Contest Online Scoreboards

Contesting has traditionally been a very lonely sport.  You sit in your shack, make QSOs, and then find out how you did at the end.  That requires a lot of self-motivation to keep going when conditions are poor.

Over the past few years, I have been watching the online scoreboard while operating.  It gives me an idea of how I am doing compared to others.  There have been several times where I have operated many more hours than I intended just because I was chasing the next score above me on the scoreboard.  That is especially true when I am operating part time.  I sit down, see who is ahead of me, and then try to catch and pass them.  Fun little shot of excitement when the pass finally happens.  Especially if the other guy passes you back!

The ARRL and CQ have confirmed that watching a scoreboard during the contest does not put you in the Assisted category.  It is also a great way to keep a multi-op team motivated and engaged.  Even the ops that go home to sleep can follow the progress of the team.

All you need to add your score to the scoreboard is a popular logging software and an Internet connection.  One scoreboard I like to use is http://contestonlinescore.com (COSB), which is operated by Victor VA2WA.

All the details about how to set up your logger are available at https://contestonlinescore.com/blog/documents/  If you set up your logger to use the “score distributor server” then your score will be sent to other scoreboards in addition to COSB.

Once you have the logger broadcasting your score every 5 minutes or so, you focus on operating the contest.  The logger and scoreboard will work silently in the background.  I usually keep a small browser window open on the screen that is showing the scores for my operating category.  [Hint: Click on the small mobile phone icon near the top of the COSB page and it will take you to a page optimized for mobile phones.  That uses minimum screen space to show calls and scores.]

Give the scoreboard a try and see if you like it.  Scoreboards are definitely more fun when more people are contributing.

 

2018 CQ WW CW Contest K5ZD

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

Call: K5ZD
Operator(s): K5ZD

Class: SOAB HP
Class Overlay: Classic
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 25

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:  114    14       49
   80:  266    17       65
   40:  722    29       96
   20: 1485    31      118
   15:  279    20       72
   10:    1     1        1
------------------------------
Total: 2867   112      401  Total Score = 4,238,406

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

We had company for the holidays and the bed in the shack becomes a guest room. They left on Sat morning, but I knew I was going to miss most of the first night so decided to do the Classic overlay – one radio, no spotting.

Started on 20m casually DXing and working Asia. Then moved through each band once. Then I was kicked out.

Back on Saturday morning and wow! The rates on 20m were incredible. Had to finally take the leap and go to 15m. It wasn’t as good, but there were mults there.

Perfect conditions for being in W1. Usually only one band really open to Europe at a time and they were all beaming our way. That means great rates if you can get a frequency!

Must be a bit of WRTC fever still going on in Germany. I don’t recall ever working so many! They just kept calling in. Lots of Russian and Ukraine also.

Best DX was UP2L on 80m. Heard a zone 18 on 80 Friday night, but he CQed in my face. Did work RM9A (17) and RA9Y (18) on Saturday evening. Any QSO with Africa was exciting (and usually meant busting a big unruly pileup).

As always, it was a constant dilemma whether to run or tune for missing mults. I spent most of the time running.

K1TTT was the ONLY signal I heard on 10m all weekend! I don’t recall it ever being so dead in a WW. Thanks for the double mult!

No equipment failures this time. 40m beam is still intermittent on receive and the SWR on the south tribander is high (but it seems to work).

Knowing I needed to maximize my score within 24 hours, I tried not to operate too much the first day. I think I timed it out almost perfectly. The 40m run on Sun evening dried up about 10 mins after I hit the time limit. Spent the last hour just tuning around and enjoying all the cool DX that is in CQWW.

So for my Classic score, it will be something around 2810 QSOs, 110 Z, and
396 C for about 4.1M.

Was very fun to watch the scoreboard all weekend. Especially the battle between D41CV, Ti7W, and ZF1A. Those guys were making amazing rates. For me, it was helpful to have someone to chase when I came back to the shack after being away.

This contest really is the best in terms of activity and operating level. Thanks to everyone for getting on and creating so much fun.

Rates

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

0000Z  --+--   --+--   73/32   30/9    --+--   --+--  103/41    103/41
0100Z    -       -     98/32     -       -       -     98/32    201/73
0200Z  16/20   50/43    7/8      -       -       -     73/71    274/144
0300Z    -     24/9      -       -       -       -     24/9     298/153  37
0400Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     298/153  60
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     298/153  60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     298/153  60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     298/153  60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     298/153  60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     298/153  60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     298/153  60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     298/153  60
1200Z    -       -       -     21/15     -       -     21/15    319/168  54
1300Z    -       -       -    189/29     -       -    189/29    508/197
1400Z    -       -       -     73/4    79/37     -    152/41    660/238
1500Z    -       -       -    102/7    37/14     -    139/21    799/259
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  177/14   --+--   --+--  177/14    976/273
1700Z    -       -       -     73/29   16/12     -     89/41   1065/314
1800Z    -       -       -     13/1      -      1/2    14/3    1079/317  48
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1079/317  60
2000Z    -       -       -     34/17   10/7      -     44/24   1123/341  11
2100Z    -       -    127/9     4/3      -       -    131/12   1254/353
2200Z    -       -    140/9      -       -       -    140/9    1394/362
2300Z    -     27/3    49/16     -       -       -     76/19   1470/381
0000Z  11/10   59/13   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   70/23   1540/404
0100Z  29/14     -       -       -       -       -     29/14   1569/418  35
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1569/418  60
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1569/418  60
0400Z  40/8     7/1      -       -       -       -     47/9    1616/427  20
0500Z    -     93/12     -       -       -       -     93/12   1709/439
0600Z  18/11    2/0    21/2      -       -       -     41/13   1750/452  11
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1750/452  60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1750/452  60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1750/452  60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1750/452  60
1100Z    -      4/1    10/8      -       -       -     14/9    1764/461  39
1200Z    -       -      4/2   175/2      -       -    179/4    1943/465
1300Z    -       -       -    198/2      -       -    198/2    2141/467
1400Z    -       -       -     17/1   111/10     -    128/11   2269/478
1500Z    -       -       -    148/3    12/5      -    160/8    2429/486
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  165/3    --+--   --+--  165/3    2594/489
1700Z    -       -       -     36/2     3/1      -     39/3    2633/492  20
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2633/492  60
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2633/492  60
2000Z    -       -       -      1/0    11/6      -     12/6    2645/498  44
2100Z    -       -    107/2    15/5      -       -    122/7    2767/505
2200Z    -       -     67/2    14/3      -       -     81/5    2848/510
2300Z    -       -     19/3      -       -       -     19/3    2867/513  40

