aa2du at netcom.com aa2du at netcom.com
Tue Oct 31 12:23:21 EST 1995

I agree with KR2Q and others: score reports belong here. I
love reading the comments of others! So, here goes:                    


      Call: AA2DU                    Country:  United States
      Mode: SSB                      Category: Single Unlimited


      160       36        9      27
       80      246       18      74
       40      157       22      73
       20      976       37     121
       15      667       27     118
       10       56       14      32

     Totals   2138      127     445  =>  3,377,660

Well, this one certainly was a surprise!  Conditions were not
nearly as poor as the WWV would have led you to believe. I guess
a few days of low A and K indices make for some good times.
We had a horrendous thunder storm on Friday night/Sat morning
that came through at about 3:30 AM.  The anemometer on the tower
showed steady 60 mph winds for about 15 minutes. This coupled
with the lightning jumping around the site and the thunder and rain
static made it a real chore to stay on the air. I almost pulled
the plug for a while and then figured what the hell...everything
is grounded. No better way to check if that stuff works, after all!
At one point, I thought I heard/saw/felt a spark discharge along the
ground buss on the back of the bench...good stuff!!

I had one hour on 15 meters that had the last 100 QSO rate on CT up to
190 or so...not bad for the US during a sunspot low.  That's the highest
rate I've ever seen while I have been operating Single-op...a real thrill!
As everyone knows, 20 meters was a real blood-bath...the hell with this
contest free zone crap...the band isn't big enough as it is.  I had a
few run ins with some net-yahoos, even though I was 2 KHz away from
their little party, and THEY were splattering onto my clean run frequency,
they had the nerve to ask, and then DEMAND, that I move. I politely asked
them to check the noise blanker setting on their HW-101's and continued
to run JA's.

C'est la vie! (French for "get a real receiver")

Equipment Description:

PC: Yes, with CT9 and DVP
Radios: 2x FT-1000d
Amps:	2x Alpha 87A
Ants: 	160=  dipole at 90 feet (no beverage!)
	80=   4-square vertical array, ground mounted with a few miles of radials
      		dipole at 85 feet
	40=   402CD at 75 feet, fixed on Europe
	20=   Telrex long-boom 6 element at 90 feet
	15=   Telrex long-boom 6 element at 100 feet
	10=   Telrex long-boom 6 element at 110 feet

J.P. Kleinhaus, AA2DU  ARRL CAC hudson Div. Rep.  
E-mail:              aa2du at netcom.com
Compu$erve:  74660,2606

It's not a bug...It's a feature!

>From RUSSELL S. RINN" <miltex at bga.com  Tue Oct 31 18:11:47 1995
From: RUSSELL S. RINN" <miltex at bga.com (RUSSELL S. RINN)
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 12:11:47 -0600 (CST)
Subject: N3BB - CQWW SO All Band
Message-ID: <199510311811.MAA19606 at zoom.bga.com>

The Comments:

I'll begin as N5RZ and KR2Q by saying that I too enjoy seeing more
than just a number to represent a weekend of work.  I want to get a more
in depth report of how a score was realized.  I ENJOY reading the story
behind the contest. 

This was my first full effort at a 48 hour DX contest as a single op and I
learned quite a bit.  It was a feeling of accomplishment to finish, but
there were some rough hours in the early a.m Sunday.  I lost a few JA
contacts during on Sunday a.m. when I dozed off after a CQ with only the
prefix was in the log and, undoubtledy, the JA op probably wondering what
happened to me!  I ended up sleeping a couple of hours Saturday afternoon
and went down again Sunday morning, in addition to my "off time" between
q's.  Like many others I'm sure, I had been up 12+ hours before the
contest even started.  I am certainly interested in the sleep strategies
of others. 

The Score:

    Callsign Used : N3BB
         Operator : AA5RB

   BAND   Raw QSOs   Valid QSOs   Points   Countries   Zones

  160SSB      25          25         45        17         9
   80SSB      61          61        152        35        17
   40SSB     464         464       1337        65        27
   20SSB     243         243        595        77        28
   15SSB     924         924       2422       105        32
   10SSB      53          53        148        16        10

 Totals     1770        1770       4699       315       123

    Final Score = 2058162 points.

