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[3830] SS SSB K7IR Multi-Op LP

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Subject: [3830] SS SSB K7IR Multi-Op LP
From: webform@b4h.net
Reply-to: brianmo@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:34:08 +0000
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                    ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB

Call: K7IR
Operator(s): K7IR WA7IR K7XH K7EDX N7QT N9ADT
Station: K7IR

Class: Multi-Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 23:54

 Band  QSOs
   80:  108
   40:  349
   20:  565
   15:  101
Total: 1123  Sections = 82  Total Score = 184,172

Club: Western Washington DX Club


Our Sweepstakes contesting group returned to Eastern WAshington for a weekend of
fun. Over the years, local development has led to increased noise levels, and
this year we had an occasional nasty S9 on 40 and 80 meters. It definitely
impacted our rates, and probably cost us the last multiplier we couldn’t hear
on 80. The bands seemed OK at the contest start, but then just got sluggish and
‘weird’. We were feeling discouraged by our perceived low rates, but kept
plugging away. Maybe we should have knocked off earlier on Saturday, since by
the time we got going Sunday, the bands improved and it felt like we were late
to the party, with many “fair-propagation” contesters handing out double
digit serial numbers in late morning and early afternoon. 

We were trying different antenna patterns using the OptimizIR antenna
controller. At least one of the patterns seemed a bit sharp for Sweepstakes:
K9YC asked us if we were running QRP since we were so weak at his location. Note
to our future selves: turn the beams towards CA when working Jim :-)

Fewer issues this year than others. New foot switches from TEMCO handled
extremely hostile stomping.

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