2012 Georgia QSO Party
Call: K4HYB Operator(s): NQ4I,N4UU,WW4B,N4DU,N4YT,K4NV,N4XL,KJ4NAX,VE7ZO,KI4NGD,KK4BCH,AND SKYLAR BALCH Station: NQ4I Class: M/MMixed HP QTH: Griffin, GA Operating Time (hrs): 8.0 Summary: Band CW-Dig Qs Ph Qs ------------------------ 160: 80: 123 127 40: 250 549 20: 233 362 15: 145 201 10: 2 48 6: ------------------------ Total: 763 1287 CW-Dig Mults = 67 Ph Mults = 69 Total Score = 3,500,999 Club: Comments: We had a wonderful time. 11 new ops were indoctrinated to Multi Multi contesting! 12 year old Skylar worked Cook Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and many more on 10m ssb. Boy was he excited. Average rate of 274 per hour for 8 hours! The Pig Farmers on 80m were relentless. We were on the band for 5 hours, but at 7pm they felt they owned the frequency, it belonged to them and we had to leave! They really have the spirit of HAm Radio! Thanks for all that called and worked us. Another successful GQP!
2012 CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW
Call: NQ4I Operator(s): W4IX Station: NQ4I Class: Single Op Assisted HP QTH: GA Operating Time (hrs): 30 Summary: Total: QSOs = 1220 State/Prov = 59 Countries = 49 Total Score = 356,508 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: Many thanks to Rick for allowing me to operate this great contest from a world class station. The station worked flawlessly except for a non working SW beverage. As stated by many ops already, condx cud have been better. Only worked the strongest Europeans the first night. Had a lousy country count after the first night And tried to make up for it the 2nd night, but just not enough stations were making it through the wall of US big guns. Thanks to the good ears at NH0J, the UA0's that called in , the VK3, the HK0NA group, the VP6T group, and Everyone else who called in. 73's. W4IX
2012 CQWW WPX Contest, CW
Call: NQ4I Operator(s): NQ4I,N4DU,W4SVO,VE7ZO,N4UU,W4IX,W1NN,K4TD,K4BAI,WW4B,JL1CNY,JA0BSL,7J1AAI Station: NQ4I Class: M/M HP QTH: Griffin, Georgia Operating Time (hrs): 48.0 Summary: Band QSOs ------------ 160: 75 80: 433 40: 1261 20: 2358 15: 2250 10: 718 ------------ Total: 7095 Prefixes = 1518 Total Score = 28,163,454 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: Boy what a contest this one was! 15m on Friday night never closed. 20m was around the clock all day and all night. Low band activity was down since everyone was on the higher bands. We passed the USA record score and mult score on Sunday morning at 1200Z...Leaving us with 12 hours to pile on to the record score. Of course some stations records fell this weekend..record 15m qso's...and new record of mults. I wish more stations would use the score posting devices...my hats off to KC1XX (KM3T) for posting their score on both sites. It is so easy to post scores...I can't seem to understand why a team would not want to participate? We spent some time listening to our competition to keep posted of their totals...it is a great motivator to know where your competition is and what they are doing. It would have been more fun had they participated in on line scores. The weather was very co-operative this weekend for us..in years past we have had to shut down for thunderstorms...no storms and plenty of hot sunny weather. Operators came from all over the world to be a part of the team...thanks to all who gave up their weekends with family to be part of the NQ4I team! We had four operators cancel the last week just before the test and added W4SVO and N4DU just 2 days before the test..Thank you Mark and Jim. We had a surprise visitor this weekend, W6OAT Rusty stopped by...he had been in Georgia for his 50th high school reunion. It was nice to finally have him come by and visit the station. The JA participation did not seem to be an issue this past weekend. It is the greatest number of JA's on all bands in a long while. For the second contest in a row, we had an all ORION configured station...11 Orions did a wonderful job at all positions. Win-Test was flawless and performed exceptionally well...Thanks to the WT developers. And a huge thanks to the Ten-Tec boys in Tennessee for such a great contest radio. Time to spend the rest of the day recuperating and enjoying the rest of the Memorial Day weekend with family...a little pool time and maybe some food cooked on the grill. 73 and thanks for the qso's de Rick NQ4I
2011 CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB
