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2015 Round Up - Come & Git It!

"Outlaw Mike " Sez: Outlaw Bob

Dateline: The KC7V Outlaw Hideout,
Cave Creek, Arizona - May 9, 2015

Welcome Arizona Outlaws Contest Club members! 

Another AOCC year ends on May 31.  Hard to believe we are starting our 7th year as a club.  It seems like yesterday when Bob K8IA, John K7WP, and I (KC7V) sat at breakfast and finally decided to move forward starting a contest club in Arizona.  After 4 years as the Central Area VP and 2 years as President it is time for me to step aside for some new blood.  Gary N7IR (newly retired) agreed to take on the President's role.  He is a seasoned, veteran contester who holds a bunch of major QRP contesting awards.  He will do a great job.  I also thank Bill KO7AA for being the South Area VP the past 2 years.  Taking his place will be Owen AK7AR.  Owen is still fairly new to contesting so we will value his input and perspective.  We have members all over the country and we appreciate all of you being part of our team.

I just returned from the Visalia International DX Convention.  There were a number of Outlaws present.  If you have never been, you should go at least once.  It is a great time to meet and network with lots of people.  There were over 800 attendees this year.  There are many contesters in attendance.

Great news out of our Michigan-based Arizona Outlaw Bruce (aka Zuce) W8RA. He has purchased the K4XS superstation in Florida and is talking about an Outlaw Contest Expedition there for a future CQ contest. Bruce takes full possession by September 1. Longtime friend of his, Outlaw Bob K8IA, will be headed there in the Fall for an antenna assessment. The station is impressive and was outlined in this AOCC Reflector email:
http://mailman.qth.net/pipermail/aocc/2015-April/018751.html

"That comes to 753' of tower (5 towers) and 113 antenna elements (19 yagis) to maintain and have fun with!"

Cycle 24 has continued strong through the Winter/Spring contest season giving us good propagation.  It has been a great season so far with great AOCC results.  CQ WPX CW comes at the end of May and then we move into VHF season.
Recently, Ned AA7A announced he is part of a group going to C6 for the VHF contest and will be active on 6m and 2m EME at the minimum.  He is building a portable station, including an amp and 4 yagis for 2m EME.  He plans on meteor scatter too on 6m.

AOCC Roundup
The annual Arizona Outlaws Roundup will be in Prescott this summer.  N6VR and help will start the planning.  We are looking at Saturday August 29.  Looking at the contest calendar shows a relatively free weekend with no major contest.  Pencil it on your calendar and we will confirm in the future. 

2015-16 AOCC Officers (June 2015 thru May 2016)
President - Gary Hembree N7IR
North Area VP - Bud Semon N7CW
Central Area VP - Andy Warycka NY7N
South Area VP - Owen Watson AK7AR
Sec'y/Treasurer - Larry Reader  KE2VB

AOCC Ladder
We recently made changes in the AOCC ladder events.  We added a few, took a  few out and changed some point levels. I thank Bob K8IA for putting together a team to review it.  The team included Bob K8IA, John K7WP, Gary N7IR, Bud N7CW and Dave AB7E.   Sandy N7RQ posts the ladder to the website. 

Contest News
I have to brag a bit.   Last November, for the CQWW CW contest, AOCC members AA7A, KC7V and N7CW were in Kuwait as part of a multi-multi group at 9K2HN.  The results, soon to be published, show that we broke the Asian M/M record held by A61AJ (for the past 15 years) by about 100,000 points.  Our group’s overall error rate was 1% for over 15,000 QSO's.  Had we lost 1 mult we would not have broken the record.

