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AB1OD   Contact Moderator
Called CQ for a while, but decided that it was more fun chasing Georgia mobiles.
 
K1ING   Contact Moderator
I used the name Jerry King. My name according to FCC is Gerald King. Hope this wont cause any
problems.
 
K4RO   Contact Moderator
Glad to finally be home for a Rookie Roundup. Great to work some new call signs, and hope to hear
you all in future contests.  73 Kirk K4RO
 
K5KRE   Contact Moderator
We had 9 rookie operators and 4 experienced mentors. Each rookie had a go at operating and logging.
Of the 9 rookies, this was the first time on the air for 6! Five minutes into a "shift," each rookie
was performing like an old timer! Great fun for rookies and old timers alike!
 
K6ALR   Contact Moderator
The bands were not open except 20m, however we were able to contact CE4UJU in Chile, Brazil via 10m.
 
K6NA   Contact Moderator
Ten Meter band was a no-show in San Diego. Lots of fun finding and working the Rookies, mostly on 15
and 20 Meters.  Next year I will have a Rookie or Rookies from my area come in here and operate-- we
all need to help the Newbies find their sea-legs!
 
K6NAA   Contact Moderator
My first contact in this contest was only the 4th contact I ever made in my life.  It was lots of
fun working my Dad, K6NA, on three bands, our first QSOs ever.  Thanks to N6TV for being the world's
best coach.
 
K6TDI   Contact Moderator
Lots of fun my first time. No action on 40 or 80.
 
K9QJS   Contact Moderator
This form is confusing me.  Somehow I was thinking that I should enter each call of the operator I
talked with; now I think that all I enter is my own call.    I've spent almost an hour trying to
figure this out.
 
KB6ECV   Contact Moderator
this is my first contest and i did it all with no help so i hope i did it right. no mater what i had
a blast doing it and cant wait for the next one.
 
KD0OAJ   Contact Moderator
K1QS from KD0OAJ,Derek,11,KS
 
KD2BSM   Contact Moderator
There was no one who wanted to talk to me.  As a Tecnician I was limited to ten meters which was
pretty dead. This was fantastic motivation to pass the General, which I am taking tomorrow night in
NYC. This was my sewcond contest since getting my license in February.  My first was multi operator
effort in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest which I did with my grandfather, N2FF, where I made almost 200
QSOs in four hours.  I am thirteen years old and in the eight grade.
 
KD8PPW   Contact Moderator
Other commitments limited my operating time.  I still had lots of fun.
 
KF7TGI   Contact Moderator
My first ever contest! During my first two hours I was at best fumbling with not much success. I
almost hung it up but instead decided to give it a go with 2 hours to go. By the last 30 minutes I
was getting a pile up! Kind of cool being on the other end of it. My heart was literally racing
trying to catch my final few QSOs in the last remaining minutes.
 
KJ6HUP   Contact Moderator
all on 10 meters
 
KJ6MQM   Contact Moderator
First Rookie Roundup I ever worked!
 
KJ6NLD   Contact Moderator
Only worked 10m. The band was not very active here on the West Coast.
 
KJ6PUN   Contact Moderator
I really enjoyed the Rookie Roundup. It is only the second time that I have operated HF since I got
my license, and it was a lot of fun. I was especially pleased with making my first and only DX
contact, with JA2GZZ in Japan, in the last few minutes of the contest. Many thanks to the people who
helped me at the Stanford ARC (W6YX): Joanna (K6YL) and Rebar(N6DB).
 
KJ6PUO   Contact Moderator
My son and I, both rookies, had a great day at the awesome Stanford ARC station (W6YX).  I improved
my HF operating knowledge manyfold by listening in as my son operated and getting on the air a bit
myself. Many thanks to Joanna (K6YL) and Rebar (N6DB) who provided the station, made participation
easy, and gave so much helpful advice.
 
KK4DZP   Contact Moderator
Thanks for the contest!!  73s to all!!
 
N4NUD   Contact Moderator
My first contest, and I only had a half hour to do it, but I talked with a rookie in New Hampshire
and another in Germany!  I'll be back.
 
NA8Y   Contact Moderator
The bands seemed dead or I am really bad. Not sure which. Anyhow, see ya at field day.
 
NM8W   Contact Moderator
This was my last year participating in the Rookie Roundup as a Rookie. I've thoroughly enjoyed this
contest, and look forward to participating next year as an OM!  73 de NM8W!
 
NN5AA   Contact Moderator
Hoped to do better this year, but pretty much the entire state of Arkansas was covered with heavy
clouds, with intermittent rain and some torrential downpours from slow-moving thunderstorms.  I had
just installed a much better ground system, worked great Saturday evening.  But alas, too much QRN
Sunday afternoon that was weather related.  I had quite a difficult time even hearing some stations,
and I'm sure it was the same on their end too.  It was still fun to participate.  Now to get ready
for the RTTY event in August and the CW event in December.  Take care, NN5AA Vince
 
VA3EEB   Contact Moderator
Didn't hear anything on 10m.  Had a few contacts on 40m.  Most contacts were on 20m but tough to get
through the Georgia QSO Party traffic.  For my first contest I think it went ok.
 
W1GMW   Contact Moderator
We had antenna problems which resulted in almost no QSO's but the roundup was a qualified success
anyway. Hams that have been around for a long time modeled good listening and tuning skills, good
QSO and logging skills and so on. We also demonstrated logging software. In addition I provided each
rookie with a folder full of good information including maps, RST info, country prefixes, band chart
and so on. So it was OK. - Tim Abraham - WA1VT.
 
W1WBB   Contact Moderator
20m SSB was busy here in New England with many Georgia QSO party signals and the RR "Rookies"
scattered around the band.  No activity heard on 40m or 80m...so close-in mults are missing.  Nice
as always to work the newly licensed hams.
 
W5TJS   Contact Moderator
great fun, most of the non-rookies were patient with us, just a couple of jerks. (get off our
frequency, our net always meet here)
 
W7DK   Contact Moderator
Score submitted by K7ZG based on paper logs submitted by Rookie operators at W7DK multi-op club
station.
 
W9CEQ   Contact Moderator
We operated as an all-Rookie station using the club call, W9CEQ, Fox River Radio League, Aurora, IL.
Had a great time learning much about contesting procedures. Had help from other club members who
came out to Elmer our experience. All of us want to continue to improve on our contesting skills. 73