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2007 CTDXCC Sweepstakes CW Operations

Station  Op    Call   Category   QSOs    Mults   Score
KU5B    KU5B    KU5B    SOQP       48     45       4,320
K5NZ    K5NZ    K5NZ    SOLP     1152     80     184,320
NO5W    NO5W    NO5W    SOLP      468     74      69,264
W5ZL    W5ZL    W5ZL    SOLP      260     68      35,360
AC5AA   AC5AA   AC5AA   SOLP      111     54      11,988
K5TR    N5RZ    K5TR    SOHP     1484     80     237,440
N3BB    N3BB    N3BB    SOHP     1447     80     230,400
W5KFT   K5PI    W5KFT   SOHP     1343     80     214,880
K5NA    K5NA    K5NA    SOHP     1334     80     213,440
N5TW    K5OT    K5OT    SOHP     1066     79     166,374
W5ASP   W5ASP   W5ASP   SOHP      831     80     132,800
W5RQ    W5RQ    W5RQ    SOHP      667     80     106,720
K5YA    K5YA    K5YA    SO/U     1305     80     208,800
W5VX    W5VX    W5VX    SO/U      515     80      82,400
N5XU    AA5BT   N5XU    SO/U       91     80      14,560

"This was my first time to STAY in the chair and complete a Sweepstakes!! Are you happy now K5GA and K5TR?? But boy did I want to quit several times Sunday. I stopped to grill and have lunch with my wife on Sunday at noon and I almost didn't come back!" - K5NZ

"I don't think I chose the best off-times. I was expecting an afternoon football rate sag, but it never seemed to happen. There seemed to be a Sunday church/lunch sag and another sag around dinner time, but otherwise the Sunday rate was fairly steady. I was within one QSO of my personal best (last year). It was fun!" - K5PI (@ W5KFT)

"Conditions from my house were not very good. There was too much noise and the signals had a lot of fade. There was no 10 meter propagation. I was hoping for conditions like the CQWW Phone which were dynamite. I know that I am too far away to have my score count for the club, but I motivate myself by playing like it does." - W5VX

"I didn't do a very good job of testing my setup the week before the contest because of out-of-town family obligations until Friday. When the contest started, I discovered that my keying was intermittent and distorted. So, my first hour of the Sweepstakes was very poor while I tried to fix things by re-booting the computer and changing keying configurations. You never get the first hour back in a Sweepstakes. I was disappointed with my results even though this was my second best Sweepstakes CW score ever. Maybe I was expecting too much. It was my fault for poor preparation." - K5NA

"I only had a few hours here and there to play S&P during the contest. I had fun! I heard K5NA, K5YA, N3BB and a few others. I heard W5KFT on 40 meters, but couldn't get him to hear me." - AC5AA

"I had one panic, when both my atomic clocks failed to switch to the new CST on Sunday. At about 01:10 UTC I was tired and came to believe that I had to stop operating when there was another hour left in the contest. Of course the UTC clock on the station's TR Log computer showed the correct time and another hour to go, but I panicked and called K5NA's place and asked Richard's wife, Susan, what the time was and when was the contest over. She thought I was joking with her. I wasn't! Finally, my sleep deprived brain figured out what was happening and I went back to operating. It all seems silly now, but I was in a dead panic." - N3BB

"Virtually since day one, 50 years ago, the ARRL November Sweepstakes has been my favorite contest. Well, the Texas QSO Party and the CW Sprints are running a close second:-). Sweepstakes was the one that planted the contesting bug in KN5MPM later to resurface in NO5W. This year's event was well-attended and provided lots of fun, with decent conditions, and a lot of good CW operators. But there was no sweep for me, perhaps partly because I had to take numerous off-times late Saturday afternoon to catch parts of the LSU-BAMA (a.k.a. the Miles-Saban grudge match) football game to avoid being completely ostrasized by other non-ham family member Tiger fans." - NO5W

"Thanks to Tom N5TW and Judy for letting me play radio at their fine QTH. The station played great. The operator played out early. This year's lesson learned: don't delay good opportunities. I was too complacent with VY1JA, thinking I'd catch J a bit later. Later never came ... well, unless you count next year." - K5OT (@ N5TW)

"I got on mainly to give the CTDXCC some points. I had a bit of time in-between football games (poor Bama), a Taylor Swift concert (!), and other activities to get on. 40 Meters on Saturday night was fun... I had some good minutes. I got on Sunday morning for an hour or so, but I just didn't feel motivated to S&P." - KU5B

"I'm assuming I had a computer power supply failure, and that I'll ultimately be able to recover my logs and a bunch of other pretty important stuff that's on the hard drives. For now, I vaguely recall being at about 250 QSOs and 30,000-something points. I did work CTDXCCers N3BB, K5NA, K5NZ, K5YA, W5KFT, W5RQ, and K5TR, and heard N5AW call somebody I was also calling (guess who he answered!), but never worked him... The good news - the toasty smell that ended my "magnificent" Sweepstakes effort had emanated from my computer's power supply, and did not trash anything else (like hard drives). The bad news - my contribution to the club's scoring total is pretty much round-off error." - W5ZL

"A fun weekend - with activity like this, who needs sunspots? There are fewer decisions to make about what band to be on!!! Thanks to George K5TR for the use of his FB station and for busting his tail to fix the extensive wind damage he incurred this past summer. That was no small undertaking." - N5RZ (@ K5TR)


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