SS CW Score - KS9K

N0bsh at N0bsh at
Thu Nov 9 10:37:12 EST 1995

1995 SS CW

Call:  KS9K  (N0BSH, op.)
Section:  Wisconsin
Category:  Single-op,  High power,  24 hours

Breakdown:    80:  236
              40:  838
              20:  149
              15:   16
       Total      1239  x  77  =  190,806

Equipment:  FT1000MP x 2
            Monoband 8877 x 4
            TRLog 5.51 

Antennas:  15: 5/5/5/5  @  33/66/99/132'
           20: 5/5/5/5  @  42/84/126/168'
           40: 3/3  @   84/168';  2 el @ 110'
           80: slopers x 2

Great time!!  Good condx, good activity!

First time in years as single-op, high power for me and I guess
now I know what I've been missing.  40 was the energizer band -
it kept going and going and going....  Probably over half the 20M
Qs were S&P via the 2nd radio.  Never could get any decent kind  
of run going there.  15 was only good for a few 6s/7s and KP2.
But then KP2BH called in on 40 Sunday night anyway.  

Missed VE8 (but worked VY1 - see below) Found VY1JA on 14.002 
Sunday afternoon.  This was especially gratifying since I had 
just spent the previous 30 minutes watching the Packers being 
taken apart by the Vikings. :-(  (Yes, I worked Jay right after 
an off-time - on the 2nd radio...)

Thanks to everyone for the Qs!

Special thanks to Paul KS9K and Chad WE9V for the opportunity and for having
the station ready to rock 'n roll right from the 
start.  Muchas gracias mi amigos!!

73  Mike  N0BSH
n0bsh at

** Sidebar **:  I've seen a lot of guys saying how they missed 
VE8.  It reminds me of something VY1CW wrote in the NCJ back in 
the early 80s.  In that letter he said how he would tune past 
the people pleading for VE8 because he was not a VE8 - he was 
a VY1!  Picky?  Yes.  But maybe something to think about for SSB.
(I usually just call CQ SS cuz I want others to call too, even
if I am looking for a VE8/VY1.)

>From George Cook (AA3JU)" <george at  Thu Nov  9 15:38:06 1995
From: George Cook (AA3JU)" <george at (George Cook (AA3JU))
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 1995 10:38:06 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Rules Changes a good proposal!
Message-ID: <199511091538.KAA28267 at>

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>>I realize that after each contest that someone always trys to come up with a
>>new rule that will level the playing field and help them to make it into the
>>box given there unique circumstances.  This proposal is not like that in the
>>I did not operate serriously in SS CW but was listening in a bit and in my
>>travels I came across the 80 meter novice band and heard a couple of fellows
>>who had NOV/TEK calls pounding there hearts out  REEEEEEEEAAAAALLLLLLLLLLYYY
>>slow.  God bless em!
>>My proposal is that since we have eliminated the Novice Roundup that there
>>be a special catagory for holders of Novice/Tech licenses.  With an eachange
>>that would designate their license class rather than power since they cant
>>run QRO anyway.  That a Q with a N or T station be worth 3 points rather
>>than 2 to make up for the slower speed.  And that these fellows be judged
>>seperately from all other classes.
>>I think this may be a solution to the demise of the NR and give these new
>>fellows a taste of contesting and reward them for working so hard on there
>>CW skills.
>>I will consoldated and post all E-Mail comments and Flames
AA3JU  george at    AA3JU at W3PYF
Proudly  F R C...........
"FRC When second best just isn't good enough!"

>From Ed Gilbert <eyg at>  Thu Nov  9 16:03:56 1995
From: Ed Gilbert <eyg at> (Ed Gilbert)
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 1995 11:03:56 -0500
Subject: Boring CW SS
Message-ID: <199511091601.AA055502888 at>

> We used to do that, four times a year.
> It was called the CD Party.
> 73, K1TN (whom I believe to have made
> 100K points in more CW CD Parties
> than anyone else. Anybody care to check?)

Well Jim you may hold that position of high honor, I don't think
anyone is going to check.  If you had asked me to guess, I might have
said k2eiu or wa2uoo (aka n6ro and w2gd), or maybe wa9aum (gee,
whatever happened to him?).


>From sellington" <sellington at  Thu Nov  9 15:04:52 1995
From: sellington" <sellington at (sellington)
Date: 9 Nov 1995 10:04:52 -0500
Subject: ts-870 cw comments
Message-ID: <n1396210951.44484 at>

As I understand it, the TS-870 has a 3 KHz crystal/ceramic filter ahead
of the 16 bit A/D converter, and relies entirely on the DSP for the
narrower bandwidths.   That means that the strongest and the weakest 
signal within the 3 kHz passband have to fall within the 16 bit range.  If
one allows 4 bits for the weakest signal (pretty poor audio), that range
is 72 dB. My guess is there are lots of times in SS when there are signals
within 3 kHz of each other exceeding that range.  One of two things can 
happen:  The AGC can keep the stronger one from exceeding the A/D range,
in which case the weaker one is lost.  Otherwise, the stronger signal 
will overflow the A/D, with really ugly results.  It doesn't matter how
good the DSP algorithm is in either case, since the data coming out of the
A/D is garbage.

