Joni.Satila at Tele.telebox.fi Joni.Satila at Tele.telebox.fi
Wed Nov 29 10:15:19 EST 1995

OH3BZY SO SB 80M HP, not assisted.

QSOs     1383
Points   2580
Zones      35
Countries 107
Score    366.360

3 el phased triangular vertical array. Ground mounted elevated radials,
4 in each. TS850+SB220.


Almost tripled my scores from 1994, both on SSB and CW.

In CQWWCW I didnt hear Zones 12,31,37,38 or 39 at all.
Missed also such easy european countries as CT GI HB0 IT9 IS0 TF...
Propagation was just too good for more s&p. Worked 300 W+VE; 10 of them =
were in
zone 3, all short path, and NL7G. Also got 200 JA-stations.

Any comments from DX-countries of my signal would be appreciated.
(direct reply PSE)

By the way, if someone wants an OH3BZY QSL-card, I am in the callbook
as OH2BZY. However, I will QSL (VIA THE BURO) all DX contacts early next=

>From Martin Arno" <AMA at mikrolog.fi  Wed Nov 29 13:37:49 1995
From: Martin Arno" <AMA at mikrolog.fi (Martin Arno)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 13:37:49 EET
Subject: Single or Twin tube AMP
Message-ID: <MAILQUEUE-101.951129133749.288 at tekniikka.mikrolog.fi>

Of course single tube is better then double (you have 50% less 
failure HI!)
3CX is always better and more stable because it is connected as 
grounded grid. and i prefer 3CX 1200 D7 is one of the best available.
It gives easily 2KW out if powersupply is good 3-phase version
(ex.Henry 3K MKII 3-phase)
I have myself an Commander HF-2500 with 2x 3CX800 tubes and
they gives 1500W out easily too.
Bad point with 3CX is that they are usually expensive.

Biggest problem is today powersupply, that is too light made allmost 
in every amps what i have seen.

Here in Europe we have 50HZ 220/380V and singlephase US made 
transformer is just too small to give full power because its made for 
60 HZ mains.
With AL-1200 we get hardly 1200-1300W out and in US. it gives 
typically 1.5KW out with 60 HZ

In my HF-2500 platevoltage is around 2.0 -2.1KV and it should be over 
2.4KV. With fullpower it drops down to 1.5KV!!! and one reason is 
voltagedoubler that newer gives enough power.

Good hint is that try to get powersupply with 3-phase transformer or 
Peter Dahls singlephase transformer and linear with no any 
voltagedoubler if you use it to serious contesting.

Im going to change my transformer to better one and im happy that i 
have an old version of HF-2500 there is ceramic tubesocketts used,in newer 
version they are using sheaper nylon ones YAK!

Best 73 
Arno OH7XM

>From Field, Don" <field at btcentre.agw.bt.co.uk  Wed Nov 29 11:47:00 1995
From: Field, Don" <field at btcentre.agw.bt.co.uk (Field, Don)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 95 11:47:00 GMT
Subject: G3XTT, single-band 160 (CQWWCW)
Message-ID: <30BC4C78 at btcgate.agw.bt.co.uk>

                                    CQWWCW95 - Single Band 160m
                                                  Don Field G3XTT

Hope the following isn t too long and boring. It has been written for the
Chiltern DX Club newsletter. But I thought it might be of interest,
especially for US Reflector users who have rather a different view of 160 in 

CQWW, given that you get no points for US QSOs.

My preparations for the contest start early in the week, making sure I have
CT properly configured and with the latest COUNTRY.DAT file, and that the
station equipment is set up in the most effective way (which includes
fitting a recently-purchased 250Hz second IF filiter for the FT-1000). The
RSGB 1.8MHz contest, the weekend before CQWW, is also a chance to have a dry 

run. Rather than take the beam down, I have installed a 20ft extension pole
above the beam, and erected a quarter-wave inverted-L for 160, which puts
the highest point at almost 80ft. I work 18 North American stations in the
RSGB contest, which is unusual, so everything seems to be in order. Of
course, life is never so straightforward, with Murphy always lurking around
the corner.
A couple of evenings before the contest TY5MF shows up on 160, and I am able 

to work him for a new one, though I am a little concerned that the antenna
SWR seems to be varying quite a bit. The following morning ZF2RR is spotted
on the Cluster and I work him for a second new one on the band in less than
12 hours. However, there still seems to be a problem with varying SWR. Not
to worry. I have planned to take Friday off work to make my final
Friday morning, and an auspicious start with CO1OTA spotted on 40 CW. NA-093 

