160m Contest Fun

ramirezk at emi.com ramirezk at emi.com
Sun Jan 28 09:32:08 EST 1996

The Mission- Work all 50 states.
Weapons-Icom 740,90 watts,Half sloper at 47 ft, Barbed Wire 
fence Receive antenna.
 Decided to "look around" during the 160 meter contest.Started 
by searching for the friends and quickly got caught up in the 
W.A.S. mode. The Barbed wire fence was used exclusively as the 
receive antenna except the hour before sunset and the hour after 
 sunrise. Even strong signals aren't heard well on this antenna 
at these times.(angle of radiation difference?)
Worked 47 states. Heard KL7Y the first morning but couldn't 
break the pileup. Heard AH6AZ the second morning but couldn't 
break the pileup. Both were very loud.
Never heard a MAINE station. Loudest and most consistent West 
Coast signal was NK7U/OR and numerous California stations. 
Toughest time getting him to hear me was W0AIH/WI
Heard tons of DX. 
pj9,p4,XE,etc. but didn't waste the time calling and qrming the 
serious contesters with my poor signal.
 Need an amp!
Score- 137Qs x 56 mults= 18,256 
 Some of the guys continue to use the DX window to call CQ.Most 
notable was k#XXX who probably believes the whole world stops 
hearing DX when he stops hearing DX in the morning from his 
North East QTH.He clobbered the XE/Wa7 who was callinq CQ 
contest. Don't these guys realize that there is life on this 
Earth to their West still in Darkness! And for those of you who 
keep complaining,Yes I did sign /W4 as the CQ rules specify and 
is what one should do in a DX contest anyway.
 Looking forward to a 160m amp and next years contest. 73 Ken 

>From Joe Subich" <subich at ramlink.net  Sun Jan 28 05:51:11 1996
From: Joe Subich" <subich at ramlink.net (Joe Subich)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 96 10:51:11 +0500
Subject: "Goodies" for Sale, Low Prices!
Message-ID: <9601281553.AA0030 at hun25.ramlink.net>

K9GS wrote:

> The best place is the Usenet group: rec.radio.amateur.swap

The newsgroup is: rec.radio.swap 

There is no "amateur" in it though the contents seem to be about 60% 
ham gear. 

>From Bill Turner <wrt at eskimo.com>  Sun Jan 28 16:36:20 1996
From: Bill Turner <wrt at eskimo.com> (Bill Turner)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 08:36:20 -0800
Subject: "Goodies" for Sale, Low Prices!
Message-ID: <199601281636.IAA18023 at mail.eskimo.com>

At 11:26 PM 1/27/96 -0600, Gary Schwartz wrote:
>On Sat, 27 Jan 1996, Jim Reid wrote:
>> Where on the net do I list some stuff I ought to sell?
>> Logikey keyer,  KAMplus and sftwr , all my
>> Packet stuff, inc.DR-1200T plus a Ten-Tec 253
>> auto ant tuner,  etc,  etc,  etc.   I know not here,
>> but where?  
>The best place is the Usenet group: rec.radio.amateur.swap
Actually, rec.radio.amateur.swap isn't used much any more.  A better place
is rec.radio.swap.  Or both.

73, Bill  W7LZP
wrt at eskimo.com

>From silver at ax.apc.org (Carlos Augusto Silveira Pereira)  Sun Jan 28 17:28:33 1996
From: silver at ax.apc.org (Carlos Augusto Silveira Pereira) (Carlos Augusto Silveira Pereira)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 15:28:33 -0200
Message-ID: <199601281728.PAA13186 at fama.ibase.br>

>To: dx at ve7tcp.ampr.org
>From: silver at ax.apc.org (Carlos Augusto Silveira Pereira)
>As the avg sunspot number is pretty low , I decided to invest a little bit 
>more on the lower bands (40 and 80 meters). However I live in a small house which does not have much space for antennas.
>I bought a Butternut HF2V after some reaserches in a best solution for limited spaces. It is working fine on tx, I know that because I call DX and listen to a lot of stations calling me, but the noise is so much high that most of the time I cannot answer my calls. This problem is worse on 80 meters.
>I have been thinking about building a reception antenna as a Beverage, but after reading Mr. John Devoldever's book, the Low Band Dxing, I understood that it is impossible in my case.
>I have been reading a lot of antenna books but I couldn't find a solution for my case (perhaps it does not exist). The house has 20 x 20 meters, no backyard or garden. On the roof there is no space for a tower. I have the Cushcraft R4 and the Butternut HF2V on the roof for HF work. I only put 2 radials for the Butternut HF2V however as I live close to sea (500meters) I do not believe very much in high ground losses in my case.
>My house is in a urban area.
>If you have some suggestion, please I would like to hear.
>Thank you in advance,
>Carlos - PY1CAS
>ARRL member
>E-mail: silver at ax.apc.org

