FT1000MP TX problems
rlc at soho.ios.com
rlc at soho.ios.com
Thu Jul 4 21:55:08 EDT 1996
In a response to Andrew I detailed the experiences I have had with my
FT1000MP---almost identical to his with a few other nasty problems.
The set is now back at Yaesu for the third time. Though the folks
there are very polite, NONE of the problems have been fixed. I am
asking them to replace my set, which seems to me to be an unfixable
lemon. I would appreciate hearing from any of you with similar
Bob Carroll AA2UV
> Date: Wed, 3 Jul 1996 21:55:53 +0100
> To: cq-contest at tgv.com
> From: Andrew at gi0nwg.demon.co.uk (Andrew Williamson)
> Reply-to: Andrew at gi0nwg.demon.co.uk (Andrew Williamson)
> Subject: FT1000MP TX problems
> (This message was also posted to the Yaesu reflector.)
> Hi all,
> I have a problem with my FT1000MP and was wondering has anyone else
> had this problem, or know how to cure it.
> When the 'MP is cold it works fine. When it warms up, after about 20-30
> minutes, a strange thing happens whereby the SWR reading goes to
> infinity on the rising edge of speech and CW. The antennas have been
> checked with various other rigs, so no problem there. This problem is
> mainly seen on 15 and 17M. When it happens, there is a type of 'buzzing'
> sound from inside the radio (bouncing relays ??).
> My radio is an AC model and has a serial number in the 5F010XXX series.
> A friend has a DC model in the 5L030XXX series which has the SAME
> problem! Both radio's are in GI-land. How widespread is this? When this
> happens, the radio is basically unusable.
> My 'MP has been returned to Yaesu UK to be fixed, but came back with a
> service report which stated:-
> Checked and tested all alignments and connections. 5/5
> Checked 15 and 17 M bands extensively under varied conditions. 5/5
> Also stated on the report was:- Labour: 1 hour.
> How can anybody do the above work and test the radio EXTENSIVELY in just
> one hour??? Not possible I say. Also the radio was away for one month to
> do just one hours work !!!!! Needless to say I am not very happy.
> My friends radio is actually somewhat worse than mine. One time whilst
> operating 20M CW, this problem occured, then promptly reset the CPU. He
> ended up on 7.000.00 CW with all menu settings cleared. What is wrong
> An FT990, FT102, TS930, TS430, IC735, and IC765 have worked flawlessly
> on the same antennas, so it looks like something is seriously amiss with
> the 'MP. Any ideas ??
> Also, has anyone experienced RF feedback type problems on the 'MPs
> internal speaker when another rig is transmitting on another band. I've
> had this in the middle of a contest. VERY off-putting.
> If anyone has experienced similar problems, drop me a line so I have
> more ammunition when I start hammering on Yaesu's desk. Has anyone had
> any joy in getting Yaesu to fix a similar problem ?
> Looking forward to the replies.
> Andrew Williamson, GI0NWG (+G3OZF - U.K. team for WRTC)
> E-mail : andrew at gi0nwg.demon.co.uk
> One of the WestNet DX Gang.
> Operations from EU006,007,103,106,124.
> Please call us in the IOTA contest from EU-124 as GW6J.
>From thompson at mindspring.com (David L. Thompson) Fri Jul 5 02:21:59 1996
From: thompson at mindspring.com (David L. Thompson) (David L. Thompson)
Date: Thu, 04 Jul 1996 21:21:59 -0400
Subject: FT1000MP TX problems
Message-ID: <199607050211.WAA12261 at answerman.mindspring.com>
>> I have a problem with my FT1000MP and was wondering has anyone else
>> had this problem, or know how to cure it.
>> When the 'MP is cold it works fine. When it warms up, after about 20-30
>> minutes, a strange thing happens whereby the SWR reading goes to
>> infinity on the rising edge of speech and CW. The antennas have been
>> checked with various other rigs, so no problem there. This problem is
>> mainly seen on 15 and 17M. When it happens, there is a type of 'buzzing'
>> sound from inside the radio (bouncing relays ??).
Someone might want to run this problem by Milt Lord, N4DA (on the web as the
If Milt has seen the problem he probably has a fix...he was one of the first
to recognize and fix the glue gung problem on the TS440 series (made it go -
- - - - - - ) on one or more bands. The glue turned into a conductor and
shorted out the VFO board among others.
