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Class: SOSB/20 HP
QTH: Oakley, CA
Operating Time (hrs): 9
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Club: Northern California Contest Club
|Comments: [email] 2017-04-08 23:58:42|
|K3, Alpha 76, Yagi stack, N1MM+ My main objective was to beat the old record of 8938 points. No problem there! Now to see if I came out on top this year... Showed up at midnight hoping that 20 might be open at the starting gun. Nope. Got up early hoping that it might be open for awhile at dawn. Nope. Noodled around all morning waiting for an opening. Nope. Finally got my first Q at 1950z, then things ramped up quickly. The band seemed to stay open forever but the JAs eventually pointed at EU and it was all fished out anyway by about 0600z. Another hour of CQing got me one dupe. Conditions were not great, with K = 4 to 5 and an unsettled geomag field almost all the time. Good thing we weren't working EU. I found that the VOACAP prediction was dead-on with regards to MUF and band opening/closing to JA. There was an abrupt blackout around 0500z Sunday that lasted about 15 min. Just like throwing a switch for propagation. Above all, I am grateful that I did not pick 15m!! Thanks to K3EST for his always-enjoyable company while he ran 40m, and of course to N6RO for use of the station and the contest chili.|