|This is the last update, from
team leader K7ZO with the OFFICIAL final totals,
some a little different from the totals below, I think the difference is DUPS. Also at the bottom of this page are some notes sent into the ARRL for the yearbook.
|OK, here is the unofficial totals.
For Both WEEKS
W1AW/7 Idaho, one hell of a job.. Who knows that the grand total would be including all the Dup contacts.
The FIRST WEEKs
STORIES AND PICTURES Start Here ,
SECOND WEEK, things were slight less documented,
here is the list of stations that operated and their QSO count. No pictures, sorry,
Some members of
team Idaho went to extra special effort to prepare for their stint as
John K0IP risked the wrath of his neighbors by erecting his portable trailer tower on his driveway
for the whole week.
Harry K7HK was a truly supportive husband and built his wife Darlene W7DZX a 3 element beam for 12 meters to enhance her
signal levels. With this beam, a kilowatt, and her YL voice Darlene attracted them from far and wide and had huge pileups.
Bob K7TM also built an antenna for his 12 meter operating. I remember calling him on the phone to see how his preparations were
going and after his wife retrieved him from the back yard Bob said: "I was rummaging through my antenna bone yard to find enough
pieces to built a 12 meter beam."
LeRoy KF7CQ used the prospect of being W1AW/7 to finally get all the bugs worked out of his satellite station. He did pretty well
with that station, logging 100 satellite QSOs for the week.
operators also took the opportunity and challenge of being W1AW/7 to expand
their operating mode capabilities. Several PSK
only operators added RTTY to their bag of tricks and Scott K7ZO added PSK to his on air noise making.
Our approach of assigning an operator to a
given band and mode for the whole week really created
a commitment from our team to keep "Their butts in their chairs".
Will WJ9B took his 20 Meter CW assignment so serious that he was personally on the air for 68 hours during the week,
making 4,000 QSOs.
Rod W7ZRC also personally made more than 4,000 QSOs that week. Many of our operators found that being W1AW/7 was
an operating experience like they had never had.
LeRoy KF7CQ offered a summary shared by many: " I have been playing amateur radio since 1955 but the W1AW/7 adventure
was like going on a major DXpedition as a newly licensed amateur."
I will never forget Don KA7T calling me on the phone practically giggling saying "I never had any idea there were that many
stations on 30 Meters CW". And this from a lifelong DX-er, contester, and past Section Manager.
John KD7HGS was thrilled making his first ever QSO with South Africa. As he related the QSO later: "...And to hit South Africa
on Wednesday about blows my mind. And on a homemade 12 meter dipole."
Mark W7MEM was equally thrilled to work ZS6OB on 2 Meter Earth-Moon-Earth and IW5EKR on 10 Meter FM and IW5EKR
was even mobile!
Our Idaho Section manager Ed AI7H was thrilled to be called by both Dave's K1ZZ and NN1N.
However our most surprising QSO was made by Jim KG7E. As he shared the story: ""Oh yeah...another big surprise
for me was: right in the middle of the 10 meter pileup I get called by W1UBM. My Mom!!!! Holy crap!!!
I don't think she's been on HF since the 60s. I guess one of her friends in CT had worked me and told her that I was on
and she went over to his house and gave me a call. I about fell out of my chair."
Our operating also provided thrills for those on the other end of the QSO.
For most of us just making a QSO at all through a satellite
is close to magic but our satellite operator LeRoy KF7CQ had a couple of extra special ones. As he described: " There were two
contacts that really gave me a warm fuzzy. The first was CO6CBF in Cuba who was so excited that he could hardly contain himself.
I don't think he had ever heard grid square DN13 before in his life. Then there was N8HM who had to stand on his apartment balcony
in a blizzard with his yagi in one hand and a portable in his other hand just to hear me say 'QSL, you're in the log'“. As State Leader I
also received e-mails from many happy operators worldwide. My favorite was from Matt M0ZAI who sent us this:
I just thought
I'd drop an email to you as I worked W1AW/7 this afternoon whilst QRP. The
OP worked so
hard to drag my tiny 4w signal out of the mire! I just wanted to say thanks to you all for my best ever QRP ssb DX,
and that wouldn't have been possible without the patience of your OP.
de Matt M0ZAI.
Mike K7CF also worked many low power stations on 80 Meters, a very tough
band for that. A one watt East Coast
station made it into his log as did many five watt stations from Japan. As he said: " I felt like Marconi sometimes, bringing
stations out of the noise and QSB." Mike through lots of hard listening worked 2462 stations on SSB and CW on 80 meters,
including lots of DX. During the Second week Mike produced another 5874 contacts, becoming the QSO Leader for the
Idaho team, 8336 Q's