[3830] 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

Call: NY3A
Operator(s): NY3A, WX3B
Station: K4VV

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 firsts…first NAQP CW I’ve ever done
seriously….fist M/2 NAQPCW….first  serious effort with NY3A….and the
first time I got to guest operate at K4VV’s 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 helped….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 K4VV’s
2 element Shorty-forty at 85 feet works so well, I can’t wait to see how the
4/4 K3LR 40m yagis play once they are “tuned”.
I have a few very positive comments to make about my partner Steve, NY3A in
this event.  
 I don’t 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 “iron man” attitude.  
For those of you familiar with the movie “Top Gun”, we’ll simply refer to
Steve as “Iceman” 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 …at…..????  Stay tuned.


Jim   WX3B on behalf of team NY3A M/2

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