Call: NQ4I Operator(s): AA4LR,W4SVO,BVE7ZO,W4LT,K4NV,W4IX,KM4HI,K4BAI,WA1S,N4FD,W4DD,KD3P,AND NQ4I Station: NQ4I Class: M/M HP QTH: Griffin, Ga Operating Time (hrs): 48 Summary: Band QSOs Zones Countries ------------------------------ 160: 235 14 36 80: 365 26 94 40: 1282 35 120 20: 1814 40 146 15: 1432 39 149 10: 2275 37 150 ------------------------------ Total: 7403 191 695 Total Score = 16,555,796 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: Oh what a contest...I spent 3 continous months preparing on my off days for this test. Raised the 40m Mult antenna from 80 ft to 160 ft on new Rohn 55 tower and we built and installed a 12 element LPDA for 80m with a 190 ft boom. Needless to say the conditions on the low bands from the SE US were pitiful. On 160m on Friday night numerous EU's cq'ed in our face...some were s9+10 db and they were unable to hear us at all...what a shame. The low band conditions affected the 40m score some what also. We had more audio related interference in the station that I can ever remember...not really sure why, as nothing had changed in the station from before. For the first time we started the contest with 11 TenTec Orions ...one kept shutting down and locking up and was replaced with a FT1000MP. Station firsts...New total qso number all time record...new qso total on 40m and 10m....and new score total for CQWW SSB...NEW 4th CALL area record also...so some reasons to take pleasure from this weekend.....distance based scoring would not have helped us this weekend at all....if you can't run the number of qso's then you are not in the game...we had some kind of problem with interference from 40m to the 15 m station that caused lower than normal numbers too... enough of the excuses..we did have a great time...a few new ops to the station, and Mark W4SVO made a great beef stew for Saturday night...I will try to recover from this weekend...my wife and I are going on a 7 day Caribbean cruise to celebrate her birthday in November so maybe I can get some rest and relaxation and be ready for CW...hi Thanks to all who came and participated this past weekend...cu u all in 4 weeks in cw. de Rick NQ4I
2011 CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW
Call: NQ4I Operator(s): NQ4I, VE7ZO, W4SVO, K1XX, NS1L, W1MD, WA1S, K4TD, N4BP, W4IX, W8ZF Station: NQ4I Class: M/M HP QTH: ga Operating Time (hrs): 48 Summary: Band QSOs Zones Countries ------------------------------ 160: 268 26 89 80: 771 29 112 40: 2066 39 154 20: 2397 40 164 15: 1984 37 163 10: 1843 36 152 ------------------------------ Total: 9329 207 834 Total Score = 26,802,627 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: It was the best of times...it was the worst of times!... Actually, it was the best of times...with the exception of the station owner and 80m operator (NQ4I) being under the weather from a 24 hour bug, the weekend couldn't have gone better. Conditions were excellent...operators all put in a yeomans effort, and it shows in an incredible score from 4 land. The previous W4 M/M record fell at 23 hours into the contest...that was a sign of good things to come. Conditions were such that the last hour of the contest saw all six bands active and producing multipliers for a fantastic finish. This was a DX'ers dream weekend. W4SVO once again pulled 160m duty and produced an excellent band score from the SE US. Marks highlight was pulling in several new mults during the final hour of the contest including TF4M for a double!!! 80M was the band without a captain. NQ4I had planned to lead the team on 80 but a 24 (turned into 36) hour bug negated that. NS1L, W1MD, NQ4I, W4IX, and W4SVO all put time in on the band and gave the new 12 Element LPA a workout. To see this antenna in the woods is simply awesome. Strung on a Catenary from 160' down to 60' the array is simply amazing. K1XX and VE7ZO were the perennial op's for 40 meters working everything that could be found. W8ZF, W4IX, and NS1L teamed up to lead the 20 meter effort to a station high band score with all 40 zones and 164 countries being worked. K4TD and W1MD were the 'delta force' behind 15 meters...working many of those tough Sunday afternoon slugfest mults early in the contest on Saturday morning. WA1S and N4BP provided the drive behind the 10 meter effort staying close on the heels of the 15 meter team. It was an amazing weekend and a good time was had by all...Thanks to Rick (NQ4I) for being a first class station master and host. Even being under the weather, Rick still managed to ensure that we were fed (over fed) throughout the weekend...and provide a first class M/M station that ranks up there with the best of them. And of course...congrats to all of the other Multi-op competitors with some supreme scores being posted. The competition is what makes this contest so much fun. 73 from the NQ4I team and see you in the spring. Marty W1MD
2011 CQWW WPX Contest, CW
