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Kansas QSO Party   2017   Aug 26   Claimed Score

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Call: N8II
Operator(s): N8II
Station: N8II

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: WV
Operating Time (hrs): 17?
Location: Out of State/Province

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsPh QsDig Qs
80:1010
40:9434
20:223140
15:3238
10:56
6:00
Total:3642090Mults104Total Score159,112

 

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-08-28 18:16:52
Score includes 100 bonus points for working KS0KS. The computer says I operated 17 hours, but it was more like approximately 16 or a bit less. Wow, does KS know how to throw a QSO party! Thanks to Bob, W0B (W0BH) and whoever else helped put it together. Except for the early fade out of 20 Saturday (last Q's were Bob W0B at 2313Z and he was very weak on SSB, significant weakening of signals at 22Z), I would have well exceeded 600 Q's. Saturday was the ecstasy in the morning and early afternoon with both 15 and 10 open on Es followed by the agony as 20 faded very early. I did a good job of maxing out the 15 and 10 meter Q's and seemed out of sync keeping up with the mobiles. Mobile activity seemed low at that time compared to past years, but it may have been me as the rest of the time was near other years or even better on Sunday. There were very very few KS CQ'ers on 15, none on 10! I ran up the Q totals by calling CQ on 20 and moving stations up or calling stations on 20 and asking for moves up especially W0B/N0Q/K0WHY/N0I, many thanks Bob! I feel KS stations made a significant error not CQ'ing to 15 and 10 even though they might have been running high rates on 20, because sooner or later the runs will dry up or slow on 20. At this point in the solar cycle, the only hope of a good opening is Es which never lasts forever. My opening on 15 Saturday was from 1515Z-1900Z! If just 5-10 KS stations had CQ'ed they would have generated hundreds of total QSO's as the spotters would have found them and moved activity up there. W0K (Drew, K3PA) was louder on 15 than 20 when we worked at S9+ 30-40 db! W0B/M was S9 at times. There was also weak/moderate Es up to 15M for over an hour Sunday morning. After 20 closed Saturday, it was quite slow the rest of the evening. I was considering quitting as I was feeling pretty fatigued at 22Z, but catching a few new counties and Q's kept me going. Special thanks to mobiles W0B/N0Q, K0A, N0W, K0O, N0R, N0A, and K0P for operating well into the evening and keeping me going! There were stretches when almost none of them were on despite good 40 meter conditions and strong signals on 80 ans well. My CQ's on 40 were almost useless. I was surprised that the QRN level from Harvey, etc. was not higher. QRN was low on 40 and moderate on 80. Sunday, I kept my discipline and got much more in sync pretty well working the great majority of mobiles and new band/mode fixed KS stations available. 40 remained productive to some extent despite some very weak mobile signals after the first hour. K5YAA,K0A, N0W, and N0U (loudest of mobiles most of the time) gave me several new ones and I was thrilled to catch K5YAA in BOU and K0A (Connie K5CM)in ELK/CHT on 40 for counties 103+104 with only 19 minutes to go! I missed the sweep by one again this year, but not that disappointed as I broke my QSO total last year by over 20 Q's with the moves to 15/10M. The mobiles had amazing ears on 40 hearing my 200W, almost no one could not hear me! A special thanks to Butch, K0O/M who is on every year phone only and operates nearly the whole 18 hours. He usually hangs out around 14275/7245. He gave me several new counties on Sunday, despite missing him much more than last year especially on Saturday. And another special thanks to Bob, W0B and his team (Lorna and Aaron N0Q) for many quick QSY's providing 2-3 new Q's each time along with many mults! There was a bit more intense fixed station activity on 20 this year (not on 80/40/15/10!). Thanks to you all. And thanks to the mobiles for covering most counties 2-5 times in total. I worked portable/mobiles N0T, K0A, N0W, N0A, K0P (not a CW guy, but gets an A+ for effort), N0K, N0U, N0R, N0K, N0E, N0Y, N0T, and K0T; thanks so much for making it fun and busy and for all of your effort. 73, Jeff