Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by K6DWI, Dec 6, 2020.
All of 1 contact from South America.
Like they say, (whoever "they" are) better luck next time.
Gosh that was fun! 160 Qs 27,000 points even worked Africa!
As I posted previously conditions were not great in the PNW. My QSO totals were certainly not what I had hoped for. However on the positive side---as with every contest I have operated over the years I learned some things which will benefit operations from this station in the future. I recently re-built the operating desk, relocated the antenna switch to be more convenient, etc. It was a big improvement. However in this contest I discovered three more modifications (simple) that needed to be made. #1. The foot switch that I use to key the transceiver and amp was just a bit too far under the desk. It is velcro'd to the floor mat so it doesn't slide around. Relocated it 9 inches forward towards my operating chair. Contributed substantially to eliminating the leg cramp I was developing from having to stretch my leg to reach it.
#2. I don't use a mic/headset. I used to but I prefer to have my mic on a flexible boom mount so I can swivel it out of the way when leaving the op desk. I found myself having to lean forward in order to have my mouth at the proper distance from the mic. So I re-located the base which holds the flex boom and no more leaning forward needed. #3. I like to have multiple displays on my computer screens. Logging program, grey line map, etc. In the past those displays were on two different monitors and I found myself having to swivel my head left or right to see whatever was on interest at the moment. Well I now use just one very large monitor and appropriate different parts of the screen to different displays. The monitor is directly in front of me so no more head swivel.
As I said these are all minor changes but when operating for a long period of time incorporating them into the station layout makes for more convenience and less operator effort and fatigue. At my age those are important things.