Coast-to-Coast 2002 Wrap-Up – Casey Bahr, KS7J, nr 3648

 

The third annual Coast-to-Coast FISTS Club QSO Party was another big success for all involved. Thanks to some “unregistered” clubs participating, most notably VK4RC from Down Under, W8NCK, and KC7EQW, we exceeded our goal of 30 clubs total on the air. Of course, some clubs were not on for the entire 20 hours, so we didn’t all have an equal chance at all clubs, but the overall activity and participation level was superb. From the logs I have seen, it also appears that the multi-band bonus point feature was well used, with lots of multiple band QSOs racked up for clubs and individuals. Fortunately, the sunspots were our friends this time around and all bands from 80 to 10 meters had good reports. Despite the number of clubs and good band conditions, however, we didn’t receive nearly as many orders for Platinum level certificates as last year. Also, it was a bit disappointing that we were unable to muster much in the way of DX clubs, which is becoming a perennial challenge. However, there appeared to be quite a bit of individual DX exchanges.

 

Some results follow:

Table 1 - Top Reported Individual Scores

Call

Name

FISTS nr

# Clubs

Certificate Level

Bonus Pts.

Total Points

WB0PYF

Raymond A. Myers

7986

20

Platinum

11

31

KD5GRF

Carl Headrick

8033

17

Gold

11

26

WA3GNW

Bruce Gibson

7878

20

Platinum

0

20

WD9EMF

Vic Maue

8574

19

Gold

0

19

NG7Z

Paul Beringer

5368

11

Silver

6

17

K4UK

Stan Reas

2934

16

Gold

0

16

W5AJX

Donald C. Zelenka

9361

16

Gold

0

16

AC7QG

Paul Davis

8697

10

Silver

4

14

KS7J

Casey Bahr

3648

10

Silver

3

13

W4YE

Buddy Smith

3929

7

Bronze

0

7

K4ORD

Riley Dudley

4272

6

Bronze

1

7

 

Table 1 shows the top ten total point scores (number of clubs plus bonus points for working clubs on a different band). WB0PYF, Ray Myers, came in with 20 clubs and 31 points total to take the #1 spot for individuals. As promised in the C2C awards section, all these folks (with the exception of myself, hi) will be receiving small prizes in the form of credits for FISTS Club Supplies. The top three will receive $5 each and the remaining top scorers will get $3.50 each to be used for ordering any of the fine logo products, etc. available from FISTS NA HQ.

 

Table 2 – Top Reported Club Scores

Call

Club Name

FISTS nr

# Clubs

Certificate Level

Bonus Pts.

Total Points

K7FFF

FISTS Northwest

4400

21

Platinum

15

36

W4FCR

FISTS QSL Bureau Club

7007

19

Gold

13

32

W5DAR

Deming ARC

7500

16

Gold

5

21

W4MVZ

The Working Class Telegraphy Club of West Central Florida

7600

12

Silver

6

18

W3GR

Historical Electronics Museum ARC

9275

13

Silver

3

16

W7PXL

The Valley Radio Club

8800

15

Gold

0

15

KC7EQW

Imperial Valley ARC

8675

10

Silver

4

14

W8PIG

Flying Pigs QRP Club

7373

9

Bronze

0

9

VK4RC

Redcliffe Radio Club

9066

6

Bronze

0

6

 

Table 2 shows some club scores as reported to me informally, and probably does not represent all the top scorers necessarily, but I thought them worth noting (especially since FNW comes out on “top” in this tabulation, hi hi).  Informally, it looked like W4FCR came in with the most QSOs total, 180, with K7FFF not far behind with 155. In all fairness, many of the clubs only have one op to man the key, whereas K7FFF had 5, so scale accordingly.

 

Finally, let me just share a few anectodal post-event comments made from individuals and clubs.

From Stan Reas, K4UK:

Greatest kick I had was this morning at 1107 UTC when I got on 20 Meters and tuned the "dead" band.  So I gave out a "CQ-C2C" and was immediately answered by VK4RC the Redcliffe Radio Club station and got - 579, George, VK, 9066. George wanted a contact with his own call VK4XY so I obliged and got - 579, George, VK, 9069. And then all H--- broke loose.  George must have been called by 10 other stations after we had signed. - Hi!  Another case of: "The band must be dead, I don't hear anything on it."

 

From  K8FST, Fairborn FISTS Club:

K8FST made quite a few contacts from Ohio.

One of our operators was having so much fun, he just kept going after the event was over. Said he had not had that much fun in years. Lots of QRN here on Friday night on the lower bands due to storms in the area, but 20 was going good. Great fun and met a few new FISTS also…”

 

From K7FD, trustee for K7LOW QRPacific FISTS Club:

K7LOW QRPacific QRP Club worked 34 FISTS members, with the lion's share being on 20m. Forty meters made up for the rest, sans 2 on 75m.

Biggest complaint: the event is TOO SHORT! :) This was so much fun, we

should have gone until 9PM instead of 9AM. I would've loved a full Saturday

on 20m...”

 

I would presume that by the time you read this article, that if you had ordered a Coast-to-Coast award certificate you have received it by now. In any case, no more orders can be taken for this year due to Robin Faulkner, N7GSU, having run out of the special supplies for these fine awards. Much thanks goes out to Robin for once again supplying the skill and know-how to produce these heirloom quality certificates.

 

Also, special thanks to all the clubs and individual participants in this unique event, you are what make it so special. I hope that next year will be an even bigger success. 73 to all!!  - Casey, KS7J/K7FFF, FISTS Northwest