CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW
Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 47
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 404 15 58
80: 881 23 77
40: 1357 27 96
20: 1492 32 90
15: 1822 30 97
10: 620 19 41
Total: 6576 146 459 Total Score = 9,814,915
Club: Northern California Contest Club
Lots of events conspired to make this a difficult weekend.
Distractions from work, family commitments, travel headaches, station issues,
and poor weather all took their toll and I was not a prepared for the contest
as I like to be.
The upside was that it was great to have my college-attending daughters with us
for the holiday and the weekend.
Excuses notwithstanding, congratulations to Jose, John, Dick and Phil on their
fine scores. Special recognition to V47NT/N2NT on an absolutely tremendous
score and new NA record. They would have all beat me, even had I been ready.
One side story from my website
A couple of interesting things occurred during the day. First, I had noticed
the day before that there was a goat seemingly perpetually standing outside of
our fence staring at us. There is a goat pen to the northeast with breeches in
the fence and they routinely get loose. What was unusual was why this goat was
always in the same place and seemed to be unduly interested in us. When I
actually got a chance to go out into the yard, it turns out the goat was tied
to our fence for some unknown reason.
The plantation always had a walking tour with a number of educational signs
along the way. The signs have been totally overcome by nature and I have never
seen anybody doing the tour. While I was connecting radials for the Inverted L,
I saw some people walking up the dirt road from the lower fields. Nobody ever
comes from down there and it appeared to be some tourists and a guide. They
came up the hill and stopped at the goat, where some extended conversation and
picture taking ensued. Kathleen and I just looked at each other wondering what
could possibly be so interesting. Perhaps they came in on the tour ship and
were oversold a nature walk, or perhaps there were true environmental
aficionados studying the local flora and fauna.
However, their interest in the goat was trumped but their observation of the
three towers around them, and they were soon taking pictures of the antennas.
Evidently, these intrepid explorers had never seen a contest station before.
To compound the thrill, the nature adventurers had the rare opportunity to
observe contesters (Kathleen and I) in their native habitat as we connected
radials and adjusted ropes. It was a bit of comic relief on a hot day.
Thanks to the CQWW committee for running this great event. Thanks to all the
stations for the Q's and the moves. Most of all, thanks to my wife Kathleen.
Without her help, the contest would be impossible.
Also congratulations on 40 years of independence for the beautiful nation of
QSL via NN1N
More information at my website at http://tgeorgens.home.mindspring.com
73, Tom W2SC
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