New Canadian Section

Tim S. Ellam TELLAM at
Tue Nov 12 23:17:20 EST 1996

A few people have inquired about the new Canadian
section(Newfoundland & Labrador VO1/VO2) and its status in the
upcoming contests. The new section was carved out of the Maritime
section(VE1,VY2 and VE9) by the RAC Board in April and became
effective September 1 as part of the Field Organization System.

In consultation with ARRL it was decided that the new section
would not be used as a multiplier for the 96/97 contests season
and the matter would be revisited by the RAC Board in April 1997
and discussed in the CAC to determine the level of participation
from the new section. For SS and ARRL DX VO1/VO2 remains part of
the maritime section. 

RAC VP & Canadian CAC Rep

>From aa9ax at (Steven Sample)  Wed Nov 13 04:39:03 1996
From: aa9ax at (Steven Sample) (Steven Sample)
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 23:39:03 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Keyers
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.95.961112233649.25020A-100000 at iglou1>

On Tue, 12 Nov 1996 W8JITom at wrote:

> I have a question about sending CW in a contest.
> What is the preferred method of sending a serial number? Is a long "T"
> preferred for a zero, or just send the whole zero? Is it OK to drop leading
> zero's, or should they be sent as a long "T" or and "O"?
> Please e-mail me.
> Thanks, TomW8JI at 
To my way of thinking, I wish the rules called for the exchanges to be
sent in their entirety, rather than some of the rediculously-convoluted
pieces that eminate from some stations.  Just my opinion!!!

Steve / N9FD (Ex-AA9AX) 

>From AD1C at (Jim Reisert AD1C)  Wed Nov 13 03:49:44 1996
From: AD1C at (Jim Reisert AD1C) (Jim Reisert AD1C)
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 96 23:49:44 -0400
Subject: New master callsign database files for CT/NA/TR - 12 November 1996
Message-ID: <199611130450.XAA24807 at>

I have uploaded three new master callsign database files:

You can also send E-mail to ct-user-REQUEST at to request the
UUencoded version of these files, by putting one or more of the following
lines in the body of your message:

	GET master.uue
	GET masusve.uue
	GET masterdx.uue

MASTER.ZIP contains 14,663 calls that were found in 20 or more logs.  575
callsigns were replaced with new vanity callsigns.

MASUSVE.ZIP contains 8,496 calls that were found in 10 or more logs.  This
file contains only USA, Canada and US territories and possessions.  833
callsigns were replaced with new vanity callsigns.  Even if you include
the Canadians, this means that 10% of the calls in this file got new
vanity callsigns.  Another way to look at it is that if 4000 vanity calls
were issued (my program counted 3381 personal and 409 club vanity
callsigns [*none* of which turned up in the MASTER database]), 20% of them
went to contestors!

MASTERDX.ZIP contains 15,957 calls that were found in 10 or more logs. 
This file does NOT contain USA calls, but includes everyone else
(including Canada and US territories and possessions).  No vanity calls
were substituted in this file.

A couple of notes:

1.  You might wonder why I didn't set the threshold to 10 in the
MASTER.ZIP file.  The answer is too many calls (over 23K)!  If you type in
a couple or few letters, you don't want the Super Check Partial window to
stop at calls beginning with N.  There's a 50/50 chance the call you're
looking for is outside the window!  The DX and US/VE databases are
smaller, so I decided to allow more calls in them.

2.  The vanity callsign substitution only matches on an *exact* callsign. 
For example, if you always signed WN4KKN/6, that call will still be in the
MASTER.DTA file.  However, if you always signed without the portable
(WN4KKN), that call was replaced by N5KO.  I decided to err on the side of
caution, rather than accidentally substituting a bad call for a previously
good one (imagine if WN4K had turned into N5KOKN!).  As I collect more and
more post-vanity contest logs, the new calls will filter in.

These files probably *won't* get on the CT BBS any time soon.  I'm having
a problem with remote administration, and K1EA is not around long enough
for me to get his help.

Please send any comments or questions to AD1C at

73 - Jim AD1C

p.s. Feel free to contribute your contest logs to this project!  I can
handle UUencoded or MIME attachments.  The more logs, the more complete
the database will become!

Jim Reisert <AD1C at>          

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