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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2008   Nov 29   Claimed Score

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Call: NØAX
Operator(s): NØAX
Station: NØAX

Class: SOAB LP
Operating Time (hrs): 26
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:41676183Total Score278,943


Club: Western Washington DX Club

Comments:     [email]     2008-11-30 18:18:07
First DX contest from the Midwest since 1982 and with a very simple station as described in the Contest Update newsletter ( One radio, one wire, one operator, two ears, and two pieces of hacksaw blade comprising a paddle - just like the Goodle Days. Every QSO came with a big helping of that "Wow!" sauce! To help the numerous visitors understand what was going on, I even put up a ham radio world map and stuck pins in for each new country - since I was S&P all weekend, this was easy to do and a lot of fun as they asked, "Are you going to work Greenland?" (maybe, found one on Sunday morning) and "How come there aren't any pins in the US?" and then having them cheer when they saw a new pin added in their favorite country, such as VK or KL7 or G. (This is fun - if you're doing a casual effort, quilting pins are cheap and visible to let everybody see your progress without disturbing your concentration.) Best contest moment - discovering a 5H3 calling relatively unmolested on 20 CW just before I was going to pull the plug for a break on Sunday about local noon. That "599 37" sure catches one's ear! So if could bag Zone 37, what else was on? I kept going and wound up discovering a very weak 9J2 for Zone 36. Way up at the top end of the band, a ZS and a TO from Reunion were handing out zones 38 and 39 - why not give them a try through the big pileups? Double bingo! So within about 20 minutes, four majorly exciting zones were logged after I almost shut the station down. Moral of the story, of course, is to keep that VFO knob turning. Strangest contest moment - realizing that I did not hear one single OH station all weekend. Whatever happened in the ionosphere made northern Zone 15 quite rare from Missouri. I did find SM, ES and LY on 80 meters of all bands, but not a peep from the dominant signals I'd grown accustomed to hearing from Scandinavia. Nary an LA or OZ, either. Weird, but that's life at the solar minimum. Equipment FT100D transceiver 105' doublet, 10 m high, fed with open-wire and MFJ-974HB balanced-line tuner. N1MM software Microham CW Keyer and "The Band Saw" homemade paddle Thanks for all the QSOs - I'm letting the doublet have the night off :-) 73, Ward N0AX