2022 CQ WW SSB Contest V47T (K5ZD)

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB - 2022

Call: V47T
Operator(s): K5ZD
Station: V47T

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: 
Operating Time (hrs): 45.2
OpMode: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
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  160:   41     6       14
   80:  617    17       71
   40: 1385    26       80
   20: 2009    34       97
   15: 2339    29       93
   10: 3111    25       96
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Total: 9502   137      459  Total Score = 13,526,816

Club: None

Comments

The contest began a week before on Saturday with a 3am departure from home to make a 5:45 am flight out of Boston. Met up with N2NT in Miami and on to St Kitts. We got right to work and in 3.5 days had fixed some antennas and added new ones. It was warm and humid. We then spent another day getting the shack arranged with new antenna switching automation from Green Heron Engineering. I dropped Andy off at the airport on Thursday at noon so he could fly home and then join the K3LR team for the contest.

I spent the rest of the day fighting software conflicts and peculiarities. Things that seemed simple at home are not the same once you have taken them apart and tried to reassemble them in a new environment. One discovery was that the Green Heron server needed to be started before the Microham router.

I had to use DXLog because it worked with the Green Heron switching. I took a crash course in learning the software the week before I left home. It worked flawlessly. The main issue was the op not being able to type fast enough or falling asleep between QSOs.

I got good sleep during the week but was feeling the effects of the station-building efforts as the contest approached. Decided to power through the first night and then make the decision if I would sleep the second night. In retrospect, I could
have skipped two slow hours for a 90-minute nap and made up for it during the high rates on Sat morning. I started to get loopy on Sat evening around 0100z. I kept zoning out in the middle of a QSO. Even so, it looks like I worked more than a hundred QSOs that I don’t really remember.

Bands were slow to open on Sat so got to spend an hour or so on 20, then 15, and then finally to 10m. Kept working between 10 and 15, but probably should have committed to the endless stream of stations on 10m. Sunday was better with 10m open just 30 mins after sunrise.

Rates were incredible. QRM was the biggest limiting factor. Had a great frequency on 10m Sunday morning until TM0DX decided to land about 5 Khz away with his 10 Khz of splatter.

Some line noise had appeared as we were setting up on Wed afternoon. The power company came out Thu (amazingly!) and was able to cut the lines until they found the source. It was down the road, but the noise was radiating the most from the dead-end pole closest to the station. The noise was annoying on all bands except for a period on Sunday morning, but I could usually find an antenna that could hear. This did make me a bit of an alligator on 20m.

Always amazing how many YB stations call in. It seems that path is open across all bands at any time. Even worked one on 75m.

Even though I had two radios, DXLog reported only 120 S&P QSOs. I was almost entirely in run mode and used the second radio to scope out frequencies for band changes.

On Sunday morning I was starting to feel pain in my throat from all the talking. Tried to use the voice keyer more, but still had to say all the callsigns.

Where were the Africans? Mostly worked EA8 stations + CN3A and a 5R. That was it!

One of the new antennas we put up was a Double L for 160m. We had hoped to hang it from an 80′ tower but discovered the top of the tower was too rusted to safely climb. Decided on hanging from 60′. The SWR curve was perfect. We did work two Europeans on Wednesday evening. But, conditions on 160 during the contest were terrible. I worked all multipliers that I heard but did not feel loud. Need another contest to determine if this antenna is a keeper or not.

Hard to complain or make excuses about a contest where you make 9500 QSOs! Even so, sure would like to have made it to 10k. A bit less line noise and it may have been possible. High level contesting is all about hearing the weak guys and it was tough at times.

Thanks to Andy N2NT for allowing me to use the station. He has done an incredible amount of work to build and maintain the place. It is a dream radio location on a 1200′ hill just a mile or so from the ocean with a horizon view from North to East.

The station is very isolated. After the contest, I packed everything up and was ready to come down to town, but the jeep would not start. V44KAI saved the day by driving up and cleaning the corrosion off the battery cables. Whew. Would have been a tough place to get AAA…

Looking forward to seeing other single-op scores from the region to see what I may have missed. Doing 45 hours of running, you get a very small view of the full contest activity and propagation. I had a blast doing the contest and will be very happy with any result. Thanks to everyone that called in.

The full contest was recorded and is available at the link below. You can enjoy my struggles with the QRM and line noise while hearing how your station sounded on my end.

Recording

Audio recordings of the full operation are available here.

