[CCF] CQWW SSB 2008 OH8X (OH4JFN)
marko.holmavuo at dnainternet.net
marko.holmavuo at dnainternet.net
Thu Oct 30 04:12:00 EDT 2008
Contest : CQ World Wide DX Contest
Callsign : OH8X
Operators : OH4JFN
Mode : PHONE
Category : Single Operator (SO)
Band(s) : All bands (AB)
Class : High Power (HP)
BAND QSO CQ DXC DUP POINTS AVG
160 251 11 54 1 289 1.15
80 339 20 72 7 456 1.35
40 424 28 90 3 636 1.50
20 2945 38 114 56 6276 2.13
15 578 31 89 2 1318 2.28
10 15 6 12 0 24 1.60
TOTAL 4552 134 431 69 8999 1.98
TOTAL SCORE : 5 084 435
Dupes are not included in QSO counts neither avg
OH8X is located in far north where ms. Aurora are taking
care of us. Despite of that Arcala Extreme mission is to
challenge well known north-south
During 2008 a lot of things has changed in Radio Arcala.
Huge amount of things has been trimmed with new technology
innovations to get usability of
this very complex environment to high competitive level. A
lot of rework and redesign has been made based on deep
analyzes based on all
gathered data and measurements from earlier OH8X
architechtural phases. Huge amount of cross science
competencies has been needed to make this one of the
most impressive station to alive. You can see some more
information from http://www.radioarkala.com/
(Those who are waiting to read more information about 160
and 80 super antennas, no I didn't use them yet :))
I am happy to say that technically whole CQ WW SSB 2008
operation was a succee. No fatal failures and all
different layers of this concept worked like a
charm, full 48h!!. Usability for all these innovations
like superior touch-screens was excelent and doing full
48h was a piece of cake.
This wouldn't be possible without a huge huge amount of
work to get everyting on track.
When starting to desing operating plans and setting goal
for year 2008 I went back to year 2000 to break down parts
how current OH-record was constructed.
There where three major issues that made me worry about:
a) design of new antennas for 160 and 80 are under final
adjustment. When looking OH8X location and trying to
understand how low band works, you
easily understand that in normal conditions you aren't at
competitive edge compared to southern stations. This is
bad, because 20m is workhorse from OH8X
and you have to make decisions to work low bands because
of new rare mults with lower point-rate or upper bands
with (at least expected) good US-runs.
b&c) If OH8X will fail to achieve propagation on 10/15
there will be huge problems at first because of mults and
secondly because nowadays 20m is so full,
that during EU-primetime it makes life quite hard there. A
pile of stacked stations on same frequency and you don't
need to dream to find rare multipliers
if those are loud or answers to your CQ.
After now, I have to say that pre-contest analyzes was
something that realized quite well. Low bands were very
very hard and you had to work hard.
You didn't get anything for a free. We had some very heavy
storm during weekend including static rain. It made
periodical 59+ noise aswell, so no mercy!
What suprised my was excelent (but too short) opening to
JA and USA on 15m and some very very short opening to Asia
on 10m. At least in OH8, I had some 10min slot
where some asian stations were workable....nothing else.
In overall two hours with more than 220q is not bad in
this time of solar cycle, but to get balance I had more
than enough very very low rated night-time hours.
I didn't managed to claim even close to new OH-record, but
when looking back what Timo OH1NOA said after CQWW SSB
2000 I think that at least one goal might be possible
to achieve: Timo ran 4536q which is highest single-op qso
count from main OH-land and now 8 years later more than
that achieved. It will be a huge thrill when
more sunspots appears...you just kind imagine what kind
score levels will be achieved generally.
Again, competition in TOP 5 Eu is tight, congrats to ES5TV
(huge huge huge effort), DL6FBL at SV9CVY and for G4PIQ at M6T.
What comes to CU2X where Toni exploded the european record
to totally new levels...excelent job! It seems that we
have still some work to do
to switch north-south theory upside down :)
Thanks to whole Arcala extreme-team and specially to
OH2UA, OH6KN and OH8NC.
73 Marko OH4JFN
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