Ohio is my home state (hence the W8 callsign) and I thought I’d get on to work a few old friends. I was surprised and pleased to work former co-worker WB8JAY although I’ve changed callsigns since we worked together and I don’t think he recognized me. We had friends over for dinner, so I only got two and a half hours in.
The big bummer of the Qhio QSO Party is the RTTY contest. It seems like there’s a lot of bad blood between RTTY and CW ops. I think a lot of it comes from the fact that they can’t (as a CW op, I consider RTTY ops to be functionally-illiterate at CW because they’d be using CW if they weren’t) copy each other’s signals and therefore treat each other as just another interfering signal. One man’s signal is another man’s noise, as we like to say in the remote sensing business.
Anyhow, it was a good time and helped me identify some problems with the K9AY loops setup…
Ohio QSO Party Call: K8GU Operator(s): K8GU Station: K8GU Class: Single Op LP QTH: MD Operating Time (hrs): 2.5 Radios: SO2R Summary: Band CW Qs Ph Qs -------------------- 80: 24 4 40: 42 12 20: 15: 10: -------------------- Total: 66 16 CW Mults = 38 Ph Mults = 11 Total Score = 7,252 Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club