North American QSO Party, CW - August
Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Waltham MA
Operating Time (hrs): 8
Band QSOs Mults
80: 26 14
40: 111 34
20: 128 36
15: 6 3
Total: 271 87 Total Score = 23,577
Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club
This was an unintentional contest. I didn't even warn my wife about it, but
nothing else of consequence was going on so I stopped in for a while, which
turned out to be 8 hours. I guess I needed a serious radio fix, especially
with so little going on during the week.
Now that the sunspot count is dropping, overall HF activity has fallen off
greatly. I know a lot of folks are doing the digital thing, especially on the
nifty new FT8 mode. There's always activity to be found there and on JT65.
But activity on the traditional modes, CW, SSB and RTTY, is minimal except on
This morning I took a look on PSKReporter and noted the number of digital
That's today, but you can see the future.
I like these modes and was very active for five years on JT65 but don't have
the ambition to start over again on FT8. I kind of wish I was just discovering
the WSJT modes now and then I'd go crazy on FT8. It seems to me that FT8 has
contest possibilities. Contests could be scheduled on weekends when there are
vacant RTTY frequencies using the "fast QSO" technique described
under V53DX on qrz.com. On FT8 a running station could have a new QSO started
every 30 seconds (with 15 second overlaps).
On the weekends there's often some good traditional contest going on if I want
something fast and furious to get involved in. Like the NAQP-CW this weekend.
I wanted to get some running experience and called CQ a lot with little success.
17% of my QSOs were from me running. Small signal = dinky results.
But it was fun. Thanks for the QSOs. The fall contest season is rapidly
coming up. Get ready.
N1MM+ with CWGet (backup for my increasingly slow response times)
20-10 attic dipoles
Outside stealth wire used on 20, 40 and 80m.
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