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ARRL 160-Meter Contest   2017   Dec 1   Claimed Score

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Call: VA7ST
Operator(s): VA7ST
Station: VA7ST

Class: Single Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 16.5
Location: Canada

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs400Sections67Countries4Total Score57,865


Club: Orca DX and Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-12-03 19:17:05
So that's what Top Band is like with a little bit more power. As expected, running the new AL-80B provided a personal best after so many low-power entries. But it didn't produce a best-ever multiplier total -- that remains at 75 with my 2007 outing. This weekend's 400 Qs is 45 more than my 2007 high of 355. The difference back then running 100W was a sunspot minimum (ballpark) and the same Inverted-L over a 32-radial field on the ground. Alas, I got one season out of those radials as they were bare aluminum and the soil here ate them into oxidized fragments, quite literally, in months. Still running the same wire over three raised radials connected to an FCP box. The vertical wire is 70 feet, the remaining horizontal wire slopes down due east to about 40 feet. The null due east was noticeable and must be eliminated. Planning a spring project to make it a T-top vertical, hopefully improving performance. Only DX orked were ZF, C6 and UA9. I don't consider XE to be DX but was nice to have among the multipliers. The band opened up across the northeastern states for me on Sunday morning, filling in all the New England mults that I had been missing. Thanks to everyone for calling in, and for staying up so late into the wee hours. -- Bud VA7ST Year-over-year: QSO Sec Score 2017 400 71 57,865 16.5 hr HP 2016 180 52 18,720 10.5 hr 2015 142 37 10,906 8 hr 2014 183 54 19,764 8 hr 2013 24 12 576 1 hr 2012 132 42 11,088 5 hrs 2010 134 38 10,184 5 hrs 2008 162 42 13,608 10 hrs 2007 355 75 54,150 12 hrs 2006 225 48 22,197 2005 323 62 40,052 2004 231 62 28,644