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N2WN   Single Op LP   9002007-10-21 16:40:11
Kinda quiet, never heard EU, C52C signal was monstrous at times, as was JA3YBK,
didn't work either (although YBK musta heard something!), didn't work VK6VZ
either, just couldn't connect the dots :o( On the bright side a very kind thank
you to KL7RA who duped me, the second time running QRP!! He went from weak to
sounding like a local Sunday Morning. Worked a few ARCI folks as well, they had
a fine presence on the band. Sunday AM produced much better hauls than Saturday
night, band seemed to have a bit of life left when I went QRT. Thanks for all
the Q's!

Elecraft K2/100 (sometimes <5 watts)
60+ foot T
no Rx antenna (gotta burn a bunch o'brush first, and it's waaaay too dry)

K3STX   Single Op HP   682007-10-21 16:56:25
Don't know how to make a score, so anyway... At FIRST I was excited there was
activity at all, but then it became apparent that there really wasn't much.
Best (only) DX was The Netherlands, but S59A was loud but did not hear me. A
few other nice signals from England.

I am getting PSYCHED for this winters 160 M contests, thanks for some real


Kenwood TS-850S/AT, Ameritron AL-811 amp, inverted L antenna (80 foot vertical)
with about 15 short radials
W1UE   Single Op LP   5522007-10-21 17:03:58
Didn't seem to be a lot of activity outside the W/VE area, even then no where
near as much activity as in December. I did work CN2R (but couldn't get him to
give me his grid), but outside of that never heard a European calling "CW
SP" although I did hear several Europeans calling CN2R, C52, and KV4FZ;
unfortunately, none of them answered any of my CQs.

I chose to work LP with my MP and 160M dipole at 50ft. My conclusion, based on
what I worked, is that it was definitely a "high angle" night. I only worked 3
1/2 hours of the contest due to prior commitments and the Red Sox playoff

Great Ear Stations: KH6LC, AA7NB
Good Ear Stations: KX7M, KO7X, VE7CC, NT6K, K7CA
Couldn't hear me: N6RO, N6TR, AC2K, K6VVA- couldn't get a "?" out of any of
Big signal all night: WD5R

What struck me about the propagation this night was the QSB. Peaks were 2-8
minutes apart, depending on the station; the peak cycle also didn't seem to
matter how near or far the station was from me. It was also strange that
the peak signal of a station that I was trying to work did not coincide with
what I gathered was my signal peak back to him; KH6LC was as strong as S6, but
he was S1 when he finally copied my grid. NT6K was a good S8, but I
couldn't even get a "?" from him; when he eventually did copy my call and grid,
he was an S2. The earliest west coast station I heard was K6VVA at 0247, but,
again, I couldn't even get a "?" from him despite my persistent calls.

An enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Other observations on QSB would be
interesting to see.

Thanks for those that dug me out of the noise.

Dennis W1UE
VE3TA   Single Op HP   5872007-10-21 17:04:20
Operated from my farm at EN93. Too early for Beverages as the fields need
plowing first. I put up a 1/2 wave dipole Saturday afternoon with one end on my
new 70 ft Trylon tower and the other end in the trees at about 40 ft. It's too
low but seemed to work well enough. I also used a DX Eng 4 Square with 9i8 ft
spacing and a 6 ft diameter Magnetic loop built by VE3NE from 1/2 inch Heliax.

HP with Orion I & Titan III

I was totally disappointed with the 4 square but the Coax Loop saved the day.
It was still a slog trying to copy the weak ones

Operated 5 hours 10 minutes

200 Qs after 3 dupes, 587 Points as calculated by Win-Test 3.16.0
Average km 1,229
Op time 5h
Best DX RL3BM 7,567 km
Other DX
KL7RA 4,878 km
G4AMT 5,563 km
KH6LC 7,261 km

73, Paul, VE3TA
NN4F   Single Op LP   1082007-10-21 17:22:11
Score not including pwr mult

First time with the Stew Perry, just operated for about 40 minutes to check out
the 160m Dipole

It was fun...will tweak the setup before the real event..

