WriteLog software update (free)

W5XD at delphi.com W5XD at delphi.com
Wed Jul 10 02:13:40 EDT 1996

WriteLog 7.35 is available on Compuserve now. It adds IARU
contest support, FT-1000MP support and other minor stuff.

I've been unable to raise the keepers of the usual ftp sites
by email, so if you want the new version by anonymous ftp, 
I need you to point me to a site that will take it.

Wayne, W5XD
w5xd at delphi.com

>From k2mm at jzap.com (John LastMinute Zapisek K2MM)  Wed Jul 10 09:35:05 1996
From: k2mm at jzap.com (John LastMinute Zapisek K2MM) (John LastMinute Zapisek K2MM)
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 1996 01:35:05 -0700
Subject: Need Your IARU/WRTC Log!
Message-ID: <199607100835.BAA01719 at jzap.com>

Dear IARU Participants:

Your log is wanted!  Please help us verify our WRTC competitors' logs by
sending us *your* IARU log via e-mail!

Our judges only have about 18 hours after the teams are finished to perform
the log checking process.  It would be wonderful to get some logs sent to us
right after the contest ends at 1200Z on Sunday.  Or even earlier... the
WRTC portion of the competition ends six hours earlier (at 0600Z).  Even a
partial log from you will help us some.

Send CT logs in .BIN format, NA logs in .QDF format, or TR logs in .DAT

Thanks in advance for supporting this effort.

WRTC Log Checking Staff

>From k3sa at access.digex.net (Steven Affens)  Thu Jul 11 02:09:39 1996
From: k3sa at access.digex.net (Steven Affens) (Steven Affens)
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 1996 21:09:39 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: WRTC
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.94.960710210909.15200G-100000 at access1.digex.net>

I am prepared to put up a Daily WRTC News Article as a supplement to the
WRTC web by N6IP.  The link will be available on the WRTC web which is
linked on the CQ CONTEST Web Contest Info link.  CQ CONTEST is

73 Steve K3SA

Steven C. Affens
k3sa at access.digex.net

>From k3sa at access.digex.net (Steven Affens)  Thu Jul 11 02:11:59 1996
From: k3sa at access.digex.net (Steven Affens) (Steven Affens)
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 1996 21:11:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: No subject
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.94.960710211142.15200I-100000 at access1.digex.net>


>From ND3A at cais.cais.com (Rob Shapiro - ND3A)  Thu Jul 11 08:25:51 1996
From: ND3A at cais.cais.com (Rob Shapiro - ND3A) (Rob Shapiro - ND3A)
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 96 00:25:51 PDT
Subject: Results - Operating System Query
Message-ID: <Chameleon.>

I made a query two days ago as to what operating I should have installed when I 
purchase a new pentium pc.  Besides running various non-ham software, I would 
also run AO/YO, EZNEC, DXBase, CT, ARRL Radio Designer and other ham 
software.  I posed the possibilities as Windows 95 and Windows NT.

Overall, the responses I received heavily leaned towards Windows 95.  The 
following is a brief synopsis of comments I received:

"Windows 95 is more forgiving when it comes to running non-complient 

"...you can configure the way you want with Windows NT, whereas Windows 95 
automatically does, which sometimes is inconvenient..."

One person comments that it was very hard to give up 3.1 and hated 95 when it 
was first loaded, but after time, wouldn't trade it for anything else.  Use what you 
feel comfortable with.

"...Being a developer, I have both 95 and NT.  NT is really a developers platform, 
where 95 was developed to ease the burden of most casual PC users."
"...problems getting DOS applications to work well with NT, and little to no 
problem with 95.  This represents a problem to those of us who run ham radio 
software, as most of it is DOS-based or is shareware."
"...Most software today is being designed for Windows 95, not NT."

Another comments that most ham applications are designed to run under DOS.  
If so, install DOS 6.22.  NT is a true relatively stable 32 bit operating system.  95 
is not an operating system, but a shell running on top of a DOS version, which is 
not as good as DOS 6.22.  95 does not have the complete Win32 
implementation, which is promised sometime in late '97?

