The 2013 edition of the Colorado QSO party is complete and in the books. Perhaps, with exception to Field Day…the COQP is my favorite on-air radio sport opportunity. I truly enjoy representing the Centennial State and Denver County in this annual event.
The event is a full 16 hours from 1200 UTC (6 AM local) to 0400 UTC (10 PM local). In past years I’ve honestly not bothered with setting an alarm in order to get up with the chickens and get on the air. However, this year…well, my wife and I had just arrived back in the US from two weeks in Europe less than 36 hours before the start of the contest. Needless to say, I was still on London time and I was awake at 4 AM.
With coffee in hand, I switched on the computer and radio (my trusty Yaesu FT-950) and began spinning the dial promptly at 6 AM. Band conditions at this time of the day and in Colorado just weren’t compatible with my contesting efforts. Having been up due to jet lag for a few hours, I decided a nice morning walk was in order. After all, I still needed to get in my 10,000 steps. It was a beautiful morning in the mile high city and I used the time to walk along the DTC and admire the beautiful rocky mountains.
Energized after the walk, shower and breakfast. With even more coffee I headed back down to the basement ham shack and resumed my efforts of calling CQ Colorado QSO Party. Ahhh, 20m was as awake as I was and we were well underway to putting Q’s into the logbook.
My somewhat loose goals for the 2013 COQP was A. Have fun and B. attempt to make more contacts than the previous year. By the way, this number for 2012 COQP was 281. The end result for my 2013 efforts would most certainly meet the “Have Fun” goal (after all, this is important) and would unfortunately fall short of breaking last year numbers.
As you can tell from the screen grab from N1MM logger, I missed my Q goal by 23 Q’s.
So what was different about 2012? I decided for the 2013 COQP that I would work phone only versus in 2012 I operated mixed mode to include PSK and RTTY. But I also believe last year I wasn’t jet-lagged and I was able to give a solid effort in the final hours of the contest. Unfortunately, this year I was physically out of gas around 7 PM.
Overall I felt band conditions were just as good (or as good as I could remember them to be in 2012). Below is a map showing the 258 Q’s I worked during the 2013 COQP. By the way, I created the map using K2DSL free service.
I truly look forward to next year and I hope to work you.
Until next time…
73 de KD0BIK