EQP 2005 Results
|N1TM||Tom||CT||48||K2, K1||4616, 385|
|AK5X||Bill||TX||114||K2, KX1||4637, 1023|
casual operation on this end, all CW on 40, 20 and 15 meters. HB9BNO
20, DK0SU on 20 and 15 meters. Local line noise was an issue this
not hear some stations. It was fun!
called and called CQ on 20- and 15-meter SSB and never had one response. I would
recommend doubling the value of SSB and quadrupling the value of RTTY/digital
know I was getting out because DL3GA on 20-meters and OK1FPG on
gave me CW contacts.
I am on 160-meters also.
hear too much activity, but I was also antenna challenged.
Only had one KX1 and one K1 QSO. All
other Elecrafters were
1900 Hours of operation 5
to move stations to 15 many times to no avail
domestic or European QSO's
USED FT 1000D, WRITELOG AND A DIPOLE. 15 W INTO ANTENNA ACCORDING TO WM1 COMPUTING METER,HI. 73 TO ALL.
fun although bands were pretty lousy. Spent about 2 hours and the
everything was dupes so left for a while and came back. Managed to snare DK0SU on 15m and OK1NE on 20m.
worked in the contest:
Enjoyed a couple of hours of Elecraft contacts on 40m. Tried CQs on 20 and 15, but didn't raise anyone or hear any signals.
enjoyed this years edition of the EQP
more than in previous years.
worked 45 stations. Of
that number 44 were Elecrafts
was able to spend more time at it.
am still having some minor problems with the 20 mtr
I lose most of my output power after about 1/2 hour
so I would have to shut down for a while and start
Out comes the soldering iron to find that elusive "cold
to the organizers for another very enjoyable QSO party.
to all those people out there with the "Great ears" that were able
copy me when I was only running about 2
watts on 20 mtrs. 73/72
fun! Highlights were working W0RW/PM and W0SOC/Bob who proved he
meet the qualifications of SOC. He flat dominated 14.0595 with a strong sig here
Not very many K1/K2/KX1 available. I had to reconsidere
and start to work "other" QRP. This turned out to be PR
Elecraft, but that is OK. My 5W got 3 Elecrafters (k2 5W both ways) from
was pleased to work 5
EQP stations were using
50 complete QSOS plus where I got
the call and RST but no rig or name. Running 4.8 or less watts for ALL QSOs.
was loud and always there on 20 and to some degree 15..Activity
to peak late night. I checked
periodically throughout the 24
period..frequently pretty quiet.
SN 4637 Built over XMAS
W/ 6 ft boom up 36 ft.
SN 1023 Built a month ago (13 QSO's), most with Buddypole antenna
a blast to copy all of that great CW from rigs with a fantastic CW
Only one Q with a non-Elecraft rig (IC-703).
The temp was summer like at 82 degrees so I used the KX1 (on batteries)
and Buddypole in my backyard for a couple of hours.
conditions. Thanks for great rig!
20' of wire inside the house was the antenna. Not a great score but I did get two new states toward WAS. Thanks to EQP and the ops in RI and MT.
nice, gentle contest. I like QRP
contests; everyone is trying to work
weak ones! I didn't make as many Qs
as I would have liked because I was
with PSK and hoping to make a few there. Didn't
to Elecraft QSOs:
160 meter. (3) 80 meter.
(1) 40 meter. (1) 20 meter.
No time for more q' as she who had to be obeyed had projects for me.
not the greatest, but still enjoyed the EQP.
There sure are a lot of
running 4-watts on 20m and 40m. Was going to give EQP a maximum effort but got
called to work the evening before EQP. So started at 1500z but had to QRT at
1536z to get ready for work.
back in the evening and play a bit on 40m. Next morning came
on the air 1451z and made 8 more Q's (Plus a couple more after
the finish bell - which I did not count for score but they are in the log).
23Q's and 15 States plus 2 Provinces - Best DX =
el Beam at 45ft
12Q's and 10 States plus 1 Province - Best DX =
CW only, used 5 W out for all contacts. Propagation
Did not hear great activity from European stations. Worked 3
stations which is 3 more than last year. Thanks for organising again
been sent, again, on a 2 week business trip to
had already renwed my $95 USD Mexican Reciprocal license from the CoFeTel (Comission
Federal de Telecommunicaciones=Mexican FCC) through a rather painless, now that
I know the system, process back in
while on a previous business trip. I can take anyone thru through the process if
any one wishes off the reflector. I have applied/renewed various times in the
last year and a half.
packed up my regular check-in bag with the Super Antenna MP-1, 10 feet of coax
and A&A Engineering QRP Smart Charger (to charge the K2 internal battery)
and use the charger as a supplement (for current) to the K2.
