Continuous Quality improvement

K8DO at K8DO at
Mon Nov 13 11:59:04 EST 1995

In a message dated 95-11-12 14:28:06 EST, you write:
Rikki - 4X4NJ....
>I had a lot of trouble with their "conductive paste" supplied with the 
>KT34A.  It appears as though they supply copperbased paste to use on 
>aluminum (ugh), although they claim it is based upon another conductive 

 I saw the copper sheen in their little tub of paste and chose to use it,
 NOT ... I used PENETROX (tm) for all connections, liberally gooped.. used 6
In a previous lifetime I was involved in plant engineering for an  automobile
manufacturing corporation... The electrical gang used Penetrox (tm) in the
gallon pail variety... A sharp penciled purchasing agent chose to save the
corporation money and bought a 'generic' brand.... It only took me a month
and many tens of thousands of dollars in labor, materials, and lost
production, to undo the damage.... I've been very particular about my choice
of goop, since.... I will say, that goop failure on high voltage bus bars,
carrying a thousand amperes, results in an impressive light show, along with
explosive sprays of molten copper...

Cheers  ...  Denny      k8do at

>From Pete Smith <n4zr at>  Mon Nov 13 16:59:22 1995
From: Pete Smith <n4zr at> (Pete Smith)
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 08:59:22 -0800
Subject: Re[2]: Aging Contesters
Message-ID: <199511131659.IAA11660 at>

At 08:32 AM 11/13/95 cst, Steve N0YVY wrote:


>I think we are seeing the result of the computer revolution siphoning off 
>the technically curious that had traditionally entered amateur radio. This 
>started in the mid 70's and continues today. I also see the Internet and 
>the World Wide web as competitors to HF in the neophytes eyes.

I think Steve's dead right here, as far as a large slice of the traditional
ham radio interest - which is what makes our bailiwick, the competitive
aspect of radio, so important.  There is no computer counterpart, nor is any
likely.  What we need to do is communicate our excitement.
>The other thing that is deterring significant participation is the 
>extremely restrictive zoning and deed covenants, or, in the case of 
>apartments or trailer parks, management restrictions, that cover most of 
>the housing in this country. You can probably slip in something for six 
>meters, two meters, or higher but you can't even think about a three 
>element tribander. So if we do get them into the hobby, they have very 
>limited incentive to upgrade because they can not effectively exercise 
>their new privileges.

Well, sorta ... but those restrictions needn't have the chilling effect that
Steve describes.  Look at KB8N's article about SS with stealth antennas in
the current QST.  He's far from alone in using ingenuity and minimal
antennas to have a lot of competitive fun. 

>IMHO the only way to get new contestors is to take the SOB's (Shack On Belt 
>- I am one of them) and get them involved with a contest effort.

Amen, and also encourage them to get on from home, with whatever they can
get up (or get away with).  Better sunspot times ARE coming!


Pete N4ZR (n4zr at

>From docnet!zs6brh at (keith radue)  Mon Nov 13 16:49:07 1995
From: docnet!zs6brh at (keith radue) (keith radue)
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 95 18:49:07 +0200
Subject: Tube Specs Needed
Message-ID: <9511131649.AA04245 at>

Please could one of the wise reflector gentlemen assist me with specs for
the following tube:
        RAYTHEON  ML-889R-A (Machett Labs Inc)

Please reply direct.
        Many thanks - Keith (ZS6BRH) 

>From Don Moman <ve6jy at>  Mon Nov 13 17:15:58 1995
From: Don Moman <ve6jy at> (Don Moman)
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 10:15:58 -0700 (MST)
Subject: VE6JY JIDX Contest score
Message-ID: <Pine.A32.3.91.951113100638.61433A-100000 at>

         Operator : VE6JY
         Category : s/op all band hi power

   BAND   Raw QSOs   Valid QSOs   Points   Zones

   80SSB       2           2          4         2
   40SSB      26          26         26        17
   20SSB     157         157        157        42
   15SSB     149         147        146        38

 Totals      334         332        333        9   Score = 32,967 points.

40 and especially 80 were pretty tough from here. 20 and 15 were only 
open (to attempt to run JA's anyway) for a couple of hours each day. 
An evaluation test for the new TRlog software...worked fine and any 
problems were entirely of my own creation. 

VE6JY is Don Moman               email: ve6jy at 
Box 127 Lamont, Alberta
T0B 2R0  (403) 895-2925

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