Florida QSO Party
Class: SOABMixed LP
Operating Time (hrs): 20
Band CW Qs Ph Qs
40: 209 49
20: 242 431
15: 205 80
10: 22 19
Total: 678 579 CW Mults = 103 Ph Mults = 93 Total Score = 758,520
Club: Florida Contest Group
Up until Wednesday, things looked bright for this year's FQP. The same
wonderful condx that were experienced in CQ WPX SSB were due to arrive 27 days
later on the FQP weekend. But Mother Nature decided to throw in a solar
disturbance on top of the plummeting solar flux numbers and as a result, this
weekend was nothing like we had hoped for.
Without the promotional kick that the 1x1 stations gave us the past 2 years, it
seemed like activity was down. We had hoped that the ARRL Centennial and W1AW/x
operations would bring out the activity.
With temps predicted to hit 90F on Sunday here, I opted to leave the amps off
and run LP Mixed for a change.
The combination of poor condx, lower activity, running LP and just using one
radio made me feel like I was running in quicksand much of the weekend. There
are 9-minute gaps between QSOs Sunday AM. I had to stalk K4OJ/M through many
counties on 40 since they were essentially the only workable station for me at
times. I played DXer to fill in some mults which was often more fun than
endless unanswered CQs. My 1-land callsign may have scared some folks off from
working me. Bottom line is less than half the QSO total from last year when I
was K4O running High Power.
There is a large contingent of folks who return year after year and we deeply
appreciate the support. Thanks to everyone for the QSOs and the QSYs.
The good news here is that the power co. noise sniffer apparently did a great
job and the noise appears to be gone on 10 through 40 Meters. (A post-FQP
check shows that the industrial noise which probably radiates from the
next-door dairy farm is still unchanged and very loud (S9+5) here on 160 -- and
still affects 80 quite a bit, too.)
I will likely have to miss WPX CW. Hope to see many of you in person in Dayton
and/or at WRTC!
vy 73, Dan
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