perring at infocom.net perring at infocom.net
Sun Jan 21 08:29:09 EST 1996

160 METERS   50    23
 80 METERS   47    24
 40 METERS  126    36
 20 METERS  146    34
 15 METERS  162    35
 10 METERS    8     2
TOTAL       539   154  =  83,006
I think 75 Meters is a great place, and there are truly a bunch of great guys that hang out on that (oops, "their") band.

I had a hard time trying to move myself on to another QSO, when I found that all I really wanted to do was just listen to the intellectual interchanges that were going on between the members of the 3.853 "Boys on the Band"

Texas DX Society
Houston, Texas
Email: perring at infocom.net

>From Bill Fisher <bill at akorn.net>  Sun Jan 21 14:28:08 1996
From: Bill Fisher <bill at akorn.net> (Bill Fisher)
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 09:28:08 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Score Posts
Message-ID: <199601211428.JAA06750 at paris.akorn.net>

Please post your scores to 3830 at akorn.net.  You DO NOT need to be subscribed
to post your score.  You only need to subscribe if you want the posts in
your mailbox.  

If you would rather access the info via the WWW, point your browser at
http://www.akorn.net/hamradio/3830.  If you havn't checked it out, it's
really a neat way to review score postings.

To subscribe, send a message to 3830-request at akorn.net with only the word -
subscribe - in the body of the message.

As always...

73 not vy 73

Bill, KM9P

>From William R Liporace <kb2hun at wizvax.wizvax.net>  Sun Jan 21 14:06:23 1996
From: William R Liporace <kb2hun at wizvax.wizvax.net> (William R Liporace)
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 09:06:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject: info on IC-761
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.91.960121090418.1600C-100000 at wizvax.wizvax.net>

I am thinking of picking up a IC-761 for the contest station.
I know it is older technology, but any thoughts on the 
merits of the radio? value? bad choice? I would like to hear
the good and bad thoughts.
Tnx Will KB2HUN

William Liporace KB2HUN          chef at helios.acm.rpi.edu
				 kb2hun at wizvax.net
325 Mountain Street              KB2HUN @ K2TR (yccc packet cluster)
Albany, NY 12209                 KB2HUN @ WA2PVV (NEDA)
518-449-1397 home                518-471-2837

>From palooka at pyrotechnics.com (Joe Pontek, K8JP)  Sun Jan 21 14:11:41 1996
From: palooka at pyrotechnics.com (Joe Pontek, K8JP) (Joe Pontek, K8JP)
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 08:11:41 -0600
Subject: ARRL DX CW VP5/K8JP & VP5JP
Message-ID: <199601211411.IAA31388 at kiwi.pyrotechnics.com>

I will be going to VP5JM's 11 Feb thru 19 Feb 96. I will operate VP5/K8JP 
for NA002 and take an overnight trip to Salt Cay, NA003 during this week 
with Jody, VP5JM. I will be in the ARRL DX CW contest SO as VP5JP.

QSL by my new address: Joe Pontek, K8JP, P. O. Box 59573, Schaumburg, IL 
60159-0573, U.S.A.
73, K8Joe"Palooka"
palooka at pyrotechnics.com

>From mihry at ns1.koyote.com (michael  ihry)  Sun Jan 21 14:30:02 1996
From: mihry at ns1.koyote.com (michael  ihry) (michael  ihry)
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 08:30:02 -0600
Subject: naqp score
Message-ID: <199601211430.IAA01487 at ns1.koyote.com>

call  ac5ct

     q's  points mults=20
160  22   22   12
80   30   30   14
40   11   11   11
20   44   44   20
15    1    1    1
total 108  108  58      score 6,264

>From tomf at neca.com (Thomas E. Francis)  Sun Jan 21 14:49:30 1996
From: tomf at neca.com (Thomas E. Francis) (Thomas E. Francis)
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 09:49:30 -0500
Subject: 160 log check reality...
Message-ID: <199601211449.JAA00973 at orion.neca.com>

Just a short comment as I've seen about a 
bizillion messages on this....

Contesting is the "sport" part of the hobby
and as in most sports there are referees and
officials who make good, bad or indifferent
calls which can affect outcomes - it's part
of the game....err, sport....live with it.

That's my two cents...

Good luck to all in the upcoming 'tests...


