[SCCC] N6AA - February 2012 CW Sprint

Richard J Norton richardjnorton at dslextreme.com
Sun Feb 5 04:59:10 PST 2012

 NA Sprint CW Contest - February 2012

Call: N6AA
Operator(s): N6AA
Station: N6AA

Class: Single Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 4

 Band  QSOs  Op Time
  80:   91
  40:  101
  20:  103
Total:  296    Mults = 43  Total Score = 12,728

Club: Southern California Contest Club

Team: SCCC #1


S9+ power line noise from north through east resulted in my antennas being aimed
south-south-east where the noise was only S5 or S6. At least I was apparently
loud at 9V1YC's. Southern California Edison actively refuses to fix noise which
is now far worse than it has ever been in the 40 years I've lived here.

Had the K3's noise reduction, "NR," on the entire time, which allowed some
semblance of copy. Still, could often hear traces of stations not copy-able,
and also had to abort a few QSOs before finishing them. Of course, transmitting
with the side of your antenna aimed at the station you are calling also
exacerbates the getting-sand-kicked-in-your-face by the competition when you
are both calling.

Worked all the multipliers I heard, err I mean "identified," but never heard
Michigan or NP4Z or any Canadians except VE3, 7, and 9.

The noise was so unpleasant that I question my sanity remaining on the air for
43 hours. Aarggh!

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