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ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB   2017   Nov 18   Claimed Score

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Call: VE4VT
Operator(s): VE4VT
Station: VE4VT

Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 23:56
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:1356Sections81Total Score219,672


Club: Radiosport Manitoba

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-20 06:19:59
A dismal outing that seems to match the declining sunspot cycle. Missed PR and ND this year. PR is not a surprise but my neighbor ND! Saw ND spotted on 15/20 and 40 but the bands were always too long. Started on 20m for the first 90 mins with excellent rate. Shifted to 40 and had a difficult time finding a spot to run it as the east coast folks had already established themselves. Found a spot to slide into and had another 90 minutes of decent run. That is when someone turned off the ionosphere and the band went very long and rate dropped to near nil. Forced to move to 80m and found it to be crowded, noisy and also very long.I was not able to hear the close in sections like SD, ONN, and even MN. The next 7 hours were a struggle with the rate meter averaging less than 30 Q/hr. Called wit quits at 0700z needing ND, PR, AK, WY, NL, NT. Sunday I had planned to start at 1300z on 40m. The band appeared in great shape but was packed with signals. Ihad to go to 20m way earlier than expected but did find a slice of clear frequency and managed to hold the run frequency for nearly 5 hours 15m was a wasteland from here. the band stayed very long and yielded only a few west coast and southern Florida stations. Did hear VE6SV but he couldn't copy me. Kept losing my frequency on 20m to hidden transmitters from nearby sections that would start calling CQ close to my frequency. As they were fresh meat, the ensuing pileup that would result when they were spotted would always force me to move. Decided to move to 40m earlier on Sunday then I had planned. Even at 21:30z the band was packed. just like Saturday, the band instantly changed and went long. I saw from the cluster that 80m had become the band of choice but stuck to 40m and had a good hour of working distant 5,6,7's. The last hour was mostly S&P as I could not establish on 80m. With S9+10 noise level it was a struggle. Thanks to all that worked at completing the exchanges, especially on 80m. Until the next one...73 Ed VE4VT IC7700 and IC746Pro Optibeam OB11-5 for 20/15 at 51' Force 12 Delta 240 for 40m at 60' 1/4 wave sloper for 80m fed at 50'