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Sun Jun 12 16:24:46 EDT 2005

                    GACW WWSA CW DX Contest

Call: W6QU
Operator(s): W8QZA
Station: W8QZA

QTH: San Diego, CA
Operating Time (hrs): 18

 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
   80:   0      0        0
   40:   2      2        1
   20:  27     12       17
   15:  19     10       12
   10:   1      1        1
Total:  49     25       31  Total Score = 8,680



Xcvr: Yaesu FT-817
Antenna: Tribander with 40 M extension up 10 Meters.

The first few hours were VERY depressing.  I began to think I would never have a
QSO that was outside the USA!

But after several hours the bands opened a bit and I got into Europe from the
west coast with my QRP signal on 15 and 20.  I ended up with 22% of my Qs in

Even though this is an "everyone works everyone" contest, 40% of my Qs were
South America, compared to the usual 5% or so!

I expected to have 10 or 15 Qs outside the USA on 40 meters in this contest, but
never got one!  The band seemed dead here overnight, and by 1 AM I finally went
to sleep for a few hours.

I like the 24 hour aspect of this contest as a pleasant variant from most DX

I used CQ WWDX contest on CT to log the contest.  It kept very nice track of my
mults and dupes.  I only had to alter some of the QSO points at the end.  It
looks like I could submit the CQ WWDX Cabrillo format for this contest with a
few minor corrections to the header, but I think I will stick to a paper log to
be sure my entry doesn't get messed up!

See you in IARU QRP!

Bill  Parker W8QZA - W6QU

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