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Class: M/M HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: South America
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|Comments: [email] 2017-03-06 09:11:17|
|This is the largest crew (16 ops plus 3 XYLs) ever assembled at PJ2T. The group was organized by Bob Allphin, K4UEE, in an effort to provide an opportunity for ops from the Atlanta area (Southeast DX Club, SEDXC) to experience what it's like to be on the DX side. Our hat is off to Bob and his experienced lieutenants George (N4GRN), Mike (ND4V), and Gregg (W6IZT) for their efforts in helping to grow new DXers and contesters. Besides establishing a record for the biggest crew ever here, we also set a new record for the absolute worst on-air conditions I have experienced in my 17 years at PJ2T. Never before have I had to pull mostly ESP-level signals out of noise on 15! The 10 meter opening was too brief and didn't quite make it into W7 either day, but at least we had enough of an opening to harvest 43 mults. As bad as our conditions were here, it was vastly worse up north, so we have little room to whine. In spite of the conditions everyone had a ton of fun, learned a lot, and they will all go home with heightened enthusiasm for DXing and contesting and for the hobby in general. As always there was an acute shortage of VE multipliers in the SSB contest. We had only 328 mults on SSB as compared with 360 in the CW event earlier this month. I thank K4UEE and ND4V for their patience in setting this up. We swapped a bazillion E-mails over a nine month period as I arranged Curacao logistics, set up rental of additional houses in the neighborhood, answered LOTS of questions, took care of licensing for the weekend, and dealt with all of the many, many details necessary for us to be able to say "59K" over ten thousand times this weekend. The commercial power and DSL stayed on all weekend, all PJ2T equipment performed beautifully, we had no medical mishaps, and there were no hot-swaps of gear. Murphy was tired after the ARRL CW contest and left us alone for SSB. I thank K4NHW (Nathan), WK4U (Tim), and KJ4PQV (Jenna) for being tough enough to climb the Ridge with me on Thursday to pull maintenance on one of the Beverages, and to re-tune the 80 meter dipole up there for SSB. This trek in the extreme heat is never easy, and they all handled it well. Jenna (KJ4PQV) is a superb contest operator with fast, crisp, no-nonsense verbiage and technique, she understands the technology, and she is also very capable on outside maintenance work including the Ridge climb and, later today, some tower climbing. This good score and the big fun enjoyed by the SEDXC crew this weekend was all dependent upon the great work and support of PJ2T by all of our membership over many years. All of that enabled this Georgia crew to be able to walk in, sit down, and GO in the contest with essentially zero station setup or troubleshooting work needed beforehand. I thank all of my CCC friends for all that they have done to keep this place on the air for so many years. Congrats to 6Y1LZ and others around the globe for good scores in trying conditions, and to everyone else who stuck it out. It's always a privilege to be able to say a quick hello to so many good friends. 73, - Geoff, W0CG, PJ2DX|