FT1000Mp MkV 100w into a 160m Dipole @ 65ft
73 de Paul - NN4F
VE3CX   Single Op HP   1872007-10-21 18:01:08
Nice to see the QRN levels are starting to come down.
WA6BOB   Single Op HP   672007-10-21 18:10:01
Winds between 60 and 100 mph. caused many power outages hence hindered all
AD8J   Single Op LP   342007-10-21 18:27:45
Looking forward to the real contest.
WB8JUI   Single Op LP   9342007-10-21 18:32:45
Nothing like a 160 meter contest to get the adrenalin flowing. It's been a long
Summer without sunspots!

Nice to work all the 160 meter regulars. Quite a few new calls were also

No Europeans worked or heard. C52C was pounding in here Saturday evening, but
I resisted the temptation to fight the pile-up for a potential new one on 160.
KL7RA and KH6LC were worked back to back early Sunday morning.

Thanks to all for the QSOs. See you all again in December.

73 - Rick WB8JUI
Inverted L @ 50 feet
W2TB   Single Op HP   2982007-10-21 18:45:04
Enjoyed my first Stew Perry, and was happy to see my newly installed Inv-L with
2 radials did an OK job. My apologies to the op's that I could not hear due to
the S9 noise and worse.
Icom Pro3
Emtron DX-2sp amp running 750w
Inv-L 45' tall
N1MM software

Mike W2TB
K1EP   Single Op LP   2782007-10-21 19:14:31
Just played for a little with my new K3. Of course, the Red Sox were on
Saturday evening, which didn't help. Heard a KH6 as well as other CN and CM
grids, but they couldn't hear me. Looking forward to December!
K9MMS   Single Op LP   6002007-10-21 19:24:02
Did not start until 0155 UTC due to antenna work. Noise levels were not bad,
but activity seemed very low. Only a few hours air-time. Quit early due to
low activity. Only DX worked was KH6LC and KV4FZ (S9 + 5 dB). Heard several
EU stations, but unable to work them.
VE3NE   Single Op LP   4532007-10-21 19:50:30

I live in the City and noise is pretty bad here. I live on the main floor so I
built a shack in the boiler room on top of the building. Last year new boilers
were installed and they make awful RF noise. Paul, VE3TA helped me to install a
few Corcom line filters and that helped quite bit. This year Bell Canada
installed three cellular antennas on the roof and all three elevators have been
replaced with brand new digitally controlled system and that sucks.
I already ordered more line filters to attack the noise they generate while
they moving.
The noise level on 160m is S9 plus all the time. I have to use separate RX ant.
I had K9AY, mini beverage and all kind of wires but none of them were quiet
enough. During this contest I was using a coax loop RX ant. I got the idea from
Bob, GU4YOX's website. I was very happy with the performance of the loop. There
was very little noise (except from the elevators. If someone using the elevator
from the main floor all the way to the 19th I am in trouble...:-)
Condx was bad to EU and not so bad to W6/7. I got few nice calls to my 100W cq
like: LA9Z, SM6MCW, LA0CX, KH6LC, VE7IG, VE7CC and a few W6/7.
If you have noise problems in the City I recommend trying the coax loop. It
might going to work for you too. You can find the complete description on Bob's
web page at:
See you again during the season.


Lali VE3NE / HA9RX
N6WG   Single Op QRP   3482007-10-21 20:32:27
I was only able to put in two hours, but I think it gave me a pretty good
indication of what to expect when the balloon goes up :-)

As expected, 23/30 QSOs were in the 1-3 point distances, 4/30 in the
4-6 point distances, and only 3 in the 7-8 point distances. Nothing
farther away was heard or worked. My best catches were BK29 (3688 km)
and EM69 (3123 km).

