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

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Call: KU8E
Operator(s): KU8E
Station: KU8E

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: Georgia
Operating Time (hrs): 19
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs768State/Prov58Countries31Total Score182,984

 

Club: South East Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2018-01-28 16:47:51
K3/100 , KPA500 ~ 600 watts Inverted L with 6 elevated radials My plan was to change out the antenna wire part of my Inverted L on Friday. It had been up for awhile and the ends showed some corrosion. I screwed up when pulling up the new wire when the nylon string broke when hoisting it. Tried several times to shoot up a line in the trees in same spot with no luck and gave up. So I went to plan B to try to use my 80 meter center fed zepp as a "T" antenna which I heard is maybe better than an inverted L. I had to move all my elevated radials to a new spot which took most of the afternoon. I took this opportunity to raise the radials. The are each maybe 8 - 10 feet high now. My zepp is about 60 feet high and the ends slope down to maybe 10 feet off the ground. Got out an old Dentron antenna tuner and shorted the open wire feed line and fed it as a single wire. I then put a good ground strap from the ground terminal of the tuner to the radial common point. I got it to tune OK but the bandwidth wasn't very good. Maybe 5 kc from the center point. This wasn't going to work for a contest so I just fed one side of the open wire feeder as an Inverted L antenna. This gave me maybe about a 40kc bandwidth from the 1825 center frequency. This is important because the KPA500 amp trips with a SWR over 2:1. I used another antenna tuner inside to make the amp happy when I went high or low in the band. The conditions were pretty good to EU on Friday night but pretty much non-existent on Saturday night/Sunday morning. I sure wish I could work 1/10 of EU QSO's that the east coast works but it's not going to happen running 600 watts. Maybe some day I can afford a bigger amp and maybe that could be possible. DX worked : 9A, C6, CM, CT, CT3, DL, EA6, EA8, EI, F, FM, G, GM, GW, HA, IT9, KH6, KP2, OH0, OK, OM, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, S5, SM, VP9, XE, YV and ZF. I probably heard about 20 other countries that were either calling someone else or I called but they couldn't hear me. It was a bummer not getting thru to 5W1SA on Saturday morning around my sunrise. He couldn't hear me when no one else was calling and then someone must have spotted him and he had a big pileup :( Worked all US/VE except NE, LB, NT, NU and YT. Heard a NE call N4WW late Sunday morning around 0800z or so. Went a few kc below him and called CQ hoping he would call me but no luck ! See everyone in the next one... Jeff KU8E