[FQP] [FCG] FQP/M again
Nzharps at aol.com
Nzharps at aol.com
Tue Apr 28 12:00:22 PDT 2009
Guess what we have is a difference of perspective. My installation is the
simplest possible for the FQP (two mag mounted hamstics on a minivan) and is
only setup for use during that weekend. Otherwise all gear stays in the
house or garage. It is the only time each year that I operate from a mobile.
Before moving to FL, I operated several times in the OhQP as a mobile and
was forced by the rules, and my very competitive nature, to incorporate 80m
into my operating strategy. I did not like the idea of taking the time to
stop, switch antennas and continue..this interruption always seemed to
detract from what was otherwise an enjoyable operating event.
Making 80m "optional" is not really "optional" for those people who are
hard core (I include myself in that category). Once 80/75 becomes part of the
rules and has an effect on scoring, mobile teams will have to add that to
their arsenal. I for one will not welcome the additional time and expense
to add another band to my totally temporary setup.
Perhaps I've been spoiled by the 40/20 activity of the FQP in recent years.
Things will get really complicated when (or perhaps I should say IF), the
sunspots ever return and we have to start making choices between 10, 15, 20
and 40. When that day returns, I don't think we'll be talking about
adding 80m to the FQP.
In a message dated 4/28/2009 1:51:21 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
edkn4y at embarqmail.com writes:
However, I couldn't disagree with you more about the addition of 80m to
the FQP. Activity in the FQP is literally driven by mobile stations.
I work all the State QSP parties I can and I agree 100 percent on mobiles.
Antennas for 80m cw, for example will be a significant challenge to
This not true, I have a 80-meter/ 40-meter resonator on one mast.When
20-meters goes I stop and change antennas. takes about 10 minutes. I then
work 40- and 80-meters.
In addition, 80m is a band that can be unusable here in FL during a
This is not true, when I bowl in Pasco county, and as a county hunter I
run 80-meters in Pinellas, Pasaco and Hernando. The response is great.
Check the WPX contest, Florida lists many contacts on 80-meters.
> In other state QSO parties where 80m is encouraged, their rules allow
> for counting in state counties as multipliers.
We can use 80M and still not allow county multipliers, I run mobile in the
Alabama QSO party and after dark the 80M is booming, they do not use
Typically the last two hours of Saturday is in darkness in most of FL. At
best that would make 80 usable during that time if it is quiet enough to
When operating 80m mobile I have never had a noise problem.
By pushing 80m during those last few hours that would detract from 40m
activity which has become very significant.
Using 80m would be optional and not required. It would also allow use of
another band when RTTY starts 0n 40M at 8:00pm.
Adding 80m to the mix does not, in my view, add any further enjoyment to
an already very enjoyable contest.
It is just another band, I do not see your concerns. As I said it can be
optional. The stations out side of Florida would love to work Florida
counties on 80M even if just for few hours. I work the Georgia QSO party
as Rover and have made a contact on 160 meters, that is really is fun, but
the antenna hits all the trees.
Thanks for your response.
**************An Excellent Credit Score is 750. See Yours in Just 2 Easy
More information about the FQP