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VO1BQ   Classic SOSB40 LP   2,5422017-09-22 18:29:20
K5TRI   SO(A)AB LP   10,9712017-09-24 10:00:58
Conditions were pretty low and running low power didn't help. Mostly S&P as
running especially to Europe was a non starter.

Didn't spend too much time and mostly picked a few mults.

Highlight was 5T5OK on 40m

Thanks for the QSOs and cu in the next one
KG4V/1(N1EN)   SO(A)AB LP   237,3842017-09-24 10:20:57
Haven't been able to play much in the past several months between family and
work. Didn't really have time to play this weekend...but between needing to
start checking the station out and decide what to do before Thanksgiving
weekend, and having had one of those weeks at work where you have to just say
"eff it all" and do something fun to blow off steam...well, I made a
point of having some fun at least.

Conditions were "meh", but better than I feared they could be. Wish
I knew why I couldn't get 2Tone to even generate even one tone on the second
K3, but I was able to at least use the second radio to queue up "the next
station" when S&Ping. (I had planned to take Friday afternoon off to
prep...but fire drill at work, meant discovering the issue 10 minutes before
00Z, and having no opportunity to do more than confirm the audio cable was
connected and shrug.) "Fortunately" conditions were sufficiently
"meh" that only having one tx radio wasn't a big hindrance. A couple
of nice runs also proved to be very relaxing.

Called it quits at lunchtime on Sunday because of some honeydos that need doing
before going back to the salt mine tonight, if I want to continue to have
spousal permission to play hard in late November.

1½ K3's
80m Carolina Windom
40m delta loop
20m delta loop
15m double H
OF1F(OH1NOA)   SOSB20 HP   146,9522017-09-24 10:58:47
Some Sunday fun. All qsos worked by calling CQ. The highlight was JD1BON.

FT1000D + Microham II + Alpha 91b (about 800W) + 4/4el yagis
KK7A   SOSB20 LP   3,6542017-09-24 12:34:20
Attic dipole and 12 watts.
K4WW   Classic SOAB HP   800,9552017-09-24 12:40:22
Thanks to all for the contacts. For those I couldn't print, I apologize
OF1Z(OH1LEG)   SO(A)SB40 QRP   14,7002017-09-24 12:53:20
Rig Elecraft KX3 Antenna Optibeam 2el
NG7Z   SO(A)AB LP   64,5482017-09-24 13:12:16
Icom IC-7300 vertical. 66% S&P 33% run. Friday evening and Saturday only.
From my perspective, this was a successful showing given my limited station.
Even though my rate meter hovered around 20 Q's per hour, it was a lot of fun.
I actually was called by a couple of EU stations while running on 20M. That was
a big surprise. The 7300 performed flawlessly but N1MM+ did have a couple of
hiccups which required a reboot. I don't know why it lost comms but there were
two instances where ESM did not fire the radio. Nothing would get the radio to
send diddles. So many thanks to the good ops who stayed with me to get my call
and exchange right. BTW, this was the first time I've used assisted. I turned
out to be little assistance because I couldn't hear most of the spots. Lesson
learned. 73 Paul NG7Z
F/SQ6MS   SO(A)SB20 LP   88,0112017-09-24 13:15:47
45W and 1/4L GP. Thank you for all QSO's !
PX2V(@PY2KJ)   M/S HP   1,579,1262017-09-24 13:32:45
RIG: YAESU - FTdx 1200

10M - 4 el. mono - 12 meters high
15M - 3 el. mono - 12 meters high
20M - A3S - CUSHCRAFT - 10 meters high
40M - 2 el. mono - 10 meters high
80M - dipole

PWR: 450W - ACOM1010


PY5EG(@PS2T)   SOAB HP   1,571,6262017-09-24 13:36:00
Hi folks
For sure I'm not an expert on digital contests. I decided to make this trial
to see if is possible to organize in the future a Multi operators effort from
this contest station PS2T.
I really enjoyed to stop the pileup to make some jokes with some of my contest
brothers who showed at the frequency the the usual humor!!!
Thanks for being on my log
GUØSUP   Classic SOAB LP   214,3682017-09-24 13:40:44
Haven't done a RTTY contest for a few months, but wanted to have some fun in
this one. Had a few issues with N1MM, but got there in the end.
Nice to grab some DX - eg WL7E, 5T5OK, and a few others.
Oddly, 10m was dead for most of the weekend, but came alive after dark Sunday
evening. Managed to grab a few of the loud stations.

Some very odd propagation at times too. EI7M on 15m was a bonus for me.

Thanks to all for the points!

73 de Phil GU0SUP
AB9YC   SO(A)AB LP   288,1532017-09-24 14:09:53
For me, conditions were better than expected. Not as good as last year, but a
pleasant surprise to work what I did.

No problems during operation.
G6NHU   Classic SOSB15 HP   82,1562017-09-24 14:25:33
Conditions very poor each morning, QSO rate was dreadful. Much better in the
afternoons, good runs to both North and South America.

It would be nice for US stations to realise that not everyone is familiar with
the US geography and we don't all know which States are in which Zones. Many
stations only transmit these details once and on the higher bands, where
conditions aren't great, this causes a lot of repeats. Send everything at
least twice. This is only going to get worse as the solar cycle hits the

It's also surprising how many people are off frequency. Not just a few Hz
either side but sometimes 40,50 or even up to 80Hz off. Check your RIT/XIT
before operating!

Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this weekend.

Thanks all for the points.
VK3JA   SOAB HP   323,0852017-09-24 14:53:59
A rewarding weekend! Bands were surprisingly good considering SFI of ~85 and K

Ten meters was clearly open trans-equitorial in good shape to JA and AS for me
with a small number of QSO's but they were strong! I'm sure very few ops were
interested in even taking a listen on ten from AS with east-west likely dead.
A shame as they missed mults from the South Pacific.

15 meters was very good with a few long path sigs coming through that surprised
me. On the last night 15 remained open to EU for many hours after sunset in
contradiction to the propagation forecasts.

40 meters is always fun for me especially working EU at daybreak. A good run
both mornings from this QTH and I thank the many EU's who waited in pileups to
call VK. I hope my multiplier brought a few smiles in EU.

This year I slept both nights not attempting to run 20 meters all night long
and it was a good decision. Nice to be "fresh" at daybreak for the
usual 40 meter burst.

A good run and thanks to all who called.
73 Steve VK3JA
VE3CV   SO(A)AB LP   216,0082017-09-24 15:02:50
Lots of addicting fun! Good conditions but no 10m. Best catch was JT1DX in
Zone 23. Should have paid attention to S/P mults, but just having fun S&P
the never ending signals. Hard to give up after Sunday morning for family fun
in the heat!
Jeff VE3CV
ACØW   SOAB LP   12,4502017-09-24 15:37:18
New computer, forgot I hadn't got it set up for RTTY yet so spent the first few
hours doing that and fixing various issues. Also limited time with visiting
grand daughters around.

KSØCW   SOAB LP   123,5192017-09-24 15:48:08
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 16 19 2 2 8 1.2
7 140 268 12 35 33 1.9
14 107 259 14 41 17 2.4
21 38 81 9 17 7 2.1
Total 301 627 37 95 65 2.1

Score : 123,519
KS2G   SOSB20 LP   48,1362017-09-24 15:50:36
Much better band conditions that expected.
K2RD   SOAB HP   210,8302017-09-24 15:54:07
Thanks for the QSOs.
K4WI   SOSB10 HP   3,6302017-09-24 15:59:33
Slow going simply doesn't describe this week end.... not much activity with low
prop doesn't make for anything to brag about! VP8NO was my most distant qso. No
euro's, Af, VK, ZL or JA, did get one KH6! I did print out partially one EI,
one DL and one I6 with my beam headed straight south... thought maybe crooked
path or short path but nothing heard pointed that way.... no clue how their
signals actually arrived at my place! ohhh well fun any way... thanks and 73's
Cort K4WI
AE1T   SO(A)AB LP   141,2322017-09-24 16:00:08
Mostly S&P 73 de Peter, AE1T
HSØZIA   SOSB40 LP   114,4902017-09-24 16:11:23
3L/3L, 2L
AI6O   SOAB HP   34,4282017-09-24 16:17:11
Bands were excellent, especially 15 meters. Thanks for the QSO's.

Ed, AI6O
WA1FCN   SO(A)AB LP   715,8362017-09-24 16:21:06
Gosh but this work ! Only does CQ WW RTTY get this many hours!
Considering the point we are at in this SunSpot Cycle I felt
conditions were pretty good. Ah but I do long for 10 meters opening
to Japan !
TH5 @ 75 ft TH6 @ 45 ft Inv L on 160 2 el 40 @ 70 ft.
VE2SSS(VA2SG)   SOAB LP   50,1422017-09-24 16:23:39
very casual
WJ2D   SOSB40 HP   130,4732017-09-24 16:40:11
Not my best score but much fun all the same... I'm getting too old for the all
nighters! Thanks to all who called.
N7PR(K6XN)   SOAB LP   33,1172017-09-24 16:42:47
Thanks for all the fun! 73, Ted, K6XN
NØBUI   SOAB HP   11,4752017-09-24 16:47:23
Not able to put as much time into this contest as I would have liked to. Went
to our 8 year old granddaughters softball tournament on Saturday.

Thanks for the Qso's.

73, Mike N0BUI
AEØEE   Classic SOAB LP   41,5142017-09-24 16:47:50
K3, 75-100 W, dipoles up 6-8 m.

I only had a limited amount of time to spend on this one, so I decided not to
put up all the antennas. The 80/160 m fan dipole has stayed up all summer, but
no antennas for 40-10 m were up. In the past I've had fun with two-band
contests (typically 40/15 with a single antenna back when 15 m was reliably
open) and thought I should try another one with 20 and 80 m. My low dipole on
80 m is not very DX-friendly but with US states and Canadian provinces as
multipliers, it can still provide a decent number of points (single-band 80 m
would be 2336 pts). Sunday morning local I had a good run on 80 meters
starting around 5:20, with contacts trailing off toward sunrise. I
contemplated a single-band entry for the overall contest, but decided against
it having missed so much time on 80 (slept at night, thunderstorms Saturday

Band conditions on 20 m were very good, with stable openings to Europe
throughout most of the day. The band was crowded, and I appreciated the
filtering in the new (to me) radio. Most of my 20 m operation was
search-and-pounce, but I called CQ a few times without too much success.

There were a couple of domestic highlights to this contest: I think I have
finished off my Triple Play award with Maine on digital, as well as my second
band of Worked All States (80 m) with Nevada finally in the log. It has been
just over three years since I began operating under that callsign/location
combination for the award.

I'm looking forward to CQWW SSB next month!
W8AKS   SOAB LP   69,4642017-09-24 16:49:43
Between a tried & true contesting program and win10 acting up, it was very
difficult to get into the rhythm. Of course the 80+ deg weather might have
something to do with it. My apologies to those who were left hanging when the
software acted up.
Thanks for the q's.
WUØB   SO(A)AB LP   23,7442017-09-24 16:53:19
Played on and off as time allowed while battling a head cold this weekend.
Definitely one of my favorite RTTY contests of the year. It never gets old
seeing that signal come down the waterfall with your callsign in it!
KG9Z   SOSB80 HP   7,1052017-09-24 17:03:25
All S&P. 100% No computer. Used FTdx-3000D encode/decode.
AB8M(@KB8O)   M/2 HP   1,255,1802017-09-24 17:05:10
40 and 80 were tough nuts to crack on Friday and Saturday nights. Almost had no
EU on Friday night and conditions were only marginally better on Saturday.
Looking at last year's logs, we had much better condx to Europe on the low
bands in 2016. As a result, while the QSO count is similar to last year our
score took a hit. Sunday we missed the morning to attend the Cleveland
Hamfest, but saw better conditions on 20 and 15 in the afternoon. As always, a
great time and thank you to everyone we put in the log book. See you in
February for WPX RTTY.

-Doug AB8M
-Jay KB8O
W9ILY   SO(A)SB20 HP   336,3362017-09-24 17:06:11
Optibeam OB 9/5 and phased verticals
AA3B   SO(A)AB HP   4,662,1702017-09-24 17:06:20
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 391 619 18 48 51 1.6
7 841 1874 27 87 51 2.2
14 1195 3076 34 102 51 2.6
21 653 1714 24 85 30 2.6
28 25 59 9 11 7 2.4
Total 3105 7342 112 333 190 2.4
Score: 4,662,170
1 Mult = 4.9 Q's
NN6NN(W6XK)   SO(A)SB20 HP   47,5282017-09-24 17:06:24
A humble contribution to the greater good of Radiosport!
N4YDU   SO(A)AB HP   343,2302017-09-24 17:06:35
Decided to give RTTY a try for the first time in many years. I was amazed at how
easy it was to get things running using AFSK with MMTTY and N1MM plus.

Only made a few Qs during the first half of the contest but managed a lot more
on Sunday. Propagation was pretty good on Sunday - good conditions to EU from

Ran about 1KW to a Spiderbeam at 62 feet for the high bands and dipoles on 40
and 80.

Thanks for the fun.


K7MKL   SO(A)SB40 LP   12,6062017-09-24 17:06:38
My OM and I worked on our 157-foot long-wire last week, increasing it's height
to 10+ meters in the air. The result was impressive and made this SO(A)SB
effort fun!
VE2FK   SOAB HP   812,5762017-09-24 17:06:55
Pure RTTY fun
W7WHY   SO(A)AB HP   64,7902017-09-24 17:07:27
Wasn't going to play in this one, but I decided to hook up the RTTY gear and see
if it still worked. Got done haywiring stuff in Saturday afternoon and got on
the air.

Found that conditions were pretty good and worked a good bit of DX while I was
on. Was surprised to work some DX on 40.

Thanks for a fun time and the Q's. 73

TS-450SAT + AL-811H ~300 watts
TS-450SAT barefoot

80 meter dipole
40 meter delta loop
20 meter HB 2-el monobander at 25 feet
15 meterloop

Used 2 RASCAL interfaces.
K1DW   SOAB LP   26,2162017-09-24 17:08:23
K2QB   SOAB HP   69,5302017-09-24 17:08:55
ACOM 1010 @ 400W
W7RN(WK6I)   SOAB HP   2,116,9202017-09-24 17:08:57
Fun conditions (ZL on 80 long path? Go figure.) Thanks to all for the fun! And
to Tom and Midge for the excellent facilities. ;)
KB3LIX   Classic SOAB LP   335,7102017-09-24 17:09:47
I sure missed the activity from the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.
I wish them a swift recovery.
OL9R(OK6RA)   SO(A)SB40 LP   338,4922017-09-24 17:11:01
What a nice contest !!

My 1st serious RTTY contest. I decided to participate unplanned on Friday,
because free weekend.

vertical 19mH + dipole 25mH
Win-test + MMTTY + 2Tone.

See you in the CQ WW SS part. 73 Vaclav OK6RA
KK6L   SOAB QRP   50,3372017-09-24 17:11:30
I was somewhat frustrated by my lack of decent antennas, but considering what I
had to work with, I am satisfied (for now).
K6GHA   SOSB20 LP   87,6302017-09-24 17:12:12
I only had a few time available to diddle. It was interesting to have a West
Coast kinda Europe opening. Slow at times, fun and frantic at others.
Have to do this again sometime.
LY5W   SOSB40 HP   329,8682017-09-24 17:12:20
Wrong antenna direction found after 36 contest hours, bad with USA...
TNX QSO, see you again in next contest.
Sam LY5W
VO1HP   SOAB HP   204,8762017-09-24 17:12:40
Remote K3 Mini + N1MM+ ===> K3 + KPA500 + KAT500

Ant: 80/40 Inv V; HF6V
KY7M   SO(A)AB HP   699,4602017-09-24 17:13:11
Home station performed very well. Propagation was better than expected on 15m
with excellent signals from Asia on Saturday afternoon. Europe to west coast
better on Sunday than Saturday on 15m. Spotlight openings to certain parts of
EU when signals jumped up significantly in strength on 15m and 20m.
W4WWQ   SOAB LP   172,3192017-09-24 17:13:38
Too nice a weekend to spend on radio, but had to make up for all those who don't
do RTTY.
KE4S   SO(A)AB HP   75,2602017-09-24 17:13:51
Rig- K3/P3, Expert 1.3K-FA
Ant- 4el SteppIR @ 17m for 40m thru 6m
W7KF Skyhook II inverted L for 160m/80m
K3MD   SO(A)AB HP   1,118,3752017-09-24 17:14:05
Switched to N1MM+ from WL... too many problems with microHAM modem and windows
10 with WL... reversed mark/space on tx, RTTYRITE does not function, etc.
KX7L   SOAB HP   21,5262017-09-24 17:14:11
Light effort this year. Looking for some new ones on 80 Sat night, but all I
found was that I had RF feedback issues - aarrg! Still, had a nice run in the
last hour on 20m.
F1AKK(@F6KHM)   SO(A)SB40 LP   440,7042017-09-24 17:14:27
Never tryed really this game!
I wanted to try what i can do !
I decided so(a) lp on 40m!
I had fun ; i m just little pistol and in this mode!

At start i wasn't know if i would continue contest or not!
Ending night with good quantity of qsos ans mult so i decided to go
to the end and spent lots of times on air !

I gave me a motivation doing as much qsos as possible
" 1000 " has been my goal and 50 s&p , 100 dxcc!

THe goal isn't accomplished but it was nice to taker part in rtty contest!

I heard weak VE4/5 , but can't attratc thems attention plus WA & SD !

I missed also some semi rare dxcc as HI/CX who lookeed deaf !

I hrd well a35w , 9m6 i didn't worked there surely do to the low powr i used!

Tks everybody who contacted me and the ones with some magestic ears !

Cu next one CQ WW & CW

Missed "VT" in closed state (never heard) , after that that's the
uusal ones semi rare one particulary in W0 !

Rig TS850 +2el Dxbeam
K2AL   Classic SOAB LP   153,4522017-09-24 17:14:43
IC-746 Moseley Mini-Beam at 33', 40M dipole at 30', shortened 80M dipole at
N1MM+, Win 10, Signalink, MMTTY
Work schedule interfered with most of Saturday operating.
Band conditions very good Sunday morning and early afternoon.
N8BJQ   SO(A)AB LP   750,4962017-09-24 17:16:16
Conditions much better than I expected. First time doing LP in this contest.
Surprised myself. Bands were quite good. Original plan was to only operate a
few hours but got a good start and decided to keep on. With the exception of 3
short runs it was all S&P. Used all my antennas except the 160.

K3 & 756 Pro3
4 ele on 15 at 90'
4 ele on 20 at 80'
2 ele on 40 at 100'
1/4 vert on 80 + dipole
Bencher Skyhawk at 40'
K4IU   SO(A)AB HP   110,2292017-09-24 17:16:56
Bands weren't that great but managed to hang in there to start off the new
contest season. Had some short runs. Couldn't get anything going on 15 but 40
was better than expected. Station worked well, no visits from Murphy.
W7VO   M/S HP   475,9602017-09-24 17:17:02
Beat our score from last year (475K verses 451K), but worked more hours to do

Trained a new guy, Bob, AG7RT, who picked things up quickly! He will be a big
asset on future tests here at Radio Scappoose.

