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4th Quarter 2011 Contests

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Usually I post contest summaries after every contest. But, as you can see, I haven’t posted much at all lately. Blogging is a burden, especially if you don’t have anything of interest to post. I typically post my contest results for the sole purpose of having my own online record of the contests I have worked. However, the 3830 reflector does a better job of archiving that kind of information than I could ever hope to.

The contests I’ve operated in [since WAG 2011] are:

  • 10/15/2011 Iowa QSO Party
  • 10/15/2011 New York QSO Party
  • 10/29/2011 CQ WW SSB
  • 11/05/2011 ARRL Sweepstakes – CW
  • 11/12/2011 Worked All Europe – RTTY
  • 11/12/2011 Kentucky QSO Party
  • 11/19/2011 ARRL Sweepstakes – SSB
  • 11/26/2011 CQ WW DX – CW
  • 12/03/2011 Tara RTTY Melee
  • 12/03/2011 ARRL 160 Meter Contest
  • 12/04/2011 10-Meter RTTY Contest
  • 12/10/2011 ARRL 10-Meter Contest
  • 12/17/2011 Croatian CW Contest
  • 12/17/2011 RAC Winter Contest

I have submitted all of those to 3830 except for the Croatian CW Contest and the RAC Winter Contest. I submitted checklogs to the sponsors for those two. Why? I was in it just for fun and didn’t want to worry about what the rules said. I just worked what I heard.

Written by Mike

December 27th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Pennsylvania QSO Party 2011 Summary

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I really enjoyed the PaQP last year, and so I figured I’d operate this year as well. I was really hoping to make some 160m contacts, but I could only manage to get the dipole to tune extremely low in the band and was only able to squeeze out one Q. No matter, the rest of the party as a blast. 40m was a hotbed of activity on SSB and CW. I never thought to try RTTY this year. I did manage to work the bonus station, K3SMT, twice.

On Saturday night I found 80m to be noisy and lacking in contacts. I’m not sure if everyone just stayed on 40m much longer than usual or if the noise was so bad that I just wasn’t hearing people. But, typically on 80m I do pretty good into neighboring states. So I’m really thinking the activity was down on that band.

K8MR/M, W3USA/M, N8II/M, WA3WSJ/M, W3NO/M, K3YTL/R, K8RYU/R, N3SW(/R?), W3WPA, WU3U/R, KD8MQ/R, and NK8U/3, WI8T and W3TDF apparently running /P were all worked one or more times. A special thanks goes to these folks for getting out of making the extra effort to put counties on the air.

I believe Saturday night I had all but 7 or 8 counties. So I spent Sunday just hoping I’d run across the remaining ones, although I wasn’t hopeful. After getting some of the needed counties from mostly mobile/rover ops I ended up needing just one county — Sullivan. Then, on 40m on Sunday afternoon I heard W3ZR answering another stations CQ and stating he was in SUL. I broke in and asked if I could contact W3ZR, and the running station kindly obliged. Unfortunately, W3ZR was already gone. Then, I looked for a clear freq down the band a little bit with the hope that I could sit and call CQ and maybe have W3ZR stop in. I stopped in a clear spot, listened for a minute and was about ready to ask “is this frequency in use?” when lo and be hold, I heard W3ZR asking the same thing. I waited patiently for him to determine that the freq was not in use and to start calling CQ. When he did, I pounced. W3ZR in SUL was the last county I needed for a sweep, and I got him! Upon reading the PaQP reflector afterwards, W3ZR wasn’t even scheduled to be operating in Sullivan Co, so it was a stroke of good fortune that I ran into him.

All in all I think I probably made about 40 more Qs than last year. I am claiming a sweep, and I think I was missing 6 or 7 county mults last year. I sure wish I could have found more CW to work. I looked for K8MR, W3USA (both were K8MR but with different drivers) as well as K8RYU, K3YTL and W3NO when I could, but I was hardly chasing mobiles. i should have though, since most of them were on CW. I needed more points, and CW was a way to get it.

