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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY   2017   Sep 23   Claimed Score

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Call: NR4M
Station: NR4M

Class: M/M HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:3705209319117Total Score5,359,950


Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-09-25 06:08:54
Had some 'down time' with about 2 hours to go when a double female panel feed-thru connector had finally gotten hot enough for the center pin to lose tension and no longer make a solid connection to the PL-259 center pin. Was just *a bit* discolored... Burnt up an AL-1200 (almost literally...) When I recently got it, the tube was on the edge of 'tube death'. Had to run it at MAX plate current, MAX grid current with 100 watts drive, in order to get 1500 watts out. After about 6 hours of 15 meter operation, it decided to go 'Krakatoa' on us. Replaced it with a spare and finished rest of contest with no problems. Some confusion resulted in only ONE op for about 1 1/2 hours early Saturday AM. Not good. Generally, the band conditions were such that there weren't enough callers to keep the rate up. Occasionally, there were some continual pileups. 10 meters was too spotty to do any running, but frequent checks of the band provided some Q's, mostly N/S path. Think we just barely worked CA on 10! With the declining sun spot numbers, there has been a steady decline in scores in this contest from NR4M. Some rotator issues, but there are always rotator issues; I have 'rotating rings' (side mounted antennas) and suffer those issues as well. <sigh> Had several ops have to cancel last week because of health issues or other issues outside of their control. Missed each one and hope they feel better soon. Also, two of our ops were in 7Q7 for the contest. Had enough to eat and drink, I think, so no grumbling stomachs. Thanks to everyone for the Q's. 73 de Steve, NR4M and the entire Goat Farm Gang