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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2008   Nov 29   Claimed Score

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Call: W6YX
Operator(s): N7MH
Station: W6YX

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: CA
Operating Time (hrs): 38
Location: USA
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOsZonesCountries
160:111
80:1382451
40:6053197
20:65334102
15:1832349
10:3644
Total:1616117304Total Score1,773,252

 

Club: Northern California Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2008-12-01 00:35:51
We were hosting family for Thanksgiving so I decided not to go the DXpedition route this year and instead try a SOAB effort from near home for CQWW CW. Thanks to the other W6YX contesters for letting me do a single-op from the station. I remember doing a SOSB-15 effort in the late 70's in CQWW, but this was my first attempt at full-time SOAB. I arrived at the station a few hours before 0000Z to set things up. After turning on the radios it became clear that none of the big monoband Yagis for 10, 15, and 20 were working. After trying to resolve the problem in the shack I concluded that it was probably a feedline issue and I wouldn't be able to fix it before the contest started. That left me with a rotatable C31XR and smaller monobanders fixed in the direction of the Caribbean and South America for 20, 15 and 10. The rotator on the C31XR got a workout over the weekend as I had to rotate it to work anyone outside of the limited beamwidth of the fixed monobanders. Fortunately the M2 4-element 40 was working and I realized near the middle of the contest that I could use it on 15 meters to give me a second rotatable high-band antenna. I intended to operate between 42 and 44 hours and to sleep for a couple hours each night. Unfortunately I couldn't fall asleep the night before the contest and woke up on Friday morning after sleeping for only 4 hours. Instead of 2 to 3 hours of sleep each night I needed 4 to 5 hours, sleeping through my alarm. I missed some high rate hours on 40 and 80 both nights and also missed the peak of the 20-meter opening to Europe on the first day. Having to drive home and back to the shack when I took my breaks also added to my off-time. I decided that when I was intensively S&P'ing on a worked-out band that it was useful to CQ on the second radio, even though I might get few callers. I hadn't worked anyone on 10 meters with 6 hours to go in the contest so I started CQing there while I S&P'ed on 20 and 15. Apparently no one else in zone 3 had worked anyone on 10 meters either so 32 of my 36 Q's there are zero-pointers. I had no 160M transmit antenna available so I thought I'd just run low power on 160 into the 80M inverted vee, using the built-in tuner in the FT1000MP. I called and worked N7UA by doing this, but couldn't get a response from any DX stations so I tried routing through an external tuner so I could run high power. I couldn't get an acceptable SWR and ended up only working the single QSO on 160. I only worked 3 Europeans (EA/CT/CU) on 15. I worked mostly western Europeans on 20 and eastern Europeans on 40. Several countries were only worked on one of these two bands. I spent the last couple of hours trying to run on 15, then 20, with little success. I checked out 40 with less than 10 minutes to go and it was wide open to Europe. I should have gone to 40 much earlier since I was missing a bunch of easy mults (like England) and I quickly worked a couple mults that hadn't been able to hear me the previous evening. Congrats to everyone on the great scores. 73, -Mike, N7MH