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Kansas QSO Party   2017   Aug 26   Claimed Score

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Call: WØB
Operator(s): NØQD WØBH
Station: WØBH

Class: Mobile MOST LP
QTH: 31 KS counties
Operating Time (hrs): 16.7
Location: In State/Province

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Total:7445660Mults54Total Score181,656


Club: [none]

Comments:     [email]     2017-09-05 10:40:23
The 2017 Kansas QSO Party by W0BH as W0B/m To fill some last minute "holes", I waited until the last minute to plan my 2017 KSQP route. With 14 mobiles out there (and Jerry/k5yaa/m surprising us on Sunday to make it 15), we already had excellent county coverage according to the proposed routes and maps. I decided to head up to the far northeastern county of Doniphan to pick up some less-covered counties, then head back via the top tier of counties and return home for the night. One of my goals not yet achieved is to have all counties activated on Sunday. I could have hit the remaining ones with a 12 hour route, but in 6 hours I settled for a group in west central Kansas. This year, we had enough interest to add 6 more 1x1 calls (total of 51) for a new spelling word, BISON, to go along with KANSAS, SUNFLOWER and QSOPARTY. It turned out to be a little harder than usual this year. The Eclipse QSO Party happened the weekend before and some of the calls we needed ran into our weekend. Fortunately, everyone I asked was happy to drop a day or two to help us out. With several last minute cancellations, I was still three calls short, but that all changed at the Salina Hamfest when K0BJ, N0MXI, K0WA, AB0S and AB0TX got their heads together and solved the problem. You all are great! Saturday With plenty of time for the route, Lorna and I got off a few minutes late with our red lab, Roxxy, riding along in the back seat of the Chevy Astro van. I'm still using the IC7000 on dedicated batteries and power booster to two Hustler triples on triple mag mounts. Last year, I had forgotten to ground one of the batteries which led to my radio shutting down on 40m. This year, everything worked perfectly. I was able to use 15/20/40 and had a nice run on 80CW on Saturday evening. XYL Lorna/k0why drove Saturday and even made a few contacts. Aaron/n0qd, my Sunday driver, gave me permission to run his N0Q call as well so everyone had a chance to work the call. That makes for less contacts with my primary call (W0B), but it adds to the Q count for sure! The weather was fine, not too warm, but propagation left a lot to be desired. The route was a good one. I planned to extend the route into Jewell county, but decided not to after ops reported good coverage there. We took our time and were able to work down the pileups as we moved along. 15 was wide open for several hours and a few ops like Jeff/N8II, took good advantage as we moved up for quick 15CW and 15SSB Qs. I made a handful of Qs by CQing there, but even spotting didn't seem to help on 15. I need to give a shout out to Richard/K0RCJ, Kent/KB0RWI, and for setting up the great spotting network. We've had it a few years already, but this year it really got used, especially after I put it front and center on the KSQP web site home page. Since self-spotting is allowed and encouraged, give it a try next year if you didn't find it this year! I left it up for the moment so you can check it out. The only glitch we had the entire day was flashing red and blues in the rear view mirror as Lorna got pulled over in a small town up north somewhere (we couldn't find it on the map later). As we stopped, I asked Lorna if we were speeding and she said, "no." Apparently the officer disagreed with her, but after checking license, registration, and finding no tickets in Lorna's record, he just asked a bunch of questions about what we were up to and was quite impressed with what we were doing. No ticket, no warning. Just a gentle reminder to watch our speed and we were on our way. How does Lorna do that? The op who got ticketed twice in the same town last year is probably shaking his head about now :-) We got back to the house early, dropped off Lorna and Roxxy, and I finished out the day with a nice 3 county line run a few miles from home. We ended the day with 1222 combined Qs in the log, about 50 down from last year. Sunday Sunday morning, I got an email from Evert/KC0FUE, that he wasn't feeling well. I volunteered to run his call (N0I) for him to put it on the air and we did just that. Aaron/n0qd arrived ready to roll, and he remembered to pick up his hat he left in the van a year ago! Heading out to our first stop, radar showed us running through a red thunderstorm line between Hesston and Salina. It also showed we would run out of it on the other side. We did, but it dumped enough rain that the dirt road to the 3 county line would have been too interesting. I've learned my lesson in previous adventures! We settled for two counties instead and we were off. What a difference a day made. Great signals and a pileup almost immediately. It kept going that way the entire six hours. There was lightning in the storm now south of us, but signals were so loud, it really wasn't a problem. Our scheduled furthest east county was Gove, then south to Lane county to give John/n6mu one of the few he needed for another Sweep. The first road we turned on to go south to Lane was gravel. The rain hadn't made it this far east, but the idea of 25 miles on dusty gravel wasn't very appealing, so we continued on to the highway 8 miles further east which headed to the town of Gove. Road closed. The detour continued east on the freeway to the next highway south which was just over the line into Logan county, then Scott, then finally Lane. Since these were rarer counties and good highways, we decided to go with it and continue the detour. John wondered why we gave him LOG instead of LAN, but once I got on SSB, everyone knew what was happening. LAN finally appeared for John to check off. As we eventually got back to the original highway, the detour sign pointed north to the town of Gove. That was an almost 100 mile detour had we wanted to get to Gove! Aaron and I traded off driving so Aaron could work some nice SSB pileups and give out all three calls. It's harder to explain three calls on CW, so at one point, I put N0I/m on the air for the CW gang and got the biggest pileup of the weekend! Everyone really is spelling those words and collecting 1x1 calls. The only glitch was hitting what Aaron thought was a killdeer which flew up in front of the van. At least it wasn't a pheasant which took off one of my antennas a few years ago! We made it to Rush county with about 10 minutes to go. I spent about 5 minutes on 40m, then gave equal time to the 20m gang to finish out the run. The total Sunday mileage was 494 miles for six hours of operating compared to 495 miles for 12 hours on Saturday. But, and this is a big but, we almost doubled our QSO count in half the time, with an average rate of 192 Qs/hr over the six hours. That's fun, and that's what we live for. Aaron and I are still recovering! Stats We operated 16.7 hours, 989 miles, 2321 combined Qs, 428 unique calls (down 1 from last year), 7 dupes, one radio. States not worked ------ : AK WY LA VE not worked ---------- : NS NT NB NU YT PE NL (one more than last year) KS worked (5 counties) - : GLY REN MTN STE ATC DX worked (6 countries)- : HK OM ZF DL F V31 (down 5 from last year) Combined rate : 139/hr Six-hour Rates 2017 rates adjusted for 16.7 hours of operating time (combined log) --------------------- 2017--2016--2015--2014--2013--2012--2011--2010--2009 Saturday 1400-2000 --- 120 - 104 - 114 - 109 - 124 - 114 - 129 -- 86 - 145 Qs/hr Saturday 2000-0200 --- 102 - 137 - 108 - 111 - 109 - 124 -- 86 -- 67 - 114 Qs/hr Sunday 1400-2000 --- 192 - 192 - 101 - 127 - 172 - 134 - 106 - 123 - 164 Qs/hr W0B/m County Breakdown (in visited order) Saturday (495 miles) 01 MCP 52 McPherson 02 MRN 87 Marion 03 DIC 46 Dickinson 04 MOR 39 Morris 05 GEA 24 Geary 06 RIL 34 Riley 07 WAB 34 Wabaunsee 08 SHA 32 Shawnee 09 JEF 44 Jefferson 10 ATC 33 Atchison 11 DON 50 Doniphan 12 BRO 61 Brown 13 NEM 29 Nemaha 14 MSH 29 Marshall 15 WAS 34 