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                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY

Call: KR1ST
Operator(s): KR1ST
Station: KR1ST

Class: SOAB LP
QTH: Ladson, SC
Operating Time (hrs): 27

 Band  QSOs  Pts  State/Prov  DX   Zones
   80:  113  145       37      14     9
   40:  158  280       38      40    16
   20:  183  413       29      53    18
   15:   26   65        2      16     9
   10:    7   19        1       5     4
Total:  487  922      107     128    56  Total Score = 268,302

Club: The Three Musketeers (Me, Myself, and I)


Rig: IC-756ProIII
PWR: 100 Watts
Ant: 20/15/10: three all homebrew remotely switched 20m doublets in
               triangle configuration @ 30ft
     40: 40m doublet @ 30 ft
     80: 80m inverted V, apex @ 55ft
     160: I-wish-I-could-use-it inverted L

First, why no 160m? Especially now that we are the bottom of the sunspot cycle
it would make sense to have 160m available since 15 and 10 meters are of
limited use. It probably has to do with tradition and will take another two
generations of hams before this mistake will be corrected.

Second, why no QRP category? There is a QRP category in the SSB and CW CQ-WW
contests, but not in the RTTY contest. Makes no sense at all, especially since
this an excellent mode for QRP operations.

Third, the ProIII makes a mean RTTY machine. The twin peak filter is an
incredible tool to use. When this Ukranian station decided to park one of his
tones in between mine, it didn't bother my reception one bit. But it did bother
the folks calling me, so I moved. (I did confirm that the Ukranian station could
hear me.)

Forth, I got a SWL (email) report from wa2033swl during the contest, which I
though was pretty neat.

Fifth, I'm surprised I lasted this long in the contest. Usually I get bored
with RTTY after just a few hours hitting the same three or four buttons over
and over again, but this time it was different. Maybe it was because I made it
more interesting by hooking up a webcam on a second machine and talked to my
dad (non-ham) across the pond during the contest in a video conference. This
way he could see what it is all about. A fellow contester across town did the
same so I had a nice video conference going on with him, too, and passed
the time more enjoyably. :) 

Lastly, maybe I need to become more serious about RTTY contesting. I do like
the fact that all contacts count, as opposed to the other DX contests.

Thanks to all of you who answered my call and CQ Magazine for sponsoring this

--Alex KR1ST

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