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Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 44
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|Comments: [email] 2017-03-06 10:07:57|
|It is very interesting to hear the many complaints about conditions this weekend. Actually, from the northern VT perspective, the Low Bands were not "that" much worse than other bad Aurora conditions weekends. I am pretty used to that situation which looks to occur about half the time for the major contests. Conside the last 3 years as High Power in this contest. 2017 was the worst of the 3 for 160 - 40 but honestly not that much worse. The BIG difference was 10 - 15 combined QSO and Mult count - 1856/192 last year and 252/76 this year. N1UR Low Bands (High Power) 2015 2016 2017 160 43/33 62/36 37/31 80 246/67 310/62 174/63 40 545/83 705/81 512/80 Its hard to know whether you are "doing well" in these conditions Easy to tell with many hours of 150 - 200 rate. Not so easy when you have a great spot on 40M and work the activity out to decide to stay or not. Actually had a couple of very short JA runs on 20M both days around 22Z. 45 in the log combined for both days. I made the choice to run 15M at a much slower rate around 1430Z Saturday. Glad I did. Worked a few EU then and heard ZERO on Sunday - despite some EA8, CT3 on for a few hours. Was surprised to grab KH6 on 15M on a last pass Sunday at 23Z. I was prepared to go 45 - 46 hours in this one. But took one extra nap Sunday morning because the rate was so slow and felt the extra 90 min sleep would add more value on Sunday. I believe it did. I was going strong all Sunday right up until the end. There were a few of using running from Vermont this time. And as always, quite a few S & Ping around the bands. Lets hope for better conditions for Russian DX and WPX SSB still coming up this month. I will be on as AC1U in WPX SSB. 73 Ed N1UR|