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ARRL 160-Meter Contest   2017   Dec 1   Claimed Score

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Call: W2GD
Station: W2GD

Class: M/S HP
Operating Time (hrs): 32
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs1662Sections80Countries53Total Score547,029


Club: Frankford Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-12-03 12:36:54
Elecraft K3 x 3 OM2000HF 1250 watts Win-Test Logging Software 2 element vertical Yagi @ 240' with NE, West and Omni direction options Beverage antennas NE, E, S, SW, W, NW, plus HI-Z Four Vertical System As has been our practice we use the ARRL 160 event to iron out whatever problems might be lurking at this location at the end of "Murphy Drive". The goal is to have everything completely ready for the CQ160 CW two months from now. We had two work parties before CQWW CW, the first one saw installation of the TX array on the 300 foot tower, and the second to complete cabling of the seven RX antennas. There never seems to be enough time at this point in Contest Season and with ARRL 160 just six days after CQWW CW, its a tight squeeze on the schedules for many of us. On the day of the contest we spent far more time than normal diagnosing coax cable faults and repairing beverages downed by trees. Then one of our K3s came up deaf but successful 'surgery' was completed a full five minutes before the starting bell. We enjoyed the best first hour of any 160 meter contest in the last 30+ years. During the exciting first sixty minutes, we put 213 contacts in the log which amazingly contained 25% five pointers from EU and the Carib. What a rush! The band was dead quiet, not a static crash to be heard. In fact over the whole weekend we were blessed with QRN free reception. The first night the EU peak was early and there was no enhancement at their sunrise. The second night a similar pattern but with some sunrise effect. We managed 148 five pointers night one and added 131 more night two. Seemed to be hoards of USA participants again this year - which supported fantastic run rates during the first eight hours - definitely a highlight of the weekend. The opening to the western US was never great and we never heard a KH6, VK, ZL or JA. Chased XO1X for several hours Sunday morning but his signal never came put out of the noise. We enjoyed the camaraderie you have with a large team. K2SG, N2NC and new comer KE2D filled the operator chairs when the core team needed a break. As always thanks to the owners of WYRS-FM for making this fantastic site available to us and to the members of the SJDXA for their ongoing assistance. On to the Stew Perry TBDC in a few weeks. 73, John, W2GD For the 160 TEAM