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LY5W   Single Op HP   80,5382017-09-10 16:48:02
Just for fun
Next one SAC CW
Sam LY5W
 
KK6L   Single Op LP   9002017-09-10 16:59:23
The bands were horrible, but I was able to squeeze a few in on Sunday evening.
Maybe next year... :)
 
N4CF   Single Op LP   1122017-09-10 17:01:24
No comment.
 
PJ4DX   Single Op HP   172,5922017-09-10 17:13:37
Have conditions ever been worse? Four major solar flares in the days leading up
to the contest, including one X-class flare at 1200UTC on the Sunday which
completely wiped out all bands here for 4 hours - not a single signal from
anywhere was audible on any HF amateur band here for four hours. When
propagation returned, it was not too bad on 20m for a few hours. Not a single
QSO on 10m, though: I guess we have to get used to this for the next few years.


80m had S9++ static thunderstorm QRN, I guess from Hurricane Irma, a few
hundred
kilometres to the north of me. I hope all our amateur friends in the northern
Caribbean islands and in Florida are all safe.

I enjoy sending the QTCs in this contest and it was good to work many old and
new friends. Rig: FT-2000, Acom 1500 amp at 1kW to Spiderbeam at 10m for
10-15-20m, 2-element phased verticals on 40m, full-size quarter-wave vertical
on 80m. See you next year, 73 Steve, PJ4DX.
 
W4NC   M/S HP   60,3932017-09-10 17:27:58
Both operators were youth ops: Myself (14 years old) and Caroline, KM4VCO (12
years old).

This was not a serious effort, just a few hours in the afternoon/evening.

Conditions were very bad because of the solar flares. We had a total radio
blackout for several hours on Sunday, but conditions came back later in day.
No
stations were worked on 80,15, and 10m. 20m was the money band and 40m was
very
poor for the whole contest except for the last two hours or so...

We all had a ton of fun despite the very rough conditions! Thanks to the
Forsyth Amateur Radio Club for the use of their very nice club station. And
thanks to all of the European stations for the QTCs!

73 de KM4SII - Mason
 
WA3EKL   M/S HP   74,0532017-09-10 18:01:43
From the WA3EKL contest crew.
It was an interesting contest with very poor start conditions. Reminded me of
the late seventies when the upper bands were dead except back then the noise
level was S0 to S1 now it is S5 to S7 with all our present electronic racket.
80, 40, 20 and 15 performed well despite loosing the upper 15 meter beam to a
bad piece of coax. Everything we could hear we worked even on Friday night on
40 and 80 meters. The food was excellent as always and the crew performed
exceptionally well despite the poor conditions with the highest of attitudes.
Hope you all had as much fun as we did.

73, from the WA3EKL contest crew
 
PP1CZ   Single Op HP   81,2502017-09-10 18:14:42
Hi guys, thank you for the effort against the bad propagation.
I love this Contest.
Best 73 from PP1CZ - Leo.
 
ZX5J(PP5JR)   Single Op HP   1,295,6582017-09-10 18:15:30
I can't imagine worse conditions! Terrible noise in low bands, and the solar
flair on sunday afternoon - i never seen the bands like that !!!!NOTHING !!!!
Thank you very much for all in my log,
best 73
Sergio PP5JR
 
W1NRG   M/S LP   4,9982017-09-10 18:38:26
Horrible band conditions Saturday and Sunday during daylight hours. Still, it
satisfied the itch for awhile!
 
W4VIC   Single Op HP   11,3042017-09-10 18:46:56
Nobody should have to work that hard!

Thanks for the Qs. 73, Vic, W4VIC
 
KB1RI   Single Op HP   5762017-09-10 20:20:04
Intended to spend more time. But, I got invited to NC State football game on
Saturday. Given band conditions and the solar flare I opted for the football
game. Got on the air for the last 2 hours of the contest with a brief dinner
interruption to keep the XYL happy. Had to work through a microphone switching
problem with my new SO2R controller even though I was just operating SO1R. 20m
was fading and 40m just started to pick up with not very many European signals
hitting my meager wire antennas as time ran out.
 
