Bill Coleman AA4LR aa4lr at radio.org
Tue Nov 18 09:47:25 EST 1997

Score Summary:
Class A
CALL         SECT    SCORE    QS0'S     SECTS   HRS
AA4LR         GA     35,700    255       70     10

ARRL November Sweepstakes

Call: AA4LR  Mode: SSB  Section: GA  Power: 90 watts (Low)
Category: Single Operator

Band   Qs  Sections
160     0
 80    20
 40   105
 20    60
 15    60
 10    10
Total 255     70     = 35,700

Time: 10 hours

Club Affiliation: South East Contest Club


Venerable Kenwood TS430S
Murch UT2000 Tuner to 125 foot doublet at 15 feet (80m)
Cushcraft R7000 at 8 feet (40-10m)


Although SS has been my first and favorite contest, I decided at the last 
minute not to take it too seriously. Instead, I focused on having fun! My 
score might be little more than half of last year, but it was much more 
enjoyable. My wife thinks so, too.

Started off on 10m with a quick scan, then went to 15m. At 2230z, went to 
20m, but found it tough going. Back to 15m, but then went to 40m at 2330. 
Last year, 40m was the pits due to overcrowding since 15 and 20 had 
closed down. This year, 40m had an strange quality. Region 1 broadcasters 
weren't as loud as normal, and stateside signals were strong. Worked 40m 
for almost 2 hours, with the best rates of the contest. The R7000 does 
really well on 40m. While it isn't a 40-2CD, it does hold its own, even 
with low power. 

Took a break for dinner, then back on at 0300. By 0500z, I decided I was 
tired, so I slept, got up, went to church, had lunch and then back on at 
1900z. It is amazing what you can do when you aren't taking contesting 
too seriously.

At 2230z, had the best moment of the contest. Was calling VE7SZ on 20m 
for a new mult, but I wasn't having much success. Tuned around with the 
second VFO and found VY1JA begging for contacts. Worked him on the first 
call! With low power, this isn't the usual experience. Worked VE7SZ a 
couple of calls later for my last mult.

Missed Maine, Northern New York, Mississippi, Alaska, Wyoming, Nebraska, 
Newfoundland, Maritime and Ontario. Clearly, if I had operated more, I 
would have found ON, NE, NNY, and MS. Heard NL once, and MAR twice with a 
huge pileup. AK and WY seem difficult from here, as I missed them last 
year, too.

Worked several SECC members, who came out in force for SS: K2UFT, N4UK, 
W4AN, W4WA. Heard others on as well.

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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