ARRL DX Contest, CW - 2020
Class: SO Unlimited LP
QTH: Sosua, Dominican Rep
Operating Time (hrs): 37
Band QSOs Mults
160: 181 45
80: 651 55
40: 974 58
20: 963 60
15: 830 57
10: 49 18
Total: 3648 293 Total Score = 3,205,713
Club: Bavarian Contest Club
A big thank you goes out to my friend Tino HI3CC for making it possible to have
a good call sign and not have to use HI3/KC1XX all weekend long.
This was a higher score than I imagined would be possible from this QTH.
I am staying at the Sosua Inn, in the town of Sosua, DR. It has a beautiful shot
to the north right over the ocean but it is a city and the man-made noise on the
low bands is absolutely incredible. I am on the fourth floor of the building
with a beautiful view over the ocean to North America but the building is also
filled with LED lighting and solar heaters etc.
The Austrian owners of this place have been a tremendous support throughout.
I have access to the roof and I was able to construct a 4 meter wooden tower
with a steel mast to support a tri-bander that I brought from home. I strung
2x40 meters of wire across another roof and to a parking lot on the adjacent
That was fed with open wire line. This antenna was used on 40, 80 and 160.
On the roof, there is lots of solar power, and air-conditioning units that run
all the time. I also have a power line on the street that looks like a very bad
I apologize to the people that were calling me on the low bands that I could not
hear but it was almost impossible to hear stations through the S-7 to S-9 noise
I still managed to work a lot of stations on 80/160. Thank you so much for your
patience with me on the low bands.
I must also admit that operating by myself is a very different environment and I
am definitely not used to it. Operating from home with large antennas in a multi
contest is 180° out from this experience. When I went to 20 on Sunday afternoon
and I got spotted, the pileup was so overwhelming that twice, I had to just get
out of the chair and turn the volume down. At this point I was tired and I could
not copy a thing anymore.
Anyway, I had a lot of fun and I appreciate all the callers and multipliers.
Again, a huge thanks for supporting our crazy hobby to my OE friends Gabi,
Arnold and Kevin of the Sosua Inn. Their hotel looks amazing with Antennas on
Tino, muchísimas gracias por tu ayuda con HI0LT.
Bob, WA1Z thanks for spending lots of time on the phone trying to get my
computer straightened out and my networking set up.
VY73, Matt HI0LT (KC1XX)
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