2020 CQ WW SSB K5ZD

                 CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB - 2020
Call: K5ZD
Operator(s): K5ZD
Station: K5ZD
Class: SOAB HP

Operating Time (hrs): 34

Summary:
Band    QSOs Zones Countries
160:     54    9     24
80:     318   13     57
40:     355   21     71
20:    1671   29    104
15:    1409   25     98
10:     172   11     36
Total: 3979  108    390     Total Score = 5,609,472

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Conditions were so bad 28 days earlier for CQ WW RTTY, I did not have high expectations for this one.  Wow, was I wrong.  Conditions exceeded my wildest hopes.

Operated in Classic mode for the whole contest.  One radio.  No cluster.

Since I was focused on a Classic entry I took 2 hours off to watch a movie Friday night. When the rates exploded on Sunday morning, I went from #50 on the scoreboard to closing in on the top ten.  That changed my attitude and I shifted from managing off times to trying to make the best score.

The contest was obviously different with fewer multi-ops and no expeditions. It was a bit easier to find a frequency on 20 and 40.  (Just a little, those bands were still crowded!)  But, it really hurt the multiplier.  Decided I would just focus on QSOs. Was still fun to have to make operating decisions about when to run and when to tune for mults – the way contesting was before the cluster connected everyone to everything.  Missed some mults as a result, but figured if I could keep close the assisted guys on the scoreboard I would be ok.

The rates on Sat morning were amazing.  It matched what I did from the Caribbean last year. Thanks to all the Italians, Germans, and Netherlanders that filled the log.  Not many Russians or JAs as the band just didn’t open that deep.

Was running so much I didn’t even check 10m on Sat morning.  I did happen to go there on Sun morning and was amazed to find some Eu signals. VO1CH was pinning the s-meter so it must have been sporadic E.  It sure sounded like a VHF contest for awhile with lots of QSB and spotlight openings.  Sure helped the score and was fun to run without splatter.

Managed to get a frequency around 7132 during the last 30 minutes of the contest. It produced a bunch of new multipliers. Why does no one listen split on 40m any more?

CQ WW is always amazing and fun.  Thanks to everyone who helped fill the bands with excitement.

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

0000Z   1/2    25/20   40/32    9/13   --+--   --+--   75/67     75/67  
0100Z   6/6    27/9     8/1    19/5      -       -     60/21    135/88  
0200Z    -      5/2      -       -       -       -      5/2     140/90     55
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     140/90     60
0400Z  11/8     4/2    77/20     -       -       -     92/30    232/120     1
0500Z  15/9    35/12   25/5      -       -       -     75/26    307/146 
0600Z   8/3    61/5      -       -       -       -     69/8     376/154 
0700Z    -      7/2    27/12   40/25     -       -     74/39    450/193 
0800Z   1/1     2/0    54/6    17/6    --+--   --+--   74/13    524/206    13
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     524/206    60
1000Z   2/1     1/2     3/0     1/0      -       -      7/3     531/209    49
1100Z    -       -      5/0   159/17    5/7      -    169/24    700/233 
1200Z    -       -       -    155/5    38/15     -    193/20    893/253 
1300Z    -       -       -       -    225/19     -    225/19   1118/272 
1400Z    -       -       -       -    212/11     -    212/11   1330/283 
1500Z    -       -       -       -    224/11     -    224/11   1554/294 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   85/20   12/8    97/28   1651/322 
1700Z    -       -       -    104/5    32/1     6/0   142/6    1793/328 
1800Z    -       -       -    186/4      -       -    186/4    1979/332 
1900Z    -       -       -     86/11   30/5     3/0   119/16   2098/348 
2000Z    -       -       -    133/9      -       -    133/9    2231/357 
2100Z    -       -       -    145/4     5/3      -    150/7    2381/364 
2200Z    -       -     13/0    16/4     4/5      -     33/9    2414/373    21
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2414/373    60
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    2414/373    60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2414/373    60
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2414/373    60
0300Z   5/2    20/5    14/4      -       -       -     39/11   2453/384     3
0400Z    -       -      6/1      -       -       -      6/1    2459/385     1
0500Z   2/1    81/5      -       -       -       -     83/6    2542/391    60
0600Z    -     47/5    10/2      -       -       -     57/7    2599/398 
0700Z    -      1/0      -       -       -       -      1/0    2600/398    58
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    2600/398    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2600/398    60
1000Z   3/0     2/1      -       -       -       -      5/1    2605/399    52
1100Z    -       -      2/0   130/6      -       -    132/6    2737/405 
1200Z    -       -       -     36/0    97/8      -    133/8    2870/413 
1300Z    -       -       -       -    177/9      -    177/9    3047/422 
1400Z    -       -       -       -     14/1    99/24  113/25   3160/447 
1500Z    -       -       -       -    131/2     4/1   135/3    3295/450 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  104/4     1/0     8/2   113/6    3408/456 
1700Z    -       -       -     21/1    56/1     7/6    84/8    3492/464 
1800Z    -       -       -       -     13/1    25/4    38/5    3530/469   25
1900Z    -       -       -     12/0    39/4     5/2    56/6    3586/475    
2000Z    -       -       -    134/2      -       -    134/2    3720/477 
2100Z    -       -       -     94/3    10/0     3/0   107/3    3827/480 
2200Z    -       -       -     59/7     7/0      -     66/7    3893/487 
2300Z    -       -     71/9    11/2     4/0      -     86/11   3979/498 

Total: 54/33  318/70  355/92 1671/133 1409/123 172/47 

Best 60 mins: 230 QSOs (24-Oct-2020 13:20 to 24-Oct-2020 14:19)

Worked on 6 bands: TM3R

Worked on 5 bands: CR6K DF0HQ DL0CS DM1A DP7D E7DX EA2W EC2DX EW5A F6KOP G0BNR G6XX GM6NX HG5A HG7T II2S IQ4FA P40W PA9M PI4COM PJ4DX TM5A TM6M VE5MX VO1GRC ZF1A

Most worked countries:

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL       4     36     27    235    237     22     561
    EA       3     27     24    104    101     10     269
     F       1     28     32     64     82     23     230
     G       2     17     20    151    147      8     345
     I             25     28    147    169      8     377
     K       9     16     33     75     20      3     156
    ON       2     11      3     50     40      6     112
    PA       1     14      3     69     53      7     147
    SP       1      9      9     42     45      1     107
    VE      14     26     28     29     19      1     117