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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2008   Nov 29   Claimed Score

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Call: K1DG
Operator(s): K1DG
Station: N1LI

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Maine
Operating Time (hrs): 44
Location: USA
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:3719116456Total Score6,039,176


Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2008-12-01 07:18:17
My 40M beam developed an intermittent problem recently. Taking it down is a big job with all the other antennas on the same tower (the 40 is at the very top), and I just did not have a combination of time and weather to allow repairing it. It worked well enough in the CQWW SSB and both modes of SS, so I figured I could live with the problem one more weekend, and fix it in the spring. However, a severe wind storm earlier in the week apparently made things worse...the SWR bounced from 1:1 to 3:1 randomly, but guys kept calling. Got through the first day OK, but just after 00z Saturday night, the SWR went to 3:1, and stayed there. I was hearing OK, but had to struggle for every QSO. I considered quitting, but knew I was doing well on the other bands and kept going. Before I took my sleep break Sunday morning, I gathered the parts I would need for a makeshift antenna - a wire GP that I could hang from a tree. Installation would have to wait until daybreak. At 17z on Sunday when the 20M run began to slow, I went outside and installed the 40M GP in a tree close to the house so I could at least work a few multipliers in the last few hours. Managed to work RW9USA, VK6LW, ZC4LI, H7A, and A54XR with it, so I guess it was worth the time. I could not crack the pileup on OD5NJ though. I tried to run with it, but nobody answered my CQs. Of the 543 QSOs on 40, fewer than 50 were made after the halfway point. Amazing rates on 20M. I guess that everyone has been looking forward to this contest, and wanted to operate. With 15 and 10 in poor shape, everyone was on 20. I had long stretches with the rate meter over 200. Missed those LP Asian openings while I was busy on other bands. When I put the second radio there on 15 Sunday morning, the first signal I heard was TO3R - a solid s7! A little while later, I thought the European signals were peaking a bit, and managed a half-hour run there good for almost 100 Qs. My 6 QSOs on 10 consisted of local multi-multi K1TTT and 5 LUs, all in a 10-minute period Saturday. Nothing else heard, though I only listened a few times. Dear sunspots: We miss you - please come back soon. 80 and 160 played quite well, and I had some nice runs on both. I'm very pleased with the antenna performance on those bands at this QTH. A new 500-foot 2-wire Beverage in the friendly neighbor's woods made listening easier. Congratulations to K5ZD on another great job, and his retirement. Unlike Randy, I am *not* retiring from SOAB contesting, and will have a working 40M antenna next year. Despite the 40M beam failure that probably cost me this contest, I still love this game! 73 and thanKS for all the QSOs, Doug K1DG