2021 WW Digi DX Contest K5ZD

                    World Wide Digi DX Contest - 2021

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

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 18.8
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:   34    13
   80:  146    33
   40:  307    51
   20:  342    54
   15:   87    24
   10:   15     7
-------------------
Total:  931   182  Total Score = 339,794

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

The FT modes were not made for contesting…  but, it makes for a challenging slow-motion video game.

Conditions were not the best at the start.  Very good at the end.

Even with the good activity, had to spend some time on the FT8 water holes to get some of the multipliers.  Frustrating to see so many Asia DX stations that were clear copy, but they could not hear me through the QRM.

Amazing what FT8 enables working on 80 and 160.  I even had 3 southern European stations call in on 10 meters!

Started late.  Stayed up too late working on a project so I slept in and ran some errands.  Didn’t miss much by the sound of the bands.  Took another break to do a 5-mile walk. Then took an hour of sleep when things got really slow.

Full SO2R.  Nice to be able to have something to occupy the time while waiting for repeats.

How do you get a grid from those VKx4 letter callsigns?  Or any long call?

Great job by Bud AA3B. I don’t know he finds the stamina!

“Rates”

QSO/Mul by hour and band

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

D1-1200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -     39/19     39/19    60
D1-1300Z    -       -       -     35/16    4/3      -     39/19     39/19    13
D1-1400Z    -       -       -      9/1     9/6      -     18/7      57/26    36
D1-1500Z    -       -       -     23/2    13/4      -     36/6      93/32    23
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   29/1    14/3    --+--   43/4     136/36  
D1-1700Z    -       -     11/4    29/2     6/1      -     46/7     182/43  
D1-1800Z    -       -      4/0    33/3    11/2     3/3    51/8     233/51  
D1-1900Z    -       -       -     33/4     8/1     8/4    49/9     282/60  
D1-2000Z    -       -       -     14/0     1/0     4/0    19/0     301/60    31
D1-2100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     301/60    60
D1-2200Z    -       -      7/5    15/4     4/1      -     26/10    327/70    18
D1-2300Z    -      1/1    35/13   26/6      -       -     62/20    389/90  
D2-0000Z  --+--   38/11   33/2    --+--   --+--   --+--   71/13    460/103 
D2-0100Z    -     32/5    35/3      -       -       -     67/8     527/111 
D2-0200Z  19/7     4/0    21/3     4/2      -       -     48/12    575/123 
D2-0300Z    -     29/3    30/1     5/3      -       -     64/7     639/130 
D2-0400Z  10/6      -     14/1     5/2      -       -     29/9     668/139 
D2-0500Z    -     14/5    31/7     6/1      -       -     51/13    719/152 
D2-0600Z   4/0    14/5    22/4      -       -       -     40/9     759/161 
D2-0700Z   1/0    10/3    16/3     2/0      -       -     29/6     788/167 
D2-0800Z  --+--    4/0    14/3     1/0    --+--   --+--   19/3     807/170   16
D2-0900Z    -       -      2/0     5/0      -       -      7/0     814/170   60
D2-1000Z    -       -     23/2    34/3      -       -     57/5     871/175 
D2-1100Z    -       -      9/0    34/4    17/3      -     60/7     931/182 

Total:    34/13  146/33  307/51  342/54   87/24   15/7  

Best 60 minutes was 74 QSOs.  It is possible to do more, but need a quiet band with callers that can’t hear each other.

Worked 382 band-grids.

2021 IARU HF World Championship K5ZD

                IARU HF World Championship - 2021
Call: K5ZD
Operator(s): K5ZD
Station: K5ZD
Class: SOABMixed HP
QTH: MA
Operating Time (hrs): 23.5
Radios: SO2R
Summary:
   Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Zones  HQ Mults
   160:    45     0      8       10
    80:   193    16     17       27
    40:   519   115     24       41
    20:   866   356     32       42
    15:   524    62     22       34
    10:   169    12     14       18
 Total:  2316   551    117      172  Total Score = 2,782,781

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

Had to run some errands before the contest so did not sit down to operate until 1215z (15 mins late). Stayed on the air almost continuously for the remainder of the 24 hours.  Two quick breaks and one for 12 minutes to eat.

Decided to do this contest old school.  SO2R, but no cluster.  I have gotten used to having lots of spots of multipliers, so it was good to remember the tension of having to decide when to stop running and look for mults.

You never know what you will get for conditions in the Summer. Was hearing Europe on 10 meters at the start, in the afternoon until after sunset, and again on Sunday morning. Worked some Europeans on 15 meters at 4 am local time here!

Even with tropical storm Elsa racing away, the low bands were quiet on this end.

 Must have been noisy down south and in Europe as I called a number of loud stations on 160m that could not hear me.  40m was so good I didn’t spend enough time on 80m so missed a number of “easy” HQ mults.

All antennas seemed to be working.  I think I have a problem with the stacking box on the 10m array.  Looks like it is time to do some work there.  The recently repaired 40m beam was hearing well but has an SWR problem that will need some investigation.

Did not hear a JA station on any band until Sunday morning when 20 finally opened that way. Had a few call in along with a BY and DU, which were welcome mults.

Ended the contest with a nice run on 15 meters CW.  I kept thinking I should go to SSB, but the activity never seemed to be there at other times during the weekend.  Where are all the phone ops?!

Thanks to everyone that was active and making QSOs.  Hope you had as much fun as I did!

