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ARRL DX Contest, SSB   2006   Mar 4   Claimed Score

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Call: PJ2T
Station: PJ2T

Class: M/2 HP
QTH: Netherlands Antilles
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: South America

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:9461334Total Score9,479,922


Club: Caribbean Contesting Consortium

Comments:     [email]     2006-03-05 16:22:51
A first at PJ2T: At times during the contest both signals from our Multi/2 were YL voices. It was a privilege to welcome 17 year old Rebecca Rich, KB0VVT and her parents KG0US and KG0UT to PJ2T. Rebecca is the 2004 Hiram Percy Maxim Award winner, was licensed in Extra Class at age 8, carries a 4.0 grade average, is President of NHS, and will be off to college soon, planning to stay straight through a Ph.D. If you heard her on the air before or during the ARRL SSB contest, you know she’s an incredibly accomplished operator in both modes. Prior to the contest she ran over 1000 QSOs, picking callsigns out of huge pileups on 40 CW (and elsewhere) at 35 WPM++ with speed and accuracy. And she’s as good a contest operator as we’ve ever seen here, maintaining very high rates concurrent with total situational awareness, passing mults and Qs and snagging ops for skeds on the low bands. At times Rebecca was on one station and her mom (Barb) on the other. Dad Dave, KB0US also put in many hours in the contest. We’re glad to have been able to participate in Rebecca’s first operation from the DX side and hope she will be able to return to Curacao. We’re also happy to welcome Chad, WE9V to PJ2T. He needs no introduction to the contest community, and in a wild coincidence we looked back through the old logs and found that WE9V was the 7th QSO ever made with the PJ2T callsign in our first operation in November of 2000. It was a pleasure to have him here. In addition, Joe, W9JUV, a member of our CCC contest club, was here for his first venture into industrial-strength contesting. Very high on the honor roll and often the last guy standing in the countdown at the Dayton DX Dinner, Joe has 58 years on Rebecca. It’s a privilege to have had such a mix of ham resumes and a wide range of experience on the team for this operation. The first night was the usual disappointment, with only about 40 minutes of productivity out of 20 meters. We parked on 40 for the night and jogged the other station back and forth between 75 and 160. We thought 160 was bad the first night, but it was cake compared to the second night, when we listened most of the night to 20 dB over S9 noise on all the Beverages and one flag. Ugh. Apologies to all of the guys who met our sked on Saturday night at 0300Z only to find us deaf from the tropical QRN. After surviving the agonies of the first night, the high bands paid us back for the suffering. We started on 21.303 Saturday morning and owned that frequency all day, making over 2000 QSOs. Lurking for the 10 meter opening paid off with a short but rewarding burst of activity centered on the 2100Z hour. The second night we went nuts looking for normally easy mults on 160 such as SC, CO, VE2 and others, never finding most. The 40 meter ops patiently pounded and pounded both nights, never with good rates and always with the frustration of splits, broadcasters, and dodging other callers on our listening frequency, but the patience paid off with nearly 2000 QSOs. VE9 turned out to be the most elusive of the realistically possible mults this weekend. Thanks to VY1MB who shocked us by ringing in on 20 for an unexpected “dream” multiplier. Sunday afternoon 10 opened ever so slightly, with NW0L fortunate to be in the chair at Station # 1 at the right time. Marty did a superb job of harvesting points and mults at breakneck speeds, quickly adding about 20 mults to Saturday’s total, and running the rate meter up over 400/hour at times. He’s as good as anyone you’ve ever heard – need for speed. 10 was entertaining in that the opening came in bursts, with no particular geographical pattern. At one point we even specifically asked for 1’s only because we were chronically short of New England mults. The boxes turned purple very fast in the W1 call area and we quickly moved on. We had the usual burst of high rates in the final couple of hours with Europe gone on the high bands and U.S. beams turned toward the Caribbean. WE9V closed on 20 and KB0VVT on 15 with composite rates of about 360/hour the last two hours. No persistent hardware problems all weekend – Writelog held up solidly and we were practically in heaven having just gotten ADSL at PJ2T. The speed and connectivity are excellent, and NW0L installed a router so that we could web surf wirelessly outside, even providing wireless Internet access to our next door neighbor. No more spastic dial-up and no more guilt over the old $3/hour timed charges for Internet access via Curacao dialups. Telecommunication competition and deregulation on Curacao have done great things in the last three years. We even have digital U.S. TV programming now. All of the off-season maintenance work we do here paid off. Big thanks to Station Manager Jeff, K8ND, for all his time and efforts to make things work here. When we need 1.75 amp slow blow fuses for the Alpha linear step-start circuit, they’re here on the shelf, in quantity, thanks to Jeff. Many thanks to NW0L for arranging and coordinating our crew, and to WB9Z, W9JUV, WE9V, KB0VVT, KG0US, and KG0UT for making the trip. And as always special thanks to Cindy, W0CG’s XYL, without whose blessing none of this would be happening. Thanks to everyone for the PJ2T QSOs and the super friendships we’ve made through contesting. For the PJ2T Crew, - Geoff, W0CG, PJ2DX