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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2008   Nov 29   Claimed Score

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Call: W1MU
Operator(s): W1MU
Station: W1MU

Class: SOSB/20 LP
QTH: FN53ew
Operating Time (hrs): 32
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOsZonesCountries
160:
80:
40:
20:103535128
15:
10:
Total:103535128Total Score490,141

 

Club: [none]

Comments:     [email]     2008-11-30 16:36:18
A low power, single band entry on 20M, at the low point of solar activity, may seem like a bad idea. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Using experience from prior years as a baseline I set a goal to claim a raw score of 493K, and I came close at 490K. I was unable to make my target for European QSOs, as was evidenced by how hard it was to keep a run going on both mornings. The longest run I completed was 72 QSOs, well down from previous years. The band seemed quite crowded, so I don’t think activity levels were down – it was just so crowded on 20M that it was hard to break away with a long run when only running 100 watts. For this little pistol the polar paths were shut all weekend, but there were several occasions where long path and skewed path openings were available. That’s hard to take advantage of when you’re only using 100w but with patient operators on the far ends I managed to get through on a number of tough contacts. Twenty meters can be a band full of surprises, and that was the case this weekend The radio was a K3, and the antenna was a 2-stack of M2 20M5’s at 15m & 30m. The stack sits on a hill over salt water, which probably helps propagation to the northeast, east and southeast. Many thanks to contesters emeriti K1JX and N1CX, good friends who coach me so I can do better at this stuff. There’s always next year – CU then.