RCMP Non-Horror story

k6eid at avana.net k6eid at avana.net
Mon May 6 17:39:14 EDT 1996

Bill Rindone wrote:
> You guys like horror stories, here's mine!
> Last week I receive a knock on the door and open it to find a RCMP (Royal
> Canadian Mounted Police). No he didn't bring his horse.
> He advises that there has been a complaint filed against me of interference
> and that I am running too much power. I must have looked at him strangely
> because he said "All one has to do is look at the size of your antennas to
> know that you are running too much power"

I had a similar incident back in the early 1970s when the family was vacationing in Whitehorse, Yukon.  We were staying in a motel and I had ran a coax down to the mobile antenna on the car and was oiperating on 20 SSB. About 2000, there was a knock on the door and a gent identified himself as an RCMP and said he had had a TVI complaint from a lady who relied on Alaska TV for reception. He said TV went off at 2200 so I could operate then. I asked how he tracked me down. He said he was an ex-VE6 and he just rode around looking for a ham antenna! I always heard that the RCMP also got their man and he sure did me!

Phil K6EID

>From sawyers" <sawyers at cacd.rockwell.com  Mon May  6 22:53:37 1996
From: sawyers" <sawyers at cacd.rockwell.com (sawyers)
Date: Mon, 06 May 96 15:53:37 cst
Subject: Elevated cable runs
Message-ID: <9604068314.AA831416091 at ccmgw1.cacd.rockwell.com>

I am in the process designing the feeds for my soon to be three tower 
contest station. (due to restrictions on a one acre lot, they are only 
going to be 132' and 80' and 60' tall - hope is to make medium pistol 
status from the black hole).

Anyway, I looked at the elevated feed line, and vetoed it. Wife did for 
looks and I did for the lightning problems. I looked at buried PVC, and 
vetoed it because my favorite feedline is 75 ohm 3/4" aluminum jacketed 
hard line (I got a couple of spools for hauling them away) and six runs of 
it won't pull thru PVC even with the large radius bends. I finally came up 
with the idea of making a concrete raceway at the surface of the ground. 
The race way is made from  12" wide 8" tall by 16" long 'bond beam' 
concrete blocks, and then using a solid 4"x8"x16" cap block across the top.

For those of you not into concrete block construction, a 'bond beam' block 
is a specially shaped block used in taller walls or walls with lots of side 
load on them. The block is shaped to provide a trough in the wall when they 
are laid in one course. This trough is then filled with rebar and concrete. 
After the concrete has set, then the wall is continued on upward.

In my application, I dig a trench about 16" deep and 16 - 20" wide. Level 
the bottom of the trench and lay the 'bond beam' blocks into the trench. 
Lay in the hardline and any other cables. Then lay the cap blocks across 
the top of the U and back fill.

I am not real good at line pictures, but here is a cross section:

....________________ ..........  <- Ground line
    |              |             <- Cap Block 
    |______________|                16" wide and 4" tall in this view
     | | oooooo | |
     | | ooooOO | |              <- bond beam block
     | \_______/  |                 with coax and wires (oooO)

My thought is that I can flip the cap blocks off when I need to run more 
hardline or inspect something, or just pull smaller stuff through. You have 
about 9" wide by 6.5" deep trough to work with. If you keep it nicely 
edged, the cap bloks will come up easier.

You also can run the mower across and it looks like a walkway out to the 
tower. It is a little pricey at $2 to $4 per foot, but it gets the approval 
of the "kitchen table" zoning board.

If you are worried about frost heave, you can did the trench deeper, put in 
a drain tile and back fill with sand to the bottom of the blocks. Makes it 
real easy to level, tamp and screed the block bases. Then back fill the 
sides of the block with good top soil and by fall it will look like it was 
always there.

de n0yvy steve

>From aa4lr at radio.org (Bill Coleman AA4LR)  Mon May  6 22:30:21 1996
From: aa4lr at radio.org (Bill Coleman AA4LR) (Bill Coleman AA4LR)
Date: Mon, 6 May 1996 17:30:21 -0400
Subject: Ground Rods Made Easy
Message-ID: <v01540b02adb41a2c84a9@[]>

>This technique was suggested to me by a colleague of mine - Haskell Walker
>KJ4ZZ - and is very effective on the sandy soils found here in Florida.
>To use it, get yourself a 1/2" dia compression fitting to garden hose
>fitting adapter. Use this piece to connect your garden hose to one end of a
>1/2" piece of copper tubing of the desired length (8' in my case). Then just
>turn on the water and watch with amazement as the ground rod literally falls
>into the ground like a hot knife in soft butter. Actually, in my case I hit
>hard pan (allegedly compressed sand) at about 4'. The first time this
>happened, my dysfunctional self-defeating alter-ego took over, and assumed
>the worst - solid rock.

