WO1N 10M Score/Story
Ken_Caruso at compuserve.com
Sun Dec 21 00:52:59 EST 1997
Call: WO1N Country: United States
Power: 150W Category: Single Operator
Mode: CW Only
MODE QSO QSO PTS STATES COUNTRIES
CW 116 468 28 6
Totals 116 468 28 6 = 15,912
Equipment Description: FT1000D, Cushcraft R7
Club Affiliation: Yankee Clipper Contest Club
It's about this time in the season that the contests start to blur
and if you don't process your log and write down your impressions soon
after the test is over you'll forget. Well, it almost happened to me
anyways. This used to be my favorite contest before Ole Sol's spots
went south; last year band conditions were so bad I didn't play at all.
This year, Friday night had some good E-skip up to the Mississippi River
so I started a log and visited the shack several times during the
weekend. Probably put in 10 hrs active, not counting the time very
late at night when I was trolling for local Novice/Techs at our local
slow speed net frequency (28.160). I just put the 'puter in auto CQ
and managed to catch *ONE* tech for the coveted 8 pointer. Had a few
nice ragchews with other locals in the process.
It quickly became obvious during the day that I had some serious line
noise that I never noticed before, and I'm sure it cost a lot of Q's. I
had to run daylight hours with the NoiseBlankers on. I don't remember it
ever being so bad on my older radio. Perhaps it was always there but I
never noticed it with all the other trash the radio added to the mix.
At any rate that is going to need some investigation.
Nothing to exciting and rates were pretty poor. I managed to give myself
a case of Nintendo thumb by sending so much by hand, I mean what's this
all about? Time for a new keyer, I'm not happy with the feel provided by
the Benchers anymore.
CU in the next one,
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