At least there were no CME events or noise issues this year, and we kept power
down to 500 W to avoid blowing up TH6DXX traps. Everything at the station
worked flawlessly, except we lost the HD-73 rotator control box Saturday night.
Luckily we had a spare ready to go.

Thanks to all the operators on the other end! It was a great test.

Mike, W7VO
K6LRN   SOAB HP   251,5162017-09-24 17:18:09
Computer had 'issues'...profuse apologies.
Thanks to all for Qs...73,

KO7SS   SO(A)AB HP   1,486,6742017-09-24 17:18:51
Ant - 2 el Steppir at 55' and 40/80 OCF at 55'

Rig - K3S and 2K-FA. Using N1MM+ with MMTTY and 2-Tone windows

My wife had to be out of town this weekend, so I scheduled Sat/Sun off from
work and put in a good effort. For me this seems the perfect contest - lots
of world wide activity, lots of multipliers, and everybody works everybody
for points.
KR1DX(@K1VR)   M/S HP   904,2882017-09-24 17:19:07
This is was a part-time effort that evolved at my attempt at doing a single op
-- I just didn't have the time/motivation to do it. We had fun. Dennis and I
each did around 8 hrs +/- or so, with K1VR taking a RTTY 101 class, and running
a few guys. We had fun, and overall the station worked perfectly. The only issue
was me blowing up an AL-1200 on Saturday afternoon (!). Other highlights of the
weekend involved installing a big NEMA box at the base of K1IR's tower (box is
now dubbed "the beast") Saturday afternoon and night, as well as
operating the last hour of the contest from my home QTH remotely.

Thanks for all the Qs,
HP3SS   SOAB HP   1,769,8502017-09-24 17:19:10
K-line 400W
SteppIR 3 ele @ 75 feet
40M Inv Vee
80M 250 foot loop

Dodging lightning both afternoons. I had to shut down a few times. Also heavy
rain and power outages in the evenings.

Good news was 10M on Sunday. It rocked.

Thanks for all the contacts.
V31VP   SO(A)AB HP   1,700,6842017-09-24 17:19:28
Another fun time at Maya Hill Lodge. Looking forward to coming back for the CQ
WW SSB next month. The 10m opening to EU from 1700-1800 Sunday was a nice
surprise. Thanks again to Andre (DL1AS/V31DL) and Monika (V31BZ) for their
hospitality and use of the ever improving station.

73 de Victor WB0TEV / V31VP
K3HW   SOAB QRP   60,9002017-09-24 17:20:30
I had not planned to spend so much time but I ended up putting nearly 20 hours
in the chair mostly at night after the kids were in bed. I had to IC-7300
married up with MMTTY and N1MM Logger plus for the first time in a RTTY
contest. Wow, what a difference in ease. Obviously this was 100% search and
pounce. The highlight was working 5T5OK on 20 and 40 meters thanks for them
hanging in there for several minutes to pull me out on 40! I would never had
bothered with QRP if not for playing so much with digital modes this summer
including FT8 and JT9. I have learned 5 watts and a little bit of luck can
sometimes go a long way. I love digital and RTTY probably more than CW now. I
have come a long way from the phone only op I was 10 years ago lol! It was nice
to play in the first contest season of Fall 2017! Looking forward to PAQP next
up in three weeks! Until then 73 de K3HW..
K3MJW   M/S HP   2,053,9662017-09-24 17:20:46
Had big fun
KN3A   SOAB LP   7,7252017-09-24 17:21:16
First contest in 2 years except for FD and PAQP, and the first time I ever
worked remote from our club station at K3IR. Used N1MM+, 2Tone, Chrome Remote
Desktop and Skype for audio into my Kenwood 590s. This worked out simply
fantastic. I don't know if I'll be doing QTC's any time soon but the remote
system worked out nice.

73 Scott
WB6JJJ   SOAB HP   186,3752017-09-24 17:24:18
Fun contest... The band conditions were quite good.
I was very happy that Zone 40, Iceland, stopped by.
I tried CQs on 10 Meters but no joy.
It was nice of my wife to let me play radio around the ranch chores...
Thanks for all of the Qs, much appreciated.
W6QU(W8QZA)   SOAB QRP   93,9912017-09-24 17:24:43

Radio: Yaesu FT-817, 5 Watts

10-15-20 Meters: 3 el Stepp-IR up 32 feet
40 Meters: DX-LB trap dipole up 30 feet
40-80 Meters: Butternut HF-2V Vertical with 3 radials

Well, after 28 years of contesting I finally got hit with a catastrophic
failure during a contest. At 05:30 Z into the second day I went to bed and got
up 3 hours later at 2 AM only to find that my super reliable FT-817 had
developed a problem where it transmits about 100 cycles off the tuned
frequency. This happened a year ago and I fixed it by turning the rig off and
then back on. But not this time. After a few hours of scratching my head I
finally had to give up. So only 20 hours of op time instead of 30+.

The thing that salvaged this contest for me was that I managed to work JT5DX on
20 M finally giving me WAZ on RTTY (QRP). It has taken me several years to get
this last zone, so I was quite delighted with that!

Other good Qs for me were 5T5OK who I found at the top of 20 with no callers.
Also E6AG on 10 and 15 M, and a zone 18 and VR20CC on 20. I also got TF2R which
is a rare zone 40 in a contest for me.

DXCC in this abbreviated contest was only 34 but WAZ was 24 which was the same
as last year's full effort. Only 38% of my Qs were off continent and only 8 Qs
into Europe, all consistent with the bottom of the cycle. I almost never CQ in
DX contests and this was no exception.

So now I have to get this FT-817 repaired. I use it for all digital work,
...and I was just starting to get good at FT-8 !!

Well, I'll be seeing you in CQ WWDX SSB in a month. I use the K-2 for that and
I've never had problems with that! .....but that is what I said about the
FT-817 before this misadventure!

73, Bill W8QZA - W6QU
N4CF   SOAB LP   159,2222017-09-24 17:24:45
The bands were popping! Wall-to-wall RTTY signals made this contest a pleasure
to operate.

I more than doubled last year's score in 1.75X the BIC time. All S&P, and
chased a lot of mults and 3-pointer Qs.
AD1C   SO(A)AB LP   268,7942017-09-24 17:26:55
Radio: Yaesu FTDX-5000, 100 watts
Antennas: Hy-Gain AV-640 vertical
1/2 size G5RV dipole in attic
Loaded (shortened) dipole for 80 meters
Software: WriteLog for Windows

After having operated FT8 using WSJT-X almost exclusively for the better part
of three weeks before the contest, RTTY is a lot of work! :-)

I heard a couple of JA on 15 late Sunday afternoon but not strong enough to
work. Conditions were not nearly as bad as I expected.

Was weird to not hear KP2 or KP4. Best wishes to folks recovering down there.
KD7PCE   SO(A)AB LP   103,3762017-09-24 17:26:56
CQWWRTTY Summary Sheet

Start Date : 2017-09-23

CallSign Used : KD7PCE
Operator(s) : KD7PCE

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
Assisted Category : ASSISTED
Band : ALL
Power : LOW
Mode : RTTY
Default Exchange : 03 AZ
Gridsquare : DM41VL

Name : Stephen Davis
Address : 4842 S Santa Ana Avenue
City/State/Zip : Sierra Vista AZ 85650
Country : USA

ARRL Section : AZ
Club/Team : Willamette Valley
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6789.0

Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 51 60 7 6 28 1.2
7 85 127 14 17 27 1.5
14 80 150 15 16 24 1.9
21 73 157 15 22 15 2.2
28 1 3 1 1 0 3.0
Total 290 497 52 62 94 1.7

Score : 103,376
Rig : IC756-PROiii

Antennas : End-Fed Wire

Soapbox :

I have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations
established for amateur radio in my country. My report is
correct and true to the best of my knowledge. I agree to be
bound by the decisions of the Contest Committee.

Date : 2017-09-24 Signature : Stephen Davis
KE2D   Classic SOAB LP   95,7602017-09-24 17:27:57
Way behind my score from last year. I had limited time to operate but still had
fun. I ran in "classic" mode this year so no telnet or spots.
However, I suspect after my FRC buddies W3FIZ and W3FZ worked me on 40m late on
Sunday they spotted me because things sure picked up after that for a while.
Thanks Pat and Barry!
73, Bob
K9NW   SOAB LP   17,8562017-09-24 17:29:12
A little diddle.

Tnx QSOs!

73, Mike K9NW
K7XC   SO(A)AB HP   376,9602017-09-24 17:29:20
Met my goal of having all the Mono-Banders in the air by contest time... Just
Barely. The Flux started at 81 with low A and K indices which made 20 and 15
very useful . 10M was dead most of the weekend with minor flashes from the
South now and then. 15M played well for the marginal conditions with limited
openings to EU both days. A pleasure to have an open band to JA on each day!
20M was open early and well past sunset with loud signals from EU, AS, SA, NA,
OC. while limited openings to AF. 40M was fun with plenty of stations to work.
Wish I could have stayed awake longer on Friday Night. 80M was noisy but still
OK. Need better antennas for DX on 80/40. The Mono-banders on 10/15/20 Meters
work well but for DX contests need to be much higher. Not a full effort as I
suffer from Headaches since my Car Crash in 2008, often needing to stop and
relax while waiting for the pain meds to kick in to allow me to continue. The
weather outside was simply fabulous making it hard to keep my fat old butt in
the chair. Station here is an old IC-746, AL-80B at 500W out, 4 ele 10M yagi @
25ft, 3 ele 15M yagi @ 30ft, 3ele 20M yagi @ 43ft, and a Dual Band 40M/80M Inv
Vee at 39ft. Still "THE BEST RTTY CONTEST OF THEM ALL!" See you in CQ
NA2U   SO(A)AB HP   8,4242017-09-24 17:29:30
Flex 6300, AL-80B, 500w, ground-mounted screwdriver vertical in HOA land

73 from the desert,

WS7L   SO(A)AB HP   41,2852017-09-24 17:32:51
Haven't seen the bands this hot in a while. 10 was dead -- only heard my
neighbor K2PO -- but 15 was great to SA & Asia and I had incredible signals
on 20. So much louder than in the sprint just a few short weeks ago.

73 and thanks for the Q's -- Carl WS7L
K-Line, DB-18 up 20 meters.
WX1S   SO(A)SB40 LP   141,4082017-09-24 17:37:02
85 Watts, 2 Elements @ 82'
NG7M   SO(A)AB HP   1,136,7382017-09-24 17:37:13
First contest with a tower and beam up at this QTH. The SPE 2K-FA worked very
well along with the DB-18. Thanks for all the Q's. Max NG7M
W6SX   SO(A)AB HP   456,8342017-09-24 17:38:59
For a World Wide DX contest, I didn't work much DX.

Except for one fun, early-morning hour on forty working Japan, it was mostly a

Best sixty minutes was 86 Qs.

Only ten-meter contact was VE7SCC, my only five-bander.

K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, MMTTY,
2Tone, N1MM+
N6IE   SO(A)AB HP   1,136,1722017-09-24 17:39:07
Band cndx better than expected especially considering how poor they were these
past couple of weeks. Activity on all bands, although 10 was pretty sparse.

Thanks for all the Q's!
K7ZS   M/S HP   678,0802017-09-24 17:39:18
A beautiful weekend here in Oregon, so we kept the doors and windows open in the
Contest Clubhouse to make it feel like we were enjoying the Great Outdoors!

Band conditions better than feared, but we ARE on the downhill side of the

Big thanks as always to Jim KI7Y and Andy(The Ironman) for their chair time and

Good outing with no failures of anything, not even an Ampli Fire. (RTTY can
create all sorts of pyrotechnics!)

73 and see you all in CQWW SSB

-Kevin K7ZS
NF4A   SO(A)AB HP   355,9352017-09-24 17:40:00
Part-time effort...was going to operate more but thunderstorms kept me off for
over 6 hours on Sunday and a FM broadcast transmitter that decided to have
problems very early Sunday morning limited my operating on Sunday morning. Was
surprised to work some statons on 10 meters. Best contact was XW1IC on 20
meters Saturday night. Rig: Icom 7800, Alpha 78, TA-33 on 20,15 and 10 and
wires on 80 and 40. Wintest worked perfectly with the microHAM microKEYER II.
Log uploaded to LOTW.
ZF1A   M/2 HP   7,189,6142017-09-24 17:40:04
Thanks to ZF1EJ, K6AM and N6MJ for their help and use of the station. Thanks for
all the q's.
W3RGA   SOAB LP   540,5402017-09-24 17:40:37
SO1R, Single RX, 100W, Wires.

I decided to stay awake the first night. BIG mistake, by 01:00 Sun morning I
couldn't keep my eyes open anymore and went to sleep for 9 hours. Lesson
learned.... After a long workweek sleep during the off times instead of falling
asleep during primetime.

Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 139 180 7 9 31 1.3
7 266 465 13 41 44 1.7
14 336 836 19 55 26 2.5
21 106 271 14 37 10 2.6
28 1 3 1 1 0 3.0
Total 848 1755 54 143 111 2.1
Score: 540,540
1 Mult = 2.8 Q's
VE3BR   SOAB LP   224,4182017-09-24 17:43:21
Radio: Ten-Tec Orion
Antenna: DX-Eng 80/40 Thunderbolt 55ft Dual Band Vertical
Software: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6789.0 + MMTTY 1.68A + 2Tone 16.11a

Just mucking about. I was truly surprised to see N1MM+ count me in for 20 hours
operating time. Must be that it counts only off-times longer than 60 minutes and
most of my breaks were 59 minutes and 59 seconds or so :)
TM3Z(F4DSK)   SO(A)AB LP   2,356,5842017-09-24 17:45:02
After a stressfull start where I had to reboot the computer, restore windows and
MMTTY setup (had the good idea to take pictures of all the setup for radios and
software few days before... tnx... lol), 15 minutes after the begining and so
lost 28 minutes to do it, all the rest of the contest was find except a problem
with the mouse's USB port appeared 3 times (not easy with the touch pad even in
ESM mode) but easily recovered.
That was my 1st SO2R contest after equipment setup ready only 1 week ago. Still
some things to improve (the OM also, hihi) but I'm quite happy and satisfied for
this 1st experience.
I found quickly the good timing between the 2 radios with proper macros, tnx
Gaby VA2UP, Ed W0YK and Randy K5ZD for usefull infos on the web.
It was also my 1st assited category attempt in RTTY using RBN. Incredibly
efficient, easy to find and work (as spots seen before tradionnal "hand
spot" so less pile-up to break on the semi-rare DX).
Propagation was not too bad for this part of the solar cycle even if it migh
have been much better on 15m and 10m was closed most of the time, just one
opening sunday late afternoon with W.Indies, SA and AF, backsctter with EU and
even read clearly K1SFA on the screen but impossible to work it or to do a run
on this band with 100w.
My goal was to reach 2.450 K pts and 2000 QSO but didn't achivied it. I don't
know if I had the possibility to do more QSO with this propagation as low power
but I'm incredibly surprised by the DXCC and zone score reached. Tnx assisted
category... so finish with +1600 QSO and 2.366 K points, not too bad for a 1st
try. Lost some multiplier to hard to work with this power.
It was not too hard to keep QRG during run so contesters are becomming
gentlemans !!!
Equipment was TS-950SD (90w) as 1st radio to do run (90% of the time), IC-7600
(90w) to work multipliers and S&P, 2xOM6BPF, ant. Optibeam OB11-5
(3e/20-3e/15-5e/10) @ 16m, DXBeam 2elts 40m @ 19m, inv. V dipole on 80m,
multiband vertical HF9V with 32x20m radials, beverage 110m length for NA,
N1MMclassic with MMTTY (2 DI with differents setup) + 2Tone.
Finnally thanks to my beloved wife who endured me during the contest
preparation and who bring food tray in the front of the station during the
whole contest, that's the real assisted category lol !!!

Tnx to all those who worked m and CU AGN

73's de Dimitri F4DSK (TM3Z for the contest)

Band QSOs Pts Zn Cty St.
3,5 216 457 12 58 11
7 641 1452 32 95 36
14 544 1357 34 98 49
21 227 616 27 82 35
28 27 75 11 18 0
Total 1655 3957 116 351 131

Score : 2 366 286

QSOs (+ unique callsigns) per continents and bands

80m 40m 20m 15m 10m Total (unique calls)
1 (1) 1 (1=100%)
AF 4 (4) 9 (9) 11 (11) 8 (8) 6 (6) 38 (13=34.2%)
AS 5 (5) 15 (15) 44 (41) 1 (17) 81 (59=72.8%)
EU 189(188) 474(465) 282(276) 62 (62) 6 (6) 1013 (754=74.4%)
NA 20 (19) 140(138) 204(203) 113(111) 2 (2) 479 (310=64.7%)
OC 5 (5) 4 (4) 5 (5) 14 (14=100%)
SA 8 (8) 9 (9) 24 (24) 13(13) 54 (37=68.5%)

Activity map per band
80m 40m 20m 15m 10m
2017-09-23 00:00:00 20 Qs 9 Qs
2017-09-23 01:00:00 41 Qs 18 Qs
2017-09-23 02:00:00 23 Qs 22 Qs
2017-09-23 03:00:00 25 Qs 24 Qs
2017-09-23 04:00:00 21 Qs 34 Qs
2017-09-23 05:00:00 12 Qs 40 Qs 2 Qs
2017-09-23 06:00:00 38 Qs 20 Qs
2017-09-23 07:00:00 19 Qs 34 Qs 1 Qs
2017-09-23 08:00:00 11 Qs 16 Qs 2 Qs
2017-09-23 09:00:00 11 Qs 22 Qs 10 Qs
2017-09-23 10:00:00 9 Qs 15 Qs 7 Qs
2017-09-23 11:00:00 5 Qs 16 Qs 21 Qs
2017-09-23 12:00:00 6 Qs 7 Qs
2017-09-23 13:00:00 29 Qs 17 Qs
2017-09-23 14:00:00 17 Qs 15 Qs 1 Qs
2017-09-23 15:00:00 15 Qs 21 Qs
2017-09-23 16:00:00 10 Qs 3 Qs 29 Qs
2017-09-23 17:00:00 9 Qs 24 Qs 1 Qs 9 Qs
2017-09-23 18:00:00 2 Qs 13 Qs 7 Qs 11 Qs 3 Qs
2017-09-23 19:00:00 5 Qs 30 Qs 3 Qs 1 Qs
2017-09-23 20:00:00 1 Qs 23 Qs 17 Qs
2017-09-23 21:00:00 5 Qs 14 Qs 12 Qs
2017-09-23 22:00:00 13 Qs 31 Qs
2017-09-23 23:00:00 1 Qs
2017-09-24 03:00:00 2 Qs
2017-09-24 04:00:00 12 Qs 14 Qs
2017-09-24 05:00:00 18 Qs 15 Qs 1 Qs
2017-09-24 06:00:00 1 Qs 36 Qs 12 Qs
2017-09-24 07:00:00 55 Qs 7 Qs
2017-09-24 08:00:00 48 Qs 4 Qs
2017-09-24 09:00:00 17 Qs 13 Qs 7 Qs
2017-09-24 10:00:00 8 Qs 29 Qs 1 Qs
2017-09-24 11:00:00 4 Qs 18 Qs 10 Qs
2017-09-24 12:00:00 2 Qs 34 Qs 1 Qs
2017-09-24 13:00:00 23 Qs 1 Qs
2017-09-24 14:00:00 10 Qs 19 Qs 1 Qs
2017-09-24 15:00:00 1 Qs 10 Qs 23 Qs
2017-09-24 16:00:00 2 Qs 6 Qs 26 Qs 1 Qs
2017-09-24 17:00:00 3 Qs 5 Qs 11 Qs 12 Qs
2017-09-24 18:00:00 3 Qs 22 Qs 1 Qs 2 Qs
2017-09-24 19:00:00 6 Qs 38 Qs 1 Qs
2017-09-24 20:00:00 3 Qs 1 Qs 34 Qs
2017-09-24 21:00:00 4 Qs 5 Qs 15 Qs
2017-09-24 22:00:00 8 Qs 23 Qs
2017-09-24 23:00:00 3 Qs 35 Qs
Total 218 Qs 652 Qs 554 Qs 229 Qs 27 Qs
PP5BZ   SO(A)AB HP   602,4302017-09-24 17:45:46

This is my firt RTTY Contest as "serios mode"! Many thaks for all!!!
Thanks for patience!!!
See you in the next!
NG7W   Classic SOAB LP   10,7212017-09-24 17:46:05
Only operated about 5 hours. A couple of stations I didn't clearly get an
acknowledgement back before they sent CQ again, so those were taken out of my

Lots of stations out there, and I did my best in the limited time I had. Search
and pounce only.

