June-July 2001 Newsletter
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The paper edition was mailed at 3pm on Friday, June 9, 2001
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PVRC CALENDAR
Weekly               Wed
BWI Regional weekly breakfast. Wednesdays 7:30 am, Basil's Deli,
Elkridge Landing Rd near BWI.
Monthly
Over-the-Hill Luncheon.  TBA.
June 7               Thu
PVRC/NC meeting
June 15              Fri
SWVA meeting at Shoney's in West Salem
June 16              Sat
Open house at Frank Donovan W3LPL, 3055 Hobbs Road, Glenwood, MD
June 19              Tue
Northwest region meeting in Frederick, MD.  Location TBA.
June 19              Tue
Tidewater Colony meeting night.
June 23-24
Field Day.  Please support the PVRC W3AO FD effort.  K3RA is the
organizer.
July 5               Thu
PVRC/NC meeting
July 21              Sat
Open house at Paul Hellenberg K4JA, Hamton Hall Rd, Callao, VA
July 21              Sat
Swap fest at Cary, NC.  Info from Jim, WW4M
July 28
Joint FRC/PVRC meeting at Old Troy Park, Morris Co, NJ 12N to dusk
See directions:  http://communities.msn.com/YCCCFRCParty
Aug 18               Sat
Fowlfest at W3YOZ park in Churchton, MD
Sep 30               Sun
PVRC meeting at the F.A.R.fest 2001 at PG Stadium in Bowie, MD
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    We regret to report the passing of Frank Hoose, K4RZ of
    New Bern NC on 5/14/01. Frank was a long time member of PVRC.
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HAMFEST CALENDAR (JUN-OCT)  (WITH UPDATES FROM K3SWZ)
Jun 9           Sat       Bloomsburg PA
Jun 9           Sat       Winston-Salem NC
Jun 10          Sun       Knoxville TN Hamfest
Jun 17          Sun       Frederick MD
Jul 1           Sun       Wilkes-Barre PA
Jul 4           Wed       Harrisburg PA
Jul 7           Sat       Salisbury NC Hamfest
Jul 15          Sun       Kimberton PA
Jul 21          Sat       Cary NC Hamfest
Jul 28          Sat       W Carolina, Waynesville NC
Jul 29          Sun       Timonium MD
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Aug 4           Sat       Roanoke VA Hamfest
Aug 5           Sun       Berryville VA
Aug 11          Sat       Westmister MD
Aug 12          Sun       Shrewsbury PA
Sep 1 & 2       Sat/Sun   Shelby NC Hamfest
Sep 9           Sat       Poconos area PA (QTH?)
Sep 15          Sat       Allentown PA
Sep 16          Sun       York PA
Sep 30          Sun       F.A.R.fest, Bowie MD
Oct 7           Sun       Howard County MD
Oct 14          Sun       Wrightstown PA
Oct 21          Sun       Sellersville PA
Oct 21          Sun       Westminster MD
Oct 28          Sun       Carlisle PA
JOINT PVRC/NCDXA MEETING ON JUNE 16TH AT W3LPL
The joint PVRC/NCDXA meeting will be held on Saturday, June 16th, at
Phyllis and Frank Donovan's, 3055 Hobbs Road, Glenwood, MD.
Festivities begin at noon.  A local caterer will serve several
varieties of BBQ for a modest fee.  There will be lots of liquid
refreshments as well.  The event goes on rain-or-shine.
The directions below should allow you to find the W3LPL QTH from
wherever you might be wandering.  You can pick up a Maryland state
highway map at the rest area on I-95, just south of Rt 32 (Exit 38).
The MD state map shows Hobbs Rd very clearly.
Directions to W3LPL QTH from I-95:
Exit I-95 at Route 32 West (Exit 38B).  After 8 miles Rt 32 becomes a
two lane road.  Two miles later, pass through a pair of traffic
signals at Linden Church Rd.  Three miles beyond Linden Church Rd you
will encounter another pair of traffic signals.  Turn left at the
second of these signals onto Burntwoods Rd.  Follow Burntwoods Rd for
1.7 miles and turn right on Hobbs Rd.  Park in front of the towers.
Directions to W3LPL from I-70:
Exit I-70 at Route 97 South (Exit 76) towards Olney.  Follow Rt 97 for
2 miles and turn left at the traffic signal onto McKendree Rd.  (small
shopping center at this intersection)  Follow McKendree Rd for 1/2
mile and turn right on Hobbs Rd.  Follow Hobbs Rd for one mile and
park in front of the towers.
Directions to W3LPL from Georgia Avenue (Rt 97) in Montgomery County:
Follow Georgia Av north through Olney, Brookville and Sunshine into
Howard County.  Five miles north of the traffic signal in Sunshine,
turn right onto Burntwoods Rd.  Follow Burntwoods Rd for one mile and
turn left onto Hobbs Rd.  Park in front of the towers.
REPORT ON WRTC-2002 SELECTION PROCESS by Brian McGinness N3OC
As most of you are aware, the CCF and SARL are co-sponsoring WRTC-2002
next July in Helsinki.  The 13 largest contest clubs in the US have
been invited to vote on nominees for the ten (10) US Team Captains.
The selection process is different this year.  In past years, the US
contest clubs were able to directly nominate a member to be their Team
Captain.  This year, all nominees are pooled together by east coast
and west coast, and all of the 13 largest contest clubs will be voting‘
five votes for west coast (W5,6,7,0) nominees.
I elected to use PVRC's board of trustees as our selection committee.
We received very little notice, with a tight deadline, so I did not
feel there was time to assemble some other process.  And, the trustees
represent the various outlying regions nicely, with eight of them now
plus the four club officers makes a selection committee of twelve.
We debated the merits of giving priority to PVRCers, or not, giving
priority to first time WRTCers, or not, and to negotiate votes with
other clubs, or not.  Some trustees had feelings on both sides of all
the above issues.
So I elected to have the 12 selection committee members cast 10
"votes" just like PVRC will get, 5 for east coast and 5 for west
coast.  I will then total those votes, and cast PVRC's vote
accordingly.  I will announce how PVRC voted, but not how individual
trustees voted.  Hopefully there will not be any ties.  I may break
any ties myself, hi hi.
Most serious applicants have posted their resumes on
www.contesting.com, so I forwarded all that information to the
trustees to aid them in their selections, and also how many previous
WRTCs the nominees had been to previously.
Within about a week, we should know how we are voting.
FORCE 12 DISCOUNT PURCHASE by Jim Horton, N3KTV
Now that Dayton is over and you did not get there to buy your antenna,
you still have time to join the discount purchase through PVRC.
Please pass this message to any PVRC members that you know who is
inactive and may not receive the PVRC NEWSLETTER.
This offer is similar to last years offer, except the shipping will be
to your address.  The discount is for 15% off all products from the
2001 Catalog Price.
The details are:
-  PVRC will collect the members' orders for FORCE 12 products at a
flat 15% discount off the 2001 Catalog prices.  All of the discount is
to the members.
-  The discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other FORCE 12
promotion or sale (including Dayton specials).
-  You pay for regular price for shipping.
-  Shipping is to your address.
-  FORCE 12 will take payment by check or credit cards for your
portion of the order.
-  PVRC coordinates and consolidates the order. (That's my job.)
