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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2017   Nov 25   Claimed Score

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Call: 9Y4/VE3EY
Operator(s): VE3EY
Station: 9Y4/VE3EY

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Trinidad Island
Operating Time (hrs): 46
Location: South America

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOsZonesCountries
160:4041552
80:7712073
40:14052897
20:18732993
15:13872492
10:631015
Total:5903126422Total Score9,525,884

 

Club: Contest Club Ontario

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-28 18:25:59
Here went another ‘out of suitcase operation’ again. Like in previous years, I travelled alone and short of the power extension cord, I brought along everything. On the good side " no power outages. I had hydro power all the time during my stay. My score is almost identical to last year’s though, but this year I had twice the power (1K versus 500W) and I operated 4 hours longer. ‘Butt-in-the-chair’ counter indicates I was active for 46 hours. From this perspective I actually did worse this time. I felt that high band conditions were not as good as last year. I am not sure if the reason is the lack of high band propagation or the fact that I had to relocate the SteppIR vertical further inland to make space for a beach wedding which took place on Saturday. I found myself number of times running empty handed on high bands even for US which normally yields an endless stream of callers on 20 and 15. My two hour break time was divided equally between one hour nap time at the keyboard and attending to a Low Band vertical at 3am local time when SWR suddenly went up from nothing to 1:4. When I went out to the beach with the flashlight I could not see anything physically wrong with the antenna. I fiddled for some time with the L/C matching box and the best I could do was to bring the SWR down to 3.5 which at the far end of the coax showed as 2.5. I ended up using the ATU on the SS amp to be able to continue on 80. I suspect the problem has something to do with the coaxial relay used to switch between 80 and 160 but the autopsy is still pending. When everything is factored in, and having operated like this four times from this place, this is likely as good as it gets (for me). Next phase to improving the score would be to add a second radio and everything that comes with it. This is obviously easier said than done. Out of 170Lbs of stuff I keep hauling between the airports, my personal effects allowance is 4 pounds. This means I can take a toothbrush and 3 T-shirts on a weeklong rotation. I briefly made an attempt in talking my wife into coming along to increase weight allowance, but her response was brisk: ‘Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice " shame on me’ and that was the end of it. She is still very supportive of what I do, but she is not eager to have much part of it. All in all I enjoyed the event very much " especially the feel of doing this on the low bands. They were in great shape. Rig: One K3S/10 and Expert 1.3K-FA amplifier. Ant: Top loaded vertical for 160/80 and SteppIR vertical for 40 meters and up.