PVRC NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2001
Weekly Wed BWI Regional weekly breakfast. Wednesdays 7:30 am, Basil's Deli, Elkridge Landing Rd near BWI.
Monthly Over-the-Hill Luncheon. TBA.
Apr 5 Thu PVRC/NC meeting
Apr 9 Mon Central meeting at the Virginia location.
Apr 17 Tue Northwest region meeting in Frederick, MD.
Apr 17 Tue Tidewater Colony meeting night.
Apr 20 Fri SWVA meeting at Shoney's in West Salem
May 3 Thu PVRC/NC meeting.
May 18-20 Dayton 2001 Hamvention, Dayton, Ohio
May 26-27 CQ WPX CW. A 5-million award contest
June 1-3 PVRC Reunion-on-the-air. Details in the jumbo may issue!
June 23-24 Field Day. Please support the PVRC W3AO FD effort. K3RA is the organizer.
TREASURERS REPORT by Dave Baugher, WR3L, Treas.
Thanks to all that ordered badges, about 80 in all. Some are still pending being received, so don't worry about them. They are due any day now. Twenty blanks still at The Sign Man. If anyone wants one but has not ordered, please let me know.
I would like to thank the following for donations to PVRC in February and March: N3HXB, W4CE, W4BQF, K3RR, K6ETM, N3FX, WZ3AR, KC8FS, K7LU, N3AM, W3EKT,K9JY, WE9V, N3HQX, WA7LT, W4DM, WR3Z, K4FPF, W3JRY, WK3I, W3TOM, W8JVP, K4TMC, K1SO, K4HOT, K5TK, VK6WW, W4RX, K2YWE, W4HJ, W3LPL, K3IXD, W0CN, KM3V, N8II, K2UOP, K8OQL, W4JVN, and WA8WV.
JAY TERLESKI, WX0B IS THE PVRC SPEAKER IN APRIL.
Jay is an accomplished contester and a practicing Electrical Engineer who has developed a deep understanding of the theory and application of stacking or phasing beam patterns of various antennas. Details of Jay's background and the presentation were given on page 6 of the March 2001 issue of the PVRC Newsletter.
Two briefings are planned. First, on Friday night, April 6th, there will be (or was) a dinner with Jay at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Olive Garden on Route 7 in Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia. This will be followed by a briefing at 7:30 PM at the SAIC Tower Complex (where K4VV works) in a conference room that seats 45+, located very close to the intersection of Rt. 7 and Rt. 123 in Tysons Corner.
Then, on April 9, there will be a dinner at 5:00 PM with Jay the College Park Holiday Inn. Followed at 7:30 PM Jay will speak at the Capitol College.
Jay will use the same briefing materials for both events. He welcomes questions in advance, so that he may be sure to address most of our interests in the sessions. Please send me your questions or specific suggestions for him, and I will combine and forward them with or without attribution, as you wish.
Directions: Holiday Inn: From the Capital beltway (I-495) preoceed north on US route 1. The Holiday Inn is on the left (west) side of route 1. The dinner is in the Tree Room. Capitol College: From the Holiday Inn, proceed north on US Rt-1 and turn right on to Powder Mill Road. Take Powder Mill Road through the Agricultureal Research Center. Turn left on Springfield Road. Travel aprox 1 mile and turn right into the Capitol Collge campus.
Jay will be the third in a series of very knowledgeable speakers, following Tom Schiller, N6BT and John Devoldere, ON4UN.
THE MAY ISSUE WILL BE THE ANNUAL JUMBO EDITION
As usual, the May issue will be the annual jumbo issue with the full listing of all PVRC'er worldwide and announcement of the PVRC reunion-on-the-air. The circulation will be to all members; once a member - always a member.
Please review the REFERENCE PAGE and let K3DI know of any changes. Please let W2GG know if our database info need updating. I suggest that you refering to your listing in the last roster printed in April 2000. Get in touch immediately with K3DI if you would like to advertise in the May issue with a circulation of 700 at the same rate as other issues with a circulation of about 430. The rate is $100/page or $33/one-third page, etc. Deadlines for the May issue.
Roster changes = Apr. 16th Articles & ads = April 20th
PVRC/NC MEETING MINUTES, 3/1/01 by Pete Soper, KC4XG
The meeting was held at Ryans Family Restaurant in Cary and attended by Guy K2AV (chair), Bob K4HA, Chuck K4NYS, Jim K4QPL, Brent KO4PY, Pete KS4XG (notes), Bob N2NFG, Bert N4CW, and Jim WW4M. Regrets from K4MA, AA4NC (preparing to operate from 8P9JA this weekend)
Membership: This was the first meeting for Chuck Wright N2NFG. Chuck is sponsored for PVRC membership by Bob K4HA. Chuck is interested in becoming active in contesting and recently took part in the CQ 160 phone test. Chuck has concrete and components in place for an 80 foot Rohn 25 tower and expects to put a TH7 plus 2 and 6 meter yagis on top. Chuck has been running barefoot up to now but plans to boost his signal with a Hercules II in the future. Welcome Chuck! Membership remains at 39.
Announcements. The chapter will be hosting a table or three for junque clearance and contesting info at the Raleigh Hamfest on Sunday April 8th. There will be "RUFZ Part Deux" to energize the area with some loud and fast CW music and annoy the nearby computer vendor booths, hi.
In conjunction with the Hamfest there will be a PVRC meeting at 11am at the booth for the convenience of members that have trouble making the regular monthly meetings. Details to follow via email.
The annual May special dinner meeting is being planned. Watch for K2AV email.
Well known contester Chad Kurszewski WE9V will be in the RDU area with his wife on the 9th of March and staying a couple days to explore a possible move to this area. AA4NC and K4MA will be hooking up with Chad (KS4XG too if possible) so contact one of them if you'd like to meet.
