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Topband: The 18th Stew Perry TopBand Challenge

James Rodenkirch
 

Here ya go!!  This is one contest where QRP ops ARE worth more, in terms of QSO points, than other categories! Annnnd, if you are interested in reading more 
about Top Band, through the "lens" of Top Band communiques, visit the Topband Reflector Archives - http://www.contesting.com/_topband and subscribe.

Operating in ANY of the Stew Perry events is, truly, the ultimate expression of your dedication to QRP operations.

If you don't have lots of room for a full size 160 meter dipole or inverted L with lots of radials....check this antenna out:

I put one of those up back in 2010 and had > 100 Qs during the CQ 160 meter contest!

72, Jim Rodenkirch K9JWV


Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:21:09 -0800
From: w7ew@...
To: topband@...; cq-contest@...
 Subject: Topband: The 18th Stew Perry TopBand Challenge

Greetings to all TopBand Operators,
The Boring Amateur Radio Club is happy to announce the 18th running of
the Stew Perry TopBand Challenge. It will be held publicly starting 1500Z 28
December to 1500Z December 29, 2013. This contest will utilize 160M only and
requires the contestants to use CW or Morse Code. You have a bit over a month to learn
the code if you'd like to participate. No semaphore, no SSB, no RTTY, no drones.
Just good old fashioned dits and dahs floating through the cold darkness. 25 WPM is about
right.

The exchange is simply your call and your operating position's grid
square. Signal reports are optional. This contest utilizes your transmit power and distance based
mnemonic to arrive at your score. It is the fairest scored contest in the galaxy as you get
more points for working another station very far away as compared to working somebody close. The
rules live at: http://www.kkn.net/stew/

Amazing rules such as receiving 2X points for working a low power station and 4X points for
working a QRP station are found here. So it does pay to turn up the hearing aids and ask just
one more time for that weak whisper of a call that you might have heard. It also helps to send in
your log even if you think it really doesn't amount to much as it helps the overall scoring process.

Another facet developed by The Boring Amateur Radio Club is that all plaques awarded are
dreamed up and sponsored by the radio contestants. If you think a category is important to
emphasize and it could be discussed at a church social, then for the paltry sum of $60 you could
have your call listed below with these Stalwarts of Contesting.

KL7RA Top # of QSOs
KL7RA Top Score,S/O, North America
W2GD Team Top # NA+SA QSOs by EU Station
TF4M Longest QSO- both ends get a plaque-
TF4M Top Score 160M mobile (station has to be able to move)
N0TT Top Score <21 years old with > 200 QSOs
N5IA Most Grids worked
N5IA Top Score Daylight only( use a second call)
KH6LC VL/ZL Challenge- Top Score VK/ZL
K5WA Top Score S/O, Low Power, Americas
K5WA Top Score S/O, Low Power, Europe

If I have omitted anyone, please email me directly and I'll rectify things. If you have a category that
you would like to sponsor, then utilize the address at the bottom of this note.
Start now to obtain the time off from your usual duties. This year the contest is cleverly timed
and just might be the needed tonic to get you through the grueling times typically known as the "Happy
Holidays".

The plaques for last year's Stew Perry TopBand Challenge sponsored by The Boring Amateur Radio
Club, have been finished by the little old plaquemaker and will be sent out this week to the winners.

Further email epistles will be forthcoming as the list of plaque donors grows and the categories that
can be created by the brilliant minds of 160M radio operators will be displayed.

73 and I remain, Lew Sayre W7EW
The Boring Amateur Radio Club Plaque Monger
w7ew@...


Re: More proof QRP works

James Rodenkirch
 

Well, I don't know how one measures that individual "proof" unless one has some standard or baseline to compare what he/she accomplish.

For instance......the W7 all time high score for a SOSB 80 meter QRP entry was set by N7IR (a formidable contest competitor)  at 7,200 points in 2006 with 68 QSOs, 16 zones and 29 countries.  With 45 multipliers an operator needs 2.3 points per QSO to arrive at 7200 total score!!!