There ARE no rocks in Florida....

>In short, this seems to be a real quick and easy way to put in those nasty
>ground rods, and sure beats the ole hit-it-with-a-hammer method by a

I've read about this method before, perhaps 15 years ago in 73 magazine.

Biggest problem with this method of installation is that you end up with a
ground rod in a narrow hole -- almost no ground contact and thus poor
ground conductivity. Despite its difficulty, the pound-it-in method offers
the best immediate results. Otherwise, you'll have to wait for the soil to
slump in around the rod, which could take years.

I've pounded in rods with a hammer and a sledge. Biggest problem with using
a sledgehammer is missing the small rod tip. Invariably, you'll hit on the
sledge handle, which is $7 at your nearest hardware store. Trying to
install one rod, I went through two and a half handles.

Here in Georgia, much of the soil is hard clay, and getting a ground rod in
can be quite a chore, with lots of pounding and little progress. To help
out (and to save money on sledgehammer handles), I built a special tool.

My rod driver is a 11" long 1" steel pipe nipple, with a coupler on each
end. One end has a steel plug, the other is open. Just above the open plug
are the collars and 15 pounds of weight I cannabalised from a dumbell set.
The result is a 15 pound hammer I can drop 1 foot and NEVER MISS.

I usually start out a rod with a hammer or sledge, and force it in until it
gets difficult, then switch to the driver. The driver takes some time,
since the swing is short, but you never feel like you are not making

Once the open collar gets down to the ground, I switch to the sledge for
the last few inches. A short rod is much easier to hit, so I haven't lost
any more handles yet.

The last rod I installed was up at the KM9P superstation. Unfortunately, I
didn't bring my driver, so it was back to the old sledgehammer. The forest
floor ground on that Dalonegah mountaintop was thankfully soft.

Bill Coleman, AA4LR, AA96LR      Mail: aa4lr at radio.org
Quote: "Not in a thousand years will man ever fly!"
            -- Wilbur Wright, 1901

>From aa4lr at radio.org (Bill Coleman AA4LR)  Mon May  6 22:30:43 1996
From: aa4lr at radio.org (Bill Coleman AA4LR) (Bill Coleman AA4LR)
Date: Mon, 6 May 1996 17:30:43 -0400
Subject: Definition of a "Big Gun"
Message-ID: <v01540b03adb41d6546b6@[]>

>What is the generally accepted definition of a "Big Gun"?

All the guys who are better operators than you, who have more aluminum and
more radios and more amplifiers than you and have more time to operate all
the contests.

>How do you know if you are one.

You just know. <grin>

>Is this a desirable goal?

Is this a retorical question?

>At what point does a "Little Pistol" become a "Big Gun".

When he starts beating other big guns.

>Is QRP mutually exclusive with "Big Gun"?

No, it just takes more aluminum.

Bill Coleman, AA4LR, AA96LR      Mail: aa4lr at radio.org
Quote: "Not in a thousand years will man ever fly!"
            -- Wilbur Wright, 1901

>From Charles Epps <epps at netcom.com>  Mon May  6 22:27:50 1996
From: Charles Epps <epps at netcom.com> (Charles Epps)
Date: Mon, 6 May 1996 14:27:50 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Revised WRTC Awards Program
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9605061445.A8455-0100000 at netcom5.netcom.com>

Last Friday I sent out an announcement describing the WRTC awards 
program.  I now am delighted to report that it's become even better!  
Yesterday the WRTC96, Inc. committee approved awarding WRTC tee shirts to 
the 300 stations who work the most WRTC team stations (i.e., those "1x1" 
callsigns).  Also I am happy to report that over the weekend Andy Faber, 
AE6Y agreed to sponsor the plaque for the station in Africa who works the 
most WRTC team stations, and the Western Washington DX Club has accepted 
sponsorship of the plaque for ITU Zone 27 which encompasses a large 
portion of western Europe.  The full text of the revised WRTC Awards 
announcement follows and replaces last Friday's announcement.

73 de Rusty Epps, W6OAT
Publicity Chairman
WRTC96, Inc.


Fifty-two teams of top amateur radio contest operators from 30 countries 
will travel to San Francisco July 10-15 to compete head to head in the 
1996 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC-96).  These operators were 
selected for this competition by national amateur radio organizations, 
leading contest clubs, and an international panel of judges.  Among their 
ranks are the holders of world records in virtually every major HF contest.

