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ARRL DX Contest, SSB   2010   Mar 6   Claimed Score

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Call: VE4EAR
Operator(s): VE4EAR
Station: VE4EAR

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 30
Location: Canada

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:1067241Total Score771,441


Club: [none]

Comments:     [email]     2010-03-07 20:28:16
Sounds like the story in this contest will be the propagation differences between regions. 20m was great all weekend. Worked numerous whisper QRP stations from Eu with as little as 0.5 Watts! 80m was great Friday night and normal Saturday (ie poor) 40m really shone during Sunday afternoon. The real story was 15m and the lack of any EU opening. Not a peep at all Saturday. Openings to Zone 8 and SA were OK but very spotty and moved around a lot. The weakest area was between the first and second hop or as others call it, the Caribbean. Signals would be huge one moment and non existent the next. On Sunday around 1700z I started hearing EU on 15m but the signals were very weak. The strange thing was the beam was pointed at 145 degrees a and EU is normally 45 degrees from here. I went outside to make sure everything was intact and it was. If I rotated the beam E or W the signals would vanish. Certainly not long path but some kind of scatter or reflection. I wasn't able to be heard by any EU station on 15 in this mode but that was because they were busy working al the W1-6s!!! Its great to live in the RF Black hole. I am curious to see how far south and east you had to be to work EU on 15m. 10m was as expected virtually non existent. A handful of very weak LU stations and 1 CE station. Checked for activity frequently but no luck. 160m was very weak here. I am amazed that Herb KV4FZ can ever hear me! Thats what great receiving antennas will do. Now if we can just work on keeping him awake when we call:) No 6 banders for me but quite a few 5 banders. Thanks for all the Q's and the patience. 73 Ed, VE4EAR Equipment: Antennas: 160/80m Delta DX A at 16m 40m - Force 12 Delta 240 at 19m 20/15/10 Optibeam OB11-5 at 17m Rig Icom 7700 SW N1MM