Station

K3 + AL-1200

K3 + AL-1500

160m: 1/4-wave GP, shunt fed tower

 80m: 4 square, dipole

 40m: 40-2CD @110′

 20m: 205CA @100′

 15m: 155ca @66′

 10m: 6-ele @90′

 TH7DXX @ 40′

WriteLog software, MK2R+ SO2R box

Rates

QSO/ZN+HQ by hour and band

Hour     160M     80M     40M     20M     15M     10M       Total     Cumm     Off
D1-1200Z    -       -       -     48/13   32/8     7/5       87/26     87/26    15
D1-1300Z    -       -       -    109/22   40/9      -       149/31    236/57
D1-1400Z    -       -       -     90/5    18/6    20/3      128/14    364/71
D1-1500Z    -       -       -    130/2    28/10     -       158/12    522/83
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  117/5    18/3     7/0      142/8     664/91
D1-1700Z    -       -       -    114/1    11/3      -       125/4     789/95
D1-1800Z    -       -       -    135/2    50/4      -       185/6     974/101
D1-1900Z    -       -       -     51/2    39/1    25/14     115/17   1089/118
D1-2000Z    -       -       -       -     50/0    69/7      119/7    1208/125
D1-2100Z    -       -       -     60/0    59/3    47/1      166/4    1374/129
D1-2200Z    -       -     46/12  109/2    13/1      -       168/15   1542/144
D1-2300Z    -       -     86/11   35/2     6/2      -       127/15   1669/159
D2-0000Z  --+--   16/14   72/12   50/2    --+--   --+--     138/28   1807/187
D2-0100Z   4/4    43/11   71/8      -       -       -       118/23   1925/210
D2-0200Z   8/3    37/8    70/1      -       -       -       115/12   2040/222
D2-0300Z  12/6    35/3   115/3      -       -       -       162/12   2202/234
D2-0400Z  10/2     1/1    52/9     3/1      -       -        66/13   2268/247
D2-0500Z   4/3    26/3    29/3     9/3      -       -        68/12   2336/259
D2-0600Z   4/0    18/2    44/2      -       -       -        66/4    2402/263
D2-0700Z    -       -     17/1    38/5      -       -        55/6    2457/269   12
D2-0800Z   3/0    16/1    22/3    --+--    4/1    --+--      45/5    2502/274
D2-0900Z    -     17/1    10/0    64/1      -       -        91/2    2593/276
D2-1000Z    -       -       -     53/5    90/2      -       143/7    2736/283
D2-1100Z    -       -       -      7/1   128/3     6/2      141/6    2877/289
Total:    45/18  209/44  634/65 1222/74  586/56  181/32

Best 60 mins: 194 starting at 18:26 10-Jul-2021

Most worked stations

10 band/modes GR2HQ OP0HQ TM0HQ S50HQ

 9 band/modes DA0HQ EF4HQ NU1AW/5 YT0HQ

 8 band/modes 9A0HQ OE0HQ PA6HQ

Most worked countries

Country   QSOs
  K       1041
 DL        272
 VE        130
 UA        127
  I        102
 SP         95
  G         81
 OK         80
  G         78
 UR         75

2021 New England QSO Party AK1W (K5ZD)

Call: AK1W
Operator(s): K5ZD
Station: K5ZD
Class: Single Op HP

Operating Time (hrs): 14.4
Radios: SO2R
Summary:   Compare Scores
Band      CW Qs   Ph Qs
 80:       259       52
 40:       395      165
 20:       515      416
 15:        73        4
 10:         2        1
Total:    1244      638        Mults     117        Total Score         365,742

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

New personal best score for me in this contest. Conditions weren’t great, but not bad either. Thanks to the sporadic E on Sunday that kept the skip zone short on 20 and opened 15.

Started the contest 20 minutes late. Took an hour off for dinner. Went for a walk on Sunday afternoon and wasn’t feeling well so took a long nap. Back on for the end.

I had worked all states and most of the Canadian provinces after just 3.5 hours of operation. Freed me up to spend more time looking for new countries. Fun chasing DX between runs. Amazing how much stuff is on the air over the course of a weekend.

The short skip also helped me work more NE counties than ever. Missed 1 in CT, 3 in ME, 1 in MA, 1 in NH, and 6 in VT.

NV9L was very loud on 15m SSB Sunday morning. He commented that he had worked some NE stations on 10 so we moved to 10 CW. He was loud. Then we moved up to 28350. Made the QSO, but he was not loud. So the MUF was somewhere in between.

K2UA/M was the mobile I heard the most, but they never sent their county in the CQ so often had to wait to see if they were in a new one.

WriteLog was doubling my SSB QSOs when it posted to the scoreboard. I know that had K1ZZ scratching his head over where I was finding all the extra QSOs!

Sure a lot of activity in the 7QP. Thanks to all that called in.

Station

Full SO2R operation.

K3 + AL-1200
K3 + AL-1500

160m: 1/4-wave GP, shunt fed tower
80m: 4 square, dipole
40m: 40-2CD @110′
20m: 205CA @100′
15m: 155ca @66′
10m: 6-ele @90′
TH7DXX @ 40′
WriteLog software, MK2R+ SO2R box

Rates

CW+PH/Mul by hour and band
Hour     80m     40m     20m     15m     10m    Total     Cumm    Off
2000Z     -     17/8   106/37     -       -    123/45    123/45
2100Z     -     67/6    67/18     -       -    134/24    257/69
2200Z     -     38/9   107/6      -       -    145/15    402/84
2300Z     -     14/0   158/6      -       -    172/6     574/90
0000Z   35/1    83/0    --+--    2/0    --+--  120/1     694/91      9
0100Z     -       -       -       -       -      0/0     694/91     60
0200Z   76/1    54/0      -       -       -    130/1     824/92      7
0300Z   85/4    27/4      -       -       -    112/8     936/100
0400Z   72/0    27/0      -       -       -     99/0    1035/100
0500Z     -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1035/100    60
0600Z     -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1035/100    60
0700Z     -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1035/100    60
0800Z   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1035/100    60
0900Z     -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1035/100    60
1000Z     -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1035/100    60
1100Z     -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1035/100    60
1200Z     -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1035/100    60
1300Z   16/0    46/0    59/2      -       -    121/2    1156/102     1
1400Z     -     15/0    87/0     4/0      -    106/0    1262/102
1500Z     -       -    179/4      -       -    179/4    1441/106
1600Z   --+--   --+--   41/2    60/0     2/0   103/2    1544/108
1700Z     -       -     19/1    11/0      -     30/1    1574/109    47
1800Z     -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1574/109    60
1900Z     -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1574/109    60
2000Z     -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1574/109    60
2100Z     -     36/0    48/2      -      1/1    85/3    1659/112    15
2200Z     -     59/0    60/2      -       -    119/2    1778/114
2300Z   27/0    77/3      -       -       -    104/3    1882/117
Total: 311/6   560/30  931/80   77/0     3/1

2021 CQMM Contest K5ZD

                CQMM DX Contest - 2021
Call: K5ZD
Operator(s): K5ZD
Station: K5ZD
Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 13.7
Summary:
 Band   QSOs  Prefixes
   80:    90       7
   40:   291      43
   20:   668      53
   15:    82      49
   10:    21      17
Total:  1152     169  Countries = 91  Total Score = 1,319,500

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

I became a CWJF member last year after CQMM 2020. Wanted to have the honor of giving out extra points. 🙂

Fun contest even though conditions were terrible.  You know conditions are bad when it is difficult to work South Americans on 15m!

