80 meters

RMoore at doc.gov RMoore at doc.gov
Thu Mar 2 13:57:00 EST 1995

In response to Sean Katzo's message, much of the successful CQ'ing and 
running of european stations by U.S. Stations on 75 meters is to operate 
split frequency, transmitting above 3800 and listening below 3750 - thereby 
avoiding qrm on the dx window, at least during the european opening.  The 
best suggestion, however, is to listen what others are doing successfully, 
and try to replicate it.  I didn't see an E-mail address in his message so I 
couldn't respond directly.  Good luck at W9SZ and hope your antenna works 
  					73, Bob, N2RM

>From John Dorr K1AR" <p00259 at psilink.com  Thu Mar  2 16:58:13 1995
From: John Dorr K1AR" <p00259 at psilink.com (John Dorr K1AR)
Date: Thu, 02 Mar 95 11:58:13 -0500
Subject: TGV Goes Public
Message-ID: <3003249435.1.p00259 at psilink.com>

Cut above...is this a back-handed attempt to bring up use of CW cut 
numbers again??   :)

73 John, K1AR

>DATE:   Wed, 01 Mar 1995 20:57:52 -0500 (EST)
>FROM:   AC1O at delphi.com
>In case you missed it: Our Fearless Leader's company, TGV Software, went 
>public today.  Two million shares were priced at 16; they opened at 21,
>and closed at 18 7/8.  (If you'd like to keep an eye on the stock, its 
>NASDAQ symbol is TGVI.) 
>(Yes, I know, this isn't *really* contesting stuff.  But -- someone from 
>California (W6QHS?) once stated on this reflector that through the years 
>he had discovered that contesters were -- almost universally -- well-above 
>average employees.  And the postings I've seen on this reflector -- and 
>the operating skills I've heard on the air -- clearly demonstrate, to me 
>at least, that most contesters are, indeed, a "cut above" -- and our Fearless 
>Leader is certainly no exception.  In investment circles, this is the type 
>of thing that makes "management" a big plus -- and it makes TGVI a stock 
>that I, for one, will be following with keen interest.)
>73 de Walt, AC1O    "ac1o at delphi.com" 

>From elmore at rap.ucar.EDU (Kim Elmore)  Thu Mar  2 20:17:36 1995
From: elmore at rap.ucar.EDU (Kim Elmore) (Kim Elmore)
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 1995 13:17:36 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Di-dit dit
Message-ID: <199503022017.NAA11687 at brightband.rap.ucar.EDU>

	I learned the "didit dit" from an old ARRL Operating Manual which I
may still have..  And, the explanation that David gave for it is similar to
what I learned.  "Didit dit" *is* the old Continetal code for C.  The
preferred "frequency in use" response was a single "dit" because it was the
least intrusive.  I also remember that "didit" was recommended for a "I'm
listening but not using the frequency", though why anyone would bother with
that today is a bit mysterious to me.  I'd have to check, but I think that
the more popular (and far more intrusive) "QRL?" is supposed to mean "Are
*you* busy?" rather than "Is this frequency in use?", though it now seems
to be universally used for the latter.

	The "C" and "N" responses were recommended for CW traffic work,
where C represented "yes" (derived, I guessed, from the spanish "si") and N
represented "no".  I learned all this as a kid about 20-25 years ago, so
it's safe to say it's a bit arcane :)

	I tend to use the "didit dit" query, but if I hear nothing I
follow it up with "QRL?".  I have had times when my "didit dit" was
answered with a single dit and when I've responded to a similar query with
a single "dit".  I've always felt good about that...  I've also had times
when my "didit dit" went unanswered but a "QRL?"  netted a long-winded
response that must've done far more damage to the QSO than my query!  Most
often, when my "QRL?" is answered it's with a "C".

