The Georgia QSO Party by iwj36622


									The Georgia QSO Party
                     Georgia QSO Party
               The second full weekend in April. Two sessions
                       Saturday 1800z to 0400z (Sun)
                    Sunday 1400z to 2400z (10 Hrs each session)

• GA Stations work everyone, Everyone else works GA
                                160/80/40/20/15/10/6 *
                             Phone: 1.865, 3.810, 7.225, 14.250, 21.300, 28.450, 50.135
                             CW: 1.815, 3.545, 7.045, 14.045, 21.045, 28.045, 50.095

                     Classes: Mixed/PH/CW (RTTY, PSK etc in CW)
                   Plaques, Prizes, and Certificates are awarded to winners in
                   Club, State, County, PH, CW, Mixed, other categories…
Breakfast ??

                   *Most active bands
• GA looks for States (51),
• Provinces (13),
• And DX.
     – DX are not mults, but count as QSO Points
•   Everyone else looks for GA Counties (159)
•   Rovers are “new” as they change counties
•   Mults are per mode, but not per band.
•   Points – PH=1 CW=2
•   See gqp.contesting .com for full rules and a list of counties and provinces
                    •   2009 Stats
                    •   449 logs, 46,000 QSOs       (419 Last Year)

                    •   157 Counties activated (Terrell-Twiggs??)
                    •   51 State/Provinces entered (44 LY)
                    •   11 Rovers were on the road (17 LY)
                    •   118 GA Stations.              (93 LY)

                    •   316 State/Prov              (284 LY)

                    •   15 DX Stations                (17 LY)

                    •   138 Mixed Entries            (152 LY)

Top: Greg,
                    •   168 CW Entries               (159 LY)
NM2L in snow
flurries in April   •   143 PH Entries              (100 LY)
                                                •   Operating Hints

                                                •   You send and Log:
                                                •   W1AW 599 BIBB (or the actual county you are in)
                                                •   GA Stations- Do not send GA as your location, always send a county.
                                                •   You do not have to add any /M, /COBB, or other suffix to the call.
  Use the standard
 2 letter postal                                •   You Receive and Log:
 abbreviations for                              •   W1AW 599 CT -when working an out of state station
 the states.                                    •   The location should be one of the 51 State or 13 Province abbreviations commonly used.
                                                •   ARRL sections should not be used.
                                                •   We do sort out "VE3" as "ON" and some other variations for Canada.
                                                •   MD is separate from DC.

                                                •   When working a DX station, log "DX" as the location, not the country prefix.
                                                •   PA3ARM 599 DX -as an example of what you would log.
                                                •   We do also check for slips here and try to fix them if we can.
Alberta [AB] for (VE6, VA6)
British Columbia [BC] for (VE7, VA7)
Manitoba [MB] for (VE4, VA4)                    •   When working another GA station, Log the County abbreviation, not "GA"
New Brunswick [NB] for (VE9)                    •   NE4S 599 COBB - for example
Newfoundland/Labrador [NL] for (VO1, VO2)       •   If the station does not send the County, you can log "GA" as a last resort.
Northwest Territories [NT] for (VE8)            •   You will get credit for GA as a state multiplier worked when you log a GA county.
Nova Scotia [NS] for (VE1, VA1, CY9, CY)        •   GA counties are not multipliers for GA stations, but do count for QSO points.
Nunavut [NU] for (VY0)                          •
Ontario [ON] for (VE3, VA3)                     •   This last item gives rise to the oddity that "GA" should not be in any of the logged Qs for
Prince Edward Island [PE] for (VY2)                 GQP.
Quebec [QC] for (VE2, VA2)
Saskatchewan [SK] for (VE5, VA5)                •   Out of state stations and DX should sent their locations as in the examples above.
Yukon [YT] for (VY1)
                                                •   The list of Abbreviations and Multipliers is at
                                                •   along with the full rules.

