ARRL 10-Meter Contest
Class: SO CW LP
Operating Time (hrs): 31
Mode QSOs Mults
CW: 1873 139
Total: 1873 139 = 1,043,056
Club: FLORIDA CONTEST GROUP
Interesting to see that all of us Floridians suffered on Saturday while the
rest of the world basked in the great condx. Really felt like the proverbial
kid in the candy store watching helplessly as all the good stuff was
unapproachable. I thought it was me until reading and hearing all the other
lamentations from our state. Sunday felt more "normal".
Tried real hard, but I was 150 Qs down from last year on day one and only made
up about 25 Qs on Sunday to end up about 125 down from last year. Worked 20%
less JA than last year, so the great JA runs that many others are mentioning
did not materialize here. Actually worked 40 more Eu QSOs than last year, but
128 less Ws this year. As was apparently the case for everyone else, there was
zero sporadic-E to boost the domestic QSO count either evening (none that I
recall last year either, though). Interesting to see 75 UAs in this year's log
and only 37 last year.
Good thing the 2 MPs were working or I'd've been bored to tears. Easily made
several hundred second rig QSOs in between all those unanswered CQs. Thought
I'd scooped up a bunch of good mults on the 2nd rig only to find that just
about everyone had a higher multiplier. Only heard a few mults that I did not
work - YB (several CQed in my face both Fri and Sat), V31JP (Joe QRTed soon
after the first time I ran across him, then I heard him answer someone on
Sunday), ZS4TX (heard Bernie give #77 to someone he answered Sun AM),
4F?(answered a W6) and CO8ZZ (too close in - in fact, he stole my freq on
Sunday and could not hear me calling!). Also never heard Z3 or VR2BG, usually
routine from here.
In NA, never heard SC or YT. K4OJ told me Sat nite that he had worked W3VT(SC)
and VY1JA, but I never heard them. Did hear KE3VV in DC answer someone, but
again, not me.
I was 5 ahead of last year's mult on day one, then was excited to nail J41YM,
EX2M, VQ9X and N8OO in LA early on Sunday, only to come up dry most of the day
and end up even with last year - just barely at that - working OA4O in the last
minute of the contest after calling his S7 +/- signal for 5 minutes. Had not
worked HL until 2 answered me in the same minute with an hour to go on Sunday!
Having had a lightning strike in August, there were several things still not
repaired that had been working last year. First, the rotor on the taller tower
was inoperable and secondly, the middle antenna in my 3 stack was not
recognized by the StackMatch (might be a control cable issue). So, the
antennas this time (all simple 4L on 14' booms) were at 87' fixed Eu /29' fixed
Eu on tower 1 and 56' (rotary)/32' fixed to USA on tower 2.
Strangest event of the weekend was having a 3' snake crawl up my coaxes and
peer through the Lexan window at me for a while!
If you missed FL this weekend, you weren't on. Our Florida Contest Group was
out in force again. We are now over the 100 member mark and I'm guessing that
about half were on this weekend.
That's enough 10M for a while. I was the primary 10M op at N4TO for WW SSB and
shared 10M with K9NW at HC8N for WW CW. Over 8000 Qs between these 3 contests
Happy holidays to all.
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