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Subject: [3830] IOTA N6ERD(@N6KI) SO12SSB HP
From: webform@b4h.net
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Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 18:54:58 -0700
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                    IOTA Contest

Call: N6ERD
Operator(s): N6ERD
Station: N6KI

Class: SO12SSB HP
QTH: San Diego, CA
Operating Time (hrs): 12

 Band  CW Qs  CW Mults  Ph Qs  Ph Mults
   20:                   114      28
   15:                     1       1
Total:   0        0      115      29  Total Score = 21,141

Club: Southern California Contest Club


Didn't really expect to run this one seriously - started late from my QTH and
the 6M vertical.  Just under 1 hour in N6KI invited me to run at his QTH, so I
packed up the laptop and headed over.  Unfortunately I had nothing prepared so
was hand logging and the packet was unconnected to the radio (no rig control),
and I realize how useful those features are when doing S&P!  

Much like the CW guys - I'm not used to running a Mic, though I did remember my
training from the CQP.

I tried a few runs but for whatever reason I didn't get much out of them, at
least with mults.  Near the end of the day I pointed at JA and NOTHING, but did
start a small run off of the back of the beam!  Perhaps I was unlucky and chose
spots where east coasters were camped (that I couldn't here).  The rest of the
time was S&P, and I have to say I'm really not used to having a beam!  It's
great when you are pointed where the stations are.  I also should have run my
propagation prediction to choose when to change directions.

A number of stations I expected to find I missed - I only barely managed a VK
and ZL, plus my first Tazmania QSO.  The stations I expected to find were on, i
just missed them - I was running the packet, but there was so much extra time
involved in having to manually tune places that I missed a lot.

All in all was a good experience, and I have some ideas of what to do next


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