If you are interested in participating or have any questions, you can
get in touch with Jim Horton (N3KTV) via [email protected],
home 301-258-9731, or FAX 301-977-7962
Send me your NAME, CALL SIGN, EMAIL ADDRESS, POSTAL ADDRESS, PHONE
NUMBER, and FORCE 12 PRODUCT(s) you are interested in purchasing.
Sending me a note now does not obligate you to order.  It gives me an
idea of who is interested, how many antennas and what other products
we are looking at.  We are looking to finalize the order at by the end
of June.
You can checkout all the Force 12 Antenna selection at‘
Sites/Force 12 Catalog)
OPEN HOUSE AT K4JA IN VIRGINIA ON JULY 21ST
Paul and Betsy Hellenberg invite you to attend the July K4JA PVRC open
house on July 21  2001.  Time 12 Noon until ?  A lunch will be served
around 1 PM.  Tours of the New K4JA contest station and grounds
located on 123 acres.  Featured will be the separate contest house,
antenna/tower workshop ,5 rotating AB-105 towers with stack OWA mono
band antennas, a new SA fixed tower. Also a preview of the Giant 80M 4
square and the 160M tower 4 square.
Hiking trails are available for those that like to walk through the
woods.
Please RSVP for food count to:
[email protected]  or
Paul Hellenberg, Hampton Hall Road, PO BOX 339, Callao, VA 22435 or
804 529 7787    804 456 2099 Cellular
Detailed directions are available via a
message to [email protected] or his web site at www.k4ja.com.
Briefly:
From the West.
From Richmond, take Rt 360 East about 1 hour to Callao (Junction of Rt
202 & Rt 360).  Turn left (North) on Rt 202 at go 2.5 miles tp K4JA.
You will pass Hyacinth 0.5 miles before K4JA.
From the Northeast.
Take Rt 301 to the intersection of Rt 3.  Take Rt 3 Southeast for 26.6
miles to Rt 202.  Travel Southeast on Rt 202 for 14.8 miles to K4JA.
From the Northwest.
Take I-95 to Exit 130A East onto Rt 3.  Proceed on Rt 3 for 49.5 miles
to the town of Montross.  Watch for a left exit onto Rt 202 at the
south end of Montross.  Travel SE on Rt 202 14.8 miles to K4JA.
Note: K4JA is on the east side of Rt 202 and is 600 feet south of the
junction of Rt 202 and County 621.
V25A WPX CW 2001 by Brian McGinness, N3OC
Once again I decided to return to Antigua for WPX CW, with the
intention of starting to get the station ready for CQWW in October,
and having some fun as well.  This year I was accompanied by Carsten,
DL6LAU, a member of the Bavarian Contest Club (BCC).
The V26B station is a multi/multi station of the FRC that is rented
out for anyone who wants to go down, subject to availability.  It can
accommodate anything from full multi/multi to single op QRP.  It was
started in around 1993 by WT3Q, N3BNA, KA2AEV and AB2E.  Since then it
has grown to probably the largest station in the Caribbean.
Unfortunately, located in a 2-point country, it has a hard time being
#1 when serious efforts are on from 3-point countries. (9Y, P4, PJ9).
Maintaining a multi-multi station in the Caribbean is a tough thing.
The V26B station has seven towers and stacks on ten through forty, and
with the few days a year we are on the island to maintain the station
it is a miracle anything works.  So coming down in May equals more
free time to enjoy the beach in October.
Rotors may last only 2-3 years down there, and a hurricane at any time
can be devastating unless we can get the antennas down in time.  The
towers are intentionally kept short enough that they survive most
hurricanes.  Walking through the jungle behind the station you can
always find twisted pieces of antenna elements from previous
hurricanes.
Carsten arrived Tuesday evening and began checking things out.  I
arrived Wednesday afternoon, snuck through customs as a tourist,
obtained V21N's jeep for the week, drove to the Transport Board to get
a drivers license (hi), and headed out to the station. V26B is about a
ten minute drive from the airport, which is always handy.  And yes,
they drive on the left, a little crazy but maybe not as bad as in
Jamaica.
On my arrival Carsten started showing me some of the problems we would
have to fix.  The 10m stack had a bad rotor, and a dead bottom
antenna, the one fixed on the USA.  The top Hygain 15 meter antenna
had the tips snapped off each side if it's reflector, but the driven
element and the rest of the directors seemed OK.  The bottom fixed 15
had been manually rotated by some dummy right into a guy cable that
was bending it's reflector. Our stack of Force 12 20m monobanders,
rivets and all, have survived several hurricanes and are a bit bent up
but they are tough little antennas.  We have the parts to fix them but
don't to honor the storms they have survived!  When the reflector gets
too short, it becomes the driven element.  When that gets too short,
it becomes the director!  Then we discard the element. hi.
And luckily both the shorty-40's appeared intact, and rotating.  Our
3-element 80m wire beam into Eu was working fine, and we noted the
2-element wire beam into the US was now a 1-element.
But not too bad, we thought.  We have a lot of spare parts stashed
down there, so I can rebuild rotors and stackmatches and most antennas
on the spot.  So we swapped out the 10m rotor with our new "pigtailed"
version without any terminal strip to corrode, and repaired a burned
out PC board on the stack match control box.  Our very nice 3/3/3 10m
stack was now 100%, and by the way it beat Team Vertical by over 1000
QSOs on 10m!
The broken reflector was hopeless without more manpower and some
tubing, so we decided to use it as it was, now a 4-el monobander
without a reflector.  But it seemed to be fine.  The last step was to
fix some mis-wiring on the 40m stack match, and we had all our antenna
systems up and working.  Due to the extreme heat and the summertime
contest, I decided not to fix our beverages, which are constantly
dragged down by the roaming cattle.
We stayed at the shack instead of the hotel, so it is third-world
contesting at it's best.  As long as you consume your food before the
ants, mice, or roaches do, you are fine.   But the shack has a great
fridge, so as long as you didn't leave things out it was OK.  The air
conditioners in the station are maintained by yours truly, purely for
self-preservation.  And the station has a very large diesel generator,
powerful enough to run a multi/multi and keep both air conditioners on
in the shack.  It formerly had an automatic transfer panel, now it has
a doorbell to punch to remotely start the generator, and a manual
transfer switch inside.  In years where there were hurricanes, we have
a lot of power outages, as many as seven one year.  That year, we ran
most of the contest on the generator.  Without it, we would have been
had many many times.
Inside the shack these days we have a phone line that is on just for
us, and a couple of full size PCs that can connect to the internet.
So we can be on packet via the internet for a whole 48 hours if
needed.  Since we only had two ops, we decided not to bother with
packet.
Carsten and I agreed that we would do 6 hour shifts, and change ops
every 6 hours throughout the weekend.  That was a little long, but
with only the two of us there was not much else we could do.  This is
the same shift that is used by the V26B M/M ops, but there are usually
extra relief ops on any shift then.  There would be no relief this
time.  If you got out of the chair, we would loose our frequency and
rate.  One initial goal was to run at an average rate of at least 100
per hour, for 48 hours straight.  In a CW contest with a serial
number, that is smoking.  I think the 6Y1A guys worked a lot of QSOs
with their multiplier station, we did not, we ran 99% of ours, never
missing a CQ for 48 hours straight.
