2017 ARRL DX Contest, CW

ARRL DX Contest, CW

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

Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
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  160:  133    56
   80:  378    86
   40:  737   106
   20:  789   112
   15:  717   102
   10:   29    17
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Total: 2783   479  Total Score = 3,999,171

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

YO3JR and KO8SCA were planning to visit for the weekend and do a multi-single effort. Their plans changed so I was left on my own. Was on a work phone call when the contest started. Then the radio wouldn’t send CW until I rebooted. So started 10 minutes late.

Had another work event on Saturday afternoon so turned in early to get some sleep. Was well rested for the great Eu run first thing on 15m! Wow.

Operated most of the second 24 hours. Would stop when it quit being fun. Problem with a part time effort is you end up with 3.999M points and know that you could have easily run for a few more minutes earlier in the weekend and gone over 4M.

Could not believe the multiplier. Countries everywhere. Lots of spots on 10m, but missed a lot of “easy” ones there.

Best QSO of the weekend was XV1X on 40m LP Sunday morning. He was loud! Second best was UA9BA calling on 15m a good 4 hours after his sunset. Always amazing how late the Europeans come in on 40m. They were still there after our sunrise.

People seemed to be signing their call more. Or maybe it just felt that way because I had the RBN feeding the band maps.

Fun to watch the cqcontest.net scoreboard. Definitely kept me engaged on the radio more than I had planned. Always fun to chase down the guy in front of me.

Thanks to everyone around the world who spent their weekend chasing W/VE stations. You are what make this contest fun for us.

Station:

Station 1  Elecraft K3 + Alpha 76CA
Station 2  Elecraft K3 + Ameritron AL-1500
Logging software WriteLog by W5XD
HamPlus AS-82 for antenna selection

Tower 1  100′ Rohn 45G
Cushcraft 40-2CD at 110′
Hygain 205CA at 100’/50′ in upper/lower/both stack
Hygain 155CA at 66’/33′ in upper/lower/both stack 160m elevated GP

Tower 2  90′ Rohn 25G
10m 5/5/5 @ 90’/60’/30′ (only used the top antenna)
80m wire 4 square hanging from ropes off tower
Tower shunt fed on 160m.

Tower 3  38′ Rohn 25G
Hygain TH7DXX at 40′ rotary

Rates:

QSO/DX by hour and band

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

0000Z  --+--   --+--   65/28   29/21   --+--   --+--   94/49     94/49  
0100Z    -     86/27   61/14    2/1      -       -    149/42    243/91  
0200Z  46/25   31/11   20/13     -       -       -     97/49    340/140 
0300Z   8/5    43/10   19/15    7/5      -       -     77/35    417/175 
0400Z  16/4    16/7     6/3      -       -       -     38/14    455/189    24
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     455/189    60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     455/189    60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     455/189    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     455/189    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     455/189    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     455/189    60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     455/189    60
1200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     455/189    60
1300Z    -       -       -      1/1   205/36     -    206/37    661/226     1
1400Z    -       -       -    148/52   25/22     -    173/74    834/300 
1500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     834/300    60
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   92/3    23/8    13/11  128/22    962/322     9
1700Z    -       -       -       -     15/4     5/3    20/7     982/329    50
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     982/329    60
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     982/329    60
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     982/329    60
2100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     982/329    60
2200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     982/329    60
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     982/329    60
0000Z  --+--    9/1    48/3    --+--   --+--   --+--   57/4    1039/333    37
0100Z   2/2    18/9    31/5    10/2      -       -     61/18   1100/351 
0200Z  17/9    18/2    23/4      -       -       -     58/15   1158/366 
0300Z  13/3    23/5    33/2      -       -       -     69/10   1227/376 
0400Z    -       -      1/0      -       -       -      1/0    1228/376    58
0500Z  27/6    28/7    16/4      -       -       -     71/17   1299/393 
0600Z   3/1    50/5    49/3      -       -       -    102/9    1401/402 
0700Z    -      4/0   147/3      -       -       -    151/3    1552/405 
0800Z  --+--    4/0    54/2    --+--   --+--   --+--   58/2    1610/407    24
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1610/407    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1610/407    60
1100Z    -      4/1     6/2    72/1      -       -     82/4    1692/411    20
1200Z    -       -       -    199/2      -       -    199/2    1891/413 
1300Z    -       -       -     56/7   108/9      -    164/16   2055/429 
1400Z    -       -       -     31/3   129/5      -    160/8    2215/437 
1500Z    -       -       -     12/3   116/4     3/1   131/8    2346/445 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--    6/1    59/4     2/1    67/6    2413/451    23
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2413/451    60
1800Z    -       -       -     18/2     6/5     2/1    26/8    2439/459    34
1900Z    -       -       -     90/3    18/4     4/0   112/7    2551/466 
2000Z    -       -     94/0     6/0     6/1      -    106/1    2657/467 
2100Z    -       -     46/3     3/0     7/0      -     56/3    2713/470    20
2200Z    -       -       -      2/2      -       -      2/2    2715/472    60
2300Z   1/1    44/1    18/2     5/3      -       -     68/7    2783/479 

Tot:  133/56  378/86  737/106 789/112 717/102  29/17 

Best 60 minutes: 210 QSOs on 18-Feb 1301-1401

Worked on 6 bands:
8P5A D4C P40L P40R P40W PJ2T PJ4X SN8B TI5W TO7A V3T V43Z

51 stations worked on 5 bands!

Most worked countries:

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

    DL      17     42     95     91    124            369
     I       8     18     58     63     75            222
    OK       9     24     41     35     54            163
    UR       4     19     39     46     24            132
    UA       3     17     29     61     11            121
    SP       5     17     35     28     27            112
     F       2     15     29     25     36            107
    HA       6     20     19     26     32            103
    PA       2     10     27     31     30            100