[3830] JARTS VA7ST Single Op LP

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Sun Oct 16 22:40:03 EDT 2005

                    JARTS WW RTTY Contest

Call: VA7ST
Operator(s): VA7ST
Station: VA7ST

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 25

 Band  QSOs  Pts   Mults
   80:   83   167    17
   40:  122   248    23
   20:  363   906    77
   15:  105   257    37
   10:    0     0     0
Total:  673  1578   154  Total Score = 243,012



Worked hard in this one with more than my usual time at the keys, and enjoyed
every moment. Drizzle Sat. morning and Sun. afternoon kept the powerline noise
to a dull roar, and I spent quite a bit of time with the beam aimed away from
the source, trying to work Asia.

Conditions on 10M were brutal (no sigs). 'Nuff said.

On 15M Saturday I could hear all kinds of EU action, but was able to work only
very few stations -- odd conditions with weak signals but a favorable S/N ratio
for great copy. Felt like an attenuator was in place, but it wasn't. Maybe next
time things will open up here. Some sigs were LOUD (EA4, and curiously, ZS6).
For an hour or two on Sat. afternoon I could work CT, EA and F stations and few
others. Sunday was pretty much domestic contacts on 15.

20M was wide open Saturday and Sunday mornings, but Sat. was by far the best
I've seen it in many months. Had to go to work a couple of times, and forced
myself out of a JA run once and an EU run the next time.

40M was hot for a while Friday and Saturday evenings, but petered out quite
early. At last, the twin delta loops are doing their job for me into the U.S.
and Carribean.

80M was good Friday night, and better Saturday night here. By 10 p.m. local
(0500z) things were quiet, though. Got decent sleep both nights.

Never heard a VK, and only worked ZL2AMI for the Kiwi run. Did find a JA on 80M
early on Saturday morning on the 80M delta loop. He was QSB but readable, which
is a pretty fair indicator of good conditions considering the ambient powerline
noise level at this QTH.

Thrills this time out: a call from ZS6, who was so loud at first I thought it
was a midwest station... Working YB0DO and VR2BG near the end, a reminder to
turn the beam W-NW to CQ once in a while... Finding Algeria (new to me I
think)...  and once again working FR1HZ -- that's a long haul from B.C. (or
anywhere, hi). Heard him several times quite loud here.

This time, I worked GU0SUP without any extra overs (unlike last weekend). Phil
was solid; hope I was at his end.

Went into the weekend thinking I'd get about half of last year's totals. Well, I
crept closer and closer and finally beat the Q and point totals. Sections were
up by 4 (69 up to 74) but countries were down by 7 (80 down from 87). 

Biggest differences: last year had 35 countries on 15m and only 19 this year.
Did work 7 countries on 40M, up from 0 last year.

Year    QSOs   Pts.   Mults    Score
2002    321    785      119    93,415 points
2003    114     --       46    12,926
2004    586   1428      156   222,768 
2005    673   1578      154   243,012 points

Looking forward to CQWW CW now.

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