CQ 160 Mtr CW Contest Scores 96 IV

frenaye at pcnet.com frenaye at pcnet.com
Fri Feb 2 19:09:58 EST 1996

I appreciate the job you're doing in compiling scores but in the CQ 160 
contest there is only one multioperator category.  If people send you scores 
saying multi-single and multi-operator (or multi-multi) you really ought to 
combine them.  

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

>From Jan Almedal <janalme at sn.no>  Sat Feb  3 03:07:44 1996
From: Jan Almedal <janalme at sn.no> (Jan Almedal)
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 1996 04:07:44 +0100
Subject: Contest Calendar
Message-ID: <199602030307.EAA10751 at ekeberg.sn.no>


I have to apologize to all of you who tries to access the contest rules on
my WEB page. The server is terrible slow at the moment. At times I even have
problems accessing them myselfe! My Net provider is aware of the problem,
and new servers will be installed within a couple of weeks. So please stay
tuned, as I intend to keep this the most complete site of rules on the Net!!!

Best regards,
Jan / LA9HW

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>From thommo at sunbeach.net (Stephen Thompson)  Sat Feb  3 00:44:12 1996
From: thommo at sunbeach.net (Stephen Thompson) (Stephen Thompson)
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 96 00:44:12 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 8P66CV  SSB Sprint

 To all Sprint Contesters : 

 Please listen for 8P6CV  in the SSB Sprint on or near  the suggested
frequencies using 100W and dipole.


 73  Steve (8P6CV).

>From Danny Eskenazi <k7ss at wolfenet.com>  Sat Feb  3 08:16:36 1996
From: Danny Eskenazi <k7ss at wolfenet.com> (Danny Eskenazi)
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 00:16:36 -0800 (PST)
Subject: temporary address
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.3.91.960203000652.9049C-100000 at gonzo.wolfenet.com>

I will be using   "k7ss at aloha.net" til mid march

will try to work a few in the SSB Sprint tmrw. It will be like sitting in 
the high rows in the end zone and trying to see the action.
Of course some have even played from outside the stadium entirely!


Danny K7SS/KH6

>From gmaples at ro.com (Gordon M. Maples)  Sat Feb  3 12:24:10 1996
From: gmaples at ro.com (Gordon M. Maples) (Gordon M. Maples)
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 1996 06:24:10 -0600
Subject: NC 5.0
Message-ID: <199602031223.GAA04324 at sh1.ro.com>

>From ik0hbn at isa.it (Sante Lillo)  Sat Feb  3 12:54:54 1996
From: ik0hbn at isa.it (Sante Lillo) (Sante Lillo)
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 13:54:54 +0100
Subject: NAQP RTTY Test-160m Problem
Message-ID: <9602031254.AA15722 at net.isa.it>

>>>Hi All, I just talked to Ray WF1B, he said he would have mega problems
>>>160m in his S/W for NAQP RTTY test.. He will explain this this evening
when he
>>>gets home.. You may want to hole your vote until you read Ray's comments..
>>Hi Ron,
>>I don't know if you partecipate to cq160 cw.....but I can surely assure you
>>that there weren't few hundreds of herzs to CQ's.
>>Try to image what could happen with a wider rtty signal...hi
>>Another point: in Italy only 30 khz are allowed on 160, so how many stations
>>can fit this very narrow portion of band?
>>So my vote is:  IK0HBN  160 (NO)....not only for NAQP, but for all the
>>Cu soon on weekend...Ciao Sante
>>ik0hbn at isa.it
>If the RTTY NAQP generates 1/4 the traffic of the CQ160 contest we should
>all say "praise the lord!"
>For our information, which 30 khz are you allowed?  20 to 50?
>73, Tyler KF3P
I apologize....not 30, but only 20 khz are allowed here in Italy....for
mistake I press key "3" instead of "2"....hi...so you can find italian
stations from 1830 to 1850, but for IT9 (Sicily) only from 1830 to 1845...sigh
Now can you understand why do you copy italian stations CQ's on DX Window?
>From 1840 to 1850 phone, so Cw is from 1830...(hi) to 1840....this situation
penalizes much our scores on 160 meters contest's although you can hear I
stations answering, or worse CQ's below 1830, but they make so with high
risk to see their licences withdrawn by our FCC....
Shame on me..for error.
73 de Sante 
ik0hbn at isa.it

>From Bill Fisher, KM9P" <km9p at akorn.net  Sat Feb  3 14:15:13 1996
From: Bill Fisher, KM9P" <km9p at akorn.net (Bill Fisher, KM9P)
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 09:15:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject: PLEASE READ: Posting scores - Format
Message-ID: <199602031415.JAA09378 at paris.akorn.net>

Please give information about your scores in the subject of the message when
posting to 3830 at akorn.net.

