Virginia QSO Party
Updated: 13 April
Party Soapbox Comments
emails: I am also sending a hard
copy of log with
summary sheet and donation.
Only operated the first day. Made the four hour each way trip from Pittsburgh to operate in this contest. It made for a long day!
Adam KD4MCA emails: Hi all, Attached is the log for the
KD4MCA/mobile operation during the VA QSO Party. I had a
blast. I decided to drive to Clintwood to see my grandfather on
Sunday and decided it would be fun to activate some rare
counties. I may have been the only station from Dickenson in the
contest and maybe the other counties I went through as well. It
was fun being rare DX. I know my 100 watts and a $9.00 hamstick
didn't put out the best signal on the bands, but for driving around the
back roads of SW VA I was pleased and most importantly had a lot of
fun. Looking forward to next year when maybe I can try to hit
some of the other counties in the SW corner of VA as well. Bring
our troops home. Peace and 73
N3GE emails: Propagation condx poor during this party.
Avery KD4GBA emails: Here is my log for this year. Wish I could
have heard more stations from VA but was fun anyway. 73
Dana, AD5VCI, emails: I am a new ham and this was my first QSO
contest. I enjoyed it, but I won't guarantee there were not
goofs, particularly with the 2 CW contacts. I grew up in McLean
and went to U.Va., so it was a bit of old home week for me.
W0PQ writes: ELECRAFT K1...5 WATTS...G5RV ANTENNA...ANTENNA
Dave, W9QL, emails: Thanks for a great QSO party. My log
submission is attached.
GERD DL5AWI writes: First day QRL and sunday lousy condx! Hope to have
better situation in next year! 73 from Germany
Don, VE3HUR, writes: Hi, Attached is my log for the 2006 Virginia QSO
Party. ... Thanks for the fine contest - it was lot's of
Dwight, AI4II, writes: Don't see where to attach the dollar bill
W4NHJ writes: Excellent, thanks. Had some minor problems with
Gary - CU2JT, writes: Hello, ... I do enjoy being in the QSO Party,
wish, however, that the activity could be better. I only managed to
work 39 out of 100+ counties and independent cities. A special thank to
N4VA/M, who provided me with 8 of the worked counties. I had a couple
of hours during "prime time" on 20 destroyed by some device in the
neighbourhood that caused S9+10dB static noise. My result this year was
far better than last year, in spite of the ongoing BARTG RTTY contest
that spilled over on 7050 KHz and caused some QRM. 73 and thanks for
Ian N8IK writes: Hi Gordon, Here's my Cabrillo log. New plaque
category - lowest score ever! ... 73,
AG4SO writes: Please note all digital QSO's are PSK-31 Thanks
john we9n writes: tnxs for a fun contest. looking forward to next
Pete, KG4OJT writes: Greetings and thank you for putting on a
fun contest. Attached is KG4OJT.log, my submission for the Virginia QSO
W2UDT writes: Attached is my VA QSO Party Log. Nice to see good
activity from VA. Missed a good part of Saturday due to dinner
commitments and other chores. Sunday 40M prop was long most of the day
and 80M very noisy so I got some outside cleanup done. Did sneak out 2
Qs on 20M cw though. 80M came alive late Sunday afternoon with some
good cw/ssb Qs. 160M netted only one QSO with W4ML. My CQs resulted in
very little response on 80M/40M but 75M SSB was great with 40 Qs. Still
need Dickinson and Lousia counties. Thanks to the mobiles who, as
always, make the difference. CU next year. 73, Bill
KN4IJ writes: my first one
Jim / KG4YLZ writes: Used N3FJP's Va QSO software. Please let me
know if this file is correct. Had more fun than last year. 73
KB9YGD writes: tnx wonderfull time e s 73 de
Steve K4EU: Happy to see more activity this year. Sorry wasn't
able to operate any on Sunday. Thanks for all the Q's.
W3MGL: Great fun in a Great State
VE7FCO: Band conditions were not the Greatest.
