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ARRL DX Contest, SSB   2018   Mar 3   Claimed Score

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Call: V31VP
Operator(s): K5MDK WBØTEV
Station: V31DL

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Belize
Operating Time (hrs): 32
Location: Other North America

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:4174228Total Score2,855,016


Club: DFW Contest Group

Comments:     [email]     2018-03-05 13:44:17
Point the yagi north and run 'em. That seems to be the recipe for success in the ARRL SSB DX contest from Belize. This is the first time I'd operated in this contest from V31 and the pileups were just endless. I was ably assisted by Mike (K5MDK/V31MK), who claims to not be a contester, but he did great and hauled in about 40% of the QSOS. Prior to this contest, the station here at Maya Hill had only a low dipole and low windom for 80m, but Friday afternoon, Andre (the station owner) built a new 80m dipole. With Andre and Mike as ground crew I climbed the tower and we strung it up as an inverted V with the peak at about 60 feet. It proved to be a nice improvement, as I'm sure we would not have been able to catch the 46 mults on 80 without it. We could have made more QSO's on 80 than we did, but the rates on 40 were a good bit better, so once we had a good mult count on 80 we focused more on 40 at night. I've run other SSB contests from down here over the last 18 months, but the stream of callers in this contest was like no other. It was just endless and we could sit on one frequency and just run for hours on end, and we did! On 40m we deliberately stayed above 7200, as we knew that the Europeans and most running US stations would all be crowded below that border. That kept us out of the complete chaos that reigned from 7125-7200 and gave us breathing room. 40m proved to be our most prolific band, with 20m not far behind. We only put in 32 hours of operating time, as we took Sunday morning and early afternoon off to go to church and have lunch with friends, but then got back on the air on 15m Sunday afternoon. Both of us took most of the wee small hours of the night to assume horizontal polarization sleeping. During the daylight hours and even for a good while past sundown Saturday night 20m was the band that just kept on giving. Listening on 10m, all we could seem to hear were South Americans (Belize just isn't far enough south). In an attempt to get at least a few mults on 10m, during a couple of 15m runs Sunday afternoon I repeatedly announced that I would be in 28301 at a certain time a few minutes later to try and get folkw queued up to listen for us. That sort of worked, but the only decent signals came from California and Arizona (spotlight). Nonetheless, I was able to dig out MD,TX,IL, along with CA and AZ. In the mult department we swept the lower 48 and DC on 40,20 and 15 and came close on 80. The only mults missed entirely were Labrador and Northern Territories. VY1AAA called in from the Yukon and I almost fell out of the chair when VY0ERC called in to a Sunday afternoon run on 20m for Nunavut. I managed to get recordings of almost all the QSO's with K3IT's fine QSORDER program and these should be accessible off the V31VP page sometime next week. As always, a big thanks to Andre V31DL/DL1AS for the use of his fine station and to his XYL Monika for the fine hospitality at the Maya Hill Lodge. I'll be back at the end of the month for a SOAB HP entry in the CQ WPX SSB test. 73, Victor V31VP / WB0TEV