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[3830] NAQP SSB K4HQK Single Op LP

To: 3830@contesting.com, jwfuller@verizon.net
Subject: [3830] NAQP SSB K4HQK Single Op LP
From: webform@b4h.net
Reply-to: jwfuller@verizon.net
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:20:29 +0000
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                    North American QSO Party, SSB - August

Call: K4HQK
Operator(s): K4HQK
Station: K4HQK

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Alexandria, VA
Operating Time (hrs): 8

 Band  QSOs  Mults
   80:   43    11
   40:   58    21
   20:    5     5
Total:  106    37  Total Score = 3,922

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Team: PVRC Over the Hill Lunch Bunch Team #1


Despite alternating between two simple antennas for 20m (dipole, vertical), the
band was almost useless to me. Signals were weak and the few strong
stations--those with towers and huge Yagis (per qrz.com)--had callers lined up
around the block. I finally gave up on 20m, took a break, and moved to 40m mid

Of course 40m was getting busy by then and remained so until mid-evening. By
that time the skip had reached the West Coast, too much for 100w and a dipole at
20'. At 9:30pm EDT I gave up on 40m and switched to 75m, which despite QRN
contained lots of strong, mostly nearby signals. Competition was stiff but I was
able to make contacts. By 11pm I'd crossed the requested goal of 100 stations
and went to bed. Whew. For me, using a modest station with inadequate antennas,
this contest was slow and tedious.

73, John K4HQK

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