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From: "Robert Chudek - K0RC" <k0rc@citlink.net>
Reply-to: Robert Chudek - K0RC <k0rc@pclink.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 12:29:58 -0500
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I learned something new today. I had posted my score via the web form (worked 
great, less filling) and noticed I forgot to add my soapbox comments. When I 
went back to "repost" my score / soapbox, the robot would only accept the 
submission if I made a change to my score(s). It wouldn't let me just append my 
soapbox. No problem.

I'm posting my soapbox here so you can read my long-winded comments about the 
NAQP on RTTY. If you want the short soapbox version: "I had a great time!".

73 de Bob - K0RC


It was a pleasant surprise to have 10m and 15m open with solid signals for a 
change. There was no need to check those bands on the hour, they were wall to 
wall with RTTY signals on my bandscope!

I even worked a few DX stations: PY2SRB, 9A7R, YZ1DZ, OK1UDJ, S51MA, OH8JT, 
5F50KD. But the most fun was playing with RUFF, the K9SEX station. I got K9SEX 
on 3 bands!

I changed my strategy from strictly S&P to sweep a band first, then find a 
place to park and start running. This works better in the contests where all 
stations are limited to Low Power.

The station worked nearly flawless, with only one software "glitch". Apparently 
a bug worked its way into the N1MM Digital Interface when some new commands 
were added a couple months ago. It showed up when I used a macro key to call a 
station before I had clicked their callsign into the logging window. Clicking 
their callsign after starting the macro would abort my transmission. Even 
though I discovered what was happening, it was difficult to change my old 
operating habits, so I ended up dumping my TX a lot!

I took 2 one-hour breaks and timed them very close to the minute. It was a good 
time to check the reflectors and catch up on emails. I took my first hour break 
at 23:00z and my second break at 02:00z after my first hour on 40m.

80m was pretty noisy here so I didn't spend a lot of time there. But I didn't 
want to pass up some easy Section multipliers either. Ended up with 38 Q's and 
23 Sections. I bounced between 40m and 80m the last two hours. My final contact 
for the contest was with the King of RTTY, Don Hill - AA5AU. Don's QTH is being 
rebuild after the Katrina storm so it was a surprise to hear him in the last 

There are more and more YL RTTY operators that are showing up in my logs during 
contests. I heard good signals from WN1G - Linda, KU5Z - Mary, NE1F - Mary, 
KE7AJ - Barb, and W1DY - Wendy. I grew up using the mechanical machines that 
spit oil, make a lot of noise, and left a trace of ozone in the operating room 
after a contest. I don't recall working YL's during that era so it's great to 
see these women are joining in all the fun! Thanks for the Q's!

Here's how many times I worked our NAQP MWA Teammates:

MWA Baudots
K0RC - Bob - x
KT0R - Dave - 5
N0AT - Ron - 3
N0KK - Kirk - 1
KE0L - Jim - 3

MWA Chads
K0JJR - Joe - 2
K0PC - Pat - 0
KS0T - Mike - 4
WA2MNO - Bob - 1

I heard Pat, K0PC but couldn't get through his pileup! I remember this because 
I looked him up on QRZ.COM to see where he was located (Chanhassen, MN). That's 
one drawback of my QTH. I am about 40 miles NE of Minneapolis, just far enough 
that my signals are pretty weak into other MWA locations on 20-15-10. I have to 
time my call just right to sneak a few letters through an opening. If you guys 
don't turn your antennas toward my direction, some of these contacts are on the 
edge of ESP!

I could tell Dave, KT0R was going to town as he moved me to other bands. I 
typed his alternate frequency into the callsign field, hit the enter key, 
bam!... we put another Q in our logs. Dave is running SO2R and you can see how 
this helps the score, even in a short, 10-hour contest. Great score Dave! There 
were times I would be CQing for 5 minutes without an answer and thinking "boy, 
if I had a second radio...".

I like the NAQP format of 10/12 hours. It's just enough time to satisfy my need 
for contesting. The previous weekend's IARU/WRTC was a lot more demanding and 
it took me a couple of days to recover from that 24-hour event. This pretty 
much tells me my 48-hour single-op contest marathons are behind me!

That's all I wrote.

73 de Bob - K0RC

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