ARRL 10-Meter Contest
Operator(s): F5IQA F6GRC F6HYE F6IOC F6IRF
Class: M/S HP
Operating Time (hrs): 27.4
Mode QSOs Mults
CW: 1351 124
SSB: 1359 132
Total: 2710 256 = 2,080,256
The unexpected "cape horn" weather conditions (*) did not make easy a
"field-day style" operation!
With accumulated snow and ice and exceptional high winds, the 105BA at 8 meters
fell and broke before the start of the contest. By chance the second antenna
(4 elements) decided to slide down on the mast, at about 5 meters (height of
the guying plate) which saved the mast from bending.
With a single antenna at 5 meters, a very noisy south sector, and no DX-cluster
or multiplier spotting we honestly did not expect such a score, but the
maritime "take off" to the north sector and the "magic power" of the call sign
made up for our modest single antenna.
Last but not least, we are most grateful to Guy, our logistic and generator
specialist who managed to maintain the electrical power to the station while a
part of the island was in the dark...
Thanks for the QSO's, and see you next year on the air for this great
contest... (QSL via F5IQA - ur comments at firstname.lastname@example.org) - The TK5T "crazy
(*) Corsica island normally benefits from a mild Mediterranean climate where
snow at the sea level does not appear more than once every 3 decades...
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