KK7GW Phone SS M/S score, comments
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Sun Nov 16 20:09:41 EST 1997
ARRL SWEEPSTAKES 1997
CALL: KK7GW SECTION:WWA
MODE: SSB CLASS: Multi/Single
BAND QSO QSO PTS SECTIONS
160 0 0 0 <no antenna>
80 0 0 0 <tuner wouldn't tune the 40m
40 96 192 15 <skip stayed long, heavy QRM>
20 116 232 37 <Good old 20>
15 71 142 16 <Nice cross-country openings>
10 0 0 0 <Vertical shorted out before the
Totals 283 566 68 => 38,488
Hours of operation: 16.4
Power Output: 100 watts
Operator List: KK7GW, KC7DZZ
Station 1: TS-520S, Timewave DSP-9
Both stations used a 20m Inverted Vee @40', and a 40m dipole at 30'
Both stations also shared a Vectronics Antenna Tuner (whichever rig was
on 15/40 got
the tuner, the dipole is cut for the low end of 40.
Comments: (comments to my comments welcome)
40 skip was really loooong on Sat. night, anyone else not work local
stuff on 40?
This was a fun contest until late Saturday. Andy, KC7DZZ, and I had
planned to go the
full 24, but Murphy had a different idea. The 40 dipole's indoor
connector decided to
short out (luckily when we were checking 15 before the contest), and we
managed to get
a connector in time for the start. Later on, when we wanted to switch
the 2nd radio from
15 to 40, we found out that the other connector had shorted. Back up to
the roof we
went, only to take the mast down to find that the connector wasn't
screwed in all the way,
causing a 5:1 SWR on 40.
Had the second radio's mike break early Sunday, can't figure out why,
but it wouldn't key
the rig, or it would key but not put any power out. That forced us to
only 1 radio.
We both mutually decided to stop at 2011z Sunday, as we were having
problems, radio problems, and illness problems. Looking back, we should
more prepared, but we weren't.
The contest operating was fun. It was the first time for both of us
trying a 2 radio setup
in a M/S contest, and we had a fun time co-ordinating our transmitting.
We could always
tell if the other was transmitting, because we'd get S8 noise in the
other radio's RX.
We had 45 2nd radio Q's, or 15.9% of total Q's.
After trying to get KH7R on 15 for a couple minutes, sliding down to
find AI6V in PAC
with 1 call.
Popping through the W0SD pileup on 20
Getting at LEAST 15 Q's in the 15 and 20 Extra subbands, glad I upgraded
a week and a
Finding VE5AAD for SK, a section we usually never get.
Getting VY1JA in 1 or 2 calls on 40, Saturday night (we have a great
path to VY1 land,
I've worked whoever's oping 'JA in about the last 5 or 6 major domestic
than CW SS this year.)
Picking up N7MZW for WY, a section I heard very little of.
Continuing the string of contests that I've worked John, N6MU.
Managing to get K7VS in ORE, skip was out on 40 all night and just
barely heard him,
didn't have 80 or we'd have EWA and ID, too.
Breaking through the AF7O pileup for UT on 40
Having 40 open to the east coast late on Saturday, got a "great signal"
report from SFL,
and picking up SNJ as well.
Finding a weak VE2WAT for Quebec on 20, another section we usually never
After screaming in the mike for KL7Y for about 5 minutes, went down 20
KL7WP for Alaska.
The special call award goes to VX8XN/P (portable) in ON, for the last
section we got,
All the problems we had
Skip being really long on 40 so I couldn't get ID or EWA
Not having an 80m antenna
Not hearing SF
KP2D not hearing me on 15...even though I'd just worked 2 or 3 stations
weaker than him. He just CQ'd in my face.
On a side note, there's been a discussion on CQ-Contest about 1X1 calls
advantages/disadvantages. Well, I worked 5 of the 6 1X1 calls in the SV
worked W0R for my first MO. We'll have to wait and see how they all
did, but I heard
some of the 1X1's lose Q's because the other op thought there was more
to the call and
eventually dumped the Q. I heard there was a certificate for working 5
of the 6 in SV,
anyone know more about that?
Didn't meet the goal of 600, but for the challenges we were faced with,
I am satisfied
with what we got.
If my wrist heals, I'll see you all in CQ WW CW. Thanks for the Q's.
David Jones, KK7GW
kk7gw at hotmail.com
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