ehayes at VNET.IBM.COM ehayes at VNET.IBM.COM
Tue Feb 6 10:41:24 EST 1996

I recently purchased the subject rotator for light duty use and am
in the process of fixing it up.  It works fine and all of the voltages
check out per the Hygain manual.  I have some questions I'd like to pose
to the gurus.
  1.  What kind of grease/oil would you use? The manual only mentions
      cold weather grease and does not indicate a manufacturer or any
      other specs.
  2.  The eight position barrier strip on the bottom of the unit would
      appear to be a source of reliability problems.  What can be done
      to improve the cable connection to the rotator?
  3.  The manual recommends Belden 8448 control cable but does not mention
      the type of all weather connector that should be used.  Recommendations?
  4.  What is the best way to keep Mother Natures mighty hand from using
      the control cable as a means to enter the shack and create havoc?
I figured that if anybody could help me with these questions, it would
be the contest group. Any and all ideas will be appreciated.

PS.  I did find out that one should disassemble one of these jewels upside
down.  It took me almost an hour to locate the 48 ball bearings that hit
the floor.  Thankfully, the other 48 stayed in place.

Wayne  KC5DVT    ehayes at vnet.ibm.com

>From David C. Patton" <mudcp3 at uxa.ecn.bgu.edu  Tue Feb  6 16:49:21 1996
From: David C. Patton" <mudcp3 at uxa.ecn.bgu.edu (David C. Patton)
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 10:49:21 -0600 (CST)
Subject: SSB-Sprint--Rumorlist
Message-ID: <199602061649.KAA03366 at ecom4.ecn.bgu.edu>

Collected from 3830 by WX3N

K6LL/7       14,805       315 x 47
VE7NTT       13,662       297 x 46
K4VX/0       13,554       251 x 54  WX3N
AA5RB        12,784       272 x 47
N8SR/6       11,684       254 x 46
W0UA         11,610       258 x 45
K7UP/5       11,438       266 x 43
KW8N         10,604       241 x 44
KJ6HO        10,578       246 x 43
AI7B         10,191       237 x 43
W5ASP        10,105       215 x 47
W9UP          9,786       233 x 42  N0BSH
W5NN          9,576       228 x 42  KB5YVT
K9ZO          9,522       207 x 46
AA5WQ/0       9,416       214 x 44
N9ITX/7      10,829       221 x 42
NM5M          8,979       219 x 41  lp
W9RE          8,897       217 x 41  really loud in KH6 on 40
N6HC          8,862       211 x 42
NC6U          8,400       210 x 40
W6TKF         8,280       207 x 40
VE7IN         8,241       201 x 41
WA7BNM/6      7,760       194 x 40  lp
KB4GID        7,744       176 x 44
KO9Y          7,503       183 x 41  lp
KM0L          7,280       182 x 40  too many pig farmers
KN6DV         6,790       194 x 35
KE3Q          6,660       180 x 37
KU8E          6,435       165 x 39  wires only
KF3P          6,201       159 x 39
WX9E          5,547       129 x 43  lp
KC4ZV         5,291       143 x 37  ice and no carpet
KZ8E/5        5,236       154 x 34
W7ZRC         4,216       136 x 31
KO4EW         3,800       100 x 38  lp
WE9V          3,774       111 x 34  had to quit and wash underwear
KK6XN         2,808       117 x 24  lp
KK5EA/4       2,204        76 x 29
AA7TF         1,656        69 x 24
N4TW            624        39 x 16  lp buried antenna

Miserable condx reported everywhere.

73, Dave Patton, WX3N op at K4VX
mudcp3 at uxa.ecn.bgu.edu

>From Pete Soper <psoper at encore.com>  Tue Feb  6 17:11:56 1996
From: Pete Soper <psoper at encore.com> (Pete Soper)
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 1996 12:11:56 EST
Subject: Surge suppressors for balanced feeders (summary)
Message-ID: <19767.9602061711 at earl.encore.com>

Most folks pointed me toward ICE. Their model 309 (low-med power, $44) or 
309H (high power, $72 in '94) 300-600 ohm balanced line suppressor is
available direct from ICE at 800-423-2666.

