Ken Harker WM5R
2011 CQ World Wide WPX Phone - WM5R (@ K5NA) SOAB HP


The Station at K5NA:
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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

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'
  Inverted Vee @ 150'

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, Acom 2000A
  SO2R Controller: microHAM MK2R+
  Headset: Heil Proset HC4
  Software: WriteLog V10.80F
Claimed Score

Band QSOs Point Mults
160SSB 9 27 4
80SSB 124 250 36
40SSB 555 1313 177
20SSB 806 1236 220
15SSB 1289 2888 530
10SSB 86 239 41
Total 2869 5953 1008

Claimed score6,000,624

Thanks to Susan and Richard for letting me play radio from their farm once again. This is the third single operator contest I've done from the K5NA-K5DU super station.

We thought everything was working great this time except the microHAM MK2R+, which is still not routing microphone audio consistently to the left radio. So, on the left radio, Richard set up a desk microphone, and all of my second radio contacts were made using that microphone. On Sunday morning, I thought the left radio wasn't hearing much, but I had good SWR on transmit. After the contest, Richard did some A/B testing between the two radios and determined that the left radio receiver was 50 dB to 60 dB down from the right radio. It was probably like that all contest. Surprisingly (or maybe not, given the magic soil on that farm) I worked two Europeans on 160 meters with that radio.

The operator wasn't the sharpest this weekend, either. I was tired from a long work week when the contest started. I wasn't as productive as I should have been on 40 meters. And among other problems, I decided to take a 30 minute off time on Saturday night. Oops.


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


Last Updated 14 April 2016
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