Call: NQ4I Operator(s): AA4LR,VE7ZO,K4ST(JA0BSL),W4IX,N3ZL Station: NQ4I Class: M/M HP QTH: Griffin, Ga Operating Time (hrs): 48 Summary: Band QSOs ------------ 160: 72 80: 441 40: 1380 20: 2000 15: 796 10: 268 ------------ Total: 4957 Prefixes = 1224 Total Score = 14,624,352 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: What can I say. First and foremost we had a great time. 3 op's dropped out in the week before the test and we all decided to do the "iron man thing".Plenty of air time for all. 160m was N3ZL, 80m was AA4LR, 40m was VE7ZO and K4ST, 20m, was W4IX,15m was NQ4I, and 10m was AA4LR...we all did time at other stations and managed to keep things going around the clock. No Equipment failures, but a couple of computer problems, nothing major. Some of the normal antennas were not available for this test and we made do with what we had available. The 8 element 20m monster would not rotate so it was fortunate that it was on Europe. Conditions really teased us Friday night. We made qso's on 15m until after midnight. But Saturday morning the conditions were in the toilet! Sunday made up for Saturday, but not as much as we had hoped. Food was good, Friendship was good, Radios were good, Antennas were good, and the score was what it was. This is one of our favorite contests. The weekend happens to fall on Memorial Day and is typically a family weekend, and that means it is difficult to get operators. My thanks to those who traveled and made the trip to contest this weekend. Lots of summer repairs to make on the station, and a new 80m LPDA antenna(look that one up if you don't know what it is) and a new 170 ft tower to support it. Thanks for the qso's, the log will be uploaded to LOTW in a week or so or qsl direct to my manager K4PK. See everyone in the fall contests CQWW SSB and CW. Have a great summer. Rick NQ4I
2011 ARRL CW
Call: NQ4I Operator(s): W4SVO,N4RJ,AA4LR,VE7ZOK1XX,W4IX,W7FB,W8ZF,W1MD,WA!S,N4FD,W4DD,NQ4I,KF4GTA,KB4KBS Station: NQ4I Class: M/M HP QTH: Griffin, Ga Operating Time (hrs): 48 Summary: Band QSOs Mults ------------------- 160: 300 79 80: 829 100 40: 1692 125 20: 2051 128 15: 1307 118 10: 203 67 ------------------- Total: 6382 617 Total Score = 11,729,787 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: Boy what a contest! New station records on 160m, 80m, and 40m...Mark W4SVO and Drubber W4IX spent nearly 2 days before the test working on the beverages for the low bands and it sure paid off...on Thursday before the test we saw several chances for some great propagation on 10m...before the test IT9/LY4C was 40 over 9...it never happened the whole weekend...ugh...10m was once again teasing us with what it could do...the crew assembled was one of the best ever at the station....N4RJ had been absent from the M-M area for nearly 20 years ...he had a great time...where was Baker when we neeeded him? The 160m numbers are the best ever for us in ARRL..."Iron Man" W4SVO really milked the band and did it well....Jim VE7ZO and Charlie K1XX really did a great job on 40m ...The BIS Award goers to N4FD and W4DD for their persistance on 10m...and Marty W1MD and Ann WA1S swept 15m clean many a time.....AA4LR joined us after a few year hiatus...glad to have you back Bill.....Scott KB4KBS was the official observer for the weekend....and Bobby KF4GTA kept the network humming along....W7FB traveled from Kansas City to be part of the team...and Dean W8ZF kept 20m clicking all nite long...thanks guys for the great job....next big contest will be CQ WPX CW in May...see ya then...de Rick NQ4I
NQ4I - 2010 CQ WPX CW
Call: NQ4I Operator(s): NQ4I,N3ZL,K1PT,W4IX,K4MM,K4ST,VE7ZO,W7FB,K4UEE,K4TD,KY4F, Station: NQ4I Class: M/M HP QTH: Griffin, Ga Operating Time (hrs): 48.0 Summary: Band QSOs ------------ 160: 145 80: 443 40: 1412 20: 1735 15: 872 10: 445 ------------ Total: 5052 Prefixes = 1066 Total Score = 11,971,180 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: We started the contest with some big expectations...goals were 8050 qso's and 30 million points...Conditions had been very poor for many weeks leading up to this contest and I was sure that we would get a rather large bounce back effect on propagation...needless to say I missed the boat on propagation for my qth...it could not have been much worse...Friday night was a surprise on 15m and 10m as the bands stayed open until nearly midnight local time...and we even had a couple JA's in the log on 15m...after that 15m and 20m saw very few JA's during the whole contest...Friday night propagation on 160m, 80m and 40m was not that good either and then the whole weekend we had major thunderstorms nearby and in the area the whole weekend...ugh!!! N3ZL on 160m and K1PT on 80m deserve an award for braving the QRN and QRM to make any qso's!!! 20m stayed open most of the first night and produced the best runs to EU that we had...first timer K4UEE did a valiant job at 20m Run to keep filling the log...and has been mentioned by nearly every other participant, propagation on Saturday was not very spectacular! The high band op's 0n 20m, 15m and 10m struggled through the day for every qso...some 10m openings to EU caused some excitement though...but the band did not have the same type Sporadic E opening Saturday night...once again the low band boys did a stellar job of warming the ether with endless cq's!!! At 0630 local (1030Z) I sat down at the 10m sattion to turn things on and let the amp warm up, as