2021 7QP WY Results

My trip up to Wyoming to activate a couple of POTA sites and participate in the 7QP contest would be considered a success.

I really had two goals for the trip. 1, get at least 200 CW 7QP contacts, and 2, activate up to three All Time New POTA sites (Sites with zero activations).

The weather was surprising calm Thursday through Saturday afternoon. There was no wind to speak of. In fact it was so calm we could see the reflection of the National Guard helicopters practicing water dropped on the other side of the lake.

Unusually calm

Weather forced me to QRT around 23:00 Saturday, as a line of thunderstorms approached the camp. This was followed by a strong cold front Sunday morning, bringing cold temps and strong winds. The last POTA site on my list will have to wait until next year.

The first goal was definitely exceeded. I ended up with 273 CW and 3 Phone contacts in about 5 hours of operation. N1MM spit out 6:41 but my brief breaks for this and that were less than 30 minutes.

7QP run

The second goal was also successful. I ended up with 273 CW, 3 Phone, and 86 digital contacts at Guernsey State park (K-3298).

K-6114 Activation
K-6114 Activation

The POTA activation at Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site (K-6114) netted 23 contacts, including Spain and Scotland. Still not bad for about 30 minutes behind the radio.

We are already planning on another trip up there next year.

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