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2008 CTDXCC ARRL International DX Contest, Phone

Call     Op       Station   Category         QSOs   Mults     Score
N5AW     N5AW     N5AW      SOAB LP           676    240    486,720
K5ER     K5ER     K5ER      SOAB LP           441    170    224,910
K5TR     WM5R     K5TR      SOAB HP          1158    231    698,544
K5NZ     K5NZ     K5NZ      SOAB HP A         369    198    218,592
K5YA     K5YA     K5YA      SOAB HP A         248    115     85,560
W5YAA    W5YAA    W5YAA     SOAB HP A         220     87     57,420
K5NA     many     K5NA      M/S HP           1305    316  1,212,492

K5NA ops: K5NA, K5DU, K2UR, AB5K, KU5B, KG5U

"This contest will always be remembered my myself and our operators as the Contest from Hell. I don't ever remember conditions for this contest being this poor. Some of the low points while trying a serious effort in this ARRL DX Phone Contest were; our lowest score ever, not making 100 countries on 20 meters for the first time ever, and our lowest QSO total ever. Add to that the extra bonus of having a serious line noise problem that showed up and affected every band 160 meters through 10 meters. But the operators were motivated to make the best of things and they worked hard for what we got. I think if I had been a single operator, I would have just given up. A big thank you to our operators K2UR, AB5K, KU5B, and KG5U, who all stayed with it in spite of conditions and circumstances." - K5NA

"I paused three times the first night for lightning storms within a mile of my QTH. I gave up after the third time and slept. This proved again that [particularly from Louisiana], antennas that are fine for domestic contests can be way too low above ground for DX contests. It seemed like a tough one, but then again, a rough weekend of contesting beats a good weekend of yardwork!" - K5ER

"This year's score is almost an embarrassment considering the investment in equipment and antennas I've made over the past eight years. Excluding a couple of single band efforts, it is by far the lowest score in ARRL International DX Contest, Phone for me in the last 10 years. Even from Texas, one expects Europe to provide the bulk of your contacts. This year, South Americans made up 35%, North America and Europe both 24%. Over 95% of my contacts were S&P. A "run" of on 15 JAs and one DU on 15 meters on Saturday afternoon was the only time I had more than three consecutive QSOs from CQing." - N5AW

"This was the first time I've operated this contest in the Single Operator, All Band category. When I've entered in the past, it's always been in the Multi-Operator or a Single Operator, Single Band category. This was also my first ever 48-hour single operator DX contest effort." - WM5R (@ K5TR)


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