2016 SOAPBOX
THE KANSAS QSO PARTY
Updated: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 7:24
K0WA/W0A
Good event here in HVY. Lots of people working the special events stations. Got a lot of positive comments.

No propagation on 15 and 10. 20 meters was up and down. 40 meters was very good. 80 meters was static crashes.

The K3 and the AL82 performed very well. Good time and lots of fun

Lee
K0VXU/K0N
K3, TH6DXX, Sloping Vees for 40 & 80, N1MM+

Couldn't spend as much time as I would like in QSO party, but had lots of fun. Ran in the LP category this year as the amp is under repairs. Activity seemed low compared to years past probably due to the not so good propagation. I did work several Europeans which surprised me since I was running 100 Watts and not 1500 Watts. As for mults, thanks to Mike, K9AJ, I was able to corner NU on 20 CW. But missed...are you ready...wait for it......IA, ND, NL, NS, PE, and YT. The VEs I understand, but Iowa and North Dakota. Where is KC0W when you need him? Oh yeah, out in the Pacific somewhere.

Well, all in all it was great fun again this year. Certainly different running LP.
AA0FO/K0R
Thunder storms cut saturday night operation short but overall a lot of activity. Even worked some rtty and a psk contact.
N0NB
I relinquished the use of N0N this year due to extenuating circumstances. Thanks to Ron, AD0DX for picking it up and giving it a good workout, from what I understand.

Bands weren't great, as expected, but better than I'd feared. A bit of EU DX on Sunday kept it interesting. Only had one antenna available, the DX-EE, as I started working on refurbishing the 4BTV a bit too late to get it up for the party.

I used Tlf on Linux for the first time in this party. Overall it did well but there are a few things to fix for the future. No computer or program crashes and no RFI issues due to shack improvements earlier this year. The main thing is that all log information was retained and the CW and phone macros worked flawlessly, if only the op in this shack could be so flawless!

Once again I missed the bonus station, KS0KS. :-(
N2SO
I always enjoy the Kansas Test. Thanks to all! K3 running 100W to OCF dipole 137' long up about 35'.
VE2CQ
A lot of fun using the Radio Club call VE2CQ celebrating his 90th anniversary this year. A lot of WOW, REALLY ! and AGN? of course.

I'm sure each QSO with me was a new Multi :-)

Dany VE2EBK
KF4LM
Bonus: KS0KS Conditions not great, but still, a LOT of fun. Now, if I can just buy a few vowels to spell SUNFLOWER and KANSAS ...
N1EN
Wish I had more time to play this weekend.
N2CQ
Poor condx but great mobile OPs!
K4AMA
Elecraft K3, KIO Hex on 20, wire in a tree on 40.

Thanks for the Q's 73, Tony K4AMA
KC0DEB/K0L
I think there will be plenty of comments on the band conditions..no need to add my griping to that, right?

On Saturday evening , about an hour before the end, some very tiny thunderstorms popped up, and started to "train" right overhead....they were small, but packed a punch with plenty of lightning. Needless to say, that was enough to pull the plug for the night. I was not really happy with that, as my QSO count was lagging behind last years number... But hey, what can you do? Sunday started off great, but about halfway the bands went dead... The noise level went way up, and nothing much was heard... I even checked the JT65 & PSK31 frequencies, and they were dead as well.... Luckily it did not last long, dunno what that was all about. I enjoyed working as KØL again this year, and look forward to the 2017 edition.

WØBH Bob, thank you very much for organizing and putting on this mighty fine show again!

TU to all who gave me a call this weekend, it sure was a lot of fun!

73, John KCØDEB/KØL - Wyandotte Cty KS

PS
This edition of the KSQP will be a memorable one to me, as this was the very 1st time I was able to work WAS in a contest! I owe a big TU to NØJE, who gave me ND less than 2 minutes before the end !
K4BAI
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX, zepp, inverted vee. No KS stations heard on 15 or 10 and only two on 80M. But 40 and 20 were very good from GA. Thanks for all the KS QSOs especially from the many mobiles. Score includes 100 bonus points for a QSO with KS0KS.

