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CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW   2018   Jan 26   Comment Summary

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ABØS   Single Op Assisted HP   40,6802018-01-27 04:29:13
K3, KPA500, KAT500, 7 foot tall helically wound vertical (yes, really).

Thanks for the Qs.
K2ZR/4   Single Op LP   1,5202018-01-27 15:42:56
RIG: K2@90w
ANT TX: Wire/Gutter Combo about 110-120' total length ANT RX: 40m OCF Wire
LOG: N1MM Logger+

Wire/Gutter Combo antenna got out decent but RX was poor. 40 OCF Wire RX better
so I was pushing ANT1/ANT2 button on K2 for over an 1 hour. I had to be careful
that I did not transmit on ANT1 or most likely bye bye finals. 1st time I logged
anything in the CQ160CW in the 21 years I've been in Key West. Living in a
CC&R environment offers it antenna challenges for sure.

K2ZR/4 EL94cn IOTA NA-062
N7AT(K8IA)   Single Op Assisted HP   177,8692018-01-27 21:30:29
First night only, this year. GL to all of you in the second session.

73, Bob K8IA
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club
MM3AWD   Single Op QRP   72,7092018-01-28 00:46:54
I was determined to have a good go at this one.
Original plans to operate from the contest QTH with 4 Square and multiple RX
Beverages were destroyed due to weather. Hard ice on the ground and strong winds
meant i couldnt get what i wanted.

So i operated from home with what can be said a real makeshift antenna. A
Marconi T which wasnt really a T shape.. more like and L on its side.
I didnt really expect it to perform as it was only at a maximum 25 feet up.
But boy was i wrong.
QRP is tough on 160 in any case, but after 3 hours i had beaten the current GM
QRP record and had just under 200 Q's with 35 DXCC and 2 NA in the log.
I kept going till around 0630z and decided that was enough for the night. went
to bed and slept like a baby.

Second day the band took a long while to open with me and it was a struggle to
get Q's in the log.
only managed to get 56 in before calling it quits at 0040z..

Lots of fun and great to catch many friends on 160.

I make sincere apologies to anyone who called me while i was attempting to run
and i didnt respond. I had a consistent s8 noise level which did rise further
into the night for some strange reason.

Thanks everyone for the Q's and good luck.

See you in the next one

Band QSOs Pts StP DXC Pt/Q
1.8 300 1547 3 44 5.2
Total 300 1547 3 44 5.2
Score: 72,709
1 Mult = 6.4 Q's

73, Scott
KD3TB   Single Op Assisted HP   17,3422018-01-28 01:59:19
Very High Noise Level at my QTH.
KM4SII   Single Op Assisted QRP   602018-01-28 02:30:01
Wow! People can hear me on 160m using a 20m delta loop and no tuner! What in
this madness? :-)

Since my loop is far from resonate on 160m, the radio bumped my output down
around QRP levels. I was barely getting anything out of the antenna at all, but
in my short, sporadic operating Saturday evening, 10 people in could hear me...
great ears!

Since the SWR is so high, I decided to call it quits so I did not drive the
radio too hard...

However, the loop makes a lovely 160m Rx antenna... ZERO noise and hears very
well (Tx on the other hand..... hehe)

Actually my first 160m QSOs! K8AC gets the honor of my first 160m QSO followed
by N1LN.

73 de KM4SII - Mason (15 years old)
NF4J   Single Op LP   1,5392018-01-28 03:17:30
[log removed from comments]

CREATED-BY: N3FJP's CQ WW 160 Contest Log 4.5
CLUB: Alabama Contest Group
NAME: Daniel Bush
ADDRESS: 6340 Swedetown Road N
AD8J   Single Op HP   65,0762018-01-28 03:53:46
Trying out my rebuilt 160/80 inverted L with raised radials. Seemed to work
pretty well.
K6GHA   Single Op LP   4,1082018-01-28 06:00:08
Amazing what you can tune (and push) your 80m dipole to do. Just for the fun of
UA9BA   Single Op HP   349,9962018-01-28 06:48:50
Great activity! Thanks to Andy N2NT and the CQ WW Team for keeping the contest
such lively event! CNDX weren't the best. Very poor for NA. The only NA Qs are
VY2ZM (always amazed at Jeff's signal!) and NP2J. Not one dit from the US

Station used:
IC 756 pro III with 400W PA, the only antenna -"Lazy sloper ala UA9BA"
see its description at I think I should rather
call it "Amazing sloper", since I'd beaten many local big guns in pile
ups in this one :-)

I was planning to be singleoping from Grigori's UP2L superstation, but working
schedual and other things didn't permit. So, Pavel UN9L was having fun from that
wonderful place this time. Boy, do I envy him!

TKS all for Qs!
CU all in ARRLs and CQ contests this year!
73! Willy UA9BA
NI7R   Single Op Assisted HP   46,3152018-01-28 07:11:47
With my antenna setup, I was able to work stations in the eastern US and Canada
easily, but working stations in the western US and Europe was a struggle. It
started raining late Saturday night and the rain somehow caused my SWR to go up,
so I decided to quit with 319 QSOs rather than look for the problem.

K3, AL-811H, 160M antenna is a huge coil with a 17 foot whip setting on top of
an all metal ladder with another huge coil as a counterpoise along with a bunch
of shorter radials.
NX5M   Single Op Assisted HP   124,8482018-01-28 07:42:10
In and out both nights. First time to run any power on 160m....nothing failed.
Missed 4 of the domestic mults (never heard), LB, NT, YT, NU.
K5WA   Single Op HP   528,7772018-01-28 08:25:54
I never thought I'd see conditions as good as 2009's contest but the first day
of this one brought VERY quiet conditions. That is NOT normal for south Texas.
We usually have thunderstorm QRN messing up rates and blowing accuracy. I felt
like I had moved to PEI as quiet as it was the first night and I logged almost
800 Qs, 58 State/Prov and 58 countries. I was a happy camper. Reality set in
though about the end of the first night's EU sunrise when storms moved closer.
So much for the quiet. The second night just kind of slogged on until about an
hour before G sunrise when, for the first time in my life, I had 45 minutes of
getting to the second tier of EU stations. The storm QRN was terrible but 10
point contacts were worth the agony I inflected on my poor EU contacts who were
wondering why the heck this Texas guy can't copy their calls. It was stinkin'
noisy down here but my score was jumping up too fast to give up. This far
exceeds the number of EU stations I've ever worked on 160 and is almost double
my score the last time I entered in 2016 (I think).

Highlights were 4X2M and several other good mults calling me while I was CQing.
All the work I did on my beverages really didn't pay off because the 4SQR was
still better about 80% of the time. I don't know why the 4SQR is so quiet but
I'm sure glad it is. I used the 4SQR's OMNI position most of the time until I
needed to concentrate in a particular direction.

On the downside, there sure were several crummy, clicky signals in this one. I
don't know if they like to have "sharp elbows" like that you keep
everybody away from their frequency but it sure gets old. I'm also seeing more
and more folks that just can't copy a simple request such as "call?".
They just leave or send their state again. Oh well, glad they are still trying
to get into a contest.

I quit early because that last minute EU run was what I want to remember rather
than the last 6 hours of 2 point barrel scraping. I've got a date with my wife
Sunday evening anyway and need to be awake for that.

160 is still my favorite band and I'm glad our south Texas propagation fog
lifted for us even for a short glimpse of what the east coast boys take a

Thanks for the Qs as always!


Bob K5WA
K9NR   Single Op Assisted HP   273,6002018-01-28 08:36:53
I thought condx were a little better during the ARRL 160, still not bad. Low
noise and EU signals were good with lots of activity.
Much improved score over last year...only a couple more Q's but substantially
more mults.
Thanks for all the Q's
73, Don K9NR
W6RW   Single Op Assisted HP   72,5202018-01-28 08:37:59
Conditions were better than I expected and had a great time. The inverted L
worked pretty good but I wish I had a better antenna. GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS!!!
WC4J   Single Op Assisted LP   1,2602018-01-28 08:41:30
100W 6 hours and a old AB-15 tank antenna on a ground floor balcony <20ft
length> a lot of patience and some good ears
WA4PSC   Single Op LP   76,7252018-01-28 08:42:06
This is one of my favorite contests, and this year I was part of the proposed
N1LN team, but half of the team got sick so we had to abort the effort at
N1LN...get better quickly guys!

I decided to punt from home, and have done well in the past, but after running
for a while I noticed although I could hear EU with the Beverages, none could
hear me transmitting from my OCF dipole at 70 ft. At that height it is
basically NVIS, so my conclusion was at my QTH EU was coming in low angle...I
need a 160 vertical! So I decided to have a fun evening with my family instead
and only operated a few hours on Friday. I did basically the same thing on
Saturday, but EU heard me much better so I stayed on longer. Had to quit to
stay on a normal schedule and left with a paltry 357 Qs.

Thanks for the fun and Qs!

Howie - WA4PSC

Elecraft K3,
OCF Dipole xmt,
4 Beverages rcv.
KA6WKE   Single Op LP   14,2602018-01-28 09:13:30
Had some output power problems on Friday night that disappeared on Sat. All in
all, I thought conditions were pretty good working Caymans, PJ2T, and PE with
100 watts and a 35' vertical.
S5ØK   Single Op Assisted HP   519,7002018-01-28 09:15:09
This cqww60 was not a full ctest effort.

Thanks for all calls and best 73 until the next time.

Marko, S50K
KØVBU   Single Op LP   28,7652018-01-28 09:39:26
K3-100 P3; TH6DXX @ 50\'; 80/40 Trap dipole @ 30\'; 160 INV L @ 30\'(winter

Thanks for the Q's!

Bill K0VBU
N2CU   Single Op HP   311,1332018-01-28 11:19:27
Thanks for the QSOs. Conditions less than optimum.

K3, L7 @ 1kW, 46' Inverted L, K9AY loops, N1MM Classic.

73, Tom N2CU
W7XU   Single Op HP   209,7412018-01-28 12:21:20
Couldn't manage a full-time effort, but had fun. Thanks for the QSOs.
W2GD   Multi-Op HP   1,041,4862018-01-28 12:31:13
K3 X 3
OM2000 (@ 1200W)
Win-Test Software 4.23
Three Ele. Vertical Array @ 240 feet
Beverage RX Antennas NE, E, S. SW, W, NW
Hi-Z Four

Night One - Fantastic! The ten pointers were very plentiful.
Night Two - Who stole the signals? High absorption made things difficult.
But we never gave up.

First Night: 391 Ten Pointers 105 Five Pointers
Second Night: 142 Ten Pointers 21 Five Pointers

We hope all serious Multi-op and Single-op stations use the scoreboards next
year! Thank you everyone who made this so much fun.

Look for the SJDXA entry as N2CW during CQ160 PH from the station.

Thanks to CQ Magazine for continuing to sponsor our favorite 160 meter contest
and the owners of WYRS-FM for allowing us to use and enjoy their facilities for
so many years.

73, John, W2GD
For the Entire 160 CW Team
N1UR   Single Op LP   265,5342018-01-28 12:31:45
Decided to go low power and hope for really great conditions. Was not
disappointed the first night. 0200 - 0800Z 100 - 10 pointers. However the 2nd
night did not deliver. Conditions to EU were WAY down from the night before.

Coming off an Asia business trip the week before, I was not able to stay in the
game on night 2 with such lower conditions.

Still for 18 hours of fun - a very respectable low power score.

Extremely quiet conditions here. Great activity. Just too bad the conditions
didn't hold out for night 2.


N3AM   Single Op Assisted HP   62,7202018-01-28 12:32:34
Excellent signals from the west coast on Friday night. Glad to be rid of my
local power line noise.
KO7SS   Single Op Assisted HP   88,7762018-01-28 12:41:48
Poor condx, low activity or both - it took me 3 more hours to get my 500 Q's
compared to the ARRL 160M.

73, Bill KO7SS
N4AF   Single Op HP   270,4682018-01-28 12:46:03
160CW 851 837 2506 57 51

Totals 851 837 2506 57 51

Final Score = 270648 points.
N8BJQ   Single Op Assisted HP   183,3402018-01-28 13:00:50
What a difference a night makes - heard and worked several EU stations on Friday
night. Never heard a one on Saturday. Very noisy - noise level was s7 most of
the time. Missed NE and KL7.
NZØT   Single Op HP   76,3282018-01-28 13:08:53
Elecraft K3, KPA500. Low horizontal loop, 43' vertical.
N3RS   Single Op Assisted HP   476,4082018-01-28 13:09:20
Wow! That was fun. Missed some of the first evening, but had the best european
run ever on 160M from here on Friday evening/Saturday morning. Thanks to all
for calling in and to the sponsors for this fun event.

73 de Sig, N3RS
W1TJL   Multi-Op HP   374,0492018-01-28 13:11:00
First time I've done this contest as a multi-op. Friday/Saturday conditions
were good, working Europe easily. Harder on Saturday/Sunday but still pretty
successful. The beverage antennas were working fine. The single 160M vertical
also played well.

Thanks to Frank K1EBY and Augie W1LJD for being here!

73, Tom W1TJL
K3SW   Single Op Assisted HP   230,5352018-01-28 13:13:39
I made most of my score during the first 9 hrs, there were good openings to EU
and lots of Qs were made.

Late Saturday afternoon, my wife fell in the yard and did a face plant on a rock
so I spent most of Saturday night at the ER. Fortunately she's ok, only mild
concussion and the CT scan showed no broken bones or internal problems. But
she's gonna be miserable for quite a while and looks like she was in a bar
fight. She's sleeping now so I was able to put in another hour on 160M but now
I've gotta get ready to make some Princess Breakfast.

Tnx to everyone for the Q's! 73 es GL!

Steve...K3SW....Scotch Whisky
KI9A   Single Op Assisted HP   72,2702018-01-28 13:16:05
Not bad for 7 hours in the chair, with an inverted L up 35',4 radials, 600 watts
and no RX antenna. Bands sounded great. Best one our run was 89 q's. Should have
stayed in the chair longer.

Missed KH6 & KL7 for WAS, and LB MB NF NS NT NU YT for the sweep. Pretty
sure it the best mult total from this QTH. 99% run.

73 and tnx for the Q's.
Chuck KI9A

Icom 7600
Heath SB 1000 amp @ 600w
Inv L @ 35' w/4 1/4w radials loops thru the city lot.
N2SR   Single Op Assisted HP   126,6782018-01-28 13:18:43
Mediocre TX antenna and no receive antennas.
WN6K   Single Op HP   39,1602018-01-28 13:19:33
started for about an hour or so using 100w but wasn't getting enough responses
to keep me interested. I thought well, I'll run the 200w out for a bit and
nearly everyone I heard came back.

Worked 2 new ones for this band but at 5:00 in the morning, iwasjust about out
of gas.

WN6K, Paul
K6LL   Single Op Assisted HP   73,3472018-01-28 13:33:21
I'm definitely limited by receive noise, but it was fun for a few hours working
the loudest stations, mostly S&P.
K5KG   Single Op Assisted HP   201,8992018-01-28 13:40:20
Score compared with 2017
2018: 701/58/43 - 201.9k
2017: 823/58/40 - 229.5k

It seemed like condx were down from last year, although my antenna performed
better than what I was using in 2017. The Inverted L from 2017 that was taken
down by Hurricane Irma was recently replaced with an improved Inverted L with a
50' vertical section on a fiberglass pole.

Heavy QRN set in Saturday morning around 0300z. I fought that for an hour or so,
and went QRT for the night. QRN was less on Sunday morning making domestic QSO
easier, but the available European DX was much less than on Saturday.

This year, worked all States except KL7, and only missed VE's: NF, LB, NT, YT,
NU. Furthest DX stns worked were 4X, ZC4, ES, EU, E7, OH0, UA (and KH6). Found
that the best way to snag the really weak DX was to crank the bandpass way down
to 150-200 Hz, and call a couple hundred HZ-up to get off the DX stns pile up.
that worked!

K3 + Acom 2000A
Inverted L with 50' vertical section.
Pixel Loop

73, George, K5KG
VE9AA   Single Op HP   42,0902018-01-28 13:41:57
Made my usual 'hour or so' appearance. In this case, 1 hour 18 minutes late Sat
evening. Condx seemed kinda odd. Had real trouble hearing the southern 4's.
K4BAI was about 419 where he is usually barreling in, whereas some Eastern EU's
and Russians were 579. Seemed to be a wall at the VA border and everything
beyond that dropped waaaay off. Then again, I was only on for little more than
an hour, so what do I know?!, hi !

A cluster search today revealed NB was well represented with VE9HF, VE9XX, VE9ML
and VE9CB and a couple others all QRV so NB was on the map.

The electric fence next door is especially brutal on this band. Even with the
NBlanker on, spikes every 1.2 seconds are over S9. I am down to 1 antenna from
the dual array, so cannot even 'beam away' from the fence to slightly lessen the
repetitive torture.(now you know why I was only on for an hour)

Was nice to say hey to lotsa friends and worked a couple new calls too.

Single inverted L, with 2 raised radials.

No RX antennas
Rig: IC-7410, YCCC SO2R+ box, N3ZN ZN-9 paddle, Yamaha CM500
headset, N1MM+ logger
CU (all of sudden) in the next one!

dit dit

-Mike VE9AA in NB
AA8TA   Single Op LP   19,8122018-01-28 13:45:57
Just did a few hours on Saturday night. Very busy, fortunately, the rain we had
today did not cause much static problems.

My first top-band using this call sign. Did another 160 test over a year ago
using our club's call sign.

Using our club station with an 80-meter full size loop with a tuner to try to
get it on 160 meters. Could not get much power out and I don't know how much
actually made it to the antenna. Probably no more than 30 watts.

Despite all that, managed to work Cayman Islands, CA and AZ. I think only
Canadian provinces, though.

Lots of fun.

Thanks for the contacts.

Kenwood TS-590S, barefoot
80-meter loop, 45 feet AGL
KØNM   Single Op HP   22,3202018-01-28 13:48:06
First time on 160m. Managed to load an antenna with high SWR to work on this
band. Lots of QRN and static crashes from the storm. Fun contest. Worked a lot
of TX stations.
W1AJT(VE3UTT)   Single Op HP   84,5922018-01-28 13:51:47
K3 / "L" no RX antennas

Missed 23:30 to 11:00 UTC Saturday

Pretty quiet here except for Saturday night with static crashes.

Many CCO members hope all had fun.
KB3Z   Single Op Assisted HP   48,4222018-01-28 13:51:58
First CQ 160 Contest where I got to use my BevFlex 4 Receive Antenna. Had a lot
of fun!
KØZR   Single Op HP   271,5892018-01-28 13:54:50
Encountered several antenna problems on both Inv-L and active receive array.
Troubleshooting during contest very non-optimum :-) I had hoped for better EU
conditions. Ended up with the same number of multipliers as last year.

Thanks for the Qs and the good ears everyone.
W2CS   Single Op LP   10,2682018-01-28 14:00:36
Too many other commitments for anything serious. So I majored in Fresh Meat.
That was fun! Thanks for the Qs. Rig: K3S->KAT500->160 meter dipole fed
with home-brew 600-Ohm OWL. 73.
N4BAA   Single Op Assisted HP   58,8252018-01-28 14:00:38
Great 3 hours to test new Inverted L at 80 feet with 25 of the 100 radials
deployed! 8 circle array not completed yet but will be soon! That will make a
Thank you for QSOs!

Icom 7600
Alpha 87A
Inverted L
KØRF   Single Op Assisted HP   448,6882018-01-28 14:01:35
New 4 Square this time using K2AV/W0UCE FCPs. I think it works very well.


N1EN   Single Op Assisted LP   43,8802018-01-28 14:08:01
I tried so hard to keep this weekend clear enough to play hard...but a project
for work ran long, so I was limited to making a pass down the band each time a
query ran long.

Band sounded fantastic Friday evening.
AC4G   Single Op HP   48,2122018-01-28 14:08:31
Worked few EU and Caribbean, but appeared EU sigs were little weak and most not
able to copy y weak station.Still had fun. Thanks all QSOs. Logs uploaded to
LOTW soonest.
W3FA   Single Op LP   35,4542018-01-28 14:09:17
Ten Tec Delta ll & Elecraft K3s, G5RV, 160 Inverted L, HyGain TH3mk3@50 ft
N4QS   Single Op Assisted HP   101,1002018-01-28 14:11:22
Remote operation. K3 with amps to inverted L.
WS9V   Single Op HP   151,8862018-01-28 14:13:04
Thanks to all that called Skip
K4AFE   Single Op Assisted HP   37,0202018-01-28 14:17:12
Thanks for the QSOs to West Tennessee.

Come visit our site:

Kenwood TS-990S
MFJ-998 Tuner
Ameritron ALS-600PS
102ft G5RV
520ft 160m Horizontal Loop
Cushcraft R8 Vertical
K9AY Receive Array
N5AW   Single Op HP   271,8902018-01-28 14:20:10
Good one - there is an upside to low sunspots! Pretty decent conditions to
Europe but only so-so to the Pacific. Static crashes Saturday evening didn't
help but propagatgion was OK. Biggest disappointment was not being able to work
ZC4A but did get one new country (EW6W #212).

2018 CQ-160-CW N5AW
Continent List

USA calls = 461
Canada calls = 36
NA calls = 13
SA calls = 4
Euro calls = 106
African calls = 2
Asian calls = 1
Japan calls = 8
Ocean calls = 2

Total calls = 633
ACØC   Single Op Assisted HP   101,2502018-01-28 14:30:12
Thanks for the Qs. Pretty cool to work a few JA on morning of day 2!

KF6HI   Single Op Assisted HP   55,8062018-01-28 14:32:39
Except for an brief opening to EU on Friday night, conditions and participation
seemed down.
K1RX   Single Op Assisted HP   386,4242018-01-28 14:34:08
New QTH, trial run with an Inverted L and a one EU beverage. Very promising but
may have been fooled by the great conditions on Friday. Saturday night was poor
for this little setup and quit early. 750 Q's Friday, 100 on Sat.

Went back to building the shack - wiring, outlets, coax routing, switch lines,
etc. All fun stuff. Congrats to Art, K1BX for a BIG score. He is about 40 dB
over S9 away (10 miles) but no issue with QRM. K3 radios on both ends!

Thanks for all the fun!

73, Mark, K1RX
W6SX   Single Op Assisted HP   24,5502018-01-28 14:35:50
K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, N1MM+
KV8S   Single Op LP   57,0402018-01-28 14:36:33
Fun time again....still waiting to get the vertical and beverages installed.
N4CF   Single Op Assisted LP   36,5042018-01-28 14:36:52
Conditions were pretty good at this QTH both evenings. Heard some EU stations,
but worked only one or two.

Mostly S&P, but got a little running into the mix. Averaged 51 Qs/hour
start-to-finish. N1MM reports one hour at 74 S&P Qs/hour!
WO4O   Single Op Assisted HP   203,2122018-01-28 14:37:31
Fun, as usual. Thanks for the Qs. 73, de ric, wo4o
W3UL   Single Op LP   39,4082018-01-28 14:41:29
Decided to try Low Power Non-Assisted since RFI is a problem here and I can be
an alligator at times (and those skimmers are your friend). I don't think I'll
try that in the SSB version. Lots of locals called - thanks.

Band QSOs Pts StP DXC Pt/Q
1.8 350 821 42 6 2.3
Total 350 821 42 6 2.3
Score: 39,408
1 Mult = 7.3 Q's
N3ND   Single Op Assisted HP   241,8002018-01-28 14:44:59
Where was Nebraska? Alaska? South Carolina came out of the woodwork!
N3SD   Single Op Assisted LP   40,5452018-01-28 14:45:58
Great Fun - Tnx for the Qs

Greg, N3SD
N4IQ   Single Op Assisted HP   64,8782018-01-28 14:46:02
Band QSOs Pts StP DXC Pt/Q
1.8 403 983 52 14 2.4
Total 403 983 52 14 2.4
Score: 64,878 9 Hrs

Mostly Friday night; 3 hours on Saturday night (slow)
In general conditions were good. On and off a good deal.
A lot of distractions.

TS590; KW; 160M C Windom ; RX BOGS NE/NE/SE/SW/; K9AY; SDR Pan; N1MM+
KC7V   Single Op LP   2,4322018-01-28 14:47:23
Used a 76ft long piece of wire wrapped around a tree trunk a bit then up to 25ft
then across my roof. Tuner made it work and I was able to make some QSO's.
Made it fun.
VE3KI   Single Op HP   225,8622018-01-28 14:53:40
K3/KPA500, inverted L, K9AY RX ant
A few hours each night. Friday night/Saturday morning was very good. I had a two
hour run during which fully one-third of the stations calling me were European.
The second night was a dud. I could hear a few DX stations, but almost none of
them could hear me.
K1EP(@K1VR)   Single Op LP   133,8932018-01-28 14:56:53
Thanks to K1VR for the use of his contest station.
WA2FZB   Single Op Assisted HP   24,3002018-01-28 14:57:45
With no real antennas for this band, let's say this was a challenge. I really
still can't believe that people actually work DX on this band. Back to 20 meters
for me!
N5OE   Single Op QRP   7,4122018-01-28 14:57:57
Very casual effort this year, bands were very good, LOTS of people on which in
turn makes QRP a little harder challenge due to bigger pileups. Thanks to all
who took the time/effort to work me during those pileups.
N7US   Single Op HP   29,8102018-01-28 15:00:10
SO1R: K3S/P3/KPA500, 160M inverted vee.
N3QE(@N3HBX)   Single Op Assisted HP   467,6262018-01-28 15:11:56
Thanks so much to John N3HBX for letting me hosting me at his amazing station,
for the second weekend in a row!

Did not go completely full-time - got about 3 hours of sleep the second night.

I was super happy with band condx to EU the first night!

And the second night it was very nice to get a call from the last of the lower
48 states I needed, Nebraska!
K8AJS   Single Op Assisted HP   104,8672018-01-28 15:16:47
I had a good time in this one; my highest score since 2008! I was pleasantly
surprised being able to work at least some DX, even with my steady S6 noise
level. Careful adjustment of the settings on the K3 made it possible.

Thanks to all for the QSOs!

Rig: Elecraft K3 w/P3 & KPA500 500 watts
Antenna: Extended inverted L
Software: RUMlog v3.10.1
KE3X   Single Op Assisted HP   76,6502018-01-28 15:16:53
I was curious how I had done in CQ160 CW in previous years so I looked it up:

Year Q's S/P Cty Hours

2011 400 49 10 10
2012 265 44 3 4
2013 200 38 9 4
2014 533 50 13 8
2015 500 53 15 8
2016 701 55 21 11
2017 No entry
2018 410 55 18 7

So I guess this was an average effort.

Noise level here was S-9 plus 20dB all weekend except for a brief time when it
dropped to S-8 at midnight Friday, when I got 7-8 European multipliers. Sorry
to everyone who called but I could not hear.

I got W3DQ in my log and heard 4U1WB so looks like DC was well represented.
See you in CQ 160 SSB.


Ken the DC Alligator
KK7PW   Single Op Assisted HP   9,0722018-01-28 15:18:57
Great fun! Tnx to all!
KIØI   Single Op HP   91,0202018-01-28 15:22:12
Very good band friday nite, at one time I heard both coasts plus EU all at once
on a freq. Mighty hard to pick one out and work them. When condx are so gud a
band slot for DX sure wud help,but it seems impossible to do as it never
S&P from bottom to top end took 3hrs and made about 140q's s&p. Sat nite
did same then settled in a hole to run, I was mobbed ! 0251z to 0355z produced
173q's ,maybe best run ever for me on top band.
Thanks to all for the QSO's and your patience , we need a lot of it on 160m.
Icom PRO3/PW-1 Coax Bazooka fed Inv L @ 55'. K9AY loop NE. 200' BOG NW. N1MM+
73 Mark KI0I
K4WI   Single Op Assisted HP   196,0322018-01-28 15:35:05
Conditions were great...low noise level and much activity. I managed to stay in
the chair for total of 15 hours.... would have went over 1K qso's if I could
have kept going! I missed NS, MB and the VE8's.... only KL7 and KH6 were both
portable stateside. VT was my last state to work. Mostly found a spot and ran
with jumping on spots now and then. Had some deliberate QRM from the digital
crowd but didn't last long! Alabama was well represented with many ACG guys
active!Thanks everyone! 73's Cort K4WI
NA7TB   Multi-Op HP   576,5722018-01-28 15:37:41
This may be the best showing ever of what Milt Jensen, N5IA, accomplished when
he built the 160m 8-Circle antenna over a 4-year period. There was some doubt
going into the weekend of whether Internet issues with CW keying and ongoing
problems with the Beverage rx antenna switching network would stop the Milt
Jensen Memorial Station from operating. However, thanks to heroic efforts by
Ned, AA7A, the Beverage antenna switcher came out of surgery in good condition a
few days before the contest. Testing of the CW keying resulted in minimal
distortion with revised RRC settings and multiple reboots of the station

We had a marginal opening to Europe on night 1 and a poor opening to Asia that
followed. However, Day 2 brought amazing openings to both parts of the world
and more 10 point QSOs than we have ever had in this contest. Thanks to all for
the QSOs and great participation. We will continue improving the station for
reliability and even better scores in the future. Our excellent results could
not have been achieved without a great team effort with my fellow operators --
Fred, NA2U, and Ned, AA7A.

Lee, KY7M
KM4HI   Single Op HP   55,0742018-01-28 15:44:39
Conditions down from last year. Noisy band Saturday. QRN from approaching storm
front Sunday. Thanks for the Q's. 73 de Jim KM4HI
K3AJ   Single Op Assisted HP   440,6822018-01-28 15:45:17
Radio - K3/P3
Amplifier - Acom 1500
Antennas -
TX - Inverted V
N1MM+/Win10PC/Winkeyer USB
W8KNO   Single Op LP   27,7302018-01-28 15:48:37
All Search & Pounce
VE7ACN   Single Op Assisted HP   133,3122018-01-28 15:50:39
Inverted L antenna shot to fir tree at the top of the hill on Thetis Island, BC.
K3 + Expert 1.3K-FA. Beverages on the ground (BOG) for US and JA.
WA1FCN   Single Op LP   123,8402018-01-28 15:54:30
Only heard 6 or 7 EU and worked only 4 of them. It gets tougher every year
to put in the needed effort to do well in this contest. Then again I
know there are many way past my age ( 70 in 3 weeks ) and still at it!
Antenna Inverted L and 3 Beverages.
PJ4DX   Single Op Assisted HP   25,6152018-01-28 15:55:50
Just a short part-time entry, preparing for a more serious entry in the SSB leg
next month. Conditions seemed quite good: was surprised to work ZC4A, P33W and
4X2M. Rig: Yaesu FT-2000 + Acom 1500 amp at 1kW out to inverted-L 70ft high. No
separate RX antenna. 73 Steve, PJ4DX.
K3PP   Single Op HP   10,4402018-01-28 15:58:24
Boy, I really wish I had more time for this one! I enjoy this contest A LOT!
TU ES VY 73 de Glenn K3PP
N3BB   Single Op HP   131,9382018-01-28 16:00:13
A total gas for me! This is my first CQ 160 with a decent rx ant (SAL 30) and tx
ant (shunt-fed tower with two elevated radials). For the most part, I could hear
and be heard. I'm very much a rookie, and stayed below 1840, while apparently
lots and lots of goodies are much higher. I need to talk with my local gurus,
K5NA and N5AW and learn how to operate top-band contests. Am still learning low
to use my new (to me) K3 but it sounded great on receive. The crowding of
signals is really something at times! Had quite a few EU stations call me on my
TX freq. Not loud, for the most part, but really a thrill to dig out here in
Texas. The EF8 station sounded like a true local! Wow. This was a blast and I
feel like a teenager this morning! Thanks to all.
WØMU   Single Op Assisted HP   88,1102018-01-28 16:03:42
The first night was much better. I can never manage to stay up for the
Pacific/Asia morning openings. Part time effort. 2nd night there was lots of
QSB and I never did hear any EU. Only DX worked was C6.

Mults: C6, CM, CT, CT3, CU, DL, EA6, EA8, EI, EU, F, FM, G, GM, I, K, KH6, KP2,
LU, LX, OK, ON, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, S5, UA, UA2, VE, VP9, EX, YV, ZF.

