[SECC] NAQP Strategy

John Laney k4bai at att.net
Fri Jan 9 11:27:00 EST 2015

Maybe I should have said that 20M has been closing early lately.  There 
have been few signals most nights on 20M after sunset here.  Of course, 
there have been exceptions with both short skip and long skip.  Monday 
night of this week when we had a QRP Sprint (Spartan Sprint) at 0200Z it 
was possible to work QRP station from W1/W2/W3/FL/ and TX at least.  On 
Wednesday night at 0300Z, no QSOs were possible from here on 20M when we 
did the CWT.  On Thursday night at 0230Z, no one on the east coast seems 
to have been able to work anyone other than locals on 20M. The west 
coast gang still had some propagation at that time to nearby states only.

So, it is likely that NAQP this Saturday will see 20M close earlier. 
Therefore, taking time off in the afternoon when 20 is open might not be 
the right strategy.  Take time off after 20 closes when you will have 
40, 80, and 160 for the rest of the contest period.

73, John, K4BAI.

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