AA9LX at aol.com AA9LX at aol.com
Mon Jul 22 17:38:06 EDT 1996

Hello..Seems I've made it into all the 1 by 1 logs EXCEPT for W6W...
In my log I have him worked at 0404z on 7/14/96.....on 40 cw........
His log jumps from QSO # 2289   04:02:30 with W6KQK   to 
                            QSO #2296    04:05:30 with K0WA  !!!!!!
WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE QSO's in between ?????
Who gets the complaints .... Who's  the right person to hear my concern ??
Any HELP would be appreciated...73's Bill AA9LX at aol.com

>From oo7 at astro.as.utexas.edu (Derek Wills)  Mon Jul 22 23:16:03 1996
From: oo7 at astro.as.utexas.edu (Derek Wills) (Derek Wills)
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 17:16:03 -0500
Subject: OK, you can stop now

Wow - I had about 15 replies to my query about Warren NF1J within
an hour of my posting, and got the general flavor of the situation.
The most recent reply came from Warren himself, who is alive and
well and living on the opposite coast.   Thanks to everyone who
wrote with information and/or interest, I'll send you all a short
summary unless Warren wants to post anything here...

Thanks to all,
Derek AA5BT, G3NMX
oo7 at astro.as.utexas.edu

>From 101332.232 at CompuServe.COM (Dave Lawley)  Mon Jul 22 23:42:57 1996
From: 101332.232 at CompuServe.COM (Dave Lawley) (Dave Lawley)
Date: 22 Jul 96 18:42:57 EDT
Subject: IOTA Contest Rules
Message-ID: <960722224256_101332.232_GHW25-1 at CompuServe.COM>

A reminder, next weekend is the RSGB IOTA Contest and full 
rules are reproduced below.

Dave G4BUO

Islands on the Air Contest Rules 1996 

1.  General.  The aim of the contest is to promote contacts between  stations in
qualifying IOTA island groups and the rest of the world  and to encourage
expeditions to IOTA islands. Please note the changes  to rules 4(a) to 4(c). 

2.  When.  1200 UTC Saturday 27th July to 1200 UTC Sunday 28th July  1996. 

3.  Bands and Modes.  3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28MHz, CW and SSB. IARU  bandplans
should be observed, with CW contacts being made only in the  recognised CW ends
of the bands. Contest preferred segments should  also be observed, i.e. no
operation taking place on 3.56-3.6MHz,  3.65-3.7MHz, 14.06-14.125 and

4.  Categories. (a) Single operator. Only one transmitted signal. Use  of packet
cluster or other assistance during the contest places the  entrant in the multi
operator category. CW only, SSB only or  mixed-mode. (b) Single operator
limited. CW only, SSB only or  mixed-mode. Operation is limited to 12 hours. Off
periods must be  clearly marked and must be a minimum of 60 minutes in length.
(c)  Multi operator single transmitter, mixed mode. The use of  one "run"
transceiver and one "multiplier" transceiver is permitted. NB This  category is
open to Island Stations only. 

5.  Sections. (a) IOTA Island Stations Stations on an island with an  IOTA
reference, for example AS-007, EU-005. This section includes the  British Isles.
Note: mainland G/GM/GW = EU-005, mainland GI/EI =  EU-115. Entrants intending to
operate from a location whose IOTA  status is not clear are advised to confirm
validity by reference to  the IOTA directory available from RSGB headquarters.
Please indicate  on the entry whether the station is permanent or a contest
DXpedition,  i.e. antennas and equipment installed specifically for the contest.
(b) World (listed by continent) Any station in a location which does  not have
an IOTA reference. (c) Short Wave Listener See rule 10. The  format of the
listings will depend on the number of entries received. 

6.  Exchange.  Send RS(T) and serial number starting from 001, plus  IOTA
reference number if applicable. Do not use separate numbering  systems for CW
and SSB. Stations may be contacted on both CW and SSB  on each band. Entrants in
section (a) MUST send their IOTA reference  as part of each contact. 

