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KG5LRP   SOAB HP   36,2342017-08-21 17:35:45
Amazing event! Field Day like Activity. 20m was so busy I could find the time to
move to another band.
N8HM   SOAB LP   4082017-08-21 17:56:32
Just some FT8 QSOs while working from home!
N7S(NØAC)   SOAB LP   20,0102017-08-21 18:33:34
I operated near Guernsey, Wy. in grid square DN72oh from my mobile station. The
station conditions where a K3 and a Tarheel screwdriver antenna. A complete
station run down can be seen on my page. The location was noisy on 40m
so I didn't spend much time on that band. I parked the truck so I could watch
the eclipse, which was breathtaking. Traffic was very heavy but manageable. The
first highlight of the day was seeing the WWV antenna farm all light up as we
drive by at 430am.

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

K3PP   SOAB HP   6,9582017-08-21 18:49:07
I was more interested in contributing to the science of this event than racking
up loads of QSOs. For that reason, I parked on 80m CW and ran (yeah, me!)
during the eclipse pass. I was somewhat clumsy and the rate was fairly slow
because there wasn't as much activity on 80m as other bands. I'm eager to see
the numbers from the RBN during the almost three hours or so that I was
calling. I am not in the path of totality, but I did work a few W5s during the
closest pass, so I feel like I got a little enhancement there.

Grid: FN20EU
Power: 1500W
80m Antenna: Force-12 EF-180BV linear-loaded vertical
40m ANtenna: Dipole @ 40 ft.
N8SK   SOAB LP   3392017-08-21 18:51:09
Scoring for Claimed Score:
#QSO points = (1 Ph QSO x 1) + (10 Digital QSOs x 2) = 21
Sub-total = 21 QSO pts X 9 Multipliers (gridsquares) = 189
Bonus Points:
+ 100 [Operated during totality (or time of greatest shadow at QTH)]
+ 50 [Provided ground conductivity (est) at QTH]
Claimed Total Score = 189 + 100 + 50 = 339
K2LE/1   SOAB HP   66,3002017-08-21 19:27:35
Have not figured out the bonus points yet
At the peak of the eclipse I noted signals to the West were almost gone - but
EU got stronger ON 20M
Most of them did not know about grid squares 🙁
15 was open at times to 6 land but puny little activity
Last hour got called by a VK,, 3 JAs , KL7😐
Casual operation between home projects
CU next ( in year 2043 ) if all goes as planned

Andy K2LE/1
WØJTC   SOAB LP   5202017-08-21 19:35:16
lots of fun !!!
KI4MZC   SOAB QRP   2,7202017-08-21 19:48:38
KX3 to a dipole, N1MM, and battery power. Worked about 4 hrs off and on, with
time for luna-solar observations and astro-projections (using various
techniques to show the eclipse on the ground, the side of hills, etc.). Set
outside. Great fun. No DX but when I finally got around to working 80 meters
(around totality, but I should have gone there earlier) there were a lot of
relatively strong sigs, in particular K4BAI, whom I rarely hear even though
he's pretty close. He was even very strong on 40. Heard a lot but with qrp it
seemed very hard to get a dit in edge-wise. So, I heard more than I could work.
Thanks for the QSOs and everybody's participation!
Total score does not reflect bonus points, but hay, who cares? We had a great
time, anyway, didn't we?
W1SJ   SOAB HP   186,8252017-08-21 20:04:57
Conditions rather lackluster. Not sure if it was the eclipse, or just more of
the funky conditions we've seen all summer. I had a nice run for about an hour
on 20 phone just before the start of the eclipse. Otherwise, it was mostly a CW
affair. I tried 80 meters at the peak at my QTH, but just worked a few locals.
After a quick break to view things outside, I went back to work. Towards the
latter part of the afternoon, less stations were available to work, and worked
a lot of stations previously worked (known as dupes in other contests!). I did
see an uptick of EU stations just after the eclipse passed this area.