Operated more than intended to support CWJF and this most interesting contest.

I love the use of South American prefixes per band as the mult.  Also nice to see so much activity from SA.

Single radio operation plus the cluster.

Rates

QSO/Dx+Pref by hour and band
Hour      80M     40M     20M     15M     10M    Total     Cumm    OffTime
D1-1000Z    -     26/7      -       -       -     26/7      26/7   
D1-1100Z    -      4/0    96/30     -       -    100/30    126/37  
D1-1200Z    -       -     56/17    2/4      -     58/21    184/58  
D1-1300Z    -       -     98/8    18/12     -    116/20    300/78  
D1-1400Z    -       -     19/2     2/2      -     21/4     321/82     45
D1-1500Z    -       -     53/2     2/1      -     55/3     376/85     35
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   18/0     5/6    --+--   23/6     399/91     44
D1-1700Z    -       -     31/4    10/5    10/10   51/19    450/110     4
D1-1800Z    -       -      8/4     3/3      -     11/7     461/117    60
D1-1900Z    -       -      4/1     3/2      -      7/3     468/120    51
D1-2000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     468/120    60
D1-2100Z    -     22/3    22/19    2/2      -     46/24    514/144    23
D1-2200Z    -     68/14   23/7      -       -     91/21    605/165 
D1-2300Z   9/2    21/8      -       -       -     30/10    635/175    38
D2-0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     635/175    60
D2-0100Z  30/5    40/13     -       -       -     70/18    705/193    13
D2-0200Z  26/0    13/5      -       -       -     39/5     744/198    33
D2-0300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     744/198    60
D2-0400Z  17/1    21/4      -       -       -     38/5     782/203    23
D2-0500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     782/203    60
D2-0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     782/203    60
D2-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     782/203    60
D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     782/203    60
D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     782/203    60
D2-1000Z    -     12/2    11/1      -       -     23/3     805/206    29
D2-1100Z    -       -     13/0      -       -     13/0     818/206    47
D2-1200Z    -       -     65/2      -       -     65/2     883/208    22
D2-1300Z    -       -     70/0      -       -     70/0     953/208    23
D2-1400Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     953/208    60
D2-1500Z    -       -     16/1     5/6      -     21/7     974/215    42
D2-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     974/215    60
D2-1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     974/215    60
D2-1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     974/215    60
D2-1900Z    -       -     14/4     7/4     7/5    28/13   1002/228    22
D2-2000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1002/228    60
D2-2100Z    -     15/0    26/11   21/11    1/0    63/22   1065/250     7
D2-2200Z    -     25/1    22/5     2/1     3/2    52/9    1117/259 
D2-2300Z   8/0    24/0     3/1      -       -     35/1    1152/260 

Total:    90/8   291/57  668/119  82/59   21/17 

2021 CQ WPX SSB Contest AK1W (K5ZD)

                CQWW WPX Contest, SSB - 2021
 Call: AK1W
 Operator(s): K5ZD
 Class: SOAB HP
 QTH: W1

 Operating Time (hrs): 17
 Summary:
 Band   QSOs
 160:    16
  80:   317
  40:   362
  20:  1157
  15:   102
  10:     9
Total: 1963  Prefixes = 981  Total Score = 5,325,849
Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

After a year of hyper contest activity due to pandemic boredom, I think I finally hit burnout.  Just couldn’t see myself pushing through a weekend of splatter. Did a part time effort and really enjoyed myself.  Single radio effort with the cluster.

First day was almost all 20m.  Low bands seemed noisy and Europeans were not hearing well.

Second night was better. Even worked some Europe on 160.  SP7VC had a booming signal.

Sunday morning on 20m was more fun. I could see from spots that there was a lot of Eu activity on 15 and 10 so there seemed to be less crowding on 20. The Russians were coming through very well.

Big surprise was the last 2.5 hours of the contest.  Loud Eu and JA were coming in at the same time on 20. The Asia opening was deep with multiple HL, DU and BY also calling in.  That never happens for me!  Then went to 40 and had a very wild last hour with calls from USA and EU. Worked over 100 multipliers in those final hours.

Thanks for everyone who got on.  Sounded like a lot of people were having fun.

Station

K3 + AL-1200
160m: 1/4-wave GP, shunt fed tower
 80m: 4 square, dipole
 40m: 40-2CD @110′
 20m: 205CA @100′
 15m: 155ca @66′
 10m: 6-ele @90′
 TH7DXX @ 40′
WriteLog software, MK2R+ SO2R box 

