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K9GDF   Single Op LP   5,2922017-08-27 05:42:56
Antenna is rain gutter and downspouts.
K9DUR   Single Op HP   14,5722017-08-27 09:39:04
First time in KSQP. Some fun & different awards. Few KS stations heard
other than the 1x1's.
KØL(KCØDEB)   Single Op LP   36,1452017-08-27 12:09:36
Saturday was great! 40m was yielding the best Q rate last year, so I did spend
more time there this time. It looked like I was going to crush the Q count
last year, that was until Sunday morning when this massive storm had to throw
wrench in it.
I did have to cut it short on Sunday anyway, got to go to work later that
night, so not must was lost.

Kudo's to Bob W0BH, for putting this all together again!
CU Next year!
John, KC0DEB/K0L

Band Mode QSOs Pts Mul Pt/Q
7 CW 5 15 0 3.0
7 LSB 309 619 35 2.0
14 CW 1 3 0 3.0
14 PSK31 5 14 1 2.8
14 USB 68 136 9 2.0
21 USB 1 2 0 2.0
28 FT8 2 6 0 3.0
28 USB 3 6 0 2.0
Total Both 394 801 45 2.0
Score: 36,145
1 Mult = 8.8 Q's
K7ULS   Single Op LP   5,4002017-08-27 13:05:55
Just 40 meters this contest with the A-frame antenna using the flashing on all
four corners and the peak loaded up by my LDG AT-100Pro tuner at 100w. Lot's
mobiles and had no problem working them.
de K7ULS
W5TM   Single Op LP   14,8162017-08-27 13:06:12
40m NVIS
K7SV   Single Op LP   55,7052017-08-27 13:07:45
Nice to find a bit of time for this one. Good activity. Fun chasing the mobiles!
Thanks for the Qs and enjoyable weekend.
KØF(KØVBU)   Single Op LP   98,2762017-08-27 13:07:52
K3; TH6DXX @ 50\'; 80/40 Trapped Inverted V @ 30\'
Also worked bonus station KS0KS not reflected in this score.

Really fun QSO party.
Had to qrt for a dinner engagement at 5 pm Saturday, and had to QRT for an hour
of thunderstorms Sunday morning.
Lots of QRN before and after...Thanks everyone for your patience.
And thanks again to W0BH for all his work putting this great event together.
Bill K0VBU - K0F - the F in Sunflower (say that 3 times real fast!)
NWØM   Single Op LP   28,9752017-08-27 13:08:34
Thanks to all of the KS stations and especially the mobiles for a fun QSO Party
weekend. And thanks to the mobiles that dropped down to 40 meters for us
'local' guys.

K3/P3 100 watts, Mosley tri-bander and OCF dipole, N1MM+.

73, Mitch
NØCVW   Single Op LP   6,9602017-08-27 13:14:03
Lots of interest from out of state.
Too bad about thunderstorms Sunday morning.
WØL(ABØTX)   Single Op HP   75,2152017-08-27 13:14:23
This was fun and my first one. Thanks to K0WA from strong arming me into doing
this at his station...which is fabulous.

Lots of fun killing spiders

WØK(K3PA)   Single Op HP   254,0362017-08-27 13:16:15
Last minute rotator failure and local thunderstorms Sunday put a damper on
results but I was still pleased. Fun contest!
WØA(KØWA)   Single Op HP   90,2062017-08-27 13:18:22
Great time this year making Qs with AB0TX. Had a good time.

KØN(KØVXU)   Single Op HP   177,7602017-08-27 13:19:46
K3, TH6DXX, Sloping Vees (80 & 40), N1MM+

Great fun as a Kansas station. Lots of activity. Lost time Sunday morning
while at church. Bands were not too friendly above 14 MHz but made some QSOs.
The 15 & 10 meter bands seemed open but no activity. Sunday a thunderstorm
passed through making it hard on the ears. Thanks to all who persevered and
stayed with me to get the QSOs through the noise. Bands Sunday seemed much
better and worked several European stations on 20.

Last minute mults from NL, NS, and NE. Only missed NU, NT, PEI and YT.

Good to see so many KS stations (including all of the 1X1's) participating this

Hats off to Bob, W0BH, for heading up the administrative efforts and getting
things moving in one direction. Thanks, Bob.

This year I went back to SOHP, all band mixed and certainly did not perform as
well as 2015, but I'm not complaining considering the conditions this year.

Thanks to all who provided the QSO's.

Russ - K0N
KØOU   Single Op LP   10,2202017-08-27 13:36:44
sCORE INCLUDES 100 BONUS POINTS FOR A q WITH ks0ks. Too many qso parties this
weekend with OH, HI and usi all competing for space. Since I am in the skip
zone for my neighbors in KS, usually the OH and even the KH6's were louder than
KS on the hf bands. But it was still fun chasing the 1x1 calls and saying HI to
my friends. Especially since I missed the MO QSO party earlier this year. Will
C U all in the CA QSO party in a few weeks.
NØS(ABØS)   Single Op HP   168,6722017-08-27 13:37:35
Many thanks to Alan, W0NO, for sharing his fine station.

Tim, AB0S/N0S
WB2PJH   Single Op HP   17,4282017-08-27 13:45:42
Great contest, lots of fun. This is my third year operating this contest and
this is my best score to date.
NA6O   Single Op HP   1,3542017-08-27 13:48:13
TS-590s, KPA500, verticals, dipoles at 15 ft, N1MM+
Seemed like a fair amount of activity during the little time I was at the rig.
NØO(WØNO)   Single Op HP   112,1492017-08-27 13:53:54
Thanks to all for the many Qs.
W4ER   Single Op QRP   42017-08-27 14:25:40
On my way home from visiting Mom & family in WV. Stopped at the NC Welcome
Center on I-77 South and setup at a picnic table for a few minutes until my
battery ran out on the KX2. Only heard a couple KS stations (and a few OH
ones). Thanks for the Qs!

NC is my last stste East of the Mississippi River to operate from. I've been in
the state several times but somehow missed operating and making some contacts
while there before.

KX2 @ 5 watts to BuddiStick.

73, John
KØWRY   Single Op LP   9602017-08-27 14:27:09
Operated "Remote Ham Radio" station located in Chaplin, Ct. My
operating location was Buhler, Ks.

First Ks QSO Party Contest.
VE2FK   Single Op HP   8,2272017-08-27 14:32:09
Guys, dont forget to put pictures of your /M setup on internet.

73 claude VE2FK
WØY(WØUY)   Single Op HP   71,0202017-08-27 15:04:00
14 dupes not included in totals.
KG4IGC   Single Op LP   19,3442017-08-27 15:32:46
Had a really good time in the KSQP this year. 20 meters was wide open to Kansas
both days which kept things interesting. 40 meters was not so great, was only
able to work a couple of stations. A very big thank you goes out to the
operators and especially the mobile stations, you guys did a great job! Looking
forward to next years event.

Rig: Yaesu FT-DX3000
ANT: 272\' Horizontal Loop & Hex Beam
KØT(KDØIRW)   Portable LP   75,3762017-08-27 15:49:38
Second year in the KS QSO Party, first year as a portable (rover). Had a awesome

Was pleased with the bands, especially on Saturday. Like most of the Kansas
stations, on Sunday the storms kept me from operating for the first 30 mins.
Made sure to make stops at Parks on the Air locations, and give the POTA
chasers some fun. This helped the score quite a bit, and was surprised at the
DX that I was able to work!

Station info:
Yaseu 857d
Telescoping 31' Jackite pole (vertical dipole)

Thanks to Bob W0BH for all the hard work, its was a great time!
N6MU   Single Op LP   141,2252017-08-27 15:52:38
1x1s and mobiles everywhere. Conditions not the best Saturday but Sunday was a
whole new ballgame. Conditions were great!