Statistics

QSOs By Continent

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

    NA      37    371    981   1519   1314   1559    5781    60.8
    EU       0    228    334    363    920   1462    3307    34.8
    SA       3     10     22     62     35     30     162     1.7
    AS       0      1     25     28     37     31     122     1.3
    AF       1      4      5     11      6     16      43     0.5
    OC       0      3     17     25     26     12      83     0.9

Rates

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  302/57    1/2    --+--  303/59    303/59  
0100Z    -       -       -    302/14     -       -    302/14    605/73  
0200Z    -       -    142/26   85/3      -       -    227/29    832/102 
0300Z    -       -    268/18     -       -       -    268/18   1100/120 
0400Z    -     37/20  152/31     -       -       -    189/51   1289/171 
0500Z    -    165/39   29/4      -       -       -    194/43   1483/214 
0600Z   7/10   84/11   54/5      -       -       -    145/26   1628/240 
0700Z    -     35/2    86/8      -       -       -    121/10   1749/250 
0800Z   3/3    11/2    37/3     1/1    --+--   --+--   52/9    1801/259 
0900Z  12/2      -     21/5     9/2      -       -     42/9    1843/268   11
1000Z    -     41/2      -    115/15   38/26     -    194/43   2037/311 
1100Z    -       -       -       -    258/40    3/6   261/46   2298/357 
1200Z    -       -       -       -       -    290/44  290/44   2588/401 
1300Z    -       -       -       -       -    287/13  287/13   2875/414 
1400Z    -       -       -       -       -    266/13  266/13   3141/427 
1500Z    -       -       -       -    109/7   126/4   235/11   3376/438 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--  247/10    5/2   252/12   3628/450 
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -    240/9   240/9    3868/459 
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -    227/2   227/2    4095/461 
1900Z    -       -       -       -    285/7     1/1   286/8    4381/469 
2000Z    -       -       -       -    306/9      -    306/9    4687/478 
2100Z    -       -       -     40/3   182/4    10/5   232/12   4919/490 
2200Z    -       -       -    217/14     -       -    217/14   5136/504 
2300Z    -       -       -    233/2      -       -    233/2    5369/506 
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  242/4    --+--   --+--  242/4    5611/510 
0100Z    -       -       -     63/1     4/2      -     67/3    5678/513   23 
0200Z    -       -    199/4      -       -       -    199/4    5877/517 
0300Z    -       -    193/3      -       -       -    193/3    6070/520 
0400Z    -    105/5    63/1      -       -       -    168/6    6238/526 
0500Z  18/4    98/4     3/1      -       -       -    119/9    6357/535 
0600Z    -       -    126/3     2/2      -       -    128/5    6485/540 
0700Z    -       -      9/0     3/0      -       -     12/0    6497/540   50
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    6497/540   60
0900Z    -     40/2     1/0      -       -       -     41/2    6538/542   45
1000Z    -       -       -      2/0   169/6      -    171/6    6709/548 
1100Z    -       -       -       -     97/3   135/3   232/6    6941/554 
1200Z    -       -       -       -       -    237/5   237/5    7178/559 
1300Z    -       -       -       -      7/0   188/5   195/5    7373/564 
1400Z    -       -       -       -    182/2    28/1   210/3    7583/567 
1500Z    -       -       -       -     23/1   169/1   192/2    7775/569 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--  244/1   244/1    8019/570 
1700Z   1/1     1/1     1/1      -       -    214/4   217/7    8236/577 
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -    262/2   262/2    8498/579 
1900Z    -       -       -       -     48/0   168/0   216/0    8714/579 
2000Z    -       -      1/1    44/2   179/1      -    224/4    8938/583 
2100Z    -       -       -    166/7      -       -    166/7    9104/590 
2200Z    -       -       -      6/0   188/2    11/0   205/2    9309/592 
2300Z    -       -       -    177/4    16/0      -    193/4    9502/596 

Total: 41/20 617/88 1385/114 2009/131 2339/122 3111/121

Best 60 mins: 312 between 29-Oct-2022 19:37 and 20:36

Worked on 6 bands

AA3B AB3CX AG4Q D4Z FM5KC K1LZ K3LR K3WW K4AB K4ZW K8AZ K9CT KP3DX KP4AA N2LBR
N5OT NA2U P40L PJ2T PJ4G VE3EJ W3LPL WA2JQK ZF1A

Most Worked Countries

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
     K      26    336    885   1364   1217   1447    5275
    DL             27     38     58    146    242     511
     I             27     49     27    113    158     374
    VE       2     11     64    126     72     84     359
     G             15     18     34     70    160     297
    EA             17     30     23     58    118     246
     F             25     25     19     68    105     242
    PA              8     11     21     39     83     162
    SP             10     10     13     49     54     136
    OH              9     17     14     33     31     104