Dayton Hamvention Bound!

With great anticipation, I am trying to be patient until arriving at the Green County Fairground in Xenia – the new home of Hamvention.  I’ve heard and seen comments about waiting to see how it goes. Well, I trust DARA and their ability to execute the large logistical challenge that has been the Hamvention for the past decades. Sure we as patrons will have to learn the new layout.   In life in general, without learning there is no progress. And the only constant in life is change. 

Regardless, I’ll be there on Friday when the gates open. And I know I will enjoy the new experience. 

What will you do?


Call: W5WZ
Operator(s): W5WZ
Station: W5WZ

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 22:37
Location: USA
Radios: SO2R

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band QSOs
160: 0
80: 61
40: 504
20: 1017
15: 110
10: 0
Total: 1692 Prefixes 560 Total Score 1,551,200

Club: Louisiana Contest Club


SH5 Contest Log Analysis here

W5WZ – 2017 Louisiana QSO Party

Call: W5WZ
Operator(s): W5WZ
Station: W5WZ

Class: SO Mixed HP
Operating Time (hrs): 12:00
Location: In State/Province
Radios: SO2R

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band CW-Dig Qs Ph Qs CW-Dig Mults Ph Mults
160: 0 0 0 0
80: 24 0 15 0
40: 42 29 27 15
20: 49 500 30 68
15: 2 1 2 1
10: 0 0 0 0
6: 0 0 0 0
2: 0 0 0 0
Total: 117 530 74 84 Total Score 240,576


Club: Louisiana Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-03-30 17:36:49
12 hour effort. Participation was disappointing. Many of the QSOs were with DX in the Russian DX contest. I configured my function keys to send the serial # in CW mode, and in voice mode I just told them the qso number, even though I was not capturing serial numbers in my log. –73, Scott W5WZ

W5WZ traveling to K8AZ for the 2017 ARRL DX SSB

What is it that can cause a man to desire to drive solo for 16 hours and 1,100 miles, then sit in a chair for 48 hours, and then drive solo for the 16 hour 1,100 mile return trip ?  ARRL DX SSB contest, of course!

Once again W5WZ will be a guest operator at K8AZ near Cleveland, Ohio.  This will be my fourth time to join the group for a contest at Tom’s excellent station.

Stay tuned for a summary of the weekend!

Time Flies

02/12/12 —  Sure doesn’t seem like 4 months have passed since I updated my journal here.  Work, holidays, etc. just makes time fly.  I suppose the time I had I spent on the air rather than updating websites.  Recently received 1st place Phone Out of State Single Op plaque for CO QSO Party , and 1st Place Louisiana Multi-op certificate for the TN QSO Party.

Uploaded several more SH5 contest reports

Addition of a K3

01/14/11 — A new (to me) transceiver arrived today!  K3 #0251 – I’m looking forwarded to giving it a good workout to evaluate my preference between K3, 756Pro2, and FT1000MP.  

Ice Storm 2011

01/08-09/11 — Weather forecasts had a winter storm/ice storm warning for our area.  The predictions were bleak.  The actual event for my QTH was negligible.  At ground level, perhaps 1/4″ radial ice accumulation.  At this location, we dodged a bullet.  Here are a few pictures of the antenna & towers.



Top Band Contesting

2010 ARRL 160 meter contest  — Spent 7 hours over the course of the contest.

SOHP non-assisted

Got all states EXCEPT ND, AK, HI, WV

 Band    QSOs    Pts  Sec  Cty

   1.8  348     714  64   9

 Total   348     714  64   9


12/04/10 — Constructed an Inverted-L for 160 meters.  Vertical component is 75 ft and horizontal is 100 ft.  It is attached to Tower #1 at the 75 ft standoff, and the horizontal runs due north toward a tall pine tree.  It is grounded to the same radial field used for the 80m shunt fed tower.

Here is the file for EZNEC model of the Inverted-L

12/02/10 — Built a simple contesting accessory – a footrest with footswitch.  Thanks WX9T for the idea!