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Iowa QSO Party   2017   Sep 16   Claimed Score

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Operator(s): KEØTT
Station: KEØTT

Class: SO Mobile/Portable QRP
Operating Time (hrs):
Location: In State/Province

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsPh QsDig Qs
Total:5300Mults19Total Score2,014


Club: [none]

Comments:     [email]     2017-09-17 11:50:07
K3/10 at 5 watts to a 66' long inverted vee up 24 to 30' at the apex, fed with ladder line and tuner. Not your typical IAQP outing for this op, this year. Started as a rainy day until I arrived at Allamakee county, where it was sunny and warm on the other side of the weather front. That location went well, on a slight hill with ground sloping down in all directions. 80M was quiet, 40M was long at 11 AM, and 20M was wispy. Not a peep on 15 or 10M. Never heard anyone in IA or adjoining states due to long 40M band. Had eyeball QSO with N0FN, who stopped by with his family. Enjoyed the eyeball Q with him. A canoe outfitter stopped by, just curious what the 30' pole and wires were about, so we had a ham radio intro session on the spot, and I learned a bit about his canoeing business. Made 15 Q's in an hour. Then moved to Winneshiek. It rained all the way there. At one point, there was a convoy of about 10 tractors travelling the same direction as me, through a hilly, winding section with lots of "no passing" zones, so settled back for a slow ride at 20 mph. Since it was raining, maybe there's no hurry anyway. Well, that turned out to be true. When I got to a favorite radio spot, again on higher ground, I waited for the rain to let up enough to put up the pole and inv vee. While doing that, I had gloves on, but thought I felt the pricks of thorns or sand burrs a couple times, but shrugged it off and kept hurrying. When connecting the feedline inside the SUV, now without gloves, I finally got the message .... ZAP! Static charges from rain clouds passing overhead! My pole was only configured to 24' high, how could this be happening? I grounded the lines to the car body and the charges dissipated through the frame and tires to the ground. OK, good time for lunch, but total lost time for this county now up to 45 minutes before the static let up and I could get on the air. There was no lightning or thunder at any time, but was an unexpected lesson on electric fields! Only about a dozen Q's, and felt it was time to go. The sun came out! So stayed longer for minimal Q's. Drove on to four more counties planned, but now 1.5 hours behind schedule. And drove into rain again, awwww. Decided to drive NW to move out from under the rain clouds.... well, not so much the rain as concerns over more static charges. So headed NW until the weather once again changed to sunshine, breezes. and cooler temps. Now I was way off schedule and had by-passed 3 counties I'd hoped to activate, and stopped the wheels in Mitchell county for a decent run of about 30 Q's to round out IAQP 2017. Thanks for your copy of my QRP sigs, I always appreciate that. Also got a couple calls from John, k4bai, and was able to ask him if his antennas survived Hurricane Irma, since it passed over his QTH as a tropical storm. Thankfully all is well there, his antennas are intact. See you next time! 73, Dan ke0tt