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K6IF's Quest - 2000 ARRL 10 Meter Contest

Dan Levin (K6IF) on November 30, 2000
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I have always loved the ARRL 10 meter contest. In 1999, I tried hard to organize a trip to FG for this event. Unfortunately, work and family issues conspired to keep me at home. Despite the fact that I blew up my amp on Saturday morning and didn't get it fixed until Sunday morning, I made about 1750 QSO's and 400,000 points phone only from my home station. I had a great time, but it became clear that I was just never going to make the top 10 from my suburban lot with a tri-bander and hills to the East. I resolved that since 2000 was going to be the peak of the sunspot cycle, I would find some way to compete seriously.

This article is a serialized story of my quest to compete in the 2000 ARRL 10 meter contest, SSB only. Each segment of the story covers a period of time, and I have tried to capture my mental and emotional state as well as describing the mechanics of my preparation for, and participation in, the contest itself.

I am not writing this story to appease my ego, or to promote my effort. I am writing it to entertain, and perhaps to educate those new contesters who might be interested. If you find this offensive or objectionable, please let me know. If I get enough negative commentary, I will cease and desist.

Your comments, hints and questions are welcome. You can reach me by email at .

Part 1: Plan A - "I'm leaving, on a jet plane"

Part 2: Plan B - A whole new station in 60 days

Part 3: You want a three stack of what?

Part 4: The Rubber Hits the Road

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K6IF's Quest - 2000 ARRL 10 Meter Contest Reply
by AA1OL on November 30, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
So far so good. Now get down from that tower and finish the rest of the story. It's awful selfish of you to leave us hanging like this.....

K6IF's Quest - 2000 ARRL 10 Meter Contest Reply
by VE3HG on December 6, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
I'm enjoying the story. Would love to read the ending. And, would enjoy other stories from other ops and contests. I'm struggling with my setup and love to read the lengths others will go to for an extra db.
73 - Peter
K6IF's Quest - 2000 ARRL 10 Meter Contest Reply
by K6IF on December 8, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
It is now C - 3 hours. I am not going to have time to post the fifth part of the story until after the contest, so here is a brief status update.

Tom and I worked hard this whole week, and as of Thursday night everything is up and working perfectly. The station is together, and I should be on the air tonight as planned.

My pre-contest plan is for 3000 QSO's and 125 multipliers, for a score of 750,000. Last year, that would have barely made the top ten for SSB only high power. We shall see.

Next week, I will finish the construction part of the story, and do a recap of the event. Thanks for all the kind emails, and Good Luck in the Contest!

***dan, K6IF
K6IF's Quest - 2000 ARRL 10 Meter Contest Reply
by K6IF on December 21, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
I have published parts 5 and 6 of the story at .

Thanks to everyone for the great emails and the kind comments during the contest!

***dan, K6IF
K6IF's Quest - 2000 ARRL 10 Meter Contest Reply
by W4ZV on April 6, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
Dan's complete story is excellent and can now be read at:

73, Bill W4ZV
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