FYBO2020 Saturday February 1, 2020 and Other Musings…

Freeze Your Buns Off time once again!  All contacts count in these times of substandard propagation!  Sames rules as last year.  Make it work!  The Autolog has been updated for 2020 and appears to be working.  The link to the FYBO2020 entry site is http://www.QRPContest.com and scroll down for FYBO2020.  Previous years results are also available at this link.

Grab up your radio go-bag and set up somewhere in the field for best effects! Yeah.  The field can be your back porch or yard.  This doesn’t have to be an ordeal.  String up some sort of portable ant and use batteries for max points even in the back yard. Avoid the dreaded Home Category where everything is only a multiplier of 1.  Above all, have fun and stay safe if you are going to operate in seriously cold weather.

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ScQRPion FYBO Activities

Mike (K7DD) is headed for the great outdoors again this year.  So, get those batteries on charge, check the gear out and let’s have some fun in the outdoors!

This year NQ7RP and maybe NQ7RP/5 will both be active and it can double your chances of getting the bonus points for your score! 

I’ll be manning the NQ7RP station (probably at White Tanks Park) with my trusty KX3, a DSW40, Maybe a DSW20 or my QCX20 and play with the gear a bit to see how it all compares.

After selling off my Kenwood TS2000 to get my Flex6300, I ended up missing the VHF/UHF capability and found another one but this one is an X model so now I have 1.2Ghz. I may even take it to the park just because. It doesn’t draw much more than the KX3 in RX and does 5W just fine. 

Antennas are still up in the air, (pun intended) but most likely will be a 40 or 80 M end fed or just the PAR triband end fed. If I have the means to make it happen I might use my Tripod and a full size 1/4 wave whip for 20M. 

If anyone would like to join me and get some on the air time, please feel free to come on out!  I usually bring enough food for a small army just in case.

You can Google “White Tanks Recreation Area and Park” and it will give you info about the Park and how to get there. I should be back in AREA 4 just to the right hand side of the restrooms.  Nice ramadas for shade (and yes you sometimes need that in Arizona in the Winter).  ICBMs to this map location:  https://goo.gl/maps/wCTFGGviL122

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Exciting New FYBO 2018 Improvements

The last couple of years of FYBO have been tough on several fronts.  Propagation has been a big one followed closely by lack of maintenance.  That has changed forever beginning this year!  We are now a part of Diz’s (W8DIZ) QRP Contest log entry and scoring website. You can now enter your summary online at http://www.QRPContest.com and see your score included with everyone else.  No waiting.  No fuss.  No more suspense and hand-wringing!  It has been checked with submittals from previous years and all were correctly calculated and displayed!  You can enter your soapbox comments right on the form and even include a link to pictures if you want.  The entry site is live and please feel free to head over to take a look and try it out. 

There are a few changes in the rules and where to find the scoring website. Be sure to click on the FYBO tab on this site or on the FYBO section of QRP Contest (http://www.qrpcontest.com) to take a quick look. 

A huge THANKS to Diz and to Mike K7DD for making the effort to get things back on track!  We hope you will find the time to join us on the aire Saturday, February 3, for FYBO 2018!

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Send In Those Cards and Letters from FYBO!

Gather up the logs, figure your score, do the soapbox with pictures if possible.  Can’t be that many Qs today.  Email them at your earliest convenience to FYBO2017@azscqrpions.org.  See how easy that was?

Thanks for being here today!

72 john K5JS  aka  NQ7RP/5

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2017 FYBO whizzes — by

Well, that does it for me for another year!  2100Z. Have to get ready to drive down to the Big Easy this evening.  Fun, but contacts were hard to come by here in South Louisiana.  Of any kind.  Worked some 1W stations that had great signals!  W0RW and WA8REI both 1 Watters.  Paul NA5N in NM was consistently S7-9 most of the day with the retirement KX-2.  wG0AT had a nice signal on 40M early.  Everyone else was around 14.060.   Signals ranged from S9 to ESP.  Within seconds.  Indoors today with the K3 and 180′ inverted L.

Here’s my pitiful log…  Signals are coming up as I have to leave.  Bleh.  🙁  And K2WW, Dean gets in just under the line.  NY 569.  QSB.  Just one more QSO………

wG0AT CO 559
VA3HWC ON 579
NU0T CO 599
W3KC MD 589
AI2T NY 559
W2KJ NC 569
NO2D CO 579
WQ4RP NC 579
NA5N NM 599
WB7BNE IA 559
N8ZYA WV 559
W2RAN NH 339
NQ7RP AZ ESP
WA8REI MI 599
AC8AP OH 599
W0RW CO 599
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FYBO 2017 is Here!

Time once again for FYBO!  There are a few minor changes for this year. So here’s a quick summary.  All your contacts with stations whose primary event is not FYBO will count. Non FYBO stations are invited to submit a band summary of your contacts to be included in the FYBO activity.  SOTA, Parks, whatever.  You don’t have to be QRP.  There is a spot to denote QRO in the summary. See the yellow highlighted  areas in the rules for changes.

Ok. We haven’t been too good about getting things published the last year or so, but one thing for sure is, if you do not submit your score and soapbox we cannot publish it.  So, please send them in or a link to your own site where we can pick it up.

We are looking forward to working you on Saturday, February 4 beginning at 1400Z or 8 AM CST.  The deep south station, NQ7RP/5, will begin on 40M CW.

72 —  John K5JS

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Suggestions…

Email suggestions to the azqrp list for the moment, please.  Or try the Contact Page.  Maybe it will work….  🙂

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New Site for Arizona ScQRPions

Consolidation is under way for all the ScQRPion web presences.  This is just the first round and will be expanded as time and inclination permits. There are many items to be moved including presentations from previous Fort Tuthill activities. Patience, grasshoppers.

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