All scores are claimed scores unless otherwise noted.CWops CWT Sessions Worked: 35January: ARRL RTTY Roundup•QSOs: 1050•Mults: 86•Score: 90,300•Op Time: 19:55Exactly the same number of domestic mults as last year but 10 few DX mults, so an overall lower score. Confusion around the off time requirement abounds and may have kept me from winning the plaque for the Central Division.January: NAQP CW (Final Score)•QSOs: 722•Mults: 172•Score: 124,184•Op Time: 9:30Fourth place for Indiana stations and 14th in the Central Division. Things went well and I ended up with a great score despite the lousy sunspot situation. The ability to snag some precious mults on 15 and 10 made the difference.January: NAQP SSB•QSOs: 300•Mults: 119•Score: 35,700•Op Time: 6:55Stayed in the chair a bit longer than is typical for me for a SSB contest. February: ARRL DX CW•QSOs: 238•Mults: 112•Score: 79,968•Op Time: 5:00Operated in order to log as many CWops members in as many countries as I could. An added bonus was great prop on 80 and 160 Friday night, allowing me to work 15 new Challenge slots there, plus one on 40m. Decided to call CQ late Sunday morning on 20m and quickly got a taste of the fresh meat phenomena, challenging my pileup skills to the max. February: NAQP RTTY (Final Score)•QSOs: 463•Mults: 110•Score: 50,930•Op Time: 10 hoursFirst place Indiana and 6th place Central Division. This running was a challenge due to the band conditions. Also, a recently-discovered interference problem between my two SO2R stations reduced my effectiveness. The lack of propagation on 10 and 15 reduced both QSO count and multipliers. February: CQ WPX RTTY @ K9CT•QSO’s: 3,549•Points: 9,806•Mult’s: 980•Score: 9,609,880Comment: Guest op at K9CT. Other ops included AI9T ND9G K9CT KT9L N7US. This score was way down from previous years, primarily due to lack of propagation and thus few QSOs on 10 and 15. It was still a lot of fun, as always. Based on raw scores, we finished 2nd in the world (out of 27 entries) and #1 North America in the M2 category.March: WIQP•QSOs: 42•Mults: 26•Score: 3,120•Op Time: 1 hourA paltry effort on my part, compared to previous years. March: VAQP•QSOs: 66•Mults: 34•Score: 4,488First time to work this contest. Why not?April: FQP•QSOs: 72•Mults: 32•Score: 9,216Operated this contest to test my mobile setup for the INQP, to take place the following week.May: INQP•QSOs: 492•Mults: 65•Score: 63,700•Op Time: 7.5 hoursA mobile effort, activating 12 counties. I operated 5.5 hours from the start of the contest, took a break for dinner and to attend a social event, then operated the last 2 hours. 80m was usable from the very beginning but very few stations were working that band, and 40m was long from the very beginning. Thus, I made relatively few QSOs with other Indiana stations, which is typical of my mobile experience. The XYL graciously drove for the first 4 hours, I operated solo from 2 county lines for the next 1.5 hours and I operated only while stopped for the last 2 hours. which included two other county lines WX was good and the bands were quiet but there did not seem to be a lot of signals on the bands. Comments from other ops suggested prop was poor with heavy QSB. The 4 county line operations helped to boost my score by quite a bit compared to a similar operation the previous year.May: 7QP •QSOs: 93•Mults: 40•Score: 11,160An INQP companion QSO party. This score represents a significant increase from my 2018 score. For the first time in my recollection, some 7QP stations declined to work me when I move to a new county. A couple of them worked me in the first couple of counties and THEN started to tell me I was a dupe. May: NEWQP •QSOs: 114•Mults: 34•Score: 7,752An INQP companion QSO party. This score also represents a significant increase from my 2018 score. The NEWQP runs until Sunday night so I operated some on Sunday, which what makes this score bigger than last year’s As is typically the case, many of the NEW stations don’t care about the Indiana county. When I send the exchange, they hear “IN” and are sending my their TU while I am still sending the county abbreviation. May: DEQP •QSOs: 8•Mults: 2•Score: 640I have not bothered to track this contest in the past, and (based on memory) I don’t thinke I every worked a station that was working this contest But I worked a few this year so here are the estimated results. The estimated score includes a 2X power multiplier. The 2018 results only listed 12 DE stations so I think it’s fair to say this event lacks critical mass.
My friendly and capable driver for the INQP weekend.