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Class: SOAB QRP
Operating Time (hrs): 18
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Club: Minnesota Wireless Assn
|Comments: [email] 2017-03-05 16:22:29|
|This was a miserable experience and the results are unbelievably dismal and embarrassing. I should have been out enjoying the warm (for us) weather this weekend! Based on what I could tell here, the propagation was poor, to put it diplomatically. I felt like I was always on the wrong band at the wrong time. I heard few Europeans on 20 and it was a huge struggle to work them - many I couldn't. My log has no Gs, no DKs, no OMs, etc. Pathetic! The noise levels on 80 and 40 were nasty. I did catch a couple short-lived "spot-light" openings on 10. This was really a Caribbean and South American QSO party, but after a while the supply of stations there runs low. I was pleased to come across A31MM on 15 while looking for ZLs in the last half hour. Who in their right mind would run QRP in a SSB DX contest with these conditions? I need some serious treatment for my apparent masochism. Transceiver: Yaesu FTDX3000 running 5 watts out Antennas: Cycle 24 TX38 tribander Yagi at 40 feet, 40 meter rotatable dipole at 43 feet, inverted vee with apex at 39 feet. 73, Randy, ND0C|