It sounds like a board interconnect problem similar to what the TS940
suffers from just by moving it around....
Sure doesn't make one confident in staying in the contest if the rig has a
history of flaking out!
73, Dave K4JRB
>> My radio is an AC model and has a serial number in the 5F010XXX series.
>> A friend has a DC model in the 5L030XXX series which has the SAME
>> problem! Both radio's are in GI-land. How widespread is this? When this
>> happens, the radio is basically unusable.
>> My 'MP has been returned to Yaesu UK to be fixed, but came back with a
>> service report which stated:-
>> Checked and tested all alignments and connections. 5/5
>> Checked 15 and 17 M bands extensively under varied conditions. 5/5
>> Also stated on the report was:- Labour: 1 hour.
>> How can anybody do the above work and test the radio EXTENSIVELY in just
>> one hour??? Not possible I say. Also the radio was away for one month to
>> do just one hours work !!!!! Needless to say I am not very happy.
>> My friends radio is actually somewhat worse than mine. One time whilst
>> operating 20M CW, this problem occured, then promptly reset the CPU. He
>> ended up on 7.000.00 CW with all menu settings cleared. What is wrong
>> An FT990, FT102, TS930, TS430, IC735, and IC765 have worked flawlessly
>> on the same antennas, so it looks like something is seriously amiss with
>> the 'MP. Any ideas ??
>> Also, has anyone experienced RF feedback type problems on the 'MPs
>> internal speaker when another rig is transmitting on another band. I've
>> had this in the middle of a contest. VERY off-putting.
>> If anyone has experienced similar problems, drop me a line so I have
>> more ammunition when I start hammering on Yaesu's desk. Has anyone had
>> any joy in getting Yaesu to fix a similar problem ?
>> Looking forward to the replies.
>> Andrew Williamson, GI0NWG (+G3OZF - U.K. team for WRTC)
>> E-mail : andrew at gi0nwg.demon.co.uk
>> One of the WestNet DX Gang.
>> Operations from EU006,007,103,106,124.
>> Please call us in the IOTA contest from EU-124 as GW6J.
>From george at epix.net (AA3JU) Fri Jul 5 03:15:02 1996
From: george at epix.net (AA3JU) (AA3JU)
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 1996 22:15:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: The Novice contester
Message-ID: <184.108.40.206.19960704223116.300711de at mailhost.epix.net>
At 10:32 PM 7/2/96 CDT, you wrote:
>>23. If your partner asks you to check out 15 meters, just listen in the
>> novice band.
>Thios one, despite being true, kind of bugs me. How do we entice novices and
>tech pluses into contesting? And after all isn't that where we should be
>starting the "recruiting" drive? One thing I've thought about is a special
>Al - kk5zx
Well I tend to agree with the notion of recruiting Tech/Novices contesters
and here is one of the things that I do in that regard. Our local club (Not
FRC) puts out a big push for the Pensylvania QSO party it was the first
contest that I was in from my own station (worked awefully hard to make
General before the contest too!)
Well anyway I loved it and decided the next year to try a Multi Op from my
place and I devised a simple stratagy to try to get some additional points.
I figured that the big guns would not even bother with the Tech and Novice
bands so I recruited Randy KB2PLW (this is the only time you will EVER see
that call on this reflector) to work CW in the Novice sub bands and I put
together a pretty fair FM 2 meter station manned by N3SWA (My wife N/C Tech)
Well we had lots of fun and learned lots of lessons and took the county.
Last year using basically the same type of stratagy we garnered 100 Qs on 2
meters and 200 Qs on Novice CW!
Mind you my Novice CW guy made those 200 Qs using a straight key and was
working a blistering 6 wpm.
We took the state. And next year we are going for a hard run for the
record! (Common 10 meters!)
Here is the bottom line on the discussion we talk a lot about taking the
risk of breaking new folks in and getting some intrest from the new blood.
I think that a lot of fellows are scared for fear of doing poorly in the
contest but the bottom line on it is that team AA3JU was about 25% rookie
and we worked a lot of other rookies and we won the darn contest. And I
think that there are lots of other contests that we overlook that this would
be aplicable to. I don't know how many serrious efforts there will be for
IARU I know I won't be one of them but maybe that IS a good time to bring in
the new guys. Pick a test you weren't going to be serrious in and GET
serrious in it but bring in lots of new people. Kinda like field day but
more organized, with good antennas and fewer bugs.