as a new IOTA to start the day. I go outside to lay some more radials (one
can never have enough), and come back in to see a spot for ZL7CW on 10MHz. A 

nice one, but I don t have a 10MHz antenna up at the moment. Thank goodness
for antenna tuners. John G3WGV, sends me a Cluster  Talk  to say he has just 

worked the ZL7, so if John can do it with a dipole and 200 watts, I might
just manage by running the linear into my 40m vertical. It turns out to be
easier than I expect, and I catch the ZL7 second call. Soon afterwards John
spots Roger TY5SXW on 15 CW and we have a quick QSO, wishing each other luck 

for the contest. Hope Roger will make a point of looking for me on 160!
This is turning out to be a fruitful day, and the morning still has one more 

new one in store - PY2HA on 20m SSB for SA-071, another new IOTA for me.
However, I have noticed that the 160m SWR and resonance is changing as I
turn the HF beam, so there is clearly an interaction, which is disconcerting 

to say the least.
John G3WGV arrives with the latest Turbolog release, and after installing it 

we adjourn to the local for lunch and a pint (or two ..). I notice that the
wind is getting up. My Hilomast is aluminium and is already overloaded, with 

a TH5 and 20ft extension pole. Together with the SWR problems I reluctantly
come to the conclusion that there is only one solution; I must take the beam 

Of course, the afternoons are getting pretty short at this time of the year, 

and by the time I have removed the beam, and reinstalled the 160m
inverted-L, with a break to collect my son from school, it is almost dark.
Fortunately the resonance is in the right place, although the SWR at
resonance is well over 1.5:1. This is good news in one way; it means that
the impedance of the whole system is down around the 25-30 ohms mark, which
suggests that the radial system is working well. But my antenna tuner
doesn t want to tune out the mismatch. My nice new linear (an Alpha 89)
trips out if reflected power is too high, but fortunately this proves not to 

be a problem as I have no intention of running at its full rated output in
any case, so I can stay well within the tolerance limits.
So it looks as though there is nothing more I can do, other than spend the
evening with the family as they won t be seeing too much of me over the
Back into the shack soon after 2330 and 160 is starting to get lively, with
a number of contest stations testing on the band. At about 2345 I hear FM5BH 

with a good signal. This is one of the easier ones that I still need; for
some reason I have kept missing him. Two calls and he is in the log! This is 

my country 198 on 160 on the current list, so that magic 200 is almost in
the bag. As it turns out, FM5BH is getting warmed up for a serious 160m
effort in the contest - I am destined to run across him time and time again
over the course of the weekend.
0000 and it s all systems go. A lively start, with my first US contact
(AA8U) at 0005 and 91 stations in the log in the first hour (this sort of
rate is unimaginable on 160 in this contest for our North American friends). 

The next excitement is at 0112 when TY5A calls me for a nice double
mutiplier; what it is to have friends in rare places! I work FM5BH at 0130,
so that s two contacts with this new one in less than 2 hours. I continue to 

run at a good rate, with plenty of North American stations, including a good 

sprinkling of 9 s and zeros. But the big surprise comes at 0417 when I am
called by AD6C. I ask him to confirm zone 3 as it seems quite early to be
hearing the West Coast, but to prove it is no fluke the very next caller is
N6DX!  My next zone 3 is N6SS at 0557. Despite the good signals from North
America and the consistently strong signal from FM5BH, I work no other
Caribbean stations the first night. I hear KG4MN, but he is leaving only
very short breaks between transmissions and seems unaware that he has a big
European pile-up. I also hear FG5BG and V31UA, but can t raise either of
them. The V3 would have been a nice one; I still need that on 160.
VO2WL is a useful zone 2 multiplier, more so than I realise at the time as
it later appears that VE2/N6AA, also in zone 2, is having trouble hearing
due to QRN. I never do work Dick. Shortly before the band closes I hear a
big pile-up calling HC8N. Trey, WN4KKN, is the operator and he has the good
sense to work split. I raise him first call and he replies to me by name! A
fantastic double multiplier, though not an all-time new one for me on the
band (I worked N6EK/HC8 back in 1988).
By the time I call it a night at 0800 I have 401 QSO s, 55 countries and 14
zones, which feels like a pretty good start.
The Saturday evening session promises to be a long slog, working one point
Europeans, but there are some nice surprises. I work SU2MT for a double
multiplier at 1811, and shortly afterwards find a clear frequency to call
CQ. The first station to call me is ?L7XX. Must be a UL7. But no, it s
KL7XX! I haven t worked KL7 on 160 since 1987 when KL7H and KL7Y were on
Endicott Island way up in the Arctic Circle, but as far as I know KL7XX is
somewhere in civilisation, so this is a very rare catch.
K1ZM calls me at 2016. Jeff is clearly aware that this is a dupe, but is
checking propagation as it is almost an hour before his sunset. He is a good 