Pete KS4XG needs help to do a quick tear down of his old antenna farmette in Apex, NC on Saturday March 10th (house going on the market on the 12th!). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. Directions and details will go out on the 6th.
Pre-Meeting Banter. N4CW cracked us up with descriptions of tuning procedures with the early rigs that he and his buddies up North used when Bert was younger. With a 6 watt transmitter Bert "tuned for maximum smoke" using his finger as a power meter (ouch!) while his buddy looked for optimum arcs drawn from a pencil tip he touched to his transmitter output!
Member News. KO4PY was active in the NC QSO party and managed to use TR for logging. Manual post-processing of the log is required for handling mobile stations covering multiple counties but this sure beats paper. Brent will provide example TR configurations and notes for other QSO party support and WW4M will put it on the chapter web site (http://pvrcnc.org).
K4HA suffered through the 160 phone contest with terrible conditions. Bob is heading down with K4CIA and K4NYS to visit Alan K4PB (Alan is a PVRCer now living in south Florida). The plan is to put a TH11, 40 and 30 meter dipoles on 60 feet of Rohn 25 that Allan has gathered up down there. They hope to active the new equipment in time to take part in the second half of the DX test.
N2NFG described his first CW Sprint experience, especially the relief that came when the test was finished! Bob discovered in this contest that his typing speed was the limiting factor. He's considering taking a typing class at a local community college. Bob said he was really energized by Sprint and looks forward to "enduring" it in the future as a means of boosting his skills. Bob amplified K4HA's complaints about the 160 contest. He also recently got a TS940 and said it is clearly out performing his IC751.
WW4M was not on the radio at all last month. Jim is sending out resumes and publishing his thesis. Jim had success with the PVRC reflector advertisement of his FT290R 2 meter all mode rig as K2AV is buying it. Jim would like to borrow or share a station for the WPX phone contest the weekend of March 24-25. His email is email@example.com .
K4QPL described his stress with getting a full 10 team members together for CW Sprint (AA4NC joined in the 11th hour). Jim said he found Sprint very stimulating also and remarked that regular contests seemed to be running at half speed in comparison. Jim also took part in the NC QSO party but gave up on it after just a few dozen painfully sparse contacts.
K2AV described the M/2 DX/CW effort at N4AF. Along with Howie N4AF and Gary W2CS Guy piled up a 9mil score on a weekend of incredible propagation. There was one incredible run on 21.027mhz that lasted eleven hours with the three of them doing super fast operator changes so they never missed a beat.
N4CW was at KC1XX for the DX test as a relief operator. Bert described the awesome station and antenna farm (see http://www.kc1xx.com). All the run rigs are IC-781s and each position has highly automated antenna switching and computer controls. Spots are passed both within the operator's local network and via outside packet traffic. The 80 meter delta loop stack on a 300 foot tower (booms made out of Rohn 25) was aspectacle to behold. Bert will be joining the N4AF gang for WPX but may return to KC1XX for CQWW this Fall.
Antenna Farm Agronomy by KS4XG. In planning an antenna farm at his new home SW of Apex, KS4XG has been doing terrain analysis with a computer. Pete shared some high points with the group, demonstrating his analysis toolkit with a laptop.
Starting with raw terrain data for new station location laboriously gathered by K3KO from computer maps, Pete used some custom Perl programs and the N6BV program "YT" to identify the best combination of antenna placements.
Input parameters for HF signal arrival probabilities as well as a variety of antenna configurations were fed to YT and it's analysis results were extracted and compiled into a database of performance data. The Perl programs automatically executed YT every few seconds for a a few dozen hours to compile a complete catalog of results for individual 2-8 element antennas 35-140 feet above ground and pointing in the six "interesting" directions (EU, AF, SA, OC, JA, AS). The results were compiled once with flat terrain surrounding the antennas and once with the new KS4XG station terrain data.
More Perl code was written to process an "antenna configuration file" that specifies the type, height and band coverage of a collection of antennas as well as which directions they can point. Then for each combination of antenna/band/direction a "figure of merit" is computed as the sum of products of the gain computed by YT for an arrival angle and the corresponding arrival probability (where it is nonzero). So, for example, a four element 15 meter monobander fixed on Europe at 115 feet might have a gain (reinforced or inhibited by the local terrain) of 16dbi for a signal arrival angle of 4 degrees. If the (highly averaged) probability of arrival of signals at 4 degrees from Europe is 15%, then the partial merit is .15*16 or 2.4. For all the rest of the angles with non-zero probabilities partial merit values are computed so that the overall "antenna figure of merit" is derived. So for this example the data might be something like this:
angle probability gain merit 2 deg 10% 15 dbi 1.5 4 deg 15 16 2.4 5 deg 20 17 3.4 9 deg 55 10 5.5 Overall Merit 12.8
(this example data is both fictional and oversimplified for brevity!) So this antenna, for this path and at the specified height above the KS4XG terrain scores 12.8. Additional antennas on the property contribute to an overall "antenna farm figure of merit".
This can be compared with results computed while varying height, rotatability, etc to arrive at the maximum performance with a given set of hardware. This exercise could be repeated with the terrain data of other stations to compare relative performance.
K3KO recently reported some rough comparisons of his location with the new KS4XG location and estimated a 4db advantage for KS4XG on some bearings.
The $64 question is whether the terrain effects predicted by YT are valid. It's actually a lot more than $64 since undoing and redoing antenna placements is an expensive and time consuming venture.
The new KS4XG QTH has a pronounced downhill slope with lots of "ripples" in the terrain in the direction of South America. YT predicts the most effective single antenna height for this path on 10 meters is 35 feet: a much higher antenna is absolutely counterproductive. This is hard to swallow given all the "higher is generally better" messages in the contesting literature. An encouraging contrast however comes from the periodic writings of N4KG on the Towertalk reflector (http://lists. contesting.com/_towertalk). Tom preaches that higher is definitely not always better but for this case on 10 meters YT is preaching that lower is always better! And there are more prounounced terrain enhancement effects predicted for the KS4XG QTH by YT for the low bands. Some of these seem like a "too good to be true" story. Time will tell.