It doesn't appear that Polyphaser has anything, but email to one of
their consultants is pending and to see if there is something not listed
in their catalog. 

One gentleman suggested the "pair of sparkplugs" setup. All other
considerations aside, I don't trust myself to set the gap properly!

Knife switches are "out there", somewhere :-)

Jerry's comments about what comes in the shack vs stays outside gets to
the heart of some hard thinking I've been doing since building the 
ground window "inside". If it weren't for the balanced feeders, this
would all be so much easier. But this is for the next message.

Thanks to:

Patrick WB9IQI
Ken WM2C/6
Wade W0EJ
Gene K7DBV
Pete N4ZR
Jerry W4UKU


>From bhorn at netcom.com (Bruce Horn)  Tue Feb  6 17:22:06 1996
From: bhorn at netcom.com (Bruce Horn) (Bruce Horn)
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 09:22:06 -0800
Subject: Contest Calendar 96.2
Message-ID: <199602061722.JAA02566 at netcom19.netcom.com>

                              CONTEST CALENDAR
                         Feb 7, 1996 Edition (96.2)

Please send corrections and additions directly to me.  I will
post an updated calendar on a monthly basis.

Please e-mail me if you can confirm (or correct) the 1996 dates of
the Ibero-Americano Contest (0Z, Oct 5 - 24Z, Oct 6?). Thanks.

73 de Bruce, WA7BNM   (bhorn at netcom.com)

Log Submittal Deadlines:
Please consult the individual contest rules to determine what log
documentation must be submitted (i.e. summary sheet, dupe sheets, etc.).

  ARRL RTTY Roundup              February 7, 1996
    E-mail:  contest at arrl.org
    Mail:  ARRL RTTY Roundup
           225 Main Street
           Newington, CT  06111, USA

  Midwinter Contest, CW & Phone  February 11, 1996
    E-mail:  (none)
    Mail:  Midwinter Contest
           POB 262
           3770 AG Barneveld, Netherlands

  Michigan QRP Club CW Contest   (unknown)
    E-mail:  (none)
    Mail:  L.T. Switzer, N8CQA
           654 Georgia Avenue
           Marysville, MI  48040-1243

  North Amer. QSO Party, CW      February 13, 1996
    E-mail:  w9nq at ccis.com
    Mail:  Bob Selbrede, W9NQ
           6200 Natoma Ave.
           Mojave, CA  93501, USA

  Kentucky QSO Party             February 14, 1996
    E-mail:  (none)
    Mail:  Kentucky QSO Party
           c/o Paul Smith, AE4AP
           305 Carson Way
           Paducah, KY  42003-1244

  Lions in the Air Contest       February 15, 1996
    E-mail:  (none)
    Mail:  Contest Committee
           Lions Club Flen
           Box 106
           642 23 Flen, Sweden

  Hungarian DX Contest, CW       (unknown)
    E-mail:  (none)
    Mail:  HADXC
           POB 79
           H-7031 Paks, Hungary

  QRP ARCI Wint Fire SSB Sprint  February 19
    E-mail:  CamQRP at aol.com
    Mail:  Cam Hartford, N6GA
           1959 Bridgeport Avenue
           Claremont, CA  91711

  North Amer. QSO Party, Phone   February 20, 1996
    E-mail:  merchant at crl.com
    Mail:  Steve Merchant, N4TQO
           1795 Cravens Lane
           Carpenteria, CA  93013, USA

  ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes   February 22, 1996
    E-mail:  contest at arrl.org
    Mail:  ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes
           225 Main Street
           Newington, CT  06111, USA

  UBA Contest, Phone             February 27, 1996
    E-mail:  (none)
    Mail:  UBA HF Manager
           Carine Ramon, ON7LX
           Bruggesteenweg 77
           B-8755 Ruiselede

  RGSB 1.8 MHz Contest, CW       February 27, 1996
    E-mail:  (none)
    Mail:  RGSB HF Contest Committee
           c/o S V Knowles, G3UFY
           77 Bensham Manor Rd, Thornton Heath
           Surrey CR7 7AF, England

  CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW       February 28, 1996
    E-mail:  (none)
    Mail:  160-Meter Contest Director
           David L. Thompson, K4JRB
           4166 Mill Stone Court
           Norcross, GA  30092, USA

  Japan Int DX Contest, 160-40m  February 28, 1996
    E-mail:  jidx-log at dumpty.nal.go.jp
    Mail:  JIDX LFCW Contest
           c/o Five-Nine Magazine
           P.O. Box 59
           Kamata, Tokyo, 144 Japan

  NW QRP Club Winter Sprint      February 29, 1996
    E-mail:  (none)
    Mail:  Stan Yarema, KG7ME
           3457 12th W.
           Seattle, WA  98119

  North American Sprint, Phone   March 5, 1996
    E-mail:  aoniswan at ecuvm.cis.ecu.edu
    Mail:  Rick Niswander
           P.O. Box 3778
           Greenville, NC  27836

Please note that you may not be able to operate during all of the total
hours of the contests listed below. Total operating time may also vary
by entry category. See individual contest rules for allowed operating

February, 1996

  IDRA WW Dig WPX Contest, RTTY  0000Z, Feb 10 to 2400Z, Feb 11
  Dutch PACC Contest             1200Z, Feb 10 to 1200Z, Feb 11
  YL-OM Contest, Phone           1400Z, Feb 10 to 0200Z, Feb 12
  RGSB 1.8 MHz Contest, CW       2100Z, Feb 10 to 0100Z, Feb 11
  North American Sprint, CW      0000Z-0359Z, Feb 11
  NW QRP Club Winter Sprint      1800Z-2300Z, Feb 11
  ARRL School Roundup            1300Z-0100Z each day, Feb 12 to Feb 16
  ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW     0000Z, Feb 17 to 2400Z, Feb 18
  CQ 160-Meter Contest, Phone    2200Z, Feb 23 to 1600Z, Feb 25
  North Carolina QSO Party       0000Z, Feb 24 to 2400Z, Feb 25
  REF Contest, SSB               0600Z, Feb 24 to 1800Z, Feb 25
  UBA Contest, CW                1300Z, Feb 24 to 1300Z, Feb 25
  YL-OM Contest, CW              1400Z, Feb 24 to 0200Z, Feb 26
  RGSB 7 MHz DX Contest, CW      1500Z, Feb 24 to 0900Z, Feb 25
  CZEBRIT QRP Contest            1600Z, Feb 24 to 2400Z, Feb 26
  FISTS Novice Roundup           1600Z, Feb 24 to 2400Z, Mar 3
  Winter QRP QSO Party           2200Z, Feb 25 to 0400Z, Feb 26

March, 1996

  ARRL Inter. DX Contest, Phone  0000Z, Mar 2 to 2400Z, Mar 3
  RGSB Commonwealth Contest, CW  1200Z, Mar 9 to 1200Z, Mar 10
  Bermuda Contest                0001Z, Mar 16 to 2400Z, Mar 17
  BARTG WW RTTY Contest          0200Z, Mar 16 to 0200Z, Mar 18
  Russian DX Contest             1200Z, Mar 16 to 1200Z, Mar 17
  CQWW WPX Contest, Phone        0000Z, Mar 30 to 2400Z, Mar 31

April, 1996

  EA WW RTTY Contest             1600Z, Apr 6 to 1600Z, Apr 7
  Japan Int.DX Contest, 20-10m   2300Z, Apr 12 to 2300Z, Apr 14
  Int. HF GridLoc Contest        1200Z, Apr 13 to 1200Z, Apr 14
  ARRL 144 MHz Spring Sprint     1900-2300 local time, Apr 15
  EU Spring Sprint, SSB          1500Z-1859Z, Apr 20
  SP DX RTTY Contest             1200Z, Apr 20 to 2400Z, Apr 21
  ARRL 222 MHz Spring Sprint     1900-2300 local time, Apr 23

