Go pigs!

frenaye at pcnet.com frenaye at pcnet.com
Wed Dec 4 01:28:04 EST 1996

I seem to remember that in the late 70's and early 80's the (mostly contest, 
mostly under 30) crowd from the east and northeast that used to gather on 
3830 in the evenings would have a nightly 'battle' with a group of older 
(mostly over 60) gentlemen in the mid-south (Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas). 
They called themselves pig farmers, and their gathering was the pig farmer's 

The (young) contesters would start things rolling around 6 or 7 PM while the 
skip was short and the pig farmers very weak.  As the band lengthened they 
got louder and louder (as did we).  Sometimes we continued for hours on the 
same frequency with separate conversations (true sharing of frequencies), 
and sometimes we moved a little.  Moving was not considered manly so it 
didn't always happen by either group.  The folks from the south were a bit 
more stubborn than those from the east, and one of them (W4DA is the call 
that comes to mind) had a signal that seemed at least 20 db stronger than a 
1000w limit would have created.

The inhabitants of 3830 today are probably not even part of the "original" 
group of gentlemen (and I think some of today's contesters that come to 3830 
are less gentlemen than those of the past as well).

I miss the old pig farmers.

				73 Tom

E-mail: frenaye at pcnet.com   
Tom Frenaye, K1KI, P O Box 386, West Suffield CT 06093 Phone: 860-668-5444

>From k5zd at ultranet.com (Randy Thompson)  Wed Dec  4 01:41:23 1996
From: k5zd at ultranet.com (Randy Thompson) (Randy Thompson)
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 20:41:23 -0500
Message-ID: <01BBE15F.3CFD5A40 at k5zd.ultranet.com>

I believe they have some rule calling for a "restrictor plate"?!  Where =
would we fit one of those into a contest station?

I give NASCAR credit for allowing technology but still applying limits =
to keep the racing close.  They don't have quite as many variables to =
control as we do in contesting though.

Randy, K5ZD

From: 	Jan & Del Seay[SMTP:seay at Alaska.NET]
Sent: 	Tuesday, December 03, 1996 5:47 PM
To: 	Joe Fitzgerald
Cc: 	cq-contest at tgv.com
Subject: 	Re:

Joe Fitzgerald wrote:

> We have heard a similar argument for years in NASCAR and other auto =
> fields.  As technology advances, so does the complexity of the =
> required to compete.  There are still guys out there that race steam =
Interesting you should pick that for an analogy, since Jeff Gorden's or
Dale Earnheart's "Golden Chevies" can't reach the top speed that
Stanley's steamer reached 80 years ago!  de KL7HF

Randy Thompson                                                           =
                     Amateur Radio Call Sign: K5ZD
E-mail: k5zd at ultranet.com
11 Hollis Street,  Uxbridge, MA 01569
h (508) 278-2355  w (508) 337-6600

>From kk5ep at netdoor.com (Michael Causey)  Wed Dec  4 02:14:34 1996
From: kk5ep at netdoor.com (Michael Causey) (Michael Causey)
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 20:14:34 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Antenna Tuners?
Message-ID: <199612040214.UAA06333 at netdoor.com>

Hello all,

I just bought my first amp and I now need a legal limit antenna tuner.  Any
suggestions, what are some of you using?

Thanks, Mike  N5ZX.

>From n7tr at rnodx.org (Rich Hallman N7TR)  Wed Dec  4 02:20:55 1996
From: n7tr at rnodx.org (Rich Hallman N7TR) (Rich Hallman N7TR)
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 18:20:55 -0800
Subject: 10 Meter Novice "Contest Free" Zone
Message-ID: <BMSMTP8496658270Phallman at mail.greatbasin.net>

>  Argentina has just noted that it has allowed its Novices to use
>  28300-28350 primarily so they can participate in international contests.
>  Meanwhile, ARRL has declared a contest-free zone from 28300-28350 for its
>  10 meter contest and ARRL DX Contest so that US Novices will have
>  somewhere they can operate using HF phone without contest QRM.

This is interesting......

   How about a "NET FREE ZONE" for SSB contest weekends from 14250-14350??

  Why stop there.....Maybe an "SSTV FREE ZONE" on ALL of 20 for any contest??

