Worked the ARRL November Sweepstakes

Just finished the ARRL November Sweepstakes CW contest. I logged 194 Qs doing entirely search and pounce with no assistance. I still feel like a winner. Admittedly, it’s a little cowardly to do the entire contest by scanning the bands. One motive is that you know pretty well for sure whether you can copy the station calling CQ. The big disadvantage is that you are less likely to work rare sections with a non-gain vertical antenna like mine because there is not a big-gun contest station in every ARRL section. That had to be one of the reasons I worked 64 of 80 sections. I only worked two Canadian sections. I post my logs to LOTW and eQSL so if I worked you, your QSL is there. Conditions were exceptional for this contest and I worked many on 15M, 20M, and more than half on 40M. My rig worked well and I was able to work every station I could hear, as long as the pile was not too big. N1MM contest logging software is absolutely brilliant. The exchange entry screen practically reads your mind for the sweepstakes contest. I only got a little tangled up two or three times.

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