Re: Is it just me hearing QRO stations? [1 Attachment]
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The first year I particpated in the NAQP I didn't know the maximum power was capped at 100 watts so I ran my amp. I was back in ham radio after a very long break, late to the contest, and I simply didn't read the rules. Things seemed odd, however. Signals weren't as strong as a normal contest and I was getting a lot of reports on how strong I was. So, I read the rules and I realized I was using too much power. Naturally I didn't submit that log. Lesson learned was to first read the rules before entering any contest.
Yesterday I was "running" stations on 20 meters when I got a call from a local ham who was barely above the noise level. Normally he's 20 over S9 when my beam is his way which it was. He said he was running 5 watts as opposed to my 1K. I told him the limit for NAQP was 100 watts and that's what I was using. That ham has been licensed for 40 years but he's not a big contestor and he just asssumed legal limit power was the maximum allowed.
I have no doubt some people were cheating. Cheating happens in all contests, but the NAQP is the only contest I can think of that limits power to 100 watts. I'd be willing to bet quite a few of those using amps simply didn't read the rules.
From: Dale dalecole3502@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
Sent: Sat, Jan 20, 2018 5:00 pm
Subject: RE: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Is it just me hearing QRO stations? [1 Attachment]
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Hearing the same……
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Working the NAQP and it seems a few boys are running QRO!
I hear relays and fans going, shame on them.
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