[OhQP-mail] Thoughts on OhQP Activity
Jimk8mr at aol.com
Jimk8mr at aol.com
Tue Aug 31 22:03:11 EDT 2010
In a few months, when we're all tired of the cold and snow, the 2010 OhQP
results will come out, and as always, we will have stats on how many CW and
SSB qsos were made.
My non-randomly sampled observations were that conditions and/or activity
were down on 40 and 20. (And of course just about non-existent on 10 and
15). I had more Europeans following me on 20 than usual. At one point I think
I had about ten straight EU qsos on 20 CW.
But otherwise there didn't seem to be the usual number of out of state guys
following me from county to county. Perhaps the weather throughout the
northeastern US was too nice. Maybe propagation was still dragging from the
coronal holes earlier in the week. Maybe the county hunters have already
worked everything there is to work in Ohio.
Or maybe we were so busy having fun working each other here in Ohio on 75
or 80 earlier in the day than we normally might, and those guys from out of
state who might have shown up to work us didn't find as much activity and
lost interest. I don't know.
But in any case, I was very impressed with the Ohio activity, both on the
air and the interest shown while planning the OhQP. QSO parties are
multi-purpose contests. At one level, serious contesters run up their qsos and
chase multipliers as they follow mobiles like me across the state.
But at another level, these events are the ideal way to introduce new
people to contesting. Some of these people may new hams, and others hams who
have been around but never really got around to checking out contests. These
events are a lot more laid back than the major world wide events you read
so much about in CQ and QST. The bands are not jammed end to end as in the
big contests. People take a little more time to be nice. They simply have
And at this level, it looks to me like the 2010 OhQP was a major success.
Thanks to all of you who helped make it so. And we hope to see you all
back for the 2011 Ohio QSO Party!
73 - Jim K8MR
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