"I've had little luck making EZNEC run under Windows NT as it tries to get more 
memory than NT will give it.  However I haven't asked Roy about it either and 
want to believe it will work with the right incantations."
Heard equal numbers of people who have and have not had problems running 
EZNEC under Windows 95.

Received a very detailed look at one person's softwarecomplement, hardware, 
and station hookup including all com ports used.  I'll keep this as a reference!  In 
the end, the switch from 3.1 to 95 has been smooth so far (1 month.)

"I use NT every day at work.  Don't try using it for ham applications.  Windows '95 
is your only choice for a new purchase and I personally have never found an old 
windows ap that won't work with it.  NT's problem is that it won't let old DOS 
programs get at the LPT and COM ports directly and all contesting software 
requires such access.

Overall, I conclude that Windows 95 is either the safest or only way to go (versus 
NT) whent it comes to running any DOS type applications.  I feel that, along with 
the user friendliness overrides the advantages in multitasking that NT provides.  I 
am going to go with Windows 95 but I will try to keep up more with the continuing 
development in PC operating systems and if it is warranted down the road, may 
switch to NT or ???

By the way, I didn't specifically mention it in my original post, but I am looking to 
get either a Dell 166 MHz or possibly a 200 MHz that advertised in the various 
PC magazines.  After doing this survey, I now wonder in advance what 
ham/contest software I may need to get an upgrade to for Windows 95 
operation.  I have heard mixed views about EZNEC operation  I received a few 
comments on other software, but feel the number is too low to make any 
conclusions.  I will be getting in touch with a few of the programmers to see if 
upgrades are available, but if any read this posting, maybe a comment can be 
sent to myself and the reflector.  I think many others would like the same sort of 
info I am looking for!

73 and good luck in the IARU contest and/or with Bertha, Rob
One of the W1AW/3 ops at super station W3LPL!

Rob Shapiro - ND3A
Potomac Valley Radio Club
Internet: nd3a at cais.com

>From je1cka at dumpty.nal.go.jp (Takao KUMAGAI)  Thu Jul 11 04:00:51 1996
From: je1cka at dumpty.nal.go.jp (Takao KUMAGAI) (Takao KUMAGAI)
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 1996 12:00:51 +0900
Subject: Contest related files @jzap.com
Message-ID: <199607110300.MAA17075 at dumpty.nal.go.jp>

John K2MM graciously opened ftp account for contest related 
Below is the index of current files.

  file name               size     Date
ionsound.zip            163423   Jun 27 1996 IONSOUND HDX Prop prediction
ped411i.zip              61202   Jun 27 1996 PED contest/CT simulator
vped105.zip             187227   Jun 27 1996 VPED Voice PED require SB16
vanity-calls.short      160006   Jul  3 1996 Vanity calls  "(shorten type)
wl735_a.zip            1252328   Jul 11 1996 WriteLog v7.35-a
wl735_b.zip             592919   Jul 11 1996 WriteLog v7.35-b
wlole201.zip            662417   Jul 11 1996 WriteLog OLE

jidx94hfcw.dx            6595   Jun 26    94 HF CW result DX listing
jidx94lfcw.dx            4978   Apr  2    94 LF CW result DX listing
jidx94ph.dx              7397   Apr  2    94 PH    result DX listing
jidx95hfcw.dx            5860   Apr  2    95 HF CW result DX listing
jidx95lfcw.dx            6263   Apr  2    95 LF CW result DX listing
jidx95ph.all            19202   Jun 26    95 PH    result all listing
jidx95ph.dx             11642   Jun 26    95 PH    result DX listing
jidxmult.lst             1187   Apr  2    Japan Prefecture Multi list
jidxrule.eng             7294   Apr  2    JIDX RULE(English)

rfsnd13a.exe            19889   Jun 27	RFZSOUND V1.3A(Bug Fixxed)
rfzsnd11.exe            17370   Jun 27	RFZSOUND V1.1
rufzpack.exe            63240   Jun 27  RUFZ Basic files self extract
rufzpack.zip            61848   Jun 27  RUFZ Basic files
rufztop.list             8363   Jul 10  Weekly Updated Top List

