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ARRL DX Contest, SSB   2017   Mar 4   Claimed Score

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Call: N5AW
Operator(s): N5AW
Station: N5AW

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: TX (EM00tq)
Operating Time (hrs): 37
Location: USA
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOsMults
160:2620
80:10655
40:28872
20:35880
15:27259
10:13230
Total:1182316Total Score1,120,536

 

Club: Central Texas DX and Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-03-06 11:35:34
ARRL DX CW was to be my first serious contest from home with high power. The high power part ended after 3 hours when my new amp failed. Shipped it back to the supplier on Monday after the contest and he had it repaired and back to me by Thursday. That gave me a week to check things out before the SSB contest and another go at high power. Worked perfectly this time but unfortunately propagation didn't cooperate. Actually somewhat embarrassed that not only is my score lower than last year's low power score but it is lower by 40%. After looking at the early postings on 3830 maybe it's not quite as bad as I thought but still embarrassing. Actually conditions on 80 and 160 were decent by my standards. 80 meters were my best ever for this contest and worked several Europeans on 160 - always tough on SSB from here. I thought 40 and 20 were below average. Good signals from the "big guns" but the others were weak or non-existent. Unfortunately 15, normally my best band, was awful. The only real opening to Europe was to EA and CT. Got a few others in the log that were probably back scatter and one OH on the late afternoon opening that sometimes occurs to Scandinavia. I really did not expect too much from ten other than South America and the Caribbean and that was pretty much the case. Did work a couple of ZLs, E5, and EA8 but no KH6 or VK like the CW weekend. I still have a lot to learn to be competitive with high power. My station is still not optimized for high power and especially not for SSB. I don't have an amp for the second radio but even worse this time I developed an RF feedback problem on the second radio that limited its usefulness to receiving only. So although technically SO2R it was mostly just one radio. The SWR on the Lazy H I use on 40 for SE-NW is too high in the phone portion of the band for the antenna tuner in the amp to handle so couldn't use that antenna. Didn't realize how much I would miss it or I would have spend some time beforehand to see if I could cure the problem. It is interesting to see the big numbers for 20 meters from the East Coast stations. Twenty is tough from here in the best of conditions but with 10 and 15 down running Europe on 20 is really tough. East Coast signals are huge with our antennas pointed right at them. It's hard to find a spot to CQ and even if you do there will invariably be splatter from nearby strong signals. With conditions like they were this weekend most of the Europeans are weak. It can be very frustrating! I probably won't make another serious contest effort from home until next fall so plenty of time to optimize things and maybe even buy a second amp. I will say, despite the conditions, there were some really nice things about the high power experience. I nearly always got the station I was calling on first call even with some huge pile ups. Had some exotic DX call me. Did not have to struggle to work weak stations on 80 and 160. Hopefully I'll adapt to a different operating style and eventually be able to post a competitive score in the future. Some numbers for those who are interested: Continent List 160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL --- --- --- --- --- --- --- NA calls = 16 27 34 59 59 25 220 SA calls = 4 15 27 51 93 105 295 Euro calls = 5 47 102 136 17 0 307 African calls = 0 1 5 7 6 1 20 Asian calls = 0 2 1 7 1 0 11 Japan calls = 0 7 77 83 68 0 235 Ocean calls = 1 7 45 19 31 2 105 Total calls = 26 106 291 362 275 133 1193 (includes