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Class: SOAB QRP
Operating Time (hrs):
Location: Other Oceania
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|Comments: [email] 2017-03-27 02:49:03|
|Beachside portable operation - Elecraft KX3, Buddipole vertical dipole, N1MM Logger+ 3 sessions - local Friday afternoon (00-05Z), local Saturday afternoon (02-04Z), and local Sunday morning (20-23Z) Started the contest on 15 (signals on 20 were weak here), and did OK with mostly Pacific Rim stations until the band went out about 0330. 20 opened on similar paths from 0330-0500. I ended the afternoon on 40 just to pick up a local AH7 mult who couldn't hear me on 15 or 20. I had commitments until 02Z the next day, and couldn't operate until late Saturday afternoon. 20 was the only open band for me. But outside of a handful of big contest stations with great ears, I still managed mostly contacts on the USA west coast and Pacific islands. I moved to 15 and worked one Indonesian station before shutting down at 04Z. I was hoping for better propagation on Sunday morning, but it never materialized for me. Signals were all weak and muddy-sounding on 20 meters, which is not a good omen for a QRP operation. 15 was the only workable band for me, and contacts there were tough with marginal propagation paths - with patience, I could get through to most stations that I could hear at S5 or better. I heard VK/PY stations on 10 meters at 22Z Sunday, but the path was not good enough for my 5W signal. Although the propagation was disappointing, at least the WX was perfect here for portable operation - sunny and 83F (28C) every day. Thanks to all who struggled to pull me out of the noise! Hope to work you in WPX CW in May. 73 de Bob KH6BE|