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Sep 25, 2016

Radio Rabbits in the Texas QSO Party


Founders of the Atlanta Rabbits Amateur Radio Club set up camp for the Texas QSO Party.  The goal of the contest is to make as many contacts with stations in as many counties in Texas as possible.

Cass County is considered a "rare" county, as there have not been many stations operating from Cass County in the past.  

2016 KA5AHS Texas QSO Party Contacts

Category: General
Posted by: W5BFF

Cody Goodson N5GNR, Dylan "Bubba" Goodson N5APP, and Kyle Wayne Goodson N5KWG pitched a tent and set up a radio station on Saturday, September 24 to participate in the annual Texas QSO Party (http://www.txqp.net).

Members of the Atlanta Rabbits Amateur Radio Club have participated in various contests in the past with the Radio Amateurs of Cass County, but this time, they completely set up their station and operated independently as their own club.  

 

 

This being the first contest the club participated in on their own accord, there were some important lessons learned.  In the past, the club has enjoyed showing up and participating without having to plan for the set up.  On Saturday, the club was responsible for setup at the Atlanta Airport for the Radio Amateurs of Cass County.  They were late getting packed, and when they showed up, they realized they didn't have everything they thought they would need.  They didn't have necessary anchors for the antenna mast or antenna tie downs, and they didn't bring any tentage to protect themselves or their equipment from the sun.

They operated using the Radio Amateurs of Cass County club call sign, K5HCM, from approximately 1:30pm until approximately 4:30pm.  They tore down their setup at the airport and relocated to their home where they set up again to operate as their school club.  

"This was a great exercise for the boys as they prepare to participate in future events," said Jerry A. Goodson W5BFF.  Jerry is the boys father and school club trustee.  "This really gave the kids a chance to run their contest setup from start to finish."  

 

Station Information:  Operating using club call sign KA5AHS

Radio:  ICOM IC-7200 w/ LDG IT-100 Autotuner

Power Supply:  Astron RS-50

Antenna:  Home-made Dipole cut to 40m band in an inverted "Vee" configuration

Computer:  Panasonic Toughbook CF-29

Logging Software:  N3FJP Texas QSO Party Logger  (http://www.n3fjp.com)

Contact Statistics:  5 States (excluding Texas), 18 Counties, 26 total contacts

States:  GA, TN, LA, MI, and IN

Counties:  Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Bexar, Burnet, Dallas, Garza, Grayson, Harris, Limestone, Motley, Nueces, Refugio, Tarrant, Upton, Val Verde, Victoria, and Waller

Station Call Signs:  AK4AW, K5AVY, K5BIO, K5GZR, K5UTA, K9RM, KC5DI, KF5JLJ, KF5QK, KG5CBD, KG5NZK, KK4WUV, KN6Q, N4PN, N5AYB, N5DO, N5HYT, NR5M, NU5DE, W0BH, W5PUF, W5RL, W5RTA, W8CM, WA5DSS, AND WB8WKQ

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