Ken Harker WM5R
2005 North American QSO Party SOAB Phone - K5TR (WM5R, op. )


I didn't really know what I was doing in this contest. My last single operator effort in the NAQP was four years ago, when conditions were quite different.

In retrospect, I'm sure my off-time strategy was suboptimal. I should have taken at least half of my off time before 0000 UTC, as I found the rate on 40 and 80 to be better than some of the hours I spent earlier in the contest on 20, and I probably could have worked more mults on the low bands if I hadn't had to take three half hour off times after dark.

I tried and tried to work stations on 15 meters early on, but I could only get one station to answer a CQ, and nobody I tried to move there came through. The stations I did work there were all S&P on the second radio, including a really cool QSO with a VE1. I never heard a signal on 10 meters, and never really found a good local candidate with whom I could run the bands. I did hear a JA1 speaking Japanese in a ragchew on 15 meters, but couldn't get his attention. I guess the band was really long.

I was pleasantly surprised at how many Europeans called in on 20 meters phone and knew to give me their name.

The 136 hour at the contest start was a lot of fun.


Score

Category : Single Operator All Band Low Power

Band QSOs Mults
160SSB
10
8
80SSB
62
27
40SSB
116
39
20SSB
594
54
15SSB
9
6
10SSB
0
0
Totals 791 134

Claimed score105,994


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