K8DO at K8DO at
Tue Jun 20 18:13:34 EDT 1995

On this thread....
A contest free zone may appeal to us...BUT... If I am not a contester and you
are telling me that on any given weekend I HAVE to move my daily
net/sstv/ragchew in order to lessen interference for your contest, guess what
I am going to tell you... (picture a universal gesture here)
I understand the rational behind the idea of a contest free zone, but I also
understand human nature, and the 87% of hams who do not contest will assume
that WE ought to stay away from them, not the other way around.... I strongly
urge that the idea of further sub bands be dropped... Moving the discussion
of this topic into the national magazine forums, or into the ARRL's policy
groups, or into the purview of the FCC subcommittees is more likely to result
in significant restrictions on contesting, than it is too generate wide
support for moving 87% of hams off THEIR frequency...

Notatum Bono...
87% is an estimate, plucked out of the 'aether'.
Rational discussion welcomed..
Flames go the curb with the kitty litter...

Denny                 k8do at

>From Steve Merchant <merchant at>  Tue Jun 20 22:27:02 1995
From: Steve Merchant <merchant at> (Steve Merchant)
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 1995 14:27:02 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Really Last Call -- NAQP SSB Logs - January 95 Contest
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950620141022.5636D-100000 at>

Deadline (extended version) approaches.  I am still short some big logs.  

If anyone on the reflector has e-mail, phone or fax numbers for the 
stations listed, please send to me:  merchant at, or have them 
call me at (415) 843-7349 today or tomorrow, or Thursday
at (805) 684-2256.  Thanks and see you in August (no more 
UPS'ing of logs, we promise...)


73, Steve  N4TQO
merchant at

>From engberg at (Bob Engberg)  Tue Jun 20 15:27:32 1995
From: engberg at (Bob Engberg) (Bob Engberg)
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 95 14:27:32 AKD
Subject: Lightning Protection
Message-ID: <9506202227.AA01562 at>

FWIW, there were two good articles on lightning protection in QST magazine -
 October and December 1994.
In Minnesota, my 90 ft tower was stuck by lightning almost every time a cloud
 passed overhead.  I estimate I was hit 4-5 times each summer.  My neighbors
 were glad to have such a big lightning rod protecting their property.  
I never lost any equipment and don't think the cement exploded but it could have
 been damaged without my knowledge.   Anyway, the tower had one copper pipe
 ground rod next to the cement base.  I had good ground conductivity (unlike my
 present location - but my current QTH never has lightning!).  I also switched
 all coaxes to ground and would usually disconnect the main breakers coming into
 the shack.  
gl &73,

Bob Engberg
phone:  907-552-1895
e-mail: engberg at
snail:  SAIC
        911 W. 8th Ave., Suite 401
        Anchorage, AK 99501

>From mwollnnn at (Marty Woll -- BA - Honolulu )  Wed Jun 21 00:56:48 1995
From: mwollnnn at (Marty Woll -- BA - Honolulu ) (Marty Woll -- BA - Honolulu )
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 95 19:56:48 EDT
Subject: All Asian Results?
Message-ID: <9506202356.AA15418 at>

Despite having submitted entries in both modes of the 1994 All
Asian contests, I have yet to receive any results (usually mailed
directly) from the sponsors. Have the final results been published
somewhere that I might have missed? I think we broke a record ...
maybe two ... and would love to see something official.

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>From Frank Donovan <donovanf at>  Wed Jun 21 01:01:20 1995
From: Frank Donovan <donovanf at> (Frank Donovan)
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 1995 20:01:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Tower Grounding
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.3.91.950620195332.19329C-100000 at>


I'm sure the readers of this newsgroup would appreciate it if u could 
provide evidence and details of damage sustained by tower foundations as a 
result of a lightning strike.  Thanx!


On 20 Jun 1995 MICHAEL.ZEUG at wrote:

>     Concrete, even after it has cured, contains some water.  The 
>     ligntning strike passing through the concrete can cause this water 
>     to turn to steam.  As the water expands it can cause cracks in the 
>     concrete.  Worst case the concrete will "explode" much like a tree 
>     will during a direct hit.  However, even if the concrete doesn't 
>     explode, the damage done by the lightning strike could significantly 
>     weaken the base and in turn its ability to support the tower.
>     Mike Zeug K9EC
>     Michael.Zeug at

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