Captive rovers? Cheating? Nah...

ramirezk at ramirezk at
Wed Jan 24 16:54:43 EST 1996

 It sure is nice to live in the South now. Gone are the days of 
trying to compete with cheaters,unethical types,etc. This is 
like discovering a new tribe of innocent and naive indians in 
the Amazon. The ops down here in the South haven't been polluted 
and spoiled by obsessive/compulsive competitive madness and you 
what? I like it. Andy(KA1GD) and I worked our asses off. We had 
no captive rovers, we didn't plan any schemes to work 200 fm 
qsos on 2 meters at a hamfest,we didn't run illegal power,we 
didn't pad our log. We just worked hard to do the best with what 
we had and made the best of it. It was the best contest I have 
ever played in as bad as the conditions were.This was the most 
fun in a contest I have ever had. It was exhilirating and self 
gratifying to finally do an all out from the first and only 
piece of property I have ever owned! You guys in the major 
cities can keep up your foul play and bickering just don't bring 
it here to the South. We like it just the way it is including 
our low scores compared to everyone else. Weak signal operating 
at its best! Just the way it was intended to be. Ken

>From barry at (barry)  Wed Jan 24 20:45:44 1996
From: barry at (barry) (barry)
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 96 15:45:44 EST
Subject: IRQs
Message-ID: <Xi88HD1w165w at>

Hi gang - Can anyone tell me the real truth about IRQ 9? I've read some 
literature syaing you can't use it cuz it's connected to IRQ 2 and ties 
all the IRQs together. Got some other literature that says it is normally 
"available." Anyone with real-life experience on the subject? This is, of 
course, for the CONTEST computer. 73 Barry


Barry N. Kutner, W2UP       Internet: barry at
Newtown, PA                 Packet Radio: W2UP @ WB3JOE.#EPA.PA.USA.NA
                            Packet Cluster: W2UP >WB2R (FRC)

>From kf3p at (Tyler Stewart)  Thu Jan 25 01:04:33 1996
From: kf3p at (Tyler Stewart) (Tyler Stewart)
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 20:04:33 -0500
Subject: Splices Way Up in the Sky
Message-ID: <199601250104.UAA25990 at>

>> >It is winter here in New England.  Trudging out to my tower
>> I guess the soldering heat source is what your are concerned about...
>> buy a butane-powered soldering iron.  Master Appliances sells 3 different 
>> sizes of them and the two larger ones will do the job usually...up there
>> you might want the biggest one, which has about a 3/8" tip!  These things get
>> hotter than a 250watt soldering gun...if you cant solder a connector with the
>> 73, Tyler KF3P
>I have had trouble with butane on cold days too --flow seems to be effected
>by the temperature of the bottle and they are hard to get running in the
>wind (90 feet always has wind).  
>Another problem is sealing the splice after you get it made. I have had fair
>luck in taping then covering with scotch guard and then taping again.  The
>Electrical suppliers also have a rubber boot that is primarily used by the
>telephone company to cover underground splices. It comes in two halves and
>is put on BEFORE you make put the coax connectors, then slides together to 
>make a removeable seal.  I use them on outside antennas where I need to
>unplug feed lines to place test equipment to tune for different operating
>Hal Blegen  WA7EGA
>halb at

"We" use a layer of Scotch 88, then a layer of Scotch 130C (HV rubber splicing
tape used by power company), and a final layer of Scotch 88.  Easy to use
as long as you have some clearance around the connector and no messy goop, etc.

73, Tyler KF3P

>From David L. Thompson" <thompson at  Thu Jan 25 02:13:23 1996
From: David L. Thompson" <thompson at (David L. Thompson)
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 21:13:23 -0500
Subject: What speed CW?
Message-ID: <199601250206.VAA09406 at>

I seem to remember that in the closing hours of the  CW SS a few years ago
the front runner often sat on 40 CW working all takers at between 20 and
25WPM...his call W4KFC.

73, Dave K4JRB

>From David L. Thompson" <thompson at  Thu Jan 25 02:13:26 1996
From: David L. Thompson" <thompson at (David L. Thompson)
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 21:13:26 -0500
Subject: Remember the International DX window on 160!
Message-ID: <199601250206.VAA09422 at>

Please stay clear of the Dx window between 1830 to 1835 thius weekend in the
CQ 160.  Read the rules and let common sense apply unless you want to bring
on the wrath of the Dx station trying the window or the 5, 7 ,or 0 USA
looking for a chance to work some of that DX.

This is a gentlemen's band lets be gentlemen (or gentlepersons).

Good luck to all.

73, Dave K4JRB 

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