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Sun Jul 12 19:50:19 PDT 2009

                    IARU HF World Championship

Call: KZ5D
Operator(s): KZ5D
Station: KZ5D

Class: SO CW HP
Operating Time (hrs): 19:30

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Zones  HQ Mults
  160:    18            4       2
   80:   128           10       7
   40:   527           22      40
   20:   512           24      29
   15:   193           12       8
   10:    58            4       1
Total:  1436    0      76      87  Total Score = 717,526



Surprisingly good conditions IF you don't mind digging for the weak ones. And
digging I did, asking for repeats often to copy around all the static from
nearby thunderstorms. I kept hearing the thunder and kept thinking I had better
shut down, so finally at 0048Z Saturday I did. After 45 minutes, the lightning
moved out of the area and then I was ready to jump back in. But, for the first
time in a major contest, I had computer problems. The keyboard would not work
with 'MM. Nor could I get any F key to transmit a message. After about 15
miniutes of frustration, I was about to call it a night and give up. Posted an
urgent appeal for help on the N1MM Reflector. Quickly got a response from W1UE
suggesting to reboot. It worked. Amazing how your brain freezes in the heat of
a battle (contest). So finally, at 0217Z I was back in business. Spent most of
the evening on 40/80 while others were knocking off the Russians right and left
on 20. May not have been the best strategy. But after the unexpected 2+
frustrating hours, who could think straight? I felt fatigue taking its toll
around 0900Z, but the JAs starting coming through nicely on 40 so that kept me
going. However, it was too little, too late because I kept dozing off between
Qs. So about 0955Z I gave up and hit the sack. But overall, I was extremely
pleased with the 2 el 40 meter yagi that netted me more Qs on 40 than my usual
money band, 20 meters. Considering my one tower, 2 el 40, 2 el tri-bander, half
slopers on 80 and 160 plus single radio unassisted, I'm well satisfied with the
end result. Now for some physical conditioning so I can keep my eyes open for
24 straight hours. Many thanks to all the gang for a really pleasureable event.
73 de Art.

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