something we did not do enough of on 40-meters.
CQP 2014 K6U page to the Tuolumne page.
In the end, we may well have put together a better operation than we would have in Tuolumne.
Score-wise, we just missed beating our 2013 160k score from Modoc (971 QSOs versus 1107 last year). However we ran a considerably higher CW-to-SSB ratio for the contacts we did make giving us a score of just over 150k points.
This year the hardware failures were in the form of traps and bandpass filters. We managed to smoke out the 10-meter bandpass filter twice. I smoked it, then George rebuilt it and promptly finished it off less than 90 minutes later. The bandpass filters allowed us to use the N6GEO homebrew yagi multiplexer giving us the ability to share the TH-3 jr yagi - both of us on a different band. W/o multiplexing one station was relegated to using the 6-BTV vertical.
To operate 80-meters on Saturday evening George front-ended the vertical with a KW Dentron antenna tuner for operating a more effective match. Unfortunately, when I bypassed the tuner and returned to 40-meters, I couldn't get a match that would stay. As soon as it was tuned, it would drift out of resonance, ad nauseum. So much for 40 meters,
I spent too much time after 07:00z trying to eek our QSO total to 700 - which I did at 09:30z.
Instead, I should have been in Z-Z-Z land so as not to miss the 6am 40/15/10 greyline opening.
The atmospheric noise this weekend was still pretty high (from earlier flare activity), made worse of course with the 6-BTV vertical. Some of the atmospheric noise "enhancement" made strong signals sound like they had key-clicks, which of course I knew was not true. It makes me wonder what OUR CW signal sounded like. The noise also distorted weak-signal SSB stations, making unnecessary repeats necessary.
Speaking of repeats. This weekend approx. 1/2 the stations who worked me included "599" in their exchange. Read the rules folks - only Serial # and QTH are part of the exchange. When working W1AW stations a 599 is necessary, but not during CQP. Next, when I ask you to repeat your Serial # (NR) - do NOT send 599 again; not only is it unnecessary in the first place, if the QSB is heavy, by the time you get to sending your NR, you will have faded out again, requiring yet another repeat - simple logic right? - evidently not, because I bring this up every year.
While this year's CQP operation turned out quite differently than we had intended, George and I are quite flexible (with two FLEX radios no less). CQP like Field Day is an exercise wherein we lash together an efficient operation. In the 5 years N6GEO & WQ6X have run CQP together, no two have been alike; each earning some sort of award for our efforts.
Hopefully 2014 will be another award winner.
Will I do CQP 2015? Of course!
Did you play in CQP 2014?
If so, is K6U in your log?