[CQ-Contest] ARRL CW Big Gun Comparison
broz at csn.net
Mon Feb 23 08:14:57 EST 1998
>Again, please don´t take this too seriously, this is just to give you an
>idea how guys compared up here in Finland.
The comparison is interesting but I was surprised not to see W0UN
(George, W0UA, op) listed. George did a very nice single-20M effort
from here, resulting in 1576 QSOs with 105 countries. The 496,440
points breaks the existing record in the W0-district by 33% and also
breaks the existing records in W3, W4, W5, W6, W7, and W9 districts,
as well. But after examining the list a little closer I see that there are
no western US stations because the time is just too early for much
propagation from out west. (The two W0 stations listed are eastern
W0s (NS0Z/K4VX is about 1400 km east of here), there are no W7s
listed, and the two W6s listed are both on the east coast. Nearby
K0RF is also not listed and did a M/M with 1380/106 on 20M.)
Yes, it is fun to see the lists, and I appreciate your efforts--just wish
you had done another one about 2 hours later, so we could see how
signals from this part of the country were doing when the band actually
opened for us!
Saturday morning here was quite good, but Sunday was very poor
for us--frustrating to see how well stations to the east of us were doing.
Not sure what kind of geo-magnetic activity happened but conditions
were such that we were shut out of a lot of the typical European path
on Sunday--which, for us, goes through the magnetic pole region and
is very subject to disturbances. To get some idea of the effect of the
poorer propagation on Sunday you just have to compare the QSO
totals for the two days. In typically-good conditions the QSO total
for the second day is approximately 50% of that of the first day. For
this ARRL test the second day resulted in only 25% more QSOs.
Pretty disappointing, limiting what might have been a very impressive
score to one that is still quite good, but not what we had hoped for
based on the first day's results.
Also noted were the comments from DL4YAO who did a Single-40m,
>Comments: "Very few signals from W0 call area.....The only Mid-West
>who was loud was K4VX." (K4VX and NS0Z are the same station and
the 1400 km is VERY significant, obviously.)
Maybe whatever happened to the western W0s on 40M
was also happening to them(us) on 20M!
73 John W0UN
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