Tot:  114/63  266/82 722/125 1485/149 279/92    1/2

Best 60 mins: 204

Worked on 6 bands:
None!

Worked on 5 bands:
9Y4/VE3EY CN3A CR5E D41CV DA2X DF0HQ DR4A EC2DX EF8R G5O IR4X LZ9W M6T P33W PI4CC PJ2T R7AB TK0C YT5A

Missed a lot of easy Caribbean mults on 160 because I missed the first night and didn’t op much past 06z on Sat night.

Most worked countries:

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

    DL       6     29    125    247     34            441
    UA       7     22     34    108      3            174
     I       2      7     49     83     31            172
    UR       4     17     38     76      2            137
     G       6      7     16     78     22            129
    SP       3     10     36     55      5            109
    OK       4     11     23     58      8            104
     F       2      5     17     61     14             99
    PA       2      4     22     64      3             95
    EA       2      8     29     49      6             94

2018 ARRL Sweepstakes CW K5ZD

                    ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW

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

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 22.5

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
  160:    0
   80:  347
   40:  517
   20:  308
   15:   16
   10:    0
------------
Total: 1188  Sections = 83  Total Score = 197,208

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

My 42nd consecutive year with more than 1000 QSOs in SS CW!

Contest started OK.  Not great, but rate was consistent.  It really falls off around 0630z. I was trying to stay on, but the rate just got too slow.  The time change always makes me have to think when to set the alarm to get back on in time.

We were having quite a wind storm on Sat afternoon and evening.  Something in my 40m beam was intermittent, so had trouble copying a bunch of stations.  Probably have a higher number of errors as a result.  Made a bunch of QSOs using my 40m dipole that is up about 20′ hanging off of one tower (it fell a few months ago and procrastinated fixing it).

We had a short power failure on Sunday morning.  N1MM answered my CQ and I was just sending the report when everything went dark.  The UPS saved the computer, but the radios, amp, and switching all died.  By the time it all powered up again, N1MM was gone so the QSO was lost.

Got awful slow on Sunday. Couldn’t stay in the chair for the full 24 hours. Fun (and motivating) to chase AA3B on contestonlinescore.com. He got me in the end.

80m was super quiet on Sat night.  Was able to copy just about anyone who called on the first try. Weird to hear stations from across the country all morning on 40m. 15m was useless on Sat, but had some really strong signals on Sunday. N9RV was rock crushing for hours. Thought about listening on 160 a few times, but never made the effort.

Thanks to NP3X for the sweep! Nasty pileup but managed to sneak through. I think I worked 2 or more of every section except NT and VI.

Kind of packed it in once I got the sweep.  Worked on some CQWW log checking and watched the Patriots. Was surprised to get on for last 18 minutes and worked 14 stations!  I am sure once the final results come out, I will kick myself for not pushing to the end.

Nothing wrong with SS CW that another 1000 participants wouldn’t solve.

QSO/Sec by hour and band

 Hour      80      40      20      15     Total     Cumm    OffTime

D1-2100Z    -     81/30   14/8      -     95/38     95/38  
D1-2200Z    -     29/1    56/19     -     85/20    180/58  
D1-2300Z  21/4    13/1    48/7      -     82/12    262/70  
D2-0000Z  78/2    11/0    --+--   --+--   89/2     351/72  
D2-0100Z  70/2    13/0      -       -     83/2     434/74  
D2-0200Z  32/2    47/2      -       -     79/4     513/78  
D2-0300Z  35/0    32/0      -       -     67/0     580/78  
D2-0400Z  11/0    52/2      -       -     63/2     643/80  
D2-0500Z  27/0    17/0      -       -     44/0     687/80  
D2-0600Z  23/0     7/1      -       -     30/1     717/81  
D2-0700Z  12/0     3/0      -       -     15/0     732/81     35
D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     732/81     60
D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -      0/0     732/81     60
D2-1000Z    -       -       -       -      0/0     732/81     60
D2-1100Z   8/0    21/0      -       -     29/0     761/81     27
D2-1200Z   9/0    38/1      -       -     47/1     808/82  
D2-1300Z   9/0    36/0      -       -     45/0     853/82  
D2-1400Z    -      9/0     5/0      -     14/0     867/82     32
D2-1500Z    -     33/0     8/0      -     41/0     908/82  
D2-1600Z  --+--   13/0    19/0     2/0    34/0     942/82  
D2-1700Z    -      5/0    34/0     5/0    44/0     986/82  
D2-1800Z    -       -     27/0     6/0    33/0    1019/82  
D2-1900Z    -       -      5/0     1/0     6/0    1025/82     50
D2-2000Z    -     10/0    18/0     2/1    30/1    1055/83     13
D2-2100Z    -      3/0    33/0      -     36/0    1091/83  
D2-2200Z    -     13/0    15/0      -     28/0    1119/83  
D2-2300Z    -      2/0     6/0      -      8/0    1127/83     52
D3-0000Z   1/0     9/0    20/0    --+--   30/0    1157/83  
D3-0100Z   8/0     9/0      -       -     17/0    1174/83     20
D3-0200Z   3/0    11/0      -       -     14/0    1188/83     40

Total:   347/10  517/38  308/34   16/1

2018 CQ WW SSB Contest K5ZD

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB

Call: K5ZD
Operator(s): K5ZD

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

Summary:
Band      QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:      53     11       33
   80:     190     18       69
   40:     229     20       68
   20:    1124     27      102
   15:     657     25       90
   10:      14      6        9
------------------------------
Total:    2267    107      371  Total Score = 3,120,862

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Knew I couldn’t do a full effort so decided to try Classic overlay.

