[OhQP-mail] K8MR/R OhQP Report

Jimk8mr at aol.com Jimk8mr at aol.com
Tue Aug 31 12:30:04 EDT 2010

 Ohio QSO Party

Call: K8MR
Operator(s): K8MR, AC8E
Station:  K8MR

Class: Rover LP
QTH: 23 Counties
Operating Time (hrs):  12

Band  CW Qs  Ph  Qs
80:  296      58
40:  195     56
20:   96      5
15:     0      0
10:    0       0
Total:  587    119  CW Mults =  66  Ph Mults = 60  Total Score = 162,918

Club: Northern Ohio DX  Association


By county, in order of appearance:
        CW    SSB
LAKE    15      0
ASHT    24      0
GEAU    12      1
TRUM    25      0
MAHO    23      0
COLU    32      0
CARR    27    41
JEFF     16     0
HARR     31     0
BELM    45     11
MONR    56    37
NOBL     39     5
GUER     11     6
MUSK     24     6
LICK     32     3
FAIR     17     1
FRAN     24     3
DELA     20     3
MORR     25     0
RICH     25     2
ASHL     24     0
WAYN     19     0

ST      35     23
CTY     31    37

A beautiful day to be driving around Ohio. I do wonder if it was too  
beautiful in other nearby places, keeping people away from the radios until  
later in the day. Things plugged away during the daytime, but with rarely any  
good bursts of activity. For a while I thought it may have been the Tennessee 
 QSO Party from all the TN guys in there, but their party is this coming  
This year we had an excellent turnout of mobiles in Ohio, so I decided to  
do a shorter route and stop in a few rare counties to put up a dipole to be 
loud  enough to pass out some rare counties on SSB to the deserving. Our 
first stop  was in Carroll county, where we found a closed business with a nice 
tree by the  parking area in the back. I had difficulty getting the EZ-Hang 
to get off a good  shot to get the string in the tree, but eventually did 
and got the antenna up. I  did do an A/B comparison with the Hustler on 40 
meters, which the dipole won by  about four S-units. Had some decent luck 
working other Ohio counties on 40,  which is something I had not run into in 
recent years.
We had next planned to stop in Belmont county, but we were by then runnning 
 behind my time estimates, so decided to not stop there. Good thing, as the 
rest  area on I-70 where we had planned to stop was closed due to 
reconstruction of  the westbound lanes of I-70. 
The second stop was at a small church near Miltonsburg in Monroe county. It 
 was a beautiful site, on top of a small but steep hill with a beautiful 
view,  especially to the west. Setup here went better. We did mostly 80/75 
from this  stop. Tried 40 which sounded open, but not much success.
We were out of there as the sun was setting. From there it was back to the  
interstates, through Columbus and back toward Cleveland. Decent but not  
spectacular rates most of the way, until things finally got very good in the  
last hour, mostly on 80 CW.
No major problems, a few missed turns but none that had major impact.  
Thanks to all who participated, thanks to driver John, AC8E, and thanks to the  
great PR job by Kenny, K2KW, for bringing out the tremendous activity among 
Ohio  stations, for many of whom I suspect may have been one of the first 
contests  they have operated.
73  -  Jim  K8MR
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