North American QSO Party, CW - January
Operator(s): W0UCE, AA4FU, N1LN, K4QPL
Class: M/2 LP
Operating Time (hrs): 12
Band QSOs Mults
160: 167 42
80: 358 53
40: 546 57
20: 294 54
15: 140 38
10: 19 5
Total: 1524 249 Total Score = 379,476
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
NAQP CW is one of my favorite contests. The length of this contest is just
about right. The 12 hours provides the opportunity to enjoy all bands
(hopefully), have some good runs, some S/P to search out those elusive mults
and most important, have a great time with friends. Our team (Jack - W0UCE,
Jim - K4QPL, Alan -AA4FU and I â?" N1LN) were successful in all counts.
It almost did not start that way. The mid 20 meter rotor decided not to work.
Late Sunday afternoon during CQWW was the first time this occurred. From then
on it has been fine. Due to recent knee surgery, I am not able to do any tower
work, so I was quite pleased to have it repair itself. Well, so much for rotor
failures and contests. It worked on Thursday night for NS Ladder, but on
Saturday â?" NOTHING. Fortunately it was locked at 286 degrees. Close enough
for the weekend. Thanks to Mr. Murphy for almost stopping there. The only
other issue we had was with N1MM. For some reason, when we had AUTO CQ on, it
would send 3 or 4 times and stop. That took us some time to notice that issue
as we rarely had to call that many times.
The high bands just never really got going for us. Based on reading other
write-ups, we got on 10 meters too late. We started on 20 and 15 and stayed on
15 for too long. We did OK there, but missed some never to return 10 meter
action. The 20 meter mult count was fine, but we were well down in Qs from
last January. The low bands really helped make up our short fall. The Qs on
40 just kept coming and coming. Both 80 and 160 were a bit noisy, but the
beverages and the K9AY really helped manage that. When the bell rang at
06:00UTC we were 101 Qs down from last January. Those missing Qs would have
pushed us over the 400,000 goal.
Surprises of the contest.
1.We only had 2 sections with all band sweeps, California and Oregon
2.We never worked Hawaii, on ANY band
Thanks to everyone for the Qs, the repeats and especially to everyone that
moved for us to help with the multipliers.
Bruce â?" N1LN
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