Drinking Dr. Pepper....

WA4IMC1 at aol.com WA4IMC1 at aol.com
Sun Nov 17 11:21:54 EST 1996

you have it all wrong....it ain't dr pepper or nehi grape!! the best
contesting drink is Karlovacko...a beer made in Croatia. Went through about
30 of those babies (0.5L) during the CQWWSSB at 9A1A a few weeks ago. They
are especially good at room temperature....just a minor buzz...THAT my
contesting friends is the nectar of the gods!!

Charlie Wooten
wa4imc1 at aol.com

>From oo7 at astro.as.utexas.edu (Derek Wills)  Sun Nov 17 17:56:54 1996
From: oo7 at astro.as.utexas.edu (Derek Wills) (Derek Wills)
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 1996 11:56:54 -0600
Subject: Drinking Dr. Pepper....

	Insider info direct from the manufacturer substantiates claims 
        that Dr. Pepper is a Prune derivitive [sic] refreshment. Aside 
        from keeping one at the = switch, is there any other moving 
        side-effects? de Chuck W7MAP

Contesters who drink it have really good runs.

Tastes too much like cough medicine for me -
Derek AA5BT, G3NMX
oo7 at astro.as.utexas.edu

>From hlserra at pwa.acusd.edu (H. L. Serra)  Sun Nov 17 19:38:07 1996
From: hlserra at pwa.acusd.edu (H. L. Serra) (H. L. Serra)
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 1996 11:38:07 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 17" and larger monitors
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9611171149.A16953-0100000 at pwa.acusd.edu>

Several responses. Some said larger monitors were good for contest 
fields, some said not much help. I personally tried a 21" NEC at work 
and found the larger characters too grainy and disjointed, and the screen 
so large as to require more eye/head movement compared to 14-15". Still 
haven't tried 17" mon. which got the most support in attached responses.
73, Larry N6NC

------- de WT3H
Just got a new MAG "DX 1795" (don't know the effectiveness of the "DX...")
purchased at a computer show for $564....down from around $699 couple of 
months ago.  I learned about the MAG line of monitors from a posting by 
W3MM wherein he describes the "best contest computer".  Topics include 
monitors, adapter cards, ports, IRQs, cables, etc.

Perhaps you can find these postings in the archive.  For reference, they 
were first posted in Dec 96 - Jan 96.  If you can't acquire them on the 
server, I'd be glad to copy and mail you a set.  They are really quite 
informative, especially for a computer illerate like me.

The MAG has toriods at both ends of the video cable, and I checked it out 
for emmissions affecting my rig.  Setup here requires that the monitor is 
1" from my TS830 and there is only a trace of noise on the bands.  
Nothing like I have experienced with other VGA monitors.  Ten meters was 
particuarly bad with my former monitor, now ten is quiet, unfortunately 
too quite for me!  Of course, I mean signal wise!  I use NA and the 
windows of course are larger and easier to see, also use a database to 
log contests and the larger screen is easier on the eyes.

I can't offer much technical information, but if you have a specfic 
question please let me know.  Be sure to try for the W3MM series..for the 
depth of contest computer information...also details on radio 
interfacing, which I am not yet into.

-----de NM1Q
        I have a CTX 17" color monitor - quiet as a mouse, no
        noise to mess up the radios, good color balance and
        fairly inexpensive.

        I use TR and CT with no problems in terms of display.
        In fact, I usually have a lot of fun trying different
        color combinations for the screens, hi hi..

-----de N2TX
We use 1 17 inch monitor at the present time. All the ops were happy to
use it. We always use CT and in -vga mode its a great thing cause you
can arrange all the windows easily. I shoppes around and went for the
Mag 17". it has 16.1 viewable and will support 1280x1024 matrix. I found
it for 540.00 bucks in the computer shopper. Good luck on your choice as
I'am sure any 17" monitor will make things better.

-----de K4OJ
I've wondered if there is a market out there of large olde CGA units that
would work fine/for/cheap...anxious on that summary!

-----de K7FR
I drug one of my 17" monitors home from work.  Screen was too big and caused
eye fatigue.  Stick with the 14-15 size.

