2014 CQ WW SSB Contest

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB

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

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

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:   18     7       13
   80:  208    14       61
   40:  178    21       70
   20:  640    37      127
   15:  817    37      127
   10: 1437    31      129
------------------------------
Total: 3298   147      527  Total Score = 6,446,810

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Wow, that was fun! The new saying might be, “When there’s 10 meters, there’s no other meters!”

The whole world seemed to be on 10 meters all weekend. With the high MUF the other bands really suffered except for short periods around sunrise and sunset. I had a 200+ hour Sunday morning on 29022!! And there was plenty of activity all the way up to 29100. Gotta love having some elbow room!

40m was difficult. The band was open pretty well, but there just aren’t enough operating slots between 7125 and 7200. I tried multiple times to CQ listening down with no responses.

DX contests are fun when you aren’t trying to win anything. Lots of other things in life plus two long business trips left me unmotivated to operate full time. Decided to use the Cluster and chase multipliers. Slept when I was tired.
Walked the dog both days. Had a blast.

Station is starting to show signs of age. High SWR on some antennas. RF in the cable modem. This place used to feel really loud 20 years ago when first built, but the rest of the world has increased their hardware and power so I spent a lot of time waiting in line.

Highlights:

– Four hours over 200 QSOs! One of them when I finally got to 20m on Sunday evening.

– Asia on 15m and 20m. Never worked so many China stations before – and they were loud!

– Working DXCC on the 3 high bands.

– Signals were relatively clean (with a few exceptions) and with so much room on 10 meters, I didn’t get into any frequency squabbles.

Thanks to everyone who put me in their log. Always fun to spend a weekend of ham radio DXing with 40,000 of my best friends!

Station:

K3 + Alpha 76CA
FT1000D + AL-1200

160m: Shunt fed tower (my GP failed on the second transmission)
80m: 4 square
40m: 40-2CD up 33m
20m: 205CA/205CA at 30m/15m
15m: 155CA/155CA at 20m/10m
10m: 6/4/4 at 30m/20m/10m
Mult: TH7DXX at 10m fixed south

By Continent

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

    EU       5    166     98    427    608   1237    2541    77.0
    AS       0      4      8     50     84     40     186     5.6
    NA       9     28     50     68     43     58     256     7.8
    AF       0      5      5     22     19     18      69     2.1
    SA       3      4     11     52     44     64     178     5.4
    OC       1      1      6     21     18     20      67     2.0

Rates:

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

0000Z  -+--   --+--   --+--   66/58   27/24   --+--   93/82     93/82      8
0100Z   -       -     44/40   39/19   18/9      -    101/68    194/150 
0200Z   -     40/32   13/5     6/2      -       -     59/39    253/189 
0300Z  3/5    61/8    22/3      -       -       -     86/16    339/205 
0400Z  1/1    27/7    13/5    28/20     -       -     69/33    408/238 
0500Z  8/7    25/12     -     16/5      -       -     49/24    457/262    19
0600Z   -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     457/262    60
0700Z   -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     457/262    60
0800Z  -+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     457/262    60
0900Z   -     10/6     5/4      -       -       -     15/10    472/272    50
1000Z   -       -     17/15   42/15   37/29     -     96/59    568/331 
1100Z   -      2/2      -      6/1   157/28   12/14  177/45    745/376 
1200Z   -       -       -       -      1/1   147/48  148/49    893/425 
1300Z   -       -       -       -     17/5   189/17  206/22   1099/447 
1400Z   -       -       -       -     30/7    80/13  110/20   1209/467 
1500Z   -       -       -       -      4/3   231/4   235/7    1444/474 
1600Z  -+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    2/2    47/6    49/8    1493/482    43
1700Z   -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1493/482    60
1800Z   -       -       -       -     92/12   36/13  128/25   1621/507     6
1900Z   -       -       -      5/0   107/8    23/13  135/21   1756/528 
2000Z   -       -       -     14/1     7/3     9/5    30/9    1786/537    40
2100Z   -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1786/537    60
2200Z   -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1786/537    60
2300Z   -       -       -      3/1    20/5      -     23/6    1809/543    45
0000Z  -+--   --+--    5/2    32/11   37/9    16/5    90/27   1899/570 
0100Z  2/3     8/0    14/6     1/0    14/1      -     39/10   1938/580 
0200Z   -     11/1    15/6    22/2      -       -     48/9    1986/589 
0300Z  3/2    21/3     5/1     6/3      -       -     35/9    2021/598    15
0400Z   -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2021/598    60
0500Z   -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2021/598    60
0600Z   -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2021/598    60
0700Z   -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2021/598    60
0800Z  -+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    2021/598    60
0900Z   -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2021/598    60
1000Z  1/2     2/2     1/1     1/1      -       -      5/6    2026/604    51
1100Z   -      1/2     6/3    23/8    19/2      -     49/15   2075/619 
1200Z   -       -       -      7/7    52/0    49/9   108/16   2183/635 
1300Z   -       -       -       -      8/2   192/0   200/2    2383/637 
1400Z   -       -       -       -     20/3   118/2   138/5    2521/642 
1500Z   -       -       -      5/0     7/1    25/1    37/2    2558/644    26
1600Z  -+--   --+--   --+--    1/1     1/2     5/1     7/4    2565/648    60
1700Z   -       -       -       -     10/0   165/3   175/3    2740/651 
1800Z   -       -       -     15/0    20/2    47/2    82/4    2822/655 
1900Z   -       -       -     34/1    86/4    12/0   132/5    2954/660 
2000Z   -       -       -    209/4     1/1      -    210/5    3164/665 
2100Z   -       -       -     44/0    23/1    25/2    92/3    3256/668 
2200Z   -       -       -      6/0      -      9/2    15/2    3271/670    40
2300Z   -       -     18/0     9/4      -       -     27/4    3298/674    45

Total: 18/20 208/75  178/91  640/164 817/164 1437/160

Worked 9 stations on 6 bands: 8P5A DF0HQ HK1NA IB9T KH7XX P40L PJ4X TM6M V26B

Worked 39 on 5 bands and 58 on 4 bands. 160m was the missing one most of the time.

Best 60 mins was 240 QSOs at Oct 25 1503-1602z

Most worked countries:

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL       1     30      7     77     88    208     411
    EA       1     13      5     32     48     71     170
     F       2      7      4     24     32     64     133
     G              8      4     33     43     77     165
     I              8     10     34     49    116     217
    PA              7      2     25     24     52     110
    SP              6      7     20     33     66     132
    UA              7      2     14     36     82     141
    VE       4     15     21     20     11     11      82

Cool things

    BY                            9      9             18
    JA                     1      5     45      7      58
    CM              2      3      5      4      3      17
    YV              1      4      3      5      4      17

2014 ARRL DX CW Contest

K5ZD, Single Operator Unlimited, All Bands

                    ARRL DX Contest, CW

Call: K5ZD
Operator(s): K5ZD

Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 32.5
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:   64    41
   80:  376    70
   40:  663    93
   20: 1044   109
   15: 1069   112
   10:  913   105
-------------------
Total: 4129   530  Total Score = 6,565,110

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

I am little burned out on contesting.  I am in the middle of CQWW results, made trip to Estonia for the Contest Club of Finland meeting 2 weeks ago, and WRTC2014.  So couldn’t get up for a full effort, but as it seems each time, the great conditions lured me in for more operating than I planned.

It wasn’t without challenges.  Spent the first 90 minutes on 40m with the amp tuned to 10m.  I turned the amp on, but forgot to tune it.  Still worked a bunch of guys but couldn’t figure out why I felt so weak.  Duh!

Discovered the TH7 mult antenna would not turn and didn’t seem to be pointed exactly south. Something to work on when the snow melts.

Started getting the sniffles on Friday evening.  It had turned into a full on cold with some fever by Sat morning. My whole station now needs to be disinfected from the occasional sneeze…

All bands were good.  160m to 10m. I made myself take a nap the first night and then took another off time at midday to go for a walk and get a haircut.

The rates during the morning were incredible.  A personal best 60 minutes of 222! Personal best clock hour of 219.  Could have been better, but the zero beat problem often caused some delay in getting a callsign.

Had just settled into a perfect run frequency on 40m Sat afternoon when the snow static started.  Wiped out 40 and pushed me back to 20m. Then I got the dinner call and took a break.

With the cold, I figured it would be good to get some more sleep.  Didn’t set the alarm and figured I would probably sleep 8 hours or so.  I woke up at one point and saw the clock said 10:43.  In my fog, I thought that was GMT and it was the perfect time to wake up.  I was on the air making QSOs before I realized it was local time and had only slept 3 hours.

