2005 CQ WW CW Contest

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

Call: K5ZD
Operator(s): K5ZD
Station: K5ZD

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: MA
Operating Time (hrs): 45.5
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
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  160:  112    17       56
   80:  792    22       92
   40:  821    30      108
   20: 1458    36      125
   15:  548    25      104
   10:   40    12       23
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Total: 3771   142      508  Total Score = 7,063,550

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Wow.  When the contest started I thought 5 million would be a big score, but conditions (and activity) were amazing. Glad I have this contest recorded because there are parts of it I will want to listen to so I can make sure I wasn’t hallucinating!

As always, the contest is so big there are stations that I just can’t find. Never heard a KL7 until last 30 mins of the contest, then worked two of them. Only heard 9Y4AA the 3 times when I worked him on 20,15, and 10.  Never anywhere else.  When I work all the other Carribbean guys on 4 or 5 bands, weird that one like that gets away.  Missed V31TM on 10 and 15.  How does that happen?! Never heard UA9AYA on 40m, then see he made a huge score there.  Worked 8Q7DV on 80 and 20, but never heard them anywhere else.  That is what makes this contest so cool – and why the scores keep getting bigger.

The audio recording will be on-line within the next week or so.  There are some excellent low band runs with once in a lifetime clear frequency, low low noise, and high rate.  Also lots of SO2R examples where I was messing up 2 QSOs at the same time.

For the packet guys, stations that identify with “TU” may be OK.  But for a single op, I would have to wait until they decided to send their call.  In some cases this took some badgering.  Packet enables these guys to run and run without having to identify because there is always a string of callers. Frustrating at times.  Otherwise, I thought the overall calliber of operating was pretty good.

Slept 45 mins the first night because my back was killing me.  Felt much better after that.  Slept 90 minutes the second night – not because I was sleepy then but because I wanted to be fully alert when the high band rates were happening.

My motivation to get through this contest was that it would be my last full out 48 hour single op effort.  Although I will probably forget that pledge when next November rolls around…

The numbers:

Hour      160M     80M     40M     20M     15M     10M    Total     Cumm   Off

D1-0000Z   1/2    --+--   75/55    8/12   --+--   --+--   84/69     84/69
D1-0100Z  15/14   68/38    4/2      -       -       -     87/54    171/123
D1-0200Z  13/8    21/5    11/3    17/12     -       -     62/28    233/151
D1-0300Z   5/2    38/17   27/6      -       -       -     70/25    303/176
D1-0400Z  11/4    58/6     6/2      -       -       -     75/12    378/188
D1-0500Z   9/4    39/7     4/3      -       -       -     52/14    430/202
D1-0600Z   5/3    44/6     8/0      -       -       -     57/9     487/211
D1-0700Z  18/14   42/3     4/2     1/1      -       -     65/20    552/231
D1-0800Z   3/4    25/8     8/6    --+--   --+--   --+--   36/18    588/249
D1-0900Z   2/2     4/4    77/11     -       -       -     83/17    671/266
D1-1000Z    -       -     12/3    51/23     -       -     63/26    734/292
D1-1100Z    -      3/2     3/0    32/14     -       -     38/16    772/308  48
D1-1200Z    -       -      4/4   130/16    4/8      -    138/28    910/336
D1-1300Z    -       -       -    134/12   16/20     -    150/32   1060/368
D1-1400Z    -       -       -     64/7    79/24     -    143/31   1203/399
D1-1500Z    -       -       -      9/5   101/8     8/13  118/26   1321/425
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   47/5    36/23    7/6    90/34   1411/459
D1-1700Z    -       -       -     97/2    13/4      -    110/6    1521/465
D1-1800Z    -       -       -     56/4    10/7    13/8    79/19   1600/484
D1-1900Z    -       -       -     53/10    8/6     2/1    63/17   1663/501
D1-2000Z    -       -     85/7     7/4     3/1      -     95/12   1758/513
D1-2100Z    -       -    100/2     4/0     1/0      -    105/2    1863/515
D1-2200Z    -       -     87/5     8/4      -       -     95/9    1958/524
D1-2300Z   1/0    10/0    58/1     5/4      -       -     74/5    2032/529
D2-0000Z  --+--    8/0    19/0     4/1    --+--   --+--   31/1    2063/530
D2-0100Z    -     30/4    13/6      -       -       -     43/10   2106/540
D2-0200Z  14/8     8/2     3/0      -       -       -     25/10   2131/550
D2-0300Z   8/4    37/1     1/1     2/0      -       -     48/6    2179/556
D2-0400Z    -     70/2     3/2      -       -       -     73/4    2252/560
D2-0500Z   2/0    68/0     1/1      -       -       -     71/1    2323/561
D2-0600Z   1/0   102/2      -       -       -       -    103/2    2426/563
D2-0700Z    -     84/0     4/0      -       -       -     88/0    2514/563
D2-0800Z   1/2     6/1     1/0    --+--   --+--   --+--    8/3    2522/566  47
D2-0900Z    -      2/0     1/0      -       -       -      3/0    2525/566  55
D2-1000Z   1/0     6/1    13/7      -       -       -     20/8    2545/574
D2-1100Z    -      2/0    10/0    33/3      -       -     45/3    2590/577
D2-1200Z    -       -       -    156/3     1/0      -    157/3    2747/580
D2-1300Z    -       -       -    141/1     8/1      -    149/2    2896/582
D2-1400Z    -       -       -     27/0   129/9      -    156/9    3052/591
D2-1500Z    -       -       -     13/2   108/6     3/4   124/12   3176/603
D2-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   98/1    11/2     2/2   111/5    3287/608
D2-1700Z    -       -       -     69/1     8/5      -     77/6    3364/614
D2-1800Z    -       -       -     74/0     3/2     5/1    82/3    3446/617
D2-1900Z    -       -       -     53/5     7/1      -     60/6    3506/623
D2-2000Z    -       -     74/6     1/1     1/2      -     76/9    3582/632
D2-2100Z    -       -     90/3     4/1     1/0      -     95/4    3677/636
D2-2200Z    -       -     15/0    42/2      -       -     57/2    3734/638
D2-2300Z   2/2    17/5      -     18/5      -       -     37/12   3771/650

Total:   112/73  792/114 821/1381458/161 548/129  40/35

The best 60 minute rate was 165/hour from 1418 to 1517 The best 30 minute rate was 180/hour from 1448 to 1517 The best 10 minute rate was 222/hour from 1449 to 1458

By continent

160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total      %

EU      54    681    664   1216    427      0    3042    80.7
NA      44     76     82     83     42     10     337     8.9
SA       8     15     22     38     39     25     147     3.9
AS       2      6     22     88      8      0     126     3.3
AF       4     12     20     21     26      5      88     2.3
OC       0      1     11     11      5      0      28     0.7

The following stations were worked on 6 bands:

VP9I        PZ5C        P40L        HC8N        WP2Z        PJ2T

VE3EJ       8P5A        5J1W