All scores are claimed scores unless otherwise noted.January: ARRL RTTY Round Up (Final Score)•QSO’s: 871•Mult’s: 92•Score: 78,476•Op Time: 16 HrsComment: Once again, more Q’s and mults than last year to produce my all-time high score in this contest. Resulting in first place Indiana and 4th place Central Division for low power stations.January: NAQP CW (Final Score)•QSO’s: 779•Mult’s: 179•Score: 139,441•Op Time: 10 HrsComment: I had never broken the 100,000 point barrier in this contest. I smashed through it this year. Really felt good. This score was good for second place among Indiana stationsJanuary: NAQP SSB (Final Score)•QSO’s: 168•Mult’s: 66•Score: 11,088•Op Time: 4 HrsComment: A multi-two effort (my first ever from my home QTH) with Andy, KC9UWQ, who is now K9ELF. Our operating time was limited to the first 4 hours of the contest.March: WIQP (Final Score)•QSO’s: 83•Mult’s: 44•Score: 8,712•Op Time: 2 HrsComment: Traditionally an important contest for me, but this year’s running had to compete against a beautiful day and the contest lost. Still won the first place, Indiana certificate.April: FLQP (Final Score)•QSO’s: 249•Mult’s: 96•Score: 82,560•Op Time: 10 HrsComment: I started out thinking I would just work a few stations as a warm-up for the impending Indiana QSO Party. But, conditions were good, activity was high, and before I knew it I had spent 10 hours in the chair. This score was good for 1st place among Indiana stations and 12th place, USA (mixed mode, low power).May: Indiana QSO Party (Final Score)•QSO’s: 502•Mult’s: 162•Score: 133,002•Op Time: 12 HrsComment: A multi-multi effort with K9ELF (ex-KC9UWQ). A good effort and lots of fun but there were anotwo other multi-multi stations active that had a higher score. The day before the test I noticed my 80M horizontal loop had broken and parts it were laying on the roof. We used it anyway but could tell that the performance was down.May: 7th Call Area QSO Party (Final Score)•QSO’s: 154•Mult’s: 61•Score: 25,254•Op Time: 12 HrsComment: A multi-multi effort with K9ELF (ex-KC9UWQ), run concurrently with the INQP. This score was good for 1st place US multi-multi for non-7’s.May: New England QSO Party•QSO’s: 139•Mult’s: 44•Score: 9,724•Op Time: 9 HrsComment: A multi-multi effort with K9ELF (ex-KC9UWQ), run concurrently with the INQP. NEQP has only an unofficial multi-multi category and this score was good for first place US..June: Field Day, Op at W9LDX (Final Score)•QSO’s: 2,700•Score: 9,080Comment: Our best ever QSO and point total. We were: #1 Indiana 2A, #1 Indiana overall, #1 Central Division 2A, #5 Central Division overall, #16 2A overall, #17 overall.July: RAC Canada Day (Final Score)•QSO’s: 140•Mult’s: 13•Score: 10,322•Op Time: 4 HrsComment: My customary 40M effort, resulting in my highest score ever and first place World. This was also a Golden Log.July: NAQP RTTY (Final Score)•QSO’s: 394•Mult’s: 139•Score: 54,766•Op Time: 8 HrsComment: Team SMC# 1 (N9CK,K9CT,W9IU,K9WX,AL9A) finished 3rd! I had planned a full time effort, but pooped out after 8 hours. Shortly before the contest I erected an Alpha-Delta DX-CC multiband dipole to replace the defunct 80M loop. There were times the dipole seemed to perform well and times it seemed to not perform. Will need to get a few more contests under its belt before deciding if the antenna is a keeper. One thing for sure: the AD tunes WAY high in the 80M band, which probably reduces its effectiveness for 80M digital and CW.August: NAQP CW (Final Score)•QSO’s: 253•Mult’s: 98•Score: 24,794•Op Time: 4.5 HrsComment: Four hours in the middle of the contest were lost to a family commitment but a major storm blew through at this same time so, in reality, I probably didn’t lose too much. When I got back on at 0200Z, however, the residual static from the storms was really nasty, especially on 80M. Since I was had only committed to a part time effort, I shut ‘er down early. I had added a bit of wire to the Alpha-Delta DXCC’s 80M section prior to the contest and, despite only being able to make 24 QSO’s on 80M, I felt the performance of the antenna on this band was improved from the July NAQP RTTY.September: CW WW RTTY (Score is Final Score)•QSO’s: 293•QSO Points: 467•Mult’s: 104•Score: 40,456•Op Time: 8.25 HrsComment: A 40M single band, low power, unassisted effort. Second place USA.October: ILQP •QSO’s: 101•QSO Points: 149•Mult’s: 46•Score: 6,854•Op Time: 2.25 HrsComment: About half the QSO’s compared to last year’s effort. Apparently I forgot to submit my log. November: SSCW (Final Score)•QSO’s: 629•QSO Points: 1258•Mult’s: 81•Score: 101,898•Op Time: 16 HrsComment: SWEEP! Or, at least I thought so. Lost a couple of mults after the log was scored. Still managed to take first place in the Indiana section for SO Unlimited Low Power.November: SSPH (Final Score)•QSO’s: 244•QSO Points: 488•Mult’s: 83•Score: 40,504•Op Time: 7 HrsComment: SWEEP! I had not planned on operating much but nailed NT (my usual Nemesis) late Sunday afternoon to leave me needing only 4 stateside sections. Finally nailed SC about 0030Z and shut down after just a few more QSO’s. I won the 2011 SS Phone low power unlimited for the Indiana section with a score that was about half of this 2012 score. But, in 2012, W9IU had a better day to take first place for IN U low power stations.