FB Examples:  K1AR M/2 ARRL CW (puny)
              W3LPL SOA LP 10M WPX CW 

Not good:     160 score
              ARRL score

The first two examples give you a much easier way of deciding if this is a
message you want to read or not.

Include:  Callsign, Class, Contest w/mode


Bill, KM9P

>From jbmitch at vt.edu (JOHN MITCHELL)  Fri Feb  2 16:47:11 1996
From: jbmitch at vt.edu (JOHN MITCHELL) (JOHN MITCHELL)
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 1996 11:47:11 -0500
Subject: KWD DRU-2/DRU-3
Message-ID: <199602031648.LAA16980 at sable.cc.vt.edu>

After two weeks, no reply on rec.radio. amateur.equipment, so I 
(reluctantly) ask for help here.  Does anyone know if it is possible to use 
the DRU series digital voice recorder in the Kwd 850/870 to record directly 
off the air?  I seems I have heard of hams doing this, and it would be 
useful in replaying other stations for audio checks, etc.  Please E-mail and 
I'll summarize if interest.  Thanx, John WD4MUR

>From H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil at seattleu.edu  Sat Feb  3 18:53:00 1996
From: H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil at seattleu.edu (H. Ward Silver)
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 10:53:00 -0800 (PST)
Subject: LP CW Sprint Redux
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9602031000.J7530-9100000 at handel.seattleu.edu>

Watt-Me-Worry still needs three hearties for the CW Sprint next weekend.

Team #1 - K7FR, K6XO, K0ZX, WB4IUX, N0AX, K8JLF, KK9W, KW1K, K7GM, NX1H

Team #2 - N4ZR, KA2GSL, NM1Q, VP2E/KI4HN, K8NZ, K7SS, WA0RJY, ?, ?, ?

C'mon, c'mon!

73, Ward N0AX

>From Jay Townsend" <jayt at comtch.iea.com  Sat Feb  3 19:48:42 1996
From: Jay Townsend" <jayt at comtch.iea.com (Jay Townsend)
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 11:48:42 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Digital Journal WW RTTY WPX
Message-ID: <199602031948.TAA07931 at comtch.iea.com>

Digital Journal wrote:

[deleted header]

> Here is a copy of the info I got from the 425 DX WWW page just this 
> evening.  Looks like there may be some confusion about this contest.
> 73  John  WG9B
> Febbraio/February
> 03/04   ADRS WPX RTTY Contest
> 10/11   PACC Contest
>         EA RTTY Contest

The IDRA WW RTTY WPX is on Feb 10/11  1996.  The EA RTTY contest is 
on the first full weekend of April.

The 425 WWW Page is incorrect. Again the contest is on the 10th and 11th 
of February 1996. Hope this clears it up!

>From Jim Walter <76353.1416 at compuserve.com>  Sat Feb  3 22:00:46 1996
From: Jim Walter <76353.1416 at compuserve.com> (Jim Walter)
Date: 03 Feb 96 17:00:46 EST
Subject: CT Reflector
Message-ID: <960203220045_76353.1416_GHN48-1 at CompuServe.COM>

Can anyone give me information on subscribing to the CT user group?

Thanks, Jim WB0OLA
76353.1416 at Compuserv.com

>From Jim Stevens <ki4hn at nando.net>  Sat Feb  3 22:13:22 1996
From: Jim Stevens <ki4hn at nando.net> (Jim Stevens)
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 17:13:22 -0500
Subject: CW Sprint and ARRL DX CW
Message-ID: <01BAF25C.299EDCA0 at grail2706.nando.net>

I'm arriving on VP2E on Feb. 9.  I plan on being active in CW Sprint as =
VP2E/KI4HN.  Low power, 20M only.  I'll try to hand out the mult to as =
many as possible. =20

During ARRL DX CW, AA4NC and I will be VP2EN doing M/S.

Boy am looking forward to it, since it's about 15F here now (I know not =
cold for the MidWest, but very cold for NC).

