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North American QSO Party, CW   2018   January   Claimed Score

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Operator(s): AEØEE
Station: AEØEE

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 10
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:555163Total Score90,465


Club: Minnesota Wireless Assn

Team: MWA Great Gray Owls

Comments:     [email]     2018-01-14 23:12:37
100 W (Elecraft K3), dipoles up 7-10 m, keyed mostly on a Vibroplex bug but also an iambic paddle. Band conditions seemed stable, although the MUF seemed to stay pretty low. I was surprised by how few stations from outside W/VE I heard: one KH6 called me, one NP2 (who I could barely hear), and one XE (loud and quickly worked). Then again, given how much time I spent running in this contest, perhaps they were there and I just wasn't looking around to find them. Earlier this week I had found that the low bands were doing pretty well, and that 20 and 40 m were going long earlier than I had expected. When it came time for the contest, my strategy was to make contacts where possible on 15 m to pick up a few multipliers and loud ones, then to get down to 20 m where I could reliably get a few more multipliers. I took my off time in the early afternoon as run on 20 m dried up, then a bit more for dinner. My station performs pretty well on the low bands, and I've had good success in years past when I'm on the earlier end to move downward in frequency. Despite my history of trying to find a place to run higher in the band where general-class operators have privileges, I work so many 1x2 and 2x1 calls that I decided to throw that practice out and run a few kHz into the extra portion. I don't seem to have suffered for that decision, and it may have helped keep my run frequency clear. I was almost completely finished with the high bands by 2200z (3 QSOs on 20 m notwithstanding). I had a good run on 40 m for an hour or so, then after a leisurely dinner break during a time my rate was likely to be fairly low, I headed down to 80 m at 0015z. This requires changing which antenna is attached to the rig (at least now the physical coax changes are all in the shack!), and that provides a small barrier toward moving back up to 20 m. After a long run on 80 m, it was late enough to go pick up the western multipliers on 40 m. Come 0245z, it was time for top band. In a 100-W domestic contest, this is where my station excels. My full-size fan dipole for 80/160 m up somewhere around 10 m does pretty well. I operate in a rural area, so I can hear quite well, and from the several 160 m contests I've done I know I get out well at least within W/VE. I've often had better results in the ARRL 160 m contest than in Sweepstakes! It was easy to find a clear frequency, and once I started calling, I had a steady stream of contacts rolling in. As expected, 160 m ended up my best band for both QSOs and multipliers. While I had been hoping for worked-all-states in 12 hours, it was not to be, as I missed ND, SD, RI, and AK. Thanks for all the QSOs!