The 2007 Ohio QSO Party continued the OQP tradition of challenging conditions. Only a few days before heavy rain and flooding had hit many parts of the state, most notably in the Findlay area. By the weekend the waters had largely receded, but more storms on Saturday generated very high QRN levels as the OQP progressed, and in some cases resulted in the ops pulling the plug early to avoid the storms. And of course we all are still waiting for some sunspots!
The 2006 Ohio QSO Party began in grand style. The propagation gods had smiled, and provided short skip on the bread and butter band, 40 meters. Buckeyes were working other Buckeyes, not to mention lots of other friends from nearby states. Twenty meters was working well too, and even a few contrarians were found on 75 SSB.
What? Good Conditions?
Traveling down Route 14 in eastern Ohio on the Saturday morning of the 2005 Ohio QSO Party, the bands sounded like another typical OQP… uninteresting conditions where working fellow Buckeyes would be difficult at best. Half an hour before the start we heard W8FT in Findlay warming up on 40 CW, with a signal barely above the noise. Oh well. In the drizzle we found a good place to stop in western Mahoning county, and put up the DK9SQ fiberglass mast and 40 meter dipole to get our OQP Rover operation ready for the start of the party.
The 2004 Ohio QSO Party continued its tradition of challenging propagation, at least for Ohioans working other Ohioans. There were no notable spaceweather phenomena such as flares and particle storms that have afflicted us in previous years, just a combination of late summer propagation meeting a declining sunspot cycle. But we did get more than the normal earth weather, with severe thunderstorms making widespread appearances around Ohio.
It has almost become expected that the Ohio QSO Party means weird or lousy radio conditions. In the five years since the rebirth of the OQP, only 2000 produced "normal" conditions. We had major solar flares in 1999 and 2001, and a solar particle storm in 2002. But unlike previous years when we Buckeyes felt somehow picked on by the propagation gods, at least for 2003 we had only a run of the mill geomagnetic disturbance, much like those that afflicted the ham bands for much of the year, including many other contests. But in spite of all that, and helped by gorgeous weather here in Ohio, we had a pretty darn good time celebrating Ohio's Bicentennial.
[editor's note, by scoop]Updated Multi-op Winner and Club Winner due to a part of W8VND's log getting lost.
another Ohio QSO party is in the books and this is my first attempt at administering
this contest after assuming the duties from Jeff, KU8E. For the second
time in the past three years, the start of the contest was marred by an
X-Class solar flare an hour after the start of the contest that pretty
much destroyed the bands for a couple hours. This made it especially
for the mobile stations that could only manage to work only a handful of
stations while waiting for he band conditions to rebound. But once
conditions rebounded, the contest proved to again be a fun event.