73, Jim KI4HN

>From n3rr at cais.cais.com (Bill Hider)  Sun Feb  4 06:02:37 1996
From: n3rr at cais.cais.com (Bill Hider) (Bill Hider)
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 1996 01:02:37 -0500
Subject: TopBand: ZJ Beverage box modifications
Message-ID: <199602040602.BAA07414 at cais.cais.com>

Very interesting!  I have this very problem with WINX 1600 KHz AM located
just a mile from me.  

In fact, I noticed the intermod last Friday morning..And K3GEG on the 147.00
repeater gave the conclusive analysis of the intermod I was getting.  I was
hearing many USA guys calling on 1908 when I was trying to copy the JAs.
Actually, they were on 3508 calling AL7EL/KH9.  Per K3GEG, 3508 - 1600 = 1908.

I had previously, many times over the past 6 months since I installed it,
noticed that often my NE (CONTEST) EWE wouldn't work.  I'd go out and check
it, remove the coax connection, jiggle the connections, etc looking for an
intermittant.  Then I'd turn the power off and it'd work next time I turned
it on.  I thought the ZJ box was intermittant.!!  That EWE points right at

In actuality, I had an R&D department (W6GO and K2ZJ) working on the problem
all the time!!  Thanks, Jay & John!

I'm going to try this "fix".

Bill, N3RR

P.S.  John, K2ZJ, can you ship me a couple of MARS 3 devices?  As you know,
I have seven of your boxes.  Thanks.  Bill Hider, 10241 Lakewood Dr.,
Rockville, Md. 20850-3661.


