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Mike Stone WB0OCD PO Box H Lowden IA 52255

NEW 73/SPEC-COM WAS SSTV CONTEST FEB. 23-MAR. 1

Let's get slow-scan ^V moving again! This past fall and wtnter have taken their toll, with low activity levels on SSTV around 14.230 MHz and elsewhere. Today's modern-style color converters have discouraged some black-and-white operators from staying active.

With spring just around the corner, the Spec-Corn Journal will be sponsoring its annual Worked All States SSTV Contest, the only regularly sponsored SSTV contest by any video group for many years The 1987 WAS Contest will be jointly supported by 73 Magazine and Spec-Corn for the biggest anticipated turnout ever.

The week-long contest operating period will allow contestants to send pictures of themselves and their shacks and to 'enjoy1' each visual exchange, rather than fighting for a quick contact and proceeding on to the next station, as is usually the case in 24- or 48hour weekend contests.

Contest Specifications

1) Work as many U,S. slow-scan TV stations as possible on HF or VHF during the week-long period from 0001 UTC February 23 to 2400 UTC March 1 1987 The idea is to work all 48 continent

Number 14 on your Feedback card tai U.S, states plus three U.S. possessions.

2) Each initial contact with one of the continental 48 states gives you 100 bonus points. An extra SO points is awarded for color two-way contacts,

3) Contacts with Alaska, Hawaii. and Puerto Rico receive an additional 500 points.

4) Only one contact per station is allowed on the entry form.

5) SSTV picture contacts may be initiated by SSB voice but the sending station's callsign and RSV signal report must be in true vtdeo (analog) format to qualify as a legitimate contact.

6) Keyboard- or computer-gen-

14.230-MHz W1JKFAA/9NTP International SSTV Net at 1800 UTC, except perhaps to make short voice contacts with another station in a needed state via Net Control and to QSY to another frequency at the conclusion of the net. Operating on 14.230 to 14.240 is recommended during this contest.

10) Include on your log sheet: Your station calfsign and operator name; a list of states in alphabetical order (including Puerto Rico), followed by the call-signs and dates of contact of stations worked from that state; and the number of states worked, the band used, and your final score.

Contest entries must be postmarked by March 10, 1987. Mail to: WAS SSTV Contest. PO Box H, Lowden KA 52255. The official results and standings will be joint-

"Blow the dust off those P7 tubes, amigos, and let's hear some shrilling tones!

r ft erated graphics are acceptable for giving ID and signal-report information.

7) Any SSTV picture mode speed format may be used, such asS. 12, 17, 24.25,5. 34, 36. or72 seconds.

8J High resolution is recommended, but not mandatory for point scoring.

9) Use standard SSTV operating areas on all avajiabie bands (28.680, 21.340, 14.230, 7.220, 3.845, etc.), The use of SSTV on 160 meters is now legal. Please avoid the Saturday afternoon ly published in 73 and Spec-Corn Journal. Certificates will be presented to all entrants and winners. A Worked AEI States SSTV Map will also be sent to you for two 22c stamps (no SASEs.

ATV Fun

Fun, education, and fellowship —that's what our great hobby is all about, isn't it? It's certainly no less on the ATV modes. You can have a lot of fun DXing, or working on CW? RTTY, EME, OSCAR satellites, and packet rati to— b u t h o w a bou t one mod e t hat has all these interesting I rails and more?

On fast-scan UHF TV. you have alt the thrills of DXing on 432 SSBorEME by making schedules and trying to work that fella three or four states away on your TV screen The thrill I experience on each band opening when I see those fir si Jong-distance DX signal sync bars or a locked viewable picture hitting my antennas is simply indescribable!

The memories of watching powerful black-and-white and color TV signals coming irom W9ZIH or N9AB out of the Chicago area some 180 miles away, or from K9W2B or W9NTP in Indiana Or the exciting P3 pictures from WB8ELK and WS8ZAR in Ohio (more than 400 miles away!). Or getting that phone call late one summer night from Bill K9KKL in Springfield, Illinois, and then I turn on my TV set and see him closed-circuit on my screen. AJI these are etched in my circuit boards forever!

The limes that Dave WB0ZJP in St. Louis, Missouri (250 miles), and I just sit In our chairs, having a good ole fashion rag-chew for several hours at a time live and in color/' The unprecedented 1 to 4 a.m fascinating FSTV OSO with Jeff KA9TGX in Lafayette, Indiana—where we ' waited out the band" and watched our initial P2 ""two-way" pictures become absolutely P5; then we concluded our unique achievement by toasting each other with a "cold one'" right on the tube, only to get a few hours of sleep and go back on at 7:30 a,m, to "see" each other off lo work. Boy, what memories! AIL of course, stored on videotape!

Seeing that first SSTV pic-

Photo A VE6WSJ and VE6SL SSTV shack demonstration area. Photo by John VE6COD,

Photo B Captured meter report on SSTV with station I3XQW.
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