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2009 CTDXCC Sweepstakes Phone Operations

Station  Op    Call   Category   QSOs    Mults   Score
K5NZ    K5NZ    K5NZ    SOQP      653     79     103,174
K5IID   K5IID   K5IID   SOLP      255     68      34,680
K5XA    K5XA    K5XA    SOLP      211     80      33,760
NX5M    NX5M    NX5M    SOLP      200     80      32,000
K3TD    K3TD    K3TD    SOLP      128     49      12,544
NR5M    NR5M    NR5M    SOHP     2208     80     348,864
K5TR    K5TR    K5TR    SOHP     2118     79     334,644
W5KFT   WM5R    W5KFT   SOHP     1939     80     310,240
K5WA    K5WA    K5WA    SOHP     1850     79     292,300
NX5M    KJ5T    KJ5T    SOHP     1324     80     211,840
W5ASP   W5ASP   W5ASP   SOHP     1201     80     190,880
W5VX    W5VX    W5VX    SOHP      403     79      63,674
K5NA    many    K5NA    M/S      2024     80     323,840
N5DO    many    N5DO    M/S      1890     80     302,400

K5NA ops: KU5B, N5ZC, K5DU, K5NA
N5DO ops: N5DO, ?

"WOW! I think that one word pretty much sums up the experience. Bob invited me out to single-op this one at his station. I have operated before multi-multi and multi-single at NX5M, but never single-op. It truly was a great test of my abilities." - KJ5T (@ NX5M)

"I would like to dedicate my SS effort to K5KA. He will be missed! QRP.. If you want SO2R practice, you can't beat doing QRP! I think I enjoyed it as much or more than going HP. I had some missing antennas, so I knew it would be hard work. S&Ping two bands hard is about all you can do, but 15 meters gave me a gift Sunday, when I heard A power guys +30dB to +40dB over S9, I knew I could find a clear spot and CQ. It worked! 20 meters could only be used to run early and late. Holes could be found, but in just a few minutes a B power would move in and close it up. I never heard Delaware and missed that one for the sweep. I know somewhere Ken is saying, 'Hance you moron, QRP SSB?'" - K5NZ

"I just couldn't find a Newfoundland station. I had fun and got several issues fixed during the contest that should have been fixed BEFORE the contest. I still have an RF problem on 20 meters, but the new antennas are working well. Unfortunately, the operator (me) lost focus in the middle and I lost some ground as the other guys ran past and left me in the dust. I am truly amazed that they can make the right decisions for the 24 hours." - K5WA

"I have had some great weekends on the radio and some that were not so great. The lowest point being last year when I had to stop because I lost my voice after being sick for during the week prior to the contest. This year I had my worst start in a long time and never really ever fully regained those lost contacts. I am not sure why the start was so poor - I think it was a combination of not getting any good frequencies on 20 meters and then having it close fairly early forcing me to go to 40 meters. Sunday was very good for the most part. The bands were in good shape and I had good rate. I still do not feel very loud on 40 meters I guess I need to start saving up for some real antennas on that band - or maybe I can just wait for some sunspots." - K5TR

"I was worried I wasn't going to get my first Sweep since 1994. My last section was West Texas, and I was happy to finally hear N5DO on 40 meters! Prayers for K5KA (SK) and his family. Ken, you will be missed ... 73 Good Friend!" - K5XA

"The last couple of years I've really struggled in this contest, and came away feeling like I really wasn't living up to the station potential. I made my share of mistakes this year, too, but it looks like I will come away with a personal best score. This is my first time in the 300K club. Well, before the log checkers get their say, anyway :-)" - WM5R (@ W5KFT)

"KU5B (Colin) and N5ZC (Rich) were here to man the stations and do 99% of the operating while Susan and I did mostly logistical support. Colin and Rich operate well together and make a great team. Conditions were down a little for us from last year, and we ended up about 150 QSOs behind last year. The multiplier sweep was completed Saturday evening without much problem. We worked at least two stations from every multiplier." - K5NA

"Our first time over 300,000. We had a couple of slow hours in the late afternoon on Sunday or we would have met our goal of over 1900 QSOs. We take turns operating one radio; our attempts to coordinate two radios simultaneously but keeping only one signal on the air at a time several years ago did not work and we felt we could not in good conscience turn in a log. However, we visited at the end this weekend and felt we can still improve our score, so (like many baseball teams) we have hope for better things next year! Thanks to all the participants for making Sweepstakes (both CW and SSB) the best domestic contest around." - N5DO

"My goal was to only make a few QSOs, mostly search and pounce, get a sweep using low power using bands that a guest operator was not using at the time and doing it on my backup antennas (tribander, 40m vertical and 80m vee). I imagine I was pretty weak. There is a lot of loss in 400 feet of RG-213 coax, which is what is currently being used to feed the antenna set I was using. I found Mississippi on 80 meters for the last needed section, but I could not make the QSO.... until I realized I was trying to do it on the 40 meter vertical. I'm glad I got that one in the log before the masses arrived." - NX5M

"My usual goal lately is to get on and work as many of the CTDXCC members as I could find and see how the conditions and the bands are 'perking'. The bands seemed to be in pretty good condition, and I saw a number of big scores. I don't like phone, but I still have fun with the contest. I always forget some of the disadvantages of the phone band. I unfortunately landed on 14300 on Sunday morning and was asked to move because that was the frequency of some net that was impending. I agreed and moved up a couple and was immediately attacked because that wasn't far enough. I asked how far I needed to move and was told they needed 5 KHz. I certainly wish I could find a time when I had sole proprietorship of 10 KHz of twenty meters. Since I was not in the mood to argue I moved. Thankfully there aren't any nets down on CW!" - W5VX

"A part time effort on Sunday - great to see 15 meters open. Thanks for the Qs!" - K3TD


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