[SCCC] IARU NI6W(W4EF) SO CW HP
W4EF at dellroy.com
Fri Jul 25 14:22:43 EDT 2014
IARU HF World Championship
Class: SO CW HP
Operating Time (hrs): 20.4
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Zones HQ Mults
160: 2 1 1
80: 58 8 3
40: 349 2 21 11
20: 366 30 31
15: 373 25 29
10: 32 13 6
Total: 1180 0 98 81 Total Score = 680,558
Club: Southern California Contest Club
Rig: FT1000MP MKV
Amp: Drake L-7
Antennas: 10/15/20M: Spiderbeam @ 48'
40M: Inverted-V at 37'
40M: 1/4 wave ground mounted vertical w/lots of radials
80M: 56ft ground mounted vertical w/same radial field as 40M
160M: 56ft Top-loaded vertical w/same radial field as 40M/80M
I wore myself out on Friday taking down the AB-577 mast to repair the
broken rotator that turns my Spiderbeam. Then I discovered my FT1000MP
MKV had a high VSWR problem that was folding back the output power. The
fault as it turned out was inside the radio, so it wouldn't be a quick
fix. Fortunately, even with the fault, output power from the rig was
just enough to drive the Alpha 87A to a decent level and on-the-air
reports were good so I figured I could run it as-is. Fifteen minutes
into the contest, however, the Alpha 87A faulted and wouldn't clear
(power cycling didn't help). Frustrated and exhausted, I said eff-it and
went to bed.
I woke up around 1530 UTC somewhat refreshed and decided to give it a go
using my Drank L-7 back-up amplifier. With the low drive from the
FT1000MP MKV, I could only get 350 to 650 watts depending on band.
Fortunately, the higher bands were generally better for power output.
I stayed in the chair from 1551UTC until the end with a few short breaks
along the way. I am glad I got back on the saddle and stuck this one out
in spite of the false start. It turned out to be a lot of lot of fun,
especially 20 meters Saturday night and 40 meters early on Sunday
morning. I wasn't keeping track during the contest, but I still managed
to work 56 of the 59 WRTC stations. I was amazed by how consistent their
Most of the time during this contest, I was frustrated by the feeling
that I needed to be in at least two places at once. I really need to get
some sort of SO2R system setup, so I can search for multipliers while
running. First, however, I have a broken rig and amplifier that need
73, Mike W4EF................
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