ARRL 10 KD3GC SO Mixed LP
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Wed Dec 14 10:29:32 EST 2005
ARRL 10-Meter Contest
Class: SO Mixed LP
Operating Time (hrs): 8.5
Band QSOs Mults
CW: 25 10
SSB: 70 23
Total: 95 33 Total Score = 7,920
Club: South East Contest Club
There seems to be reoccuring threads among contestants this year. Sickness and
S9 line noise.
I left work early because I wasn't feeling good, with the hopes of getting a few
hours rest before the start. Just before the kick off, there was nobody on the
band. It was very quiet, not what I expected. Made 13 Qs in 2.5 hours, gave it
up for the night hoping for a better tomorrow. Got up early to find the band in
terrible shape. A few stations were fading in and out so fast it was hard to get
any calls. Then I had S9 line noise on and off all day. Finally around 1700z, I
was a least able to work the west coast.
I had to go to my wife's office Christmas party. That ate up my whole evening.
Woke up Sunday sick as a dog. Couldn't muster the strength to get out of bed.
Mad a few contacts late in the afternoon, but went back to bed. Thought I would
try the last hour of the contest, but the band was closed. There was absolutely
no signals to be heard at 2200z. Threw the switch and stuck a fork in it.
This band still amazes me. Have work to do on antennas for next year.
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