The Bands:

160/80: Heavy static crashes and inexperience on the low bands made these
bands difficult.  Here, plus 40m, is probably where I learned the most. 

40: Very nice JA runs both days with some EU thrown in for good measure. 
More JA qsos here than on 15. 

20: I don't know where the condx were, but I had great difficulty here. 
The end of the first day showed just 65 qso's in the log.  Things were so
bad that I was actually looking for F and G stations to move from 15m for
a multiplier. It picked up beginning @ 0400z the second day with a good
opening to Africa.  Any other W5's see the same? 

15: My best band.  Lots of JA's, and almost as many Europeans.

10: I looked at this band early and often.  I wanted to get what I could
in the first few hours fearing it may be dead the whole weeked.  I worked
a couple of South Pacific mults in the second hour that I never heard
again.  I ended up working stations in a total of 9 hours of the contest
with 23 stations between 2200-0000z day 1 and 24 stations between
1800-2200z the second day.  No zone 3 or 5. 

My big mistake was I started moving multipliers way to late. 

New NW beverage worked great.  New 20m stack just never seemed to get it

Thanks to Jim, N3BB, for the use of his station as well for all of his
work before hand. 

73, Russ--

miltex at bga.com

>From srkelly at agora.rdrop.com (Steve Kelly)  Tue Oct 31 18:40:10 1995
From: srkelly at agora.rdrop.com (Steve Kelly) (Steve Kelly)
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 18:40:10 +0000
Subject: KC7EM SOSB 40m CQWW Score
Message-ID: <v01510100acbc0f8ce933@[]>

                 CQWW PHONE CONTEST  -- 1995

      Call: KC7EM               Country: United States (Oregon)
      Mode: SSB                Category: Single-op, Single-band, 40 meters

   BAND   Raw QSOs   Valid QSOs   Points   Countries   Zones

   40SSB    1095        1095       3206        93        34

            Final Score = 407,162 points.

Rig: FT-1000D
Amp: Henry
Antennae: 3/3 full size yagis (DX Engineering) @ 160' & 80' on TIC RingRotors
Software: TR Log


Phenomenal! Astounding! Superb!  These are a few of the ways I would
describe 40m band conditions over the weekend.  The JA runs never stopped.
There usually comes a time a couple hours before sunrise when the BC
interference is so great that even we left coasters have trouble being
heard over the crud.  This never happened.  Another positive was the total
absence of DIGITAL qrm below 7.100.  I'm used to dealing with Pactor, Amtor
and RTTY signals that are 20 and 30dB over 9 when our propagation peaks
into Asia.

There was sooo much activity from Europe it made weeding out mults from
beneath the big sigs a real challenge.

One major highlite was working TR, EA6, SV5 and my old pal ZD8Z with about
15 minutes to go.  The SV5 and ZD8Z in the last 2 minutes!

I come away with the impression that had there been more mult activity huge
scores would have been possible.  Some of the mults I would have expected
to work, but didn't (not in any particular order):

    4U1UN, 6Y5, CP, J6, J7, J8, OA, TF, TG, FM, OX, PZ, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V,
VP9, 7P8, A2, C5, CN, D44, FR5DX, V5, 4X, 9K2, 9M2, BY, HS, HZ, JD1, 3D2,
FO, KH8, V6, V7, VK9NS, 4U1ITU, GM, GW, LX, LY, PA, SV, YL.....

Zone 17 was the only one I heard and did not work.
Zones not heard: 21, 22, 23, 37, 39

Continent List     160    80    40    20    15    10    ALL
                   ---    --    --    --    --    --    ---
  USA calls   =      0     0     2     0     0     0      2
  VE calls    =      0     0    37     0     0     0     37
  N.A. calls  =      0     0    36     0     0     0     36
  S.A. calls  =      0     0    33     0     0     0     33
  Euro calls  =      0     0   107     0     0     0    107
  Afrc calls  =      0     0    12     0     0     0     12
  Asia calls  =      0     0    26     0     0     0     26
  JA calls    =      0     0   803     0     0     0    803
  Ocen calls  =      0     0    39     0     0     0     39

  Total calls =      0     0  1095     0     0     0   1095

I'm so pumped for the CW test I wish it would have started right after the
end of the Phone test...

