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North American QSO Party, CW   2017   August   Claimed Score

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Call: KC7V
Operator(s): KC7V
Station: K8IA

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 10
Location: USA
Remote operation

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:897180Total Score161,460


Club: Arizona Outlaws Contest Club

Team: AOCC - Assassins

Comments:     [email]     2017-08-06 07:30:18
I was not planning on doing this contest. Bob, K8IA, had some roof damage from a recent storm and his 3el SteppIR is out of commission at the moment from a broken control cable so he had other things to do. He coaxed me into doing NAQP. I planned maybe 6-8 hours but ended up doing the full 10. We were fortunate not to have any storms to deal with, but the summer QRN was still brutal. I used the K3, the fixed Bencher Skyhawk at 45 feet (fixed due east at 90 deg) the 3el M2 40 at 70ft, an 80m inv. vee and the shunt fed tower for 160. Remote was through teamviewer and skype. All keyboard as we've not figured out how to get the paddles working yet through winkey remote. I am a pretty good typist but am so used to using the paddles, especially for fills, that the keyboard only mode slows me down at times when I hit wrong keys or have to correct something. At least I use a simple autohotkey script to bring up the cw window (cntl+K combo) to send when necessary. Plus, I have a gaming keyboard which is not ideal for contests. I need to swap it out for a simpler keyboard when I do this again remotely. Skype was a problem for the first 2-1/2 hours and the last 90 minutes on 80/160. At the beginning of the contest I could only hear my sidetone about 30% of the time, which is not a big deal, however the audio was slow to comeback after many transmissions causing me to miss 1 or 2 characters of stations calling. Lots of repeats. I am sure I bungled some names too, like Tim/Jim. Skype seemed to settle down around 2130z and was pretty stable on HF. When I finally went to 80/160 the last 90 minutes I was having trouble picking up weaker stations through Skype and the QRN. Sorry to those I just could not either hear or decipher. There seemed to be a fair amount of QSB at times too. This contest was a grind for me. Kept telling myself I should do something else than deal with summer noise and static but I stuck with it anyway. With the start time at 18z I was able to get the chores and a few other things done early to free up the time. Activity seemed good and it was great to have a strong 10m opening at the start and 15m produced well too. Appreciate all the qsos. 73 Mike KC7V