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IARU HF World Championship   2017   Jul 8   Claimed Score

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Call: N5ZO
Operator(s): N5ZO
Station: N5ZO

Operating Time (hrs): 23+
Location: USA
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsPh QsZonesHQ Mults
Total:17450109104Total Score1,168,305


Club: Southern California Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-07-09 19:12:33
After about 10 hrs I decided to convert to assisted and I think I had more fun with it trying to efficiently 2nd radio all red spots on bandmap as those appeared. I have only operated assisted couple times in past but starting to like it more and I feel it is actually more interesting and challenging than plain single op. There are more quick strategy decisions to do as you operate through the contest. Conditions were quite good although noisy. I spent part of Friday (perhaps hottest day of the year so far) on tower getting 2nd 20 m monobander fix side mounted on crank up tower and rest of the day connecting stackmatch and other things between tower and shack. Only had few hours of the sleep before the start and I caught myself drifting off with finger on F1 button several times during 1st part of the contest. I think cluster feed on 2nd half made it somehow more interesting and I was able to stay awake better. Biggest problem was the heat in the shack. During the day outside temperature was 100+ degrees, whole house is on one AC machine and thermostat was set to 81. Small shack stayed at 90 degrees through whole contest with both amps humming and it was not very comfortable. It reminded me of operating from 8R1K 20 years ago. Fortunately there are not many long full power contests during summertime, but I may look into getting dedicated AC in the future. Nobody else was in the house during the weekend and I probably spent a fortune on cooling whole space down and it did not have much effect on my shack temperature... It is fun mid-summer contest and I was experimenting somewhat with dual CQ at the times. I will probably never get too good at it as I'm still learning basic use of that 2nd radio having started late with it. Current station: Tower 1: 15 m 5 el owa 20 m 4 el owa @96 ft 40 m 3 el shorty 40 20 m 4 el owa fix mounted at 52 deg bearing @54 ft Tower 2: 40 m 2 el shorty 40 2 el steppir with trombone element c31xr On separate 30+ ft mast A3S tribander. Can beam 2 directions on any band 10-40. 80 m inverted V 160 m top fed quarter wave sloper 2 beverage on ground antennas for 80/160 m listening (not that useful on this contest) 2x K3+P3, Alpha 87A + Alpha 78 (other 87A is currently needing new fan) N1MM+ running on 2 computers Tnx for QSOs and 73 de Marko N5ZO