40-meter SSB intruders in CW band

k0od at MO.NET k0od at MO.NET
Mon Oct 16 21:08:39 EDT 1995

   In addition to those Indonesian pirates, I hear Central American SSB 
stations most days on 7.003 Mhz around 1200-1400Z. They are quite loud in 
the US Midwest. I have heard them sign XE and YS amateur calls in 
Spanish. Anyone know whether these stations are operating legally? They 
wipe out some of our most useful DX frequencies.   
       Jeff K0OD  St. Louis, MO  USA
            e-mail:   k0od at mo.net

>From Doug Grant <0006008716 at mcimail.com>  Tue Oct 17 03:02:00 1995
From: Doug Grant <0006008716 at mcimail.com> (Doug Grant)
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 95 21:02 EST
Subject: NNY Ham Census
Message-ID: <11951017020211/0006008716NA3EM at MCIMAIL.COM>


Since you asked, here's the overall ham census of the
counties in the NNY section...

NY  Clinton                               :     235
NY  Essex                                 :     100
NY  Franklin                              :     168
NY  Fulton                                :     217
NY  Hamilton                              :      22
NY  Herkimer                              :     208
NY  Jefferson                             :     285
NY  Lewis                                 :      63
NY  Montgomery                            :     122
NY  Otsego                                :     224
NY  Saint Lawrence                        :     335
NY  Schoharie                             :      94

TOTAL                                          2073

For comparison, there are over 3500 hams in San Diego - 
just the city, not the Section!

Hmmmm...NNY is pretty close to here. Should be easy to scare 
one up on 75 in SS - at least no harder than a VE1.

If we keep this up (NNH/SNH? EVT/WVT?) maybe there's hope for
an East Coast revival in SS...

Bet you can guess where the data above came from...the 1996
CQ Almanac goes to press next week...


Doug  K1DG

>From Kurt Pauer <0006743923 at mcimail.com>  Tue Oct 17 03:45:00 1995
From: Kurt Pauer <0006743923 at mcimail.com> (Kurt Pauer)
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 95 21:45 EST
Subject: CQP-KE6SXE Inyo County
Message-ID: <35951017024553/0006743923ND4EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

Station:  KE6SXE             QTH:  Lone Pine, Calif (Inyo County)
Score:    44,149 points      California County Expedition (SO/H)
                       CW       SSB
               80      30        
               40      94        24
               20     105        68 
               15       8         3
                      237       190      49 mults
   Inyo County is the second largest county in California with about 10,000
people, most living within a couple miles of US 395 which runs north and 
south through the Owens Valley, the main route between LA and Reno.
Five thousand of them are in Bishop, 2,000 in Lone Pine, and the other 3,000
scattered in several small towns.  It is over 200 miles from the northwest
corner to the southeast corner of the county.  On the western border is
the Sierra Nevada with Mt Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48, at 
14,495 feet, about seven miles west of my QTH which was 4,600 feet.  About 
100 miles east is Death Valley and the lowest point in the US at 212 feet 
below sea level.  
   I operated my TS-930 and SB-200 from a garage in the backyard of our 
family cabin above Lone Pine and used a Cushcraft AV-5 set up in the sage 
brush behind the garage.  KE6SXE is the club call for the Lo-Inyo Amateur 
Radio Society.  The visit to Lone Pine was two-fold.  One was to activate 
Inyo County for the CQP and the other was for a family reunion at the Lone 
Pine Film Festival, a typical small town festival with barbecue and parade.  
   I put in about 5.7 hours operating the first day and had planned about 
the same amount the second day.  Unfortunately, I could not operate the 
second day because of a sudden illness, i.e. had to stay close to the banyo.
Tried operating about 15 minutes, but couldn't stay with it.  Worked 
WA4PGM on 5 band modes and KK7K on 4 band modes.  I didn't use computer 
logging nor a memory keyer for the first time in 6 years.  Using CT is a lot 
easier!  Despite that, I did get in 105 qso's my first hour on 40 CW.  A 
big surprise was the call from W6XR/2 on 80 meters.  He was S9 and sounded 
like a local.  All the other east coast signals were S5.
   This is a great contest.  I hope to operate again next year from Inyo
County, hopefully under better circumstances.
                                  Kurt, W1PH

>From Fred Hopengarten" <k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com  Mon Oct 16 14:55:13 1995
From: Fred Hopengarten" <k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com (Fred Hopengarten)
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 09:55:13 EDT
Subject: A New Section?
Message-ID: <3082644c.k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com>

I was only half awake this morning when I saw (via ANIK
satellite reception) a report on the CBC Morning News that
the Northern Territory of Canada will split in two,
administratively.  If I got it right, a new area (will it be
a full-fledged province?), Nunavut, will be created by the
Federal government in 1999.

VE6SH, or other readers in the Great White North:  Are you
willing to venture a remark on whether or not Nunavut should
be a new section in SS, or a new section for "auslanders" to
work in the ARRL DX Competition?

Are there any contesters in Nunavut?  If there are none, how
will anyone get a Clean Sweep?  If there are no Clean
Sweeps, how will anyone get a mug?  If there are no mugs,
how will anyone drink tea (or, for those of you who are less
sophisticated, coffee) during a contest?  If there is no tea
in a mug, will anyone get on and operate in a contest?  If
no one gets on in contests, is life worth living?