The WRTC competition is a "sub-competition" within the framework of the 
larger IARU HF World Championship contest scheduled for the weekend of 
July 13 and 14, 1996.  The WRTC competitors will enter the IARU contest 
as 52 two-person multi-operator, single-transmitter entries.  All 52 
teams will be located near San Francisco Bay on flat terrain in 
relatively close physical proximity so as to minimize propagation 
differences, and all will run exactly 100 watts output into nearly 
identical antenna systems.  By eliminating many of the station and 
propagation variables normally associated with radio contesting, the WRTC 
strives to present a meaningful competition in which the winners can 
rightfully claim to be "the best of the best."

Although the WRTC stations will be competing only with each other, they 
can work anybody and everybody operating in the IARU contest.  The WRTC 
stations will be on the air from 12:00 UTC, July 13 until 06:00 UTC, July 
14, on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.  You can work them once on cw and once 
on ssb on each of these bands, so the maximum number of QSOs possible 
will be 4 (bands) x 2 (modes) x 52 (stations) = 416.  The WRTC stations 
will be easy to identify because they will be signing 52 distinctive 
"1x1" callsigns specially approved by the Federal Communications 
Commission for the competition.  These callsigns are W6A through W6Z and 
K6A through K6Z.  

Several incentives exist to encourage everyone to find and work the WRTC 
teams.  Those who "slice through" the pileups will earn a customized WRTC 
letter opener endorsed for making 10, 25, 50, 75, or 100 QSOs on any 
combination of bands and modes.  If you're lucky enough to achieve a 
"grand slam" by working all 52 different 1x1 callsigns, you'll garner a 
special commemorative deck of WRTC playing cards.  And if you are among 
the top 300 stations who make the most QSOs with WRTC teams, you'll win a 
beautiful WRTC tee shirt.

Numerous radio clubs and individuals have donated plaques to be awarded 
to amateurs in specific geographical areas who make the most QSOs with 
WRTC team stations.  These areas are Worldwide (excluding the San 
Francisco Bay Area*); Africa, Asia, Oceania, and South America; ITU Zone 
6 (excluding the SF Bay Area), Zone 6 (SF Bay Area), Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 
11, Zone 18, Zone 27, Zone 28, Zone 29 and Zone 37.

Each WRTC team using a 1x1 callsign will have a unique, distinctive QSL 
card so work them all to collect the entire set.  WRTC stations will QSL 
100 percent via the bureau and it is not necessary for you to send your 
QSL to them.

The competition organizers will use a computer for processing the 52 WRTC 
station logs to generate QSL labels and to determine award eligibility, 
so you do not need to submit your log.  This means, though, that if you 
have any doubt whether a WRTC station got your call right, you should 
work it again as there will be no chance to correct your callsign after 
the contest.

The WRTC Committee will publish the list of stations qualifying for 
awards in various ham publications and on the internet contest and DX 
reflectors shortly after the event.  If you make the list and want to 
receive your award(s), send a self-addressed adhesive mailing label (not 
an SASE) containing your name, callsign, and address to WRTC-96, Inc., 
c/o Rusty Epps, W6OAT, 651 Handley Trail, Redwood City, CA 94062, USA.  
For the letter opener or the playing cards, include $2.00 or 4 IRCs to 
cover postage and handling; $5.00 or 10 IRCs for the tee shirt (and be 
sure to include a note specifying your shirt size: S, M, L, XL or XXL).  
Please submit your request before December 31, 1996.

Plaque:                 Donated By:

Worldwide (No SF)       Radio Amateurs of/du Canada, Inc.
Africa                  Andy Faber, AE6Y
Asia                    Morioka Contest and DX Association
Oceania                 Carl Cook, AI6V
South America           Radio Club Quilmes in memory of Jorge H. Bozzo, LU8DQ
ITU Zone 6 (No SF)      WRTC-90 (Seattle) Organizing Committee
ITU Zone 6 (SF)         Dick Dievendorff, AA6MC
ITU Zone 7              Bill Hider, N3RR
ITU Zone 8              Frankford Radio Club
ITU Zone 11             Dennis Motschenbacher, AA7VB
ITU Zone 18             Nokia Corporation
ITU Zone 27             Western Washington DX Club
ITU Zone 28             A.R.I. - Italy
ITU Zone 29             (Donor being sought)
ITU Zone 37             (Donor being sought)

*The "San Francisco Bay Area" consists of the California counties of 
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa 
Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma.