I was finishing up a show on Netflix when the contest started. Operated a bit over 2 hours and then decided to watch the World Series. It was the bottom of the 7th and I figured an hour would be a good break before getting back in time for Europe sunrise. Whoops. 10+ innings later it was now 0730z and bands were quiet. Gave up on trying to maximize my operating time for score. Went for fun instead.

Got up early and found a frequency on 20m. Wow! Rate was great with band open deep into Europe and Russia. Stayed a bit long just because the rate was so good. The Nor’Easter was in full force when I noticed the 20m stack lights were no longer showing the correct indication. An intermittent problem over the past two months. Can’t fix it now. Have choice of upper, lower, or both out of phase for rest of weekend.

When I got to 15m there were some loud signals so called CQ in the first spot I found.

Magic! The band was open with spotlight propagation all around northern Europe. Worked LY, OH and even some Russians. Has a 245 hour! This surprise and discovery are part of what keeps us coming back year after year.

As this excitement was happening, I noticed that my top 15m beam would only turn left. Luckily it was on Europe, but once I started messing with it, it then went to N, then NW, then W. So only the beam at 33′ to Europe for rest of weekend.

My doctor’s office was having a flu shot event so I stopped to go get one. Didn’t seem to impact my ability to operate and was glad to get it out of the way.

Took a nap in the afternoon. Caught a few stations on 10m, but not much. Only SA on 15m. 20m was great into Japan with lots of big signals.

40m is just a mess. I never thought I would be wishing for us to go back to the old days of working split all the time…

Watched the Red Sox again, but I did it while still working the low bands. Had to catch up on mults.

Sunday opened at the same time as Saturday. Got a good frequency and had a nice few hours. It felt like conditions were better, so I decided to go to 15m earlier. This is where being Classic with only 1 radio is a challenge.

I changed bands only to discover conditions were not great. No way to get my frequency back so I did some slow CQing on 15m. Went from a 211 hour on 20m to a 32 hour on 15m.  Ouch!

It was weird. How can we have so many SP stations in the log and no Germans?! They were even calling in after their sunset. As the sun moved, suddenly the band opened to Germany. That helped the score! Was sure missing the high 15 Yagi as many of the signals were right at the noise and had to surf the QSB to get in the log.

Had to take some time off to attend a concert my wife was playing in. Got back early enough to get to the 24 hour of operating mark. Although the last 2 hours were slow. Called lots of loud Europeans on 75m that could not hear me. Argh.

Spent time in the last 20 minutes calling a loud CT9ABO. No luck, but did work UR5AS. OK7K was the consistently loud signal from Europe on 160 all weekend.

As always, too many guys who don’t send their call. Although I found them more responsive when asked so maybe we are making progress. Didn’t notice as much splatter as usual, but that was probably because having only one radio and doing lots of CQing limited my visibility.

Never heard zones 18, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, or 34.

Three hours over 200 were a blast. You see the rate go up and you just hope the frequency stays clear and guys keep calling.

Always amazing how this contest brings out the activity. Worked a lot of guys that were not in the SCP file. Thanks to everyone that go on and helped us all have more fun.

Now off to plan some antenna maintenance!

Randy, K5ZD

Rates

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

0000Z  --+--   --+--   18/19   26/10   --+--   --+--   44/29     44/29  
0100Z    -     23/29   50/32     -       -       -     73/61    117/90  
0200Z  12/13   10/5      -       -       -       -     22/18    139/108   32 RedSox
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     139/108   60
0400Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     139/108   60
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     139/108   60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     139/108   60
0700Z   1/0    12/11   25/20     -       -       -     38/31    177/139   34
0800Z   5/5     8/6     7/3     1/2    --+--   --+--   21/16    198/155   21
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     198/155   60
1000Z   1/0     9/7    11/4     6/8      -       -     27/19    225/174   28
1100Z    -       -       -    187/48     -       -    187/48    412/222 
1200Z    -       -       -    218/6      -       -    218/6     630/228 
1300Z    -       -       -     99/2    87/32     -    186/34    816/262 
1400Z    -       -       -       -    245/20     -    245/20   1061/282 
1500Z    -       -       -       -     24/15     -     24/15   1085/297   24 Flu shot
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   22/7    --+--   22/7    1107/304   60
1700Z    -       -       -    102/9     1/0      -    103/9    1210/313 
1800Z    -       -       -     12/2    36/13    5/5    53/20   1263/333   12 Nap
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1263/333   60
2000Z    -       -       -       -     16/6      -     16/6    1279/339   48
2100Z    -       -       -     54/25   10/5     9/10   73/40   1352/379 
2200Z    -       -     54/5     4/0      -       -     58/5    1410/384   23 
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1410/384   60 RedSox
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1410/384   60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1410/384   60
0200Z   7/5    32/10    9/1      -       -       -     48/16   1458/400 
0300Z  11/8    26/7     4/0      -       -       -     41/15   1499/415 
0400Z  12/12   23/6      -       -       -       -     35/18   1534/433 
0500Z   4/1    31/5      -       -       -       -     35/6    1569/439 
0600Z    -      1/0     4/2      -       -       -      5/2    1574/441   52 Sleep
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1574/441   60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1574/441   60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1574/441   60
1000Z    -      4/1     7/1      -       -       -     11/2    1585/443   16
1100Z    -       -       -    142/10     -       -    142/10   1727/453 
1200Z    -       -       -    211/5      -       -    211/5    1938/458 
1300Z    -       -       -     19/1    11/3      -     30/4    1968/462    2
1400Z    -       -       -       -     42/0      -     42/0    2010/462   60
1500Z    -       -       -       -     63/11     -     63/11   2073/473 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--    4/0    81/2    --+--   85/2    2158/475 
1700Z    -       -       -      4/0      -       -      4/0    2162/475   57 Concert
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2162/475   60
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2162/475   60
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2162/475   60
2100Z    -       -       -     14/0    18/1      -     32/1    2194/476   29
2200Z    -       -     29/0    20/1     1/0      -     50/1    2244/477 
2300Z    -     11/0    11/1     1/0      -       -     23/1    2267/478   15

