2010 CQ WW CW Contest K5ZD

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

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

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 42
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:  163    15       57
   80:  725    24       90
   40: 1359    35      114
   20: 1209    35      122
   15: 1077    29      106
   10:   76    16       35
------------------------------
Total: 4609   154      524  Total Score = 9,117,066

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

Wow, who would have expected a score like this with the conditions predicted for the weekend?!

Had planned a casual effort, but the activity and conditions were addicting! Once I started, I just couldn’t stop operating.  Luckily my family is familiar with this addiction and knew to just ignore me until the contest was over.

Highlights

The low bands were great.  Knew it was going to be good when I called Europeans on 160m and they could hear me on the first call.  No QRN here in the USA or Europe really helps the scores.

Conditions on Saturday morning.  I woke up around 1130z and did some low band DXing.  As I was finishing on 40m I moved the second radio from 80m to 15m. Whoa!  The band was filled with booming signals.  My first CQ at 1156z resulted in 201 QSOs in the next 60 minutes.  I completely skipped 20m for the morning.

40m on both afternoons.  No matter how many times I do WWCW from here I can’t get used to going to 40m when the sun is still up. Got there at 21z on Saturday and had 4 fantastic (100+) hours in a row on the same frequency.  A little earlier on Sunday and almost the same result.  Thus the big 40m QSO total.

80m Saturday night. I slept for two hours between 02-04z.  Worked some DX on 160m and then found 3506 available. Had 3 hours straight of great rate (until ED9M decided it was his frequency).  I don’t have the loudest signal on 80m so it was really nice to get so many QSOs.  Definitely helped the score.

10 meters. Worked *one* European. Worked ST2AR for the only zone 34 heard all weekend!

Elecraft K3. This radio has the best receiver. It would have been impossible to hear so many of the weak stations, especially on 40 and 80, without it.

Russians and Eastern Europe. Fantastic activity from this area on all bands.  I love the new Russian callsigns.  Some of them reminded me of prefixes from long ago. UD, UC, RJ, etc.

USA record? The old USA record was from the year 2000 (8.7M with 4484/161/531) and included 1189 QSOs on 10m! The difference this year was the balance across all bands. A rare occurrence.

Lowlights

SO2R. Had 208 second radio QSOs. Rate was so high I had almost no time to work on the second radio. 🙁 

Not operating full time.  Since I had not planned a serious effort, I did not do any special preparation for food or sleep.  Also spent much time the first night DXing. It was only at the halfway point that I realized the score was special and I should be more serious.  The second day was full attention and motivation!

People who don’t send their call enough. I think I complain about this every year. The increase in DX Cluster (and skimmer) use keeps making it worse. Part of the challenge of single op.

Thanks to everyone who make this contest so much fun!

Station

Radio 1  K3 + Alpha 76CA
Radio 2  FT1000D + Ameritron AL-1200

Tower 1

40-2CD @ 110′
205CA stack at 100’/50′
155CA stack at 66’/33′
160m Ground Plane hanging from tower

Tower 2

6-el 10m @ 90′
80m 4 square wires hanging from tower
Shunt fed for 160m

Tower 3

TH7DXX @ 40′ (always pointing South)

By Continent

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

    EU     111    627   1190   1022    964      2    3916    85.0
    AF       4     12     20     25     18     11      90     2.0
    AS       3     15     46     66     11      0     141     3.1
    NA      41     58     65     56     38     22     280     6.1
    SA       4      7     19     32     35     41     138     3.0
    OC       0      6     19      8     11      0      44     1.0

Rates

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

0000Z  --+--   --+--   79/47   --+--   --+--   --+--   79/47     79/47  
0100Z  10/13     -     61/25    5/4      -       -     76/42    155/89  
0200Z  15/8    60/42     -       -       -       -     75/50    230/139 
0300Z    -    106/22     -      6/8      -       -    112/30    342/169 
0400Z  15/9    43/6      -      2/3      -       -     60/18    402/187  18
0500Z  50/14     -     11/6     1/2      -       -     62/22    464/209 
0600Z   1/2      -    150/10     -       -       -    151/12    615/221 
0700Z  13/6    79/4     5/1      -       -       -     97/11    712/232 
0800Z  --+--   33/15   28/5    --+--   --+--   --+--   61/20    773/252 
0900Z    -      6/5    23/8      -       -       -     29/13    802/265  37
1000Z   2/1     2/0    31/1      -       -       -     35/2     837/267  36
1100Z    -      4/3    13/6      -      8/8      -     25/17    862/284  31
1200Z    -       -       -       -    196/36     -    196/36   1058/320 
1300Z    -       -       -       -    154/5     5/8   159/13   1217/333 
1400Z    -       -       -       -    133/13    6/9   139/22   1356/355 
1500Z    -       -       -    179/44    7/0     1/1   187/45   1543/400 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  172/9     4/4    --+--  176/13   1719/413 
1700Z    -       -       -    128/10   16/8      -    144/18   1863/431 
1800Z    -       -       -     37/3    15/16    8/5    60/24   1923/455  25
1900Z    -       -       -     51/24   18/13     -     69/37   1992/492 
2000Z    -       -      2/2    19/9    17/10    2/0    40/21   2032/513 
2100Z    -       -    133/2      -      1/0      -    134/2    2166/515 
2200Z    -       -    137/4     6/2      -       -    143/6    2309/521 
2300Z    -       -    104/2    18/12     -       -    122/14   2431/535 
0000Z  --+--   16/3   101/5     3/2    --+--   --+--  120/10   2551/545 
0100Z   3/3    26/1    12/0     1/1      -       -     42/5    2593/550  24
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2593/550  60
0300Z   4/3      -       -       -       -       -      4/3    2597/553  56
0400Z  28/7    51/2      -       -       -       -     79/9    2676/562 
0500Z   1/0   104/1    13/4      -       -       -    118/5    2794/567 
0600Z  17/4    93/0     2/2      -       -       -    112/6    2906/573 
0700Z   3/1    53/1    41/2      -       -       -     97/4    3003/577 
0800Z  --+--    2/2   103/0    --+--   --+--   --+--  105/2    3108/579 
0900Z   1/1     2/2    51/7      -       -       -     54/10   3162/589   3
1000Z    -      4/2      -       -       -       -      4/2    3166/591  60
1100Z    -       -     12/5    77/2     1/0      -     90/7    3256/598 
1200Z    -       -       -    170/3     6/0      -    176/3    3432/601 
1300Z    -       -       -     56/2   118/1      -    174/3    3606/604 
1400Z    -       -       -      4/0   172/7      -    176/7    3782/611 
1500Z    -       -       -      7/4   117/3     7/8   131/15   3913/626 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   66/4    19/13   85/17   3998/643 
1700Z    -       -       -     89/2     9/1     3/1   101/4    4099/647 
1800Z    -       -       -     84/5     2/1     8/2    94/8    4193/655 
1900Z    -       -       -     64/4     6/2    12/2    82/8    4275/663 
2000Z    -       -     57/0     8/0     2/0     5/2    72/2    4347/665  24
2100Z    -       -    125/4      -      9/3      -    134/7    4481/672 
2200Z    -       -     63/1    22/2      -       -     85/3    4566/675 
2300Z    -     41/3     2/0      -       -       -     43/3    4609/678 

Tot:  163/72 725/114 1359/149 1209/157 1077/135 76/51 

Stations worked on 6 bands:

9L5VT  CR2X  DQ4W  P40C  PJ2T  PJ4A  VP2E/K1XM  ZF1A    

Best 60 minutes: 204 (a new personal record for CW)

2010 ARRL DX Contest CW K5ZD

                    ARRL DX Contest, CW

Call: K5ZD
Operator(s): K5ZD

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 32
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:  114    47
   80:  528    60
   40: 1089    85
   20: 1177    88
   15: 1055    89
   10:   38    18
-------------------
Total: 4001   387  Total Score = 4,645,161

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

Simply, wow.  I had forgotten how much fun good conditions can be!

My wife was traveling this weekend so I was a single parent of a 7 year old. Expected that to limit operating time so did no prep for the contest or have any plans to do more than play around. She did a great job of entertaining herself so I got to enjoy these fantastic conditions.

Spent almost all of the my operating time running.  The Europeans just kept calling and calling! 

Best hour was 199.  Think that may be a new personal best on CW.

Had exactly 2000 QSOs at the end of the first 24 hours.  Really pushed on Sunday to work 2001 QSOs on day 2!

Big surprise to find 15m wide open to Europe at 11z Sunday morning!

40 was fantastic.  At times the JAs were direct path with no flutter.  Had a number of UA9 stations call in on 15 through 80.  Amazing how low the QRN level was.  Even 160 had no static crashes.

