Call: W5GN
Operator(s):  
Station: W5GN

Added: 31/Oct/2011
Contest: CQ WORLDWIDE DX CONTEST, SSB
Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: Dallas
Operating time: 30

Summary: 
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
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  160:                    
   80:    9     5        9
   40:  123    20       68
   20:  323    37      120
   15:  397    37      120
   10:  739    36      134
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Total: 1591   130      435  
Total Score = 2,587,135 Club: Soapbox: Worked ONLY packet spots, averaged
50 Qs per hour, and had two clock
hours of 110 and 105 QSOs per hour.
Filtered spots to receive ALL spots
posted by all USA Stations. Previous
"pure S&P - without packet" averaged
30 Qs per hour and rarely went above
50 for the peak hour. WORKING
SPOTS-ONLY IS MUCH MORE FUN THAN
RUNNING. Yes, I've hit 225 per hour
running from KL5RA, and that's fun,
but this is more fun. I no longer had
the hassle of typing callsigns, and
frantically backing up to type
corrections, and at the same time log
the next guy, and keeping the
frequency, and no longer had to hear
the callsign perfectly with no visual
clue. Instead, clicking on a spot
populated the call field with NO
typing, moved the radio on frequency,
so I could then listen to verify that
the callsign that I'm looking at in
the Entry Window is the same callsign
being sent, and then work the station,
then moving on to the next spot. By
selecting AZIMUTH SORT and ALL-BAND
MULTS-ONLY in WriteLog, I could stay
on top of working multipliers (and
also immediately could see exactly
what bands were open to where), and
then, after working all possible mults
on all bands, at an azimuth, I would
rotate the beams to one of other four
preset headings - 135,90,30,330,240,
and work those mults. Then after a
complete spin of the beam, I'd uncheck
MULTS-ONLY and go back to each heading
and work all spots at that azimuth
(and the MULTs are interleaved with
non-MULTS at each azimuth). But, when
you work only spots, each and every
new spot is a mini-contest, especially
when there is already a queue of
callers, and it's still a thrill to
have the called station come back
after a single call, with or without a
queue. Especially, late in the
contest, I would come across a
spot/pileup for a brand new station,
when all of the Multi-Single stations,
who've been waiting for ANY a new spot
(a new SPOT, not even a new MULT!),
would be calling, or I'd hear the
station respond to W3LPL, W3LR, and
KC1Xx in succession, and then another
dozen or more would join the fray. I
simply scrolled past to another spot
and came back during a final pass
before moving the antenna. There were
very few "bad" spots, perhapd less
than 50, but some were
probably/possibly intentional, but one
certainly raised havoc, on Sunday
afternoon, when a big-gun Running
Caribbean staton was misspotted with a
transposed callsign that popped-up as
a new MULT on EVERYONE's spots
window, en, causing great pain for the
Big Bun, who had to deal with
duplicate callers for at least 30
minutes (since I could periodically
stop by to listen, no longer concerned
with keeping my run frequency, i.e.,
having FUN). But, without the 10
meter propagation, it might not have
been as much fun; 10 let all these
stations spread out so there were very
few queues of calling stations there,
so no time was wasted between
contacts. 73 Barry, W5GN