Total: 53/44  190/87  229/88 1124/129 657/115  14/15 

Best 60 minutes: 252 @ 27-Oct-2018 13:57

Worked on 6 bands:
VP2MDG

Worked on 5 bands:
8P5A 9Y4W CN3A D4C EF8R FY5KE LX7I LZ9W P33W P40T PJ2T PJ4Q SN8B V26B

Most worked countries:

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

    DL       1     18     12    160    106            297
     I              9     17     83     44            153
    SP       2      6      4     55     33            100
     F              8      9     52     28             97
    UA              1      6     79      8             94
    PA       1      9      3     54     24             91
     G       1      6      5     50     27             89
    EA              7     10     46     25             88
    UR       1      6      5     47     17             76

2018 CQ WW RTTY Contest K5ZD

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY

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

Class: SOAB HP
Class Overlay: Classic
Operating Time (hrs): 23

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  State/Prov  DX   Zones
------------------------------------
   80:  229       40      34    11
   40:  369       46      50    17
   20:  834       44      72    25
   15:  150       13      41    17
   10:    7        3       4     3
------------------------------------
Total: 1589      146     201    73  Total Score = 1,530,480

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

 

Comments:

Knew I was playing golf on Sat morning and attending a symphony orchestra concert on Sat evening.  Decided to try the Classic category even though I would not be able to operate at the optimum times.

It was fun.  I missed having the second radio to tune around while CQing, but I also enjoyed the strategic decision making needed to decide when to run and when to tune around.  Reminded me of how contesting used to be when I first started.

Bands and activity were better than expected.

Managed to have a 102 hour running with just one rig!  The RTTY ops are getting faster and more efficient.  If many would just send their call twice instead of 3-4 times, and if they wouldn’t send my call, we could see even faster rates!

Most studly QSO was with TO6OK on 15m.  Can’t believe he pulled my call out of the mess.  Then it took 5 overs before we could get the exchange due to Europeans that would not stop calling.  Read the screen guys!

I don’t know what it is about RTTY, but really enjoy trying to dig out calls and make QSOs with all the QRM and QSB.

Thanks to everyone that got on.  Lots of fun! (All those FT8 guys should have tried RTTY this weekend…)

Rates:

QSO/Zn+Dx+St by hour and band

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

D1-0000Z  --+--   37/39   17/22   --+--   --+--   54/61     54/61  
D1-0100Z    -     88/28     -       -       -     88/28    142/89  
D1-0200Z    -     63/19     -       -       -     63/19    205/108 
D1-0300Z  52/43    4/3      -       -       -     56/46    261/154 
D1-0400Z  16/7     1/0      -       -       -     17/7     278/161    40
D1-0500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     278/161    60
D1-0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     278/161    60
D1-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     278/161    60
D1-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     278/161    60
D1-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     278/161    60
D1-1000Z    -      3/3     6/7      -       -      9/10    287/171    49
D1-1100Z    -       -     93/28     -       -     93/28    380/199 
D1-1200Z    -       -      8/3      -       -      8/3     388/202    56
D1-1300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     388/202    60
D1-1400Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     388/202    60
D1-1500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     388/202    60
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     388/202    60
D1-1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     388/202    60
D1-1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     388/202    60
D1-1900Z    -       -     35/9     5/5      -     40/14    428/216    30
D1-2000Z    -       -     89/12     -       -     89/12    517/228 
D1-2100Z    -       -     63/12    3/7     2/3    68/22    585/250 
D1-2200Z    -       -     28/6     8/6      -     36/12    621/262    32
D1-2300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     621/262    60
D2-0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     621/262    60
D2-0100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     621/262    60
D2-0200Z  23/11     -       -       -       -     23/11    644/273    38
D2-0300Z  73/16     -       -       -       -     73/16    717/289 
D2-0400Z  21/4    38/6      -       -       -     59/10    776/299 
D2-0500Z  17/4    31/2      -       -       -     48/6     824/305     5
D2-0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     824/305    60
D2-0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     824/305    60
D2-0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     824/305    60
D2-0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     824/305    60
D2-1000Z  27/1    10/5      -       -       -     37/6     861/311    26
D2-1100Z    -       -    102/9      -       -    102/9     963/320 
D2-1200Z    -       -     45/1    11/17    1/3    57/21   1020/341 
D2-1300Z    -       -     80/7      -       -     80/7    1100/348 
D2-1400Z    -       -      9/0    53/14     -     62/14   1162/362 
D2-1500Z    -       -     13/2    28/11     -     41/13   1203/375 
D2-1600Z  --+--   --+--   87/6    --+--    1/1    88/7    1291/382 
D2-1700Z    -       -     23/3    28/10    1/1    52/14   1343/396 
D2-1800Z    -       -     66/4      -       -     66/4    1409/400 
D2-1900Z    -       -       -      7/0      -      7/0    1416/400    51
D2-2000Z    -       -       -      3/2     2/2     5/4    1421/404    51
D2-2100Z    -       -     48/1     2/0      -     50/1    1471/405 
D2-2200Z    -     21/1    22/9     2/0      -     45/10   1516/415    35
D2-2300Z    -     73/7      -       -       -     73/7    1589/422 

