ARRL DX Contest, SSB - 2019
Operator(s): N3UM W3GB
Class: M/2 HP
Cabrillo Category: Multi-Two All-Band HP
Operating Time (hrs): 24.3
Band QSOs Mults
160: 19 16
80: 70 47
40: 125 57
20: 179 69
15: 45 18
Total: 438 207 Total Score = 271,377
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care
retirement community at FM18OW in MD, just east of DC. N3UM and
W3GB operated Multi-2 HP in 2019 ARRL CW DX.
We each had non-ham priorities that kept us from the shack for
hours. In 24.3 hrs. on, we were both there for just 4.5 hrs.
And, our Falcon 20/40m. beam was unusable due to faults in both
coax feed lines atop our 85-ft. tower. The coaxes were damaged
when rotor clamp bolts loosened and wind turned the beam back
and forth. We fell back on our C3 tri-bander and a 40m. dipole,
both a few feet above the shack roof. High power with the low
antennas put RFI into one logging computer till we swapped out
a keyboard and put on more ferrites.
Less ant. height and gain meant few to no Qs when we tried to run
on 20 and 40m, so we clicked spots and tuned. Rates were low, but
it was fun to find 69 mults on 20 and 57 on 40, some rare.
N3UM was away till ~16Z Sat. so W3GB started alone. He got 62 Qs/44
mults on 40 and 13 Qs/11 mults on 80m. 0118-0549Z, then 13 Qs/11
mults on 20m. 1208-1251Z. From 1558- 1710Z N3UM got 46 Qs/29 mults
on 20m, then W3GB did 20 and got 41 Qs/26 mults. N3UM got a few Qs
on 40m, and at 2134Z we had 205 Qs and 126 mults.
As it got dark we took supper breaks and jumped between 20, 40, and
then at 0045Z 80m. W3GB quit at 0240Z while N3UM got slow but steady
results on 80 and 160m. till QRT at 0602Z with 317 Qs and 179 mults.
Sun. daytime we got 121 more Qs and 28 more mults. N3UM slept in but
got 30 Qs and 9 mults 16-17Z on 15 and 20m, then scraped up a few Qs
from among the many dupes in 3 more hrs BIC. W3GB was busy much of Sun.
daytime but did well in 2.1 hrs. late PM and in the very last hour.
Rare and/or distant mults; 5T, 9X, ZS, and FR in AF, C3 in EU, JA,
and KH2, all but C3 on 20m, plus KH6 on 15m. A surprise with SFI so low.
We worked 50 PY’s, nearly equal to our 24 EA’s and 27 I’s combined!
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