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Subject: [3830] SAC CW LA1J(LA8OM) SOAB HP
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Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:39:58 +0000
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                    Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW

Call: LA1J
Operator(s): LA8OM
Station: LA1J

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Stavanger
Operating Time (hrs): 24

 Band  QSOs  Mults
   80:  325    37
   40:  667    48
   20:  610    55
   15:  389    52
   10:    9     6
Total: 2000   198  Total Score = 915,750

Club: LA Contest Club


Enjoyed SAC CW this year with a reasonably 'fat' antenna for 10/15/20, the 4 el.
SteppIR at our club station. As proof of being heard, I was very pleased to
receive the low serials 001 and 002 from as much as 35 North American callers -
way into the contest.  The dipoles for 40 and 80 also seemed to work quite well,
given the decent conditions. 

There has been mention of the 10m radar noise that interfered Sunday morning,
which just happened to coincide with the brief period I made an effort to pull
some multipliers on 10m :-( 

However this operator also struggled with 'voices in my head' during what still
should have been peak-rate-time during hours 3-6 of the contest; there was this
annoying, constant voice QRM that made it impossible to copy the crowd of
weaker signals that under normal circumstances should have ended up in the log
(apologies to you who tried). The strange thing was that this QRM was always
there, whether I worked on 20m or 15m. Thinking that this might be something
weird on the air, common to everybody, or some IF issue in the radio, I was
struggling along. Eventually, after 4 hours, I spotted a highlighted sign on
the display: 'DUAL-W(atch)' and a sub VFO readout of 14.205 MHz…  So much for
(an accidental push on one of) all the push buttons on this (to me unfamiliar)
IC-756PROIII. There and then I missed my K3…  

Have tried to identify any effect of this and gather from 
that possibly some 100 QSO opportunities went lost on 15/20m during that
period.  Another 'what if' illustrated by the chart: What if Oystein hadn't
slept in at LN3Z…?

Tnx to all who join in and makes SAC a true Scandinavian qso PARTY!

Chris / LA8OM

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