WR3O CW WPX - The Long Version
WR3O at music-city.tdec.state.tn.us
WR3O at music-city.tdec.state.tn.us
Tue May 28 01:53:03 EDT 1996
CQ CW WPX SUMMARY SHEET
Callsign Used : WR3O Operator : WR3O Mode: CW
Category : Single Operator High Power NON-assisted
(maybe that Tribander & Wires class but I can't
find the rules for that at the moment...)
Team/Club : Tennessee Contest Group Equipment:
IC-761 & 75A-4
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Prefixes AL-811 ( 500w )
_____________________________________________________ TR-LOG 5.63
80CW 7 7 32 3 1/4 wave sloper at 70'
40CW 266 260 666 131 dipole at 98' (57A boom)
20CW 727 708 1098 362 PRO-57A tri-bander at 98'
15CW 47 46 94 22 " "
10CW 4 4 9 1 " "
Totals 1051 1025 1899 519
Final Score = 985,581 points.
My first try at the WPX Contest. I had a good time despite the QRN.
This was the first DX contest that I actually enjoyed myself some,
probably because there was plenty of NA to work if the DX dried up.
Having a relatively rare prefix helped, as I was able to run Europe
for the first time (with plenty of NA mixed in...)
I burned up the amp Thursday at midnight as I was doing the run-through,
and thought I was going to have to enter the low power category. Managed
to fix it hours before the contest started. Thank goodness for my minimal
skills & minimal junkbox. (Fried a padding capacitor on the bandswitch
position for 160 & 80 by putting 500w into a bad load on 160.) It turned
out I really didn't need those bands anyway for this contest...)
Sunday featured really bad thunderstorms, which limited my total operating
time to under 35 hours.
My goals were 1K QSO's and 1M points. Made the first goal, and it
was my first time to break 1000 Q's in a contest. Slightly
disappointed at not reaching 1 Meg (would've been another first),
and if the thunderstorms hadn't happenned, who knows??? Quite a few
zero point QSO's, but along with those come some nice prefixes too.
Anyway, it gives me something to shoot for in future contests.
Speaking of future contests, I learned a few things. First, I'm
starting to understand that there really are no secrets. I thought
that if I had the "secret information" such as propagation knowledge,
pileup tactics, and contest-specific strategies, then I could increase
my score. But it dawned on me that that knowledge comes from MAKING
QSO's, and not reading it in a book. I love K3ZO's post contest writeups
and should (and do) read them carefully; there's a goldmine of information
in there! But I don't remember half of anything I've read during a
contest, and conditions are so variable that knowing what happened in
last year's contest might be of limited utility. (As opposed to
a true general understanding of HF propagation...) It's funny that
it is only now starting to dawn on me. It says right there in the
rules in each contest, one way or another, that the PURPOSE is for
"as many hams to MAKE QSO's with as many hams as possible in the time
frame..." Well BOINK, that's the SECRET right there! I'm there in the
chair, and I've got to MAKE QSO's -- however possible and as fast as
possible. Simply by doing that, I'll gain the knowledge. But the
knowledge now seems more the RESULT of making QSO's than the CAUSE.
A second thing that I learned is that I still don't know the code.
Everyone who worked me knows this, because I probably asked you for
a repeat, even though you were Q5. This includes sending and receiving.
While asking for the 3rd repeat, I'd have to go to the paddles, and I
would further make a mess of things. It's sometimes embarassing. I keep
at it though, because like playing a musical instrument, it is a skill
with no upper bound -- and an opportunity for a lifetime of satisfaction.
But back to contesting... I now realize that I could spend big money on
antennas and assorted hardware, and it wouldn't come close to helping my
score like learning the code would. Some 10,000 contest CW QSO's so far
and I'm not even close to knowing the code yet. I suppose there are no
secrets here either. Like an instrument, if I want to excel I will have
to PRACTICE regularly. And that means on the air, because practing with
TR-LOG simulator doesn't do much for my fist. :-)
Wow, what a Ham Radio week this has been. Dayton -> WPX. Talk about
a good infusion of radio! Sure was great to visit with some of you at
Dayton. (I was the guy with NO hair - a condition called alopecia.)
As usual, I am already looking forward to next year.
Thanks for the QSO's! 73, Kirk WR3O
>From Ingemar.Fogelberg at cec.comm.se (Ingemar Fogelberg) Tue May 28 07:47:35 1996
From: Ingemar.Fogelberg at cec.comm.se (Ingemar Fogelberg) (Ingemar Fogelberg)
Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 08:47:35 +0200
Subject: All-Asia Club entry. What is the age? SUMMARY
Message-ID: <31AAA187.3844 at cec.comm.se>
A couple of days ago I asked:
Can anyone tell me what age you are supposed to use when you enter
the All Asian contest in the multi-multi class using a club station
call or you own call?
This resulted in a couple of mails from (among others):
5B4WN, UA9CIR, JH1HRJ, JE1CKA, AA6TY, LA9HW, WR3E
1. The majority said that the exchange age should shift as the operator
2. Some said pick out the most good-looking op and use his name during
the entire contest :-)
3. Other said that they would use 99 as age.
I will stick to the no. 1.
Thanks everyone and cu in contest. I will probably work from OH0 during
73 de Ingo / SM0AJV
>From hmantila at kauha.kauhajoki.fi (Harri M. Mantila OH6YF-OH0MYF) Tue May 28 07:54:31 1996
From: hmantila at kauha.kauhajoki.fi (Harri M. Mantila OH6YF-OH0MYF) (Harri M. Mantila OH6YF-OH0MYF)
Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 09:54:31 +0300 (WET)
Subject: WPX off times
Message-ID: <Pine.A188.8.131.520528094744.32654A-100000 at kauha.kauhajoki.fi>
> Correct me if I am wrong but do Europeans work neighboring countries for 2/4
> points?? So a DL can work an F for 4 points on 80 mtrs.
