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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
———————————–
160:
80: 22 19
40: 71 27 52
20: 14 9 20
15:
10:
6:
2:
222:
432:
———————————–
Total: 107 36 0 91 Total Score = 36,163

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

September 4th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

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

TnQP 2010 – Summary

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I had a very busy Sunday, spending most of my time with family doing holiday things. I was able to get on the air for about 1.5 hours and operate the TnQP. I operated 40m only, on both CW and SSB. I mainly wanted to get on the air and give out a few Qs — the TN guys are very active in our OhQP and I wanted to reciprocate to the extent that I could.

I only made 41 Qs, but 21 of those were with 10 different mobiles. There were so many mobiles out and about. It was great. The downside was that there was always a pileup for the mobiles [I think everyone was chasing mobiles]. I didn’t seem to have a problem getting through to the mobiles, but I had much difficulty copying their exchange after I would throw out my call because 10 other stations would be repeating their callsigns trying to make the Q. Also, the TN mobiles often delayed giving their calls ovver the course of many Qs and so I’d have to wait around to get their call just to know who I was working.

Weather was great. 40m to TN was awesome. There were more Qs to be made, but I just didn’t have the time. When I first got on the air I checked 10/15/20. On 15 I heard KH6MB CQing and he was S9+, so I had to snag him. Heard a few other 15m DX stations. If I wasn’t interested in making a few Qs in the TnQP I would have stayed on 15m and worked a few other stations.

Anyway, nothing heard on 10/15/20m for the TnQP when I listened. I didn’t bother to check 80m because I was having so much fun on 40m.

I sure wish I could have operated the TnQP from beginning to end. I think I could have done pretty well. Thanks to all of the TnQP participants on the air, especially the bevy of mobiles that had ascended upon TN counties during the contest. It was really fun to chase them.

I can’t remember if I used my DX-EE or the 80m V for this one. I just tuned up whatever antenna was already chosen.

My Results


Tennessee QSO Party

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

Class: SO Fixed LP
QTH: Toronto OH
Operating Time (hrs): 1.5

Summary:
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs Mults
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40: 35 6 29
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Total: 35 6 0 29 Total Score = 3,393

Also get bonus points for contacting the TCG station.

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

September 6th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Colorado QSO Party / Tennessee QSO Party — This weekend

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The Colorado and Tennessee QSO parties are both this weekend. Fortunately, each is held at a completely different time — thus no contention.

Colorado QSO Party 1200Z, Sep 4 to 0400Z, Sep 5
Website: http://www.ppraa.org/coqp/

  • 160-10m (no WARC bands) + VHF/UHF
  • CW, SSB, Digital

Tennessee QSO Party 1800Z, Sep 5 to 0300Z, Sep 6
Website: http://www.tnqp.org/

  • All amateur bands (except WARC bands)
  • CW, SSB, Digital

I will try to make a few contacts. However, my brother and his wife are coming in from CMH this weekend so operating time will be limited. Great WX forecast this weekend here in Ohio…. hopefully I can take advantage for a few hours.

I’m not sure about activity in the CoQP, but the TnQP is a very popular contest. If you are going to work the TnQP you should anticipate a lot of activity.

Written by Mike

August 31st, 2010 at 11:19 am