This weekend also happens to be a ham radio contest, the 7th area call district QSO Party (7QP). I only worked the contest for a couple of hours total, but had some good contacts. It was also a great chance to think about and plan for Field Day.
I had planned to work until I got a contact in every 7-land state; Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana. I thought I was done after making a contact into Wyoming which was a tough find, I even shut off the radio and power to get ready for bed. But I wanted to count states and contacts before so my wife and I read through the list, both realizing that I hadn’t made a contact with another Idaho station. It wasn’t going to be very easy either, most of the folks I had talked to told me I was the first Idaho station they heard. But I turned everything back on and searched 80 meters for a local. Eventually I heard KE7ADU from up in Boundary County (350 miles north). He was replying to stations calling CQ and working his way up the band, I went a few khz up the and started calling him, thankfully he found me and I got my own state. With Idaho on the log, it really was time for bed. As it is now. Keep reading for station/log info >>
I was running my Yaesu FT-897 (only 20w for most contacts) and LDG Z-11 ProII Tuner into homebrew G5RV-ish dipole at 50 feet. Power was via Battery on the camper and solar charge, though with the snow and rain, didn’t get much out of it.
All in all I worked 68 Contacts (some count twice) working 16 States and 2 Provinces, not bad for a couple hours of kinda sorta operating.40m N7EKD Oregon 40m W7RN Nevada 40m K7XV Utah 40m WA5ZUP New Mexico 40m KF7P Utah 40m WA6ST California 40m KK7OO Washington 40m KF6T California 40m K7EAR Arizona 40m VE5BCS Saskatchewan, Canada 40m W6AFA California 40m K0JJ Oregon 40m N7NKO Washington 40m N7BV Washington 40m WX7P Washington 40m WI7F/M Washington 40m K7LY Arizona 40m KI7MT Montana 40m KK7AC Arizona 40m WQ7A Washington 40m W9QL Illinois 40m W0BH Kansas 40m W7SUR Utah 40m WA5KTC Oregon 40m AC0PR North Dakota 40m NO7Z Oregon 40m KF7GYE Arizona 40m AE6YB California 40m K7IA Arizona 40m K6GDP Oregon 40m KE7AUB Oregon 40m N7TT Washington 40m VE7CV British Columbia, Canada 40m NN7ZZ Utah 40m N7GTE Utah 40m K0GM Colorado 40m N5KGY Mississippi 40m KE7YF Arizona 40m KD7SWP Oregon 40m WB6OKG Colorado 40m W5IAY New Mexico 40m W6JEO California 40m N7RN Arizona 40m K7UN Oregon 40m N6KD California 40m W6NF Nevada 40m AA6XV California 40m KB7PA Arizona 40m KG6WHA California 40m AD7MQ Montana 40m WA0AUX Iowa 40m N7UR Nevada 40m WA7LZC Arizona 40m WB0YCQ California 40m KG6YPH California 40m WB4UIC Wyoming 80m K7HPT Washington 80m WA7SRZ Washington 40m K7L Arizona 80m N6WM California 80m N7LE Oregon 80m NB7O Oregon 80m KE7ADU Idaho