The station worked well for us.  Our rig was Carsten's TS-850, and my
AL-811 amplifier.  I didn't bring my Alpha because of the summertime
baggage embargoes.  I had to bring an amp that was small enough to
sneak on as a second carry-on.
V26B is plagued by the ABS (Antigua Broadcast Service) shortwave
station which is about 1/2 mile from our QTH.  They transmit 250kw
with an erp in the millions of watts, with huge curtain arrays on very
large towers.  We have to have bandpass filters on ANY rig to even use
it there.  But with aggressive use  of NQN receive filters, and stubs
on our amplifiers, and sometimes even stacked filters, we usually
manage to co-exist with them.  The telephone and internet connection
have stacked k-com filters on them to remove the BBC or Deutsche Welle
broadcasts from the phone line.
After the contest, we were able to use the internet to see that we
might be #2 worldwide for the multi-single category, behind 6Y1A.  We
were both staying some extra days, so we relaxed at the various
beaches on the island, and drove around quite a bit, through the rain
forest to look at the mango, fig and palm trees.  We also had dinner
several times with a friend of Carsten's from Trinidad, and laid the
seeds for a possible future operation from a 3-point country (from
Tobago).
We rode through a couple small villages with some political turmoil
over development going on, with their village blockaded at each end by
burned out cars, boulders and old telephone poles.  There was just
enough room at each end for one car to pass, and or course they were
not interested in bothering any tourists, they were waiting for the
government to throw rocks at them!  But the prime minister went over
there a few days ago, and things are beginning to calm down in "Old
Road".
Our good friend the Telecommunications Officer had just recently
granted the licenses to the opposition political party for radio and
TV stations, and the whole island was electrified with Observer Radio,
which was doing a very professional job on asking the government some
tough questions.  Every village we rode through, we could hear
Observer Radio, since we were listening to it too!
So in all we had a great time.  I hope some of you who have never had
a chance to do something like this have enjoyed reading what's
involved.  Find yourself a vacation QTH and get on the air (safely)!
A VIEW OF "DAYTON" VIA THE EYES OF A FIRST TIMER
by Nate Moreschi, N4YDU
After being involved in the wonderful hobby of amateur radio for more
than 11 years, I finally ventured to Dayton Ohio for the world's
largest convention for ham radio operators.
John Dorr (K1AR), one of the top radio contesters in the world,
summarized my first trip to Dayton in two words -- sensory overload.
The description was perfect.  Not only does Dayton provide a flea
market with more equipment (both new and used) than people can look
at, but it is a meeting place for more than 10,000 people from all
parts of the globe.
It was amazing to finally meet the voices behind the radio.  Every
time I turned my head, I saw someone I knew, but had never actually
met.  It was truly overwhelming.  One thing was clear in all of the
organized mayhem -- amateur radio is a great fraternity and I felt
truly welcome in the presence of so many great people.
My trip to the mecca of ham radio conventions began on Thursday
morning, and I was already meeting new people.  My friend Bill
McDowell (K4CIA) and I departed from Raleigh with Joe Curlott (W4CTG)
and Neill Singletary (K4ESE).  I have heard Joe and Neal (both from
Wilmington) on the air several times over the years and as many other
people I met, they were exceptionally nice.
Joe experienced a nightmare on Thursday that could have ruined the
trip for him.  When we checked into the Crown Plaza Hotel, he couldn't
find his wallet.  Joe scurried back to the van to search for it but
had no luck in finding it.
Joe replayed his actions throughout the day and feared he had dropped
it at rest stop near the Ohio and West Virginia line after setting it
down in his lap to pay for a road toll.  The look on Joe's face and
the rest of us was of disbelief.  There was $1,700 cash in the wallet
and we all knew the chances of someone returning it to the police was
slight at best.
Joe called the highway patrol of Ohio and to his delight the wallet
had been returned by two ladies out on a trip.  Amazed by the good
fortune, Neal and Joe traveled to a highway patrol station and picked
the wallet up with everything still in it -- amazing.  It's great to
know there are still some honest people in this crazy world.
After that chaos was settled, it was time to focus on the convention
and running around the hotel meeting as many people as possible.  I
had some great conversations with radio operators from Argentina,
Brazil, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and many, many more.  In all there
were probably people from more than 70 countries at the event this
year.
I spent an extended period of time with Bob Henderson (from Cyprus,
callsign 5B4AGN), and found it most enjoyable.  Bob has operated from
all around the world, and his stories were quite entertaining.  Bob's
most recent endeavor was to Tristan Da Cunha Island in the South
Atlantic ocean.
Being an amateur radio contester, I was looking forward to Saturday's
contest dinner.  There were more than 325 people at the event and once
again I experienced sensory overload.
I was walking around in a daze looking for a place to sit, and by
chance I sat down with Jim Stevens (K4MA) and Will Roberts (AA4NC) of
Raleigh.  Also at the table were several Texas contesting legends,
including Mike Hance (K5NZ).  I was amazed at how well I clicked with
the people at the table.  We spent the rest of the evening conversing
about contesting and many other topics.
Mike introduced me to another contesting hero, Ralph "Gator" Bowden
(N5RZ) and it was nice to see such a successful contester with a
down-to-earth demeanor.  In fact, most of the people present were
easily approachable.  There were a few exceptions, but once conversing
about radio topics, everyone seemed to let their guard down.
As far as buying equipment from the flea market goes, it doesn't get
any better.  Before I left for the trip, people told me I wouldn't
believe all the stuff there -- and they were right.
The outdoor stuff was difficult to look at on Friday because of the
rain, but I did find a great deal on an antenna for a current project.
The only problem was it was too big to fit in the car.  Duct tape to
the rescue!  We fastened the massive mound of aluminum to the roof of
the van with rope and tape.  Needless to say, the antenna made it home
safely, although missing a few nuts and bolts that rattled off
somewhere in the fine streets of Ohio.  That roll of duct tape
experienced a lot use throughout the rest of the trip.  The uses for
the miracle tape are endless.
I'm still beaming with excitement after the four-day experience to
Ohio, and I'm already planning a return trip next year.  The single
component that makes me the happiest is the welcome that so many
people greeted me with.  It was an experience that I will never
forget.
THE CQ WPX PHONE CONTEST STORY OF AK3Z M/M at WX3B
by Jim Nizberg, WX3B (This article was received in April - editor)
I am still in a state of amazement that our team was actually able to
set up, test and operate a 5 position high power Multi-Multi station
from my house for the WPX contest!  John Chesley, AK3Z, and Steve
Beckman, N3SB were instrumental in lending equipment and setting up my
shack before the contest.
We had a great time, and as advertised, we were a Part Time, (FUN!)
Multi.  There were only a few evening hours where the station was
anywhere near it's capacity of operators.  Most of the time it was one
or two people operating, and that was part time.  The station was
opened at about 8:30 p.m. Friday night and shut down at about 2:30
a.m.  Saturday day was a vacation day due to other previously planned
activities.  It re-opened for family contesting time again Saturday
evening and closed early Sunday morning.  We re-opened at 6:30 A.M.
Sunday morning for 10 meters, and did some part time operating with
one or two operators until the end of the contest.
Our personal highlight for this contest occurred Saturday night, when
two father/son teams (New Blood!) arrived simultaneously.  John Hoge,
W3JJH and his son (KB3GHE) were at one position, and Steve (Sorry -
don't have his call) and his son Andy were on the other low band spot.