     Just an idea.....

                          Rich N7TR

Richard Hallman                         N7TR at RNODX.ORG
11870 Heartpine St                "Big is good...Tall is better!"
Reno NV 89506	            ex: KI3V, A92FN, HL9RH, KI3V/VP9
702 677-1106                            /WP4, /HP, /VO2,  N3AMK

>From readerl at goliath.sunyocc.edu (Larry Reader)  Wed Dec  4 03:23:26 1996
From: readerl at goliath.sunyocc.edu (Larry Reader) (Larry Reader)
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 22:23:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: How to obtain US License
Message-ID: <9612040323.AA28322 at goliath.sunyocc.edu>

I've been asked by the European ham who has rented Windwood for the WPX CW
contest for help in obtaining the necessary license to be able to operate
the WP2Z contest station.

Have no idea what's required and the best way to go about getting the
paperwork started.  The regs speak about an FCC form 610-AL, that's all I

Any help would be appreciated.  BTW, except for the 10 meter contest,
Windwood is now rented for all major contest weeks through May 1997.  Anyone
interested in Fall 1997 weeks should be booking now.  Both CQWW's and SS SSB
are already rented but WAE CW/SSB, ARRL 10 & 160 and SS CW are still available.


readerl at goliath.sunyocc.edu

>From ke5fi at wt.net (Chuck Dietz)  Wed Dec  4 05:29:58 1996
From: ke5fi at wt.net (Chuck Dietz) (Chuck Dietz)
Date: Tue, 03 Dec 1996 21:29:58 -0800
Subject: 10 Meter Novice "Contest Free" Zone
References: <Pine.SOL.3.95.961203133445.9791F-100000 at z.glue.umd.edu>
Message-ID: <32A50C56.1E44 at wt.net>

De Syam wrote:
> Argentina has just noted that it has allowed its Novices to use
> 28300-28350 primarily so they can participate in international contests.

I think this is a problem.  I think I should be able to answer a cq in 
the "forbidden" window, but I will not cq there.  Hopefully the LU 
novices will find the contesters.

	However, my experience is that a rule that cannot be enforced 
will be broken.  

	My other experience is that there are few LU stations who are 
contesters in the 300-350 window.

Chuck, KE5FI

>From rbowen at iglobal.net (Ralph Bowen)  Wed Dec  4 04:11:17 1996
From: rbowen at iglobal.net (Ralph Bowen) (Ralph Bowen)
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 22:11:17 -0600
Subject: 10 Meter Novice "Contest Free" Zone
Message-ID: <19961204041116686.AAA73 at rbowen.iglobal.net>

At 03:38 PM 12/3/96 -0500, W2XX wrote:

>The point might be made as to why the LU govt. did not check with
>contest organizers before making such a decision.  In any case,
>it would seem that a contest-only segment for LU novices is more
>effective in the 28500 area where in my experience more contest
>activity takes place.

Yeah right!!   -  I am so sure a government will confer with amateur radio
contesters before making a frequency allocation decision.  Wish it were
true,  but this represents BIG TIME pipe dreaming!!!

"Hey, Mr Clinton,  I'm a ham radio contester  -  do you think you could make
all the Pig Farmers QRT on 75M during Contest Periods??""

73,  Gator  N5RZ

>From k5zd at ultranet.com (Randy Thompson)  Wed Dec  4 04:16:00 1996
From: k5zd at ultranet.com (Randy Thompson) (Randy Thompson)
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 23:16:00 -0500
Subject: K5ZD CQWW CW Story (Long)
Message-ID: <01BBE170.02BABD80 at k5zd.ultranet.com>

                    CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST -- 1996

      Call: K5ZD                     Country:  United States
      Mode: CW                       Category: Single Operator
                                               High Power


      160      174      488     2.80     16      57
       80      343      961     2.80     22      81
       40      744     2170     2.92     33     112
       20     1138     3358     2.95     34     109
       15      725     2141     2.95     27      95
       10       25       59     2.36     12      16

     Totals   3149     9177     2.91    144     470  =3D>  5,634,678

Station Description

Radio 1 - Icom IC-765 + Alpha 76CA (connected to either tower 1 or 2)

