North American QSO Party, RTTY — Feb. 2011

North American QSO Party, RTTY - February

Call: WF7T
Operator(s): WF7T
Station: WF7T

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: TN
Operating Time (hrs): 10
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
 80:  186    44
 40:  185    46
 20:  104    28
 15:   47    12
 10:    3     2
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Total:  525   132  Total Score = 69,300

Club: Tennessee Contest Group

Team: TCG #1

Comments:

Had a great time.  Thanks to NCJ for putting on a fun RTTY contest, and thanks
to all for the Qs.  Only my second contest using SO2R so please forgive my
errors and delays. Lots of new calls and nice to hear the old ones too! I
believe this raw score is a  personal best.

Wished I had better antennas for the high bands.  Pretty much worked everything
that I could hear.  Did not have the ability to switch antennas between rigs so
I am sure I missed out especially on 15/10. Need also to continue improvements
in filtering and automation.

73 Brad WF7T
Nashville, TN

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IC-7600/FT-857D, 100W
G5RV@37', 40x50' Inv. L
N1MM v11.2.6, YCCC SO2R+

Some addi­tional sta­tion notes:

  1. Need to imple­ment more flex­i­ble switch­ing of anten­nas. Had the inverted L on the FT-​857D but wished I had access to it on the IC-​7600
  2. Need to setup FSK on the IC-​7600. Played with the twin-​peaking fil­ter in RTTY mode the other day but it is not avail­able in AFSK mode: the TPF is awesome!
  3. Need to spend time doc­u­ment­ing the dual radio inter­fer­ence. The I.C.E. fil­ters are work­ing well, but need extra umph that some coax­ial res­onators will provide
  4. Need to do some­thing for sta­tion automa­tion for fil­ter switch­ing. I have the parts, just need to do it!
  5. I neglected to make Push/​Pop macros for N1MM…could have used them on 40/​80M
  6. I expe­ri­enced occa­sional issues with click­ing and hav­ing info in wrong boxes: Espe­cially dif­fi­cult for call signs. Also, I seemed to some­times get Radio A call sign in Radio B entry box…hated that when I logged the wrong one. Had to go back and cor­rect a cou­ple (one of which was just a hazy memory)
  7. Wished for gain on 10/​15/​20M pointed W (and dur­ing the next DX con­test will wish for 0/​15/​20M pointed EU)

NCJ North America QSO Party, RTTY Feb.

Call: WF7T
 Operator(s): WF7T
 Station: WF7T

 Class: Single Op LP
 QTH: TN
Operating Time (hrs): 10
 Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
 -------------------

 80:  156    50
 40:  130    46
 20:   66    23
 15:   37    13
 10:    0     0
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 Total:  389   132  Total Score = 51,348

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NAQP SSB WF7T Single Op LP

Worked TCGers: N4ARO, AB4GG, AD4EB, KS4X, and N4ZZ (all bands except 160!) Thanks all for TN. Also worked AJ4JD Tim who does not appear on the TCG ros­ter. I for­warded the web­site and group links for his consideration.

I wras­tled with N1MM and my Sig­naLink USB and Vista to cre­ate a CQ wav but was bark­ing up the wrong tree. I did not rel­ish using the FT-​857D hand micro­phone, so I cob­bled together a per­fectly suit­able head-​set/​foot-​switch combo half-​hour before the start of the con­test (see below). Con­tinue read­ing