Tilde ~ Woes on CW...

John D. Nicholson jnichols at ednet1.osl.or.gov
Tue Oct 31 08:37:21 EST 1995

Since CONTESTER's are a cut above, can anyone tell me what the 
morse code equivalent is for the tilde ~ symbol? When I am giving
my web page address on cw, I come to a screeching halt when I come
to that ~ ! Any help on this one?

Re: last two letters; it's a good deal for those guys with alphabet
soup calls. Makes a level playing field in the pileups...short calls
have an unfair advantage, that's a fact. Now if we just limited 
everyone to a dipole no higher than 40' and 100 watts out... :)

Re: IC775DSP in CQWW; I had fun with mine. Had to go to work at
4am Sunday morning, so sorta cut into my plans...

73 - 'FD (You'll have to guess the rest of the letters)


Clue: try looking at http://www.teleport.com/~k7fd


>From Bill Standerfer <bills at hpislwes.lvld.hp.com>  Tue Oct 31 16:55:29 1995
From: Bill Standerfer <bills at hpislwes.lvld.hp.com> (Bill Standerfer)
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 09:55:29 -0700
Subject: Last two letters...
Message-ID: <199510311652.AA065498342 at hp.com>

Randy Thompson <k5zd at iconics.com> wrote:
>But, we need to have a convention as to which two letters they are 
>giving.  It should always be the last two letters of the call.

I think the convention should be the last two letters, said immediately after
the the rest of the call.

I suggest that those of us to whom the "last two" nonsense is annoying should
make an effort to educate these folks (politely of course).  Something like
"full callsign only" or some such.  We don't want to scare them away, just
change the behavior.  Maybe a short article in QST?  If we don't make an
effort to counteract the bad habits they'll never get fixed.  I suspect that
there are more people out there trying to enforce "last two" than there are
trying to actively discourage it.


Bill Standerfer        *   Hewlett-Packard Company
CFI-A, IA, ME          *   Measurement Systems Division
bills at lvld.hp.com      *   Loveland, CO  80539 
Baron N222AB - KF0DJ   *   970-679-2378

>From ronkg2bn at lightlink.com (Ron)  Tue Oct 31 22:14:12 1995
From: ronkg2bn at lightlink.com (Ron) (Ron)
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 95 17:14:12 EST
Subject: CQWW95 Results --KG2BN
Message-ID: <199510311715.MAA13274 at light.lightlink.com>

Greetings to all--

I have been licensed just a year, and this was my first CQWW.  
Results, followed by comments.

         Q        Z          C
160     5        2          3
 80    17        5          8
 40    29        7         19
 20   161       15         52
 15   165       17         51
 10      0        0          0

TOT  377       46        133

CQWW Score      189,024

Operating conditions:  Single Op, unassisted, low power.
Heath SB 1400 Transceiver
Dipoles between the trees on 80, 40, 20, center fed with one coax.
200' zep, fed with ladder line,  also on the trees.
MFJ Antenna tuner.

The contest was great fun!  I got about 12 hours sleep,  since my nighttime
results were a case of diminishing returns once I had worked the few
powerhouses on 80 and 160.  The QRM on 40 was terrible with no DSP or narrow SSB filters.  But I worked a fair number on split.

I <thought> 20 and 15 were fabulous.  Everytime I worked up and down the bands I found new stations I hadn't found before.  As the terminator/gray line) moved I found that when I found my first African (or PY or LU) I soon found several more in a row.  Then they were gone.  But it was frustrating to hear nearby stations working DX that I couldn't even hear.  

I normally work Africa and the Caribbean very easily,  but found only a few multipliers of each in the contest.  Europe was full blast on 20 and 15, yet even there I couldn/t find some of the multipliers I expected.

Thanks to all who had the patience to work me through the pileups.  What a thrill to work SU and 9X.

73s to all


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