Decided to work the Wisconsin QSO Party and wanted to try N3FJP’s logging software.
A quick download from the website, and a registration (I registered the whole package as I intend to use it for other contests this year) and it was time to install & debug.
I received my version passwords quickly by email, installed the software & completed the configuration. Wanting to use the Band Tracking feature I did set up the Rig Tracking with my Flex-Radio Flex-5000A.
Not having a Serial-Port sharing program running (yet) I found it easier to select a virtual pair within the range of the N3FJP software. Within a few moments I had the software up and ready to go.
Having used N3FJP’s software during our club’s last several Field Day operations, it was about a 30 second familiarization and I was ready to go!
Bands and conditions were difficult and 80m was my best band. I did make some 40m QSOs and just a few 20m QSOs (found Japan was easy at 150 watts on 20m though I could hear Taiwan but couldn’t work the BX5 back at 150 watts).
I kept my Alpha well throttled back, giving it minimum drive for an average 150 watts. Perhaps I shoudld have used a patch cable to skip it and the extra in the shack, as the cumulative in shack losses otherwise cut me back to 60 watts on 80m.
I fell well short of my hope of a clean-sweep of Wisconsin Counties, with 30 of 72 works (42%), 18 state and one Canadian Province (DX doesn’t count as a multiplier) for a meager 6100 points.
Here is an abbreviated version of the log the N3FJP software created for submission:
CREATED-BY: N3FJP’s WI State QSO Party Program 1.7
CONTEST: Wisconsin State QSO Party
[QRZ type data deleted]
COUNTY: MAN CLUB AFFILIATION: MANCORAD W9DK
ENTRY CLASS: Single OP Fixed
POWER LEVEL: LOW
CW QSOs 0 X 2 = 0
Phone QSOs 83 X 1 = 83
Power Multiplier LOW 1.5
TOTAL CONTACT POINTS = 124.5
Wisconsin Counties = 30
States = 18
Provinces = 1
Total Multipliers = 49
SCORING: CONTACT POINTS X MULTIPLIERS = 6100.5
BONUS POINTS = 0
SOAPBOX: Had a great time, even throttled down to 150 watts! First event I worked with a new Flex-5000a
QSO: 7000 PH 2009-03-15 1826 K9ZW MAN KI9A IL
QSO: 14000 PH 2009-03-15 1830 K9ZW MAN KV5WS TX
QSO: 14000 PH 2009-03-15 1831 K9ZW MAN N6RZR CA
QSO: 14000 PH 2009-03-15 1833 K9ZW MAN W5KTT TX
QSO: 7000 PH 2009-03-15 1842 K9ZW MAN VA3SWG ON
QSO: 3500 PH 2009-03-15 1849 K9ZW MAN NN8L MI
QSO: 3500 PH 2009-03-15 1851 K9ZW MAN K8AO MI
QSO: 7000 PH 2009-03-15 1901 K9ZW MAN N2CU NY
QSO: 3500 PH 2009-03-15 1906 K9ZW MAN KS9WI CAL
…… [about 75 more contacts deleted]
I did take a couple breaks, to make coffee, to go outside for a while (I moved my 1/2 sloper 75 degrees to cover the state a bit better and to inspect the damage deer did to my vertical antenna when they got caught in the counterpoise loop in deep snow.
Also broke for dinner with the family, a phone call and to change footwear (my shack is in what was to be a wine cellar and I was feeling the cold from the tile floor).
All in all a lot of fun and I am looking forward to using the software/hardware combination again soon!