7.  Scoring. (a) QSO Points Each contact with an IOTA island counts 15  points.
Other contacts count 5 points, except contacts with the  entrant's own country
or own IOTA reference, which count 2 points. (b)  Multiplier The multiplier is
the total of different IOTA references  contacted on each band on CW, plus the
total of different IOTA  references contacted on each band on SSB. (c) Total
Score The score is  the total of QSO points on all bands added together,
multiplied by the  total of multipliers. 

8.  Logs.  Entries are preferred on disk using recognised contest  software i.e.
SD, CT, NA but must be accompanied by a summary and  signed declaration that the
rules and licence conditions have been  complied with. Separate log sheets must
be used for each band (but not  each mode).  Paper logs are also acceptable.
Single mode entrants who  make contacts on the other mode should submit these
separately as  checklogs. 

Logs must show: Time, Callsign, RST/serial number/IOTA reference sent,
RST/serial number/IOTA reference received, multiplier claimed, and QSO  points.
Entrants are encouraged to submit cross-check ("dupe") sheets  and a multiplier
list. Entries must be postmarked 31st August at the  latest, and mailed to the
following address: RSGB IOTA Contest, c/o S.  Knowles G3UFY, 77 Bensham Manor
Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 7AF,  England. IOTA stations must state their
location, i.e. island from  where they operated, as well as their IOTA reference
number. Checklogs  from non-entrants are welcome. 

9.  Penalties.  Points may be deducted, or entrants disqualified, for  violation
of the rules or the spirit of the contest. This includes  refusal by IOTA island
stations to make contacts with their own  country when requested. Use of a third
party to make contacts on a  list or net is also against the spirit and may lead
to  disqualification. Duplicate contacts must be marked as such with no  points
claimed. Unmarked duplicates will be penalised at ten times the  claimed points,
and excessive duplicates may cause disqualification. 

10.  SWL Contest.  Scoring is as for the transmitting contest. Logs  must be
separate for each band, and show Time, Callsign of station  heard, RST/serial
number/IOTA reference sent, callsign of station  being worked, multiplier
claimed, and QSO points. Under "callsign of  station being worked", there must
be at least two other QSOs before a  callsign is repeated, or else ten minutes
must have elapsed. If both  sides of a QSO can be heard, they can be logged
separately for points  if appropriate. 

11.  Awards (a) Certificates will be awarded to leading stations in  each
category and section, and in each continent, according to entry.  (b) The CDXC
Geoff Watts Memorial Trophy (Non returnable) will be  presented to the entrant
whether single operator or a multi operator  group in the IOTA Islands stations
section (Non DXpedition subsection)  with the overall highest score regardless
of mode. (c) The IOTA Trophy  (non-returnable) will be presented by the IOTA
Committee to the  entrant, whether single-operator or a multi-operator group in
the IOTA  Island Stations Section (DXpedition subsection), with the overall
highest score, regardless of mode. A trophy will also be awarded to  the leading
non-DXpedition IOTA entrant. (d) The DX News Sheet Trophy  (retained for one
year) will be presented to the British entrant  operating from a location in the
UK (including GD, GJ and GU) with the  highest checked score in the single
operator SSB category, (Category  A). The winner of the IOTA Trophy will not be
eligible for this award. (e) The David King G3PFS Trophy, In Memory of Geoff
Watts, (retained  for one year) will be presented to the British entrant
operating from  a location in the UK (including GD, GJ and GU) with the highest
checked score in the single operator SSB category, (Category B). The  winner of
the IOTA Trophy will not be eligible for this award. 

12.  Note from the IOTA Director. Amateurs planning to activate an  all-time new
one for IOTA over the IOTA Contest weekend should, if  possible, arrange to
commence their operation in the preceding 24  hours to enable the new reference
number to be issued before the start  of the contest. Once the contest is under
way, it will not be possible  to issue a new number and, without this, contacts
made will not count  as island contacts. 

>From kj5yf at wt.net (Larry Johnson)  Tue Jul 23 06:58:03 1996
From: kj5yf at wt.net (Larry Johnson) (Larry Johnson)
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 22:58:03 -0700
Subject: WRTC-0? - Some Thoughts (Long)
Message-ID: <BMSMTP8381010262kj5yf at pop3.wt.net>

>> Finally, the general public cannot copy cw.  
>> This is important considering videos made for the public,
>> media coverage, especially if a demo Olympic event.

