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ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW   2017   Nov 4   Claimed Score

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Call: W8WTS
Operator(s): W8WTS
Station: W8WTS

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Auburn Twp., OH
Operating Time (hrs): 20:16
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:856Sections80Total Score136,960


Club: Mad River Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-09 19:26:32
The best laid schemes o Mice an Men Gang aft agley, was the ARRL SS CW 2017 tagline for me. With significant improvements to my home station in Auburn Township, Geauga County, Ohio, I decided to make a serious effort from home in SS class A. I had all of the hardware checked out, the SO2R setup optimized for SS, and N1MM Logger Plus open and ready to roll on Friday night. I slept late and hard on Saturday until about 1 p.m. with the blinds closed. By 3 p.m. I was cleaned, fed and tuning around to get a feel for the bands. Conditions sounded reasonably good, but there was a serious threat of storms as a low pressure cell above Minnesota was winding a cold front toward me. As the contest started, rate was good but not excellent. I felt that I was holding my own with my peers. The first five hour rates were 76, 67, 68, 68, 76. Over the years, I have become a stickler for logging accuracy. My net rate likely suffers, but I make up for it in the UBN. My off time started after a QSO with N8BB at 8:43Z with 610 Qs. I managed to not oversleep and started with KS7T at 14:21Z on 40 m. I managed my off time just right, so that I could operate the entire 24 hours. The first two hours after off time were 23 and 39 Qs. Sunday mid day rates ebbed and flowed within the 30s, but there were no absolutely horrible hours. I anticipated a surge of fresh meat as the Sunday evening crowd started to play. About an hour before the Sunday evening rush, at 23:00Z the cold front slammed through. See for this horror show. While there were no tornado touchdowns, microbursts did extensive damage to Geauga County. Read for the ugly details. At 23:21Z I made my last Q of the contest with W8OV. After that, the electricity went out leaving 856 Qs and 80 sections in the log having operated only 20:16. It took until Monday evening for electrical power to be restored. I am sure that I could have topped 1000 Qs had storm not wiped me out. I missed only NNY, VI and PR, never ceasing to be amazed how many A and B class stations find the elusive sections. It was a great weekend of radio and I appreciate all of the QSOs. Until next year, Dare to be honest and fear no labor.