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Minnesota QSO Party   2018   Feb 3   Claimed Score

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

Class: Single Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 8.6
Location: Out of State/Province

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:252101Mults78Total Score41,028


Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2018-02-06 02:16:32
Conditions were a challenge, especially around 2025Z when 20M closed to MN and not much was heard on 40 either. However, unlike the CW mobiles on 20, 20 came back to life 20 minutes later and was open eventually quite well to all of MN. Rich, N0H/M = N0HJZ was quite loud in the 23Z hour on 20 phone as was W9FZ/M. Very few CW mobiles showed up on 20 after 2030Z. 40 was OK until around 1645Z when absorption took hold for the next 3+ hours making some mobiles inaudible here. After 21Z, 40M mobile activity seemed pretty limited and the RTTY contest du jour did not help, but below 7039 stayed pretty clear. I found almost no phone activity on 75 phone and very little on 40 phone until most other state QP's. 20M phone was the star of the show, quite a few MN stations running along with ever present N0H/M and running yielded quite a few new stations/1x1 calls. 80 CW was OK, but few mobiles were found. Those there were Q5. The 1x1 call chase was fun, but added a little more mental taxing to my somewhat sleep deprived brain. I worked 59 unique 1x1's (same as K1RO) and 206 total 1x1 Q's. At least 2 stations from each letter were worked except O, but W0O was worked 12 times. So, I easily qualified for all 3 awards. Considering the obstacles including only running 200W and only a sloping dipole on 40, I was more or less satisfied with the results, a 2nd place finish HP and also behind Tom, N2CU as usual who always puts in a great effort/score. I also worked BC and VT stations as I S&P'ed the bands (results good). I thought I was active last year, but apparently not. Scores were up this year, despite generally poorer conditions probably due to increased MN activity and the 1x1's. I feel that a lot of the serious CW mobiles are more interested in working MN and nearby states than others farther away. It was slow after 2030Z, pretty hectic from 1420Z-1600Z. 20 did not open to MN until around 1430Z and not to Minneapolis until about 1450Z, but was open with very sparse activity right until the end thanks to probable sporadic E after 2230Z (also some definite Es into VT!). Thanks for the Q's and answering my CQ's, not sure it is worth spending a whole day if conditions do not improve. And thanks to the mobiles who braved bitter cold and slippery roads. 73, Jeff