The CQWW 160 Meter CW contest for 2008 is now in the logbook. The computer showed about 8 hours of operating time. Since I had other things to do on Sunday, I made a few quick contacts on Sunday morning and spent about 45 minutes Sunday evening just before the end of the test. Total qso's was 225 with 15 DX countries and 42 states and Canadian provinces contacted. Total score 34,428 points. The best run i had was on Saturday evening between 0000z and about 0125z. I ran about 60 contacts before things started slowing down and i went back to search and pounce mode. All in all, it was a decent contest for me on 160 meters. I hope to get more radials down on the transmit antenna before next winter. Next up is the CQWW 160 meter phone contest in February. Time now to send in the logs to CQ and LOTW.
73 for now,
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Well, the first night took off pretty good in the first hour and then the rate slowed down. So far I have 38 states and 10 DX countries in the log. Conditions were pretty good and the K9AY loop receive antenna was nice and quiet compared to the inverted L for transmit. All contacts so far have been made using search and pounce. Today there is a possibility of thunderstorms tonight so we will see what happens later today. If I can get on tonight i will try some running. Stay tuned for the results on Monday.
73, Ed N4EK
73, Ed N4EK
Thursday, January 24, 2008
The DxPedition to J5C, Guinea-Bissau ended on January 22nd. I had worked another group J5Z on phone back in Sept. 2000. So my main goal was to work this team on CW. I managed to work them on 40m, 30m and 20m cw. I stayed on low power for all three contacts, about 100 watts using Hygain monobander beams on 40 and 20. I used a Cushcraft R7 vertical for the contact on 30 meters. The rig used was one of my Yaesu FT1000MP's. I had the Alpha Power 91B amplifier standing if necessary but never needed it. The team on this trip had some great operators. The next big Dxpedition will be to Clipperton Island in the Pacific just a little southwest of Mexico. Stay tuned for more dx..
This weekend I will operating in the CQWW 160 Meter CW contest. I will be checking my computer logging program setup and also checking out my antennas. This contest starts on Friday evening and runs for forty-eight hours till Sunday evening. Lets hope for good conditions and low noise levels.