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ARRL DX Contest, CW   2006   Feb 18   Claimed Score

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Call: P4ØW
Operator(s): W2GD
Station: P4ØW

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Aruba
Operating Time (hrs): 40
Location: South America

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOsMults
160:36054
80:67958
40:94458
20:127358
15:110259
10:54254
Total:4900341Total Score5,012,000

 

Club: Frankford Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2006-02-20 21:20:52
Station Description: IC756ProII, TenTec Titan 425 amp. 1KW CTWIN Station Antennas: 160M Vertical Dipole (55' Vert), 80M Inv V @ 70', 2 ele 40M wire beam @ 65', Force 12 4 el 20 @ 72', Force 12 5 el 15 @ 80', Force 12 5 el 10 @ 76'. Force 12 C4 @ 60', RX beverage antennas NE, N, NW, E/W WOW, what a great weekend - very interesting and different propagation from this part of the world. Very unfortunately an amplifier T/R relay failure the second day prevented a full bore effort but still had lots of fun. Arrived on Aruba at 10 p.m. Wednesday night (plane was delayed nearly 2 hours in Miami due to mechanical problems), so setup this trip for ARRL DX CW would be limited to whatever I could get accomplished during daylight on Thursday. P40R/P40W is NOT your typical plug and play station....wire antennas always need to be "repositioned" or re-strung and nearly 2000' of coax and control cables installed to be operational. Thurday morning dawned with overcast skies.....and what looked like a serious threat of rain. Fortunately the showers held off till very late in the day, and the clouds provided a very pleasant, relatively cool working environment, and probably most importantly a low threat of sunburn. There is a logical order to stationi setup, e.g. start by making at least one TX antenna operational for each band, and then proceeding to make the backups operational. At this station we presently have TX antenna redundency for every band....history has proven this to be essential. Next comes rx antenna work, since without beverages, 160 and 80 operation from here is less than enjoyable. As the day progressed things went generally as planned. The ends of the dipoles and wire beams were all in place by noon - I survived another trip into the cactus fields without serious injury. And about 2/3 of the coax and control cables were installed and the beverages antennas inspected (to be sure they were still there....its funny how wires just disappear sometimes here - when left unattended). The only failure of note was a bad coax connector on the 160M vertical dipole. Even after over 20 years of station building in the Carrib it still amazes me how salt can get through two layers of Scotch #33 tape and a layer of vaper wrap or cork tape. The connector was black inside and over 2 feet of cable contaminated beyond the connector. Just wish the diagnosis of this problem hadn't taken 3 trips up the tower and over an hour's time. By the end of the day everything seemed to be working. Left deploying the far half of the 800' northeast beverage till very last....knowing it wouldn't be used much for working W/VEs during the coming contest weekend. Andy, K2LE/P40LE, did a wonderful job coordinating dinner on Thursday evening....with Emily P43E, Joop P43JB, Andy P49Y/AE6Y, Martin P49MR/VE3MR, and P40W attending. The social aspects of these trips are just as enjoyable as the operations themselves. Managed to work the 3Y0X guys on 160/80/40 after dinner....just for fun. They were very loud during their EU run on 160 that evening. Even from here its a long way to Peter Island - good test for the 160M vertical. Friday was the usual do very little day....briefly considered lengthening my North and Northwest beverages and decided I shouldn't risk any injury. They worked fine as it turned out. Had a nice lunch with P49Y, returned my rental car, and slept for a few hours. Deciding which band to start on went through my mind all afternoon. Eventually decided on 20M hoping it would stay open but this ended up a mistake. The first 10 minutes were mediocre there...went to 40 ... couldnt get anything going, went to 80, couldn't get anything going....then back to 40. Lousy 130ish first hour.....you expect to have 180/hr or better from here. Eventually things calmed down but the rates were never