All these files have been available through email info-server
at mailto:info-contest at dumpty.nal.go.jp 
or mailto:jidx-info at dumpty.nal.go.jp 
	Tack Kumagai JE1CKA/KH0AM
	TEL:81-30-066-6408, FAX:81-423-93-4449
	Internet: je1cka at nal.go.jp

>From jdclarke at freenet.columbus.oh.us (Jeffrey Clarke)  Thu Jul 11 05:16:33 1996
From: jdclarke at freenet.columbus.oh.us (Jeffrey Clarke) (Jeffrey Clarke)
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 1996 00:16:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Avoid Hurricane nets
Message-ID: <Pine.3.07.9607110042.A16572-b100000 at login>

On Tue, 9 Jul 1996, Charles H. Harpole wrote:

> Please avoid hurricane nets at 14.268 and 14.325 (at least) during this
> next weekend 's contest.  THANKS!!!  de K4VUD


           First of all I want to let you know that my comment is not
     intended to be a flame. I was just wondering what is the purpose
     of having an emergency hurricane net on 20 meters when a 
     hurricane is approching the US ? It seems that with all the media
     frenzy that goes on everytime a hurricane approches the east coast
     of the US that everyone that needs the latest updates can get it from
     the media (either local or national) Even the local TV stations here 
     in Columbus, Ohio are sending their satelite news trucks to the 
     Carolinas !!  I can understand the purpose the net serves to those
     in the islands who might not have access to CNN, Weather Channel etc...
     you are providing a valuble service that probably saves some lives
     down there.

          With a major contest going on this weekend ( and the much 
     added activity that is expected this weekend with WRTC) I can just
     hear the guys handling hurricane stuff blaming contesters for 
     QRMing their frequency as always........ 

                         just my opinion   

                                          Jeff  KU8E

 *      Jeffrey D. Clarke   jdclarke at freenet.columbus.oh.us       *

>From ac1o at gate.net (Walter Deemer)  Thu Jul 11 06:33:46 1996
From: ac1o at gate.net (Walter Deemer) (Walter Deemer)
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 1996 00:33:46 -0500
Subject: WRTC Dupesheet Available On Web
Message-ID: < at pop.gate.net>

The "Rules" for the Florida Contest Group's Great WRTC Pizza Challenge
(certain FCG club members have challenged certain other members as to who
can contact the most WRTC teams on the most bands this weekend) are now on
our home page:


A copy of the FCG's Official Dupesheet (Operating Aid 6) for the Great WRTC
Pizza Challenge is also available on the site.  (Yep; some of us are going
to take a trip down memory lane with a paper and pencil dupesheet this weekend!)

If you load the dupesheet page and hit "print" it will print as two pages
(at least it did using Netscape 2.0 and a Laserjet), but the dupesheet
itself should be the entire first page.  Alternatively, you can click on the
dupesheet (which is a .gif image) with your right mouse button and save it
that way.

73, Walt, AC1O
WWW: http://www.4w.com/deemer; amateur radio, news, weather & financial info. 

>From ka8okh at som-uky.campus.mci.net (Rich Dailey, KA8OKH)  Thu Jul 11 04:42:01 1996
From: ka8okh at som-uky.campus.mci.net (Rich Dailey, KA8OKH) (Rich Dailey, KA8OKH)
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 1996 00:42:01 -0300
Subject: IARU HQ calls/WRTC calls
Message-ID: <199607110441.AAA04249 at som-uky-01.campus.mci.net>

Was wond'rin if anyone has a list of the IARU member-society hq stations,
with their respective abbreviations?
Also, am I assuming correctly that the WRTC-96 list of teams (July 1) is
in order of callsign (eg. K1AR+K1DG=W6A... LU6ETB+LU6BEG=W6B, etc)?

Inquiring minds want to know...

cheers... rich

Rich Dailey - KA8OKH <ka8okh at som-uky.campus.mci.net>
Somerset Electronics Co. - Somerset, KY
Expert repair on all major brands of CATV line/headend, & TVRO equipment.
Opinions expressed here are of my own unique design.