 Top Pic: John, K4BAI
                                                •   Log all the dupes, it is faster and is sorted out in score processing.
 Eavesdrop on John for “On-the-Air” operating   •   Do your best, the score process is very forgiving.
                                • Rovers may use a driver and be Single OP
                                    – Rover must do all operating and logging
                                    – Safety first, some laws may apply here
                                • Rovers are not broken out by power
                                    – Run as much as you can
                                    – All are grouped together for awards
                                • A rover may also submit a separate home log
                                    –   As long as the home county is not in the Rover Run Log.
                                    –   Saturday day on the road, Sunday at home- not a bad plan
                                • Fixed stations are grouped QRP/LP/HP
                                    – 5W/150W/1500W
Now That’s a Rover!!
3 el A3 with 40M kit            • Fixed Stations may split into CW and PH
                                    – But not Mixed also, Qs are entered only once
30 foot Pneumatic mast
Ft1000mp, 500w TenTec
(I wish I had it back!! NE4S)
• Rare Counties
•       It seems that the one we miss is the "rare" one.
          – It is hard to say what misfortune befalls the rovers that causes them to miss one,
          – or why no fixed station got on the air from some counties.
•       At is a historical record of counties we
        have missed in recent years.
•       A good route would be one that visits a few of those counties that had 0Q's or have a
        low ham population as part of a trip you would find convenient and enjoy.
•       We try to coordinate activity of Rovers and Fixed operation. Please let us know of
        your plans at as soon as you can.
•       Fixed and Rover can also post listings at
•       Middle and Southern counties “tend” to be missed.
          – Terrell and Twiggs were the only ones missed in 2009!
          – Echols, Atkinson, Wilcox, Seminole, Berrien, McDuffie, Glascock, Hancock,
          – Lincoln, Charlton, Jasper, Jenkins, Screven, Burke, Brantley, Elbert, Hart,
          – Franklin, Jones, Putnam, Dade, Baldwin, Pickens, Liberty, Stephens, Richmond,
          – and Columbia have been missed in prior years.
•       Put some rovers on the road
•       Get your club and county members active
Top Pic: Tad, WF4W, and his portable station in rare Seminole Co.
Your Club - Your County
• How can your club participate?
•   Sponsor a plaque or prize
•   Put a GQP link on your web site
•   Get members active in GQP
•   Get rovers out on the road.
    – Even for a trip of a 2-? counties
• Consider an activity to put your club station on the air for GQP
• Remember to use your “Official” club name when entering your club.
     – Everyone spell it the same way, avoid abbreviations.
     – Use ARRL registered Club name if you have registered
     – Send a note to to get your
       plan posted on the web site.

•   Help is available for log problems (Late, Missing, Didn’t do a log, ???)
     – Contact NE4S ASAP after the Party Dates.
• If your club was not entered in last GQP---
• Perhaps scores went to other area clubs
   – SECC – SEDXC – Local – County
   – Sponsors SECC and SEDXC are NOT eligible for club awards
   – Recommend listing Your Club
• In March or early April have a GQP presentation at your
  club meeting.
• Use this PowerPoint, or invite one of the GQP Team to
  your meeting.
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                     State QSO Parties
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 Florida QSO Party

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Texas QSO Party
                               Thank you
 •    Donations for plaques are $20 currently.
       – You will be listed as a sponsor on the plaque, and on our web pages
       – Contact Chaz, W4GKF at
 •    Donations for the bonus prizes can be made by a note to Skip, K4EAK at

                             The GQP team
                         Greg, NM2L and Skip, K4EAK have
                                 joined us in 2010.

Mike NE4S   Chaz W4GKF            Lee WI4R      John K4BAI   Jeff KU8E     Gordon K4OD
DXing and Contesting from Your Car
    by Jeff Clarke KU8E
   Why should I setup a mobile
       station in my car ?
• Have the ability to get on the air if you
  don’t have a home station.

