything for IARU - the kids
were at Camp Grandma and Grandpa until Saturday afternoon, at
which time we had to pick them up.  And of course I expected a
boring time scratching for every HA on 20 meters.  But when I
returned home at 2100Z from picking up the kids, I turned on the
six meter radio, and found that band going great guns to the
west.  With no prior expectations I jumped into the CQ VHF
Contest and had quite a good time.
     50      169    84   TR-6              A50-5S @ 80 ft
    144       52    17   TS-830S/TV-502/70W  13B2 @ 75 ft
    432       18    13   TS-830S/DEM 432/28   17L @ 68 ft
     TOTAL      239   114      30,552
There wasn't the serious activity of the ARRL contest, but the
great conditions largely made up for it.  It's fun to imagine
what it would have been like if such conditions had been in place
for the June contest, or if the incredible openings of Friday
[which I missed  ;-{  ] had occurred during the contest.
I'm still not sure that we need a second VHF contest 4 weeks
after the year's biggest,  but I still had fun.

Jim  K8MR     k8mr at

Jim Stahl
InterNet: k8mr at
Basic Amateur Radio Frequency, BARF-80 +1 216/237-8208
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>From Felipe J. Hernandez" <0006627542 at  Wed Jul 12 03:21:00 1995
From: Felipe J. Hernandez" <0006627542 at (Felipe J. Hernandez)
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 95 21:21 EST
Subject: Move wpx cw
Message-ID: <35950712022153/0006627542NA3EM at MCIMAIL.COM>


       I think that a serious consensus should be made, regarding 
  the date change for wpx (havent heard anything in that matter)
   As it is certainly true that the inmense majority of the amateurs
  that operate wpx will not go to dayton, still the core of the
  most serious contesters will. This will cause an impairement to the
  actual activity at that date for reasons that are obvious to us all.

    Could we get some strong comments from the amateurs so we can make
  a final stand regarding this matter? Post serious comments here and
  lets solve this issue in time.


>From bhorn at (Bruce Horn)  Wed Jul 12 04:01:20 1995
From: bhorn at (Bruce Horn) (Bruce Horn)
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 1995 20:01:20 -0700
Subject: IARU Score
Message-ID: <199507120301.UAA26194 at>

Call: WA7BNM
Mode: CW and SSB
Category: Single Operator

Band    QSO    QSO-Pts      Zones    HQ Stns
160       0        0          0         0
 80       0        0          0         0
 40      11       29          6         0
 20     142      482         19        15
 15      24       72          6         1
 10       6       14          4         1
        183      597         35        17

Score: 31,044  in 4 hours of operating time

 100% S&P operation
 Didn't realize there was no low power category until I read
 the rules after the contest (not that this was a serious effort)
 My weekend schedule and the contest schedule didn't match very well

73 de Bruce, WA7BNM   (bhorn at

>From Kenneth G. Kopp" <0006485696 at  Wed Jul 12 04:25:00 1995
From: Kenneth G. Kopp" <0006485696 at (Kenneth G. Kopp)
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 95 22:25 EST
Message-ID: <53950712032535/0006485696PK5EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

As promised earler, here are the statistics for QSL's resulting
from my 1995 ARRL CW contest efforts as VP5PP:

   3682 QSO's have so far netted 202 direct QSL's ... only 2 
   w/o SASE's (!) ... 12 dollar bills ... and 88 QSL's via 
   the VP5 bureau.        

Perhaps the above is of interest to some who, like me, have wondered
about such things. 

73! de Ken Kopp/K0PP
k0pp at

>From abraun at (Alan Braun)  Mon Jul 10 13:38:24 1995
From: abraun at (Alan Braun) (Alan Braun)
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 95 12:38:24 GMT
Subject: IARU contest results
Message-ID: <95071045504 at>

                      IARU HF Championship -- 1995
      Call: NS0B                     Country:  United States
                                     Category: Single Operator/mixed
      160        4        6     1.50      2      0
       80       18       48     2.67      6      1
       40       71      225     3.17     16      7
       20      218      772     3.54     26     18
       15       43      151     3.51     14      5
       10        6       16     2.67      2      1
     Totals    360     1218     3.38     66     32
                 Score: 119,364 points
This was a lackluster performance for me for several reasons, partly
related to being on call for my job, partly the weather (a big storm at
2100 UTC shut me down for 4 hours) and partly due to the fact that a new
ham who got the contest bug on Field Day came over to watch/help for a few
hours in the afternoon.   Conditions were surprisingly good for here in
the heart of the "black hole" with 20 being open most of the night in all
directions and more activity than I remember from my previous IARU
efforts.  I like this contest due to its shorter time frame and the
mixed-mode option.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*  Alan Braun MD, NS0B/V31EV  *   Internet: abraun at      *
*  Jefferson City, MO         *   Packet: NS0B at  *
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

