[3830] FlQP W8MJ SOABMixed LP

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Mon Apr 30 16:48:28 EDT 2007

                    Florida QSO Party

Call: W8MJ
Operator(s): W8MJ
Station: W8MJ

Class: SOABMixed LP
Operating Time (hrs): 20
Radios: SO2R

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs
   40:  205     56
   20:  259    264
Total:  464    320  CW Mults = 67  Ph Mults = 67  Total Score = 334,464

Club: Mad River Radio Club


This year going into FQP there were reports of a solar disturbance taking place
on Friday evening, and going through the weekend.  You would think that would
definitely have an effect on activity and signals.  However, I thought the
activity this past weekend in FQP was exceptional.  I thought the mobile
activity was the best I have ever seen it since my involvement in FQP.  While
there were a few mobile cancelations schedule to be on that were not able to
be, there certainly was not a lack of mobile activity.  There was plenty of it,
and my personal opinion it helped catapult the instate activity as well. 
Compared to last year the in state activity seemed to be up more this year.  

I figured it was important to hit the first day extremely hard given the solar
disturbance, and work has many FL stations as possible. You never know what the
2nd day will be like, but I ended up working it hard the entire weekend.  The
activity kept me going.  As I mentioned already, the mobile activity was
exceptional, the best that I have seen to date. 

Right from the beginning I began moving people from fixed stations SSB to CW to
work, and was pleasantly surprised at the number of stations that were willing
to QSY.  I want to give a big thanks to all the mobile activity, especially the
mixed mobiles for all of there efforts and there willingness to change band
modes when asked.  Going from CW to SSB as a mobile is not easy, but done right
it really works out.  K4KG, N4PN, W4AN, NF4A, and AD8J seem to have the master
plan on doing this. They would quickly QSY to work you and then go back to CW.
For all the out-of-state stations like myself trying to work both modes this
really helps trying to get the sweep both ways. Kudos's to KC4HW for giving me
my county sweep in CW, the last one was Oka. And to K4KG for giving me Gla for
the sweep on phone.

The band conditions on twenty did not seem too bad given the solar
disturbances.  At times the mobile signals seem weak and at other times were
ok. At times it took a numerous attempts to get through, while at other times I
would get answered on the first call.  One thing that did occur is twenty
shutting down early in evening the first day.  Forty played extremely well and
helped make up for early close on twenty.  Twenty played well the 2nd day until
the last hour when Forty was much better. The mobile activity kept you pretty
busy the entire weekend.   I was pretty well spent when this one was over. 
Congrats to K5YAA and VE3DX on big scores, I am sure there will be others as
well. Thanks for all the q's and the qsy's.  

Over all it was a tremendous year in FQP given band conditions where they are
at.  Who would expect huge scores like this at this band cycle?  Hats off to
another great year by the Florida Contest Group.  

Additional Information:

Uniques	261

Main Rig Q's 	397
2nd Rig Q's	387

Mobiles & Rovers Worked

N4PN(54), K4KG (54), W4AN (35), N4KK (34), NF4A (33), W4SAA (32), KI4TG (27),
K4OJ (27), NO5W (26), AD8J (25), KN4Y (19), W4F (18), W5WMU (10), N4EEB (8),
AD4Z (8), N4OO (7), K2CIB (6), N1XC (6), K1RQ (5), KC4HW (5), W4AWP (3).

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