SS SSB K4XS Single Op HP
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Mon Nov 22 13:17:09 EST 2004
ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB
Class: Single Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 2.2
Total: 333 Sections = 62 Total Score = 41,292
Club: Florida Contest Group
My best and worst SS ever.
After finishing number two last year, I was cranked up and ready to tackle WP3R.
I had busted my butt putting the station back together after the hurricanes and
had done lots of research into my past efforts.
I concluded that, for me, the best place to begin was on 20 and was hoping for a
150+ hour. I sat down around 14250 and began warming up the frequency.
Everything was cool...clear as a bell frequency and well clear of the SSTV
Started with 45 QSOs in 17 minutes, and then....."you're 20 Khz wide"...."you
God...m contesters think you can do anything you want". After which I was
treated to endless overmodulated recordings of K4BP calling CQ at 30 over 9. It
was impossible to work anyone through this guy. I moved several times and did
all the things we do to work through this crap..not acknowledging him, "phantom
QSOs" swing the beams away etc. You veterans know what I am talking about.
Unfortunately, the SOB was in the primary area of skip, the Midwest and even
with the beams facing away it was almost impossible to work anyone.
I watched the rate on CT drop from around 185 to 70 or so and saw no way to get
it back up. Twenty is our money band at this part of the cycle and 15 had
already gone long, making the east coast "cannon fodder" for the W6 guys. After
QSYing for the fourth time and having the jerk follow me, I said screw it and
shut it down, feeling very funky.
The next day the XYL got on as K4XSS and I Elmered her through the pileups that
came on Sunday afternoon when you are fresh meat. Nary a bit of intentional QRM
on her even though it was the same time of day and the same freq I had been on
the day before.
So, just for fun, I decided to get back in the chair and give it a go under my
call. The rate on CT was approaching 200 when my friend came back and screwed
with me. I had the XYL get back on with her call....no problem with the
I finally got back on and for about an hour and a half proceeded to have my best
runs in any SS. I had the machine up to 239 at one point and wound up with a
180 clock hour.
Something has to be done about this crap with the intentional QRM. So far, I
have talked to W4ZW, NF4A, N4GI, N4BP, all with pretty good-sized stations and
all of them experienced the same crap. Judging from the propagatgion we had and
my beam headings, this pinhead is definitely up in the midwest...W8, W9,
possibly a western W3.
If anyone has any info on the guy, or if he screwed with you in the contest
playing either N4BP or K4BP's CQs let me know the particulars, including
thoughts as to his location.
Thanks for reading my rants and raves. Those of you who have been through this
understand how P.O.ed I am.
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