Contest: CQ WORLDWIDE DX CONTEST, SSB
Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: Palmerton, PA (EPA)
Operating time: 36.5
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 33 8 15
80: 65 15 44
40: 153 26 79
20: 474 39 111
15: 463 37 133
10: 1087 35 138
Total: 2275 160 520
Total Score = 4,468,960
God, it's good to have 10m
This was my best contest ever!
Tops in QSOs, tops in score, and tops
in rate. I wish I could have done
more, but a grueling work schedule
didn't leave enough gas in the tank
and my low band performance was
We fared well from the
snowstorm. We only lost power for a
short 20-second-or-so glitch and it
was then solid for the whole weekend.
This is astonishing, since we are atop
a hill in the boonies. People all over
our area are still out and will be for
days! Sad to see so many contest
operations cut short, especially with
the best condx in eons!
Tic-Ring holding the 20m yagi was
stuck all weekend. Luckily, it was
stuck towards EU and central Asia!
That the best scenario in such a case!
I tried a new antenna (Half-Square)
for 80m to improve my performance
there. It was always a weakness of
mine. It was a risk that didn't pan
out. I was awful on 80m. I can't blame
the antenna, though. Modeling suggests
it should work. I blame my
installation, so I'll have to fix
that. I was awful on 160m too.
of how I had to arrange the
half-square, it's too close to my 160m
Inv-L. The apparent I have to make
some changes before CW weekend!
was a SO1R effort. There were times
when I really could have used a second
radio. I have much of the hardware to
do that, but key pieces are either
still missing or faulty. This is
another thing I need to fix.
all, it was a great weekend, aside
from the pain in my ears from all that
SSB QRM! Running on 10m was heavenly!
I had the Last-10 rate meter over 400
a few times. I have to evaluate my log
to see how I did on a best hour
The incoming scores are just
mind-boggling! It looks as if my 4.5
Meg won't be enough for a Top Ten
finish! We'll see.
THANK YOU to
VY 73 de Glenn K3PP