Stupid solar flare! The bands were ruined. A = 20, K = 4 and SFI = 99. I knew on Friday that this contest would not be very entertaining. How right I was! So not much to say. My target was 2000 QSO. Somehow I managed to keep the average rate above 100 for the first 8 hours. Then it went down. Deeply. Not to come up again. Only 4 hours of +100. The second hour (1300 > 1400 utc) was the best: an 157 clock hour on 20m.
Past halfway point I got very tired but I didn’t go to bed. Things were slow with only 50 QSO/hr. It got better when the sun came up but with the absence of propagation it wasn’t a big success. I fell asleep for some seconds during a bunch of QSO. My legs and butt got sore. I din’t want to give up. End result is 200 QSO less and 1 meg less than 2012 which I don’t really remember as having great propagation either.
I tried aggressive SO2R for a better score and to keep busy to stay awake. Only 77 QSO on radio #2. I thought it was more. Barefoot and a vertical, not really what you need in this kind of conditions. A second amplifier almost becomes a must for successful SO2R.
If the propagation doesn’t return to normal or preferrably better by next week, there is no way I’m going to be active in an SSB contest (WPX). I had vague plans for an all bander but after this weekend: thanks, but no thanks!