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Class: SOSB/80 HP
QTH: Isle of North Uist
Operating Time (hrs): 18
Location: Northern Europe
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|Comments: [email] 2017-03-09 10:26:14|
|Always look forward to this contest with great anticipation. Unfortunately band conditions didn't play ball with lots of geomagnetic activity before, during, and after the contest. Certainly character building! But it makes a greater challenge to keep going and winkle out the difficult ones in the noise and qrm On the first night ended with 396 qso's and 40 multipliers. Propagation didn't extend to the W7 call area or westerly canadian provinces and I was missing DC and some W0 states. Frustrating hearing more southerly stations (e.g. Canary islands), and, of course, the Caribbean having no problem. On the second night I picked up another 6 multipliers. The surprises for me were ND (thanks K0IDX) and WA (thanks N7XR). Both were extremely weak with qsb. Appreciate both for their perseverence. I had a feeling that had I been able to beam a little further South their signals would have been stronger, skirting round the auroral oval. Maybe next year I'll have some extra directions on the 6-square. On the 3rd night (last 2.5 hours of the contest) I was very pleased to make 72 qso's but with no further multipliers. Still looking for that elusive VO2 !!! Ended with 711 good qso's, 46 multipliers, and a claimed 98,118 points. Great fun again. Location : Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland Rig : FT990 with Acom amp Antenna : 6 element phased array near ocean Thanks to all the callers, the ARRL adjudicators, and EI5DI for providing SD. Hope to hear you next year. 73, Rick GM3PPG|