All scores are claimed scores unless otherwise noted.January: CWOps CWT 1300Z January 4•QSO’s: 97•Mult’s: 88•Score: 8,536•Op Time: 60 minutesJanuary: CWOps CWT 1900Z January 4•QSO’s: 100•Mult’s: 84•Score: 8,400•Op Time: 60 minutesComment: So, you can get a medallion from CWOps if you operate in at least 50 sessions in a given year. That would be about twice as many as I normally do but I figure, why not? I also wanted to practice SO2R for the upcoming NAQP CW.January: ARRL RTTY Roundup (Final Score)•QSO’s: 1,069•Mult’s: 85•Score: 89,930•Op Time: 20:00Comment: First place overall for the Indiana Section (17 stations) and first place for the Central Division in Unlimited, Low Power (17 stations)! First time ever to make 1,000 QSO’s in a contest. I only wish I could have worked more mult’s to take advantage of the QSO points. I entered the SO-Unlimited Low Power category in order to avoid being in the same entry category as my good friend N9LF. I can’t say that the packet spots helped with either rate or multipliers, however. The old record for SO-U LP for Indiana was 48,790 so I surpassed that by a wide margin. Have not seen any other Indiana scores that were higher for that category so, hopefully, this will hold up and I can lay claim to a record.January: CWOps CWT 1300Z January 11•QSO’s: 100•Mult’s: 91•Score: 9,100•Op Time: 60 minutesJanuary: CWOps CWT 1900Z January 11•QSO’s: 105•Mult’s: 95•Score: 9,975•Op Time: 60 minutesComment: Another twofer CWT, and more SO2R practice for the upcoming NAQP CW. Towards the middle of the 1300Z session I noticed the right radio, the IC 756ProIII, was not putting out full power. At first thought it might be due to an undervoltage from the power supply but was able to duplicate the problem with several different power supplies. The problem manifests only after several minutes or more of CQ’ing, but the slower pace of S&P does not seem to cause a problem. Temperature?January: NAQP CW January 14 (Final Score•QSO’s: 688•Mult’s: 153•Score: 105,264•Op Time: 9 hoursComment: High bands were very disappointing Saturday afternoon. Rate was actually better on 15M than 20M until 15M waned. Nothing on 10M. So, 80M and 40M were the money bands, but 160M was a pleasant surprise. All three lower bands were quiet and signals were easy to copy. Normally, if I can snag a few dozen mults on 160, that’s a good showing. This was the best 160M NAQP CW in my memory. My SO2R practice also paid off, although the power output problem (see comments in Jan 1900Z CWT) was a nuisance. Third place for IN (26 stations)January: CWOps CWT 1300Z January 18•QSO’s: 68•Mult’s: 55•Score: 3,740•Op Time: 45 minutesJanuary: CWOps CWT 1900Z January 18•QSO’s: 79•Mult’s: 68•Score: 5,372•Op Time: 45 minutesComment: Both of these CWT’s were run at low power and with just one radio, to see if I could isolate the power out problem on the 756ProIII. Definitely not a power supply issue. Installed a booster cooling fan but that also does not appear to make a difference. The radio does not feel particularly warm, either. Perplexing.January: NAQP SSB•QSO’s: 210•Mult’s: 84•Score: 17,640•Op Time: 5 hoursComment: A contest tailor made for whining: low activity, poor prop on high bands, long skip and lots of noise on low bands. What’s not to love?January: CWOps CWT 1300Z January 25•QSO’s: 27•Mult’s: 27•Score: 729•Op Time: 30 minutesJanuary: CWOps CWT 1900Z January 25•QSO’s: 39•Mult’s: 39•Score: 1,521•Op Time: 30 minutesComment: Both sessions were primarily S&P due to my limited operating window, and single radio only.January: CQ WW 160 CW•QSO’s: 472•Points: 1,094•Mult’s: 65•Score: 71,110•Op Time: 9 hoursComment: A personal best in this contest, which included several long runs. Band was relatively quiet and activity