Needed 13 counties for the Sweep after Saturday and they were all planned to be
on Sunday. I thought my run of Sweeps was going to end at six years in a row but
everyone was loud Sunday and it turned out to be fairly easy. K0A gave me the
last two(ELK/CHT)but had me worried as he was weak the county before(COW)and
couldn't hear me but he was booming in when it counted most! Thanks, Connie.

Great to hear Jerry, K5YAA, back in action. Kudos to all the mobiles for
outstanding efforts. I think there were at least 15 of them that I worked
roaming the plains and keeping the action non-stop.

Kudos to the many fixed stations, mostly 1x1s, who hung in there as well for
added fun.

Bob, W0BH, really knows how to throw a Party! Congrats to all the KS
participants. 73...

John, N6MU TS-570 & 5BTV
W7KAM   Single Op LP   3162017-08-27 16:32:09
Part time effort only on Sunday. Worked three all time new counties.
100 watt into a full size G5RV up 20 foot.
W1WBB   Single Op LP   17,0362017-08-27 16:57:44
Sunday only from 16-20Z (final 4 hrs) -- thus, a 20m only event for me. On
Saturday (during my OhQP activity) sigs from KS were strong! Not so on Sunday
from KS into W1 where strange very short skip with big sigs from MD, PA, DE and
VA ruled! Still, the KS mobile activity I heard Sunday on 20m CW was
incredible!! A remarkable effort from the KS mobile (and portable) folks --
had at least 5 or more QSOs in under 4 hours (20m band only) with: N0R (8),
K5YAA (7), N0A (7), N0W (7), K0A (6), N0T (6), W0R (6), N0U (5). Worked just
36 unique calls; 30 of which were were 1x1's! Outstanding QP activity and
event -- congrats to all KsQP organizers/ops!
WX4G   Single Op HP   37,1722017-08-27 17:13:21
Amazing number of mobile stations...these Kansas guys did a GREAT JOB of getting
rare Counties on...and multiple times!!

Thanks for all the NEW if I can only get them confirmed...hope
you dump your logs into E-QSL!!

73/DX Bob
W4DFG(W1TEF)   Single Op LP   2,3022017-08-27 17:26:38
As always, a fun contest - the Kansas ops should be very proud of their QSO
Party. Stayed on 20 meters all day as that was where the action was. As always,
had a great time - great QSO Party. de Tom, W1TEF
NC6K   Single Op HP   9,1362017-08-27 17:34:48
One of my perennial state QSO party favorites. Couldn't find stations on 15 and
80, although I did look. Conditions this year in general have limited contests
to mainly 20 and 40 Meters, which is really disappointing, but beats nothing.

Thanks to all the KS stations who drove all over the state to give out
multipliers. I only spent a few hours on the air due to house and yard
projects, but it was fun!
W3DYA   Single Op LP   19,3922017-08-27 17:35:32
KØPV   Single Op LP   23,4242017-08-27 17:52:59
Tnx to all. Lots of new KS counties!
73, Don
W7TR(KH2TJ)   Single Op LP   60,2842017-08-27 17:59:09
First year to participate in this QSO party. You guys put on a great party!
It was fun chasing the mobiles, and there were quite a few I worked. I started
out Saturday thinking I'd only work a handful and then Sunday morning I found
20M full of mobiles. Tried for the sweep, but fell a few short. Always next
year. Thanks for all the contacts. N1MM counted 300 bonus pts for working K0A,
K0A/M, and KS0KS. Not sure iffen that's correct ??

73, Todd KH2TJ (W7TR)
NØE(KBØLF)   Mobile Unassisted LP   9,7802017-08-27 18:04:09
Was able to visit most of the venues that I had scheduled for Sat. That included
ROO/OSB, SHE/GRM, THO/SMN, CHY/RAW, and PHI/SMI. Had trouble with my rig
overheating, and missed DEC/NOR, sorry. But at the end of the day did get to op
from JEW/REP for a few minutes. Then back to NE. Kudos to the state of KS for
great roads over that route! And good weather on Sat.

Was mostly on CW and only a few SSB QSOs. Thanks to all who were patient with
my fist. A special thanks to Bob, W0BH, for inviting me to operate a 1x1, N0E,
an appropriate call for someone from NE. And for the great job you do
organizing the event Bob KUDOS KUDOS!!

I QSL 100% with SASE-- have a nice QSL in honor of this year's Nebraska
K4BAI   Single Op HP   21,7602017-08-27 18:42:14
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, KW, TH6DXX, zepp, dipole, inverted vee. Band conditions on
89 through 20 were pretty good from GA to KS. As usual, there was very little
activity on 80M. I suspect the actual score is higher than what the computer
screen showed on N1MM+. It didn't seem to be giving point credit for QSOs with
mobile or portable stations who changed counties or on county lines. Looked
like it was just counting the first QSO. Not sure if it was doing the same
thing with the mults.
73, John, K4BAI.
N4TUA   Single Op LP   4,4522017-08-27 18:58:54
This was a blast. Very addictive. Stayed glued to the shack. Just kept looking
for more 0s. You can count on me next year. Thank you all for an excellent QSO
KØW(KØAP)   Single Op HP   78,3922017-08-27 20:15:22
This is my 7th year participating in the KSQP as K0W. Great fun as usual.
This year between the CQ's I did spend some time chasing some of the rare KS
counties for my USA-CA. Quite challenging due to the skip zone but I did work
many new ones thanks to the mobiles who spent some time on 40m. Thanks to the
mobiles for putting an excellent show. BIG thanks to W0BH for usual great
organization and leadership.

Mobiles: Please submit logs to eQSL for Qso confirmation. It will save the
county hunters lots of money.

Station setup: FT1000MP, ACOM1000, HEX Beam, Inv Vee dipoles, N1MM+...

73 Dragan K0AP
K7IA   Single Op HP   41,4682017-08-27 20:32:30
Bob, W0BH, and his group continue to offer inducements for both in-state and
out-of-state operators to work this active and very hospitable state QSO Party!
Just look at the Rules as they evolve over recent years--nearly everyone gets
some sort of prize in 2017...

Chasing mobiles is always fun, but the KSQP webpage included an online spot
page where anyone could enter a spot to find the mobiles in nearly real time.
Drat! I didn't discover the page until Sunday morning!

Many mobiles had surprisingly strong signals, but for those who didn't, they
stuck with the QSO until both exchanges were made. FB ops!

It would be helpful if mobiles would add a county abbreviation on, say, every
other CQ. I'm always reluctant to make a call if I think it might be a dupe
and waste the other chap's time...

This QP has become my favorite single state Party, owing to the great
organization, busy mobiles, and friendly ops who represent their state like
gentlemen. I have wanted to operate the KSQP from Kansas sometime as a fixed
portable from several sites during the weekend. Alas, we welcome hummingbirds
every summer, and because they return to the spot where they were hatched, our
population has grown to well over 100 birds this summer. We've seen scores of
new youngsters this summer--next year's guests! I refill seven feeders twice
daily (11 cups of table sugar daily). We live in the Outback, off grid, and
there are no close neighbors who feed in the event we aren't here for more than
a day. We are committed to keeping our little guests going without
interruption. We will easily go through over 150 lbs of sugar this summer...

The things we do for fun!!

Thanks Bob and Gang for a great time!

73, dan
K3WJV   Single Op HP   32,4002017-08-27 21:28:56
This is a fun QP, so much fun that I even got on phone. I got a dose of guff
from my buddy Drew w0k (k3pa) and k0vbu (I forget which 1X1 he was at). I
to invariably forget about CTRL-N in n1mm to make notes during the Qso and I
also forget how much fun ssb can be when its a QP and signals are loud and
there's a lot more room and you work a friend. Lookout PAQP.