Radio 2 - Kenwood TS-930S + Drake L-4B (connected to only tower 2)

Tower 1 - 100' Rohn 45G=20
   40-2CD @ 110'
   205CA @ 100' / 50'
   5-el 15 @70' on rotary sidemount
   6-el 10 @75' fixed south
   80m Inv Vee with top at 95'
   160m 1/4-wave GP with 4 elevated radials=20
Tower 2 - 90' Rohn 25G=20
   TH7DXX at 90'
   40m 1/2-wave sloper to west
   80m 1/4-wave elevated GP with 4 radials
   160m Inv Vee with top at 88'=20

The Story

I have a routine that I try to follow in preparing for a major single op =
effort in a DX contest.  It includes getting plenty of rest during the =
week leading up to the contest, taking a 3 hour nap just before the =
contest, and having the station tuned and ready well in advance.  I =
didn't get to do any of these this time!

My company shipped our very first production product on Friday =
afternoon.  Not without lots of last minute details and corrections of =
course.  I arrived home in a rush at 2315Z and flipped on the equipment. =
 A quick change of clothes, grabbed a sandwich, and I was in the shack =
writing down the amp tuning settings at 2345Z.  Got the clock and =
computer set with just minutes to spare.

Started the contest on 40m because that is always the place to start.  =
Almost couldn't find a frequency and ended up at 7042.  It was a strange =
beginning.  The band was open, but not really.  The big Eu stations were =
very loud, but it must have been so noisy and crowded that the little =
guys just couldn't get through.  I was tuning an almost dead 20m band on =
the second radio and caught some garden variety stuff.  It was so slow =
calling CQ that I actually did some S&P for the last 20 minutes of the =
hour [thus violating the single op rule that says if you are not calling =
CQ during a rate period you are losing!].

40 was so bad I headed for 160 at 0100Z.  First station I heard was =
OH1NOR with a good signal (he would be much louder later).  Spent 10 =
minutes and worked a few other Eu before heading to 80m.

I was really feeling tired at this point and wondered how I would ever =
get through the full weekend.  Experience told me that I would get over =
this feeling as I got more into the contest... I did, but not until =

80 CW is not my best band.  My antenna, which seems to do fine on Phone, =
just doesn't cut it on CW.  I would get a little run going and then some =
European would sit down next to me and it was over.  Very frustrating =
and resulted in lots of S&P work on 80.  My first spin up the band went =
all the way up to 3578! =20

Back to 160 during the 02Z hour.  Got a small run going on 1841 from =
0220 to 0234Z.  Nothing rare, but it got my confidence back.  Went to 40 =
when I found ZD8DEZ while tuning on the second radio.  Couldn't find a =
frequency to call CQ on, so just tuned up the band for some high speed =
S&P.  Worked multipliers all the way up to 7061!

At 03Z it was back to 80m for more tuning.  Actually got a very small =
run at 3560 but then lost the frequency.  Again I chased stations all =
the way up to 3579.  If you haven't been tuning up this high, there are =
lots of second level Europeans up here who like to call CQ.

I pushed 160 pretty hard during the 04Z hour. The band was filled with =
Eu signals but they were not hearing me as well as I was hearing them.  =
No doubt due to the high QRM levels.  Best catch was 4X4NJ at 0412Z.  =
Had to wait for Riki to work a few Europeans first, but he eventually =
heard me.  Never heard him again all weekend.  Then I found RU6LWZ for =
another double mult.

At 0445Z it was back to 80m.  I needed some QSOs so tried to call CQ as =
much as possible. Got 3506 for a few minutes and had WH6R call in (this =
is good since I usually miss KH6 on this band for some reason).  Finally =
found a home at 3529 which was good for 30 QSOs or so.  UA9FGR in zone =
17 called in at 0507 and he was loud (well over S9)!  That surprise was =
followed by LU4FD which was a nice double.

I spent the rest of the evening bounding between 80 and 160.  Anything =
for a QSO!  The second rig was on 40m (using a sloper to the west) =
chasing Carribbean stations.  I could tell the MUF was below 7 Mhz so I =
invested my time on the LF bands.

