North American QSO Party, SSB - August
Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Alexandria, VA
Operating Time (hrs): 8
Band QSOs Mults
80: 51 18
40: 52 23
20: 15 9
Total: 118 50 Total Score = 5,900
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
With a simple station (vertical and wire antennas low to the ground on a city
lot), dealing with rotten band conditions Saturday afternoon was frustrating.
Nothing heard--zero--on 10 and 15 meters, and mostly a few weak signals on 20m
and 40m. The N0NBH propagation box on qrz.com mid-afternoon reported ALL bands
were "poor," with A=21 and K=5. Feh! Finding anyone to work was
excruciating. Had a better time playing with the cats.
After a break for dinner, 40m had picked up. Lots of strong signals and
activity. Propagation box now rated 80m and 40m as "fair." Heard one
running station cheering SMC so I kept tuning rather than give him points! At
0100Z switched to 80m and heard strong signals scattered around that huge band,
so I stuck with that. Activity grew until I finally QRTed at 0300Z.
My contribution isn't huge, but it's free.
Cushcraft 20-6m vertical
40/30m dipole pair
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