One other interesting conclusion suggested by YT is that upward sloping terrain is not necessarily bad. The terrain at KS4XG toward Europe slopes from 430ft ASL to 450ft ASL over the course of 10000 feet with lots of "dips and bumps" in between. For some antenna combinations there is a pronounced advantage to this undulating terrain when compared with flat terrain.
Next steps are to automatically generate data for stacks and support for specifying these in the antenna configuration files. The Charlotte arrival data also needs sanity checking by seeing that it produces results that are in harmony with the data for Washington and Atlanta. The next meeting will be Thursday April 5th, 6pm at Ryans.
SVWA CHAPTER MEETING MINUTES, 3/9/01 by R. Michael Barts, N4GU
The SWVA chapter of PVRC met March 9, 2001 at the Western Sizzlin in Roanoke, VA. In attendance were N4EL, KA4BSA, K4IQ, WM3T, KF4OKG, K1SO, KG6AR, KC9LC, and N4GU.
There has been a general lack of activity within the chapter with almost everyone too busy with work commit-ments for serious contesting. KG6AR did put in about 6 hours during ARRL SSB and was pleasantly surprised to find that you can actually hear (and work) Europeans on 75m from here on the east coast. All the other 6's think we're making them all up.
Emily, KA4BSA, XYL of Nat, N4EL, was voted in as a new member. She and Nat will be working the special event station K2BSA for the national Boy Scout Jamboree this summer, so she'll get plenty of practice handling pileups before next contest season.
N4EL has a new C3S and rotor to mount on his tower as soon as warm weather arrives. Even sitting in the box the antenna is already improving his contest performance as he experienced the thrill of running Eu on 15m during the ARRL SSB test for the first time this year.
Randy, KC9LC got an Elecraft K1 for Christmas but hasn't had time to get past the parts inventory yet. With the weather warming up maybe the soldering iron will too.
Several members are going to be active for the VA QSO party March 17-18. Jerry, K1SO, is going with the Roanoke Valley ARC, W4CA, up to Bath County for the contest. Anthony. WM3T, will be doing a massive mobile effort with K4UK to hand out lots of multipliers. N4GU is undecided how seriously he will try to defend his single-op title from last year (probably not very).
The next meeting of the SWVA will be April 20 at the Shoney's in west Salem, dinner at 6:00 PM followed by a business meeting.
CARROLL COUNTY PVRC MINUTES, 03/12/01, By Jim Nitzberg, WX3B
The Carroll County PVRC group met Monday, March 12, 2001 at the Westminster, MD Fire Training Center. The meeting was jointly held with the Carroll County Amateur Radio Club.
PVRC Members in attendance were: WX3B, N3YIM, W3XG, WB3AVN, N3FNE, N3VOP, K3CTR, K3IXD, W3ARS, WX3F, W3LPL, NY3A, and N3UN. Guests were N3MNM, N3SOK, KB3EMN, N3ZVI, and William Hoge (W3JJH's son). There were many other hams attending from the Carroll County Amateur Radio Club.
Although there was no formal PVRC business, it was great to see a big PVRC turnout!
There was a reason for the large crowd. We were fortunate to have Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, (from the FCC's enforcement division) speak at our meeting. Riley spoke in his distinctive soft, down to earth and direct way about the work that has been done to clean up the bands over the past two years. Riley is entering his 3rd year of work, and categorizes his success as measured, but with more work that needs to be done.
Riley has a powerful message for all amateurs; the message reiterates our responsibility to monitor how we behave and what we say AT ALL TIMES when we're on the air. This is especially true on the HF bands, where people from all over the world are listening to everything we say. He continues his discussion describing the huge commercial desire for the shortwave spectrum and the importance of maintaining a professional attitude on the air, which is by far the best way of protecting the amateur frequency allocations.
After an hour presentation, Riley entertained questions and received a warm round of applause for a job well done. I encourage those of you who agree that Riley is doing a great job to join me in writing a letter to the FCC Chairman at the following address:
The Honorable Michael K. Powell Chairman, FCC Room 8-B201 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20024
Written letters are preferred over electronic mail.
The PVRC meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m. Good luck to all in the WPX Contest!
NORTHWEST MEETING MINUTES FROM NOTES BY Bob Biss, W8ZA
The NW region met at Tully's Grill in Frederick on 20 February 2001. In attendance were: W8ZA, W3LPL, NE3H, K3WC, K2UOP, K8OQL, N4MM, K3SKE, N8II, K3CTR, N3VOP, N3HBX, N3FX, and WZ3AR.
W8ZA, Bob, chaired the meeting for K3IXD, Ed, who had successful cataract surgery earlier on Tuesday. Bob opened the meeting about 7:20 PM after most everyone had finished having dinner.
John Hoge, W3JJH was voted into membership of the PVRC. He was not in attendance but has already attended the mandatory two meetings. John is sponsored by WX3B. On Johns' behalf Gene, K3CTR and Mike, N3VOP made favorable comments about John and his ham radio activities.
Bob Biss, W8ZA asked Frank Donovan, W3LPL (head of the Packet Cluster) why we were getting all of the west coast spots and also the double spots.
Frank gave about a 10 minute dissertation on what was happening and why. Seems like the packet protocol (designed some 14 years ago) didn't expect the internet to come into existence and therefore doesn't have a means for regionally filtering out unwanted input. (That's my short interpretation -W8ZA). Individually, there are some programs out there that would help, but to take care of it at the hub is big bucks.
Maybe K3DI, Dick, could get Frank to write it up for the PVRC newsletter, since everyone was all ears and interested.