I had planned to use the next hour making the guys their breakfast...lo and behold CQ3L was S9 plus 10 db!! Never saw another EU with such a huge signal the whole weekend...he lasted for nearly an hour with this amazing signal...Had to be Es propagation and he was the only EU we could hear for nearly 4 hours...Sunday's conditions picked up considerably from the previous days and started our excitement level as it teased us with the hopes of better propagation...on 10m we ended up with nearly 40 EU's in the log...never got spotted and could have made many more maybe!! On 15m it payed to be further to the south...as evidenced by NQ4I OPerator W4SVO operating from home ...Mark had much better conditions to EU than we did and made almost a hundred more qso's than we did...using reverse beacons all day Sunday kept the op's busy...but a time approached where even Skimmer could not find us anybody to work...on a good note, no equipemnt failures..we had some operator errors with the Orion's and WinKeyer that caused a few gremlins to appear...but all in all a great weekend with no major equipment problems...want to thank our FCG buddies K4MM, K1PT for driving all the way from South Florida to be part of the team...also to Greg N3ZL who just finished up his college studies and drove from South Carolina to be a part of the team....Old regular op's VE7ZO, W7FB, K4TD, KY4F, and the Drubber W4IX made up a small but efficient contest team..and for a first time in a long time, I had to be an active operator...normally I spend my time in the back ground fixing minor glitches and assisting and filling in when needed....this time I did a full time effort on 10m...the new 10m 4 high stacks really work well...quiet and very efficient...come on Sunspots!!! The swimming pool had been opened a few weeks before the contest and I encouraged all op's to bring a bathing suit...think only one of two even had a chance to get in...between cq'ing and thunder storms not much chance...we ended up the contest with a major storm just a few miles away and threatning us for a number of hours...ugh again!! Congrats to the KM3T team at KC1XX for a valiant effort with only 3 op's .....being close to EU never hurts one points per qso ratio either!!! We spent the whole weekend checking Getscores.org to see if it would make it up!! We got hooked on watching the scoreboard in a number of previous contests and were really anticipating watching the leaderboard this weekend too!! Not So...sure hope it will get resolved and operational soon! And in normal practices at NQ4I M-M's we all headed to El Charro at the end of the contest for a Mexican meal!! Cold Cerveza's and Margarita's were a fine ending to the weekend!! 73 and see every one in CQWW SSB and CW de Rick NQ4I
2010 CQ WPX SSB
Call: NQ4I Operator(s): W4LT,W4SVO,K4NV,W4IX,KD3P,VE7ZO,K0EJ,I4LEC,K4BAI,WI4R,W4DD,K4PK, JA0BSL,NQ4I,K4TD Station: NQ4I Class: M/M HP QTH: Georgia Operating Time (hrs): 48 Summary: Band QSOs ------------ 160: 443 80: 860 40: 2002 20: 1734 15: 1610 10: 391 ------------ Total: 7040 Prefixes = 1507 Total Score = 24,933,305 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: Great time had by all! Pretty good conditions. No equipment failures. Increase in overall score from 18mil to 24.9 mil. Prefix increase from 1342 to 1507! Visitor I4LEC had a ball contesting from the SE USA..QSL via LOTW and K4PK. New Radios are big improvement. New antennas on 10m really rock! New beverage distribution system will show big improvements too... We worked some southern Italians on 10m!! Yea!! Lots of JA on 15m!! Yea!! Congrats to K1LZ for fantastic M-2 finish!! No Storms until an hour after the contest...Yea!! Conditions on 20m were down from last year....15m was a breath of fresh air! Yea! Look for NQ4I team in WPX CW at the end of May! Yea! de Rick NQ4I
2009 CQWW SSB
Call: NQ4I Operator(s): NQ4I,W4SVO,W1MD,K8NZ,K0EJ,W4IX,KF4GTA,VE7ZO,K4NV,N4FD,W4LT,WF3C,K4BAI,WA1S,W4DD,WI4R.K4PK Station: NQ4I Class: M/M HP QTH: Griffin, Ga Operating Time (hrs): 48.0 Summary: Band QSOs Zones Countries ------------------------------ 160: 174 17 41 80: 373 22 87 40: 1164 31 120 20: 1560 36 147 15: 1490 33 142 10: 203 15 43 ------------------------------ Total: 4964 154 580 Total Score = 8,562,844 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: Our score is 8% higher than last years score...conditions were way down on the lower bands for us this year...a great team was assembled and every one had a good time...food was good, and conversations were good....new 10m stack seems to be playing nicely...one more antenna to add to make it a 4 high stack....I need a remote transmitting site in New England...we could hear many EU's on 80 and 160 who could not hear us at all! Very frustrating. A few repairs to do and we will be ready for CW....60 seconds of silence were observed just prior to the test in honor of the C6APR crew...RIP....see everyone in 4 weeks..de Rick NQ4I