Here are the results of my "attempt" to better N7IR's record:

Station: K9JWV

Class: SOSB/80 QRP
QTH: UT
Operating Time (hrs): 7 
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOsZonesCountries
160:
80:651216
40:
20:
15:
10:
Total:651216Total Score2,856


I ended up with a per-QSO point average of 1.57 -  indicating the combination of my antenna system, my rig, my operating prowess and band conditions didn't "work" nearly as well as N7IRs.

HOWEVER.....
a) propagation conditions in 2006 were not the same as in 2013 - sun spots were lower so lower bands enjoyed better conditions, perhaps?
b) N7IR may have had a higher Butt-in-chair (NIC) time period than I
c) N7IR DOES have a more efficient antenna system than I do
d) N7IR has more contest experience than I do

So.........does his system "work"? It "works" mo betta than mine, for certain, if you factor a/b/c/d in.

HOWEVER...I did add 5 new DXCC entities....including D4C so I guess my system "works"  hi hi.

Remember, it's all about measuring and comparing so you can quantify what "works" means!  Niccolò Machiavelli stated it many moons ago through his writings, e.g., The Prince, ---  if you can't measure something, it has no value (I'm paraphrasing some).

72, Jim Rodenkirch K9JWV 



To: 4sqrp@...
From: nv9x@...
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:25:30 -0800
Subject: [4sqrp] More proof QRP works

 

CQ WW CW at 5 watts. 50 individual countries.
 Band    QSOs    Pts  ZN    Cty
     7       20         58    7     17
    14      12         31    9       7
    21      39       104   15    29
    28      29         82   10    20
 Total     100     275   41   73
Score: 31,350
Time: 8 Hours, 23 Minutes
                                  Jim, NV9X #705


More proof QRP works

Jim
 

CQ WW CW at 5 watts. 50 individual countries.
 Band    QSOs    Pts  ZN    Cty
     7       20         58    7     17
    14      12         31    9       7
    21      39       104   15    29
    28      29         82   10    20
 Total     100     275   41   73
Score: 31,350
Time: 8 Hours, 23 Minutes
                                  Jim, NV9X #705


Re: at the risk of blowing my own horn

WA0ITP
 

FB RC!  Congrats on your many qrp achievments!
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 10:53 AM
Subject: [4sqrp] at the risk of blowing my own horn

Terry and the Group
I wished to show EXACTLY what can be done in QRP
I have been a SSB contester since 2004 and have lots of
certificates as proof <http://www.kc5wa.net>
---------------------------------
                 CQWWDX-CW Summary Sheet
       Start Date : 2013-11-22

    CallSign Used : KC5WA
      Operator(s) : KC5WA

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
             Band : ALL
            Power : QRP
             Mode : CW
 Default Exchange : 4
   West Monroe  LA  71292
          Country : USA

     ARRL Section : LA
        Club/Team : LOUISIANA CONTEST CLUB
         Software : N1MM Logger V13.10.2

        Band 
      QSOs    Pts    ZN      Cty
           7      17      37    8   11
          14      13      34    9   12
          21      46     128   13   31
          28      43     121   14   27
       Total     119     320   44   81


            Score : 40,000

              Rig : Elecraft K2

         Antennas : Butternut HF9V
-------------
Up to this week end I had never worked a CW contest
and had not been CW active in 30+ years. So fun CAN
be had even on just one band. Just go for it.
RC KC5WA
--
Carpe Diem
Tempus Fugit
 

NAQCC #0420
SKCC #089
FP #567
4SQRP #169
Wiol ono


at the risk of blowing my own horn

Robert 'RC' Conley <rc.kc5wa@...>
 

Terry and the Group
I wished to show EXACTLY what can be done in QRP
I have been a SSB contester since 2004 and have lots of
certificates as proof <http://www.kc5wa.net>
---------------------------------
                 CQWWDX-CW Summary Sheet
       Start Date : 2013-11-22

