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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2008   Nov 29   Claimed Score

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Call: 8P5A
Operator(s): W2SC
Station: 8P5A

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Barbados
Operating Time (hrs): 47.5
Location: Other North America
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:6647138444Total Score9,302,106


Club: Northern California Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2008-12-03 20:13:26
Once again did my logistically intense CQWW weekend. Flew overnight from California to New York on Friday night, a week before CQWW. Spent the weekend with my family and flew to Barbados early Monday morning to set up the station. Flew back to New York Tuesday night but the flight was delayed and got to the house at 4AM. Spent Wednesday and Thanksgiving with my wife's family. Flew back to Barbados the Friday morning of the contest, a five hour flight, plus losing an hour. Arrived at the station around 21Z to make sure it was working. Drove to the house to rest for an hour, take a shower, and eat. Then back to the station for final set up and then operated 48 hours with a single 20 minute break. The inability to adequately prepare for the contest precludes my best competitive effort so I just focus on doing my best and having fun. Physically, I felt great all weekend as the 48 hour contests seem to be getting easier. Mentally, I was definitely tired as I was not as effective with the second radio and occasionally struggled copying the code. Conditions were much the same as WW SSB, perhaps slightly worse. That would make them the worst I have ever seen from Barbados. I worked more European stations on 80 than I did on 15. However, 160 conditions were outstanding and made the weekend worthwhile. I felt like I could hear and be heard. Worked my first zone 17 and may have worked more EU in this contest than all my other CQWW contests combined. I actually hated to see the sun come up. In retrospect, a single band 160 may have been a better choice. A bad storm took out my TH6 with water in the traps on Saturday night. Replacing this antenna is the top project for next year as this has happened before. I had to use an old C3 that I happen to have mounted on the tall tower fixed on the US since I have no other place to store it. Congratulations, to Andy, N2NT/V47NT on a great performance. Even with full preparation I do not compete with his result. Thanks to everybody for the Q's and to my wife Kathleen, whose support makes this all possible. Also, congratulations to the nation of Barbados on its 42nd year of independence on 11/30. It is great to see the pride and joy of a truly welcoming and friendly people that have been so wonderful to my family and I. QSL via NN1N 73, Tom W2SC 8P5A