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ARRL DX Contest, SSB   2013   Mar 2   Claimed Score

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Call: K3ZJ
Operator(s): K3ZJ
Station: K3ZJ

Class: SOSB/40 HP
Operating Time (hrs):
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:39380Total Score94,320


Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2013-03-04 11:22:39
Upon arrival at my mountaintop summer QTH I found that no antenna had survived winter's ice and wind. Temperatures remained below freezing with high wind and snow showers, so no *safe* attempt to repair an antenna was feasible. Decided to go SB40 because it is the one band I had never done single band. Between snow showers an hour before the contest start I strung up a dipole NE/SW made from scrap wire. I had dreams of squeezing my little signal in among the big signals on 40m. Europe and VK/ZL worked surprisingly well the first night, but I couldn't get through to JAs, and SA was weak. Put up second dipole NW/SE during off time Saturday, and second night got all 9 JAs that I heard and achieved better results to SA. While inverted V dipoles at 45 feet (14 meters) are not competitive antennas on this band, they worked better than I expected and I enjoyed the contest. By contest's end I even had mastered some of the many menus and controls on my back-up and never-before-used TS2000X that I had to press into service. Got a late start because the amplifier wouldn't key after I soldered the DIN plug for the amplifier control cable. Searching the manual, I finally found that one has to access "menu 28a" to turn on the transceiver's relay. Never experienced that one before! Anyways, thanks to everyone for the QSOs. 73, Dave K3ZJ