Although there were more Virginia Counties
and Cities on the air, this was thwarted by the poor propagation
conditions - which were further exacerbated by a minor geo-magnetic
storm. This was my first effort as a multi-op, single transmitter
using multi-band spotting. Usual frustration by the 75m "we own this
frequency" crowd, although you could be on the suggested contest
frequency for hours before they showed up. We even received an email
from the folks in SD claiming that we were on their net frequency
before the net and cause IX to the net! Unfortunately we never heard
them or would have been happy to QSY. CW mode was such a pleasure - no
complaints of nets there!
WF1L: 40M HF from mobile on Saturday was horrible. 2M/70cm was ok but
crowded. I need better mobile antenna for 2/70. Was
surprised how wide FM signals were. Had to QSY more than 10MHz to
get a clear spot.
Dan KB6NU: Thanks for another great contest. It was lots of fun. 73!
KB6NU: I'm hoping that I defended my 2005 "High Single Band -
Michigan" title. I made more Qs, worked more counties, and
consequently, scored more points, so I think I have a good shot....Dan
WA4JA: Hope the excel file will work OK. Enjoyed what little time I
spent with the VA stations. 73,
W4RQ: SOAPBOX: Conditions were not so hot! Usually do much
KG4VXP: Thank you very much for conducting the VA QSO Party. You
provided me with my first contest. As a rookie I don't really know
whether my category was mobile or expedition. I was driving
around to different jurisdictions working contacts from Fairfax,
Fairfax City , City of Falls Church, Arlington , and City of
Alexandria. I selected mobile. Also on the multipliers I wasn't clear
as I was mobile during the entire contest, but I was only in five
different counties and cities when I logged the contacts. Moving
around, I logged contacts that originated in 11 counties or independent
cities. Again thanks to your club for conducting this
event. Furthermore, I appreciate K2BFY taking the time to
regularly announce the QSO Party on the Northern Virginia Traffic
Net. His announcements and subsequent discussions motivated me to
participate. I am indeed glad that I did. I hope you'll do
this again next year, because I'm already thinking about how I can get
into triple digits on my log. Sincerely,
N4CY : Had a great time with this contest! Are there any plans for
separate high/low power categories in the future? I considered
operating QRP, but wanted to get the most points that I could for my
club, so went with 100 watts. 73,
AI4TD: Enjoyed the party! 73
W1CRO: ten watts wouldn't cut it on 160. Too much moise.
KI4IEO: Thank you sooooo much... I had a blast doing the contest this
year. Learned a lot and will adjust next year.
KI4FYO: Better than ever! Well done. Set up PayPal so it is
easy to donate!!!
KI4MWQ: Thanks for all your hard work in putting on such a great
party! My first contest as a HAM. I had a wonderful time!
WS4V: If 40 was any worse we would have to used cell phones but I had a
THANKS, for a great contest!!!! First time I have used an
K5EK: Please put K4NVA on the UHF/VHF bands for the mobiles.
K4EJ: Comments: There are 95 Virginia
Counties and 39 Virginia Independent Cities, so lots of MULTS (134) to
chase in this one ... I followed my radio partner Kyle, WA4PGM
(operating as W4W/m) for 30 of my QSOs ... Kyle was out to smash all
existing VAQP/m records, which he did!
Last year, I had 62 QSOs x 49 MULTS for 4,230 score. This year, besides
a significant improvement in score, my most satisfying accomplishment
was being able to complete 32 contacts on the 80/75 meter band, a good
shakedown for this weekends coming WPX SSB. Worked the following
nine(9) mobiles for 51 of my total QSOs: AD8J/m
K3ONW/m K4PH/m K4UK/m K7SV/m N4VA/m
W3ZI/m W4W/m W4ZPR/m 73
N3RJ: GREAT ACTIVITY. IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME. TNX TO ALL MOBILE STNS
FOR EXTRA COUNTIES.
I just got my new call on Saturday and my first Virginia QSO Party was
a great way to try it out. I had a fantastic time. I only
wish I could have worked every county. Maybe next year!