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2006 CTDXCC ARRL 160 Meter Contest

Call   Station  Op    Category    QSOs   Sects  Ctys   Score
W5JAW   W5JAW   W5JAW   SO LP      201     64     4     28,152
W5GAI   W5GAI   W5GAI   SO LP      101     51     0     10,608
K3TD    K3TD    K3TD    SO LP       66     31     2      4,092
N5KF    N5KF    N5KF    SO LP       33     23     0      1,518
AA5VU   AA5VU   AA5VU   SO LP       21     13     2        720
K5NA    K5NA    K5NA    SO HP     1416     76    26    313,038
K5TR    K5TR    K5TR    SO HP     1130     75    12    203,667
K5NZ    K5NZ    K5NZ    SO HP      318     64     6     46,620
AC5AA   AC5AA   AC5AA   SO HP       37     30     2      2,310
N3BB    N3BB    N3BB    MS         100     47     5     11,128

"This was the 33rd time I have entered the ARRL 160 Meter Contest. I always go into this contest with one simple goal, to make the Top Ten. I missed the sections of PR, NL, MB, and NT. This is the fewest section multipliers that I have worked in quite a while for this contest. The European stations were in and out and I missed a lot of them. The QSB, QRM, and being this far west of the east coast means it just isn't that easy to work Europe. I managed 26 DX multipliers, but only 11 of them were from Europe. I had put up a new northwest Beverage for this contest and it worked very well, allowing me to work 39 JAs and a UA0. Most of these Asian stations were worked just after sunrise here on both mornings." - K5NA

"I just put in a couple hours here and there, all S&P, to see how my 'improved' auto-tuned micro-vertical would perform. I got most guys on the first call, so I was fairly happy with the results. I only called two stations that couldn't hear me. One was my alma mater station, W1MX, which was the only EMA station I heard. The Cambridge QRN must have been too much for my puny signal. Propagation seemed pretty weak when I was on, but I still had fun." - W5JAW

"This was my first 160 meter contest ever from home, and just the second one from the new QTH with the shortened (stealth) Inverted L. In Sweepstakes, I missed several sections, but was able to work into every geographic area. On 160, I didn't work anyone in 1-, 2- or 3-land. I wonder if this is due to the antenna pattern, or just propagation for the limited hours I operated?" - K3TD

"I am a RTTY operator, but it was fun to make some 160 meter CW QSOs. Talk about being red-faced - my first contact was with K5TR using the wrong antenna (a Ringo Ranger 2-meter vertical) and power at 5 watts. I sent my call and he came right back to me. K5TR has good ears." - AA5VU

"I decided to get on and play around in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest. I have never done this contest very seriously, so this was kinda new to me. One the main reasons to do it was to find out how my antennas were working or not working on this band. The short answer is that while I have a decent signal, I am at least 10 dB down from K5NA. I guess I have some work to do if I want to close that gap. I also found out that the antenna I have been using as my only 160 meter antenna here is at least 20 dB down on receive (and I would guess similar on transmit) to the sloping vertical I put up a few months ago. I think I know what I will be doing in the short term for fixing that - I am not so sure if I am willing to do a lot of work get get up to the K5NA signal levels, since I seem to hold my own on this band in the various multi-band contests I play in each year." - K5TR

"With just a little HV2V vertical and 500 watts output, my station limited me to short distance QSOs. 160 meters is fun. Some day I need to put up an inverted L or something larger than the vertical. PJ2 was my only non-continental North American multiplier." - AC5AA

"This was a very part-time effort due to family commitments. It was my first 160 meter contest with a new antenna." - N5KF

"I did not get an opening to Europe from this station, and I had a heck of a time even hearing VY2ZM, who was spotted. I finally heard GI0KOW with an ESP-level signal after endless spots. Apparently, his signal improved later, near GI sunrise, but I wasn't up that late. My 160 meter antenna is average I suppose - clearly it's nothing special. Having some extra watts helps. The northeast Beverage seemed soaked in a signal-absorbing rag, and the northwest Beverage was dead - apparently the victim of a testosterone-charged buck. I guess I have one more trek out on the hillside coming up." - N3BB


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