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2005 CTDXCC Sweepstakes CW Operations

Station  Op    Call   Category   QSOs    Mults   Score
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K5NZ    K5NZ    K5NZ    SOQP      280     72      40,320
W5KFT   K5PI    W5KFT   SOLP     1114     79     176,012
K5TR    KE5C    K5TR    SOHP     1150     80     184,000
W5VX    W5VX    W5VX    SOHP      704     80     112,640
K5YA    K5YA    K5YA    SO/U     1221     80     195,360
W5TA    W5TA    W5TA    SO/U      542     76      82,384
K5NA    many    K5NA    M/S      1275     80     204,000

K5NA ops: K5NA, K5DU

"This is the first time I've had a clean sweep since I moved to Texas. I've made between 1100 and 1300 QSOs in previous years and always come up one or two short on sections. I never hunt for them, always figured if you make enough contacts, all the sections will show up. This year, I only needed NNY and DE on the second day. Both showed up early, proving my multiplier theory works at least once every ten years." - K5YA

"Susan K5DU and I decided to do a multi-op this year and just have some fun. The CW Sweepstakes is the contest that got me interested in contesting back in 1958 when I was KN5PFL. So I certainly wanted get on and participate in one way or the other. It is always great fun to do this one." - K5NA

"I was only able to do a half-time effort. I always shoot for 200 QSOs in the first two hours, but was only able to get 182. In fact, this year I seemed to have a more difficult time keeping the rate meter up. Either I'm just getting old or my antennas are too high or I had too many interruptions or it's George Bush's fault - I certainly have my excuses down well!" -W5VX

"I was exhausted going in due to work and family issues, and I am sure that influenced the number of errors I surely made and fills I requested, although I doubt I could have done much better score-wise under any circumstances. I just learned the code at too old an age (my thirties) to ever be really good. How do you put it in words - I dunno, but I am still hearing 'SS' ringing in my ears." - KE5C (@ K5TR)

"Once again I failed to finish the Sweepstakes. I thought I had myself talked into a full effort, but I lack the disipline to stay in the chair with distractions like sunny days and riding, annual local deer camp poker games, hay to be moved...you get the picture!" - K5NZ

"I went into this having already missed one of my objectives, which was adding a second 40 meter vertical so I would have a phased array. I spent too much time doing search and pounce looking for multipliers. On Sunday morning, stations weren't coming back to me and then were asking for too many fills, so I got discouraged and took a break. When I got back in the chair, I realized that I had been working 20 meters with my 40 meter antenna (no wonder the SWR was a little high). Note to self: Don't rearrange your antenna switching layout right before a contest. I hope to do better next year." - W5TA

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