A pair of decent CW crystal filters in two different IF's can achieve
much greater close-in dynamic range.  So, while IF DSP may be very useful,
it's not a substitute for good crystal filters.  At least not until 
someone figures out how to make a fast, cheap 22 bit A/D converter.

Scott  K9MA
sellington at

>From Dan Ransom" <RANSOM at FOLEY.GONZAGA.EDU  Thu Nov  9 16:11:50 1995
From: Dan Ransom" <RANSOM at FOLEY.GONZAGA.EDU (Dan Ransom)
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 1995 08:11:50 PST
Subject: K7MM S/O A SSCW   EWA
Message-ID: <40496A09E8 at FOLEY.GONZAGA.EDU>

                        ARRL SWEEPSTAKES -- 1995

      Call: K7MM                     SECTION: EWA  
      Mode: CW                       Category: Single Operator,
                                                               Low Power (A)

      BAND     QSO    

      160        0               
       80       55            (Broken) Inverted Vee  
       40      282             40-2CD at 80'
       20      579             KT-34XA at 75'
       15       41              Same as Above       
       10        0              

     Totals    957  SECTIONS   77  SWEEP!

               Score:  147,378

Kenwood TS-940S, CT9.17 

Biggest Thrill - VY1JA calls me for the SWEEP on Sunday afternoon as
20 M was closing fast. I had actually tuned away from my CQ'ing
frequency just as Jay called me. (I was leaving  to try to find a
VY1/VE8.)  Fortunately, as I was tuning away, I heard
"V....Y..........".  I quickly punched in the memorized run frequency
on the other VFO and worked VY1JA for the Sweep!

2nd Biggest Thrill - Hunting for a VI on 15M early Sunday morning
and finding KP2N begging for Q's!!!!!!  No pile-up; worked him on the
first call!  I got a low number from him and felt goooooooood!  15M
was pukey here.

Biggest Disappointment - 80 Meter wire in the back yard of my city
lot is broken.  RF everywhere but in the ether!  I guess you have to
periodically maintain those tree mounted wire antennas!!!

Ransom Notes - Worked MB, MAR, and  WY in the first 10 minutes....
wow!  Thanks to VE4VV, VE9HF, and Walt, W7SE!  40 M was fantastic!   
Thanks to the "casual" op.... many, many stations with low serial 
numbers that just kept calling in on Sunday afternoon!

Dan Ransom K7MM
(509) 328-4220 X3825 Voice
(509) 324-5904 Fax  

>From George Cook (AA3JU)" <george at  Thu Nov  9 16:23:28 1995
From: George Cook (AA3JU)" <george at (George Cook (AA3JU))
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 1995 11:23:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Aging Contesters
Message-ID: <199511091623.LAA18570 at>

At 06:46 AM 11/9/95 -0800, you wrote:
>Can we mount an FT1000 on the Harley?

Well I dunno about an FT1000 but I will show you where the mount for the Ten
Tec Scout is!  And the Scout much to it's dismay HAS been used here as a
contest rig.

The thing of this is that there are quite a few younger guys into contesting
right here in the FRC we have N2MZH (30 maybe) AA3JA (27 or so) Myself (36)
WU3M (18)

I don't think the REALLY young guys will get into it unless we do the
following things:

1 Keep a spare rig around an old Halicrafters or other $100 - $200 rig to
loan to the new fellows who cannot afford an HF rig right off.  No
microphone just the key.  K3ANS did this for me and it lured me away from
the Handie Talkie right away!

2 Invite these fellows over durring a contest.  Let em operate if they want
to or not just watch the fun.  Let them see what it is low impact buy em a
sandwich and a beer you know.

3 Offer to drive them to a hamfest and just talk about what all that "stuff"
they are seeing is chalange the imagination.

4 Get your local club to get involved with the local QSO party or the ilk.
I got bit with this whole thing through the PA QSO party.  This year (3years
later) looks like we may have WON the PA QSO party.  But I did it origially
to help my friends in the local club.

5 Invite these new guys to your meeting A's and meeting B's let them hear
about the cool stuff you are doing.

6 Invite them over to use that super station you got to work a rare
DXpedition that you know they will never in a million years get with that
wheezing old tube rig and a G5RV.

These were the  things that got me in and I am a lovin it. I do not have a
Howitzer class nor would I call this station a little pistol anymore.  Hmmm
maybe a .38 special?

Just some thoughts
AA3JU  george at    AA3JU at W3PYF
Proudly  F R C...........
"FRC When second best just isn't good enough!"

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