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[3830] ARRL10 W7UQ(KL9A) SO Mixed LP

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Subject: [3830] ARRL10 W7UQ(KL9A) SO Mixed LP
From: kl9a@qsl.net (kl9a@qsl.net)
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 20:40:05 -0500 (EST)
                     ARRL 10-Meter Contest
Call: W7UQ
Operator(s): KL9A
Station: W7UQ

Class: SO Mixed LP
Operating Time (hrs): 25

 Mode     QSOs  Mults
   CW:    989    105
  SSB:   1147    118
Total:   2136    223  =  1,395,534

Club: WWYC


Rig: TS440
Antenna: TH7@100 feet

My first serious entry in this contest.  Lots of fun, outstanding rates.
No excuses really, I think I did about as well as I could have.  Can't think of 
anything I'd do different.  Only got 50 watts out of the radio in the CW band, 
but it seemed to work OK.  Thanks to N6MJ for the strategy help... first hour 
of 171 all on CW with 50 watts isn't too bad!  

Europe? Where? Talk about WEAK!  Probably 2 hours of EU on Sunday... seemed 
like less on Saturday, but probably not.  The opening was definitely earlier on 
Sunday.  Had 1 run of EU good for about 65 q's before everyone faded half an 
hour later.  Low power is not for the rate-o-holic.  :)  158 total EU in the 

Highlight was probably being called by 9N7RB on SSB. Breaking the 9Q0AR pileup 
was nice too.  

Never worked WY, although I guess NQ7Q was calling me the last half hour, but I 
never heard him.  Worked every USA mult on both modes EXCEPT WY!  How 
frustrating.  Missed LAB, PEI, and YT completely, and NWT on CW.  

Tough trying to figure out strategy in this!  The whole time I was wishing I 
had another antenna and another radio! I knew mults would be low being in W7, 
and I worked all but about 3 that I heard.  The CW rate was pathetic at the 
end, but SSB was steady.  I hate to have more phone q's than CW... :) 

1 rig, 1 antenna, 1 hand mic, 1 paddle, 1 laptop, 1 op.

Had a blast!

Is it NAQP yet?

Chris KL9A

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