KK1L NAQP Phone SO
Ronald D Rossi
rrossi at btv.ibm.com
Mon Jan 20 14:01:36 EST 1997
NA QSO SUMMARY SHEET
Contest Dates : 18-Jan-97, 19-Jan-97
Callsign Used : KK1L
Operator : KK1L
Category : SO
Default Exchange : RON VT
Name : Ronald D. Rossi
Address : RR1 Box 1543
City/State/Zip : Swanton, VT 05488-9713
Country : United States
Team/Club : Green Mountain Boys
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Mults Time On
18:00 to 22:44 = 4:44
160SSB 9 9 9 9 23:32 to 02:48 = 3:16
80SSB 163 163 163 44 03:36 to 05:31 = 1:55
40SSB 92 92 92 30 ----
20SSB 108 108 108 34 9:55
15SSB 77 77 77 25 (10 hours wall clock)
10SSB 3 3 3 3
Totals 452 452 452 145
Final Score = 65540 points.
I have to publically thank an anonymous local ham (does this make sense??) for
getting me back to capacity just before the contest. I was in need of a
doorknob capacitor to replace one I blew on the Butternut vertical playing
with the new amp the previous Sunday. You can't fix arcing transmit caps is
the bottom line. I spent some cold hours tuning the antenna after thinking I
might have fixed things. Replacing the cap and retuning was the ticket and I
did with 45 minutes to spare in the two hours before the contest. Thanks Mike!!
Well I was hoping to join the 100K club this time around, but it din't happen.
Not as good as August's score, but the operation felt better. I gave up on my
160m system very early. Very weak signal from the short top loaded vertical
with only six radials was (is) the problem. After 80m slows a bit I run out to
the base of the 80m dipole and flick a wafer switch to convert the beast into
a [lousy] vertical. My 80m contacts then are made on my Butternut. This is
fine for >1000 mile 80m and backyard 160m (at this point). 9 contacts (all
mults) in 26 minutes was BARELY worth it. I ran back out and switched back to
the productive dipole on 80m with occasional checks of 40m with the Butternut.
When I build the tuner for use with the amp, I will make sure it will handle
the 80m dipole on 160m and see what gives with that. Thanks for the patience
of those that worked me and tried to work me.
I moved and let move for the most part this time. That's what got the few 10m
Qs. The first of course was a strong local VT that was probably on for VK0IR.
40m really did go to H-E double hockey sticks in a hurry. I did 188 x 47 on
40m in August. BC seemed as bad as I have ever heard.
CU during the Feb phone sprint. I'd try the CW sprint, but my bust rate is
plenty high for CW as it is!! I'll be on for the Vermont (New England) QSO
Party before and after the phone sprint.
73 de KK1L ex N1PBT...ron (rrossi at btv.ibm.com) <><
Ron Rossi H/P SRAM Engineering -- IBM Microelectronics
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