|W Q 6 X Remoting in from A l a m e d a|
Of the 9 major radiosport events that weekend, looking back I managed some sort of operation in
- OKQP, WIQP & IDQP QSO Parties
- The Stew Perry 160-Meter GiG w/N6KI
- The [4-hour] NA SPRINT RTTY GiG
- The Tesla, YB-Dx RTTY & SA-10 contests were all propagation "no shows" @ NX6T.
(My hope of resurrecting our 2016 SA-10 contest 1st-place win never materialized.)
|W Q 6 X R e m o t e @ S T N - 1|
|Antennas @ W 7 A Y T|
I took my chances and "suffered thru" using the RCForb to run the radio and VNC Viewer to run the N1MM+ and WINTEST software.
Originally, Dennis (N6KI) msg'd me about the 160 contest. I reminded him that we took 1st-place (world) in the 2016 SA-10 GiG and that maybe we can reprise
that win. He bellered a "HaH!"
Once we resolved some cabling problems with STN-1 (it's ALWAYs something), the C-31 yagi was pointed to 120-Degrees (South America) and the listening began.
At W7AYT, the 3-element 10-m yagi was also pointed to more-or-less 120 degrees. RCVR-A of the FT-1000mp tuned the Cw band while RCVR-B tuned the Ssb portion - in the end NOTHING! NADA!
|W h i t e b o a r d C o m p a s s for S A - 1 0 Contest|
|F T - 1 0 0 0 mp + Q F-1A's, N I R-12 & Rig Expert PLUS|
kept on going throughout the weekend to "keep me amused". The OKQP web page is quite thorough. The counties list is WELL laid out.
Arriving mid-afternoon @ W7AYT allowed me to thoroughly check the audio cabling just in time
for the 4 hour RTTY SPRINT GiG. SPRINT is a unique radiosport GiG in that contestants are not allowed to "run a frequency"; the game is to make a QSO and move on. While Sprints can seem a
bit chaotic (hence the 4 hour contest period), it's amazing how orderly things can become if everyone pays attention.
This weekend also gave us a visit from our favorite bird - the OTH WooDPecker. Woodpecker interference is BEEF #6 in the "Role of Respect in Radiosport BLOG series from June-2018.
WQ6X no sooner started calling CQ Tesla (on 7.007.07) when the Woodpecker began pecking
on 6.995. The OTH radar pulse width seemed to diminish by moving to 7.018.18; unfortunately,
no callers came back to my "CQ Tesla" calls.
Did YOU work one or more of the 9 contests?
Is NX6T or WQ6X in YOUR Log?