2017 CQ WW CW Contest K5ZD

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

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

Class: SOAB(A) HP
Operating Time (hrs): 23.8
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:   68    13       42
   80:  310    22       90
   40:  387    31      116
   20: 1044    33      122
   15:  708    27      117
   10:   13     9       10
------------------------------
Total: 2530   135      497  Total Score = 4,632,560

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

Part time fun. Business trip leaving on Sunday afternoon and my son was home for the holidays. Decided to avoid trying to do anything competitive. Was serious when I was on, but walked away when it wasn’t fun or the family wanted to do something.

Friday night was tough. Even the loud Eu on 80m couldn’t hear me. 160 was even tougher. I am concerned that my 40m beam is now acting like a dipole, the 80m 4 square has high dump power beaming Eu, and got beat out by everyone and his brother on 160m. Time for some maintenance.

Woke up late Sat morning and 20m was already packed. Tuned the radio up on 15m ad heard signals so called CQ. Started slow but then became a raging pileup. Fun!!

Sunday morning I got up earlier and found spot on 20m. Always fun when the Russians are coming in. Although a snarl of callers all on the same frequency really slows things down.

Weird to have 9 zones and 10 countries on 10m. Saw lots of spots for Caribbean stations, but I only heard band noise when I checked them out. Band was very spotlight.

Did much better than expected. Conditions were interesting and entertaining, although frustrating with lower than normal signal levels. Signal quality (with a few exceptions) was better than ever.

Always great to hear so many friends from around the world. Thanks for the QSOs.

I think I am done with truly competitive single ops. Time for the younger guys to take over.

Some numbers…

By Continents

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

    NA      29     37     43     50     41      4     204     8.1
    SA       6     11     24     30     40      7     118     4.7
    OC       1      2      9      7      6      0      25     1.0
    EU      28    246    280    909    596      0    2059    81.4
    AF       4      9     19     25     22      2      81     3.2
    AS       0      5     11     22      3      0      41     1.6

By hour

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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


D1-0000Z  --+--   --+--   68/46   20/26   --+--   --+--   88/72     88/72  
D1-0100Z    -     65/46   35/21    3/1      -       -    103/68    191/140 
D1-0200Z    -     36/12    5/2      -       -       -     41/14    232/154 
D1-0300Z  14/16   29/5     5/5      -       -       -     48/26    280/180 
D1-0400Z   5/4    41/4    38/8      -       -       -     84/16    364/196 
D1-0500Z   6/5    39/10   24/13     -       -       -     69/28    433/224 
D1-0600Z   3/0      -      4/2      -       -       -      7/2     440/226    55
D1-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     440/226    60
D1-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     440/226    60
D1-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     440/226    60
D1-1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     440/226    60
D1-1100Z   1/0     6/5    15/14   10/13     -       -     32/32    472/258    31
D1-1200Z    -       -       -     50/27  122/37     -    172/64    644/322 
D1-1300Z    -       -       -     14/6   201/14     -    215/20    859/342 
D1-1400Z    -       -       -     48/13   54/42     -    102/55    961/397 
D1-1500Z    -       -       -    144/17   15/9     3/6   162/32   1123/429  
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1123/429    60
D1-1700Z    -       -       -     59/16    6/0     4/5    69/21   1192/450    26
D1-1800Z    -       -      1/0    26/4    12/10    1/2    40/16   1232/466 
D1-1900Z    -       -       -      6/4     9/1      -     15/5    1247/471    25
D1-2000Z    -       -       -       -      4/3     2/2     6/5    1253/476    60
D1-2100Z    -       -    125/5     9/3      -       -    134/8    1387/484 
D1-2200Z    -      3/3    15/9     3/3     2/3      -     23/18   1410/502    29
D1-2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1410/502    60
D2-0000Z  --+--    4/3     8/5     1/0    --+--   --+--   13/8    1423/510    31
D2-0100Z    -      7/2      -       -       -       -      7/2    1430/512    49
D2-0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1430/512    60
D2-0300Z  20/14    6/7     7/6      -       -       -     33/27   1463/539     6
D2-0400Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1463/539    60
D2-0500Z  10/9    40/7    10/6     1/2      -       -     61/24   1524/563     7
D2-0600Z   9/7    27/7    22/2      -       -       -     58/16   1582/579 
D2-0700Z    -      7/1     2/1      -       -       -      9/2    1591/581    52
D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1591/581    60
D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1591/581    60
D2-1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1591/581    60
D2-1100Z    -       -      3/2   122/6      -       -    125/8    1716/589    
D2-1200Z    -       -       -    191/0    11/8      -    202/8    1918/597 
D2-1300Z    -       -       -     63/4   110/3     1/2   174/9    2092/606 
D2-1400Z    -       -       -     22/2   133/6     1/1   156/9    2248/615 
D2-1500Z    -       -       -    151/3    13/1      -    164/4    2412/619 
D2-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   83/0     7/2     1/1    91/3    2503/622    14
D2-1700Z    -       -       -      6/1     5/5      -     11/6    2514/628    48
D2-1800Z    -       -       -     12/4     4/0      -     16/4    2530/632    42
D2-1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2530/632    60
D2-2000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2530/632    60
D2-2100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2530/632    60
D2-2200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2530/632    60
D2-2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2530/632    60

