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[3830] ARRL10 N4ZC(K4ZA) SO Mixed HP

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Subject: [3830] ARRL10 N4ZC(K4ZA) SO Mixed HP
From: k4za@juno.com (k4za@juno.com)
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 10:21:23 -0500 (EST)
                     ARRL 10-Meter Contest
Call: N4ZC
Operator(s): K4ZA

Class: SO Mixed HP
Operating Time (hrs): 29

 Mode     QSOs  Mults
   CW:   1289    133
  SSB:    865    133
Total:   2154    266  =  1,833

Club: Carolina DX Association


The contest station at N4ZC's has changed dramatically over the past few
years--as Roger's gotten out of the game.  In the past, I've done a SO2R
type setup there, using dedicated SSB/CW rigs, running while S&Ping in the 
other mode.  Without the antennas to do that this year, I did a FD-style
setup with my 850 & a one tower stack (only the top rotates). 

Some technical/operating highlights:
Friday I discover the ten-tec amp (loaned out Field Day & stored since),
won't come on.  Borrowed laptop will not interface with any of my keying
circuits.  Memory keyer keys, but w/o memory.  Oh heck, I can just SEND
all the calls, the old-fashioned way.  So, I start with the old reliable 
hot-rodded Henry 2K.  Works fine until it gives a big groan Saturday night & 
then arcs off.  Then we lug Rog's AL-1200 into place, which gets me through the

Conditions seemed, well, okay, simply not like last year.  No really great
rates.  Nor really great 10M signals, with that low, low S/N ratio & thumping
strength. The band closed with darkness.  None of this was surprising, just
disappointing.  I tried for accuracy, friendliness (saying hello way too often,
I suppose) & DXing more than rate, mostly because I could hear the Florida
guys working NE while I was hearing nothing.  NOT having the 2nd radio hurt
during the doldrums.  Hopefully the final score isn't too embarrassing....

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