New England QSO Party - 2021
Class: SO Mobile LP
Operating Time (hrs): 16
Band CW-Dig Qs Ph Qs
Total: 1012 0 Mults = 58 Total Score = 117,276
A fantastic weekend!
Congrats to the K2UA/Mobile Team!
Thanks to K1KI and the team that makes this weekend awesome by organizing the
QSO Party events.
Since we skipped 2020 due to the virus, N1WK procured a timely F-150 pickup
truck and the wheels were set in motion about a 2021 NewE-QP effort.
We learn something new each year and this was no exception. I can confidently
say this was the best year for comfort, equipment and preparation while it was
the poorest for fuel mileage! (But Worth it!!)
Having the big truck opened up some technical opportunities and antenna
implementation while keeping the bones from rattling too much whilst traversing
some really-rough Northern Maine roadways.
We really, truly appreciate the group of chasers that worked us from each county
and OM2VL won with the most QSOs
-2015 Ford, F150 - High, Comfortable, Easy to get in and out of! It is the new
rover rig! Maybe 14.9 MPG... But way worth it!
-K1EBY's Icom IC-7300 - An amazingly capable rig- the NR and NB worked really
well- the band-scope was useful, both on the rig and on the laptop's screen-
accomplishing all of this along with CW keying through the single USB port
--In the past would need the Winkey, RS232...etc...
-Audio pumped in to the cabin through the Aux audio jack
-Hustler High-Power resonators for 20m and 40m, with a Borrowed (from WB3CUU/1)
LP 80m resonator that we swapped in place of the 20M during the evenings. The
antennas were mounted to a 'Back-Rack' Steel ruggedized rack that mounts just
behind the truck's cabin. Coax fed through the rear sliding window. N1WK
fabricated custom mounts, had 1" flat ground braid secured to all of the
panels, chassis and antennas.
-N1WK also created 2 resonant radials attached to each feed-point for all of the
bands and had them organized in and around the bed of the truck. The antennas
were very easy to tune and remained that way with negligible SWR at the
-2-Way Coax switch in the cab for antenna selection.
-We had the 80m resonator attached to a big-3-magnet rooftop mount, but the RFI
made it unusable. The 2 WK Back-Rack-mounts were perfect swapping 80m <>
20m when appropriate. The mag-mount was abandoned.
-XYL Packed 'Race-Grinders' with jack-links and water as incidentals....
-Meal on Saturday Night was at `Goody Cole's Smokehouse` in Brentwood New
Hampshire. Awesome http://goodycoles.com/
-Stayed in Bangor's Best Western Saturday Night... meh... A bed and shower was
nice... The window shade didn't open.
-Meal On Sunday afternoon was `Ricetta's of Falmouth`- Was very nice.
--Reading this it is unfortunate that we missed out on some sort of Maine Shore
Dinner somewhere... Next Time!
-Prep work and post-processing done with Chuck, NO5W's CQ/x software on county
NO5W's county overlays on Google-My-Maps- visualized the route and planted
push-pins at each county change point within the path... eventually exported the
KML (or KMZ) and imported it into 'roadtrippers' android app so N1WK would have
turn-by turn navigation... It was slightly cumbersome having to restart the
navigation after each county line.
-Waze for navigation to the next county, which was nice.
-Northern ME has little cell coverage so had the route on Google-offline maps
downloaded to the devices.
---Note- A printed copy of the county name map could have reduced stress without
cell coverage and not knowing the 3/5 letter code for the 'next' county
-Logging was done with N1MM+ Logger and it worked flawlessly. County changes and
interface was seamless.
-The IC-7300 interface with the keyer and WaterFallBandMap integrated was useful
-Exported the logs and parsed with the 4QP online parser.
-Post processing was done by importing N1MM logs into a new CQ/x log and running
through the post-processing menu.
-Lenovo x-230 little laptop has been with us for quite a few of these trips.
Thanks N1MM Team, and NO5W!
We took a few videos, a bunch of pictures and a few drone flights with some
good-ol' New England skyline. Will post those to the `Jay UJay` YouTube channel
in the near future. https://www.youtube.com/user/W1UJ
We also recorded most QSOs, with the N1MM+ `Qsorder` add-on. Missed ~1.5 hours
Sunday morning by forgetting to launch it. Uploaded those to the QSOrder
repository online http://qsorder.hamradiomap.com/
NZ1U Specific; https://qsorder.hamradiomap.com/form/4098689408
The NZ1U Barnstormers.
The initial ten minute hourly rate in these 22 counties :
The indicated number of QSOs were made with the following stations:
CW PH DG WVE DX Raw Score
18 0 0 15 0 810
AZGHM AZMCP AZPMA AZYMA MTMIS MTRAV ORLAN UTCAC UTDAV WAISL WAKNG WAKTP WAPIE
CW PH DG WVE DX Raw Score
5 0 0 4 0 800
Note: Power mult of 2x applied
CW PH CW PH Raw Score
3 0 2 0 12
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