Here is the quick summary of the single operator marathon of the year, CQWW CW.
Propagation was nice with some good DX on Ten meter and also a few surprises on low bands. I recently replaced my 40 meter array and have a new 160 meter vertical in the air, both working great in the contest. Being a smaller station I was pleased with my pileup busting abilities. There where only a few occasions where I didn’t cut through the big piles on the first or second call.
I ended up logging about the same number of contacts as last year but spent more time picking zones and country multipliers on the second radio which helped the score a lot. I was mostly running but the last 2-3 hours was almost exclusively S&P.
Band QSOs ZN Cty 1,8 178 17 64 3,5 470 19 69 7 796 35 118 14 732 33 106 21 575 36 127 28 285 35 115 Total 3036 175 599
I did not got the opportunity to rest as much as I needed before the contest, so I faded after about 24 hours of operating and decided to take a 3 hour sleep to be fresh for sunrise. This is where I believe I lost the SM record.
My claimed score at 4,280,994 points is a great improvement, but it is still about 50k below the current SM record.
Close but no cigar!