It was an interesting operating activity!
W6SX   SOAB HP   67,6502017-08-21 20:45:56
Fun event.

Nice change to have to send and receive something other than 5NN.

Nice to have to copy six-character grids.

K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, N1MM+
AA1K   SOAB HP   5,4882017-08-21 20:57:09
Intermittent operation as dashed outside to watch the eclipse at times. Was on
160 continuously from 1809z to 2000z, but last QSO there was at 1923z. Longest
haul on 160 was 804 miles to EL88 in Florida, at 1900z, about 16 minutes past
eclipse maximum here in central Delaware.
VE3UTT   SOAB LP   2,9522017-08-22 05:05:28
Just noted high QRN but can't be sure that the Eclipse was the cause.
K8BZ   SOAB HP   1,6122017-08-22 05:16:13
Most of the time spent on WSPR, Not shown here.
K5AX   SOAB HP   97,3082017-08-22 05:23:44
Thanks for the Q's. Was interesting but not effects of eclipse noted at this
location. Observed eclipse via cardboard and paper pinhole projector. It worked
real good.
W5FMH(MMØLID)   SOAB HP   55,2002017-08-22 05:24:43
Just operated for a little bit while i could.

Bands were alive and lots of activity. The Eclipse certainly attracted

Was nice and a strange feeling to be working areas you really shouldnt be
during daylight hours.

Kept trying 80 but no skimmers picked me up and i heard none of the spots.

Good fun. Hope the scientific research goes well.

No bonus points added here. Raw Score.

73 Scott
*Contesting is a way of life*
KM4HI   SOAB LP   7,0922017-08-22 06:14:24
" ..... everything under the sun is in tune, but
the sun is eclipsed by the moo ooh ooh ooh un"

Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd 1973
KB8GAE   SOAB LP   6,2402017-08-22 06:38:09
I didn't try to work as many qso's as possible. I sent a series of cq's at
least once every hour on all bands 10 thru 160 to get data via the RBN.

It was a lot of fun to participate in the experiment and I am looking forward
to seeing the results.

73's Rich
AB1J   SOAB LP   7562017-08-22 07:14:25
I started out operating but soon realized I could make a greater contribution by
running WSPR on 30m, so that's what I did the rest of the day.

I hope it worked. I think the WSPRnet Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network
was overwhelmed, an inadvertent DDoS. My WSPR program was often denied access
when trying to upload data and I myself often couldn't log onto the site. So
maybe my efforts were in vain. Dunno.

Here in Boston the sun was 63% covered at 2:46 pm EDT with intermittent cloud
cover. Exciting day, nonetheless.

The WSPR station was an FT-2000 to non-resonant wires in the attic on 30m. 5w,
20% transmission time. ERP? Let's just say inefficient.

Ken, AB1J

Flex 6500
Wire antennas
LoTW eQSL ClubLog
W9WE   SOAB LP   2002017-08-22 07:41:42
50w g5rv 40m up 10m
KU8E   SOAB HP   3,7722017-08-22 08:27:14
I didn't treat this as a contest rate fest but a propagation experiment. Most of
my operating was about an hour or so before maximum sun cover at my QTH. Spent
time calling CQ on some dead bands to see if propagation was enhanced in any
way. Tried 6 meters but nothing there. 10 meters was open to W9 (spotted by a
RBN) from here in GA but no one was on. On 15 meters worked some east coast, W9
and K6LA in CA. This was probably just plain E-skip. Didn't really spend much
time on 20 meters since I didn't really expect anything unusual there. Only
strange thing I noticed when I worked K4BAI on 20 CW, who is about 15 miles
away from me, he had some pronounced AU flutter on his signal. Same when I
worked him on 40 CW.

The band I really noticed that had some different propagation was 40 meters. I
was spotted on the RBN's with good signal reports from the west coast starting
an hour before the peak at my QTH. (92% on sun covered) Worked W0A/7, KJ9C/7
and W6UM. W0UA also had a nice signal from CO. Furthest away I heard on 40
meters was W7QC, in WA, but he couldn't hear me calling him.

