[UK-CONTEST] M0BLF - CQ WPX SSB 2005
m0blf at domsmith.co.uk
Wed Mar 30 12:05:30 EST 2005
Because WPX SSB coincided with Easter this year, I found myself doing a major contest from my home QTH for the first time. My home is down the bottom of a valley on Dartmoor, so I have never considered it a great radio location, but I decided to take advantage of the contest to see just what I could work.
This decision also meant that I would participate as SOAB/LP, and not SOSB/HP/15 as I had from GX6UW last year; A wise choice, I suspect, given how poor conditions seem to have been on the higher bands.
Unfortunately, family committments meant that I could not be on during Sunday, so the challenge I set myself was 200 QSOs in 24 hours -- not normally very challenging perhaps, but bear in mind that during my first three years licensed from home (using a G5RV) I worked stateside once, and a total of 14 DXCCs!
The equipment was IC-706Mk2G barefoot to a Hustler 6BTV vertical. There should have been a 40m dipole, too, for working closer in Europe, but Murphy struck by snapping the fibreglass pole I was using to mount it and then when it was up, as dusk fell on Friday, I discovered an SWR of >3:1, so I gave up on that idea.
One observation I made during the contest is that a lot of stations, and not just foreigners, were hearing '2's in my serial numbers as '0's. I don't think my pronunciation is at fault as I've never had this problem before, so I can only put it down to a characteristic of the 706 fist mic. Any other thoughts?
I reached 200 QSOs by early evening on Saturday, and so set myself the new task of reaching 100,000 points by midnight, which I sadly narrowly missed. Nevertheless, it was good fun to contest without the wonders of the DX-Cluster, amplifiers or beams for once and to have several QSOs with other WWYCers.
The final damage:
Claimed Score: 95344
Operating time: 24 hours
Band QSO Pts Pref
160m 0 0 0
80m 37 85 28
40m 65 154 46
20m 154 206 116
15m 15 27 12
10m 0 0 0
Total 271 472 202
73 and see you in EU Sprint,
From: Dominic Smith M0BLF
Amateur Radio: http://www.domsmith.co.uk/m0blf
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