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Sun Jul 11 10:15:39 PDT 2010

                    IARU HF World Championship

Call: AC0DS
Operator(s): AC0DS
Station: AC0DS

Class: SO CW LP
QTH: CO - Longmont
Operating Time (hrs): 17

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Zones  HQ Mults
   80:   67     0       6       3
   40:  229     0      24       9
   20:  214     0      22      16
   15:   24     0       5       4
   10:   13     0       3       2
Total:  547     0      60      34  Total Score = 145,042

Club: Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado


Gave this one a semi-serious effort, operating for 17 hours total.  Single 100W
K3, N1MM, temporary Xmit vertical on fiberglas mast and small K9AY RX antenna. 
Dabbled with SO2V for the first time with my recently acquired subRX for the K3.
 Probably only gained me about 4 Qs – big learning curve!

Things went pretty smoothly overall except for a 1 hour thunderstorm Saturday
afternoon that almost flattened my lashed-together vertical and one major
strategic error on my part.  To minimize the number of antennas, I chose to
physically replace my 20 thru 10 vertical with a 40 and 80 version when I
switched to the low bands.  I did so way too early – about 6 PM local.  Had I
known 20 would stay productive so long I would have rethought this.  In
retrospect, I should have had a 20 meter antenna up for this eventuality. 
Instead I suffered through 3 hours of QRN and slow rates on 40 until things
quieted down some.

Somehow, I managed to not even hear any of the WRTC teams, let alone work one. 
Strange, since I worked several other European Russian stations during the day

So a good overall learning experience for me.  Worked GMCCers AD1C, K0FX and
KO7X and heard W0ETT.

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