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ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB   2017   Nov 18   Claimed Score

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Call: N8II
Operator(s): N8II
Station: N8II

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 16.4

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:1072Sections82Total Score175,808


Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-20 09:39:50
Another SS is history, my first was probably in 1973. It is not as much fun when PA, NJ, MD, and VA are skipping over you almost all day Sunday on 40. The skip zone shortened up a bit after activity moved up to 20, but only briefly. 20 was also long enough that SMC was mostly in the skip zone. 15 was never open well to CA, did have a fair hour or so into OR and WWA, The good news is that despite no activity normally, 15 is open to AK apparently most days as KL7SB was loud there again as on CW. Also, PAC and VI were there for hours. Conditions overall were about as good as we can expect for SFI in low 70's, no disturbance over weekend. I got off to a reasonable start on 20, no sustained stretch of continuous run Q's. By 23Z, conditions were fading fast. At 2340Z on 75, there was already some skip zone, but my running rate was good through about 03Z when G0EVY? rolled out bed and decided my frequency was his (not in DX window) regardless of who was there first. The skip zone shortened to near nil by around 0045Z which really helped sustain my run. The pattern repeated itself Sunday, but not quite as well. 23Z is an excellent time for PVRC'ers to take a break on Sunday in times of low solar flux because 20 is nearly dead, 40 is long and even 75 has a skip zone. Trying to run on 20 and 15 is so much easier with higher flux due to shorter skip on 20 and more than a few signals on 15. From 1530Z until 20Z my rate was pretty miserable no matter what I tried. Then, I ran on 40 followed by a nice run on 20 around 2045-2200Z. Chasing sections was fairly easy except never heard PR. At 1443Z, I worked VI on 15 followed back to back by NL and SK on 20 to hit 80 sections. NT was found on 20 at bottom band edge (hope he worked a few up higher) at 17Z and AK on 15 later. My last stab at 75 around 0140Z was a big surprise, mostly ran another 68 Q's, plenty of activity! NNY activity was HUGE especially compared to CW, worked 8 of them, equal to NLI! MDC led the way with 64 Q's, 50 from VA, 49 from MN, OH 42, AZ 34, and only 38 from IL. Many thanks for the Q's and a mostly enjoyable time. The logging lids who have trouble inputting info mostly seemed to have practiced a bit this year. Hopefully, after one more year of low SFI, we will start up the slope again. Take care and 73, Jeff