CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW
Class: Single Op Assisted HP
Operating Time (hrs): 5.5
Total: QSOs = 465 State/Prov = 54 Countries = 48 Total Score = 161,976
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
Tried to cherry pick the right times to operate this contest and have maximum
Friday night was fun in an unexpected way: the USA pileups and rates were
I could hear loud europeans as I tuned across the band, however it was
painfully obvious my signal wasn't making it across the ocean when I looked at
my skimmer reports. On 160, even more than other bands there is a huge
disparity between an "average" station and an optimized one.
Saturday night was better with a few europeans answering my CQs.
Band was crowded wall to wall with signals and there was really no finding a
perfectly 'clean' run frequency unless you ran narrow filters.
The single band/mode contest concept is such a great one, I'd like to see it
for the other HF bands!
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