I will be operating as W7Y for the upcoming 7QP contest on May 7th 2022 from Guernsey State Park WY (DN72). I’ll be the air starting around 0000 May 6th.
The 2021 7QP was a first in several way. First it was my first portable contesting effort. Added to that it was the first contest where I would primarily be running CW.
And if that wasn’t enough I was the first to activate POTA K-3298 and K-6114 (Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site).
Preliminary operating schedule.
0000 – 0200. CW on 20 and 40
1200 – 1500. FT4/FT8
2100 – 2359. CW/Phone
0000 – 0200. CW/Phone
1300 – 2359. 7QP. CW
0000 – 0200. CW
1200 – 1500. FT8/CW/SSB
The rig setup consists of an FTDX-10, POTA Hex, and 10-40 EFHW. Heck I may even setup the FT891 and run S02R for 7QP (Dana you are nuts!).
Please feel free to email me if you would like to schedule a contact. I’ll do my best to work with you. I’ll also have my Allstar node with me. I will also be monitoring the K0PRA repeater network. Their Allstar node ID is 410460. My node is 54516, but it is doubtful my internet will allow inbound access.
I’m not planning on returning to Oregon trail ruts again this year, but intend to focus my efforts on K-3298.
Guernsey State Park is WWFF also (didn’t know that last year). WWFF site KFF-3298.
I’ll upload the logs to LOTW, POTA, and WWFF by May 15th.
Those sending paper QSL’s should do so with SASE. I’ll get some custom W7Y QSL cards printed up. I need to get some new pictures to make it pretty.
You may also monitor my progress at https://acme.nn0g.blog. It should display the current operating frequency, contact count, and a map with the last 10 hours of contacts.
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.
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.
The second goal was also successful. I ended up with 273 CW, 3 Phone, and 86 digital contacts at Guernsey State park (K-3298).
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.