Total:   229/86  369/113 834/141 150/72    7/10 

Best clock hour: 102
Best 60 mins: 104

Worked on 5 bands (2):
P49X ZX2B

Worked on 4 bands (19):
9A1A 9A5Y AC0C CR3W DD2ML DR5N IQ4FC K0JJR K3EST KB1EFS KI1G KV1J PI4COM S51A S53S SN7Q VP2V/AA7V YT2T YU5R

2018 WAE DX Contest CW K5ZD

WAE DX Contest, CW
Call: K5ZD
Class: Single Op HP

Operating Time (hrs): 16.5
Radios: SO2R

Summary:

Band   QSOs  QTCs  Mults
-------------------------
80:     131    23   100
40:     249   238   120
20:     585   744   100
15:      66    30    44
10:       5     0     6
-------------------------
Total: 1036  1035   370  Total Score = 765,530


Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Fell asleep on the couch and missed most of the first night and morning. Part time after that.

Good conditions on 80m. I think I missed the best hours on 40m.

Helped N1RR raise an antenna Sunday morning. Got home just in time to find 15 and 10 open. Not many stations on 10, but it was open for those who were paying attention. F5IN was loud for 30 minutes.

Thanks to everyone that received QTCs from me.  Tried to give them out all weekend when someone asked and there weren’t other stations calling.

Fun to watch the big W/VE scores on contestonlinescore.com scoreboard.  I couldn’t seem to catch up with their rates even though I had less QSOs.  Is it possible the QSO totals from N1MM+ were showing the combined QSO+QTC?

 

QSO/Mult by hour and band

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

0000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0       0/0     60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0       0/0     60
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0       0/0     60
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0       0/0     60
0400Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0       0/0     60
0500Z    -     42/63     -       -       -     42/63     42/63    27
0600Z    -     10/6     5/10     -       -     15/16     57/79    40
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0      57/79    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0      57/79    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0      57/79    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0      57/79    60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0      57/79    60
1200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0      57/79    60
1300Z    -       -     58/36   20/18     -     78/54    135/133    9
1400Z    -       -     62/22    6/0      -     68/22    203/155 
1500Z    -       -     62/8      -       -     62/8     265/163 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   57/6    --+--   --+--   57/6     322/169 
1700Z    -       -     82/0      -       -     82/0     404/169 
1800Z    -       -     32/2      -       -     32/2     436/171   30
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     436/171   60
2000Z    -       -     48/0      -       -     48/0     484/171   21
2100Z    -       -     26/2      -       -     26/2     510/173    8
2200Z    -     47/27    4/2      -       -     51/29    561/202   60
2300Z  13/20   22/3     2/2      -       -     37/25    598/227   24
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     598/227   60
0100Z  56/56   16/6      -       -       -     72/62    670/289   10
0200Z  31/16   35/3      -       -       -     66/19    736/308 
0300Z  21/4    11/3      -       -       -     32/7     768/315   32
0400Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     768/315   60
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     768/315   60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     768/315   60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     768/315   60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     768/315   60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     768/315   60
1000Z    -       -     14/0      -       -     14/0     782/315   50
1100Z    -       -     18/2      -       -     18/2     800/317   45
1200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     800/317   60
1300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     800/317   60
1400Z    -       -       -     25/16     -     25/16    825/333   26
1500Z    -       -     33/2    15/10    5/6    53/18    878/351 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   12/0    --+--   --+--   12/0     890/351   35
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     890/351   60
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     890/351   60
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     890/351   60
2000Z    -       -     25/0      -       -     25/0     915/351   27
2100Z    -     14/0    38/2      -       -     52/2     967/353 
2200Z    -     41/6     6/4      -       -     47/10   1014/363 
2300Z  10/4    11/3     1/0      -       -     22/7    1036/370

Tot:  131/100 249/120 585/100  66/44    5/6

Most worked countries:

           80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL      44     69    211     29      3     356
    SP      12     17     34      2             65
    UR      11     16     29      2             58
    OK       6     16     24      2             48
     G       4      9     26      1             40
     I       2      9     24      4             39
    UA       5     12     21      1             39

Need more activity from outside Germany!

2018 CQ WPX SSB K5ZD

                    CQWW WPX Contest, SSB

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

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 14.5

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
  160:   85
   80:  230
   40:  304
   20:  675
   15:   63
   10:    2
------------
Total: 1359  Prefixes = 703  Total Score = 2,665,073

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Just for fun.

160m was amazing to Europe on Friday night. OK7K was 59+20db.

20m opened very slowly on Sunday morning. Strange to have the sun up and not hear a signal on the band.

