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ARRL 160-Meter Contest   2017   Dec 1   Claimed Score

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Call: AA4GA
Operator(s): AA4GA
Station: AA4GA

Class: Single Op QRP
Operating Time (hrs): 18:48
Location: USA
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs392Sections57Countries4Total Score48,556


Club: South East Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-12-03 15:18:32
I wasn't able to start working on the re-hanging of the inverted-L until 10 minutes before the start of the contest - the antenna came down in the storms and i hadn't made it a priority. I discovered that it wasn't a broken support rope as I thought, but the wire itself had broken. So, I had to splice that together. I got a fair shot into the tree first try, so I didn't try to perfect it. Instead of an inverted-L 65 up and 65 over, it was more like an inverted-U 65 up, 30 over and 35 down...more or less. Took about an hour It took a while to figure out which feed line I needed to send into the shack...because, as it turns out, I had infinite SWR on all of them at 1.8 MHz. It was already dark, and I was about to bag it. After fixing supper and thinking on it, I decided the feed line had to be was, so I dug out a spool of coax, added connectors and ran it to the antenna...finally got it on about 4 hours into the contest. Slept a fair bit the first night between midnight and sunrise. And I ended up watching the SEC championship game (excellent outcome!), so I missed some more prime time. I tried to hang in all night, but kept falling asleep. The sun finally shut me down at about 8am on Sunday. QRP on 160 is really odd...lots of S9+ signals can't hear you - in some cases, they just have a different RX antenna selected, but often, they just can't hear. Bright side is that no RX antennas are required. I was going to play with SO2R, but with only 1 160 antenna, it was a bit of a PITA. I would find a station to call on the 80m antenna, then do a frequency swap between radios, but the callsign didn't always carry over as expected, and when swapping back to the run frequency using Alt-F6, the Run mode wasn't reselected. So I did very little listening on the 2nd radio. Oh, I was going to operate assisted, with Skimmer feeding spots, but the frequency Skimmer gave me from the KX3 wasn't reliable, and the cluster kept dropping connection, so I never go that going and just went plain old unassisted. I've got a lot of work to do, but overall happy with the results. Worked C6, PJ2, XE, and ZF. Heard a lot of west coast, but only QSO'd one California station...none in Washington or Oregon. Only AZ, MT and WY in 7-land. I did hear a KL7 late, but no KH6. May try the Stew...if not, see you in the CQ160!