UY5ZZ   Single Op HP   198,6872017-09-10 21:43:31
Strong magnetic storms and poor radio transmission!
The present conditions for true DX exchange ((:
 
EA5DFV   Single Op HP   423,2582017-09-10 22:48:41
What a contest!
I fixed the 15m monoband antenna Friday morning and I was useful for to get
some points, but the money band was 20m: this band was still alive at the
Sunday evening X6 flare.
I could get two decent NA runnings on 20m at my sunset both day and the rest
was a S&P work.
Maybe I need to do a greater effort to catch more QTC.

Thanks for the QSO and QTC

73 de Jose
 
TM5N(F6AGM)   Single Op HP   252,0702017-09-11 01:12:43
I had visitors at home this weekend, so the contest was not my first priority.
Like everyone else I was also impacted by the solar flare on Sunday afternoon.
I also have to build the 2nd tower and to repair the 80/160 vertical to be QRV
all bands, but like many retired, I've not enough time to do everything I want
!
73 'Michel (F6AGM-FM5CD)
 
ON6NL   Single Op HP   135,7522017-09-11 02:02:49
This weekend we celebrated the birth of my grandson. He was born on 5-9 and his
name is Nout (not N0UT), so maybe he will be my successor one day?

Participated Saturday morning while the K was >6 and also Sunday evening
when I welcomed home with a complete black-out during a +8 X-flare.

Conditions were interesting and rather good on 80 and 40 just lacking
activity.
On 10 meters heard only a UA7 station on 28480 who actually was putting a bad
signal in the air on 14240. He comment was: "I want to see if I can work
some multipliers on ten".
 
PY5EG   Single Op HP   98,0402017-09-11 03:54:40
Hi Folks

I understand that it was a great batle against propagation to all competitors.
I had only 4,5 hours of operation due weekend visitors at home and grankids.
Thanks for being on my short log
Oms PY5EG
 
ZW8T(@PS8HF)   M/S LP   530,7752017-09-11 04:09:48
Quando iniciamos as 00:00 horas o contest virmos que o ruindo das bandas erra
insuportáveis mas assim mesmo continuamos pensado que ia da uma melhorada mas
infelizmente estávamos errados esse contest foi massacrante em todos os
sentidos a propagação foi madrasta. A luta luta foi terrível com M/S LP é a
nossa categoria que podemos participa ainda é pio de todas meus parabéns as
estações PR7AA, ZX5J, PY2YU pelo belíssimo desempenho no contst,e varias
outras estações que estiveram presente que venha o cqww com melhor
propagação.

Milton FTE 73.
 
WA1J(@K1TTT)   M/S HP   422,8462017-09-11 06:53:46
Conditions weren't all that great this weekend. The X-class flare on Sunday
resulted in Mike and I experiencing our first HF blackout for 2-3 hours. All in
all, we made the best of it and picked off a couple grids in VHF in the off
time.

Nick K1NZ
 
HG7T(@HG7TM)   M/S HP   1,242,1222017-09-11 06:59:11
Vy 73! Tibi HA7TM
 
WX3B   Single Op HP   7,4062017-09-11 12:20:20
One solar flare after another dampened my enthusiasm for this event, and my
initial plan to put a few hours in Sunday became less than two hours. Based on
hearing the CQing being done by team KD4D, I picked a great weekend to NOT play
radio!!

Looking forward to CQWW SSB and the rest of the upcoming contest season this
year.

73,

Jim WX3B
 
N2RJ   Single Op HP   315,5102017-09-11 13:40:31
OMG!!! This is perhaps one of the weirdest contests I've experienced, and
really, it goes to show that the most important factor for the operator in a
contest is proudly wearing your iron pants, aka parking your behind in the
chair.

I started off figuring that I would run SO1R since I don't have a SO2R amp,
just a manual Alpha 91B on loan from a very generous friend. Running the Flex
was really nice though as I could keep tabs on several people and work them as
I got freed up. So eventually I did a sorta SO2R on 2 bands but one low power,
and also in-band SO2V. This strategy worked quite well as the band map quickly
turned gray when I picked off everyone.

I really enjoy the QTCs part of this contest. I used to not understand it but
since N1MM+ makes it easy, I look forward to it. Last year I did a dry run but
this year I made full use of it.

The first part of the contest was really, really tough. I mean, I started off
and not a single European to be worked on 40 meters. I called for nearly 20
minutes before an EA station called me! Nevertheless, I persisted. I just kept
CQing over and over. This time I was determined to run a whole contest with
mainly running and using only the 2nd slice (2nd radio) to pick up mults. I
decided to call it quits around 0300z.

