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: Continue reading '2013 ARRL DX contest'»
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 and for testing my power consumption
- Work as many new band-countries and band-zones as possible
- Get through the micro-split pile-ups as quickly as possible (this will be a future post) Continue reading 'CQWW 2012'»
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.
So another contest goes into the books Continue reading 'CQ-WPX (CW) 2012'»
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 traveling, I just worked Guy N7UN who is currently VP2MUN in Montserrat. He and the group have two KX3′s with them – not sure if that’s the rig he was using for our brief QSO but he had a FB signal.
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 contest was concerned.
I operated single op, all bands, QRO with K3/AL80BQ and dipole.
A few observations: Continue reading '2012 ARRL DX Contest (CW)'»
Just as the bands kick back into high gear with good DX and strong signals for this weekend’s contest, a drought-ending series of thunderstorms is headed to southern Texas.
As Clint would hiss, “Swell.” Continue reading 'DX vs. WX'»