Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs):
|Claimed score||3,127,572||Score reduction|
My main target was to improve my last year's score 4.1M and practise a little
bit more SO2R operation. There were major solar flares before the contest and
it was predictable that the conditions will go down.
In the beginning the rates were rather good and the score development was about
the same as last year despite there was aurora already. The first "shock" came
in saturday morning, 160-40 meters were dead to DX (=no special low band mults)
and 10/15m were also in bad shape.
Worked EU the most of saturday and in the afternoon there was 1-2 hour
blackout. In the evening the bands improved a little. I even could work W4OX on
10m, W3LPL and a handful of other east coast big guns on 15! In the evening
JH5FXP finally answered me on 40 meters!
The technical problems started in the night. FT-1000MP's RX became deaf when
working V26B on 40m. When I realized it really IS broken I started to
re-arrange the station. I installed TS-850 as the main rig and spare TS-450 as
second rig. Fortunately I had some spare cables and got SO2R working also with
The conditions seemed to be better to the west now but I don't know why I
didn't hear any Caribbean mults on 80m. (OG1MM worked many just 30km from my
QTH). Something was broken in 160m higher dipole, SWR was high and the signals
The Sunday seemed to be much better day than Saturday. Anyway running on 10/15m
was still quite slow. At 1130Z the second amplifier produced a big BANG (like a
pistol) and died. In the afternoon I had high but short USA runs on 10/15/20m
and tried to work more mpls with 100W second radio.
Congrats to my next year's WRTC team-mate Pasi, OG1MM! He beat me with a good
Some pluses and minuses:
+SO2R operation, SO2R operation went better that before. I worked a lot of 2nd
+Writelog, I needed to re-boot Windows only twice. And that was RF that killed
-equipment failures: FT-1000MP, linear and 160m inv-vee
-geomagnetic storm on saturday
-mouse problem... I trapped 3 mouses before the contest and couple of more were
killed due lack of food.
© Timo Pohjola OH1MDR/OH0MDR
Last update 02.11.2008