If you do not subscribe to the ARRL Contest Update, you should.  Ward, N0AX, authors the publication and it is free.  It is chock full of interesting tidbits.  You can go here to subscribe:  http://www.arrl.org/the-arrl-contest-update

Here is another neat tool you can use if you want to follow scores during a contest.  Only some stations participate but it is a cool site.   http://cqcontest.net/view/readscore.php

The Ninth 2015 Dayton ConTest University ("CTU") to be held all day on Thursday May 14, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Dayton, Ohio.
I learned about a new product that can be helpful for us contesters.  An offering from Jay, WX0B, at Array Solutions: the Shared Apex Loop arrays.  Jay gave a presentation at the TopBand Dinner about upcoming changes and performance in this 8 direction array.  For those with limited space, it can help you hear. Outlaw Bruce W8RA has had one of the previous models and really likes it. Array Solutions offers three models now.
I have not tried these products nor do I have an affiliation with Array Solutions. Technology keeps moving forward, so I wanted to share what I found.

MAJOR AOCC Contest Happenings since our last website update

Final Results are in for 2014 ARRL Sweepstakes and 2014 CQWW. The club has done well.

  • In 2014 ARRL SS, the Arizona Outlaws Contest Club placed 5th in the Medium Club Competition.  AOCC had 45 entries and 3,271,798 points for both modes combined.
  • 2014 ARRL SS Results for AOCC:
    Club Standing: http:/mailman.qth.net/pipermail/aocc/2015-April/018847.html

    SSB Results:
    Individual AOCC Honors: http://mailman.qth.net/pipermail/aocc/2015-May/018856.html

    CW Results:
    Individual AOCC Honors: http://mailman.qth.net/pipermail/aocc/2015-March/018622.html

  • In 2014 CQ WW DX, we had many Arizona Outlaw accomplishments. Although at publishing time we did not know how we stood in the Club Competition, here are the email links that show how some of the individuals and multi-op groups scored. Some Zone records and even a continental record!
  • 2014 CQ WW Results for AOCC:
    SSB Results:
    Individual AOCC Honors: http://mailman.qth.net/pipermail/aocc/2015-April/018736.html

    CW Results:
    Individual AOCC Honors: http://mailman.qth.net/pipermail/aocc/2015-May/018897.html
    and with Zone Records: http://mailman.qth.net/pipermail/aocc/2015-May/018907.html

    2015 Contests
    There have been six significant contests since my last update here on the web. Of these, two are considered major contests (ARRL DX CW and SSB) and one an "almost major" (CQWPX SSB)

    2015 ARRL DX CW was the home to 34 Arizona Outlaws who generated over 27M claimed points. Of specific note were, by score magnitude; 1) the W8TK (+KE2VB NG7A) M/S; 2) the WH7M Contest Expedition of K1YR and NA2U; 3) the K6LL M/S; 4) the excellent SOU HP score of AA7A; 5) the M/2 score of AK7AZ (AK7AR + N3KCJ). Also, take a look at the  SOSB15 score of N7CW, the SO QRP score of N7IR and the SOULP score of K6WSC and the >1M scores in SOUHP that did not win the category. All very fine.

    2015 ARRL DX SSB piqued the interest of 33 Arizona Outlaws who combined to attain over 14M claimed points, and make our ARRL DX clamed score (both modes) about 42M.  Of specific note were, by score magnitude: 1) the KH7M Contest Expedition by NA2U; 2) the SOU HP score of N7AT (K8IA); 3) the M/2 HP score of AK7AZ (AK7AR, N3KCJ, K0DVH); 4) the M/S HP score of W7FSL (AA4Q, AE7KX); 5) the fine SO QRP score of N7IR and the excellent SOSB10 score of N7DD.

