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SPDX RTTY Contest   2017   Apr 22   Comment Summary

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ACØMN   SOAB LP   1802017-04-22 17:12:24
Conditions in northwest Minnesota, near the VE4 border, were quite atrocious.
W6RLL   SOAB LP   5,4722017-04-22 18:42:06
152 points x 12 Mults x 3 Continents = 5472
N4IQ   SOAB HP   75,8802017-04-22 18:46:19
Band QSOs Pts DXC Prv Con Pt/Q
3.5 7 14 1 0 0 2.0
7 57 236 13 0 1 4.1
14 60 282 18 2 3 4.7
21 1 10 1 0 0 10.0
Total 125 542 33 2 4 4.3
Score: 75880 SO2R 7 HRS OP TIME

First SPDX RTTY; 20M was work. Only 1 Q on 15M but
worked E51EDC split while I was at it. Only worked
a couple of SP stations. Where were they? Not a
lot of Qs for 7 Hrs. (On and off from about 11AM to
9 PM Saturday)

2x TS590's; 2x KWs; 160M C Windom (40M & 80m)
40/20 SuperLoops NE/SW NW/SE (40M & 20M);
80 C Windom (15M);SDR Pans; N1MM+
K3PP   SOAB HP   151,2482017-04-22 19:58:53
I didn't have much time to play, but I'm glad I did! Thank you to all!
K9OM   SOAB HP   266,7602017-04-22 21:40:50
Band QSOs Pts DXC Prv Con Pt/Q
3.5 14 34 2 0 0 2.4
7 80 255 12 0 0 3.2
14 126 679 33 5 5 5.4
21 2 20 2 0 0 10.0
Total 222 988 49 5 5 4.5
Score: 266,760
1 Mult = 3.8 Q's
W9AV   SOAB LP   4,8242017-04-22 23:52:42
Testing SO2R from second QTH in Richland County.
LY7Z(@LY2TA)   SOAB LP   1002017-04-23 02:31:29
Just for fun


73! Andy
XM115ØCAN(VE1RSM)   SOAB LP   17,1362017-04-23 04:51:56
Very poor conditions, Tough going from my QTH in Nova Scotia
LZ4T(LZ4TL)   M/S HP   3,137,8022017-04-23 05:46:29
Con Pt/Q
3.5 85 438 24 11 1 5.2
7 122 682 28 11 0 5.6
14 273 1456 33 13 5 5.3
21 144 755 24 13 0 5.2
Total 624 3331 109 48 6 5.3
Score: 3,137,802
1 Mult = 3.8 Q's
KØKX   SOAB HP   22,2302017-04-23 05:56:03
Would have doubled my score if more people would recover from the F1 ailment.
KØFX   SOAB LP   14,1272017-04-23 06:10:52
Very poor condx, no EU/AS.
Tnx for the Q's. 73 Don
VY2LI   SOAB HP   319,8552017-04-23 06:45:32
Downright poor condx for the part I was on. Thanks for the calls. Like pulling
teeth! 73,Bill
N2BJ   M/S HP   94,8502017-04-23 06:47:22
N1JM   SOAB LP   2762017-04-23 06:48:05
K3s, P3, 14AVQ
HP3SS   SOAB HP   200,6402017-04-23 07:11:50
Several work-arounds got me into this contest. But only just!
ON6NL   SOAB QRP   2,172,0602017-04-23 09:15:44
Really had great fun in this contest. Very poor conditions were announced but
worked nice DX on 20 and even on 15!
My strategy was to get first the 6 continents and then collect as many
multipliers as possible. It worked out nicely. With the patience of a YB
station, who had to ask 10 times for my number, I got Oceania in the log. Of
course half an hour later, another YB was worked without one repeat!
80 was not easy. Even missed Russia and Belgium as multipliers!
Great activity of the SP friends.
I am very surprised about the results. Only could dream of going over 2 million
with just 5 Watt!
Rig: IC756Pro2
Antenna: KT34a and dipoles at 20m up
Software: N1MM, VE7CC, FlDigi, Gritty
SP4Z   SOAB LP   529,9352017-04-23 11:58:49
73 Wes SP4Z
K4GMH   SOAB LP   21,9752017-04-23 12:33:12
Mother nature dumped some lousy propagation and local weather on this part of
the USA. After a couple of hours of trying to get enthused to stay with the
Contest, I threw in the towel and went back to the work bench to finish up a
project. (Even before the Contest knew I only had a limited time to

Several times, at least half dozen, I couldn't get through to an European
station that was calling CQ. The station would be plenty loud on my end, send
my call at the end of his CQ and immediately have him start sending CQ once
more. New the propagation was bad and I was running low power (still haven't
fixed the amp.).

