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SP1JQJ   SOAB LP   46,0802016-10-29 13:14:57
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty Pt/Q
7 100 108 7 34 1,1
14 119 148 8 32 1,2
21 44 78 9 23 1,8
28 12 26 6 9 2,2
Total 275 360 30 98 1,3
Score: 46 080
1 Mult = 2,1 Q's
 
W1FJ   SOAB(A) HP   215,2642016-10-29 15:06:15
Tough conditions, horrendous noise on 15(must find before cw) Off on a 12 day
cruise in the morning
 
OM2MM   SOAB LP   56,3222016-10-29 15:59:13
ANAN 100D, Vertical HF-9V.
 
WX4ET   SOAB LP   14,3782016-10-29 17:18:28
Band conditions were OK. There was a lot of operators on the air. Great signals.
Hope to hear you on the air next year.
 
K3URT   SOAB LP   28,6342016-10-30 03:31:10
BAD CONDITIONS. MANY COULD NOT HEAR ME.
 
OG1M(OH1VR)   SOAB Classic HP   232,8482016-10-30 04:15:34
Greetings from the world of Aurora Borealis. Few hours after the start of CQ WW
SSB 2016 I gave up but continued mainly to listen and tried pick up multipliers
from time to time. This was a lesson to learn: you can't break aurora curtain -
possibly you'll hear something but to get your own signal to the other side is
another business. This was not the first Aurora during my 55 years in CQ WW
contests (since 1961) but one of the worst ones.

Hopefully during CQ WW CW 2016 propagation will be better. Then QRV from
Anguilla as VP2ESM - SOAB LP Classic. My friend Henri OH3JR will be QRV as
VP2EHC SOAB HP Classic from same QTH.
 
DK1FW   SOAB(A) HP   646,1712016-10-30 05:11:43
Could only operate on Saturday but tried to make the best of it.
 
KJ9P   SOAB Classic HP   8,5402016-10-30 06:32:31
First major contest! Totally exhilarating! I am off 1 in my QSO count
from my software count.
 
K4WW   SOAB(A) HP   30,2082016-10-30 06:51:45
100 S/P, mostly in 15-20 minute segments. My ears are no longer able to tolerate
the splatter.
 
K3PA   SOSB(A)/80 HP   30,4562016-10-30 07:34:55
Surprisingly reasonable low band conditions.
 
JG2BRI(K1GI)   SOAB Classic HP   153,5102016-10-30 07:45:35
My first semi serious contest in 2016. Condx was not in good however it was
enjoyable. 80m was so so.

Thanks Misa JG2BRI hosting my operation with great shack.
 
IR8P   M/S HP   1,101,2932016-10-30 08:12:19
tanti preparativi e solo 18 ore di contest!!
la morte improvvisa del parente di un operatore(iz8epx) ci ha costretto a
terminare le operazioni.
ad ogni modo le ore fatte di contest non ci hanno regalato molte soddisfazioni
in termini di propagazione .....
tnx to team operator and see soon in the next test!!!

iz8fwn for IR8P group
 
SU9JG(EA7TN)   SOSB/20 LP   48,1602016-10-30 08:57:05
Fist activity with my new egyptian licence, with a dipole in the balcony at the
heart of noisy Cairo. My own building blocked the path to the West (EU and NA).
Lot of QRM/QRN, difficult to hear and be heard. worked mainly Asia and eastern
Europe. Sorry for not being able to give the double multiplier to more hams.
Will try to put dipole on top of roof for the CQWW CW
 
VU2MUD   SOSB/15 LP   49,7962016-10-30 09:22:10
MAJOR FESTIVAL OVER THE WEEKEND WITH LOT OF GUESTS COMING IN ADDED TO THE MISERY
OF POOR PROPOGATION DURING THE PERIODS OF TIME AVAILABLE AT THE RADIO.
RESULTING IN LOW SCORES AND POOR RUNS EVEN THOUGH FOUND FREE FREQS AVAILABLE TO
USE FOR CQ!!
ALSO DISCOVERED THAT THE 20M REFLECTOR OF THE HEX BEAM HAD COME LOOSE! - DID IT
AFFECT SIGNALS ON 20M?? TOO LATE TO PONDER!
HOPE BETTER PROPOGATION PREVAILS FOR THE THE CW LEG!!
 
IK2AUK   SOAB LP   25,9842016-10-30 09:26:35
TRX: Yaesu FTDX 1200
ANT: R.dipole 10...20 m.b.; Dipole for 40/80 m.b.
PC Acer 5750G W7; rigexpert TI-5 MixW 3.2.1 (R)
 
KØNM   SOAB(A) HP   79,6802016-10-30 09:28:36
All S+P to get some countries in SSB mode. Enjoyed the band opening on 15 and 10
meters.
 
W2UP(@WØDLE)   SOAB(A) LP   44,2862016-10-30 09:38:19
SSB is painful enough without such poor band condx. Most QSOs were Caribb and
SA. Europe ended at Spain during my brief operating stint.
 
4X6TT   SOSB(A)/15 HP   1,627,1402016-10-30 10:22:27
Very few short opening to NA and JA
Band was quiet poor
very sad that stations such as OD5ZZ and A62A decide not to work us 4X
stations.
hope to have better prop next year
73s
Amir 4X6TT
 
OHØX(OH6KZP)   SOAB(A) HP   585,6032016-10-30 11:02:30
This CQWW SSB was certainly one for the books, but not in a good sense. As
wisely put by OM Seppo, OH1VR, "you can't break the Aurora Curtain -
possibly you'll hear something but to get your own signal to the other side is
another business."

Indeed some contest show appeared to be running on the stage behind The
Curtain, but from up here in the galleries it was impossible to tell for sure.
My operating consisted mostly of trying to learn more about interesting band
openings at this time of the year, and of working multipliers for fun.

By 16:30z on Saturday I thought "screw this", pulled the plug, and
focused on more inspiring matters such as sleeping and emptying the outhouse
from this season's products. A few more QSOs were made on Sunday.

Better luck and conditions next time...!

73
Kim OH6KZP
 
OL3E(OK1JOC)   SOAB Classic LP   4,3322016-10-30 11:16:21
FT950,dipoles
 
K3OQ(@W3RFC)   M/S HP   293,5622016-10-30 11:21:35
Fun, but a little frustrating.
 
WX4SKY   SOAB Rookie HP   146,2782016-10-30 12:09:16
10 Hours radio time. All search and pounce. Had a blast.
 
VE6WZ   SOSB(A)/40 HP   158,2002016-10-30 12:44:44
This was the "big stress test" to see if my new remote station 100km
north of my home could hold up and remain functional through a contest. I have
been building the new remote station over the last 1.5 years.

In summary it was a success and perhaps exceeded my expectations for
functionality and stability. I was fearful that it might not be able to
"keep up" or there might be crashes and off times. Although there
were a few glitches at first, in the end it was very solid.

40m conditions were poor with all polar paths either very muted or
non-exsitant. EU was a shut-out except for a few via long-path in the am, and
Asia was a wash-out too. I copied numerous JA's and others but my
"ears" are better than my TX (thats a good thing).

The remote setup was as follows:
RemoteRig K3s twin set-up with K3 mini in Calgary, remote access to Sundre
computer via TeamViewer to control peripherals such as Amp, power, rotor, video
surveillance etc. Local in Calgary N1MM logging with CAT control to remote and
VE7CC cluster local feeding N1MM. Acom 2000a amplifier and 2 el Yagi at 100'
(30m)

Wireless connection speed at the remote site about 30-40ms ping, 4.5 Mb/s DL,
and .8 Mb/s UL


Here are some details of how things functioned:

1. On Friday night all was going good when suddenly N1MM crashed sending
"multiple info windows" cascading repeatedly onto the screen without
stopping. The only way to recover was to Ctrl-Alt-Del the program. Fortunately
all QSO's were saved.
I went back to operating but this same crash happened about three times
throughout the night. I also noticed that somehow the bandmap window was not
"keeping up" with the radio and a message at the bottom of N1MM would
say "radio stopped comm, press to reset radio" which regained band map
com. In spite of this things worked well.
On Saturday morning it occurred to me that perhaps the computer and N1MM were
have trouble with the USB-Serial virtual port connection to the Remote rig RCC
-K3. RemoteRig provides a "virtual serial port utility" that creates
Comm ports that talk to the RCC unit via the USB connection.
Later Saturday morning I purchase a couple of 2 port serial com cards for the
W10 machine. (none of my old serial cards will work on W10...no drivers
available online). I installed the com card and connected the RCC -K3 and
established connection which solved the problem. Solid radio communication with
N1MM with no error messages for the remainder of the contest. Instant
"point-and-shoot" on the band map or multiplier packet window with
the radio keeping up flawlessly. It seems like a real "hard serial port
connection" is preferred rather than a USB virtual port.

2. Even though the DX was poor, it was a good contest to see how the station
could run. I had some pretty good runs going and found that the remote kept up
with no problem. There may have been three times when after releasing the PTT
(foot switch) that the remote stayed in TX, but a quick step on the foot peddle
recovered RX.
Below I cut-and-paste the N1MM report showing my run stats. My peak rate was
201 Q's per hour, and the most sustained rate was 632 Q's at 176/hr. I never
felt like there was a limitation on exchange rate. I went as fast as I could.

CQ WorldWide SSB - 2016-10-29 0000Z to 2016-10-31 0000Z - 1160 QSOs
VE6WZ Runs >10 QSOs:

2016-10-29 0147 - 0216Z, 7242 kHz, 91 Qs, 187.1/hr VE6WZ
2016-10-29 0217 - 0222Z, 7204 kHz, 17 Qs, 201.3/hr VE6WZ
2016-10-29 0224 - 0252Z, 7242 kHz, 55 Qs, 119.3/hr VE6WZ
2016-10-29 0331 - 0335Z, 7242 kHz, 11 Qs, 203.1/hr VE6WZ
2016-10-29 0348 - 0353Z, 7242 kHz, 11 Qs, 147.2/hr VE6WZ
2016-10-29 0503 - 0519Z, 7244 kHz, 22 Qs, 83.4/hr VE6WZ
2016-10-29 1255 - 1316Z, 7156 kHz, 18 Qs, 51.1/hr VE6WZ
2016-10-29 2325 - 0300Z, 7237 kHz, 632 Qs, 176.4/hr VE6WZ

3. Internet connection remained solid throughout the contest, not once failing
or providing limited bandwidth. TeamViewer remained solid throughout giving
constant feedback on station essentials...output power, amp status, rotor
control, shack temperature and wind status.

I summary, while operating this contest, most of the time it felt like I was
local at the radio in all respects. I never felt limited by the remote.

The next "big test" will be CQWW CW. I need to do some more work to
figure out how to get the keying to work from N1MM to the remote and at the
same time provide interrupt access for the local paddle to hand send as needed.
I have been reading from others using RemoteRig with N1MM local and it can be
done. My concern is regarding PTT/VOX control to the remote and if it will be
fast enough for high-speed exchanges. To be honest I think the CW set-up will
be the biggest challenge. I guess we will see how it works.
See you all in the CW test.


de Steve ve6wz
 
Z33C   SOSB(A)/20 LP   188,3252016-10-30 12:58:59
73's
 
EA8DED(OH2BP)   SOAB Classic HP   2,032,0962016-10-30 13:23:29
First test w. new SPE 1.3k LDMosFet PA
QTH Tenerife, 3 el SteppIR @ 5M mast + HF-2V vertical, 140M ASL
Thanks for Qsos,
 
K7EG   SOAB(A) HP   36,8382016-10-30 13:25:28
Conditions were very poor. 15M was best. 40 & 20 were poor. No EU, AF. Path
basically South with some Pacific & few JA's. Only outlier was a D4 from
Cape Verde on 15. Hope this is not the new normal but afraid it may be for
the next several years. Few sunspots, low SFI and high A index. Hope CQWW CW
is much better.
 
KQØC   SOAB HP   532,1602016-10-30 13:43:35
Wow, tough conditions. My worst scores since the year I got licensed (2006) when
I was operating part time with a vertical. It took me forever to get Russia and
Spain... countries I usually get tired of working. All the Northern Countries
seemed hard to get... no Norway in the log. I decided mid contest to focus on
working DXCC in a weekend... and failed. I got totally bored early Sunday
afternoon with 95 unique countries worked. I mean how many times can you dial
through a band and hear just the same South Americans?
 
VE3AD   SOAB HP   79,0562016-10-30 13:45:30
interesting condx to say the least.
 
AI6DO   SOAB(A) HP   25,4522016-10-30 13:54:06
Almost nothing heard from EU, and very limited action from AS before sunrise.
 
WA6OSX   SOSB(A)/10 HP   12,9802016-10-30 13:55:17
10 meters only and had a great time. 73
 
YL2VW   SOSB(A)/20 LP   60,3482016-10-30 14:02:11
Tribander (3 ele for 20m band), 100 W, Icom 756Pro2, N1MM+.
 
W4VIC   SOAB HP   21,6632016-10-30 14:03:57
Thanks for the Qs. 73, Vic, W4VIC
 
NØAX   M/2 HP   502,4962016-10-30 14:12:45
Character-building conditions for Kevin KW0KW and myself. Good opportunity to
run the station through the wringer, fix stuff, fix some more stuff, straighten
up the shack, and so forth. Even got to do a little outside maintenance and free
a stuck rotator - the weather was terrific! See you in SS CW and CQ WW CW
coming up!

73, Ward N0AX
 
VO1BQ   SOAB Classic HP   202,4882016-10-30 14:27:12
Got D3 fixed and up on Friday. Ran 500w and Dipole. Condx better than
expected...Mosly just Sat and Sun afternoons total op time 15hrs. 73 and tks
Q's. Joe VO1BQ
 
K4WDR   SOAB HP   84,5882016-10-30 14:35:26
Seems like the amount of time put in (overnight and no sleep) would have
produced better results. This tells me that I need to work on strategy and more
efficient antennas as well as a beverage for receive.
 
M2L(MØBJL)   SOSB(A)/15 HP   150,4802016-10-30 14:41:54
Conditions were terrible here in G
Thanks to all those that made contact....M2L (M0BJL) Shaun.
 
M5Z(JK3GAD)   SOAB LP   1,0922016-10-30 14:47:13
Spare time operation as I have to take care of 3 month old baby. :-)

Equipment as usual,
K3, 5 meter wire, LDG autotuner, Win-Test

Just enjoyed once a year SSB contest.

73 Kazu
M0CFW, M5Z, JK3GAD
 
W4XO   SOAB(A) HP   582,0502016-10-30 14:49:39
Thanks for the QSO's.

73..Lex..W4XO
 
K4XL   SOSB/10 LP   19,1362016-10-30 14:53:29
Because of lots of other things going on, including packing for a
vacation trip to the Yucatan, I decided to limit my participation
to 10 mx only. That turned into a PY fest! Lots of my Qs were
with Brazil. (Muito obrigado!) I did work a few Africans and a
few Spanish and Portuguese station in Zone 14, but never really
had an opening to Europe...let along Asia. All in all, a fun
contest in which I got to practice my rudimentary Brazilian
Portuguese!
 
K4AFE   SOAB(A) HP   32,3682016-10-30 15:00:16
Used a 102' G5RV and full wave 160m horizontal loop.
 
K3SV   SOAB(A) HP   94,0622016-10-30 15:01:00
Florida Contest Group.
73 Bill K3SV
 
VE3XD   SOAB(A) LP   10,2002016-10-30 15:16:05
Worst conditions in memory for this contest. S8-9 noise all weekend on 20 and
enough to block all but the strongest stations on 15.

25 watts into attic dipoles.
 
NF4A   SOAB(A) HP   633,8102016-10-30 15:29:59
Busy weekend....only part time effort.
 
K7ABV   SOAB HP   128,8562016-10-30 15:30:23
wow, talk about a slog!..Europe was only in my log ONCE...guess I was not at the
right place and time...beam's went south east 90 percent of the time..glad SA
made the weekend.was hard work for those few q's...ugly band condtions...can't
remember ever being stumped by no Europe in the log like this...things have to
go up...10 meters on sunday gave me only one contact with OA4O...thanks..15 and
20 didn't see much action at night as I had football game and b-party on
Saturday night..always enjoy this test no matter how it goes..thanks to all for
the q's and the nice catch of VP6AH on 10 before the band went south...K7ABV
 
N1CC   SOAB(A) LP   402,8642016-10-30 15:47:03
Station: Elecraft K3/100 @100W - F12 C3 @64', 80/40 Fan Dipole N-S, and 160M
Inverted L with elevated radials. WriteLog V12.09F and Internet Packet
Cluster.

This was an North America event with 54% of the contacts in NA, pretty much
conditions that were better than was predicted. 10-Meters yielded over 100
QSOs, most from South America. Bands better Saturday than Sunday. 15M gave the
best EU performance with 66% of the EUs on that band. On Sunday just about zero
to EU so glad that I spent quality time on 15 Saturday.

Had hoped 160 would produce more contacts, however, Friday "new"
noises started after the Power Company had spent several days working on noise
reduction a month ago.

73, Jim
 
K3EST(@N6RO)   SOSB(A)/40 HP   344,1662016-10-30 15:47:48
14 EU, mostly LP
19 AF
144 OC
593 JA
 
K6YK   SOAB Classic HP   201,6702016-10-30 15:54:11
Glad to see 10 open! And was able to pick up a few on 80.
 
AB2E   SOAB(A) HP   267,1682016-10-30 15:59:13
Antennas:
160m Inverted-L
80m Inverted-L
40m Full-wave delta loop
20-10 G5RV

Rig: IC-7800 to PE Expert 1.3K-FA

Single op/2 ears

Never worked so hard for so little.
Many of the usual big guns were puny weak or not to be found once called out.

This was a totally S&P contest for me this year. 80m was my best band to be
loud, I worked nearly everyone I heard on first or 2nd call.

Thanks to all who called me, and I will see all of you as TI5/AB2E in CQWW CW
end of November!

73 Darrell AB2E
 
DL5L(DGØOKW)   SOSB(A)/10 HP   104,5282016-10-30 16:04:08
This was no Year for 10m.
Thanks vor all calling me.
 
EA4TD   SOAB Classic HP   1,000,9442016-10-30 16:08:07
Difficult but fun contest, until next year 59-14
@EA4TD
 
PJ7PL(WA1ZAM)   SOAB LP   763,6862016-10-30 16:16:47
long contest with just a buddistick and a k3s bare foot seem more like
sweepstake then a dx contest thank to everyone who heard my little signal
 
W6SX   SOAB HP   19,8382016-10-30 16:22:39
K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, N1MM+
 
W2YR   SOAB(A) HP   303,5522016-10-30 16:33:43
Shut down an hour before contest ended and lowed tower. Big lightning storm all
around my QTH.
 
WB8JUI   SOAB Classic LP   37,5572016-10-30 16:39:51
Not a huge phone contest fan, but gave it a few hours between baseball, football
and other duties as required. Punk conditions. Just a handful of Europeans
heard and worked.

73 - Rick WB8JUI

Go Tribe!
 
NJ6G   SOAB LP   54,1802016-10-30 16:42:17
Antenna work that should have been completed during the week was pushed into the
weekend due to DXE sending me someone else' shipment. Finally had to make do and
try to get contacts.
 
WØPAN   SOAB(A) LP   34,5002016-10-30 16:42:53
Pleasant surprise to have all the activity on 10 Meters. Finally had JA's for
10 minutes at 2254z on the last day.
 
NW3H   SOAB HP   206,5642016-10-30 16:46:17
Last one for NW3H. New call effective 11/8. Surprised how much I got done on 10
meters. I hate phone contests. See you in CW!
 
N4CF   SOAB(A) LP   62,2522016-10-30 16:48:43
S&P all the way. 15M and 10M did themselves proud on both days.

It was frustrating to hear stations but not be able to work them with my
Carolina Windom and 100 watts. Looking forward to the CW version in November.
 
W4QNW   SOSB/80 HP   29,0792016-10-30 16:51:35
always a challenge...prop numbers against us...
little or no action from any direction. THANKS CANADA !!!!
FT1000MK, SB220/1200w, 80m double bazookah @35,
80m carolina windom @60, triangle 80m loop 54'
managed to beat last year for new personal high.
73
 
KBØEO   SOSB(A)/40 HP   20,7322016-10-30 16:52:56
A index was as high as 28 - there were a few stretches in which there were
virtually no signals on 40 meters. Decent propagation to Central and South
America. Also, trans-equatorial propagation to Africa and VK/ZL was fairly
strong. I didn't work zones 14 and 15 until the last 2 hours of the contest.
You could hear the band getting stronger toward the end of the contest. No
Japan or Asia worked - a few heard, but they couldn't hear me.

All in all, probably the most difficult conditions I have experienced during a
contest. Kicking and scratching for every QSO. VE3 also opened up the last 2
hours.

73 and good luck!

Dan - KB0EO
Northfield, MN
 
K6RIM   SOAB(A) HP   35,4092016-10-30 16:54:48
Poor conditions. Didn't stick around very long ..........

73,

Al, K6RIM
 
KB3Z   SOAB HP   378,1052016-10-30 16:56:05
I never seen band conditions like this weekend. I installed a new 160 Inverted L
and it performed very well. Had severe interference about 3:00. Now it is now
gone. Oh well, what can I say.
 
VE3CV   SOAB(A) HP   414,0922016-10-30 16:57:05
Having acquired a SB-200 amp this year, I decided to end my years of frustration
with LP in SSB contests! What fun to have an amp even if only 600W. Spent
Saturday elmering a contester in training still studying for his ticket. What
better than to show him the craziness of CQWW SSB! Conditions were not too bad
despite the scary A and K numbers. Ten opened and closed a few times on
Sunday...hung around for EU and Africa to come back! Too noisy on 160m this
year, but 80 was a surprise for the countries worked.....ah the amp!
Thanks for all the Qs. Great fun on a rainy weekend.
73 Jeff VE3CV

FT-1000MP (1995)
5 band Hexxbeam, GAP DX Voyager vertical (40 and 80), 80m doublet for 160m
One 200ft BOG for RX antenna (West)
SB-200 Amp.
 
K9NW(@K9UWA)   SOAB(A) HP   1,393,4122016-10-30 16:58:31
Pretty tough going. 98.38% S&P. Good thing there was pretty decent
activity from South America!

Need to get back to being DX for this one.


73, Mike K9NW
 
N4LZ   SOSB/15 HP   16,6802016-10-30 16:58:42
All S & P. 15 meter Hamstick on the van in the driveway seemed OK. Had
fun!
 
W1RM   SOAB(A) HP   148,1352016-10-30 16:59:36
What wonderful conditions (not)
 
SN7D(SQ7D)   SOAB(A) HP   883,3282016-10-30 17:00:17
Bad propagation, strong wind 20m/s in peak, no sleep for hours but always
a big fun. Any station located to south from me will have better
score. It was a lesson how to not give up when score will even not break 1 mln
in whole contest.
Aurora turned off path to K, JA and others from my location.
Thanks for all calls.
Contest is like youth sex: even bad is good :-)

Matt SQ7D/SN7D
 
VE3TW   SOAB HP   386,5002016-10-30 17:00:17
So long Cycle 24... it's been good to know ya!
 
CE3DNP   SOSB/15 HP   218,3202016-10-30 17:03:20
Como siempre, muy entretenido.
 
KF6HI   SOAB(A) HP   337,6802016-10-30 17:03:20
Thanks KH6J, all six bands. Solar flux = 79, Sunspots =0, kills high bands,
Coronal Hole with high solar wind kills low bands. No EU (very few EA's,
token OH)
 
K3WW   SOAB(A) HP   2,123,6412016-10-30 17:03:33
Plenty of rest so can watch Eagles game tonight.
 
PV2P(PY2DY)   SOSB(A)/10 HP   875,2052016-10-30 17:03:34
VERY NICE TIME ON 10 METERS,
GOOD PILE UP'S WITH THIS AMAZING ANTENNA SET UP.
THANKS FOR PY2LED AND OTHERS OWNERS.

REALLY VERY NICE CONTEST!

SET UP:
6 ELEM. YAGI OVER 6 STACK.
IC 7700
ACOM 1500
N1MM PLUS

THANKS FOR ALL THE STATIONS IN THIS,
MEET YOU IN NEXT!

PV2P@PY2DY
TONY

73'S
 
W2LK   SOAB(A) HP   129,6422016-10-30 17:03:55
Could do only a few ours. Poor conditions everywhere.
 
WE9V   SOAB(A) HP   795,2622016-10-30 17:04:12
Really tough conditions from the upper Midwest USA.

Instead of beating my head against the wall, I spent
quality time with my 12 year old daughter, including
watching a movie and helping her with a sewing project.
I think it was time better spent.

73,
Chad WE9V
http://www.we9v.com
 
K1ESE   M/S HP   768,1802016-10-30 17:04:50
Many thanks to guest op W1HIS!
 
P33W   M/S HP   20,384,0602016-10-30 17:04:58
Propagation propagation.
Just 11% of NA.
CU on CW part
 
N6WS   SOAB(A) HP   773,8502016-10-30 17:05:16
Rig: Yaesu FTDX-5000, SPE Expert 2K-FA
Antenna: SteppIR DB36 w/80m Dipole @ 56 ft.
Soapbox: I enjoyed operating the contest. It was fun jumping into the pileups,
and getting beat by someone signing /QRP or /Mobile from the East Coast. I'm
looking forward to the CQ WW CW.
73 to All,
Bill
N6WS
 
KJ5Y   SOAB HP   18,3872016-10-30 17:05:22
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty Pt/Q
14 62 154 18 33 2.5
21 32 73 11 19 2.3
Total 94 227 29 52 2.4
Score: 18,387
1 Mult = 1.2 Q's
 
KB8O   SOSB/160 HP   8282016-10-30 17:05:26
Just a little time to get on in the evenings so just ran 160m. Conditions were
poor in my 4 hours that I listened and Europe was hard. Mostly testing out the
new 4 square RX system that worked great .

Jay KB8O
 
W2IRT   SOAB(A) HP   1,486,1402016-10-30 17:05:39
Well there's 48 hours of my life I'll never get back. Everything worked well but
thanks to Ol' Sol throwing a wet blanket over the HF spectrum scores were way
down. Only one (small) run on 20 despite many attempts. No successful runs on
40. Only a handful of DLs and Russians all weekend. No 15 or 40m JAs, and only
a very small handful of the Usual JA Suspects on 20.

20 and 40 were the money bands. 80 was awful, 160 was borderline unusable, 15
was great to S.A. and the Caribbean but not so much to Europe (only
Spain/Portugal and further south had prop to the East Coast. A bit of life to
Oceania on Sunday afternoon, though. Only one Z24 station heard all weekend.

I'd gone into this expecting 2.5 to 3M, so "disappointed" is an
understatement. At least the weather was good and I could justify going outside
to save what was left of my sanity. Four weeks to CW.
 
KK7YC   SOSB/15 HP   40,2482016-10-30 17:05:51
Not a lot of time to play in this one, but had a good time anyway!

73 de KK7YC
 
W7VJ   M/S HP   598,3252016-10-30 17:05:56
Painful!
 
VE4DPR   SOAB Rookie LP   1,7682016-10-30 17:06:46
ICOM IC-706MKIIG, IT-100 Tuner, 40-20-10 inverted v fan dipole @ 32\'
 
KØTT   SOSB/15 LP   13,8922016-10-30 17:07:20
Busy weekend. Operated only last few hours of contest. Found 15m open, and since
I have the best antenna on this band, decided to operate there. Mostly S&P.
Amp is down, so ran low power. N-S propagation good until sunset; nothing north
of E-W line other that weak side scatter. Heard a few JA's but couldn't work
them.
 
ACØMN(W6NF)   SOAB LP   13,6082016-10-30 17:07:25
That was a painful as anything I have ever experienced. :<(
 
AA3B   SOAB(A) HP   2,156,9242016-10-30 17:07:32
4712 qso points. Lost about 45 minutes to a thunder storm on Sunday.
 
K1LZ   M/S HP   6,044,9402016-10-30 17:07:43
This weekend was very difficult with the terrible conditions. We didnt expect
that. We prepared the most beautiful addition to the station and propagation
condition surprised us.

We worked on this project for 1 yr prior to this contest. Everything started in
the Canary islands when we decided that the new antenna switch system and
interlock must be made correctly.

I tried to do this type of interlock for years & having worked in the
Automation and robotics business, we have the right ingredients to complete
this job. We had to bring the right people together to do the hardware and the
software.

Velimir K3JO as Electrical Engineer (working for my company) he created the
circuit diagram and it was revised dozens of times over the last year. He
always said "I'm almost done". He made many prototypes until he was
satisified that it was the best solution.

Next we had to add part of our commercial software used for our automation and
robotics, and combine it with the missing top-layer of software.

The top-layer had to be a contest logger and include the virtual layer to the
new Antenna Switching System and Interlock.

For this we contacted Kresimir-9A5K of DXLog. He understood our concept
immediately. It's beautiful to find a software engineer who also understands
hardware. I want to mention that having been in the Automation business, for 32
years, it is very important to build a team of smart people to make a concept
into a useful product.

It was amazing watching Kresimir-9A5K and Joe Fitzgerald-KM1P work together
with our hardware genius Velimir-K3JO to complete the project. Our system has
1200 relays, and 570 I/O's to accomplish this complex switching task.

I thank all of them for their hardwork on this Antenna Switch System and
Interlock for Ham Radio Contesting.

We can have 36 antennas, grouped up to 6 per band which can go to any of 18
radio and this Antenna Switch System and Interlock can be configured for: S/O,
SO2R, M/S, M-2, and M/M. We can also control the rotators and stackmatches. For
example, this weekend we had 6 radios, two were running positions and the
remaining 4 could be used as either IN-BAND stations or as Multiplier stations
on any of the other bands.

No more physical changes are required for these categories at my station, just
load the correct configuration file and use the expanded version of DXLog and
the station will be ready to go. Look for a story from Kresimir-9A5K and
Velimir-K3JO very soon.

This was amazing job by this team and of course we are going to apply this
technology to our new station in the Canary Islands, ED8X.
A big thanks for all of your hard work in the contest and for all the contacts.
CQWW CW will be much better - IT HAS GOT TO BE BETTER THAN PHONE!

Also thanks to our fantastic team this weekend @ K1LZ: Kresimir-9A5K of DXLog,
Velimir-K3JO, Zeljko-K2SSS, Charlie-N1RR, George-6Y5GC, Will-K6ND and I. Thanks
for all the contacts. CU on CW from ED8X. To CN2AA: You should be ready for the
fight. HI !!!

Signed,
Krassy - K1LZ.

Club Score breakdown:
5/7 - YCCC
1/7 - Rochester DX Assoc (NY)
1/7 - Croatian Contest Club
 
PY3KN   SOSB(A)/10 LP   79,5842016-10-30 17:08:01
My participation was not intended to compete, just to have fun, reconnect with
old friends and add points to the GADX. Thank you all for the valuable QSOs.
Setup was 100w by TS-590s and Vertical antenna 5/8 CB optmized to 10m band.
 
W1SRD   SOAB(A) HP   242,6042016-10-30 17:08:10
Just having fun chasing DX since this is a non-contest from CA.
Never had an EU opening when I was at the radio.
Great that 10 meters was open both days!
73,
W1SRD
 
K2QO   SOAB QRP   6,9542016-10-30 17:08:19
Lots of super strong stations ignored me for 10 calls in the clear with no other
callers and some guys calling CQ at the noise level with close QRM heard me the
first time. Go figure.

