2008 Ohio QSO Party Results

The important part of the Ohio QSO Party is getting on the air. And lots of you are doing that. We had 212 logs submitted out of 2659 distinct callsigns recorded this year. Of those 2659, 440 made more than 10 contacts with 182 submitting logs and 59 made more than 100 contacts with 51 submitting a log. We can't recognize you unless you submit a log, so please see the rules on how.


Single-OP Low Power

Single operator low power is by far the most popular category to enter. For those outside Ohio, K8IR in the UP of Michigan had the top score, followed by ever present Keith WA3HAE, NY4N of the Tennessee Contest Group, W2LHL who also is regular, K4ZGB of the Alamba Contest Group, K4OD of South East Contest Club. Rounding out the top 10 are WA4SM, W1DWA, K0JPL and N6MU in California.

In Ohio, K2KW takes it in from the southwest part of the state, followed by K8NVR in the North Central, WB8JUI up near Cleveland (that is a joke BTW, he is really fairly far west from Cleveland) and N8VV over by Canton. N8OT, WB8CEH, N9AUG and W8WTS were all fairly close score wise, so keep up the good work. Finally, KE8PX, N8IW and K8IJ make up the rest of the top ten. Well top eleven, inadvertently left out N8OT.

From outside the US. PA3ARM takes the win followed by first timer HP8/NC6Q, YO3JW and HA2MN. Thanks for getting on.

Single-OP QRP

N2WN, takes the crown in this category with dedication in keeping those antennas up to make the q's. With the poor high band conditions, being able to work the mobiles on 40m and 80m QRP will always net you a win. K3TW was not to far back and always has a great signal into this QTH qrp. We also recognize the rest of the QRPers. ND0C, K4PBY, K8GVK N7RR and from England G3UFY. Great job and 72.

In Ohio, we received only once entry. N8VW who operated from his garage all the while running kids around for his sons birthday party/sleep over. I know he felt bad the next morning because he had to sleep in a tent with the kids and his air mattress was leaky.

Single-OP High Power

Out of state, K4BAI whipped N4PN's butt (but only because Paul had to miss an hour due to a family event), great job guys. KO7X in Wyoming takes third, note that Brian was working people on 40m an hour into the contest. Either 40m was good or we need more activity on 20m. WA2VYA, W0BH, W9IU, NS9I, N8II, K4LTA and AA3B round out the top ten.

K8MP takes first place HP from Ohio by a wide margin. N8BJQ in a CW only entry takes send followed by K1LT in a vertical only entry. We are always glad to hear the Dr. John Kraus's (SK) callsign W8JK on the air and Bob Dixon W8ERD used it take fourth place this year. Checkout their web site at http://www.w8jk.org. Two phone only entries take fith and sixth, K8BSW and WZ8P. NS8O, K8YSE round out the Ohio HP top ten...er....eight.

The DX winner was LY2ZZ with a tie with between HA7UG and LY5W for second. DL3GA, and OQ5M take third and fourth respectively. We've made some changes to help increase activity on 20m and up. Hope to see you on again.


Big congrats to KJ8F for the win.

Phone Only

K8BSW wins the phone only entry, but we would also like to recognize the other phone only entries: WZ8P, N3ME, K8YSE, N8YHA, KD8DWI, K9FH, KB8DDZ, KB8UEY, WA8TWM, KC8IMV, WA8YVF, KD8ELX, NR8U, KC8YKQ, W8AL, W8B, N8XTH, W8WTD, KD8HCK, N8XWO, W8KVK, N8XAY, K8DXR, KB3ILX, KC0IKU, KX8C, WO3X KC9KIO, WA5ZUP, KD8AJK, K8RJH, KC8BTN, VE3TW, K2DSL, W1CRK, VA3WPV, W8DYF, K5DHY, VE2HAY, N8YQM, KC8UVM, N8QE, AC7SM, KC2FOL, K4GOP, W7JAZ, W8MLP, NS6T, NC8ED, N6AJR, KB5DRJ, W8VND, W8FT, W8HH, W8MRG. That is a lot of callsigns, CW guys. ;)


Hats off to the 7 mobile operations. All the ops here are fantastic with K8MR coming out on the top of the heap, followd by W8TK and N8TFD. W8OS, W8AV, AE8M and W3AG also desirve praise for sticking with it and making the qsos.


