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CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW   2018   Jan 26   Claimed Score

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Call: KA1IS
Operator(s): KA1IS
Station: KA1IS

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: Bethel, ME
Operating Time (hrs): 24+
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs1015State/Prov58Countries62Total Score526,080


Club: [none]

Comments:     [email]     2018-01-28 22:40:47
My first time in the contest. It only took 47 years to figure out how to build a vertical antenna with wire. Don't know if conditions were typical, but it was exciting to dig signals out of the noise. There was much noise: QRM, QRN, RFI, voices in my head, etc., But also a ton of signals. I was not familiar with 160 propagation and kind of shocked to work EF2A and YR2V in daylight at 4:30 in the afternoon. The craziest thing is when the band opens to Europe here, there were US stations on exact same frequency as EU stations and when I called the EU stations - both would come back at the same time and it felt like my brain was exploding. I didn't have the skill to log 2 stations on the same QSO, but maybe next time. Antenna is a vertical tee using the feed line of a doublet strung between pine trees and fed against 32 1/8th wave radials. Plus 2 short reversible beverages. Who would have thought that the vertical would work best in a swampy pine grove? I was blown away with how considerate and friendly everybody was. *PS: Just noticed the QST on the kitchen table: "The Truth About Trees and Antenna Gain". Well... the truth is that trees are your friends. :-)