E7DX has a nice signal most of the 1st night but could never get their
attention. Missed easier ones like; EA, HA, HB, LY, IE, OH, OH0, SM, SP

I thought condx on Friday were just ok until Saturday came along HI! Nice to
work all the regulars and a bunch of new folks.
K6WSC   Single Op LP   23,2002018-01-28 16:04:21
Ant: K6MM "No-Excuses" 160m Vertical
Rig: TS-590SG

73, Bill K6WSC
S54O(S52W)   Single Op Assisted HP   369,0362018-01-28 16:08:06
TS 590+KW
Dipole 10mAGL + K9AY

The plan was to operate MS, but due to some reasons, it was SO part time effort.
MNI city noise. K9AY is a good RX antenna, but can't do imposible and eliminate
all QRN. Even with K9AY, I was quite deaf. Without it, operating from the S54O
location is almost impossible.

73 Damjan S52W
N9TF   Single Op LP   56,2022018-01-28 16:14:10
Missed ID, AK, and HI for WAS. Heard one ID station S&Ping. Never heard AK
or HI.DX worked C6, EA8, KP2, PJ2, and ZF. ZF9CW had strong signal the entire
time I heard him.
Conditions definitely better Friday night. I was hearing many EU Friday night
and Caribbean signals were much stronger as well.
I had a pipeline to AZ this time around. Worked 11 stations there. Even 7 CA in
log. West is my most difficult direction due to antenna height and orientation.
Had a few decent runs Saturday night/Sunday morning. 141 of my 421 came from
running. I don't usually do that well with low power and a short (67') single
wire antenna.
Noise level for most of the time was OK. There were times late Saturday night my
noise floor would increase by 10DB.
This is by far a personal best in this contest. Had lots of fun.

73 Gene, N9TF

Rig: K3S 100 watts to a W8AMZ 67' foot shortened half sloper at 35' apex, aimed
about 60 degrees.
N4BP   Single Op Assisted HP   183,7502018-01-28 16:14:36
Rig : K3, ALS-1306Antennas : Inv-L, 60ft vertical

Spent a few hours Friday night logging one of each S/P/C
I could find. At sunup, 86 QSOs, 52 W/VE, 29 DX. Mostly
ran (walked?) Saturday night with some S&P especially at
the last hour. Conditions must have been great but noise
was horrendous! Never before worked so many Europe which
helped toward an all time high score.
K5ZO   Multi-Op HP   361,1792018-01-28 16:15:05
Condx much better Friday nite. Thunderstorms effected all US stations this time.
That made it harder, lots of fills and repeats. Still fun contest Glad to see
Scott KK7JS come over and operate he's vry good.
K8MR   Single Op LP   21,2532018-01-28 16:16:07
Operated from the Florida condo QTH, 65 foot vertical wire in the trees, base
loading coil, minimal ground system. This was all Friday night; Saturday night I
operated as W3USA. Thanks to CQ for not having ARRL's dumb rule about one
transmitter,one callsign,location.

95% of my QSOs were S&P. Several that weren't were interesting: people who I
had called many times before but couldn't hear me, but could once the RBN had
told them I was there.

160 meter contests are great for us old guys. (Aren't we all?) Operate until
tired, go to bed, wake up to pee, operate some more. Rinse and repeat.

73 - Jim K8MR
N6RO   Single Op Assisted HP   207,1452018-01-28 16:21:33
Did not plan a serious effort, but topband was so good Saturday morning, I kept
coming back to the radio in short bursts, while watching TV sports. Saturday
night/Sunday AM not so hot.

The major powerline noise was cured a few weeks ago, so after 3 years, I could
hear something! Two EU and two AF (they replied to my CQ). Worked everything
heard except PY2PT and E2X.

DX Mults: 5W BV BY C6 CM CT3 CU EA8 F FM HI HL JA(67) JT5 KH6 KL7 KP2 LU P4 PJ2

K3, AL1200, wire 4 SQ, SAL-30, beverages, N1MM+, VE7CC cluster

Tnx Qs, CU in NA Sprint
N4OGW   Single Op HP   100,5552018-01-28 16:22:19
As many others noted, conditions to Europe were excellent Friday night with
strong signals and very low qrn. Saturday night signals from Europe were much
weaker, plus worse qrn and static crashes from storms.

1500W + 100 ft shunt-fed tower; 6 element active rx vertical array

W3USA(K8MR)   Single Op LP   19,0082018-01-28 16:23:50
After operating as K8MR on Friday night, I got on Saturday as W3USA. Much more
fun working people a second time (that counts) than trying to scrape up some
extra QSOs among all those I had worked the first night.

I had some surprising good runs, something not expected with a minimal antenna
from so far away from the population centers. I guess that what RBN and being
fresh meat can do. After significant QRN earlier in the night, Sunday morning
before sunrise was reasonably quiet, and I was pulling out some pretty weak
callers. But still there were lots of loud guys who couldn't hear me.

73 - Jim K8MR
K5NA   Single Op Assisted HP   67,6112018-01-28 16:24:19
Just playing around this year. Conditions seemed good.

73, Richard - K5NA
N9NA   Single Op Assisted HP   48,4222018-01-28 16:24:20
Flex 6500, Alpha 87a, 160 Meter Inverted L.
AA3B   Single Op Assisted HP   530,8682018-01-28 16:27:34
Band QSOs Pts StP DXC Pt/Q
1.8 1055 4316 59 64 4.1
Score: 530,868
1 Mult = 8.6 Q's

10 point QSOs: 248
5 point QSOs: 74
2 point QSOs: 733
VE3DS   Single Op LP   28,9992018-01-28 16:30:13
Its been a very long time since I've been in a CQ 160 contest. Last time was a
multi op back in the 1970's with decent antennas! Didn't get a good antenna up
this time, so had to contend with my ZS6BKW off the tower. It was fun though,
even had a run going ! Worked a few DXCC and was amazed at the signals from the
W7's, and so many with good ears!! Propagation seemed pushed south possibly due
to coronal holes or maybe just my antenna hi. Nice to work so many fellow VHF
DXers on top band too! 73 Dana VE3DS
K3IE   Single Op LP   54,2302018-01-28 16:33:48
Thanks for the Q's - Hunter K3IE
K4HQK   Single Op LP   8,3702018-01-28 16:33:51
No 160m antenna on my small "city" lot; just participated for fun. Was
surprised to hear so many EU stations Friday, but not Saturday. Excellent

IC-7410 (100w)
80m dipole--legs tied at coax connector and fed into antenna tuner's longwire
WinKeyer USB
N9CO   Single Op Assisted HP   133,0232018-01-28 16:34:38
Part time, once again. Daughter home from college and son's 18th birthday
weekend. Still, nice to carve out some time and operate. Conditions seemed
better on first night.

Icom 7300, Alpha 86, shunt fed 84' R45G. 4-direction small terminated loop RX
KØAV   Single Op HP   86,4072018-01-28 16:37:34
After too many years of inefficiently loading a 40 meter beam on 160 - I FINALLY
hung an inverted L and built a W0UCE / K2AV FCP! With the L length at 155 feet
and an isolation transformer, the antenna L matches perfectly without any
matchbox or ATU.

Used 100 watts for first evening, i.e. 300 QSO's.

Then changed feed line to high power coax - and switched to high power for
another 200 QSO's on second night.

Tested the new antenna by comparing to bigger set-ups. Listened to K0RF
running. He's 100 miles north of me. With his 4 square - he was running EU
stations that I couldn't hear (or even see any trace of on P3 scope).

Now its time to add a receive antenna.

Fun contest - and thanks for the QSO's.

73, Alan K0AV
W7FI   Single Op Assisted HP   59,3342018-01-28 16:38:12
Missed: Nebraska, DC,few VE
AA5AU   Single Op Assisted HP   65,6502018-01-28 16:42:16
500W to an original W8AMZ reduced half sloper @ 40'
Pixel Loop for receive
KU8E   Single Op HP   182,9842018-01-28 16:47:51
K3/100 , KPA500 ~ 600 watts Inverted L with 6 elevated radials

My plan was to change out the antenna wire part of my Inverted L on Friday. It
had been up for awhile and the ends showed some corrosion. I screwed up when
pulling up the new wire when the nylon string broke when hoisting it. Tried
several times to shoot up a line in the trees in same spot with no luck and gave
up. So I went to plan B to try to use my 80 meter center fed zepp as a
"T" antenna which I heard is maybe better than an inverted L. I had to
move all my elevated radials to a new spot which took most of the afternoon. I
took this opportunity to raise the radials. The are each maybe 8 - 10 feet high

My zepp is about 60 feet high and the ends slope down to maybe 10 feet off the
ground. Got out an old Dentron antenna tuner and shorted the open wire feed line
and fed it as a single wire. I then put a good ground strap from the ground
terminal of the tuner to the radial common point. I got it to tune OK but the
bandwidth wasn't very good. Maybe 5 kc from the center point. This wasn't going
to work for a contest so I just fed one side of the open wire feeder as an
Inverted L antenna. This gave me maybe about a 40kc bandwidth from the 1825
center frequency. This is important because the KPA500 amp trips with a SWR over
2:1. I used another antenna tuner inside to make the amp happy when I went high
or low in the band.

The conditions were pretty good to EU on Friday night but pretty much
non-existent on Saturday night/Sunday morning. I sure wish I could work 1/10 of
EU QSO's that the east coast works but it's not going to happen running 600
watts. Maybe some day I can afford a bigger amp and maybe that could be

DX worked : 9A, C6, CM, CT, CT3, DL, EA6, EA8, EI, F, FM, G, GM, GW, HA, IT9,
KH6, KP2, OH0, OK, OM, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, S5, SM, VP9, XE, YV and ZF.

I probably heard about 20 other countries that were either calling someone else
or I called but they couldn't hear me. It was a bummer not getting thru to 5W1SA
on Saturday morning around my sunrise. He couldn't hear me when no one else was
calling and then someone must have spotted him and he had a big pileup :(

Worked all US/VE except NE, LB, NT, NU and YT. Heard a NE call N4WW late Sunday
morning around 0800z or so. Went a few kc below him and called CQ hoping he
would call me but no luck !

See everyone in the next one...

Jeff KU8E
K7JR   Multi-Op HP   34,2002018-01-28 16:48:59
Just played around for a few hours here and there for the fun of it. Conditions
seemed good but not quite good enough to get any Europeans in the log. Plenty of
JA's though.

KL7SB/VP9(@VP9GE)   Single Op LP   448,6252018-01-28 16:51:29
Always fun to come down to VP9GE's place. Pretty amazing results with 100W, a
dipole and no RX antennas!
NW3Y/1   Single Op Assisted HP   7,4582018-01-28 16:54:00
Operating from my VT QTH, "Murphy" was everywhere! Not set up to work
160 up here. Had to tune through 80mtr sloper; old computer was sending poor cw
so I went to manual sending and logging; limited to 100W until I made a common
mode choke which let me get up to 500W reliably. Making the choke was a
laugh...all I had up here was 38' of RG-8X which I wrapped around a piece of old
carpet rolled into an 8" diameter. My wife commented that my office looked
like a scene from the movie Apollo 13. One good thing, my 200' beverage worked
nicely! Conditions Friday night were good and made me wish I were back in DE for
this one. However, DE was well represented anyway.
Now on to ARRL CW in a few weeks. Hoping to get new computer operating.
73 from Vermont de Chick / NW3Y-1
NG7A   Single Op HP   53,3612018-01-28 16:56:29
Balloon lofted end-fed half-wave vertical on top of a kite pole swayed in the
wind both nights. Polarization varied according to wind speed and direction.

Higher winds kept pushing the wire low enough to snag on nearby mesquite trees;
requiring periodic unsnagging.
N2NT(N2NC)   Single Op HP   272,0002018-01-28 16:57:32
First night. I operated from home on night 2.
K7ABV   Single Op HP   10,3202018-01-28 17:00:20
considering all the local power line qrn, I piddled in this test, enjoyed myself
, but knew a large score, when I couldn't hear much is not gonna happen ...160
is my bad qrg, with local qrn...nuff said...thanks for all the q's and good
AA4LR   Single Op LP   8,6042018-01-28 17:05:15
Shunt-fed 15m tower with 29 radials

Elecraft K3/100 W/ KAT3 running 100 watts.


Too busy to put in any kind of serious effort. Had a little more than a hour to
hand out some Qs, so I got on and pretty soon had a good run going. Surprised
when the rate meter got up over 200!

Lots of fun. Too tired to stay on much longer. Perhaps for the 160m Phone.
N6KW   Single Op HP   27,2322018-01-28 17:21:10
Operated at K7RI's newly improved station, where we have a much lower noise
level than before. The station plays very well. Thanks Tom for allowing me the
KH6CJJ   Single Op LP   1,9202018-01-28 17:26:42
150 watts to a G5RV (feed line not shorted) at 35 feet. Very surprised that
anyone could hear me! Good receive on stations across the US and Canada plus JA
and the Carribean.
N4CU   Single Op HP   3,8752018-01-28 17:28:05
Best I an do until eyes get better but BIC will pot be much better as I like
sleep and supper. I enjoyed this contest. Wish other members of my club would
give it a try.
NØVD   Single Op Assisted HP   12,6722018-01-28 17:28:29
It was super fun to finally get back on 160 after a 3 1/2 year absence. The
station in AZ is starting to come together after a year of building. Last
weekend I added 220v to the shack and Saturday I unboxed the amp that has been
packed away since our move from Texas.

I took a lightning strike shortly before leaving Texas and now that I'm pulling
things from their boxes and putting them on the desk, I'm finding bits of damage
that was done. The amp was the latest casualty. Found a cap rattling around in
the PS chassis, so fixed that. Thought everything else looked OK, but upon
powering it up, found that there was no HV and the tube blower fan was stuck in
turbo mode. Turned out the missing HV was due to a blown fuse in the PS, but
will have to investigate the turbo fan. Nonetheless, I was able to give it a
workout on Saturday night during the EU sunrise.

All Qs were S&P and I was really in DX mode, but really enjoyed being on the
band again. Thanks for the Qs!

Kelly - N0VD
VY1AAA(VE1RM)   Single Op HP   21,1272018-01-28 17:29:17
J had worked hard to get some beverages working in the cold arctic winter.
However, none came off before the contest. Despite that, could hear very well
this contest. In fact, could hear many EU Q5 before they called me. Nice to
finally put some east coast stations in the log!

Thanks for the QSOs!

Gerry VE1RM/W1VE
K2CJ   Single Op Assisted HP   58,2402018-01-28 17:32:00
Thanks to GU4YOX for #100 TopBand DXCC !!
WX4G   Single Op Assisted HP   347,5992018-01-28 17:41:00
Wow...67 Countries, best ever!...on new Inverted L that I put up in 30 minutes
to compare to my Shunt fed comparison...the L was so much better!
I noticed many Europeans as loud as US ...but primarily Friday night...and the
Europeans were coming in thru 08:00Z..well into daylight in Eastern Europe.
Saturday night was rough many storms in Gulf of Mexico made copy
rough. Although the L was low noise, the lightening static crash was 30 over 9,
so I apologize to stations with 589-599 signals who called me where I lost a
letter due to these storms and asked for multiple was NOT your
signal strength!! I should have stayed up on Friday night instead of Saturday!
Was amazed to get VY1AAA for YT...and thanks to K0KPH for NE which I missed last
year, my last State!! Nice to get both W3DQ and KE3X for DC.
Nice to get ZC4A for a new 160m country.

Thanks to all that called, appreciate the contacts. 73/DX Bob
K2RD   Single Op Assisted HP   27,6942018-01-28 17:41:06
Decent conditions but seemed better Friday night. Heard lots of Europeans
Friday but couldn't get through. Thanks for the QSOs.
K4XU   Single Op Assisted HP   138,0962018-01-28 17:47:22
Lots of activity, only heard one European, missed DC but heard one who was
Worked 19 dx, a new high for me, and 39 JAs.

Rig: K3s/Alpha 86. TX ant: shunt fed 75' tower with TH^ on top.
RX ants: 300' NW/SE and 550' NE/SW reversible Beverages.

See y'all in the ARRL DX from NP2N.

73, Dick
AA3S   Single Op HP   97,2172018-01-28 17:48:57
Need receive antenna and/or spotting with serious DSP to dig the DX stations out
of the noise.
W6TN   Single Op LP   3412018-01-28 17:55:39
Thanks for the Qs! 73, Trung W6TN

Rig: TS-590SG
Ant: OCF @ 30ft, Zero-Five Flag Pole 10-80m 30ft, Folding Hex Beam 6-20m @ 24ft,
K6MM 160m vertical
Pwr: 100w
WD9CIR   Single Op LP   37,3122018-01-28 18:01:53
Better than last year.
All done on an 80 meter G5RV w/tuner.
ND9G   Single Op LP   12,0542018-01-28 18:03:29
Very part time effort.

IC-7300 into rain gutters
W3KB   Single Op LP   55,4762018-01-28 18:05:13
New matching device for the vertical worked well. Several new countries in the
log towards 160 DXCC.
WE9V   Single Op LP   111,0202018-01-28 18:07:54
Although this is a fun contest, I didn't plan on operating much, as
my home QTH usually has S7-S9 noise (and RX antennas of little/no help)
and I didn't go to my alternate 160M contest site which is much more

So, I started the contest late, and since I didn't want to be an
alligator, I decided to just do a little low power operating. Well,
I was a little surprised to only have S3 noise on the TX antenna, and
third QSO was TM6M (great ears). Called CQ and was pleased to have
back to back 117 hours, which is darn good low power. I only planned
to operate just a couple hours, but ended up operating 5 the first night
and 4 the second.

Heard a bit of DX, but between being in the upper Midwest and low power,
not many heard me.

Chad WE9V
K3 + Shunt-fed top loaded 110' tower
WQ5L   Single Op HP   97,2002018-01-28 18:13:20
Friday night had much DX to offer but many of them couldn't hear me at all. I
thought it odd, but then again sometimes 500W isn't enough. After sun came up I
found the problem -- one (of three) elevated radials on the TX ant had been
pulled loose. Doh! Repaired and hoped for repeat condx Saturday night. Bzzzt.

Missed MB NE NS along with the usual suspects in the far north. 73 de WQ5L
K6NR   Single Op HP   71,4352018-01-28 18:15:57
Fun contest, lots of activity, some DX (worked 12 countries including
EF8, EI0, BD, and CR2 and 16 JA). Hope to hear more
EU through my noise as we continue into the solar cycle trough.

Station - K3/KPA500 600W to 48' tall inverted L over 66 radials
K9AY loop and short beverages for RX.
NQ6N   Single Op Assisted HP   52,2062018-01-28 18:15:59
Good conditions Friday. Made some major strides at reducing the latency of my
remote link.

Thanks for the Qs!
K9MA   Single Op HP   76,0412018-01-28 18:17:17
A few weak EU stations Sat. night, none Sunday.

K3, AL-82
Shunt fed tower on 80 and 160
RX Loops for 80 and 160
(18 by 36 meter city lot)
W8AV   Single Op Assisted HP   228,3752018-01-28 18:17:20
Conditions on Friday night were really good. Lots of 10 pointers made it into
my log. The DX from EU had especially good signals. As is normally the case on
the second night, conditions were not as good, but that's Top Band operating for
you. Knocked off early on Saturday night to get some much needed sleep because
of the poorer conditions (read: can't do the sleep deprivation thing I used to
be able to do).

I counted 12 spotted DX multipliers that I never worked because:
a) they were East Coast spots that I could not hear well enough to snag
b) couldn't get them to hear me even though they were loud on my beverages
c) were buried under W/VE QRM which made the contact impossible
That said there were 88 DX stations worked. Would have been great to snag a QSO
with Z60A for an ATNO on 160, but they were so weak I could not hear them very

W/VE mults missed: NE, LB, NT, NU, SK, YT

All in all , a very enjoyable contest. Thanks for the QSO's
W6JTI   Single Op LP   82,5662018-01-28 18:21:42
Almost exactly the same score as last year. (0.5% less)

Rain kept me from flying the balloon Friday night, but the weather was OK
Saturday night, so I flew the balloon. It definitely helped.
W7YAQ   Single Op HP   70,0802018-01-28 18:22:23
I need to fix the tower shunt feed wire. It kept blowing in the wind, changing
the SWR and tripping the KPA500. 2nd evening was calmer and amp stayed on, but
condx poorer. Best dx CR3DX and EF8R.

N5XZ   Single Op Assisted HP   136,2102018-01-28 18:23:19
WOW! Another great contest! Who knew I would work more countries than states
(NH where were you?). I was mainly looking to work new countries, and I worked at
least 6 new ones. Just getting started on 160 and now about 80 worked. Low
noise (except an on/off buzz on first night) made operating fun. Now I need a good
receiving antenna.

Rig: K3/P3
Amp: Alpha 78
Ant: Inverted-L
S/W: N1MM+ (what else?)

CountryPrefix Tot Accum
5B 1 1 1
5W 1 1 2
9A 1 1 3
C6 2 2 5
CM 1 1 6
CT3 1 1 7
CU 1 1 8
DL 1 1 9
E7 1 1 10
EA 1 1 11
EA6 1 1 12
EA8 1 1 13
EI 2 2 15
ES 1 1 16
F 1 1 17
FM 1 1 18
G 7 7 25
GD 1 1 26
GM 2 2 28
GU 1 1 29
HA 1 1 30
HH 1 1 31
HI 1 1 32
IT9 1 1 33
JA 1 1 34
K 275 275 309
KH6 1 1 310
KP2 2 2 312
KP4 1 1 313
LA 1 1 314
LU 1 1 315
LX 1 1 316
LY 1 1 317
LZ 1 1 318
OH 1 1 319
OH0 1 1 320
OK 3 3 323
OM 1 1 324
ON 1 1 325
OZ 1 1 326
P4 1 1 327
PA 1 1 328
PJ2 1 1 329
S5 1 1 330
SM 1 1 331
SP 3 3 334
UA2 1 1 335
VE 27 27 362
VP9 1 1 363
XE 2 2 365
YO 1 1 366
YV 1 1 367
ZF 2 2 369
Total 369 369 369

CQ World-Wide 160 Meter DX Contest - CW - 2018-01-26 2200Z to 2018-01-28 2200Z -
374 QSOs
N5XZ Runs >10 QSOs: for computer named: ALLEN-HP

2018-01-27 1153 - 1208Z, 1823 kHz, 37 Qs, 144.3/hr N5XZ
2018-01-27 1232 - 1243Z, 1833 kHz, 22 Qs, 119.8/hr N5XZ
2018-01-28 0710 - 0717Z, 1806 kHz, 14 Qs, 117.8/hr N5XZ
2018-01-28 0759 - 0808Z, 1837 kHz, 14 Qs, 94.2/hr N5XZ
2018-01-28 0810 - 0829Z, 1837 kHz, 19 Qs, 60.8/hr N5XZ
2018-01-28 0940 - 1000Z, 1835 kHz, 16 Qs, 48.4/hr N5XZ

CQ World-Wide 160 Meter DX Contest - CW - 2018-01-26 2200Z to 2018-01-28 2200Z -
374 QSOs
N5XZ - Off Times >= 30 Minutes

2018-01-26 2200Z - 2018-01-27 0450Z 06:51 (411 mins) (Start late)
2018-01-27 0557Z - 2018-01-27 0640Z 00:44 (44 mins)
2018-01-27 0758Z - 2018-01-27 1144Z 03:47 (227 mins)
2018-01-27 1244Z - 2018-01-27 1319Z 00:36 (36 mins)
2018-01-27 1334Z - 2018-01-28 0530Z 15:57 (957 mins)
2018-01-28 1011Z - 2018-01-28 1615Z 06:04 (364 mins)

Total Time Off 33:59 (2039 mins)
Total Time On 08:17 (497 mins)
VE3JM   Single Op Assisted HP   1,166,2302018-01-28 18:25:34
Very good first night, the second night I could work/run Europe to some extent
only during their sunrise.
KP3W   Single Op LP   44,0002018-01-28 18:29:15
Busted antenna by WX at the start of the second night... :(
NR3X(N4YDU)   Single Op HP   691,3202018-01-28 18:34:04
I’ve always enjoyed operating on Top Band but I never seem to be able to clear
a weekend for one of the major 160 contests to put in a full effort. This time
around was different and I was at the controls of a fantastic station run by

W2/Summit remote station is located in the northern Catskills mountains in the
NNY section on its own private secluded mountain top oasis. There isn’t any
nearby neighbors or man made noise at this site which makes it pleasure to
operate. The 4/SQ sits over 1200 feet from the station on its own dedicated
30/ac at the very top of the ridge with drop off in all directions. To put this
into perspective here is a birds eye video taken by a drone.

As many have noted, the first night was special. I was hoping for higher rates
in the early hours but as the quality of DX began to come in I really didn’t
care about the rate too much. The first night produced 255 EUs with huge signals
coming at EU sunrise. The last EU logged the first night was a little after 8Z.
From that point through sunrise the band was steady with a good number of strong
west coast stations logged and a very loud KH7M. An hour or so before sunrise I
managed to grab 5W1SA. Now the hope was to somehow get a JA in the log. About 40
minutes prior to sunset I heard a W7 station working a JA station that I could
copy. About 10 minutes later I found a spot around 1822 and began calling CQ and
I was delighted to be answered by three JAs over the next 20 minutes or so.
Having never worked a JA on 160 from any part of the world, this was quite
exciting for me.

Propagation wasn’t nearly as good the second night and rates were slow but I
was still determined to push forward. There was a decent EU peak at EU sunrise
and that lifted my spirits and I was surprised to see another 94 EU stations
logged bringing the total to 351 for the contest. I took a nap from 9-11Z and
then operated a few more hours to fill up my 30 hour allotment of operating

I’m continually impressed by the quality of operation that is attainable
through remote means. This was a great outing with no technical problems using
the Elecraft K3/0.

Thanks for the great weekend.



Cabrillo Statistics (Version 10g) by K5KA & N6TV


-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y ---------------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Rate Total Pct
2200 112 0 0 0 0 0 112 112 8.5
2300 87 0 0 0 0 0 87 199 15.2
0000 91 0 0 0 0 0 91 290 22.1
0100 59 0 0 0 0 0 59 349 26.6
0200 76 0 0 0 0 0 76 425 32.4
0300 66 0 0 0 0 0 66 491 37.4
0400 81 0 0 0 0 0 81 572 43.6
0500 77 0 0 0 0 0 77 649 49.5
0600 91 0 0 0 0 0 93 742 56.6
0700 51 0 0 0 0 0 51 793 60.4
0800 47 0 0 0 0 0 47 840 64.0
0900 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 872 66.5
1000 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 896 68.3
1100 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 923 70.4
1200 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 961 73.2
1300 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 965 73.6
1400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 965 73.6
1500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 965 73.6
1600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 965 73.6
1700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 965 73.6
1800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 965 73.6
1900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 965 73.6
2000 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 975 74.3
2100 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 995 75.8
2200 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 1023 78.0
2300 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1041 79.3
0000 43 0 0 0 0 0 43 1084 82.6
0100 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 1122 85.5
0200 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 1136 86.6
0300 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 1163 88.6
0400 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 1176 89.6
0500 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 1195 91.1
0600 40 0 0 0 0 0 40 1235 94.1
0700 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 1268 96.6
0800 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 1276 97.3
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1276 97.3
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1276 97.3
1100 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 1288 98.2
1200 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 1302 99.2
1300 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 1312 100.0
1400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1312 100.0
1500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1312 100.0
1600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1312 100.0
1700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1312 100.0
1800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1312 100.0
1900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1312 100.0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1312 100.0
2100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1312 100.0
Total 1310 0 0 0 0 0 1312

Gross QSOs=1362 Dupes=50 Net QSOs=1312

Unique callsigns worked = 1310

The best 60 minute rate was 112/hour from 2200 to 2259
The best 30 minute rate was 130/hour from 2200 to 2229
The best 10 minute rate was 144/hour from 2224 to 2233

The best 1 minute rates were:
4 QSOs/minute 8 times.
3 QSOs/minute 62 times.
2 QSOs/minute 263 times.
1 QSOs/minute 568 times.

----------------- C o n t i n e n t S u m m a r y -----------------
160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
North America 948 0 0 0 0 0 948 72.3
South America 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
Europe 351 0 0 0 0 0 351 26.9
Asia 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
Africa 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
Oceania 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
Total 1310 0 0 0 0 0 1310

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
3 9
4 695
5 441
6 157
7 5
8 2
9 3

------------------ C o u n t r y S u m m a r y ------------------
Country 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
5B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
5W 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
9A 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
C6 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
CM 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
CT 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
CT3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
CU 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
DL 71 0 0 0 0 0 71 5.4
E7 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
EA 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.5
EA6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
EA8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
EI 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
ES 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
EU 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.5
F 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.5
FM 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
G 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 2.3
GD 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
GI 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
GM 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
GU 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
GW 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
HA 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 1.1
HB 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
HH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
HI 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
I 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.8
*IT9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
JA 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
K 867 0 0 0 0 0 867 66.1
KG4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
KH6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
KP2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
LA 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.6
LX 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
LY 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.9
LZ 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
OE 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
OH 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.9
OH0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
OK 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 2.1
OM 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.6
ON 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
OZ 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
P4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
PA 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.9
PJ2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
S5 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.8
SM 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.5
SP 22 0 0 0 0 0 24 1.8
SV 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
TF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
UA 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.6
UA2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
UR 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.8
VE 66 0 0 0 0 0 66 5.0
VP9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
XE 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
YL 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
YO 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
YU 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
YV 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
ZF 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
Total 1310 0 0 0 0 0 1310
------------ M u l t i p l i e r S u m m a r y ------------
Mult 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
14 171 0 0 0 0 0 171 13.0
15 146 0 0 0 0 0 146 11.1
NY 65 0 0 0 0 0 65 5.0
VA 57 0 0 0 0 0 57 4.3
PA 56 0 0 0 0 0 56 4.3
OH 52 0 0 0 0 0 52 4.0
IL 52 0 0 0 0 0 52 4.0
MD 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 2.9
ON 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 2.6
MI 31 0 0 0 0 0 31 2.4
FL 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 2.3
MA 29 0 0 0 0 0 29 2.2
NC 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 2.1
TN 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 2.1
TX 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 2.1
NJ 26 0 0 0 0 0 26 2.0
16 26 0 0 0 0 0 26 2.0
AZ 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 1.8
CA 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 1.8
IN 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 1.7
CT 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 1.5
WI 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 1.5
MN 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 1.5
AL 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1.4
MO 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 1.3
SC 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1.2
GA 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 1.1
NH 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 1.0
IA 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.9
WV 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.8
CO 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.8
08 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.8
KS 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.8
KY 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0.8
ME 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0.8
20 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0.8
QC 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.6
MS 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.6
MT 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.5
OK 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.5
NM 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.5
WA 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.5
NB 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
DE 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
VT 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
AR 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
NV 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
OR 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
AB 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
BC 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
UT 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
RI 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
LA 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
DC 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
09 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
PEI 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
25 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
33 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
SK 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
NS 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
ID 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
05 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
ND 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
SD 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
NF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
40 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
WY 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
31 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
32 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
06 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
MB 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
Total 1310 0 0 0 0 0 1310

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
0 75 5.7
1 93 7.1
2 101 7.7
3 116 8.8
4 150 11.4
5 51 3.9
6 32 2.4
7 52 4.0
8 99 7.5
9 98 7.5
Total 867 66.1
N6XI   Single Op Assisted HP   46,9642018-01-28 18:34:30
Operated locally in Truckee Friday night and Saturday morning, then went to
Saratoga and operated remotely Saturday night. Missed the panadapter when
remote. Is this SO2C (Single Op Two Chairs)?

KPA1500 worked well. Relatively loud field test power supply fans are totally
inaudible when operating remotely. ;-)
K8BKM   Single Op Assisted HP   90,6502018-01-28 18:35:07
What a difference a day can make.

