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Florida QSO Party   2017   Apr 29   Claimed Score

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Call: W4AN/M
Operator(s): K4BAI W8UE
Station: W4AN/M

Class: Multi-Op MobileCW LP
QTH: 28 FL counties
Operating Time (hrs): 18.5
Location: In State/Province

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsPh Qs
Total:15390CW Mults58Ph Mults0Total Score357,048


Club: South East Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-05-01 11:35:34
IC756Pro, 100W, Hustler mobile whips. KU8E and I had planned to be QRV multi op mobile again this year, but Jeff ended up with surgery scheduled for Monday after the contest and had to cancel. Ted, W8UE, from MI was coming through Columbus on his way to do a single op mobile effort in FQP and agreed to go out with me. Thanks to Jeff for setting up everything for the contest in my call and to Ted for sharing the operating and driving with me. W4AN is the club call of the South East Contest Club. We didn't have a 15M resonator with us and hadn't expect that band to open much, but Jeff tells me it was open a good deal. Sorry we missed out on that band. We tried to run on both 20 and 40 in each county and 20M cooperated by being open fairly late at night. As uaual, there wasn't much 40M activity in the day time and most of the FL stations were within our skip zone, so we didn't work many Fl stations. 20M was very poor to Europe, with only a few QSOs there on Sunday and none on Saturday. A few Europeans were quite loud on 40. 20M had relatively short skip in the late afternoons and also, surprisingly, on Sunday morning. 40M had shorter skip zone after dark than during the day. A few west coast stations came through on 40 late Saturday. I think we worked all states except HI, AK, UT, ND, SD, and NE. We also worked VY2, VE9, VE2, VE3, VE4, and VE7, plus KP4, HI, HH, SP, I, OK. I probably left some mults out in that list. I operated Saturday night and Sunday morning for about 1/3 of the contest and Ted operated the remainder. We lost 1 1/2 hours due to car trouble. We had gone through just a few counties when the oil light came on on my 1997 Buick LeSabre. Put in 6 quarts of oil to keep it going until a service station recommended going to Macclenny, FL and AutoZone there recommended trying Butch's Auto. Butch wasn't open on Saturday, but was in his shop and agreed to try to get us going again. Turned out that the "oil sender" was shot and was itself shooting oil all over the place. Believe it or not, AutoZone had the part in stock! Autozone and Butch are the heroes who saved our trip. I had already found out that there were no auto rental firms in or near Macclenny and I was afraid there might not have been motels either. Butch said that his grandfather had been a ham, but I believe he would have helped us anyway. The bill was very reasonable and it sure helped my faith in my fellow man and it seemed there could have been some providential intervention too. Sorry we had to cut some counties from our planned route. Thanks for all QSOs. Jeff and I hope to be back next year. 73, John, K4BAI and Ted, W8UE..