Washington 16 REP 37 Republic 17 CLO 19 Cloud 18 OTT 29 Ottawa 19 SAL 15 Saline 20 HVY 45 Harvey Sunday (494 miles) 21 LCN 55 Lincoln 22 ELS 48 Elsworth 23 RSL 42 Russell 24 ELL 38 Ellis 25 TRE 45 Trego 26 GOV 38 Gove 27 LOG 32 Logan 28 SCO 79 Scott 29 LAN 77 Lane 30 NES 73 Ness 31 RUS 10 Rush Special thanks to the following ops for 6 or (way) more contacts: 74: N8II 67: N6MU 44: W7GDK 22: KS4X 20: K7SV 18: WZ6ZZ 17: K7IA 16: W7TR WA8REI 15: W7GF 14: W0ZQ 13: K3WJV 12: VE4EA 11: K7TM WA1SAY 10: K3TW K7YMA K9CW W2CVW W6OUL 09: K0CCM N9BD NW0M 08: K4BAI K4VBM W0RIC WX4G 07: AD0RW K2HVN K2RYD K4LNN K8NYG N2ZN VE5SDH W1END W5TM W6TDX W8BZY 06: AB9CA AC0CU N4EEV VE7CV W5CW W7OM WA6URY WD0T 05: 22 operators 1x1 stations worked (2) : K0Q N0A/M Other Kansas worked (1) : W0GUY NB0Z W0BH Award Winners - First Place - Very Honorable Mention ----------------------------------------------------------- Most overall Qs ---- N8II/72 ----- N6MU/66 ------- W7GDK/44 Most CW Qs --------- N8II/38 ----- N6MU/35 ------- KS4X/17 Most PH Qs --------- N8II/34 ----- N6MU/31 ------- W7GDK/28 Most counties ------ N6MU/31 ----- N8II/W7GDK/27 - KS4X/18 There are lots of people to thank for the 2017 Kansas QSO party success. The Santa Fe Trail ARC once again ran KS0KS as our BONUS station and "wild card" in the spelling competition. We had three Kansas school stations (Emporia State, K-State, KU) to thank as well as our non-1x1 Kansas stations, many who have already turned in a log. Our mobiles and fixed stations covered all 105 counties (already on Saturday). Preliminary reporting has N6MU with his seventh sweep in a row, and N8II missed only one county. John reported working all but a handful of counties with at least two different ops which is terrific covereage. We also had a number of enthusiastic Kansas Rookies and five portable stations joining us who represented Kansas well. Even though it's not in the rules, I decided to offer a Kansas Portable plaque this year, then officially add the category to next year's rules. We hope you all return! Special thanks to our out-of-state mobiles Ron/ad0dx (now from CO), Bill/nu0q (IA), Alan/n5na (TX), Connie/k5cm and Pam/n5kw (OK), Ron/af5q (TX), Don/k5db (AR), Fred/kb0lf (NE), Mike/w0mb (MO), Bill/n0ac (IA) and Jerry/k5yaa (OK). With our 5 intrepid in-state mobiles, that gave us fifteen mobiles this year and 18 mobile callsigns. Thanks to our portable stations: Rick/nj0p, Chuck/n0mxi and Greg/n0llc, Tanner/kd0irw, Rick/w0zap and Wayne/kd0wat and Barb/kd0wau, and of course our many 1x1 Fixed stations who poured out the Qs. As I mentioned in my article, we have Richard/k0rcj, Kent/kb0rwi, and the folks at to thank for the spotting network. And thanks to Bruce/ki5te for his continuing help with the stamps. This year, our sponsors (see the KSQP Sponsors link on the KSQP web site) came through once again to provide the funding for our operations. If you win a plaque, be sure to thank your plaque sponsor, and thank our corporate sponsors with a shopping visit if you get the chance. Thanks in advance to Ron/ad0dx for his help in log-checking. Thanks to Lorna and Aaron for safely negotiating the Kansas roads for me. And finally, thanks Kent/kb0rwi, for your great job on the KSQP web site. We also want to thank the Ohio and Hawaii QSO Parties for sharing the weekend with us. It was fun putting OH in the log, and when I worked one of the big gun Hawaii stations, he said "you must be from Kansas." I replied, "Yup, we have 51 1x1 callsigns this weekend," to which he responded, "I think I've worked at least half of them!" The Ohio stations for the most part respected our mobile window, and I gave instructions to our Kansas CW ops to stay low and out of the listed Ohio QSO Party frequencies. As before, the best part of this was getting to meet or exchange emails with many of you as we all tried to make this work. With your help, we did. Keep in touch. Any suggestions for the 2018 Kansas QSO Party (our tenth anniversay KSQP), or comments about this one are always welcome ... ! 73, Bob/w0bh/w0b with Aaron/n0qd/n0q and Lorna/k0why 2017 KSQP Coordinator