CQWW CW 3DA0NW(K9NW) SOAB HP
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Tue Dec 6 22:53:33 EST 2005
CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW
Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 11 8 8
80: 56 16 35
40: 556 28 82
20: 1083 34 114
15: 2475 33 115
10: 331 14 53
Total: 4512 133 407 Total Score = 7,210,080
Club: Mad River Radio Club
10/15/20: Cushcraft A4S @ 50'
40: 4 el Sloper array
80/160: 60' Vertical
A most interesting contesting adventure! As is usually the case with me, this
operation came together in relatively short order.
It was strange starting a contest at 2AM. I wasn't able to get the good sleep
beforehand that I was counting on so I started off tired right away but kept
plugging on. However, I was fast asleep within 15 minutes of the final bell!
Low band QRN really did me in this time and the 80/160 numbers bear that out.
Didn't make any effort at any kind of RX antenna and in hindsight kind of wish I
had done so. I've operated numerous times from the Caribbean and have always
been able to work through the QRN with reasonable results with no special RX
ANT. The QRN in southern Africa was an entirely different beast at least a
magnitude or two higher than anything I've experienced.
On the other hand, there were no storms (lightning) in the immediate area during
the contest (they were nearby...) and no power outages....both of which had
occurred most days leading up to the event, so I was able to be QRV for the
duration. High bands played quite well, even 10M to some extent, particularly
N/S path to EU. Pretty wild pileups at times.
Special thanks to ZS6JR and ZS6WPX for all their help in making it happen!
Thanks for the QSOs!
73, Mike K9NW / 3DA0NW
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