G3TXF : IARU HF Championship : July 10
Nigel G3TXF poses on a platform before winding up a tower with
a 3-el 20m beam for use in the 2010 IARU HF Championship.
A Versatower with a view of North Devon: Hartland Point is clearly visible in the far distance, with Baggy Point in middle distance.
Highlight of the IARU HF Championship weekend was chasing the WRTC R3** stations.

Started out doing this on CW only, but with little or no propagation (or even a proper antenna!) on 15m or 10m, I realised too late that I'd never work enough (180) for the WRTC tee-shirt. A few were then worked on SSB on 20m. Got 149 band-mode points in total with the R3** stations. All 48 of the active R3** calls were worked on CW.

Meanwhile HF conditions seemed pretty ropey in the main IARU HF Championship itself with 20m being the main band.

Operated in the "Multi-Op/One-Transmitter" category. My assistant operator doesn't have a callsign, but his name is Mr S. Kimmer.

He's a useful chap to have
around on CW. But he doesn't help much on SSB though.

The liberal application of ferrites helps keep unwanted RF out of the wireless router. The HF beam, the rotator, the coax, the rotator cable and the collar bearing are installed before, and then tidied away after, each contest.
BAND   SSB    CW  ITU  HQ  POINTS   AVG
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160      1     1    0   1       2  1.00
 80      1   215   11  32     598  2.77
 40      1   175   16  32     556  3.16
 20     35   866   39  40   3,075  3.41
 15      1    41   12  15     138  3.29
 10      1     5    2   2      18  3.00
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TOTAL   40 1,303   80 122   4,387  3.27
==================================== Claimed Score  :  886,174
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