A reminder to the contesting multitudes - this weekend is the Washington State
QSO Party - a.k.a. "The Salmon Run".
You want prizes? We have prizes! Smoked salmon! Save it up to go with your
bottle of wine from the California QSO Party. Now if we could just get cheese
out of Wisconsin, beef out of Texas, oranges out of Florida, and a lobstah or
two out of Maine, the winners could have a real meal!
Complete rules and details are available at www.wwdxc.org/salmonrun, including
a page listing upcoming expeditions to the 39 counties. With the possible
exception of Pend O'Reille (pronounced "pond-o-ray" in the grand tradition of
screwy Northwestern names) it looks like every county will be active for at
least a while - lots of mobiles this year. We will update the county page in
the next couple of days with the latest news. Rumor has it that there will be
at least two multi-multi-mobiles, as well!
Dick, K7BTW will activate the bonus station W7DX from home, so look for a good
signal to pick up the bonus points.
Software that supports the contest include TR, NA, and WriteLog. TR has had
support for some time. NA 10.5 supports the contest, although for versions
10.53 and earlier, the scoring still reflects the discontinued power
multiplier. To use this software, select the "High Power" option, for which
the power multiplier is 1, and your score will be correct. WriteLog has just
released a Salmon Run module today - version 188.8.131.52 at
http://home.xnet.com/~sjwoodr/ham/modules/. (If you're planning on using
WriteLog, you should exercise the new software before the contest - Steve N9OH
at firstname.lastname@example.org is available to check on reported problems.)
At the same time, you can work the Scandinavian Activity Contest on CW, the
Panama Anniversary Contest, The Fall QRP Homebrewer's Sprint, The Classic
Exchange, QRP Afield, and the Collegiate QSO Party. Yikes! Check out
http://www.arrl.org/contests/months/sep.html for all the details.
Hope to hear you in there fishing away!!
73, Ward N0AX/7
Western Washington DX Club VP
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