It exposed me to the most incredible conditions of the weekend.  I happened to listen on 15m at 0400z.  There were signals there!  Lots of them from Asia and very loud.  Worked a JT1, BG2, XW0, UA0s, JAs.  Even wilder, I was alternating making QSOs on 15m and 160m.  It was really noisy here on 160, but must have been very quiet in Europe because everyone came right back on the first call.

About 0730z I ended up on 20m.  The band was open to everywhere over the pole. I had one beam NE and one NW. Started off with some Eu and then the JAs started calling.  JAs don’t usually call me, much less have a real run. Signals had a polar sound, but were loud enough to get the whole call each time.  Even worked some QRP JAs. This lasted until about 0930z.  Must not have been much activity on the band because I had lots of callers.

Took a 90 minute nap and then came back on at 1130z. 15m was already rocking so I went there.  More big hours.  Kept waiting for 10m to open, but it didn’t sound as good at 15m.  Heard K0DQ up in ME running guys before I could. Finally made the jump around 1445z.

Some studly QSOs during the day.  Plenty of VU2s on 10-20m. Several HS0 called in on 15m over Europe.  As did two VK6s.  The amazing QSO was JA1BPA calling in on 15m LP at 1337z.

Using the cluster was fun because it allowed me to run like a maniac all the time without missing too much.  Even with it, there weren’t many new mults on the second day. Mostly filling in band slots.

The ultimate proof of how good conditions were is the number of 5 and 6 band QSOs.

Worked 44 stations on 6 bands:

6Y2T 9A1A CN2AA CR3L CS2C DF3FS DL1A E7DX EA5RS EC2DX ED7P EF5F HG1S HK1NA IR1Y 
J38XX KH6LC KP2M LZ9W OE2S OL7M OM7RU OT2A P40W PI4TUE PJ2T PJ4X R22ALS S54W SO9Q 
SV1DPJ TI5W TM6M UR7GO UW1M UW2M UW3U V26M V31TP VP2EZZ VP5S YU0T YU5R ZF35A

Worked 86 on 5 bands.

It also means there isn’t as much pressure on any one band.  With everyone spread out across 3+ bands at a time, it was never difficult to find a frequency.  No frequency fights the whole weekend!

Thanks to everyone who called in.  This was a great one for having fun running rate and chasing DX.

Rates:

QSO/DX by hour and band

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

0000Z  --+--   --+--   87/34   24/21   --+--   --+--  111/55    111/55  
0100Z    -       -     72/12   20/15     -       -     92/27    203/82  
0200Z   1/1    80/34    5/1     2/0      -       -     88/36    291/118 
0300Z  20/17   10/2      -     42/11     -       -     72/30    363/148 
0400Z   5/5    74/14    2/2    19/4      -       -    100/25    463/173 
0500Z   1/1    16/11   17/16   35/4      -       -     69/32    532/205 
0600Z   2/2    76/4     7/3    32/5      -       -    117/14    649/219 
0700Z   4/4     1/1    48/5    82/12     -       -    135/22    784/241 
0800Z   3/3    --+--   54/2     3/0    --+--   --+--   60/5     844/246   28
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     844/246   60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     844/246   60
1100Z    -      2/2     9/4      -    109/33     -    120/39    964/285    9
1200Z    -       -       -     11/5   169/11   28/19  208/35   1172/320 
1300Z    -       -       -       -      8/4   211/23  219/27   1391/347 
1400Z    -       -       -       -     14/9   175/9   189/18   1580/365 
1500Z    -       -       -       -      4/4    21/18   25/22   1605/387   44
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1605/387   60
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1605/387   60
1800Z    -       -       -       -     70/3    21/12   91/15   1696/402   22
1900Z    -       -       -    140/5    27/11    2/1   169/17   1865/419 
2000Z    -       -     27/0    87/3    12/6     6/3   132/12   1997/431 
2100Z    -       -       -     78/2    16/3    13/6   107/11   2104/442 
2200Z    -       -       -     19/0    12/2     8/0    39/2    2143/444   35
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2143/444   60
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    2143/444   60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2143/444   60
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2143/444   60
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2143/444   60
0400Z  15/4     2/0    68/4     8/3     8/3      -    101/14   2244/458 
0500Z  11/2    68/1    10/1     6/5      -       -     95/9    2339/467 
0600Z   2/2    15/1    98/1     1/0      -       -    116/4    2455/471 
0700Z    -      3/0    40/0    70/1      -       -    113/1    2568/472 
0800Z  --+--   --+--    4/1   129/4    --+--   --+--  133/5    2701/477 
0900Z    -      3/0     1/1    46/0      -       -     50/1    2751/478   12
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2751/478   60
1100Z    -       -      2/1      -     59/0      -     61/1    2812/479   36
1200Z    -       -       -      3/2   173/5     6/3   182/10   2994/489 
1300Z    -       -       -      1/0   152/5    11/2   164/7    3158/496 
1400Z    -       -       -       -     83/5    54/1   137/6    3295/502 
1500Z    -       -       -      4/1     5/2   147/3   156/6    3451/508 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--    1/1    17/2   113/1   131/4    3582/512 
1700Z    -       -       -      6/0    77/1    61/2   144/3    3726/515 
1800Z    -       -       -     85/2    26/0    18/0   129/2    3855/517 
1900Z    -       -       -     60/0     1/1    12/1    73/2    3928/519   23
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    3928/519   60
2100Z    -       -      4/1     1/1      -       -      5/2    3933/521   54
2200Z    -       -     80/2    29/2      -      2/0   111/4    4044/525 
2300Z    -     26/0    28/2      -     27/2     4/1    85/5    4129/530    7

Total: 64/41  376/70  663/93 1044/109 1069/112 913/105

By continent:

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

    EU      45    337    589    806    904    791    3472    84.1
    AF       2      3      7     12     11     11      46     1.1
    NA      12     22     26     25     25     27     137     3.3
    SA       4      8     15     24     25     42     118     2.9
    OC       1      5      7     15     13      9      50     1.2
    AS       0      1     19    162     91     33     306     7.4

Station:

Elecraft K3 + Alpha 76CA

FT1000D + AL-1200

  • 160m: 1/4-wave GP, shunt fed tower
  • 80m: 4 square 40m: 2-el Yagi @ 110′
  • 20m: 5-el/5-el @ 100’/50′
  • 15m: 4-el/4-el @ 66’/33′
  • 10m: 6-el/4-el/4-el @90’/60’/30′
  • South: TH7DXX @40′

2013 CQ WW CW Contest

K5ZD, Single Operator All Bands

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

Call: K5ZD
Operator(s): K5ZD

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 45
Radios: SO2R

Summary:

Band   QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
160:     49    12       29
80:     504    21       80
40:    1305    33      107
20:    1145    33      112
15:     964    34      118
10:    1014    27      104
------------------------------
Total: 4981   160      550  Total Score = 10,242,460

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

This contest revealed that the station and the operator are starting to show some signs of aging. Multiple hardware issues and an inability to set the alarm clock were all part of the game.

Given the great conditions expected I decided at the last minute not to use the DX Cluster, but do it on my own. There was stiff competition, but perhaps a new record to be set.

Discovered Friday night that both of my 160m antennas were intermittent. Was having trouble working anyone and the other bands were so good that I didn’t try to spend much time there.

Felt good the first night and decided to skip taking a nap.  It was a good move because 20m was open early at 0900z.

Fantastic rates on Sat morning. Had 3 consecutive hours over 190!  Don’t think I have had more than 1 ever before.  SH5 says the best 60 minutes was 204. Wow!  And I sent my call after EVERY QSO.

Noticed that the signal levels were dropping on 10m.  I assume a bad connection somewhere in the feedline or StackMatch.  Something to work on.

Was on record pace at the 24 hour mark. 2908/147/453 at 5.03M.  Potential to make 11 Meg!  USA record was 10.2M.

Was running Sat evening around 0100z on 40m when the noise level suddenly went to 20 over 9. Looked outside and it was a very light snow flurry!  Took a break for some food and a shower.  When I got back 20 minutes later the noise was gone.  Lucky!  Added bonus – the 160 antennas seemed to be working.

Was feeling good on Sat evening so had thoughts of going the full 48 hours. Knew that might be the only way to beat the tough competition. Started getting loopy (i.e., falling asleep during QSOs) around 0800z.  Decided to take a short nap at 0845z.

