W4AN SOAB CQWW CW 1997
Bill Fisher - W4AN
w4an at contesting.com
Mon Dec 1 12:56:16 EST 1997
160 32 64 10 20
80 82 214 19 55
40 853 2431 30 95
20 777 2265 35 109
15 1128 3320 29 98
10 190 543 24 71
TOTAL 3062 8837 147 448 SCORE: 5,258,015
160M: Not much. No Europeans worked.
80M: All week I was working loud Europeans in the evenings. This
weekend they were all weak and couldn't hear me except at their sunrise.
I had better luck working Asians in the morning. Needless to say,
running was not possible on this band.
40M: AWSOME. Best I've ever heard it except from K1EA's place 2 years
ago. Not much in to JA. Mostly psychological. I need to get over it.
20M: Weird. Band closed early. My usual big rates from 1700-2100
weren't happening. Signals appeared to be down for some reason. A good
sign of things to come were signals from Europe at their sunrise. At the
peak, this is the best time and place to be for big rates. You must
have a BIG signal to get their attention though. That wasn't happening.
Contest activity well in to the digital frequencies which made it
frustrating at times.
15M: AWSOME. Europe and JA's.
10M: Was too busy running big rate on 15M Sunday morning to leave for
10. I figured I could pick off the mults with the 2nd radio which I did
for the most part. Couldn't believe when I switched the 2nd radio from
40M and the first thing I heard was someone sending 599 24. Wow. I
worked VR2WO but didnt have time to hunt anyone else down.
I cant think of one excuse. Everything worked great. This is the first
time I won't make the top five USA in a very long time... and I feel
Overall a great weekend. The rest of the year is just planning and
preperation for this contest. Congrats to John for SMASHING my record.
Also congrats to KQ2M for 5.6M with only wire antennas. There's
something to be said for knowing what you are doing with the radio.
Plans are for 3 element full sized yagi on 40M by WPX CW. After this
weekend, I'm not sure it will make much difference. But... heck I gotta
do something with all my spare time. :)
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