Saturday, August 11, 2012

2012 IOTA Follow Up

Well, the 2012 IOTA contest is history.

I thought I had my 40 meter receive antenna problems resolved but found out I did not.  No matter since the forty meter band did not open up quite as I expected.  Instead the higher bands were open longer during the day and I did not capitalize on it.  Shame on me.  I guess I had tunnel vision, so I stuck to my initial game plan instead of being flexible and adapting to the band conditions.  Overall, I can not complain though.  It was a fun contest.

In 2010 I managed to work 10 and half hours.  I really wanted to work 12 hours this year and but did not organize my time properly.  I worked 11 hours total this year.  Still it was a better contest this year than last.
I only worked 16 more people this year but my multiplier count was up from 51 last year to 68 this year.  So my overall claimed score was higher.  I will have to wait until the judges send results to know for sure how I did, but I am optimistic about a good result.

As I got ready for the contest I examined my score from last year.  You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that I actually came in 8th in my category.  I thought I finished in 11th.  Inquiry to the contest committee confirmed the 8th place finish.  It was my error in how I searched the records that showed me in 11th place.  My thanks to the contest chairperson for taking the time to answer my inquiry and clearing up my confusion.

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Very 73 and good dx to all
Leslie, AD5WB
Galveston Island, Texas
US Isle: TX-001s