I set the alarm on my iPhone, but didn’t notice the phone was set to silent mode.  Amazingly, I woke up on my own at 1100z.  Surprised I didn’t sleep for more given how long I had been awake.  Of course, 20m was already wide open so I probably gave up a big chunk of QSOs.

Conditions on Sunday were OK, but didn’t feel quite as good as Saturday. Rates collapsed around 1800z and I lost focus.  Went into DXer mode and chased multipliers.  Had given up on any chance for the record when I arrived on 40m at 2030z.  Found a clear spot at 7004.7 and was rewarded with a steady stream of callers for the next 3 hours. Chased mults as I could on the second radio.

Another hardware problem appeared.  Sometimes the Array Solutions SixPak would not switch the antennas.  I had to get up, run into the other room, and give it a rap with my knuckles to unstick the relay.  Time to install my spare.

Broke the record, but it will not survive the log checking.  Sure wish I had just stayed awake or set the alarm correctly.  All part of the game and why setting big records is not easy…  Even more ironic since the reason I don’t hold the existing record is because I made myself go to sleep instead of operating on through.

One final comment (rant?).  It has become almost a waste of time for an unassisted single op to tune across a band looking for mults.  No one sends their call sign any more.  If you aren’t in a rare zone, I have no way to know that I should stop.  And if you don’t send your call I can’t tell how long it will be until you do.  I worked VP2MMM once and had to wait more than 4 minutes before he sent his call to see who I had worked.

There was many other times on Sunday when a guy would sent dit-dit or TU and there were no callers.  We would both wait for awhile and then he would call CQ.  If he had just sent his call, he would have had a QSO with me in less than half of that time!  It pays to advertise your call!!

Great to see CW so alive and well.  Also to see the increase in activity from China and India.

As always, it is amazing to see the score reports and realize how many active multipliers I never heard.  With activity spread out across hundreds of Khz across 3-4 bands at at time, it is impossible to find them all.

Thanks to everyone who found their way into my log. And congratulations to everyone who took advantage of the conditions to set a new score record.

Station Description:

  • Radio 1   Elecraft K3 + Alpha 76CA
  • Radio 2   Yeasu FT-1000D + Ameritron AL-1200

Tower 1   100′ Rohn 45G

  • 40-2CD @ 110′
  • 2x 205CA @ 100′ / 50′
  • 2x 105CA @70′ / 35′
  • 160m 1/4-wave GP with 4 elevated radials

Tower 2   90′ Rohn 25G

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

Tower 3   40′ Rohn 25G

  • TH7DXX at 40′

WriteLog v11.17B + W5XD keyer for SO2R

Continental Breakdown

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

EU      18    398   1115    930    778    890    4129    82.9
SA       5     16     23     31     29     51     155     3.1
NA      19     70    105     52     49     40     335     6.7
AS       2      8     31     98     83      7     229     4.6
AF       4      6     21     20     13     14      78     1.6
OC       1      6      9     14     12     11      53     1.1

 

Rate

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

0000Z  --+--   --+--  124/61   15/26   --+--   --+--  139/87    139/87
0100Z   2/4      -     80/10   22/19     -       -    104/33    243/120
0200Z   4/6    54/41   37/5      -       -       -     95/52    338/172
0300Z    -     31/10   73/8      -       -       -    104/18    442/190
0400Z  13/12   15/8    34/1      -       -       -     62/21    504/211
0500Z    -     60/6    22/8      -       -       -     82/14    586/225
0600Z  10/7    46/5    33/3      -       -       -     89/15    675/240
0700Z    -      8/4   146/7      -       -       -    154/11    829/251
0800Z   1/1    12/5    77/7     4/5    --+--   --+--   94/18    923/269
0900Z   1/2     8/8    14/8    50/20     -       -     73/38    996/307
1000Z    -       -     11/6    69/12     -       -     80/18   1076/325
1100Z    -       -      4/2    69/16   10/9      -     83/27   1159/352
1200Z    -       -       -       -    187/35    3/4   190/39   1349/391
1300Z    -       -       -       -     85/10  112/37  197/47   1546/438
1400Z    -       -       -       -      9/4   186/11  195/15   1741/453
1500Z    -       -       -       -     15/5   158/6   173/11   1914/464
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   46/13   95/8   141/21   2055/485
1700Z    -       -       -       -    116/2    35/16  151/18   2206/503
1800Z    -       -       -     87/2    42/5     7/3   136/10   2342/513
1900Z    -       -       -    147/9     9/7      -    156/16   2498/529
2000Z    -       -       -     96/3    20/16    2/3   118/22   2616/551
2100Z    -       -       -     82/3    10/7    20/15  112/25   2728/576
2200Z    -       -       -     73/8    34/2      -    107/10   2835/586
2300Z    -       -     46/0     3/2    23/12     -     72/14   2907/600
0000Z  --+--   --+--   97/0     6/1    --+--   --+--  103/1    3010/601
0100Z    -     35/3    15/1     2/0      -       -     52/4    3062/605    20
0200Z    -     49/5    14/2      -       -       -     63/7    3125/612
0300Z   7/4    22/2     8/1      -       -       -     37/7    3162/619
0400Z   9/5     2/1    44/1     1/0      -       -     56/7    3218/626
0500Z   2/0    50/0      -       -       -       -     52/0    3270/626
0600Z    -     75/0     2/0      -       -       -     77/0    3347/626
0700Z    -     15/1    74/4      -       -       -     89/5    3436/631
0800Z  --+--    4/0    29/0     5/1    --+--   --+--   38/1    3474/632    15
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    3474/632    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    3474/632    60
1100Z    -      1/2      -     98/1    15/4      -    114/7    3588/639     7
1200Z    -       -       -     30/2   136/2     7/3   173/7    3761/646
1300Z    -       -       -       -    132/3    16/5   148/8    3909/654
1400Z    -       -       -       -     21/3   134/7   155/10   4064/664
1500Z    -       -       -       -     11/1   113/0   124/1    4188/665
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   12/0    13/1    79/1   104/2    4292/667
1700Z    -       -       -    165/3      -      6/1   171/4    4463/671
1800Z    -       -       -     68/2    11/4    17/5    96/11   4559/682
1900Z    -       -       -     16/2     4/1    22/3    42/6    4601/688
2000Z    -       -     42/0     4/1    14/5      -     60/6    4661/694
2100Z    -       -    121/1      -      1/1     1/1   123/3    4784/697
2200Z    -       -     93/3     6/3      -      1/2   100/8    4884/705
2300Z    -     17/0    65/1    15/4      -       -     97/5    4981/710

Total: 49/41  504/101 1305/140 1145/145 964/152 1014/131

 

Most worked countries:

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

DL       4     77    214    175    131    162     763
EA             14     43     37     27     25     146
F        2     18     42     41     27     45     175
G        1     23     67     53     36     60     240
HA       1     12     30     24     20     24     111
I              13     61     54     37     52     217
OK       2     23     68     56     49     40     238
S5       1      9     35     22     17     23     107
SM             14     27     21     26     27     115
SP       1     28     60     44     51     41     225
UA             17     97     79     91     68     352
UR             28     68     38     37     47     218
VE      13     37     29     15     16      7     117

Best rate:
60 mins     204   23-Nov-2013 12:26 – 23-Nov-2013 13:26

6 Banders:
8P5A 9A1P CN2AA CR3L D4C DM5TI DR1A HK1NA LZ9W OL4A P3N P40L PJ2T PJ4Q

5 Banders: 74

2013 ARRL Sweepstakes CW

                    ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW

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

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 21
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
  160:    0
   80:  244
   40:  367
   20:  439
   15:  149
   10:   43
------------
Total: 1242  Sections = 83  Total Score = 206,172

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

My 37th consecutive year with more than 1000 QSOs in SS CW. I do love this contest!

Bands were interesting Saturday evening. Skip was very short even on 20 and 15 so it was possible to work most of the country right out of the gate. Didn’t make my first contact on 40 meters until 0226z!

Had a sweep at 0328 when K2NNY called in. Next to last section was KP2M in VI. I think I eventually worked 2 or more of everything. Its a great feeling to have the sweep in hand and then only have to concentrate on making QSOs.

Felt like I had a good start, but the rate died around 0700z. Sunday morning everyone seemed to go right to 20m. Did well CQing on 40m and picking off new stations on 20m.

After about noon it got too sloooowwwwwww. I would CQ for 10 minutes without an answer. Took a break to walk the dog. Took another break to eat dinner. When I made my first QSO on returning, I realized it was only 26 minutes and therefore not an offtime. Ouch.