QSO/Pref by hour and band

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

0000Z   2/2    41/37    1/1    --+--   --+--   --+--   44/40     44/40    30
0100Z    -       -    104/82   20/16     -       -    124/98    168/138 
0200Z    -       -     50/34     -       -       -     50/34    218/172 
0300Z  25/12   39/28    3/2      -       -       -     67/42    285/214 
0400Z  30/17    2/2      -       -       -       -     32/19    317/233   41
0500Z    -     81/45     -       -       -       -     81/45    398/278 
0600Z    -      4/1    10/6      -       -       -     14/7     412/285   47
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     412/285   60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     412/285   60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     412/285   60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     412/285   60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     412/285   60
1200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     412/285   60
1300Z    -       -      3/1    64/31     -       -     67/32    479/317   19
1400Z    -       -       -     92/59   12/9      -    104/68    583/385 
1500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     583/385   60
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     583/385   60
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     583/385   60
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     583/385   60
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     583/385   60
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     583/385   60
2100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     583/385   60
2200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     583/385   60
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     583/385   60
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     583/385   60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     583/385   60
0200Z    -       -     98/39     -       -       -     98/39    681/424   11
0300Z   8/1    60/17    5/1      -       -       -     73/19    754/443 
0400Z  20/6      -       -       -       -       -     20/6     774/449   50
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     774/449   60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     774/449   60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     774/449   60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     774/449   60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     774/449   60
1000Z    -      3/0      -       -       -       -      3/0     777/449   58
1100Z    -       -      4/2    19/9      -       -     23/11    800/460 
1200Z    -       -       -    155/80     -       -    155/80    955/540 
1300Z    -       -       -     90/45    3/3      -     93/48   1048/588    8
1400Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1048/588   60
1500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1048/588   60
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   11/5    12/8    --+--   23/13   1071/601   41
1700Z    -       -       -     40/10     -       -     40/10   1111/611   32
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1111/611   60
1900Z    -       -       -     58/23     -       -     58/23   1169/634   26
2000Z    -       -       -     75/33   22/9     2/0    99/42   1268/676 
2100Z    -       -     26/8    22/7    14/5      -     62/20   1330/696 
2200Z    -       -       -     29/7      -       -     29/7    1359/703   30
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1359/703   60

Total:    85/38  230/130 304/176 675/325  63/34    2/0

2018 ARRL DX Contest SSB K5ZD

                    ARRL DX Contest, SSB

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

Class: SO Unlimited HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 17

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:   17    14
   80:   79    45
   40:  234    65
   20:  900    99
   15:  358    91
   10:   34    17
-------------------
Total: 1622   331  Total Score = 1,610,646

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

Did not really engage with the contest Friday evening. Wind was howling and conditions were not the best. Gave up when the rain static made hearing difficult. (Power did stay on all weekend – probably because we now have a generator.)

This was an SO1R effort. Didn’t want to deal with 2 amps running all weekend so just used one rig. Figured I was mostly going to chase spots anyway. Only a few times I wished I had the second rig to grab a mult without giving up the run frequency.

Up early Sat morning and had a great run going on 20 meters. At least I did until my wife came in and informed me she had backed the car into the partially open garage door.

This was a contest of haves and have nots. If you had a run frequency, you made rate. If not, you tuned or clicked on spots.

A lot of my operation on Sunday was to come in, click on spots, then leave. So actual operating time was less than reported by the software. Called it quits with about two hours to go. Was nice to watch the golf tournament and see people in warm weather and short sleeves.

Conditions on 80 seemed good, but couldn’t get any answers to CQs. Was lucky to find a 40m CQ frequency early on Sat evening that provided a burst of QSOs and mults. 20m was a zoo.

15m was marginal on Sat morning, but actually opened on Sunday morning for a few hours. Worked a few UA3’s which was a surprise. PA3AAV reported he was only hearing W1 stations. One Euro told me I was loudest signal on the band (always nice to hear even if not true). Even so, it didn’t seem like there were many people on the band. But, it sure was nice to have a run frequency without splatter from both sides.

10m was frustrating. Stuff would be spotted and couldn’t be heard. E.g., PJ4G was loud while P40L was inaudible.

I got to listen to the FRC club roster for almost every spot on 10m and 20m on Sunday afternoon. Those guys know how to use the cluster.

There are nuggets of fun and goodness in every contest. But, SSB surely tests that. I kept “quitting” the contest and then would come back again for more. Will be back for WPX SSB in a few weeks.

Station:

Elecraft K3 + Alpha 76CA
Logging software WriteLog by W5XD
HamPlus AS-82 for antenna selection

Tower 1  100’ Rohn 45G
Cushcraft 40-2CD at 110’
Hygain 205CA at 100’/50’ in upper/lower/both stack
Hygain 155CA at 66’/33’ in upper/lower/both stack 160m elevated GP

Tower 2  90’ Rohn 25G
10m 5/5/5 @ 90’/60’/30’ (only used the top antenna)
80m wire 4 square hanging from ropes off tower
Tower shunt fed on 160m.

