2016 ARRL DX Contest, SSB

                    ARRL DX Contest, SSB

Call: K5ZD

Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 19

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:   42    33
   80:  133    58
   40:  172    71
   20:  668   107
   15:  856   108
   10:  375    91
-------------------
Total: 2246   468  Total Score = 3,153,384

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Wow! Sure didn’t expect conditions to be this good. Every band was great during the times I was on.

Only a part time effort, but that made it even more fun. Mostly chased countries and tried to run when I could find a frequency.

Personal best hour from the USA with 229 on Sat morning on 20m. SH5 says best 60 mins was 230 QSOs. Lots of other good hours. When I could find a frequency where I could hear.

Splatter was bad, but I did say something to a few of the worst and they seemed to be able to clean it up. You don’t know if you don’t ask.

Was fun being Assisted so I could chase countries. Also had the online scoreboard up so I could track some of the other guys. Fun to try to catch the next score on the list.

My goal was 1000 QSOs, but conditions and rates were so good, I couldn’t stop.

Most amazing opening was Sat evening on 15m into Japan. Signals were really loud and I was even able to run JA for 45 minutes.

I went single radio for this one. Something is going on in my shack and I get terrible RF feedback in the headphones when using the YCCC SO2R box. It was clean when I plugged the headphones into the radio. With the DX Cluster, I didn’t really need the second radio.

23 stations worked on 6 bands! Its nice when 10m and 160m are both open.

5D3A 6Y1LZ 9A1A 9A1P C6ANA CR2X CR6K E7DX EI6JK EI7M EI9E HA1AG KP3Z 
M6T P40M PJ2T PJ4G PZ5W TI5W TM6M TO66R V26M YL2SM

26 more on 5 bands.

9A8M CS2C DF2SD DR1D ED7P ES5Q EU1A G5W HG7T HI3K II9P IO5O IR4M LX7I 
OE2S P40L PS2T S50A S54ZZ S57AL SN8B TM1T UA2F VP2MMF YN5Z YV1KK

Most worked countries:

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

    DL       1     12      7     60     92     39     211
     I       1      4     22     60     59     32     178
    JA                           15     81             96
    SP              5      8     31     37     11      92
     G       1      3      5     27     34     21      91
    PA              2      2     50     26     11      91
    UA              1      2     34     46      2      85
    EA              5      5     27     34     12      83
     F       1      4      6     22     30     20      83

Rates:

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

0000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0       0/0      60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0       0/0      60
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0       0/0      60
0300Z    -       -     36/25   36/22     -       -     72/47     72/47     18
0400Z   8/8    35/24   24/11     -       -       -     67/43    139/90  
0500Z   7/6    44/19    6/5     5/1      -       -     62/31    201/121     9
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     201/121    60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     201/121    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     201/121    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     201/121    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     201/121    60
1100Z    -       -       -      6/5      -       -      6/5     207/126    58
1200Z    -       -       -    229/39     -       -    229/39    436/165 
1300Z    -       -       -      7/1   150/47   11/7   168/55    604/220 
1400Z    -       -       -       -       -    113/44  113/44    717/264 
1500Z    -       -       -       -    115/15   30/9   145/24    862/288 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   55/8   123/9     4/3   182/20   1044/308 
1700Z    -       -       -     16/2     6/5     4/1    26/8    1070/316    50
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1070/316    60
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1070/316    60
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1070/316    60
2100Z    -       -       -       -     38/9     7/2    45/11   1115/327    38
2200Z    -       -      9/3    22/4    67/11    7/5   105/23   1220/350 
2300Z    -       -       -      3/0    12/0     1/1    16/1    1236/351    43
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1236/351    60
0100Z    -       -     10/6    28/8      -       -     38/14   1274/365    38
0200Z   8/5    18/6    25/5      -       -       -     51/16   1325/381    15
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1325/381    60
0400Z  15/11   25/8    22/11    3/1      -       -     65/31   1390/412      
0500Z   4/3     7/1      -       -       -       -     11/4    1401/416    51
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1401/416    60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1401/416    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1401/416    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1401/416    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1401/416    60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1401/416    60
1200Z    -       -      5/2   118/3    13/0      -    136/5    1537/421     9
1300Z    -       -       -       -    170/3      -    170/3    1707/424 
1400Z    -       -       -      1/1    24/0   105/7   130/8    1837/432 
1500Z    -       -       -     13/3      -     22/3    35/6    1872/438    30
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--    4/3    80/2    28/0   112/5    1984/443 
1700Z    -       -       -      1/1      -     15/1    16/2    2000/445    52
1800Z    -       -       -     53/0     8/1     2/1    63/2    2063/447    34
1900Z    -       -       -     18/3     9/4    14/3    41/10   2104/457    21
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -      9/4     9/4    2113/461    60
2100Z    -       -       -     35/1    26/0      -     61/1    2174/462    19
2200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2174/462    60
2300Z    -      4/0    35/3    15/1    15/2     3/0    72/6    2246/468    10

Total: 42/33  133/58  172/71  668/107 856/108 375/91

2016 ARRL DX Contest, CW

                   ARRL DX Contest, CW

Call: K5ZD

Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 17
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:   39    35
   80:  277    72
   40:  370    90
   20:  577    99
   15:  682   105
   10:   87    65
-------------------
Total: 2032   466  Total Score = 2,840,736

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

My father-in-law passed away last week and the memorial service was on Saturday.
The service and visiting with family was wonderful. That eliminated Saturday
from operating.

Really enjoyed my few hours on the air. Nothing like getting to 15 meters for
the first time on Sunday morning. The pileup was intense! Made me truly
realize how valuable it is to tune off the spot frequency. Those were the guys
that got through fastest.

Best 60 mins was 210 QSOs.

DX contests are really fun when you are not trying to win anything. You can
come and go as you like. Conditions were surprisingly good during the times I
was on. 10m was spotty on Sunday, but there were some loud Europeans. Worked
JA on 80-15.

Worked 19 stations on 6 bands: 6Y1D 8P5A 9A1A CR3W CU4DX KP2M OL7M OM2VL P40XM
PJ2T PJ4X PJ6A SN7Q TI5W TO7A V26M VP2MWA YL2SM ZF1A

Thanks to all the Europeans that helped fill my log.

40m antenna had high SWR. It seemed to get out, but I wasn’t hearing very
well.

160m antenna toward Europe was broken. Missed some mults because of that.

Couldn’t switch the 80m 4 square on Friday night.

Station is falling apart from old age. Time to do some maintenance this
summer.

