What a difference a year makes 🙁
My goal for contests is to beat what I did the previous year. With the way 10M behaved this weekend, that wasn’t going to happen. 10M is a daytime band, but there were long stretches during the day that the pickings were slim. After 354 QSO’s last year, I only managed 138 this year, with pretty much exactly the same set up.
I was working vertical using the good ol’ Antron 99 about 40 feet up, the same antenna I used last year. I managed to get some European stations and my first South African station, but I was surprisingly deaf to eastern North America :
That no-man’s land between Quebec and the south-western US means I missed out on a lot of multipliers. I don’t know if a dipole would have helped me to get those.. Perhaps by next year I’ll have something horizontal on 10M that will let me compare.
Unseasonably warm temperatures (above 10c) meant I didn’t have to blast the heaters to keep my garage-hamshack warm, so that was a pleasant twist. Overall a fun contest, and considering I’m running an FT-897D at 100w, which isn’t exactly known as a contest rig, I’m satisfied with the result. The most fun I had was Sunday morning, when I managed to stop searching and pouncing, and ran a frequency for something like 35 QSOs. That was a whole lot of fun, then a big gun moved near by, pretty much stomped me out of existence, and I had to go back to hunting..
Happy whatever you celebrate, enjoy the bands in 2016!