[3830] NA Sprint SSB VE6CNU LP

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Sat Feb 9 20:17:49 PST 2008

                    NA Sprint SSB Contest

Call: VE6CNU
Operator(s): VE6CNU
Station: VE6CNU

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Calgary
Operating Time (hrs): 4

 Band  QSOs  Op Time
   80:  12      2.5
   40:  31      1.0
   20:  19      0.5
Total:  62     Mults = 25  Total Score = 1,550




I'm starting to think of myself as a masochist.  First, I did this contest while
recovering from laryngitis, so that didn't help.  Then I notice that the band
conditions are even worse than last week's CW sprint.  At least 20m stayed open
an hour last week, but I only got half an hour this time.  So it was on to 40m
which had constant S7 noise. It died after about half an hour but 75m was so
dead that I was forced to stay on 40m for another half hour or so, until it was
completely dead.  When I finally got on 75m the noise level was 20db/S9, which
it has been pretty much for the past 6 months.  I kept hearing only 2 stations
on the band, VE6EX, also in Calgary and K7LR, in Washington state.  Having only
100W certainly didn't help matters either.  I made a total of 5 QSOs in the last
hour.  Also, I forgot to reset my radio in N1MM at the beginning of the contest,
so my first 15 QSOs on 20m were all marked with the same frequency.  I hope this
doesn't count against me, as the exchanges were all correct.  The rules doesn't
say anything about the frequencies needing to be correct.  Hopefully the other
logs will confirm my following the sprint rules of QSYing.  

The whole contest I couldn't nelp thinking that I wouldn't make it to the end. 
And the end didn't come fast enough.  And one minute before the end I heard my
first VE7, but of course, he QSY'd and I lost him.  Maybe I should go back to
playing Bluegrass Banjo.  



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