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2011 CTDXCC Sweepstakes CW Operations

Station  Op    Call   Category   QSOs    Mults   Score
NO5W    NO5W    NO5W    SOLP      611     76      92,872
WD5IYT  WD5IYT  WD5IYT  SOLP      428     76      65,056
AA5VU   AA5VU   AA5VU   SOLP       77     50       7,700
K5DU    K5DU    K5DU    SOLP       11     11         242
N3BB    N3BB    N3BB    SOHP     1325     80     211,200
K5WA    K5WA    K5WA    SOHP     1275     80     204,000
NR5M    KU5B    NR5M    SOHP     1263     80     202,080
K5NA    K5NA    K5NA    SOHP     1261     80     201,760
K5TR    K5OT    K5TR    SOHP     1105     80     176,160
W5ASP   W5ASP   W5ASP   SOHP      760     80     120,640
W5RQ    W5RQ    W5RQ    SOHP      704     80     112,640
W5KFT   K5PI    W5KFT   SOHP      706     78     110,136
N5XZ    N5XZ    N5XZ    SOHP      641     80     102,560
AC4CA   AC4CA   AC4CA   SOHP      484     80      77,440
K5XA    K5XA    K5XA    SOHP      309     79      48,822
N5XU    AA5BT   N5XU    SRC       250     79      39,500

"This was my first serious contest (other than the Sprint) since I took nearly three years off to finish my novel (it will be out in two or three months.) I was not sure what to expect in the SS. My ears were rusty, but they came around. I had my usual lackluster start. I never did feel like I was really doing well but the contacts kept coming. I stayed in the chair. Things got very slow on Sunday, and it was a major "find" to tune across a new station to work on the second radio while plugging away with continuous CQs on the run radio. I worked the two radios really hard, and constantly." - N3BB

"I had one of my slower starts this year, with the first three hours well below most of my recent efforts. However, working at least two stations from each of the 80 sections was a treat that I have not enjoyed in a very long time. I went looking (and found) NE for the Sweep, and then others called me later on Sunday." - K5OT (@ K5TR)

"I love watching the amplifier needles move automatically with long exchanges! This is the first time I've been able to get a clean sweep since there were 75 sections! Thanks for a great contest and great conditions. 10 meters was HOT!" - N5XZ

"I had one really good run, but mostly a few contacts here and there when I could slip away to the shack for a few minutes! I missed DE, EWA, NWT, and NS. I heard a station in NWT, but skipped the huge pileup figuring I'd grab 'em later. Never heard them again. Never heard the others." - WD5IYT

"I had a good start, but I had a hard time making QSOs on Sunday even though 10 meters, 15 meters, and 20 meters were very open." - K5NA

"SS is my annual radio fix since I don't have a home station. It seems like I prepare better each year but never see any increase in score. I must be fixing the wrong things or the operator is in serious decline. Nebraska was my last section." - K5WA

"Amazingly, there was a plethora of WMA and CT stations active in spite of the lingering power outages up there." - W5RQ

"Ted N9NB and I are the only UT club members who know what those dits and dahs mean, and I usually do the CW SS at a low level. We don't have a competitive station (or, in my case, the stamina and enthusiasm) to hold a frequency (the noise level is high on the campus), so I usually go around in search and pounce mode. This year, I tried for the sweep but missed NNY. Why do they make a separate ARRL section if nobody lives there?" - AA5BT (@ N5XU)

"It sure was nice to have 15 meters (10 meters also) in great shape to take some of the load off of 20 meters and 40 meters. During parts of Sunday I was even able to hold a frequency for extended periods on 15 meters and 20 meters. I can't remember the last time 15 meters played such an important role in my SS score. The score would have probably been better than my personal best of last year if I had invested the same amount of time, but that LSU-Bama football game took precedence on Saturday night." - NO5W

"I operated mobile on Sunday. Well, sort of. I started the first QSO while I was in motion, but thought better of driving when I fumbled logging the QSO until I parked. My operating spot was right next to the historical marker at Rice's Crossing at the intersection of FM 973 and FM 1660 in Williamson County. I never send /m when I'm mobile, it's just extra work." - K5DU

"I had some technical issues and wasn't feeling that well, so I decided to pack it in at 0700 UTC. Nice high band conditions." - K5PI (@ W5KFT)

"No station problems came up except for the operator. I tried really hard to grab second-radio QSOs while keeping a run frequency and only flubbed up the keystrokes a couple of times. MUCH improved over last year's debacle. I had an interesting moment on Saturday night as I was finishing dinner. My fork fell off the table to my left and when I reached down for it, the table (with 10 rotator controllers and a few StackMatch controllers) tilted backwards and almost everything on the table hit the floor.. It was a really good thing that no one could hear the words that came from my mouth (except George). Luckily, nothing was broken. The Green Heron people have built some sturdy boxes." - KU5B (@ NR5M)

"I installed the Ten-Tec Titan for the first time since 1995 for this contest. My first hour was search and pounce - trying to get the CW cobwebs out of my head (I don't think I did it!) - and bumping up the amp a little at a time till I got it to about 900W and left it there. From that point on it was operate on again off again - some CQing, some search and pounce." - K5XA


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