*George Cook.....AA3JU.....AKA "The Ratman" *
*george at epix.net.....AA3JU@W3PYF *
*Proudly Frankford Radio Club......... *
*.......Proficiency Through Competiton. *
*"Not just words but a way of life" *
>From kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart) Fri Jul 5 06:24:24 1996
From: kf3p at cais.cais.com (Tyler Stewart) (Tyler Stewart)
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 1996 01:24:24 -0400
Subject: FT1000MP TX problems
Message-ID: <199607050524.BAA07166 at cais.cais.com>
>>> I have a problem with my FT1000MP and was wondering has anyone else
>>> had this problem, or know how to cure it.
>>> When the 'MP is cold it works fine. When it warms up, after about 20-30
>>> minutes, a strange thing happens whereby the SWR reading goes to
>>> infinity on the rising edge of speech and CW. The antennas have been
>>> checked with various other rigs, so no problem there. This problem is
>>> mainly seen on 15 and 17M. When it happens, there is a type of 'buzzing'
>>> sound from inside the radio (bouncing relays ??).
>>> My radio is an AC model and has a serial number in the 5F010XXX series.
>>> A friend has a DC model in the 5L030XXX series which has the SAME
>>> problem! Both radio's are in GI-land. How widespread is this? When this
>>> happens, the radio is basically unusable.
>>> Also, has anyone experienced RF feedback type problems on the 'MPs
>>> internal speaker when another rig is transmitting on another band. I've
>>> had this in the middle of a contest. VERY off-putting.
>>> If anyone has experienced similar problems, drop me a line so I have
>>> more ammunition when I start hammering on Yaesu's desk. Has anyone had
>>> any joy in getting Yaesu to fix a similar problem ?
>>> Looking forward to the replies.
>>> Andrew Williamson, GI0NWG (+G3OZF - U.K. team for WRTC)
>>> E-mail : andrew at gi0nwg.demon.co.uk
>>> One of the WestNet DX Gang.
>>> Operations from EU006,007,103,106,124.
>>> Please call us in the IOTA contest from EU-124 as GW6J.
My MP is from the same lot as yours 5F010xxx and I've had no failures
whatsoever, and it's been to Puerto Rico for the WPX SSB, US field day, and
many contests from home. The only problem I had in KP4 is when the line voltage
dropped below about 90 volts a few times, the PS couldnt hold things together
and the radio reset and usually scrambled the EDSP processor, which required
a "reboot" (ie. turn power off and on again), but that can hardly be blamed on
the radio. Next week it's going to San Francisco!
I've also not seen the feedback problem you talk about either, and in KP4
we had tons of RF floating around the shack from other KW's on very local
antennas. ( I did have trouble using a DVK voice keyer, which couldnt handle
I would strongly advise that you not send a new radio to anyone for repair
other than the "factory". It's too new for anyone else to know what the heck
they are doing, especially with these obscure problems you are having. Plus
there are several mods out I'm sure that they will do for free.
GL es 73, Tyler KF3P
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>From k0wa at southwind.net (Lee Buller) Fri Jul 5 15:03:45 1996
From: k0wa at southwind.net (Lee Buller) (Lee Buller)
Date: Fri, 05 Jul 1996 09:03:45 -0500
Subject: DSP Boxes Summary
Message-ID: <220.127.116.11.19960705140345.006e85e8 at southwind.net>
Ladies and Gentlemen....
Here are some of the comments received concerning my question about DSP boxes:
This is just my opinion, and not worth much, I'm sure!
I bought a Timewave, the most expensive one about a year ago, and
used it with my OMNI-V. I found that there was no time on cw that the
DSP made any difference in copy. The automatic notch worked well on
ssb, however. Maybe my situation is different than others, so the responce from
others may be different. I used the Timewave a couple of weeks, then sold it
to a sattelite buff, where he claims it is terrific. I now have the OMNI-6,
and the internal DSP is about as good. Can't see any value in hf operation.
If we actually get IF DSP (not at the demod level, as in the TS-970), then
we can expect a great amount
of value, but until then, I'll depend on the old tried & true methods.
Good Luck -
I used the original W9GR DSP (from QST article) for several years,
and Dave even programmed a ROM to preferred center freqs. But now I have
the new NIR-12 from JPS. About 3-4 filters working at once, noise
reduction, bandpass peak and high/low cutoff. Works great. I reccommend
K6STI's new $100 DSP Blaster(TM) provides DSP filtering without
DSP hardware. DSP Blaster is software that uses your PC and a
16-bit Creative Labs sound card to replace DSP boxes costing
hundreds of dollars.