Rates

QSO/Pref by hour and band
 Hour   160M     80M     40M     20M     15M     10M    Total     Cumm    Off
 0000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0       0/0     60  
 0100Z    -       -     61/52    8/7      -       -     69/59     69/59    22
 0200Z   6/6   117/69   12/9      -       -       -    135/84    204/143
 0300Z    -     72/42     -       -       -       -     72/42    276/185   22
 0400Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     276/185   60
 0500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     276/185   60
 0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     276/185   60
 0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     276/185   60
 0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     276/185   60
 0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     276/185   60
 1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     276/185   60
 1100Z    -       -     16/10   80/69     -       -     96/79    372/264   19
 1200Z    -       -       -    173/107    -       -    173/107   545/371
 1300Z    -       -       -    102/69   14/10     -    116/79    661/450
 1400Z    -       -       -       -      9/6      -      9/6     670/456   54
 1500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     670/456   60
 1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     670/456   60
 1700Z    -       -       -     86/47   10/8      -     96/55    766/511    3
 1800Z    -       -       -     13/5    16/11    9/6    38/22    804/533   28
 1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     804/533   60
 2000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     804/533   60
 2100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     804/533   60
 2200Z    -       -       -     63/38   10/3      -     73/41    877/574   22
 2300Z    -       -       -     35/16     -       -     35/16    912/590   40
 0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     912/590   60
 0100Z    -       -     32/15    1/0      -       -     33/15    945/605   39
 0200Z    -     67/20   28/9      -       -       -     95/29   1040/634
 0300Z   4/0    61/19   22/9      -       -       -     87/28   1127/662
 0400Z   6/1      -     16/4      -       -       -     22/5    1149/667   37
 0500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1149/667   60
 0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1149/667   60
 0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1149/667   60
 0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1149/667   60
 0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1149/667   60
 1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1149/667   60
 1100Z    -       -      5/1   106/49     -       -    111/50   1260/717   10
 1200Z    -       -       -    149/65     -       -    149/65   1409/782
 1300Z    -       -       -     81/33     -       -     81/33   1490/815    8
 1400Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1490/815   60
 1500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1490/815   60
 1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   42/17   22/9    --+--   64/26   1554/841    6
 1700Z    -       -       -     51/17   10/5      -     61/22   1615/863   13
 1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1615/863   60
 1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1615/863   60
 2000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1615/863   60
 2100Z    -       -       -     53/24     -       -     53/24   1668/887   33
 2200Z    -       -      1/1   114/46   11/5      -    126/52   1794/939
 2300Z    -       -    169/42     -       -       -    169/42   1963/981
 Total: 16/7   317/150 362/152 1157/609 102/57   9/6

2021 ARRL DX Contest SSB K5ZD

                ARRL DX Contest, SSB - 2021
 Call: K5ZD
 Operator(s): K5ZD
 Station: K5ZD
 Class: SO Unlimited HP
 Operating Time (hrs): 24
 Summary:
  Band  QSOs  Mults
 160:     35    25
  80:    181    59
  40:    297    80
  20:   1513   106
  15:    143    42
  10:     26     3
 Total: 2195   315  Total Score = 2,074,275

 Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

One year ago I was in V4 for this contest.  What a year it has been since!

This was a just for fun effort.  Started late.  Watched some TV. Chased cluster pileups. Only used one radio.

Got on Sat morning and found 20m just opening around 1015z.  By 1030 it was off to the races.  Three consecutive hours over 200/hour!!  Wow.

Started scoreboard watching and it was quite the race between AA3B, K1KI, N3RD, and AA1K. I would go away, see they had pushed ahead, and then I would chase. Provided some motivation to keep plugging away.

Chased spots when I wasn’t trying to run.  Missed a few mults I might have gotten if I had the second rig on.

Only a few skew path Europe on 15m.  It was not good.  That left everyone on 20m shoulder to shoulder.

40m was weird.  Never heard it really open until the last 2 hours.  But, I did miss the pre-darkness hours on Saturday. I may have been avoiding it because the beam is intermittent on receive.  Got really annoying at times.  It does improve the longer RF is injected, but takes longer to clear the intermittent on SSB than CW or RTTY.  Definitely a project for this summer!

75m and 160m weren’t bad, but there just didn’t seem to be much activity.  I.e., lots of unanswered CQs.

In a way, it was nice not having all the big multi-ops.  Made it more possible to find a frequency – especially on 20 and 40.  We definitely miss the expeditions…

Best DX was VK6APZ on 75m LP Sunday evening.  Thanks to K1RX for the spot.  Also good to have UA9BA call in on 40m during the last hour for a new mult. Was also cool to have 3 YB and an HS call in on 20m in the morning.

Spent a lot of time in cluster pileups this weekend listening to whatever DX station it was essentially reading (working) the FRC and PVRC rosters while I waited my turn.

Thanks to all the DX stations that got on the air and gave us contacts – even dealing with some gnarly pileups to do so.

Special thanks to VA2WA and contestonlinescore.com for making the game much more fun.

Station

 K3 + AL-1200
 80m: 4 square, dipole
 40m: 40-2CD @110′
 20m: 205CA @100′
 15m: 155ca @66′
 10m: 6-ele @90′
 TH7DXX @ 40′
 WriteLog software, MK2R+ SO2R box 

