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The whole family got sick during the week making me stay home for the contest. Became another opportunity to work remote again.
Testing band conditions for several weeks in advance I had about 4,000 RBN spots to evaluate which is the best antenna combination to use in each hour during the NA opening. The evenings were not promising at all (after 18:00UTC). Sunday night was surprisingly different from any expectations since the band was open till local midnight with slow rates and strong signals. (hearing W7 stations one hour before the end..)
There were three internet blackouts during the two days causing 1,5 hours of loss of valuable time and mind.. this is the risk running remote.
The late openings have somewhat compensated for the losses during the active openings. This year's result is only 4% down in QSO count vs the one in 2018.

Station setup:
2x FTdx5000 for control & remote
Hamm3r RemoteMate (remote control device pack)
Auto-amp @ 1.3kW
Easy-rotor-controller
2x4L mono Yagi stack @ 11/20m (@820m ASL)

73, Gabor HA7GN

Claimed Scores posted to 3830:

Call: HA7GN
Operator(s): HA7GN
Station: HA7GN

Class: SOSB/20 HP
QTH: Matraszentimre
Operating Time (hrs): ~22
Location: Eastern Europe
Remote operation

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band QSOs Mults
160:    
80:    
40:    
20: 982 60
15:    
10:    
Total: 982 60 Total Score 176,760

 

 

2 Weeks later the SSB round was just for fun:

Call: HA7GN
Operator(s): HA7GN
Station: HA7GN

Class: SOSB/20 HP
Cabrillo Category: Single-Op SB20 Non-Assisted One-Transmitter HP
QTH: Matraszentimre
Operating Time (hrs): 5:14
Location: Eastern Europe
Remote operation

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band QSOs Mults
160:    
80:    
40:    
20: 272 47
15:    
10:    
Total: 272 47 Total Score 38,352

 

CU in the WPX CW in May...73 Gabor HA7GN