I had a bad cold most of the week leading up to the contest. Thursday and Friday
were the worst days. At the start of the contest I just couldn't muster the
strength or interest in making any Q's. I tuned around and monitored spots and
observed very good conditions and a quiet band. I was looking primarily for new
countries. Worked P33W and LX7I and turned in early. Saturday was my turn-around
day. I woke up feeling much better and regained strength and interest throughout
the day. By the time the sun set I was ready to go. I started out just S&P
up and down the band and eventually found a clear freq and ran. Unfortunately
the band wasn't nearly as good a shape as Friday night. Signals from EU were way
down. I wish I felt better Friday night. Managed to work 5.5 - 6 hours before
turning in. Kept looking for NE, HI and AK. I heard both NE and AK stations but
never found them calling CQ and they never called me. Got up early Sunday to
work west coast stations and maybe something in the Pacific, but just padded the
log with CONUS stations.

Missed states & provinces: NE, LB, NF, NT, NU, PE, YT. Missed WAS by three

Only two new countries; P3 and LX, bringing my total up to 87. 160M DXCC is one
of the greatest challenges in the hobby.

Feeling much better today, too.

73, and thanks for the Q's!

NX6T   Multi-Op HP   145,0802018-01-28 18:40:24
Lots of deep fades as usual. Some remote problems as usual. Missed NF ( Heard
him but couldn't get thru pileup etc) No LB or NT and where was DC??
Ironic..during NAQP there is a stn that always sends DC even though he is
actually classified as MD as no DC mult in NAQP where is he in this
contest ? Oh well.....2 K3s, ACOM 2000A, Expert 2K-FA amps 160 mtr INV V dipole
at 70 ft and lots of RX Noise ( S5 to S7) as no room for Beverages...73 de
Dennis N6KI
W7RH   Single Op LP   150,2552018-01-28 18:40:37
Greetings, thank everyone for patience and contacts as I had intermittent
transfer relay on receive.

This was my best ever effort SOLP in CQ160CW but still not quite enough to get
the W7 record. Friday evening I had my best ever EU run. It paid off very well
to spend 4-5 hours S&P to get those needed multipliers. EU sunrise brought 8
qso's in a row with 3 new multipliers in zones 14 and 15 in about 15 minutes
when signals peaked answering my CQ!

Band conditions remained good through sunrise with a good Asia opening. I had
about 40 JA contacts but missed several great multipliers due to increased
activity and operating strategies which are forever changing... More players
and small windows makes things tougher.

Saturday conditions changed for the worse rapidly and opening to Europe never
occurred. Only Eastern US sea board and deep south had small openings from what
I could tell.

Only a few South American stations were active. None calling CQ. It would appear
the same to VK and ZL. Those that were on appeared to only be search and
JA activity significantly less to US. They are getting more competitive and
looking for outside US QSO's just like us. I heard many working east Asia and EU
not listening to US. Western US sunrise brought a host of badly needed
multipliers heard but not worked.

It was a great contest full of surprises and I am looking forward for a few
years of solar minimum. Records to be broken!!!

Bob, W7RH

Rig TS-590SG
RX and TX on 5el short (43ft)vertical array configured as 3el End fire NE,SE,SW
and NW. 4el Broadside end fire array configuration East/West.
N6TQ   Single Op HP   31,1482018-01-28 18:44:31

Thank you for the Qs and your patience.


Jim Colletto - N6TQ
K3, 500w, 160m short dipole @ 25' feet.
KK7A   Single Op LP   13,4312018-01-28 18:44:33
Wanted to see what 160m was like from the northeast part of the US, so I got on
for a little over 3 hours remote to a station in CT. Big difference compared to
my home station in Idaho. Very fun!
WA7AN(K9DR)   Single Op Assisted HP   100,7882018-01-28 18:44:54
Worked a few Europeans for the first time. Made some improvement in the
receiving antenna, but still am an alligator. Worked a few JA's Sunday morning,
but know there were lots more calling me. Just couldn't hear well enough to dig
them out. Transmit antenna is the feedline to the 80 meter inverted Vee with
its apex at about 50'. Ground system consists of 16 radials to the property
lines plus the swimming pool! K3/P3 to AL82 at 1,500 Watts.
VE3VN   Single Op LP   408,1002018-01-28 18:46:40
First night very good, even though I operated intermittently. Opening to Europe
so good after midnight that up to 3 were answering my CQ at a time. Since I'm
relatively new to 160 that was a really nice experience. Many mults entered the
log that way since I could not find them or convince them to hear me otherwise.
The northeast Beverage really helped pull through many of the callers from

Second night not so nice. Little worked from Europe although several unexpected
mults were worked. I had pretty well worked out what could hear me on this side
of the ocean so it was slow going. Several states/provs (and countries) missed
that could not hear me. I took many short (and long) breaks and did other things
even while CQing to avoid getting too bored. Only reason I stuck it out was in
the hope of great things at European sunrise. No such luck.

Rig: FTdx5000
Rx: Beverage (more planned)
Tx: Temporary/winter T-top vertical hung from the new 43m tower
K3PH   Multi-Op HP   215,8802018-01-28 18:47:43
W3MF did most of the operating. Apparently, he can actually tolerate 160! Who
W1HIS   Single Op Assisted HP   227,5522018-01-28 18:50:06
My QTH is in a densely developed inner suburb of Boston, so my received noise
level is high and I don't have room for a proper antenna for this band. My
antenna for both TX and RX is a sloper, 70 ft (21m) long and 30 ft (9m) high.
New this year is a second antenna for RX only: a horizontal doublet 107 ft
long and 55 ft high. With these two antennas my K3S does diversity reception,
which seems to help. Neither antenna is consistently better or worse than the
other; and sometimes I hear a signal via one antenna or the other. This score
is my best ever in CQ 160 CW, but I attribute this score more to favorable
propagation than to my new diversity-reception setup.
W1FJ   Single Op HP   110,6282018-01-28 18:52:05
Had fun, some running, some S&Ping, some DXing. Great condx and
participation. Thanks to all for the Q's
WT2P   Single Op Assisted HP   79,3172018-01-28 18:52:49
Came close to doubling last year's bottom line score (vs 40068 last yr), with 4
more State/Prov mults and 6 more countries than last year. Managed to crack into
Europe Friday night to get some new band countries.

Friday off to a great start with 2 back to back 50 hours, then the rest was just
BIC time to keep things going from there. Europe started out very faint here but
as their sunrise occurred their signals popped up and I was able to work them.
Also had a few new Caribbean band countries as well. Crashed around 0800Z with
the intention of waking up to try to get HI and a couple west coast stations.
That didn't happen. I ended the first night at 352 contacts which in 2017 took
me the whole weekend to get.

Saturday out of boredom I called CQ during the day because I saw a couple
signals appear on the bandscope and because a WRTC competitor told me that I
would make the perfect 160M daytime operator at a M/M (as a joke) and actually
had 6 people respond to my CQ. Skimmers indicated I was fairly strong to the
near East (IL/IN/MI). I took it easy Saturday night, with the anticipation of
staying up to get Hawaii (My last state for 160M WAS) but it was not to be.
Crashed around 0600Z with 522 in the log. Kept hitting snooze for an alarm set
for 0800Z. Back on the air to close it out at 1100Z.

It was a 50/50 split of run and S&P. Mostly a lot of running on Friday when
I could find a freq. Occasionally there were people that I quite simply could
not hear who apparently were on the same frequency. That happened a lot.

Worked 54 SMC members, thanks to all who got on! There was a lot of SMC

Station worked flawlessly, no antenna issues, no amplifier issues (I ran between
5-700W depending on the subband) with the new to me SPE 1K-FA. I did see a
couple warnings when I ventured high into the band above 1850, but simple
recalibration of the Expert's internal ATU in low power mode seemed to resolve
it. There were times I wish I had RX antennas. Not sure how BOGs will work
criscrossing radials (my backyard is a web of wire). I'll have to look into

W4OC   Single Op Assisted LP   44,0642018-01-28 18:56:51
Very low noise, great conditions.
KC9EE   Single Op Assisted HP   18,4462018-01-28 19:08:55
Not much chair time. Spent a lot of time checking how well the Spectrum Window
works for S&P in N1MM+. Quite a nice surprise to me for some reason.
Also, had some nice 15 minute runs. Lots of fun. Hope to actually schedule
working this contest next year. 73, KC9EE
KA1J   Single Op QRP   78,3422018-01-28 19:13:11
Another challenge for this geezer to stay up like I was a teenager again.

For once the local noise wasn't horrible, still there but better than usual
(AMTRAK 75' from my antennas is not my friend). The HI-Z circle 8 & the
triangular helped but on the other hand,,, it is so frustrating to hear so many
DX stations and not be heard. 5W doesn't do much in a contest. Grayline is magic
though, several DX stations I futilely called at least 50 times each through the
contest called me when I was CQing mid-way through grayline and added to the

I found the QRM wasn't so bad this time either, for the most part people tried
not to QRM. One guy I'll not call out came on top of me, called QRL? and in the
same moment immediately called CQ; Once a toad, always a toad.

One of the things I felt most strongly is the absence of my mentor, PAT,
W5WMU/W1WMU. Old friends, we would always find each other during a contest and
say hi for a minute, now only the memory of his key remains. I'd like to share
with him my happiness in this all time high score but I can only do that in a
toast to Auld lang Syne.

Hope you all had as much fun as I did. 73, Gary, KA1J
VE3NE   Single Op Assisted HP   332,6882018-01-28 19:22:27
That is how much I was able to squeeze out from a city lot...:-) Could have
spent more time but had other stuff to take care of. Condx were not the best
espacially second nite. I am using an inverted L with 33 ft vertical and a bent sloping section with 4 elevated zig-zag radials. RX is on a coax loop that surprisingly works very very well. I love having a rotatable antenna on 160m...:-)
The band was very quiet both nights.
CU next time.
Lali, VE3NE
W4GE   Single Op Assisted HP   227,4762018-01-28 19:28:25
Bare-knuckle 'test. Brawl between conditions, DX spots, coveted band spot, and
finding new ones of any category. All equipment ran well, but still didn't help
in hearing the EU's any better than just barely out of the noise.

Rig: Elecraft K3(S), P3, Acom 1500, XMatch tuner. K3 most of the time in
diversity mode.

Antennas: Xmit: base loaded 80m 1/4 wave vertical. RX: Pixel loop, RBOG (N/S),
RBOG (E/W), Pennant (NE).

Software: N1MM+

Thanks to all who came back to me and for your gracious acceptance when I could
not pull you out of the noise.

W9PA   Single Op Assisted HP   132,2402018-01-28 19:30:26
K3, P3, K-Pod, Acom 1000, 1/4-wave slanted wire against 64 - 1/4-wave radials
Software: DXLog by 9A5K V2.3.15

All S&P. DX was barely audible this contest.
KB9DKR   Single Op LP   34,8842018-01-28 19:34:52
I enjoyed the terrific NA propagation on Top Band. My operating hours were
decided mostly by my kids' bedtimes and it all worked great. I switched between
two antennas--a temporary vertical ground plane for longer ranges and a
permanent indoor dipole for shorter ranges. Thanks for the QSOs. Carl, KB9DKR
N6PN   Single Op LP   2,6202018-01-28 19:35:30
Elecraft K3 100 watts
HF6V vertical
VE1/K7SJ   Single Op LP   160,3922018-01-28 19:41:09
Thanks for the QSO's. Had a nice EU run on Sunday early AM.
WD5R(N5ECT)   Single Op HP   394,4602018-01-28 19:44:39
I would have had this in much earlier,
but when I saw 60 in the (state/prov) slot,
I panicked. Took time to go to my Audicity
recording and under all the QRN, did find
VO2LS with the NL section. Would not have
surprised me if He had given up on the contact,
considering how much trouble I had with the QRN.

Band was great early first night, but QRN
moved in and more than once I considered
going QRT.

Then I considered that at my age, ain't gona
have lot more opportunities to play this game.

The sunrise guys in Europe were great,
working me through the qrn.

Being 'Elderly', I never learned how to use all
the fancy stuff to justify 'assisted' contesting.
Everything in my log comes direct from my K3.

40 acres of beverages, dedicated 130ft 1/4 wave vertical,
amp on the low side of 1.5k out

Both nights are on Audicity.
I may need some technical help if anyone is interested.

email.. wd5r at

Doug, n5ect
Handy Man at WD5R
KØIDX   Single Op HP   231,1202018-01-28 19:47:05
Upper MidWest Black Hole.... at least there was no aurora this year.
N6WS   Single Op Assisted HP   23,7772018-01-28 19:56:13
Rig: FTDX-5000MP, Expert 2K-FA, MFJ-1026
Ant: Elevated Cushcraft MA160v & OCFD @40 ft.

I missed the opening from CA to EU on Saturday night. I was on during the same
time-frame on Sunday night, but no luck. It was the shakedown cruise for the
newly installed MA160V, which seems to work better than I expected.
W5UE   Single Op HP   120,9162018-01-28 19:59:21
Good to hear so many MS stations active this year... no shortage of that
multiplier to go around.. :-)

Station: K3/P3, Alpha 8410 Amp
Antennas: Inv L, NE/NW/SE Beverages
K7XC   Single Op Assisted HP   110,0842018-01-28 20:01:03
This was a very interesting event. The conditions from Friday afternoon thru
Sunrise on Saturday Morning were overall pretty good with small periods of
degradation that seems to just appear and then vanish minutes later. I was able
to hold a frequency most of the night which greatly improved my score. The
Multipliers kept rolling in including many DX stations including EF8R and CR3DX
who each called me with S9 signals. Working over 20+ JA stations at 10 point
each was a huge boon to the final score. Tuning the band I found JT5DX working
stations. Attempts to work him failed so I returned to running stations and went
back at the exact moment the Sun poked above the horizon, Called him once and
got thru the pileup! A nice way to cap off the first days operations. I returned
Saturday afternoon 2 hours before Sunset hearing stations all the way to the
Midwest! Tuning the band I found K0IDX, answering him he gave me ND! The last W0
multiplier I needed. Working him 2 hours before sunset was a huge surprise! As
it grew Dark the band was clearly disturbed with plenty of rapid QSB. Signals
beyond W0/W8/W4 seemed to be locked behind a wall making their signals weak and
full of echo. As the night progressed things slowly improved. Finally after
local Midnight signals were now in the clear and very loud. As the night
progressed I slowly kept finding more multipliers both NA and DX. At this point
missing only WV I kept tuning the band working anyone not in my Log. Afterwards
I began to CQ again with slow but steady results. A weak N8 kept trying to work
me until on his 4th try he rose up out of the noise and voila! gave me WV!
Determined to now break 500 Qs and 100K points I kept at it digging thru the
noise slowly working new stations until I broke 110K ! By then it was almost 4AM
and I couldn't stay awake anymore and packed it in. I am very happy with the
final score as I never thought to do so well at the start. I ended up Working 14
countries over the event with 4 of them new on 160M!! In the last 2 weeks I have
managed to find 13 new countries bringing me very close to completing DXCC! Not
bad for a very old IC-746 driving an AL-80B to 700W into a 30ft tall 170ft long
Inverted "L". Thanks to all who worked me!
K5CM   Multi-Op HP   196,4112018-01-28 20:09:42
No chance for us to win of course, but thanks to Pam we sure had some good food
Saturday evening.
Connie, K5CM
NS3T   Single Op LP   15,4372018-01-28 20:14:51
Conditions sounded great. Unfortunately, I had no time to spare, and doing a
late night wasn't in the cards. I turned on the radio at 9 am local time on
Sunday, and managed to work west of the Mississippi River several times. Even
in my short stint, I worked one new DXCC to get me to 85, all low power. Sooner
or later, I will get to 100.

73 Jamie NS3T
KV8P   Single Op LP   1,8402018-01-28 20:20:45
Short effort for me on a fairly ineffective (HOA) antenna. However, any contest
effort is enjoyable. (I basically made if from the bottom to top (S&P only)
once. :) Looking forward to next year!
WQ4RP   Multi-Op QRP   56,5472018-01-28 20:20:48
Rig: Flex 6300 @5W
Ant: Vertical loop with elevated counterpoise

Dick N4HAY,JP AB4PP, and Paul AA4XX activated the KnightLites Excalibur QRP
contest site for CQWW160CW 2018.

Condx were good both nites, but we opted for a laid back operating style this
year. We shared 5 hour shifts, with a primary goal of having fun.

The Flex 6300 is proving to be FB contest rig, although there definitely is a
learning curve for new ops, as we have Smart SDR, SDR Bridge, CW Skimmer, and
N1MM syncing up with each other, and the inevitable occasional hiccups call for
some interesting learning moments. Saturday evening the N1MM+ database became
corrupted, but fortunately our log file was OK, so we were able to get N1MM
running with no further problems.

It was interesting to see skimmer spots from JA -- the first time I have ever
spots from JA on Top Band. It was also nice to have W6 and VE7 answer our CQ,
something that has not occurred to us before while running QRP.

Our team is becoming a bit more seasoned with each contest, and we are looking
fwd to our next contesting adventure together.

Thanks to all the great ops out there.

73, Paul AA4XX
Trustee for WQ4RP
W3IP   Single Op HP   44,2502018-01-28 20:25:43
Band seemed noisier on Sunday AM
W9NXM   Single Op LP   28,0802018-01-28 20:27:26
ZF2BJ(KØBJ)   Single Op LP   79,7272018-01-28 20:28:08
I had hoped to operate both nights but the red-eye flight Friday was too much
and I slept in hopes of being good Saturday. The rig in place at ZF1A was a
FT-767 which had defective sidetone. I swapped for the more familiar to me
IC-756.  Luckily Andrew ZF2EJ came along and found the 6-pin power cord.... I
was halfway through jury-rigging light duty alligator clips for my 12V
delivery.  I also discovered we needed to deploy 450' of RG-6 for the SAL-20
array - Andrew made quick work of that in the now dark. Wiring up the DX
Engineering RTR-2 rx ant switch was straightforward. SOunds like I shoulda been
on Friday night for the better condx.

Condx seemed a bit soft, using 100W and the ZF1A 2el wire beam. I didn't get a
good run going until after my 1-4AM nap (admittedly I didn't over-try earlier).
Normally EU is fairly easy from  ZF but I bagged just 4 EU (missed OK) and 9
Carib/SA.  I worked N2IC K0EU K0AV W7SE K0RF. Missed KS! NE ID DC.... heard DC
and I heard my buddy K0WA working a 9 portanle in KS but didn't snag either. 
K0RF was S&Ped while I was checking DX Summit on another screen, shortly b4
my nap  When he came back with  ?  after my report, I realized I'd sent  5NN
KS   :-)

ZF9CW was pleased when I called in for a mult.

We're here just a week..... I hope to operate 1 or 2 more evenings.  Will try
to advise when I go.  It's about 30 minute drive to ZF1A shack. 

255 QSO   1307 pts   48 US/VE  13 DX    79,727 score
N2IC   Single Op HP   258,9902018-01-28 20:29:42
Other commitments, happening this weekend every year, make this a part-time
effort. Besides, with a single element transmit antenna, it's just not fun to
get trounced by nearby stations with serious 160 antennas.

8 of my 10 operating hours were on Saturday night. My usual rule-of-thumb is
that if it doesn't open to Europe by 0530Z, it's not going to open. Boy, was I
wrong ! My first EU was SM4CAN at 0608Z. That's not to say that I didn't hear
other stations earlier, but they couldn't hear me. A few more EU S&P until
0643Z, but nothing to get excited about. I started running at 0649Z, and still
can't believe what happened between 0649Z and 0830Z. A real EU run - 70 EU
QSO's. Many of the G's and EA's that called sounded more like 40 meters. Lots of
others, much weaker, but well after their sunrise. This is a first for me on 160
- wish I recorded it. Looking at RBN data, it seems that this was a spotlight
opening for me and my neighbor, N5FO (30 miles west of me), with signals
dropping off quickly moving west into Arizona.

Thanks for the QSO's !

Steve, N2IC
K6SRZ   Single Op HP   33,9202018-01-28 20:31:54
No time for a serious effort. The XYL and I celebrated our 50th anniversary
this weekend!
W9RE   Single Op HP   264,0332018-01-28 20:41:14
Conditions very quiet but European signals here not very loud. Only worked 46
Europeans this year compared with 136 last year. Might have missed the later
opening as I quit each night around 0600z first night and 0500z the 2nd.

Good activity and thanks for all the Q's.
K1KA   Single Op Assisted HP   127,1062018-01-28 20:46:14
Enjoyed the entire contest but especially the nice conditions Friday night. The
new NE beverage helped quite a bit, but the "U" in the top wire of the
Double L, maybe took a little back on TX. Never felt loud, but patience usually
paid off. Thanks all, but especially CQ for sponsoring.

K3S, SPE 1.3K-FA, Double L, Beverage.

73, Dave, K1KA
N4PN   Single Op Assisted HP   193,0562018-01-28 20:49:18
Friday night was great....lots of DX...everyone at my home has the flu now
for over a week...had ole BIC in the chair until it was more of a drag than
fun....hit the sack...Saturday night not nearly as good for DX....went to bed
early....didn't feel like getting up for sunrise either morning...
Thanks to all who made it into the log....
73, Paul, N4PN
W4NZ   Single Op HP   143,7352018-01-28 20:51:56
Conditions Friday evening were amazing. I've never heard an EU opening like
that, not from Tennessee. Thanks for the QSO's.
73, Ted W4NZ

Orion II, AL-1200 inverted-L with one elevated radial
NIØR   Single Op LP   32,0652018-01-28 21:00:21
Thanks, everyone.

Elecraft K3-100
160m inv-L in the trees
KØEU   Single Op LP   59,6612018-01-28 21:04:06
Couldn't find South Dakota for the worked all lower 48 award. Conditions were
great, but never heard any Europeans during the times I was on.
AI6O   Single Op Assisted HP   21,5002018-01-28 21:07:18
Great contest, excellent conditions on Friday. Saturday evening started out
very slow, but improved. Sunday a.m. was not bad. I need to get beyond the
first level of closer-in stations, as I hear weak sigs and can copy them but
they usually don’t hear me. Still one of my favorite bands and contests.
Significant increase in my numbers this year over last. Thanks to all for Qs and
the fun. 73

Ed, AI6O
KØWA   Single Op Assisted HP   96,0702018-01-28 21:16:03
Friday night was great. Saturday night not so much. Thanks for all the Qs

K3 - P3 - AL82 - HF-Auto Tuner - Inverted-L

No Beverage or loop

K5KU   Single Op LP   250,0022018-01-28 21:20:03
75 watt K3, inv. L...

I'm sure I will loose a couple of multipliers because of QRN. Severe T-storms
Friday night caused 3.5 hour power outage (not to mention QRN), Very hard to
break through the East coast with 75 w. Most Eu worked by answering my CQ. No
storms Saturday night but the rain and QRN persisted all night and was maddening
making me want to rip off the headphones. But hey...only losers quit!
VA7ST   Single Op HP   86,2682018-01-28 21:23:49
An enjoyable 11 hours with the band playing nicely. The AL80B ran well, and for
a first high-power outing proved a great addition to the fun-factor. Second
highest personal best in this one, falling 2,000 points (one mult) shy of 2005,
which must have been a heck of a year using low power.

Missed VE4EA and VE4VT who were behind impenetrable walls of big callers when I
heard them in the wee hours Sunday morning. Was surprised to also miss any KH6
and KL7 action, though a little more tuning around probably would have filled in
those mults.

Year Qs Mults Score Time on avg/hr
------------------------------------ -------- ------
JANUARY-16 SOHP 348 52 86,268 11.0 hrs 31.6
JANUARY-16 solp 82 26 10,322 3.1 hrs 26.5
January-15 SOLP 42 14 2,674 2.1 hrs 20.0
January-14 SOLP 127 39 23,829 5.1 hrs 24.9
January-13 SOLP 115 34 19,176 4.1 hrs 28.0
January-12 SOLP 74 20 7,329 2.5 hrs 29.6
January-11 SOLP 67 22 7,040 4.0 hrs 16.7
January-10 SOLP 247 52 60,528 9.5 hrs 26.0
January-09 SOLP 244 50 59,100 5.5 hrs 44.4
January-08 SOLP 240 49 55,762 -
January-07 SOLP 145 39 27,027 8.5 hrs 28.2
January-06 SOLP 220 48 50,400 7.0 hrs 31.4
January-05 SOLP 342 54 88,182 10.6 hrs 32.3
W2VJN(@N6LF)   Single Op HP   224,9262018-01-28 21:30:30
It was fun as usual. Glad to get in some operating while I wait for the new
house to be built.

600+ Qs the first night and only 200+ the second. For a while on Saturday night
there were big holes in the band with no stations.

Only mult heard and not worked was VO1HP. He was very weak here. Only one Euro
heard and worked was TM6M.

Thanks to Rudy, N6LF for the use of his station.

3 element reversible tx array
400 ft beverage
VE3CV   Single Op Assisted HP   153,0852018-01-28 21:33:10
Sunny day Friday so walked all the Beverages to check for tight connections and
good resistors and coax...found 270deg BOG with bad coax..probably water, so was
a bit def to the west. Good news was that all my local wind towers were asleep
so no QRM/QRN! Friday night was a dream..almost like 2009, so way too much fun.
Put P33W in the log a 0046Z...normally have to wait until 0300Z with 100W for
EU. Made 22 10 pointers on Friday/Saturday and beat best score for this
contest...all S&P. What fun at the close of EU sunrise with 4 G stations
showing up after 0800Z and then MI0BPB coming on at 0829Z with most of NA gone
to call. Finally KH7X at 0900Z, but it was a struggle....still no
prop to the Pacific this year.

Different story Saturday/ all of you know. All the wind towers were
turning putting S1 birdies almost everywhere on the band! Only one 10 pointer
from CR2W at 0829Z, but mostly because I was falling asleep at the keyboard and
decided to snooze (OMG!) at 0230Z for an 1.5 hour to give my brain a chance to
make it through EU sunrise again. But dummy set the alarm for 11AM instead of
11PM (0400Z) and didn't wake up until 0800Z...bummer. Getting too old. At
least I have read that EU sunrise was not as good Sunday morning. No
consolation. Slim pickings after that, so packed it in at 0900Z. After reading
Mike's VE9AA comments, I shouldn't complain about local noise sources. Yikes.

Missed NE and AK for WAS and a bunch of Canada as usual. Some amazing ears out
there so thanks for all the Qs.

Finally, CQ why do SOLP(A) stations have to enter as SOHP(A) only in this
contest? I think there are enough of us without 160m amps that would like to
compete amongst ourselves than to have to play with the QRO big boys. Seems
silly to me, but I'm only here for the DXing (hence Assisted) and to test the
station. On the other hand, why does 3830 submittal form and N1MM allow SOLP(A)
category to be entered for CQ160CW? Online score reporting has it correct. We
all end up as HP in the final CQ analysis.

Overall, a great contest with lots of good Ops and just a few alligators. Back
under my rock.
73, Jeff VE3CV

Yaesu FT-1000MP (1995) with Inrad 250Hz and Roofing filters.
80m inverted V Zepp at 50ft used as top loaded vertical with 16 radials.
Temporary winter 600ft Beverages for EU (45), JA (330), and AF (90).
BOGs for VK (270) and SA(170).
N1MM+ worked great as usual...thanks to the developer team!
K9PG   Single Op LP   158,0042018-01-28 21:34:55
It's rare for me to be called by EU... happened 3 or 4 times this weekend, along
with being called by EF8R, ZF2BJ and KH6AT. Missed AK for WAS.

Ended the 1st night at 1052z with 620 x 58 x 17, only new mult the 2nd day was

Last QSO was 0731z... 10 min of answered CQs and a rate of under 20 an hour
was just no longer any fun.

3 Beverage On Ground "BOG"s
Inverted L in a tree with 25 unmeasured radials and 200 sq ft of chicken wire.
N3HEE   Single Op Assisted HP   259,7102018-01-28 21:39:00
Great band conditions overall. Friday night was better with a nice extended
opening to EU which started early in the evening. Saturday night was much slower
for EU and started much later. Worked every state but AK. Worked 55 countries.
Worked 82 ten pointers and 61 five pointers. Managed to break last years score
by 61K points and work 5 less hours. Need to improve TX antenna. K3 @ 1500 W
into Inverted L over K2AV FCP. K9AY loop for RX.
DJ1YFK   Single Op QRP   33,9852018-01-28 21:39:13
K2, 5W, 10m vertical out of 4th floor roof window + topload wire suspended by
another 10m fibreglass mast horizontally out of the same window; total 25m

Only QRV Saturday night. Highlights were QSOs with P33W and CR3DX - great ears!

Thanks for all QSOs!

Fabian, DJ1YFK
OHØR(OH2PM)   Single Op Assisted HP   526,9462018-01-28 21:39:25
You might remember that Brando is located in the eastern part of the Aland
Islands. The municipality consists of hundreds of small rocky islands and about

450 permanent inhabitants.
The 160 antenna farm consists of two wire dipoles: one sloping to the west and
the other to the east from a 42 m tower. When I arrived at the station, late on
Thursday evening, I found the east bound antenna wire laying on the road. It was
already dark so I could not see what exactly had happened. On Friday I found
that the recent storms had cut the wire at the top of the tower. The dipole wire
was stuck on trees, actually top branches of three different trees.
I did not have materials strong enough to build a new dipole. I had to cut two
10 m high trees. The lower tail, end of the dipole, had twisted around the guy
wire about 7 m high. The wire was too high to reach without a ladder, and there
was no ladder on site. I found out that there was a ladder about 1 kilometer
away from the station site, and as it happened, I had to carry two pieces of
ladder from the village. The transportation would have been easier by car, but I
had no ski rack on my car. After that I had to take a brake because this was all
I could do by myself.

Then I called Kim, OH6KZP, and he was kind enough to take the last ferry on
Friday night and come over to give me a hand.

Kim arrived late Friday night. I worked the first contest night (Fri-Sat), 9
hours, with the west bound antenna only.

Then, on Saturday noon we got the dipole repaired. And just when it was ready to
be lifted up to the tower, rain and snow fall began!

I am almost 77 years old and as you might ques, I climb rather slowly especially
in 0..+2 C deg, windy and rainy weather. I have to admit, when climbing up, I
had some concerns with my thumb freezing and operating the safety belt with my
freezing hands, wearing a pair of wet gloves.
After all, Saturday noon the work was done and I was safely back on the ground
(actually, on solid rock). To my relief, Kim kindly carried the ladder back to
the village and I tested the dipole. According to the measurements, SWR was
acceptable on the CW portion of the band.

Kim went back to the continent by 2.20 pm ferry.
As one can imagine, all of my clothes were thoroughly wet, and it took some time
to get my body warmed up again.

My original plan was to operate at least 12 hours during the second night.
Unfortunately, I had to give up and take a rest since my legs gave me a really
hard time (muscle pain, cramps etc). This was due to the extra strain in the
cold, wet and windy tower climb.

For sure, this was an unforgettable CQ 160 CW contest and hopefully the only one
of the kind. After this adventurous trip, I was back to the continent at 3 pm,
and arrived home (safe and sound) at 5 pm.

Many thanks for the QSOs.
Some times contesting on TOP band can be very exciting.

See you in the next contets.

Pertti, OH2PM
G2X(GØDCK)   Single Op LP   192,6482018-01-28 21:41:41
Quick lash up with antenna 65ft inverted L , Band on saterday morning the best
but very tired and went to bed early so missed dx, but great fun and thanks to
all that worked me , rx very poor here qrn is very high, 73 all see you in next
one i hope, G2X .
K3KU   Single Op LP   44,1722018-01-28 21:45:17
As usual with 160M 'Tests, doing only the second night and starting about 00Z
gives a great "fresh meat" burst for the first couple of hours. I had
been laid low with a cold for three days, so I behaved myself and QRT after four
hours Saturday night (11PM local). My body woke me up at 4:30AM (0930Z) and I
decided I was well enough to operate from 1000Z to 1130Z when I had to get ready
for other activities.

Lots of activity. Sporadic band-blanking buzzing noise mostly absent. Condx
pretty good out to about the Mississippi River. Except for AZ and UT super
stations, no QSOs way west until the early morning. Seven mult's in that last
90 minutes.

