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West Virginia QSO Party 2011 Summary

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My back still hasn’t recuperated from all of the time spent in the chair for the June VHF QP and CQ WPX CW. I couldn’t manage to sit in the chair for any length of time. Also, something is wrong with the 80m doublet. It’s hearing worse on 80m than the 40m wire, and I was having difficulty tuning every band. I did a quick investigation and didn’t see anything wrong, but obviously something is broken — either at the feedpoint or in the ladderline.

West Virginia QSO Party
June 18, 2011

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

Class: Single OpMixed LP
QTH: Ohio-EN90QL
Operating Time (hrs): 1:52

Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
40: 6 11
20: 3 3
Total: 9 14 0 Mults = 13 Total Score = 742

Club: Mad River Radio Club


Score includes 300 points for working W8WVA three times. I only worked W8OP/m twice, and even worse was the fact that I only worked K8RYU/m once.

The June VHF QSO Party and CQ WPX CW required so much sitting time for me that I’m still trying to get my sciatica under control. I just couldn’t sit for hours searching out the random WV station or wait for mobiles to switch counties. I knew better and didn’t even try.

As you can guess from the 80m total, I must not have been operating in the evening. My heart wasn’t in it by that point. My 80m doublet was hearing less than my 40m wire on 80m. I was having trouble tuning every band on the 80m wire. I lowered the mast and looked over things briefly, and I didn’t see any broken wires. But somehow I had to have lost a connection / broken a leg of the wire. So 80m wouldn’t have been possible anyway.

This is only my second time working this QSO Party, and it was nice to see / hear a lot of fixed stations on. My score doesn’t reflect contact with a lot of fixed stations, but I’m quite sure many more counties were covered than I had heard.

W8OP and K8RYU sounded great on 40m when I worked them. I was really surprised that I was able to hear so many WV stations on 20m in early-mid afternoon.

The operating time is misleading. Like some others, I did tune around periodically on the bands looking for stations.

Thanks to all of the WV ops and the mobile ops for putting on a nice QP.

Written by Mike

June 19th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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