N2IC/0 Single-Op Unassisted
n2ic at drmail.dr.att.com
Mon Feb 19 07:52:55 EST 1996
N2IC/0 - Single Op, Unassisted
ARRL DX CW
Band QSO's Countries
160 34 22
80 161 46
40 414 64
20 870 85
15 72 41
10 18 10
1.26 M Points
After the 2-sigma condx we experienced in CQWW CW, this certainly was a
The black hole was real intense. DX activity seemed way down, especially from
JA, Carribbean and ZL (ZL1AMO only ZL worked all weekend - and just on 1 band).
160 - Pretty average, by Colorado standards. Worked a handful of EU at EU
sunrise on Sunday AM. JA sounded excellent on Sunday AM, but as a single-op, I
needed to be on 80, 40 and 20 at that time.
80 - Friday night was the pits- worked some EU around 03Z, then they faded out
as we got closer to EU sunrise. Saturday night was much better - lots of fun
listening to sunrise move across EU. Good JA opening Sunday AM - better rate
than 40 meters. No LP or other surprises.
40 - I should have spent more time here - slept too much (7 hours total). EU
peaked around local sunset - when I was on 20 running JA. Absolutely no EU
opening at or after EU sunrise. Good JA Friday night/Saturday AM. Lousy JA
Saturday night until close to local sunrise. LP was there both mornings, but
20 - My bread-and-butter band. Good 1st hour of the contest, then nearly dead
by 0130Z. Band was late opening to EU Saturday AM, but did work 300+ EU in the
4 hours the band was open (Yes, that's good by Colorado standards !). Band
dead again by 0130Z. Sunday EU opening much poorer - all signals had extreme
15 - Only N/S propagation. Worked a handful of S0 EU stations Sunday AM -
direct path (skew path didn't exist). Worked 2 S0 JA's at the end of the
contest. Could have worked more Africans if there had been more activity.
10 - Dead on Saturday. Short, selective opening on Sunday. TI1C and 6Y5XX
pinned the S-meter for about 30 minutes on Sunday.
To give you an idea of just how bad the polar path was, I worked a grand total
of 1 UA9 over the weekend.
Should have been a 24 hour contest - made 70% of my QSO's the first day.
n2ic at dr.att.com
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