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ARRL DX Contest, CW   2012   Feb 18   Claimed Score

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Call: N6GQ
Operator(s): N6GQ
Station: K6IDX

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 30
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:1803324Total Score1,750,572


Club: Northern California Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2012-02-20 08:19:47
I had planned to do a single-band 20M effort, and just about sunset on the first night - WHAMMO! Out goes the power. It was off for a while which allowed me to think through my plans and consider other options. That, combined with the coronal hole solar wind storm, and my incessant need to play with all the fun propagation ended up turning this into a very casual "little more than" part time SO1R effort. I slept full nights both nights, which explains why the Q's are low on 40/80, and didn't have a 160 antenna on the air. Around 2200z on Saturday it was obvious *something* was happening. 10 and 15M were wide open to Northern EU with most all signals at least S9, many in the S9+20-30dB range. That was a great deal of fun while it lasted. It was later followed by very strong auroral flutter with anything near the pole. While signals were strong for a while, they were covered in massive auroral flutter. Then the inevitable came - almost complete polar path shutdown. 40 and 80M were very poor on the polar paths, a real bummer from the left coast. Sunday picked up, thankfully. Conditions weren't fantastic but better than the evening before. The "Gigantic" signal award goes to RV1AW, who was peaking S9+40+dB (IC7800, preamp OFF) on Saturday morning on 15M. Thanks to all the worldwide ops that made this a fun one, and special thanks to Brad, K6IDX, for allowing me to come up at a moment's notice to play radio in paradise. His 20+dB hilltop QTH is nothing short of magical. Rig: IC7800, Alpha 87A Antennas: 10: 4L SteppIR 15: 4L SteppIR 20: 4L SteppIR + 6L M2 40: 3L fullsize 80: 1/2 of a 4-square 160: N/A