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Volta RTTY DX Contest   2017   May 13   Comment Summary

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N4IQ   SOAB HP   23,030,5802017-05-13 18:26:46
Band QSOs Pts DXC Are Pt/Q
3.5 2 3 0 2 1.5
7 40 282 4 9 7.1
14 127 1731 35 16 13.6
21 1 6 1 0 6.0
Total 170 2022 40 27 11.9

Score: 23,030,580 Op Time: 9/24 Hrs

First VOLTA RTTY contest. 80 & 15M were useable
but no one there. Plenty of Italian stations on.
20M was a lot of work but opened up well for me later
in the day. JAs, ZLs, KH6s, 4X were on. Only a handful
of SA stations. As you would think, this is really an
EU contest - with EU stations having big SNs. Overall,
good participation for a RTTY contest. Had fun.
ACØMN   SOSB/20 LP   367,8402017-05-13 21:50:16
Quite difficult with 100 watts and a long wire. The highlight was putting 4Z5IW
in the log! Some great signals from southern EU.
K4WW   SOSB/20 LP   15,928,9202017-05-14 04:21:45
Amplifier down for repair, less than optimal conditions = lots of repeats.
Other than NAQP, I seldom choose to operate low power. Not only is it a lesson
in humility and patience, it verifies that a major percentage of stations
should spend far more on their receive capabilities. I had less than 50
contacts, four hours into the contest. Ate lunch, took a nap, and far better
results, when I returned.
Thanks to all for the contacts, as even with low power, I almost tripled my
score, from last year.
K2AL   SOAB LP   13,562,9652017-05-14 05:09:15
Icom-746, 3-El Mini Beam, trapped dipole 80M, dipole 40M.
Band condx below par. 20 meters improved later Saturday. 40 ok.
KC2WUF   SOAB LP   281,9962017-05-14 05:14:54
Yaesu FT-950, Yaesu SCU-17, MFJ-993B, MFJ-931 and 125 ft long wire antenna 12
feet high
N2WK   SOAB HP   67,348,3202017-05-14 05:18:00
Ran remote from NNY. Conditions not good, had hard time with audio 80m. Very
hard to print stations there so I retired for the evening.
KSØCW   SOAB HP   1,559,4392017-05-14 05:41:53
Band QSOs Pts DXC Are Pt/Q
7 44 359 7 12 8.2
14 19 310 14 4 16.3
Total 63 669 21 16 10.6

Score : 1,559,439
W6RLL   SOSB/20 HP   2,404,8642017-05-14 05:56:11
88 QSOs x 32 Mults x 854 Points = 2404864.
Thanks for the contacts. 73 de Joe.
VY2LI   SOSB/20 HP   40,410,7202017-05-14 06:23:14
A couple of hours here and there.73, Bill
N1IXF   SOAB LP   16,879,0602017-05-14 06:42:48
Just a few hours to play. A couple nice runs.

TNX for the Q's

73, Rich N1IXF
GMØFGI   SOSB/20 LP   11,286,9182017-05-14 10:36:09
Limited time this weekend hence only 20m. Conditions better on Saturday, poor on
Thanks for all the contacts and to organisers.

Equipment TS990 (95watts) Hexbeam at 25ft
WØMB   SOSB/40 HP   278,6402017-05-14 10:57:33
NTS: TS590, Alpha 76A, PRO67A@60, Dipole@ 50, N1MM+. Just had a little time to
see how the band conditions were as there was just to many things going on. It
was fun but needed to be able to spend more time.
XE2B   SOAB LP   3,529,2952017-05-14 11:25:28
Despite placing a decent signal on 15M as reported by the west coast skimmers,
on saturday afternoon,I only got 2 Q's on this band.
40m Mt appeared to be in good shape, but was too tired.

ountryPrefix RTTY 7 RTTY 14 RTTY 21 Tot Accum
CM 0 2 0 2 2
DL 1 0 0 1 3
GW 0 1 0 1 4
HP 0 1 0 1 5
HS 0 1 0 1 6
I 2 5 0 7 13
JA 0 4 0 4 17
K 6 48 1 55 72
KH6 0 1 1 2 74
OH 0 1 0 1 75
UR 0 1 0 1 76
V3 0 1 0 1 77
VE 1 9 0 10 87
YL 0 1 0 1 88
YV 0 1 0 1 89
Total 10 77 2 89 89
Thanks for the Q's
N6WM   SOSB/20 HP   25,7042017-05-14 12:07:06
Just a few moments during other weekend activities from my flex lab in fremont,
wanted to check this one out, get a feel for activity/exchange flow, etc.

Was still able to get a few q's in from over the pond, GW, DL, IK..

certainly not the most attended rtty event, but could be a really fun one..
love the name of the test.

Flex 6700/N1MM/MMTTY/2tone, Alpha99, SteppIR dipole.

Flex platform really shines in RTTY contesting.

