Made it back to participating in the SC QSO party this year after missing it last year. Apparently, the county we’re in wasn’t activated at all last year, so several of the SC contacts I made were a bit surprised they were able to add the county to their list. Surprised me too considering how many hams there are in my neck of the woods.
We put the Half Wave Society club call, W4BXC, on the air for the QSO party this time and had some friends over to participate. Had a lot of fun and made a bunch of contacts in both run and search/pounce modes.
Most of the SCQP activity ended up on 40m with a smattering on 20m. 20m was pretty crowded with a lot of POTA activations, and I didn’t hear a lot of stations calling for SCQP. I was even able to make a contact down on the upper portion of 75m although the radio wasn’t very happy with the antenna there, judging by the SWR meter.
Ended up getting the two bonus stations as well (W4CAE and WW4SF), but the highlight stations were OM2VL (Slovakia), Connie’s dad WA4BXC, and NT7S and his boys in Oregon.
Had a good time getting back on the radio for the QSO party. Looking forward to doing again next year.
Contest: SC QSOPARTY Band QSOs Pts Mul Mt2 Pt/Q 3.5 1 2 0 0 2.0 7 63 184 29 1 2.9 14 11 44 5 0 4.0 28 3 12 3 0 4.0 Total 78 242 37 1 3.1 Score: 9,946 1 Mult = 2.1 Q's