signal with me.
I waste about 45 minutes in the 2045-2130 window trying to work a JA
multiplier, but without success. It is galling to hear G3PQA and G3SED make
the QSO; I d love to know the secret of their success, but the European
pile-ups are fierce.
At 2203 I am called by Dennis GJ3YHU, which completes all the UK countries
except for Shetland. Dennis has a problem with CQWW CW as it is invariably
the nearest weekend to his son s birthday, but he usually tries to get on
for an hour or two to give out the GJ multiplier.
At 2329 VP2MDE calls me. Thank goodness. I was beginning to think the
Caribbean was a black spot, even though I am still stumbling across FM5BH at 

regular intervals. By midnight, half way through the contest, I have 75096
points, from 614 QSOs, 66 countries and 18 zones. That s ahead of my
full-time score for last year, which was an English record for single-band
160 (GW3YDX is the UK and European record holder with 154,376 points).

Day 2
At 0006 I hear PY0FF with a good signal and work him first call for another
double multiplier. And another big surprise, K7CA in zone 3 at 0045, right
on his sunset. This turns out to be the start of my most amazing run of the
contest, with what seems like a pipeline into the mid-West. I work K0GU K0SF 

KD0ZR K0EU W0RXL K0RF NC0P AB0X W0CP K0FF N0BG and KR0Y in the next hour,
along with lots of 5 s, 8 s and 9 s. I am convinced there are people calling 

that I can t pull through. The vertical is a great transmit antenna, but a
bit noisy on receive. No space for Beverages here. Maybe another year I must 

try a EWE or some sort of receiving loop.
At 0331 I am called by 9Y4H for another double multiplier, and P40W gives me 

another zone 9 multiplier at 0634. W6PBI and N6LL give me two more zone 3
contacts just after 0700 and then I hear a big pile-up calling YS1ZV, which
would be another double multiplier. I put his frequency in the second VFO
and keep returning there to give him a call. Eventually I put this one in
the log at 0719. A minute later, finding a clear frequency to call CQ, I am
called by NA7R in zone 4. I check the zone as I wasn t sure, and he tells me 

it s Wyoming. Sounds good to me! A few minutes later I work WB0O. The call
rings a bell and I check my station log. Yes, I ve worked him a number of
times on the high bands and he s in North Dakota. Now that s a very nice one 

on 160!
Sunday evening promises to be a dreary round of CQing and search-and-pounce
to catch those few stations who might be appearing on 160 for the first time 

in the contest. I work VE1ZZ at 1928. After the contest I check my station
log, and this is by far the earliest I have ever worked North America on 160 

(though, in fairness, Jack qualifies as an  honorary European  with his
location and fb topband signals).
I am not expecting to work more than a couple of new multipliers this
evening, though I must make another effort to catch a JA. It is while
listening up for JA that I hear 3V8BB with a good signal on 1910, working
European stations at a good rate. I listen for a few minutes and don t hear
him give any listening instructions, but assume that he must be listening
down in the lower part of the band. I don t hear any obvious pile-ups, but I 

do hear 7Z5OO with hardly any callers, and work him easily; guess everyone
is busy chasing the 3V8.
I am obviously getting tired, because it takes me a few more minutes to
realise that the 3V8 is actually listening on 1911kHz. My antenna SWR is
horrendous up there, but I guess eveybody else is in the same boat, and I
manage a quick contact, despite having to keep the power down at a fairly
low level.
About 2215 I hear a big pile-up, and find 5X4F, with a fair signal but a
bunch of callers who never seem to listen. Fortunately he works Riki 4X4NJ,
who suggests he start operating split. This speeds matters up considerably,
and I put him in the log at 2252 for a double multiplier and my first
all-time new one of the contest. That s number 199! Guess which band I will
be focussing on once the contest is over ..
At 2319 I hear 3A/K1VWL calling CQ and work him second call. 10 minutes or
so later I hear him again with a horrendous pile-up; presumably in the
meantime some kind soul has spotted him on the Cluster. Glad I caught him
when I did. My last multiplier comes at 2346; ES1RY. This is an easy one
which had somehow slipped through my fingers until now.
The noise level has been rising for the last couple of hours of the contest; 

S7 rain static. Thank goodness this didn t happen earlier in the weekend.
My final claimed score is 137,600 from 880 QSO s, 78 countries and 22 zones. 