See you next contest!
VO2AC   SO(A)AB LP   10,1432017-09-24 17:46:57
Rig: TS-480SAT
Antenna: HF9V

I was at the remote station location all week, doing station maintenance and
getting set up for the digital modes. I left the remote location Saturday
morning to head back to VE3.

This was my first RTTY contest (first RTTY QSOs actually) from VO2. I
obviously have a lot to learn. I called a LOT more stations than I was able to
work. I'd say at least 3 or 4 times as many.

I made QSOs from 3 different locaions: Friday night in VO2, Saturday afternoon
from the Halifax airport (VE1), and Saturday evening and Sunday from here in
VE3. After being away all week I didn't have much time to get on the air upon
my return.

Tnx for the QSOs!


Chris VE3FU / VO2AC
N4IQ   SO(A)AB HP   462,0242017-09-24 17:51:44
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 151 165 5 5 40 1.1
7 224 374 13 34 45 1.7
14 294 591 20 47 38 2.0
21 132 270 18 35 13 2.0
28 9 26 5 6 0 2.9
Total 810 1426 61 127 136 1.8

Score: 462,024 Op Time: 15 Hours per N1MM.
Operated in five sections of 3 hours.

Bands were surprisingly good. 15M was open most
of the daylight hours. Ten was open for a short
period mostly to SA and west coast. My station
performed well - Murphy did not show up. I feel my
wire antennas performed as expected (i.e. good). Really
had fun - action ALL the time. 73 Bill

2x TS590's SO2R; 2x KWs; 160M & 80M C Windoms (80 & 40M)
40/20M Super Loops NE/SW & NW/SE (20M); 30/15-10M
Super Loops NE/SW & NW/SE (15 & 10M)SDR Pans; N1MM+
KC2WUF   SOAB LP   51,0092017-09-24 17:54:57
Yaesu FTDX3000, MFJ-993B, MFJ-931 and 125 ft long wire antenna 12 feet high
N2RJ   SO(A)AB HP   6,6252017-09-24 17:55:33
I am mostly a SSB and CW operator but I think I'll try to do this one seriously
sometime. I did enjoy getting into this one though, because I realized that
RTTY contesting once you set up properly is actually quite smooth to operate.

Equipment performed pretty good as usual. Looks like this Alpha 91 is going to
stay in my shack as a good, solid backup amp... even when I get my new solid
state amp soon. Seems like it just could not break a sweat just pumping out
legal limit.

Europe pounding in here of course with LX7I being the strongest. Worked some
PYs and other SA stations on 10 meters. Band seemed moderately active.

I used N1MM+ with 2Tone and MMTTY as the engines. I used AFSK with Flex-6700
and DAX. On these radios it is as clean as FSK on conventional transceivers
(DSP is math and math is "perfect"). Seemed to get me through even
the worst pileups.

I saw some stations transmitting on 14.100 and also 14.074-078. 14.100 as far
as I know is a NCDXF/IARU beacon frequency and 14.074-078 is FT8/JT65. I hope
we try to remain good neighbors in the band as radiosport enthusiasts. We
should try to keep those frequencies clear.

W4NBS   SOAB HP   39,2352017-09-24 17:56:43
175w; 80m dipole at 30 ft
Thanks for all the Q's
NM9P   SO(A)AB LP   184,9122017-09-24 17:59:41
Ran Flex-6500 barefoot to T-11 LP, 80 Meter OCF Dipole, and
40 Meter Vertical. 10 Meters was horrible. The rest were
OK but 80 was somewhat noisy. I only intended a part time
effort, but ended up spending more time that I had planned.

This is the first time I got dual decoders working for both
Flex Slices with N1MM. It really helped having MMTTY and
2TONE running at the same time. The RTTY Contests are
quickly becomng my favorite, other than the 160 Contests.
Now if there was a 160 RTTY Contest, I would be in heaven!
AA5AU   SO(A)SB20 HP   375,2132017-09-24 18:00:43
That was fun. Conditions weren't great but they weren't terrible either. No path
to southeast Asia although I did hear XW1IC a couple of times. Highlight was
working ZS2EZ longpath Sunday morning.

Thanks for all the QSOs!

73, Don AA5AU
N1RM   SOAB LP   18,4922017-09-24 18:01:46
Recently acquired a used K3s for use in my new shack. Ran this contest as a test
of the equipment. First time using K3s built in sound card and it worked very
nicely with MMTTY and N1MM. Used 100w and my trusty OCF in the back yard for a
S&P operation. Not problem working everyone I could hear. Thanks for the
XE2B   SOAB LP   502,4922017-09-24 18:05:19
Well, the condx were much better than anticipated, and this lead to a very
pleasent wekend.

10M Very few Q's mostly with SA and one big surprise was working Mauritinia on
this band.

15M: The workhorse of the contest. Surprised to work a couple of OHs past at

20M: Very hard to pass the stateside wall from here; nevertheless namaged to
grab a bunch of europeans

40M: Just a few Q's and, a little bit of frustration tryng to work "on my
face" Kilowatt sations, that never herad my 100W signal.

80: heard a few stations but were unworkable.

It was my bess low power score on this mode.

Thanks for the Q's


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
0000 0 0 0 4 52 0 56 56 6.8
0100 0 0 0 55 0 0 55 111 13.6
0200 0 0 10 14 0 0 24 135 16.5
0300 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 136 16.6
0400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 16.6
0500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 16.6
0600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 16.6
0700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 16.6
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 16.6
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 16.6
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 16.6
1100 0 0 7 0 0 0 7 143 17.5
1200 0 0 8 7 2 0 17 160 19.6
1300 0 0 0 7 14 0 21 181 22.1
1400 0 0 0 0 13 0 13 194 23.7
1500 0 0 0 0 37 0 37 231 28.2
1600 0 0 0 0 8 0 8 239 29.2
1700 0 0 0 0 40 3 43 282 34.5
1800 0 0 0 14 3 1 18 300 36.7
1900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 300 36.7
2000 0 0 0 6 0 0 6 306 37.4
2100 0 0 0 10 1 0 11 317 38.8
2200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 317 38.8
2300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 317 38.8
0000 0 0 0 0 48 0 48 365 44.6
0100 0 0 0 56 3 0 59 424 51.8
0200 0 0 0 38 0 0 38 462 56.5
0300 0 0 12 0 0 0 12 474 57.9
0400 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 475 58.1
0500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 475 58.1
0600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 475 58.1
0700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 475 58.1
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 475 58.1
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 475 58.1
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 475 58.1
1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 475 58.1
1200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 475 58.1
1300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 475 58.1
1400 0 0 0 7 7 0 14 489 59.8
1500 0 0 0 1 49 0 50 539 65.9
1600 0 0 0 1 3 4 8 547 66.9
1700 0 0 0 12 8 0 20 567 69.3
1800 0 0 0 5 43 3 51 618 75.6
1900 0 0 0 0 67 0 67 685 83.7
2000 0 0 0 20 4 0 24 709 86.7
2100 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 711 86.9
2200 0 0 1 22 13 0 36 747 91.3
2300 0 0 0 71 0 0 71 818 100.0
Total 0 0 40 351 416 11 818

Gross QSOs=822 Dupes=4 Net QSOs=818

Unique callsigns worked = 661

The best 60 minute rate was 83/hour from 1835 to 1934
The best 30 minute rate was 106/hour from 1841 to 1910
The best 10 minute rate was 120/hour from 1852 to 1901

The best 1 minute rates were:
3 QSOs/minute 23 times.
2 QSOs/minute 157 times.
1 QSOs/minute 435 times.

There were 36 bandchanges and 3 (0.4%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

----------------- 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 0 0 32 259 287 2 580 70.9
South America 0 0 0 9 19 8 36 4.4
Europe 0 0 5 32 73 0 110 13.4
Asia 0 0 2 43 27 0 72 8.8
Africa 0 0 0 2 3 1 6 0.7
Oceania 0 0 1 6 7 0 14 1.7
Total 0 0 40 351 416 11 818

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
3 4
4 330
5 284
6 196
7 1
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
5T 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1
5W 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
9A 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 0.5
9M6 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
A3 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.2
C3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
CE 0 0 0 4 3 2 9 1.1
CM 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0.4
CT 0 0 0 1 3 0 4 0.5
CT3 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.4
CX 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.2
DL 0 0 0 7 17 0 24 2.9
EA 0 0 0 2 7 0 9 1.1
EA8 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.2
EI 0 0 0 3 1 0 4 0.5
F 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
G 0 0 0 0 8 0 8 1.0
GW 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
HA 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.4
HB0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.2
HC 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1
HL 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1
HP 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0.4
I 0 0 1 4 4 0 9 1.1
*IT9 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.2
JA 0 0 2 39 27 0 68 8.3
K 0 0 26 231 259 0 516 63.1
KH6 0 0 1 4 3 0 8 1.0
KL 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1
LU 0 0 0 1 4 0 5 0.6
LX 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.4
LZ 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
OA 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
OE 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
OH 0 0 0 1 3 0 4 0.5
OK 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.2
ON 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.4
PA 0 0 0 2 5 0 7 0.9
PY 0 0 0 2 6 5 13 1.6
PZ 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.2
S5 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 0.5
SP 0 0 0 2 3 0 5 0.6
SV9 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
TF 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1
TG 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.2
TI 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
TK 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
UA 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
UA9 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0.4
UR 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.2
V3 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.2
VE 0 0 3 18 23 0 44 5.4
VP8 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1
XE 0 0 2 2 1 1 6 0.7
YL 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1
YU 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
YV 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
ZF 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.2
ZL 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.2
ZP 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
Total 0 0 40 351 416 11 818

------------ 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
04 0 0 14 88 94 0 196 24.0
03 0 0 11 97 88 0 196 24.0
05 0 0 4 63 100 0 167 20.4
25 0 0 2 40 27 0 69 8.4
14 0 0 1 18 48 0 67 8.2
15 0 0 4 12 21 0 37 4.5
11 0 0 0 2 7 5 14 1.7
12 0 0 0 4 3 2 9 1.1
13 0 0 0 2 6 0 8 1.0
31 0 0 1 4 3 0 8 1.0
07 0 0 0 4 3 1 8 1.0
06 0 0 2 2 1 1 6 0.7
32 0 0 0 2 3 0 5 0.6
33 0 0 0 2 3 0 5 0.6
08 0 0 1 3 1 0 5 0.6
18 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0.4
09 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0.4
16 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.4
20 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.2
10 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.2
28 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
01 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1
40 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1
35 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1
02 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1
Total 0 0 40 351 416 11 818

Multi-band QSOs
1 bands 523
2 bands 120
3 bands 17
4 bands 1
5 bands 0
6 bands 0

------- S i n g l e B a n d Q S O s ------
Band 160 80 40 20 15 10
QSOs 0 0 16 218 286 3
KI6DY   Classic SOAB HP   391,9332017-09-24 18:06:40
Had limited time so entered the Classic category. Conditions better than
expected but not great.
WT2P   SO(A)AB HP   344,1992017-09-24 18:10:36
TLDR: I did better than I set out to do and I am very excited.. If you're
interested in the details, they're below.

It was nice to work several SMC members. There were a couple members who sent
me GO SMC but I couldn't send it back because I had a QSO ongoing on the other
radio but I tried my best. Also, a lot of WWYC members were on, especially from
Europe (CR5V, etc.) - thanks for the shoutout!

I worked a few of you on several bands, K9CT on 80-15 and N2BJ on 80-20.. I'm
sorry if I forgot anyone else on that but thank you.

Long Version, Academy Award speech type:


This is my personal best ever in *ANY* RTTY contest. Second best to my close to
800 CW contacts contest, which was my personal best using wires ever. I more
than quadrupled last year's score of 73,112. I spent a lot of time and effort
over the summer to prepare for the fall contest season, including preparing for
high power SO2R and adding all the necessary behind the scenes plumbing. With
the exception of a minor hiccup around noon Saturday, everything performed to
my expectations. I have some notes and some additional filtering to buy,
especially for 80M.

A big thanks to AB9YC and ND9G, even though they were low power, I saw their
scores on the online scoreboard and that made me rethink my strategy early
Sunday AM.

Friday PM: My mood was just to try to run em... Had a good run (i think, I was
also partying). Didn't focus on mults.

Sat AM: Missed the VK/ZL and EU opening, but managed to pop on 15 while it was
open to EU. This would be slightly less than half of my meager 15M contacts.

Sat Noon: Stupid WT2P and bad station design bit me in the butt. Fixed and
ready to go by 1900Z.

Sat Afternoon: Still loafing around, S&P and running anyone, no focus on
mults. Grilled a steak. After dinner, focused on getting mults on 80, realizing
this is the last call for 80. Got a lot of missing states. Very little DX with
this antenna. This was the time I doubled my score from last year
(73,112 361Q's). I was at < 300 Q's at this point if i recall right
(probably not)

Sat Evening: Got serious once I saw I was behind ND9G in LP category. Stayed up
til 1AM to pull ahead.

Sun Morning: Darn, missed the VK/ZL opening AGAIN. But -- right in time for
80/40. 7300 with amp on 40, KX3 on 80 made up for a lot of lost mults. Started
out on 80/40, then 40/20, then 20/15, switching to catch any laggards on 40.
Sunday was MULT DAY. Did a good effort.

Sunday Afternoon: 4X last years score at 292,448 and at an all time new RTTY
QSO count for a contest from here with my wires.

VE5MX in the last hour came back to beat me in the online scoreboard for #10
North America HP.

10M: Opened up late Sunday and heard HP2, but no way I would get through that
pileup. Only station I heard.

- 1 ATNO (C37NL)
- Several new mode countries
- A couple new band countries

145 Run Qso's, 537 S&P Q's

174 2nd radio Q's (all LP)

ZV2C(PY2CX)   SOSB15 LP   415,3702017-09-24 18:10:52


K8AJS   Classic SOAB HP   537,2802017-09-24 18:18:25
Classic overlay...&quot;just a boy and his radio&quot;

Thanks to all for the QSOs! Hope everyone had as good a time as I did!

Rig: Elecraft K3 w/P3 &amp; KPA500 500 watts
Antennas: 204-ft G5RV, 3 ele quad
Software: N1MM Logger+ v1.0.6789.0
K2YG   SOAB QRP   306,9442017-09-24 18:31:52
Elecraft K3 @ 5 watts, Dipole and Tribander
N7AT(K8IA)   SO(A)SB20 HP   410,5502017-09-24 18:35:15
K3 (2 rcvrs) to Alpha 8410, 1500w out
Rotary 3el SteppIR at 78'
Fixed east 3X10 Bencher Skyhawk at 45'
SO2V operation with separate instances of MMTTY and 2Tone on each receiver.

A last hour switch in plans. I had planned to do a SOSB(A)40HP. But when I
found out the Mexico and Caribbean emergency ssb nets were to be on 7045, 7060,
7075, 7090 kHz, I figured I didn't want to play the &quot;dodge the net&quot;
game (giving them adequate room around each freq) for two nights. In the heat
of competition, I am not good at that. Not having the full weekend available, I
decided on a SOSB(A)20HP instead.

Twenty had some excellent moments, solar indices considered, and some not so
excellent. At one time. I linked both receivers (SO2V here) and had four
different decoder profiles going on my frequency, just to try and get some
intelligence from all the flutter and multipath. Challenging to say the least.

My continental breakdown looks like:
North America - 631 qso's
South America - 24
Europe - 230
Asia - 262
Africa - 9
Oceania - 19

Last time I did a SOSB(A)20HP in CQWW RTTY was 2010. Similar continental
breakdown but better cndx then and more Eu stations for more qso points, seven
more mults for 52K more final claimed points in 2010. The 2010 score stands as
the 7th area record for that category. I didn't come close to breaking it this

Next up here will be our usual ssb gang for N7AT M/2 fun in CQWW SSB, Oct
28-29. CU then.

73, Bob K8IA
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club
WB8RFB   SO(A)AB LP   7,0762017-09-24 18:40:58
Casual operation spread over two days. Mostly chasing new RTTY DXCC entities.
N3QE   SO(A)AB HP   2,216,7362017-09-24 18:41:26
Well, that was a blast! 50 more QSO's than last year.

I was so happy to find Saturday decent to EU on 15M. But then Sunday was even
better! Best hour rate of the whole contest was a nonstop pileup of EU callers
on 15M Sunday morning.

Ten-Tec Eagle, AL-1500, 130-foot doublet.
W4GO   SOAB LP   837,5902017-09-24 18:46:23
Great conditions. Thanks for the QSOs.
N7IR   SOAB LP   713,3002017-09-24 18:47:30
Band conditions turned out for the best this time, considering recent solar
events. Not my favorite contest mode but weirdly satisfying when everything is
running smoothly. Got a lot of RTTY SO2R practice while trying to keep the rate
up. I'm improving, apologies for the fumbles.

Thanks for the contacts and your patience.