73, John, K4BAI
K0OU
Score includes 100 bonus points for working KS0KS. Kansas is too close to me here in KC for much HF activity. Everything is ground wave. Was amazed at some of the mobile signals. Would have liked to see some regular callsigns activated- only one or two Q's were not 1x1 calls. Tnx for the Q's and the KS counties. C U all in the next contests.
VE7JH
Wow, what a well-oiled machine! Whoever is pulling the strings behind the Kansas QSO Party is doing a marvelous job. I was planning on looking for a few missing counties for my USACA but ended up convincing the XYL that painting the guest room can wait till next weekend.

The moblies were out in full force, and it seems they were not just any mobiles but seasoned veterans from both Kansas and far afield. Signals were often marginal but with some patience I was able to work most spotted stations. Some really skilled operators at the other end who were able to cruise the highways from county to county and still managed to have superb runs on 20m CW.

Thanks to all the Kansas station for a fun weekend!

73, Gabor, VE7JH
VE9AA
Sunday operation only !

But it was still fun ! ! !

Wish Ol' Sol had cooperated, 'cuz from up here this was a monoband contest. Worked K5YAA on 15m just before the bell tolled (and a little while after, in the actual contest) but only worked 2 other Q's the entire 6 hours of Sunday.

The RBN was showing my 15m CQ's well into entire W7 and also WB6BEE (OK) but either nobody CQ'd on 15m or it promptly died.

Too far to hear even home stations on 40m, and, well, 10m and 80m were out of the question. hee hee

For some reason I had a really hard time hearing Bob/W0BH pilot K0A and the other callsigns he was sporting, so I am sure there's a bust or two in some of those exchanges. Sorry, never heard you on 247 SSB Bob....there was a loud home stn there.

There was a 1x1 home stn in the mobile window and that made things interesting.

Mike VE9AA....500w, 4-Sq, IC7410x2, N1MM+

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W4YWX
Busy on Saturday....got in a little time late in the day... Like the Sunday Only Class....so got to operate full time Sunday... Thanks to Bob, W0BH, for his great promoting and operating every year.. Final score includes 100 bonus points for contact with KS0KS... Congrats to all the 1X1 calls....lotsa fun..

73, Paul, N4pn/W4YWX
WA8REI
Best QSO Party this side of Mars! T U all for picking up my 5 watt signal. Great effort by hams that know CW and know enough to turn the RF Gain down and know how to use their filters to copy weak signals.

Rovers covered a lot of ground under bad QRN from t-storms.

Heard fellow QRPer K7TQ, Randy, plugging away! GL, Randy.

73 til next year, Ken
K0CCM
Very difficult band conditions on Saturday. Thunderstorms and lightning caused QRT for 2 hours. Sunday band conditions were worse with S-9+ noise levels on 40 and 20M. 20M was very long on Sunday. Both coasts were strong, but path to Kansas was impossible.
AH6AX
Rig KX3 QRP Antennas: Yagi on 20m & dipole on 40m

I really enjoy the KS QSO party. All of the mobiles made it great. Thanks to all you guys for pulling me out of the noise. SSB was very tough here, but CW was much better. I worked only 20m & 40m....didn't hear anything on 15m.

Thanks again for all the Q's.
N6MDV
Worked much of Saturday. Great QSO party. Possibly our favorite along side CQP.

Thanks to organizers and all the 1x1's. This makes the party special. Well done.

Used temporary wire antennas in the trees and new radio. Nothing ever on 15M and 40M was open to us only at beginning and end of each day, barely. Thanks again. Had a great time!
NW0M
Basically a 40M Party for me. Thanks to the mobiles that dropped down to 40. Interestingly all Qs but one were with 1X1 calls. N0NB was the only exception.

