[3830] NAQP SSB K0DU Single Op LP

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Sun Aug 22 16:47:41 EDT 2004

                    North American QSO Party, SSB

Call: K0DU
Operator(s): K0DU
Station: K0DU

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Colo
Operating Time (hrs): 10

 Band  QSOs  Mults
  160:    4     3
   80:   84    30
   40:  321    52
   20:  780    55
   15:    0     0
   10:    2     2
Total: 1191   142  Total Score = 169,122

Club: Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado



Well, first of all Chris, my XYL, normally runs the NAQP contests because they
are short and good practice for her.  She had other things going, so at the last
minute I decided to do my first ever NAQP SOP LP. I roll all the radials up late
in the spring for the 160 & 80 meter verticals so we can maneuver around the
property in the summer without getting wrapped up in them.  So I'm standing on a
12-foot ladder getting ready to hook up the coax after sweeping the 160 antenna
and grabbed the coax from the antenna from which the radials are elevated, not
grounded.  I grabbed the feed line to insert the connecter.  ZAP!  I practically
got knocked on my hind end.  Static buildup in the radials from an approaching
major thunder storm and wind and rain storm discharged through yours truly.  I
lost the first 1/2 hour to 20-30/9 static levels caused by the storm. 
Throughout the contest other thunderstorms repeatedly kept me off the air for
short periods of time and made receive very difficult.  I was able to work two
stations on 10 meters and faintly heard a few stations come and go on 15.  What
a disaster!  20 meters was the band!  I had a pipeline to the east coast for
several hours.  40 was also good to me, although static levels were high.  80
meters and 160 were also a disaster because of rain and wind static of 20-30/9
noise levels. I think the winter version of NAQP is more favorable for the lower
frequencies for us.  A lot of Q's--no mults.  Did the best I could.  Thanks to
all who gave me a contact.  See you all this fall!  Jerry, K0DU

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