Worked TCGers: N4ARO, AB4GG, AD4EB, KS4X, and N4ZZ (all bands except 160!) Thanks all for TN. Also worked AJ4JD Tim who does not appear on the TCG roster. I forwarded the website and group links for his consideration.
I wrastled with N1MM and my SignaLink USB and Vista to create a CQ wav but was barking up the wrong tree. I did not relish using the FT-857D hand microphone, so I cobbled together a perfectly suitable head-set/foot-switch combo half-hour before the start of the contest (see below). After receiving numerous complaints from my wife throughout the evening about me “yelling at old men” I have implicit permission to do up the station control/sound-card situation properly.
My magic G5RV at 33 and 1⁄3 feet loaded up below 2:1 on 160 (for once), which allowed me to work 1⁄3 of all stations I heard, except for TN which I did not hear and subsequently did not work. The magic must have been saved for 160M because the antenna did not work well on 20M earlier. Come to think of it, it has never really worked there.…funny. My experimental 20M 3el vertical wire beam didn’t work worth a darned either, but it was fixed to EU so they must have been suffering the brunt of my 100w QRM (sorry guys).
Basically I did not have any strategy here except to set par. Although my results are pretty meh, I think I did as well as I could with a low crappy wire and one non-contest grade transceiver…and this is exactly my aim. I followed my band-plan from the CW contest, and made sure I went to 40M early and actually had a few mini-runs which energized me quite a bit. I realized late that I did not have a QSO goal set. I decided I would try for 250. In the time it took me to perform the difficult math calculation (four minutes) I decided this lofty goal would never be acheived within the allotted time, so I decided on 200. Since I had already passed that mark at 202Q, I felt quite content. Ah, psychology and the simple mind.
As always, some fantastic operators and stations were heard. Very inspiring.
North American QSO Party, SSB
Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 10
Band QSOs Mults
160: 4 3
80: 67 21
40: 120 37
20: 36 22
15: 3 3
10: 2 2
Total: 232 88 Total Score = 20,416
Club: Tennessee Contest Group
Taped an old HC‑4 microphone element to a PC headphone using blue painter tape. Used a J‑38 as a PTT foot-switch. I don’t use that newfangled SSB much!
Thanks to all for a fun contest.