Monday, April 13, 2015

"Goat Man" and the "Other Guy" do Ozarkcon 2015

Unfortunately Lynn, KC0YQF, my XYL, could not join us so it was just me and Steve, wG0AT, heading to Ozarkcon in Branson MO.

Everyone knows Steve as the guy that hikes with Goats, Boo and Peanut. Steve has done a tremendous job of promoting QRP and the outdoors though his pack goats and I think it is a testament to Steve's marketing skills as to why he and the goats are so widely known. People even know the names of Steve's pack goats and love their adventures and commentary. I am usually referred to as the "other guy" and my name is remembered (sometimes a good thing). That fact always makes me chuckle.  We decided that the billing for this event would be the "Goat Man and the Other Guy"..... We had a blast with that.

First of all, I do not attend a lot of these type of events but this was by far the best.  I may explore attending this one again A lot of the enjoyment of an event has to do with the company. Steve and I chatted most of the 1600 mile journey so time went by fast, even I-70 in Kansas. The company at the event was also fantastic and I got to put a face and personality to the callsigns.

Special thanks to Terry WA0ITP for the event.

To to the following:

N0EVH, John
KD0MQO, Frank
WD9F, Woody
G3JRH, Peter
W0MNA/W0ERI, Gary/Martha

and the many people that put on this event...... presenters, organizers, host hotel, the top notch awards distribution / suppliers and the 4 State QRP Group as a whole.

The fellowship alone was worth the price of admission but we did manage to activate a few summits. I will not say the summits in MO and AR are cheap but Steve and I did a short hike one evening to make up for the guilt of claiming such easy SOTA points.

Kudos to Ken, WA8ERI, for his first SOTA activation. Ken is a top notch CW and QRP Operator and it was good to see him run the pileup. Hopefully we can find a summit for him in Colorado when he ventures out here.

Enough talk, pictures are always better:

 The SOTA Activations

20 and 30 Meter MTR of K0JQZ

K0JQZ Station

The Goat Man's EF setup (very slick)

KD0MQO QRO Station

Peter and Woody team up for some QSOs

wG0AT taming the RF

Woody, WD9F, running a CW pileup

K0JQZ, enjoying the ultimate SOTA radio, the KX3 (Photo by N0EVH). I am hoping Lynn will let me borrow hers next year!

Peter, G3RJH running the pileup on 20 meter CW

Frank, KD0MQO on Webster County HP

WG0AT and K0JQZ on Kennedy Mountain (Photo by N0EVH)

The crew: KD0MQO, N0EVH, K0JQZ, WA8REI, WG0AT, W0MNA (Casey in front) and W0ERI (photo by N0EVH)


The sign says it all!

Inside the swap area
Frank KD0MQO and John N0EVH demonstrate the "Sled Kite" for me
Sled Kite unwrapped
Ready to launch
Run faster John!
I really wanted to lift an antenna with the Sled Kite but the winds would not cooperate with us. It is a lot more involved than having someone run down the street in order to gain altitude. Thank you Frank and John for bringing it and letting me check it out. I was very impressed.

Steve and his Ozarkcon take aways

Cool, vintage QRP and some odds and ends (photo by wG0AT)

Ken, Frank and Woody discuss the "Woody Propagation Index"

Woody, WD9F, holds the only propagation formula you will ever need

Gary, W0MNA won just about every category of show and tell he entered which goes to show you the caliber of Hams that are involved in this QRP event.

John, N0EVH earned the coveted "W.A.F. or "Worked All Frank" Award.

Woody, WD9F is the nexus behind a new propagation index and we found out that with an "A" Index of 36 you can still make QSOs with QRP.

Steve, wG0AT, earned a special WA8REI certificate for a recent milliwatt QRPp QSO with Ken.
Ken and I exchanged QSL cards in person which was a special thrill.


I had a blast but it is good to be back in Colorado with the air just at the right thickness and the Rocky Mountain wilderness close by.


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