Volume 15 No.2.
Spring, warm weather, and tower work!
The warm weather has finally arrived and we have basically finished the 2009-2010 contest season with the completion of the four majors, CQWW DX CW & SSB and ARRL DX CW & SSB.
How did we do?
Band QSOs Pts Cty ZN
1.8 42 103 27 8
3.5 247 681 84 18
7 336 927 103 27
14 1436 4050 121 35
21 1081 3111 125 29
28 73 210 17 8
Total 3215 9082 477 125 Score : 5,467,364
Band QSOs Pts Cty ZN
1.8 70 181 40 15
3.5 543 1464 89 23
7 1191 3176 126 31
14 1672 4857 131 34
21 887 2533 116 29
28 44 114 21 12
Total 4407 12325 523 144 = 8,220,775
ARRL DX CW
Band QSOs Pts Cty
1.8 91 270 52
3.5 696 2088 75
7 1266 3798 102
14 2087 6249 108
21 1688 5061 105
28 54 162 26
Total 5882 17628 468 = 8,249,904
ARRL DX SSB
Band QSOs Pts Cty
1.8 56 168 38
3.5 315 942 74
7 640 1920 96
14 1339 4011 108
21 819 2451 103
28 67 198 18
Total 3236 9690 437 = 4,234,539
The list of operators was pretty much the same for all contests. KB1H, K1EBY, NB1U, W1UJ, KB1NRB had 100% participation. Others contributing in some of the contests were KM1X, AA1CE, KB1DFB, KE1LI, KB1SBC, and K1IN.
Our crew is usually small and the five regulars work hard. Most everyone else also works just as hard getting ready for the contests.
In all I feel we had a good year and even though the bands got a little better we scored much better as our operating skills are improving.
Some of the email comments I received:
Now that's a great score! Way to go Barnstormers!! – NN1N
Great job! – W1WEF
Super rockin' M/2 numbers!!!!! Absolutely fine job by you and the team! 73, Dave KM3T
Congrats Dick to you and the whole team. Nice job!! – Mark K1RX
Great job! You guys were everywhere!! – K5ZD
This was the first time I've
had a chance to hear your guys "from the other end." Of course
you may not have been aiming the same fire-power South as you would aim at EU,
but you were plenty loud. All that antenna work has paid off. --Fred K1VR
(from PJ4G M/S on
Well that is not all of them but it that doesn’t make you feel good I don’t know what will. And we are not done yet!!!
We have plans and do not expect to be sitting still this Summer so get ready for the work details.
40 Meter Tower Update
Well, the weather has finally gotten to Spring and now we have a chore to finish – the 40 Meter tower! NO EXCUSES NOW!
K0XG Ring Rotor is to be delivered about the 13th of April. I am
going to be in
Can we schedule April 24th for the first attempt to finish the tower. Last weekend KB1DFB and KB1H finished mounting and aligning the parts on the top section. It is ready to go!
Barnstormer Gear Order
I am preparing an order for NZ1U gear from B&B Embroidery. Hats, shirts, heavy and light weight jackets are available. Any one want to add to the order? There is a catalog in the barn.
Contesting Presentation at Local Club
I have been asked to make a presentation at the local club on May 10th about HF contesting. I have ideas and would appreciate some help in maybe preparing a PowerPoint show or some recordings as well. After that presentation I will probably host a number of “Open Station” weekends as we did a few years ago.
CQWW WPX CW May 29-30
This is the next “BIG” contest and one which we have done well and should enjoy! After all the bitching during ARRL SSB everyone should be ready to give a good effort in this CW contest. Who wants to join the winning team?
There has been allot of talk about a serious effort in the New England QSO Party from the barn this year. A Multi/Single effort and going for the win to unseat K1TTT who has been the perennial plaque winner in this category. Let’s go for it! Again who wants to help out?
There are plenty of new and unfinished projects on the board so let’s have a productive Summer and be ready to better last year’s scores.