[3830] NA Sprint CW K3KU LP

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                    NA Sprint CW Contest - February

Call: K3KU
Operator(s): K3KU
Station: K3KU

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 4:00

 Band  QSOs  Op Time
   80:   81      95
   40:   74      90
   20:   34      50
Total:  189    Mults = 41  Total Score = 7,749

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club



As late as Friday morning I was thinking to skip the Sprint.  Not that I
wouldn't do well -- with one 100W radio and a 200-ft dipole I'm content just to
have fun).  I felt that I would not have fun.  Nonetheless, I set things up
Friday afternoon, and rushed home Saturday night fast enough to be QRV 10
minutes before the start.  I even managed to work one QSO in the BCQP before
Sprint began.

After it was over, I looked at my posting from last year:

"Lost almost every jump ball...; CQ in my face; sparse answers to my own
CQs...  This is not a contest for little pistols.  At 0400Z I was glad to shut
down, and I was thinking I had not had fun.

"Now, I'm already having second thoughts."

Had I read that BEFORE the 'Test, I probably would not have tried.  Same ole
thing.  Fewer operating mistakes and fumbles than last year, but score is still

I still feel like this is the
Contest.  Not much for us little pistols to do.  I'm curious about how many
different call signs are in those almost-400 QSO logs, and about the
distribution of the upper echelon's QSOs among themselves and the rest of us. 
Notice that in CQ !60M CW test just one week before, I made 274 QSOs in 43
States/Provinces plus 5 Countries (all in the Americas) in 4 hours op time. 
That was certainly more fun.

But I'll probably be here again next year.

73, Art K3KU

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