Was very lazy on using the second radio.  As a result, my multiplier is not very good.

The more I use my Elecraft K3, the more I love it.  What a receiver!  Paid for itself many times in the crowding on 20, 40, and 80. I never thought a radio made that much difference, but it does.

Thanks for all of the QSOs.  Can’t wait to see how many records were broken this weekend. We may see 10 meters open, but we probably won’t see the low bands be this good at the same time.  But, that’s what keeps us coming back!

Stations worked on 6 bands: 6Y1LZ, EF8M, KP2M, PJ2T, PJ4X, V31TP, ZF2AM Had 31 stations on 5 bands including many Europeans.

By Continent

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

    EU      98    501    986   1069    959      0    3613    90.3
    NA      11     11     17     21     18     13      91     2.3
    SA       2      5     12     19     26     22      86     2.1
    AS       0      4     52     43     29      0     128     3.2
    AF       3      4     11     13     14      3      48     1.2
    OC       0      3     11     12      9      0      35     0.9

Rate Sheet

QSO/DX by hour and band

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

D1-00Z  --+--   --+--  146/43   --+--   --+--   --+--  146/43    146/43  
D1-01Z    -       -     82/9    18/9      -       -    100/18    246/61  
D1-02Z    -    132/28     -      5/1      -       -    137/29    383/90  
D1-03Z  26/22   24/5    40/4      -       -       -     90/31    473/121 
D1-04Z    -       -     17/0      -       -       -     17/0     490/121  51
D1-05Z  37/12    7/1     3/0     1/1      -       -     48/14    538/135   6
D1-06Z    -    135/10     -       -       -       -    135/10    673/145 
D1-07Z   2/1    10/3   129/1      -       -       -    141/5     814/150 
D1-08Z  --+--   --+--   36/0    --+--   --+--   --+--   36/0     850/150  46
D1-09Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     850/150  60
D1-10Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     850/150  60
D1-11Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     850/150  60
D1-12Z    -       -      7/3      -      5/5      -     12/8     862/158  48
D1-13Z    -       -       -       -    189/35     -    189/35   1051/193 
D1-14Z    -       -       -       -    170/5     3/2   173/7    1224/200 
D1-15Z    -       -       -     86/28   35/1     5/5   126/34   1350/234  12
D1-16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1350/234  60
D1-17Z    -       -       -    136/8    24/0     4/2   164/10   1514/244   4
D1-18Z    -       -       -    146/8    29/17     -    175/25   1689/269 
D1-19Z    -       -       -    132/1     5/1    17/6   154/8    1843/277 
D1-20Z    -       -       -     61/4    13/6      -     74/10   1917/287  21
D1-21Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1917/287  60
D1-22Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1917/287  60
D1-23Z    -       -     45/2    34/10    5/1      -     84/13   2001/300   7
D2-00Z   2/0    --+--   92/5     4/2    --+--   --+--   98/7    2099/307 
D2-01Z   8/3    10/0      -       -       -       -     18/3    2117/310  33
D2-02Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2117/310  60
D2-03Z    -     53/4      -       -       -       -     53/4    2170/314  28
D2-04Z  15/2    60/3    11/3      -       -       -     86/8    2256/322 
D2-05Z  18/3    66/0     6/1      -       -       -     90/4    2346/326 
D2-06Z   6/4    23/1    63/1      -       -       -     92/6    2438/332 
D2-07Z    -      6/3   102/2      -       -       -    108/5    2546/337 
D2-08Z  --+--    1/1    59/3    --+--   --+--   --+--   60/4    2606/341  23
D2-09Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2606/341  60
D2-10Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2606/341  60
D2-11Z    -      1/1    12/3      -    128/5      -    141/9    2747/350   6
D2-12Z    -       -      1/0     1/0   179/4      -    181/4    2928/354 
D2-13Z    -       -       -      6/0   167/3      -    173/3    3101/357 
D2-14Z    -       -       -     59/2    70/3      -    129/5    3230/362 
D2-15Z    -       -       -    146/0     8/0      -    154/0    3384/362 
D2-16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   41/0     3/0    --+--   44/0    3428/362  40
D2-17Z    -       -       -     79/1     4/1     5/2    88/4    3516/366  10
D2-18Z    -       -       -     86/2     7/0     4/1    97/3    3613/369 
D2-19Z    -       -       -    100/5     6/1      -    106/6    3719/375 
D2-20Z    -       -       -     20/0     5/1      -     25/1    3744/376  41
D2-21Z    -       -     60/1    11/3     3/0      -     74/4    3818/380   8
D2-22Z    -       -    139/4      -       -       -    139/4    3957/384 
D2-23Z    -       -     39/0     5/3      -       -     44/3    4001/387  30

Total: 114/47  528/60 1089/85 1177/88 1055/89   38/18

2009 CQ WW CW Contest K5ZD

K5ZD, Single Op All Band, High Power

By Randall A. Thompson, K5ZD
k5zd@contesting.com

Summary Sheet

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

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 46 
Location: USA 
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band	QSOs	Zones	Countries
160:	94	15	45
80:	482	21	88
40:	1228	31	114
20:	1447	33	117
15:	699	23	99
10:	29	9	17
Total:	3979	132	480	Total Score	6,963,336
 

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Commentary

That’s it. I am never doing 40+ hour SOAB again. Really.

A new Elecraft K3 arrived on Tuesday at 5pm. Wired it into the station, asked
friends some stupid questions, configured the settings, then left for
Thanksgiving at the inlaws. Back home 3 hours before the contest.

The K3 worked great all weekend. Incredible receiver. Actually made 40 meters
fun! Wish I had bought one of these a year ago. Now I have to figure out a way
to get a second one.

Contest was frustrating on Friday evening. It was a struggle from 02 to 06z. Normally 160m is one my strengths, but I couldn’t bust a pileup for anything. Lots of guys CQed in my face. Almost the same on 80m during this period. I thought maybe one of the vertical elements of the 80m 4 square had fallen down. As we got closer to Eu sunrise, things began to improve and almost return to normal. Still couldn’t get answers to CQs so did lots and
lots of S&P on 80 and 160 all weekend.

40m was good to Europe after their sunrise. Then was surprised to find loud signals from Europe on 20m as early as 0930z on Saturday. That’s 2 hours before our sunrise! Rate went from good to incredible once the sun came up.

15m on Sat was good, but only to Germany and south. Nothing east of there.

With the receiver of the K3, was able to get 7010 on Sat afternoon and had a
very good run.

Began to get the signs of a migraine headache around 23z. Immediately took 4
Ibuprofen and amazingly, it cleared up after an hour.

As usual, at 00z, the bands all turned to mush and there was virtually nothing
to do for the next few hours. Kept thinking I should sleep and finally took a
nap from 0425z to 0545z. Was kind of disoriented when I woke up and forgot
what contest I was in. Started working everyone (including USA stations)
thinking I was getting points. Head finally cleared after about 30 mins.

No luck with 40 at Sunrise or having 20 open early. So the 09 to 11z hours was
pretty slow. Only surprise was how loud the JAs got on 40m.

Was running on 20 when I heard 15m start to open. Was really hoping conditions
would be better than Sat to help the score. Tried a test CQ on 15m at 1230z and
immediately an S9+ RU1A called in. Wow. Finished the QSO and had 3 guys
calling. Started a great run of weak signals, but great rate. I could watch
the sunset across Europe and guys were all from right along the grayline. Very
fun.

Unfortunately, once 15m closed, 20m was less than an hour behind it. That left
the last 6 hours of the contest as a battle of wills. Everytime I would think
about quitting, I would remember K1DG was my competition and I HATE losing more
than I needed sleep. So kept pushing.

Had a great run on 40m start very early – 1940z. That helped the score a lot.

Finished the last hour scratching for QSOs on 80m. Still couldn’t get answers
to CQs, but was able to call guys. 4L0A and T70A were cool pileups to break.

Given my troubles on the low bands, I was sure that my competition surrounded
by salt water (K1DG) was surely going to beat me. What a thrill to find we are
in a virtual tie. He killed me on the low bands, but I made up for it on the
high bands. Both of us really pounded the second radio for multipliers. This
is what radio contesting is supposed to be about. Local competition – two
similar stations and guys with a lot of respect for each other. I HATE losing,
but I absolutely trust the CQ WW log checking so will be happy however it comes
out.

No big frequency fights this contest.

I like the guys that don’t send their report until you have their call. At
least you know when you get it right. I don’t like the guys who don’t correct
their call when you send it wrong.

Wish the DXpeditions would send their call more often. We aren’t all using
packet. 8P5A was great at this.