John is getting seriously hooked on contesting (we have the pictures
to prove it) and it's possible that William will follow his Dad's
footsteps.  John went from No-Code Technician to extra in one day, and
became a PVRC member just in time for this contest.  Congratulations,
and Welcome, John!
It was the first time I had the pleasure to meet Steve and his son
Andy.  When I asked Steve "Do you know much about contesting" he
replied - "well, I used to contest a while ago".  I discovered that
his knowledge was better than advertised when he knew how to operate
the radio, handle the packet interface, "pounce", and even diagnose my
Heil HC-4 boomset failure quickly after he noticed a definitive lack
of audio and no responses to his calls.  Thanks to a quick
replacement, he was back in business.
This contest was particularly challenging for me for two reasons:
First, in my mind, I thought it was scheduled for the weekend of the
30th.  I took that weekend off, cleared all responsibilities I had,
only to find out I got the weekend wrong.  Our dedicated effort just
got downgraded to the status of Part Time.  The next wrench that got
thrown in was a business trip that took me out of town until Friday.
I watched all my flights leave as I was at work, and then showed up at
5:45 for my 5:45 flight.  Needless to say, I arrived at my house, to
see an impressive array of operators at midnight calling CQ.
The other problem I hadn't counted on was the local area network of
PCs.  I deliberately chose writelog as my logging software and quickly
built a LAN the replicated what we have at my office.  Of course, we
don't have 5 1KW radios at my office and it took me 4 tries at hubs to
settle on the "slow" kind (i.e. 10 MB/Second).  The Auto-sensing hubs
kept getting very confused when RF was detected.  I need to re-think a
shielding mechanism so that RF does not get into any aspect of our
LAN.  I also ran into 'problems' linking the network together from a
software perspective, but I'm confident that most of them will end up
as 'operator error' as well.
Here's a run down on some of the other activities:
Steve Sluz, NY3A was seen not once, but TWICE at the shack.  Steve is
a CW contester, but I think he'd admit he had a great time.  He
brought a companion with him, and she was seen wearing headphones at
one time!  Perhaps we have a new YL contesting recruit.
John Chesley, AK3Z was seen fishing for those good high-point
Multipliers on 40 meters.  This can be particularly challenging when
you're running a Windom antenna up 30 feet at the peak!  It is even
more challenging when RF getting into your computer removes the
vertical component of your mouse motion!  Thanks to John, however, we
had a snazzy call sign for the contest, and he will graciously respond
to the QSL's.  John also donated headphones, and a really cool Kenwood
TL-922 amplifier for contest use.
Steve Beckman, N3SB was the master of ceremonies in my absence.  He
was greeted at the beginning of the contest by fussy PCs that wouldn't
network, a packet system that didn't work, and a 160 antenna that had
been blown down to about 7 feet above the ground.  In spite of all the
challenges, he managed at the last minute to bring packet back up
(threw the blow-down packet antenna back up a tree), and get the
computer network operational.  Steve also got the award for the best
run rate during the contest.  He was heckled during his runs by mobile
stations that were out running errands during the day.
Clint Brosenne, W3ARS was slugging it out in the pileups and running
stations on 75 meters.  Upon my arrival at BWI airport Friday evening
- I put at HF antenna on my car and found Clint immediately, only to
hear him engaged in a battle for his run frequency.  Had it been me, I
would have given it up and found a new one, but Clint stuck to his
guns, politely told the South American station how long he had been
running there - and the YV said "ok - don't worry about it, I'll
move.".  This was a station with a recognizable call sign, too.  Clint
had birthday part obligations for the rest of the weekend, but he did
find us on a few bands from his house!  Thanks Clint, we look forward
to future efforts with your involvement.
Joe Ebaugh, N3YIM arrived at 6:00 a.m. sharp and woke me up - he was
ready to go.  Joe worked 15 meters for awhile while he waited for 10
to open.  Once ten was hot, he took the chair and did a combined run
and pounce effort good for several hundred QSOs.
Steve Beckman and Jim Nitzberg ran a few hundred more stations each to
complete the effort.  We ended up with 1800+ QSO's and about 3.3
Million points.
Another bright spot of the operation was how well our 40 meter dipole
performed on 15 meters.  When you're short on antennas, it's amazing
what works.  Several hours on 15 yielded run rates averaging 90/hour -
with those nice blasts of close to 200/hr for 10 minutes!  We were
being called by JA's, DS's, etc.  I guess it was the guys on the other
end of the QSOs with big antennas.  I'm sure it helped that we had a
'rare' prefix and were being spotted frequently.
We saw our highest rates on 20 meters - where at one point N3SB was
totally out of control.  He ran a pile of European Russian and other
stations that was quite impressive.  Steve also won the award for
trucking in the most equipment to the shack.  There were microphones,
cables, a computer, and two top of the line radios - the Kenwood 850,
with all filters, and Steve's prized (new) possession, the Yaesu
FT-1000MP.
I was very impressed with the Dunestar band pass filters.  None of the
radios were getting into each other, (once we put the 160 antenna back
up!) and three of our antennas were within a few feet of each other.
I had expected all types of RF troubles - yet all radios and antennas
performed flawlessly!
There was a midnight BBQ shared by Steve and Jim at 1:00 a.m. Sunday
morning as an energy booster prior to resuming the pileups.  Actually,
things had slowed down after midnight and we shut down at about 3:00
a.m. that morning.
This was so much fun I think we'll do it again for WPX/CW.  The only
question left is:  Who's call sign will we use for this one?
THE N3RR LIGHTNING PROTECTION SUBSYSTEM by Bill Hider, N3RR
Lightning protection is a "must" for every ham station.  Because the
N3RR station is designed to be a top-ten, single-op assisted station
and also be a PacketCluster node serving southern Montgomery County,
MD and northern Fairfax County, VA, the design of its lightning
protection station must include provisions to keep the station on the
air, 24 x 7 x 365 even during lightning storms.  So, I undertook to
design the station so that all equipment inside the shack is always
hooked-up to its AC power and to its antenna(s).
This Newsletter article is a shortened version of the complete article
that appears on my Website: http://www.erols.com/n3rr (click on
"Lightning Protection Subsystem" in the System Design table).
Sub-system Considerations.  There are several individual items of an
amateur radio station that must be considered when designing a
lightning protection system:
Personnel in the shack, the Ham Shack/house, electronic equipment in
the shack (TX, RX, AMPS, PCs, and the like), electronic and electrical
equipment elsewhere in the house, rotors and their controllers,
antennas, tower-mounted relay switchers, and the tower itself.
Lightning Protection Design Overview.  First and foremost, I abided by
all of the specifications in ANSI/TIA/EIA-222-E in effect at the time
I implemented my system, 1994. (The current specification is
"-F-1996").  Second, nearly all of the lightning protection design I
used was derived from Polyphaser Corporation.
The Ground Grid.  Central to any lightning protection system is the
grounding system, or ground grid, to which is attached the lightning
protection elements and to which all ground busses/wires are attached.
Pictorially, here is the ground grid system I implemented at the N3RR
QTH.
(The ground grid diagram appears in the paper edition of this issue.
