Contest: CQ 160-METER CONTEST, CW
Class: SINGLE OP ASSISTED HP
Operating time: 5
Total: QSOs = 240 State/Prov = 50 Countries = 22 Total Score = 61,000
The Washington DC area had a wet snowstorm the Wednesday before the contest that knocked power out to more than 100,000 homes. Our house had power until Friday at local noon, when they cut power to our neighborhood to repair the wires in an adjacent blacked out area.
Coincidentally, my new Windows 7 shack PC was repaired (bad RAM module) and I had picked it up Thursday PM, intending on getting it reconnected on Friday after work - but no power. So, when I got home from taking the XYL out to dinner Friday night and found the blacked-out house now had lights, I reconnected the new PC, started up all the contesting software, tuned everything up to 160M, worked a station, hit enter - and promptly got a blue screen of death.
Many aarghs and crashes and restarts later I had about 100 QSOs in the log but decided the PC was obviously *not* fixed and was going back to Microcenter in the morning. I wasn't planning on getting back on but I woke up in the middle of the night Sunday am and decided to go down to the shack, reconnected the old PC and get on. I had forgotten to dump the N1MM log from the dead PC, so I started a new log and decided I would just run to avoid dupes. Had lots of fun,
with some EU calling in.
Running without really caring about score is liberating when you someone tries to steal the frequency. I had a nice rate going when a repeat offender plopped down 100 hz up (too close even with my K3) and ignored my repeated QRL, PSE QSY. The rate plummeted but I didn't really care - my non-F1 hand was getting lots of paper work done until I outlasted the intruder. The rate boinked right back up - seemed like great conditions to EU but really poor conditions to the Caribbean and SA this time. EF8M was as loud as US stations at times.