POTOMAC VALLEY RADIO CLUB - NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 1999
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Weekly Wed BWI Regional weekly breakfast. Wednesdays 7:30 am,
Basil's Deli, Elkridge Landing Rd near BWI.
Monthly Fri SWVA meeting night and Roanoke location varies each month. Please check with K4IQ.
Monthly Over-the-Hill Luncheon. Date to be announced.
Hosts listed on reference page.
Oct 7 Thu PVRC/NC meeting at Ryans at Crossroads Shopping Center,
Oct 11 Mon Central meeting at the Episcopal Church, Route 5,
Temple Hills, MD
Oct 12 Tue Central Virginia at First Mennonite Church,
Staples Mill Road
Oct 19 Tue Northwest meeting, Tully's Grill, 1080 W. Patrick St,
Frederick, MD at 7:30 pm
Oct 19 Tue Tidewater Colony. The Golden Corral in Chesapeake. VA.
Meeting with VA-DXCC.
Oct 30/31 CQWW DX Contest. Club competition (5 Mil award).
TREASURER REPORT (9/26) by Dave Baugher, WR3L
PVRC would like to thank N4MO, K8OQL, K1SO, N3RR, KE3Q, N3WK, N4QQ,
W3PP, KB4AUG, and K3SKE for the donation in September. Four ARRL
renewals were received and forwarded. Please continue your
CENTRAL MEETING MINUTES 9/13/99 by Rich Boyd, KE3Q, Sec
K4VV, K3ZO, K4YT, W0CN, KE3Q, N3RR, WR3L, and W3DQ were present at
the central meeting at the Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA on
Monday, September 13th. Most were also present at the Outback
Steakhouse beforehand. We had an interesting discussion of PVRC
affairs, the merits of having officers, in coming years, from
different regions rather than just the traditional PVRC area to
have increased involvement and participation on club decision
making from all the regions. W0CN told us of several weeks spent
in Slovenia recently, and K4YT talked about some of his travels --
he's now back home in northern Virginia.
FARfest (Bowie) MEETING MINUTES ON 9/26/99 by Rich Boyd, KE3Q, Sec
Present at the Bowie Hamfest "general" meeting were: N3AM, K3SA,
KE3Q, W3IO, NA1DX, K3GEG, K3MLA, K3HH, K2YWE, K3DSP, N3YUG, AA3LE,
AA3KY, K4YT, W3CQH, W3OU, W3PP, W3OR, N3HUV, W3LEO, W3UJ, K3TM,
K3WX, N3GB, W3NRS, K3SKE, W3HXF, KF3BE, K3PG, N4ZR, K8OQL, N3RR,
N3YDT, W1ZT, W3CP, W3CB, K4FPF, N3II, AJ3M, K3IXD, N3WKE, KA4RRU,
N4QQ, K1HTV, K3ZO, W3DAD, W3YD, N4QY, N3JT, K4SO, W3ZZ, N3WK,
W3IRE, K3XZ, N3AFT, WR3Z, N1WR, K3DI, N3FZB, N3GM, N3OC, N3NRH,
K2PLF, W3MR, NV3V, AF4NT, W3YOZ, KG4DEX, K3IZ, NR4M, K3AN, N4MM,
W2YE, KB3AUG, WI2T, N3WZV, K1DQV, WR3L, K3UT, W4BA, KI4HK, K3ACG,
KC3VO, K3LP, AND K3UG.
We met under the Budweiser tent out near the left field foul pole
at the Baysox stadium, which was a nice shady spot. The only
problem was the loud PA announcements going on. Next year we may
meet in the restaurant, which is where the ham exams were given,
and apparently would have been a nice, quiet, spot. Or...we could
work things out so that the PA announcements have a moratorium long
enough for our meeting.
We ran around introducing ourselves by callsign -- pretty hard to
hear. And we voted in K3DSP and N3YUG, two more recruits from
southern Maryland brought in by N1WR and WR3Z. Keep 'em comin'!
The majority was satisfied to keep things simple, and we adjourned
without much ado.
