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New England QSO Party   2017   May 6   Comment Summary

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XO1X(VE1RM)   Single Op HP   3,6002017-05-06 21:16:06
Just playing around working some of the boys from Yukon. Suprizingly good
signals on 40m tonight. Worked NZ1U/M with 579 sigs! Always a blast.

73, Gerry VE1RM/W1VE
 
KB4KBS   Single Op LP   16,8332017-05-07 04:37:52
Total Score is reflective of IN7QPNE calculation
 
MMØLID   Single Op HP   1,5502017-05-07 11:47:50
Got back from my weekend away from home.
BOY ITS NICE TO HAVE A BEAM!
Some really nice sigs from NE. Tried to chase some counties i have not yet got
confirmed, just in spare time i had.

Glad to hand out some points. Lot of activity!

Yaesu FTDX5000
AL811H @400w
Steppir DB36 @100'

73 Scott
MM0LID
 
K4AFE   Single Op HP   18,6182017-05-07 13:41:59
Thanks for the QSOs. Had a blast!!

Kenwood TS-590SG
MFJ-998 Tuner
Ameritron ALS-600PS
102ft G5RV
520ft 160m Horizontal Loop
Cushcraft R8 Vertical
K9AY Receive Array
 
K4WW   Single Op LP   17,1572017-05-07 14:58:57
99% S/P
 
N3XF   Single Op HP   15,1052017-05-07 15:13:43
Thanks to NZ1U and WA1Z. Their efforts resulted in 22 Q's and 10 new counties!
Makes a huge difference in my score!
Always a fun contest.
 
VE6TL   Single Op HP   2,8902017-05-07 15:26:43
Cary, VE4EA, asked me to hand out some VE6 mults, so I did my best. Not the
best condx on Sunday afternoon from western Canada. Lots of QSB and nothing
heard on any other band but 20m.

Jerry VE6TL
 
VE3HG   Single Op QRP   3,1022017-05-07 15:44:39
Wonderful conditions on 40. New England just banging in and almost no repeats
running QRP :) Just like the old days.
 
W1RM   Single Op HP   153,0902017-05-07 15:45:51
Conditions were strange. Normally the beams are pretty broad but this weekend
they seemed very sharp. Gave my new K3S and Expert 2k a good run.
 
N6ZFO   Single Op HP   11,0772017-05-07 15:46:28
Thanks for all the Q's! Conditions generally good on 20, 40 and 80; interesting
that Europeans were stronger than 90% of the New England stations on 20m both
Sat and Sunday.

73 Bill n6zfo
 
KIØI   Single Op LP   6,0482017-05-07 16:22:57
Very nice wx here so outdoors most of weekend, fun to work a few NE stations.
Thanks for the QSO's 73
Mark KI0I
 
N4PN   Single Op HP   52,5282017-05-07 16:39:54
Another great NEQP in the books...beat my last years score even tho this year
there was only two mobiles....and did they do an unbelievable job....
WA1Z - 18 Q's and NZ1U 23 Q's....with NZ1U in SUFMA giving me the sweep
at 2052UTC on Sunday afternoon...Joe, K1JB, only station to work for 8 Q's
Surprise to find 15m wide open on Sunday....not many found out in time..
Thanks to Tom, K1KI, for his great leadership in keeping this great QP on
track...
Thanks to all....and hopefully see you next year..
73, Paul, N4PN
 
N2CU   Single Op HP   69,7782017-05-07 17:01:38
Score is composite IN-7QP-NE. Ran HP in a QSO party... That doesn't happen very
often here, but it was nice to feel loud for once!

K3, Drake L7, TH6DXX, 40m dipole, 80m wire vertical, N1MM Classic.

73, Tom N2CU
 
K2CYE   Single Op LP   21,7602017-05-07 17:01:49
Combination of the 7QP, IN QP and NEQP.
 
K1RO   Single Op HP   147,8442017-05-07 17:06:38
Jumped in here and there throughout the weekend. Activity seemed good, and
conditions okay. Moved N4PN to 15 SSB - he was 20 over! Not much activity there
so didn't stay long.
 
