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Class: M/M HP
QTH: Oakley CA
Operating Time (hrs): 48
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Club: Northern California Contest Club
|Comments: [email] 2017-03-05 18:12:40|
|Ouch. Well where to begin.... Like the Movie, the good, the bad and the ugly. The good. -Great team, dedication and persistence, camaraderie and nice visits. N6RO's contest chili. Thursday pre-contest tower climb successful and 10M stack match fixed, visit from NQ6N. 40m LP. The bad. -Rotator problems on 15,20 and 40 meters sporadically throughout the test. The ugly. -a. Solar Storm/bad prop. b. real rain storm c. precip static d. Power line noise reaching a peak. e. windy condition = perfect storm for rough ride. Normally we probably would do single banders at Radio Oakley for this contest, but I in anticipation of the writeup for this contest in QST this year and humbly asked the core M/M team if they would be willing activate the station and they did. I apparently am now on the hook for a lot of beers for this fine team now. Knowing we were going in with a solar storm we did expect challenging conditions but I dont think anyone expected this level of challenge. Discussions with Ken N6RO and reviewing my own recollection I think these were some of the worst contest conditions ever from Radio Oakley. The M/M team really deserves kudos for powering through this. Its the team that makes this fun, not the band conditions. band breakdown... Powering through. 10M - WX5S, N6RO and NA6O occasionally..: Solar Minimum conditions and suppressed propagation. Managed 36 countries most usual suspects in these kind of conditions. (SA/OC Carrib. our mainstays in North W6) 15M - NA6O: Gary did an amazing job padding the log on 15M. Conditions just were not there yet managed 57 countries. Most QSO volume was Friday night/ Saturday,Sunday was not a fun day for the upper band day crew. 20M - K3EST: Bob did his usual hard core BIC milking the 20M band for all he could get. Saturday was a better day overall but still tough. Again despite rough condx particularly on Sunday, he managed 95 mults and you can bet that that is all that was workable from Northern CA. 40M - N6WM: I powered through 40M myself, but had to pull all tricks out of the hat to get the EU in the log I could including heavy focus on LP for missing mults. JA's/Asia pac served as the base for most QSO volume. Was affected by heavy precip static on Sunday AM but it subsided moments before the LP opening to EU. Unusually high number of LP ZS stations called in. managed some good mults particularly LP. 80M - N6NU: Andreas was the 80M operator, and managed 36 mults in just downright difficult conditions including power line noise and precip static noise. persistance was the only thing that got 36 mults in the log (Asia pac/JA ,OC SA no EU. Quite a grind. 160M - N6RO, WX5S: Power line noise was horrible. sunday rain storm improved noise a bit, but bottom line is we need to get this power line noise mitigated asap. The guys got what they could. As always there is more to this story. I want to express my highest respect and appreciation to Ken N6RO and the entire Radio Oakley team for sacrificing their weekend family time to stick this one out despite the worst of conditions. I really appreciate it and hope for better conditions, big pile ups and many runs and rare mult moments for these guys in the near future. dues have been paid. As always to the world out there on behalf of Radio Oakley thanks for the Q's, and the patience with us where needed. Thanks to Ken N6RO for hosting the team, and his Lasagne and Chili, wisdom and guidance. Thanks for the Entire RO team for powering through in adverse conditions. Stn: 10: 5 X 5 X 5 -- K3 -- Alpha 15: 5 X 5 X 5 -- K3 -- AL-1500 20: 5 X 5 X 5 -- K3 -- Alpha 40: 4 X 4 -- Flex 6700/Maestro -- Alpha 80: 4sq and 2L quads. SAL/beverages -- K3 -- ACOM 2000 160: 4sq and SAL/beverages -- K3 -- Alpha Thanks for the Q's 73 and seeya in WPX Chris N6WM|