In 2002, I entered the WPX SSB contest in a serious way for the first time. My experience convinced me that WPX is one of the best contests around - high rate, lots of great DX, and 12 hours of sleep! I resolved to compete seriously in 2003 (my 2002 entry was compromised by 7 hours of off-time on Saturday night for our family passover Seder).
VE1JF was kind enough to invite me to operate his fine station - a station that I felt was capable of delivering at least 10MM points and probably a top-ten in the world score. I spent about 2 months preparing for the contest (not full time, of course), since I had never operated seriously from outside California before.
This article is a serialized story of my quest to compete in the 2003 CQ WW WPX SSB meter contest, SOABHP. Each segment of the story covers a period of time (a couple are actually parallel), and I have tried to capture my mental and emotional state as well as describing the mechanics of my preparation for, and participation in, the contest itself.
I am not writing this story to appease my ego, or to promote my effort. I am writing it to entertain, and perhaps to educate those new contesters who might be interested. If you find this offensive or objectionable, please let me know. If I get enough negative commentary, I will cease and desist.
Your comments, hints and questions are welcome. You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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