was high. Worked three new countries on 160: Morocco, Belize and Columbia.February: CWOps CWT 1300Z February 1•QSO’s: 108•Mult’s: 93•Score: 10,044•Op Time: 1 HourFebruary: CWOps CWT 1900Z February 1•QSO’s: 109•Mult’s: 102•Score: 11,118•Op Time: 1 HourComment: Sessions 9 and 10 for 2017. The 1900Z score was my second highest ever but not quite good enough for top 10. The hobbled 756ProII does OK in search and pounce mode.February: CWOps CWT 1300Z February 8•QSO’s: 105•Mult’s: 101•Score: 10,500•Op Time: 1 HourFebruary: CWOps CWT 1900Z February 8•QSO’s: 46•Mult’s: 44•Score: 2,024•Op Time: 0.5 HourComment: Sessions 11 and 12 for 2017.February: CQ WPX RTTY @ K9CT•QSO’s: 3,636•Points: 10,709•Mult’s: 1,061•Score: 11,362,249Comment: Guest op at K9CT. Ops included (see picture, left to right) were K9NR, N7US, K3WA, Moi, K9CT and N9CK. Live score tracking during the contest suggested we were the top NA team, with a couple of EU teams having better scores. The total lack of 10M activity meant our score was considerably lower than in previous years.February: NAQP RTTY•QSO’s: 393•Mult’s: 106•Score: 41,658•Op Time: 8.5 HrsComment: Got home from a 2 week vacation late on Friday. Was I rested or exhausted? Bands were long and propagation was poor. This seemed to be the best I could do.March: CWOps CWT 1300Z March 1•QSO’s: 42•Mult’s: 42•Score: 1,764•Op Time: 0.5 HourMarch: CWOps CWT 1900Z March 1•QSO’s: 41•Mult’s: 38•Score: 1,558•Op Time: 0.5 HourMarch: CWOps CWT 0300Z March 2•QSO’s: 22•Mult’s: 22•Score: 462•Op Time: 0.25 HourComment: Sessions 13, 14 and 15 for 2017. These were low power efforts. I was using a borrowed Icom 7300, testing it as a possible replacement for my ailing 756ProIII. Some quick conclusions relative to the K3: good audio, excellent noise reduction; scope is awkward and unsatisfying. Filtering is not bad but not quite as good as the K3, although the bands were not particularly crowded and thus the filters could not really be pushed.March: CWOps CWT 1300Z March 8•QSO’s: 42•Mult’s: 42•Score: 1,764•Op Time: 0.5 HourMarch: CWOps CWT 1900Z March 8•QSO’s: 56•Mult’s: 55•Score: 3,080•Op Time: 1 HourComment: Once again operating low power, to test the Icom 7300. My 1900Z score was a top ten finish. I turned the 7300 off out of frustration midway through the hour, finding the scope a source of frustration instead of satisfaction. I thought I did not need a scope on my run radio, and maybe I don’t, but if the radio has one, I’d like it to be an aid rather than a hinderance. Testing the 7300 in various 2-radio scenarios also shows it can experience ADC overflow or overload from the second harmonic of the K3, even when the K3 is only operating 100 watts. March: WIQP•QSO’s: 141•Points: 265•Mult’s: 59•Score: 15,635•Op Time: 5 HoursComment: A great job as always by the Wisconsin mobiles. Some of them were consistently lounder than some of the fixed stations. However, it appeared the overall activity may have been down from the previous years, or perhaps propagation was just stinko. Still a fun event.March: CWOps CWT 1300Z March 15•QSO’s: 74•Mult’s: 62•Score: 4,588•Op Time: 0.75 HourMarch: CWOps CWT 1900Z March 15•QSO’s: 40•Mult’s: 40•Score: 1,600•Op Time: 0.5 HourComment: Sessions 18 and 19 for 2017.March: CWOps CWT 1300Z March 22•QSO’s: 35•Mult’s: 35•Score: 1,225•Op Time: 0.5 HourComment: Sessions 20 for 2017. Operated low power.March: CWOps CWT 1300Z March 29•QSO’s: 78•Mult’s: 69•Score: 5,382•Op Time: 0.5 HourMarch: CWOps CWT 1900Z March 29•QSO’s: 26•Mult’s: 26•Score: 676•Op Time: 0.25 HourComment: Sessions 21 and 22 for 2017. April: CWOps CWT 1300Z April 5•QSO’s: 97•Mult’s: 92•Score: 8,924•Op Time: 1 HourComment: It felt good to put in the full hour at high power.April: CWOps CWT 1900Z April 