K6ZZ CW SS SOHP Score/Comments
Bob Selbrede Bob Selbrede
selbrede%ARIA-2.EDW at mhs.elan.af.mil
Fri Nov 7 10:38:00 EST 1997
SWEEPSTAKES SUMMARY SHEET
Contest Dates : 01-Nov-97, 02-Nov-97, 03-Nov-97
Callsign Used : K6ZZ
Operator : K6ZZ
Category : Single Op High Power
Total Op Time: 20 Hrs
Name : Bob Selbrede
Address : 6200 Natoma Ave.
City/State/Zip : Mojave, CA. 93501
Country : United States
Team/Club : Southern California Contest Club
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Mults
80CW 158 158 316 4
40CW 212 212 424 14
20CW 96 96 192 5
15CW 548 547 1094 56
10CW 12 12 24 0
Totals 1026 1025 2050 79
Final Score = 161,950 points.
Kenwood TS-940S, Alpha 76CA, TRLog 6.15
160M Inv Vee @100'
80M Delta Loop @100'
40M KLM 4 El @103' (currently wounded)
20M Optimized 204BA @118'
15M Homebrew 6 El on 48' boom @55'
10M Homebrew 6 El on 36' boom @63'
This was my first High Power entry in SS. Actually, my first semi-serious
High Power effort in any contest. I have historically avoided the High
Power class primarily due to TVI. I live in a rural area where there is no
cable TV service and most people are using TV antennas with lousy mast
mounted pre-amps. The potential for TVI complaints had always prevented me
from giving it a serious try. I decided to go for it and had zero
complaints from anyone. It was great. I think replacing my homebrew 8877
amp with the Alpha 76CA may have been the difference. Now let's see how SS
SSB holds up!
For me 15M was "the band". The new homebrew beam did a great job. As is
usually the case, I couldn't get much going on 20M. I think the darn thing
is too high for domestic contests? I've got another 204BA in pieces on the
driveway and I'm going to attempt to put it on a side mount at 55' and phase
it with the top one. I hope that does the trick. 40M turned out to be
better than I expected since the wind had damaged 2 of the 4 elements on the
KLM 40M4. The the dual-driven elements are still in one piece so the SWR
was tolerable. Would like to have it fixed for SS SSB, but probably won't
have the time to do it.
I was a little hesitant to jump in and call CQ when the opening bell rang.
It had been a few years since I attempted SS CW and I wasn't sure just how
rusty I had become. I eventually found a clear spot and called CQ. I
almost shut the radio off when 38 stations all came back at the same time!
I did end up asking for far too many repeats, but stuck it out anyway. I
also decided to use TRLog for the first time and didn't really do any
practicing first (I know, big mistake). All things considered, it worked
pretty well. I only threatened to through the keyboard out the window 3
times. I've owned the software for several years now and have thought of
every excuse in the book to put off using it. I finally said it's now or
never. I'm glad I did. There's much to learn though. Now, if I had only
not slept in Sunday morning and put in the full 24 hours...oh well, that's
another long story...Thanks for the Q's!
73, Bob K6ZZ
w9nq at ccis.com
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