More SS Incidents

K7LXC at K7LXC at
Thu Nov 21 10:53:25 EST 1996

In a message dated 96-11-20 23:58:16 EST, you write:

>And get your #$%@* contest off of MY frequency!

     The correct Q-signal for this is QFO.

73,  Steve  K7LXC

>From 71111.260 at CompuServe.COM (Hans Brakob)  Thu Nov 21 16:02:45 1996
From: 71111.260 at CompuServe.COM (Hans Brakob) (Hans Brakob)
Date: 21 Nov 96 11:02:45 EST
Subject: Contester Tip
Message-ID: <961121160245_71111.260_EHM45-1 at CompuServe.COM>

Don't you just hate it the way the foot switch gets lost waaayyyyy
baaaaack under the desk among the empty Dr. Pepper cans behind 
all the crumpled 610V forms, and how you almost hang yourself on 
your earphone cord groping around under there to find it?  (Oh,
THERE's where that skunky smell is coming from!)  

Is THAT what's bothering you, Bucky?

Well, just head on down to your XYL's favorite sewing supply
store and pick up the perfect solution. (Sewing machines use
foot switches too.) 

It's a piece of thick clear flexible plastic (like they sell to protect 
carpets from office chairs) about 12x18 inches.  Embedded 
(centered toward one end) is a large piece (6x8 inches) of "female"
Velcro (tm).  Included in the kit are a couple of small sticky-backed 
"male" Velcro peices which you attach to the bottom of your foot
switch. Foot switch is now stuck in place, and the preasure of your
heel on the plastic keeps the whole deal from sliding around in that 
yucky stuff under the desk. (Honey, I told you I needed a tighter
hose clamp this year!)

73, de Hans, K0HB

>From jjr at (Jim Reisert)  Thu Nov 21 18:08:01 1996
From: jjr at (Jim Reisert) (Jim Reisert)
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 1996 13:08:01 -0500
Subject: MASTER.DTA ??
Message-ID: <9611211808.AA13102 at>

The FTP site is back up:

Or send E-mail to ct-user-REQUEST at, and put something like this in 
the message body:

	GET cqww.cty
	GET cty.dat
	GET masterdx.uue

.uue files are UUencoded.  You can send an 'index' command to ct-user-REQUEST 
to see what other files are available.

Again, sorry for being down at such a critical time.

73 - Jim AD1C

Jim Reisert <AD1C at>

>From graham at (Graham Crosby)  Thu Nov 21 19:15:05 1996
From: graham at (Graham Crosby) (Graham Crosby)
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 1996 14:15:05 -0500
Subject: What Rig?
Message-ID: <199611211912.OAA28791 at>

I have not kept up with the new HF rigs on the market. What would be a good
one for someone who would like to get started in contesting?

TNX ES 73,

Graham Crosby K4XA
graham at
People who think they know everything annoy the
PISS out of those of us that actually do.

>From aa4lr at (Bill Coleman AA4LR)  Thu Nov 21 19:24:57 1996
From: aa4lr at (Bill Coleman AA4LR) (Bill Coleman AA4LR)
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 96 14:24:57 -0500
Subject: QRP Contesting
Message-ID: <m0vQekA-0001NqC at>

>From:        Bruce Sawyer, N6NT at
>Ummm...I think I need to take strong issue with this last statement.  Out
>here in California we ran an interesting experiment on this subject this
>past July.  We went out and dug up 50 very mediocre stations--little
>tribanders up about 50' with nothing but inverted V's for 40 meters.  In
>almost every case, the station owners had never bothered trying to do
>contests in a serious way because they knew their stations were so inferior.
>In most cases, the station owners aspired to nothing more than DXCC, knowing
>they were so limited.
>Then we brought top contesters from around the world, 100 of them in all,
>and put them into these podunk stations.

And you created a set of awards to stimulate contacts with these 
stations, giving them unique, identifiable callsigns so they could be 
picked out from the riff-raff.

>  Did you listen to the results of
>that?  To put it mildly, the station owners now know they can't blame it on
>their stations any more.  I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I
>think the average was about 2200 QSO's in an 18 hour stretch.  I doubt there
>was a single case among those 50 stations where the station owner thought
>his station could possibly do that well.  Now that they know what's
>possible, I keep hearing some of them trying to replicate the results of
>last July...only it doesn't sound quite the same with somebody else at the
>paddle    :-)  

Perhaps if you re-instated the special awards and callsigns....

>Yes, it takes both a great station and a great operator...but I also believe
>N5TJ could do better with a HotWater101 and a coat hanger than Joe Average
>(even...WayAboveAverage!) could at W5WMU.

I'd be the first to agree with this assertion -- that contesting is 
almost 99% pure skill, but don't forget the other factors that applied to 
the WRTC competition that also stimulated exceptional activity at these 

Bill Coleman, AA4LR           Mail: aa4lr at
Quote: "Not in a thousand years will man ever fly!"
            -- Wilbur Wright, 1901

>From py2ou at (jose g. damelio)  Thu Nov 21 19:40:52 1996
From: py2ou at (jose g. damelio) (jose g. damelio)
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 1996 19:40:52 GMT
Subject: CQWWDX CW
Message-ID: <199611211940.TAA86894 at>

  I will operate in CQWWDX-CW with the call ZX2X categorie QRP.
Hope see you.
                73 and Good luck 
                                 PY2OU  Joe

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