Total:    68/55 310/112 387/147 1044/155 708/144  13/19 

Best 60 minutes: 216 a personal best from USA (sending call almost every QSO)

Worked on 6 bands:
TI7W

Worked on 5 bands:
6Y0W 6Y3M 9A1A 9A7A 9Y4/VE3EY CE3CT CN2AA CN2R CR3OO EF8R ES9C HG7T HQ9X IR4M LN8W LY4A LZ9W M6T P40C P40L PJ2T PJ4Y TK0C TO2SP V26K V47T VP5M VY2TT YT5A ZF2MJ

2017 ARRL Sweepstakes CW K5ZD

ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW

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

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 22.8
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
  160:    0
   80:  159
   40:  491
   20:  523
   15:   43
   10:    0
------------
Total: 1216  Sections = 82  Total Score = 199,424

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Did the CQ WW, then 2 days with no electricity, then a one day trip out and back to Seattle. If it wasn’t one of my favorite contests I might have skipped.

Got off to my best start ever. I don’t think I have ever had more than 3-4 hours over 100 in 40+ years of SS. It was incredible how short the skip was on 20m.

Stayed in the chair for first 9 hours straight. By then it was starting to get slow and the real SS CW showed up. Nothing to do but keep calling CQ and tuning the second radio.

Had NP3A call me on 40 early Sunday morning. Figured K9VV would make an appearance from KP2 on 15 on Sunday afternoon – just had to find him. I kept tuning the band listening for a wild pileup. Worked more than 2 of every section except only one VI and no NNY.

I was mentally ready to quit after about 18 hours, but kept pushing while watching football on TV and reading the NCJ. I kept hoping an NNY station would show up on 80 near the end. With 1 hour to go, I packed it in. (Where were the K2NNY guys this year? We missed you!)

This was my 41st consecutive year with more than 1000 QSOs in SS CW. I love many things about the contest, but low activity levels are concerning.

QSO/Sec by hour and band

 Hour      80      40      20      15     Total     Cumm    Off 

D1-2100Z    -       -     83/35   17/10  100/45    100/45  
D1-2200Z    -      8/0    91/13    9/0   108/13    208/58  
D1-2300Z    -     12/1    90/10     -    102/11    310/69  
D2-0000Z  --+--   15/4    84/3    --+--   99/7     409/76  
D2-0100Z   6/0    62/2    19/0      -     87/2     496/78  
D2-0200Z  37/0    34/0      -       -     71/0     567/78  
D2-0300Z  16/1    56/0      -       -     72/1     639/79  
D2-0400Z  10/0    48/0      -       -     58/0     697/79  
D2-0500Z  17/0    33/1      -       -     50/1     747/80  
D2-0600Z  18/0    10/0      -       -     28/0     775/80  
D2-0700Z   3/0      -       -       -      3/0     778/80     54
D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     778/80     60
D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -      0/0     778/80     60
D2-1000Z    -       -       -       -      0/0     778/80     60
D2-1100Z  14/0    12/0      -       -     26/0     804/80     24
D2-1200Z   7/0    26/1     3/0      -     36/1     840/81  
D2-1300Z    -     29/0    13/0      -     42/0     882/81  
D2-1400Z    -     23/0    19/0      -     42/0     924/81  
D2-1500Z    -     19/0    15/0      -     34/0     958/81  
D2-1600Z  --+--   12/0    15/0     2/0    29/0     987/81  
D2-1700Z    -      2/0    17/0     8/1    27/1    1014/82  
D2-1800Z    -      5/0    16/0      -     21/0    1035/82     31
D2-1900Z    -       -      4/0     3/0     7/0    1042/82     43
D2-2000Z    -     13/0    15/0     4/0    32/0    1074/82      5
D2-2100Z    -     15/0    20/0      -     35/0    1109/82  
D2-2200Z   4/0     6/0    15/0      -     25/0    1134/82  
D2-2300Z   6/0     5/0     4/0      -     15/0    1149/82     38
D3-0000Z  14/0    18/0    --+--   --+--   32/0    1181/82  
D3-0100Z   7/0    28/0      -       -     35/0    1216/82  
D3-0200Z    -       -       -       -      0/0     778/80     60

Total:   159/1   491/9   523/61   43/11

2017 CQ WW SSB Contest K5ZD

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB

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

Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 22.3
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:   33     9       17
   80:  156    16       67
   40:  219    23       78
   20: 1037    33      121
   15: 1325    27      119
   10:  117    12       35
------------------------------
Total: 2887   120      437  Total Score = 4,672,673

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Casual effort. After 3 weeks away from home in the last 4, didn’t have the rest or motivation to do a full effort. Operated while it was fun and walked away when it wasn’t. It was fun most of the time.

Friday night was an SWL contest listening to Eu work each other. I took my first break after just an hour!

Sat morning was cool. Amazing rates on 15 meters. I remember when having a 100 hour was a big deal. This weekend I had 3 hours over 200!!

SH5 says best 60 minutes was 266. Sent my call after every QSO.

Worked EU on 10m both days. Sure didn’t expect that.

Conditions were improving on Sunday. Finally worked some JAs in the final hour. Had a bunch of VU call in on 20m during the afternoon. That’s what I love about this game – you never know.

Have never felt so weak on the low bands. I don’t think I had a single answer to a CQ on 75m. Called lots of Eu that were more than 20 over 9 and they just CQed in my face.

