Summer Contest Harvest

I haven’t participated in any contests recently as I’ve gotten busy with the move to Cyprus and at work, but a few contests were recently scored and I learned that I did pretty well in the Virginia and Delaware QSO Parties

Virginia

2019 Virginia QSO Party Plaque presented by the Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club to AI4SV, Jack Welch (AI4SV) and Mike Danhardt (KA4CDN)

Mike Danhardt (KA4CDN) and I took to the mountains a few months ago to operate as an Expedition at the convergence of three county lines for the Virginia QSO Party. That strategy paid off well, as we took first place in the category and broke the previous high score of 121,610 set by K4EG in 2011 with a 2019 score of 144,870.

Our club, the Vienna Wireless Society, also took home a plaque in the Fixed Multiple Operator Single Transmitter category.

There are other similar sites where historically poorly activated counties meet, and we think there is plenty of room for improvement in operating technique, antennas, and bands, so perhaps there will be a new record in not too long.

Thanks to the Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) for running the event and particularly for processing all those logs.

Delaware

While weeks of planning went into the preparing for the VAQP, I threw my QRP into the kit and headed for a picnic table for the Delaware QP. There is definitely something to be said for simplicity of operation!

Thanks to my brilliant operating technique and powerful 5W signal, I placed second in Kent County, Delaware. Also, there was only one other entrant from that county. In truth, propagation was horrid and I got crushed in the fray of multiple QSO Parties that weekend, but it’s all relative. Since in-state participation is so low, I’d encourage anyone from neighboring areas to converge on Delaware for these QSOPs and make a day of it.

A listing of results from the Delaware QSO Party
Delaware QSOP Results.

Delaware always runs its party in parallel with other QSO Parties taking place in Indiana, New England, and the 7th Callsign Area. I had at least one contact in each of these reasons, so of course I submitted my log to each.

That strategy proved useful, as I scooped up First Place Delaware Operator (and therefore, I have to guess, the only entrant) in the Indiana QSO Party. Always submit your log.

Indiana QSO Party Certificate for AI4SV "First Place - Delaware". Single Op QRP: 2 QSOs, 8 points.

In the 7QP, I came in fourth overall in the Non-7 Single Op QRP CW category. If only I had used some spotting assistance, I would have placed third in the assisted category. If I had plugged the microphone in, I would have netted second in the QRP mixed category — some strategic considerations for next time, although plugging a mike in would taint things for me. The NEQP hasn’t read out yet, so I’m waiting in eager anticipation.

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