ever normal the first night....more a stead 160 to 170. Was it conditions????? The first trip to 160M at 0200 Z for 24 minutes was fabulous. Could run with rate over 180/hr.....the band was very quiet, a quick 28 mults appeared in the log. Future trips to top band the first night continued to yield good rates (around 150/hour) and great conditions. Before the contest P49Y and I had agreed to swap even/odd hours each night....since we're only 1 mile apart and the both of us operating on 160M at the same time is not at all compatible due to rx overload. This arrangement worked well. The first six hours of the contest went along OK, abet the lower rates. The second six hours were SLOW. The supply of stations on 80 and 40 seemed to dry up.....the rate overed between 70 and 80 per hour. Decided to take a 1.5 hour nap at 1000 Z. In retrospect probably could have even slept long since when I returned the rate remained low. But having the rest probably helped later in the day. Mornings can be brutal here....when the US is beaming EU and we end up CQing endlessly. I even tried about an hour of S&P on 20M at one point....the rate was still about the same. Finally at 1500 found 15M runable....and strung together a set of 226/208/180 hours, including an 8 minute trip to 10M at 1600Z that produced 15 qsos and 8 mults....the ONLY 10M opening the first day. Kept checking, no NA signals. Decided to go to 20M a little early, since 10 was dead and 15 wasn't great. Felt good puttng together back to back 214 and 199 hours....being relatively new 'meat' with favorable conditions. Probably stayed on 20 too long, an earlier transition to 40M probably would have been smarter. Half way through the contest the numbers were 3086 Q and 281 M ... somewhat lower than I'd have hoped but seemed in line with overall conditions and activity level. Always find the 0000 hour on the second day difficult for some reason. This year was no exception, the rate dropped to under 100/hour.....on 40 and 80. Part of this seems psychological, and part band conditions I suppose. Did get up out of the chair for a few minutes to wash my face and make coffee. That seemed to help my frame of mind, the rate started to improve. At 0300 went to 160 and stayed for nearly an hour, it was dead quiet and I'd made a number of skeds with western multipliers. The rate was a decent 150/hour.....people just kept calling....and so did the Europeans :-) . My love of top band shows. Over the next several hours kept shuttling back and forth from 160 to 80 to 40 etc, the rates staying in the 150ish range. But I began to develop a serious headache, and quick administration of several asprins didn't help. At 0800 decided it wasn't fun anymore and laid down to take a 1.5 hour nap...in the hope this would cure the headache. Woke up at 0935 as planned, but still felt lousy, and decided to try another 1.5 hours. Unfortunately in my haze, I didn't set the alarm correctly, and ended up sleeping another 3 hours instead. Ooops.....have done this before....kick myself every time. Still had a dull headache...which would stay with me for several more hours. The big discovery when I got back on the air was a problem hearing stations on the TX antennas. Not sure when the failure occurred, but when I went to 20M and switched in the yagi, the band sounded totally dead quiet. Hmmmmm. All during the evening I'd been listening on the beverage antennas while working 160 - 40.....something had 'changed'. Diagnosing problems when half conscious is not easy.....but systematically I tested various system components, the TX/RX antenna switching box, the XCVR, and finally the AMP. Ultimately determined there was a failure in the amplifier T/R switching....signals were not passing through the amp....as if the T/R relay was stuck in the XMIT position. The TenTec Titan has a protection circuit to prevent relay hot switching, so could not be totally sure if it the relay failed or something in that circuit failed. Disconnected the xcvr from the amp to be sure there was no drive applied. Still deaf between the input and outputs of the amp. Concluded it was most likely the Jennings vacuum relay stuck in the xmit position. I could key the amplifier fine. Decided I could not go through the day without access to TX antennas for receiving, but opening the amplifier to try to make any further diagnosis or repairs