CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB
Class: SOSB/40 HP
Operating Time (hrs): 42
Band QSOs Zones Countries
40: 3030 35 143
Total: 3030 35 143 Total Score = 951,944
ANT 2x5Y full size @52/26m + single el. delta loop.
Once more I went for 40m SB. First day was reasonable propagation, since
midnight quite a bad one. Second night even big guns like W3LPL, K3LR, KC1XX
etc. were sometimes 55. All the others were than not audible at all ! I have
worked only ONE zone 3 station the second night.
At around 1300Z sunday my IC756PROIII emitted huge smoke and even flames were
visible inside. It still played as RX but TX was dead - so I switched it off.
Set up old IC737A but I felt people are calling but I have heard mostly JAM!!!.
So Next TRX came on the TT ORION - I do not like it on SSB - it is horrible but
nothing else left so I had to go with it until the end and I have to say - it
was a difference ! Another problem was I was unable to set voice keyer for
ORION so I had to go old-fashion way with mike only. So this all had cost me at
least 1.5 hour.
Also few storms were near by in total maybe 2-3 hours my receiving capability
was very limited... to say it loud I was deaf.
For some comparison with last year a few "interesting" zones:
zone 3 4 5 14 15 16 17 25 32
2005 16 200 435 960 403 252 63 196 11
2006 56 220 482 1059 482 262 58 120 15
I wonder if the old-new call OK5R helped a bit ? I had a feeling it did. The
"Etalons" big EU MM stations as a rule of thumb made a bit less on 40m this
year compared to last....
With the total score I am well over very old Eu record of 9A1UN from 1992 - the
pre-error checkout era - after last year disastrous UBN check-out I do not know.
I usually do not finish so bad... I was trying hard this year so we will see.
This year my buddy OK1RF will be in CT for CQWW-CW so I will be probably again
on 40m SB - Hope to work you all again.
Jiri OK1RI - OK5R
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