The Contest Computer Part Deux

Roy Hradilek ids at
Thu Nov 30 09:54:10 EST 1995

> I did your home work for you. I scoured the DEC Computer Shopper and this
> keyboard is marketed under the Maxi Switch name. It is difficult to find a
> reseller but here goes: Next International, phone (800) 730-6398.  The add
> states keyboards: 124 key Maxi Switch Programmable $55.  The add is on
> page 635 of the DEC, 1995 Computer Shopper.

I have used this Gateway keyboard, and rely on it every day. In 
addition to the programmable features, I can attest that it also has 
a great feel to it, and I drag it in to the shack for use during 
contests for this reason alone. It is normally used for computer 
programming. The Maxi-Switch is highly recommended.

Roy - AD5Q

>From Dan Robbins <kl7y at>  Thu Nov 30 05:13:35 1995
From: Dan Robbins <kl7y at> (Dan Robbins)
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 20:13:35 -0900
Subject: NL7G WW MM
Message-ID: <9511300513.AA20364 at>

How 'bout them low bands?  Our highest totals ever on 160, 80, and 40.  Ran
out of ops the second night or things would have been even better.  RFI got
into two computers (solved by removing a ferrite choke!) and trashed a few
QSOs.  That wasn't so bad, what was bad is that the band files wouldn't
merge properly after the contest.  Had to convert .bin to .res, scan files
for gibberish, remove it then convert back to .bin.  Took a long time and
still not sure all is OK, so this is a preliminary score:

             NL7G  CQ WW CW  M/M

160      426    19       27     TS-930, ALPHA 76, SLOPER, INV VEE, VERT
 80      782    28       55     TS-930, ALPHA 77, SLOPING DIPOLES
 40     2225    37      107     FT-990, AL-1500, 3 EL YAGI
 20     3058    39      117     FT-990, HB 8877, 205, 204
 15     1543    28       66     TS-940, TITAN, 155/155
 10       53     8        7     TS-930, ALPHA 76 (shared with 160), 105

        8087   159      379     => 10.7M

As usual, good Q's, low mult totals.  Ops were: NL7G, KL7Y, KL7PJ, N7DF,
NL7GP, WL7E, K0MVL, KL7AF, NL7VJ & KL7U.  Operation from the KL7Y QTH, QSLs
to KL7GNP or KL7 buro.

160:  Nearly doubled our best previous QSO total.  Worked over a dozen EU on
this band, first time we ever worked any except FJL.  Nice run of USA, JAs
down, Pacific was horrible.

80:  Our best prior country count on this band was 34, so what a big
improvement.  Huge signals out of zone 17 for a while.  Great USA runs and
worked a bunch of Europe.  Band was open way past sunrise on Sunday.

40:  Aim north, young man.  Band was open 48 hours straight, couldn't always
run and a lot of the time there wasn't much on but dupes, but 40 never
really quit.  JAs seemed down, but Eu rolled in.  

20:  Closed for a few hours, otherwise was in good shape.  Seemed to work a
lot of JAs on this band, which was good as USA closed early and EU opened
late.  NL7GP had a 205 hour at the start. 

15:  Better than expected at the bottom of the cycle.  Started with a nice
JA run, almost reminiscent of high sunspot years, but the opening died
sooner.  Snagged only a few EU, but the band wasn't even supposed to open
that way, we'll take it.

10:  It opened briefly, we made a few QSOs and we were happy for that.

Other comments:  No breakdowns on the RF side, if we can just get those
computers to run steady...No problems with the old 286's, better
shielded??...Worked a very loud XZ1A first call on 80, but was that the real
article?...Never had made DXCC on 40 in the contest until 3 years ago when I
put a brand new FT-990 there - it's been on 40 for 3 years in a row and
we've hit DXCC 3 years runnning - draw your own conclusion...JW5NM went at
least 20 minutes on 20M without sending his call generating dididumdumdidi's
from many who didn't have packet...JA turnout seemed poor except on 20, hope
they will rebound as the new sunspots build...Yes, we had aurora, I saw it
in the north, kind of weak and puny, but except for a few hours Saturday
evening the absorption was very low...Halibut, salmon and KL7AF's casserole
were as tasty as the conditions.