>From n3rr at (Bill Hider)  Wed Jul 12 05:41:57 1995
From: n3rr at (Bill Hider) (Bill Hider)
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 1995 00:41:57 -0400
Subject: More SO vs SOA
Message-ID: <199507120441.AAA28658 at>

At 06:42 PM 7/9/95 GMT, Barry Kutner wrote:

>> In SOA, I would go from packet spot to packet spot.
>Kurt, don't take this personally, but in my opinion, that's not the way 
>to operate SOA.  I've tried the same thing at times, and I always get 
>stuck "waiting in line" behind the same stations in the packet pileups. 
>This is not productive! Single op has been around a long time, campared 
>with SOA. Maybe we just haven't found the ideal strategy to take 
>advantage of packet. It may be out there, but the scores speak for 
>Are there any Top Ten types out there who have operated both SO and SOA 
>who might want to comment?
>Barry N. Kutner, W2UP

Barry, optimized SOA stations go from packet spot to packet spot as the only
real way to enjoy the mode.  I ran one contest (I think it was ARRL CW, 1989
or 90) with only one contact made by calling CQ (by mistake, before I
decided to work only packet spots).  I made over 1 Million points working
only packet putouts.

My station at that time was an A-4S w/40M element @ 55ft. With inverted Vs
on 160 & 80 @ 52 ft.  I used an IC-761 w/homemade KW amp (manually

I have since improved the automation of my station with an IC-761, IC-4KL
and used that combination in the tests in 1991 and 1993.  This time
switching to the packet spot frequencies in less than 50 mSec or so, then
back to my run freq.  That's the fun of SOA.  That's where it's at.  The
good op with average antennas can have a blast trying to be the first one to
the spot, no matter what band.  That's where automation/digital control and
operator skill come in.  Did I beat everyone in the pileups? No.  Did I beat
most TO the pileups? Yes!  That helped of course, since I still had only an
A-4S @ 55FT.

I am now in the process of upgrading my antenna system.  This Summer I will
complete my Single-tower, SOA designed, antenna system with stacks on 40 and
20 and high 160 & 80 15M and 10M antennas.  All connected via separate
hardline (coax on 160&80) cables to my IC-781/IC-4KL and #2 XCVR IC-761.
Can't wait 'til CQWW!!

BTW, I've operated SO Single band 20 CW in ARRL and have been in the top 10
in that contest.  SO sure isn't as much fun for me as SOA.  Like KE3Q put it
in a previous msg to this reflector, SOA is the best of both worlds:
Optimizing your station to jump to the putouts instantly, being able to use
the cluster TALK mode to chat with your buddies/competition, and having a
station all to yourself to operate as you see fit.  It's a blast and being
first to a spot (actually 2nd 'cuz someone else put it out) and working it,
really is a thrill of SOA.  Being in the first wave of spot-grabbers and
beating out the others in the inevitable pileup is THE thrill of SOA.

Notably absent from the above is a comment I should have made about K1EA/CT.
I started using version 5.xx and instantly knew that I should optimize my
hardware around one of the supported rigs in CT.  That's how I selected the
761, and later the IC4KL and 781.  CT Ver 9 (and now other similar programs)
and PacketCluster (tm) are the software keys to the SOA mode.

n3rr at

>From becker at (Tony and Celia Becker)  Wed Jul 12 03:19:36 1995
From: becker at (Tony and Celia Becker) (Tony and Celia Becker)
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 1995 22:19:36 -0400
Subject: Update: IFDC scores
Message-ID: <199507120520.WAA05505 at>

Don't let these guys have all the fun, if your score is not here, hurry up
and send it to me before this Saturday's deadline!  The NCJ article goes to
press Sunday night and you don't want to miss seeing your call in the next
issue, do you?

The new group lead by AD5Q, is far ahead of all competitors for the
prestigious Multi-Single plaque with only two HF transmitters.  W8QLS is
coasting in for the Multi-Multi plaque with twice as many expert hours and
three rigs.  

Neither even came close to the limit on expert operator hours.  I sure pays
to get out there and join in with a big local group; just look at all the
extra help they got from the new operators!  

NWT, where are you!  The only clean sweep so far is by check log W6QHS.
(Where did they dig one up)?

Don't let these guys have all the fun, if your score is not here, hurry up
and send it to me before this Saturday's deadline!  The NCJ article goes to
press Sunday night and you don't want to miss getting your call into the
mag, do you?

So without further ado, here are the standings.  The numbers in parenthesis 
indicate Expert Operators hours, where required.