I added my 40m dipole to the receive antenna selector switch, and at
times it was my best receiving antenna. At other times, either the main
TX antenna or my Flag loop was the best.

Noise levels here have yet to go down significantly, and the ground doesn't
really have its winter wet yet. After a few more rains, the ground
conductivity should improve some here in Adobe Acres :-) Hopefully, some
of the power lines will get washed and a bit quieter.

I need to refurbish my rotary tuned loop before the top band contests hit.
Right now it is a two-turn loop of 450 ohm window line. I'm thinking
of making a loop from a chunk of hardline coax I was given to see if it
will make a difference. I would expect a higher Q, but beyond that, I'm
not sure what to expect.

Rig: K2 @ 5w
TX ant: 50 ft top loaded vertical with overhead counterpoise
RX ants: TX ant, Flag loop, 40m dipole

Any way, looking forward to the new contest season.

73 and See You In The Contests
Bob N6WG
The Little Station with Attitude
KL7RA   Single Op HP   1,5572007-10-21 20:41:08
Great evening for topband. Worked across the US, Asia, Europe
and South America with FB signals. Activity seemed down for this
event but I guess that's not surprising for a "new" contest. I hope the
BARC keeps this warm-up idea on the calendar for next year. Had
weird echo's on my signal at times which always made me stop and
see who was transmitting. Noise was low, mostly, and able to work
QRP 5 watters. We didn't get the W1 sunrise opening but did manage
to work a few 2's/3's/4's here and there. East coast stations count the
same in this contest as working a JA for Alaska. Occasionally a signal
would peak out of the noise very very loud which is always nice to hear
on 160. Many stations, too many to mention, stuck with me to get my
call and grid, TNX. 73 Rich KL7RA
AD8P   Single Op QRP   5762007-10-21 20:41:28
I decided to run QRP at the last minute. It was fun but frustrating hearing but
not being heard. I managed a few W7 and VE7 stations. KH6 and KV4 couldn't hear
me. During the exercise I turned the amp on and worked C52C for a new one on CW.
Already had C5 on SSB from years ago. That is the only country in my DXCC 160
totals that I had on SSB and not on CW until last night.

Thanks to the BARC for a great evening of fun.
W4PM   Single Op HP   2472007-10-21 20:41:35
Omni VII, ALS-600, 400w to 1/2 of my 176' CF zepp fed against an 8 ft ground rod
(radials are in grass cutting season configuration, i.e. rolled up next to the

Thanks to the west coast stations with good ears who could hear me. I was very
surprised when G4AMT came back to a CQ. DX nevers calls me. Also KH6LC was
able to hear me so conditions must have been pretty good! I had only a little
time to play and there wasn't a lot of activity but it was fun.
Thanks for the Q's
Puck, W4PM
N6RO   Single Op HP   8282007-10-21 21:58:58
Couldn't get on until nearly 07Z due to music gigs, so missed the bulk of US
activity. Had a fair east coast sunrise opening around 11Z, plus 9 JAs, VK,
ZL, HL, UA0. Missed the C5; I was CQing, too lazy (tired) to use the second RX
in between CQs.

