I figured that 40 and 80 meters were my only chance due to being so close to Tennessee and my main antenna at home is a 31 foot vertical so I decided to put up a 40 meter Horse-fence antenna NVIS style. The 31 foot vertical would be used for any 80 meter contacts.
Operating strategy would be to work phone and CW on 40 meters as long as I could find new stations. I would check digital formats such as PSK-31, RTTY and FT-8 for any contacts.
Equipment was my IC-7200, LDG AT-200 Pro tuner, Signalink, and the K42 CW Keyboard system.
My entry would be: Out of state, Single operator, low power and mixed mode.
Horse-Fence NVIS antenna plot
Final results and observations
My operating time was around 7.5 hours and one of my off-spring noted that I am now called iron butt for some reason. I did remember to eat and take care of some things during the contest. CW wound up being my main mode especially for chasing a couple of the mobile stations which always makes things exciting. Spent most of the day spinning dial on 40 meters phone and CW. I checked for any digital activity 4 or 5 times but never found any stations calling CQ. I will be watching the final results to see if there were any digital stations that submit a log.
I noticed that around 6 PM some stations disappeared from 40 meters so I went to 80 meters. I found a clump of stations on the 80M CW portion of the band. So from 6 PM till the end of the contest I bounced back and forth between 40 and 80.
I did work the K4TCG bonus station 3 times for 300 bonus points. Below is the summary from the N3FJP logging program.
I had a great time in the contest and the timing of it being on the Labor Day long weekend will make this one of my planned events for years to come. Hopefully in the next few years I can pull off a rover or portable operation in-state. If I work from home again an 80 M NVIS would be good to have also.
Thanks to the Tennessee Contest Group for a great event.