73,
Mark K2QO/qrp
K3/5W, Force 12 C4E and Skookum Logger
 
K4AB   SOAB Classic HP   1,300,5122016-10-30 17:08:58
I'm only able to operate 1 of the CQWW contests full time this year,
so I decided to operate CW full time, and just do the Classic thing on
phone. Based on conditions, that appears to be the correct decision!

73,
Larry K4AB
 
AF4RK   SOAB HP   58,6532016-10-30 17:09:32
social obligations on saturday and sunday afternoon
 
KR6N   SOAB(A) HP   67,8302016-10-30 17:09:33
All S&P.
 
KC9EE   SOAB LP   19,8372016-10-30 17:09:47
Very limited time to play and spent a lot of time looking for dxcc band fills.
Was surprised at how competitive my wire antennas were on 10 and 20 but 15 both
antennas are wet noodles.

73,

Gary KC9EE
 
K6KNS   SOAB(A) HP   60,4522016-10-30 17:10:15
S&P-ed this contest but worked Assisted (helped a lot to find multi's).

Kenwood TS-990s / ASL-600 / Hex beam / 40M inverted V
 
N6RO   SOSB(A)/80 HP   28,5422016-10-30 17:11:15
Semi-serious 80m operation Friday night.

Looked for NS, CWT, NCCC and other friends on other bands Sunday PM.

Serious operations at Radio Oakley by:
K3EST 40m
NA6O 15m
 
N3NR   SOAB(A) HP   624,1052016-10-30 17:11:59
First major from new QTH. Currently only have vertical up. Alpha had problem
about 3/4 way thru contest. Had to switch back to old Clipperton-L. Definitely
challenging, but always fun.
 
K2RD   M/S HP   1,282,1602016-10-30 17:12:03
Fun but a struggle. As has been said, Propagation, Propagation, Propagation!!!

Thanks for all the qsos. CU in CW.
 
KD9MS   SOAB LP   380,5602016-10-30 17:12:19
Horrible conditions for me, no JA and not much EU, but it was great! Lots of VE
and SA available to have fun with! Even got Zones 29, 30, 31 and 32 on low
bands. Saturday night was much better than Friday night, so I was hoping that
Sunday was better and it was, still no EU on 10 and they couldn't hear me on
20. 100 watts at or near the bottom of the sunspot cycle really stinks!

73, Craig KD9MS

P.S. Thanks to the USA stations that let me get that ever important USA
multiplier! I missed it on 10. :(
 
W3MF   M/S HP   1,621,3232016-10-30 17:12:38
Our third lowest score of all time. We miss sunspots! :-(
 
WØMU   SOAB(A) HP   174,5002016-10-30 17:12:48
Might be the worst conditions for a contest ever. Ugggggg
 
MM3AWD(@MMØLID)   SOAB QRP   1,8132016-10-30 17:13:10
no effort here.

all with indoor dipoles and 5w

73
 
K7MY   SOSB(A)/10 HP   8,0152016-10-30 17:13:19
Not too much time for this contest, working on a new SteppIR Ant.
 
WB5EIN   SOAB(A) LP   76,9502016-10-30 17:13:23
A very casual effort for this time. I'm a 99 percent CW operator, so had to
switch radios from my Orion back to my old Kenwood TS-480SAT for phone
operation.

Thanks to all the other members of the Deep Dixie Contest Club who participated
in this one. We may not have entered as a club, but we challenged and
encouraged each other during the 48 hours. K5XU, AB5OR, N5VGK, and K4AFE.
Great friends.

I hope to work many of you during the CW Sweepstakes next weekend.

73,
--Dr. Larry S. Anderson, WB5EIN #1327
Tupelo, MS (birthplace of Elvis)
Rig: Ten-Tec Orion 565AT ~100w into 400 foot horizontal loop up 40 feet
 
OR3A(ON6CC)   SOAB HP   2,035,8002016-10-30 17:14:10
Very strange condx. Never came to a good pile-up to the US.
 
S56A   SOAB(A) LP   637,8692016-10-30 17:14:25
Changing props but some juicy DX worked with FT-1000MP and tribander, Moxon on
40 m and trap dipole for 80/160 m. Weak sigs but also lower splatters. Only
10 min CQ on 14140 kHz for EU. CU CW from ED8X!

73 de Mario, S56A
 
W9KKN   SOAB LP   8,9682016-10-30 17:14:33
Really didn't think 15 meters would be as open as it was... wish I had noticed
sooner!
 
N5ZO   SOAB(A) HP   232,5642016-10-30 17:14:48
Stayed home this year as had other things going on during the weekend. Just
played few hours. Sounded like everyone had fun. Thanks for QSOs de Marko
 
N1IBM   SOAB(A) HP   734,9762016-10-30 17:15:28
WOW..... tough going.
 
NA6O(@N6RO)   SOSB(A)/15 HP   116,3402016-10-30 17:15:32
K3, AL-1200, 5/5/5 stack, N1MM+. Thanks to Ken for the use of the station.

Skipped Friday afternoon. Saturday was 60% of my QSOs. The only EU opening was
Sunday morning for about a half hour, and that got me Spain and Portugal plus
the usual islands and some nibbles along the coast of Africa. SA occupied much
of my day. Conditions were fine into JA and OC, and that saved the day. Runs
were fairly useless except in the afternoon when the JAs showed up. I gave out
the zone 3 mult to countless zero-pointers. Some of them were really happy they
found me, so that's ok. Nothing else going on anyway I suppose. Last year, K3EST
did this exact category from this station and had 4 times as many QSOs with lots
of EU thrown in. Looks like 15 is on the way down. Conditions were rough the
entire week due to that big coronal hole that has kept things stirred up. Well,
I guess I did ok for a CW guy.
 
WD9CIR   SOAB Classic LP   177,7352016-10-30 17:15:41
This was slow going ... especially at first. However, this was all done
unassisted with 100 watts and a wire with S&P.
 
M3W(G4FAL)   SOAB HP   767,7672016-10-30 17:16:19
Mostly search and pounce under difficult conditions.

Thanks for all the QSOs.
 
N4XL   SOAB(A) LP   798,7632016-10-30 17:17:25
Glad the second day picked up. Never could get a run going so all S&P. Had a
good time, but the worst rate I've had in years.

Think this was a good one to run an amplifier in. Might have turned it on if I
owned one. The old addage of having more than one antenna per band is
definitely true and my hand is sore from turning antenna switches. Think I need
to put together a relay box.

Heard WW4LL several times. He usually beat me out. Heard K4BAI a couple times
-- but that shouldn't be a surprise!

Never had propagation to Alaska or JA. That was disappointing.

Thanks to all and see you next month for CW

Kevan
N4XL
 
CB1H   M/2 HP   6,693,2872016-10-30 17:17:31
Great Contest and week end
Big job by Bobtail antenna for 40 mts.

See you WW CW

Antofagasta Contest Group Team
 
AG6AY   SOAB(A) HP   115,2972016-10-30 17:17:40
Spent more time on low bands in early AM. Northern Europe was impossible but
did get some North African stations. South America, Carribian, Canada, and
Japan were solid. Managed a couple Indonesian and China stations this year
too.
 
N3TTT   SOAB(A) LP   1,3722016-10-30 17:17:40
Rig died after an hour.
 
KW9U   SOAB(A) LP   15,7702016-10-30 17:18:09
Tuff conditions with 100watts and a G5RV.
 
N3RS   SOAB(A) HP   2,669,1702016-10-30 17:18:24
Terrible conditions overall. Very few Asians and nothing heard from zones
18,22,23,26,and 28. This was a real endurance test. Most of the gear held up
OK with a few glitches, but nothing major. The next few years are going to be
gruesome if this is an indicator of what is to come. Heard lots of the FRC
gang plugging away much of the weekend. Now to go and see if our football team
can give me something to celebrate over!

See you all on CW.

73 de Sig, N3RS
 
W4QN   SOSB(A)/10 HP   19,2202016-10-30 17:18:38
Ten Meters was surprisingly open Saturday, however Sunday was not so good.
Path to Pacific was poor, no VKs or JAs
But fun as usual
 
N4MM   SOSB(A)/10 HP   26,0482016-10-30 17:19:11
Paper log mailed Monday
 
W3PHL(N3ZA)   SOAB(A) HP   775,1462016-10-30 17:19:16
Disappointing conditions but we all live with that. Still had fun. Hope CW is
better. 73
 
W1KQ   SOAB(A) HP   49,2572016-10-30 17:19:25
Only a little time to operate. Grandkids to local theme park, New England
Patriots (W) vs Buffalo Bills (L) :) Also 1 monitor went south on me so went
to Best Buy and picked up a 24" Vizio Television set doubled as my second
monitor and 2nd television in the shack. Don't know how many people still
reading my call sign back as W1QK even though I annunciate the call distinctly.
One person working in Caribbean even said, "Hi Dan." Arrrrghhhh! Do
I have to change my call sign once more even though I've had this one since
2009? Don't think so.
 
K6TKD   M/S LP   34,2722016-10-30 17:20:18
Almost quit early at end due to thunderstorm & QRN.
Thanks for the Qs
 
K7HBN   SOSB/20 LP   25,7022016-10-30 17:20:54
Zero prop on polar paths due to high A and K index equals almost total
frustration. It was nice to be able to key the voice recorder in the FT-991
with function keys in N1MM via CAT commands. At least it is more than 27 days
until the CW contest, so prop may recover
 
W3TB   SOAB LP   105,1252016-10-30 17:21:02
Very part time. Both fun and frustration with bands.
 
VA3WU   SOAB LP   108,9282016-10-30 17:21:05
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: N3FJP's CQ WW DX Contest Log 5.2
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CALLSIGN: VA3WU
LOCATION: ON
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-TIME: 6-HOURS
CLUB: Contest Club Ontario
CLAIMED-SCORE: 108928
OPERATORS: VA3WU
NAME: Rick Barron
ADDRESS: 8 Swayze crt
ADDRESS-CITY: Thorold
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: ON
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: L2V4Y9
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: Canada
EMAIL: va3wu@cogeco.ca
END-OF-LOG:
 
NA7OM   SOAB LP   156,3642016-10-30 17:22:16
Again, just like last year, the challenge was over a century of countries with
just a 100 watts.
Conditions well........could of been better. I think I had enough of this since
this is twice in a row and I felt bad slowing people's Q counts as we fumbled
with the correct call. Forgive me, I won't do this again! Up coming CW....I'm
blasting HP with the flamethrower!
NA7OM
 
K3SEN   SOAB HP   143,2062016-10-30 17:22:26
What a nightmare. Windows 10 updated 2 hours before the start. my computer has
NOT operated correctly since then. Had to re-boot more than 50 time during the
contest! Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN Elecraft K-Line/MyAntenna
EFHW-4010 in an inverted V configuration at 23'.
 
NE7D   SOAB HP   101,2322016-10-30 17:22:27
N1MM+, K3/P3/KPA500, SteppIR DB-18E, shunt-fed tower plus Beverage(80M)
 
K2WK   SOAB(A) HP   213,2562016-10-30 17:23:22
1.5kW & all dipoles.
 
N1DC   SOAB Classic LP   143,4162016-10-30 17:23:36
Great fun but really hard on the ears. Very bad QRN on 40,80 and 160. I thought
my 40M antenna failed it was so hard making QSO's.

Biggest thrill was having my grandson Cole (age 7) make 12 QSO's and my grand
daughter Paige (age 5) made 1 QSO. There were high 5's flying in the shack when
these QSO's were made!

Score was way down from last year. Missed a lot of EU that is normally easy.

Thanks for the QSO's (and your patience with the grandkids!)

Station: TenTec Omni 7 @ 100W, Heil ProSet Plus, Heil HM-12 (on boom)
Antennas: 4 el yagi at 30 ft, 40/80 dipoles at 35 ft, 160M inverted L at 60ft
Computer: Windows 7 PC running N1MM+

73, Rick N1DC
 
NC6K   SOAB(A) HP   440,0442016-10-30 17:24:42
This started out as a short foray to pick up a few band-entities, and I sort of
got hooked. I injured my left elbow and so I had an excuse to sit at the radio
all weekend instead of doing house and yard chores!

Conditions were weird. 10 Meters was open a lot more than I would have thought,
including a big chunk of Saturday afternoon and the last two or three hours of
the contest. Europe was almost non-existent on the West Coast other than the
very Westernmost countries - I can see why anyone that is really trying to get
a high score doesn't try from this side of the country.

It was a lot of fun. The only things (besides propagation) that I can complain
about are (1) many stations that take up 4 kHz or more and wipe out adjacent DX
stations, and (2) stations that insist on calling when the DX asks for a certain
call, even though their call is nothing like what was requested. It almost never
gets them called, but slows down everyone's rate and irritates most of us that
are patiently waiting.
 
N1IXF   SOAB HP   832,9882016-10-30 17:25:10
Sometimes it's better not to say anything... with one exception-

Thanks to all who worked me!
 
AD1C   SOAB(A) LP   225,6242016-10-30 17:25:30
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
 
HSØZIA   M/S HP   2,025,2202016-10-30 17:25:30
Well we had to give up plans for M2 after 2 ops cancelled but it was just as
well - we could not even equal our low power score from last year! First time
for us that 40 was the best band for mults. We had very little success on 80
and 160 phone again. 73 and thanks for another fun contest...
 
K4BAI   SOAB Classic HP   346,3112016-10-30 17:25:31
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX, dipole, zepp. Missed first 36 hours due to a
meeting in San Francisco Got home about 11 PM EDT Saturday night pretty much
worn out. Bright spot of the trip was lunch with Rusty, W6OAT, in San
Francisco on Wednesday. Got a good night's sleep and then operated from about
1200Z Sunday until the end with two hours out for lunch with the family. 40M
seemed quite good. 40M was only OK with very little long haul DX during the
daylight hours. 15M was not very good, but I could work Eu, Af, SA, KH6, and a
bit of western Asia. 10M was very good to South America and Africa and
Caribbean/Central America. Worked a few European in western and southern
Europe, but not in north or central Europe I think the best DX on 10M was
S50K. Hope the high bands were better on the first day. Thanks for all QSOs.
Look for KU8E, W4EF, K4BAI, and PJ4LS in CQ WW CW as PJ4A. We will be QRV with
PJ4/home calls Nov 21 - 28. 73, John, K4BAI.
 
AB3WS   SOAB Rookie QRP   82,4922016-10-30 17:25:40
Condx didn't really agree with me this year, plus I have no chairs or furniture
in my house in preparation to move. Even though I had to put up some hasty wire
antennas and I was basically operating Field Day style, I still had the best
time I could. Thank you for all the Qs!

Elecraft KX3
Center-fed Lazy Inverted-L
 
WP3C   M/S LP   6,320,9702016-10-30 17:26:45
THANK YOU JIM AND HECTOR FOR VERY GOOD OPERATION THIS WEEKEND.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MY CONTEST STATION VISIT MY LINK
http://wp3c73.wixsite.com/wp3c
 
K7XC   SOAB(A) HP   356,3072016-10-30 17:27:15
Great to work all the old friends again! Moderate to good conditions at the
start but little from over the North all weekend. Low bands were fun Fri Night
till dawn. High bands were moderate to good but near sundown the bands began to
degrade until the end. Worked hard to put up a brand new to me AB577 mast a
friend gave me up in time to host the full size 3ele 20M mono-bander at 43
feet. took 2 weeks to get tuned but well worth the effort. Spent 4 days
fabricating a new the rotor plate design and installing it on the tower
trailer. Once done it was able to hold the 3ele 15M and 4ele 10M Mono-banders @
25 / 30 feet. Installed the 80M/40M combo Inverted Vee at 39' with it finally
resonating correctly just after sunset on the Thursday before. The 25 ft tall
170 ft long 160M Inverted L is now located on its own mast 150 ft from the
shack and works OK but needs more work to make it what it could be. No
beverages yet but have enough room and wire for two 1000 foot runs, hopefully
in time for CW. The recently repaired IC-746 did a good job while driving an
AL-80B to 700W or so. Overall it was lots of hard work with the mediocre
condition. Most of Sunday was spent being distracted watching the NFL for most
of the day, waiting for conditions to improve. Worked some last minute mults
for the last 2 hours or so.... Did i I say how much work SSB is with 1/2 power
from a small station. Bring on CW! See you all in SS CW next month.

73s de Tim - K7XC - DM09jh... sk

Adapt, Overcome, Succeed!!!
 
W9PA   SOAB(A) LP   251,7122016-10-30 17:28:09
K3, P3, K-Pod, Skyhawk, Moxon modified XM-240, 80M Dipole, 1/4-wave slanted wire
for 160

Software: Win-Test V4.23.0

Absolutely rotten conditions - Not for 100W and QRP setups!
 
ZM4G(ZL2IFB)   SOSB(A)/15 HP   350,0002016-10-30 17:28:11
Mostly OK but I lost the plot in the final few hours. I could hear my pal Holger
still running ZM4T but I was struggling to be heard. That was a good excuse to
concentrate on mopping up the last few available multipliers, well some of them
anyway. Condx were patchy though better than I expected after recent auroras.
The long path to Europe flickered open a couple of times then snapped shut just
as quickly.

73
Gary ZL2iFB Log uploaded to LoTW already, no need to QSL
 
CB3R(CE3KHZ)   SOAB Classic LP   238,5342016-10-30 17:29:11
The competition began for my 1 hour later, tardy office (much work) .It is the
first contest I do with my new self-supporting tower of 12 meters and using the
th3mk4 antenna. The total height of the th3 is 13 meters. To move the antenna is
done manually (up to the tower, releasing the fixed ropes and selecting the
desired direction) .In the contest only 3 changes of direction of the antenna.
At no time I worked all night and only realized contacts 20,15,10.
It is the first time in 20 and 15 meters transmit antenna 3 elements (from my
QTH). It was very pleasant experience. I hope in the next contests improve a
little antenna system, adding a rotor and a little high.
For the next competition I hope to have a rigid dipole for 40 meters and have
completed my amplifier (not even begin to build)
For other occasions many Chilean stations, fine chile !!
 
OL9R(OK6RA)   SOSB(A)/40 LP   184,4642016-10-30 17:29:45
FT-1000MP MarkV Field + GP 25mH + loop 30m for RX.

QRM from centrum of Prague (lifts,wireless, etc...). But
I'm satisfied.

Nice competition with E74O. Nice score Emir (error rate decision:)).

73 de OK6RA - OL9R
 
VA7FC   SOAB(A) HP   692,0802016-10-30 17:29:56
Well tough going .... Thanks to all stations that called me .. bands were tough
going... thank goodness for the USA !...could not work Japan on 40 and 80
meters wich is usually easy ...
my favorite contest of the year !!!

cheers n beers VA7FC Perry
 
KB3LIX   SOSB(A)/40 LP   11,7042016-10-30 17:30:09
VERY difficult contest.
A & K indicies were high and made conditions
very difficult.
 
WI9WI   SOAB(A) HP   45,6002016-10-30 17:30:57
I'm glad I didn't plan on spending much time at this. I met my goals of making
at least 100 QSOs, having more mults than QSOs, and working my friends at PJ2T
on 10 through 80. I sure hope conditions are better for the CW weekend.

73
Jim
 
E7DX(E77DX)   SOAB HP   7,798,9922016-10-30 17:32:29
very poor condx...

about 4000 QSOs 1st day and only about 2300 second day
i was just to tired to push the rate higher in such bad condx
in last 10 hours used just a lillte bit 2nd radio in compare to start!

took one short nap 2nd day for about 1 hour

only one problem with my 160m 4SQ which was not working / used just single top
load vertical

everything else was working very good!

big big like to everyone who did move across the bands on my request!

this was my first CQ WW DX SOAB effort after many years
and i did few mistakes, score could be even a bit better.....

thanks for QSOs and CU in CW leg!

73s
Braco E77DX/E7DX
 
KM6Z   SOAB LP   151,1642016-10-30 17:33:05
FT1000 + Comet H-422 on the balcony
73!, Vlad
 
N6KI(@NX6T)   SOAB(A) HP   185,5922016-10-30 17:33:38
Just played around for a few hours remoting into NX6T station.
Very poor slow Internet speed overall at site this weekend.
K3, ACOM 2000A. C31XR @ 45 ft, 2 EL 40 Mtr Yagi, 80 Mtr Inv V Dipole at 70 ft
 
KD2RD   SOAB Classic HP   1,164,1682016-10-30 17:35:56
Congrats to on all the competitive scores and for making the most out of poor
condx.

73's
John
KD2RD
 
WV4R   SOAB(A) HP   347,5202016-10-30 17:36:02
8.0 Hours
 
K9DR   SOAB(A) HP   306,9902016-10-30 17:36:03
Thank goodness for the good openings to the Caribbean and South America on 10
and 15 Meters. Worked fewer EU stations during this contest than in any
previous DX contest over the past 50+ years.
 
N1FD(@AB1OC)   M/S HP   588,2082016-10-30 17:36:49
Team of mostly new contesters from the Nashua Area Radio Club did a great job at
their first contest, especially young Hams and new Generals KC1FFX and KC1GGX!
 
KG7H   SOAB(A) HP   328,7702016-10-30 17:39:45
Conditions were way down this year, reflected in what I call my Maunder Minimum
score. Only 30 Q's on 10 meters. Essentially no EU this year. So bad, I pulled
the plug at 24 hrs, except for a few mults near the end.
 
ZF9CW(K5GO)   SOSB/15 HP   918,5402016-10-30 17:42:16
Pretty good conditions to USA but not so good for other continents.

Lots of work to do to get ready to operate CW contest in a few weeks.

Haven't operated a phone contest in a few years and had fun doing it when the
rate was good.

Thank you for the contacts.

Used a TS-590S, AL-1200 and little 7 foot boom 2 element 15/10 duo band Yagi.

73... Stan, ZF9CW
 
VR2XAN   SOSB/40 HP   279,0002016-10-30 17:42:22
Listening to the band in the last few weeks before the contest I couldn't never
image to find such bad, very bad propagation on 40 meters.

Second night was worst than ever with a rate from 1 to 10 QSO/hour :-(
I even didn't hear some "easy" European countries like OE, GM, LA, LX
etc.

TK9R heard different parts of my callsign.... XA, AN, VR2 but he was not able
to put all letters together. For him was better to continue call CQ... with no
takers.

The highlight was a great opening LP with the East Coast of US and Caribbean
during my second sunset (nothing the first day) and the unespected call from
CE0Y/NO9E. Thank you!

Se you in CQWW CW from XX9 (M/2)

Best 73

VR2XAN Alberto (also IV3TAN)
 
VE3BR   SOAB LP   23,6642016-10-30 17:44:06
Radio: Ten-Tec Orion
Antenna: DX-Eng 80/40 Thunderbolt 55ft Dual Band Vertical
Software: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5966.0
 
K3LID(NN3W)   SOAB(A) HP   338,0702016-10-30 17:45:16
Dreadful conditions. Did not work a DL on 40 until Sunday evening. Tried
putting up a full wave loop on 40 meters Friday afternoon but when I would run
a KW into it, it would trip the GFCI breaker in the basement. Not sure
why....

CW must have better conditions....
 
VY2TT(K6LA)   SOAB(A) HP   1,080,7682016-10-30 17:45:59
My heart wasn't in it and I'm having a hard time staying in the chair in phone
contests. Plus the rotator with the new RX antenna, a Waller Flag, froze in a
terrible position. That was a bummer.

73, Ken, K6LA / VY2TT
 
VA3DF   SOAB(A) LP   1,004,9042016-10-30 17:46:39
Propagation, don't get me started! Suffice to say that after the first 12 hour
period I had pretty well lost interest in this puppy. However, on the positive
side I had a lot of spare time to perform a variety of tasks such as organizing
the papers on my desk, cutting my nails and wander around the house looking for
something to do!

However, there were still some nuggets out there. Surprised to work ZL on LP
SSB and foolishly took that as an omen of things to come. Did work some neat DX
during the contest but that was between naps and goofing off. Had a stupendous
run on 80 m Saturday night...

Was seriously thinking of quitting but decided to get over it and just soldier
on. Late Sunday afternoon I was sitting around 800K and realized that I just
might be able to reach 1 Million points so I started to pay a bit more
attention - ended up that as 2400Z approached I was close but no cigar! Thanks
to my buddies in SA (who always wish me good luck) I managed to put a lot of 20
m qsos in the log and then finished things off with multipliers on 80 and 40. to
reach my goal with about 15 minutes left on the clock.

Aside from all my bitching and complaining I have to say that I did enjoy the
contest and especially using my new beverage antenna on 80 - that thing just
kills the noise!

I'll look forward to the CQWW CW with a new found appreciation for good
conditions.

73 and thanks to all my SA buddies,

Doug
VA3DF
 
VO1MP   SOAB(A) HP   812,2622016-10-30 17:46:40
Very Poor conditions from here ... part time operation .... eye surgery earlier
in week...Doc sed to take it easy ..hope conditions are better for Sweeps and
CQWWCW..

C'Y'All
Next One
GLWCDR

gus vo1mp
 
N7XY   SOAB LP   5,9002016-10-30 17:46:55
Operating time was limited by other commitments. Conditions were poor,
especially for low power and a multiband vertical. No AF contacts, only 2 EU
(OH on 20), one AS (JA on 40) and only KH6 for OC. A bummer all around.
Hopefully I will get an amp hooked up for the next one, but when you can't even
hear them you certainly can't work them.
 
WA6KHK   SOAB(A) HP   429,2002016-10-30 17:48:07
Not many openings to Europe...there went a ton of multipliers! Also had a
computer crash with about 3 hours left in the contest. Thanks to Scott and his
N3FJP affirmtech software nothing was lost!!!
 
NC6B   SOAB(A) HP   203,5202016-10-30 17:49:17
Rig : Flex 6500, SPE Expert 1.3K-FA
Antennas : Cushcraft X9/X940 and OCFD

I started out thinking I would be able to operate all weekend but the XYL had
other plans. Then I woke up Sunday morning to a text message from a business
agent from the union saying "we would like to celebrate your retirement
tomorrow (Sunday)". Yikes! I left about 6am for the 3 1/2 hour drive
south. I made it back home just after the contest had ended.

Mostly S&P, I was looking for ATNO and Mararthon DX. I did work 2 Marathon
countrys and 0 ATNO.
 
TI5W(N3KS)   SOSB/40 HP   1,330,4002016-10-30 17:49:24
Thanks to everyone who participated. This was a last minute decision to operate
- I was supposed to be on international travel, but the plans got postponed at
the last minute - so I had a chance to play. The Ti5W station has had a
significant face-lift in the past month (thanks Hal)and this was a chance to
test out a bit of the new stuff which played great. It seemed like signals
were down a lot, especially from Europe, but even running USA seemed like many
signals were just above ESP. JA's were loud though.
73,
Kam N3KS
 
K7BVT   SOAB HP   19,9882016-10-30 17:52:18
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
LOCATION: OR
CALLSIGN: K7BVT
CLUB: Willamette Valley DX Club
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 20216
OPERATORS: K7BVT
NAME: CHUCK BARROWS
ADDRESS: 5739 SW CALIFORNIA ST
ADDRESS-CITY: PORTLAND
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: OR
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 97219
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: UNITED STATES
CERTIFICATE: NO
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5966.0
END-OF-LOG:
 
W9AV   SOAB LP   149,3262016-10-30 17:52:43
Maybe I had water the feedline or something, but I had more than the usual
trouble being heard even by some of the stronger stations. The declining solar
cycle is certainly evident.
 
AK7RM   SOAB HP   35,7202016-10-30 17:54:05
15 Was smoking hot all day. Only had today to work the contest. Looking to get
a laptop to work with my rig. Will be asking for club suggestions and hope to
get some one on one time to set up N1MM+ with a local Outlaw!
 
N6SS   SOSB(A)/10 HP   69,3002016-10-30 17:54:07
Operated 10m single band to evaluate a pair of monoband Yagis. Conditions were
challenging.
 
K7ULS   SOSB(A)/10 LP   4812016-10-30 17:54:38
8000' Powder Mountain
FT-897d,Heil Proset4,MFJ-Voice Keyer
A-99, DX-EE inverted V
Ten was almost dead every day as shown by qso count
but the 13 q's were long ones to Chile and one to
Easter Island, Ecuador and a few in PJ2.
de K7ULS
 
KC9UJS   SOAB LP   33,8392016-10-30 17:55:18
Very Part time effort.
 
HB2K(HB9OCR)   SOAB(A) HP   1,143,8102016-10-30 17:57:17
New antenna for low band worked fine.
Good weather but very poor propagation.
Very amused.
 
K6LRG(N6WM)   SOSB(A)/15 HP   67,7042016-10-30 17:58:58
K3/0 > K3/100 > KPA500 > F12-EF415

Knowing NA6O wound be qrv from N6RO, I got on only on for fun and to return the
K6LRG call to the international contest stage for the first time in a while as a
limited op. Lots of "Good to hear you" from all over the world. tnx!
;-).

My assessment of 15 is.... Stinko. Glad I chose to mostly occupy my weekend
with other things. Seems I did pretty well for the time I was on.

7.5 hours spread in several brief periods throughout the weekend. Basically 65
surgical strikes(mults) and a couple of JA runs with ZL/VK and other callers
jumping in off the side. Brief crack into EU on Sunday AM, but it was very
limited.

I made over 1100 Q's from RO on 15 CW last year, hoping for better conditions
as that contest approaches.

Sooo See all you NA guys in Sweepstakes, and all the rest for WW CW from RO in
a few.

73 and seeya next time

Chris
N6WM as K6LRG
 
K3YDX   SOSB/15 LP   20,3702016-10-30 18:00:25
Operated off and on between fixing up things Hurricane Matthew messed up. Not
as bad as many others.
Good to hear so many familiar callsigns and much activity.

Hank
 
DJ5AN   SOAB(A) HP   1,324,7922016-10-30 18:02:44
Condx extremly bad.
more like work all EU then CQWW ut also some surpirces.
Good signale on 40 and 80 fram YB, VU and other stations from Asia.

Fun is over again.
73 De Jan
 
VE3RZ   SOAB(A) HP   602,9812016-10-30 18:03:28
Well, that was different! Everyone will have experienced these conditions -
surprised that 10m gave up so much with the A and k indexes so high. Was not
too motivated for this one and had chores to do in the yard.

Still had fun, other than 160m, this was an S&P contest for me. A bit of
running on 160, checking out the K9AY loop I put up which seems to work. Really
was mostly a north south propagation event at this QTH and I worked more SA and
Caribbean stations than normal. Found conditions to Europe very difficult. I
am normally loud, especially on 15m to EU but this weekend had stations calling
that never heard me and a lot of normal stations were just not heard at all.

Hopefully condx will improve for November.

Thanks for all the Qs especially to those who traveled far and wide to give us
the DX stations.

CU in SS and as 6Y3T in CQWWCW.

73
Tony, VE3RZ
 
KP4RV(RAFAEL)   SOSB/15 HP   776,0402016-10-30 18:04:51
Had a great Time even operating under a Thunderstorm and lighting a couple of
times.
 