Gary, N7IR
N2MM   SO(A)SB20 HP   414,8002017-09-24 18:56:39
Horrible weekend for problems, amplifier failure = lots of lost

Thanks for the qsos...Log will be uploaded shortly to LOTW. Please NO BUREAU
KG9X   SO(A)AB LP   214,8962017-09-24 18:56:45
Condx seemed very good both days from here especially with using low dipoles.
Mostly S&amp;P but decided to &quot;act loud&quot; on 40 late in the contest
Sunday and had a real good run. Even had some EU calling!! Did a pretty good
run on 80 Saturday night too.
73, Fred KG9X

80M sloping dipole, 40M sloping dipole, 20M sloping dipole
W4VIC   SO(A)AB HP   186,8252017-09-24 19:00:41
A great weekend. House guests limited operating time, as did arthritic back and
neck. Great to have all bands active, more or less. Thanks for the Qs. 73,
Vic, W4VIC
K9DR   Classic SOAB LP   111,3602017-09-24 19:01:59
Once, again, I failed to work my own state! Also no luck with nearby states of
UT, ND, MT and SD. Glad to work many Outlaws and pass out the WY multiplier.

Had to run K3 barefoot because of RFI to garage door opener and new security
system when running high power. Hadn't had problems in the past, so this was a
bad surprise. Antennas are simple low dipoles on 40 &amp; 80 that I'd hoped to
replace this summer, and a rotary trap dipole on 10/15/20 to be replace with
new beam. Shoulder surgery in May postponed those projects until next year.

Should be back in AZ in a few weeks. Snow is coming tomorrow. Look forward to
breakfasts with Outlaws.


Dan - K9DR
W1AJT(VE3UTT)   SO(A)AB HP   667,0702017-09-24 19:10:55
K3 / Hexbeam @ 8m / 43' Vertical / 80m Inv &quot;V&quot;

A bit disappointing since I was going to go remote but couldn't get RTTY
running. Rate was 50% of what it should have been. Had to repeat my call the
majority of times. Still great fun.

Hope all enjoyed the fair conditions
KØVG   Classic SOAB HP   86,6682017-09-24 19:20:38
Busy weekend, worked the contest when I could.
Steady supply of stations and mults to work so I stayed unassisted.
Kenwood TS-590
Yaesu FL-7000
microHAM microKEYERII and Station Master
A3S with 40M kit and 9-band vertical
KØCN   SOAB HP   153,7652017-09-24 19:23:45
Seemed like an endless line of thunder storms rolled over the QTH this weekend.
Had to shut down a number of times for fear of lightning. Otherwise, good
conditions and it was fun to be back on the air again for the new contest
73, Al K0CN
W4JAM   SOAB HP   778,6202017-09-24 19:24:58
Fun contest, lot more time in chair than was planned.

Acom 2000A
Steppir DB36@100 ft
Wires 80 plus backup on 40
KV1J(@KV1J/1)   SO(A)AB HP   734,9462017-09-24 19:27:08
73, Eric KV1J
W9PA   SOAB HP   1,174,6322017-09-24 19:29:09
K3, P3, K-POD, Acom 1000, Skyhawk, 2-el 40M Moxon, 80M 1/4 wave vertical
S0ftware: DXLog by 9A5K

First contest on new 80M vertical. Xyl tried to wake me up Saturday morning.
She said I responded and seemed quite alert. Only trouble is I slept right
through to 1830z and have absolutely no memory of talking to her. Missed all
of Saturday morning and didn't get on 15M until Sunday.
AD4ES   M/S HP   1,793,5472017-09-24 19:42:04
One of our better RTTY contest performances. Had to laugh when one report used
5NN. Really now!
WX4G   SOAB HP   128,0602017-09-24 19:42:49
Post Wilma, with a 40 meter dipole at 45ft and a 2el stepper at 50ft..not
exactly a competitive contest station. At least my 4 square on 80
survived...but not much on that band. Only spent 11 hours but enjoyed.
Started today fixing my 7el KT37 on 45ft boom. The joys of living in FL!??

Bob WX4G
K2PO   M/2 HP   2,111,0132017-09-24 19:47:07
Learned some lessons. Had some fun. Managed to work 5 Europeans on 15m (and
220 JAs on 40m). So life is good.

Tks to all!

/Bill, K2PO
KA6BIM   SO(A)AB HP   1,002,6902017-09-24 19:56:14
Had coax failure (Rotor loop)in middle of the night. Lost several hours and many
contacts as the result. Band conditions were better Friday night than Saturday
night or Sunday
W4GE   Classic SOAB HP   490,7162017-09-24 19:57:55
I really enjoy this contest. Technology has all come together for the digital
modes, including RTTY, and this is a TEST where the time and effort of all
those who engineered the equipment and wrote the code has come to full
fruition. I remember my early years as an engineer and ham, looking with
amazement of a functioning ASR-33 teletype. Well, I guess that means that the
technology and this amateur are now fully matured... Enough nostalgia...

Conditions were marginal but could have been a lot worse. 10M opened on Sunday
afternoon and that helped some, with 20 and 40M the goto bands, with 15M
amazingly productive as well.

Thanks to all for being such a great group of ops with unending courtesy and
talent for pulling signals through. See you next RTTY TEST!

Rig: Elecraft K3, P3, Acom 1500
Antennas: 6-20M K4KIO Hex, 40/30M DXE Vertical with elevated radials, 80M DXE
full 1/4 wave vertical.
Software: N1MM+

K3EST(@N6RO)   M/M HP   2,592,0512017-09-24 20:07:31
This contest started as a casual event for K3EST, NA6O and N6RO. However, we
invited a new contester, AI6JZ to join in the fun on Saturday daytime. Bill
quickly learned the RTTY routine. Then, about midnight on Saturday night, I was
the only one operating, on the SO2R station, when a face appeared in the window,
and a voice said &quot;Is Ken here?&quot; It was Rob NH6V, whom I hadn't seen
in 35 years when he was WB6SHD. He was 15 years old when part of my multiop
team when I lived in San Jose. He came into the shack and a fun reunion ensued,
lasting until long after sun-up. After an hour of chatting, wine and cheese, Rob
sat down at the other station and quickly got acquainted with RTTY and ran JA's
on 40, while I continued on 80m. After the contest, Rob launched his hi-tech
drone and captured the antenna farm at Radio Oakley on video. It was a great
reunion with an old friend.

As for the contest, we entered M/M so not to impede SO2R operation on one
station, plus another station dedicated to one band. We ended up with about
the same score as last year when Bob and I did the same thing. Gary manned the
SO2R station on Saturday and Sunday daytimes (15 &amp; 10m), while Bob ran the
20m station.

The second station was a great PIA throughout the entire weekend: whenever the
op changed frequency on the K3, the digital mode would revert to AFSK D, and no
diddling happened. After a few hours of frustration I discovered the problem, so
in S&amp;P mode, we had to reset the data mode to AFSK A before calling a
station. It was ok in run mode. We have not diagnosed the problem, but
believe it is some setting in N1MM or MMTTY, that sends a faulty command to the
K3 when the frequency is changed on the radio. NA6O will elaborate on this on
the Elecraft and N1MM reflectors.

Overall it was an enjoyable weekend, despite poor condx on the high bands. And
now, we proceed to set up six stations for CQP. Look for N6O on Oct. 7-8.

Thanks for the RTTY Qs, 73, N6RO
VA7ST   SOAB HP   403,4522017-09-24 20:09:31
30 hours of mostly fun time. The low bands were okay, 20M was pretty good, and
15M was at least open to North and South America from out west.

Lowlights: frequency hijacking, and stations who don't know any better than to
answer a CQ with their full exchange and a greeting while other stations are
trying to get through. Lost at least one multiplier to this behavior. Ignored
the offender after that and didn't work him on that band. Just the call is all
we need to start the contact.

Highlights: the emergence of VY1CO onto the RTTY bands. Took some convincing
that he could do it with a QRP rig. He could and did, and ended up enjoying it
so much he fired up an amp, too. I hope we now have another Yukon mult

Europe was only within reach on 20M, though I did manage zone 15 and 16 mults
on 40M. Wasn't too happy with 80M -- it was working nicely but not a lot of
action to be had. Mind you, I operated the first 18 hours of the contest low
power before deciding enough was enough and turned on the amp for the second
half of the weekend. Made quite a difference to rate.

Lowest score since 2007, and four of those higher-scoring years were low-power
outings. I figure three years from now we'll see things improving and scores
rising again. Just have to get from here to there through the doldrums of solar

Had a lot of fun, and was surprised to see the butt-in-chair clock at 30 hours.
29 has been my max in this one over the past decade except for a 35-hour stint
in 2013 when conditions were so good I couldn't bear to step away from the

Thanks for the contacts.

-- Bud VA7ST (contester's diary podcast)
N1HTB   SOAB LP   367,2242017-09-24 20:10:57
This was my second CQ-WW-RTTY contest which it is becoming my favorite contest.
Few minor issues with the power supply caused few radio shut downs in the
middle of few qso. Other than some down time checking the radio, changing power
supplies and family obligations, I was able to improve previous counts and
leaving room for improvement for next year. Lots of fun!!!
NY7N   SO(A)AB LP   2,0282017-09-24 20:11:48
Just a low wire at home right now, so a few points for the club and an
(unsuccessful) hunt for VT to wrap up my digital WAS. Ah well, fun playing
radio and chatting with the folks in the /r/amateurradio IRC channel while
doing so.
NN6XX   SOAB HP   316,0082017-09-24 20:12:09
Missed easy DX hit by Irma!
OF6MW(OH6MW)   SO(A)AB HP   381,2162017-09-24 20:19:22
Thank You,
73 Ari OH6MW
W4TMO/VE2   M/S LP   539,5962017-09-24 20:26:47
Wow! Jim (W4TMO)planned this expedition, and I(N4CW)was invited. Jim had a high
school graduation anniversary to attend in upstate NY and drove there to
attend; I had to fly from Raleigh, NC to Sept-Iles, Quebec. Jim rented a
cottage right on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, just south of
Sept-Iles...great location! After the reception he drove from NY to Sept-Iles,
arriving on Wednesday before the contest. He brought all sorts of wire antenna
stuff and supports as well as a couple laptops and his KX3/KXPA-100 station. I
carried my KX3/KXPA-100 station in an aluminum tool &quot;suitcase&quot;...rig,
amp, fans, SignaLink USB, wires, manuals, etc all tightly packed.
I had no problems getting through Canadian customs and airport security with
those...neither did Jim.
When I flew into Sept-Iles, Jim picked me up and we went to the QTH to wind
down. He had already created an inverted-L for 40M and tried it out. Friday, we
spent the day setting up the stations and erecting an 80M Windom, per W8JI
specs. We used RG-6 coax because we had a spool of it! We used a 36-foot mast
of 4-foot surplus fiberglass military-surplus tubes...9 of them...and guyed the
mast with additional support from a cluster of birch trees. We hooked up the
rigs and computers, and discovered they wouldn't network! That was a
disappointment because we wanted to have a mult AND run station; that wasn't to
be, so we shared one rig with no networking involved! Setup finished just in
time for the start of the contest.
We took shifts operating the contest. I started and was disappointed at not
being heard by some very loud stations. Apparently, we weren't alone in that
respect; others complained about &quot;getting out&quot; problems the first
night! The remainder of the contest was plug 'n chug, with occasional runs. Our
best hour was under 50!!!
Early afternoons were most productive on 20. Saturday, 15 gave us a few hours
of Q's. On 10, I heard nothing, but Sunday Jim checked 10, heard a loud 5T5 and
worked him; that was our single 10M contact! 40 was quite productive after 20
closed, and 80 was a lot of work. Had it not been for our VERY quiet location,
I would probably not have been very enthused about this contest. We persisted
and did okay for 99% using the Windom. The inverted-L just didn't &quot;cut
Sure, a beam on a tower and a big amp would have commanded the bands much
better, but for our &quot;holiday style&quot; situation, we are pretty content
with the results.
Many thanks for the patience afforded us by so many stations, and a special
thanks to CQ Magazine and Ed Muns for sponsoring and maintaining a fun contest.
See y'all for this one next year. 73, Bert (and Jim)
VE3NE   SOAB HP   298,5522017-09-24 20:38:52
Hi Guys,
I have set up my Writelogthe with the new XMMT.ocx and 2Tone.
During the contest I heard a bunch of stations that the computer was unable to
decode. I got suspicious...
I turned on MMTTY as well and let it receive at the same time with 2Tone side
by side.
My observation was that 2Tone failed to decode about 15-20% of the
signals; either did not decode at all or displayed inaccurate text.
I ended up using the stand alone MMTTY for receive and hand typed the contacts
into Writelog...:-) I was just having fun so it was not a big deal.
If anyone experienced the same and knows what could be the reason please let me

See you next time...

73 de Lali, VE3NE
KE8M   SO(A)AB HP   858,6352017-09-24 20:40:29
CQWWRTTY Summary Sheet

Start Date : 2017-09-23

CallSign Used : KE8M
Operator(s) : KE8M

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
Assisted Category : ASSISTED
Band : ALL
Power : HIGH
Mode : RTTY
Default Exchange : 04 OH
Gridsquare : EN81RG

ARRL Section : OH
Club/Team : None
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6774.0

Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 169 233 10 16 46 1.4
7 150 317 19 48 33 2.1
14 370 970 28 78 29 2.6
21 193 527 22 66 10 2.7
28 9 22 4 4 2 2.4
Total 891 2069 83 212 120 2.3

Score : 858,635
Elecraft K3s + Ameritron ALS 1300 @ 400-800 W G3YYD 2 Tone
10M - Hy Gain LJ 105CA @ 45 ft
15M - Hy Gain LJ 155CA @ 42 ft
20M - Hy Gain LJ 204CA @ 50 ft
40M - dipole @ 40 ft
40M - full size ground plane @ 25 ft
40M - full size ground mounted vertical 120 radials
80M - full size ground mounted vertical 175 radials
600 ft bi directional beverage antenna NE-SW
W7YAQ   SOAB HP   999,1002017-09-24 20:44:35
Oh so close! That’s the story of this contest. My goal was to beat my
personal record of 880K set in 2016. If the condx cooperated and the operator
spent more time in the chair, I thought maybe a million points was possible.
With an hour to go, the raw score at 960K, and a poor 15M opening to JA, I
initially thought it was out of reach. But a few late 20M mults &quot; UT,
WY, PZ, and XE &quot; and a lot of frantic S&amp;P dialing got me within a
single 3-point QSO of the million point line.

Final raw score: 999,100

Perhaps someone can clarify the point count for /MM QSOs. The CQWW rules
state: Maritime mobile stations count only for a zone multiplier. But they
don’t indicate the point count. WriteLog scored 1 point for my zone 39 40M
QSO with FT5XT/MM. Now clearly zone 39 is a long way from the North American
continent. So if by chance it was a 3-pointer, my raw score would have been
999,924 &quot; still not a million!

Anyway it was a fun contest, but we sure missed those Zone 8 multipliers. Our
thoughts go out to those who were impacted by the devastating storms.

N9NA   Classic SOAB HP   406,4762017-09-24 20:55:17
Station: Ten Tec Omni 7, Alpha 87a, Steppir DB18e, 80 mtr ocf dipole, N1MM +.
N6SS   SO(A)SB10 HP   10,0302017-09-24 20:58:07
Rig: K3, Alpha 99
Ant: Monobanders, 8EL OWA up 27m, 6EL LFA up 15m,
home built design by G0KSC
Software: N1MM &amp; MMTTY plus K3 RTTY decoder

Challenging conditions for RTTY on 10m! Scatter
propagation made copy difficult. Thanks for the
repeats. Hope for better conditions in 2018.
K7VIT   SO(A)AB HP   165,4402017-09-24 20:59:18
I wasn't sure how this weekend was going to work out. My rate was slower than
usual ... but then the multipliers kept coming and the bands (15 &amp; 20m)
stayed open. It turned out that band conditions were great with 15 meters
showing some life and
staying power. Unfortunately, I did not find 10m to be productive.

Thanks to all who answered my calls.
73, Jerry
KH6BE   SOAB QRP   15,0572017-09-24 21:27:21
Elecraft KX3 5W, end-fed 35' vertical dipole, N1MM Logger+

Portable operation from local beach parks - about 4 hours Friday night, 4 hours
Saturday morning/afternoon, and 2 hours Sunday afternoon. My antenna does not
work well on 40/80, so I stuck with mostly 20 meters (with some success on 15
and 10).

There weren't many strong signals on any band. I was able to work almost
everyone I could hear S5 or better. I heard many weak EU stations Saturday
morning, but managed only one contact there - with Italy.

RTTY is a tough mode for QRP operation out here, especially with a simple wire
antenna. Thanks to all who could pull me out of the noise.

73 de Bob KH6BE
WA7LNW   SO(A)AB HP   190,9762017-09-24 21:32:36
Remote: TS-480, KPA500, 5 band HEX Beam @ 65 ft., HF-2V vertical 40/80, 80 meter
wire sloper.

Fun having 10 meters come alive for a few Qs on Sunday. Along with South
American stations, worked Max, NG7M in northern Utah and Press, N6SS near
Prescott, AZ. 15 meters was wide open on Sunday and was where I enjoyed
battling smaller pileups.

Struggled with N1MM/MMTTY software randomly hanging long on transmit before
switching to receive. Spent much to much time attempting to troubleshoot
problem without every discovering a solution. Bottom line, the more hours in
front of the radio, higher your overall score. So as you can see, the cooler
fall weather got the better of me. Promise I will be more motivated in
upcoming events this season. Best of 73's de Jack, WA7LNW
NA2AA   SO(A)AB LP   42,7782017-09-24 21:57:12
Moved in and out of the shack over the weekend just aiming to work 100 QSOs.
Nice to hear my friend and neighbor Peter, KU2M crushing it on 15M! Also kudos
to the 5T5OK guys for working us 100 watt guys. Once the KW boys are all
worked, it's just a din of us weak guys fighting to be copied. 73. David,
K7VAP   Classic SOAB LP   63,6162017-09-24 22:10:26
My goals were pretty small. Make at least 50 contacts, and get a few new
countries. Well, I blew that out of the water. I got 25 more new countries,
and now I just hope for confirmations.

Even though I spent 22 hours, a lot of that was 20 minutes here, and 20 minutes
there to get some DX I wanted. Also, I was able to still spend the weekend
doing things around town.

I had fun, and I was able to study propagation with my antenna since I'm not
quite used to it yet. I also have to play around a bit with N1MM+ since I have
now have the antenna capability to make it useful. I wanted to go to 15M, but I
just couldn't break away from 20M because things were just too good for me

The only problem I had was that it's really hard to see the computer screen
when there's a cat in the way. :)

Antenna: 3 Element Steppir @ 35 feet
Radio: IC-7000
ZM2B(ZL2BR)   Classic SOSB15 HP   82,2152017-09-24 22:19:53
This weekend the local ham radio club held its'90th anniversary get together
function so was only able to fit in 12 hours contest operating.
CB1H(@CE1DY)   M/S HP   1,796,7602017-09-24 22:59:22
Hard contest, but nice to meet good friend again.

