Running a newly built 1930s style MOPA transmitter in the Stew Perry (TBDC) Warmup this evening. The transmitter is running a 89 Clapp oscillator, 802 buffer, 811 final; one of my favorite tube / circuit lineups. Output power is approximately 75W. The rig is keyed with a 1962 Vibroplex Champion.
Thanks to everyone that answered my CQs!
Operated QRP this year in the PA QSO Party. What a wild ride… broke three score records after the dust settled: CW-only, QRP, and Crawford County Single OP. Operating QRP wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but SO2R really helped to keep some semblance of a rate. I was able to maintain an average rate of 39/hr on the first day. It’s a far cry from a 140+/hr rate in one of the Thursday night NS CW Sprints…
Pennsylvania QSO Party
Class: Single Op CW QRP
Operating Time (hrs):
Band CW Qs Ph Qs RTTY Qs PSK31 Qs
Total: 642 0 0 0 Mults = 123 Total Score = 316,664
Club: North Coast Contesters
QRP is not my cup of tea, but based on past observations, it is the only way to "win" the CW only category with the 2x QRP multiplier. However, it worked out better than expected. Broke three score records: CW-only, QRP, and Crawford County SO.
It was actually pleasant to not have the usual K3 thumping when running LP or HP. Got ignored on numerous occasions, only had my CQ freq clobbered a couple times, and lost hope in a few pileups for the "rare" counties. Luckily had second chances on all the needed counties and worked all those I heard on.
Sunday's rate was kept up by moving as many stations as possible to other bands, just like moving guys in NAQP for mults. Second radio was always active, either dueling CQs on the most productive bands, S&P, keeping track of the mobiles and rovers, or moving stations. BTW, the mobiles and rovers do an awesome job! There are just a lot of counties lacking regular CW activity, so they really fill in the gaps.
QRP next time? Probably not unless the overall band conditions are better. 10M was shot, 15M had a nice opening to the west and SW Sunday afternoon, but lousy otherwise.
62 / 67 counties (missed ARM, CLE, CMB, GRE, NUM)
60 W/VE Sections
4 x200 bonus pts w/ W3C
x2 QRP multiplier
2x K3 @ 5W
160M Four Square + beverage arrays / 8-circle
80M Dipole + Bobtail curtain E/W + beverages
40M 4-el Delta-loop wire-beam West, 3-el delta-loop wire-beam SW, Dipole
20M 5-el delta-loop wire-beam West, 3-el delta-loop wire-beam SW, Dipole
15M 3-el wire yagi, Dipole
Set a new score record for the 30-minute NCCC Sprint (NS) CW Ladder. 79Q x 62 mults, 4898 pts. Missed K9BGL on 160M by a few seconds for 5K+!! Great conditions.
NCCC Sprint Ladder - Jun 5
Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs):
Band QSOs Mults
160: 6 6
80: 10 8
40: 21 18
20: 25 17
15: 17 13
Total: 79 62 Total Score = 4,898
Conditions FB... lots of activity and mults. Nice to work K4FXN, WN4AFP, K8CN,
K9BGL, KG5U, etc. Personal best tonight, throttled the speed at the end on