Tag Archive for Contesting

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.…

CQ-WPX 2011 (CW)

cq-wpx2011

A nice surprise arrived in the mail today. I had no idea… This years’ CQ-WPX (CW) is May 26-27 and is a great contest for other US ops with a 2X1 callsign since your prefix probably isn’t shared by many. It’s nice to experience pile-ups and be “rare” without having to travel anywhere. And speaking of…

2012 ARRL DX Contest (CW)

lightning

Lightning storms with thunder that shook the house kept me off the air for much of late Friday & early Saturday. QRN lasted for too long after the storms passed, affecting 40/80 more than the higher bands and took a bit of the wind out of my sails as far as enthusiasm and dedication to the…