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Old 04-24-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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Post 2009 Florida QSO Party

I received this from a friend earlier. This may have been part of an ARRL publication, not sure.

FLORIDA QSO PARTY THIS WEEKEND !!! SEE INFO BELOW


When: April 25th and April 26th, 2009

Two ten hour operating periods, with a ten hour break:
Saturday April 25th 16:00z (Noon EST ) - 01:59 (9:59pm EST)
Sunday April 26th 12:00z (8am EST) - 21:59z (5:59pm EST)
20 Hours total

Exchange: RST and County (Florida stations)
RST and QTH (State, Prov. or Country for Outside FL)

Where: 10, 15, 20 and 40 Meters

CW : 28.035, 21.035, 14.035, 7.035

SSB: 28.485, 21.335, 14.260, 7.195

(Approximate center frequencies, There is lots of activity
spread out from there!)

At least 20 Mobile stations **(see below) will be on and most can be
found here:
(1) CW: 7.025-7.035, 14.040-14.050, 21.040-21.050, 28.040-28.050
MHZ
(2) SSB: 7.180-7.190, 14.265-14.275, 21.340-21.350,
28.480-28.490 MHz
Note the lower freqs on 40 SSB!

Categories: (Many!)
Single Op, Multi Op, Multi-Multi, Mobile, Novice/Tech, and School.
Three power categories: QRP, Low, and High Power.
Use CW, SSB or a mix of the two.
Prizes: Beautiful color Certificates for top participants
Plaques for top finishing entrants.

Web Site: http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/
Detailed rules, mobile routes, past results, plaques, county maps
and much more!

Logs to [email protected] or direct reply to this e-mail.

Mobiles expected to be active:
K1RQ (+NJ1F)
K4KG (K5KG, VE7ZO)
K4LQ
K4OJ (N4KM, K0LUZ)
K4PG
K9ES (+AD4ES, KD2JA)
KC4HW (+W4EIP)
KN4Y
N1WON
N1XC
N4AO (WC4E)
N4EEB
N4KK (K9VV, WA0USA, W4RIS, AA4NC) - maybe Multi-THREE!
N4PJ (+ XYL N4BU)
N4PN
NF4A
NN4TO (K8NZ, K1TO, honoring N4TO)
NO5W
W4AN (K4BAI, KU8E)
W4TBB
W4ZW
W5WMU (starting in rare MON)

With all these folks blanketing the state, a sweep should be easier
than ever!

THANK YOU for making the FQP a terrific event!

73, Dan, K1TO



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Old 04-24-2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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I think I'll work or try to work at least a couple of hours of the FQP on Saturday. Will be on 40 meters and possibly some 20 meters if it's open.

The county and grid I'm in is rare for the county hunters out there.



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Old 04-27-2009, 08:22 AM   #3
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So Jim were you able to get on? I was on Saturday for a couple of hours on CW -- Signals were very weak here. I made about 40 contacts I guess. Was surprised a guys in the Azores and the UK answered my CQ.

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Old 04-27-2009, 09:22 AM   #4
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Yes Mark, I was in and out Saturday, all during the day. Had a good time working 40 meters mostly. I tried all the bands but had the most success on 40. I didn't work any CW, it was all SSB. I logged only about 30 contacts but had a good time with it.

What really made my day was the fact almost every contact told me I was a new county for them. There are not many hams here and the hams that are here are not very active. The active ones seldom would participate in the QSO Party. Good guys just not their interest. Normally a friend from Panama City (NF4A) comes through here mobile to make contacts and travels on to some of the other rare counties. I did here him in the evening down around Dixie County. Charlie is a big contest ham op, we've known each other since we were kids. He travels abroad a couple of times a year to do contest work. He's an engineer for Clear Channel Radio.

I don't know what the multipliers were. I heard several stations thanking others for multipliers. I know amout of power, power source, etc all have to do with the op's points or class.

While on 20 meters I did hear some DX out of the middle east. This was during the middle of the day. Everything seemed dead except for that signal and maybe one or two others. I can't remember which country it was. I wrote down the call and looked it up.

Had a great time with my few contacts.

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Old 04-27-2009, 02:00 PM   #5
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Hi Jim,
Wished I would have heard you! I worked 80 Florida stations this weekend. A multiplier is working a new county (outside Florida) or State, Province or DX Country (in Florida), so for in State Ops you can have 48 multipliers for US contacts. A multiplier can be counted once per mode. So its # QSOs X # multipliers X power factor. I had 80 contacts with 28 different counties and running low power, 80 X 28 X 2 = 4480 points. I was hoping to work half the counties, Owell next year. Did have fun!

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Hi Jim,
Wished I would have heard you! I worked 80 Florida stations this weekend. A multiplier is working a new county (outside Florida) or State, Province or DX Country (in Florida), so for in State Ops you can have 48 multipliers for US contacts. A multiplier can be counted once per mode. So its # QSOs X # multipliers X power factor. I had 80 contacts with 28 different counties and running low power, 80 X 28 X 2 = 4480 points. I was hoping to work half the counties, Owell next year. Did have fun!

73 Mark K5WMH
Thanks for explaining Mark. I don't get too seriously involved as you can tell. I do enjoy making the contacts. I didn't do any calling, just tuned around listening for the CQ's.

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Hello to all.... my first post here.

Well, it seems there is some sort of contest every weekend now a days, and sometimes even during the week. Besides the FQP there was another QP plus a RTTY contest going. I almost am not hoping for a good sunspot cycle, as then everyone will be on 24/7 and no place to have a good ragchew. Like I was telling Jim in an email, I operate mostly digital modes like PSK, Olivia, Hellschrieber and MFSK so hope to meet some of you on those modes someday.

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