Tower 3  38’ Rohn 25G
Hygain TH7DXX at 40’ rotary

Rates

QSO/DX by hour and band

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

0000Z   3/2    --+--   17/11    4/3    --+--   --+--   24/16    24/16   30
0100Z    -     24/23   26/14     -       -       -     50/37    74/53    9
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     74/53   60
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     74/53   60
0400Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     74/53   60
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     74/53   60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     74/53   60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     74/53   60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     74/53   60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     74/53   60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     74/53   60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     74/53   60
1200Z    -      1/1     9/7   139/30     -       -    149/38   223/91   16
1300Z    -       -       -    162/21   10/8      -    172/29   395/120
1400Z    -       -       -     25/5    25/21     -     50/26   445/146
1500Z    -       -       -     15/4    15/5      -     30/9    475/155  30
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   29/4    22/13   --+--   51/17   526/172   6
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    526/172  60
1800Z    -       -       -     56/1    20/5     8/8    84/14   610/186   7
1900Z    -       -       -      1/1     3/3     1/1     5/5    615/191  60
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    615/191  60
2100Z    -       -     71/12   29/10    1/0      -    101/22   716/213    
2200Z    -     11/3    45/5    15/3      -       -     71/11   787/224    
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    787/224  60
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    787/224  60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    787/224  60
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    787/224  60
0300Z   2/2    14/8     4/4      -       -       -     20/14   807/238  39
0400Z   8/6    19/8    14/3      -       -       -     41/17   848/255
0500Z   1/1     2/1      -       -       -       -      3/2    851/257  60
0600Z   3/3     7/0    10/3      -       -       -     20/6    871/263  33
0700Z    -      1/1      -       -       -       -      1/1    872/264  59
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    872/264  60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    872/264  60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    872/264  60
1100Z    -       -      6/4    28/0      -       -     34/4    906/268  42
1200Z    -       -       -    129/2      -       -    129/2   1035/270
1300Z    -       -       -    118/3    34/8      -    152/11  1187/281
1400Z    -       -       -      1/1   151/15     -    152/16  1339/297
1500Z    -       -       -     19/0    47/4      -     66/4   1405/301   8
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0   1405/301  60
1700Z    -       -       -      7/1     6/3      -     13/4   1418/305  50
1800Z    -       -       -     14/0      -       -     14/0   1432/305  52
1900Z    -       -       -     53/3    12/1    24/8    89/12  1521/317
2000Z    -       -       -     30/3     4/4     1/0    35/7   1556/324  25
2100Z    -       -     30/2    16/2     8/1      -     54/5   1610/329
2200Z    -       -      2/0    10/2      -       -     12/2   1622/331  40
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1622/331  60

Total: 17/14   79/45  234/65  900/99  358/91   34/17 

Best 60 minutes: 216 on Sat morning on 20m

Six banders:
8P5A P40L PJ4G

Five banders:
C6ANM EA2RY EA6FO H72DX PZ5K TO3Z V26K ZF2MJ ZF9CW
(most of the misses were on 10m)

Most worked countries:

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

     I              8     27     84     48            167
    DL       1      1     20    105     30            157
     G              4     11     51     36            102
     F              4     16     47     27             94
    EA       1      5     16     41     20             83
    UA              2      4     62      3             71

2018 ARRL DX Contest CW K5ZD

                    ARRL DX Contest, CW

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

Class: SO Unlimited HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 27.5
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:   96    52
   80:  434    77
   40:  814   100
   20: 1542   119
   15:  133    67
   10:   19    16
-------------------
Total: 3038   431  Total Score = 3,928,134

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

Entertaining weekend. Mostly because I operated the good parts and walked away when it stopped being fun. Of course, watching the scoreboard always seemed to pull me back in for more operating time to chase the next guy on the list!

Low bands were great the first night. Very quiet. Must have been quiet in Europe as well since I called many weak stations on 160 and they came right back.

No meters like 20 meters on Sat morning. That’s what happens when 15 doesn’t open so everyone is on the same band. Had 14006 for a long time. A few short runs (I hesitate to call them that) on 15m.

Went to 40m at 1940z and was suprised to find I could get answers from very weak Eu.

Excellent opening to Japan on 20m just before sunset.

Coolest QSO was ZL3X on 10m. Weak and just in for a few minutes.

The bands seemed broken on Sunday morning. Just not as open as Sat. Good run on 40m, but after 2200z I couldn’t do anything. Calling guys on 80 and 160 got beat out by every W3 or W4 that was calling. Can’t tell if it was conditions or my antennas need work.

It is nice to do a DX contest where everyone is looking for us. Especially on the low bands.

Really enjoy operating assisted to help with the multipliers!

By Continent

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

    EU      65    384    722   1355     48      0    2574    84.7
    SA       6     10     23     38     39     13     129     4.2
    NA      22     24     33     36     28      4     147     4.8
    AF       3      7     14     17      7      1      49     1.6
    OC       0      8     11     14     11      1      45     1.5
    AS       0      1      9     80      0      0      90     3.0

Rates

QSO/DX by hour and band

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

0000Z  --+--   --+--  119/30   17/14   --+--   --+--  136/44    136/44 
0100Z    -     72/28   41/18     -       -       -    113/46    249/90 
0200Z  17/15   43/14   28/10     -       -       -     88/39    337/129
0300Z    -     16/2    17/3      -       -       -     33/5     370/134   39
0400Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     370/134   60
0500Z   9/7    69/1     4/1      -       -       -     82/9     452/143   27
0600Z  18/13   55/12    8/0      -       -       -     81/25    533/168
0700Z   1/0    23/6     7/2      -       -       -     31/8     564/176   26
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0     564/176   60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     564/176   60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     564/176   60
1100Z    -      3/0    11/7   102/29     -       -    116/36    680/212   13
1200Z    -       -       -    204/10     -       -    204/10    884/222
1300Z    -       -       -    182/9     3/2      -    185/11   1069/233
1400Z    -       -       -    142/0    27/12     -    169/12   1238/245
1500Z    -       -       -    144/1    21/18     -    165/19   1403/264
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   92/16   16/11   10/9   118/36   1521/300
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      1/1     1/1    1522/301   57
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1522/301   60
1900Z    -       -     27/0    44/12   21/6     3/2    95/20   1617/321    1
2000Z    -       -     30/3     4/3      -       -     34/6    1651/327   42
2100Z    -       -     65/3    39/8     6/3      -    110/14   1761/341
2200Z    -     14/2    81/4    10/1     3/1     1/1   109/9    1870/350
2300Z   6/3    45/1     7/5    21/2      -       -     79/11   1949/361
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1949/361   60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1949/361   60
0200Z   4/2     3/3      -       -       -       -      7/5    1956/366   52
0300Z   9/5     7/2    34/7     2/1      -       -     52/15   2008/381
0400Z   7/2      -       -       -       -       -      7/2    2015/383   35
0500Z   8/1     7/2      -       -       -       -     15/3    2030/386   35
0600Z  14/3    55/0    40/2      -       -       -    109/5    2139/391
0700Z    -      3/1    83/1      -       -       -     86/2    2225/393   19
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    2225/393   60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2225/393   60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2225/393   60
1100Z    -      3/1     3/1   105/3      -       -    111/5    2336/398    7
1200Z    -      1/1     2/1   129/0     6/1      -    138/3    2474/401
1300Z    -       -       -     41/0      -       -     41/0    2515/401   30
1400Z    -       -       -     18/2    13/9      -     31/11   2546/412   44
1500Z    -       -       -    125/1     6/2      -    131/3    2677/415
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   72/3     2/1     1/1    75/5    2752/420
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      3/2     3/2    2755/422   51
1800Z    -       -       -      6/0     5/1      -     11/1    2766/423   49
1900Z    -       -       -     19/1     1/0      -     20/1    2786/424   41
2000Z    -       -     50/0     4/2      -       -     54/2    2840/426   25
2100Z    -       -     91/2     7/0     3/0      -    101/2    2941/428
2200Z    -      3/1    56/0    11/1      -       -     70/2    3011/430
2300Z   3/1    12/0    10/0     2/0      -       -     27/1    3038/431   20