2008 CQWW CW
Call: NQ4I Operator(s): NQ4I,W4SVO,W4IX,N3ZL,K0EJ,K1XX,VE7ZO,W8ZF,W1MD,K4TD,KY4F,K2UFT Station: NQ4I Class: M/M HP QTH: Griffin, Ga Operating Time (hrs): 48 Summary: Band QSOs Zones Countries ------------------------------ 160: 220 19 76 80: 625 29 112 40: 1693 37 147 20: 1872 37 150 15: 546 29 105 10: 47 9 16 ------------------------------ Total: 5003 160 606 Total Score = 10,079,028 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: 160m. Op W4SVO 80m Ops W4IX and N3ZL 40m Ops K0EJ and K1XX 20m Ops VE7ZO, W1MD and W8ZF 15m Ops K4TD and KY4F 10m Op K2UFT First Timers W4IX, N3ZL and W8ZF...had fun and will be coming back again...they really did a great job. I have never in 48 years of contesting seen poorer conditions on 10m than what we had...40m team made a new station record...Great Job Mark and Charlie! New antennas on 160m, 20m and 15m are doing nicely...just need some sun spots now......a new 10 element 10 m yagi has been designed and 4 copies are being planed for a four high stack totaling 40 elements! It will be ready in the Fall of 2009....we can work the mults on all bands...just need qso's.....Seasons Greetings to all...see you in ARRL CW in Feb...de Rick NQ4I
2008 CQWW SSB
Operator(s): NQ4I,KY5R,W4SVO,K4PK,K0EJ,W4LE,KF4GTA,VE7ZO,N4FD,N4OX,K4NV,K4BAI,K5KG,W4DD,WI4R Station: NQ4I Class: M/M HP QTH: Griffin, Ga Operating Time (hrs): 48 Summary: Band QSOs Zones Countries ------------------------------ 160: 222 16 59 80: 588 27 108 40: 761 30 116 20: 1740 38 148 15: 1065 33 122 10: 90 8 12 ------------------------------ Total: 4466 152 565 Total Score = 7,911,378 Club: South East Contest Club It was certainally fun using the Getscores.Org site to watch the race between K3NA, K1TTT, and ourselves...wish the band by band breakdown was working...but what a see-saw it was...I can only say that the propagation here in the South East US was not at all like what was experienced in the North East US...It was our best ever on 160 meters yet...excellent job by 160 M op Tim KY5R...making qso's and mults right up to the end of the contest...our antenna improvements have indeed helped here..planning on 2 more of the "Bulldog" slopers to make for an even 4 of them...80 M saw our best ever score also..the new 6 element array really has helped improve our score from previous years...its our best ever for 80 meters and "hats off" to 80m op's Mark W4SVO (aka the Bulldog) and Don K4PK...40 meters continues to puzzle us as to why its not making the grade...the antennas will be examined and analyzed to try to see if improvements can be made...I know that op's Mark K0EJ and Gene W5LE put their hearts and souls into manning the stations on 40 meters...20 meters suffered from adsorption during a large part of the daytime, and we never produced the rates that others most definately had...Jim VE7ZO, Larry N4FD, Dennis K4NV, and Jay N4OX really put in the hours....thanks for putting up with one of the more difficult bands guys!! 15 meters was a pleasant surprize all weekend...Sunday was much better than Saturday...John K4BAI and George K5KG really milked this band for all it was worth..and on top of that we had JA openings both Saturday night and Sunday night...good job John and George....10m had to be the most frustrating band ever..we are too close to the Caribbean to work a single one of them..it was only South America for us and then only LU, PY, CX...really disappointing propagation....Jeff W4DD and Lee WI4R spent many hours cq'ing on a really dead band.... Now for my soapbox....if you compare my line score with K3NA and K1TTT, it is very apparent that our point per qso is much lower...and I am guessing that we had somewhere near 500 zero point qsos(and all logged) ....I can only re-emphasize that there should be recognition for all qso's....points should be given for one's own country...it will not make the contest into a qso party, but reward one's efforts accordingly... We will see each of you in the CQWW CW in a couple weeks...gotta get 3 amps repaired...and get ready for cw...a few spots "puleeze".....de Rick NQ4I
2008 CQWW WPX CW Results
Call: W4KZ Operator(s): NQ4I Station: NQ4I Class: SOSB15 HP QTH: Griffin, Ga Operating Time (hrs): 24.4 Summary: Band QSOs ------------ 160: 80: 40: 20: 15: 948 10: ------------ Total: 948 Prefixes = 498 Total Score = 803,274 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: Well, this weekend was to test out all the antenna work I performed after the Dayton Hamfest...I re-installed 7 yagis, 20m and 15m to improve the figure of merit on those bands...result was a new 3 Hi stack for 15m..top antenna at 155 ft, middle antenna at 105 ft and bottom antenna at 55 ft...all 8 element designs..and it really played well!! I was amazed at the conditions..with a Solar Flux Number of only 69, and the propagation was un-believable! I worked 3V8BB at 0930Z (thats an hour and half before my sunrise, and during his EU run!! And EU stations called in way into the afternoon at my qth, something that only happens during a much higher sunspot number! Did not hear or work a JA....bummer! I took 3 hours off on Sat afternoon for a family cook out....and got to bed early each night...can't wait till those sunspots return...see everybody in CQWW SSB and CW this fall...de Rick NQ4I
