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Monthly News (SCCCORE)
December 2018
We are now well into the fall/winter contest season, and many of you have been quite active. There have been some really good scores too. Even though we are at the low end of the sunspot cycle, there is plenty of fun to be had. So get those stations on the air!

Speaking of stations, if you're interested in making yours available to a guest operator, or you'd like to be a guest operator, or if your multi-op effort needs an operator or two, be sure to post on the SCCC Reflector or let me know. Let's keep So Cal active!

Recently, there was some excitement that a group of sunspots that were observed in late August possibly signaled the start of Cycle 25. It feels like we have been at the bottom of Cycle 24 for a long time, perhaps made worse in our minds by the relatively poor peak back in 2014. In April of that year, the smoothed sunspot number reached 81.8, the lowest peak since the early 1800's. So hopes were high that we had turned the corner. Not so, said The Royal Observatory of Belgium's Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence. Experts there stated that those particular sunspots belong to the current solar cycle, not 25. Oh so close...

NCJ has published the final results of the July NAQP RTTY now. The SCCC #1 team finished 13th. Axel, KI6RRN finished tops in California, and just missed making the top ten overall. Levi, KK6NON took 4th place in California.

The final results of the September North American Sprint CW were also published by NCJ. The SCCC #1 team took 5th place in this one. Marko, N5ZO finished 10th overall and 4th in California. Dan, N6MJ was close behind at 5th in California. Marko, by the way, had the top Golden Log in the contest with 314 QSOs!

The CQWW DX CW has just ended as I write this particular paragraph. SCCC was out in force, and conditions seemed particularly good compared to recent months. We didn't even have a solar flare or other disturbance to rain on CW weekend for a change! It was fun watching the battle on the scoreboard between TI7W (KL9A) and ZF1A (N6MJ) throughout the contest. Dan held the lead early on but Chris later pulled in front, and slowly built his lead. As the contest wound down, Dan began climbing back, but alas, Chris's lead was too much to overcome. A mere 3% separated the two final scores (a 652 QSO difference in a horse race where both had over 9,000!). To give some perspective, K5ZD finished 3rd in the category but was 9.7 million points and about 6,300 QSOs behind Dan in 2nd. Wow! The Contest Online Scoreboard reported that ZF1A had the highest hourly rate at 372! Sheez! Also out on DXpeditions were Jim, N6TJ at KH7M, Marko, N5ZO in Russia using RM0F at the QTH of UA3DPX and I believe Dick, N6AA was out somewhere as well. We had a really good turn out for this contest. It's great to see that. However, with 181 current members in our circle, we have some work to do to get even more activity. By the way, I ran across an interesting write up of some of the history of the CQWW DX contest on CQ's web site.

SCCC Monthly Poll
November, 2018
Click here for the this month's SCCC monthly poll. Our November, 2018 poll was "Have you ever operated multi-op in a contest (home or away)?" 80% of our respondents said yes. 20% said no. Our October, 2018 poll was "What is your favorite contest mode?" 76% of our respondents favored CW. 12% favored SSB and 6% favored RTTY. 6% had no favorite mode. Our September, 2018 poll was "What is your favorite contest?" CQP took the top spot. CQWW DX, WPX, NA Sprint and Sweepstakes all tied for second.
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N6NB - Contesting For 61 Years
November 2018
N6NB Rover Wayne Overbeck is no stranger to SCCCers. He has been contesting for 61 years! That's longer than some of us have been alive! His tower trailers have also been used for SCCC contesting (think XE2SI in the 1980s for example.) His web site is chalk full of contest and other good stuff. I asked Wayne to tell us a little about his VHF and up roving activities and was honored to get his story below.

I've been on the air for 61 years now. I've been operating VHF contests for almost that long, but I didn't manage to win a VHF contest nationally for a lot of years. It's never been easy to be competitive in VHF contests in the west. I finally reached #1 in the single operator category in June, 1973. Then I was #1 in five June contests in a row (1973-1977). After a year with almost no sporadic E here but excellent E skip in the east in 1978, I took a van and tower trailer to the northeast in 1979. I ended up winning 12 VHF contests nationally as a single operator before ARRL section multipliers were replaced by grid square multipliers in 1984.
To Win The World, N2AA MM in CQWW DX Phone
December 2018
The story of the N2AA multi-multi at the K2GL super station, circa 1981.

