FW: ARLB069 FCC Gate 2 update
D. R. Evans
devans at lynx.colorado.edu
Fri Oct 4 09:38:27 EDT 1996
> On 3 Oct 96 at 23:21, Dale Martin <kg5u at hal-pc.org> wrote:
> From: Dale Martin[SMTP:kg5u at hal-pc.org]
> Sent: Thursday, October 03, 1996 18:26 PM
> To: 'Contest Reflector'; 'TDXS'
> Subject: FW: ARLB069 FCC Gate 2 update
> If the FCC is unable to grant any of your vanity call sign requests,
> your application will be dismissed, and the FCC will notify you to
> that effect. But the Commission will not return your 30 dollar
> application fee until you request a refund in writing. Unlucky
> vanity applicants will be informed that ''credit cannot be provided
> toward future filings,'' and that FCC procedures authorize a refund
> ''only when requested in writing.'' To take another chance under Gate
Trust the government to think this one up.
How many hams are NOT going to request their $30 back? How much extra
time/effort/money is it going to take to process each request instead of
simply mailing the person a cheque?
D.R. Evans NQ0I / G4AMJ : devans at lynx.colorado.edu
Member, 1997 Nebula Novel Jury al019 at freenet.uchsc.edu
"Palindor Chronicles" information and extracts:
>From psoper at encore.com (Pete Soper) Fri Oct 4 16:22:32 1996
From: psoper at encore.com (Pete Soper) (Pete Soper)
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 1996 11:22:32 EDT
Subject: ForSale/Swap/Trade Addresses
Message-ID: <25301.9610041522 at earl.encore.com>
These aren't Internet addresses, they're Usenet discussion group
names. But if you've got Web access you don't need to deal with
the typical Usenet feed but can instead use this server to search
for what you're looking for:
Usenet postings are kept in a heirarchy so for instance swap is
"contained" (sort of) in rec.radio. Also, rec.radio.amateur.swap
has about .01% of the ads we'd care about while rec.radio.swap has
the rest, for historical reasons. Folks that don't understand how
to put things in the places they are intended to go also post
ham gear ads to rec.radio.amateur.equipment and rec.radio.amateur.misc.
I went through around 3000 want ads for amplifiers last weekend,
for instance, going back almost to when they were all new :-)
With Dejanews and other search engines like Altavista
(http://www.altavista.digital.com/) this only took me a few
minute of actual commands and the like (but wore my eyes out
with the reading <g>).
>From donovanf at sgate.com (Frank Donovan) Fri Oct 4 16:42:01 1996
From: donovanf at sgate.com (Frank Donovan) (Frank Donovan)
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 1996 11:42:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: two antenna "tee"
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.3.95.961004111337.19834A-100000 at jekyll.sgate.com>
U have the correct idea! Assuming the impedance at the end of the
transmission line feeding each antenna is close to 50 ohms, you can split
the power evenly between to both antennas with a T-connector and a 1/4
wavelength piece of coaxial cable in series with the transmission line to
Two important caveats apply:
- The 1/4 wavelength of coax is its electrical length, NOT ITS PHYSICAL
LENGTH. For example, for a frequency of 14.150 MHz, a quarter wavelength
of RG-11/U is 138 inches. This is determined by the following formula
(presented in simple arithmetic form):
1/4 Wavelength = freespace wavelength/4 x coaxial cable velocity factor
= 11803/F x 1/4 x .66
= 11803/14.15 x 1/4 x .66
= 834 x 1/4 x .66
= 138 inches (rounded to nearest inch)
- Beware that the Yagis will behave more-or-less independently ONLY IF
their antenna patterns DO NOT overlap significantly (such as one Yagi
pointed North-east and one pointed North-west).
