[MiQP-Mail] MiQP K8MAD(N8XX) Single Op LP
n8xx at arrl.org
Sun Apr 19 15:31:23 EDT 2009
Michigan QSO Party
Class: Single Op LP
QTH: KENT COUNTY
Operating Time (hrs): 6
Band CW Qs Ph Qs
80: 51 45
40: 36 19
20: 4 0
15: 0 0
10: 0 0
Total: 91 54 CW Mults = 45 Ph Mults = 46 Total Score = 22,878
Club: Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association
Fun contest, even though Murphy struck. For the Ohio QSO Party I had
loaned my Computer to rig interface to a friend but, alas!, didn't get
it back. So, I cobbled another together with parts on hand.
Unfortunately, I didn't check it out prior to the event. It was DOA. I
looked it over, but didn't see anything wrong. So, I hooked up my
ancient bug (circa 1955, hadn't been used since the 80's). It had
corroded contacts, and simple burnishing didn't do much. Brought out the
trusty J-38, and did the pump handle thing. It's amazing that 1800's
technology still works in the 21st Century! Even at 1 p.m. 20 metres
was all but dead, so quick move to 40. About 4 p.m. I looked over the
computer interface, tried it again, and, LO! And Behold! It worked.
But, after about 10 Q's it went into an oscillation and wouldn't stop -
made a horrible noise in the rig, and probably on the air. After
unhooking it and reinstalling it, the same problem, so back to the
trusty J-38. At that point I didn't determine if it was the USB to Com
port device, or the Com port to rig which I had assembled. The trusty
J-38 worked great!
Thanks to all who slowed down to my hand sent hand keyed speed, even
though I could copy faster. It's nice to see that a rookie would have
been treated well.
K8MAD was an interesting call, especially on phone. People would do a
double take, and I'd say I was the "mad man from Michigan."
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