Hope to see you during CQ WW SSB

Nick, XQ1KZ
N7NM   SO(A)SB20 HP   286,0002017-09-24 23:13:53
Conditions very good, especially on Sunday. Most areas of the world were open
here but getting through was another matter. Mult count was good but over half
my Q's were single pointers hence the low score. Tried EU runs when I could
squeeze in but just couldn't hold for more than a few minutes at a time. JA
total just 20% - normally double that. Oh well, wouldn't be fun if it was
See you all in the next one,
73, Doug - N7NM
K3, KW, 2 ele SteppIR @ 50ft
VU2LBW   SO(A)AB HP   305,3712017-09-24 23:35:09
Station setup:
Ant: 8 EL, tribander at 80 feet
Amp: SB-200
Software: N1MM+ running MMTTY, 2Tone &amp; GRITTY

This is perhaps the first WW I have participated in where I have made no QSO's
on 10M. I seem to have missed the 10M openings that showed up on the local RBN

The usual noise at my dense urban location and the poor band conditions made it
tough to decode most stations. I probably missed out on quite a few callers. 15M
was the go-to band this time. On 20M, it was incredible to hear RTTY sigs up
beyond 14.150!

I experienced a small fire in the amp. It was probably due to cobwebs igniting
in the amp (the amp stays idle between the WPX's and WW's!). The ol'amp
continued to work though, but I turned down my power output to 220-250 watts
after that. I will need to investigate what happened.

Poor conditions and high local noise made it a disappointing weekend for me.

It was great to see a few VU's on the contest. Apart from the regulars VU2NKS
and AT3T (VU2PTT), it was good to hear AT5M (VU2MUD), VU2DED (with his great
low-power, wire antenna setup), VU2IBI, VU2GRM, VU2YVK, VU2KWJ and VU2NFJ.

73 de Lucky / VU2LBW
VU Contest Group
Bangalore, INDIA
IV3HAX   SO(A)SB40 LP   61,1602017-09-24 23:42:48
Only 40 watts and 13 meter long wire
WA3EKL   M/2 HP   1,373,5422017-09-24 23:46:57




SP4LVK   SOAB QRP   178,2242017-09-24 23:48:38
RIG:FT-950 PWR:5 ANT:2el Delta Loop &amp; Long Wire 50m
G4FKA   SOSB20 HP   222,6782017-09-25 00:36:31
A fun weekend with the usual wet string antenna. IC756 ProIII, 1K-FA, 400w into
a fixed wire dipole at 5m. MixW with micro KEYER II. Thanks for all the
WO7V   M/S HP   60,1522017-09-25 00:48:20
Ahhh contest season has started. Nice for the summer electrical storms to be a
distant memory and for us the fires to abate a little. Didn't get to operate
as much as planned but did manage to work a few. Conditions were not so good
but not so bad either. Hey, we could have had a CME which would been disaster.
On Friday after the contest started I discovered that my rotor had gone
haywire. I was able to fix it on Saturday without much effort. No problems
with the amplifier this time so all is well as I hadn't fixed my spare yet.
The next big one for me is the CW sweepstakes followed by the CQ WW Cw contest
after Thanksgiving. No more phone contests for me as I can't seem to find my
ON6NL   SO(A)AB HP   1,300,7792017-09-25 00:58:11
Made the 1 million I was up to easily in spite of some garden works on Saturday
thanks to fine conditions!
Surprised about the DX I worked on 40 with my humble wire inv-Vee.
S56A   Classic SOSB20 LP   183,9002017-09-25 01:02:57
I wrote long comment, lost WiFi in between and when it recovered this form was
reset :-( Not again, read my Facebbok page.
M6W(G3WW)   SO(A)SB40 LP   143,7072017-09-25 01:14:52
Five years since my last RTTY contest and limited preparation time so this was
always going to be a mostly casual effort. Didn't have enough time to get setup
with FSK so had a couple of minor niggles along the way.

Dug out an old TS-480SAT to went barefoot keeping it around the 50-60 Watt
level using my JT65 setup (RIGblaster Nomic) to operate the 480 AFSK-style.

Decided to use RBN assistance which meant spots in the bandmap were always
around 1 kHz off-set from my suppressed carrier frequency. Couldn't point and
shoot the spots from the bandmap as this sent the radio from LSB into FSK mode.

It became more trouble than it was worth having to keep changing modes and
re-tuning needed spots. I soon got into the habit of fine tuning the VFO to dig
out the bandmap spots which I wanted.

Conditions were so-so. Furthest worked west was Nevada and I heard a couple of
UT, TX and CA which all sadly got away. Chile in Zone 12 was a nice surprise.
The far east wasn't impressive, I managed a single a VK and ZL but no JA's were
heard strong enough to even call. 5T was probably a new one on RTTY for me.

I must make an FSK interface as the 480 is a nice little radio and if I can
overcome the 480 mode-changing with the Win-Test bandmap it would be a nice
little setup for future RTTY contests.
LX7I   M/2 HP   7,386,4372017-09-25 01:46:31
Thanks to Philippe LX2A fur putting the wonderful station together.

Propagation really su****, but we tried our best.



OZ7AM(@OZ2ELA)   SO(A)AB HP   1,550,0042017-09-25 01:46:52
This was my very first WW RTTY as SO. I didn't plan on making a serious effort
but it turned out that I had the time after all so here we go.

The first day came and went with awful conditions. Not a peep on 10 and 15 was
very quiet despite a brief opening to JA and later NA. I think my primary
achievement on day one was pleasing the power company with my endless CQing.

The second half of the contest was different with the rate picking up in the
early afternoon and staying steady for the whole evening.

A very nice surprise was the sudden opening on 10 metres that added 28 lovely
and much needed multipliers from EU, AF and SA.
The band never quite opened to NA although other OZ folks reported working into
the East Coast. Had to stop a few hours before the end of the contest because I
knew I had to get out of bed very early Monday morning to go to work.

80 was a disappointment due to the SWR on the this particular antenna being
very high in the RTTY portion of the band, forcing me to reduce power to a
couple of hundred watts. This turned out to be insufficient to work the few Far
East stations I could read, but no harm done.

I was surprised to learn how little spotting assistance helps. I decided to go
'Assisted' because I thought it to be an advantage, but I didn't use it nearly
as much as I expected. The number of spots coming in was surprisingly low be
that due to the poor conditions or some other reason.

All in all a fun weekend. Thanks to Michael (OZ2ELA) and his wife for having me
visit and letting me use the station. My honest guess is that the QTH mattered
more than my operating skills looking at the final result.

Would I do it again? RTTY is a different game and I have things to learn. SOAB
is certainly less tiring than on CW (never mind phone), but I do miss some of
the action -- especially the higher rates. That being said I think you'll find
me in future WW RTTY contests!

73 -- see you in WW SSB and CW

OZ7AM, Alex
N3HEE   SO(A)SB80 QRP   2,1002017-09-25 01:55:45
Just playing around with QRP power. No time to contest this weekend.
EU4E   SOSB80 HP   98,0002017-09-25 02:18:13
5P9X(OZ9GA)   SOAB HP   755,2402017-09-25 02:27:23
RTTY Radio HF-station OZ9GA
Contestcall 5P9X

RX/TK IC 7851 and Expert 1K-FA
Interface Microham Microkeyer II
Microham Station Master for antenna swits, rotator- and PA control.
MSI Laptop
WriteLog 11.29 with Mtty

On tower 11M over gr.
Mosley TA-54-XLN-6 for 6, 10, 12, 15, 17 and 20 Meter Bands
Optibeam OB1-4030 for 30 and 40 Meter bands
Rotor Yaesu G-2800DXC

Dipole for 80 Meter Band
Long wire for 160 Meter band with CG-3000 automatic antenna tuner

All Q’s are on LOTW

Tnx fer the contacts.

73 de 5P9X (OZ9GA)
KØACP   SOAB LP   101,1362017-09-25 02:28:48
This was my first real effort at CQ WW RTTY and a great opportunity to learn how
to integrate man, computer, software and radio. As a midwesterner, I really
liked the ability to work and count US-based contacts, made the event more
engaging for me given my station's capabilities.

I noticed a lot of spotty propagation and never heard anything on 10m. Going
into the contest, my goal was 250 Q's with a guesstimate of ~75K points, so
from that perspective, I am satisfied with my showing.

Thanks to all whom organized this event! As well as, the other participants who
made the q's possible.

73 es God Bless,

Art / K0ACP
SM5MX   SOSB40 LP   70,4572017-09-25 02:43:51
Rig: K2/100 + MK-II; 85 watts AFSK
Ant: GP
S/W: TR4W + MMTTY v1.70L

Quite poor conds vs. the US.

G3TXF   SOSB40 HP   451,5322017-09-25 02:51:43
Operated with a rotary 40m dipole at 25m high.
Always seems to take ages each time to get set up on RTTY. It was no different
this year.
Apart from CR3A/CR3W in z33, did not hear or work anything at all in Africa:
Nil from z34 - z39!
Conditions did not seem too good. Apart from one VE7, nothing further west than
VE3 in Canada.
Operated for about 36 hours. Took several (six) short snooze/meal breaks. Loads
of time spent CQing with no-one replying, especially on the Sunday evening. At
least with RTTY contesting you can be doing the cross-word in the newspaper at
the same time as CQing!
73 - Nigel G3TXF
VA3PC   SO(A)AB HP   48,8722017-09-25 03:53:40
Just playing. Started with LP, but changed to HP to work Mongolia, and left the
amp on.
Thanks for the Q's.
MØA(G8APB)   SOAB LP   1,057,7642017-09-25 03:55:59
Not a night owl here, needed sleep, but got some surprises ZL on 40m with Grey
line contact, and 10m opening late on the Sunday afternoon. 15m disappointing,
20 and 40m bankers.
OH2PM   SO(A)AB HP   1,419,3472017-09-25 04:06:00
This was again one of those week ends when the power line noise made true
contesting impossible. When beaming to W-NW the noise level was S9+10dB. When
beaming to JA noise was only S5. The noise source is only 100-150 m from my
antenna towers.
During those 31 hours of operating time(by contest rules)I had a total of 17
hours breaks of 6-56 minutes when the noise was unbeatable and exceeded my
Because of the limitations I decided to use my time to learn the use of DX
Clusters in contesting and go assisted class. By the second day I had learned
quite a lot but I am still clumsy and waste time. I have no SO2R on RTTY, only
on CW. Because of the high noise level I could not copy very well and most
probably there are many copying errors in the log.
There were surprising openings to the west coast on 20 and 15 on Sunday night.

Despite of the frustration during the contest I feel now after a good sleep
that it was a good learning session and a great fun.

Thanks for all the QSOs and thanks for being patient because of several repeat

Pertti, OH2PM
ON3DI   SOSB80 QRP   32,0002017-09-25 04:42:22

2017 isn't the year that ON3DI is active a lot, I notice that the conditions
are going down, the interest in the hobby is a bit gone... But two weeks before
the contest I received two plaques, one for the cq ww rtty 2015 and one for
2016, both world records, both wins on 80m qrp. So the plan was to defend my
'title' on 80m qrp non assisted.
The Sunday before the contest I checked my settings, I was forgotten that I
changed some things for my kenwood ts590s. Configuration and I, we are not the
best friends, I hate it... On Thursday I found the problem, it worked. On
Friday I went to my contest qth and it didn't work, it was tempting to sell all
my stuff, it was enough. Anyway a few hours later I found the problem and ON3DI
could be qrv.

Next problem was that I haven't heard my alarm, I missed the first 2 hours of
the contest, normally the best for me. The conditions were ok, the noiselevel
was low, Always nice!
With my dipole it isn't a problem to work whole Europe, outside that and with
5w it is a bit difficult. I work two USA stations, K5ZD and KI1G, K5ZD very
easy, he was so strong. V31MA was weak but I worked him with a first call! I
heard some other nice stations like 5T5KO, AA3B, A44A, NR4M, K9CT, but they
couldn't copy me, that pitty. SO less states then last year... Anyway I was
glad that I could work CR3W and CR3A (who was stronger) and TF1R!

I slept more this year, I was really tired after the shift from Saturday 18h
local time until Sundaymorning 7h local time. At the end of the contest I was
already in bed, mist on hour.

Anyway I hope my effort was enough to win again, three times in a row would be
nice, could be the Sagan of the radio:-) :-)

Setup: dxlab, 5w, ft897, dipole!

Tnx for all who worked me!


Pieter ON3DI

P.S.: claimed score is not correct
VE3HG   SOAB QRP   64,7682017-09-25 04:51:22
Fabulous conditions so much so that I ran QRP with the Flex 3000 and an Elecraft
KX-2 with a Signalink digital interface. The KX-2's front end struggled under
the onslaught of KW RTTY signals on a busy band but the addition of a TimeWave
DSP-9+ between the KX-2 and Signalink resulted in first-class contest quality
reception. Able to work European stations on 40 meters easily despite heavy QRM
from nearby signals. KX-2 continues to surprise and along with being superb
field radio it's a very good QRP contester as well thanks to the DSP-9+.
JN4MMO   SO(A)SB20 HP   328,4922017-09-25 05:05:44
I lost a lot of times for sleep...LoL
Will hope to see you in the CQ WW CW!
VE4VT   SO(A)AB HP   377,9172017-09-25 05:09:42
Poking around here and there throughout the weekend. Missed some of the prime
times due to other commitments.

15m showed the skewed path to Europe. Very weak signals peaking around 135
degrees azimuth instead of the normal 45. Also there was evidently some
sporadic E short skip on 15. Otherwise the band was not useful for North
America contacts.

Found 10m open to South America for a few minutes on Saturday, nothing on

It is going to be a tough contest season.

4Z4AK(@4X4REM)   SOSB20 HP   531,2452017-09-25 05:26:58
Hello All!
TT Eagle599, A3S @12m, PA 600W.
TU! GL! 73!
VE3DZ   SOAB HP   2,067,5752017-09-25 05:27:50
Lost one radio in the middle of the contest, so only SO1R in the last 24 hours.

Conditions were surprisingly good on 15 (especially on Saturday).

RTTY Contesting can be fun, if you don't do it very often!
VA3DF   SO(A)AB LP   1,274,5502017-09-25 05:33:35
Everything worked really well. Unexpected pleasure working 5T5 on 10 m at this
point in the cycle!

As usual, it's a jungle out there...


KD2BGM   Classic SOAB HP   6,8022017-09-25 05:49:12
I'm not really much active in RTTY so thought that an entry could add up some
countries to my Digital worked list. I was active for a brief period and got a
nice string of Europeans logged. Didn't use the cluster but tried to avoid US
callsigns and to maximize the number of DXes worked.

Actually score was not a prime target in this contest.
NR4M   M/M HP   5,359,9502017-09-25 06:08:54
Had some 'down time' with about 2 hours to go when a double female panel
feed-thru connector had finally gotten hot enough for the center pin to lose
tension and no longer make a solid connection to the PL-259 center pin. Was
just *a bit* discolored...

Burnt up an AL-1200 (almost literally...) When I recently got it, the tube was
on the edge of 'tube death'. Had to run it at MAX plate current, MAX grid
current with 100 watts drive, in order to get 1500 watts out. After about 6
hours of 15 meter operation, it decided to go 'Krakatoa' on us. Replaced it
with a spare and finished rest of contest with no problems.

Some confusion resulted in only ONE op for about 1 1/2 hours early Saturday AM.
Not good.

Generally, the band conditions were such that there weren't enough callers to
keep the rate up. Occasionally, there were some continual pileups.
10 meters was too spotty to do any running, but frequent checks of the band
provided some Q's, mostly N/S path. Think we just barely worked CA on 10!
With the declining sun spot numbers, there has been a steady decline in scores
in this contest from NR4M.
Some rotator issues, but there are always rotator issues; I have 'rotating
rings' (side mounted antennas) and suffer those issues as well. &lt;sigh&gt;

Had several ops have to cancel last week because of health issues or other
issues outside of their control. Missed each one and hope they feel better
soon. Also, two of our ops were in 7Q7 for the contest.

Had enough to eat and drink, I think, so no grumbling stomachs.

Thanks to everyone for the Q's.

73 de Steve, NR4M and the entire Goat Farm Gang
K3PA   SO(A)AB HP   60,7242017-09-25 06:12:14
My first RTTY contest! Just testing things out...
F4GGQ   SO(A)AB LP   1,047,0242017-09-25 06:34:45
hello,working condition steppir DB18@16m yaesu ftdx 5000.the propagation for
this week end very poor 10m and in direction JA in britany. 73 F4GGQ jeff
N6EE(@W1/EASTPORT)   SOSB80 HP   2102017-09-25 06:36:23
Had intended, and was well prepared, to operate fairly seriously but illness
got in the way. Oh well, next year!
K7JR   M/2 HP   592,2962017-09-25 06:49:14
What can you say? It is a low sunspot year. The Snake River Remote Contest Club
had a fun time activating the K7JR station and making as many QSOs as
propagation would allow. See you in more contests during the rest of the
contest season.

de Scott/K7ZO
KE1F   SO(A)AB HP   263,0252017-09-25 06:50:07
Good propagation. Fun contest.
K7WP   SOSB20 LP   93,6002017-09-25 06:59:02
Force12 6BA @ 70'
Mosley CL33 @ 30'

Nice to have some prop during the times I could be on. Unfortunately, I had to
miss most of Sunday morning, and a late start Friday night. Amazes me what
50-75 watts can do...appreciate all those who stuck with my pistol

Go AZ Outlaws...!

John K7WP ..
W2CDO   SO(A)AB HP   404,1642017-09-25 07:05:42
First real run at a RTTY contest and was working out hardware and software
configuration issues. Once properly set, everything worked extremely well.
Tons of activity and great conditions. Thanks for all the Qs.
Rig: K3s + Alpha 9500 -&gt; hexbeam @ 35', OCF dipole @ 60' , 40m half square
aimed E/W.
EA1WX   SO(A)SB20 HP   141,2672017-09-25 07:22:04
Vertical SettpIR 10-40m
FT2000 &amp; 400 watts
N1MM + &amp; Microham

Only for fun and beating my own 2015 record.

73, Juanjo
AE7JW   M/S LP   6,5662017-09-25 07:28:28
Thanks for the QSOs
SV2CLJ   SOSB80 LP   56,5082017-09-25 07:44:40
W1DX(@W1AN)   M/2 HP   2,036,4682017-09-25 08:10:47
I think we did well for our casual operation. Conditions were good considering
where we be in the cycle. Thanks for all the activity.
73, John W1AN
N1IXF   SOAB LP   1,435,2362017-09-25 08:12:55
What a blast. Great to have propagation again! Especially having Qs on 15 and
10M. Even got a couple ATNOs.

As usual lots of new learning. Not sure what to do about stations squeezing me
out of both sides of my run frequency... thinking &quot;loud&quot; in the LP
category just doesn't quite cut it and narrower filters will just negatively
impact my decodes. I know it's just part of the game but moving in condx this
weekend wasn't always the answer. As they say, &quot;There's gotta be a better

Still SO1R here but my construction of the bandpass filters is almost complete.
That should add to the RTTY fun.