From that point on I would come and go as I had time. Rate never picked back up so threw in the towel with 1 hour to go. With the 1000 QSO goal achieved, I was happy with the result. And I had enough SO2R practice to be ready for WW CW.

Thanks to everyone who was on. There really is something special about passing SS traffic all weekend.

Ratesheet

QSO/Sec by hour and band

Hour    80      40      20      15      10     Total     Cumm    Off

2100Z    -       -     74/41     -     18/10   92/51     92/51  
2200Z    -       -     58/6    25/5     2/2    85/13    177/64  
2300Z    -       -     33/5    50/1      -     83/6     260/70  
0000Z   5/0    --+--   70/4    16/1    --+--   91/5     351/75  
0100Z  69/5      -     18/0      -       -     87/5     438/80  
0200Z  17/0    45/0    15/1      -       -     77/1     515/81  
0300Z   9/0    37/0    22/2      -       -     68/2     583/83  
0400Z  66/0    13/0      -       -       -     79/0     662/83  
0500Z  16/0    58/0      -       -       -     74/0     736/83  
0600Z  19/0    30/0      -       -       -     49/0     785/83  
0700Z   5/0     2/0      -       -       -      7/0     792/83     51
0800Z   9/0    12/0    --+--   --+--   --+--   21/0     813/83     28
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     813/83     60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     813/83     60
1100Z   1/0     7/0      -       -       -      8/0     821/83     53
1200Z   7/0    46/0     2/0      -       -     55/0     876/83  
1300Z    -     40/0    10/0      -       -     50/0     926/83  
1400Z    -     34/0     7/0      -       -     41/0     967/83  
1500Z    -     25/0     4/0    11/0      -     40/0    1007/83  
1600Z  --+--   --+--   35/0     9/0     2/0    46/0    1053/83  
1700Z    -       -     36/0     5/0     6/0    47/0    1100/83      5
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1100/83     60
1900Z    -      4/0    17/0     8/0     2/0    31/0    1131/83      8
2000Z    -       -     18/0     4/0    13/0    35/0    1166/83  
2100Z    -       -      4/0     8/0      -     12/0    1178/83  
2200Z    -       -     11/0    13/0      -     24/0    1202/83     41
2300Z   8/0     2/0     5/0      -       -     15/0    1217/83     29
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1217/83     60
0100Z  11/0    10/0      -       -       -     21/0    1238/83     28
0200Z   2/0     2/0      -       -       -      4/0    1242/83  

Tot:  244/5   367/0   439/59  149/7    43/12

2013 CQ WW SSB Contest

K5ZD, Single Operator All Bands, Classic Overlay

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB

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

Class: SOAB Classic HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 24

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:   44    12       24
   80:  143    17       55
   40:  185    24       67
   20:  511    31       97
   15:  757    32      101
   10: 1249    31       97
------------------------------
Total: 2889   147      441  Total Score = 4,932,144

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

This is my Classic score.  I operated for another 3.5 hours to end up with a traditional single op score of 3144/151/464 = 5,603,265.

What great conditions!  I have never seen all bands to be so great at the same time and for the full weekend.

I have some vacation days to use so took one on Friday to do some work on my 160m antenna. After listening to 10m in the morning, decided to work on the 10m stack instead. SWR was funky so took the analyzer up the tower and did some changes to the gamma match tuning on each antenna.  Came back to shack after 2 hours of tower work and the SWR seemed worse than when I started.  Argh!

During the day I kept debating on whether to do a semi serious Assisted effort or try Classic.  With business travel coming and my wife out most of both days, decided I would go for the Classic.

I have been doing SO2R in contests since 1977. I often just use one rig in smaller contests, but it has been a long time since I operated one of the “majors” this way.  30 minutes before the contest started I made a rough plan on the back of an envelope.  Operate 2 hours, take a break, operate 2 more, then sleep until sunrise. Operate during the morning and then play it by ear.

Decided I would operate in true classic fashion – completely unplugged.  No cluster, no online scoreboards, no propagation, no nothing. Just a boy and his radio.

Contest started great. It was a blast chasing DX on all bands. Without the second radio I was constantly pushing to run or scan. With conditions so good, I never had to get into a mode where I was just pushing F1 waiting for something to happen.

After about 3 hours, I was feeling burned out. The triple combination of a new job at work, managing the CQWW, and working on WRTC2014 was almost too much. I took an hour long nap at 0300z and woke up feeling much better. I chased DX on the low bands for 2 hours and had to make myself stop since the rate was not that high.

Woke up around 1000z (6am local) and worked my way up the bands chasing mults. Hard to find a hole on 20m. Ended up CQing on 15m at 1115z. When the frequency cratered, I did S&P up the band and then jumped to 10m. Wow!  Wide open. One thing you miss with not having the second rig is knowing what is going on and being able to quickly jump between bands.

Found a hole at 28378 at 1200z and it was off to the races. SH5 shows the best 60 minutes was 236 QSOs!  A personal best from the USA.  That certainly got my contest juices flowing and there were no more motivation problems all weekend.

Had a contractor come by to look at a project.  That took 20 minutes, but decided not to get back on until I had taken a full hour break. Operated 30 minutes and then had to run some errands.

The surprise of the weekend was to come back on at 1700z (1pm local) and find 10 meters still wide open. One CQ and the rate was incredible. Very quiet frequency on 10 meters and all Western European stations. Jumped down to 15m and did it all again.

By 2230z I realized that I had operated over 16 hours.  This didn’t leave much time for the second day.  Took a break for a nap and dinner. Got back on around 0130z for some low band multiplier chasing. Once again, had to make myself stop at 0300z.  Got to watch the end of the World Series game.  During breaks I was answering emails about CQWW rules questions.

With such great conditions, the low bands really took the hit from less operating time.

Slept until 1030z. Sunrise is at 1110z. Chased some DX on the low bands and then had some very nice runs on 15m and 10m. Rates were lower, but conditions were great. Best DX was having Champ, XW0YJY, call in on 15m, then 10m, then later on 20m! I have never worked so many HS stations in one weekend.

Took 2 hours off at 1530z to relax. Then back on for my final hour of operation.

Conditions were so good that I just kept going.  Mostly multiplier chasing and DXing. Figured out that I had put the 10m coaxes back on the box incorrectly so the low antenna was really the high antenna.  Luckily I did most of my running on all 3 antennas!

Never was able to get any kind of run going on 40 meters all weekend.  Signals were loud, but the mosh pit between 7125 and 7200 is only for the hard core. Worked a few mults on 75m right at the end.

A few comments.

– Operating with only one radio was more fun than I expected. It was more focused.  Also more engaging because I was always thinking about whether to stay or move.  When I did tune, there was pressure to go fast and dig for mults.  Lots of decisions.

– Operating with only one radio is less tiring. Listening to two audio streams of splatter is work.  I just felt better and had more fun all weekend.  The downside is that I missed a lot of mults. Operating with one radio is like viewing a football game through a straw. Difficult to fully take it in.

– Never heard zone 34.  Where were the zone 19 and zone 32 stations? Only one zone 19 and that was on 40 meters!!  Only worked two zone 32 and both were on 10 meters.

– The 24 hour limit did take me off the air. This was a concern with creating a limited time category and it will be interesting to see how it impacts activity (if at all).  With the great conditions, it may be difficult to draw any real conclusions.  Once I had passed the 24 hour mark, it was fun to be able to keep going.

– The super power stations from Europe are hurting the contest. They are loud and wide and aggressive. Power is asymmetrical.  It helps the user and hurts the others on the band.  If none of the little guys can find a place, will they keep operating contests?

– I told a number of stations they were splattering. Many of them were able to reduce the splatter significantly just by turning down their drive. This indicates that some stations are using splatter as an offensive weapon.  Once again, they are causing long term damage to the game that we all love.

Thanks to everyone that goes on the road to make CQWW the best contest of the year.  And thanks to all of those that get on the air and fill our logs with contacts.

See you on CW!