    2015 ARRL DX CW Contest - Arizona Outlaws Contest Club 
    Category Winners plus any score > 1 Million All band or 100K Single Band
    CW
    Call
    Category
    QSO's 
    Countries
    Hours
    ……..
    Score
    AK7AZ (AK7AR N3KCJ)
    M/2 HP
    1766
    391
    48
    ……..
    2,070,345
    W8TK (+KE2VB NG7A)
    M/S HP
    2988
    455
    48
    ……..
    4,063,605
    K6LL (+2 non-AOCC)
    M/S HP
    2651
    450
    43
    ……..
    3,578,850
    K7WP
    SO10
    480
    80
    14
    ……..
    114,720
    N7CW
    SO15
    1163
    116
    23
    ……..
    402,288
    N7RQ
    SO15
    397
    88
    na
    ……..
    104,808
    N7GP (N5IA)
    SO160
    100
    42
    14
    ……..
    12,726
    K0MP
    SO20
    167
    65
    na
    ……..
    32,565
    W2RD
    SOHP
    470
    254
    na
    ……..
    358,140
    KE6K
    SOLP
    317
    159
    16
    ……..
    151,209
    N7IR
    SOQRP
    825
    273
    42
    ……..
    675,675
    AA7A
    SOU HP
    2037
    497
    35
    ……..
    3,037,167
    KO7AA
    SOU HP
    1340
    352
    21
    ……..
    1,413,984
    K7JQ
    SOU HP
    1335
    350
    30
    ……..
    1,401,750
    K9DR
    SOU HP
    1220
    359
    25
    ……..
    1,313,940
    KY7M
    SOU HP
    1024
    368
    24
    ……..
    1,130,496
    K6WSC
    SOU LP
    1094
    412
    34
    ……..
    1,352,184
    Contest Expedition
    WH7M (K1YR NA2U)
    M/S HP
    3814
    340
    48
    ……..
    3,889,260
    2015 ARRL DX SSB Contest - Arizona Outlaws Contest Club 
    Category Winners plus any score > 1 Million All band or >100K Single Band
    SSB
    Call
    Category
    QSO's 
    Countries
    Hours
    ……..
    Score
    AK7AZ  (AK7AR K0DVH N3KCJ ops)
    M/2 HP
    1490
    312
    48
    ……..
    1,375,920
    W7FSL  (AA4Q AE7KX + 2 non-Outlaws)
    M/S HP
    1213
    320
    33
    ……..
    1,164,480
    K7WP
    SO HP
    570
    217
    16
    ……..
    371,070
    N7IR
    SO LP
    810
    243
    34
    ……..
    590,490
    N6HI
    SO QRP
    84
    56
    16
    ……..
    14,112
    N7AT (K8IA)
    SOU HP
    1430
    367
    23
    ……..
    1,574,430
    K6WSC
    SOU LP
    415
    247
    24
    ……..
    307,515
    N7DD
    SO10
    1311
    115
    30
    ……..
    452,295
    N7GP (N5IA op)
    SO160
    45
    34
    8
    ……..
    4,590
    N7RK
    SO80
    63
    27
    3
    ……..
    6,993
    Contest Expedition
    KH7M (NA2U op)
    SO HP
    4834
    285
    38
    ……..
    4,133,070

    Full ARRL DX Claimed scores will be archived by mid-May and can be seen at the Contest Scores section of our website. http://www.arizonaoutlaws.net/scores.html

    2015 CQWPX SSB shows 35 Outlaws reporting and over 12.4M claimed points. Scores of note are 1) the KE2VB (+NY7N) M/S at W8TK, 2) the SOSB15 score of N7RQ and 3)+4) the close SOABU HP scores of KY7M and N3KCJ.

    2015 CQWW WPX Contests - Arizona Outlaws Contest Club Scores
    CQWPX SSB Category Winners 
    SSB
    Call
    Category
    QSO's 
    Prefixes
    Hours
    Overlay?
    ……..
    Score
    KE2VB @W8TK (Ops KE2VB, NY7N)
    M/S HP
    2562
    773
    47
    N
    ……..
    4,022,692
    WK7S (K6LL)
    SOAB HP
    516
    292
    4
    N
    ……..
    221,044
    N7TEW
    SOAB LP
    354
    231
    na
    N
    ……..
    173,019
    KY7M
    SOAB(A) HP
    1003
    636
    13
    N
    ……..
    1,291,716
    N3KCJ
    SOAB(A) HP
    1000
    532
    19
    N
    ……..
    1,252,860
    WZ7ZR (W7ZR)
    SOAB(A) LP
    738
    442
    na
    N
    ……..
    718,250
    N7RK
    SOSB40 HP
    70
    65
    3
    N
    ……..
    15,470
    W7ON
    SOSB20 LP
    108
    95
    8
    N
    ……..
    16,055
    N7RQ
    SOSB15 HP
    1753
    712
    26
    N
    ……..
    2,170,888
    K7WP
    SOSB10 HP
    300
    231
    5
    N
    ……..
    142,527
    AE7DW
    SOSB(A)15 LP
    184
    160
    17
    N
    ……..
    54,560
    K7LY
    SOSB(A)10 HP
    341
    241
    11
    N
    ……..
    183,883