>From k2mm at jzap.com (John LastMinute Zapisek K2MM)  Thu Jul 11 09:10:17 1996
From: k2mm at jzap.com (John LastMinute Zapisek K2MM) (John LastMinute Zapisek K2MM)
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 1996 01:10:17 -0700
Subject: IARU/WRTC Logs Adddress
Message-ID: <199607110810.BAA02398 at jzap.com>

> [N6KL]  to what email address?

> [VA3WTO]  At what adress.?

> [N2RM]  To your e-mail address?  

> [AB6FO]  What email address?

Duh.  Sorry.  The e-mail address fpr IARU/WRTC logs is

    wrtc-logs at jzap.com

Remember, this is NOT for submitting your official IARU log.  This is for
submitting an unofficial copy to help us grade the WRTC contestants' logs.

The WRTC contestants stop at 11 PM PDT -- 0600Z, six hours before IARU's
regular 1200Z finish.  Any partial logs will be of help to us.  Remember,
though, we need to get them ASAP after our 0600Z finish.  The judges and
referees will be pulling an all-nighter Saturday to determine the winners
sometime early Sunday.

> [VE7RM] Is it correct to assume logs go to k2mm at jzap.com ?

The address wrtc-logs at jzap.com is preferred, but, yes, logs sent to k2mm
will also be retrieved.  Any help you can give will be appreciated.

> [WA7BNM]  Do these need to be encoded in some way?

Binary files do, yes, but text files do not.  CT's .BIN file needs to be
encoded, but TR-Log's LOG.DAT is text so it does not.  The ARRL-compatible
file from CT's WRITEARRL command can be e-mailed without encoding.

73 and thanks!  --jzap

John Zapisek K2MM <k2mm at jzap.com>

>From hmantila at kauha.kauhajoki.fi (Harri M. Mantila OH6YF-OH0MYF)  Thu Jul 11 09:34:21 1996
From: hmantila at kauha.kauhajoki.fi (Harri M. Mantila OH6YF-OH0MYF) (Harri M. Mantila OH6YF-OH0MYF)
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 1996 11:34:21 +0300 (WET)
Subject: IARU HQ calls/WRTC calls
Message-ID: <Pine.A32.3.93.960711112904.26184A-100000 at kauha.kauhajoki.fi>


On Thu, 11 Jul 1996, Rich Dailey, KA8OKH wrote:

> Was wond'rin if anyone has a list of the IARU member-society hq stations,
> with their respective abbreviations?

Maybe, someone has a list of the HQ stations. From old logs it is possible
to put together one. Att least OI1X will be on the air as SRAL's HQ

> Also, am I assuming correctly that the WRTC-96 list of teams (July 1) is
> in order of callsign (eg. K1AR+K1DG=W6A... LU6ETB+LU6BEG=W6B, etc)?

WRTC call signs will be raffled before contest and no one knows who is
behind each call sign.

See you in the contest!

73's de Harry OH6YF-OH0MYF
IARU 1996 as OI6YF on CW only category
hmantila at kauhajoki.fi

>From mtope at iu.net (Michael Tope)  Thu Jul 11 11:45:38 1996
From: mtope at iu.net (Michael Tope) (Michael Tope)
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 1996 06:45:38 -0400
Subject: More Tower Help!
Message-ID: <199607111045.GAA25879 at bb.iu.net>

Hurricane Bertha willing (she appears to be!), I will be breaking ground on
my first tower in the coming days. Not wanting to bite off more than I can
chew, I will be putting up a rather small one (KC8MK please no off-color
comments!), 26' of Rohn 25G (3 sections with 4' under the ground). This will
serve as a home for VHF antennas, and my old Cushcraft A3 until such time
that I am ready for some real metal. 

Anyway, my question is rather simple - should I use a wooden form for the
base? And if so, should I remove the form immediately after pouring the cement?

Thanks in Advance!

Mike, AD4VH
Michael Tope, AD4VH (ex KD8NS)      
200 Easy Street                             
Melbourne, FL 32934                         
Phone: (407) 259-7494
Eail: mtope at iu.net
"It is the empty space inside the vessel that makes it useful" - Lao Tzu

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