Month: May 2016

7QP 2016

This year has been… wow!  We absolutely smashed our previous records despite the noisy crappy conditions.  Brian and I did the Lake/Kalamath border again at our favorite haunt, this time joined by Sterling WN7K, the local ham radio groupie who provided his RV for hosting the station.  We also upped our game this year, since County Line Expedition M/S is power-agnostic (doesn’t matter if you run 100W or 1500W), we borrowed the club’s SB200 for a good 600W output.  And boy did it work gangbusters.

Also joining this year were Jim Ruff, W7JHR, who was recently licensed, and his neighbor Don WA6TNQ who’s been getting back into ham radio after 20 years of inactivity.  Aaron KI7CRE also joined us as our new newbie, and got to make his first HF contacts under AE7EU control operator supervision using our 40m dipole, and also operate for a bit in 7QP.  A big thanks to all those who joined in and were patient with the newbies!

This year our dipole was up even higher then previous years, and our helper couldn’t have picked taller trees:

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This year we had an 80/40/20 fan dipole courtesy of Brian, and a 20/15/10 TA33jr Yagi courtesy of the Central Oregon DX Club.    The yagi was only up 30 feet, but that’s all it needed.  You get much more than a little under 1/2 wavelength and going higher doesn’t get you a whole lot.  15m never opened up really and 10m didn’t stand a chance, so it basically was just used for 20m.

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The trees in this area grow big and tall, and there are plenty of 100+ft tall ponderosa pine’s with perfect spacing for dipoles.  Sterling can be seen at the base of one of the dipole support trees, and if you look closely at the picture (click on it!) you’ll see the dipole haul line that Sterling is taking down.  Note there are two people in the picture.

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Overall, we did around 740 QSO’s for about 14 hours operating time, including a clean sweep of all US states (Canada kinda missing though).  I actually got more multipliers in 2014 than this year, oddly… But I think those were DX because I’ve never clean-sweeped a contest.  We started right at 6am, did a little 40, and then moved up to 20m which quickly started opening.   We stayed on solid until about 4-5pm, and then took a 2 hour lunch break where nobody really chose to man the station, and we just sat in chairs in the sun and BS’ed about random topics.  Around 7pm we got back on just as 40m was starting to open up, and got a good solid 3 hour run in on 40m before it closed up for the night.  Neither Brian nor I are Iron-Butt operators, so for the time and effort we put into the QSO party, the conditions, and our newbs on the air, (we consider ourselves lazy contesters), I’m _really_ happy with what we got.  Thanks too to the Oklahoma stations that have already QSL’ed on LOTW… That’ finishes out my WAS!

Band Mode QSOs Pts Mul
3.5 LSB 7 14 0
7 LSB 181 356 9
14 USB 542 1070 50
21 USB 2 4 0
Total Both 732 1444 59
Score: 85,196
1 Mult = 12.4 Q’s

Just missing Canada YT, NU, PE, QC, NL, NT, NS.

The statistic most interesting:  96% of our QSO’s were done on 3 frequencies that we ran over the 14 hour period.  Kudos to Brian for finding clear spots…

7.191:  161 Qs

14.259:  384 Qs

14.292: 160 Qs

161+384+160 = 705 / 732 total Qs = 0.963

Thank you all for another great QSO party!