2019 CQ WW SSB Contest V47T (K5ZD)

Call: V47T
Operator(s): K5ZD

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 44

Summary:   
Band       QSOs Zones Countries
 160:        51   13    33
 80:        525   17    67
 40:       1930   28   100
 20:       2501   27    99
 15:       3156   27   104
 10:        126   16    45
Total:     8389  128   448  Total Score     11,604,672
Club: None

Comments

Doing a competitive SOAB in CQWW SSB has been a dream of mine. Amazingly lucky to go from a seat request on the cq-contest reflector a few weeks ago to fulfilling that dream from V47T.

The original plan was to do MS with NP4Z, but Felipe ran into some work conflicts and offered me the chance to do a single op. N2NT and NP4Z had planned a trip to do station repairs. I felt like a rock star when they picked me up at the airport and helped get everything set up for the contest! It was lonely when they left for home on Wed. Gave me some time to enjoy the beach and drive around the island.

The station is on a hilltop at about 1000 feet ASL. It is a steep drop toward Europe down to the ocean about a mile away. Not bad to USA either. It requires an AWD vehicle to reach the station.

There a million stories and comments I could report but will have to wait for another day. Still in recovery mode.

Slept 3 hours Sun morning. Rates were getting slow and I knew I would need it to push through another day of QSO making on the high bands.

Was completely isolated in a concrete bunker for the weekend with a single window to see if it was daylight or dark. For 48+ hours I did not think about anything except where the next QSO was coming from.

A bit disappointed with the mults, but conditions just weren’t open very deep. So went with a run at all times strategy. Never heard zones 19, 23, 24, 29, or 34.

Hilltops on islands in the Caribbean rock.

Amazing all the activity that shows up on the bands during CQWW. Thank you all for making it the best radio weekend of the year. And again, thanks to N2NT and NP4Z for use of the station and V44KAI for local support.

Some numbers…

QSOs by Continent/Band

      160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total      %     
NA     130    404   1179   1665   1572     42    4992    59.5 
SA       4     14     42     33     41     26     160     1.9 
EU      15     96    647    740   1480     45    3023    36.0 
AF       1      6     10      9     18     11      55     0.7 
AS       0      2     27     48     30      2     109     1.3 
OC       0      3     25      6     14      0      48     0.6

Best 60 mins: 336  starting @ 26-Oct-2019 15:32

Six banders:
8P5A D4C FY5KE K1TTT K3LR KC1XX KP2M N2IC N4WW OM7M PZ5K V49V VE3EJ W3LPL

Worked 3084 stations only once! Total of 5565 different calls.

Top 10 countries worked:
          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
 
     K     101    344   1078   1537   1431     25    4516
    DL       1     11     89     95    243            439
     I       1      6     70     87    205     14     383
    VE      11     32     75     99    112      2     331
     G              3     40     57    132            232
    EA       1      6     46     37    113     11     214
    F        1      2     43     39     98      2     185
    UA       1     11     39     73     47            171
    PA              3     23     37     61            124
    SP              6     37     22     56            121