Pennsylvania QSO Party Success despite Conditions

DougHDH at DougHDH at
Mon Oct 14 22:31:34 EDT 1996

First report:  Pennsylvania QSO Party

Outstanding - although many of you probably never heard us!  Solar flare or
??? caused absolutely awful conditions - 40 meters only open in spurts, 20
meters was a sea of static and signals were in and out similar to meteor
scatter on vhf!  

BUT, if you were within earshot of Pennsylvania on 80/75 meters, you would
have heard wall to wall stations from the Keystone State.  Many records were
reported, many stations worked all 67 counties, and big scores heard coming
out of VE and nearby northeast and mid-atlantic sections.  Also, have no
fear, the NNY stations were around in droves which bodes well for the SS and
the new section.

Hard counties to find were:  Franklin, Warren, Philadelphia!, Northumberland
and Juniata - (that's NOT Juanita but June - e - ata).  Expeditions to Elk,
Cambria, Fulton, Fayette, Potter, Delaware Co, Indiana, Snyder, Cameron,
Clinton, Huntingdon, and others made a clean swap easily attainable.  Also,
big club participation - who is going to take the trophy this year??

So, if you couldn't hear Pennsylvania because of conditions, we are sorry as
you missed a "really big" do!   Hopefully, condx will improve for CQWW and SS
 - they can't possibly be any worse than this past weekend.

Please send in your logs  (Nittany ARC, c/o W3HDH, RD #1, Box 760,
Petersburg, Pa. 16669).  Rumors and early results to follow - and our
HomePage when I get time to get it up and running!

73,  Doug W3HDH

>From AD1C at (Jim Reisert AD1C)  Tue Oct 15 03:47:22 1996
From: AD1C at (Jim Reisert AD1C) (Jim Reisert AD1C)
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 96 22:47:22 -0400
Subject: New country files for CT, NA dated 14 October 1996
Message-ID: <199610150248.WAA24297 at>

I have uploaded new country files for CT and NA.  I am announcing this on
CQ-Contest for two reasons:

1.  There was a recent message indicating that people on the CQ-Contest
reflector didn't know where to find the current files.  Since I only
announce them on the CT-User and NA-User reflectors, I have to assume that
some people who use that software don't subscribe to those reflectors (a
bad idea, IMHO).

2.  In case anyone has NOT noticed, the VE7TCP server has been very sick
the past couple of weeks.  (That's why the DX reflector has been down). 
This also knocks those two mailing lists out of commission.

Here's where you can find the country files:

CT country files:	[East Coast USA]
		-or-	[West Coast USA]

	Send E-mail to ct-user-REQUEST at and put one or more
	of the following commands in the BODY of the message:

		GET cty.uue
		GET cty.dat
		GET history.cty
		GET cqww.cty

	The first command will send CTY-605.ZIP in UUencoded format.
	The other commands send the individual files.
	Note that file names must be in lower case.

	Download CTY-605.ZIP from the DX BBS - 502-898-8864.
	CTY-605 may show up on the CT BBS some day, but not today.

NA country files:

	Send E-mail to ct-user-REQUEST at and put one or more
	of the following commands in the BODY of the message:

		GET nacty.uue
		GET country.dat
		GET history.cty

	The first command will send NACTY605.ZIP in UUencoded format.
	The other commands send the individual files.
	Note that file names must be in lower case.

	Download NACTY605.ZIP from the LTA BBS - 412-528-8877.

	*NOTE* that the directory on is *protected*.
	If you try a "dir" command, you will see no files.  That is OK!

