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ehayes at VNET.IBM.COM ehayes at VNET.IBM.COM
Wed Feb 21 07:58:19 EST 1996

John, pls resend me your email address.  I inadvertantly
deleted it.
Wayne   KC5DVT  ehayes at vnet.ibm.com

>From Mr. Brett Graham" <bagraham at HK.Super.NET  Wed Feb 21 14:24:29 1996
From: Mr. Brett Graham" <bagraham at HK.Super.NET (Mr. Brett Graham)
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 1996 22:24:29 +0800 (HKT)
Subject: Keeping the frequency clear
Message-ID: <199602211424.WAA11181 at is1.hk.super.net>

G4DQW asked:
 Is it common practice among the big contest stations to keep
 competitors away like this?
Certainly is!  I think the best example of this was at W7RM's old QTH on
The Bluff.  On the higher bands we could transmit with the big beams on the
towers up top, while listening on relatively puny beams down on the beach
some 90m below.  A 90m tall pile of dirt & rock did wonders to those pesky
W5s off the back who couldn't seem to figure out why 7RM could keep running
'em despite, in some cases, blatant attempts to steal the frequency.
Unless it was someone like N5AU, you couldn't even tell they were there
unless the JAs you were running told you.
For those with more pedestrian stations - say a simple stack - the most
overlooked capability is the ability to swing the lower beam around at your
competition, transmitting into both & receiving only on the upper one.
Again from W7, this can be handy with those bloody W5s.
Luckily, out here in VS6, we're still a few years away before such
techniques will be required with the BYs!
73, VS6BrettGraham aka VR2BG bagraham at hk.super.net

>From Larry Tyree <tree at cmicro.com>  Wed Feb 21 15:06:35 1996
From: Larry Tyree <tree at cmicro.com> (Larry Tyree)
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 1996 07:06:35 -0800
Subject: TI1C ARRL CW
Message-ID: <199602211506.HAA10675 at cascade.cmicro.com>

Just got back last night from Costa Rica.  I thought I had left the floods
and mudslides behind me, but they were WORSE in Costa Rica!!  

Normally, I would of been at the station a coupld of hours after arrving 
at the airport (1 hour drive).  Instead the short path road was closed with
17 mudslides!!

Slept in town and the next day we took the long path.  It ended up taking
about 8 hours and I had some of my first 4 wheeling experiences!!  There
were other slides that we found bypasses to taking mountain dirt (read mud)
roads.  One of them took 1:15 hours.  One slide we got a good look at.
It was a wall of mud at least 20 feet high all the way across the road.

I was really concerned that the new Alpha I brought down for Carlos was 
going to turn in to a Heathkit.

Of course when I got to the station (on Wednesday afternoon), there was 
no power.  This is a lot better than some people faired.  We saw a monster
river (from our mountain top road) that must of been 10 miles away and I
could hear it.  There were new cliffs on the banks and some houses were
no longer there.

We did some work using generators (boy the Alpha is touchy with a generator)
before the contest and real power (along with line noise on 160) came back 
about 5 hours before the contest (and stayed on).  

Had some 15 and 10 meter antenna problems the first day.  After a super
first hour on 15, the antenna shorted out and I ended up using two 8 
element 40 meter quads (one NW and one NE) on 15.  They were about 30
db down, but since nobody was hearing Europe, they had their beams south
and the rate stayed decent.  The beam was fixed after 3 or 4 hours.

I never thought 10 meters could be so bad from TI!!  I felt like I Was
working 6 meters.  Both days, I could hear W6 just fine.  On the second
day, I spent 3 hours CQing and got almost 200 QSOs.  It was interesting
seeing how the openings moved around.  There was a five minute opening
to the NorthEast where I worked CT and MA.  

So, this wasn't the year to set a new record.  I slept 5 hours Sunday morning
which sounds like was a wise thing.  The bands were pretty poor during
that time I understand.

The rough numbers are 5250 QSOs, 298 mults for something over 4.6 million.

QSLs for the contest (TI1C) and before the contest (TI4CF on 160/80/40 CW)
and just after the contest (Monday morning on 20 meters CW) are via me.

QSLs for ANY SSB QSOs and other CW opportunities are via TI2CF (and he 
does answer cards!!).

Oh, the Alpha worked great.  That thing is built solid.

Tree N6TR/7
tree at cmicro.com

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