-----de K8DO
I use the Diamond Pro 17 TX by Mitsubishi (The Zero fighter folks) ... It is
probably not the most bang for the buck, but it is gorgeous... I get comments
from folks who use other 17s, and they are uniformly wishing they had mine

-----de N4ONI
I use a 17' monitor which is plenty big for these dos contest programs
with plenty of space to spare. Cost is best with the 17 as you can get
one for $650.00-$800.00 depending on brand and quality, to go larger
20-21' cost almost 3 times as much for the same quality tube.

-----de WB2R
Using a 17" CTX (with a ZEOS P-90). LOVE IT!!!

-----de K7FR
The eye fatigue comes from your eyes wandering around the screen looking at
different fields.  I found that my eyes went to the exchange field then to
the rate window then the Check Country/Zone window.  Pretty soon I had a
doozy of a headache.

-----de W6XR/2 
I am a big proponent of 17" monitors as it reduces fatigue dramatically for
me during contests.  I use a monitor sold by Micron, although I do not
think they are making it.  Bigger is better!

-----de IK2SGC
Hi, I'm using a 21'' monitor to manage ct9.27
It work's great, with no problem, also with rf
Model is  NEC XP 21

-----de I0YQV 
I run CT over PC on my office for testing purpose but I think this is wrong
because CT use simply text interface then if use too large display you not
have any advantage if you exclude big characters and big windows. Because
the inner character of CT not resize if you resize windows it's useless. 

>From va3wto at pathcom.com (Rui wittwer)  Sun Nov 17 20:36:00 1996
From: va3wto at pathcom.com (Rui wittwer) (Rui wittwer)
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 1996 15:36:00 -0500
Message-ID: <199611172036.PAA05873 at pathway1.pathcom.com>

Tank you to Jim Reisert and Jan Fisher  for their Tips on how to solve the
problem and Jan was right it was the date on the computer( changed to year
2096 ) I still don`t now why Win95 does that with out me changing it.
Tank you very much.
73 Rui.

VA3WTO one of VA3SK Contest Team. 

>From km9p at contesting.com (Bill Fisher, KM9P & K4AAA)  Sun Nov 17 20:43:59 1996
From: km9p at contesting.com (Bill Fisher, KM9P & K4AAA) (Bill Fisher, KM9P & K4AAA)
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 1996 15:43:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 9" VGA monitor perfect
Message-ID: <199611172043.PAA19939 at paris.akorn.net>

I use a 9" color VGA monitor for contesting.  Sits right on top of one of
the radios and is easily readable.  Cost more than a 14", but is worth the
space on the desktop or in not having to figure out some kind of shelving

Only draw back:
The high resolution stuff required for an on screen dupe sheet is too small
on a 9" VGA.


Bill Fisher, KM9P & K4AAA

>From thompson at mindspring.com (David L. Thompson)  Sun Nov 17 21:51:27 1996
From: thompson at mindspring.com (David L. Thompson) (David L. Thompson)
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 1996 16:51:27 -0500
Subject: 10M LP
Message-ID: <199611172152.QAA22538 at answerman.mindspring.com>

John, NT5C points out the excellent article on 10 meter long path is in the
ARRL Antenna
Compendium series as follows:

>I'm not aware of anything in QST or CQ Dave. I believe you're thinking of
>the article by Carl K9LA in the ARRL Antenna Compendium, Vol 4, page 138.
>He mentions my 10M results on page 144.

There is a new volume 5 just coming out.  All contesters should add this to
your antenna
support literature too!

Dave K4JRB

>From steve at rjtrain.demon.co.uk (Steve Jones)  Sun Nov 17 21:04:41 1996
From: steve at rjtrain.demon.co.uk (Steve Jones) (Steve Jones)
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 1996 21:04:41 +0000
Subject: ARRL 10m TEST 95 - Which issue QST for results?
Message-ID: <3L5UNFAp33jyEw$k at rjtrain.demon.co.uk>

I remember seeing a post stating that a recent issue of QST had the ARRL
10m 1995 test results in, but can't remember which issue! Can anyone
help please as I wish to buy a back copy of that issue.
Thanks and good luck in cqww cw. 
Steve Jones
Ynys Mon / Island of Anglesey / EU124
Gogledd Cymru / North Wales
UK 6M Group Member 295

>From AD1C at tiac.net (Jim Reisert AD1C)  Mon Nov 18 01:26:15 1996
From: AD1C at tiac.net (Jim Reisert AD1C) (Jim Reisert AD1C)
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 96 21:26:15 -0400
Subject: CT FTP location, phone numbers, etc. - READ and SAVE!
Message-ID: <199611180226.VAA15455 at mailnfs0.tiac.net>

I continue to get several messages per day about where the files are for
CT, or the BBS number, even though I seem to broadcast this regularly. 
Here is the information again:

The CT BBS number is 603-878-1900.  This has been the case for several
months.  Matt, KC1XX and his wife took over the job of distributing CT. 
The support number is 603-878-4200.

