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Tue Sep 26 01:36:44 EDT 2006

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY

Call: W6YX
Operator(s): K6OWL W6RK N7MH W6LD AA6XV N6DE
Station: W6YX

Class: M/S HP
Operating Time (hrs): 37

 Band  QSOs  Pts   State/Prov  DX   Zones
   80:  136   185       41      13    12
   40:  482   977       49      61    30
   20:  741  1474       54      82    32
   15:  182   318       37      29    19
   10:    5     9        2       3     3
Total: 1546  2963      183     188    96  Total Score = 1,383,721

Club: Northern California Contest Club


We missed the first 2.5 hours of the contest.  40m was productive to Europe on
Friday evening.  N7MH helped for a few hours on Friday night before his flight
to Europe on Saturday.  I decided to stay up all night to keep the station

W6RK arrived at 1430Z, and I went home to sleep.  Europe was already really
strong at that time on 20m.  Risto had a great time running Europe on 20m
Saturday morning!  I came back to the shack at 20Z when Risto had to leave, and
found that Europe was STILL audible on 20m!  At 2119Z, OH6R answered my CQ on
15m when I had the beam pointed at 70 degrees.  Then later in the day, the
contest wasn't as much fun.  40m was much worse Saturday night than Friday
night.  I didn't work (or even hear) one European on 40m Saturday.  Stateside
was weaker than normal, with flutter on the signals of a couple northern U.S.
stations!  I stuck it out until 07Z and decided there was no way I was going to
stay up all night during these conditions, especially considering I had already
worked out most of the JAs on 40m the previous night.  The station was off the
air from 7Z until 1530Z when K6OWL arrived.

K6OWL operated alone at the shack until 21Z when AA6XV arrived and did some
spotting.  W6LD operated the last hour of the contest before climbing up the
towers.  Sunday afternoon was mostly a steady diet of 20m stateside, with some
Asia and 15m QSOs mixed in.  The volume of JAs was low on Sunday as expected,
and the rate was much better on 20m despite 15m being generally open most of
the day.  We constantly looked for HC8N on 10m, and repeatedly tuned to the 10m
frequencies whenever they were spotted on the cluster, but had no luck.  

I was surprised at the amount of VK activity in this contest!  We had 21 VK
QSOs overall.  VE7 and VE5 were also well represented.  We made 34 VE7 QSOs and
9 VE5 QSOs.   

Thanks to everyone for all the QSOs.

-Dean - N6DE

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