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Class: SOAB HP
QTH: New Brunswick
Operating Time (hrs): 36
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Club: Maritime Contest Club
|Comments: [email] 2017-03-27 17:43:47|
|What a difference in a year. Ten metres was completely dead, and 15m was only good for a very few QSOs, so most of the action went to 20 and 40m and stayed there. The crowding on 20m was the most extreme I have seen in years. Space was short and so were tempers. While I made over 1100 QSOs on 10 and 15 combined last year, this year I made zero on 10 and less than 100 on 15m. All that traffic had to go somewhere. In spite of the crowding, I was thrilled that two BYs, several JAs, one HS and two long-path VK2s found me and I was amazed that I could hear them. I replaced my single 40m vertical dipole with a switchable array of four vertical dipoles, and it is working well. I more than doubled my QSO total on 40m, and thereby took myself out of the TS sub-category. My claimed score dropped about 20% from last year's effort, but I feel very happy with the result. I did a little SO2R. While running on 20m, I tuned 15m to find new QSOs and to search for the great opening to Europe (or anywhere, really) that never came. I did interleave several dozen 15m QSOs while running on 20m. Rigs: Stn 1: FTdx-5000 + AL-80A amplifier (800w out) Stn 2: TS-590 (100w out) Antennas: 10/15/20m: X-7 tribander at 22m 40m: 4-square of vertical dipoles 80m: Quad loop 160m: I once heard someone say "If you're on 160 in WPX, you're losing."|