K2WI on 160 tests

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Some reflections on the latest 160 contests

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Perhaps it was reading the writing on the wall(changes in cqww rules abou=
t =

packet self-spotting) that caused a seemingly spontaneous cessation of th=
endless self-spotting of years past in ARRL 160 and a much lower rate in =
CQWW 160 this season, at least on the east coast.  This was a good thing =
as I
have aways found it distasteful. We probably could not make an effective =
to formalize a prohibition of this practice but it would be good if we co=
at least have a gentleman's agreement to avoid self-spotting.  =

Most of the time the self-spotting is an effort to pick up the extremely =

dull daytime hours in these contests which brings me to my next point.
I think both these contests would be a lot more fun if they were structur=
with a time off period a la ARRL 10 meter contest.  At the K2WI ARRL 160 =
WW2Y CQWW 160 operations the daytime rate never seems to be bigger than 1=
per hour so a 6 hour break would reduce QSO totals by 90 assuming the qso=
were not made up in other hours.  Since these are all low point-value qso=
s I
don't think this would change the character of the contest greatly.  The =
big =

numbers come from the nighttime dx contacts. For example in WW2Y CQ160 70=
% =

of the qso points were from 10-point qsos.  =

I propose a single 6 hour off period for all classes in these contests. L=
take a break, walk the dog, sleep, be with our families, and rest up for =
serious competition during the night hours.  =

We missed the competition from KN8Z this year who usually keeps us on our=

toes in the ARRL 160.  Would like to hear from Doc's group.  AB4RU made a=

strong effort as usual, nice job, fellas.  Would like to hear from you to=
The multiop class in CQ160 was real competitive this time around.  Congra=
to W2GD.  Now you guys know how disabled we were last year by line noise =
putting the new elements of our array right in the midst of our beverages=
Nice job to W1KM, too.  My father-in-law lives down the road from you so =
know how nice your location is.  As the multis improve their stations, go=
ne =

are the days when the single ops come out ahead.
The conditions in both these contests were the best ever. We worked our f=
ever JAs in both contests, working 2 in ARRL and 7 in CQWW.  I would be =

interested to know how other stations did on that score.  I have never he=
the JA window so crowded that they were qrming each other like this CQWW.=



>From prosper at iadfw.net (Brent Childers)  Sat Feb 10 15:42:15 1996
From: prosper at iadfw.net (Brent Childers) (Brent Childers)
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 09:42:15 -0600 (CST)
Subject: International Radio Filters Cont...
Message-ID: <199602101542.JAA24929 at server.iadfw.net>


I ordered the IRC radio catalog and recieved it about a week after that.
Looks to have the same things that they had listed prior to their problems.
I have found out that the prices in the catalog have changed and it will
cost more for filters.  Also the charge for FedEx/UPS or whatever service
they use is also going up.  So it would be best to call them for the latest
catalog.  I've also received some emails from a couple people who have done
business with them recently and they have had no problems what so ever.  I
will be ordering a 400 Hz for the 8.83 IF from them in couple weeks.  So I
will let you know what I find out after that.  The phone number and hours of
operation are listed below.

        Good Luck de KI5JC

        407-489-0956 -  Tues.- Fri. 1-5 p.m. eastern time    

>From Robert <w5robert at blkbox.COM>  Sat Feb 10 15:51:12 1996
From: Robert <w5robert at blkbox.COM> (Robert)
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 09:51:12 -0600 (CST)
Message-ID: <9602100951.aa13726 at blkbox.COM>

I tend to disagree - the articles on the contest sites of:
Were long over due by any mag.  These were great for me to 
read and see what the big winners are doing / using.
Without question follow up articles would also be interesting.

73 Robert  WB5CRG  w5robert at blkbox.com   

>From H. L. Serra" <hlserra at pwa.acusd.edu  Sat Feb 10 16:10:09 1996
From: H. L. Serra" <hlserra at pwa.acusd.edu (H. L. Serra)
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 08:10:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject: M0AAA
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9602100832.A7376-0100000 at pwa.acusd.edu>

I hope they set aside MM0OOO for Guernsey. 

73, Larry N6AZE

>From WYLIE at colloquium.co.uk (THOMAS GILLIES WYLIE)  Sat Feb 10 16:58:41 1996
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 16:58:41 GMT
Message-ID: <9602101658.AA07599 at hippy.colloquium.co.uk>

The Radio Communications Agency of the UK Has agreed the UK Stations may use 
short calls during major Contests such as the ARRL, CQWW, IOTA and a few 
more. The system will be administered by RSGB HF Contest Committee.   
It is likely that the first calls will be allocated by 1 May 1996.

So look out for GM6A,   GI6B,   GJ6C,    GW6D and so on.    It is also 
likely that calls in the M series will also be on offer, such as

M6A  (England)    MM6B  (Scotland)    MI6C  (Ireland)  MW6D  Wales
MJ6F  Jersey   and so on, so please dont keep asking GM6A  for his suffix - 
thats it.   Short calls for UK Contesters has eventually arrived......

