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CQWW DX RTTY 2011 Summary

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Wish I would have put more time into this one. Had a lot of fun though.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY
0000Z, Sep 24 to 2400Z, Sep 25

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

Class: SOAB LP
QTH: Toronto OH EN90ql
Operating Time (hrs): 18

Summary:
Band QSOs Pts State/Prov DX Zones
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80: 34 44 23 5 6
40: 146 272 35 36 14
20: 142 255 33 35 18
15: 111 248 14 41 15
10: 138 306 7 33 14
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Total: 571 1125 112 150 67 Total Score = 370,125

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

September 26th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

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Texas QSO Party 2011 Summary

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I initially planned to work a significant portion of the TxQP and then not do
anything else radio-related this weekend. But, after I started looking for
Texas stations at 1930z and found very few, I played a bit in CQWW RTTY.

Anyway, sorry i didn’t set aside more time to work the stations from Texas.
Hope you all had a great time.

Texas QSO Party
1400Z, Sep 24 to 0200Z, Sep 25
1400Z-2000Z, Sep 25

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

Class: SO CW LP
QTH: Toronto OH EN90ql
Operating Time (hrs): 0:16

Summary:
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
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160:
80:
40:
20: 8
15:
10:
6:
2:
UHF:
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Total: 8 0 0 Mults = 7 Total Score = 168

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

September 25th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

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NA Sprint SSB Contest Sept 2011 Summary

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The last thing I wanted to do was operate in an SSB sprint. But, I heard
someone making it plain and clear that he was looking for anyone, anywhere…
sounding kind of desperate. So I threw out my call.

After that I sat and listened a while to see if I could get the idea of what to
do. I tried to answer a CQ and then send a CQ, and for the most part I did
that. I forget all of the terms you sprint guys use for this stuff. At any
rate, it was fun. But then I got gunshy because I remembered reading that i
ought to give my call at the beginning [or end] depending upon whether I was
giving my exchange as part of my answer to a CQ vs giving my exchange after
someone answered my CQ. Oh well. It was fun, but only because the bands
weren’t packed like I thought they would be.

NA Sprint SSB Contest – September

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

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Toronto OH EN90ql
Operating Time (hrs): 3:07

Summary:
Band QSOs Op Time
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80:
40: 8 4
20: 20 7
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Total: 28 Mults = 11 Total Score = 308

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

September 20th, 2011 at 12:03 am

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Washington State Salmon Run 2011 Summary

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Score includes 500 bonus for working W7DX. Thanks for the Qs. I tried to
work too many events this weekend.

Washington State Salmon Run
1600Z, Sep 17 to 0700Z, Sep 18
1600Z-2400Z, Sep 18

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

Class: SOMixed LP
QTH:
Operating Time (hrs):

Summary:
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
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160:
80:
40: 1 1
20: 35 10
15: 1
10:
6:
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Total: 37 11 0 Mults = 17 Total Score = 3,390

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

September 19th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Scandinavian Activity Contest CW 2011 Summary

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Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW

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

Class: SOAB LP
QTH: Ohio, USA
Operating Time (hrs):

Summary:
Band QSOs Mults
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80:
40:
20: 2 2
15: 22 18
10:
——————-
Total: 24 20 Total Score = 480

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

September 19th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

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Arkansas QSO Party 2011 Summary

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Score includes 200 bonus points for two Qs with AA5AR. Thanks for the Qs
folks. Wish I could have operated more. The mobiles on 20m were always very
strong. I wasn’t on long enough to joy most of the 40m activity.

Thanks to the sponsors, the fixed stations, and especially the mobiles covering
so many counties and doing it well. W3DYA was sending EMARI for MARI and it
through me off for a while!

Arkansas QSO Party
1300Z, Sep 10 to 0100Z, Sep 11

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

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Toronto OH EN90ql
Operating Time (hrs): 1:16

Summary:
Band CW Qs Ph Qs
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80:
40: 4 1
20: 11 6
15:
10:
2:
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Total: 15 7 Mults = 15 Total Score = 955

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

September 11th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Tennessee QSO Party 2011 Summary

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Storms in the midwest/east made for some rough listening on 80m. There was a
lot of QRN on 40m, but the strong TN signals made it through fine. I shut
down for a storm cell and decided to take a break then, so I managed only 7 of
9 hours.

Chasing the mobiles was fun. I’d have chased more fixed stations if i had
heard them. Worked the following mobiles: w4nz(17), n4zz(14), w4sig(10),
ad8j(6), n4q(3), and w40qg(2).

Thanks to all of the TN stations who made themselves available to be worked,
and to the sponsors for putting on an exciting QSO party.

Tennessee QSO Party
1800Z, Sep 4 to 0300Z, Sep 5

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

Class: SO FixedMixed LP
QTH: Toronto OH EN90ql
Operating Time (hrs): 7

Summary:
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs Mults
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160:
80: 22 19
40: 71 27 52
20: 14 9 20
15:
10:
6:
2:
222:
432:
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Total: 107 36 0 91 Total Score = 36,163

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

September 4th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Colorado QSO Party 2011 Summary

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I operated on and off all day. All was quiet in the house since family were
visiting other family out of county. 80m was extremely noisy here, and I had
to decrease power to 10w on 80m due to RF into the CAT control. Thanks to
W0IMD for pulling out my sig.

40m was also noisy this evening. It’s obvious to me that we’ll be getting some
storms just in time for the TnQP tomorrow. Sorry I didn’t work more of you.

20m was most productive and I worked quite a few mobiles.

Thanks to the Colorado stations for the good times, and to the sponsors for a
very enjoyable QP.

