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am writing this editorial while I am away with my work in ―sunny‖ Cardiff so it feels rather strange actually doing this in a strange environment rather than sitting at my PC in the shack. One nice thing to see once again is that the nights are starting to ―draw out‖ as we leave the winter doldrums. It now offers the chance too, if required, to start looking at your aerials and see what repairs are needing done and the ability to carry them out in the evening. I am sure my own will need some maintenance done on them. Ok then what have we been up to this month; first of all we had our annual radio check night run by John GM7OLQ with help from Gavin GM4GJV. It was once again a resounding success with various pieces of equipment checked out. The only real worry radio was Gabriel’s 2M1IBH. It was a commercial ICOM Marine Radio when looked at on the Spectrum Analyser had harmonics all over the place. This rung bells of an amateur radio, funnily enough another ICOM that Nigel GM0GRH had tested a few years ago. It was returned to ICOM who found no problem with it but yet when retested was ok, humph I wonder. Once again the night proved just by this one incident how worthwhile it is. On behalf of us all who attended many thanks John and Gavin for your efforts it really is appreciated. The second event was taking part in ―Thinking Day on the Air‖ at Penicuik. This certainly turned out to be really good day, giving us the opportunity to carry out a good deed and help many of

the Brownies achieve their Radio Communication Badges. Well done to all those involved. To the future I hope you will all make an effort and come and listen to the talk by Tom Wylie GM4FDM on his trip to the Falkland Islands. Tom came along a year or two ago and gave a talk on IOTA and sees what that achieved, yes the club making an annual trip to Tiree to take part in the IOTA contest. I do hope you will come along as Tom is travelling from the west of Glasgow to do this and there is nothing more demoralising than very few people attending. I have been very active this month on the standardisation of the club computers. They are coming along nicely but I still have a fair bit to do before I am complete particularly on the documentation side. Even from what I have done so far I can see the benefits already and I am sure or hopefully you will agree as well when you see the results. As I produce the documentation I will be submitting them, as articles for the newsletter so everyone can get chance to read it. I think that is about it for this month and also I feel I have forgotten something but it is really important I will get it posted to the CPSARC group via Email. Enjoy the newsletter and please make an effort to come along to this months talk. Bob GM4UYZ

Inside this issue:

6m Convention


Thinking Day


Events Column


Radio Test Night




Menu System




Contest Calendar

Special points of interest:  Thinking Day on the Air—photos  Novices get their licenses  CQWW from Dunnet Head




Six Metre to Microwaves Convention 6 April 2002 from 1000 hours Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DF This event organised by members of the RSGB VHF tee, VHF contest committee, Microwave committee UK Six Metre Group promises to be the UK premier tion for operators interested in all bands from through to Microwaves.

A DX Dinner will be held in the evening. Overnight bed and breakfast accommodation in single room can be provided on campus. commitand the conven50MHz

The convention will feature lecture programmes from topnotch 50MHz DX'ers and VHF and Microwave personalities all day on Saturday 6 April. The UKSMG will also be holding their annual AGM at the event. The RSGB Contest Committee awards and other VHF presentations will be made during the day. A large hall will house several RSGB committee stands and a UK Six Metre Group stand. In addition there will be invited traders specialising in VHF and Microwave components, equipment and publications. The RSGB book stand will also be in attendance. Restaurant and Licensed Bar facilities will be available during the day.

The convention will close at 1200 hours on Sunday 7 April. Note that no scheduled events will take place on Sunday. Directions for Reaseheath College can be found at http:// by entering the post code CW5 6DF The venue is located just 5 miles from Junction 6 of the M6 motorway. The nearest railway station is at Crewe. Visitors from further afield may use Manchester airport, conveniently located 30 miles from Reaseheath College. DAY VISITOR £5 BED & BREAKFAST £25/night DX DINNER nominally £21 (to be decided) Bookings should be made with RSGB Headquarters on 0870 904 7373 See the RSGB web site for up to date details of lecture streams and other information

10 pin bowling I have booked the MEGABOWL once again for a 10 PIN BOWLING NIGHT. Date: SATURDAY 27th APRIL 2002 Time: 20:00 SHARP Cost for 2 Games + Shoes: ADULT £10.00 CHILDREN £7.00 (includes a small sum to buy some prizes) Note it is a family event so bring the kids along as well.

