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ARRL 10-Meter Contest   2011   Dec 10   Claimed Score

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Operator(s): NE9U
Station: WØAIH

Class: SO Mixed HP
Operating Time (hrs): 35
Location: USA
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:2337254Total Score1,772,412


Club: Minnesota Wireless Assn

Comments:     [email]     2011-12-12 21:08:13
Well, Ive been beating my head in in this contest past 5 years with no propagation, so Paul graciously allowed me have some fun this year! In hindsight, probably made a few strategic errors: Stayed on CW Saturday morning too long, thinking the band wouldn't close to Europe so soon. It did and I ended up very short on Mults. So had to start out on SSB Sunday and stay there too long to get my mult totals up. Also, usually my ratio is 2:1 CW instead of 1:1. But those afternoon SSB runs to California would just not quit! Paul has most of the line noise issues that killed them in CQWW CW and 160 fixed, but I still had some noise to the NW when using the Stack. But kicked in the JA Rhombic which I have never used before on 10 and that solved the noise problems! (We usually keep the JA Rhombic on the 15 or 20 position in the DX contests). The African Rhombic on reverse was a killer antenna to VK and ZL in the afternoons. It did pretty good to Africa too, just didn't log many to that area. I ended up with 14 hours at over a 100 rate and 26 of my 35 hours over 50. Top mults were: California 267 (Last year I had 16) JA 155 DL 114 WA 104 FL 90 The close in stuff was a lot tougher this year, but my friends in Minnesota still came through with 63. Also way down from here was Texas and a lot of the southeaster states. Thanks to Paul and Mary for being such great hosts as usual! Merry Christmas! Scott NE9U