I started working the band early-ish the next morning, around 1200z. I heard JA
coming in loud and clear on 40m. Of course I couldn't work the JA for the
contest so I just went to 20 and started calling... still a slog. Not much
propagation to Europe. Struggling to work everyone! I just kept on. Around 4pm
the Europeans began coming in fast and furious. I started working them left and
right.

Then I switched to 40 in the evening when the rate died on 20. My favorite
band. I just kept on CQing and staying on a clear frequency. It was so much
fun!

Then late at night the Ethiopian shortwave jamming came on. Do I stay or do I
go? I found that I was pretty much ahead of my competition so I could just go
to sleep and pick up the next day? Well, I left for a while and decide to drop
some filters on the jamming and work my way through it, because I figured I
might as well. This late night strategy of just calling on "dead"
bands is something I learned from Mr. Iron Pants himself - Bob, KQ2M.

Eventually, shockingly, in the wee hours of the morning propagation began to
pick up. I began working Russians, Ukrainians and assorted other Eastern
Europeans as well as Italy who somehow seemed to always have propagation here.
I kept hearing "good numbers!" from lots who I worked. One of my
friends said I was the only thing he was hearing in EA. Eventually I quit
around 3AM for some well earned sleep.

Sunday got so much better. I worked lots of familiar stations that didn't seem
to bother to work the contest on Saturday. But it began to slow down because
frankly I had worked a lot of people.

I even went on 15 to make a few contacts but it was a tough slog on 15. I just
S&P there for one or two mults then promptly went back to 20.

Then the CME hit Sunday afternoon. What? It's like someone pinned my coax!!!
Yep. The band just went absolutely flat. I was only hearing locals N2MM and
WA1J. Last contact I worked before the band died was DF0WRTC.

With the band dead I took time off then and went with the kids to do some
drawing and helping them with homework. I kept SmartSDR with my iPad open so I
could monitor for when the band came back. Nothing for hours. I had left the
contest for dead!

It got so bad I figured I may as well just work a few QSOs in the ARRL VHF
contest. I tried Andrea, K2EZ who was mobile but she was tough to get. I worked
two locals plus I worked W3LL on FT8.

Then I figured might as well just put the CQ machine back on 20, just because.
Maybe I'll light up the ionosphere a bit and punch through the D layer. I first
heard DF0HQ and then a few others. Then eventually some station from - you
guessed it - Italy, came back loud and clear. Then I just kept pushing through
and through. Milked 20 to almost the last hour then went on 40 for a bit. 40
was tough because apparently everybody had the same thought! I powered through
it but I must admit it became a struggle at times. I struggled to dump my last
few QTCs to maximize my points.

Then eventually the contest ended.

What a test. Not ideal conditions at all but good for me.

Congrats to the Brazilians. Those guys are machines!!!

Congrats also to KD4D and WA1J. Those guys wore their iron pants and just kept
going and going.

Thanks for all the QSOs! Hopefully better condx next time.

See you in NJQP and the big one - CQWW!

88
Ria
 
I2WIJ   Single Op HP   37,9902017-09-11 14:09:20
Worse condition ever! Luckily I didn't have much time to spend in radio
this weekend.
Nightmare propagation all weekend and band fully dead on sunday afternoon
after X-8.2 flare!! Wow!
Signal went down in seconds from S9+10 to completely inaudible.
This is the sun magic!