Now the part you don't like and that is if you want to go can you let me know ASAP along with numbers if you are bring some of the family and I need the Full Amount paid by the 5th April i.e. April Club Night. I would appreciate if you would let me know if it is a YES or NO about going, PLEASE. Bob GM4UYZ

CONGRATULATIONS I would like to congratulate on behalf of everyone at the radio club, all of my 2001 Novices who have now been issued with their Licences. Victor is 2M1IGO and lives in Prestonpans so hopefully we will hear him on the air. Tom GM4LRU and myself have already worked Victor so it is nice to see that he was immediately active on getting his license. Jim is 2M1IGS, SSL gave him 2E1IGS somehow I think they got their countries mixed up, but hopefully Jim will have it all sorted out and I certainly look forward to hearing him on the air as he lives in Portobello so should be a good signal to Port

Seton. Chris is 2M1IGQ and David is 2M1IGS (David like Jim was given 2E1IGS but an E-Mail sorted him out). They will certainly be harder to work as they live in Dunblane but for the boys sake it certainly was worth the while their trip each week through to Port Seton for the training course. Again congratulations to you all and a very warm welcome to Amateur Radio and I hope it gives you all many years of enjoyment. Bob GM4UYZ





he club was involved in ―Thinking Day on the Air‖ from the Penicuik Scout Hall on Sunday the 17th March between 10:00 and 15:00. It gave us the opportunity to once again demonstrate our fabulous hobby of amateur radio. As well as this demonstration we were asked on the day if we could help some of the Brownies achieve their communication badges. They were required to, pass a message over the air, say their name using the phonetic alphabet as part of the requirement and it was tremendous to see some of the enthusiasm given by the youngsters when they made that contact on the air. Congratulations to all those that passed. Cambell certainly did a great job here with all the brownies with his coaxing and patience to help them along the way in getting their passes.

from his video camera of some of the Guides and Brownies and send it out over the air. He certainly created a fair bit of amusement by doctoring the pictures by adding ―false lips‖ to all the faces and transmitting the doctored picture. Contacts were made with France, Russia, Poland and Germany using this mode.

The other station was just used as a standard talk station with contacts made with the following countries Italy, England, Germany, Wales, Belgium, Holland, Scotland and Slovakia. All of the stations contacted certainly went out their way to listen to and return greetings to the young brownies taking part in obtaining their communication badges.

The team taking part in the event was Ron GM4IKU, Landles GM4XZZ, Iain MM1CPP, Paul 2M1IBE, David GM4WLL, Cambell MM0DXC and myself. We arrived on site at 08:30 and proceeded to erect the two aerials, the Butternut and W3DZZ. What more can anyone ask for to find two flagpoles already there that the W3DZZ could be hung between. The butternut was erected at the rear of the Hall to allow separation between the aerials.

Congratulations must go out to the organisers for a wellstructured and organised day. The behaviour of all those that took part were absolutely impeccable. We ourselves were extremely well looked after throughout the day, being well fed and watered. What more can you ask for? It certainly was a good day and thoroughly enjoyed by us all, you never know we may be asked back again! Two stations were put on; Landles stripped out his whole shack (many thanks Landles for this) so that he could put on a Slow Scan station. He had the ability to ―grab‖ a picture






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Lothians RS, DAB Radio by Simon Lloyd Hughes

7.30pm to TALK ―VP8SDX DX Trip to the Falkland Islands‖ by Tom 9.30pm Wylie GM4FDM in Port Seton Community Centre, Resources Room 2. Entry £1 per person 11am Norbreck Rally, Norbreck Hotel, Blackpool. Entry £3, OAPs £1.50. More info at 7.30pm Lothians RS Surplus Equipment Sale (Auction), Orwell Lodge Hotel, Polwarth Terrace, Edinburgh. 7pm till late Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton 10am



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Six Metre to Microwaves Convention, Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire. 5 miles from M6 Jn16, @ 258 miles from P/Seton. Entry £5, B&B £25pppn, DX Dinner @ £21pp Lothians RS, Moonbounce by David Anderson GM4JJJ Peter GM4DTH World Amateur Radio Day


Lothians RS, Enigma Codes by Professor Alan Peacock

Peter GM4DTH

8pm SHARP 10 pin Bowling Night at MEGABOWL, Kinnaird Park, Edin- Bob GM4UYZ onwards burgh. Cost £10 Adults and £7 Children. Money to Bob by 5th April. 7pm till late Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton Bob GM4UYZ ?

Lothians RS, Islands On The Air by Tom Wylie GM4FDM

6.30pm for 144MHz DF Hunt, meet in ―The Old Ship Inn‖ Car Park 7pm start (East), Port Seton. £1 per person ?

2002 Lothians Challenge

7pm till late Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton ?

