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ARRL September VHF Contest   2017   Sep 9   Claimed Score

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Call: W3SO
Operator(s): W3BC W3BTX W3IDT W3SF W3XOX W3YOZ WA3TTS WR3Z
Station: W3SO

Class: Limited Multi-Op HP
QTH: WPA
Operating Time (hrs): 24

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOsMults
6:14836
2:20152
222:8335
432:10639
903:
1.2:
2.3:
3.4:
5.7:
10G:
24G:
Total:538162Total Score117,774

 

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-09-11 13:18:08
We knew it was going to happen, sooner or later. What is "it"? Look at the summary of our results... (Use a fixed font such as 'courier new') QSOs GRIDs 50 148 36 144 201 52 222 83 35 432 106 39 --------------- Total 538 162 Score 117,774 WOW! 432 has more grids than 50, and 220 has only one fewer than 50! 50: The band absolutely s*cked! Our noise level was, as usual, very high. One theory of why our noise level is so high, and has gotten worse the past number of years, is that the radio/tv/government/private services with which we share our mountaintop have switched from quiet tube amps to noisy solid-state amps. We did try digital (FT8) for the first time using a separate, stand-alone laptop, radio, and interfaces. The coax from the antenna switch was manually changed from the SSB/CW station to the FT8 one and the SSB/CW radio shut down (and the reverse going from FT8 to SSB/CW). We did lose a few rover passes with this manual switch-over. FT8 seems important enough to integrate the technology with our existing radio / amp / networked logging system. 144: As usual, except when there is a serous 6 meter Eskip opening, 2 meters is our QSO and GRID leader. Most of the weekend was "routine", but late Sunday evening there was a very nice tropo opening to the west and upper midwest (mostly 9s in IL and WI). 220/432: Well, the grid total statement above says it all! These bands have been our perennial point generators, and certainly were so this contest. For the Wopsononock Mountaintop Operator team (w3bc, w3btx, w3sf, w3yoz, w3xox, wa3tts, wr3z, w3idt) Bob, w3idt