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QRP Afield Contest - Sept 18, 2003

QRP Afield 2004

Warrior Mtn, Colorado
Sep 18, 2004

View Log - Log of all contacts made

We  spent the summer of 2004 moving from our mountain home to Lakewood, CO (suburb of Denver) so this was my first qrp contest of the summer.  I drove up to Warrior Mtn where I had operated from before.  The location is easy to get to... about an hour drive from my house in Lakewood and then a short (1/8 mile?) hike to the peak of the mountain.  The elevation, I believe, is a little over 11,000 ft.  The peak of the mountain is a bunch of rocks with 2 or 3 small scrubby trees.  I put one of the small scrubby trees to use as an antenna support.  I took two antennas with me and two poles for support.... a 33' kanga pole and a 20' black widow crappie pole.  Both of these were taped to the small tree with duct tape and that was all the support they needed!  On the 33' pole I attached a 44' (22' on a side) doublet broadside east and west.  On the 20' pole I put a 44' doublet broadside north/south.  Part of the goal here was to see how much difference I could hear in the antennas.  As you would expect the higher, east/west dipole was superior in almost all situations, usually providing what seemed like a 6 dbi boost.  The only qsos I made that I would expect the shorter north/south dipole to be superior were a few Texas contacts.  And, I wasn't disappointed.  The few Texas contacts I made seemed to be about 6dbi up on the shorter, north/south dipole.  I made a total of 49 qsos, 22 spcs and 10780 points.  Not a huge day but the weather was great and I had a good time.  

Great fun working some  Colorado stations that were familiar:  W0RW working pedestrian mobile and KG5N working nearby with his sierra plus N0TK/Dan down in Littleton.