The CQ WW is an amazing event. Love all the activity from around the world.
Happy to work two different KP2 and KP4 stations. Hope the contest offered a break from their reality.

Funny moment. 2330z Sunday. KC4AAA announces he doesn’t want to do any more contesting and was going to QSY to 17 meters.

Thanks to everyone that got on the air and made QSOs in the contest.

Rates:

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

0000Z   3/4     6/8    40/33    1/2    --+--   --+--   50/47     50/47      4
0100Z    -      2/4      -       -       -       -      2/4      52/51     60
0200Z    -     25/22   25/19    9/4      -       -     59/45    111/96  
0300Z    -       -      7/1      -       -       -      7/1     118/97     56
0400Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     118/97     60
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     118/97     60
0600Z   3/2    25/15   41/13     -       -       -     69/30    187/127     6
0700Z   6/6    12/7    10/7      -       -       -     28/20    215/147    22
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     215/147    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     215/147    60
1000Z    -      3/2     7/5     2/4      -       -     12/11    227/158    49
1100Z    -       -       -    186/41    1/2      -    187/43    414/201 
1200Z    -       -       -     25/16  183/41     -    208/57    622/258 
1300Z    -       -       -       -    263/16     -    263/16    885/274 
1400Z    -       -       -     20/9   152/6     1/2   173/17   1058/291 
1500Z    -       -       -     11/3    28/23    3/5    42/31   1100/322    20
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1100/322    60
1700Z    -       -       -     23/10   35/10   10/9    68/29   1168/351    13
1800Z    -       -       -     23/9    19/21    9/7    51/37   1219/388 
1900Z    -       -       -    114/11   13/5     8/3   135/19   1354/407 
2000Z    -       -      9/4    18/11   22/9    22/1    71/25   1425/432     4
2100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1425/432    60
2200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1425/432    60
2300Z    -      3/3    11/6    20/10     -       -     34/19   1459/451    22
0000Z  --+--   12/2    --+--    1/1    --+--   --+--   13/3    1472/454    45
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1472/454    60
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1472/454    60
0300Z   5/6    32/13    6/2      -       -       -     43/21   1515/475    19
0400Z  10/6    29/5    32/4      -       -       -     71/15   1586/490 
0500Z   4/2      -      8/2      -       -       -     12/4    1598/494    38
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1598/494    60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1598/494    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1598/494    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1598/494    60
1000Z   1/0      -      3/0     4/0      -       -      8/0    1606/494    41
1100Z    -       -      1/2   171/3     4/1      -    176/6    1782/500 
1200Z    -       -       -      5/3   234/6      -    239/9    2021/509 
1300Z    -       -       -     18/0   129/1      -    147/1    2168/510 
1400Z    -       -       -       -     43/0      -     43/0    2211/510    22
1500Z    -       -       -      7/1     6/0     3/1    16/2    2227/512    60
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--    3/2   151/1     7/2   161/5    2388/517 
1700Z    -       -       -    145/3     4/2      -    149/5    2537/522 
1800Z    -       -       -    124/5     5/0    12/8   141/13   2678/535 
1900Z    -       -       -     64/0    21/2    26/5   111/7    2789/542 
2000Z    -       -      2/1    10/1      -     12/2    24/4    2813/546    16
2100Z    -       -      7/1      -     12/0     4/2    23/3    2836/549    60
2200Z    -       -      2/0    10/3      -       -     12/3    2848/552 
2300Z   1/0     7/2     8/1    23/2      -       -     39/5    2887/557 

Total: 33/26  156/83 219/101 1037/154 1325/146 117/47 

Most worked countries:

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL              8     16    149    188            361
    EA       1      7      6     49     75      1     139
     F       1     11      5     45     66            128
     G       2      4      4     76    126            212
     I              4     17     80     89            190
    PA              6      3     58     51            118
    UA              1      4     47     80            132
    UR              1      2     21     66             90

Worked on 6 bands:
8P5A CU4DX EF8R HG7T PJ4G PJ4K PZ5K V26B ZF9CW

2017 CQ WW RTTY Contest K5ZD

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY

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

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 14.4
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  State/Prov  DX   Zones
------------------------------------
   80:  181       33      31     8
   40:  333       40      52    17
   20:  564       39      71    26
   15:  458       19      58    20
   10:   14        3       4     4
------------------------------------
Total: 1550      134     216    75  Total Score = 1,549,975

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Always a fun contest. Wish I could have operated more time. Beautiful weather in New England over the weekend so spent a lot of time outside.

Activity keeps getting better. Ops are also getting more efficient in their macros so the rates can be higher.

Really fun on Sat morning when I was able to get runs going on two bands at the same time. The 186 hour was a personal best.

Fun to chase the competition on the live scoreboard. Amazing scores by AA3B and SN7Q battling at the top all weekend.