KU8E   Single Op HP   121,9052017-05-07 17:07:10
This is my combined NEQP, 7QP, IND QP and DE QP score (IN7QPNE)

K3/100 - KPA500 and wires
 
K1NZ   Single Op LP   1,5002017-05-07 17:07:20
Not bad for about an hour's worth of playing after getting home from the NE1C
operation in ESSVT.
 
WA6KHK   Single Op HP   3,2642017-05-07 17:09:16
Concentrated on 7th Call Area QSO Party this year. hihi.
 
W2CS   Single Op HP   8,6002017-05-07 17:09:43
Fun QSO party. QTH is extreme ENY. NE is real tough here on 20. Rig: K3,
2000A, 160 meter dipole center fed with HB OWL. Tuned with Palstar balanced
tuner. Logger: Skookumlogger.
 
VE9AA   Single Op HP   12017-05-07 17:11:48
No idea of actual Q's or score. Totally ficticious numbers.
Just put in something for a placeholder.

Special shout out to WA1Z mobile. Great signal.

Hard to dig out the W1's on 20m Sunday morning. Certainly easy to see who has
a quiet QTH or is running a lot of power. (only a few, hi)

Antennas for Radio 1:
10m = A3S
15m = Wire 5el K1WA/K3LR SVDA (100% parasitic + homebrew)
20m = Wire + Aluminum 4-square (Comtek)
40m = Wire 4-square in the trees (Comtek)
80m = Wire 4-square in the trees (Comtek)
160m = Wire 2-el array of inverted L’s in the trees (Comtek w/ homebrew
controller)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Antenna for Radio 2
ZS6BKW w/ 15m inv vee add-on at 35\\\'

No RX antennas

Rigs: 2 x IC-7410’s, YCCC SO2R+ box, N3ZN ZN-9 paddle, Yamaha CM500 headset,
N1MM+ logger
(Usually I\\\'m LP(100w) but have 2 small 600w amps when doing HP in select
contests)

CU (all of sudden) in the next one!

dit dit

-Mike VE9AA in NB
 
K1XM   Single Op LP   47,8722017-05-07 17:12:33
Got on a bit to try my new keyer project on the air.

If anyone has or knows someone who has experience with an Ultimatic keyer,
preferably one of the two-paddle models I'd like to talk to them - especially
if they have a working unit. I'm not looking for Ultimatic mode in an Iambic
keyer - that's not the same thing.
 
NF4A   Single Op HP   7,6022017-05-07 17:13:51
This was the weekend for my 50th high school reunion so I missed all of Saturday
and all of Sunday morning. As soon as we returned home after Sunday Brunch at
the hotel where the reunion was held, I got on the air but one of my broadcast
transmitters decided to act up so I lost another 2 hours of operating time on
Sunday afternoon. Just decided to make 100 Q's since there was no way to get a
sweep. Thanks to the mobiles who make ALL QSO parties. Listen on 15 and never
heard a peep from anywhere.
 
KP4/KE1J   Single Op HP   502017-05-07 17:25:10
Did some remote operating testing.
 
N1DC   Single Op LP   77,9212017-05-07 17:32:41
Thanks to Tom and the entire NEQP team for another great event.

Glad we had good conditions for the most part. My new ladder line setup for the
80/40 dipoles worked awesome. Tried a little SSB but couldn't get much going
compared to CW. 20M was a little disappointing to EU but great to the USA.

Highlights:

Breaking my 2014 NOR MA county record by 300 points (I hope it holds up)
48 states missed HI and ND
6 Canadian Provinces missed LB, MB, NF, NT, NU and SK
48 NE counties
11 DX countries
Calling CQ on 20M CW and working JO7WXN and XO1X back to back

It was an absolute blast ! THANKS FOR ALL THE QSOs !

Station: TenTec Omni 7 @ 100W, MFJ Differential T Tuner
Antennas: 4 element yagi @ 30ft, 80/40 dipoles at 35ft
Computer: Win 7 PC running N1MM+, WinKeyer USB

73,

Rick N1DC
 
AE1T   Single Op HP   31,3502017-05-07 17:34:19
Not bad for just a few hours Sunday afternoon. 73 de Peter, AE1T
 
WIØWA(@NØAC)   Single Op LP   35,6722017-05-07 17:42:08
This is a combined score for the weekend QSO parties.