	I'd like to see "didit dit" come back into vogue, along with
courtesy and consideration and mutual respect and... :)

			Kim Elmore, [N5OP, PP ASEL/Glider 2232456]
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Date: Thu, 02 Mar 95 14:19 CST
Subject: Antenna construction material
Message-ID: <950302.14271904.015335 at USM.CP6>

    I am getting ready to construct some long boom custom design antennas
for 30M and 40M. I have read all the books, and have all the software
that is needed for good construction techniques. What I am missing is a
source for 6061-T6 aluminum tubing (I only know of Texas Towers who have
a good supply, and who have prices that appear to be excellent). Where
else has what I need??
     More interesting is that I checked with Texas Towers and it appears
that they have aluminum tubing and extruded aluminum pipe, but they have
nothing else that is typically needed in custom yagi design, for example
they apparently don't stock any 1/4, 3/8, or 1/2" aluminum plate stock
for element to boom, and boom to mast brackets and plates (mounting)
nor do they have stainless muffler clamps. I have found one Corvette
supply house which handles stainless muffler clamps, but they are
extremely expensive. I am looking for suggestions on where stainless
or very well galvanized muffler clamps can be had.... Any suggestions??
      Finally, of course, I am interesting finding the most economical
sources for this material that you have encountered as most of the local
or semi-local dealers that I have found for aluminum plate and things
of this source are straight retail places, and although some things may
be availabe, they are very expensive and building your own appears to be
just about as expensive as buying a commercial yagi or comparable
      I would be happy to get your ideas... I would also be willing to
tabulate the suggestions and sources for antenna builders and make that
information available to other members of this list.
                   73    Gary     W5VSZ

>From David & Barbara Leeson <0005543629 at mcimail.com>  Thu Mar  2 20:41:00 1995
From: David & Barbara Leeson <0005543629 at mcimail.com> (David & Barbara Leeson)
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 95 15:41 EST
Subject: Autek RF-1
Message-ID: <71950302204117/0005543629NA4EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

Mike, OE6MBG and Claus, OE6CLD ordered an Autek RF-1 SWR/Z meter sent here
so Mike could bring it back to OE.  When it came, the display didn't work,
so the thing was "dead on arrival".

Mike called Autek and got the impression that this was a common problem.  The
warrantee requires the buyer to pay the return shipping and to pay a fee of
$6 ($18 out of USA) for them to repair or replace it.  This seemed a bit much
for a DOA product, so Mike called the owner "Bill" who was described by his
staff as "in and out a lot".

Bill didn't seem interested in the fact that the device arrived not working,
and wasn't willing to make any allowance for the fact that now the box has to
be sent to OE since Mike was returning.  He said two things that bothered us:
he kept insisting "read the warrantee", although you don't get to see it until
the product arrives, and more troubling, he said "there's no record of this

Because I was disturbed at the response that Mike had received, I called back
to explore the option that the sale be cancelled and credited to the buyer's
credit card (it seems to me that this is common among responsible mail-
order businesses).  Bill insisted that the problem was "intermittant" (that 
is, it worked there but not here, I suppose) but there wasn't any indication
of a factory test sent with the box.  He repeated to me the bit about "read
the warrantee" and eventually hung up on me.

The devioce seems like a clever box, although I don't like the alternating
displays and the bandspread seems not as smooth as the MFJ boxes.  Has anyone
else had this problem with Autek?  If I were in the mail-order business, I
guess I would be more forthcoming with customers who received broken stuff,
as Lands End and L. L. Bean seem to do.

73 de Dave, W6QHS  5543629 at mcimail.com

>From Jon E. Casamajor" <0006874944 at mcimail.com  Thu Mar  2 21:12:00 1995
From: Jon E. Casamajor" <0006874944 at mcimail.com (Jon E. Casamajor)
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 95 16:12 EST
Subject: J75A ARRL CW score
Message-ID: <73950302211237/0006874944DC3EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

Results for J75A transmitted to KN6EL for posting.
Operators: N6ZS and WA6SBS
Band           Q         S
----         ----       ---
160          207        39
80           764        57
40           760        54
20          1043        58
15           834        56
10           771        49
Total.......4379.......313 = 4,111,881 points

N6ZS says they had a ball!
73 de Jon

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