Rates:

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

0000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     412/170    60
0100Z    -       -      6/6    20/12     -       -     26/18     26/18     40
0200Z   6/6    40/22   42/24    6/6      -       -     94/58    120/76  
0300Z   7/6    76/12   23/12     -       -       -    106/30    226/106 
0400Z   7/7    56/10   13/9      -       -       -     76/26    302/132 
0500Z   1/1    17/11   31/12    4/2      -       -     53/26    355/158 
0600Z   6/4    35/3    16/5      -       -       -     57/12    412/170    21
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     412/170    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     412/170    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     412/170    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     412/170    60
1100Z    -      3/2     5/4    13/9      -       -     21/15    433/185    42
1200Z    -       -       -    151/22     -       -    151/22    584/207     8
1300Z    -       -       -     16/11     -       -     16/11    600/218    60
1400Z    -       -       -     11/1     4/4    31/27   46/32    646/250    30
1500Z    -       -       -       -     59/52     -     59/52    705/302    35
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     705/302    60
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     705/302    60
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     705/302    60
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     705/302    60
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     705/302    60
2100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     705/302    60
2200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     705/302    60
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     705/302    60
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     705/302    60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     705/302    60
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     705/302    60
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     705/302    60
0400Z  10/10     -       -       -       -       -     10/10    715/312    52
0500Z   2/1    20/7    80/4      -       -       -    102/12    817/324 
0600Z    -     14/1    25/1      -       -       -     39/2     856/326    39
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     856/326    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     856/326    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     856/326    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     856/326    60
1100Z    -      2/2     2/1    11/1      -       -     15/4     871/330    52
1200Z    -       -       -    167/14   34/4      -    201/18   1072/348 
1300Z    -       -       -       -    200/13    2/2   202/15   1274/363 
1400Z    -       -       -       -    151/8    13/8   164/16   1438/379 
1500Z    -       -       -     25/6    34/6    26/17   85/29   1523/408 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--    2/0   164/0     6/6   172/6    1695/414 
1700Z    -       -       -       -      7/4     1/1     8/5    1703/419    55
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1703/419    60
1900Z    -       -       -     56/5    12/6     5/3    73/14   1776/433    22
2000Z    -       -     42/4    69/4    11/6     3/1   125/15   1901/448 
2100Z    -       -     80/5    11/3     6/2      -     97/10   1998/458 
2200Z    -       -      1/0    11/0      -       -     12/0    2010/458    51
2300Z    -     14/2     4/3     4/3      -       -     22/8    2032/466    48

Total: 39/35  277/72  370/90  577/99  682/105  87/65

2015 CQ WW CW Contest, K5ZD

Summary

Call: K5ZD
Class: SOAB(A) HP
Operating Time (hrs): 45

 Band   QSOs Zones Countries
 ------------------------------
 160:    136  17    65
 80:     731  29    99
 40:    1199  38   130
 20:    1308  38   138
 15:    1173  34   136
 10:     234  24    88
 ------------------------------
 Total: 4781 180   656  Total Score = 11,607,024

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Operation

I appreciate (and envy) everyone who made the choice to spend time with family over the holiday weekend. My family has learned that it is better for all of us to let me spend time locked in the radio room.

Station hardware was ready. Op was mostly ready. Decided on doing Assisted again because it was so much fun before and I love chasing mults.

40m was definitely the band to start on. I didn’t even try to find a run frequency – just tuned up the band calling people.

Low bands were awesome both nights – able to work Europe on 160 the first night. Some good runs on 80m when I could find a clear spot.

Amazing how late 40m stays open after European sunrise – was working stations more than 3 hours after their sunrise time.

Took a 1 hour nap the first night from 1000-1115. Figured if I didn’t sleep then I was going to be loopy later in the day. 20m was already open when I woke up. Moved to 15m at 1236z and stayed on 21012 for the next 5 hours straight! Never had that much run time on one frequency before. Best 60 minutes was 216 QSOs. I was able to pick up lots of mults on 10m, but it never sounded good enough to abandon the rate on 15m.

Had a moment of panic around 2130z when it appeared I lost my antenna switching. Was running on 40m and trying to diagnose the problem. Finally decided it was in the relays that gave access to the Tribander. Swapped some coax to go around the relays and everything was working again — but no more quick switching to the South antenna.

By now I was totally locked into the contest. Had about 5.8 million at the halfway point (around 2800 QSOs). No run time on 10 meters so was really hoping it would open the second day.

Came out to see what my family had for dinner. Ate some Thanksgiving left overs and then was back at it. Finally decided on a quick nap from 0350-0445z while rates were slow. Feels weird when you try to wake up in the middle of a sleep cycle.

Good runs on 80 meters. Band was super quiet and open very well. Was even able to get a few answers to CQs on 160m.

Took another sleep from 0940-1115z. Rest of the contest was a blur. Since I had spent so much time on 15m on Saturday, I stayed on 20m and worked lots of deep Russians. This also gave me a chance to chase mults on 15m (I only had 75 countries on 15m). Really struggled to find a good run frequency on 15m. The band was packed!

Around 1530z, the Europeans on 10m started to get loud. I did a slow run there. Band was actually quite good, but not much activity. Was able to CQ and get answers until 1630z. It was nice to get one last bit out of 10 meters before it just becomes a memory.

Things started to get really slow around 1800z. Nothing to do but keep CQing on 20m while tuning 10 and 15. Went to 40m at 2030z and was able to work VK6LW and AH0K on LP! 40m was great all the way to the end.

Spent last hour tuning around on 80m. Busted the SU90IARU split pileup on the first call. I didn’t really expect to have a chance. Then one called 3V8SS and minute later. Got a “?” out of 4L5P, but no QSO. Just couldn’t find country 100 on 80m.

Comments

My station does not feel loud on 40 or 160m. I seemed to spend a lot of time waiting my turn on those bands. Same when calling stations to the South on 10 and 15. There were a few pileups I could never get through – like HR2J on 10m.

SH5 reports 275 second radio QSOs. I think it was more than that.

I was spotted on Sunday as KH8B. It is amazing how many people who should know better (and know how to copy CW) were calling me. Even with the cluster you have to LISTEN!!

Wide signals are a real problem. If one of the real loud and real wide stations sits down next to you, it is impossible to copy through the clicks. I love having a panadapter to see the band, but it pains me to see how many signals are 1-5 Khz wide. This and excess power are ruining CW contesting.

I did record the entire contest. May try to get the recordings up on the web site when I find time.

Yes, Skimmer and the RBN have changed contesting. It sure is fun to have that much information about what is happening across all bands. Becomes an information management challenge. I struggled to get a good spot filter set up. Thanks to W1VE and WC2L for use of their clusters.

Thanks to everyone who makes this the best contest of the year. It takes two to make a QSO so wouldn’t be the same without so much activity and DXpeditions from all parts of the world. Thank you all!

Station

K3 + Alpha 76CA
K3 + AL-1500

160m: Ground plane, Shunt fed tower
80m: 4 square
40m: 40-2CD @ 33m
20m: 205CA/205CA @ 30m/15m
15m: 155CA/155CA @ 20m/10m
10m: 6/4/4 @ 30m/20m/10m
Mult: TH7DXX @ 10m (mostly south)

Numbers

By Continent

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total      %
    SA       5     16     32     31     36     48     168     3.5
    AF       6     14     20     23     22     21     106     2.2
    OC       1      4     20     18     16      4      63     1.3
    AS       1     11     40    128     52      1     233     4.9
    EU      92    622   1012   1045    984    117    3872    81.0
    NA      31     64     75     63     63     43     339     7.1

Rates (QSO/ZN+DX)