Station

Elecraft K3 + Alpha 76CA

  • 160m: 1/4-wave GP, shunt fed tower
  • 80m: 4 square 40m: 2-el Yagi @ 110′
  • 20m: 5-el/5-el @ 100’/50′
  • 15m: 4-el/4-el @ 66’/33′
  • 10m: 6-el/4-el/4-el @90’/60’/30′
  • South: TH7DXX @40′

All numbers below are for the full 27.5 hours of operation.   Continents

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

    AF       3     10      6     14     19     13      65     2.1
    EU      21    105    135    431    660   1100    2452    78.0
    NA      18     32     35     41     59     51     236     7.5
    SA       2      4      8     42     39     76     171     5.4
    AS       0      1     12     51     94     36     194     6.2
    OC       0      1      4      3      9      8      25     0.8

Rates

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

00Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   95/70   --+--   --+--   95/70     95/70  
01Z    -       -     68/37    6/4      -       -     74/41    169/111 
02Z   7/11   31/24   13/5     5/2      -       -     56/42    225/153 
03Z    -       -     14/7    23/14     -       -     37/21    262/174    25
04Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     262/174    60
05Z   7/7    50/23     -       -       -       -     57/30    319/204      
06Z  13/7    19/8    25/17     -       -       -     57/32    376/236 
07Z   3/3    10/7    21/8    57/15     -       -     91/33    467/269      
08Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     467/269    60
09Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     467/269    60
10Z   1/0     4/2     8/6    58/5      -       -     71/13    538/282      
11Z    -       -       -      4/1   111/46   21/19  136/66    674/348 
12Z    -       -       -       -       -    231/32  231/32    905/380 
13Z    -       -       -       -       -    194/11  194/11   1099/391 
14Z    -       -       -       -       -     38/0    38/0    1137/391      
15Z    -       -       -       -       -     63/7    63/7    1200/398    13
16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1200/398    60
17Z    -       -       -       -       -    169/18  169/18   1369/416      
18Z    -       -       -       -    127/18   10/8   137/26   1506/442 
19Z    -       -       -       -    185/19     -    185/19   1691/461 
20Z    -       -       -       -     32/23   50/10   82/33   1773/494 
21Z    -       -       -       -     73/13   15/5    88/18   1861/512 
22Z    -       -       -     33/3      -     17/2    50/5    1911/517    29
23Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1911/517    60
00Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1911/517    60
01Z   8/7    14/3      -      2/1      -       -     24/11   1935/528    26
02Z   1/0    14/3    21/3    33/7      -       -     69/13   2004/541 
03Z   4/1      -       -       -       -       -      4/1    2008/542    53
04Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2008/542    60
05Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2008/542    60
06Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2008/542    60
07Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2008/542    60
08Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    2008/542    60
09Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2008/542    60
10Z    -      1/2    15/8     8/0      -       -     24/10   2032/552    39
11Z    -       -       -     27/0   148/8      -    175/8    2207/560 
12Z    -       -       -       -     64/5    83/3   147/8    2354/568 
13Z    -       -       -       -       -    154/6   154/6    2508/574 
14Z    -       -       -       -       -    172/5   172/5    2680/579 
15Z    -       -       -      2/0    17/1    32/2    51/3    2731/582    30
16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    2731/582    60
17Z    -       -       -    140/6      -       -    140/6    2871/588    20
18Z    -       -       -     25/0    23/0    30/6    78/6    2949/594 
19Z    -       -       -       -     52/3     6/1    58/4    3007/598    20
20Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    3007/598    60
21Z    -       -       -       -      9/2      -      9/2    3016/600    55
22Z    -       -       -     58/7    39/1      -     97/8    3113/608 
23Z    -     10/2    15/5     6/0      -       -     31/7    3144/615 

Tot: 44/36  153/74  200/96  582/135 880/139 1285/135

Worked on 6 bands: CN2AA D4C DF0HQ DR1A ES9C GM0B HK1NA PJ2T TI5W TM6M

Worked on 5 bands: 8P5A CN3A CR2X CR6K DL0CS ED1R EI7M G6PZ HA30S HG6N HG7T IG9Y II9P KP3Z LY7A M4A OK7O OZ7X PI4M RU1A SK3W UA4M

Most worked countries:

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL       3     16     15     53    127    166     380
    EA              7     10     35     42     46     140
     F       2      4     10     13     31     58     118
     G       2      8      3     16     41     80     150
     I              3      9     41     39     68     160
    PA              7      3     14     32     67     123
    SP       1      6      7     14     41     54     123
    UA              5     14     37     47    135     238
    UR       1      3      5     29     18     58     114

 

2012 CQ WW CW Contest

K5ZD, Single Operator Assisted All Bands

 
                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

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

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

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

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Station Description

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

Tower 1 – 100′ Rohn 45G

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

Tower 2 – 90′ Rohn 25G

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

Tower 3 – 40′ Rohn 25G

  • TH7DXX at 40′ pointed South

Comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope everyone had as much fun as I did.

Randy, K5ZD

Continent Breakdown

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

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

Rates

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

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

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

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

Five bands: 84 !

Thanks to everyone who make this contest so much fun!

2011 CQ WPX RTTY AK1W (K5ZD)

This was really fun!  Got lots of sleep and station is fully tested for ARRL CW next weekend.

CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest

Call: AK1W
Operator(s): K5ZD
Station: K5ZD
Class: SOAB HP

Operating Time (hrs): 19.6


Summary:

Band   QSOs
------------

80:     211
40:     373
20:     797
15:     506
10:       0

------------

Total: 1887  Prefixes = 744  Total Score = 4,203,600

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

Didn’t plan to operate very much, but once I got started it was too much fun. Pulled up the all time records for W1 and kept operating to pass the next score on the list.  Ended up with a personal high score for WPX RTTY!

Only heard one signal on 10m all weekend.  LU7HN was calling CQ, but couldn’t hear me.

15m was very good. Suprised to hear how loud the JAs were on Sunday evening!

Great to see so much activity and the level of operating keeps getting better and better.

My best rate ever.  Had 146 QSOs in 60 minutes.  Rates really went up once I got really proficient at SO2R and could run on two bands at the same time.

 

Station

Elecraft K3 + Alpha 76CA
Yaesu FT-1000D + AL-1200

80m: 4 square
40m: 40-2CD @110′
20m: 5/5 stack @ 100’/50′
15m: 5/5 stack @ 66’/33′
TH7DXX @ 40′

QSO/Pref by hour and band

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

0000Z  20/19   24/24   12/11   --+--   --+--   56/54     56/54
0100Z  19/17   48/37     -       -       -     67/54    123/108
0200Z   5/5    42/25     -       -       -     47/30    170/138    30
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     170/138    60
0400Z  29/21   49/32     -       -       -     78/53    248/191
0500Z  21/15   58/40     -       -       -     79/55    327/246
0600Z  37/16    4/2      -       -       -     41/18    368/264    34
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     368/264    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     368/264    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     368/264    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     368/264    60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     368/264    60
1200Z   3/2     7/3      -     13/8      -     23/13    391/277    38
1300Z    -       -      5/3    98/37     -    103/40    494/317
1400Z    -       -     41/23   89/35     -    130/58    624/375
1500Z    -       -     77/31   15/4      -     92/35    716/410
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     716/410    60
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     716/410    60
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     716/410    60
1900Z    -       -     40/12   14/9      -     54/21    770/431    27
2000Z    -      1/0    79/31    7/4      -     87/35    857/466
2100Z    -     10/3    58/22     -       -     68/25    925/491
2200Z    -      7/2    69/29     -       -     76/31   1001/522     6
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1001/522    60
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1001/522    60
0100Z   6/2     8/2      -       -       -     14/4    1015/526    50
0200Z  63/16   53/14     -       -       -    116/30   1131/556
0300Z   8/3     4/1      -       -       -     12/4    1143/560    54
0400Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1143/560    60
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1143/560    60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1143/560    60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1143/560    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1143/560    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1143/560    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1143/560    60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1143/560    60
1200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1143/560    60
1300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1143/560    60
1400Z    -       -     55/16   24/9      -     79/25   1222/585    18
1500Z    -       -     83/26   58/9      -    141/35   1363/620
1600Z  --+--   --+--   77/20   65/16   --+--  142/36   1505/656
1700Z    -       -     51/15   36/7      -     87/22   1592/678    21
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1592/678    60
1900Z    -       -     33/9    13/6      -     46/15   1638/693    24
2000Z    -       -     46/5    28/6      -     74/11   1712/704     9
2100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1712/704    60
2200Z    -       -     55/14   45/14     -    100/28   1812/732
2300Z    -     58/8    16/3     1/1      -     75/12   1887/744

Total:211/116 373/193 797/270 506/165   0/0

Stations worked on 4 bands:

4O3A     9A1A     DF5MA    DL0CS    DL3TD    F2AR     K0ALT

KF5HHD   LZ9R     M0GVZ    N8DP     OM7KW    P49X     YU8NU

2009 CQ WW CW Contest K5ZD

K5ZD, Single Op All Band, High Power

By Randall A. Thompson, K5ZD
k5zd@contesting.com

Summary Sheet

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

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 46 
Location: USA 
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band	QSOs	Zones	Countries
160:	94	15	45
80:	482	21	88
40:	1228	31	114
20:	1447	33	117
15:	699	23	99
10:	29	9	17
Total:	3979	132	480	Total Score	6,963,336
 

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Commentary

That’s it. I am never doing 40+ hour SOAB again. Really.