Cu next one.
73
 
KQ4LA   Single Op LP   5,8142017-09-11 16:40:34
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: N3FJP's Worked All Europe DX Contest Log 1.3
CONTEST: WAEDC
CALLSIGN: KQ4LA
LOCATION: VA
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-TIME: 6-HOURS
CATEGORY-OVERLAY: OVER-50
CLUB: POTOMAC VALLEY RADIO CLUB
CLAIMED-SCORE: 5814
OPERATORS: KQ4LA
NAME: Jeffrey Swain
ADDRESS: 1684 Sheppard Ave
ADDRESS-CITY: Norfolk
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: VA
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 23518
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: USA
EMAIL: swainja@gmail.com
QTC: 14201 PH 2017-09-10 1257 HG7T 1/10 KQ4LA 0010 YU1XA
012
QTC: 14201 PH 2017-09-10 1257 HG7T 1/10 KQ4LA 0022 LZ5K
25
QTC: 14201 PH 2017-09-10 1257 HG7T 1/10 KQ4LA 0026 TM5N
019
QTC: 14201 PH 2017-09-10 1257 HG7T 1/10 KQ4LA 0028
CT7AHV 25
QTC: 14201 PH 2017-09-10 1257 HG7T 1/10 KQ4LA 2353
DL4VAI 081
QTC: 14201 PH 2017-09-10 1257 HG7T 1/10 KQ4LA 2354 F6BLZ
154
QTC: 14201 PH 2017-09-10 1257 HG7T 1/10 KQ4LA 0000 DF0HQ
550
QTC: 14201 PH 2017-09-10 1257 HG7T 1/10 KQ4LA 0003 OM2VL
527
QTC: 14201 PH 2017-09-10 1257 HG7T 1/10 KQ4LA 0007 DQ5M
383
QTC: 14201 PH 2017-09-10 1257 HG7T 1/10 KQ4LA 1250 SN7D
284
QTC: 14273 PH 2017-09-10 1540 DL0SN 2/8 KQ4LA 0006 HG7T
9
QTC: 14273 PH 2017-09-10 1540 DL0SN 2/8 KQ4LA 1255 HG7T
611
QTC: 14273 PH 2017-09-10 1540 DL0SN 2/8 KQ4LA 1525 YT1A
146
QTC: 14273 PH 2017-09-10 1540 DL0SN 2/8 KQ4LA 1527 DF0HQ
798
QTC: 14273 PH 2017-09-10 1540 DL0SN 2/8 KQ4LA 1528 IQ2DN
1464
QTC: 14273 PH 2017-09-10 1540 DL0SN 2/8 KQ4LA 1531 S52OT
148
QTC: 14273 PH 2017-09-10 1540 DL0SN 2/8 KQ4LA 1532
DL1DAW 311
QTC: 14273 PH 2017-09-10 1540 DL0SN 2/8 KQ4LA 1533 ON8KW
139
QTC: 14267 PH 2017-09-10 2008 DR7B 3/7 KQ4LA 1539 DL0SN
490
QTC: 14267 PH 2017-09-10 2008 DR7B 3/7 KQ4LA 1543 Z61DX
026
QTC: 14267 PH 2017-09-10 2008 DR7B 3/7 KQ4LA 1913 DP4M
444
QTC: 14267 PH 2017-09-10 2008 DR7B 3/7 KQ4LA 1920 DL5L
295
QTC: 14267 PH 2017-09-10 2008 DR7B 3/7 KQ4LA 1923
DF0WRTC 024
QTC: 14267 PH 2017-09-10 2008 DR7B 3/7 KQ4LA 1934 DJ8OG
61
QTC: 14267 PH 2017-09-10 2008 DR7B 3/7 KQ4LA 2005
SV2JAO 58
QTC: 14192 PH 2017-09-10 2031 DQ5M 4/7 KQ4LA 2006 DR7B
207
QTC: 14192 PH 2017-09-10 2031 DQ5M 4/7 KQ4LA 2008 OM2VL
796
QTC: 14192 PH 2017-09-10 2031 DQ5M 4/7 KQ4LA 2010
EH1SDC 001
QTC: 14192 PH 2017-09-10 2031 DQ5M 4/7 KQ4LA 2011 UA7K
946
QTC: 14192 PH 2017-09-10 2031 DQ5M 4/7 KQ4LA 2012
IU4FLO 178
QTC: 14192 PH 2017-09-10 2031 DQ5M 4/7 KQ4LA 2015 DL7BC
267
QTC: 14192 PH 2017-09-10 2031 DQ5M 4/7 KQ4LA 2017 LY5W
88
QTC: 14177 PH 2017-09-10 2100 S57DX 5/8 KQ4LA 2029 DQ5M
561
QTC: 14177 PH 2017-09-10 2100 S57DX 5/8 KQ4LA 2032 DF2F
272
QTC: 14177 PH 2017-09-10 2100 S57DX 5/8 KQ4LA 2035 DL5WW
407
QTC: 14177 PH 2017-09-10 2100 S57DX 5/8 KQ4LA 2035 OE6Z
179
QTC: 14177 PH 2017-09-10 2100 S57DX 5/8 KQ4LA 2037
EA5DFV 583
QTC: 14177 PH 2017-09-10 2100 S57DX 5/8 KQ4LA 2041 ED3D
083
QTC: 14177 PH 2017-09-10 2100 S57DX 5/8 KQ4LA 2044 F4IVV
27
QTC: 14177 PH 2017-09-10 2100 S57DX 5/8 KQ4LA 2044
OE3IDE 34
QTC: 14202 PH 2017-09-10 2150 9A7DX 6/8 KQ4LA 2059 S57DX
243
QTC: 14202 PH 2017-09-10 2150 9A7DX 6/8 KQ4LA 2101 IQ8XF
18
QTC: 14202 PH 2017-09-10 2150 9A7DX 6/8 KQ4LA 2102 ON6NL
142
QTC: 14202 PH 2017-09-10 2150 9A7DX 6/8 KQ4LA 2103 F4FNK
203
QTC: 14202 PH 2017-09-10 2150 9A7DX 6/8 KQ4LA 2104 DK5DQ
179
QTC: 14202 PH 2017-09-10 2150 9A7DX 6/8 KQ4LA 2106 HB2U
186
QTC: 14202 PH 2017-09-10 2150 9A7DX 6/8 KQ4LA 2107 ED7R
99
QTC: 14202 PH 2017-09-10 2150 9A7DX 6/8 KQ4LA 2147
DL9RAR 155
END-OF-LOG:
 
