ARRL 10-Meter Contest
Class: SO CW LP
Operating Time (hrs): 29
Mode QSOs Mults
CW: 1423 129
Total: 1423 129 = 735,816
Club: Central Texas DX and Contesting Club
I operated the 2001 ARRL 10 meter contest at N5TW's incredible station.
This was an incredible experience for me, as I had never operated as Single Op
from a "big gun" station. I made just over 1500 q's(raw), which is 3 times the
amount that I have ever made from home with the trusty vertical!!
I operated a little under 29 hours, with some being MUCH better than
others. My highest rate/hour was only 82, but I did have 10 hours over 60/hr.
This was a huge learning experience for me since 90% of my contesting has been
as a small station searching and pouncing. This was the first time that I've
ever actually "run" a frequency for any length of time, especially on cw. CW
is by far my favorite mode, but there was a learning curve with it. This is
also only my second time to use TR.
Friday night was pretty good, with 50-60+ rates the first two hours.
Slowed a bit the third hour. 0300-0330Z was really unusual, as I only worked
W5's and ZL's(7 of these!)--nothing else could be heard on the band! Decent
rates Saturday until 0000Z Sat. evening. The bands seemed to just
completely fold, and with the storms I called it a night at 0230Z.
Sunday was productive as well. I did very little S&P, following the
advice of virtually every serious contester that I have spoken with. I only
made a couple of passes to snag a few missing mults. I ended up with all
states except Wyoming, and missed LB, PEI, YT, and possibly one other. Had
a few nice ones call me, such as VR, DU, HL, and several others. All in
all, this was an incredible experience. I was very satisfied with the results,
as I am still a relatively new contester, and this was my first serious entry
from a competitive station. I look forward to doing more single and multi-op
contests in the future.
Jack Markum N5DUW
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