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CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB   2018   Feb 23   Claimed Score

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Call: K3CCR
Operator(s): N3UM W3GB
Station: K3CCR

Class: Multi-Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 16.7
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs494State/Prov50Countries17Total Score82,276


Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2018-03-01 22:11:40
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. N3UM and W3GB did Multi-Op HP in the 2018 CQ 160 SSB. Activity was high; sigs were loud out to ~1000 miles, but never beyond except for 3 hr. after 0443Z Sat. To start N3UM ran 2200-0152Z and got 200 QSOs and 33 “easy” St/Pv mults; all 26 states E of the MS river, 4 just W, and 3 VE Pv. Tuning till 2011Z got 21 more Qs plus CO, NM, ND, and C6. This pattern of alternate run/tune worked well for both of us after that first surge; Telnet spots were few and of limited use. W3GB took the late shift 2015-0830Z, tuned for a few mults and ran at 61/hr. for 48 Qs 0328-0415Z. He then made excellent use of that one 3-hr. DX opening. Starting 0443Z he got 13 of our 17 cty. mults; 6 EU, 4 NA, 2 SA, and 1 OC (KH6), plus 13 more St/Pv mults including “hard” ones AZ, CA, UT, ID, MT, and AB. He ran for 14 Qs 0650-0716Z, tuned for a few more, and got an XE mult at 0830 QRT with totals of 338 Qs, 875 Q points, and 64 mults. Sun. we started late (0036Z) due to non-ham commitments and doing NAQP RTTY. W3GB tuned a bit, then ran for 49 Qs 0140-0301Z. N3UM did the late shift 0320-0644 and got slow but steady rates, mostly tuning; 18, 20, 20, and 20 Qs in the last 4 clock hrs, and mults SK, VP2M, and YV. Unlike W3GB 24 hrs. before he heard no whisper of EU or US W.-coast sigs. Few to no non-dupes left to work after 0645. We missed SD, OK, NV, OR, WA, WY, and 7 VE Pv but got far more Qs, Q points, mults, and claimed sore than either of us ever got before in CQ 160 SSB.