IARU HF World Championship
Operator(s): N3BB, K5PI
Class: M/S LP
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Mults
160: 12 0 6
80: 54 0 9
40: 257 30 40
20: 385 163 65
15: 160 102 39
10: 22 16 6
Total: 890 311 165 Total Score = 550,605
Club: Central Texas DX and Contest Club
Team: N3BB, The Texas Tornadoes
It took a lot of time and effort to take a competitive SO2R setup at N3BB and
change and downgrade it for the M/S arraangement with two modest antennas. The
new Hy-Gain 40/80 trapped dipole installation has some weird intermittance in
it, and it came and went before and during the contest, causing me to make
several high pressure tower climbs at 7 PM Friday night as darkness fell. The
radio gods decided it would stop working for the initial part of the contest,
but then it started working again when it was crunch time to EU and later to
Asia on 40 meters, and the darned thing worked very well once it decided to be
OK. I felt we "owned" 40 meters with 100 W and a dipole when the JAs came in!
Whew, all in all a terrible stress on me. The tribander is my magic little
KT34A at 65 feet and a better little workhorse for the HF bands I can't
K5PI is a pleasure to host, as Rob is a super operator, very FB on both modes,
and a fine person. When one of us was not CQing/running (which we tried to do
most of the time with our little 100 Watt dynamo setup) we traded off ten minute
stretches, and worked the stations we had entered in the bandmap the previous
ten minutes. This seemed to work well.
The HF bands were in pretty rugged shape, but 20 stayed open all night to some
extent. We experienced some good 20 CW runs, and 40 was great the last three
hours to Asia. I'm used to 1.5 KW and large antennas, and I have to say this
was not all that mnuch different from the "feeling" of a regular contest. We
got nearly all the stations we called, and CQed as much as we could.
We tried and tried for a JA on 80 at the end, and moved several stations from
40, but nil. We heard one JA CQing on 80, but he could not hear us, and none of
our moves worked out.
Thanks to all the people who were active, and the QSOs.
We used NA, and it had a couple of peculiar glitches, maybe due to RFI. It
usually is solid for me, but all in all it went very well. Rob is a TR man, and
I don't think I converted him!
All in all, it was a lot of fun, and a terrific experience. Now for a team
breakfast and later some sleep!
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