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Trustee and most frequent operator: KT5X  See also WS0TA (WS-zero-TA)

PHOTO: Field Day TEAM 2013.  Left to right; N0BCB, W5INB, KD5DKH, W8ZR, KT5X, WT5RZ, K6XT, NN5K, W0CCA, K1JD, NM5S, WD9FJL. 

This is a club call sign, and is most often used QRP on CW, the special interest of members. The club is affiliated with FISTS, club # 5300, to encourage and support the learning of Morse code as a primary communications skill.

QSL's with SASE will be answered.

Field Day: Began in year 2000 as a two-man partnership of Steve, WD9FJL, and Fred, KT5X, the group has grown over the years.  During these years the other enduring component has been the site; a ranch near Chama, NM, by the kindness of Mel and Paula Kurth who are, themselves, long time ham operators, W5INB and KD5DKH. 

2000: Was the first year of partnership of Steve, WD9FJL, and Fred KT5X. We operated 1B2 with a K2 and a G5RV. To our surprise we wound up third in this two-man team category. That inspired us to do more with antennas.

2001: we set up reversing beams on 15, 20 and 40 mtrs by using two G5RV's as driven elements, and between them were reflectors for the other bands. The K2 let us pick driven element with the touch of a button. We wound up first place in the 1B2-qrp competition.

2002: we moved to a new location on the hill, operated 1B2B again, and finished 2nd in the category.

2003: we experimented with other forms of fixed wire beams that we could quickly reverse, and returned to the top spot in 1B2B category.

2004: further experiments led us to building Moxon arrays. Our first attempts proved unstable in high winds, but otherwise worked well and we were 2nd nationally in the category.

2005: we refined our engineering on the Moxons and added a 40 meter version supported in the trees. We placed 2nd overall in our category.

2006: was 1B2 battery, one transmitter, two ops, QRP battery. We finished in first place in B category regardless of class, for the third time in six years. Ops were Steve, WD9FJL, and Fred, KT5X. We had a lot of fun in part because of substantial time spent eating, swimming, and fly fishing and listening to old tapes of Bob and Ray ;-)

2007: the eighth year of our partnership and Chama activity. We must like it. Results published in December QST show us once again on top of our division, 1B2-battery (QRP), the fourth time.

2008: was another first place finish in the 1B2 QRP category. We do love the Chama QTH, on a ranch at 9,000 ft altitude.

2009: was different for us. Steve and I were joined by several other ops including John, K1JD, Rich, K0ZX, Dave, NN5K, and Jim, W8ZR, and we competed in 1A-QRP. Difficult conditions with weak skip and high absorption were challenging to a QRP set-up. We managed 980 QSO's and topped the category. Great fun was had by all.  John converted our Moxons to one tap of a switch reversing.

2010: We again won the 1A-qrp category. Ops were Steve, WD9FJL, John, K1JD who flew out from Rhode Island to be with us for the third time, Dave, NN5K, Mike, K5KM, and Fred, KT5X. Conditions were noticeably better this year, finally, as evidenced from 144 QSO's on 15 mtrs. We also had good luck with an antenna experiment on 80 mtrs. We placed a low dipole along the face of the steep hill, using the hill as a reflector east. This time even New England could hear our QRP signal through the noise! We totaled 1074 QSO's, our best ever.

2011: was our first year to operate in the 3AB category, that is, three transmitters, QRP, battery. somewhat under-manned with only six ops, we made over 1,500 QSO's to win the category and place fourteenth overall out of about 2,800 clubs.

2012: continued in the 3AB (three transmitters, QRP power level, battery power source). We refined what we were doing, were joined by some great people from out of area such as Guy, N7UN, and Oleh, KD7WPJ, and Ron, WT5RZ. When the dust cleared, we broke the all time record for the category, and finished 5th nationally out of all set ups with any number of transmitters. We set out to have a good time together, and wound up with a good score as well! SOTA ops: N7UN, KD7WPJ, WT5RZ, K7SO, and KT5X.

2013: This year, though conditions were not nearly as good as last year, we won the entire 3A category, QRP or high power. Also for the first time, and likely the last, we were the top scoring club of any in the entire Rocky Mountain Region regardless of number of transmitters.  New operators this year included Cap, W0CCA, Alan, NM5S, Bryan, N0BCB, Phil, K5SSR, andwelcomed return of John, K1JD, and Dave, NN5K. SOTA ops (Summits On The Air) included: W0CCA, N0BCB, K7SO, K1JD, K5SSR, NM5S, WT5RZ, and KT5X.

2014:  Somewhat short-handed this year, we none-the-less stayed in the 3AB category.  We were unable to support a GOTA station this year, something we really like to do.  Conditions were noticably weaker as evidenced by a significant drop in total number of QSO's on 15 meters, but 40 meters produced a new best for us.  We placed first in our class for the eleventh time.  We ranked tenth over-all versus all classifications, nation-wide, our second foray into the top ten. Ops this year were WD9FJL, K5KM, and our SOTA ops (Summits On The Air): W0CCA, N0BCB, K7SO, K1JD, NM5S, and KT5X.

2015:  We are surprised and kind of tickled to find that we are in 4th place OVERALL this year, the top scoring group in the Rocky Mtn Division again, while winning our category for the 12th time.  Totals on 15 and 20 meters were down, totals on 40 and 80 were up, reflecting the diminishing number of sunspots.  Our 40 meter total was our best, ever!  We were delighted to have two teenage operators for GOTA ops, KF5GYE and KF5GYD. 

2016:  The group finished on top of 3AB category again, and with a top ten overall as well.  We had seven Summits On The Air Activators among the operators.

2017:  Sunspots and conditions have fallen markedly.  Our score is down as are QRP scores everywhere, but not our spirit.  We toughed it out and won our fifteenth category championship.  We had seven Summits On The Air activators on our eleven person team.

W5YA completed the first known QRP WAC on 160 meters, February 12, 2007. This feat is recognized in the ARRL book, Low Power Communications, 3rd edition, page 5-11.

W5YA (op KT5X) worked all states, QRP on 160 meters in one night during the ARRL 160 mtr test in year 2000.

W5YA has reached 281 countries, QRP.

A hearty thank you to all we have QSO'd. 72 !!!

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