CQWW SSB VP2MDG M/S HP
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Mon Oct 29 21:46:23 EST 2007
CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB
Operator(s): K2DM, K3ZM, W4GKA
Class: M/S HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 164 10 21
80: 358 18 48
40: 511 21 78
20: 1199 25 96
15: 1929 22 95
10: 761 17 50
Total: 4922 113 388 Total Score = 5,942,000
RUN Station: TS-570SG, Clipperton-L, CL-33 yagi, low dipoles for 40/80/160.
MULT Station: TS-570DG, 6-BTV.
The Clipperton-L melted down 3 hours into the contest. We fought through it
for 9 hours until Frankie (VP2MNI) saved us with an AL-572. W4GKA bore the
brunt of the low-power operating and did an amazing job.
The vertical worked surprisingly well, but you just can't break pileups with
100W to a vertical. We ran out 13 radials of 55 feet each underneath the
vertical when we installed it. Within 15 minutes, a herd of goats had tangled
them all. Luckily, the goats left them alone after we straightened the radials
We had some exciting runs to the states on 15M, and Europe was very productive
on both 15M and 20M. When the Mult station heard other Carib stations working
the states on 10M Saturday, we moved the Run station to 10M and had an
excellent European run followed by a screaming run to the states. Happily, I
(K2DM) got to be the op for most of this excitement.
K3ZM worked much of the Saturday night shift, trying to catch up from the
low-power performance on Friday night. I took over before sunrise on Sunday,
and I hope I wasn't hallucinating when I worked a KH7 and an EA4 on 160M.
While 10M wasn't as productive on Sunday, 20M and 15M were still hot, including
a 265 hour to the states on 15M by K3ZM. If you didn't work Montserrat this
weekend, you didn't try!
As always, it is so cool to have runs spiced up by old friends and club mates
calling. Thanks to all!
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