[OhQP-mail] K8AAX--OQP--We were there
Paul Valentine Jr.
k8aax at sbcglobal.net
Sun Aug 23 12:33:10 EDT 2009
It was my first ever mobile operation. I intended to cover 6 counties--we only did 4. I thought that the set up was working when I left home but I should have paid more attention to the fact that I had not actually made a contact with it. I did not make the first contact until almost 3 PM local time.
What I learned after about 2 hours was that I could not run more than 40-50 watts without overloading the tuner and radio. When I unplugged the tuner and turned the drive down I started making contacts. I also had to use a clip lead to patch around a broken connection in my computer interface. So there was lots of troubleshooting and driving and not much operating. I should have re-connected the tuner but I had lost interest in tinkering.
At the last minute my sister K8OVV decided to make the run with me so we had a few laughs along the way and she did some driving which helped. She is already talking about next year and doing better. She knows her way around Northern OH--I do not. So there will probably be an improved K8AAX/K8OVV mobile operation next year.
We operated from 4 counties: Worked 20 states and 3 OH counties--All CW
Fulton: 23 Q's
Williams: 17 Q's
Defiance: 2 Q's
Henry: 16 Q's
Closest we got to another mobile that I know of was W8CAR we worked him when he was in Defiance county and we were next door in Henry County. We worked quite a few NJ--a few FL--one CO.
I think that I will continue my troubleshooting of the mobile and plan on next year. It was actually a pretty good day.
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