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Sun Apr 8 17:31:57 EDT 2007

                    EA RTTY Contest

Call: K4GMH
Operator(s): K4GMH
Station: K4GMH

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 6
Radios: SO2R

 Band  QSOs  Mults
   80:   49    31
   40:  116    59
   20:  141    72
   15:    0     0
   10:    0     0
Total:  306   162  Total Score = 167,346

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club


Thanks to the URE for sponsoring the Contest.  

Sorry could not spend more time in the Contest (6 hours), but it was a tough
weekend to get any time for contesting.

Tough upper band conditions as well.  Never heard anything on 15 meters on
Saturday afternoon (1700Z - 2000Z).  Twenty was okay.  Forty was a mess with
all kind of different mode signals (PSK, RTTY, CW, SSB, etc) trying to use the
same freq. range.  Eighty was nice, but noisy on this end.  Signals from Europe
on 80, for the most part, were good copy.  Limited time to operate on 80, so not
sure how long the band supported the Contest.  

Interesting to get the criticism from several non-contesters (CW and RTTY)
about getting on the national QRP calling freq of 7030 KHz.   Wasn't aware of
the ARRL's decision to move the QRP calling freq. until informed during the
Contest.  Only one operator was kind enough to let me know the reason for
asking me to QSY and gave his call.  Had a nice QSO with him and he told me the
ARRL has just (last month) decided to change the QRP calling freq. from 7040 KHz
to 7030 KHz.  Appreciate your courtesy Mike, WB9DLC    Did QSY after the QSO.  

I've looked in my log and see my mark freq. was at 7031.2 KHz.  Interesting to
note that several European stations called CQ on this freq. as well; they must
not have seen the ARRL's decision to move the national QRP calling freq to

As messed up as the 40 meter region operation plans are, the QRPers will get
less cooperation on weekends on 7030 KHz especially when there is either a
major CW or RTTY  or even a SSB DX contest.

        Mike, K4GMH

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