Unfortunately I had to quit about 10 minutes before the maximum coverage at my
QTH (1837z) to pickup my son at school. Did some AM DXing on the way and heard
WLW in Cincinnati, which is about 600 miles from me. I wouldn't normally hear
them at 2:30 PM local time.

Jeff KU8E
AA4LR   SOAB LP   6,2152017-08-22 08:29:19
Cushcraft A3S/A743 at 15m high (40-10m)

Elecraft K3/100 w/KANT3 running 100 watts


Took the day off for the Solar Eclipse. I've experienced three others, but
never the 98% totality that we had at the home QTH.

My plans went a little awry when my daughter Kate called me up at 11 PM and was
stranded on the side of the road on her way home. She was about an hour and 15
minutes away, and by the time I drove out there, determined nothing could be
done about the car, called a tow truck and drive home, it was 3:15 AM. So much
for getting up early...

I made a pinhole projector to monitor the eclipse and alternated between
operating a little and checking the conditions outside. Eclipse viewing was
pretty good, with only a few clouds.

Conditions were generally pretty bad. Not a lot of DX in any case. 20m seemed
to be where the action was. My one 10m Phone QSO was a guy who wasn't in the

The 20 minutes before the peak, I was outside with my family. Weird to see it
get dark with the sun still out. Sun would shine on your arm, but it didn't
feel warm. Wind died and it was very still. Mosquitos came about about 10
minutes before the peak, which sent my youngest daughter inside looking for bug

Conditions on the radio didn't seem to change much as the day progressed. I
hope they collected a lot of good data. A fun way to spend a day off.
KØGUZ   SOAB LP   5902017-08-22 08:47:34
Rig: KX3, 10-13 Watts
Antenna: Alex-Loop magnetic loop antenna
Location: About 10 miles north of Guernsey, Wyoming

We drove to a private ranch north of Guernsey, Wyoming (DN72PJ)and I set up
near the car, hardly an optimum location. Spent about as much time explaining
what I was doing to curious guests as operating! I had a computer failure so
had to program the KX3 memory manually and log on paper.

The total eclipse was unforgettable. No druids or witches spotted.
K6GHA   SOAB LP   6602017-08-22 09:50:49
Overcast in my local area prevented me from doing any sun gazing, so I turned to
the HF 20M band and made a few contacts in the ARRL Eclipse party. Made for a
fun 40 minutes on an otherwise dreary Monday morning.
K1LT   SOAB LP   5,8742017-08-22 10:11:57
For the Great American Eclipse 2017 and the Solar Eclipse QSO Party,
I traveled with Bill, WD8AMX and my daughter, Sunni, to Cerulean,
Kentucky, EM66dx (transmitted EM66cw, see below). Bill and I
started planning this trip more than a year ago. We found an
acceptably priced hotel room in Clarksville, TN about 44 (normal)
minutes away from eclipse ground zero (point of "greatest eclipse"),
latitude 36.9664° N, longitude 87.6709° W. Then we arbitrarily
picked a "public viewing area" in the Amish community outside of
Hopkinsville, KY (Eclipseville, USA per their web site) which turned
out to be 1200 meters from the point of greatest eclipse. This was
the first happy accident.

Originally, the trip was exclusively for total eclipse viewing.
When the SEQP was announced, we added the ham radio content.

The Saturday before the eclipse I manufactured a full sized 40 meter
vertical. I already have a full sized "portable" 40 meter vertical
that I use for Field Day, but that one is based on a 10-foot wooden
4x4 and 12-foot lengths of tubing. The "new" antenna used 6 5-foot
military surplus aluminum mast sections and associated accessory
hardware (tilt base, insulator, guy ring, etc.). These parts have
been kicking around my barn since my ARES days in the 80s and 90s.
I made 13 34-foot radials out of "obsolete" 18-gauge Beverage wire
and a do-hickey to fit my battery powered drill to wind up the
radial wires. The final specialized part was a 3-inch square of
copper clad G10 with 4 5-position screw terminals to which to attach
the radials. I completed the ensemble with a 100-foot piece of RG8.