KD4D(@N3HBX)   M/S HP   501,1022017-09-11 16:52:21
2S2Q!

Our contest team at N3HBX created our motto after the 2005 WAE SSB contest. We
won the M/S North America plaque that year with just 722 QSOs!

2 - Too
S - Stupid
2 - to
Q - Quit

The motto started as "We're too stupid to quit" and was modernized
after this year's running of WAE SSB.

After the first 11 hours on Friday night, we had 47 QSOs in the log and thought
we might do even worse than 2005. To add insult to injury, there was a complete
radio blackout for about three hours Sunday afternoon.

However, since we did manage to beat our score of 2005, our record low score in
WAE SSB is still unbeaten!

Thanks (we think!) to John Evans, N3HBX, for letting us use his fine station
again this year. The 40 meter and 15 meter stacks certainly earned their keep
this year as worked stations barely above the noise!

Day Hr 3.5 7 14 21 Tot Accum
2017-09-09 00 1 23 0 0 24 24
2017-09-09 01 7 8 0 0 15 39
2017-09-09 02 1 0 0 0 1 40
2017-09-09 05 1 0 0 0 1 41
2017-09-09 06 0 1 0 0 1 42
2017-09-09 08 0 0 3 0 3 45
2017-09-09 09 0 0 1 0 1 46
2017-09-09 10 0 0 1 0 1 47
2017-09-09 11 0 0 49 0 49 96
2017-09-09 12 0 0 39 0 39 135
2017-09-09 13 0 0 25 0 25 160
2017-09-09 14 0 0 13 0 13 173
2017-09-09 15 0 0 5 0 5 178
2017-09-09 16 0 0 15 0 15 193
2017-09-09 17 0 0 18 0 18 211
2017-09-09 18 0 0 2 1 3 214
2017-09-09 19 0 0 28 0 28 242
2017-09-09 20 0 0 31 0 31 273
2017-09-09 21 0 0 53 0 53 326
2017-09-09 22 0 0 23 0 23 349
2017-09-09 23 0 42 0 0 42 391
2017-09-10 00 0 6 0 0 6 397
2017-09-10 01 1 5 0 0 6 403
2017-09-10 02 0 9 0 0 9 412
2017-09-10 03 2 8 0 0 10 422
2017-09-10 04 1 27 0 0 28 450
2017-09-10 05 5 32 0 0 37 487
2017-09-10 06 0 33 0 0 33 520
2017-09-10 07 0 13 0 0 13 533
2017-09-10 08 0 1 0 0 1 534
2017-09-10 09 0 1 0 0 1 535
2017-09-10 10 0 0 45 0 45 580
2017-09-10 11 0 0 61 0 61 641
2017-09-10 12 0 0 33 2 35 676
2017-09-10 13 0 0 12 31 43 719
2017-09-10 14 0 0 8 38 46 765
2017-09-10 15 0 0 3 0 3 768
2017-09-10 19 0 0 3 1 4 772
2017-09-10 20 0 0 27 0 27 799
2017-09-10 21 0 0 31 0 31 830
2017-09-10 22 0 2 15 0 17 847
2017-09-10 23 0 13 4 0 17 864
Total 0 19 224 548 73 864 864