>From Joel Weiner" <Joel.Weiner at UAlberta.CA  Sun Jan 28 18:35:05 1996
From: Joel Weiner" <Joel.Weiner at UAlberta.CA (Joel Weiner)
Date: 28 Jan 1996 11:35:05 -0700
Subject: 160M CW from VE6WQ
Message-ID: <n1389293744.46607 at qm-gw.ucs.ualberta.ca>

Subject:   160M CW from VE6WQ

Hi all from under the polar absorption cap

366 Qs  1802 points 55 states/prov  12 countries   = 120,734

Missed Me, NWT, PEI, NFLD, Lab, PQ
No Europeans were heard. 
Equipment TS940 + MLA2500 (500 watts) into a 30 ft loaded sloper at 48 ft.
Really excellent conditions from up here and amazed at what my tiny sloper
could hear. 
73 to all 
Joel VE6WQ

>From H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil at seattleu.edu  Sun Jan 28 18:31:10 1996
From: H. Ward Silver" <hwardsil at seattleu.edu (H. Ward Silver)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 10:31:10 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Watt-Me-Worry CW Sprint Team
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9601281010.A22781-8100000 at bach.seattleu.edu>

Current members are:

WB4IUX (might be part time)

These intrepid adventurers will wade into the fray armed with nothing but
bare feet...we need three more stout-hearted souls...takers?

73, Ward N0AX

>From Rich L. Boyd" <rlboyd at CapAccess.org  Sun Jan 28 18:42:32 1996
From: Rich L. Boyd" <rlboyd at CapAccess.org (Rich L. Boyd)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 13:42:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Fast CW/Fast SSB
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91-FP.960128134134.8244F-100000 at cap1.capaccess.org>

Someone has brought up an interesting point:  Some of us may be talking 
too fast in SSB contests too, and we need to be sure to slow down when 
someone asks us to speak...more...slowly.  hihi.  73

Rich Boyd KE3Q

>From Rich L. Boyd" <rlboyd at CapAccess.org  Sun Jan 28 18:55:23 1996
From: Rich L. Boyd" <rlboyd at CapAccess.org (Rich L. Boyd)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 13:55:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject: HD-73 control boxes
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91-FP.960128135332.14368A at cap1.capaccess.org>

Tnx to the 2 who sent HD-73 control boxes, NI8L and N4FD!!  Quite a 
surprise, kept having UPS boxes at the front door!  Tnx very much.

Still could use some more because there are number of these rotators 
without control boxes for my CONTEST station.  Tnx.  73

Rich Boyd KE3Q

>From Bill Fisher, KM9P" <km9p at akorn.net  Sun Jan 28 18:58:35 1996
From: Bill Fisher, KM9P" <km9p at akorn.net (Bill Fisher, KM9P)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 13:58:35 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 80M Loop, 40M & RFI problem
Message-ID: <199601281858.NAA23720 at paris.akorn.net>

I'm having some problems on 80 & 40.  I have a delta loop on the same tower
with my 402CD's.  The loop is fed at the top with 75 ohm hardline and a
small piece of RG11 with many beads (Radiokit type) slipped over it.  It
also has a shorted 1/4 wave 80m stub at the feed point.

During the NAQP, I noticed that while CQing on 40m, that the other rigs watt
meter would deflect when on the 80m antenna.  40 was trashing 80 obviously.
I also have a problem with the loop causing RFI in the shack.  Specifically
my VGA mono monitor.  I have a shorted 1/4 wave stub on 40m in the shack.  

I'm in the process of building 1 more stub for both 80 and 40 meters and
seperating them by 1/4 wave.  I'm also going to try and bring all of the
coax through a common ground at the shack (currently the wire just runs
through a hole in the wall).  I'm also going to ground all of the shield of
the hardlines that run up this tower at the base of the tower.

The loop seems to play, and I am not in favor of taking it down.  Does
anyone have any suggestions?  (No, not an all band vertical Tree!)


