Single Operator / Mixed mode
24 hours (except for the time Baywatch was on and I forgot to make any QSOs)
One of the few times in the last few years that my junk played pretty during
a contest. I can't think of anything that was busted, rusted or not running
its electrons properly. Must be due to changing to a higher quality duct tape
supplier. A few bouts of line noise, interstation interference and no
sunspots were the only downsides.
I must have been the only station that was on that was not a HQ station. This
thing is growing like vanity club calls... I can't complain though - This
contest has the best format going. It has something for everyone: Very high
rates (even S&Ping), Every ham in the world is worth at least 1 point, It's
over in 24 hours, you don't have to go to the Carribean or Africa to win the
world, Even the Black Hole can win (congrats KW9KW@K4VX for whackin' me).
Shows what happens when I forget to play the special Skynrd contest prep
Best DX: EM1HO and KL7Y on 80 (This is supposed to be summer?)
Worst DX: Tried to work K4MA (@ K4HA - 2 miles away) on 28.500. Turned out to
be his second harmonic from 14.250
Biggest mistake: Spending too much time running. With so many mults on, you
can actually miss too many stations who are only running as well.
Rig: FT990 + AL1200 / IC736 + LK500 (ran 1 radio 90% of time due to
Ants (160 -10m): wires, wires, 402CD, 4/4, 4/4, doesn't matter
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