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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2009   Nov 28   Claimed Score

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Call: KL8DX
Operator(s): KL8DX
Station: KL8DX

Class: SOSB/20 HP
QTH: Alaska
Operating Time (hrs): 26
Location: Other North America

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:16462770Total Score355,990


Club: North Coast Contesters

Comments:     [email]     2009-11-30 10:04:24
This contest has it all, from excitement to frustration. My original goal was to work an all band entry but that changed on Friday. Seems our constant weather pattern as of late has been low pressure after low pressure from the Gulf of Alaska. As it works its way into the Interior, along comes the strong winds that accompany it. That kept me off the low bands on Friday and I opted to start then as a 20 meter single band. As the weekend progressed, the winds died down but I decided to keep my pace on 20 and only QSY'ing for those that requested. And as I write this, we are just now feeling the effects of yet another storm forecasted to bring 75+ mph wind gusts over the next 48 hours. Many great highlights and lots of on air friends encountered. I'm still a greenhorn at pile-up management but had fun so I appreciate the patience of everyone. Add in northern latitude conditions, some interesting echo effects from signals, it can make for some really tough times picking out a callsign, or even parts of a callsign. Band conditions were pretty good into Europe this first night but even with high power, it took some calling. The second night, the path over the North Pole was far from good and it seemed like the only good propagation from Alaska was into Zone 33. I was excited to snag 35 though which was surprising! Nothing heard toward Europe on 15 meters from my station. As for anything toward Asia, I normally work them off the back of my beam so a few more repeats are sent their way. I kept checking 10 meters and I did not hear a peep on that band all weekend. Tried one QSY to 10 but that yielded nothing. I also tried a few QSY attempts on 15 but I got skunked there as well. On Sunday, I kept getting several dupes so I confirmed my suspicions after the contest and found a station posted me as KL7DX and not by my actual callsign. It happens frequently. I will update my blog with more contest details but in summary, this turned out to be my best effort ever in a contest. Not much by contesting station standards but from my small station, I'm excited to once again reach another goal and milestone in my casual contesting career. I have received lots of great information from the Alaska DX - Contest group for which I am deeply appreciative. Thanks again for the QSO's and may the holiday season bring you joy, good health, happiness, and of course, plenty of DX. 73, Phil KL8DX Denali National Park, Alaska Radio: Icom 756PRO Antenna: Mosley TA-34-XL @ 43 feet Amp: Ameritron AL-1500