ANARTS WW RTTY Contest
Class: SOST HP
Operating Time (hrs): 30
Band QSOs Pts Mults
80: 8 20 6
40: 87 880 40
20: 494 7727 93
15: 294 4346 82
10: 36 312 14
Total: 919 13285 235 Continents = 6 Total Score = 18,733,250
"There is no sweeter pay than the accomplishment of a job well-done." - Maya
It must have been payday around here because I feel all kinds of good about my
effort this year's ANARTS contest. It was indeed a "sweet" contest.
Who would have ever thought band conditions would be this good with the solar
flux at 88? Well, it was. Here anyway. 15 meters was extra "sweet". Yielding
rare paths to Asia in the morning and Europeans well past their sunset.
And how about all those rare multipliers? 5U7B, XV1X, 9V1UV, 9M2/G4ZFE...
The DX paths were not the usual kind. Just about everything was over the pole
and when it wasn't, I had to listen to the noise to tell me where the path was
open. The less noise, the better the path. So I was constantly making minor
adjustments to the beams to the lowest noise path. And there wasn't much noise
on Sunday even as the K index climbed to 3. Looking at the charts I could see
there was some moderate solar action but I didn't think it was in time to help
us in the contest. Maybe it was.
Something helped, because the bands were very good. Worked one EU on 10 meters
- EA1AKS, but stateside east of the Rockies was open. Unfortunately not many
found their way to 10. 20 was the money band as expected. 40 was not too bad
despite high summertime noise but signals were strong enough to copy with the
attenuators on. 80 was too noisy to work. But 15 was... well, it was just
I got a 4 hour late start to the contest after taking the YL to dinner and
watching a movie. But when I found 20 meters wide open to EU, I knew something
special was going on. I missed the VK, ZL, JA openings on 40 meters both
mornings but it didn't seem to hurt my score too much as I elected to sleep
I broke W1ZT's USA record with about 5 hours to go - sorry George. It was my
best ever ANARTS contest.
73, Don AA5AU
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