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Tue Oct 30 17:35:05 EST 2007

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB

Call: KB1H
Operator(s): K1EBY, KB1DFB, KB1H, KM1X, N2TTA, NB1U, W1TJL, W1UJ
Station: KB1H

Class: M/M HP
QTH: 05
Operating Time (hrs): 48

 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
  160:  101    12       38
   80:  383    23       87
   40:  282    24       94
   20: 1069    35      133
   15: 1171    27      126
   10:  222    19       56
Total: 3228   140      534  Total Score = 5,910,306

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club


The list of operators looks long enough but the truth is that most were parttime

The only fulltime calls were W1TJL, K1EBY, N2TTA and NB1U with the last two
leaving about three hours before the end of the contest. W1TJL, N2TTA, and NB1U
were the daytime operators and all others took turns during the overnights.

We are in the middle of putting up a new 40 Meter tower and antennas so we were
limited to the 4-Square and a South sloper. This really hurt us when the Pacific
multipliers showed up on Sunday morning. The 4-Square works great but does have
nulls in between the major lobes some of which are important directions.

We did quite a bit better than last year but still lack the runners needed to
really get the score up. Generally we do not like SSB and struggle to keep the
radios manned. Most of the crew rather watch baseball, football, or even NASCAR
than sit in front of a radio during a SSB contest. Oh yea, some of them like to
eat also! W1UJ rushd up to the station for his overnight Saturday when he
looked at the webcam and saw a feast going on that he was missing. Another low
rate hour!

Once again we found that the middle 20 meter antenna (204BA @ 65 feet) was
better to hear the weaker Europeans than any other single antenna of
combination of the stack at midday Sunday.

Needless to say we are looking forward to the CW weekend but will probably drop
to a M/2 entry. The list of operators above drops to about only 3 or 4 with
N2TTA planning on a DXPedition to KV4. Yuri accounted for approximatley 1/3 our
SSB QSOs! W1TJL and NB1U did almost the remaining 2/3. Luckily K1EBY, NB1U, and
KM1X are CW operators and plan on a fulltime effort in CQWW CW.

The Realtime scoring is great but it does discourage some operators when they
see how much better other stations might be doing on certain bands. I (KB1H)
find it to be an incentive and positive tool but have seen it also dampen the
enthusiasm. Operators crying why we don't do better. I usually say the other
guy is a better operator and that quiets the uprising.  Truthfully we have a
few problems but heck, the sunspots will be back someday.

We did get a visit from a few prospective operators and are hoping they will
join us in the future. 

Thanks all for the QSOs and see everyone in four weeks.

73 - Dick, KB1H

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