Lothians RS Annual General Meeting


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10am to 4pm MID-LANARK ARS Scottish Convention, Summerlee HeriElvin GM8BBA tage Park, Heritage Road, Coatbridge. Entry Free! Lectures, Bring & Buy, Traders, Talk-In etc. etc. The organisers already have 45 tables booked for this event! 7pm till late Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton Bob GM4UYZ

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6.30pm to ―JUNK NIGHT" in the Main Hall at Port Seton Community Bob GM4UYZ 9.30pm Centre. Bring along your own ―junk‖ and sell it yourself. Tables on First Come First Served basis. Entrance fee £1 for everyone. Money Raised DONATED to BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

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Radio test night


nce again I found myself surrounded by test gear and radios as I attempted to check the imposing pile of radios brought along by various club members. As a change from my previous practice, I set the gear up on a table instead of the work surface which allowed me to get a seat instead of standing for two hours! The test gear I was using was my Marconi 2955 radiocomms test set, a Bird Thruline power meter with a selection of HF and VHF elements and a RF sniffer which feeds a Hewlett Packard spectrum analyser borrowed from BT’s radio support group. Gavin GM4GVJ also brought along his test gear to help take some of the strain off me. As more people arrived they reported that they could hear my testing (into a dummy load) on various frequencies as they approached the Community Centre. The kind of tests I am able to offer at a night like this are:  Output frequency and power  Deviation  Sub-audible tones  Receive sensitivity and SINAD  The spectrum analyser allows me to check for spurious output (harmonics etc) from transmitters.

couple of VHF/UHF rigs and one marine VHF set. Then there were the HF rigs, a TS570, TS850 and an Alinco DX70 as well as Bob’s kit built 80m CW set. I spent a little while with Vic’s DX70 trying to work out how to turn on the correct CTCSS tones The good guys The best performer has to the Robert MM0ANT’s TS850, good receiver with performance getting close to VHF sets. The bad guys The worst set was definitely Gabriel’s marine VHF radio which displayed a fine set of harmonics 25dB down on the carrier. Most of the other radios had little or nothing in the way of spurious output (maybe 45-50dB down). So thanks go to Gavin GM4GVJ for helping out and Bob GM4UYZ for his power supply (I was missing a terminal on mine) and to all the club members who brought radios along or came for a blether and showed an interest. John MM0JXI

Surprisingly there were no handheld radios this year (previous years have thrown up quite a few), there were a

GM2T ARRL DX CW Single-Op Single Band Low Power 28MHz


always enjoy the ARRL DX CW and SSB contests as there is plenty of activity and you can work lots with a basic station. However, I fancied trying a bit harder this time. After having marked the CW event on the house calendar (next best thing to the law in our house - if it ain't on it, it doesn't happen!) a few weeks in advance I was pleasantly surprised to be granted free reign of the house for the weekend. Susan and Craig were to visit 'Granny and Grandad' to get them on-line with a new computer we had organised for them and I would be left up to my own devices at home. I immediately began planning what I could do and decided that the most likely outcome was a single band single-op entry on 10m. Not only did I have a suitable antenna but the band was open at convenient times and didn't disrupt normal sleep patterns! So that was final...... I 'just' managed to get the antenna (4ele @ 20ft) erected on my own on the Friday night thanks to plenty rigging of both the mast and the gin pole! A sturdy tree at the bottom of the garden kindly held the mast (roped via the gin pole) at a suitable height agl for me to attach the antenna! I'm just glad it wasn't windy! I got started on Saturday morning with some preparation work. As I was totally on my own I arranged a flask of cof-

fee, some sandwiches and other refreshments which accompanied me up into the shack (in the loft). The main aim was so that I had everything necessary to help promote long operating periods.... it's a pity there isn't a toilet in the shack too! As the operating position is above rather than below the loft insulation, I also made sure that my little oil filled radiator (shack Xmas present!) was connected and was ready at the operating position! The first signs of stateside life were heard on the band at around 9.30am with VE6BF in Alberta (AB) being first in the log at 09.38am. However, it remained very quiet for over an hour until VO1MP in Newfoundland (NF) was worked at 10.50am after which the band really started to open. The hours passed with QSO rates nominally between 40 and 60 but peaking at 82 QSOs/hr. The peaks generally coincided with DX Cluster spots and it is no great surprise that during my best hour GM2T was spotted 3 times on the DX Cluster! To help the cause a little I made periodic trips from the shack to get DX Cluster printouts for 28MHz. Once back in the shack, and while still operating on a run frequency, I checked through them for new mults or stations I hadn't already worked and where necessary used the second VFO, in short bursts between CQs, to tick them off one by one. This helped a little and certainly accounted for 2 or 3 mults as well as up to 20 stations by the end of the event. (Continued on page 6)