Seems like more publicity would have helped activity. I didn't 'discover' this
event until last week. Not much activity from south of the equator (two
stations). Wasn't the purpose of this trial to encourage the southern hemi?
N9ADG   Single Op HP   5112007-10-21 22:19:32
A nice warm up! It was great to be called by an all-time personal new one on 160
-- TF3, as well as to hear OZ and LY. The ALCS game and wine with my wife
encouraged me to stop at midnight, and barely made it back to the radio before
sunup. Although the band was quiet, DX signals weren't there as they'd been
over the previous few days. Thanks for the QSOs, hope to be on in December.
-Brian N9ADG
K6CSL   Single Op LP   342007-10-22 01:14:02
This is a real challenge for 100 watts and a Delta Loop that is cut for 40Mtrs.
It also is radially mounted on TV Stand-offs to the back wall of my mobile
home. The mobile home part I live in allows no "visible" antennas. I was really
amazed to hear BP4O calling. I also heard KH6LC and KL7RA but was unable to work
either of them. I plan to give it another run in December.
UU4JMG   Single Op HP   1,8772007-10-22 01:37:08
Very poor activity in EU and vice virsa in JA and USA. It was nice to meet many
good friends on Top Band. From total 165 qso, with USA 43 qso, with JA 38 qso,
with UA9/UA0 14 qso and with VE 4 qso, so you see that not so much qso with EU
as it can be. Have worked such DX as: VR2MY, HL3IUA, VK3JM, KV4FZ, CN2R and
W2VJN(OR), W7LR(MT), WA1PMA(WA), W7AT(OR), K7OX(WA), N6TR(OR), VE7SL from West
Coast. Thank you for contest and see you in December.
KO7X   Single Op LP   1162007-10-22 02:18:54
Best DX - KH6LC who called me (thanks Lloyd). No QSO with KV4FZ, however.
VE3UTT(W1AJT)   Single Op HP   2972007-10-22 05:21:00
Brand new inverted L with 2 elevated radials finished at 2200z Saturday.
WØNWX(KØIO)   Single Op QRP   1002007-10-22 05:28:51
16 QSOs in 1.5 hours QRP K0IO operator EN-31 best "DX" EM-64

Bryce, W0NWX II worked on getting W0NWX I's (sk) Ranger which he just bought
on the air, but it needs more work. With that Ranger, Bob Denniston who
later became W0DX/VP2VI (sk) worked Japan with 25 watts input for 1.8 MHz WAC
many years ago from Iowa.

W0NWX Rig: Pro III, Bird Wattmeter, Homebrew 1.5 kW tuner, 600 ft longwire
at 45 feet average running south

Hope to have some antennas up at the new K0IO QTH soon!

Thanks to Bryce ex- KC0OHY ex-WA0IJF for the short-time use of his station!

John K0IO
K5NZ   Single Op LP   12007-10-22 06:08:30
Had an HL call me at sunrise but just couldn't make it..
K1LT   Single Op HP   1,4122007-10-22 06:25:18
How to Use Software Radio and an Array of Short Verticals in a 160
Meter Contest

This past weekend, I used a new secret weapon in the 12th Stew Perry
Topband Distance Challenge Warm-Up Event. This secret weapon consists
of 8 short verticals, 4 Softrock v6 receivers, and a Delta 1010LT
sound card plus computer running my Phasor software, DttSP and
SDR-Shell. The verticals were configured as a 4 element broadside
array of end-fire arrayed verticals. See

Since the phased array must be used with a computer to form an entire
receiving system, I had to integrate this new technology with a
traditional contest station. I did this by routing the audio from the
computer/radio/antenna system to the left channel of my headphones and
the audio from the main station to the right channel. Since I didn't
have time to build a real SO2R (single-op, 2 radio) control box, I
used a Ramsey 25B stereo FM transmitter and a Radio Shack Stereo FM
Headset receiver. This headset has separate level controls for each
ear (for balance) besides an overall volume control (nominally, the
volume control). Thus I could use the audio control on the IC765 for
"traditional" (Beverage antennas and a triple conversion receiver)
audio, and either KDE's kmix audio level pop-up control or the left
earpiece level control on the headset to control "high technology"
(phased array and software radio) audio.

