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Class: SOAB(TS) HP
Operating Time (hrs): 36
Location: South America
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Club: Chiltern DX Club
|Comments: [email] 2017-03-26 20:41:00|
|Was pleased to be sending serial numbers of over 4000 in 36 hours at this stage in the sunspot cycle, although not quite 4000 valid QSOs after the Dupes were removed. 10m was as poor as expected, but the other bands were actually better than I was expecting. Compared with last year, more QSOs on 20, 40 and 80m, but far fewer on both 15m and 10m. My claimed score is about 9% down on last year's - only 74 fewer QSOs but a massive 176 fewer mults this year compared with 2016. I made a couple of tactical errors in choosing my off-times. I should have stayed on 80 and 40m longer on Saturday night / Sunday morning, but went to sleep only to get up before 20m had had opened properly. I lost maybe 100 QSOs because of that decision. Also, towards the end of the contest I left 20m to go to 40m but could not find a good run frequency and wasted 30 or 40 minutes trying unsuccessfully to establish a run. I went back to 20m and found it was still good. I was even called by a station in China, which is the first time that has happened in over 3 years of operating from PJ4. Rig: Yaesu FTdx5000, Acom 1500 amplifier, 1kW, to Spiderbeam at 35ft for 10-15-20m, 40m and 80m quarter-wave verticals. Hope to see you next year, 73 Steve, PJ4DX|