Jan-Feb 97 NCJ arrives

HENRYPOL at aol.com HENRYPOL at aol.com
Fri Jan 17 13:07:20 EST 1997

Stopped by the PO box this morning on the way to work.  Wow, winter has
really arrived here in Raleigh.  The temp was in the teens with wind chill
bringing it down to around 0.  The weathermen are saying its going to be this
way through the weekend.  Doesn't look like I'll do any last minute antenna
work for the NAQP Phone contest this weekend.  When I got to work and looked
at the front page of the local paper, featuring an 82 year old lady with cane
plodding through a 20 foot (!) snowdrift to check her mail in Minnesota, I
felt much better about my situation, but sorry for hers.  Anyhow, the latest
NCJ arrived along with a fishing magazine and two fishing supply catalogs.
 With QST and CQ Contest having arrived eariler this week, looks like there
will be plenty to read during any dead time of the contest.

So, what's in this issue of NCJ....

Front cover photo of the HC8N crew - KW9KW, N5KO, VE3EJ & HC1OT, and
antennas. No details inside!

Scores/Results: August 96 NAQP SSB and CW; September 96 Phone and CW Sprints;
96 IOTA, 96 WAE CW, 96 PACC, 96 JIDX CW, and 96 UBA(N. American only). 

Feature articles:  96 CQ WW CW at W7RM; Profile of VE6JY; Low-Band Contesting
from the Black Hole; Who's Who? - A Vanity Reference; NCJ Cumulative Index,
1973-1996 (NOW, When can we get all of this on a CD?!!); and :-) 101 Ways to
Determine True North :-) (Note, I am not posting this on the Towertalk
reflector :-)).

Regular columns: VHF-UHF Contesting - more on the MFJ-9406, VHF contest
logging program; Contest Tips, Tricks & Techniques - single tower antenna
farms; and Propagation.

That's all.....

Due to recent problems with AOL, I am planning to switch all of my e-mail to
Juno in the next weeks.  Does anyone have any horror stories about Juno?

73 and good reading,
Henry Pollock - WB4HFL
henrypol at aol.com
henrypol2 at juno.com

>From n4bp at shadow.net (Bob Patten)  Fri Jan 17 18:34:04 1997
From: n4bp at shadow.net (Bob Patten) (Bob Patten)
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 13:34:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject: FSFD (50 States) Update for Jan 17 (fwd)
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.970117133336.13932A-100000 at hyper>

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Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 11:09:13 -0500
From: Jim Hydzik <congress at magpage.com>
To: Low Power Amateur Radio Discussion <qrp-l at Lehigh.EDU>
Subject: FSFD (50 States) Update for Jan 17

Hello ALL,      (QRP activity info at  http://www.dancris.com/~ki7mn)

The 50 States In 50 Days (FSFD) activity started Jan 01 and runs through
Feb. 20.  Below is a the schedule of States for the next few days.  We will
attempt to provide digested schedules of states/times/bands/freqs. to help
reduce message traffic to the reflector.  Typically, only 1 message per day.
                                          ALL TIMES UTC
Jan. 17  Friday  KENTUCKY KC4O, Roy  1400-1420  FRI-UTC    7.042
                                     1430-1445             7.118
  E-mail Roy for any spcl.           1500-1520            14.059
   times or freqs.                   1700-1720            10.115
                                     1800-1815            18.078
                                     1830-1900            10.115
                                     2100-2120             7.042
                                     2130-2200             7.118
                                     0000-0100   SAT-UTC   7.042
                                     0100-0120    "   "    7.118
                                     0130-0200    "   "    3.710
                                     0215-0400    "   "    7.042

                                     0100-0230   SAT-UTC   7.035-40
Jan. 18 Saturday  LOUISIANA #2, K5RV, Brian 
                                     1600-1730   SAT-UTC  14.055-60

   | Look at MI-QRP Contest this weekend; Info-Jan QST |
   | Start 0700 UTC 1/18/97    End  2359 1/19          |

Jan. 18  Saturday MAINE  WA5CVM, Joel 0000-0300  SUN-UTC    7.040
                                      0300-0400  SUN-UTC    3.560
Jan. 19  Sunday   MAINE, WA5CVM, Joel 0400-1300  OPEN  See Note
                                      1300-1400      UTC    7.040
                                      1700-1900            10.115
                                      1900-2200            10.060
                                      2200-2400             7.040
  Joel will handle special requests: email jdenison at aisp.net
      or (non-collect) 1-207-778-5099
  Joel will work until 15 minutes after top of the hour if no reply

Jan. 20 Monday  MARYLAND       NF3I, Scott     TBA

                        N3REY, John  1000-1200   MON-UTC   3.555
                                     1201-1300             7.042
                                     1301-1400            10.116
                                     2000-2200            10.116
                                     0001-0200   TUE-UTC   7.042
                                     0201-0300    "   "    3.555


