Tag Archive for Contesting

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…

CQ-WPX (CW) 2012

cqwpx

What a great week – returned from a trip to New Orleans, installed a ceiling fan, repaired the riding lawn mower, isolated myself for 16 hours of contesting, then emerged to grill kielbasa on the patio while numerous redbirds flittered about as my CW-addled brain involuntarily assigns Morse characters to their chatter. Life is good.…