Call: NQ4I Operator(s): VE7ZO Station: NQ4I Class: SOSB20 HP QTH: GRIFFEN, GA Operating Time (hrs): 36 Radios: SO2R Summary: Band QSOs ------------ 160: 80: 40: 20: 1911 15: 10: ------------ Total: 1911 Prefixes = 871 Total Score = 3,399,513 Club: South East Contest Club Comments: What was originally going to be a first trial for the new 20M stack turned out to be a good exercise for the single 8 el. and a 204 BA in a SO2R configuration. The band was in decent shape for almost the whole contest but during the European daylight hours, rates diminished severely due to high absorption. It was great to hear the band open over the north pole into UA9/UA0 in the evenings once again. Propagation favored northern and eastern Europe with relatively few strong signals out western Europe. While listening on the 204 BA, I found K3ZO working the far east on Sunday morning. Fred seems to be a bellweather for this propagation and after swinging the antenna over to JA, was rewarded with a number of BY's, JA's and XW1A. Rates were low so unfortunately I couldn't persist as long as I would have liked. It was a pleasant weekend with three single band efforts being made from NQ4I's station - W4KZ 15M (NQ4I), NQ4I 20M (VE7ZO) and WI4R (N6GQ) Thanks to Rick and his family for being great hosts once again
Call: WI4R Operator(s): N6GQ Station: NQ4I Class: SOSB40 HP QTH: GA Operating Time (hrs): 30 Summary: Band QSOs ------------ 160: 80: 40: 1116 20: 15: 10: ------------ Total: 1116 Prefixes = 598 Total Score = 2,377,648 Club: Comments: First, a big thanks to Rick, NQ4I, for allowing me to use his fantastic station! What a great station! This was my second contest with the my new K3, starting to get a handle on it and really liking it. Station used: Rig: Elecraft K3 Amp: Henry 3K Antennas: 3 over 3 (fullsize) at 155'/85' Conditions were ok, some heavy QRN the first night but that settled as the weekend progressed. Some excellent signals from Europe in the middle of the day (localtime) and some great greyline QSOs, too! Thanks to everyone for their QSOs, see you in the next one... Jeff (N6GQ), WI4R op @ NQ4I
2008 Ga QSO Party, K4HYB (@NQ4I)
Operator(s): NQ4I, WI4R, K4NV, KG4CUT, KD4ONL, KF4GTA, AB4HQ, N4EEB, WA4ILO
Class: M/M HP
QTH: Griffin, Ga
Operating Time (hrs): 13.0
Used Win-Test, Texas QSO Party, and it would not score properly...it did a nice
job networked with the bands displayed...hopefully Larry and Oliver will
include the GQP in the contests available...we had 4 new contestors who tried
their hands in the contest game...everyone had a blast...condx were lousy, but
the Ham Radio community was pleasant and responsive to the GQP...we were 800
qso's down from last year, and that was directly related to conditions...we had
problems with 2 amps...they are in the shop now...our transmit audio on the 20m
SSB station was a little too hot ( ok it was a lot too hot) and we even swapped
radios trying to fix it...on Monday after the test I was able to solve the
problem by adjusting the sound card interface audio levels...seems like in the
heat of the contest its hard to figure out how to fix something, but afterwards
its easier to focus on the problem and it's solution...hi...we knocked off at
1530 hrs local on Sunday...it seemed that we had worked every serious GQP
contestor...we need a rule change to keep our activity level high...once we
work a station, it leaves us with very little to do...there are only so many
committed participants on cw and ssb....so having band and mode related mults
would keep the activity level higher for us.....Thanks to all for the
qso's.....This year's activity will be one of the best yet!
de Rick NQ4I
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Total Score = 250,000+
2008 ARRL DX CW
Class: M/M HP
QTH: Griffin, Ga
Operating Time (hrs): 47
Total Score = 5,656,929
160m W4SVO FT-1000D and Alpha 77...new sloping vertical system did great job..we
passed last years score by the end of the first night...best score ever from
here on 160m! Good job Bulldog!!
80m K2SX and WB4A FT-1000D FT1000MP Alpha 77 and Alpha 78...3 element vertical
array still doing great job...will be adding the next 3 elements this spring
and then we will have a serious 80m antenna!!K2SX and WB4A hung in there till
the end!! Excellent job!
40m K1XX and K5KG FT-1000D x 2 Henry 4K and Henry 3K-A...we moved Charlie K1XX
from the 20m team for this contest to 40m and he and George K5KG did an
excellent job...worked 3 HS0's XU, BY, 9V1, 9M6, UA9 etc...Charlie and George
may have found a home on 40m now...
