NA and Eclipse QSO parties

Got the antenna up this weekend to participate in a couple of events. It’s the first significant amount of radio activity I’ve done at the house since moving from the old house.

On Saturday I spent a few hours tuning around the bands working the NAQP SSB contest. Managed a couple dozen contacts casually spinning the dial around on 20 m and 40 m.

On eclipse day, I managed to get a few contacts in the Solar Eclipse QSO Party in the morning. Didn’t hear too many stations on 20m, but there were a few. I heard a couple of stations out in Washington State, but couldn’t get through the pileup they had going. Made contacts with three other stations participating in the eclipse QSO party and made periodic checks on the WWV broadcasts (heard 10 MHz faintly at times, but 15 MHz was coming in loud and clear).

Sadly I had to shut everything down due to a thunderstorm moving in just before the eclipse started so I wasn’t able to make any more contacts or monitor the bands as the eclipse happened.

Good weekend on the air.

CQ WW 2015 log check

The log check for the 2015 CQ WW contest landed in my email a few days ago. Only one busted QSO due to NIL (Not In Log). Not bad, although 0 would be better. That brought me down to 108 contacts and a final score of 24119.

Looking forward to being back on the air in time for the next CQ WW.

************************** Summary ***************************

     109 Claimed QSO before checking (does not include duplicates)
     108 Final   QSO after  checking reductions

     280 Claimed QSO points
     271 Final   QSO points

      59 Claimed countries
      59 Final   countries

      30 Claimed zones
      30 Final   zones

      89 Claimed mults
      89 Final   mults

   24920 Claimed score
   24119 Final   score

    3.2% Score reduction
    0.9% Error Rate based on claimed and final qso counts
       0 (0.0%) calls copied incorrectly
       0 (0.0%) exchanges copied incorrectly
       1 (0.9%) not in log
       0 (0.0%) duplicates (Removed without penalty)
       0 (0.0%) calls unique to this log only (not removed)

********************** Results By Band ***********************

             Band   QSO  QPts  Zone Cty Mult

   Claimed   160M     0     0     0   0    0
   Final     160M     0     0     0   0    0

   Claimed    80M     0     0     0   0    0
   Final      80M     0     0     0   0    0

   Claimed    40M     1     3     1   1    2
   Final      40M     1     3     1   1    2

   Claimed    20M    24    59    13  17   30
   Final      20M    24    59    13  17   30

   Claimed    15M     0     0     0   0    0
   Final      15M     0     0     0   0    0

   Claimed    10M    84   218    16  41   57
   Final      10M    83   209    16  41   57

   Claimed    All   109   280    30  59   89  Score    24920
   Final      All   108   271    30  59   89  Score    24119

************************* Not In Log *************************

28532 PH 2015-10-24 2139 AB4UG            5 LT0H            13

*******************  Multipliers by band  ********************

160M multiplier total 0

80M multiplier total 0

40M multiplier total 2



20M multiplier total 30

CM    EI    FM    HC    HI    HK    HK0/a KG4   KL    OH    
P4    PJ4   PY    SM    TF    VE    YV    

  1  2  3  4  5  7  8  9 10 11 14 15 40

15M multiplier total 0

10M multiplier total 57

9A    CE    CN    CT    CT3   CX    D4    DL    EA    EA8   
F     FG    FJ    FM    FS    FY    HK    HK0/a HP    IT9   
JA    K     KP2   KP4   LU    OA    P4    PA    PJ2   PJ7   
PY    TI    V2    V4    VE    VK    VP2M  VP2V  XE    YN    

  3  4  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 25 30 33 35

Kentucky QSO Party 2015

Got on the air to play in the Kentucky QSO Party for a few hours yesterday. Tuned around 20 and 40m for a while, but wasn’t hearing too much KYQP related SSB activity. Made 9 contacts including the bonus station (KY4DXA) all on 40m.

Nice fun little QSO party.

CQWW 2015

Spent a few hours playing in the 2015 CQ WW contest. Didn’t play nearly as long as I did a couple years ago.

10m was pretty active, and that’s where I ended up spending most of my time tuning around. 10m was good for getting to EU early in the day, and then into South America mid to late afternoon. Late afternoon/early evening when 10m started fading out was when I started hearing stations across the Pacific. Grabbed a few contacts on 20m when 10m died out, and snagged a contact on 40m toward the end of the contest just to cover that end of the spectrum.

Even though the number of QSOs and my score didn’t match what I did in 2013, still had a few good highlights this year.

  • JA7OWD (Japan) on 10m
  • VK2GGC (Australia) on 10m
  • KL7RA (Alaska) on 20m
  • TF2LL (Iceland) on 20m
  • KG4EM (Guantanamo Bay) on 20m

109 QSOs across 3 bands this year. I’m happy with that.

 Band     QSOs     Pts  ZN    Cty
     7       1       3    1    1
    14      24      60   13   18
    28      84     221   16   39
 Total     109     284   30   58
Score: 24,992

Kansas QSO Party 2015

Got on the radio for the first time in quite a while (since Field Day I think) to play in the Kansas QSO Party for the first time. The KS QP is one of those two day contests, Saturday and Sunday. Rain and thunderstorms here on Sunday meant that I only got to play radio on Saturday.

One of the fun things the organizers did this year was have a bunch of 1×1 stations participating, which would spell KANSAS SUNFLOWER QSOPARTY if you worked enough of them. I managed to work enough stations to spell KANSAS, and was short only an R station to spell SUNFLOWER.

Managed to make 22 contacts on 20m and 40m. Strangely enough, with the exception of two stations, the only stations I was able to hear were the 1×1 stations. Maybe if I had played for a few more hours I might have found some other stations.

Fun QSO party to play in. Hope to be able to participate in it again next year.