[3830] NAQP RTTY W0ETC Single Op LP

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                    North American QSO Party, RTTY

Call: W0ETC
Operator(s): W0ETC
Station: W0ETC

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 10:00

 Band  QSOs  Mults
   80:   27    20
   40:   94    38
   20:   79    38
   15:   53    23
   10:   13     9
Total:  266   128  Total Score = 34,048

Club: Tennessee Contest Group



A week before the contest the main frequency turning on my IC775 frooze stiff  
and my IC756 developed less than 1 watt power output.  My choices were to join
the multi op effort at N0NI (N0AC in the test) or to fire up a 22 year old
TS930S that had been on the shelf for 5 years.  

Being a masocist I hooked up the old 930.  As I didn't have an FSK interface for
it I would have to run AFSK mode during the test.  That meant wide filters and
no rig/computer interface. I had doubts about the 930 holding up for 10 hours at
100 watts output, so I placed a large RS muffin fan on top of the case sucking
out air.  Surprisingly the power supply and finals survived the contest.

 Before the contest I decide even 20,00 points with this set up would be a
decent score.  The solar flae made me think I had beeen too optomiistic.  But I
kept plugging along.  At times with the wide filters the QRM was so bad I felt
like pulling the plug, but I kept diddling away.  In the end all things
considered I was happy with the score.

To all who joined with me and participated on a TCG team, my thanks.  If you
want to do it again next time you are more than welcome to join us. If you
didn't play on a team please conside it for the next time around.  And, you are
among those like me who are really insane, I will make an effort to organize a
TCG RTTY sprint team or two, or three.

73 W0ETC Lar IA

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