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Thu Nov 16 18:49:36 EST 1995

On Thu, 16 Nov 1995, "CLC      SOUK1     Lyn Chapple" <gbbvjgvj at ibmmail.com> 
>          > Please don't do this to the JAs. QSLing is part of the "courtesy" 
>          >is very important to their culture.
>          Horsefeathers!!
>          USA                 1661           859            51.7%*****

Someone else remarked about JA cards and membership...that same comment should 
be applicable for most overseas bureaus...For instance, unless one sends postage 
or funds to the USA bureaus those cards get dumped also.  

I am also amazed at the slowness of some bureaus..today I received my usual 
multi kilo shipment of A61 and home cards.  There were at least 50 cards from 
eastern Europe/C.I.S. countries from 1990.  WHERE DO THESE CARDS SIT?  

Lastly, about 30% of the cards I receive from the Bureau are duplicates.  I 
guess lots of dxers feel qsl managers have nothing better to do than look up 
things twice.  I can see why many qsl managers do not answer bureau cards.  For 
now I will continue to answer them (1st time requests that is..)

wb2dnd at pcix.com

>From kp4xs at ix.netcom.com (Kenneth Ramirez )  Fri Nov 17 00:51:38 1995
From: kp4xs at ix.netcom.com (Kenneth Ramirez ) (Kenneth Ramirez )
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 16:51:38 -0800
Subject: Too Much Mail on Reflector..........
Message-ID: <199511170051.QAA11394 at ix3.ix.netcom.com>

   Deja vu'.  
          I though I had escaped the whiney-whiney's by getting off of 
packetcluster(tm)! "Don't put this type of DX out" "Keep the talk 
messages to a minimum", "don't put out VHF spots".
 Waaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Learn how to use your friggin delete 
button! Its simple. Read the title of the message. Doesn't interest 
you? Delete the damn thing. I think the biggest complainers are the 
ones that are using business accounts that they shouldn't be using in 
the first place. Too much mail ties up the system and could land them 
in hot water. Hey,get a personal Internet account! 
I am for keeping anything and everything related to contesting on here. 
 I don't care if its contesting rig reviews,How to operate 4 rigs at 
once in a contest ,or where the best whorehouse is on a DXpedition 
Island. If it,in any way, will lead to a higher score or having more 
fun then I want to see it!!! Uh,just as long as my XYL doesn't 
subscribe to it...
 Kenny kp4xs at ix.netcom.com
  BTW, studies show that drinking and carousing on a dxpedition will 
lead to a higher score in a contest at some point or another...

>From kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart)  Fri Nov 17 02:24:26 1995
From: kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart) (Tyler Stewart)
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 21:24:26 -0500
Subject: Buried coax
Message-ID: <199511170224.VAA12947 at cais.cais.com>

>>with pvc pipe cement.  I leave the connectors in the shack unsealed.  I do
>>spend alot of time installing the connectors making sure they are exactly how
>>I want them.  Next time I will probably run some conduit or emt and bury the
>>cable in that.
>Burying cable in conduit is a good idea from the standpoint of protec-
>ting it from physical harm (digging, varmits, etc.).  However, you
>need to make sure that either (1) there is *no* way water can get into
>the conduit; or (2) make it easy for water to escape.  Since (1) is
>impossible, you need to accept (2) and drill lots of holes in the
>conduit.  It also helps to lay the conduit in/on a bed of gravel
>so the water has somewhere to go.  If you don't take these precautions,
>water will freeze within the conduit and squash your coax.  I have
>1 5/8" Heliax inside 3" conduit... I'm not anxious to have it ruined :)
>Michael R. Owen
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...or bury it below the frost line...wherever that happens to be for your
locale.  I've direct buried my hardlines, but ran a bunch of inexpensive
corrugated black 4" drain pipe ( a single run with one splice about 125' long)
for future use with a small poly rope installed for a pull cord.  I recently
ran some RG8X thru it for beverage/EWE feeds and it was no problem at all.
I used the non-perforated type of pipe, but it would pretty much drain if
necessary out the end at the house that terminates in a window well.

