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WAE DX Contest, SSB   2017   Sep 9   Claimed Score

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Call: JG1VGX
Operator(s): JG1VGX
Station: JG1ZUY

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: Kimitsu, Chiba
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Location: Japan

Summary:   Compare Scores
80:000 x4
40:806620 x3
20:33734238 x2
15:985 x2
10:000 x2
Total:426416146Total Score122,932


Club: University of Tokyo Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-09-13 11:06:43
Power: legitimate 1kW PEP Band/day breakdown: ------------------------- Day 1 Day 2 Total ------------------------- 80: 0 0 0 40: 39 41 80 20: 94 248 342 15: 9 0 9 10: 0 0 0 ------------------------- Total 142 289 431 OpHrs 11.5 12.5 24 ------------------------- This was my serious phone effort first time in a while. I felt like I have forgotten all of the tricks for this mode and I have releant them along the way. Skimmer has changed strategy significantly in CW and RTTY contests but it still stay the same old-school way in SSB contests. To get decent runs one has to be spotted. To get spotted, one has to sound big in the band. So how to raise my presence on the band? Audio optimization is the key. In this regard, I was too modest in my audio setup for the first day. Usually manufacturers' recommendation for creating clean SSB signal only results in an average power of 10~20% of the PEP. This is absolutely correct but way too modest in contests. Sounding big and still keeping signal clean is a difficult task but something one has to learn for the best results. Optimising audio using equaliser and speech processor can double the average power upto 20~40% of the PEP, which effectively is the same as using the power amplifier of two times the rated output. Of course if you do too much and not properly, you will get penalised really badly. After this thoughts, on the second day I did my audio optimisation aggressively and that resulted in many more spots and Qs. Yeah! Ten meters was completely dead both days. Fifteen meters was also dead on the second day but CR3W working Europeans was consistently heard during prime hours that was very curious to me. Eighty meters was completely unusable from here on the first day due to OTH radar perhaps from a nearby nation. On the second day the band was clear but couldn't make a single QSO due to my antenna limitation. See you all in the next contest! 73 rin JG1VGX