Some numbers:

QSOs By Continent

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

    EU      48    375   1011   1240    572      0    3246    81.6
    AF       4     12     24     27     14      0      81     2.0
    AS       0      4     29     45      5      0      83     2.1
    SA       4     12     24     44     47     17     148     3.7
    NA      35     75    128     81     52     12     383     9.6
    OC       3      4     12     10      9      0      38     1.0

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

00Z  -----    1/2   101/70   -----   -----   -----  102/72    102/72  
01Z    -     14/16   88/14    9/12     -       -    111/42    213/114 
02Z    -     36/19   62/9      -       -       -     98/28    311/142 
03Z  23/25   27/9     6/2      -       -       -     56/36    367/178 
04Z  14/10   41/10     -       -       -       -     55/20    422/198 
05Z  11/8    45/3     8/4     5/7      -       -     69/22    491/220 
06Z    -     46/4    34/10     -       -       -     80/14    571/234 
07Z  11/4    47/3    12/1      -       -       -     70/8     641/242 
08Z  --+--   17/11   76/2    --+--   --+--   --+--   93/13    734/255 
09Z   2/2     7/5    59/10    8/13     -       -     76/30    810/285 
10Z    -      5/3     9/3    98/23     -       -    112/29    922/314 
11Z   2/0     1/0     2/0   137/7     4/7      -    146/14   1068/328 
12Z    -       -       -    193/10     -       -    193/10   1261/338 
13Z    -       -       -     94/3   105/25     -    199/28   1460/366 
14Z    -       -       -     83/9    42/28     -    125/37   1585/403 
15Z    -       -       -    128/3     9/6      -    137/9    1722/412 
16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  102/6     7/6     7/10  116/22   1838/434 
17Z    -       -       -     73/6    16/7    11/7   100/20   1938/454 
18Z    -       -       -     46/2    21/13     -     67/15   2005/469 
19Z    -       -       -     51/18    3/0     4/5    58/23   2063/492 
20Z    -       -     62/0    11/5     9/3      -     82/8    2145/500 
21Z    -       -    108/3     6/6     2/0      -    116/9    2261/509 
22Z    -       -     78/3    16/4      -       -     94/7    2355/516 
23Z    -      9/3    23/0    13/2      -       -     45/5    2400/521 
00Z   6/3    22/3     4/0     1/0    --+--   --+--   33/6    2433/527   10
01Z    -       -     57/2     8/1      -       -     65/3    2498/530   13
02Z    -     15/2    54/0      -       -       -     69/2    2567/532 
03Z  10/2    11/2     4/1      -       -       -     25/5    2592/537 
04Z    -       -      8/1      -       -       -      8/1    2600/538   37
05Z    -       -      9/0      -       -       -      9/0    2609/538   49
06Z   9/3    17/1     5/0      -       -       -     31/4    2640/542 
07Z   3/2    44/0     5/0      -       -       -     52/2    2692/544 
08Z  --+--   35/4    10/3    --+--   --+--   --+--   45/7    2737/551 
09Z    -      7/1    25/1     1/1      -       -     33/3    2770/554 
10Z   2/1     2/2     6/1     8/1      -       -     18/5    2788/559 
11Z    -      3/2     3/0    76/1      -       -     82/3    2870/562 
12Z    -       -       -     65/0    86/9      -    151/9    3021/571 
13Z    -       -       -      2/0   154/5      -    156/5    3177/576 
14Z    -       -       -     10/2   110/3      -    120/5    3297/581 
15Z    -       -       -     11/1    89/5      -    100/6    3397/587 
16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  101/3    17/1    --+--  118/4    3515/591 
17Z    -       -       -     63/1    11/3     3/2    77/6    3592/597 
18Z    -       -       -     22/3     9/0     3/1    34/4    3626/601 
19Z    -       -     31/1     1/0      -      1/1    33/2    3659/603 
20Z    -       -    113/2      -      1/1      -    114/3    3773/606 
21Z    -       -     83/0     1/0     4/0      -     88/0    3861/606 
22Z    -       -     69/2     4/0      -       -     73/2    3934/608 
23Z   1/0    30/4    14/0      -       -       -     45/4    3979/612 

Totals:
     94/60 482/109 1228/145 1447/150 699/122 29/26 

Most worked countries

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL       5     55    153    227    138            578
     G       3     37     53     92     59            244
    OK       4     24     77     81     32            218
     I       1     12     70     67     38            188
    UA             15     60    103      9            187
     F       5     23     48     56     35            167
    SP             18     53     55     28            154
    UR       2     11     67     62     11            153
    VE      22     42     44     34     10      1     153

Worked on 6 bands: 6Y1V, 8P5A, HC8GR, KP2M, P40W, VQ5V
Worked on 5 bands: 21 stations

Best 60 mins rate: 202 (1259-1358z on Sat)
I think that is a personal best for me on CW!

I am never doing this again. Really.

2009 ARRL DX SSB Contest (KM3T opr)

K5ZD (KM3T opr.), Single Op All Band, High Power

                    ARRL DX Contest, SSB

Call: K5ZD
Operator(s): KM3T
Station: K5ZD

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: MA
Operating Time (hrs): 45.5
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:   69    51
   80:  301    71
   40:  565    78
   20: 1801   118
   15:  135    57
   10:    5     2
-------------------
Total: 2876   377  Total Score = 3,252,756

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

That was fun, for some value of fun. (If you don’t get that, ask someone who knows some higher level math).  😉

I don’t do any preparation for these single op events.   For me, at least, it’s a lot of wasted energy.  I kind of believe you have these innate and learned skills and you sit down on Friday night, you are dealt some cards, and you play the game.  (Easy to say for a guest op – all the thanks go to Randy for having a well-built and simple to operate SO2R station.)  But I did sleep a little bit Friday afternoon – that helped.

I tried to balance things out – 20m never really stopped producing *something* but I got real tired of the band.  For much of both days *everyone* was there – that wears you out.  I know I could have broken 2,000 Q’s there but the band broke me before I broke the 2,000.

Got a teaser opening on 15m Sunday morning and probably spent a little more time than I should have over there calling CQ. But it seemed to produce mults every time there was a tiny opening so I tried to give it a little time, but it really broke the 20m rhythm up since it really took CQing to milk things out of the band. If everyone is tuning the band, how do you know its open? I think with sunspot numbers this low there is a lot of that going on. And missed openings as a result. Good thing we have our M/M’s beaconing on those bands!

80 and 40 were pretty good.  Conditions on 160 were good both nights, could have spent a little more time there, too.  40m simplex is GREAT.

Can’t wait for the whole world to be broken out of the 7.000-7.100 prison.  Probably weighted 80 a little too much this time…not sure the MUF dropped quite enough to get serious suck-out on 40.  Live and learn.

All in all, good fun.  For a phone contest.  🙂  Thanks to all the DX stations who come out and work these contests year after year!  And congrats to all the ops who sat in chairs all weekend and cheated death for 48 more hours while contributing to their fame, fortune, and contest club scores – now let’s all spend at least 2 hours next weekend exercising instead so we can increase our chances of living for the next one.  🙂

Many thanks to Randy (and his wife Connie) for letting me invade his station, even while he was away on a business trip.

73,

Dave KM3T

By Continent

       160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total      %
 NA      21     24     33     48     31      0     157     5.5
 SA       6     10     24     41     56      5     142     4.9
 EU      39    257    468   1530     39      0    2333    81.1
 OC       1      6     26     18      1      0      52     1.8
 AF       2      3      9     18      7      0      39     1.4
 AS       0      1      5    146      1      0     153     5.3

