[3830] ARRL 160 K1WHS Single Op HP

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Sun Dec 8 10:31:09 EST 2013

                    ARRL 160-Meter Contest

Call: K1WHS
Operator(s): K1WHS
Station: K1WHS

Class: Single Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 20

Total:  QSOs = 883  Sections = 73  Countries = 35  Total Score = 235,440

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club


I wanted to try out my new antenna. I converted an old 80 ft Rohn 25 with VHF
and TV antennas on it to a shunt fed vertical. It seemed to worked pretty well.
It beat the heck out of my old inverted v. I made a new beverage to aim west,
but all I hear on it is a power line noise leak at 59+10. It was not useful at
all. I used the vertical for a stateside receiving antenna. I could tell I was
not hearing well at the extreme distances. The EU beverage works like a hose
though. All cw done with my trusty paddle. At times I got pretty spastic.
Contact breakdown: NA=745, AS=1, EU=135, SA=2. I thought the best Europe
signals were at sunrise on Saturday. Sunday was pretty good too. SV3RF was over
S9 on both the beverage and the vertical on Sunday. I thought he was in EPA at
first! The west coast was a struggle. I missed several CA sections. I also
missed Nebraska for some reason. I called K0HA on Sunday morning 2 hours after
my sunrise, but he could not hear me. I never made my sunrise on either
morning. No KL7 or KH6 heard. I hope the power Co can fix my beverage hearing
problem. I cut down a lot of trees to put that darn thing in!!

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