[CQ-Contest] NAQP - Operating off the continent?

Kyle Chavis wa4pgm at nelsoncable.com
Fri Aug 10 22:55:00 EDT 2007

Bermuda is about 700 miles off the coast of North Carolina and usually has
good propagation to the states so I thought it would be a excellent location
for NAQP. Being a 10 hour contest for single ops it's ideal for that family
vacation too. Conditions this trip were fair, 15 meters closed early,
nothing on 10, 40 and 20 meters the best bands with good rates the first 6
hours 75, 105, 60, 87, 80, and 82. The low band summer static and high swr
turned into a chore. Managed to work 46 states, JA, UA0, G, and other Europe
using a Yaesu FT920 100w, monster g5rv, 40 dipole, A3 tribander. Don't know
if it made sense but sure was a lot of fun handing out the multiplier.

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] NAQP - Operating off the continent?

So, now we've established that some of us like different things in our
Internet activities, let's talk about contesting. =D

I've this daydream of contest operating from an island somewhere.  It's kind
of scary to think about going off on a contest expedition for one of the Big
Ones, like CQWW or ARRL DX, or even WPX.  The other quite important
consideration is that my wife, who is not a radio amateur (yet!), will of
course be accompanying me.  In our discussions, she hasn't seemed keen on
the idea of not having me around for 48 hours during what must amount to a
vacation.  Hell, I'm not ready for that kind of operating yet; I admire
contesters who can do that, but I have lots to learn before I get to that

So, thinking "baby steps", I wondered if it might not make sense to operate
NAQP from a NA DXCC entity.  I heard VP9I during CW last weekend, but no
other NA entity.  Does it even make sense to consider operating from, say,
ZF, VP9, 6Y, 8P or something?  

Thoughts, suggestions, and "shaddap, you punk kid" comments are warmly


Bob, NQ3X

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