QSO/Mult by hour and band

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

0100Z  13/13   30/39   22/21     -       -     65/73     65/73  
0200Z  41/25   52/25     -       -       -     93/50    158/123 
0300Z  56/20   65/8      -       -       -    121/28    279/151 
0400Z  42/9    51/9      -       -       -     93/18    372/169    6
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     372/169   60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     372/169   60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     372/169   60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     372/169   60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     372/169   60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     372/169   60
1100Z   3/1     4/1    19/18    4/7      -     30/27    402/196   39
1200Z    -       -     46/28   88/22     -    134/50    536/246 
1300Z    -       -     90/11   96/12     -    186/23    722/269 
1400Z    -       -     37/10   58/10     -     95/20    817/289 
1500Z    -       -     12/1    17/5      -     29/6     846/295   43
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     846/295   60
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     846/295   60
1800Z    -       -      7/0     2/0      -      9/0     855/295   52
1900Z    -       -     94/2    40/23     -    134/25    989/320 
2000Z    -       -     13/1    18/3      -     31/4    1020/324   40
2100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1020/324   60
2200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1020/324   60
2300Z   4/0     5/1    20/7    15/5      -     44/13   1064/337   12
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1064/337   60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1064/337   60
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1064/337   60
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1064/337   60
0400Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1064/337   60
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1064/337   60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1064/337   60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1064/337   60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1064/337   60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1064/337   60
1000Z  11/1    15/5     7/2      -      1/3    34/11   1098/348    8
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1098/348   60
1200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1098/348   60
1300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1098/348   60
1400Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1098/348   60
1500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1098/348   60
1600Z  --+--   --+--   10/0     8/0    --+--   18/0    1116/348   49
1700Z    -       -     66/6    72/7      -    138/13   1254/361 
1800Z    -       -     34/3    31/3    13/8    78/14   1332/375   13
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1332/375   60
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1332/375   60
2100Z    -       -     24/5     9/0      -     33/5    1365/380   37
2200Z    -     61/12   36/11     -       -     97/23   1462/403 
2300Z  11/3    50/9    27/10     -       -     88/22   1550/425 

Total:   181/72  333/109 564/136 458/97   14/11

2017 CQ WPX CW AK1W (K5ZD)

CQWW WPX Contest, CW

Call: AK1W
Operator(s): K5ZD
Station: K5ZD

Class: SO(A)AB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 17.3
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
  160:    6
   80:   83
   40:  623
   20:  986
   15:  132
   10:   15
------------
Total: 1845  Prefixes = 856  Total Score = 4,521,392

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Everything in the station worked perfectly. Conditions at the start were excellent. Knew I wasn’t motivated to do a full effort so played until I would get tired or bored and then go do other stuff. Conditions on day 2 were awful.
Watched lots of auto racing.

Worked DR4A as the only Eu on 160. Not much heard on 10m. Worked a UN7 and a 4X on 15m, but not much Europe.

No meters like 20 and 40 meters in this contest.

Assisted didn’t offer much advantage. Was usually running and didn’t have time to chase mults. Probably wouldn’t hurt to combine SO and SOA for WPX.

Thanks to all for the QSOs.

QSO/Pref by hour and band

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

D1-0000Z  --+--   --+--   27/24  124/104  --+--   --+--  151/128   151/128 
D1-0100Z    -      1/1   156/104   4/4      -       -    161/109   312/237 
D1-0200Z    -      9/4   146/80     -       -       -    155/84    467/321 
D1-0300Z   4/1    51/21    7/5    25/18     -       -     87/45    554/366 
D1-0400Z    -       -      7/4     6/6      -       -     13/10    567/376    52
D1-0500Z    -      4/1      -       -       -       -      4/1     571/377    57
D1-0600Z   2/1    15/3    78/43    2/2      -       -     97/49    668/426 
D1-0700Z    -       -     13/11     -       -       -     13/11    681/437    50
D1-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     681/437    60
D1-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     681/437    60
D1-1000Z    -       -     12/8   113/61    1/0      -    126/69    807/506     8
D1-1100Z    -       -       -    111/45    3/2      -    114/47    921/553 
D1-1200Z    -       -       -     58/24   11/3      -     69/27    990/580 
D1-1300Z    -       -       -     66/25    9/1      -     75/26   1065/606 
D1-1400Z    -       -       -     65/30   47/12     -    112/42   1177/648 
D1-1500Z    -       -       -     11/6    24/6      -     35/12   1212/660    40
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1212/660    60
D1-1700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1212/660    60
D1-1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1212/660    60
D1-1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1212/660    60
D1-2000Z    -       -       -     13/4    17/7      -     30/11   1242/671     8
D1-2100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1242/671    60
D1-2200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1242/671    60
D1-2300Z    -       -     40/11   60/13    3/0      -    103/24   1345/695     5
D2-0000Z  --+--   --+--   90/18   12/10   --+--   --+--  102/28   1447/723 
D2-0100Z    -      3/0     8/5     6/2      -       -     17/7    1464/730    46
D2-0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1464/730    60
D2-0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1464/730    60
D2-0400Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1464/730    60
D2-0500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1464/730    60
D2-0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1464/730    60
D2-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1464/730    60
D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1464/730    60
D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1464/730    60
D2-1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1464/730    60
D2-1100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1464/730    60
D2-1200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1464/730    60
D2-1300Z    -       -      2/2      -       -       -      2/2    1466/732    59
D2-1400Z    -       -      8/2    84/21    2/1      -     94/24   1560/756  
D2-1500Z    -       -       -     24/7      -       -     24/7    1584/763    39
D2-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1584/763    60
D2-1700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1584/763    60
D2-1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1584/763    60
D2-1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1584/763    60
D2-2000Z    -       -       -     58/18    8/4     7/0    73/22   1657/785    22
D2-2100Z    -       -      6/2    72/31     -      8/1    86/34   1743/819 
D2-2200Z    -       -     15/7    64/19    7/2      -     86/28   1829/847 
D2-2300Z    -       -      8/2     8/7      -       -     16/9    1845/856 