Rural location 1255' ASL
FT1000MP & Alpha 89
40mtr inv vee @55ft

K3/P3 & Acom 2000A
2el K4KIO 6 band Hexbeam @24ft G-450A rotor & Green Heron
Inv vees for 80m & 40m with trapped 160m @55ft

Palstar HF-AUTO manually re-arranged between stns when necessary
WinKeyer USB & Vibroplex paddle

Rx ants - 200ft NE/SW kd9sv rbogs staggered & spaced @ 66ft - DXE ncc-2

SO2R >> TopTen DxDoubler-Band Aides-relays-W2VJN stubs

N1MM+ contest logger & DxLab master logger
AB9CA   Single Op LP   8,5142017-08-27 21:39:03
Score as calc by GenLog. May well be wrong.
WQ6X(@NX6T)   Single Op HP   5,4042017-08-27 23:02:21
This was another WQ6X remote operation from NX6T in Fallbrook.
Equipment problems kept me off the air most of Saturday so I missed KQP then.
On Sunday I got on the air for the last 3 hours to work as many
counties as the mobile stations could offer up.
You can read my write up about this weekend at:

C U Next Year
AD7MM   Single Op LP   1,1262017-08-28 07:21:25
Best state QSO party!
NØA(ADØDX)   Mobile SO Mixed LP   137,0002017-08-28 09:22:02
2017 KSQP N0A/m AD0DX

Each KSQP is different, and this one was no exception.

In June we moved from Kansas City to Colorado Springs, so I chose a KSQP route
in Western Kansas. My wife is my driver and I operate from my Ford Ranger with
a K3 and Hustler mag mount with resonators.

I looked at the map and decided to leave from Syracuse KS on Saturday morning
so we could start at the 4 county line HAM / KEA / STN / GRT.

Driving to Syracuse KS from Colorado Springs, it looks like an easy drive from
Colorado Springs; south to Pueblo, then east on CO 50 and we would
arrive in Syracuse about 10:30.

We were driving through Lamar, CO about 10pm on a dark street. The road was
two lanes each way with a median,and I was in the 'fast' lane
going 35 mph. This car comes up behind me and stays there. I'm thinking the
person wants to pass me, so I change lanes to the slow lane,
and the car follows me, also changing lanes. I said to my wife well that's not
good, it might be a police car. Sure enough, the blue
lights for the police car come on and I pull over.

It turns out that the light bulbs on my rear license plate were burnt out and
he has to be able to see the rear plate from 100 ft away.
I asked the officer ifhe could give me a warning, and he smiled and left
without saying anything. After running my license etc to make
sure I'm not wanted anywhere, he came back to the truck and gave me a warning.
Thanks! (I'm guessing those light bulbs have been
burnt out for years but I'm usually in the city at night).

I bought new rear license plate bulbs in Dodge City, KS on Saturday and
installed them myself.

Before the KSQP I took my truck in to the local Firestone for an inspection; I
thought my brakes were squeaking. $1400 later I had a bunch of
maintenance items completed, including a leaking oil pan. But it's money well
spent so I don't have a problem between 2 corn fields in
Kansas :-).

Unfortunately, the story doesn't end here... I'm not sure what happened, but
somehow we took a wrong turn in Lamar and we ended up heading
south... for 45 minutes. I didn't have my phone gps on because the route was
so 'simple'. Uggh. So we ended up getting to Syracuse KS
at 12:30 am, Mountain Time. We also kinda forgot about the time change, so it
was 1:30am KS time.

Ok so back to the KSQP. We woke up a little late on Sat morning and made our
way to HAM / KEA / STN / GRT. If you have ever looked for a
county line in rural KS (or MO or OK) one thing you learn the hard way is that
the more rural you get, what maps show as roads are often
tractor paths or deer paths or something that might have been a road 50 years
ago. So I studied the map closely, and used Google Maps to
pick a good route to the 4 county line. We took county road 35 east from Hwy
27 south of Syracuse KS for about 10 miles to road B, and
then south to the 4 county line. We had to stop for a farmers wife driving a
combine through an intersection. We gave her a nice wave
and she waved back at us. If you haven't driven through rural KS corn fields, a
lot of intersections don't have stop signs so you have to watch carefully.

I don't know how he does it but my first qso at the 4 county line was John
N6MU. Very impressive especially considering we were 30 minutes
late. I only called CQ once, did not spot myself and John was right there.
Great work John.

We had a good run at the 4 county line, mostly CW. I use the Hustler mag mount
antenna with the triple attachment. I had 20m cw and 20m phone
resonators attached so that I could change quickly. I decided to leave 40m to
the evening and that is what I did.

After the 4 county line I drove the truck back to the highway because my wife
wasn't too comfortable driving on the dirt roads. We
were both a little tired from our late arrival the night before, so I decided
to drive and let my wife sleep in the passenger seat. I drove
to the Morton / Stevens county line and operated from there.

Due to our late start I had to drop some counties. My wife is an avid bird
watcher and so I had planned to stop at Quivera National Wildlife
Refuge and also Cheyenne Bottoms Wetlands in Barton county. I made a decision
to drop Quivera and just head to Cheyenne Bottoms. Birds that migrate
between Mexico and Alaska stop at Cheyenne Bottoms in central Kansas so it's a
great place to see migrating birds a few times a year.

Cheyenne Bottoms is also a great spot to operate because it is very quiet; no
electrical noise. During the NPOTA last year one of my
favorite spots was MP07 Pea Ridge Military Park in NW Arkansas; very quiet, and
a lot of interesting history. Cheyenne Bottoms is also
a great place to operate.

I stayed on 20m all day except for the last 30 minutes in Russell.

During the contest I was able to work Bob W0B/m and Lorna K0WHY on 20mtrs which
was surprising.

I ended up operating at 14.035.5 because there was a HI station on 14.035.
14.035.5 was quiet for me, and there didn't seem to be anyone
else on the freq so I stayed there most of Saturday.

The hightlight on Sunday was getting to meet Charles K0HNC / N0K. I've worked
Charles many times in different qso parties and it was great
to meet him durin the KSQP at the Norton / Graham county line. Charles has a
great setup with a large tarheel screwdriver. Thanks for the
eyeball qso Charles!

I was hoping to get to Cheyenne / Rawlins / Sherman 3 county line to end the
contest on Sunday but ran out of time. We had a 3 hour
drive home after the contest and so we just headed to Goodland KS and finished
out the contest in Sherman. I wanted to stop in Colby KS
to get Starbucks but just didn't have time for that. Need to plan better next
year :-)

I didn't work much DX this year, only OM2VL and DL3DXX and also one station in
France. There were some loud signals from HI on Saturday so it
was nice to get the HI mult.

My rig is a K3/100 and it really does a nice job. The 500hz crystal filter
really helps.
I use the cw memory bank to send CQ during the contest. Memory 1 is set to
'KSQP de N0A/M N0A/' and then memory 2 holds the county abbreviation. This
allows me to chain the memory locations for sending cq
throughout the contest. In memory 3 I have a short cq 'KSQP de N0A/' so I chain
memory 3 + 2 for a short cq that gives the county. Then
in memory 4 I put 'CQ DE N0A/m' for the reverse beacon network.

There were a few times when I switched from phone to CW and I did a 'CQ DE
N0A/m' to get started and DL3DXX was the first station to call me,
so it's great to see the RBN being used so well.

I made around 975 qso's this year; if I was a little more organized and made
fewer wrong turns I could have broken 1000. Next year.

Hats off to Bob W0BH for organizing another great KSQP. See you again next

Hope to work you in the COQP this weekend. My wife and I will be driving along
the southern border of CO to Durango.

Thanks for all the q's!

Ron, N0A/m (AD0DX) and Cathy XYL driving
WN4AFP   Single Op QRP   3,9782017-08-28 10:32:26
My Sunday schedule would not allow me to put in a good full-time effort, so my
focus was on the one-day QP (OHQP) this year. Conditions were tough for QRP
from SC to KS. 40m was almost impossible... 20m was the only option. Thanks for
the Qs and I hope to try it again next year. 73s Dave WN4AFP
KN4Y   Single Op LP   23,1122017-08-28 11:36:00
Had a direct link to Kansas, or it seemed like I did. Plenty of mobiles to
chase, not physically chase,but by dial tuning. Best band was 20 meters. Fun
NØN(NØNB)   Single Op LP   60,2642017-08-28 11:44:06
Claimed score includes 100 bonus points for working KS0KS.

