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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2017   Nov 25   Claimed Score

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Call: WXØB
Operator(s): AD5Q
Station: WXØB

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Dallas
Operating Time (hrs): 44:17
Location: USA
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:2867133444Total Score4,286,533


Club: DFW Contest Group

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-29 00:24:21
Conditions were way better than last year, but still low sunspots. Began contest with 20m JA's, then pounced 40 for mults and didn't start EU run until it was too late for good rate. The sunrise opening over EU only works with higher flux, so ran JA's all morning and they were great. On 2nd night had trouble getting anything going on 40. We fixed the run rig problem from last year but a different one made SO2R intermittent on day 2. Did the strategy mostly right, but regret missing all the JA runs on 15 and forgot to do Asia there. Was preoccupied looking for zone 29 on 20m LP (failed). Nailed the short 15m EU runs perfectly, but sigs were much weaker on day 2. Only 2 zone 16's worked on 15, and it will probably get worse since the solar cycle hasn't bottomed yet. Low bands were different. Couldn't work an EU on 160 the first night and mults were also low on 80. On 2nd night both bands were very quiet and the SAL had more fun than ever. Most of the 80m Q's were EU's, where usually they are JA's. The receive antenna situation here is constantly changing. Originally built three bi-directional 600ft ladder line beverages to cover 6 directions. They were really high maintenance because the lakeside QTH gets frequent lightning hits. Between these 3 bevs, the 2 I had at home QTH and another 2 at N5YA I was constantly building feedpoint boxes and they would get zapped (one even blown to bits). Also had to walk the bevs before each contest to check for blown or melted ladder line. The bevs are history and were replaced by one of the original Hi-Z's which worked better. Then came the SAL, which beat the Hi-Z 90% of the time. These are low maintenance antennas. For several years I've had choice of either - until recently. A 2nd SAL has replaced the rarely used Hi-Z, with plans drawn to phase and switch them in at least 4 directions on both 80 & 160 - but I totally don't understand how the phasing will work. Looking forward to using them since there are still guys that hear better than us - typically using bigger bevs or 2 in phase / or just a quiet QTH way out in the country. We don't have that, so the SAL is the best option. The WX0B station is the beta site for the SAL, and I am very privileged to have been the first to use every version in contests due to people with close ties with the place that makes them. Access to this station is also really huge. Thanks, Jay and Sharon! Roy -- AD5Q