County Hunters CW Contest
Class: Fixed HP
Operating Time (hrs): ~16.5
Total: 542 Counties = 388 Total Score = 2,301,616
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
I was up late and decided I had to cook some eggs for breakfast, bad idea, ended
up 20 minutes into the party before first QSO was made (had trouble finding the
MARAC QSO party in drop down on N1MM). That set the tone for frustration. All
of the first day, I just could not get quite into sync and I am still getting
used to using the TS-590 in contests. I missed W9MSE the most times that I
shouldn't have, 3 counties during a short dinner break. Trying to help with
spotting also cost more than a few QSO's. Also QRM for the IOTA contest was
jsut bad enough to be another annoyance, but the pattern on my 20 M yagi is
very clean, so it could have been worse. The first day ended with about 250Q's
and 151 mults and should have been a lot better. Day 2 was better with no
contest QRM and good 20 M conditions and I managed to work 187 more counties.
W0GXQ mentioned Sunday was much better for him.
Many many thanks for all of the mobiles who operated, many pounding the
pavement almost continuously for the whole 20 hours. By QSO total, here are the
stars of the show: NY4N 51 (Jeff was the only mobile I worked in the same county
on 40 and 20 often), K5YAA (responsible for most of the 15 M Q's in log), W9MSE
38, W0GXQ 30, NU0Q 27 (loud here but didn't seem to generate too many pile
ups), K7TM 26 (thanks for all of the rare ID counties!),N4CD 24, W3DYA 23, WC5D
18, K5CM 13, W5JR 12, AB7RW 10 (conditions did not favor Phil here, weak), N0KV
9, K2RP 4, WB0PYF 4 and a few others to boot. It was a great turn out and many
thanks for making the weekend a lot of fun.
Please do not move the CW CH party back to the first weekend in May, too many
QSO parties already!
Thanks and 73, Jeff
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