Tag Archive for Contesting

CQWW 2014 – QRP & a battery take on the world

cqww_2014

. Well that was a whole lot of fun! I operated for a total of 5 hours and used a 1300 mAH battery to provide power to the KD1JV “Mountain Top Rig”. About 95% of my contacts were on 20m with the remainder being on 40m. Highlights: All continents worked 24 Zones worked 65 DX countries…

A battery-powered QRP CQWW (CW)

CQWW_station

Years ago, a dedicated QRPer set out to see if it was possible to accomplish WAS with a 9-volt battery. That QRPer was Larry WD3P and you can read about his results here. More recently, Fred KT5X posted the following about three recent SOTA activations: “I activated three peaks today with the ATS4, worked a total of 68 QSO’s,…

Audio: NPR podcast of Radiosport

wrtc2014

Here is the 8 minute audio podcast on the topic of radio contesting as covered by NPR yesterday morning (9 Aug 2014). It is also available on their website (which also specifies that it is permissible to share it) but is a bit difficult to find. Far more interesting than the write-up, the audio contains…

Lessons learned in CQ-WPX

stress

I had to work for 20 hours of this 48-hour contest, leaving little time to devote to it and even less enthusiasm for sitting in the radio chair for any length of time. But Sunday night, 90 minutes before the contest ended, I decided to give a few token contacts to those needing AE5 as…

2013 ARRL DX contest

homer

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,…

CQWW 2012

results

Whew – that was fun… I had high hopes for this year’s contest due to having something more than a dipole for once. Goals were to: Exceed my 2011 score (but not by too much, otherwise I make 2013 more difficult!) Use the contest as a testing ground for comparing the Yagi to the dipole…