You may see this diagram on N3RR's web page.  editor)
I used a combination of CadWelding, Andrew Corporation components, and
Polyphaser 1.5 inch copper strap with SS-30 anti-seize compound from
Jet Lube to affect the ground connections.
Also, I used 8 foot copper-clad ground rods with 16 foot spacing
between them. I used Andrew Angle Adaptor Kit Type 31768A (Andrew
Catalog 38, Page 600) to attach the ground wire to each tower leg and
each guy anchor.
Coax Cable Lightning Protection.  I installed a Hoffman steel box at
the base of each tower and at the house, as the Single Point Ground
("SPG). On each coax line, I am using  Polyphaser DC-Block, bulkhead
lightning protectors (model IS-B50HN-CO*), appropriate for the
frequency band/power level needed.
For the rotor/switching control lines, I am using Polyphaser IS-RCT*
8-conductor rotor cable lightning protectors
All coax cables and the 1.5 inch copper ground strap connect to the
SPG panel in the shack where individual coax cables and ground cables
connect and distribute their signals to equipment, switches, and other
ground points.
The 1.5 inch copper strap is also connected to the main AC panel
ground and is routed out of the basement window where it becomes a
*continuous* run of copper strap forming the ground grid connecting
the SPG/AC/TELCO grounds together on the OUTSIDE the house.
Whole-House Lightning Protection.  To further ensure that my house is
protected, I use a Joslyn Model 1265-85 whole-house lightning
protection device at the power panel. With this whole-house lightning
protection device, I am much more comfortable that high voltage AC and
lightning will not destroy/harm sensitive electronics equipment at the
N3RR QTH (Ham and non-Ham equipment).
On my Website, there are 45 hyperlinks to photos of the installation,
how to install ground kits, reference links to manufacturers'
products, and more.  Obviously, this was too much material to include
in this Newsletter article and I encourage you to click on
http://www.erols.com/n3rr and see how I designed and implemented the
lightning protection system for the N3RR station.
PVRC-NC APRIL MEETINGS MINUTES; REGULAR/RARSFEST by Guy Olinger K2AV
On hand (5th) K2AV, AA4NC, KE4GY, K4QPL, K4HA, KO4PY, NT4D, N4CW,
K1MW, N3NPQ, WW4M, N4HAF, K3KO, N4YDU, K4CIA, K4MA (16).  First
Meeting: N4HAF, K1MW.  Second Meeting and voted into membership:
K4CIA.  Welcome Bill. Chapter membership at 40.
K4MA there early, left early for something more important than eating,
but not before instructing mouthpiece K4HA on what to say. Some places
that's called delegation.
K1MW is ex-NT4O. That was either in honor of 17 dump trucks of
Connecticut loam in his backyard, or to get rid of all the QSO B4's on
account of NT4D, one or other, can't remember.
When asked point blank, K3KO reported he has now gone over thirty days
without blowing up an amp. (Considerable cheering and applause.) One
day at a time is how you lick habits like that. We know it's tough,
but keep it up, we're all behind you. Brian has also developed a new
procedure for not listening to the radio while doing a phone contest
-- only work spots. Not clear whether or not he bothers to keep a log.
Reporting from the annual  expedition down to Barbados as 8P9JA, Will
AA4NC reported that he spent a lot of time sick, either due to or
revived by a quantity of medicinal rum, not entirely clear on that. It
was also somehow related to problems on 160 (300 Q's). K4MA had
already flown the coop so unable to elicit clarifying opinion.  Was
noted by the peanut gallery at the east end of the table that a lot of
us would like to have such problems.
There was a lot of discussion whether a 7028 crystal was a good
frequency for a QRP rig and especially whether it would be a good run
frequency in a DX test. THAT's PVRC attitude.
KS4XG's antenna takedown was reported to have gone well, without the
use of hacksaws. Whether the chapter's sole tower jack survived the
episode was not reported. Pete is OUT of the old place, though.
Congrats.
KE4GY is now in N. Durham.  NT4D reported good results with his new
loop antenna.  WW4M is trying to train a bunch of new guys at W4ATC.
K4CIA is busy putting up towerS.  Note the plural.
Group approved a possible return to Jaspers for the Annual Dinner.
Several attending noted that there would be no need to report in the
minutes that the meeting was called to order as there never was any
order, and no need to report releasing the meeting to miscellaneous BS
afterward, as it never stopped.
All reminded to stop by the PVRC table at RARSFest.The annual PVRC table at RARSFest was voted by chapter membership in
April, 2000 as a regular meeting to be called to order for what ever
business deemed proper. 2001 version called to order for business at
11:00 am.
On hand and signing in (8th at RARSFest): KS4XG, WW4M, K4HA, K4NYS,
KO4PY, N4XD, K3KO, N4CW, N4VHK, N2NFG, N4YDU, W2CS, K1MW, N2QT, N3ND,
K4TMC, N4HAF, KG4CXO, K4CIA, W4DF, K3VW, N3NPQ, N4AF, N8CH, WJ9B,
NT4D, WD8EBI, W4IDX, K2AV, NI4S, NX9T, KQ2P, WB4VIM, W4SD, KE4GY,
KA4NWS (36).  Second meeting and voted into membership: K4NYS, K1MW,
N4HAF, W4IDX.  Congrats Chuck, Mike, Neal, Dave. Chapter membership is
now at 44.  All new members admonished to turn in a score for WPX.
Meeting adjourned at 11:10. Frantic buying of miscellaneous stuff
resumed.
CW torture machine (RUFZ) was in place and very well attended. High
scores as certified and commented by KS4XG.
		  max.  max.(all)  Check
Place Call Points Speed Speed Trys Sum
  1   K3KO  29489  297  312   2  2624977
  2   K3KO  28558  312  312   2  2648821
  3   N4AF  25498  290  290   1  2287443
  4  N4YDU  24324  312  312   2  2539134
  5 KA1LOE  20280  277  277   1  2033138 N4CW dressed as a lady
  6  N4YDU  19819  290  312   2  2219727
  7   W2CS  18774  245  250   2  1725455
  8  W1IHN  18765  265  265   1  1877784 formerly known as N4CW
  9   N4CW  15807  250  250   1  1608385
 10   W4DF  15797  231  231   1  1464763
 11   W2CS  15767  250  250   2  1604825
 12   WJ9B  12315  208  208   2  1176949
 13  KE4GY  11510  219  219   1  1238511
 14   WJ9B  10274  208  208   2  1082898
 15 KA4NWS   7570  160  160   1   767539
 16   KQ2P   6535  164  164   1   704703
 17   WA4A   4192  156  156   1   543858
 18 KC4RTT   1757  117  117   1   319216
 19 WB7OND   1575  100  100   1   258054
 20  K0AAA     14    0    0   1     1534
Next meeting is the Annual Dinner, Wednesday May 16, 7 pm. Site
negotiations proving interesting, but will be resolved in a day or
two.  Will be announced in a mailing, web site, and on PVRC
reflectors.  Mailing and web site will contain map and directions.
Speaker is Eric Scace, K3NA, who at minimum will report on his Russian
adventures.
PVRC-NC ANNUAL AWARDS MEETING by Jim Price, WW4M
The annual meeting was held on 16 May 01 at the Fox and Hound at Cary,
NC from 6:30 to 9:45 pm.