73, Steve
srkelly at agora.rdrop.com

>From ac1o at sunken.gate.net (Walt Deemer)  Tue Oct 31 18:22:31 1995
From: ac1o at sunken.gate.net (Walt Deemer) (Walt Deemer)
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 95 13:22:31 EST
Subject: AC1O CQWW Score/Highlights
Message-ID: <9510311822.2l92 at sunken.gate.net>

1995 CQWW SSB DX CONTEST    Call: AC1O   Location: FL   Hours: 35:11 
  Category: Single Op All Band, Low Power (Unassisted)         
     Band    QSOs   Points    Zones     Ctys
     160       13       24        6       11 
      75       42       96       12       34 
      40      107      299       16       47 
      20      219      618       24       73 
      15      343      989       29      100 
      10       75      209       11       21 
     TOTAL    799     2235       98      286         SCORE: 858,240 
     HIGHLIGHTS:  Hearing G0KPW on 10 meters with a good signal at 1340Z 
Saturday and thinking "this is going to be fun after all"; he was the only 
EU/AF station heard all weekend...  Getting DXCC on one band (15 meters) 
with just 100 watts and a PRO-96 @ 80'...  Working almost every country I 
heard on 15.  (Even VP9DX, at 2100Z Sunday; he was weak and coming in on 
some strange path or another.  While spinning the antenna 360 degrees 
trying to find the peak, I heard the words a low power station dreads to 
hear: "I'll spot you on packet."  Pointed the antenna SE, the apparent 
"peak", called; he came right back!)...  Working Lee, VP2VE; he was trapped 
on St. Thomas for several days after the hurricane, and I had handled 
traffic (including Internet traffic) for him during those trying times.  
(Also hinted strongly to Lee that he revisit KP2 for the SS; with all the 
still-unrepaired damage there, KP2 may be even tougher this year than NE 
and VE8.  AB6FO??  WX9E??  In fact, I only worked one KP2 in the contest 
-- and he's leaving today)...  
73 de Walt, AC1O   "AC1O at sunken.gate.net" 

>From oo7 at astro.as.utexas.edu (Derek Wills)  Tue Oct 31 18:56:13 1995
From: oo7 at astro.as.utexas.edu (Derek Wills) (Derek Wills)
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 12:56:13 -0600
Subject: Last Two... Contest Experience

How do people work HC8A by giving their full calls?  There doesn't 
seem time to give it before he's on to the next station.   How
does he keep the adrenaline going all that time?  I did persist 
in saying my whole call and got through during a slow spell, but
it was tough...

Derek AA5BT

>From Daniel R. Violette" <Daniel_R._Violette at ccmail.anatcp.rockwell.com  Tue Oct 31 19:10:24 1995
From: Daniel R. Violette" <Daniel_R._Violette at ccmail.anatcp.rockwell.com (Daniel R. Violette)
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 95 11:10:24 PST
Subject: Gotta Go
Message-ID: <9509318151.AA815166666 at ccmail.anatcp.rockwell.com>

     My network administrator called and said too much Internet gateway 
     mail (from DX/CONTEST reflectors) and need to cut it out (against 
     company policy anyway).  Guess I will have to look for a mail only 
     service for home that fits in my budget.  I have sent out a couple 
     mild messages (always included in an appropriate message) about e-mail 
     to the reflectors being sent with no useful content.  Guess the volume 
     finally hit the 'limit'.
     Dan Violette KI6X

>From Richard Wilder - K3DI <wilder at clark.net>  Tue Oct 31 19:13:30 1995
From: Richard Wilder - K3DI <wilder at clark.net> (Richard Wilder - K3DI)
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 14:13:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Last two letters? (correction)
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.951031131043.29265A-100000 at clark.net>

In a previous posting, I recommended that USA stations should comply 
with the FCC rules.  I incorrectly stated at what part of the 
communication a full call sign is required.  (How am I supposed to
keep up when they change the rules every 10 or 20 years?)   :=)

Anyway, with reference to "The FCC Rule Book Guide to the FCC 
Regulations" published by the League in 1993, I stand corrected.  Here
is the rule.  (Read on, you'll see why I using additional bandwidth.)

