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California QSO Party   2017   Oct 7   Claimed Score

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Call: W6YX
Operator(s): N7MH
Station: W6YX

Class: SOSchool HP
QTH: Stanford
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Location: In State/Province
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsPh Qs
Total:11161011Mults57Total Score306,090


Club: Pizza Lovers 259

Comments:     [email]     2017-10-09 22:03:08
With needed repairs to antennas and rotators not getting done before CQP I proposed that we do a M/S instead of a M/M as we've done for the past 10 years. With the other M/S ops bowing out due to illness and other commitments I ended up single-op in CQP for the first time since 1978. When I finally had time to set up the station late on Friday night I noticed that our EME contesters were in the nearby EME shelter and that the 40 and 80 meter inverted vees that normally overhang the 2-meter EME array were down and ended up unusable for all of CQP. The non-rotating C31XR that has been been beaming to the east coast US with a broken rotator was now pointing due south as it is on top of the pole that also holds the 2-meter EME array. Scratch 3 more antennas that I was planning to use... I installed the last few coax jumpers shortly before the contest started and discovered that one amp wouldn't key and the other radio had no signals. After swapping out the amp and a bad jumper I started 18 minutes late. The rate was high enough on one radio that I didn't get started on the second radio until almost the end of the hour with 86 CW Qs made in 42 minutes. The second hour was my best with 144 Qs, largely due to being new on 20 phone. I periodically checked 10 meters but completely missed the opening on Saturday afternoon. There was no rotatable antenna for 15 so I couldn't work JA or anyone in the Oceania contest. I missed AK. I CQed in that direction a few times when I was on 20 and 40 CW but I was mostly beaming to the US on phone. What a disappointment when I was called by a KL7 on Sunday but he was in NV. I must apologize to WQ6X as I think his complaint about SO2R operators not responding was directed at me. Unfortunately this was a "deer in the headlights" moment for me. I am still not used to 1x1 callsigns, other than the ones that are repeatedly activated, like N6O. 3 minutes earlier I had just moved to 80 CW for the first time and immediately had a small packet/RBN pileup. There may have been other stations calling and when I heard K6T I assumed that someone's keying was interrupted and waited for him to send the rest of the call. Instead I heard K6T repeated and was in somewhat of a daze wondering if it was K6TD, K6TU, etc. I hadn't worked anybody on the other radio for several QSOs so my full attention was on this frequency. I don't have a QRL/YES response in my CW messages so I had to send by paddle which likely went out on the other radio. Usually if I copy a partial callsign I will send whatever I've copied plus a ? but for US 1x1 callsigns I freeze and think that there was a problem sending the call and wait for a repeat. Again, apologies for my reaction to the CQ which was about the time I had my eureka! moment and figured out it was K6T calling. I didn't get enough sleep on Friday night and was getting sleepy so I quit very early for the night just after 0600. When I returned just under 6 hours later I was greeted by Dave, AA6XV, operating using his callsign, logging on paper. I let Dave continue operating until my full 6 hours of off-time had been used up. This was a mistake since Dave had adjusted some settings that took me several minutes to get working the way I preferred. On Saturday I was mostly happy with my rates but on Sunday I felt that it was hard to maintain decent rates. My serial numbers had been close to K6XX and WC6H on Saturday evening but my early departure put me behind both of them by a large margin on Sunday and I never caught up. I worked a couple of locals on 10 on Sunday and heard a weak N2MM calling N6O, but wasn't able to get anyone outside CA to answer my CQs. This was around 2115 which must have been near the end of the 10m opening we had on Sunday. I was surprised when AB1XX mentioned to me he had been W6YX president. Even more surprised to learn he was my immediate predecessor as president. We had known each other well back when Pete was WB6ZUO but hadn't reconnected in 40 years. As always, thanks for all the Qs. 73, -Mike, N7MH