If you’ve seen my earlier post titled “Lucky Guy”, you know that my start for the NAQP was delayed a bit by attending the Lone Star DX Association meeting. Glad I did because I won the drawing — a FlexRadio Systems FLEX-1500 transceiver. Once home from that exciting happening, I spent some time looking up how to get that radio on the air. Lots more posts on that adventure in the future.

I finally got on the air late in the afternoon, but resolved to work my way through the bands from high to low and see how many QSO’s I could log with a short effort. I took some time off for dinner and didn’t go very late into the evening — my logging program says 4.5 hours in front of the radio. Managed to work 205 QSOs and 98 multipliers with 46 of those unique states/provinces. Not a bad effort with my 100 watts to verticals.

NAQP January CW 2013 Score
NAQP January CW 2013 Score

The bands did not seem to be too crowded. Perhaps I’m recalling my effort last weekend with the ARRL RTTY Roundup where it seemed like the stations were lined up from one end of the band to the other. I’ll have to compare the participation numbers — of course the bandwidth of the signals is a bit different as well.

This was a fun time in front of the radio. I hope you were able to get on for this contest. 73, Jim, K5ND

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Jim-K5ND

Freelance writer and active Scouting volunteer. Retired publishing and communication executive who writes for fun and to finance his hobby, amateur radio.

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    • Thanks, Steve. I was on a slow search and pounce in the contest. Started at the top of 10 meters and searched my way down to 80 meters. Then, at the bottom of 80 meters decided I needed a few more Q’s before I called it a day and went back up and found you and a few others. Great to work you. 73, Jim, K5ND

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