Wisconsin QSO Party
Operator(s): AE0EE K0BBC
Class: M/M Mobile LP
Operating Time (hrs): 6.5
Band CW-Dig Qs Ph Qs
40: 366 29
2: 0 8
Total: 366 37 Mults = 60 Total Score = 56,140.0
Club: Minnesota Wireless Assn
100 W (40m) into a mobile screwdriver antenna, and 50 W (2m) into a 5/8 wave
vertical. Mobile through Sawyer, Bayfield, Ashland, Price, Taylor, Clark,
Chippewa, Eau Claire, Dunn, St. Croix, and Pierce counties (total: 11).
Despite the original plan of running 40m, 20m, and 2m, we found on the way to
the start that despite some ferrites, 20m continues to light all kinds of bad
lights on the dashboard and takes out the speedometer and odometer. So no 20m.
Some of the settings on the radio's keyer were also weird in a way which wasn't
fixed before start, giving the iambic paddle a bit of a bug-like sound.
Fortunately, the rig was integrated with computer frequency/mode control and CW
memory keying, so the weird keying wasn't an issue, nor was an unsteady fist on
the county roads of Pierce county (lots of hills, valleys, and winding roads).
This was the first mobile experience for AE0EE, and the first WIQP mobile with
more than a 10m antenna for K0BBC. CW was mostly running, SSB was all
search-and-pounce, and 2m FM was a mix of calling CQ and monitoring/searching.
Two stations had a sweep with us: NA0N and W9EAU. We only had 10 contacts in
our 8 minutes in Sawyer county, so they were really onto us. Special mention
goes to W9EAU for the additional 5 QSOs on 2m FM. Many stations had us in 7-10
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