Band conditions weren't great but more Qs could have been made on 15 and 10m
and despite repeated calls on those two bands and verification via RBN for CW,
few answered my calls. 40 and 20m were the bread and butter bands.
Fortunately, Saturday activity saw some activity on 80/75m. CW was the money
mode as would be expected when operating as "a boy and his radio".

Many thanks to all the stations outside Kansas that come back year after year
for this event. Conditions did not favor much DX to my station this year but
regulars DK2OK and OM2VL did make into my log on 20 CW. I'm sure I was
receiving them better than they were receiving me. Missed ME, VT, and WY for
WAS this year. Was nice to have AK and HI come by without having to chase them

73, Nate
K8FU   Single Op LP   2,3502017-08-28 12:41:03
Icom 756 Pro ll

End Fed Half Wave @ 50' Over the Rutabaga Fields Through the Neighbors Barn
W9ILY   Single Op LP   4,1202017-08-28 12:54:54
Optibeam OB 9/5 and phased verticals
VA3RKM   Single Op LP   24,2402017-08-28 13:38:26
K3, 75w, verticals. Lots of action made for a fun time. Great work by the
WA9LEY   Single Op LP   4,1062017-08-28 13:51:22
Attic dipoles
KA6JLT   Single Op LP   1802017-08-28 14:58:55
[log removed from comments]

CREATED-BY: N3FJP's KSQP Contest Log (Out of State) 1.4
NAME: Rob Walker
VA3PCJ   Portable QRP   1892017-08-28 15:52:35
QRP/P from Aylmer Is. (ON295)
N8II   Single Op HP   159,1122017-08-28 18:16:52
Score includes 100 bonus points for working KS0KS. The computer says I operated
17 hours, but it was more like approximately 16 or a bit less.

Wow, does KS know how to throw a QSO party! Thanks to Bob, W0B (W0BH) and
whoever else helped put it together. Except for the early fade out of 20
Saturday (last Q's were Bob W0B at 2313Z and he was very weak on SSB,
significant weakening of signals at 22Z), I would have well exceeded 600 Q's.

Saturday was the ecstasy in the morning and early afternoon with both 15 and 10
open on Es followed by the agony as 20 faded very early. I did a good job of
maxing out the 15 and 10 meter Q's and seemed out of sync keeping up with the
mobiles. Mobile activity seemed low at that time compared to past years, but it
may have been me as the rest of the time was near other years or even better on
Sunday. There were very very few KS CQ'ers on 15, none on 10! I ran up the Q
totals by calling CQ on 20 and moving stations up or calling stations on 20 and
asking for moves up especially W0B/N0Q/K0WHY/N0I, many thanks Bob!

I feel KS stations made a significant error not CQ'ing to 15 and 10 even though
they might have been running high rates on 20, because sooner or later the runs
will dry up or slow on 20. At this point in the solar cycle, the only hope of a
good opening is Es which never lasts forever. My opening on 15 Saturday was from
1515Z-1900Z! If just 5-10 KS stations had CQ'ed they would have generated
hundreds of total QSO's as the spotters would have found them and moved
activity up there. W0K (Drew, K3PA) was louder on 15 than 20 when we worked at
S9+ 30-40 db! W0B/M was S9 at times. There was also weak/moderate Es up to 15M
for over an hour Sunday morning.

After 20 closed Saturday, it was quite slow the rest of the evening. I was
considering quitting as I was feeling pretty fatigued at 22Z, but catching a
few new counties and Q's kept me going. Special thanks to mobiles W0B/N0Q, K0A,
N0W, K0O, N0R, N0A, and K0P for operating well into the evening and keeping me
There were stretches when almost none of them were on despite good 40 meter
conditions and strong signals on 80 ans well. My CQ's on 40 were almost
I was surprised that the QRN level from Harvey, etc. was not higher. QRN was
low on 40 and moderate on 80.

Sunday, I kept my discipline and got much more in sync pretty well working the
great majority of mobiles and new band/mode fixed KS stations available. 40
remained productive to some extent despite some very weak mobile signals after
the first hour. K5YAA,K0A, N0W, and N0U (loudest of mobiles most of the time)
gave me several new ones and I was thrilled to catch K5YAA in BOU and K0A
(Connie K5CM)in ELK/CHT on 40 for counties 103+104 with only 19 minutes to go!
I missed the sweep by one again this year, but not that disappointed as I broke
my QSO total last year by over 20 Q's with the moves to 15/10M. The mobiles had
amazing ears on 40 hearing my 200W, almost no one could not hear me!

A special thanks to Butch, K0O/M who is on every year phone only and operates
nearly the whole 18 hours. He usually hangs out around 14275/7245. He gave me
several new counties on Sunday, despite missing him much more than last year
especially on Saturday. And another special thanks to Bob, W0B and his team
(Lorna and Aaron N0Q) for many quick QSY's providing 2-3 new Q's each time
along with many mults! There was a bit more intense fixed station activity on
20 this year (not on 80/40/15/10!). Thanks to you all. And thanks to the
mobiles for covering most counties 2-5 times in total. I worked
portable/mobiles N0T, K0A, N0W, N0A, K0P (not a CW guy, but gets an A+ for
effort), N0K, N0U, N0R, N0K, N0E, N0Y, N0T, and K0T; thanks so much for making
it fun and busy and for all of your effort.

73, Jeff
NØR(N5NA)   Mobile SO CW LP   200,5832017-08-28 19:03:24
Covered a total of 35 counties, 23 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. Murphy tried
to shut me down on Sunday morning. My K3 quit transmitting or receiving.
After checking everything and turning it off and on a couple of times with no
success I gave it a good WHACK on the top and it started working again. Must
have scared him because Murphy didn't show up the rest of the day.

At the end of the day on Saturday I had 339 QSOs on 20m and 411 QSOs on 40m.
Looked like it was going to be a 40m QSO party. As you can see from my score
that stat flipped on Sunday so by the end of the QSO party I had 701 QSOs on
20m and 589 on 40m.

With the poor conditions I was surprised at the DX I was able to work which
included DK2OY, OM2VL, F4HEC, DL3DXX, DL7KL, and LY5W.

Station equipment: Elecraft K3, Scorpion SA-680, Dell Latitude D630, CQ/X
logging program, and a Ford F250.

Thanks to everyone who called and a big thanks to my wife, K5AKS, for driving!

Here are a few stats:

Kingman 63 108 W3DYA
Clark 60 108 W0ZQ
Kiowa 58 102 N5AF
Comanche 56 156 N2SO
Butler 53 114 W8LVI
Douglas 53 114 K4BAI
Pratt 50 126 K9FD
Sedgwick 49 90 KD5J
Gray 47 126 KG4IGC
Cloud 47 96 AB9CA
Washingt 46 102 K5KDG
Barton 45 90 N8II
Marshall 41 66 K7SS
Nemaha 40 150 W3DYA
Coffey 40 126 N8II
Jackson 39 108 W3DYA
Pawnee 39 78 W0EAR
Lincoln 39 138 W5TM
Mitchell 37 72 K0LG
Ellswort 36 72 WB5JID
Republic 36 78 WA1SKQ
Chase 34 150 K3TW
Ford 34 96 K8FU
Meade 31 138 K4LNN
Lyon 31 120 K1PQS
Haskell 29 78 K8NYG
Stevens 28 54 N6MU
Shawnee 28 114 AI6O
Franklin 24 96 VA3RKM
Brown 21 78 N6MU
Seward 21 108 K3VIG
Osage 17 78 K4AMC
Edwards 17 60 K1LT
Miami 16 90 K7SV
Johnson 16 30 W0ZQ

