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Mon Mar 31 18:19:24 EDT 2008

                    CQWW WPX Contest, SSB

Call: N6WG
Operator(s): N6WG
Station: N6WG

QTH: Newark CA
Operating Time (hrs): 30

 Band  QSOs
  160:    2
   80:   39
   40:   40
   20:  100
   15:   23
   10:    5
Total:  209  Prefixes = 132  Total Score = 44,088

Club: Northern California Contest Club


This outing was a real challenge.  I had hoped from some help
from the few sunspots that have shown up, but it was not to be.
The whole weekend was a struggle for QSOs that in the past I
have made easily.  Just brings home how much we depend on good
propagation conditions for any kind of useful score.

In spite of poor conditions, at least for me, I added one new
country to my bag, CN2R in Morocco.  On the other hand, the
expected opening to JA never occurred, so I wound up with only
two JA calls in my log.

Friday night was my most productive period, as I managed at least
10 QSOs every hour for the first 7 hours.  Then I went QRT for
some sleep.  Got up early Saturday morning and proved to myself
that the early hours are not productive, so slept in Sunday

After working up my score, I was happy to find I doubled my score
from last year almost exactly, 44088 vs 22442 points.  I only
managed 30 hours in the chair, because I had to take some unplanned
breaks along the way.

Besides the poor propagation conditions, my other complaint was the
number of stations with seriously over-processed audio.  Some were
so badly distorted that I didn't waste time trying to understand
them but just moved on to seek other QSOs.

I'm just glad this one is over.  Now we can get back to cw
contesting :-)

My thanks to all those patient souls who stuck with me through
many repeats until we completed our QSOs successfully.

73, Bob N6WG
The Little Station with Attitude

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