Ben and I did not get on the air right away the beginning of the contest today. I was moving slowly this morning after being fighting a bug during the work week. Luckily the station was ready to go as soon as we walked into the room because of the prep work last night.
The FT450AT was Ben's radio for working SSB primarily on 20m. The IC756 was used primarily for CW on 40m and 80m. When Ben was operating he sat on a fixed frequency and was the run station. (No spinning of the VFO, sit and call CQ with the voice keyer.) When Ben took his breaks I would operate CW chasing the rovers county by county looking for multipliers.
We operated about 4.5 hours between a morning shift and an afternoon shift. (We took off for a lunch break, some email, and other non-radio stuff that humans do.)
238 Qs x 2 points per Q = 476 points
476 points x 92 mults = 43,792 total points
Here is a little break down of the last couple of years:
2013: 43,792 points
2012: 25,050 points
2011: 8,282 points
2010: 7,074 points
2009: 2,668 points
2008: 4,653 points (first year with Ben operating)
We don't operate very many contests any more compared to 8-10 years ago. Most of them are a part time effort for me now and when possible I try to get the kids involved.
Ben got a lot of nice compliments on the air today and he was pretty excited about how the last hour of the event turned out when he was running and putting Q's into the log as fast he could talk and as fast as I could type.
73 de NG0R