160 Meter Activity in CW WPX???

KWIDELITZ at delphi.com KWIDELITZ at delphi.com
Mon May 20 15:39:47 EDT 1996

I am debating as to whether or not I should go through the trouble of flying
my 160 meter balloon vertical for CW WPX. I don't think I have ever even
listened on 160 during this contest. Being on the west coast I figure I might
pick up some points with a few JAs, VEs and maybe and XE or 2. On the
other hand, we are at the end of May and this isn't CQWW as far as
activity goes. My guess is that I wouldn't get any prefixes that I wouldn't
find on 80 or 40. 

Any left coast WPXers make any Qs on 160 last year? 

Anyone have 160 CW WPX experience and suggestions?


>From n4bp at bcfreenet.seflin.lib.fl.us (Bob Patten)  Mon May 20 20:26:07 1996
From: n4bp at bcfreenet.seflin.lib.fl.us (Bob Patten) (Bob Patten)
Date: Mon, 20 May 1996 15:26:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Overrun by wall adaptors - DC power for shack accessories
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9605201514.B7254-0100000 at bcfreenet.seflin.lib.fl.us>

On Mon, 20 May 1996, Pete Smith wrote:

> My *contest* station is strangling in the power cords from all the wall-plug
> adaptors needed to power various bits and pieces.  At this point, I have
> Is there a better way?  If you're using a central power supply for all these
> minor demands, what is it, and how do you manage the power distribution
> problem?  Are RFI or ground loops an issue?
> Direct replies appreciated, and I'll summarize if there's interest.
You have at least one interested party, same mess here...

>From k3lr at telerama.lm.com (k3lr)  Mon May 20 20:44:03 1996
From: k3lr at telerama.lm.com (k3lr) (k3lr)
Date: Mon, 20 May 1996 15:44:03 -0400
Subject: Towers and the FCC
Message-ID: <199605201944.PAA08684 at ganesh.lm.com>

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has released a Fact
Sheet which explains the FCC's new antenna/tower registration
procedures which go into effect July 1, 1996. The Fact
Sheet contains guidelines concerning applicability,
registration requirements, electronic filing, and painting
and lighting specifications. The Fact Sheet is available
on the World Wide Web at http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/antstruc.html.
If you are considering the construction of any tower or are
the owner of a tower that has previously been studied
by the FAA, you should obtain a copy of this Fact Sheet. It 
is a great document and answers many questions. 
If you would like to talk to a professional consultant on 
matters concerning towers and the FAA, you can contact 
John Allen at 904-261-6523 or FAX 904-277-3651. John is an
independant consultant and does not work for the FAA or FCC.
I do not have a connection with John's services other than
the company I work for uses him to investigate our tower projects. 
He is very good.
In other FCC matters....
The FCC has established a new Family Radio Service (FRS).  FRS 
is a short distance, two-way personal radio service. You do not
need a license to operate these radios in places where the FCC 
regulates communications. The radios transmit on any of
the fourteen 462-468 MHz channels allocated to FRS. You
can find out more on FRS by visiting the FCC's homepage
at http://www.fcc.gov or call 800-322-1117.
73! & Good Day!
Tim K3LR
K3LR at telerama.lm.com

>From k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com (Fred Hopengarten)  Mon May 20 15:43:19 1996
From: k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com (Fred Hopengarten) (Fred Hopengarten)
Date: Mon, 20 May 1996 10:43:19 EDT
Subject: Ladies' Home Journal Has Heard You
Message-ID: <31a08510.k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com>

On Thu, 16 May 1996 16:46:33 -0400, PerryB1237 at aol.com

> Maybe I should have sat on my typing hands.
> Perry Bradshaw
> WR0G


     No.  You did the right thing.  And proved that you are
a good writer in the process.

     HOWEVER, as you have now revealed yourself to be a
lawyer for a publisher, you might offer the contest
reflector a few thoughts on a long-lived thread here on the
contest reflector.  The question is:  If a ham, who is an
engineer, writes a program which calculates stresses of
combinations of antennas on a tower for the purpose of
submitting a building permit application, and that tower
should subsequently fail, would a court hold the author
civilly liable for damages resulting from the tower failure?

     I am a lawyer and have taken the position here on the
reflector that there is almost no difference between writing
a book containing the formulas to do the calculations, and
writing a program to do the calculations.  With the proper
disclaimers, I see so little risk that the program should
present no substantial liability problems.

     As an ARRL Volunteer Counsel, I would love to be able
to show a town that a peer-reviewed program calculates that
a proposed tower is safe (with a given safety ratio).
(Conversely, I'd love to see hams NOT erect systems which
overload a tower.)  Right now, the only thing a ham can do
is hire a Professional Engineer to fill in the numbers into
formulas from a book on his table.  At a cost from $200-
$1500, it presents a problem in some cases.

     Would you like to offer some thoughts?
                      Fred Hopengarten K1VR
           Six Willarch Road * Lincoln, MA 01773-5105
     home + office telephone:  617/259-0088 (FAX on demand)
                   internet:  k1vr at k1vr.jjm.com
            "Big antennas, high in the sky, are better
                       than small ones, low."

>From syam at Glue.umd.edu (De Syam)  Mon May 20 22:02:42 1996
From: syam at Glue.umd.edu (De Syam) (De Syam)
Date: Mon, 20 May 1996 17:02:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: WPX CWHell (fwd)
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960520165932.5848B-100000 at assembly.eng.umd.edu>

Knut Baczko, DK5AD/OE2BZL, has asked me to put the following about his 
WPX CW operation upcoming on the Reflector:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
OEM2BZL (special call for 1000 years OE) will be QRV in the WPX CW
Contest coming weekend.
Optional information
Main activities 80M/40M/20M
Start on 40M > 7030 
QSY to 80M > 3030 between 0300h-0400h
back to 40M 0500h
then 20M during the day
Station: OMNI VI
Antennas: 2 phased verticals 80M, rhombic (300f) east west
          lazy H north/south
          V (120feet) east

Hope to work as many stations as possible. Special QSLs will be send
to every station worked via the bureau. No need to send direct QSLs.

(end forwarded message)

                                 Very 73,

                                Fred Laun, K3ZO

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