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ARRL DX Contest, SSB   2018   Mar 3   Claimed Score

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Call: WY3A
Operator(s): WY3A
Station: WY3A

Class: SO Unlimited HP
QTH: West Chester, PA
Operating Time (hrs):
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:838277Total Score696,378


Club: Frankford Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2018-03-06 00:18:14
Stuff I learned as result of this contest: I learned that it takes about 30 minutes to set up an old 4KW generator to provide emergency power to the shack. I have told neighbors that I can run my station when the power is out. But I never actually tried it before 4 AM the first night of the contest. I seriously did NOT want to miss the Saturday morning EU opening completely, even though power had been out from before the start of the contest. Thanks to the motivation provided by contesting, I now know exactly how to set up emergency HF communications at my station. The motto of the Frankford Radio club, "Proficiency through Competition", has proven true, yet again. I learned that a 4KW generator will sucessfully run the kitchen refrigerator, my FIOS network temination device, my FIOS modem, one desktop PC, one LCD monitor, one rotator, two radios, and one Ameritron 811A amp (which strained to make 300 watts out with the reduced line voltage). I learned that it takes every spare extention cord, UPS, and surge suppressing power strip I own to pull this off. I learned that its a bad idea to put away extention cables, UPS's, surge suppressors and the generator as soon as the mains comes back on...because the outage may resume 10 minutes later and continue another 8 hours. L learned that contesting on emergency power is all about interruptions. You shut everything down to gas up the generator. You keep the fireplace in the living going to keep the family warm. You set up the camp stove for the XYL to cook. I learned that power outages last longer than they used to. This outage began one hour prior to the start of the contest. Power wasn't restored for another 21 hours. It used to take PECO 4-8 hours to fix outages from thunderstorms or nor-easters. Not any more. I learned that remembering the struggle after the contest, puts a smile on your face and gives you another story to tell. You look back and laugh at your desperate efforts to solve problems. You look back with pleasure knowing you persevered and made points for your club. It strange but true; the hated struggle in the heat of battle was half the fun.