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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party

The 2017 AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party wrapped up a few weeks ago and tonight is the 2018 AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest.

My total for the BK was nine contacts covering both 80 and 40. For me, nine is better than some years and worse than others...sorta of average. It could have been better, though.

The first evening of the BK I had an S8-S9 noise level here. I blamed the poor band conditions of late and soldiered on working only KB0ROB that first night. Sunday afternoon I decided to make certain the noise was really not my problem. With a battery powered receiver on 40 meters I killed all of the power to the house. Surprise, my noise dropped from S8 to S3. Eventually I traced the problem to the wall wart charger for a new Dust Buster. I had time for one more contact that first afternoon. Unfortunately band conditions weren't as good this last weekend but, at least, I know it wasn't my problem.


Bert, PA1B said...

Hello Niel, The bottom of the log sheet says:
W0VLZ to W8KGI - 951 mi@ 20 watts => 478 MPW
As a enthusiast QRPp-er, I think it is 48 MPW (with a power of 20 watts).
73, Bert PA1B

Niel - W0VLZ said...


Thanks. I had missed that math error. I've sent in a revised MPW. Hopefully the error does not get published.

Niel - W0VLZ