Results of the 2016 Telephone Pioneer QSO Party

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“A Real Pioneering Radio”

The 2016 Telephone Pioneer QSO Party reflected the iniation of a new schedule and mode of operation. We moved off the weekend schedule to avoid other operating events such as he various state QSO parties. The third Monday in October presented us with a unique opportunity to operate in relativly quiet bands. Conditions were only fair considering that we were on the downward slope of the Sunspot Cycle 24. However as always we persisted in making many enjoyable contacts with other Telephone Pioneers plus non pioneers as well. The bonus points for working non-pioneers and spreading the word about pioneering showed up in the scores.

Here are a few of the changes we made in 2016. We discarded the old four session CW and Phone formats. The CW and Phone sessions now ran concurrently for 8 hours. Operators could switch back and forth between both mdoes. This made it simpler to remember when to get on the air in your favorite mode of operation.

The final score equaled the qso and chapter totals i.e. CW and Phones QSOs added together multiplied by the CW and Phone Chapters added together. Then we tightend up the spread in the suggested frequencies.

The general consensus was the changes were for the better particularly getting away from the weekend QRM. Congratulations to John W4BXI for being the overall winner.

CALLNAMESCHAPTERCW PointsPH PointsBonusFinal Total
Totals9243202405478
AF6FDICK SCHEPLERDE ANZA065670726
K0HQWTORT ISAACSONTHEODORE GARRY6006
K0OHBWAYNE ASHWELLMISSOURI0301040
K0SFVLARRY CANNONKANSAS0101
KA7LDON WEBBVERIZON WEST01440144
KB0BHLARRY WHITESOUTH018720207
KB0JITPAUL SIPESIOWA027510285
KB4LWTLARRY ANDRUSSOUTHERN STATES NEW OUTLOOK02000200
KK7IBGEORGE WITTEARIZONA070070
N6TPJIM MUITERGOLDEN GATE44705101112
W4AXOJIM ROEBUCKALABAMA640520510
W4BXIJOHN DRUMSOUTH3610441001574
W4FEBRANDY DOREWILLIAM DENVER0101
W6GPMJIM MCWHORTERGOLDEN BEAR03770377
W7DAJALLEN JAMESONMISSISSIPPI042042
W7DEBDENNIS BRADFORDVERIZON WEST01200120
WA5MLFJOHN KRUPSKYLOUISIANA063063

Speculation on the Pioneering Radio

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“A Real Pioneering Radio”

The picture is from Word images. It looks like a one-tube transmitter on the top deck and the power supply on the bottom. The swinging link varies the coupling to the antenna. I estimate the power input to be about 6 watts, perhaps 200 volts at 30 mils. The power output would be about 3 to 4 watts! The signal no doubt had a chirp, perhaps even a click, but was still a signal on the air! Signal reports use C for chirp (RST 559C). The tank coil was high Q with very low loss. The oscillator circuit may have been a “Colpitts” which has a set of series capacitors for feedback. A “Hartley” oscillator would have required a taped coil. Changing a few components with the means to control the positive feedback, you could convert the rig to a regenerative receiver!

Needless to say the construction was a work of art.

73 and see you on the air,
Jim N6TP