Callsign Used : W7RM
Operators : 160 - KI7Y, W7WA
80 - K9JF, K5ZM
40 - N7JOE, W7WA, W7BX
20 - N0AX, N7OU, NW7DX
15 - W7WA, K7NT, JR1NKN
10 - W7NX
Category : M/M
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Countries Zones
160CW 108 108 175 23 15
80CW 341 340 878 59 33
40CW 1002 1000 2672 115 34
20CW 1665 1628 4316 126 38
15CW 1126 1119 3132 123 40
10CW 1022 1020 2678 99 34
Totals 5264 5215 13851 545 194
Final Score = 10,235,889 points.
A huge weekend! I was getting a little nervous, seeing "MAJOR FLARE" on
the WWV report from Friday, but there wasn't much disturbance in our
conditions until late in the contest.
This is definitely a new 7th district record as all the high bands pushed
to new W7RM record totals. Twenty led the way as the money band once
again, but all bands were busy. 80 was surprisingly strong - K9JF's
performance on Friday night was awesome - with 33 zones in the log by
Sunday. 15 was 'way up from last year and 10-meters came alive in a big
way. 40-meters, always strong with Rush's super antennas, was almost
never closed, and the score there shows it.
Also of note is that 40-10 all scored DXCC and better than a
kilo-QSO...all top efforts from the West Coast. 15-meters rang the bell
with WAZ as OX/N6AA went in the log - QSOs with 5H3US and 5A1A made it
Welcome to new operators Ben, NW7DX, and Atsushi, JR1NKN - both helped
make this effort possible. I think everyone got some time in on just
about all bands, so the "well-dones" can be sprinkled liberally.
Not too many bites by Mr. Murphy, although there were some panick-y radio
and computer swaps. All that RF does funny things to computers... The
use of the N7TR internet cluster was crucial...thanks, Rich!
Rush also got the Contest Stew recipe exactly right this year - I'm sure
that had a lot to do with it. Rush is amazing...
Propagation notes: Either conditions were really good or the Juan de Fuca
plate broke loose and scooted Radio La Center 1000 miles south...
- What happened to 20 on Friday night? No S. Pacific at all. SE Asia
mults came in during the morning. Made the all-night shift pretty boring.
- Guess Friday's flare bothered us some on Sunday, but 10-meters was
working Europe all morning, so it couldn't have been too bad.
- The good conditions on the high bands seemed to hurt SA participation on
20 as few PY's made it in the log. The ones we worked were loud, so the
band was open, but nobody was home there.
- Odd skew paths on 10 and 15 were noted to the east in the afternoon -
probably disturbance related.
Congratulations to the super scores from the East Coast - run till ya
drop! The good news here is that the ratio 'twixt here and there got a
LOT smaller this year :-) CU in the log next year, too!
73, Ward N0AX
20-meter gunner and composer of networked limericks during the slow hours
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