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Class: SO(A)AB HP
QTH: Fallbrook, Ca.
Operating Time (hrs): 22
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Club: San Diego Contest Club
|Comments: [email] 2017-03-28 15:15:06|
|This was a mixed-emotion remote operation from NX6T's contest in Fallbrook, Ca. Due to weird audio-routing problems I got a late start (02:00z) with more problems surfacing a half hour into the contest. Equipment-wise Station #1 consisted of an Elecraft K3 running into an ACOM 2000a amp to the tune of about 800 watts (keeping the amp heat and the shack down to 40-deg c)into a C-31XR tri-bander for the high bands, 2-el on 40 and an 80-m Inverted Vee. Overall Saturday ran rather well altho throughout the weekend Auroral flutter made voices sound strange; sometimes resulting in 2 copies of the same signal coming at me simultaneously - very strange indeed. I mostly ran frequencies interspersed with S&P thanks to spots on the band map. 40 meters brought a bunch of EU and even some AF QSOs - very nice for us Left Coast operators. Surprisingly, 80-meters yielded a dozen SA stations; not bad for an inverted Vee. On Saturday 10 meters yielded only 2 QSOs (@23:00z) even though a I called CQ throughout the day. The BiG disappointment came (@19:20z) when a power failure occurred in the NX6T shack with no human operators present to restore the power. For WQ6X, that was the end of the contest. The hoped-for 2nd shot at 15 & 10 meters never happened. An upside of this disappointment is that I learned how to program the K3's voice memories remotely, allowing me to run the contest largely with function keys. I also made extensive use of an EASY Button ("That was Easy") when pressing F3 to send the "Thank You" message. Did YOU hear the easy button?|