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ARRL 10-Meter Contest   2011   Dec 10   Claimed Score

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Call: N3UM
Operator(s): N3UM
Station: N3UM

Class: SO CW HP
Operating Time (hrs): 23.3
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:1235135Total Score666,900


Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2011-12-14 18:51:53
I've done ARRL 10 m. eleven times since 2000, always SOHP CW Only, with comparable effort and equipment. This year my claimed score was only 5% behind my best ever score, in 2002, and 28% ahead of my former second-best, in 2001. It's exciting to be past the sunspot drought years of 2004 thru 2010 and my pitiful scores then of 7% to 25% of my 2011 claim. I worked one more country this year than in 2002, and one more mult in US + VE. (I missed just one US state this year, MS, none in 2002, but got 2 more VE provinces this year.) If I scale my 2011 score to 2002 rules by eliminating my 7 XE state mults, it's still only 9% behind my 2002 number. Fri. evening there was no E or F skip, just VHF-style LOS QSOs in MD and adjacent states plus a few via meteor trails. Beaming east Sat. AM at 12 Z, there was good backscatter to the US east coast, and a few EUs via skew path. Then, very good run to EU beginning 13 Z: I averaged 84/hr for 3 hrs, 13-16 Z, and 68/hr for the whole morning, 12-1715 Z. After lunch, 1830 - 23 Z, I beamed west and found 28 mults and 174 QSOs, mixing run and S&P. In hindsight, I shoulda run more, like I did in 2002, when I got 23 mults and 303 QSOs in the same time period. Sat. after dark was DEAD: only 4 QSOs. Sun. AM I started earlier, 1135 Z, found a freq and just ran. Slow at first, ~35/hr., but rate really took off just before 12 Z: 316 QSOs in 4 hr. 12-16 Z, an average of 79/hr. I worked 4 new states on backscatter: IL, ND, SD, and KS. Sun. PM I ran pointing west and found 3 more states: MO, NE, and OK. At 2048, VY1EI called me for YT! Not loud, and I had to quick swing my beam N, but no problem. Then, S&P, I found some DX mults and then finally AR with 43 min. to spare, but never MS, despite lots of TX and LA QSOs. I found plenty of JA, VK, ZL, and ZS, but my only semi-rare mults were V5, KH2, and ZL5, at the Kiwi base in Antarctica. Dec. 2012 on 10 should be fun!