dupes) QSOs MADE IN EACH COUNTRY Country Prefix 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Percent ------- ------ ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----- ------- 1 Tanzania 5H - - - - 1 - 1 0.08 2 Senegal 6W - - - 1 - - 1 0.08 3 Jamaica 6Y 2 3 2 2 2 1 12 1.01 4 Barbados 8P 1 1 4 3 3 1 13 1.09 5 Croatia 9A 1 1 3 5 1 - 11 0.92 6 Kuwait 9K - - - 1 - - 1 0.08 7 East Malaysia 9M6 - - 1 - - - 1 0.08 8 Trinidad & Tobago 9Y - - - - - 1 1 0.08 9 Tonga A3 - - - - 1 - 1 0.08 10 Andorra C3 - - 1 1 - - 2 0.17 11 Bahamas C6 1 1 1 4 2 - 9 0.75 12 Chile CE - - 2 6 8 7 23 1.93 13 Cuba CM - 3 5 5 4 - 17 1.42 14 Morocco CN - - - 1 1 - 2 0.17 15 Portugal CT - 2 1 4 2 - 9 0.75 16 Azores CU - 1 2 1 1 - 5 0.42 17 Uruguay CX - - - 3 3 3 9 0.75 18 Fed. Rep. of Germany DL - 2 5 8 1 - 16 1.34 19 Philippines DU - - 6 1 2 - 9 0.75 20 South Cook Islands E5/s - - 1 1 1 1 4 0.34 21 Bosnia-Herzegovina E7 - 1 1 1 - - 3 0.25 22 Spain EA 1 6 17 17 8 - 49 4.11 23 Balearic Islands EA6 1 1 1 1 1 - 5 0.42 24 Canary Islands EA8 - 1 3 4 2 1 11 0.92 25 Ceuta & Melilla EA9 - - 1 1 - - 2 0.17 26 Ireland EI 1 1 3 2 - - 7 0.59 27 Belarus EU - 1 - 1 - - 2 0.17 28 France F 1 4 14 10 2 - 31 2.60 29 Guadeloupe FG - 1 2 3 3 2 11 0.92 30 Martinique FM - 1 1 2 2 1 7 0.59 31 Reunion Island FR - - 1 - - - 1 0.08 32 French Guiana FY - - 1 - 1 - 2 0.17 33 England G - 1 4 7 - - 12 1.01 34 Scotland GM - 1 - - - - 1 0.08 35 Wales GW - - 1 - - - 1 0.08 36 Hungary HA - 4 5 5 - - 14 1.17 37 Switzerland HB - 2 5 2 - - 9 0.75 38 Liechtenstein HB0 - - 1 - - - 1 0.08 39 Ecuador HC - 2 2 3 2 1 10 0.84 40 Dominican Republic HI 1 2 2 3 3 1 12 1.01 41 Colombia HK - 1 1 2 4 1 9 0.75 42 San Andres & Providencia HK0/a - - - 2 2 1 5 0.42 43 Republic of Korea HL - - - 1 - - 1 0.08 44 Panama HP - 1 - 1 1 2 5 0.42 45 Honduras HR - 1 - 2 3 - 6 0.50 46 Italy I - 7 10 32 - - 49 4.11 47 Dominica J7 - - - - 2 - 2 0.17 48 Japan JA - 7 77 83 68 - 235 19.70 49 Hawaii KH6 1 3 5 12 8 - 29 2.43 50 American Samoa KH8 - - - 1 - - 1 0.08 51 Alaska KL - - - 5 1 - 6 0.50 52 US Virgin Islands KP2 2 3 2 4 6 4 21 1.76 53 Puerto Rico KP4 2 3 3 10 13 5 36 3.02 54 Argentina LU - - 2 3 15 23 43 3.60 55 Lithuania LY - - - 2 - - 2 0.17 56 Bulgaria LZ - 1 2 1 - - 4 0.34 57 Peru OA - - 1 1 2 1 5 0.42 58 Austria OE - 2 1 2 - - 5 0.42 59 Finland OH - - - 2 1 - 3 0.25 60 Czech Republic OK - - 1 - - - 1 0.08 61 Slovak Republic OM - 1 2 1 - - 4 0.34 62 Belgium ON - 1 5 7 - - 13 1.09 63 Denmark OZ - - - 2 - - 2 0.17 64 Papua New Guinea P2 - - 1 - 1 - 2 0.17 65 Aruba P4 2 2 2 2 2 2 12 1.01 66 Netherlands PA - 1 6 8 - - 15 1.26 67 Curacao PJ2 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.50 68 Bonaire PJ4 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.50 69 Sint Maarten PJ7 - - 1 1 1 1 4 0.34 70 Brazil PY - 5 10 24 51 57 147 12.32 71 Suriname PZ - 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.42 72 Slovenia S5 - 1 3 5 - - 9 0.75 73 Sweden SM - - 1 - - - 1 0.08 74 Poland SP - - 1 2 - - 3 0.25 75 Greece SV - - 1 1 - - 2 0.17 76 Eastern Kiribati T32 - 1 - - - - 1 0.08 77 Guatemala TG - - - 1 - - 1 0.08 78 Costa Rica TI 2 2 4 4 4 4 20 1.68 79 Corsica TK - - 3 - - - 3 0.25 80 European Russia UA - 1 - - - - 1 0.08 81 Kaliningrad UA2 - 1 - - - - 1 0.08 82 Asiatic Russia UA9 - 2 1 5 1 - 9 0.75 83 Ukraine UR - 2 1 2 - - 5 0.42 84 Antigua & Barbuda V2 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.50 85 Belize V3 - - 1 - 1 - 2 0.17 86 Australia VK - - 6 2 8 - 16 1.34 87 Montserrat VP2M 1 - 1 1 1 1 5 0.42 88 British Virgin Islands VP2V - - - - 1 - 1 0.08 89 Turks & Caicos Islands VP5 - - 1 1 1 - 3 0.25 90 Pitcairn Island VP6 - - - - 1 - 1 0.08 91 Bermuda VP9 - 1 1 1 1 - 4 0.34 92 Mexico XE 2 2 1 2 - - 7 0.59 93 Indonesia YB - - 23 1 7 - 31 2.60 94 Latvia YL - - - 1 - - 1 0.08 95 Romania YO - 1 - 1 - - 2 0.17 96 Serbia YU - - 1 2 - - 3 0.25 97 Venezuela YV - 2 3 3 2 5 15 1.26 98 Cayman Islands ZF 1 1 1 1 1 - 5 0.42 99 New Zealand ZL - 3 2 1 2 1 9 0.75 100 Paraguay ZP - - - 1 - 1 2 0.17 101 South Africa ZS - - - - 2 - 2 0.17