The 2013 7QP
Another 7QP in the books, and it continues to grow. The number of
logs received is about the same as last year, the number of
stations participating is also nearly the same. But the mix is
different and the mobile activity this year was way up. Of the 523
logs submitted, 258 were from stations who also participated last
year. Conditions may have played a part, they were not nearly as
good as in 2012. The county stats were a dead heat from last year:
203 of the 259 were activated.
Mobiles...While we are no danger to Florida's QP in number of
mobiles, ours are a hardy bunch. They have to cover many more
miles per county, in territory that is neither flat nor well
populated. WW7D gets the Dark County activation award. Darryl
reduced by two the number of counties that have never been
activated in 7QP, bringing the total down to three: MTBLA, MTMAD,
and MTSHE. This year we introduced a change in the mobile
categories, separating them into single and multi-op. We actually
had fewer mobile entries this year but more of them were truly
"expeditions." K5YAA operated mobile in the Florida QSO party on
April 28, and then drove through a dozen counties in Wyoming the
following weekend for 7QP. Nice job, Jerry! There is a nice
write-up of the WW7D mobile trip at
WW7D/M's big 7QP Adventure .
Speaking of logs, as the paper-log transcriber, I am pleased to
report that only three logs were on paper this year. Here's the
report on the different logging programs used:
19 WA7BNM webform
62 others, 2 or less, or none specified.
Statistics for 2013:
Stations 2013 2012 2011
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7th Area: 1091 926 1261
RoW: 4613 4368 5631
Total: 5704 5294 6892
Logs: 523 520 492
St # on on--excluding uniques
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AZ 15 15 15
ID 44 38 37
MT 56 29 22
NV 17 9 6
OR 36 36 35
UT 29 19 16
WA 39 38 37
WY 23 18 18
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259 202 186
While we had the same number of active counties as last year,
Nevada suffered while Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Montana gained.
Arizona and Oregon pulled off sweeps again. Washington fell one
short, but not the same one as last year.
W0BH wins the SO High mixed again. It seems nobody can stop Bob's
8-year hold on consistency. Lloyd at KH6LC was second and VE3KP
third. DL3GA made a very respectable 5th place as the highest
scoring DX entry (barely beating LY5A's multi-single effort).
SO High CW was taken handily by N4DW after several years in second
or third. He was followed by K1TN and N5NA.
SO High Phone was little contest. W6AFA cleared W5JNP by almost
6x. One hop propagation is a real benefit out here.
On the other hand, SO low Mixed was a real horse race: less than 1%
separated Canadians VE4VT (VE4EAR) and VE7CV. 'EAR has grown into
contesting on the 7QP and this is his third win.
SO Low Power CW: This is the most popular category with well over
50 entries, topped this year by N6MU and followed by N9AUG. This
seems to be John's contest.
SO Low Power Phone: Another 6-lander, K6GHA, takes the prize here
with a handy win over W9QL.
SO QRP Mixed: K8ZT wrested the crown from perennial category winner
N2WN who takes second.
SO QRP CW: W4UT wins over KE0G and a very tight race for third.
MS High Power: WA6KHK wins it, battling past NX6T and K5WAF.
MS Low Power: This race was so close, it required a careful check
of the UBN report. K9YC by a hair over VE5KS. One more QSO either
way would have changed it.
MM: the NEQP boys at W1ACT had their act together!
Mobile MS Low Mixed was InQP's W9WX and MS Low CW was NEQP wanderer
Results - W7
SO High Mixed was won by a newcomer to 7QP, K7RL, with 20% margin
over N5LZ disguised as NN7ZZ.
After winning the mixed many many times, K6LL, using K7ABC, decided
to try a new category this year. As SO High CW, he beat out a
determined effort by K7ZZ.
The SO High Phone was won by a completely new participant, KK7YC.
He was followed by another first-time entrant, KA6BIM.
The SO Low Mixed category was captured by a fine effort by K7FA who
cleared the second place entrant by 4x. SO Low CW was won by KK7S
in a close race, being chased by Idahoans WJ9B and W7ZRC. SO Low
Phone was garnered by KK7AC. This category had the highest
participation on the W7 side with 29 entries.
SO QRP CW was busy with 13 entries, lead by W7YS. QRP Mixed was
won by W7YAQ, QRP Phone by K7EK.
Multi-single (aka assisted) High power was taken by the team of
K5RC and KH2TJ operating the Virginia City super station, but only
barely. AC7T +W7GKF were hot on their heels. K7WP took the MS Low
The only MM entry this year was by an intrepid group from the Snake
River ARC, K7SI, in the southwest corner of Idaho.
Single op: K7IA followed by a near 3-way tie for second place by
WR7Q, KE7DX and KC7YE.
Multi-Single: A clear win for W7PX.
County Line Expeditions:
Single op: AA5TL nudges out AC7JW in a close one.
MM: K7EAR does it again! However, Milt tells us that this will be
the last gasp for the AZGHM/GLE operation. But not to fear, the
gang of contesting newbies under the K7LIX banner put together a
strong effort on a tri-county corner in south-central Oregon. They
will be back!
It seems that splitting up the mobile categories into single and
multi-op also split up the operations, so based on the submitted
logs it was almost one entry per category:
SO High mixed: KT7G
SO High CW: K5YAA
SO Low mixed: K7BG
SO Low CW: N7OU
MS High CW: K7RE
MS Low CW: N7XU beats KS5A
Thanks to all .. see you next year!