|2000 ARRL Sweepstakes - SSB
Class: SO LP
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Total: 1200 x 80 = 192,000
Club: North Texas Contest Club
Equipment: TS-850S (100W)
80M: Inverted Vee @ 30' (cut for CW-practically useless on phone)
40M: Inverted Vee @ 50' (cut for CW-OK on phone)
20/15/10M: TH-7 @ 55'
A real sprint to the finish to hit 1200 Q's. Had a good last hour of
westcoast on 20M-worked K7SS for #1200 with only 15 seconds to
spare. Completed my sweep Saturday night with W5KFT in STX as my
last section. Where were all those MAR stations in the CW contest?
Took all 6 hours of break-time between 0630-1230Z since I had poor
low band phone antennas.
80M: My inverted vee cut for CW just didn't cut it-4:1 SWR and hardly
anyone could hear me.
40M: What a war zone! Very few available frequency slots and almost
all that were available were occupied by B power stations. Lots of
20M: Had a 80+/hour Saturday night. Nice run of west coast last hour
to hit 1200 Q's. Should have stayed there longer Saturday night
instead of going to 40/80.
15M: Definitely the money band. Had my best hour there Saturday 2100-
2200Z with 101 Q's. Lots of 60 and 70/hour rates.
10M: Started the contest here. Had a nice run in the novice portion
Sunday afternoon that kept me awake.
Not my favorite contest, but I still had a lot of fun. This was my
first time to break the 1000 QSO mark in any contest from a station
that I actually own.
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