Operator(s): W5WMU N5WR K5GO N5DX
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.
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.
Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 46
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
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