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ARRL 10-Meter Contest   2010   Dec 11   Claimed Score

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

Class: SO Mixed HP
QTH: Alaska
Operating Time (hrs): 8
Location: Other North America

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOsMults
CW:31135
SSB:12419
Total:43554Total Score102,948

 

Club: North Coast Contesters

Comments:     [email]     2010-12-12 20:32:57
What a ride!!! Now that's the way to end 2010! I tuned into 10 meters at the start of the contest but as expected, not a peep heard. The contest did not start for me until 1925z on Saturday. The first few signals were noticed on the spectrum scope on my IC-756PRO at that time. It was not long before the band sprung to life. On Sunday, ten meters opened a bit earlier, 1831Z for me. Sunday not only opened earlier but I think the band was stronger. The CQ WW CW contest started the 10 meter activity as I was able to work over 100 stations. This weekend blew that weekend off the map! 10 meters never produced any propagation for me into the NE but the SE was booming in. It seemed we had a pipeline to South America as well. Several stations asked for SSB contacts so I ended up doing a mixed entry. I normally stick to CW and avoid the SSB contests anymore but my best rate was actually on SSB. 10 meters is, and will always be, the exception to my SSB avoidance rule. The QSB got a bit tough at times and that was the main reason for many of the repeat requests. It was also challenging to break through the back of the lower 48 antennas as many were pointed to Central & South America. I filled in my weekend operating fix by participating in both the Feld Hell Sprint and SKCC's Weekend Sprint when 10 meters had no activity. Our temperatures dipped to -22, so it was a perfect weekend to stay indoors and play radio. The highlight for me was the entire contest! With only 6 meter contacts being rarer than 10 meters, any contact on 10 is a highlight. To me, the entire weekend was priceless! I just can't wait to see what the next few years bring for 10 meters. WAS for me? Only time will tell... Thanks for the QSO's and I hope each and every one of you has a safe and happy holiday season. 73, Phil KL8DX Denali National Park, Alaska Icom 756PRO Ameritron AL-1500 Mosley TA-34-XL @ 43 feet Win-test 4.7.0 Website: http://www.livingindenali.net Blog: http://kl8dx.blogspot.com/