4 sq info

bill.lumnitzer at paonline.com bill.lumnitzer at paonline.com
Tue Oct 29 11:49:36 EST 1996

KM9P wrote:

The second night was different.  I got my first real clue that the
antenna was working when I stumbled across a pile up in the window. 
When I heard him sign zone 39 I started calling.  I was the next guy he
worked.  I know for sure I beat W3LPL and K3LR who are also using

I believe W3LPL's TX antennas on 80 are high fixed 2el quads.  He uses the
4square mainly for RX.

I occasionally beat 'LPL in a pileup too but I don't think this is a valid
comparison of two antennas. According to my observations using AO, a 
2el 80m quad at 170' has roughly TWICE (say 6dBi vs. 12 dBi) the forward gain
of a 4square!!! 

73 Bill N6CQ

>From ToddD at dci.state.sd.us (Dravland, Todd)  Tue Oct 29 18:48:00 1996
From: ToddD at dci.state.sd.us (Dravland, Todd) (Dravland, Todd)
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 96 10:48:00 PST
Subject: TS940S and TS950SDX receiver fusing
Message-ID: <327659A6 at sdmailgw.state.sd.us>


I remember some discussion on receiver protection fusing for various radios 
back a few months.  Can you refresh me on what is the best location to fuse 
in the TS940S and the TS950SDX.  Also, what is the best way to bring the 
fuse outside the radio without taking a hammer and chisel to the case?? I am 
looking at using the TS950SDX as the main rig and the the TS940S as the 
second rig for SS CW and PHONE at W0SD.  Thanks for your input.  73

todd, WD0T

toddd at dci.state.sd.us

>From kr4dl at mindspring.com (Steven R. Schmidt)  Tue Oct 29 17:40:01 1996
From: kr4dl at mindspring.com (Steven R. Schmidt) (Steven R. Schmidt)
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 1996 17:40:01 +0000
Message-ID: < at pop.mindspring.com>

At 04:55 PM 10/28/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Last Friday I was asked to confirm or disprove a rumor that the FCC 
>tried to run and had problems with the Vanity software for Gate 2. 
>Apparently a small rumor started out of GA.

Georgia?  Tell us who the scoundrel is and we'll run him out of the state!
Surely you must have meant California, or one of those undesirable
northeastern states...  I'm sure whoever did it wasn't really a Georgia native.

>The following was just received from the FCC.
>            Gate 2 was not run or nor was it attempted to run
>            on the 10-24.  Hopefully, we will run the receipts
>            later this week.
>The plan to run gate 2 later this week also coincides with a 
>projected run date that I was given about a week ago.

Well, aren't you up on things!  Sounds like you're qualified to keep us all
apprised of the latest on the exciting vanity front.  Let us know the day
before they do it.

73,  Steve  KR4DL

>From k0rc at pclink.com (Robert Chudek)  Tue Oct 29 17:49:15 1996
From: k0rc at pclink.com (Robert Chudek) (Robert Chudek)
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 1996 17:49:15 +0000
Subject: stateside qso's
Message-ID: < at pclink.com>

At 05:43 PM 10/28/96 EST, Rick Dougherty NQ4I wrote:

>Hi all I don't contribute as much as I probably should...but the thread that is
>starting up has caught my attention, and I feel that some reply is
>necessary...first of all, there has been ample justification to the logging of
>all calls ( ie he may need you for that zone mult) in our pre-contest briefing
>with the ops here at NQ4I, we all agreed that we would make the time to log
>and every qso...not a real problem...now comes the "RUB" and that the
>statesiders who not only worked us once, but they worked us on all six
>bands...and that is where I draw the line...did it happen to you also??  de

Hello Rick and fellow contesters,

Let me step forward and confess to the readers that many years ago during the
CQWW Phone Contest I too made this mistake.  Here's what happened...  I turned
on the radio one saturday and heard the bands filled with DX.  It didn't take
long for the excitement to build and the exchange to be figured out.  I loaded
up the computer and started working stations as fast as I could.  It was
contagious.  It was fun.  I tried to load the CT "Check Call" window with the
same callsign on all bands.  It became a challenge.  DX, stateside, whatever,
it didn't matter.  I had set my own personal goal!

Well the problem with my technique was that I became wrapped up in the contest
excitement and never bothered to read the RULES.  I was quite embarrassed
days later when I discovered the error of my ways!  I'm thankful nobody cut me
to shreds on the air.  I speculate other casual operators get sucked into the
excitement like I did and become the "problem stations" everyone is talking

Now I read the rules BEFORE the contest (and sometimes refresh read during).  I
have grown and learned.  I can tell you about other (non-ham) stupid things I
have done during my life.  And I have grown and learned.

Numerous comments have been made regarding bringing fresh blood into the contest
community.  Chastising a neophyte contester on the air is counter-productive.
Work 'em and move on.  Educate them after the contest.

73 de Bob - K0RC

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