HISTORY OF CREATION
Approximately in 1967 our short wave amateurs begun to get together on 3530 kHz in the evenings working each other in CW at high speeds. George UA6APW and Oleg UW6BA from Sochi, Slava, UB5CV from Lvov were among them. Great telegraph school of Kaliningrad city was felt — permanent participants of these on-air meetings were Igor UA2CD, Vladimir UA2EE and others.
At that times subject of talks was restricted mainly to amateur radio, but within radio topics there was plenty of themes, so these conversations often lasted till the depth of the nights and gradually they became traditional.
In 1987 the staff of Short Wave Committee of USSR Radio Sports Federation was renewed. In the end of 1988 one of the member of the Committee, Vladimir Umanets UW9AR (now UA9BA), came to Moscow.
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We met together and mixing business with pleasure drifted in the pub in Yasenevo (one of Moscow regions). We talked about past contests, plans for the next year, and then talk turned to CW tradition on 3530 kHz. And the thought appeared by itself: what’s wrong with creating a club, uniting short wave amateurs working CW at high speeds? Similar clubs already existed in other countries — First Class CW Operators Club FOC, Radio Telegraphy High Speed Club HSC, Radio Telegraphy Very High Speed Club VHSC and others. The though was interesting but rather venturesome for those times. The matter was the fact that official clubs, uniting radio amateurs already existed in the country, and creating any as they say “hobby clubs” was not allowed. In 1970 licenses of 600 of our short wave amateurs had been temporary cancelled for 6 month as punishment for their membership in CHC club. For several years one of our leading HAMs Anatoly Kucherenko UT5HP was unable to get permission for creating DX hunters club, UDXC. We discussed this situation too and decided to start our activity. Just there on the napkin preliminary list of potential members was compiled, and it consisted of 25 men. Next day I went to the Secretary of USSR Radio Sports Federation Nikolay Kazansky UA3AF and told him about the idea. He started to raise objections, but when I, as Chairman of Short Waves Committee told him that the club will be created under the aegis of Short Waves Committee, approval was given. Possibly, the authority of Short Waves Committee worked – by the beginning of 1988 we have worked out new Rules for USSR Championships and all-Union contests, and due to that fact all records of large-scale participation were beaten.
Assuming that all organizational questions could be solved on the air, That evening I shared these news with the friends on 3530 kHz and next morning I asked to make announcement about that in “Soviet Patriot” newspaper, where some HAM information had been weekly published.
Information appeared in the newspaper and that’s what one of the participants of “round table” Vitaly UA3LDU said about it:
“Everything started from this item. Apprehension of very interesting events took my breath away”.
On November, 19 in 14 MHz “round table” 55 men registered. We have discussed the Charter of the Club, its name, staff of the Council of the Club of 5 men and proposed candidates of chairman, deputy chairman and secretary of the Council. One important thing was entered into the Charter: in contrast to, for example, HSC Rules, where candidate for the membership in the club must himself ask on the air to give him recommendations, we decided to give recommendations without any asks, just by the decision of the members of the Club themselves after evaluation of operational skills of the candidate on the air without notifying him about and sending recommendation it to the secretary of the Club. And we have conducted the poll. Watching this on-air process Nikolay Kazansky UA3AF was very surprised — solving of all the questions took only 45 minutes.
The second “round table” took place on November, 23 on 3.5 MHz. Final decision was adopted on December, 3, and on February, 9 1989 creation of the Club was approved on the sitting of the Presidium of USSR Radio Sports Federation. On February, 11 on 14 MHz election of the members of the Council of the Club took place. Elected were: UW3AA (ex UW3HV now RT3A), UW9AR (now UA9BA), UB5FFJ (now UR7FM), U3DR, UA4RZ. By the way, this event helped Anatoly UT5HP to create UDXC at last.
CHARTER of UQRQC
December 3, 1988
Chairman of the Short Wave Committee of USSR Radio Sports Federation
Presidium of USSR Radio Sports Federation, February 9, 1989.
Chairman of USSR Radio Sports Federation Yu. ZUBAREV
The Motto of the Club — ETHICS, QUALITY, SPEED, ACTIVITY
1. Main purposes of QRQ Club are popularization of HAM Radio and Radio Sports, encouragement of the growth of short wave amateurs’ skills in conducting contacts in telegraphy. QRQ Club will conduct annual telegraph short wave contest, issue Club’s award, and organize DX-peditions.
2. General management of the work of the Club will be conducted by the Council of the Club, being elected by the members of the Club for 2 years period and consisting of chairman, secretary and three members of the Council being responsible for various directions of Club’s activities.
