[CQ-Contest] Spring & NAQP

Eric Rosenberg ericrosenberg.dc at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 00:31:26 EST 2015

Jim's a good friend, a great host and with his XYL Rachelle were fun house guests.

That notwithstanding, I'm not sure I understand the meaning of his tally of QSOs.

I went through my logs and came up with the following:

I've operated from Washington DC in the ARRL DX contest in 17 of the past 20 years.
I've operated from Washington DC in the ARRL 10 meter contest in 15 of the past 18 years.
I've operated from Washington DC in the CQ 160 contest for 14 of the past 16 years.

I was the one who worked Jim in the CQ 160 (2008 and 2011) and the ARRL RU (2013 and 2014).

Times have certainly changed with the arrival of KE3X (the most active of us), NN3RP, N8HM, K2PS (who has since moved to Florida) and W3HAC (K6ZO and K0OO) in the last five or so years.

There are no super stations in DC, that's for sure. NN3RP, KE3X and I have roof mounted tribanders and wires. It's not easy setting up a station and not bothering the neighbors (or drawing the attention of the Secret Service) in this city. We're careful not to use spud guns to put up wires!

As K3ZJ said, anytime you're in the neighborhood, join us for our monthly PVRC Downtown Lunch Group gathering (the 2nd Wednesday of the month...the next being on February 11) or an evening meeting in the 'burbs. And do make the effort to join us for the annual W3LPL open house in June. It's worth the trip!
Eric W3DQ

Jim Brownwrote:

Hi David,

I just went through 8 years of logs, about 110,000 QSOs. K3VOA is in my log once, for 2008 ARRL 10M. N8HM is in my log once -- 2014 WPX RTTY.
W3HAC is in my log once, for SSB SS in 2014. W3DQ is in my log five times. NN3RP shows up 10 times. KE3X is there for 32 Qs.

Looking at the last four years of contests where DC is a mult, I worked DC in ARRL 10M in 2012 and 2014 (W1AW/3). I worked DC in RTTY RU only in
2013. The last time I worked DC in CQ 160 was in 2011, when I worked W3DQ.  Bottom line -- in contests where DC counts as a mult, I worked DC
in only about one third of them in the last four years.

To be fair, this does not include my W6BX and KU6W logs. I use W6BX for split-site operation in SS, and KU6W for most WPX.

I know about the DC lunch meeting -- W3DQ brought me along when my XYL and I were staying with him and his lovely XYL Jennifer for a few days
on our way home from a Baltimore wedding.

73, Jim K9YC

On Sat,1/24/2015 4:03 PM, David Siddall wrote:

> W1AW/3 (@K3VOA), N8HM, W3HAC, KE3X,  W3DQ & NN3RP all were on from D.C. in the 2014 ten meter contest.  But you would have to know the callsigns to
> recognize which "MD" stations were located in D.C. for NAQP because some signed "MD" to prevent others having logging problems.  PVRC even holds a
> monthly meeting in downtown D.C. to which anyone interested in contesting is welcome, including anyone on this reflector.
> There's activity and interest in DC, notwithstanding that after 9-11 security at government buildings has made access difficult or impossible
> for non-employees at some of the better club stations that used to get on regularly.  (I operated my first contest after college at W3DOS in D.C.,
> before being invited by K7UGA to join W3USS at the other end of the Mall.)
>     73, Dave K3ZJ

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