November QST out;CQWW SSB Contest operation

Tue Oct 22 18:13:27 EDT 1996

Stopped by the PO Box on the way to work this morning and found the latest
issue of QST inside mixed with all of the political campaign contribution
requests.  Something is wrong!  They spent most of the money I gave them
several months ago on postage for sending me additional requests.  Oh well,
enough on that.  However, I would like to encourage everyone to VOTE for the
candidate of your choice who reflects the values/positions that you emulate.

OK, so what's in this issue....

Front cover photo of a recent Field Day site.  It looks like a great location
for one of the upcoming contests, nothing but water between it and Europe,
plus a lighthouse for some 160/80 slopers, etc.

CONTEST related articles:  The Truth About Contesters (more about WRTC-96);
Happenings - Novice/Tech Contest Under Study; and Results - Field Day 1996.

Other interesting items:  Build a Power Attenuator (a low-power output port
for dummy load); Recycling TV Antennas for 2 Meter Use (you will not need
them after following-through on the Radio Shack ad, see below :-)); FCC Grand
Island Monitoring Station (closed!; results of reduction in the size of
government!, more to come?, is Gettysburg next?); Product Review - seven
2-meter mobile rig comparison (includes the Ten-Tec T-kit 1220); and Lab
Notes - Multiband Dipoles Compared.

As for ads:  MFJ has their (including Ameritron, Mirage, & Vectronics)
complete 1997 catalog inside with some NEW items - two antenna tuners, one
(MFJ-969) covers 160-6 meters, monoband CW QRP rigs, noise canceling active
antenna (same as JPS ANC-4?), and pocket Morse Code Tutor; and of course,
there is the new Kenwood TS570D on the back cover.  Radio Shack has an ad for
the Direct Broadcast Satellite systems they sell for home viewing of movies,
sports, etc.  Has Radio Shack petitioned the ARRL Awards Committee for a
future new WAS award? (Worked All Satellites?) :-) 

Good luck in the CQ WW Phone Contest!  Oh, I almost forgot, I officially
announce that I WILL NOT OPERATE from a congested residential area of
Raleigh, NC.

73 and good reading,

Henry Pollock - WB4HFL
henrypol at

>From k1vr at (Fred Hopengarten)  Tue Oct 22 22:34:20 1996
From: k1vr at (Fred Hopengarten) (Fred Hopengarten)
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 1996 17:34:20 EDT
Subject: Please Packet to HB9ZE
Message-ID: <19961022.201547.7655.3.k1vr at>

The wife of HB9ZE called me on the telephone today, asking for the New
Hampshire  phone numbers for CT.  I did not have them immediately at
hand, and my 12 year old daughter called on the other line during the
call from Switzerland.  I excused myself for a moment (in both French and
English), but when I returned to the line, HB9ZE's wife was gone.  If you
live in EU, would you please put a note on the European Cluster excusing
my behavior?  I'm very sorry if she thinks me rude.  They do NOT have an
e-mail address. I know of no other quick way to apologize, as she gave me
no phone number either.


Fred Hopengarten, K1VR
Six Willarch Road * Lincoln, MA 01773-5105 * 617/259-0088
e-mail:  k1vr at
Big antennas, high in the sky, are better than small ones, low.

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