Rate Sheet

QSO/DX by hour and band
 Hour     160M     80M     40M     20M     15M     10M    Total     Cumm    OffTime
 D1-0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   22/9     6/1    --+--   28/10     28/10     35
 D1-0100Z   2/2    26/20   52/29    3/0      -       -     83/51    111/61 
 D1-0200Z   1/1    14/6    13/6      -       -       -     28/13    139/74     31
 D1-0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     139/74     60
 D1-0400Z   8/7      -       -       -       -       -      8/7     147/81     52
 D1-0500Z   8/5    26/11    4/2      -       -       -     38/18    185/99  
 D1-0600Z   3/2    29/4    11/6      -       -       -     43/12    228/111    18
 D1-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     228/111    60
 D1-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     228/111    60
 D1-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     228/111    60
 D1-1000Z    -      2/1     3/2    63/16     -       -     68/19    296/130    24
 D1-1100Z    -       -       -    207/20     -       -    207/20    503/150 
 D1-1200Z    -       -       -    220/14     -       -    220/14    723/164 
 D1-1300Z    -       -       -    221/8      -       -    221/8     944/172 
 D1-1400Z    -       -       -     50/9    20/14     -     70/23   1014/195 
 D1-1500Z    -       -       -      1/1     2/2      -      3/3    1017/198    56
 D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   30/0    26/14    3/2    59/16   1076/214     4
 D1-1700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1076/214    60
 D1-1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1076/214    60
 D1-1900Z    -       -     17/3    18/5    27/3      -     62/11   1138/225    16
 D1-2000Z    -       -     12/2    27/10     -      6/1    45/13   1183/238    13
 D1-2100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1183/238    60
 D1-2200Z    -       -       -     16/5    11/2      -     27/7    1210/245    38
 D1-2300Z    -       -     14/2    10/1     5/0      -     29/3    1239/248    35
 D2-0000Z  --+--   --+--   15/3    --+--   --+--   --+--   15/3    1254/251    47
 D2-0100Z    -     19/1    13/3     2/1      -       -     34/5    1288/256    28
 D2-0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1288/256    60
 D2-0300Z   3/3    15/6    16/5      -       -       -     34/14   1322/270     6
 D2-0400Z   5/1    20/5     3/1      -       -       -     28/7    1350/277 
 D2-0500Z   5/4     3/0      -       -       -       -      8/4    1358/281    35
 D2-0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1358/281    60
 D2-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1358/281    60
 D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1358/281    60
 D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1358/281    60
 D2-1000Z    -       -      7/2    23/0      -       -     30/2    1388/283    22
 D2-1100Z    -       -       -    159/2      -       -    159/2    1547/285 
 D2-1200Z    -       -       -    123/1      -       -    123/1    1670/286 
 D2-1300Z    -       -       -    104/2      -       -    104/2    1774/288 
 D2-1400Z    -       -       -     27/0     4/1      -     31/1    1805/289    34
 D2-1500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1805/289    60
 D2-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--    4/1     3/1    --+--    7/2    1812/291    53
 D2-1700Z    -       -       -     74/0      -       -     74/0    1886/291 
 D2-1800Z    -       -       -     32/0    16/1    16/0    64/1    1950/292 
 D2-1900Z    -       -       -      9/1    16/2     1/0    26/3    1976/295 
 D2-2000Z    -       -      6/1    31/0     7/1      -     44/2    2020/297     8
 D2-2100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2020/297    60
 D2-2200Z    -      1/1    51/6    28/0      -       -     80/7    2100/304    10
 D2-2300Z    -     26/4    60/7     9/0      -       -     95/11   2195/315 
 Total:    35/25  181/59  297/80 1513/106 143/42   26/3  

Best 60 mins: 228 @ 06-Mar-2021 11:41

Worked on 6 bands: NONE!

Worked on 5 bands: CQ8M ED8W FM5BH HH2AA II9P IR6T J68HZ NP4DX PJ2T V31MA WP3R ZF1A ZF5T ZW5B

Most worked countries

      160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total  
I        3     11     35    215      3            267
DL       1     26     22    134                   183
G        1      6     14    133                   154
F              13     16     91                   120
PY              3     12     31     52     20     118
EA       3      8     12     83      1            107
PA              2      7     98                   107

Great to see so much activity from South America!

2021 ARRL DX Contest CW K5ZD

                    ARRL DX Contest, CW - 2021

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

Class: SO Unlimited HP
Operating Time (hrs): 40.0
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:  241    54
   80:  712    78
   40:  985    96
   20: 1880   103
   15:  216    69
   10:   41    21
-------------------
Total: 4075   421  Total Score = 5,146,725

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Station

K3 + AL-1200
K3 + AL-1500

80m: 4 square, dipole
40m: 40-2CD @110′
20m: 205CA @100′
15m: 155ca @66′
10m: 6-ele @90′
TH7DXX @ 40′

WriteLog software, MK2R+ SO2R box

Comments:

It’s always good to be in W1 for a DX contest, but that was especially true for this one. With weak signals and QSB – it helps to be closer.

I started on 40 with the second radio on 20. Couldn’t break many pileups on 20. 40 had very loud signals from Southern Eu and very weak ones from Northern Eu. Rate was ok, but not great. The guys on the scoreboard were racing away. I discovered the issue when I moved the 20m radio to 80. The band was wide open with big signals!

160 was amazing the first night. Super quiet with very loud Eu signals.

40 just never got going at any time. On 40 and 20, if you lost your frequency you were not going to find another one.

20m was incredible Sat morning. When I got there the band scope was full. Found a quiet spot at 14002 and proceeded to work 1000 QSOs on that frequency before I finally moved.

Didn’t mean to operate so much. I took a 3 hour nap on Saturday morning. Looks like I gave up 150-200 QSOs by doing that, but I may have gotten most of them back with higher rates. I didn’t plan to be serious because I had just done 30 hours the previous weekend in the WPX RTTY contest. There really can be too much of a good thing!

Almost quit on Sat afternoon when AA3B was way ahead of me. Thanks to the pandemic I didn’t have anything else to do, so got back on the radio. As I caught up with Bud on the scoreboard I transitioned from casual to serious. KI1G wasn’t on the scoreboard, but I assumed he must be serious by the number of pileups he was in (and winning).

Did work 2 EU on 10m beaming toward Africa. EA5RS had a good signal on both 10 and 15 beaming skew path. Otherwise, I had a very frustrating time on 10. With spotlight propagation, I walked away from several multipliers because the pileups were too big and favoring some other part of the country. Sometimes I got lucky later and sometimes not.

Speaking of pileups… being assisted means you run into the same hyper-aggressive ops in every pileup. I had many cases where I experienced all of my main competitors getting through before me. This is mentally frustrating. Of course, I never notice the times I get through before them. 🙂

The bands were not as good on Sunday. This made it a real slog on 20m. The weak QRP signals were even weaker so it helped to have a clear frequency and some luck with the QSB. Of course, the band was great to Asia at the end. Go figure.

I spent most on Sunday afternoon just trying to see if I could make it to 4000 QSOs. This is where the change to being serious hurt. If I was just playing, I could have taken the afternoon off and gone outside.

Very happy I decided to use the cluster. Worked lots of fun DX that I would have never found while running and tuning. RBN rocks.

Best DX was working ZM4T on 160 and VK2CCC on 80. Also very happy to get a JA on 80 Sat morning.

I think I logged over 100 dupes. Way more than normal. In many cases, I suspect they had miscopied my call the first time. All part of the game.

