[SECC] [SEDXC] K4BAI/M Claimed Score, 2010 Georgia QSO Party
Dale M. Schwartz
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Tue Apr 13 15:01:16 PDT 2010
WOW! Talk about Murphy's Law.....
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Subject: Re: [SEDXC] [SECC] K4BAI/M Claimed Score, 2010 Georgia QSO
I read it all, and it was a fantastic read. Got any pictures? That
would make it even better!
Thanks for both the effort, and the story.
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Subject: [SECC] K4BAI/M Claimed Score, 2010 Georgia QSO Party
Georgia QSO Party
Operator(s): K4BAI, KU8E
Class: Rover Multi-Op LP
QTH: 27 GA counties
Operating Time (hrs): 14:31
Band CW-Dig Qs Ph Qs
160: 0 0
80: 39 0
40: 1063 0
20: 506 0
15: 0 0
10: 0 0
6: 0 0
Total: 1608 0 CW-Dig Mults = 50 Ph Mults = 0 Total Score =
Club: Alabama Contest Group
Like W4NZ/M, Murphy struck us repeatedly in this year's GQP. Before
took his family to OH for Spring break, he planned a 41-county route for
perhaps a bit ambitious, but mostly doable, and checked out the antennas
the car for the trip. The Clarke family changed plans and returned home
Friday night rather on Thursday, so there was little time for last
checks. When I arrived at Jeff's QTH about 12:30 PM, Jeff was unhappy
connector on one of the antenna feedlines and changed it out for a new
Because time was short, we hurried that chore and would regret it later.
However, it seemed fine when we tested it out. Jeff's Icom Pro was in
seat of his 1998 Toyota Avalon connected directly to the battery. I
logging computer with NA programs created for every anticipated county.
was a Dell which has a split hard drive and we use NA in Windows 98 and
usually works very smoothly. That was connected through a transverted
powered through the cigarette lighter plug. We have had some problem
particular laptop in the past. The laptop was purchased to replace an
one that had crashed (but we had backed it up before it crashed). At
had a hard time keeping this one charged up. I purchased a new battery
at Battery Source and it worked OK in GQP and FQP last year. We also
taking a GPS with us.
We got started about on time from Jeff's driveway in HARRis County. I
operating while Jeff got everything else gathered up and packed in the
We had a Hustler 15M resonator with a DX Engineering top hat for 20M and
Hustler 20M resonator with DX Engineering top hat for 40M. For 80M, we
just the Hustler 80M resonator. It had a narrow spot on 80M CW where
dropped to about 2 to one and I hooked up a MFJ mobile tuner to reduce
amost 1 to 1 from the transmitter. One base was on a trunk lid mount on
right side of the trunk and the other was on a magnetic mount (tri
the left side of the trunk. We had some strong cord around the two
and anchored inside the back of the car to provide some guy like support
the antennas. By using the antenna post 1 and 2 on the transceiver, we
able to change bands between any two bands with the touch of a button on
radio. Monitoring of 15M during the past few weeks indicated that 15M
likely be useless, but we did listen once or twice and heard nothing on
band and no one asked us to QSY to 15M.
20M seemed very weak and very long at the beginning of the contest, but
tried both 20 and 40 in every county until we were in Crisp County, well
dark, and we only made 3 QSOs on 20M. 40M was pretty good everything
considered, but we didn't hear any other GA stations on Saturday on 40M
heard few signals from AL or SC. FL, NC, MS, and TN seemed to be mostly
40M. We were surprised during the early afternoon to work as far away
and WY. We worked OM2VL on 40M before 22Z and on 80M too. He had an
outstanding signal on 20, 40, and 80.
After we had gone about 10 miles from his house, Jeff realized he had
charger for his GPS at home and we stopped at a Best Buy in MUSCogee, my
county, for him to pick up another. That resulted in more time being
HARR and MUSC than we had expected and we got on to the next county,
CHATtahoochee, about 20Z. We had planned to spend Saturday night in
all the way on the other side of the state, as the guests of Jere
Conni and to have breakfast with some Savannah contesters Sunday morning
the contest resumed. At this time, it seemed doubtful that we would get
Savannah that night. Whenever the car was idling, the CW sent by the
got squirrelly and we received several comments about this during and
Things went nicely except for the computer sending occasionally sounding
Jeff stopped for a quick bite to eat around 7 PM. He ate in the car
accelerator keeping the engine from running too slowly. We changed the
antenna out for the 80M antenna in TURNer County. 80M sounded great.
It was quiet and signals were strong. We were surprised to work KO7X in
OM2VL on 80M in the early evening, just after dark. It looked like a
for switching between 40 and 80. After the first run on 80 from Turner,
pressed the button on the transceiver and went to 40. I worked N4CD
difficulty and then got no more calls for a minute or so. I then
the SWR meter on the rig was showing infinity. So, I told Jeff, who was
driving, and we stopped at a rest area on I 75. This was about 8 PM
hours left on the first day. We spent most of the next two hours at
stop trying to make the transceiver work. Unfortunately, the problem,
didn't immediately realize, was the new coax connector on the 40M
After proper diagnosis of the problem, the soldering iron was plugged
cigarette lighter and an attempt was made to solder a new connector onto
40M coax. The soldering iron just barely would melt the solder and it
impossible to get it properly connected. My assumption is that it was
of the limited amperage allowed by the cigarette lighter plug, but don't
that. Two of the coax connectors actually physically broke in the
had a number of extra connectors and finally got one that we thought
Jeff tried to get it to connect to the transceiver on both antenna
post 1 and
antenna post 2. Maybe it worked for a second or two on one of the
generally the receiver seemed dead. He probably applied a little too
physical pressure and then noticed that the plate on the rear of the
transceiver seemed loosed and one SO259 was wobbly.
