[SCCC] ARRL DX CW VP9/W6PH SOABLP
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Wed Feb 22 07:12:10 PST 2012
2012 ARRL DX Contest, CW
Class: SOAB LP
Operating Time (hrs): 40.5
Band QSOs Mults
160: 342 50
80: 398 51
40: 1202 59
20: 1260 59
15: 824 55
10: 366 39
Total: 4384 313 Total Score = 4,116,576
IC-7000 CT-WIN Ver 9
160m Inverted L (40 ft vertical)
80m Dipole at 25 feet
40m Dipole at 20 feet
20-10m A4S at 25 feet
The VP9GE QTH is on a rise about 30 feet above sea level and about 1000
from the sea. So those antenna heights may be misleading.
I tried starting on 80m but found that I was not getting many calls and
had 50 watts going to the antennas due to foldback from an elevated SWR.
Z-100 antenna tuner was not flattening the SWR as it had done in the past.
That lower power on 80m affected me psychologically and I harbored
doing a SB 40 as 40m was really perking. When I hit 160m the computer
went into fits from RFI which I traced to my outboard keyboard. After I
disconnected it, 160m worked good by using the keys on the laptop which
an inconvenient position. When things slowed down on 160 and 40, I went
80 and found that it was working well despite the lower power. I received
comments that I was scarce on 80 and this is the reason why. It was my
band in QSO/hr production.
40m and 20m were great contact producers. The 40m dipole is optimally
with most of the US broadside to it. I spent a lot of time on 40m because
was a bottomless pit of callers until the sun had been up for an hour.
I only had about 40 contacts on 10 meters on Saturday, mostly Texas with a
in states around Texas and a couple California stations. But Sunday was
story. Late morning I tuned across the band quickly to get a feel for its
and it seemed to have potential. I called CQ and immediately had callers
over the west. After about an hour of callers at S9+, I heard some weak
and the band was open to the northeast and I started putting 1s, 2s, and 3s
log but no 4s. The signals were just above ESP but readable for a couple
hours. I did finally get a handful of the big W4 stations in the log but
bunch of W4 multipliers. Lots of SCCC stations got in the log on Sunday.
Big signals that I remember were K6NA, AA6PW, W6TK, W6YA, N6WIN, and
N6QQ. There are others that I don't remember right now. I was surprised
W6YI wasn't one of them. I suspect that Dan called me with his antennas
in a different direction. On 160m, very good signals from N6VR, W6OAR,
and W4EF. Mike told me his high desert antenna is a 56 foot top loaded
with 5000 feet of radials. It works.
I have never had such big pileups to deal with. Many were the result of
the point and
click crowd. The result was a continuous tone of varying amplitude. The
transmitted slightly off frequency were easy to pick out but inevitably it
was a continuous
dash until someone gave their call or a bit of their call in the clear
after everyone else
stopped transmitting. I apologize to those who said CALL?. I tried to
sign my call
at least once a minute or more frequently but I may have gone longer.
I had very few duplicate callers.
This was my 12th consecutive year at VP9 for the ARRL DX Contests and it
best score so far. Ed Kelly, VP9GE, is the greatest host someone could
and has turned into a great friend. They do not make them any better. I
turned 70 yrs old so I have a few more years left. It is a real rush to
so many friends that I have made over the years. Thanks to all of you.
a great contest.
I will be partnered with N6WIN for ARRL Phone. Tim is a terrific operator
we have worked together at our K6Z CQP operation.
73, Kurt, W6PH
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