K3, OCF Dipole, N1MM+.

73, Mitch
K0VXU/K0N
K3, TH6DXX, Sloping Vees for 40 & 80, N1MM+

Couldn't spend as much time as I would like in QSO party, but had lots of fun. Ran in the LP category this year as the amp is under repairs. Activity seemed low compared to years past probably due to the not so good propagation. I did work several Europeans which surprised me since I was running 100 Watts and not 1500 Watts. As for mults, thanks to Mike, K9AJ, I was able to corner NU on 20 CW. But missed...are you ready...wait for it......IA, ND, NL, NS, PE, and YT. The VEs I understand, but Iowa and North Dakota. Where is KC0W when you need him? Oh yeah, out in the Pacific somewhere.

Well, all in all it was great fun again this year. Certainly different running LP.

Thanks to all who provided a QSO and/or mult.

73, Russ - K0VXU as K0N
KF4LM
Bonus: KS0KS Conditions not great, but still, a LOT of fun. Now, if I can just buy a few vowels to spell SUNFLOWER and KANSAS ...
W4YWX
Busy on Saturday....got in a little time late in the day... Like the Sunday Only Class....so got to operate full time Sunday... Thanks to Bob, W0BH, for his great promoting and operating every year.. Final score includes 100 bonus points for contact with KS0KS... Congrats to all the 1X1 calls....lotsa fun..

73, Paul, N4PN/W4YWX
K4BAI
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX, zepp, inverted vee. No KS stations heard on 15 or 10 and only two on 80M. But 40 and 20 were very good from GA. Thanks for all the KS QSOs especially from the many mobiles. Score includes 100 bonus points for a QSO with KS0KS.

73, John, K4BAI
N6MU
Wow, 1x1s everywhere. W0BH sure knows how to put on a Party! Great participation from the many fixed and mobile stations.

Could have had a Sweep Saturday but missed two counties that I know were on. Oh well, picked them up Sunday. One key mobile for me was N0Y. Duffey was the only station that activated HAS and he also gave me the Sweep from STN. My last five were: LCN, PHI, ALL, ELK and STN.

Kudos again to Bob, W0BH, and the KS gang for another outstanding effort.

73...
John, N6MU TS-570 & 5BTV
K0BJ/W0S
Despite weird condx/short skip, rates were good and as always this was lotsa fun from a fixed station. My wonderful SAL-30 rx ant was walking wounded as it needs some attention after an accident with the coax/control line. Last year I worked 34 of our 45 1x1 calls..... this year just 21. And despite not alot of DX in the log there was 29 DXCCs -- surely more than usual for W0S in KsQP.

Huge thanks to Bob W0BH and Lorna, the many mobiles who cover all 105 of our counties, and sponsors.
W8KNO
Sunday only effort. I live in Ohio.
KS4X
A summer cold and thunderstorm dampened contesting.
N3KN
Always a fun contest, especially the challenge of spelling out SUNFLOWER KANSAS QSO PARTY.
W0SO/W0R
Mobile in NE Kansas. Activity was good, condx only fair. Did have a few EU call us mobile on 20 cw. N0YL and W0SO
K0HYD/W0U
Tremendous QSB during many hours of the operation.
N0AC
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, 7100\'

Rig 1-FT1000MP~100w
Antenna 1-HyGain HyTower Jr.
Antenna 2-2 Element 20m vertical array

Rig 2-Ten Tec Omni VI~100w
Antenna 1-40m Dipole
Antenna 2-15m 2 Element vertical dipole array

Software-N1MM+
Bill, N0AC
KI0I/W0E/m
What a blast the Kansas qso party! Such a great coordinator in Bob Harder W0BH.!