M/S	W5NN	2A	STX	2	1425	1866	75	707400	NWT,VI	

M/S	N2IC	1A	CO	2	1091	684	75	429900	MAR,NWT	

M/S	W8TK	1B	OH	2	1415	32	74	423576		

M/S	K6TZ	3A	SB	2	835	706	76	361152	NWT	

M/S	AA6KX	1B	SF/SV	2	920	414	76	342608	NWT	

M/S	N9AU	1A	WI	2	1049	0	76	318896	NWT	

M/S	K3II	2A	EPA	2	585	1038	71	313536	ND,EWA,ID,NV,SJV,UT	

M/S	KR9U	1A	IN	2	850	353	75	307950	NWT,PAC	
M/S	W6YL	1A	EB	2	555	779	75	283350	NWT, VI	

M/S	W5DDL	1A	LA	2	615	593	75	273450	HI,VI	

M/S	AD4TU	1A	VA	2	77	975	70	158060	AK,EB,MB,NWT,SJV,SK,VI	

M/S	N4VYT	1A	SC	2	360	202	64	118016		

M/S	W4ZBB	2A	NF	2	144	397	64	87680	MS,SV,SF,SB,NV,SDG,ID,WY,AK,NWT,MB,SK,VI	

M/2	W8QLS	3A	OH	2	1050	939	73	443694	AK,NWT,SK,VI	

M/2	W9CCU	5A	IL	2	1332	0	74	394272	AK.NWT,PAC	

M/2	W5GB	2A	NM	2	697	849	76	340936	NWT	

M/2	KO4EW	2B	NC	2	535	722	74	265216	VI,YU,NV	

M/2	AA7DT	3A	ID	2	607	369	73	231118	VI,MAR,ME,NWT	

M/2	KN6OX	2A	SV	2	296	591	72	170352		

CK	W6QHS	1E	SCV	1			77	239470	SWEEP	

AE0M, Tony Becker - becker at - Silicon Valley, U.S.A.

>From Brian Short <ke7gh at PrimeNet.Com>  Wed Jul 12 07:38:01 1995
From: Brian Short <ke7gh at PrimeNet.Com> (Brian Short)
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 1995 23:38:01 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Which Logging Program
Message-ID: <199507120638.XAA03129 at>

May I respectfully ask which contest logging program is recommended?
Presently I use CT/DVP and have several issues:

1.  FT-890 CAT support does not work (my second/field day rig)
2.  No support for Heath Intellirotor
3.  No CW Paddle support

Personal replies are welcome.

BTW This does not really fit in CT group or NA group etc.  Where else
could I post it?  If it is inappropriate for this list, I am sorry.

73 de Brian

>From Peter Reed <P.L.Reed at>  Wed Jul 12 12:00:55 1995
From: Peter Reed <P.L.Reed at> (Peter Reed)
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 1995 12:00:55 +0100
Subject: To WB3LUI re DL9WVM
Message-ID: <24772.199507121100 at>

Ulis - your mail to me didn't contain a reply e-mail address so will
have to reply here.
Had two offers of address for DL9WVM - the first seemed OK as my mail
to him didn't bounce.

dl9wvm at

dl9wvm at  OR  dl9wvm at

GL...73...Peter, G4BVH

e-mail: P.L.Reed at

>From Mr. Brett Graham" <bagraham at HK.Super.Net  Wed Jul 12 14:15:24 1995
From: Mr. Brett Graham" <bagraham at HK.Super.Net (Mr. Brett Graham)
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 1995 21:15:24 +0800
Subject: IARU high claims #1
Message-ID: <199507121315.AA28408 at>

