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Recently the RDXC committee reclassified P3F to high power from low power without publicly providing strong evidence that any infraction had occurred. They concluded was that the contestant was running HP on 80/40m but not full-time, just 10 minutes here and there without any convincing evidence. It appears they used the RBN as their source of information. Should the RXDC contest have to publicly provide convincing evidence before reclassifying a station from LP to HP?

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What factor had the biggest impact on your ARRL DX SSB score?
  Posted: Mar 05, 2001   (290 votes, 17 comments) by K7UQT

Survey Results
Propagation 33% (96)
Equipment 17% (49)
Operator skill 18% (51)
Other 10% (30)
Didn't operate 22% (64)

Survey Comments
10 Meters
Whoa, what a beast! When 10 is hot it is hot and this weekend it was on fire. Gonna miss it when it's gone, though. :-(

Posted by kc8fs on March 19, 2001

Timing and mode
First, the ARRL SSB weekend is jammed up against the CW weekend--it's only two weeks later. Family life prevents two major contest commitments two weeks apart. It would be better if the League moved the SSB weekend to, say, August. :-) --73, Rus, K2UA

Posted by Anonymous on March 9, 2001

Just played around some hours from home station with low power and 4ele. Had a good run on 10m with 110 QSO/hour! That was great fun with low power and the bad take off i have from home. Looking forward for WPX-SSB! Then again from contest QTH on a hiltop and better antennas and power! Thanks everyone for nice Qs and see you in WPX with DF0RI. 73 de Bud, DK3DM

Posted by DK3DM on March 9, 2001

Only managed 24 hours in the shack - good propagation on 40/20/15/10, but 160m was terrible. In ARRL CW made 92 QSOs on 160m - on SSB only 2 QSOs ! A few states/provinces never heard on any band. 73 Chris GM3WOJ/GM7V

Posted by Anonymous on March 8, 2001

In the past I'd run for a while, get run off
the frequency, scrape around and find a
frequency (never as good as the one held as
the band opened!), then repeat the process.
I still did this during the past weekend, but
about 1/5 as much. The result was a lot more
running and a lot less tuning around, looking
for a clear frequency. Maybe it was luck, but
I think it was *immediately* stopping what I
was doing and explaining to the guy firing up
1khz above or below me that I've been on the
frequency for a long time, etc. If this isn't
done *immediately* I could check my watch and
figure on being in S&P mode in a few minutes.
Pete KS4XG

Posted by Anonymous on March 7, 2001

Very enjoyable weekend
W6EEN's station is a remarkably well equipped antenna farm. Yet, I'd like to see this survey re-run with the "location" answer included in the list...

Posted by kr6x on March 6, 2001

Great weekend
I must admit that I was some what disappointed because I didn't have the time to finish the repairs in the linear, so I decided not to operate at all since 80 meters was my target this year; but Friday, since the XYL was not going to be at home during the weekend, I decided to give it a try of working 20 meters Low Power, and man was I for a big surprise, I ended up with 1,544 valid QSOs, 58 states/provinces and 268,656 points, and worked the WAS in one weekend. It was more that what I expected from only 100 watts, and it was a lot of fun to have to fight with the KWs to be able to remain in one frequency. What a fun weekend. Thanks every one for being there. By the way, two of the US hams that also posted their comments, N2GA and NM2G are in my log. Hope to see you all during the WPX.

-- 73/DX from Jose M. Valdes R. (Joe) YV5LIX

Posted by YV5LIX on March 6, 2001

Saturday propagation was unbelievable! I'm not a big gun, but worked numerous 59 005 contacts, all very readable! But the lack of any antennas below 40 meters and the lack of time in the chair made submitting my log just a formality. Of course, I was thrilled to make P29CC my first contact in the log!

73 de Byron NZ3O

Posted by Anonymous on March 6, 2001

I selected other because I think that it is time in the chair that dictates how well you do (all other things being equal). I had fun in the 12 or so hours I operated. Conditions did not seems as good as in the CW portion. I wish I had better antennas for 80 & 160. Hope to see everyone in WPX SSB as WV2LI.

73, George N2GA

Posted by n2ga on March 6, 2001

Incredible propagation on 10 metres from Nova Scotia to Europe and South America all weekend, well into the evenings (got 108 countries)...Then 40 opened up in the evenings...Great contest, lots of fun...can't wait until WPX!!. 73, Scott, VE1OP

Posted by Anonymous on March 6, 2001

Masochistic Approach
Well, what would you call it to use a symmetrical fed indoor dipole in my down-town flat in central Linz running 100W - and! - using SSB ;-) I spent some points and hey - it was fun. Guess next year condx will worsen. So I simply had to try SOLPSB (10m) 2001 :-) Vy 73 de Oliver...

Posted by oe5oho on March 6, 2001

Just made a few Qīs, no fun any more I guess. Therefore
I selected didnīt operate.

Posted by Anonymous on March 6, 2001

Propagation 10 meters
The whole east coast from northern Florida
through the Maritimes and as far west as
a line from western NY down through NC was
completely cut off from VP9. I eked out a
couple multipliers by moving or listening
for stations from 15 m. If I had brought some wire for a 160 meter antenna, I would have made up for this deficit. Used TS930+
Piexx for quick QSYs and AV5/R6000 antennas
I entertained all requests for QSYs, a lot
of fun. 2.1 Meg SOAB Low Power.
--Kurt, VP9/W6PH

Posted by Anonymous on March 6, 2001

After a, more or less, 5 year absolute black-out, we reactivate,and of course not just-in-time, the IU2M station at our radio club in Milan. It has been a great deal, anyway!
No antenna yet on 80 and 160 (will be ready for WPX), a feedline burnt out early sunday, that left us without the TX7DXX for almost two hours! Just one radio and a lot of willingness, to say "we are back on again.."
CU next one...
Bob, I2WIJ, one of IU2M.

Posted by I2WIJ on March 6, 2001

Prop Killed Me
Since I had so much fun running the CW side of the house as a QRP station thought the SSB would be as much fun. Not so, the propagation and low power added up to an incredible 180 Q's!
What was funny though was I was so loud on 15 the first night that guys almost sounded incredulous. They did not see me yelling into the mike trying to make Q's on 20.
Oh well, I will lick my wounds and look forward to the M/M at KL7RA for the WPX.
73 Andre KL7AC

Posted by KL7AC on March 5, 2001

Lame excuse, but true!
I wonder what "Other" excuses there are? Family commitments? Illness? Hate phone too much: only operated for the club score?

I selected "Equipment" because all I have up is an A3 on a rope about 7m up a tree (fixed at Europe) and a pair of inv-Vees for 40/80 up about 15m - different tree!

If this were asked next year, 2001's summer tower project would force me to pick "Operator skill". :)

Mike N2MG

Posted by N2MG on March 5, 2001

Used WriteLog contest logging program to huge advantage as it shows me stations worked, stations needed and new multipliers. Unfortunately couldn't get the computer cable to get the IC-756 and software talking so spent the weekend frantically spinning the vfo up and down the band. All in all, my best performance yet as single op assisted.
73 - Peter - VE3HG

Posted by Anonymous on March 5, 2001

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