I teamed up with two different friends ,one each day. Saturday I joined up with Dave , W0DR and we drove his lil pickup to Joplin and had some hamfest fun. Then some human fuel at Crackerbarrel and a search for a voltage inverter to power a laptop. We tried one Dave had and it made so much RFI it was hopeless! A unit found at Walmart turned out to be a winner with NO noise hrd on the 4 bands we tried. EXCELLENT!! The device is a 140w Schumacher brand for 20 bux. So with all parts needed to operate we finally made a start on 20m at 1821z. First QSO, N6MU, John ! I see John has swept the counties again this year! Great job John! Congrats!!

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N0MXI
I was surprised at the number of KSQSO stations I was hearing and being posted on DX Summit on 20 meters and not seeing or hearing on 40 and 80. the ones I worked were mobile going past Minneapolis. I spent 6 hours working NPOTA and catching KQSO here and there. Well at least I worked a few.

73's N0MXI Chuck
K5HP
Fixed mobile unassisted - work QTH Carrizo Springs, TX
NS0R/N0P
This year ended up being a bit of a grind, but I still had a great time. 20 was up and down, but when it was up it was excellent. 40 was pretty good the entire time. 80 pretty much sucked the entire contest.

I need better antennas. I'm still using a homebrew vertical for 80-10 as well as a second end fed half wave vertical for 20. I had quite a bit of contacts to Russia in the middle of the day on 20 that sounded like they were next door, but there were times I could just barely pull stations in Florida out of the mud. Strange conditions.

Next year I plan to build a 20M moxon and hopefully I'll have it up in the air in time for the next QSO party. Anything more than that and I'll have to buy a new house - which is a definite possibility.

Thanks for all the Q's.
-73, Morgan, NS0R
AB0S/N0S
Thanks to Alan, W0NO, for the use of his fine station.

AB0S
K7TQ
Fun time chasing the 1x1 mobiles. N0R and K0S were the easiest to follow.
N9NA
Ten Tec Omni 7, Alpha 87a, Steppir DB-18e, 80 meter inverted vee, 160 meter inverted L
N8II
I have to say without a doubt that the KS guys with some out of state help mobilize more operators to take part in their QSO party for longer periods than any other state per capita by at least a factor of 2 times! In only VA (not from here!), FL, PA, TX, or CA QP's is it possible to work more Q's. I am not sure, but would guess that I may have broken the out of state record even with no activity and very little prop if any on 15M (the band may have opened around 24Z on Es). This was aided by a certain mobile who passed out multiple calls, K0A (W0BH) and company. There were so many mobiles who operated nearly the entire party and it was a wonder two didn't collide somewhere in eastern KS where several times mobiles in the same county were worked within a few minutes. Eastern KS was very well covered and all counties were active. I am sort of getting used to the 40+ 1X1 calls active; It is getting a bit easier to wrap my brain around logging them. But I may have missed a dit on 1 or 2 weak
ones on 40 and logged a busted call.

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K4NY
What a fun exciting QSO party on CW working the mobiles as they sped from county to county. Active fixed stations added to the CW mix. Spelled out the stamp words. Missed several counties taking wife to eat and attending church, but 78% better than last year.
SM5CIL
Hi, thanks for your patience. Signals were quite low, if not unreadable, heard SP9LJD managed a lot more. The conds didn't favour me in in central Sweden.

73
Arne
K3WJV
pretty good activity especially the frenzy in the last hour or two. next year when I spot calls I will try to list them so as to ID the county. sri I didn't do that for this contest. I hope all you KS guys look for me in the upcoming PAQP in October (8th & 9th) more than likely all cw for me.