Since I had not operated the contest last year (KM3T used my station) I =
didn't really know what to expect.  I had downloaded the K1AR =
multi-single and W1KM single op rate sheets from the contesting on-line =
web site.  These gave me something to chase and I was falling behind on =
QSOs, but doing very well for multipliers.  It seemed that everywhere I =
went I found more and more mults.  Even still, it is amazing to see the =
scores on the 3830 reflector and realize how much stuff I missed!

Conditions to northern Eu were very good on 80 and 160.  I have never =
worked so many OZ, LA, OH and SM stations!

At 0830, I finally found a good frequency to call CQ on 40m (7007).  In =
the midst of the Europeans I was called by a weak and very fluttery =
VS6BG.  A few minutes later I found JA1YXP with a very good signal. =20

The 09Z hour was very slow, but filled with lots of multipliers.  Even =
at 10Z, the Eu big guns were still coming through on 40m.  RZ9UA/0 in =
zone 18 was extremely loud (as he was all weekend!).  At 1024Z I heard =
what sounded like a JA calling CQ on 80m.  I dropped my call in just for =
grins and was amazed to have him come back with the complete call =
immediately.  I had to ask JK1OPL for his call 3 times so he was hearing =
lots better than I was.  That is the earliest and easiest I have worked =
JA on 80.  That gave me a needed shot of addrenalin.

At 1040Z the Europeans started to come through on 20.  I called a few of =
them but most were beaming east and couldn't hear me.  I was surprised =
to catch VK9NS on 80m at 1055Z.  To celebrate, I stood up for the first =
time and made a 10 minute potty and food break.  I came back to find =
N5OLS/KH8 and TX8FU on 40m for new ones.

At 1115Z I got to 20m to start the morning's business.  I got one of my =
favorite spots, 14026, and the rate was immediate.  I worked 272 QSOs in =
just 94 minutes!  All during the run, the receiver sounded intermittent. =
 It was annoying, but the signals were loud enough that I could still =
copy even when it cut out.  I finally decided something had failed in =
the 20m stack as I had not noticed the problem before.

At 1254Z I moved up 7 Mhz exactly from 14026 to 21026.  The rate was =
stayed in the incredible range with 273 contacts in 118 minutes.  The =
receiver was still cutting out and it was driving me crazy.  I took a =
few minutes to try and solve the problem by wiggling coaxes and removing =
the watt meter from the line but it quickly returned.

Just as happened in the phone contest, the rate went from high to low in =
just a short period.  It seems that I have a 15m band opening only =
antenna.  The rate slowed so much that I went back to 20m at 1520Z to =
get something going.  It was almost impossible to find a frequency to CQ =
on.  The fluttery backscatter signals were all very wide making it even =
more difficult to squeeze in.  I finally found a crack at 14037 and =
stayed there from 1526 until 1803Z.  I caught a few multipliers on 15m =
using the second rig.

During this run I had continued to try to figure out the receive =
problem.  I finally realized that the amp relay had to be the problem.  =
At one point during the night, while listening on the Beverage, I had =
transmitted into an open relay position.  This probably burned the relay =
contacts.  It took only minutes to pop the cover of the Alpha 76 and =
buff the contacts with some sand paper.  Problem solved!  That's the =
first in-contest equipment failure here in a long time (knock on wood).

At 1809Z I decided I had better check 10m.  First signal heard was W6NL =
for a zone 3 multiplier.  K1KI was next and that was it.  No other =
signals on the band!

Since I had spent so much time on 20m, I knew I really needed to hit 15 =
before it closed.  It was almost too late for Europe, but there was =
still plenty of multipliers ranging from EA6IB to ZD8DEZ to AH8N to HC8N =
to D44BC.=20

At 1910Z I went back to 10m and caught P40W, a very weak 3E1DX, and some =
LUs.  That was it for 10m on Saturday.

I got 14003 and started a small run.  Looking at the previous year's =
rate sheets, it looked like 40m was where I should be so I moved on =
down.  At 1924Z I captured 7013.  This was home for the next 2 hours and =
140 QSOs.  Best call in was TF50IRA for a nice double!  The second radio =
was active on 20 catching goodies like 9U5DX and 3C5A.  OX3SA called in =
a bit later to complete the zone 40 'run'.

At 2215Z, I realized that 20m was open to JA.  Since the rate on 40 was =
going down, I decided to give it a try.  This is the one place my K5 =
call is a disadvantage -- the JAs are so busy chasing the W1/W2/W3 guys =
that they seem to ignore a less rare K5!  After a nice run of 20 JAs it =
was over.  The band was still open, but no one was calling.

I went to 15 for a quick multiplier scan.  I was beaming west after just =
working VK2AYD when I heard JA5DQH on scatter.  He was right at the =
noise level but I dropped my call in just in case.  I didn't think he =
had come back to me until I heard "Hi Randy"!  I just about fell out of =
the chair.  I worked ZM2K for my third double mult and then back to 20m =
to finish out the hour chasing multipliers.

The 23Z hour was all on 40 in a mix of S&P plus CQing.  The only spot I =
could get in was 7039.  Even there, it was tough to hold a spot.  I have =
never seen 40m so crowded.  It was impossible to get a frequency below =

At 2336Z my wife informed me that dinner was ready if I wanted it.  It =
sounded better than beating my head against a wall so I took my second =
real break of the contest.  Just 13 minutes later I am back in the =

At the 24 hour mark, I had 1821/118/373 for about 2.58M.  My 'formula' =
for determining my final score goal is to double this and add 10%.  That =
would be around 5.6 Million which seemed rather incredible at the time.  =
Most interesting to me was that I had 99 countries on 40m and only 81 on =

My goal for the second night was to chase multipliers.  During the 00Z =
hour I found TK5EP and T9DX on 160m, then ES6DO, VP5EA, and YO4WP on =
80m.  I was searching for 5V7A since I knew they had to be somewhere on =
the band.  I finally found them on 3557 of all places, and the pile-up =
was big enough that they were listening up 1 khz!  The op was really =
good since he got me on the first call (isn't that how you define =
someone as being a good op?)!

At 01Z I realized that 20m was open to JA again.  Not runnable, but I =
spent some time chasing the ones that were calling CQ.  The opening was =
rather narrow as I didn't hear anything other than JA and some zone 19 =

When I returned to 40m I found ZS8IR working at a slow but steady pace.  =
Amazingly, that is an all time new country for me!  A few minutes later =
I am trying to establish a CQ frequency on 7034 when I hear 7Q7EH come =
on and call CQ.  Another good catch in the log.  Then I find YL3IZ/MM in =
zone 34 for a nice one.  I finally end up with a small run on 7061.

At 0224Z its back to 160m.  I am relying on 160m to get the extra =
multipliers I will need to make up for W1KM's big 80m totals.  I find =
CT8T, UU5J, OI0MEP, LZ9A, and LA8SDA for new ones.  At this point I am =
up to 53 countries on 160 but I have heard lots of stuff that I didn't =
work.  Things like GD4UOL and 7Z5OO.

During the 03Z hour I end up with a slow run up at 3572 of all places!  =
No multipliers up there but some much needed QSOs.

At 0417Z I start CQing on 1838.  I finally break through the European =
QRM and get something going.  The next 26 minutes has 21 QSOs including =
TF50IRA for a great double mult.  When that runs out, I tune around and =
find GW, HB9, D44, and CT3.

About this point my head is dropping toward the keyboard every 5 minutes =
or so.  I try operating standing up, while jogging in place, you name =
it.  The only thing that keeps me going is the thought that W1KM won't =
sleep -- so I can't either!  I have also promised my 6 year old son that =
I won't do any more contests this season so I decide that I had better =
do this one right.

About 0546 I get a good run going on 7006.  Best call is from UA9KM who =
gives me the zone 17 multiplier.  UN9LW calls in at 0604Z for a new =
country.  At 0648Z CX9AU gives me a real unexpected surprise multiplier. =
 This run of 92 contacts from 0546 to 0709Z keeps my attitude up and =
gives me a welcome break from the constant tuning.  Although, in some =
ways it is much more difficult to run stations when you are tired than =
to tune around.  I hate it when I fall asleep in the middle of a QSO and =
can't remember what I am supposed to do next (do I push F1 or F3 or =

This run probably decided the contest.  Comparing with W1KM after the =
contest, Greg slept during this period and gave away these QSOs and =
multipliers!  That's why you can never doubt your goal or give up your =

The next 90 minutes are just slow.  On a quiet 20m band, KC4AAA in =
Antarctica gives me zone 39 which is a new one.  ES5Q and GU3HFN are new =
ones on 40m.  I unsuccessfully waste about 10 minutes in the V47KP and =
YV5JDP pileups on 160m.  As well as my antenna works to Europe, it works =
inversly bad to the south!

I want to work zone 3 on 160m.  I hear several of them but can't get =
their attention.  Find W6BA calling CQ but he can't hear me.  I then =
decide to call CQ W6 and hope for the best.  Five minutes later W6DAO =
responds and gives me zone 3.

At 0836 I am feeling pretty good but decide that I should go to sleep so =
I will be fresh for the high bands.  It appears that 40m is not going to =
do anything so the prospects for more QSOs are not too good.  I have =
more multipliers on 40-160 than I expected so there is little more to be =
gained.  I sleep from 0845 to 1020Z.  I wake up without the normal sleep =
disorientation, have a bite to eat and get back on the radio.

I quickly scan the LF bands and am on 20m by 1100Z.  It is all S&P (I =
catch 3V8BB, ED9EA, and C31LJ) until 1133Z when I get 14043 and start =
running.  It's a good spot worth 163 QSOs in 87 minutes.  I break off =
the run when HC8N starts up about .5 khz above me.  I work him for a =
multiplier and then head to 15m.

The first open spot is 21010 which is just above W1KM.  I spend the next =
3 hours here and work 362 contacts.  Mults that call in include GI3OQR, =
ZS8IR (double), GM0DJI/Shetlands, EK4JJ, VP5EA, HB0MX, ER1OA, and =

Conditions sound so good that I keep an ear on 10m.  At 1505Z J39A pops =
through followed immediately by 9Y4H.  PY0FF is weak but comes right =
back.  At 1525Z I find 3DA0NX working Europeans and USA.  I get through =
on the first call which was a surprise and allowed me to keep the rate =
going on 15m.  The next station I heard was G4BUO.  I swung the beam and =
he kept getting louder.  By the time our QSO was over, he was already =
getting weaker.  Direct path Europe on 10m but only for a VERY short =
period!  At 1841Z some sporadic E began and I worked K8AZ for zone 4.  I =
also heard a VE3 but couldn't get through the pile-up.  At 1552Z I had =
RK9JWZ call in on 15m for a double mult.  At 1600Z TI1C showed up with a =
big signal on 10m.  Minutes later I found 5V7A for another double mult.  =
I don't think the op at 5V7A could believe it as it took several overs =
to confirm everything. =20

At this point the rate is slowing on 15m and I have to turn my full =
attention back to it.  I make the jump to 20m to keep the rate up.  Once =
again it is incredibly difficult to find a clear frequency.  I have to =
tune the entire band twice.  Then I find a wide open spot at 14031.  =
Some real loud European must have just left because it was a very clear =
frequency.  I spend the next 2-1/2 hours here for another 170 QSOs.

The second radio is busy on 10m and 15m.  I know I am way behind on 15m =
multipliers so I push hard looking for new ones.  I am chasing easy =
stuff like J6DX and J87GU on 15m and 8P9Z on 10m.  Around 1840Z I take a =
quick spin across 15m while searching 20m for mults.  I find 6W1AE on =
20m.  Then, while calling someone 20m I am called by A71CW!  This is the =
only time I hear Chris all weekend.  Was amazed to find afterwards how =
active he was in the contest.  The CQWW is so big that it is impossible =
for a single op to find and work even the most active multipliers.

I stay on the frequency where I worked A71CW and return to CQing.  The =
band sounds like the sunspot maximum with strong European signals still =
coming in.  I find JW5NM on the second radio with a huge signal on 15m.  =
Then OD5NJ calls in on 20m.  A few minutes later ZM2K calls in on 20m LP =
for a double multiplier.  Then OH0JJS gives me another one. =20

I try to get something going on 40m around 1930Z.  It doesn't seem to be =
as good as the previous day so I give up after about 20 minutes.  I go =
back to CQing on 14001 to work the last of the Europeans.  They just =
keep coming!

I break off the run to chase FO5PI on 15m.  Then I find JW5NM on 20m for =
another double, followed by J8, KP2 and HP4 for new countries.  I go to =
40m at 20Z and break a wild pile-up to 7X2RO who is as close to 7.000 as =
you can get.  A few minutes later I get through to J45T (a pretty =
amazing feat in itself).  I wedge in just above N6BV on 7019 and try to =
get a run going.  I am getting answers but some kind of QRM makes copy =
difficult.  9K2/YO9HP gives me a smile.

At 2200Z I realize the JAs on 20m are the best I have heard all weekend. =
 I can't get them to call me, but they all come back on the first call.  =
I search every khz looking for rare stuff.  I find W4NXE/DU3 underneath =
HC8N (sorry Trey).  Then I work BV/JJ1TBB under VE7CA.  Both are welcome =
double mults.

The rate is too slow and the band seems to be fading.  I go back to 40m =
at 2245Z.  I start CQing at 7061 (the only frequency I can find) and get =
a few answers.  I finally give up and start searching down the band.  At =
2315Z I stumble across 7035 which sounds half clear.  I call CQ and have =
the pleasure of a run that just keeps going faster and faster right up =
to the end of the contest.  OD5NJ and T77WI give the score a final =

I get excited as I get close to my personal record of 5.57M set from =
K3TUP.  I actually dig out the CQ Magazine records to see that the USA =
record of KM9P is out of reach at 5.8M.  Never expected to be this close =
or might have given up the 2 hours of sleep!  Maybe next year...

What a great contest.  The competition from W1KM really kept me going =
and provides an extra satisfaction in winning.

Misc Notes:

- I learn new things each contest.  Looking back, I can say that it took =
me 5 years to really know how to correctly operate a DX contest.  The =
value of experience and station maturity can not be overstated.

- It actually seems to be getting easier to stay awake for the whole =
contest than I remember in the past.  Do I need less sleep as I get =
older?  Or am I just getting better at making sure I am more rested =
before the contest.  I used to get so excited I could hardly sleep the =
night before a major contest.  Now I can lay down and take a nap Friday =
afternoon without hardly trying!

- CW is lots better than phone!  It's still hard to get a frequency, but =
the tempers aren't quite as sharp and the pile-ups seem to be better =
behaved.  I didn't hear anyone going by call areas for example and the =
packet pile-ups weren't quite as noticeable.

- Yes, I really promised my son that I wouldn't do any more contests =
this season (that includes next Spring).  Station available!

  Randy Thompson, K5ZD

Continent Statistics

                 160   80   40   20   15   10  ALL   percent

North America   CW   26   51   56   51   32   10  226     7.2
South America   CW    2    8   16   26   28   12   92     2.9
Europe          CW  141  273  627  961  646    1 2649    83.9
Asia            CW    1    3   19   79    6    0  108     3.4
Africa          CW    3    6   18   20    9    2   58     1.8
Oceania         CW    2    3   10    5    5    0   25     0.8