I set up my station a few hours before the first expected signals.
The contest is already on-going at this point, but nobody bothers with
ground-wave contacts in this event. As I putter about the shack, I
can monitor the waterfall display provided by SDR-Shell for signals.
Since my monitor is 1600 pixels wide, I can see about 36 kHz of
spectrum at a time, which is plenty for most 160 meter contests. (It
would not be enough for the ARRL 160 or the CQ WW 160 contests, which
occupy most of the bottom 60-80 kHz of the band.) (SDR-Shell must use
2 pixels per FFT bin.) I guess I should buy a 1920 pixel monitor
before then :-)

The first problem becomes immediately apparent when I call the first
station: the software radio provides the monitor of my transmitter,
since its always receiving, but the audio is delayed by 0.021
(2048/96000) seconds, which is enough to make sending via the paddle
difficult. I thought about quickly hacking the antenna phasing module
to block the audio in the presence of a signal stronger than -40 dBm,
but the thought of hacking software during a contest was a bit too
much like work. Also, blocking the audio in the phasing module would
likely add severe clicks and would disable the waterfall display. The
waterfall is useful in that I can see where I'm transmitting in
relation to the signal I was just receiving.

Several solutions suggest themselves: mute the audio in DttSP using
the push-to-talk signal from the transmitter, or even better, use an
additional pair of ADC channels to sample the transmitted signal and
subtract it from the received signal. Alternately, separate
processing could delay the audio from the traditional radio by 21
milliseconds, although this would not provide for the monitoring of
one's own sending, even though is does cure the weird echoing sound
when listening to the same signal through both ears.

In years past, I've used SDR-Shell and DttSP to monitor the 160 meter
band during a contest. Although there are almost always too many
signals visible at one time to tell if one of them is new, there are a
couple of uses for the waterfall display. First, a pile-up is usually
an indicator of an interesting station, and a pile-up is plainly
visible. Second, holes stand out, which makes finding a new run
frequency much easier than tuning the band. However, my own
transmitter usually paints the entire display white with the
distortion products from overload. Therefore, one has to stop
transmitting for a while to make use of the display.

With the phased array, I noticed that I can steer the array for a nice
compromise between listening in the direction of Europe, and
attenuating my own transmitted signal. Of course, the transmit
antenna is much too close to the array for a proper null. But by
steering the array a mere 6 degrees north of the ideal European
bearing, I could reduce the apparent strength of my own transmitter
from -40 dBm to -48 dBm, which is enough to reduce the extent of the
waterfall "white-washing" to about 25 kHz and allow me to see some
other signals despite my own transmitter.

Thus is born the idea of subtracting the transmitted signal from each
of the array receivers. This trick requires another pair of ADCs
phase (word) locked to the existing 8 ADCs (by using another Delta
1010) and the same software that I'm already trying to use to
"calibrate" the phased array. So this is an area of future

The second problem became apparent when numerous weaker European
stations were calling: not enough (any) knobs! When trying to copy a
barely audible weak CW signal, this operator tweaks the incremental
tuning, the pass-band shape, and the antenna direction to try an find
the best copy. Often, these settings change during the course of a
difficult QSO as propagation changes (fading). So, a mouse or
keyboard based user interface does not make for rapid tweaking. Maybe
we can find a bank of rotary encoders that can be interrogated via a
USB port, and interface that to SDR-Shell. Also, I think I shall
update the phasing module to allow "push-button tuning" to select a
number of preset beam headings, perhaps by mapping the edge keys of
the numeric keypad as if they were a compose rose. I use the same
tactic to select from a set of 12 Beverage antenna direction using a
telephone style keypad.

Also, I might have to add a personal modification to SDR-Shell to
disable the escape key. (The function of the escape key is nominally
completely correct, except for my own silly situation). My station
has two IBM model M keyboards side by side, the left keyboard for the
Linux machine that runs DttSP and the rest, and the right keyboard for
the Windows machine that runs the NA logging program. When the rate
gets slow, I get up and wander around while the CQ machine runs. When
someone finally calls, I rush back to the keyboard and bang the escape
key to stop the transmitter. Several times during the contest, I hit
the wrong escape key, which shuts down a receiver when I most want to
receive! There is nothing like real user tests to find these kinds of
issues :-)

