Almost didn’t make this one!
Thanks to all for the Qs. I really enjoy this format…my hat off to NCJ for putting on a great contest series.
North American QSO Party, CW - August Call: WF7T Operator(s): WF7T Station: WF7T Class: Single Op LP QTH: TN Operating Time (hrs): ~8 Radios: SO2R Summary: Band QSOs Mults ------------------- 160: 8 8 80: 95 33 40: 194 45 20: 77 36 15: 29 20 10: 11 7 ------------------- Total: 414 147 Total Score = 60,858 Club: Tennessee Contest Group Team: TCG #4
I had the whole place torn apart due to a minor lightning event and general discontent with my whole arrangement. Lost the on-board Ethernet connection on my main computer motherboard, along with my network hardware and my media server. I did not notice any issues with my radio equipment since I keep it physically disconnected when not in use.
I decided last minute on Saturday morning to connect everything back up. Not a problem: computer off-net but otherwise controlling everything. Station was back up a half hour before the contest start. My antennas did not seem to work. While this is never really a surprise here since I am notorious for shabby and questionable antenna construction, I did an eye-roll once or twice dreading the antenna debugging.
To abbreviate my long saga: I found the current balun for my doublet was blown and an auto-tuner at the base of my inverted L would not power. So, my trusty G5RV was put back up and I decided to use my 40 bi-square as my second antenna. I sat down at the radio two hours after the starting bell sweaty and slightly annoyed.
Played between 15 and 20M for the first couple hours. Nice to work a very brief opening on 10M around 2200z but it fizzled pretty quickly. Decided to get to 40M early as it is typically my best band (especially with the G5RV). I didn’t have any other antenna options for the second radio so my productivity was pretty low. Was wanting to sweep 10 & 15 and stay more active on 20M but just didn’t have the setup.
All the bands were pretty short with marginal signals, and it wasn’t until the
last hour or two of the contest that 80 & 40 stretched out to the West. 40M got quiet around 0200z and stayed quiet until an hour before the contest end. With the regional storm activity 80M was brutal – said in my best Nathan Explosion voice – and 160M was near impossible. I had a bad antenna on Topband: I loaded up the G5RV and hoped for anything.
In retrospect, my rate was 10 Qs per hour better than my typical average.
So, that’s my report. Looking forward to SSB in a couple weeks…see you then!
G5RV@35′, 40M Bi-square pointed NE/SW
N1MM, YCCC SO2R+