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Subject: [3830] NAQP CW N0AX SO
From: hwardsil@wolfenet.com (hwardsil@wolfenet.com)
Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2001 11:45:43 -0400 (EDT)
                     North America QSO Party - CW
Call: N0AX
Operator(s): N0AX
Station: N0AX

Class: SO LP
Operating Time (hrs): 10
Radios: SO2R

 Band     QSOs  Mults
  160:     17      6
   80:     44     19
   40:    176     45
   20:    223     49
   15:    137     46
   10:      7      5
Total:    604    170  =  102,680

Club/Team: Rush Drake Quintet


Wow - what a change from January as we fall off the back porch of Cycle 23.  
What has ol' Sol been a-drankin, anyway?  Combined with the usual summer ills 
of noise, absorbtion, and 
don't-you-have-anything-better-to-do-on-this-beautiful-day, this was another 
"character-building experience", but a pretty good tune up for the fall.

If there is silver lining to such a slogfest (from up here it was a slogfest), 
it was being able to shake the rust off the two-radio technique.  Since rate 
was low on both 20 and 15, TR-LOG's dueling CQ's worked much better than usual. 
 What would have been a deadly dull afternoon was much snappier, once the 
messages and speed were tuned to keep both frequencies occupied occasionally.

15 got "Love Story Disease" just before sunset - there was a nice 
coast-to-coast opening just before it died and VE9DX put in an unexpected 
appearance.  No other VE1 was heard.  Thanks to Serge, XM2AWR for the QC and 
Honest Abe, W3DA for a 2-band Delaware.  Never heard a Nebraska - were the 
Huskers playing or something?  Alaska was also a no-show, even though one ear 
kept sweeping 20 for KL7 or hoping KH6ND would appear.  10-meters, we hardly 
knew ye...

40 seemed good, if noisy, and 80 had it's surprises in between static crashes.  
A couple of ESP QSOs to the midwest on 160 (the winter radials aren't yet up on 
the inv-L) - good thing there aren't serial numbers in this contest, hi.

Anyway - my WA record is certainly safe for another decade if this is the 
propagation we have to look forward to in January, but I have a suspicion that 
winter will be a little better.

See you in the Sprint!

73, Ward N0AX

FT-990 & IC-735, TR-LOG
2-el cubical quad, C-3
40-2CD, 1/4-wave sloper (80), inv-L (160)

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