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2011 Japan International DX – CW

Contest: Japan International DX
Date: April 09-10, 2011
Mode: CW
Period: Starts 0700 UTC Saturday; ends 1300 UTC Sunday

BAND/QSO/PRE
15/ 35 / 18
10 / 3 / 5
TOTAL: 38 QSO / 21 PRE
SCORE: 861 (TIME ON: 2 H 09 Mn)

SOAPBOX: I screwed up prior to this contest by not taking Saturday off from work, instead I took Sunday off to participate after work Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. Unfortunately that was not a wise decision, I should have started the contest instead of ending it. Even then I did not come back to the shack for 40M or a second attempt at 80M.

All but 3 of my contacts were on 15M, which was a great band for JIDX. Unfortunately it got very quiet after I went through the band a few times. I did start to call CQ JIDX, but after 1 reply I gave up and went back to S&P. It looked as if 10M would be good, but after my initial 3 QSOs I did not find any further activity.

Instead of pumping out 1000w, I decided to run low power, unassisted. All in all I did improve my numbers from 2010 by almost 50% in only 2 hours of operating. Not great by any stretch, but still I got some time to participate and make some Qs, which  is always fun.