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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2017   Nov 25   Claimed Score

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

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: TX
Operating Time (hrs): 40
Location: USA
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOsZonesCountries
160:591537
80:2232074
40:53232101
20:79632116
15:4422992
10:33710
Total:2085135430Total Score3,216,545

 

Club: Central Texas DX and Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-27 17:52:37
My first serious effort in a major CW contest with high power (after 60+ years of low power contesting). Still learning but, with my good antennas, it was not much different (not the case for phone). Probably should have run more but had that same problem with low power (I'm too much of a DXer). During this portion of the sunspot cycle there are large chunks of time when there aren't many signals from Europe or Japan here in Texas and run rates become very slow. Even with a second radio I find putting my full attention on S&P with one radio is more efficient for me. 51 percent of my contacts were S&P. Thanks to K5PI for loan of his KPA500 for an amp on the 2nd radio. Did not notice much difference between it and the 1.3 KW main radio. Considering the sunspot cycle conditions were pretty good although they were better the day before the contest. Ten meters never opened to zone 8 from here or if it did I missed it. Pretty good openings to Europe on 80 and 160 by Texas standards. Unfortunately the noise problem I had during the phone contest, which went away right after that contest, raised it's ugly head again beginning Friday. It made running JA particularly tough. The K3's DSP does an amazing job of pulling weak signals out of the noise but isn't so good with a pile up. On the low bands the noise is worse on my beverages than on the transmit antenna. I tried using a noise canceler with one of the beverages as the noise antenna. I could reduce the noise but also reduced the desired signal. Maybe a different noise antenna will work better but really need to find the source (don't think it's the same one that is giving problems on the higher bands). I'm afraid that operating 40 or more hours in these contests is not good for one's health, especially when you're 76 years old. In addition to three short sleep breaks I did several short walks - sitting in a chair for hours on end puts you at the risk of blood clots among other things. Don't think I'll do this many hours again. I like the 36 hour limit of WPX. Love CQ WW with all the juicy DX though! Marv N5AW 2017 CQ-WW-CW N5AW Continent List 160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL --- --- --- --- --- --- --- USA calls = 1 2 29 43 11 1 87 Canada calls = 16 19 42 63 42 0 182 NA calls = 13 20 27 28 28 3 119 SA calls = 5 10 34 44 72 29 194 Euro calls = 17 144 208 424 115 0 908 African calls = 4 9 17 20 17 0 67 Asian calls = 1 4 16 18 4 0 43 Japan calls = 1 12 147 137 137 0 434 Ocean calls = 2 4 17 22 20 0 65 Total calls = 60 224 537 800 446 33 2100 (includes 15 dupes)