During the first two thirds of the contest, when signals may be
arriving from Europe, I kept the phased array focused on Europe, and
used the Beverages to aim west. That way, I could take calls from
either coast without having to hunt through all the Beverages as I
have in the past. I still need to check the southern Beverages for
calls from Florida and Texas, but that is still better than the old
way. In previous contests after each CQ, I would switch through 4 or
5 Beverages to make sure I didn't miss a weak signal. During the
hours from 0400-0600Z, which have the most European contacts, I kept
both the phased array and the Beverages focused on Europe. Although I
could usually hear a European caller on both antennas, the copy was
nearly always better on the phased array. The phased array seemed to
have a slightly better SNR although its very difficult to make
critical quality judgments while trying to copy a weak signal. Note
that NEC modeling suggests the phased array should be about 3 dB
better than my best European Beverage.

C52C in The Gambia, Africa, was on-the-air during the contest,
although he was not participating. I did note that the phased array
could distinguish him from the Europeans in that his bearing seemed to
be about 20 degrees to the south of the Europeans. Also, I worked
several Scandinavians, and they seemed to be about 10 degrees north of
the typical European bearings. Note that I have the phasing module
set up to change direction in 10 degree steps by default, and in 1
degree steps with extra key presses. Also note that propagation often
smears the apparent bearing of many stations outside of North America,
so take these observations with several grains of salt. But the
results seem promising.

After sunrise in Ireland, I took a nap and came back around 0930Z to
begin listening for Oceania and Japan. However, I was severely
drained of motivation by that point, and also the propagation did not
seem to be there, so I did not gain much insight about the phased
array performance to the west. DX to the west from my location has
always been difficult for several reasons, including geography, local
topography, and personal chronometry (I have a hard time being awake
very early). So, I didn't listen for long, and I may have missed DX
and certainly missed the opportunity to evaluate the phased array to
the west. My quick perception is that the array was noisy.

Finally, I need to record the output of the 4 Softrock v6's, so that I
can analyze this stuff after the contest. For example, I could go
back and figure out why I think I heard ZS0X in grid square JO99, when
ZS is a South African prefix, and JO99 is in the Baltic Sea. (Maybe
the call was 7S0X, although I swear I heard "Z" and not "7".) Or, I
could figure out why TI7H came in from the south, even though he gave
me a stateside grid square. I suspect there are JACK plug-ins that
could do multi-channel recording, and if not, such a capability would
be fairly simple to add to my Phasor module.

The bottom line is that the phased array works, even though I have not
finished optimizing it, nor have I a decent way of calibrating it.
K4RO   Single Op HP   1432007-10-22 07:41:29
It was a thrill to work G3PQA and KH6LC within six
minutes of each other. It sounded like conditions
were quite good in both directions during the short
time I was on 160m. My 210 foot Beverage to the NW
is just is too short for 160m. No more room there,
as I've maxed out the lot diagonal line.
Great fun nonetheless!


-Kirk K4RO
K9NW(@K9UWA)   Single Op HP   2672007-10-22 07:47:37
Condx were reasonable...QRN was pretty low. 21 EUs eventually went in the log
but nothing heard from there until around 0500z. Nice signals from Scandinavia
once the door was opened, and then a few z14 types to round it out. KL7, KH6
and KV4 were the only other "non-mainland W/VE" QSOs. Heard OA4/N6XQ call
someone but he didn't find me. See y'all in December!

73, Mike K9NW
K1GU   Single Op HP   4992007-10-22 09:02:57
Not crowded, quiet, few key clicks. Actually able to tune for DX. This is a DX
contest isn't it? I hope conditions are as good in December.

Too much going on with WAG, JARTS, and Red Sox.
WJ9B   Single Op HP   8752007-10-22 09:45:55
Stew Perry "warm up" is a good idea, but hijacked by C52C! They have a nice
from Gambia. I hope the warm-up stays with us...forced me to trim the lawn,
check radials, and etc. Now I am well ahead of the fall season, with time to
put in some more radials, and I usually don't have time...

