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ARRL DX Contest, SSB   2008   Mar 1   Claimed Score

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Call: KL8DX
Operator(s): KL8DX
Station: KL8DX

Class: SOSB/20 HP
Operating Time (hrs): 12
Location: Other North America

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:33537Total Score37,185


Club: North Coast Contesters

Comments:     [email]     2008-03-02 17:27:25
Wow, what extremes! Saturday was nothing but rough. Solar wind was well over 790 km/s and the bands were less than poor. Enter Sunday! I heard some signals early in the morning but mostly west coast. And by late morning, the propagation returned and after lunch, 20 meters was HOT! Standing room only. During the slow times, I had a few minutes to chat and especially enjoyed a few minutes with Bruce, N0KIS and Allen, N5XZ. Comic relief was provided by W2NQ later on! Thanks, John! Sure made the slow times less painful! Best audio from my end would be given to W7BJN. I worked several QRP stations from the west coast. K8EB was QRP and working the contest from his deck with a local temp there of 45 degrees. I also worked several mobiles as far east as Montana! Some good sounding mobile set-ups out there! Sunday AM, I enjoyed a pipeline to MT! I worked several MT stations but never did work into WY. I did not work into 1 land at all!!! Other states missed; NJ, SC, LA, MS, WV, ND, and SD. As far as Canada, I only worked into BC & AB missing the rest. I did hear ON, but was never able to work em. My noise was quiet until Sunday at 1920z. I had some local QRN start and it remained with me for the duration of the contest. If I missed a station or two, sorry! With my NB in, the local noise along with some very strong adjacent stations, I am sure I missed a few. Heard several YL's on the band which was great! The last hour was probably the most exciting. I hit a rate of 169 Q's per hour during that last full hour of the contest. It was still not enough to remotely get close to AL1G. Congrats to Corliss for an outstanding job on 20!! I was excited to finally work WT8C back in my home state, too! The only Alaska station I heard on 20 was KL7OU, Debbie. She always had several people calling her. Great job, Debbie! In summary, SSB contests are my least favorite but the activity on Sunday sure made it fun! I am looking forward to the return of propagation to the 10 and 15 meter bands! I did hear some stations on 15 but I decided to stay put on 20 since the activity on 15 was mostly from Hawaii. I had several JA's try to work me as they thought we were AK and not DX. When I gave my power, many then realized AK was DX in this one. Thanks for the contacts! 73, Phil KL8DX