DSP Blaster provides high- and low-pass SSB filters, CW/DATA
bandpass filters, CW peaking filters, adaptive noise reduction,
automatic notch filtering, and automatic gain control. The DSP
filters provide sharp cutoffs and low stopbands to eliminate
adjacent-frequency QRM. Adaptive LMS noise reduction minimizes
background hiss, power-line noise, and audio distortion to make
listening much more pleasant.
DSP Blaster displays the received-audio spectrum. Use the
display to select filter cutoffs and to obtain insight about the
signals you're hearing. It's fascinating to correlate spectral
features with the sound of a voice. Use the scope-like waveform
display to investigate audio-distortion problems. DSP Blaster
draws a system block diagram. Move the mouse cursor over a
filter block to display its properties. Click to alter them or
to activate the filter.
You can run DSP Blaster by itself, pop it up over another
application like a logging program, or hot-key a new filter
configuration without switching to it. DSP Blaster requires a
486 or better, math coprocessor, VGA, mouse, and Creative Labs
Sound Blaster 16, Vibra 16, or AWE32 sound card ("compatible"
cards won't work). The faster your computer, the more filters
you can cascade, the sharper their cutoffs, and the lower their
stopbands. But even a 486/33 can provide highly effective
DSP Blaster is $100. Add $5 overseas. I accept Visa,
MasterCard, Discover, U.S. checks, cash, and money orders.
E-mail your order to k6sti at n2.net and I'll e-mail a copy of DSP
Blaster right back using uuencode, MIME, or BinHex.
Brian Beezley, K6STI
3532 Linda Vista, San Marcos, CA 92069
(619) 599-4962, 0700-1800 PT
k6sti at n2.net
k6sti at n2.net
I have a timewave 9+ and like it. However, a friend of mine
had a timewave 9 and recently purchased the nir-12. He immediately
sold the 9 and says the nir unit is far superior. He is using his
with an icom 765 with all of the filters and says it is a huge
73 Wayne KC5DVT ehayes at vnet.ibm.com
I am using the Timewave 59+ and find it to be more useful on CW than on
Phone. There are times when the Timewave "lifts" CW signals out of the noise
floor that I absolutely would not be able to copy otherwise. I wish I could
tell you what it is about the SSB side that makes it less effective. I find
that in phone contests I use the DSP much less often than in the CW contests
-- usually only for "zeroing in" on a signal which is in the middle of heavy
Bottom line: Is it worth it? You bet.
Hope this helps. - Jay/K4OGG
I have a Timewave DSP 9+ which I think the world of. There have been many
times when the dsp unit will make someone that was marginal, readable. This
is especially true when there is a lot of noise. From what I have heard the
9+ is better than the DSP 9 because of agc.
Provides slightly more selectivity on cw than my built in filters but you
probably wont want to tune with them selected or call CQ for that matter
(not everyone is going to be on freq). They are sharp.
73 de Dave, N0IT
I only have experience with the DSP 9. I bought one a couple
years ago. It does get rid of heterodynes well, but it didn't really
reduce the noise (QRN). That may be due to the fact that the TS-930s is a
relatively quiet receiver already, and my QTH is not all that noisy. I do
have occasional high noise on 80 meters, especially in the summer, but I'm
not sure any DSP would help with that. The filtering seems to cut out quite
a bit, but I found that I preferred my 500 Hz filter in conjunction with the
adjustable filetr knob on TS-930s over the DSP.
For these reasons I would say that the DSP 9 is probably a good
product, but I found that I liked the 930s as is. (By the way, if you
really want a DSP 9, maybe we can make a deal...) There are, of course,
fancier models out there like the DSP9+.
73, Dave Clemons, K1VUT
I have the Timewave 9+ and used it very much with my TS-830. It really
helps to dig around especially on 160/80 for the weak ones. Many times it
was the difference between copy and no copy. I have since bought a 1000mp
and it has superb dsp built in. I am now using the Timwave on vhf for weak
signal stuff. For my money the Timwave 9+ is the way to go. The higher end
models have too many adjustments but the 9+ is easy to configure and you
soon settle on a few good settings. This is what Yaesu did in the mp.
You have several choices of filter slopes and peaks and you optimize and then
with a touch of a button -BAM it's DSPed!!