The antenna parts and mast sections, K3 and old HP laptop (with
serial port), 2 folding chairs and a shade canopy all fit in the
back of the Prius with enough room for the kid to spread out in the
back seat.

Saturday evening I perused the Writelog reflector to catch the
latest wisdom about configuring the logging program for the SEQP. I
also looked up the grid square we planned to visit and came up with
EM66cw, which is cool because of the "cw".

Since there were dire predictions of traffic apocalypse we departed
Carroll, Ohio at 7am Sunday morning for the nominal 7 hour trip to
Clarksville. The entire trip to Clarksville was uneventful with
light traffic everywhere except the last mile in Clarksville which
had minor congestion (normal congestion, per the hotel check-in

Once checked in, we elected to visit the Cerulean site and explore
potential traffic issues. We found the site on Cornelius Road
without much difficulty and talked to the proprietor. Erecting an
antenna did not seem to be an issue. Then we cruised through
Hopkinsville to see how many people might be there. Hopkinsville is
a town of 35,000 people, and the center of town had been made over
into a town festival. We didn't see 200,000 people so we had no
worries of traffic apocalypse.

Sunday evening Bill and I visited the "Twisted Kilt" (hard to spell
that word without digits) for some food and a beer. I resisted
lecturing the ladies about callsigns.

Eclipse day, Monday morning we left the hotel at 7am and arrived at
the Cornelius road site before 8am. See saw only light (but speedy)
traffic. It took about 30 minutes to get checked in and then we
picked a location at the edge of the designated area so that our
antenna would be out of the way of other people. The proprietor
said they expected about 1500 cars.

The weather forecast called for a heat index of 103 degrees. When
we erected the sun shade canopy we could not find the central hub
that bind the spindly frame tubes. After some improvising we
managed to put up about 6 square feet of shading hang from the hatch
on the back of the car. The 40-meter vertical went together easily
and greatly impressed our visitors who were also impressed by our
mission to investigate low-frequency propagation during an eclipse.
The ambiance of the whole site reminded me of what Woodstock or
Burning Man must be like without the nudity. I have never been to
either of those events.

I didn't bring a table. But the cooler with plenty of ice water and
cold pop made a great stand for the K3 and the plastic box that had
transported the K3 made a great stand for the circa 2003 Compaq
laptop (with serial port!). The vertical exhibited an SWR of 1.4:1
on the first attempt, so no further effort was made to tweak the
antenna although Bill periodically straightened the radials that
people were determined to wade through.

Operation commenced at 1421Z. The first three contacts were quite
difficult with extremely weak signals even though the other stations
reported 579. After the third contact, I switched the RX antenna
from "Beverage" to "main" which helped immensely. I forgot
to bring
an external keyboard, so finding all of the Writelog "rapid entry"
keys on the laptop keyboard added to the thrill.

I used Writelog and the "HF grid square" contest module. I typed
the sent and received RSTs into the "name" field with a slash
separating the two fields. After some fumbling I configured the
message macros with different RSTs so I could send semi-accurate
signal reports (569-599) with only the 10 message buttons. Most of
the time I forgot to look at the s-meter when someone called me.

Several people stopped by to observe the operation. One guy was
curious about how Morse code worked these days, so I showed him the
laptop keyboard nut I also dug the Bencher paddle out of the car and
plugged that into the K3. He was very impressed by the "2-way"
motion of the paddle versus the 1-way movement of a straight key. I
made a contact for him using the paddle. After that I used the
paddle for several contacts and I was amazed that I could actually
make myself understood.

