ARRL DX Contest, SSB
Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 47
Band QSOs Mults
160: 5 5
80: 88 49
40: 119 59
20: 1106 105
15: 1264 97
10: 1030 95
Total: 3612 410 = 4,442,760
Conditions, at least in the area, were definitely down from last year.
Sunday was a struggle. I worked 15 pretty hard on Saturday so I planned to
concentrate on 10. In fact I had only 2 hours over 100/hr Sunday on 10.
Fatigue was never a factor. At one point a guy in the UK said ?chap you have a
great circuit over here. You?re 20 over on a clear frequency? but the runs
I lost the amp on my run station just into the 6Z hour the first night. I
heard a loud zzaaap and out of the corner of my eye I saw a flash after which
it was lights out. Glancing though the top vent holes I can see the plate choke
is burned open. It also emitted a low grade burned component(s) odor, which
almost masked the one from my shorts. I took the 87A from the multiplier
station and slid it over which meant all my second radio operating would be
without an amp. It turned out that I had very little problem working stuff
Other random, sleep deprived thoughts;
I?ll take a CW contest over SSB any day
I feel like I?m starting to get the hang of the second radio. This is
first year I?ve been using it.
I really need to fix the hash my Writelog/W5XD SO2R box generates on
multiplier total could use the help.
JA?s were LOUD and plentiful on 10 meters Friday night leading up to
start. Of course by the time things got started, the opening was gone. I
almost had visions of starting on 10 when I heard this. Two weeks ago I ran an
hour of JA?s on 10 about the same time using a club call KN1DX. I used
Writelog so K1SE could print lables for the inevitable cards. It was the
biggest stateside JA pile up I?ve ever experienced and at one point the short
term rate meter was closing in on 200. That would have been a great way to
start the contest.
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