>From: w6go at netcom.com (Jay O'Brien - W6GO)
>Subject: TopBand: ZJ Beverage box modifications
>To: topband at animas.frontier.net
>Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 18:27:38 -0800 (PST)
>Cc: zjelect at aol.com
>Content-Length: 7265      
>Sender: owner-topband at frontier.net
>Precedence: first-class
>Reply-To: w6go at netcom.com (Jay O'Brien - W6GO)
>PREFACE from W6GO:  I have sent a previous edition of this message 
>several times to the Topband reflector for distribution and it 
>didn't get distributed.  I was using a word which I understand the 
>list server (MajorDomo) doesn't like, and I added ** to the 
>beginning and end of the word to try to fool the good Major.  He is 
>apparently not fooled easily.  This has been edited to remove all 
>occurrences of that word (don't ask!).  If I don't see this come out 
>of the Topband reflector,  I'll post it to the contest and DX 
>reflectors, as I believe there are some who can use the information 
>ZJ Beverage box modifications:
>  Do you use a ZJ Beverage Box?   This may be of interest to you if
>you are experiencing intermodulation products or overload.
>  I installed a 700' beverage which points almost directly at KFBK, 
>a 50kW station on 1530 kHz which is 9 miles away.  KFBK has a 
>broadside array which supposedly has 6db gain in my direction.  KBFK 
>is very strong here!  I measure -1dbm from KFBK off the beverage (.6v
>RMS across 390 ohms).  KFBK is strong enough here that if I put a 
>small (#222) flashlight bulb across my transmit antenna feedline it 
>glows dimly from the KFBK energy.
>  In checking the new ZJ box I bought for this beverage, I noted that
>with a 3 foot cable between the beverage box and the power insertion
>box, that about one time out of 5 when I turned on the power that 
>the gain was down about 10db and unstable.  With 50' of coaxial 
>line, the problem didn't surface.  With a spectrum analyzer, I found 
>that when the gain was down, the beverage box was oscillating at
>1.25GHz (1250 MHz) in the 23cm ham band!  The problem seemed to go 
>away with the longer cable, so I ignored it and installed the ZJ 
>box.  The beverage was unusable.  160 was full of "junk" from KFBK 
>and other sources.  That's when I measured the KFBK level and 
>brought the box back to the bench.  
>  Watching the box with a spectrum analyzer and tracking generator, 
>I inserted a 1530 KHZ signal at 0.6V RMS.  The 1.25 GHz oscillation 
>started again!  Once started, the only way to stop the oscillation 
>was to remove power.  The oscillation was kicked off with 0.2V RMS 
>at 1530 KHz, and it was kicked off with 20db less signal (0.02V RMS) 
>if the signal was inserted at 1800 kHz.  The internal input filter 
>in the Beverage box exhibits 20 db loss at 1530 KHz, so that made 
>sense.  When the oscillation was present, the 160M band was covered 
>with "junk".
>  Thanks to advice from Dave Leeson, W6QHS, of California Microwave
>fame, I cured the oscillation.  There are certainly other 
>combinations and values which would work, but here's what worked for 
>me.  On the ZJ pc board (dated 7/28/94) about 1/2 inch below the "Z" 
>in the "ZJ ELECTRONICS" is a small four-terminal device, about 1/4 
>the size of an asprin tablet.  That's the amplifier chip.  Two of 
>the leads connect to ground.  The lead closest to the "Z" is the 
>input, and the other ungrounded lead is the output.
>  Using minimum lead length, solder 100 ohm 1/4 w carbon film 
>resistors to the input and output solder pads.  To the free end of 
>the new resistor nearest the ZJ marking, again using minimum lead 
>lengths, solder one side of a ceramic 24 pf capacitor.  Solder the 
>other side of the capacitor to the ground plane near the second "E" 
>in the ZJ ELECTRONICS marking.  To the unconnected end of the other 
>100 ohm resistor, again with minimum lead lengths, solder two 24 pf 
>capacitors in parallel between the resistor and ground, soldering 
>one 24 pf capacitor to the ground plane on each side of the 
>four-terminal device.   I used 24pf because I have a box full of 
>them, 22pf standard value capacitors will work the same, I'm sure.
>  I have made this modification to three of the ZJ boxes, all of which
>exhibited the same oscillation before modification.  Only one of 
>them sustained oscillation after the big input signal was removed,
>but all three oscillated when a "big" signal was present at the 
>input of the beverage box.
>  This problem probably won't show up for anyone who doesn't have BIG
>signals heard by their beverage.  However, IF you do, consider this
>modification.  Who would ever suspect a 160 meter preamp to oscillate
>in the 23cm ham band? 
>  After the cure of the 23cm oscillation, I turned my attention to the
>remaining IM problems.  I built a parallel resonant trap for 1530 KHz
>with a 3900 pf capacitor and small toroid which is in series with the
>beverage at the ZJ box.  This reduced KFBK 10 db with no effect at 
>1800 KHz, and overload from KFBK is now not a problem alone.  
>However, when another nearby 160M transmitter is on, I again 
>experience intermod which is keyed on and off by the 160M signal.  
>  John, K2ZJ, FedExed me some new amplifier chips (MAR3) which have 
>a higher 3rd order intercept point.  I have installed these in two of 
>the beverage boxes (time for tweezers and magnifying glass!) with 
>great results.  I also had to add a resistor to raise the voltage a 
>bit to the chips.  I spent a lot of time determining exactly what to 
>measure and more time confirming the dc level to feed to the chip. 
>I'll skip all that and jump to the bottom line.  Here's my test data 
>supporting the IM improvement:
>  I connected the beverage box output to a 3db hybrid splitter which
>connected to my receiver and to a HP spectrum analyzer.  Using the 
>HP, I measured the signal level from KFBK on 1530 kHz.  Then I 
>transmitted on 1815 kHz with a 3 watt carrier on my vertical 
>transmit antenna and measured the 1815 kHz signal level on the HP. 
>  I then measured the signal level of the 2100 kHz 3rd order product 
>(2*1815kHz minus 1530 kHz).  Of course this test includes all of my
>antennas and the possible problems with them, but it IS what I have
>to live with!
>  With either the old (MAR6) or new (MAR3) devices, my 1815 kHz 
>signal measured -12 dbm.  KFBK measured -20 to -22 dbm (note the 
>filter in the ZJ beverage box knocks KFBK down 20 db from 1800 
>kHz).  With the old (MAR6) device, the 2100 kHz IM product measured 
>-27dbm.  With the new (MAR3) device, the 2100 kHz IM product 
>measured -40dbm, an improvement of 13 db.  At the same time most of 
>the "junk" heard between 1800 and 1850 mHz went away.   The MAR6 is 
>supposed to have slightly less gain then the MAR3, but I don't 
>notice any difference.  
>  I haven't had real on-the-air confirmation of the reduction of IM 
>products when a nearby 160M transmitter is on, but based on these 
>measurements I feel the problem is now gone.  Besides, it "sounds 
> John, K2XJ, has verified the 1.25 gHz oscillation problem on other 
>units and will modify future units to prevent the problem in high RF 
>environments such as mine.  John will also provide the MAR3 in new 
>beverage boxes for anyone who may need them due to a high RF 
>  The ZJ box is well built and continues to be my choice for 
>beverages.  I am pleased with the support I've received from John.
>73, Jay
>    w6go at netcom.com
>PS: Next: A band-stop filter for 1530 kHz designed for the input 
>impedance of the ZJ beverage box, using W3NQN's design in his 
>November 1995 QEX article.  It can't hurt to reduce KFBK even more!
>cc:zjelect at aol.com

