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ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB   2016   Nov 19   Claimed Score

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Call: WE9V
Operator(s): KB9OWD
Station: WE9V

Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:1592Sections83Total Score264,272


Club: Society of Midwest Contesters

Comments:     [email]     2016-11-20 21:25:12
Thanks to Chad for the invite to do a serious effort from his place. This is really my first "all out" single op in awhile with family and kids taking priority. It was good to get back in the chair for the long haul and pull forth a full effort. In general, the bands played alright but way down from my last all out Sweepstakes effort in 2013. I started out on 20 for the first hour with alright rate, but felt I really had to push to hit triple digit hours from the start. About three hours in, I knew I was off my pace from a few years ago and it's difficult to make that up later in SS. 40 was LONG early on Saturday however, the band acted strange throughout the evening and would go short, then long and reverse several times. I struggled the first night to get anything going on 80 and stuck with 40 for the most part. Both evenings, 40 and 80 had periods of deep QSB here. Some QSO's were lost as stations faded during the exchange to never return. I pushed straight through until 0815Z Saturday night and slept for 3 1/2 hours. I started briefly on 80 and quickly changed to 40 on Sunday morning. 40 had a nice mixture of distant east coast and close stations throughout the morning on Sunday and I stayed with 40 all morning, never leaving and the rate maintained about 60 to 70 an hour, which I was happy with for Sunday. After lunch, I pointed west and called CQ briefly on 15. The signals that called in from out west were LOUD however I had difficulty getting anything going. This seems to be the case from our upper Midwest location. 15 is challenging to get a maintain a run in SS and most activity stays on 20 and 40. After a bounce to 20 it was back to 40, which was again long. I finished out on 80 and the last 4 hours or so were a major grind. Slow rates and lack of sleep catching up at the same time made for a long ending. Once nice thing to see from this end as noted by others were the number of recent check numbers, a lot of 15 and 16 in there. Great to see! Chad's station played very well and Chad put a lot of pre-contest effort into station repairs and making sure everything was ready to go. No visits from Murphy and the station performed great! One down side was the number of dupes that called in. I don't know if this was a problem for all, but as compared to recent memory, I had a very high number call in. Over 50 were logged and several others turned away. Not sure what was up with that. A great weekend at the radio and a lot of fun regardless of a bit of a score reduction and general poor conditions. Thanks to Chad for the use of his great station! Thanks for all of the QSO's and see you next weekend from K9CT for CQWW CW! 73, Ryan KB9OWD