|Scribble stats from last 8 CQP GiGs|
a CQP event BE-4 it happens.
During the last 30 daze, I've been musing over what should happen for
the 2018 California QSO Party (CQP).
I could join up with someone's mult-group or Expedition, or, I can take Amtrak to Oceanside and join the usual gang of Motley operators at NX6T,
up on the hill overlooking Fallbrook.
While the C-31 tower trailer has been commandeered by the K6QK operation, there is STILL tower #2 (a 3-el STEPP-IR, 2-el Shorty-40 and inverted Vee's
for 80 & 160).
|Tower #2 @ N X 6 T|
Unfortunately with the internet dropouts in Fallbrook, running RCForb to run the radio seems like a HORRIBLE alternative.
Then again, an alternative to the alternative has come in the form of
an Elecraft K3/0 remote operating unit received as a birthday present
Assuming I can get the K3/0 operational in time, I will be able to put in a few hours of OP-time remotely without the internet latency problems I normally experience when running the RCForb software; even running the audio thru IP-Sound is not enough to overcome the timing problems. Because the K3/0 is a hardware ---> internet ---> hardware setup, software latency will hopefully
be a thing of the past.
Alas, the RTTY Rigger is back on the work bench awaiting the mods that will make up Version 1.2. The QF-1a filter is also back in for evaluation and will be replaced with the original PAIR of QF-1A units, all of which have been upgraded to RCA plugs, replacing the antiquated mono phone plugs.
|QF-1A PAIR - Final workbench tests|
(WQ6X-Op) in the 2017 CQP for
Contra Costa County (CCOS).
[CLICK HERE] to read about that GiG.
Because I like to thoroughly document major contest event operations, a CQP page is put together for each year of operation (from 2010 - 2018) in the CQP Section of the WQ6X.Info website.
As each contest date approaches, the CQP pages receive updates, almost up to the 9 am starting time on Saturday morning. [CLICK HERE] to see the current CQP county station allocations for 2018.
the WQ6X operation from Concord.
Not only do blue LED's look CooL, the audio (especially on SSB) is SUPERB.
The Yaesu FT-1000mp transceiver splits the Main/Sub receiver audio beautifully between left and right channel.
LooK for WQ6X behind the Electro Voice microphone at W6C on 40/75 meters Saturday evening.
|WQ6X running CQ W.W. RTTY remotely.|
Are YOU going to play in the 2018 California QSO Party?
If not, WHY NOT?