ARRL DX Contest, SSB
Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 15
Band QSOs Mults
160: 10 10
80: 33 33
40: 45 45
20: 73 73
15: 82 82
10: 93 93
Total: 336 336 = 338,688
There really are countries that you can only work through CQing! :) I spent
about 15 hours tuning the bands, and while that probably isn't enough time to
draw solid conclusions about what countries don't have CQers, Of the places
that should be workable, I never heard CQing an ES, IS0, CU, TF, OX, HL, and
only one CX, EW, KL7, OA, SV, TA, UN, YB, and ZS.
It was also interesting to hear the various antics occurring on the bands. I
spent a lot of time listening to the Multi ops running stations (and hearing
lots of good DX calling in!), and lots of time listening to huge packet
pile-ups of the sort that drove 5Z4IC off the band. I don't understand why
people would use packet to subject themselves to these pile-ups time after time
I would tune across this huge pile-up and listen for a few minutes as a foreign
station would slowly work guys and never give his call. I normally don't mind
waiting for a few QSOs for an ID, but after that it gets irritating. And
usually it was just another LU or PY who wouldn't give his call. Lots of
packet guys came and went likely without ever hearing a call--I know because I
was there waiting for an ID! This is risky behavior for you packet chasers.
And one conclusion that I can easily draw from my experience is that the more
band space available for CQing the more DX stations that would CQ. As I went
from 10 to 15 to 20 it was harder and harder to find new stations tucked under
all the multi-op CQ machines.
Contesting is definitely changing. And I'm afraid of the direction of change.
Maybe we need a DXers category for contesting like this: Use one radio, no
CQing, no packet, no asking for band changes--see how many mults you can work
all by yourself! :)
73, Dave, NT1N
TS930s 87A C3S on the roof and dipoles at 40 feet.
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