Attendees (20): Special guest Eric K3NA, Guy K2AV, Joe NA3T, Jim WW4M,
Gary W2CS and Linda N2YL, Howie N4AF, Mike K1MW, Bob K4HA, Nate N4YDU,
Brian K3KO, Bert N4CW, Jeff NX9T, Bob N2NFG, Neal N4HAF, Jim K4QPL,
David W4IDX, Andy NI4S, Bill W4ZV + XYL Charlanne.
Regrets: K4MA, KS4XG, AA4NC, K4NYS, K4CIA, N4VHK, NT4D, N3NPQ, K4TMC,
and N4TL.
Membership:  This was the second meeting for Andy NI4S (his first
being at RARSfest last month), who was  unanimously voted into
membership by those present; Andy was sponsored by W2CS.  Welcome
Andy! Andy says he is just getting his station back up after few-year
lapse and made a few small efforts during the 2000-1 season.  He's
running an IC-735 with wire antennas on a city lot, and his ham
interests include PSK31 (he'd like to try working satellites). Other
interests include computers/ networking/ Linux/Unix, he's a licensed
EMT, and he enjoys amateur photography and the outdoors.  Membership
now totals 45.  (New members since the last annual meeting: N4XD,
N4YDU, K4CIA, K1MW, N4HAF, K4NYS, W4IDX, NI4S.)
The meeting commenced at 6:48 as everyone placed orders for dinner,
then we went around the room and introduced ourselves by name and
callsign.
Member News and summer plans:  N4YDU is working on a tower for his
house in Youngsville.  Until now he's
been working entirely with wire antennas.
W4IDX has upgraded from a G5RV to a Windom and plans to be on for
WPX CW.
NX9T passed around pictures of his new 75' Trylon tower with 10 cubic
yards of concrete in the base.  He has a 5-band quad on top (similar
to what he's worked with before), topped by a 2m yagi.
K4QPL will be operating WPX CW using the club call NV4X.  He hopes to
find a way to get on the air for Field Day as GW/K4QPL.
WW4M plans to finish his QRP transceiver kits in time to work on his
CW during Field Day.
K1MW will be putting up a second tower this summer -- a shorty with a
quad.  Mike is also considering purchasing AR cluster software and
would appreciate comments from anyone who's used it.  K3NA said that
K4JA thinks highly of it.
This summer K4HA will be replacing his tribander with a TH6 modified
to a TH7.
N4HAF was struck by lightning last weekend, but luckily the bus took
the brunt of the hit and there was no damage to any ham equipment.
Neal will be putting up delta loops this summer.  He's got a new MP
and recently purchased CT.  Neal will be on the air from home for WPX
CW and will operate with RARS for Field Day.
W4ZV hopes to set a new North America record for 10m in WPX CW using
WW4M's callsign.  Bill has three phased 10m yagis, which he might
switch over to tribanders.  Other projects include 2 KT34Xas on the
ground in Colorado that will be brought home and mounted on a 180'
tower, which is already shunt fed for 160m.
NI4S has been using wire antennas from his home in north Raleigh.
He'll be on the road during WPX CW but has summer plans for adding
more wires to his antenna farm.
N4AF has been polishing up his station in preparation for WPX CW.
Howie will operate with the usual crew: N4CW, W2CS, K2AV, and K7GM.
W2CS is happy to have worked at N4AF this past year.  He and N2YL will
be visiting Europe and Alaska this summer.  Linda is also hoping to
persuade Gary to put up a new tower.   :)
N2NFG is happy to have finally learned how to grow grass without
attracting the attention of the DEA.
N4CW will be at N4AF for WPX CW, and will paper log for FD in Maine.
Bert will be back in Raleigh for the rest of the summer.
K3KO reports that he has figured out how to balance the financing of
his radio hobby with competing family interests, and recently replaced
his 850 with a 1000 MP.  Brian has a few antenna projects lined up for
the summer.
NA3T says his 5-year-old has been keeping him busy and has been quiet
on the bands lately.
Special guest Eric K3NA is back in the U.S. for a brief visit.  On his
drive down from Frederick, MD, he made a stop in VA to check on the
progress at K4JA (www.k4ja.com).  Eric was going to drive back the
next morning in time to catch a flight from Dulles to the Dayton
Hamfest. Eric will move back from Russia at the end of the year; he
has been househunting and hopes to close on a place north of Boston.
Awards.  Remembering that for NC Chapter awards purposes we are
counting WPX-CW as the next contest year, and this year only analyzing
5M operator points (not host points), which correspond to the
Chapter's relative contribution to club score.
Prior season Chapter total was 40 meg, and this season was 53 meg, a
whopping 1/3 improvement. Notable in the mix was 13.2 meg of operator
points from five calls (ten total ops) at NY4A in the three major CW
DX tests. Also in the prior season an operator scored 1 meg or more
for a single test six times - this season that number was up to 13
times, more than doubling.
Special Award: NY4A CW Multi-Ops at N4AF:  N4AF W2CS N4CW K7GM K2AV
3 Tests, 10 Ops, 1.32 Meg 5M Pts/Op Quarter of NC Chapter Total for
2000/01
Rookie & Comeback Award 2000/01
N2NFG - First Place   1,503,576
N4YDU - Second Place    517,018
WX4DX - Third Place     233,949
High 5M Operator Points    2000/01
K4MA -  First Place   7,180,150
N4AF  - Second Place  7,175,750
AA4NC - Third Place   6,474,560
W2CS -  Fourth Place  6,297,603
N4CW -  Fifth Place   4,408,442
Most Improved 5M Op Pts 2000/01
W2CS -  First Place      299%
K2AV -  Second Place      75%
K4TMC - Third Place       66%
WW4M -  Fourth Place      57%
K4MA -  Fifth Place       40%
AA4NC - Notable Mention   23%
K4HA -  Notable Mention   22%
N4AF -  Notable Mention   16%
N4CW -  Notable Mention    9%
Carnac presented the Second Annual N4AF Flaming Balun Memorial Award
(Infamous Auto Bagel Balun).  This award is presented annually to the
member having evidenced the most pathos evoking sad sack- or
Murphy-related event(s) during the contest year. Note that the award
is in memory of the Flaming Balun, not N4AF who is still with us.
Although there were some number of worthy candidates, including
AA4NC's many fate-tempting violations of the antenna foul weather and
suffering installation rule, including the use of a bucket truck, the
clear winner this year was Brian "Smokem" Alsop, K3KO. He takes the
Auto Bagel Balun trophy for his record-breaking three amp destruction
spree, including a one-dit blowup of a final in his new ACOM, AFTER
surviving the RTTY contest without so much as a hiccup.
The presentation included directions for using the Auto Bagel Balun
for detection of extreme RF fields, and a warning against human
consumption of the component bagel, which has been hermetically sealed
to preserve the bagel's dielectric coefficient.
After presentation of the Flaming Balun Memorial Award, Carnac's made
the following fearless predictions for 2001/02 Contest Season:
K2AV - Who, after doing the night shift in another NY4A at N4AF CW WPX
multi, at 8am sleep walks to the van in his bathrobe, gets in, heads
out the driveway, and turns east, dreaming he's late to work. He only
stops trying to find SAS Institute when he gets stuck in the tidal
flats of Pamlico Sound. When the rest of the gang chasing him catches
up they find him running 10 meters on the van's FT100, keeping log in
the margins of a Rand McNally Road Atlas. Astounded but at the beach
anyway, they all take turns on the mobile and swimming. When they get
back to the house two hours later, K2AV goes back to bed. It's only
when he gets up later and asks why all the mud on the van they realize
he was asleep through the whole affair.
