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                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB

Call: W5GN
Operator(s): W5GN
Station: W5GN

Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: Dallas
Operating Time (hrs): 30

 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
   80:    9     5        9
   40:  123    20       68
   20:  323    37      120
   15:  397    37      120
   10:  739    36      134
Total: 1591   130      435  Total Score = 2,587,135

Club: North Texas Contest Club


Worked ONLY packet spots, averaged 50 Qs per hour, and had two clock hours of
110 and 105 QSOs per hour. Filtered spots to receive ALL spots posted by all
USA Stations. Previous "pure S&P - without packet" averaged 30 Qs per hour 
and rarely went above 50 for the peak hour.

running from KL5RA, and that's fun, but this is more fun.  I no longer had the
hassle of typing callsigns, and frantically backing up to type corrections, and
at the same time log the next guy, and keeping the frequency, and no longer had
to hear the callsign perfectly with no visual clue.
Instead, clicking on a spot populated the call field with NO typing, moved the
radio on frequency, so I could then listen to verify that the callsign
that I'm looking at in the Entry Window is the same callsign being sent, and
then work the station, then moving on to the next spot.

By selecting AZIMUTH SORT and ALL-BAND MULTS-ONLY in WriteLog, I could stay on
top of working multipliers (and also immediately could see exactly what bands
were open to where), and then, after working all possible mults on all bands,
at an azimuth, I would rotate the beams to one of other four preset headings -
135,90,30,330,240, and work those mults.  Then after a complete spin of the
beam, I'd uncheck MULTS-ONLY and go back to each heading and work all spots at
that azimuth (and the MULTs are interleaved with non-MULTS at each azimuth).

But, when you work only spots, each and every new spot is a mini-contest,
especially when there is already a queue of callers, and it's still a 
thrill to have the called station come back after a single call,
with or without a queue.  Especially, late in the contest, I would
come across a spot/pileup for a brand new station, when all of the
Multi-Single stations, who've been waiting for ANY a new spot (a new SPOT, 
not even a new MULT!), would be calling, or I'd hear the station respond
to W3LPL, W3LR, and KC1Xx in succession, and then another dozen or more would
join the fray. I simply scrolled past to another spot and came back during a
final pass before moving the antenna.

There were very few "bad" spots, perhapd less than 50, but some were
probably/possibly intentional, but one certainly raised havoc, on Sunday
afternoon, when a big-gun Running Caribbean staton was misspotted with a
transposed callsign that popped-up as a new MULT on EVERYONE's spots window,
en, causing great pain for the Big Bun, who had to deal with duplicate callers
for at least 30 minutes (since I could periodically stop by to listen, no
longer concerned with keeping my run frequency, i.e., having FUN).

But, without the 10 meter propagation, it might not have been as much fun;
10 let all these stations spread out so there were very few queues of
calling stations there, so no time was wasted between contacts.


Barry, W5GN

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