Total:     6/2    83/30  623/328 986/457 132/38   15/1

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
-------------------
  160:  133    56
   80:  378    86
   40:  737   106
   20:  789   112
   15:  717   102
   10:   29    17
-------------------
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

2017 CQ WPX RTTY AK1W (K5ZD)

CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest

Call: AK1W
Operator(s): K5ZD
Station: K5ZD

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 30
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
   80:  365
   40:  826
   20:  756
   15:  490
   10:    0
------------
Total: 2437  Prefixes = 872  Total Score = 6,607,144

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

I needed some contest therapy to escape the snow storms and work stress. Planned to do about 20 hours, but got hooked watching the online scoreboard and chasing AA3B all weekend.

Several hours into the contest, the active radio was locked in transmit. Had to reboot the computer to clear the problem. This happened every 90 minutes or so until 18z Sat when I finally figured it out. Was costing me about 10 minutes each outage as I tried to unplug things in case it was RF. Finally I figured out that it was the footswitch that was plugged into the YCCC SO2R box!
Unplugged that and all the problems went away.

I missed an hour of operating time in the first evening. Plus enough frustration that I stopped to watch TV for awhile. By then AA3B was way ahead, but half of the fun of the scoreboard is to see if I could make up some ground. Tough in WPX with the exponential score increase due to mults!

I noticed that Bud had jumped way ahead of me on mults. About 20z Sat, I realized that WPX RTTY allowed single ops to use the cluster. Turned it on and enjoyed seeing the RTTY RBN spots go scrolling by. Couldn’t make up the gap, but it was fun to have another element in the mix in addition to running two radios.

Best DX QSO was having a JA call me on 40m.

Never heard a signal on 10m (only listened once).

RTTY is a great test of the station. Discovered that my 20m stack switchbox up on the tower has a relay problem.

30 hours of op time is just right. Slept 4-5 hours each night. Took a walk both days. Took my family out to dinner on Sat. Didn’t try to manage my off times to any strategy, but was good to see Bud and I were off about the same hours.

Almost quit with an hour to go due to snow static. 40m was in great condition, but the snow static was S9+10. Wanted to get to the full 30 hours so kept grinding it out.

Thanks to everyone who got in the log. RTTY operating just keeps getting better and better. Less guys who feel the need to send their call or exchange
20 times.

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

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

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

Rates:

QSO/Pref by hour and band

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

D1-0000Z  --+--   30/26   53/42   --+--   --+--   83/68     83/68  
D1-0100Z    -     52/39   39/23     -       -     91/62    174/130 
D1-0200Z  23/15   65/39    8/4      -       -     96/58    270/188 
D1-0300Z  47/19   60/28     -       -       -    107/47    377/235 
D1-0400Z   1/0     1/0      -       -       -      2/0     379/235    59
D1-0500Z  36/21   37/24     -       -       -     73/45    452/280    18
D1-0600Z  38/19   46/16     -       -       -     84/35    536/315 
D1-0700Z  25/13   28/14     -       -       -     53/27    589/342 
D1-0800Z   5/2    14/5    --+--   --+--   --+--   19/7     608/349    45
D1-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     608/349    60
D1-1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     608/349    60
D1-1100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     608/349    60
D1-1200Z   6/3    19/4     5/5      -       -     30/12    638/361    41
D1-1300Z    -     12/3    58/33   15/4      -     85/40    723/401 
D1-1400Z    -       -     59/24   69/33     -    128/57    851/458 
D1-1500Z    -       -     36/12   76/27     -    112/39    963/497 
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   47/11   52/14   --+--   99/25   1062/522 
D1-1700Z    -       -     75/23   21/6      -     96/29   1158/551 
D1-1800Z    -       -     35/10   11/5      -     46/15   1204/566    21
D1-1900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1204/566    60
D1-2000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1204/566    60
D1-2100Z    -       -     25/9    16/6      -     41/15   1245/581    10
D1-2200Z    -     11/2    36/18    4/2      -     51/22   1296/603 
D1-2300Z    -     51/21    9/7      -       -     60/28   1356/631 
D2-0000Z   8/1    69/18    6/3    --+--   --+--   83/22   1439/653 
D2-0100Z    -     21/3      -       -       -     21/3    1460/656    48
D2-0200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1460/656    60
D2-0300Z   3/1    10/2      -       -       -     13/3    1473/659    50
D2-0400Z  49/10   61/19     -       -       -    110/29   1583/688 
D2-0500Z  50/8    21/6      -       -       -     71/14   1654/702 
D2-0600Z  29/3    23/7      -       -       -     52/10   1706/712 
D2-0700Z  13/2     8/2      -       -       -     21/4    1727/716    33
D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1727/716    60
D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1727/716    60
D2-1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1727/716    60
D2-1100Z   7/1    10/3      -       -       -     17/4    1744/720    43
D2-1200Z   4/2    47/6    34/12     -       -     85/20   1829/740 
D2-1300Z    -     15/2    41/12   52/14     -    108/28   1937/768 
D2-1400Z    -       -     40/10   64/11     -    104/21   2041/789 
D2-1500Z    -       -     14/6    73/14     -     87/20   2128/809 
D2-1600Z  --+--   --+--   29/6    18/4    --+--   47/10   2175/819    24
D2-1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2175/819    60
D2-1800Z    -       -     26/4    10/4      -     36/8    2211/827    36
D2-1900Z    -       -     31/3     5/2      -     36/5    2247/832     2
D2-2000Z    -       -      3/1     4/4      -      7/5    2254/837    60
D2-2100Z    -     56/10   29/4      -       -     85/14   2339/851 
D2-2200Z   2/0    19/1    18/8      -       -     39/9    2378/860 
D2-2300Z  19/3    40/9      -       -       -     59/12   2437/872 

