Secretary’s Report, October 1996

by Charlotte Richardson, KQ1F

YCCC Scuttlebutt #126, December 1996

The October, 1996, meeting of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club was held on Saturday, October 5, at the ARRL New England Division Convention in Boxboro, Massachusetts. The meeting was called to order by club President Tom, K1KI, and began with introductions of the 161 members present and their guests. Between meeting presentations, a large number of prizes were raffled off and the club welcomed sixteen new members (see "New Crew").

Dean, N6BV, gave the first technical presentation on IONCAP predictions for propagation for the CQ WW contest weekends.

Dean's talk was followed by a panel discussion on strategies for the CQ WW contests, including use of packet, how to effectively use two radios as a single op, and CT. The panel consisted of Fred, K2TR, Rich, K1CC, Dean, N6BV, Dick, KB1H, John, K1AR, and Charlie, WZ1R.

Next, members who had not already announced their contest plans to their Area Managers discussed their CQ WW plans. Tom, K1KI, announced that members making at least 600 QSOs would be placed in a pool to win two nights for two at the Yankee Clipper Inn (on Cape Ann). Members making at least 600 QSOs in both modes of operation of the CQ WW contest will have three chances to win, while those reaching this level in only one mode will be entered in the drawing once.

Following this, Fred, K2TR, gave a brief retrospective on the radio career of Dr. Jim Lawson, W2PV. YCCC now hold Jim's call as one of our club calls, and Fred's station will host the first club operation under this famous call.

Dave, K8JLF, is the new club scorekeeper. For upcoming contests, he will need the callsign used, the claimed score, the total QSOs, the total QSO points, the total number of multipliers, the entry category, the power level, the callsigns of the operators, the share of the score going to YCCC, and the callsign of the host station.

Next, Dean, N6BV, talked about computer tools for contesting. Then Doug, K1DG, and John, K1AR, discussed the CQ WW and ARRL contest committees and JP, AA2DU, Hudson Division CAC representative, gave an update.

The meeting concluded with a multimedia slide show, "The Persian Gulf", presented by Charlotte, KQ1F, and Paul, K1XM, with narration by Larry, WA2YTO, showing their winter 1995 travels through A6, A4, and A9, their CQ WW CW contest operation from A61AF, the A47RS club station, and the above and underwater life of the Persian Gulf.