Total: 96/52  434/77 814/100 1542/119 133/67   19/16 

Best 60 mins: 210

6 bands (8):
CR3DX FM5BH P40E P40W PJ2T PJ4A TI7W V47T

5 bands (33):
6Y2T 9A1A CE2MVF CR3W CR6K CU4DX EA2RY EA5RS EA6FO ED7P ED8W HG7T HH2AA HP3SS IR4X KP2M KP4KE LX7I M6T NP2N P49Y SN7Q SN8B T48K TM3R V26M V3T VP2MSS VP5K VP9/W6PH ZF1A ZF9CW ZL3X

2018 CQ WPX RTTY AK1W (K5ZD)

                    CQ WPX RTTY Contest

Call: AK1W
Operator(s): K5ZD
Station: K5ZD

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 22

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
   80:  275
   40:  674
   20:  872
   15:   46
   10:    0
------------
Total: 1867  Prefixes = 820  Total Score = 4,752,720

Comments

Something about near infinite mults that is fun. Always a thrill when some unusual prefix calls in. Of course, it does make the scores go up exponentially as you go deeper in the contest so time wasted at the beginning is difficult to make up.

Thought I would just play a bit, but watching the scoreboard drew me in and operated way more than planned. Fun to chase WK1Q, N3QE, and W3LL all weekend.
Rain all day on Sunday also encouraged some extra operating time.

Not much 2 band run time. 15 was really poor. Worked a few Eu both mornings.
CR6T was in for hours, but no one else.

Low bands were great. Having RW0A call in on 40 meters Sunday evening was amazing. He had a big signal.

The skill and efficiency of RTTY ops keeps improving. And rates are better as a result.

Thanks to everyone for the fun and the QSOs!

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

    EU      70    275    565      8      0     918    49.2
    NA     201    373    230     24      0     828    44.3
    SA       3     15     25     13      0      56     3.0
    AS       0      3     43      0      0      46     2.5
    OC       0      4      2      1      0       7     0.4
    AF       1      4      6      0      0      11     0.6

Rates

QSO/Pref by hour and band

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

0000Z  14/14   32/32   --+--   --+--   --+--   46/46    46/46     30
0100Z  41/28   73/56     -       -       -    114/84   160/130 
0200Z  37/17   52/38     -       -       -     89/55   249/185 
0300Z  54/25   57/38     -       -       -    111/63   360/248 
0400Z   5/2      -       -       -       -      5/2    365/250    57
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    365/250    60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    365/250    60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    365/250    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    365/250    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    365/250    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    365/250    60
1100Z   5/3      -       -       -       -      5/3    370/253    55
1200Z   2/1    25/6    86/51     -       -    113/58   483/311 
1300Z    -     32/9    78/50     -       -    110/59   593/370 
1400Z    -     17/7    57/23    2/2      -     76/32   669/402 
1500Z    -       -     73/35    3/1      -     76/36   745/438 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   75/34    1/0    --+--   76/34   821/472 
1700Z    -       -      9/9     1/0      -     10/9    831/481    48
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0    831/481    60
1900Z    -      6/1    18/5    11/4      -     35/10   866/491    29
2000Z    -     44/11   40/13     -       -     84/24   950/515 
2100Z    -     19/5    74/30     -       -     93/35  1043/550 
2200Z    -     13/9    47/29   13/8      -     73/46  1116/596 
2300Z    -     19/7     3/1      -       -     22/8   1138/604    38
0000Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0   1138/604    60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1138/604    60
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1138/604    60
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1138/604    60
0400Z  29/10   55/27     -       -       -     84/37  1222/641    13
0500Z  31/5    54/14     -       -       -     85/19  1307/660 
0600Z   7/1     7/1      -       -       -     14/2   1321/662    45
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1321/662    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0   1321/662    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1321/662    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1321/662    60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1321/662    60
1200Z   9/2    19/4    31/10     -       -     59/16  1380/678    19
1300Z    -      1/0    86/31    2/1      -     89/32  1469/710 
1400Z    -       -     61/29    3/1      -     64/30  1533/740 
1500Z    -       -     59/15    7/1      -     66/16  1599/756 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   21/11    1/0    --+--   22/11  1621/767    39
1700Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1621/767    60
1800Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1621/767    60
1900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1621/767    60
2000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0   1621/767    60
2100Z    -     56/8    23/3     2/0      -     81/11  1702/778    10
2200Z    -     31/8    29/14     -       -     60/22  1762/800 
2300Z  41/10   62/8     2/2      -       -    105/20  1867/820 

Tot:  275/118 674/289 872/395  46/18    0/0
1 2 3 11