Received two (2) plaques for top scores in the QRP and CW-only categories in the 2015 PA QSO Party. Final score was 316,664, setting three (3) all-time records in the following categories: Crawford County, CW-only, QRP
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 Call: NO3M Operator(s): NO3M Station: NO3M Class: Single Op CW QRP QTH: CRA Operating Time (hrs): Radios: SO2R Summary: Band CW Qs Ph Qs RTTY Qs PSK31 Qs --------------------------------------- 160: 49 80: 191 40: 294 20: 95 15: 12 10: 1 6: 2: --------------------------------------- Total: 642 0 0 0 Mults = 123 Total Score = 316,664 Club: North Coast Contesters Comments: 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 1 DX 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 10M Dipole