[3830] IARU N1LN M/S HP

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Sun Jul 11 06:22:40 PDT 2010

                    IARU HF World Championship

Call: N1LN
Operator(s): W4KAZ, W0UCE, N1LN
Station: N1LN

Class: M/S HP
Operating Time (hrs): 24

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Zones  HQ Mults
  160:     5     0      1        1
   80:   105     5     11        8
   40:   405    87     30       31
   20:   368   604     38       36
   15:   260    91     19       25
   10:    20     0      2        6
Total:  1163   787    101      107  Total Score = 1,117,792

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club


Another fun time was had by all.   I would like to thank Kaz (W4KAZ) and Jack
(W0UCE) for making this another great contest weekend.  Oh yes - Chef Archie
also prepared another excellent dinner for Saturday evening.

Before the contest I was expecting to have thunder and lightening storms coming
through here all day and into the evening.  Much to my surprise (and delight)
that was not to happen. We never had to shut down once. However, we did need to
deal with the high QRN on the low bands, making both 80 and 160 almost useless
as can be seen from our Q totals.

There were a couple of equipment issues that, fortunately did not get in our
way.  One of my K3s decided to stop listening to SSB.  RX on CW was fine - SSB
GONE! After a few minutes of analysis, I found out that if the WIDTH was
increased beyond 3.0KC, SSB came back.   So, I figured I would try a CPU reset.
 FIXED! After the reset I loaded my configuration settings from a stored file
and we were back with both K3s. Then the RF gain knob on the other K3 decided
to break.  I have read about others having this occasional problem on the
reflector, but never had any local issues until early this morning.   I simply
took it off and on we went.  A new knob will be ordered on Monday.   The last
issue was with my 20 meter stack.   The SWR on the bottom 2 beams increased
enough to give the amp tuning an issue when switching antennas.  Not sure about
the fix there - perhaps the stackmatch.  That will require some tower time.  
NOT TODAY - I am tired.

Moving on to conditions - all in all - pretty good.  Twenty was the money band
for Qs, but 40 won in overall points / Q. It was also nice to have 20 stay open
late on Saturday night and open early on Sunday morning.  We were back working
Europe by 0605 UTC.  That gave us the opportunity to switch between 80, 40 and
20 for the rest of the contest to work on the mult count.

I assume we missed the 10 meter openings if there were any. Our mult count was
for sure impacted as we only had 10 CW Qs with 8 mults and ZERO SSB Qs. 

Well, that's about all for now - time to catch a nap.  Thanks to everyone for
the Qs and repeats.  We are looking forward to seeing some big scores being

73 for now,
Bruce - N1LN

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