Colorado QSO Party
1200Z, Sep 3 to 0400Z, Sep 4

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

Class: SOMixed LP
QTH: Toronto OH EN90ql
Operating Time (hrs):

Summary:
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
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160:
80: 1
40: 17 4
20: 25 14
15: 1
10:
6:
2:
222:
432:
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Total: 44 18 0 CW Mults = 23 Ph Mults = 14 Dig Mults = 0 Total Score = 7,844

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

September 4th, 2011 at 12:35 am

TnQP and CoQP this weekend

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The Tennessee QSO Party and Colorado QSO Party are both this weekend. Thankfully, they do not overlap at all. I’ll play for a while in the CoQP, and hopefully the thunderstorms will remain only a threat so that I can operate the full nine hours of the TnQP.

Colorado QSO Party 2011
1200Z, Sep 3 to 0400Z, Sep 4
Sat Sep 3 8AM – Midnight EDT
Website | Rules

Tennessee QSO Party 2011
1800Z, Sun Sep 4 to 0300Z, Mon Sep 5
Sun Sep 4 2PM – 11 PM EDT
Website | Rules

Everyone should consider jumping in amongst the fray and making some Qs!

Written by Mike

September 1st, 2011 at 11:20 am

Ohio QSO Party 2011 Summary

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I had originally planned to operate using the N8W 1×1 callsign. However, prior to the start of the OhQP I was working the KsQP and had forgotten to change my station info in N1MM back to N8W. It wasn’t until I had made a handful of QSOs as AA8IA that I realized I didn’t make the change to N8W. So, I simply operated as AA8IA in the OhQP.

Different this year was the switch from the 105′ doublet to an Alpha Delta DX-LB+. I did this figuring that there would be a better pattern on 10/15/20m with the LB+ vs the doublet. Of course, I didn’t anticipate making many Qs on 10-20m during the OhQP since historically the bands of choice are 40/80m. 10-20m has been fairly pisspoor as of late anyway. I did manage a few Qs on 15m and about six dozen or so on 20m.

Last year, 80m was equal if not better than 40m, even with me not having access to 75m last year. Totally different this year. 40m never seemed to go long like it did last year. So I made many more Qs on 40m this year. The LB+ allows me to work nearly all of 40m without a tuner. I also got a Ameritron ATR-20 this year, which allowed me to tune anywhere I needed to go on any band. Initially I had problems on 40m with RF getting into my CAT/CW interface. Relocating the interface and snapping on some ferrite stopped the problem… this time.

As mentioned above, 80m just didn’t have the activity. There didn’t seem to be a lot of stations on 80m. Then again, upon looking over the scores of some other Ohio stations there was definitely more to be worked on 80m. I apparently didn’t show up on 80m at the right times. I had problems initially on 80m SSB (75m) with RF getting into the audio. KW8N brought it to my attention while I was making my first 80m Q. The only thing I could do to get rid of it was swap out my Heil ProSet + Hand Switch with the stock microphone and my Sennheiser headphones. Once I did that, 80m SSB was fine.

For reasons I won’t go into, I can’t use a footswitch. A handswitch is a pain in the rear end for keying the mic, and using the stock mic is even more of a pain. But it was a lot of fun, and a challenge, to continuously swap between the keyboard for logging and the microphone.

I’ve never worked so much SSB in a contest. It was a welcome change, aside from the points disadvantage. [In the OhQP you get more points for CW contacts.] It was nice to actually match voice to some of the people I’m used to working on CW/RTTY. I am longwinded. In a QSO Party especially, I don’t like to be a standoff. I try to be polite, and I try to repeat things an annunciate well enough so that the other guy [or gal] is less likely to need a repeat. I want the people participating to feel welcomed. After all, not only are the ops from other states our guests, but many of the in-state stations are not contesters but jump on an operate because it is Ohio’s own QSO Party.

As far as score goes, it went very well. Below is a comparison between this year and last year.

band/modeOhQP 2011OhQP 2010
80/cw55160
80/ssb5539
40/cw11947
40/ssb1510
20/cw6239
20/ssb130
15/cw51

The 80m CW total was down 66% this year, and the 80m band total was down 57%. The 40m CW total was up 153% this year, and the 40m band total was up 474%. The 20m CW total was up 58% this year, and the 20m band total was up 92%. The 15m total was exactly the same. The overall CW total was about the same this year, while the overall SSB total was up 461%.

Bottom line is that I made about twice the number of CW QSOs as last year and nearly doubled my QSO total by operating much more SSB.

It was great to work more DX this year. DL2HBX, OM2VL, and perhaps another 10 or so DX stations gave me a call on various bands/modes. Although DX do not count as multiplier, I’d really like to work even more next year.

Thanks to many… Kenny, K2KW, for again spearheading the promotion of the OhQP; the Ohio stations, who really stepped up to the plate to put counties on the air; the abundance of out-of-state participation — ya gotta have that!; the DX stations who joined us for the party, and the half dozen or so mobiles, aero-mobiles, and rovers for traveling far and wide [in some cases, from outside Ohio] to make counties available.

Oh yeah — Thanks to the guys who were spotting us Ohio stations, especially K5KG — a sudden influx of stations answering one’s CQ is a great pick-me-up.

Ohio QSO Party
1600Z, Aug 27 to 0400Z, Aug 28

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

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Jefferson Co
Operating Time (hrs): 12

Summary:
Band CW Qs Ph Qs
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80: 55 55
40: 119 151
20: 62 13
15: 5
10:
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Total: 241 219 CW Mults = 79 Ph Mults = 91 Total Score = 119,170

Written by Mike

August 31st, 2011 at 12:35 pm

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