[CQ-Contest] /QRP

Steve Sacco NN4X nn4x at embarqmail.com
Tue Aug 17 13:40:43 PDT 2010

  The year was 1988.  The date: CQWW Phone, 00:00Z.

I was in my own home in the flatlands of Somerset, NJ, having moved from 
my parent's place high on a hillside with an awesome shot to EU, AF, and 
SA in Hopatcong, NJ.

I had my brand new Cushcraft ATB-34 mounted on a IIX Quad Pod on the 
roof; total height: ~ 22'.

My Dentron Clipperton-L was all tuned up, making about 600 watts on a 
117v line, and my TS-830, loaded with all the InRad filters.  It was a 
really hot RX.  I wish I still had that rig.

Anyway, the JA's were in, and I figured I'd start by S&Ping up the band.

I call the first station heard.  I also hear KR2Q calling him.

He answers KR2Q.

I jump to the next station, and call, along with KR2Q.

He answers KR2Q.

This happened a few more times, and I was getting rather annoyed, so I 
jumped past the next couple of JA's and called THAT one...and 
called...and again...

Then KR2Q called him, and worked him immediately.

Knowing Doug was running QRP, I was tremendously demotivated, and pulled 
the plug on the contest shortly thereafter.

Lessons learned:

1) Antennas matter.  A lot.
2) Location matters.  A lot.
3) #1 and #2 trump power.  A lot.

Steve NN4X

On 8/16/2010 11:10 PM, KU7Y wrote:
>> Or they hear QRP and say hmmm looks like a great frequency to steal ???!!!
> I think all QRPers understand that they are not going to hold a prime run
> frequency very long!  And it sure doesn't make sense to try and fight for it
> either!  :-)
> But when you do get lucky and hold a frequency long enough to grab 40-50
> Q's, you feel like you have really done something!  And then run like the
> wind to find another hole to try.....
> OK, back in my hole,
> Ron, KU7Y
> SOWP 5545M
> Caldwell, ID
> ku7y at qsl.net
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