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NØAC(@NØAC/Ø)   SO Fixed LP   842017-09-16 18:50:40
Worked all that were heard. First time working the IaQSO from outside of Iowa.

Bill, N0AC/0
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, 7100 foot elevation

Rig 1-FT1000MP~100w
Antenna 1-HyGain HyTower Jr.
Antenna 2-2 Element 20m vertical array
Antenna 3-20m Double Extended Zepp

Rig 2-Ten Tec Omni VI~100w
Antenna 1-40m Dipole
Antenna 2-40 Double Extended Zepp

WØGXA   SO Fixed LP   16,3882017-09-16 19:05:57
Part-time effort to work around plumbing problems. Overall, pretty decent
activity from non-Iowa stations. I know several IA contest stations who were
not on the air due to W9DXCC or personal reasons. Maybe next year.

Kudos for the Story County ARC for picking up sponsorship!
N9JF   SO Mobile/Portable LP   10,5082017-09-16 21:07:24
Just messed around for a few hours as a mobile in the neighboring state. I
heard only two other IA stations, but I didn't stick around after dark. Too
many deer.
KBØLF/M   SO Mobile/Portable LP   8,1202017-09-16 21:28:53
Did four C/L locations in very SW of the state. A little rain at one venue at
noon, but fortunately no big T-Storms as predicted. On 20m CW, lot of QRM from
the 'rs' QP folks.
KX4FR   Out of State QRP   542017-09-17 07:05:39
qrp 5 watts ft817 yaesu and dipole first contest with new call after upgrade to
Extra Class
KEØTT   SO Mobile/Portable QRP   2,0142017-09-17 11:50:07
K3/10 at 5 watts to a 66' long inverted vee up 24 to 30' at the apex, fed with
ladder line and tuner. Not your typical IAQP outing for this op, this year.
Started as a rainy day until I arrived at Allamakee county, where it was sunny
and warm on the other side of the weather front. That location went well, on a
slight hill with ground sloping down in all directions. 80M was quiet, 40M was
long at 11 AM, and 20M was wispy. Not a peep on 15 or 10M. Never heard anyone
in IA or adjoining states due to long 40M band. Had eyeball QSO with N0FN, who
stopped by with his family. Enjoyed the eyeball Q with him. A canoe outfitter
stopped by, just curious what the 30' pole and wires were about, so we had a
ham radio intro session on the spot, and I learned a bit about his canoeing
business. Made 15 Q's in an hour. Then moved to Winneshiek. It rained all the
way there. At one point, there was a convoy of about 10 tractors travelling the
same direction as me, through a hilly, winding section with lots of "no
passing" zones, so settled back for a slow ride at 20 mph. Since it was
raining, maybe there's no hurry anyway. Well, that turned out to be true. When
I got to a favorite radio spot, again on higher ground, I waited for the rain
to let up enough to put up the pole and inv vee. While doing that, I had gloves
on, but thought I felt the pricks of thorns or sand burrs a couple times, but
shrugged it off and kept hurrying. When connecting the feedline inside the SUV,
now without gloves, I finally got the message .... ZAP! Static charges from
rain clouds passing overhead! My pole was only configured to 24' high, how
could this be happening? I grounded the lines to the car body and the charges
dissipated through the frame and tires to the ground. OK, good time for lunch,
but total lost time for this county now up to 45 minutes before the static let
up and I could get on the air. There was no lightning or thunder at any time,
but was an unexpected lesson on electric fields! Only about a dozen Q's, and
felt it was time to go. The sun came out! So stayed longer for minimal Q's.
Drove on to four more counties planned, but now 1.5 hours behind schedule. And
drove into rain again, awwww. Decided to drive NW to move out from under the
rain clouds.... well, not so much the rain as concerns over more static
charges. So headed NW until the weather once again changed to sunshine,
breezes. and cooler temps. Now I was way off schedule and had by-passed 3
counties I'd hoped to activate, and stopped the wheels in Mitchell county for a
decent run of about 30 Q's to round out IAQP 2017. Thanks for your copy of my
QRP sigs, I always appreciate that. Also got a couple calls from John, k4bai,
and was able to ask him if his antennas survived Hurricane Irma, since it
passed over his QTH as a tropical storm. Thankfully all is well there, his
antennas are intact. See you next time! 73, Dan ke0tt
WN4AFP   Out of State QRP   602017-09-17 15:35:17
In a QP, every contact is important... I had limited time, but made a few IAQP
contacts. Bands were not cooperating with us this weekend. Mark your calendars
to participate in the 2018 Carolina Weekend on February 24th and 25th. 73s Dave
KØOO(@W3RFC)   Out of State HP   452017-09-17 18:18:37


K7HKR   SO Fixed LP   1102017-09-17 22:20:26
100 watts, homebrew magnetic loop from AZ

Nice to work the homeland, including my home county where my family still
Got a nice county two-fer and an even better four-fer. Otherwise, just a
little bit too much going on this weekend both on the air and off to make more
of an effort.
K3WJV   Out of State HP   3382017-09-17 22:29:36
Three more Q's & mults than last year.

Rural location 1255ft 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 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
N2CU   SO Mobile/Portable LP   22017-09-18 05:55:12
Just checking out my new mobile setup (Toyota Rav4).

73, Tom N2CU/m
KIØI   Out of State LP   1122017-09-18 09:38:25
TOO close to Iowa for 20m.Storms made 40 and 80m unbearable til shutdown early
Sat. nite.
Thanks for the Q's and 73 Mark KI0I
KD7PCE   SO Fixed LP   562017-09-18 16:58:20
IA QSOPARTY Summary Sheet

Start Date : 2017-09-16

CallSign Used : KD7PCE
Operator(s) : KD7PCE

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
Band : ALL
Power : LOW
Mode : SSB
Default Exchange : AZ
Gridsquare : DM41VL

Name : Stephen Davis
Address : 4842 S Santa Ana Avenue
City/State/Zip : Sierra Vista AZ 85650
Country : USA

ARRL Section : AZ
Club/Team : Willamette Valley
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6774.0

Band QSOs Pts Mul Pt/Q
14 8 8 7 1.0
Total 8 8 7 1.0

Score : 56
Rig : IC-756-PROiii

Antennas : End-Fed Wire

Soapbox :

I have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations
established for amateur radio in my country. My report is
correct and true to the best of my knowledge. I agree to be
bound by the decisions of the Contest Committee.

Date : 2017-09-18 Signature : Stephen Davis
K4BAI   SO Fixed HP   7822017-09-18 19:31:14
Fair activity this year. Thanks for QSOs, especially NE0TT/M and N9JF/M. Did
not hear any of the six IA counties I still need all time. They are: Lyon,
Dickinson, Sioux, Shelby, Auduburn, Keokuk. Maybe next year. 73, John, K4BAI.
KN4Y   SO Fixed LP   5102017-09-18 21:32:17
Did not hear much CW activity, I worked all stations I heard even worked a
mobile every once in awhile. Conditions not the greatest from this location.