May, 1996

  ARRL 432 MHz Spring Sprint     1900-2300 local time, May 1
  Massachusetts QSO Party        1800Z, May 4 to 0400Z, May 5 & 1100Z-2100Z, May 5
  Texas QSO Party                May 4 to May 5
  ARRL 902 MHz Spring Sprint     0600-1300 local time, May 11
  ARRL 1296 MHz Spring Sprint    0600-1300 local time, May 11
  ARRL 2304 MHz Spring Sprint    0600-1300 local time, May 11
  Volta WW RTTY Contest          1200Z, May 11 to 1200Z, May 12
  EU Spring Sprint, CW           1500Z-1859Z, May 18
  ARRL 50 MHz Spring Sprint      2300Z May 18 to 0300Z, May 19
  CQWW WPX Contest, CW           0000Z, May 25 to 2400Z, May 26

June, 1996

  RGSB National Field Day, CW    1500Z, Jun 1 to 1500Z, Jun 2
  ANARTS WW RTTY Test            0000Z, Jun 8 to 2400Z, Jun 9
  TOEC WW Grid Contest, Phone    1200Z, Jun 8 to 1200Z, Jun 9
  ARRL June VHF QSO Party        1800Z, Jun 8 to 0300Z, Jun 10
  ARRL Field Day                 1800Z, Jun 22 to 2100Z, Jun 23
  RGSB 1.8 MHz Contest, CW       2100Z, Jun 22 to 0100Z, Jun 23

July, 1996

  RAC Canada Day Contest         0000Z-2400Z, Jul 1
  World Radiosport Team Champ.   1200Z, Jul 13 to 0600Z, Jul 14
  IARU HF World Championship     1200Z, Jul 13 to 1200Z, Jul 14
  RGSB Low Power Field Day, CW   0900Z-1200Z and 1300Z-1600Z, Jul 14
  RGSB IOTA Contest              1200Z, Jul 27 to 1200Z, Jul 28

August, 1996

  ARRL UHF Contest               1800Z, Aug 3 to 1800Z, Aug 4
  North Amer. QSO Party, CW      1800Z, Aug 3 to 0600Z, Aug 4
  SARTG WW RTTY Contest          0000Z, Aug 17 to 1600Z, Aug 18
  ARRL 10 GHz Cumul. Contest     0800-2000 local time, Aug 17 and Aug 18
  North Amer. QSO Party, Phone   1800Z, Aug 17 to 0600Z, Aug 18
  TOEC WW Grid Contest, CW       1200Z, Aug 24 to 1200Z, Aug 25

September, 1996

  RGSB Field Day IARU Reg 1,SSB  1500Z, Sep 7 to 1500Z, Sep 8
  North American Sprint, CW      0000Z-0359Z, Sep 8
  ARRL September VHF QSO Party   1800Z, Sep 14 to 0300Z, Sep 16
  North American Sprint, Phone   0000Z-0359Z, Sep 15
  ARRL 10 GHz Cumul. Contest     0800-2000 local time, Sep 21 and Sep 22
  Scandinavian Act. Contest, CW  1500Z, Sep 21 to 1800Z, Sep 22
  CQ Worldwide Contest, RTTY     0000Z, Sep 28 to 2400Z, Sep 29
  Scandinavian Act. Contest, SSB 1500Z, Sep 28 to 1800Z, Sep 29

October, 1996

  VK/ZL Contest, Phone           1000Z, Oct 5 to 1000Z, Oct 6
  EU Autumn Sprint, SSB          1500Z-1859Z, Oct 5
  RGSB 21/28 MHz Contest, SSB    0700Z-1900Z, Oct 6
  VK/ZL Contest, CW              1000Z, Oct 12 to 1000Z, Oct 13
  EU Autumn Sprint, CW           1500Z-1859Z, Oct 12
  JARTS WW RTTY Contest          0000Z, Oct 19 to 2400Z, Oct 20
  RGSB 21/28 MHz Contest, CW     0700Z-1900Z, Oct 20
  CQ Worldwide Contest, Phone    0000Z, Oct 26 to 2400Z, Oct 27

November, 1996  (U.S hams should note that CQWW is before Thanksgiving)

