Kim Östman kim.ostman at abo.fi
Sun Mar 22 14:12:35 EDT 2015

Kiitos OH-QSOista!


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                    Russian DX Contest

Call: OH0X
Operator(s): OH6KZP
Station: OH0X

Class: SO Mixed HP
QTH: Brando
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Radios: SO2R

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Countries  Oblasts
  160:   207    33       44        46
   80:   321   198       60        63
   40:   452   244       79        68
   20:   534   335       90        74
   15:   276   119       91        64
   10:   166    24       65        47
Total:  1956   953      429       362  Total Score = 14,348,740

Club: Contest Club Finland


Conditions here in the north were less than stellar due to the major
geomagnetic event earlier this week. Fortunately the great level of RDXC
activity compensated! 15m and especially 10m were clearly down from "the
usual", which resulted in some desperate multiplier hunting with ESP QSOs.
On the one hand there were DX openings even on 10m, but on the other hand
the openings were not sustained, especially up here. 

The station performed well, and the current handicaps of only a single
shortened 2-el 40m antenna and one 160m sloper (pointed away from UA!)
weren't too big of a deal in this contest. I was able to work most stations
I heard, and hopefully the ESP QSOs won't cause a dent in the UBN report...

This was one of the first mixed-mode contests I've worked using Win-Test.
Generally it functioned well, although I did notice some irregularities when
Radio1 is on a different mode than Radio2. For example, clicking a spot in
the second radio bandmap may change the mode of Radio1 in the log (but not
in the actual radio!) and thus result in irregularities such as no TX on
Radio1 from the Function keys. Typing "CW" or "SSB" manually in the log
window rectifies the issue. WT also crashed a few times on Sunday morning
for some reason during a QSO, each time after sending on Radio2. Fortunately
it was possible to re-start without trouble (except with some stations
probably wondering what an idiot the operator must be :) )

Every contest results in different observations, and this time I paid
attention to an unusually high number of Turkish stations, fb! Thanks to our
team for all support, to Tonno ES5TV for an exciting race on cqcontest.net,
and special thanks to Anton OG2K/0 for moving through the bands with me for
my "own" country multiplier. Finally, thanks to all for the QSOs and for a
weekend of fun.


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