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Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 26
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Club: Florida Contest Group
|Comments: [email] 2017-03-05 20:55:11|
|Well I started the contest with the ambition to work 38-40 hours of the contest but that did not happen. I had a family commitment Friday night and did started the contest 5 1/2 hours late and already tired. Stayed up too late Friday night/Saturday morning and slept 2 hours to long missing most of the AM European window. Really only S&P most of Saturday. Woke up Sunday am before the Euopean window and was able to take advantage. Sunday consisted of 70% Running and 30% S&P time. I had a commitment Sunday at 5:00pm so I had to QRT 2 hours before the contest end. So only 26 hours of radio time on this. Frustraiting note, around 9:00 am Sunday for about 20 minutes I was harrased by a US operator keying up on my frequency and basically telling me how much he hated contesters. During that 20 minutes he repeatedly said FU solid for 5 minutes. With a pileup that I was running I am sure the DX operators on the other end really challenged what type of operators we have in the States. I appologized for this Call-less US operator but I am sure a number of the pileup left. A real shame. Then about an hour later, apparently I was a KC below a private net that started b/c a few got on and destroyed by frequency. Not much I could do except move to another band as I was on 20M and had already carved out a nice nitch in an already overcrowded band. I was able to try out my new gear on this contest for the first time. It worked fantastic but I think as compared to the last few years, it was much more difficult to maintain a run except on 20M. 80M was very down for me as was 15M which I always do the best. Supprising how 10 meters had it's moments. Not a bunch of multipliers but South America was pretty strong while it was open for a good 4 hours. As always will look forward to chasing it again next year. Rig: Yaesu FTdx5000MP Amp: Alpha 9500 (1500w) Ant: Cushcraft X7 Tri @ 60', Cushcraft R7 Vert @ 90' Gap Voyager @ 40', Carolina Windom Beam @ 40' S/W: Writelog V11.25C|