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Arizona QSO Party   2011   Oct 8   Claimed Score

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Call: K7FA
Operator(s): K7FA
Station: K7FA

Class: Cnty Exped LP
QTH: Planet Ranch
Operating Time (hrs): 19
Location: In State/Province

Summary:   Compare Scores
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Total:15213220Mults101Total Score148,974


Club: Arizona Outlaws Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2011-10-11 22:26:21
Rig: K3 Ant: Buckmaster OCF @ 37-ft AGL, 15m Inverted Vee @ 33-ft AGL Sfw: N1MM-Logger V11.10.0 SUMMARY: Propagation was great, QRN was very low, Bands were hot. 99 percent time spent Running; no SO2V (at most 6 contacts with S&P). 88 percent contacts made on Phone. Bonus Station worked: W7SA AZ Counties not worked (4): APACHE, GRAHAM, SANTA CRUZ, YUMA Arizona Stations worked (30) Arizona Outlaw Club Members worked (8): K7IA,AA7V,KK7YL,W0PAN,W7ON,K7LY,KD6GHX,KF7IUH Observations/Comments: Began on CW, and had planned to use mostly that mode . . . twice as many points for CW, Right? Answer: Nope, Guess again! After two hours on 20m and 15m at very-low rates (38 per hour), sequential QSO numbers being issued to me illustrated that even casual S&P PAQP CW Contesters were doing far better than me (and I was Running). Most stations had no idea what the Arizona exchange was about. As an Arizona County Line Station, my sent exchange was especially long, and several CW operators simply sent a question mark, gave up, and QSY'ed. Clearly, a course correction was needed. I remembered an old motto: Tell them what you're going to tell them, then tell them. Finally, tell them what you told them! I switched to Phone because a CW Op. would never stick around for that nonsense. Did it work? Yep! Each time my rate began to fall, I explained that Arizona was celebrating it's 100-year Centennial, and that working a station on an Arizona County Line was a pretty big deal. Just be patient, and we could get through my painfully-long exchange. Whenever that approach lost appeal, the County Hunter Pitch, or other another approach was used. Donkey Serenade: Lack of sleep began to impair my efficiency, especially by the second day of the contest. Donkeys have developed loud vocalizations, ("bray") which help keep them in contact with other donkeys over wide spaces of the desert. Unfortunately, my sleep was minimal because of the nearby donkey vocalizations (enhanced by a full moon during donkey mating season). DX: Since the AZQP is a Domestic Contest, I was surprised that 79 DX stations in 22 different countries contacted me. (Mostly Asia, Oceania, South America, and a few Europe). Following an explanation, some DX appeared to understand some of the Arizona Exchange (either the date or my the County location). Actually, few stations (DX or Domestic) cared about the exchange. Interest was more about a signal report, or to tell me about an antenna, a trip, or that a relative once lived in Arizona! Thanks for your patience, and your contacts. 73, Tom