Rate Sheet

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

D1-0000Z  --+--   --+--   58/29   23/14   --+--   --+--   81/43     81/43
D1-0100Z    -     36/20   47/11     -       -       -     83/31    164/74
D1-0200Z   9/8    27/9    13/1      -       -       -     49/18    213/92
D1-0300Z   7/6    21/5    10/3      -       -       -     38/14    251/106
D1-0400Z   7/7    22/2     9/2      -       -       -     38/11    289/117
D1-0500Z  10/8    31/4    14/5      -       -       -     55/17    344/134
D1-0600Z   1/0    18/7    30/6      -       -       -     49/13    393/147
D1-0700Z    -      5/4    80/3      -       -       -     85/7     478/154
D1-0800Z   1/1     7/5    47/1    --+--   --+--   --+--   55/7     533/161
D1-0900Z   2/1     4/1    23/2      -       -       -     29/4     562/165
D1-1000Z    -      1/0     2/1   103/33     -       -    106/34    668/199
D1-1100Z    -       -       -    193/14     -       -    193/14    861/213
D1-1200Z    -       -       -    108/8    13/6      -    121/14    982/227
D1-1300Z    -       -       -    102/5     7/3      -    109/8    1091/235
D1-1400Z    -       -       -     88/3    27/19     -    115/22   1206/257
D1-1500Z    -       -       -     84/2     8/3      -     92/5    1298/262
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  118/5    --+--   --+--  118/5    1416/267
D1-1700Z    -       -       -     70/1      -       -     70/1    1486/268   1
D1-1800Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1486/268  60
D1-1900Z    -       -       -     23/4     4/3     4/2    31/9    1517/277   8
D1-2000Z    -       -       -     35/2     2/0     1/0    38/2    1555/279
D1-2100Z    -       -       -     54/1     1/1      -     55/2    1610/281
D1-2200Z    -      7/0      -     37/11     -       -     44/11   1654/292
D1-2300Z    -     37/3    12/1     2/0      -       -     51/4    1705/296
D2-0000Z  --+--   --+--   29/2     8/3    --+--   --+--   37/5    1742/301
D2-0100Z   2/1     1/1    30/1     3/1      -       -     36/4    1778/305
D2-0200Z   9/6     3/0     5/2      -       -       -     17/8    1795/313
D2-0300Z   1/1      -      2/0      -       -       -      3/1    1798/314  47
D2-0400Z   2/2     1/1      -       -       -       -      3/3    1801/317  49
D2-0500Z   9/5    25/2     1/0      -       -       -     35/7    1836/324
D2-0600Z   4/2    33/2     3/1      -       -       -     40/5    1876/329
D2-0700Z    -      1/0    68/4      -       -       -     69/4    1945/333
D2-0800Z   2/1     2/2    46/0    --+--   --+--   --+--   50/3    1995/336
D2-0900Z   1/1     4/3     7/1      -       -       -     12/5    2007/341
D2-1000Z    -       -      1/0    54/0      -       -     55/0    2062/341
D2-1100Z    -       -       -    108/1      -       -    108/1    2170/342
D2-1200Z    -       -       -    100/2      -       -    100/2    2270/344
D2-1300Z    -       -       -     71/0    13/11     -     84/11   2354/355
D2-1400Z    -       -       -     29/0    16/0      -     45/0    2399/355
D2-1500Z    -       -       -     39/0    22/7      -     61/7    2460/362
D2-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   54/1     2/0    --+--   56/1    2516/363
D2-1700Z    -       -       -     64/0     4/1      -     68/1    2584/364
D2-1800Z    -       -       -     26/0    15/2      -     41/2    2625/366
D2-1900Z    -       -       -     58/2      -       -     58/2    2683/368
D2-2000Z    -       -      1/0    58/1      -       -     59/1    2742/369
D2-2100Z    -       -       -     60/3     1/1      -     61/4    2803/373
D2-2200Z    -       -     27/2    15/0      -       -     42/2    2845/375
D2-2300Z   2/1    15/0      -     14/1      -       -     31/2    2876/377

Total:    69/51  301/71  565/78 1801/118 135/57    5/2

2008 CQ WW CW Contest K5ZD

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

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

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 45
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:  126    16       55
   80:  717    24       97
   40: 1217    32      112
   20: 1755    32      124
   15:  149    24       69
   10:   14     4        6
------------------------------
Total: 3978   132      463  Total Score = 6,800,255

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

I am officially announcing my retirement as a serious 40+ hour single op (at least from the USA -or- until the sunspots return). 

Any contest other than CQ WW CW this weekend, and I would have quit.  Tough conditions, although when it gets bad, New England is a great place to be. Nothing but saltwater between here and Europe!

With only one band open at a time (or so it seemed), was mostly in rate mode while trying to find anything new to work on the second radio.  Felt I was doing well for QSOs, but not mults.  Will be interesting to see what others report.

The halfway score was 3.3Meg (2295 Q, 118z, 383c).

Was never able to run on 15m or 160m.  Looking at my log, I was all search and pounce for the first 2-1/2 hours.  Wasn’t able to run much the first night at all.  20 was the exception.  Some amazing rate there.

Hard for us non-packet guys to know who some people were.  Was frustrating to hear someone running multiple stations and just send “TU”, but never a callsign.  V47NT, 8P5A, and P40W are guys who know how to run AND send their calls…

Otherwise, I thought the level of operating was great.  Very few bad (wide) signals and I managed to avoid any bad frequency fights.  I think this is why CW is so much more enjoyable than phone!

I continue to be amazed by all the multipliers with big QSO numbers reporting in on 3830 and I never heard them all weekend.  Room for improvement.  🙂

Audio streaming was running all weekend so I did record the whole thing. Will post the audio files up to my website in January.

Station

Equipment: FT-1000D + Alpha 76CA, FT-1000D + AL-1200

Antennas: 10m – 6-el @ 90′, 15m – 5/5 @ 66’/33′, 20m – 5/5 @ 100’/50′, 40m – 2-el @ 110′, 80m – wire 4 square, 160m – GP, shunt fed tower, TH7DXX @ 40′

Some numbers:

By Continent

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

    EU      67    604   1037   1558     53      0    3319    83.4
    AF       3     12     21     28     11      0      75     1.9
    AS       0     14     32     28      3      0      77     1.9
    NA      47     73     89    102     40      2     353     8.9
    SA       7      9     26     32     35     12     121     3.0
    OC       2      5     12      7      7      0      33     0.8

Rates

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

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

00Z  --+--    1/2   116/66   --+--   --+--   --+--  117/68    117/68  
01Z    -     59/46   12/2      -       -       -     71/48    188/116 
02Z    -     24/10   64/14     -       -       -     88/24    276/140 
03Z    -     60/8    39/12     -       -       -     99/20    375/160 
04Z  38/32    3/0     8/5      -       -       -     49/37    424/197 
05Z   8/6    76/8      -       -       -       -     84/14    508/211 
06Z  11/9    36/6      -       -       -       -     47/15    555/226 
07Z   3/2    17/6    77/3      -       -       -     97/11    652/237 
08Z  --+--    3/3   112/7    --+--   --+--   --+--  115/10    767/247 
09Z   3/1     7/5    82/2      -       -       -     92/8     859/255 
10Z    -      3/2    42/11     -       -       -     45/13    904/268 
11Z   5/1     6/5      -    102/34     -       -    113/40   1017/308 
12Z    -       -      3/0   175/7      -       -    178/7    1195/315 
13Z    -       -       -    165/5    19/17     -    184/22   1379/337 
14Z    -       -       -    163/6     8/9      -    171/15   1550/352 
15Z    -       -       -    138/6    11/14     -    149/20   1699/372 
16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   96/4    21/14    3/2   120/20   1819/392 
17Z    -       -       -     84/10   14/8     4/4   102/22   1921/414 
18Z    -       -       -     38/27   13/8      -     51/35   1972/449 
19Z    -       -     26/3    13/10    8/2      -     47/15   2019/464 
20Z    -       -     75/3     2/2     8/2     1/2    86/9    2105/473 
21Z    -       -    103/2    18/13     -       -    121/15   2226/488 
22Z    -     14/0    14/0     9/3      -       -     37/3    2263/491 
23Z  10/2    20/6     1/1      -       -       -     31/9    2294/500 
00Z  --+--   --+--   11/2    --+--   --+--   --+--   11/2    2305/502    39
01Z    -     40/3    10/3      -       -       -     50/6    2355/508 
02Z    -     77/4     5/2      -       -       -     82/6    2437/514 
03Z  29/11    2/0      -       -       -       -     31/11   2468/525 
04Z    -     61/1      -       -       -       -     61/1    2529/526 
05Z  13/3    17/2      -       -       -       -     30/5    2559/531 
06Z   4/3    69/1      -       -       -       -     73/4    2632/535 
07Z    -     52/1    18/0      -       -       -     70/1    2702/536 
08Z   1/1    --+--   59/0    --+--   --+--   --+--   60/1    2762/537    22
09Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2762/537    60
10Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2762/537    60
11Z    -      5/0    12/1    28/3      -       -     45/4    2807/541    21
12Z    -       -       -    128/2    10/5      -    138/7    2945/548 
13Z    -       -       -    150/2    18/9      -    168/11   3113/559 
14Z    -       -       -    121/2     4/2      -    125/4    3238/563 
15Z    -       -       -    113/3     4/0      -    117/3    3355/566 
16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   95/5     4/0    --+--   99/5    3454/571 
17Z    -       -       -     45/5      -       -     45/5    3499/576 
18Z    -       -       -     49/2     2/0     4/1    55/3    3554/579 
19Z    -       -     44/2    11/0     5/3     2/1    62/6    3616/585 
20Z    -       -    122/0     5/2      -       -    127/2    3743/587 
21Z    -       -    102/2     5/2      -       -    107/4    3850/591 
22Z    -      8/0    57/0     2/1      -       -     67/1    3917/592 
23Z   1/0    57/2     3/1      -       -       -     61/3    3978/595 

Tot: 126/71 717/121 1217/144 1755/156 149/93  14/10 

Most worked countries

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

    DL       5    100    183    283      8            579
    UA       5     65     54    137                   261  << Wow!
    OK       6     43     72     95      5            221
     G       5     30     85    111      1            232
    UR       3     40     64     92      1            200
     I             16     53     89      6            164
    SP       4     33     54     63                   154
    VE      25     31     34     36     10            136
    PA       3     16     42     68                   129
     F             17     45     63      3            128
    EA       2     12     42     44      6            106

Only one 6 bander: HC8N

2007 CQ WW CW Contest K5ZD

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

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

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 43
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:  225    18       69
   80:  642    25      101
   40:  775    30      115
   20: 1301    31      118
   15:  506    24      100
   10:   29    11       20
------------------------------
Total: 3478   139      523  Total Score = 6,574,984

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

Whew, that was harder than I expected.  We are at the bottom of the cycle, but the Phone contest was so much fun that I expected even better conditions for CW!  Great competition for SOAB HP USA this year.  Definitely provided the motivation to keep pushing through the poor conditions.

