[3830] NAQP RTTY K7IA Single Op LP

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Sun Jul 18 06:56:58 PDT 2010

                    North American QSO Party, RTTY - July

Call: K7IA
Operator(s): K7IA
Station: K7IA

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: New Mexico
Operating Time (hrs): 9:47

 Band  QSOs  Mults
   80:   38    20
   40:  144    47
   20:  217    51
   15:   11     5
Total:  410   123  Total Score = 50,430




Bettered my previous best this year.  Last year's notes recalled to memory the
loss of the K3's 100 watt amp module early into the event causing lost time for
workarounds.  That was Elecraft's original amp, which has subsequently been
improved (and for me, replaced on warranty).  Sometimes being first in line for
a new rig makes one a pioneer!

Always the money band, 20m had long and deep QSB during the first two hours and
then became stable.  But I lost a number of Qs when the QSB took callers out,
forever, after only half an exchange.  Even with lots of ops, there was never a
problem finding a running hole.  15m was a disappointment, at least when I
checked it.  Propagation seemed to exceed the number of ops giving it a go. 
Ten was empty each time I checked.  40m provided some good, but short, runs,
especialy when it quieted down in mid evening.  80 was a challenge, with steady
noise at S8 and peaking in bursts to 20 over.  But that's where the final
increment of mults were late in the contest, so it couldn't be overlooked.  I
worked everyone I heard in S&P and then began running.  Happily, my CQs and
exchange appeared to be easily copied by all callers.  Was I the only one with
20 over noise?  I regret that my "ears" didn't make it easy for those callers,
though!  Mucho thanks to them for their perserverance--otherwise the mult count
would have been considerably lower!  Great ops all!

Many thanks to NCJ for sponsoring this fine event!  See you in NAQP CW!

73, dan k7ia

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