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Class: SOAB LP
Operating Time (hrs): 38.1
Location: Other North America
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Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club
|Comments: [email] 2017-03-08 03:31:18|
|Equipment: IC7000 Yamaha CM-500 Win-Test 4.23 Antennae: 160m Dipole at 28 feet 80m Dipole at 25 feet 40m Dipole at 27 feet 20-10m Cushcraft A4S at 20 feet I didn't get into the contest with the same enthusiasm that I once had now that I am 75 years old. I took five hours off each night. However the runs really perked me up at times. With propagation to Europe being so poor for the US, it was an advantage for me. I was able to get answers to my CQ's on 20m for the entire day on Saturday. It was a dilemma whether to continue on 20 or go to 15 to pick up multipliers and contacts there. I checked 10m often and finally got a short opening to the northeast on Saturday that put 40 contacts in the log. On Sunday on an impulse I listened for beacons and heard one signing FN32 with good signal strength. I decided to call CQ and was called immediately by K3OO who saw my blip on his P3. He spotted me and I put another 316 contacts in the log via the Es opening. There was no F2 propagation at all. It was pretty exciting and I have only had this experience one other time in the 18 years I have been doing ARRL Phone from Bermuda. I did not make any effort to move multipliers which is a tactical mistake but I wasn't that motivated. I frequently took time out to chat with people I know. The antennas are pretty simple as they are subjected to gales and occasionally hurricanes. The location is on a 25 foot rise that looks at the ocean about 300 meters away. I had a bunch of six banders with stations in the northeast and mid-Atlantic. I thought that the behavior of the calling stations was excellent. When I specified a partial call, others stood by. My only criticism was when I got a bad spot and stations called me as a dupe without evaluating the legitimacy of the spot. This auto-response is stupid. I made a big effort to identify frequently and don't recall a single "what's your call". My friend W6SX says the Prime Directive of contesting is to have fun. To quote an unknown source, this is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on. It was fun. 73, Kurt W6PH|