Total:   365/123 826/309 756/290 490/150   0/0  

Best 60 mins: 132 QSOs @ 11-Feb-2017 13:57-14:57

Most worked countries:

           80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
     K     216    425    253     34            928
    DL      34     51     68    115            268
     I       5     43     46     38            132
    EA       6     27     30     22             85
     G       4     16     22     28             70
    SP      10     15     13     28             66
    VE      19     17     16      3             55

28 stations worked on 4 bands
9A1A CR3A DH0GHU DJ6TK DK0EE DK1IP DL1DTL DL1DVO DL6NDW DL70DSH DP7D DP9A HF9M HG17EYOF K7TQ KB1EFS LX7I LY2W M0P N1FF NO6F P49X S51A S55W SZ1A UV5U WK7S YL4U

2016 CQ WW CW Contest, K5ZD

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

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

Class: SOAB(A) HP
Operating Time (hrs): 37
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:   63    13       37
   80:  496    22       92
   40:  625    35      117
   20: 1478    35      124
   15:  604    26      115
   10:   53    15       29
------------------------------
Total: 3319   146      514  Total Score = 6,238,980

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

This was a great SWL event. I spent many hours listening to Europeans work each other on the low bands. I got so frustrated after the first 2 hours that I went to watch TV.

40m was the worst I have ever heard for a complete contest. It never opened on Friday night and was only a little better Saturday. There was no Eu sunrise bump at all either morning. The band did open early in the afternoons, but not big rates. Longpath to Asia was pretty good on Sunday evening, but only worked a few JA.

80m was really frustrating except for the 05-06z hours each night. The rest of the time I was calling Eu and either getting beat out by other Eu or getting a CQ in response.

The mornings were a rate fest. Unfortunately, 15m was short lived so most of the action was on 20m. Sunday morning I had 14001 and it just kept producing an endless stream of Eu. I tried 15m a few times, but it never produced as much as 20m. Thus the big total on that band.

Was happy to work as much on 10m as I did. A few of the QSOs were marginal so won’t be surprised if I lose a few mults.

There was a clear divide between southern and northern Europe. Not many Scandinavians or northern Russians in the log. Amazing to see how CW activity from EA, F, and I keeps increasing.

Didn’t seem there was a much trouble with key clicks this year. There was some wide and buzzy signals – CR6K and II9P on 15m to name two.

Everything in the station worked perfectly all weekend. Only issue was on Sunday afternoon when the DX Cluster started showing only the suffix of callsigns. The connection dropped and then things were fine so someone must have noticed and made a fix.

I normally run with global RBN spots (minimal filtering). Will need to rethink that with these conditions. Too many spots that weren’t workable.

Sleep strategy was 3 hours the first night. Then 3 hours from 01-04z. Got on for 2 hours and then slept 3 more. That seemed to work out perfectly for missing some bad hours and keeping me alert on Sunday.

I had the online scoreboard (cqcontest.net) on the screen all weekend. Woke up Sat morning in 23rd place. 12 hours later I was #2. Always fun to chase the next score and make the pass. Or watch someone else pass me (motivating!). I was tempted to quit a few times, but I could see everyone was struggling with the conditions.

Thanks to everyone that enjoyed the game. W1 has a real advantage in any DX contest, but especially so this year.

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

The Numbers:

By Continent

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

    NA      35     49     92    111     59     16     362    10.9
    EU      16    416    455   1233    447      0    2567    77.3
    SA       6     12     26     51     52     33     180     5.4
    AF       4      9     21     32     26      2      94     2.8
    OC       2      7     14     15     14      2      54     1.6
    AS       0      3     16     36      5      0      60     1.8