Thanks for your QSO, Bill N0AC

Operating conditions at the station of N0AC

Rig #1-Ten Tec Orion II~100w
Rig #2-Elecraft K3~100w

Antenna #1-Butternut vertical 10-80m
Antenna #2-Butternut vertical 40/80m (winter only)
Antenna #3-Butternut vertical 10-80m (winter only)
Antenna #4-KD9SV Reverse Beverage on the Ground~135 ft (winter only)
Logging-N1MM+
 
W1EBI   Single Op HP   4,4722017-05-07 17:55:57
I was away for the weekend but managed to get on for the last few minutes.
 
K1ZZ   Single Op HP   104,0442017-05-07 18:03:28
Busy weekend, op time limited. The overlapping QSO parties worked out pretty
well.
 
K1WDY   Single Op LP   3,0362017-05-07 18:13:41
This was my first NEQP, as I just got my General last October. I wanted to make
sure Dukes county had a good showing this year so I tried to put in my best
effort. I was in the shack for about 4 hours on Saturday and 2 hours on Sunday.
This was my first experience trying to hold a frequency and get a run going, and
it was very good practice. I made a few PSK qsos early Sunday morning when 7QP
was still on which helped. I'm already looking forward to next year.
 
N4GG   Single Op HP   4,1542017-05-07 18:31:37
Antennas mostly on the ground for refurbishment...Wow the bands were awful!
 
AG6AG   Single Op LP   1,5422017-05-07 18:49:12
Had lots of fun on this one. Was able to leverage 3 contests at once this
weekend!
 
K1KI   Single Op HP   155,2002017-05-07 19:39:56
Only operated on Saturday, had too many other distractions on Sunday...
Conditions seemed pretty good. Nice to work many friends! 73 Tom
 
WQ6X(@W7AYT)   Single Op LP   1,6122017-05-07 19:48:47
This was another WQ6X multi-contest event from W7AYT's QTH in Concord Ca.
I ran a Yaesu FT-1000mp into a CH-250 Vertical and a Cobra drooping dipole,
often run in parallel for better signal enhancement. Running SO2-V helped
up the QSO rate somewhat.
You can read more about this in an upcoming WQ6X contest BLOG entry.

Stay Tuned.

Ron
WQ6X
 
W1HIS   M/S HP   92,4302017-05-07 19:56:06
One antenna for all bands: wire, 70 ft long & 30 ft high.
 
W6SX   Single Op HP   10,7362017-05-07 20:01:53
K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, N1MM+
 
K1TN   Single Op LP   5,1462017-05-07 20:22:42
69 first-day QSO; 14 second-day QSOs.

This contest has never had enough activity from the First Call Area to justify
two days. I didn't hear a single mobile station.
 
K7HKR   Single Op LP   1802017-05-07 21:03:44
100 watts, magnetic loop from AZ

Only able to participate Saturday. Surprised at how well 20 meters was working
in the late afternoon/evening, heard a lot of good signals and other than
pileups I was heard well. My loop is very inefficient on 75, so couldn't work
the few stations I heard. Did not hear any rovers, but obviously a lot of
frequencies were in use here by 7QP stations.
 
KØOO(@WA3EKL)   M/S HP   33,9202017-05-07 21:19:49
QUICK ESTIMATE OF SCORE AS THE TEMPLATE DID NOT ALLOW FOR ACCURACY IN SCORING.
HAVE TO HAND IT TO THE ROBOT. IT WAS EASIER LOGGING THOUGH. LOOK FORWARD TO THE
NEXT ONE.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL
73
PAT AND THE WA3EKL TEAM
 
K2LE/1   M/S HP   201,7442017-05-07 22:02:29
lOTS OF FUN !

Tag-team operation : Andy on Saturday (remote from L.I. NY);
Gerry on Sunday (remote from NH)
 
VA7ST   Single Op LP   7,1042017-05-07 22:06:01
Saturday felt pretty good but split my attention between NEQP and 7QP with
Indiana also mixed in.