Paragraph "97.119 STATION IDENTIFICATION - (a) Each amateur station, 
except a space station or telecommand station, must transmit its assigned 
call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, 
and at lease every ten minutes during a communication, for the purpose of 
clearly making the source of the transmisssion from the station known to 
those receiving the transmissions.  No station may transmit unidentified 
communications or signals, or transmit as the station call sign, any call 
sign not authorized to the station."       This is followed some 40 lines
describing how to ID for various emissions or situations -- none of which
apply to this conversation.

It says to ID "at the end of each communication."  If I don't bust the
pile-up then I have not communicated.  Does this mean an ID is only
required if you're a big gun and can bust the pile?  (I hope so then
you will never know who that DELTA INDIA guy was that couldn't hack it.)

It says we can't "transmit as the station call sign, any call sign not 
authorized..."   The US military consider the suffix portion of a call
to be an abbreviate call sign which is allowed on some nets.  (Of course,
what the military does has no bearing on us but is interesting that some
communicators use other than full calls.)   When we use the "last two" is 
that an abbreviated call sign and thus an unauthorized call sign?

>From the above, it appears to me, the "last two" is either always OK or 
never OK for a little guy that does not bust the pile.  Boy, am I glad 
that reading 97.119 has cleared this up.

Maybe we should drop the whole subject before the FCC get wind of what is 
going on.  I would not want another rewrite of 97.119 -- I would 
probably never be able to catch up on reading the rules.

73, Dick Wilder, K3DI    wilder at clark.net    NEcluster> W3LPL

>From k7ss at wolfenet.com (Danny Eskenazi)  Tue Oct 31 19:27:47 1995
From: k7ss at wolfenet.com (Danny Eskenazi) (Danny Eskenazi)
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 11:27:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: "2 letters bad, 3 letters good?"
Message-ID: <199510311927.LAA22305 at wolfe.net>

Leave it to the W1 "European sitting room" to bitch about "2 letter" folks
calling you....Be glad anyone is calling you at all!

I'll take one, two, three or any combo of letters and numbers...even a
grunt....I'm grateful for the call!   "the station that burped..you're 5903"

Lets not forget our QSOs to JA, where every other call is from only a
suffix, followed by the prefix on the next transmission... I'll bet its
faster than getting full calls!

PLEASE lets not whine about HOW they call...but rather IF they call!

(actually. lets not whine at all.... hmmm,
 am I whining about the NE again? hmm)

73 de K7SS
a very pleasant CQWW...which I seem to be finding unanimous in
comments....could it be
NO SOLAR DISTURBANCES made the difference this year?
Danny Eskenazi
4821 51 SW
Seattle WA 98116
206 932 6621
206 932 1449 Fax
k7ss at wolfenet.com

>From peterj at netcom.com (Peter Jennings)  Tue Oct 31 20:04:55 1995
From: peterj at netcom.com (Peter Jennings) (Peter Jennings)
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 12:04:55 -0800
Subject: CQWW phone 1995
Message-ID: <199510312004.MAA12722 at netcom9.netcom.com>

> Martin VK5GN
> (LINDA.LUTHER at unisa.edu.au)

> Excitement second night about 1a.m. (local).I  started hearing a
> tic..tic..tic noise in both receivers. Static. it begins to build
> until on the 80 quarter wave it is steady at 40 over nine (Icom 765).
> No thunder storms and no forecast of such activity.
> No rain etc. Some wind but not especially strong - 15knots.
> I pull the coax to the vertical from the bulkhead and
>  the static discharges by arcing across the connector.
> Good juicy blue flashes.

> Any weather experts out there know what this was? There was no
> normal thunder activity and has been none for a few days.??

I get this a lot at C31LJ high up in the mountains. Usually it
is associated with snowflakes hitting the antenna. They must
be highly charged. Other times it just happens out of the blue
and my guess is that it is charged dust particles.

My solution is to put a high value resistor from the antenna to ground
to bleed off the static. That way you can keep on operating.