Amazing how many western European contesters joined in the game. We appreciate their activity!

Thanks to all for the QSOs.

QSO/DX by hour and band

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

0000Z   2/2    43/19   74/27    6/6    --+--   --+--  125/54    125/54  
0100Z    -    102/12   39/16     -       -       -    141/28    266/82  
0200Z   7/4    62/10   51/5      -       -       -    120/19    386/101 
0300Z  90/28     -     18/8      -       -       -    108/36    494/137 
0400Z  30/4    87/2    11/3      -       -       -    128/9     622/146 
0500Z   7/3    57/9    23/6      -       -       -     87/18    709/164 
0600Z  21/3    51/2    27/6      -       -       -     99/11    808/175 
0700Z   3/0    10/4    40/1      -       -       -     53/5     861/180  16
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     861/180  60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     861/180  60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     861/180  60
1100Z    -      1/1     4/3   133/30     -       -    138/34    999/214  10
1200Z    -       -       -    190/9     3/3      -    193/12   1192/226 
1300Z    -       -       -    179/3    15/11     -    194/14   1386/240 
1400Z    -       -       -    175/3     6/3      -    181/6    1567/246 
1500Z    -       -       -    160/2    12/8      -    172/10   1739/256 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  141/7    12/8     1/1   154/16   1893/272 
1700Z    -       -       -    122/1    22/10    3/3   147/14   2040/286 
1800Z    -       -       -     31/6    66/9    13/12  110/27   2150/313 
1900Z    -       -       -     24/1     5/2    14/4    43/7    2193/320  20
2000Z    -       -    103/0    11/3     2/0      -    116/3    2309/323 
2100Z    -       -    140/1     2/1     9/6      -    151/8    2460/331 
2200Z    -       -     80/2    23/8      -       -    103/10   2563/341 
2300Z    -     44/4    36/4    10/5     3/0      -     93/13   2656/354 
0000Z  --+--   45/1    10/1     1/1    --+--   --+--   56/3    2712/357  25
0100Z  20/1    13/3    17/0      -       -       -     50/4    2762/361 
0200Z   5/2     6/2    38/2     2/0      -       -     51/6    2813/367 
0300Z  14/0      -       -       -       -       -     14/0    2827/367  55
0400Z  16/3    14/3    43/2      -       -       -     73/8    2900/375 
0500Z  10/2    66/0     4/2      -       -       -     80/4    2980/379 
0600Z   4/1    68/1     5/2      -       -       -     77/4    3057/383 
0700Z  11/1    26/1    36/1      -       -       -     73/3    3130/386 
0800Z  --+--    4/1    30/1    --+--   --+--   --+--   34/2    3164/388  40
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    3164/388  60
1000Z    -      2/1      -      1/1      -       -      3/2    3167/390  53
1100Z    -       -      4/0    90/1      -       -     94/1    3261/391 
1200Z    -       -       -    121/5     2/1      -    123/6    3384/397 
1300Z    -       -       -     99/0     6/2      -    105/2    3489/399 
1400Z    -       -       -    108/1     6/1      -    114/2    3603/401 
1500Z    -       -       -     73/0     4/0      -     77/0    3680/401 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   70/0     5/0     2/1    77/1    3757/402 
1700Z    -       -       -     33/1     7/2     5/0    45/3    3802/405 
1800Z    -       -       -     15/1     3/0     3/0    21/1    3823/406  20
1900Z    -       -     15/0    15/2     6/1      -     36/3    3859/409 
2000Z    -       -     27/0    11/2     7/0      -     45/2    3904/411 
2100Z    -       -     51/0     6/0    14/2      -     71/2    3975/413 
2200Z    -      2/1    52/0    12/0     1/0      -     67/1    4042/414 
2300Z   1/0     9/1     7/3    16/3      -       -     33/7    4075/421 

Day 1:160/40  457/63  646/82 1207/85  155/60   31/20
Day 2: 81/14  255/15  339/14  673/18   61/ 9   10/ 1

Total:241/54  712/78  985/96 1880/103 216/69   41/21 

Worked on 6 bands:

CR6K EA5RS EA7X FM5BH HH2AA HI0LT KP4AA NP4DX NP4Z P44W PJ2T ZF1A ZF5T

Most worked countries:

      160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
DL      39    107    122    271      9            548
 I       7     52    112    163     14            348
 G      19     46     54    125     10            254
 F      11     41     57     85     12            206
OK      15     42     40     86      1            184
EA       5     25     52     74     18      2     176
UA      10     29     24    107                   170
SP      12     35     27     83      1            158
PA       5     22     31     87      2            147
UR       9     29     31     71                   140

2021 CQ WPX RTTY Contest AK1W

                CQ WPX RTTY Contest - 2021
 Call: AK1W
 Operator(s): K5ZD
 Station: AK1W
 Class: SOAB HP
 Operating Time (hrs): 30
 Radios: SO2R
 Summary:
   Band  QSOs
    80:   479
    40:   878
    20:  1137
    15:   257
    10:     0
 Total:  2751  Prefixes = 975  Total Score = 8,171,475

 Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

I was looking forward to this contest, but had not planned on doing a full effort.  Friday night was fun and I went to be when it stopped being fun. Didn’t set my alarm, but work up around 1115z so decided to get back on.  Bands sounded terrible until I got to 20m around 1145z (my sunrise).  Band was already hopping.

Some time later 15m opened to Europe and I was able to do some dual CQing.  Was watching the scoreboard and was keeping up with the big dogs.  Was even ahead of AA3B, which provided some motivation.

I didn’t see how I was ever going to get 36 hours of operation, so didn’t pay much attention to off times.

40m opened to Europe very early with good signals.  Managed to get a few JA QSOs on 20 after dark.  The band seemed to close to Japan and then open again. Always good multipliers to be had.

When I laid down to take a nap Saturday evening, I vaguely remembered that WPX RTTY still uses the 30 hour limit for single ops.  Uh oh! I got up and checked the rules.  That changed things because I already had 20 hours of operating time in the log and still 20 hours of the contest to go.