KØVXU   SOAB(A) HP   604,9922016-10-30 18:06:02
K3, TL-922A, TH6DXX, Sloping VEEs (40 & 60), Inv L (160), N1MM+

Part-time effort. Many family interruptions. Conditions were poor in the
middle country. I could hear some of the Europeans on the low bands but could
not get through with my wires. 10 meters was open surprisingly which yielded
additional mults. Altogether I worked 33 unique zones. Never heard 17, 18,
22, 23, 26, 28, 34. I did hear ET3AA in zone 37 bout he was available only to
the big dogs.

My low band antennas exhibited loading problems which I had not observed before
the contest so there is work to be done on them before winter hits. This was
the first contest where I really worked out the Yaseu G2800 and it performed
flawlessly (Yea!).

A surpise was the opening to Eastern Europe on 15 at 2045Z on Sunday. It
carried over to 20 meters and lasted until 2200Z. Because of other commitments
I had missed the European opening Sunday morning, so this was a plus.

Things being equal, I can't complain about this effort. Not my best but good
enough.

It was great hearing and working DXers in the contest that I work during the
year. A fun time.

See you next year.

73,
Russ - K0VXU
 
NR3X(N4YDU)   SOAB HP   1,615,0532016-10-30 18:06:06
Well - conditions were certainly different than the past few years. This was
quite a grind.

Not a lot of EU in the log this year - only 32% - usually around 75 percent or
so for this event. I didn't log a DL on 40 until the last two hours! The 10M
openings to SA kept things entertaining enough to keep me awake. I took several
breaks and got six hours of sleep the second night.

Despite the long slog, I'm already looking forward to the CW weekend. Congrats
to all of the folks who traveled for the contest and stuck it out - your
efforts are much appreciated.

Thanks for the fun.

73,

Nate/N4YDU
 
W7RN   M/M HP   440,3752016-10-30 18:06:32
The Comstock Memorial Station (W7RN) sponsored “Introduction to Contesting”
to members of the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Club (SNARS). In all, there were
14 participants. The average tenure as a ham of the visitors was one year. Each
was given a chance to make at least one contest contact. The enthusiasm level
was over the top and the session lasted more than 9 hours, including extensive
introduction to HF antennas and how they work.
 
N4GG   SOAB(A) HP   258,4952016-10-30 18:06:56
All S&P, had fun tuning around despite poor condx. Sunday evening sounded
better than Saturday but not by much. Hopefully the bands will pick up from
here forward.
FTdx5000 + FTdx1000MP, 2X ACOM 2000A, WRITELOG, Wires in the woods.
 
N4CW   SOAB Classic HP   196,3082016-10-30 18:06:59
K3, KPA500, LP at 30 ft, dipoles 40-160.
 
KIØI   SOSB/80 HP   8,4482016-10-30 18:07:21
Just getting in the way for a few hours Sat. eve.
Wanted to try for a few new DXCC on 80m, missed the 6W1 for a new one. I think
he almost heard me HIHI.
756PRO3 TL922 HYTOWER and a K9AY loop. Varmints chewed thru my Beverage coax.
Renewed it today.
73 Mark KI0I
 
W4AAW   M/M HP   2,707,5602016-10-30 18:11:13
Another Totally Remote operation. Operators and remote locations as follows:

KU1CW Oregon
KJ0D Missouri
MM0LID Scotland
K4UB Utah
NA3D New Jersey
W3UL Maryland
N1RM Virginia
K3TN Maryland
W4AAW Virginia

Absolute rock solid web connection. Congratulations to all who slogged out the
first 12-14 hours of the contest. After that, things grew slowly better, but,
then, we have been warned.

We are looking for serious, committed and experienced multi-mode operators who
have a K3/RemoteRig set up. See our website, listed below.

Thanks for all the Mults & Qs.

Congrats to our great friends at WX3B who did VERY well.

Thanks also to CQ Magazine for sponsoring such non-pariel contests. And thanks
for a great contesting column every month from K3ZJ.

see www.remotecontesting.com
 
N6RV   SOAB LP   402,0002016-10-30 18:11:45
Tough Contest! No polar paths. Very few European and Asian contacts (no runs).
Fortunately TEP was there on 10 meters. Nice to work some African stations!
 
KR2E   SOAB(A) LP   34,7482016-10-30 18:12:02
HOA Restricted
FTDX 3000 100Watts
4BTV Vertical ground mounted, two 40M radials
 
N7IR   SOAB LP   395,6482016-10-30 18:12:52
Tough contest. Local noise made 15 meters nearly unusable to Japan after 2300Z.
Didn't work any Europe until Sunday and then only the Iberian peninsula and
Azores. Fortunately 10 meters isn't dead yet.

Thanks for the contacts and your patience.

73
Gary, N7IR
 
WA7BNM   SOSB/15 LP   25,2012016-10-30 18:13:38
S&P off and on throughout the contest. Spent about twice as much time this
year as last to achieve a similar score. Only a couple of Europe QSOs (Spain
and Portugal). Felt like I said my call a 1000 times in order to complete 100
QSOs!

Antenna: SteppIR DB-36 at 70 ft
Rig: Elecraft K-3 100W

73 de Bruce, WA7BNM
 
YV1KK   SOSB(A)/160 LP   32,3082016-10-30 18:15:38
100W monoband Vertical antena

About 7 hours operation just having fun and testing a new antenna for 160m

Nice to work some EU Station

ZD8W was 57 here but no copy me :-(

73 see you in the CW edition!
 
N4YA   SOAB HP   691,1522016-10-30 18:16:29
Yaesu FTDX 5000, Alpha 9500, Hy-Gain TH-7, Cushcraft XM-240, 160 Dipole, 80
Meter Tee, K9AY Loop Receive. Horrible conditions this year. This was the
first time that I really used the FT 5000 in crowded band conditions. I
absolutely failed and being able to separate stations that were right on top of
each other. I almost decided to pull my old FT-1000 MP Field and use it. I did
very little running this year. Europe was coming in absolutely terrible for me.
However, I did manage to make a few of the 10 meters openings.

I was disgusted with the CB'ers operating just above 7.200 MHz. You know that
there is a contest going on this weekend, move higher in the band. Don't get
made and start acting like your driving a truck in the movie "Convoy"
just because contesters are interrupting your discussion of "who knocked up
who in the trailer park." I was delighted when the Europeans came in and
completely engulfed your beloved portion of 40 meters with "CQ
Contest...."

Other than the above, I am looking forward to CQWW CW, as I can absolutely
operate the FT-5k on CW a lot stronger than I did with SSB....
 
NY6DX   SOAB Classic LP   300,9662016-10-30 18:17:24
I almost thought I went deaf at one point. Hopefully things will be better for
the cw contest.
 
N9VPV   SOAB(A) LP   41,0212016-10-30 18:17:58
S&P for a few hours (between other commitments) on Saturday and Sunday,
mostly looking for new countries to increase my DXCC totals.
But most important of all, - just having fun.
 
LZ9W   M/M HP   13,499,9402016-10-30 18:18:03
Quite a number of operators were part time. Good number of young ops wet their
feet in a big one.
Conditions were poor to say the least.
13 % North America :-(

See you all in CW part.

73, Wally LZ2CJ
on behalf of LZ9W Contest Team
 
TI5/W4TTT   M/2 LP   2,983,2882016-10-30 18:18:39
Thanks to all of our FRC brothers for their support and the unimaginably
invaluable spots!
 
K3ZO   SOAB HP   1,345,0202016-10-30 18:19:42
Indication of what lies ahead for the next few years?
 
KM7W(KL9A)   SOAB(A) HP   48,9902016-10-30 18:24:28
Just a little goofing around here and there while home sick.

I tried the point and click stuff all the kids are raving about. Almost
immediately I called a station out of the USA band on 40m. Geezh, what a lid.

Great to work all of the ops who traveled for this one!

-Chris KL9A
 
WA3EKL   M/2 HP   1,718,1962016-10-30 18:25:12
The propagation was really poor especially to Europe; however the camaraderie
between the old contest ops and the new trainees was excellent. The culinary
engineer N3DPB, XYL of WA3EKL kept us all fed with delicious chili, spaghetti,
chicken soup, kugel, and chocolate chip muffins. All equipment and operators
performed perfectly. The new 3 element triangular short vertical receiving
array did an outstanding job on 160 receptions. Much knowledge was gained by
both old and new contest ops on strategy, stamina, propagation, station
equipment familiarity. Everyone had a great time. When the operators were not
on the air they were being entertained by WA3EKL’S three Grand daughters ages
4, 6, and 8.
 
K3MD   SOAB(A) HP   1,388,8802016-10-30 18:26:53
The flare messed thing up, but 15 and 10 opened Sun.
Couldn't get out on 40, guess it was due to the K index being 5 or 6.
 
W5QLF   SOAB Classic LP   34,4242016-10-30 18:27:05
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: N3FJP's CQ WW DX Contest Log 4.6
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CALLSIGN: W5QLF
LOCATION: STX
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-TIME: 12-HOURS
CLUB: South Texas DX and Contest Club
CLAIMED-SCORE: 34424
OPERATORS: W5QLF
NAME: Joe Kohler
ADDRESS: 15445 Flying Cir
ADDRESS: Helotes, TX 78023
EMAIL: W5QLF@att.net
END-OF-LOG:
 
VE4VT   SOAB(A) HP   1,514,7002016-10-30 18:27:33
Let the discussions start about a level playing field....

Even during the last solar minimum, I could always count on a brief opening to
Europ and Asia on 20m. Sunday afternoon there as a 10 minute period where I
could work some top tier European stations. Saturday night I worked a couple JA
stations by pointing due north which is of 45 degrees from the normal path.
Nothing but space noise on 15m when aiming north. Hear a couple top Eu stations
on 15m when aiming 70-80 south of normal but they weren't workable.

Propagation south was generally OK and I was surprised with the amount of 10m
QSO's made. All tho Zones 6-13.

This turned into a sweepstakes warmup more the CQWW.Spent the first day
unassisted but the DX was not coming to me so I gave in and went assisted the
second day. Got some mults I likely would not have otherwise.

I wonder if there is a record for the lowest points / QSO value. This may be in
the running.

Lets hope the rest of contest month only improves.

73 Ed
VE4VT/VE4EAR
 
AE1P   SOAB Classic HP   307,5002016-10-30 18:28:05
Some of the worst conditions I can remember as far as propagation goes...
I hope it just wasn't me, as I struggled to hear anything out of EU that
wasn't running a KW...
I did manage to work a couple of new ones, so not a complete waste of time...
and nice to hear some familiar voices...
73 from NH,
Neil
AE1P
 
K4XU   SOAB(A) HP   229,0002016-10-30 18:28:38
Conditions here in the northwest were terrible! I worked just four Europeans on
20m and none on 15m. Got 4 EU on 40m LP. 10m was good on Saturday going south.
Thanks for all the LU and PYs!
2x K3 + KPA, tribander, 40m dipoles, 80m wire vert, 160m shunt fed 70' tower.
Hope we can get past SS CW without another flare.
73,
Dick
 
ZM4T(ZL3IO)   SOAB HP   4,315,0802016-10-30 18:28:47
That was hard work...

I only came back to New Zealand Friday night before the contest. The antenna
work done during the weeks before paid already off, especially the new 40 m
beam.

It was clear that the high bands would not be as good as last year(s) but even
on 15m were hardly any EU's for us down South to work. But we are still lucky
here that we have good paths to Japan and North America which guarantee a good
base load of QSO's.

Fortunately I could make up for the missing multipliers on the low bands and
ended with only 10 mults less than last year. QSO numbers were in the same
range as last year which was a positive surprise.

10m had some fluctuating openings to NA & AS with lots of deep QSB.
15m was great to NA/AS but difficult to get attention from EU. Typically they
would start calling on top of me.
20m was probably the money band for many. That made it impossible for me to get
the attention of some rare multipliers especially in Africa. They were good copy
here but we are a few S units weaker compared to US or EU stations.
40m was crowded with typically 2-3 stations on top of each other. The band
sounded very noisy but it could also be the impression due to the new beam.
Most signals were super strong and for the first time on the low bands I had
the feeling that I got called my more stations than I could hear.
80m was good and productive into NA but difficult into Europe/Asia at SS/SR.

As the station is still under construction /re-modeling I currently have no
antenna available for 160m.

Let's see how ZM1A (Jacky, ZL3CW) did. Depending on his result this could be a
new ZL record for SOAB HP.

73 Holger

Rig: K3 + KPA500
Antennas:
10m: 4L & 2L
15m: 3L & 2L
20m: 3L & 2L
40m: 2L
80m: vertical
 
PP1CZ   SOAB HP   660,2702016-10-30 18:31:19
QRM towards North America direction on 20 and 15 Meters turns it into a hard
game, but I enjoyed anyway.
Thank you guys, for the contacts and the patience.
Best 73 and see you on CW version.
PP1CZ - Leo.
 
N5KF   SOAB HP   8,4002016-10-30 18:33:40
Very part time...weather too nice outside!!
 
N8HM   SOAB(A) LP   14,0912016-10-30 18:34:17
Rig - Yaesu FT-450D
Antenna - MFJ-1786 Magnetic Loop
 
NJ8J   SOAB LP   22,3202016-10-30 18:35:06
Comments:
Equipment:
Alinco DX-77T
LDG AT-11MP Automatic Antenna tuner

Antennas:
40 through 10: 100' OCF doublet fed with ladder-line
10: 10 Meter half-square, indoors

Logger: yfktest

Put in a bit over 5 hours this weekend. The 10 meter half-square is new. I
threw it together a few weekends ago for the 10-10 fall QSO party, and just
slung it inside. Definitely does better than the 100' OCF doublet on 10 (my
auto tuner can't tune the 100' doublet on 10, and trying to use my MFJ manual
tuner ahead of it to make the tuning easier introduces a noticeable drop),
although being inside means I pick up a fair bit of computer spurs. Plans are
to get the half-square mounted outside before ARRL 10M in December.

Noticed 3 or so S-units of extra noise this weekend. Didn't figure out until
only 10 minutes remained in the contest that the cause was an external hard
drive I had powered up and attached to the shack computer. Wish I had caught
that earlier!

The majority of the contacts are Central/South America and zone 33. Did have a
few zone 31 Qs, but only 1 Europe. I'm not sure what it is about the Canary
Islands that makes them as easy to work as the Caribbean, but they and the
Caribbean stood out as what could be worked on 40, 15, and 10.
 
VE7XT   SOAB(A) LP   105,7662016-10-30 18:35:59
The bands were not great. We never really had an opening to Europe. It was
nice to see a short opening on 10 meters even if it was just north south.
 
N4BCD   SOAB(A) HP   267,2162016-10-30 18:36:58
TS-990, Alpha 91B, Tri-band at 65' & wires. I'm starting to prefer RTTY
contests. Don't know how many times I asked run stations for their call. Mark
N4BCD
 
N9TF   SOAB(A) LP   114,9382016-10-30 18:41:35
From the perspective of a puny 100 watt, low small antenna station, the bands
sucked! But, that's what we have to play with for propagation now as we slid
down into the sunspot minimum. I was hoping to do a little more on 40 and 80,
but I just could not be heard through all the bigger stations and noise. Spent
a lot of time calling stations I never worked. From my perspective, conditions
on 40 and 80 were a bit better Friday night than Saturday night. Worked most of
my DX on those bands Friday night. Mostly SA and Caribbean, and a handful of EU.
Saturday night I did not hear any EU on 40 or 80, and SA and CA signals were
much weaker and mostly the same stations I worked the night before.

15m was best for me to work EU Saturday. I heard a lot of EU on 20 Saturday,
very well, but they were not hearing me. I had some better luck with EU on 20
Sunday morning, even though their signals were weaker than the day before and
watery/fluttery. Trans Equatorial prop was the name of the game on 15 and 20,
and for a short time on 10.

Missed all of Sunday afternoon as I had a date to play a round of golf. Got
back in the chair and worked the last 1.5 hours, toggling between 15 and 20.
Found quite a few more SA and CA stations to work, and even a couple EU on 20.
Never heard any JA even though quite a few were spotted.

Looking forward to CQWW CW. Even with low power and small antennas, I feel
better about getting my signal heard through the noise.

I did get a chance to work ZL7G on 12 and 15 when no new stations could be
found. Tried running a few times, but it's hard to run when no one answers your
call? I think I worked three stations in a 20 minute run attempt.
It was kind of cool though to squeak through the west coast wall and grab A31MM
on 15, and earlier squeak through the SE wall and grab ZD8W, also on 15m.
This has to be the first DX contest where I did not work at least one Italy
station. Not that I didn't hear any. Heard quite a few, they just didn't hear
me!

Ready for SS next!

73 Gene N9TF

Operating conditions: K3S 100 watts to 2 element triband at 37', 40/80
shortened dipole at 35', shortened (67') 160m half sloper at 35'.
 
K5RR   SOAB HP   649,4222016-10-30 18:43:29
It was interesting to compare this score with my 2005 score in this contest.
The solar flux was the same in 2005 as now, but the ionosphere was not
disturbed in 2005. My score in this contest was a little more than half of my
2005 score. I worked no northern or eastern European stations on any band,
which is the main reason for the reduced score.
 
W3ZGD   M/S LP   492,4142016-10-30 18:44:48
Conditions were way worse than recent years, with 10 being almost non-existent.
Still fun as always, though.
 
KM4SII   SOAB Rookie LP   125,7712016-10-30 18:46:05
13 year old operator.... 1st time participating.... 1st major contest. Had a lot
of fun!
 
K6MM   SOAB(A) HP   126,1572016-10-30 18:48:21
100% S&P with frequent breaks. Great 10M conditions all weekend. Thanks
for the Qs. 73, John, K6MM
 
HC2AO   SOAB HP   4,018,2482016-10-30 18:48:53
Hello brethren,

all in all it was fun. Only wires here and peaking 800 watts save 160 and 10
where I'm barefoot. I need Yagi for higher bands if to get serious. It was
upsetting being ignored by so much workable mults on 10, 15, and 20.

I selpt well and invested abt 33 hours into the affair.

Highlights - VP6AH calling on a few bands, 9K2HN on 80.

I had some decent runs this time:

CQ WW SSB - 2016-10-29 0000Z to 2016-10-31 0000Z - 1917 QSOs
HC2AO Max Rates:

2016-10-29 1925Z - 9.0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 540 per hour by HC2AO
2016-10-29 1929Z - 6.7 per minute (10 minute(s)), 402 per hour by HC2AO
2016-10-29 2018Z - 4.6 per minute (60 minute(s)), 277 per hour by HC2AO


CU in CW
 
K3SW   SOAB(A) HP   1,640,3642016-10-30 18:50:19
Condx were the worst I've seen in my brief 5 years of contesting. Fortunately,
antenna work I did helped mitigate this some (1) replace aging coax with heliax
to reduce transmit power loss, (2) revised matching system for 160M top loaded
"T" vertical to be more efficient and (3) added two new beverages and
replaced existing beverage with coax bi-directional systems including a control
box that allows me to select any pair of beverages for diversity reception.
This changes really made a big difference and it's hard to imaging how bad my
score would have been without them.

As always big kudos to the DX who gave me the Qs and my FRC brothers who helped
me at every turn!

Steve...K3SW...73!...
 
KI7FPL   SOAB Rookie HP   4,8792016-10-30 18:50:19
Had lots of fun!!
 
N7MZW   SOAB Classic LP   73,5002016-10-30 18:50:33
Kenwood TS-950SD,Heil BM-10,and a G5RV Flattop up 50 feet running N-S,at 6,053
feet elevation above my apartment QTH in Laramie County.Very challenging
conditions for a "100 watts and a wire" station,with 100% Hunt and
Pounce,and zero runs.I never heard any JA's and the only stations heard here on
10 meters were all in South America.You know it's a bad contest when HK3C can't
hear me on any band.I was 2nd place last year for 7 Land,and #20 in the U.S. in
the CLASSIC OVERLAY category but with nearly the same operating time as last
year,I only had about half of last year's score!The worst band conditions I can
remember for CQ WW SSB, but as is always the case, there were stations to be
worked if you keep your butt in the chair and listen, even with 100 watts and a
wire.Thanks to everyone who heard and worked me. November Seven Many Zebras
Walking Cheyenne, WY.
 
VK3JA   SOAB HP   348,5222016-10-30 18:50:54
Only one good run on 15 but most the weekend was pretty slow.

From my QTH I am fortunate to have JA trans equitorial so lots of JA's to work
on all bands.

Thanks for the calls.
73 Steve
 
VK2CZ   SOAB HP   69,0062016-10-30 18:52:47
Only operated 10,15 and 20m this round. Amazing conditions on 20m, it never
closed, and my best runs was when 20m was otherwise dead quiet (ie no other
signal heard) across the band..

10m was a star performer - for about an hour.. snared 8 zones (4,5,23,24,25,
29,30 and 31)in minutes, then it slammed shut.. Thank goodness the
multi-multi stations had an operator up there..

Missed zones 1,2,22,34,36-40.. next year..;-}

Thanks to George K5KG for advice on adopting a proper low noise headset.. made
a gigantic difference.
 
KN5TX(@WA5FWC)   M/S HP   1,046,7402016-10-30 18:54:09
Hey we had a lot of fun. We didnot have enough ops to run all the hours. We only
operated 28 hours so I think with the Bad propo we did a fair job. The antennas
worked the radios worked our Telnet with ve7cc went down and we had to run
blind for a while until we could get another cluster on line. All in all I
think the guys did a great job and posted a descient score. Oh well there is
always next time! gary WA5FWC



























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WØRIC   M/S HP   1,620,9522016-10-30 18:54:22
First M/S from Arizona.

48 hours of Radio Sport...Hanging with some great operators...Eating great
food...Running some great pile-up's...PRICELESS!!

Can't think of anything better to do with friends!

Thanks for all the FB Q's!
 
CX9AU   SOAB Classic HP   752,5712016-10-30 18:57:03
 
K3WJV   SOAB(A) HP   532,1642016-10-30 18:57:30
no so2r for this, strictly so1r & s&p except for a short 9 Q run Sunday
with 5 USA and 4 dx. Didn't get 100 Q's or 100K till after noon time Saturday.
Things were rough but kept hammering. Glad phone is over for a while.

stn 2 K3/P3 & Acom 2000A (main station)
2el K4KIO Hexbeam-6 bands @24ft
3 band two legged fan inv vee broadside N/S @ 55ft 40&160 trapped/80

stn 1 FT1000MP & Alpha 89
OCF80 inv v @ 50ft replaced with my 40 mtr sloper for now

Rx ant 200ft RBOG/kd9sv

lots of extra boxes TopTen band decoders-dx doubler-relays Green Heron
Palstar HF-auto

N1MM+ contest logger & DxLab master logger

After initial encouraging so2r on 40/20, interference has crept in plus 80/40
have strange things going on after installing some stubs. I found that using my
OCF just has too much RF floating around. The GFI in the kitchen trips which
turns off my under counter light and my wireless phones both go into intercom
mode and commence beeping. Nightmare on elm street. I repaired my rg8x feedline
that goes to my 40 mtr sloper and that helped a lot. I need to eliminate my
multi band wires with associated single feedlines but probably won\\\'t happen
until the good wx returns. We have a work in progress situation with so2r but I
keep trying
 
WA2FZB   SOAB(A) HP   469,9352016-10-30 19:01:22
My first CQWW ever. Been back on the air less than a year after 25 years QRT.
Not bad for a first attempt.
 
NH7AA   SOSB(A)/15 HP   316,9682016-10-30 19:01:34
Considering the poor conditions, I am happy with my score. My trusty old Astatic
D-104 mic, FT3000, AL1200, Spiderbeam at 25'. Human voice whole contest. Been
enjoying this contest since 1956! 60th anniversary!!
 
VE3UTT   M/S HP   466,0302016-10-30 19:02:48
K3 / Optibeam

Very casual operation all remote to check real-time multi logging and station.
Interesting skew-path to Asia on 40m Sunday morning. No antennas ready for 160m
or 80m. Almost 100% S&P.

Not a fan of phone contests, still. Hope all had fun given the conditions.
 
N5RZ   M/2 HP   789,0322016-10-30 19:03:44
A laid back M/2 with 2 ops & no packet. A lot of S & P and many times
only one station going. Got plenty of sleep and rest. Haven't been too active
lately and wanted to make sure the station was still intact for Sweepstakes CW
next weekend.

EU was tough, but was surprised by a EU run on 40M the second day from
0624-0727Z -- ran 62 EU's listening down - big signals after poor EU condx up
to then. 160M & 80M were quiet QRN wise, but also mainly devoid of
signals much of the second night. First EU on 20M was OH8X at 1825Z the second
day. A few more got in the log but not many on that band. Also, many USA
stations in the log.

That being said, it is still CQWW! Always great to do this one regardless of
condx!

Thanks to all for the Q's & congrats to all the participants.

--Gator & Deborah
 
KE4KMG   SOAB HP   124,3922016-10-30 19:04:38
CQWWSSB Summary Sheet

Start Date : 2016-10-29

CallSign Used : KE4KMG
Operator(s) : KE4KMG

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
Assisted Category : ASSISTED
Band : ALL
Power : HIGH
Mode : SSB
Default Exchange : 4
Gridsquare : EM65XF

Name : Michael K. Boyea
Address : 1741 Carter Rd
City/State/Zip : Decherd TN 37324-3976
Country : UNITED STATES

ARRL Section : TN
Club/Team : Tennessee Contest Group
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5966.0

Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty Pt/Q
3.5 10 23 9 9 2.3
7 37 89 19 30 2.4
14 86 226 20 52 2.6
21 69 176 18 38 2.6
28 25 70 6 12 2.8
Total 227 584 72 141 2.6


Score : 124,392
Rig : Kenwood TS-990S

Antennas : Hy-Gain DIS-72; TH3MK3-S; ALPHA-DELTA DX-LP PLUS

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 : 2016-10-30 Signature : MICHAEL K. BOYEA
 
NH6Y   SOAB(A) HP   776,9862016-10-30 19:04:39
No contacts into Europe!
 
WØMLD   SOAB Rookie HP   427,6682016-10-30 19:04:54
This was a frustrating and disappointing experience. I realize I'm no expert
just getting licensed this year, but band conditions were terrible in my
opinion. I went in thinking I'd try to sleep 3 hours the first night and maybe
push through the second night if making my modest goal was questionable. I knew
for sure after gray line passed Saturday evening that it was impossible to even
come close. I decided to cut my losses and spend time with my wife and
daughter instead.
 
K7ZS   M/2 HP   1,060,4202016-10-30 19:05:36
Band conditions can only be described as 'way different than last year', and not
in a good way! Still, some 10 meter activity and 15 was more productive than I
expected.

Big thanks to Jim KI7Y, Mark W7ZB, Andy KE7AUB, Hank KR7X, Jennifer K7NAA for
their participation this weekend. They kept the station going almost all
weekend long... with some pretty slow hours .... a good crew!

Station played well, no glitches in the computer, radios, amplifiers or
antennas. I quess CQWW RTTY smoked those problems out!

See you in CQWW CW.

73 Kevin K7ZS
 
N6AR   SOAB(A) HP   1,468,2652016-10-30 19:12:58
Well, Old Sol showed true signs of the decline. Never even heard a JA on 10 or
15. Hard to run anything on 10 or 15. I suppose that's the way it was for most
of us. Biggest surprise was the 59 plus 20 B7K signal on 20 10 minutes before
the contest ended!
 
KT4ZB   SOAB Classic LP   310,8002016-10-30 19:12:59
Worked this CQWW with one hand tied behind my back or maybe two. First was the
water leak in the house which resulted in having to disassemble the station to
put in new flooring. So the station was not put back together until the day of
the contest. Meantime, Hermine and Matthew blew through leaving the big
antennas all pointing south after the brakes on the rotor failed. Also the
tower is only partway up so none of the antennas were over 50 ft,. Fortunately
I have an A3S on the tower pointed into Europe. But it is very low so the 20m
performance is marginal. The wires were all up in the air although Hermine had
taken a chunk of one tree down so the loop is skewed and wouldn't tune. The
80m
wire worked the 1st night but the relay failed the 2nd night. Hermine
destroyed
the 160m inverted L.

So having about a half a station, coupled with the pitiful solar conditions
going into the contest, I didn't expect a whole lot. And that's what I got.
Best bands for me were 10 and 15m. 10m was open all weekend to South America.
20m was a real struggle as I just didn't have antennas high enough to break
through. 40m was good to the South since the antenna was pointed that way.
Worked very little Europe on 40m.

Entry is the CQWW Classic LP, un-assisted, 24 hours. Contacts were 95 percent
S&P and my run attempts didn't produce much except for VP6AH, Pitcairn
Island, calling me on 10m. That made the weekend special.

Thanks to CQ and the CQWW committee for sponsoring this great contest. And
thanks to all the folks around the world whose contacts filled our log.

Best - Jere

FT1000MP Mk V(100w), TH6DXX, A3S, XM240 for 40m, 40 and 80m dipoles, and N1MM+.
 
W4KW   SOAB Classic HP   504,1752016-10-30 19:14:36
Conditions could certainly have been better but 10 Meter openings, both days,
were a pleasant surprise. Short Pacific opening on 15 Meters Saturday evening
started with VK4KW, AH0K and several Hawaii stations. Very few JA's, etc.
Heard several TCG Folks. Hopefully conditions will be better for CQWW CW, etc.
Thanks for all the contacts.
73's
Bert
 
K1VSJ   SOAB Classic LP   38,6462016-10-30 19:17:07
50th high school reunion was this weekend so had very little time on the air !!
 
KVØQ   SOSB(A)/20 HP   251,8502016-10-30 19:17:08
I worked most of the summer re-building my 20 meter stack in anticipation of the
contest season. The conditions were so poor from Colorado I ended up only
participating part-time in the SSB contest.

Hopefully the conditions will improve for the CW contest!!

73's

Bill KV0Q
 
K2ZR   SOAB(A) LP   154,1372016-10-30 19:17:58
RIG: K2 @ 95W ANTS: CF WIRE - EF WIRE - HEXBEAM LOG:N1MM+
Thanks for the QSOs!
73, Dick, K2ZR
 
VK2PN   SOAB HP   17,6732016-10-30 19:18:16
Had only few hours available.
 
KV1J   SOAB(A) HP   246,1262016-10-30 19:20:25
73, Eric KV1J
 
KS4X   SOAB QRP   16,1542016-10-30 19:24:28
Thanks to all for qsos . SSB is tough when power is only one watt.
 
N7AT(@K8IA/N7RQ)   M/2 HP   2,138,0012016-10-30 19:25:17
A small, select group of Arizona Outlaws has been operating CQWW events, M/2,
here for the past seven years. We have had a lot of fun and some good scores
from this small, single tower, N7AT contest station. The fun and laughs has
been as priceless as the good scores.

2016 CQWW SSB almost didn't happen for our M/2 group.

The Monday of contest week saw me staring angrily at a black screen of our
Orion II. If this had happened earlier than contest week, a suitable
contingency plan could have been acted on. A few tech checks showed it was
simply too late to get it running properly for CQWW SSB.

The other ops were notified and asked of they were still interested in
operating, maybe as a single radio M/S. Not being a particular fan of the M/S
rules, and knowing at least one of the other ops feel the same, I was ready for
just doing a single op something this weekend.

Surprisingly, every op said "let's still do it". One even pointed out
that we could operate the black screen Orion II, albeit carefully, if we tried.
(The screen back-lighting failure has nothing to do with the radio. The radio
is fully operational, except for a screen.)

