CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB Call: VE8EV Operator(s): VE8EV Station: VE8EV Class: SOSB(A)/10 HP QTH: Inuvik, NT Operating Time (hrs): 14 Summary: Band QSOs Zones Countries ------------------------------ 160: 80: 2 2 2 40: 3 3 3 20: 1 1 1 15: 2 2 2 10: 665 27 59 ------------------------------ Total: 665 27 59 Total Score = 117,390 Club: Comments:I decided two weeks ago that I was going to quit procrastinating and get my new home station built and on the air in time for CQWW this year. After eleven frantic days of wiring, tower erecting, antenna work, furniture and amplifier moving, and equipment installation I was finally ready to go at 0500z Saturday night. I decided I was just going to get everything working, have fun, and DX my way through what was left of the contest. When I got on the air 10 meters was open over the pole and I decided right then and there to go single-band 10. I've never heard conditions on ten meters like that from this part of the world and in the back of my mind I know there is a possibility I never will again. The triple-play of low K-index, high SSN, and a big contest sure doesn't come around very often!
After grabbing a handful of mults and a few hours sleep Saturday night the band was open again to Europe first thing Sunday morning so I spent the first few hours collecting more multipliers. Once the propagation started shifting to the south I turned the big yagi towards the states and started running with a 200/hour! By mid-afternoon Sunday 10 meters was jam packed right from the bottom all the way up past 29 MHz. I alternated between running and collecting multipliers and then spent the last couple of hours beaming out to the Pacific picking up 3-pointers.
High point (other than 10m- wow!): After years of poor or non-existant internet access at the old hilltop contest site it was a nice treat to be able to go "assisted" and pick up a few extra multipliers from spots.
Low point: RF coming back into the shack and messing things up when I used the amplifier with the new 40m sloper. Not a big deal for this contest but I better get it sorted out before Sweepstakes!
Day-by-day countdown of the station building exercise is on the blog http://ve8ev.blogspot.com
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