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CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW   2018   Jan 26   Claimed Score

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Call: AC4CA
Operator(s): AC4AC N5RZ W4WJ
Station: AC4CA

Class: Multi-Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 32
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs1088State/Prov60Countries58Total Score402,144


Club: Central Texas DX and Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2018-01-29 03:40:17
Several weeks ago I suggested to John that we should do a multi op from his place in CQ 160 CW. He'd never done a full effort in this one, but had recently gotten his SAL-30 receiving array up, and had assembled a new transmit antenna that seemed to work well. And interesting beast. IIRC, He feeds 4 radials at 13' with the center conductor of the coax, and the shield is clamped to his 100' tower. Strange, but really seems to work! He also has a Northeast beverage we could tie in with the SAL using the diversity mode in the K3. That really helped. Ran a Elecraft K3, SPE 2K-FA Amp & N1MM+ logging software. Things started pretty much normal since the beginning of the contest is about 2.5 hours before local sunset. Band was quiet & we were putting Q's in the logs fairly well, with the rate picking up after sunset. Condx to EU were decent the first night & got several in the log. After EU sunrise, the static crashes started building and never let up the rest of the weekend. Some JA's trickled in before sunrise, and the only other DX out wet was KH6, 5W1 and RAO. No KL7's heard. Ended the first morning with 750 Q, 59 S/P & 44 countries - not too bad. Saturday night, the rates were of course slower, but was able to snag VY1 for our 60th S/P mult, and put a number more EU in the log. Never heard KL7, so missed WAS this time. Had to turn away many stations who could just not overcome the relentless static crashes - apologies to all of them. Thanks to all for their patience. A few more JA's & one more RA0 trickled in, but condx seemed fairly punk to the end. Had a good time & exceeded our expectations. And John was happy to have gotten a number of new countries. Ended up with 123 ten pointers, of which 80 were EU, and 31 were JA's. W4WJ's XYL cooked a feast for us both evenings - thanks Gabrielle! Even have some leftovers to keep fed for a few days. Thanks to all for the QSO's! 73, the AC4CA gang