With their proclamation and enthusiasm, I set up another M/2 entry. I also told
them, "since we don't have a look at the settings, and cannot do our usual
SO2V from that radio, let's just do a "points for the club"
operation. None of our tight scheduling, no usual goals, loose operating
strategies, no multiplier strategies, no nada. If you want to operate, do so.
If you want to take some time out to watch some NFL/NHL or whatever, do so. No
pressure, just some fun. None of us had done a "just for fun"
operation here in a very long time.

We had a blast! As luck would have it, the black screen Orion II was used
effectively and accounted for 41% of our 2328 qso's. It was difficult to deal
with at first, but with N1MM+ displaying the frequency and splits and RIT, etc,
out ears could accomplish the necessary setting changes etc.

No, we didn't have our usual op coverage for the entire weekend, nor was it
expected. It was Mike KC7V and I the first 24 hours and then a relief, with
Andy NY7N joining us for the remainder of the contest. Mike actually ended up
putting in 39 hours with his butt in chair. Not too shabby!

Fun weekend, and although not a competitive M/2 score, great points for the
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club.

See you in CQWW CW next month, with a fully working radio at the #2 position.

Big kudos to xyl Sandy N7RQ for the usual great menu!


73, Bob K8IA
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club
 
K5KJ   SOSB(A)/15 LP   97,8382016-10-30 19:30:56
No northern Europeans during the morning openings both Saturday and Sunday, but
brief opening to Scandinavia late each afternoon. Effectively no JA opening
Saturday. Brief JA opening late Sunday afternoon.

Numerous bad spots were posted to the packet cluster with several by the same
operators. These bad spots produced many duplicate contacts, most likely with
bad calls logged.

Low power generally does not support runs. Most of my QSOs resulted from
S&P.

73,
Sam - K5KJ
 
WB6CZG   SOAB QRP   12,1722016-10-30 19:33:23
I had to ditch Write log because it crashed when bring up the band map. So I had
to use N1MM, which I barely understand, because I have avoided it with a
passion. It is too complex for me at the moment. I could not get the band map
and spots to work on N1MM. So back to my favorite method, S&P that works
well when using QRP and my Elecraft PX3 as a visual aid.

Rig KX3 and PX3 with 80 meter dipole at 70 feet.
 
K3NDM   SOAB Classic LP   63,8402016-10-30 19:36:00
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty Pt/Q
3.5 43 100 9 23 2.3
7 46 114 13 28 2.5
14 54 135 14 32 2.5
21 25 59 10 17 2.4
28 4 12 2 4 3.0
Total 172 420 48 104 2.4
Score: 63,840
1 Mult = 1.1 Q's
 
CB1W(@XQ1FM)   M/2 HP   3,930,7392016-10-30 19:45:30
GREAT CONTEST
 
W2JC   SOAB(A) LP   107,2172016-10-30 19:47:02
The multipliers sure work well to keep you going toward the end of the time, as
the score gets bigger faster at the end. :))

Spent a lot of time on certain DX stations that I wanted in the log, so that
cut back on the QSOs but helped the ego.
 
LU3MAM   SOAB HP   515,1602016-10-30 19:47:03
 
N4KG   SOAB(A) HP   1,090,7962016-10-30 19:50:54
With my compromised antennas, day 1 was a Slug-Fest, then the bottom fell out
with POOR Propagation for the remainder of the contest.

It was so bad that I took a nap both mornings.
When I returned Sunday morning, 15m was open to SPAIN.
So much for the rest of Europe.

I added a reflector to the SE on my 80M wire vertical in the woods.
It seemed to work well as I was able to hear and work everything in the
Caribbean and South America including CB1H CW5W LP1H LT1F ZP6A.
My 80M Elevated GP plus reflector to the NE seemed to work well to EU.
Bottom Line: The most enjoyable Band this weekend was 75 Meters!

Tom N4KG in North Alabama
 
K1KI   M/M HP   3,778,2802016-10-30 19:54:08
One station, two operators but only one operator at a time. Didn't want to
worry about band changes so enter M/M instead of M/S or M/2.

Lots of antenna work done over the past month or so. Still managed to miss
something with the 40m beam so we never really knew which way it was pointing.
Some RFI when the 10m beam was pointing towards the house - funny to see the
mouse dancing all over the computer screen.

Whatever the rate, it's still magic to bounce signals around the world.
 
K6SCA   SOAB HP   102,4922016-10-30 19:58:30
Great to hear / work MLDXCC members! Limited operating time. Spent to much time
calling people that couldn't hear me. Nice to see 10 open. Tried 160.....Could
hear stations, but loading up the 80 meter dipole with the tuner just doesn't
work. Steve / K6SCA
 
W3EKT   SOAB(A) HP   123,0152016-10-30 20:00:07
Limited time but had fun. Ed.
 
WF7T   SOAB LP   97,3052016-10-30 20:03:33
Thanks to all & see you in CQWW CW from PJ4Q...73 Brad WF7T
 
CX2DK   SOSB/10 HP   1,160,5292016-10-30 20:05:27
Hi!

Nice weekend!!!
The saturday condx were very good but poor on sunday.
Very happy with the score and station performance.

73's

Marcelo CX2DK/CW4MAX
 
K2LE   M/2 HP   3,773,7592016-10-30 20:11:09
Bands were amazing (not!) Good times we had anyway! Thanks for all the
callers.
See ya in the real test -- CQWW CW!

73,

Gerry, W1VE for the K2LE crew.
 
K7FYI   SOAB HP   153,5102016-10-30 20:11:21
Casual contester with little experience; had fun even though I heard nothing
from Europe all weekend. Caribbean and SA were strong on the high bands. 20
was disappointing.

Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty Pt/Q
7 51 128 16 19 2.5
14 58 144 13 21 2.5
21 144 383 20 46 2.7
28 86 248 11 24 2.9
Total 339 903 60 110 2.7
Score: 153,510
1 Mult = 2.0 Q's
 
VU2CPL   SOAB(A) HP   620,3612016-10-30 20:13:43
Poor propogation conditions during most of the contest. Openings were few and
short.
 
NA2U(@K2TTT)   M/M HP   2,258,8502016-10-30 20:14:35
Score split: 3/4 Frankford Radio Club, 1/4 Arizona Outlaws Contest Club

Single transmitter (for no band-change restrictions), single tower.

Two old men (K2TTT and NA2U) and two young men (N2WKS and NE2V).

This my 7th year in a row operating M/M at Jay's and it's always a hoot.
Antenna improvements are on-going, particularly on 80m/160m.

Out thanks to Judi and Jay for being such gracious hosts and allowing us to
play radio at there house.

The highlight of the contest for me was working Steve, GW4BLE, on 20m. It was
great hearing Steve's voice and we a very brief chat.

Equipment:

Elecraft K-3/P-3
Commander 2500 Magnum

F12 EF-706
F12 MAG 240, sloper to Carribean
F12 MAG 510-515
HYGAIN 204BAS
160/80 Inv-V and 80m phased verticals w/raised radials
F12 C-4 fixed on South America

Listening antennas:
K9AY loop
1,000 foot beverage to EU
 
WA2JQK   SOAB LP   183,5402016-10-30 20:15:18
TOUGH CONDX ...RUFF WITH ONLY 100 WATTS..
 
A31MM(JA6WFM)   SOAB HP   1,585,2242016-10-30 20:17:06
in Central America Used operate Low power category, but, it's difficult to enjoy
from South Pacific with 100W because nobody turn antenna to us, so that, this
time using ALS-500M amp and I could enjoy 1st experience at WW PH from Tonga.
moreover I used IC-7300 which is compact and has many function bat not so good
SO2R or M/M.

IC-7300 N1MM
ALS-500M
75m Inv L
40m Vertical
20m Inv V
15m HB9CV 6mH
10m wire
 
CE3CT(CE2MVF)   SOAB(A) HP   6,624,4702016-10-30 20:19:07
Another fantastic contest from CE3CT :)
 
K3LR   M/M HP   13,241,0882016-10-30 20:25:16
 
PW2D(@PY2DM)   M/S HP   12,429,6342016-10-30 20:27:49
Thanks a million again to Mamiro/PY2DM for hosting us at his fine station. We
arrived Thursday and Murphy attacked us in many ways: extreme winds and hard
rain as we arrived which caused one phase of 220VAC to disappear until well
into Friday. In process of restoring the 220VAC a hi voltage pulse on the 220V
caused some Elyt Caps in the Amp HV to blow as well as the pwr supply 12 V for
the radio. We had to source Eelectrolytes via Internet and have them courier
delivered, a motorcycle trip of 3 hours, one way. They arrived and after 2
hours we were on the air again with full power. Thereafter all went smooth and
10m opened much more and longer than expected. Thanks for all the QSOs!
 
K9JF/7   SOSB/20 HP   103,4402016-10-30 20:29:37
Murphy is Alive!!!

Arrived home from 3 weeks in Europe on Thursday evening. Had less than 20
hours to prepare. Didn't get the rotor controls working so had to manually
rotate the antennas...lost time??? Got coax connected one hour into the test.
Conditions spotty from the Pacific Northwest, couldn't get any runs going so
S&P. The main rig crapped out Saturday noon so had to reconfigure the
station with an old TS-850SAT which worked pretty good. Having two yagis on 20
really helped.

The rig(s) and antennas played well considering the above and the Aurora Oval.

Now for SS's and CQWWCW.
 
K9ES   M/S HP   1,612,9442016-10-30 20:31:56
This operation introduced new contest operators into an advanced
"automated" station, using an FTdx5000 and an Expert Linear 2KFA.
The antenna was a 4 element Stepp IR (80M-10M). Thanks to KE4YGT (Station
Technical) and AD4ES (Station Owner)
 
VP5S   M/S LP   4,446,1812016-10-30 20:34:59
Tough conditions!
We had not intended to operate low power but a brand new solid state amp failed
before the contest started - made me wish I had kept my Acom 1010 until after
the contest!

Propagation was marginal most of the contest.

Funnest moments: Discovering an open 10 meters on Sunday, having SZ and HZ
call us during runs, working JA at the end on the multiplier rig.

Rigs -
Run station: Icom 7600
Multiplier station: Icom 7600
Antennas -

Run station: Force 12 XR-5 and Force 12 240 2 element monobander, dipoles for
80 and 160.

Multiplier station: HyGain Hy Tower and non-functional 3/3 on 10 meters fixed
to EU

We ran new coax to the HyTower and it did fine for a vertical with a low power
transmitter.

We missed our extra 3dB with the amp.

If this is not the bottom of Cycle 24/25, I don't want to operate at the
bottom. There were too many fades during exchanges.

Wishes:
1. Less solar eruptions that raise the A-index and more that raise the SFI
2. Quicker exchanges with some US operators who seem to take 3 minutes to say
59 4/5 - I was asking for fills due to the QSB
3. Better working conditions to Asia and Europe
4. More African stations on the air
5. Rigs with better SSB filtering to remove the adjacent splatter!

Enough dreaming- this one was fun and is in the books! Thanks for all of the
QSO's and spots from MWA members.

Jody Millspaugh was a great hostess as always. We enjoyed visiting the Shark
Bite restaurant before and after the contest. Some traditions never change

Scott, on behalf of VP5S team
 
AD8J/HR9   SOAB Classic LP   21,1462016-10-30 20:35:18
Arrived in middle of contest and put up some wire antennas. Lots of wind and
rain to deal with. Got a run going on 15 meters but most everything else was
S&P with multiple repeats. I called a lot of stations that couldn't hear
me so I know I was weak.
 
P4ØL(@P4ØL/P49Y)   M/S HP   19,717,9082016-10-30 20:36:32
Propagation conditions were challenging due to recent solar events that resulted
in very high K and A indices before, and during portions of, the contest.

As always, thanks for all the Qs.

John,
W6LD/P40L
 
VA7ST   SOAB HP   277,8902016-10-30 20:37:08
That was bleak. Still fun, but not nearly as much fun as the past decade. By far
the worst conditions and performance since 2007.

2016: 839 51 106 277,890 SFI= 76 A=26 K=4
2015: 1701 96 247 1,337,357 SFI=106 A=10 K=1
2014: 1562 87 176 907,876 SFI=217 A=11 K=2
2013: 1691 115 277 1,690,304 SFI=165 A= 2 K=1
2012: 1794 101 255 1,550,736 SFI=131 A= 4 K=1
2011: 1604 105 243 1,307,088 SFI=126 A= 4 K=2
2010: 1156 82 158 637,440 SFI= 86 A= 4 K=1
2009: 1030 61 130 434,525 SFI= 74 A=17 K=4
2008: 1080 73 154 559,101 SFI= 68 A= 1 K=0
2007: 349 54 97 123,367 SFI= 67 A=14 K=4
 
W1NRG   M/S HP   216,1322016-10-30 20:43:05
First time operating as a Multi with a Run Station & Mult Station,
networked. A few snafu's but the robustness of N1MM+ saved the day (along with
some help from friends!). Nice opening on 15M and 10M Sunday.
 
N2RJ   SOAB HP   1,205,1182016-10-30 20:58:27
The good:
Station performed flawlessly. New transceiver, new amp, refurbished antenna,
new antenna halfway in the contest. Everyone kept saying "LOUD" in
reference to my signal. Very glad to have my antenna fully refurbed and
hopefully up in the air for a long time.

The bad:
Conditions were all over the place. Even though I was able to run nearly every
band, the runs were pathetic compared to what I'm used to. On 40 for example I
was working mostly Canadians which is unusual since I'm pretty good on 40 to
Europe.

The ugly:
Overslept Saturday into Sunday. Inverted vee for 80 fell off the tower on
Friday, so I had to take time off to climb the tower on Saturday to put one
back up. Instead of open wire line I decided to use an unused 7/8" Heliax
run up the tower and connect to that. I looked in the junk box and found a
voltage balun I had last used in 9Y in 2006, so I took that and put it up. As a
result I began getting reports of "loud" on 80 as well. Why I didn't
do this before is beyond me. Anyway, new vertical array is going up for 80.

I had the scare of my life with the amp when I was setting it up. Due to the
80m antenna falling off the tower, during testing the amp was stuck
transmitting 1.5kw. Eventually I smelled something burning (which turned out to
be a balun I had used to connect the open wire line). The amp shut off. I got
scared. Did a full reset and it came back to life. PHEW!

Anyway not very pleased with the result but I am sure it would have been worse
if I had used the old broken setup!

88, Ria
 
N2YO   SOAB LP   4,5542016-10-30 20:59:53
Some S&P 1 hour before the end.

73s de Chip N2YO
 
N8BI   SOAB(A) HP   877,3102016-10-30 21:03:09
Poor conditions and a visit by Murphy! Some improvement day two. Still had a
good time...already thinking about strategy, equipment, and conditions going
forward. Definitely need to improve the ability to hear the weak ones
particularly as conditions get worse....long before they get better!
 
WP4PGY   SOAB Rookie HP   1,899,6162016-10-30 21:05:25
Thanks to my friends:
- Javier, who always been a great help and shack engineer 24/7. Plus that great
Walgreens Coffee at midnight priceless.
- Luis my neighbor a great guy, no words to describe all the work these 2
fellas have put in my shack. Gracias

KP4RV Bonano my Elmer what can I say....
KP4BD Daniel great mastermind and teacher on Antenas.

Tengo unos Bacalaitos Fritos !!! Cuantos quieren ?? Jeje

Bottom Line,
My 2nd CQWW SSB and this was my 1st solo.

Had a blast and continue to learn as we go.
Bad propagation/conditions, Saturday had a little nice opening on 10m, Made my
1st 4 QSO's on 160m with a rigged up wire at 25 feet high no radials with 2
coils and some extra piece of wire attached to it, it took me about 30minutes
to work 4 stations on 160m with 100 watts that's just insane.. LoL

Thanks to all who work me, Hope to see you all in the next one...

Best 73's
Jose

WP4PGY......OUT
 
N6HE   SOAB HP   20,9102016-10-30 21:09:33
6 hours only. IC-7300, 87A at 800W, 2-el SteppIR at 28', end-fed at 25' for 40,
microKEYER II. S&P only. Didn't feel loud at all, although a few stations
said I had strong signal. Not like the "good 'ol days."
 
W7CAR   SOAB Classic HP   27,0402016-10-30 21:24:36
Propagation here very bad on all bands at my location. I hope better next year!
 
N1HTB   SOAB(A) LP   170,2502016-10-30 21:29:27
This was my second CQWWSSB contest and it was lots of fun. This time I
experiment with N1MM for logging, and chasing the spots for multi etc...I
better my last year's QSO count and contesting is starting to become addictive,
already looking for next year's contest.
 
BA4TB   SOSB/20 HP   193,3152016-10-30 21:33:44
It seems an Asian contest at all,NA and EU were tough to work!
Zero Caribbean and zero Western Africa.



Rig: IC-7600 / 800watts
Ant: 4 ele Yagi @20m
 
K7JQ   SOAB(A) HP   230,6702016-10-30 21:39:35
The propagation gods didn't look favorably upon my small, vertically polarized
antenna this weekend, as I had to claw, scratch, and wait in line for most
QSO's. No Eu openings heard here, only working a couple of the usual stronger
CR's, CN, EA across the Atlantic, and even the JA's were scarce. 100%
S&P...a little frustrating, but still enjoyed the time on the air. Thanks
for the Q's. Icom IC-7600; Acom 1500; ground-mounted screwdriver antenna.

73, Bob K7JQ
 
K2PO   SOAB LP   567,3982016-10-30 21:41:20
Despite poor conditions, a fun weekend. (Perhaps my assessment is buoyed by the
fact that I got some good sleep, which the poor band conditions helped
justify.)

The log is light on JAs that usually make up the bulk of our contacts here in
the Pacific northwest. Only 13 on 40m, and none on 10m (vs 37/220 last year).
I heard a few big gun JAs on 10m backscatter, but my 100w apparently didn't
overcome the path loss.

For the first time ever, I logged more South Americans than Asians (166 to
160).

Some Europeans made it into my log. But only on 20m. None heard on 15m. (I
heard a few EUs on 40m at dawn, long path, but couldn't raise any.)

22% of my QSOs were from CQing, vs. 36% last year. Overall my score is down
64%, from 1.58M to 0.57M.

It wasn't all bad. Numbers were up on 160m and 80m - including 6 countries on
160m (which isn't shabby from this part of the world). And the second night I
heard (but didn't work) ZD8W on 160m.

There were the occasional fun surprises, e.g., FW5JJ came back to my 15m CQ at
noon while I was beaming the Caribbean, and I found the Pitcairn and Easter
Island stations before the pileups did.

Tnx to all,

/Bill, K2PO
Portland, OR
 
K3RCC   M/S LP   254,0002016-10-30 21:43:22
Didn't quite make the showing we'd like this time due to some family
commitments. We also had an antenna failure on 10m. Still, had a good time
and learned a lot. This was the first real effort from this location -
everything is new and relatively untested, so there's lots to correct for next
time. 73!
 
K8AJS   SOAB Classic LP   220,0082016-10-30 21:48:20
I don’t do much phone contesting, I’m much more a fan of CW and RTTY, but I
decided I was going to take a crack at this one, just for fun(?) of it.

Maybe it was the propagation, maybe it was running low power, whatever, but the
difficulty of getting people to hear me and make the contacts made it a lot like
work. My phone inexperience was showing, I discovered errors in my setup of the
K3 for phone use. I played with that and adjusted it and things got a little
better as the contest went on.

Mostly the bands weren’t too good, but I was happy that I got more results
from 10 meters than I thought was going to be the case.

DX was hard to come by. North and South America provided 282 contacts, almost
70% of my total. Only 95 contacts came from Europe, an unusual experience for
sure in a DX contest. I was disappointed to have no JAs in the log; Asia and
Oceania were mostly missing in this one. Only 27 African contacts made the
log.

Anyway, this one is in the books and I’ll shrug it off and look forward to
the next one, doing CW next month. We can hope for better treatment from the
propagation gods at W8AV for the CW weekend.

Thanks to everyone for the contacts!

Rig: Elecraft K3/P3 100 watts
Antennas: 204-foot G5RV, 40-meter inverted vee, 3 el 20/15 meter, 4 el 10 meter
quad
Software: WriteLog v11.23L
 
KK7A   SOSB/20 QRP   602016-10-30 21:49:46
Attic antennas and QRP just don't jive with DX contests. But, fun anyway.
 
A93JA(KE5JA)   SOAB(A) HP   2,472,7562016-10-30 21:54:32
OK contest given the conditions, but a big difference from last year (last year
I had 865 more QSO's and a total of 1732 QSO's on 10m alone). This year, only
246 QSO's on 10m, and no W/WE on 10m or 15m. Seems I did have a pipeline to
Spain on the upper bands though.

You can tell where we are headed in the solar cycle, but I did better than
expected given the conditions. As always, it's a struggle for me on the low
bands with my simple antennas and generally high QRN. I use a sloper on 160m
and 40m, dipole on 80m, and Optibeam OB9-5 only up 45 feet for 10/15/20.

Happy to give everyone the A9 multiplier, and it's always nice when I tune the
band answering CQ's late in the contest and surprise stations with the
multiplier. There has been very little contest activity from Bahrain over the
years and it's interesting that I set an all time Bahrain category record every
year in this and all contests.

73, and hope to work you on CW in November.
 
W6YX(N7MH)   SOSB/40 HP   131,0402016-10-30 22:02:02
Too much happening earlier in the week and watching grandkids until late
Thursday meant I was up until after 2 AM Friday morning driving to the station
and getting the radios and computer set up.

I had planned to operate until 1600Z (9 AM local) both days but was too tired
to continue and went home at 1200 on Saturday to sleep. Since I missed the long
path EU opening on Saturday I left for home at 1000 on Sunday, slept a few hours
and was back by 1330. I only worked one EU long path and a total of 3, including
CR6K in the final minute of the contest.

I need to figure out how to manage sleep if I want to do better on a night-time
band.

I shared the shack with K2YY/6 who was SOSB 15 HP sitting at the adjacent
console position. My second radio was of marginal help since there was a lot of
interference from the run radio when beaming JA. I was also mostly not being
heard with the inverted vee on the second radio.

I heard a few EU when the contest started but couldn't break through the east
coast callers so I planned to call them later in the evening but they could no
longer be heard. Both evenings several of the EU big guns came in weakly on a
skew or scatter path over South America but none of them could hear me. I
recall hearing 9A1P, IR4X, IR4M, OK7W, HG6N and TM6M. I didn't work zone 15 or
16.

Several multipliers were only heard below the US phone band and never operating
split at any time when I heard them. Most of these were heard during the
long-path EU opening.

The highlight of the contest was being called by a string of 6 ZS stations on
the second evening. All were just at the noise level and took several
go-arounds to get the callsigns.

My QSO count includes 51 zero-pointers, 285 JA, 3 Europe, 18 Africa, 56
Oceania.

Thanks for all the QSOs and repeats.

73,
-Mike, N7MH
 
W6JBR   SOAB LP   99,5482016-10-30 22:02:17
I used my mobile setup in the living room next to my recliner
for this contest, since I can't sit too long at a desk.

Rig- IC-706 mkII, MFJ-945D Mobile Tuner
Ants- G5RV @ 30', 10/15m vertical @ 6'
CPU- ASUS Win10 laptop
Software- N1MM+

Worked many good ops with great ears! Thanks for the Qs!
See you again soon!
73, JR
 
B7P(@BD7PUZ)   M/M HP   2,622,1682016-10-30 22:10:00
A very hard contest, thanks for QSO, see you next time. :-)

73, de BA7NQ Terry
 
W5PR   SOSB/80 HP   43,4502016-10-30 22:10:13
I was hoping to beat an old score from the last time I did SB 80 in 1990 when I
was KE5FI. Did well the first day and thought propagation would be better the
second night. What could go wrong with that? Everything! First night I ran
some JAs starting around 0800, then some VKs a little later. Second night was
no JAs, no VKs only SA and VEs, plus scores of US zero pointers several of
which duped me! Arrrrg! I tried to tune for mults, but it got too tedious the
second night. I planned to get about a 1/2 hour nap the first night, but the
JAs got my adrenaline running. The second night I slept an hour and then
worked a few and pulled the switch at about 5 am local. There was no reason to
go on. Absorption was awful.

1500 watts to a vertical dipole. SAL-30 receiving array

160M 80M 40M 20M 15M 10M Total %

NA 0 242 0 0 0 0 242 68.0
SA 0 39 0 0 0 0 39 11.0
EU 0 31 0 0 0 0 31 8.7
AF 0 8 0 0 0 0 8 2.2
OC 0 22 0 0 0 0 22 6.2
AS 0 14 0 0 0 0 14 3.9

160M 80M 40M 20M 15M 10M Total

6Y 1 1
8P 1 1
CE 3 3
CM 3 3
CN 3 3
CT 4 4
CT3 1 1
CX 1 1
D4 1 1
DL 1 1
EA 12 12
EA8 3 3
EI 1 1
F 2 2
FG 1 1
FY 1 1
HA 1 1
HC 2 2
HI 4 4
HK 4 4
HR 2 2
I 3 3
IT9 1 1
J6 1 1
JA 14 14
K 138 138
KH0 1 1
KH6 6 6
KP2 3 3
KP4 5 5
LU 8 8
LZ 1 1
OA 1 1
OM 2 2
P4 2 2
PA 1 1
PJ2 1 1
PJ4 2 2
PY 6 6
PZ 1 1
S5 1 1
T32 1 1
TI 4 4
V2 1 1
V4 1 1
VE 64 64
VK 6 6
VP2M 1 1
VP5 2 2
VP9 1 1
XE 7 7
YN 1 1
YU 1 1
YV 6 6
ZF 1 1
ZL 8 8
ZP 1 1

QSO/ZN+DX by hour and band

Hour 160M 80M 40M 20M 15M 10M Total Cumm
OffTime

D1-0000Z --+-- 33/23 --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- 33/23 33/23
D1-0100Z - 25/7 - - - - 25/7 58/30
D1-0200Z - 41/3 - - - - 41/3 99/33
D1-0300Z - 23/7 - - - - 23/7 122/40
D1-0400Z - 20/10 - - - - 20/10 142/50
D1-0500Z - 23/7 - - - - 23/7 165/57
D1-0600Z - 28/3 - - - - 28/3 193/60
D1-0700Z - 19/7 - - - - 19/7 212/67
D1-0800Z --+-- 22/3 --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- 22/3 234/70
D1-0900Z - 17/5 - - - - 17/5 251/75
D1-1000Z - 18/0 - - - - 18/0 269/75
D1-1100Z - 9/0 - - - - 9/0 278/75
20
D1-1200Z - - - - - - 0/0 278/75
60
D1-1300Z - - - - - - 0/0 278/75
60
D1-1400Z - - - - - - 0/0 278/75
60
D1-1500Z - - - - - - 0/0 278/75
60
D1-1600Z --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- 0/0 278/75
60
D1-1700Z - - - - - - 0/0 278/75
60
D1-1800Z - - - - - - 0/0 278/75
60
D1-1900Z - - - - - - 0/0 278/75
60
D1-2000Z - - - - - - 0/0 278/75
60
D1-2100Z - - - - - - 0/0 278/75
60
D1-2200Z - - - - - - 0/0 278/75
60
D1-2300Z - 3/0 - - - - 3/0 281/75
51
D2-0000Z --+-- 9/0 --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- 9/0 290/75
D2-0100Z - 10/0 - - - - 10/0 300/75
D2-0200Z - 10/2 - - - - 10/2 310/77
D2-0300Z - 4/0 - - - - 4/0 314/77
D2-0400Z - 20/0 - - - - 20/0 334/77
D2-0500Z - 11/1 - - - - 11/1 345/78
D2-0600Z - 5/1 - - - - 5/1 350/79
13
D2-0700Z - - - - - - 0/0 350/79
60
D2-0800Z --+-- 5/0 --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- 5/0 355/79
48
D2-0900Z - 1/0 - - - - 1/0 356/79

Total: 0/0 356/79 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0

Chuck W5PR
 
KL7RA   M/S HP   456,0022016-10-30 22:11:45
I hate coronal holes.

These were the worst conditions I have ever experienced in Kenai. Kris and
Iwere a small but game crew... but the green skies kept us hitting F1 (or,
alternatively, getting some rest).

The bad conditions masked some equipment problems we might have noticed before
the contest... but I don't think we can blame the score on equipment.

Thank you to all of you who mentioned Rich in our Qs... We talk to him a lot
during the contest... but apparently he has no pull with the A Index
department.

73, Wigi KL0R (formerly AL7IF)
 
UA9BA   SOAB Classic HP   421,1672016-10-30 22:18:21
Casual operation. Very tough propagation conditions. CONGRATS to all who had
stayed till the end!

73! Willy UA9BA
 
K3CR(LZ4AX)   SOAB LP   1,356,9492016-10-30 22:24:53
I will never do this again. Never. Ever. Forever.

Thanks to Jim, WA3FET for letting me use the station again. KM4DAY was the best
tower crew, cook, driver and handywoman.

CU in CW!

73, Alex LZ4AX
 
W6QU(W8QZA)   SOAB QRP   130,3202016-10-30 22:37:38
STATION:

Radio: Elecraft K-2, 5 Watts.

Antennas:
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
160 Meters: Inverted L
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Interesting. 10 Meters was MUCH better than the RTTY weekend where I only had
four QSOs on 10 Meters! But overall conditions were much worse and I only had
4 QSOs into Europe in this contest!! And those were CR, CT, EA, and TF, the
western edge of Europe.

I discovered that my Butternut HF-2V vertical has a 2.3 to 1 SWR on 40 M. So
all day Friday I cleaned and scraped, but everything I did actually seemed to
make things a bit worse. Very frustrating!!! Never the less, it seemed to
work reasonably well during the contest. My 160 went south and I never did
solve the problem, so no Qs on 160. ...but I have had SSB contests where it
worked great and I never made any Qs on 160 anyway with my 5 watts!

I finally heard and worked the three Europeans on 15 M late Sunday morning. The
TF was on 20. Cool, because I almost never get Zone 40 in a contest.

DXCC was 58, down from peak years of high 70s to the 90s. WAZ was 23 down from
peak times of 27 to 31.

I did have some great Qs, however, and even broke a pile or two.

10 M: ZD8W whose great sig was the only sig on the band early on Sunday! Also
CE0Y/NO9E in the final minutes of the contest. He was strong and calling blank
CQs so I actually turned on the computer to spot him (I am non-assisted).

15M: V6Z, ZL7G, ZD8W, A31MM,and T32AZ.

20M: T32AZ, ZD8W, and TF3CW.

Nothing special on 40 and 80 with my poor antennas.

Only 4 Qs into Europe (1.8%) compared to 28 (8.5%) in the RTTY contest last
month and 35% in the best years. Losing Europe cuts down on Qs but really
hurts my mults.

I did not CQ at all in this contest. In WPX I can effectively CQ but not in a
contest like this or the ARRL DX where US stations are not worked.

I noticed that N1MM reports my op time as 23.4 hours. It sure seemed like I
spent a lot more time than that in the chair! In checking, I found that in this
contest, N1MM counts any time over 30 minutes with no Qs as being "off
time". It is common for me to go at night for 45 minutes or so on 40 and
80 with no Qs. When I counted only times over 1 hour as "off time" my
op time increased to 30.7 hours which seems far more realistic. However, to be
consistent, I'll continue to report the N1MM time.