3. Every HAM, having personal short wave call sign, whose on-air operation will be evaluated by five recommendations of Club’s members can become the member of the Club. Criteria for recommendations are: compliance with the requirements of amateur radio’s ethics and rules for conducting contacts, good quality of the signal and of the sending, ability to conduct telegraph contacts at the speeds of not less than 34 wpm, on-air activity.
4. Recommendation with indication of the period of hearing or of date of the contact shall be made in arbitrary form based on personal impressions of Club’s member without any asks from the side of that radio amateur. Contacts conducted with the use of Morse keyboard transmitters and computers are not credited for recommendation. Members of the Club shall not hold any conversations on the subject of giving out recommendations.
Recommendation in written form shall be sent to the secretary of the Club. To the HAM, for whose name 5 recommendations will be received by the Council of the Club notifying letter with proposal to become a member of QRQ Club shall be sent.
5. Member of the Club has the right to wear the badge of the Club, to place emblem of the Club with his membership number given on his QSL cards and postal correspondence.
REMINDER FOR THE MEMBERS OF SOVIET QRQ CLUB
It is absolutely evident that reputation of QRQ Club in whole depends on the quality of on-air operation of every Club’s member. So always keep in mind the Motto of the club: «ETHICS, QUALITY, SPEED, ACTIVITY».
There are conventional rules of behavior on the air based on common sense, and here are few of them:
1. Before getting on the air check the quality of your transmitter’s signal. Groans, clicks, parasitic modulation, “meowing”, leakage and spurious emissions can only be the evidence of technical ignorance of QRQ Club member.
2. If you want to call the station, never tune or adjust your transmitter on its frequency with emission into the air. Your potential correspondent can set you down for a beginner or just for impolite person.
3. If you want to talk to stranger radio amateur who is working with another station, wait until full end of the contact. Persistent efforts to break the contact and force him to answer — are pure rudeness. Out of the air we never treat strangers so discourteously.
4. If you can solidly copy more than 60 wpm it does not mean that your correspondent expects such speed of sending from you. Always try to send in such manner that the letters would not merge into “Japanese alphabet”; make big enough pauses between the words, do not make mistakes and corrections. Your wish to show yourself better than you actually are whatever it takes to, will inevitably cause not only laugh but also annoyance of your correspondent and those hearing you.
5. Before calling DX working split in pile-up, arm yourself with patience and carefully examine the situation on the air. Never ask and repeat stupid questions such as “QRL?”, “QRZ?”, “Call?”, “Via?” or any others on DX frequency. Experienced DX operators time to time send all the necessary information by themselves and usually listen for the answers up or down several kHz or sometimes even several tens of kHz from their frequency. So not only the questions, but also long calls on DX transmission frequency or such “help” as “UP”, “QSY”, “LID” will never reach the aim, moreover they will make distortions to other radio amateurs, cause their hectic negative reaction and lead to conflict situations.
6. Activity in everyday on-air operation — it is not only endless sending of “CQ” and “CQ DX”. Vice versa it is rather ability to listen, to search for and to find interesting and needed for you station, it is work for awards, participation in the contests, and, finally, DX hunting. And therewith it is necessary not to disturb other radio amateurs in making the same.
The Council of QRQ Club hopes that observing these simple recommendations will help to keep Club’s authority on high level.
CHAIRMAN OF SOVIET QRQ CLUB
К. KHACHATUROV, UW3AA
Then there was creation of the emblem of the Club, QSLs printing, making the schedule of weekly traffics on 80 and 20 meter bands. And for conducting traffics, participation in Club’s contests, jamborees and expeditions special call sign 4L1QRQ was issued for the Club. This call sign had been permanently heard on the air up to 1992.
In the days of Club’s jamborees in sub-Moscow /3 had been added to it — 4L1QRQ/3. And during expedition to “Permian abnormal zone” the slash had been corresponding to conditional ninth amateur radio region of the USSR — 4L1QRQ/9.
Following is the article previously published in “Radio” magazine No.7, 1990.
As the size of this article was limited, its topic was mainly radio amateur, but after its publication additional information appeared, so necessity to tell about it here arose.
First, invaluable help on our way to Molyobka settlement was rendered by Sergey Vinokurov UW9FA. Our train arrived Perm lately in the evening, so we have found Sergey, spent the night at his home and in the morning he offered us the truck, beforehand loaded with AB-1 generator and 13,3 V 90 A/h battery. Transceiver had been operating from that battery which in necessity had been charged from AB-1.
With all our things we placed in truck’s body and in a couple of hours arrived to the settlement.
