SS - Biggest QFU

Thu Nov 7 00:04:25 EST 1996

Andrew....disqualification would only be appropriate if you tried to claim
points for the duplicate contacts.

Don't sweat it.  

You learned the most important thing is to READ (and re-read) THE RULES

If a contest sponsor changes the rules for a contest you have done for years
anyone can find themself in the same kind of predicament!

If it helps, I screwed up years ago when I was your age when I made my SS off
times all 15  minutes long... no biggie you say? One thing...I was working at
the ARRL at the time - you talk about "DUH"!

Clean up the dupes, if you submit your log with them in it as Zero point QSOs
they are actually great "fodder" for the log see you might
have been KT4LD on one band and KT4LB on another! But that's a unique

I am sure your fellow club members will probably reward you for your fine
performance in SS with something notable, like a lifetime supply of dupe
sheets...shoot you probably are too young to even know what those are....we
used them before computers dupe checked out logs, for real! 

I am sure PVRC will appreciate your points, after you clean out the dupes,
and probably award you a special novelty prize....years back I seem to
remember a west coast op awarded several hams with rubber alarm clocks, but
their error was a lil different.

Don't worry - make contacts!


 Old Jim

 Known For Orange Juice
The Florida Contest Group

K4OJ  ex-K1ZX

>From k5zd at (Randy Thompson)  Thu Nov  7 05:06:28 1996
From: k5zd at (Randy Thompson) (Randy Thompson)
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 1996 00:06:28 -0500
Subject: CQWW CW Team Competition
Message-ID: <01BBCC3F.FF4A83A0 at>

Want to add a little spice to your efforts in the upcoming CQWW CW =
Contest?  Join a 5 member team entry!

I will again be organizing as many teams as possible for CQWW CW.  If =
you would like to be placed on a team, send me an e-mail with the =

Your Call:
Call to be used in the contest:
Entry Category*:
Power level:
Competitive level:=20

* Only single operator all band and single operator single band are =
eligible for team competition.  Assisted ops need not apply.

Your e-mail must be received by Sunday November 17.

I will register and announce the final team lists the following day.  =
You will not have to do anything except operate and submit your log.

Randy Thompson, K5ZD

PS - This is a fun thing to do.  Relax and enjoy!

Randy Thompson                                                           =
                     Amateur Radio Call Sign: K5ZD
E-mail: k5zd at
11 Hollis Street,  Uxbridge, MA 01569
h (508) 278-2355  w (508) 337-6600

Randy Thompson                                                           =
                     Amateur Radio Call Sign: K5ZD
E-mail: k5zd at
11 Hollis Street,  Uxbridge, MA 01569
h (508) 278-2355  w (508) 337-6600

>From cooper at (Tom Cooper)  Wed Nov  6 19:58:10 1996
From: cooper at (Tom Cooper) (Tom Cooper)
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 1996 14:58:10 -0500
Subject: QRP-L and the SS
Message-ID: <199611061958.OAA21110 at>

I really enjoy both the contest reflector and the QRP list, and
recently there has been a LOT of mail on the QRP list regarding the SS, 
and almost all of it is good.

Many QRP people have never made enough contacts to become particularly 
proficient operators, and spend most of their ham time building and 
"playing" with little radios, usually mono-band CW rigs.  It's a big
world and there's room for everyone, usually around 7.040 MHz.

K5FO (CP-60) challenges the list on a regular basis to get on and operate, 
and this year he kind of got everyone going regarding the SS.  There was 
a fair amount of "I'll make 800 Q's" kind of talk and I think QRP participation 
really seems to have been up this year.  I sure worked a bunch of them.

After the SS, the mail on the list was really very interesting.  The biggest 
topic wasn't the weird condx on 40, but the bewildering pace of the CW.  Having 
to listen to several contacts and get all the info copied before daring to call
was a common report.  Even though they only made a handful (e.g. 3 or 4) in 
several hours, most of them stuck it out, and could get the whole exchange in 
one pass by the end of the contest if it was at "reasonable" speeds, 20 or
25 WPM.

Another major topic was the QRM.  You really have to be looking to find a QRP
contest, all down in the noise.  Occasionally there's a big, booming 549 or 559 
signal that reminds you that your s-meter works, but not often.

There was widespread agreement that contesting really IS fun, even in the big 
leagues, and that there isn't any reason to be intimidated.  It's a skill, like
serving a tennis ball, and here's your chance to go hit a few with the Pete 
Sampras'es of the radio world.  

Many people said that they found, with very few exceptions, the ops to be very 
patient, friendly and helpful.  Congrats to everyone who did their part to make 
this contest fun for all the participants.  I think a lot of them will be back
next year, or maybe in the NAQP or whatever, with a better antenna and computer 
logging and 4.999 watts instead of just 1.5.  Some of them might even make your 
life easier and run the whole 100 watts, just to see how it feels to be loud.  


PS - Now, if I could only get a little louder myself...

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