Anyway, another great contest. My worst day contesting is better than my best
day working, as the saying goes! See you in the CW contest next month!

73, Bill Parker W8QZA - W6QU qrp
 
VE5PV(@VE5RI)   M/M HP   672,0122016-10-30 23:20:51
Many EU stations heard but they couldn't hear us. Weird condx!
 
VU2XE   SOAB HP   293,7582016-10-30 23:24:34
With New call (earlier VU3KPL) and HP category it was better on SSB than any
earlier contests. Though propagation was not very good, enjoyed every bit of
the contest with hombrewed amplifier (300-400W) and spiderbeam antenna in
assisted mode. Thanks all for contacts.

For detailed experience please do visit my blog post at :
http://kiranpadiyar.blogspot.in/2016/10/cqww-ssb-2016-soab-hp-vu2xe.html

Cheers
Kiran
VU2XE (ex VU3KPL)
 
NI7R   SOSB(A)/40 HP   2,0442016-10-30 23:29:11
Saving my energy for next weeks CW Sweepstakes.
 
S57Z   SOSB/80 HP   38,7362016-10-30 23:42:41
73,Igor,S57Z
 
EA5DFV   SOSB/15 HP   247,9052016-10-30 23:51:38
Mostly running just for fun.
I was in the chair for less that 12h and it's not a bad result on 15m, a lot
better than could be expected.
Good runs for central EU both mornings and also a good one sunday evening from
the other side of the pond.
Thanks for the QSO.

73 de Jose
 
KH6LC(N6GQ)   SOAB HP   6,601,4762016-10-31 00:14:27
Huge thanks to Lloyd, KH6LC for allowing me to come over to his tropical
paradise and play radio. This was sort of a last minute thing for me due to a
heavy work schedule and many balls in the air as it were, but wonderful to see
great friends Lloyd, Rob (NH6V) and Curt (AH6RE).

Thanks for all the QSOs!

As so many have said, conditions sucked. It was almost creepy to be on for a
whole weekend from a killer station and almost never hear a single peep from
Europe on any band. The one big exception was a fantastic greyline longpath
opening on 40M that lasted 2+ hours as it passed from zone 21 over to zone 14.
That was something I won't soon forget.

The station, after some redesign with antenna placement since earlier in the
year, played exceptionally well. I always felt loud. I had brought over a SO2R
box that was untested and didn't have it hooked up until just before the
contest. Even though there were issues with the box and interconnects, all
ended up working better than expected. No equipment failures to speak of! More
filtering, antennas more spread out, more fixed yagis, and lots of improvements
still to come.

Given conditions as they were going into the contest, I had hoped for 5000 QSOs
and around 5M points, and I felt that would have been a reasonable score based
on no real preparation and conditions that were less than optimal, so when the
score rolled passed 5M I was happy and had a good portion of the day left. I
actually slept a good deal more than planned!

Radio 1: FTDX5000 + AL1500
Radio 2: FTDX3000 + AL1500
10M: 7L M2 yagi
15M: 6L M2 yagi
20M: 5L M2 yagi + KT36XA fixed on JA (StackMatched)
40M: 4L + 3L yagis (Stackmatched)
80M: 4 Square
160M: Vertical dipole

It was great to talk with all of our friends around the world in the best
contest of the year.

Please look for KH6LC in CQWW CW (M/2)!

73 de N6GQ @ KH6LC
 
K7DR   SOAB Classic LP   9,4502016-10-31 00:36:31
FTdx3000 100w
10m GP
60' end wire
Wintest 4.23.0
QTH Southeast MI

Only had time to get on for a few hours Sunday afternoon. Condx marginal,
worked one zn 15 and two zn 14's on 15m. Was surprised to see 10m open and
worked a number of zn 8 & 9.

I can't operate anything below 20m because of a new noise source that
obliterates 160 thru 30 with noise as high as 20 over. It's not power line
noise because it's totally quiet above 14 MHz and below 1.8 MHz.

I'm solving the problem by moving in next two weeks to new QTH! Hope to be back
on in time for CQWW CW

73 Dave K7DR MI
 
OQ5M(ON5ZO)   SOSB(A)/80 HP   154,8722016-10-31 01:00:23
Two zones more than last year, nine countries more.
350 QSO less, 80 USA contacts less. Score down from 191k.

Fun factor quite a bit lower too. Still no regrets. Given the solar state of
affairs and the torture that is SSB, SB80 seems the way to go.

All it takes is three lengths of 2.5mm² copper wire (vertical from the tower +
2 elevated radials) and a beefy kW (< 1200W at all times).
The RX loop proved to be key for some contacts. It's a single terminated K9AY
loop fixed to the USA. My double XE mult was undecisive between deep QSB and
high noise on the vertical. Steady copy on the loop.
I used the K3 in diversity mode (vertical + loop).

Nothing from the far east. It was hard to get beyond Moscow. Some easy mults
from the Middle East was all I could harvest.

Established fact: not spotted = not in bandmap = no contacts.

73 de Franki ON5ZO / OQ5M
http://www.on5zo.be/
 
OZ7BQ   SOSB/40 LP   3,4002016-10-31 01:01:28
Strange to find the 40 M CW band almost dead on a sunday evening and to find the
40 M SSB band full of S9++ (plus spatter) stations.
CW is the way to go!
CU
73 Hans Jørgen (Joe).
 
M7W(G3TBK)   SOAB(A) HP   1,000,1522016-10-31 01:11:33
Dreadful condx. High QRN when beaming towards sun. My lowest score for years.
Frustrating to hear southern EU stations working DX not heard here.
Some very bad signals 10 kHz wide didn't help matters - hope adjudicators were
taking notes!

FT5000 + KPA500. 400 Watts.
4-el Yagi, Dipoles, Inverted-L @ 20m.
 
S5ØK   SOSB(A)/15 HP   574,2542016-10-31 01:12:22
From this part of the globe we had many things in this ctest: low sunspot
number, reasonable high A and K, as well as aurora. Consequently, no
propagation into zones 1, 3, 19, 31, 40, also missing 34. Just 391 qso's from
NA, low signal levels, 13 only from JA, one the first day. Over 1400 from NA
last year. There were near 10 more countries that were heard or echoed, but not
worked. No HB0, EA6 managed to get into log. Have spent lots of time calling
into 3V8, then two came back on my cq close to ctest end. Had great luck with
several zone 27 stations. Qso #3 was VK6NC from zone 30, tnx.

In general it was a struggle, getting any new stations across the band. It is
still the same, when Central America works North America in our evening, even
though you have the signals S9+ here, the chance to work you is small.

In conclusion, it was a challenge and it was fun as well, the setup performed
without a glitch.

Thanks for all calls. 73s,
Marko, S50K
 
YR5N(YO5PBF)   SOAB(A) LP   276,6402016-10-31 01:24:27
Dissepoynted weekend with very low level propagation.YEHHHH !!!
Thanks too all for qso's and points and i hoppe the conditions are bether in
CW part.
Best 73's de YO5PBF/YR5N Boby
 
AT2W(W1UE)   SOAB LP   525,2282016-10-31 01:26:37
CQWW SSB 2016 will probably go down as probably the year with the fewest records
ever being set. From VU, conditions seemed to be abysmal. During the contest,
not only did I not work any stations from W/VE (and, yes, I did look for K3LR,
K1LZ, W3LPL, and KC1XX in their usual spots), I never even HEARD any station
from W/VE. Closest I came to hearing a W/VE station was V4 and 8P. With PJ4X,
they were the only Caribbean stations that I heard/worked.

So, conditions were a bust, but they were the same for all. Mr Murphy, though,
made his usual presence know. Friday night, about 6pm local, the SteppIR
developed a problem. It would not tune properly. Nandu VU2NKS calibrated it,
changed bands with it, and the SWR remained high after the first band change.
At 2AM local Sat, with the contest start at 5:30am local, the Stepp IR was
ruled out until it could be fixed. Nandu, Prasad VU2PTT, and Deepak VU2CDP
dropped the crankup tower, pulled the SteppIR assemblies off the mast, then
cranked the tower part of the way up; they then diagnosed and fixed the problem
and the task was completed about 9pm local Saturday night.

While they were busy with that task, I was operating. Without the SteppIR, my
antenna was an 80M dipole with a XMatch antenna tuner. I started the contest
at 0000Z, and attempted to work Europe on 40M in vain. I simply could not
break the European wall with that antenna and 100 watts, on either 40 or 80M.
My first QSO was with HS0ZIA on 15m at 0140Z. I kept at it, off and on, having
to spend some periods of off time when they were disassembling/assembling the
SteppIR assemblies. At 1630Z, the SteppIR now repaired, my totals for the
first 16 hours of operating were 59Q 18Z 33C. Most of the Qs were 1-pt Asians.
The good news was that I was now at full strength; the bad news was that I had
missed the European run times on the high bands for the day.

Sunday was much better than Saturday. Best hour was at 0800Z, with a 75.
Several other hours were over 50.

Highlights: Working HS0ZIA on 80M. We made a sked, and kept it. Working 8P5A
and PJ4X on 40M the last hour of the contest. PJ4X on 40M- op did a great job.
Got called by a YB, then stopped the pileup from Europe and only worked Asians
for a couple of minutes. I don't know how he held the Europeans at bay, but he
probably added a dozen mults in 5 minutes by doing so!

Lowlights: I missed out on about a dozen mults on 80M due to the frequency
allocations in VU. In the last several hours, I had requests from a number of
stations to QSY to 80M. They would also give me their frequency- 3711, 3770,
3754. I would come back with no, I can go to 3691, and they would come back
with their frequency again. Well, if you want the double mult from VU on 80M,
you need to know that VUs can't transmit above 3700KHz. I can and did work a
few stations on 80M, but I never transmitted above 3700KHz. So, in your
notebooks for next year, make a note of that. If you want the VU double mult
on 80M, you need to have a frequency below 3700.

All in all, it was a fun contest. Its nice to be the DX! Working from W1, you
never hear people thank you for the multiplier, but you get it frequently here.
Even with the antenna problem, it was a successful contest. If no antenna
problem, even with the poor conditions, I still would have made my pre-contest
goal of 1000Qs LP SSB.

I'd like to thank Nandu VU2NKS, for the use of his fine station, and his wife
Cuckoo, for the hospitality in opening their residence and station for me. I'd
like to thank Prasad VU2PTT and Deepak VU2CDP for their ongoing support and work
on my behalf. I'd also like to thank ARSI, Amateur Radio Society of India, for
their support in this operation.

Dennis W1UE/AT2W
 
S53M   M/S HP   5,606,2922016-10-31 01:27:54
Big changes happening at S53M in last months:
- new switching matrix supporting 5 TRX
- new control, coax, power supply cables
- new stack match units for upper four bands
- renewed shack (walls, floors, operating tables)
- new inband antenna (1 amp 2 radio, reverse switch)

This was the first full time attempt after complete dismantle and rebuild of
the shack. First M/S from S53M with inband antenna. Great tool! Our biggest
challenge was to avoid some control boxes bugs, but some how managed to find a
working configuration.

JA/PY two wire two directional beverage did not perform at all, so need to work
on that as well.

OPs doing the hard work were: S53WW S51FB S53ZO S51ZO, even S58A dropped by to
do some inband QSOs. S55HH was active in the days before the contest so thank
you for your help. S52EZ thank you as well for BPF repair.

160m: INV-V
80m: dipole
40m: 4el KLM, vertical
20m: 6el KLM, KT34XA
15m: 6el KLM, KT34XA
10m: 6el KLM, KT34XA
Inband: 40-10m INV-V 200m away
RX ant: USA, JA/PY beverages, 80m horizontal loop, 40m vertical loop
Stackmatches: SJ2W design, S55O kit
Control boxes: SG, 8x2 AG, 1A2R, RS3000 all by 4O3A
HP BPF: HP BPF by 4O3A

SH5: http://lea.hamradio.si/~s53zo/sh5/2016_cq-ww-ssb_s53m/

73
Simon, S53ZO
 
PS2T(@PY2OMS)   M/2 HP   18,407,6072016-10-31 02:15:55
With a propagation better than we expected, nice group of friends we ended up
with a considerable good score.
We had a great pleasure to receive two visitors from Argentina, LW9EOC (Tim)
and LW1DTZ (Esteban). Mixed with the Brazilians we made a very happy
team.Thanks for being on our log.
73
Oms PY5EG
 
CN2AA   M/S HP   28,536,9482016-10-31 02:28:40
Was very interesting to compete with EF8R team.
Thanks to all who calling us.
CU in CW part.

73, CN2AA
 
S53GO   SOAB(A) HP   94,6202016-10-31 02:28:45
All QSO's S&P.
Thanks to all for QSO's.
Sonja-S53GO
 
TF3CW   SOSB/20 HP   751,2042016-10-31 02:41:43
When Powerhouse Station K3LR is a 3-3 on the meter at the start....you know
something is seriously wrong with the propagation.....which turned out to be
true for the whole contest....

The Aurora blanket was out in force....but Aurora or not, propagation Worldwide
seemed to be extremely bad......even the Dupes were at an all time high..at
139..!

But hey...! this is CQWW and you stay in the chair no matter what....

See you in the CW part...!

Siggi TF3CW
 
K8GU   SOSB/15 HP   3,5642016-10-31 02:59:09
Just a quick check-out of a new antenna on Sunday afternoon. Still don't have
the rotator cable run into my shack, so I was running out to the back yard to
turn it!

Thanks/73,

--Ethan, K8GU/3.
 
EF8O(DJ1OJ)   SOAB Classic LP   275,2182016-10-31 03:06:47
IC-756PROIII 100W
Ant: GPA-50
 
RT2A(RM2D)   SOAB HP   1,080,5782016-10-31 03:09:29
Planning, preparation and targets are always good for performance. All of this
was done, but nevertheless, this turned out to be challenged by Mother Earth
and her big sister, the beloved impressive sun...

My initial plan was to perhaps enter into a Single Band Operation from my
modest Small Pistol Station RM2D. The rotator for the Hexbeam stopped working
some months ago and lack of time and drive to fix that problem gave me just a
few options (Single Band 80 or 40). On CW that would have been fun, but I was
hesitant to enter on SSB with just verticals on Low Bands.

So when Andrew, UA3AB, asked me if I would like to use his excellent station
instead, the decision was easy to make.

Target files from two appropriate challenges were created in Win-Test. One for
Unassisted and one for Assisted. I had not made my mind up whether to go for
Assisted or not, but eventually decided for not using cluster - maybe a wrong
decision as conditions really turned out to be more challenging than ever in a
CQWW Phone contest.

Some of our Scandinavian friends explained the feeling of being inside the
Aurora oval... I was not exactly inside, but for sure affected in this Eastern
part of Europe. While south and west Europeans worked pile to North America on
the Saturday, I only managed to break through to the big guns on the East Coast
(5 or 6 US stations in the log that day).

Sunday was slightly better on 20 towards USA, 15 meters opened a bit to JA and
zone 26/27/28/29 and 30, but only big guns on the band. Casual JA's had
probably started collecting stamps or keyrings instead of exposing themselves
to these kind of propagation challenges.

Instead of sitting 48 hours in the chair, aiming for some nice UA3 or European
Russia, this became an endless fight against the voice inside myself that
repeated the words "time to quit". I managed to mobilize forces for
the second day through a useful sleep of 5 hours. Low Bands were disaster and
never even heard any US on 40 and 80 meters, despite of 3 elements on 80 and
stacked yagis on 40. West and South Europeans should come here to Moscow some
time when K index is 4-5 and A index close to 30. Then they would appreciate
any bad conditions in their own places.

Anyway, despite the above challenges, the experience was still excellent. This
thanks to Andrew UA3AB and his XYL Lena! Thanks a lot for hosting me and I was
really spoilt by excellent lunches, dinners and breakfast!

In the CW leg I think I might be in VK4 land, so maybe I will have a chance to
visit some station there - otherwise, see you in CQWW 2017 :)

Mats RM2D (SM6LRR)
 
IX1CKN   SOSB/80 LP   4,6802016-10-31 03:13:42
Tried to enter as monoband, on 80, where my set-up usually had hard times, to
improve operating and have DXCC on 80 grow. It's the only way to go I admit for
an ham operator. Easy things are the shortest path. Ham radio needs the longest.
Had fun and enjoyed my radio time!
 
K6CSL   SOAB LP   4,7942016-10-31 03:15:40
I believe this is the worst score I have ever had in CQ WW SSB. The conditions
were awful. I heard big gun stations working stations I couldn't even hear. I
heard a couple of JA's, Friday night on 40, but I couldn't work 'em. I heard
Masa, JH4UYB, but he could never get my full call sign. Maybe things will be
better for SS. I will miss CQ WW CW. We will be attending a family
Thanksgiving/reunion down in AZ. We have had some very serious events in
Patti's family this year. Unfortunately I won't have a host available to allow
operation from there, as I have in past years. 73's to all. Bert, K6CSL
 
ON6NL   SOAB(A) QRP   250,6402016-10-31 03:50:14
If you mix QRP and SSB you know it will be a struggle. But I want to set new
Belgian records in all three modes for the SOAB(A) QRP this year so had to do
the SSB part also.
Results for QSO and country scores were about as planned but the number of
zones and points very disappointed because of poor propagations to North
America and Asia. 10 and 15 looked sometimes like what I do on VHF with
sporadic-E and meteor scatter contacts.
Rig: IC756Pro2 at 5 Watt
Ant: KT34a and dipoles 20m up
Software: N1MM, VE7CC, QSOrecorder
 
N1UR   SOAB HP   3,485,8102016-10-31 04:01:10
WOW - not for a good reason. Note to self - when K = 5/6 for
a few days before a contest and SFI is beloe 80/85, expect a slog.
I knew it was going to be bad - and was prepared for a different
strategy for sure. But not this bad. Absorption was amazingly bad
on all bands really. I was hard to believe that I had zone 16 on
only one band - 20 in the first 24 hours. I finally picked up
zone 16 on 80, 40 and 15 on Sun and 17 on 20 on Sun. When you pull
all of the Russians and zone 16 out of the contest - the rate goes down. Also,

I felt that the participation in general was way down because
conditions were so bad - expect for US guys looking for the zone
mult - that was unfortunately up this weekend. Also, great increasing
activity from the SA guys.

I shifted mentally after the first 10 hours just to stay in the game.
I have not done less than 43 hours in a CQWW contest in over 10 years
but this time - the naps were needed to keep sane and a best use of time when
the
CQing on 40 or 80M is producing nothing - except for US guys looking
for zone mults.

Everything worked well except for one antenna - 40M south - which was
was more important than usual this year. Will have that fixed for
CW.

Despite it all - still love this game.

73

Ed N1UR
 
OH1F   M/S HP   2,917,2672016-10-31 04:09:35
Condx can't be much worse. No SA or CA on high bands. No JA on 15/10m.

CU in CQWWCW as OH5DX (@OH1F)!
 
KI4AAU   SOAB Classic LP   2,5922016-10-31 04:12:29
Just learning, to log and submit scores, so bear with me.
 
VE2DXY   M/2 HP   883,2242016-10-31 04:17:53
A combination of antenna, network and poor band conditions made this a tough
contest to work, but we had fun from Zone 2 in Canada. Propagation to Europe
was a challenge having an affect upon our final score.
 
K1RM   SOAB Classic HP   212,5322016-10-31 04:21:42
no excuses!
 
VK2IA   SOSB(A)/20 HP   531,2002016-10-31 04:22:26
Antenna work hasn't progressed as much as I had wished for this year. So I was
still stuck with my spider beam on a 10m mast and decided to go SB20, believing
that 20m was the 'safest' band...

The first part of the contest felt like pulling teeth, no run, nothing. When my
hopes for a decent LP run into EU on day 1 were dismissed by the propagation
gods and a constant S7 hiss started to drive me nuts later that nighht, I
decided to change my operating mode to 'casual' ...and go assisted.

Condx on day 2 improved. Had a few good runs into EU, still no NA and AS/JA/BY
was extremely slow. NA signals were on average better than the previous day. In
total only 10% of the QSOs were with NA vs 50% with EU. Western and Southern
Africa are always somehow difficult from over here and I was not overly
surprise not to hear a signal from zones 34-36-37-38.

Will be back into 'serious' mode for the CW part, let's hope for a change…
Thanks for the Qs and see you in November.
73
Bernd VK2IA
 
MMØAWA   SOAB LP   13,0662016-10-31 04:27:08
just picking off things here and there, no effort.

73 Gordon
MM0AWA
 
WB2P   M/2 HP   1,060,6562016-10-31 04:36:15
WB2P at W2YC's station.
 
W4EEY   SOAB HP   477,4052016-10-31 04:44:50
Had a great time. Thanks to all operators who stood by while I completed some
contacts. Great sportsmanship!

See you next year!

73 Gary W4EEY
 
K1KNQ   SOAB HP   646,9322016-10-31 04:44:56
Rig: FT-1000D + Alpha 87A
Logging: N1MM
Antennas: 10/15/20 4 element quads, 40M single element, 75M 4sq. vertical
array.

Jack K1KNQ
 
KM7N/9   SOSB/15 QRP   2472016-10-31 04:52:18
My fist attempt at QRP contesting. It's rough and tough, requires patience and
a new paradigm for what equates to success. Using a low 40M dipole, I was
averaging just over 1 QSO/hr. In any other contest effort, this would be
laughable, but this appears to be the norm for QRP contesting.
Thanks for all the Qs!
 
N2IC   SOAB HP   2,359,2902016-10-31 04:53:36
--NEW PERSONAL RECORD--
...But not a good one ! Lowest score since I moved to New Mexico in 2003.
Previous low score was 2,813,217 in 2007. Hard to believe it was only 3 years
ago that I scored over 7.7M !

No opportunities to run Europe on any band, at any time. Even JA runs were
unusually limited. Who stole 40 meters to JA the second night ? Once it was
clear that neither 20 nor 15 were going to open to Europe on Saturday morning,
I had to do a major mental adjustment to stay in the game. Just treated this
more like a VHF contest, and had fun "filling in the boxes" by
working as many of the Caribbean, Central American and South American folks on
as many bands as I could.

A few selected stats: Zone 16 - 5 QSO's. Zone 20 - 3 QSO's. Zone 19 - 4 QSO's.
Zones 17, 18, 22, 23, 26, 34, 37 were completely missing. Total Europe - 153
(1/3 of those were Spain). Never heard SM, LA, ES, LY, YL. 3 G's - and those
were on 80 and 40 meters. Was thrilled to work DL2ARD on backscatter on 15 for
my only DL on that band, out of 11 total DL's.

Still, it was fun.

73,
Steve, N2IC
 
K4PV   SOAB HP   1,050,1862016-10-31 04:55:35
Conditions very rough, however, it was an opportunity to work search and pounce
aggressively. I had a rare 10 Meter SSB run (168 QSOs per
Hour)........Hopefully, conditions will improve during CW WW
 
RM3F(@UA3DPX)   M/S LP   1,294,9202016-10-31 04:58:26
I do not remamber such bad propagation.
And LOW POWER is difficult!!
But i did not lost any power amplifier and other equipment that sometimes
happens when you have such big crowd of people at your place.
Hope in CW will be easier!!
73! Andy UA3DPX
 
N2SR   SOAB(A) HP   1,574,4002016-10-31 05:14:24
Definitely need a better 160 antenna, though I did work CN2AA in the last 10 min
or so. Working on that as a future project.

New setup seems to be working.

Tom, N2SR
 
N5DX(@N2QV)   SOAB HP   3,734,0552016-10-31 05:15:59
It was great to again pilot the N2QV station. Unlike ARRL DX and WPX CW, I
operated the station in person instead of remotely. There is functionally no
difference between the two, but I always like looking out the window to see the
antennas I'm using.

Conditions were about as bad as you can get. There was absolutely no EU
sunrise opening on 40 meters on Sunday morning. I did hear K5TR running EU
during this time but that just wasn't possible from here. The typical 20 over
EU big guns were S7 during this time which gives an indication of the poor
conditions. I sweated working zone 16 on 40 until one finally called during
the last hour of the contest.

It was a treat to use the new 160 meter four square. The entire N2QV work crew
put in an extreme amount of time on the project and the result is a customized
masterpiece!

Congrats to everyone on sticking through really abysmal conditions. Fingers
crossed that they are better for CQWW CW. Thanks to N2QV and WU2X for again
hosting me. I had a great time and the station was flawless.

73,
Kevin N5DX
 
HG7T   M/2 HP   9,075,8922016-10-31 05:19:02
Vy 73!Tibi HA7TM
 
KØOU   SOAB(A) HP   362,4722016-10-31 05:28:06
ic-756pro3, Alpha 374A about 800 watts to a c4SXL up 65 ft
Very poor condx here on Saturday, then when things started looking up on
Sunday, it sounded like the rf attenuater switched in and everyone was weak.
Hopefully CW will be easier. CU all then.
 
N4RJ   SOAB(A) HP   243,6502016-10-31 05:45:21
All Wires under 35' High
 
PJ4Q   M/S HP   13,115,8712016-10-31 05:56:30
Another fine week on Bonaire! CU for the CW contest next month -

73
Scott
W4PA
 
VC3R(VE7VR)   SOAB HP   1,429,2082016-10-31 06:11:53
Despite the Auroral Zone casting a wet blanket over the path between northern
Ontario and Europe, it was still fun. As this may be the new normal for this
cycle, a new strategy may need to be employed. This may also be the first
contest I have done in the last 40 years with no signals heard from
Japan...yikes!!!
 
K3OO   SOAB(A) HP   634,4322016-10-31 06:11:58
Mostly tuning and DXing.. Did try a cq on 10m Sunday morning..first 3 callers
were ZS6 9J2 C91 all 3 were double mults.. that was fun.

No receive antennas hooked up yet... sure missed them on the low bands.

73,
Rick K3OO
 
N7RK   SOAB HP   50,7182016-10-31 06:14:57
Rotator is out being rebuilt with beam stuck on south so decided to get out my
slingshot and put up a 20 meter dipole which I did on Thursday afternoon. One
end over a 45 foot tree and one end tied to the vertical part of my 160
Inverted L @ 36 feet. Worked great for what it was. Worked everything I heard
except for a couple of China stations. These guys don't seem to hear well on
any band. For the short time I was on. Cndx were horrible. No Europe or Africa
on 20 for me except a TF and a CN2. Worked more Europe and Africa on 80.

Station:

FT-1000MP, TL-922 Amplifier
160 Meter Inverted L for 160/80/40
20 Meter Dipole @ 38 feet

73,
Dave N7RK
 
IT9RBW   SOSB(A)/80 HP   108,9742016-10-31 06:16:27
I decided to spend a weekend suffering on band 80 m on ssb! I reached the goal.
The first night was above expectations, I closed over 300 qso and 70 countries.
The second was upsetting, bad conditions, high qrm and unsuccessful calls,
incessant manual search, the second VFO did never stop, the bandmap was empty;
there wasn't anything to do.
The third night was the same, the Sicily is too far away from all the Europe.
In centre Europe at 12:00 utc they ran, here I thought about the
There were always s57aw and ol0m, in every hour of the day.Compliments.
My inverted L attracted so many qrm, at the end about 30 American station, only
4 ja.
To complete the suffering, within hours of the end, I had problems with Al, so
I decided to close.
I couldn't do anything more, pleased of me, but less of the result.
I won't do anymore a contest in Low without an rx antenna, my ears have to take
a break.
In contact with my dear friend iz2wfl (IB9A), who has partecipated on so 40A,
congratulations for the work done.

Alex IT9RBW
 
N2BEG   SOAB Classic LP   187,2242016-10-31 06:20:50
Conditions to start were horrible. Got a little better Sunday but working into
EU was a challenge especially below 20m with 100W. Propagation gods were not
present.
 
OK7W(OK1CID)   SOSB/40 HP   439,7702016-10-31 06:21:52
Tnx for all QSOs!
Due to aurora allmost no US stations. On the other hand lots of EU, especially
beginners stations from G and I.

Tnx to Honzik OK2ZAW and Pavel OK1MU for technical help and food during contest
:)
 
K1KP   M/M HP   1,727,4402016-10-31 06:23:39
Like running a marathon in mud up to your knees! Thanks to all guest ops who
tolerated the poor condx.
 
WW4LL   M/S HP   3,148,2372016-10-31 06:24:06
Still have some work to do since the summer rebuild, but the W3JK antennas are
working very well, particularly the new 40 meter beam.

Nothing to add here about the lousy conditions, that others haven't already
said. That being said, 15 was a welcome surprise, but Saturday was much better
than Sunday regarding propagation.

We had a great team of operators here with good food, so it was a very
enjoyable weekend.

73'...Fred, WW4LL
 
DL4YAO   SOAB(A) HP   529,8032016-10-31 06:25:52
IC7800, 8877
80/160m: 25m Wire...
40m vert. Dipol
20m 2 Ele Moxon
15m 4 Ele Mono

Never worked anybody west of W9 on 15 and W0 on 20m.
Heard a single W7 but no QSO. Did not work a single JA..
KC1XX was strongest from the US north east. Some nice sigs
from W4 and W5 as well. Beeing south was an advantage this year.
Very nice signals from zones 8/9 and south america, so many
LU, PY, CE etc..
Great to work the CE0 on 15. Lots of activity from zones 21, 33 as well plus
some nice african mults.

See you im CW
 
VC7X(VE7JH)   SOAB LP   631,3502016-10-31 06:27:31
Challenging conditions here on Vancouver Island.
A good score from here is usually determined by how many multipliers we can get
from outside the Americas. Well, there weren't many this year:
19 European contacts (all 20m), and a mere 50 JA's (40-20-15) are in the log.
Luckily it seems every Caribbean island had a station on it and our South
American friends were out in full force.
Most of the contest time was spent trying to find a spot to call CQ with my
100W and then running the short but intense USA pileups.
Had to skip 6 hours Saturday morning, needless to say that's when we had a
short 10m opening.
Thanks to Duane, VE7UF for the use of his station, his 4 towers with a large
selection of assorted aluminum and wires made all the difference.
73,
Gabor, VE7JH
 
EA6/EI6DX   SOSB/20 LP   65,0002016-10-31 06:29:59
A few hours on 20 only. The weather in Mallorca is just too good and conditions
too poor to make it a serious effort this weekend. I hope condx improve in
November.
73!
Stan
 
K3ORC   SOAB(A) LP   31,9162016-10-31 06:34:23
Tough conditions in Maryland. Like digging through rocks to make a contact.
 
OG6N(OH6NIO)   SOAB(A) HP   811,1852016-10-31 06:35:08
The propagation was the most challenging that I have ever experienced in CQWW. I
had to take many short breaks to overcome the fatigue. One positive thing is
that it can't get any worse than this. Or could it?
 
N4WW   SOAB(A) HP   1,021,8962016-10-31 06:35:11
I must admit that even CQWW contest cant overcome dreadful conditions. I had
great hopes a month earlier as cqww rtty a month early had great conditions.

Now questioning my sanity about entering any ssb contest for next few years at
bottom of cycle.

Tried to sit through this one but after 3-4 hours of operating had to walk away
for 3-4 hours. Didn't even operate a total of 24 hours.

Hated not having the 40 meter beam. Actually got the broken beam off the tower
but tower guy doesnt want to put it back up. So cqww cw now back in limbo. May
chuck it for this year, as wife has me spending the cqww cw Thanksgiving week
out of town until friday before contest.

