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ARRL DX International CW (2017)

This was a pleasant change. In the past, I've lamented because they're a bunch of guys that operate from with varying abilities and we just never could get a good, solid team together. I guess the stars were in alignment, as we could not done any better with the number and abilities of the ops that participated. At the end, we still had 7 ops sitting in front of radios. This was the first time most of the ops dealt with the two stations on a band.

NR4M CQ WPX RTTY (2017)

Beside the fact that 10 meters was 'stink-o', propagation was OK. As you would expect, the 15 opening was much shorter than the recent past, but did hang in there with QSO's all day long.
40 meters is almost a 24 hour band now, which is always a good thing. I found the low bands to be very quiet, which was nice.

CQ 160 CW CONTEST (2017)

Steve NR4M, Larry K7SV and Ken, K4ZW, split operating time. Steve ran from 22Z until around 03Z and then 10Z until after sunrise both days. Larry ran from 03Z until about 10Z both. Ken came by Saturday evening and operated some of Steve's shift. Noise on the band was very minimal with the transmit antenna being very effective on receive. Conditions were very good within the US both days and west coast signals were
loud.

North American QSO Party, SSB (2017)

North American QSO Party, SSB - January

Call: NR4M
Operator(s): NR4M
Station: NR4M

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: va
Operating Time (hrs): 4

Summary:
Band QSOs Mults
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160:
80: 44 19
40: 230 34
20: 28 11
15:
10:
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Total: 302 64 Total Score = 19,328

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Team: PVRC Rappahannock #1

Comments:

North American QSO Party, (CW - January 2017)

Trying to get the hang of SO2R, but wasn't in the cards. Just before the contest my Flex 6700 decided to turn itself into a 'brick'.
Still not a lot of antenna choices here for domestic contests. 20 meters is the worst, with the lowest antenna I can turn west is at 120 feet. The lower in frequency I go, the more appropriate the antenna choices.

 

ARRL 160-Meter Contest (2016)

Never had so many dupes in a contest.   I was spotted a couple times as NR-3-M. Hope everyone had a good time.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW (2016)

"Mr Murphy" showed up with his whole family this weekend. Spent all my off time fixing stuff or try to minimize things that were too bad to fix at the time.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY (2016)

Had a HUGE crew, but some were in/out and we had SIX 'newbies'. Some of them had not done any RTTY before, so there was a bit of slowing down and explaining things and a bit of hand holding. This is not a bad thing necessarily, but with 6 beginners in major contest, some allowances were made. I would not have any issue having each one of them back again.

PVRC RAPPAHANNOCK CHAPTER MEETING NOTES

Meeting at QTH of K7SV was called to order by Larry K7SV at 10:30AM. Larry discussed why recent efforts to revitalize the chapter did not come to fruition. Demographics precluded evening weekday meetings largely due to the work commute of the majority of working folks to northern Virginia or Washington DC. Weekday lunch meetings were poorly attended. Scheduling recurring weekend meetings doesn't work due to conflicts with contests, hamfests and other related happenings.

CQ WW WPX Contest, CW (2016)

Conditions were down, so things were slower. Really miss 10 meter, but we'll have to get used to it.

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