You can see how serious this issue can be.  Nunavut, or not
to be?
                      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."

>From kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart)  Tue Oct 17 05:06:12 1995
From: kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart) (Tyler Stewart)
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 00:06:12 -0400
Subject: KT34XA/402CD interactions
Message-ID: <199510170406.AAA09336 at cais.cais.com>

I finally finished tower #1 here:  a 3 stack of KT34XA's with a cherry (402CD)
on top.  Stack heights are 38/72/110' with the 402 CD at about 125' on the same
mast as the top tribander.  I had the 402 up for about 2 wks before the
tribander went in underneath.  I've been extremely pleased with the performance
of the 402CD (a QHS ++ version).  I set it up 2 inches shorter than the CW
settings and got very good SWR from 7000 to 7175 and usable to about 7250 on
phone.  It's rare when I have to make a second call in a DX pileup.
Anyway, I then added the 3rd tribander 15 ft below the 402CD.  I found
absolutely no change in SWR  curves on either antenna, and both seem to perform
admireably.  The 3 high stack is fed with the Dunestar Stackmatch box and all
in-phase combinations are available.  Although I have nothing else to compare
it to at present, the stack seems to perform as expected, and seems to hang
right in there with the best of them...even guys running monobander stacks.
BTW, the 402 and the top tribander are pointed in the same direction.  At
any rate, I couldnt be more pleased with the results.  
     BTW, I've now rebuilt 3 used KT34XA's (I'm starting to get good at these!)
by the book, and all three have performed almost exactly as published without
any pruning at all.  
     As mentioned above, I built a new 402CD kit up to W6QHS ++ specs which does
wonders physically, for a rather marginal design.  It was installed without
a truss.  I used an Aztec RF balun strapped to the boom.  This beam will
be there long after all the elements have blown off the tribanders...

...now for some RXing antennas so I'm not such an alligator on the low bands..!

73, Tyler KF3P

>From Al Gritzmacher <ae2t at localnet.com>  Tue Oct 17 06:42:20 1995
From: Al Gritzmacher <ae2t at localnet.com> (Al Gritzmacher)
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 01:42:20 -0400
Subject: CQP and PA QSO Notes
Message-ID: <199510170539.BAA30945 at buffalo1.localnet.com>

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CQP Score for AE2T, NY SOLP

80  1   0 
40 28   7
20 68  76
15 46  42 
10  0   0

  143 125  268 Total
  X3  X2
  429 125  268

Mults  53  35,987 Final Score

Still looking for: Kings, Modoc, Napa, Yolo and Yuba

Operated a few hours here and there, maybe 15 total. 
Worked everyone I heard, with low power. As always, 
this was a lot of fun. Kudos to the NCCC guys who 
promote this contest so well. Always plenty of stations
on to work. 

Conditions could have been better. I was disappointed in 
the 80/40 meter bands in the evening. Too much noise and 
sigs were never great. 15 meters made up for it on Sunday,
but never heard a peep here on 10. 

This contest has to be a blast from the Cailfornia end: 
heard some big QSO numbers being given out. Also heard a 
few CA stations, who sounded like it might have been their 
first taste of contesting, having a great time. 

K6LL was LOUD with his vertical on 15 fone. Many CA stations
gave me good reports, so I was never tempted to turn on 
the amp and worked the whole thing barefoot.

Score for 1995 PA QSO Party for AE2T 

Class: SO HP (abt 500w.)

Op: AE2T

QSOs - 422
QSO Points - 531.5
Mults - 67 (A Sweep!)
Score - 35,610.5 (Love those 1.5 point QSOs!)
Bonus - 800  (Worked W3YA 4 times)
Grand total - 36,410.5

This was as much fun as the CQP. Except that this time I was so close
that 20 and up were a bust. Not even scatter heard. But 40 and 80 were
great the whole time.

Really like the built-in off time in the night. 

Was able to even able run PA stations Sat eve and Sunday at times. Seems
like the PA clubs were quite successful at getting their people on the
air for the event. I had many of them on Sunday with very low numbers,
so you know they had to get on to just give out a few points. Thanks!

Logging software was a problem (minor) I use TR Log and although it was
possible to set it up to handle the logging, the mults and points were 
a semi-major post-contest undertaking. Different points values for different
bands and modes and 1.5 point QSOs seem like a hard thing to make a 
generic logging program adapt to. 

I ended up massaging the log afterwards with a text editor to change all 
the permutations of county abbreviations into one name each. Then I parsed
the log into Lotus 123 and wrote formula for the points column and bonus
column. Let it total an figure the score. 

I had no dupes except for the mobiles I worked in two or more counties
that TR logged as 0-pointers. I sorted the log in 123 by band and mode then 
callsign to look for dupes again. If a station was worked twice, it would 
stand out because both entries would end up together. This was nice for 
checking the mobiles to be sure they were each in a different county. 
Ended up that I never worked a dupe. (At least that got into the log HI)

A lot of work, but worth it.

Started this one out on low power too, but turned on the amplifier when 
the foreign BC stations started coming in on 40. The Timewave DSP-9 
helped out there too. 

All in all, enjoyed this contest as much as the CQP. Both were a nice 
warm-up for the coming season.


ae2t at localnet.com


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