CQWW SSB G3TXF SOSB/20 HP
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Sun Oct 28 17:49:33 EST 2007
CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB
Class: SOSB/20 HP
Operating Time (hrs): 28
Band QSOs Zones Countries
20: 2060 34 126
Total: 2060 34 126 Total Score = 621,120
Club: CDXC Chiltern UK
Friday : Erected a 3-el 20m yagi on a crank-up at 80ft at Devon QTH.
Started off at 02z on the Saturday. Surprised to hear some short-skip to Europe
at this time as well as the usual assortment of weak South Americans. Stayed
working on 20m throughout much of Saturday up to 23z, by which time 20m was all
but washed out. But also took a few lengthy rest breaks during the day,
particularly when the wall-to-wall noise on 20m (with all those splattery
signals -- mine probably included!) became just too much to bear in the
Presumably the new world of DVK (of which I am now an avid devotee!) and the
associated sound-cards are as much to blame for the splattery QRM as the more
traditional flat-topping of severely over-driven linears?
After about four hours sleep, Sunday started at 05z, by which time 20m was
already quite lively. Stuck at it through to about 22z, but again with several
breaks during the day in order to give my head an occasional rest!
Propagation was patchy. JAs were all but unworkable on the Saturday, whereas a
dozen or so appeared in the log on Sunday. It was quite the opposite with the
West Coast. A good handful of W6/W7 were worked on the Saturday, admittedly
with mostly quite weak and fluttery signals but hardly any W6/W7 were worked on
the Sunday. Luckily just one KL7 and one KH6 made it into the log to save the
day for Zones 01 and 31.
Missing Zones were 19 (none of several UA0's worked was sufficently far East),
23 (JU1F hrd but not wrked), 29 (never hrd a VK6), 36, 37 and 39 (looked for
VQ9X, but never found).
Station : FT-1k MP MkV, Acom 2000 amp, 3el-yagi at 80ft, Win-Test (magic!). A
microHAM was used for the DVK. Ian G3WVG saved the day. Without Ian's help I
would have never been able to set up the DVK etc. But once set, it worked
73 - Nigel G3TXF
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