What finally told me to hang it up, was when I heard Steve, NR4M, searching and
pouncing. Earlier I had worked him and, at the time, he was running European
stations - Steve has big towers, long antennas and 1500 W RTTY. Must be my low
power as the reason for not getting through to the CQing stations. However,
about 20 minutes later heard Steve S&Ping so knew it was not due to my
having 12 dB less power. I figured he definitely would be running if the rate
was good. By then the weather had turned bad with rain and sound of thunder in
the distance. Disconnected the antennas and other lines coming into the shack.
Went back to the work bench and finished the project.

As it turned out about an hour later after quitting the contest, the power to
the house went out. Fortunately, for less than 30 seconds, just long enough to
have the computers and digital clocks to act up.

Maybe next year the propagation and weather will cooperate.

Mike, K4GMH
KSØCW   SOAB HP   9,1202017-04-23 13:40:15
Band QSOs Pts DXC Prv Con Pt/Q
3.5 4 8 1 0 0 2.0
7 13 72 7 2 1 5.5
14 15 80 9 0 2 5.3
Total 32 160 17 2 3 5.0

Score : 9,120
VA7ST   SOAB LP   4,2002017-04-23 15:25:42
Conditions were down there with the worst we’ve seen in a long time, turning
the SP International DX and BARTG 75 RTTY contests into mostly domestic

From here in VE7, continent multipliers were very scarce in both contests.
Didn't hear anything from OC, AS or AF in either RTTY test this weekend.

Things seemed marginally better on Sunday than they were on Saturday (in the
SPDX I worked an EA through QSB on Saturday around the aurora, but on Sunday
in BARTG I somehow managed 9A1 directly through the middle of a raging auroral

The downturn in radio activity allowed me a rainy spring weekend to continue
work on the new contesting-focused podcast, Zone Zero, which launched last week
at It’s the latest layer of the casual contester’s
notebook I’ve been keeping over the past 15 years or so.

Now we look ahead to a series of QSO parties while we await CQ WPX CW in late
May. That one will be a real trial of patience if this weekend’s conditions
repeat a month from now.


-- Bud VA7ST
Zone Zero contesting podcast |
KØOO(@WA3EKL)   M/S HP   570,0242017-04-23 17:06:10



W6SX   SOAB HP   692017-04-23 20:08:03
K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, MMTTY,
2Tone, N1MM+
SP4LVK   SOAB QRP   361,8162017-04-23 23:54:24
RIG:FT-950 PWR:5 ANT:2elDeltaLoop & LongWire
GMØFGI   SOAB LP   1,554,2252017-04-24 00:33:28
Conditions very poor, even 20m. Best DX worked was on 40m. Failed to work SA,
heard and called many times on 40m but my low power did not break pileup!.
Great support by SP stations.

Thanks for all contacts and to organisers.

Equipment TS990 (95watts) Hexbeam at 25ft, 40m quarter
wave vertical wire, 80m full wave loop.
W9ILY   SOAB HP   13,4402017-04-24 09:53:52
Optibeam OB 9/5 and phased verticals
W3FIZ   SOAB HP   307,2102017-04-24 16:32:15
Crappy conditions. Thanks too all that called in and to the sponsors

YO9HP   SOAB LP   6,518,7722017-04-25 05:06:33
Since I won LP category in 2016 I decided to repeat the effort, despite the
actual poor propagation. Without SO2R and without good participation of SP
stations, the contest could have been boring. Definitely it was not a DX
contest, with 90% of the QSO-s with EU and 23% with SP only. It worth to
mention the nice opening on 15 m band, on Sunday, towards Central/Western
Europe. Sorry for many repeats or for the QSO-s lost in the noise (it happened
minimum 10 times). Overall it was a nice contest. See you in next RTTY contest!
73, Alex YO9HP

Rig: IC-7600 / IC-7000
Ant 20-15-10 m: OB 17-4 / OB 11-5 / Mosley NP33W
Ant 40 m: OB 17-4 / 2 el Yagi by SP7GXP
Ant 80 m: 2 x Inv-V.
Software: N1MM+, MMTTY, 2Tone.
N8OO   SOAB HP   734,1182017-04-26 14:22:10
Totally out of propagation to Europe....have only 5 qso SP land !!
My first rtty contest for very long time brake.
Thanks everybody who is call me.
See you all next time.
73! Vic N8OO
WQ6X(@NX6T)   SOAB HP   5402017-04-27 22:57:40
This is a last minute remote access to NX6T in Fallbrook, Ca.
Band conditions were poor but improving when the shack overheated
causing the station computer #1 to overheat and shutdown terminating
remote access to the radio, effectivelt ending the contest for WQ6X.
By the time things were properly restarted, the contest was long over.
You can read my writeup on this contest at: