Zone 18 and Zone 23 Suffixes

Paul W. Hansen pwhansen at
Fri Dec 6 08:06:34 EST 1996

The better contesting programs still stumble over CQ Zones 18 and 23.  I
was hoping somebody had in their files a current list of UA9 and UA0
suffixes typically located in Zone 18, and a list of UA0 and BY9 (I
think) suffixes found in Zone 23.  Reply by mail.  If this is of any
interset to others I'll summarize later.  Thanks in advance.

Paul Hansen, W6XA (ex AE6H)

>From info at (The Com Shop)  Fri Dec  6 13:04:51 1996
From: info at (The Com Shop) (The Com Shop)
Date: Fri, 06 Dec 1996 08:04:51 -0500
Subject: Photos Wanted!!
Message-ID: < at>

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

We are putting together a Contest Scrapbook to be added to the web site. No you don't have to write a lengthly story or
station description...just send a photo. Anything contest related will do;
operators, station, antennas...etc. Along with the photo include a
description of what or who it line will do.

If you have scanned images all the better...gif or jpeg are fine; but we can
convert from just about anything.

Be the first on your block to be included and mail early to avoid the
holiday rush.

Send to:

Doug Scribner - K1ZO
52 Manchester Street
Keene, NH 03431-4047

thecomshop at

Please do not send through the need to fan the flames!

73 es thanks

Doug - K1ZO

>From promedia at (Ltd.)  Fri Dec  6 14:56:43 1996
From: promedia at (Ltd.) (Ltd.)
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 14:56:43 +-100
Subject: ten-tec 'paragon' vs. computer
Message-ID: <01BBE385.DF759080 at itnet>

Hi again,

Thanks a lot for help on cq-ww cw logs submission. 

Though, I've got another problem yet. 
I've been trying to drive ten-tec paragon 585 using the computer
through its rs-232 utility. 
Tried it so far with WJ2O log, but to no avail.

Any suggestions really welcome.

promedia at

>From jon.zaimes at (Jon Zaimes)  Fri Dec  6 22:55:55 1996
From: jon.zaimes at (Jon Zaimes) (Jon Zaimes)
Date: Fri, 06 Dec 1996 14:55:55 -0800
Subject: Tks for the help
Message-ID: <32A8A47B.481C at>

Bill...A helpful technique, but if I understand the rules correctly
(clarification welcome!), soliciting, or perhaps even just receiving,
such outside assistance would place one in a multioperator category.
Even for a single op-assisted, this would seem to violate rules limiting
outside assistance to just "passive" use, such as simply monitoring for
callouts on packet.

And if it's multiop, help from outside the 500-meter circle isn't

73/Jon AA1K

At 06:48 PM 12/5/96 -0500, you wrote:
>At 09:47 PM 12/5/96 +1100, you wrote:
>>Hello Bill,
>>Just wanted to thank you for the QSO during the CQ WW contest
>>and for trying to help me make a QSO with a caribbean station
>>(can't remember which one right now).   I was certainly 
>>struggling to get through the US pileup, despite their signal
>>being 10-20 over here via long path.   I was definately 
>>surprised when the caribbean station didn't pause to listen
>>for my call after you gave him the info about me calling.
>>I only tried a couple more calls after that and then moved
>>on - with no QSO.
>>Hope you have happy holidays and see you next year in the CW
>>contests.   I'll be looking for K4AAA.
>No problem Jim.  I do this often for stations in the Carib and other areas.
>I hear the multi guys in the carib calling Africans often and I know they
>both want to work each other but cant hear through the pile up of USA.  In
>your case the guy didn't want understand or couldn't copy CW so I just
>dumped in your callsign.  Sorry it didn't work.  
>I will sometimes ask a W6 on 10 or 15 meters to dump my callsign in a pile
>up to a station in C6A or VP9 which is always a backscatter QSO for me.  I
>just like to return the favor (of sorts).
>Bill Fisher, KM9P & K4AAA

>From Fatchett.Mike at (Fatchett, Mike)  Fri Dec  6 14:59:43 1996
From: Fatchett.Mike at (Fatchett, Mike) (Fatchett, Mike)
Date: 06 Dec 1996 07:59:43 -0700
Subject: Microsplit
Message-ID: <03DE132A834DF01C*/c=us/admd=attmail/prmd=tci/o=mailhub/ou=msmaildos/s=Fatchett/g=Mike/@MHS>

I know from personal experience from V47A.  Jay K0GU and I did a M/S in   
the ARRL DX CW in 1986 I think.  We would not be called very good CW ops   
at the time.  We would tighten the filters and work the edges of the   
piles.  The pileups were incredible especially for fone ops!  I think we   
were very successful at it and the better ops figured this out quite   


>From lvn at (Larry Novak)  Fri Dec  6 15:48:52 1996
From: lvn at (Larry Novak) (Larry Novak)
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 96 10:48:52 EST
Subject: Toshiba Com Ports
Message-ID: <9612061548.AA05538 at>

I have a Toshiba laptop (model something 1910) and I use the LPT for my
contest CW port. I have never been able to get the serial port to work,
even with a commercial cable. I understand that the Toshiba com ports
are somehow non-standard. Does anyone know if it's possible to get them
to work? I'd like to start 2-radio operations one of these days and it
would be a lot easier if I could get the computer to do the work.


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>From N6NT at (Bruce Sawyer)  Fri Dec  6 16:28:25 1996
From: N6NT at (Bruce Sawyer) (Bruce Sawyer)
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 16:28:25 +0000
Subject: Zoning Regulations
Message-ID: <19961206162823.AAA10985 at LOCALNAME>

After pondering all the comments made on the 10 meter Contest Free Zone
("CFZ") and the 160 meter DX Only Zone ("DOZ"), it occurs to me that maybe
this isn't such a bad trend after all.  Perhaps there is a concept here
which we should carry to the next level, for the enjoyment of everybody
concerned. I propose the CAC should give serious study to the following:

a:  During November Sweepstakes, how about a QRP-Free Zone ("QFZ")?  Nobody
would be allowed to answer a CQ in the QFZ if they were running Q power.
They could CQ there, but would be disqualified if they tried to answer a CQ.
I mean, here are these guys running around bragging about their Q power
scores, but who really did the work to earn those scores?  I did, and so did
the other A and B power ops who strained to pull their water-weak signals
out of the muck all the while fighting off encroaching big guns who wanted
to steal the frequency.  And how did it come to pass that the slower the CW
and the weaker the signal, the more times the Q station wants to repeat each
element of his exchange?  With a QFZ, we would have our choice:  those who
don't want to fight these battles could seek safety in the QFZ.

b:  Still better, how about a QSL Free Zone for every contest?  I just got
another 3 pound box from the bureau, and it was even worse last month.  Some
of those JA's must now have more of my QSL cards than I do!  Man, I spend
more time answering QSL requests than I do making the contacts!  It has
really affected my willingness to operate, since I know there's such a price
to be paid down the road when the QSL cards roll in.  Wouldn't it be nice to
be freed of that?  That's why a QSL Free Zone would be such a boon to people
like me who would like to operate but just can't stand the thought of the
big boxes from the bureau.  Anybody who sent in a QSL request for a contact
made in the QSL Free Zone would be DQed for the next two years! 

These are just my pet peeves.  I'm sure you've got yours.  Perhaps if we can
get the support of the good dr. Bafoofnik we could get the CAC and maybe
even Mr. CQWW to give serious consideration to more aggressive zoning than
the timid steps the CAC has taken thus far.  After all, why stop with just a
CFZ and a DOZ?

Bruce, N6NT

>From km9p at (Bill Fisher KM9P)  Fri Dec  6 16:24:37 1996
From: km9p at (Bill Fisher KM9P) (Bill Fisher KM9P)
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 11:24:37 -0500 (EST)
Subject: "Help" In Contests
Message-ID: <Pine.BSI.3.95.961206112225.7172C-100000 at>

> >I will sometimes ask a W6 on 10 or 15 meters to dump my callsign in a pile
> >up to a station in C6A or VP9 which is always a backscatter QSO for me.
> NOW I've got this contesting thing figured out: if I can't break a pile up I
> just get somebody to "dump my callsign in" for me!  (I think I'll start by
> asking W3LPL and N2RM.)  And, hey: if the DX station is just working
> Europeans, no problem; I'll get someone in Europe to be the "dumpee"! 

I guess I never thought about it as such a big deal.  Happens so little.
But I guess this would fall in to K3EST's active assistance category.
I won't do it again.

I will, however, continue to tell DX stations that they have someone
calling them that is rare.  Nothing in the rules that says I can't be a
nice guy.  :)



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