NAQP CW NY3A(@K4VV) M/2 LP
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Sun Jan 10 09:01:24 PST 2010
North American QSO Party, CW - January
Operator(s): NY3A, WX3B
Class: M/2 LP
Operating Time (hrs): 12
Band QSOs Mults
160: 233 42
80: 509 53
40: 610 57
20: 328 48
15: 103 18
10: 2 2
Total: 1775 220 Total Score = 390,500
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
Thanks to Jack, K4VV and Sharon for letting us test-drive K4VV this weekend. A
team of hams led by W0YR assisted in making sure everything was working prior
to our arrival, and this greatly simplified our last minute arrival/testing.
This NAQP CW contest was a series of firstsâ¦first NAQP CW Iâve ever done
seriouslyâ¦.fist M/2 NAQPCWâ¦.first serious effort with NY3Aâ¦.and the
first time I got to guest operate at K4VVâs super station in the CW mode.
Once again, everything worked very well, and the bands were better than
My impression of the event is that it started slowly, when I expected to be
running a high rate pileup for the first few hours. As the contest continued,
however, rates actually improved. 15 & 160 were very nice surprises! Extremely
low band noise on all bands certainly helpedâ¦.40/80/160 were all quiet.
40 was the band that kept giving, and where I spent most of the contest myself.
It was great fun being called by DX sporadically throughout the contest, and
some of the stations actually gave the correct exchange! The back of K4VVâs
2 element Shorty-forty at 85 feet works so well, I canât wait to see how the
4/4 K3LR 40m yagis play once they are âtunedâ.
I have a few very positive comments to make about my partner Steve, NY3A in
I donât think he moved from the chair more than once or twice, he never
complained about anything, and by the end of the event I had a new respect for
this âiron manâ attitude.
For those of you familiar with the movie âTop Gunâ, weâll simply refer to
Steve as âIcemanâ from now on because of his cool, calm, accurate style of
running for hours on end. Of course it was entertaining throwing a few objects
at him during the contest to keep things lively. Great job Steve, very strong
Both Steve and I were amazed during our short pounce-fests how just about every
single call was answered on our first call, proof that K4VV is playing extremely
Thanks again to Jack K4VV and Sharon for hosting us this weekend, we had a
great time, and the secret is out that WX3B actually DOES know CW!
Next stop: NAQP SSB â¦atâ¦..???? Stay tuned.
Jim WX3B on behalf of team NY3A M/2
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