73 Dan W8CAR
I built the W9GR DSP unit and it works great, I have the Timewave 9+ with the
FT-990 and it works wonderful.
I just picked up a JPS NIR-10 DSP Box at a Garage Sale and of course had no
paperwork or manual. I have "fiddled" with the knobs but I am not
impressed. Would anybody out there have a manual that could tell me the
basic settings for this thing and how to tune it etc. Thanks
k7ox at usa.pipeline.com
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the DSP kits that are available thru
W9GR. I've been using the ten function model for three years now and
wouldn't be without it. It is not a cure all but it DOES make operating
on noisy bands and in contest situations much more comfortable.
One drawback is you gotta put it together yourself but the price is
right! (about half of a dsp-9)
73, Bob NW6N
I tried a Rat Shak DSP unit which was on sale a few months ago
with my TS-930. To make a long story short, I could find no
reason to keep it, so took it back for a refund. It was worse
(P.S., for some reason QST liked the Rat Shak unit. I can't figure
An added advantage of the W9GR model is that it is backed by a nice,
Dale E. Long - N3BNA
dale.long at internetMCI.com
These are some of the comments that have been on the reflector.... Hope
I didn't miss anyone....
k0wa at southwind.net
>From cshinn at connect.net (charles d. shinn) Fri Jul 5 17:57:15 1996
From: cshinn at connect.net (charles d. shinn) (charles d. shinn)
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 1996 09:57:15 -0700
Subject: Heard on the Clusters
Message-ID: <01BB6A58.5C3EB3A0 at a1p07.connect.net>
>From W5IO in Tejas...."Those who had their fifth on the forth now have trouble going fourth on the fifth..." Heh Heh....a lil Texas Humor...
>From donovanf at sgate.com (Frank Donovan) Fri Jul 5 14:59:37 1996
From: donovanf at sgate.com (Frank Donovan) (Frank Donovan)
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 1996 09:59:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Tower "De-tuning"
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.3.94.960705093649.24403B-100000 at jekyll.sgate.com>
I detune my towers so that they do not interfere with nearby HF
vertical arrays. I'm not sure that this will be helpful in your
application of trying to avoid receiver overload from a nearby high power
AM broadcast station.
The approach I would take in your case is to electrically isolate (ie
insulate) the driven element of your antennas from the supporting boom or
mast. This should be easy to accomplish by replacing the existing
mounting mechanism with a piece of high pressure phenolic laminated sheet,
drilled for u-bolts to mount to the element to the plate, then the plate
to the boom.
In the industrial plastics world this material is known as "Grade LE
Phenolic Laminated Sheet" and any industrial plastics company should have
it. The material is extremely strong and completely impervious to weather
(I've had many pieces in use for over 25 years with no significant
deterioration!) Standard thicknesses include .250 .312 .375 .437 .500"
If u can't find a supplier, I purchase mine from Read Plastics in
Rockville MD, (301)881-7900.
In addition to isolating the driven element from other metallic objects,
I'd also take steps to assure that power from the broadcast station is not
induced onto the shield of your feedlines, then induced into your driven
element and receiver! Such steps might include feedline chokes (ferrite
beads or coiled coax) at each end of the feedline, as well as 1/4 wave
intervals (at the BC station freq) in between. You might also consider
burying your feedlines, or at least running them on the ground.
To get back to your question regarding how I detune my towers, I do it by
using computer models of my towers and HF vertical arrays. In the model,
I attach a horizontal wire to the tower at a convenient attachment point
(I usually attach it at 75-85% of tower height). I then very the length
of the wire until the pattern of the HF vertical is unaffected by the
nearby tower(s). After determining the required wire length with a
computer model, I then implement the results of the modelling on the real
tower, and I've always had excellent results!!
donovanf at sgate.com
>From 0006940731 at mcimail.com (Bill Rinker) Fri Jul 5 15:15:00 1996
From: 0006940731 at mcimail.com (Bill Rinker) (Bill Rinker)
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 96 09:15 EST
Subject: Fwd: source of word HAM
Message-ID: <81960705141518/0006940731DC2EM at MCIMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu Jul 04, 1996 5:25 pm EST
Source-Date: Thu, 4 Jul 1996 23:17:29 -0200
Subject: source of word HAM
I' searching for the source of word HAM.
HAM means "amateur" but amateur starts with an A and not a H !
Maybe the work amateur has this source in other language (except English) ?