A new Elecraft K3 arrived on Tuesday at 5pm. Wired it into the station, asked
friends some stupid questions, configured the settings, then left for
Thanksgiving at the inlaws. Back home 3 hours before the contest.

The K3 worked great all weekend. Incredible receiver. Actually made 40 meters
fun! Wish I had bought one of these a year ago. Now I have to figure out a way
to get a second one.

Contest was frustrating on Friday evening. It was a struggle from 02 to 06z. Normally 160m is one my strengths, but I couldn’t bust a pileup for anything. Lots of guys CQed in my face. Almost the same on 80m during this period. I thought maybe one of the vertical elements of the 80m 4 square had fallen down. As we got closer to Eu sunrise, things began to improve and almost return to normal. Still couldn’t get answers to CQs so did lots and
lots of S&P on 80 and 160 all weekend.

40m was good to Europe after their sunrise. Then was surprised to find loud signals from Europe on 20m as early as 0930z on Saturday. That’s 2 hours before our sunrise! Rate went from good to incredible once the sun came up.

15m on Sat was good, but only to Germany and south. Nothing east of there.

With the receiver of the K3, was able to get 7010 on Sat afternoon and had a
very good run.

Began to get the signs of a migraine headache around 23z. Immediately took 4
Ibuprofen and amazingly, it cleared up after an hour.

As usual, at 00z, the bands all turned to mush and there was virtually nothing
to do for the next few hours. Kept thinking I should sleep and finally took a
nap from 0425z to 0545z. Was kind of disoriented when I woke up and forgot
what contest I was in. Started working everyone (including USA stations)
thinking I was getting points. Head finally cleared after about 30 mins.

No luck with 40 at Sunrise or having 20 open early. So the 09 to 11z hours was
pretty slow. Only surprise was how loud the JAs got on 40m.

Was running on 20 when I heard 15m start to open. Was really hoping conditions
would be better than Sat to help the score. Tried a test CQ on 15m at 1230z and
immediately an S9+ RU1A called in. Wow. Finished the QSO and had 3 guys
calling. Started a great run of weak signals, but great rate. I could watch
the sunset across Europe and guys were all from right along the grayline. Very
fun.

Unfortunately, once 15m closed, 20m was less than an hour behind it. That left
the last 6 hours of the contest as a battle of wills. Everytime I would think
about quitting, I would remember K1DG was my competition and I HATE losing more
than I needed sleep. So kept pushing.

Had a great run on 40m start very early – 1940z. That helped the score a lot.

Finished the last hour scratching for QSOs on 80m. Still couldn’t get answers
to CQs, but was able to call guys. 4L0A and T70A were cool pileups to break.

Given my troubles on the low bands, I was sure that my competition surrounded
by salt water (K1DG) was surely going to beat me. What a thrill to find we are
in a virtual tie. He killed me on the low bands, but I made up for it on the
high bands. Both of us really pounded the second radio for multipliers. This
is what radio contesting is supposed to be about. Local competition – two
similar stations and guys with a lot of respect for each other. I HATE losing,
but I absolutely trust the CQ WW log checking so will be happy however it comes
out.

No big frequency fights this contest.

I like the guys that don’t send their report until you have their call. At
least you know when you get it right. I don’t like the guys who don’t correct
their call when you send it wrong.

Wish the DXpeditions would send their call more often. We aren’t all using
packet. 8P5A was great at this.

Some numbers:

QSOs By Continent

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

    EU      48    375   1011   1240    572      0    3246    81.6
    AF       4     12     24     27     14      0      81     2.0
    AS       0      4     29     45      5      0      83     2.1
    SA       4     12     24     44     47     17     148     3.7
    NA      35     75    128     81     52     12     383     9.6
    OC       3      4     12     10      9      0      38     1.0

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

00Z  -----    1/2   101/70   -----   -----   -----  102/72    102/72  
01Z    -     14/16   88/14    9/12     -       -    111/42    213/114 
02Z    -     36/19   62/9      -       -       -     98/28    311/142 
03Z  23/25   27/9     6/2      -       -       -     56/36    367/178 
04Z  14/10   41/10     -       -       -       -     55/20    422/198 
05Z  11/8    45/3     8/4     5/7      -       -     69/22    491/220 
06Z    -     46/4    34/10     -       -       -     80/14    571/234 
07Z  11/4    47/3    12/1      -       -       -     70/8     641/242 
08Z  --+--   17/11   76/2    --+--   --+--   --+--   93/13    734/255 
09Z   2/2     7/5    59/10    8/13     -       -     76/30    810/285 
10Z    -      5/3     9/3    98/23     -       -    112/29    922/314 
11Z   2/0     1/0     2/0   137/7     4/7      -    146/14   1068/328 
12Z    -       -       -    193/10     -       -    193/10   1261/338 
13Z    -       -       -     94/3   105/25     -    199/28   1460/366 
14Z    -       -       -     83/9    42/28     -    125/37   1585/403 
15Z    -       -       -    128/3     9/6      -    137/9    1722/412 
16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  102/6     7/6     7/10  116/22   1838/434 
17Z    -       -       -     73/6    16/7    11/7   100/20   1938/454 
18Z    -       -       -     46/2    21/13     -     67/15   2005/469 
19Z    -       -       -     51/18    3/0     4/5    58/23   2063/492 
20Z    -       -     62/0    11/5     9/3      -     82/8    2145/500 
21Z    -       -    108/3     6/6     2/0      -    116/9    2261/509 
22Z    -       -     78/3    16/4      -       -     94/7    2355/516 
23Z    -      9/3    23/0    13/2      -       -     45/5    2400/521 
00Z   6/3    22/3     4/0     1/0    --+--   --+--   33/6    2433/527   10
01Z    -       -     57/2     8/1      -       -     65/3    2498/530   13
02Z    -     15/2    54/0      -       -       -     69/2    2567/532 
03Z  10/2    11/2     4/1      -       -       -     25/5    2592/537 
04Z    -       -      8/1      -       -       -      8/1    2600/538   37
05Z    -       -      9/0      -       -       -      9/0    2609/538   49
06Z   9/3    17/1     5/0      -       -       -     31/4    2640/542 
07Z   3/2    44/0     5/0      -       -       -     52/2    2692/544 
08Z  --+--   35/4    10/3    --+--   --+--   --+--   45/7    2737/551 
09Z    -      7/1    25/1     1/1      -       -     33/3    2770/554 
10Z   2/1     2/2     6/1     8/1      -       -     18/5    2788/559 
11Z    -      3/2     3/0    76/1      -       -     82/3    2870/562 
12Z    -       -       -     65/0    86/9      -    151/9    3021/571 
13Z    -       -       -      2/0   154/5      -    156/5    3177/576 
14Z    -       -       -     10/2   110/3      -    120/5    3297/581 
15Z    -       -       -     11/1    89/5      -    100/6    3397/587 
16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  101/3    17/1    --+--  118/4    3515/591 
17Z    -       -       -     63/1    11/3     3/2    77/6    3592/597 
18Z    -       -       -     22/3     9/0     3/1    34/4    3626/601 
19Z    -       -     31/1     1/0      -      1/1    33/2    3659/603 
20Z    -       -    113/2      -      1/1      -    114/3    3773/606 
21Z    -       -     83/0     1/0     4/0      -     88/0    3861/606 
22Z    -       -     69/2     4/0      -       -     73/2    3934/608 
23Z   1/0    30/4    14/0      -       -       -     45/4    3979/612 

Totals:
     94/60 482/109 1228/145 1447/150 699/122 29/26 

Most worked countries

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL       5     55    153    227    138            578
     G       3     37     53     92     59            244
    OK       4     24     77     81     32            218
     I       1     12     70     67     38            188
    UA             15     60    103      9            187
     F       5     23     48     56     35            167
    SP             18     53     55     28            154
    UR       2     11     67     62     11            153
    VE      22     42     44     34     10      1     153

Worked on 6 bands: 6Y1V, 8P5A, HC8GR, KP2M, P40W, VQ5V
Worked on 5 bands: 21 stations

Best 60 mins rate: 202 (1259-1358z on Sat)
I think that is a personal best for me on CW!

