Outlaw Steve K0XP operating mobile from his SUV's backseat in the 2021 CQWW CW Contest.
Outlaw Mike KC7V sez!
Welcome AOCC members!
Like most, I am glad summer is coming to an end. Cooler weather and sunspots ahead! We are seeing flux in the 90’s and low 100’s so let’s hope that means 15 and 10 will me more available to us in our contesting efforts this fall. We saw a nice opening to EU in the CQWW RTTY contest on 15m. Cycle 25 is showing life. We’ll have to wait to see how it peaks.
In the future we’d like to offer virtual presentations perhaps twice a year or once a quarter. I can think of a couple of potential topics to get us started.
ARRL offers their Learning Center video presentations that are available for chartered clubs. The list of existing webinars lists a couple that AOCC members might find useful for contest-related learning, like remote operating, antenna zoning, intro to contesting, and more. An announcement will be made on the AOCC reflector once something is scheduled.
The Safford remote site run by AA7A & KY7M now has an EME array up and running for 6 meters. It consists of four 6 element yagis. It may make a great terrestrial antenna for VHF contests.
I’d like to hear about changes, improvements in your contest station so everyone will know about it. Send me your updates.
The annual July Outlaws Roundup was held virtually on Saturday, August 28. There was a nice turnout for the event. Perhaps next year we can meet in person. Tim N6WIN gave an excellent presentation on recent updates to his superstation and Mike KC7V talked about contesting basics. Thanks to Virgil K7VZ for providing the Zoom link and for recording the event. The AOCC Roundup recording has been published at https://youtu.be/k5p5A8cuguc.
2021-22 AOCC Officers
President – Mike Fulcher KC7V
North Area VP – Ray Benny N6VR
Central Area VP – Chuck Zanella KF7U
South Area VP - Owen Watson AK7W
Secy/Treas - Larry Reader KE2VB
Congratulations to all our Ladder Winners for this past year!
If you do not subscribe to the ARRL Contest Update you should. Brian Moran N9ADG, 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
MAJOR AOCC Contest Happenings since our last website update (7/1/2021)
Also see the “Accomplishments” tab for a summary of all AOCC major contests since 2009
AOCC Finishes #7 USA in 2021 CQWW160 (CW+SSB) Contests and #1 West Coast with
3,666,706 points from 40 entries
AOCC Finishes #7 USA in 2021 ARRL DX (CW+SSB) Contests with 20,859,123 from 52 entries
AOCC #1 Top Team Finishes in NAQP (2012-21)
(Callsigns listed in order of score magnitude)
NAQP CW (Jan) – Top Team in a January NAQP CW
2012 – AOCC Bad Boys (N2IC, K8IA, K6LL, N7CW, KB7Q) – 1,288,764
2015 – Arizona Outlaws Big Guns (N2IC, K8IA, K6LL, KB7Q, WA7LNW) – 1,421,061
2017 - Arizona Outlaws Bandits (N2IC, K8IA, N7CW, K6LL, KB7Q) – 1,267,551
2018 - Arizona Outlaws Chollas (N2IC, K8IA, KY7M, K6LL, N5FO) – 1,274,205
2019 - Arizona Outlaws Bad Boys (N2IC, K8IA, KY7M, K6LL, KB7Q) – 1,375,292
2020 - Arizona Outlaws Bandits (N2IC, N6WIN(N6MJ), K8IA, K6LL, W0RIC(W4IX) – 1,494,075
2021 – AOCC Bank Robbers (N2IC, ND7K(N6MJ), K8IA, K6LL, KY7M) – 1,507,585
NAQP SSB (Jan) – Top Team in a January NAQP SSB
2012 – AOCC Big Guns (K6LL, AB7E, WA7LNW, W7WW(KB7Q), N7AT(NY7N) – 1,087,084
2021 – AOCC Outlaws (ND7K(N6MJ), N2IC, N4ZZ, K6LL, NA2U) – 1,312,654
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! The latest URL for 3830 posting is: http://www.3830scores.com. Submittal choices are usually on the top left.
Outlaw Bob K8IA’s team of score reporters, (K6LL, K6WSC, K8IA, KE2VB, KF7U, N1JM and N7IR) report success, both individually and team-wise, on the AOCC reflector. New score reporters are always welcome. Email Bob K8IA if you are interested.
We encourage you to send pictures of you and your station, tower(s) or antennas. We also invite stories of any 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 December 2021 - AOCC Ladder Events
Oct 2-3 CQP California QSO Party (300 pts)
Oct 9-10 Arizona QSO Party (300 pts)
Oct 16-17 JARTS RTTY Contest (500 points)
Oct 30-31 CQWW SSB Contest (1000 pts)
Nov 6-8 ARRL SS CW (1000 pts)
Nov 20-21 ARRL SS SSB (1000 pts)
Nov 27-28 CQWW DX CW (1000 pts)
Dec 3-5 ARRL 160M (700 pts)
Dec 11-12 ARRL 10M (700 pts)
Dec 18-18 RAC Winter Contest (300 pts)
Dec 18-19 Stew Perry TBDC (500 pts)
More information and rules of these contests can be found at: https://www.contestcalendar.com/contestcal.html
A wild west welcome to new Outlaws:
Curt Laumann K7ZOO Tucson, AZ
Dave Bottom WI6R Kingman AZ
We’re glad you’ve joined the gang!
73, Outlaw Mike KC7V
“There’s a ruckus brewing out there!”