Any info on this subject is welcome. Thanks.
73s de CT1DSJ
jsilva at zeus.ci.ua.pt
One (1) definition is: "From the initials of a magazine called HOME
AMATEUR MECHANIC. It devoted an entire issue to Radio assembly in 1912."
The magazine apparently does not exsist anymore.
ne9z at mcimail.com
>From slazar19 at sgi.net (Spike Lazar) Fri Jul 5 15:27:25 1996
From: slazar19 at sgi.net (Spike Lazar) (Spike Lazar)
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 1996 10:27:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: WRTC Official Odds!
Message-ID: <199607051427.KAA16310 at orion.bv.sgi.net>
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Dear Contest Wannabees & Newbies,
Calling all contesting fodder, flotsam, spectrum debris and others. Time
passes quickly, it seemed like only four year ago that WRTC-1 was upon us.
For many of the worlds greatest operators the big one is really here, and
I'm sure they are are feeling emotions which you now enjoy before every
contest. The WRTC will rekindle feelings which were long forgotten by the
great ones hundreds of contests ago, and now these feelings are back, one
final time for the ultimate challenge. Yes, its the big one, the really big
one. Many were deserving, far more than the 104 who were beckoned, for the
ones that were not called your disappointment is the price you pay for
being good, its the nature of contesting. In WRTC-3, 104 more shall hear
their call called and then you too will feel the joy, adulation and
apprehension. Over one hundred gladiators enter this arena and only two
will walk out. For the winning team contest ambrosia, for the others dreams
that could have been, only if the big kahuna had smiled one more time in
You asked what does it take to be a top operator, you asked what are the
secrets, you asked, you ask again and you keep asking. If you ever wanted
to know the Holy Grail of contesting, its time to stop asking and time to
do some serious listening for 10 hours. A once in a lifetime primer in
graduate contesting is being offered. If you really want to know the secrets
take pause and listen to each of the stations and then listen again. These
warriors will be equipped with the humblest stations and antennas, being
far outgunned by most of the other combatants including yourself. They will
speak well for themselves and maybe someday in WRTC-3, 4, or 5, you will
do the same.
And now down to some serious business and the official odds and
handicapping of the teams:
***** Team Popeye, defending champions 10 to 1 *****
K1AR & K1DG:
Father time has caught up with these noble champions. It was evident
during Dayton, after maintaining the CQ booth for 96 hours, they were
not around for the final count, the ordering and consumption of the
pizzas. Over the years they have done the Vulcan mind melt once to often,
this is why they look some much alike, you cannot tell them apart
anymore. A further symtom of this disabling disease, is all mind melters
start to resemble Popeye the sailor man. As late as last night it was
confirmed by the psychic hotline that they would not repeat as champions.
***** Team East 9 to 5 *****
K1KI & K3UA:
A geat choice by K1KI, he knows his Chinese cuisine and his operators, but
the real question mark, will K3UA show up in SF? K3UA will move paper
logging into the 21st century and his pencil will be inducted into the
contest hall of fame! K3UA will do fine unless someone starts asking him
baseball/sports trivia questions during the pre-contest social functions.
These guys have won every type of contest, surely this one also.
K3LR & WA8YVR:
The chairman of the board once again has shown us why he is the chairman
by selecting WA8YVR, the most underated great operator of all times! K3LR
cannot get sidetracked on his sacred mission to make sure all the PL259's
in the Bay area have their braid soldered correctly, this would be a major
distraction! Sweepstakes, DX Tests & Sprints experience makes this team well
prepared for all situations. Their work is already done, all they have
to do is sit down for 10 hours and prepare an acceptance speech.
WX3N & K5ZD:
A brilliant move and outstanding achievement by snagging K5ZD, a real
coupdetat by WX3N. This team has outstanding peripheral hearing, if you
call they will hear you! Demographics are no problem, this team thrives on
this and can win from any location. If K5ZD leaves his sexy underware home,
WX3N will be able to concentrate on contesting! If this team is the first
to complete a qso, which could very well be, then they've won the big one!
VE3EJ & VE3IN:
This will be a cake walk on the beach for VE3IN, matter of fact, there is
a nude beach under the Golden Gate bridge. After enjoying his walk and the
sights, and with the "Professor" VE3EJ at the helm, who incidentally knows
the Queens english (he also knows the King is English), can bring home
the trophy, which he normally does! Don't underestimate their choirboy
appearance. Your butt hasn't been kicked until VE3EJ & VE3IN kicks it!
