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Florida QSO Party   2017   Apr 29   Claimed Score

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Call: K8MR
Operator(s): K8MR
Station: K8MR

Class: SO MobileMixed LP
QTH: 18 counties
Operating Time (hrs): 19
Location: In State/Province

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsPh Qs
Total:1485105CW Mults63Ph Mults36Total Score608,850


Club: Mad River Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-05-01 16:18:16
The score is now updated to include the 375 QSOs made while driving. I was somewhat concerned with operating while driving, but on the empty straight roads of rural Florida it was not too bad. The missing hour was the time spent driving though St. Petersburg and Tampa on I-275, which was a good thing not to be operating while doing that. I stopped at three county lines on Saturday, CLR/HEN, GLA/HIG, and HIG/HAR. Hopefully people figured that out and logged QSOs for both counties (N1MM will do that readily). I ended Saturday night at my favorite waterfront parking area in Sarasota. No bathing beauties doing photo shoots this time, however. Sunday morning I started at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge rest area in MTE, followed by operations from the North Fishing Pier State Park for HIL and PIN. I hope being next to or above salt water gave me a few extra dB! Most of my SSB operating was from these three locations. I was a bit insulted when K4OJ drove by the MTE location without stopping to say hello :-) I was driving a Prius V, not the usual van or SUV one generally sees with mobile efforts. Basically the Prius engine ignition noise is significant, but there is minimal noise from the electronics. The nice feature is that while parked the engine ran only if the big battery was getting low, an infrequent situation. But while parked the small battery (i.e. radio power source) was apparently being charged by an inverter from the big battery, which was quiet. So good radio voltage without idling engine RFI. I had no comparison to make with previous years' propagation, but I was disappointed by low European participation. I4VEQ was the only regular, along with OK1CF who was on 40 Saturday evening. Both were as loud on 40 as any stateside station. I even caught VEQ once on 15. But otherwise only two DL QSOs, and one each with PA, ON, F, LZ and a second Italian. Thanks to all who participate, especially the regulars who were always there waiting. I'm looking forward to 2018! 73 - Jim K8MR