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Solar Eclipse QSO Party   2017   Aug 21   Claimed Score

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Call: W6YX
Operator(s): N7MH
Station: W6YX

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Stanford
Operating Time (hrs): 5:00
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsPh QsDig QsGrids
Total:21700143Total Score62,162


Club: Northern California Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-08-22 11:47:06
I operated from 1600 to 2100. As others have mentioned there was not much of an effect from the eclipse on 20 (or 15) that I could tell. The rate was deliberately slow because I wanted to get a good S-meter reading before sending my exchange. I often came back with a ? or partial callsign to the initial call, even though I'd copied a full callsign, just so I could check the S-meter. Often with a pileup calling I'd see that the callsign I picked out was only S6 when the pileup had been S9. On 40 there were noticeable propagation enhancements from the eclipse. I had the M2 Yagi beaming around 70 degrees the entire time. I was able to work some familiar calls such as AA3B, K4BAI and K1LT when the area of totality had swung slightly to our east, around 1745. Between 1825 and 1845, when the area of totality was further east, I started getting spotted on 40 by RBN nodes in New England (K1TTT, KM3T, W2AXR, W2LB) and worked K2LNS in FN21. I got lured back to 20 because there were many more stations to work there. My later excursions to 40 didn't get picked up by any eastern RBN nodes. I heard N8PW on 40 weakly until I went QRT but never worked him, even earlier when he had been S6 to 7. I never got to 80 because I assumed we were too far from the path of totality to get much enhancement there. SO2R was a no-go when I realized the S-meter reading and frequent fills made it overly complex. I should have spent more time on 40. Dave, AA6XV, was also at the shack and had brought a couple pairs of eclipse glasses and a solar telescope. I took a few short breaks to get a first-hand view with the glasses and telescope. 73, -Mike, N7MH