WZ4F IARU SO/Mixed Score
Larry A. Crim
wz4f at nerak.companet.net
Sun Jul 14 19:04:22 EDT 1996
WZ4F Single-Op Mixed-Mode 1996 IARU
BAND QSO QSO-PTS PTS/Q ZONES HQ STNS
160 2 4 2.00 1 1
80 16 32 2.00 5 1
40 279 779 2.79 25 6
20 1070 2972 2.78 39 13
15 200 516 2.58 17 12
10 55 99 1.80 11 4
Totals 1622 4402 2.71 98 37
Score: 594,270 24 Hours Op Time
160/80: Hurricance Bertha must have been exactly one skip-zone from my QTH.
Beverages didn't help. No harm though..VERY little activity.
40: Decent. Only made one QSO on SSB. Was interesting to find all
the WRTC boys lined-up in a row, each about a kHz apart. Just
picked 'em off one-by-one. And, BTW, their signal levels were
FAR from equal. Big pile-ups on strong guys, and weak ones begging
for QSOs. This was the only band that I noticed signal inequities.
Were their wires antennas oriented the same way?
20: Not as good as last year. Lower SFI and an A index of 10
probably was the reason. Even though Europe was workable most of
the 24 hour period, the long never-ending runs just weren't there.
15: As with 10, better than expected. Surprised to hear Europe so
strong, especially since 20 seemed down.
10: Made zero QSOs on 10 last year, and learned my lesson. Checked
the band often and it paid-off with 15 new mults and even some
I've always found the IARU fun. The 24 hour format is great.. You get to
operate a FULL contest, and still have Friday night and most of Sunday to
spend with the real world. Great.
Food for thought--Why is "endurance" valued as a "contesting" skill. I
noticed that the WRTC participants operated 18 hours out of the 24, with
TWO person teams. Should we view the winners of the WRTC in a lesser
light since they did not put in 48 hours as a single-op? I think not.
These guys are the best in the world, regardless of the contest length.
Should we limit most contests to 24 hours?---I say yes. Should we limit
CQWW and ARRL DX to 24 hours?--I say no. But I'm sure there are educated
persons that will disagree.
Overall, a fun contest. I hope that the excitement of the WRTC got a lot
of people hooked on this contest. The 24 hour format, the summer-time
propagation, and the ability to work anyone sure has me hooked!
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