The station at K5TR:
I had a great time operating this contest at George's new station west of Austin. This is the first time I've operated this contest seriously, one of my first serious single-operator efforts, and the first time I had tried SO2R.
Propagation on 10 meters was dissapointing. When you work more multipliers on 160 than 10.... well, I could tell at times that I probably could have made more 10M contacts on scatter had I tried and moved people there. In general, I did very little moving of stations from band to band. I know I should be doing more of that, but absorbing the whole two radio thing was taking up enough brain cycles as it was. I also should have made more contacts on 40 than I did, but 40 meters is just so painful in so many ways that it's hard to spend much time there.
There was a lot of noise on all of the bands, much of it from atmospheric conditions, but some of it was line noise. The one beverage I had available worked well on 160 and 80 and even 40. I made 180 band changes, and TR Log thinks 80 of my QSOs were second radio QSOs, or about 13% of my QSO total. I think I miscalculated on my off times and should have taken more time off earlier. I ended the contest at 0530, just when I was on my way to a 70 hour. Next time, I'll know better. Or, conditions will be completely different and I'll do it wrong again :-)
Everything worked well, except that I managed to break 40M on the right-hand radio with a few hours left, so I had to make sure 40M was being done on the left-hand radio after that.
Contest Logging was done with TR LOG contest logging software. The following reports and log were created using TR LOG's post-contest processor.
Last Updated 1 August 2018