Some update of the activity this weekend. Summary from 3830 follows and also some pictures taken from the weekend.
CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB Call: SJ2W Operator(s): SM2LIY SM2WMV Station: SJ2W Class: M/S HP QTH: Da Traesk Operating Time (hrs): 47 Summary: Band QSOs Zones Countries ------------------------------ 160: 508 13 64 80: 308 22 89 40: 160 23 89 20: 1633 38 139 15: 97 23 75 10: 35 8 32 ------------------------------ Total: 2741 127 488 Total Score = 3,219,525 Club: Worldwide Young Contesters
We did not plan a serious effort but we ended up working the contest for 47 hours anyway. Plans were to do some outside work during the weekend to get ready for CQWW CW but snow arrived which made the plans change.
The contest was operated in a very limited way. No rotator yet on the tower, could only rotate the tower between JA and USA over the north but luckily the temporary 3el yagi for 20m was pointing in the opposite direction, so whenever we needed to work something south we used the 3el yagi instead of the top yagi. This was because the tram line was still in the tower and I don’t want to climb the tower in snowy/icy conditions.
Propagations were great, amazing to work 75 dxcc + 23 zones on 15m using the 40m vertical and 10m stack, since no antenna for the band is currently up. However the lowbands really suffered from the solar activity, we didn’t work any zone 4 or zone 5 on 160m for example. No VE worked on 40m and missing zone 4 as well. 20m was of course the money band. We used the 3el yagi @19m and the top antenna in the future 20m stack which is currently located at 55m (6el
Most exciting thing in the contest? Having K7RL call in on 160m when the band was pretty much dead outside Europe, how? Aurora opening? Who knows…I first thought that maybe SG3P (SK3W) was kidding with me but the “Thanks for 160m” comment from K7RL on 20m the day after confirmed the QSO.
The multiplier radio consisted of an IC7400 with an old 2x572b amp putting out everything between 200-400W depending on its mood. But this old amp managed to work K7ZV LP on 80m during the afternoon
Now we will see how much more is done for CQWW CW, if we do M/S or some SB efforts.
Mike (SM2WMV) and Per (SM2LIY)