Bill, KM9P

>From Bill Fisher, KM9P" <km9p at akorn.net  Sun Jan 28 18:58:34 1996
From: Bill Fisher, KM9P" <km9p at akorn.net (Bill Fisher, KM9P)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 13:58:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 204BA & 402CD interaction
Message-ID: <199601281858.NAA23718 at paris.akorn.net>

I have a stack of 204BA's and a stack of 402CD's.  Spaced the same distance,
with the 402CD's 10' above the 204BA's.  

I'm having some trouble with the top 402CD in regards to SWR and I'm trying
to decide if I need to take it off the mast for observation.  The SWR
changes to worse case as the 402CD is pointing perpendicular to the boom of
the 204BA (they aren't on the same mast).  When they are in line, the best
SWR I can observe is 1.7:1 at about 7085Khz (about the right dip point).  I
also have a 105CA 10' above the 402CD which turns on the same mast.

I'm sure there are others on the reflector with the 204BA/402CD combo....
have any of you had detuning problems with this combination?


Bill, KM9P

>From sm3bdz at pobox.com (Lars Harlin)  Sun Jan 28 19:45:23 1996
From: sm3bdz at pobox.com (Lars Harlin) (Lars Harlin)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 20:45:23 +0100
Subject: No subject
Message-ID: <199601281945.UAA08585 at www.itz.se>


It=B4s been nice to participate in the CQ160 contest as usual. Guess condx=
did=B4nt favor us in the auroral zone,
but nevertheless we had lots of fun !

Below is our claimed score.

73 de Lars /SM3BDZ

                              CQ 160 SUMMARY SHEET

        Callsign Used : SL3ZV
        Operators : SM3BDZ, SM3CVM, SM3PXO, SM3VDX

         Category : MS


   BAND   Raw QSOs   Valid QSOs   Points   Mults   Countries  =20

  160CW      762         758       4274      24        64=20

 Totals      762         758       4274      24        64=20

    Final Score =3D 376112 points.

>From ik0hbn at isa.it (Sante Lillo)  Sun Jan 28 20:26:57 1996
From: ik0hbn at isa.it (Sante Lillo) (Sante Lillo)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 21:26:57 +0100
Subject: No subject
Message-ID: <9601282026.AA09500 at net.isa.it>

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>Date: Sun, 28 Jan 96 09:27:22 EST
>From: force12e at lightlink.com (Natan)
>Reply-To: force12e at lightlink.com (Natan)
>To: cq-contest at tgv.com
>Subject: Yaesu FT-1000MP inquiry
>Thanks to all who responded with comments and opinions about
>using the 1000MP as a contest radio.  Collected my first
>JA1MP QSL card and used the radio during the 160 contest. 
>Had no overload/IMD problems and all that was at the
>headphones was supposed to be there. 
>These opinions are my own and my province only!
>Opinions expressed are not those of FORCE 12, but
>are mine totally!!
>Natan W6XR/2

Dear Natan,
as I am very interested in FT1000mp, I read with great pleasure your
opinions on that rig but for your knowledgement I send you a message
captured a week ago from my local bbs about FT1000MP performances on 160
mtr. Are you so kind to check your rig for the same problems? Please let me
know about that.
Best 73 es dx de Sante

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>From w6go at netcom.com (Jay O'Brien - W6GO)  Sun Jan 28 21:56:19 1996
From: w6go at netcom.com (Jay O'Brien - W6GO) (Jay O'Brien - W6GO)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 13:56:19 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 160M window & FT1000/CT
Message-ID: <199601282156.NAA17012 at netcom5.netcom.com>

Re: CQ 160M CW Contest, 1996.

My apologies for my transgressions into the 160M DX Window!  I didn't
really give a full effort to this contest, doing only S&P until after 
midnight (0800Z) on the second day of the contest.   My brain must 
have given out, as when I set up for my first CQ I thought I was 
just below the bottom of the window.  Actually I was just below the 
top of the window on 1834.3.  I appreciate someone saying "DX  
Window" and I quickly QSY'd up a kHz.  Later, it happened again!

My FT1000D went into a strange mode.  According to the RES file from 
CT, VFO A was on 1835.23 for 88 QSOs, even when I was working the 
JAs split.  The RES file accurately reports my VFO B frequencies for 
the split QSOs.  Apparently I worked someone during this time in the 
DX window, then found a clear spot and CQ'd.  My CT band map showed 
me to be on 1835.23, and I didn't wake up to the fact that there was 
only one line on the band map!  When I was (politely) informed that 
I was in the DX window, I moved again and became aware of the CT vs 
FT1000D problem.  