When the eclipse began I began to look for signs of anomalous
propagation. Contacts came from only the EM/EN and FM/FN grids.
Nearby stations were particularly weak, probably because a vertical
makes a lousy NVIS antenna. Signals generally seemed weaker as the
day aged.

At 1534Z I worked N7S in DN72. He was CQing and came back easily.
I heard him a couple more times while tuning.

At 1743Z W6YX called me with a no-QSB 579 signal. I didn't hear him
again after that. About 10 minutes later, I heard 2 7-land stations
exchange DM grid squares. I heard another 7 (call already
forgotten, no pencil or paper for notes) CQing, but he didn't answer
my calls. The 3 7s were heard over about 2 minutes and then there
was no further DX.

After the anomalous propagation, the eclipse started to get
interesting. The light was noticeably weaker, and oppressive heat
diminished and the breeze picked up slightly. Of course the people
around me started to get excited and that was infectious.

Totality was awesome.

It was both night and day at the same time. The solar corona was
plainly visible. We saw the diamond ring but no Bailey's beads. A
big 4-engine jet flew by at a relatively low altitude just at
totality. He was probably at 10,000 feet judging from his apparent
size. This desccription is utterly inadequate to describe the
experience. You just have to be there.

After totality ended, my enthusiasm for the radio stuff was greatly
attenuated. I made a few more contacts including the zippity NO3M.
My last contact was at 1833Z for a total of 118 QSOs.

Many people started to leave a few minutes after totality. We hung
around until after C4 (the very end of the entire event). Then we
took down the vertical and packed it up while sipping cold Cokes.

We exchanged greetings and email addresses with our neighbors and
departed the Cornelius road site around 3:30 pm local time, about an
hour after the end of the event. There were few cars to be seen at
that time. We promptly got lost on the back roads and both
smart-phones were being problematic about navigation. Ultimately we
circumnavigated Hopkinsville and congratulated ourselves on escaping
without traffic issues.

Once we reached the Western Kentucky Parkway, traffic apocalypse
began. The return trip was city rush-hour style traffic for 11
hours. The big bottle neck was all traffic exiting western Kentucky
heading northeast had to fit onto a single tightly curving on-ramp
to I-65 in a major construction zone. But slowdowns continued until
we reached Ohio. We stopped at a rest area next to the Miami River
bridge at 4:30am. The stop was packed with travelers. When we
resumed the trip we still had on more 40 minute delay waiting for a
repaving project near Wilmington on I-71. The trip that took 6.5
hours on Sunday (1 hour removed from Clarksville) took 14 hours on
Monday. We arrived back at my house at 6:30 am after traveling all
night. I have never before traveled by car non-stop for 11 hours.

Sunni slept almost all night in the car. She has already 3 14-hour
drives to Cape Cod this year to help with attending to my recently
widowed mother. Nevertheless, she found the return trip exceedingly

Bill took a brief nap to while Columbus rush hour elapsed before his
own drive home.

After my own 2-hour nap, I typed this report while slowing unpacking
the car. Apparently, we were really in EM66dx, not EM66cw. The
"dx" would have been even more cool than "cw". Oh well.

I hope I generated useful data for the HAMsci people. I had fun
doing a "real" Field Day, especially at the event of the century (so
far). I found the anomalous propagation I hoped to observe.

The score is raw with no bonuses. I thought about making a QSO during totality
but that proved to be a completely ridiculous idea. Note again that I
transmitted EM66cw although we were actually in EM66dx.
KEØTT   SOAB QRP   11,3282017-08-22 10:13:26
K3/10 at 5 watts to a pair of selectable dipoles at right angles, up about 45 to
50\'. Called CQ on 40 thru 6 M, only QSO's were on 20 and 40 M. Heard one
station faintly on 15 M for a few seconds, no RF sounds on 10 or 6. Enjoyed
being a part of the fun. Thanks for your copy of my QRP on your end. Had to
pull the plug early, due to lightning in the area. C U next solar eclipse !!
if not sooner. 73, Dan ke0tt
NC6Q   SOAB LP   6082017-08-22 10:56:46
KØAV(@KØAV/7)   SOAB LP   1,9892017-08-22 11:29:23
Set up campsite well within the zone of totality. At 7,200 feet ASL on a ridge
with good view all around.

