CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW
Operator(s): G4BUO, G4PIQ, M0ITY, 2E0CVN, GI0RTN, G0OPB
Class: M/S HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 583 24 86
80: 1639 36 132
40: 1476 39 147
20: 1776 38 144
15: 184 27 103
10: 24 6 23
Total: 5682 170 635 Total Score = 9,312,240
160 â?? 33m tall Vertical with top loading + Inv-V @ 28m
80 â?? 4 square + Inv-V @ 20m
40 â?? 402CD @ 30m
20 â?? 204CD @ 28m + TH5 @ 28m
15 â?? Extended 155BA @ 30m + TH5 @ 28m
10 â?? 105CA @ 30m + 105CA @ 20m
Rx - 180m Beverage to NW, K9AY loops, verticals
The CQWW CW contest marked a return to multi-operator contesting for the M6T
team. I've been lucky enough to use the station for many single operator
entries over the past 2 years, but CQWW SSB this year was rough due to
tierdness and I could see that things at work were going to be no quieter
running up to the CW leg. Furthermore, the â??CU2X effectâ?? on WRTC
qualification scores puts anyone competing against Toni in the Single Op
sections at a big disadvantage to folks in the multi-op sections. In any case
it would be good to get some of the old team spirit back. So I suggested to
Bob, G4BAH, the station owner, that we do multi-single for the CW leg. This
turned out to be a great decision. Dave, G4BUO from the old team joined me
along with Jiri, M0ITY whoâ??s done a lot of work on the station over the last
few years, and we added new members Gerry, GI0RTN, Simon 2E0CVN, and Tony,
As a fairly last minute plan, there wasnâ??t a great deal of time to work on
the station and we were never going to build a fully competitive European MS
station in the short time available, but we added a 160m vertical (thanks to
Dave, and Justin, G4TSH for coming up a couple of weekend previous to build
that) and an additional 10m yagi to improve performance and add flexibility.
Along with fixing bits and pieces, labeling all the things that I knew about
(like what antenna cable is what), setting up and getting everything straight
still took the best part of 2 days and I was still sorting things out 5 minutes
before the start.
Low band conditions seemed generally excellent â?? especially on our night #1
and night #3 â?? night #2 seemed somewhat poorer.
You know things are good on 160 when you go to run there on the first night and
your 3rd QSO on the band is N6TR in Oregon. Over the course of the weekend we
heard (but didnâ??t necessarily work) all sorts of stuff including KL7. On
night #3 we were running at least a sprinkle of JAs and ZS4TX was a great
signal on the band when moved from 80. The vertical was definitely a great
upgrade to the old dipole. That said I donâ??t think conditions on 160 were the
best they have ever been.
80 was also in good shape and took the brunt of the running on night #1with
many super Zone 3 signals.
40 seemed remarkable to me. I havenâ??t often done CQWW CW all-band from
Europe, but to be running a mix of JA and W (as far as the left coast) at
nearly midday local time is great. DF0HQâ??s 40m country total of 169 probably
shows just how good the band really was â?? thatâ??s an enormous number for any
band in the CW leg. The band was busy, but not overcrowded like in the SSB leg
Similarly 20 was very busy but not bursting. A real shame to miss zone 31 on
the band (as well as zone 34 on all bands). I saw several KH6s spotted, but
none were sufficiently audible to be workable. It did however close pretty
early for us.
On the other hand Iâ??ve never heard 15 as bad as in this event. We only
briefly ran on there for one 10 minute period early Sunday evenig where the
band briefly opened reasonably to the US. Other than that, it was hard work.
Iâ??d like to say that Iâ??ve never seen 10m as bad â?? but Iâ??d be lying â??
it was just as bad in the SSB leg one month agoâ?¦
Of course we had out little challenges. Setting up on Friday was miserable in
the pouring rain. During the contest on Saturday daytime we had to replace 2
lifting ropes on the 10m antenna tower which had failed (or were likely to
fail) on the Friday after darkness. That took about 15 person hours in total
and made about 2 QSOsâ?¦. About midnight Saturday night in the pouring rain we
also had to drop and luff the main 20m tower to fix an internittent feed-point
problem, and we had a mechanical failure (loose screw â?? but with a really
obscure fitting) on the run station amplifier which needed a complete strip
down on the shack floor.
One downside to the multi-single section was that you inevitably end up in a
lot of packet pile ups. Many this weekend were just horrible â?? and I think
they are getting worse much over time. There was quite a lot of blind calling
going. We saw evidence of behaviours which showed multiplier operators just
jumping onto a packet spot frequency and calling without even hearing the DX
station â?? sometimes the DX station wasnâ??t even there at all â?? I think
others were having some fun and feeding fake spots into the system just to
watch the pile-up appear! Now â?? we all suffer from QRM and sometimes canâ??t
hear the DX â?? especially in these big pile-ups - but there were stations
really going beyond what was acceptable this weekend and making life much more
difficult for all concerned.
Thanks to everyone for the QSOs, mults and moves and competition. Thanks to
Andrew, G4ADM for a great roast dinner and to Bob, G4BAH for the use of the
station. We had great fun and will be back.
Andy, G4PIQ for team M6T
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