  ARRL Sweepstakes, CW           2100Z, Nov 2 to 0300Z, Nov 4
  Japan Int.DX Contest, Phone    2300Z, Nov 8 to 2300Z, Nov 10
  WAE RTTY Contest               1200Z, Nov 9 to 2400Z, Nov 10
  ARRL Sweepstakes, Phone        2100Z, Nov 16 to 0300Z, Nov 18
  RGSB 1.8 MHz Contest, CW       2100Z, Nov 16 to 0100Z, Nov 17
  CQ Worldwide Contest, CW       0000Z, Nov 23 to 2400Z, Nov 24

December, 1996

  ARRL 160-Meter Contest         2200Z,.Dec 6 to 1600Z, Dec 8
  ARRL 10-Meter Contest          0000Z, Dec 14 to 2400Z, Dec 15
  TARA RTTY Sprint               2100Z, Dec 14 to 0100Z, Dec 15

>From aa4lr at radio.org (Bill Coleman AA4LR)  Tue Feb  6 16:40:22 1996
From: aa4lr at radio.org (Bill Coleman AA4LR) (Bill Coleman AA4LR)
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 12:40:22 -0400
Subject: The "Good Old Boys on 75M"
Message-ID: <v01530507ad3d27f4e2a5@[]>

>     If rule changes are considered on the basis of bully -boy tactics by
>sociopathic individuals who obtain their kicks by interfering with
>contesters, then I would go out of my way NOT to change any aspect of the


>     I have every right to a clear frequency... especially during a

Disagree completely. I think this is the problem from the good old boys on

NO ONE has ANY RIGHTS to ANY Frequency. Everyone must tolerate QRM. A
contester should know best that contests are times of intense QRM.

These Good Old Boys that sit on the same frequency every night or every
week or whatever have come to expect a clear dedicated channel. That's the
problem. If everyone expects a clear frequency, asserting it as their
"right", tempers are going to flare an unpleasant things will happen over
the air.

We contesters should set an example by accepting QRM. We should hone our
skills to avoid it, to work through it, or to move on when we cannot.

>and will use every method I know of to use that frequency...
>especially when being the object of flak from the deviants. I have in the
>past and will continue as long as I seriously contest.

I have found that igoring QRM works. When asked politely to move, I will
move 500 kHz without blinking. 99% of the time, that's enough.

>    In other words, Don't let the b**tards get you! Which is what I'm
>getting at here.... Don't make any changes to any test due to jerky
>behavior that you have no control over!  I may turn the other cheek in a
>fight, but I won't leave the ring. I think radio contesting should
>operate the same way.


Bill Coleman, AA4LR      Mail: aa4lr at radio.org
Quote: "Man will never fly in a thousand years!"
            -- Wilbur Wright, 1902

>From David C. Patton" <mudcp3 at uxa.ecn.bgu.edu  Tue Feb  6 17:45:41 1996
From: David C. Patton" <mudcp3 at uxa.ecn.bgu.edu (David C. Patton)
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 11:45:41 -0600 (CST)
Subject: SSb Sprint problems
Message-ID: <199602061745.LAA12277 at ecom4.ecn.bgu.edu>

I agree with KM9P and KF3P and KM0L and everybody else lamenting the
difficulties of 80M during the SSB Sprints.  However, as N7AVK says
we shouldn't give up our ground to miscreants.

I think the nature of the SSb Sprint is dealing with 80 Meters.  To
me, it is much the same as battling for space on 20 SSB.  Very
difficult.  Actually, I will take 80 M SSB in the sprint over 20 SSB
in CQWW any day.

However, I would certainly support Ty's idea of a 15, 20 and 40 meter
contest that used the times from 2000-2359Z.  This is pretty good
timing for all concerned, especially the west coast, avoids 80 meters
and presents the same type of propagation difficulties we experience
already--such as long propagation on 20 and 40.  Except 15 takes over
for 20 and 40 for 80.  In the midwest we can't work much other than
the coasts anyway.  At least we would have a shot at working some of
our locals during these times.  This year I couldn't hear any locals
on any band.  

Another suggestion for the present maladies is to spread out across
the band a little more.  Both 40 and 80 we presently seem to use only
about 25 KHz of the band.

73, Dave Patton, WX3N
mudcp3 at uxa.ecn.bgu.edu

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