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The passed weekend TBers were busy contesting. CQ WW 160 can be called the top TB event of the year. This time conditions were very interesting and activity was admirably high. Looking at scores posted at 3830, one can estimate that over 105 DXCC countries were available for grabs and at least 2 000 hams were there to contact. Quite a crowd for a tiny stratch of the band! No wonder that the band was packed and QRL conflicts were constant not speaking of mutual QRMing, ugly pilups, clicks, and deaf CQ machines. I had intended to go High Power but couldn´t find a HV capacitor to fix my amplifier that died in October after making a few JA contacts. The plate choke got burnt. So, being low powered, my aim was to beat my own last year result, which was not high by any means - 180.960 points made of 236 qso´s, 45 states and provinces and 33 countries. (W7RH contacted me a week before the contest telling me that I had won South Hemisphere Plaque - a complete surprise, TU Bob!) I had a new antenna installed which is nothing but a 143' wire fed at lower end against 4 quarter wave radials and strung between the top of my 70' tower and a rock under the cliff, giving me 45 degrees inclination. First signals were heard as early 22 UTC. HK1R P40AA PJ2T ZF9CW - the usual Carribean crowd, still early though, giving that my sunset is at 00 UTC. At 22.40 I heard CN2AA CQing - that was a pleasant surprise. Around 23 Z the band was packed with marginal signals from NA and SA. I was searching for the strongest and made 15 qso's before venturing into a new day. After 0 Z, conditions seemed to get better, most of NA I called came back at once. I decided to get a QRG and run a run. And I was right. I got a decent run for several hours, ending the day one with 310 qso's.So, the first hours of the contest already seemed to be promissing. I logged 1st qso with P40AA at 23.29 UT, relatively late comparing to the previous years when I managed to work PJ2T or HK1NA around 22.30. VE3EJ was second in my log two minutes later (that was early for VE3). CN2AA signals were heard with amazing stability and around 00.20 they were at s 7 level. I didn´t hear all that many callers and gave it a try. After a few attempts CN2AA´s op got a partial on me HC2 and instantly reacted HC2AO HC2AO? I sent a lengthy R and we traded exchanges. It was great! North Africa that early in the game with low power! I scanned the band and heard a few other EUs but they appeared to be indifferent to my appeals. CS2C was not strong but there and I had to give it a try. An instant response. My mood rocketed. As I began a run, NA poured in. Not with a rate to envy, but steady and kept me away from boring into the empty CQing dulldrum. Whenever the flow of callers would cease, I would venture rolling across the band, picking up whoever was new. Around 04.30 UT UW2M called with about s6 level for the first East EU. Then nothing from EU at all for a while. Eventually I hit the gold mine of EU around 05.45 UTC but it was thin and depleted after some dozen qso's. Yet it was value adding since EU mults were new and Q's points were all tenners. (Logged LZ5R, 9A5Y, UA2FZ, DL7ON, S54O, EA2KR, OE2VEL, OL7M, S50K, OM7M, OL1R, DK6WL, OE2S, DJ9VA, IZ1LBG, DM7C, DJ5MN) Then I was kicked out from my run by some EU station and I had to go S & P. I came across CS2C who was not strong but there and I had to give it a try. An instant response. My mood rocketed. TM6M was next and again with one shot. It sounded that the op on the other end got excited with a mult sending me FB several times. I decided to try a run again. It was around 07.45. I got partial 3TBK, and figured it was G3TBK calling. He readily confirmed and I got G multiplier that was instantly re-assured by G5W. The EI0R called, another mult to the chest. F8DBF was the last EU that morning. Shortly after I closed down feeling tired and not having much action going.The second day was way way behind my expections. With 310 QSOs readily logged and the previous year result already outdone, I decided to go to 400 Q's mark and whateve points score it would be. I thought that I would accomplish that task in no time but the propagation deities decided otherwise. Scarce replies to my CQ's, trouble breaking through to "fresh" ones - all in all it was a struggle. Only abput 30 qso made between 00 and 05 UTC, mostly NAs with a few SAs. At 05.30 it felt like I hit EU market again: DJ4AX, OT6M, DJ6ZM, RU1A answered my CQs. But there was no continuation. I lasted till 11.04 making a net of 413 QSOs with 51 domestic mult and 36 DX. The final DX was KH6DX. Don called at 10.49 giving me Hawaii. In conclusion, I say that I enjoyed every bit of the contest despite all downs. Conditions were very interesting with many surprises. I clearly understand the urgent need in a sophisticated RX system at least to EU and JA (South Pacific dorection and Africa are somewhat troublesome due to the local topography). And yes, 80 watts can take you world wide.

73 Alex

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