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[3830] IARU N5DO(@K5FD) SO Mixed LP

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Subject: [3830] IARU N5DO(@K5FD) SO Mixed LP
From: webform@b4h.net
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Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 11:25:43 -0700
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                    IARU HF World Championship

Call: N5DO
Operator(s): N5DO
Station: K5FD

Class: SO Mixed LP
Operating Time (hrs): 23

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Zones  HQ Mults
  160:   15             5       2
   80:   99     13      7       6
   40:  321     27     23      20
   20:  379    140     28      31
   15:   54     44     10       8
   10:    0      0      0       0
Total:  868    224     73      68  Total Score = 422,520

Club: Central Texas DX and Contest Club


Thanks to K5FD for the use of his shack and antennas.  I had spent considerable
time and expense fixing my 40M beam, only to find during the Thursday night
NCCC Sprint that it was not working after all.  So I went back to K5FD's shack,
which worked well.

Friday night I thought I would go to sleep early to get a good night's sleep. 
That backfired, and I had difficulty falling asleep and spent the rest of the
short night tossing and turning.  The contest went well, except it seemed for
the early hours to be a domestic contest, with little DX.  As a one radio
operation I missed the 10M openings others mentioned -- every time I listed on
10M I heard no activity at all.

I was planning to operate the full 24 hours, but about 2 AM on Sunday a
thunderstorm with a little rain rolled in.  One particularly loud lightening
strike / thunder clap sounded like it was awfully close, so I shut down for 30
minutes.  Around 3:00 AM it sounded like the lightening was back again, so I
shut down a second time.  This time I thought I would take a quick 15 minute
nap, so I laid down in the back of my SUV and told myself to wake up in 15
minutes.  Amazingly enough, I did.  However I think the only thing that little
nap accomplished was to tell my body how nice it would be to sleep longer, so
the rest of the contest was a struggle to stay awake.  

As always, lots of fun!

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