At the end of the meeting it was suggested we go for Mongolian BBQ sometime soon. I said that I would let Ed, K3IXD make that scheduling change.
Everyone was reminded of the Timonium Hamfest and also of Jay Terleski, WX0B, talks on the 6th and 9th of April.
Nice turnout and plenty of conversation during the 2 hours prior to the start of the meeting.
From around the table. NE3H: Joe has moved his node across the Susquehanna River from where it was onto the WITF tower and it is now about 1400' ASL. Joe had a problem with a Stackmatch Box and talked with Jay Terleski , WX0B, who said "You know they have a lifetime guarantee, send it back and I'll replace it". So said and done, but Joe doesn't know what he did wrong to begin with and Jay couldn't figure it out after examination either.
K3WC: Dusty has a NEW Force 12, 80M dipole waiting to go up along with the tower that's been waiting about a year now. He has also acquired a 6M modified SB-220 amp, also waiting for the tower to go up with a 6M beam. Come-on Springtime.
K2UOP: Tom talked about the performance of his Phased verticals on 40M this past contest season but is looking (make that thinking about) putting up a 40M beam atop the ridge where he lives near Romney, WV. Tom also received the pair of rocket launchers that he had ordered and is thinking about putting a catenary line between them and suspending a pair of 80M verticals and phasing them. Tom will be on in the WPX contest.
K8OQL: Jerry is contested out for until the fall season. Jerry was the Star Border at W8ZA this past winter having SO several contests from there along with the major DX contests. Jerry is going to the Visalia Hamfest for the first time.
N4MM: John is also going to the Visalia Hamfest. John was able to put a little time in to support the VA QSO Party recently, for 300+ Q's. He also talked about the multitude of scenarios that the CAC is working on regarding Club Area definition. All In All, probably there will end up being someone (CLUB) not happy with the results. John talked about the code requirement discussions that are ongoing and referred to K1ZZ recent editorial. He also touched on the 40M situation.
K3SKE: Dan said that there wasn't much going on at his QTH regarding ham radio. He is trying to adjust to a schedule of working every other weekend. Dan said that Norm 'NRS was with us in spirit and tried to sign him in attendance. No such luck.
N8II: Jeff was limited to part-time at W8ZA for ARRL Phone this year due to work schedules. When he arrived on Saturday evening and sat down at the 15M position he thought the band had been worked out since there was nothing showing in the spot window...not realizing that the window was set for Multipliers This Band Only...hi hi
K3CTR: Gene has just passed the 1 year mark as an amateur radio operator. He credits Ed & Ed ('IXD & 'EKT) as his Elmers. I didn't catch all of his antenna's but he does have a rocket launcher supporting a Lazy U for 160M and he's really happy he followed 'IXD's advice and got a 746. Gene also upgraded to Extra Class about a month ago. (There is a Cushcraft MA5B tribander on top of the rocket launcher. He has/has had a 40m windom, 6m dipole, and 2m vertical - K3IXD)
N3HBX: John operated the 160M Phone contest and worked NO DX...
conditions were really bad. He also operated 15M SB in the ARRL DX contest and plans on operating the WPX contest.
N3VOP: Mike said that not much was happening around his station.
He's looking forward to the hamfest season getting started.
W3LPL: Frank said that it looks like the W3LPL M/M Crew won the ARRL CW DX contest. WAY TO GO TEAM... Frank stated that his 15m rotating tower worked like a charm. The 6 element 15M beams are 1, 2 & 3 wavelengths above ground. All fed with equal lengths of coax at the tower and all switching done at the tower. It will look different at the OPEN HOUSE from last year when we just watched the bare tower turn. hi hi...
Frank stated that 10M was really hot on Sunday the 18th. He was working VU2ZAP with the high beam when 'ZAP (running 100W, hitting 20db over on the S-meter) asked him to stand-by.. 'ZAP came back running 1W with an S8 signal...asked Frank to standby again and after a few moments of silence Frank switched to the bottom (quieter) antenna and heard 'ZAP asking "Frank, do you hear me?, Frank do you hear me? Well of course Frank heard him...he hears everything, but 'ZAP was running 1 mw.
N3FX: Tony put up an 80/160M vertical made out of irrigation tubing ala ON4UN's book and with the help of a crane. Tony has it working well on 80M but is having some problems with it on 160M.
WZ3AR: Nat worked the NAQP contest to the tune of 100K points. He also put Chincoteague Island, VA (NA-083) on the air recently for 265Q's. Tony N3FX, Nat's Dad said a funny thing happened during that operation. The only resident ham on the island came knocking on the tent to collect his confirmation QSL. W8ZA: I had been asked about my recent surgery. The surgeon removed my left thyroid on the 23rd of February and the growth was found to be benign. They did not have to crack my chest to do it, as was originally feared. I recouped enough by mid-week to call my regular operators and have them come over and operate the station for ARRL DX Phone. The antenna situation is pretty well stabilized and this off season will be devoted to making some antenna switching improvements and tracking down the noise that is distant from the QTH.
The next NW Regional meeting is scheduled for the third Tuesday of April, April 17, in Frederick, MD. The meeting begins at 7:30PM with members showing up for dinner about 6:00PM.
Thanks to W8ZA for chairing this meeting and writing up the notes. de K3IXD.
OVER-THE-HILL LUNCHEON by Bill Leavitt, W3AZ
The Over-the-hill Group met at the location, where Andy, W3XE made arrangements in the past, at noon on Wednesday, March 21. The location is the Holiday Inn at the intersection of the Beltway and route 1 in Beltsville, MD. Those attending were W3CB, K3ZO, K6IR, W3GN, K3WX, AA4XU, W3UJ, W3ABC, and W3AZ. It is hoped to continue meeting here once every 3 month as in the past. W3GN brought in some old magazines and pictures. Conversations were directed toward pre World War amateur activities, equipment, etc.
