Ken Harker WM5R
2011 ARRL November Sweepstakes, Phone K5NA (WM5R, op. )


Band QSOs Sections
160
0
 
80
28
 
40
400
 
20
670
 
15
301
 
10
388
 
Totals 1787 80

Claimed score285,920

I greatly appreciate Susan K5DU and Richard K5NA letting me come out to their farm for the contest. This was my 17th consecutive ARRL November Sweepstakes Phone, and the 10th I've operated as a single-operator. It doesn't seem like I'm making much progress up the standings of late. I don't really get on the air outside of my major contests, and I think that might be holding me back.

I had a much better start that last year, with the first five hours in a row over 100 QSOs/hour, and much higher peak rates than last year. The transition to 40 meters always gets me. In recent years, I have struggled intensely at this point in the contest. I eventually had one good hour on 40 meters, but overall it was not a good transition. My Sunday was not as good as last year, either, despite making many more second-radio contacts.

The Station at K5NA:

10 Meters
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 152', rotatable
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 115', fixed NE
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 78', fixed NE
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 100', fixed NW
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 42', rotatable

15 Meters
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 170', rotatable
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 128' fixed NE
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 86' fixed NE
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 44', rotatable from 315 to 140 degrees

20 Meters
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 190', rotatable
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 128' fixed NE
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 70' fixed NE
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 45' fixed SE
  5 element Cushcraft monobander @ 104' fixed NW

40 Meters
  2 element Cushcraft XM240 @ 200', rotatable
  2 element Cushcraft XM240 @ 128' fixed NE
  2 element Cushcraft XM240 @ 70' fixed NW
  Inverted Vee @ 35'.

80 Meters
  NE - Two element phased vertical array
  NW - Two element phased vertical array
  SW - Sloping dipole @ 170'

160 Meters
  Full sized Rohn 25G vertical with insulator at 30' and raised radials

Receiving Antennas
  Nine Beverages: SW, W, NW, NNW, N, NNE, E, SE

Radios:
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  Radio 1: Elecraft K3, Acom 2000A
  Radio 2: Elecraft K3, Elecraft P3, Acom 2000A
  SO2R Controller: microHAM MK2R+
  Headset: Heil Proset HC4
  Software: WriteLog V10.80F

Contest Logging was done with Writelog contest logging software. The following reports and log were created using K5KA (SK)'s CBS post-contest processor.


Last Updated 14 April 2016
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