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CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW   2018   Jan 26   Claimed Score

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Call: K4XL
Operator(s): K4XL
Station: K4XL

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: Amherst, VA
Operating Time (hrs): 19
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs928State/Prov58Countries43Total Score266,135


Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2018-01-29 00:01:13
I got a late start and had trouble finding a spot for running, so I did S&P for much of what turned out to be the best evening of the test. Still, I managed a pretty good rate and picked off quite a few Europeans plus a few from the Carribbean. This time I decided to go unassisted since I planned to do nothing but run. I know I missed some easy mults, but that was the plan. I had worked 47 of the lower 48 plus Hawaii and most of the Canadians at the end of the first evening. At the end of the test I still needed Idaho! I heard one, so I know they were on, but they missed the thrill of working me! I crashed around 2AM on Saturday morning and then back up around 6 for a few of the morning crowd. Saturday afternoon found me sitting on a good frequency which I managed to hold for most of the evening. Despite the band not being in very good condition, I managed some good runs before the well began to run dry. Once again, I crashed around 2AM and was back up at 6. In 2015 I managed 543 Qs. I missed several of the great contests in 2016, including this one. In 2017 I wanted to do better and I managed 702 Qs. This year I decided to go unassisted and run as much as I could. This was a personal best for me with over 900 Qs. I guess that means I need to do my time management a little better with my BIC when it counts in order to make it to my new goal of 1000 Qs. No one actually tried to take over the frequency, but I had a couple of deliberate QRMers who threw a carrier on top of some difficult European contacts. This wasn't for a prolonged period, so maybe it was just some lid tuning up. Speaking of "lids." Right in the middle of a fairly long run, someone chimed in "lid!" It stopped me in my tracks....for a split second while I questioned the behavior of N1MM+ and decided that it wasn't at fault. Not overdriving. I hate to be called a lid...especially when I don't know what ticked the other guy off! My "?" didn't get a response, so I'm still in the dark why someone thinks I'm a lid. Maybe I was on his choice frequency? The other behavior that I noticed this time was some folks who would call and give a signal report but not their state. Repeated requests for "state" went unanswered. What was that all about? I counted 6 different stations who did that. Despite being called a lid, I thoroughly enjoyed this contest. I always do. It was fun! Thanks for the Qs. Rig: Icom IC-7800 to an ancient Alpha 78. Ant: Folded unipole for tx and beverages in 6 directions for rx.