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ARRL 10-Meter Contest
December 2018
         K6AM            SOMUHP        84,032            K0XP            SOCWLP         4,028
         AA6PW           SOMUHP        70,656            W6QU(W8QZA)     SOSSBQRP       3,234
         K6NR            SOCWHP        62,192            KX6A            SOCWULP        3,264
         WN6K            SOMLP         30,576            AI6DO           SOMLP          2,628
         NK6A            SOMUHP        28,036            W6JBR           SOMLP          2,420
         KM6Z            SOCWLP        16,128            WA7BNM          SOMLP          2,100
         AI6O            SOCWHP        12,500            KF6I            SOMUHP         1,320
         KU6CW(N6CW)     SOCWUHP       11,556            WA6URY          SOCWHP           500
         N6LL            SOMHP          9,920            K6MUG           SOSSBLP          272
         K6PO            SOCWULP        7,100            NE6I            SOCWUHP           84
         W6ZL            SOCWLP         4,620

         W6UE (N6AN, VA6DAF)                                             MSHP          68,172
FT8 Roundup
December 2018
         W6BQ            SOULP         54,912            NK6A            SOULP          6,900
         K6PO            SOULP         16,554            N6NB            SOULP          1,344
ARRL 160-Meter Contest
November 2018
         W6PH            SOHP          95,592            N6LL            SOLP          11,526
         NC6K            SOUHP         65,790            AA6PW           SOHP           8,840
         W6AX(K6AW)      SOUHP         47,709            N6WT            SOHP           7,965
         KF6I            SOUHP         26,078            W6JBR           SOHP           5,177
         WA6URY          SOLP          12,446            KI6VC           SOLP           3,250

         N5ZO (N6NC, N5ZO)                                               MSHP          95,580
CQWW DX CW Claimed Scores
November 2018
         ZF1A (N6MJ )    SOHP      13,836,885            AA6AA           SOHP         277,849            
         VY2TT(K6LA)     SOHP       9,158,650            N6NC (@N5ZO)    SOAHP        267,894
         KH7M(N6TJ)      SOHP       3,665,585            WN6K            SOALP        204,387
         K6NA            SOHP       2,177,618            W6QU(W8QZA)     SOQRP        127,218
         W6PH            SOAHP      1,678,740            KM6Z            SOLP         121,511
         RM3F(N5ZO)      SOLP       1,370,166            WA6URY          SOAHP         94.707
         N6WIN           SOAHP      1,250,262            NE6I            SOAHP         64,371
         KI6RRN          SOLP         885,960            K0XP            SO40LP        54,656
         W6TK            SOAHP        876,435            W6ZL            SO20LP        47,793
         AA6PW           SOAHP        732,096            WA7BNM          SO20LP        42,328
         W6UM            SOHP         629,184            W6JBR           SOAHP         34,155
         N6RV            SOLP         588,344            AI6V            SOHP          21,335
         N6CW            SOAHP        580,437            W6KC            SOAHP         21,160
         N6WT            SOAHP        521,664            NC6Q            SOLP          15,633
         WA6KHK          SOAHP        415,104            KF6I            SOAHP         15,521
         W6YA            SO20HP       397,671            AI6O            SOAHP          2,856
         W6TMD           SOAHP        307,398         

         K3LR (G4TSH, K1TO, K3LR, K3UA, K5GN, N2NC, N3GJ, N3SD, N6AN, N6TV, VE3RA, W2RQ --
              --N6AN's portion of this score goes to SCCC)               MMHP      19,486,811            
ARRL Sweepstakes SSB Claimed Scores
November 2018
         VY2TT (K6LA)    SOUHP        295,148            W6ZL            SOLP          24,948
         W6TK            SOUHP        158,198            W6KC            SOUHP         21,560
         AA6PW           SOUHP        117,528            W6JBR           SOHP          15,776
         WN6K            SOLP          92,340            K6MUG           SOLP          11,342
         WA6KHK          SOUHP         72,816            W6ZAR           SOLP           7,614
         N6WT            SOUHP         61,752            WA7BNM          SOLP           1,800
         KI6RRN          SOLP          48,764

         K6AM (@NX6T)                                                    MOHP         332,664
         W6UE (KK6TIV, KK6TJF, N6AN, N9JAM, VA6DAF)            School Club HP          90,168
WAE RTTY Claimed Scores
November 2018
         WN6K            SOLP          95,530            N6HE            SOHP          18,300
         N6RV            SOHP          64,418            AI6O            SOHP          11,110
         W6ZL            SOLP          37,524            W6TK            SOHP           8,970
         W4EF            SOHP          27,170
ARRL Sweepstakes CW Claimed Scores
November 2018
         N5ZO            SOUHP        194,552            W6KC            SOUHP         58,220
         K6LA            SOHP         194,054            NK6A            SOUHP         41,600
         W6PH            SOHP         175,808            WA6URY          SOHP          29,512         
         AA6PW           SOUHP        172,972            AI6O            SOHP          23,296
         WA6KHK          SOUHP        112,914            W6ZL            SOLP          22,204
         WN6K            SOLP         104,280            AI6DO           SOQRP         20,412
         NC6K            SOUHP         92,904            KU6CW (N6CW)    SOLP          19,024
         KM6Z            SOLP          90,560            K6NA            SOHP          13,108
         W6TK            SOHP          86,832            W6JBR           SOUHP          9,310
         KF6I            SOUHP         71,680

