CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW
Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Grainger County
Operating Time (hrs): 15:33
Total: QSOs = 652 State/Prov = 55 Countries = 42 Total Score = 195,164
Club: Tennessee Contest Group
I knew I wouldn't be able to make the start due to work this year, so plans were
just to see if I could land VP8ORK (as best I know was a no show, but did get
them on 40 and 30), 1A and T7 (neither heard)... Anyway it turned into a fairly
relaxed event here.
Friday night started out quiet, but QRN came up as a warm front moved into the
area (YEAH!). My short beverage is still damaged and looked around for
something to pass as an RX antenna to drop the background a touch. The beam
didn't help, nor the 40M delta, nor the 80M dipole... Hmmmm, well there was the
feed line to a temp antenna that snaked down through the floor, out around the
building on the ground, twisted back on itself and was draped over the porch
railing... What the heck, I'll try it... plugged it into the rx jack of the K3,
screwed it down, put the headphones on and nada, pretty dead, so started to
remove it and as soon as I unscrewed the shield, POW! BIFF! BAM! no, or minimal
QRN, and the DX just popped out of the noise. Not sure what the arrival angles
were, but DX was great, and close stuff was almost inaudible (took a while to
figure that out). Any how, I'm not sure I'd call this a BOG or short beverage
or what, but it played well and I'm not touching it until mowing season
Some DX was easier than others, left several DXCC on the table, JA, EA, ER,
UA9, EW heard but couldn't raise. EA was the surprise, usually easy enough.
Sunday AM was great to hear JAs coming through well after sunrise, but they
didn't appear to hear the US very well. Even the West Coast guys had
It was nice to see the EU stations spread out way up the band. Below 1835 was
tough with stations 4 deep on virtually the same frequency, had the K3 cranked
down to 250hz to do surgical strikes. Noted a number of others commented on
loud EU stations calling CQ on the same frequency, but not hearing the US
station, it's an interesting phenomenon and I'm sure the same can be said on
the other side of the pond(s).
Missed ID and ND for WAS, heard ND a number of times, but not ID. Missed the
usual VE provinces, and timing musta been wrong for VE4 and VE9.
Great TCG turnout...
Nice to work a bunch of friends and have some fun on the Top Band.
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