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ARRL DX Contest, CW   2018   Feb 17   Claimed Score

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Call: NR4M
Station: NR4M

Class: M/M HP
QTH: Central VA
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:5017512Total Score7,566,336


Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2018-02-19 15:35:23
Well, that's another one in the books. As always, a big part of any of our contesting efforts is enjoying the camaraderie of those with a like passion for contesting, especially CW contesting. The spirit of camaraderie was in abundance this weekend. We had a guest op, Don, K6ZO, who we met at the Richmond hamfest. He rode down from DC to spend the weekend in front of a radio. We also had Matt, W4GO, come by on Saturday, to meet the gang and get a feel for the station. K7SV, K4GMH, KA4RRU and I had spent a considerable amount of time working on stuff and trying to get ready for the weekend. We re-installed my Hi-Z 8 circle receive array after ripping it out because of intermod issues. Did things a bit differently and am happy to report that it worked really fine in the face of all of the RF that was floating around here this past weekend. The Beverages continue to work well and improve our low band receiving ability even though, the local power co-op has not resolved my interference issues. Several high power band pass filters were purchased and installed. These were purchased from Pavel, VE6AM, who custom makes each one. It was commented that the little 'nit-noy' noises and 'hash' were now, non existent. Although inter-station interference is minimal here, I feel those new filters have made an improvement. Were able to get the 40 meter prop pitch working enough that we were able to work Asia, unlike the CQWW weekend. Still need to make a 190 foot trip to try and determine the problem with limited rotation. Still having issues with the two 15 meter ring rotators. I have concluded that these are the spawn between Satan and a junk yard. So, really did not have a usable 15 meter stack. 20 meters was limping along with some problem with SWR creeping up at times, then back down. RTTY is fun but is sure hard on connectors and other antenna parts/devices. 4 element delta loop array on 80 worked fine as usual, as did the four square. Did lose the 15 meter amp to what I'm hoping is a defective output relay. Had a spare, so not much time lost. As everyone knows the best day was Saturday, and Sunday was a real slog. Woe be the casual non-contester that just happened to get on the air. I heard 'total inundation' of those ops by rabid contesters, more than once. As always, it was nice to hear all the familiar calls and greetings from others. Still miss 'Big Frank', who became a silent key about a year ago. He was always a '48 hour fixture' here. RIP 'BF'. Thanks for all the Q's and the good time. 73 de Steve, NR4M and the entire 'Goat Farm Gang'.