I heard 9 countries which I failed to work (FG 4K8 KG4 YV V3 JA VP5 XE and
V4), and after the contest I check the packet spots and the Internet
Reflectors and find that I also missed DU 7X ZD8 HH A9 8P9 NP4 6Y5 JT PY OX
8R, and no doubt some others too. This means that at least 99 countries were 

heard/worked by European stations over the contest weekend, so it really
does look as though one day some well-equipped and diligent operator will
achieve DXCC during a 160m contest. Who knows, it may even have been done
this year by one of the multi-ops with their Packet spotting and big
antennas. My final score would have won Europe in 1994, but I suspect this
year there will be some very high scores posted. It s a pity G contacts
don t count for points; someone like GW3YDX can count on at least another
5000 points from G QSOs alone. On the other hand, this rule puts DL1IAO (one 

of my main competitors) at a severe disadvantage; I m sure he worked far
fewer G s than I did DL s.
After the contest I am able to do some analysis of the log. High QSO totals
are with USA (220), DL (168), OK (38), UR (36), F (36) and OH (34). 240
North Americans, 4 South Americans, 22 in Asia, and 7 in Africa. No Oceania. 

Not a bad weekend, all things considered! Roll on CQ WW 160 ...

73 Don G3XTT
field at btcentre.agw.bt.co.uk

>From daly at eagle.rtc-waterford.ie (progen et2)  Wed Nov 29 12:19:27 1995
From: daly at eagle.rtc-waterford.ie (progen et2) (progen et2)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 12:19:27 GMT
Subject: No subject
Message-ID: <9511291219.AA13690 at eagle.rtc-waterford.ie>

MAIL: qsl-info at aug3.augsburg.edu
with the callsign in the main message...and then just wait for a reply

Warren EI6ETB

>From R.SCHREIBMAIER" <bob at mtdcr.mt.att.com  Wed Nov 29 12:59:04 1995
From: R.SCHREIBMAIER" <bob at mtdcr.mt.att.com (R.SCHREIBMAIER)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 07:59:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Identifying often (Was Re: cqwwcw VK5GN)
Message-ID: <9511291259.AA03747 at mtdcr.mt.att.com>

> 	However, I did not hear either station sign their calls frequently.
> 	I heard both of them go through QSO after QSO without signing.  It is
> 	very frustrating to have our time wasted trying to figure out whose
> 	pileup this is.  Our time is just as important as theirs.
> At the speed HC8N and ZD8Z were working people, an identification 
> every 3 Qs was way less than a minute to wait, if that.  I've never
> been on the DX end, but if I were, gave my callsign and had 3 or 4
> people call me, it would make sense to me to work 3 people and then
> give the call again.   Both these stations gave their call where others
> might send QRZ? and I heard quite a few people sending "call?" right
> when these guys were actually sending their calls.  They usually didn't
> send "QRZ? de ZD8Z", just "ZD8Z".

If only it was every 3 Qs.  Not to pick on these stations in particular,
because there were many stations who signed much less frequently than every
10 Qs.  Even at 300 per hour, that's more than 2 minutes, and too long to wait.

Of course, I don't know how often their regulations require them to identify.


+-------------------------  \-\-\-\  --------------------------+
| Bob Schreibmaier K2PH        | Code is great.  Code is good. |
| E-MAIL: bob at mtdcr.mt.att.com | Code was used by Robin Hood.  |

>From Dr. Eugene Zimmerman" <ezimmerm at DGS.dgsys.com  Wed Nov 29 13:08:51 1995
From: Dr. Eugene Zimmerman" <ezimmerm at DGS.dgsys.com (Dr. Eugene Zimmerman)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 08:08:51 -0500 (EST)
Subject: The Contest Computer
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.951129075759.1801B-100000 at DGS>

Hi Dave

Thanks for the useful and interesting information.  You are absolutely 
right that getting thet computer to work properly is a major stumbling 
block in contesting.

I wonder, however, if there is not a simpler method.  Why not use the 
branching function available in DOS 6.xx for the autoexec.bat and 
config.sys to create a boot branch that contains exactly what you say 

> The Contest Drive [but in this case a CONTEST DOS branch]. A DOS only 
> drive [branch] with a carefully configured CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT 
> coupled with a screaming memory manager and your favorite contest 
> logging software.

This should allow you to load your favorite contest software with no 
other impediments and improve reliability substantially.  This is not to 
say that creating such an autoexec.bat/config.sys for computer 
non-wizards such as me is very easy -- it is not but it can be done, 
particularly if you have a friend who really understands the DOS manual.

