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ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW   2017   Nov 4   Claimed Score

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Call: W1SJ
Operator(s): W1SJ
Station: W1SJ

Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 24

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:1070Sections81Total Score173,340


Club: Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-07 07:49:01
A big windstorm came up the Sunday before the contest and knocked over trees and took the dipoles down. So, it was a mad scramble all week to clear trees off the house and put the antennas back up. A few hours into the contest, 20m had significant short skip and all call areas were workable. The pileups were huge! The rates were up, but somewhat slowed by having to pick calls out of the mess. I felt like scores were going to be significantly better this time out. The QSY to 80M continued with nice rates, but things quickly ran out of gas around 0800, and I beat a hasty retreat to bed. Sunday was the usual slog, as the rates got slower, and slower and s l o w e r! By the end, I couldn't buy a contact - I even offered money. This contest is much like the tax code - you get penalized more (i.e. no QSOs) for doing well! It was so bad that I found I worked everyone who was CQing and appeared on the skimmers. No one was left! Mults were tough to get. I kind of figured that PR and VI would be not around. The skimmers confirmed that no one was CQing from there, although I did see NP4A pop a couple of times on 40m. Probably should have gone up there to look for him, but at that hour, its not a band I do well on. VI was virtually unobtainium. Fortunately, someone in the rare and mysterious NNY called me with a hour left to go. He was QRP and gave me #20, so I know this section was tough. It would have been a major embarrassment to miss a section only 13 miles away from my QTH. All and all, not a bad result considering that not a sunspot can be found.