Was in Medicine Bow National Forest in Grid DN72HF (Lat. Long. = 42.2367,
Used KX2 @ 10 watts into 30 foot vertical wire with 2 radials.

Hard to break pile ups with QRP - so almost all QSO's were result of CQ'ing -
which created lots of RBN spots for the data crunchers.

Anecdotally, I'd say 40 meters provided good mid-day opening along line of

Great experience - could see stars just before local noon!

73, Alan K0AV
DN72HF in Wyoming
W6YX(N7MH)   SOAB HP   62,1622017-08-22 11:47:06
I operated from 1600 to 2100. As others have mentioned there was not much of an
effect from the eclipse on 20 (or 15) that I could tell.

The rate was deliberately slow because I wanted to get a good S-meter reading
before sending my exchange. I often came back with a ? or partial callsign to
the initial call, even though I'd copied a full callsign, just so I could check
the S-meter. Often with a pileup calling I'd see that the callsign I picked out
was only S6 when the pileup had been S9.

On 40 there were noticeable propagation enhancements from the eclipse. I had
the M2 Yagi beaming around 70 degrees the entire time. I was able to work some
familiar calls such as AA3B, K4BAI and K1LT when the area of totality had swung
slightly to our east, around 1745.

Between 1825 and 1845, when the area of totality was further east, I started
getting spotted on 40 by RBN nodes in New England (K1TTT, KM3T, W2AXR, W2LB)
and worked K2LNS in FN21.

I got lured back to 20 because there were many more stations to work there. My
later excursions to 40 didn't get picked up by any eastern RBN nodes. I heard
N8PW on 40 weakly until I went QRT but never worked him, even earlier when he
had been S6 to 7.

I never got to 80 because I assumed we were too far from the path of totality
to get much enhancement there. SO2R was a no-go when I realized the S-meter
reading and frequent fills made it overly complex. I should have spent more
time on 40.

Dave, AA6XV, was also at the shack and had brought a couple pairs of eclipse
glasses and a solar telescope. I took a few short breaks to get a first-hand
view with the glasses and telescope.

-Mike, N7MH
VE3CV   SOAB LP   2,6882017-08-22 12:26:14
Well that was fun and a good way to beat the heat in the cool shack. Made tips
outside every 20min with my special glasses to observe the progress of the 70%
local solar eclipse. Clear sky here. Was planning to stay on 160 all day, but
the lack of active RBN skimmers (only 1 thanks to W8WTS) made me move to 80 to
generate more data for the HamSci folks. Lots of CQs, few takers. Managed to
reach Arkansas on 160m at 1824Z (local max at 1830Z) for longest contact.
Should be lots of data generated during this event for the HamSci folks to play
with. Will look forward to a summary in QST.
73 Jeff, VE3CV

100W into FT1000MP
80m doublet at 50ft for 160m vertical + 14 radials
80m delta loop.
Hexxbeam at 45ft used on 20m
N1DC   SOAB LP   16,1162017-08-22 16:52:59
I was hoping for some mid-eclipse 160M QSO's but they never materialized. I
spent some time calling CQ and listening with my inverted L. Only heard noise
at S4.

80 and 40 were relatively good but most stations had significant QSB.

I had planned some phone operating but didn't hear much activity. Decided to
stick with CW given the conditions. Best band at my QTH was 20M.

There were a couple of stations I could not pull out of the noise despite
trying with the preamp and various filter and noise reduction

Glad to participate in this experiment.

Thanks for the QSO's.

