[3830] CaQP W6E M/MCntyExp HP

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Mon Oct 5 18:58:52 EDT 2020

                    California QSO Party - 2020

Call: W6E
Operator(s): W6PNG N6MI
Station: W6E

Class: M/MCntyExp HP
QTH: Kern County
Operating Time (hrs): 24

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs
  160:    0      0
   80:  145     28
   40:  152    124
   20:  520    515
   15:   98     55
   10:    2      1
Total:  917    723  Mults = 57  Total Score = 239,229

Club: Southern California Contest Club


I partnered with Scott N6MI for what is my first CQP participation.

We had planned on operating at 8,000 ft in the Los Padres NF but understandably
(wildfires) it was closed and we opted for Dante's Purgatory in the form of the
Mojave Desert during a heatwave with the temps hovering around 100F.

Scott has a well decked out ex TV van with a 60ft mast supporting a Force 12 C3S
full sized 10/15/20 tri-bander plus wire 40/80m coupled to an FTDX101D and Acom

I used the ultra portable and compact G3TXQ Hexbeam (from MW0JZE)for 10/15/20
upon a SpiderBeam 33ft mast about 50 ft from the Jeep along with an OCF
supported at the back of my Jeep. I used my Elecraft K3s/KPA500/KAT500 combo but
ran into lots of 80m issues partly digital hash from my new Honda 2200i
generator and closeness of the OCF to the operating position drove the K3s nuts
(and me).

Expeditions of any kind are a unique operating undertaking far removed from
using a permeant QTH and I am thankful that CQP recognizes this and gives us a a
separate category (hint hint CQ and ARRL contest organizers!!!). 

I'm thrilled that a Jeep full of parts came together as a coherent and
functioning station. Heat aside, no showers for 3 days the desert is a beautiful
place unless you piss off the ants who seem to bite.

Life can be fun if you want it to be and part of the joy here was partnering
with Scott who undertook a 100% of the CW duty while I did 100% phone. This
first time and random pairing seemed to work. 

In addition, I love to reflect on an event and see how to do better next time.
Much new worked this time but clearly a better 80m solution, an awning for the
Jeep and possibly using a FLex 6600 and the KPA500 to allow an easier passenger
seat experience. 

Check out Scott's website at n6mi.org and mine at www.nomadic.blog

Paul W6PNG

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