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ARRL 160-Meter Contest   2009   Dec 4   Claimed Score

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Call: WE9V
Operator(s): WE9V
Station: WE9V

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 26
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs1100Sections76Countries20Total Score218,976


Club: Society of Midwest Contesters

Comments:     [email]     2009-12-09 23:53:03
My best effort ever in this contest, nearly beating my high power efforts from KS9K 13 years ago. (More Qs this year, more mults HP.) A testament to the great participation this contest has lately. Operated from my mother's house in central WI. I was sick of the S9 noise I have from my station and wanted to be able to hear more callers. A couple weekends ago I installed an inverted L (up ~85' thanks to a spud launcher) and a 900' two-wire beverage towards EU. I haven't operated from this QTH in nearly 20 years. First time I listened on the antenna, I had a S9+30 tick occur every 1.5 seconds. Long story short, it was the neighbor's electric fence (800' away). Fortunately, I got him to turn it off for the duration of the contest. But, when he turned it off, I still had another ticking, this one only about S9. The next nearest neighbor with any animals is probably about 2 miles away. I decided to leave it alone and use the K3's noise blankers to knock it out. Even with the ticking, the night before the contest, I heard tons of EU calling CQ, but was only able to work a few. Which leads me to the contest....heard LOTS of EU calling CQ in/near the DX window, some even S9 on the beverage(!!) but had great difficulty in working them, if I worked them at all. Some stations I worked in one call. Others I called and called on and off for hours and never made it. This is something I'm not used to. From home, I have a RX issue (S9 noise) and usually run HP. If I can hear them, I can easily work them. From this quiet location and running LP, I could easily hear them, but not work them. That's definitely frustrating. I'd rather work everyone I can hear, instead of hearing more stations but I can't work them. At home I have a shunt fed 115' tower plus yagis for cap loading, 100 radials and 7 ground rods. This location, I had an inverted L (up 85') with one ground rod and 16 radials. Slight difference, but not a "bad" antenna/ground. Most of the DX I worked was me answering their CQs if I could get their attention. Only a handful (<5?) of DX called me, mostly stations from England at their sunrise. Several times I had EU start calling CQ on my frequency, they were S9 on the beverage, and they never heard me. Missed NT, VE5, PR First night I got tired and zonked at 0920z (3:20am), I had set the alarm on my cellphone, hit snooze 2 times, and then the battery died and never went off again, so I didn't wake up until well past sunrise. The second night, I went to bed at 8z (2am), set alarm for 4am, woke up at 5am. Guess I need a better alarm clock. Even with not staying up late the first night, I was pleased with my 700 QSOs, but the rate on Saturday was HORRENDOUS!!! My rates were typically less than half of my last effort. Only 15-20 QSOs/hour. Very boring. Couldn't operate much Sunday morning, as I had to drive back home, unpack, then repack as I had to leave for China the next morning. Congrats to fellow SMCer K9IG on his great score from the midwest. Chad WE9V