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North American QSO Party, RTTY   2016   July   Claimed Score

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Call: WQ6X
Operator(s): WQ6X
Station: NX6T

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Fallbrook
Operating Time (hrs): 9.5
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:33497Total Score32,398


Club: San Diego Contest Club


Comments:     [email]     2016-07-17 15:43:53
This was a last minute remote operation at "NashVille" (@NX6T) from a "secret location" in the SF east bay. I recently made my FT-1000mp RTTY-able but at the chosen location signal levels were almost non-existent, making remote operation my only option for this weekend. Instead, with last minute assistance from W6JBR and N6KI to debug internet problems I managed to accomplish remote access to the Fallbrook station; altho in the early contest hours internet latency was HORRIBLE. As a result, I took a gamble and used the 20:00 - 22:00 period as my "off time", waiting for the internet latency to settle down (which it did). This allowed me to work the contest up to the 06:00z ending time, along with the remaining single-OP & multi-OP stations. The station consisted of an externally fan-cooled Elecraft K3 (running 59 watts) into a C-31XR yagi for the high bands, 2-elements on 40 and an inverted "V" for 80 meters. Because it is not easy to manually tune in RTTY signals remotely (and no spotting-assistance allowed), rather than S&P I chose to run frequencies and let stations come to me. Unfortunately, this created a new problem when stations would call considerably off frequency such that FLDIGI could not demodulate their text, no matter how LOUD they were. Because using RIT remotely (with poor internet latency) to tune stations in is not possible, I resolved this by allocating N1MM's F-11 key to send the message: "You are off frequency - tune me in", followed by F8 ("AGN? AGN?"), or F3 ("TU QRZ"). My thinking is that if you are copying me correctly when you receive the message you will make sure that your Xmit/Rcv frequencies are the same when you call me. Most stations got the message and then called me on frequency. I actually had one station COMPLAIN because I would not (meaning I COULD not) tune him in - CHILL OUT DEWD! With poor internet latency, my trying to tune YOU in will actually slow things down for everyone else waiting to work me. If you want a QSO, it is YOUR responsibility to BE ON FREQUENCY, not mine. My biggest disappointment was when I couldn't complete a QSO with an IK4 station because the internet froze and I could not send him an exchange via N1MM's function keys. By the time I was back in normal operation, either the IK4 was gone or so were signals from Europe. If I seemed to "disappear" on you, the reason was probably poor internet latency. Lack of activity on 80 meters was ALSO a Bummer, along with no signals heard on 10 meters. Nevertheless it was a FUN contest allowing me to work a number of W6 friends. Look for a writeup on this contest soon from the WQ6X Contest BLOG (