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

0000Z  --+--   --+--   68/59   48/56   --+--   --+--  116/115   116/115 
0100Z    -      3/4   100/14   19/13     -       -    122/31    238/146 
0200Z    -    109/44   14/9      -       -       -    123/53    361/199 
0300Z    -    106/17   16/14     -       -       -    122/31    483/230 
0400Z  41/33   25/1    34/10     -       -       -    100/44    583/274 
0500Z  15/14   82/6    32/5      -       -       -    129/25    712/299 
0600Z  11/7    75/23    9/3     3/2      -       -     98/35    810/334 
0700Z   2/2    12/1    81/12     -       -       -     95/15    905/349 
0800Z   3/1    10/11   79/2     1/0    --+--   --+--   93/14    998/363 
0900Z    -      4/1    62/14    1/1      -       -     67/16   1065/379 
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1065/379   60
1100Z    -      1/0     8/0    70/28     -       -     79/28   1144/407   23
1200Z    -       -       -    109/15   79/28     -    188/43   1332/450 
1300Z    -       -       -      8/9   191/18   14/18  213/45   1545/495 
1400Z    -       -       -       -    169/7    28/24  197/31   1742/526 
1500Z    -       -       -       -    142/2    19/12  161/14   1903/540 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--  130/2    19/18  149/20   2052/560 
1700Z    -       -       -     39/14   75/10   13/9   127/33   2179/593 
1800Z    -       -       -    150/3    28/27     -    178/30   2357/623 
1900Z    -       -       -     83/5    25/18     -    108/23   2465/646 
2000Z    -       -     95/2     5/1     8/7    12/9   120/19   2585/665 
2100Z    -       -     98/1     3/3     7/4      -    108/8    2693/673 
2200Z    -       -     83/1      -     26/5      -    109/6    2802/679 
2300Z    -      3/6    39/4    11/7     8/1      -     61/18   2863/697 
0000Z  --+--   44/7    19/4    --+--   --+--   --+--   63/11   2926/708 
0100Z  12/7     5/0      -      1/0      -       -     18/7    2944/715   20
0200Z   3/1    15/0     1/0    30/2      -       -     49/3    2993/718 
0300Z    -     29/1     4/0    18/3      -       -     51/4    3044/722 
0400Z    -       -       -      6/4      -       -      6/4    3050/726 
0500Z  45/13     -      2/0     3/1      -       -     50/14   3100/740 
0600Z    -     95/0     8/0      -       -       -    103/0    3203/740 
0700Z    -     80/2     9/0      -       -       -     89/2    3292/742 
0800Z   2/3     7/0    54/0    46/0    --+--   --+--  109/3    3401/745 
0900Z    -      2/0     7/4    39/1      -       -     48/5    3449/750   21
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    3449/750   60
1100Z    -       -      1/0    98/0      -       -     99/0    3548/750   22
1200Z    -       -      3/5   128/2    10/9      -    141/16   3689/766 
1300Z    -       -       -     93/0    30/12     -    123/12   3812/778 
1400Z    -       -       -     34/1    90/0     2/1   126/2    3938/780 
1500Z    -       -       -       -     46/10   44/8    90/18   4028/798 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   48/2    47/12   95/14   4123/812 
1700Z    -       -       -     96/1    17/2      -    113/3    4236/815 
1800Z    -       -       -     93/1     1/1    21/0   115/2    4351/817 
1900Z    -       -       -     58/2     5/2    13/0    76/4    4427/821 
2000Z    -       -     29/2    15/1    19/1      -     63/4    4490/825 
2100Z    -       -     96/0      -      5/1     2/1   103/2    4593/827 
2200Z    -      4/4    67/3      -     14/1      -     85/8    4678/835 
2300Z   2/1    20/0    81/0      -       -       -    103/1    4781/836 

Total:136/82 731/128 1199/168 1308/176 1173/170 234/112

36 Stations worked on 6 bands
4O3A 9A1A CN2AA CR2X CR3L D4C DF0HQ DL0CS DL0GL DL0UM E7DX EI7M G5O II9P KP3Z LZ9W OL3Z OL4A OM7M OP4K P33W P40L PI4CC PJ2T PJ4A PJ4Q PZ5W TF2CW TI5W TM6M V26K V47T VE2IM VE9AA ZD8W ZF2MJ

54 worked on 5 bands

2015 ARRL Sweepstakes CW K5ZD

                    ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW

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

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 21.5
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
  160:    0
   80:  207
   40:  432
   20:  492
   15:  104
   10:    0
------------
Total: 1235  Sections = 83  Total Score = 205,010

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

 

Comments:

Sat down at 15 minutes before the contest and discovered my 15m Yagi wouldn’t turn.  It was pointed at Europe.  Had to use the TH7 at 40′ for the whole contest on 15m.  The 40m beam seems to have a trap problem – the SWR is moving up the band implying that I really have a dipole with a broken director.  It was also intermittent on receive.  Time to get some work done by WW CW!

Great start.  First 3 hours on 14031.  40m was a wasteland until after midnight.  It got good, but everyone seemed to be staying on 80m.

Decided to get 4+ hours of sleep rather than manage the offtime. I felt better on Sunday, but ended up with no off time to escape the slow rates.

Sunday morning was ok, but by lunch time, the bands were almost worked out. Not enough new activity coming on the air so it got really slow.

VE6 and NWT were my last two sections.  Was happy to find VE6EX late Sun morning. When I heard auroral buzz on stations 15 meters, I gave up hope for ever finding VE8.  Lucked out and heard someone working VY1AAA at the bottom of 20m.  He was at whisper level, but managed to get a QSO.  My usual nemesis is VE5 and VO1.  Worked lots of both.

When I called CQ for 10 minutes without an answer on 40 and 80m, decided to end the contest early. Off to catch an early flight at 6am Monday morning.

Thanks to everyone that got on and enjoyed the spirit of traffic handling. This was my 39th consecutive year of SS CW with more than 1000 QSOs in the log.

 

 

QSO/Sec by hour and band

 Hour      80      40      20      15     Total     Cumm    OffTime

D1-2100Z    -       -     94/37   10/8   104/45    104/45
D1-2200Z    -       -     83/15   16/3    99/18    203/63
D1-2300Z    -      2/1    73/5    11/3    86/9     289/72
D2-0000Z  --+--   12/0    71/2    --+--   83/2     372/74
D2-0100Z  28/0    29/1    12/0      -     69/1     441/75
D2-0200Z  45/3    23/0      -       -     68/3     509/78
D2-0300Z  22/0    58/2      -       -     80/2     589/80
D2-0400Z  58/0    23/0      -       -     81/0     670/80
D2-0500Z   9/0    58/0      -       -     67/0     737/80
D2-0600Z  13/0    23/0      -       -     36/0     773/80     16
D2-0700Z    -       -       -       -      0/0     773/80     60
D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     773/80     60
D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -      0/0     773/80     60
D2-1000Z    -       -       -       -      0/0     773/80     60
D2-1100Z   8/1     5/0      -       -     13/1     786/81     41
D2-1200Z  12/0    34/0      -       -     46/0     832/81
D2-1300Z   2/0    36/0     7/0      -     45/0     877/81
D2-1400Z    -     34/0    10/0      -     44/0     921/81
D2-1500Z    -     33/0    11/0     1/0    45/0     966/81
D2-1600Z  --+--   21/0    11/1    12/0    44/1    1010/82
D2-1700Z    -      7/0    29/0     8/0    44/0    1054/82
D2-1800Z    -       -     27/0     9/0    36/0    1090/82
D2-1900Z    -       -      4/0    19/0    23/0    1113/82      4
D2-2000Z    -       -     10/0     6/0    16/0    1129/82     60
D2-2100Z    -       -     22/0    12/0    34/0    1163/82
D2-2200Z    -     19/0    12/0      -     31/0    1194/82
D2-2300Z    -      5/0     9/1      -     14/1    1208/83     14
D3-0000Z  --+--    4/0     7/0    --+--   11/0    1219/83     60
D3-0100Z   8/0     3/0      -       -     11/0    1230/83     36
D3-0200Z   2/0     3/0      -       -      5/0    1235/83     50

Total:   207/4   432/4   492/61  104/14

			
		

2015 Worked All Europe CW K5ZD

                    WAE DX Contest, CW

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

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  QTCs  Mults
-------------------------
   80:  121     0   140
   40:  301   310   129
   20:  516   686    98
   15:  516   500    98
   10:   51     0    54
-------------------------
Total: 1505  1496   519  Total Score = 1,557,519

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Toyed with chasing WRTC qualifying points. Started the contest a few minutes late and worked the low bands hard. Not many QSOs, but a good multiplier.

