Florida QSO Party
Class: School Mixed LP
Operating Time (hrs): 18
Summary: Phone CW
Mode QSOs QSOs
40: 2 22
20: 39 107
15: 39 50 Total Phone CW Total
10: 36 12 QSOs Mults Mults Mults
Total: 116 191 307 ( 37 + 57 ) 94 = 93,624
There were two reasons why I participated in FQP:
1. School club category. Thanks to Ulysses KD4RWN for making this happen.
We have seen the benefits of encouraging school participation in CQP, and it's
good to see another contest implement this properly (unlike what is done in
2. Had to contact my four favorite counties from Election 2000:
Palm Beach, Dade, Broward, and Leon. I am surprised that K4OJ did not arrange
for a special event station in Palm Beach with that county's infamous
Comments on the contest:
This was a very tough contest from California with poor high band conditions!
Saturday was decent with 10m and 15m openings to FL. 10m was open occasionally
until about 22Z Saturday, and then closed for the rest of the contest. Sunday
was painful. 15m was actually open from the west coast to FL for the last
several hours of the contest, but few FL stations were there! They all seemed
to be on 20m. I called CQ on 15m with some success. Meanwhile, 20m was sheer
agony for us on the west coast!!! An overwhelming number of my 20m contacts
were S0-S2. Every 20m contact was a struggle, and I often could not reasonably
request a QSY from 20m CW to 20m SSB. This is reflected in my low SSB mult
Nevertheless, I had fun! Thanks to all the FL stations who eagerly QSY'd to
other band-modes. I appreciate all the effort that the mobiles put into this
contest. My mobile award goes to K5WA: they were usually the loudest mobile
into CA, and had extremely good ears. K4OJ's e-mail about ignition noise
explains why K4FCG continually CQ'd in my face! Still, I managed to contact
them while they were in 12 different counties.
Thanks also to K6ENT for the use of his laptop for the weekend.
I look forward to contacting all of you in the California QSO Party on
October 6-7, 2001! See you then from an expedition to Sierra County with
K6III, K6ENT, and KQ6LQ.
-Dean - N6DE
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