Rich KL7RA invited me down to participate in this year's ARRL DX CW, but work demands and outrageous air fares between Fairbanks and Kenai kept me grounded. This was a pity, because I always enjoy operating CW with Rich and Wigi AL7IF. As a consolation, I decided to press KL2R into service, going it alone. At the start, I hadn't yet decided to go for single- or all-band entry, but the hopping bands soon convinced me the latter was the way to go. I'm glad I did.
Band QSOs Mults
160: 1 1
80: 19 8
40: 119 40
20: 755 58
15: 612 55
10: 12 6
Total: 1518 168
Total Score = 764,568
This was the first time ever KL2R had points on all bands. Conditions were unexpectedly good.
I was never able to hear a significant number of "workable" stations on Top Band. Propagation to the northwestern US seemed to peter out early in the evening. The brief, late morning/early afternoon openings on 10m gave some real encouragement to seek out multipliers, although I had to do it quickly, or overall rate would suffer. On Sunday, 10m seemed to be ducting to the Caribbean and South America with very few US and no Canadian stations heard at my QTH during my band checks.
Alaska was well-represented, especially KL7RA, AL1G, KL8DX, and AL9A loud and clear on most bands.
KL7RA and I had a funny, inadvertent duel of sorts on Friday afternoon. I was running about 130 per hour on 20m when KL7RA rolled in about 100 Hz up from me, apparently unaware of the action I had going. Suddenly, I realized stations weren't calling me, but KL7RA instead. One CQ from the power house of Kenai, and they took my frequency AND my pileup as well! As I told them by email, I was glad I could "chum the waters" for them.
All in good fun, and I had a really good laugh.