|WQ6X Remotely - w/ MFJ-752c and NIR-12 audio filters|
The NAQP contest is unique amongst contests of its type in that there is no high power category
(only LP and QRP); run over 100 watts and your entry becomes classified as a "check log".
|NX6T STN-1 & STN-2 Night-Remote|
and QTH; which tends
to makes things a bit more personal, even tho we make up names like "Dude" and "Loco" (often heard from XE2MX).
A unique aspect to NAQP is that each of the 3 contest events (Cw, Ssb & Rtty) are run TWICE every year (in
the winter and again in August) offering a 2nd opportunity to improve on our original scores from earlier that year.
|Antenna Towers @ NX6T|
Because of the low power restriction there is a greater reliance on antenna directionality and gain
as well as operator skill. While there is no Multi-multi category in NAQP, there ARE Multi-single and Multi-2 classifications. Additionally, because much of the NX6T operations are run remotely, installing a new microwave dish to the fiber-optic internet connection across the hill has made all the difference towards reduced internet latency.
|N6KI Running 20-m CW|
For the CW event, I opened on 15 meters (making occasional CQ calls on 10 meters) while K6AM & N6KI put 20-meters on the air.
For the Ssb event I opened on 15 meters (again 10 meters never materialized) while KK6NON ran
a continuous pile up on 20 meters. For both events, 15 shutdown by around 22:00z, relegating me
to take early refuge on 40 meters.
|KK6NON on 20 meters|
by 01:30z - UNHEARD of normally.
Another "advantage" of NAQP GiGs over other contests is that they are over by 06:00z. On 40-meters, the so-called intentional-QRM (that occurs in most contests) does not usually occur until well after 07:30z.
During the 2018 NAQP SSB I encountered intentional RTTY QRM on 7232.32 at 23:56z.
Usually there are foreign broadcasts carriers on 7.230. This year, instead of broadcast QRM I get RTTY. Luckily, the K3's auto-notch filter can take out most RTTY signals and carriers. Unfortunately, in Cw contests, the auto-notch filter also takes out the code, so we take what we get at those times.
Score-wise, while we made more QSOs for the NAQP SSB event than for CW, WQ6X logging
an additional 49 multipliers made a difference of 58k points. This is why multipliers are often considerably more important than "raw" QSOs. It is for that reason that I go to the
trouble of working 80 & 160 meters - those are what I call "Free" multipliers.
|NX6T NAQP CW Results|
|NX6T NAQP SSB Results|
Did you play in the January NAQP contests?
Is NX6T in YOUR Log?