Mario, S56A's WRTC 2000 Diary
Mario S56A / N1YU
August 5, 2000
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I kept WRTC log of events for 15 days and it was posted several times at the
reflector. If you missed it, here it is:
1. My personnal guest Goran, 4N7RGH, age 18 couldn't get a seat
on buss YU-S5.
2. ZS6EZ phones from Jo'burg airport about delayed flight and
postponed arrival in LJ.
3. VE7SV emails 4 hours delay in Toronto. S56RSS goes to the
airport early :-)
4. S57UYX can't arange another pick up but informs us of customs
lack of WRTC info.
5. S57AW & myself head to Trieste. Delay at motorway exit,
missed right airport exit, no trace of VE7SV...
6. We check buss and railway station but no VE7SV. We enjoyed
sandwich lunch and a beer with S57UYX at the border around 18 hours.
7. I keep phoning VE7SV at LJ hotel but nobody answers.
8. At least LY1DS & LY4AA are here, K1ZZ & KA1ZD are
somewhere in 9A.
Life is beautyfull!
I got up early around 7:30 AM and checked for Dale, VE7SV at his hotel.
They said no... Worked few stations in 2 m contest, took a bath, read a
weekend newspaper. Checked for VE7SV again and they said YES! K3EST calls
for 9A1A meeting info. 9A5W calls Robert, S57AW on the same subject.
Internet/mobile phones comm is not good as we missed VE7SV 2 hours late
arrival. He called wrong Robert, S53R.
Wakeup call at midday, short trip around downtown Ljubljana, lunch at my home.
Dale must be a good man as my Samoyed dog gives him a lot of kisses on arrival.
Sea food salad and pate with a salmon - traditional BC dish!
ZS6EZ, S56M & S57AW arrive from the airport. VE7SV IC-756PRO is
joined with ZS6EZ FT-1000MP in my shack. We go to JN76IA meeting
Damjan from S53DZZ club.
His son was born on March 27th, my birthday! Everybody is delighted
with this WRTC location. S56M must go home to take care of his 3 weeks old
We check Chris, ZS6EZ at the hotel and take 1 hour walk around the old town.
Later we all go to meet Hrle, 9A6NHH, age 18 arriving by train. This
seems to be quite a tourist attraction for VE & ZS. We rush home to
watch TV EURO-2000 final soccer match. Hrle calls home at precisely the
moment Italians score first goal and his father goes mad :-) France scores
at the last minute and wins the match some 10 minutes later. Dale &
Chris send their emails during the game.
We move to the kitchen with a variety of meat products, cheese, fresh salads,
fruit and ice-cream. Deep debate about the airplanes without the pilots
from Canadian Air rep and ZS amateur pilot. Taxi takes them to the
hotel just before midnight.
Hrle & me disconnect car battery as my inside lights refuse to switch-off
via computer. 4N7RGH is still in YU. Not a bad day considering
the start on Saturday...
Day 3 to 8
I finally found some time to write about the WRTC events at Bled.
On Monday I setup my station for teenage crew 9A6NHH/4N7RGH for S5M
Preparing the WRTC rules and other Internet published material wasted a lot
of paper on my old laser printer due to different
We left for Bled in the afternoon taking VE7SV and ZS6EZ with us. Org.
Committee meeting was at 6 PM and I was amazed to find
large W6 crew already in Bled.
Welcoming office was open with 4 PC installed and Internet ISDN connection
running. I helped with S5A station bringing 3L6 Yagi and Windom for 10-80m
HF bands. Local YAESU dealer TELESET kindly provided demo FT-847.
PERFTECH supplied additional speakers for SoundBlaster demo of SSB pile-up.
S57AW was working on the latest release with higher audio levels. There
was a big gathering in the evening with many known friends from all over the
world. Beer was free! Lot of people arrived on Wed and were met at
the airport by our transportation crews. Customs didn't pay any attention
to the numerous temporary radio imports.
Official opening was performed in the evening with most attention paid to the
young cheerleader dancers. S50A and W6OAT spoke on hams behalf. The
ceremony continued in the ice hall with a lot of cold beer (AGAIN).
The real part was starting on Thu afternoon with pile-up competition.
SSB was run first for 3 groups of 20 hams. CW followed and we repeated
SSB again for a lost Italian competitor and curios onlookers. Portable
computer failed during the last event but we got 105 good data files and
a lot of scribbling anyway. It was fun to see DL1IAO and DL6RAI reddish
from the excitement.
K4VX/0 with XYL and N0AX were doing a lot of FCC exams in the other room with
temperatures reaching almost 100 deg. F.
Disks and CD were handled to K1ZZ for checking with N6AA programs.
Regular beer cooling session followed.
N6AA needed external PC modem and I managed to get one which unfortunately
did not work. Teenagers were sent to Ljubljana on S5M, some advice given
over the mobile phone, lunch with Niki, VE7NKI, rain, lightning...
We finally reached 12:00 GMT and S50R was trying to work people from S5A.
WB9Z had a good ears, many S5xxX stations also. Long waiting list
I am now going back to the live events.
