7QP Operation a Success

On Saturday May 2, 2015, HARC members set up transceivers north of Antimony, Utah for the annual Seven-Area QSO Party, usually called "7QP." The location put us at the line between Garfield and Piute counties, so operators could "give" others credit for contacting someone in both. The HARC team--W7GEM (Gregg McArthur), KF7ZMF (Marlene McArthur), KZ7Q (Brian Johanson), KZ1G (Jon Titus), N1YTE (Kurtis Constantine), and K7KKY (Jason Jensen)--started site "construction" on Friday evening and after a few glitches and re-engineering an antenna support, successfully set up several vertical antennas and horizontal dipoles.

The club has started to plan the 2016 7QP operation and has several locations in mind, along county lines, at a 3-point contact of counties, and in a rare Utah county. We welcome ideas from club members and county hunters. And we would like to have a few more operators and radios for the next 7QP outing. --Jon Titus, KZ1G

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N7HRC 7QP participants (l-r) Kurtis Constantine, Jason Jensen, Brian Johanson, Jon Titus, Gregg McArthur. Marlene McArthur: photographer.

 

Gregg McArthur constructs a temporary shelter for his radio operations. Gregg used a Kenwood TS-590, an amplifier, and a vertical "screwdriver" antenna on his truck.

Gregg McArthur constructs a temporary shelter for his radio operations. Gregg used a Kenwood TS-590, an amplifier, and a vertical "screwdriver" antenna on his truck. No screws or nails for Gregg who uses mostly duct tape and pipe clamps.

 

Jason Jensen towed his pop-up camper to the 2015 7QP site and operated several modes. Note the orange Herriman City Go Kit in the background.  Jason operated a Kenwood TS-480.

Jason Jensen towed his pop-up camper to the 2015 7QP site and operated several modes. Note the orange Herriman City Go Kit in the background. Jason operated a Kenwood TS-480. Jason also camped out in his trailer.

 

Brian Johanson communicated via SSB on a Kenwood TS-590 under a shelter near Jason's trailer.  A nearby generator provided power. None of the 7QP radios used line power.

Brian Johanson communicated via SSB on a Kenwood TS-590 under a shelter near Jason's trailer. A nearby generator provided power. None of the 7QP radios used line power. Word has it Brian likes Little Debbie snacks.

Kurtis Constantine operates while Gregg McArthur logs contacts. Gregg's rig used battery power. Gregg relied on a large cola for his power.

Kurtis Constantine operates while Gregg McArthur logs contacts. Gregg's rig used battery power. Gregg relied on a large cola for his power.

 

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At last, the dipole antenna support gets staked into upright position. It took several tries and some on-site engineering to create a pole we could lift without crimping the pipe. Next time: fiberglass poles?

 

The N7HRC 7QP operation on the Garfield-Piute county line along Utah Route 22 south of Otter Creek State Part. A great location for radio operations.

The N7HRC 7QP operation on the Garfield-Piute county line along Utah Route 22 south of Otter Creek State Part. A great location for radio operations.

 

About Jon Titus

Jon Titus received his first amateur-radio license as WN2KCZ in 1963. He returned to the ham world in the late 1970's and now holds an Amateur Extra class license, KZ1G. Jon has college degrees in chemistry and has worked in the electronics industry for many years

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