W2GD & W0UA:
These guys have a great chance if W2GD is not standing in some supermarket
line buying Twinky's during the start of the contest! Cool & intense best
describes this team, if they had to depend on one other guy, as if their
life depended on it, then each one is the perfect match for the other. These
guys are are the "Borgs" (ala Star Trek) in Brooks Brothers clothing. These
newly single guys, will walk in 5 minutes before the contest with a babe on
each arm, sit down for 10 hours, and walk out with their babes. Hopefully
somebody will find them in time for awards dinner, what good is the dinner
if the guests of honor are nowhere around!
***** Team Central 2 to 1 *****
K4BAI & KM9P, K8CC & K5GO, KF3P & KR2J, NP4Z & WC4E, KR0Y & K1TO
***** Team West 2 to 1 *****
K6LL & N2IC, N6TV & K7SS, K4UEE & N6IG, WN4KKN & N6TR, VE7NTT & VE7CC
K4BAI the contester who epitomizes what is right about contesting. From
his humble beginning as a winner in "Boys Life Magazine" swl contest of 1954,
he is now teamed up with the ultimate high flier KM9P. No pushing the
envelope in this one. A.J Foyt & the Rookie a worthy serious combination.
This team will finish the race and the band will be playing when Johnny
comes marching home again!
KR0Y & K1TO: The pros are teamed up! This team can knock you out
in the first round without breaking a sweat. They came, they saw
and they conquered. When you have been hit by this team, you will
never see what hit you! As quick as they come, they leave, many will
ask who were those masked men? Hi Yo Silver and away they go to the
K6LL & N2IC: As great as they are on cw, the teaming of the best of
the SSB operators. If the other 25 teams option for a cw run at victory,
this team could runaway with the contest. Run like 300 plus per hour and
when the log checking is over, will be there! They can put to rest the
tired excuses of others of their great southwest locations, when they
win it all from SF!
N6TV & K7SS: Boy what an awesome combination, well worth the price of
admission at any cost. Standing room only to watch these guys. K7SS
the primo qrp'r now running 100 watts, what a blessing, like sitting
down at the Voice of America, a dream come true! When the cigar smoke
clears, with N6TV still rubbing his eyes, the bag pipes will be playing
Danny Boy and the world will breath easier when these guys are crowned!
N6TR & WN4KKN: What a Treemendous or Treymendous duo, the choice is yours.
A conspiracy for sure by teaming these guys together. Each one is a
dangerous threat alone, and now they are a team. These guys will certainly
teach all the newbies and old timers every known contest trick, but listen
closely, you'll learn new ones. These mild manored Clark Kents will take
no prisoners! A victory waiting to happen, another record in the books.
Dear Gunslingers, all members of the "OK Corral":
K8CC, K5GO, KF3P, KR2J, NP4Z, WC4E, K4UEE, N6IG, VE7NTT & VE7CC.
Your friends wouldn't provide me with enough dirt to roast you, a real
dissapointment for me. Worthy are you all, you ask for no sactuary and you
will give none. Everyone of you are armed and dangerous, no other team can
win unless they pass through the "OK Corral" and its not very likely they
will and survive! Its high noon, one hundred & two caskets all lined up side
by side, which two of you will walk out?
Team Europe: 3 to 1
Teams: So. America, Asia, Africa & Oceania: 100 to 1
Dream team, 1 to 9 Favorites: W4KFC & KH6IJ
KW8N & KP2A
K3ZO & N2AA
K5MDX & K6EVR
W7KEV & W4KVX
Other unadvertised activities of WRTC:
Dave Leeson, (W6QHS) & his famous brother Jackie Gleason with Heidi Fleiss
will be hosting a cocktail hour and tickets are only $200 an hour, or $1000
for the night if you wish.
KZ2S & N2NT with Elaina Bobbick will be hosting a weenie roast, bring your
own weenie, Elaina will provide the buns.
ON4UN & his famous twin brother Ed Asner, will be hosting a boat tour of
Alcatraz Island. It is said on a clear day you can actually see Don Miller
K3EST & Joey Buttafuoco will be guiding a married mans tour of SF after
hours. Bring your American Express card, discretion assured.
W0UN will be giving a tour of Humbolt county, and passing out samples of
his new invention, Hemp guy cables, grown only a few miles away. Don't
laugh, Johns previous invention was the Thigh Master, which W0UA beta
tested during contests.