When I went to 20m at 0400z, I discovered the main stack had high SWR. Ended up doing all 20m work using the TH7DXX at 40′. Hard to tell if that hurt the score or not.

Nice to see 10m open both days. Felt like sporadic E the first day. Possibly F2 the second. Getting 27 countries on 10m resulted in a personal best multiplier. Heard UA2F for 2 hours the first day, but he could not hear me.

Had trouble staying focused when the rates dropped. So took lots of breaks to walk the dog, watch TV, swim, and spend time with the family. I guess I really am retired from serious contesting.

With the low amount of activity, this contest would be better in 24 hour format.

Always fun to work Europe. I love the guys that copy the full 10 QTC without needing any repeats. Thanks to everyone who took QTCs.

CR2X gets my vote as the station with the widest clicks on their signal.

Rates:

QSO/DXCC by hour and band

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

D1-0000Z  --+--   52/17   --+--   --+--   --+--   52/17     52/17  
D1-0100Z   4/3    22/6      -       -       -     26/9      78/26  
D1-0200Z  76/23   19/9      -       -       -     95/32    173/58  
D1-0300Z  15/7    54/2      -       -       -     69/9     242/67  
D1-0400Z   2/1    28/2     1/1      -       -     31/4     273/71     19
D1-0500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     273/71     60
D1-0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     273/71     60
D1-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     273/71     60
D1-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     273/71     60
D1-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     273/71     60
D1-1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     273/71     60
D1-1100Z    -       -     40/19     -       -     40/19    313/90     35
D1-1200Z    -       -     54/8    14/10     -     68/18    381/108 
D1-1300Z    -       -     12/6    61/19     -     73/25    454/133 
D1-1400Z    -       -      7/2    76/7      -     83/9     537/142 
D1-1500Z    -       -      2/1    22/3     1/1    25/5     562/147 
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   26/4    37/4    --+--   63/8     625/155    60
D1-1700Z    -       -     28/2    21/4    18/12   67/18    692/173 
D1-1800Z    -       -     32/0    25/1    14/7    71/8     763/181 
D1-1900Z    -       -     55/2    12/0      -     67/2     830/183 
D1-2000Z    -       -     37/0      -       -     37/0     867/183    35
D1-2100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     867/183    60
D1-2200Z    -      4/2    18/1      -       -     22/3     889/186    26
D1-2300Z   1/1    53/3     8/0      -       -     62/4     951/190 
D2-0000Z   2/0     4/0    --+--   --+--   --+--    6/0     957/190    47
D2-0100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     957/190    60
D2-0200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     957/190    60
D2-0300Z  20/0    12/0      -       -       -     32/0     989/190    31
D2-0400Z   1/0    33/0     8/0      -       -     42/0    1031/190 
D2-0500Z    -      1/0     4/0      -       -      5/0    1036/190    22
D2-0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1036/190    60
D2-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1036/190    60
D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1036/190    60
D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1036/190    60
D2-1000Z    -       -     20/0      -       -     20/0    1056/190    46
D2-1100Z    -       -     29/0     5/0      -     34/0    1090/190 
D2-1200Z    -       -      7/0    55/0      -     62/0    1152/190 
D2-1300Z    -       -      1/0     3/0      -      4/0    1156/190     4
D2-1400Z    -       -      2/1    25/0    10/5    37/6    1193/196    60
D2-1500Z    -       -       -     67/0     8/2    75/2    1268/198 
D2-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--    5/0    --+--    5/0    1273/198    37
D2-1700Z    -       -      3/0     9/0      -     12/0    1285/198    60
D2-1800Z    -       -     53/0    11/1      -     64/1    1349/199 
D2-1900Z    -       -     23/0    42/0      -     65/0    1414/199 
D2-2000Z    -       -     23/0    26/0      -     49/0    1463/199     7
D2-2100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1463/199    60
D2-2200Z    -      4/1    16/1      -       -     20/2    1483/201    28
D2-2300Z    -     15/1     7/1      -       -     22/2    1505/203 

Total:   121/35  301/43  516/49  516/49   51/27 

Most worked countries:

           80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL      40     87    159    162      8     456
     G       3      9     18     15      2      47
    HA       3     14     10     19      2      48
     I       4     14     25     23      5      71
    OK      10     20     24     23      1      78
    SP       5      9     21     24      2      61
    UA       2     17     40     23      1      83
    UR       4     13     20     20      4      61

Stations worked on 5 bands:
4O3A 9A1P CR2X CR6K DF1LX DJ5MW DL0GL DL0WRTC DM6V EC2DX EI1Y F4DXW IO2X IR1G IR2C IR4X LX7I LZ8E M3I MJ5Z OE3K OK1VD OM5ZW S50A TM5Y UA7K UR7GO UW5Y

2015 IARU HF World Championship WR1TC (K5ZD)

IARU HF World Championship

Call: WR1TC
Operator(s): K5ZD
Station: K5ZD
Class: SOABMixed HP
Operating Time (hrs): 22.5

Radios: SO2R

Summary:

Band    CW Qs  Ph Qs  Zones  HQ Mults

-------------------------------------
160:     36      0      5        5
80:     165     35     16       31
40:     453     79     23       39
20:     684    497     34       54
15:     339    128     28       48
10:      31      5      5        6
-------------------------------------

Total:  1708   744    111      183  Total Score = 2,422,854

Comments:

This operation was to celebrate the one year anniversary of WRTC2014 in New England. Wanted to give all of the participants a memory.  Was also looking to see if I could compete with the locals attempting to gain WRTC qualifying points.

Conditions were not the best.  Almost gave up a few times.  Finally decided 90 minutes of sleep was worth missing a few QSOs.

EF4HQ and TM0HQ were only Europe worked on 10 meters.

Worked several Eu stations on 160.  Had a clean shot at PJ2T and P40HQ on 160m, but they CQed in my face. Must have been noisy down there.

