May 16-18 are the dates for this year’s Dayton
Hamvention. The sponsors are gearing up
for the biggest Hamvention yet. Tickets
and information at www.hamvention.org
And the day before Dayton is Contest University 2014,
organized by none other than NCC’s own Tim Duffy, K3LR. See www.contestuniversity.com
At Dayton, the premier event for contesters is the Dayton
Contest Dinner, sponsored by NCC and organized by Tim. This year’s event is the 22nd
annual dinner! See www.contestdinner.com for details.
And as they have done for many years, the North Coast
Contesters along with the Mad River Radio Club and Frankford Radio Club will
again sponsor the Super Suite, held Friday and Saturday nights in the Harding
Ballroom of the Crown Plaza Hotel.
On April 20, 2014 at 9 PM, Tim K3LR will again host a
Webinar on the Contest University and Dayton Contester Activities. You can sign up for this at the World Wide
Radio Operators Foundation website www.wwrof.org. The presentation will be recorded and posted
in the Webinar Archives on the WWROF site.
RECENT CLUB AND MEMBER NEWS
W2FU Wins Multioperator, High Power Category in 2013 CW Sweepstakes
The recently-published Initial
Results for the 2013 CW Sweepstakes indicate that the crew at W2FU won
the Multioperator, High Power category! This was not
just for the WNY section but for the entire country and Canada.
Ops at Jeff's superstation were K0SM, N2ZN, NM2O, NW2K and W2FU
himself. Congratulations to Jeff and crew for another big win for
Other club winners for NCC in the Initial Results were Hal W1NN, who
squeeked past W8CAR to win the Great Lakes Division for LP, placing
second in the Central Region, and Bob, K8BL, who placed first in
the Unlimited category in the Great Lakes Division and third in
the Central Region. Note that Hal was operating remote from Japan
for this contest. Dan, W8CAR placed third in LP in the
New Member Information - K8ZT
We asked new member Anthony Luscre for a little biographical information and he provided the following:
I was first licensed in 1981 as KA8NRC, along with KA8ODP my wife Linda. Not
knowing any better, I choose a QRP rig for my first Novice experience. Now
over 45,000 QRP contacts later I have worked QRP DXCC totals of 321 (297
confirmed) Mixed, 303 (265 Confirmed)CW and 297 (259 Confirmed) Phone and WAS
QRP on 5 bands (still waiting for KL7 on 160M and KY & WV on 15 & 10).
My first forays into contesting were driven by enjoyment of DXing (unfortunately
most contests no longer result in new countries) and my contesting has became
more interested in actually competing.
As with my other operations all of my
home contesting is in QRP category with frequent top 5 finishes in CQ WW and CW
& CQ WW PH. 2011 I finished first in USA- CQ WW PH and first USA-CQ WW CW
Assisted. I upgrade to Extra Class in 2000 and after long contemplation,
received vanity call K8ZT. I work as Director of Technology for a School
District and I am currently serving as Ohio Assistant Section Manager for
Education Outreach. My small lot allows for a modest antenna farm with a small
beam at 50', a 80/160 Sloper and 43' Vertical. I am also a member of Cuyahoga
Falls ARC, a variety of QRP clubs and soon MRRC.
Good NCC Participation in the February CW Sprint
10 NCC members and 10 NCC friends - making two full 10-person teams -
got together to participate in the February CW Sprint held on February
2. The following NCC member scores were submitted:
16,368; K3LR 15,337 W2FU (op N2ZN) 15,250; W1NN 13,200; N8AA 13,008;
K8MR (@K5KG)12,735; NW2K 12,408; K3UA 10,956; ND8L 9,840; N3SD 7,040.
Friends of NCC, including quite a few Mad River Radio Club members, included:
K9NW (@K9UWA) 15,680; KW8N 14,749;
NP2X (K9VV) 14,210; W2RQ 14,112; W9PA 12,950; N8EA 11,880; KL7RA
9,460; N8SS 8,987; K1AR 1,769; N8XX 1,032.
Thanks to NCC President Tim Duffy K3LR for getting the whip out and putting together these two teams.
* K3LR Turns
Up in VP2V!
Much to the surprise of many members, NCC President Tim Duffy
showed up on Top Band during the CQ160 CW test in late January and passed out 200
contacts. The lucky few who managed to
work Tim had to first copy Tim’s 45+ WPM QRQ CW and then get through a horrendous
pileup. Thanks Tim!
* Great Turnout for January NAQP Tests
Quite a few members joined the NCC/ MRRC teams for the January
CW and SSB NAQPs. A total of 29 members from
the two clubs were registered on six teams for CW and four teams and 17 members
were registered for SSB.
Place Well in August NAQP CW Test
NCC/MRRC fielded five teams in the August 2013 NAQP CW, and
two of our teams made the top ten, outscoring all other clubs in the
country. The Northern California Contest
Club team captured the top spot but two of our teams placed in the top ten (5th
and 10th) so our total score placed us first. Well done!
* NCC Annual Meeting Held on January 4 at K8AZ
Despite terrible winter driving conditions, attendance at the
annual K8AZ Xmas Party and NCC Meeting was good with 17 members present. Major items of business: elected officers,
decided to sponsor new plaque for CQWW RTTY, appointed contest whips (see list
below), discussed additional contributions for WRTC 2014, approved membership
for K8ZT, and other matters. The
officers for 2014 are as follows:
President – Tim Duffy, K3LR to succeed Tom Lee, K8AZ
Sincere thanks to K8AZ, K8NZ and KQ8M for their long time
leadership and service to the club. We
are counting on your support going forward.
Vice President – Tom Lee, K8AZ to succeed Ron Harps, K8NZ
Secretary/Treasurer – Ray Fallen, ND8L to succeed Tim Herrick, KQ8M
Webmaster – Hal Offutt, W1NN to succeed Tim Herrick, KQ8M
Amazing Video Tour of K3LR
For those of us that have not seen
Tim's, K3LR, antenna farm and even if you have you won't want to miss
this first hand view of the amtennas.
North Coast Contesters
NCC was formed in
1989 to further the efforts of contesters interested in the CQWW and
ARRL DX contests. The member area of the club is a 175 mile circle that
includes major parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania and extends into western
the the years NCC has
given back to contesting by encouraging members to compete in and enjoy
the major DX tests. Because of this NCC has won the medium club
competition in ARRL DX test 15 times and the past 8 years (Brag Page).
also has a presence at the Dayton
cosponsoring the Contest Super Suite. We are proud to count K3LR, owner
and driving force behind the K3LR
M/M machine and recent inductee into the CQ
Contest Hall of Fame, as a member.
sponsors 5 plaques for ARRL
SS and 2 plaques for CQWW CW and SSB.