Our TARGET as a Multi-Single Entry was
> 10.000.000 points and TOP 5 Europe!
We missed it, again. Never mind, we had fun however!
Here our CQ Award attesting the #1 Crete ranking, reaching 5,950,412 points.
CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB Call: J49Z Operator(s): I2WIJ,IK8HCG,IK8UND Station: J49Z Class: M/S HP QTH: Crete Operating Time (hrs): 45.5 Summary: Band QSOs Zones Countries ------------------------------ 160: 97 8 44 80: 439 14 72 40: 1336 29 112 20: 919 33 118 15: 1004 31 109 10: 1677 34 121 ------------------------------ Total: 5472 149 576 Total Score = 6,497,450 Club: Marconi Contest Club (1/3) Comments: Still a fun-enough contest and better than expected after the storm alert of the days preceeding the contest. We had suffered a number of Mr. Murphy related events, more or less overcomed, and our final result reflects them. We experienced a very hot weather and an African hot wind, flowing all days with gusts, that didn't help our work and our physique. (Luckily there was the pool, and we enjoyed it!) Sal, could not reach us till late wednesday, when most of the antenna work was already done. This tired us much more than foreseen. The 160 m vertical did not tune at all, and this cost us a whole thursday of work trying to find different solutions: we ended the work due to lack of daylight and stenght!! The result has been a 160m new type of antenna: the capped NAIL!. The CL-33 mult beam, once up on the pole, did't tune correctly, so we had to redo the work on a ladder. Lou, IK8HCG is a juggler, so he did it! Nonetheless, when first we needed it, it was broken again. The wind gusts tossed it so well that the central feeder was disconnected. Our juggler went in action again! The Alpha 374 amplifier has been damaged during the sea trip, so it could only be used in AUTO mode. On sunday, surely too hot, it switched off and restarded only some two hours later! On sunday the 756Pro went also out of order, and was replaced by a TS950SDX The second night of the contest, the wind, which calmed down for a while, started to flew from NW. This cool and strong wind, brought us rough sea and pushed on our main beam from an unusual direction, where the guys didn't work well. At around 11Z the beam was going to come down: just a lucky coincidence let us to see it in time and saved the beam to break. With the beam lowered to a safety position, our high bands traffic almost died. The positive side of our story is the 40M 4-square that let us put out a solid signal (at least is what we undestood from the on-the-air comments) and, even if one of the 4 verticals was also brought down by the wind and the sea (damage easily repaired), we enjoyed a lot the pileups, and the easy beam switch gave us the chance to null out the strong EU signals and let us work the JA pileup nicely. And some nice calls are in the log on this band: 4W, AH2, KH0, HS, VK9X, Success!! The CT-Win we used, crashed every now and then, and our log is full of holes and not in order yet, after a quick merge. We hope some more qsos and mults will come out when the repair will be completely worked out. (Why not a single word on the CT-User reflector of a new 9.91.002 version that solved the crashes???) Thanks to all who called us and our apologies to the Europeans, but sometimes we had to call DX only! You, Europe's guys and gals, are always too loud down there! We would like to thanks again our host Manos, SV9ANJ. 73, IK8UND, IK8HCG, I2WIJ. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + I2WIJ is the 1/3rd part of the Marconi Contest Club, the other two are free-lance contesters!! + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
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