Contest: CQ WORLDWIDE DX CONTEST, SSB
Class: SOAB(A) HP
Operating time: 30
Band QSOs Zones Countries
80: 9 5 9
40: 123 20 68
20: 323 37 120
15: 397 37 120
10: 739 36 134
Total: 1591 130 435 Total Score = 2,587,135
Worked ONLY packet spots, averaged 50 Qs per hour, and had two clock hours of 110 and 105 QSOs per hour. Filtered spots to receive ALL spots posted by all USA Stations. Previous "pure S&P - without packet" averaged 30 Qs per hour
and rarely went above 50 for the peak hour.
WORKING SPOTS-ONLY IS MUCH MORE FUN THAN RUNNING. Yes, I've hit 225 per hour running from KL5RA, and that's fun, but this is more fun. I no longer had the hassle of typing callsigns, and frantically backing up to type corrections, and at the same time log the next guy, and keeping the frequency, and no longer had to hear the callsign perfectly with no visual clue.
Instead, clicking on a spot populated the call field with NO typing, moved the radio on frequency, so I could then listen to verify that the callsign that I'm looking at in the Entry Window is the same callsign being sent, and then work the station, then moving on to the next spot.
By selecting AZIMUTH SORT and ALL-BAND MULTS-ONLY in WriteLog, I could stay on top of working multipliers (and also immediately could see exactly what bands were open to where), and then, after working all possible mults on all bands,
at an azimuth, I would rotate the beams to one of other four preset headings -
135,90,30,330,240, and work those mults. Then after a complete spin of the beam, I'd uncheck MULTS-ONLY and go back to each heading and work all spots at that azimuth (and the MULTs are interleaved with non-MULTS at each azimuth).
But, when you work only spots, each and every new spot is a mini-contest,
especially when there is already a queue of callers, and it's still a
thrill to have the called station come back after a single call,
with or without a queue. Especially, late in the contest, I would come across a spot/pileup for a brand new station, when all of the Multi-Single stations, who've been waiting for ANY a new spot (a new SPOT,
not even a new MULT!), would be calling, or I'd hear the station respond to W3LPL, W3LR, and KC1Xx in succession, and then another dozen or more would join the fray. I simply scrolled past to another spot and came back during a final pass before moving the antenna.
There were very few "bad" spots, perhapd less than 50, but some were probably/possibly intentional, but one certainly raised havoc, on Sunday afternoon, when a big-gun Running Caribbean staton was misspotted with a transposed callsign that popped-up as a new MULT on EVERYONE's spots window,
en, causing great pain for the Big Bun, who had to deal with duplicate callers for at least 30 minutes (since I could periodically stop by to listen, no longer concerned with keeping my run frequency, i.e., having FUN).
But, without the 10 meter propagation, it might not have been as much fun;
10 let all these stations spread out so there were very few queues of calling stations there, so no time was wasted between contacts.