I was pleased to be on a par with other Eastern stations: a loud NM and a two
loud-enough AB's didn't just CQ in my face; they CQed in everybody's face. Heard
only one European (an F, who must have taken time out from the REF contest) and
one EA8. Only 10-pointers were PJ2 and P4. I did work a KH7. The same guy /W7
in AZ who excited me by answering my 15M CQ in SS SSB 2015, only to flush my
elation when he gave his SECT.
AB5OR   Single Op Assisted LP   82,2802018-01-28 21:51:38
Great fun! Due to family and work, I missed the better night for the most part
Friday.... but Saturday night was awfully fun, yet few DX stations available.
For LP, I think I did well.

REALLY enjoyed by brand new shiny Flex 6600M, which is nothing short of AMAZING!
More to come on this one.

73 and thanks for the Qs.

Tupelo, MS

Deep Dixie CC
W3DQ   Single Op HP   41,7762018-01-28 21:53:41
I started late, and was unable to put in much time on the first night. Equipment
issues, inability to get everything working (no spotting), flaky antennas and
amp, not to mention a family outing.

The second night was lots of fun. Everything worked (eventually), with the
exception of my CW and typing skills. I need a lot more practice! That
notwithstanding, I made a major effort to run, which was both scary and fun at
the same time. Thanks to all who patiently waited through my slow come-backs,
mangling callsigns and fat fingers. In all, I ran almost 50% of the time.

In the end it was very satisfying. It was the first time in a while I've put in
this much time and was satisfied with the results.

See you in the next one!

Eric W3DQ
Washington, DC

K3/Acom 1000
Inverted-L on a small, noisy city lot
VE3YT   Single Op LP   90,2002018-01-28 21:54:35
Other commitments limited my BIC time. The band seemed quieter than usual, for
my QTH. Thanks for the Qs.
5Q6EE(OZ1BII)   Single Op HP   391,5242018-01-28 22:02:17
Rig is Elecraft K3 #2334 100 Watt + ACOM 2000A QSK
Ant is 1/4 wave vertical Titan
Nice Contest with lots of activity especially friday evening and saturday
morning. My highest rate on 106 Q/h was achieved in the first hour of the
There was some huge pile-ups in EU for Z6ØA and it was a pleasure to hear,
sunday morning, how the operator managed the crowdy EU-pileup. That was a really
good CW operator - Thanks to whome it was.
Some other crowdy pile-ups in EU was ZF9CW, ZC4A, P40AA and more. It is a really
big challenge to hear the DX station and that is why many EU's calling over
"him". It must be the Cluster sending everybody to the frequence and
calling, even when nothing to hear ;o)
Hard work to get a QSO, but great satisfaction when it succeeds ;o)

Thank you all for the contacts and I look forward to meet you again in another
CW contest !
Vy 73 de OZ1BII Henning
5Q6EE, OZ2I, OU2I, XP2I, 5P2I, 5Q2I, ZF2EE, D44EE, 9H3EE
VA2WA   Single Op Assisted HP   1,276,0182018-01-28 22:03:06
Thanks for all the QSO's ))


K5RM   Single Op Assisted HP   65,7572018-01-28 22:03:55
Just planned on a few hours of operation. The rate on Friday nite for two hours
was very well. Had 275 Q's in tow hours, which made it a lot of fun. Operated
only an hr or so on Saturday and rate was decent but not as good as expected.
Thanks for the Q's.

Titan amp
Invert. Vee at 95'

CQ World-Wide 160 Meter DX Contest - CW - 2018-01-26 2200Z to 2018-01-28 2200Z -
407 QSOs
K5RM Max Rates:

2018-01-27 0115Z - 5.0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 300 per hour by
2018-01-27 0121Z - 3.1 per minute (10 minute(s)), 186 per hour by
2018-01-27 0206Z - 2.7 per minute (60 minute(s)), 162 per hour by

Day, Hr, 1.8, Tot, Accum
2018-01-26, 23, 2, 2, 2
2018-01-27, 00, 55, 55, 57
2018-01-27, 01, 158, 158, 215
2018-01-27, 02, 60, 60, 275
2018-01-28, 00, 73, 73, 348
2018-01-28, 01, 28, 28, 376
2018-01-28, 02, 24, 24, 400
2018-01-28, 03, 2, 2, 402
Total, , 402, 402, 402
W9AV   Single Op Assisted LP   73,2692018-01-28 22:06:07
Didn't hear much DX, and what I did hear couldn't hear me.
W1UE(@W1KM)   Single Op Assisted HP   1,076,1122018-01-28 22:06:37
NA mults not heard: YT, NU, NT, LB. No VK or ZL but 2 JA.

First day was a gas! Conditions were exceptional! Finished the first day with
1002 Qs, 358 10-pointers, and 75 countries- beating last year's country total.
160M sounded like 20M at European sunrise!

Second day was not as good, but still good. 507 more Qs went into the log, with
185 10-pointers, including another 7 countries. A total of 543 10-point Qs were
worked in the contest! This is the best score I've ever managed in this

Used 1500 Watts to a 160M 4-square in a salt water marsh. No Rx antennas. Did
the last hour or so remotely (and LP) from home.

Thanks to Greg W1KM for the use of his great station!

Dennis W1UE
W1XX   Single Op HP   466,9442018-01-28 22:07:00
TX: FT1000MP > L7 > T-vertical
RX: 4 short Bevs
NY3B   Single Op LP   105,2602018-01-28 22:07:29
Antenna not great to EU- left alot of MULTs on the table there. maybe will get
better in future. Thanks for all of the Q's and pulling out my signal.
K4OAQ   Single Op LP   48,4422018-01-28 22:07:45
Tks for the Qs
73, Fritz K4OAQ
Yaesu FTDX1200
160 OCF inv V up 40 ft at center, ends up abt 8 ft, plane of V abt 60deg with
Bristol, TN
N4RV   Single Op Assisted HP   345,1382018-01-28 22:09:08
Condx the first night were GREAT to EU. Decided to S&P rather than "
running em ".

Missed the prime hours on the 2nd night, but got in some late runs. Condx were
much worse the 2nd night, plus more line noise.

LOTS of activity !

FTDX 5000
Alpha 87A
Inv V @ 90' ( Still need a vertical ) !!
N1PGA   Single Op LP   93,9752018-01-28 22:09:35
A lot of fun in this one and I learned a lot. I was aiming at 100k score or 500
Qs but came in a little short of both. Friday night was a lot of fun with EU
coming in so well. I have a 480' beverage to NE that always hears into EU very
well. My low power signal didn't always make it through to the EU guys, but it
was great to hear the band open like that. Antenna is an Inv-L over 8 raised
OL4W(OK1IF)   Single Op QRP   202,6202018-01-28 22:09:38
Propagation was a little bit poor for DX, but for local QSO good. I was using
the same TCVR like last year - KX3. I must say - thank you electraft, good job.
K3HW   Single Op LP   8,6402018-01-28 22:10:10
Just played around a bit each night. Surprised how well my Windom performed on
160. Hope to have a 160 full size and a BOG added for next year! Thanks for
the QSOs. 73 de K3HW ..
AA1K   Single Op HP   726,3752018-01-28 22:11:36
First night conditions outstanding, with 280 ten-pointers. Second night not as
good, only 80 ten-pointers (including one JA at sunrise Sunday).

Station details at
OL9R(OK6RA)   Single Op QRP   201,9602018-01-28 22:15:08
FT-1000MP MarkV Filed
Dipole 30 mH, L-wire 40m - 20mH. Both on the building roof.
Dipole in 30m worked much better than L (99% QSO on the dipole, also NA

Worked with VY2ZM,AA1K,N5DX,K1BX,NR3X,K1LZ - Very good ears guys! Thank you so

73 de OK6RA/OL9R
K3JT   Single Op HP   32,5422018-01-28 22:15:41
QRN Ugh!
HG6O(HA6OA)   Single Op HP   277,9002018-01-28 22:17:28
TS450S + PA 600W 165m LOOP
YL2VW   Single Op Assisted HP   470,9252018-01-28 22:17:33
Thanks for the QSOs and fun!

RIG: Icom 756Pro2, kW, TopLoaded vertical with 13m vertical part.

Z33C(@Z37Y)   Single Op LP   210,1922018-01-28 22:17:39
My first CQ WW 160m
Worked with TS-590SG 100w, and dipole antenna 6m above ground
73's Z33C
K9CS   Single Op LP   28,3052018-01-28 22:19:53
No 160M antenna!
Ran 75W to an 80M inverted L
KC4D   Multi-Op HP   217,4342018-01-28 22:20:06
KØACP   Single Op Assisted LP   60,8222018-01-28 22:20:38
Another great contest, really enjoyed the fun, band was in good to great shape,
I was getting more comfortable with station setup & have a list of
improvements for next outing. Continuing to learn more and loving my K3s.

73 es God Bless,

Art / K0ACP
KR4F   Single Op Assisted HP   196,6022018-01-28 22:22:48
Pleasantly low noise Friday night, but my pillow called before the end of the
Euro opening. Prop still pretty good Sat night but louder thunder storms.

Great contest!

Johnny, KR4F
PA9M   Single Op Assisted HP   685,7452018-01-28 22:22:57
Friday night the best propagations to states side.

Ant. Toploaded vertical en 3 x bev.

tnx for qso
W8RT   Multi-Op HP   287,8702018-01-28 22:23:43
Two OT pluggin away. Having fun!
LZ1ABC   Multi-Op HP   243,4322018-01-28 22:24:52
Operators: lz1aq and lz1abc
Rig: ic-756pro, Perseus
PA: Acom 1011 (600w) - Thanks to LZ1JK for supplying the PA
Ant: TX: Inverted L (15m height) + ATU; RX: Active antenna 2 loops 150m away
from the TX.

Some highlights:
- Lots of local noise from the power lines - that's why we had to move the rx
antenna away from our house. The antenna was 150m (in stright line) away on a
nearby hill. 230m of ftp cabel was needed to get to the antenna.
- We were able to listen with the rx antenna on a second receiver while
transmitting (just not within 4KHz of the TX frequency).
- Balun 1:1 was getting hot and had to reduce power from time to time.
- Lots of EU satations in the noise, which were difficult to copy (sri for
- The power amplifier did very well and helped us to beat lz1aq's old record of
- Recording of the last minutes here (WebSDR receiver - OK1KPU):
- Huge signal from vy2tt second night.
- No cluster was used.

Thanks for all the contacts and hope to see you again.
K4QPL   Single Op HP   28,2722018-01-28 22:25:01
K2s, KPA-500, P-3. Inverted L.
All S&P Friday evening, all "fresh meat" Run Saturday. 500W is HP
but doesn't exactly wake up the DX stations. Seemed like a QSO party with all
the K/VE callers. Ahh, dream of a KPA-1500!
VE9CB   Single Op HP   665,7782018-01-28 22:26:58
That was fun! Conditions seemed only moderately good. Europeans were never
really strong until their sunrise, although I could hear them for many hours
before they could hear me.

Of my 950 Qs, 54 were other Canadians, 604 were in the US, 10 other North
Americans, and 282 ten-pointers, mostly in Europe.

I worked all continents, but missed Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Labrador, Manitoba,
Saskatchewan and two US states: Nebraska and Wyoming.

I picked up four new 160m DXCC entities.

Thank you to CQ Magazine and the volunteers who keep this great contest going.
OU2V(OZ1FJB)   Single Op Assisted HP   250,7842018-01-28 22:27:10
fun to join,,,lots of qrm of eu stns...
K2AV   Single Op Assisted HP   414,8342018-01-28 22:27:33
Did a stupid lift day after Christmas and tore a muscle in right side. Pretty
much hobbled me for a month. Didn't get the SAL-30 RX antenna installed. At
first couldn't bear to sit at rig more than about 10 minutes, and sure couldn't
handle a chain saw to clean out the junk trees at RX site.

But healed enough by contest day to sit, at least.

Had to miss evening prime time both Friday and Saturday due to company in town
for grandson's surprise 21st birthday part (was a blast with the mob in town).
But incredible Friday opening into EU all night made up a lot of ground after
company settled.

I sure could have used that SAL-30. I'm wondering if my stupid lift muffed my
opportunity for the greatest 160m opening into Europe for this century. We'll
see. I sure hope the rest of solar minimum has more like that.

Missed AK. Personal best in this contest, by far.

Rig K3+Alpha 8410
Antenna TX: Inv L over FCP
RX: none (!!!)

73, Guy
NR4M   Multi-Op HP   690,5012018-01-28 22:30:33
The CW CQ160 contest was as always a lot of fun. Lack of atmospheric noise and partial resolution to power line noise problems to the west made it even more enjoyable.
We (NR4M, KA4RRU and K7SV) spent a bit of time in recent weeks refurbishing the transmit array and the beverages.
The domestic runs didn’t seem to be as good as last year, but the 10 pointers more than made up for that.
The first night we worked some Europeans from the beginning and there was a nice peak with great runs as Eur sunrise approached.
The second night signals were typically not as good as the first night, but once again there was a nice Eur sunrise peak. A number of Scandinavian stations were notably loud.
This contest kind of shows that when the solar numbers are good we can’t necessarily translate that to stellar conditions on top band. The numbers were a bit better Saturday than Friday but Friday was definitely better.
Equipment – K3/Alpha 8410 – 2 el array with Tee to, about 60 radials under each, Phased 600 ft beverage on Eur, 600 foot beverages to SE and NW.
Thanks for the Qs!
AG4W   Single Op HP   117,0302018-01-28 22:32:14
FTDX-5000D, AL-1200, 58 foot top loaded vertical,2 beverages. Much better Europe
opening on Friday night than Saturday. I did not put in a full time effort this
year but still had a great time. Thank you for your hanging in there for the
tough qsos. The only state I didn't get was Alaska. I did work one Alaska
station portable in Bermuda.
N2CJ   Single Op LP   29,6802018-01-28 22:33:41
Used 130ft center fed Zepp / 450 ohm ladder line to tuner in shack. 100 watts
only. No receive antennas.
P33W(RA3AUU)   Single Op Assisted HP   1,789,8962018-01-28 22:34:15
It's great to be on 160 again.
First 8 hours of propagation were above any expectations with 36 state/prov and
69 DXCC logged. Anything else was just CQ/S&P. Heard at least 6 mults wich I

ZF9CW(K5GO)   Single Op HP   1,501,8362018-01-28 22:34:59
About 100 fewer Europeans than last year, 250 QSOs fewer and score down about a
quarter million points.

Conditions did not seem too good. Did work 37 JA stations. They were all weak
here. No VK or anything else of significance that direction. Highlight was
working UN9L and a few other zone 17 stations.

Had antenna problems before contest and ended up bypassing my coil and putting
some #18 wire, inverted V style on top for loading my 68 foot vertical.

73 and thank you for the contacts!

Stan, ZF9CW
VE3FAS   Multi-Op HP   132,3632018-01-28 22:35:56
We had fun. I hope everyone else did as well.
OG7A(OH6MW)   Single Op Assisted HP   504,6912018-01-28 22:37:06
Tnx qsos.
73 Ari OH6MW
IK2CLB   Single Op LP   362,6642018-01-28 22:40:12
Wonderfull conditions saturday night for NA, best contact na7tb ( tks for his
set up) heard lot of west coast and mid west but 150 watts are too few even to
Sunday night instead bad conditions have improved at sun rise, but only one

tx Kenwood ts 480 connected to a vertical full size dipole.
rx perseus ( in syncro by HRDeluxe) connected to two beverages and a double size

Thanks to all and best 73 cu next year.
ik2clb Marco
WA2CP(KC2GOW)   Single Op Assisted HP   23,0452018-01-28 22:40:27
Just put a couple hours in Friday night, was exhausted and couldn't get off from
work to put an effort in. Did enjoy the conditions though on friday night!

1/4wave Vertical (36radials)
1000FT EU Beverage
KA1IS   Single Op HP   526,0802018-01-28 22:40:47
My first time in the contest. It only took 47 years to figure out how to build
vertical antenna with wire. Don't know if conditions were typical, but it was
exciting to dig signals out of the noise. There was much noise: QRM, QRN, RFI,
voices in my head, etc., But also a ton of signals. I was not familiar with 160
propagation and kind of shocked to work EF2A and YR2V in daylight at 4:30 in
afternoon. The craziest thing is when the band opens to Europe here, there were
US stations on exact same frequency as EU stations and when I called the EU
stations - both would come back at the same time and it felt like my brain was
exploding. I didn't have the skill to log 2 stations on the same QSO, but maybe
next time.

Antenna is a vertical tee using the feed line of a doublet strung between pine
trees and fed against 32 1/8th wave radials. Plus 2 short reversible beverages.
Who would have thought that the vertical would work best in a swampy pine

I was blown away with how considerate and friendly everybody was.

*PS: Just noticed the QST on the kitchen table: "The Truth About Trees and
Antenna Gain". Well... the truth is that trees are your friends. :-)
LY5W   Multi-Op HP   693,2972018-01-28 22:46:22
Band QSOs Pts StP DXC Pt/Q
1,8 1298 7003 23 76 5,4
Total 1298 7003 23 76 5,4
Score: 693.297
There were only old friends meeting in my shack. And shashlyk party of-course.
First try as M/S after some reconstruction inside.
Here is not special big antennas. Also we not have high power. Only 900w at
least with old GU74b tubes.
We started in second minute when contest begin.........
Thanks for QSOs, Sam LY5W @ co.
VE3PN   Single Op HP   636,5602018-01-28 22:46:54
Wow what a rush saturday condx great
N4FP   Single Op HP   63,4902018-01-28 22:47:16
Flex 6300, AL-80B, 160 Meters Inverted L at 60 ft. Great band conditions until
early Sunday when there was a lot of QSB. I really appreciate having room for a
reasonable 160 meters antenna vs the 38 ft vertical I previously used in The
Villages with a 20 ft fishing pole hoisted above my 20 ft flagpole. I am proud
to have earned the 'Worked All Briggs Brothers Award' (K2DM, K3ZM, VY2ZM), which
was one of my main goals in entering the contest. Hope to earn it again in the
SSB contest.
W5SJ   Single Op HP   82,2362018-01-28 22:47:30
First time in this contest since I participated as PR0F, 14 years ago!! Fun
with NO storms! Better RX antenna next year!
N4HB   Single Op Assisted HP   189,5252018-01-28 22:47:34
Conditions seemed to be pretty good this year. I just wished I had checked my
Beverage antennas before it started! The ice and snow earlier in the month did a
number on them. My Southwest, East and West Beverages were broken and not
working, but my Northeast was fine; thank goodness! I had to receive on my
"L" most of the weekend and thankfully the noise wasn't too bad at S-2
to S-3.

Thanks to everyone who worked me in the contest and, hopefully, we'll see you
again next year!
VO1HP   Single Op Assisted HP   547,8002018-01-28 22:48:49
Remote station:
K3 + KPA500 + KAT500
Inv. L - 56ft to bend - K2AV FCP
UN9L   Single Op Assisted HP   1,070,6502018-01-28 22:48:51
Worked from station UP2L . Tnx to owner UN9LG (George ) 73 !
W8MJ   Single Op Assisted HP   329,1752018-01-28 22:49:47
Conditions were really good Friday night, was able to work a lot of EU.
However, still frustrating to hear DX and DX not hear you back. 2nd night was
not as good, and DX was not hearing at least me here in W8 land until really
late 0750-0830 UTC. Was not able to do full time, had family outing on Saturday
evening which took 4 hours away from operating, but really enjoyed the family
time. You just can't get back what you don't do. Anyway good time with the
contest. Thanks for all the q's. Log has been uploaded to LOTW.
W1IE   Single Op LP   20,4702018-01-28 22:50:33
[log removed from comments]

NAME: Jerry Knowlton
ADDRESS: 1113 Pinecrest Ave
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.7013.0
W1CEK   Single Op QRP   7842018-01-28 22:51:10
Rig: IC7300
Ant: Inv. L
Logging: RUMlogNG
PY2PT(@PX2A)   Multi-Op HP   28,3952018-01-28 22:54:44
Thanks for all QSOs, Mainly to test the new Folded Monopole, worked great when
we found the TX problem close to the end. Still noise issues to solve. First
night 3h without power and generator that only allowed LP.
K9NW(@K9UWA)   Single Op Assisted HP   130,4162018-01-28 22:55:46
Traveling back from a work trip Friday night so all QSOs were made Saturday
night/Sunday morning. Local condx were ok but DX condx were mostly...meh.
Sounds like Friday night was the night for DX.

Tnx QSOs!

73, Mike K9NW
VY2TT(K6LA)   Single Op Assisted HP   1,031,2902018-01-28 22:56:18
Friday night was great. Saturday night no so much.

73, Ken, K6LA / VY2TT
N5DX(@N2QV)   Single Op HP   1,054,5502018-01-28 22:58:21
Outstanding conditions the first night with 406 10 point contacts making it into
the log. Best DX worked the first night was 9K2HN. Sunrise Saturday morning
brought a special treat with 10 JA contacts going into the log. The cherry on
top was working a loud 5W1SA just before sunrise.

The second day started out similar to the first with a slow stream of EU
callers. However after the Russian sunrise the band closed hard for a couple of
hours and the EU signals were greatly attenuated. 140 ten point contacts made
it into the log the second day of the contest with many Northern EU stations
making a big showing. Given the comparatively poor EU conditions the second
night I assumed that JA would be missing on Sunday. I was wrong when about ten
minutes after sunrise two more JA stations called in. RA0FF has great ears and
he was also worked just after sunrise on Sunday morning. I'd be happy with
working 12 JA stations from Arkansas in this contest, but putting those guys
into the log from New York was really exciting.

Thanks to N2QV and WU2X for letting me guest op again. The station was
flawless. Station details can be found at

Kevin, N5DX

Cabrillo Statistics (Version 10g) by K5KA & N6TV


-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y ---------------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Rate Total Pct
2200 116 0 0 0 0 0 116 116 7.1
2300 129 0 0 0 0 0 129 245 14.9
0000 107 0 0 0 0 0 107 352 21.5
0100 116 0 0 0 0 0 116 468 28.5
0200 86 0 0 0 0 0 86 554 33.8
0300 67 0 0 0 0 0 67 621 37.9
0400 76 0 0 0 0 0 76 697 42.5
0500 79 0 0 0 0 0 79 776 47.3
0600 94 0 0 0 0 0 94 870 53.0
0700 78 0 0 0 0 0 78 948 57.8
0800 47 0 0 0 0 0 47 995 60.7
0900 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 1019 62.1
1000 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 1049 64.0
1100 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 1077 65.7
1200 29 0 0 0 0 0 29 1106 67.4
1300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1106 67.4
1400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1106 67.4
1500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1106 67.4
1600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1106 67.4
1700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1106 67.4
1800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1106 67.4
1900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1106 67.4
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1106 67.4
2100 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 1128 68.8
2200 49 0 0 0 0 0 49 1177 71.8
2300 49 0 0 0 0 0 49 1226 74.8
0000 39 0 0 0 0 0 39 1265 77.1
0100 57 0 0 0 0 0 57 1322 80.6
0200 49 0 0 0 0 0 49 1371 83.6
0300 49 0 0 0 0 0 49 1420 86.6
0400 40 0 0 0 0 0 40 1460 89.0
0500 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1478 90.1
0600 43 0 0 0 0 0 43 1521 92.7
0700 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 1553 94.7
0800 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 1567 95.5
0900 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 1571 95.8
1000 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1587 96.8
1100 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 1607 98.0
1200 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 1631 99.5
1300 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1632 99.5
1400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1632 99.5
1500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1632 99.5
1600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1632 99.5
1700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1632 99.5
1800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1632 99.5
1900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1632 99.5
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1632 99.5
2100 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 1640 100.0
Total 1640 0 0 0 0 0 1640

Gross QSOs=1726 Dupes=86 Net QSOs=1640

Unique callsigns worked = 1640

The best 60 minute rate was 134/hour from 2247 to 2346
The best 30 minute rate was 148/hour from 2253 to 2322
The best 10 minute rate was 168/hour from 2317 to 2326

The best 1 minute rates were:
4 QSOs/minute 21 times.
3 QSOs/minute 102 times.
2 QSOs/minute 308 times.
1 QSOs/minute 634 times.

----------------- C o n t i n e n t S u m m a r y -----------------
160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
North America 1079 0 0 0 0 0 1079 65.8
South America 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
Europe 531 0 0 0 0 0 531 32.4
Asia 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1.1
Africa 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.2
Oceania 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
Total 1640 0 0 0 0 0 1640

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
3 13
4 817
5 568
6 232
7 5
8 2
9 3

------------------ C o u n t r y S u m m a r y ------------------
Country 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
4X 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
5B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
5W 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
6Y 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
9A 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
9K 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
C6 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
CM 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
CT 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
CT3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
CU 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
DL 112 0 0 0 0 0 112 6.8
E7 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
EA 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.7
EA6 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
EA8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
EA9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
EI 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
ES 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
EU 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
F 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.5
FM 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
G 51 0 0 0 0 0 51 3.1
GD 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
GI 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
GM 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.2
GU 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
GW 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
HA 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1.1
HB 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
HH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
HI 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
I 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1.1
*IT9 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
J6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
JA 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.7
K 982 0 0 0 0 0 982 59.9
KG4 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
KH6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
KP2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
LA 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0.9
LX 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
LY 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0.9
LZ 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
OE 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.2
OH 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 1.0
OH0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
OK 37 0 0 0 0 0 37 2.3
OM 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.7
ON 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.5
OZ 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.5
P4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
PA 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0.9
PJ2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
PY 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
S5 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 1.2
SM 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1.1
SP 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 1.2
SV 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
TF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
UA 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 1.8
UA2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
UA9 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
UR 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 1.3
VE 78 0 0 0 0 0 78 4.8
VK 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
VP9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
XE 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
YL 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
YO 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.5
YU 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
YV 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
ZC4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
ZF 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
Total 1640 0 0 0 0 0 1640

------------ M u l t i p l i e r S u m m a r y ------------
Mult 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
14 276 0 0 0 0 0 276 16.8
15 186 0 0 0 0 0 186 11.3
NY 65 0 0 0 0 0 65 4.0
PA 64 0 0 0 0 0 64 3.9
VA 62 0 0 0 0 0 62 3.8
OH 59 0 0 0 0 0 59 3.6
IL 59 0 0 0 0 0 59 3.6
16 58 0 0 0 0 0 58 3.5
ON 39 0 0 0 0 0 39 2.4
MD 39 0 0 0 0 0 39 2.4
MA 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 2.3
MI 37 0 0 0 0 0 37 2.3
NJ 36 0 0 0 0 0 36 2.2
TX 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 2.0
CA 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 1.8
FL 29 0 0 0 0 0 29 1.8
IN 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 1.7
NC 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 1.6
TN 26 0 0 0 0 0 26 1.6
AZ 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 1.5
CT 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 1.5
MN 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 1.5
WI 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 1.4
AL 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 1.2
NH 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 1.2
SC 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 1.0
MO 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1.0
GA 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1.0
CO 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1.0
ME 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0.9
20 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0.9
08 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0.8
KY 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0.8
IA 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.7
25 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.7
KS 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.7
QC 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.5
WV 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.5
AR 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.5
RI 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.4
VT 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.4
NM 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.4
WA 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.4
OR 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.4
NB 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
DE 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
MS 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
BC 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
NV 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
AB 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
OK 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
MT 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
LA 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
UT 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
33 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.2
NS 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
PE 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
09 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
ID 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
WY 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
MB 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
11 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
DC 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
ND 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
NE 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
06 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
05 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
21 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
SD 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
NF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
40 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
31 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
30 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
32 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
LB 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
SK 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
19 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
Total 1640 0 0 0 0 0 1640

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
0 85 5.2
1 118 7.2
2 116 7.1
3 123 7.5
4 154 9.4
5 60 3.7
6 41 2.5
7 63 3.8
8 113 6.9
9 109 6.6
Total 982 59.9
EIØR   Multi-Op HP   1,326,1982018-01-28 22:58:34
This was fun with a good group of friends. Our QSO count is down by almost 100
from last year but the multiplier count is up and I suspect we have a greater
number of 10 point QSOs. Even after corrections we might just pip last years

Activity on the last day is always down. The pile ups are on the fresh meat
just joining into the fun. One just sticks to the chair and keeps going. Of
course multi-operator makes it a lot more agreeable.

K3 with second RX P3

inverted L at 90 feet vertical and extensive ground radial system

RX antennas
Hi-Z 8 Circle for 160M only - oh boy does this help in a contest 200'

Hi-Z 8 Circle for 160M, 80M and 40M two interlaced four squares 60' on a side
used for diversity and listening in two different directions at a time.

Acom 2000A amp at 1500W allowed for contesting in EI

MicroKeyer II with WinTest
N4DW   Single Op Assisted HP   1,1202018-01-28 22:59:21
Eleven hours of A level Square dancing took precedence over contesting this
weekend. I have found another activity that actually puts me in physical contact
with those I'm playing with.
WD8DSB   Single Op LP   103,4282018-01-28 23:01:03
Very good conditions Friday night, with less than ideal conditions Saturday
night (including static crashes from Thunderstorms in the Gulf of Mexico).
Operated on and off the first night, and operations the second night were cut
short at 0709 UTC Sunday morning when my power supply died. Repaired the supply
in time to operate the last 2 hours of the contest.

Rig: Kenwood TS-180s with hi-per mite active audio filter (200 Hz bandwidth)
TX Antenna: 68 foot base loaded vertical wire hanging straight down from tall
RX Antennas: 3 small point fed pennants (used as needed)
K7QA   Single Op Assisted HP   143,3522018-01-28 23:03:10
Tried HP assisted with 500w this year using an experimental 2 element phased
array, driving my inverted vee against my shunt fed tower. The basic model
showed about 3dB re-enforcement east, but I have yet to do field measurement
comparisons. The extra dog biscuits helped running over last year's LP effort.
Condx seemed similar to last year but better rx antennas produced more DX
contacts. Worked 5 EU, 5W1, HL1 and the usual Caribbeans. No KL7 heard at all
but lots of JAs and a few Russians. Heard LU8DPM both nights at 569 with lots of
stns calling but I never heard him actually QSO anyone. MT seemed well
represented this year. Tnx for the Qs and all the fun!
N2ZX   Single Op Assisted HP   752,7962018-01-28 23:05:58
Thanks to all for the contest QSO's. I spent more time running this year as
opposed to chasing and it seemed to pay off (better score than previous years),
although I must admit I was tempted to leave frequency more than once.

Best regards,

Curtis N2ZX
VA3EC   Single Op LP   135,0002018-01-28 23:07:42
I did about 100+ Q's more than last year thanks to the K9AY but never heard EU.
Life in the bowl near the lake! Missed 2 States but more than half of Canada.
Never heard SK or MB.
I had stations I could hear that didn't hear me so the K9AY gave me ears. VE7IO
and HI7Y and several others were loud to me but didn't hear me. I had a couple
of short runs.
All in all, the W8AMZ sloper seemed reasonably loud. Such is life in a suburban

Thanks for Q's
K2PI   Single Op QRP   25,3552018-01-28 23:22:31
Seemed like wonderful conditions this year. Low noise, decent propagation, and
stations well spread out. I don't know why I chose to enter as a QRP entrant.
It seems perversely against all good judgement, but I was pleasantly surprised
by the results. I am not breaking any records than my own, but I am convinced
that QRP on 160M is possible, given a decent antenna. Some operators really
strained to hear me, and the amount of time some stuck to pulling me out is
testimony to the friendliness of Top-Band ops. I'm not sure I would have gained
the same consideration on other bands. Thanks for the QSO's and a fun contest.
K4BAI   Single Op HP   220,8002018-01-28 23:27:51
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, tee vertical fed through MFJ 984 tuner. Wonderful
conditions the first night including many strong European signals. Poor
conditions the second night with QRN from a front moving through our area. We
only got light rain here. Good conditions for the last 90 minutes. Missed VE5,
VE8, VO, Heard VO1HP, but he was always calling someone else, Worked all
states except AK, but including HI. On the first night, Microsoft took over my
logging computer for 1 1/2 hours to update Windows 10. Nothing I tried would
stop it, including turning off the computer and unplugging power. It just
started up again as soon as the computer restarted. I had to log times, calls,
and sections on paper for that period of time, 145 QSOs. As soon as MS was
finished, I typed those calls into N1MM so I would have them for dup checking
and multipliers, but the dates and times were all wrong. It took me 45 minutes
after the contest was over to edit the Cabrillo file to make the dates/times
right again. Lesson learned is not to be connected to the internet during a
contest if you are not using the computer for spotting. I don't know what the
solution is if you are using computer spotting. Thanks for all QSOs. 73, John,
LX7I(DL3BPC)   Single Op Assisted HP   1,390,1722018-01-28 23:33:33
The contest started off well with reasonable conditions on the (European-)
Saturday morning.
Over 1,000 Qs in the log after the first 9 hour stint.
The NA path was good.

