Topband: Speculating via Stew posted scores

Stan Stockton wa5rtg at
Mon Dec 29 22:15:40 EST 2014

Sorry, I had a huge line noise problem, about 15 over 9 with SSB filter and maybe about S7 with it narrowed down.  I operated QRP in an effort to not attract as many who I would not be able to copy.  For most of the contest, I had the RF gain backed off to mask it.  I could copy most of the ones I could hear with that setup, and the majority I called could hear me.  There were a few big signals that could not hear me, but probably not more than 3 or 4 that were S9 or more.  If I had thought I was going to operate as much as I did, I would have taken the time to hook up a beverage before I got on. That thought came and went pretty quickly when I thought about it after it was dark and cold outside.

I had the pleasure of spending some time at N5ECT/WD5R station, operating in the CQ 160m Contest a few times.  Fond memories of working about 150-200 Europeans in one weekend.  The Beverage receiving antennas come in 2nd to nothing except the hospitality of my friends Doug and Marlene.  

This year I am going to visit my son and we will likely operate together in the CQ Contest - ZF2DX.

73 & HNY... Stan, K5GO

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> On Dec 29, 2014, at 1:59 PM, Joel Harrison <w5zn at> wrote:
> I have always admired WD5R's VERY quite rural QTH, which also helps
> tremendously!  :-))
> 73 Joel W5ZN
>>> On Mon,12/29/2014 5:18 AM, James Rodenkirch wrote:
>>> Forgot to state that both stations I used as examples were QRP entries,
>>> Tim ....k5go is in AR and n9tf is in IL and I chose them 'cuz they are
>>> reasonably close to each other, "mid-west sorta thang."
>> RX antennas matter. Stations like NO3M, WD5R, N0NI, KH6LC, W8JI are
>> going to work more weak signals, picking up more distant stations (and
>> picking up more points during log checking for working more 100W and QRP
>> stations). WD5R and W5ZN are not far from each other. WD5R's antenna
>> farm enabled him to pull me out, W5ZN tried real hard, but we never made
>> it. It's a bit harder for N0NI than for WD5R, but we usually make it. I
>> heard K5QO pretty well and called him a bunch of times, but I don't
>> think we made it. There were at least a half dozen guys with S9+ signals
>> who couldn't hear me.
>> 73, Jim K9YC
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