The bands were either open with lots of activity or totally dead.  At one point I tuned across 20m and found stations all the way up to 14140!  And who would have expected 40m to be a daylight band?!  The 10m openings we short and spotty.  Definitely a good weekend for doing SO2R in order to run and chase mults.

Worked two JAs all weekend.  First one was on 80m. Second was on 20m on Sunday afternoon.  Nice to see so many African stations and multipliers.

Wish people would send their calls.  I understand the tactical use of not sending the call to run faster, but I would hear guys who had no one calling send TU then wait.  I spent a lot of time waiting for people to ID.  Not all of us are using packet (and the guys who are should want to hear your call too!).

Most annoying to have the guy finally send his call and it gets wiped out by someone calling.

Thanks to everyone who participated in making this the best contest of the year!

QSOs by Continent

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

    EU     149    510    615   1121    387      0    2782    80.0
    NA      60     82     72     85     49     14     362    10.4
    AS       1     10     20     27      3      0      61     1.8
    AF       9     16     26     34     27      2     114     3.3
    SA       4     15     27     29     32     12     119     3.4
    OC       2      9     15      5      8      1      40     1.2

Only out of the chair for 3 times.  Slept both nights so I would be ready for the high rates during the day.

Rate Sheet

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

D1-00Z  --+--   24/24   63/47   --+--   --+--   --+--   87/71     87/71  
D1-01Z   1/2    33/19   29/25     -       -       -     63/46    150/117 
D1-02Z  23/19   33/5      -       -       -       -     56/24    206/141 
D1-03Z  14/15   20/5      -      6/7      -       -     40/27    246/168 
D1-04Z    -     34/14   16/9      -       -       -     50/23    296/191 
D1-05Z  47/16   21/2     2/2      -       -       -     70/20    366/211 
D1-06Z  64/10   26/5      -       -       -       -     90/15    456/226 
D1-07Z  11/7    69/6      -      2/2      -       -     82/15    538/241 
D1-08Z   1/0    44/5    12/8    --+--   --+--   --+--   57/13    595/254 
D1-09Z    -     17/9     8/3      -       -       -     25/12    620/266    16
D1-10Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     620/266    60
D1-11Z   1/0     3/2     8/5    12/13     -       -     24/20    644/286    28
D1-12Z    -       -      3/3   135/33     -       -    138/36    782/322 
D1-13Z    -       -       -    139/10   23/33     -    162/43    944/365 
D1-14Z    -       -       -     42/5    98/26     -    140/31   1084/396 
D1-15Z    -       -       -     67/10   89/8      -    156/18   1240/414 
D1-16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  171/6    12/10   --+--  183/16   1423/430 
D1-17Z    -       -       -    110/3    15/9      -    125/12   1548/442 
D1-18Z    -       -       -     55/7    15/12    1/2    71/21   1619/463 
D1-19Z    -       -     28/6    35/21    2/1      -     65/28   1684/491 
D1-20Z    -       -    141/6      -      4/1     5/10  150/17   1834/508 
D1-21Z    -       -    117/4     1/2      -      4/5   122/11   1956/519 
D1-22Z    -       -     90/4     6/4      -       -     96/8    2052/527 
D1-23Z    -     31/3    32/2     2/2      -       -     65/7    2117/534 
D2-00Z  --+--   45/4    13/2    --+--   --+--   --+--   58/6    2175/540 
D2-01Z   7/5    16/3     1/0      -       -       -     24/8    2199/548    24
D2-02Z  10/3    29/3    15/5      -       -       -     54/11   2253/559 
D2-03Z  10/4    32/2     1/0     1/0      -       -     44/6    2297/565 
D2-04Z   8/2    34/3      -       -       -       -     42/5    2339/570 
D2-05Z   4/0    13/1    20/1      -       -       -     37/2    2376/572 
D2-06Z   3/1    59/0     2/0      -       -       -     64/1    2440/573 
D2-07Z  16/2    14/6     1/0      -       -       -     31/8    2471/581 
D2-08Z  --+--    5/1     1/0    --+--   --+--   --+--    6/1    2477/582    48
D2-09Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2477/582    60
D2-10Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2477/582    60
D2-11Z    -      4/3     8/5     1/0      -       -     13/8    2490/590    24
D2-12Z    -       -       -    125/4     3/2      -    128/6    2618/596 
D2-13Z    -       -       -    122/0    35/5      -    157/5    2775/601 
D2-14Z    -       -       -     11/3   118/6     4/5   133/14   2908/615 
D2-15Z    -       -       -      3/0    61/4     8/6    72/10   2980/625 
D2-16Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  114/3    13/1     4/3   131/7    3111/632 
D2-17Z    -       -       -     78/0     5/2     3/0    86/2    3197/634 
D2-18Z    -       -       -     39/6     6/1      -     45/7    3242/641 
D2-19Z    -       -     43/2     1/0     3/0      -     47/2    3289/643 
D2-20Z    -       -     28/6    11/3     4/3      -     43/12   3332/655 
D2-21Z    -       -     40/0     6/1      -       -     46/1    3378/656 
D2-22Z    -       -     52/0     5/4      -       -     57/4    3435/660 
D2-23Z   5/1    36/1     1/0     1/0      -       -     43/2    3478/662 

Total: 225/87  642/126 775/145 1301/149 506/124 29/31 

Best 30 minutes: 104 QSOs

Best 60 minutes: 187 QSOs

Worked 10 stations on 6 bands (a real accomplishment with 10m so poor):

3X5A  HC8N   HI3A   J3A   KP2M   PJ2T   PJ4A   VC3J   VP5W   ZF1A

2007 ARRL DX Contest CW K5ZD

                    ARRL DX Contest, CW

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

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: W1
Operating Time (hrs): 21
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:  114    51
   80:  334    63
   40:  435    82
   20:  965    99
   15:  295    65
   10:    8     4
-------------------
Total: 2151   364  Total Score = 2,348,892

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

Just playing around.  The rest of life was getting in the way of contesting this weekend.  Plans to visit my inlaws on Sunday canceled out enabling me to get more time in than had originally planned.

Best call worked: DA0UBOOT

Most fun: Getting 50 countries on 160 the first night.

Best rate: 177 QSOs between 1203-1302Z on Sunday (20 meters). This was done with the keyer set to 34WPM and I sent my call after every QSO.  If only more guys would send their calls while running…

Best DX: A tie between VK9DNX on 80m Sun morning or getting called by UN4L on 80m with 10 mins to go.

Worst band: 10m.  Worked all 4 guys that I heard!

Worked 1511 different stations.

Only one 6 bander: V31TP

Lots of 5 banders(28): 4O1A  9A7A  CN2WW  CT9L  DJ9MH  DL7UMK  EA3KU  EF8M F5OGL  FS5KA  HP1XX  I2WIJ  IR4X  J7OJ  LN3Z  LU4DX  OL3Z  OM0M  OM7M  P40W P49Y  PJ4A  UU7J  V49A  VP5/WJ2O  WP3C  YR7M  ZF2AM

(Not sure how I missed HP1XX on 40m!)

I think it is time to really retire from single-op DX contesting.  Had several times with big rates and walked away because I just couldn’t stay with it.

Hard to stay motivated in the part-time operating category as there is nothing to compete for.  Need more guys putting their score in the online scoreboard (www.getscores.org).

Some numbers just for fun.

