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ARRL DX CW 2005 – K3LR

ARRL DX CW from WPA

   I was fortunate enough to be invited to the K3LR multi-multi operation for ARRL DX CW this year and, once again, had a great time!  DX contests are a LOT more fun from back east than out west when the sunspots are low.  They also have a much different character, as we'll get to later.  First, the particulars…

   K3LR is located in West Middlesex, which is just east of the Ohio border and immediately (and I mean IMMEDIATELY) north of I-80 (you can see the semi on this picture…).  It's about an hour's drive north of Pittsburgh through some pretty good-sized hills.  The station has stacked monobanders on 40 – 10 plus a pair of 4-squares on 80 and a wire 4-square on 160. 

We called the pair of 80-meter 4-squares "The Big Lumber."  Inside, each band from 40 – 10 has a pair of stations, including an interlocked amplifier for each.  80 and 160 are set up for a single operator each.  The panorama photos show the arrangement; 160, 15, 10, 20, and 40 around the outside with 80 in the middle.  It rocks!   I shared 20-meters with Pat N9RV.  Unlike out here, we were able to stay on round-the-clock, although things got a mite slow between 0600 and 0900.  Also unlike out west, JA's were fairly few – we didn't get that second layer on 20.  Yeah, boo-hoo, I hear you say.  Of course Europe made up for it!  A little bit after their sunrise, you'll hear a couple of stations trickle through, but about an hour before K3LR sunrise, things start to perk up.  Although the 20-meter rate doesn't get as blistering as on 15 or 10 (when it's open), it's very steady and far deeper than anything you'll hear out here at any time.  There are a LOT of Little Pistols that don't cross the Rockies from Zone 16, 17, and 20.  The antennas on 20 are 5-over-5-over-5 at 170, 110, and 50 feet.  The multiplier station has a 5-element at 100' on a separate tower.  Needless to say, we didn't hang around in any pileups very long.  So much for old news – propagation is better from the East Coast…ho hum.  What's more different is the style of operating.  We'll all been frustrated at the wall-to-wall CQ-ing from the aluminum curtain.  You really have to be more aggressive to hold those frequencies and, by golly, the results justify hanging on to them.  It can be really tough to hang on after the higher bands start closing and the single-ops start "frequency shopping" on 20.  If you hear a "?", you had better respond quickly or you're in a frequency battle with another loud station.  With K3LR-sized lumber, you generally prevail, but it's wasted time.   There is also a different style to running and breaking pileups.  Out here, that weak caller is much more likely to be a new mult, whereas in WPA, they're just weak.  Take the loud guy in one call every time.  Out here, we generally tend to wait until the packet pileups thin out before wading in.  Back there, you had better pounce quick because KC1XX and W3LPL and NQ4I and K3WW and others will be there in a big hurry, too! There's a lot more "mashing" in pileups on the East Coast, too. I think N7TT with W7RM's hardware is about the only guy out here that has a chance to go toe-to-toe with the East Coast big boys. When we tend to slow our CQ's down because of flutter as the band closes, you just keep rolling there because there isn't any flutter to Europe, just on the JA's much later.  It's a very, very different environment.  Pat showed me a lot of good things – not that they'll do me a whole lot of good out here 🙂    So anyway, the final damage was 11.56 M for the team, #3 in the US behind KC1XX and W3LPL. Tim has never won ARRL DX CW, so maybe next time!  The team was N3GJ & W2AU on 10, W2RQ & K9VV on 15, me and N9RV on 20,  Post Contest Mostaciolli KL9A and N2NC on 40, K3UA on 80, and Hizzoner K3LR on 160.  Pat and I managed to best the 20 meter teams at LPL and XX, so that was a feather in our caps – most of the heavy lifting was done by Pat.  

If you've never operated at a multi-op, I strongly suggest that you give it a try, even if it's just you and buddy sharing a barefoot radio.  Especially in these times of poor conditions, you can share the hours and keep the spirits up.  It really is a lot of fun – there are a number of good stations around, too!  Just put a note out on the club reflector and see what turns up!




