After some rather rough operating conditions concerning propagation, weather, and just plain rude amateur radio operators, I completed my “clean sweep” with K2J this morning. I did work WM3PEN last night on 80 meters, complete with static crashes, but the operator wasn’t going to let something like lightning stop him, heh. I appreciate the time and effort the 13 Colonies group puts into this event every year. There were some incredibly rude and ill-mannered amateur radio operators (also known as “lids”) that were “involved” maliciously. Why people cause problems for the rest of us I’ll never know. If you don’t like a contest, turn the VFO dial!
This is the second time I’ve gotten a clean sweep in this contest. The first time was in 2009 (or was it 2010?). Even with the broken antenna I’m using, it worked out great. Maybe next year I’ll be in my own place with my own antenna setup to use. Field Day and this event are two major events I look forward to every year. I’m happy and thankful that I now have a working shack set up to where I can participate in these events successfully.
I’m looking forward to the ARRL November Sweepstakes this year. Perhaps I’ll win again like I did two years ago by accident! I’m not a heavy contest participant but I feel that my participating in contests has helped me in my DXing enjoyment.
Another thing that helped a lot was having a working computer and logging software. That made it quick and easy to get the stations in the log and move on to the next one. For the very first time, I set up the DX spotting capability in my software (N3FPJ’s Amateur Contact Log). Worked like a charm. I even picked up a few extra stations along the way in California, Costa Rica, and Venezuela. I’d eventually love to have a Hexbeam for 6-20 meters and a 80-meter rotatable Yagi for 40 and 80 meters.
I have to get a money order to send off with my paperwork to get my “clean sweep” 13 Colonies certificate. I’ll get a frame and hang it up on my walls somewhere in my tiny 8×10′ shack.