QSO/ZN+HQ by hour and band


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

1200Z    -       -       -     51/25   42/21     -       93/46     93/46
1300Z    -       -       -    122/11   11/7      -      133/18    226/64
1400Z    -       -       -     46/7    67/9     6/3     119/19    345/83
1500Z    -       -       -     43/5    41/7      -       84/12    429/95
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   63/2    65/12   --+--    128/14    557/109
1700Z    -       -       -     19/5    79/2     8/4     106/11    663/120
1800Z    -       -       -     78/1    35/6     1/1     114/8     777/128
1900Z    -       -       -     55/1     8/0      -       63/1     840/129
2000Z    -       -       -     45/5    66/4     6/3     117/12    957/141
2100Z    -       -       -     96/0    22/2    15/0     133/2    1090/143
2200Z    -       -       -    115/3    25/3      -      140/6    1230/149
2300Z    -       -     65/27   55/3      -       -      120/30   1350/179
0000Z  --+--    3/2    33/11  116/3    --+--   --+--    152/16   1502/195
0100Z   1/1    54/31   64/2      -       -       -      119/34   1621/229
0200Z  14/7    19/6   103/3      -       -       -      136/16   1757/245
0300Z    -     48/1    48/6      -       -       -       96/7    1853/252
0400Z    -     15/2    57/3    47/1      -       -      119/6    1972/258
0500Z    -      9/2   104/1     9/2      -       -      122/5    2094/263
0600Z   1/0     9/0    20/3    20/4      -       -       50/7    2144/270
0700Z  20/2    40/3    22/3      -       -       -       82/8    2226/278
0800Z  --+--    3/0    --+--    4/1    --+--   --+--      7/1    2233/279  50
0900Z    -       -     15/2      -       -       -       15/2    2248/281  48
1000Z    -       -      1/0   125/2     2/0      -      128/2    2376/283  
1100Z    -       -       -     72/6     4/2      -       76/8    2452/291

Total: 36/10  200/47  532/61 1181/87  467/75   36/11

Most worked stations:

10 – TM0HQ
9 – EF4HQ HB9HQ
8 – DA0HQ GR2HQ OL5HQ W1AW/5 YR0HQ

Most worked zones
Zone 28 – 695
Zone  8 – 554
Zone 29 – 232
Zone 27 – 222
Zone  7 – 180

Best 60 mins: 164 (12-Jul-2015 01:42-02:41)

2015 ARRL DX Contest, CW

                   ARRL DX Contest, CW

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

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 27
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:  110    47
   80:  502    59
   40:  848    77
   20:  849    92
   15:  714    79
   10:  667    74
-------------------
Total: 3690   428  Total Score = 4,737,960

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

My son was visiting for the weekend. We were all at a restaurant when the
contest started. Then came home and watched the WRTC2014 video. Didn’t start operating until almost 03z. Went to bed when I got tired.

When I got to 10 meters the first morning, I pressed F4 to call a station and RF got into the keyboard. It was like the F4 key was stuck on. Had to reboot a few times to diagnose the problem. Fixed by wrapping the keyboard cable through some Ferrite a few times.

I always forget how much it helps the rate when everyone in the world is
looking for USA. 🙂 Low bands were very good on Friday night. Even better on Saturday! Was actually able to call CQ and get answers on 160m.

Took plenty of breaks. Walked the dog both days. Took advantage of the warm weather to clean up some snow.

The predicted ice storm on Sat night never happened. Got a bit of rain and that quieted down all the line noise. Could hear a pin drop on 10m on Sunday.

Was having one of the my best hours of the weekend at 14z on Sunday when my son called to say he had rolled his car over on the trip home. An expensive life lesson for him. Luckily no injuries (except to the car!).

Worked 38 stations on 6 bands. That has to be a new record for me. And
another 81 on 5 bands!

Only complaint is the phase noise and side bands that some CW signals seem to have now. Had to abandon several nice run frequencies when a dirty signal would show up on a close frequency. One was from neighbor K1LZ.

This was my first real contest with the YCCC SO2R+ box. Thanks to W1UE for building it for me. Worked great!

Didn’t plan on operating this much, but conditions and rates were too good!
Didn’t spend much time on multipliers until Sunday afternoon.

Contests are way more enjoyable when you plan for fun instead of trying to win something. Was nice to take breaks and stop operating when I got tired of it. But, competing to win is fun too – afterwards.

Station:

Radio 1 – Elecraft K3 + Alpha 76CA
Radio 2 – Elecraft K3 + AL-1500

Tower 1 – 100? Rohn 45G
40m: 40-2CD @ 110?
20m: 205CA @ 100? / 50?
15m: 5-el 15 @70? / 35?
160m: 1/4-wave GP with 4 elevated radials

Tower 2 – 90? Rohn 25G
10m: 6-el 10 @90? with 4/4 @ 60’/30?
80m: Wire 4 square for 80m hung from tower
160m: Tower is shunt fed

Tower 3 – 40? Rohn 25G
TH7DXX at 40? to South

By Continent:

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

    NA       9     11     19     14     12     17      82     2.2
    AS       0      2     24     78     79      9     192     5.2
    EU      94    472    774    712    591    591    3234    87.6
    AF       2      8     11     13      6      9      49     1.3
    OC       0      3      5     10      8      8      34     0.9
    SA       5      6     15     22     18     33      99     2.7

Rates:

QSO/DX by hour and band

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

0000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0       0/0     60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0       0/0     60
0200Z    -       -       -     14/14     -       -     14/14     14/14  
0300Z  22/13   50/20   54/21    8/5      -       -    134/59    148/73  
0400Z  11/3   131/12    7/2      -       -       -    149/17    297/90  
0500Z  22/11   63/4    19/6      -       -       -    104/21    401/111 
0600Z    -     12/2   132/11     -       -       -    144/13    545/124     7
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     545/124    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     545/124    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     545/124    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     545/124    60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     545/124    60
1200Z    -       -       -       -    114/33    1/1   115/34    660/158    17
1300Z    -       -       -       -    115/9    52/22  167/31    827/189 
1400Z    -       -       -       -    100/4    56/19  156/23    983/212 
1500Z    -       -       -       -     74/4    82/6   156/10   1139/222     6
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1139/222    60
1700Z    -       -       -    157/27     -      4/2   161/29   1300/251     8
1800Z    -       -       -    102/6     7/3      -    109/9    1409/260    23
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1409/260    60
2000Z    -       -       -    111/5     3/1      -    114/6    1523/266    20
2100Z    -       -       -    138/10   12/6      -    150/16   1673/282 
2200Z    -       -     80/3    33/6    10/2    14/4   137/15   1810/297 
2300Z    -       -     63/1      -       -       -     63/1    1873/298    38
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   15/1    --+--   15/1    1888/299    48
0100Z    -     29/0    54/3    19/11    2/0      -    104/14   1992/313 
0200Z  10/6    41/5    26/8      -       -       -     77/19   2069/332 
0300Z  22/7     2/2    54/3      -       -       -     78/12   2147/344 
0400Z   6/0    16/2    67/3     5/2      -       -     94/7    2241/351 
0500Z  15/6    26/1     2/0     3/0      -       -     46/7    2287/358 
0600Z    -    107/3    30/1      -       -       -    137/4    2424/362 
0700Z   2/1     4/3   139/4      -       -       -    145/8    2569/370 
0800Z  --+--    8/4    52/5     2/0    --+--   --+--   62/9    2631/379    16
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2631/379    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2631/379    60
1100Z    -       -      2/1    12/0      -       -     14/1    2645/380    51
1200Z    -       -      6/4   134/3     9/2      -    149/9    2794/389 
1300Z    -       -       -     20/1    68/5     5/1    93/7    2887/396    31
1400Z    -       -       -       -       -    157/6   157/6    3044/402 
1500Z    -       -       -       -      4/2    72/1    76/3    3120/405    39
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   11/1   153/4   164/5    3284/410 
1700Z    -       -       -       -    135/3    40/0   175/3    3459/413 
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    3459/413    60
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    3459/413    60
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -     21/5    21/5    3480/418    37
2100Z    -       -      3/0    91/2     7/2     2/1   103/5    3583/423 
2200Z    -       -     58/1      -     24/1     8/2    90/4    3673/427 
2300Z    -     13/1      -       -      4/0      -     17/1    3690/428    40

