[SCCC] NA Sprint CW W4EF HP
W4EF at dellroy.com
Thu Sep 15 07:15:59 PDT 2011
NA Sprint CW Contest - September
Class: Single Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 3:32
Band QSOs Op Time
80: 13 00:14
40: 97 01:35
20: 117 01:43
Total: 227 Mults = 40 Total Score = 9,080
Club: Southern California Contest Club
Team: SCCC #1
Rig: Omni 6+ & Drake L-7
Antennas: 20M Spiderbeam @45'
40M Inverted-V @40'
1/4 Wave Vertical
80M Inverted-V @40'
1/4 Wave Vertical
Not one of my better efforts. Bad weather didn't help matters. I drove
through rain on the way from LA to the high desert. It wasn't raining
when I got to the Antelope Valley, but that didn't last for long.
Thunderstorm static on 20 meters wasn't too bad at the start, but I
started getting severe rain static on the Spiderbeam maybe 15 or 20
minutes into the contest. It wasn't present on the inverted-v, so I
ended up transmitting on the Spiderbeam and listening on the inverted-v
by manually switching with a B&W rotary coax switch. This worked okay,
but threw off my rhythm a bit.
Thunderstorm static on 40 meters was really bad and by then then
lightning was getting too close for comfort. A sensible person would
have pulled the plug at that point, but I somehow convinced myself that
I didn't feel like being sensible so I pressed on. By that time I was
starting to really feel bad physically. Between the physical discomfort
and the static crashes I was asking for an embarassing number of
repeats. When I hit 80 it was more of the same only worse. After I had
to ask N0AX to repeat his number 3 or 4 times, I decided that nobody was
being served by my continued participation, least of all me, so I shut
off the rig and went straight to bed with about 30 minutes left to go.
The good news is that the Spiderbeam (rain static nonwithstanding)
seemed to be a big improvement over the 20M inverted-V. Hopefully things
will go better in February. See you all then.
73, Mike W4EF...........
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