K3/P3 & Acom 2000A
FT1000MP 2nd radio when so2r gets operational, Alpha 89
2 el Hexbeam @ 24ft, 6 thru 20 mtrs (K4KIO)
3 band fan inv V broadside N/S @ 55ft - 40m/short 160m, 80m
40 mtr sloper @ 55ft sloping north
RX ANT 200ft kd9sv RBOG - NE/SW
N1MM+ contest logger & DxLab master logger
K8VBM
Kenwood TS-870 100 watts into 164 foot dipole antenna up 25 feet fed with home-made ladder line. Did much better than the 4 QSOs last year. Still didn't spell any of the words. Almost got KS0KS in the last 2 minutes, but he couldn't pull our the last letter of my call sign. Oh well. Enjoyed my 2nd KS QSO Party!
K5CM/K0S
All Q's are important, but stations worked the most:
20 or more: N6MU, N8II, W1DWA, K4BYN
13 or more: K4BAI, KN4Y, K7IA, VE7JH, W2YC, W4UT, K0CCM, VE7CV
11 or more: SP9LJD, NO5W, K3TW, W9FZ, K9NW, W7GF, W4OC, K7TQ, K0DEQ, K3WJV
9 or more: W7OM, N3RJ, WB5JID, KM4FO, NA2X, N2CQ, NW0M, WA4GQG, KJ4LTA
The strongest DX: SP9LJD.
Not the strongest DX but patient to get his call through: UA3AGW

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W4UT
Rig KX3 QRP Antennas: Yagi on 20m & dipole on 40m

I really enjoy the KS QSO party. All of the mobiles made it great. Thanks to all you guys for pulling me out of the noise. SSB was very tough here, but CW was much better. I worked only 20m & 40m....didn't hear anything on 15m.
SP9LJD
Tnx for all QSO's special for mobiles. This year was extremely difficult for us EU guys, 1st day YODXC covered all KQP freq on 20m on 40 we had SCC RTTY; 2nd day VP6J used split on the same situation; 3rd propagation was not so good as before.

I already worked 99 KS counties and I saw that Jerry W0L will activate 2 new (CHT)for me, unfortunately he changed his route cause of some problems and BAR will be for the next few years, but N0A gave me RSL. So finally I got 2 new one.

Here the list of all mobiles I worked:
W0L x 20
W0O x 12
N0R x 9
K0S x 9
W0E x 8
N0A x 6
N0U x 4
K0A x 3
N0y x 3
N0N x 3
N0K x 1
My goal after first day was 100 QSO's and I got it. I would like express my to Bob who organize perfect KQP. See you again on the air, good CW operators.
VA3RKM
K3, 70w, vertical. Thanks for the contacts.
NO5W
K3/100, Classic C-33 @ 50ft, Windom @50ft, CQ/X 1.8.0.12

This was a fun QSO party! Having operated mobile in two KS QP but unable to go mobile this year, I wanted to put in a fairly serious effort from the outside looking in. Fortunately I had time to do that, although I had to terminate Saturday operation early due to a thunderstorm in the area.

The mobiles were outstanding. I worked sixteen different mobiles: N0R(16), N0U(12), W0O(12), W0L(11), K0S(11), N0Y(10), K0A(10), W0E(8), N0K(8), W0R(7), K0P(5), N0N(4), N0T(4), N0A(3), N0Q(3), N0P(2). All had excellent signals into the New Orleans area and apparently I was being heard in KS as most responded on the first call and required minimal fills.

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WN4AFP
Worked the first two hours and then a few during the OHQP. Lot's of KS activity on 20m. GL to all the players! 73s Dave WN4AFP
WX4G
Great contest...good activity except for 80m. Lotsa mobiles!!

Thanks...Bob
KE0TT
K3/10 at 5 watts to mainly an 88' dipole up about 30' and fed with ladder line and an old Johnson tuner. Thanks for the fun ! Lots of activity, lots of CW. C U next time, 73 , Dan ke0tt MN
VA3PCJ
QRP/P from Aylmer Is. (ON-295) - Loc. FN25bj
N5NA/K0R
Activity seemed down a bit from last year or it could have been band conditions. My total QSOs and mults are both down compared to last year. I probably could have made a few more QSOs on Saturday. I arrived at my destination about 2 hours early so decided to call it a night and have dinner.

