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Class: SOAB QRP
QTH: San Diego, CA
Operating Time (hrs): 35.7
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Club: Southern California Contest Club
|Comments: [email] 2017-03-26 22:19:24|
|STATION W8QZA: Radio: Elecraft K-2, 5 Watts. Antennas: 10-15-20 Meters: 3 el Stepp-IR up 32 feet 40 Meters: DX-LB trap dipole up 30 feet 40-80 Meters: Butternut HF-2V Vertical with 3 radials ------------------------------------------------------- So, just when it seemed conditions could not get worse, ...they did. There was a point an hour or two after sunrise this AM where I tuned across 15 meters and not a signal to be heard. 10 M was restricted to 12 Qs Central and South America. And I worked hard to get those. 15 M also allowed me to get into the Pacific region, but not a single JA! My only Q to the east was D41CV. I never heard Europe. 20 M was very crowded by default, but I managed to get my only two Europeans here: EI7M and CQ8M. I also managed a Zone 18 which is tough in good years. My only Africa Qs were D4C and ED8W. 40 M got me 4 JAs and a couple VK-KH6 80 M yielded one KH6 and I was never able get a Q on 160, as usual. My DXCC in this contest was the lowest ever at 39 (Normal 55-85) and WAZ was also lowest at 21 (normal 24-31). My 295 Qs compares to 325 to 600 in the past. Last year, 63% of my Qs in this contest were off the continent, and this year only 32% were off continent! I had a number of Qs where ops could not get my serial number immediately, and in the struggle that resulted I was never quite certain that they had logged me. I couldn't hear the serial number on the next Q so I had to decide whether to log it on not. QSB was so bad that I had a number of Qs where the op copied my call easily but faded quickly and never got my serial number! One op commented that it was like we were on 6 meters! I did try CQing a few times and had the exhilarating experience of having one station answer all my CQs! Well, it's quite a challenge and I guess that's what keeps it from getting boring ...ha! See you in the WPX CW! Bill Parker W8QZA - W6QU|