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Class: SO(A)AB(TS) HP
Operating Time (hrs): 27
Location: Other North America
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Club: DFW Contest Group
|Comments: [email] 2017-03-27 17:47:06|
|This was my third trip down to operate from the fine shack at the Maya Hill Lodge in Blackman Eddy Belize. A big thanks go to Andre and Monika for their hospitality. When I arrived Thursday night the Station Master Deluxe was showing an error message. Fortunately Andre (DL1AS) who was in Germany at the time did his remote access magic, reprogrammed it while I slept and all was ready to rock at 0000Z. And boy did things rock! I started a terrific 450 QSO 2-1/2 run on 20m that just wouldn't quit including 218 QSOs in the first hour! Being able to sit here at an optimum standoff range from the rest of North America does have its advantages (along with a rare prefix). As many have noted, this was largely a 20m and 40m affair, although 15m played here better than most places I think, as the great 15m run I had on Sunday afternoon will attest. Although I ran assisted, most of the time I was able to just run. However, when the runs dried up and/or my poor brain was sufficiently fried that I wanted a little slower pace I shifted to happily clicking on the nice red spots in N1MM+ to add to the mult total and make other folks happy by having the mult come to them. I even worked a few South Americans on 10m solely by search and pounce mainly to help out the guys down there who bravely may have entered the SOSB10 category in the current crummy conditions. Thanks to the US guys who stood by while I called for Europe or JA during the relatively narrower propagation windows for them. Later, one discontented soul told me in the midst of my 15m run to the US Sunday afternoon that he would not work me because I wouldn't work USA guys on 20m for a while on Saturday (I only asked exclusively for EU for a time). He didn't volunteer a callsign, but hopefully my explanation about limited propagation windows provided a "teachable moment". He made his point, I made mine and we both left it at that. I used K3IT's QSOrder program for the first time in a contest, not that I expect to score high enough to need to submit recordings, but just to get familiar with it and later post them on the internet so that people can hear how they sounded down in Belize. Most, but unfortunately not all QSO's got recorded, due to either a technical problem or human error on my part. After I get the recordings posted to the internet I'll put a blurb on the V31VP QRZ.com page with instructions on how to listen (I have to figure this out myself first!) Thanks to the contest sponsors for promoting and organizing these great contests . I would also be remiss if I didn't also express my appreciation to the N1MM+ team of volunteer software developers for the fantastic work they do. Their efforts in what can only be a labor of love have revolutionized contesting. 73, Victor V31VP (WB0TEV)|