2012 CQ WW CW Contest

K5ZD, Single Operator Assisted All Bands

 
                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

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

Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
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  160:  133    13       59
   80:  609    23       95
   40: 1066    32      118
   20:  945    36      123
   15: 1116    34      126
   10:  790    29      110
------------------------------
Total: 4659   167      631  Total Score = 10,745,868

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Station Description

Radio 1 – Elecraft K3 + Alpha 76CA Radio 2 – Yeasu FT-1000D + Ameritron AL-1200 (~1200w)

Tower 1 – 100′ Rohn 45G

  • 40-2CD @ 110′
  • 205CA @ 100′ / 50′
  • 5-el 15 @70′ / 35′
  • 160m 1/4-wave GP with 4 elevated radials

Tower 2 – 90′ Rohn 25G

  • 6-el 10 @90′ with 4/4 @ 60’/30′
  • 80m wire 4 square hanging from tower with 16 radials per vertical
  • 160m shunt feed tower with 32 radials

Tower 3 – 40′ Rohn 25G

  • TH7DXX at 40′ pointed South

Comments:

I didn’t feel like I had the motivation to do a serious SOAB entry. I have never done Assisted before and it seemed like that would be a fun way to chase DX. On Friday I figured out how to connect to a cluster and set filters to only get Skimmer spots. I would learn on the job.

I now know that even being assisted doesn’t always help with the people who won’t send their calls. People – it only takes 3 seconds to send your call!

Conditions were clearly down on Saturday, but that just meant all the action was on 15m instead of 10m. Sunday things were better and 10 meters returned.

160m and 80m were good all weekend. Very quiet here in W1. 40m was wiped out at the start of the contest, but got better through the weekend.

Bands didn’t seem to be as crowded. Maybe it was just having room for everyone to spread out across multiple bands. Sure nice having some space to hear the weak ones.

Rates were fantastic. Best 60 minutes was 220 QSOs – a personal best on CW! And part of the reason I couldn’t stop operating once I started. What was planned to be a casual effort became a full on push for maximum score. Two hours off the first night and 4 hours the second. Probably could slept less, but wanted to be fresh for the big runs in the daytime.

The Assisted category was fascinating. Always fun to learn new things. Like how to chase spots without losing a run frequency. And how to decide when to keep running and when to chase. Found some of my best multipliers when I was tuning, so can’t rely just on skimmer to find everything.

Hope everyone had as much fun as I did.

Randy, K5ZD

Continent Breakdown

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

AF       5      9     17     17     21     23      92     2.0
NA      31     61    102     72     56     45     367     7.9
OC       1      3      9     16     14      9      52     1.1
SA       5     12     28     35     32     40     152     3.3
EU      88    512    884    753    931    669    3837    82.4
AS       3     12     26     52     62      4     159     3.4

Rates

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

00Z   --+--   --+--   57/41   13/19   --+--   --+--   70/60     70/60  
01Z     -     49/25   21/16    9/10     -       -     79/51    149/111 
02Z     -     84/27    2/1      -       -       -     86/28    235/139 
03Z   26/26   37/13     -       -       -       -     63/39    298/178 
04Z   28/9      -     41/23     -       -       -     69/32    367/210 
05Z   41/13   34/7      -       -       -       -     75/20    442/230 
06Z    9/5    86/16    8/2      -       -       -    103/23    545/253 
07Z    5/4    11/7    37/18     -       -       -     53/29    598/282 
08Z    2/2     7/2   100/5     3/4    --+--   --+--  112/13    710/295 
09Z    2/2     2/2    36/5    36/21     -       -     76/30    786/325 
10Z     -       -     11/5     4/5      -       -     15/10    801/335    43
11Z     -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     801/335    60
12Z     -       -      3/0   138/15     -      1/2   142/17    943/352     2
13Z     -       -       -     32/16  148/32    8/12  188/60   1131/412 
14Z     -       -       -       -    185/24   20/16  205/40   1336/452 
15Z     -       -       -       -    147/9    35/16  182/25   1518/477 
16Z   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--  154/6    17/14  171/20   1689/497 
17Z     -       -       -     91/7    49/9     6/5   146/21   1835/518 
18Z     -       -       -    149/5    22/25     -    171/30   2006/548 
19Z     -       -       -     94/5    16/9    17/10  127/24   2133/572 
20Z     -       -      8/1    38/16     -      4/5    50/22   2183/594 
21Z     -       -    135/4      -     12/8     2/0   149/12   2332/606 
22Z     -       -    108/2      -     10/6     5/5   123/13   2455/619 
23Z     -       -     91/0    12/9    11/3      -    114/12   2569/631 
00Z   --+--   13/4    57/6     6/7    --+--   --+--   76/17   2645/648 
01Z     -     61/4    23/6    12/3      -       -     96/13   2741/661 
02Z    3/1    16/3     4/4     7/0      -       -     30/8    2771/669 
03Z    6/4    12/0    30/1      -       -       -     48/5    2819/674 
04Z    1/0    37/3     1/1     4/3      -       -     43/7    2862/681 
05Z    7/3    77/1     4/1      -       -       -     88/5    2950/686 
06Z    2/2    52/0    21/2     1/1      -       -     76/5    3026/691 
07Z    1/1     4/2    28/1     1/1      -       -     34/5    3060/696    31
08Z   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    3060/696    60
09Z     -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    3060/696    60
10Z     -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    3060/696    60
11Z     -      4/2      -      3/1    25/6      -     32/9    3092/705    40
12Z     -       -       -       -    156/7    24/14  180/21   3272/726 
13Z     -       -       -      3/1     5/3   188/13  196/17   3468/743 
14Z     -       -       -      1/1     8/2   171/8   180/11   3648/754 
15Z     -       -       -     10/4      -    142/5   152/9    3800/763 
16Z   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   37/0    96/7   133/7    3933/770 
17Z     -       -       -       -     77/3    36/3   113/6    4046/776 
18Z     -       -       -    146/0     5/2     4/1   155/3    4201/779 
19Z     -       -       -     87/1    11/2     2/1   100/4    4301/783 
20Z     -       -     22/0    25/1     9/2      -     56/3    4357/786 
21Z     -       -    110/2      -      4/0    12/2   126/4    4483/790 
22Z     -       -     76/2    10/1    13/1      -     99/4    4582/794 
23Z     -     23/0    32/1    10/2    12/1      -     77/4    4659/798 

Tot: 133/72 609/118 1066/150 945/159 1116/160 790/139

Six bands: 8P5A 9A1A C5A CR2X CR6K D4C DF0HQ DH0GHU DL4MCF DL8ZAW DP9A DR1A
EA2EA EI7M EL2A F6KOP G5O HK1NA II1A IO5O LY2W LZ9W NP4Z OM8A OQ5M P33W PI4CC
PJ2T PJ4A PZ5T S50XX SP1NY TM4Q UW3U VP2MMM VP2V/AA7V VE2EKA VP5CW YT2W Z38N

Five bands: 84 !

Thanks to everyone who make this contest so much fun!