I covered a total of 32 counties this year, 20 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. I made it to my last county, Wyandotte, with two minutes remaining and only made 6 QSOs in that county. I should have skipped lunch I guess!
K5YAA/W0L/m
Recording can be hazardous. The mic slipped out from between the headset used to gather audio from the K3 when WAB county came into play and remained on the seat until the last Q on Saturday night so the score is an estimate until Bob W0BH can sort things out.

I found activity to be considerably reduced from last year's run even though 20 was in fairly good shape for the entire run. DX signals were stout much of the daylight hours. Every state except ND and AK were worked and all but VO1 VE4 and VY1 were worked in Canada. 720 Qs are less than half of last years tally.

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K1IMI
I really enjoyed operating this contest, even if I had so little time to devote to it. Many outstanding signals emanating from YO, and, of course, I heard muchmore DX than I could work with 100W. Thanks for a good time!
KS4X
A summer cold and thunderstorm dampened contesting.
W4OC
First entry in KS QP.
Lots of activity from mobiles.
Thanks for the Q's and mults!

73, Don, W4OC
K4VBM
Kenwood TS-870 100 watts into 164 foot dipole antenna up 25 feet fed with home-made ladder line. Did much better than the 4 QSOs last year. Still didn't spell any of the words. Almost got KS0KS in the last 2 minutes, but he couldn't pull our the last letter of my call sign. Oh well. Enjoyed my 2nd KS QSO Party!
W6NS
Rig: Elecraft K3; ACOM1000. Antennas: C3E (30 ft).

OP from CA; grid CM95; San Luis Obispo County.

Although the propagation to the middle portion of the country has gone down hill of late Kansas Hams put on a very good QSO Party and seemed to have very good support from the operators in your state. Thank you for putting on this event; had fun.
W0ZQ/W0O
I really enjoyed operating this contest, even if I had so little time to devote to it. Many outstanding signals emanating from YO, and, of course, I heard much more DX than I could work with 100W. Thanks for a good time!
W0BH/K0A/m /K0P/m
There are two questions that usually wait until the last minute to be answered in the Kansas QSO Party. Will we be able to field all 45 1x1 calls? And what route should I take this year? True to form, question one was answered during the last week when several new Rookie ops stepped up to cover the last several 1x1 calls. And question two waited for an answer until Thursday (last year it was Friday) with several last minute routes coming in that really helped the county situation.

To cover all the calls this year for our KANSAS, SUNFLOWER and QSOPARTY spelling challenge, XYL Lorna/k0why applied for N0T and Aaron/n0qd who has driven for me before, applied for N0Q. Then Ron/af5q emailed from Texas with a broken down car and said he would be unable to put K0P/m on this year, so he gave me permission to run his call as well. This was turning out to be an interesting weekend!

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K0ESU/K0E
Thank you to all who worked us. We also had several new hams introduced to contesting for the first time. A great time was had by all.
W0BH/K0P/m
Ron/AF5Q had every intention of driving up from Texas and running a route, but he had last minute car problems and was unable to come. He gave me permission to put his call on the air as part of the K0A/m operation so everyone had a chance at the P in QSOPARTY. It was a fun call to put on the air. Hope you can make it next year, Ron!

See the K0A/m post for the complete story.

73, Bob, W0BH
N0QD/W0BH/N0Q/m
Aaron drove on Sunday as part of the K0A/m operation and got on the air from time to time to put out the Q in QSOPARTY. W0BH operated the CW contacts for him. See the K0A/m post for the complete story.

73, Bob, W0BH
for Aaron/N0QD
K0WHY/W0BH/Not/m
Lorna drove as part of the K0A/m operation and got on the air from time to time to put out the T in QSOPARTY. W0BH operated the CW contacts for her. See the K0A/m post for the complete story.

73, Bob, W0BH
for Lorna/K0WHY
 
 
 
 
 
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