was simply not SAFE in my current physical/mental condition. So I proceeded to build a haywire T/R switching arrangement using a power divider box that was not in use. After nearly an hour, couldn't quite get it working the way I wanted, so ended up just sticking the C4 tribander coax into the 2nd antenna jack on my ProII, and used the front panel switch to bring it into the circuit when signals were just not there on the beverages....maybe 300 or more times over the next 10 hours. I felt pretty discouraged about the lost time, knew I was playing for 2nd or 3rd place. But that was the hand I was dealt....so finished out the contest with this arrangement. In retrospect should not have attempted to build the external T/R box.....caulk it up to 'fuzzy thinking'. The morning duldrums didn't help things when I finally got back on the air. Endless CQs were not producing results on 20 or 15....the rate stayed at 60/hr regardless of what I tried. But I kept checking 10M....could heard the PYs and LUs running USA. Finally at 1650 Z I could heard the PJ2T and PJ4R multiops both working some weak US, and decided to give it a try. The first 55 minutes of CQs produced mostly very weak responses, with notable exceptions being VO1HE, VO1MP, VY2TT and several Texans who were loud, otherwise I could kind of vaguely 'feel' stations were calling but they stayed hidden at or just under the noise level. Finally at almost exactly 1800Z the band really came alive, instant 2 kc wide pileup....and its off to the races....a 225 hour followed by a 186 hour. Even more importantly the mults kept coming too. I could visualize the ionization moving across North America....east to west. But at the very beginning of the opening there were some longer haul signals from CA, ID, AZ, etc. Was just thankful there was no 10M drought like CQWW PH and CW last fall. Finished out the contest moving between 10/15/20 and then a few minutes on 40/80. Thanks to K0HW for showing up for our 80M sked at 2355Z for my last mult. After the contest had dinner with P49Y, P43E and P43L. These post-contest get togethers are a great way to decompress and compare notes. P49Y had a great SOAB LP score....hope its a winner for him. See everyone next weekend in the CQ160 PH and again the following weekend for ARRL DX PH. 73, John W2GD/P40W BREAKDOWN QSO/mults P40W ARRL INTERNATIONAL DX CONTEST Single Operator HOUR 160 80 40 20 15 10 HR TOT CUM TOT 0 ..... 26/16 90/30 20/14 ..... ..... 136/60 136/60 1 . 61/19 108/8 . . . 169/27 305/87 2 75/28 74/9 16/2 . . . 165/39 470/126 3 . 20/1 140/6 . . . 160/7 630/133 4 27/5 27/2 92/5 . . . 146/12 776/145 5 24/4 13/0 93/1 . . . 130/5 906/150 6 59/4 60/3 . . . . 119/7 1025/157 7 11/1 47/1 19/0 . . . 77/2 1102/159 8 27/3 41/0 7/1 ..... ..... ..... 75/4 1177/163 9 11/3 33/2 13/0 . . . 57/5 1234/168 10 . 9/0 . . . . 9/0 1243/168 11 . . 49/0 1/1 . . 50/1 1293/169 12 . . 9/1 47/15 . . 56/16 1349/185 13 . . . 85/8 . . 85/8 1434/193 14 . . . 117/12 . . 117/12 1551/205 15 . . . 13/0 213/43 . 226/43 1777/248 16 ..... ..... ..... ..... 193/3 15/8 208/11 1985/259 17 . . . . 180/4 . 180/4 2165/263 18 . . . . 153/3 1/1 154/4 2319/267 19 . . . 8/0 111/2 1/1 120/3 2439/270 20 . . . 214/7 . . 214/7 2653/277 21 . . . 199/0 . . 199/0 2852/277 22 . . . 82/0 41/0 . 123/0 2975/277 23 . 1/1 2/2 108/1 . . 111/4 3086/281 0 ..... ..... 39/0 49/0 ..... ..... 88/0 3174/281 1 . 16/2 93/1 . . . 109/3 3283/284 2 1/0 1/0 104/0 . . . 106/0 3389/284 3 102/4 15/0 1/0 . . . 118/4 3507/288 4 2/2 125/1 1/1 . . . 128/4 3635/292 5 11/0 80/0 . . . . 91/0 3726/292 6 4/0 28/0 35/0 . . . 67/0 3793/292 7 6/0 . 4/0 . . . 10/0 3803/292 8 ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... 3803/292 9 . . . . . . . 3803/292 10 . . . . . . . 3803/292 11 . . . . . . . 3803/292 12 . . . . . . . 3803/292 13 . . . 12/0 1/1 . 13/1 3816/293 14 . . . 50/0 1/0 . 51/0 3867/293 15 . . . 15/0 59/1 . 74/1 3941/294 16 ..... ..... ..... ..... 82/0 6/2 88/2 4029/296 17 . . . . . 81/19 81/19 4110/315 18 . . . . . 225/13 225/13 4335/328 19 . . . . 1/1 166/6 167/7 4502/335 20 . . . . 42/0 34/2 76/2 4578/337 21 . . . 57/0 25/1 13/2 95/3 4673/340 22 . . . 105/0 . . 105/0 4778/340 23 . 2/1 29/0 91/0 . . 122/1 4900/341 DAY1 234/48 412/54 638/56 894/58 891/55 17/10 ..... 3086/281 DAY2 126/6 267/4 306/2 379/0 211/4 525/44 . 1814/60 TOT 360/54 679/58 944/58 1273/58 1102/59 542/54 . 4900/341