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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY   2017   Sep 23   Claimed Score

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Call: VA7ST
Operator(s): VA7ST
Station: VA7ST

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 30
Location: Canada

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:7251317447Total Score403,452


Club: Orca DX and Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-09-24 20:09:31
30 hours of mostly fun time. The low bands were okay, 20M was pretty good, and 15M was at least open to North and South America from out west. Lowlights: frequency hijacking, and stations who don't know any better than to answer a CQ with their full exchange and a greeting while other stations are trying to get through. Lost at least one multiplier to this behavior. Ignored the offender after that and didn't work him on that band. Just the call is all we need to start the contact. Highlights: the emergence of VY1CO onto the RTTY bands. Took some convincing that he could do it with a QRP rig. He could and did, and ended up enjoying it so much he fired up an amp, too. I hope we now have another Yukon mult hander-outer. Europe was only within reach on 20M, though I did manage zone 15 and 16 mults on 40M. Wasn't too happy with 80M -- it was working nicely but not a lot of action to be had. Mind you, I operated the first 18 hours of the contest low power before deciding enough was enough and turned on the amp for the second half of the weekend. Made quite a difference to rate. Lowest score since 2007, and four of those higher-scoring years were low-power outings. I figure three years from now we'll see things improving and scores rising again. Just have to get from here to there through the doldrums of solar min. Had a lot of fun, and was surprised to see the butt-in-chair clock at 30 hours. 29 has been my max in this one over the past decade except for a 35-hour stint in 2013 when conditions were so good I couldn't bear to step away from the radio. Thanks for the contacts. -- Bud VA7ST (contester's diary podcast)