K4HA - In the 10 meter contest, K4HA has a huge 6 hour SSB run going
on the best run frequency of his life. Unfortunately, HK4A and AK4H
are running on the same frequency at the same time, generating what
becomes a world record for UBN's related to a single submitted log,
times three.  Afterwards, when the contest committee figures out what
happened, in a rash of pity they combine all three logs and make the
combo a special entry class, calling it multiop - multitransmitter -
multicall - multilocation - single frequency.
N4AF N4CW K2AV W2CS - Will do another NY4A multi/multi, in the SP
contest, and outscore the entire East Coast of the US, making NY4A-ski
a household word in Poland.
K3NA - Continuing his string of unusual world-wide ham operations,
will do the CQWW undercover from the Forbidden City Palace in Beijing,
using a stealth G5RV made from #32 wire, wearing his Fu Man Chu Last
Emperor outfit, running an FT100D disguised as a tour bus change
maker. The whole incredible event comes to naught however, when it is
discovered there is no way to submit a Cabrillo log in Mandarin.
PAPERS AND ARTICLES by Chapter members:
K3KO - in IEEE, "Early detection of impending amplifier failure in
RTTY and PSK31 contests using X-ray detection and trace ozone
sampling." N4AF - in NCJ, "How to construct an absolutely
hurricane-proof  KT34XA from iron sewer pipe."
W2CS - in QST Hints and Kinks, "How to construct a rotator for the
N4AF hurricane-proof KT34XA using a diesel engine from a concrete
truck.
N2NFG - in Better Homes and Gardens, "How to beautify water-filled
premature tower excavations by converting them into ground level bird
baths and doggie swimming pools."
K2AV - in American Journal of Psychology, "Social Skills - the
pathology of converting a two-week tower project into a two-year tear
jerk sympathy cull."
The awards and predictions were followed by an enjoyable presentation
and picture show from Eric Scace K3NA, who has been living in Moscow
for several years.  Eric talked about operating from that part of the
world and its unique DX/contesting conditions, as well as changes
taking place in Russian society.  His talk received many kudos
including this from N4CW: "Eric, K3NA, was most entertaining and
eloquent describing not only operating from Russia, but living
conditions there. His answers to audience questions made everything
very clear."
The meeting wrapped up at about 9:45 pm.  Next Meeting: the chapter's
annual Summer Picnic in late July or August.  WW4M may also look into
group tickets for a Durham Bulls game this summer.  Details TBA.
NORTHWEST MEETING NOTES, 15 MAY 2001 via Ed Steeble, K3IXD
The NW region met at Paradise Grill in Frederick on 15 May 2001.
Thanks to N3VOP, we didn't have to wait until the meeting date to
learn that Tully's has closed it doors. We had been meeting there at
least two years. W3NRS provided some suggestions of Frederick area
restaurants that might give individual dinner checks and provide an
area for our meeting without charging a fee. K3SKE did the checking
and the May meeting was held at the Paradise Grill, the home of the
Mongolian buffet, where we met once last year. In June we will again
hold our dinner/meeting at the Paradise Grill and discuss where future
PVRC NW Region dinner/meeting will be.  I was out of town, seeing my
son-in-law getting his MBA from Emory University Goizueta Business
School. Sid, K3SX, chaired the meeting and provided the following
notes.    Thanks, Sid.
The meeting was held at Paradise Grill on May 15th.  With Dayton
approaching the attendance was a bit down.  Those hardy souls, and
food lovers who made it, were: WD3A, K3UG, W8ZA, KO3GA, K3SKE, K3LP,
and K3SX. The menu and conversations were large and continuous.  The
reporting phase, occurring between the egg rolls and lo mein, was;
K3SKE brought us up to date on Harriet, XYL of W3NRS.  He also had 11
QSOs with the 3B6RF expedition.
W8ZA is fully recovered from his surgery; K3LP had computer photos of
the new QTH and ham shack under construction; WD3A has been busy
travelling; Chris, KO3GA made this his second meeting.  He has
operated from W8ZA (as have most of us).  We did not have an
application or a quorum to vote on Chris so we will take of this soon.
Chris went from zero to Extra in a short time! K3SX was lucky to work
the 3B6 on 160 for country #212. The group had several reminders of
local June doings- Frederick hamfest on Fathers Day; W3LPL open house,
Manassas hamfest. Submitted by Sid, K3SX.
Remember, the June meeting will be at the Paradise Grill in Frederick.
It is across the street and a block further west. Paradise Grill, 1275
W. Patrick Street (Frederick Shoppers World), across the Street from
PEP Boys. (301) 682-6066.
The NW Region meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month, in June
that is the 19th. Most arrive around 6PM for dinner, the meeting
begins at 7:30 PM.
OVER-THE-HILL LUNCHEON by Ben Shaver, AA4XU
The Over-The-Hill lunch group of the PVRC met today at MainStreetUSA
in Annandale, VA. Attending were: K6ETM George Sinclair, W3GN Lawrence
Fadner, W6AXX Howard Leake, W3ABC Hugh Turnbull, W4DM Dale Harris,
K7CMZ Mel Woods, and AA4XU Ben Shaver. Of those in the group, only
W3ABC had communicated with a spark gap transmitter legally, and that
was in Europe. Like the Saturday afternoon western movies of another
era, spark still carries a fascination for many radio amateurs. All of
us are looking forward to WPX this weekend. The next meeting will be
held in Beltsville, MD in late June. All PVRC members are welcome. To
be added to the E-mail announcement list, E-mail AA4XU
([email protected]). To be added to the Telephone announcement
list, call Bill Leavitt W3AZ (301-292-5797).
WWW.PVRC.ORG UPDATES by Pete Smith, N4ZR
The big news is that we are beginning to post on the web page
presentations that visiting experts have done at PVRC meetings, as
well as those that our members have presented at events like Dayton.
These can be viewed either as online slide shows or downloaded as
Powerpoint presentations to review at your leisure.  WX0B's stacking
presentation was first up, recently followed by K3NA's exciting
"TowerPlan" pitch, and N4ZR's "Why Do They Call It Wireless -- Behind
the Radios in Multi-Radio Contest Stations."
The first couple of presentations by PVRC members at Dayton 2001 are
now available on the PVRC home page.  The URL for both is:
http://www.pvrc.org/dayton_2001.htm.  They are:
Eric Scace's Antenna Forum talk on TowerPlan, the exciting web-based
antenna system design tool he is developing with Fred Hopengarten,
K1VR
Pete Smith's Contest Forum talk, titled "Why Do They Call It Wireless
--Behind the Radios at Multi-Radio Contest Stations"
W4DR and Pete are trying to figure out how to get his DX Forum
presentation into electronic format.  In the meantime, Pete believes
there are more presenters out there in PVRC-land and he feels we
should make available as many as possible, without regard to whether
they are, strictly speaking, contest-related.  So send Pete your
Powerpoint files or, if you did it some other way, drop him an e-mail
so the mechanics can worked out.