I could type in a frequency and the FT1000D would go there and stay 
there, but on the next poll of the radio it would report 1835.23 to 
CT.  I loaded a different contest in CT and was able to send the 
radio to frequencies on other bands, but again on the next poll CT 
would report 1835.23, even though the radio was still where I had 
sent it.

Rebooting the computer and cycling the power to the FT1000D changed 
nothing.  Then, I dug out the FT1000D book (there's no Index and no 
help from the table of contents) and found the microprocessor reset 
procedure on page 17. That fixed the problem!  Now the radio tells 
CT where it is, like it always had before.  To reset the FT1000D, 
turn power off and while holding SUB and ENT keys down, turn on 
power.  This also clears all the momories.

Has anyone else experienced this problem with a FT1000D?  If you use 
a FT1000D with a contest program, I suggest you make note of the 
reset procedure so you can find it if you need it.

Again, I apologize for my transgressions into the DX Window.  I 
fully support the window concept and have a postit just above the 
radio that says "DX Window 1830-1835".  It's been there for months, 
but it sure didn't get my attention well enough to prevent this 
problem.  Hopefully this tip about the FT1000D will partially pay 
for any problems I might have caused for anyone.

73, Jay
    w6go at netcom.com

>From cbit20 at ibm.net (pop01.ny.us.ibm.net)  Sun Jan 28 23:04:00 1996
From: cbit20 at ibm.net (pop01.ny.us.ibm.net) (pop01.ny.us.ibm.net)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 23:04:00 GMT
Message-ID: <199601282304.XAA104588 at smtp-gw01.ny.us.ibm.net>

Hi Carlos - PY1CAS

Yes verticals pick up a lot of noise. I am also living in an urban area (a 
hospital nearby emitting a lot of noise) and am enduring som of the same 
problems on 160 meters.

May I suggest that you investegate if the JPS ANC-4 noise cannceler may be a 
solution tor Your receiving problems.

The unit is placed between your station and the antenna, and works by 
phasing out noise on the receiving signal by using a seperate "noise" 
receiving antenna. It handles up to 150watts on tx.

There have been a discussion on the different reflectors on the subject. If 
You are interrested, I can send you some of them (the ones I have saved :)

I have ordered a ANC-4 one month ago. It have not arrived yet, so I have no 
further first hand experience to share, yet...

There have been adds in the QST magazine (december/95 i think), so you may 
find more information there. 

Another possibilitity is to put up an seperate receiving wire, whatever 
lenght you can get room for, and tune it to the band you whant to use. On 80 
meters this may surprise you to be an quiert rx antenna. You never can tell 
before you have tried it...

The best of DX 
OZ1AXG, Flam.

Flemming Nymann Larsen
E-Mail:  Work:         <fnlinf at carlbro.dk>
            Weekends:  <cbit20 at ibm.net>

>From cbit20 at ibm.net (pop01.ny.us.ibm.net)  Sun Jan 28 23:04:11 1996
From: cbit20 at ibm.net (pop01.ny.us.ibm.net) (pop01.ny.us.ibm.net)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 23:04:11 GMT
Subject: CQWW 160 CW, OZ1AXG
Message-ID: <199601282304.XAA79512 at smtp-gw01.ny.us.ibm.net>

On the first night conditions was not to good to state side. Conditions 
picked up at day 2 to state side, where I managed to work a few calling CQ. 
Caribian was best at 3z, with VP9AD up to S8 - what a signal. PJ9Z also had 
a good signal, and seemed to have better RX - or less QRM. TO5T had a fair 
signal and a steady EU pileup going all night, the only problem was that he 
aparently didnt copy any of them ?  (QRN?). the loudest from NA was VE1ZZ - 
a solid S9. Also worked a couple of new countries in the contest : VP9AD, 
PJ9Z, WP4IIW and 4K9W. 
Anyhow, heres my score for the contest, cu all next year.

      Call:        OZ1AXG                   
      Country:  Denmark
      Mode:     CW                       
      Category:Single Operator
      Rig:        FT1000+AL80B+Dipol at 70'+Tower slooper.  

Totals    350    1993      17      55              =   143,496

OZ1AXG, Flam.

Flemming Nymann Larsen
E-Mail:  Work:         <fnlinf at carlbro.dk>
            Weekends:  <cbit20 at ibm.net>

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