Hank Greeb n8xx at arrl.org
Sun Aug 29 14:52:29 EDT 2010

                     Ohio QSO Party

Call: N8Q
Operator(s): N8XX
Station: N8Q

Class: Single Op QRP
Operating Time (hrs): 9

  Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs
    80:   78     86
    40:   23     11
    20:   13      1
    15:    0      0
    10:    0      0
Total:  114     98  CW Mults = 65  Ph Mults = 60  Total Score = 40,750

Club: Queen City Emergency Net


Great location for QRP operation.  McClure Village park has a ball field 
surrounded by 60'+ high light poles, underground wiring to the bottom of 
each pole, so no danger of electrocution from overhead wires, and a 
strategically  located tree a bit over 110' from a light pole, so 
feeders from a dipole is almost exactly above the picnic shelter.

Conditions seemed "so-so" for 20 and 40 metres - didn't even try 15 or 10.

Attempted to use a "new" Heath QRP Tuner, but it didn't seem to find a 
match on 40 or 80 metres, so put a LDG Z-11 which I borrowed from KA5S 
for the event.  Wow!  After I figured out that I had accidentally put it 
into manual tune mode, it was one "key down" on a frequency (actually 
with the antenna I used it was one "key down" on each band even between 
CW and SSB, and a click or two from the auto tuner and SWR <= 1.5!

As with the recent Michigan QSO Party, I was delightedly surprised at 
the ability of QRP to work 75 SSB - Don't know if others were spotting 
me, but sometimes, especially on phone, there'd be a run of 10, 15, or 
more stations trying to contact me.  It certainly didn't hurt that I was 
in HENRy county, and an antenna up <60' didn't hurt either.

Thanks to Darl, NA8W, and his daughter Jerae, for getting me in contact 
with the mayor of McClure.   Thanks also to Dean Dawson, Mayor of 
McClure for permission and hospitality during the weekend.  And, last 
but not least, thanks to the OQP leadership for putting on an excellent 

72/73 de n8xx Hg

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