Contest: CQ WORLDWIDE DX CONTEST, SSB
Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: Palmerton, PA (EPA)
Operating time: 36.5
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 33 8 15
80: 65 15 44
40: 153 26 79
20: 474 39 111
15: 463 37 133
10: 1087 35 138
Total: 2275 160 520 Total Score = 4,468,960
God, it's good to have 10m back!
This was my best contest ever! Tops in QSOs, tops in score, and tops in rate. I wish I could have done more, but a grueling work schedule didn't leave enough gas in the tank and my low band performance was dreadful.
We fared well from the snowstorm. We only lost power for a short 20-second-or-so glitch and it was then solid for the whole weekend. This is astonishing, since we are atop a hill in the boonies. People all over our area are still out and will be for days! Sad to see so many contest operations cut short, especially with the best condx in eons!
Downers: My Tic-Ring holding the 20m yagi was stuck all weekend. Luckily, it was stuck towards EU and central Asia! That the best scenario in such a case! I tried a new antenna (Half-Square) for 80m to improve my performance there. It was always a weakness of mine. It was a risk that didn't pan out. I was awful on 80m. I can't blame the antenna, though. Modeling suggests it should work. I blame my installation, so I'll have to fix that. I was awful on 160m too.
Because of how I had to arrange the half-square, it's too close to my 160m Inv-L. The apparent I have to make some changes before CW weekend!
This was a SO1R effort. There were times when I really could have used a second radio. I have much of the hardware to do that, but key pieces are either still missing or faulty. This is another thing I need to fix.
All in all, it was a great weekend, aside from the pain in my ears from all that SSB QRM! Running on 10m was heavenly! I had the Last-10 rate meter over 400 a few times. I have to evaluate my log to see how I did on a best hour basis.
The incoming scores are just mind-boggling! It looks as if my 4.5 Meg won't be enough for a Top Ten finish! We'll see.
THANK YOU to everyone!!
VY 73 de Glenn K3PP