By the time I could focus solely on New England on Sunday, 20M wasn't as strong
to the northeast, with most low-power in-state stations tough to work from here
with 100 watts.

Still beat my previous best by a healthy margin.

Details from the weekend are in the latest post-contest podcast at
http://zone.va7st.ca.

Thanks for the great activity from New England.

-- Bud VA7ST
 
N4CW   Single Op HP   10,8562017-05-08 03:53:13
Wish I could have spent more time with this QSO party, but family obligations
kept me tied up...maybe next year. Great job, mobiles, despite conditions. 73
 
NX6T   M/S HP   16,5242017-05-08 04:17:06
No propagation to New England on 10 or 15 meter bands all weekend.
Signals from new England very weak on 40 and 80 SSB.
 
TI8/AA8HH   Single Op LP   2,2682017-05-08 05:57:26
We had decent propagation into Costa Rica this year. I only was able to operate
on Saturday and had a long power outage that cut into the score quite a bit.
Enjoyed the party.
 
WA1FCN   Single Op LP   33,5792017-05-08 06:24:27
This contest is on my to do list every yerar, but it is work.
A big thanks to WA1Z 16 Q's and NZ1U 13 Q's a really nice
job guys. Always nice to work my old home areas. FAICT
HILNH CUMME .... I only used packet after contest was 3/4 over.
Next year I'll start right from the get go !!
TH 5 @ 75 ft TH6 @ 50 ft 2 el 40 @ 70 ft and various wires
 
VE3KZ   Single Op HP   17,3682017-05-08 06:52:34
My first time in the NEQP. Special thanks to WA1Z and NZ1U. Wish I had been more
active on Saturday to boost the Mult!
Next year!

73 Bob VE3KZ
P.S. When are they going to have an Over80 category ;-)
 
W1XX   M/S HP   312,0122017-05-08 07:15:30
The mults total was going nowhere fast in the low 90s Sunday afternoon...until
all of a sudden about 5 PM, EU callers on 20 SSB were knee deep. Turned the
beam northeast...so the run lasted for over an hour to drive up the mult count
to a more respectable 100+. 73. -- John, W1XX

FT-1000MP + L4B
40M M2 2-el Yagi @ 100 ft.
KT36XA Tribander @ 90 ft.
80M vertical
 
W1FJ   Single Op HP   175,6802017-05-08 08:08:37
Starting with a 117hr sucked me in. Had some surprisingly good runs and a lot of
fun. Apologies to the weak guys that were in my relatively high noise.
thanks to all for the Q's
 
WN4AFP   Single Op LP   20,9002017-05-08 08:10:57
WOW! This was my first serious effort in the NEQP. I worked the other QPs, then
at 4pm, my primary focus was the NEQP. I had a perfect location so that I could
work stations on 20m and 40m during the day. Yes...sigs weren't great on 40m,
but just enough to make the contact. I was running my old trusty IC-751 75w
with 80/40 dipole at 10 feet and a G5RV Jr. at 5'. Still amazed with the
results.

My goal this year was to make at least 200Qs in this race. At halftime, I was
at 115 Qs with only one mobile contact. Thanks to two mobile ops NZ1U and WA1Z,
I knew that I could reach my goal and surpassed last year's LP winner. I went
silent at 2300z on Sunday because most of the NEQP stations were heading to
80m. The best hours of this race for me was at 2000z on Saturday and 1300z on
Sunday...not a surprise. Thanks to Tom K1KI and the gang who made this one
possible. 73s Dave WN4AFP
 
SM5CIL(SM7CIL)   Single Op HP   2,8802017-05-08 08:32:16
Rig: K3+SB-200
Ant: OB11-3

Thanks for the QSOs!

73
Arne
 
KI6OY   Single Op LP   3122017-05-08 08:42:02
100 watts and wire in a tree.
 
AI6JB   Single Op LP   92017-05-08 09:07:10
Made a few contacts incidental to working the 7QP while waiting for the band to
open up. Thanks for filling the lull!
 