Thanks to the following stations for contributing more than half the QSOs:
N6MU(39), N8II(32), W3DYA(26), NW0M(21), WA8REI(20), W7GF(19), W8BZY(18),
K0PV(18), K0CCM(18), K7TM(17), NY9P(16), W0ZQ(16), K4ZGB(15), K7SV(15),
W5TM(15), K9CW(14), WB5JID(13), W0EAR(13), KS4X(13), W7TR(12), W1END(12),
K7IA(11), VE5SDH(11), W2CVW(11), KF3EB(10), VE3AYR(10), K8NYG(10), DL3DXX(10),
W7OM(10), WX4G(10), K7ULS(10), W5CW(9), K4BAI(9), AD0RW(9), VA3RKM(9),
W1WBB(9), W6TDX(9), WB2PJH(9), K9DUR(9), K8FU(8), K5KDG(8), KN4Y(8), K3TW(8),
K9GDF(8), K4LNN(8), N9BD(7), WB0PYF(7), K0FG(7), N4RS(7), N6GP(7), W4SIG(7),
N0T(6), K1PQS(6), N5PR(6)

Here are the 51 mults:
CA 2017-08-26 1400 N6MU
JOH 2017-08-26 1401 K0W (KS mult)
MO 2017-08-26 1403 N4RS
NM 2017-08-26 1403 K7IA
OK 2017-08-26 1405 W5TM
TX 2017-08-26 1409 WB5JID
KY 2017-08-26 1410 KW4XP
MD 2017-08-26 1413 K3TN
WV 2017-08-26 1413 K8NYG
FL 2017-08-26 1415 KN4Y
ON 2017-08-26 1416 VE3AYR
MB 2017-08-26 1418 VE4EA
MI 2017-08-26 1418 KD8DEU
NC 2017-08-26 1419 KO9V
AL 2017-08-26 1420 K4ZGB
NY 2017-08-26 1420 W2VUF
NH 2017-08-26 1420 AE1T
MT 2017-08-26 1421 K7ABV
IL 2017-08-26 1423 WA9FET
PA 2017-08-26 1425 K3VIG
MA 2017-08-26 1427 N1NN
TN 2017-08-26 1428 KS4X
OH 2017-08-26 1428 W8BZY
SK 2017-08-26 1429 VE5SDH
SC 2017-08-26 1430 WN4AFP
MN 2017-08-26 1431 K0UU
IN 2017-08-26 1435 K9DUR
NJ 2017-08-26 1459 W2CVW
DX 2017-08-26 1459 DK2OY
SD 2017-08-26 1500 WU0L
VA 2017-08-26 1502 W4ZPR
CT 2017-08-26 1505 K0WRY
CO 2017-08-26 1508 K0PV
ID 2017-08-26 1515 K7TM
UT 2017-08-26 1536 K7ULS
IA 2017-08-26 1541 N0SM
AZ 2017-08-26 1551 NE7DX
OR 2017-08-26 1624 NW7E
WA 2017-08-26 1624 W7OM
NV 2017-08-26 1636 W7RN
WI 2017-08-26 1650 W0EAR
NE 2017-08-26 1655 AE0G
RI 2017-08-26 1702 WA1SKQ
AR 2017-08-26 1712 K5KDG
HI 2017-08-26 1717 K9FD
GA 2017-08-26 1724 KI4MZC
MS 2017-08-26 1932 K7ZYV
DE 2017-08-26 1948 K2HVN
BC 2017-08-26 2049 VE7CV
QC 2017-08-27 1549 VE2FK
LA 2017-08-27 1833 KZ5D
KØP(AF5Q)   Mobile Unassisted LP   101,3002017-08-28 20:24:40
Thanks Bob for a well ran qso party. Great to see some beautiful KS scenery and
work the world! It was a pleasure to work everyone and help out with last
minute counties.


Ron - K0P/M - AF5Q
KØA(@K5CM)   Mobile MOST LP   302,6702017-08-28 20:37:46
I normally use a Tarheel Model 200A-HP on 80/40 and use Hamsticks for 20,15, and
10 meters. This makes for quick band switching. But Mr. Murphy had different
plans for me this weekend. It was 10 minutes before the party started Saturday
morning when I noticed the SWR was intermittent on the 20 meter Hamstick. Then
I checked 15 meters and the SWR was way to high. Could not find any obvious
problems so decided to go with the Tarheel on all bands. Murphy was after me
again. When I hit the switch to move to 20 meters I could hear the motor trying
to turn but was not moving the coil at all. I managed to resolve that problem in
a few minutes and we were off to our first county line. Things were OK till I
tried to go to 15 meters.I forgot the Tarheel would not tune to 15 meters with
the 7 foot whip and the Capacitance Hat. I normally carry a shorter whip, but
for got it for this trip. I could still get on 15 by using the antenna tuner in
the K3, not the best work around but made a few Q's on 10 and 15 meters this
way. Anyway we arrived at our first county line only a few minutes late.
Conditions were so poor on Saturday, I thought I still must have something
wrong with the Tarheel.
All Q's are important, but here are a few stations we worked the most.
>50 W5CW
>30 N8II, N6MU
=>19 W7TR, W7GF, WA8REI, KS4X, AD0RW,
OM2VL (12), DL3DXX (11),
Special Thanks to Bob, W0BH for all the hard work putting this party together.

When we were at a county line on Sunday morning, John N6MU told me he only
needed ELK AND CHT for a sweep. Those two counties were our last stop before
the party ended. Fortunately we made it with time to give John his Sweep.

Pam put a little movie of the trip together.

Pam, N5KW did the SSB operating and the driving (975 miles) I did the CW. Was
great fun as always.

Thanks to Bob W0BH
OM2VL(@OM8A)   Single Op HP   5,7812017-08-29 03:07:50
Very bad condx at the begenning of the party, I heard and worked some very
strong stations, but the others was so weak or I dont heard they'r absolutly.
After 2 hours of operating began the OHIO QSO Party and I focused from this
time only to Ohio stations. Clay county was my new one, now missed only
I made also 20 QSO in Hawaii QP and 143 QSO in Ohio QP.

CU in 2018! 73, Laci
K7HKR   Single Op LP   2,4002017-08-29 04:01:33
100 watts, homebrew magnetic loop from AZ

Fun contest, best state party I've done so far! I can usually work KS fairly
well on SSB, so I figured I would do okay with so many calls on the air, even
though I could only participate on Saturday. In the last minute I finally
managed to work the 100-point bonus station, which also gave me the wild card
to sweep all four words for the stamp prizes! (I had all 17 letters, but only
one of two needed letter "A"s.) Mobile stations are always a big
problem for my station to work, but I did get a few QSOs, and 28 out of 51
total 1x1 stations. Took as many as 24 calls over a 30 minute period to break
a pileup (I log by hand exactly so I know stuff like this), but as long as I
eventually get the log, I'm fine with that. Nominally I worked from
1600-0200UT, but there was a 2.5 hour period in the middle where I didn't work
anyone, and I was also casually working OH and HI. Great, well organized
contest, kudos!
NØW(NØAC)   Mobile SO CW LP   193,3922017-08-29 08:05:15

Thanks to the sponsors for supporting this contest especially W0BH for his
work. Thanks to all that QSOed with me and other in-state operators. And
finally thanks to my XYL, Donna, for driving and putting up with the long
hours. Without her this mobile operation wouldn't have happened.


Obviously Bill, N0AC. Donna, the XYL and amateur photographer. And finally
Abby, our Scottish Terrier who patiently snoozed in the back seat for hours on


2003 Dodge 2500 Ram diesel truck that turned over 200,000 miles at the end of
Day 1. Elecraft K3, Tarheel M200-HP on left rear side of truck bed and
Ameritron SDA-100 on rear right side, Honda EU2000 generator, K1EL keyer, and
an old HP laptop running N1MM+. All this ran without problems.


