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Kansas QSO Party   2017   Aug 26   Claimed Score

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Call: NØW
Operator(s): NØAC
Station: NØAC/Ø

Class: Mobile SO CW LP
Operating Time (hrs): 17
Location: In State/Province

Summary:   Compare Scores
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Total:126400Mults51Total Score193,392


Club: Iowa DX and Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-08-29 08:05:15
THE THANK YOU Thanks to the sponsors for supporting this contest especially W0BH for his hard work. Thanks to all that QSOed with me and other in-state operators. And finally thanks to my XYL, Donna, for driving and putting up with the long hours. Without her this mobile operation wouldn't have happened. THE NØW CREW Obviously Bill, N0AC. Donna, the XYL and amateur photographer. And finally Abby, our Scottish Terrier who patiently snoozed in the back seat for hours on end. THE STATION 2003 Dodge 2500 Ram diesel truck that turned over 200,000 miles at the end of Day 1. Elecraft K3, Tarheel M200-HP on left rear side of truck bed and Ameritron SDA-100 on rear right side, Honda EU2000 generator, K1EL keyer, and an old HP laptop running N1MM+. All this ran without problems. THE CONTEST Day 1: Saturday we started in CHY county at the Neb/Ks line on 40m. Rates were not too good and I wondered if that was going to be the conditions for the weekend. A short QSY to 20m seemed like a bad move. For the next three hours I bounced back and forth between 20 and 40m finally settling on 20m for the higher rate. The only stations I worked in a QSY to 15m was N6MU and N8II. At the end of the day in PHI county and after checking the rest of the N0W crew into a motel I went out and activated the PHI/SMI county line. I had not planned on running SMI so that was a plus. In retrospect I should have changed the matching coil on the Tarheel for 80m but opted to QRT. That was a bad decision. Day 2: Sunday we woke to rain and thunderstorms but by the time we checked out of the motel the storms had moved south leaving us with another beautiful day. Starting in NOR county the rates picked up and remained until the ending bell. We fell behind and ran out of time in LOG county leaving THO/RAW counties on the table. My last QSO was with N7ON at 19:59:59! Had we been better timekeepers another 150 QSOs might have gone in the log. THE MOST QSO AND DX LIST Stations that QSOed with me more than 10 times: N6MU/40, N8II/25, W7GF/18, W7TR/18, W7OM/16, KS4X/16, K0W/16, K7SV/14, NW0M/13, W2CVW/13, K9CW/13, WB2PJH/13, VA3RKM/12, WB5JID/12, WX4G/12, K0CCM/11, K3TW/11, K4BAI/11, KF3EB/11, KN4Y/11, W1END/11, WA8REI/11, K4LNN/10, NY9P/10. The DX list: DL, EA, D, G, KH6, LY, OM, and V31. THE WHINING The mobile operation including the operator is a work in progress. If you have never contested CW mobile it is more difficult than you might think. The 3/4 ton truck isn't the smoothest ride and the roads are normally not new asphalt. Bumps, turns, railroad tracks and all can make it difficult to hit the correct keys on the keyboard. Our routing still isn't smooth and I found myself having to operate the pileup, makes sure I'm in the right county, read the map, and operate the GPS all at the same time. The biggest problem is power line noise and the noise encountered driving through towns. I knew people were calling but only the loudest stations came through. Done whining now. EPILOG This was my second serious mobile QSO Party effort and the first time operating from within Kansas. There are more in the plans. Thanks once again to all those who made this operation possible. Bill, N0AC aka N0W Bill, N0AC At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, 7100' Rig 1-FT1000MP~100w Antenna 1-HyGain HyTower Jr. Antenna 2-2 Element 20m vertical array Rig 2-Ten Tec Omni VI~100w Antenna 1-40m Dipole Antenna 2-15m 2 Element vertical dipole array Software-N1MM+