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                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY - 2020

Call: KE2D
Operator(s): KE2D
Station: KE2D

Class: SO(A)AB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 30.5

 Band  QSOs  State/Prov  DX   Zones
   80:  307       49      45    13
   40:  432       50      58    18
   20:  271       36      64    19
   15:   39        6      19    12
   10:    6        1       3     3
Total: 1055      142     189    65  Total Score = 833,580

Club: Frankford Radio Club


This is the first time I ran a RTTY contest as HP.  I don’t have good antennas
for the higher bands.  Even though there are more 3 pt. QSOs to be had on 20m
than anywhere else, I knew I would not be able to make it produce what it’s
capable of.  I also knew that 15m and 10m would really only be good for
producing a handful of multipliers and some 3 pt. QSOs.  I decided that I would
try and use 80m to make up some of my anticipated deficit from 20m.  On Friday
afternoon, I put an inverted V up for 80m with the apex at 60 ft which is twice
as high as my present fan dipole.  I think this paid off.  I managed to produce
307 QSOs from 80m.

When the A index was 20 on Friday night, I thought; “well it can’t stay
there all weekend”.  I was right.  By Saturday evening it had climbed as high
as 26!  This made the return to the 20-24 range on Sunday seem like an
improvement.  The noise levels on the lower bands were wicked awful.

I had to work for a few hours on Sunday which I’m certain cost me a healthy
number of QSOs on 20m.

My previous best effort in 2016 with LP was about half this score.
Thanks to everyone for the QSOs and their patience.

Bob - KE2D

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