Total: 110/47 502/59  848/77  849/92  714/79  667/74 

Best rate:
60 mins 218 QSOs at 21-Feb-2015 12:30

Worked on 6 bands:
9A1A DH8BQA DJ5AN DJ7UC DJ8OG DL1A DL2CC DP9Z EC2DX ED7P EF7T ES5Q HG1S HG6N HG7T II9P IR1Y IR4X IV3BCA LZ9W NP4Z OL4A OL5Y OL7M OZ5E PJ2T RT4F RU1A RW7K S54W SN3R SO9Q SP2LNW SP8R TI5W UX4U YL2KO YR8D

Worked 111 different entities.

Most worked countries:

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL      20     80    124    110     84     91     509
    UA       4     26     52     56     76     28     242
     I       3     26     55     56     37     52     229
    OK       9     40     44     40     35     39     207
    UR       3     30     57     39     51     26     206
    SP       5     30     34     38     30     33     170
     G       2     15     36     35     21     34     143
    PA       1     14     28     34     26     27     130
    S5       5     21     31     25     16     17     115
    EA       2     11     28     30     14     29     114
    HA       4     17     26     22     21     19     109
    SM       2     19     26     18     21     17     103
    JA                    10     31     48      8      97

Shows how good conditions were that JA made the list. Worked several JA stations on 4 bands!

2015 ARRL RTTY Roundup

                    ARRL RTTY Roundup

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

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 15.7
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
   80:  232
   40:  430
   20:  293
   15:  477
   10:  224
------------
Total: 1656  State/Prov = 57  Countries = 61  Total Score = 195,408

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

That was fun! Almost like playing a video game when running on two bands at the same time.

Running on two bands at the same time is a blast.  When you get a good stream of callers on both radios that don’t send too long and can be copied on the first pass, it is a non-stop adventure. Saw the last 10 rate meter get to about 230 at one point.  Hard to stay there.

Worked all USA states except HI and VT within the first 6 hours.  Found HI, VT, and DC on Sunday.  DX multipliers are just a matter of calling CQ as much as possible and tuning on the second radio.

Activity was lumpy.  When it was good, it was great.  But, during the football games it would slow a bit.  Then on Sunday afternoon the Europeans seemed to pack up and disappear.  But, the USA activity was good then.  I was running on 15m and working very short skip (even into PA, VA, and OH).  It sounded exactly like 40m, which I was tuning at the same time.  All part of the variability that makes radiosport so endlessly fascinating.

Found a few problems in the station.  SixPak seems to be out on 80m on the Radio B side.  Also the relays to switch to the South TH7 have failed on Radio A.

No power line noise all weekend.  We had cold at the start, then an inch of snow, then rain, then warm fog.  That suppressed all the noises.  Kept having to turn the volume up to make sure I was listening to a radio.

I think I have figured out how to get WriteLog and the MicroHam MK2R+ working for all modes.  This was the test for RTTY.  Had one problem on Sunday afternoon where CQing on 10m would crash the USB interface in the computer and require a reboot to get the keyboard working again.  Never saw that before.  Could be because the MK2R+ is connected by USB cable.  Or could be something else…

 

Breakdown by Continent:

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

    NA     204    261    179    293     92    1029    62.1
    OC       0      0      1      1      2       4     0.2
    EU      28    168    104    136    129     565    34.1
    AF       0      0      1      1      0       2     0.1
    SA       0      1      4      5      1      11     0.7
    AS       0      0      4     41      0      45     2.7

Rates:

QSO/Sta+Prov+Dx by hour and band

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

1800Z    -       -       -     32/13   22/15   54/28     54/28  
1900Z    -       -     53/21   59/14    9/1   121/36    175/64  
2000Z    -       -     66/4    46/5      -    112/9     287/73  
2100Z    -     77/8    19/1     4/0      -    100/9     387/82  
2200Z    -     50/4      -     65/2      -    115/6     502/88  
2300Z    -     14/0      -     11/0      -     25/0     527/88    50
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     527/88    60
0100Z  27/1    29/0     8/2      -       -     64/3     591/91    14
0200Z  91/1    80/0      -       -       -    171/1     762/92  
0300Z    -      1/0      -       -       -      1/0     763/92    58
0400Z  19/0    26/2      -       -       -     45/2     808/94    34
0500Z  48/0    56/4      -       -       -    104/4     912/98  
0600Z  23/0    12/1      -       -       -     35/1     947/99    23
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     947/99    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     947/99    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     947/99    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     947/99    60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     947/99    60
1200Z  24/1    26/0    36/1      -       -     86/2    1033/101    5
1300Z    -      6/0    18/1    64/1    52/3   140/5    1173/106 
1400Z    -       -       -     68/1    73/0   141/1    1314/107 
1500Z    -       -       -     26/1    16/1    42/2    1356/109   37
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1356/109   60
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1356/109   60
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1356/109   60
1900Z    -       -     32/2    24/3     2/0    58/5    1414/114   23
2000Z    -       -     24/1    12/0    26/1    62/2    1476/116 
2100Z    -     32/0    31/1      -     24/0    87/1    1563/117 
2200Z    -     21/0     6/1    66/0      -     93/1    1656/118 
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1656/118   60

Total: 232/3   430/19  293/35  477/40  224/21 

New personal best 176 QSOs in 60 minutes.

Worked on 5 bands: AA5AU K6ND NT0F OL8M

2014 CQ WW CW K5ZD

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

Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 44.4
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
Band  QSOs Zones Countries
------------------------------
160:    106  17  62
80:     502  24  96
40:    1163  39 125
20:    1100  39 143
15:    1142  37 138
10:    1009  35 133
------------------------------
Total: 5022 191 697 Total Score = 12,967,464

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

What a memorable contest. Fantastic conditions on all bands matched with incredible activity from every part of the globe! CW is alive and well.

Goals:
– Play with new toys
– See if I could push the USA record for SOA up a little higher

Station prep:

Through some good luck, was able to add a second K3 to my station the week of the contest. Also added an AL-1500 amplifier. With two K3s, decided to try the MK2R+ SO2R controller. That took hours to correctly configure, but once working it did everything I could want. Maybe not the best idea to introduce so much new stuff the week of a major.

Spent the one nice day on the previous weekend to put new coax on 10m stack. Knew the 160 antenna was intermittent, but decided to leave it. Should have spent the time to work on it, but didn’t think 160m would be that good.

Contest:

Have converted to Assisted because I was frustrated doing the CQWW and never hearing all the really good DX stations. Now I can run and chase DX both. Contest started great. Fell into a great run frequency on 80m and that was responsible for most of my QSOs on the band. Sometime later in the evening, I noticed the SWR on the 80m 4 square was high when on the NE and SW directions. Visual
inspection the next day didn’t show any broken elements, but I was no longer loud on 80.

