[3830] CaQP ND0C SOFixed QRP

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Sun Oct 2 15:37:11 PDT 2011

                    California QSO Party

Call: ND0C
Operator(s): ND0C
Station: ND0C

Class: SOFixed QRP
QTH: Minnesota
Operating Time (hrs): 20

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs
   80:   25     24
   40:   30     26
   20:   76     97
   15:   81    180
   10:   10     18
Total:  222    345  Mults = 56  Total Score = 75,936

Club: Minnesota Wireless Association


This was fun!  I've been looking forward to CQP for several months and was very
protective of the weekend, trying to avoid any conflicts.  I was still able to
somewhat sociable to my family and get a pretty strong effort in the contest. 
It was difficult to be inside though with some gorgeous fall weather here!  

All the bands seemed to be pretty noisy, but my 5 watts still felt pretty loud.
 I usually have decent propagation to CA from here.  Over-all I was pleased with
my hourly rates.  I was able to get some runs going on 15 and picked up a couple
tough mults that way.  The only real disappointment was 10 meters.  If it had
opened here for just a couple hours I really could have padded my score.  

10 was very long, especially on Saturday and I took the opportunity to work
some Oceania stations includng 3D2R and T32C.  I could hear KH6's and some
eastern US guys working CA, but didn't hear any 6s myself.  There was a bit of
a 10 meter opening on Sunday - but brief and with some nasty QSB.  15 was
definitely the "go-to" band and I got almost 1/2 my QSOs on 15.  20 was pretty
decent most of the time.  

Considering my modest antennas, I'm pleased with how things went, especially
racking up 567 QSOs.  I'm bummed that I didn't get a sweep, but I never did
hear Yolo or Merced. According to the CQP website, I broke the old QRP record
which was my goal.  Now we'll see who else did well with QRP this year!  

Thanks to everybody that pulled my 5 watt signal out of the QRM/QRN.  Special
recognition should go to N6JW who really worked hard to get my ESP exchange on
80 SSB.

I'll be back for CQP again next year, running QRP as always!

   Yaesu FT-897D running 5 watts 
   Wilson SY-3 three element triband Yagi at 48 feet
   Inverted vee (tuned feeder) with apex at 45 feet

Randy, ND0C

"You don't have to be crazy to contest with QRP ... but it helps."

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