73 de Tom  GM4FDM
member HFCC

Colloquium Internet

>From H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil at seattleu.edu  Sat Feb 10 17:28:56 1996
From: H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil at seattleu.edu (H. Ward Silver)
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 09:28:56 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Watt-Me-Worry Team Lineup
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9602100956.A10334-9100000 at handel.seattleu.edu>

Got 'em both filled up!  Hope conditions are reasonable...the pig farmers
shouldn't be a problem; keys are hard to use without opposable thumbs!

Watt-Me-Worry #1:

Watt-Me-Worry #2:

Tree - have a great time in Costa Rica - see you on 5 bands, at least, and
maybe on 10-meters!

73, Alfr"Ed", N0AX

>From Jeffrey Clarke <jdclarke at freenet.columbus.oh.us>  Sat Feb 10 17:57:56 1996
From: Jeffrey Clarke <jdclarke at freenet.columbus.oh.us> (Jeffrey Clarke)
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 12:57:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Sprint Team Member Needed
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9602101256.A28708-9100000 at acme>

    Have one slot left on the Mad River RC Team. Members are :

   WM4T (KU8E), K8CC,KW8N,K8MR,NF8R,W8FN,K3JT,K3MD, and KE3Q 

    If you are interested e-mail me before the start.

                                      Jeff  KU8E

 *      Jeffrey D. Clarke   jdclarke at freenet.columbus.oh.us       *

>From Steven Sample <aa9ax at iglou.com>  Sat Feb 10 19:19:35 1996
From: Steven Sample <aa9ax at iglou.com> (Steven Sample)
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 14:19:35 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960210140518.23757E-100000 at iglou>

I disagree!  I, too, felt that it appeared that this was going to be a 
very ho-hum magazine.  The cover and story titles didn't seem to "grab" 
my attention.  However, I sat down in my easy chair one evening and read 
"The PJ1B Story" which I found to be most interesting, "A Conversation 
With K3ZO", which gave me many more insights into this giant among ham 
radio operators, as well as other interesting reading throughout the 
magazine (February Edition).  I enjoyed Paul Gentry's article, and found 
myself wearing a smile as I read into Susan King's "YL Contesting" 
article. The smile came from my thoughts that this is no "Low-powered 
Lady!".  I'd say Susan is out for contest blood, and I found that refreshing.
I wondered what else I have his missed as a result of my surface 
apprehensions.  Guess we have to lower our pre-formed opinions, and make 
decisions based on merit once in a while.

I don't know how the magazine will fare, but it appears that there is a 
good-quality editorial and contributing staff, and I have to give them 
initial praise for their efforts moving into uncharted waters.  (Bye the 
way, Steve Morris, I may have learned something from your "Up the Tower" 
article that could some day save me or a friend from personal injury or 
worse.  Thank you for those tips!

Well, anyway, since I am not known to be the best critic in these 
matters, I shall now retire to what I do best...very little.

73...   Steve / AA9AX

On Sat, 10 Feb 1996, Charles H. Harpole wrote:

> Here is my review of the first three issues of CQ CONTEST magazine:
> I am surprised by the low quality of the writing.  It is simplistic, 
> often weak in grammar, redundant, and general to the point of 
> uselessness.  This reflector makes much more interesting reading than the 
> mag.   I just do not get much out of it.  The stories on operating in 
> foreign climes are interesting but rarely really centered on contests.  
> The Russia story in March issue raised my hopes until I read it -- I did 
> not really get the feeling of the article's title--what is it like there 
> today?  I did like the new QSL address (does that replace Box 
> 88? --unclear) for all of Russia, but do I now have the assurance that 
> that is the place to send -- no.
> 	The issues seem to be written for the beginner, and that is ok, 
> but it still seems simplistic, and certainly does not serve those who I 
> think were hot to grab this mag.--the real contesters.  The ads are nice 
> and few repeat what QST will print, but I've already seen them in NCJ etc.
> 	Where is the depth?
> 73, K4VUD, Charlie 

>From rfedor at magellan.cloudnet.com (Ralph Fedor)  Sun Feb 11 00:12:08 1996
From: rfedor at magellan.cloudnet.com (Ralph Fedor) (Ralph Fedor)
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 96 18:12:08 -0600
Subject: Comparing Radios
Message-ID: <9602110012.AA10048 at magellan.cloudnet.com>

We like to compare receivers.  Although I've not had the opportunity to line
up four or five radios of the same make and model and switch from one to the
other, I have had the feeling that "this 765 (1000D, 940, 980, or what have
you) is not as 'hot' as another I have used."

Does significant variability exist between radios of the same make and
model?  If so, how much?

And, if it exists, are our reviews meaningful?  Is our experience with a
fortuitous "hot" model that came off the line, or is it with a "not so hot"
model from the same line.

What does everyone think?

73 -
Ralph  -  K0IR

rfedor at cloudnet.com

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