The Right Spot

Forty meters, the normal workhorse band for the OQP, was affected by long skip for most of the day. Except for a few brief openings, Ohio to Ohio qsos were quite difficult on 40. But for our friends out 500 miles or so, propagation to the Buckeye state was excellent.

Taking full advantage of this with a record breaking out of state score was Paul Newberry, N4PN, of Macon, Georgia. Paul had 363 qsos, working 78 counties on CW and 73 on SSB. His score of 81,238 points was beaten by only 2 Ohio stations, who could work anybody anywhere for qso and multiplier credit. He was far enough from Ohio to work a significant number on 20 meters, and close enough to be effective on 80/75 after dark.

The top low power out of state score was turned in by Jim Funk, N9JF. Jim, who repeats his 2003 low power win, was the only other out of state station to break the 300 qso mark.

The run away winner in the out of state QRP class was Kyle, WA4PGM from Virginia with a 50K+ score.

From Poland (the country, not the town in Mahoning county) SP4JWR was first place of the six DX entries in 2004.

The plaque for top out of state YL went to Washington's Peggy Maner, W5QQQ.