Station: TenTec Omni VII @ 100W, MFJ Differential T tuner
Antennas: 4 element yagi at 30ft, 80/40 dipoles at 35 ft, 160M Inv L at 50ft
Computer: Windows 7 running N1MM+, Winkeyer USB


Rick N1DC
K7XC   SOAB HP   21,5652017-08-22 22:18:11
Fun event. Wish my WSJT-X software had worked as it should during the eclipse
maximum here but did manage to become active later once it was all working
again. Was a perverse sort of joy Contesting on a MONDAY! Gotta love it.
Maximum Darkness managed only 83% here in Northern Nevada, Yet the skies dimmed
down like twilight while the air temperature dropped 10 to 15 degrees. We
observed it start to end here and streaming online via NASA TV. IC-746, AL-80B
@ 800W, 3ele 20M Mono Band Yagi @ 43ft.
W6K(WQ6X)   SOAB LP   2,7062017-08-22 23:34:32
This was another WQ6X portable operation from W7AYT's QTH.
I used the W6K callsign for the entire Lighthouse/NAQP/SEQP weekend.
The bands started out quiet and slowly improved.
I listened for SSB signals and heard none so this became a CW only GiG.
While I WAS "officially" spotted on 10 & 15 meters, no one came
back to
my CQ calls on either of those bands, so this was largely a 20 meter
affair with some 40 meter QSOs thrown in for good measure.
I will of course submit my log on this one (as I always do).
Look for my write up on this in the WQ6X contest BLOG:
CU for the NEXT SEQP Gig; whenever that is.
Ron - WQ6X
AE1T   SOAB HP   42,7132017-08-23 07:01:42
What a great idea! Let's do it again soon. :-)
N8RW   SOAB LP   602017-08-23 07:37:09
After 1/2 hour battling tough conditions decided to go do something else. Did a
couple loads of laundry and swept the kitchen floor !! Never did get very dark
here, even at peak eclipse time.
KØIO   SOAB LP   8,0232017-08-23 09:35:19
All S&P Keyboard "F" keys wouldn't talk to the confuser. Used
the memory keyer in the K-3. It was still fun - honest reports received
including a 5-1-9. At least in this part of "the black hole" we have
good ground conductivity of 15.
K5QR/Ø   SOAB QRP   3602017-08-23 11:38:51
KX2 at 5W to a portable trap vertical in my sister-inlaw's backyard in St Louis,
KU4V   SOAB HP   6,2102017-08-23 12:09:47
Called CQ on all bands except 160 so monitors could pick me up even if no one
answered. Most activity was early at 1400 until eclipse started locally, 13:16
Local. A neighborhood gathering developed and I got lost in the excitement
outside. What an experience!

Hope my spewing RF helps the scientists that know much more than I do!
WN4AFP   SOAB LP   6,1562017-08-23 15:31:44
This QP was a lot of fun... I worked it as time permitted while enjoying the
total eclipse from Greenville, SC. Hope to work this one again next time. 73s
W1END   SOAB LP   1,3502017-08-23 15:47:51
Worked a lot of western stations. Activity seemed low. During the peak I
spent a lot of time photographing the partial through my 8-inch telescope with

a sun filter. Got about 150 photos. Also monitored XERF which across the
from Del Rio, TX and about equi-distant from my NH qth on the opposite side of

the eclipse path. It was S5 most all of the time with no significant changes.

Used a FTdx5000 and Butternut vertical.

Nice science project.