Although the day had started slowly and I had initially been quite unhappy at the QSO rates, the total was now becoming fairly respectable. The last QSO was at 9.24pm and by close of play on day one I had amassed 514 QSOs (with @ 3 dupes). On the multiplier front I was only missing 2 states (North Dakota and Louisiana) and 5 provinces (North West Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, Labrador and New Brunswick) from those available. Time for tea and to freshen up with a nice hot shower! Day 2 started earlier than on a normal weekend with a trip to work to do some overtime (7am-10am). By the time I returned home there were still no stateside signals audible on 10m so once more I arranged food and drink for the day. Once that was done I checked the internet DX Cluster again to see what was happening. A few stateside spots were indicating European signals now but I also noticed that the K -index had risen to 3! Not good news! Back in the shack I checked the band again. Although there were signals audible, I had worked them all on day 1 and it therefore wasn't until 11.36am that I had my first contact on day 2! That's 23 QSOs less than the same point on day 1 already! A feeling of doom began to descend! On a brighter note I was soon smiling again when at 11.59am I added VE9DX in New Brunswick (NB) for another multiplier. Sadly, the day continued as it began with low QSO rates (typically 20-40 per hour) and generally suppressed conditions. In an attempt to help the situation I made more visits to get DX Cluster printouts and was partially successful. More searching and pouncing (S&P) to catch those stations who were just calling CQ was also necessary. This proved quite fruitful and the eventual bonus came at 2.35pm when I worked W5ZR in Louisiana (LA) for my penultimate state! Unknown to me at that point it was to be my last as I never did manage to find North Dakota! Similarly the Canadian Provinces of North West Territories (NWT), Yukon (YT), Nunavut (NU) and Labrador (LB) remained unfound.

A return to family duties in the early evening meant a few brief breaks and an eventual early finish at 7.48pm. Stations were still there to be worked but I expect that little actual loss would have occurred since the QSO rate was so low and the band was due to close anyway!







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Despite the somewhat disappointing Sunday session it was still a fun event. Even after being active all that time I still felt relatively fresh and could have done more! I suspect that wouldn't have been the case for such a long SSB event! The antenna and a chinese takeaway (!) were down within an hour of closedown and the shack was shut up for the night! Thanks to those who helped in any way – especially that sturdy tree at the bottom of the garden! Now to wait for the results! 73 Colin GM0CLN The final totals are‌

Band 10

Valid QSOs Points Mults ----------------------------------------754 2262 58 ----------------------------------------TOTAL SCORE 131,196

Is this the future of VHF Contesting? .......... Colin GM0CLN found the following on the 144MHz Europe E -mail Reflector where there has been some discussion about contest rules recently. ***************************************************** Last year one of the Ericsson (SK0CT) guys, worked a contest from Sweden via Internet using his rig in Estonia (ES)! As he was using ES call it was not my problem as SM VHF-Contest manager! As we have broadband Internet connections at both SK7DO, SK7CA sites here in Kalmar, it would be possible from home via broadband start a CQ at SK7DO and then connect also to SK7CA and work myself! Maybe some additions or new

classes are needed in the rules as we cannot stop progress? Maybe we need an ASSISTED class as well, like on some HF contests? Now the stations with good DX-Cluster connections can announce themselves and immediately receive suggestions to beam certain stations with call, locator and frequency, and sometimes after a difficult QSO they thank the station via the Cluster with both reports and full locator. I sometimes, after long CQs with no answer on 1296 MHz, spot a beacon and after that it takes only seconds to get an answer from a station in the area close to the beacon, is that fair to the others? 73 Tommy SM7NZB



Logging computer menu system Bob GM4UYZ continues his articles on standardising the club logging computers.


s part of the project on Club Standardisation each of the club computers are set-up so that when they are initially powered ON they load DOS then run the CONTLOAD.BAT Batch File, which is called from the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. The purpose of this file is to drive the end user via a set of menus to set-up and use any of the Contest Programs that the club might use in the event of taking part in a Radio Contest. The contest programs that the Club uses are CT, NA, GJV and the SD Contest Suite i.e. SD, SDU, etc. From the menu systems there are also a link to some Computer ―Tools‖ i.e. Laplink, Norton Commander, PC Check and the facility to set-up and test the computers installed LAN card. THE CONTLOAD.BAT BATCH FILE DESCRIPTION When the batch file initially runs it prompts for to check and if required change, the Computers DATE & TIME (Fig 1). It is very important that they are set correctly, as it is this date and time that is used by the respective contest logging programs when a contact is being logged. As a standard and as we are running in DOS Mode then the DATE and TIME must be set in UTC (GMT). By doing this it saves worrying about having to remember to allow the difference in time between UTC and BST. COCKENZIE & PORT SETON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB ************************************************************************ * The Setting of the DATE and TIME on Booting the computer is to make * * sure that it is correct before any Contest is RUN. If this is not * * done then it means that the Date & Time could possibly be incorrect * * in the Contest Log which creates a major "headache" after the event.* * * * ALWAYS SET THE TIME TO UTC (GMT) * ************************************************************************

Fig 2 Menu Selection 1, 2 or 3 call another set of Batch Files which when set-up properly can be used when a contest is actually running. It offers a quick entry to the actual live contest without going via all the normal Contest Program set-up screens. The reason for to use this facility is normally after a computer failure or a power cut has occurred and requires the computer to be re-booted. An example (Fig 3) is shown REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM REM