Rate Sheet


HOUR      160      80       40       20       15       10    HR TOT  CUM =
TOT =20

   0    .....     2/2     77/29     3/3     .....    .....    82/34   =
   1     8/8     57/27     4/4      5/2       .        .      74/41  =
   2    25/12     9/4     33/22      .        .        .      67/38  =
   3    12/3     44/9      1/0      1/0       .        .      58/12  =
   4    36/8     20/4      3/3       .        .        .      59/15  =
   5    18/1     39/4      3/3       .        .        .      60/8   =
   6     1/1     38/7     27/9       .        .        .      66/17  =
   7     9/6      6/3     15/3       .        .        .      30/12  =
   8    .....    16/8     21/6     .....    .....    .....    37/14  =
   9     5/5      6/4      4/3       .        .        .      15/12  =
  10     2/2      4/3      9/1      7/7       .        .      22/13  =
  11      .        .       3/2    119/22      .        .     122/24  =
  12      .        .        .     155/10    19/11      .     174/21  =
  13      .        .        .        .     158/22      .     158/22 =
  14      .        .        .       6/3    102/7       .     108/10 =
  15      .        .        .      62/3     19/1       .      81/4  =
  16    .....    .....    .....   114/7      5/2     .....   119/9  =
  17      .        .        .     115/5      6/6       .     121/11 =
  18      .        .        .      14/5     31/22     2/2     47/29 =
  19      .        .      51/2     12/1      3/2      6/3     72/8  =
  20      .        .      88/3      7/5       .        .      95/8  =
  21      .        .      72/7      4/4       .        .      76/11 =
  22      .        .      11/0     29/6      3/3       .      43/9  =
  23      .        .      35/3       .        .        .      35/3  =
   0     6/2     30/4     .....    .....    .....    .....    36/6  =
   1      .        .       6/2     28/1       .        .      34/3  =
   2    15/5      1/0     18/2       .        .        .      34/7  =
   3      .      41/0       .        .        .        .      41/0  =
   4    28/4      7/0       .       2/1       .        .      37/5  =
   5     4/2     16/5     23/1      1/0       .        .      44/8  =
   6      .        .      61/2       .        .        .      61/2  =
   7      .       5/0     16/2      3/1       .        .      24/3  =
   8     4/1      1/0     10/1     .....    .....    .....    15/2  =
   9      .        .        .        .        .        .        .   =
  10     1/0      1/0      1/0      1/1       .        .       4/1  =
  11      .        .       2/1     70/5      2/1       .      74/7  =
  12      .        .        .     108/0      2/2       .     110/2  =
  13      .        .        .       3/2    128/4       .     131/6  =
  14      .        .        .       2/0    130/6       .     132/6  =
  15      .        .        .        .      87/2      7/7     94/9  =
  16    .....    .....    .....    76/3      6/0      4/3     86/6  =
  17      .        .        .      53/0      5/0      5/3     63/3  =
  18      .        .        .      35/4     11/3       .      46/7  =
  19      .        .      14/1     31/3      6/3      1/0     52/7  =
  20      .        .        .      46/4      2/1       .      48/5  =
  21      .        .      46/3      3/1       .        .      49/4  =
  22      .        .      17/0     21/3       .        .      38/3  =
  23      .        .      73/2      2/0       .        .      75/2  =
DAY1   116/46   241/75  457/100   653/83   346/76     8/5     ..... =
DAY2    58/14   102/9    287/17   485/29   379/22    17/13      .   =
TOT    174/60   343/84  744/117 1138/112   725/98    25/18      .   =


DAY1   2.7/43   3.9/62   7.2/64   5.8/112  3.4/102  0.1/55    .....  =
DAY2   2.2/26   2.7/38   5.3/54   7.4/66   3.5/108  0.3/65      .    =
TOT    4.9/35   6.6/52  12.5/60  13.2/86   6.9/105  0.4/62      .    =

Randy Thompson                                                           =
                     Amateur Radio Call Sign: K5ZD
E-mail: k5zd at ultranet.com
11 Hollis Street,  Uxbridge, MA 01569
h (508) 278-2355  w (508) 337-6600

>From sm3ojr at pobox.com (Jonathan Silvergran, SM3OJR)  Wed Dec  4 04:18:16 1996
From: sm3ojr at pobox.com (Jonathan Silvergran, SM3OJR) (Jonathan Silvergran, SM3OJR)
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 1996 05:18:16 +0100
Subject: What Is This?
Message-ID: < at www.pocab.se>

Hi Jim,

At 18:54 1996-12-03 -0400, you wrote:

>The following scores are claimed by the SL3ZV "Multi Single Band"
>effort 1996;

- snip-

>That this station used SL3ZV as a call on all 4 bands with 3 ops. I put 
>them all in Single Band Class. I am not sure what else to do. Since all 
>the talk about passing multis and multi single stuff I thought this was
>very interesting. 
>My only opinion as to what single band means is this:
>Single Op
>No Packet
>No Nets or Internet
>Noone passing anything to them or themselves soliciting calls on other 

I just wanted to assure you and everyone else, that this is exactly what we did.
The only kind of "assistance" we got from each other during the contest (yes,
we were sitting back to back, virtually) was the encouraging yelling when
a new mult was brought into the log.  ;-)

73 and thanks
Jon, sm3ojr

E-mail: sm3ojr at pobox.com
URL:    http://www.itz.se/jonit
Packet: sm3ojr at sk3jr.osd.z.swe.eu

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