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Stew Perry Topband Challenge   2017   Dec 30   Claimed Score

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Call: NA8V
Operator(s): NA8V
Station: NA8V

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: mi
Operating Time (hrs): 13:41
Location: USA

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Total:QSOs573Total Score3,816


Club: Mad River Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-12-31 20:18:51
raw points 2544 x 1.5 What a great way to spend a cold winter night. Tuned the band in the afternoon and copied G3BJ weak but q5 at 2030z, 1.5hrs before sunset. Didn't know if that was a good sign or a bad sign. Started at 2130z hoping to catch a big sunset opening. Didn't happen. Got a couple CA stns, first Eu was EI2CN an hour after dark. Had called him earlier, not even a ?. Worked a 17pt LZ at 0013, thought that might be the opening but nope. The west coast had started dribbling thru around 0030z, quite early, to provide some excitement. Had a really nice freq low in the band but things were getting slow and there wasn't any DX to speak of so started S&Ping up the band at 0330z with 8 Eu in the log. Stumbled across a couple Eu stations that were relatively easy to work but difficult to copy with the qrm on top of them. Things were looking up. I picked up 10 Eu stns in the s&p, finally found an open freq up in the 40's and settled in. Stayed on that freq for 3 hours and 135 qso's, 67 Europeans and a dozen west coast stations mixed in. They were all loud, even the west coast off the back of the beverage. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! By 07z the show was mostly over. S&p'd a few more western Eu - it was remarkable how much louder and easier to work the eastern/central Eu had been than the more western (G/F/PA/ON) stations. Never heard an EA. Not many Scandinavian/Baltic stations either. Ended up with 94 Eu including 9 17/18 pointers. Farthest was probably RL4A. Last year I never worked any z16, this year 11 and was up 37 in Eu. By 08z conditions had pretty much crashed. No one was loud and there weren't many new west coast station for the rest of the contest. Kudos to XE2S and KH6LC who both spent extra time to dig me out in sub-par conditions. Worked only KH6, 2xKP2, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, TI, V31 and XE outside of Eu. Heard but couldn't work two LU stations. Finished down 10 US and up 25 qso's from last year. It was an awesome night in one of the best contests of the year. greg/na8v