ARRL DX SUMMARY SHEET
Callsign Used : FS5PL
Operators: N0BSH, WE9V, WX9E, FS5PL
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Mults
160SSB 350 344 1029 51
80SSB 1232 1201 3603 59
40SSB 1885 1838 5511 59
20SSB 2479 2422 7266 60
15SSB 2905 2868 8604 59
10SSB 2 2 6 1
Totals 8853 8675 26019 289
Final Score = 7,521,225 points.
Icom 765, Kenwood TS-440, 2 Cliperton L's
10/20: Mosley TA-34 @ 15'
15/40: Mosley Pro-67C @ 40'
80: Quarter Sloper @ 35'
160: Inverted Vee @ 35'
The location is on a 250' hillside with beautiful 180 degree ocean view
to the west. Stateside is in the cleavage of two distant hills/mountains.
Best rate: 20M: 187 15: 282
To all those who wanted us on 10M:
We tried, and tried, and tried. Every hour on the hour. Sometimes every
half hour. Can't create conditions. HC8, 8P and P4 is a lot different
than FS. Don't have a clue how WP2AWH had conditions. Could be E-skip
which can be very location sensitive.
We tried so much that we "wasted" at least a total of 1.5 hours trying,
taking away from our rate on 20M. Of course that wouldn't have been
wasted if 10M was open....as this is the reason we came in second to
XE2DV....10M mults. Looks like we are neck and neck QSO-wise, but
suffered on the 10M mults. Thanks to those who informed us of a
"possible" opening. If it wasn't for the fact that we were hearing
LU's and PY's, I would have thought the antenna was broken.
By far the best highlight was meeting Jenny Jordan in the FS airport
when we were leaving. She just finished a 3-day shoot for PLAYBOY
for a Venus Swimwear spread. We flew to San Juan, PR, where we
all sat and had lunch with her for two hours. She gave us her address
and told us if we're ever near her hometown that we should stop in
and she would cook dinner! Plus, we are supposed to look for the
July or August issue of Playboy and mail it to her and she will
autograph it and return it. And the highlight of this highlight was
when she asked if we wanted to see some Poloroids from the shoot.
That's funny....for a Venus Swimwear shoot, I didn't see a single
swimsuit!! SHWING!!!! SHWING!!!! SHWING!!!!
Also worth noting is the daily walks on Orient Bay Beach, just outside
our door. An absolutely beautiful beach that is "clothing optional"!
Our most excellent host, Lionel, FS5PL. What a nice guy and a nice
My first contest/dxpedition. More to follow...
Between N0BSH, WX9E and myself, we made about 12,000 QSOs outside the contest
plus 12,500 in ARRL DX CW + SSB. That should reduce the need for FS a bit!
This 160M antenna worked much better than the Inv L. We were running
Europe a few days before the contest. FS5PL never had a 160M antenna.
For all those still needing FS on 160, keep an ear out for Lionel as
we left that antenna up for him to use permanently.
Consistant S9+20 reports on 80M from EU and stateside from a QUARTER
sloper up 35'. Location, Location, Location. (Too bad we had the
wrong location for 10M!)
N4BP & N0AFW get awards for stateside frequency boneheads. One of these
people does it consistantly, contest after contest. It's simply
amazing. A station starts up on your frequency and you as him to QSY.
He states he can't pull out the station calling him. 10 minutes later
he can hear you but insists he's been on the frequency forever. I guess
the highlight here is that he didn't work a single station the whole time
I heard him while I kept going at 200 per hour. Ahhh....contesting.
A couple non-US freqency problems, but they know they can't touch the
rate and signal strength of carrib stations so they move much quicker.
Coming back to Chicago in the middle of 6" of new snow and 10 degrees.
Kinda turns that super tan into into a frosty white color.
Anyone needing an FS QSL:
FS5PL for 1996 ARRL CW or SSB is via WX9E.
FS/WE9V, FS/N0BSH, FS/WX9E are via our respecive home CBA. Use a new
callbook for N0BSH or WE9V.
Thanks for the Q's!
Chad Kurszewski, WE9V e-mail: Chad_Kurszewski@csg.mot.com
The Official "Sultans of Shwing" Web Site: http://www.4w.com/ham/sos