K9GDF   Single Op LP   3302017-05-08 12:16:18
Antenna is rain gutter and downspouts.
 
NR1X   Single Op HP   151,3202017-05-08 14:20:17
Can't complain. It sure has been a long time since I could really play radio.
Finally out of the hood where antennas were unwelcomed. So far just 2 wires in
the trees. 80m inverted vee center about 65' up and ends spread as wide as I
could get em (~100ft) and a 20m EDZ fed with homebrew 600ohm OWL.
Highlight of contest: Early in first run on 40m... BOOM down the street and
power flashes... Lost the run while getting everything rebooted. COM port
ethernet server lost its IP and I had to scurry to find usb serial adapter.
Lowlight : the odor coming from the 300w tuner after running at 600+ watts on
40m into the 20m edz...
 
W1DYJ   Single Op LP   2,8292017-05-08 14:47:28
Busy weekend, only on from 4-6 and 11-12:30 Saturday and
from 11:30-2:30 and 6-8 Sunday, and sporadically even then.

Saturday afternoon started slowly. Saturday night was
much better but petered out around midnight. Sunday was
slow in general except for the last hour as usual.

10 was dead. 15 was bad, only 2 Qs. 20 and 40 OK. 80 was my
best band, even though noisy.

Spent most of the time on CW, trying to improve my meager
skills -- they improve, but slowly.

Rig: TS-2000
Antennas
80/40 Modified Alpha Delta DX-CC at ~7m (NNW <-> SSE)
HF "stack" on roof tower
10 HB 5el yagi @ 10m
15 Rotatable Dipole @ 11m
20 HB Moxon @ 12m
Logger: N3FJP's New England QSO Party Contest Log Version 3.7

73 -- Larry -- W1DYJ
 
K1KA   Single Op HP   88,6202017-05-08 14:54:38
Rig: K3S, SPE 1.3K-FA, X7 with 40m @ 70 ft.

Despite some family obligations, I had some good chunks of time and was able
to run for almost all of it. Maybe too much as I probably missed a few mults
I should have been able to hunt down. Also I couldn't get the logging
program to send CW and my fist is very bad so all SSB. I know I missed some
mults because of that.

Activity was very good. I think the multiple QSO parties helped. Thanks Tom
for all your efforts.

73, Dave, K1KA
 
NE1QP(@K1TTT)   M/S HP   304,1102017-05-08 15:33:29
We spent much more time on phone this time around. Really had to dig for the
multipliers. Thanks to Dave, K1TTT, for the use of his great station and K1SFA
for keeping us fed. We will submit our log to the 7QP and INQP.
 
W1WBB   Single Op QRP   25,4492017-05-08 15:49:37
Ran QRP this year as I did back in 2014... again a modest effort due to other
commitments both days with youth/high school baseball. Managed 3k more points
than three years ago (20+ add'l QSOs and 2 add'l mults). Did not seek out DX
mults this year (often found in ARI contest) and missed most W5 and W0 states,
plus VE4,VE5,VE6, KL7 and KH6 once again (only TX, AR, MO and CO called in from
mid-USA)... all other states were worked.

Bands were pretty quiet without storm noise this year but an annoying S-5 line
noise was present for me on 20,40 and 80m. Didn't seem to affect my QSO count
though. Only moderately strong sigs on Saturday on 20m from W7-QP stations,
but lots of activity!
 
WW1ME   Single Op LP   52,7002017-05-08 17:12:37
Wish I'd had more time to get on and that the event started sooner that 2000 Z
on Saturday. I even attracted pileups at times and had a couple of good runs;
guess Washington County, Maine, is still a rare one for this event. Thanks to
all for the contacts!
 
AD1T(AE1P)   M/S HP   39,1502017-05-08 18:09:02
A big Thank you to Joel, WA1ZYX, for use of the CCDX-ARC Club call.
First time since my Dad's passing that I had some serious "chair"
time,
Felt good to be back in front of the radio...
Thank you to all for the qso's...