NOTES FROM SWVA PICNIC by John Mitchell, K4IQ
On August 28, the SWVA PVRC Chapter convened at the annual Chapter
Picnic at K4IQ's QTH. Guests attending included PVRC Central
member W3YOZ, Marty, as well as guests K3RUQ, Tinsley, and his XYL,
Cheryl, who traveled from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to be with
us. Chapter members present were K1GG, Gordon, along with his XYL
Debbie, N4SBK and daughter Missy, K4KAT; N4GU, Mike; N4EL, Nat;
WA4BKW, Bill and his XYL, K4EP, Phil; and K4IQ, John, and his
family. This was the second meeting for Randy, KC9LC, who attended
with his family, and for John W4JAM, and Susanne, W0MAN. All three
were voted into Chapter membership, and will submit applications
through the Central Chapter.
It was a pleasant, if warm, afternoon, and the "guys" all trooped
to the ridge top to view the 100 ft tower several of them had
helped put up last fall, and scouted out a location for a second
tower on a neighboring knoll. K3RUQ examined the tower
installation and pronounced it satisfactory, which made K4IQ happy.
W3YOZ envisioned a row of phased verticals along the long ridge top
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, K1GG's wife Debbie had come through
with a giant platter of shrimp cocktail, which the guys took bets
on lasting until we got back from the hike. The food was all still
there, of course, along with plenty more, and the feast commenced
just before sunset.
Afterwards, the group sat about the front porch and enjoyed lively
conversations until well into the night. N4GU, Mike talked of his
new Force 12 C4S going up, and talked with W3YOZ about his new
(commercial) antenna patent which is being manufactured. Nat eyed
the K4IQ house-bracketed tower with 3el 20M and rotatable Force 12
40M as he plans a house-bracketed tower this Fall. Everyone
enjoyed John and Suzanne's tales of their life in the Florida
The formal meeting concluded with the decision to hold the first
regular season meeting around the end of September, place and time
to be announced. Everyone seemed to enjoy the occasion and take
something with them to whet the appetite for the new contest season
almost upon us.
PVRC SOUTHERN MD REGION by Barry Shapiro, WR3Z
The regional meeting took place Monday September 1999 at the QTH of
Wayne, N1WR. Attendees included members N1WR (Wayne), WR3Z
(Barry), and N3AFT (Mike), as well as guests N3YZU (Dave), K3DSP
(Tom), and N3YUG (Jason).
After brief introductions and summary of summer activities, time
was spent introducing the guests to PVRC and discussing the
different aspects of ham radio that club members are exposed to
(contesting, DX, VHF, antennas, propagation etc). Also discussed
was the history of PVRC, where we're at now with the various
regions and diversification amongst its members.
Discussion then centered on contesting and how various contests can
help sharpen ones operating skills in both CW and SSB (such as
Sweepstakes). Dave, Tom and Jason were participants in this year's
Field Day. Since upgrading to Advanced class recently, K3DSP has
been more active on the HF bands and is now pursuing DX on a
regular basis, while sharpening his CW skills.
WR3Z will be operating CQWW Phone at W3GNQ's and CW at WR3L's
homes. N1WR will be operating either single op or multi-single in
both this fall.
The meeting ended with the group viewing the ZL9CI video from the
Dxpedition earlier this year. The next meeting will take place in
December (or sooner if requested).
REPORT FROM CENTRAL VIRGINIA
(Bob Morris, W4MYA, sent info for the reference page and the
following excerpts from the Prez column by John Youell, WA4QDM,
which will be in the October 1999 issue of the CVCC Newsletter,
Notes from the September 14, 1999 meeting.
Certificates were everywhere! Ronnie (WU4G) distributed the
certificates from Manassas for the Va QSO Party for the operators
at W4MYA's and W4ML's M/M efforts.
Certificates for WU4G #1 USA in IARU for 1998 to W4MYA, W4HJ & WA4QDM.
W4MYA distributed certificates for the 1996 "2 man" M/M CQWW DX CW
USA WINNERS (W4MYA and WA4QDM ) and the 1998 ARRL SS CW 4th CALL
AREA M/S WINNERS (and 8th in the USA) (W4MYA and WA4QDM).
In attendance were W4DR, AC4OB, W4MYA, KF4QQY, KB4DI, W4HJ, W4HZ,
WU4G, KD4DRZ, N4EKD, K4BAM, W4ML, and WA4QDM.