I decided to start a bit later and do what I could with Europe on Sunday morning.  Bands were not as good.  15m didn’t really open so it was all 20 meters.  The band was packed.  I lost my frequency when I chased some mults and struggled to get a new one.  That was a bad hour and I could see AA3B chasing me down.

It was weird to have to take most of Sunday as off time.  I went out for a 4 mile run, had lunch, watched some TV.  Came back one at 2200z to do my last 90 minutes.  I was late to 40m and could not get a good frequency.  Rates were not good.  Then I saw AA3B pass me with 90 minutes left in the contest.  It looks like his extra time spent on 40m paid off.

Congratulations to Bud AA3B on the win.  He did a great job.  It was a very exciting contest to have such close competition the whole way through. Especially with the variations in off time strategy making the distance between scores ebb and flow. I probably would have quit if not for the race on the live scoreboard keeping me engaged!

This was a new personal best for me in this contest. RTTY operating practices keep improving.  I can’t wait until with the higher bands open!

I used WriteLog as my logging software.  2Tone as the primary decoder and MMTTY as the clone was a great combo.  Amazing how often one would decode perfectly and the other had nothing but garbage. This was my first real contest using dual decoders and it paid big dividends.  Also nice when both decoders copied the same thing so had a higher confidence it was right.  Even so, I expect a few busted calls and numbers when the log checking gets done.

Station

K3 + AL-1200
K3 + AL-1500
 160m: 1/4-wave GP, shunt fed tower
  80m: 4 square, dipole
  40m: 40-2CD @110′
  20m: 205CA @100′
  15m: 155ca @66′
  10m: 6-ele @90′
  TH7DXX @ 40′
 WriteLog software, MK2R+ SO2R box 

Rates:

QSO/Pref by hour and band

Hour      80M     40M     20M     15M     10M    Total     Cumm    OffTime
D1-0000Z  32/28   43/41   --+--   --+--   --+--   75/69     75/69  
D1-0100Z  56/38   66/51     -       -       -    122/89    197/158 
D1-0200Z  64/32   46/33     -       -       -    110/65    307/223 
D1-0300Z  66/32   37/24     -       -       -    103/56    410/279 
D1-0400Z  42/21   58/27     -       -       -    100/48    510/327 
D1-0500Z  49/24   55/33     -       -       -    104/57    614/384 
D1-0600Z  40/14   37/19     -       -       -     77/33    691/417 
D1-0700Z   7/2     3/2      -       -       -     10/4     701/421    51
D1-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     701/421    60
D1-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     701/421    60
D1-1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     701/421    60
D1-1100Z   7/5    14/4    22/13     -       -     43/22    744/443    20
D1-1200Z    -     29/7    92/39     -       -    121/46    865/489 
D1-1300Z    -     28/10   79/25   12/4      -    119/39    984/528 
D1-1400Z    -       -     76/17   68/16     -    144/33   1128/561 
D1-1500Z    -       -     78/23   59/9      -    137/32   1265/593 
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   77/14   38/10   --+--  115/24   1380/617 
D1-1700Z    -       -     70/27   15/7      -     85/34   1465/651 
D1-1800Z    -       -     53/12   15/5      -     68/17   1533/668     2
D1-1900Z    -       -      5/4      -       -      5/4    1538/672    60
D1-2000Z    -     22/5    41/6    28/8      -     91/19   1629/691 
D1-2100Z    -     72/10   23/6      -       -     95/16   1724/707 
D1-2200Z    -     43/8    41/19     -       -     84/27   1808/734 
D1-2300Z    -     44/6    51/15     -       -     95/21   1903/755 
D2-0000Z  14/3    41/8    29/7    --+--   --+--   84/18   1987/773 
D2-0100Z   8/1     8/1      -       -       -     16/2    2003/775    43
D2-0200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2003/775    60
D2-0300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2003/775    60
D2-0400Z  27/4    43/11     -       -       -     70/15   2073/790     8
D2-0500Z  42/6    42/10     -       -       -     84/16   2157/806 
D2-0600Z  11/3    41/7      -       -       -     52/10   2209/816    14
D2-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2209/816    60
D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    2209/816    60
D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2209/816    60
D2-1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2209/816    60
D2-1100Z    -      6/4    15/6      -       -     21/10   2230/826    48
D2-1200Z    -     16/2    70/27     -       -     86/29   2316/855 
D2-1300Z    -      3/1    70/29     -       -     73/30   2389/885 
D2-1400Z    -      8/2    53/16    4/2      -     65/20   2454/905 
D2-1500Z    -     13/4    38/9     6/3      -     57/16   2511/921 
D2-1600Z  --+--    1/1    71/15    9/3    --+--   81/19   2592/940 
D2-1700Z    -      1/0    19/4     1/0      -     21/4    2613/944    41
D2-1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2613/944    60
D2-1900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2613/944    60
D2-2000Z    -      8/0    18/7     2/1      -     28/8    2641/952    40
D2-2100Z    -      3/3      -       -       -      3/3    2644/955    56
D2-2200Z   1/1    23/4    36/7      -       -     60/12   2704/967     9
D2-2300Z  13/0    24/5    10/3      -       -     47/8    2751/975    25
 
Total:  479/214 878/343 1137/350 257/68    0/0
 

2021 CQ 160M Contest CW K5ZD

                CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW - 2021
 Call: K5ZD
 Operator(s): K5ZD
 Station: K5ZD
 Class: Single Op HP
 QTH: W1
 Operating Time (hrs): 11
 Summary:
 Total:  QSOs = 1054  State/Prov = 57  Countries = 43  Total Score = 366,400
 Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Part time effort.  Great fun.

Missed best times for DX on first night.  Hit the jackpot on second night with

140 Europeans between 0600 and 0815z.  That really helped the multiplier.

Local line noise most of the weekend. Some combination of power line buzz and electronic power supply growl. When it was gone, I could hear well.  When it was on, the weak guys had to get lucky with QSB.  I know there were a number of stations that called that I just couldn’t hear.

