Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2017 Vermont QSO Party a huge success!
In the Vermont competition, certificates will go out to the top 5 single op finishers and top multi op finisher. In addition, all Vermont stations making over 100 QSO’s will also get a certificate.
In the Outside Vermont competition, the “grand prize” for the 2016 Vermont QSO Party is a souvenir 3.4 oz jug of genuine Vermont Maple Syrup which goes to the top 3 Outside Vermont Single Op finishers who are within the U.S. You guys worked hard for those contacts and we recognize you with a product which is uniquely Vermont. If you’ve never had Maple Syrup before, it is very sweet and very concentrated, so a little goes a long way! Here in Vermont it is the breakfast topping of choice on pancakes, waffles or jacked deer steak (!?). Enjoy!
Certificates will also go out to the top 5 Single Op stations outside Vermont and stations outside Vermont
working 10 or more QSO’s.
At the Host Station W1NVT, located in Essex, conditions were tough. Friday night required a lot of quick band changes and a lot of CW. Conditions to Europe were poor. For example, OM2VL was quite weak on phone while he was very loud last year. It was a good deal of work, but the QSO’s were able to be made. Saturday morning was slow, requiring mixed phone and CW stints on 20 and 40 meters. The Black Sea Competition had many Europeans on the air looking for contacts, so there were stations out there. Finally at 1500Z, we were able to call CQ and hold a frequency and had a wild ride of 2 hours with rates running over 150 per hour, mostly DX. In the afternoon, we settled on working stateside stations on 20 meters phone. Bob took over the Host station from his location in Richmond 10 miles further SE, but the lack of a competitive 80 meter antenna curtailed nighttime QSO’s. Sunday, the rates climbed back up, but with a noticeable absence of DX stations. In summary, QSO’s could be made, but you had to be wise about your band changes and have a decent station. The days of sitting all day on 20 meters are gone!
Joe K1VMT easily outdistanced the competition to grab first place with 255K while running high power. He was a triple threat on all three modes with considerable QSO’s and multipliers on each.
Zach W1JXN grabbed second place with 145K, while running low power, even though he was off the air for considerable time both afternoons due to other conflicts – some even ham radio related.
Tom N2TOM is from the Glens Falls area of New York, but he wanted to participate as a Vermont station. So, both days, he travelled 100 miles to a rest area on I-89 in Bethel, Vermont, in rare Orange County. From a portable setup in the parking area he banged out 510 QSO’s and 52K points, good for 3rd place.
Steve W1SFR moved up to forth place from last year’s 6th place finish with 48K. His 226 QSO’s were all on CW..
Paul AA1SU rounds out the top 5 with 47K. He was supposed to help us at W1NVT, but instead put out more QSO’s from his own station. The standings for places 3-5 were a real squeaker – only 5k points separate the three!
There are two BIG WINNERS of this year’s Vermont QSO Party. First is the first place multiop mobile team of N1GVT, consisting of Scott W1ZU and Cesar K1TNT who not only put all 14 Vermont counties on the air to the tune of 127k, but made the 2017 QSO Party an exciting event for all of us. Several participants noted that they hung around looking for N1GVT to show up from the next county. You can read about the N1GVT operation at www.hamclass.net/ranv/news/ranv1703.pdf.
The second BIG WINNER is Bob KB1FRW. He took over the W1NVT Host Station operation when I had to go out of town on family business Saturday afternoon. We were able to keep the Host station and special multiplier on the air without interruption while also training new operators on Saturday.
Starting this year, we had access to software to check the accuracy of logs. Thanks to Ron AD0DX, we were able to see who was really who in the submitted logs. We found a suprising number of errors! Errors included busted call signs, busted reports (i.e. MN in place of MD) and the dreaded NIL (not in log). Sadly, if you lost a QSO it might also mean you lose a multiplier as well. In several cases, the wrong band or mode was logged by someone. That was allowed to pass – but just for this year. Make sure you log the right band and mode! The software report was carefully rechecked by a human before any reduction was applied. Along the same discussion, some of the logging software used by participants was wretched. I had to return a record number of logs due to missing or conflicting information. If you were one of those who had a bad log, please consider using a different program next time.