                MOST OF ALL WE HAD GREAT TIME!

KL7Y and the rest of the crew at NL7G

>From Assarabowski, Richard" <AssaraR at  Thu Nov 30 17:56:00 1995
From: Assarabowski, Richard" <AssaraR at (Assarabowski, Richard)
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 12:56:00 -0500 (EST)
Subject: SP5GRM 160m CQWW CW Score
Message-ID: <30BDF018 at>

Received the following info from Zbig SP5GRM:


                   CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST -- 1995

      Call: SP5GRM                   Country:  Poland
      Mode: CW                       Category: SO - 160 m


     Totals   1122     1939     1.73     26      94  =>  232,680

Equipment Description: 700 W + 1/4 Vertical+ several Beverages 160-600 m.


Great score -- any else from EU top that??

                              -- Rich K1CC
                                 160m op at K1KI M/M for CQWW CW
                                 assarar at

>From Assarabowski, Richard" <AssaraR at  Thu Nov 30 17:59:00 1995
From: Assarabowski, Richard" <AssaraR at (Assarabowski, Richard)
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 12:59:00 -0500 (EST)
Subject: SP7GIQ 40m CQWW CW Score
Message-ID: <30BDF0EC at>

Received the following info from Kris SP7GIQ:


                    CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST -- 1995

      Call: SP7GIQ                   Country:  Poland
      Mode: CW                       Category: SO - 40m


     Totals   2567     6063              37      128  =>  1,000,395

Equipment Description: 700 W + 4 EL QUAD + Beverage


                              -- Rich K1CC
                                 160m op at K1KI M/M for CQWW CW
                                 assarar at

>From scott at (Scott Lieberman)  Thu Nov 30 17:09:10 1995
From: scott at (Scott Lieberman) (Scott Lieberman)
Date: 30 Nov 95 09:09:10 -0800
Subject: Buried coax
Message-ID: <37d_9511301000 at>

 a> I just happened to notice someone else's posting wherein a Ditch Witch  a>
machine was mentioned.

 a> Factual comment: 

 a> I have been retained as an expert on a case where a Ditch Witch machine,
 a> operated by professionals, drilled a hole in a gas line. No one was
 a> killed in the ensuing explosion, but two houses were completely
 a> demolished and others sustained considerable damage. 

 a> End of comment.

 a> --------------------------------------------------------
 a> D.R. Evans NQ0I / G4AMJ : devans at
 a>                           al019 at


You mean, the Ditch Witch operators couldn't tell which ditch was which?

   Scott   N1EE/6
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>From Trey Garlough <GARLOUGH at TGV.COM>  Thu Nov 30 18:07:25 1995
From: Trey Garlough <GARLOUGH at TGV.COM> (Trey Garlough)
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 10:07:25 -0800 (PST)
Subject: UR CALL PSE?
Message-ID: <817754845.914672.GARLOUGH at TGV.COM>

> Thanks for the post, Tack.... I agree completely...  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...

In the US, the requirement that you send the other station's call when in
QSO was dropped about 15 years ago (if I remember correctly).  Of course,
this is not something very useful for the CQing station.  :-)

--Trey, WN4KKN/6

>From Assarabowski, Richard" <AssaraR at  Thu Nov 30 18:17:00 1995
From: Assarabowski, Richard" <AssaraR at (Assarabowski, Richard)
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 13:17:00 -0500 (EST)
Subject: JA's on 160 in CQWW CW?
Message-ID: <30BDF537 at>

Anyone on the East Coast work any JA's on 160??  Here's my list of JA's 
heard -- unfortunately none of them were worked.  The only East Coast 
station I heard working one was W1OO.

     JA0MVW    1907.77
     JA7VW          no freq
     JA7NI          1910.5
     JA7BXS         1908.24
     JA3ONB    1909.75
     JA1YDU    1909.52
     JA8CDT    1909.7    
     JR1CWU    1912.0
     JA8CDT    1909.7

Conditions were superb, the new 4-square with raised radials works better 
than anything else thus far at K1KI.  Couldn't work EU in daylight like the 
coastal NE stations.  Unforgettable conditions, maybe next time I'll 
actually volunteer for this band (just kidding)!

                              -- Rich K1CC at K1KI M/M
                                  assarar at

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