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KF8TY1 at KF8TY1 at
Sun Jul 30 09:08:34 EDT 1995

Part Part Time participation to try out new apartment dipole.

14 qso's
150 qso points
8 mults
1200 total points

Barry KF8TY

>From terry arthur posey <tposey at>  Sun Jul 30 15:00:52 1995
From: terry arthur posey <tposey at> (terry arthur posey)
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 1995 10:00:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Turn it off vs. Leave it on?
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9507300940.B23894-0100000 at>


It depends on whether you are concerned about normal equipment 
life-expectancy (MBTF) or risk of damage due to other forces.  Here in 
the Sun Shine State, during the summer, lightning is a daily event.  Any 
equipment is far more susceptible to the damaging effects of lightning if 
it is connected to the power grid and turned on, regardless of the 
grounding techniques that are applied.  I unplug everything.

I doubt HP's labs are subject to a lot of lightning.  I also don't think 
you need to apply the same lab considerations to you ham radio 

Enjoy the liquid sunshine, but isolate yourself from the lightning.

Terry N4KT

>From George Cook <george at>  Sun Jul 30 15:29:45 1995
From: George Cook <george at> (George Cook)
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 1995 10:29:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Turn it off vs. Leave it on?
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950730102414.20870A-100000 at>

I advise my customers to shut there equipment off!
Reasoning is as follows:
Every Mechanical device (hard drive) has a finite lifetime.  Letting it 
spin unattended will definately reduce the life of said same.

Leaving your CPU running even to just run screen savers or sleep mode 
gets them hot WAY hot.  Try pulling a P5 that has been running for a day 
or so with your fingers!  Heat kills electronc components.

You are leaving your self WIDE open for catostrophic failure from 
electrical storms.  One hit on the grid and your machine is toast.  Well 
you might be ok if you run stacked surge protectors but remember your 
computer is much more sensitive than even your rig.

Lastly why would you want to use that much power unused?  Do you run your 
TV when no one is watching?

My credentials are Field Enigineer Tech Force Co.  And I see a lot of 
busted PCs every day.

* George Cook   AA3JU  Bangor, PA  FN21         *
* george at  AA3JU at N3IQD.EPA.USA.NA *
* If you're not FRC remember:...............    *
* .......There's no shame in being 2nd best!    *

>From beaton at (Alastair Beaton)  Sun Jul 30 11:56:10 1995
From: beaton at (Alastair Beaton) (Alastair Beaton)
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 1995 11:56:10 +0100
Subject: Contests & Vanities
Message-ID: <199507301056.LAA14934 at>

Hello All,

Over here, the received wisdom seems to be that double-letter suffixes work
best for CW 'tests, and that a "long" letter, such as F,L and Z is
preferable to "short" ones such as E, T and I. About 10 years ago I tried a
European CW event using GM0ETT, and gave up after a couple of hours of
receiving "GM0W?". 

Now, where possible, our group uses calls like GM4AZZ and GM4AFF. 

Here in the UK, calls are issued in sequence, such that you can guess the
age of the licence instantly:
Class A (all bands)     Class B (50MHz and up)
G3s - 1946-1971         G8s - 1964-1981
G4s - 1971-1984         G6s - 1981-1982 (busy year)
G0s - 1984-now          G1s - 1982-1987
                        G7s - 1988-now
Two-letter suffixes were issued pre-WWII, as were G2s.

All calls, whether issued to Gs, GMs, GWs, etc., are from the same list, so
that when you cross a border, you just change the prefix, and there's no
conflict. You can request a "vanity call", but must wait until it arrives in
the sequence. 
GB calls are for "special events", repeaters, beacons, Packet nodes and the
like. GB applies to the whole of the UK (G, GM, GI, GW, GJ, GD, GU), but
K1EA's "CT" and the like default to England. 

I should add that the disadvantage with this "simple" system is that some
ops show ill-disguised disdain for newer licensees. Being mostly a "have
paddles, will travel" guest op, I have observed this phenomenon first-hand.
Does this happen Stateside? The U.S. system these days seems unfathomable to



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>From Fred Cady <cady at>  Sun Jul 30 16:54:01 1995
From: Fred Cady <cady at> (Fred Cady)
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 1995 09:54:01 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: CQ Dayton, OH area contesters
Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.3.91.950730095133.21736J-100000 at>

Well I'm on the road again next week to Dayton.  Will be there next
weekend (5-6 Aug) too and would like the chance to visit with 
Dayton area contesters.  Anybody interested in comparing notes?
Please drop me a line here at ieefc at
Thanks, Fred KE7X

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