CQWW from N7BV – 2007

Jack and Ward head to the Olympic Peninsula for CQWW Phone…

 

CQWW Phone

By Jack Fleming, WAØRJY   

The best DX contest of the year – CQWW Phone – well, maybe the second best DX contest of the year after CQWW CW – well, actually maybe the third best DX contest of the year behind CQWW CW and ARRL DX CW – took place on the weekend of October 27-28. 

I had weaseled an invite to join the multi-op effort at N7BV’s superstation over south of Pt. Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula  – and the thought of running DX stations (even on phone) was met with great anticipation on my part.    Ward, NØAX, was also part of the multi-op effort and he picked me up for a mid-morning ferry ride across Puget Sound on Friday. 

We drove until we reached Fat Smitty’s south of Pt. Townsend and stopped there for an early lunch.  A couple Fat Smitty’s Specials (one for each of us!) fueled us for the rest of the drive to N7BV’s – and pretty much through the rest of the weekend.  The Fat Smitty Burger is something special – working your way from the counter to the sky it’s – bun, mayo, tomatoes, onions, pickles, 5-ounce beef patty, cheese, another bun, another 5-ounce beef patty, more cheese, tomato, bacon, lettuce, pickles, mayo, and finally the top bun.  It measures 6 inches in height and comes with a pile of French fries (or more likely, “Freedom Fries” since Smitty is a former marine and the art and bumper stickers around Smitty’s gives you a clear understanding of the politics of the proprietor…).  Fat Smitty’s is definitely worth the stop if you have a huge hunger or an appreciation of the bizarre…   Eventually we waddled out of the restaurant and when Ward managed to wipe enough grease off his hands to get a good grip on the steering wheel – we headed west.  

We arrived at Chuck’s palatial QTH to find him and Bob (K6MBY) working on getting a 75 meter half square up in the trees.  Ward and I helped pull ropes and wires through the trees and bushes and eventually everything was in place to everyone’s satisfaction.  The tuning box was brought out and the antenna tuned up to the 75 meter phone band.  Next up was the erection of four aluminum poles that were part of a two element 40 meter half square pointed at Europe.  Again we measured and adjusted, pushed and pulled, cussed and whined until we eventually had things up to everyone’s satisfaction.  Another big tuning box was brought out and the antenna tuned up reasonably well.    Finally the crankup tower with the triband quad had to be raised to its 60 foot contest altitude.  Being the QCAO (Quarter Century Appliance Operator) member of the contingent – I got the honor of doing the manual labor – climbing the step ladder and cranking the tower up.  It went up with just a minimum of grumbling and a vow not to go to the gym for a week or two after that exertion…  

Eventually, to everyone’s relief, the contest started.   

We had two operating positions both with their own sets of antennas (Steppir, quad, and various wires) and amplifiers.  The main station started out on 20 meters and the other station started tuning round 15 and then 40.  We were entered in the Multi-2 class – so both radios could go flat out and didn’t need to worry about only working mults or any other limitations.  We didn’t enter this class because we thought we would be especially competitive against the Big Guns™ – but because it would provide the maximum amount of enjoyment for the operators.  Being able to run stations on both rigs has a certain charm for the contester…    As it turned out, there were very few times that we were actually running stations simultaneously at any fantastic rate.  But not due to any problems with the station – there was nary a sunspot and the solar flux was a puny 67.  But we had a fine time just the same.

   Operators included Chuck N7BV, Guy N7ZG, Ward NØAX, Jody KE7LKA, Bob K6MBY, Mat KQ7W, and myself.  Jody is just a teenager – but showed some real skills at the mic and a flair as a contester.  The rest of us showed more skills at sitting around the kitchen telling tales and watching the Husky football game as the Huskies grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory.

