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CQWW WPX Contest, SSB   2014   Mar 29   Claimed Score

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Call: P49Y
Operator(s): AE6Y
Station: P49Y

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Aruba
Operating Time (hrs): 36
Location: South America
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:5111Prefixes1355Total Score21,658,320


Club: Northern California Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2014-03-31 06:43:06
The amazing conditions translated for me into a more difficult contest experience and a lower score than the last time I did this contest, in 2012. There were two adverse factors: First was the wall of EU QRM that made it difficult to find and keep a clear frequency. Second was the fact that since the US and EU could work each other at all hours on the high bands, our usual late afternoon high-rate US runs were much weaker than normal. I also made an unfortunate tactical choice to start out on 20 as in the past. After several hours battling it out on that band, I worked 8P5A on 40, who gave me a number that was literally 50% higher than mine. When asked how he did it, Tom replied that he had started on 10. Oh well, if these condx ever return in our lifetimes, I'll know better... Related to the EU QRM issue is the tendency of many EUs to overdrive their processors, which leads to audio distortion and splatter on adjacent frequencies. Even the K3's superb filtering can't remove splatter that really is in the passband. I kept asking one guy for repeats while guessing at his call. Finally giving up in disgust, I returned to the pileup, whereupon someone said: "Not even close!" The audio problems seem worse on southern EU stations; in contrast virtually without exception UK and JA stations had clean audio that could be understood even at very low signal levels. Thanks to all for the very impressive worldwide participation in this contest. It was truly exciting to work 75 JAs (a very high total from here), not to mention VUs on both 10 and 15 sounding like locals, and lots of other interesting DX. Congratulations to neighbors P40W (W2GD) for a great LP score, and P43A for a similar effort on SB15. As usual, thanks also to W6LD and W0YK for all their recent efforts in station maintenance and upgrades to the house and station. Everything (except the operator) worked fine. Station: K3x2, Alpha 91B 2 el 40, 4 el. 20, 5 el. 15, 2 el. 10, C31, beverages CQPWIN software 73, Andy, AE6Y, P49Y