Had hoped to play in this a bit more…next year perhaps! As always, one of the best QSO parties around. Continue readingQSO Party, 2011 SOAB LP CW" data-via="" data-url="http://www.wf7t.net/archives/634" data-counturl="http://www.wf7t.net/archives/634" >Tweet
I will remember to keep BIC (Butt in Chair, huge secret to doing well in a contest) for next year since this one was so fun. Maybe, just maybe, I might have antennas with gain for the next go.
Call: WF7T Operator(s): WF7T Station: WF7T Class: SOAB LP QTH: TN Operating Time (hrs): Summary: Band QSOs Pts State/Prov DX Zones ---------------------------------------- 80: 51 57 29 4 5 40: 73 154 21 28 10 20: 60 119 18 23 16 15: 78 194 11 39 14 10: 54 128 7 25 13 ---------------------------------------- Total: 316 652 86 58 58 Total Score = 171,476 Club: Tennessee Contest Group Comments: Stole away time from chores to play and I am glad I got a few hours to play on 10M...so cool to hear/work EU and Asia again! At the very least I wanted to work 50 or so per band over the weekend. Just S&P sometimes just up/down the band one time before I had to go do something. Cool to hear Market Reef on 15M but just couldn't get through in the time I allotted. I made a few mistakes during the contest: I was neglecting to log some contacts due to my choice of macro/keystrokes. Once I discovered my error I fixed my log handling and tried to rework anyone that was obviously not in log. Thanks to many for working dupes (note to self: work all dupes). Thanks all for the Qs and my apologies for any occasional LID/QLF. 73 Brad WF7T Nashville, TN --- IC-7600@100W Doublets at ~40', 40/80M Vertical N1MM v11.9.3, MMTTYCQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY 2011" data-via="" data-url="http://www.wf7t.net/archives/628" data-counturl="http://www.wf7t.net/archives/628" >Tweet
We encountered some quirkiness in the logging software (WriteLog) at the start but we got over it soon enough. I realized later that somehow we were triggering a county line change even though we were not moving. Once all operators (including me) cycled through a few contacts, all was solid on both computers. We lost one Q to the ether, a VE2 I think, while we were fumbling around. Even though we had three retired Jeopardy champions, nobody remembered the call sign. This may not be of interest to anyone besides Brad (WF7T) and myself. It is the result of it pouring all day Monday and my being tired and cranky, or more tired and cranky than normal. I still hadn't recovered from sitting in the rain in Neyland Stadium past my bedtime on Saturday. It all started around midnight Monday morning as Brad and I stumbled through merging the logs from the two computers to try and figure out how we did, even though it don't count fer nuttin. We got the logs merged but couldn't come up with the correct number of points and mults. So I spent the better part of Monday PM trying to get W3KM's Cabrillo Evaluator to work. It got the Qs and points right away but I had to do a lot of fudging to keep it from double counting mults, for example, a KH6 as both a state and a DXCC, and other oddities like a KH2 in KY and a NP2 in SC. It also wants to count DL3DXX as both a DL mult and again as DX. For some reason it seems to know an OK is in EU and not in Tulsa, although I'm not 100% sure. I do not ever want to go through what Doug (W9WI) does to score to the logs. I think we all need to thank him in advance 'cuz he's gonna be pulling out all his hair and lookin like Kirk (K4RO) if there are some close races. We made 831 Qs before dupes. My best guess for K4TCG M/2 is, ta dah; 815 QSO 2116 PTS 242 MULT for 512,072 Summary: Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs Mults ----------------------------------- 160: 26 80: 97 23 40: 210 175 20: 124 89 15: 27 42 10: 2 6: 2: 222: 432: ----------------------------------- Total: 486 329 0 242 Total Score = 512,072 All but a dozen or so contacts are from running. The only time we S&P'd was when we were looking for a run freq to land on. One rig stayed on 40 the whole time. The other station did all the other bands. We never tried 160 phone or 10 phone. It never looked like there would be more than two or three contacts on 10 and with the thunderstorm noise on 160, I thought the time was better spent on CW. There are 525 calls in the log including some TN I've never heard. 372 1 time 87 2 times 37 3 times 20 4 times 4 5 times 5 6 times The six timers are; K4BAI, N4PN, WB8JUI, AA3B, K4LTA. AA3B and K4LTA are all CW on 6 bands, 160-10. We intended to do RTTY once per hour but we found that the RTTY messages overwrote the CW messages. It was going to take 10 minutes to change over, make 1 or 2 contacts, then 10 more minutes to change modes again. I decided it wasn't worth it as even in the slowest times there were more contacts to be made on CW and SSB. It occurs to me now that I could have written macro files for quick import on my laptop while the other guys operated and then transferred them to the logging computers by USB thumb drive. That would have cut the changeover time to about two minutes. I wish I thought of that "in the heat of battle." The operating philosophy was simply to be widely available to handout as many bonus points as possible. If a sponsor is going to advertise a bonus station, I think it is incumbent that it be easy to find. In that regard, I think we were very successful. Moreover, we followed the prime directive to the max and Kathy (XYL) enjoyed having a house guest (Brad) at breakfast on Monday morning. Only real downer is that I forgot to take photos. Too bad. I even hung up the old (red) club banner with the K4TCG call sign! For the K4TCG team; Patrick W4PV, Larry W6UB, Brad WF7T, and Don K9UQN: Ned K1GUTNQP Results: K4TCG M/2 LP @ K1GU" data-via="" data-url="http://www.wf7t.net/archives/614" data-counturl="http://www.wf7t.net/archives/614" >Tweet
I will be participating in the K4TCG Multi-op effort at K1GU during the Tennessee QSO Party. Looking forward to this venture: It is my first guest/multi-op experience. I hope I don’t mess anything up!
TNQP is largely responsible for my entry back into Ham Radio and Contesting and I have been looking forward to this outing. Also on my TNQP bucket list is to participate in one of the Multi-Mobile operations (hint hint…maybe next year Ted!)
From the TCG Google Group:
"The K4TCG team (W4PV, W6UB, WF7T, K9UQN, K1GU) expects a FT M/2 operation from Blount County. At any given time, there likely will be one station on phone and the other alternating on phone, CW, or RTTY. One station will probably be on 40 for just about the duration with the other station on the high bands (20, 15, 10) in the first half, 80 as it gets dark."
And from the TNQP site:
"Listen up all you diddlers. K4TCG will operate using RTTY at the bottom of the hour, 25-35 minutes +/- past the hour, and 80 kHz up from the lower band edge, e.g., 3580, 14080, again +/- a little."
post pictures (sorry, no pictures!) and post a report after the QSO Party. Hope to work you!