ARRL DX Contest, CW
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...
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