Once again, George was a great host. He had to spend some time hooking up the Kenwood TS-690 so I could get on 6 meters. As sometimes happens in this contest, we encounter technical issues to work out. This time, the W9XT Contest Card DVK was not behaving, so George ended up swapping out the entire computer with another one he had on hand with a W9XT Contest Card in it. The original computer had a recently added serial and parallel port expansion card in it, and that might have been the source of the problem. In any event, it is good to get these issues identified and dealt with before the ARRL June VHF QSO Party.
One technical issue that was not overcome was a stuck rotator. I had two monoband Yagis at my disposal, one of which was fixed WNW because of the stuck rotor. I don't think it made any difference to my score.
I only worked three stations outside of Texas, all in the final hour. One of those was a station in western Louisiana, clearly a long troposcatter QSO. The other two were with stations in Ohio and Illinois, and did not feel like E skip. I think they were both meteor scatter.
Among the Texas stations I worked, one was a station that called me using a 20 meter dipole for an antenna who was quite enthused that I could hear him. I worked two stations who did not know their own grid locator, but were able to explain their location well enough for me to deduce what it is.
Maybe next year there will be Eskip.
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Last Updated 1 August 2018