QSL manager software

John A. Ross, IV wb2k at ritz.mordor.com
Mon Oct 9 06:34:03 EDT 1995

>I am working on the development of a stand alone Windows
>application that will be of use both to the average
>DXer/CONTESTER and to those who are QSL managers.  This
>application would allow one to import CT res/bin files,
>DBase logfiles and ASCII logfiles into either separate or
>combined databases.  Once this database is created, it
>could be sorted on any of the fields.
> From this, one would be able to do the following:
>1) Search for all instances of a callsign within the database,
>   with or without wildcards.
>2) Tag individual entries from the sorted list or directly
>   from the database.
>3) Print the tagged entries either individually or with
>   multiple QSO's per label to either tractor-fed or sheet
>   labels.
>4) Mark the QSLs as sent, with the date printed.
>5) The label format would be able to be fully customizable with
>   such things as callsigns, salutations, graphics and such.
>What I am looking for from you is some feed-back and any
>suggestions.  I am especially interested in any input from the
>users and authors of TR and NA regarding what file export formats
>are available. (I don't use/have either of these contest logging
>programs)  I can't think of what the use might be but would
>export capabilities be useful?
>Later versions could support such things as postage requirements,
>number of IRC's required, bureau sorting/addressing and
>automatic look-up of addresses via CD ROM.
>Any other suggestions?
>Gary K9GS    (You have to STOP the Q-Tip when there's resistance !)

Hi Gary (et al):
I sure hate to dampen anyone's spirits, but the WJ2O software does 98%
of what you just mentioned (doesn't tell you about postage/IRCs). It's not
a "genuine" Windows program, but runs just dandy under Windows. He even
includes a .PIF file.  Last I spoke with Dave (WJ2O) he was working on
turning it into a "true" Windows program.

The one thing you didn't mention (and I believe WJ2O does), is the ability
to look up the callsign in the callsign database (SAM, QRZ, etc.) AND print
the mailing label right after the QSO label. This makes it super easy when
you get around to the "peel and stick" part of QSLing.

73, John - WB2K

John A. Ross, IV  - WB2K / VE2TJA [Zone 2]  (wb2k at ritz.mordor.com)
Summit, New Jersey
Contest DXpedition Registry ---------> http://www.mordor.com/wb2k

>From barry at w2up.wells.com (barry)  Mon Oct  9 16:30:15 1995
From: barry at w2up.wells.com (barry) (barry)
Date: Mon, 09 Oct 95 11:30:15 EDT
Subject: Beam Interaction - FYI
Message-ID: <5kNPcD1w165w at w2up.wells.com>

"Chad Kurszewski" <kurscj at OAMPC12.csg.mot.com> writes:

> On a whim, I decided to rotate the 2el 90 degrees, such that the 2el
> and the stack were at right angles to each other.  WALLA!  SWR that
> is normal!!
> 40 foot (10 meter) (or 10 metre, depends where you are from) seperation
> and a TON of interaction.  I wonder how much it degrades the stack pattern.
> on 40M?

Chad - I bet the stack pattern is SIGNIFICANTLY affected. 40 ft (10m) is 
only 1/4 wavelength away. Would you mount an "extra" 20 m Yagi 15 ft from 
one in an existing stack? Same thing...

If it were my set-up, I would want any additional antennas for same band 
at least 1 wavelength away, and preferably on a different tower. My guess 
is the Cushcraft is doing more harm than good as is.

BTW, on a humorous note, following up you English with metric subtitles, 
there was a photo of a modem in PC Magazine (on the "humor" page) that 
showed the box labelled as follows:
There was a caption something to the effect that the French and Spanish 
users needed those additional lines to figure out what was in the box.
73 Barry


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 richard.frey at Harris.COM (DFREY)  Mon Oct  9 16:13:39 1995
From: richard.frey at Harris.COM (DFREY) (DFREY)
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 11:13:39 -0400
Subject: REEL Accurate clock
Message-ID: <0794eb90 at maila.harris.com>

     Once upon a time, Heathkit made a digital clock with a WWVL receiver 
     in it which automatically updates the clock.  
     I want to buy a new one as a retirement gift for my boss, K2PEZ.  
     Mine is in constant use in my CONTEST station.  Heathkit is kaput.  
     Anyone have any leads for a similar unit?
     Dick K4XU

>From Keith Morehouse-WB9TIY <blckhole at ripco.com>  Mon Oct  9 17:40:09 1995
From: Keith Morehouse-WB9TIY <blckhole at ripco.com> (Keith Morehouse-WB9TIY)
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 11:40:09 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Meter pot in TIC ring-rotors
Message-ID: <Pine.SV4.3.91.951009112804.27450C-100000 at golden.ripco.com>

In prepping my small ring-rotor for install over the weekend, I took a 
section of 45G and pre-assembled it ( the ring rotor) inside the garage.  I 
had not seen one put together before and, since this one was bought "pre 
owned", thought I better do it on the ground once before I messed around "up 
there" !