But then the party was over as unfortunately the conditions detoriated.
Both Sunday stints were slow and I struggled to keep the lead.
The JAs were very weak and many AS multies kept missing.

Nevertheless it was a great weekend to look back to with all preparations paying
A big thanks to Philippe LX2A for the support and friendship !

We are already looking forward to 2019.

73 Ron
KD4D(@W3LPL)   Single Op LP   413,0762018-01-28 23:33:42
Thanks again to Frank Donovan, W3LPL, for letting me take his station for a
spin. I was about 7000 points below my all-time best score in this one (Low
Power) from 2013.

This was a switch from last year when Friday night was terrible and Saturday
night was pretty good. This year, Friday night was good - particularly for a
few hours before European sunrise. Saturday wasn't terrible but a lot of
Europeans couldn't hear my low-power signal. I heard two JAs Sunday morning at
our sunrise - one of them started CQing on my run frequency - but they couldn't
hear me.

W3LPL 160 Meter Station: Two K3 transceivers with lockouts to prevent
simultaneous xmit
4-square transmitting and receiving array, using 40 meter high verticals
8-circle W8JI/W5ZN/N4HY passive receiving array, 105 meters in diameter
Three 580 foot Beverage antennas: NE, South and West

The station also includes a 3-1000Z 1500 watt output monoband amplifier shared
by the two transmitters which was bypassed for this weekend:

Hourly Rates:
Day Hr 1.8 Accum
1/26/2018 22 69 69
1/26/2018 23 82 151
1/27/2018 0 68 219
1/27/2018 1 48 267
1/27/2018 2 47 314
1/27/2018 3 48 362
1/27/2018 4 43 405
1/27/2018 5 40 445
1/27/2018 6 69 514
1/27/2018 7 30 544
1/27/2018 8 37 581
1/27/2018 9 39 620
1/27/2018 10 24 644
1/27/2018 11 33 677
1/27/2018 12 29 706
1/27/2018 13 2 708
1/27/2018 22 39 747
1/27/2018 23 29 776
1/28/2018 0 41 817
1/28/2018 1 36 853
1/28/2018 2 26 879
1/28/2018 3 18 897
1/28/2018 4 10 907
1/28/2018 5 22 929
1/28/2018 6 15 944
1/28/2018 7 11 955
1/28/2018 8 12 967
1/28/2018 9 14 981
1/28/2018 10 11 992
1/28/2018 11 16 1008
1/28/2018 12 11 1019
Total 1019 1019

Section 1.8
DX 177
NY 58
PA 52
VA 50
OH 47
IL 43
MD 37
MA 36
ON 35
MI 29
NJ 26
FL 23
TN 23
CA 22
NC 22
CT 21
IN 21
WI 20
AZ 19
MN 19
SC 16
AL 15
TX 15
GA 12
ME 12
MO 12
NH 12
CO 11
IA 10
KY 9
MS 9
RI 8
WA 7
AR 6
OK 6
QC 6
WV 6
KS 5
MT 5
NB 5
NM 5
NV 5
OR 5
BC 4
DE 4
LA 4
UT 4
DC 3
VT 3
AB 2
ID 2
NS 2
PE 2
MB 1
ND 1
NE 1
NF 1
SD 1
SK 1
WY 1

Country 1.8
K 783
VE 59
DL 35
OK 16
SP 12
G 10
HA 8
PA 7
UR 6
S5 5
LY 4
UA 4
EU 3
KP2 3
LZ 3
OM 3
ON 3
OZ 3
SM 3
9A 2
C6 2
EI 2
I 2
OH 2
OH0 2
UA2 2
YL 2
YO 2
5B 1
CM 1
CT 1
CT3 1
CU 1
E7 1
EA 1
EA8 1
ES 1
F 1
FM 1
GD 1
GI 1
GM 1
GU 1
GW 1
HI 1
IT9 1
J6 1
KH6 1
KP4 1
LA 1
P4 1
PJ2 1
TF 1
V3 1
VP9 1
XE 1
YV 1
ZC4 1
ZF 1
K8GU   Single Op HP   32,8322018-01-28 23:37:09
Elecraft K3/100 + KPA500 @500W
Inverted-L 50' vertical over incomplete radial field


Something in the antenna system (which is switched by a DC voltage sent down the
coax) was getting hot and kicking the SWR up high enough to fold back the amp
and radio so I would occasionally go from 500 watts to < 50 watts in seconds.
This was especially acute when running.

Thanks for the QSOs and 73,

--Ethan, K8GU.
KG9X   Single Op LP   150,4532018-01-28 23:39:40
Tnx for the Q's. Needed more DX mults. So surprised to have JH2FXK call in at
my sunrise. I have not worked JA in a very long time on 160. TNX Shigeru.

73, Fred KG9X

FT1KMP, 100' tower vert TX/RX and 80M sloper for RX at times, N1MM+
VE3FU   Single Op LP   22,0882018-01-28 23:41:47
I tried calling a bunch of loud stations from my remote in VO2, but nobody could
hear me. Not surprising since the antenna is only an HF9V with the topband

Worked 100 stations from here in VE3 on Friday night. Was busy Saturday
evening, but worked a couple of more before I called it quits.


VE9XX   Single Op HP   176,1482018-01-28 23:42:55
Band unusually quiet (a good thing!) Great activity level..

Great showing of VE9s!

Lots of fun and looking forward to next year!

KG4USN   Single Op LP   23,1422018-01-28 23:44:32
Inverted L at 70 feet and 100 watts.
Low noise led to some new states and dx.
What a hoot.
N3ZZ   Single Op HP   26,6732018-01-28 23:45:25
Great domestic conditions Friday evening and JA/UA9 on Saturday AM.
WD5COV   Single Op HP   531,2402018-01-28 23:48:50
I had the station all ready to go and was just waiting for the sun to go down.
Grabbed a large glass of ice tea and went to take a listen to the band. I could
hear many east coast stations as I tuned around so it was on. My first Q was
VA2EW at 23:50Z. At 0102 EF8R called in. Later in the hour S51V was my first EU
at 0154Z. My next EU wasn't until 0504Z when HG8DX called. My friend Arliss W7XU
from SD completed my WAS at 0800Z.
I wondered what the second night would be like. Seemed to start off the same way
with EA1DR calling at 0110Z and shortly after at 0124Z RL3A - Thanks Dima! Condx
seemed pretty good and after 0600Z the band really opened for us out west. Not
like the great spotlight openings I remember from 2009 - 10 but close. Worked my
last EU GI3OQR at 0859Z but already logged a few JA stations. Then the Asia
stations started to roll in. Much better JA opening than the first night as I
probably worked twice as many the second night. My last three mults were worked
after 1400Z with DS4EOI, BD4WN, and BV1EK. Many thanks for calling me.
This was my personal best score in a 160 contest topping the 500K mark. Being
only 60 miles from the Arizona border puts me in the far edge of Zone 4. Really
tough compared to all the guys in say Ohio and VE3 land some 1500 miles east of
me. Thanks also to "Santa" for bringing me the new Expert 2KFA Amp
which worked flawlessly.
73 and CU next month.

N1VH   Single Op Assisted LP   13,8962018-01-28 23:50:36
End fed antenna at 25 ft.
K3ZM   Single Op HP   827,3752018-01-28 23:52:28
Friday evening was very busy with 318 EU stations worked, but there was
substantial QSB on many signals. Regular fills were required. Worked a total
of 331 10-point contacts the first night, with 4 JA's in the log Saturday
morning. I hoped for more stable signals the second night.

Saturday afternoon brought a decent EU mini-run at my sunset but after that
conditions were unfavorable to EU. I eventually gave up CQing and ran down the
band searching and pouncing EU stations. As I did this, I could almost hear
their surprise. The second night gave me an additional 106 EU contacts. The
shoe was definitely on the other foot in this affair.

I managed to work 5 more EU's just before the end of the contest on Sunday
afternoon, all by S&P.

Did not work VK, ZL, KL7, VO2 or VY1. My best DX was the 4X4.

It was a bummer having tougher conditions down here, but Virginia beat Duke at
Cameron on Saturday so, all in all, it was a great weekend!

Many thanks to all for the QSO's.


Peter K3ZM
AB2E   Single Op Assisted HP   200,2342018-01-28 23:57:59
Hello Everyone,
Thanks for all the Qs. Great to see so many friends.

Rig: IC7800/Acom 2000A
Antenna: 160m Inverted L

Band QSOs Pts StP DXC Pt/Q
1.8 577 1889 58 48 3.3
Total 577 1889 58 48 3.3
Score: 200,234

Condx Fri night were great. Noise was low, and this was great since I do not yet
have a RX array at the new QTH. Many EU stations in the log and this is my best
score for this contest. I worked most mults on the first or 2nd call, so the new
antenna is working great. The vertical part of the K is 75ft, then horizontal to
another 80ft tall tree. I have just 4 tuned radials.

See you in a few weeks for CQ160 SSB !

73 Darrell AB2E
W2XL   Multi-Op HP   424,5802018-01-28 23:59:57
Great conditions Friday nite, Saturday, not so much. Nice to work many old
friends, thanks to K4HA for making the trip up from Raleigh NC. We both got our
tickets back in '67 and are still having fun contesting !
K9MMS   Single Op Assisted HP   150,2322018-01-29 00:00:16
FLEX 6500 + AL-80B 800 watts ; WinTest logging
TX: Inverted L
RX: 3-element Hi-Z array ; RBOG ; Short reversible ; EWE

Part time operation. The goal was just to try for maximizing sections, work all
50 states, and maximize DX QSOs. The Q count was not primary -- just whatever
happened. 65% of QSOs via CQs -- rates over 100 at times -- had some 3 and 4
Qs/minute times. Spent a lot of time just looking for DX or needed sections.
After the first night, had 310 Qs, 56 sections, and 26 DX for 9.5 hours of radio

Worked all contiguous states plus DC. Also worked KH7M, but never heard KL7 and
never saw any spots for Alaska on top band. DX QSOs totaled 46, but no new DXCC
entities worked.

As in many previous years in this contest, the rate and Q-count on the second
night is never as good as the first night. This year, DX conditions were good
on Friday night, but very poor on Saturday night. On Saturday night, I could
not hear many of the EU stations that were spotted. I did not bother to stay up
and operate during sunrise both days.

Top band is always fun. Thanks for the Qs, Ms, and fun.
Gary . K9MMS
N4XD   Single Op HP   429,2372018-01-29 00:01:08
As always, thanks to CQ magazine for continuing to sponsor this fun contest.

Condx to west coast seemed quite good both days. Noise on 2nd day was a
disappointing change from the first night which was exceptionally quiet.

Seemed to be an increase in 2x3 call signs. Excellent to see!

Also, as others have noted, seems an increase in REALLY clicky signals. I'd
propose this: If you contest its your responsibility to have a clean signal. If
you can't/ won't do that please don't annoy others with your less than clean
signal. I'd like to see the sponsors penalize stations that cause this QRM.
Doable by reviewing the recording of the contest.

Some notable signals: G3PQA amazingly loud. Same with N6RO from the west coast.
IR9R was also very, very loud well before his sunrise.

Pleased with K3 diversity with the HiZ 4sq to the NW and beverage to the NE. Fun
to work west coast and next Q from EU.

Thanks all for the Qs and patience when my muddled mind would not process the
calls correctly :)

A note about FT8. Are the folks running this not aware that they can't just fire
up without making sure the frequency is clear? Several times I was running and
suddenly their QRM started. Just like any other mode if you are running FT8 its
your responsibility to assure the frequency is clear before you fire up.

Alpha 91b (what a wonderfully smooth amp!)
HiZ 4sq receive
N1MM+ (continues to be excellent)
K4XL   Single Op HP   266,1352018-01-29 00:01:13
I got a late start and had trouble finding a spot for running, so I did S&P
for much of what turned out to be the best evening of the test. Still, I
managed a pretty good rate and picked off quite a few Europeans plus a few from
the Carribbean. This time I decided to go unassisted since I planned to do
nothing but run. I know I missed some easy mults, but that was the plan. I had
worked 47 of the lower 48 plus Hawaii and most of the Canadians at the end of
the first evening. At the end of the test I still needed Idaho! I heard one,
so I know they were on, but they missed the thrill of working me! I crashed
around 2AM on Saturday morning and then back up around 6 for a few of the
morning crowd.
Saturday afternoon found me sitting on a good frequency which I managed to hold
for most of the evening. Despite the band not being in very good condition, I
managed some good runs before the well began to run dry. Once again, I crashed
around 2AM and was back up at 6.

In 2015 I managed 543 Qs. I missed several of the great contests in 2016,
including this one. In 2017 I wanted to do better and I managed 702 Qs. This
year I decided to go unassisted and run as much as I could. This was a personal
best for me with over 900 Qs. I guess that means I need to do my time
management a little better with my BIC when it counts in order to make it to my
new goal of 1000 Qs.

No one actually tried to take over the frequency, but I had a couple of
deliberate QRMers who threw a carrier on top of some difficult European
contacts. This wasn't for a prolonged period, so maybe it was just some lid
tuning up. Speaking of "lids." Right in the middle of a fairly long
run, someone chimed in "lid!" It stopped me in my tracks....for a
split second while I questioned the behavior of N1MM+ and decided that it wasn't
at fault. Not overdriving. I hate to be called a lid...especially when I don't
know what ticked the other guy off! My "?" didn't get a response, so
I'm still in the dark why someone thinks I'm a lid. Maybe I was on his choice
frequency? The other behavior that I noticed this time was some folks who would
call and give a signal report but not their state. Repeated requests for
"state" went unanswered. What was that all about? I counted 6
different stations who did that.

Despite being called a lid, I thoroughly enjoyed this contest. I always do. It
was fun! Thanks for the Qs.

Rig: Icom IC-7800 to an ancient Alpha 78.
Ant: Folded unipole for tx and beverages in 6 directions for rx.
K1SX   Single Op QRP   13,1432018-01-29 00:12:36
Europe wasn't workable with QRP (except oddly CR3DX on only a couple calls) as
it had been in the SP, and Saturday night was worse than Friday. So not much qrp
magic this time, but still fun with all the activity in the northeast. Thanks
all for your patience!
Genesis G11 SDR, 65'/65' inverted L over 16 radials
KT3Y   Single Op HP   378,0632018-01-29 00:12:48


K3 AL-1200
Vertical Tee(75 ft)
NE Beverage
WA6URY   Single Op LP   10,6002018-01-29 00:16:21
100w to a 40m Cuschcraft rotary diople at 63 ft with a SG 230 antenna coupler at
the feedpoint. Imagine some stations had to pull me out of the noise...thanks!
73, Dan - remote in Tokyo
KA6BIM   Single Op Assisted HP   132,8302018-01-29 00:21:22
Good conditions Friday Night. I worked 3 new ones for 160: OK, CR3 & EF8
Thanks for the qso's Dave ka6bim
K1LT   Single Op HP   498,0042018-01-29 00:23:10
I tried to make an improvement to my receiving system by removing a
silver maple tree that grew up about 5 feet east of one of the short
verticals that contributes to the 2x4 broadside/end-fire phased array.
This particular vertical has always shown a much higher real
resistance component of the feed impedance than the other verticals.
Then this month's QST shows how a live tree can affect an antenna. So
away with that tree! I think the result is a somewhat better front to
back ratio.

Jeff, K8ND, loaned me his DX Engineering NCCC-2. This device should
be able to use the pair of short verticals that I arranged to null my
transmit signal better than the coax and resonant circuit lash-up I
have been using. The NCCC-2 nicely nulls my transmit signal at low
power. However, at high power the NCCC-2 overloads on my transmit
signal which defeats its utility. So, I continue the coax and
resonant circuit nulling device.

I am still recovering from the flu and I decided that foremost the
contest should be more fun and less drudgery. So I opted to
experiment with my operating strategy.

Since I inadvertently operated the first night of the ARRL 160 contest
with the phased array pointed west without much deleterious effect, I
thought I might try a different tactic. I would receive on the east
and west Beverages, which are the shortest Beverages here. This
scheme has 2 advantages: these Beverages have a broad pattern so maybe
I can hear most callers without hunting through all the receive
antennas; and the Beverages do not impose a 20 millisecond latency on
received signals as does the phased array / SDR combination. The
disadvantage is that a really weak signal might go unnoticed.

The other abnormal tactic was to stop CQing and go tuning more often.
Usually on the first night I can operate for 6 hours straight on the
same frequency and maintain a decent rate and work some DX. But I
often miss some easy Caribbean or South American multiplier. Also,
some European DX that could not hear me excused me from my run
frequency when he got US callers after I stood by for a few seconds.

So both nights I alternated CQing and searching. Also I did less SO2R
type operating since I was avoiding drudgery. Another concession to
less drudgery was sleeping for more than 3 hours the first night after
UK sunrise. The second night I pulled up the recliner in front of the
radio and dozed off between QSOs - there are several 10-15 minute gaps
in my log. I wonder how many callers I never heard?

Both morning I managed to work Japan. A couple JAs called before
sunrise the first morning and JH2FXK called about 25 minutes after
sunrise. One more JA called the second morning before sunrise.

I heard ZC4A several times but he did not seem to be able to hear
outside Europe. I never heard Z60A. IQ9UI called me 3 times over the
weekend. A surprise multiplier was VO2NS who gave me "NL" as his
province. Isn't "NL" the ARRL section abbreviation for Newfoundland
and Labrador? I logged "LB". Another surprise multiplier was TF1AL
very late the second night after no more multipliers were expected.
Never heard Alaska and worked only 1 Hawaii. Apparently I missed
5W1AS. No Africans and Zone 33 islands don't count so I can't claim
Worked All Continents.

The end result of my difference operating strategy seemed to be more
multipliers and fewer contacts. Even though conditions were pretty
good Friday, it doesn't feel like participation was markedly
increased, so I am going to attribute the result to my tactics.

DX worked: 4X, 5B, 6Y, 9A (3), C6 (2), CM, CT, CT3, CU, DL (28), E7,
EA (4), EA6, EA8, EI (3), ES, EU (2), F (3), FM, G (14), GD, GM, GU,
GW, HA (5), HB (2), HI, I (3), IT9, J6, JA (4), KH6, KP2 (3), LA, LX,
LY, LZ (3), OH (2), OH0, OK (11), OM (6), ON (4), OZ, P4, PA (6), PJ2,
PZ, S5 (6), SM (3), SP (9), SV, TF, UA (3), UA2 (2), UR (3), V3, VP9,
XE (2), YL, YO, YV, and ZF (2) for a total of 62 entities. There were
157 10 point contacts and 17 non-VE 5 point contacts.

Equipment: K3/100, P3, K3/10, Alpha 8410, 2x3 BS-EF phased array, 2x4
BS-EF phased array, 65 foot "Tee" over about 75 radials.

Running yearly comparison:

Year QSOs States DX Hour Raw score Ops
2018 1275 60 62 30 498,004 1
2017 1308 59 52 29 460,095 1
2016 1210 58 54 28 456,848 1
2015 1274 59 42 30 374,609 1
2014 1199 58 48 30 367,820 1
2013 1329 58 58 32 536,140 2
2012 1297 59 47 30 396,016 1
2011 1471 59 67 30 670,320 1
2010 1559 58 75 39 776,587 2
2009 1416 59 71 30 757,510 1
2008 1350 58 64 38 553,758 2
2007 1063 58 68 32 422,100 1
2006 764 58 47 26 260,505 1
W7VJ   Single Op HP   31,8002018-01-29 00:27:18
Enjoyed working NP2J at 4PM local time while we still had daylight.
J68HZ   Single Op Assisted LP   36,5752018-01-29 00:27:41
First 160 contest from St. Lucia. Receiving was amazing... many signals were
S9+. Many times I could hear the other station very clearly but they could not
hear me. Operated with a dipole at about 20 feet! Better antennas next time!

See you next year with bigger antennas.

DE Doc Bill J68HZ...
WO1N   Single Op Assisted HP   26,5202018-01-29 00:27:59
Station : FTdx5000, DX-LB in "L" Config, N1MM+

Planned only a supporting operation, pass out Q's to whoever could hear me.
Turned all the knobs to the right, so this was a 200W HP operation. Friday
night was a wipe-out with horrendous line noise. Not enjoyable and did not
make any Qs.

Got on Saturday night about 9:30 PM local and the band was quiet. Swept up and
down a few times then called CQ. The fresh meat factor was evident.

Got brave and called on a few Eu stations and son-of-a-gun they heard me. In
end two ATNO and lots of fun. I think CO and UT were the furthest west I

Ken - WO1N
W2OR   Single Op Assisted HP   170,1452018-01-29 00:29:22
Saturday morning - - Threw up the old 'L' with just one raised radial seven feet
off the ground, over branches and off into the woods. No other ground system. Of
the DX contacts, I'm happy to have gotten into 4x4 Land.
K8LS   Single Op HP   69,3602018-01-29 00:32:10
Lot of fun even though I am working with an antenna hidden in the trees up less
than 25 feet.
W4PK   Single Op Assisted HP   172,6562018-01-29 00:34:25
On Friday night I mostly just searched and pounced. When I did try running
Europeans would soon start CQing on my frequency. I would then try to work them
but I think I can hear better than being heard as they would just continue
calling CQ, or working other Europeans.

I got up early Saturday morning and I had more success with running. But
conditions to Asia were poor, at least for me. The furthest West I could hear
was Hawaii.

Saturday evening I had a little more success at running but still I had trouble
with the Europeans not hearing me and start CQing on my frequency. ALL my
contacts with the European stations were made by answering their CQs. Even so,
there were a dozen or more countries that I could hear but but could not hear

I am using a 75-foot shunt-fed tower top-loaded with a 5-element 20M beam and
with about 60 radials. I know I was getting out as several of the skimmers in
Europe were picking up my CQs. I was running 1.5KW but I do admit I can hear
better as I use a pair of 1100' phased Beverages toward Europe!

73, Sam W4PK
KN3A   Single Op LP   19,1402018-01-29 00:38:24
ICOM 7300
Inverted L
4X2M   Multi-Op HP   1,573,0852018-01-29 00:39:13
Tu! All! 73!
W8ASA   Single Op LP   34,9962018-01-29 00:39:56
Surprisingly, I only heard two California stations, and they were from the same
town! I used an EFHW 40-10 meter wire at 14 feet, and my MFJ-998 managed to
"fake" it for my 7610. By the time I realized that Canadian stations
were worth 5 points, I didn't hear any I had not already contacted. DX was few
and far between from Ohio, but I got a couple.
W7MRF   Multi-Op HP   183,3722018-01-29 00:41:01
First portable 160M contest for W7MRF. RV in AZ desert with an 80' mid loaded
vertical and 60 shortened radials. 1500W from homebrew amp. good prop to EU on
Fri night and JA early sat morning. limited time on Sat night mainly S&P.
KØDI   Multi-Op HP   581,7902018-01-29 00:43:36
73, Steve, Will, Dave, Sandy, and Sadie, the hound dog.
AF6SA   Single Op Assisted HP   17,2492018-01-29 00:44:30
TRX:TS-2000 + PA: 500W
ANT: 160M - 57ft Helical vertical
W1NN   Single Op LP   156,3122018-01-29 00:44:39
Remote from Tokyo. Semi-serious effort but with lots of breaks. With just an
ordinary dipole and no RX antennas, it is not worth going all out for this
event, even though this is a daytime contest for me and I could operate full
time without screwing up my body clock too much. On the first day, I operated
for 9:15 straight hours and knocked off with 582 contacts in the log. I missed
EU sunrise and my own sunrise in favor of taking a walk, having dinner and
spending the evening with the XYL (and watching the 14th day of the exciting
Sumo tournament in the late afternoon).

The few EU stations that I worked were worked on the first day. I can hear a
lot more than I can work, for sure, but compared to past years there were not
that many to be heard. Zone 8 stations were quite weak during most of the
contest (except for ZF9CW, who was much louder most of the time), although they
seemed to hear me without too much trouble. Very odd. The US West Coast was
pretty strong and easy for me to work, although the number of stations seemed
less than usual.

Overall activity and rates seemed to be down. In the past I have had early hour
rates of 140-150 but this year my first four hours were 108, 95, 92, and 81. I
don't think being remote makes much difference so I can't blame that. Maybe the
success of the TBDC has diluted Top Band contesting activity somewhat?

I managed WAS (except for AK) pretty early but as of 1230Z on Day Two I was
still missing VE4, VE5 and VE7. In the final 30 mins I was on the air, VE7
called in and then I found VE4 with a big pileup which I was able to bust on the
first call. That added a little excitement in the final minutes of the contest!
Thus I missed only LB, SK, NT, YT and NU.

Thanks for the fun.

73, Hal W1NN/Tokyo
DL6FBL(@DR1A)   Single Op Assisted HP   1,148,0802018-01-29 00:46:28
Good condx in the first night. Bad condx thereafter...
After I had my 30 operating hours full at Sunday 20:59z, I started a new log as
DR1A and had the pleasure to give out points to 226 more people in the last 60
minutes... ;-)

73 Ben
VY2ZM(K1ZM)   Single Op HP   2,152,1102018-01-29 00:48:05
It surely seemed as if good condx on the lowbands are back us again with the
sunspots waning more and more every day.

As others have reported, the condx to EU on FRIDAY night were superb!

What we now experience as a result are:

a) Huge EU totals for many stations

b) Quite a few UA9's, UA0's and stations like UP0L,UN9L, RY9C etc etc are again
showing up in the logs

c) Vastly improved signal levels.

On Saturday night - even here there was some really weird kind of signal suckout
taking place caused by the absorption - for example, one moment a caller was Q5
and then a few seconds later - way down in the noise - almost a doppler type

What was ***really*** strange was that most of Central Europe was Pee Weak from
0530-0630z on Saturday night - but the SM/OH/LA and UK stations were simply
BOOMING - I have never experienced that kind of anomaly before - you would think
the absorption would have crushed the Scandanavian signals - but it was totally
the opposite effect - they were rock solid and booming while the rest of EU down
South was a whisper by comparison. Some of the DL's who called in were so weak
that I had to ask for many many repeats at the time....

Glad to work Z60A near the end - the op called me by name - not sure who it was
- but mighty glad to work them for a mult.

This score BTW nearly matches the best ever made from here as a single op - but
MLADEN YT6W had 4k points more in 2011 when he was here.

I expect condx to get even better over the next several years.

Enjoy it!

N7IR   Single Op LP   133,2002018-01-29 00:54:08
I ran N2IC's excellent software Waterfall Bandmap in this contest for the first
time. To be able to see in near real time the EMI fog that's the local 160
meter environment was quite an eye-opener for me. However, this tool is very
useful to the LP search and pounce operator. My percentage of run QSOs was the
lowest it's been since I started doing 30 hours of BIC time in 2010. The
following stat summary from the N1MM+ logger pretty much tells the whole story.

Country False True Tot
C6 1 1 2
CT3 1 0 1
EA8 0 1 1
F 1 0 1
JA 5 6 11
K 189 466 655
KH6 1 0 1
KP2 1 0 1
P4 1 0 1
PJ2 1 0 1
UA9 2 0 2
V3 0 1 1
VE 22 26 48
XE 2 2 4
YV 1 0 1
ZF 1 1 2
Total 229 504 733

If there was a European opening in the burbs of Phoenix I missed it. The lone
representative of that continent was a loud Brittany station who was worked
around his sun rise on Sunday morning. Both morning JA openings were about
average for this location. Sunday morning a few other Asian mults were heard
but most CQed in my face. I wasn't alone.

The big surprise was the near sweep of Canadian provinces. Only the elusive
high latitude three NT, NU and LB were missing at the end. Nova Scotia was the
last province worked; on Sunday morning when one called during my final long,
slow run. Thanks to our northern top band friends for all of the 5 point QSOs.

Thanks for the contacts and your extreme patience.

Gary, N7IR
K5AF   Single Op LP   33,9762018-01-29 00:59:38
Good to Eu on Friday night, nil on Saturday. Two new countries. K3 to inverted
L, 35' up, 100' out, dropping to 15' at distant end. Rain is not the friend of
this antenna, because of trees and wooden fence nearby. SWR varied as the rain
came down, in some cases restricting me from operating part of the band.
Nonetheless, a very fun contest!
W1DYJ   Single Op Assisted LP   41,3912018-01-29 01:04:53
Rig: TS-590S
Antenna: 160/80 HB trapped dipole at about 9M.
(Part of my 160/80/30/20/10 fan dipole)
100% S&P (no choice with my low/trapped dipole)
Logger: N3FJP's CQ WW 160 Contest Log Version 4.5
BIC = 9 hours

What an interesting weekend!

I became interested in 160 a bit over a year ago. Last
January I loaded my 6M yagi (actually, the coax) to run
this contest and garnered 74 Qs and 5600 points -- not
much but a start. Now I have a "real" antenna, although
not a very efficient one. But much better than last year!

Friday night started well and I thought I was going to
do just fine. Lots of new mults and the band was
reasonably quiet. Unfortunately Saturday night was
much noiser and I discovered the limitations of my low
and shortened dipole. Hardly any new mults, and far fewer
new ones. Since I quadrupled my 2017 score Friday night,
to 23K, I assumed I'd quadruple it again Saturday night
and hit 100K. Oh well -- at least I have 13 new
countries toward DXCC.

And as a bonus, Saturday morning I completed 17M DXCC on
FT8 for my 7th DXCC band. 160 is next, with 12M waiting
for the sun to come back...

73 -- Larry -- W1DYJ
K1KI   Single Op HP   770,7502018-01-29 01:06:30
I haven't counted 10 point QSOs yet but there were a lot more of them on the
first night! Heard 8-10 multipliers I never worked. Had just over 1000Q the
first day and broke 500k points. First hour was 142Q. Thanks for the fun! 73
KØOO(@WA3EKL)   Multi-Op HP   194,6002018-01-29 01:16:57





N4KH   Single Op HP   24,0582018-01-29 01:20:50
Activity and conditions seemed quite good. Just a part time effort. Thanks for
the QSOs.

Elecraft K3
Acom 1000 amp
Inverted L Antenna
VE7XF   Single Op Assisted HP   8,3812018-01-29 01:34:28
Not much fun :-(
Had cold, felt miserable, couldn't get new N6RK loop to work, rotten condx,
set alarm for 2 hrs before sunrise, but no energy to get out of bed.
Maybe I'll try knitting. Anybody need a sweater?

OZ7AM(@OZ2ELA)   Single Op Assisted HP   1,078,0002018-01-29 01:38:54
My first full-blown entry in this contest as SO. Conditions were fine and the
band quiet. I went into it not knowing what to expect and the main goal of the
weekend was to evaluate the performance of OZ2ELA's (fairly) new antenna. 26
metre spider pole with a small top load and a rather neat radial mesh made from
stainless steel wire, extending 40 meters in all directions, raised 2 metres and
intercomnected in a cobweb pattern most appropriate for the whole spider

As beautiful in its execution as in its performance. No RX antennas available at
this time, but the vertical did just fine all things considered. I was watching
the RBN on the second morning -- in total disbelief when 50 dB SNR reports
rolled in from VE6JY and VE6WZ. What became my AB multiplier?!

All in all a fun weekend. I think 160 just became my favourite band -- when used
with a good antenna that is. CU all next year -- hopefully with an array of 300
metre beverages to compliment the vertical.
VE7CC   Single Op Assisted HP   213,8502018-01-29 01:48:01
Conditions poor with Friday night better than Saturday.

2x 500 ft reversible beverages. 90 ft vertical with elevated radials for tx.

Could not even hear east coast at times. Called many stations like EF8R, JT5DX,
UA9MA, UA7K, S52AW, OK7K, W3DQ, VO1HP, and not even a single "?" in
return. Propagation to JA poor. USA stations working many JAs that I could not
hear, even with a beverage.

Thanks for the contacts.

