Sunday, February 2, 2020

Partying with the mcHF+HR50

About an hour of butt-in-the-chair time over the weekend resulted in a few contacts in all three state/province QSO parties:

MN - 23 contacts
VT - 5
BC - 6

All CW, all on 20m and all with the mcHF feeding the Hardrock 50. Logs have been submitted to each state's sponsor and to the 3830Scores website where they are credited toward the State QSO Party Challenge that runs throughout 2020.

Along the way, the combo also put HU1DL into the log on 17, 30 and 40 meters. The value of a panadapter made the whole process of finding the DX station's receive frequency much easier than it would have been without.

All upcoming QSO Parties are listed here.

I haven't seen it noted on any state QSO party websites but N3FJP makes logging software that works for most state's QSO parties. It not only simplifies the operation by alerting the op to possible dupes, it also  creates the required Cabrillo file with only a few mouse clicks.

These events contributed greatly to my knowledge of the mcHF. The more I use that radio, the more I like it and I'm seriously considering adding the newly-developed (by UT0UM) internal ATU to it. My hesitation comes from the fact that I didn't build the radio myself and am therefore reluctant to perform internal surgery on it.


  1. Good evening John, great link for all the QSO parities. I had seen you posting spots on DX Summit but with some QSO parities I just had a hard time hearing anyone such as the Vermont QSO party. Overall I had a great time and looking forward to the next one.

    1. Hi Mike, all my activity was on 20m so that's where my spots were - a bit close for you to have been able to hear VT probably. It was fun but I wish there had been more activity from VT and BC.
      73 - John