CQWW CW @ W1WMU 2013

Contest Summary



Call: W1WMU
Operator(s): W5WMU N5WR K5GO N5DX
Station: W1WMU

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

 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
  160:   99    17       65
   80:  610    24      104
   40: 1554    37      135
   20: 1016    39      143
   15:  964    37      142
   10:  883    33      140
Total: 5126   187      729  Total Score = 13,630,996



What fun for a group of W5 guys to masquerade as W1 operators for a weekend.  A
huge thanks to our hosts Pat, W5WMU, and his wife Alice.  Just hanging out with
them for the weekend would have been enjoyable enough.  Mixing in 48 hours of
non stop rate and fun was just icing on the cake.  

It will really be hard to operate a DX contest from Arkansas after this
experience.  We had a great time and are looking forward to the opportunity to
operate from Pat's place again.

Kevin, N5DX


View the breakdown for the contest here:


Recorded the entire contest, but most of it is boring.  Here are a few clips:

1300z-1400z Saturday Morning

UA2CZ QSY 10-20-15

JA Run on 10 Meters

Zone 34 Calls in on 20 Meters

Things To Do Differently

1. Better QSO distribution between 10 and 15 meters.  Bounce between CQ frequencies.  Don’t camp out on 10 meters for 5 hours straight.  Its ok to CQ on 15 for a short stint and then go back to 10 meters.  This allows second radio to be on 10 when it is open to EU.
2. Completely tune through 10 meters with single radio when it is open to Europe one time on both days.  Same for 15 meters.  For sure do the same when Caribbean and Africa is coming in, because most of those guys won’t find you.
3. 15 meter antenna on the bluff towards Japan was sorely missed.  JA count was 100 Qs down as a result of using the 7 element at 90′.
4. Don’t post score to live contest site.

Call: N5DX
Operator(s): N5DX
Station: K5GO/N5DX

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 46
Radios: SO2R

 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
  160:   36    13       20
   80:   93    21       57
   40:  631    29       81
   20:  694    35      111
   15:  928    32      106
   10: 1875    36      106
Total: 4257   166      481  Total Score = 7,641,717


Two comments were made by family members on Thursday evening that were stuck in
my head going into the contest.

8 year old daughter: "Daddy, why does it take you a month to get ready for
the contest?"

60+ year old father: "It will be a miracle if nothing breaks."

Not to many good vibes to be had by those two thought processes running through
my head.  I even told my wife that maybe I should just take up basketball again
(being 6' 6" has its advantages).  All of those thoughts were erased when
I sat down to the radio to hear what were just incredible conditions.  Its very
rare from Arkansas to be faced with the legitimate option of beginning the
contest on  10, 15, 20, or 40 meters.  Really cool to be running Asia on 10
meters while picking off EU mults on 80 and 160.

Other than the first 1.5 hours I feel like I did a really good job of
maximizing score.  EU was easy to work on 160 and 80 but not good enough to
run.  20 was open all night, but other than Friday evening, I never had any
real night time runs on that band.  JA on 40 was paltry.

I was amazed at everyone's willingness to move to different bands for needed
multipliers.  Great fun to build up the multiplier total that way.  Despite
this, I probably missed 30 easy mults on 10, 15, and 20 meters that could have
been obtained with more efficient tuning and a more balanced distribution of
QSOs between 10 and 15 meters.  

Probably should have stayed on 20 a little longer in the morning to allow the
second radio to comb through 15 to find juicy multipliers.  Then moving to 15
and staying a little longer to do the same scenario on 10 meters.  I perhaps
stayed on 10 meters a little to long in the morning while running EU.  The zone
14 guys just kept pouring in and with good signals.  With a clear frequency on
10, it was really hard to make myself QSY to 15 to dig out a run spot.    

I can count on my hands the number of CQWW SSB contest I've operated and of
those operations this was only my second single op operation.  What a memorable
one it will be.  

I knew going into the contest that I would have some big time W5 competition. 
Knowing this pushed me hard to max out every minute of operating time and it is
a satisfying feeling to have given the contest everything I had.  Congrats to
Steve, N2IC, for setting a new W5 record.

Nothing broke and the contest was certainly worth all the time that was put
into it.

Kevin, N5DX






N5DXThanks to N2IC, for helping get some rotor issues related to N1MM ironed out
before the contest. The N1MM program is a great contest logging program and
has a great support staff behind it.

My dad, K5GO, was out of town during this contest and it was really strange
being on the mountain with no one around. My wife and kids came up to the
shack Saturday morning to make me breakfast, which was greatly appreciated
since the cold pizza I brought didn’t sound very appetizing.

The contest did NOT begin well. I fully expected to plop down on 15 meters and run JA for at least 1.5 hours at the start before slogging it out on 20 and 40. That didn’t happen though and the only thing going on 15 was South America.

I’m beginning to believe that any of the major DX contests can be won from here in the single op or multi single categories. However, it can only happen when we have great conditions into Japan on 10 through 40 meters. This year that did not happen. 15 was horrible to Japan during the entire contest and 10 didn’t open until the last hour of the contest, but that opening was only good for a handful of contacts. Other than working JT5DX on 20 and moving him to 40, I do not recall working any real exciting DX in Asia on any of the bands.
80 meters was the real bright spot for this weekend. The band was wide open to Europe both Friday and Saturday night and I worked everything I could hear. We recently cut down a large group of pine trees that had overtaken the 80 meter 4 square. I’m starting to think that the trees may have been sapping our signal on that band. Friday night I tried multiple CQs but never had a response on 80. Saturday I tried operating split and voila, immediate callers. The rate wasn’t anything special but it was good for some Qs and several new multipliers.

The most enjoyable aspect of this contest was finding new multipliers. Findinga new multiplier on the second radio was far more stimulating that running a big pileup of callers. I have fun during multi op contests using packet but that enjoyment doesn’t compare to finding the guys on your own (but of course neither does the score). K4VX knew what he was doing when he turned the packet OFF, even during multi op contests.

Even though I was trounced by W2RE, it was still enjoyable trying to chase him on the score reporting sites. He pulled away Sunday during the European
opening. It is fine if people do not post their scores on the site, but if you don’t want to post your score then don’t be a peeping Tom.

Since the ARRL has U.S. and Canadian scores grouped together, then it seems to me that the Canadian stations should agree to be bound by the same frequency ranges as the U.S. stations. I wonder if the Canadian guys ever had to say, “Is this frequency in use” during the contest?

The contest was very enjoyable and thanks for all of the stations that
graciously moved. Also I greatly appreciate all of the hard work my dad puts
into maintaining and improving the station. It is a full time job.

Kevin, N5DX

Operator(s): N5DX

Station: N5DX

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 46.5
Radios: SO2R

Band QSOs Mults
160: 22 20
80: 162 65
40: 604 86
20: 553 95
15: 1341 106
10: 527 74
Total: 3209 446 Total Score = 4,286,952