[SCCC] XE2MX (N6KI Op) NAQP CW Aug 2003
n6ki_73 at earthlink.net
Mon Aug 4 17:23:30 EDT 2003
Call used: XE2MX Team Location: MX
SCC Team #2
Category: Single Op All Band Mode: CW Power: 100W
Callsign of Operator: N6KI
Exchanged Information: XE2MX LOCO MX
Hours of Operation: 09:59
Ay! Chihuahua Caramba !
Came down a few days ahead of contest to check out station and
get the 80/160 mtr Receiving loop operating. In the past few
contests I kept losing the transistor in the loop preamp
due to an antenna relay switching spike. Since the TS-850 doesn't have a separate Rx ant port ( Thanks again Kenwood!)
Modified the 850 and used the useless DSP jacks as Ant Rx ports and installed another 20 dB preamp in line with the 6 ft dia.
loop. It worked fine and maneged a few contacts on 160 which was extremely noisy. Helped me on 80 too.
I arrived at XE2MX, Pepe's qth on Sat morning around 10:15 AM and there a couple of guys that are ARC welding a metal frame
in the driveway!!!! Now, Pepe's AC power is pretty shakey to begin with so now I am having visions of Power spikes and dips and MAX QRN !
Pepe's off at his son's rancho and Hilda (XYL) tels me the welders will be done in 1 hour.....I go ahead and start at 1800Z
hoping the welders will be done soon but...of course...a Mexican hour is waaaaaaayyyy longer than a U.S hour. The AC line voltge is wavering like a seismagraph at CalTech with every jolt fromthe welders, 10 is puny and the QRN from the welders makes 15 totally unusable so I hang out on 20 til the welders finally quit at 2000Z but now I have an AC hum that comes and goes at random in my headset all thru teh contest as I think the welders overloaded Pepe's wiring and
left me with a new problem to resolve in the future.
Pobre Mexico !
band QSOs points mults
160 15 15 4
80 66 66 17
40 125 125 35
20 144 144 43
15 66 66 27
10 39 39 9
TOTAL 455 455 135 SCORE: 61,425
Was Hoping for 500 Qs considering Condx but didn't quite make it.
This year I took off the dog hours of afternoon and that was
s good decision as the evening hours were much better.
73, Dennis N6KI
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