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N4NYY
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« on: October 27, 2012, 05:19:22 PM »

Rats! Last year, W2IRT got blasted by a Halloween snow storm that killed his contest. This year, it is that Sandy biatch. I had to lower my dipole to the ground and get everything inside that can go airborn.

CQWWSSB does not like New Jersey!
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AA9RN
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2012, 05:28:16 PM »

Your not missing anything.Maybe sit back and watch some Beverly Hillbilly's..lol
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N4NYY
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2012, 05:42:54 PM »

Your not missing anything.Maybe sit back and watch some Beverly Hillbilly's..lol

We need "thumbs up" buttons for posts.
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W6GX
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2012, 06:51:35 PM »

I heard W2IRT in the contest.  He's not deterred by Sandy.

My best catch so far is XX9TYT on 15m with a booming signal to CO.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2012, 08:00:49 PM »

I've been playing "let's get every mult out there while the gettin's good." I didn't get all the exotic Asian stuff (although I did get some) but I'll tell you that 10m has been out of this world good today (Saturday) and 20 was open all night last night. The tower's up all the way for now and will stay that way until the wind really starts howling tomorrow. It's calm and sorta ideal here at the moment.

The downside is that 80 and 160 have been terrible this year. If you don't own a four-square or a long Beverage it's been disappointing below 40m.
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2012, 08:16:54 PM »

The higher bands HAVE been terrific.  I worked VK6APX long path on 17 meters while everyone was starting the contest elsewhere.  We had a nice long chat, on my off-center fed dipole!  The hex pointed to VK6 had him weak.  He said his LP to East Coast USA opening was amazing.

During the contest, jumped down to CW to work P29NI on 15, 12 and 10 meters and V73NS on 10 meters.  Very FB signals.  Also heard DU7/N7ET on 10 meter CW.  The SSB signals have been excellent 20-10. FR4NT in Reunion was 59 + 10 dB on 20.

 The only folks I could not hear (as usual) were XX9. 

Nothing exciting on 40 or 80.  I did work HK1NA on 160, but that was pure luck.
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W1VT
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2012, 09:37:31 PM »

My best DX has been outside the contest--5V7TH and UA0YM put my Diamond DXCC up to 199!  Also got P29NI on 40/30 meters.
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KD6KVL
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2012, 10:51:52 PM »

"My best catch so far is XX9TYT on 15m with a booming signal to CO.

73,
Jonathan W6GX"

I worked him right before you and heard your QSO.  Nice pileup, I was just after the zone, then he ID'd, bonus!
Frank KG6N
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2012, 07:35:08 AM »

40 meters was a bust here last night.  I couldn't get out of my backyard with 500 watts and a vertical dipole.  For those who did get through, what were you using...antenna, height, power?  Must be time to upgrade!
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2012, 11:27:37 AM »

40 was NASTY here too.
Made all of 20 Q's last night.
VERY NOISY, signals were generally down in the noise.

Friday night, I did only 46 Q's for a grand total of 76 (so far)

Last year I had near 100, so overall, I am DOWN on 40.
In fact, I'm down across the board this year.

I just broke 400,000 points, I had 819,000+ after last
years log-checking process.

Not a good year.

I feel like I am getting sick, my grandkids were here on thursday,
and they LIKE TO SHARE, and that INCLUDES SICKNESS !

THANX GUYS !
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N3QE
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« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2012, 11:43:09 AM »

Last year I had near 100, so overall, I am DOWN on 40.

I don't do phone contests, but I do CW. I blame the higher bands being so good. Just a few years ago at solar minimum, 40M was the money shot for raw QSO count. But now 20M is open all night and 15M is open much of the night.

As a little gun it also seems harder to hold a run frequency on 40M the past year or two as well (at least on CW). I know this contradicts the above statement where I say activity being down on 40M is the culprit!!! Maybe worst on CW where the CW segment shared by the different regions is so slim.
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N5MOA
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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2012, 12:15:36 PM »

 I played around on 40m last night and this morning for a little over a hour total.

21 qsos, 19 dxcc, 12 zones.

The band was pretty noisy here also. Most stations were louder than the noise, there were just a LOT of ops on the band.

I haven't put in a lot of effort on any band, only 300 or so qsos, 2/3 of those on 10m.



  I did work HK1NA on 160, but that was pure luck.

Ditto on the luck. He was the only dx i could hear, much less work, on 160m. Glad he has a good antenna.


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KB3LIX
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2012, 12:44:48 PM »

I MAY have to re-think doing phone contests.
I cut my teeth in contesting on phone contests,
but now that I also do CW & RTTY, I'm beginning to wonder if
I should reduce activity on phone slugfests.

I suppose I have been spoiled by CW & RTTY.
You MAY occasionally hear a station with raspy CW,
or a transmitter with dynamic instability.
RTTY signals are usually quite clean and undistorted, but
PHONE CONTESTS, with SO MANY people that have
the "all knobs to the right" attitude, frankly, MY EARS HURT.

I have found a BUNCH of stations that are/were splattering +/- 20 kc
and that is with the 20dB pad ON, and the RF gain rediuced.
It is a shame that they DO NOT UNDERSTAND that this philosophy
REDUCES intelligibility.

In addition, these guys that have to say their calls like they are
GATLING GUNS and MUST spit it out at 1000 rounds/minute.
AND the guys that can ONLY SAY...QRZ ?
Never announcing their callsign.

OK, rant over...for now !

Gimme about 4 advils.
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EI2GLB
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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2012, 01:50:52 PM »

I worked a little over 700 Q's on 10 mainly today, didn't recognise anyone from here, the band was good but not great,

I spent some time on 40&80 but as was said 40 is just wall to wall stations, and as can be expected the majority are just screaming over each other,

Will give it another hour or 2 later to collect a few more mults,

73
Trevor
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AB3CX
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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2012, 06:18:21 PM »

 Smiley  I was forced to do this contest low power due to my ongoing amp breakdown issue. Anyway, conditions were great on the high bands, anyone could run on 10 meters. Using 100 watts I managed NH2T, lots of JA, YB, VK, ZL, some central Asia and tough middle east mults. I think I'm actually more competitive in the rankings as a low power entrant than I usually am in the  high power assisted category I run.  Might be worth doing again!
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