>From zettel at homer.libby.org (Steve Zettel)  Tue May  7 05:26:24 1996
From: zettel at homer.libby.org (Steve Zettel) (Steve Zettel)
Date: Mon, 6 May 1996 22:26:24 -0600
Subject: elevated cable runs
Message-ID: <v02140b02adb4747e33ba@[]>


Although it wouldn't have the accessability nor the elegance of the block
cable run, something a darn sight cheaper is the large PVC tubing sold for
perimeter drains around foundations or for wet fields. It is corrugated,
very flexible, comes in "perforated" or non-perforated, sold by the hundred
foot roll for pennies (not dollars) a foot. It is about 6 inches in
diameter. If you remember to thread a messenger line through before you
bury it, and always pull a replacement messenger through when you pull
another coax, you can add lines fairly easily. Then you'll have the $$ for
something else--like a peace offering for the wife.

Just a thought,

Steve Zettel  KJ7CH                      kj7ch at libby.org
Libby, MT  USA                  steve.m.zettel at usace.army.mil
Take a tour of NW Montana at:         http://www.libby.org

>From ve7sbo at teleport.com (Bill Rindone)  Tue May  7 06:56:40 1996
From: ve7sbo at teleport.com (Bill Rindone) (Bill Rindone)
Date: Mon, 6 May 1996 22:56:40 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Horror story
Message-ID: <199605070556.WAA05183 at desiree.teleport.com>

In answer to the many notes of support received I will answer a few of the
most asked questions:

1. No the RCMP was not a neighbor. He clarified that when he said "I
wouldn't allow any ham in my neighborhood!". Yikes.

2. The question arose as to what antennas I had (that looked so powerful). I
have a 4 el 20 meter stacked over a 5 el 15 mtr at 135 feet plus a lot of
wire that gives me a two and a three element array on 40 and a three element
array on 160. Frankly amongst the fir trees the wire doesn't look awesome.

3. Yes, I did contact the local BC Communications Canada office first thing
next morning. Their most interesting comments were "Sounds like he got
overly aggressive". and "Don't worry about the harassment charge. He
couldn't make it stick". 

They were quite nice and I figured I best get them in on the ground floor in
case things rapidly escalated. Will keep you abreast of any further
Bill, VE7SBO, etc.

>From AA1K Jon Zaimes <jon.zaimes at dol.net>  Tue May  7 10:03:21 1996
From: AA1K Jon Zaimes <jon.zaimes at dol.net> (AA1K Jon Zaimes)
Date: Tue, 07 May 1996 06:03:21 -0300
Subject: Elevated cable runs

At 15:53 5/6/96 cst, sawyers wrote:
>I am in the process designing the feeds for my soon to be three tower 
>contest station. (due to restrictions on a one acre lot, they are only 
>going to be 132' and 80' and 60' tall - hope is to make medium pistol 
>status from the black hole).
>Anyway, I looked at the elevated feed line, and vetoed it. Wife did for 
>looks and I did for the lightning problems. I looked at buried PVC, and 
>vetoed it because my favorite feedline is 75 ohm 3/4" aluminum jacketed 
>hard line (I got a couple of spools for hauling them away) and six runs of 
>it won't pull thru PVC even with the large radius bends. I finally came up 
>with the idea of making a concrete raceway at the surface of the ground. 
>The race way is made from  12" wide 8" tall by 16" long 'bond beam' 
>concrete blocks, and then using a solid 4"x8"x16" cap block across the top.

Hi Steve....this seems like overkill to me. At my last QTH I buried 10 runs
of 1/2 inch CATV hardline the 200 feet from house to tower. They were only
down about 6-10 inches; my trench was little more than turning the sod with
a shovel (dug by hand in '81) laying the lines and covering back up. No
conduit or any other protection. One or two of the runs were of the "potted"
variety designed for direct burial, but most were not, just the regular
hardline. And a couple ran short of the 200 feet needed so i spliced them
and sealed and buried the splices. All of this worked for 10 years (until I
moved) without failure. For part of the time (after the lines had been
buried a couple of years) we pastured a horse over a section of the hardline
run for several years, and there was no damage.
I used three of the hardlines for rotor control (shield and center
conductor, total of 6 conductors) -- free hardline always cheaper than
store-bought rotor cable, hi! The rest were used for RF.