    CallSign Used : KC5WA
      Operator(s) : KC5WA

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
             Band : ALL
            Power : QRP
             Mode : CW
 Default Exchange : 4
   West Monroe  LA  71292
          Country : USA

     ARRL Section : LA
        Club/Team : LOUISIANA CONTEST CLUB
         Software : N1MM Logger V13.10.2

        Band 
      QSOs    Pts    ZN      Cty
           7      17      37    8   11
          14      13      34    9   12
          21      46     128   13   31
          28      43     121   14   27
       Total     119     320   44   81


            Score : 40,000

              Rig : Elecraft K2

         Antennas : Butternut HF9V
-------------
Up to this week end I had never worked a CW contest
and had not been CW active in 30+ years. So fun CAN
be had even on just one band. Just go for it.
RC KC5WA
--
Carpe Diem
Tempus Fugit
 

NAQCC #0420
SKCC #089
FP #567
4SQRP #169
Wiol ono


Re: In Case You Missed It...

WA0ITP
 

Congrats, great thing to do for the kids, the hobby, and yourself - a win all
around.

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Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "GB Hoyt" <qrprat77@gmail.com>
To: <qrp-l@mailman.qth.net>; "4SQRP Yahoo" <4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>; "tetrode"
<tetrode@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 7:57 AM
Subject: [4sqrp] In Case You Missed It...


| I've completed my After Action Report about the Great American Teach-in
| where I talked to Kindergardeners and third graders about ham radio.
|
|
http://skattagun.blogspot.com/2013/11/its-true-ham-radio-always-gets-through.html
|
| 73,
| GB Hoyt
| KG4GVL
|
|
|
| ------------------------------------
|
| 4SQRP Website: http://4sqrp.com
| OzarkCon is coming April 4-5, 2014 in Branson, MO
| View Details at http://www.ozarkcon.com/index.phpYahoo Groups Links
|
|
|


In Case You Missed It...

GB Hoyt
 

I've completed my After Action Report about the Great American Teach-in
where I talked to Kindergardeners and third graders about ham radio.

http://skattagun.blogspot.com/2013/11/its-true-ham-radio-always-gets-through.html

73,
GB Hoyt
KG4GVL


Re: Contest and Sprint Coordinator change

kb4qqj
 

Thanks Walter for all your hard work. It was a great job getting the sprint off the ground and running. A real fun event.
 
Thanks John for taking on the task. If I can help, let me know. As soon as you have everything finalized let me know and I'll post it on my contest  calendar.
 
72 for now,
Randy_KB4QQJ

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:55 PM
Subject: [4sqrp] Contest and Sprint Coordinator change

GE 4SQRP, we have a new Contest and Sprint Coordinator, as of this coming January 2014. John Lonigro - AA0VE...member # 163
jonigro@...

John, is not new to 4SQRP, in fact I can't remember not seeing him at OzarkCon when I have been there.

He going to be busy getting setup for the January start of the Sprint season, and I will continue to accept the December SSS sprint totals. The totals for November and December shall be turned over to John, so no Sprint contacts are lost.

Thank you everyone for making the 4SQRP Sprints a fun event.

72/73....Walter - K5EST
editor : Ozark QRP Banner
 


Re: Contest and Sprint Coordinator change

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Gm all 
Congrats John, thanks for stepping up!
Thanks Walter for getiing it all rollin!
72
Johnny AC0BQ


On Saturday, November 23, 2013, Walter - K5EST wrote:
 

GE 4SQRP, we have a new Contest and Sprint Coordinator, as of this coming January 2014. John Lonigro - AA0VE...member # 163
jonigro@...

John, is not new to 4SQRP, in fact I can't remember not seeing him at OzarkCon when I have been there.

He going to be busy getting setup for the January start of the Sprint season, and I will continue to accept the December SSS sprint totals. The totals for November and December shall be turned over to John, so no Sprint contacts are lost.

Thank you everyone for making the 4SQRP Sprints a fun event.