• It’s fun to have a mobile station in the car
  to pass time on long car trips.

• Operate as a rover in contests such as State
  QSO Parties or VHF Contests.
 How do I get started ? Step #1
• Pick a radio.
 Installing your radio in the car.
• Use a fused DC power cord
• Don’t use the cigarette lighter adapter.
 How do I get started ? Step #2
• Choose an Antenna.
Hustler/New-Tronics Mobile
 Antennas and Accessories
Screw Driver Mobile Antennas
High Sierra
      Other Mobile Antennas

                    Lakeview Ham Sticks
Texas Bug Catcher
Mobile Antennas Accessories
Mobile Antenna Mounting Tips
• Choose the right type of mount for your
• Take the time to properly ground your
   Mobile Antenna Fundamentals
Some Basics
    When an antenna is shortened from it's naturally resonant length at the frequency of
   interest, the feed point becomes capacitive and it becomes necessary to add offsetting
   inductance in the form of a loading coil. This restores the resonance of the antenna.
   Unfortunately, the additional inductor also has resistance that adds loss to the antenna.
   The resistance in the coil eats up your power and you are not going to be as loud
   as you would be if the coil loss were not present.
    The more that you shorten the antenna, the larger the coil that you need to use. The
   larger coil has more resistance and eats up more of the power. Mobile antennas are
   usually pretty short, require large coils and hence have large losses. This loss
   resistance is also seen at the feed point and is partly responsible for making it easy to
   match this shortened antenna to the 50-ohm feed line and radio.
     The impedance seen at the feed point is made up of the radiation resistance, coil loss
   and ground loss. The radiation resistance of a full size vertical antenna is about 35
   ohms. As the antenna is shortened the radiation resistance goes down quickly but the
   other losses are still there or even increase.

                                                      Source : DX Engineering
   Mobile Antenna Fundamentals
     If you have a 72-inch, 20m-whip antenna and you are measuring an SWR of 1:1 that
    means that you have a feed point impedance of 50-ohms. The true radiation resistance
    of your antenna is somewhere near 3-ohms. That means that you have a loss in your
    system of 47-ohms (50-ohms minus 3-ohms) and a radiation efficiency of about 6
    percent (3-ohms / 50-ohms). So, if you have a 100-watt transmitter in the car, 94-
    watts are being used to heat the air and only 6-watts are being used to
    communicate! The other 94-watts are used up in the loading coil and ground

Radiation Resistance of shortened Mobile Whips
Height (in.) Freq. (MHz) Radiation Resistance
72             1.8          0.05
72             3.5          0.17
72            7             0.69
72            10            1.42
72            14            2.77
72           18             4.59
72           21             6.24
72           24             8.15
72           28             11.10
                                                    Source : DX Engineering
Mobile Antenna Fundamentals
How do we reduce the loss in the Loading Coil?
 Basically, we try to use the one with least inductance and resistance that we can still
get to resonate the antenna. One way to reduce the size of the required coil is to install
what is known as a capacity hat. A capacity hat can be thought of as an extension of
the Marconi antenna design that adds horizontal elements to the design of an otherwise
vertical antenna to add length. If the capacity hat is designed correctly the currents in
the horizontal sections of the hat offset one another and preserve the vertical
polarization of the wave radiated by the antenna.
 The base impedance of the antenna will drop to about 16-22-ohms when you increase
the efficiency of the antenna. Any matching problems will probably be taken care of
by your rig's antenna matcher or a more efficient way would be to use a small
matching transformer.

