I was back at it from 3.30am on the Sunday morning. Sunday was a lot less attractive as Saturday. Everything was a struggle and almost impossible to get a run going. I started on 40M with very few USA in comparison to the previous day but slogged away into EU.
A change to 20m was a little more productive but again mainly EU and AS. I was constantly trying different bands this time as no runs were evident and it was hard work to keep picking them off. A move to 15M later in the afternoon gave a little more in the form of LU (Argentina) and PY (Brazil). I closed at 2.15pm, tiredness a factor with 707 contacts in the log. This number amazed me as I didn’t think I was so busy but I guess picking them off one by one eventually does add up!
Later in the day an opportunity arose and I fired back up again. I managed to get on 40M and although moving every 10 minutes to avoid qrm, I was able to have another 100 q’s bring my total in the Contest to 808 contacts over 16 hours. I had one dupe and maybe 5 or 6 busted exchanges so pretty pleased.
Best and Worse : Best bit without a doubt was the 57 JA’s logged. Worst bit was the many stations that gave their report on their initial call and before I had even acknowledged their call. Why do they do it? It throws any skill that you may have straight out of the window. The time wasted can run into minutes as macro’s have changed, your exchanges need ammending (if you were able to log it that is!), what an absolute pain. As Phil GU0SUP says, ”Dont log them if they can’t use the Contest correctly. Unless they come back with the information after you have acknowledged them, then tough luck’. Well said Phil!
Thanks to all who worked or tried to work me, and of course the SWL’s too.