[3830] TBDC K3CCR Multi-Op HP

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                    Stew Perry Topband Challenge - Pre-Stew

Call: K3CCR
Operator(s): N3UM W3GB
Station: K3CCR

Class: Multi-Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 7.9

Total:  QSOs = 264  Total Score = 717

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club


K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care 
retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. N3UM and 
W3GB did Multi-Op HP in the October 2020 Stew Perry, with 6 feet 
and plexiglas between chairs and masks at handover. 

Our goal was to beat our October 2019 claim of 201 Qs and 608 points. 
We did that, with 63 more Qs and 109 more points. 

In the 10/19 Stew N3UM got ~OK run rates 22-01Z, 28 to 50 Qs/hr. 
This year he got better run rates 22-01Z, 58 to 68 Qs/hr; low QRN, 
lots of loud sigs (more ops home?). Our first EU, a UR, called at 
2327Z, then 7 more EUs by 02Z. Run rate slowed to 43 Qs 01-02Z, with Qs 
2 min. apart at the end. At 02Z we had 543 Q pts, 38% from 2-point Qs. 

It was time to tune and work high point-value, always-CQing stations. 
W3GB did that, starting at 02Z. As in 10/19, QSO rates were low after 
02Z. But, W3GB worked 5 more EUs to bring our EU total to 13, one more 
than in 10/19, plus 6 west-coast 7- and 8- point grids. That got him 5.4
points/QSO for our last 4 hrs, more than twice the 22-02Z average of 2.3. 

Of our final QSO point total, 25% came from our 13 EU Qs, and 31% from 
our 112 2-point Qs. We intend to be on for the 12/26 Big Stew.

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