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

    AF       4      7     13     23     11      0      58     2.7
    EU      87    298    366    846    224      0    1821    84.7
    AS       2      2     11     36      3      0      54     2.5
    NA      15     17     24     30     20      2     108     5.0
    SA       5      7     14     23     28      6      83     3.9
    OC       1      3      7      7      9      0      27     1.3

QSO/DX by hour and band

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

0000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     607/169    60
0100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     607/169    60
0200Z  19/16     -     59/28     -       -       -     78/44     78/44  
0300Z  14/8    57/25    5/5     3/3      -       -     79/41    157/85  
0400Z  14/7    57/13   12/3      -       -       -     83/23    240/108 
0500Z  58/15   10/1     3/3      -       -       -     71/19    311/127 
0600Z    -    104/6     5/2      -       -       -    109/8     420/135 
0700Z   5/3    16/3    64/14     -       -       -     85/20    505/155 
0800Z   2/2    11/7    89/5    --+--   --+--   --+--  102/14    607/169    11
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     607/169    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     607/169    60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0     607/169    60
1200Z    -       -      4/2     9/9     8/8      -     21/19    628/188    47
1300Z    -       -       -    147/31   11/9      -    158/40    786/228 
1400Z    -       -       -     19/1    14/9      -     33/10    819/238    36
1500Z    -       -       -      4/2    76/15     -     80/17    899/255    38
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   58/4     8/0     1/1    67/5     966/260 
1700Z    -       -       -     34/2     1/0      -     35/2    1001/262    47
1800Z    -       -       -     42/2     6/3      -     48/5    1049/267    40
1900Z    -       -       -     71/15   15/5      -     86/20   1135/287 
2000Z    -       -      7/1      -      2/0      -      9/1    1144/288    49
2100Z    -       -      4/2    29/12    6/3     1/1    40/18   1184/306    22
2200Z    -       -      7/1     3/0      -       -     10/1    1194/307    53
2300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1194/307    60
0000Z  --+--    2/0    69/5     6/1    --+--   --+--   77/6    1271/313    13
0100Z    -       -     28/1      -       -       -     28/1    1299/314    46
0200Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1299/314    60
0300Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1299/314    60
0400Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1299/314    60
0500Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1299/314    60
0600Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1299/314    60
0700Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1299/314    60
0800Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1299/314    60
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1299/314    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    1299/314    60
1100Z   1/0     5/5    17/5      -       -       -     23/10   1322/324    24
1200Z    -       -       -    166/4     2/0      -    168/4    1490/328 
1300Z    -       -       -    166/4     1/0      -    167/4    1657/332 
1400Z    -       -       -     38/1   101/4      -    139/5    1796/337 
1500Z    -       -       -     64/2     3/2      -     67/4    1863/341    30
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--   --+--    0/0    1863/341    60
1700Z    -       -       -     22/0    21/0      -     43/0    1906/341    30
1800Z    -       -       -     57/1    11/4      -     68/5    1974/346 
1900Z    -       -     18/0     8/0     5/1     6/2    37/3    2011/349    32
2000Z    -       -      4/0     7/3      -       -     11/3    2022/352    44
2100Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2022/352    60
2200Z    -      1/0    30/4    12/2     4/2      -     47/8    2069/360    23
2300Z   1/0    71/3    10/1      -       -       -     82/4    2151/364 

Tot:  114/51  334/63  435/82  965/99  295/65    8/4

2006 CQ WW CW Contest K5ZD

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW 

Call: K5ZD
Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 45
Radios: SO2R 

Summary: 
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------ 
  160:  220    18       68 
   80:  590    28       94 
   40: 1086    33      111 
   20: 1391    34      121 
   15:  780    27       98 
   10:   66    19       45 
------------------------------ 
Total: 4133   159      537     Total Score = 8,233,680 

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club 

Comments:

Wow, what a weekend!

This was the type of contest for what I like — periods of high rate and then periods of multiplier chasing. I love looking for mults!

First two hours of the contest were all search and pounce. When 40 isn’t runnable, I have learned that it is worth more to tune around and work all the mults on 40 that you can and they are all there!). Then you don’t have to worry about them later when band improves and you can be running.

Incredible rates on Sat morning. Had a 4 hour stretch with over 170 per hour! Never did that before. If I wasn’t so old fashioned and sent my call after every QSO, probably could have increased that a bit. This included a period where I went against convention and moved down from 15 before it was closed. The center of gravity for this contest is now in Eastern Europe (zone 15 and 16) so you need to be where they are. Was also hoping 15 would still be good the second day (and it was).

Wandered into some pileups that were huge and got lucky fast. Amazing what calling slightly off frequency can do for standing out from the crowd.

Made myself take a 30 minute sleep break the first night. Then slept 3 hours the second. Mult totals were so high the first night that I knew I could afford to sleep (and it was clear that high band rate was going to be the key to a big score). Felt good all the way to the end. Was only out of the chair 7 times all weekend.

Low bands were amazing. Had 56 countries on 160m the first night (and 81 on 80m!). Bands were so quiet here. No static, so 80/160 sounded just like a good night on 40m. Even had a 160m run of Eu stations Fri night. Activity on 80 and 40 was spread over 100 KHz. Hard to run and still find time to cover everything. Missed some easy mults on 80 as a result.

Line score at the half way point was 2348/133/419 for 3.6M. I would have been very happy to end the contest then. Always difficult to look at another 24 hours in the chair. Set my goal at breaking 8M (and never expected to make it). Took a 10 minute break to celebrate and refill my water glass.

Caught the very end of the 10m opening Sat morning when I found CT1AOZ with a big signal. Listened earlier on Sunday and was suprised to find the band open to more of Europe. All signals were weak, but they could hear me. Had a wild hour running at 150+ rate on 15m and chasing mults on 10m. Adds a little stress and excitement to the process. 10 wasn’t good enough that I wanted to give up the rate on 15m. Missed a few mults as a result. Heard a weak 5A7A work someone, but never heard them CQing.

Asia was the lost continent this weekend. Only worked a few JA on 40 and 20. Had to call almost all of them. Not even that many UA9s. Band was open great, but only so far and only so long.

No equipment failures. WriteLog crashed two times for unknown reason. Logged on paper while doing the restart.

Recorded the audio that was streamed on the Internet. Will put the recording files up on my web site as soon as I can. Some parts of the contest will be pretty boring listening.

The quality of operating was generally good. The European ops just keep getting better and better (and more of them). Only a few crazy pileups where everyone kept calling and calling. Only one real frequency fight.

I spent a good part of the contest asking myself why I do this. Amazing how much fun it seems to have been when I look back on the weekend… I am sure the more time passes, the more fun it will have seemed to have been! 🙂

Numbers:

QSOs by Continent and Band

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

    EU     145    467    888   1151    668     12    3331    80.6 
    NA      59     77     95     92     45     15     383     9.3 
    AF       6     18     26     24     15      9      98     2.4 
    SA       8     11     28     42     42     29     160     3.9 
    AS       0      8     33     72      3      0     116     2.8 
    OC       2      9     15      9      7      1      43     1.0 