Station:

K3 + AL-1200

Elevated GP

Shunt fed 90′ tower

By Continent:

       QSOs      % 
NA     888    84.3 
EU     164    15.6 
OC       1     0.1 
AF       1     0.1

Rates:

QSO/Sec+Dx by hour and band

Hour      160    Total     Cumm    OffTime
D1-2200Z  27/15   27/15     27/15     50
D1-2300Z    -      0/0      27/15     60
D2-0000Z  --+--    0/0      27/15     60
D2-0100Z  83/17   83/17    110/32     28
D2-0200Z 147/17  147/17    257/49  
D2-0300Z 148/7   148/7     405/56  
D2-0400Z  92/17   92/17    497/73  
D2-0500Z   9/1     9/1     506/74     52
D2-0600Z    -      0/0     506/74     60
D2-0700Z    -      0/0     506/74     60
D2-0800Z  --+--    0/0     506/74     60
D2-0900Z    -      0/0     506/74     60
D2-1000Z    -      0/0     506/74     60
D2-1100Z  43/0    43/0     549/74     28
D2-1200Z  57/0    57/0     606/74     10
D2-1300Z    -      0/0     606/74     60
D2-1400Z    -      0/0     606/74     60
D2-1500Z    -      0/0     606/74     60
D2-1600Z  --+--    0/0     606/74     60
D2-1700Z    -      0/0     606/74     60
D2-1800Z    -      0/0     606/74     60
D2-1900Z    -      0/0     606/74     60
D2-2000Z    -      0/0     606/74     60
D2-2100Z    -      0/0     606/74     60
D2-2200Z    -      0/0     606/74     60
D2-2300Z    -      0/0     606/74     60
D3-0000Z  84/5    84/5     690/79      9
D3-0100Z  74/3    74/3     764/82  
D3-0200Z  67/1    67/1     831/83  
D3-0300Z  10/0    10/0     841/83     50
D3-0400Z    -      0/0     841/83     60
D3-0500Z  19/0    19/0     860/83     43
D3-0600Z  94/8    94/8     954/91  
D3-0700Z  82/8    82/8    1036/99  
D3-0800Z  18/1    18/1    1054/100    30

Total:  1054/100

My 2020 Digi DX Marathon

In December 2019 I started experimenting with a new open source software for doing FT8/FT4 called DigiRite. It uses the WSJT decoder, but with a completely different user interface optimized for contesting.  It is also well integrated with Writelog.

I spent the first few months of 2020 doing lots of operation and beta testing.  The dev team was very responsive and the app kept improving. There was also the fun of learning the FT modes. FT is like having a contesting going 24/7. The QSOs are short and there is plenty of activity on all bands all the time.  I had a separate Writelog log going just for my digi QSOs and could see the number of contacts and DXCC on each band.

I was always pushing to see how to make rate on the FT modes. The only SO2R operation that I did was during the WW Digi DX Contest in August where I did about 16 hours trying to run with two radios. The rest of the year was a single radio.  I did use my amp most of the time (except 30m).

My operation was sporadic through the year.  There would be periods where I operated a lot and then weeks with nothing. I became unemployed in September and started operating more and at different times during the day. The country counts started to build.  I focused on trying to see how many bands I could achieve DXCC.  It was fun checking the bands, seeing new “multipliers”, and trying to figure out how to get their attention. With the whole world in quarantine, the digi frequencies were crowded!

I had not worked the WARC bands much before this year so one objective was to try to get my DXCC on those bands. I used my Cushcraft 40m beam on 17M. I couldn’t find an antenna that would work very well on 12M. I finished WAS on 30 meters and only need ME and NJ to finish it on 17M.

I made over 1500 QSOs in December.  In part because I could see the country counts getting close to 6BDXCC. 80 meters was the last band  to make it on the evening of Dec 30 when I worked VU,  UK8, and HP to get to 100 (while missing ZF and FG).

You may be interested in what is possible chasing DX on the digi modes for a year.

According the Writelog, I had 228.5 hours of digi operation. (Rate 31.5/hour)

Breakdown by band (not including dupes)

Band      QSOs     DXCC  CQ Zone
160M       352       72      22
 80M       961      100      31
 40M      1210      135      35
 30M       894      125      37
 20M      2089      143      40
 17M       424      117      29
 15M       600      103      29
 12M        10        4       6
 10M       297       49      20
  6M       369       12       5

Tot       7206      860

Worked on 8 bands: 5T5PA CO8LY J68HZ

Worked on 7 bands: 9Y4DG W1OP WB5BHS

Worked on 6 bands: A45XR J69DS N0AT XP3A YO9HP

Total of 177 different entities worked

Most worked countries (not including 6m)

      160   80  40  30   20  17  15  12   10    All      %
 K    124  244 383 231  379  62  79   6  151   2051    27.2
 UA    24  109  75  92  199  15   4        2    520     6.9
 DL    20   82  41  35  117  33  59        8    395     5.2
 JA         29  99  32  159   6  18        3    346     4.6
 I     16   31  33  30  116  20  35   2    4    287     3.8
 UR    22   62  48  32   80   8  11             263     3.5
 SP     6   36  22  29   86  16  15        5    215     2.9
 EA     5   22  36  23   65  16  23       17    207     2.7 
 F      9   24  16  21   50   7  19       21    167     2.2
 G      7   18   9  11   83   8  22        7    166     2.2
 UA9         6  17  48   92   2                 165     2.2
 PY     3   21  19   7   31   6  63        9    159     2.1
 PA     7    7  13   6   85   7  11        4    140     1.9
 VE    15   20  23  10   25   6   2        5    108     1.4
 ON     8   12  10   6   33   5   6        1     81     1.1 
 SV     7   12  13  12   22   3   9        1     79     1

One of my resolutions for 2021 is to help repopulate the CW bands. While FT8 is teeming with activity, and you can always see when the band is open and who is on, it is sad to tune across the CW segment and find no activity at all. FT is great for working DX, but it removes much of the human-to-human contact that helps build friendships and the shared experience that makes ham radio great.

Onward to a new year with less pandemic quarantine and more sunspots!

Randy K5ZD

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