Another fun contest!

We participated in the North American QSO Party – RTTY edition on July 20 and 21.  The NAQPs are short (10 or 12 hours) contests, organized by the National Contest Journal, that come in 3 flavors: SSB, phone, and RTTY. All 3 versions are held twice a year; and because they’re not 24 or 48 hours long and nobody can run more than 100 W most operators can find the time to put in those hours and compete with the big guns. And they do; because participation is always high! We picked the RTTY edition this time (and the phone edition in August) because that seems to be what most CARC members are interested in. More diddles!

Below is the number of QSOs we logged and our claimed score. Not bad for 4 part-time participants, and a second radio that wasn’t installed until several hours after the start of the contest.

KS5TX 2013 NAQP RTTY claimed score

KS5TX 2013 NAQP RTTY claimed score

We logged 41 US states and 3 Canadian provinces:

Worked US states and Canadian provinces

Worked US states and Canadian provinces

Not bad either! (click the image for the full-size version).

And we even got logged a few stations that are very far from the North American continent:

Worked DXCC entities

Worked DXCC entities

Portugal, the Azores Islands and Norway. Thanks for the juicy points 😉

Big fun! I suggest we do this again next year. With more participants and bigger antennas!

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