NA or SA ?

k4sb at k4sb at
Sat May 11 20:33:32 EDT 1996

I believe you are confusing geographic position with the various contest rules.
9Y is 11 degrees NORTH, 62.5 degrees West and is DEFINITELY in the Northern
Hemisphere. However, that has nothing to do with what continent it is asscoiated 
with, and 9Y is associated in our thinking with S. America. It is indeed in
the Northern Hemisphere, as are several other S.American countries. The equator
is quite some distance south.

73, ED
Name: ed sleight
E-mail: k4sb at
Date: 05/11/96
Time: 19:33:32

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>From wrt at (Bill Turner)  Sat May 11 20:59:34 1996
From: wrt at (Bill Turner) (Bill Turner)
Date: Sat, 11 May 1996 12:59:34 -0700
Subject: Amplifier Relay on RTTY
Message-ID: <199605111959.MAA05858 at>

At 02:45 PM 5/11/96 +-100, Brian Short wrote:
>HELP!  I started the VOLTA RTTY contest this morning at 5am local.
>It was my first chance to try the new AL-1200 amplifier in a live contest.
>At one point I thought the band suddenly went dead, but came to discover
>that my amplifier relay was open on receive...This is apparrent when you
>only hear N1RCT and the S-meter never moves.  It can be verified with an
>ohm meter between RF-IN and RF-OUT (with power OFF). 
>1) I was running FSK and read that "HOT SWITCHING" can result.
>2) I carefully, observing all safety contraints, opened the amp and 
>    tapped the TX relay with a screwdriver (higher order math involved).
>    It fixed the problem!
>3) I went back to CQ'ing at 1KW and it did it again.  I redid the technical
>    and began CQ'ing again, but at lower power.  It has nor recurred, yet.
>    Running just below 1kw out on 20m all is well.  My SWR was 1.6:1.
>The second time I was running AFSK to avoid "HOT SWITCHING".  
>Any suggestions or guidelines?  The amp is a real winner otherwise, but do I 
>have a "bad" realy or is it a weak point with the amp in general.  The amp
>is nearly new (you may recall my long summary several weeks ago).
>73 de Brian
Apparently this is a bad weekend for AL1200s.  About five hours into the
contest, my 3CX1200A7 started arcing from grid to anode.  Fortunately, the
line fuse blew instantly, and no other harm was done.  Fortunately also,
it's still in warranty. (whew!) 

The antenna relay in mine has given no trouble at all, so I think you just
have a bad one.  Almost always, a little careful cleaning of the contacts
and possibly some very light bending of the moving arm will fix it.  You
shouldn't have to replace it.  

Good luck - you'll be back on before me, I'm sure.   :-(

73, Bill  W7LZP
wrt at

>From k1vr at (Fred Hopengarten)  Sat May 11 04:11:29 1996
From: k1vr at (Fred Hopengarten) (Fred Hopengarten)
Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 23:11:29 EDT
Subject: Source of bolts & Timewave
Message-ID: <31940570.k1vr at>

On Fri, 10 May 1996 15:51:20 -0400, "Bill Hider"
<n3rr at> wrote:

> I have an opinion on the use of stainless and that is:
stay away from
> stainless bolts for use on a tower.
> Bill, N3RR

K1VR:  Just curious, Bill.  Why?  I've used SS nuts and
bolts on my Rohn 25 and am well pleased because in places
around the tower where I used the Rohn galvanized nuts and
bolts, those have rusted after 14 years -- but the SS stuff
still looks good as new.  You just have to remember to
tighten it up a few days after installation and a year after
                      Fred Hopengarten K1VR
           Six Willarch Road * Lincoln, MA 01773-5105
     home + office telephone:  617/259-0088 (FAX on demand)
                   internet:  k1vr at
            "Big antennas, high in the sky, are better
                       than small ones, low."

>From mats.persson at (SM7PKK)  Sat May 11 22:43:07 1996
From: mats.persson at (SM7PKK) (SM7PKK)
Date: Sat, 11 May 1996 23:43:07 +0200
Subject: Oh Boy! do I love and hate Contests sometimes!
Message-ID: < at>

Hi all,

I love to work contest when it comes to the bigger ones. I can even pitch in
on some smaller ones to give some QSO=B4s. But lately I have also become=
annoyed by some of the smaller contests that we have on the bands. Being in
Europe means that there can be a contest almost every weekend on either SSB
or CW. Well I don=B4t mind that. If it was only one mode!! Having smaller
contests that occupy both SSB and CW the same weekend is beyond me! I wish
they would consider leaving the DX-portion of the band free aswell so we
could continue to work DX. I can understand the need to utilize the
DX-portion of a band in a major contest where most of the contacts will be
DX-QSO=B4s anyway and the coverage of the bands force people to use all the
available part of the bands, but to have a smaller contest where the main
part of the contacts will be within one continent utilizing the DX-portion
is not very smart.

I know that people in the respective countries feel their contest is
important but I really belive that there should be a cleanup among them and
maybe even some kind of coordination
so that several of the contests are during the same weekend. Then the
respective contest would mean more to the people who take part as they would
get more QSO=B4s and people could send the log to whatever contest comittee
they liked.=20

I am quite aware that we need some smaller contests over the year so that
people can train their abilities before joining in on the CQ WW and others
as otherwise it can become a big mess but I strongly urge the commitees
involved to re-think and utilize only ONE mode during a weekend or if they
are so desperate to have both modes to have the 24 first hours on CW and the
last 24 hours on SSB. That way the ones who don=B4t take part atleast have a
chance to be on one of the modes.=20

So I suggest the following,

1.      Put a paragraph in the smaller contests to stay away from the

2.      Coordinate some of the smaller contest that have the same exchange.

3.      Make sure the contests only use one mode! or if needed to timesplit
on CW/ SSB.
        Who know=B4s it might even help the contest grow.

4.      Put a paragraph in the smaller contests to stay away from the

Yes I wrote one paragraph twice and that is because I think it can really
help getting non-contest people so they wont be so hostile to the contests.

For those who care I have taken part in contests that utilize both modes in
one weekend and probably will again but I really wish the organizer would
consider following my ideas above.

It is the same with DX-peditions who use the whole band for a pileup... Who
needs it?

Flame me who cares.... I am still in the tub!

73 de Mats SM7PKK     =20
SM7PKK			E-mail: mats.persson at
Mats Persson
S-212 14 Malmoe
Sweden			CW !!

P.S My logs are open forever.. ever.. ever..

>From tomf at (Tom Francis)  Sat May 11 23:51:00 1996
From: tomf at (Tom Francis) (Tom Francis)
Date: Sat, 11 May 1996 18:51:00 -0400
Subject: License Reg - New Guinea
Message-ID: <199605112251.SAA15062 at>

Hi folks...

I just found out that I may have the opportunity
to travel to New Guinea around Thanksgiving which
as it happens is a CQ WW weekend - sooooo, anybody 
know if the radio licsensing regs for New Guinea are
overly strange?  Be nice if I could get on the air
from someplace exotic...



Tom, NM1Q (tomf at

>From jboyd at (Jerry Boyd)  Sat May 11 01:47:30 1996
From: jboyd at (Jerry Boyd) (Jerry Boyd)
Date: Sat, 11 May 1996 00:47:30 GMT
Subject: NA or SA ?
Message-ID: <9605111624497030 at>

The ARRL DXCC list shows 9Y4 as South America

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