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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB   2017   Oct 28   Claimed Score

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Call: VP2MDG
Operator(s): K2DM NØSMX
Station: VP2MDG

Class: M/S HP
Operating Time (hrs): 44
Location: Other North America

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:4395108333Total Score4,656,519


Club: Florida Contest Group

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-01 08:50:15
This year I was accompanied by a friend and fellow resident of The Villages, Dennis, N0SMX. Dennis has always wanted to be on the DX side of a pileup, and I am getting to where putting in a full single-op effort is a little much, so this was a perfect win-win for us. In addition to the contest, we wanted to be the first ops to give out Montserrat on FT8. After a LONG day of traveling (3AM to 6PM) we arrived at Gingerbread Hill guest house on Montserrat. We immediately hung a 40M dipole (in the dark) so that I could work a few friends in the late evening CWT, and so we could get going on FT8. We made hundreds of contacts on FT8 using Dennis' call, VP2MMX. Needless to say, he was VERY popular. But our primary purpose was the DX contest, so we started erecting the antennas at sunrise on Thursday. We got everything ready by Thursday afternoon in time for me to get a huge ham radio thrill. My fiancé, Karen, had JUST received her Technician Class license as KN4GQP, and we were able to make a contact on 10M. We made another contact during the contest, and of course I worked the three ZMs, Jeff, Peter and Patrick. Not to be outdone, Dennis made contacts with his wife, Sharon, with his Uncle Dan and with his father. What a hoot! Speaking of the contest, we had a great time. Everything worked fine all weekend except for an intermittent high SWR on the 40M yagi that appeared Saturday morning. Every time we thought it resolved itself, it came right back. I put the aforementioned 40M dipole back up mid-day Sunday to use on Sunday evening. Some of our runs were fantastic. When 10M opened to the USA Sunday afternoon it was spectacular for a few hours. We had contact totals that were near records for the station on 160M and 80M. Yes, our multiplier totals are low, but we didn't set up to really chase multipliers. I worked a handful on the mult station, but that was about it. Dennis had some fine runs and would have stayed in the chair for hours if I hadn't booted him out so that I could do some operating. All in all it was a very satisfying contest effort for us. I am certain that we have a lock on winning Montserrat. And it was special to have so many old and new friends call us during the contest. The Villages is NOT a hotbed of contesters, but we made contacts with a handful of neighbors who made the effort to get on and look for us. Thanks to you all!