73,
Neil
AE1P
 
K4BAI   Single Op HP   25,8422017-05-08 18:37:50
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX, dipole, inverted vee. No signals on 10 and
15
on Saturday. 20M stayed open late Saturday. 40 and 80 were OK. Sunday there
was
a good opening from here to New England and I moved a number of stations up
there on CW. Never heard a signal on 15 SSB. Too few callers on 15 to keep
the NE stations there for long. Thanks to NZ1U and WA1Z for great mobile
activity. CW sounded a bit strange on NZ1U on Saturday, but it was great on
Sunday. Contest was over just as 80 was beginning to get better on Sunday
night. Thanks for all QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
 
AA4GA   Single Op QRP   1,2882017-05-08 19:20:21
Playing around with Skookum Logger for the first time....I've got a lot to
learn!

KX3 at 5 watts to 80m doublet.
 
KA6BIM/7   Single Op HP   7,0382017-05-08 19:40:22
It seems like there was a lot more activity than the last time I worked this
contest. Thank you everyone for getting on and putting your counties on the
air! the only state i swept was CT. I did miss a couple of substantial sized
counties. I have a big hole in my map in the middle of VT.NH & ME. Looks
like a ripe area for some rover operations. They may have been there on cw
but I was operating SSB only this weekend. Due to the 7th area qso party I used /7
on my call. Thank you for the QSO's Dave ka6bim
 
KM6I   Single Op HP   4622017-05-08 20:37:12
K3, KPA-500, Dipole @ 60ft
 
WØMB   Single Op HP   6,3802017-05-09 00:02:25
NTS:Ts590, Alpha 76a, Pro67b@60, N1MM+. This was my first 7th call area qso
party and it was a lot of fun. CW is getting easier for me and even fun. I
maybe will try a lot harder next year as my code speed gets better.
 
W1AJT(VE3UTT)   Single Op HP   3,2482017-05-09 05:05:02
Only Saturday
 
WN1GIV(N4BP)   Single Op HP   34,7702017-05-09 07:07:20
I lacked motivation for the New England QSO Party this year since my upcoming
hip replacement surgery early this week has been very much on my mind. To help
my concentration, I operated CW only, even though there is no separate CW
category. Maybe I'll at least have the highest out-of-state CW QSO count?
:-)
I only worked two mobiles this time, but they contributed greatly to my
numbers.
NZ1U: 26 QSOs, 7 County Mults WA1Z: 20 QSOs, 14 County Mults
Missed ADDVT, CALVT, CHENH, HANME, LITCT, NANME for the sweep.
15M was open to NE especially on Sunday, but few stations took advantage. Most
of my QSOs there were in reply to my CQs. Never bothered to listen on 10M.
Fun contest, glad I gave it a try.
 
NZ1U(@NZ1U/M)   M/S Mobile HP   114,4322017-05-09 18:46:26
What a super fun radio weekend in the great (still showing some) white North!

Thanks to K1KI for organizing another FB NEQP contest weekend.

Congrats to the top notch NEQP/m effort of the WA1Z team.

We had very low amount of time for implementation, or what we did have for time
may not have been used correctly..

The 'Contest Caddy' used for 2012, 14, 15, and 16's NEQP MultiOp Mobile efforts
was going to take a break this year in favor of the brand-new 2017 Chevy Equinox
SUV, or, the Blue-Ox. Our 5th year, cool!

A Class 2 trailer hitch was procured and installed as the primary antenna mount
along with a Harbor-Freight 500# steel Hitch mounted luggage rack.

Using the luggage rack to mount both the Hustler mast/resonator and the
Hi-Sierra motor-tuned antenna. Right in the middle was an official WRTC-2014
Honda 2KW Generator used by a top 10 team! ;)

Sooooo... we tried High Power. Using a Tokyo Hy-Power SS KW amplifier and
having the Hustler 'Super' resonators picked up recently we hit the road....

One would think that tons of time is necessary to engineer an effort like QRO
mobile radio contest operating, but you may be mistaken! We tested the antennas
around 17Z, or ~3 hours before the start! But the road plan had us -way- North
for the start and much ground to cover. We hit the road. It worked!

