[3830] NAQP CW AA4LR Single Op LP

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Mon Aug 9 19:53:19 EDT 2004

                    North American QSO Party, CW

Call: AA4LR
Operator(s): AA4LR
Station: AA4LR

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 10
Radios: SO2R

 Band  QSOs  Mults
  160:   16    10
   80:   57    25
   40:  149    44
   20:  151    41
   15:   71    26
   10:   28    14
Total:  472   160  Total Score = 75,520

Club: South East Contest Club

Team: SECC Team 2


Elecraft K2/100 w KAT100 (80m-10m)
Kenwood TS-430S w AT-250
Homebrew SO2R box (headphones only)
AE6Y Software

A3S at 15m (20m-10m)
1/4 wave sloper at 12m (40m)
Shunt fed 15m tower (80m)
125 foot doubet at 11m (160m)


What FUN! Not quite my best NAQP CW, but the best during the summer session.
Spent the majority of my time running, as opposed to S & P. Managed to keep the
rate meter above 50 Q/hr for most of the contest.

Really hit the K2/100 really hard. I had performed the KPA100 mods just a couple
of days prior to the contest. Amp got a real work out. Heat sink was HOT during
most of the runs.

Although I had two radios, I wasn't really SO2R. I did occassionally listen on
the other bands, but I never made a single second radio QSO. 160m contacts were
made from the 430, since its tuner could handle the doublet. In order to swap
radios, I had to physically move the computer keying cable.

Found conditions to be pretty good, despite all the dire predictions. 15m and
20m stayed reasonably short until after dark. 40m was relatively quiet. The west
coast stations weren't forced down to 40m at 0100z. Unfortunately, it appears
everyone expected the worst and hit the low bands early. 160m was buzzing with
stations at 0300z, while 80m appeared to be rather empty.

Had a good run on 20m around 2100z-2300z. Another good run on 40m 0030z-0200z.
Spent about equal time on 20 and 40, nearly 3 hours on each. 

Best moment was being called by VY1JA while running on 20m. Thanks, J. Uploaded
my log to LoTW this morning, and found J had already uploaded his log, so that
one is confirmed! Now, J, if I can just make a reservation for SS Phone....

Worst moment was calling N5KA three different times and getting "QSO B4". Sorry,
not in my log.

Worked some SECCers: N4GG, K4NO, K4AQ, K4OGG. Ironically, I only worked one
fellow on my team (W4ATL). Glad to work W4OC on three bands. Didn't hear another
SC station. The guys from TN were out in force! I felt like I worked every
station in TN!

See you in the Phone contest!

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