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Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 47
Location: Other North America
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Club: Northern California Contest Club
|Comments: [email] 2017-03-08 19:55:57|
|The poor propagation toward Europe made the Caribbean a prime location most of the weekend. Rates were good most hours despite 10 and 15 being sub-par. The contest had an odd start as 20 was closed within 30 minutes and I had to move to 40, where I made my next 1000 Q's. It is uncommon for me to log that many consecutive Q's on a band, and probably the first time ever on 40. An Saturday night, I noticed that the receive array did not have any directivity. I went out to the far field with a flashlight to look around and I found that the wire from the element to the base box was broken, likely by the guy who maintains the fields who decided to cut the grass around the antenna that day with a weed wacker. Since the wire broke off at the box, the repair was not so simple. My primitive fix, in the dark, did manage to make it through the night, but I lost 20 minutes when the rate was 200/hr I knew all weekend that maximizing whatever opening there would be on 10, would be key to my final standing. The first day was decent on 10, but I only had 44 mults. All day Sunday I kept probing the band for an opening, but it was not as good as the day before. There finally was a late opening with very loud signals, but not many people were still on the band. I finally had the opening I wanted, but there was no rate I only added about 250 Q's and 1 mult on Sunday. There is nothing like a goal to maintain excitement up until the end. I pushed hard to the close and crossed 9K Q's and 9M in the final five minutes. Hats off to N6MJ at ZF2MJ for an awesome effort despite minimal contribution from 10, My extra 30 mults on that band were the difference Did both modes from 8P this year for the first time. Went back home to California between weekends. It was draining and not sure I will do it again, but wanted to give it a try at least once. Thanks for all the Q's. Thanks to my wife for the support. See you all in the next one, likely WPX SSB. Also was great to have KG9N and OE2VEL stop by on Monday for visits. VEL got on and ran for a while on 20 73. Tom W2SC QSL via LoTW or NN1N|