It was not trouble free. (SHOCKER!) The biggest issue was that the operator
could not touch the 'touch pad' mouse on the laptop while transmitting or the
laptop would lose comms and CW to the K3.. Also, the sent CW must have sounded
horrible as we could not get the CW weight to work through the serial port CW
on the K3 it was with HP or LP didn't make a difference- sending a bit slower
helped. The amp was not used much, if there was a 5-cq or so lull, turn drive
down to 20w and throw amp in. It would run about 400w with comfort, until
nearing the end and we activated SuffolkMA, we were @900w comfortably. That
generator was working vy hard! Called CQ on SSB even 1 answer..... Everything
held quite nicely. (DO NOT touch that mouse pad!)

Used N1MM+ Logger to send CW through the USB serial port- this was only on
Saturday, on Sunday, the decision was made to introduce a WinKeyer which was a
good move. Still cannot touch the mouse-pad when TX'n or the Rig and the
Winkeyer would drop....

One of the goals was to be home Saturday night. The hub of the barnstormers is
NE CT and we wanted to operate North... starting and ending in the well-covered
WORMA. Another goal was to cover the 'least covered' counties of 2016. The
missed/forgotten factor was that Team WA1Z wasn't there in '16, and their
counties were open in 2016, but they are back in it for '17. On Saturday night
after many requests for SUFMA we knew there was coverage in the north ME
counties and we were heading to SUFMA since it seems there may have not been
activity there with many asking about it again on Sunday morning.

N1WK = "It's not the (Contest) Caddy" in reference to the Blue Ox.
Trade offs for superior luxury, powerful engine... etc... etc... is good gas
mileage and lots of cabin room.... The Caddy will likely be re-commissioned
in future efforts! Just need a trailer hitch. It seems that a couple-hundred
horsepower and luxury seats and operating position is worth the ~5 MPG
sacrifice....

For Saturday the goal was to catch COONH FRAVT GRAVT. GRAVT is way up there,
and we went to the top NW corner of it and headed South right through GRAVT and
making it through while it was still daylight out.

GRANH 9
COONH 10
ESSVT 15
CALVT 14
ORLVT 14
LAMVT 19
FRAVT 63
GRAVT 54
CHIVT 34
WASVT 16
ORAVT 18
WNDVT 25
SULNH 10
CHENH 5
WNHVT 14
FRAMA 11
HMPMA 1 QSO :(
HMDMA 20
WORMA 145

Sunday was the same we looked at least covered counties, but changed things a
bit to cover the requested SUFMA

WORMA- 145
MIDMA 36
ESSMA 37
ROCNH 32
HILNH 8
MERNH 22
BELNH 10
STRNH 27
CARNH 27
OXFME 9
YORME 29
CUMME 31
ANDME 13
KENME 17
LINME 19
SAGME 15
CUMME- 31
YORME- 29
ROCNH- 32
ESSMA- 37
SUFMA 67
MIDMA 36
WORMA- 145

Another learning experience and many mental notes that are likely to be
forgotten next year, but we look forward to it and it is a considerable amount
of fun. More band changes.. Tightening up complete antenna/coax systems...
etc... the normal things... same as last year....

Rock star award to N1WK for powering through with the driving getting us home
safely.
Saturday 707 miles
Sunday 509 miles
Average speed 54.3 MPH
34.0 MPG Best 50 mile run
Average fuel economy 26.6 MPG

Thanks to The Barnstormer fixed team of NB1U and NR1X, while putting in their
own significant NEQP efforts and tracking the NZ1U/m team and notifying the
masses where we were. Also to the Cap'n KB1H(sk) for getting us all together.

Thanks to all of the 'Regulars' that follow the /m's through the counties, you
guys make it worth it for everyone.

A few pics and vids here; http://w1uj.net/NEQP-2017/

73

The Barnstormers
 
KB1RI   Single Op LP   7,2542017-05-09 20:03:57
Glad to provide some NE stations with the NC multiplier and fill in some new
counties for me.
 
