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2009 IARU HF World Championship

Call    Station  Op      Category   CW QSOs  SSB QSOs   Zones  HQs       Score
NO5W    NO5W     NO5W     SOLP CW      336                39    44      77,688
N5AW/0  N5AW/0   N5AW     SOLP CW      415                71    59     150,410
W5KFT   W5KFT    K5PI     SOHP CW     2003               108   107   1,335,365
N3BB    N3BB     N3BB     SOHP CW     2007                96   119   1,306,125
N5ZK    N5ZK     W5ASP    SOHP CW      605                48    31     135,959
K5NZ    K5NZ     K5NZ     SOHP CW      400                46    34      99,520
N5DO    N5DO     N5DO     SOQP MIX     352       55       50    65     131,675
W5ZL    N5AW     W5ZL     SOLP MIX     949      311      100   115     803,670
KJ5T    KJ5T     KJ5T     SOLP SSB              255       28    37      45,435
NA4M    NA4M     NA4M     SOLP SSB               48       11    28       4,758
NX5M    NX5M     many     M/S         1026     1092      112   145   1,638,118

(NX5M ops:  NX5M, KU5B)

"As the evening wore on, I kept spinning the knob across the low bands, thinking I should rack up some numbers there, but they were deserted. 20 meters was still hopping, so everyone was there. I worked 27 European stations and 16 Japanese stations on 15 meters -- hopefully a taste of propagation to come! Jim and I were on the radio for 24 hours and ended up just four QSOs (and one mult) apart!" - K5PI (@ W5KFT)

"This was fun, it was hard, it was grinding, and it was the incredible experience we call ham radio contesting when we actually can hear the Earth turn." - N3BB

"This was my first serious effort in the SOLP category since 2005. I operated the contest from a station belonging to Humanitarian International Services Group, a global non-profit organization. The goals of this station are not for contesting, but rather domestic and international disaster relief and communications to benefit global humanitarian relief efforts. However, it was an excellent opportunity to try the station out and test it's capabilities. I have to say I had a great time operating from here." - KJ5T

"For me IARU started with a bang with my first QSO being with R0HQ but then it settled in to mostly domestic QSOs for the rest of the morning and then on Saturday afternoon it seemed like band conditions on 20 went totally to pot and everyone disappeared. I was hoping that after returning from dinner with the XYL that things would pick up on 40M and I wasn't disappointed with some good openings into Europe, Africa, and South America. While 40M had a good bit of QRN I was amazed at how well the noise blanker and noise reduction worked on the K3. With the noise reduction set at 1-4 tuning across the open frequencies on 40M you could hear nothing and then a signal would pop up out of the silent background -- amazing." - NO5W

"Once again, I had the good fortune of operating IARU HF from Marv N5AW's world-class single-op contest station while he and XYL Judy were away in cooler climes. And again, I enjoyed the company of lifelong friend Bob W5EK, who mounted a SOLP CW effort under his call from a card table set up next to my operating position in Marv's shack. Each of us carry our own IC-756 Pro II's out to N5AW along with our laptops, WinKeyers, paddles, and all the trappings, where we reconfigure the shack for two separate operations swapping antennas back and forth. We'd done this probably four times before, but Marv's station continues to evolve, and the antenna complement gets better every year." - W5ZL (@ N5AW)

"The tentative plan was to do a multi-op right up until a couple of days before the contest. Colin KU5B and I were not sure if we wanted to do this one without another operator to help out, but we did it anyway. Unknown to us, whether we would actually do the whole 24 hours or not, we basically stayed in the shack the entire 24 hours although only getting 22 hours of operating time. The end result was not too bad. A better score than the last multi in 2007... but now I have to send an amp back to Alpha." - NX5M

"I made my annual pilgrimage to Colorado to make me appreciate my antennas at home (and to get away from the Texas heat). It can be frustrating, but it is also amazing what you can work at times with 100 watts and a low wire. I also decided this would be a good time to try out N1MM - only one radio and no way I can be a top competitor. I had a few mangled exchanges but by and large it went smoothly." - N5AW

"I knew I had a few obligations that would take me away for several hours at scattered times, so I decided to try QRP. I had operated QRP in some domestic contests, but never seriously in a DX (and domestic) contest. For most of the day it was very difficult, but in the late afternoon and evening everything magically got better and almost everyone I called heard me without too many repeats." - N5DO


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