2019 WAE DX Contest CW K5ZD

Call: K5ZD
 Operator(s): K5ZD
 Station: K5ZD
 Class: Single Op HP
 QTH: MA
 Operating Time (hrs): 25
 Radios: SO2R
 Summary:
  Band  QSOs  QTCs  Mults
 80:  204    40   156
    40:  362   459   123
    20:  752   910    94
    15:  181    80    72
    10:    4     0     8
 Total: 1503  1489   453  Total Score = 1,355,376
 Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

I turned 60 on Saturday of the contest. Enjoyed the good conditions and working almost 1000 QSOs. Then it got noisy and the activity went away.  Too slow on Sunday!

Very strong CR6K on 10m Sat morning. Tried calling CQ but only one answer from EF5Y. Still, never expected to work EU on 10m.

This was my first true attempt at automated 2BSIQ (dual CQ).  WriteLog has great automation to help, but sometimes the operator just couldn’t keep up.  Sorry for those I didn’t work while trying to unscramble the log.

Lots of QSB on signals.  A guy would call and be loud, then be weak when he sent his report.  Had to ask for a lot of repeats.  Even worse Sat evening on the low bands when the QRN was higher.

Was fun to watch the scoreboard and chase N6MJ, KO7SS, and AA3B all weekend. Kept me in the chair much longer than I had intended.

I think this contest would be more fun on the receiving side of QTCs… The only challenge for the sender is carefully picking guys who are loud and can copy the code.

Thanks to my family for letting me spend a beautiful summer day playing radio. And thanks to N1PGA for helping me fix the 80m 4-square and 15m beam the days before the contest.

Rates:

QSO/DXCC by hour and band
 Hour      80M     40M     20M     15M     10M    Total     Cumm    OffTime
 D1-0000Z  --+--   89/66   18/22   --+--   --+--  107/88    107/88  
 D1-0100Z  59/92    9/6     8/6      -       -     76/104   183/192 
 D1-0200Z  55/20   29/21     -       -       -     84/41    267/233 
 D1-0300Z  28/24   19/12     -       -       -     47/36    314/269 
 D1-0400Z   6/0    36/9      -       -       -     42/9     356/278 
 D1-0500Z   2/0    23/3      -       -       -     25/3     381/281    27
 D1-0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     381/281    60
 D1-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     381/281    60
 D1-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     381/281    60
 D1-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     381/281    60
 D1-1000Z    -       -     81/32     -       -     81/32    462/313     7
 D1-1100Z    -       -     80/8    51/24     -    131/32    593/345 
 D1-1200Z    -       -     68/4    46/24    2/4   116/32    709/377 
 D1-1300Z    -       -     28/6    36/8      -     64/14    773/391 
 D1-1400Z    -       -     41/2     1/0      -     42/2     815/393 
 D1-1500Z    -       -     31/0     1/0      -     32/0     847/393    36
 D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--    1/2    --+--   --+--    1/2     848/395    60
 D1-1700Z    -       -     46/4    13/6      -     59/10    907/405    14
 D1-1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     907/405    60
 D1-1900Z    -       -     69/0      -       -     69/0     976/405     1
 D1-2000Z    -       -     50/2      -       -     50/2    1026/407 
 D1-2100Z    -       -     15/0      -       -     15/0    1041/407 
 D1-2200Z    -     48/0     6/0      -       -     54/0    1095/407    60
 D1-2300Z   7/4    26/0     4/0      -       -     37/4    1132/411 
 D2-0000Z  17/0    14/0    --+--   --+--   --+--   31/0    1163/411     5
 D2-0100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1163/411    60
 D2-0200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1163/411    60
 D2-0300Z  12/8     7/0      -       -       -     19/8    1182/419    31
 D2-0400Z   1/0    12/3      -       -       -     13/3    1195/422    35
 D2-0500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1195/422    60
 D2-0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1195/422    60
 D2-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1195/422    60
 D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1195/422    60
 D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1195/422    60
 D2-1000Z    -       -     29/0      -       -     29/0    1224/422    22
 D2-1100Z    -       -     41/0      -       -     41/0    1265/422 
 D2-1200Z    -       -     18/4    10/4     2/4    30/12   1295/434 
 D2-1300Z    -       -       -      3/0      -      3/0    1298/434     9
 D2-1400Z    -       -     20/2     7/2      -     27/4    1325/438    60
 D2-1500Z    -       -      5/0     2/0      -      7/0    1332/438    49
 D2-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1332/438    60
 D2-1700Z    -       -     14/0     2/2      -     16/2    1348/440    37
 D2-1800Z    -       -     38/0     9/2      -     47/2    1395/442 
 D2-1900Z    -       -     19/0      -       -     19/0    1414/442    30
 D2-2000Z    -       -      4/0      -       -      4/0    1418/442    60
 D2-2100Z    -     27/0    17/0      -       -     44/0    1462/442 
 D2-2200Z    -     10/3      -       -       -     10/3    1472/445 
 D2-2300Z  17/8    13/0     1/0      -       -     31/8    1503/453 
 Total:   204/156 362/123 752/94  181/72    4/8