ARRL DX Contest, SSB
Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs):
Band QSOs Mults
160: 55 24
80: 393 47
40: 872 51
20: 1627 55
15: 1238 53
10: 177 17
Total: 4362 247 Total Score = 3,232,242
First, great thanks to Lloyd, KH6LC, for allowing me to use his super FB station
I used my new Elecraft K3 for the first half of the contest and absolutely love
it. It's what a contest radio should be.
Given conditions, rates were never that fantastic, a few periods of higher
rates but they weren't sustainable. My best 60 minute rate was 272, with
numerous 10 minute rates of 375+/HR but it just wouldn't hold. It seemed like
there just weren't that many people on the bands.
I had hoped the sunspot that appeared earlier in the week would have helped
conditions, but even at this time of the cycle, the low bands were poor. I
didn't hear much at all the first night on 160M, and the second night was
extremely noisy, so I slept instead! A 2 element yagi on 75M worked well once
the band opened but again, just not that many people on the band. 40M didn't
produce like I had hoped either (probably because I didn't spend too much time
there), and 10M actually opened both days!
A big mahalo to everyone who worked me in the contest and especially to the few
6-banders. It was grueling but definitely fun!
Jeff, N6GQ @ KH6LC
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