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2007 CTDXCC ARRL International DX Contest, CW

Call     Op       Station   Category         QSOs   Mults     Score
KG5U     KG5U     KG5U      SOAB QP           125     81     30,375
N5AW     N5AW     N5AW      SOAB LP          1240    353  1,313,160
KE5C     KE5C     KE5C      SOAB LP           212    125     79,500
K2UR     K2UR     K2UR      SOAB LP           165     93     46,035
KA5EYH   KA5EYH   KA5EYH    SOAB LP            87     70     18,270
W5KFT    K5OT     W5KFT     SOAB HP           735    180    392,580
N3BB     N3BB     N3BB      SOAB HP A        1689    411  2,080,071
K5YA     K5YA     K5YA      SOAB HP A        1729    390  2,022,390
K5NZ     K5NZ     K5NZ      SOAB HP A         334    220    220,440
NA4M     NA4M     NA4M      SOAB HP A          65     50      9,750
K5NA     K5NA     K5NA      SOSB HP 10         64     28      5,376
K5GA     K5GA     K5NZ      SOSB HP 40        760     97    218,832
NX5M     NX5M     NX5M      SOSB HP 160        31     23      2,139
V31TP    many     V31TP     M/2              7058    325  6,881,550

V31TP ops: WC0W, AB5K, W5ZL, K5PI

"An amazing experience, an odyssey of the mind and spirit. I hope to write something that captures the essence of this unusual form of human adventure. It's not like rafting a white water river or trekking on a world famous, life threatening experience, but people who throw themselves into this hard go through something that is remarkable. For contesters a WRTC gathering or some aspects of Dayton are the equivalent of the New York Historical Society for the Teddy Roosevelt types. Most 'normal people' will never understand the experience. It's not pretty, it's not for most, but wow!" - N3BB

"I didn't intend to operate, but I wanted to see how my friends at V31TP were doing. I finally ended up working them on 15 meters through 80 meters, but a strange thing happened along the way. While looking for them, I thought I might as well search and pounce on the strong Caribbean stations with my 100 watts and small antennas. That went unusually well - so well that when I heard a few Europeans on 40 meters and 80 meters, just for fun, I answered some CQs only to be surprised by responses to my answers. This is probably old hat to the contest gray beards, but I think I finally understand what it means for 40 meters and 80 meters to work during the solar cycle troughs." - KE5C

"I only got a chance for a few hours of fun with the good conditions. I am always amazed at being able to work ZL/Oceania off the back of the beam." - KG5U

"This year was one of those times when I couldn't put in a full effort due to other commitments. So, I did the next best thing: I worked the first 14 hours before I had to pull the big switch and head for home. I am sure glad that I decided to put in a few hours rather than scrub the whole contest. Quiet conditions and some nice Japanese activity kept me alert most of the night - along with some strong coffee." - K5OT (@ W5KFT)

"I have been preoccupied with other issues, so I really did not plan on operating. I finally decided to connect the 160 meter antenna and just play on that band a little." - NX5M

"My score is down almost 30% from last year, with 240 fewer QSOs and 14 fewer multipliers. Why? In 2006, I worked 417 Europeans on 20 meters. This year, I only worked 175. That is a difference of 242 contacts, and it pretty much tells the story. I was using the same antennas and the same radios, so I guess I have to blame conditions. I never could get a decent run going, and I worked fewer than 30 Europeans by CQing. Last year, I had 85 in one hour alone. Actually, 40 meters would have been the same story as 20 meters, but I managed to almost make up for the lack of European QSOs there with some great Japanese runs (211 JAs on 40 meters this year versus 76 last year). You can sure tell we are near the sunspot minimum. I had my best 160 meter totals ever. Switching from a shunt loaded tower to elevated radials has helped significantly on that band. I had my highest-ever QSO total on 80 meters, but fell 3 multipliers short of my personal record of 65, set in 2004." - N5AW

"I finally got the opportunity to use my equipment at K5NZ. Long path was open both mornings, but few stations were there for it. E21EIC and 4K4K did call in with S9+ signals. I worked very few countries in Africa or Asia, and none in the Middle East. The only multiplier I heard but did not work was VQ9LA, who was S9+, but left the band just as I found him." - K5GA (@ K5NZ)

"I wasn't sure what band I would operate on until just before the start of the contest. I had thought about doing a low-band entry, but the WWV numbers didn't seem very good. So I choose to do 10 meter single-band instead. 10 meters was empty and lonely most of the time, but it had its moments. I worked only one DX QSO on Friday night (LU1HF) and not another DX QSO until after 1500 UTC on Saturday. The band opened then to the Caribbean for a little while. Then it closed from 1800 UTC until about 2200 UTC when it opened again for a couple of hours before our sunset (at 0020 UTC). That was when I had a mini-run of VKs and ZLs capped by JA3YBK calling in right at sunset. All these Pacific area pre-sunset QSOs were made beaming to the southwest, including the JA3. On Sunday, the band stayed closed until 1727 UTC when CT9L surprised me by calling in. An hour later the band opened nicely to the Caribbean again, and was open from 1830 UTC until 2200 UTC. However, most of what I heard, I had already worked the day before. I had one more DX QSO with ZL1BYZ at 2234 UTC." - K5NA

"I got on and piddled around for a few hours here and there. I was most surprised to work VP8/LZ1UQ on 10 meters!" - NA4M

"I decided to only work 20 meters, 15 meters, and 10 meters with my indoor, low power station. Conditions seemed pretty good, but I noticed a big change in the fact that most of the stations I worked said they were running a kilowatt of power. I guess I can't hear the low power guys, or they all S&P like me. I only heard a few Caribbean stations really weak on 10 meters and I never tried to work them because they were almost unreadable!" - K2UR


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