N3RR Beverage Rx Antennas
(From http://users.erols.com/n3rr. Bill's yard approximates a triangle; the west street frontage is 575', northern side is 388' and the third side is a zig-zag hypotenuse with 3 break points. His web page has pictures and a site plan. editor)
In the summer of 2000, three of my EWE antenna feed lines became part of the shredded output of the lawn tractor. I have used EWE antennas since 1994. Their performance was "OK", but they never lived up to my expectations and never allowed me to really run stations on 80 meters in contests.
Obviously, my 80 meter rotatable dipole @ 149 feet was a star performer, but when I called CQ and could not pick out the weak EU stations calling me, I didn't want to be an "Alligator", so I needed to look for alternatives.
In the fall of 2000, I was talking to PVRC president, Brian, N3OC, who mentioned that when he was operating V26B they used short Beverages and they seemed to work "OK". When he said short, he meant on the order of 200 feet or so. Well, I had installed the EWEs because I thought I didn't have the room for Beverages. When Brian mentioned 200 feet, I decided to take another look.
It was already too late for the "two biggies" CQWW CW and SSB, so I wanted to see if I could install something for ARRL DX CW and SSB in 2001.
I looked at the plot plan of my property. As you see, I was able to shoe-horn in some Beverages. Here are the details.
One of the first things I did was read John Devoldare's, ON4UN, book: "ON4UN's Low-Band DXing", published by ARRL, Third Edition, 1999. Chapter 7 is the one to read if you want to know about Beverages. There's lots to learn in John's book, so I will not go into it here. I will give you the details of my installation though.
After thoroughly studying ON4UN's Chapter 7, I determined that I would be able to squeeze-in a 300 foot cone-of-silence (see page 7-9 in John's book) Beverage antenna and keep it in my back and side yards without having to go into the front yard. This was important since I had not yet told the XYL what I was going to do and I didn't want her to worry that there would be antennas in the front yard. So, I asked her to help me build a 300 foot Beverage!
We had several weeks of nice WX in January, 2001, so, with my XYL's help, one Saturday we constructed a 300 foot Beverage, aimed at Europe (45 degree heading) using commercial bamboo poles and some intermediate trees as supports. It wasn't pretty. The antenna wire varied in height from 6 feet to 10 feet. The last 50 feet of wire at each end I sloped to ground where I installed a 4 foot copper-clad ground rod. The bamboo supports were not as strong as I had estimated and they bowed dramatically once the 300 foot wire was attached, even though I supported the wire every 50 feet or so. I needed to find a better solution for future support masts.
At the feed-point, I used a K1FZ KB-1 Beverage transformer box. This box has a SO-239 connector at one end and two binding posts at the other end. The "guts" is a 9:1 impedance-matching transformer, just right for Beverages (and EWEs). I purchased five of the K1FZ boxes in anticipation of installing several Beverages!
Well! On-the-air results were fantastic! On the 75 meter DX frequencies 3793 KHz and 3797 KHz, I was able to hear EU signals like I've never before. On 160 meters, the noise levels were reduced and the S/N levels were increased. IT WORKED and I was very excited!
I looked at my property plot plan and decided to install an East-West pair the next week. ON4UN's book says that these kinds of antennas should be mounted on separate masts, separated horizontally the same distance as they are above the ground. I asked my friend Frank, W3LPL, and he confirmed it. I then walked my property and concluded that I did not have enough room to separate the two Beverages by 10 feet (their proposed vertical height). Doing so would put one of them in the woods. So, I proceeded to design a single-mast, dual Beverage system with the antenna wires separated vertically by 1 foot. Again, I discussed this with W3LPL. He was concerned that there would be cross-talk between the antennas and thereby reduce the front/back (F/B) ratio. He also made a critical suggestion - If I want to implement a 1-foot vertical separation of the antennas, I should use independent ground stakes for each antenna. That meant that I needed to install four ground stakes, two for each Beverage (as normal). Frank suggested separating them by 2 feet on the ground.
I then asked Frank about the support masts he uses. Frank told me he uses an 8 foot iron "T-Post", driven into the ground about 3 feet, topped with a five foot fiberglass T-post. The fiberglass T-post is attached to the iron T-post with a stainless steel hose clamp. The Beverage antenna wire is then tie-wrapped to the fiberglass T-post at the 10 foot mark, or so. I recalled that I was at Frank's house one day last fall when he was installing these T-posts and I saw what he was using. Little did I know then that I would soon need to use this knowledge. So, I went to the Southern States hardware store and bought some supplies. The 8 foot iron T-posts were not available, so I settled for the 7 foot version.
Using ON4UN's book, I determined that the cone-of-silence length I could squeeze-in East-West would be 275 feet. That seemed very short for 160, but that's all I could fit in.
I used the 7 foot T-posts and drove them into the ground two feet. Based on my first installed iron T-post, I estimated that it would support the antenna wires even though it was only two feet into the ground. Certainly, it would work better than my first attempt using bamboo. I installed all five of the iron T-posts (every 50 feet, except the middle two at 40 ft) I then installed the 5 foot fiberglass T-post on top of them and had my five 10 foot supports! Now it was time for the wire.
Again, I turned to Frank, W3LPL, who said he used #12 THHN stranded wire for his Beverages. He also recommended that I "angle" the ground stakes into the ground so that the tip of the ground stake in the ground was about 6 inches closer to the center of the antenna than the end of the ground stake that protrudes out of the ground. That way, the antenna wire may be attached to an insulator and the insulator attached to the ground stake without worrying that the wire will slip off the ground stake. I used the same antenna wire for both sides of the insulator.
The installation of the East Beverage began. I started at one end, attaching the wire/insulator to the ground stake and sloping the wire up to the first post-set which was 50 feet from the ground stake. At the 10 foot mark, I pulled the wire as tight as I could and tie-wrapped what would be the top wire to the fiberglass T-post and continued to the last T-post. Then I pulled the wire as tight as I could and attached the wire/insulator/wire to the ground stake at the other end sloping the wire 50 feet from the last T-post to ground stake.
