Jim Adams, KØBAM, Experiences the ARRL International DX SSB contest

This was my first real effort at a contest, and although I did take time out to sleep, eat, go to Walmart, watch tv, it was fun. I had 206 Q’s 66,420 points and got 8 new DXCC entries for a total of 149 now. Even busted a few pileups which just cracked me up.

One thing, I learned a LOT about propagation and how the bands change around from morning to evening, and which bands favor which times. Europe was loud on 15m in the mornings, with the JA’s booming in on 15 and 20 in the evenings. Russia was loud on 20m in the late evenings. And South America and all those goofy islands I couldn’t find if my life depended on it were very strong on 15, 20, 40 and 10 all day.

This morning a Philippine op was +30 here and he told me I was +20 there, we managed a nice short actual QSO conditions were so good, then he just dropped to nothing and gone.

Well, I had a lot of fun. Learned that my Icom 756 Pro III will play recordings, so all I had to do was press a button for my callsign and press another button for 59 Colorado. Next year I think I’ll hire an actress to record those, since YL’s get more attention. Wonder how much Jennifer Lawrence would charge?

My ears hurt.

Jim – K0BAM

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Ham radio operator for over 40 years, Dave Casler holds Amateur Extra class call sign KEØOG. He is the webmaster for the Montrose Amateur Radio Club and is happy to receive articles and photos from club members. Dave enjoys HF SSB ragchewing, PSK-31, APRS, and software-defined radio (SDR).
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