2013 ARRL DX contest

After 7 hours of contest time, it’s over for me. One of the systems at my work QTH requires that I be there Sunday – so much for the contest. That bit of knowledge took the wind out of my sails, demotivating me and lessening the fun of the contest.

But gotta make a living, right?!

From what little I saw of the contest the bands seemed to be in great shape – all of them.

Highlights:

  • By my 15th contact – only minutes into the contest – I’d completed Worked All Continents on 20 meters with Mongolia counting for the Asian contact. Now that’s an open band – all parts of the world coming in at once.
  • 80 meters was amazing Friday evening; less so on Saturday evening with higher QRN and weaker sigs overall from Europe by comparison. On a lark, I went to 160m to see who I might be able to work if I had an antenna for that band. 9A1A was booming in as if he was just down the road from me.
  • Only one QRPer was worked – VQ5RP. Nice callsign – I wonder who the op was?
  • Worked fellow blogger Franki OQ5M on 80 meters for a new band for us – just need him on 10 meters now for the highly esteemed 5B-OQ5M Award.
  • Bob W3BBO jumped in to say hello on 15 meters – not sure if he was contesting or not. It’s always nice to hear from old friends.
  • Worked Thailand for the first time in months.
  • N3FJP’s software was sporting a new facelift (see screenshot below) – nice clean layout as always but with more info presented and many more options available for customization.

Lowlight:homer

  • Missed JT5DX on 15 meters. Woulda been a new band for me. He was coming in fairly strongly initially but I’d just come to 15 from 40 meters and the amp wasn’t tuned. Tried calling him barefoot at 100 watts but no joy. By the time I’d tuned the amp on 15m, he’d gone QRT. DOH!

Final results:

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: STX
Operating Time (hrs): 7Summary:
Band  QSOs  Mults
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160:    0     0
80:   40    28
40:   71    40
20:   71    45
15:  102    49
10:   45    24
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Total:  329   186  Total Score = 183,582

 sftware

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  4 comments for “2013 ARRL DX contest

  1. February 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Well John, glad we made it on 80! I took a slow start but the rate ramped up today.
    As I type this I have been running ten meters like crazy. Almost three hours of +150/hr sustained rate not counting the dupes after a packet spot for OY5M on my QRG ;)
    USA DX as far as CA, NV and NM. Many Texans in the log. Glad it opened! Too bad you missed it. 73!

    • February 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Enjoy the remaining 7 hours, Franki – I’ll see you on 10m in WPX.

  2. February 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Good afternoon John, I too have the same thing happen now and then and have to head off to work…..great numbers for only being in the contest for a short time. I was operating mainly QRPp and it worked out well. I did not hear any Asia in there but lots of the same old same old EU folks. But I still have the afternoon and early evening to go still!!
    Mike

    • February 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Good luck to you, Mike. I’m looking forward to reading your final results.

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