Wishing everyone a Happy & Safe Holiday Season!
Outlaw Gary N7IR in Chandler
Outlaw Mike KC7V sez!
Welcome AOCC members!
We all know Cycle 25 is finally giving us some very good propagation days. With the increase in sunspots though, there are more disturbed conditions with high A and K indexes. We take the good with the bad and hope there are more good days. It seems 10 and 12 meters are not quite up to par yet but that should change as we approach the fall and winter seasons. It has been a great year for AOCC in contesting circles with many great finishes as a team. We have world class stations, world class operators and great ops with peanut whistle stations. We appreciate everyone’s contribution to our AOCC score totals. Keep those coming.
The club is moving to groups.io for our reflector. Groups.io is more modern and allows us to do things not currently possible, like HTML email, embedded photos, attachments, etc. Chuck KF7U is leading the change and you should all have received an invitation from him to join the new .io reflector.
I hope to be able to offer a program for AOCC once a quarter pending what I can find that will be of interest to the club. Those of you with ideas for contest-related programs, please let me know.
There were many AOCC members in attendance at the Dayton Hamvention this year. It was good to be back after a three-year hiatus. If you have never attended you should plan on it at least once. You will make great memories.
I’d like to hear about changes and improvements in your contest stations so everyone will know about it. Send me your updates.
Jan 2022 NAQP CW: Claimed scores: AOCC Bandits
N2IC – SOLP – 620,256 - A new Record!
KY7M – SOALP - 346,912
N4ZZ – SOALP - 333,072
K8IA – SOALP - 302,804
K6LL – SOALP - 271,320
TOTAL CLAIMED SCORE FOR AOCC BANDITS = 1,874 364
As an added accomplishment for AOCC, the group at ND7K/N6WIN now holds a brand new M/2 Record score for a NAQP CW.:
ND7K – M/2 LP – 921,984 (N6WIN, W4IX, KI6RRN and N6MJ at N6WIN)
Jan 2022 NAQP SSB: Claimed scores: AOCC Outlaws:
N2IC – SOLP – 370,015
ND7K (KI6RRN) – SOLP – 365,697
K6LL – SOALP - 267,858
N4ZZ – SOALP - 227,174
N7RQ – SOLP - 177,181
TOTAL CLAIMED SCORE FOR AOCC OUTLAWS = 1,407,925
I’d like to hear about changes, improvements in your contest station so everyone will know about it. Send me your updates.
We’ll plan on the 2022 Roundup for the August/September time period. We normally have it on the last Saturday in August, but now there is the Worldwide Digital Contest on that weekend. I will be working on this soon and will poll the members about an in-person get together.
2022-23 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
Outlaws have been very active this year thanks to better band conditions and increased sunspot activity. Ladder scores will be tabulated soon and made available just before the 2022 AOCC Roundup. You will get an email when that happens
Weekly (Monday) email announcements of the coming weekend’s contests, both AOCC Ladder and otherwise, are handled by Bob K8IA.
AOCC member Andy KK7AC leads the charge promoting QSO parties. He is a great resource if you have questions about these domestic contests.
AOCC has now hosted two presentations thanks to Virgil K7VZ who allows us to use his Zoom capabilities. Rob Sherwood, NC0B, shared an excellent presentation on receivers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxS4zc3hpgA. Kyle AA0A enlightened us on Node Red and his contest dashboard. Video is here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvjVmvdOZc0.
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
Many clubs record their presentations with guest speakers and post them on YouTube. There are some good ones to watch, so do a search sometime. Other great resources:
The Daily DX is a great source for upcoming contest expeditions. If you do not subscribe you can try a free 2 week trial here - http://www.dailydx.com/free-trial-request/ or https://twitter.com/dailydx 410-489-6518
I’d be remiss to not mention the National Contest Journal (NCJ) as our own Lee Finkel KY7M is the editor. NCJ - the National Contest Journal
MAJOR AOCC Contest Happenings since our last website update (Feb 2022)
(Final results shown, below, as available by June 21, 2022)
AOCC Finishes #10 USA, #3 West Coast Club in 2021 CQWW (SSB+CW) Contests with 39,939,802 points from 70 entries.
AOCC Finishes #5 in 2021 ARRL Sweepstakes (CW+SSB) with 2,506,080 final points from 35 entries.
AOCC Finishes #7 USA/VE in the 2021 ARRL 10 Meter Contest with 716,350 points from 25 entries.
AOCC Finishes # 11 in 2021 ARRL 160 Meter Contest with 687,784 points from 18 entries.
AOCC Finishes #12 in Sept 2021 ARRL VHF Contest with 65,618 points from 13 entries.
AOCC Finishes #2 USA in 2022 ARRL RTTY Roundup with 1,179,674 points from 21 entries.
For the eighth time, AOCC had the high team score for the 2022 January NAQP CW Contest.
Plus, for the third time, AOCC also was the top team in the NAQP SSB Contest.
Both scores were significantly higher than the second place teams. This is the only time since 2012 we have captured both plaques.
AOCC #1 Top Team Finishes in NAQP (2012-22)
(Callsigns listed in order of ops score magnitude contribution)
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
2022 – AOCC Bandits (N2IC, KY7M, N4ZZ, K8IA, K6LL) – 1,839,529
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
2022 – AOCC Outlaws (N2IC, ND7K(KI6RRN), K6LL,N4ZZ, N7RQ) – 1,380,369
AOCC Success in Contests
AOCC scores in contests continue to be impressive. Please continue to report your scores to 3830 no matter how small you think it may be. We want all the points! The 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, 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 can help out.
We encourage you to send pictures of you and your station, tower, 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 October 2022 - AOCC Ladder Events
Jul 01 RAC Canada Day (300 pts)
Jul 09-10 IARU HF World Championship (800 pts)
Jul 16-17 NAQP RTTY (500 pts)
Jul 16-17 CQ Worldwide VHF (500pts)
Aug 06-07 NAQP CW (600 pts)
Aug 20-21 NAQP SSB (600 pts)
Aug 27-27 WW Digi (500 pts)
Sep 10-12 ARRL VHF (300 pts)
Sep 11 NA Sprint (300 pts)
Sep 17-18 WA State Salmon Run (300 pts)
Sep 24-25 CQWW DX RTTY (900 pts)
Oct 01-02 California QSO Party (300 pts)
Oct 08-09 Arizona QSO Party (300 pts)
Oct 15-16 JARTS RTTY (500 pts)
Oct 29-30 CQWW DX SSB (1000 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:
David French N7FAN, Maricopa AZ
Adam Mercier KM7N, Sahuarita AZ
Paul Vorhees W7PV, Sun City West AZ
Donald Sexton N8FN, Mesa AZ
Ron Rosson N6XT, Cottonwood AZ
Sam Fry N5FO, Tyrone NM
Geoff Howard W0CG, Couer Alene ID
We’re glad you’ve joined the gang!
73, Outlaw Mike KC7V
“There’s a ruckus brewing out there!”