QSO/ZN+DX by Hour and Band

Hour   160M     80M     40M     20M     15M     10M    Total     Cumm    Off (Mins) 
0000Z  --+--   --+--   77/66   --+--   --+--   --+--   77/66     77/66  
0100Z  20/25   51/45     -       -       -       -     71/70    148/136 
0200Z    -     85/16   18/8      -       -       -    103/24    251/160 
0300Z  11/7    78/5     7/3      -       -       -     96/15    347/175 
0400Z  25/13   27/8      -       -       -       -     52/21    399/196 
0500Z  76/5    17/6      -       -       -       -     93/11    492/207 
0600Z  36/9    24/3      -       -       -       -     60/12    552/219 
0700Z   8/5    71/2     6/4      -       -       -     85/11    637/230 
0800Z   5/6    24/8    15/13   --+--   --+--   --+--   44/27    681/257 
0900Z   2/0    16/11    4/2     4/8      -       -     26/21    707/278 
1000Z    -      5/2     9/1      -       -       -     14/3     721/281 
1100Z   2/0     3/1     5/4    67/30     -       -     77/35    798/316   36
1200Z    -       -      9/5   114/14    4/8      -    127/27    925/343 
1300Z    -       -       -     75/7   101/27     -    176/34   1101/377 
1400Z    -       -       -     19/9   161/12     -    180/21   1281/398 
1500Z    -       -       -    126/8    45/15     -    171/23   1452/421 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  163/5     9/8    --+--  172/13   1624/434 
1700Z    -       -       -    139/5      -     14/20  153/25   1777/459 
1800Z    -       -       -     84/7    30/17    5/6   119/30   1896/489 
1900Z    -       -       -     45/14   23/13    2/1    70/28   1966/517 
2000Z    -       -     87/5     6/3      -      2/1    95/9    2061/526 
2100Z    -       -    119/6      -      9/3      -    128/9    2189/535 
2200Z    -       -     77/6    11/4      -       -     88/10   2277/545 
2300Z    -     18/0    27/3    26/4      -       -     71/7    2348/552 
0000Z   4/4    49/1    --+--    2/0    --+--   --+--   55/5    2403/557   10
0100Z   2/1    40/4    12/0     1/0      -       -     55/5    2458/562 
0200Z  17/5      -      1/0     7/5      -       -     25/10   2483/572   20
0300Z   6/1    11/5    38/1      -       -       -     55/7    2538/579 
0400Z   2/0    21/1    26/2      -       -       -     49/3    2587/582 
0500Z   2/4     2/1    76/3      -       -       -     80/8    2667/590 
0600Z    -      6/1    90/3      -       -       -     96/4    2763/594 
0700Z    -      3/0   109/2      -       -       -    112/2    2875/596 
0800Z   1/0     6/1    72/3    --+--   --+--   --+--   79/4    2954/600    6
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -       -      0/0    2954/600   60
1000Z    -      2/0      -       -       -       -      2/0    2956/600   50
1100Z    -      1/0    10/1    87/5      -       -     98/6    3054/606 
1200Z    -       -      1/0   126/1     7/1      -    134/2    3188/608 
1300Z    -       -       -     33/0   121/5     8/9   162/14   3350/622 
1400Z    -       -       -       -    139/4    15/15  154/19   3504/641 
1500Z    -       -       -       -    102/5    13/7   115/12   3619/653 
1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  105/4     8/0    --+--  113/4    3732/657 
1700Z    -       -       -     71/6     5/1     2/2    78/9    3810/666 
1800Z    -       -       -     30/6     6/2     1/1    37/9    3847/675 
1900Z    -       -     43/2     1/1     6/1     4/2    54/6    3901/681 
2000Z    -       -     58/0     6/0     4/3      -     68/3    3969/684 
2100Z    -       -     58/1     8/4      -       -     66/5    4035/689 
2200Z    -       -     29/0    27/5      -       -     56/5    4091/694 
2300Z   1/1    30/1     3/0     8/0      -       -     42/2    4133/696 

Tot:  220/86  590/122 1086/   1391/   780/125  66/64                     182 
                         /144    /155 

Most worked countries (>100 QSOs):

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

    DL      33     80    113    244    164            634 
    EA       3     13     30     35     20      2     103 
     F       6     22     58     51     46            183 
     G      11     36     53     84     33            217 
    HA       2     18     26     30     30            106 
     I       3     15     42     54     43      1     158 
    OK      17     42     73     79     68            279 
    SP       5     14     37     57     39            152 
    UA       3     32     73     92     12            212 
    UR       3     21     60     59     27            170 
    VE      27     34     38     34     15            148 

Unique callsigns worked = 2820

The best 60 minute rate was 193/hour from 1337 to 1436 The best 30 minute rate was 196/hour from 1417 to 1446 The best 10 minute rate was 222/hour from 1343 to 1352

There were 720 bandchanges and 346 probable 2nd radio QSO’s.

The following 11 stations were worked on 6 bands:

ZF1A 8P5A CT9L V47NT PS2T TI5N
HC8N P49Y KP3Z 9Y4AA V26K

Worked 26 other stations on 5 bands.

Station:

Radio 1 FT1000D + Alpha 76Ca
Radio 2 FT1000D + Ameritron AL-1200
WriteLog software with W5XD keyer (this is the ideal SO2R setup)

Tower 1
40-2CD @ 110′
205CA stack at 100’/50′
155CA stack at 66’/33′
160m Ground Plane hanging from tower

Tower 2
6-el 10m @ 90′
80m 4 square wires hanging from tower
Shunt fed for 160m

Tower 3
TH7DXX @ 40′ (always pointing South)

500′ Beverage to NE

2006 ARRL Sweepstakes CW K5ZD

                    ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW

Call: K5ZD

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: WMA
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
  160:    7
   80:  204
   40:  699
   20:  314
   15:  126
   10:    0
------------
Total: 1350  Sections = 80  Total Score = 216,000

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

I think I worked two of every section. VE4VV provided number 80 on Sunday morning.

Excellent conditions all weekend. Nice to see 40m with relatively short conditions all night. Absolutely no noise here in New England so working 80 and 40 was a pleasure.

Tried something different for off times this year. Operated the first 12 hours without getting out of the chair. Then 3 hours off for sleep. Then back on for 9 hours with no breaks. So operated 21 of the first 24 hours. It always seems like the hours from 23z to 02z are always terrible from here, so decided I would stay on as long as the rate was over 30 per hour. Ended up burning 3 hours of off time in the last 5 hours of the contest, which seemed to work out OK.

We have less and less of the old timer traffic handlers every year. Kudos to those who organize their clubs to make a big effort. Also thanks to all of the QRP stations who join in.

The quality of operating from everyone was superb. Only a few people didn’t know what PR or PREC meant! 🙂

This is my 30th consecutive year with over 1000 QSOs. I think it is time to hang up the streak. But you never know, the lure of SS CW is strong.

Rates

QSO/Sec by hour and band

Hour    160     80      40      20      15     Total     Cumm    OffTime
2100Z    -       -       -     25/14   64/23   89/37     89/37  
2200Z    -       -       -     56/15   30/6    86/21    175/58  
2300Z    -       -     32/4    46/6      -     78/10    253/68  
0000Z  --+--   --+--   80/4    12/0    --+--   92/4     345/72  
0100Z    -      6/1    73/1     3/0      -     82/2     427/74  
0200Z    -     11/1    73/2      -       -     84/3     511/77  
0300Z    -      7/1    84/0      -       -     91/1     602/78  
0400Z    -     18/0    59/1      -       -     77/1     679/79  
0500Z    -     24/0    36/0      -       -     60/0     739/79  
0600Z    -     21/0    23/0      -       -     44/0     783/79  
0700Z    -     38/0    13/0      -       -     51/0     834/79  
0800Z  --+--   11/0    23/0    --+--   --+--   34/0     868/79     6
0900Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     868/79    60
1000Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     868/79    60
1100Z    -       -       -       -       -      0/0     868/79    60
1200Z    -     31/0    18/0      -       -     49/0     917/79     2
1300Z    -      7/0    30/0    11/1      -     48/1     965/80  
1400Z    -       -     23/0    26/0      -     49/0    1014/80  
1500Z    -       -     32/0     5/0      -     37/0    1051/80  
1600Z  --+--   --+--   27/0     5/0     5/0    37/0    1088/80  
1700Z    -       -     21/0     9/0     4/0    34/0    1122/80  
1800Z    -       -      3/0    32/0      -     35/0    1157/80  
1900Z    -       -       -     33/0     5/0    38/0    1195/80  
2000Z    -       -      3/0    29/0     3/0    35/0    1230/80  
2100Z    -       -       -      9/0    12/0    21/0    1251/80    32
2200Z    -       -      7/0     7/0     3/0    17/0    1268/80    38
2300Z    -      8/0     9/0     3/0      -     20/0    1288/80    16
0000Z  --+--    1/0     3/0     3/0    --+--    7/0    1295/80    43
0100Z   4/0    21/0    16/0      -       -     41/0    1336/80     3
0200Z   3/0      -     11/0      -       -     14/0    1350/80    40

Tot:    7/0   204/3   699/12  314/36  126/29

2006 ARRL DX CW Contest (N5KO, K5ZD)

                    ARRL DX Contest, CW

Call: K5ZD
Operator(s): K5ZD, N5KO

Class: M/S HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:   96    54
   80:  639    85
   40: 1120   103
   20: 1331   103
   15:  750   103
   10:   36    22
-------------------
Total: 3972   470  Total Score = 5,600,520

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments

  1. The great thing about radio contests is that no two are ever the same!
  2. Famous YCCC quote, “There’s no meters like 10 meters.”  But, what happens if there’s no 10 meters?!

Trey, N5KO, was in Boston on business and accepted the invitation to do a multi-single effort.  Trey did most of the operating and we had a great time doing a “tag-team” effort.  I.e., one guy operated until he was tired and then tag, the other op was “it”!

Conditions were excellent here in ‘New Europe’.  We spent most of our time running or CQing because the 6 band change per hour restriction limited the ability to chase QSOs or multipliers on the less active bands.  There were many hours we would save our band changes and then do all 6 in the last 10 minutes.

Note to ARRL CAC: Please change rule to allow 10 band changes per hour!

160 – Conditions were very good.  HA5JI was consistently the loudest European. Didn’t seem to be much activity as we got very few answers to CQs.