AG7GB   Single Op LP   122018-01-29 01:50:33
I tried but my homebrewed OFC 135 ft wire didn't play well on 160.
WB8JUI   Single Op Assisted LP   142,1602018-01-29 01:51:47
73 - Rick WB8JUI
KØTT   Single Op HP   223,9382018-01-29 02:11:56
Friday night condx better than Saturday night, especially to EU.
Overall condx very good with minimal noise.

Last US state worked: SD

Never heard KL7.

1/8 wv. T-vertical

W8FJ   Single Op Assisted HP   407,6252018-01-29 02:18:34
This contest is always lots of fun, and this year was no exception. I was
working this weekend, so my time was limited. Band conditions on the first
night were pretty good but no so good on the second night. I still had plenty
of 10-point QSOs (195) and 5-point QSOs (67). This was a personal best for me
in this contest. The set up here is a K3S and Alpha 8410 into a modified
inverted-L antenna with 24 1/4 wave radials on the ground. The transmit
antennna is worthless on receive (too much noise), so I have 3 short, reversible
beverages (approx 100M long) that run through the woods behind my house.
Without them I would be lost. I call the transmit antenna an inverted
"check mark". The N1MM+ Logging Software is simply incredible. My
thanks to the devoted team that supports it. I'm already looking forward to
next year.
K4WES   Single Op HP   8,6192018-01-29 02:23:38
Many tnx for the Qs! 73 de k4Wes
K7IDX   Single Op LP   1,2412018-01-29 02:30:16
gave a few points to the locals calling CQ
100 w to shunt fed tower
UA4M(@RA4LW)   Multi-Op HP   989,2892018-01-29 02:48:34
TS-590S*3 +PA's
ant TX: Spitfire 43,3m, 39,6m vertical, 16,5m (dl2kq type) vertical.
ant RX: bev's for 8 directions

CountryPrefix 1.8 Tot Accum
2 2 2
3V 1 1 3
4J 1 1 4
4L 1 1 5
4U1V 1 1 6
4X 6 6 12
5B 1 1 13
9A 14 14 27
9H 1 1 28
9K 2 2 30
9M2 2 2 32
9M6 1 1 33
A6 2 2 35
A7 1 1 36
BV 1 1 37
BY 11 11 48
C6 1 1 49
CT 1 1 50
CT3 2 2 52
CU 1 1 53
DL 169 169 222
DU 1 1 223
E7 6 6 229
EA 10 10 239
EA6 2 2 241
EA8 1 1 242
EA9 1 1 243
EI 5 5 248
EK 1 1 249
ER 2 2 251
ES 7 7 258
EU 24 24 282
EX 1 1 283
F 6 6 289
FM 1 1 290
FY 1 1 291
G 36 36 327
GD 1 1 328
GI 5 5 333
GM 5 5 338
GU 1 1 339
GW 1 1 340
HA 39 39 379
HB 8 8 387
HL 2 2 389
HS 1 1 390
HZ 1 1 391
I 46 46 437
IT9 5 5 442
J6 1 1 443
JA 93 93 536
JT 1 1 537
K 53 53 590
KP2 2 2 592
LA 7 7 599
LU 1 1 600
LX 2 2 602
LY 32 32 634
LZ 10 10 644
OE 8 8 652
OH 38 38 690
OH0 2 2 692
OK 63 63 755
OM 22 22 777
ON 6 6 783
OZ 14 14 797
P4 1 1 798
PA 18 18 816
PJ2 1 1 817
PY 3 3 820
PZ 1 1 821
S5 32 32 853
SM 18 18 871
SP 55 55 926
SV 4 4 930
SV9 3 3 933
TA 5 5 938
TF 1 1 939
UA 204 204 1143
UA2 4 4 1147
UA9 62 62 1209
UN 6 6 1215
UR 131 131 1346
VE 9 9 1355
VK 2 2 1357
VP9 1 1 1358
VU 2 2 1360
YB 4 4 1364
YL 13 13 1377
YO 38 38 1415
YU 12 12 1427
YV 1 1 1428
Z3 3 3 1431
Z6 1 1 1432
ZC4 1 1 1433
ZF 1 1 1434
Total 1434 1434 1434

AR 1 1 1373
AZ 1 1 1374
CO 1 1 1375
CT 2 2 1377
DE 1 1 1378
FL 4 4 1382
GA 1 1 1383
IA 2 2 1385
IN 1 1 1386
KY 1 1 1387
MA 3 3 1390
MD 1 1 1391
ME 3 3 1394
NB 1 1 1395
NC 3 3 1398
ND 1 1 1399
NF 1 1 1400
NH 1 1 1401
NJ 1 1 1402
NY 7 7 1409
OH 1 1 1410
ON 3 3 1413
OR 1 1 1414
PA 8 8 1422
PE 2 2 1424
QC 2 2 1426
TN 1 1 1427
TX 4 4 1431
VA 3 3 1434
Total 1434 1434 1434
K4RO   Single Op Assisted HP   227,2182018-01-29 02:50:31
Great conditions the first night. Bad QRN and poor condx second night.

Log submitted. Confirmation #: 1711094.cq-160-cw


Total 728 2206 58 45 3.0

Score: 227,218 1 Mult = 7.1 Q's
N3ZA   Single Op Assisted HP   13,1152018-01-29 02:56:29
Antenna problems first night. Intermittent on transmit. Solved for 2nd night.
Too bad because first was much better. 73
K2FF   Single Op Assisted QRP   1,5542018-01-29 03:09:50
After logging two top-gun MS stations (W5UE & N5CW), decided I was better
off putting my QRP signal to bed :-)
K7SS   Single Op Assisted HP   53,5682018-01-29 03:12:39
Friday condx much better than Saturday.

8hr ON time.

HP/Assisted class.

307 Q

52 States/VE (NE, MA, LA, RI, DE, DC, not heard)

10 DXCC DX: ZF (loudest DX all weekend), PJ2, P4, C6, KP2, XE, 5W, KH6, JA,

* no AK (KL7SB was /VP9 this weekend, and he usually is at KL7RA)

Kind of heard, not worked: just whispers from CT9 EA8 and a mere scratch from

West Seattle was well represented with N6KW at K7RI, KK7PW, W7DRA and W7OM
WA5FWC   Single Op Assisted LP   7,3922018-01-29 03:18:56
This was a great experience for me as I have not contested with CW in many
years! My first problem was an antenna issue and most of the time was spent
getting it to work? finally a coax jumper fixed the issue after a lot of
frustation. My antenna checked out 1/1 at the tower but the feedline to the
shack is buryied several ft and the line was compromised. It would work
intermittently. After determining the problem I decided to call it a night on
Friday PM. Saturday it seemed to be ok after changing one of the PL connectors.
Saturday evening it started off fine and then it quit again hum what luck. I
then ran to the shop and got 135' of new feedline RG 214. This solved the
problem and we were on the air by 0119Z. I was very tired after all of this and
just enjoyed making leisure contacts as the bamd was like an intercom and a lot
of great ops to exchange Qs with. This was not a serious effort but felt good to
solve the problem temporairly. Now to make a permanent solution. I really
enjoyed the relaxed simple contest and will be better prepared in the future,
Gary wa5fwc
VA2EW   Single Op Assisted HP   1,222,4032018-01-29 03:21:49
A last minute decision to participate and a first time in assisted category
expecting some new DXCC, it paid off with Z6 and 5W.
May be next time I should be more avid on multipliers announcements.

Thanks for all the calls and 73

AC4CA   Multi-Op HP   402,1442018-01-29 03:40:17
Several weeks ago I suggested to John that we should do a multi op from his
place in CQ 160 CW. He'd never done a full effort in this one, but had
recently gotten his SAL-30 receiving array up, and had assembled a new transmit
antenna that seemed to work well. And interesting beast. IIRC, He feeds 4
radials at 13' with the center conductor of the coax, and the shield is clamped
to his 100' tower. Strange, but really seems to work! He also has a
Northeast beverage we could tie in with the SAL using the diversity mode in the
K3. That really helped. Ran a Elecraft K3, SPE 2K-FA Amp & N1MM+ logging

Things started pretty much normal since the beginning of the contest is about
2.5 hours before local sunset. Band was quiet & we were putting Q's in the
logs fairly well, with the rate picking up after sunset.

Condx to EU were decent the first night & got several in the log. After EU
sunrise, the static crashes started building and never let up the rest of the
weekend. Some JA's trickled in before sunrise, and the only other DX out wet
was KH6, 5W1 and RAO. No KL7's heard.

Ended the first morning with 750 Q, 59 S/P & 44 countries - not too bad.

Saturday night, the rates were of course slower, but was able to snag VY1 for
our 60th S/P mult, and put a number more EU in the log. Never heard KL7, so
missed WAS this time.

Had to turn away many stations who could just not overcome the relentless static
crashes - apologies to all of them. Thanks to all for their patience.

A few more JA's & one more RA0 trickled in, but condx seemed fairly punk to
the end.

Had a good time & exceeded our expectations. And John was happy to have
gotten a number of new countries. Ended up with 123 ten pointers, of which 80
were EU, and 31 were JA's.

W4WJ's XYL cooked a feast for us both evenings - thanks Gabrielle! Even have
some leftovers to keep fed for a few days.

Thanks to all for the QSO's!

73, the AC4CA gang
WØMB   Single Op Assisted QRP   32,5052018-01-29 03:40:22
Notes: Kenwood TS590 Inverted L, 580 foot long wire, N1MM+.
This was fun and mainly code practice for me as I operated all Search and
I didn't call CQ Test one time. I was surprised to hear all the good stations
me the first time and came right back. Even on 5 watts I worked 20 ve stations.
wanted to get my friend over and make it a multi one but he didn't show. I am
that it would have been more fun if there was someone good enough to copy
returning reply's to my CQ's. Maybe I will get better at coping code and call CQ

next year as I can't hear them just yet there to fast. I still need to build a
better listening antenna.
ADØK   Single Op LP   9,6322018-01-29 03:45:05
Had a great time. First 160m contest. Could work what I heard, only heard North
America. Completed 160m WAS - thanks to ME (KA1IS), RI(W1XX),DE (AA1K), and HI
K3UA(@K3LR)   Single Op Assisted HP   411,3842018-01-29 03:56:12
Thanks to Tim K3LR for the enjoyable part time 160M Test operation at his very
fine station. The Top Band experience is always the best time!

Had some pretty good Europe on Friday night but not so much on Saturday.


Phil K3UA
N6ZFO   Single Op HP   12,4202018-01-29 04:35:01
Antenna: Inv L, 50' vertical section and about 15 ground level radials.

Comments: Missed Friday. Just a quick effort Saturday after Observatory event
ending at 2300 local. Like WN6K, found 100w didn't cut it; increasing to 200w
made a huge difference, giving very satisfying pileups for a while. CR3DX
answered CQ with a weak signal. Three DE stations heard, two worked. Where were
they in NAQP? All New England states worked easily except NH, which I never
heard. Worked 37 states in this very brief effort. Missing NH, SC, MS. AK, HI,
WY, ID, IN (!) SD, NE, KS, WV.

Increasingly, too many stations calling exactly zero-beat with each other slows
down the rate in pileup situations. Maybe from increased clicking of internet
spots? Also, a little disconcerting that so many stations who wish to insert a
personal hello, or responding to one, have great difficulty doing so with
hand-sending, for example, my rather simple name!

73 Bill n6zfo
N5CW   Single Op HP   63,8302018-01-29 04:42:47
S&P 90 percent of time because antenna is aprox 10 off ground, 130 ft
NP2J(K8RF)   Single Op Assisted HP   1,011,2722018-01-29 04:46:40
Good band condx and relatively light local QRN even though we had heavy rain
second night.
Goal was to break 1 meg points, just barely made it!

Rig: Elecraft K3S (love my K3!)to AL-82 amp
Ant: Pair of phased 20 meter high Inverted L's

W9ILY   Single Op LP   1,9142018-01-29 05:01:52
Optibeam OB 9/5 and phased verticals
WD5K   Single Op HP   87,5432018-01-29 05:11:16
Elecraft K3 -> Amp
160m Inv L
NCØB   Single Op HP   77,4902018-01-29 05:17:37
This is the 9th time operating this contest in the past 10 years, having missed
2012. DX to Europe was second only to 2009. I only run S&P, so I eventually
stuggle for new stations. QRN was a problem late Friday evening and early
Saturday morning. Only heard one KH6 likely trying to work a JA, no AK and no
NWT. The Russian stations were clear with no aurora flutter. Some regular DX I
expect to work each year just didn't pass by my receiver!
ESØDJ   Single Op LP   232,3862018-01-29 05:27:45
RIG: IC7300, ANT: GP 16,5m high.
Very strong signs from EU/ Russian stations.
DX condx not good.
TNX fer QSO,s

de Toivo ES0DJ/ES2DJ
N6HI   Single Op QRP   2312018-01-29 05:46:53
Ran QRP 5W to a 20 foot wire thrown into a tree out the window,
used my auto tuner plus additional inductance to get a match ...
good match, awful efficiency! ... but it allowed me to work this fun
contest and make a few TB contacts. Thanks to all for the QSOs.
K7DR   Single Op LP   41,7762018-01-29 06:43:41
FTdx 3000
1/4 wave vert shaped as inv vee with 40 ft apex. (My 80m end fed half wave, fed
directly, past the balun, with a few radials laid on the ground.)

QSB was really rough at times, stations could go between above the noise to
solid S9. Many stations that are usually strong here, were only a few S units.
However most came back to me on first call, and I had only a handfull of fills.

73 Dave - K7DR
EF6T(EA3AIR)   Single Op Assisted HP   599,0132018-01-29 07:11:29
An electrical storm forced me to stop the second night. See you next time.
HA5PP   Single Op Assisted HP   352,8722018-01-29 07:28:01
New Zig-Zag antenna in the small garden. Sloping InvL with 1 elevated right
angle radial. RX home made EA3VY pennant.
TS590S + 400 W
N1MM +

73, Zoli
S57Q   Single Op Assisted HP   644,5892018-01-29 08:11:40
FT1000MP + QRO, INV-L (20 + 25m), K9AY

TNX for QSO's and

73 de Tone/S57Q
N5ZO   Single Op Assisted HP   89,6802018-01-29 08:28:02
I operated more than I planned, but wasn't there for best times. Friday was
excellent, Saturday not so much until at the end wee hours band seemed to come
alive again but I had to go to bed even when bandmap filled with JA stations
(most which I could not hear yet at the time). But I'm sure many could have
worked bit later if I would have sticked around. I worked I think 2 first EU
stations from my station ever on 160, which was surprise, did not expect it as I
have not really designed anything for DX contest here. Fun contest, thanks for
QSOs de Marko.
LY7Z(@LY9Y/LY7Z)   Multi-Op HP   842,4002018-01-29 08:42:01
84 USA/VE QSO's (65 of them first night)
47 JA QSO's (5 of them first evening)



73! Andy LY7Z
YR5Z   Multi-Op HP   368,2962018-01-29 09:14:37
Fine and big contest, big participation, good propagation. Tnx for all contacts.
S5ØC(@DZ918KHZ)   Multi-Op HP   858,3482018-01-29 09:15:38
Back on 160m as S50C after 12years. Nice local hamfest. :)

PA/PY2SEX   Single Op LP   310,3842018-01-29 10:00:28
First time ever on CQ 160m by my own, I had only a previous and quick experience
at DR1D multi-op operation in 2013. This time I tried to have something that
would allow me to be on the air and play a bit. What a surprise when started to
work NA on Saturday morning, really amazing and unexpected. It was a blast! This
motivated me to be back in the next day but was not that good. hihihi
My conditions were Spiderbeam HD 12m mast with 20m wire long in a inverted L
style and a Outdoor ATU CG3000 at base with several radials on the floor. Radio
was a K3 running 100w and no receiving antenna at all.
My goal was 500 QSOs but after 400+ at first day I raised to 700. hihihi...
Stations that I could copy but not worked due to the "pile up wall"
were JT5DX and PJ2T, all the rest that I heard, I worked. Some states also
missed like KY and NM as I remember.
Well, I've had a lot of fun and I hope to be able to join the next ones.
See you in the next one.

OL3Z   Multi-Op HP   1,118,6182018-01-29 11:04:27
Congrats to OK7K and OK5Z.
TX ant vertical 84m
RX beverages for NA 400m long, SA 270m, JA 240m and K9AY.
TNX all for QSO
73 Martin, OK1HMP
OK1FKD   Single Op QRP   151,7282018-01-29 11:11:59
Elecraft K2 - 5W, ant. LW 42m - 15m UP
Thanks for QSOs, 73 Josef
OLØA(OK1CZ)   Single Op LP   106,0402018-01-29 11:26:36
I used a simple temporary almost invisible antenna at my city QTH,
a quarter wave Inverted U (sort of) from a thin wire going around the house to
max height of 13m partly zig-zagged and end fed against a few radials. It worked
to the west and helped even to a few DX QSOs (NA) however it did not work to the
east (probably due to screening from the house). So I was not able to reach a
number of not too distant UA and YO stations and mults from the east and
Interesting fact was that some of the stations that did not hear me when I was
calling them later responded to my CQ. After the contest I found that I was
never spotted on the DX cluster so maybe a result of being caught by skimmers?
I had fun and thanks for the QSOs everyone. 73 OK1CZ
K5KJ   Single Op Assisted LP   88,0442018-01-29 12:20:53
Shunt fed 60' tower
Pixel Technologies receiving loop

Conditions were good. QRNn from nearby power line noise and neighbor's plasma TV
was bad. Intermittent QRN from thunderstorms was moderately bad. Had to keep
the noise blanker on during the entire contest.

Operated Saturday night only.

Sam - K5KJ
K3PA   Single Op Assisted HP   36,2702018-01-29 12:51:21
Had to curtail efforts due to S9 + 30 line noise. Fixed last week and then
YL2QN   Single Op QRP   111,7202018-01-29 12:55:45
First night was missed due vertical failure during autumn storms in my QTH.
During Saturday day build simple Inverted L with 15m vertical part and K2AV FCP
without transformer. Works surprisingly well!!!

Conditions for second night was very good. VY2ZM has been listening since 22:30
GMT (only 00:30 local time) during all night with great signal. Back to my QRP
call from first touch! More VE/W was worked later but with big effort. A lot of
EU mults are missed while continuous "euro zoo" on their frequencies.

As always big fun. Thanks to all for QSO's!
IK4XCL   Single Op LP   204,0572018-01-29 13:13:49
ft 1000 mp
inverted L
2 x EWE
low dipole

short and bad open from US

Mni tnx to all, GL de Roberto
S51V   Multi-Op HP   1,209,4962018-01-29 13:27:02
Big thanks to Silvo S51V for his hospitality and especially Pavla S56DX (as new
member in team) for excellent food.

Thanks to all for Qso's and see you in ssb part!


Sandi S57K

ps: We missing only a bottle of excelent Metliška črnina in our shack...
KA7T   Single Op Assisted HP   53,3022018-01-29 13:29:18
My Parkinson's makes it a task to type during contest. So if I screw up your
call I probably copied it OK but typed it wrong. I will get it fixed before 73
is sent. 73 Don KA7T
K3TN   Single Op Assisted HP   40,6402018-01-29 13:43:18
K3/KPA500 TO 51' T
LY4A   Single Op Assisted HP   1,181,1362018-01-29 13:45:02

Tnx for QSO's for all

What amazing propagation for first night with big opening to USA.

Setup: SO2R with 2x ICOM 775DSP

For TX Ground Plane (GP) and Dipole uper side 38m high.

For RX:

Beverages Antennas directions:

90º - 200m long
180º - 330m long
230º - 720m long
270º - 720m long
315º - 720m long
0º - 450m long
45º - 200m long

Thanks again see all on the SSB part...

Rolandas LY4A
skype: rolkaxx
OE2BZL   Single Op HP   313,1702018-01-29 13:49:09
Good condx. My personal record.
N4ZZ   Single Op Assisted LP   53,5922018-01-29 13:55:27
Tks for the Qs. That was fun. 73, Don n4zz
NJ4F   Single Op HP   31,7522018-01-29 14:44:35
All S&P.
ICOM 7800, Alpha 9500, Palstar AT1500DT, 160/80M dipoles, Shared Apex Loop array
for RX, N1MM+
S57EA   Single Op Assisted LP   160,7762018-01-29 15:00:56
FT897D @90W, No RX antenna, 1/4L Slooper.
73, S57EA, Miran
W3TS   Single Op HP   328,4522018-01-29 15:01:41
Orion plus 2 x 3-500z at 1300 watts. 80/40M fan dipole as a 1/8 wave tee for tx.
RX antennas are
NE and NW flags and two 300 foot long reversable Beverage antennas NE/SW and
SE/NW. Small active loop.
N1MM Classic logger.

Still to many signals with key clicks. And some of the OPs move in too close and
refuse to move off a bit.
W1AN   Single Op HP   181,1812018-01-29 15:28:15
Enjoyed the low noise conditions.
N4EK   Single Op LP   42,7712018-01-29 15:45:30
Fun contest. Friday condx were pretty good but QRN picked up Saturday due to
cold front heading our way.
W9QL   Single Op QRP   12,2002018-01-29 16:02:51
A very part-time effort, still no antenna for 160. So all Q's made with 3 watts
into my G5RV. Lot's of repeats, many who simply gave up but thanks to those who
hung in there and pulled me out. A highlight was working ZF9CW on the first try!
My first ever 160 contact outside the US and Canada.

FTdx5000MP with a G5RV @ 35ft.
W3HKK   Multi-Op HP   230,3752018-01-29 16:19:45
IC-7610/ACOM 1000/SAL 30/52' VERT 1/4 WAVE INV-L/N1MM+

First time using new IC-7610. Bands seemed very quiet from a QRN standpoint
with many clear spots between stations to drop into. (ie 7610 seemingly
provides much improved rejection of adjacent channel QRM, is much quieter to
listen to from QRN standpoint, and was a pleasure to use. Gone are the days of
the ole brain and ears taking a pounding from splatter, artifacts, etc. I'm not

Night One was pure pleasure. Crisp sigs, abundant DX, every thing working
well. Then I noticed sigs on the SAL30 sounded odd. Strong sigs were fine but
weak ones were suddenly in and out. At sunrise after calling it a day I looked
out the window and saw two ground spikes had pulled out and collapsed in on
themselves ( due to ground thaw, rain, and recent winds) So I headed out in
the rain and resecured everything, before catching 5 hours sleep.
Sat at 4pm I was joined by superb cw op N4HAI - Tom, and after a tour of the
shack/ants, etc, he took over and operated from 5pm through 1:30am while I took
it easy and logged. Some rfi problems with the software (hang ups) caused by
computer sitting inches from the amp were solved by Tom.

CNDX: 160 was a real treat on Night One. Rain moved in for Night Two but
only increased QRN from S-0 to S-2. Rates continued to perform really well with
Tom at the helm, and we seemed on our way to maybe 1050-1100 Q's. BUT around
1am something happened. Rates dried up. Europe was weak and we couldn't get
past the East Coast wall when we tried.

Tom put in 8.5 hrs at the key then headed home at 1:30 am to get some rest. I
carried on, on and off, from 2am-7:30. with poor success. The Euros started
entering the log around 2:30 but not much else. I took a short nap from
3-4:30am anticipating a nice pre-dawn run ( as usual). But there was no
pre-dawn run. It was brutally slow. Even s&p would produce just one new
call in the log for every 10 stations I tuned across. The other nine were

I finally pulled the plug early, around 7am.

Listening in the afternoon I heard a handful of stations around 2pm,
including one new one. Then at 4-5 things picked up but so many were already
in the log I didn't try. Meanwhile up on 40 ssb I heard an Italian station
CQing NA. around 5x7.

Summary: The first contest with my new IC7610 was almost effortless, so easy
on the ears. Having a 2nd op made it easier still. Time flew by as we told
stories while making/logging qsos. The YUGE runs of 100+ didn't happen this
year but rates were steady and peaked at 96/hr. Avg Rate took a plunge due to
the final 7 hours where we seemingly ran out of stations to work and were
forced into a slow s&p mode. Avg Contest Rate=45.8. OP Time: 20.38 hrs

Worked all US states. Missed AK and 5 VE provinces way up north.



Only two S.A. stations. No continental AF stns. No Pacific other than KH6. No
Asia. Limited C.A. Decent Carribean participation.

Best DX: P33W

Thanks to Tom N4HAI for joining W3HKK this year.
K5KC   Multi-Op HP   350,4152018-01-29 16:27:20
Great time! Everything worked fine, again! Ken has done a lot of work on the
Beverages and it helped. Power line noise is still a problem we're working hard
to solve. K5WA worked 65 countries from Texas...WOW!

Thanks for all the QSO's and thanks Ken for letting me operate with you.

KØEJ   Single Op HP   261,1702018-01-29 16:31:34
Nice distraction from coughing/sneezing flu-bug. Did the first 9 hours Friday
night then 1.5 hours before church on Sunday. Nice quiet condx. TS590->TT
Titan->80' vertical Inverted L and lots of copper in the ground. 4 short
(~200') beverages (NE, SE, N, and WSW bi-directional)..73, Mark K0EJ
K1BX(@K1WHS)   Single Op HP   876,3002018-01-29 16:33:00
Thank you to Dave for station use. A lot of work has gone into the 160 setup.

K3, 2KFA

80' shunt fed tower

Beverages NE*, E, S, W*, NW*, JA
* primary


73, Art
HG7T   Multi-Op HP   754,9302018-01-29 16:40:54
Vy 73! Tibi HA7TM
OM7RU   Single Op HP   539,8562018-01-29 16:55:01
This year 160m contest I should compare with Apollo 13. Problem after problem,
one improvisation after another. Just one mysterious Mr. Murphy masterpiece

I erected pole supported K9AY RX loops again to have at least any RX antenna.
I'm using Microham Station Master as primary switching box for all antenna
switches, including K9AY box. It allows to use one equipment to maintain all my
antenna switching with high user comfort, including hot switch protections, or
precise relay switching timing. I decided to use new software - DXLog, due to
some more or less serious problems with WinTest. I studied and setup new SW few
days before the contestto not be surprised with something serious during the

Phase 1 - 21:55 UTC:
There was just 5 minutes to go, when I make last PA tune, which stopped after
few seconds with high SWR alarm. All protections works, but something else was
the primary reason. After few minutes was clear, that:
- PA off due to high SWR,
- base TCVR with high SWR,
- Station Master in the dark,
- band quiet, antennas missing.
I had to find any real reason, possible solutions, more or less complicated way
to be in the air and back in the contest. Started to reconnect whole setup to
Micro Keyer only, reconnections of coaxial feeders, temporary control lines and
connectors reconnections... OK, I had vertical connected, K9AY so-so usable, MK
reconnected, all softwares reconfigured.

Phase 2 - 23:00 UTC:
OK, let's go, lost just 1 hour. TCVR doesn't send any output power. I made a lot
of attempts to solve it, including base configuration - TCVR + footswitch +
manual key, no success. I thought about reconnecting all cabling to spare TCVR
IC-706, but last attempts worked - few minutes "all OFF from the 240
V" and it started to run correctly.

Phase 3 - 23:22 UTC:
Antennas connected, TCVR + PA are OK. Starting CQ, making first QSO. Pileup had
started. But another surprise: DXLog doesn't log QSO after pressing ENTER... I
tried to do all those things - restarts, finding those magic checkbox in bad
state, studying documentation, discussion groups... I solve it my own way by
making very strange combinations of macro commands into CW messages...

Phase 4 - 23:55 UTC:
Contest (fortunately) started. After almost 2 high stressed hours... Adrenaline
instead of coffein, hi.

First night of quite good conditions, with high nuber of NA stations and its S/P
mults. Second night without JA or interesting east mults. I completely missed
Caribean mults this year. Also CONDX was much worsen compared to first night,
only few NA stations. Nice east mults I made on Sunday evening (7Z, JT, VU), but
not JA. Fortunately, I hadn't spend a lot of time in furious and neverending EU

I tried to start and hold my frequency inside JA window and use second RX to S/P
over the band. But it realy was hard work due to intruders. One of them was
realy deaf - nothing special, but this one was one the well known EU HAM
celebrity. No way to ask for QSY. Is well known callsign realy wildcard for
catching frequency? I don't think so.

Result is, surprisingly, my personal "the best" in all cases (except
of QSO points).

Thanks to all TOP banders who took part!

Used equipments:
Yaesu FT-1000MP MarkV Field
ACOM 2000A
MicroHAM microKeyer

160m: Vertical (35m tower + 2 elevated radials)


Riki, OM7RU
NJ4Q   Single Op Assisted LP   23,6132018-01-29 16:57:13
This 40 meter dipole through a tuner needs a change. de NJ4Q
OK1RK   Single Op Assisted HP   510,0122018-01-29 17:15:25
1/4 sloper
TNX all for QSO!
73 David
NQ4I(VE7ZO)   Single Op Assisted HP   472,4402018-01-29 17:21:12
Glad that station host Rick was able to get the 160m band up and running at NQ4I
to allow me to enter the CQ 160 contest. The station is in the process of being
reconfigured to a M2 or MS platform with all the other bands being inoperable as
the towers have been mostly stripped of antennas. Nice selection of beverages +
4 sq receiving array. PLN has become rather severe in the semi-rural area where
the station is located making reception of the weaker signals somewhat
difficult. Ongoing project in the spring to id and correct the sources.

Propagation was not great although there was an opening on Saturday that allowed
a number of EU's to be worked. This did not happen on the second night. Missed
JA this year even though JH4UYB was heard weakly at this QTH on the first
morning. No VK or ZL in the log.

Thanks to all the great op's on 160m, it's always fun on top band.

73, Jim VE7ZO
NA8V   Single Op HP   346,8642018-01-29 18:08:39
I had high hopes for this one, hoping for rates like the ARRL 160 and DX condx
like the Stew Perry. Neither materialized. Condx were good but certainly not
great here. I looked midway through Friday night and saw that the K=3. That's
usually not a good sign here.

I did maybe miss the best condx. The fan in my amp (LK-500) was making noise
mid-week. Did some work on it and it seemed fine at the start. Then a couple
hours in it started clicking again and a while after that it quit. I put
external fans on the amp but that didn't help. Around midnight I noticed that
output was down. I thought about continuing low power but quit at 0545z to get
some sleep. Saturday I replaced the fan and found that one tube had died.
Replaced that and was back on the air at 2130z. The replacement tube must be a
little soft as it only got 800w out but no big deal.

I worked my first Eu at 00z. They came in small bunches throughout the evening,
3 or 4 at at time. The same pattern repeated Saturday with a definite sunrise
peak around 07z that favored Northern Eu. Ended up with 84 Eu and 92 10
pointers. I always hope to get to 60 s/p mults but never make it and this year
was sitting at 57 at 09z so I knew I wouldn't get there. Then VO1 called in,
sitting at 58 short VO2 and WY (plus the 3 northern Canadians). Got VO2 at
1204z! and WY at 1227z. Almost fell out of the chair on those last two. There
was a nice sunrise peak to the west US Sunday morning.

Ended up with 25 less contacts in 7.5 more hours than the ARRL and 10 less Eu
than The Stew (one night and lp). I just hope that everyone I did worked was
working me and not a station on the other side I couldn't hear. Lot's of
frequency sharing in this one. :)

Thanks for all the contacts. As always the CQ160 is a highlight of the year.