20m VE7ZO, K4TD,KY4F, and W5LE FT-1000D x2 Alpha 77 and Henry 3K Classic
II...for 20m we deployed our greatest assets ZO and TD to our greatest resource
20m....it payed off with dividends!! Our best 20m score in a very long
time...the 8 el was the best Mult antenna..in and out in one call! The long
nights were lonely and not very productive...ZO had 2 back to back 175+ hours
Sat morning! And TD had some great runs Sunday morning...looks like we now have
the 20m team in place! W5LE is back in Ga and made it down...glad to have you
15m K4BAI and K2UFT FT-1000D and FT-1000MP Henry amps x2...boy what a
disappointment 15 m was! On Saturday it was a struggle for each qso...John and
Dick kept smiles on their faces, but inside they were disappointed! John worked
our first JA on Sat and that was pretty amazing considering the poor EU opening
that morning...Sunday was a breath of fresh air with the conditions some what
10m NQ4I FT-1000D and Alpha 87A...B-O-O-R-I-N-G...no qso's Friday
evening...only 5 or 6 qso's by the eend of Saturday...but on Sunday K1XM
spotted us on 10m and made the comment "weak and lonely" within 30 seconds,
GB2CP called in and was in the log for the only EU!!! We tried unsuccessfully
to move numerous other big signal EU stations from 15m with no success...
We had to shut down for a little more than an hour Sunday evening for
thunderstorms...so we missed our goal of 4000 qso's...We had only one equipment
failure of a Henry 4K Ultra amp on 40m at midnight on Saturday, and I wheeled
the Henry 3K from the 10m mult station where it had been sitting with no job to
perform and it took up the slack just fine the rest of the weekend...Mexican
food was enjoyed after the contest...nothing better than chips, salsa,
guacamole and margaritas after a long contest weekend! Our next outing will be
CQ WPX SSB at the end of March...ARRL SSB, the station will be in-active...it
was really fun to watch the leader-board scores...the first night K1XM,
K1TTT,W2FU and our selves as we each see-sawed up and down...K1XM with their
superior low band antennas(at W1KM) took the lead at the end of the first 12
hours and managed to hold on to it till the end...there was still lots of
jockeying around for the next 3 positions...I think that K1XM finally "got some
respect" this weekend!!! Great job guys! And I want to compliment our other
competition K1TTT and W2FU...That's what I call a great contest!! Great job!!!
GL to all and thanks so much for all the qso's ... See everyone in WPX SSB...de
Thanks to WB4A for providing the photos.
2007 CQWW CW
We had equipment failures of the 160m amp, the 20m run radio, and the Comtek 160 Switch box all during the first 30 minutes of the test...other than that all went well...3 Op's dropped out in the days before the test so we had to shift things around some...we had planned on 3 op's on 40m so we could have Partner mode staffed full time...we still managed to do quite a bit of it anyway...the 8 element 20 m yagi played very well as the mult station antenna....we had to use a single vertical on 160m as the 2 element array had some sort of glitch...conditions on 15m were less than we had anticipated...we finally got a JA for our single zone 25 on 15m....Sunday 15m was very quiet and we had a great run frequency..signals from EU were good, but no great rates at all....guess everybody was tired from staying up all night on the low bands... Our op's really like being able to check the real time internet scores...there was a decent amount of participation with the on-line scoring...sure wish others would join in and see how much it can motivate op's...I had done a lot of work on the 40m stack's after a very poor showing in CQWW SSB, and it appears that the work has accomplished some positive results...
It appears that there were far less "busted" spots this time??
This is our best effort by far on the low bands...160m even did it with just a single vertical!!! Outstanding effort by Mr. Low Band BullDog W4SVO!! Our 80m score really improved from previous years...I attribute it to removing the under-performing 3 element yagi...the new 3 vertical array is really doing great...I will be adding an additional 3 elements in the next few months and it will "soup up" or 80m signal!!
Plans are under way to shake up the antennas and their placement on all towers..we have a plan that will provide an additional 20 db of across the board gain to the station (and I don't mean an amp...hi) we all know that a db here and a db there, all add up...and its the continual search for another db that drives most of us to do what we do!
I am exceptionally proud of my op's and their sacrifice to their families during thanksgiving to be a part of our operation....this is our best effort to date in percentage of the top M-M's score...we are continuing to close the gap on the top three M-M's, and if things come together, we are expecting the rankings to have a top four listing vs top three!
QSL for this operation is available via K4PK or LOTW....
