[OhQP-mail] 160 Meters in Ohio QSO Party?

W3HKK at roadrunner.com W3HKK at roadrunner.com
Tue Apr 14 16:39:03 CDT 2020

Im in the mixed-bag camp.

160m could help, perhaps by bolstering the 11pm-midnight ( slowest)
hour as well as affording in-close counties (mults) to more OH ops in

I dont see any adverse drop-off for the other bands if we add 160 to
the mix. Those with existing 160m antennas leave them unused as is.
Others could try a variety of NVIS makeshift 160m antennas, and
perhaps get interested in 160 as a new band for them. My first 160m
antenna was a 1/4 wave INV-L ( apex at 15 ft!) with no radials and one
ground rod. It even worked 4x4 and JA1 with 100w that season. Others
just bend the wire around their yard in crazy ways and get results.
Ham radio is full of surprises.

OTOH, August QRN could make 160 unusable during some contests. But it
does bring some fresh tactics and possibilities. 

Why not give it a try?

Tnx for posing the question. 

	-----------------------------------------From: "jimk8mr--- via
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Sent: Tuesday April 14 2020 5:20:52PM
Subject: [OhQP-mail] 160 Meters in Ohio QSO Party?

     The Ohio QSO Party committee is considering whether to add 160
meters to the existing 80-10 meters operation in the OhQP. The
question arises whether given low sunspot activity and difficult
propagation on the higher bands, if adding 160 might give a pool of
new QSOs and activity? Or would it spread activity, disadvantage
smaller stations, or make things more difficult for people further
from Ohio? 
  This will not be decided by a majority vote, but rather the
committee is looking to find out if people have a preference, or
perhaps just don't care either way. Opinions from outside Ohio are
very welcome as well, as we try to make the event attractive for
everybody, including all those from outside Ohio who we work in OhQP. 
  Comments can be posted on the OhQP email reflector (mail at ohqp.org).
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can email them to info at ohqp.org, which will get them to the OhQP
committee members. 
  Whatever might happen, we hope you'll join us for the 2020 Ohio QSO
Party on Saturday, August 22 !

  73 - Jim K8MR 
  Ohio QSO Party Chairman

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