What about those of us that can't copy SSB? 109 contacts, grand slam, and a
tshirt...4 of which were phone and the rest CW. If I had to rely on SSB, I
would have never made it...neither being able to hear the stations, much less
break the pileups with 100w and a dipole. However, CW does put one on more
equitable footing under those type of conditions (IMHO). While the media
coverage is nice and is important from a public perspective, the contest is
after all, for hams. 

Look at the number of CW vs. SSB qso's made in the WRTC. I think that says a
lot by itself.

* Larry Johnson
* Houston, Texas   U.S.A.

>From n3rr at cais.cais.com (Bill Hider)  Tue Jul 23 01:53:58 1996
From: n3rr at cais.cais.com (Bill Hider) (Bill Hider)
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 20:53:58 -0400
Subject: N3RR Open House 8/3/96
Message-ID: < at cais.com>

All hams everywhere are invited to the N3RR Open House on Saturday, August
3, 1996.

Festivities begin at Noon.  Lunch served from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.  Donation
requested to offset the cost for the catered BarBQue event.

At 3:00, Mike Martin from PEPCO will demonstrate his RFI "sniffing" truck
and show you how to pinpoint electrical noise interference to amateur radio
frequencies.  He also will make a slide presentation.

Of course plenty of soft drinks and beer will be available as well as all
the fixings for beef and pork barbque lunch.

Bring the kids and let my harmonics entertain them with video games
(multiple setups), water events (kids bring bathing suits!), ping pong,
volley ball, tug-o-war, and other sports arranged by my two harmonics (age
12 and 9.)

Bring the XYL too!!

Rain or shine!!  I have a big outdoor tent and plenty of space indoors if
the WX doesn't cooperate.


If you need directions, or more details on anything (meals, location, etc)
let me know!

CU There!!


Bill, N3RR at CAIS.COM

>From aa8u at voyager.net (AA8U)  Tue Jul 23 03:37:27 1996
From: aa8u at voyager.net (AA8U) (AA8U)
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 22:37:27 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: ZK1AAU on Topband
Message-ID: <199607230237.WAA06437 at vixa.voyager.net>

Hello all,

I just got back and I am attempting to recover from the trip to ZK and the
torture of airline travel.

Here are a few observations and comments that come to mind.

I was the primary operator for most all the 160 activity as the others have
little patience for working anything less than ideal high rate qso's and
less desire to stay up all night. 

I spent as much time on 160 as I could. Keep in mind, I was staying up all
night while the xyl tried to get some rest.
I bounced around between 30-40-80-160 every night. Stan operated 20M until
the rate fell off then went to dinner. Usually this is when 30M was peaking
and 160 grayline was in Europe. After the first couple days, I started
hanging back, hitting 30M and 160M....wasn't a popular move with the xyl. 

Of all the 02:30-05Z 160 operating, I only heard a very few faint signals.
If anyone in Eu heard me well enough to contact, I am sorry we didn't
accomplish a two way qso. I don't think I have any Europeans in the log on
160M. Let me know if you heard me and at what times so I can better prepare
for the return trip and do a better job of it.

One night, have to refer to the log to know for sure, the qrn was terrible.
Most other nights the levels were what you might expect in the USA during
winter. Nice and quiet, er sort of....with fairly steady to slow qsb. We
were not able to erect a beverage antenna at the resort. There just was not
enough room for it. 

K3ANS and K1VWL where heard at times at an honest S-9 calling me over and
over. I answered every time and sent them 5nn reports. I don't think they
ever heard me. Suspect they switched the radio off in disgust...... I'll
have to send them sympathy SWL cards! They get an A+ for persistance.
Several VK's and ZL's came by and let me know that they also have the same
trouble with these two, no ears,,,,as they put it. I told them the hurricane
likely was causing a lot of qrn or we would have made it both modes with ease.

Most nights I hung out on 160 until 13:30Z. that makes for a very long
night. Couldn't stay awake to do it every night. The housekeeping maids soon
learned that I would be upsetting their cleaning schedule routinely as I
slept for a few hours most mornings after staying up all night. Didn't ever
get a full "nights" sleep...only an hour or two at a time for the whole
trip. Sort of like doing CQWW M/S here, but for 9 or 10 days straight. Gosh
this is a fun hobby at times. hi hi

Speaking of both modes, I worked numerous USA stations on 160 ssb, much to
my amazement. The band really got good a couple of nights ago. 

