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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2017   Nov 25   Claimed Score

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Call: NA6O
Operator(s): AI6JZ K3EST N6BV N6RO N6WM NA6O WA6O WX5S
Station: N6RO

Class: M/M HP
QTH: Oakley, CA
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: USA
Remote operation

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:3739152436Total Score5,583,648


Club: Northern California Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-27 03:48:25
What better way to celebrate Ken's birthday than to have the Radio Oakley team get together for one of the biggest 48 hour events in all of radiosport? Although not really possible to win M/M from W6, this is a favorite for us all at Radio Oakley. All the seats were filled and we had a great time. The final score was 38% of that from 2014, so yes, conditions have deteriorated. N6RO himself took charge of his favorite band, 160, with help from WX5S. The station continues to be plagued by severe power line nose, though the repair ticket is working its way thru the system. Ken insists he has a name and a phone number... so progress!! The DXing was good though not spectacular as a result; we were certainly being heard better than we were hearing. After investing much personal effort upgrading the 80m antennas and switching equipment, I managed to beat my performance from last year, mainly by working the good openings to EU both evenings. Morning long path was impossible however, due to line noise. It also seemed like there was a shortage of JAs on Sunday morning. We were definitely spotted on the LP, but no chance of pulling signals out. 40m was the top QSO producer this year with WA6O. Mike produced nearly 300 QSOs above last year's 40 meter numbers, clearly comfortable back at his home station after being at VP2 last year. K3EST remains our eternal master of 20m, Demonstrating his great example of solid butt in chair, producing results that easily beat last year's score. Bob mentioned that the line noise was bothersome and as on all bands, and sincerely apologizes for any alligator behavior. 15m was handled by N6WM (1 session remote but mostly on site) and N6BV (remote), with the Remote Rig/K3 system working well after a couple of last-minute debugging sessions. N6WM stayed at the Station Friday night after resolving the Remote Rig problems and kicked off the contest with a 142 QSO first hour on 15m before the band collapsed. He was also able to pick off EU mults with European openings brief but ok, really no chance to run central EU but lured in Western EU stations with a CQ or two. Signals were weak, some barely deflecting the S-meter but still workable. There is still some life on this band for now, and the vigilant full-time effort paid off. Finally, on 10m, contester-in-training AI6JZ put his new CWops CW Academy training to work on Saturday and part of Sunday. WX5S sat alongside, passing along advice and helping out if the wheels were starting to come off. Thanks to the ops who QRSed or took an extra moment to finish the exchange. Welcome aboard Team Oakley, Bill. You're learning from the best. N6WM also jumped in and filled a gap on 10, adding a zone and a couple of countries. N6RO had a go on Sunday as well. We all have much to be thankful for, especially the generosity of N6RO in providing such a great station, and of course his contest chili. I am also personally grateful for my call to have been selected for this event from this amazing station. The team spirit, education, and FUN at Radio Oakley is a real gift. Happy birthday, OM! For the entire N6RO/Radio Oakley contest team, thanks for the Qs and see you in the next contest. -Gary NA6O