ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB
Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 11
Total: 1011 Sections = 80 Total Score = 161,760
Club: Society of Midwest Contesters
My worst start ever. I had done a bunch of work outside
and was tired upon coming back in the house. I decided to
take an hour nap before the start of the contest. Well,
the alarm clock didn't go off at all, and I ended up sleeping
for nearly the first three hours of the contest. Starting
the contest at 00z wasn't very motivational. 40M was already
too long, so I started on 80M. For some reason, whether it
was more noise (normally around S9 here), weaker signals,
or just a plain ol' bad attitude from the late start, I
simply wasn't having any fun. I only managed a 70-ish
rate for my first hour. Horrible. I thought this was
going to go down as my worst SS ever. I turned off the
radio at 02z, only 8pm local, with only 100 QSOs in the
log and spent some time with my family instead.
I then had a great night's sleep, and made my family
breakfast in the morning. After that, I thought I'd
give this radio thing another try. 40M in the morning
was nice. But then I was dreading trying to pack all
these people into the 20M band. I was relieved to find
the start of the 15M opening, and even more happy to
find that it included some short skip, and a lot more
room than on 20M. So things are going better, I'm
enjoying radio again, and in walks AA9DY into the
shack. I had mentioned to him that he should stop
by to operate a little. He never confirmed nor set
a time, so to see him standing there kinda surprised
me. So I set him up with a radio and let him at it
for a couple hours and a couple hundred QSOs.
After he left, I went to 40M and had an amazing
Sunday afternoon run. I had a 151 hour!!! Sunday
afternoon. Too cool.
Highlight of the contest has to be the story of
me working my last mult. For some strange reason,
I decided to do something I pretty much never do.
I asked if there happened to be any Kansas stations
around. I never do this because I know the odds
of a particular station listening to you at any
instant in time is pretty much nil. But I couldn't
believe my ears, nor stop laughing, when the
station that called me that moment was N0QE in KS.
I ended up sitting in the chair until the end of
the contest, although it only netted me 11 hours
of op time. I had a much better time on Sunday
than I did on Saturday. I didn't even get a
chance to turn on the TV (right next to the shack
monitors) to watch my Packers tromp the Bears.
Thanks for the Qs!
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