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CQWW WPX Contest, SSB   2014   Mar 29   Claimed Score

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Call: NW3H
Operator(s): NW3H
Station: NW3H

Class: SO(A)SB20(TS) HP
QTH: Skippack, PA
Operating Time (hrs): 14
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:698Prefixes448Total Score574,784


Club: Frankford Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2014-03-30 18:10:40
New personal best in this contest and it was a single band effort! First time doing this contest with my tribander. My dipoles are down due to an issue I need to address so without low bands I made the decision to try single band 20. This was my first time doing a single band effort. I could either finish 5th in my ARRL section or go for something more. It was extremely difficult to see all the spots on 10 and 15 and not switch to SOAB but I stayed on 20 meters and slugged it out with the tuner uppers, the ragchewers, who seemed out to get us contesters and the guy who liked to follow me around sending code of vulgar language. Nonetheless, I hanged in there. Man, 14 hours only on 20 meters could be a prison sentence for some. I have my typical end of phone contest headache. This was the first time I was able to run EU from my home station. I ran about 80% of the time for this contest which I can never do during CQWW or ARRL (or maybe this showed me I can, hmmm). I reached 100 QSOs in the fastest time ever, 1 hour, 7 minutes. My best rate was about 130/hr in the last 30 minutes of the contest when I sat on 14.341 which turned out to be a great selection for the last half hour a few kc below W1AW/1 who I could not hear as I was beaming EU. It was a kick to have some of the big contests stations in EU and Russia and even the Middle East calling me. Station performed flawlessly and it was nice for once to just set up everything and not have to change amp settings on band switches. As contests go this was my third straight major contest personal best. This is the 3rd most QSOs I have ever had in a contest (1st was ARRL 4 weeks ago, 2nd was CQWW SSB last October and this was a single band effort. Looking forward to the contest time off now and heading to Dayton in May to maybe get a couple things to improve the station. Thanks to the stateside and the DX for the QSOs. See you in CQWPX CW in May. 73 de Bill NW3H Rig: Icom IC-7600 Amp: Ameritron AL-811H Antenna: Mosley miniTA32a Logger: N1MM v 14.3.1