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Minnesota QSO Party   2018   Feb 3   Claimed Score

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Call: KØB
Operator(s): AEØEE
Station: KØB

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: MN Le Sueur
Operating Time (hrs): 10
Location: In State/Province

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:21264Mults75Total Score42,900


Club: Minnesota Wireless Assn

Comments:     [email]     2018-02-05 02:07:26
K0B, "Korn" in LE Sueur County 100 W, dipoles at 7-10 m, all CW keyed on a Vibroplex bug. 11 additional FT8 QSOs (1 on 15 m, 10 on 20 m). I was lucky and Murphy stayed away this weekend. The only minor problem was that I still haven't bothered to get or build an adapter that will connect my footswitch (1/4") to my rig (RCA), so I had to use a hand switch (RCA cable to a spare CW key). Very little action was heard on 15 or 10 meters. Much of the day 20 m CW was useful, but it was very hard to find an open spot on SSB. QSB was a bit of an issue, but generally stations were in long enough to finish the exchange and repeats on my uncommon name. After starting the contest on 80 meters to work west, I moved up to 20 meters. OM2VL found me very quickly, as did four other EU stations. It was a thrill to be running Europe on 20 m with 100 W and dipoles! Before I went down again to 80 meters, I heard few MN stations, and even fewer of the MN stations heard me back. However, there were lots of non-MN stations to work, and OM2VL gets special mention for having great signals on 20 (both SSB and CW), 40, and 80 meters. A couple hours after the contest I heard him on 160 m, a true 579, but my 160 m antenna couldn't direct enough power at low elevations to allow him to hear me. I did pretty well for states (missed 9 plus DC), and managed five Canadian provinces and nine additional DXCC. Counties weren't a focus, but my math puts me at 30, including Le Sueur and Nicollet. Compared to last year, mults are up by 1, QSOs are up by 5 on CW and 17 on SSB, yielding an increase in total score of about 5k. I think the biggest difference came from my effort on 80 SSB, where I picked up a lot of counties and a decent SSB rate that had been lacking on the other bands. The 1x1 callsigns were a great addition to this contest. It's a little harder to tell who the op is, but it sounds distinctive on the air when there are so many of them. Maybe I'll do special event callsigns when I do non-MN QSO parties. Yes this one was longer in CW than my normal call, but it was fun to lean on the dot paddle a bit. Thanks for all the QSOs! ~Bill, AE0EE