73 doc n4ww
 
W2CG   M/2 HP   2,014,0002016-10-31 06:40:35
Tnx for the Qs. Condx not what we expected. Mostly S&P. QSL via LoTW.
 
PY2YU(@PY2EYE)   M/S HP   9,922,6082016-10-31 06:43:50
Rig: FT-2000 + TS-850S
Amp: Alpha 91b + Hallicrafter HT-33B (Modified with 4CX1500)
Ant: 10/15/20m: TH7DX Tribander @ 21m
10m: 5 el. Yagi @ 14m
40m: 2 el. Yagi @ 18m
80m: Inverted V @ 15m
160m: Inverted V @ 15m

Thanks all for the QSOs.

Conditions were strange, 10m was better than we expected. 20m and 40m were
really worst than we can image before of contest. We need improve our antennas
on those bands, principally 20m. We can't make a really running on those bands,
basically only S&P for multipliers.

See you all in CQWW CW.

73/DX

PY2YU / PX2W Team.
 
KF5JRA   SOAB LP   39,8722016-10-31 06:44:30
IC-7300 Barefoot with just a K4KIO 6 band Hex beam at 35 feet
 
K7WP   SOAB(A) HP   1,077,9122016-10-31 06:45:25
FT1000MP/ AL811H/ Force12 6BA @ 70'/ Mosley CL33 @ 30'/ 80/160 Loaded tower/
N1MM+

That was tough...particularly without the needed EU mults. Left some stuff on
the table, but thanks to JA for the decent run on 15, and the great SA
activity. Funny prop (what there was of it...) Appreciate all the Qs...73...CU
in CW!

John K7WP ..
Go AZ Outlaws...!
 
IB9T   M/S HP   6,404,5802016-10-31 06:48:46
It was our second contest effort after the big fire that, on last summer,
destroyed the woods and a lot of important hardware outside our shack.
We lost the 40m 4-square, hundreds meters of coax and control cables to
some yagis, all RX antennas and more.
Then, we had to build and use some field day style wire antennas for 40,
80 and 160, without any RX antenna because no enough time to setup, just
to have all the six bands available to join the contest.
It was anyway a new good opportunity to have fun all together and for
interesting training for some young operators who joined us to be part
of the game.

See you in the CW leg!

Joe, IT9BLB
one of IB9T
 
V47T(@V47NT)   M/S HP   16,531,0182016-10-31 06:58:38
Maintaining a station in the Caribbean is hard when you visit twice a year.
No matter how much you plan, something will go wrong.

The 20/15 tower was in desperate need of replacement. Thanks to Felipe NP4Z,
who sent down new sections, but was unable to get here due to family issues.
I sent 3 new yagis to eliminate a rotator, and fix them in main directions as
well.
The work was planned in September but could not happen. So we had to do it all
the week of the contest, not optimal in the least. The 3 of us worked very hard
all week, and got all the tower/antennas up, including a new 160 phased array. 2
days of running wires all over the place for 100 QSOs. But it looks real good
:)

It was great to have Dan K1TO join us. He is not known for his SSB skills, but
had us fooled. I think he will give up CW now and become a full time phone op.
NOT.
And his tower skills were invaluable, we would never have gotten all the work
done without his efforts.

We were down one amp, no time to fix the spare. Luckily they held up OK.
We tested the generator on Friday, started right up. Then on Saturday
afternoon, the power went out. Of course, the generator would not start.
It even has an electric starter, but nada. This was during prime time running
hours.

Watched a YouTube on my phone on Harbor Freight generator problems since we had
nothing better to do. Cleaned the spark, filled the oil.. Almost started...
Let is sit some more, then finally after 2 hours we were back in business.
Cost us the 10K qso mark for sure.

The QTH has horrible line noise problems, probably worse now then ever.
Thank our lucky stars the old reliable TH7 at 25ft was available.
There is little if any noise on that thing, even though its close to the other
antennas. We could hear well on that antenna, and ran mostly on it. Just a
shame the new yagis were not used for running as much as planned.

Congrats to DG and TO for clock hours of 400+, with our peak rate at 441 for
60min. It was a lot of work for them, but a labor of love.
Dan asked me on Sunday during a particularly noisy run " Tell me again,
why are we doing this?"
My answer was... "It's just what we do".

Thanks to DG for his support when I get nervous, and his work ethic.
We only argued and yelled at each other once. New record.
And the support from NP4Z, V44KAI, and V44KBP was also invaluable.

CU again from V47T on CW single op.

73, Andy N2NT/V47NT


V47T
By band - All modes
QSOs (without dupes) - By time

| Hr | 160 | 80 | 40 | 20 | 15 | 10 |
Total |
| | | | | | | |
|
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| 00 | 4 | 11 | 209 | 12 | | |
236 |
| 01 | 3 | 16 | 166 | 4 | | |
189 |
| 02 | 1 | 17 | 190 | 3 | | |
211 |
| 03 | 4 | 219 | 19 | | | |
242 |
| 04 | 1 | 155 | 63 | | | |
219 |
| 05 | 5 | 4 | 173 | | | |
182 |
| 06 | 3 | 5 | 209 | 1 | | |
218 |
| 07 | 2 | 62 | 68 | 10 | | |
142 |
| 08 | 2 | 36 | 48 | | | |
86 |
| 09 | 49 | 49 | 3 | | | |
101 |
| 10 | | | 4 | 148 | 8 | |
160 |
| 11 | | | | 146 | 126 | 13 |
285 |
| 12 | | | | 9 | 280 | 22 |
311 |
| 13 | | | | | 72 | 1 |
73 |
| 14 | | | | | | |
|
| 15 | | | | 2 | 205 | 8 |
215 |
| 16 | | | | 8 | 222 | 8 |
238 |
| 17 | | | | 1 | 151 | 85 |
237 |
| 18 | | | | 6 | 11 | 389 |
406 |
| 19 | | | | 3 | 3 | 317 |
323 |
| 20 | | | | 4 | 299 | 81 |
384 |
| 21 | | | | 3 | 396 | 1 |
400 |
| 22 | | | | 334 | 17 | |
351 |
| 23 | | | 1 | 252 | | |
253 |
| 00 | 1 | 2 | 87 | 53 | | |
143 |
| 01 | 1 | | 244 | | | |
245 |
| 02 | 1 | 73 | 75 | | | |
149 |
| 03 | | 1 | 182 | | | |
183 |
| 04 | | 67 | 52 | | | |
119 |
| 05 | 17 | 5 | 15 | | | |
37 |
| 06 | 1 | 42 | 1 | 3 | | |
47 |
| 07 | | 25 | 12 | | | |
37 |
| 08 | 4 | 39 | | 1 | | |
44 |
| 09 | | 34 | 23 | | | |
57 |
| 10 | | 4 | 17 | 113 | | |
134 |
| 11 | | | | 79 | 105 | |
184 |
| 12 | | | | 2 | 169 | 4 |
175 |
| 13 | | | | 2 | 37 | 49 |
88 |
| 14 | | | | | 1 | 233 |
234 |
| 15 | | | | 2 | 1 | 208 |
211 |
| 16 | | | | 1 | 72 | 60 |
133 |
| 17 | | | | | 13 | 166 |
179 |
| 18 | | | | | 315 | 3 |
318 |
| 19 | | | | 4 | 280 | |
284 |
| 20 | | | | 41 | 193 | |
234 |
| 21 | | | 1 | 299 | 1 | |
301 |
| 22 | 2 | | | 302 | 2 | |
306 |
| 23 | 4 | | | 191 | | |
195 |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| | 105 | 866 | 1862 | 2039 | 2979 | 1648 |
9499 |

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N5AW   SOAB LP   1,132,2302016-10-31 06:58:59
Lowest full time score since I moved to this location in 2001. Thank goodness
for all the South Americans or this would have really been bad. Almost twice as
many South Americans worked as Europeans! Half of my European contacts were with
EA and I. Only two zone 16s - US1I on 40 and RT5K on 20. Never even heard 17,
18, 22, 23, or 34. Of 64 "run" QSOs - mostly from a JA opening on 15
Sunday afternoon - a third were zero pointers. Usually put in around 42 hours
but just couldn't stay in the chair that long when things are so slow.

Continent List

160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL
--- --- --- --- --- --- ---
USA calls = 3 1 1 2 20 4 31
Canada calls = 5 15 15 28 33 1 97
NA calls = 6 25 36 39 48 31 185
SA calls = 3 17 32 67 91 103 313
Euro calls = 0 2 39 67 70 5 183
African calls = 1 4 8 8 25 9 55
Asian calls = 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
Japan calls = 0 3 6 11 33 0 53
Ocean calls = 0 9 9 12 32 10 72

Total calls = 18 76 147 234 353 163 991
 
IZ5MOQ   SOSB/160 HP   4,1202016-10-31 07:01:36
I did a cameo on saturday evening to spend a few pleasant hours on 160M.
 
CR3A   M/S HP   23,923,5702016-10-31 07:04:57
Classic Multi-Single set up - two radios (RunRadio+MultiplierRadio), four guys
making turns on run radio and all making turns with multiplier radio. No inband
and other fancy stuff. Still, lots of fun. Even tough propagation was poor,
there is always "good conditions" in zone 33.

Faced several problems with station this year:

No time to put up beverages, broken rotators, broken antennas, broken crunk-up
tower. Passing time and the hard winds of the north side of the island are
degrading the hardware.

Antennas:

160 - Inverted V
80 - Slopping dipole
40 - Inverted V for USA and 2 el fixed for EU (only 6 meters high)
20 - 4 el fixed USA (with missing parts in reflector) and 5 el for Europe
15 - 5 el usa and 5 el fixed Europe
10 - 3 el tribander for USA and 5 el fixed Europe

With no rotating antennas on 10 and 40 it was a struggle to work some
multipliers. We missed our beverages but somehow managed to work most of the
stuff.

Anyway is no stuff like the CQWW. ALready counting the days for the next one.
Many thanks for all that called and made this event very enjoyable


CT3 - Madeira Contest team
 
K5WA   SOAB HP   1,405,6702016-10-31 07:07:22
Wow, talk about slogging through a mud pit. I ended up with half the score I
had in LP last year...and the antennas WERE still in the air when I went and
checked.

I essentially had NO RUNS and even when I did, it was zero pointers. I
actually stopped running when the zero pointers started so mostly S&P
during this one. I sure wish the rules would give those at least a point to
help give the casual operator a little more entertainment so they like future
contesting.

I decided not to get killed in LP by N5AW so I switched to HP for this one but
when I heard N2IC, N5DX and K5TR doing a serious SOAB HP effort, I knew any
meaningful WRTC points were out the window. ;-) HP was painfel enough from
here but I can't imagine what this one was like in LP.

Thanks for the Qs.

Bob K5WA
 
OE1HHB   SOAB LP   351,2672016-10-31 07:08:50
Rig: Kenwood TS570D + telescopic vertical antenna mounted on the 6th floor
balcony railing (Chameleon Hybrid-Mini 5:1 antenna base + up to 5 m long MFJ
whip).

Bad band conditions with nearly no DX but a lot of short skip QSOs.
Couldn't get through to T8TH which would be a new one for me but 9
new bandslots worked during the contest.
 
AB4B   SOSB(A)/80 HP   78,3002016-10-31 07:11:04
Great activity on the band. First time using new 4 sqr antenna. Didn't know
how well it played in the "heat of battle" till this weekend. Still
working on
antenna reconfiguration for the rest of this solar cycle. No 20mtr antennas in
the air for the weekend so good time to proof the 80mtr array. Thanks for all
the activity both nights and even at the end of the test during our sunset.
Most challenging Q's where making the grade with OA4SS and 9K2HN. Looking
forward to CW weekend with possible multi-op effort from "Sweet home
Alabama".
CU then - Tim, AB4B
 
WB4OMM   SOSB(A)/20 QRP   5,1502016-10-31 07:15:39
KX-3 running 5W out to an A3S 3EL 20M beam. Only a few hours available, but
figured I'd see what I could work. Never ceases to amaze me, I can get the S4
TF QSO on the second call, but couldn't work any of the 59+ Europeans with
repeated calls! Also got the 6W (OK, that one took a LOT of calls!!). Anyhow,
It was a fun few hours. 73 to all! Steve WB4OMM
 
W1EBI   SOAB(A) HP   513,5462016-10-31 07:17:00
Conditions were terrible for everybody, but they were especially terrible.
That, plus a phone contest, made it hard to find the fun. Thanks to a serious
electrical problem last week (lost the neutral in the AC power feed to our
house) I have been running on generator power for eleven days, using lots of
propane. I was able to work (all S&P) the class A and B stations, but my
dipoles just could not hear the weak ones that I heard being called, so no
attempt to try running as I knew I could not hear the majority of stations
calling another W1. Oversleeping Saturday night and taking a break for the
Pats game Sunday limited my BIC time, but when in the chair I kicked butt.

George W1EBI
 
W6SZN   SOAB(A) HP   33,9152016-10-31 07:21:52
A few hours of S&P. Conditions pretty bad from WA but still great fun to
say "Hi" to friends.
 
WP3DX(KP4WK)   SOAB(A) LP   138,1802016-10-31 07:23:08
Awesome contest weekend, weather was beautiful outside.

Notes;

-Somehow sneaked out for a total of 12.54 hours of operating time.

-10 meters seemed dead. Call call call and nothing then out of no were Hawaii
KH6CJJ calls me.

- I glanced at the N1MM logo on my screen at the same time the actual N1MM
called me, weird.

- Worked W3LPR followed by W3LPL, weird

-Call call call and nothing, next call and all of the sudden I got a mini burst
of stations coming back.

-They come in waves, they’ll find you!

-Lots of big stations with a lots of power but no ears. There was a tango india
with a lot of people calling him but he kept calling CQ.

- 303, 330 and 342 degrees seemed to be the most productive headings for the
Mosley.

- Sunday afternoon, had a good run into South America on 15m.

- Beamed into Europe a few times and barely worked a few stations all from Echo
Alfa.

-Saturday night called CQ for 15 minutes on 40m and no takers. I shut the rig
off, grabbed a cold one and went to see the World Series between the Chicago
Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.

-I was having a good run on 20m but they kicked me out of 14.290 because of a
net…. QSY QSY QSY up up up.

-Stations on 14280 were loud.

-This was a remote operation from Tampa FL and the rig in Puerto Rico. Tnx to
KP4TR.

-Lots of Boricuas were spotted during the weekend, KP4LE, KP4PR, KP4JFR, NP3HT,
NP4ET, WP3C, KP4BD, KP4/K6DTT, WP4OXG, NP3LY, NP3OT, KP4XX, KP4MF, KP4KE (QRP),
NP3A, WP4SK, WP4WW, WP4ONJ, KP4VP, KP3Z, KP4RV, WP4PGY, WP3DX, NP3U.

-Notes for next year, focus on 40 / 80m and get the multipliers.

-N5RGV Se acabaron las quenepas!

-Got the adrenaline pumping a few times.

-Ham Radio is Fun!
 
PY2KJ   SOAB(A) HP   1,646,6762016-10-31 07:31:24
RIG: FT-1200dx
ANT: A3S - 3 el. tribander by CUSHCRAFT @ 11 meters high - 10/15/20(bands)
ANT: 2 El. - 40 meters band by PP5UA @ 11 meters high - 40(band)
ANT: Inverted V for 80 meters @ 9 meters high - 80(band)
PWR: 550 W
LOG: N1MM+

OPERATION TIME: 28:03 hours

Thanks for all contacted stations. I had a hard work for listening. The A3S had
a great job but I need to upgrade my antennas to get better conditions on RX !

See you in the next !

73s

ART - PY2KJ
 
WO7V   SOAB HP   3782016-10-31 07:32:15
I'm really not trying to post the lowest score. But to say I was distracted is
a bit of an understatement!
 
K5TR   SOAB(A) HP   3,367,2092016-10-31 07:33:27
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Countries Zones
___________________________________________________________

160SSB 35 35 79 23 12
80SSB 122 122 278 56 23
40SSB 774 759 1600 110 32
20SSB 614 610 1149 111 31
15SSB 963 956 1901 107 31
10SSB 241 240 486 56 21
___________________________________________________________

Totals 2749 2722 5493 463 150

Final Score = 3367209 points.

Another CQ WW DX contest in the books. Even with the challenging
condtions this contest was mostly fun. There were moments when I was
just not sure why I was still operating. I kept thinking conditions
would get better but it seemed they never really cleared up. I got in
a about two hour nap on friday. I was at the radios about 46.5/47
hours. Other than laying down for about 15 to 30 mins twice during the
contest and taking two quick showers I was at the radios the rest of
the time.

I decided to go assisted again this year - I was still unsure late on
Friday if I would be assisted or unassisted. would do that again this
year. I am torn between wanting to have the help of all my firends
around the world and doing it all myself. I think that the use of the
skimmer servers on CW have gotten folks out of the habbit of spotting
things on SSB. I had to keep reminding myself that the bandmap
produced by spotting on SSB is not the compleate picture that it is on
CW and that I need to tune the band and not just rely on the spotting
network.

It was nice to not have the rain and staic of last year. Too bad that
the absorption was making the signals weak or non-existant on the low
bands. Looking at my 3830 post from last year I can see that the
static really limited my low band numbers the first night. While I did
make up some ground the second night last year - overall I did better
on 160, 80 and 40 this year even with all of the absorption.

160 80 40 QSO/Mult

2015 D1 13/18 62/59 353/118
2016 D1 32/31 99/72 479/113

2015 D2 11/10 32/23 228/23
2016 D2 3/4 23/7 280/29

2015 TO 24/28 94/82 581/141
2016 TO 35/35 122/79 759/142

(2016 contact numbers inflated with many more contacts with the USA)

I am still amazed at how well I get out on 80 meters with my sloping
dipoles. I keep thinking I sould build a 4 square for that band and
then I do another contest and it makes it hard for me to justify the
time and expense. But I guess I will just need to build one to see
how it compaires to these two sloping dipoles. I guess with the
prospect of the coming years of contests at SFI=70 I should just get
on that project.

I only had a few issues with the station. The rotory 15m yagi switch
postion starting acting up the first night - I switched away from it
and when I switched back it did not swich in. I swapped to another
controller (same on several bands) and it did not fix it, nor did
reseating the connectors at the wall. I was about to go wire around
it ( 200 ft walk) when it swiched back on. It was late enough that I
really only needed this one antenna so I stopped swiching it. On
Saturday morning this switching problem occured again and I could not
get it to come back - so I did walk out to the tower and move that
antenna to an unused switch position and that fixed the issue for the
rest of the contest. And proving once again that having the swiching
at the ground is the best way to go - sure makes wiring around issues
in the middle of a contest easy. The other swiching issue is one that
I solved before the start. We have been having issues with the 40
meter postion on the two radio switch. I thought it was relays and in
fact I now think this issue has been affecting us for a long time. And
even caused us to think we were having amp TX relay issues. Now I
need to go back and look at that amp issue again. It turned out to be
a cox connection issue with the center pin connection between the two
radio switchbox and the coax connector on the cable. I sure hope that
is the *one* cause of this issue - because it will be great to finally
solve it. There are a few line noise sources that I have been
ignoring (lack of time) for a few years that have been getting worse
and they were more annoying this weekend - likely due to weak signals
and also needing to work stations more sations from directions
(southeast) were the worst noise is from. There have been a few
weekends were we have gotten lucky and it has been very quiet. Time
to get them fixed - get that ball rolling this morning.

I am sorry this is all so long winded but I will confess that I find
it very useful to me to have a record of these contest events in one
place - and these 3830 score postings are very useful to remind me
what happened in past contests.

Thanks for all the contacts and as always great to hear all of my
friends from all over the world in this shared event.

Station: http://www.k5tr.net/
2x Elecraft K3 radios (tnx k5ot)
1x AL-1500 amp
1x Alpha 78
trlinux - http://kkn.net/trlinux

160 - 1/4 wave sloping verticals sloped east and west
- SAL-30 RX array
- NE, NW, SE, SW beverages ~500' long

80 - Half wave sloping dipoles - sloped NE, NW from 120'
- SAL-30 RX array
- NE, NW, SE, SW beverages ~500' long

40 - 4 element yagi at 120'
- Cushcraft 40-2CD at 87'

20 - 6 element yagi at 80' fixed NE
- 6 element yagi at 80'
- 6 element yagi 40' fixed NW
- 4 element yagi 60' fixed SE

15 - 6 element yagi at 70'
- 6 element yagi at 35' fixed NE
- 4 element yagi at 50' fixed SE

10 - 6 element yagi at 60'
- 6 element yagi at 30' fixed NE
- 4 element yagi at 40' fixed SE
- 6 element yagi at 120'


lots-o-numbers follow


HR 160 80 40 20 15 10 HR TOT CUM TOTAL SCORE
-- ----- ------- -------- -------- ------- ------- ------ -------- -----
0 --- --- 1/2 41/31 65/26 --- 107/59 107/59 0.02M
1 --- --- 50/42 34/9 --- --- 84/51 191/110 0.05M
2 --- 45/31 1/2 4/0 --- --- 50/33 241/143 0.07M
3 6/8 5/5 61/13 11/0 --- --- 83/26 324/169 0.11M
4 6/5 6/5 7/9 10/2 --- --- 29/21 353/190 0.14M
5 3/4 14/13 14/3 --- --- --- 31/20 384/210 0.17M
6 8/6 5/5 32/5 --- --- --- 45/16 429/226 0.20M
7 2/4 9/8 38/11 --- --- --- 49/23 478/249 0.25M
8 4/1 3/0 92/6 --- --- --- 99/7 577/256 0.32M
9 3/3 7/5 81/5 --- --- --- 91/13 668/269 0.40M
10 --- 2/0 59/9 --- --- --- 61/9 729/278 0.46M
11 --- 2/0 24/0 --- --- --- 26/0 755/278 0.48M
12 --- 1/0 9/3 26/21 1/2 --- 37/26 792/304 0.55M
13 --- --- --- 70/11 32/33 --- 102/44 894/348 0.70M
14 --- --- --- 74/7 27/23 --- 101/30 995/378 0.84M
15 --- --- --- 4/3 37/10 32/36 73/49 1068/427 1.01M
16 --- --- --- 9/8 17/4 44/10 70/22 1138/449 1.13M
17 --- --- --- 3/3 21/1 75/6 99/10 1237/459 1.21M
18 --- --- --- 2/2 49/4 14/3 65/9 1302/468 1.31M
19 --- --- --- 4/4 15/2 24/4 43/10 1345/478 1.40M
20 --- --- --- 9/4 31/8 6/2 46/14 1391/492 1.48M
21 --- --- --- 3/4 78/2 2/2 83/8 1474/500 1.57M
22 --- --- --- 60/6 24/2 5/0 89/8 1563/508 1.68M
23 --- --- 10/3 30/4 12/1 --- 52/8 1615/516 1.76M
0 --- --- 9/7 27/4 --- --- 36/11 1651/527 1.84M
1 1/1 2/1 28/1 17/3 --- --- 48/6 1699/533 1.90M
2 --- 3/1 29/0 2/2 --- --- 34/3 1733/536 1.93M
3 --- 6/0 13/4 --- --- --- 19/4 1752/540 1.96M
4 --- 2/0 8/1 --- --- --- 10/1 1762/541 1.97M
5 2/3 3/1 4/3 --- --- --- 9/7 1771/548 2.01M
6 --- 1/2 2/0 --- --- --- 3/2 1774/550 2.03M
7 --- 2/0 25/4 --- --- --- 27/4 1801/554 2.08M
8 --- --- 46/4 --- --- --- 46/4 1847/558 2.14M
9 --- 1/1 38/2 --- --- --- 39/3 1886/561 2.20M
10 --- 1/0 18/0 --- --- --- 19/0 1905/561 2.22M
11 --- 2/1 19/1 --- --- --- 21/2 1926/563 2.24M
12 --- --- 35/0 2/1 --- --- 37/1 1963/564 2.30M
13 --- --- 3/0 18/9 12/3 --- 33/12 1996/576 2.39M
14 --- --- --- 75/2 6/0 2/2 83/4 2079/580 2.47M
15 --- --- --- --- 91/7 3/3 94/10 2173/590 2.63M
16 --- --- --- --- 71/2 9/4 80/6 2253/596 2.76M
17 --- --- --- 4/0 53/0 18/0 75/0 2328/596 2.85M
18 --- --- --- 34/0 21/0 --- 55/0 2383/596 2.91M
19 --- --- --- 10/0 35/0 1/0 46/0 2429/596 2.96M
20 --- --- --- 25/0 43/1 --- 68/1 2497/597 3.04M
21 --- --- --- 2/2 66/4 1/0 69/6 2566/603 3.13M
22 --- --- --- --- 96/2 4/5 100/7 2666/610 3.29M
23 --- --- 3/2 --- 53/1 --- 56/3 2722/613 3.37M
D1 32/31 99/72 479/113 394/119 409/118 202/63 1615/516
D2 3/4 23/7 280/29 216/23 547/20 38/14 1107/97
TO 35/35 122/79 759/142 610/142 956/138 240/77 2722/613


Cabrillo Statistics (Version 10g) by K5KA & N6TV
http://bit.ly/cabstat

CALLSIGN: K5TR
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
OPERATORS: K5TR

-------------- 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 1 41 65 0 107 107 3.9
0100 0 0 50 34 0 0 84 191 7.0
0200 0 45 1 4 0 0 50 241 8.9
0300 6 5 61 11 0 0 83 324 11.9
0400 6 6 7 10 0 0 29 353 13.0
0500 3 14 14 0 0 0 31 384 14.1
0600 8 5 32 0 0 0 45 429 15.8
0700 2 9 38 0 0 0 49 478 17.6
0800 4 3 92 0 0 0 99 577 21.2
0900 3 7 81 0 0 0 91 668 24.5
1000 0 2 59 0 0 0 61 729 26.8
1100 0 2 24 0 0 0 26 755 27.7
1200 0 1 9 26 1 0 37 792 29.1
1300 0 0 0 70 32 0 102 894 32.8
1400 0 0 0 74 27 0 101 995 36.6
1500 0 0 0 4 37 32 73 1068 39.2
1600 0 0 0 9 17 44 70 1138 41.8
1700 0 0 0 3 21 75 99 1237 45.4
1800 0 0 0 2 49 14 65 1302 47.8
1900 0 0 0 4 15 24 43 1345 49.4
2000 0 0 0 9 31 6 46 1391 51.1
2100 0 0 0 3 78 2 83 1474 54.2
2200 0 0 0 60 24 5 89 1563 57.4
2300 0 0 10 30 12 0 52 1615 59.3
0000 0 0 9 27 0 0 36 1651 60.7
0100 1 2 28 17 0 0 48 1699 62.4
0200 0 3 29 2 0 0 34 1733 63.7
0300 0 6 13 0 0 0 19 1752 64.4
0400 0 2 8 0 0 0 10 1762 64.7
0500 2 3 4 0 0 0 9 1771 65.1
0600 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 1774 65.2
0700 0 2 25 0 0 0 27 1801 66.2
0800 0 0 46 0 0 0 46 1847 67.9
0900 0 1 38 0 0 0 39 1886 69.3
1000 0 1 18 0 0 0 19 1905 70.0
1100 0 2 19 0 0 0 21 1926 70.8
1200 0 0 35 2 0 0 37 1963 72.1
1300 0 0 3 18 12 0 33 1996 73.3
1400 0 0 0 75 6 2 83 2079 76.4
1500 0 0 0 0 91 3 94 2173 79.8
1600 0 0 0 0 71 9 80 2253 82.8
1700 0 0 0 4 53 18 75 2328 85.5
1800 0 0 0 34 21 0 55 2383 87.5
1900 0 0 0 10 35 1 46 2429 89.2
2000 0 0 0 25 43 0 68 2497 91.7
2100 0 0 0 2 66 1 69 2566 94.3
2200 0 0 0 0 96 4 100 2666 97.9
2300 0 0 3 0 53 0 56 2722 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 35 122 759 610 956 240 2722

Gross QSOs=2749 Dupes=27 Net QSOs=2722

Unique callsigns worked = 1997

The best 60 minute rate was 131/hour from 1332 to 1431
The best 30 minute rate was 180/hour from 1649 to 1718
The best 10 minute rate was 222/hour from 1657 to 1706

The best 1 minute rates were:
7 QSOs/minute 1 times.
6 QSOs/minute 3 times.
5 QSOs/minute 15 times.
4 QSOs/minute 61 times.
3 QSOs/minute 189 times.
2 QSOs/minute 468 times.
1 QSOs/minute 875 times.

