QRP Contesting in Wyoming
Contest Modifications to Scout/Argo-556 radios:
Full QSK up to 50+ wpm.
Optically-coupled PTT output for keying DSP filters (or an amplifier).
Optically-coupled CW keying for most contest software.
These photo's were taken at the end of October and early November, 1997.
1997 QRP Amateur Radio Club International Fall QSO Party (CW)
October 18-19, 1997
- View to the north - Blazer with pop-up camper on 8300 ft (2550 m) hill
in the Medicine Bow National Forest, southern Wyoming.
- 80m Carolina Windom and camper, looking SE.
- Portable QRP contest station: Ten Tec Argo-556 5-watt xcvr, DSP-59+ audio filter,
Super-CMOS III keyer, Jones Key paddle. Above cab (upper left) is LDG AT-11
Autotuner and band modules for Argo. Not shown is laptop with logging software.
- 5-watt Argo-556 attached to camper table in mobile-mount.
Opto-coupler in Argo
keys the PTT input of DSP-59+ to allow sidetone to be heard while sending. Another
opto-coupler circuit keys rig from laptop during contests (TRLog software).
Final Score (Portable, Single-Op): 445 QSO's, 131 W/VE mults, 10 DX mults = 1,711,458 points.
1997 ARRL Sweepstakes (CW)
November 1-2, 1997
Final Score (QRP Single-Op): 618 QSO's, 71 Sections = 87,756 points.
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