ANARTS VA7ST SOST HP
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Mon Jun 16 10:25:28 EDT 2008
ANARTS WW RTTY Contest
Class: SOST HP
Operating Time (hrs): 13.2
Band QSOs Pts Mults
80: 13 68 7
40: 64 783 22
20: 222 3385 52
15: 9 72 4
Total: 308 4308 85 Continents = 5 Total Score = 1,830,900
* FT-2000 + SB221
* N1MM Logger + MMTTY
* 3 element tribander at 45'
* 40M twin half-squares (switchable NW-SE)
* 80M twin vertical array (raised)
Well, they sure don't make contest weekends like they used to. SFI=67 A=16 K=4
-- the numbers were terrible, but the real-life conditions were the worst yet
for the bottom of the cycle (and we've seen some doozies in the bad propagation
dept.) At one point on Sunday afternoon I called CQ to north Africa for two
hours and worked about 5 stations, all Ws.
Friday night was relatively great to all points, but Saturday was worse and
Sunday totally wiped out by geomagnetic conditions -- Au was 7, A in the
mid-teens and rising K index, so the polar path was gone as of Saturday
afternoon and even stateside QSOs were nigh on impossible for the last half of
the contest. Only put in 13.2 hours but it felt like 30. Took many breaks
hoping to find signals better when I returned (they never were).
10M -- never heard a signal there.
15M -- worked 9 stations, though the band was open to W4 and W6 from here. No
activity, or everyone south of me was aiming at South America and not looking
for the Pacific Northwest mults.
20M -- very good to EU on Friday evening and I had a great time finding bunches
of 24-pointers. Later, starting 0630z conditions were good to JA for just over
At 0548Z on Friday evening (10:48 p.m. Pacific) I heard 7X0RY working stations,
and tried to get his attention for about half an hour, but the path was just too
weak. In hindsight, I should have stayed right there until I worked him as I
only heard him one other time -- water-weak at 2000z Saturday (around noon
here) -- and not again all weekend.
Thinking I'd get lucky and draw out CN8KD or 7X0RY, I spent several hours in
total Saturday afternoon, evening and Sunday pointed at 50 degrees calling CQ,
but it was just dead air no matter where I pointed. I did manage to work 4 VKs
around 0630z on 20M Friday night, which was satisfying.
40M -- the newly twinned half-square array worked nicely into NA, Asia and
Oceania. Qs were down from last year due to less time spent on the air, but
mults were about the same. No EU heard on the dual vertical array pointed over
the pole. Worked 2 VKs and 2 ZLs. JA/UA0 opened strongly around 1220z for half
80M -- 13 Qs for 6 mults was much better than last year (6 Qs for 2 mults). The
band provided easy Qs across NA but no one seemed to be there. Still haven't had
conditions or activity to really feel out the new 2-element vertical array.
This is the first time since 2004 that I didn't get all 6 continents.
Year-over-year claimed scores:
Year Cat. Qs Mult Cont Score Hrs Call
June-08 SOABHP 308 85 5 1,830,900 13 VA7ST
June-07 SOABHP 389 98 6 3,083,684 19 VA7ST
June-06 SOABLP 175 61 6 764,408 18 VA7ST
June-05 SOSTLP 289 84 6 1,775,384 14 VA7ST
June-04 SOABLP 158 64 5 687,120 12 VA7ST
June-03 SOABLP 120 67 5 567,530 16 VE7ASK
June-02 SOABLP 60 42 5 226,340 19 VE7ASK
Worked a non-contest Q with KE7OPK who was using a VIC-20 computer. Didn't get
an exchange, but had a flashback, hi. My first RTTY QSO as a teenager in 1983
was on a C-64 using a homebrew rat's nest terminal unit and hand-assembled
machine language software peeked and poked into RAM. I think the entire program
was under 2KB in size... could have fit into CW keyer memory in today's rig.
73 and thanks for the contacts!
-- Bud, VA7ST
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