Jan. 21 Tuesday MASSACHUSETS WA1QVM  2000-2100       UTC  14.057
                              Joel   2100-2200       UTC  10.108
                                     2200-0100             7.037
                                     0100-0200   WED-UTC   3.557

     KANSAS    KANSAS  WA0EAF, Gary  0100-0300   WED-UTC   7.040
                                     0330-0500   WED-UTC  10.110
                                       If 30M dead, then   3.560

     KANSAS           KB0PZD, Bruce  2100-2300       UTC  14.060
                                     2300-0100             7.040

                             KG0MZ, John    TBA


Jan. 22 Wed. MICHIGAN    WA8CLZ, Byron 2000-2200     UTC 14.060-062
                                       2200-0000          7.041-043
   NOTE: Byron will also do MI on      0000-0500 THUR-UTC 3.697-700
         Jan. 25 on 18.085 15-2000z

                             W8KC, Paul          TBA

                             WA8CDU, Bill        TBA

                             W8RU, Ron           TBA


Jan. 23 Thursday MINNESOTA   K0EVZ, Doc

                             N0UR, Jim

               WEST VIRGINIA  K5IID/8  0100-0330   FRI-UTC  7.055
                                       0345-0500   FRI-UTC  3.535

Jan. 24 Friday WEST VIRGINIA  K5IID/8  1230-1300       UTC  3.565
          Tom will be active all day,  1330-1400            7.055
          signing K8IID/8/WVA and ck   1500-1530           10.110
          Novice segments of active    1530-1630           14.045
          band at 15 min past the hr.  1700-1730           21.065
           Sugg. 7.112 & 3.708 MHz.    1730-1800           28.065
       Tom will also be available on the 160M contest Friday night

 MS          MISSISSIPPI  K5XU, Mike   0100-0330  SAT-UTC   7.042

Most every sign-up came with a note saying they would go longer if busy.
Frequencies are +/- QRM & typ. may reach as far as 3-4 KHz from posted freq.

CALLING CQ:  A suggestion.  If we call CQ WAS  or  WAS QRP de K6....  etc,
we give those not on QRP-L an indication of what we're doing.  FSFD type
calling might be too cryptic for all but ourselves.  However 'FS' is fine
when busy.  Exchange RST, State/Province/Country, and Name.  Power level is
nice to know.

ALASKA & HAWAII:  Jim-AL7FS is back from Hawaii and will activate ALASKA as
soon as KL7Y's 40M beam repairs are complete.  Watch for Jim's postings.
Thanks to him for the HI effort.
KB0ROL is in HAWAII until Jan. 25 and will post his time/freq info to the
group when ready.  Best guess is Thursday 0200-0400 UTC on 20M or 40M.  More
info soon.

If you want to sign-up for an upcoming State, e-mail band/freq/time directly to:
                         congress at magpage.com
Thanks for all the responses/encouragement and suggestions.  Lets have a blast!

Jim  K3QIO  Wilmington, Delaware  

>From jmarchand at ecrm.com (MarchandJohn)  Fri Jan 17 19:15:19 1997
From: jmarchand at ecrm.com (MarchandJohn) (MarchandJohn)
Date: 17 Jan 1997 14:15:19 -0500
Subject: Petition (100W)
Message-ID: <n1358611953.86975 at macgtwy.ecrm.com>

Motion seconded. All in favor?
Count me in.

Thats a good idea, I bet I'll be one of the few who will crank the power =
to 100 watts!!

k1rc at mail.glci.net
From: sdelling at facstaff.wisc.edu on Fri, Jan 17, 1997 13:05
Subject: Re: Petition (100W)
To: Chad Kurszewski WE9V
Cc: W9NQ at ccis.com; merchant at silcom.com; cq-contest at TGV.COM

Chad Kurszewski WE9V wrote:
> I know you guys were comtemplating this recently, but to make it =
> I hereby petition you to reduce the NAQP transmitter power down to =
> You know the reasons, so I know I don't have to get into it.  Let's =
> do it.

I'll second that.


Scott  K9MA
sdelling at facstaff.wisc.edu

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>From k3ww at fast.net (Charles Fulp)  Fri Jan 17 19:48:35 1997
From: k3ww at fast.net (Charles Fulp) (Charles Fulp)
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 19:48:35 +0000
Message-ID: < at pop.fast.net>

As I recall that 150 watt power level for the NAQP was THE big
reason I traded my IC 765's for 781's some years ago.  The
FT1000D or whatever came out about the same time at 200, watts,
and the trend seemed obvious.  I believe 150 is the break point
in several other big contests.  

