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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB   2017   Oct 28   Claimed Score

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Call: PJ4K
Operator(s): N3RD N6KT W1MD WA3LRO
Station: PJ4K

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Bonaire
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: South America

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:6011138455Total Score10,460,520



Comments:     [email]     2017-11-02 11:05:14
This operation was from the PJ1B site, which was last activated for CQ WW CW in 1999. For over 15 years, life intervened and the world kept turning, with no radio activity from this location. About a year ago, serious planning began for a return to competition, with the culmination this past weekend when PJ4K was put on the air. The only tower left standing from 1999 was a 95 footer, which was rejuvenated with new guys and became the support structure for our inverted Vs on 80 and 40, and the T vertical for 160. Using salvaged Rohn 45 sections, a 35 foot tower was installed, with three 3-element yagis for 10, 15 and 20 meters. This is a rather meager restart when compared to the glory days of the late 90s, but you have to start somewhere. None of the antennas used this weekend will remain in the final station design. We had originally planned a M/2 effort, but infrastructure build and antenna work took priority over radio installation, and we found that on Wednesday we had no functional amplifiers. Each and every amp in storage failed to heed the call to duty. A huge thank you to Scott, W4PA/PJ4Q, for loaning us an amplifier. The decision to enter as a M/S was easy at that point, but we knew that a barefoot multiplier station was not going to be fun, and it wasn't very much. Rich N6KT was elected to man the run station for as long as he wanted, and Dave N3RD filled in on Run. Marty W1MD and Walt WA3LRO took turns on the barefoot mult station, with rather good success. Many thanks to Charlie K1XX for pre-contest logistical support. The rebuild will continue, so look for bigger and better things from PJ4K (SSB) and PJ4W (CW) in the months and years to come. If it was a struggle to hear us this weekend, it will be not be next year. It really feels great to be back on the air from Bonaire, "Divers Paradise.”