NALIVE.BAT ************************************************************************ * * * This batch file needs to be EDITED for every NA Contest that is RUN * * so that in the event of a MAJOR COMPUTER FAILURE, for example caused * * by a Power Failure, the NA Contest which is being operated can be * * loaded directly to the logging screens without going via the normal * * set-up screen. * * * * Example of the line to be EDITED. * * * * na CONTEST –now * * * * Substitute the Current Contest name in place of the word CONTEST * * for example the contest name is 02IOTA, then the new line will be: * * * * na 02IOTA –now * * * ************************************************************************

cls cd c:\na na CONTEST –now exit

below of one of the batch files: Fig 3 Menu Selection 4 displays the following menu (Fig 4). From this menu selections 1 to 6 call the required SuperDuper contest Batch file as similarly described above in Menu Selection 1,2 or 3. Selection 7 exits the contload.bat batch file and returns to the standard DOS prompt. Selection 8 returns to the Main Menu within the contload.bat batch file. COCKENZIE & PORT SETON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB SUPERDUPER CONTEST SUITE LIVE MENU 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Current date is Wed 06/02/2002 Enter new date (dd-mm-yy): 07-02-2002 Current time is 15:52:00:09 Enter new time: 16:30:02

Fig 1



Calls file C:\LIVE\SDLIVE.BAT Calls file C:\LIVE\SDCLIVE.BAT Calls file C:\LIVE\SDILIVE.BAT Calls file C:\LIVE\SDULIVE.BAT Calls file C:\LIVE\SDXLIVE.BAT Calls file C:\LIVE\SDVLIVE.BAT Return to DOS Prompt

8. Return to Main Menu

Once the date and time is set the first menu (Fig 2) is: Fig 4 COCKENZIE & PORT SETON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB ************************************************************************ * WARNING * * The Quick Live Load of a Contest requires that the respective LIVE * * BATCH file, which is held in the directory c:\live, has been * * configured before the facility can be used. If not then the wrong * * contest will be loaded. * ************************************************************************ REAL LIVE CONTEST SELECTION MENU 1. 2. 3. 4.



Calls file Calls file Calls file SuperDuper



Main Menu - NO LIVE CONTEST Return to DOS Prompt

Menu Selection 5 displays the following menu (Fig 5) that enables the facility to actually edit the actual Contest Live Batch file using the standard DOS EDIT command. Menu selection 1 goes to another menu (Fig 6), which allows the selection and thus set-up of the required network that is being used by the CT program i.e. ethernet or loop. From this menu it calls either the CTLETH.BAT (Fig 7a) or CTLLOOP.BAT (Fig 7b) Files, depending on selection, which can be edited using the standard DOS EDIT command. Once the edit is complete it copies the file to be the CTLIVE.BAT which is used on the Quick Live Boot of the program. Menu selections 2 & 3 allow editing of the NA or GJV LIVE.BAT batch files, see the example batch file (Fig 3) under Menu Selection 1,2 or 3. (Continued on page 8)



M e n u s ys t e m (Continued from page 7)

Selection 4 like Menu Selection 4 described above displays a

Fig 7b

similar menu, see below (Fig 8), and from which the required SuperDuper contests Batch files for editing can be accessed. The same menu also gives the ability to return to the main menu or the standard DOS prompt. Selection 6 exits the contload.bat batch file and returns to the standard DOS prompt. Selection 5 returns to the Main Menu within the contload.bat batch file.




Edit file Edit file Edit file Edit file Edit file Edit file Return to


8. Return to Main Menu




5. MM -6. DOS --

Edit file C:\LIVE\CTLIVE.BAT Edit file C:\LIVE\NALIVE.BAT Edit file C:\LIVE\GJVLIVE.BAT SuperDuper Contest Selection

Fig 8 Menu Selection 6 selects the contload.bat Main Menu (Fig 9).

Main Menu - NO LIVE CONTEST Return to DOS Prompt


Fig 5



Ethernet Network Loop Network Return to DOS Prompt


CTLETH.BAT ************************************************************************ * * * This batch file needs to be EDITED for every CT Contest that is RUN * * so that in the event of a MAJOR COMPUTER FAILURE, for example caused * * by a Power Failure, the CT Contest which is being operated can be * * loaded directly to the logging screens without going via the normal * * set-up screens. * * * * Example of the line to be EDITED. * * * * ct CONTEST -now * * * * Substitute the Current Contest name in place of the word CONTEST * * for example the contest name is 02IOTA, then the new line will be: * * * * ct 02IOTA -now * * * ************************************************************************

cls cd c:\ct comtsr1 -b4800 -n82 -xon comtsr2 -b9600 -n81 -xon nettsr ct test -now -lz nettsr -u comtsr2 -u comtsr1 -u exit


