Saturday, August 11, 2012
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
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