RadioSport USA | Arizona QSO Party.
When I think about Arizona thoughts of the Grand Canyon drift upwards. This weekend will be noteworthy as the party goes live from Phoenix, Kingsman, Tuba City, and Flagstaff. This weekend provides ample opportunity for ham radio activity. Team Arizona spared no quarter and their goal is a lot of ham radio fun. Work'em and log'em because W7SA equals 100 bonus points.
Interview With Gary, KE7DX Arizona QSO Party Contest Coordinator (link).
RadioSport USA | Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL) DX/NA YL Anniversary.
Listen up for "CQ North America YL" and North American YL's call "CQ DX YL" beginning at 1400UTC this weekend. The YLRL website reduced their number of contests from 4 to two. The Corcoran Award is available for combined SSB/CW YLRL member living within state/province, additionally, the Hager Award recognizes international achievement.
RadioSport USA | Earth-Moon-Earth (EME).
This one rates for its technical prowess spanning three weekends. Our EME operators, at least for me, are creme of the crop or best of the best. They will operate 50 through 1296 MHz, 2.3 GHz and up then return 50 through 1296 MHz. Perhaps, in the near, near future our American Radio Relay League will get it and hype an event like this one. The technology alone is beyond notable and engineering skill is phenomenal. What a missed opportunity at capitalizing for Newington given NASA's LCROSS exploratory mission to the moon.
Earth-Moon-Earth Portal (link).
K7XQ Earth-Moon-Earth (link).
New York Times | A Ham Radio Weekend For Talking To The Moon (link).
Wired | One Giant Bounce For Mankind (link).
RadioSport EU | Makrothen RTTY.
The purpose of this contest is an accumulation of distances between competing stations. Want to push your calculus envelope or at least solve the formula? Then Makrothen RTTY is an excellent and stimulating challenge for those seeking a novel RadioSport event.
RadioSport Oceania | Oceania DX.
Advantage west coast of North America and I plan on searching for a few Qs for the log this weekend. My Hustler 3-band trapped vertical just logged UA0F this evening. Although UA0 is not Oceania, the vertical performed its low angle function, with 45-watts through its RG58 coaxial feedline. Rare DX opportunities are available and capitalize on the moment. Good sportsmanship is all about passing point Qs to other competitors across the planet.
Perhaps our fabled Lost Island exists somewhere in the Pacific?
Rules (download pdf from website).
RadioSport USA | Pennsylvania QSO Party.
I'm looking to log Mercer County this weekend. My hometown is Sharon located along the Penn-Ohio border east of Youngstown, Ohio. Steel is history but RF lives on. One of the most popular State QSO Parties, if not, the most popular for the East Coast. If one is spinning the dial pass a point Q too those at the party.
SFI = 69 | A-index = 2 | K-index = 0 | Sunspot count = 0 @0311UTC
I'm thinking aloud over a pair of questions.
- Should the rules for the Multi-Operator Single Transmitter category be changed?
- Should the Single-Operator and Single-Operator Assisted categories be combined into one category?
What was the intent of this category at its inception? What will be the intent of this category 5, 10, or 15 years into the future? I believe, keeping pace with pertinent technology, is in the best interest of RadioSport and ham radio. In comparison, (n = 1) transceiver is (n = 1) transceiver, according to Survey Results #3 multi-two in addition to multi-plus outpaced the original intent of the category thus creating competitive imbalance.
I would see restoration of original intent and one that would benefit both ham radio and RadioSport in the long run. Potentially, an (n = 1) transceiver category may facilitate an interest in pooling material and financial resources in order to create RadioSport clubs on limited budgets.
It is time to re-think a 10-minute rule in addition to capping the number of times a transceiver may change bands. Just let them compete at full throttle.
Lastly, I would support combining Single-Operator and Single-Operator Assisted as long as the data supports a merger. Perhaps time has tested the two and it is time to combine.
CQ WPX Contest Blog | Survey Results 2 and 3.
P.S. Randy, K5ZD thank you for producing professional grade narrations and tables.
In State Multi-Single (M/S) Fixed.
- K6III | 298 CW | 257 SSB | 53 Mults | 17hrs15mins | 74,624 Points [NCCC].
- W6SF | 384 SSB | 52 Mults | 27hrs | 39,936 Points [Stockton-Delta ARC]
- K6JEB | 157 CW | 53 SSB | 39 Mults | 13hrs05mins | 22,503 Points [NCCC].
- K6AM | 1007 CW | 683 SSB | 58 Mults | 24hrs | 254,446 Points [San Diego DX Club].
- AA6PW | 1030 CW | 473 SSB | 58 Mults | 24hrs | 234,088 Points [SCCC].
- N6ZFO | 572 CW | 76 SSB | 52 Mults | 10hrs | 97,136 Points [Redwood Empire DX Association].
- K6VVA/M | 1 SSB | 1 Mult | 2min | 2 Points [NCCC].
- N7AZ | 100 SSB | 40 Mults | 8,000 Points [Arizona Outlaws Contest Club].
- K4ZGB | 283 CW | 281 SSB | 57 Mults | 19hrs30mins | 80,427 Points [ACG].
- WA1FCN | 259 CW | 245 SSB | 57 Mults | 22hrs | 72,219 Points [ACG].
- VE3XD | 270 CW | 180 SSB | 58 Mults | 15hrs | 67,860 Points [CCO].
- N0UNL (WD0BGZ) | 159 SSB | 55 Mults | 6hrs | 17,490 Points.
A shout to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (N0UNL) for their effort. I'm like Shell Beach stoked to know one of our university stations joined the fun this weekend.
By the way, K6CSL and I battled in-state low power and K6CSL won with an additional 29 Qs in the SSB category. Bert, a great job indeed and credit to low power, low profile operation with 21-hours butt in the chair time. Right on.
80m = 9 Qs | 27 Pts | 0 Multipliers.
40m = 70 Qs | 210 Pts | 12 Multipliers.
20m = 48 Qs | 144 Pts | 23 Multipliers.
15m = 5 Qs | 15 Pts | 0 Multipliers.
Total Qs = 132
Total Mults = 35
Points = 13,860
I'm tired from the fun this weekend and the station hit a milestone 64/65 Qs on the 10-minute rate meter. Enjoyed gray line activity to the east and Saturday evening on 40m pumped my score. Logged 31 states across 3-bands in addition to 4 Canadian provinces and 19 counties in California.