So, we got out the spare rig, an Alinco DX70, that I inherited from the
Cliff Watson, KR4M (ex K4ADU) about ten years ago. It is a very nice
mobile/portable non-contest rig that even has a "narrow" CW filter.
had had nothing to eat and by now it was past 10 PM and I couldn't
to set up and operate that rig. We knew I would no longer be able to
paddle like I like to do a lot in pileups to keep the rhythm going when
mis=enter a call in the computer because we had been using the internal
in the Icom and the Alinco doesn't have one. Jeff had brought along a
but we had no power source for it since it had been wired to take 12V
Icom auxiliary plug. We were both very tired and frustrated and talked
"packing it in" and heading home. However, Jeff thought it would be
get some sleep and try to figure something out in the morning. So, we
last four hours of Saturday night and ran only one county on 80M. Very
about that. We went about 15 miles to Tifton, in TIFT county, stopped
supper, and found a motel near the Interstate. We got into the room
PM. We left a wake up call for 8 AM, keeping in mind the contest start
Sunday of 10 AM.
Jeff spent about the next two hours checking the internet to try to
who had covered what counties and what were the most needed counties
our list, diagnosing the problem with his rig, and mapping out a new
Sunday. The resistors connected to each SO259 had each been physically
in two during our efforts to reconnect the 40M feedline.
I got up at 7:15 AM, went downstairs, ate breakfast, and re-read the
manual for the DX70 for the first time in several years. I made notes
exactly what I had to do to get it to operate at maximum efficiency for
situation. Jeff came down about 8:30 or so and unlocked the car and we
the DX70 into the transverter and I made all the internal adjustments
seemed to be required. I did not transmit, since I wasn't sure which
was hooked up to the rig, but I did hear a UP station on 20M, which
pretty good for DX, but too long for most US contacts. Turned out that
20M antenna. I then decided to start the car and try to transmit with
The battery wouldn't turn over. It seemed that the battery was dead.
had to find Jeff and then called AAA for a battery jump off. They
response within 45 minutes, which would put it about 30 minutes after
contest started again. Eventually, Jeff found the motel maintenance man
jumped us off and we cancelled the AAA call. Jeff thinks that he may
the dome light on the night before.
Eventually, we got set up and on the way, losing about an hour on Sunday
morning. We ran some counties in the vicinity of Tifton and, when it
that it would work OK, we headed toward Waycross and a few counties in
corner of the state where no activity other than by us had been
promised. At a
Wal Mart, Jeff stopped and got a device to connect the transverter to
to the battery so that the computer would not be powered through the
lighter. This seems to have solved our computer problems. The computer
lock up twice during all of Sunday and I we had to re-boot, but that
happen to all computers from time to time.
20M was slow at first, but eventually opened up strong to Europe and the
coast of the USA. The W1, W2, WI, MI, MN, KS, TX stations came in
most of the day. Later on, we worked N8II in WV once and a few IN
20M plus one QSO with TN and one with AR. So 20 got shorter, but we
much propagation to the PA/VA/OH area or points closer. The DX stations
worked us are to be congratulated on good ears and perserverance. They
OM2VL, DK2OY, PA3ARM, SP5SA, DL3GA, OH3IF, LY5A, DL9LM, DL/WA4PXP,
DL7JAN, OK1ACF, LZ4UU, DL3DXX, DL4CW, DL5MC, UU5JL, S53AF, DM3ZF, and
plus KH6LC in HI. Any DX station may request a bureau QSL by e-mail,
send complete QSO information since the computer files are separate by
county. Any other QSL requests by mail will be promptly answered.
W4AN in SPAL, from the NQ4I contest station, may also be requested by
me for DX stations and by regular mail for other or for DX stations who
direct mail QSL.)
We missed five US states: AK, SD, ND, UT, and VT. We worked Canadian
VE1, VY2, VE2, VE3, VE7. Thanks for all QSOs.
You haven't lived until you have run intense pileups for nine hours
Alinco DX70 as a receiver! Thanks for all the fun.
We ended up running 27 counties. We had planned on 41. We ran some not
original list and missed many on the original list.
We hope to be better prepared for the Florida QSO Party on the weekend
24 and 25, when we will be QRV as W4AN/M in many FL counties. The
problems seem to be solved, the antenna feedline will be repaired, we
a keyer and paddle to keep up the rhythm, and we will use Jeff's oldie
goodie Kenwood contest radio. Again, the Alinco will be back up.
I did get one report of a slight chirp on Sunday when we were using the
rig. It didn't chirp when KR4M used it, but he was using it from a
station with a switching power supply. If anyone else noticed this or
problem with the signal on Sunday, please let me know.
Anybody who actually read all of this deserves some kind of a reward.
Thanks to all of your for your support of this year's Georgia QSO Party.
year on the second weekend in April, we will have the 50th anniversary
Rusty, K4BVD (now W6OAT), put together for the Columbus Amateur Radio
first GA QSO Party in May 1962. If any of you was active in that first
please let me know. We are planning for some type of special
I hope we got all 159 counties on this year, but I fear we did not,
to our problems with Murphy's law. Sorry about that.
73, John, K4BAI and Jeff, KU8E.
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