L_ep P_ozdrav (from) M_ario M_iletic (also 2000 in Roman), S5M
Saturday evening was pleasantly quiet dinning with 3 XYL with their OM absent
:-) Dave, K1ZZ and Linda, KA1ZD came very late half frozen so we stayed at
WX got bad on Sat but CONDX seemed to be fair in S5. Slow start on SSB
but few nice QSO Sun morning on 20m CW including K4XU from Oregon.
Hats off to YL Emily, S5/P43E who operated for 3 long hours overnight.
It was amusing to listen to people trying to copy S5/P43P and S5/A61AJ on SSB.
I went to the suites with Boris, T93Y, Darko, T95A and his charming YL.
Occasion was also used to present SCC RTTY award to T93Y.
I went back to 4 PC with some email WRTC logs already there. Bruce,
N6NT made clean 90 WRTC QSO on 15/20m but EU
had difficulties with 160 required as 80m band was not used enough.
My OC Tom, DL7AV arrived and we quickly discussed 50 MHz band and KH7R
blessing on my 55th birthday, March 27th.
At 12:00 UTC email pile-up of logs begun at the rate of one per minute.
They went to kkn.net and Larry, N6TW who did strip them to the bare callsigns
for N6AA processing. Zipped files were copied to the disk and
transferred to Dick, N6AA room together with WRTC competitors disks
brought by site referees. Dave, K1ZZ supervised the process.
Competitors were comparing their claimed WRTC scores at K6LA PC.
Everything seemed to run smoothly. Pile-up scores were already computed
but kept secret but I learned that the top SSB numbers were made by non-English
On Monday I begun backing up all the data files on my email machine while the
others went to the caves & smoked ham tasting.
The closing ceremony took place at 19:00 MEZ. K1TO & N5TJ did it
again wining CW & pile-up, fast speaker Peter, ON6TT won SSB QSO
trophy, RA3AUU & RV1AC team was second with the best mults achieved by
moving Siberian stations, first WRTC winners K1AR & K1DG were
third, young Stefan, DL1IAO close fourth, DL6FBL fifth as S511E. They
later discovered that their last 70 QSO and 10 mults were missing on the full
disk in BIN format. It would make them #3 place. I rushed with N6AA
to publish the preliminary results at the Internet. UA9BA team was wrongly
placed #11 with simple typo error in their pile-up score.
I returned to the Ice Hall and distributed many SCC RTTY awards for hand
My Sky Contest Club gave nice plaques to all the participants thanks to Rale,
It was around 21:00 MEZ and I sat for the first time for a light dinner with
DL7AV. Few photos were taken as my camera was emptied by my young guests
4N7RGH & 9A6NHH. I said good-bye to many people and went to bed
early in the morning.
Next day was fully dedicated to 5 members of YT6A family with McDonald stop
first and zoo second. I managed to do some homework on Wed but then Chris,
ZS6EZ phoned from HA. He was rejected return entry to S5 with EU visa, 9A
should have sent him to the different train station but they throw him out of
the country. We advised him to move closer to S5 border, S57AW helped
again with visa, S50S picked him by car and entertain until 13:28 bus departure
to Ljubljana. Chris arrived half hour before Fred, K1VR with XYL came by
train. We all went to the nice restaurant with young Ted, S51TA and Goran,
S55OO joining us. I hope Chris made his way to Bled and ZS.
I took K1VR family to the Ljubljana tower and later to their old
friends from Boston. We had a lot of drinks and pizza stop was required
before driving back to my home. WX forecast was bad so we decided to go to
Trieste and S5 coast. Ted loaded 6 of us in his van and low flying with
over 200 km/h (130 mph) begun. Short round walk around Trieste included
visit to the huge 1910 built synagogue. We briefly stopped at our S52Z m/m
SSB WPX site and went for a seafood lunch at an old town of Piran.
Late return to Ljubljana was just about right time for a bed. Today we
visited Tine, S50A with his huge tower holding 3L 40 and 3L 80m Yagis.
C31XR is on another, 5L20 on 3rd, WRTC tribander temporary on fourth.
Sumptuous lunch was around 15:00 MEZ with S57HCY arriving on spot at 17:00.
Fred & Betty left for Vienna and WRTC almost ended for me. K1VR is JD
from Harvard and I consulted him in the unfortunate case of S511E lost data.
Together with Tine, S50A we agreed that contest committee should solve the final
scores making the least suffering for everybody involved.
My WRTC involvement begun at Dayton in 1988 when Danny, K7SS consulted me
about it but I hope it is not finished yet. I missed talking to many of my
good old friends due to my data processing obligations but I am glad everybody
enjoyed WRTC in S5.
73 de Mario, S56A, N1YU
by K3BU on October 6, 2000
Mail this to a friend!
Thanks Mario for your super job on your part of the WRTC - you were everywhere!
It was THE event of the radio life time! Perfect organization, setting, comeraderie! Such a small "Radio Country", put on such a spectacular event. Congratulations and big THANK YOU!!!
We wish that the storm and rain static missed us and didn't punish our score, but regardless of handicap we were happy to participate in this historical event and meet the old friends.
Yuri, K3BU, VE3BMV, S561C<p>
"NA Wild Team"