Sprint Recap

September 8th, 2008 by k8gu Leave a reply »
From 3830: 

Call: K8GU
Operator(s): K8GU
Station: K8GU
Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 4
Radios: SO2R

Band  QSOs  Op Time
 80:   83
 40:   88
 20:   45
Total:  216    Mults = 45  Total Score = 9,720

Club: Society of Midwest Contesters

Team: SMC #1

This did not get posted to 3830:

I didn’t bring my A-game to this one. The first and fourth hours were decent. But, the second and third hours just plain stunk.

As readers of the blog know, I’ve been trying to get my station almost completely automated. It’s getting there. W9RE told me that his relay box didn’t have good isolation. He’s right. I can hear the broadband noise from my 930’s when I hit the PTT. At this point, I have two options: I can build the KK1L board (not attractive at the moment) or I can add six relays to the W9RE box to add another layer of isolation (this is what I’m leaning toward). SO2R only works if you can actually hear stations on one radio while transmitting on the other. I did manage to run almost the entire contest without the sidetone this time. Progress is progress.

The news isn’t all bad about this Sprint. From a statistical standpoint, my QSO total is basically equivalent to my February 2008 total. But, I did nail a lot more multipliers, including my first KL7 in the Sprint. SO2R was very valuable for about four of my multipliers this time. The NCCC Sprints have really helped me get used to operating SO2R. Although, as K6VVA (I think) said, it’s hard to resist the temptation to dupe. Usually, I do an almost impeccable job duping the Sprint in my head. But, for whatever reason, this time I was surprised how many stations the computer told me weren’t dupes. Glad I had it! That’s probably an indicator that I really sucked in the copying department. Will the Golden Logs continue?