73's from a rainy, wet Georgia this morning...de Rick NQ4I
2007 CQWW SSB - Oct 27 & 28
Total Score = 9,511,722
Class: M/M HP
QTH: Griffin, Ga
Operating Time (hrs): 48.0
Club: South East Contest Club
No Equipment failures! New 20m 8 el worked great on mult station. New 80m 3 el vertical array did a nice job also...will be adding an additional 3 elements to it in the very near future. Our score is up 20% from last years score. A good time was had by all. Food was excellent. The weather co-operated nicely. It was one of the nicest fall weekends yet.
2007 NAQP SSB August
Operator(s): WY4N, KF4GTA, K4BAI, WW4LL, W4DD
Class: M/2 LP
Operating Time (hrs): 12
Total Score = 194,814
Club: South East Contest Club
Thanks to NQ4I for the use of his fine contest station while he attended the
ARRL National Convention in Huntsville, AL. Some antenna work is underway and
some of the beams weren't rotating, but we had plenty of beams to the key
population areas. Also, two towers were hit by lightning Friday night and some
additional rotators weren't operational. We never heard a signal on 10M and
didn't move a local there due to the ten minute rule for M/2 stations. We
intended to start on 15 and 20, but 15 seemed dead, so we started on 40. After
just over ten minutes, we moved station 2 to 15 for about 15 minutes. We made
13 QSOs in 9 sections. Station two stayed on 40M for the rest of the contest.
We monitored 15 M, but heard only a few California stations and we had already
worked that multiplier, so we never went back to 15. Station one started on
20. Eventually we were switching between 20 and 80. After 20 closed, we
switched between 80 and 160. All the bands from 20 to 160 had serious QRN from
nearby thunderstorms. The beverages were very helpful on 40 and were essential
to copy on 80 and 160. We used WINTEST and it seemed to work OK but it didn't
count non-NA stations for points. The numbers above have been adjusted to
include points for the following DX: On 15M, CT1ILT. On 20M, VP6AL (Pitcairn
Island), HZ1GW, who wanted a GA QSL for WAS, and 26 Europeans.
Conditions for us were pretty abysmal on all bands. Apparently, they were
better for this contest from TX despite their weather problems. I had
anticipated that TX would likely be a better QTH for this contest than GA, but
hadn't expected quite as big a difference. W5WMU seemed to be getting much
bigger pileups on 20 than we did. We did finally work W5WMU for the LA mult,
but we missed most of the other close in mults on that band. Skip was
relatively long and there were almost no backscatter QSOs. We called an
Indiana station on 20 for a very long time, but missed that mult. We did work
HH and YN mults on 20.
Hope for better relative results next time with much better conditions, so we
can all have more fun. Thanks for the QSOs. QSL W4AN via K4BAI, as always.
73, John, K4BAI.
2007 IARU HF Championships
Operator(s): VE7ZO, KF4GTA
Class: M/S HP
Operating Time (hrs): 9
We did a part time effort in order to get ready for the CQWW's. Thanks to Rick for letting us use his station while he was away.
2007 CQ WPX CW
We converted to Win-Test just 3 weeks before the WPX CW test...I can't say enough good things about it and how easy it is to set up and use. Initially before the test had some networking issues with the 14 computers, but Bobby KF4GTA our network guru and Webmaster fixed it in short time. We used the score reporting program to post our scores real time...I challenge other M-M's to step up to the plate in embracing this technology and get onboard by posting their scores too....
We had a few less operators than I really would have like ...but we managed to keep all the rigs going...could have used a few more mult op's...a couple new guys to the team as well, and fun was had by all....in the true sense of Memorial day cook outs we did Bubba burgers on the grill Saturday, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, and my mother's famous Pecan Pie....ummmm
For the first time in many years for this contest, we did not have to shut down for storms...
No equipment failures this weekend either...
Win-Test is certainaly a winner!!!
73 de Rick NQ4I
Total: 4868 Prefixes = 1070 Total Score = 11,981,860
2007 Ga QSO Party, W4AN (@NQ4I)
Tnx for all the QSOs. All QSLs for W4AN should be directed to K4BAI.
Class: M/M HP
QTH: Griffin, Ga
Operating Time (hrs): 13.0
|Band||CW Qs||Ph Qs|
CW Mults = 41 Ph Mults = 85
Total Score = 338,094
Club: South East Contest Club
North American QSO Party SSB- January 2, 2007
Class: M/2 LP
QTH: Griffin, GA
Operating Time (hrs): 12
Total Score = 346,080
Club: South East Contest Club
Words can not express how well both Bobby (KF4GTA) and Ashley (KI4MTU)
in this contest. For their first showing at a M/2, they rocked every band they
ran on...GREAT JOB!!! I'm sure they're aren't many stations out there that
didn't work Ashley on either 20 or 40M or Bobby on 80M.
We had a good showing, bands weren't the best, but we had fun, and that's
Thanks to Rick (NQ4I) for loaning the station, to Dennis (K4NV) for searching
countless mults, and for Jim (VE7ZO) for being a good housekeeper.
73 Adam WY4N