CQ WW RTTY KH2/N2NL SOAB(A) HP
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Sun Sep 26 18:19:59 PDT 2010
CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY
Class: SOAB(A) HP
Operating Time (hrs): 32
Band QSOs Pts State/Prov DX Zones
80: 55 162 5 14 13
40: 249 732 34 48 27
20: 283 835 22 65 29
15: 863 2554 45 83 35
10: 224 661 0 31 21
Total: 1674 4944 106 241 125 Total Score = 2,333,568
Club: Florida Contest Group
I really can't say that I'm a RTTY fan after operating the contest. Generally,
the loudest caller who calls the longest wins in a pileup. At least with CW
and SSB, there is some finesse that can be used. For RTTY it is mostly brute
force. I suppose there are some learned tricks I have yet to acquire, but this
was my weekend experience. I used KH2/N2NL instead of NH2T because I figured
the longer call would help a bit in both sides of a pileup. So far NH2T has
been a challenge on CW; many ask "N5??".
15m was the money band all weekend long. I tried to avoid it as much as
possible since KG6DX was single band 15, but I had to keep coming back since
that's where the action was. EU pileups got pretty bad. One pileup decoded to
non stop gibberish. I got up, took a bathroom break, got a drink and a snack,
sat down and they were all still calling - still gibberish. I think they were
even working each other thinking it was me. I spun the dial and started a new
Really, it got pretty annoying when I was clearly trying to work a station and
someone (or several) would simply F4 F4 F4 blast away with their call which
only accomplished two things: (1) putting doubt in the minds of me and the
station I worked that a QSO took place, and (2) bring everything to a crawl.
Finally complete a QSO, ask QRZ, and see this on the screen:
10M was surprisingly good with openings into Eastern EU, and the low bands were
decent. I called many Stateside stations on 80m who called CQ in my face.
One note: The JA RTTY band plan is 3520-3525Khz. JAs generally do not violate
their band plans, even if it's only a "plan". W6's calling CQ up above 3570Khz
aren't going to get many JA replies. I had a nice JA run on 3523 Saturday
I went assisted to try to increase the fun factor. Very cool to work TF3AO,
JW5X (two bands), and OY3JE, all very difficult paths from here. TR8CA called
in on two bands and kudos to VQ9LA for pulling me out of his EU pileup on 80!
As bad as my comments may seem, radiosporting in any mode is fun! 11,000 QSOs
since I returned to the air from KH2 exactly 3 months ago. Hoping for many
more in the future.
Thanks to all for the QSOs! See you next month in the Sideband contest!
73, Dave KH2/N2NL
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