Building on our half-time report, we completed the 2019 Florida QSO Party under very tough 40 meter conditions with 1185 QSOs. Our goal was to defend our 2018 Club win and get some new operators on the radios. We ran two stations—20 and 40 meters. 40 meters during the day was quite challenging as 10 and 15 meters are not much use nowadays. We had 630 CW QSOs and 555 SSB QSOs. Dave KR4U had the high QSO count with 324 contacts followed closely by Tom NY4I with 317 QSOs. As usual, we balanced our desire to get as many contacts as possible with working with new ops. Glenn N4GRC sat in with us for a bunch of contacts as did returning op Pat AA0O.
Kudos to all the ops that participated. This was a challenging contest to keep both the CW and Phone station active. One of our regular CW ops, Tom W4CU is traveling and we of course lost Scotty N4RI (SK). We always need more CW operators. We get great rates on CW and it is a great way to get your speed higher.
As usual we had the regular assortment of contesting accoutrements such as all the drinks you can handle. Sunday morning coffee and bagels combined with lots of discussion of yesterday’s progress fueled the early morning conversation.
The online QSO score board was active to on the station so those keeping score at home could track our progress. Check into our club web site during our next event to follow our progress.