The mechanical assembly was straight forward, as long as you ignored the 

Anyway, after I hooked up the indicator, the meter was reading strange 
things that I tracked down to a trashed meter driver pot inside 
the motor housing.  The pot is a 500 ohm 10-turn, driven off a spur gear 
attached to the bottom of the shaft that turns the ring "drive" gear.  It 
LOOKS like the pot was probably driven PAST the end of its rotation, 
munching the internals and causing the pot to go open circuit on the wiper.

The question is, as anybody seen this occur with TIC ring-rotors ?

It looks like it might be a standard failure mode that would make one 
want to stock pots.  Good thing the motor housing comes off the 
ring-rotor so easily !  I went ahead and put up the assembly without the 
motor.  BTW - its tough to get that motor out of that housing !!

PROBE ELECTRONICS 100 Higgins Road, Park Ridge IL 60068 USA
Keith J. Morehouse / WB9TIY / Society of Midwest Contesters
708-696-2828  FAX: 708-698-2045  e-mail: blckhole at ripco.com

>From Bud Semon" <Bud_Semon at cpqm.saic.com  Mon Oct  9 10:43:43 1995
From: Bud Semon" <Bud_Semon at cpqm.saic.com (Bud Semon)
Date: 9 Oct 1995 09:43:43 U
Subject: CQP: Imperial County
Message-ID: <n1398890026.81951 at cpqm.saic.com>

N7CW/6 (+KD6QK) - Multi-Single - Imperial County

Band       CW        SSB
160           0            9
80            37           12
40            108         30
20            206         511
15            75           178
10             0            9

Totals:  1175  QSOs  &  58!  Mults   Score  =  161,008


The weather was incredible.  Some years we have had 110 deg, some years 40 mph
winds, this weekend was perfect.  Great start - VY1JA called in after only 20
minutes.  10 minutes later, the VSWR on the tribander went to 3:1 and the
solid state amp protection circuit kicked it off line.  Shake the mast....VSWR
1:1....wind blows....VSWR 3:1....   We spent an hour replacing everything with
no luck.  So, every time the wind blows, run up the hill and shake the mast. 
Harvey (KD6QK) promised to find it and fix it before next year.

Given the sunspots, the bands were ok.  Its tough to be competitive on the low
bands from a desert mountain top (no trees) Field Day style set up.  We had a
mini-opening on 10 m late Sunday and got a whole string of QSO number 1s from

We worked multiplier number 57 late Saturday night and needed only KL7.  At
1900Z on Sunday, we turned the beam from 60 deg. to 30 deg.  At 2015Z, we
turned it to 350 deg.  At 2057Z, NL7GP called and gave me QSO number 30.  I
hope there were more KL7s on than just him!

CQP is one of my favorite contests.  My thanks to the NCCC and to everyone who
participates (especially to the huge number of VE stations).


Bud N7CW
bud_semon at cpqm.saic.com

>From dgf at netcom.com (David Feldman)  Mon Oct  9 17:56:43 1995
From: dgf at netcom.com (David Feldman) (David Feldman)
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 09:56:43 -0700
Subject: Digital Voice Keyer advice
Message-ID: <199510091656.JAA09740 at netcom8.netcom.com>

Need advice on a simple voice CQ'er. I don't really need full exchange
generation capability - just something to generate a "CQ" message.
I don't really have time to homebrew anything, and would rather not
depend on the computer to do the job (the computer will be located in
another room far from the shack to save RFI). Any suggestions for
a simple stand-alone CQ'er that can be bought off-the-shelf?

73 Dave WB0GAZ dgf at netcom.com

>From Ken Claerbout <76065.3345 at compuserve.com>  Mon Oct  9 18:06:05 1995
From: Ken Claerbout <76065.3345 at compuserve.com> (Ken Claerbout)
Date: 09 Oct 95 13:06:05 EDT
Subject: Kenwood 940 VFO problem
Message-ID: <951009170605_76065.3345_GHC21-2 at CompuServe.COM>

Many thanks for the great response to my question regarding the VFO problem
with my 940.  Since many of you have asked, I'll let you know what if any luck I
have tracking the problem down.  As luck would have it, the cooler weather 
will probably take care of it (for now).

		73 Ken KE9A 

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