In the coming months N4ZR will be reorganizing and streamlining the
way information is presented on the Web page, so it's time to let him
know what you would like to see different.  Contact him at
[email protected]
Check it out -- www.pvrc.org.
SHORT NOTES by the editor
Steve Beckman, N3SB, won the Maryland Low Power Category of the 2000
CW Sweepstakes contest.
Nat Heatwole, WZ3AR is planning on another trip to Chincoteague Island
(IOTA NA-083).  If anyone within PVRC has a spare beam that would
cover 10-20m and the WARC bands, he would like to buy, rent, or borrow
it.
Tyler Stewart, K3MM reports that at Dayton he learned that there is a
new SS unlimited player, The Society of Midwest Contesters.  There has
been and ongoing discussion about the considerable effort needed by
PVRC to regain SS leadership.
The League reports that in Maryland-DC, PVRC member Tom Abernethy,
W3TOM, will succeed Bill Howard, WB3V, as SCM.
Pete Smith, N4ZR was playing with our database and reports that we
have 763 total members, of whom 537 are in-area.
Dave Baugher, WR3L, Treasurer, received many badge payments and
donations last month and is sorting the information which will be
listed in the next issue.  He thanks those that send in donations,
badge orders, and ARRL renewals.
Bill Schuchman, W7YS and Roger Barron, W4EI identified PVRC members in
the 1950 era FD photo.  More on this in the Aug/Sep issue.
The reunion on-the-air just concluded (June 4 utc).  Logged or heard
were: DK5AD, K2PLF, K2UFT, K3CKT, K3DI, K3RV, K3TW, K3ZO, K4AW, K4TJ,
K6SG, KT4P, KT5X, KZ1O, N0TK, N3CW, N4AF, N4ZR, N5JB, N6RA, W2RS,
W3AU, W3CP, W3FZV, W3GRF, W3HVQ, W3KC, W3PAR, W3TMZ, W4AGI, W4DM,
W4EI, W4HM, W4RIM, W4YE, W5KL, W6MVW, W6UM, WA7LT, and WR3L.  Results
next issue.
S C O R E S  by Bob Dannals, W2GG
* Changes/additions/deletions to W2GG via [email protected] or packet. *
     ### = missing information
CQ 160M SSB #3 (FINAL - 05.07.01)
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.
CQ WPX SSB (FINAL - 05.04.2001)------------------------
CALL PWR BAND QSO MULTS  SCORE
       SINGLE OP - UNASSISTED
KF3P   C     3456 1036  9,092,972
K3ZO   C     2742  913  6,799,111
NY4A   C  10 2152  882  4,441,752
N3HXQ  C     1510  692  2,550,020
N3HBX  C  10 1187  629  1,832,906
KN1DX  C     1018  533  1,433,237
W3UJ   B  TS  997  530  1,349,910
K2UOP  C      903  499  1,136,223
NV4X   C      820  445  1,001,695
4U1WB  C  TS 1095  494    995,410
N4MM   C      798  496    984,064
N3UN   B      709  417    756,855
W4YE   C  TS  665  411    749,664
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
N3FNE  B      387  265    226,840
N3HS   C      300  243    199,746
N4ZR   C      288  221    164,866
N2NFG  B      231  184     95,128
N3EYB  B      172  149     60,643
*  SINGLE OP - ASSISTED
KV3R   C     1558  740  2,823,840
NA1DX  B      752  498    988,032
W2GG   B      814  485    979,700
K3KO   C      450  443    559,066
KO4MR  C  10  460  318    395,274
K3IXD  C      450  341    391,809
K1SE   B  15  147  132     41,052
*  MULTI-MULTI
W4MYA  C    5390  1282 16,509,596
WR3L   C    2160   856  4,699,440
AK3Z   C    1839   811  3,392,413
*  DXPEDITIONS
A61AJ        ####  ###  4,485,102
TI7/N4MO  10 2113  712  3,574,240
7J1AOE C      322  195    174,330
A =  QRP
B =  LOW POWER
C =  HIGH POWER
TS = TRIBANDER + SINGLE ELEM 160-40
BR = BAND RESTRICTED
R =  ROOKIE
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 38 LOGS SSB TOTAL     76,236,897
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
OPERATORS:
4U1WB   AJ3M
7J1AOE  K3DI
A61AJ   W3ZZ plus 11 non-PVRC
AK3Z    AK3Z N3SB NY3A WX3B W3ARS W3JJH N3YIM + 1 non-PVRC
KF3P    K3MM at W3LPL QTH
KN1DX   K4ZW
NV4X    K4MA at AA4NC QTH
NY4A    W4ZV
W4MYA   KF4QQY N4DEN N4EHJ W4DR W4HJ W4HZ W4MYA WK4Y WA4QDM
WR3L    WR3L K3FT AA3SC KA3TUL
CQ WPX CW (#3 - 05.31.2001)  --------------------
CALL PWR BAND QSO MULTS  SCORE
       SINGLE OP - UNASSISTED
K3ZO   C     2506  762  5,583,936
WW4M   C  10 1585  678  2,578,434
WJ9B   B     1480  590  2,300,410
N1WR   B     1270  562  2,000,158
N4YDU  TS    1361  557  1,862,051
NV4X   TS    1101  492  1,368,744
W3UJ   B      987  490  1,298,990
K2UOP  C      909  449  1,165,155
W4IDX  B      845  431    885,705
W3CP   B      436  302    425,518
K4MA   C      475  279    375,813
KS4XG  TS     511  302    361,494
K1MW   B  15  457  305    352,275
N4MM   C      339  269    250,977
K3DSP  B      357  251    212,597
K4HA   B      329  232    203,696
W2GG   B      301  247    188,955
NX9T   TS     301  219    178,923
KO1N   B  15  647  212    137,164
K8OQL  C  10  174  155     60,140
*  SINGLE OP - ASSISTED
NX3A   C     2297  774  4,870,008
K3KO   C     1230  612  2,260,728
K3DI   C      716  459    965,277
*  MULTI-SINGLE
KM4M   C     3319  928  9,247,520
*  MULTI-MULTI
NY4A   C    5559  1046 16,343,750
WK4Y   C    4304  1035 11,771,000
NR4M   C    4027   981 10,158,255
WR3L   C    2931   854  6,488,692
AK3Z   C    1347   579  2,100,612
*  DXPEDITIONS
V25A   C    4815   961  6,813,971
A =  QRP
B =  LOW POWER
C =  HIGH POWER
TS = TRIBANDER + SINGLE ELEM 160-40
BR = BAND RESTRICTED
R =  ROOKIE
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 30 LOGS CW TOTAL      92,810,948
 39 LOGS SSB TOTAL     76,900,272
 69 COMBINED LOGS     169,711,220
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
OPERATORS:
AK3Z    N3SB NY3A AK3Z WX3B
KM4M    AC4HB K4JA K4ZA K9GY K9JY  W4JVN
KO1N    K1KO
NR4M    NR4M K7SV K1SE K4EU K4EC K4GMH WA4JUK K4ZW KT3Y WK3W ND3A
NV4X    K4QPL
NX3A    W3PP
NY4A    N4AF W2CS N4CW K7GM K2AV
V25A    N3OC plus one non-PVRC
WK4Y    K4GAU W4DR W4HJ WA4QDM WK4Y W4MYA
WW4M    W4ZV
WR3L    WR3Z K3FT WR3L
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