QSOs by country and band:
CountryPrefix 3.5 7 14 21 Tot Accum
9A 0 4 4 4 12 12
9H 0 0 3 2 5 17
CE9 0 1 0 0 1 18
CT 2 5 10 0 17 35
CU 0 1 0 0 1 36
DL 1 66 191 17 275 311
E7 1 1 1 1 4 315
EA 3 20 22 3 48 363
EA8 0 1 0 0 1 364
EA9 0 1 0 0 1 365
EI 0 1 4 0 5 370
ES 0 0 2 0 2 372
EU 0 0 4 0 4 376
F 1 15 46 3 65 441
G 2 23 31 1 57 498
GD 0 0 2 0 2 500
GI 0 0 3 0 3 503
GM 1 2 2 0 5 508
GW 0 3 5 0 8 516
HA 1 1 4 2 8 524
HB 0 5 15 1 21 545
I 1 22 61 12 96 641
IS 0 0 4 0 4 645
IT9 0 1 3 4 8 653
LA 0 1 2 0 3 656
LX 0 0 1 0 1 657
LY 1 2 4 1 8 665
LZ 0 3 2 1 6 671
OE 1 5 6 2 14 685
OH 0 0 6 0 6 691
OH0 0 0 1 0 1 692
OK 0 3 9 0 12 704
OM 1 1 1 1 4 708
ON 0 8 15 0 23 731
OZ 0 1 5 0 6 737
PA 0 4 28 0 32 769
S5 1 3 7 1 12 781
SM 0 0 7 2 9 790
SP 0 2 5 1 8 798
SV 1 4 4 6 15 813
SV9 0 0 1 1 2 815
TA1 0 0 1 0 1 816
UA 1 5 8 4 18 834
UA2 0 0 1 0 1 835
UR 0 3 8 2 13 848
YO 0 3 3 1 7 855
YU 0 3 2 0 5 860
Z3 0 0 1 0 1 861
Z6 0 0 1 0 1 862
ZB 0 0 2 0 2 864
Total 19 224 548 73 864 864
 
ZM4T(ZL3IO)   Single Op HP   9,1742017-09-11 20:25:36
Quick check of the station on Saturday afternoon after I came back from a
business trip. Got very low numbers from the EU's so conditions were obviously
bad. I heard a few SA stations working EU on 20m but nothing from the EU's
here.
73 Holger
 
ZL4YL   Single Op HP   2,9762017-09-11 20:27:13
73 Xenia
 
S57DX   Single Op LP   501,4342017-09-12 00:32:54
In my 30 + years of WAE I can't remember so poor propagations! Few black outs
due to magnetic storm. Occasionally bands was empty, no signals. I was low
power this time and nobody hear me.... First night I hear only two USA on 40M
(KD4D and W3LL). Unbelievable. Contest to forget.
73
Slavko S57DX
 
DL5L(DGØOKW)   Single Op LP   364,6172017-09-12 03:35:14
It was a "intresting" Contest. I am lucki to have a lot of QSOs on 10m
and 15m by so poor Condx. 2nd Time I Run SO2R in a WAE, and it was a great Idea,
on this condx it was easy to handle the Setup.
UA7K Signal on 20m, +/- 30 kHz, this is no Hamspirit.

73 de Matt DG0OKW @DL5L
 
4L2M   Single Op LP   545,5802017-09-12 05:14:10
It was very terrible propagation during of the contest time
 
CV7S(CX7SS)   Single Op LP   17,3162017-09-12 14:01:20
HELLO FRIENDS
IT IS MY FIRST WAE CONTEST I HOPE TO IMPROVE FOR THE NEXT
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO COMMUNICATED WITH MY STATION
 
PY2YU   M/S HP   438,8952017-09-12 19:50:49
Rig: TS-590S
Amp: Alpha 91b
Pwr: 1KW
Ant: 10/15/20 - TH7DX
40 - 2 el. Yagi
80 - Inverted V

Hi guys,

After some months we decided on thursday before the contest to entry into WAE
SSB from our little station. It was one "relax" operation even more
considering with extremely poor propagation.

I don't remember so bad conditions since 2008/2009.

Thank you everyone who spent your time to call us. We can't copy some weak
stations due a local QRM afecting our RX.

