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Stew Perry Topband Challenge   2017   Dec 30   Claimed Score

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Call: NK8Q
Operator(s): NK8Q
Station: N3EB

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 12.5
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs434Total Score2,268


Club: Frankford Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2018-01-01 16:06:57
My score reflects the 1.5x bonus for operating at 99W. It should be interesting to see how it changes with respect to those other low and QRP powered stations that I worked during this fun event. I am generally a QRPer and have enjoyed this contest at 5W in the past (and BRAVO to BARC for having the rule that the stations that QRPers work are worth 4x as they have more work to do receiving than I do when transmitting!). This time I was using a superior station than any of my own previous stations (thanks to Eric, N3EB, who hosted me at his mountaintop station). I started running QRP but after about an hour switched over to 100W. Maybe I got spoiled with the rates that I get when running full QRO. :) Anyway, the rig was an Elecraft K3 (with a big amp sitting on the bench, tempting, but didn't plug it in!). I didn't use SO2V mode as I had a headache starting out in the contest and didn't need to increase it further! The antenna for Tx was a 1/4 wavelength elevated ground plane with 8 radials. Rx antennas were Beverages to the NE, W and SW. With outdoor temperatures at -1F (-18C) the drafty hamshack was certainly frigid! I was bundled up quite well and without the couple of heaters (one placed under the operating bench right between my legs) I might have had to fire up the big amplifier to help keep warm, costing me about 700 points for going to the QRO power level! I got on the air about 1700 local time (USA Eastern timezone) and operated until about 0330 local time (0830Z), took a nap for about 1-1/2 hours, and then started operation again from 0500 to 0800 local time. Much of my time was spent calling CQ, probably too much as I should have likely spent more time looking for high-point QSOs. Yes, a good lesson learned for next time! My first QSO with EU was while doing S&P at 0037Z and my first to the left coast (w/ K7RAT!) was while calling CQ at 0058Z. My best QSO rates with EU stations was from 0600 to 0800Z (along with a KH6 station thrown in for some nice pointes as well).