Is there any reason why this wouldn't work (I use this on my own computer 
in the shack but it is new and I have not used it in a network 
environment yet - that is where there is usually big trouble)?

73  Gene  W3ZZ

>From barry at w2up.wells.com (Barry Kutner)  Wed Nov 29 13:01:22 1995
From: barry at w2up.wells.com (Barry Kutner) (Barry Kutner)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 95 13:01:22 GMT
Subject: The Contest Computer
Message-ID: <ZowBFD1w165w at w2up.wells.com>

Dave had some good ideas in his recent post. A, perhaps, simpler way to 
customize the computer is with an Iomega Zip drive. While I don't own 
one, I've read a lot about it. The drive mounts in your machine, and has 
removable 100 meg "cartridges." This would allow customization without 
physically removing the whole dreive - just replacing the cartridge.
Wonder if anyone's tried this?
73 Barry
P.S. Disclaimer - I own a few hundred shares of Iomega stock (a great 
investmentment so far - bought at 19 a couple of months ago and now at 40 
or so!)


Barry N. Kutner, W2UP       Internet: barry at w2up.wells.com
Newtown, PA                 Packet Radio: W2UP @ WB3JOE.#EPA.PA.USA.NA
                            Packet Cluster: W2UP >WB2R (FRC)

>From jeffrey (j.) wittich" <jwittich at bnr.ca  Wed Nov 29 13:11:00 1995
From: jeffrey (j.) wittich" <jwittich at bnr.ca (jeffrey (j.) wittich)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 08:11:00 -0500
Subject: UR CALL PSE?
Message-ID: <"3898 Wed Nov 29 08:20:46 1995"@bnr.ca>

In message "Re: UR CALL PSE?", 'K8DO at aol.com' writes:

>  I send my call at the
>end of every separate contact... and I send your call   < plus the exchange,
>of course >  when I work you, which is a requirement of our FCC
>regulations... which is TOTALLY ignored by most of the big gun stations I
>listened to...
>  I would like to see a greater outcry among this contest
>fraternity for rules enforcement by the contest committees... 

Denny, I know of no FCC regulation that requires you to identify using
the other guys call with the one possible exception of third party traffic
with a DX station, then you must use both calls.

Jeff - AC4ZO

>From Martin Arno" <AMA at mikrolog.fi  Wed Nov 29 15:32:56 1995
From: Martin Arno" <AMA at mikrolog.fi (Martin Arno)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 15:32:56 EET
Subject: FT-1000MP v. TS870S in 160M CWcontest
Message-ID: <MAILQUEUE-101.951129153256.448 at tekniikka.mikrolog.fi>

This year i stayed  here in Finland during  CQ-cw-contest,because im 
going to go to Mexico (Jucatan area,Cancun) end of January with OH3JR 
and OH2NSM . We are going to operate top and warc-bands at least 3 
weeks from there.
(last year i was in Australia and got only 2meter novice-licence VK4XMM even 
had with my originals Finnish and CEPT-general-class,,Yeah how nice!)
OK,now the test results...
I operated 160m singleband/singleop. from Thure Jansson OH2FQ and got
only 267 qso/55count./12zon.with 18meter high inverted v.,but still 
it was fun to hear real lot of DX!
I have myself modified FT-990 ,TS-870S and got FT-1000MP loaned from 
My TS was originally not good with filtering , so i opened tecnical 
manual and after short time i replased some fucking ceramic cb- 
filter (i hate those HI!)with 455KC Yaesu 2.4 KC XF-C filter.
after it is quote  easy to see difference on low-bands between originals and 
mine and bandwitdh adjusment works correctly.
I have got best results with double 2.0 and 500HZ  9MC/455KC filters 
in my early radios (modified IC-735 and FT-990with IPO sw.) and believe that any 
shift/width/vbt/slopetune etc. etc. doesnt work properly without good 
filters,good grounded in both if -stages and usually if there is 
double 500Hz then it doesnt need any 250HZ anymore because rest works 
with shift.
 Results in CQ and also after few tests.