Thanks to all who worked me and a special thanks to the contest sponsor and

73 and CUL,
Rich N1IXF
SO1R Set up...
FT1000MP (w/ roofing fltr and click mods)
Homebrew FSK/Audio interface
SteppIR 3 el @ 55'
40M2L @ 61'
80M Inverted Vee @ 50'
N1MM Logger+ with MMTTY and 2Tone decoders
KT1I   M/S HP   1,259,9582017-09-25 08:25:12
It was quite a contest. Bands were good except for 10m which was not a surprise.
We operated more hours than I thought we would.


Primary station K3 with KP500 Amp.
Secondary station Icom 756 Pro II
N1MM Logger +
T8 Log Periodic 20M-10M
Dipoles for 40M and 80M

Thanks Gordon for bringing up your K3 station.
Thanks Pauline KB1JXJ for all the good food.
CR5V(M5RIC)   SOAB HP   3,616,4452017-09-25 08:30:37
Travelling to just outside Porto for this one where it was great fun to
experience different band conditions and propagation. Also using a well
engineered station both inside and outside the shack.

Started off very well on 40M with good rates to the USA with working about 40
states in the first few hours before moving to 80M, but with a lot less success
so I went back to 40M until sunrise and the band started to thin out. Moving to
20M where the rate to EU was good and it felt like everyone was stood in line
and waiting their turn to call so the rate was good and think I had close to a
couple of 100/hr rates.

Staying on 20M for the morning I tried 15M but it hadn't opened properly so
went back to 20M for a while then tried again and had a good run to the USA for
a few hours before doing the same on 20M later in the evening.

Back to 40/80M over night swapping between the 2 trying to keep the rate as
high as possible but some nice mults from Asia and South America.

Sunday didn't seem as good and the rates were slower or maybe the activity just
didn't exist? I pushed on and started to look for mults more with the second
radio which bumped up the score with a mult being worth about 7000 points it
was worth the time and effort.

20M was the main band but still 15 was good and produced some nice runs and a
few surprise mults now and then.

I wasn't expecting much out of 10M but a little opening on Sunday evening I
managed to work a bunch of mults and zones which without would have lowered my
score. I did work a W6 on 10 and asked for a repeat a few times and clearly saw
03 03 03 CA CA CA which was my only USA station but will see what the UBN says
with this one!

Lack of activity from the Pacific, Africa and Caribbean which is where the gaps
are for zones and countries. Was nice to see plenty of activity from Asia with
some surprise calls from VU, YB, HS, JT and a lone ZL all for nice mults.

Was uploading my score to the online board and although some say why would you
do this, it's a real push to see others and think between about 3 of us it was
good fun seeing each other overtake then fall behind. Will see how close things
are after log checking!

I would like to say a huge thanks to Fil CT1ILT and Jose CT1CCJ for allowing me
to use their great station here in Portugal. They looked after me well and
couldn't have asked for better hosts. Mixed with a little holiday before it was
a nice change to have conditions which only annoy me when back in the UK, when
you see people in the south of EU still running to the USA when you are hearing

DXlog performed great and have reassured me of the move from Wintest last

A few things to improve on and change for next time for sure but this is always
a learning curve!


Rich, M5RIC / CR5V
K6LL   M/2 HP   2,178,8182017-09-25 08:43:24
This was not your typical Multi-2. It was two people, Mike W6RW and I,
splitting the 48 hour operating time at my SO2R station. There was only one
operator at a time.

We could hear U.S. stations to the east of us romping with their EU runs, but
we still had a lot of fun with a tribander and shorty forty on one 48 foot
tower. That tower and antennas have now been there essentially unchanged for
forty years.

Dave Hachadorian, K6LL
Yuma, AZ
KØWA   SOAB HP   83,3542017-09-25 09:41:35
Busy weekend with a lot of commitments. Time was tight. Fourty meters was very
exciting this year.

N6XT   SO(A)AB LP   15,7522017-09-25 10:07:44
Played during the contest to check out new station functions. Had a good time
K9CT   M/2 HP   5,109,1952017-09-25 10:21:31
We had a lot of fun regardless of the propagation condx. Condx were fair
considering the SFI, A and K indexes. However, no matter how much time is spent
on the bands the number of QSOs and multipliers are declining compared to the
last two years. We had some storm noise on 80m that might have effected that
band activity.

It was nice to get some Far East multipliers this year and a few EU on 15m. 10m
was only open to a few stations for brief times.

We had a very good team of operators....same as last year. A lot of
interleaving with good timing makes for more QSOs when the band is open. Credit
good experience with the same team members making that work so well.

Thanks for the team for great food and fun. Thanks to everyone for the QSOs!

See you in Phone and CW

73, Craig K9CT
NQ6N   SO(A)AB HP   46,4822017-09-25 10:30:46
Very casual operation this weekend mostly during the early morning and late
evening. Great participation. 20m on Sunday was wall to wall with activity.
73, and thanks for the Qs.
WB9KPT   Classic SOAB HP   243,8402017-09-25 10:43:09
Fun contest this year. Band conditions kept it interesting...
WS6X   SOAB LP   834,5522017-09-25 10:56:36
Condx weren't great, but surprising what 100 Watts, blood, sweat and tears can
do! All and all -- lots of fun.
K6KNS   SOAB HP   154,8722017-09-25 11:29:24
I lost enthusiasm on Friday night working 40 and 80 meters. My 40/80 inverted V
picks up local ‘noise’ as expected in my residential neighborhood so I knew
decoding would be challenging. Friday night, there was hardly any noise so I was
happy but I wasn’t being heard except very close stations. I run barefoot
(200w) on the V but I noticed I was only putting out 25 watts! I checked
everything (I thought) but no resolve.

Late Sat afternoon, I rechecked radio settings and laughed at myself. Turns out
I had the Carrier set to zero! Once I set it correctly, I was making contacts.
One I didn’t expect was CR3W (Madeira Island) on 40M. My enthusiasm quickly
came back.

Where were all the Aussies? I only logged ZL.

Kenwood TS-990S / ASL-600 / Hex beam / 40-80 inverted V
S5ØW   M/S LP   1,887,5362017-09-25 11:45:33
as always we do this contest from west tower of old castle in Ptuj. We use only
one antenna for 40-10m OB12-4 and dipole for 80m, 4-plexer (S57K) and antenna
switch by S58A. On sunday afternoon we lost antenna rotator and antenna stop in
NE direction, so till end of the contest we gave priority in this direction,

Thanks all for qso's and see you next year from our new location at Gomila hill
near Ptuj.


Sandi S57k

for S50W team
K3AJ   SO(A)AB HP   66,7522017-09-25 11:48:39
Radio - K3/P3
Amplifier - Acom 1500
40M - 2-el @70 ft.
20M - 3-el SteppIR @ 50 ft.

N1MM+ logger/2-tone/Win10 PC
S51A   M/2 HP   6,099,7862017-09-25 11:52:02
1 Mult = 5,3 Q's

I thank all for a great game and specialy thanks to the N1MM team, who gives
great support as usual to us, nagging contesting teams and hope they will
support us in the future too!

Second, to all the ones who did contact us, thank you very much, and for those
who tryed to do the QSY for new mults, wow, we love thy!

It was a fun contest with actualy much better condiction as we tought it would
be. Upper bands were in better contition as we tought, but 80 and 40 did suffer
dx wise...

21 Mhz was a pleasant surprise to USA, heard some nice juicy W coast like UT
etc ...but couldnt get time :)

10 brought 1 USA, i thank you for calling N8PR!

S51A is a small loot station with 2 towers, 2 vericals, 1 rotary dipole, 2 inv
V and a k9ay in the outskirts of Ljubljana. My team and it's scores are a
statement - that the lack of space is no excuse for lousy scores...

Bostjan S55O
OK3C(OK2ZC)   SO(A)SB40 HP   629,1802017-09-25 11:53:39

thanks for QSOs

first time with new 2el Yagi from our OK5Z QTH
worked very well

sometimes using SO2V with FT-1000MP

see you in CQ WW SSB maybe as OK5Z M/S
KU4V   SO(A)AB HP   1,169,8982017-09-25 12:03:33
AMAZING band conditions over 48 hours. 1st hop was incredibly LONG on 15m which
keep adjacent US states out of reach for me.Needed the mults! Great to hear EU
on 20m start rolling in to east coast at 1100UTC each morning. 1200 Watts into
my Dipoles worked beyond belief- A61EK, A44A, JT5DX, 7Q7WW, YB0NDT in the log -
XW1IC could not pull me out. A combo of Running and S&P produced a good
score. Let the contest season begin!
W8CAR   SO(A)SB15 HP   30,4642017-09-25 12:06:43
Nice to hr 15 open so only played there for few hours
SP4Z   SO(A)AB HP   735,4712017-09-25 12:07:46
I like all modes for contesting - RTTY is mostly the same like CW
except watching screen.
Good mode for new ham generations - a lot of tech

73 Wes
KI1G   SO(A)AB HP   4,882,3682017-09-25 12:25:26
80M 40M 20M 15M 10M Total %

SA 2 14 28 37 19 100 3.5
EU 95 418 649 495 4 1661 58.3
NA 229 261 287 96 27 900 31.6
AS 1 13 88 8 1 111 3.9
OC 3 10 12 8 1 34 1.2
AF 4 11 14 10 4 43 1.5
VE7CC(@VE7SZ)   SO(A)SB40 HP   297,8502017-09-25 13:05:40
Thanks to Allan VE7SZ for allowing me to use his great station.
W4LC   SOSB20 LP   142,4282017-09-25 13:16:41
Best cdx for a long time
WØLSD   M/S HP   2,164,8902017-09-25 13:24:18
That was more fun than anticipated!! 15 was a total surprise with moments of
&quot;old times&quot; with sunspots. 10 had short north/south openings on
Saturday and Sunday. Funny thing about 10 was we heard both sides of many Qs
with SA stations, but the stateside stations could not hear us. Those were 18
bonus Qs on 10. It seemed participation was down as we missed some familiar
calls. Thanks to all for the contacts and hope to see you all next year.
KG4IGC   SOAB LP   160,1602017-09-25 13:38:18
I had to struggle to work the EU stations on 20 meters Friday and Saturday,
plenty of them to work, they just couldn't hear me very well. 40 meters was a
little easier to work EU Friday and Saturday Evening. Got up early on Sunday
around 3 AM and 40 was very busy with West Coast stations working JA's left and
right. I did not hear or work ANY JA's which was disappointing to say the least.
Spent a lot of time on 15 meters all weekend. Heard plenty of EU Saturday and
Sunday. Things got really interesting when I started hearing Oman and a few
other Middle East stations. Swung my Hex toward the SW around 3 PM on Saturday
and was able to work several Hawaiian stations, Tonga, the Marianas, and
Australia. 10 meters opened to SA on Sunday afternoon, but was only able to
work two stations. Saw fellow Swamp Foxer KS4YX Gil on 15 meters in passing on
Sunday but did not get to work him. In the end, it was a very fun contest and I
am already looking forward to next year!

Rig: Yaesu FT-DX3000
Pwr: 100
ANT: Horizontal Loop, Hex, 40/20 Super Loop
EA8DED   M/S LP   3,696,0002017-09-25 13:50:00
This was a Two-man show. Hard job to occupy the operator's chair for entire 48
Antennas 3 el SteppIR @ 5 M mast &amp; Cushcraft HF-2V 40/80M vertical.
One radio set-up with a IC-7300.

Thanks for all valuable QSO's.

ryryryryryryryry es 73

Vaino OH9GIT
4U1WB(AJ3M)   Classic SOAB HP   774,4662017-09-25 14:21:13
Thanks for the QSOs.


Masa, AJ3M

Equipment, etc.
Yaesu FTDX5000MP
Alpha 78
Hal DXP38
Timewave DSP599ZX
N1MM Logger Plus
W9INN Inv Vee
KU2M   SOSB15 HP   272,4082017-09-25 14:37:34
Lost at least an hour of morning prime time Saturday due to performing
obligatory &quot;honeydo&quot; duties. I timed it as late as I could to avoid
missing some of the EU opening, but still missed a good hour or more when the
band was open to EU. Why our town has scheduled all of its special recycling
dropoffs during CQWW contest Saturday mornings is beyond me... maybe our town
is affiliated with the ARRL? The next big hazardous materials dropoff is
scheduled for... you guessed it, CQWW Phone Saturday! I have already informed
Management that I will NOT be available for that one. Fire me if you must, but
I'm not driving through bumper to bumper Saturday morning traffic to drop off
old cans of paint and lacquer thinner on the Saturday morning of CQWW Phone!
OK... end of rant.

Otherwise, condx were surprisingly good to EU Saturday morning, although the
path started up later than usual. Hey, better than nothing, right? As Rocky
would say, Ab-Zo-Loodly! Same on Sunday... er, I mean, Dupeday. In fact, Sunday
morning was even crazier than Saturday morning... I had the most insane pileups
from Europe on RTTY ever experienced. What, was I the only guy on from New
Jersey? Of course, the flipside to this was that there was bupkis to Japan and
environs all three nights... not a peep was heard out of any JAs, or any zones
further NW than Hawaii. Well, I did hear a peep, but that was about it, and I
could only hear that if the antenna was pointing 60 degrees further south than
it should be... I heard bits and pieces of one JM1 with the antenna due west,
but not enough for a QSO, and if I turned the antenna NW toward JA, he
disappeared completely, indicating severe absorption. That was it for my zone
25 experience. As the Soup Nazi used to say on Seinfeld, &quot;No Soup For
You!&quot; People further west had better luck, but that's life in the KU2M
Triangle. Conversely, there was nothing heard further NE than European Russia,
nothing from zones 17 or 18, 21, 22, etc. And nothing from northern or central
Africa except I did waste a half hour calling 7Q7WW (split frequency) on Sunday
morning, but he was too busy working EU (the N-S path, you know) to listen for
stateside. He did call &quot;QRZ VE&quot; at one time, and I began to wonder if
he was anti-American. I almost picked up my Alpha and threw it out the window of
my shack in the direction of Africa. The noive of that guy.

Except for one of my StackMatches breaking on Sunday (the second time this
year), all went well, except that it was hot, hot, hot in the shack with the
linear blowing off steam, no AC and temps hovering around 90 degrees outside, a
full two days into autumn up here in what is supposed to be the Northeast with
cool autumn temperatures and some gently falling leaves. Not hardly. Try more
like the height of midsummer with full leaves still on the trees and crickets
blasting away at night like they used to in the last month of August when I was
a kid back in the 19th century. As I like to say, it's a darned good thing that
global warming is a big hoax, otherwise we'd all be in a heap of trouble.

And as Foghorn Leghorn used to say, that's a joke, son.
W4UK   SOAB HP   143,6402017-09-25 14:43:41
43 ft ground mounted vertical with 16 radials
AH6KO   Classic SOAB LP   249,3122017-09-25 14:56:25
Love this event. Lots of other stuff going on this weekend, but did not want to
quit, even with my low rate. Signals were unbelievably loud here on 20m, and 15
was good too.

Thanks for the contacts; 73 and Aloha~

Stan AH6KO

100W, 40/20/15 dipole at 50 feet, 80 dipole at 35 feet, in the Ohia forest, Big
Island of Hawaii.
W4PK   SO(A)AB HP   1,626,8282017-09-25 15:28:53
My personal best for this contest was back in 2013 when I had 2102 contacts for
a score of 2,896,539, and I ran unassisted for that contest! But 10M was open
then and I had 329 contacts on that band.

This year I only could muster one contact on 10M, and it was with PVRC member
Steve's excellent multi-operator station NR4M. Later on I tried to get a run
going on that band for maybe 20 minutes, was picked up by a couple of skimmers,
but never got a single response. I also saw one other station spotted from the
8th call area, but I couldn't hear him either. Also, 15M was not that great,
but at least it was better on Saturday than on Sunday.

We had a couple of our local &quot;Yardhogs&quot; members go to Malawi for a
church service project and while there they put 7Q7WW on the air. They were
Bill, KC4D and Jerry, W1IE. I heard them on the air Sunday morning working
split up 1.2-1.4 kHz but I could never break through the European wall! Then
they disappeared, apparently due to the frequent power outages in that country.
I see that local John W4JAM did get through and he is to be congratulated!

I did not stay up late either night and I took naps both days, as I usually do.
I am too old to put in long hours any more, but as always I did have fun and
again thanks for all the Q's!

73, Sam W4PK
AA5UK   SOAB LP   22,6102017-09-25 15:37:48
Limited time on the air. Had fun as always. 20M was very strong many Stations.
Heard and worked many SA stations on 15M.
ZB2TT   SO(A)AB LP   1,478,7222017-09-25 15:44:25
Rig: IC-7300 100w (SO1R)
Antenna 20m-10m: Hex Beam @9m / 29ft
Antenna 40m-80m: Folded 30m Dipole (ATU needed)
Software: N1MM (using MMTTY &amp; GRITTY)

Contesting from ZB brings a lot of challenges, little space and high population
density do not help for antenna space or QRM. CQWW RTTY SOAB excluding 160m
helps in this respect, I wish more contests had a 20m-10m category for those
who don't have acres of space and do not like single band entries.

Massively restricted antennas on 80m and 40m did not help my score,
congratulations to all of the 8 stations that managed to decode me on 80m my
ERP was probably less than a watt (NR4M your have some RX!)

10m brought short openings to EU and Central America, with South America very
loud for most of the contest. 15m was fantastic with massive signals from EU
and US bringing fantastic rates both days. 20m offered nice long path openings
to JA during the morning and runs into the US until late evening. 40m was
brilliant Sunday morning, loud west coast US and some very loud ZLs too.

Being low power with poor antennas also affected my mult score, for example
Sunday morning I could hear many Asian stations (most double mults) on 15m but
I was unable to break the pile ups. I also had rotator issues throughout most
of Sunday did not enable me to turn the beam, which was stuck to the south.

Both RTTY and CW are fantastic contest modes since the advent of skimmers and
the RBN, it brings a lot of technology into the contesting skill set.
Personally it was what has brought be back into the hobby after an absence of
almost 10 years.

Significantly less Caribbean operations on this contest, I hope all the ops
over there are able to get back on the air soon.

Overall a fantastic contest and hope to see you all in CQWW CW!

IZ1YPF(@IR1Y)   SO(A)AB HP   2,112,7732017-09-25 15:49:36
Intresting weekend. After several months of work, the station was nearly ready
with a new design. This was a &quot;test&quot;, just to be sure that everything
done so far was working. Among all the things, thanks to my friends Flavio
IK1YDB, Giacomo IZ1RYS and Carlo IK1HJS their help and work is priceless.

About the contest, friday after the 80m vertical rise we changed a commutation
box for the rx antenna system, the previous one seemed to have problems. It
wasn't the box. So, rx antennas were out of order. During the contest, the
stack match once every while was delayng the TX/RX commutation. So I dropped
the stack match and used a manual commutator.
But the best thing happened sunday, when the coax cable of the main antenna
(@26 m)has detached itself from the PL connector. I climbed the tower and
realized that I coudn't fix it my self. I was alone. So, I lost the main
antenna as well as the 3 el for 40m (the only antenna of the band). I did the
whole sunday with a 250 degrees fixed multibander.

