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Sun Jul 12 10:09:45 PDT 2009

                    IARU HF World Championship

Call: KA3DRR
Operator(s): KA3DRR
Station: KA3DRR

Class: SO CW LP
Operating Time (hrs): 16

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Zones  HQ Mults
  160:    0     0       0       0
   80:    6     0       1       0
   40:   51     0       6       3
   20:    4     0       3       0
   15:    1     0       1       0
   10:    0     0       0       0
Total:   62     0      11       3  Total Score = 1,904

Club: Northern California Contest Club


40m defined my effort this year while 20m proved a little too much for my
antenna system between two homes. I did not synchronize with 15m and my 1Q
demonstrates a need to learn when this band opens. I checked on the half hours
and called CQ however the Qs did not materialize. Timing is everything in
RadioSport that is, "Knowing when and where to be there."  

My best hours were 12, 13, 1400Z then 8, 9, 10, and 1100Z shared between 40m
and eighty meters. Twenty meters felt like RF combat this year because signals
finally picked up around 0100Z with on-going QSB throughout the event. My
signal requires alot more RF punch to compete against the 20m swarm. 

I shared an almost equal amount of time between CQ in addition to search and
pounce. My antenna system radiates sufficiently on 40m and I took advantage of
its efficiency. However, and for some reason, RFI on this band for the first
time, played havoc with my keyboard and computer. My keyboard was completely
neutralized and I clicked function keys instead of pressing function keys. A
footnote for my on-going to-do list.  

There remains plenty of work at the condo contest station and I learned a lot
from the IARU HF World Championship experience.

Scot, KA3DRR

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