The rover category may be taking off. This is a bit more relaxed (can we say that) than the mobile category. K8RYU, the most experienced takes it followed by W1NN and W9MSE. Break out those fiberglass poles and get those antennas up higher. Rover is fun and doesn't take much effort.


Lots of radios + lots of operators = a good Ohio QSO Party time. K8T takes it with a big lead over N9FN followed by K8FH, W8W, N8IE, W8VND, W8FT, WC8VOA, W8HH and W8MRG. Don't have the equipment at home and don't want to spend money on gas, multi-op is a great way to have fun. K8T and N9JF were both FD style setups and they didn't have to operate all night! Great job everyone.

K8CC of Mad River Radio Club fame made use of his super antennas and closeness to Ohio to negate the disadvantage that gives on 40m by running them all day on 80m. Two Illinois stations N2BJ and N9JF also enjoyed multi-oping of the extreme contesting variety by utilizing packet. Since we don't limit packet usage, I'm sure this also covers things like twitter, so practice your extreme contesting in the Ohio QSO Party so you can be experienced for the CQ WW.

Result Tables


We give thanks and appreciation to the following. Mad River Radio Club, Findlay Radio Club,The Cincinnati Buckeye Netters, Kanga US, Muskingum Ham Radio Club, The Canton Amateur Radio Club, The Northern Ohio DX Association, The Wayne Amateur Radio Club, The Lake County Amateur Radio Association,Joe Matt, W3AG, The Buckeye Belles for their support. WZ8P for awards. User Friendly Information Systems for their outstanding hosting and fast servers. And all you for getting on the air.


Our conclusion, only a few short weeks till the 2009 event. Remember to post questions to the email list, archives are here. Post your operation on the web site. Submit your log to logs@oqp.us, by mail or by web upload. RIP K8QOE we will miss your support.


