KsQP W0O(W0ZQ) Mobile Unassisted LP
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Tue Aug 28 11:59:23 EDT 2018
Kansas QSO Party
Class: Mobile Unassisted LP
Operating Time (hrs):
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
Total: 1053 0 0 Mults = 52 Total Score = 164,268
Club: Minnesota Wireless Assn
Saturday morning, before the contest started, I was plugging in my computers
power adapter into the cars power accessory port when the adapters tip fell
apart, fell into the accessory port and shorted it out. Yes, smoke was released
and yes the fuse worked as intended. The computers battery would only last
about 2 hours and then I would be without logging or keying. Fortunately I
always bring tools and parts with me in my Go Bag. After 10 minutes of work
with wire, tools, and 3M electrical tape, I had MacGyver'ed the computers power
adapter with Power Poles and was back in business. I did all this work while
parked in front of a gas station and I was waiting for someone to ask me what
the heck I was doing with wire, wire cutters, and weird looking things in my
car, or for the local police to show up, but no one ever asked.
As a solo op, I drive, stop, run, then repeat. It allows me some time to enjoy
the trip as I am not on the radio 100%. KS was beautiful and I spent most of my
time in, or around, the Flint Hills. Although the weather was "hot"
for this MN boy, the wind was moderate and keep me cool enough. Saturday
afternoon it seemed to be the CA QSO party on 20m, but Sunday was different as
others have commented on.
After the contest, Sunday late afternoon, while driving home through IA, I saw
an awesome double rainbow, and later on at sunset I saw a red sun set with a
simultaneous full moon rise. The fun thing about running mobile in the QSO
parties is the things you see; its not the destination, its the trip.
Oh ya, the QSO party. A tip of the hat to W0BH and his group for a very fun
event and a big thank you to all the op's who stopped by for a Q. At each stop
I worked through any pile up to make sure that I worked everyone calling. LoTW
will follow for those needing counties and grids.
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