160 Meter DX Window
phil.finkle at sid.net
phil.finkle at sid.net
Wed Nov 22 10:43:22 EST 1995
Was just reading rules for CQWW 160 meter contest. They make a big case out of
staying out of the 1830 to 1835 DX window.
160 has 2 full megahertz of bandwidth. Why can't we allocate 15 or 20 kHz
(instead of 5) to the DX window? DX normally operates from a little above 1820
up to 1840 on CW and 1840 to 1860 on SSB (this is outside of the contests).
Anyone who has ever operated a contest on 160 knows that 5 kHz is not enough
(even assuming the W/VE boys don't call CQ Contest in it).
There are more and more DX stations getting on 160. Who not give enough
bandwidth to them so they can work us and we can work them?
While, I'm on the subject, why don't W/VEs who violate this voluntary bandplan
during contests get disqualified? I've got a mind to publicly list their calls
on here after each contest. I hear many, many guys who do know better but they
violate the rules anyway!
Phil.Finkle at sid.net
>From Lau, Zack, KH6CP" <zlau at arrl.org Wed Nov 22 16:09:00 1995
From: Lau, Zack, KH6CP" <zlau at arrl.org (Lau, Zack, KH6CP)
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 95 11:09:00 EST
Subject: (long): W1AW/KH6CP/1 Phone SS
Message-ID: <30B34B36 at arrl.org>
I decided to try single-op multi-station to get some more
practice for VHF contesting (I think K1JX's QRP portable
score can be topped if the VHF contest ends with
6 hours of tropo or E skip) .
KH6CP/1 QRP 11 hours
128 x 36
W1AW High power, single operator 6 hours while
the bulletins weren't running. 1200 watts to the tribander
at 60 ft (not the big antennas) Needed a voice keyer
to remember the right exchange.
342 x 70 missed ME, NLI, SNJ, DE, WPA, PQ, PAC
(I wonder if anyone in New England has managed
the sweep on just 20 meters?)
W6BIP, AA6YX, AC6AH, and N6RA called in from SF.
Got some good experience running pileups.
Wasn't too hard to keep a 120 rate, though my
best hour was only 91due to not sitting on one
frequency all the time. It didn't help that I left the
boom mic at home, so I wasn't able to run CT.
I also forgot to bring the orange juice that I
normally drink throughout contests.
Amazingly, there wasn't a single dupe in the
20 was much better than 15 for running.
I was surprised to find that running on a frequency
with a lot of splatter and needing repeats didn't really
hurt the rate, compared to operating at the top or
bottom of the band on where I could hear better.
Surprised to get a report of excess audio hum
after 157 (!!) Qs. After hooking up the spectrum
analyzer and a separate receiver, I eliminated
the problem by pulling the Data Cable out ot
the IC-765. Apparently, nobody using the club
station had noticed this problem before....
This took all took 27 minutes....
The easiest way to get the SS rules is via KA9FOX's WWW
page. Just a few clicks and it pops onto your screen. Or the
oak.oakland.edu ftp site. There is also the option of sending
an s.a.s.e. for those preferring older technology.
Zack zlau at arrl.org
>From bhorn at netcom.com (Bruce Horn) Wed Nov 22 16:30:10 1995
From: bhorn at netcom.com (Bruce Horn) (Bruce Horn)
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 1995 08:30:10 -0800
Subject: SS Score/Comment
Message-ID: <199511221630.IAA25217 at netcom3.netcom.com>
1995 SSB Sweepstakes
Time On: 17 hours
Band QSO Sec
700 76 = 106,400
Strategy (wrong one)
Spent first 1.5 hours of contest S&Ping. The result was that I worked
a number of sections, considered to be rare early in the contest, but
found it very difficult to find a frequency to run on later. Spent too
much of the contest S&Ping -- I'd run stations for a while, but when I
got pushed off the frequency, I spent way too much time wandering
around the band.
Not only did this strategy not make me competitive in my own section,
it didn't even result in a clean sweep. Although I actually worked PQ for
the first time ever in an SS (5th year), I never found DE. Heard the
ghostly trail of WW3V once when he move up 3 kHz to work some one, but
called to no avail.
