CQWW DX PHONE 2016
Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 39
Summary: Compare Scores
Total Score 6,601,476
Club: Northern California Contest Club
Huge thanks to Lloyd, KH6LC for allowing me to come over to his tropical
paradise and play radio. This was sort of a last minute thing for me due to a
heavy work schedule and many balls in the air as it were, but wonderful to see
great friends Lloyd, Rob (NH6V) and Curt (AH6RE).
Thanks for all the QSOs!
As so many have said, conditions sucked. It was almost creepy to be on for a
whole weekend from a killer station and almost never hear a single peep from
Europe on any band. The one big exception was a fantastic greyline longpath
opening on 40M that lasted 2+ hours as it passed from zone 21 over to zone 14.
That was something I won't soon forget.
The station, after some redesign with antenna placement since earlier in the
year, played exceptionally well. I always felt loud. I had brought over a SO2R
box that was untested and didn't have it hooked up until just before the
contest. Even though there were issues with the box and interconnects, all
ended up working better than expected. No equipment failures to speak of!
More filtering, antennas more spread out, more fixed yagis, and lots of
improvements still to come.
Given conditions as they were going
into the contest, I had hoped for 5000 QSOs and around 5M points, and I felt
that would have been a reasonable score based on no real preparation and
conditions that were less than optimal, so when the score rolled passed 5M I was
happy and had a good portion of the day left. I actually slept a good deal more
Radio 1: FTDX5000 + AL1500
Radio 2: FTDX3000 + AL1500
10M: 7L M2 yagi
15M: 6L M2 yagi
20M: 5L M2 yagi + KT36XA fixed on JA (StackMatched)
40M: 4L + 3L yagis (Stackmatched)
80M: 4 Square
160M: Vertical dipole
It was great to talk with all of our friends around the world in the best
contest of the year.
Please look for KH6LC in CQWW CW (M/2)!
73 de N6GQ @ KH6LC