>From bob cox <k3est at netcom.com>  Sun Feb  4 06:07:48 1996
From: bob cox <k3est at netcom.com> (bob cox)
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 22:07:48 -0800 (PST)
Subject: WRTC-96
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9602032211.A3107-0100000 at netcom6>

For your information:

In July of this year the second WRTC-96 competition will be held in
the San Francisco bay area during the IARU HF Championship. The 52
WRTC-96 teams will be active in the contest so keep your antennas
tuned for them. Below are the rules that pertain to only the WRTC

Questions or comments about the WRTC-96 TEAM RULES will be noted
but will not receive a response. For more information about the
WRTC-96 event contact the WRTC-96 publicity chairman: W6OAT at
epps at netcom.com.

WRTC-96 Technical Chairman

                      RULES FOR THE WRTC TEAMS

WRTC TEAMS: Each WRTC team is encouraged to bring their own
     equipment. This means everything except the coax and antennas.

OBJECT: To contact as many other amateurs around the world as
     possible on the 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz bands.

DATE: Second full weekend of July (July 13-14, 1996).  

CATEGORY: All WRTC stations will be TRUE multi-single. Before the
     contest begins each team will name one transceiver "A" and one
     "B". The transceiver they name "A" will be the only one
     allowed to tramsmit during the entire contest. Transceiver "B"
     can be used only to SWL. If transceiver "A" breaks down (as  
     determined by a judge or referee) the SWL transceiver ("B")  
     can be used as the designated transmitter. There will be NO 10 
     minute rule. Transceiver "A" and "B" can move frequencies as 
     often as desired.

MODES: Both SSB and CW on each band 

WRTC-96 CONTEST PERIOD: 1200 UTC Sat until 0600 UTC Sun  

CONTEST EXCHANGE: WRTC stations send signal report and ITU zone. A
     complete exchange must be logged for each valid QSO.  

VALID CONTACT: The same station may be worked once per band/mode  
     only in the accepted portions of that band for that mode.
     Note: working a station in the phone portion of the band on CW
     is not permitted. 

POINTS: A) Contacts with SSB stations count 1 point.  
        B) Contacts with CW stations count 2 points. 

MULTIPLIERS:  ITU zones, HQ stations and DXCC countries worked on 
     each frequency band.

SCORING: (Total number of ITU zones, HQ stations and DXCC countries 
     worked on all bands) x (total number of QSO points from      
     all bands)  = final score

STATION: Each station will consist of ONLY (if it is not on this  
         list you can not use it): 
     1. Antennas: A tribander at 40-60 feet; A dipole or similar  
        antenna for 40 meters (station owner supplies)
     2. Two (2) transceivers (**)
     3. A recording device(supplied by the WRTC committee)
     4. Foot switches (if wanted)(*)
     5. Earphones for two people(*)
     6. A microphone(*)
     7. Keyer(if wanted) and paddle(if wanted)(*)
     8. One (1) computer with connecting cables if wanted(*)
     9. Antenna switches capable of switching the two antennas    
        between either rig(*)
    10. A logging program that will handle the parameters of the  
        contest (provided by WRTC-96)
    * = Teams must bring these items
   ** = Teams are encouraged to bring these items

LOGGING: The log shall be kept on a computer using an appropriate
     software program. If computers are not familiar to the
     entrants, a paper log may be kept. Only one computer will be

PENALTY: For every bad call removed from a log, a penalty
     of 3 more QSO's of similar point value will be removed (total
     of 4 QSO's removed).

SUBMISSION OF LOGS: The entrants must submit their computer disks
     or paper logs to a Judge or Referee at their WRTC host
     station, with no correction allowed, within 10 minutes after
     the contest ends. If a paper log is submitted, the log must be
     made into a computer log by a judge or referee with a team   
     member present to interpret handwriting. The decisions of the 
     WRTC-96 Judges will be final.

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