Was a struggle to work anything on 160 the first night. I think I had 30 countries and figured that was going to be about it. The second night conditions were much much better. I was weak and had to wait in line, but I eventually got through.

Took a power nap of 20 minutes during the 10z hour. Woke up feeling really good.

What can you say about the high bands? They were awesome. Best 60 minutes was a new personal best of 220. It was tough to decide when to move up and down the bands to capture the most stations. Not to mention the decision of when to run and when to chase spots.

I was flying and totally committed to the contest when the logging software locked up at 1430z. I couldn’t type anything. Logged on paper while rebooting. Started running again and the logging window locked up again. What a moment of despair. Decided to take out the MK2R+ and go back to the W5XD keyer. Took some time to find the right cable and redo everything. Total down time was 45 minutes during some very high rates. It also meant I was no longer
recording the contest.

Back at it. The conditions were too good to stop! Short break during 20z to get some food. Then another at 01z. Had 6+ Meg at the 24 hour mark, but with 590 countries, didn’t see where I could possibly find more. It was encouraging to be on record pace.

Invested most of my time the second night on 80 and 160 chasing anything I could work. Was CQing on 20 and fun to have both Europe and Japan calling in at the same time. Was starting to drag a little and didn’t think 40m was going to be that great at Eu sunrise. Decided sleep would help me be more productive during the morning runs. Slept 3 hours between 0715 and 1030z. I probably
should have tried to stick it out until 0900 and then slept 90 minutes. Except for the off times, I was in the chair.

Sunday was fantastic on the high bands. I would run on one band and chase spots on the other. Then swap. This probably hurt my 10m QSO total, but helped with the mults.

One thing that really helped the rates and score was the amount of time the bands were open to Russia and Eastern Europe. Could not believe the number of Russian stations (and their new short calls) that I worked.

On Sunday afternoon I was turning the 10m antenna to the West and let go of the break to type something. When I tried to turn the beam again, it wouldn’t move. The break disengaged, but the antenna free wheeled to the north. So another thing that will need fixing.

I did experience one more logging window lockup on Sunday afternoon. So now I have to suspect a software problem. More testing required. Have never had problems with Writelog before.

Comments:

– Great score by K3WW. I think I heard him two times all weekend. You wonder how we can both find 60+ countries on 160 and not hear each other more. I think I heard K1DG and K0DQ only 2-3 times all weekend. Big scores require keeping your head down and running all the time.

– Missed zone 34 on 20m and zone 23 on 40m. Did work all 40 zones. I think that is a first in my years of single op. Need to find a better spot management strategy. I couldn’t keep the window open for all bands because there were too many spots from other parts of the world so would open one band at a time.

– Was watching the online scoreboard. K1AR and his magic dipole were matching me QSO for QSO for the first 8 hours. A great source of motivation as I was determined not to let him beat me! Also followed N2IC who was doing a great job from out west in New Mexico.

– I play mental games on Sunday to keep the motivation up. One of them was to see if I could have more than 1000 QSOs on 4 different bands. I made it!

– Very pleased with how often people were sending their calls. Only one time when the station wouldn’t give their call when asked. I spent very little time waiting for stations to ID. Thanks to all for that!

– Having so many bands open makes it easier to find run frequencies. It didn’t really seem to matter if you were low or high in the band. I had a very good run on 28161!

– Really wanted to make the “5000 club”. That is USA single ops with
more than 5K QSOs after log checking. Didn’t think I would get so close or would not have taken the extra 90 minutes of sleep. But, I am going to blame the lost time of the station rewiring for the miss!

– Bad practice. I heard JE3IGA (big S9 signal) call a Caribbean station on 80m at 0830z and send 599 25. This was clearly a remote operation transmitting from the USA. It pollutes the contest to have people give out bogus QSOs/mults like this.

Station:
K3 + Alpha 76CA
K3/P3 + AL-1500

Antennas:
160m: GP, shunt fed tower
80m: 4 square
40m: 40-2CD @110′
20m: 5/5 @ 100’/50′
15m: 5/5 @ 66’/33′
10m: 6/4/4 @ 90’/60’/30′
Mult: TH7DXX @45′

Numbers:

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

    NA      30     57     88     70     43     58     346     6.9
    AF       3      8     19     26     16     17      89     1.8
    EU      63    410    979    825    960    832    4069    81.0
    AS       2      5     39    128     84     34     292     5.8
    SA       7     17     26     35     25     50     160     3.2
    OC       1      5     11     16     14     18      65     1.3

Rates:

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

0000Z  --+--   --+--   32/31   81/73   --+--   --+--  113/104   113/104 
0100Z    -       -     52/26   12/8    33/23     -     97/57    210/161 
0200Z   8/12    1/2    80/17   19/10     -       -    108/41    318/202 
0300Z    -    160/40   13/5      -       -       -    173/45    491/247 
0400Z    -    133/8    24/9      -       -       -    157/17    648/264 
0500Z  16/15   33/5    17/16    5/4      -       -     71/40    719/304 
0600Z    -     23/15   92/4     6/5      -       -    121/24    840/328 
0700Z    -     18/15  121/5      -       -       -    139/20    979/348 
0800Z  --+--   12/4   103/4    --+--   --+--   --+--  115/8    1094/356 
0900Z   7/8     6/6    40/12    8/6      -       -     61/32   1155/388 
1000Z   4/5     1/1     7/4     4/5      -       -     16/15   1171/403   25
1100Z    -       -      3/3   138/12   17/23     -    158/38   1329/441 
1200Z    -       -       -     44/12  137/35    7/12  188/59   1517/500 
1300Z    -       -       -       -     53/17  155/35  208/52   1725/552 
1400Z    -       -       -       -      7/8   117/11  124/19   1849/571   30
1500Z    -       -       -       -      3/0    38/11   41/11   1890/582   15
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--  143/6    24/17  167/23   2057/605 
1700Z    -       -       -       -    158/5    20/6   178/11   2235/616 
1800Z    -       -       -     27/8    53/17   24/24  104/49   2339/665 
1900Z    -       -       -    132/1      -     14/13  146/14   2485/679 
2000Z    -       -       -     72/3    13/11    9/2    94/16   2579/695   20
2100Z    -       -     59/9    10/4     6/2     3/0    78/15   2657/710 
2200Z    -       -    105/1      -       -     24/6   129/7    2786/717 
2300Z    -       -     98/3      -     18/3     3/1   119/7    2905/724 
0000Z  --+--   --+--   40/1    30/13    1/0    --+--   71/14   2976/738 
0100Z  10/6      -      3/1     6/0     3/0      -     22/7    2998/745   25
0200Z  14/9    26/13    3/0      -       -       -     43/22   3041/767 
0300Z  21/16    5/5      -       -       -       -     26/21   3067/788 
0400Z    -     10/3     5/2    52/3     3/1      -     70/9    3137/797 
0500Z  25/6     6/0      -     32/0      -       -     63/6    3200/803 
0600Z   1/2    52/1     6/1      -       -       -     59/4    3259/807 
0700Z    -       -       -      4/1      -       -      4/1    3263/808   51
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    3263/808   60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    3263/808   60
1000Z    -      5/0      -      5/0      -       -     10/0    3273/808   44
1100Z    -      1/2     7/2    51/1    85/4      -    144/9    3417/817 
1200Z    -       -       -      4/4    86/5    91/7   181/16   3598/833 
1300Z    -       -       -       -     10/4   196/3   206/7    3804/840 
1400Z    -       -       -       -     68/4   108/9   176/13   3980/853 
1500Z    -       -       -       -     35/1    97/6   132/7    4112/860 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--  115/1    39/0   154/1    4266/861 
1700Z    -       -       -     34/5    85/4     3/2   122/11   4388/872 
1800Z    -       -       -    116/0    10/1     2/0   128/1    4516/873 
1900Z    -       -       -    102/0      -     15/1   117/1    4633/874 
2000Z    -       -       -     85/1      -     16/2   101/3    4734/877 
2100Z    -       -     94/7     9/0      -      4/0   107/7    4841/884 
2200Z    -       -    102/0     7/3      -       -    109/3    4950/887 
2300Z    -     10/0    57/1     5/0      -       -     72/1    5022/888 