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HP8/NC6Q -  Arrived in Panama, set up antenna and station all in the same day. After a short (well earned) "siesta," managed to work last few hours of contest. Sorry I didn't hear Lorain Co. Good fun! AC7SM -  Thanks much for a great contest! CU2JT -  E-MAIL: garwik@yahoo.com DL3GA -  Again worse condx than last year, I hardly copied any mobiles. About time for the sun to support us a little better. Let hope so for the party 2009. G3UFY -  RIG - FT817 5W output ANTENNAS - Tribander up 44ft Worked all the OQP stations I heard !! HA2MN -  Due to very poor propagation that is all what I could collect from OH this time. Many thanks for Qs, see you next year! Rig TS-530SP 100 W into a end-fed 21 mtrs long wire above flat roof. HA7UG -  Used my new 4L SteppIR@24mh + 600W, FT920 K0LWV -  Tnx for the contest, nice site & downloadable forms. The QRN from storms was terrible on 40. K1LT -  This was my first state QSO party. Its fun being the object of everyone attention! Since I was entertaining the in-law kids during the afternoon, I was only able to get on at the beginning and at the end. I was able to get back to 20 CW often enough to work W8TK/M in several counties. Naturally, Tom was quite strong when he was in Fairfield County. He was down to the ESP level by the time he got to Athens County. I worked him again on 80 when he was in Pickaway and Franklin Counties. I actually made a few contacts on 40 SSB. I generally dislike SSB, but one can't argue with rate :-) One caller was WO8HIO, which amused me greatly because we obtained WO8HIO and KO8HIO as special event calls for the Ohio State Fair a few times back in the 80s. I guess WO8HIO is now a permanent assignment. The rate on 80 CW towards the end of the contest was amazing! I worked 96 stations the first hour I was on 80. If I hadn't been drinking beers with my in-laws for the 5 hours prior to that, maybe the rate would have exceed 100. Also, the QRN didn't help. I worked LY2ZZ on three bands. On 80 at first, I thought he was a local! Station: IC765, K8ND ETO 91B at "half power", all verticals, all of the time. This year, I built a relay to switch between the 80 inverted-L, and the 4-BTV, rather than walking around behind the rig to change cables. My apologies to a few stations on 20 towards the end when I inadvertently left the Beverages connected as my receiving antenna. They don't play too well on 20. See y'all next year! K3TW -  "Band conditions were only fair this year. The skip was long on 40m, and thunderstorm QRN on 80m made every QSO a challenge. Many thanks for the activity and congratulations to the mobile stations for putting the rare counties on the air." K3TX -  Good turnout, especially mobiles. Why no All-CW class? K4PBY -  Great contest with lots of cw activity. I could only operate for a few hours but enjoyed every minute. Rig was a TenTec Argonaut running QRP 5 wts to an 80 mtr inv vee. K4XD -  Thanks for 3 new counties and a fun QP! K8CC -  Only seven Ohio stations worked on 40M phone. OTOH, we started working 75M phone just fifteen minutes into the contest. K8IJ -  Operated /8 at QTH of sister-in-law. Not great condx, but great fun! Many thanks to all. Vy 73, Charlie, K8IJ K8IR -  40 went long before 80 opened up. The noise on 80 came up before the signals. Finally was able to hear the mobiles on 80 in the last three hours. K8MM -  I had to be out of town most of the day and got home with only two hours left in the contest. I had to wait an hour and fifteen minutes for some thunderstorms to leave the immediate area so I could get on the air and hand out some qso. K8T -  Operated from the WA3C QTH in Jefferson County. Good antenna separation so we were able to operate two KW stations at the same time including 75 and 80 at the same time. K8YSE -  Cuyahoga County KB8UEY -  Only operated about 6.5 hours. Was on call at the fire department and actually had to run a couple of calls. Had nothing that would load on 15m with my tuner. Worked a few states on 20m, several states on 40m, but all in state was on 75m. KC9HGW -  Note change to "CW Only" KD8ELX -  Used SD logging software by EI5DI KJ9C -  Prop on 40 was poor, then it wnet long and disappeared. Wish I could have been /m in Ohio KL8DX -  Only band open for me was 20 meters and it was far from great! Highlights were working into my old county of residence, Ottawa. Also great to work so many familiar callsigns and old neighbors. Even with heavy QSB and poor bands, it was still a blast! A special thanks to all the mobiles especially with gas prices! N1NN -  IST OHIO QSO PARTY N2WN -  Well it started out OK. 40 was the place to be... then the 40M sloper I put up specifically for the OhQP came down about 30 minutes into the contest. Got that back up fairly quick. I had also put up a temp 80M dipole (semi-sloper), well the feedline to that was no good, so took it down