I operated at times specifically calling JA's split as promised, just about
their sundown or so, and worked quite a few. There are some very fine JA
operators on top band! They are so polite....sometimes to a fault. If I
mis-copied a partial call it was almost impossible to get that station to
repeat....I don't think they know the meaning of QRZ. hi 

The man made noise sources in the South Pacific on 40-80-160 leaves little
choice operating freqs much of the time. I found I had to go to 1825 split
1909, or 1837 simplex to find a decent spot for operating. Lots of VK/ZL
stations rag chew on 1840 SSB and at times I had to go join in just to let
them know what I was trying to do. Usually, after a nice chat they moved off
and made 1837 nice again.

((( Take special note to the following. )))  Many "experienced" low band
operators have told me that slow cw is the only way to go on 160. Bull crap!
The stations that got through the best, during the times the band was noisy
with qsb, were the ones that got all the dits and dahs between the static
bursts and repeated enuf to ride the qsb wave. Those others that were
sending first my call (I KNOW MY CALL DAMMIT !!!!, I NEED YOURS >>>>> take a
hint) and then sending theirs once or twice would often send their call when
the qsb faded most or all of their call. Those that sent their call several
times, some at varying speed, had a better chance of making their way into
my log. I'm not known as a good cw operator, but I am getting better, almost
have the whole alphebet down now. Some stations I got the suffix correct and
only needed a repeat on the prefix....again, only repeat the missing part.
Its comforting to be assured that the suffix is correct,,,,but sending it
every time wastes time, especially when the qsb is slow and the prefix only
pops up once or twice in a minute, often knocked out at the most critical
time by a static crash!! This is just my observation. Some long time top
banders are likely to differ with my views.....but then I was there. 

Hey, I know I am not the operator many of you are. I must have at times
sounded like a complete idiot try to work the pile-ups and the 160 puny weak
stations. Please have some patience with DXpeditioners. They are not always
the top notch operators just because they show up in some rare
location......Even top operators that go to these places often have to cope
with a wide variety of difficulties and hardships. 

At this point in the sun spot cycle, this trip was just a scouting
excersize, part of the leg work needed to properly prepare for another trip
in a year or two. 
My antenna for 160 was an inverted-L, with traps in it for 80cw, 40, and
30M. The feedpoint was nearly 10' above ground and the radiator straight
vertical to the 80m trap, then straight horizontal to the insulator. The
radials, 6 at 133', and 4 at 68' were spread out and elevated to about 20',
some a bit taller at the ends. It seemd to work very well on all four bands.
We would not have had room to put up mono-band wire antennas there, so the
compromise inverted-L was the way to go this time. As far as hearing goes, a
longer radiator, with a cap at the feedpoint might have helped. dunno... I
am very spoiled at the home qth with eight monster beverages. Sure would
like to have had them on Raro!

Well I know some of you pay for your email, so I have already said too much.
I spent a lot of my antenna/radio budget on this trip and don't regret it at
all. If you ever plan to do a similar trip for 11 days you should plan on
dumping about $5K US....I did that plus(me and xyl). Some of the plus, was
to appease the xyl, as she spent much of her time in paridise looking at the
back of my head, not even able to get a word in edge-wise. Next trip I have
promised to set aside some non-radio days.....we'll stay longer and I'll
head to Manihiki in the N. Cooks for a week of radio only. 

Please, I would much appreciate any and all comments (even negative comments
if that is your assement) you may have regarding what you saw from your end.
It will help me to better prepare for the next trip and to gather some
fodder for an article I am writing about the trip. Please let me hear from
you via email if you heard me, and I didn't get to work you. Note the time
if you recall and the band condix on your end. 

QSL cards are not yet printed. Give me some time. The cards will be very
attractive and worth the wait, IMHO :')

I'm pooped......this is enuf for now. 

73 to all,


ZK1AAU QSL via AA8U (sase pse)
9221 Ford Rd.
Rives Junction, Mi.


pse excuse the typos, draft only

more later after I've recovered a bit and can think straight again.....dit dit

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