CQWW-CW: Close but no cigar
Here is the quick summary of the single operator marathon of the year, CQWW CW.
Propagation was nice with some good DX on Ten meter and also a few surprises on low bands. I recently replaced my 40 meter array and have a new 160 meter vertical in the air, both working great in the contest. Being a smaller station I was pleased with my pileup busting abilities. There where only a few occasions where I didn’t cut through the big piles on the first or second call.
I ended up logging about the same number of contacts as last year but spent more time picking zones and country multipliers on the second radio which helped the score a lot. I was mostly running but the last 2-3 hours was almost exclusively S&P.
Band QSOs ZN Cty 1,8 178 17 64 3,5 470 19 69 7 796 35 118 14 732 33 106 21 575 36 127 28 285 35 115 Total 3036 175 599
I did not got the opportunity to rest as much as I needed before the contest, so I faded after about 24 hours of operating and decided to take a 3 hour sleep to be fresh for sunrise. This is where I believe I lost the SM record.
My claimed score at 4,280,994 points is a great improvement, but it is still about 50k below the current SM record.
Close but no cigar!