----------------- C o n t i n e n t S u m m a r y -----------------
160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
---------------------------------------------------------------------
North America 22 64 303 351 457 106 1303 47.9
South America 7 22 40 68 117 104 358 13.2
Europe 1 14 103 124 158 5 405 14.9
Asia 0 1 203 35 125 1 365 13.4
Africa 4 10 19 11 30 9 83 3.0
Oceania 1 11 91 21 69 15 208 7.6
--------------------------------------------------------------
Total 35 122 759 610 956 240 2722

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 25
4 790
5 915
6 951
7 2
8 20
9 15
10 4

------------------ C o u n t r y S u m m a r y ------------------
Country 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------------
3V 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
4O 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
4X 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
5B 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.1
5H 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
6W 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.2
6Y 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.2
8P 1 1 2 2 2 2 10 0.4
9A 0 2 2 3 1 0 8 0.3
9H 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
9J 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.0
9K 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
9M2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
9M6 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 0.1
9Y 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 0.1
A3 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.1
A7 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
BV 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.1
BY 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
C3 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
CE 1 2 3 10 13 11 40 1.5
CE0Y 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 0.1
CM 1 3 7 4 9 1 25 0.9
CN 1 3 3 3 3 1 14 0.5
CP 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
CT 0 1 2 4 6 1 14 0.5
CT3 1 1 2 1 2 1 8 0.3
CU 1 1 1 1 2 0 6 0.2
CX 0 0 2 4 5 6 17 0.6
D2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
D4 0 1 1 1 2 1 6 0.2
DL 0 0 12 12 2 0 26 1.0
DU 0 0 4 1 3 0 8 0.3
E5/s 0 1 1 0 1 1 4 0.1
E7 0 1 1 1 2 0 5 0.2
EA 0 2 14 10 54 2 82 3.0
EA6 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.1
EA8 1 3 7 1 10 3 25 0.9
EA9 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
EI 0 1 2 2 3 0 8 0.3
ES 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.1
ET 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.1
EU 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
F 0 1 7 12 20 1 41 1.5
FG 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.2
FK 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.1
FM 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.1
FR 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.1
FW 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
FY 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.2
G 0 0 9 4 2 0 15 0.6
GD 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
GI 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.1
GM 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.1
GW 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.1
HA 0 0 2 3 1 0 6 0.2
HB 0 0 4 5 7 0 16 0.6
HB0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.1
HC 0 2 2 4 2 2 12 0.4
HH 0 0 1 1 2 1 5 0.2
HI 0 2 2 1 4 3 12 0.4
HK 0 2 4 3 5 2 16 0.6
HL 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.1
HP 0 0 0 2 3 1 6 0.2
HR 0 0 1 1 3 0 5 0.2
HZ 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
I 0 1 7 18 30 0 56 2.1
IS 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0.1
*IT9 0 0 2 2 4 0 8 0.3
J6 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
JA 0 1 191 29 122 1 344 12.6
JT 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
K 2 12 187 164 253 64 682 25.1
KG4 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.1
KH0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.1
KH2 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0.1
KH6 1 2 13 10 13 5 44 1.6
KL 0 0 1 4 1 0 6 0.2
KP2 1 3 4 3 3 2 16 0.6
KP4 1 4 13 12 9 6 45 1.7
LA 0 0 0 3 1 0 4 0.1
LU 1 3 2 8 23 23 60 2.2
LX 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
LY 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
LZ 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
OA 0 1 1 1 3 2 8 0.3
OE 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 0.1
OH 0 0 1 3 3 0 7 0.3
OH0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
OK 0 0 3 2 0 0 5 0.2
OM 0 1 2 2 1 0 6 0.2
ON 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 0.2
OZ 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 0.1
P4 0 2 3 3 3 2 13 0.5
PA 0 0 6 2 0 0 8 0.3
PJ2 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.2
PJ4 2 2 2 2 2 2 12 0.4
PJ7 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.1
PY 0 2 10 22 43 46 123 4.5
PZ 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.2
S5 0 1 1 3 3 0 8 0.3
SM 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0.1
SP 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
SV 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
SV9 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
T32 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
T8 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
TA 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
TF 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.1
TG 0 0 2 2 1 1 6 0.2
TI 2 2 5 4 5 4 22 0.8
TK 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.1
UA 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0.1
UA2 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 0.1
UA9 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
UN 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
UR 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
V2 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.2
V3 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
V4 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.2
V6 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 0.1
VE 9 24 62 135 142 10 382 14.0
VK 0 4 24 2 19 5 54 2.0
VP2E 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.1
VP2M 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.2
VP2V 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
VP5 1 2 2 2 2 1 10 0.4
VP6 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0.1
VP9 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.2
VR 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
XE 0 2 3 2 2 1 10 0.4
YB 0 0 35 1 12 0 48 1.8
YL 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
YN 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.2
YO 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
YU 0 0 4 3 1 0 8 0.3
YV 2 2 5 4 12 2 27 1.0
ZD8 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.2
ZF 0 1 1 1 2 1 6 0.2
ZL 0 3 5 3 9 2 22 0.8
ZL7 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
ZP 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.2
ZS 0 0 3 0 6 0 9 0.3
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Total 35 122 759 610 956 240 2722

------------ 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
-------------------------------------------------------------
05 5 10 98 92 159 41 405 14.9
04 5 21 101 130 118 22 397 14.6
25 0 1 193 30 122 1 347 12.7
03 1 4 47 70 119 10 251 9.2
14 1 6 68 65 103 5 248 9.1
08 9 21 39 33 42 23 167 6.1
15 0 7 31 49 53 0 140 5.1
11 0 3 11 23 44 47 128 4.7
09 5 11 18 16 26 12 88 3.2
13 1 3 4 12 28 29 77 2.8
28 0 0 39 1 13 0 53 1.9
33 3 7 13 6 16 5 50 1.8
31 1 3 14 11 14 5 48 1.8
07 2 4 10 11 14 7 48 1.8
30 0 3 18 2 18 5 46 1.7
12 1 2 4 11 14 12 44 1.6
32 0 4 8 5 15 4 36 1.3
10 0 3 3 6 5 4 21 0.8
27 0 0 7 2 8 1 18 0.7
02 0 2 4 5 2 2 15 0.6
20 0 1 3 6 3 0 13 0.5
06 0 2 3 3 2 1 11 0.4
35 0 2 2 2 3 2 11 0.4
01 0 0 1 7 1 0 9 0.3
38 0 0 3 0 6 0 9 0.3
36 1 1 1 1 2 2 8 0.3
29 0 1 6 0 1 0 8 0.3
16 0 0 2 4 1 0 7 0.3
24 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 0.2
37 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.1
21 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0.1
19 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.1
39 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.1
40 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.1
23 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
17 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 35 122 759 610 956 240 2722

Multi-band QSOs
---------------
1 bands 1595
2 bands 237
3 bands 74
4 bands 39
5 bands 37
6 bands 15

The following stations were worked on 6 bands:

VP5DX ZD8W CR3A PJ2T NP3U PJ4X
6Y4V PJ4Q V26B TI5M VP2MDG V47T
VE3EJ VE9AA 8P5A

------- S i n g l e B a n d Q S O s ------
Band 160 80 40 20 15 10
----------------------------------------------
QSOs 6 26 477 340 630 116
 
K5KG   SOAB(A) HP   1,365,2102016-10-31 07:36:16
Conditions way down from last year, with openings to EU and AS quite limited.
Did not hear any JA's or other deep AS on 10 or 15. Pleasantly surprised,
however, at the good turnout of SA, especially on 10m, and very surprised to be
called by VP6AH (Pitcarin Is.) on 10m. That was a treat! Also, many Cuban
stations were QRV, including T48K.

Station:
K3 + Acom 2000A
2X triband yagi at 60'
6el 10m yagi at 30' fixed on SA
80m inv vee
160 inv L
Pixel loop

73, George, K5KG
 
L4SXT(K4SXT)   SOAB Classic LP   158,1302016-10-31 07:39:51
Condx were awful. Almost every QSO was a struggle. Never even heard zones 16,
17,18,19,25 - much less the rare ones. Where were the Russians?

Rig: FT-1000mp MkV
Ant: 28' stealth wire vertical
 
GW2X(GØDCK)   SOSB/160 HP   18,4082016-10-31 07:41:02
Thanks for all who worked me ,great fun pity condx was not very good but ha ho .
 
ON3DI   SOSB/80 LP   10,5422016-10-31 07:41:53
Hi

Last year I had around 500 qso's on 80m, had some nice pile-ups, so the plan
was the be active again on 80m. Two weeks before the contest I read the
prediction of a solarstorm the tuesday before the contest. I hoped that the
consequences of that storm would be over before the contest. Unfortunately it
wasn't, K index was 5, said enough.

I could know that the conditions would be hard. Normally it isn't easy to find
a clear spot when the contest starts, this time it wasn't a problem. The first
hour I had 24 qso's, even when I was spotted. CN2R came back to my call, it was
a small highlight. After six hours I had 62 qso's, for comparison, three years
ago I had 69 qso's the first hour. I think the word frustration is in place...
I heard station like W3LPL, WE3C, KC1XX, they were weak and the couldn't hear
me. At 6 UTC I had again a hour of 22 qso's, better then the 6-7 of the hours
before that. After that I went to bed and slept a few hours. I had no interest
to play on the other bands, instead I called a bit CQ in CW. I'm still learning
and trying to increase my speed. I called CQ with 20wpm, worked some guys, but I
have still a lot of work to do until the CQ WW CW.

At Saturdayevening the first hours started good, ON3EI was so kind to spot me
different times, as result I had an hour of 33 qso's, party! No special qso's
but it was fun to have something that looked like a pile-up. After that rates
dropped again with 6-13 qso's/hour. I went once again to my seat for a nap.
After my nap I wanted to work USA, but again it wasn't possible, so no US in my
log... The best feeling of the contest was working 9K2HN, hallelujah!

The conditions on sundayevening were even worse, I let it go, watched some tv
and around 23 UTC I was sleeping. Normally I don't quit before the end of a
contest, but the joy was gone. Some DL/F were calling CQ and they couldn't hear
me, if that is not going, why trying then...

2015 2016
38 19u41 QRV time
512 263 qso's on 80m
13 0 USA on 80m
6 6 zones
48 36 countries
25857 10542 (claimed) points
9 19 been spotted

I never been spotted that much, bit pitty that the reward of that was so low.
Anyway thanks to all who have spot me.
I hoped for more, the conditions are getting worse but I think/hope that the
conditions of the past weekend were the result of the solarstorm and not alone
of the decreasing solarcycle.

Done this contest with a fullsize dipole, 50w, N1MM+.

Thanks to all who called me.

Hope to work you during my first full effort during the CQ WW CW. I will try to
call CQ, please QRS a bit!

73

Pieter ON3DI
 
6Y4V   M/2 HP   8,653,9782016-10-31 08:01:14
A good time was had by all. Located at Josh Walker's villa (6Y5WJ) with a
variety of antennas at 2200 ft above sea level, the equipment behaved
admirably. If only band condx had done the same.

Thanks to all who gave us a call and your great courtesy on the air. More to
come.

73
Steve, AA4V
Gaylord, N4SF
Dave, K8AJA
Rick, W4GE
 
VY2LI   SOAB HP   299,8602016-10-31 08:03:35
Had no intention of competing in the test, but after playing around until Sunday
afternoon and recording approx. 150 Qs on S & P, I decided I was having more
fun than I thought I would. So for the next several hours, I became a
competitor; albeit, for dinner with the my wife and a few other breaks.Yes,
conditions were strange, depressed, etc., but I had fun, and isn't that what
hobbies are all about? Thanks, for the calls. 73,Bill
 
K5ZO   SOSB(A)/15 HP   189,8242016-10-31 08:08:39
Decided to go 15 only spence that's my best antenna and 10 is not so good now.
Mostly cqing with s&p to increase mults. Saturday was best for Europe but
still couldn't run. Sunday was a SA day.

Worked state side the most followed by Ve, PY, and EA.
Zones missed 17,18,19,21,22,23,24,34,40.

Still fun.

CU next one Lloyd
 
HP3SS   SOAB HP   1,481,9732016-10-31 08:10:40
One radio. 500W. One tower with wires on 40 and 80.

I decided to switch to 15M single band on Saturday morning (I like that band)
Then I decided to switch again to SOHP after the contest! I am guessing that
this indecision cost me about a million points but it's only a game and I had
fun.

The majority of my QSOs came from the USA whose ops seemed to find me
regardless of my antenna direction.

I noticed some strange propagation. US north and Canada would be strong then
disappear and the w4/5 would be strong. 5 minutes and it was back to the
north.
This happened nearly all day Sunday. I am still learning what is normal
propagation for this QTH. I had the Med stations with good signals but very
little from the north or east EU. A good time with JA in the last few hours
when 15M settled down as stations thinned out but not at a good rate.

As usual I had to quite 3 hours early on Saturday for the hockey game.

A big thank you for all the QSOs!
Also thanks to the local power utility. I only had one blackout.

I am hoping to get something up for 160M before the CW event.

73,
Robby
HP3SS
 
NØIJ   M/2 HP   854,2022016-10-31 08:22:42
Decided this would be a good year to introduce a bunch of new guys to contesting
and really enjoyed having these 4 guys get a taste of it even though conditions
were terrible from our far NW corner of Wisconsin with the aurora oval slipping
so far south for most of the contest. The last hour or so was great on 20,
however!
Thanks for the Q's.
John, N0IJ and gang
 
NP3MR(ALBERIC)   SOSB/40 LP   10,0582016-10-31 08:28:32
This was my first contest as a Rookie, but this category SOSB 40 LP (Rookie) is
not shown on 3830 Scores.
 
HK1X   SOSB/15 HP   1,619,5052016-10-31 08:29:18
Many thanks all people works me on the band my pleasure, nice play, no good
propagation only 29 hours opening.
15 meters stack rotate only the middle antenna the rest was stand by to JA and
EU.
Tooo Much QRM impossible works signals down 4 S Unit.
But rest be good, hope works this contest as well in better conditions on 15
meters soon.
Many thanks to Jorgis HK1R and his Jumanji Contest Station.
Congratulations to ZX5J 15 meter position, nice operator nice guy.
See you in CQ WW CW

Web Page in spanish http://hk1x.wordpress.com/

73
Pedro
HK1X
 
KB5JC   SOAB LP   88,4782016-10-31 08:41:01
Rig : Yaesu FT-950
Antennas : 3EL SteppIR Yagi - Dipoles
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.
 
NV9L(@WB9Z)   M/S HP   2,683,6542016-10-31 08:41:34
This weekend was so disheartening. I always loved this contest because we could
just sit there and run stations non-stop 24/7. Unfortunately, that looks to be
a thing of the past for a while. Worst bands to date, even surpassing Captain
& Tennille and The Partridge Family. The best part was hanging with good
friends and of course...the food.
 
CE4KCA   SOAB(A) LP   33,7962016-10-31 08:42:16
Nice contest ¡¡
 
K9MWM   SOAB HP   217,1252016-10-31 08:47:22
All bands open despite poor solar propagation reporting! European openings
were minimal, but a big thanks to all those South and Central Americans.
Lots more activity than I expected.
 
TI1T(@TI2CC)   M/S HP   3,484,4372016-10-31 08:50:00
This was our club's second contest following a successful inaugural in the
WPX in March as TI0DX. Conditions were very challenging with poor
propagation, sometimes high noise levels and QSB. Initially starting the
contest
as LP the decision was made, after 3 hours, to continue as a HP entry.
Good Contest, we are still learning many things. Have a lot of work for the
future, We enjoy with the friends all around the world. Thanks to all for the
Q's. 73's Carlos TI2CC/TI1T
 
VE9AA   SOAB HP   2,824,5542016-10-31 08:51:02
Well well well , how was *THAT* for FB condx guys? Fantastic, eh?......ummm,
kidding !

I thought maybe this would be a great chance for me to test all the new low
band arrays recently installed here, but instead I

just got lots of S&P practice ! :-) Most runs (if I could even call them
that) were 15-30 Q's with 3 exceptions. One each on 160,

80 , 40 & 20m with over 100 ea. I don't ever recall running EU on any
band with more than 2-3 callers. EU= 17.2% of QSO's

(46.6% last year !)

With condx so dreadful I had contemplated several times just throwing in the
towel, but with 4 new antenna arrays inline, and

runing HP this year. I still wanted to see how they performed. (stn description
at the end)

With the rates so low, if I was running, I would occasionally say "Hi
John, Hi Bob, Hi Steve" while giving my report. I trust the

extra ~1 second of time I used up of yours did not make/break your contest for
you. I am sure I could've squeaked in another 5

or 10 Q's over the weekend if I had not been friendly. If condx had been
superb, I would've likely been "all business", but it

was obvious after the first hour and 37 Q's it would just be a slog and I had
better make the best of it, such as it was. Bad form

for me wanting to spread of little cheer in the midst of the Auroral misery, hi
!

For some reason it seemed like there were not as many overdriven splattery
signals as before. Yes, there were still a few here

and there, but maybe it was the 40dB of AU attenuation that made it bearable to
be nudged up against the big boys and not be

overly bothered by them.

I did have one loud USA station about 2-3kHz above me for my long 20m run
where I had been parked for what I thought was

abt 90mins eventually come down on my frequency and say "Hey, you're
killing me up here, can you move a couple kcs lower

and gimme a break?". I don't know where he thought I was going to move to
! I told him I had been on 14.181 for an hour and

a half (checking the log today revealed it was actual 2.5 hours not 1.5 hours).
He said sarcasticly something about a Mexican

standoff, uttered some kind of profantity and slid down towards me (for more
QRM effect) and then cranked his compression

up. Congrats, you won, I moved and then immediately S&P'd a couple double
mults below 14.150MHz. I was not too worried

because at that point, I am just trying to have fun and not create a mess.
BTW, I run NO compression; when I am HP I tune my

amps carefully and have the mic gain at about 40%. I don't think I can't say
the same about the fellow above me on Sunday.

This was about having fun, not fighting with folks. This is a hobby.

10m was a wasteland. No zone 3 and only 1 European worked on 10m.(CT1DVV). I
came up short of my 100Q goal on 10m.
I was pretty happy to get a few Stateside on 10m backscatter, but I think most
folks missed this as stations from Maine to

Colorado were worked beaming due south yet I called CQ for perhaps 30mins and
worked only 10 guys in the USA.

15m Sat. was primarily SA and some USA. Sunday a smattering of EU, first
sidescatter towards ZS, then direct. Never lasted

very long. Signals weak on my low yagi.

20m was weird. Deep fades and at times short skip into W1/W2/W3....the Eu's
were sounding like they were underwater.

WArbly/watery, bubbly. My first northern stn in EU was OH8X and he was 5/1 if
that. I am sure condx were tough up there

even at a big stn like that.

40m was weak and not normally runnable. Certainly not to EU where I had
counted on a lot of the points to be. Lots of QRM

(of course) and lots of nets, ragchews and whatever. I did have a few say I
was the loudest thing on the bad, which made me

feel good, but did nothing for my log. Still nice to hear, even if it I am
sure it wasn't true,. hi

80m. Likely was the most runnable band . 560 Q's on this band. Pretty darn
good on SSB. I usually avoid SSB on 80m like the

plague but with 10-15-20-40 so miserable I spent a lot of time on 80m and
worked pretty much every stn heard calling CQ.

160m wasn't so bad and the new array kinda held its own for what it was, but
there were times I felt QRP. Left a couple zones

& mults on the table as I evaluated the time spent calling vs. the possible
mult advantage in my head. Still work to do here on

this band though 146-Q's is nothing to sneeze at with a parttime one-night
effort on 160m phone.

I only worked a couple KH6's, mostly on the low bands. Thanks to Jeff N6GQ who
called me on 80m. A definate highlight.

Thanks to Yuri, VE3DZ as VE2IM for my first zone 2 mult on 5 bands. I
actually had a couple other zone 2's from Quebec call

me later and also ran into Naz VO2NS later as well. Always appreciate the zone
2 mult, even though I realize for Yuri it was a

zero pointer. There must have been a zone 2 convention this year ! (and I had
thoughts to activate VO2DX as a LP entrant.

Glad I never did that ). Missed it on TopBand though.

Speaking of zero pointers, I think I had 98% of the VE3's on the band call
me!? Why? They can work any East Coast w1-4 for

zone 5. Instead of getting mad about it, I just worked them and moved on. One
VE3 made me laugh as he called me on 40m

and told me he didn't know his S-meter even went that high so felt forced to
call in and give me an exchange. Nothing for the

log, but gave me a little pick-me-up when I was feeling especially tired.
W1VE(@ K2LE) told me essentially the same thing.

No JA's heard, nor worked. Almost nothing from ZL. Almost zero Russians.

This was an endurance test. I had planned for weeks to do 43hours and maybe
even close to 44 hours, but slept through the

timer I set on Sunday, so it reduced my BIC a little. I don't know how anyone
endured more than 40hours in this one. Butt glue

I guess.

Even though condx were extremely trying I had a good time, ran a lot (too
much!?) Stateside, who I must say were a joy to

work, very civil, friendly and a lot of great friends out there to boot.

Radio # 1, IC-7410 + ancient Alpha 76a
Radio # 2, IC-7410 , usually 100w barefoot. Ran ZS6BKW antenna with conjoined
15m inv vee exclusively on this radio.

Radio #1's antennas:

10m - A3S @ 24'
15m - A3S @ 24'
20m - 4-Square (aluminum verts & raised wire radials)
40m - 4-Square in the trees. All wire.
80m - 4-Square in the trees. All wire.
160m - 2-el BS/EF and NE or SW array.

No RX antennas.

CQ WorldWide SSB - 2016-10-29 0000Z to 2016-10-31 0000Z - 3162 QSOs
VE9AA Max Rates:

2016-10-29 0304Z - 8.0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 480 per hour by VE9AA
2016-10-29 0126Z - 5.2 per minute (10 minute(s)), 312 per hour by VE9AA
2016-10-30 0111Z - 3.4 per minute (60 minute(s)), 205 per hour by VE9AA

SO2R stats: There were 282 bandchanges and 119 (3.8%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.
(radio 2's amp was on the Fritz and was

only in HP mode about 20% of the time.).....100w to a dipole on radio 2 was the
'norm' this contest. Much easier on CW.


Multi-band QSOs
---------------
1 bands 1677
2 bands 306
3 bands 122
4 bands 76
5 bands 28
6 bands 6

The following stations were worked on 6 bands:

8P5A WP3C WE3C W3LPL KP2M K5TR

Thanks all ! I sure hope it's better for the CW leg. At least I'll have some
narrow filters and a voice left on Monday !

CU (all of sudden)

dit dit

Mike VE9AA "New Brunswick"
 
WX3B   M/M HP   3,175,2602016-10-31 08:52:22
 
K1BV   SOAB HP   95,1202016-10-31 08:53:53
SURPRISINGLY, 10 METERS WAS PRETTY GOOD, MOSTLY TO CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA.
 
PI4DX   M/2 HP   4,678,9442016-10-31 08:57:07
Not an all out effort by the PI4DX ops because of the limited availability of
operators. Some of them simply had other responsibilities this weekend.
Despite of the poor conditions we still had a lot of fun this weekend. Spend
much more time doing S&P in comparison to other editions because at times
S&P was simply more profitable.
Hope to see you again in the next contest!
 
WØAO   SOAB HP   21,2802016-10-31 08:57:52
Tried out a new FT-991 for this contest. Performed well once I figured out
where all the screen buttons were. Propagation seemed mostly north-south from
my little pistol station. Antenna is a 44 ft. vertical dipole fed with coax
and tuned from the shack. Thanks for the QSO's.
 
WA3AAN   SOAB HP   81,3752016-10-31 09:00:56
1200 P.E.P to Dipoles at 30 ft.
 
N8II   SOAB Classic LP   772,4502016-10-31 09:03:22
These are the times that try men's souls! The forecast was for disturbed
conditions, and boy did we get that and more! A week before the CQWW last
Sunday 15 M was wide open to every corner of EU at 1330Z, but absolutely no
north EU or even zone 16 worked in the WW. The zones missed on all bands were
18 (SWL'ed RW0A on 40),22,23,26,27,28,29 (nothing heard from VK on 20 LP and
looked),32(only heard ZM1A calling stn.),34,and 37 (worst ever with serious
effort). My best/biggest surprise DX QSO was VR2 on 40 over south magnetic
pole after sunrise. The other big surprise was EU on 10 M from 1519-1553Z on
Sunday working EA,F,CT,and EA6. Also worked on 10 were Canary
Is.(many),CN,ZS,D4,6W,EA9, and ZD8. 10 never seemed to open west farther than
Mexico, no Hawaii. Even 20 never opened well to north EU; SN8 and EU1 had deep
polar flutter on 20 Sunday morning. The low bands were pretty much a disaster.
I could have done better there, but everything past zone 33 was weak on 40 both
Saturday and Sunday evenings.

There were some pluses against the obvious minuses. Sporadic E opened 10 to all
of the Caribbean early Saturday morning with S9+ signals. At the same time there
seemed to be Es from central to west EU on 15 (stations running at very high
rates). There was also strong auroral Es Saturday evening to the north on 20/40
with booming VE2's and 3's, but no big over the pole opening. I did work about
6-8 Japanese on 20 with weak signals then as well as zone 19. It seemed like
Puerto Rico/Virgin Is. was in a sweet spot for propagation and they were well
represented with activity. Propagation to the south did seem enhanced at times
especially on 10 M. From my perspective, the most under represented country was
New Zealand (no Q's, worked a passel in WPX CW), and the biggest turnout was
Chile with an explosion of new calls on 10 and 15 Sunday afternoon/evening. The
Canary Is. were also out in big numbers. Thank goodness there were many Spanish
stations active, but turnout from France and Italy did not seem quite up to
normal.

Most DX operators did a very good job under challenging conditions (20 was
absolutely jammed with south EU most of Sunday as was 40 at the start). When I
stumbled across a spotted semi-rare/rare station, I was pretty well screwed at
times Sunday. The behavior of some of the USA big guns was shameful calling no
matter who the DX was trying to work. I just saved the frequency and came back
later which worked well. I did break some big pile ups easily on 20-10.
Smoothest/best runner award again goes to Andy, V47T (recognized his voice
after a couple of Q's) with kudos to Tom, 8P5A also (weaker than usual). Some
of the zone 33 ops were speaking so fast they lost intelligibility.

My Q's were almost all S&P, only about a dozen were on runs despite some
tries here and there. Conditions/congestion were just too bad for running to
work. I pushed the rate meter up to last 10 Q's of 173 S&P'ing on 20 Sunday
afternoon after a break with a new cast southern EU characters. 10 and 15 to the
south also went well around that time. Thanks for picking me out of the mess!
Let's hope the WW CW is not a repeat!

73, Jeff
 
W4ML(W4MYA)   SOAB(A) HP   1,320,1402016-10-31 09:03:46
run em
 
W9IIX   SOSB(A)/20 HP   43,4702016-10-31 09:08:46
little prop.....
 
TM5X(F6AGM)   SOSB/40 HP   68,1822016-10-31 09:13:36
My plan was do make 100+ DXCC during the contest. Done !
 
KØEJ   SOAB HP   1,396,2132016-10-31 09:14:39
Almost nothing over the pole, only 1 KL7, and not a single JA(!?) Thank goodness
for South America and Caribbean "vacationers". Thought about throwing
in the towel several times...but it is CQWW!

73, Mark K0EJ
 
N5FO   SOSB/40 HP   168,9522016-10-31 09:16:31
OK,so trying to break the area 5 SOSB record on this particular weekend was just
a joke, right! What can I say that already hasn't been said, conditions just
plain SUCKED!

No credible runs to EU combined with a weak Sat morning JA appearance and none
at all on Sunday morning made for a long, grueling effort. The saving thing was
I got lots of nap time.

I did get to explore the receiver features of the TS590 more than usual. The
pileups of strong run stations everywhere in such a small bandspace was indeed
challenging.

Need to do some work on the 40M yagi, as SWR above 7215 was off the charts!
Thanks to the forgiveness of the AL-1500, I was able to push some power up the
425ft soda straw. The local deer loved it. They bedded down on the nice warm
coax for the night.
 
N2CW(KI4KWR)   SOAB HP   24,2742016-10-31 09:20:37
Another great time at the WYRS / SJDXA Shack. Did some site cleanup and checked
all antennas and gave it a try...guess good for Single Op. Thank You to WYRS
for the prime location for ham radio.
Steve KI4KWR
 
S57AW   SOSB(A)/80 HP   493,4352016-10-31 09:21:32
+ 132 dupes, there are also some triples :-)

Conditions on 80m not that bad, some good rates, 160 per hour everage in first
3 hours, nearly 200 in 1st hour. 330 K/VE is more than expected, only 6 JA's
worked. Looks that not so good conditions on high bands resulted in better
activity on Low bands. Nice opening to US last hour of the contest. Few mults
missed due QRM.

Elecraft K3 + Amp
ANT:
2 el wire Moxon fixed to west @ 35m
Full size vertical
Inv V @ 40m

TNX for calls & CUAGN

73 Robert, S57AW
 
TM1O   M/S LP   1,400,4482016-10-31 09:25:13
First time Low Power operation.
Our phasing box for 80m 4SQ didn't work.
Lose time reparing mounting and unmounting 20,60m vertical.
Good weather...
CU next time F5SDD@TM1O
 
N2PP   SOSB(A)/20 HP   221,7602016-10-31 09:29:11
Disturbed geomagnetic field with low solar flux index made it a very difficult
propagation weekend. There were many instances of "one-way"
propagation. Minimal Asia and VK/ZL were heard here.

K3,KW amp,triband yagi @ 80 ft.
 
VYØERC   M/S LP   16,3432016-10-31 09:38:37
NA-008 - Where your signals went to die and the aurora danced
upon their graves. Poetic, so long as you're not contesting!
 
S56M(@S5ØG)   SOSB(A)/20 HP   853,0532016-10-31 09:39:13
Nice contest weekend again, two single bands from the same location. Robert,
S57AW was on 80m and I did 20m as last day decision. Conditions worse than
expected, only 24% NA and 62% of EU.

TNX for calls / HPE CUAGN in CW leg

73 Vito, S56M
 
K9MMS   SOAB(A) HP   203,6452016-10-31 09:52:28
K3 + KPA-500
All S&P

Thanks for the QSOs
73,
Gary
 
NN3W(KL2A)   SOAB(A) HP   1,541,7002016-10-31 09:55:59
Thanks to John Evans N3HBX for allowing Mr. KL2A to drop by the Clarksburg
location for a weekend of challenging contest operating.
 
ES1O   M/S LP   208,3922016-10-31 10:00:45
No comments
 
9H6A   M/2 HP   3,398,5922016-10-31 10:06:55
Ops from New York, Alaska, and Sicily joined the local Maltese team for this M/2
operation. Propagation was not ...great, and problems with the 40M antennas
limited us on that band, but fun was had by all.
 
W9ILY   SOSB/15 LP   9,2882016-10-31 10:08:16
Optibeam OB-9/5 at 18m and phased verticals.
 
NR4C   SOAB HP   9,4472016-10-31 10:10:07
Didn't get as much time on as I'd hoped. Life happens...

Rig worked as expected, worked just about everyone I called. Lots of people on
the air, 20 and 40 were filled with multi stations on top of one another.
Fifteen was my favorite Sunday afternoon. Stations were spread out nicely and
very responsive.
 
5H3EE   SOAB LP   1,900,8002016-10-31 10:13:41
5 JAs in the log... nothing more to say... :-)

Had a lot of time to watch football while looking for multies. Not all the
moves have been working, but many. Thanks to DR1A and 4O3A for 5 bands... 80m
is really not that easy on LP ssb.

Still have had fun, see you all in cw soon.

73 Mike
 
GW4BLE   SOAB Classic LP   459,3602016-10-31 10:15:18
Currently recuperating from major surgery meant that a more laid-back approach
to CQWW was on the cards this year.

Actually getting to the shack had been a challenge, but I was determined to do
at least something in THE contest of the year. I managed to get on for UKEICC
the week before, albeit with just a handful of check-log Qs.

So, what to do for CQWW. With warnings from the XYL not to 'over do it', any
idea of SO2R or full-on single band activity wasn't an option. Indeed, due to
the health issues I'd arranged for my tower to be retracted for the fall/winter
period - even with the electric winch getting it down on my own in bad weather
wouldn't be practical during the recuperation period.

The 24 hour LP classic looked to be an option, having said that even operating
for half the allocated period could be a challenge. We had some domestic
arrangements to sort out, in essence it would mean missing potential HF band
openings to NA at certain times and no overnight activity.

In any contest i always like to set a target, sure world first is always nice,
but a more realistic local record was more appropriate given the circumstances.
For me it was the 24 LP Classic GW record.

Now the dust has settled, logs submitted, audio on line
(http://gw4ble.dxlist.co.uk), and having had an extra sleep this afternoon, it
was time to post to 3830.

N1MM+ shows I was QRV a total of 15 out of the permitted 24 hours - what a
wimp, just 15 hours and *still* tired ;-)

Everyone knows what conditions were like, probably the worst I've experienced
in over 40+ years of CQWW, but whatever the sun throws at us (or not) wouldn't
miss THE contest for anything.

CU next year

Steve
GW4BLE
 
6W1RY   M/2 HP   13,616,1902016-10-31 10:27:16
We had again a very good time with our excellent hosts.
We have been very lucky to see the wooden pole feeding power and phone to the
property keeping its 45 degree angle (from vertical or horizontal !)for the
whole contest ....
Before the contest we had to trim the 80m wirebeam, in fact by trimming many
tree limbs that grew too close to the wires in the past year. A cutlass
associated with its local operator is a good addition to the antenna building /
maintenance tool set.
We were completely deaf on 160m with 20dB over 9 noise level. Other bands,
especially 80 and 40 were also quite noisy.
We had internet mult spots only for the first 8 hours, i.e. until we moved to
20m on the low tribander where our RF turned the router / modem off ... So, our
mult count is low but we know whom to blame. After seing the early claimed
scores, we are happy with our 15m and 10m scores !
 