I am never doing this again. Really.

2005 CQ WW CW Contest

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

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

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

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

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The numbers:

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

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

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

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

By continent

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

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

The following stations were worked on 6 bands:

VP9I        PZ5C        P40L        HC8N        WP2Z        PJ2T

VE3EJ       8P5A        5J1W

 

 

2004 CQ WW CW Contest K5ZD

K5ZD, Single Op All Band, High Power

By Randall A. Thompson, K5ZD
k5zd@contesting.com

Summary Sheet

              CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST -- 2004

  Call: K5ZD                     Country:  United States
  Mode: CW                       Category: Single Operator
                                           High Power

      BAND     QSO   QSO PTS  PTS/QSO   ZONES COUNTRIES

      160       62      141     2.27     13      34
       80      418     1157     2.77     21      83
       40      615     1680     2.73     29     106
       20     1174     3313     2.82     37     124
       15      803     2330     2.90     31     108
       10      131      334     2.55     23      68
     ---------------------------------------------------
     Totals   3203     8955     2.80    154     523  =>  6,062,535

   (Above is after log checking.)

Station Description

  • Radio 1 – Yeasu FT-1000D + Alpha 76CA
  • Radio 2 – Yeasu FT-1000D + Ameritron AL-1200

Tower 1 – 100′ Rohn 45G

  • 40-2CD @ 110′
  • 205CA @ 100′ / 50′
  • 5-el 15 @70′ / 35′
  • 80m Inv Vee with top at 95′
  • 160m 1/4-wave GP with 4 elevated radials

Tower 2 – 90′ Rohn 25G

  • 6-el 10 @90′ with 4/4 @ 60’/30′
  • 40m 1/2-wave sloper to west
  • 80m wire 4 square hanging from tower with 16 radials per vertical
  • 160m shunt feed tower with 32 radials

Tower 3 – 40′ Rohn 25G

  • TH7DXX at 40′

Comments

This contest suffered from two unusual failures: operator and antennas.

I wanted to do the contest. I prepared for the contest. But, when it started, I just didn’t seem to have the necessary motivation. Decided to sleep 90 minutes the first night in an effort to reduce the pain of the poor conditions. Have never slept during the first night a serious effort before.

Discovered the first antenna problem when I tried to turn the side mounted 15m beam to Europe Sat morning. It would get stuck at due North. Decided to push on using just the antenna fixed on Europe at 30′ and would try to determine the problem later in the day.

Nothing fixes motivation like some high rates. Managed a best 60 minutes of 195 QSOs on Sat morning. Maybe I should just use the low antenna all the time!

Ran out to the tower later and found one leg of the 80m inverted Vee had fallen into the 15m beam. Pulled it back out and was fully rotatable again.

Second antenna problem occurred around 02Z. Turned the 40/20m beam due south to work CP6CW on 40m. Then couldn’t get the Tailtwister to rotate back again. We had a full moon and good weather, but didn’t want to take a chance climbing the tower. Kept trying to play with it but no wind, so it wasn’t moving. This leaves my only 40m antenna fixed south.

Told my wife that this effectively ended the contest for me. Decided to play DXer on the low bands and try to make what score I could. 80m was great Sat night at Eu sunrise. Gave up the normal 40m opening (maybe 100 QSOs) and went to bed.

Sunday morning, got up and decided to do what I could with the fixed 20m beam to Europe at 50′. Conditions on 20m were great. Band was wide open across Europe and into zone 16. Worked lots of UA3 stations with great signals. Again, maybe I need to do all my 20m running with the low antenna only!

15m and 10m never did much on Sunday. 20m was always more productive.

Was windy on Sunday and I could play with the rotator where I could see it through the shack window. Finally got it off the stop and rotary again. Kept me in the contest and was worth a lot of multipliers in the last several hours.

Definitely a contest for SO2R (and to be in W1). No 10m, yet managed to work lots of countries. One advantage of calling CQ on 20m all day is that lots of strange and interesting things call in. Thus the big mult. Never heard zone 23 or 24 on any band.

Learned that sleep makes DX contests more fun. Also that sleep sure helps your mental ability to handle high rates. As conditions go down, we are going to find the activity is super concentrated into specific openings. May be worth sleeping more to maximize rate production.

Another lesson is that motivation is often a matter of managing expectations. When conditions were bad the first night, it was hard to imagine continuing all weekend. Best not to try competing with past rate sheets and just deal with what is happening now.

Lots of great operators out there. Just wish they would sign their calls more often. Not all of us are using packet.

Continent Statistics

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

    SA       4     10     23     37     36     32     142     4.4
    NA      32     57     82     88     60     42     361    11.2
    EU      26    339    482    930    639     37    2453    76.1
    AS       0      4     16     75     40      0     135     4.2
    AF       1      9     14     30     21     14      89     2.8
    OC       0      3      5     21      8      5      42     1.3

Rate Sheet

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band - K5ZD CQ WW CW 2004

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

0000Z  --+--   --+--   56/51   25/33   --+--   --+--   81/84     81/84  
0100Z    -     31/21   44/14    7/3      -       -     82/38    163/122 
0200Z    -      9/7    62/19     -       -       -     71/26    234/148 
0300Z   9/13   48/20   13/3      -       -       -     70/36    304/184 
0400Z  11/6    59/15     -       -       -       -     70/21    374/205 
0500Z  10/7    53/3      -       -       -       -     63/10    437/215 
0600Z   9/7    26/8    10/6     1/1      -       -     46/22    483/237 
0700Z    -     30/11   13/2      -       -       -     43/13    526/250 
0800Z   2/1     7/5    35/3    --+--   --+--   --+--   44/9     570/259 
0900Z    -      5/1     8/6     4/5      -       -     17/12    587/271    25
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     587/271    60
1100Z   4/0     1/2     8/3    66/37    5/7      -     84/49    671/320     9
1200Z    -       -       -     73/8    86/41     -    159/49    830/369 
1300Z    -       -       -       -    180/13    9/14  189/27   1019/396 
1400Z    -       -       -       -    145/6    25/25  170/31   1189/427 
1500Z    -       -       -       -    105/3    21/15  126/18   1315/445 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   40/17   18/11   58/28   1373/473<-ant work 
1700Z    -       -       -     86/4    16/9    15/5   117/18   1490/491 
1800Z    -       -       -     59/6    20/10    2/2    81/18   1571/509 
1900Z    -       -       -     42/13    8/3     8/3    58/19   1629/528 
2000Z    -       -      2/0    36/6    15/5     3/4    56/15   1685/543 
2100Z    -       -     81/5      -       -      8/4    89/9    1774/552 
2200Z    -       -     96/6      -     16/6      -    112/12   1886/564 
2300Z    -       -     55/4     8/2     2/0      -     65/6    1951/570 
0000Z  --+--    1/0    23/0     2/2    --+--   --+--   26/2    1977/572    36
0100Z   3/2    19/3    10/2      -       -       -     32/7    2009/579 
0200Z   1/1      -     14/6      -       -       -     15/7    2024/586<-rotator 25
0300Z    -       -      2/2      -       -       -      2/2    2026/588    60
0400Z   1/2    37/5      -       -       -       -     38/7    2064/595 
0500Z   6/5    24/3      -       -       -       -     30/8    2094/603 
0600Z   5/3    72/0      -       -       -       -     77/3    2171/606     2
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2171/606    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    2171/606    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2171/606    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2171/606    60
1100Z   2/0      -      1/0    51/6     2/2      -     56/8    2227/614    16
1200Z    -       -       -    110/1    16/4      -    126/5    2353/619 
1300Z    -       -       -     96/0    24/1      -    120/1    2473/620 
1400Z    -       -       -    112/2    12/2      -    124/4    2597/624 
1500Z    -       -       -     34/2    55/0     5/3    94/5    2691/629 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  136/7     4/0     1/0   141/7    2832/636 
1700Z    -       -       -    125/4     6/2      -    131/6    2963/642 
1800Z    -       -       -     31/5     4/2     7/3    42/10   3005/652 
1900Z    -       -       -     21/1    12/1     9/2    42/4    3047/656 
2000Z    -       -       -     21/6    10/3      -     31/9    3078/665 
2100Z    -       -     27/1     5/2     2/0      -     34/3    3112/668 
2200Z    -       -     17/0    30/4      -       -     47/4    3159/672 
2300Z    -       -     45/4     1/1    19/2      -     65/7    3224/679 

Total: 63/47 422/104 622/137 1182/161 804/139 131/91 

Unique callsigns worked = 2243

The best 60 minute rate was 195/hour from 1233 to 1332
The best 30 minute rate was 212/hour from 1256 to 1325
The best 10 minute rate was 234/hour from 1256 to 1305

The best 1 minute rates were:
 5 QSOs/minute    5 times.
 4 QSOs/minute   91 times.
 3 QSOs/minute  274 times.
 2 QSOs/minute  571 times.
 1 QSOs/minute  871 times.