Strategy (right one)
Think I have finally learned that the right strategy to being competitive
in domestic contests is to CQ, CQ, CQ. If you lose your run frequency,
find another one as soon as possible. Don't spend time S&Ping. The major
decisions during the contest then become 1) deciding what band to be on
and when to switch bands, and 2) when to take your off time. This
strategy also naturally leads to the use of two radios. Although you'll
eventually work most sections by simply CQing, a few sections may be so
rare during the contest that you need to find them.
Having identified what I believe is the competitive strategy, now I have
to decide whether implementing it will result in enjoying the contest. As
K7SS commented, I'm not sure CQing for 24 hours in the QRM madhouse of one
or two open bands is my idea of a good time. Maybe this will seem more
appealing in a better portion of the sun spot cycle. I congratulate those
who have the perseverance to battle other contesters, nets, SSTVers and
ragchewers and produce the winning scores.
1. Had very few callers answer with two letters of their call. More common
was the practice of just giving the letters of their callsign, rather
than giving the call sign phonetically. Don't know if this is a result
of hams' experience with VHF FM or what. More annoying were those
CQing stations who did not give their call phonetically. Especially
when the call contained letters like E, B, C, D, P. It doesn't take
much noise or QRM to render these letters indistinguishable. I think
it's acceptable to say W-A-7-B-N-M when giving the SS exchange, but
use phonetics when CQing or answering a CQ.
2. The disease of this contest season seems to be the practice of out-of
band operation during phone contests. I first noticed this in CQWW
and observed more of it during SS. Listened to contesters CQ at
7151.5 and 14348.5. What amazed me was that at least one instance was
by someone who scores in the top 10 to 20. Have we forgotten that
operating LSB at 7151.5 is not the same as CW at 7001.5 ?
Issues for Discussion (blatant opinion):
I have to admit that two operating practices annoy me. I believe both
of these are within the current contest rules, but find them annoying
One is the practice of alternating CQing on two different
frequencies, either on the same band or on different bands. The bands
are congested enough, particularly with only one or two bands productive
at the same time, without having someone essentially occupying two
Secondly, I think if you use a second radio to answer CQs
in between CQing on your run radio, then you should be prepared to lose
your run frequency when you leave it to answer a CQ on the second radio.
I think you have some claim to a frequency when you continually operate
on it by running other stations. Although this claim may be more
theoretical than actual when someone who is louder takes over "your"
frequency. You get to be "morally" outraged. However, when you voluntarily
leave the frequency to answer a CQ elsewhere, you don't get to be
"morally" outraged when you return to find your run frequency occupied
by someone else. I'm not saying using two radios is wrong -- just that
there is a tradeoff in its benefit. At the same time I fully realize that
if you're loud enough you'll "get to have your cake and eat it too."
Now that I've struck the match, I'll sign off.
73 de Bruce, WA7BNM (bhorn at netcom.com)
>From ni6t at ix.netcom.com (Garry Shapiro ) Wed Nov 22 16:37:13 1995
From: ni6t at ix.netcom.com (Garry Shapiro ) (Garry Shapiro )
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 1995 08:37:13 -0800
Message-ID: <199511221637.IAA18451 at ix13.ix.netcom.com>
> ...it is nice to see something positive from a young man as
> opposed to the more prevalent headlines about 12-15 year olds
> convicted of murder, etc. [K7NO]
>Some of those might be hams as well, I don't think the activities
>are mutually exclusive.
>Happy Thanksgiving -
>Derek AA5BT, G3NMX
>oo7 at astro.as.utexas.edu
Aptly put. Some of the crap on the air could trigger such violence if
the perpetrating lids were more accessible.
DXER SHOOTS QRMER SEVENTY FIVE TIMES, the headlines screamed. "The lid
had it coming," said the unrepentant ham, in a statement to police.
Gives more texture to the terms BIG GUN and LITTLE PISTOL, eh?
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