[3830] ARRLDX CW PJ4O M/2 HP

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Wed Feb 20 14:21:01 EST 2008

                    ARRL DX Contest, CW

Call: PJ4O
Operator(s): W9RE, N5OT, W4OC, N4GG
Station: PJ4O

Class: M/2 HP
QTH: Bonaire - PJ4
Operating Time (hrs): 48

 Band  QSOs  Mults
  160:  579    57
   80: 1122    59
   40: 1860    59
   20: 2090    59
   15: 1977    59
   10:   39    13
Total: 7667   306  Total Score = 7,038,306



First, sorry for the late post.  We are strong believers in annoucing our plans
early and results fast - this (Wednesday) is our first shot at an internet
connection.  We spent several set-up days attempting internet service,
essentially to no avail - so on to the contest; one more year without spots
except for a few hours.
   15M opened slow the first day and increadably slow the second.  Last year 10
sounded like a VHF band, this year 15 did for several hours and 10 sounded like
a UHF band.  15M did eventually spring to life the second day but it was
'spotlight' propagation at times.  10M was just one more year of constant
vigilance paying off.  It's hard to think 39 X 13 is a good 10M score.  
   We may have shaded the operating time a little too hard to 40 at the expense
of 160 - but missing 2 mults on 160 (VE4 and ND) was an acceptable result
considering the rate advantage on 40.  This is one of the toughest strategy
calls from the DX side.
   Bonaire is a delightful place and the antennas listed below are on a hill
overlooking salt water.
   Gear:  2 X 746PRO and AL-1200s for run.  IC756pro + MLA-2500 for mult
listening.  C31XR and 2 EL 40 at approx 85 feet, C3 at 65 feet, A3 at 50 feet. 
Dipole for 80 TX, inverted-L for 160 TX.  everage for 80 and 160 receive that
got some additional use on the high bands at times.  Writelog.  W9XT keyers.

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