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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY   2007   Sep 29   Claimed Score

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Call: VA7ST
Operator(s): VA7ST
Station: VA7ST

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 23
Location: Canada

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:59912951197446Total Score309,505


Club: [none]

Comments:     [email]     2007-09-30 19:45:02
* FT-2000, SB221 * N1MM Logger + MMTTY * 3-ele CL33 at 45' * Two 40M half-squares (E-W, N-S) * 80M full-size delta loop * No cluster -------------------------------------- I've said it before, but this time I mean it: the flux can't get ANY lower! This weekend's solar values: SFI=65, A=26>13, K=4>1 (and A was 26, K was 4 through most of the weekend). Have seen worse -- in a total blackout. Really, really lousy bands. Did not hear any EU (not one!) until about 5 a.m. Sunday, then there was a slow trickle of weak EUs through till 8 a.m. or so when 20M finally opened up reasonably well. Nothing on 10M (looked around for HC8N). 15M was dead except to FL and a couple of deep SA stations. Down from last year. Last year, worked 55 countries on 20M LP; this year just 48 HP. Sections were down from 43 to 39, too. The big gains this year were in sections and Qs on 40M and 80M. Antennas were playing well(ish... no EU at all). Had some very nice surprises from SA on 40M. ZM2A and JS3 on 80M were nice finds, too. Heavy rain Saturday night and Sunday knocked down the power line noise (thankfully). What noise remained was easily handed by the FT-2000 noise blanker (long pulse) without nearby signals letting the noise through the blanker, as I often found with the FT-920 when the noise blanker is on. Sure like the 2000's filtering. Must be half a dozen ways to clean up a frequency. Sunday afternoon saw 20M packed from .060 to .115, with barely a space to slip into. New callers were pretty sparse by that time, too. Tried to go to 40M for the final hour, but only a few stations could hear me that early, even with high power, so I went back to 20M and sought any fresh stations that were around. Missed 600 Qs by one (with dupes: 607). Time on task for this one: 23 hours. (25.5 last year -- it's easier to stick with it when the bands are alive). Next time out, I'll try SO2V -- would have this time, but couldn't find an audio splitter to feed the two sound cards. Full N1MM score report: Band QSOs Pts Cty ZN Sec 3.5 106 209 7 8 37 7 145 296 13 11 36 14 320 726 48 20 39 21 28 64 6 7 7 Total 599 1295 74 46 119 Score: 309,505 ---------------------------------------- Year-over-year Qs Mult Score ---------------------------------------- 2007 CQWW RTTY SOABHP 599 239 309,505 (1st HP entry) 2006 CQWW RTTY SOABLP 561 242 300,322 (Note: 102,480 as SOSB/20) 2005 CQWW RTTY SOABLP 365 221 189,840 2004 CQWW RTTY SOABLP 760 220 482,062 1st contest w/tower 2003 CQWW RTTY SOABLP 257 168 101,304 Looking forward to the SSB and CW versions.