I have missed more NAQP's than I make lately, so would abstain
from a vote, but just to give some food for thought...
The conditions last weekend were perhaps the best in quite a few
years of NAQP, and if the YALE science report about the next
50 years being sunspotless, is true, then this might be a poor
time to think about reducing power.
Of course the scientists from Yale could be wrong, but Our President went
to Yale (Last 2 at least for that matter), and they only speak/spoke the
truth, right?

73 Chas k3ww at fast.net

>From tonyjw at primenet.com (Tony Wanschura)  Fri Jan 17 20:17:22 1997
From: tonyjw at primenet.com (Tony Wanschura) (Tony Wanschura)
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 14:17:22 -0600
Subject: Low Power limit
Message-ID: <32DFDE50.4323 at primenet.com>

While we're on the subject, how about also restricting power in the NCJ
SPRINT contests to 100 watts?


>From rocker at datasync.com (Ray Rocker)  Fri Jan 17 20:17:47 1997
From: rocker at datasync.com (Ray Rocker) (Ray Rocker)
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 14:17:47 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Low Power limit
Message-ID: <199701172017.OAA31828 at osh1.datasync.com>

> While we're on the subject, how about also restricting power in the NCJ
> SPRINT contests to 100 watts?

I second that motion.

-- Ray WQ5L

>From n4to at ct.net (Victor A. Dubois)  Fri Jan 17 22:43:10 1997
From: n4to at ct.net (Victor A. Dubois) (Victor A. Dubois)
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 17:43:10 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4-port serial card
Message-ID: < at ct.net>

I just received one of these cards recommended on the reflector and it
looks like a beauty, has 4 serial and 3 parallel ports and is made by Sun.

I'm not a computer expert, but I've seen recommendations on setting up the
ports on these multi-port cards that work, and don't produce conflicts.
Would appreciate a repeat of the info as I lost/misplaced the info.


Vic   N4TO
n4to at ct.net

>From thompson at mindspring.com (David L. Thompson)  Fri Jan 17 23:03:42 1997
From: thompson at mindspring.com (David L. Thompson) (David L. Thompson)
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 18:03:42 -0500
Subject: CQ WW 160 Contests Are Coming
Message-ID: <199701172249.RAA87932 at mule0.mindspring.com>


The CQ WW 160 Contests are coming soon.  Get your antennas ready and lets
hope conditions are good for both weekends.

Last Minute Announcements:

1.      Please keep the Dx Window Open for Intercontinental QSO's.  There
should be NO USA/VE to USA/VE or EU to EU contacts between 1830 and 1835Khz!
EU and USA/VE should only answer DX  not call CQ.   Stay off the edges
especially on SSB.

2.      Please do not send any logs via E-mail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  My internet
computer is  used 8+ hours a day in my business and  I do the log checking
on my lap top or older 386 desk top!   I will accept
a diskette with only a summary sheet and dup list to save mailing the entire
paper log.   Hand logs are gladly accepted!    My plan is to be ready with
an automated computer in 1998..just no time or money this past year to get
the project started.

3.      For our West Coast Multi Ops we have two new plaques starting this
set of contests.  Jim Wilson N7JW is sponsoring the CW and SSB Zone 3 Multi
Op plaque.   Yes this includes everyone in Zone 3 including VE7.  Jim and I
expect to see a record number of entries going after the plaques!!!!!!!!

73, Dave K4JRB
CQ WW 160 Meter Contests Director

>From Fatchett.Mike at tci.com (Fatchett, Mike)  Fri Jan 17 22:46:48 1997
From: Fatchett.Mike at tci.com (Fatchett, Mike) (Fatchett, Mike)
Date: 17 Jan 1997 15:46:48 -0700
Subject: Small DX-Pedition type antennas
Message-ID: <0145B32E0015802A*/c=us/admd=attmail/prmd=tci/o=mailhub/ou=msmaildos/s=Fatchett/g=Mike/@MHS>

I am looking for any input on small antennas that I can take to KP2 land   
with me.  I have heard about a shorty dipole that is all band and only   
42ft long, is it any good?  Would a vertical be better?

Any suggestions would be appreciated


>From k7jj at ix.netcom.com (Dave Earnest)  Fri Jan 17 22:58:33 1997
From: k7jj at ix.netcom.com (Dave Earnest) (Dave Earnest)
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 14:58:33 -0800
Subject: CE0 - W7KJJ Never a QSL route
Message-ID: <32E00419.41C67EA6 at ix.netcom.com>

I still get a few cards for CE0 San Felix and Juan Fernandez.  I am
not, and never have been, a QSL manager for anyone.

73, Dave K7JJ (ex: W7KJJ)
k7jj at ix.netcom.com
Morgan Hill, CA

www: http://www.netcom.com/~k7jj/k7jj.html

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