ARRL DX Contest Plaques

Sean E. Kutzko tigger at
Tue Jan 30 21:38:14 EST 1996

Greetings, fellow contesters-

Regarding Billy's message, I'd be very interested in sponsoring a plaque. 
However, I make about $11,000 a year, and $50 is just a bit high for my 
expendable income level.

Is there anybody else out there in a similar financial situation that would 
like to go "halfsies" on one with me? I think it's a pretty simple way to 
"put back" into the system, and certainly worthy of my money (right next 
to beans and rice!).



Sean Kutzko						 Amateur Radio: KF9PL
Urbana, IL						 DXCC: 305 wkd/301 cfmd	
        Photo available at:
   "Sure don't know what I'm going for...but I'm gonna go for it, for sure."

>From George McCrary <geo at>  Wed Jan 31 03:40:03 1996
From: George McCrary <geo at> (George McCrary)
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 96 22:40:03 EST
Subject: Results, Material for vertical
Message-ID: <9601310340.AA18548 at>

Thanks for all the replies! Here's the summary (about what I expected).

The Winner: Aluminum tubing from Texas Tower (14 replies). Downside is that
I need 4 verticals and the price is a bit high right now.

2. Irrigation Pipe (5 replies). Hard to transport and not real easy to find.

3. T.V. Mast (4 replies).

4. Thin wall conduit (3 replies). This was my choice, $20. per vertical
including stainless clamps.

5. Downspout (2 replies).

6. 1 reply each for PVC pipe, Chainlink fence top rail and my favorite,
solder food cans together! Sometimes I wonder if people read the post before
they reply!

                                                73 DE KQ4QM (George)

Lastly, a pox on the dealer who E-mailed me to try to sell an MFJ all band

>From George McCrary <geo at>  Wed Jan 31 03:40:17 1996
From: George McCrary <geo at> (George McCrary)
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 96 22:40:17 EST
Subject: 40M 4 Square Advice Needed
Message-ID: <9601310340.AA18623 at>

        As seen from my need for cheap verticals, I'm constructing a 40M 4
square. This was going to be ground mounted, but the subject of an elevated
4 square has now come up. I've determined my feed method already (approved
by RL himself!).

        But, any hints or kinks? Is 6 feet high enough? 4 radials per on an
elevated system seems a lot nicer than 16 per on the ground! Does the feed
method change? All help would be appreciated!

                                                        73 DE KQ4QM

P.S. I'm still both a pitiful DXer and Contester, so don't worry I still
won't give anybody any competition!

>From k4sb at (Edward W. Sleight )  Wed Jan 31 04:18:18 1996
From: k4sb at (Edward W. Sleight ) (Edward W. Sleight )
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 20:18:18 -0800
Subject: Mobile engine noise
Message-ID: <199601310418.UAA02782 at>

Well, I have finally decided to do a DXCC or so from the truck, but 
am getting my plow cleaned by ignition noise. Rig is a TS-50 fed
directly off the battery. Noise level on the S meter about 1 to 1.5
with the engine off, and S 7-8 when on. (20 meters )Noise almost 
disappears when the antenna is removed, so definitely getting it from 
that source.

Antenna is a Hustler mounted on a burnished aluminum across the bed
tool box mounted about 1' from the rear of the bed. Also have 2 meter
5/8 wave about 2 feet away. Vehicle is a 1995 Ford Ranger. Have already
checked with Ford and they assure me it have radio suppression plugs 
and ignition harness.

Have never operated mobile so have pretty much in the dark. One of the
guys here at HRO suggested grounding the tailpipe and am going to do 
that tomorrow. Any suggestions would be appreciated, especially good
technical references. The 95 handbook doesn't even mention noise!

Thanks, Ed

>From Jamie Tolbert <jtolbert at>  Wed Jan 31 11:42:27 1996
From: Jamie Tolbert <jtolbert at> (Jamie Tolbert)
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 1996 06:42:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: zj number found
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9601310644.A18413-0100000 at sprite>

thanks to all that responded although most replied with 
315-635-7148...this can be used to reach John but is the home phone and 
not the one preferred...tnx to w6go and n4to who replied with 
315-635-2016 this is 24hr voice mail and messages left there are sure to 
be heard by John...tnx 73 Jamie WW3S

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