Day 1: Saturday we started in CHY county at the Neb/Ks line on 40m. Rates were
not too good and I wondered if that was going to be the conditions for the
weekend. A short QSY to 20m seemed like a bad move. For the next three hours I
bounced back and forth between 20 and 40m finally settling on 20m for the
higher rate. The only stations I worked in a QSY to 15m was N6MU and N8II. At
the end of the day in PHI county and after checking the rest of the N0W crew
into a motel I went out and activated the PHI/SMI county line. I had not
planned on running SMI so that was a plus. In retrospect I should have changed
the matching coil on the Tarheel for 80m but opted to QRT. That was a bad

Day 2: Sunday we woke to rain and thunderstorms but by the time we checked out
of the motel the storms had moved south leaving us with another beautiful day.
Starting in NOR county the rates picked up and remained until the ending bell.
We fell behind and ran out of time in LOG county leaving THO/RAW counties on
the table. My last QSO was with N7ON at 19:59:59! Had we been better
timekeepers another 150 QSOs might have gone in the log.


Stations that QSOed with me more than 10 times: N6MU/40, N8II/25, W7GF/18,
W7TR/18, W7OM/16, KS4X/16, K0W/16, K7SV/14, NW0M/13, W2CVW/13, K9CW/13,
WB2PJH/13, VA3RKM/12, WB5JID/12, WX4G/12, K0CCM/11, K3TW/11, K4BAI/11,
KF3EB/11, KN4Y/11, W1END/11, WA8REI/11, K4LNN/10, NY9P/10. The DX list: DL, EA,
D, G, KH6, LY, OM, and V31.


The mobile operation including the operator is a work in progress. If you have
never contested CW mobile it is more difficult than you might think. The 3/4
ton truck isn't the smoothest ride and the roads are normally not new asphalt.
Bumps, turns, railroad tracks and all can make it difficult to hit the correct
keys on the keyboard. Our routing still isn't smooth and I found myself having
to operate the pileup, makes sure I'm in the right county, read the map, and
operate the GPS all at the same time. The biggest problem is power line noise
and the noise encountered driving through towns. I knew people were calling but
only the loudest stations came through. Done whining now.


This was my second serious mobile QSO Party effort and the first time operating
from within Kansas. There are more in the plans. Thanks once again to all those
who made this operation possible.

Bill, N0AC aka N0W

Bill, N0AC
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, 7100'

Rig 1-FT1000MP~100w
Antenna 1-HyGain HyTower Jr.
Antenna 2-2 Element 20m vertical array

Rig 2-Ten Tec Omni VI~100w
Antenna 1-40m Dipole
Antenna 2-15m 2 Element vertical dipole array

NØJK   Portable QRP   282017-08-29 09:12:37
Operated portable an hour Saturday eve on 20 and about 20 min. Sunday afternoon
on 15 from Douglas CO. Had planned on POT CO, but family issues intervened.
Skip was long both times, but did manage to work a few Hawaiian stations. That
also will count for an entry in the HI Q P. Portable set-up FT-817, MFJ long
whip on a tri-mag. mount on the car. 10 opened up after the contest finished to
KP4 and LU.
KEØTT   Single Op QRP   2,9972017-08-29 09:59:03
K3/10 at 5 watts to a pair of selectable dipoles at right angles, up about 45 to
50' fed with ladder lines and tuners. Condx seemed odd, when I make more Q's on
20M than 40M from this distance. Thanks for the activity, and hope to hear more
sigs next year. C U next time, 73, Dan ke0tt
KF6NCX   Single Op LP   272017-08-29 10:08:29
Enjoyed the contest and making KS contacts. TU and 73!
KØE(@KØESU)   Multi-Op LP   48,0962017-08-29 11:45:09
We were operating from the roof of the science hall and had to shut down for
about 45 minutes when the electrical storm came through Emporia on Sunday
morning. Thanks to all the stations who stopped by during the party
NØU(NUØQ)   Mobile SO CW LP   133,1102017-08-29 12:41:53
Thanks to all who called me. And thanks to my XYL Karen for doing all of the
driving. We had some fog early Saturday when we started, but otherwise
Saturday was a nice warm day. We snapped a picture of the world's biggest ball
of twine as we went through Cawker City, but otherwise didn't encounter any
tourist sites. We were a bit ahead of schedule so we added Wabaunsee before
stopping in Shawnee for the night. We quit about 6:30 since we were both tired
and hungry. On Sunday morning, we tried to stay ahead of the rain as we moved
south, but still went through a few showers, but no lightning. By lunchtime,
the rain threat ended. QSO rates were higher on Sunday, with a surprisingly
high rate in Sedgwick (where Wichita is) and the highest rate of all in Butler,
which is also usually well represented by fixed stations. We spent the last 15
minutes in the hotel parking lot in Sedgwick.

Twenty meters was surprising short at times, with openings to Missouri, Iowa,
and Illinois. Forty meters was not as productive as I expected. I made two
contacts on 15 meters as a result of requests from N6MU and N8II to QSY there.
Each time, I tried calling CQ there, but never got any other contacts. I'm sure
that self-spotting would have helped a lot, but it was not easy with the tiny
cell phone browser. Thanks to all who took the time to spot me. Overall, we
were pleased that I made more contacts that last year.

I have a special QSL card available for N0U. QSL via NU0Q.

73, Bill NU0Q a.k.a. N0U.
N4BAT   Single Op LP   2,6002017-08-29 13:17:35
1st time for the KSQP, 5th contest ever overall. Bands were not the best and
hoipefully I will have a better antenna figured out by next year. All in all I
am pleased with my results considering I used a 5GRV Jr at about 32 feet. Had a
blast regardless and looking forward to next year. Thank you for all of the KS
people that took place and the chances for awesome prizes!!!

N2ZN   Single Op HP   12,0602017-08-30 17:05:17
Meant to play more, but was unable to make it back to the rig on Sunday. Thanks
to the organizers for their work in keeping the contest running.
WØO(KØBJ)   Single Op HP   139,1852017-09-01 16:18:48
I used W0O as there was need for an O with heavy CW use, while local K0FJ used
my usual W0S. I HOPE I corrected all instances where I signed W0S out of habit

Weird, very short condx esp. first day on 20.... I worked many of the eastern
KS ops. Not my usual 90%+ effort this year, Sunday at least. I was 1.5 days
late to a family timeshare outing at Vail so I bugged out Sunday after 1 pileup
run each on 20 cw and ssb.

Big big tnx to W0BH and Lorna, the mobile ops, and all you souls who find fun
in chasing the KS ops.
NØB(NJØP)   Portable LP   19,8002017-09-02 08:02:10
89 CW contacts were QRP (5W) using KX2. All other QSOs at 50W using FT847.
Covered Jewel (JEW), Republic (REP), Washington (WAS) and Cloud (CLO) as
single-operator portable using a Mosley Mini-33 trip-band beam up 17'.
Operated from the tailgate of my '94 Chevy Blazer S10. My first KS-spedition,
if you don't include Field Days. Will add a 40M rotatable dipole to next
year's config, but will only do 2 counties a day max. Otherwise, I lose too
much valuable on-air time to moving around.
WØN(WAØN)   Single Op HP   99,3482017-09-03 18:27:00
Thanks to everyone for dealing with the poor condx this year. Lots of QSB. Was
good propagation to the East Coast. Had abnormal short skip on 20M to the west.
Was able to work 10DX in spite of the poor condx.
K5YAA/M   Mobile SO CW HP   43,5692017-09-03 22:58:32
Due to some lingering health issues I decided to forego a run in
the 2017 Kansas QSO Party and had let Bob, W0BH know so he could
find another operator to use W0L, the 1x1 I have used for several
years now. All was taken care of but on Saturday of the party I
drove to Joplin to return a tool (KI0I's Big Wheel Radial Implant
Machine) via Slim, one of Mark's friends while he was at the hamfest.