CTLLOOP.BAT ************************************************************************ * * * This batch file needs to be EDITED for every CT Contest that is RUN * * so that in the event of a MAJOR COMPUTER FAILURE, for example caused * * by a Power Failure, the CT Contest which is being operated can be * * loaded directly to the logging screens without going via the normal * * set-up screens. * * * * Example of the line to be EDITED. * * * * ct CONTEST -now * * * * Substitute the Current Contest name in place of the word CONTEST * * for example the contest name is 02IOTA, then the new line will be: * * * * ct 02IOTA -now * * * ************************************************************************

cls cd c:\ct comtsr1 -b4800 -n82 -xon comtsr2 -b9600 -n81 -xon ct testloop -now -lz comtsr2 -u comtsr1 -u exit

-- HF -- HF -- VHF --

General Contests General Contests Contest Logging Software SuperDuper Contest Suite

5. SET-UP CONTEST LIVE BATCH FILES 6. TOOLS - Laplink, Norton Commander, etc

4. Return to Main Menu

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7. DOS

-- Return to DOS Prompt

Fig 9 Menu Selection 7 exits the contload.bat batch file and returns to the standard DOS prompt. MAIN MENU (Fig 9) Menu Selection 1 selects the CT Contest Program Menu (Fig 10). See under CT Selection Menu for full details of each menu selection within the menu. Menu Selection 2 selects the NA Contest Program Menu (Fig 16). See under NA Selection Menu for full details of each menu selection within the menu. Menu Selection 3 selects the G0GJV VHF Contest Program. Menu Selection 4 selects the SuperDuper Contest Program Menu (Fig 17). See under SuperDuper Selection Menu for full details of each menu selection within the menu. Menu Selection 5 selects the option to set-up the Contest Live Batch Files previously described under the First Menu Selection 5 and Fig’s 4 & 5. Menu Selection 6 selects the Tools Menu (Fig 19). See under Tools Selection Menu for full details of each menu selection within the menu. Menu Selection 7 exits the contload.bat batch file and returns to the standard DOS prompt.



Cqww contest 2001 gm0b We have featured the contest reports from a number of groups over the years, here is another from GM0B by Brian Devlin GM0EGI (its too large to fit in one month so I’ve split it up [Ed])


he contest group of the Mid Lanark Amateur Radio Society once again took part in the CQ WW SSB contest, but this year we operated from Dunnet Head, the most Northerly point on the British mainland. Our plans for the CQ WW SSB contest 2001 took an early change as we had originally planned to return to the Island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, where we had operated the previous year. However, Derek GM0EEY phoned to say that he had moved to the Island of Grimsay and now did not have enough accommodation or space for the antenna farm. I quickly sent an e-mail to the GM0B members and told them that ―we had a problem‖. We decided to have an emergency meeting to discuss our options as it is not easy to find a suitable multi-multi site at short notice. I obtained holiday cottage brochures and took them to the meeting for discussion, but none of the accommodation seemed suitable, either no land for antennas or not enough room for ops and how do you tell the owner that you want to bring mobile towers, etc., onto the site.

We were discussing this serious blow to our plans when I happened to mention the advert in Radcom for the bed and breakfast ( with shack ) at Dunnet Head. I had seen this advert several times previous, but had never really taken a great deal of notice of it, however, Tom MM0BHX said ―I’ll give them a phone‖. So Tom went off to phone, while I said to the others that ―Murphy had struck early this year‖. Murphy had been an all too well known member of our group last year and unknown to us, at that time, he was planning to play a several tricks on us again this year. After about 10 minutes Tom came back and said ―I have good news and bad news‖. ―What’s the bad news‖, I asked, Tom said ―the bed and breakfast has been sold! ‖ and ―the good news ? ‖ I asked, ―it’s been bought by another radio amateur and he is willing to have us for the contest.‖ It turned out that the bed and breakfast accommodation with tearoom, had been purchased by another radio ham, Brian Sparks GM4JYB and his Partner Tina Irving. The accom-

modation was situated right on the top of a cliff overlooking the Pentland Firth towards the Orkney Islands and that it had three fields to the rear which we could use for our antenna farm. Brian Sparks advised that as the B&B/tearoom season closed at the end of September, we could virtually have the run of the place during the October contest and as there were two double bedrooms, one triple bedroom and a four berth caravan available there was plenty of sleeping accommodation for the team and space for the six stations. Four of the stations could to be located in the tearoom and other two in Brian’s own shack to the rear of the premises. Hoping to increase our score this year we planned to improve our contest equipment, particularly our antenna systems, by purchasing Monoband Beams for 10m, 15m and 20m. To this end we bought a 3 element 20m Monobander and a 4 element 10m Monobander directly from WIMO in Germany, i.e. ZX-YAGI. ( We very much appreciated the serious discount afforded to us by ZX-Yagi and plan adding their logo to both our website and our QSL cards. ) We also purchased a second-hand HYGAIN 5 element 15m monobander from the Crawley ARS. In addition, we bought a good 60 ft lattice tower, unfortunately it was affixed to a rather dilapidated trailer which had neither wheels or an axle. However, after the team’s hard work renovating our purchase, it was a work of art, complete with metal storage boxes, fixed climbing ladder, antenna transport brackets and few other niceties. A real custom built contest trailer, although perhaps a little heavy with all the extras.