But all these things didn't affect my poor operation on saturday, I did a
really bad job. Too few mults and absolutely wrong operating strategy, the
blame of that is all on me.

Monday I woke up at 6 o'clock, closed and packed all the things. I was in a
rush because I had to go to the University. But I was still in need of a
shower. After having it, I realized I left the towel in my car. I had a joyful
walk (wearing only my underwear) in a chilly mountain moorning looking for my
towel, that I found eventually not in my car but inside the house.

By the way, good fun. Cheers!
AA2MF   SOAB LP   534,7952017-09-25 15:55:20
Happy to be contesting from my station after Erma. No damage to any antennas or
tower. Did remove all equipment to higher ground in case of flooding. All had
to be put back together for the contest but considering nothing to complain
about. The bands seemed very long for most of the contest. As quiet as the
bands have been surprised as to how much activity there was. First time in this
contest. Looking forward to an enjoyable contest season being that I am hear
full time now.
K4RO   SOAB HP   91,8752017-09-25 16:43:11
N6SS was my only ten meter QSO.

Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 23 24 4 2 16 1.0
7 42 69 8 11 20 1.6
14 104 175 14 22 20 1.7
21 101 256 15 31 9 2.5
28 1 1 1 1 1 1.0
Total 271 525 42 67 66 1.9
Score: 91,875
N7BV   SOSB20 HP   156,6152017-09-25 17:01:43
Tried stating on 15m but no joy. After 15 mins switched to 20 and remained
there for a relaxed mono-band effort. Propagation was good both days with lots
of multipliers. Was hard to sustain a run. Enjoyed myself and a thank you for
all the contacts.
73, Chuck N7BV
AG4W   Classic SOAB HP   911,8282017-09-25 17:07:33
FTDX-5000D,3 Element quad at 40 feet, 80 meter delta loops, 3 element 40 meter
vertical array. Had a blast. Sure enjoyed classic category. Don't have SO2R
capability which is a must to win SOAB and I am finding it really hard to spend
the 40 plus hours in the chair to win. I picked the hours ahead of time for the
24 hours that I thought would be the best to get the most multipliers. I think
that worked, but at the expense of being able to run and get the QSO count up.
I will probably modify it the next time to get more run hours. Very pleased to
work 5T and JT as new RTTY countries. Propagation was better than expected.
KØWPM   M/S HP   159,1942017-09-25 17:22:05
Rig: K3
INTERFACE: Microkeyer-II
40-80 WIRES



WW4LL   M/S LP   1,943,9582017-09-25 17:23:54
Got off to a poor start as I came home from being out of town and found that a
power surge had welded contacts together on my new K0XG rotor for the middle
20. Thankfully, Eric, made the repairs on Sunday, however, we lost some
operating flexibility for most of the weekend.

Thanks also to Mike, NN9DD (congrats on your new call, formerly N9DFD)for his
help in setup, putting down some 4 square radials and assistance in dealing
with a couple of Flex software issues. We are 100% Flex Radio now and love
them. Thanks also to Charlie, AA4CF for his help too with the radial work.

Conditions were pretty good down our way and 15 was awesome all weekend.

Great operating crew with 14 year old newcomer, Bryant, KG5HVO joining us for
his first foray into RTTY contesting. He will also join us for CW and SSB
tests this contest season. Of course we had our old group with us with the
exception of Ralph, K1ZZI who went to W4DXCC Convention this year.

Big score out of Tim and the K3LR crew. Congrats! See y'all in CQWW SSB.

73'....Fred, WW4LL
K7ABL   M/S HP   90,9982017-09-25 17:24:41
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
7 74 114 12 13 25 1.5
14 201 412 24 61 38 2.0
Total 275 526 36 74 63 1.9
Score: 90,998
1 Mult = 1.6 Q's
VY2/W5AJ   SO(A)SB40 LP   367,0002017-09-25 17:29:49
Nice contest - Ken's VY2 station performed great. 4 el at 145 feet on 40. K3
with USB audio, MMTTY & 2tone with writelog ver 12.
thanks to w0yk for help on some setup issues, which seem to appear hours
contest starts. Was able to get in some good push/pop (TU NOW) running LP.
with SB don't have pressure of SO2R.

Conditions were poor 1st night over pole (JA,HL, KL7, etc.) although JT5 was
booming in but couldn't get a QSO. finally put zone 25 in log 2nd night and
numerous Asia stations heard - some worked! could hear stateside working into
JA on 2nd night. Couldn't pick up a VK or KL7. Several states not heard this

Congrads to F1AKK on new world record.
NI7R   SO(A)AB LP   52,8842017-09-25 18:05:56
Just prior to the start of the contest, I tried to fire up my amp for the first
time since moving to SC from AZ Nothing. DOA. So, I had to operate LP. During
the contest, I had software and antenna glitches. Then, of course, I had to
take time off to watch my Clemson Tigers Saturday afternoon, not to mention a
baby shower I was obligated to attend Sunday afternoon. So, those are my
excuses for less than a stellar performance. I worked a whole bunch of Arizona
Outlaws from my new SC QTH. Thanks guys!
NN4RB   Classic SOAB LP   54,7562017-09-25 18:42:26
My usual small search and ponce scoring. Good activity. I worked Brazil on 10M
just to say I worked 5 bands. My almost 10 hours was spread out.


N1MM+, Fast HP PC running W10
Mosely 33JR at about 35'
32' Vertical on metal building with manual remote tuner
Elecraft KT500 at base of 40' OCF
N4BCD   SO(A)AB HP   68,8502017-09-25 18:49:35
This is one of my favorites but had to carve out a few hours here and there
between yard work, some barn construction effort, and a birthday party
luncheon. Conditions seemed better than expected. Snagged HZ1HN and a few
others for ATNO's.

TS-990, Alpha 91b, Tri-bander at 60', ladderline fed doublet for 80 &amp; 40,
and 300' NE Beverage. Mark N4BCD
KH6CJJ   SOAB LP   531,2882017-09-25 19:30:54
Lots of fun although, with low power and the conditions, there were many hours
with only a couple of contacts per hour. As I searched for contacts, it seemed
that K3EST and K2PO were everywhere! Also, if there were any signals on 10
meters, N6SS would be among them and he was often the only signal on the band.

Thanks for the Q's. Kent

Hexx Beam at 40 feet
G5RV at 35 feet
N1MM + and MMTTY
I would love to have better and higher antennas, but local restrictions prevent
KC9UJS   SOAB LP   4412017-09-25 19:31:14
Just a couple of contacts. Think I finally got the radio &amp; computer sorted
out :)
JA1BPA   SO(A)SB15 HP   89,1482017-09-25 19:45:30
The propagation was way down from 2016 when I made nearly 900Qs on 15mb.
There was a short opening to NA on late Saturday UTC and EU on Sunday, but
the paths were limited.

The highlight toward NA was working with K9CT via skewed path (via KH6).
I tried many times hoping that K2SSS or NR4M would be printable via
that path, but no chance. I wish that U.S. stations located to the
east of Rocky Mountains to point to VK/ZL to listen for JAs when they
have no direct path. This may be the only chance to work JAs on 15mb
in the years to come when the solar cycle is near its bottom.

The highlight toward EU was working with 2 Zone 14s, namely DG1VL and
OZ7AM during a very short window over the polar path. Northern Europe
was very difficult and even the usually booming SN7Q was not printable
this time.

Thank you all who put me in their log. See you in WW SSB/CW.

Best 73/88,

Icko, JA1BPA
VE3KTB   SO(A)AB LP   125,0222017-09-25 20:42:54
Conditions seemed pretty good from 80m-15m. Low power into SteppIR vertical was
getting heard most places. Used GRiTTY for the first time and found it worked
really well. Not that I have a lot of experience in RTTY decoders ...
WD5K   Classic SOAB HP   190,9602017-09-25 22:38:02
Elecraft K3 -&gt; Amp
TH7DX @ 50\'
40m Dipole
WN6W   Classic SOAB LP   24,8642017-09-25 22:51:46
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 6 6 2 1 3 1.0
7 9 12 3 3 7 1.3
14 94 160 15 22 28 1.7
21 22 43 9 8 8 2.0
28 1 1 1 1 1 1.0
Total 132 222 30 35 47 1.7
Score: 24,864
1 Mult = 1.2 Q's
S53X   SO(A)AB HP   1,564,1732017-09-25 22:59:11
1st time in SO2R. Wau.
15m popušil totalka.
Je bilo preveč lepo delat SO2R, da bi šel na rezultat.
TNX for all QSOs.
LY7Z(@LY9Y/LY7Z)   SOAB HP   2,168,9302017-09-25 23:42:22


73! Andy
OE1CIW   SOAB LP   132,0122017-09-26 00:15:21
2017 CQ WW RTTY contest ... shortwave propagation was really not good at all but
could be worse. On the other hand my result is even much, much better than 2016
and 2015 probably because of the better tuned antennas ... certainly results
could be better at all times.

In addition to my wires i consider to build a moxon for 10,15 and 20 m with
direction to USA. I closed the station at 2200 utc because i didn't hear any
new station and i was too tired to wait for a great change in propagation on 40
m 😞...

K3 with DXLog 2.3.14, MMVARI and wires in the attic
PI4COM   M/2 HP   4,908,9082017-09-26 01:32:08
Glad to be back in team contesting after long time antenna issues keeping us
restricted to single band entries. Despite a small team we made the full 48hr
effort. We found out that we have some work to do to improve the station but
bottomline we are very pleased with the result. Denis K7GK found out Europe
differs a lot from the West-Coast :-) See you next contest. More info:
HA7TM   SOSB20 LP   312,4502017-09-26 01:44:32
Vy 73! Tibi HA7TM
9A7DX(@9A5Y)   SO(A)SB40 LP   244,7202017-09-26 01:55:40

Although I was busy this weekend, did not want to miss a CQWW. So jumped in @
Sunday early morning on 40 and did almost 400q until noon. So, I came back in
the afternoon and continued to operate until the end of the competition.

Band was good. I manage to work lots of juicy DX's and even collect lots of
state's in last few hours.

EQM: 2 X 2el QQ with the possibility of switching directions NW/SE+NE/SW, 100W

Tnx for playing @ cu in SSB part from different location ;)


73 de Vedran
SQ8GHY   SO(A)AB HP   792,2982017-09-26 02:25:19
Thanks for all qso!

80: GP 32mH
40: Cubical Quad 2el
20/15/10: Beam
No Beverage
N1MM + MMTTY + 2Tone

W4ML(@W4MYA)   M/2 HP   1,651,2002017-09-26 04:42:39
Ran some
S/P some
K5ZD   SOAB HP   1,549,9752017-09-26 04:51:23
Always a fun contest. Wish I could have operated more time. Beautiful weather
in New England over the weekend so spent a lot of time outside.

Activity keeps getting better. Ops are also getting more efficient in their
macros so the rates can be higher.

Really fun on Sat morning when I was able to get runs going on two bands at the
same time. The 186 hour was a personal best.

Fun to chase the competition on the live scoreboard. Amazing scores by AA3B
and SN7Q battling at the top all weekend.

QSO/Mult by hour and band

Hour 80M 40M 20M 15M 10M Total Cumm Off

0100Z 13/13 30/39 22/21 - - 65/73 65/73
0200Z 41/25 52/25 - - - 93/50 158/123
0300Z 56/20 65/8 - - - 121/28 279/151
0400Z 42/9 51/9 - - - 93/18 372/169 6
0500Z - - - - - 0/0 372/169 60
0600Z - - - - - 0/0 372/169 60
0700Z - - - - - 0/0 372/169 60
0800Z --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- 0/0 372/169 60
0900Z - - - - - 0/0 372/169 60
1000Z - - - - - 0/0 372/169 60
1100Z 3/1 4/1 19/18 4/7 - 30/27 402/196 39
1200Z - - 46/28 88/22 - 134/50 536/246
1300Z - - 90/11 96/12 - 186/23 722/269
1400Z - - 37/10 58/10 - 95/20 817/289
1500Z - - 12/1 17/5 - 29/6 846/295 43
1600Z --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- 0/0 846/295 60
1700Z - - - - - 0/0 846/295 60
1800Z - - 7/0 2/0 - 9/0 855/295 52
1900Z - - 94/2 40/23 - 134/25 989/320
2000Z - - 13/1 18/3 - 31/4 1020/324 40
2100Z - - - - - 0/0 1020/324 60
2200Z - - - - - 0/0 1020/324 60
2300Z 4/0 5/1 20/7 15/5 - 44/13 1064/337 12
0000Z --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- 0/0 1064/337 60
0100Z - - - - - 0/0 1064/337 60
0200Z - - - - - 0/0 1064/337 60
0300Z - - - - - 0/0 1064/337 60
0400Z - - - - - 0/0 1064/337 60
0500Z - - - - - 0/0 1064/337 60
0600Z - - - - - 0/0 1064/337 60
0700Z - - - - - 0/0 1064/337 60
0800Z --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- 0/0 1064/337 60
0900Z - - - - - 0/0 1064/337 60
1000Z 11/1 15/5 7/2 - 1/3 34/11 1098/348 8
1100Z - - - - - 0/0 1098/348 60
1200Z - - - - - 0/0 1098/348 60
1300Z - - - - - 0/0 1098/348 60
1400Z - - - - - 0/0 1098/348 60
1500Z - - - - - 0/0 1098/348 60
1600Z --+-- --+-- 10/0 8/0 --+-- 18/0 1116/348 49
1700Z - - 66/6 72/7 - 138/13 1254/361
1800Z - - 34/3 31/3 13/8 78/14 1332/375 13
1900Z - - - - - 0/0 1332/375 60
2000Z - - - - - 0/0 1332/375 60
2100Z - - 24/5 9/0 - 33/5 1365/380 37
2200Z - 61/12 36/11 - - 97/23 1462/403
2300Z 11/3 50/9 27/10 - - 88/22 1550/425

Total: 181/72 333/109 564/136 458/97 14/11
VC3I   M/S HP   1,681,7842017-09-26 05:20:54
This was definitely fun! Ian VE3JI and I very much enjoyed the contest and the
conditions were much better than expected. Since there were only two of us we
decided that we are going to do our best without killing ourselves, with
emphasis on fun rather than a high score. So we used only one radio and took
turns. As basic M/S operation as it gets.

Always a fun contest. Seems both activity and ops are getting better.

Just a few weeks ago I had completed some antenna work and was very much
looking forward to battletesting it- a new 4SQ on 80 and a second KT36XA at

The good news is that the new antennas worked really great. Even though the 4SQ
needs tons of radials, it hears very well with a very good F/B. Similarly, being
able to switch between the ~105' and 68' tribanders made a huge difference.

However, the Prosistel PST61 rotator failed again, this time the motor
died/froze. This particular rotator has been a consistent problem over the
years and has failed way too many times for various reasons. It's a piece of
junk I won't recommend to anyone.

With the failed rotator, our 40m and ~105' antennas were stuck at 61 degrees
and the 68' permanently fixed at 45 degrees. This significantly reduced our
ability to chase multipliers (or hear callers coming from the sides).

Thank you everyone for the Qs and multipliers.

Rudy N2WQ and Ian VE3JI
YO9HP   SO(A)AB HP   2,592,3522017-09-26 05:48:25
Well, since in the past I made it several times to Top 6 of SO-AB-HP and
SOA-AB-HP categories, this year I intended to do it in a different way, as
SOA-AB-LP. Although the propagation was not so bad, Low Power was not a good
idea, especially when calling DX stations. So, Saturday afternoon, after
calling each USA stations 10 times for a valid QSO, I gave up and I switched
the amplifier on. Overall it was a great contest, with nice openings towards
USA on 20 and 15 m, and good run of JA-s on 40 m band. Even 10 m open nicely
for 1-2 hours, late, in the evenings of both days. Thanks everyone for
calling/answering and see you in next RTTY contest. 73, Alex YO9HP
VU2DED   SOAB LP   108,3942017-09-26 06:21:59
Working conditions: Icom IC-707, barefoot with homebrew Carolina Windom antenna,
40M through 10M and Yaesu antenna Tuner FC-700.
Home-brew digital interface with AMD dual core desktop computer. Software used
HRD, DM-780. Surprisingly could not make any 10m qso.

See you next year.
New Delhi ML88on
W3FIZ(PAT)   SO(A)AB HP   640,4582017-09-26 09:02:13
Bands in pretty good shape. Not much time for this one. See all in the next

W1DYJ   SO(A)AB LP   123,4242017-09-26 10:50:05
RIG: TS2000S
80/40 Modified Alpha Delta DX-CC at ~9m (NNW &lt;-&gt; SSE)
HF &quot;stack&quot; on roof tower
20 HB Moxon @ 12m
15 Rotatable Dipole @ 11m
10 HB 5el yagi @ 10m

TIC: ~17 hours

Logger: N7YG Digital Engine &gt;&gt; N3FJP's CQ WW DX RTTY Contest Log Ver 1.7

My first CQ WW RTTY contest, after less than a year using RTTY; I'm starting
to get the hang of it. My 80 dipole is really too low to be very effective;
my best antenna on 10M doesn't hear much these days of no sun; 20 &amp; 40
the go-to bands, 15 was not bad considering I have only a dipole.

It was good to see Randy, K5ZD, spotted on 10; that one contact was only one
point but three mults -- thanks Randy! It also led to three more Qs, nine
more points, and four more mults.

This was also the first time I used on-line scoreboards, a new feature of
Scott, N3FJP's, contest SW. It was reasuring to see that I was holding my
own and my system was doing as well as I would expect. In the past I often
wondered how I was really doing, but watching others' scores helped me to
ascertain that all was &quot;OK&quot; with my progress.

73 -- Larry -- W1DYJ
KEØOR   SOAB LP   4,1822017-09-26 11:22:59
Operated for 14 hours on 20 and 40 m. This is my first contest using this rig
(FT-857D)on RTTY.
K9OM   SO(A)SB20 HP   232,6012017-09-26 12:46:33
Great contest- lots of fun! Hope to be recovered from back issues next year so
I can spend more time in the chair.

Dick- K9OM
DH8BQA   SO(A)SB15 HP   109,7102017-09-26 13:09:09
Elecraft K3, KPA500 + 6 ele OWA Yagi
7Q7WW   M/2 HP   278,3612017-09-26 13:59:03
H[log removed from comments]

Hindered extensively by constant power failures. When we were on, we only had
to call CQ just a few times. Great pileups. 80 m antenna had too much rf coming
back into the shack.

NAME: Bill Perkins
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6774.0
XE1HG   SO(A)AB LP   449,0132017-09-26 16:18:21
WORK CONDX: HEXBEAM @ 40ft, Rotative load coil Dipole 40m @30ft and 80m sloper.
I just could operate almost 17 hrs internitent. Conditions surprizingly was not
bad at all. Imanage to make some 10m Q's. and trying som time on 80m, but the
noise makes imposssible to stay there althoug could make a few Q's as well.
Main activity as probably for the many of the contesters were 15m and 20m.

Some time away from ham activities this year that I almost forgot the fun but
the contest left me a good taste.