Finally, here is the revision history.  Please send any questions to
AD1C at

73 - Jim AD1C

27-Sep-1996:    * Added 4U51UN and 4U52UN to callsign list for United Nations,
(CTY-605)         4U1U.
                * Added K1VWL/BY1QH to callsign list for China, BY.
                * Added TO0R to callsign list for Reunion, FR.
                * Added FR5ZQ/T to callsign list for Tromelin, FR/t.
                * Added TX0C to callsign list for Crozet, FT8W.
                * Added TX0K to callsign list for Kerguelen, FT8X.
                * Added 7J1AYK/JD1, JQ1SUO/JD1, JD1BIY and JD1BJP to
                  callsign list for Ogasawara, JD/o.
                * Added zone overrides for N3BB, N7ML, W2VJN, WB0OLA and WZ4F.
                * Added KG4GC, KG4QD and KG4WD to callsign list for
                  Guantanamo, KG4.
                * Added ZY0ZGD to callsign list for Fernando de Noronha, PY0F.
                * Added ZV0MB and ZV0MV to callsign list for Trindade, PY0T.
                * Added KC6GB, KC6GG, KC6YA and KC6/N5OK to callsign list
                  for Palau, T8.
                * Added VK0IR to callsign list for Heard, VK0H.
                * Added VR96, VR97, VR98, VS96, VS97 and VS98 as prefixes
                  for Hong Kong, VS6.

Jim Reisert <AD1C at>          

>From AD1C at (Jim Reisert AD1C)  Tue Oct 15 04:16:25 1996
From: AD1C at (Jim Reisert AD1C) (Jim Reisert AD1C)
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 96 23:16:25 -0400
Subject: New MASTER.DTA for CT (and other?) users
Message-ID: <199610150317.XAA30179 at>

I have uploaded a new MASTER.DTA file to use during CQWW.  This is a
database of known-good callsigns and is useful for Super Check Partial.

Since VE7TCP is down, the file can be found at:	[East Coast USA]		[West Coast USA]

	Send E-mail to ct-user-REQUEST at, and in the body
	of the message, put the line:

		GET master.uue

	This will send the MASTER.ZIP file UUencoded.

Here are the statistics:

The database was compiled from 773 logs encompassing contests from
1994-1996.  The contests include ARRL DX, CQWW, CQ WPX, IARU HF
Championship, WAE and a few ARRL SS logs.

There are 12,450 callsigns listed in the database.  These are callsigns
that were found in at least 20 different logs.  8850 callsigns are DX, and
3600 are USA.

The top-12 callsigns (DX and USA) are:

	1925 9A1A		702 K3LR
	1721 NP4Z		635 K3WW
	1468 IQ4A		575 K3ANS
	1390 EI7M		515 N2RM
	1302 LU4FM		505 KY1H
	1200 XE2DV		497 W3LPL
	1169 HH2PK		494 W6QHS
	1158 8P9Z		484 W0AIH
	1157 6D2X		484 KC1XX
	1153 TI1C		479 N4ZC
	1122 TM1C		474 NC0P
	1104 V31DX		474 N5RZ

Any of these calls look familiar?

I will probably update MASTER.DTA at least once more (the
weekend of October 19-20) as I receive more logs.  I will send an
annuncement to CQ-Contest when I do.

If you snail mailed me a disk with return postage, I will mail you
the updated MASTER.DTA on Wednesday morning, 10/16.

Please send any questions or comments to AD1C at

73 - Jim AD1C

Jim Reisert <AD1C at>          

>From tree at (Larry Tyree)  Tue Oct 15 05:35:29 1996
From: tree at (Larry Tyree) (Larry Tyree)
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 1996 21:35:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: C'mon guys
Message-ID: <199610150435.VAA00132 at>


I am SICK and TIRED of receiving messages on the reflector that
start with things like:

Joe -


Tom - 

or any other name!!!  These messages should be addressed to 
the person you are talking to, NOT the whole reflector.  

If someone asks for something on the reflector (like where they
can find some piece of information in the FAQ or the e-mail address
for Kenwood's Truck Stop Marketing department), don't compound 
their mistake by answering their question on the whole list.

PLEASE learn how to send messages ONLY back to the person who 
originated the message.  You can start right now by sending
your flames ONLY to me and not the whole list!!

73 Tree N6TR
tree at

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