To find a man who knew about “Permian abnormal zone” and how to get to it was quite not difficult. He turned to be local huntsman. We have got acquainted, talked and asked him about the direction to the “zone”. He showed it – snowfield lied before us with the forest at its both sides and the distance was eight kilometers. It was mid-February, we were six in number and everyone had skis. The only problem was generator and battery which could not be put into the backpacks.
The huntsman had “Buran” snowmobile and we asked him to transport us on it. He agreed but demanded unreal price. We had to tell him that our friend Sergey UW9FA, was also huntsman but of higher rank. Trading was ended and we started on our way.
INHABITANTS OF THE “ZONE”
As information about unidentified flying objects, aliens and everything unusual was hanging over those times, and radio amateurs even issued “UFO” award, we were ready for everything by reaching the “zone”.
However when we approached to already known by many mysterious forest opening we discovered nothing but little log cabin in the middle of right edge of the opening. We walked closer to it. Man named Aleksey put off wood chopping and invited us to enter the cabin. Little makeshift stove was placed in its center and another man about thirty years old was sitting on the ground next to it.
We have got acquainted and he told us about himself and greatly surprised us. Citizen of Kiev, Ukraine, he got so absorbed by the idea of UFO, that he gave up his wife and daughter, sold out everything he could, bought for that money some equipment for field life and by that time he had been living on this opening in this cabin for whole month.
The cabin was 3 by 3 meters in size, naked ground was inside it; time to time he sat on the ground in two meters from one wall and looked at that wall not moving his head. In twenty minutes or so he could distract from this very serious at his opinion business and could tell us about his apparitions.
Actually, it was interesting to talk to him, he knew much, and surely he read and heard much. All our guys lived in the tent, and I with my radio lived in the cabin. Two weeks passed unnoticeably, and later we enquired what happened to that fellow. It turned so that he stayed there until August and then doctors took him.
In two days after us group of young men from Lithuania arrived. Five guys and one girl. The girl got badly cold, and she was lying in the cabin in sleeping bag and the guys for some reason were abusing her in their native language. Searching for UFO they visited some other place before this one and were abusing her possibly because she spoiled their holiday.
Anyway, by the night they burned up tremendous campfire in the middle of the opening, burned in it all the woods stocked up by us and went away next day.
Two young fellows from Moscow appeared after them. They were wrestlers, students of Physical Culture Institute. With their help the stock of wood was replenished, they participated in our exploring for three days and went off.
In preparing equipment for the expedition it was necessary to ensure its minimal weight. For the antennas the decision was following:
— Usual 5-way wafer type switch.
— RK-19 cable, outer diameter 4 mm.
— Telescopic plastic rod from aviation emergency radio station, 4.5 meters, weight 500 grams.
— Tubes from dust collector, 50 cm, 11 pieces.
— Copper wire, diameter 1 mm.
— Thin rope.
Tubes and the rod were coupled in various ways for operating from 40 to 10 meter bands. The basement was tube inserted into plastic milk bottle.
80 meters band – dipole, 160 meters – 39 meters long wire.
The ends of low band antennas were thrown over the snags and fixed.
So the weight of whole antenna farm was less than 3 kg.
LIGHTS IN THE FOREST
I have told already about evening lights in the forest and about lamps on the trees. We have found these lamps and the system turned to be very simple. Suddenly light flickers in the forest. The one who noticed it wants to come up closer and to see what it is and from where it appeared. He comes up closer to the edge of the forest, but moving further is complicated – deep snow, densely standing trees and nothing and no-one is seen in the near. It’ OK — the lamps are weighed on the trees not at the very edge of the opening, but in five or seven meters from it.
Low voltage lamps, two wires run from the lamp, being connected to the battery and the lamp lights. Everything is simple and clear. The question is – what is it for?
Understanding came later. Local huntsman and known at that time popularizer of UFO and this “abnormal zone” bear the same family name. It results in Interesting process: huntsman lights the lamps in the nights, UFO searchers are unable to find explanation, and they obtain the faith in supernatural forces and share this faith with others. Meantime the popularizer is on tour all over the country with payable lectures, people go to Molyobka to assure themselves in the miracle with their own eyes, huntsman happily meets them in the settlement and takes good money for their delivery to magical opening on his “Buran” snowmobile.
Everyone was satisfied, and the lector at our best knowledge after visiting many cities here went to the USA with his lections.
Everything said above by no means excludes existence of aliens, UFO, goblins and any other substances and phenomena, explored and unexplored. It was just a story about how it all was.
К. Khachaturov, RT3A, ex UW3AA, ex UW3HV