AB1J   Single Op LP   16,1882017-05-10 09:57:13
I have never participated much in the NEQP. This is my largest effort to date.
One thing that turns me off is all the QPs on Saturday. To me that's just a
mess. The DEQP doesn't get in the way much, although it's fun to work all three
counties. Indiana is my home state, so I should show more interest but I don't.
I wish the NEQP and 7QP could agree on the order of the state and county info.
State then county makes more sense to me: MAMID, CTMID, etc.

This isn't a big deal, but since it isn't, it seems all the more reasonable
that the two groups could agree on a common format. C'mon, guys.

When I do operate, I do the ARI on Saturday, usually RTTY, and the NEQP on
Sunday, usually CW on the low bands. I'll never be in the top scoring tier
that way, but that's not my goal.

It is fun to be sought after, although Middlesex, MA, is one of the least rare
New England counties.

My time on is a popular number with Southwest Airlines.

Thanks for the QSOs. See you in the CQ-WPX-CW.

73,
Ken, AB1J

Flex 6500
N1MM+ on Win8
Outdoor stealth wire
LoTW eQSL ClubLog
 
KG4IGC   Single Op LP   6,3642017-05-10 16:30:53
Rig: Yaesu FT-DX3000
PWR: 100
ANT: Hex, 40/20 Super Loop. 272\' Horizontal Loop
 
WA1Z   M/S Mobile LP   128,7002017-05-10 18:24:20
Huge thanks to K1KI for his NEQP stewardship! And thanks to everyone who
followed us around this weekend!

After a one year hiatus (my wife and I had an opportunity to do a multi-day
hike in the Grand Canyon at this time last year that killed NEQP operations),
W6PH and I hit the road again for the fifth time. This year, K1GQ joined the
team making the operation a Multi-Single. As usual, Kurt did all of the
driving while Bill and I alternated operating counties.

Congratulations to the NZ1U Barnstormers Mobile team!!! What an incredible job
putting together a brand new kind of operation! It's always fun to try
something new in a contest.

Station:
2008 Honda CRV
Elecraft K3, 100 watts, powered from car battery
Bill and I logged separately on non-networked computers.

Two Hustler MO-2 54-inch masts mounted on hatchback door secured by a homebrew
roof rack harness
One Hustler MO-4 22-inch mast mounted on mag mount, guyed to roof rack just to
add a little more security
Hustler RM-model resonators and DX Engineering Capacity Hats for 80 through 15
Meters.

This year, we set up a K3 on a small homebrew desk in the middle of the
backseat. Bill and I sat on either side of it. We each brought our own
WinKeyer and, through a Y-adapter, connected both to the K3, so that we each
could transmit without having to fuss with changing cables. This made for
seamless county transitions, but also made it really easy for us to
accidentally hit F-keys when the _other_ guy was doing the operating. Oops.

Mobile Contesting was a new experience for Bill. My goal was to make sure he
operated as much or as little as he wanted. And for much of the weekend, I
kept under-estimating which counties would have better rate than others and was
desperately trying to line up alternating counties so Bill could experience some
fun county changes. In general, I think I oversold Bill on how “exciting”
county changes were going to be. I kept reminiscing about fun, 30-minute-long
high rates from rare Maine counties from yesteryear that never materialized
this weekend. Instead, we usually got 3 minutes of mayhem working the same
12-15 folks, then wore-out the F1 key until the next county change. Oh well…


Best DX was to JA on 20. And it was a real treat having XO1X (thanks Gerry!)
call in from YT.

Somehow, we missed UT and WY (not enough S&Ping in 7QP) and SD.

73,
Bob WA1Z
 
K9UIY   Single Op QRP   16,5622017-05-11 19:27:01
Thanks again for another New England QSO Party. I wish conditions would have
been a bit better, though. Many thanks to all for copying my QRP 5W ...
special thanks to all the mobile activity again. C U again next year. 73, Vic
K9UIY
 
AF1T   Single Op HP   206,1272017-05-22 12:45:56
10 M and 15 M were dead, but 20-Meters was productive. I enjoyed the pile ups
from Europe and the Middle East. HZ1BH in Saudi Arabia was running 10 Watts!
I hope you all enjoyed the Contest.

My score is credited to the Contoocook Valley Radio Club.