By Hour

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

0000Z  --+--   21/26    5/8    35/25   --+--   --+--   61/59     61/59  
0100Z   3/5     8/7    42/41    6/7      -       -     59/60    120/119 
0200Z   5/4    12/3      -      6/8      -       -     23/15    143/134    31
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     143/134    60
0400Z    -     55/20    4/2      -       -       -     59/22    202/156    17
0500Z  17/16   41/10   11/5     1/1      -       -     70/32    272/188 
0600Z    -    154/5     1/1      -       -       -    155/6     427/194 
0700Z   8/4    37/24    5/8      -       -       -     50/36    477/230 
0800Z   9/8     4/3     7/5     2/2    --+--   --+--   22/18    499/248 
0900Z    -      5/0     8/9      -       -       -     13/9     512/257    47
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     512/257    60
1100Z    -      1/1    13/9    22/16     -       -     36/26    548/283    32
1200Z    -       -       -    192/29    4/5      -    196/34    744/317 
1300Z    -       -       -     41/5   134/31     -    175/36    919/353 
1400Z    -       -       -     25/18  129/7      -    154/25   1073/378 
1500Z    -       -       -     67/4    75/17   14/16  156/37   1229/415 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  154/7    23/21   --+--  177/28   1406/443 
1700Z    -       -       -     28/6    26/12   14/11   68/29   1474/472    10
1800Z    -       -      5/3    44/9    12/9      -     61/21   1535/493 
1900Z    -       -     11/6    26/5     4/3     5/4    46/18   1581/511 
2000Z    -       -     89/11    4/3     9/3      -    102/17   1683/528 
2100Z    -      1/2    74/13    7/3     1/1      -     83/19   1766/547 
2200Z    -       -     57/9      -      1/0      -     58/9    1824/556 
2300Z   5/6      -     57/7     3/0      -       -     65/13   1889/569 
0000Z  --+--   14/5    34/4    --+--   --+--   --+--   48/9    1937/578     3
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1937/578    60
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1937/578    60
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1937/578    60
0400Z   3/3     9/4     8/1     2/1      -       -     22/9    1959/587     1
0500Z   6/2    16/2     2/2      -       -       -     24/6    1983/593 
0600Z   4/2    78/0     1/0      -       -       -     83/2    2066/595 
0700Z    -     14/0     2/0      -       -       -     16/0    2082/595    33
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    2082/595    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2082/595    60
1000Z    -      2/0      -       -       -       -      2/0    2084/595    57
1100Z    -      2/1     6/2   105/4      -       -    113/7    2197/602 
1200Z    -       -       -    176/0     8/3      -    184/3    2381/605 
1300Z    -       -       -    141/1    37/15     -    178/16   2559/621 
1400Z    -       -       -    130/0    13/4     4/5   147/9    2706/630 
1500Z    -       -       -     76/0    38/1     1/0   115/1    2821/631 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   23/0    60/8    --+--   83/8    2904/639 
1700Z    -       -       -     50/1     4/0     3/2    57/3    2961/642 
1800Z    -       -       -     40/1     8/1     7/5    55/7    3016/649 
1900Z    -       -     21/0    22/0     4/0     5/1    52/1    3068/650 
2000Z    -       -     32/1     4/0    13/0      -     49/1    3117/651 
2100Z    -       -     85/1    22/3     1/0      -    108/4    3225/655 
2200Z    -      9/0    13/3    24/0      -       -     46/3    3271/658 
2300Z   3/0    13/1    32/1      -       -       -     48/2    3319/660 

Total: 63/50  496/114 625/152 1478/159 604/141  53/44

Most worked DX

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL            105     61    220     88            474
    EA       2     10     23     58     42            135
     F       2     20     22     44     38            126
     G       1     19     23     60     15            118
     I             17     45     85     47            194
    OK             40     29     58     32            159
    SP             23     24     59     16            122
    UA              8     18    100      1            127
    UR              7     31     80      7            125
    VE      18     21     32     42     11            124

149 different country multipliers worked.

10 stations worked on 6 bands:
6Y9X 8P5A 9Y4/VE3EY HK1NA PJ2T PJ4Q TI5W V26K V47T VP2ESM

37 stations worked on 5 bands:
6Y3T 9A7A CN2AA CN2R CR3OO CR6K CU4DX EA2EA EF8R HC2AO HG7T HI3CC HR2J J70BH KH6J KH7M KP2M KP2Q LX7I NP4DX P40W PI4CC PJ4A PS2T PZ5V TK0C TM6M VC2T VC3W/2 VC7X VE3EJ VE3JM VE3YAA VE9AA XL3A ZD8W ZF2MJ

Best 60 minutes: 202 QSOs

2016 ARRL Sweepstakes CW K5ZD

ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW

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

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 22.7
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
  160:    0
   80:  389
   40:  357
   20:  402
   15:  114
   10:    0
------------
Total: 1262  Sections = 83  Total Score = 209,492

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

My 40th consecutive year with over 1000 QSOs in SS CW!
(http://k5zd.com/scores/sweepstakes-cw-personal-records/)

Not very motivated to put in a full effort, but when I saw this was going to be the 40th year, I had to give it a run.

Have had an bad SWR on my 40m beam for over a year. Was motivated Sat morning to diagnose the problem. On trip #1, found a bad coax connector at the top of the tower. I strung together 400+ feet of extension cords and on trip #2, I carried up the soldering iron and put on a new connector. Nice to have 40 working again.

My best start ever. Great runs from the start of the contest until 06Z. Then it was like someone turned off the activity.

Stopped early and took most of my off time all at once. Have never done that before. Sure removes the pressure on Sunday since there is no escape except to keep CQing and tuning.

Sunday was never great for rates. Seemed to hover around 30-35 with a few hours in the 40s.

Now I know why I have tried to save offtime to avoid the Sunday evening 00z and 01z hours. Ugh. Almost quit it was so bad. 15 mins of CQing with no answer. Last hour was good.

Worked at least 2 of every section. My traditional difficult ones were out in plenty. Was nice to go to sleep with a sweep in hand. NE was the most difficult and last section.

Operating quality seemed to be better. Almost everyone seemed to send the right thing when I sent NR, PR, CK, SEC!

Way too many checks in the late 50s and early 60s, without enough in the last few years. The traffic handlers that make SS special for me are all getting old.