80 – Good both nights, although we probably didn’t spend enough time there on Friday night.  Made up for it on Sat night. Happy to work JA2ZJW on Sunday morning. Very nice signals from Europe during the last hour.  Heard HS0ZDJ on LP very strong during that time, but he wasn’t hearing anyone.

40 – Open all the time it seemed.  Amazing how far past European sunrise we could still get answers to CQs.  At one point on Sunday morning I was working Europe and had a very loud HS0ZDJ call on LP (from the southwest)!

20 – Opened right on schedule both days with excellent European signals. Usually the band with the highest multiplier, 20 was lagging 40 and 15 until the last hour of the contest!

15 – Went to 15 early on Sat morning because couldn’t believe the band was so open, or that it would be so good the second day.  It ended up being better than expected both days.  Even had several VU and HS0 call in on Sunday afternoon. No JA on Fri or Sat, but the big JA stations had good signals on Sun right to the end of the contest.

80m antenna had broken from the wind and fallen across the top 15m beam so most of our big rate on Sat morning was with a single 5-ele at 33 feet! Fixed the problem about 15z (man it was cold outside!).

10 – Ugh.  2 QSOs on Sat (CU2A and LR2F).  Band opened better on Sunday, but the Caribbean and Central America never got very loud so it took time to work through each pileup.  Causing some difficult band change decisions since 20 was still runnable to Europe at the time.

We had one equipment failure.  The 40m beam became intermittent on receive Sunday morning. Seemed to be OK on transmit, but there is a loose connection or broken coax connector shield out there somewhere. Way tooooo cold to figure it out now!

With 4 hours to go, we were hoping to break 4000 QSOs.  Unfortunately, the mental wheels came off (or we ran out of people to work) and we limped home with some pretty slow hours.  The 40m beam problem caused us not to stay committed to 40m as much as we probably should have, but it’s hard to keep calling CQ when you aren’t getting any answers!

Not as many bad signals this year as in the past, but still too many. Especially from some very large (and loud) Eastern European stations.  Only a few lid frequency fights.

I don’t normally get to use Packet so it was interesting to see how it helped and hurt the score.  Since we could only get one operator at the radio at a time (this is an SO2R station – not multi-op), we relied on packet a lot to be the “second op”.  With all the busted calls, sometimes it was dangerous as the station we found was not the call that was spotted. Amazing to see how fast one spot could instantly bring hundreds of frenzied contesters to one frequency!

Even so, we almost always could find more QSOs (and even new mults) by tuning around ourselves.  The worst case was on Sunday when several spots blew our call sign (KH7D and K5ZB).  The KH7D resulted in lots of W/VE calling us (many of them were stations that should have been able to copy our CW and known better…) and K5ZB bringing a round of European dupes.

Thanks to all the DX stations that spend time to give us so much fun!

Special thanks to P40W, 8P9PA, and the other DX stations who signed their call on a regular basis…

Recorded the entire contest and will have it available on my website as soon as I can edit the files into manageable sizes.

The Numbers

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

D1-0000Z  --+--   10/9   122/34   --+--   --+--   --+--  132/43    132/43  
D1-0100Z    -     29/11   44/6      -       -       -     73/17    205/60  
D1-0200Z    -     68/12   22/2      -       -       -     90/14    295/74  
D1-0300Z   2/2    72/22     -       -       -       -     74/24    369/98  
D1-0400Z  36/28    5/0    17/3     3/3      -       -     61/34    430/132 
D1-0500Z  13/8     2/1    80/3      -       -       -     95/12    525/144 
D1-0600Z   8/3    41/4    22/10     -       -       -     71/17    596/161 
D1-0700Z    -      1/1   104/4      -       -       -    105/5     701/166 
D1-0800Z   1/1     2/2    62/4    --+--   --+--   --+--   65/7     766/173 
D1-0900Z    -      1/1    59/3    35/14     -       -     95/18    861/191 
D1-1000Z    -       -       -    155/18     -       -    155/18   1016/209 
D1-1100Z    -       -      3/3   189/17     -       -    192/20   1208/229 
D1-1200Z    -       -       -     37/1   141/36     -    178/37   1386/266 
D1-1300Z    -       -       -       -    164/11     -    164/11   1550/277 
D1-1400Z    -       -       -       -    115/5     1/1   116/6    1666/283 
D1-1500Z    -       -       -     26/2    54/18     -     80/20   1746/303 
D1-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--  128/1     3/3    --+--  131/4    1877/307 
D1-1700Z    -       -       -     81/8     3/3      -     84/11   1961/318 
D1-1800Z    -       -       -     60/8     1/1     1/1    62/10   2023/328 
D1-1900Z    -       -     30/1    19/10   17/6      -     66/17   2089/345 
D1-2000Z    -       -     59/1     3/2      -       -     62/3    2151/348 
D1-2100Z    -       -     86/1     2/2     1/1      -     89/4    2240/352 
D1-2200Z    -      1/1    74/3     2/2      -       -     77/6    2317/358 
D1-2300Z    -     61/0    30/2     2/2      -       -     93/4    2410/362 
D2-0000Z   1/1    57/6     9/9    --+--   --+--   --+--   67/16   2477/378 
D2-0100Z   5/1    33/3     3/2      -       -       -     41/6    2518/384 
D2-0200Z  15/1     6/0    25/0      -       -       -     46/1    2564/385 
D2-0300Z    -     37/1      -      1/1      -       -     38/2    2602/387 
D2-0400Z   9/3    20/1    15/2      -       -       -     44/6    2646/393 
D2-0500Z   2/2    58/4    13/0      -       -       -     73/6    2719/399 
D2-0600Z   2/2    64/1     1/1      -       -       -     67/4    2786/403 
D2-0700Z    -     12/0    69/1      -       -       -     81/1    2867/404 
D2-0800Z  --+--    1/1    56/0    --+--   --+--   --+--   57/1    2924/405 
D2-0900Z   1/1      -     57/2      -       -       -     58/3    2982/408 
D2-1000Z   1/1     4/2    21/3      -       -       -     26/6    3008/414 
D2-1100Z    -       -      4/1   103/1      -       -    107/2    3115/416 
D2-1200Z    -      1/1     1/1   124/4     1/1      -    127/7    3242/423 
D2-1300Z    -       -       -     21/0   101/2      -    122/2    3364/425 
D2-1400Z    -       -       -       -     87/6      -     87/6    3451/431 
D2-1500Z    -       -       -     45/1    29/3     1/1    75/5    3526/436 
D2-1600Z  --+--   --+--   --+--   86/1    --+--    1/0    87/1    3613/437 
D2-1700Z    -       -       -     54/1     3/3    14/9    71/13   3684/450 
D2-1800Z    -       -       -     35/0     3/0    14/8    52/8    3736/458 
D2-1900Z    -       -      5/0    48/1     2/2     3/2    58/5    3794/463 
D2-2000Z    -       -      4/0    35/1     1/0     1/0    41/1    3835/464 
D2-2100Z    -       -     12/1    11/0    13/2      -     36/3    3871/467 
D2-2200Z    -       -     11/0    25/1    11/0      -     47/1    3918/468 
D2-2300Z    -     53/1      -      1/1      -       -     54/2    3972/470 

Total:    96/54  639/85 1120/103 1331/103 750/103 36/22 

The best 60-minute rate was 194/hour from 1104 to 1203

The best 30-minute rate was 202/hour from 1127 to 1156

The best 10-minute rate was 216/hour from 1127 to 1136

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

    EU      65    584   1033   1195    650      1    3528    88.8
    AF       1      6     13     15     18      1      54     1.4
    AS       1      8     25     76     25      0     135     3.4
    NA      23     26     26     25     29     16     145     3.7
    SA       6     12     15     14     19     18      84     2.1
    OC       0      3      8      6      9      0      26     0.7

“Only” 88% Europe…  most worked countries were

          160M    80M    40M    20M    15M    10M   Total
    DL      14     82    163    202    102            563
    OK       2     59     75     79     55            270
     G       4     49     89     91     21            254
    UA       1     44     68     96     44            253
     I       3     21     69     72     66            231

Multi-band QSO’s

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1 bands    1486

2 bands     422

3 bands     269

4 bands     152

5 bands      25

6 bands      17

(During the contest I would have thought we had many more multi-band QSOs as it seemed many stations were on 3 or 4 bands, but guess not!)

The following stations were worked on 6 bands:

V31PP CU2A J7OJ VP2MVX TI5N TO9A WP2Z  8P9PA  P49Y   VP9/W6PH   PJ4R   P40W  PJ2T HI3TEJ HQ9H FG/N0YY V26G

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