KG4IGC   SOAB LP   2,398,0322017-05-14 12:24:39
Late start in the Volta RTTY test this year, didn't get started until early
Saturday evening. 20 and 40 meters seemed to be in fair shape, and was able to
make about 60 Q's before calling it a night. Most of the stations I worked were
Northern Stateside, Canadian stations, and a few EU's. Woke up and tried to get
on 40 at 12:30 A.M but the band was pretty noisy and remained that way until I
went back to bed around 3AM. Was back at it at 6:30 Sunday morning, there were
a few North American stations to work so added a few more to the log. Went to
20 meters and the band was barely open but managed to work a few EU's. Heard
Eastern Russians in the mix but was not able to work them. As always, had the
pleasure of working Dave NJ4F and Ted K7OM. Looking forward to next years Volta
RTTY, thanks to all who worked me.
N3QE   SOAB HP   37,713,1412017-05-14 12:55:44
Ten-Tec Eagle, AL-1500, 130-foot doublet
KSØM   SOAB LP   5,104,0802017-05-14 17:55:32
Band QSOs Pts DXC Are
7 27 192 4 10
14 63 920 25 12
Total 90 1112 29 22
Score: 5,104,080 ( 1112 x 51 x 90 = 5104080 as per rules}
I was wondering if something was wrong with the scoring so high. I was
surprised at the point total. Looking at the log I found that point scores
ranged from 2 pts to 30 pts per QSO according to the country. I have the
correct log and it is set up ok.
NJ4F   SOAB HP   3,108,0002017-05-14 18:29:30
IC-7800, Alpha 9500
SteppIR beam
N1MM Plus
S&P only
N8OO   SOAB HP   767,537,8322017-05-14 18:44:15
Thanks everybody who is call me on the contest.
73! Vic N8OO
VA7ST   SOAB HP   60,091,6802017-05-14 20:02:53
Pushed harder than I thought I would. Predicted a score of 20-million and ended
up with 60 million. Gotta like that, without 15M in the mix at all and 80M
producing a single contact.

A look ahead at next weekend in the latest Zone Zero contesting episode --

-- Bud VA7ST

Year-over-year Qs Mult Pts Score
May-17 SOABHP 220 76 3,594 60,091,680 9 hrs
May-16 SOABHP 155 55 1,818 15,498,450 7 hrs
May-15 SOABHP 261 106 5,469 152,732,763
May-14 SOABHP 317 99 6,191 194,292,153
May-13 SOABHP 360 117 7,157 301,452,840
May-12 SOABHP 68 45 911 2,787,660
May-11 SOABHP 277 105 4,874 141,760,290
May-10 SOABHP 149 48 1,638 11,714,976
May-09 SOABHP 232 72 2,777 46,387,008
May-08 SOABHP 179 48 1,908 16,393,536
May-07 SOABHP 216 73 3,634 57,300,912
May-06 SOABLP 150 60 1,825 16,452,000
May-05 SOABLP 71 33 536 1,255,848
May-03 SOABLP 25 16 228 81,600
SP4LVK   SOAB LP   7,006,0142017-05-14 22:29:20
RIG:FT-950 PWR:10 ANT:2elDeltaLoop & LongWire
GWØA(GW4SKA)   SOAB HP   1,066,028,9962017-05-15 02:14:52
Better than expected when SFI=69 K=2. 20M open to US West coast right through to
23:30. Very poor to JA and nothing from VK/ZL. The points per QSO was high on 40
and 80, so overall my score was 2x my 2016 score. Very happy!
5P9X(OZ9GA)   SOAB HP   11,057,5922017-05-15 04:06:38
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)
DF2F(DF2SD)   SOAB LP   133,106,4002017-05-15 09:30:30
ON6LEO   SOAB HP   45,700,0002017-05-16 10:08:02
See you again next year. This year too much
family festivities for a serious participation.
V31RJ   SOAB HP   56,135,8802017-05-16 10:32:04
Lost a couple of hours to thunder and lightning in the area. The a few hours
later, it rained very hard and with really strong winds it drove the water up
under the palapa. Of course the main areas where it leaked where over the
laptop and the amp. So I ended up covering everything with a shower curtain
till it abated a bit. I also had a few hardware/software glitches this time
around. I really am not sure if AFSK with a signalink is the way to go. Twice
settings changed on their own and everything quit working. Also a coax died
right after I changed bands from 15 to 20 halfway through the contest. Luckily
I had spares.
K4GMH   SOAB HP   101,638,6562017-05-16 15:41:16
Thanks for the QSOs and ARI for the putting on the Contest.

That was fun until the station locked up eight hours into the Contest. The
problem turned out to be a ground to the SO2R box not in place. I was already
committed to a full day on Sunday (Mother's Day in USA) so wasn't enthused to
trouble shoot. Figured this was a omen to just rest up for tomorrow.

Bands that were open were okay. Low bands were quiet finally as had a lot of
rain/storms leading up to the Contest. Twenty was good with nice

Definitely hope to do better next year.

Mike, K4GMH
WQ6X(@NX6T)   SOSB/40 LP   2,833,5502017-05-17 13:43:59
This was a last minute remote operation from NX6T.
I spent most of my operating time in the VOLTA RTTY contest but couldn't
resist spending a little time on CW as well in the CQ-M GiG.
Band conditions SUCKED on 15 meters and 20 meters wasn't much better.
40-meters is where it all happened. With the help of an F-10 NOW key,
I was able to run a frequencies more effectively this time.

I wrote up this operation on the WQ6X Contest Blog:
W3FIZ   SOAB HP   263,079,9902017-05-17 16:19:05
bands sucked for the most part. Didn't put in a lot of time.. See all in the
next one

W4UK   SOAB HP   2,814,0002017-05-19 11:57:30
43 ft Wire vertical with 16 gnd level radials.
F5RD   SOAB LP   42,638,4002017-05-19 13:41:33
Transceiver - ICOM IC-751AF 80W
Antenna - Multiband center-fed 2x20m 8m up or GP 20/15/10m
Software - MixW 3.2.104
The propagation appeared to me a slight increase for this contest
I was able to make fifty contacts on 15m and even six on 10m
Thanks to all who worked me.
See you again next year.
F5RD Bernard
IT9VCE   SOSB/80 LP   1,757,7002017-05-24 08:47:06
Propagazione pessima. Rates molto basso 10 qso/ora. Solo dieci nominativi
rimasti nel Call Stack. Decisive per il punteggio finale le due ore di pausa
durante la notte.