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[3830] IARU K4ZW SO Mixed

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Subject: [3830] IARU K4ZW SO Mixed
From: K4ZW@Staffnet.com (K4ZW@Staffnet.com)
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2001 16:11:25 -0400 (EDT)
                     IARU HF Championship
Call: K4ZW
Operator(s): K4ZW
Station: K4ZW

Class: SO Mixed  Power: HP
Operating Time (hrs): 24

 Band     CW Qs    Ph Qs    Mults
  160:      15        8         
   80:      50       12         
   40:     267       20         
   20:     530      472         
   15:     444      436         
   10:      29      113         
Total:    1335     1061      211  =  2,002,013

Club: PVRC


   Figured I use this occasion to dust off the station and get rid of some 
operator rust.  I had a good time but more than once I stared out the window at 
the great weekend WX and wondered what I was doing inside.
   15 meters really got hot Sunday morning but the 12Z finish didn't allow much 
of a chance to take advantage.  I worked a couple of EA & CT types on 10 Sunday 
morning and felt if we had another hour or so, the band might have opened a bit 
further for some needed mults.  As it turned out, I worked a total of 7 
Europeans on 10 the entire weekend.  15 produced a very brief JA opening but 
nothing even close to the weekend before.
   All last winter I suffered with a bad line noise problem to the south that 
prevented me from even hearing JT1CO for my last zone on 80.  That problem was 
resolved this spring but now I have an even worse line noise problem directly 
to Europe.  It was manageable on CW but pretty tough on SSB.  That will have to 
be job one before this fall!
   Finally, to use Bill O'Reilly's most ridicolous item of the day (contest), 
some guy broke in on 15 meters Saturday morning and told me there was a net 
above and below me and I had to move.  Never mind that I had been there for 
well over an hour.  He instructed me that the 5 kc's between the two nets was 
to be kept clear.  In different circumstances, I might have accommodated them 
but this was a bit much.  My refusal to give ground was met by some fine 
upstanding net op trying to harass me for the next 10 minutes.  After 
continuing to run EU through this guy and not even mentioning his existence, he 
finally disappeared.

Ken K4ZW 

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