[3830] NAQP CW W4EF Single Op LP

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Sun Aug 8 23:21:06 PDT 2010

                    North American QSO Party, CW - August

Call: W4EF
Operator(s): W4EF
Station: W4EF

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 1:55

 Band  QSOs  Mults
  160:   7      2
   80:  63     18
Total:  70     20  Total Score = 1,400




Rig: FT1000MP MKV
Ant: 160M Inverted-L

I listened a little on 20 meters early in the contest while catching up on
paperwork. The band sounded really good. Not a peep on 15, however. In fact, 20
sounded so good, I thought about driving to my remote QTH for the last half of
the contest, but I had too many competing priorities, so I decided to play
around on 80 and 160 from my home station during the last 2 hours. 

Static levels on 80 meters were high, but I still could hear a lot of stations
who couldn't hear me. In contrast a number of those stations who couldn't hear
me seemed to be hearing other 6's which adds to my suspicion that my 160 meter
inverted-L is suffering the ill effects of my limited space ground radial
system as well as all the close-in clutter (the two-story house and the 60'
pine tree both just a few feet from the vertical radiator).

Despite my PW signal it was great fun handing out a few QSOs in the last hours
of the contest.

73, Mike W4EF/6

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