Well, that didn’t turn out as I had planned. I was hoping that we’d have the same condx as in ARRL DX SSB last weekend, but obviously that didn’t pan out. I lost my amp early in the second hour and spent the next 3 hours trying to run LP and fix the amp at the same time. I managed to get it working again, but I knew I was falling behind, and with condx the way they were, I lost motivation but kept plugging away. My second radio (TS-850) seems to have lost all sensitivity on 20, 15, and 10m. I couldn’t hearing anything except the loud stations, which I’d already worked, on those bands, which really limited my SO2R work. My log shows no QSOs between 0828 and 0927 despite nearly continuous CQing on 80, 40, or 20. I had 3 QSOs in the final 90 minutes. Last year, I had no QSOs between 0803 and 0904. I see a pattern here :=) I must have been really close to another running station between ~1145 and ~1230 on 20m. I worked ~55 stations in that time, but at least 10 of them called me again later, making me wonder how many of the ~55 were actually calling the other station instead of me. I won’t be surprised if I lose a lot of those QSOs. Here’s a breakdown of some of my log: Raw QSOs Dupes Bonus HQ PTS BCA ————————————————————

80m 55 55 0 18 3 695 12

40m 194 192 2 56 5 2180 27

20m 186 255 13 37 4 2095 23

15m 59 59 0 39 2 1115 25

10m 15 15 0 14 1 375 11 ———————————————————— 591 576 15 164 15 6460 98 Three 5 band QSOs: VA3RAC, VE7CC, VE9CB (Compared to 33 last year as VA3RAC!) HQ Stations: VA3RAC, VE1RAC, VE7RAC, VO1RAC, GB5CC 98 Band Call Areas 411 QSOs in the first 12 hours, 180 in the last 12 hours. G: 396 QSOs with 248 unique stations VE: 94 QSOs with 40 unique stations VK: 25 QSOs with 19 unique stations ZL: 24 QSOs with 11 unique stations 80m G: 36 VE: 14 VK: 1 ZL: 0 40m G: 125 VE: 30 VK: 19 ZL: 8 20m G: 214 VE: 27 VK: 2 ZL: 2 15m G: 21 VE: 17 VK: 2 ZL: 8 10m G: 0 VE: 6 VK: 1 ZL: 5 Still one of my favourite contests! Thanks for all the QSOs and to all the DX travellers who make this contest more interesting! 73, Chris VE3FU / VO2AC

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