Getting on the road for the hour to and then hour back from Joplin
encouraged me to plan a Sunday run in the KSQP. Returning home I
sat and planned an easy 12 county route for the 6 hours of the party
on Sunday. The weather was to be near pefect for late August so I
decided a "road" trip would be good for the spirit and adding a few
Qs to the fray would be a plus.

The attitude for the day was to not rush and just to enjoy mangling
the Morse with my Bengali Sculpture. Six hours of transcribing the
action would be a piece oof cake next to a full 18 hours although I
have found "reliving" contests to not only be fun but also to
who had called that didn't get an answer from me in the heat of the battle.
Years back SP5SA plainly called, as heard on the recording when I was in Osage
county but with not enough gusto to be heard above the road noise. That's my
story and I'm sticking with it.

It had been sometime since the mobile has seen much action so knocking off rust
from both the fist and the mobile turned out to be quite enjoyable.

Arriving at the tri-county line of MGY/LAB/NEO about half an hour late I fired
up on 20 meters. I took the half hour late arrival in stride because that was
to be the watchword for the day - no worries no rushing allowed. Almost 200 Qs,
Approaching half of my entire total, after that start I moved along from that
tri-county line to see how many of the 9 other counties I could actually make
before the 3PM end of the party. The schedule and county "load" was
perfect because I
entered Cherokee county, the last on my list with 30 minutes left.

The day was again near perfect for late August. Light rain fell up North in
Osage county but let up as I entered Franklin county, one that N6MU needed for
his quest to make a sweep of the 105 Kansas counties again this year. Many
recognizable party goers called all day along with a multitude of County
Hunters. Before noon several DX stations made the log. My thanks to all for a
pleasant day on the road and on the airwaves.

An observation. As I drove the Kansas roads one thing stood out this year. The
soybean fields had plants that were greener, taller and more robust than I had
ever seen them. Surely a bumper crop this year caused by a cooler, wetter
summer than the Midwest has had in years. We never hit 100 degrees in
Claremore, Oklahoma this year and the term Green Country, which is what
Northeast Oklahoma is called is certainly very suitable this year. Even the
native pecan trees have only a few web worms on them. Squirrels around here
will have a bumper crop of nuts for the winter.

I want to thank Bob, W0BH for his untiring efforts to make state QSO parties,
of course Kansas in particular, some of the most enjoyable contests during the
year. Was a grand day on the radio for this OT.

73, Jerry K5YAA
WØR   Multi-Op LP   83,0962017-09-04 15:25:47
A great Party, as always !
Happy to activate multiple counties.
We had hoped for better cooperation with the mobile frequency coordination.
A good run otherwise again this year.
Many thanks to Bob for his time and effort.
WØB(@WØBH)   Mobile MOST LP   181,6562017-09-05 10:40:23
The 2017 Kansas QSO Party by W0BH as W0B/m

To fill some last minute "holes", I waited until the last minute to
plan my 2017 KSQP route. With 14 mobiles out there (and Jerry/k5yaa/m
surprising us on Sunday to make it 15), we already had excellent county
coverage according to the proposed routes and maps. I decided to head up to
far northeastern county of Doniphan to pick up some less-covered counties,
head back via the top tier of counties and return home for the night. One of
goals not yet achieved is to have all counties activated on Sunday. I could
hit the remaining ones with a 12 hour route, but in 6 hours I settled for a
group in west central Kansas.

This year, we had enough interest to add 6 more 1x1 calls (total of 51) for a
new spelling word, BISON, to go along with KANSAS, SUNFLOWER and QSOPARTY. It
turned out to be a little harder than usual this year. The Eclipse QSO Party
happened the weekend before and some of the calls we needed ran into our
weekend. Fortunately, everyone I asked was happy to drop a day or two to help
us out. With several last minute cancellations, I was still three calls short,
but that all changed at the Salina Hamfest when K0BJ, N0MXI, K0WA, AB0S and
AB0TX got their heads together and solved the problem. You all are great!


With plenty of time for the route, Lorna and I got off a few minutes late with
our red lab, Roxxy, riding along in the back seat of the Chevy Astro van. I'm
still using the IC7000 on dedicated batteries and power booster to two Hustler
triples on triple mag mounts. Last year, I had forgotten to ground one of the
batteries which led to my radio shutting down on 40m. This year, everything
worked perfectly. I was able to use 15/20/40 and had a nice run on 80CW on
Saturday evening.

XYL Lorna/k0why drove Saturday and even made a few contacts. Aaron/n0qd, my
Sunday driver, gave me permission to run his N0Q call as well so everyone had
chance to work the call. That makes for less contacts with my primary call
(W0B), but it adds to the Q count for sure! The weather was fine, not too
but propagation left a lot to be desired.

The route was a good one. I planned to extend the route into Jewell county,
decided not to after ops reported good coverage there. We took our time and
able to work down the pileups as we moved along. 15 was wide open for several
hours and a few ops like Jeff/N8II, took good advantage as we moved up for
quick 15CW and 15SSB Qs. I made a handful of Qs by CQing there, but even
spotting didn't seem to help on 15. I need to give a shout out to
Richard/K0RCJ, Kent/KB0RWI, and for setting up the great spotting
network. We've had it a few years already, but this year it really got used,
especially after I put it front and center on the KSQP web site home page.
Since self-spotting is allowed and encouraged, give it a try next year if you
didn't find it this year! I left it up for the moment so you can check it out.

The only glitch we had the entire day was flashing red and blues in the rear
view mirror as Lorna got pulled over in a small town up north somewhere (we
couldn't find it on the map later). As we stopped, I asked Lorna if we were
speeding and she said, "no." Apparently the officer disagreed with
her, but after checking license, registration, and finding no tickets in
Lorna's record, he just asked a bunch of questions about what we were up to
was quite impressed with what we were doing. No ticket, no warning. Just a
gentle reminder to watch our speed and we were on our way. How does Lorna do
that? The op who got ticketed twice in the same town last year is probably
shaking his head about now :-)

We got back to the house early, dropped off Lorna and Roxxy, and I finished
the day with a nice 3 county line run a few miles from home. We ended the day
with 1222 combined Qs in the log, about 50 down from last year.


Sunday morning, I got an email from Evert/KC0FUE, that he wasn't feeling well.
I volunteered to run his call (N0I) for him to put it on the air and we did
just that. Aaron/n0qd arrived ready to roll, and he remembered to pick up his
hat he left in the van a year ago! Heading out to our first stop, radar
us running through a red thunderstorm line between Hesston and Salina. It also
showed we would run out of it on the other side. We did, but it dumped enough
rain that the dirt road to the 3 county line would have been too interesting.
I've learned my lesson in previous adventures! We settled for two counties
instead and we were off. What a difference a day made. Great signals and a
pileup almost immediately. It kept going that way the entire six hours. There
was lightning in the storm now south of us, but signals were so loud, it
wasn't a problem.

Our scheduled furthest east county was Gove, then south to Lane county to give
John/n6mu one of the few he needed for another Sweep. The first road we turned
on to go south to Lane was gravel. The rain hadn't made it this far east, but
the idea of 25 miles on dusty gravel wasn't very appealing, so we continued on
to the highway 8 miles further east which headed to the town of Gove. Road
closed. The detour continued east on the freeway to the next highway south
which was just over the line into Logan county, then Scott, then finally Lane.
Since these were rarer counties and good highways, we decided to go with it
continue the detour. John wondered why we gave him LOG instead of LAN, but
I got on SSB, everyone knew what was happening. LAN finally appeared for John
to check off. As we eventually got back to the original highway, the detour
sign pointed north to the town of Gove. That was an almost 100 mile detour had
we wanted to get to Gove!