Tot:  106/79  502/120 1163/164 1100/182 1142/175 1009/168

Most worked countries:

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL       6     67    184    148    156    135     696
    EA       3      9     36     39     32     24     143
     F       1      9     21     25     31     28     115
     G       7     15     58     47     48     47     222
    HA       1     16     26     22     31     23     119
     I             17     56     62     54     44     233
    JA                     6     57     29     11     103
    OK       5     32     41     28     53     39     198
    PA       1      7     30     39     28     22     127
    S5       2     10     28     25     22     22     109
    SM       2     10     24     22     19     28     105
    SP       2     16     52     40     53     44     207
    UA       3     52     85     75    119    114     448
    UR       3     29     67     24     70     54     247
    VE      12     25     38     21     10     14     120

6 bands (37 stations!!!)
4O3A 4V1JR 6Y6N 8P5A 9A1A 9K2HN 9Y4/VE3EY CN2AA CR3A DF0HQ DF3FS DR1A EA5KA EI1Y HC2AO/8 HI3A HK1NA HR2J II9P J6/DL7VOG LX7I LZ9W NP2X NP4Z OM7M OR2F PJ2T PJ4A SO9Q TM6M V26K VC7M VE2IM VP2MDX VP9/N3AD ZD8O ZF1A

5 bands (58 stations!)
6W1RW 9A1P 9A2BD A71BX CR3L CR6K DK4M DL0GL DL0UM DL2VWR DL3YM DL5KUD DL6RAI DL8ZAW DM8T DR4A DR5N G4DDL G5O G5W GD6IA GM5A HA5PT HC1WDT HD2A HG1S HG7T IB9T IO1T IZ4DLR KH7XX LY4A LY7A LZ5R M6W OH2XX OH4MDY OK2D OL6P OQ5M OX3OA P33W P40W PZ5AV RM5A RT3F RZ1OK SN3R SP2LNW SV1ENG TC0A UA4Z UI5F UW3E UX4U YL2SM YT0A YU5R

 

November 2015: Geoff, KA1IOR, did some analysis of my log and created the following list showing what frequency was used to produce the most contacts (biggest runs), in descending order:

Freq.      QSOs
21062:    349
28046:    336
14001:    331
7028:     320
3503:     319
7018:     284
28112:    266
7014:     240
14060:    210
21003:    191
21053:    172
14006:    172
21017:    161
28162:    117
21002:     89
14028:     82
14059:     55

It shows that you can run just about anywhere.  In some cases, the higher frequencies are easier to keep. Many people tune from the bottom of the band going up so being down low gives more probability of working everyone. The best run for my score was the one on 3503!

2014 ARRL Sweepstakes CW K5ZD

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

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 18.1
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:    
Band	     QSOs
160:	       0
80:	     163
40:	     293
20:	     306
15:	     151
10:	     172
Total:      1085   Sections 82 Total Score 177,940

For the first time in 37 years I was not sitting at the radio ready to go when the clock struck 2100z. After 3400 QSOs in CQ WW last weekend and another 2400 as W1AW/1 this week, I did not have my usual radio excitement for SS CW. So I did sit down about 2 minutes late and had to wait for the computer to reboot. Hey – its SS CW!

I had hinted to my wife that I did not plan to be serious. She came into the shack about 01z to see if I wanted to go out to dinner. This was when guys were calling in at 2 per minute. I decided to take 2 hours and go, knowing that finding QSOs on Sunday would be much harder.

Had 82 sections by Sunday morning. Not a hint of VE8. KL7RA was booming in for hours so the band was open. Spent hours tuning 10 and 15 meters.

I sat down at 01z to make a few QSOs before turning off the radio and switched to 20m. Heard VE8EV work someone. First sign of a VE8 all weekend! Spent the next hour trying everything I could think of to find him. Tuned and tuned. Called CQ with the beam north. No luck. 🙁

I love copying the long SS exchange. We just need to find an additional 500-1000 people to share that passion and this would be a great contest. Unfortunately, it gets pretty slow on Sunday.

With 10m so good and my 2 hours off Sat evening, this is one of the weirdest band by band totals I have ever had. Usually 40m dominates.

This is my 37th consecutive year to make more than 1000 contacts in SS CW.
Full history at http://k5zd.com/scores/sweepstakes-cw-personal-records/

Thanks for the QSOs!

QSO/Sec by hour and band

Hour    80      40      20      15      10     Total     Cumm    Off

2100Z    -       -       -      1/1    95/44   96/45     96/45  
2200Z    -       -      1/0    33/5    39/10   73/15    169/60  
2300Z    -       -     50/7    31/3      -     81/10    250/70  
0000Z  --+--   32/3    36/2     7/0    --+--   75/5     325/75     8
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     325/75    60
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     325/75    60
0300Z   1/0    47/1    26/0      -       -     74/1     399/76     1
0400Z  79/0    14/1      -       -       -     93/1     492/77  
0500Z  52/1    22/1      -       -       -     74/2     566/79  
0600Z   9/0    47/0      -       -       -     56/0     622/79  
0700Z   8/1    10/0      -       -       -     18/1     640/80    30
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     640/80    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     640/80    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     640/80    60
1100Z    -      2/0      -       -       -      2/0     642/80    58
1200Z   8/0    51/1     2/1      -       -     61/2     703/82  
1300Z    -     17/0    34/0      -       -     51/0     754/82  
1400Z    -     24/0    22/0      -       -     46/0     800/82  
1500Z    -      3/0     6/0      -       -      9/0     809/82    46
1600Z  --+--   --+--   25/0    19/0    --+--   44/0     853/82  
1700Z    -       -     40/0     7/0     2/0    49/0     902/82  
1800Z    -       -     25/0      -     20/0    45/0     947/82  
1900Z    -       -       -     11/0      -     11/0     958/82    44
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     958/82    60
2100Z    -       -      4/0    29/0     5/0    38/0     996/82    14
2200Z    -      9/0    19/0     9/0     5/0    42/0    1038/82  
2300Z    -      8/0      -      2/0     6/0    16/0    1054/82    34
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--    2/0    --+--    2/0    1056/82    56
0100Z   5/0     7/0    11/0      -       -     23/0    1079/82  
0200Z   1/0      -      5/0      -       -      6/0    1085/82    53

Total: 163/2  293/7   306/10  151/9   172/54
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