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ARRL 10-Meter Contest   2014   Dec 13   Claimed Score

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Call: NT7S
Operator(s): NT7S
Station: NT7S

Class: SO SSB QRP
QTH: OR
Operating Time (hrs):
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOsMults
CW:
SSB:18256
Total:18256Total Score20,384

 

Club: [none]

Comments:     [email]     2014-12-14 17:19:42
It has been a bit of a tradition of mine over the last few years to operate in the 10 Meter Contest as a SSB QRP entrant, with the goal to best my previous year's score. Last year, I made an acceptable showing of about 7.4k using my ZS6BKW doublet up about 30 feet. This year I knew I would need to step up my game, since we are now on the downswing of Cycle 24. I upgraded the antenna to a Moxon (up only about 15 feet, but much better pattern than the ZS6BKW on 10 meters, and less loss) and also added a RF speech processor to give my QRP signal some extra oomph. I think I can say that the upgrades paid off. I scored better than double my previous best score. This is a completely subjective assessment, but it also didn't seem like propagation was quite as good this year as it was last year. I did not hear a ton outside of North America and Japan, but was able to work most of the stronger stations I could hear. An enjoyable contest, and I've set a new personal high score that's going to be a lot harder for me to beat next time.