[OhQP-mail] Solar Flare, Anyone?

Fuse Net swmorton at fuse.net
Sun Aug 25 11:53:40 CDT 2013

A bad day for the Ohio QSO Party is still a lot more enjoyable than a sharp 
stick in the eye!

To put it delicately, conditions sucked!  But, we all had the same cruddy 
conditions, so the playing field was level.  Probably not very many new 
records were made this year, but the OQP is still one of the best state QSO 
parties around!

I rushed home from South Carolina and managed to get in a few fun hours at 
K8DV... Glad I didn't completely miss out on the fun!

AA8HH (op at K8DV)

-----Original Message----- 
From: Ken Gunton
Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2013 12:40 PM
To: ohqp-mail at ohqp.org
Subject: [OhQP-mail] Solar Flare, Anyone?

WHEW! I haven't heard so much noise since
the WAE contest! At times, the noise level
was S9+10.

The Bellbrook (OH) ARC put W8DGN on the air
in Greene County with four stations. Because
of Murphy, we only had three station on the
air at any one time. The Drake TR-7 developed
a serious hum.

BARC claims 79,946 points, which is not too
bad considering the conditions.

Zero contacts on 10 meters (what sunspot cycle
maximum?), and zero on 15 meters. I can't begin
to guess how many times I called CQ on 15!!!!!

The YO contest and the Kansas QSO Party were
also very active, and we even resorted to
exchanging QSO points both ways with stations
in Kansas! What a way to beg for contacts - HI!

40 and 20 were our money bands, for CW and SSB.
80 came alive after sundown.

We had a great time. Lunch was delicious subs
and dinner was broasted chicken. No one starved.

Thanks to everyone who participated See you again
next year!

Ken Gunton W8ASA
Station Coordinator For Club Station W8DGN

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