For the program, Bob (W4MYA) did a slide show of his station,
featuring the new shack (with indoor plumbing!) and the aluminum
forest of Goochland. (Also a shot or two of the MYAn ruins - aka
the boneyard). Good job, Bob!
Also, Jim Green (W4ML) (entertainment committee) offered to reserve
the "Bull and Bear" tentatively the 14th of December for the Xmas
dinner. This is at the James River Center on the 21st floor near
9th street and there is free parking. Jim read some of the menu
items and it sounds great. Jim estimates dinner and a drink will
run about $30 a head. A show of hands from those present
indicated this may be the place. How about some response from the
rest of the membership about this venue?
Bill Whittle (K4BAM) visited an antique radio museum over the
summer and brought us some pictures and literature. He also told
us about the history of "pulling the switch".
W4HZ, Jon had occasion over the summer to stop by W1AW and was
impressed by the friendly nature of the staff and the elegance of
the operating positions. The visit is highly recommended if you
ever have occasion to be in Newington.
Dennis Pinner (N4DEN) has lined up the Vepco RF man for the October
program and tentatively W4DR will line up 3DA0CA for the second
FRIDAY in November. With the Xmas dinner in December, it looks
like the programs for the rest of the year are booked! See y'all
SHORT NOTES by the editor, K3DI
John Sherrick, W3HVQ, submitted his unique antenna design to the
ARRL and it was published in Volume 6 of "The ARRL Antenna
Compendium." ($20) Here is a truly amazing piece of mechnical and
electrical work; John's multi-band antenna features three-element
Yagis on 40 and 30 meters, together with a log-periodic design from
20 through 10 meter coverage and it even folds down for protection
against nasty weather. His design was featured on the lower right
of the cover page.
Stations who submitted electronic entries for the 1998 ARRL
10-Meter Contest can receive a detailed report of the results of
the log checking process of their log. Just send a request via
e-mail to Dave at K8CC@contesting.com. In the subject line of your
email please give your call sign, and the words "10 Meter Log
report." We will email you back a copy of your report. Once you
have a chance to review the results, we welcome feedback and
comments to help us improve the process for 1999. (Excerpt from an
article by K8CC and K9TM via ARRL web site)
N3RR made 4th place in the 3rd call area, single op assisted, all
band CQWWCW in spite of the fact that I went into the hospital at
8:00 AM on Sunday, the last day of the contest! He was in the
hospital for 2.5 days, received a blood transfusion of 4 units and
is fully recovered. The cause of the blood loss is uncertain.
Everybody is requested to give me feedback to keep the reference
page infomation exactly correct and up to date. A thank you goes
to Joe Shuey, NE3H, for letting me know that his node has been on
for many years but not listed. I should have caught this omission
because I have used his fine node (located in Camp Hill) several
time when visiting Harrisburg, PA. Another oversight I am guilty
of is not catching something reported in regional minutes that
should result in a change on the reference page. Please message me
for even smallest errors found on the reference page. Thank you!
Please notice that the September VHF QSO Party has been added to
the 5M competition. There are now 14 club competition contests in
which you can earn points for the PVRC 5Mil award. The total
scores for each member are listed on the page.
The club contest scorekeeper, W2GG, lost his FT-736 and FT-990 in a
severe lightning storm recently. Bob is no longer able to receive
packet messages. Please forward all scores by email
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or U.S. mail. Bob hopes to have things back
working again by Sweepstakes. You can also send scores to K3DI via
packet to be forwarded to Bob via email.
Members may request an ASCII text version of the PVRC NEWSLETTER
from email@example.com. You will continue to receive the paper
version with advertisements.
FIVE MILLION AWARD
PVRC awards plaques to members who have achieved 5 million points
based on a calculation described in the rules found at www.pvrc.org.
Also, you may send an SASE to K3DI (QTH on reference page) for a copy.
Basically, get as many points as you can in any club competition
contest listed on the reference page and send your score to W2GG
and either ARRL or CQ. Below are calls and total points awarded
since 1997 as of 9/9/99.