73, Will, wj9b, dit dit
W9RE   Single Op HP   8072007-10-22 10:04:08
Good turnout for 1st time running of the warmup.

Only 1 European but I went to bed at ~0500z, thinking the possible opening was
over. Did work 2-KH6's and the OA4. Worked a VE7 at 2340z so thought band
would be great but not so.

Got up around sunrise but no Asia/VK/ZL's heard.

Thanks to BARC and to the participants making it fun.
KN4Y   Single Op LP   1442007-10-22 10:47:06
Very limited time operating.
VE3MGY   Single Op LP   1982007-10-22 12:55:10
Half of the 140 radials are not yet down so there was nothing on the ground from
090 through to 270 degrees inclusive. And none of the 6 beverages were connected
either so I was listening to the vertical for RX. Thank heavens the QRN was only
at S2 for the evening. As well the new Inverted L is only at 75' so far this
fall. In spite of all of this I still managed to work KH6LC at 11 minutes after
my sunrise and got him on the first call, after he was finished with the JA's,
and he didn't need a repeat of my grid either. I guess the season is here. Game

N2CU   Single Op HP   5272007-10-22 14:25:00
Not much activity. Someone commented that they hope conditions are this good for
the real one - well I hope they are better than this. Heavy QSB made repeats
frequent and signals were so far down, I thought almost everyone was running
QRP. Only about a dozen DX in the log, but I really wasn't on during peak

FT1000MP, Drake L7 at 1kW, 46' Inverted L with 97 radials (75 - 150'), K9AY
loops, N1MM.

Tom N2CU <><
N2ZN   Single Op LP   3622007-10-22 16:26:38
Condx seemed good...wish I had operated more. Best "DX" were W7AT and VE7CC.
100W into a low 1 wl loop.

73, Ken
WB9Z   Single Op LP   1,5942007-10-22 16:36:18
As usual when I operate the "Stew" from home... and it has been only
a couple times, I run low power. In the past 4 SPTBC's I have operated as
PJ2/WB9Z and a few times before that as WP2/WB9Z. Before the contest I thought
what the hell, I can do low power again and why not run the new Orion 2 "flat
out", which I have never done in a contest before.

The Orion 2 did fine putting out 95 watts and I CQed a "lot".

Not much DX called in while CQing but I did manage to work 10 EU
stations 3 KH6's and KL7RA. Herb, KV4FZ was loud the whole contest.

My score reflects the x 2 multipler for running low power.

Thanks to all the W6, W7, and VE7 stations that gave me
6 and 7 points before the x 2 multiplier.

Again, I hope to be signing PJ2/WB9Z in the next December SPTBC.

rig: Orion II

transmit antenna: 160' base insulated series fed vertical tower with
30,000' of ground radials

receieve antennas: 9 beverages, most are 880' or 1000' long

Jerry WB9Z
KØPK   Single Op HP   7172007-10-23 12:13:32
This was a good opportunity to take the rebuilt antenna system on a shake down
cruise. Too much tower climbing on Saturday left me without the energy to put
in a full time effort, so I missed whatever there was of a EU sunrise opening.
Worked C52C.(nice sig here) Too bad they weren't playing in the SP. Had two
KH6's and KL7RA come back to my CQ. The antennas seem to be working OK. Ran HP
(500w) this time to give the new amp a little exercise before the warranty runs
out. Setup: FT2000, AL811H, 95' shunt-fed vertical, 80m Zepp. Thanks for the
QSO's & CU in December.

73 - Paul, K0PK
KØRC   Single Op LP   7822007-10-25 09:46:07
I finished raising the ends of my 160m cloud warmer inverted vee just in time to
spend a few hours in this early Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge. The
contest was a catalyst to get my Beverage reconnected and to replace the
failing support rope at the far end. I was aprehensive about the termination
and feedpoint devices (ICE) because I had left them connect to the longwire
during the summer. They survived and checked out fine when I ran my AEA HF
Analyzer on the system.

