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Subject: [3830] SS SSB WE9V SO Unlimited HP
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Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 18:52:36 -0800
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                    ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB

Call: WE9V
Operator(s): WE9V
Station: WE9V

Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 11

 Band  QSOs
   80:  277
   40:  541
   20:   25
   15:  168
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!

Chad WE9V

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