There were 616 band changes and 268 probable 2nd radio QSOs.

Multi-band QSOs
----------------
1 bands    1651
2 bands     360
3 bands     132
4 bands      58
5 bands      27
6 bands      15

The following stations were worked on 6 bands:

J7OJ        WP2Z        VP2MZM      LZ9W        RU1A        PJ2T        
VP9I        HC8N        VE3YAA      DF0HQ       V31RM       S52ZW       
VE3DZ       8P5A        VE3JM       

----- S i n g l e   B a n d   Q S O ' s  -----
Band    160     80     40     20     15     10
----------------------------------------------
QSOs     25    198    287    699    401     41

Breakdown by Zone

Zone     160     80     40     20     15     10  Total    Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------
14        10    130    200    439    281     16   1076   32.9
15        11    174    225    315    268     17   1010   30.9
16         3     27     39    140     63      3    275    8.4
4         11     19     30     35     15     14    124    3.8
20         2      9     18     34     31      1     95    2.9
8          7     16     21     17     17     16     94    2.9
5         10     13     23     19      9      5     79    2.4
25         0      1      6     19     30      0     56    1.7
9          3      7     10     11      9      8     48    1.5
33         1      6      8     17     11      5     48    1.5
13         0      2      4     12     12     15     45    1.4
17         0      1      2     38      2      0     43    1.3
11         0      0      6      9     12      5     32    1.0
3          2      6      2      5      7      3     25    0.8
7          1      1      4      7      5      4     22    0.7
35         0      3      4      4      5      3     19    0.6
32         0      2      2      7      3      4     18    0.6
40         0      1      3      7      2      0     13    0.4
10         1      1      2      2      3      3     12    0.4
38         0      0      2      4      2      2     10    0.3
30         0      0      1      7      1      0      9    0.3
6          0      1      1      1      4      1      8    0.2
31         0      1      1      2      2      1      7    0.2
21         0      0      2      3      1      0      6    0.2
2          1      1      1      2      1      0      6    0.2
39         0      0      0      3      1      1      5    0.2
18         0      0      1      4      0      0      5    0.2
36         0      0      0      2      1      2      5    0.2
26         0      0      0      4      0      0      4    0.1
22         0      0      1      1      2      0      4    0.1
28         0      0      1      3      0      0      4    0.1
12         0      0      0      2      0      1      3    0.1
1          0      0      0      2      1      0      3    0.1
27         0      0      0      1      2      0      3    0.1
29         0      0      0      2      0      0      2    0.1
19         0      0      1      1      0      0      2    0.1
37         0      0      0      1      0      1      2    0.1
34         0      0      1      0      1      0      2    0.1
------------------------------------------------------
Total     63    422    622   1182    804    131   3224

Breakdown by Country

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

   3D2              1      1      1      1      1       5
    3V              1      2      1      1              5
    4L                            1                     1
  4U1I                     1                            1
  4U1U       1      1                                   2
  4U1V              1                    1              2
    4X              1      1      1      2              5
    5B              1      1      1      1              4
    5H                            1             1       2
    5R                            1                     1
    5U              1      1      1      1      1       5
    6W              1      1      1      1      1       5
    6Y                     1                            1
    7X                                          1       1
    8P       1      1      1      1      1      1       6
    8Q                     1             1              2
    8R                                   1              1
    9A              6      5     10     13      3      37
    9G                            1                     1
   9M2                            1                     1
   9M6                            1                     1
    9Y              1      1      1      1      1       5
    A4                     1             1              2
    A6                     1      1                     2
    C3                     1                            1
    C5                     1             1              2
    C6              1      1      2      1              5
    CE                            2             1       3
   CE9                     1      2             1       4
    CM       1      1      3             1              6
    CN              1             1                     2
    CP                     1      1      1      1       4
    CT              2      1      5      4      2      14
   CT3              2      3      4      3      2      14
    CU                     2                            2
    CX                     1      3      2      2       8
    D4              1      1      1      1      1       5
    DL       3     53     69    145     91      1     362
    DU                            1                     1
    EA              7     27     43     25      6     108
   EA6              1      1      2      1      1       6
   EA8       1      2      3     10      6      2      24
   EA9                            1                     1
    EI       1      2      4      3      5             15
    ER                     1      1                     2
    ES              2      2      1      3              8
    EU       1      3      1      7      4             16
    EY                            1                     1
     F       2     20     18     47     39      2     128
    FM              1      1      1      1      2       6
    FR                            1      1      1       3
     G             12     22     65     38            137
    GD                            1      1              2
    GI              1      2                            3
    GJ       1      1      1      1      2              6
    GM              5      6      7      8      1      27
    GU                     1      3      1              5
    GW              2      2      5      3      1      13
    HA       5     17     26     24     16      2      90
    HB              3      9     20      8             40
    HC                                          1       1
   HC8       1      1      1      1      1      1       6
    HI              1      2      1      1      1       6
    HK                            2                     2
    HP                            1                     1
    HR                            1                     1
    HS                            3                     3
     I             13     34     42     36      3     128
   IG9                                   1              1
    IS                     1      1      4              6
   IT9                     1             1              2
    J7       1      2      2      2      2      2      11
    JA              1      6     19     30             56
    JW                            2                     2
     K       4      8     16     23      5      7      63
   KH2                                   2              2
   KH6              1      1      2      2      1       7
    KL                            2      1              3
   KP2       2      1      1      1      1      1       7
   KP4              2      4      2      3      2      13
    LA              1      5     11      7      1      25
    LU              2      1      6      8     11      28
    LX              1      2      3      2              8
    LY              6      4     18      6             34
    LZ       1      3      6     11     10      1      32
    OA                                   1              1
    OD                            1      1              2
    OE              5      5      7      6             23
    OH             10      6     36     21      1      74
   OH0              2      1             1      1       5
    OK       1     45     42     60     56      1     205
    OM       1     10     14     12     12      1      50
    ON       1      7      8     16      6             38
    OX                            1      1              2
    OY                     2      1                     3
    OZ       1      4      3     11      7             26
    P4       1      3      5      4      5      4      22
    PA              3      4     19     15             41
   PJ2       1      1      1      2      2      1       8
   PJ7                     1                            1
    PY                     6      9     12      5      32
    S5       1     14     22     25     28      2      92
    S9                            2      1      2       5
    SM       1      5      9     31     18      1      65
    SP       1     23     29     41     38            132
    SU                     1             1              2
    SV                     3      6      2             11
   SV9              1                                   1
    T9              1      9      2      3             15
    TA                     1                            1
    TF              1      3      4      1              9
    TI                     2      2      2      1       7
    TK                     1      1                     2
    TU                                   1              1
    UA       2     13     18     91     30      2     156
   UA2       1      1      1      4                     7
   UA9              1      3     38      2             44
    UN                     1      4                     5
    UR             11     19     41     29      1     101
    V2              1      1      1      1      1       5
    V3       1      1      2      1      2      1       8
    V4       1                    1      1      1       4
    V5                     1      2      1      1       5
    VE      18     29     39     37     26     14     163
    VK                     1      8      1             10
  VK0M                            1                     1
  VK9N                            1                     1
  VP2E              1             1      1      1       4
  VP2M       1      1      1      2      1      2       8
  VP2V              1                                   1
   VP5              1      1      1      1      1       5
   VP8                     1      1      1      1       4
 VP8/h                     1      1      1              3
   VP9       1      1      1      1      1      1       6
    VU                            1      1              2
    XE              1      1      1      4      1       8
    XU                            1                     1
    YB                     1      1                     2
    YI                            1                     1
    YL              4      1      7      6             18
    YN                            1      1      1       3
    YO       1      3      6     12     14             36
    YU       1     13     18     21     16      3      72
    YV       1      2      3      2             2      10
    Z3              1      2      4      1              8
    ZA                     1                            1
   ZC4                            1      1              2
    ZF              1      1      1      1      1       5
 ZK1/s              1                           1       2
    ZL                     1      5      2      2      10
    ZS                            2      1      1       4
1 2 3 4 5