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ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW   2017   Nov 4   Claimed Score

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Call: NX4N
Operator(s): NX4N
Station: N4TP

Class: Single Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:1210Sections83Total Score200,860


Club: Florida Contest Group

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-06 17:29:25
Hi Friends, This years SS CW contest was another great one and was both challenging and rewarding. I again operated from the terrific Tampa ARC clubhouse; each year I use the club's antenna farm as a foundation to build a complete SO2R station the Friday before SS. Many thanks to the TARC Board and members for allowing me to use the facility for my favorite contest. First, here's my numbers: Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q 3.5 56 112 1 2.0 7 652 1304 14 2.0 14 461 922 64 2.0 21 41 82 4 2.0 Total 1210 2420 83 2.0 Score: 200,860 1 Mult = 14.6 Q's The station built out went smoothly, especially because my friend Lu W4LT dropped by Friday morning to help - thanks buddy! We broke for lunch about 1pm, said our goodbyes and then I continued the station assembly and checkout. The S&P station's tribander C19XR was replaced earlier in the year with a 3 el. SteppIR. The SteppIR worked ok but I didn't feel it was as loud and of course instant QSY is impacted. But I was heard and that's what counts... Saturday I arrived at the clubhouse about 3 hours before tee-off and scurried around inflating an air mattress, making coffee (can't do without that!), having a light meal and double-checking the stations and the bands. DING! Off to the races - but it seemed that my horse slow to leave the gate. Things started out a bit rough compare to last year - the QRM was out in force and my rate took a hit. Just like last year the higher bands were going long early so down to 40m I went. That turned out to be a wise move with the club's 2el. Force 12 creating a RF-cloud raining down 7MHz pixie dust far and wide. Rates improved and unlike last year the band was quiet. Even though I hadn't touched SO2R since last SS, I picked it up again pretty quickly and saw my skills continue to improve. This gave me the confidence to be more aggressive in S&P even during higher run rates - practice does make perfect! As the night progressed I gained back some, but not all, of the ground I missed at the start. I decided to change my off-times a bit; it was another good move. Between that, the nice 40m runs and my stepped-up S&P efforts I clawed my way back to edge last year's total by 2 QSO's. Very pleased with my situational awareness (usually not a strong point for this op). Some other Notes: * Got the Sweep! Had zero expectations for one. Last section was West Texas; N5NA is now this week's hero for me :-) * The TARC station antennas rock! * Quieter conditions that last year * Declining participation each year; perhaps ARRL could try adding portable and mobile categories to get more casual FD-type ops * The run station antenna rotator developed some binding so when ESP level NP2X called me I had to copy him off the side of the beam - thanks Fred for your persistence! Thanks to all the Rare Mult Ops - you did a terrific job handling the pileups and giving us the sweep! As always it was great to work so many of my contesting friends, both OT's and newbies. Big score or small it's all about friendship. See you in 2018 SS CW! vy 73, Chris, NX4N