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ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW   2017   Nov 4   Claimed Score

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Call: WXØB
Operator(s): AD5Q
Station: WXØB

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: Dallas
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:1217Sections82Total Score199,588


Club: DFW Contest Group

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-07 14:44:13
Started contest on 15 with good rate, but with a beam both NE & NW I quickly noticed that nearly all callers were out west. After only 15 minutes the rate dropped to the 60's -- the skip was too long. I moved to 20 early, remaining on 15 while looking for a frequency. Overall the first few hours weren't the best, and I found myself trailing (or even with) the other usual suspects here in Texas. The big guys out west were WAY ahead as a lot of activity remained on 15. I found myself gaining on (or pulling ahead of) the other local competition for the remainder of the contest (encouraging). I came very close to a sweep when I found the VI high in the band on 15 Sunday. With the tribander fixed on PR/VI all weekend, it wasn't up to the job of breaking this crucial pileup. He went QRT the instant the big 15 was ready for him. I swept the bands aggressively for the rest of the contest looking for a reappearance. Found NP3A CQing on 40 late (dupe) and worked a 2nd NNY at 2136z for his 9th contact. Both NNY's were pouncers. Late Saturday night a yellow jacket came to visit me, walking up my neck and all over my bald head, then down across my face, nose, lips. Not wanting to get stung, I kept running because the rates were good, so it tickled a lot for about 15 minutes. Then it landed on my wrist: WHACK!!! I purposely used up my off time Sunday afternoon, expecting new activity to appear on the bands into the close. That didn't work out, and things got really slow around 0100z. When they did pick up I stopped watching the clock and kept going after my 24 hours was up. Never done that before. I meant to stop 3 minutes before the end. Somebody on frequency said "Thank god it's over" and I looked at the time: 0300z. Roy -- AD5Q