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Florida QSO Party   2017   Apr 29   Claimed Score

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Call: N4DAB
Operator(s): KB4T KK4BFN W2EJG WB4OMM
Station: N4DAB

Class: Multi-Op MobileMixed LP
Operating Time (hrs): 12
Location: In State/Province

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsPh Qs
Total:40552CW Mults50Ph Mults27Total Score132,748


Club: Florida Contest Group

Comments:     [email]     2017-05-01 17:01:30
Drove 340 miles, over 9.5 hour -8 Counties over 2 days; two vehicles, 4 operators, two radio stations. It hit 98 degrees in Putnam County on my car sensor....and it felt it in the Sun!! The CW station used a vehicle mounted hamstick on 20M/40M, ICOM transceiver, generator power supply. SSB station used an ICOM, Buddipole, and 85 AHr storage battery. Bands were "OK" for CW. SSB conditions sucked dirty canal water. Huge QSB & atmospheric noise (would hear stations "disappear" mid-transmission both days!). Called CQ for hours without response (fortunately two of use taking turns). At least two out-of-state stations (obviously at home and running amplifiers) sat in the mobile window for almost all day Sunday...including others sitting on freqs, "Calling any Florida Stations" making it difficult to work in the designated window. I thought WE were the sought-after Qs! Also, had a Special Event station (WWII memorial) right in the middle of the SSB window. It appeared that at least in the SSB category, no one cared to look for mobiles, as they were busy hunting down (and waiting in pileups) for the alphabet stations many running kilowatts & beams, at home stations. Not so bad on CW sub-bands, but after about 30 mins, the calls again were down to a sporadic hit or miss. For years, we only went out on Saturday - had we done that this year, we would have had HALF of the contacts shown (Saturday when we closed down, we had 28 SSB and just over 200 CW Qs. Good thing we did the second day this year! Yeah, our SSB rate was 4 per hour. If FCG wants to keep SSB folks, we to re-think the scoring and "alphabet" stuff. Maybe.... making mobiles worth more points; auto-disqualifying any non-mobile station running in the mobile window. Reducing the number of "alphabet" stations (we had 20....maybe 5-10??). While I LOVE going out with the fellas to do this contest (and have for the last 5 years), I am seriously re-evaluating the SSB portion......maybe not doing it next year. All-in-all, lotsa fun, lotsa laughs, and good comrades sharing a great hobby! Hope the other mobiles (SSB) did better. 73 to all! Steve WB4OMM