Another improvement, deemed essential by the group, was that Kenny GM1MMK got a LPG gas conversion kit fitted to his Range Rover (See last year’s story about the 12 miles to the gallon) so it would save us a fortune, and I mean a fortune, in fuel costs. Whilst we were changing our equipment for the better, unfortunately there was going to be team changes for the worse. It would be impossible for Derek GM0EEY, a teacher, to leave Dunnet Head on Sunday night after the contest and return to Benbecula in time for school first thing Monday (Continued on page 10)


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morning, so he had to drop out. Also, Craig MM0BUL who is in the R.A.F. and based in Lincoln thought he may be in either ZD8 or VP8 at the time of the contest, so we would have to wait and see. That was worrying as we would be two good operators down from the previous year. During the year our club had held a couple of rallies and open days where I had given a slide show of our efforts in the CQ WW Contest 2000 and at one of these events Graham GM3RTJ intimated he was very interested and asked if he could join us. I said that I would discuss his request with the rest of the team and let him know, however, as he mentioned he could provide another 60 ft mobile mast, his possibility of joining had dramatically increased. Our contest group had also put a web site on the net and Mark GM0WIB having come across it, sent an e-mail to Tom MM0BHX advising he would love to take part in a multimulti contest and if there was ever a place on the team he would wish to be considered. We discussed the prospect of allowing two unknown amateurs to join our group and decided that as we would be two operators down, we would offer the these places on a trial bases. Both were suitably notified ~ Mark replied stating he would buy the new wire ropes needed to renovate our tower and Graham replied advising he would borrow a Raynet trailer tower and take it to Dunnet Head. Things were starting to shape up nicely. As the contest approached we started to get everything ready, rigs, coax, amplifiers, laptops, power supplies, poles, guy lines, pegs, etc. I had rebuilt our 50ft high vertical for 80m which had been broken the previous year by gale force winds on the Isle of Benbecula and now the ―MK II‖ version was decidedly Benbecula proof. I had also made a 40m ground plane with 4 elevated radials to replace the previously used 40m array. The array was good, but little too directional and it could not be easily rotated. The day of our departure had finally arrived and the group consisting of GM0EGI, GM0LIR, GM0OQV, GM0XFK, MM0BHX, GM4VWV, GM7VYR & GM1MMK left the Stirling area at 8:00 am heading north.


We had arranged to meet Graham GM3RTJ and Mark

GM0WIB at 12:00 pm in Inverness, as Graham was coming from the west near Oban and Mark was coming from the east near Fraserburgh. We were in convoy and following Kenny GM1MMK in his newly converted Range Rover as he was doing a guided tour of all of the garages in Scotland that sold LPG. (Well it seemed like all of the garages !) As Kenny was towing the heavy trailer we were keen for him to get the cheaper LPG at every opportunity, so our first stop was Perth. We found the specialist garage and as it was a tight squeeze with the trailer, we decided to unhitch it and let Kenny take the car in on its own. With the trailer being a bit nose heavy, it took most of the group standing its rear to lift it off the tow ball. Unfortunately when the trailer was unhitched the Range Rover shot off down the incline, driverless, and smashed into the front of Tom’s Jeep Grand Cherokee. ―Murphy again‖, thankfully the damage was minimal, no damage to the Range Rover and only a small crack in the number plate of the Jeep. After this incident we once more headed off north in convoy, working each other on VHF and the DX of HF using an assortment of mobile rigs and whips. [more next month—Ed]

Contest Commentary Quite a busy month ahead with several contests on both HF and VHF to keep everyone amused. If HF SSB is your thing you are well catered for with two big SSB contests. The ARRL DX SSB event on 2nd/3rd March is great for those who like to collect US States and Canadian Provinces (this is the main object of the event). It can provide much good high speed contesting practice due to the slick stateside operators and their short callsigns. On 30th/31st March is the CQ WPX SSB contest which has multipliers based upon callsign prefixes (GM0, GM4, MM0, MM3 etc). This is another well supported event with plenty of activity on the bands. The CW buffs also have an event, the RSGB Commonwealth Contest, to keep them amused on 9th/10th of the month. Here, the

UK works the Commonwealth (and vice versa) and therefore we have a good opportunity to work some choice DX since the rest of the Commonwealth only wants to work the UK! VHF is due for some activity too with the RSGB 144/432MHz Contest this weekend and the usual rash of Tuesday night Activity Contests on various bands. I hope you have a great contesting month and work some nice DX. If you do, please remember to send in a summary to myself or someone else for inclusion in the newsletter. 73 Colin GM0CLN



