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2019 Skeeter Hunt Summary – Once again, in Buschman Park in Port Orange, FL.
Steve – WB4OMM – FL
Skeeter # 99 – All CW
Skeeter QSOs – 4
Non-Skeeter QRP QSOs – 0
Non-Skeeter QRO QSOs – 1
S/P/Cs – 3
Station Class Multiplier X4
Logo Photo Bonus – 100 points
SOAPBOX: Got a little bit of a late start at 2:00 PM EST. Setup in the same park as last year, but got smart this time and wound up under a pavilion and out of the sun! It was still pretty warm at 94 degrees and 80% humidity, but compared to last year, it was a cake walk! Band conditions were horrible. Worst I’ve seen in any operating event in a while. I used the same rig, an Elecraft K1 running 4W to a different antenna, a 31-foot end-fed wire into a tree. I also used a lithium-ion battery this time with more capacity (10AHr). S7 noise on 20M….very few signals anywhere in the CW sub-band. 40M was worse (if it could be any worse)….not a peep except for one or two really weak signals at the bottom of the band. I went back to 20M and it took 48 minutes for me to hear a signal I could work – NN9K (IL) – and the QSB dropped his first transmission to nothingness. Got it all on the second. 30 mins later, I heard W3AQC (PA – my NAQCC buddies) up and down with QSB from nothing to S5, and managed to work them. 10 minutes later I could hear K9CW (IL) good enough for a Q. Hunted around for then next 45 minutes…heard KD3CA several times, but never strong enough (and long enough!) to work him…..ditto NE5DL and W3GW. Last QSO was with a non-skeeter, W9RAC (IN) who was booming in some 20 KHz down…as he should be with 100W! Had a nice Q with him, but had to make it short as my laptop battery was just about gone. 5 QSOs in 4 states…..in just over 2 hours. Not a great rate! BUT….like always, I had fun, was out of the house and playing QRP CW. The Best! I have attached the required “selfie evidence photos” with the Skeeter logo at the station and another shot of the station setup. 72/73 to all, see you skeeters next year! Steve WB4OMM