CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB
Class: SOSB(A)/40 HP
Operating Time (hrs): 15
Band QSOs Zones Countries
40: 348 29 96
Total: 348 29 96 Total Score = 113,375
Club: Central Texas DX and Contest Club
My only intent for this weekend was to put the 40m stuff through a decent test
after having to make a few repairs.
Did not get on for the first 4 hours as I was out of town so I had to go out
and hook up the switching system in the dark.
99.5% of my time on the air this weekend was search and pounce. No way I could
do that on 40m for a seriously extended period even if I wanted to.
Learned something: VK2FLTJ is a real call. I kept thinking I was getting it
wrong. This station called me during a brief run Sunday morning. Once he
confirmed I had it correct I moved on. The next caller was another VK so I
asked about the unusual call. I was not aware that a call such as that
indicates an entry level license limited to 10w output. Now I understand why I
was having a difficult time hearing it.
Heard several zone 17/18 in there both mornings long path but none of them were
listening up in the US phone band.
Being just a search and pounce guy this weekend gave me a chance to hear the
many mistakes we make when working 40m in a ssb dx contest. But some seemed to
not have a clue. I heard one guy calling a dx station on 7021, someone
commented that he was out of band, his response was that he could not work the
dx if he did not transmit on the same frequency. I even had an interesting
comment on Sunday morning when I did my 30 minutes of running a frequency.
Think I was on 7129 listening down on 7076 or something and a US station called
me on my listening frequency. I commented that he should not be calling me
there. He responded, "What about YOUR frequency?" I was like....well, what
about it? I guess some people do not know that we can do ssb down to 7125 now.
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