No, they get just 1/2 points and that's why you get every time much bigger
scores with the same number of QSO's compared to Europeans. QSO's here are
also hard to work during bad conditions, as hard as in your continent!
Probably, we all just have to move to South America. Hi...
73's de Harry OH6YF-OH0MYF
hmantila at kauhajoki.fi
>From shawn.lightfoot at lun.lis.ab.ca (SHAWN LIGHTFOOT) Tue May 28 08:57:00 1996
From: shawn.lightfoot at lun.lis.ab.ca (SHAWN LIGHTFOOT) (shawn.lightfoot at lun.lis.ab.ca (SHAWN LIGHTFOOT))
Date: Tue, 28 May 96 00:57:00 -0700
Subject: WPX contest
Message-ID: <8C17039.0065002FA3.uuout at lun.lis.ab.ca>
Even though condx were atrocious from the up here..I did have fun.
A VERY meager effort, since the contest fell on the company engineering
group camping trip (drunk fest) and was difficult to find time to
Operated from the Kananaskis country in South West Alberta, with an
FT-990 and a butternut HF6-V vertical antenna- generator powered.
For those considering operating a CW contest during this type of campout
I have a golden rule:
CW copy ability drops 5 WPM per 807, up until 5 807's - in which case it
starts dropping 10 WPM per 807.
Never in my life was anything so hard as to copy HH2PK after a few
It was a LOT of fun however and decided to call it quits when I started
to send the serial number before the sig report.
Thanks to those stations who took the time to hear our puny signal in
It was nice to be *not serious* for this one.
>From lyndon at ve7tcp.ampr.org (VE7TCP) Tue May 28 09:13:22 1996
From: lyndon at ve7tcp.ampr.org (VE7TCP) (VE7TCP)
Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 01:13:22 -0700
Subject: WPX contest
Message-ID: <199605280813.BAA03737 at ve7tcp.ampr.org>
>>>>> "shawn" == shawn lightfoot <lun!shawn.lightfoot at lis.ab.ca> writes:
shawn> CW copy ability drops 5 WPM per 807, up until 5 807's - in
shawn> which case it starts dropping 10 WPM per 807.
shawn> Never in my life was anything so hard as to copy HH2PK
shawn> after a few 807's.
I have pictures (and transcripts) of a certain gang consisting of
VE6ABC, VE6FD (ex BGN), and Hubert (be damned if I can remember his
callsign) accompanied by one VE6VQ (who transiently appeared here as
VE7UDP, but bailed out for B4 operating at ZZZ) operating field day
from points north of Edmonton. (They don't remember how far north, either,
near as I can tell.) After the first 807 they couldn't even *find* the
key let alone drive it :-) The phonetics there were a bit different
than the ones I'm aware of: Call for Whiskey! (I think VE6WP was
in attendence as well :-)
Then there was field day 1979? 8? We let '6BGN explain to the Royal
Canadian Constabulary why we had all the towers, stubbys (remember
*those* ???), and prone bodies lying about the campsite. (He earned
the call VE6*F*D* for a reason :-) As a young whipper-snapper who
preferred CW to phone, I found it *necessary* to ply the masses with
lubricant before they would embrace the paddles.
Finally, after VE6LX managed to slaughter NARC (the "Northern Alberta
Radio Club" for the paranoid) and all the little field day operations
spun off from the big effort, I have evidence of some tail-end NARC
operations where certain operators dented the ground while trying to
get out of their chairs. 807's? More like 8877's :-) (They never found
the *radio* let alone the key :-)
shawn> It was a LOT of fun however and decided to call it quits
shawn> when I started to send the serial number before the sig
Bah! This is the best way to spot the people running the contest with
a COMPUTER! (EEEvil nasty things that they are :-)
shawn> It was nice to be *not serious* for this one.
See you July 1 !!!
>From je1cka at dumpty.nal.go.jp (Takao KUMAGAI) Tue May 28 12:13:35 1996
From: je1cka at dumpty.nal.go.jp (Takao KUMAGAI) (Takao KUMAGAI)
Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 20:13:35 +0900
Subject: [cq-contest 15790] WPX CW via E-mail ?
Message-ID: <199605281113.UAA12057 at dumpty.nal.go.jp>
IK0HBN: as usual, is it possible to send logs via E-mail ?
Read the original WPX contest rule. There is the answer.
>(i) Logs may be submitted via E-mail to SDB at AG9V.AMPR.ORG or
> N8BJQ at ERINET.COM. Binary files may be sent providing they are in
> MIME or UUENCODE format. Internet submissions will also require a
> summary sheet and prefix multiplier sheet. Logs received via E-mail
> will be confirmed via E-mail upon receipt.
Tack Kumagai JE1CKA/KH0AM
Internet: je1cka at nal.go.jp
>From edam015 at apolo.eafit.edu.co (Alejandro Angel Mejia) Tue May 28 07:09:48 1996
From: edam015 at apolo.eafit.edu.co (Alejandro Angel Mejia) (Alejandro Angel Mejia)
Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 01:09:48 -0500
Subject: DXCC List
Message-ID: <31AA98AB.7EFF at apolo.eafit.edu.co>
If anybody know where could i obtain a NEW DXCC list on the Internet, I
will apreciate it
73's DX de Alex HK4QIM
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