Kansas QSO Party 2017

It's that time of year again, It's time for the annual Kansas QSO party.  If you have never attended a contesting event this is the one for you.  This was one of the first ones I attended and I found it very invigorating to be on the receiving end of a pile up.  A place where people are actually trying to find you instead of the other way around.

The purpose of the Kansas QSO Party special event is to put Kansas on-the-air. Kansas is known as the Sunflower State and became the 34th state to be admitted into the Union on January 29, 1861.

This year’s Kansas QSO Party will be August 26-27, 2017. Saturday: 09:00-21:00, and Sunday: 09:00-15:00 (Central Time).  The current Band plan is to operate voice on 20M around 14.240mhz, 40M around 7.240mhz, and 80M aroundd 3.740mhz.  We will operate CW 20M around 14.240mhz, 40M around 7.240mhz, and 80M around 3.740mhz

The Kansas QSO Party will be held at Del Sawyer's QTH at 1259 Frontier Ln., Olathe, Ks.  66062 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 913-829-8242.

Hams running mobile will try to put all Kansas counties on the air. Hams using special 1X1 calls will be used to spell out KANSAS, SUNFLOWER, and QSOPARTY.

Points are assigned and special antique stamped certificates and plaques are given to the participants and winners.

Hams making contact with the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club’s KS0KS call sign will be awarded 100 bonus pts.


Members of the club, operating from their home QTHs as KS0KS, should submit their logs using the log naming format KS0KS-AC0KN-JOH.log, where KS0KS is the club call, AC0KN you’re personal call sign, and JOH is the three digit county abbreviation you’re in.

YOU are invited to join us for a couple of days of fun. For more information, please visit www.ksqsoparty.org, or our club web site www.sftarc.org.

WW1USA Event Successful Despite Band Conditions

Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club was again privileged to host the July WW1USA event again this year. The special event station was like last year with a couple of twists. In addition to the remote stations this time we had an onsite station for CW with the operating position indoors and the antenna located to the west of the building outside the dock door. The station worked well by all reports, but conditions conspired to limit the number of QSO’s.

Setup began about 7:30am in order to avoid working outside in the expected heat, which showed up right on schedule. After running the coax and raising a multiband Windom antenna we shifted focus to the indoor setup and we were ready to operate at the scheduled start time of 10:00am.

We had three remote stations setup for SSB operation two local in the K.C. area and one in the mountains of Colorado. An additional station was setup to operate the PSK digital modes.

I (KI0CT) was scheduled to operate starting at 10:00am and Joe Krout (W0PWJ) started operating his remote station. Right away it was clear that it was going to be tougher this year than last. I called CQ on 20 meters for about an hour and made 10 contacts. Joe and I switched and he had about the same QSO rate. The station on 40 meters logged 3 QSO’s that first hour. Conditions improved somewhat over the course of the day as the undaunted Ham’s battled on.

Sunday morning brought a new and different problem. Overnight the metro area experienced some severe weather with high winds that left both local SSB stations without power. The station in Colorado was operational and the CW station at the Memorial had power. Those scheduled on Sunday continued the limited operation until the end time at 5:00pm.

This was event number 14 for WW1USA and we logged 1590 contacts all but 18 on 20 meters. There were 1525 phone contacts, 60 CW and 5 using PSK-31 digital. All in all a respectable showing in light of the band conditions and the violations of “Murphy’s Law” we experienced. Through 14 events, WW1USA has logged 17,665 contacts. I have been fortunate to participate in three of the 14 events and have enjoyed the experience every time.

Our thanks to the folks who put the WW1USA events together; Herb Fiddick NZ0F, Joe Krout W0PWJ and Charlie Van Way N0CVW. Thanks to all of the employees and volunteers at the World War I Museum and Memorial, that make us feel at home. Larry Staples W0AIB provided publicity via "Larry's List". Finally thanks to the officers and members of SFTARC for coming out to support a wonderful National Memorial located right here in Kansas City.

73 all

Jim Alexander

KI0CT

WW1USA - July 2017

Battle of Passchendaele July 22-23

Fellow club members:

We are going to host another Special Event for WW1USA on July 22-23 again this year. It willcommemorate the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. For those, like me, who are not familiar with this battle it is officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres (pronounced e-press). Passchendaele is a small community south east of Ypres Belgium in West Flanders.

The attack by the allied infantry commenced on July 31 st and continued into November. This Battle is infamous for the mud and for the high casualties incurred. In a bit over three months 325,000 Allied and 260,000 German casualties were racked up.

Mark your calendar now to come down to the WW1 Memorial and Museum to operate one of the stations for a couple of hours. The event will be held inside the air-conditioned building using remote controlled stations. As before if you show a valid Amateur Radio license you may tour the museum for $5.00 each for yourself and three guests.

I will post another reminder about 2 weeks before the event as that will be when the online sign-up will open for club members.

I hope to see many of you down there for the event, it is something well worth doing!

Jim Alexander

Event Coordinator for SFTARC