Aaron and I traded off driving so Aaron could work some nice SSB pileups and
give out all three calls. It's harder to explain three calls on CW, so at one
point, I put N0I/m on the air for the CW gang and got the biggest pileup of
weekend! Everyone really is spelling those words and collecting 1x1 calls. The
only glitch was hitting what Aaron thought was a killdeer which flew up in
front of the van. At least it wasn't a pheasant which took off one of my
antennas a few years ago! We made it to Rush county with about 10 minutes to
go. I spent about 5 minutes on 40m, then gave equal time to the 20m gang to
finish out the run. The total Sunday mileage was 494 miles for six hours of
operating compared to 495 miles for 12 hours on Saturday. But, and this is a
big but, we almost doubled our QSO count in half the time, with an average
of 192 Qs/hr over the six hours. That's fun, and that's what we live for.
and I are still recovering!


We operated 16.7 hours, 989 miles, 2321 combined Qs, 428 unique calls (down 1
from last year), 7 dupes, one radio.

States not worked ------ : AK WY LA
VE not worked ---------- : NS NT NB NU YT PE NL (one more than last year)
KS worked (5 counties) - : GLY REN MTN STE ATC
DX worked (6 countries)- : HK OM ZF DL F V31 (down 5 from last year)

Combined rate : 139/hr

Six-hour Rates
2017 rates adjusted for 16.7 hours of operating time (combined log)

--------------------- 2017--2016--2015--2014--2013--2012--2011--2010--2009
Saturday 1400-2000 --- 120 - 104 - 114 - 109 - 124 - 114 - 129 -- 86 - 145
Saturday 2000-0200 --- 102 - 137 - 108 - 111 - 109 - 124 -- 86 -- 67 - 114
Sunday 1400-2000 --- 192 - 192 - 101 - 127 - 172 - 134 - 106 - 123 - 164

W0B/m County Breakdown (in visited order)

Saturday (495 miles)
01 MCP 52 McPherson
02 MRN 87 Marion
03 DIC 46 Dickinson
04 MOR 39 Morris
05 GEA 24 Geary
06 RIL 34 Riley
07 WAB 34 Wabaunsee
08 SHA 32 Shawnee
09 JEF 44 Jefferson
10 ATC 33 Atchison
11 DON 50 Doniphan
12 BRO 61 Brown
13 NEM 29 Nemaha
14 MSH 29 Marshall
15 WAS 34 Washington
16 REP 37 Republic
17 CLO 19 Cloud
18 OTT 29 Ottawa
19 SAL 15 Saline
20 HVY 45 Harvey

Sunday (494 miles)
21 LCN 55 Lincoln
22 ELS 48 Elsworth
23 RSL 42 Russell
24 ELL 38 Ellis
25 TRE 45 Trego
26 GOV 38 Gove
27 LOG 32 Logan
28 SCO 79 Scott
29 LAN 77 Lane
30 NES 73 Ness
31 RUS 10 Rush

Special thanks to the following ops for 6 or (way) more contacts:

74: N8II
67: N6MU
44: W7GDK
22: KS4X
20: K7SV
18: WZ6ZZ
17: K7IA
15: W7GF
14: W0ZQ
13: K3WJV
12: VE4EA
05: 22 operators

1x1 stations worked (2) : K0Q N0A/M
Other Kansas worked (1) : W0GUY NB0Z

W0BH Award Winners - First Place - Very Honorable Mention
Most overall Qs ---- N8II/72 ----- N6MU/66 ------- W7GDK/44
Most CW Qs --------- N8II/38 ----- N6MU/35 ------- KS4X/17
Most PH Qs --------- N8II/34 ----- N6MU/31 ------- W7GDK/28
Most counties ------ N6MU/31 ----- N8II/W7GDK/27 - KS4X/18

There are lots of people to thank for the 2017 Kansas QSO party success. The
Santa Fe Trail ARC once again ran KS0KS as our BONUS station and "wild
card" in the spelling competition. We had three Kansas school stations
(Emporia State, K-State, KU) to thank as well as our non-1x1 Kansas stations,
many who have already turned in a log. Our mobiles and fixed stations covered
all 105 counties (already on Saturday). Preliminary reporting has N6MU with
seventh sweep in a row, and N8II missed only one county. John reported working
all but a handful of counties with at least two different ops which is
covereage. We also had a number of enthusiastic Kansas Rookies and five
stations joining us who represented Kansas well. Even though it's not in the
rules, I decided to offer a Kansas Portable plaque this year, then officially
add the category to next year's rules. We hope you all return!

Special thanks to our out-of-state mobiles Ron/ad0dx (now from CO), Bill/nu0q
(IA), Alan/n5na (TX), Connie/k5cm and Pam/n5kw (OK), Ron/af5q (TX), Don/k5db
(AR), Fred/kb0lf (NE), Mike/w0mb (MO), Bill/n0ac (IA) and Jerry/k5yaa (OK).
With our 5 intrepid in-state mobiles, that gave us fifteen mobiles this year
and 18 mobile callsigns. Thanks to our portable stations: Rick/nj0p,
Chuck/n0mxi and Greg/n0llc, Tanner/kd0irw, Rick/w0zap and Wayne/kd0wat and
Barb/kd0wau, and of course our many 1x1 Fixed stations who poured out the Qs.
As I mentioned in my article, we have Richard/k0rcj, Kent/kb0rwi, and the
at to thank for the spotting network. And thanks to Bruce/ki5te for
his continuing help with the stamps.

This year, our sponsors (see the KSQP Sponsors link on the KSQP web site) came
through once again to provide the funding for our operations. If you win a
plaque, be sure to thank your plaque sponsor, and thank our corporate sponsors
with a shopping visit if you get the chance. Thanks in advance to Ron/ad0dx
his help in log-checking. Thanks to Lorna and Aaron for safely negotiating the
Kansas roads for me. And finally, thanks Kent/kb0rwi, for your great job on
KSQP web site.

We also want to thank the Ohio and Hawaii QSO Parties for sharing the weekend
with us. It was fun putting OH in the log, and when I worked one of the big
Hawaii stations, he said "you must be from Kansas." I replied,
"Yup, we have 51 1x1 callsigns this weekend," to which he responded,
"I think I've worked at least half of them!" The Ohio stations for
the most part respected our mobile window, and I gave instructions to our
Kansas CW ops to stay low and out of the listed Ohio QSO Party frequencies.

As before, the best part of this was getting to meet or exchange emails with
many of you as we all tried to make this work. With your help, we did. Keep in
touch. Any suggestions for the 2018 Kansas QSO Party (our tenth anniversay
KSQP), or comments about this one are always welcome ... !

73, Bob/w0bh/w0b with Aaron/n0qd/n0q and Lorna/k0why
2017 KSQP Coordinator
NØI(@WØBH)   Mobile MOST LP   23,2222017-09-05 10:50:38
N0I was operated by W0BH and N0QD on Sunday during the Kansas QSO Party at the
request of KC0FUE/Evert who was unable to operate.

See the W0B post for details.

73, Bob, w0bh
KØWHY(@WØBH)   Mobile MOST LP   3842017-09-05 10:55:32
Lorna/K0WHY drove for Bob/W0BH on Saturday of the Kansas QSO Party and made a
few contacts.

See the W0B post for details.

73, Bob, w0bh
NØQ(@WØBH)   Mobile MOST LP   67,7702017-09-06 22:57:01
It was great to go mobile with Bob W0BH again this year! I heard familiar
callsigns and many new ones (for me). John N6MU and Jeff N8II were right in
there every time we crossed a county line. Most importantly, I got my hat back
from last year! The route didn't go exactly as planned due to
less-than-ideal-roads (and roads just plain closed.) We were attacked by
wildlife, which I was able to quickly dispatch with the windshield of the van
without any damage to the antenna array.

I'm writing this at a time when I should have been in bed a while ago, so if
you'd like a more detailed (and coherent) description of our mobile run, please
see Bob's excellent comments under the W0B call.

Thanks to Bob for once again organizing a first-class QSO party and inviting me
to be a part of it! I look forward to next year!

73 de N0QD