Contest calendar Start (UTC)

Duration (hrs)

02-Mar-02 02-Mar-02 05-Mar-02 09-Mar-02 10-Mar-02 12-Mar-02 17-Mar-02 19-Mar-02 25-Mar-02 26-Mar-02 30-Mar-02 02-Apr-02 02-Apr-02 07-Apr-02 09-Apr-02 10-Apr-02 14-Apr-02 16-Apr-02 18-Apr-02 20-Apr-02

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48 24 2.5 24 6 2.5 2 2.5 1.5 2.5 48 1.5 2.5 2 2.5 1.5 4 2.5 1.5 24

ARRL International DX SSB Contest RSGB 144/432MHz RSGB 144MHz Activity Contest RSGB 65th Commonwealth Contest (CW) WAB VHF/UHF CW RSGB 432MHz Activity Contest RSGB 70MHz Cumulatives RSGB 1.3GHz/2.3GHz Activity Contest RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative CW RSGB 50MHz Activity Contest CQWW WPX SSB Contest RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative CW RSGB 144MHz Activity Contest RSGB RoPoCo 1 RSGB 432MHz Activity Contest RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative CW RSGB 1st 70MHz RSGB 1.3GHz/2.3GHz Activity Contest RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative CW Holyland DX Contest CW/SSB

21-Apr-02 23-Apr-02 26-Apr-02 04-May-02 04-May-02 04-May-02 07-May-02 12-May-02 12-May-02 14-May-02 18-May-02 19-May-02 21-May-02 25-May-02 28-May-02 01-Jun-02 01-Jun-02 02-Jun-02 02-Jun-02 04-Jun-02 08-Jun-02

09:00 19:00 19:00 14:00 14:00 14:00 19:00 09:00 09:00 19:00 14:00 11:00 19:00 00:00 19:00 14:00 15:00 09:00 11:00 19:00 10:00

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RSGB 50MHz RSGB 50MHz Activity Contest RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative CW RSGB 432MHz – 248GHz RSGB 10GHz Trophy RSGB 432MHz Trophy RSGB 144MHz Activity Contest RSGB 70MHz CW WAB LF CW RSGB 432MHz Activity Contest RSGB 144MHz RSGB 144MHz Backpackers #1 RSGB 1.3GHz/2.3GHz Activity Contest CQWW WPX CW Contest RSGB 50MHz Activity Contest RSGB 50MHz Trophy/IARU Reg 1 HF National Field Day CW WAB LF Phone RSGB 50MHz Backpackers #1 RSGB 144MHz Activity Contest Jubilee Contest CW/SSB



Notes & Info 10m-160m Also 6 hour sections 10m-80m

3.540MHz – 3.580MHz, Max Speed 12wpm 10m-160m 3.540MHz – 3.580MHz, Max Speed 12wpm 80m Rotating Post Codes 3.540MHz – 3.580MHz, Max Speed 12wpm

3.540MHz – 3.580MHz, Max Speed 12wpm holy2002rules.html

3.540MHz – 3.580MHz, Max Speed 12wpm

Also 6 hour sections

Also 6 hour sections 10m-160m


General Notes : (1) The club or its members plan to be active in those events shown as bold above. Full Event Rules Are Available On The Internet As Follows : RSGB HF 2002 : RSGB VHF 2002 : ARRL : WAB : Links to most of the other events, or their rules, can be found on the SM3CER Contest Web Page under Calendar 2002. Start at and use the appropriate links to find the info you require.

COCKENZIE & PORT SETON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB Bob Glasgow 7 Castle Terrace Port Seton East Lothian EH32 0EE Phone: 01875 811723 Email:

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Contacts General Correspondence, Novice Training, Contest entries — Bob Glasgow HF Contests, 5wpm Morse Class — Cambell Stevenson VHF Contests, 12wpm Morse — Colin Smith Newsletter, Web Site —John Innes Email admin, Photo archive— Robert Veal

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he Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club was formed in 1984 by Bob Glasgow GM4UYZ, to help the local amateurs get to know each

other. Numbers have increased steadily over the years and now average about 33. Far from being just a local club we have members coming from the Borders, Dumfries, Strathclyde and Fife. The Club meets on the first Friday of every month (Second Friday of January) in the lounge of the Thorntree Inn on the old Cockenzie High Street from 7pm till late. The Club is run in a very informal way, there are no fees, no real committee structure, just a group of like minded people doing something they enjoy! This does not mean that we don’t do anything, we enter (and win!) contests, train novices, run talks and video nights and hold an annual Junk Sale. The Club supports the British Heart Foundation in memory of a member who died from heart disease by donating the profits from events we hold, we have raised over £6,290 since 1994. The Club is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain and holds the callsigns MM0CPS and GM2T which are used for our contest entries. We also have our own internet domain name and club members can get their own email addresses.