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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2008   Nov 29   Claimed Score

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Call: 7J1AAI
Operator(s): W1NN
Station: JH1GTV

Class: SOSB/40 HP
QTH: Tokyo
Operating Time (hrs): 40
Location: Japan

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:16913498Total Score602,712


Club: North Coast Contesters

Comments:     [email]     2008-12-02 17:52:11
Thanks to Shige JH1GTV for allowing me to use his fine station once again. The QSO number does not include 67 dupes but does include 37 zero point JA QSO’s. During the week before the contest, Shige spent a lot of time getting the station ready and I spent a lot of time learning to use N1MM, analyzing logs and thinking about strategy. We both thought we were ready to go and I was getting some nice signal reports from Europe during the 30 minutes before the contest. But five minutes before the starting time, the worst happened: the SWR suddenly spiked. I was off the air! After examining all of the coax and hardline connectors and splices, we determined that the problem had to be on the tower. To make a long story short, Shige made three trips up the tower (thank you!) and two balun replacements later Shige had fixed the problem. I was finally on the air at 0442. Fortunately, the missed hours were during the daytime so I did not lose any prime operating hours, but the delay still probably cost at least 100 contacts. This was my first CQWW from Japan in a long time so I didn’t know what to expect in terms of band conditions, although it helped a lot to look through last year’s results. It was also my first 48 hour contest in many years. I’ve been avoiding 48 hour contests because of how disruptive they are be to one’s business and sleep schedules. One of my goals this time was simply to see if I could still manage 44-45 hours in the chair. I made it to the end of the contest only taking off four hours, so if it had not been for the time missed at the beginning, I would met my 44 hour operating goal. Of course, the second night was pretty tough and I had my share of hallucinations and weird experiences – and I spent a certain amount of time trying to think up a good reason to quit early - but somehow I forced myself to stick it out to the end. This was a real learning experience and I think I can do a lot better if I have another chance to operate this contest. Clearly I need to do something about my low country total. I found it very tough to know when to go searching for multipliers. The K3 I was using does not have the sub receiver so looking for multipliers meant giving up my CQ frequency and finding a new one is not so easy on 40 meters. As a result I probably CQ’d too much and didn’t do as much S&P as I should have. A new sub-receiver is on the list of things to do for next time. Over the years that I have operated in Japan I have become resigned to the fact that Japan is not the best place in the world to operate contests from. But I now realize that 40 Meters single band is different and Japan is a pretty decent place to operate this category. We have pretty good propagation to both NA and Europe where there are lots of 3-point contacts available. It’s probably a better place to operate from in this category than most parts of NA. The best thing about this contest is hearing and working old friends and making new friends and being part of this amazing 48-hour worldwide beehive of activity. 99.9% of ops are decent and courteous and are just trying to have fun and do the best they can. When so many signals are crammed into such a small space, there are bound to be problems, but on balance they seem pretty few to me. A little peer pressure and education would go a long way to correcting some of the poor operating practices we hear about. I hope to see everyone in the next one. 73, Hal W1NN & 7J1AAI Raw QSO Distribution by Continent EU 812 NA 627 AS 242 OC 39 SA 29 AF 9 Total 1758 Country Totals USA 581 EU Russia 198 Ukraine 145 AS Russia 69 DL 69