72/73....Walter - K5EST
editor : Ozark QRP Banner
 



--
QRP....."more smiles per watt"


Re: Contest and Sprint Coordinator change

WA0ITP
 


GM John,
Thank you for assuming the Contest and Sprint duties.  If I can help with info or advice, pse dont hesitate to ask.
 
Walter,
Thanks vy much for getting the sprints up and running.  Great job and we all appreciate it.
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:55 PM
Subject: [4sqrp] Contest and Sprint Coordinator change

GE 4SQRP, we have a new Contest and Sprint Coordinator, as of this coming January 2014. John Lonigro - AA0VE...member # 163
jonigro@...

John, is not new to 4SQRP, in fact I can't remember not seeing him at OzarkCon when I have been there.

He going to be busy getting setup for the January start of the Sprint season, and I will continue to accept the December SSS sprint totals. The totals for November and December shall be turned over to John, so no Sprint contacts are lost.

Thank you everyone for making the 4SQRP Sprints a fun event.

72/73....Walter - K5EST
editor : Ozark QRP Banner
 


Contest and Sprint Coordinator change

Walter - K5EST
 

GE 4SQRP, we have a new Contest and Sprint Coordinator, as of this coming January 2014. John Lonigro - AA0VE...member # 163
jonigro@...

John, is not new to 4SQRP, in fact I can't remember not seeing him at OzarkCon when I have been there.

He going to be busy getting setup for the January start of the Sprint season, and I will continue to accept the December SSS sprint totals. The totals for November and December shall be turned over to John, so no Sprint contacts are lost.

Thank you everyone for making the 4SQRP Sprints a fun event.

72/73....Walter - K5EST
editor : Ozark QRP Banner
 


Re: CQ WW CW

Dale Putnam
 

Or if they had to carry it all to the op position, on foot, over a distance.... like a mile or more.. ??

Have a great day,
 
 
--... ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy
 
 



To: 4sqrp@...; nv9x@...
From: davemrtn@...
Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 20:39:45 -0600
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] CQ WW CW

 

It feels REALLY GOOD, doesn't it.

I wonder how long they'd last in a contest if they could only use one 12V battery to power their 100W rig !!!


On 11/23/2013 08:29 PM, nv9x@... wrote:
 
I have always done this contest at 100 Watts. Today I am doing it at 5 watts. Some ops snickered at me and said you can not do DX at 5 watts. Well, in playing for just 3 hours I have Cayman Is., Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Aruba, Curacao, Ecuador, St. Kitts & Nevis, Turks & Caicos Is., Canada, Japan, Spain, Italy, Chile, Canary Is., Balearic Is., Germany, Slovenia, Bulgaria, France, Czech Republic and Croatia. I think the next time they snicker at me, I will throw them a candy bar. I think I like this QRP stuff.
                        Jim, NV9X
  


--
David Martin - K5DCM ---o0o---
Mountain Home, Arkansas

Guns don't kill people, any more than spoons & forks cause obesity.
I guess most people don't think because it's too tedious for them!
What I like about naps is, I can get them done while I'm sleeping.
If they can, they do; without thinking if they should.

obama promised transparency during his administration,
but who would have imagined it would come from a guy named Edward Snowden !!
 


Re: CQ WW CW

davemrtn
 

It feels REALLY GOOD, doesn't it.

I wonder how long they'd last in a contest if they could only use one 12V battery to power their 100W rig !!!


On 11/23/2013 08:29 PM, nv9x@... wrote:
 
I have always done this contest at 100 Watts. Today I am doing it at 5 watts. Some ops snickered at me and said you can not do DX at 5 watts. Well, in playing for just 3 hours I have Cayman Is., Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Aruba, Curacao, Ecuador, St. Kitts & Nevis, Turks & Caicos Is., Canada, Japan, Spain, Italy, Chile, Canary Is., Balearic Is., Germany, Slovenia, Bulgaria, France, Czech Republic and Croatia. I think the next time they snicker at me, I will throw them a candy bar. I think I like this QRP stuff.
                        Jim, NV9X
  


--
David Martin - K5DCM ---o0o---
Mountain Home, Arkansas

Guns don't kill people, any more than spoons & forks cause obesity.
I guess most people don't think because it's too tedious for them!
What I like about naps is, I can get them done while I'm sleeping.
If they can, they do; without thinking if they should.

obama promised transparency during his administration,
but who would have imagined it would come from a guy named Edward Snowden !!

