CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB
Operator(s): KG4NEP, WS4NC, KB6MTH, N5WNB, N0KTY, KG4ECI, W2DZO
Class: M/2 HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 30 7 9
80: 209 19 69
40: 368 27 102
20: 1412 34 138
15: 701 30 114
10: 98 14 35
Total: 2818 131 467 Total Score = 4,392,908
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
Our first effort in M/2 after 15 years in the M/S category. What a difference in
strategy, band changes, etc. Network ran well all weekend- had an amplifier
problem and our 160 antenna was problematic with all the rain on Friday night
and wind on Saturday morning. Quick patchwork on Saturday salvaged the band for
20 was the band here in NC. 15 was a scatterbrained nightmare both days, but
more especially Sunday- skew, backscatter, and in/out conditions hurt us. At
one point, the east coast US stations were 5-7 kcs wide and 20-30 over S9 here
in NC- then they would disappear in a flash. We even started a run on an
absolutely dead quiet frequency only to find a station there 5 minutes later
(sorry Jim!)The Sunday 1 hour 10 meter band opening to the south helped a bit
on an otherwise dead band (didnt have the Saturday 10m opening everyone up
north seemed to have).
Our NE and NW beverages worked great- Robert's stations took a massive
lightning hit this summer and we only realized on Wednesday that our beverage
pre-amps were destroyed- replacements were overnighted and culled together to
deliver 80 and 160 switching capability to all stations on Friday.
Station interaction was minimal, but theres still room for improvement. Our low
yagis were critical this weekend, hearing things when the high ones would not.
we were late in getting things ready for theis year's WW- lots of schuleing
conmflicts- everyone is so busy. We'll be sure the mad push 2 days before
doesnt happen next year.
Life is like that at our cheap champagne station on a cheap beer budget (with
apologies to N4ZC).
Everyone learned something and we all had a blast- which is why we do this,
The season is open! Now to get ready for Sweeps-
More on our website soon-
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