Topband: ARRL 160m contest and DX Window?

Richard (Rick) Karlquist richard at
Sun Dec 7 10:29:40 EST 2014

On 12/7/2014 6:44 AM, Mike Waters wrote:
> This all seems to imply that it's all but impossible to work JAs in a
> contest --at least from most areas of the country-- by just S&P'ing, no
> matter how good an op you are and how well you can hear.
> 73, Mike

JA3YBK and other beacon stations often call CQ around 1400-1600Z in
this contest and SP.  JA3YBK seems to like 1811.  However,
I didn't hear those or any other JA's CQ'ing today.  I
have also had JA3YBK call me as early as 0800Z.
There was a terrific opening to JA this morning.
Running low power, I worked about 15 of them.
Some were just booming in.  It would have been
interesting to see where JA3YBK would be on the S meter
this morning.  The 1810-1825 window didn't seem to be
as crowded as usual, so I think the stronger ones could
have called CQ.  I used my transmit vertical for
receiving today because the noise seemed to be low.

Rick N6RK

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