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2003 Summer QSO Party

August 24, 2003

(Compiled by KIØRB)

CW - Multiband
N4BP 380 17 47 0 303620
K4BAI 274 14 40 0 153440
K0ZK/1 180 14 28 0 70560
KIØII 170 12 28 0 57120
NØSXX 174 11 24 0 45936
WA7SPY 130 11 20 0 28600
KB2FEL/8 78 6 14 0 6552
K8KFJ 36 4 7 0 1008

CW- SingleBand
KG7Q 72 11 14 0 11088
K8DD 62 9 11 0 6138
N2CQ 54 5 9 0 2430
K4AVX 34 5 5 0 850
AL7FS 8 2 2 0 16

Thanks for the FB contest!  Hope to opterate more
CQC events.  Didn't have my club number with
me on /p, sorry..

Ken Newman - N2CQ

I had a lot of fun working the Colorado QRP Club Summer QSO party today. I
used my Elecraft K2 at 5 watts into my new 2 element Cubex Cubical Quad
mounted on my new 50 foot tower. I put the quad up about an month ago and it
performed very well today.

The biggest surprise was working JA6PA in Japan. Nao who was using his
Elecraft K2 at 5 watts. He had a great signal into California!

I worked a total of 29 stations as family time would allow.

Glenn Maclean WA7SPY

If God intended you to be on single sideband, he would have given you only one nostril.
- Steve, K2PTS (SK)

Gary Slagel - NØSXX

Most Consistent signals heard were K4BAI and N4BP.  They were always on and deserve all contacts made.

Ronnie Zoerb - KIØII

In the entire period I only heard two stations into Alaska.  I worked them both.  High latitude propagation continues to be bad which has been the case now for about a year.  Oldtimers here say they have never seen this happen like this before.  We can only hope for a change.

73, Jim - AL7FS
CQC 284

Power 5 watts with Ten Tec Argonaut V, 80 meter dipole and tuner. Band conditions not good here, except for short time on 20 meters; no activity herad on 40 meters.
Enjoyed the contest, in spite of my short time...
John Farler - K4AVX
Wish there would have been more activity.  Had to really scrape the barrel for these 17 contacts.  Still had fun though.

James LeMonds - KG7Q

I set up as portable station in an open field, along the bank of the South Branch of the Potomac River.  The field is located in Moorefield, WV.

The antenna center support was a 22ft extendable painters pole from Home Depot.  I used an additional one foot wooded extender at the top section, also from Home Depot.  The wood extender was used in an effort to isolate the center section of the antenna from the aluminum top sections of the 22 foot.  "Home Depot you can do it we can help", I wonder if they were talking about QRP Hi Hi..

I started the contest a bit late 19:00 UTC and had QRM and QRN.  40 was, a bit tougher then 20.  At one point I could not hear a thing as a very large flock of Geese flew overhead.  Their Honks were louder then the audio from the radio.

All in all had a great time working the contest from the field.


I operate from a small bridge in the middle of a salt marsh in Wells, Maine.  This area is private property near the
mouth of the Mousam River and Parson's Beach. The area adjoins the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge and the NOAA Oceanographic Laboratory at Laudholm Farm, a beautiful wildlife study reserve including salt marsh, shore front, tangles, and much wildlife.
Setting up right next to the small bridge allows me to operate from inside my AstroVan out of the elements and with a ready supply of food, drink, battery power, some comfort, and mobility.  I set up a 30 foot vertical on the ground a few feet from salt water and throw a wire into the small channel under the bridge.  Eight feet of coax goes into the van where the manual tuner is located near the operating position.  I have a home brew welded steel shelving unit that doubles at these times as an operating table.   It is quite convenient when used with a folding camp chair.  The K2, Keying paddle and any other gear fits nicely.  There are distractions galore: Kayaks drifting by under the small bridge, fishermen talking on the bridge, and many beautiful women walking by in skimpy  bikinis. But, I keep my ears tuned in to twenty metres and weather the storms of distraction.
I have found that a vertical set up over salt water performs so well that I prefer to operate that antenna and am sometimes awarded with fantastic DX.  Nothing this time, but in the past I have worked Bombay, India from the same location and set up. Conditions in this contest were only good on twenty metres.  The only signal heard on 15 was N4BP and I did not work him. 40 was rough and nothing heard on 80 or 10.  So, I spent most time on 20 and quite a bit of time talking to pedestrians explaining that I was not a Commie Spy sending secret messages
to Ivan and Boris back home in Kiev.  Some people thought I was using a new fishing rig, with the 30 foot mast alongside the bridge.  Others thaught I was tracking whales or tuna with a radio direction finder.  I would show them my log book and try to explain how QRP contests work.
Now, I am getting ready to operate from my brother's sail boat and will be cruising Long Island Sound next week with, you guessed it, a vertical 33 foot wire hanging in the rigging and my K2 on deck or down below squashed into a cozy little corner.

Bon Voyage es 72,
Arn, KØZK/1


Here's how we announced the 'test:

Join the fun!

Sponsored by the Colorado QRP Club

Sunday, August 24, 2003

1800 UTC to 2359 UTC (Sunday afternoon North America local time)

Exchange: RS(T), State/Province/Country, First Name, and Member # if CQC
member, power output if not ie: 579 CO Jim NR 04

Suggested frequencies: CW: 1825, 3560, 3710, 7040, 7110, 14060, 21060,
21110, 28060, 28110; SSB: 1910, 3985, 7285, 14285, 21385, 28385;
No contacts on 30, 18 and 12 meters allowed!

Classes: Single Band; Multi-band (all single operator only); Portable
(away from home QTH, portable power, portable antenna)

QSO Points: CW-CQC member 6 pts, non-member 4 pts; SSB-CQC member 3 pts,
non-member 2 pts

Multiplier: States/Provinces/Countries worked -- The same station may be
worked on different bands for additional QSO points and multipliers.
Contacts on the same band using a different mode counts for QSO points,
but not as an additional multiplier

Names: Total of first names from Name sheet. One first name per letter of
the alphabet. Name must be your commonly used first name.

Score: Total Score = QSO Points x Multipliers x Names

Bonus points for working Club Station WØCQC - Add 1000 points to your
FINAL score for working WØCQC

Power: Stations must use 5 watts or less output, CW or SSB.
There are no power multipliers.

Awards: To Be Determined, Highest Score in each class

Logs: Submit log postmarked within 30 days of contest end (09/24/02)
showing: Band, Mode, Time UTC, Station Called, RST Rc'd, SPC Rc'd, Name
Rc'd, Memb# Rc'd (or pwr out if not CQC member), SPC Mult., Name mult.

On a cover sheet include your name, call, SPC, CQC# (if member), power
used. A description of your rig, antenna, and comments would be
appreciated. Also include a score recap, the calculation of your total
final score.

To Email contest logs: CQC Contest Email

Logs via Surface Mail:

Colorado QRP Club
POB 17174
Golden, CO 80402-6019

For sample Log, and Name sheets, send SASE and one unit first class postage to:

Jim Pope KGØPP
CQC Contests
P.O.Box 31575
Aurora,CO 80041-0575

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