Kenwood TS-870S
+ I just love the fastest full  bandwidth adjusments ever seen
+ Logikey is my favoritkey  
+ Menu 51 slow linear-relay position eliminated soft-start-problem 
  (fullpower comes after 0.5-1sec. after tx starts) 
+ quick merory is good tool hunting DX
 - AIP must be alltime on (from menu i got AIP-correction and it 
   reduses lower sensivity)
- Why Kenwood doesnt have internal switch-powersupply i hate extra 
   boxes (i use modified IC-PS-35 now)
-nearby strong cw-stations (inside 2.4kc filter-passband) still 
  redusing sensivity (agc starts to reduse sensivity) and automatic 
  width adjusment made by DSP doesnt help this case,so i believe that 
  double cw-filtering is still the solution  

Yaesu FT-1000MP
+ real sharp filters (double options added)
+ subreceiver was nearly so good as mainreceiver too!!
+ frontend was so good that i didnt need IPO at all 
+ DSP NR. increased s/n and helped sometimes to get dx out of mud
+  audio sounds is nicer
+ Pll is now clean (big difference with FT-1000) measured in our Lab.
- too small knobs for rf-power etc. near bottom 
- vox -delay adjusment in hided under menu options
- display is not so easily readable comparing TS-870S

This results i got  now just from 160m band operation and it needs 
more time to get more out fron both.

Im going to take my old warhorse FT-990 and new TS870S with to next operation in 
Mexico ,there is enough time to compare both properly.

I like to hear more comments if anybody have own result too 

Arno Martin OH7XM ,OH2MXM

>From Pete Smith <n4zr at ix.netcom.com>  Wed Nov 29 14:13:21 1995
From: Pete Smith <n4zr at ix.netcom.com> (Pete Smith)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 06:13:21 -0800
Subject: The Contest Computer
Message-ID: <199511291413.GAA02972 at ix.ix.netcom.com>

Just read a message suggesting replaceable hard drives as the way to make
one computer serve several masters (contester, family, home business, etc.)
I confess I'm very queasy about inexpensive hard drive swap-out kits -- now
that the drives themselves are pretty reliable, more and more of the
problems you hear about involve connectors or cabling.  Why court trouble?

Fortunately, there is an easier way.  DOS 6 and later versions support a
really nifty menuing system for choosing among multiple start-up
configurations. It's dead easy to set up, and lets you choose exactly what
loads for a given purpose.  In my case, I have a Windows configuration that
loads all the virus trappers and multimedia drivers, one for DOS games that
loads CD-ROM and sound card drivers but nothing else, and one for TR Log
that loads the absolute minimum.  You can even specify different disk cache
settings, move additional stuff into high memory, etc.  Try it!


Pete N4ZR (n4zr at ix.netcom.com)

>From Skelton, Tom" <TSkelton at engineer.ClemsonSC.ATTGIS.COM  Wed Nov 29 17:42:00 1995
From: Skelton, Tom" <TSkelton at engineer.ClemsonSC.ATTGIS.COM (Skelton, Tom)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 95 09:42:00 PST
Subject: FW: K2SG S/O LP CQWW CW
Message-ID: <30BC9D83 at admin.ClemsonSC.ATTGIS.COM>

From: FQWA39A
Subject: K2SG S/O LP CQWW CW
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 1995 1:04AM

 -- [ From: Tony DeBiasi * EMC.Ver #2.10P ] --

No excuses this year!  Everything worked flawlessly except the op who
somehow managed to gain 2 pounds over the weekend.  I usually eat very
small amounts of food frequently and avoid all junk food.  The xyl said
if operate in both the 160 contest this weekend and the 10 contest the
following weekend she is going to send me to Jenny Craig.


Count your blessings if all she threatens after back to back contest
weekends is sending you to Jenny Craig!

Hope to work you guys on 160 this weekend since I just found
out I won't be ending my career at AT&T by spending a week in
Germany.....  thus plan to put up a 160 dipole for that 'test.

73, Tom WB4iUX, Towerless in Tigertown
Tom.Skelton at ClemsonSC.ATTGIS.COM

>From Cain, Jim,  K1TN" <jcain at arrl.org  Wed Nov 29 15:01:00 1995
From: Cain, Jim,  K1TN" <jcain at arrl.org (Cain, Jim,  K1TN)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 95 10:01:00 EST
Subject: TopBand: First QSOs
Message-ID: <30BC7695 at arrl.org>

My WA1STN station capabilities peaked in time
for the 1977 ARRL CW DX test, including a
"blueprinted" Collins S-line (80-10 meters only,
no 160)  At that time 160 was not much of a
contest band because most rigs didn't cover
it. My good friend Rich Scheuerer, now K0ZX,
loaned me his TS-820 for the weekend and I
put up an inverted vee for 160. No amplifier,
of course (I had a Henry 2K4).

I don't have my logs handy and QST that year
did not give band/mult breakdowns, but Jeff
Briggs, operating 96 hours at W1ZM vs my 85
hours just squeaked by me by virtue of 15 more
multipliers. My guess is that most of them were
on 160. This was at the bottom of the sunspot
cycle and 10 was as dead as it is now.

Jeff was third nationally; I was fourth, the best
I ever did. I retired to Caribbean operating.

