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ARRL DX Contest, CW   2018   Feb 17   Claimed Score

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Call: AA7A
Operator(s): AA7A
Station: NA7TB

Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 17
Location: USA
Remote operation

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:37483Total Score90,885


Club: Arizona Outlaws Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2018-02-18 15:04:32
I did not plan on operating this contest 80 meter single band. While preparing for the contest on Friday using the N5IA memorial station (located in Safford, AZ) the primary radio failed. The remote contest site is a 4 hour drive from my home and it was not possible to drive to the site to replace the radio for the weekend event. So, I did a quick assessment of options and decided to operate on single band 80 using the 2nd radio and the small-ish amp with no access to the 16-direction beverage system) hard-wired to the primary radio). I felt like I was competing in an Olympic downhill ski race on one ski and no poles. I still had fun and I had a chance to do other things over the weekend during the daylight hours. The 80 meter station antenna consists of a full-size 4-square on 80 meters located in the back corner of the N5IA antenna farm...almost completely hidden behind the 160 meter 8-circle. In fact, we have been told that Milt ( SK) only built this 4-square array to practice erecting the towers for the 160 meter array. Those of us that now use this station are simply in awe of the capability of this amazing 80 meter antenna. Conditions were relatively flat on Friday night and I could only work the top-tier Multi-operator stations in EU. Conditions were much better to EU on Saturday night when I managed to work many more EU stations. Hopefully, I handed out the AZ multiplier to many of those multi-operator stations who had some poor guy stuck calling CQ thru their sunrise on 80. Hopefully, that new multiplier gave them a moment of excitement. I also operated single band assisted, which places one in the Unlimited Class in the ARRL DX contest. So, this effort really is not competitive against any other station operating in the class. The reason I operate assisted from this site is that it is rather difficult tuning the band looking for new station with the loop delay using a remote station. To tune the band, one needs to nudge the dial a little and then wait for the receiver audio to catch up and then nudge the dial again. It is not anywhere near the same experience as tuning the radio with it sitting right next to you at the operating position. So, to keep the experience enjoyable, I simple operated single band assisted and competed aginst noone in particular. It is always fun to have the chance to experience the variations in propagation on a band over the course of a contest like this. It really tells you how well your station works and what is possible to work in this, or other contests. Lee, KY7M, and I are working hard on new upgrades to the N5IA Memorial Station and hope to have the station at full cpability for the fall. We are working on erecting a 40 meter yagi on a 140' tower at the site over the summer to complete our contest station. We will likely be operating M/2 remote in many contests starting this fall. 73 and see you in the piles, Ned / AA7A