May/June NCJ out

Fri May 10 12:32:34 EDT 1996

Beautiful spring (summer? high today in the 90s) day in Raleigh.  Great day
for fishing, oops, this is suppose to be about CONTESTING.  OK, here goes....

There is not a cover photo to comment on, and complain about the lack of

Some good articles:  The Evolution of the WW2Y/K2WI 160 Meter Antennas; Low
Power, Low Wires, and High Expectations; Contest Rules in Plain Language;
Profiles of  New Generation of Contesters - AA9OC, KG8PE, & AB5LX; Tips,
Tricks, & Techniques - Single-Operator, Two-Radio Contesting; VHF-UHF
Contesting; A Review of HFx, Propagation Prediction Program; and Results of
Jan 96 CW and SSB NA QSO Parties.

Other goodies include: WWDXC Contest College; Reviews of Maxi-Switch
Programmable Keyboard, and Kiwa Electronics BCB Reject Filter; Upcoming
Contest Expeditions; Score Rumors - 1996 ARRL DX CW Contest; and more.

That's it.  Now I'm off to pick up my new boat.  I'm going fishing in a few
weeks.  Anyone know of a salt-water-proof laptop? Hi.

I have the new Juno E-mail software (this is the one that is FREE).  Am still
checking it out.  I subscribed to this reflector, topband, and 3830
yesterday.  When I tried to receive the mail last night it would not
download.  Don't know what is wrong.  Anyone else tried it out yet? 

73 & good reading,
Henry Pollock - WB4HFL
henrypol at

>From John Dorr K1AR" <p00259 at  Fri May 10 17:17:26 1996
From: John Dorr K1AR" <p00259 at (John Dorr K1AR)
Date: Fri, 10 May 96 11:17:26 -0500
Subject: WRTC Auction
Message-ID: <3040827234.4.p00259 at>


Is this akin to the Jackie O affair? I've heard some people are willing 
to bid upwards of $100,000 for a FT-1000 if used by WN4KKN. Cash is tight, 
or I'd consider an offer like that. You should never stop looking for 
that extra operating edge!

73 John, K1AR

>From k0wa at (Lee Buller)  Fri May 10 20:52:48 1996
From: k0wa at (Lee Buller) (Lee Buller)
Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 14:52:48 -0500
Subject: FW: Re[2]: Little lots 'n' tall towers
Message-ID: < at>

At 10:53 AM 5/10/96 PDT, you wrote:
>  3. While your on a two week vacation irate neighbor unscrews turnbuckles
>  from west (windward) guywires on 117' of Rohn 55. Tower breaks where the
>  first and second section join and falls between the two remaining guy
>  points. Misses barn by three feet.
>  Really happened at a station where I used to do contests. Not enough
>  evidence to file charges. (Guess this also applies to the Horror
>  Story thread)

That is why a put a safty wire in the turnbuckles along with a loop of cable
with a padlock.  They will need more than a wrench to wreck the tower.  They
will have to have a bolt cutter.  


>And the beat goes on....
>73,tom WB4iUX
Lee K0WA
k0wa at
Lee Buller
k0wa at

>From n3rr at (Bill Hider)  Fri May 10 20:51:20 1996
From: n3rr at (Bill Hider) (Bill Hider)
Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 15:51:20 -0400
Subject: Source of bolts & Timewave
Message-ID: <199605101951.PAA04744 at>

If you need bolts for a ROHN tower, why not play it safe and get them from a
ROHN dealer?  They will give you the exact bolts you need.

I have an opinion on the use of stainless and that is: stay away from
stainless bolts for use on a tower.

Bill, N3RR

At 09:03 PM 5/9/96 -0400, Charles H. Harpole wrote:
>(1)  Need help on sources for leg bolts for 25G tower sections.  Need
>      many.  Do I need stainless in Fla?
>(2)  WHICH is better Timewave DSP audio filter or JPS DSP audio filter?
>     I.E., compare the best and latest model of Timewave to the best and
>     latest JPS.   I'll share results if asked.
>de K4VUD Charlie    harpole at

>From n3rr at (Bill Hider)  Fri May 10 21:01:31 1996
From: n3rr at (Bill Hider) (Bill Hider)
Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 16:01:31 -0400
Subject: 40M Yagi Freq Response
Message-ID: <199605102001.QAA06470 at>


There is a tried and true rule of thumb:  Orient the antenna straight up
(vertical) with the reflector element nearest the ground and at least 4 feet
off the ground.  (not an easy feat for a large antenna, but doable with rope
attached to the tower and a tether line onto the antenna.)

The SWR measured with the antenna in this position will be the same as the
antenna oriented horizontally at the operating height on the tower at a
height a quarter wavelength or higher.

This works FB for Yagis I have tried and was written up in QST within the
last two years.  Someone on this reflector will give you the exact QST
reference, I am sure.


Bill, N3RR

At 08:36 AM 5/10/96 -0400, Pete Raymond wrote:
>I am wondering how much the resonant frequency will increase on a 3el 40m
>yagi when it is raised up in the air.  I've seen 20m yagis shift up as much
>as 150khz.  This is my first 40m yagi and I want it to resonate at 7.030 or
>there abouts.  Any way it now sits about four feet off the ground and
>resonates at 6.720.  Have checked all the antenna publications that I have
>and they do not seem to address the issue.  Is there a rough rule of thumb?
>The driven element is split and insulated and fed with a balun.  Only
>adjustment is with the element tips.  Will the amount of frequency shift of
>a yagi vary with size and frequency.  That is, will a 40m Yagi see more of a
>frequency shift than a 20m or 10m yagi would.  This subject has captured my
>interest and wonder what others might have found.   73 Pete N4KW
>n4kw at

>From k0wa at (Lee Buller)  Fri May 10 21:55:17 1996
From: k0wa at (Lee Buller) (Lee Buller)
Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 15:55:17 -0500
Subject: Quads and Wind
Message-ID: < at>

Gentlemen and Ladies....  (being PC)

Anyone out there running a quad?  I am temped to buy a Gem Quad and try it
out over the summer.  But, I live in Kansas..and the winds are pretty hard.
I wonder what people have experienced with winds and quads out there?

k0wa at
Lee Buller
k0wa at

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