ArQP K5END SO Mobile LP
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Sun Sep 12 11:22:13 PDT 2010
Arkansas QSO Party
Class: SO Mobile LP
Operating Time (hrs): 6
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
Total: 173 0 0 Total Score = 865
Was a lot of fun. It's the 3rd Mobile QSOP I've done and by this time most of
the equipment bugs have been worked out. It is a breeze using CQ/X and a GPS
receiver for automatic county status, plus it now uses the K2 internal keyer.
We got a late start from Houston for unavoidable circumstances, so my time in
ArQP was less than 6 hours.
The power line (or other RFI) noise was very bad on many parts of our route.
The hard part about that is I'd send my CQ in a quiet area, and a few seconds
later we'd pass a bad noise source and I just couldn't pull you guys out of the
noise. Sometimes it was easier to just find a clean spot to pull over and work.
Am glad to see the activity in ArQP. I plan to do it again next year.
XYL did an awesome job of piloting/navigating/meals/drinks/creature comforts
plus reminded me at 20:03 that the contest was over at 20:00. She also did a
fine job of avoiding a collision on I-30 when the car in the lane to our left
blew out its right front tire and lost control. When XYL hit the brakes and
pulled hard to the left at 70 MPH I looked up from the laptop in time to see a
car out of control passing in front of us with lots of smoke and leaning over
hard on its right front. I looked up just long enough to know we were OK and
then went right back into the exchange. XYL had never seen any contesting
before and much to her surprise was pretty keen on the activity (we may have a
new ham in the works.)
I was planning to try other bands and SSB, but 40 m CW kept me busy most of the
time. I tried 20 CW for a few minutes but that band was loaded up with little
room to operate. Sorry, Scott. I shoulda tried 80 meters.
The HiQ 4/80 seemed to work pretty well too. I had the K2/100/AT running about
60 or 70 watts at most. My K2 is a brand new rig, recently finished and, like
me, is new to contesting.
Next up is TxQP, 2 weeks away!
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