Not only was the TS-820 my first contest experience
on 160, I think it was my first encounter with a
Japanese transceiver. I do recall hearing a lot
of stuff on 160 that weekend that I could not
work for lack of more power and a better antenna.
Some things never change.

Oh. The first time I got on 160 was in 1972,
when I had a good job and more money than
sense, and bought a Signal One CX7A. I had
to put it on 160 because, well, because it was there.

From: Larry Tyree
To: topband
Subject: TopBand: First QSOs
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 1995 2:26PM

Return-Path: <tree at cmicro.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 14:26:40 -0800
From: Larry Tyree <tree at cmicro.com>
Message-Id: <199511282226.OAA22894 at cascade.cmicro.com>
To: topband at frontier.net
Subject: TopBand: First QSOs
Sender: owner-topband at frontier.net
Precedence: first-class
Reply-To: Larry Tyree <tree at cmicro.com>

Okay..  how is this?  I really wanted to get on topband for an
ARRL 160 contest.  My rig was limited to an SB-101 and some old
Navy receiver that covered 160 (the SB-101 didn't).

I tried to borrow a Ranger from the Litton ARC, but they wouldn't let us
take equipment out of the building.

Finally, I settled on a Meissner Signal Shifter that N6AA (then W6DGH) had
in his closet.  This is essentially a VFO that puts out maybe 10 watts.
That, plus my Navy receiver worked 6 states (states are big out here in
the west).

The second night, I heard K4GSU (now N4AR) and wanted to work him really
bad.  He just couldn't hear my 10 watts and loaded 80 meter dipole.

So...  I found some ferrite rods laying around, opened up my SB-101 and
stuck them in the middle of the plate coil.  I also added some capacitance
to the loading cap and removed the block cap on the input of the two 6146
tubes and connected this to the output of the Signal Shifter.

Don't do this with a dual band antenna for very long...  but it did
generate enough watts on the desired band that I worked K4GSU.

This is how the radio hobby was intended to be.

Tree N6TR

>From Randy Thompson <k5zd at iconics.com>  Wed Nov 29 14:48:33 1995
From: Randy Thompson <k5zd at iconics.com> (Randy Thompson)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 09:48:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: WW CW Scores from 3830
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.91.951129094358.2086A-100000 at genesis.iconics.com>

CQ WW CW Scores from 3830 collected by K5ZD.

VP5FOC mm  13.6M   9679/149/443                                 
N2RM   mm  13.4M   5990/169/624          
W3LPL  mm  13.0M   5826/180/635
K3LR   mm  12.6M   5547/176/634
K1KI   mm  12.0M   5557/169/607           
KY1H   mm   9.6M   4748/165/573
K4VX   mm   6.8M   3934/159/504
K3ANS  mm   5.2M   2699/151/542        
K2LE   mm   4.5M   3006/151/501               
NQ4I   mm   3.8M   2421/147/461       
W4MYA  mm   3.1M   1917/138/445

HC8N   ms  14.7M   7440/159/507  *World record
4M5X   ms  11.6M   5977/154/505         
K1AR   ms   9.4M   4248/156/593  *USA record
N3RS   ms   7.6M   3564/160/581
N2NU   ms   7.5M   3488/169/587
K1DG   ms   7.4M   3549/162/562            
K8AZ   ms   6.5M   3196/160/559                         
K1ZZ   ms   6.1M   2980/159/551
ZF2RF  ms   5.8M   6030/ 98/264          
KS9K   ms   4.0M   2110/155/535             
WD8LLD ms   3.9M   2038/156/522                 
K1KP   ms   3.6M   2083/145/473      
K1RX   ms   3.4M   1913/150/478    
KB1H   ms   2.8M   1756/135/444                                                
KS1G   ms   2.4M   1807/135/378  
K8JP   ms   1.4M   1139/117/343             
KT1O   ms   1.1M   1045/101/311

Single Op All Band
PY0FF  so  10.4M   5903/152/446       
K1NG   so   5.7M   2944/154/518  (KI1G op)   wow!                  
W1KM   so   5.2M   3231/136/416
VE3EJ  so   5.0M   3596/146/408
KC1XX  so   4.8M   3512/114/358
W2SC   so   4.5M   2903/125/412           
N6BV   so   4.4M   2887/130/403      
K3ZO   so   4.1M   2629/132/423           
K5ZD   so   4.0M   2908/123/360  (KM3T op)
K2TW   so   3.8M   2110/148/495
KT3Y   so   3.7M   2473/130/392          
KQ2M   so   3.6M   2354/129/397                         
W6XR   so   3.5M   2516/122/373  (N6TV op)        
K5GN   so   3.3M   2064/156/432                      
W9RE   so   3.2M   2068/137/416       
K0RF   so   3.2M   2114/144/403          
W1WEF  so   3.1M   2203/120/380
K4PQL  so   3.0M   2029/131/400       
N6AR   so   2.8M   1702/147/434
N7ML   so   1.2M   1209/120/259
VY1JA  so   687K   1618/ 73/119                               