4Z5LY   Single Op HP   288,8602018-01-29 18:55:36
K7CA   Multi-Op HP   698,1662018-01-29 19:01:02
Overall the contest had a lot of activity. The first night was much better with
conditions very good through the night but the second night had about 5 hours
after sunset that seemed as though signals were considerably attenuated. Both
nights we had EU openings at EU sunrise that lasted 2.5 hours Friday and 1 hour
Saturday which is outstanding for our location. Conditions were also very good
to JA both nights. We worked 179 JA and 78 EU which is the most EU we have ever
worked in the CQ160 contest. It looks like the coming low sunspot cycle will be
great for west coast to Europe conditions. This year we had a new operator, Jon,
NR7T who was new to N1MM contesting but did an amazing job and will be a
valuable asset to the team in coming years. We had a bit of a scare when we
turned on the amplifier Saturday afternoon and had the step/start circuit fail
sending sparks and smoke into the room. We didn't have time to repair it or
spare parts so we just put a short circuit across the burned out resistor and
hoped the inrush current would not blow anything out. Needless to say, when the
amplifer started up OK, we did not turn it off for the duration. We had good
weather both days but cold at night. Early Saturday AM the thermometer
registered 2F. Fortunately, Jack, WA7LNW had brought wood for our fireplace
which kept the operating room nice and cozy. Riki, K7NJ kept getting so warm
that he opened the door to let some of that 2F air into the room to cool off.
We have good antenna separation and with the low off frequency noise
transmitted by the K3s we can hear pretty good on our multiplier station even
when the CQ station is transmitting. However, some noise is still detectable
which makes it a challenge to copy signals at the noise floor. So for next year
I am thinking of designing a narrow band transmit filter to reduce this off
frequency noise to below band noise on the multiplier receiver. I wonder if
anyone is using this method now. The station is perfect for Multi operation
because it has 3 fully independant TX gain antenns which makes the multiplier
station a lot of fun to operate.
Hope to see you all next year when conditions should be even better. 73, Al

Station power: Generac propane generator
Rig: K3s, K3, Alpha amp, Command amp
TX ant: 8 EL broadside/endfire vertical array 70 degree or 250 degree
6 EL broadside/endfire vertical array 45 degree or 225 degree
10 EL broadside/endfire array with 4 verticals N, NE, E, S, SW, or W
6 verticals either SW or NW
RX ant: The TX arrays usually receive better than the beverages but we have
independant beverages NE, E, SW, W, and NW
SM9A(DL1IAO)   Single Op Assisted HP   60,8582018-01-29 19:50:40
Just enough time for some last-minute fun after completing the new dedicated
shack in the basement.

Many thanks to Gunnar SM3SGP for allowing me to use SK3W via remote!


N5FO   Single Op HP   307,9802018-01-29 19:57:14
Many "First"s on this one for me:

First serious SO 160 contest
First using N5IA-Milt's (SK) 2016 CQ160 notes as a band-plan
First entire contest with a single Equipment, Antenna, Software or PC Failure
First true test of the new 160M Sloping Dipole
First use/test of newly extended EU Beverage (660ft to 920ft)
First experience of a good 160M EU opening & run!

Due to packing for a trip this week to Tucson, I delayed the start by and hour,
probably not missing much. The action was steady until 0230, the east coast
& east central contacts start to slow. 0325-surprise, a strong EF8R calls,
followed shortly by VY2TT. 0400 I start hearing a couple of very weak
14&15's on an S&P scan, but no joy, they don't hear me. 0452, I barely
hear E7DX, no contact. Between 0505-0538 S&P scan yields
and busting a big pileup, HG8DX. Back to runnin form 0612-0825 nets
KH6,CR3,PA3,DK6,G5again,EA5,TM6,VY2again,EI4 and the elusive stateside DC mult.
Things really slow down so at 0830 I take a 30min needed break.

Back in the chair, I start listening more towards JA-land but get surprised by
YV1 at 0916. The first JA (of a very poor showing) comes at 1033 followed
quickly by the KH7 giving WAS at 10:57. JA's trickle in along with many US
as the crashes from the NW storms get stronger. At 1405 I pitch the towel in on
the first night with 14-1/2hrs producing 739/59/20. Heard but missed were:
EF6,S52,E7. A strong 1st night for me, with the exception of the low
country count.

I opted to start Saturday night at 0-zulu, due to higher noise & static
tonight from the NE. It certainly would seemed the new beverage lenght helps
signals, but also has a slightly higher noise level. The diversity receive was
boost on many weak signals, and unlike "normal" single-radio SO2V,
added the ability to hear both receivers (one in each ear) immediately after
finishing each CQ. In spite of fresh energy and critical listening, not many
"new" stations were to be had, with only 36 Q's in the 1st hour. (so
are all the East Coast folks watching TV or something?

At 0117 the J68 calls, so weak the diversity makes this one possible! I scan to
move the CQ freq, and realize I could really use N2IC's Waterfall Bandmap right
now, but was unable to get it going last week due to PC USB issues. (yes, a new
Intel NUC PC will be in place for next contest season). The 02-0300 hour only
adds NP9 and 14 Q's as the band really slows. The next 3 hours have dimished
weak signals, with decreasing noise, but more "crashes" with no new
mults and less than 100 new Q's.

At 0600 I start a new S&P scan listening "deep" in the
range and pick off the E7,G5W,G4,DK0 & SM4 at 0751 while noticing EU
getting louder. I figure I need to find a good run freq for what might be a EU
run starting and settle at 1814 for what turns out to be a fantastic next hour!
Yes! 44 Eurpoean & British Isles answer my CQ, obviously hearing me well
across the pond! I recall thinking "oops I must on the wrong band -
20M?" The only call I missed was CT1JGA, he just disappeared after calling
me once.

The next 4 hours (0800-1200) brought a very slow trickle of mostly weak JA's
(and USA's) with the only surprise picking off a very strong RA0FF calling a
lonely CQ just below 1810. I made a note this was the weakest JA signals ever.

The last JA was at 14:17 with only 45 other Q's added in that last 2hrs,
the log with a 160 contest that will be remembered for the best EU run in my
life! And, to add to the enjoyment, done with only a sloping wire dipole (90ft
at the tower to 15ft at the end) and only 3 non-Bidirectional beverages!
(NE,NW,SE only)
KU2M   Single Op HP   153,5962018-01-29 19:59:14
I'll never come even remotely close to winning this contest, but it is fun. It's
always an interesting experience listening to guys working DX I can't hear at
all! Oh well - I guess that's the glory of doing 160 with no listening antennas
from a relatively small lot. Luckily, noise levels seemed fairly low both nights
(although DX prop on Friday nite was better than Saturday nite), and I was able
to hear the louder DX stations on the xmit antenna.
G6M(G4BYG)   Single Op Assisted HP   794,5202018-01-29 20:19:56
SOAPBOX: Operated at the QTH of Neil G6MC. Located near Harrogate in the
beautiful valley of Nidderdale in North Yorkshire.
Setup was K3 radio plus Quadra Amp. Antenna was an 85ft Marconi Tee for Tx and 3
reversable 600 ft Beverage rx antenna's
Good band conditions Friday evening/Saturday morning. Many USA stations worked,
especially pre our sunrise. The band closed late at 0830Z which was a surprise.
Saturday evening into Sunday was less productive due to lack of Multipliers and
those I could hear were swamped by constant callers just not listening.
Many who will enter as Unassisted were obviously looking at the RBN as they
constantly appeared within seconds of the Mult appearing on the RBN and software
Again the band closed late on the Sunday morning at about 0830Z.
In my opinion ALL entries should be be classed as Assisted these days like many
current contests.
It is just too easy to cheat at present without penalty.
Plenty of loud Clicky signals from European stations as usual and I hope the
organisers review their contest recordings and penalise obvious offenders.
On a positive front it was great to hear the band full of CW signals which makes
a mockery of those who say the mode is dead.
Enjoyed my weekend and many thanks to Neil and his Xyl Sue for the use of their
great qth.

Band QSOs Pts StP DXC Pt/Q
1.8 1069 6621 46 74 6.2
Total 1069 6621 46 74 6.2
Score: 794,520
1 Mult = 8.9 Q's
WO9S(@WO9J)   Single Op LP   54,5162018-01-29 20:46:58
High line noise meant no EU heard. Worked all states except AL, HI, NE.
DX: NP2, C6, ZF9, PJ2, YV1. Heard XE1 and P40 in the midst of pileups.
Thanks to Mike (WO9J) for the use of his station.
RL3A(@UA5L)   Multi-Op HP   1,062,7202018-01-29 20:55:56
Thanks all for QSO! CU in ARRL

ANT: 4SQ; 3 EL @50m (EU); Vert; Beverages.

Some stat. below...

73's Yury RL3FT

Worked DXCC

DXCC | CT | 160 | TOTAL
3V | AF | 1 | 1
4J | AS | 1 | 1
4L | AS | 1 | 1
4O | EU | 1 | 1
4U1V | EU | 1 | 1
4X | AS | 4 | 4
5B | AS | 1 | 1
9A | EU | 13 | 13
9H | EU | 1 | 1
9K | AS | 2 | 2
9M2 | AS | 1 | 1
A6 | AS | 2 | 2
A7 | AS | 1 | 1
BV | AS | 1 | 1
BY | AS | 9 | 9
C6 | NA | 1 | 1
CM | NA | 1 | 1
CT | EU | 1 | 1
CT3 | AF | 2 | 2
CU | EU | 1 | 1
DL | EU | 204 | 204
E7 | EU | 10 | 10
EA | EU | 12 | 12
EA6 | EU | 4 | 4
EA8 | AF | 1 | 1
EA9 | AF | 1 | 1
EI | EU | 5 | 5
EK | AS | 1 | 1
ER | EU | 2 | 2
ES | EU | 7 | 7
EU | EU | 25 | 25
EX | AS | 1 | 1
F | EU | 9 | 9
FM | NA | 1 | 1
G | EU | 38 | 38
GD | EU | 1 | 1
GI | EU | 4 | 4
GM | EU | 4 | 4
GU | EU | 1 | 1
GW | EU | 1 | 1
HA | EU | 43 | 43
HB | EU | 6 | 6
HL | AS | 2 | 2
HS | AS | 1 | 1
HZ | AS | 2 | 2
I | EU | 48 | 48
IT9 | EU | 4 | 4
J6 | NA | 1 | 1
JA | AS | 84 | 84
JT | AS | 1 | 1
KP2 | NA | 3 | 3
LA | EU | 10 | 10
LX | EU | 2 | 2
LY | EU | 35 | 35
LZ | EU | 10 | 10
OE | EU | 12 | 12
OH | EU | 37 | 37
OH0 | EU | 2 | 2
OK | EU | 69 | 69
OM | EU | 25 | 25
ON | EU | 5 | 5
OZ | EU | 17 | 17
P4 | SA | 1 | 1
PA | EU | 25 | 25
PJ2 | SA | 1 | 1
PY | SA | 1 | 1
S5 | EU | 35 | 35
SM | EU | 23 | 23
SP | EU | 61 | 61
SV | EU | 4 | 4
SV9 | EU | 2 | 2
TA | AS | 3 | 3
TF | EU | 3 | 3
TZ | AF | 1 | 1
UA | EU | 182 | 182
UA2 | EU | 4 | 4
UA9 | AS | 65 | 65
UN | AS | 7 | 7
UR | EU | 137 | 137
VK | OC | 2 | 2
VP9 | NA | 1 | 1
VU | AS | 3 | 3
YB | OC | 4 | 4
YL | EU | 13 | 13
YO | EU | 36 | 36
YU | EU | 14 | 14
YV | SA | 1 | 1
Z3 | EU | 2 | 2
Z6 | EU | 1 | 1
ZC4 | AS | 1 | 1
ZF | NA | 1 | 1
| | 1431 | 1431

Worked States/Provinces

| 160 | TOTAL
CT | 6 | 6
MA | 8 | 8
ME | 4 | 4
NH | 8 | 8
RI | 2 | 2
VT | 2 | 2
NJ | 4 | 4
NY | 8 | 8
DE | 3 | 3
PA | 11 | 11
MD | 9 | 9
AL | 2 | 2
FL | 6 | 6
GA | 1 | 1
NC | 4 | 4
VA | 8 | 8
AR | 1 | 1
NM | 1 | 1
TX | 4 | 4
AZ | 1 | 1
OH | 2 | 2
IL | 1 | 1
CO | 1 | 1
IA | 1 | 1
ND | 1 | 1
NB | 3 | 3
NS | 1 | 1
NF | 1 | 1
PEI | 2 | 2
QC | 3 | 3
ON | 8 | 8
AB | 2 | 2
| 119 | 119
N1SZ   Single Op Assisted HP   96,3362018-01-29 21:20:13
Lots of fun! A personal best for me at home. Was unable to get on Friday
evening and enjoy the better conditions of the two nights as our little one was
sick with the flu. Butt in chair time was key to having a personal best score.
See you in SSB
73, Jim

K3 & P3
Alpha 70
160m Inv-L @ 70'
K9AY RX Loops
Writelog 12.23
9AØBB(9A3XV)   Single Op Assisted HP   861,8802018-01-29 21:21:28
Hi Guys,

this time we prepared well, all stuff ware ready already in Wednesday :). It was
my pleasure to be first using our new contest call 9A0BB - thanks guys.

First night was very good with over k QSOs in the log. All after that was just
suffering. But this is our game - if you remember. :)

Aniway I enjoy whole weekend spend on the sunny hill in good company with my
friends taking care about me during contest.

CUL in the ARRL DX CW!
Sale, 9A3XV
DL3TU   Single Op Assisted LP   45,2882018-01-29 21:21:57
Couldn't manage a full-time effort this year - I missed the first night

Instead of working QRP again I decided to give low power a try.
As many others noted, Saturday night conditions to NA were poor. Never heard
anything further than NC. However, these signals showed a significant
enhancement at our sunset (07:00 UTC) and 30 minutes later NA7TB could suddenly
be heard with good signal. Unfortunately he couldn't hear me...

Managed to work a new one for this band (Z60A).
Again it was lots of fun!

Thanks for the QSOs,
73, Roman

Antenna: Half Sloper (Rx + Tx); Mini-Whip (Rx)
Logging: N1MM+

Score: 45,288
QSOs: 171
StP: 8
DXC: 43
Total Time On approx. 4:00
OZ8AE   Single Op Assisted HP   221,1002018-01-29 22:03:33
Condx poor but a bit better on sunday. Stations south of Denmark worked quite a
lot DX, stations that I couldn't hear. Openings here are limited. - Used a G5RV
antenna - shortened here at the station side from friday to saturday. On
saturday I shortened the G5RV at the feedpoint and added 27 radials and a 10
square core to my station and station earth. - It helped quite a lot during the
remaining time of the contest. - Power about 300 watts, sometimes as low as 35
watts - when amp was not switched on!!!! :-)
The QRN was high, the QSB was deep and shifted very fast - Hope You had fun? 73
Joergen OZ8AE
K2DM   Single Op LP   1,8052018-01-29 23:19:21
As is my custom in every 160M contest, I set a goal of working brother Peter,
K3ZM. It is a nice Exacta if I can also manage to work brother Jeff, VY2ZM, but
that's a bit of a haul from my deed-restricted community in Central Florida.
This year I got brazen. I installed a longwire about 70 feet long and sloping
from 20 feet high at the fed end to 6 feet high at the far end. Working Peter
was a piece of cake. I got him on the first call Friday evening. Jeff was a
different story. I couldn't get through Friday evening or Saturday in the very
early morning, but I finally made it Sunday evening.
Feeling a little rambunctious, I called a few other stations and managed to get
through to my friends at W2GD when W1GD was at the key.
Now, what the heck can I put up for SSB next month? Perhaps it is time to fire
up one of those lonely boxes on the operating table to boost my signal.

For those ops who were excited about contacting all three Briggs brothers for
the prestigious Worked All Briggs Brothers (WABB) award, be advised that there
is a new award, the Worked All Briggs Family (WABF) award. WABF is awarded to
ops who make contact with all 6 members (including soon-to-be members) of the
Briggs family who are hams. So be on the lookout for Karen (K4ZDM), Miriam
(KK1ZM) and Patrick (KK6ZM) to round out the award.
George K2DM
I2WIJ   Single Op Assisted HP   428,4442018-01-29 23:44:41

First night was awesome! Then it turned into another story...
N1LN   Single Op Assisted HP   327,3522018-01-29 23:54:30
What a fun contest this could have been. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Two
of the four team members were unable to participate due to illness. One of them
was me. I did not want to call off the MultiOp weekend but it was the right
health move to make.

So, I ended up with some on the air time but nothing during real prime time. I
shut down on Friday night at 11pm local (0300 UTC) and at 12pm (0400 UTC) on
Saturday night. Based on the band conditions I did get to enjoy and the other
reports I read lots of great Qs, mults and score were left on the table. I did
manage to get one JA in the log on Saturday morning around 0730 local (1130

Hopefully there is always next year with even more improved conditions.

One thing I did notice with my limited time on the air was that the signals with
bad key clicks seemed to be up this year. It sure is too bad that some of the
big name manufacturers just can not get it right.

Thanks for the Qs and limited fun. Oh yes - where is Alaska? The AK mult was
between me and the WAS, which over the years I just seem to assume will happen.

Bruce N1LN
W5MX   Single Op HP   510,1532018-01-30 00:06:29
Got a bit of a late start due to work Friday. Planned to get off work early, but
as Plant Manager of a 24/7 production facility, it just never stops. But,
eventually got things squared away and off to the races. The usual set up
routine at the contest site and ready to go. Band a bit crowded but eventually
found a run freq. Could hear EU quite well by that point and had a few in the
log quickly. Conditions were stable most of the night and very quiet here as
others have reported. Great EU sunrise peak that lasted well beyond their
sunrise. Worked a lot of Northern EU with fb signals. As usual, I hit the wall
around 3:45 am local and could not stay awake. Time for a nap before
Asia/Pacific time. Worked a few JA's, missed 5W1SA. Couldn't break the west
coast wall, and by the time I found him, it was 1/2 past my sunrise and he
slowly faded away. CQ'd a bit for some local stuff and went to bed. Got a bit
earlier start Saturday night. Heard some EU, but weak, well before sunset.
Thought this might be a good night, but it never materialized. A lot of QRN from
storms to the south and signals quite down. Very little EU sunrise peak. Did get
a call from 4X2 which was nice for a mult. After EU sunrise, picked the band
clean and went to bed again around 3:45 local. Back up at 6:30, conditions
sounded good. Kept looking for 5W1 and other south pacific stuff but nothing.
Did manage to work RA0FF- fantastic ears!
Overall a good contest with around 200 10pt QSO's. Nothing compared to the guys
in the NE, some amazing scores. Would love to operate 160 up there some day.
Will be on in the SSB version of this test. Although SSB is not my cup of tea,
it's a contest so I'm in. I usually end up in mini rag chews when I run into
someone I know, or some folks out there just want to chat. Don't want to be rude
so exchange a few words :-).
Thank You to all for the Q's,

Some have asked:
Amp at almost 1kw (generator won't let me do more)
Inverted L and vertical full wave loop for TX ant's
Beverages strung all over the place through the woods
KE4S   Single Op Assisted HP   101,8982018-01-30 00:31:30
Rig- K3/P3, Expert 1.3K-FA
Tx ant- W7KF Skyhook II inverted L for 160m/80m
Rx ant- 250 ft BevFlex-4 BOG
ED3O(EA3CX)   Single Op LP   337,5502018-01-30 00:48:17
K2 + double L Dipole, no rx ant this year, thanks for Qsos, 73 Ariel
N4TL   Single Op LP   13,3572018-01-30 01:09:53
100 Watts to an inverted L.
KN4Y   Single Op LP   8,9302018-01-30 01:25:26
Saturday first day felt have way human but not air time good enough,I had plans
to also do the winter field day with the local club. That did not happen. Sunday
I was getting edgy, I gave the cat a dirty look.So I made a deal with self that
if I can copy the CW I would S&P 100 QSO's for FCG. I could and I did.
K6AW(@W6RFU)   Single Op Assisted HP   40,3842018-01-30 01:28:26
Thanks to AC6T for his impromptu antenna work!
N4EEV   Single Op Assisted LP   64,6022018-01-30 01:53:43
K3/100 and T Vertical with open feeder doublet @ 35ft using limited radial field
(2 @20ft, 2 @ 30ft, 4 @ 60ft) on a new-to-me 5BTV. Conditions were excellent on
the first night as I heard many, many EU stations. Almost WAS missing AK, HI and
WA, although I chased WA around several times when ops couldn't hear them and
started a run on their freq; this occurred with many DX STN as well. Such is
propagation, never the same everywhere. Conditions average or the second evening
with high QRN from a threatening storm that never happened. All and all a fun
event for me. I was VERY pleased with a compromise antenna. Doublet was
installed directly over the radial field of 5BTV. Thanks for the QSO. 73 Mike
N8II   Single Op LP   142,8002018-01-30 02:14:11
From here conditions were poor to EU unlike many others experiences. I operated
160 a lot in the week leading up to the contest and worked booming or nearly so
HA's and numerous northern EU and a few Russians, as well as TZ4AM and E31A.
Friday, the EU were too busy the first 3 hours to worry much about digging out a
weak USA station like me and by 0240Z I was feeling pretty tired, so QRT'ed
missing the better EU conditions later. Saturday night EU was about as weak as
it ever gets in the winter. The western USA was pretty weak except for a few big
guns until QRT Friday, but I did work from about 25 minutes before sunrise until
13Z and ran some very loud west coast/Rocky Mtn. area stations as well as
pulling KH7M easily out of the other callers. The next night was poor west of
the MS river until around 04Z when I did pick up quite a few far western USA.
I did do pretty well with the domestic mults and did do some searching for mults
especially the 2nd night. There was decent Caribbean activity; it was nice to
two NP2's active as well as FM and Cuba. I was called by ZF, J6, PJ4, and P4.
The overall rate was pretty good, 83 Q's per hour, but started at 23Z and rate
was slower than most years as other locals also reported. Activity from SC (18
Q's) and MS (8) was at an all time high. Most active states were NY and PA with
45 Q's each followed by OH with 41. I would have missed NE and ND except for
being called by one each of them. I heard KA7T in ID too late after sunrise to
work and never did hear MB. Other than those and the usual nil's from YT and NU,
I worked all of the lower 48 states/provinces. Signals out to 500 miles were
really loud both nights.

The competition has gotten too keen with two local 400K low power efforts and
many more big scores farther northeast, no way I could ever come close to those
scores it seems. I hope I gave a few a needed WV mult. It is hard to imagine how
high scores would have been if the conditions from a week before through 2 days
prior to the test had occurred during the test.

73, Jeff
AA4CF   Single Op Assisted HP   168,5692018-01-30 02:42:21
Was only able to operate on Friday night this year
C6ANM   Multi-Op LP   412,5332018-01-30 03:20:06
Rig: Kenwood TS-2000
Antennas: 160 INV-L (44\' Vertical) and 500\' Beverage NE-SW

Friday night the Caribbean conditions were poor with deep fades. Only heard and
worked a few EU. Minor QRN.
Saturday night heard and worked more EU, but battled high QRN levels from
thunderstorms over Gulf of Mexico, still some QSB on DX signals.
Saturday morning quit at 0125 EST due to fatigue. Resumed after 0500 to 0730.
Sunday morning there was a power outage at 0135 EST which forced us to shut
Did not work NE, WY or ND!
N3EB   Multi-Op HP   516,4862018-01-30 03:32:11
A thank you to the European stations for the extra patience. Sometimes a dit
will get lost on the trip across the Atlantic and I have to ask for a repeat.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

The transmit antenna was a full size vertical with eight elevated radials. The
receive antennas were a northeast/southwest 1000 foot reversible Beverage and
2/3 of a 600 foot west Beverage. It seems a porcupine chewed off the last 200
feet off this antenna sometime after the ARRL 160 contest. Of course I walked
the west beverage immediately AFTER the contest was over.

Also, thanks to NK8Q for the great operating and taking his portion of the
aggregated noise that comes with a 160 contest.
WØODS   Single Op HP   189,8022018-01-30 03:53:36
It sure was nice to have the band open to Europe on Friday night, and again to
the higher latitudes early Sunday morning. The JA opening was rather weak, but
it was there. It's a new high score for me, and really nice to see some DX
mults again.

Rig: Kachina 505, Homebrew kW with 3x 813 tubes to an inverted L. Beverages in
7 directions, most of them 900 feet or longer. Surprisingly, everything worked,
all through the contest this time.
WØAIH(KØTG)   Single Op Assisted HP   284,6182018-01-30 04:24:28
Paul was working his rent-a-Rev gig this Sunday, so I was running as single-Op
this year.

I finished the first night with 20 DX multipliers. Not a stellar performance.
I had a hard time getting the EU stations to hear me. I noticed that while
CQing, I was never spotted by EU stations in reverse beacon. That is kind of
unusual. The 4-square (wire beam) was not working right. So I did not have the
use of that the first night. Paul figured out what was the issue so then I had
it to use 2nd night. That may have helped the first night, but not so sure of
that as I had the elevated vertical to use and it performs very well typically.

The 2nd night, EU was not really there that I could hear until their sunrise.
So I was able to pick up a bunch of mults at that time. Just not very many 10
pointers in that short time. This year I I had no EU stations call me while
CQing. The only ones I got in the log were the ones I called. A bit different
this time around.

Mults missed: AK, NU, NWT, YT

Mults worked: 6Y, C6, CM, FM, HI, J6, KP2, V3, VP9, XE, ZF, LU, P4, PJ2, PY, YV,
CT, CU, DL, EA, EI, F, G, GD, GM, GU, HB, LA, LY, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OZ, SM, CT3,
EA8, JA, UA9, 5W, KH6.

It is rare to miss KL7 from AIH.

I had a great time. What great fun on the radio at a great station and I had it
all to myself! Many thanks to Paul for the use of his station.

73, John K0TG
N5UM   Single Op HP   24,5922018-01-30 05:00:03
Just a little bit of time to play. Conditions seemed pretty good.
AC6DD   Single Op HP   245,2452018-01-30 06:15:25
After skipping last year's contest I returned this year to my favorite

The weather was fantastic, probably one of the nicest January weekends I have
seen out there. I was able to complete the set up in record time and got on the
air by Thursday Evening.

Unfortunately, after I sent a few CQ's the K3 started flashing ERR12V, which I
remembered seeing before.
When I returned home later in the evening I looked up the K3 issue, and it
appears to be a common problem in older K3's, bummer.
The next day I brought along a K2, just in case.
The sun was still way up in the sky and there were lots of signals on the band,
oh yeah! The K3 started acting up after a while and it had to be restarted
quite often. In addition to the ERR12V, the BATT LOW warning started showing

Wouldn't you know pretty soon the K3 would not reset any longer.
After inspecting the radio I found some blackened connector pins.
I cleaned them with sandpaper and alcohol and got back on the air pretty quick
but it was good going for only 10 minutes and out we go again.
I cleaned the pins again, this time I was not sparing sandpaper. I coated it
all with penetrox and was back on the air. This solved the problem for the

By now several EU signals were coming through: ES5G, DA0WRTC, F5VMN, but no
response to my calls!
This was a sign of things to come, as my receive capabilities have been way
better than my TX antenna. For the next 2.5 hours of S&P 8 EU and 3 SA
stations made it in the log. The following stations were good copy here, but no
response other than an occasional ? or QRZ?:
Soon after Europe was gone Japan opens up with JE1CKA.
I have heard complaints from VK's that it is hard to work US stations as no one
listens their way. Well, I am listening. With every CQ I keep listening to
each of my four RX directions, but there is no one that way for hours and
Finally this pays off with ZL2RX, and 5W1SA showing up.
No luck with calling E2X, UA8L, UI8J, YB2DX, BY1CW and a few other BY and UA0
stations. Just when I think that it must be over for the night BV1EK calls me.
I finish with 502 Q's on Friday.

I slept for two hours when I get woken up by various noises outside.
At this point I knew it was going to be a rough second night.
Only two new countries were worked the entire night.
More rough times towards sunrise as none of the Asian stations calling CQ were

Last night I looked up my 160m contest comments from two years ago and it turns
out that I had similar K3 problems two years ago. I could have fixed them, but
not having been on the air since then I completely forgot about what happened.
I have no antennas yet at the new house, so the radio was just collecting dust.

I apologize to the stations where I vanished during the K3 problems.
There were a few who waited around, and we were able to complete the cotact. To
the stations I sent the report before vanishing, you are in my log.
Unfortunately I accidentally erased one DL station from my log.

I missed NE and SD for US, and the usual Canadian provinces which I have never
heard. Yukon was a nice surprise after several years.

Countries worked: 5W, BV, BY, C6, CO, CT, CT3, DL, EA8, EI, F, FM, G, HI, HL,
JA, JT, K, KH6, KL7, KP2, LU, OK, P4, PJ2, PY, SP, UA9, VE, VK, VP9, XE, YB, YV,

K3, Acom 2000A
Vertical, RX4S

Niko AC6DD
S53X   Single Op Assisted HP   609,1542018-01-30 06:33:54
To je to za ta dnar.

+ lot of fun.

TNX for all QSOs.
IT9RZU   Single Op Assisted LP   108,2282018-01-30 07:49:03
OK7K   Multi-Op HP   1,539,0152018-01-30 10:26:38
Our the best result in CQWW160 from OK7K ever. We set the taget 1600qso, 85/42
mults and over 1 million points. We passed 42 states during first night at 05:50
UTC and 1 million during Saturday at 19:00 UTC.
We finished first night with 970 QSOs, 238xK and 30xVE, we enjoyed nice opening
to states and to the west coast as well.

We logged: 33xJA, 286xK, 34xVE, 181xUA, 46x UA9
329xNA, 8xSA, 1387xEU, 7xAF, 109xAS, 3xOC

RUN: FT-1000MP + PA
2MULT: FT-1000MP MP - only for RX

Antenna: Vertical @ 39m with 160 ground radials

RX Antennas:
Beverage 360m to USA (320 deg)
Beverage 420m to USA (305 deg)
Beverage 360m to Carribien (280 deg)
Beverage 360m to South America (250 deg)
Beverage 360m to Africa (170 deg)
Beverage 360m to VK/ZL (080 deg)
Beverage 320m to VK/ZL (080 deg)
Beverage 360m to Japan (045 deg)
Beverage 260m to North (015 deg)
Beverage 180m to near East (135 deg)
K9AY Loop

More fun and motivation when everyone will be online with their score epecially
TOP TEN stations.....

Congratulations to other groups and their results.

See you in SSB part of CQWW160.

On behalf of OK7K group - Petr OK1BN
OM2Y   Multi-Op HP   1,104,5162018-01-30 10:29:54
Semi field day style of contest. We started build all antennas just 2 days
before the contest. On Friday afternoon we had ready 23m TOP loaded vertical and
5 beverages. It was not easy job in snow conditions in only two men - me and my
brother OM2KI. Dismantled everything on Monday.
Everything worked fine during the contest, except of most important W/VE
beverage first night. It was very noisy, 59+ QRM, probably due to nearby power
line. W/VE's we had worked during this time we heard with South America
beverage. Surely we missed couple of W/VE mults and dozens DX QSOs. On Saturday
we moved beverage about 50m far away of power line and then worked fine. But
unfortunately condition on second night to US worsened dramatically.
BAd conditions to East both days. No one JA on Saturday evening. In total 12 JAs
compare to 59 last contest. Mults such a VU, YB, HS came on Sunday evening. No
VK/ZL this year. Highlights was called by HK, LU, 5H3, ZS, PY A7, A6.
Anyway we are very satisfied with final result.

SN5Y(SP5Y)   Single Op Assisted HP   681,7142018-01-30 11:04:23
It was one of my first full-effort contest participations. And since my regular
QTH is in a city, I've had to move to the countryside for the contest. We built
the station from scratch in three days. It was all more like a field day
The funny thing is that the first QSO in this contest was my first QSO on 160m
ever :)

Special thanks to Mariusz SQ5M for helping me to prepare the inv L antenna which
performed great, to Krzysztof SP7GIQ for his insightful advice, and to Leon

Station used:
Flex 6700, OM Power amplifier, inv L with 80 radials and Beverages 150-200m long
in 5 directions + HiZ three for receiving.

73 de Cezar, SP5Y
OH5Z   Multi-Op HP   781,3122018-01-30 11:47:47
Quite nice conditions even from Scandinavia. No aurora noticed whole weekend.
Heard a lot more US stations and a few more mults which we just couldn't get.
Well you can't get them all. We broke the old OH record set by OH2HE back in
1997 by a good margin so after trying to beat for years we finally succeeded.
Thanks for the QSO's everyone. We will back in CQ WPX SSB.

Juha OH6XX on behalf of OH5Z crew
TM6M(@F6KHM)   Multi-Op HP   1,290,1292018-01-30 11:54:10
Endeed 1st Night with around 950 qsos and 47 S&P !

saturday evening nil heard far East , propagation wasn't so good during second

Nice opening to West Coast Sunday morning despite greats signal few stations
were worked ; it looked ok for end of contest were we add few more Asia mutls !

