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ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB   2017   Nov 18   Claimed Score

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Call: NW6P
Operator(s): W9KKN
Station: NW6P

Class: SO Unlimited HP
QTH: Cupertino, CA
Operating Time (hrs): 24

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Total:1132Sections82Total Score185,648


Club: Pizza Lovers 259

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-20 00:33:00
Special thanks to Tom (NW6P) for graciously hosting me at his exceptional station again! I'm a firm believer that if something doesn't go wrong before the contest, that just means that something really bad will happen during it, but in this case, I was nearly convinced that the show was off. We had a bit of a scare earlier in the week where the SWR was 7+ and everything was super attenuated across all of the antennas. I suspect that the rain got into something it should not have in the coax to the antenna relay or whereabouts. I lowered the tower to take a closer look at the problem, and it disappeared. Hmm. I started off with 15m and Saturday afternoon and was able to get a bit of traction, or at least enough to stay there, but I think I was a bit late to the party on 20m -- the band was full and didn't last very long by the time I got there. Luckily, Tom's station is super loud on both 40m and 80m, so I was able to rack up a good number of points Saturday night. It's always nice to get compliments on your 80m signal from the East Coast! Sunday morning was active, and I was able to make up some lost ground on 20m and occasionally find some action on 15m, but as the day went on, the pickings got really thin really fast, and I was mostly just yelling at the noise trying to shake contacts out of low-power stations. Toward the end, 80m never really did anything for me, but 40m was open very early, and the East Coast had already migrated. The only section I missed from the sweep was Puerto Rico, and I managed to see them a few times on the cluster in a few short appearances, but they were getting heavily dog-piled, I could barely hear them, and I could not break through. Thanks to all of the spots throughout the contest from W6OAT, W6FB, K6MM, and various other KBers -- Those were super helpful! 73 & Thanks for all the Q's everyone! -- Bill/W9KKN