Contest: CQ WORLDWIDE DX CONTEST, SSB
Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: Ohio EM89ps
Operating time: 33
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 34 13 26
80: 89 14 50
40: 125 18 63
20: 217 29 90
15: 346 36 107
10: 645 34 131
Total: 1456 144 467
Total Score = 2,522,819
97% of my contacts were by search
and pounce. The first day, I made
about 850 QSOs was by careful tuning.
Since 10 meters was in such good
shape, I decided to make my goal to
see if I could reach DXCC in 24 hours
(16 hours of operating), which I did
with 6 entities to spare. I continued
in careful-tuning mode until I quit
about 0300Z the second
Sunday morning I had a hard
time returning to the radio because I
didn't have a new goal, and nothing
seemed particularly achievable.
after a while, I decided to try to
work as many multipliers as possible.
For a little while I used the "search"
feature of DX Summit to look for
European countries that should be easy
to work that I hadn't worked yet. But
that is a very tedious way to get a
spot, and half the time the target had
left before I could get
Eventually, I turned on the
telnet/cluster/band-map feature in the
logging program and I discovered
something new! Since the band-map
highlights stations not yet worked and
especially multipliers, I could spend
the rest of the afternoon pointing and
shooting. I did discover that one
*must* verify the identity of the
target before calling,
because a large
number of spots are broken. I'm sorry
I caused a few dupes until I learned
this. But after a while, the checking
becomes a habit, and the typical
errors are usually easy to see
(transposed and missing letters,
optimistic miscopied prefixes, etc.).
Now I see why some guys really hate
the availability of this
I am still using the 80
meter "cage" antenna which has 4 very
narrow stretches of low SWR connected
by regions of high SWR. Retuning the
antenna tuner every 25 kHz from 3600
to 3850 kHz is a drag. A full sized
vertical will help, but that still
doesn't avoid tuning issues.
you guys handle 75/80 meter
I think the bands were in
better condition this year than in the
banner year 2011. 10 and 15 were
great, 20 was not bad, 40 was not bad,
80 was good and not noisy, and 160 was
not bad and not noisy the first night.
I have never seen so much red and
orange on the P3.
I missed only zone
34. I worked almost everything I
heard except 9V on 20, C91 and 9M6 on
10, and SV9 on 40 at the very end.
Even though I did very little CQing,
the surprise multiplier was 9H on 29
See you all in the CW WW where I
plan to be unassisted and hopefully
running a lot of the time.
K3, P3, ETO 91B (thanks Jeff), X7 at
60 feet and verticals.