Cushcraft 40-2CD on a Ring-rotor

Lee Hiers AA4GA aa4ga at
Sun Sep 29 15:32:28 EDT 1996


Anybody using such a combination?  If so, what are you doing about 
the boom truss?  Is the truss really necessary?  


Lee Hiers, AA4GA
Cornelia, GA
aa4ga at   

>From ka8okh at (Rich Dailey, KA8OKH)  Sun Sep 29 16:39:54 1996
From: ka8okh at (Rich Dailey, KA8OKH) (Rich Dailey, KA8OKH)
Date: Sun, 29 Sep 1996 12:39:54 -0300
Subject: SOA
Message-ID: <199609291641.MAA14951 at>

>I think W3LPL has summed it up the best - if an entrant claimed to be in one
>category when he was a participant in another the answer to handling his
>entry is simple - Disqualification.
>Now for the hard part....proving this.
>But how do you prove someone is ease dropping? Beyond a shadow of doubt - or,
>since we are a litiguous people, beyond threat of a law suit.

    I don't believe there is any possible way to prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

>Years ago there were traps set in one of the big contests for a contester who
>enterred s/o that was believed to be ease dropping...sure enough he went for
>the bait...logged a Q with a station in a juicy multiplier that wasn't even
>on the air that had been spotted....gotcha.

    I would like to believe that everything that is spotted on the cluster is/was really
    there, even if I can't hear it at that moment.  Besides, it seems that this type of
    trap would snare even "innocent" contesters into checking a freq for a multiplier
    that doesn't exist.  No, "trapping" a contester just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

>Until there is a way to prove someone is ease dropping, people apparently
>feel they can lie and get away with it. This is a sad statement about those

    If everyone were allowed to do it, would that not quench the eavesdropping
    issue?  I think the only way to solve this would be to permit packetcluster 
    spots in SO, and dissolve the SOA catagory.

    Things change.  I was away from the hobby from 84-90.  Those years saw the
    introduction of affordable computers, controllable radios,  packet, and
    DX Packetcluster.  Then we witnessed the emergence of the contest logging 
    software - the glue that tied it all together to help make contesting one of the most
    exciting aspects of our hobby.  Now contesting was always exciting to me.  But
    now we had more tools at our disposal.

    Now we are in 1996, and these tools have become as common as the claw hammer
    and screwdriver in the majority of contester's toolboxes.  Some of us (like myself)
    have only recently begun to exploit these software and hardware tools... but
    you have to agree that these things are more commonplace today than they were
    6-7 years ago.  More affordable, too.

    What were the reasons for creating the SOA catagory?  I was out of the game
    at the time, so I would like to know.  Was it to separate the few who had the
    "unfair advantage" (i.e. computers, packet, cluster)?  If so,  I think the tables
    have turned enough over the years to justify some kind of change.

    I think that the contest minority has become the majority over the last several years.

    These are just my opinions. I'd like to hear yours. <click - asbestos heat shield activated>

Enjoying the discussion,
73... rich

p.s. - Anyone got the parameters for a Conner CP30087i hard drive?
Rich Dailey - KA8OKH <ka8okh at>
Somerset Electronics Co. - Somerset, KY
Expert repair on all major brands of CATV line/headend, & TVRO equipment.
Opinions expressed here are of my own unique design.

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