FT890AT in CW contests

Paul Staupe pstaupe at reliant.mnet.uswest.com
Sun Oct 15 08:01:48 EDT 1995

I recently downgraded my station to an FT890AT.  I'd like to put in  
a decent effort in SS and the 160 contests, but am wondering
whether or not it's worth plowing $$$ into a CW filter for the '890,  
or if the money would be better spent on some sort of external
digital filter.

Any suggestions?
Please reply directly & I'll summarize.

Paul WZ0V
pstaupe at acs.uswest.com

>From Dr. Eugene Zimmerman" <ezimmerm at DGS.dgsys.com  Sun Oct 15 15:25:04 1995
From: Dr. Eugene Zimmerman" <ezimmerm at DGS.dgsys.com (Dr. Eugene Zimmerman)
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 10:25:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: No printed contest rules in QST
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.951015100043.15459D-100000 at DGS>

After reading the various comments on the reflector, the putative reasons 
for this change are relatively clear (at least to me).

*  It probably is not a means to save magazine space.  Using the 
announcements in the latest (November) QST for the 10 and 160 contests 
and comparing them to last years full rules, this years takes up 15 sq in 
less space than last years or 0.17 page less. 

[For those who care, a page is 8 x 10.75 in (yes it's like a 2x4, not 
quite what you thought) or 86 sq in.  For three columns t is 28.6666... 
sq in per column]

*  It probably is a means to make the contests more enticing to 
newcomers.  I agree with those who have said this is a good idea.

*  To the extent that the -serious- contesters will have to pay $5 in 
order to get the rules so that they can see just exactly what they can do 
to gain an advantage over their competition by "pushing the envelop", it 
is a source of funds for the ARRL.  Many active contesters are life 
members and no longer provide any direct funds to the League (except for 
the interest on their LM payment which one hopes is invested in some 
way). $5 here, $12?? for NCJ there, as the Congressmen say, pretty soon 
it adds up to real money.

Having said that, if as it appears, the rules will be posted at the ARRL 
Web site, they can be post well in advance of the magazine publication 
date so that the contester's attorneys can look more closely for 
loopholes.  If 100% of all active contesters are on the Internet, the 
loss of the detailed rules in QST will make absolutely no difference at 
all, and the less active/new contesters will be well served by the new 
format.  They do not need to see all the detailed rules.  And as Fred K3ZO 
says, the League contest staff can spend their time correcting errors based 
on old rules.

73  Gene  W3ZZ

"Shields up Scotty . . . the Klingons are firing on us."

BTW  if you really want to save space in QST, try eliminating the 
outdated Section news 558 sq in or 6.5 pages (most [all??] of the SMs 
send a timely bulletin to their members).  Or how about 2 pages for a 
small ARRL Board meeting.  These are important to be available but they 
could be put on the Web page and then downloaded in a print form that it 
legible.  That's 8.5 pages more advertising or more space for a better 
CONTEST writeup from the staff that already does a good job with the 
limited space they have.

>From Fred Hopengarten" <k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com  Sat Oct 14 04:04:14 1995
From: Fred Hopengarten" <k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com (Fred Hopengarten)
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 1995 23:04:14 EDT
Subject: Cushcraft 402CD
Message-ID: <307f28b2.k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com>

On Thu, 12 Oct 1995 21:49:46 -0400, AA4NC at aol.com wrote:
Has Cushcraft beefed up their design based on
> all the mods that have been suggested?

K1VR:  I do know that they changed the method of mounting
the capacitive hat.  It is now (the last four years or so)
easier to mount and less likely to fall off.
                      Fred Hopengarten K1VR
           Six Willarch Road * Lincoln, MA 01773-5105
     home + office telephone:  617/259-0088 (FAX on demand)
                   internet:  k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com
            "Big antennas, high in the sky, are better
                       than small ones, low."

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