Ohio QSO Party 2010

August 30th, 2010 by k8gu Leave a reply »

Ohio is my home state (hence the W8 callsign) and I thought I’d get on to work a few old friends. I was surprised and pleased to work former co-worker WB8JAY although I’ve changed callsigns since we worked together and I don’t think he recognized me.  We had friends over for dinner, so I only got two and a half hours in.

The big bummer of the Qhio QSO Party is the RTTY contest.  It seems like there’s a lot of bad blood between RTTY and CW ops.  I think a lot of it comes from the fact that they can’t (as a CW op, I consider RTTY ops to be functionally-illiterate at CW because they’d be using CW if they weren’t) copy each other’s signals and therefore treat each other as just another interfering signal.  One man’s signal is another man’s noise, as we like to say in the remote sensing business.

Anyhow, it was a good time and helped me identify some problems with the K9AY loops setup…

                    Ohio QSO Party

Call: K8GU
Operator(s): K8GU
Station: K8GU

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 2.5
Radios: SO2R

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs
   80:   24      4
   40:   42     12
Total:   66     16  CW Mults = 38  Ph Mults = 11  Total Score = 7,252

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club