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Stew Perry Topband Challenge   2017   Dec 30   Claimed Score

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Call: K1WHS
Operator(s): K1WHS
Station: K1WHS

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: FN43mj
Operating Time (hrs): 12
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs708Total Score4,773


Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-12-31 23:36:54
I had fun playing in the Stew. I am coming off a bad year healthwise, so it is great to feel OK enough to actually play radio again. I used my shunt fed Rohn 25 vertical along with a bunch of beverage wires running through the woods. The beverages caught it this Fall, with the semi hurricane that blew trough here. Many trees fell and all the wires needed many repairs to get them back in shape. I still have one system with a huge white pine laying across it that needs some chain sawing action. My plan for the Stew was to call CQ much more than times past, and hope that my CW ability might rise to the occasion. I started at 2200 UT and ran until about 08:30 UT, sunrise in Britain. I took a nap and then got up for my sun rise, but worked little DX in the morning. I did snag V31MA then and KH6LC. 90% of my time was spent "running" in hopes that stations would find me. The wx here was brutal with below zero temperatures even at mid day, so the power line noise was very high and made receiving difficult at times, but condx to EU seemed very good and I managed to work 250 Europeans along with 11 DX stations in the Caribbean, South America, and two KH6 stations. I heard nothing else from the Pacific. I was bundled up in the shack trying to stay warm. Every few hours I went in the house and threw more oak logs in the woodstove. Rig was a K3 with new synthesizers and seven beverages arrayed in the woods, with lengths from 860 to about 1250 ft long. The 45 degree wire is 1200 ft long and was used for most of the time for Europe. For the first time ever, it had 10 dB of power line noise. My TX antenna is an 80 ft tower that is shunt fed with a gamma match. There are about 120 radials more or less, mostly 130 ft long. I quit early at my sunrise with almost two extra hours unused. That was not a good move, but sleep seems more important when you are an old fart.