KE3Q still has sleeping space on the floor for 15 more people, bring
your own sleeping bags, sorry cash only no checks accepted!
Added special event: Everyone is invited to the O.J. Simpson/Michael
mr. Peabody (K8**) & dr. Bafoofnik
>From w4rim at ix.netcom.com (Albert Burnham) Fri Jul 5 15:46:31 1996
From: w4rim at ix.netcom.com (Albert Burnham) (Albert Burnham)
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 1996 07:46:31 -0700
Subject: Fwd: source of word HAM
Message-ID: <199607051446.HAA24394 at dfw-ix1.ix.netcom.com>
At 09:15 AM 7/5/96 EST, Bill Rinker wrote:
>Date: Thu Jul 04, 1996 5:25 pm EST
>Source-Date: Thu, 4 Jul 1996 23:17:29 -0200
>Subject: source of word HAM
>I' searching for the source of word HAM.
>HAM means "amateur" but amateur starts with an A and not a H !
>Maybe the work amateur has this source in other language (except English) ?
>Any info on this subject is welcome. Thanks.
>73s de CT1DSJ
>jsilva at zeus.ci.ua.pt
>One (1) definition is: "From the initials of a magazine called HOME
>AMATEUR MECHANIC. It devoted an entire issue to Radio assembly in 1912."
>The magazine apparently does not exsist anymore.
>ne9z at mcimail.com
Well, folks, here's an explanation I heard many years ago:
The first three amateur radio operators were named Hyman, Almy and Murray....
Al, W4RIM (near SF)
>From Andrew at gi0nwg.demon.co.uk (Andrew Williamson) Fri Jul 5 17:40:27 1996
From: Andrew at gi0nwg.demon.co.uk (Andrew Williamson) (Andrew Williamson)
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 1996 17:40:27 +0100
Subject: FT1000MP TX problems - RESULTS
Message-ID: <AYCteEA7VU3xEwlB at gi0nwg.demon.co.uk>
Thanks to all the people who sent me E-mails detailing similar
problems to those I experienced. Your replies helped get results.
Today, 5th July, I phoned Yaesu UK. To start with, they would not admit
that they had come across this problem before (they didn't deny it
either). Then when I mentioned I had posted the problem on these
reflectors, and had numerous replies detailing similar problems, they
opened up somewhat and admitted they had a fix for the problem. The
radio has to be returned to get two components added to the RF board,
which they claim will cure the problem. We'll see !!! This is such a new
mod, they don't even have the proper Technical Bulletin for it yet.
They also said they have a mod for the RF power control for SSB which
they will implement, along with the mod for the headphones (Heil
boomsets) which I will be sending them a copy of as theirs is in
I also queried the RF breakthrough problems with them, but no joy there
Finally, I also queried if they would change the PROM in my FT990 from
1.20 to 1.30 for free, (like it is in U.S.) but they said a charge would
probably have to be made ..... WHY ? If it can be done for free in U.S.,
why not U.K. ?
73's, again thanks for all the replies.
Andrew Williamson, GI0NWG (+G3OZF - U.K. team for WRTC)
E-mail : andrew at gi0nwg.demon.co.uk
One of the WestNet DX Gang.
Operations from EU006,007,103,106,124.
Please call us in the IOTA contest from EU-124 as GW6J.
>From aa4nu at raider.raider.net (Bill W. Cox [AA4NU]) Fri Jul 5 17:59:04 1996
From: aa4nu at raider.raider.net (Bill W. Cox [AA4NU]) (Bill W. Cox [AA4NU])
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 1996 11:59:04 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: TIC Ring and CC 2L 40m TRUSS ?
Message-ID: <m0ucEDg-000DEUC at raider.raider.net>
OK all of you who know the "TIC Code of Honor" (meaning been there, done it)
What the 'best' way to mount the "truss support" part of the CC 2L 40m
on a TIC Ring Model 1022 ? TIC does offer a optional piece I see ...
FYI ... If you have never installed a TIC unit, I would STRONGLY suggest you
make a practice run at GROUND level before you install it up high. Mine
is at 2' right now and it was well worth the time/effort to 'dummy it up'
to make sure I fully (fooly?) understand how it works before I take it
up to the 70' point on the tower ...
Thanks ! 73 Bill AA4NU aa4nu at raider.raider.net
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