[CCF] WPX SSB OH4A(OH6KZP) SOSB20 HP
kim.ostman at abo.fi
Mon Mar 28 02:58:13 PDT 2011
Vauhdikasta menoa aina välillä, mutta yhdellä
bandilla ei riitä loputtomasti workittavaa.
K1LZ tuli bandin auetessa jenkkeihin sunnuntaina
59+40dB, taisi siihen aikaan matti meikäläiset
rapakon takana olla vielä enimmäkseen unessa.
CQWW WPX Contest, SSB
Class: SOSB20 HP
Operating Time (hrs): 36
Total: 2879 Prefixes = 1104 Total Score = 7,057,872
Club: Contest Club Finland
A few single bands from the OH4A station this time, with OH6LI doing efforts
on 160m and 15m.
I picked 20m, although I entered the competition a bit handicapped: The EU
antenna was known to be non-usable because of being buried in the snow, and
on Friday evening it turned out that the second 20m stack could not be used
either. So I hoped that my frequencies would remain somewhat clean and made
do with beaming in one direction at a time. Beaming east and west
simultaneously would have given a clear further boost to the score.
Fortunately the conditions on 20m compensated by being wonderful, probably
the best I've experienced since becoming a ham in 1994 (not active during
the previous solar maximum). They were in fact so good that at one point I
suffered big-time QRM from a nearby KL7, something I thought would never
happen! :) Then again, I'm sure I produced unintended QRM for many others
with my presence, that's how it goes in these "splatterfests."
Eastward propagation was quite normal, but the US direction was fabulous; I
think that my DX percentage ended up a bit over 60. Started the contest with
a four-hour break, then broke for a few hours from Sat evening to Sun
morning UTC (with one hour of operating in the middle), and left a final
one-hour break to the end of the contest. I think the choices were quite
successful, and the band began closing in time for the final break just
before 23 UTC.
Thanks to OH6LI for another radio weekend at their family's summer cottage.
And many thanks to all who were on the air, it was great to work you. We'll
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