Smart Charger was special made to have a 110Vac/220Vac switchable to output
either 1/4amp or 1Amp (used during high transmit times on the K2 and not kill
major issues going thru SFO international terminal, I just had to take the
was fortunate enough to have to fly to
hotel I stayed at, Presidente Intercontinental Hotel in Monterrey, happens to
have end rooms with Balcony's that just happen to have GROUND CABLES passing
along the flower beds! I was placed on the 9th
of a 10 floor hotel.
managed to attach my portable Super Antenna MP-1 (manual screw driver type of
Antenna) to the hotel ground system along with my ground radials for the
was able to work 80m into
was surprised at how quiet the bands were for the QSO party on 40m.
had fun with my 5 watts and the hotel balcony workedlike a charm. Many folks
were surprise to hear my "strong signal" and common reports of 5x7,
5x9 on peaks were frequently given to me.
was fine but I had issues with my Vibroplex Code Warrior, it kept slidding off
of the plastic patio table as the temps on Saturday were about 85 degrees and I
couldn't see my laptop screen in the bright
had to rig up a make shift "patio umbrella" with the hotel room
garbage can and cover my head with a shower towel and part of the
laptop to see what I was typing.
was spotting myself on the cluster to make myself known but my rate never really
picked up. It was averaging about 7-10 Q's per hour.
I mixed things up and also operated a bit with the
entertained during the slow down.
I must have made about 250 Q's in my 4 days with work being my primary focus etc
on the trip.
all I had a good time and plan on operating more from Mexico City and other
cities as my work expands with the never ending desire for "Triple Play
Services" (Voice, Broadcast Video and Internet over
your phone lines)to residential customers.
am planning on "tricking it out" my K2 QRP to a K2/100 in the
immediate future as the other cities that are on the expansion list merit me
enjoying some R&R from work and operating from! Cities such as
only one hour. Wish I had more time. The only dx worked was K1JD
72 & cu in next EQP
managed to get on Saturday evening for a few qsos but had fun just
same. Worked 23 stations for a score of 69 points with
5 watts from
were all on 40 m.
everyone had a great time and see you next year.
KNB2 in my
the party and using the fine antennas of DK0SU (X7 beam, V80S
I succeeded in digging out some of the weaker signals from
of having worked Chas, N1RR with his homemade 1 Watt TX and
stations known from last years EQP. Worked Jack, AA1ZT one
he used 100 Watts on 15m and the other time only 2.5 Watts on
in both cases I could copy him with RST 579 -- a real nice
Cuagn all next year! Tom, DK0SU/DF7TV
for the event it was fun to put some more Elecraft numbers into
operated from WBQQ studio in
a sloper attached to a tower on the second floor deck nestled in among four
satellite dishes used for receiving programs.
I had never operated from here and was concerned that I might cause
interference to the Met opera, The Barber of
and DK0SU again on 15 metres for my only contact on that band.
My one QSO was with W0RW/PM using his KX1.
Bob (N4BP, op)
the club call of the Second Class Operator's Club and also participated in the
Highlights: DK0SU on two
bands, CU2JT on 40M, WG4FOC (one of club calls for First Class Operator's Club),
K1JD (HUGE signal on three bands), W0NTA & K8DD three bands, K4KSR 100mW
& W5KDJ also in the mW's
have heard Wayne, N6KR - copied N6?? and then thought I picked out a
"K" and "R" during several repeats.
But no way to copy the info even if my guess was right.
HOPE QSO WITH DX-STNs ON NEXT EQP.TKS.
enough time to work more. But VERY enjoyable.
a full house of company, I was lucky just to operate in this years EQP. Condx
this year must have been better than last year.
year I spent 15 hrs for a total of 52 Q's.
year I spent 10 hrs for a total of 42 Q's.
used 20M, and 40M. I checked out 15M
but never heard anyone up there. I hope to work next years EQP, it is a fun
worked DK0SU on 14/21 but never even heard CA. Had fun but would like
have heard more participation. Worked 1 on 80m, 10 on 40m, 16 on 20m
3 on 15m.
Another enjoyable EQP. As a non-contester, I find the EQP relaxing and fun. I can't wait until next year!
This year condx was too bad I had few contact with some elecraft rig useres. I had no dx QSO but I enjoy this QSO party. Thanks a lot.
had twelve QSOs,I had a ball. I contacted with
Another fun EQP! Propagation made for an interesting time. 20 m was the hot band for me.
This year, I heard many CW EQP at 40m band. Thank you contact.
fun contest. I used
hear any activity on 15. See you next year. Thanks for your work in this
worked about one hour total on the contest, but nice to meet other
fans. Looked around for SSB EQP
participants, but did not here any or get any answers to SSB calls, so ended up
only working CW.
first two hours were fairly active. After the first two
activity seemed very spotty. Certainly was fun to work the DX.