[OhQP-mail] Portable operation designation

Hank Greeb n8xx at arrl.org
Tue Aug 10 23:04:56 EDT 2010

I'll 2nd what Dave sez.

A "portable" station suffers from poorer than average antennae, 
sometimes vagaries of weather (we got rained on two or three times when 
we were out in the field in BROWn county, plus it does take a lot of 
work to set up and operate in a rare county.

And, for me, it took considerable negotiations to find a suitable park 
in which to operate in HENRy county this year.  Small villages, with 
volunteer or part time governing boards makes contacting, explaining 
what amateur radio is all about, etc., a considerable effort. 
Considerably more than it took to find a spot in NEWAygo County which 
was easy driving distance from home for the Michigan QSO party.

73 de n8xx Hg

On 8/10/2010 12:22 PM, Chasey, David A wrote:
> Hi Kenny,
>    For several years we have operated "Field Day" style portable from 
> a park in Mercer county exactly as you described.     We selected 
> Mercer county primarily because it was fairly rare prior to our 
> operations, and it was one of the closer ones to our home in 
> Lafayette, IN.    It has always been very discouraging to us that 
> while using wires in trees and 100w from a picnic shelter we are 
> forced to compete in the same category as the large multi-multi 
> stations running KW's, beams, and other permanent antennas.
> Adding a "portable" category as you suggest for fixed stations 
> operating "Field Day" style would be a GREAT addition for OhQP.    
>    Successfully setting up such an operation takes significant effort 
> and could be a great club or group project, so such a category should 
> allow multiple operators, and multiple transmitters in that class.     
>    This would encourage additional participation in OhQP, provide a 
> mechanism to get a bigger signal out of some of your rarer counties 
> for the whole contest, and get more public exposure to OhQP as well as 
> Amateur Radio in general.
> I would strongly support such an addition!
> Thanks and 73.....
> Dave -- N9FN
> *From:* ohqp-mail-bounces at ohqp.org [mailto:ohqp-mail-bounces at ohqp.org] 
> *On Behalf Of *Kenneth Silverman
> *Sent:* Tuesday, August 10, 2010 9:47 AM
> *To:* w3hkk at roadrunner.com
> *Cc:* ohqp-mail at ohqp.org
> *Subject:* Re: [OhQP-mail] 2010 OQP - Licking County - WW8OH
> The SSB/CW ratio for 2009 is front and center of the web results: 
> http://www.ohqp.org/results2009.htm  (and usually the results start 
> off with this tally)
> There was surprising balance of QSOs, though CW beat SSB.  Only on 
> 75/80 was there a nod to more SSB QSOs.  The 2009 results are also 
> compared to 2005, where CW wins again.
> FB about activating a rare county next year - would people be inclined 
> to go out on County Expeditions (presumably fixed since we have the 
> rover/mobile category) if there was some form of recognition (or 
> category) for such efforts?
> 73, Kenny K2KW
> On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 9:05 AM, <w3hkk at roadrunner.com 
> <mailto:w3hkk at roadrunner.com>> wrote:
> As previously noted, COOKEN  members will be putting on a two station 
> Licking County OQP effort this year.  It looks like the two will be 
> split  - one CW and one SSB station .  While Licking Co is not exactly 
> rare ( it was about the 11th  most active county in  last years 
> contest)  - we hope to balance both modes, on 80-10.
> Depending on this years success in getting enough operators, targeting 
> rare Ohio counties  might be on the radar for 2011.
> I wonder what the ssb - cw mix of qsos was in 2009.  Im guessing it 
> was  heavily tilted to ssb - despite k8MR's ( and others) efforts to 
> the contrary.
> Also, Im hoping we get some 15m openings into Europe this year, and 
> maybe even 10m sporadic E, and have taken the liberty to notify 
> friends at the UBA (Belgian Radio Club, similar to ARRL) about the OQP 
> and how it enhances their chances to work new Ohio counties as well. 
> Hopefully they will pass the word.
> So keep an ear out for ONs' and other Europeans, as well.
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