RTTY WPX AJ1I(W1UE) SOAB HP
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Mon Feb 11 12:20:57 EST 2008
CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest
Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 30
Band QSOs Pts
80: 358 1226
40: 509 1968
20: 977 2384
15: 226 524
10: 0 0
Total: 2070 6102 Prefixes = 725 Total Score = 4,423,950
Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club
Despite the hardware challenges, a great time!
The week before, the ice finally took out the 40M beam at 180ft. For the
contest, I had a 40M beam at 70ft fixed on Europe, or a 4-square. On each
band, at least one antenna wouldn't rotate due to the severe icing condition.
For several hours on Sunday, I couldn't rx using the top antennas in the stack
due to S9+ snow static. Despite these limitations, the K1TTT station sure
Got off to slow start. While being another S-unit or two into Europe on 40M
might have helped, I just couldn't seem to get a run going on either 40 or 80M.
At the end of the first 7 hours, I was 250 QSOs behind K3MM, but it wasn't for
want of trying. I took my first off time at 0700Z, as the rate started to ebb
on the low bands and I needed to have a little sleep for the morning runs.
Started up at 1130Z, and 20M wasn't quite open, but I ran both 20 & 40M until I
switched up to 15M at 1300Z. Europe was workable on 15M, although there was
little rate, but it was fine for the second radio. I stayed on those bands
until my second off time from 1900-2100Z. When I got back, I switched to 20 &
40M again, and got a reasonable JA opening on 20M. Those 40 JAs were the only
JAs worked the entire weekend. At 0100Z, I switched to 40/80, and stayed there
until my third off time 0100-0400Z. I was back on from 0400-0530Z, working
40/80, then more off time until 1200Z when I again started up on 20/40M. 20M
was terrible Sunday morning; the European signals, even the Gs and Is, were
very watery. I knew the K was up to 4, then 5, but after I switched to 20/15
at 1500Z there was no other place to go. 15M was also open to Europe, but the
signals to run well just weren't there. I then took my last off time at
1815-1945Z, then ran 20/40 to 2300 and 40/80 to the contest end.
Sat QSOs: 1700Z, 104 QSOs
Sat QSO Pts: 2200Z, 326 QSO Pts
Sun QSOs: 1600Z, 76 QSOs
Sun QSO Pts: 2200Z, 203 QSO Pts
I was pleased to beat last year's score, crack 700 mults, and crack 2000 QSOs.
Great scores by at least P49X, K3MM, UA9CLB, K4GMH, and probably a few others.
Its nice to be in such company.
A special thanks to Dave K1TTT for the use of his great station. And, as
always, thanks for the Qs.
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