* S C O R E S *
by Bob Dannals, W2GG
* Changes/additions/deletions to W2GG via *
* firstname.lastname@example.org only. (W2GG packet is down) *
### = missing information
ARRL VHF SS RESULTS (#5 9/27/99)
CALL BND QSO MULTS TOTAL
K3DNE 6 488 165 122,430
K2UOP/8 # 393 147 89,376
K3ZO 2 318 84 26,712
K4SO 2 125 37 4,625
KC4B 2 86 29 2,494
K3DI 1 9 1 9
W3CQH 5 107 39 5,187
K8GP 13 1809 414 1,114,902
K3MQH # #### ### 798,000
W3YOZ 4 297 109 39,022
10 LOGS TOTAL 2,202,757
K3MQH K3MM W3EKT W3SST K3RA W2GG
AI3M N3EYB K3VQ K3SUI K3MQH
K8GP K1RA K1TR K1HTV KA1TB W3ZZ
W4XP K6LEW K8ISK Mandi
W3CQH W3CQH K3JAY
W3YOZ WR3Z KA3EJJ K4VV WX3B W3YOZ
REFERENCE PAGE. Please send corrections to the editor. Changes
made during September are underscored.
K3MM Tyler Stewar 301-414-5444 email@example.com
N3OC Brian McGinness 301-652-6768 firstname.lastname@example.org
KE3Q Rich Boyd 301-464-8014 email@example.com
WR3L Dave Baugher 410-DX1-WR3L firstname.lastname@example.org
K3SA Steve Affens 301-774-0558 email@example.com
W2GG Bob Dannals 410-472-2004 firstname.lastname@example.org
PVRC Charter Members:
W3GRF (SK), W4AAV (SK), W4KFC (SK), N0FFZ (SK), W4LUE, W7YS, VP2VI
(W0DX), W3IKN, W4KFT.
PacketCluster Contest/DX System, MHz:
W3LPL Glenwood MD 145.590 441.250
KE3Q Bowie MD 145.570 445.375
WR3L Baltimore MD 145.610 440.950
N3RR Rockville MD 145.510 441.325
K3SKE Frederick MD 144.930
N4OHE Mt.Weather VA 145.710 440.925
NE3H Harrisburg PA 144.970
K3MQH S Mountain PA 145.630
N4SR Woodbridge VA 145.630 *
K4FJ Mt. Vernon VA 145.770 *
W4XP Bull Run Mt " 144.990
This system is sponsored by the Potomac Valley DX Spotting Network
except "*" are independently funded by each SYSOP.
PVRC on Internet.
PVRC web site by K3SA:
PVRC/NC web site by KS4XG
PVRC reflector: (editor N4AF)
Get latest scores & activities info here
To post: email@example.com
To join* send email to:
Text: SUBSCRIBE PVRC
*Members only. If your call is not within your URL, then send msg
PVRC dues and ARRL renewals: The annual dues are by donation -
hopefully at least $10. Club gets a cut from ARRL renewals sent
via PVRC. Both dues and renewal checks should be made to PVRC and
sent to Dave Baugher, WR3L, 615 Rockway Beach Av, Baltimore, MD
21221. Thank you.
Newsletter & Autocall column Editor: Dick Wilder, K3DI, 913 Shore
Acres Rd, Arnold, MD 21012-1724. Voice 410-757-6706, FAX/modem
410-757-6720, Dxcluster packet, and firstname.lastname@example.org. The
Newsletter deadline is normally ABOUT the day after the third
Friday of each month. The FAR deadline is 60 days prior to the
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. Pre-meeting dinner at Outback, Old Branch Ave.
MD LOCATION: Church of the Nativity (Episcopal), Route 5,
Temple Hills, MD. Pre-meeting dinner at Topolino's.
NORTHWEST: Greg Altig 410-775-7313 email@example.com. Meets at 7:30
pm on the third Tuesday every month at Tully's Grill, 1080 W.
Patrick St, Frederick, MD. Same center as Shoppers Food Warehouse.
Essentially includes WEST VIRGINIA area.
NORTH CAROLINA: Chair: Jim Stevens, K4MA, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Sec: Pete Soper, KS4XG, email@example.com, hm: 919-362-4635, wk:
919-481-6874. Activites: Jim Stevens, K4MA. POC is K4MA & KS4XG.
Howie Hoyt, N4AF, firstname.lastname@example.org is PVRC reflector editor. PVRC/NC
meets at 6:00 pm the first Thursday of every month at Ryan's Family
Steakhouse at Crossroads in Cary.