How much did the efficiency increase?
 If the base impedance was reduced from 50-ohms total to 20-ohms total when the
actual radiation resistance of the antenna is really 3 ohms you will have gone from 6%
efficiency to 15% efficiency. More than doubling the RF power coming out of your

                                                   Source : DX Engineering
DX Engineering Hot Rodz
DX Engineering Hot Rodz
Just about every State QSO Party has a Rover category.
When you operate this category you are allowed to work
everyone you had worked in a previous county again.
Because you can work everyone again from a new county you can generate some big QSO totals.
K1TO has broken 3000 QSO’s in the Florida QSO Party. K5KG and W4AN (KU8E/K4BAI)
usually at least 2000 + QSO’s in the Florida QSO Party. K4BAI/KU8E usually have nearly 2000
QSO’s in the GQP.
Some rover participants will have a simple setup in the car and just log on paper. The more serious
operations will use computer logging and might have a GPS in the car to indicate when they are in
a new county.
Remember earlier when I mentioned how inefficient the typical mobile antenna is ? Here is K5KG
and VE7ZO’s solution to that problem for 20 meters and up. They tow a trailer with a Force 12
vertical dipole mounted on it.
          County Hunters

Many of the participants in state QSO parties are
CW county hunters. They are regulars in just about
every QSO party.

You can usually find them on 14056.5, 10122.5,
7056.5 and 3556.5.
KU8E Rover Setup
KU8E Rover Setup
I have worked 288 countries mobile. I have worked over 100 countries on all bands including 160M. On 160 Meters I have worked and confirmed 104
 countries so far. I have my 5BWAS/m +160M and WAC/m on all bands 160 to 10M.

Needless to say that I enjoy mobile very much. I have entered many contests with the mobile and have picked up lots of new DX that way. I have even won a few
of them for my area. I know I will never be able to compete with the big guns but I can make a close second at times. It’s FUN.

My new antenna is a N9JMX ( 4" Screwdriver called The Predator. It uses a 4” dia by 5’ Stainless Steel pipe for the base. The coil is wound
on a piece of Special High Temp Fiberglass and is about 2’ long. There is a screwdriver motor at the bottom of the pipe which drives a threaded rod. On
top is a CB whip with a couple of tophat wires about half way up the whip. The top hats are actually wire loops and the top of the whip is bent to form a loop as
well. This is done to help eliminate corona discharge on the lower bands. I can control the antenna resonance from the drivers seat by energizing the motor which
drives the coil in and out of the copper tube. There is finger stock on the top of the copper pipe that makes contact with the coil wire which is #10 tinned copper
wire. As the coil goes into the copper pipe those turns are shorted to the pipe in effect eliminating them from the circuit. For 160 Meters I have an aux coil I mount
between the existing coil and the top whip, It is wound on a piece of 6” by 6” PVC and is rather high Q. I fine tune to resonance using the lower coil.

I have a box mounted at the base which has all the relay control and matching vacuum variable which is also motor controlled. It is about 10 to 1000PF and run
s from the antenna base to ground. It is used on the lower bands to get a good 1:1 match. I switch it out on 30M and above.

Another part of the antenna which most people don’t consider is the ground system. I have run a copper pipe from the front to the rear of the truck under the
chassis. The antenna ground and almost all truck chassis parts are run to this ground bus using large copper braid. Thing like the chassis frame, the exhaust system,
the engine,enders ,bumpers etc. are all bonded together by this buss. It really helps to reduce noise and lowers the loss resistance of the antenna. This helps a lot
because on top band this antenna has a radiation resistance of less than 2 ohms. I figure the antenna is about 10% efficient at best. I make up for that with a really
good location and high power . For the pacific area I drive up to near Santa Barbara, about 45 miles away and park right near the water. I have a really great path
over salt water to everyplace west. For the other areas I go to the top of a hill near my QTH where the noise level is very low and I can see in all directions. I have
worked into Europe and Africa from that location several times. Its also good into South America as well as stateside. My goal has been to work DXCC on 160
Meters Mobile. It has taken several years but now I'm finally working on the second 100 countries.

73 Don Stribling KH6DX/mobile
 On the Air Recordings
W4AN – 2008 AQP 20 Meters

W4AN 2008 AQP 40 Meters

    N4PN – 2008 GQP

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