160 meters: - sloping vertical from 120', fixed E - sloping vertical from 120', fixed W 80 meters: - Sloping dipole from 120', fixed NE - Sloping dipole from 120', fixed NW 40 meters: - two element Force 12 240N yagi at 120', rotatable - two element Cushcraft 40-2CD yagi at 90', rotatable 20 meters: - six element 44' boom yagi at 80', rotatable - six element 44' boom yagi at 80', fixed NE - six element 44' boom yagi at 40', fixed NW - four element Cushcraft 32' boom yagi at 60', fixed SE 15 meters: - six element 36' boom yagi at 70', rotatable - six element 36' boom yagi at 35', fixed NE - four element Cushcraft yagi at 50', fixed SE 10 meters: - six element 24' boom yagi at 60', rotatable - six element 24' boom yagi at 30', fixed NE - four element Cushcraft yagi at 40', fixed SE - three element yagi at 20', fixed W Receiving antennas: - Four 500' long Beverages fixed NE, NW, SE, SW Radio 1: Elecraft K3 Radio 2: Elecraft K3 Headset: Heil Proset Plus HC-4 DVK: W9XT Contest Card Software: TR Log 6.78 Other: Ameritron RCS-8V antenna switches, ICE bandpass filters, Top Ten Devices Band Decoders, homebrew audio switchbox
This was my first effort at this contest as a single operator, and the first time I've operated the January contest in several years. I was surprised at how good the low bands were - I should have taken more off-time during the daylight. On three occasions, I had someone in my skip zone slide onto my frequency and gradually erode my rate. I'm not really sure what to do about that except recognize earlier that it's happening and just move or take an off-time or something.
I should be more aggressive about moving multipliers, and I need to figure out how to make about 10 more QSOs an hour.
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