[3830] SS SSB W3YY SO Unlimited HP

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Mon Nov 17 03:14:12 EST 2003

                    ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB

Call: W3YY
Operator(s): W3YY
Station: W3YY

Class: SO Unlimited HP
QTH: Clifton, VA
Operating Time (hrs): 3

 Band  QSOs
   40:   74
   20:  164
Total:  238  Sections = 53  Total Score = 25,228

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club


I used the voice message playback in WriteLog for the first time.  That was fun
and the program worked fine.  I setup a nice pro audio mixer and pro grade
isolation transformers to do all the audio mixing and control, but still had
some RF problems.  It was unusable at first but I rearranged things until the RF
problem went away.  It was gone on 20, but I could detect a little bit of a
problem remaining on 40.  Removing one of the isolation transformers helped cure
the problem!

Knowing I could only put in a few hours, I didn't bother to retune my 80 antenna
from CW to Phone.  The skip was so long on 40 I didn't work anything close in. 
In fact I didn't work a single 2nd call area multiplier and only MDC from the
3rd call area.  

20-meters also seemed a bit strange.  There were several KL7 and VY1 spots, but
as in the CW weekend I could not hear them.  I've never had problems hearing KL7
and VY1 until this sweep.  Hope this doesn't get to be the norm.

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