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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2017   Nov 25   Claimed Score

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Call: TO2SP
Operator(s): K1CC SP3CYY SP6EQZ SP6JIU
Station: TO2SP

Class: M/2 HP
QTH: St. Barts (FJ)
Operating Time (hrs): 46
Location: Other World

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:8240140468Total Score12,097,984



Comments:     [email]     2017-11-28 01:55:38
This was a 100% "multi-op in a suitcase" operation on the tail end of the TO2SP DXpedition to St. Barts (FJ). All the wire antennas, radios, computers and personal belongings were carried in by the 6 team members in 15 suitcases and carry-on bags and was set up in a rented villa. The primary purpose of this trip was to activate FJ, which is still a needed country on 160 and for JA's. In the 9 days prior to CQWW CW, we made over 45,000 QSO's. By the time the contest started, we were all quite tired, having operated contest-style all week with not much sleep. One of the ops got sick about 12 hours into the contest and spent the rest of the weekend in bed. I joined the Polish DXpedition team for their annual trip to various islands around the world under the condition that we operate CQWW CW, my favorite contest. For the 3 other ops in the contest, it was their first time in a multi-op contest and they had no Cluster-assisted experience. The remaining two ops were SSB-only and operated the WARC bands on SSB and RTTY during the contest. Since the primary objective of this trip was to maximize DXpedition QSO's, the station reconfiguration and computer setup for the contest started only an hour before 00Z. Needless to say, we had lots of problems and got a late start. A second router with its own network for the two contest stations was set up but it never worked properly. It was a wi-fi router and was very erratic, so we had no Cluster for most of the weekend. On Sunday morning we had a good connection for a few hours and then again the last 3 hours, which helped immensely with our lagging multiplier total as we picked up some really juicy last-minute multipliers on 80 and 160. One of the interesting things you learn when operating non-stop day after day for so many days is how conditions change from day to day. We had the best 160m conditions I have ever experienced the first night on St. Barts with a deep Russian opening all night, but as the week wore on, the bands got worse every day. The huge pileups of JA's we worked on 20 and 40 every day at sunset never materialized for the contest weekend. During the contest on 160 the first night, the aurora up north caused very distorted multipath signals from the US which made copy very difficult. And the great US openings on 10m and southwest Europe (and some unusual "flashlight" propagation into central Europe) earlier in the week just never happened... Station: TS-590 with Italian 800W solid station amp K3 and KPA500 500W amp 160m Inv-L 80m 2 phased verticals 40m 2-phased verticals 20/15/10 Spider beam up 25 ft (8m) 15/10 2el vertical dipole array (VDA) at 12 ft EU + US beverages For reasons of weight, no rotators, no coax switches, all wire was 22ga or thinner, collapsible fiberglass poles used for all antennas except the push-up aluminum mast for the Spider beam. --- Rich K1CC