 


CQ WW CW

Jim
 

I have always done this contest at 100 Watts. Today I am doing it at 5 watts. Some ops snickered at me and said you can not do DX at 5 watts. Well, in playing for just 3 hours I have Cayman Is., Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Aruba, Curacao, Ecuador, St. Kitts & Nevis, Turks & Caicos Is., Canada, Japan, Spain, Italy, Chile, Canary Is., Balearic Is., Germany, Slovenia, Bulgaria, France, Czech Republic and Croatia. I think the next time they snicker at me, I will throw them a candy bar. I think I like this QRP stuff.
                        Jim, NV9X
  


Re: QST, I need some operators on Wednesday to QRV...

GB Hoyt
 

Thanks to all who listened, helped, and tried to make contact with me! We will do even better next time, and the 3rd graders already want to learn Morse code.
here's my After Action Report:
 
 
 

73,
GB Hoyt
KG4GVL
Lakeland, FL


Re: OT: Totally off topic - Spitfire Photo Pilot

Rick Bennett
 

Thanks!  That was awesome.  These kind of things are "gems" of US history.

de KC0PET, Rick



From: "Paul Smith"
To: 4sqrp@..., "Don AE5K"
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2013 7:31:44 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] OT: Totally off topic - Spitfire Photo Pilot

 

Don and all, this was a GREAT film. I enjoyed it a ton OT or not... Thanks

de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad

On Nov 22, 2013, at 8:27 AM, Don AE5K <donj@...> wrote:

 

Hi,

I don't usually post on such an unrelated topic to this discussion list,
but I know many on this list are interested in flying and WW2 aircraft
and I'd like to share this with you.

This link and comments were sent to me from a friend. I think you may
enjoy watching the short and professionally produced film about a flight
doctor and a Spitfire photo mission pilot.

Don AE5K

A must see!
And excellent story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=ie3SrjLlcUY&sns=em

Spy pilots are a very special breed. Their only defense are their planes
and their brains.



Re: OT: Totally off topic - Spitfire Photo Pilot

KD4OBQ
 

I have seen that clip before. It was worth a second watch.

Thanks
Pat KD4OBQ

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Re: astronomy picture of the day

WA0ITP
 

Thanks Phil,
 
It will be interesting to see if it survives its close encounter around the sun.  
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:16 AM
Subject: [4sqrp] astronomy picture of the day

Go to the following link to see the astronomy picture of the day.
Today it is a time laps of a comet, way cool.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

Unc Phil, W0XI


astronomy picture of the day

Phil Anderson
 

Go to the following link to see the astronomy picture of the day.
Today it is a time laps of a comet, way cool.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

Unc Phil, W0XI


Re: for what it's worth

WA0ITP
 

S9 plus 30 here. 
 
CQWW CW is on this weekend, maybe all that RF is enhancing the broadcast band too  :o)
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, November 23, 2013 8:51 AM
Subject: [4sqrp] for what it's worth

~8:48 am in Mountain Home, I am listening to KXEL 'AM' @ 1,540 KHz (on the dial) out of Waterloo/Cedar Falls Iowa.


--
David Martin - K5DCM ---o0o---
Mountain Home, Arkansas

Guns don't kill people, any more than spoons & forks cause obesity.
I guess most people don't think because it's too tedious for them!
What I like about naps is, I can get them done while I'm sleeping.
If they can, they do; without thinking if they should.

obama promised transparency during his administration,
but who would have imagined it would come from a guy named Edward Snowden !!