QSO/Sec by hour and band

 Hour      80      40      20      15     Total     Cumm      Off 

D1-2100Z    -       -     18/10   78/33   96/43     96/43  
D1-2200Z    -      1/0    77/15   16/2    94/17    190/60  
D1-2300Z    -     37/3    50/4      -     87/7     277/67  
D2-0000Z  35/7    52/4    --+--   --+--   87/11    364/78  
D2-0100Z  72/2     6/0      -       -     78/2     442/80  
D2-0200Z  80/1     3/0      -       -     83/1     525/81  
D2-0300Z  70/1     8/0      -       -     78/1     603/82  
D2-0400Z  44/0    16/0      -       -     60/0     663/82  
D2-0500Z  24/0    25/1      -       -     49/1     712/83  
D2-0600Z   8/0     7/0      -       -     15/0     727/83     36
D2-0700Z    -       -       -       -      0/0     727/83     60
D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     727/83     60
D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -      0/0     727/83     60
D2-1000Z    -       -       -       -      0/0     727/83     60
D2-1100Z  15/0     7/0      -       -     22/0     749/83     28
D2-1200Z  15/0    25/0      -       -     40/0     789/83  
D2-1300Z   5/0    21/0    11/0      -     37/0     826/83  
D2-1400Z    -     17/0    27/0      -     44/0     870/83  
D2-1500Z    -     13/0    30/0      -     43/0     913/83  
D2-1600Z  --+--    3/0    26/0     6/0    35/0     948/83  
D2-1700Z    -     23/0    33/0      -     56/0    1004/83  
D2-1800Z    -      5/0     5/0      -     10/0    1014/83     43
D2-1900Z    -      2/0    32/0     5/0    39/0    1053/83  
D2-2000Z    -       -     33/0     8/0    41/0    1094/83  
D2-2100Z    -      4/0    24/0     1/0    29/0    1123/83  
D2-2200Z    -     11/0    20/0      -     31/0    1154/83     37
D2-2300Z   2/0    13/0    14/0      -     29/0    1183/83  
D3-0000Z   1/0     3/0     2/0    --+--    6/0    1189/83     50
D3-0100Z  10/0    27/0      -       -     37/0    1226/83  
D3-0200Z   8/0    28/0      -       -     36/0    1262/83  

Total:   389/11  357/8   402/29  114/35

2016 WAE DX Contest CW, K5ZD

WAE DX Contest, CW

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

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 13.5

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  QTCs  Mults
-------------------------
   80:  117     0   148
   40:  227   180   132
   20:  338   388    96
   15:  233   390    88
   10:   49     0    48
-------------------------
Total:  964   958   512  Total Score = 984,064

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Better conditions than expected. Especially on 80m the first night.

Thunderstorms prevented much operating on Sat evening.

Surprised to find 10m open on Sunday morning. My best multiplier total ever.

QTCs are something you just have to deal with. Most annoying when you find a mult on 10m and they keep taking QTCs. Instead of working 100/hour, they end up working about 40/hour rate.

Spent a lot of time outside enjoying the Summer weather or inside watching the Olympics.

 

QSO/DXCC by hour and band

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

0000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0      0/0      60
0100Z    -     45/22     -       -       -     45/22    45/22  
0200Z  72/30   17/10     -       -       -     89/40   134/62  
0300Z  38/7    18/5    11/5      -       -     67/17   201/79  
0400Z   5/0    16/0     7/2      -       -     28/2    229/81     33
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    229/81     60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    229/81     60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    229/81     60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    229/81     60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    229/81     60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    229/81     60
1100Z    -       -     38/14   20/11     -     58/25   287/106    17
1200Z    -       -     20/12   45/12     -     65/24   352/130 
1300Z    -       -      3/3    57/10     -     60/13   412/143 
1400Z    -       -       -      7/1      -      7/1    419/144    13
1500Z    -       -      4/1    19/3      -     23/4    442/148    13
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    442/148    60
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    442/148    60
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    442/148    60
1900Z    -       -     52/3    12/2      -     64/5    506/153    19
2000Z    -       -     46/2      -       -     46/2    552/155    36
2100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    552/155    60
2200Z    -      5/0    26/3      -       -     31/3    583/158    35
2300Z    -     32/5    35/1      -       -     67/6    650/164 
0000Z  --+--   10/0     1/0    --+--   --+--   11/0    661/164    53
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    661/164    60
0200Z   2/0    17/1     1/0      -       -     20/1    681/165    13
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    681/165    60
0400Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    681/165    60
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    681/165    60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    681/165    60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    681/165    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    681/165    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    681/165    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    681/165    60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    681/165    60
1200Z    -       -      1/0    30/3    45/23   76/26   757/191 
1300Z    -       -     13/0    21/2     1/0    35/2    792/193    21
1400Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    792/193    60
1500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    792/193    60
1600Z  --+--   --+--   25/0     9/0    --+--   34/0    826/193    10
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    826/193    60
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    826/193    60
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    826/193    60
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    826/193    60
2100Z    -       -      6/0    13/0     3/1    22/1    848/194    28
2200Z    -     24/1    45/2      -       -     69/3    917/197 
2300Z    -     43/0     4/0      -       -     47/0    964/197 

Total: 117/37 227/44  338/48  233/44   49/24
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