Team/Club : Rush Drake Orchestra
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Mults
160CW 21 21 21 10
80CW 85 85 85 33
40CW 195 194 194 55
20CW 165 165 165 55
15CW 160 160 160 48
10CW 142 142 142 47
Totals 768 767 767 248
Final Score = 190216 points.
Ten meters sure was lively - for an hour! Many more stations in the swing
of moving from band to band makes the contest a lot more fun. What if we
invoked Sprint-like rules to require a "band-hop" (just kidding)?
Best moment - sent name as "Homer" and KI7WX responded with "Doh!". Homer
comes from K7RA (SK), in case you're interested, and also gets me out of
using the hard-to-copy "WARD WA". No, that's not what the H in H. Ward
Best score from up here BY FAR - new WA record, I believe, and almost rang
the 200k bell. Went for a balanced attack on all the high bands and that
seems to have worked well. Forty was exceptionally kind as the band didn't
quite get to that "other side of the glass wall" state so familiar to NW
operators. It stayed in there and let me CQ quite a bit with excellent
On the downside, something Very Bad has happened over the summer during
the house painting such that 80 and 160 are full of grumbly, growly,
popping BC crap. If not for the reliable hardline loop, the logs would be
very much smaller on 80 and 160. Looks like I have some detective work to
do - the noise level is S7+ with stronger images at regular intervals.
I'm sure I lost probably 50% of my receive capabilities on these bands
although TX felt up to snuff.
FT-990 and IC-735, TR-LOG Software
2-el Gem Quad at 55'
C-3 at 55'
40-2CD at 50'
80m 1/4-wave sloper
160m 1/4-wave inverted L, three elevated radials (used to be four, but the
gravel truck took care of one of them on Friday afternoon...oopsie)
Look for me and the lads in a multi-op next weekend.
73, Ward N0AX
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