CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW
Class: SOSB40 HP
Operating Time (hrs): 33
Band QSOs Zones Countries
40: 3444 124 33
Total: 3444 124 33 Total Score = 1,605,168
Club: Northern California Contest Club
This was primarily a family Thanksgiving vacation, so the contest was not the
main focus. The grandkids loved the variety of beaches on Aruba, and spent
hours in the pool at our rented townhome (the P40L-P49Y cottage being too small
for a large crowd). I decided to do a SB 40, which I had last done in 2008.
It's pretty straightforward, just one radio, no internet, and not the full 48
hours. As many have noted, 40 was in great shape, at times seeming to be open
to just about the whole world.
The station played well. It took five hot and cactus-y trips into the cunucu
(the public area behind our house), plus the assistance of my two sons-in-law,
to find and remedy a bad splice that had been causing our W1 beverage to
misbehave, but once that was done, the four beverages worked great, though the
band was generally so quiet that the main antenna received fine also.
This trip was even more of a social occasion than usual. There were two main
events. The first was the inaugural lecture at the University of Aruba
sponsored by the "Space and Nature Aruba Foundation," an organization
of which Lisandro, P43L, is a Board member, formed to spread the gospel of
science on the island. The speaker was my wife, Dr. Sandra Faber, a retired
Professor of Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz, who talked on Astro-imaging.
The second was our Thanksgiving buffet dinner at the Hyatt, attended by my
family (including kids and grandkids), plus Cris (P43C) and Jean-Pierre (P43A),
Lisandro (P43L) and Lissette, Alex (KU1CW, P40C) and Natasha, and John (W2GD,
My score ended up slightly higher than in 2008, with fewer Qs but more mults.
The score doesn't include some 180 annoying dupes. Congratulations to John and
Alex for fine efforts from Aruba and to KP2M for an excellent 40m result.
Thanks to everyone for participating. As usual, thanks are also due to John,
W6LD, and Ed, W0YK, for keeping everything shipshape with the station (and to
Cris and JP for ditto with the house itself).
73, Andy, AE6Y, P49Y
Rig: K3/P3, Alpha 91B.
Ant: 2 el 40, beverages.
Software: CQPWIN, ver. 12.9
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