Thanks & 73,

Eldon - W1END
W7TR(KH2TJ)   SOAB QRP   1,1442017-08-24 00:22:07
KX2 with 20M EFHW up about 12 feet. Camped out Strawberry Wilderness south of
John Day, Oregon, to watch the total eclipse. Spent 3 days hiking and exploring
the area, plus activated two SOTA peaks - Strawberry Mtn, and Indian Springs
Butte. Awesome time and the totality of the eclipse was awesome! Now for
Texas in 2024 ?? ;-) 73, Todd KH2TJ
N4TMM   SOAB QRP   8412017-08-24 20:10:42
Operated my KX2 at 5W to an LNR End Fedz antenna from a farm in Hayesville, NC,
in total occlusion zone (EM85ca). For the first several hours, the antenna was
strung as a sloper from a barn, which after wondering why my antenna was not as
hot as usual, I noted had a copper roof. I then moved the antenna to extend as
a sloper from a tree and got signal reports that were a good deal stronger, as
well as lots better range. Unfortunately it was not until after the eclipse
that I noticed the problem and moved the antenna.
KP3LH(NP3RE)   SOAB LP   3,4582017-08-24 22:30:08
WW4SF(KG4IGC)   SOAB LP   3,1452017-08-25 09:04:16
Comments: Only heard stations on 20 & 40, bands were in fair shape to the
North and midwest. Went outside around 1:15 PM
and started getting ready to watch the eclipse. Just our luck, right on time
with totality, the sky was wall to wall storm clouds
and a thunderstorm began. We did however get to see a partial eclipse before
the weather went to pot. Tried to work a little of
CW, RTTY, & RTTY until I was shut down by lightning.

Rig: Yaesu FT-DX3000
ANT: Horizontal Loop, Hex,
PWR: 100 watts
XE2B   SOAB LP   2862017-08-26 20:43:48
Great experiment
K7Y(KD6WKY)   SOAB LP   3392017-08-27 13:36:51
Arrived in Madras, OR 2330 local Saturday night and found a one star motel room
for $100 per night. No traffic to speak of driving into town. I was prepared
to sleep in my car for a few days, but got lucky with the motel room at the
Relax Inn. It was the last available room for the weekend. Worked SEQP from
the Madras City Hall parking lot with no problem. Parking lot only about 50%
full; plenty of room for a portable HF station. Worked K7Y before, and after,
but turned off the generator just before and for awhile after the total solar
eclipse so I could absorb the experience. Madras, OR is a town of 6,000 but
had 100,000 visitors for the eclipse. Traffic out of town after the event was
complete grid lock going north the Seattle and south to California. I didn't
leave Madras, OR until 5pm on the advice of Police Chief Tanner Stanfill. The
trek home still took 23 hours to drive 480 miles from Madras, OR to Vacaville,
CA. The total solar eclipse was breathtakingly wonderful. I'd do this again
without hesitation. 73!
KEØLCS   SOAB QRP   1,3922017-08-27 16:03:52
FT817nd with Inverted V Fan Dipole @ 40'

With bonus points final score should be around 1,830
N6AN/7   SOAB QRP   82017-08-27 18:19:35
After watching the spectacular eclipse from Stanley, ID I operated for about 40
minutes with a KX3 running 10 Watts to an inverted vee at 30' on a Spiderpole.
The QTH is on the Salmon river where the 75 and 21 highways converge. Beautiful
No idea what my score really is. The winning part was exchanging grids with a
number of familiar callsigns!
Just got back to Pasadena last night after the long road trip.

David, N6AN
WU1ITU/7   SOAB HP   1,8922017-08-27 20:13:30
This may not end up as a contest entry, but Oregon totality brought a
short 40m opening with huge signals from east Asia, and none of the
other posts have mentioned that:
N5EE   SOAB LP   21,9602017-08-30 07:18:49
Really enjoyed contributing to science. Thanks for the Q's, 73
Ken, N5EE
NG9M   SOAB LP   5,9402017-09-06 09:18:30
power=100 W, grid=EM69rf, antenna=horizontal loop, equipment=FT-897D
N3TWM   SOAB LP   9312017-09-12 10:05:37
Plus some bonus points for portable ops. Ran 10W from KX3 to trap 40/20m dipole
off a 20ft crappie pole from Governor's Park in Bellefonte, PA. Also missed
contest beginning with work. T-storm cut the operation short. Had the home
radio listening on WSPR.