    The AOCC Big Guns Team scores first in January 2015 NAQP CW Contest.
    It has only happened one time before, where an AOCC Team has scored highest in a NAQP event. It happened again last January and was reported in the latest NCJ.  The AOCC Big Guns consisted of N2IC, K8IA, K6LL, KB7Q and WA7LNW. They totaled 1,421,061 points.

    Other significant contests since January include ARRL RTTY Roundup, ARRL 160 CW/SSB, CQWPX RTTY and CQ160 CW/SSB. By late-May, their full score reports will be on the website archives.  http://www.arizonaoutlaws.net/scores.html

    AOCC Success in Contests
    As we have come to expect, AOCC scores in contests continue to be impressive.  Contest participation by club members has been outstanding.  We place high in the score box vs. other clubs in our category.  Please continue to report your scores to 3830 no matter how small you think it may be.  We want all the points!   There is a new URL for 3830 posting and it is:  http://www.3830scores.com.  Submittal choices are usually on the top left.  Outlaw Bob reports success, both individually and team wise, on the AOCC reflector.

    Website Contributions
    We encourage you to send pictures of you and your station, tower or antenna.  We also invite stories of a contest experience you have had that we can post on the AOCC webpage.  The club members want to know you!

    Important: Contest Dates through the end of June 2015 - AOCC Ladder Events

    May 2-3 7th Call Area QSO Party (400 pts)
    May 30-31 CQ WPX CW Contest (1000 pts)
    Jun 13-15 ARRL June VHF Contest (700 pts)
    Jun 20-21 All Asian DX Contest CW (500 pts)
    Jul 1-1 RAC CANADA Contest (300 pts)
    Jul 11-12 IARU HF Contest (1000 pts)
    Jul 18-29 NAQP RTTY (600 pts)
    Jul 18-19 CQWW VHF (500 pts)
    Aug 1-2 NAQP CW (600 pts)
    Aug 8-9 WAE DX CW (400 pts)
    Aug 15-16 NAQP SSB (600 pts)
    Sep 5-6 All Asian SSB Contest (500 pts)
    Sep 12-13 WAE DX SSB (500 pts)
    Sep 12-14 ARRL VHF QSO Party (300 pts)
    Sep 13-13 NA CW Sprint (250 pts)
    Sep 19-20 Washington State Salmon Run (250 pts)
    Sep 26-27 CQWW RTTY Contest (1000 pts)

    More information and rules of these contests can be found at: http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/contestcal.html

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    NEW MEMBERS

    A wild western welcome to:

    Gene, KB7Q, Bozeman, MT (Gene winters in the Quartzsite area)
    Bill, K0MP/KQ7M, Tucson, AZ
    Andy, K3WYC, Glendale, AZ
    Karl, N7DMA, Tucson, AZ
    Bob, K7ZB, Gilbert, AZ
    John, KE6K, Surprise, AZ
    Joe, K7JEM, Safford, AZ
    Warren, NI5L, Thatcher, AZ
    Gregory, VK8GM, Alice Springs, Australia
    Dick, K4XU, Bend, OR
    Jerry, WR5G, Peoria, AZ

    73, Outlaw Mike KC7V
    “There’s a ruckus brewing out there!”

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