Topband: ARRL 160 Contest

WS6X ws6x at
Mon Dec 5 19:44:15 EST 2005

Thot I'd throw out my one & one-half cents worth. Both evenings of the
contest at 45 minutes on either side of local sunset, the Central Valley of
CA had pipeline condx to the Caribbean. Friday at 3:53 p.m., local, while I
was running, VP2E called me, breaking through several west coast stations
calling at the moment. (That is nearly an hour before my sunset!) During
these windows, KV4FZ was S9 +20 - the loudest I've ever heard him. Also loud
were NP4A and 6Y0A. BTW: I was running SO, LP using an inductively-loaded
half-sloper for both tx and rx. (Haven't gotten my rotating flag together
yet.) The topband gods were smiling!

73, Jim - WS6X 

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