Tuesday, December 13, 2011

ARRL 10M Brings Joy to the Far North

Conditions on 10 meters in the latest ARRL contest were overall excellent from Alaska.  From the Fairbanks and Denali areas, KL1JP, KL6C, WL7BDO, and KL8DX reported spectacular results.  Although there were no true openings to Europe, A65BD did make a brief appearance at KL2R just after midnight on Sunday morning.  South of the Alaska Range, propagation was apparently excellent, too. JAs were plentiful when the eastern US died down.  A number of Asian and Pacific stations were loud but sporadic to appear.  Ten meters seemed to burst to life around 0830 local time and shut down quickly about eight hours later. Some UA9s and UN stations could be worked around 2100 local (0600 UTC).  During the final few hours on Sunday, the band became somewhat unstable, and signals came and went quickly.

Contest         : ARRL 10 Meter Contest
Callsign        : KL2R
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single Operator (SO)
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : Single band (SB) 10 m
Class           : High Power (HP)
Zone/State/...  : AK
Locator         : BP64KU
Operating time  : 15h28

   CW  1271  22  26   67    5084  4.00 
  SSB     0   0   0    0       0  0.00 
TOTAL  1271  22  26   67    5084  4.00 
         TOTAL SCORE : 472 812

Operators       : N1TX

Soapbox         : That was fun.  Too bad the band never opened to Europe.  Sunday night I heard A65BD at midnight  for about 2 minutes before he faded.  Dang.  A surprising number of dupes.  Hmmm...Thanks to all  who worked me, even if twice for good measure.  You made it a real pleasure.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

How Was Your Thanksgiving Weekend?

After a pleasant Thanksgiving day with friends and family in Fairbanks, N1TX flew on Friday to Kenai to join Rich KL7RA, Tree N6TR, and Wigi AL7IF for an all-out M2 assault on CQWW.  Forty eight hours, 8000+ QSOs, and 13M points later, the team basked in the feeling of a job well done, celebrated with margaritas, and ended the evening with -- wait for it -- a turkey dinner.  Great times!