AA8IA Amateur Radio

PaQP 2010 – Summary and Results

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Great contest. Lots of stations. Quite a few mobiles (two of them being the W3USA pair and K8RYU from Ohio and the MRRC). I worked a lot of SSB, and I CQd quite a few times — sometimes with some results. For me, only 80m/40m were available for operation being that I am right next door to PA. I did manage to work K3MJW (the bonus station) on 20m RTTY as well as on 160m SSB. My 80m doublet would not tune 75m, but I threw caution to the wind like I always do and made some 75m SSB contacts anyway. Of course the antenna wouldn’t tune on 160m either, so the 160m contact with K3MJW was a 5-watter with an SWR probably about 50:1 hah.

In general, the PA ops were great. They were plentiful, seemed to respect the bandplans more than ops in many QSO parties, and provided a lot of fun for us out-of-staters.

Was a beautiful weekend. The fam was over on Sunday, and I managed to spend time with everyone, do a little fall work, and still operate many hours on Sunday. I was feeling good. I had some problems with the new G4ZLP Digimaster PRO+ interface and N1MM today. Not sure what the cause was. It shouldn’t have been an RF-in-the-shack problem, but it may have been. Randomly, and thankfully not too often, I’d go to throw out a CQ via N1MM or respond with an exchange — and it would lock up with the radio keyed and I’d have to turn off the Digimaster PRO+. Of course, at that point N1MM would just shit itself, hanging on the CW IF exe. While troubleshooting I had noticed that the CW IF exe uses 50% CPU any time I’m transmitting CW, which doesn’t seem like something that should be happening on a P4 3.2 HT. I don’t know if it was because the keying interface was hooked up via a USB-to-Serial converter [the G4ZLP serial port] or if it was for some other reason. At any rate, I had to shutdown/reboot the machine about five times. Oh well, gave me a chance to relieve myself and refill the coffee mug.

I heard very few AZ stations during my time working the PaQP, which was surprising since the AzQP was happening this weekend as well. Of course, I bet I would have heard activity on 20m had I tuned there. There were too many contests this weekend, and I had to pick the ones i wanted to operate in. PaQP was priority, and I also made some Qs in the Makrothen RTTY contest. That was fun, but it was just to pass the time while waiting for the PaQP to start.

The PaQP was not a letdown by any means. I had an absolute blast. But, there were a few things that got me.

1. I had recently participated in the California QSO Party and was definitely spoiled by all of the 20m activity. Well, when you live one state away from the QSO Party you’re working, you’re only hope is ground wave for the most part. PA is pretty big, and I suppose at some point there could have been some propogation over to EPA, but I didn’t bother to look and don’t think it happens from EOH.

2. Quite a few of the PA ops didn’t identify very frequently, leaving everyone guessing. Aside from myself, I heard quite a few other ops who were waiting to contact a PA station and who had to ask for the call. You shouldn’t have to ask for a call. If you’re CQing, then ID.

3. Regardless of whether you submit your logs electronically or not, the rules state that you must send a Summary Sheet in via postal mail if you want your log to be counted. In the same breath the rules state that a $3.00 donation would be appreciated to offset the cost. Well, I don’t have a printer. [i know what you’re probably thinking… but back off]

Hell, I had a lot of fun and would have been glad to donate $5 if they made an option available via Paypal. I think it’s baloney that you have to turn in a summary sheet via email, and the whole process smells really bad – requiring a summary sheet via postal mail is to get money from you. I’ll send in my log though, and I’ll send the $3. I’ll be interested to see if my logs make it into the list or if they disappear because I pissed and moaned about the perceived extortion :)

My Results

Pennsylvania QSO Party

Call: AA8IA
Operator(s): AA8IA
Station: AA8IA

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Toronto OH
Operating Time (hrs): 12.5

Band CW Qs Ph Qs RTTY Qs PSK31 Qs
160: 0 1 0 0
80: 53 40 0 0
40: 87 97 1 0
20: 0 0 1 0
15: 0 0 0 0
10: 0 0 0 0
6: 0 0 0 0
2: 0 0 0 0
Total: 140 138 2 0 Mults = 59 Total Score = 26,098

Written by Mike

October 11th, 2010 at 12:14 am

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