If you want to change your call, call the support line or send E-mail to
kc1xx at kc1xx.mv.com.  Then you can download a copy of CT that is branded
with your new callsign.

The VE7TCP server which used to have the country files, etc. is down.  I
have brougt up a temporary FTP site, which will be up until VE7TCP comes
back up:


There is also an E-mail file server, send a message to
ct-user-REQUEST at databook.com, and in the body of the message put the
command "index".  This will return a list of files to you.  To get one of
the files, send a message like "GET cqww.cty".  The file names are in
lower case.  The files with a ".uue" suffix are UU-encoded.  You will need
a program like uudecode to decode them or "GET uud.com" from the same

list there, only a file server.

73 - Jim AD1C

Jim Reisert <AD1C at tiac.net>                    http://www.tiac.net/users/ad1c/

>From w2xx at cloud9.net (J.P. Kleinhaus)  Mon Nov 18 03:09:49 1996
From: w2xx at cloud9.net (J.P. Kleinhaus) (J.P. Kleinhaus)
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 1996 22:09:49 -0500 (EST)
Subject: KLM 40-M3
Message-ID: <Pine.BSI.3.95.961117220440.9400A-100000 at cloud9.net>

Hi Pete:

This failure mode is common with the lexan insulators that KLM uses.
Sometimes they are cracked from the factory, but you don't notice it
unless you look very closely.  This usually happens in the area
where the compression clamp goes around the two bolts in the lexan.

I have had several examples of these lexan insulators cracked when I
took them out of the box.

CAUTION:  The other common cause of this cracking is overtightening
of the hose clamps that hold the insulator to the boom.  This will
crack the lexan and in the first sign of wind, all the aluminum
starts swinging in the breeze.  I have done this too...

Lesson:  Don't overtighten the hose clamps...lexan is VERY brittle.
Also, examine the lexan insulators CAREFULLY before installation.

73, J.P. W2XX

On Sat, 16 Nov 1996, Pete Raymond wrote:

> Yesterday with winds of 25-35mph the driven element and reflector
> plastic boom to element brackets were destroyed.  Chunks of plastic
> that would fit in your hand were found around the tower.  Has anyone
> else had the same failure with KLM.  I'm going to rebuild using aluminum
> plate and pvc to insulate the elements.  I hope I can get it back up
> before the contest.  

J.P. Kleinhaus, W2XX  (fdba AA2DU)
E-mail:  w2xx at cloud9.net

It's not a bug...It's a feature!?

>From aa9ax at iglou.com (Steven Sample)  Mon Nov 18 03:23:25 1996
From: aa9ax at iglou.com (Steven Sample) (Steven Sample)
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 1996 22:23:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Start the bullets flyi
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.95.961117221155.4849A-100000 at iglou1>

It is my understanding that when the ARRL publishes the rules for a
contest such as SS, we are expected to follow them.  In particular, when
the exchange is specifically set forth-it seems to me that we should try
to follow it.  For that reason, I don't understand why truncated exchanges
are acceptable.

the exchange calles for:

    QSO Number, Precedence, CALL SIGN, Check, and Section.

If a station sees fit to leave the CALL SIGN out of the exchange, I don't
understand why that constitutes a valid exchange...or am I missing the

I had several "newbies" visiting my station this weekend to learn about
contesting, and they ran a rate of about "10 per hour" - so I wasn't
planning on winning anything anyway. But it is rather annoying to see
flagrant violations like that over long periods of time and many QSO's
from any station, especially when I perceive that said stations are in the
test to be competitive.


Steve / N9FD  (Ex-AA9AX)

P.S.  My apologies to all you guys that said "Hi" thinking I was at the 
console, and my "Newbies" didn't respond because their vocal chords were
paralyzed from fear! 

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