2007 Ohio QSO Party Results

The 2007 Ohio QSO Party continued the OQP tradition of challenging conditions. Only a few days before heavy rain and flooding had hit many parts of the state, most notably in the Findlay area. By the weekend the waters had largely receded, but more storms on Saturday generated very high QRN levels as the OQP progressed, and in some cases resulted in the ops pulling the plug early to avoid the storms. And of course we all are still waiting for some sunspots!

Once again in state propagation on 40 meters (and above) was difficult to impossible, other than for a short period around sunset. 80/75 meters filled the hole to some extent, but those thunderstorms later in the day made that band difficult as well.

Nevertheless 180 logs were submitted for the 2007 OQP – 80 from Ohio and 100 from outside the state. 19209 QSOs were reported, breaking down as follows:

BAND   PHONE      CW

80      3313    3763                                    
40      3340    5709                                    
20      1265    1639             
15        15      16           
10        36      13              
Total   8069   11140

The top Ohio single operator was once again Pat Collins, N8VW, who operated in the high power category from K5ZG's QTH in Allen county. In the most popular category, single operator low power, Fred Helwig, K8FH, in Lorain county won the plaque, followed by K8NVR from Medina county. These two led the Medina 2M Group to a very narrow victory in the Ohio club competition, a first for that group. They edged out the Delaware Amateur Radio Association by less than a thousand points.

There were no surprises in the Ohio QRP and rover categories. Dan Shepherd, N8IE, added another OQP QRP plaque to his wall. Ralph Matheny, K8RYU, again covered the southeast part of the state with a Rover operation, and this year gets a newly sponsored plaque honoring his win in that category.

The Ohio mobile category featured groups from many surrounding states. Ohio homeboys K8MR and W8DRZ again drove around eastern Ohio, their minivan holding together long enough to rack up the winning mobile score. The following mobile spots were filled by ops from Indiana (KJ9C), Wisconsin (W9MSE), Michigan (W8UE), Ohio (W8CAR), Michigan (K8CC), Pennsylvania (W3AG), and Ohio (W8MRG).

Murphy was out on the highways this year. The K8MR minivan encountered ignition problem in the late afternoon, shortening their trip and canceling a number of planned counties south and west of Columbus. Three hours into the contest the K8CC Jeep took too much RF to its transmission, forcing a retreat to home, and the loss of scheduled activity in a number of western Ohio counties.

We greatly appreciate those who come to Ohio to operate the OQP. We hope that the ever increasing price of gasoline will not scare you away in future years.

W8VND, the Queen City Emergency Net's club station, won the multioperator category, with a close win over K8DV from Clermont county.

Kitty Hevener, WB8TDA, continued her dominance of the YL category, again taking the plaque for the top YL score.

The plaque for top SSB score goes to Joe Papworth, K8MP. Although Joe operated more CW than SSB, he had the biggest phone total, not including the effort of N8VW who won the SOHP plaque.

The out of state winners were all seasoned OQP veterans. Paul Newberry, N4PN, was the overall winner and high power category winner. Jim Callow, K8IR, took the low power category from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Jerry Fiore, N4JF, again won the QRP division from Alabama. This year the OQP added a plaque for the top score from the Mountain or Pacific time zones, which was won by John Desloge, N6MU.

Andres Gille, DL3GA, repeated his 2006 effort by winning the 2007 plaque for the top DX entry.

And finally, the Southeast Contest Club was the top out of state club, not a surprising result for a club that had both the High Power and QRP out of state winners.

The 2008 Ohio QSO Party will be held on Saturday, August 23. Note that this is not the last Saturday of August. (That would be the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.) So get that date on your calendar, and start promoting the OQP among your friends and local radio clubs. Will this be the year you get out for an expedition to one of Ohio's rare remote counties?

See you in August!