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7th Call Area QSO Party   2017   May 6   Claimed Score

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

Class: SOMixed LP
QTH: WV
Operating Time (hrs): 11
Location: Out of State/Province

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsPh QsDig Qs
160:
80:7
40:4812
20:138182
15:11
10:
6:
2:
Total:2041940Mults140Total Score140,000

 

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-05-10 17:54:33
I used the N1MM+ multi QSO party program and worked 147 non-7QP Q's. As far as I know, there is no magic button to score each QP, so the total is an estimate, probably made slightly fewer 7QP Q's and may have missed a mult or two. It was a little annoying, not knowing my 7QP only score as I operated. The 7QP QSO point total turned out to approximate exactly 1000! As expected 15M was nearly worthless with the best opening 1510-1530Z and very much favoring southerly 7's. 20 opened well early and I was able to run stations on SSB not long after S&P'ing 40 until worked out. I never got a good run going on CW (almost no answers), and after the early SSB runs it was quite a while into the late afternoon before I got a good SSB run going again. The running fun was over by around 2340Z and signals from the Pacific NW and northern Rockies were weak or gone starting around 2345Z before my local sunset of 0010Z. Signals did rebound a bit later, but activity was quite sparse. Chasing the mobiles on CW was pretty tedious with no assistance and most of them jumping around to a new frequency quite often. N7WA/M for several Q's in a row was either too close to or zero beat to loud fixed 7 area stations. I let him know when we worked, but no QSY. For long stretches I could not find mobiles WW7D, KS5A, N7WA, N7XU, and KM7R. A big part of the problem was probably that they were weak or in the noise despite decent signals from fixed stations. K7RE/M was worked a lot and was the loudest. Prop to ID is probably the weakest of all states beyond the skip zone on average here. Everybody weakened during the high sun mid day hours. I worked 16 less mults than in my MS effort last year, so I would say the number of mobile counties active were the same or better this year. It might have been more fun to go assisted again. The big positive this year was decent prop with very low noise on 40 and 80. 40 was almost free of any QRN! This was the least noisy 7QP I can ever remember by far! By 0245Z 40 CW was loaded with 7's! There were good signals earlier, but much less activity. Unfortunately, I was out of gas by 0320Z and quit with many low band Q's left on the table. Many thanks for all of the Q's and to the mobiles for putting in many miles on lonely roads. I worked a few counties never worked before in 7QP. Helping the XYL did cut into my time a bit. Between dinner prep and eating I was off 58 minutes in the 21Z hour which is a bad time to miss. A mobile only window sure would help from the East Coast especially. I really felt like 7 land was far away at times and was beaten out by EU stations to mobiles a few times. 73, Jeff