Being so close to PA, the only bands really worth using were 40m, 80m and 160m. I heard at least 12 stations on 160m CW when I tuned around briefly Saturday night, but since I couldn’t get the antenna tuned I didn’t work but one station. I really really wish I would have been able to do 160m. I also wish there would have been more ops on CW.

K8JQ and W8TM were omnipresent, so my hope of winning my section were dashed early on. Those guys are running far better antenna systems than I. The contests need a category for “low wires only”!

I had a great time. I’ll be back next year to give it another try, but I doubt I’ll be able to improve upon the score from this year.

Thanks to the sponsors and all to all of the stations who were on the air in PA, especially W3ZR and all of the mobile and rover ops.

Pennsylvania QSO Party
1600Z, Oct 8 to 0500Z, Oct 9
1300Z-2200Z, Oct 9

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

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Toronto OH EN90ql
Operating Time (hrs): 15

Summary:
Band CW Qs Ph Qs RTTY Qs PSK31 Qs
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160: 1
80: 35 24
40: 115 144
20: 1
15:
10:
6:
2:
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Total: 152 168 0 0 Mults = 67 Total Score = 32,024

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Comments:

Thanks to all of the PA stations — and an extra pat on the back for the mobiles
/ rovers. I had a lot of fun. I am claiming a sweep — we’ll see if that
pans out. That’s eight more counties than I got last year. Sullivan was hard
to come by. Thankfully W3ZR showed up on a frequency that I was about to QRL?
on. Of course I waited for him to CQ and nabbed him ASAP.

I was hoping to do some 160m CW, but dummy me forgot to verify the antenna
would tune. Shows you how much I play on 160m.

I bested last year’s score, but not by a whole lot. Most of the additional Qs
were Phone Qs. I wish I would have made more 80m Qs Saturday night, but it was
noisy as all get out and most people stayed on 40m really late.

Thanks to the sponsors as well.

Written by Mike

October 11th, 2011 at 10:37 am

California QSO Party 2011 Summary

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10-20m was a blast. 10/15 were open both days just great between OH and CA.
I probably spent too much time on those bands, but I couldn’t help myself. I
did better on 80m last year. Can’t tell if it was a noise problem or that
nobody was hanging out on 80m. I just know I barely heard a station, and the
few that I did hear had trouble copying me on 80m.

I did a lot more SSB this time around, which forced me to make some extra
contacts just to beat out my score from last year. When bands are good and
the radio is working right, it’s too easy to go to Phone and neglect CW. I
gotta remember that there is usually a point bonus for CW Qs.

I was down about 30 Qs from last year on 20m and but made up for them on 10m
this year.

I missed YOLO, SHAS, DELN and MERC. Last year I only missed two, and they
were SISK and GLEN.

K6AQL was sounding great from all the counties I worked him on 40-10m.

Thanks to the sponsors and all of the CA crowd for putting on an extremely fun
contest.

California QSO Party
1600Z, Oct 1 to 2200Z, Oct 2

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

Class: SOFixed LP
QTH: Toronto OH EN90ql
Operating Time (hrs): 11:42

Summary:
Band CW Qs Ph Qs
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160:
80: 4
40: 57 27
20: 83 40
15: 65 47
10: 76 47
6:
2:
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Total: 285 161 Mults = 54 Total Score = 63,558

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

October 3rd, 2011 at 4:05 pm

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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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

Maryland QSO Party 2011 Summary

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I’m not even going to post my full summary. 5 Qs. I just didn’t hear many. One of the bonus stations was heard, but they apparently weren’t hearing me. There was a lot of QRN on 40m, which would have been a good band for this during specific time periods. I was not operational on 80m CW because I couldn’t manage to tune up there, and I actually didn’t even think to try out 80m since QRN was so bad on 40m.

Written by Mike

August 18th, 2011 at 12:40 am

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Maryland/DC QSO Party 2011 Summary

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Maryland/DC QSO Party
1600Z, Aug 13 to 0400Z, Aug 14, 2011
1600Z-2400Z, Aug 14, 2011

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

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

Summary:
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
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160:
80:
40: 1 4
20:
15:
10:
6:
2:
432:
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Total: 1 4 0 Mults = 5 Total Score = 160

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

August 15th, 2011 at 10:08 pm