IMO the contest weekend should not move to this earlier timeframe. It just
didn't "feel" the same compared to later in the year when the wind and snow are
blowing around outside!

I worked Herb, KV4FZ (0218z) but I could tell it was a real struggle for him at
his end. He had a consistent Q5 signal into MN. I also worked Lloyd, KH6LC
(0347z) and Rich, KL7RA (1228z). Propagation must have been better at these
times because the QSO's went into the log quickly.

I also ran into my "Scoreboard Buddy" Rick, WB8JUI during the contest... last
year we played leap-frog, trading the lead on the W1VE scoreboard. I need to
get logged back in for this years events. It was a big incentive for keeping my
focus on contesting instead of wandering off to bed too early!

I enjoy the SPTC and look forward to a second opportunity later this year!

73 de Bob - K├śRC in MN
KB2QQM/QRP   Single Op QRP   2682007-10-26 15:34:37
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-20 2205 KB2QQM 599 EN62 N2WN 599 EM76
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-20 2213 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K8JQ 599 EM98
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-20 2229 KB2QQM 599 EN62 WD5R 599 EM45
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-20 2239 KB2QQM 599 EN62 WJ9B 599 EL89
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-20 2251 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K1LT 599 EN80
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0109 KB2QQM 599 EN62 W2TB 599 FN02
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0112 KB2QQM 599 EN62 N3IQ 599 FM19
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0114 KB2QQM 599 EN62 W9RE 599 EM69
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0117 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K7CA 599 DM37
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0120 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K9CT 599 EN50
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0131 KB2QQM 599 EN62 KG9N 599 EN50
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0133 KB2QQM 599 EN62 W0FLS 599 EN21
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0139 KB2QQM 599 EN62 AE8M 599 EM79
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0146 KB2QQM 599 EN62 VE3TA 599 EN93
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0149 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K8ATS 599 EN90
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0155 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K7CS 599 FM18
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0206 KB2QQM 599 EN62 KJ9C 599 EM69
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0237 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K0PK 599 EN37
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0239 KB2QQM 599 EN62 WT9U 599 EN71
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0246 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K5ZD 599 FN42
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0252 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K9NW 599 EM79
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0256 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K2MGR 599 FN22
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0306 KB2QQM 599 EN62 N0AC 599 EN31
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0316 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K0PC 599 EN34
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0330 KB2QQM 599 EN62 VE3NE 599 FN03
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0336 KB2QQM 599 EN62 WW2Y 599 EN21
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0339 KB2QQM 599 EN62 WB8JUI 599 EN81
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0342 KB2QQM 599 EN62 WT8U 599 EM98
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0349 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K0RC 599 EN35
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0508 KB2QQM 599 EN62 W5TM 599 EM15
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0516 KB2QQM 599 EN62 WA2MNO 599 EN34
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0529 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K8JD 599 EN82
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0548 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K9DU 599 EN34
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0550 KB2QQM 599 EN62 K0KT 599 EN32
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0616 KB2QQM 599 EN62 WB9Z 599 EN60
QSO: 1800 CW 2007-10-21 0632 KB2QQM 599 EN62 N2ED 599 FN20

1st contest (warmup) on 160 ever. worked 36 stations. 35 new states for me on
160, and one Canadian province. Thanks for the new ones guys..much appreciated.
Will see you with my 4 watts for the real one.. I had fun. thanks for listening
for my puny signal.. 73
TF3KX   Single Op HP   3652007-11-03 07:36:48
Less activity than in the REAL Stew Perry event made the warmup less exciting.
Still it was a good opportunity to check out the station capabilities for the
winter and find out that lots need to be done still. Operated HP for the first
time, but only about 600W due to RFI. I am not sure HP is wortwhile to
sacrifice the overall multipler of 2 for LP operation. Will think about it
until we get together for the December event...