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ARRL 160-Meter Contest   2017   Dec 1   Claimed Score

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Call: K1LT
Operator(s): K1LT
Station: K1LT

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: Ohio EM89ps
Operating Time (hrs): 28
Location: USA
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs1464Sections81Countries41Total Score408,822


Club: Mad River Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-12-03 20:48:19
When the contest ended I was disappointed that my score was lower than last year. Conditions to the east seemed particularly good, all of the noise sources stayed away, and the band seemed very full a lot of the time. Normally I compare my progress with the previous year's log, but I didn't do that this time. Based on the number of Europeans worked and the general crowding, I thought we were having a high scoring year. Some history of K1LT raw scores: Year DX K/VE Total K/VE DX Total QSOs QSOs QSOs Mult Mult Score 2007 101 1452 1553 78 48 429534 2008 119 1350 1469 77 42 392105 2009 238 1447 1685 78 51 526836 2010 185 1419 1604 77 51 481664 2011 65 1288 1353 77 30 310407 2012 87 1388 1475 81 36 375687 2013 117 1378 1495 82 32 380874 2014 67 1359 1417 79 23 309570 2015 94 1394 1488 80 33 368154 2016 93 1435 1528 83 44 423545 2017 141 1323 1464 81 41 408822 So the QSO count exceeds only 2011 and 2014 while the multiplier count and score lands in the middle of the range. After a few hours nap, I started reading the 3830 comments. From those I have to conclude that my score is on par with everyone else. So maybe the result is not so disappointing after all. On to the excuses! The only pre-contest work I did was to check all of the short receiving verticals for corroded F connectors. I fixed 3 of those. I tightened the ropes supporting the top of the "tee" transmit antenna which made the SWR curve nicer than it has been in a while. While I don't think performance is affected very much, the amplifier seems happier with very low SWR. The contest started very fast. The first DX, UR5AS, was logged prior to official sunset. 2 more UR, 2 F, and 120 W/VE filled the first hour. Throughout the first night the rate held up with the usual gradual decline. There was no noticeable European sunrise enhancement. I used the recliner chair trick to stay awake most of the time all night and had 1007 QSOs and all sections but PAC, AK, NT, and PR a few minutes past sunrise Saturday morning. During the night I noticed that the phased arrays did not seem to have any directivity to broadside. Usually the directivity is noticeable to the point of being annoying. Since signals were very strong and the noise was very low, the lack of directivity was of little consequence. After a brief nap Saturday morning, I collected my daughter and ran several domestic chores than had to be completed immediately. During this time I forgot about the directivity issue. When I returned to the radio at 2130z, the band was already quite full. When I resumed CQing, I worked another European prior to sunset, which was a good omen. At 2130z I was interrupted by a family crisis which consumed about 30 minutes with phone calls and permanently erased some of the glow from the first night. The second night was a much slower and slightly noisier repeat of the first night although the European callers were more frequent. When I rediscovered the lack of directivity of the phased array, I tried the Beverages, and I could hear much better. So I switched to transceiving with the K3, which at least gave me the opportunity to play with my new Kpod. After a while, I determined the problem with the phased array was that it was stuck in the west direction because the transistor that keys the power to the switching relays had shorted. So I removed the relay power which stuck the array in the east direction and directivity was restored. The rest of the evening I used the phased array for DX and the Beverages for US thus minimizing the amount of antenna switching. After European sunrise, the contact rate became very low and I found myself falling asleep at the switch. So I took a 3 hour nap from 0830z to 1130z and got back to the radio in time to find 1810 to 1825 kHz completely full. Three times I attempted to CQ in a small hole and three times I was told to move. The third time I just started tuning to see if I could hear anyone working JAs. When I reached 1825, I didn't hear any JA QSOs from stations east of the Mississippi, but I did find KL7SB at 1825.5 and worked him. After sunrise I gave up the idea of working Asia and started CQing in the much emptier 15 kHz of joy. One of the callers was KH6AQ. So only NT and PR remain as missing sections. Around 1255z (25 minutes after sunrise) I heard a weak caller so I tried to locate him on all the receiving antennas. On one of the Beverages, I could hear JA3YBK signing his call twice. Since he appeared to be calling me, I acknowledged his call and gave him a report. But this cycle repeated several times and after a while, it seemed like he was not calling me, but perhaps CQing by just signing his call. In retrospect, I suggest that when conditions are good then everyone works each other relatively quickly and resorts to CQing more readily than when conditions are poor. Thus good conditions makes for a crowded band. And while DX from Europe was better, there were fewer Caribbean stations and for me no continental African or South American stations. In other words, every silver lining comes with a cloud. DX worked: C6, CM, CT3 (2), DL (16), EA (4), EI (2), EU, F (12), G (8), GM (2), GW (2), HA (3), HB, HI, I (2), KH6, KL, KP2 (2), LA (3), LY (3), LZ (2), OE, OH (7), OH0, OK (8), OM (3), ON (3), OZ, PA (3), PJ2, PJ4, S5 (2), SM (10), SP (5), SV, UA (4), UA2 (3), UR (9), V3 (2), XE (3), YL, YO (4), YU, and ZF for a total of 44 entities. Note the predominamce of northern Europe. Equipment: K3/100, P3, Kpod, Alpha 8410, K3/10; 65-foot 'Tee' with 70 or so 125-foot radials, 16 23-foot verticals each with 16 23-foot radials, 2 miles of RG6, and 6 2-wire Beverages; and too many computers and SDR pieces-parts. Also audio routing pieces-parts, homebrew SO2R pieces-parts, more software piece-parts, Writelog version 11 and all of its warts. The following comparison between 2016 and 2017 of stations by US call district from 'cbs' seems interesting. Note the decrease in districts 1, 4, 6, 7, and 8 and the increase in district 9. My most frequently worked section was Illinois. 2016 2017 Area QSOs Percent Area QSOs Percent 0 145 9.5 0 141 9.6 1 143 9.4 1 122 8.3 2 121 7.9 2 119 8.1 3 137 9.0 3 130 8.9 4 200 13.1 4 176 12.0 5 106 6.9 5 104 7.1 6 82 5.4 6 70 4.8 7 105 6.9 7 88 6.0 8 144 9.4 8 128 8.7 9 143 9.4 9 158 10.8 Total 1326 86.8 1236 84.4