If the patterns DO overlap (such as one Yagi pointed North and one
Northeast), the resulting far field pattern will be determined by their
individual patterns, and the physical separation and phase relationships
among the antennas. This is a complicated relationship best modelled
with an antenna modelling program such as EZNEC.
donovanf at sgate.com
>From jfeustle at UOFT02.UTOLEDO.EDU (Joseph A. Feustle, Jr.) Fri Oct 4 19:17:34 1996
From: jfeustle at UOFT02.UTOLEDO.EDU (Joseph A. Feustle, Jr.) (Joseph A. Feustle, Jr.)
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 1996 13:17:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: FCC rushes to complete Gate 2 (har, har)
Thanks to the intelligence section of the Big Bolt Contest Group located in
Langley, Virginia, club members have come to find out that the FCC in
Gettysburg is now bringing in additional computer resources to help move
Gate 2 along in a more timely fashion.
Sources report that the computers are being trucked to Gettysburg from the
IRS facility in West Virginia, where they have now become surplus due to
the termination of a certain program for electronic filing of income taxes.
These powerful desktop machines, Commodore 64s we understand, and an Apple
II running a little-known Beagle Brothers program to augment the Internet
firewall, will soon be connected to the government's latest mini-mainframe,
a Beta 95. This marvel of parallel computing was recently purchased from a
former Soviet-block country. It uses two 3.5 mHz. chips from the
now-defunct Sweatlonga Verks that employ Elbonian assembly-language
programs in a process known among insiders Boris and Natasha (see any
edition of NynphoWorld for additional info).
Washington, D.C. spin doctors, many of whom are reportedly amateurs
themselves and members of a large, local club (Happy Valley?) say that the
FCC move is to placate the important body of amateur radio operators known
as contesters who have applied for vanity calls. HUMINT from Langley,
however, does not confirm this. To the contrary, it is reported that the
recent discovery of a significant contingent of the 75 meter Appalachian
Inbred Net in nearby Antietam, Maryland forced the government's move.
Reports that this group might "go postal" have caused a redoubled effort to
get out the new call signs. SIGINT picked up on channel 19, and processed
by NSA at Ft. George G. Mead, earlier identified this same group south of
Antietam, at the Union 76 truck stop outside of Fredrick waiting for
someone to translate the directions given to them by the young man ("damn
yankee," they said) to Gettysburg. The NSA's vaunted Crays labored long and
hard to solve the 2-bit encription scheme used by the group, seriously
complicated by the presence of drawl.This group was in hot persuit of 1X2
calls highly prized because they move more quickly up and down the holler
than any others (backed by measurements of the doppelgangereffekt, more
commonly known as white lightening).
Additional SIGINT, confirmed by HUMINT--a mole?--has relieved concerns
about a further move from Antietam to Gettysburg. Sources state that the
group has stopped in its tracks while the leader attempts to reconnect the
DieHard to his pacemaker.
Finally, the additional effort at Gettysburg, while welcomed by the amateur
community, has had a downside. One northwest Ohio contester of little
repute was alleged to have received the new vanity call FJ8N thanks to
excessive rushing of the Gate 2 issue and to a small problem of lisdexia.
Said contester has now refused to return the call, thus leaving the entire
issue in the hands of government lawyers and Big Bolt's legal and
For further information, you might want to check TFP.FCC.VOG. The latest
SIGINT from an aerial photo taken from a ballon teathered at about 130 feet
above the mountains in Emmitsburg, Maryland, shows little, if any
additional movement at Antietam (white lightening?).
The Big Bolt Group (N8, 8N, who knows for a while)
>From km9p at contesting.com (Bill Fisher KM9P) Fri Oct 4 18:25:48 1996
From: km9p at contesting.com (Bill Fisher KM9P) (Bill Fisher KM9P)
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 1996 13:25:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: ForSale/Swap/Trade Addresses
Message-ID: <Pine.BSI.3.95.961004132457.12664B-100000 at paris.akorn.net>
On Fri, 4 Oct 1996, Chris E Penick wrote:
> I have received some addresses that I thought I would pass along to those
> who were interested. I am re-typing these as I have received them, hpe
> they all are correct:
Yes! WWW interface and can search by category and date.
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