         W6RFU (AC6T, K6AW)                                              MOHP         143,500
CQWW DX SSB Claimed Scores
October 2018
         W6PH            SO(A)ABHP  1,132,750            AA6PW           SO(A)ABHP     86,850
         K6NA            SOABHP       880,715            WA7BNM          SOSB20LP      61,098         
         N6RV            SOABLP       349,899            W6QU(W8QZA)     SOABQRP       57,980
         AA6AA           SO(A)ABHP    312,768            WA6URY          SOABHP        56,192
         N6WS            SO(A)ABHP    131,052            W6TK            SOSB15HP      49,680            
         WN6K            SOABLP       125,895            N6IC            SOABHP        29,008
         VY2TT(K6LA)     SOSB15HP     108,070            NK6A            SO(A)SB15HP   18,939
         W6ZL            SO(A)ABLP     87,320            W6JBR           SO(A)ABLP      3,485

         ZF1A (N6MJ, KK6NON, KI6RRN, KI6SMX, N6WIN, JH1NBN)              M/2HP     14,897,344                                                      
JARTS WW RTTY Claimed Scores
October 2018
         N6WT            SOHP         310,392            AI6O            SOHP           4,061
         WN6K            SOLP         132,948            WA6URY          SOHP           3,537
         KF6RY (W6ZL)    SOLP          34,776
California QSO Party Claimed Scores
October 2018
         N6MJ            SOHP         376,478            N6WT            SOALP        110,768
         N6WIN           SOHP         356,062            KK6NON          SOALP        100,920
         W6TK            SOAHP        268,482            NE6I            SOAHP         81,256
         KI6RRN          SOLP         266,800            W6ZL            SOALP         60,996
         AA6PW           SOHP         231,014            WA6KHK          SOQPR         54,132
         K6ZZ            SOLP         211,755            N6HE            SOHP          49,350
         W6ML (W6KC)     SOAHP        191,458            AI6O            SOHP          25,326
         K6VO (K6NR)     SOAHP        183,570            WA6URY          SOHP          14,760
         NC6K            SOAHP        181,018            N6OO            SOLP           9,360
         WN6K            SOLP         145,174            AI6DO           SOAQRP         8,349
         K6NA            SOHP         120,228

         NO6T (@N5ZO)                                                    MSHP         356,700
         NC6Q (NC6Q, K6MUG, K6CAW, KB6WKT)                               MSHP         131,080
         W6COW (NK6A, AA6DW)                                             MSLP          73,170           
CQWW DX RTTY Claimed Scores
September 2018
         WN6K            SOABLP       218,250            NC6K            SOABHP       104,232
         W6TK            SOABHP       181,597            W6QU (W8QZA)    SOABQRP      101,205
         N6RV            SOABHP       132,745            AI6O            SOABHP        36,442
         KK6NON          SOABLP       110,995            KF6RY (W6ZL)    SOSB20        30.358
         KM6Z            SOABLP        68,526            W6JBR           SOABHP        29,464
North American Sprint SSB Claimed Scores
September 2018
	 N5ZO                          10,127            NE6I                             555
         NX6T (KK6NON)                  9,020            N6OO                             540
         WA7BNM                           560            WQ6X                              12
	 SCCC #1 (N5ZO, NX6T, NE6I, N6OO, WQ6X)                                        20,254
North American Sprint CW Claimed Scores
September 2018
	 N5ZO                          13,502            N6WIN                          5,655
         N6MJ                          13,020            K0XP                           2,660
         W4EF                          10,879            N6CW                           2,494
         N6AA                          10,480            AI6O                           1,450
         AC6T                           8,853            KG7NV (K6ZH)                     486
         K6NA                           7,332
	 SCCC #1 (N6AA, N5ZO, N6MJ, AC6T, K6NA)                                        53,187
	 SCCC #2 (KG7NV, AI6O, K6AW, W4EF)                                             12,815
         SCCC #1 currently holding 5th place according to the 3830scores site.