See you on the bands.
K8KI   Classic SOAB HP   39,0402017-09-26 16:44:32
Lots of fun. Wish I just had some time.
N7VS   SOAB LP   3,0362017-09-26 17:07:32
Acute Bronchitis, and other commitments,limited my operating time. Rig: Elecraft
KX3 and Yaesu FL7000 at 100 watts output. Enjoyed the contest. Hope to be back
next year.
K4EA   SO(A)AB HP   710,7102017-09-26 17:08:10
15M was a nice surprise.

All TX wire antennas hung from trees:

15M EDZ NE/SW @ 7.5M
20M 2 x EDZ NE/SW and NW/SE @ 10M
40M EDZ E/W @ 20M and 2 el elevated vertical array NE/SW
80M elevated vertical

RX on 40 and 80 3 el triangle array.

Neal, K4EA
KG4USN   Classic SOAB LP   54,7562017-09-26 17:22:32
I finally got N1MM/MMTTY working late Fri night.
65 watts and a ocf dipole-it was fun
W8WOM   Classic SOAB HP   237,0062017-09-26 17:45:56
SOAPBOX: Well I went out and did a lot better than last year by a whole lot.
Doubled my amount of qso,s 6 times more in the score category . But I failed to
do is pick up more multipliers . 131 states , 59 countries and 41 zones. I feel
good that I did well . But I have a lot to learn on picking up the mults. So
next year will be all about picking up the mults first. I want to thank all the
people that I made contact with and all the dx stations. This was a fun contest
. Equipment here was my trusted FTDX 1200 , an at4k antenna tuner and Heathkit
SB1000 I only ran about 750 watts in to a Mosley ta33 at 30 ft and a Mosley 2
elem. 40 at 55 ft. for 80 just a simple dipole. Thanks and have fun 73
AG6AY   SO(A)AB HP   58,9842017-09-26 18:19:41
Unexpectedly nice openings to 6 continents and 26 countries. Two Qs on 40M with
South Korea. Nice!
N6OIL   SOAB LP   120,0482017-09-26 19:20:47
I tried to run full time but the Sandman caught up to around 2am the first
night.Had to quit early Sunday due to my sons' soccer game. Had a great time
and the Flex6500 was awesome matched up to N1MM+
OM2VL(@OM8A)   SO(A)AB HP   3,854,9522017-09-27 04:30:43
First time on CQWW RTTY in SOAB (long time ago I taked part on 20m). I taked
part because I need US Counties also on RTTY for my County Challenge Toplist
and I had plane take part in Texas QSO Party. Condx was not very good but I
worked many FB stations and it was really fun for me in CQWW RTYY so I changed
my plane and I don't taked part in TXQP - focused 100% to CQWW.

Of course my practice in RTTY is not inaf to win, but I hope in next year will
be better. Unfortunatelly many times was the rate so low in 2nd radio when I
used dual CQ. I don't know why ... maybe wrong frq or wrong operator ... hi .
So usually I used the 2nd radio work with multipliers.

After the contest I seen that I missed really many easy multipliers on 20m ...
some times I can't break the pileup, sometimes I don't heard him, but I dont
know why ..... not in my LOG on 20m: 4O, E7, IS, TK, Z3, FG, LU (+ zone 13, CX,
5T (+ zone 35), VR, OD, A9, EY ...

I heard 30+ multipliers...

Thanks for the nice QSOs.

Congrats to Krzysztof - SN7Q for his excellent score!

73, Laci OM2VL

P.S. now I print and send the QSLs for all USA QSO's, I hope I got also his
QSL's for my CCA toplist.
WR3Y   SOSB20 LP   11,1782017-09-27 06:41:59
LZ7A   M/M HP   3,511,2002017-09-27 07:55:25
Very nice contest with very weird propagation. We enjoyed it very much.
LZ5EE was our RTTY champion this weekend as he worked LP from the third
workplace and scored almost all square to the second workplace. Good ears Tony
Very nice contest with very weird propagation. We enjoyed it very much.
LZ5EE was our RTTY champion this weekend as he worked LP from the third
workplace and scored almost all square to the second workplace. Good ears Tony

Typical us, we stood up the upper bands antenna (we brought it down for repair
works a week ago) right before the contest. The great team spirit helped us
fight with the strong wind and the great wine spirit gave us courage. This
we decided to rotate on 2 hour shifts, which reduced the fatigue, but
our typical concentration. We quickly replaced the concentration by friendly
talks on a philosophical topics around the fireplace (yes it was cold this

best regards,
LZ1KAA team
W4MLB   M/S HP   336,0362017-09-27 10:24:22
Radiating some RF from Melbourne, FL
73, W4MLB
IT9VCE   SOAB HP   677,6002017-09-27 12:53:39
Worked for 24 hours on 36 total. 500 watts, rigid dipole 10-15-20 and dipole
inverted V for 40-80. Very happy with the final score. Final rates 46 qso/hour.
LN7TTT(LA5LJA)   Classic SOAB LP   437,8352017-09-27 12:58:46
This year all band 24 hour low power classic.
Work to much and problem with my back,problem
to sit in the chair for long time,Totally missed
North America on 40 mtr,but good sleep both nights.
......Claimed score is new Norwegian record....
OT6M(ON9CC)   SOAB LP   139,4682017-09-27 13:12:47
Just some casual S&amp;P operating in between a lot of other chores this
KM6I   SOAB HP   12,1602017-09-27 19:47:31
K3, KPA-500, Dipole @ 60ft
W4AAA(KK9A)   SOSB20 HP   721,5692017-09-27 20:59:03
With the lovely summer weather and a plethora of outdoor weekend projects it can
be hard to find time for radio contesting. In fact I have been QRT for more than
six months. The CQWW RTTY contest is always fun so this was the perfect occasion
to get my back on the air. Several month ago I purchased a K-Pod for my Elecraft
K3S which was still sitting in the box just hours before the contest. I try to
make some station improvements before every contest and I thought having the
K-Pod RIT control next to the keyboard would be extremely useful for tuning off
frequency callers. It was surprisingly easy to install and operate, I even had
time to program a few simple macros. Setting up the rest of the station was
also uneventful. This is my favorite RTTY contest and even with the low Solar
flux index there was plenty of worldwide activity. 60% of the stations that I
worked were in Europe, 29% were in North America, and 9% were in Asia. The K3S
sub-receiver and K-Pod combination worked well for finding new stations and
multipliers while running on a different in band frequency. I also hunted for
new stations using a second K3S on a separate antenna system so there was no
boredom when the run rates slowed. I would like to thank everyone for the QSOs
and to my QSL manager WD9DZV for all of the work that he does with clublog,
LOtW and answering QSLs.

John KK9A - W4AAA
AJ5E   Classic SOAB LP   66,4402017-09-28 07:17:34
Kenwood 480hx running 75w into 40m wire dipole. Good times!
Thanks for the QSOs. See you next time.
YT2AAA   SO(A)SB20 LP   201,7242017-09-28 09:15:47
1/4wl GP, 2 elevated radials on balcony
VE7SCC   M/2 HP   1,406,7102017-09-28 16:09:45
Good opening to Eu on 20
A couple of new RTTY operators
Station test after extensive antenna work.
N4KG   SO(A)AB HP   95,3422017-09-28 17:14:05
Very Limited Time compounded by problem with MMTTY interface device
which made weak signal copy 'challenging'.

4 Bands (80,40,20,15)

3 Bands
N4WW   SO(A)AB HP   315,4252017-09-28 21:48:06
My first email since the big blow out of girl Irma. Second year in a row with
antenna damage. 40 meter beam splint in half last year and I never thought I
would get it back up but thanks to an assist to my tree man converted tower
climber and from Dennis w4dii they got it back up.

This time it is too depressing to talk about. When I first started this
contesting madness I put up stacked arrays of small antennas. Should have stuck
to that plan. Now I have several &quot;if it doesn't come down in a good wind it
isn't big enough&quot;. They came down.

Anyway no house damage and everyone in house is doing well.

NOW on to rtty after two hours of battling the mmtty/n1mm/microham/computer
mess of all liking each other I got on the air at 0130z. Conditions were
decent. No 80 meter antennas so my operating couldn't be serious and 40 meter
rotator stuck SE second night. Good news is that on 15 meters Europeans seemed
loud and lasted until 1900z or so. Also good news is that the weird over the
pole opening to OH/SM/LA on 15 meters is there around 2100-2200. Didn't work
any JA's on 15 but didn't put any effort into it since I knew I was antenna
impaired on low bands.Rtty is slightly more casual because it is so automated
you can drink a cup of coffee easily while oping. Some neat calls did sqeeze in
to the log with VU2DKS at 1430 on 15. C37NL loud every band I operated. Weird
calls like a44a,a61ek,5r8sv,7q7ww,5t5ok,v53dx,jt5dx,e6ag,a35w make for a fun
contest at times. TF2R also easy to work on all 3 bands I operated which is

73 doc n4ww
CQWWRTTY Summary Sheet

Start Date : 2017-09-23

CallSign Used : N4WW
Operator(s) : N4WW

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
Assisted Category : ASSISTED
Band : ALL
Power : HIGH
Mode : RTTY
Default Exchange : 05 FL
Gridsquare : EL98QR

Name : austin g regal
Address : 1425 foxfire drive
City/State/Zip : apopka FL 32712

ARRL Section : NFL
Club/Team : florida contest group
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6789.0

Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 7 11 4 4 5 1.6
7 105 242 20 57 27 2.3
14 159 301 23 54 36 1.9
21 150 371 25 67 19 2.5
Total 421 925 72 182 87 2.2

Score : 315,425
Rig :

Antennas :

Soapbox :

I have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations
established for amateur radio in my country. My report is
correct and true to the best of my knowledge. I agree to be
bound by the decisions of the Contest Committee.

Date : 2017-09-24 Signature :

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I4DZ(@IR4M)   M/S HP   6,636,7502017-09-29 06:20:43
Once again we used the short call of OUR friend and old timer Giancarlo I4DZ, as
we're not allowed to use our contest call IR4M in all contests.

Very good contest in many aspects.

The main is that we could check that the recent major mainenance works were ok!

That is, the move of the 40m 4el yagi from the 20m to the new dedicated
Tower/rotator, the repair of the 20m rotator broken after a wind storm early
this summer and several others...

Everything worked fine!

10m with short openings to the caribbeans (no USA, though) and some back
scatter who allowed to work a few EU mults.

15m in better condx than expected, with good runs to USA/VE late in the
afternoon both days, including a pleasant call from KH6 and KL7 for a double
mult each :-)

The only problem faced was just a few hours before the end of the contest, when
an issue to the 20m antenna feed system forced us to move earlier than planned
to 40m.

To our surprise (at that time we usually work NA on 20), JA and Asia were loud
enough to run a decent pile-up for at least an hour.

Thanks to EI7M for the nice race on cqcontest, and to all those that sportily
published on the score board.

See u in ssb leg as IR4M!
W4ER   SOAB QRP   22,4702017-09-29 06:52:32
Part time effort but, as always, had lots of fun. Thanks for all the Qs!

K3 @ 5 watts to attic antennas with N1MM+ and MMTTY

73, John
M2M(GØWAT)   SOSB20 QRP   3,7102017-09-29 07:14:02
First outing for my M2M Contest call...didn't seem to cause too much confusion
so we'll see how that pans out in Phone and CW.

Had a bit of a brain fart initially where I confused $CR with $13 in WT causing
a few logged before working howlers...finally realised and corrected my ways.

Think On the Sunday a PC update appeared to lose all my WT/MTTY settings which
despite valiant efforts I could not get working properly again...need to check
out N1MM/WL if I wish to become a bit more of a RTTY regular.
EF9R(EA9LZ)   SOSB40 HP   518,9102017-09-29 07:53:54
As Always, I play contest for fun, without fun is not a good contest and at this
time, that's did happened, I did not start well the contest, I delayed more than
1 hour, nobody can read by TX...... this added that, sunday morning was a bored
contest, between each qso I have to wait, between 3 or 7 minutes..... finally I
decide to abandoned the contest, this is not fun at all.
any way, I decided to send log to give my points for the EA Contest Club.
Cu next year.
IK4GNI   SOSB20 HP   463,2522017-09-29 10:14:48
The wwdx contest always remains a great opportunity to test its antennas and
physical energies ... hi!
I worked for about 30 hours very hard!

Discreet propagation throughout the weekend with excellent opening to the US on
Sunday afternoons and evenings.

- kenwood ts590sg
- antenna 4 el. monob. 14MHz
- force12 xr5
- tl922
- QAR software

working without cluster help is NOT impossible ....just disconnect the internet
plug and turn the vfo as it once did!

At the next challenge!
73 luca - ik4gni
N5OCO   SOAB LP   28,5582017-09-29 14:53:10
MY first RTTY contest. I had a lot of fun. Hopefully will be able to improve
next year. Thanks to all who participated. 73
CR6T(CT1ESV)   SOSB15 HP   335,3682017-09-29 15:48:17
Decided long ago that would be active on big RTTY contest starting September
Propagation wasn't the best, but much better than I expected. most of the
contacts were made on my calling frequency, and was called by some nice
multipliers...9h,VU,OD,TK,ZB,BY,BV,VK, JA,4X,HZ,TF,HP,YB,TI,ZS,ZF,V3,CO.

Even to got to work some JA's something that was possible due to bad
propagation last CQWW and WPX SSB :-)

Had a lot of fun and I'm sure i'll be back on the next RTTY contests

Thanks for all who called in.

Tony CR6T / CT1ESV
WQ6X(@NX6T)   SO(A)SB40 HP   35,8162017-09-29 16:36:30
This was a weird weekend.
I operated as WQ6X remote from NX6T in Fallbrook, altho
my remote computer was operated from W7AYT's QTH in Concord.
Much of Saturday was spent putting up a 3-band yagi @ W7AYT's QTH.
Most of the rest of the time was spent operating the RTTY contest.
To make things easier for remote operation, I ran a frequency 70%
of the time.
Things were moving along just fine until 23:45z on Sunday when the
microwave connection (to a nearby hill) for fiber internet access was
deliberate YANKED - ending the contest for WQ6X.
While I operated all bands (80 - 10 meters), because 40 meters was WQ6X's
strongest band, I decided to submit the log as a Single-band 40-meter entry.
You can read more about this contest event soon in the WQ6X Contest BLOG:
IZ3NVR   SO(A)SB10 LP   1,6252017-09-30 00:08:34
Didn't plan to take part to this one since I had other duties the whole weekend
and was not at my home QTH. And beside that, I'm not an RTTY enthusiast.

Operated a few hours on Saturday and Sunday with a dipole from the YL's QTH.
Didn't expect much activity and was pleasantly surprised to be present sunday
evening during the 1 hour opening that happened on 10m. Managed to work PY - LU
- PZ5 as well as many other stations.

The highlight of this contest was working 5T5OK on 10m RTTY on an empty band.
Nice new one for me.

Didn't use assistance of any sort but, since I was having a look at from time to time, decided I was more suited to submit as

See you in the CQWW CW at the end of November, likely All Bands with the Big

RTX: FT-450 (50W)
Ant: dipole
9A1A   M/M HP   9,897,7752017-09-30 05:28:46
Poor propagation on high bands and quite nice on 80 and 40M. Score on 80M is our
the best ever in WW RTTY, on 40M we had some problems with PA but and when we
replaced it score became in total good with reduced number of QSOs.
On 20,15 and 10 M bands scores are in proportion with band openings.

Taking into account above, we think in total this time we achieved maximum from
our location.

Again our team had young members - 7 of them in age 18 to 21.Now we have
&quot;sweet&quot; problem how to form team for RTTY contest.In very future the
same &quot;problem&quot; will be in SSB. Our target is to achieve it in CW

Thanks to all who called us

9A1A team
MW2I(G4FRE)   Classic SOAB LP   1,312,0382017-09-30 09:13:14
Good conditions on all bands. 15m was so good when i started, followed by good
conditions on 40m, that did not need to move to 20m until sunday morning where
more JAs were worked than ever before. Only one qso on 10m which startled 9a1a.
Some awful signals, the worst producing -40dbC clicks +- 16khz from the centre
frequency. The A3SDX last used from Texas in 2004 still works well!
K9GY   SO(A)AB LP   12,1262017-09-30 12:35:59
Fun contest just wish I had more time for it!
N4NQY   Classic SOAB QRP   4,0042017-10-01 17:44:07
Baby shower put time to a minimum. My favorite contest and there were plenty of
contacts to be had. Probably go to Low Power next time.
A44A(@A47RS)   M/2 HP   6,607,9602017-10-04 07:07:46
Thanks a lot for QSO, more here:

AB1J   SOSB80 LP   15,8712017-10-05 06:41:50
This was a mostly uneventful contest, especially in regard to QSOs. Last year
was better. This time around conditions were poorer, I went unassisted and
natural disasters had hit Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico. I saw a
niche worth going for but I was sort of subdued given the widespread suffering
and destruction. I thought about the stations I wasn't hearing.

I wish the best for everyone affected by the hurricanes and earthquakes.

Apparently the USA 80m data band ends at 3600 kHz or wherever 5T5OK is
operating, whichever is higher. Good to know.

I hadn't planned on operating on the higher bands but conditions were so good
on 15m and even 10m opened, so I couldn't resist jumping in a bit on Sunday.
10m was South America only for me, but I still got all excited. It doesn't
take much as the sunspot cycle tanks.

The score above is for 80m only.

Ken, AB1J

Flex 6500
Quarterwave outdoor wire and indoor counterpoise
LoTW eQSL ClubLog
CV7S(CX7SS)   SO(A)SB15 LP   469,7522017-10-08 19:59:12
CW4MAX(CX2DK)   SOSB15 HP   916,1102017-10-09 14:41:09
Hi guys!

Nice weekend with goods conditions.
Thanks for qso's.


Marcelo CX2DK
IQ6AN(@IR6T)   M/S HP   5,060,8742017-10-12 06:07:04
This is our first experience in CQ WW RTTY as Multi Op. A small number of
operators (beginners included),  but a lot of fun. No big technical problems
were spotted during the contest, and after months of work we are finally happy
for this achievement even if there are still a lot of parts and features to be
added. We suffered only a big but short thunderstorm and hailstorm, because of
this we had to make a forced pause of almost one hour Sunday afternoon.

We did not used any inband antenna in this contest and only one operating
position for multipliers and no receiving antennas on 80m and 40m. We felt the
need of a rotating antenna which will be installed in the near future. Surely
with more radios seeking multipliers and inband antenna we could have increased
our score a bit more. We hope everything is ready for next year, starting from

Bands were not so bad after all, good openings on 15m and just an hour opening
in 10m Sunday at the right time for working both South and North America.
However sometimes mostly on Sunday there were not so much traffic in the main
bands (40m and 20m).

We had the pleasure to have IZ4AFW Fabio for the second time this year. We had
a very good time after all during the contest and tasting the excellent BBQ by
IK6RYU Franco and cocktails by IK6JNH Italo.

Congrats to I4DZ and EI7M for the great results they made and hope to reduce
the gap in the future.

IZ6TSA Nicolò