5•QSO’s: 38•Mult’s: 38•Score: 1,444•Op Time: 0.5 HourComment: Session 23 and 24 for 2017.April: CWOps CWT 1300Z April 12•QSO’s: 43•Mult’s: 40•Score: 1,720•Op Time: 0.5 HourComment: Tested the newly repaired ProIII by trying to call CQ for as much as possible. Looks like the power problem has been fixed. Session 25 for 2017. April: CWOps CWT 1300Z April 19•QSO’s: 68•Mult’s: 65•Score: 4,420•Op Time: 0.75 HourApril: CWOps CWT 1900Z April 19•QSO’s: 25•Mult’s: 24•Score: 600•Op Time: 0.25 HourComment: Sessions 26 and 27 for 2017. Focused on “relearning code.” The 1900Z session was cut short by nearby thunderstorms.April: CWOps CWT 1300Z April 26•QSO’s: 38•Mult’s: 36•Score: 1,368•Op Time: 0.5 HourApril: CWOps CWT 1900Z April 26•QSO’s: 36•Mult’s: 34•Score: 1,224•Op Time: 0.5 HourComment: Sessions 28 and 29 for 2017. Decided to run without packet, call history, and any code reading software to see just how I would do having to copy everything without any crutch. Up to 22 or 24 wpm not too bad. Beyond that it got ugly very quickly.May: CWOps CWT 1300Z May 3•QSO’s: 43•Mult’s: 40•Score: 1,720•Op Time: 0.5 HourComment: Sessions 30 for 2017.May: CWOps CWT 1300Z May 17•QSO’s: 45•Mult’s: 44•Score: 1,980•Op Time: 0.5 HourComment: Sessions 31 for 2017. First opportunity to operate after a two week trip to France. My only exposure to ham radio there was a glimpse of this antenna in Paris, about a mile from the Eiffel Tower. Picture was taken from inside our tour bus. I know, it could be a picture from anywhere. Forty eight hours after returning from Paris, I was in Dayton for the annual Hamvention. As Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”May: CWOps CWT 1300Z May 23•QSO’s: 41•Mult’s: 37•Score: 1,517•Op Time: 0.5 HourComment: Sessions 32 for 2017May: CWOps CWT 1300Z May 31•QSO’s: 96•Mult’s: 75•Score: 7,200•Op Time: 1 HourComment: Session 33 for 2017 and the first full hour CWT since April 5.May: CWOps CWT 1300Z May 31•QSO’s: 96•Mult’s: 75•Score: 7,200•Op Time: 1 HourComment: Session 33 for 2017 and the first full hour CWT since April 5.June: ARRL June VHF•QSO’s: 1•Mult’s: 1•Score: 1VHF contests are not my oevre but the SMC put out a call for logs to help them get 50 or more submitted, in order to try to win the Unlimited Club Competition.June: CWOps CWT 1300Z June 14•QSO’s: 68•Mult’s: 64•Score: 4,352•Op Time: 1 hourA special slow speed (20 wpm) or less CWT to accommodate the latest CWA graduating class. I decided the occasion represented an opportunity to try sending everything by hand: calling CQ, calling a station that is calling CQ, and all exchanges. Something I had probably not done for 20 years. There were a few QSO’s that were pretty ugly but for the most part it went well.June: CWOps CWT 1900Z June 14•QSO’s: 25•Mult’s: 25•Score: 625•Op Time: 0.5 hourAlso a special slow speed (20 wpm) or less CWT to accommodate the latest CWA graduating class. And I once again sent everything by hand. Had to pull the plug after 30 minutes due to local storms.June: CWOps CWT 1300Z June 21•QSO’s: 80•Mult’s: 72•Score: 5,760•Op Time: 1hourJune: CWOps CWT 1900Z June 21•QSO’s: 50•Mult’s: 49•Score: 62,450•Op Time: 0.75 hourI ran both June 21 CWT’s at low power using what was to be the FD setup for W9LDX, which included packet and call history but no decoding. Consequently, both scores were somewhat lower than usual.June: ARRL Field Day June 24-25 at W9LDX•QSO’s: 1,777•QSO Points: 2,398•Score: 4,796•Bonus points: 1,350•Grand total: 6,146A 1A effort. Activity was high, band conditions were good, and the station performed well. These things along with the pleasant company and great weather made for a memorable Field Day. We even made a couple of satellite QSO’s. I personally made 388 QSO’s, all CW, including a phenomenal (for me) 20M 104 QSO’s during the last hour of the event. All of our QSO’s were on 20, 40 and 80. This may have been our best 1A entry ever and will hopefully be good for first place Indiana and a top ten for the event in the 1A category.June: CWOps CWT 1900Z June 28•QSO’s: 97•Mult’s: 82•Score: 7,954•Op Time: 1 hourSession 38 for 2017. Participation was high and band conditions were good. My first 1 hour, full speed CWT in quite some time.July: RAC Canada Day•QSO’s: 196•Mult’s: 15•Points: 1,338•Score: 18,732•Op Time: 5 hoursMy usual 40M effort. More QSO’s, more multipliers and more points than ever. Hopefully, good for another first place world standing in this under-utilized category. Spent more time calling CQ than usual, especially on phone, which brought in a lot of Canadians.July: CWOps CWT 1900Z June 28•QSO’s: 83•Mult’s: 64•Score: 5,312•Op Time: 1 hourSession 39 for 2017. Started out on 80M thinking there might be a few extra QSOs to be had there, but with the benefit of hindsight I probably spent too much time there.July: NAQP RTTY (Final Score)•QSO’s: 584•Mult’s: 147•Score: 85,848•Op Time: 10 Hrs•Team: SMC-2Comment: First Place for Indiana and a top 10 finish. Team SMC-2 also took first place in the team competition. Midway through the contest I was optimistic that I might break my all time record for the July NAQP RTTY, which was in 2014. And then at 0100z it was time to drop down to 80M. The good news there was it was easy to find a run frequency. The bad news was the S9 band noise, which made the band an underperformer with relatively few QSO's. A lot of those QSO's involved some guess work on the call and the exchange. So, no new personal best for me. I did manage to work 4 states on all 5 bands including Indiana. Also managed to work all 4 of my SMC-2 team members at least twice. Was pleasantly surprised at what was to be found on 10M and 15M, considering the recent solar doldrums. Even though there were not a lot of QSOs on 10 and 15, the mults on those bands contribute greatly to the score. And, logged my first ever 40M QSO with FP (Saint Pierre & Miquelon). So, all things considered, 10 hours well spent.July: CWOps CWT 1900Z July 19•QSO’s: 46•Mult’s: 46•Score: 2,116•Op Time: .5 hourJuly: CWOps CWT 1900Z July 19•QSO’s: 47•Mult’s: 47•Score: 2,115•Op Time: .5 hourSessions 40 and 41 for 2017July: CWOps CWT 1900Z July 26•QSO’s: 49•Mult’s: 45•Score: 2,205•Op Time: .75 hourSession 42. Ran low power and used my long wire antenna to test the antenna’s viability in the face of the potential loss of my trusted Alpha-Delta DX-CC dipole due to storm damage to the tree that holds up the Northwest end of the dipole. While the damage was not itself a problem, it did reveal a structural problem with the tree that raised questions about the tree’s viability. Had the tree assessed by an arborist who agreed the tree’s days are numbered but he did not recommend immediate removal.August: NAQP CW•QSO’s: 720•Mult’s: 167•Score: 120,240•Op Time: 9.75 hoursSO2R is hard for me when the rates are high but, for the first ¾’s of this contest, I was in The Zone and I though I was on the way to my best effort ever in this contest. Took my last break and, when I came back, my fingers had turned to sausages and I could not do anything right. Plus, 80M did not yield the expected number of QSO’s due to high noise. So, I had to settle for a “pretty darn good” performance instead of my best ever.August: CWOps CWT 1900Z August 9•QSO’s: 32•Mult’s: 32•Score: 1,024•Op Time: .25 hourAugust: CWOps CWT 1900Z August 16•QSO’s: 49•Mult’s: 45•Score: 2,205•Op Time: .75 hourSessions 43 and 44 for 2017.August: NAQP SSB•QSO’s: 262•Mult’s: 84•Score: 22,008•Op Time: 6.75 hoursPossibly the most horrendous band conditions ever.