Pennsylvania QSO Party - 2020
Class: SOMixed HP
Operating Time (hrs): 14.8
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
160: 8 1
80: 62 142
40: 21 82
Total: 91 225 316 Mults = 66 Total Score = 26,730
Club: Mad River Radio Club
This was my first serious effort in the PAQP since 2014 when I earned my
Clean Sweep plaque at around 1pm Sun then puled the plug.
Good cndx on a day that started off well then dipped in midafternoon but
rebounded nicely in the evening. producing my best rates ( the 0000 hour on 80
ssb and the 0100 hour on 80 cw). Day 2 started Fair but declined dramatically
in the afternoon.
Worked 55 counties Day 1 and 11 on Day 2, missing the Sweep because of Cameron
Co which I never heard.Struggled to the finish line searching for missing
160 was interesting.with 9 Q's total. 80m was the place to be ( except
during the mid afternoons.) 40m was spotty but with good signals from PA.
29% CW 71% ssb.
14.8 hrs OTA
In retrospect I was overconfident on making the Clean Sweep goal and should have
pushed harder on Day 1. Day 2 was disappointing as to both rate and missing
out on Cameron. Also, despite my best efforts at IDing myself as "in OH
and looking for PA stations" I was repeatedly called by non-PA stations on
ssb, presumably due to good propagation to those areas. Id estimate making over
50 qsos on Sun on 80 and 40 ssb, with LOUD MD-NJ-NY-MA-IL and others that
didnt make it into the official log. Never had that happen before to such a
OTOH, only ran into two jammers, both around the infamous 7200khz frequency.
Made a good 270 Q's on Day 1 due to more CQs, but just 46 Q's on a full Sunday
in the S&P mode for the final 12 needed counties.
My only goal for the 2020 PAQP was to work all counties. Came up one short. And
the slow second day S&Ping resulted in a final rate of 21 Q's/hr.
Cameron oh Cameron. Where fort art thou?
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