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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2017   Nov 25   Claimed Score

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Call: 6W1SU
Operator(s): VE9CB
Station: 6W1SU

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Dakar, Senegal
Operating Time (hrs): 42
Location: Africa

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:346285279Total Score3,734,640


Club: Maritime Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-27 09:12:12
To Ron 6W1SU, and his wife, Monika, thank you so much for this opportunity. Ron and Monika have been good friends for decades, and they invited me to visit them during their three-year adventure in Senegal. They were great hosts for this, my first-even visit to Africa. Ron's station is small: FTdx-1200 FL-2100z amp (600w) MA5B triband beam (two shortened elements on 10, 15 and 20) 5m above the roof. 40m dipole 2.5m above the roof 80m dipole 2.5m above the roof and one malfunctioning coax switch. The antennas are all on top of a 10-storey apartment building in central Dakar, within sight of the Atlantic Ocean on three sides. The first nine hours were a disaster. Ron's remote coax switch failed, and none of the antnnas seemed to perform properly. In the first five hours, I made 56 QSOs. I chose not to wake Ron, and left repairs until he got up in the morning. We figured out the problem, but Dakar has few places where you can put components, I decided to switch antennas manually for the contest. To switch antennas, I had to take the elevator to the lobby, find the security guard, get the keys for the roof, go ont eh roof, swap cables, then return the key to the guard, then go back to operating. For 10, 15 and 20 during the day, this was fine - I had a tribander. Once I decided to go to 40 or 80, I had to be firm and stay there, because the to-ing and fro-ing was a killer. Consequently, I spent no more than a few minutes on 80m, and that was wasted effort. So, for me, the contest really got rolling about 0930 GMT Saturday. I set myself the objective of maximising QSOs, and not worrying much about multipliers. I wanted to experience propagation from this place. Fifteen metres was in great shape, and rates were very good. I stuck to 15m almost all Saturday, with the occasional excursion to 10m or 20m. Sunday, I spent more daylight hours on 20m to balance out my log, with occasional excursions to 10 and 15m. Both nights, it was 40m all the way. Some highlights: - small JA runs on 40 and 20m - being called by several HS stations, including an incredibly loud HS0ZAR on 40m 12 minutes from the end - working many friends back in the Maritimes, Newfoundland, across Canada and other places Some lowlights: - that bloody antenna switch! I'll repair it at home and send it back to Ron. - While it's great having such high antennas, this apartment building has a rooftop water tank that looms over Ron's antennas by at least four metres. This water tower is right beside the antennas! This means that the direct bearings to the Middle East, South Asia and most of Africa are blocked. Notwithstanding this impediment, I did work two YBs and numerous stations in 4X, 9K, HZ, A4 and A6. - I never worked any ZLs or VKs, although I did hear one of each. Ron has been a ham a long time, but is not heavly experiences in DXing and contesting, and it not a CW operator. His QRZ page says so. Throughout the weekend, Ron received e-mails from people noting how his skills have improved. Those nice people had no idea that an impostor was on the key. This was a great experience, and a memory I will treasure. Thanks again, Ron and Mon. I leave Wednesday for wintery New Brunswick, enriched by some fascinating experiences. I have to thank my wonderful wife, Melanie, for encouraging me to take this trip. She chose not to come - this time. Maybe there will be another opportunity, and another contest operation from Senegal for me. 73, Dave VE9CB Now returning 6W1SU to normal operations.