Tom, NM1Q (tomf at neca.com)

>From Paul D. Walker II" <pwalker at niia.net  Sun Jan 21 15:26:53 1996
From: Paul D. Walker II" <pwalker at niia.net (Paul D. Walker II)
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 09:26:53 -0600
Message-ID: <199601211526.JAA23663 at silver.niia.net>

                              NA QSO SUMMARY SHEET

    Contest Dates : 20-Jan-96, 21-Jan-96

    Callsign Used : N9WHG
         Operator : N9WHG

         Category : Single/LowPwr->DummyLoad

 Default Exchange : Paul Indiana

             Name : Paul D. Walker II
          Address : 1646 West Morgan Avenue
   City/State/Zip : Chesterton, IN  46304
          Country : United States

        Team/Club : Society of Midwest Contesters

   BAND   Raw QSOs   Valid QSOs   Points   Mults   

   80SSB      15          15         15      11 
   40SSB      40          39         39      24 
   20SSB      21          21         21      12 
   15SSB      24          24         24       9 
   10SSB       2           2          2       2 

 Totals      102         101        101      58 

    Final Score = 5858 points.

 Soapbox Comments

 This is a fun contest, but I gotta find a station to guest op at.  Sprained
 my thumb using a hand mike.  Found out my base computer is the cause of a
 lot of hash on my receiver so used a laptop without rig control.  I hope I
 remembered to hit <alt-b> every time I changed bands.  So, yea, contesting
 does beat a swift kick in the butt any day. ;^)

 Equipment used:
        Ft900/AT barefoot
        Hustler 6 Band vertical - had to take down and retune 80m resonator 
        several times while S&Ping the band (See comment abt guest op-ing).

 I have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations established
 for amateur radio in my country.  My report is correct and true to the best
 of my knowledge.  I agree to be bound by the decisions of the Awards Committee.

 Date 1/21/96   Signed Paul D. Walker II  Call N9WHG

Paul D. Walker II                 e-mail: pwalker at niia.net
Amateur Radio: N9WHG		  packet: n9whg at kb9kri.#nwin.in.usa.na

>From Jan & Del Seay <seay at alaska.net>  Sun Jan 21 23:32:42 1996
From: Jan & Del Seay <seay at alaska.net> (Jan & Del Seay)
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 15:32:42 -0800
Subject: [Fwd: Pointing Yagis in the Wind]
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Try removing the restraint (string) from a kite, and it finds
its own least resistance to wind. Only th restraint and its
unique shape holds it against the wind.
The antenna will find the least resistance. However, that
doesn't necesarily mean that is the position that will  suffer
the least damage. Depending on the strength of the various ecomponents
of the antenna, it could suffer the maximum damage.
de KL7HF

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So after reading a lot of words about this subject, I am still left with
some questions:

1.  Does an antenna, if left to rotate to any position it wants to, rotate
to the position of least wind resistance?  Be careful before you say the
answer is an intuitively obvious "yes".  Kites don't seem to.  They seem to
seek a position that catches maximum wind . . . or at least "balances" the
load about a pivot point.

2.  Does maximum antenna windloading occur broadside to the elements or
boom, whichever is greater, or does it occur at some angle in between where
the wind catches some of both areas?  As Dave, W6QHS, pointed out, EIA
RS-222C said maximum antenna area was the square root of the sum of the
squares of the elements and the boom and was somewhere around 45 degrees
across the array.  But now we also have EIA-222-E and ASCE 74 which are
newer models and tend to indicate the 45 degree angle of the array to the
wind actually catches LESS wind. Dave also points out that the laws of
physics have not changed, only the models have changed.  So do the new
models actually come closer to the truth than the old ones?

Dave, W6QHS, do you have any more comments on these two questions?

Even if the calculated answer is different, depending upon the assumptions
of your model, there must be a good way to measure it empirically, like
using a scale miniture Yagi in a wind tunnel and taking actual measurements.

But really, how important is the direction you point your Yagi in a strong
wind? If you are really concerned about your tower or mast failing and you
think the direction the antenna is pointing can make the difference between
tower or mast failing or not failing, your tower or mast are just too light.
If you are trying to protect your rotator, I think Dave, W6QHS, has done an
outstanding job of telling us how to minimize that risk by balancing the torque.

I think of my elements like I think of a fuse in my amplifier.  That is the
place I want a failure to occur if something has to fail.  I would not
consider wiring across my amplifier fuse if it blew once in awhile.  Nor
would I consider beefing up my elements (or orienting them in the wind) so
that the tower, mast, or boom would fail first!

ANYBODY can build a tower or antenna that won't fall down.  It takes a REAL
ENGINEER to build one that just barely won't fall down . . .

Stan  W7NI at teleport.com


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