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CQWW WPX Contest, SSB   2012   Mar 24   Claimed Score

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Call: NDØC
Operator(s): NDØC
Station: NDØC

QTH: Minnesota
Operating Time (hrs): 30
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:668Prefixes403Total Score653,263


Club: Minnesota Wireless Assn

Comments:     [email]     2012-03-25 18:49:32
- Interesting propagation which was frustrating at times and surprisingly good at other times. Conditions to Europe were very mediocre from here in the (local)early morning. Didn't get much going on 15 until after 1500 Z. But when it finally opened it was pretty good and 20 was good in the afternoon. 10 never opened up to EU or JA, but there were some Pacific openings and fortunately a relatively solid path to South America both days. 40 and 80 were really tough going, especially for QRP from the Black Hole. I could hear EU and VKs on 40 but couldn't make the trip with 5 watts. The low bands were pretty noisy both nights. Over-all I was pleased with my score. I had hoped we might have conditions similar to last October and I was going to shoot for 1,000 Qs and a million points - oh well! At least conditions were better than the ARRL SSB Test from here. It is fun to stumble across some good DX (and a new multiplier) that hasn't been spotted yet. But you can sure tell when the packet hordes arrive! As always, thanks to the stations that patiently persisted and pulled my puny signal out of the QRM. I'm amazed at what 5 watts can do on a clear frequency, but to make QSOs through the nasty splatter on 20 is unbelievable and a lot of credit goes to the operators (and filters) on the DX end. Thanks guys! Speaking of splatter - it seems to be getting worse and aside from the crowded conditions, some of the signals are just really wide - horribly over-modulated. I thought stations did a better job of giving their calls frequently - with a few notable exceptions. And of course there is the same old problem with callers jumping on top of the station being called by the DX. - Apparently partial calls mean nothing, or perhaps some of our brethren have problems with the alphabet. Set-up here at the ND0C "super-station": Yaesu FT 897D running 5 watts out Wilson SY-3 three element tribander Yagi at 15 meters and an inverted vee for 40 and 80. 73, Randy, ND0C As always... "You don't have to be crazy to contest with QRP ... but it helps."