   In the end we had 855 QSOs and some interesting DX
in the log.  We also all had visions of future contests with real sunspots and multiple bands open at the same time…

 




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2006 DX Magazine Most Wanted

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DXCC

Country

 

#

DXCC

Country

1

70

YEMEN

 

51

9M

NEPAL

2

VU7

LAKSHADWEEP

 

52

TN

CONGO

3

FR/G

GLORIOSO

 

53

C3

ANDORRA

4

BS7

SCARBOROUGH

 

54

AP

PAKISTAN

5

SV/A

MT ATHOS

 

55

TL

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

6

P5

NORTH KOREA

 

56

EZ

TURKMENISTAN

7

E4

PALESTINE

 

57

4W

TIMOR LESTE

8

FR/T

TROMELIN

 

58

ZL9

AUCKLAND & CAMPBELL

9

3Y/B

BOUVET

 

59

J5

GUINEA BISSAU

10

1A0

SOV. MIL. ORDER OF MALTA

 

60

VK9W

WILLIS ISLAND

11

VK0/H

HEARD ISLAND

 

61

3A

MONACO

12

T5

SOMALIA

 

62

VP8O

SOUTH ORKNEY

13

KP1

NAVASSA

 

63

KP5

DESECHEO

14

ZS8

MARION ISLAND

 

64

5T

MAURITANIA

15

FR/J

JUAN DE NOVA

 

65

R1MV

MALYJ VYSOTSKIJ

16

FT8W

CROZET

 

66

3X

GUINEA

17

EP

IRAN

 

67

BV9P

PRATAS

18

3B6/7

AGALEA / ST BRANDON

 

68

XZ

MYANMAR

19

E3

ERITREA

 

69

5X

UGANDA

20

ZD9

TRISTAN DA CUNHA

 

70

VK9C

COCOS KEELING

21

YA

AFGHANISTAN

 

71

FK/C

CHESTERFIELD

22

9U

BURUNDI

 

72

VP8G

SOUTH GEORGIA

23

FT8Z

AMSTERDAM

 

73

VK9M

MELLISH REEF

24

5A

LIBYA

 

74

9Q

DEM. REP. OF CONGO

25

VU4

ANDAMAN

 

75

EK

ARMENIA

26

S2

BANGLADESH

 

76

3V

TUNISIA

27

YI

IRAQ

 

77

ZL8

KERMADEC ISLAND

28

YK

SYRIA

 

78

KH5K

KINGMAN REEF

29

3C0

ANNOBON

 

79

JD1/M

MINAMI TORISHIMA

30

3C

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

 

80

5V

TOGO

31

J2

DJIBOUTI

 

81

1S

SPRATLY

32

HV

VATICAN

 

82

4J

AZERBAIJAN

33

VP8S

SOUTH SANDWICH

 

83

TR

GABON

34

A5

BHUTAN

 

84

Z2

ZIMBABWE

35

A9

BAHRAIN

 

85

XT

BURKINA FASO

36

TT

CHAD

 

86

FO/C

CLIPPERTON

37

PY0S

ST PETER & ST PAUL

 

87

CE0Z

JUAN FERNANDEZ

38

HK0,

MALPELO

 

88

CE0X

SAN FELIX

39

9X

RWANDA

 

89

4S

SRI LANKA

40

ST

SUDAN

 

90

3D2/C

CONWAY REEF

41

ET

ETHIOPIA

 

91

TU

COTE D'IVOIR

42

A7

QATAR

 

92

TY

BENIN

43

YU(6)

MONTENEGRO

 

93

R1FJ

FRANZ JOSEF

44

FH

MAYOTTE

 

94

PY0T

TRINIDADE

45

JX

JAN MAYEN

 

95

VK9X

CHRISTMAS ISLAND

46

S0

WESTERN SAHARA

 

96

YV0

AVES ISLAND

47

VK0/M

MACQUARIE

 

97

9J

ZAMBIA

48

FT8X

KERGUELEN

 

98

TJ

CAMEROON

49

8Q

MALDIVES

 

99

VP6/D

DUCIE ISLAND

50

ZC4

U.K. BASES ON CYPRUS

 

100

EL

LIBERIA

 





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