73, Tyler KF3P

>From kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart)  Fri Nov 17 02:24:35 1995
From: kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart) (Tyler Stewart)
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 21:24:35 -0500
Subject: Buried coax
Message-ID: <199511170224.VAA12958 at cais.cais.com>

>On Thu, 16 Nov 1995, Rus Healy wrote:
>> >    [snip] (The guy at the rental place tells a chilling tale 
>> of a guy who rented the same machine a couple of weeks before we did and 
>> somehow managed to take his legs off with it, even with the safeties and 
>> the dead-man on the machine.)
>>	[snip] 
>> Oh, yes: My wife even voluntarily helped me do this job. She's as pleased 
>> with the final product as I am.
>> -------------------
>> Rus Healy, NJ2L
>> MDS, Rochester, New York
>> 716-242-8421
>> ------
>Safety is and should be the first order of business with any project.  
>The use of Ditch Witch machines, like chain saws, drill presses, table saws, 
>etc. should be approached with great caution, or as is commonly said, used 
>only by those who are VERY familiar with thier use "the pros!"
>I have had amateur radio types in my area tell me that they have called 
>local CATV operations and "rented" a cable crew when in their housing 
>develpments to trench the lawns for conduit/cable installations.  The 
>cost was about the same as a rental [$250 reportedly] and is much healthier.
>Chuck WA6GVC/4 -- FM16vq/FM18dv; 1.8 MHz Thru 3,456 MHz, 10 GHz WBFM
>Delmarva vhf and Microwave Society -- W3ZZ Grid Pirates vhf Group
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Well, I think I rented one for a half-day and it was well under $100.  
I happen to own a landscaping trailer, so transportation was rather easy.

Also, dont trust that hired crew by themselves to the job properly.  Make sure
you mark and monitor the job yourself and if necessary, call "Miss Utility"
(the nickname for our local utility's cable/pipe location service) before
digging.  Hopefully you know or can figure out where your own pipes/wires
are and wont need to call someone else in to do it.

Ditch Witch machines are really very easy to use.

73, Tyler KF3P

>From kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart)  Fri Nov 17 02:24:18 1995
From: kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart) (Tyler Stewart)
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 21:24:18 -0500
Subject: RTTY from a big station
Message-ID: <199511170224.VAA12934 at cais.cais.com>

>Ken, KP4XS wrote about his expierence in RTTY contest from W3LPL and I expected
>Tyler, KF3P to expand on that instead of single line comment!  It seems to me
>that K1NG M/M win last year still hurts (memories from AB5KD speech in Dayton).
>In order to win on RTTY, I go to our club site 1114m asl with monobanders,
>FT1000, big QRO and low man-made noise as it is in the midlle of nat. park!
>And I never get bored of USA pile-up as they do it right ie. short calls!
>If I stay home with IC-735, SB-221, TH6DXX & 402BA, I am still "a big station"
>on RTTY as the majority of EU operate barefoot with GP or dipoles!  However,
>I hear much more of the city electronic smog, local AFSK QRM etc.
>But even with above modest set-up and "olympian" approach to contesting, I
>manage to keep second place on S5 rating list thanks to RTTY scores!
>73 de Mario, S56A, N1YU.

Well, I still enjoy RTTY contesting, but I dont really take it as seriously
as others, and I dont really care for MM in RTTY since I cant run 2 radios
at W3LPL, which, aside from the fact that we run CT on a separate computer
network, which requires op'ing 2 systems per QSO, is fairly slow...even on
20 meters.  

We have 2 basic problems at LPL's for RTTY:  lack of experienced contest 
and/or RTTY operators and "equipment", which is a combination of lack of
beverage or other low noise antennas for the low bands (they are taken down
during mowing season), and fairly old terminal equipment consisting of
Microlog Baudot/CW terminals and ST5 demodulators on most bands.  This year
I took a couple of computers over with PCI4000 cards in them which perform
better but require use of WF1B software and an external tuning indicator (which
ended up being an st6000 on one of them in parallel).  We ended up wasting
some time training and troubleshooting that system, but it'll work out
better next year.

The crew at K1NG did a great job in '94 with some hot operators and a very
good station in New England.  Ron AB5KD deserves a lot of credit for putting
that operation together.

OK, that's the requested verbose response.  

73, Tyler KF3P

>From AD1C at tiac.net (Jim Reisert AD1C)  Fri Nov 17 04:35:49 1995
From: AD1C at tiac.net (Jim Reisert AD1C) (Jim Reisert AD1C)
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 95 23:35:49 EST
Subject: TS-930 and 2nd Antenna
Message-ID: <199511170442.XAA29914 at zork.tiac.net>

On Thu, 16 Nov 1995 05:40:22 -0800 Pete N4ZR wrote:

>The commonly available 8-pin DIN plug has a keyway that is said to be a
>different size than that on the jack on the TS-930, 430 and 440.  It is
>reportedly quite easy to break the socket if you try to plug in the generic
>plug, and a real bear to replace.

The real difference is that the CORRECT connector has the pins arranged in
a horseshoe pattern (i.e. the "open" end of the ring of pins closes back in
on itself a little) while the WRONG connector has the pins arranged in a U
pattern (i.e. the two "sides" of the ring of pins are parallel).  Or the
other way around.  Either way, you *DON'T* want to put the wrong connector
into the wrong socket.

73 - Jim AD1C
Jim Reisert
AD1C at tiac.net

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