We congratule ZW8T, PR7AA and ZX5J for their outstanding scores.

73/DX

PY2YU - Tom
PY2NA - Mark
PY2EYE - Nilson
 
JG1VGX(@JG1ZUY)   Single Op HP   122,9322017-09-13 11:06:43
Power: legitimate 1kW PEP

Band/day breakdown:
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Day 1 Day 2 Total
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80: 0 0 0
40: 39 41 80
20: 94 248 342
15: 9 0 9
10: 0 0 0
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Total 142 289 431
OpHrs 11.5 12.5 24
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This was my serious phone effort first time in a while. I felt like I have
forgotten all of the tricks for this mode and I have releant them along the
way.

Skimmer has changed strategy significantly in CW and RTTY contests but it still
stay the same old-school way in SSB contests. To get decent runs one has to be
spotted. To get spotted, one has to sound big in the band.

So how to raise my presence on the band? Audio optimization is the key.

In this regard, I was too modest in my audio setup for the first day.
Usually manufacturers' recommendation for creating clean SSB signal only
results in an average power of 10~20% of the PEP. This is absolutely correct
but way too modest in contests.

Sounding big and still keeping signal clean is a difficult task but something
one has to learn for the best results. Optimising audio using equaliser and
speech processor can double the average power upto 20~40% of the PEP, which
effectively is the same as using the power amplifier of two times the rated
output. Of course if you do too much and not properly, you will get penalised
really badly.

After this thoughts, on the second day I did my audio optimisation aggressively
and that resulted in many more spots and Qs. Yeah!

Ten meters was completely dead both days. Fifteen meters was also dead on the
second day but CR3W working Europeans was consistently heard during prime hours
that was very curious to me. Eighty meters was completely unusable from here on
the first day due to OTH radar perhaps from a nearby nation. On the second day
the band was clear but couldn't make a single QSO due to my antenna
limitation.

See you all in the next contest!
73 rin JG1VGX
 
UA9BA   Single Op HP   37,7282017-09-14 07:32:59
Terrifying CNDX. I mean it terrifies by its unpredictability. I will pray for
140+ SFI A3 and k1 for the last weekend of Oct. Anything can happen nowadays.
Was Irma+ Earth's reaction to the the undignified behavior of THE SUN? Really,
really tough the first 12 hours of the contest. 80m band was down by at least
40 dB on the EU beacon stns. Nobody was hearing my 400 Watt signal on LF,
except for UA7K and OM2VL. So, I just gave up and didn't bother till the 2nd
day, which turned out to be like normal but I was busy with the birthday party
of my wife Larisa.

CU in Sept., Oct contests
73! Willy UA9BA
 
OM2VL(@OM8A)   Single Op HP   1,278,4592017-09-14 07:46:48
Very bad condx - neverending CQ's with few answers, many QSOs with serial number
under 5 = no QTC!
First night I made on 40m only 7 !!!! USA, 2nd night only 18, last 1.5 hour 50
- totally only 72.
On 40m I worked only 7 JA ...

I don't remember such bad condx ... :( but I love this game !

Thank you very much for the QSO's + QTC's especially for stations who come back
on my frq with QTC's!

5 band QSO with stations:

4X6FR 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
7Z1SJ 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
9K2HN 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
CE8EIO 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
HZ1FS 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
P3X 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
PR7AA 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
PY2YU 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
PY5AB 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
YM7KA 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
ZW8T 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
ZX5J 5 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB

4 band QSO with stations:

4L2M 4 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB
4X0T 4 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB
CG3AT 4 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB
CR3W 4 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB
JE6RPM 4 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB
KD4D 4 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB
PJ4DX 4 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB
PY1GQ 4 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB - 10 SSB
VU3NXI 4 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB
WA3EKL 4 80 SSB - 40 SSB - 20 SSB - 15 SSB

73, Laci OM2VL
 
DJ8OG(@DKØED)   Single Op HP   48,1692017-09-20 02:20:00
Part time activity from DK0ED on sunday evening. Thanks for all QSOs and QTCs

Vy73 Matt - DJ8OG
 
DQ5M(@DJ6ZM)   M/S HP   782,7822017-09-22 12:24:13
Many thanks to Toffy, DJ6ZM, for letting us use his incredible station.
On behalf of the team thanks for all the QSOs.

73 de Philipp, DK6SP (@DQ5M)