I had been feeling pretty sick for a few days but at 2200z I thought I'd
give this one a shot. Jim's (N3BB) place is an hour away so I got there at
about 2320z and was setup by 2340z. (Jim leaves it in 2 radio mode now.)
As I was tuning around on 20m before the test I said to Jim that I hoped
there would be someone on the band to work. Conditions on 20m were terrible.
I made my first 40m Q at 0020z and even though it was a second radio Q I
normally hope to be too occupied by 20 at that time to even look elsewhere.
I went to 40m to stay at 0043z. What was really depressing was that I made
my first 80m q at 0137z! I don't even like to think about 80m 'til 0345z or
so. At 0216z I started to really look around on 80m and spent the last 2
hours flipping the toggle switches on my 2 radio box between 40m and 80m.
My cold seemed to get worse as the night went on as my voice got very
hoarse. Even though I was sitting down for 4 hours my body didn't exactly
see the sprint as rest as my temp was 103 degrees by the end of the contest.
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Mults
80SSB 64 64 64 4
40SSB 152 152 152 24
20SSB 50 50 50 16
Totals 266 266 266 44
Congrats to the West Coast Boys (K6LL, K6LA and K7SS) for finding some
mults. I couldn't do anything there. I guess my highlight was W6TNI
answering my call for Nevada in the final minute.
It sure would be nice to have more participation. I think it may be time to
resurrect my old CIA. (Ring any bells early 80's sprinters?)
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