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2012 CQ WW WPX SSB contest, in review.

Well, as I figured, I did not have as much uninterrupted time as I did for the ARRL contest, but that didn't stop the fun. The good news, no mechanical or electrical failures. The Bad news, only 102 QSOs. For me it seemed 10M was dead, so I only spent a little while there. Spent most of the time on 20M and 15M, as they were active during the time I had to participate in the contest.
A couple of things became apparent this contest. 1) I need a better mic setup. Pushing the PTT on the mic base and trying to type on the keyboard do not mix. 2) Constant hissing white noise gets tiring after a while! This I learned last contest, but thought I could just deal with it, but with super crowded bands, it got tough for a while. 3) A directional antenna is on my list of must haves when we move to a new QTH, have to find a way to silence the stateside stations while calling for the overseas stations.
All in all it was fun, and that is my main motivator, that and finding the weaknesses in my station. Many look down on contesters as a waste of bandwidth but obviously I don't feel that way. I look at it as an opportunity to get on the air when the bands are really hopping and maybe work a new one :)

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