I left a pig-tail of the antenna wire at each end and at one end, I installed a 470 Ohm 2 watt resistor between the antenna wire and the ground stake using open screw-on connectors available at electrical supply houses. At the other end, I inserted the K1FZ box between the antenna wire and the ground stake. Then I connected my RG-8X feed-line that I bought at the RF Connection.
I repeated the process for the West Beverage, this time mounting the wire at the 9 foot mark, one foot below the East antenna wire. Frank had asked me to report on my F/B test results, and I was, of course, anxious to see myself how well it would work.
What a world of difference that antenna made. After several days on both 80 and 160, listening to EA8, KH6, CT, T32 and others, I was seeing 20 dB F/B even on 160! I could null-out T32RD using the East Beverage, yet he was armchair copy on the West antenna on 160! BOY, did that convince me!
Because the iron/fiberglass T-post design was superior to the bamboo method I had previously used, I decided to install a new NE Beverage using this T-post design that I learned from Frank. But before I just replaced the 300 foot antenna, which worked very well, I thought I'd ask some other low-band users what they use and ask if they thought a 500 foot Beverage would work better than a 300 foot Beverage. I had taken another look at my plot-plan and determined that I just might be able to put up a 500 ft Beverage if my XYL would allow me to use the front yard. More about this later.
I spoke to Jon, AA1K, about the technical details. He told me that 500 ft would definitely be better than 300 ft, even though 500 ft was not a cone-of-silence length. Frank, WB3AVN, said the same thing. I also asked Jon whether it was necessary to slope the last 50 feet ends of Beverages to the ground. ON4UN's book goes into much detail about the need for this. AA1K said that none of his Beverages are sloped due to the population of deer at his QTH. They would run into sloped wires 50 feet long! Jon also said that he does not notice any F/B or F/S degradation due to not sloping his Beverages.
Well, the population of deer at the N3RR QTH is also large, but I wanted to test sloping/non-sloping Beverages anyway. So, I decided to slope the E-W Beverage, but not the new 500 foot Beverage.
As I installed the 500 footer, I did decide to slope the feed-point end from 10 feet to 6 feet over the final 50 feet. From the 6 foot level, I would take a rather sharp angle to the ground stake/feed-point.
Well, the results are in: All three antennas perform excellently! The F/B on the 500 foot EU Beverage is 20dB and the loud EU signals are just about as loud as on my 149 ft high rotatable dipole except that the S/N is increased. I do have a 20dB pre-amp in the shack that I can use when necessary. The noise reduction of the Beverages is fantastic, much better than the EWEs I had used. During the 2001 ARRL DX CW contest, I called CQ on 160 for the first time in a contest. I ran 20 EU stations during that 1/2 hour. Conditions were great and my 500 ft Beverage was great as well!
Likewise, the 275 ft Beverage worked very well, even on 160. While I still have one EWE still in use (South), I will be replacing it with a 200 foot Beverage this Fall. I'll also add a SW wire at 9 feet to the 500 ft Beverage as well.
As far as how well or better the sloping-end 275 foot Beverages performed than the non-sloped (or partially-sloped) 500 foot Beverage - I think that sloping the ends doesn't help much. I notice no degradation in F/B of the 500 foot Beverage when using my South EWE as comparison. But, I may slope the ends of the 500 foot Beverage when I reinstall it this fall, deer and all, just to see if there is any difference.
The big news is that short, 275 foot long Beverages do work and they work better than EWEs. I plan to replace that South EWE with a 200 foot Beverage this fall.
Oh, how did I get to use the front yard for the additional 200 feet? I told the XYL that I would remove the Beverages each spring and re-install them in mid-October to allow us to mow the lawn. That meant the front yard Beverage was "temporary" and it was approved! After all, you can see it from the dining room window. :-(
Editors note: I visited ON4UN in 1995 and noted that his Beverages were also "temporary." He used his neighbors farm land after the crops were removed. John mentioned that one fall was late and he was not able to reinstall the beverages unti the day before the CQWW-SSB. -K3DI
PLANNING STARTED FOR FIELD DAY.
Rol Anders, K3RA is already getting pepped up for the big field day operation by PVRC-W3AO. It will take a bigger on-site team as well as off site folks supporting a record breaking Field Day. This year, the local CT network will be working to help pass home stations among their some 26 band modes stations. This is most important at VHF/UHF where the operators are most likely to be begging for QSO's from local members and the masses of non-members. The W3AO site will again be at KE3Q's dad's place in Tolchester MD, with 12 to 15 or more 50 foot towers installed right on the bay on a 35 foot cliff. W3AO will be glad to QSP all FD messages.
