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ARRL 160-Meter Contest   2017   Dec 1   Claimed Score

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Call: K7RL
Operator(s): K7RL
Station: K7RL

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: WWA
Operating Time (hrs): 9
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs468Sections77Countries7Total Score80,640

 

Club: Western Washington DX Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-12-03 19:38:20
Always fun when when a band like 160m comes alive during this SB contest. Missed MAR, PAC, PR, NNY, NNJ and oddly, LA for the sweep. Didn't stick around past 11 PM local, so missed any potential Pacific activity. A special thank you to these EU stations that called in and put a smile on my face: OH0R, OH1XX, SM5EDX, and OH3XR. That was an unexpected surprise. Nice to see the band opening to EU again. Most QSOs consisted of riding the QSB wave. Some stations started out loud, then faded into the noise, then came back again. All within the exchange cycle. Thanks to all that hung in there to complete the QSO! My antenna is a full size vertical made from insulated #12 wire supported by a tall tree with a FCP radial system, and within 200 meters of salt water on a bluff. I've had a lot of trouble keeping elevated radials in the air as my property is heavily treed - every year stuff just keeps falling on them and always during contest season. Because of the terrain, ground radials just aren't an option. Maintenance has been nothing short of a nightmare keeping radials intact. This year I installed a FCP radial system as per K2AV (k2av.com). At 66' in total length, and about 10' above ground, it takes up much less room and seems to be as good as my previous full size elevated radial system. During the contest, there were times I felt loud, and other times, not so much. Perhaps that's typical on 160m. I think my vertical wire in the tree might have some attenuation because it's...well...in the tree. Need to figure out a way to get it in the clear, and hopefully squeeze out some additional performance. Thanks to all for the Qs! 73, Mitch, K7RL