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KCØW   Fixed HP   63,8962015-04-19 10:20:52
Thanks for the Q's.

No 160/80 meters due to getting called into work.

Tom KC0W
W4UT   Out of State QRP   362015-04-19 12:07:37
Elecraft KX3 @ 1 watt
KCØDEB   Out of State LP   162015-04-19 13:36:56
I had no time for much radio this weekend, but found a couple of minutes to work
a few ND stations . Nice signals on 20m! Hope to be able to spend more time
next year.
WA6KHK   Out of State LP   912015-04-19 16:33:56
You need rovers out there folks! County hunters are always hoping to get new ND
counties in your QSO party but no mobiles are there to help them!!! Once again,
no new ND counties worked; I still have 3 to go in ND *sigh*
N9VPV   Out of State LP   252015-04-19 18:14:01
TS-430s @ 100w, Alpha-Delta DX-CC @ 20ft., Antron A99 Vertical @ 25ft.
AEØEE   Fixed LP   4,4082015-04-19 21:35:30
Field-day style setup, camping in a park near Hankinson, ND, in Richland County
(EN16), where I and several other ops had gone for the W1AW/0-ND operation last

100 W (5 W for the locally late parts of Saturday night) into a 15/40 m dipole
and a 20 m dipole. One tent kept the generator dry, while the other housed the
operator overnight. Saturday afternoon and evening the weather was pleasant and
I operated outside at the picnic table, but after dark with forecast, I headed
into the operating/operator tent.

There was a breeze and some rain overnight, but it was a steady, light to
moderate rain, not the torrential thunderstorm and buffeting winds that were
there the last time.

This was a joint effort with K0BBC and W0ZF. They transported me to the
campground, lent me some supplies for the operation (generator, tent for it,
etc.), and then continued on their way as a rover. Two operations for the
commute of one! Unfortunately, our plan that I would get a sweep of their
county operations did not come to pass---in fact, I only worked them once, on 2
m a few minutes after they had left the campground. It was to be my only ND
QSO; more on that in a minute.

The 40 m band was in bad shape, with S9(+) noise for pretty much the entire QSO
party. I had better luck on 20 and 15 m, including some DX (G, DL, UA). With
the high noise, I could barely hear the stations I was working, so CW seemed to
be the way to go. With a few people having requested RTTY contacts, I obliged
with some RTTY operation, but was unable to make contacts with the folks who
had requested it.

Apart from my contact with K0BBC, I heard only one other ND station. As I was
looking for K0BBC late Sunday morning (end time is 1:00 PM local) on SSB, I
came across W0ND. I could barely hear him, but he worked a few stations, then
announced he needed to close his station. He encouraged the pileup to look for
other ND stations. As soon as he signed off, I took the frequency. The start
was a little slow for the pileup which had been there, but a run soon

Overall, I had a good time and things worked as planned. It would have been
nice to have the tent setup and antenna launching move more quickly, but the
job got done without mishap or excess anxiety. The weather forecast was
accurate from 3-4 days out, and none of the weather was severe. Because there
were other campers (RV camping) and the national guard wasn't there (as they
were last time) with generators much larger than K0BBC's, I turned the
generator off around 9:30 local time. I still made 5 QSOs on 40 m with 5 watts
from a battery.

Field day won't be the first time this year I've operated from a tent (in the
rain!) on non-commercial power with temporary antennas. Operating in the field
was quite enjoyable, and made for some added excitement---like being an in-state
entry for the NDQP.
KN4Y   Fixed LP   12015-04-21 12:11:05
Moved up and down the bands working CW in the various QSO parties and
contests.All of a suddeb I heard NDQP, I got so excited I knocked my glass of
V8 into my box of Whitman candy. That was it, I heard no other ND stations.
Chocolate and V8 is not bad.
KØBBC/M   Mobile LP   6,8402015-04-21 17:50:47
What a thrill to hand out ND county contacts from the Jeep. Twenty meters was
the best band but caused problems with the Jeep engine computer, so, we were
only on 20 when parked on county lines. We activated Barnes, Dickey, Kidder,
LaMoure, Ransom, Richland, Sargent and Stutsman counties. We worked 3 ND
counties, 1 province and 32 states. I know the drought isn't any good for the
farmers, but, it made for excellent trail conditions to get back to many remote
county borders. A special thanks to AE0EE for camping in Hankinson for the
duration of the contest and W0ZF for fixing what needed fixing and putting QSOs
in the log while I drove. Plans are in the works to return next year.
K4BAI   Fixed HP   62015-04-22 06:19:15
IC756Pro, Alpha 91b, 1
WØBH   Out of State HP   42015-05-09 10:06:33
Thanks for the Qs!

73, Bob, w0bh