[3830] AA4LR ARRL 10m SO LP CW

Bill Coleman AA4LR aa4lr at radio.org
Mon Dec 15 13:57:42 EST 1997

ARRL 10-Meter Contest

Call: AA4LR    ARRL Section: GA  
Category: Single Operator, Low Power, CW only

Mode        Qsos       Points    Mults
10 CW        46         184        11
total:       46         184        11     Score:      2,024

Hours of Operation: 4

Club Affiliation: South East Contest Club

Kenwood TS-430S running 85 watts
Cushcraft R7000 at 8 feet
Murch UT2000 tuner feeding 125 foot doublet at 15 feet


Three holiday dinner engagements, a birthday party and VE exams pretty 
much eliminated most of the available operating time. First session was 
after 0505z friday night! That's after midnight local. Also tried from 
0152z to 0300z the second day, called and called but couldn't work 
anyone. Ran CW only to avoid RFI problems with neighbors telephones.

Worked some SECC members: W4AN (who was everywhere), K4BAI, and K4OGG.

Found that the dipole worked much better on the local (backscatter) 
signals, probably due to the higher angles of incidence. Meteor scatter 
was also much in evidence at night. You could hear signals peak up for a 
code character or two then settle back down into the noise. 

Probably could have worked a lot more stations with a beam. At least mine 
wasn't the lowest SECC score.... <grin>.


Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr at radio.org
Quote: "Not within a thousand years will man ever fly!"
            -- Wilbur Wright, 1901

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