TIDEWATER (VA) COLONY OF PVRC:
Don Lynch W4ZYT 757-486-0728 email@example.com. Meetings are
the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of every month are held jointly with the VA
DXCC at The Golden Corral corner of Battlefield Blvd and Volvo Dr
in Chesapeake, VA. Easy access from I-64 at Rte 168 exit. Dinner at
1830 and meeting at 1930.
SOUTHWEST VA CHAPTER: Coordinator: John Mitchell, K4IQ, Catawba, VA
540-384-7377, firstname.lastname@example.org. Monthly meetings alternate between
Roanoke area locations
THE BWI REGIONAL/PVRC: Weekly breakfast Wed at 7:30 AM at Basil's
Deli Port on Elkrdige Landing Rd 1/4 mile South of Winterson Road
410-850-4333. Director: Ike Lawton, W2EOS, 410-263-2830.
Secretary: Howard Leake, W6AXX, 410-465-7008, email@example.com
OVER-THE-HILL LUNCH BUNCH: Rotating hosts announces meeting info.
Ben Shaver, AA4XU, 703-534-4740; Andy Anderson, W3XE,
301-384-7771, firstname.lastname@example.org, Holiday Inn, College Park MD; and
Bill Leavitt, W3AZ, 301-292-5797, Ramada Inn, Oxon Hill
PENNSYLVANIA: Steve Cutshall, K3TZV, email@example.com,
RAPPAHANNOCK: Steve Bookout, NR4M (ex-NJ4F) NJ4F@erols.com.
Also, Larry Schimelpfenig, K7SV, firstname.lastname@example.org
WOODBRIDGE: Jack O'Mara W4NF, email@example.com 703-680-4106 and
Cliff Deel W4CE, firstname.lastname@example.org 703-491-0841
CENTRAL VA: Bob Morris, W4MYA 804-457-9011
email@example.com. CVCC/PVRC monthly meetings are held the
2nd Tuesday at the First Mennonite Church on Staples Mill Rd at
7:30 PM. Optional 6PM-ish dinner at the Crazy Greek Rest, Staples
Mill Rd. Talk-in is 145.430 MHz.
SOUTHERN MD: Chair: Barry Shapiro, WR3Z. H:301-862-2466
Usually on the first Monday of Sep, Dec, Mar, and May at N1WR's.
EASTERN-SHORE (DEL-MAR-VA): Dallas Carter, W3PP 302-875-0550
SHENANDOAH: Bill Hinkle KB3AUG firstname.lastname@example.org 304-567-3138
NORTHEAST: WR3L See info above.
ANNAPOLIS: K3DI. See info at left column.
OTHER MEETINGS based on prior year(s):
May. Meeting at Dayton Hamvention
Jun. W3LPL open house Sat before Field Day. With joint
FRC/PVRC meeting on alternate years. (1999, 2001, ...)
summer. When joint FRC/PVRC is at FRC,
they announce the date.
Jul. PVRC/NC cook out
Jul. Open house, W4MYA, Goochland,
Aug. NCDXA/PVRC Fowlfest at W3YOZ
Aug. VHF++ meeting/workshop at ND3F
Sep. PVRC meeting at the FARfest Bowie
Sep. Open house, WR3L, Baltimore
Dec. Christmas dinner, DC area.
5 MILLION (CLUB COMPETITION) AWARD
Month and number of the full week end.
Jan 3 ARRL VHF Sweepstakes
Jan Last CQWW 160m CW
Feb 3 ARRL DX CW
Feb Last CQWW 160m SSB
Mar 1 ARRL DX SSB
Mar Last CQWW WPX SSB
May Last CQWW WPX CW
Sep 2 ARRL VHF QSO Party
Oct Last CQWW DX SSB
Nov 1 ARRL Sweepstakes CW
Nov 3 ARRL Sweepstakes SSB
Nov Last CQWW DX CW
Dec 1 ARRL 160m Mixed
Dec 2 ARRL 10m Mixed
Standings at http://jctc.org/pvrc5m.htm
Roster updates at: http://www.pvrc.org/pvrcmm98.htm
A FREE (SHAREWARE) COPY OF CT 6.26 (with updated files) is
available from K3DI.