just before the contest started. There was activity on 80/75 early and the vertical was not going to cut it. Went out and hauled the dipole up the side of the mast, where it promptly got tangled, an hour later it was ready to go and was the best performer for the party! Moved and followed a couple moves from CW to SSB, which helped the multiplier count. Thanks to all who dug me out on SSB, QRN sounded like the biggest Ohio problem. It was pretty quiet here. Played tag with Rick, WB8JUI a couple times trying to move him for SSB and finally made a connection on 75. Heard a couple of very weak Ohio stations on 20 and a lot of DX working them, but never had a good path from this part of Tn. Also checked 10 and 15 for nada. Considering the problems and conditions I'm happy with the score. Thanks to the mobiles again, always glad to have folks do the deed for the rest of us. W9MSE took top honors with 11 contacts, followed by K8MR (10), W1NN (8), N8TFD (7), W8TK & W8AV (6) and K8RYU (5). Both K8MR and W1NN were speed demons on CW and pulled me out at 29 to 31 WPM every time. Thanks to all who spent some time playing and hope to work some familar calls in the TnQP in a couple weeks! N3TG -  I had fun, although it would help if Ohio mobiles would sign /m occasionally N4PN -  ANOTHER GREAT OHIO QP. THANKS TO THE SPONSORS AND MOBILES/ ROVERS. ALSO, TO THE MANY FIXED STATIONS THAT SHOWED UP. WITH THE PRICE OF GAS, HATS-OFF TO THE FOLLOWING: CALL/ Q - K8MR/17, W9MSE/14, W1NN/12, W8AV/11, W3AG/N8TFD/10, K8RYU/9, W8TK/8, AE8M/7 AND W8OS/4. GRANDAUGHTERS GYM MEET SATURDAY MORNING PREVENTED ME FROM STARTING AT 1600...FIRST CONTACT WA8TWM AT 1656..NICE HORSE RACE WITH K4BAI BUT COULD NEVER CATCH HIM..MY SCORE HIGHER THIS YEAR BY 12,300 POINTS...AGAIN, GREAT SHOWING!! N4VA -  Enjoyed the QSO Party a lot. Wish I was further from Ohio so I could have also used 20 meters. Great job by the mobiles! N7RR -  Power output 4.9W as shown on Elecraft K3 power indicator. N8BJQ -  Missed lots of the mobiles on 40. The band was long. 80 was very noisy but productive. Thanks to all of the mobiles for thier efforts. No T-storms this year so got to spend more time on the air. N8KZF -  Group camping area Lake Hope State Park, battery power with Cub Scout Pack #379 N8VW -  Parttime N9FN -  We had a GREAT time operating portable from Eastview Park in Celina, OH. Since there is no multi-single category allowed, we decided to try the multi-multi portable route this year. Our CW station was an Icom IC-7000 with an LDG AT-7000 automatic antenna tuner and a MicroHam CW-Keyer. The SSB station was an Icom 756Pro with it internal antenna tuner. We had separate dipoles for 80, 40, and 20 with ICE single band bandpass filters which completely eliminated interference between stations. A homemade slingshot with Zebco fishing reel attached got the antennas in the air quickly. Logging was done with Writelog and Microham interfaces. The park was a great setting to operate from, not to mention one of the closest locations in Ohio from my home QTH. It was a great weekend getaway in addition to a great contest! ND0C -  Missed some prime 20 meter propagation between here and Ohio due to family obligations. Had fun despite limited operating time. I would have like to have seen more Ohio stations active, especially on SSB. Bands seemed noisy, but that been the trend for awhile. Thanks to everybody for their patience and persistence in digging my 5 watt signal out of the QRM and static crashes. NS6T -  My previous entry had the wrong frequency. Sorry. W1DWA -  Great party - 40 in good condx - good ops in Ohio! W1END -  Was the activity less this year or was it me? Anyhow it was great fun working the fixed stations and chasing mobiles. Thanks to everyone. Rig used: TS830s (100w), Butternut HF6V, Log-EQF software. W2LHL -  Too bad I'm too close for 20/15/10 signals (440 miles to Franklin). Great OQP, as usual. W2UDT -  THANKS TO NR8U (LICK), W8OS(LOGA) AND K8MR(MORG) FOR GIVING ME MY LAST 3 W4ZPR -  Due to my schedule I had limited operating time but enjoyed the QSO Party W5WZ -  Didn't hear many OH stations W8AL -  The Canton ARC operated during our annual picnic, from Petros Park, Stark County, Ohio. Icom 706 with a G5RV at 100 watts W8KVK -  QSO sum:: 80Ph=47 40Ph=15 10Ph=3 = 65 total QSO (65) QSO points X (44) Multipliers = 2,860 points W8W -  NICE OPERATION FROM QTH OF K8NQC AND N8UOO. 20 & 40 WERE IN & OUT. 20 METERS WAS "REASONABLE BUT LOTS OF QSB." FORTY WAS LONG, WORKED ONLY 2 OHIO OPS ON 40. 80/75 WAS A WORKHORSE. WA2VYA -  Enjoyed working Ohio QP for the first time. I went to college in Ohio, so have a fondness for Ohio. Hoping to work all the counties. WA8KIW -  It fun living in a rare county! WA8YVF -  Had a great time even though there was a lot of QRN WB9CIF -  OPERATED IN THE HIGH POWER CATEGORY WO4O -  GUD TO WRK WES/WB8CEH IN A CONTEST AFTER MY MOVE FROM OH 36 YEARS AGO.