S C O R E S by Bob Dannals, W2GG
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160M CW RESULTS (FINAL 3/6/01)
CALL QSO ST DX SCORE
SINGLE OP HIGH POWER W4ZV 1171 58 52 456,940 W4MYA 1138 58 51 397,632 N4CW 842 56 30 183,782 K4ZW 710 50 34 174,468 N3OC 568 53 34 143,898 K3SV 604 ## ## 126,984 W3EKT 307 47 23 60,340 W4YE 325 50 16 55,704 N4MM 306 46 20 54,978 K2UOP 280 43 23 50,952 K4VV 340 42 14 47,096 N3UM 257 43 17 40,080 K2PLF 270 45 9 34,560 N3AM 276 43 8 32,538 K8OQL 204 42 6 22,752 N8II 157 34 17 21,930 K3MM 150 (50) 19,150 WM3T 192 41 4 19,035 W2YE 159 36 4 14,360 W4HJ 142 35 5 13,280 N4TL 61 25 1 3,406
SINGLE OP LOW POWER K1HTV 704 54 24 135,876 K7SV 507 49 24 92,415 WJ9B 567 52 14 85,932 N2NFG 507 50 18 80,784 W2GG 331 39 13 41,548 K3SWZ ### ## ## 37,950 WK4Y 250 40 6 25,300 K4QPL 195 38 4 17,934 W4VC 184 (41) 16,564 W3CP 158 (40) 15,040 K2YWE 137 35 3 11,742 WX3B 107 (32) 7,712 N3UN 101 33 0 7,458 WB4DNL 39 (23) 1,932 SINGLE OP QRP WK3I 545 (62) 75,454
MULTI OPERATOR NY4A 1036 55 50 356,790 W3UR 598 53 38 177,000 K4MA 496 51 34 119,000 W2XL 746 57 31 87,224 W4NF 423 47 26 82,198 K3KO 450 51 20 81,863 N3AM 276 (51) 32,538 W3HVQ 167 37 22 30,267 WA4QDM 250 42 5 26,367 K3DI 185 49 5 24,246 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 46 LOGS CW TOTAL 3,644,999 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Multiop operators: Single op plus packet unless indicated below. NY4A N4AF W2CS W2XL K4HA (plus 1 nonPVRC) ARRL DX CW FINAL (03/22/2001)
CALL BND QSO CTY TOTAL
SINGLE OP HIGH POWER K3ZO 3556 419 4,469,892 N4ZR 2899 357 3,104,829 K2PLF 2085 396 2,475,792 W3IO 1267 328 1,244,760 N3UM 1016 293 893,064 W4YE 965 294 851,130 W3AZ 908 270 735,480 K2UOP 779 299 698,763 W4BQF 1027 205 629,760 W4ZV 10 1752 113 593,928 W2YE 633 237 450,063 W3GN 651 224 437,472 W4IF 358 161 172,914 N3JT 370 149 165,390 W4VC 341 144 147,312 K6ETM 297 162 144,342 N1KC 267 143 114,543 K3SV 80 328 67 65,727 W4ZYT 50 36 5,400
SINGLE OP LOW POWER N4YDU 1589 355 1,692,285 N1WR 1570 324 1,525,068 WJ9B 1561 302 1,404,300 N4MM 732 305 669,780 W3CP 674 250 505,500 W3DAD 629 207 390,609 K1KO 449 169 225,615 AA4KD 386 193 223,494 N3UN 331 155 153,450 K4QPL 185 102 56,610 W4HM 80 178 56 29,904 WB4DNL 105 83 26,145 W4SD 103 ## 19,776
SINGLE OP QRP WD3P 188 113 63,732
SINGLE OP ASSISTED N3RR 2749 493 4,065,771 W4NF 2292 443 3,046,068 K3KO 1544 411 1,903,752 N4ZJ 1645 381 1,880,235 W3EKT 1081 419 1,355,046 W3IO 1267 328 1,244,760 W3HVQ 1028 371 1,144,164 N3AM 963 374 1,080,486 W3UJ 951 335 955,755 W3UL 638 260 497,640 K3SWZ 70 44 9,240
MULTI SINGLE W4MR 3376 471 4,708,116 WR3L 901 101 275,427 WX3B 491 145 212,715
MULTI TWO K4JA 6351 580 11,049,000 NY4A 5495 550 9,051,900 NR4M 4061 501 6,091,659 W8ZA 2778 474 3,948,894 K3DI 1673 387 1,937,709
MULTI MULTI W3LPL 8693 672 17,504,928 W4MYA 6749 603 12,189,042 N4RV 1814 405 2,202,797 DXPEDITIONS HR6/N4MO 1600 60 288,000 (10 m only) R3/K3NA 378 100 113,400 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 57 LOGS CW TOTAL 111,143,333 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
OPERATORS: K3DI K2YWE K3DI plus 1 non-PVRC K4JA W4JVN K9GY K9JY WE9V 1nPVRC N4RV N4RV N4VV NR4M K7SV NR4M K4EU K1SE K4GMH K4EC WA4JUK NY4A K2AV N4AF W2CS W3LPL W3LPL K1HTV W2GG ND3A K3KU AI3M K3LP K3MM N3OC K3RA K3RV KD4D K4ZW W4MR K4MA AA4NC W4MYA K4GAU K4WMS KC8FS N3SB W4HJ W4MYA WA4PGM WA4QDM WA8WV WX3B WK4Y WU4G W8ZA K8OQL N8II W8ZA WD3A 1nPVRC WR3L AA3SC KA3TUL WX3B WX3B N3SB
CQ 160M SSB #3 (Mar.28.2001)
CALL QSO ST DX SCORE
SINGLE OP HIGH POWER W4MYA 1043 57 24 200,070 N3HBX 654 51 8 85,078 K2UOP 594 51 11 81,964 K3KO 250 44 5 27,342 W4HJ 282 38 4 25,914 K2PLF 179 37 2 15,444 N3UM 152 32 6 13,414 N4CW 145 31 2 10,362 WA4QDM 100 28 3 7,099 W2BZR 96 24 2 5,590 4U1WB 52 16 1 1,819
SINGLE OP LOW POWER N2NFG 430 45 7 48,776 WK4Y 340 32 3 25,025 N4MM 172 43 5 18,384 K4TMC 146 32 2 10,608 NA1DX 173 27 1 10,360 W2GG 118 29 4 8,778 W3EKT 112 27 3 7,950 K3DNE 160 26 1 7,344 AD3F 70 (23) 3,427 W3CP 61 (22) 3,014
SINGLE OP QRP
MULTI OPERATOR K3IXD 301 40 6 30,774 K3DI 123 34 3 10,286
DXPEDITION HA/W0YR 536 1 54 152,570 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 24 LOGS SSB TOTAL 811,392 47 LOGS CW TOTAL 3,674,159 71 LOGS MIX TOTAL 4,485,551 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Guest Operators: 4U1WB AJ3M op.