Single Op Low Power
K7SV   solp 1.6M   1175/132/364

Single Op Single Band
WB9Z   1.8  109K    378/23/84                
W0ZV   1.8   67K    244/22/78                                 
AB4RU  1.8   33K    133/21/68
WA4SVO 3.5   75K    284/21/84                    
AA4NC    7  552K   1228/35/118
K5MR    21  250K    664/33/112

Single Op Assisted
K3WW   soa  4.3M   2317/144/505        
K1VR   soa  2.75M  1741/127/428
KE2PF  soa  2.4M   1484/136/449                      
N3RR   soa  2.2M   1328/144/455
KF2O   soa  1.0M    710/129/389
K3SA   soa  943K    804/106/306

AA8U   soa-1.8    64K  331/22/74
WF3T   soa-14    540K 1166/36/126   


M/M       160m       80m          40m          20m          15m         10m
N2RM   274/21/74  798/28/106  1863/39/140  1899/38/152  1056/29/123  100/14/29
W3LPL  254/21/79  868/30/104  1605/39/136  1999/40/154   932/31/125  168/19/37
K3LR   298/22/75  732/31/109  1494/39/138  1979/39/159   921/30/122  123/15/31
K1KI   365/21/78  751/27/ 99  1806/38/138  1594/38/143   981/29/120  100/16/29
KY1H   202/20/70  671/28/ 95  1228/37/127  1705/38/139   842/27/113  100/15/29

K1AR    98/21/74  634/28/103  1540/39/138  1209/37/139   745/29/118   22/12/21
N3RS    64/17/62  308/24/ 85  1439/39/135   960/39/149   768/28/122   30/13/28
N2NU   128/20/71  525/28/ 93  1134/39/131  1242/39/147   426/28/113   33/15/32 
K1DG    98/19/63  566/28/ 96  1124/37/130  1006/37/134   732/30/117   23/11/23
K8AZ    58/17/60  349/26/ 94   996/39/129  1330/39/142   424/28/112   29/11/22

K1NG    76/18/55  293/24/ 81   970/37/125  1037/36/129   539/28/109   29/11/19
W1KM   100/16/50  758/27/ 86   890/31/ 90  1022/33/100   454/23/ 84   7/6/6 
KC1XX   52/11/32  532/20/ 72  1359/26/ 84   909/30/ 88   648/21/ 74   12/ 6/ 8
W2SC    84/13/45  454/16/ 66   967/32/102   685/30/ 94   703/26/ 95   10/ 8/10
N6BV    75/13/37  478/21/ 69   821/30/100   629/32/ 96   864/26/ 92   20/ 8/ 9
K5ZD    75/13/44  406/18/ 60  1018/32/ 83   925/30/ 87   470/24/ 75   14/ 6/11 
KQ2M    42/11/29  343/19/ 74   864/33/ 97   725/32/102   366/25/ 83   14/ 9/12

Randy Thompson, K5ZD
k5zd at iconics.com

>From w7ni at teleport.com (Stan Griffiths)  Wed Nov 29 15:29:58 1995
From: w7ni at teleport.com (Stan Griffiths) (Stan Griffiths)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 07:29:58 -0800
Subject: UR CALL PSE?
Message-ID: <199511291529.HAA24583 at desiree.teleport.com>

>A. You are not legally required to mention the other guy's call at all 
>[97.119(a)].  The only exception is when handling traffic with foreign 
>stations - you must then give the other station's call sign at the end of an 
>exchange of third-party traffic [97.115(c)].
>* K1KI note: I believe any contest QSO is not third party traffic as long as 
>	the USA operators are all FCC licensed.
**W7NI note: I believe any contest QSO is not third party traffic as long as
the USA operators are all FCC licensed to operate on the frequency being
used at the time of the QSO.

This issue was hammered pretty hard a few months ago on this reflector.  The
final conclusion was that no one wanted to refer this officially to the FCC
for an opinion because we all pretty much know what they will say and the
big Multi-Multis and guest ops without Extra Class tickets won't like the
answer . . . so it remains for you to interpret it as you like . . .

Stan  W7NI at teleport.com

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