>From left to right, call, Qs/Zs/HQs or Qs/(Zs+HQs), score & comments.
Additions or corrections to me, please.
Single-op CW:
N2IC    1766/130/43     1203734
K3ZO    1671/(157)      1003701
WX0B    1429/(154)      833872  op:NM5M
S50D    1466/104/55     772422  op:S57AD
K7SV    1119/(153)      640917
N6ZZ    1128/95/35      530140
WN3K    1059/73/41      436506
KR0Y    742/(139)       390000
N0BSH   1001/(122)      373198  @W9UP
WV5S    879/84/33       372294
WB0O    714/(121)       312906
N0DH    761/(115)       290835
N4OGW   567/55/31       151618
KK9W    407/46/23       90045
W3GOI   350/40/9        61299
VS6BG   271/48/11       58351
N7ENU   121/25/10       15295
WX9E    1352/85/35      ?       B4 dupes
NG3K    104/32/15       ?
Single-op phone:
WB2K    1355/100/52     734312
WA7FOE  1310/91/23      486552
VE6JY   852/(139)       478438
N3ADL   1016/82/41      396798
JH5ZCP  844/78/28       384356  op:JR5JAQ
KQ4HC   718/81/38       240142
JH4RHF  298/48/30       95628
KG6LF   ?/?/?           53463
Single-op both modes:
KF3P    2246/119/62     1530174 @W3LPL
AA4NC   1687/(159)      965522
KF0H    1745/(148)      941428
K3WW    1068/82/49      513520
KB2R    1030/71/46      405288  @K1KP
W6XR/2  815/59/19       204594
AA8OT   520/70/33       171392  @W8LT
N2MZH   584/60/37       160632
NS0B    360/66/32       119364
WA7BNM  183/35/17       31044
W9SZ    166/31/19       22900
K2YJL/M 93/(8)          1400
Single-op unknown:
N2BCC   1175/95/40      630585  @N2RM
W1INF   510/37/16       68476   op:KB1GW
W3CPB   228/34/33       47302
N3BDA   192/43/18       41480
WX0X    1940/146/57     1382024 @K4VX ops:K4VX AG9A WX3N
K9SD    1327/(169)      814411  ops:KW0A WW9L KA0GGI KC9AL
NC0P    1577/(131)      692204  ops:NC0P WD0GVY WA0ETC WO0V WA0FLS WR0G
NF8R    1087/(140)      457940  ops:NF8R KA8D
N5EA    1010/(112)      411000
K6XO    1175/(80)       300000  ops:K6XO AB7GM KI7WX W0MHS
KX8D    564/67/38       168000  ops:N9DHN N9WHG
W1AW    9765/177/77     6898894 ops:K1ZZ K1KI K1TO W1OD K1CC W1RM AA2Z
                                K5FUV N6BV
S50HQ   8000/?/?        ?
IARU HQ cheat sheet:
8J3XHQ          JARL
DA0HQ           DARC
EM5HQ           UARL
ER7A            ARM
GB5HQ           RSGB
HB9A            USKA
HG95HQ          MRASZ
IY2ARI          ARI
LT4E            RCA
LY1RMD          LRMD
LZ7A            BFRA
OL1HQ           CRK
OM5HQ           SARA
OT5H            UBA
R3HQ            SRR
S50HQ           ZRS
SK3HQ           SSA
SP0HQ           PZK
TM5M            REF
W1AW            ARRL
XE1LM           FMRE
XJ7RAC          RAC
YR0A            FRR
YU0HQ           SRJ
YV5AJ           RCV
Z30RSM          RSM
4V100RC         RCH
73, VS6BrettGraham aka VR2BG bagraham at

>From Skelton, Tom" <TSkelton at engineer.ClemsonSC.ATTGIS.COM  Wed Jul 12 17:28:00 1995
From: Skelton, Tom" <TSkelton at engineer.ClemsonSC.ATTGIS.COM (Skelton, Tom)
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 95 09:28:00 PDT
Subject: FW:  max length of RS-232 network link?
Message-ID: <3003F909 at engineer.ClemsonSC.ATTGIS.COM>


The maximum length of the RS-232 runs is not affected by the fact the
you are using the -LOOP mode of CT. It will solely be determined by
the robustness of the particular interfaces you are using, and the
RF integrity of the cables. Check me on this, but I think RS-232
is spec'ed to a max of 500 feet.

Things you can do to help it work:

1. Make all your cables out of coax. RG-58 should work fine.
2. Bring ferrite beads, just in case.
3. If you have trouble, try running the network at a lower baud rate.
4. Ultimately, you could go with optical fiber on the RS-232 links.
   It's expensive, but it works. Talk to Rich, K5NA, who has done it.

 -Tony, K1KP, fisher at


Tony has some good suggestions, but....the RS-232 spec is not
500 feet per se. l know some of you out there in radio land (tm) will
be able to find a copy of the latest version (I tore my office apart
and couldn't put my hands on it),   but the maximum distance
that is generally spec'd is 50 (fifty) feet.  I seem to remember that
lowering the data transfer rate would allow you to go to a longer
distance, but 50 ft is the general standard.

In the oh-by-the-way category, significant noise can be induced on
the serial comm line if you run the computers/terminals from different
AC systems (translate:  different ground refs).   This would not
normally happen in your home.  However, in business installations
field engineers have been known to remove the braid/ground
connection in the cable, which effectively makes the line "work" out
to 500 ft.  This removes the ground reference imbalance, but creates
a very nice antenna for radiated emissions and thus makes the computer/
terminal susceptible to other radiated emissions.

73, Tom WB4iUX
Tom.Skelton at ClemsonSC.ATTGIS.COM

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