The last full-weekend in August brings us a number of state QSO parties; most notably the Hawaiian QSO Party (HQP), The Ohio QSO party (OHQP) & and the Kansas QSO party (KSQP), as well as the YO Dx contest and Slovenia's SCC RTTY contest. For that weekend I had work obligations that prevented me from setting up a full operation, as I did from Mt. Diablo for the 2011 HQP.
Hearing no RTTY signals calling CQ SCC, I chose not to go to the effort of setting up the RigBlaster cables for RTTY.
What little op time I had I focused on the Hawaiian QSO party; looking to see how many bands I could work KH6/KH7. In doing so I doubled the number of QSOs from last year, from 2 QSO's to 4, while 4x'ing the number of multipliers by working Lahaina, Honolulu, Hilo & Molokai for a whopping score of 32 points versus 12 points from last year. Maybe I will take 2nd place for W6-land on Cw versus 3rd place last year.
I was quite disappointed to hear no KH6 action from my location on 80/40. Because 10 meters was sound asleep, 3 QSOs on 20-meters and one on 15 meters was all I could manage. Waiting for KH6 signals was quite exciting as you can see.
All Asian SSB is only a week away. In the past I have voiced my displeasure at the lack of Asian turnout for their own contest. Let's hope that this year is different. Thus far the solar flux isn't helping much. Maybe we really HAVE long ago reached the sunspot peak and are now in the final downturn of Cycle 24. Being an eternal optimist, I want to believe otherwise.
For 2013 A-A, the original idea was to operate again from Twain Hart (similar to last year's K6A effort) however the Yosemite fires may make that not possible.
My backup plan is to join the team @ NX6T and help them win another medallion like last year. There is a rumor afloat that a loaner Kenwood TS-990 will be at the "Nashville" location.
POST HQP Update:
As you can see in the comments below, WQ6X took 2nd-place for Cw in the W6 Call area - proof once again that just showing up can win an award.