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Subject: [3830] ARRLDX CW K8GU SOAB LP
From: webform@b41h.net
Reply-to: ethan@k8gu.com
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 05:51:25 -0800
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                    ARRL DX Contest, CW

Call: K8GU
Operator(s): K8GU
Station: K8GU

Class: SOAB LP
Operating Time (hrs): 14

 Band  QSOs  Mults
  160:   15    15
   80:   73    35
   40:  144    57
   20:  190    63
   15:   97    53
   10:   25    20
Total:  544   243  Total Score = 396,576

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club


Since I now live on the East Coast, I figured I ought to take advantage of the
DX contest opportunities.  I think that it opens up at least another layer of
guys to work from a similarly equipped station when compared with the Midwest.

This is the first time I've done SOAB in ARRL DX for more than 6 hours in
probably 12 years or so.  In the intervening years, I operated M/[S,M] a few
times and was conveniently tasked with "run your brains out to EU" or "look for
mults."  I had relatively little strategy for this one, other than operating in
between household activities in what might best be described as "inspired
DXing."  I tried to get a run started a few times on 40/20/15 and was modestly
successful on 20 for about 10 minutes.  Otherwise, it was a complete failure,
with S&P being far more productive---last-10 rates up to 120 on a fresh band.

And now, a few words about IDing...please DO IT after every QSO or two!  I've
been on the other side of a pileup and know the thrill of ending a QSO with
"TU."  But, for those of us who are not using the Cluster or Skimmer, it is
extremely beneficial to identify you in our bandmap on the way past.  We will
either attempt to break the pileup or check back to see if it has calmed down. 
 Everyone will make more QSOs this way.

Thanks to everyone for the QSOs...


--Ethan, K8GU/3.

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