IARU HF World Championship
Class: SO SSB LP
QTH: Toano, VA
Operating Time (hrs):
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Zones HQ Mults
160: 0 5 1 2
80: 0 79 6 10
40: 0 134 13 31
20: 0 241 13 37
15: 0 30 7 8
10: 0 3 3 0
Total: 0 492 43 88 Total Score = 160,082
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
I didn't do as well as last year, but I got close.....As usual, my goal is just
to beat last year's score. Toward the end of the contest, it looked like I had
a pretty good chance to meet my goal, but it was just not to be.
Were conditions really that bad, or did Toano, VA fall into a black hole?? I
didn't think I would ever hear anything more than zones 7 and 8 for the first
half of the contest. I was working anyone I could, but the one pointers kept
my score from going anywhere fast. Conditions finally began to change and
started racking up a few new multipliers and some more QSO points.
The odds were against me from the start. Just a week before the contest, my
G5RV came down in a storm. With no antenna, I was not going to make many
contacts. Fortunately, I was able to get it back up somewhat close to what I
had before, so at least someone would hear me.
I knew I was in trouble when I had to work overtime the night before the start
of the contest. I got home only two hours before the start of the contest.
Work this week was a bear and I had worked lots of overtime, so I had no time
for testing prior to the start of the contest. I only got the contest set up
on my laptop during a break at work on Friday night. So, unfortunately,
testing would have to occur during the contest. Fortunately, everything seemed
to work fine.....except propagation.
Due to the lack of sleep and bad band conditions, I never could get any good
runs going. I did have a couple of periods where I was able to get a good rate
going, but they didn't last long. S&P did not do any better for me. The
Europeans just weren't making it to me on 20 the way I would have liked. I did
find myself drifting off a couple of times before recovering and hitting another
dose of caffeine.
I have had a good run for a couple of years being first place in the class in
the section (thanks to N2QT doing so well last year!). It looks as though Mark
did it again this year in a big way!
Thanks for everyone who patiently gave me a Q!!!!
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