73/Jon AA1K

jon.zaimes at dol.net

>From Takao KUMAGAI <je1cka at dumpty.nal.go.jp>  Tue May  7 08:49:11 1996
From: Takao KUMAGAI <je1cka at dumpty.nal.go.jp> (Takao KUMAGAI)
Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 16:49:11 +0900
Subject: RUFZ top list(May 6,96)
Message-ID: <199605070749.QAA23243 at dumpty.nal.go.jp>

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  64479  DF4PA 520
  63093  HA3OV 520 (567)
  62098  HA3NU 520
  56477  HA3UU 625!
  49751  S51AY 446 (520)
  48907   N8RR 480
  48530  HA1CW 520
  47532   W2UP 446
  45957   II2K 446       (op I2GXS jr.)
  42759 DL2HBX 416
  42293  OH2IW 416 (446)
  40582  S57AD 390 (446)
  40384  OH7JR 416
  39510 DL8WAA 416
  38317  OH7JT 416
  37463  DF1LX 390 
  37453 OH1MYA 416
  36807 KC5NWX 367       (=KR0Y)
  36762  HA3NS 416
  35409 DL1EFD 390
  35366 DL9GOA 367
  35317  RA9AA 390 (416) 
  34564 KB0IHM 390
  34493  HA1AG 390
  34342  9A4DE 416
  33930  T94EU 367
  33671 DL2OBF 367
  32973 CT1BOH 367
  32695 DL3JAN 347 (367)
  32070   K1AR 367
  32061  HA1DK 390
  31943 SM0TXT 347
  31710 DL3DZZ 367
  31688   K1DG 367 
  31200  DL4MM 367
  31101 JE1JKL 347
  30002  9A3UF 367
  29961  HA3KY 390
  29778   K3WW 347
  29522   K7LR 347
  28859 JH0KHR 347
  28777 IT9VDQ 367
  28361  HA3OU 328 (390)
  28333  HA3FO 347
  28276  HA8KW 367
  27596  KE2PF 328
  27566  G4BJM ???
  27483  OH2JA 347 (367)
  27113 OK1FUT 347
  26980   AD5Q 328
  26120 DL5LYM 347
  26085  K3WWP 312 (347)
  25500 SM3JLA 328
  25432   KI3L 347
  24977   K5ZD 312
  24855  T94TU 347
  24785 SM3OJR 328
  24713 DL8LAQ 312
  24267 JH0NZN 312
* 24165  DK8LV 312
  23915   N3RS 312
  23813 RA9ATW 312
  23021  T94NF 312
  22840 IT9ZGY 312
  22736   ND3F 376
  22462 OK1FUT 312
  22385 IT9XUC 367
  22255   K4XU 297
  22049   KU4J 297 
  21948   KR2Q 284
  21947  HA4YY 328
  21654  ZS6EZ 297
  21281  KJ4VH 284
  21241  HA3LW 297
  21133 JA0FVU 284
  20796  F5NLY 297
  20744 JE1SPY 312
  20576  5B4WN 297
  20571   AD1C 297
  20441  HA5FA 297
  20329  HA3LD 297
  19870  DJ6WD 284
  19717  HA7LC 312
  19646 RA9AEW 297
  19262  G0SYP 297
  19260  T94NE 297
  19119 SP7NJX 284
  19076   K1IU 271
  19029  DL4KG 271
  18974   K3SA 284
  18915 HA5BZG 271
  18735  HA3GJ 312
  18341 HA5BPC 297
  18217 DL8DYL 271
  18109 DL7VOA 271
  17977  DK5JI 271
  17344 DL1ATO 297
  17256 OH1MDR 271
  16847  DK1WI 271
  16597 DL1VDL 271 
  16468   K0OD 284
  16191   S54M 250
  15846 DL1KBB 250
  15318 RA9ANR 260
  15306 DL7AVE 271 (284)
  15246  T94TF 250
  15092   N1CC 260
  14677  HA3GQ 284
  14525 IK8VRI 250
  14061  DK5QN 260
  13945  HA5NI 284
  13926  UA9AR 240
  13604   WR3E 240
  13579 KC7BNH 240
  13255 DL6RDE 240
  13040 RA9ATU 240
  13007 DL6ECA 240
  12850 DL1YAW 240
  12759  K2YJL 223
  12631 DL1DSA 260
  12581  LY2CU 250
  11632 WA1ZUH 223
  11334  HA7YB 240
  11305 DL2SDS 240
  11013  UA9AU 240
  10605   WM1K 215
  10592 T95LIG 231
  10240 OK2BEE 215
  10096 HB9HFN 215 
   9742 DL8DCY 223
   9407 DL3KDT 223
   9393 DL4KBS 189 (201)
   9097  DK5IF 208 (215)
   8526  DJ3AK 201
   8218  DL7DE 189
   8201 RA9AUC 201
   7578  DJ8SP 195
   7356  DJ5KX 201
   6184 DL4JWU 178
   6112 DL1ELY 152 (164)
   5897 HA3FRE 215
   5219 HA3FRV 201
   5194 IK4WMH 156
   4441  DH4KW 168

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