[3830] Wo4o SO/LP/MIXED 10m Game

Ric Painter wo4o at juno.com
Tue Dec 16 00:00:49 EST 1997

                   ARRL TEN METER CONTEST 1997
Call used/Op: WO4O                   Location: USA/SE/DELTA/TN
Category: Single Op Single Band      Mode: MIXED    Power: 100W
Hours of Operation: 29:47  (Lots of listening time!)
band      QSOs     points    mults
CW         410      1640       68
SSB        314       628       66
TOTAL      724      2268      134      SCORE: 303,912
Comments:  This is the first game in a long time that I set no
           goal other than to have a good time - I didn't care
           much about numbers and all that stuff.  Did a great
           deal of listening to others just for the fun of 
           hearing how they operate.  And, that was FUN!  Some
           very talented players in this game.  I tried CW for
           my weak signal work going into and out of peaks (and
           to get double the value) then switched to phone during 
           the peak periods.  It was like surfing the waves -- 
           radio waves; catching the Big One and riding it as far 
           as I could go -- then going back for more.  When my 
           runs would slow down (but signals remained LOUD) I'd 
           rock the dial to slide up or down in frequency to find 
           (make) a better hole near my neighbors to eliminate 
           some of the QRM and pick up the pace.  It was fun to
           run the NE USA and then, all of a sudden, one or more 
           Europeans would pop up out of no where for a Q/M!  
           If you answered my CQ and I was slow to respond, I
           was likely dusting the shack, balancing my checkbook,
           watching football, catching up on QSL work or similar 
           activities during the slower moments (and there were 
           plenty) while punching the F1 key!  Sorry.  Is it
           true that REAL MEN DON'T USE KEYERS!?  I'm in trouble.
73 Ric Wo4o
wo4o at juno.com

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