--                                 peterj at netcom.com

>From Rick Dougherty NQ4I <102505.2241 at compuserve.com>  Tue Oct 31 20:27:36 1995
From: Rick Dougherty NQ4I <102505.2241 at compuserve.com> (Rick Dougherty NQ4I)
Date: 31 Oct 95 15:27:36 EST
Message-ID: <951031202735_102505.2241_HHM34-2 at CompuServe.COM>

        BAND                       QSOS          ZONES           COUNTRIES
          160                             22                    8

             80                             62                  13

             40                           162                  26

             20                            771                 36

             15                            566                 26

             10	                             76                  10


TOTALS                         1659                      119

                                                                    2.08 MILLION

1. Terrible lightning storm and rain static Friday Evening
2. Was going to operate Multi-multi but couldn't get any ops...so operated
single all
3. 15m and 20m were pretty decent at my qth most of the weekend.
4. Had to watch the world series game Saturday nite.....
5. Couldn't work BV2FI on 40 m, sure would have liked to....
6. I felt more like a dx'er this weekend than a contester with the poorer than
normal       condx..
7.My stations is set up for Multi-multi so to change bands, I had to get up and
change operating positions...
8.The CQWW is still the best contest in the world.................

>From Douglas S. Zwiebel" <0006489207 at mcimail.com  Tue Oct 31 20:37:00 1995
From: Douglas S. Zwiebel" <0006489207 at mcimail.com (Douglas S. Zwiebel)
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 95 15:37 EST
Subject: Are we not men?
Message-ID: <71951031203717/0006489207PK4EM at MCIMAIL.COM>

Okay, now that I've said I had lots of fun and a great time, here
is the down side, AS I SEE IT.  [all calls are fictitious]
   Is it just me, or is behavior getting out of hand?
1. When the DX comes back and says: "The K5 Zebra go ahead," doesn't he
   mean he wants to hear a call with THOSE LETTERS IN THAT ORDER?
   Why are N9--Z and W0z- calling?  And why is W4abc calling?  I
   know that guys are anxious, but this behavior is absurd.
2. Guys using packet (well, SOME guys) seem to be out of control when
   calling a spot.  The ensuing pileup can last forever.  Everyone just
   keeps calling and calling and calling, never giving any space for the
   DX to come back or to be heard.  Is this productive?  Tie this in with
   item #1 above, and you have a real mess.  Get real...is it really
   necessary to work him in the first 60 seconds?  Why not try again
   in 3-5 MINUTES; I bet you he will still be there AND with a smaller pile.
3. MANY GUYS ARE BREAKING THE RULES.  You MUST copy the call yourself.
   You cannot find a DX spot, go to that frequency, hear a pileup, dump
   it in and get a signal report and NEVER HEAR THAT STATION ACTUALLY
   SIGN HIS CALL.  Please don't tell me this doesn't happen or is rare.
   It is happening ALL THE TIME.  If you log a packet spot but worked
   someone else, you're going to not only lose the qso, but you will also
   earn yourself the established penalty to boot!  This was especially
   true on 10 meters, where the openings were short.  Don't forget what
   an EXCHANGE is...signal reports, zones, AND CALLSIGNS! (that's PLURAL)
   Not hearing the callsign yourself (part of the exchange) is NOT a qso.
Please, please, please review these topics with your members.  I am NOT
saying it is just the clubs (it isn't), but you do have access to
many guys at a time and can spread the word more quickly.
Consider this: If your members are engaging in items #1, #2, and/or #3,
are they REALLY HELPING YOUR CLUB SCORE?  I heard so many club members
WASTE valuable time by doing all of the above, that I was wondering which
contest club they were really trying to help!  Dumping on top of each
other is stupid.  Not following the DX station's request is stupid.  Calling
in an endless cycle is stupid.  Not hearing the call yourself and logging
the qso anyway is dangerous, wrong, and can result is a lost qso plus
penalty.  Think about these practices and what effect it has your club's
aggregate score.  What effect does it have on your club's reputation?
I list the above items in order to better the contest for all players.
Personally, when one of the above is going on, I listen out of curiosity
and fascination.  Sometimes it is even amusing.  When I get tired of
listening, I move on.  I am not complaining because these "things"
affected me or my score (they didn't), but because I think they are
an area of concern for all contesters and contest clubs.
[these are my opinions and in no way are meant to represent an expression
of the official position of the CQWW contest committee]
de Doug    KR2Q at mcimail.com

PS can anyone identify the source of my subject?  :-)

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