Never worked any ID,NV,WA ( rx one W7 but out band) WY NE SD and usual VE's!

Number of US/VE worked is better as 2017 but still far of 2009 !

Congrats to the OK,EI,HA,S5,UA2 for thems big score !

27M Vertical , 4 Beverages .

Tks for qsos
LY5E(LY2IJ)   Single Op QRP   252,7852018-01-30 13:19:28
Tried 2-radio QRP this time. It is not so complicated with 5W - One relay to
switch TX antenna to transmitting radio and RX inputs of both radios connected
to same RX antenna via 1:2 splitter.

Two K3 radios, shunt fed tower for TXing, HiZ 4SQ for RX (with no directivity
due to increased rodents activity against cables, but this is not so bad for

I put alarm clock wrong and missed 1st hour but nights are long here at 55 North
-15.5 hours x 2 (3Y0B is at 54.5 South ;).
Almost constant CQ with one radio at high end of band and constant S&P with
other radio.

Unbelivble opening to NA first morning before SunRise. Very strogn JT and few
JA's last night but no luck.

EU 727 95.4
AS 23 3.0
NA 10 1.3
AF 2 0.3

UTC CQ S&P Total
23 37 26 63
00 54 17 71
01 39 17 56
02 33 22 55
03 18 11 29
04 30 5 35
05 1 10 11
06 8 8

15 29 18 47
16 11 7 18
17 9 5 14
18 11 18 29
19 22 11 33
20 16 11 27
21 8 12 20
22 19 9 28
23 19 13 32
00 7 6 13
01 9 8 17
02 7 10 17
03 11 8 19
04 3 5 8
05 3 9 12
06 1 3 4

13 1 1 2
14 1 1
15 12 5 17
16 5 5 10
17 2 6 8
18 4 7 11
19 8 6 14
20 16 13 29
21 5 10 15

Total 450 323 773 (incl. dupes)

Arunas LY2IJ / LY5E

DL 116
UA 103
UR 74
OK 50
SP 46
HA 32
LY 32
S5 31
YO 20
OH 20
EU 18
I 18
OM 17
UA9 14
G 13
SM 13
PA 12
OZ 11
YL 9
YU 9
LA 8
9A 7
LZ 7
ES 6
OE 6
EA 5
K 5
VE 5
ON 4
E7 3
EI 3
F 3
GI 3
HB 3
SV 3
UA2 3
UN 3
EA6 2
ER 2
GM 2
IT9 2
LX 2
OH0 2
4L 1
4U1V 1
4X 1
5B 1
9H 1
9K 1
CT3 1
EA8 1
GD 1
GU 1
GW 1
TA 1
Z3 1
Z6 1
ZC4 1
R4HC   Single Op HP   195,5462018-01-30 14:25:01
Band QSOs Pts StP DXC Pt/Q
1.8 557 2834 1 68 5.1
Total 557 2834 1 68 5.1
Score: 195 546
1 Mult = 8.1 Q's
9A5M(@9A7A)   Multi-Op HP   877,6882018-01-30 14:45:48
thank you very much for the guys from 9A7A team
Special TNX... Vinko 9A3TR and Eugen 9A7V
WA8WZG   Single Op HP   120,4002018-01-30 15:42:17
Was surprised to work some EU stations Friday nite,,no EU for me Saturday night
, but Sunday morning at our SR, worked 45 Ja's in 45 min, a big pile up for me,
and trying to dig thru all the callers, plus hold the freq in the JA window,,,,
it was a new experience for me!! learning about contesting on the low bands REAL
quick...had a great time and lots of fun!!! also thanks to all the Outlaws that
worked me,, never work so many in a contest before!! Thanks!!!
HA3LN   Single Op Assisted HP   462,5002018-01-30 16:06:41
FT-1000MP > 400W > Inv-L (~14m vertical section)
268m Beverage > USA
268m Beverage > JA

...been an experience.

I'm always amazed how can so many stns be squeezed in to such a small
band... Sometimes it was up to 300 different calls in the bandmap.
Literally every 200Hz were utilized making the band pretty noisy even
tho I listened almost only via the Beverages. The DX signals were pretty
good but due to the crowd it took effort to get the calls correctly.

With the new vertical, I did not know what to expect beforehand. I was very
happy after the first night having ~40 NA stns in the log with almost 16
states/districts. I did not know that what will happen on Saturday night. Even
if the band was full of W/K and VE calls I _could__not_ even hear a whisper even
on the beverage either. I think statistically averaging the condx from both
nights it could give an average considering the Sat NA "black out".

As I have used more than one Beverage for first time it made couple of
struggles to peel the caller when I should just switch to the other direction.
I'll never ever place the switch on the side of the desk out of prime sight...
On the other hand this actually was really good sign tho that the Bevs are

The skimmer pile-ups were killer even for a simple station. It could
produce a complete wall for long minutes making the called ones
Actually I gave up quickly jumping on the mults 'coz I've been wasting time
calling in the crowd. Unfortunately, the 400W was not a S-breaker in this

I gave the last 11 minutes to myself using the HG3G call.
I could get used to this all the way in every contests... :-))

Thank you for the calls and see you in the ARRL CW.

Csaba HA3LN
W1TO   Single Op Assisted HP   180,6142018-01-30 16:07:49
Best score ever from home.
G3VYI   Single Op HP   125,0002018-01-30 17:45:15
Trying out new 50 foot vertical !
3V8SS(KF5EYY)   Single Op LP   460,0402018-01-30 18:08:48
The Contest audio is recorded. You can listen to your signal on my website by
using the call search tool on the "Contests" page.

If you do have an audio recordings of our QSO, I would very much appreciate if
you can share it too!

This time also I made use of an existing tower to make the inverted-L antenna.
In order to avoid any possible interaction with the tower, next year I'm
planning to have again the excellent Spiderbeam fiber glass pole (either the 22
or the 26m long one) to make the TX antenna. These lightweight poles are robust
and reliable and I can dismantle and take them easily after the operation.

During this contest, we did experiments on the K9AY Receiving Loop made by Ahmed
3V/KG5OUE. The loop worked well nulling noise. The switching system worked
flawlessly. Further improvements are planned especially with making the loop
further away from the transmitting antenna.

Thank you all for the QSOs! Ahmed 3V/KG5OUE will be operating the SSB leg

73 Ash 3V8SS/KF5EYY
S52AW   Single Op Assisted HP   919,5202018-01-30 18:23:41
tx ant: 2el VDA rotary + inv V
rx ant: 2x beverage 160m
CR3DX   Multi-Op HP   2,374,7582018-01-30 19:43:04
It was the first operation of CR3DX. I would like express our thanks to our
friends CT3EN, CT3DZ and CT3BD for the arrange this call sign. We tested a new
location with simply 28m high vertical and new IC7610 with OM2000A+. It seems
that works. Of course , from this part of the world is impossible to break EU
wall toward east. We lost JA,7Z, E2, YB..... From NA we lost NE,WA,BC even when
we heard WA (W7VJ,W7UB), BC (VE7ACN, VE7JKZ)but they didnot copy us :-((((.
But finally we are satisfied with score. We congratulation to EF8R team for
their score.
Btw during first night we made nearly 450-480 NA stations.

73 Rasto OM3BH
on behalf CR3DX
W6PH(@W1PH)   Single Op Assisted HP   447,3212018-01-30 19:58:30
FTDX3000 Expert 1.3K-FA
Antenna: WA1Z Special

I decided to fly back to the home QTH for this contest to get 10 more countries
for 160 DXCC. I started out just picking off people that I knew and working any
DX that came up. After about four hours it became obvious that this was going
to be fun and I started calling CQ and feeling loud enough. Conditions as noted
by others were very good. Two hundred of my contacts were 10 pointers and were
far easier to work than the two point W6's. My first W6 was my buddy W6SX who
was just barely above the noise. In retrospect I wish I had gone into this
contest motivated to make the best score I could. I ended up with 15 new ones
which exceeded my goal.

What is the WA1Z Special? Bob came over to my house in the fall with a
slingshot and a bunch of wire. We were able to get a wire up about 50 feet and
horizontal another 70 feet in the pine trees. Unfortunately I lost about 10
vertical feet and just coiled up the extra wire near the feedpoint. I got
trounced a lot but it seemed to work. We will work on it this summer.

See you from VP9.

73, Kurt W6PH
LA5LJA(@LA7TTT)   Single Op Assisted LP   120,7052018-01-30 20:02:35
A Limited effort from my side.
To much work in the week before the contest.
But worked 24 North Americans in 14 states/prov.
For my antenna on 160.... thats a sucsess ..
Highlight....ZF9CW...A New one for me on 160...#151
ON7EH   Single Op LP   414,5002018-01-30 21:01:23
TRX: K3/100+KAT500+hb bpf
Tx ant: inv L at 15m downto 11m
Rx-ant: 3 non-terminated beverages (~100-120m)
N1MM Plus logger

15 minutes after the first QSO, my hb remote (relay) Beverage switch died,
leaving me alone with a short NW/SE Beverage and the Tx-ant for receive.
Troubleshooting indicated the problem to be outside the shack walls, so I did
not bother and I decided to pursue even with the handicap.
1 hour later, I sat back in the chair and started to RUN, but quickly opted for
S&P. This proved the better approach given the limited Rx-setup.

The band was very crowded (sigs upto 1885kHz) with loud signals, all around the
place, possibly leading to fake QSO’s.
On several occasions, several stations showed their amazing Rx-capabilities!
The propagation must have been helpful…

First NA in the log at 01:33 the first night was K1KI. By far the loudest were
VY2ZM and the VA2’s.

The Beverage switch issue was solved after the NA-opening, which motivated me
for a major catch-up effort.

YM7KA was called for 20 minutes, as was C6AGU but they never copied beyond ON7.

Exactly 1 hour before the gong, 4J4K was found with a solid signal.
I was happy to find a large amount of UA stations in the log.

Assisted operation has grown mature in 2018!!
While CQ-ing Sunday evening, a weak 3A2MD started calling some 100Hz below my
I called her but she took another station. After that QSO, I called her again
and when I released the key, I was surprised by a pile-up worth 3Y0Z…
In just seconds after her first CQ, multiple stations had picked her up and
already calling her. Simply amazing!

Please contact me, if you'd like a recording of your QSO.

Thanks for all the callers and their persistence for making a complete contest


Michel, ON7EH
N4WW   Single Op Assisted HP   382,2502018-01-30 21:05:57
Florida contest group comments

Great contest as always just wish I had enough sense to not screw up my sleep
cycle for the next 3-4 days by operating all night.

Qso with Kosovo z60a during the contest was a real zoo on the same frequency. He
came on for 3-4 hours Sunday night split after the contest and much easier qso
with many USA guys getting in log including my 160 buddy nx4d and Carlos n4is
cracked through during contest.

WX4G and his super inverted L stole my write up thunder as I worked all states
and he did one multiplier better by working extra ve province with vy1aaa qso.
I listened several times and didnt hear much. Guess I should listened more
carefully. High 60's country count is about the standard for me. I see on 3830
much better numbers for lot of stations. Z60a and zc4a were good catches. No JA
but did get ra0ff.

Missed my friend Dick k9om who always turns in great scores with a modest
station on the ocean near Daytona/Port Orange. He usually tops my score with
much better runs and he hears Europe better since closer to the Atlantic ocean
G4L(G4LDL)   Single Op HP   121,5092018-01-30 21:35:45
Limited hours due to antenna problems.
W1MX(NY1AA)   Single Op LP   9522018-01-30 22:57:03
Short time S&P in Friday evening. Thanks to W1MX for my access to the
73/Hiro NY1AA also JJ5GMJ
OZ3SM   Single Op Assisted HP   200,9072018-01-30 23:06:42
Rig: Elecraft K3/P3, PA: solid State 300W
Ant: Inverted L
Enjoyed again this very special Contest the 9th time.
The first time in Assisted category. I liked it batter Thank non assisted
W4MYA   Single Op Assisted HP   350,0402018-01-30 23:21:07
Ran some
S/P some
N6TV   Single Op HP   8,7122018-01-30 23:44:57
Only had a little time to play in this one, unfortunately.

TX Ant: Shunt-fed 89' tower
Rx Ant: VE3DO Loop
Rig: Elecraft K3
Amp: Elecraft KPA1500
Software: Win-Test 4.27.0

Bob, N6TV
LB4UH   Single Op Assisted LP   183,2982018-01-31 05:16:40
Rig Ft920
Tx ant Invl 15 m fiber mast
Rx ant 163m wire in snow.
73 Jurek
EI2GLB   Single Op Assisted HP   189,1892018-01-31 08:49:56
NT2A   Single Op HP   133,4702018-01-31 15:46:34
I used FTdx5000, TL-922A amplifier, 600W. Antenna Inverted L 16.6m long. Very
tough to work on short antenna, but I got a fun.
SP8W(@SQ8JLA)   Multi-Op HP   755,7802018-01-31 16:26:43
tnx for all QSO's

73, see you next contest

SP8W team
K3OO   Single Op Assisted HP   60,7362018-01-31 17:27:36
Nice CDX to Eu on Friday night.
Rick K3OO
N6WG   Single Op QRP   1,9442018-01-31 20:20:27
Elecraft K2 at 5w, 100 ft circumference magnetic loop
of 4 strands RG62 coax with shields bonded together.
Hears good but not so hot on TX. Best DX Montana.
Felt good to be back in contesting after being off for 5 years.
Will try the CQ 160 ssb also and see what happens.
DH8BQA   Single Op Assisted HP   373,8532018-01-31 21:26:17
Elecraft K3, KPA500 + 160m "lazy loop" (much too low)
N2JJ   Single Op Assisted HP   136,8872018-01-31 21:36:53
Started the contest with 93 worked for DXCC on 160. Added 6 new ones Friday
night for 99 going into the second day. Worked P33W for #100 and MD2C for 101.
Thanks for the fun.
YV1KK   Single Op LP   749,9632018-01-31 22:39:47

Band QSOs Pts StP DXC Pt/Q
1,8 705 7009 52 55 9,9
Total 705 7009 52 55 9,9
Score: 749.963
1 Mult = 6,6 Q's

73 YV1KK
N2GC   Single Op Assisted HP   180,8462018-01-31 22:47:08
IC756PRO3, AL-1200, DOUBLE L @55

Limited time this year. 65 ten pointers.
WN4AFP   Single Op LP   2342018-01-31 23:58:32
Using an 80m antenna..I was the weakest sig on the band.. 74s Dave WN4AFP
FM5BH   Single Op HP   182,6002018-02-01 00:47:58
I am living in a small lot aroud 536 meter square.. I have antennas everywhere
I am near a cementary and I found the good idea to put a BOW beverage on the
of the cemetary. The lenght is around 210m of green clothing dryer wire. You can
solder this type of wire. I use also a comon mode filter CMNF-6 from PALOMAR.
It's very useful to clean all the birdies between 1826 and 1828 Khz. Friday
night was great but saturday as for all the others was very bad with qsb and
high static noise.
The weather was windy and I had electostatic noise here. But I spent a very gud
weeke-end on TOP BAND . I am an addict of TOP BAND. From my handkutchief QTH I
worked and confirm 168 DXCC countries.
My working condition is the following
inv L antenna with radials for TX
And the BOW on the cemetary wall for receiving.
I spent a very guud week-end as usual.
We have the best hobby of the Planet.
See you in the ARRL CW as SOABHP. No guest op this year.
I must to fix my spiderbeam for the second radio.
A lot of work.

best 73

FM5BH CW forever...
P4ØAA(DL4MM)   Single Op Assisted HP   1,444,9502018-02-01 14:07:46
One man's meat is another man's suffering ..

The first night was outstanding CONDX between USA and EU.
Unfortunately, this normally means worse propagation between
EU and the Caribbean area. And in such case of course attention
for stations outside the US generally decreases.
Obviously, this was one reason that I had extremely low
QSO rates by 01z. Later rates turned back to good, US was fine
now, but EU signals were not comparable to last year.
Interestingly there seemed to be a propagation duct to UA
(Ukraine) and RA6.
I worked many of them with very load signals. The more west in
EU the more difficult it was.
I worked an extremely low number of EA and CT which should be
easy here. Strange world.
But the party indeed was between US and EU. I heard extreme
pile-ups of ZC4A and P33W. Tons of US stations were calling.
The same of course happened for Z60A. It would have been waste
of time to fight this pile-up.
But even for some "easy" EU multipliers it was hard to get
trough from P4.
Highlight was a nice 10 min opening to JA (345 degr,15000 km).
The JA's called with very good discipline and avoided to create
a useless pile-up in this short time-window. This enabled me to
pull-out a total of 9 JA's out of the noise floor.
Next night usually had much lower rates, but it might was not
that drastic difference as reported between EU and US.
Zone 17 showed up at 03z, and I got 3 RA9 and 1 UN in the log.
At 04z a big (wind-) storm started here in Aruba. It caused
extreme wind-noise in the shack. Even my noise-cancelling
headset was unable to cancel it. Later heavy QRN joined the
game, too.
Fortunately, by the end of the contest the wind and QRN became
With 4 more JA's at second sunrise the contest ended.
Congrats to P33W! By support of this year’s propagation he is
back in front of me after last year’s luck was on my side.
I hope my 1.4M score is good enough for at least number 2 in
the World SO Assisted category.
Thanks at this point again to John, W6LD, and Andy, AE6Y,
for letting me operate again from their superb station!

73 Mat P40AA, DL4MM
K2WK   Single Op LP   84,6322018-02-01 16:09:10
100W & Inv-L
K3CCR   Multi-Op HP   236,0942018-02-01 17:27:02
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care
retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC.

N3UM and W3GB had fun in CQ 160 CW 2018 operating Multi-Op HP.
Conditions and activity were very good, especially the first night.

N3UM ran for 3 hr. and 243 QSOs to start, 81/hr plus 39 Eastern-
sec mults. Run rate tanked after 01Z, but clicking spots till
02Z got to 281 Qs, 667 Q points, 9 DX mults, and 3 more secs.

W3GB took the very-productive late shift 02-0730Z to get
33 DX and 11 Western-sec mults. He ~doubled our total Q points,
to 1350. Next W3GB took the inevitably slower 2nd-night early
shift 21-02Z and got 347 more Q points and 3 new mults.

N3UM took the 2nd late shift 02-0648. Clicking spots
02-0340Z got a few Qs and mults but often no signal was heard,
even from W1-W4 calls that should have been loud. Semi-
desperate, he tried CQing at 0345Z. Instant success: 77 Qs in
1.4 hr. running, 55/hr late in the test. Surprise; many calls
logged were those spotted but not heard earlier! Maybe some ops
tried CQing, got spotted, but made few Qs and soon went S&P.
Clicking spots 0510Z to 0650 QRT, N3UM got Q pts to 2166 plus 5
DX mults and 2 VE secs.

Our final claim of 707 QSOs, 107 mults, and a 236K score was
way beyond our best prior result of 560 Qs, 88 mults, and 144.7K
in 2017. We got 61 EU Qs in 34 EU ctys; W3GB made 39 of those EU
QSOs, most in the 1st night. We got 10 NA cty mults, KH6, and 7 SA
and AF ctys. Missed NE, AK, BC, LB, and the NT provinces.
OK5Z   Multi-Op HP   1,201,6842018-02-01 17:55:12
tnx for QSOs !

more info here

nice battle with OK7K and OL3Z and with others station online at

73 ! and see you in ARRL DX

OK2ZC from OK5Z
S58Y   Multi-Op HP   315,3602018-02-01 18:13:14
Antenna full size delta loop, PWR about 500W, RIG FT-2000.
OT6M   Multi-Op HP   943,7892018-02-01 18:29:58
Fun at Ham Radio contesting is about sharing joy and learning from incremental

This season we exchanged the previous 18m(60ft) Spiderpole TX vertical for the
26m(88ft) version. About 2mtrs(7ft) from the top we strung a wire horizontal to
the main 10-40m tower, thus creating an Inverted L. Some chicken wire was added
to the existing ground radials. The previously used 18m Spiderpole(60ft) was
moved to a different location, set up for future 80m use.

The second upgrade was adding a Hi-Z 4-8 Pro 8-Circle RX array. It was setup in
the 34m(113ft) diameter layout, serving also 40 and 80m. As with every top
performing product you need to provide a top environment to enable its full
merits. From others we already learned that any such system does not work well
in a backyard, it needs space to deliver its full merits. At OT6M there is
several acres of field few months (only) available to install it remote from the
houses to guarantee a low noise operation. A setup of 4 times 7m50 (25ft) thick
fiber poles created a stretched out rectangular top-wire from which all 8 RX
vertical wires were hung. The positions are the typical 45degree intervals
starting at QTF 0 deg. Due to the recent extreme storm in Europe and probably
some initial wire stretching, the bottom part of the vertical wires were
touching the grass for the first meter or so but that did not seem to matter all
too much. From the 6 beverages from previous years, only two reversible
beverages where installed to cover QTF 35/215 and QTF 315/135. Additionally a
K9AY dual loop antenna and a separate small High-Angle RX antenna were used. All
antennas were operated via the comfortable RAS-x2 desktop switch boxes from

So how did they perform? The 8-C shack operation box at first seemed just 'an
ugly black little box' with no text printed on it anywhere. A very light
rotation knob and 8 amber colored leds next to the obligatory on/off switch and
that was it. During the next 48hrs this proved to be just perfect; minimal
visual/manual stress vs maximal operational comfort. On-air it was immediate
apparent that the 8-C would deliver about 6-8 dB less gain vs the long beverages
but was much more quiet, offering a clear signal to noise advantage. Directing
it towards the 150-200m distant houses some 2-4dB extra noise was noticed. On
loud signals one can rotate through 3 directions to work the other, with one
clear maximum. At very weak signals only one direction can be found. The long
beverages delivered a much louder output in every of their 4 directions. Very
distant DX would be delivered with a typical punch along with a different
sounding, more lively constantly changing sky noise.

In a direct comparison between the 8-C and the long beverages both offered the
same result at decoding & making that QSO with remote DX. Occasionally the
one or the other was clearly better, probably due to the incoming sky wave angle
rotation. However, since the 8-C was quieter, one would often prefer its offered
listening comfort. On CQ (RUN-mode) the beverage, offering less F/B and having
several small vertical lobes, would allow you to hear the nearby European
callers. The almost surgical pattern of the 8-C provided a clear risk by not
hearing any of those at all. Only by rotating the knob an 90deg to 180deg offset
caller would suddenly appear at S7 - 9. At weak distant signals the beverages
sometimes would offer a quick QSB vs a slower QSB at the 8-C. At weak local
European QRP signals the sharp&clean 8-C pattern offered the best option for
a quicker reliable QSO. Short conclusion; both antenna systems are a perfect
combo for the station, next to now being able to hear in different directions
with two operators.

Prior to the contest we were offered some nice racks of spare ribs form a slow
cooking BBQ, served by the station owner Frank ON9CC. In the past our
group-Multi-Single contest weekends were often preceded by a mutual dinner at a
local restaurant or such.

In the contest it was clear to us that the new and longer TX vertical (Inv-L)
would better punch through the pile-ups. The first night offered great
propagation towards the USA. Westcoast was also pretty loud and we could hear
many CA working Mid and East-USA, but ...never work them. At our sun-rise we
caught the first AZ and NM, ending the first stint at 651/38/70. The Athena
statistics option to N1MM showed we were on an advantage track! The second
evening went OK, till about 21:00 UTC where the band slowly folded and things
turned worse. The absence of openings to the USA during this second night
affected our accumulated score such that at 05:00 on Sunday we were already
break-even with the 2017 result. FM5, PY and YE1K could not be worked through
the pile-up mess. CO and LU were heard all night and early morning but our
1K5 was never ever rewarded with a single "?". At sun-rise some
appearing W1/W2's were difficult to work but we finally caught OR, MO and UT.
And again there was AZ and NM to be worked but no CA.

Strap in for a final evening where again the absence of condx made all
contesters go havoc on new appearing CQ'ers. The 8-C proved its merits here as
it offered several of those QRP's much quicker. The 7Z took several hours to
work as did the only heard JA that evening (JH4UYB). At the closing hour, while
making the best out of all new thingies at the station, we still managed an
all-time high score. Already thinking about any future upgrades, 2018 showed
again that simply Try-Do-Learn-Enjoy-Together is what this is all about.

Thanks for the QSO and cu next year!

Station: IC7800 and Orion (interlocked), ACOM2000 @ 1k5W
TRX: inverted-L on 26m Spiderpole, full-size dipole.
RX: Hi-Z 4-8 Pro 8-Circle, 300m reversible beverage 315°-135°, 240m reversible
beverage 35°-215°, K9AY.

Mark, PA5MW
Aurelio, PC5A
Frank, ON9CC/OT6M
HA4XH(@HA3DX)   Single Op Assisted LP   501,4352018-02-01 20:49:49
Rig: FT2000 Ant: Delta loops(NW-SE) (SW-NE) full size, verticaly polarized +
First time K7CA from UT,K0DI from NE,WD5COW from NM and WD5R from AR worked.
New countries are JT5DX, Z60A, ZC4A, 4U1A, 4U13FEB.
First 8 hours were great as I could make as many multipliers as in 2017 in whole
contest.But after.....
My blind spot was 7Z1SJ more than one hour waste of time.
No JA, VK, ZL, heard .

Thanks for all QSO's.

73's from Hungary. Charlie
SP4Z   Single Op Assisted HP   470,1592018-02-01 21:47:09
It is always pleasure to be a "member" of 160m band funs
of contesting and DX-ing as well
Conditions were quiet good

Wes SP4Z
OK1MMN   Single Op LP   34,0922018-02-01 23:53:25
Rig: IC-7300
Antenna: DOUBLE ZEPP 2x40m
WØBH   Single Op HP   21,5262018-02-02 02:39:31
Thanks for the Qs!

73, Bob, w0bh
KH7X/W7(KH6ND)   Single Op HP   126,3182018-02-02 03:35:41
TX Antenna: Inverted L - apex height: 47 feet above ground.
RX Antenna: Full wave horizontal loop - average height: 5 feet above ground.
1300 watts output.

After 43 years in Hawaii, now proud to be an Outlaw :-)

Tower, and real antennas coming soon.

This effort dedicated to my awesome, longtime friends, N4AA & K3LP. I miss
them, each and every day.

KU1CW(@W4AAW)   Single Op Assisted HP   480,4412018-02-02 07:31:54
East coast is a much more fun in 160M contest - thanks to Mike for the
opportunity to use his station. Everything worked well. I have mist few hours
and CQ-ed another couple more into bright day due to some other home
73! Alex KU1CW
ES5G(IK2NCJ)   Single Op Assisted HP   1,370,0002018-02-02 12:21:30
First time for me with such a competitive set-up on top band.
What a feeling to switch directions using a 4 square on 160M and 7 beverages did
help this sensations.
First night not too bad considering the new approach to northern EU country
It was clear to me that NE path had better condition than NW specially on day
I expected to work more W's but the second night had much lower conditions than
day 1, time where I logged the most of US stations.
BTW I was able to lsn some west coast stations but they did not answer to my
Great JA opening during last hours of the contest where 75% of JA stations have
been logged for a total of 110.
From pacific area called by T88PB and VK6LW with very nice signals.

I wish to thanks Tonno ES5TV for this opportunity and the people who made all
possible, traveling with me and dedicating 3 days of their life entirely for my

YL2KL Girts
YL3DW Oleg
HB9DUR Andrea

CU next one!
W4NF   Single Op Assisted HP   134,5412018-02-02 13:39:16
Limited time but high rates. I need to get my beverages fixed by next year.
TNX for the Qs. 73, Jack
OL1R   Multi-Op HP   996,3602018-02-02 14:36:15
Best contest in last 20 years. Especially first night. Band was fully opened to
W/VE still one hour after sunrise.
N1QY(RON)   Single Op LP   33,0752018-02-03 00:30:07
i was disappointed in the lack of DX, but my signal seems to be getting out over
the Eastern US. Northern W7 and W0 were pretty much not heard.
HB9CA   Multi-Op HP   918,8482018-02-03 07:12:28
Based on last year's experience we improved RX through a new 8-square HiZ system
optimized for 160m in addition to the usual Beverages; It performed very well.
Condx were variable during the weekend, but in general quite poor towards the
except for a nice opening at sunrise on Saturday morning; nice finish on Sunday
with a good long opening to Asia / JA
Unfortunately the TX vertical could only be mounted on Saturday morning, that
obviously impacted our overall score.
As usual big motivation given by the online scoring system, while we played
catching up in the second half.
Hopefully next year we'll make it being ready on time, see you all in the SSB
Marco HB9CAT
WS7L   Single Op Assisted HP   10,0272018-02-08 04:15:02
73 and thanks for the Q's
Carl WS7L
PJ2T   Multi-Op HP   1,677,2782018-02-12 03:43:18
Congratulations to EF8R, CR3DX, and the other stations that scored over one
million points in this great contest. At least 20 Multi-Op claimed scores over
1 million. That is an incredible accomplishment, of which the participants
should take great pride. In a typical year, only five or fewer station break
that score level.

I apologize for the late post to 3830. There is no intent to make trouble or be
difficult on my part by the late posting. I become tied up in some super huge
work projects immediately upon my return from PJ2T and could not write up a good
3830 posting until now.

For the ninth year, my friend and longtime top band operating partner Jeff,
K8ND/PJ2ND and I (Jim, W8WTS) operated PJ2T multi-operator in CQWW 160 CW from
the incredible station PJ2T, operated by The Caribbean Contesting Consortium, The Caribbean Contesting Consortium is a radio club of world
class operators, leaders, maintainers, and builders that have created the
longest lasting, most state of the art, and most prolific contesting and DXing
destination station in the world.

K8ND and I started preparation for the contest about one week prior. Jeff
arrived at PJ2T first and began putting together the setup of SDRs listening to
the variety of receiving antennas at PJ2T. I arrived later, and with Jeff’s
help, deployed our DX Engineering four square receiving antenna. We were ready
to contest well before the starting bell with no breakdowns or malfunctions to

The contest starts during full sunlight at PJ2T, so the first hours are not
particularly productive. We listen to the European station working each other,
and the USA stations starting to nip at the Europeans, but no one is able to
hear us South Americans. When the sun sets at PJ2T, things heat up. The first
night of the contest was good, with two hours above 100 QSOs/hour, down from
four hours last year. The band was quiet from 12 degrees latitude and we made
the most of it. We worked eleven JAs, but there were no signs of VK or ZL.
Once hot Caribbean sun rises on Curacao, our signal is no longer heard, although
we can copy stations CQing in the USA for an hour or more. Our last QSO of the
first night was at 1126Z with HK3W.

After the daytime snoozing time, we got prepared for the second night of the
contest. CQWW 160 is a mixed bag between the two nights. One never knows which
night will be the contest winner versus which night will be the dud. We got on
the air Saturday afternoon at 2145Z and worked DJ5MW at 2230Z for our first QSO
of the second day.

The second night of the contest was plagued with higher noise than the first
night, with more difficulty working the sometimes weak European stations. We
dug out every callsign that we could from the USA stations in the early hours of
the second day. Unfortunately we did not hear any VK or ZL stations in the
contest. We take the “Never Say Die” attitude on Sunday morning, and kept
on the air until our last QSO at 1111Z with W8KA, just 12 minutes after full
sunrise on Curacao.

Ending at 2200Z, the contest ends in full daylight at PJ2T. In spite of our
best efforts, we worked no stations on Sunday evening. It is very frustrating
to hear the European stations working each other with enthusiasm, but at PJ2T
QSOs are impossible to make at this time. We ended the contest with 1265 QSOs
and 134 multipliers for a final claimed score of 1,677,278.

We are proud of our score and thank everyone for their participation in the most
fun contest of the season. We appreciate the hard work of Andy Blank, N2NT for
managing this great contest. Thanks to everyone for their QSOs. Again we
congratulate the top scoring entrants and look forward to more fun and great
competitive radio sport next year.

On behalf of The Caribbean Contesting Consortium, PJ2T and Jeff, K8ND/PJ2ND,


Jim, PJ2/W8WTS
The Caribbean Contesting Consortium, PJ2T