|N6GEO & WQ6X|
|The Flex Radio Power SDR Screen (w/CW Skimmer) and our superb mini antenna farm|
Our goal was to beat last year's record of 469 Q's and get a clean sweep to make up for missing it by 2 sections last year and 2 in this year's CQP. As with CQP there were a dearth of Vermont stations (2 to be exact) so we almost missed the sweep. Finally at 20:44z N1UR popped up on the "needed station" screen. A double-click of the mouse and a switch on the amplifiers snagged the illusive lil' bugger. We ended up with 531 QSOs in all 83 sections for an ending score of 88,146 points.
There was a propagation rumor that a number of solar disturbances were headed our way. While I heard that there were signal dropouts at NX6T in San Diego, in the East Bay we experienced no real signal problems other than the predictable slow-fade on 15/10 meters. I was disappointed in the small number of stations who actually made it down to 80 meters. Wakeup people! 80-meters was HOPPING - for those who did show up. Even 40-meters was lacking in signals; not because of poor propagation, but because people didn't spend enough OP time there as we did.
Now that we proved we can get a sweep and beyond, preparations are under way for W6K to operate Sweepstakes phone with this same arrangement (except the Skimmer, which does us no good on SSB).
From the reported QSO numbers and submissions to the 3830 Scores website we know there were over 1500 active stations in this year's event. This year the number of reported section sweeps seems to have significantly increased over last years action when the Ontario (ONT) section was split into 4 multipliers (ONE, ONN, ONS & GTA).
How was Sweepstakes on your end? Did you manage a sweep?