NY4T ARRL DX SSB SO LP AB UN
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Mon Mar 9 11:15:48 EST 1998
NY4T ARRL DX SSB SO LP AB Unassisted
Team/Club : Tennessee Contest Group
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Countries
80SSB 5 5 15 4
40SSB 52 52 156 33
20SSB 136 135 405 65
15SSB 165 164 492 72
10SSB 80 80 240 27
Totals 438 436 1308 201
Final Score = 262908 points.
Exchange: 59 TN
Time Operated: 26 hrs.
Rig: Kenwood TS50
Antennas: 300' Wire Loop @ 20-50'(419 Q's), 100' EW Wire Dipole @20' (17
Hustler 5BTV on ground (2 Q's)
Friday night was a washout. Had a busy week and wasn't ready for
the +40 noise on the low bands. I fizzled after 3 1/2 hours.
Saturday morning got me cranked up properly. Plenty of mults
from EU and AF on 15 and 20 plus all the LU's on 10. LU's
accounted for over 11% of my log. Thanks, guys. When JA ain't
running LU is the ticket for Q's. Couldn't figure out why
there was no massive JA invasion here. I worked maybe 15 or
so who were all S9 or better but that was all I could find.
Took some time off Saturday to play with the grandkids but was
much more serious about my effort than I was Friday night.
This test was a good shakedown for my new wires since I'm
planning a M/S from here for the WPX SSB. Sunday was pretty
intense, so I operated almost all day. Had a great time all
in all, but 48 hours is a bit much for an OF like me ;)
High Points: Nice AF participation for a change. Worked 5X, 9X and V5
first time anywhere. Also Z3 Macedonia was a new one for me.
Able to bust pile-ups much easier with new wire.
The DX stations who worked pile-ups by the numbers. Absolutely the
best way to go, IMHO. Gives the micro-station an even break.
Low Points: Garbled callsigns and garbled audio. Hint...If English is
your second language, USE STANDARD PHONETICS. Also, if I can
hear the fan in your amp, your processor is TOO HIGH.
Stations who got my call but gave up on my state or didn't
acknowledge that they got it. I logged them anyway, hoping
that they got it.
20 Meters. Can we all just spread out a bit. 20 goes all the
way up to 14.350 but to listen from here you'd think it was
Random Observations: Operating from Italy is worth at least 30dB.
10 is on the way back. 15 IS back.
Big Sig Awards: P40W (duh), 6D2X, K1KY (30 miles away), 9A1A, OA4SS,
6V1C, LU2DW, GW8GT (great 400W sig and great audio)
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