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ARRL RTTY Roundup   2018   Jan 6   Claimed Score

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Call: W6YX
Operator(s): K6TJ N7MH
Station: W6YX

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Stanford
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:1369State/Prov57Countries59Total Score158,804


Club: Northern California Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2018-01-08 19:17:37
This was one of 3 M/S operations from the W6YX station that also included K6SU and N6DB. Dean, N6DE, organized the overall effort. John, W6LD, and Pete, K6TJ, got motivated and repaired antennas and equipment that hadn't been working. John, Pete and I fixed our two Beverage antennas and added a third Beverage for JA/South America. For the W6YX effort we used a single K3 with the K3S upgrades and sub-receiver driving an Alpha 9500 amp. We had varying degrees of interference between high-power stations on the same band. We had two stations on 40 and 20 for much of the time we were on those bands and we even had 3 stations on 20 for a brief period. We tried two transmitters on 80 and 15 but not for long as the interference was too great. Same-band interference was minimal in certain directions, most notably when beaming the US on 40 and 20. We occasionally rotated to other beam headings to pick up mults but aggregate rates were higher when we didn't have to deal with broken copy caused by our own transmitters. Our total claimed score for the 3 operations is higher than our previous three 3-transmitter attempts (2012, 2013 and 2016). One unusual occurrence in the contest was when Windows popped up a message asking if I really wanted to accept a change of 59 years in the computer clock. Somehow, just over an hour into the contest, the computer had reverted the clock to January 4, 1959 (without asking) and then 12 minutes later wanted to correct it. That's when I noticed that there were about 20 QSOs logged in 1959. I planned to correct them at the end of the contest but had to deal with it earlier because our Time On/Off was not showing because of the clock issue. This is the first time I've tried using Writelog's SO2V implementation. It works very similarly to one-computer SO2R and I found that it worked with AFSK and the K3S USB Audio Codec. In the past I've cloned receive windows to monitor the sub-RX but SO2V is a bit more intuitive and easy to use for someone familiar with SO2R. Pete operated for several hours in the early morning and caught on quickly to both running and click-and-pounce. We look forward to K6TJ appearing in our operator lists for future contests. 73, -Mike, N7MH