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Wed Jun 29 09:01:17 EDT 2005

                    CQWW WPX Contest, CW

Call: P40A
Operator(s): KK9A
Station: P40A

QTH: Aruba
Operating Time (hrs): 36

 Band  QSOs
   40:  161
   20:  805
   15:  601
   10:  240
Total: 1807  Prefixes = 643  Total Score = 3,734,544

Club: Society of Midwest Contesters


Having done the WPX Phone from Aruba for the last four years I decided that this
year I would also try the CW mode.  John - W2GD / P40W has the QRP record and it
looked like a score that I could possibly beat.  Conditions leading up to the
contest seemed pretty good for this part of the solar cycle.    I started on 20m
and after the first hour I had 92 stations in my log, the second hour yielded 73
QSO's with a switch to 40m.  I switched back and forth between 20m and 40m most
of the night but my rates kept falling.  I then took a few hours off thinking I
would have a nice European run on 15m in the morning.  Unfortunately, conditions
weren’t quite good enough for this to happen and I struggled most of the
morning, even using up more of my off time waiting for it to get better.  The
afternoon was much better and even 10m opened with a 96 qso clock hour.   It
still seemed that breaking the QRP record was possible.  Sunday conditions were
a little worse and I easily used up my remaining off time.   I even spent a
little time outdoors in the Jacuzzi enjoying Aruba’s beautiful weather on Sunday
morning while waiting for better openings.    Late in the contest, I was
pleasantly surprised to discover a nice opening to Europe on 10m and I had good
rates during the last three hours on 10m, 15m and 20m.    However, when the
clock switched to 0000z, I was still a little short of the 4,018,208 point QRP
record.  I guess I’ll just have to try again someday.

I had a nice time doing the contest as well as enjoying Aruba’s beautiful
beaches.  I also enjoyed the pre-contest dinner at Tony Roma’s with John (W2GD /
P40W), Scott (K0DQ / P40Q) and his wife, and Jacky (P43P / P40B).  John and
Scott have been contesting for decades and it was certainly great to hear of
their experiences and contest strategy.   John operated high power just to give
Al (4L5A / D4B) some competition and Scott did quite well running low power.

I’d like to thank everyone for their QSO’s, especially the 79 who worked me on
three bands and the 8 who worked me on four bands.  Please QSL via WD9DZV. 

10m:  4el  18ft (5.6m) boom @ 40ft (12.2m) 
15m:  4el  24ft (7.3m) boom @ 78ft (23.8m)
20m:  4el  36ft (11.0m) boom @ 71ft (21.6m)
40m:  1el  @ 60ft (18.3m)

Yaesu FT1000MP Mark-V


John KK9A / P40A
p40a at iguanavilla.com

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