Multiop operators: Single op plus packet unless indicated below.
ARRL DX PH #4 (Mar.28.2001)
CALL BND QSO CTY TOTAL
SINGLE OP HIGH POWER K4ZW 3612 410 4,442,760 K3ZO 3475 418 4,357,650 KV3R 1345 312 1,257,984 N3HXQ 1058 288 911,520 W4ZV 10 2265 130 883,350 N4MM 753 290 655,110 K2UOP 866 299 776,802 N4CW 764 229 524,868 KS4XG 15 1433 108 463,968 N3UM 581 246 428,778 W3AZ 599 208 373,776 W2YE 557 208 347,568 N3JT 499 160 239,520 W2BZR 421 159 200,340 N4ZR 369 170 187,680 N3UN 331 148 146,964 W4YE 276 126 104,328 W4ZYT 250 126 94,500 K3GV 216 111 71,928 N3HS 10 247 69 51,129 N4EL 15 239 69 49,473 W3JRY 155 96 44,640 K3IZ 109 78 25,506 K3SV 80 77 44 10,164
SINGLE OP LOW POWER KC8FS 1451 291 1,266,723 W3MR 1250 291 1,090,000 W3UJ 1003 282 848,538 W3DQ 643 233 449,457 N4YDU 558 206 406,644 K6IR 324 149 144,828 K4QPL 243 129 94,041 AA4KD 202 127 76,962 K3DSP 10 308 77 71,148 WB4DNL 172 109 56,244 W3CP 10 215 64 41,280 K1SO 143 89 38,181 K3CTR 116 68 23,664 W4SD 10 100 ## 11,400 N3EYB 38 27 3,078
SINGLE OP QRP
SINGLE OP ASSISTED N3RR 2605 491 3,837,165 N3AM 1274 365 1,395,030 N3HF 1113 368 1,228,752 W3EKT 1010 338 1,024,140 K3IXD 948 334 949,896 N3HBX 15 1324 127 504,063 NA1DX 537 273 439,803 W3HVQ 521 281 439,203 K3KO 505 281 425,715 W3UL 564 234 395,928 K3GEG 461 263 363,729 W3OU 417 210 262,710 N8CH 136 87 35,496
MULTI TWO K4JA 6008 566 10,201,584 W3GNQ 2373 468 3,330,288 MULTI MULTI W4MYA 4821 539 7,701,771 N4RV 1820 423 2,309,588 K3DI 1093 370 1,221,000
DXPEDITIONS 8J9JA 8639 328 8,500,776 HR6/N4MO 2950 59 380,550 (10 m, LP) MM0LEO 300 72 64,800
Special Operation from FLA K4HA@K4PB 26 24 1,872
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 60 LOGS PH TOTAL 66,284,481 57 LOGS CW TOTAL 111,143,333 117 COMBINED TOTAL 177,427,814 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LAST YEARS RESULTS (SSB & CW) Club Logs Score YCCC 253 394,997,526 FRC 164 322,686,531 PVRC 119 173,331,348
OPERATORS: 8P9JA K4MA AA4NC K3DI W3OQ K3DI K4JA K4JA K9JY WE9V W4JVN plus one non-PVRC N4RV N4RV K4VV W3GNQ W3ZZ N3OC W3RFC WI2T W3GNQ + one non-PVRC W4MYA KF4QQY N4DEN N4EHJ NK4H W4HJ W4MYA WA4QDM WK4Y plus one non-PVRC
CQ WPX SSB (#2 03.27.2001)
CALL PWR BAND QSO MULTS SCORE
SINGLE OP - UNASSISTED NY4A C 10 2152 883 4,447,671 N3HBX C 10 1187 629 1,832,906 W3UJ B TS 997 530 1,349,910 K2UOP C 903 499 1,136,223 4U1WB C TS 1095 494 995,410 N4MM C 798 496 984,064 N3UN B 709 417 756,855 W2GPS C TS 725 419 713,138 K3DSP B 644 415 653,210 KC8FS B TS 612 381 612,267 N4YDU B 507 336 426,384 N3FX C TS 490 329 411,908 K3GV C 436 292 299,884 W3UL C 381 270 235,170 N3HS C 300 243 199,746
* SINGLE OP - ASSISTED KV3R C 1558 740 2,823,840 NA1DX B 752 498 989,526 W2GG B 814 485 979,700 K3KO C 450 443 559,066 K3IXD C 450 341 391,809 K1SE B 147 132 41,052
* DXPEDITIONS TI7/N4MO 10 2113 712 3,574,240 7J1AOE B 322 195 174,330
A = QRP B = LOW POWER C = HIGH POWER TS = TRIBANDER + SINGLE ELEM 160-40 BR = BAND RESTRICTED R = ROOKIE - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 23 LOGS SSB TOTAL 24,588,309 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - OPERATORS: 4U1WB AJ3M 7J1AOE K3DI NY4A W4ZV
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CENTRAL: The Central Meeting is always the second Monday (except June, July, and August) at 7:30 pm. The central meeting generally alternates between MD and VA locations. A pre-meeting dinner is usually held between 5:00 and 6:30 pm. Check via 147- repeater. VA LOCATION: The Patrick Henry (Public) Library, Route 123, Vienna, VA. MD LOCATION: Church of the Nativity (Episcopal), Route 5, Temple Hills, MD. Pre-meeting dinner at Topoleno's Restraunt about 5:30 or 6:00.
NORTHWEST: Ed Steeble, K3IXD, 410-489-7616(H), firstname.lastname@example.org, Optional dinner about 6:30 and meeting at 7:30 on third Tuesday of every month at Tully's Grill, 1080 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD. Same center as Shoppers Food Warehouse. Talk-in is 147.000 (-) MHz. Essentially includes WVA too.
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