W6SR   SOAB(A) HP   402,2882016-10-31 10:30:30
Fun, but................this year was the worst conditions I have experienced in
the CQWW SSB in over 40 years of operating.
 
VY1AAA(@VY1JA)   M/S HP   7,2082016-10-31 10:32:05
Radio blackout for most of contest in Whitehorse!

Hopefully the law of averages will give us a good CW SS next weekend!

73, Gerry W1VE
 
K8GL   SOAB HP   318,0172016-10-31 10:40:04
A struggle all weekend. S&P for all contacts except one. CN contacts
greatly exceeded DL contacts and UA contacts. But it was great to share the
bands with other passionate operators in the largest contest of the year!
 
W7WA   SOSB/40 HP   272,4932016-10-31 10:48:26
Epic crummy band conditions but I still enjoyed the contest. After all the CQ WW
is THE contest.

Sunday morning I did not work a JA until 11:47Z. Did not make a short path
European QSO until 35 minutes remaining in the contest. I did work 17 LP
Europeans but I called more EU staions than I worked. On LP without success I
called three zones I missed, RC9O in 18, 4L0A in 21, and VU2RCT in 22. JT5DX in
23 heard twice below 7125 but was not listening higher.

Speaking of 7125 what's with all the stateside guys calling and working DX
between 7125 and 7127KHz? I understand that the FCC rules are not clear cut on
this but calling DX stations there on LSB seems to be an ethical lapse.

73 Dan
 
OK1NP(@OK3RM)   SOSB(A)/20 HP   815,8812016-10-31 10:52:57
CQ WW = The contest.

I had been looking for this contest long time, i have a lot of dreams in the
night when i run nice pile up and enjoy calling a rare DXCC.

What to say about contest and propagation? I don't have comparation for this
band from this QTH and for this equipment which i use, but what is the most
important i REALLY ENJOYED this contest.

I would like to very thanks to Zdeno OK3RM, which do a huge work on QTH and
which cook the best coffee on the world and give me the best support.

Equipment: FT-1000MP, HM PA and 4el@18m, 3el@20m, 5el@10m

At the end a would like to thanks all stations for calling
BEST 73!
Jan OK1NP
 
WN4AFP   SOAB Classic LP   41,7602016-10-31 10:53:02
This was my first all band CQWW. Running an IC-751 with wire dipoles at 10 feet,
I was able to make some Qs on 4 of the 6 bands. My favorite band was 10m.
Conditions were very good on 10m... even worked a new country 6W1RY Senegal.
Worked all S&P and every contact was a DX pile-up. I upgraded to Extra in
May, so it was nice to get out of "band jail" and to have greater
access to all the DX stations. I'll do much better in the CW event. 73s Dave
WN4AFP
 
VA3HFP   SOAB Rookie LP   1212016-10-31 10:58:09
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CALLSIGN: VA3HFP
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-OVERLAY: ROOKIE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 121
NAME: Hermann Fernandes Pais
LOCATION: GTA
ADDRESS: 2123 Blue Oak Cir
ADDRESS: Oakville, ON L6M 5J3
ADDRESS: CANADA
ADDRESS-CITY: Oakville
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: Ontario
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: L6M 5J3
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: Canada
OPERATORS: VA3HFP
EMAIL: hpais66@gmail.com
CLUB: CONTEST CLUB ONTARIO
CERTIFICATE: YES
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5966.0
SOAPBOX: Licensed on August, 9th, 2016
X-SOURCE: CQWW LOGCHECK
X-SOURCE: CQWW LOGCHECK
END-OF-LOG:
 
NE1B   SOAB(A) HP   103,6022016-10-31 11:03:55
Limited time.
 
CT1AOZ   SOSB/160 HP   11,0082016-10-31 11:04:33
Hi guys...
Many thanks to all of you for the contacts and for your patience to catch me
from qrm...
it was a nice contest but propagation was very poor at least here in my side.
Hope to hear all of you and many more in next CW contest. best 73 from Jose
CT1AOZ
 
UW6E(UR6EA)   SOSB(A)/15 LP   147,1502016-10-31 11:17:53
IC-7410 + RTL-HDSDR
100 Watts PEP
Ant's: ST-3-15 Base(25 mh), 3/4 Vertical(20 mh), 2 el's fixed to JA quad e t.c.
 
VA7QD(@VE7IO)   M/2 HP   513,2802016-10-31 11:19:21
Had the wonderful opportunity to work from VE7IO Station operating a 2YL
station. Christine and I were trying very hard to get up our running mode
operation in preparation for our trip to Vimy Ridge Special Event (VE100VIMY)
in April 2017. Had many opportunities to work pile-ups and we are both getting
more comfortable handling them. Many thanks to our two coaches VE7IO (FRED)
and VA7NF (STAN) for providing support and help as needed.
Jeanne VA7QD
 
KØGEO(@WØLSD)   M/S HP   992,8702016-10-31 11:23:21
Enough said in past posts about the very strange conditions. We have never
worked 44 countries on 80 SSB in this test before and another big surprise was
10 opening for 133 Qs and 45 Countries. Ah.. only 1 JA on 15!! and just a
fraction of what we usually work on 40. Thanks to the great showing from
Central and South America or this would have been a colossal bust. However, we
still had fun with the camaraderie of friends.. thanks for all the Qs.
 
W3EP   SOSB/15 HP   83,7792016-10-31 11:27:07
Seems like nearly everyone has noted the poor HF conditions that have persisted
for several weeks and right through the first big contest weekend. Activity
seemed to lag as well, at least on 15 meters. :-( Was surprised to see some
extraordinary scores from other parts of the world (especially where DX
stations could run endless NA QSOs), but maybe not record-breaking.

Hope propagation will be back to normal next month, at least for this part of
the solar cycle.

73 Emil.
 
W7YAQ   SOAB Classic HP   140,8802016-10-31 11:31:47
All S&P. Had weekend guests. Highlight -- ZD8W on 160.

73,
Bob W7YAQ
 
G3Y(G3YBY)   SOSB/20 LP   94,8002016-10-31 11:32:07
Condx poor and score much lower than last year. Very little heard from SA, West
Coast NA and Oceania. Tough with 100 watts!
 
K3SU   SOAB LP   319,9202016-10-31 11:37:15
Really strange band conditions. I had 36% fewer contacts and 54% lower score
than in the 2015 contest. Such is the life of ham radio, but still enjoyed the
challenge. Thanks to all.
Regards, Roger Wheeler, K3SU
 
P4ØW(W2GD)   SOAB(A) LP   5,842,5602016-10-31 11:42:07
K3 @ 100W, Win-Test Software
Antennas:
160m Vertical Dipole and Inverted V,
80m Inverted V and 3el wire beam EU
40m F12 Delta 240 and 4 ele wire beam EU
20/15/10 F12 C31XR @ F12 C3 @ 60ft
Beverages NE, NW, E/W, N/S

This was very likely the most challenging CQWW Phone event in several decades.
The only consolation might be that it took place two days after the worst of
this latest solar event. Trying to operate when the K=9 would have been much
worse.

Upon arrival found only minor damage from the recent local storms. Had the
station 100% repaired and operational by Tuesday evening. With 10 inches of
rain in just the past four weeks and following a nearly two year drought the
island fauna has awakened from its long sleep - there is green everywhere.

Toyed with the idea of operating SOAB QRP (A) but the solar storm made that
option a non-starter. I enjoy QRP very much, but not under these conditions.

Overall the score is down roughly 35 to 40% compared to CQWW PH 2015 which was
a record breaking year. Not particularly surprising given the solar storm.
There was an obvious RF wall that cut off S.A. from almost everything above
about 50 degrees north latitude in EU and AS. Only logged roughly 20 UA1-9, 2
OH, 2 SM, 5 JA, and perhaps 100 DL callsigns all weekend - when normally there
are hundreds and hundreds. Numbers like these are strong evidence of how
significant the solar event had become. Perhaps the only saving grace - the
event was two days following indices of A=60 and K=9.

First few hours of operating were dismal. Looking back a large part of it was
my failure to mentally adjust fully to conditions. I was trying to run EU when
I should have been concentrating on working what the bands were providing,
namely volume to NA and SA. It was absolutely obvious from the start this
would not be a NORMAL contest weekend.

Did about 60% S/P the first 12 hours. I suppose it felt less painful compared
to endless unanswered CQs. Surprised to see the 160/80/40 multiplier totals
were fairly close to normal after the first night, and half way through the
contest the QSO count was only about 20% down from 2015.

The shack air conditioner failed 18 hours into the contest ... seems to be a
lack of coolant since it still runs and the compressor activates. But it
didn't take long to feel the difference in 'comfort'. With no A/C, operating
at night was not viable ... given the shack windows have no screens and recent
heavy rains have generated swarms of hungry mosquitoes. With the less than
optimal band conditions I concluded a longer than normal second night siesta
was in order. The daytime heat wasn't much fun but tolerable with fans.

Very pleasantly surprised to find ten meters open to EU, southern AS and NA -
but the impact of the solar storm was obvious with no Russian stations and
almost no DLs. But oddly the signals from Zones 20, 21 and 22 were plentiful.

Late afternoon runs into USA/VE on 10, 15 and 20 were the highlight of the
weekend, with six 200+ hours recorded.

Enjoyed spending some time with KK9A/P40A and his XYL earlier this week, and
pre and post contest dinners with the P40L team. Having the opportunity to
share the contest with others really adds to the competitive enjoyment.

Will return to Aruba in three weeks for CQWW CW. And later this week I'm
making a short trip to KP2M for ARRL SS CW.

73,

John, W2GD
 
VE3RCN   SOAB LP   16,7482016-10-31 11:45:30
Still getting set up. Used a G5RV laying on the roof of the house. Blue ray
player wasnt impressed.
 
KH6CJJ   SOAB LP   500,5442016-10-31 11:46:40
Very poor conditions with the higher bands closing by the late afternoon.
Europe is always more difficult from Hawaii than elsewhere and I did not hear a
single European station. I'm sure the big stations with good antennas did, but
my Hexxbeam at 25' could not. 40 and 80 were good on Friday night, but not
Saturday night. Only able to put in 23 hours, but they were the better hours
propagation wise.

Aloha and thanks for all the Qs,
Kent
 
OM8A   M/S HP   9,970,9262016-10-31 12:00:25
After several years of break we are back again in M/S. We returned with the
overall result of a decade back, thanks to "good" conditions.

73 CU in CW leg
OM3BH
 
DH8BQA   SOSB(A)/10 HP   71,3682016-10-31 12:03:48
Elecraft K3, PA + 6 ele OWA Yagi @20m

Better than expected but completely relying on Sporadic-E to get into some
propagation further south ...
 
K9CT   M/2 HP   3,211,7132016-10-31 12:15:13
The best part was the team, contesting and food. We had a great time together as
no one lost weight. We had time to fix a couple of things and time to discuss
lots of subjects.

Unfortunately, we had time to fix things and discuss lots of subjects! Band
conditions were BAD. It seemed like there was a signal sponge overhead keeping
our and others signals from going anywhere. We always say we are in the Black
Hole but this is the worst conditions we have ever had for a 48 hour contest
here. We could hear other stations on the east coast or Texas making QSOs but
we just did not have any luck going to EU.

What EU and AS QSOs we made were mostly skewed path. There was a significant
difference in direct vs skewed path. There were also some unusual openings but
they were brief. One was an opening to Scandinavia on Saturday afternoon with
very loud signals.

We had a good team of operators that were under-utilized. One was a first timer
at K9CT.....CJ/Cedrick, WT2P. Cedrick was a great addition and will be returning
for CW weekend.

We again had all of our antennas back from the ice and wind storm of December
28 2015. It was nice to have some choices. However, we had some additional
lightning damage show up in some of the Stackmatches and had to do some quick
switch outs. Good to be at ground level!

We posted our score on CQCONTEST.net and wish our NA competitors would all do
the same. This adds a level of excitement that is missed when you don't.

Thanks for all of the QSOs and see you in the CW event. I hope conditions are
better for CW.
 
IT9DGG   SOAB(A) LP   478,9462016-10-31 12:19:52
IT9DGG
 
K4SXT   SOAB Classic LP   158,1302016-10-31 12:21:13
Fat Fingered first submission. This contest was a struggle for my low power
antenna challenged station. Didn't hear a single Russian or Japanese station.
No zone 16,17,18,19,25 etc.
 
W1MAW   SOAB HP   58,8512016-10-31 12:37:41
My FTDX-5000 was sent to Yaesu for repair just prior to CQ WW SSB. Used my
FT=847 with a 3 Element steppir and an amp. At first I thought it would be
interesting to try the contest with a handicap, but quickly realized the value
of a contest radio....

Hopefully my 5000 will be back from Yaesu prior to CQ WW CW.
 
VA3PCJ   SOAB QRP   7,5002016-10-31 12:37:56
Rig: ICOM 703+ @ 5W. Ant.: EndFed Vertical 50Ft. w/LDG RT-100 remote
 
VA7VF   SOAB HP   93,4322016-10-31 12:40:48
First big contest at new QTH on Vancouver Island. Doublet antenna between 2
tall trees worked better than I did. Wasted too much time attempting to break
pileups, forgetting that the multi-ops would be there for the entire contest.
Closest I got to Europe was Iceland and one European Russian. Nothing else in
Europe.
Margaret VA7VF
 
G2F   M/S HP   3,807,4352016-10-31 12:51:26
Another superb weekend with friends - in the shack and around the globe.

We followed the solar weather minute by minute after the storms earlier in the
week and knew it was going to be tough - we were not to be disappointed. We
worked hard for every single QSO. The bandmaps were cleared of everything we
could hear no matter how weak and we tried desperately to work those that we
could barely hear on the off chance that we might get lucky!

On the upside we had two English fry-ups, delicious home made beef stew and a
Chinese take-away dinner on Sunday evening.

Thanks for the Qs everyone. See you in a few weeks.

Cheers,
Ops @G2F
 
NW3Y   SOAB(A) HP   1,557,1922016-10-31 12:53:28
Suffered through the poor conditions just like everyone else. Now on to CQWW
CW!
 
N6XT   SOAB HP   207,2792016-10-31 13:05:34
Family commitments kept me away from operating more. I hope to be able to have
more time to operate in future contest.
Thanks for all the Q's
 
AB5XZ   SOAB Classic LP   10,0922016-10-31 13:08:02
Noisy! It was a treat to work Ed OA4SS.
 
PA9M   SOSB(A)/80 HP   159,3002016-10-31 13:12:48
Station: K3 + 1KW
Ant: TX: Phased vertical, dipole
RX: 2 x Beverage 160 meters long 60 degrees, 270 degrees
 
NE3F   M/M HP   2,030,0722016-10-31 13:15:45
Not the best , but ok . Lost both 40 beams on Friday night . Installed a dipole
for the contest end . great team effort
 
ES2MC   SOAB Classic HP   970,8002016-10-31 13:24:57
Not much to add to the numerous comments about the conditions. Using one small
multiband beam (XR-5) + wires, it was not easy to get through to achieve at
least some kind of multiplier count. The number of Q-s was even rather decent,
but overwhelmingly EU of course. Out of my 182 US contacts 181 was on 20m and
just 1 (!) on 80m. No US on 40 this time (not to tell about 15 and 10m).
Another usually "numerous" country, Japan was only represented with 4
(!!) Q-s, 2 on 20m and 2 on 80m, again, no JA-s on 40 nor on 15 and 10.

Let's hope that the CW leg would turn out at least a bit better, hi!

73s & CU!

Arvo
 
PX2B(PY2LED)   SOSB/15 HP   1,757,1402016-10-31 13:25:03
Thanks for all qsos and hope to listen you again soon.

73's de PY2LED (PX2B) / Fernando
 
OK3C(OK2ZC)   SOSB(A)/15 HP   428,4602016-10-31 13:34:40
first contest on 15m at new contest QTH OK5Z (tnx club guys for support)

5 el. YAGI at 22m
FT-1000MP and PA

congrats EA5KV, EA5RM, S50K for nice score
at my side no propagation to JA and USA, just only 24x JA and 83x USA

see you at CQ WW CW may be again at 15m

73 Ludek OK3C (OK2ZC)

blog here ok2zc.blogspot.com with some pictures (only in czech)
 
VE3GFN   SOAB Classic LP   50,7602016-10-31 13:35:16
Man, who turned down the crank on the SFI index?
 
VE3RA   SOAB(A) HP   3,035,3402016-10-31 13:36:56
TS-990, FT-100MP
 
WY3A   SOAB HP   1,241,7302016-10-31 13:37:27
Grim conditions but great fun.
 
W1FM   M/2 HP   313,9232016-10-31 13:38:41
5
 
N2BJ   SOAB(A) HP   320,4002016-10-31 13:45:40
This has been a difficult contest season all summer and probably through Prime
time contest season as my family obligations have taken priority over my radio
time. Very busy almost every weekend with my local Grandkids in the School of
Rock Showband and performing and travelling. This weekend was their Halloween
Tour weekend we were in 3 different cities allowing my radio time under 12
hours really pushing it during a 48 hour contest. In addition my main Alpha 87A
has been down for over a month and I had to wire back in my standby TL922A which
takes every watt I have to get it even to 1000W reliably with mediocre tubes.
Conditions also very weird at best.
 
KP3Z(NP4Z)   SOAB(A) HP   8,491,5602016-10-31 13:51:35
Lost of fun as always, even with the propagation gods mad at us... Also the
weather gods have punished me twice in a row, last year and this one, since I
had to shut down the station for hours due to lightning storms in the area.

Tried my new home built so2r voice switching and the flexibility of running two
radios was evident since I could use every time slot possible to work more
people on two bands, It was a shame that there weren't as many callers. It
certainly helped me to achieve many more qsos even with very bad conditions.

Fun to trade frustration with many friends around the world thru whatsapp...
There were many mults active just not not enough propagation hi hi..


Cu on CW!!

73's

Felipe
NP4Z
 
LN7TTT(LA5LJA)   SOSB(A)/40 LP   22,4962016-10-31 13:55:44
My goal was at least 500 qsos and 80 dxcc + 20 zones.
But ended up with only 250 qsos,The claimed score is
new record for Norway in SO40-Assisted Low-Power.
Worked only 3 North Americans KC1XX-K3LR-VY2ZM.
Central Europeans write about bad propagation on 50°North
They should try to work from 60° North....thats another world..
Missed some easy mults like :HB0 UA9 CT3 LA SV
Let's hope that cqww cw will give some good propagation.
Will be on 40 mtr in that contest also, cu...
 
E72JG   SOSB(A)/40 LP   10,4432016-10-31 13:56:14
Band was crowded but I managed over 100 qso with simple diple antena.
By next year planing better performing antena for 40m.
Thanks to everybody to pick up my low signal.
73, Janko
 
KE4S   SOAB(A) HP   40,2222016-10-31 14:05:07
K3/P3, 4L SteppIR, 160/80 Inv-L. Had not planned a significant effort for this
event. Got the amp back from warranty service on Sat afternoon, so I spent some
time making sure it was properly tuned. Started the contest, but when I tried to
go to 40m the 80m loop antenna was a no-go. Had to rely on the 160/80 inverted
L, which does not support 40m at all. Enjoyed the time I spent, and put a
couple nice DXCC band slots into the log.
 
VC2T(@VA2EW)   M/2 HP   6,206,0582016-10-31 14:07:04
Even if facing the worst ever propagation conditions especially on 40m, we had a
lot of fun doing it in a team. M2 was also a first ever at VA2EW then, except
the food which was perfect (George VA2EN had prepared and cooked a nice menu
for the whole WE, many things are now to improve before the CW part...

Thanks for the calls and see you next month for the CW.
 
VE3VEE   SOSB(A)/20 HP   468,5482016-10-31 14:07:18
Bad CONDX allowed me to sleep 10 hrs and finish the contest well rested :)

Marvin VE3VEE
 
K1KA   SOAB(A) HP   610,7852016-10-31 14:13:46
Everyone agrees on how bad the conditions were, but unfinished antenna work kept
me off 80 & 160 again this year. - Self inflicted.

Murphy struck in a strange way. The N1MM logging program went absolutely
berserk whenever I tried to keyboard enter a QSO. All the opened windows would
flash and the radio would keep switching between sub RX and Split, until I
closed the application. I could click on a spot and click to log it, but I
could not work anyone who wasn't spotted. If I had to reboot, then the entire
spot window would have to rebuild. Boy did I hate passing up some really nice
strong signals, that weren't spotted.

No doubt this is also self inflicted due to some mistake I've made in the rig
interface.

Had fun with the new radio and amp though.

Rig: K3s, SPE 1.3K-FA, Cushcraft X7 w/ 40m element
 
W8TAH   SOAB LP   37,0222016-10-31 14:14:34
Had a great time. Conditions were fairly good...North to south. East to
west...not so much. I had never run into TEQ prop before, and 10 and 15 were
booming in. I didnt hear much out of Europe, but did get a NZ and also Senegal
which were a treat. Im going to try SS this weekend on CW if I can find
someplace SLOW
 
ED2C(@EA2RCF)   M/2 HP   1,708,2002016-10-31 14:24:14
First M/2 experience at EA2RCF and some novice phone operators. RX antennas were
not enough to fight the high noise level of the low bands. A funny weekend to
enjoy contesting, and for some of us, for testing antennas, rigs, and
conditions for the CW edition.
Thanks a lot to all who participated and gave points and fun.
73 from Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country
 
OL9M(OK1MMN)   SOSB/20 LP   39,6052016-10-31 14:25:02
BIG EU HUM - aneb velky evropsky humus
 
WD5K   SOAB HP   717,2962016-10-31 14:43:42
lecraft K3 +Amp
TH7DX @ 50'
40m Dipole
80m Inv V
160m Inv L
 
PY2SBY   SOAB HP   274,6262016-10-31 14:43:47
All friends.

New contest with same problem.
Propagation was very bad and still dow for the next 2 years and my results are
not to bad for my conditions but still be dissapoint for my score that dow a
litle if compare with last year but get some fun.
Thanks for all and hope to meet you guys in WPXSSB17.

Equipament:

Icom 7600
FL 7000 running 300 watts.
Antenna EFHW8010 longwire.

73 from Elvis PY2SBY.
 
NN4RB   SOAB Classic LP   1,7422016-10-31 14:45:25
short time

Pain medication for hurt knee made BIC time NAP time.

Rick
NN4RB
 
NZ3O   SOAB(A) HP   423,7762016-10-31 14:45:32
Staycation, holiday-style operating with family-radio balance - very enjoyable
contest weekend!
 
ED3X   M/S HP   6,334,6532016-10-31 14:48:15
Poor conditions and only 4 ops made it pretty challenging.

On the plus side, our new inverted L for 160 worked well, we were able to work
more than expected on 80, and no serious Murphy attacks. However in spite of
being able to work a good number of multipliers, others were really tough, and
we found it hard to make any decent runs outside of EU on any band.

Good team spirit and lots of laughs and fun moments, we still get those great
moments like when VP6AH calls you on a dead 10m band! Thanks to Eugeni, Marcel
and Joan for sharing another CQWW.

73 de Duncan EA5ON on behalf of the ED3X team
 
VE6FI   M/2 HP   853,3142016-10-31 14:59:20
Station is not connected to the power grid at all. Uses solar panels, batteries
and back up by an AC generator.

We did the best we could with the conditions that were available.
Thanks to all who worked us.

Denis ve6aq
 
W4RM   M/M HP   3,414,6782016-10-31 14:59:52
Wow, I wasn't ready the those band conditions! Runs... Do you say Runs? No we
didn't have to many of those.
We did have a great time getting the team back together again and talking about
all the good time we had in the past.
No equipment failures but a few computers re-boots but nothing we can use as an
excuse for the 2/3 drop in score and 1/2 the QSO's.

See some of you in SS next weekend!

73 Bill W4RM
 
VE3JM   SOAB(A) HP   1,336,6082016-10-31 15:06:17
It was a weekend with a good number of hardware failures. Partially the reason
for it is that I have not operated from the location since March. It started
with the SO2R box that stopped routing mike input to the radios, had to switch
to one radio. It ended with the rotator on the tallest tower getting stuck,
pointing South Saturday morning.

From then on I started looking into fixing some of the issues and lost interest
in making a serious effort.

On a positive note, I have added a third tower this summer with another Skyhawk
tribander at 88'. I have finally made an antenna switching system where 20, 15
and 10 monobanders can be switched with two tribanders, while the coaxial stubs
are always used for the proper band. I did some limited testing the weekend
before and didn't know what to expect, but it worked very well. Antennas can be
selected using a web browser, with a single click.

Looking forward to the CW test in four weeks.
 
EF8C(EA8KW)   SOSB(A)/15 LP   290,0482016-10-31 15:08:03
Hello all!.

I only operated seven hours this contest. A lot of fading on the band.

See you in the next contest!.

73,

Carlos, EA8KW.
 
PR9M(@PY9MM)   SOAB(A) LP   1,367,4142016-10-31 15:08:25
Thank the Yaesu to send the pieces of equipment under warranty. The equipment
was purchased in 2011 and still received all with extended warranty.
Congratulations to very good service.

Rig: FT-5000D
Ant: 10/15/20m: Yagi Triband X7 by Cushcraft @21m.
40m: Yagi 2 elem by PP5UA @19m
80m: Yagi 2 elem by PP5JD @19m

See you in CQWW CW.

Tnx / 73! PY9MM.
 
ZL1AM(ZL1IF)   SOSB/40 HP   87,9702016-10-31 15:09:04
Operating from our club station.
Dipole @ 8m, vertical, 800 w
Day 1: condx not great but acceptable; sporadic good runs
Day 2: hard work for 20% of total contacts. S&P only. Had enough after 4
hrs. No point flogging a dead horse.
Still enjoyed the challenge. Looking fwd to the CW weekend!
Lars / ZL1IF
 
N4RA   SOAB(A) HP   1,259,1992016-10-31 15:13:39
Strange conditions. A lot of South Americans on 10, 15, and 20.
 
K4RO   SOAB(A) HP   493,9842016-10-31 15:25:48
99% S&P. Attempts at running were futile. Hoping for better conditions for
the CW event.
 
EF8U(N6MJ)   SOAB HP   14,544,0092016-10-31 15:34:30
As expected, conditions were difficult this weekend. The biggest issue was when
20m closed at around 20z both nights. It is not uncommon for EA8 to have
propagation all night long on 20m, but that wasnt the case this year. The
station performed flawlessly, and the guys at URE have put together a world
class station on a small amount of land. I was very impressed with the
performance here on all bands.

A huge thanks to Icom for their continued support. I was able to use 2
IC-7851's for this contest. The radios make a big difference in being able to
pull out the weaker stations, especially with all the QRM in a contest like WW
SSB.

A huge thanks to all the people who assisted me with this operation. Juan,
EA8RM, and friends put a tremendous amount of effort into getting the station
operational. This included installing a brand new 2 el 40m Moxon on the day of
the contest. This antenna proved to be a winner with many loud signal reports.
Also, K6AM, NP4Z, N6TV, W6TMD and KK6SCE all played important roles in making
this trip a reality.

EA8 is a special place, and the team at EA8URL (URE) have created a great
station to enjoy this hobby.

73,

Dan N6MJ

numbers for those interested in such things:

Cabrillo Statistics (Version 10g) by K5KA & N6TV
http://bit.ly/cabstat

CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CALLSIGN: EF8U
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
OPERATORS: N6MJ

-------------- 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 0 297 1 0 0 298 298 4.0
0100 0 3 227 2 0 0 232 530 7.1
0200 0 3 246 0 0 0 249 779 10.5
0300 1 18 111 1 0 0 131 910 12.2
0400 0 9 148 0 0 0 157 1067 14.3
0500 13 144 19 0 0 0 176 1243 16.7
0600 33 61 0 26 0 0 120 1363 18.3
0700 0 4 2 246 6 0 258 1621 21.8
0800 0 0 0 20 230 0 250 1871 25.1
0900 0 0 0 0 127 220 347 2218 29.8
1000 0 0 0 0 67 171 238 2456 33.0
1100 0 0 0 0 94 179 273 2729 36.6
1200 0 0 0 0 0 220 220 2949 39.6
1300 0 0 0 0 55 173 228 3177 42.6
1400 0 0 0 0 324 2 326 3503 47.0
1500 0 0 0 0 38 139 177 3680 49.4
1600 0 0 0 0 245 29 274 3954 53.1
1700 0 0 0 109 103 3 215 4169 56.0
1800 0 0 0 85 95 0 180 4349 58.4
1900 0 0 9 229 0 0 238 4587 61.6
2000 0 0 161 5 0 0 166 4753 63.8
2100 0 0 42 20 0 0 62 4815 64.6
2200 0 0 85 4 0 0 89 4904 65.8
2300 0 1 90 11 0 0 102 5006 67.2
0000 1 160 21 0 0 0 182 5188 69.6
0100 3 34 20 0 0 0 57 5245 70.4
0200 7 7 26 6 0 0 46 5291 71.0
0300 2 35 0 14 0 0 51 5342 71.7
0400 1 19 69 1 0 0 90 5432 72.9
0500 3 4 23 0 0 0 30 5462 73.3
0600 1 6 10 2 0 0 19 5481 73.6
0700 0 1 6 78 7 0 92 5573 74.8
0800 0 0 0 185 3 3 191 5764 77.4
0900 0 0 0 48 119 0 167 5931 79.6
1000 0 0 0 11 55 0 66 5997 80.5
1100 0 0 0 1 145 0 146 6143 82.4
1200 0 0 0 0 80 0 80 6223 83.5
1300 0 0 0 0 144 0 144 6367 85.5
1400 0 0 0 1 118 11 130 6497 87.2
1500 0 0 0 1 99 181 281 6778 91.0
1600 0 0 0 0 101 105 206 6984 93.7
1700 0 0 0 73 62 0 135 7119 95.5
1800 0 0 0 59 5 0 64 7183 96.4
1900 0 0 0 10 4 0 14 7197 96.6
2000 0 0 35 10 0 0 45 7242 97.2
2100 0 0 66 6 0 0 72 7314 98.2
2200 0 0 88 0 0 0 88 7402 99.3
2300 6 0 43 0 0 0 49 7451 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 71 509 1844 1265 2326 1436 7451

Gross QSOs=7589 Dupes=138 Net QSOs=7451

Unique callsigns worked = 4766

The best 60 minute rate was 375/hour from 0843 to 0942
The best 30 minute rate was 396/hour from 0841 to 0910
The best 10 minute rate was 438/hour from 0847 to 0856

The best 1 minute rates were:
9 QSOs/minute 3 times.
8 QSOs/minute 27 times.
7 QSOs/minute 81 times.
6 QSOs/minute 171 times.
5 QSOs/minute 259 times.
4 QSOs/minute 365 times.
3 QSOs/minute 464 times.
2 QSOs/minute 477 times.
1 QSOs/minute 514 times.

There were 1132 bandchanges and 626 (8.4%) 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 27 214 1082 239 750 338 2650 35.6
South America 0 7 37 49 60 37 190 2.5
Europe 38 271 689 896 1437 1037 4368 58.6
Asia 0 4 21 34 45 13 117 1.6
Africa 6 13 12 29 23 10 93 1.2
Oceania 0 0 3 18 11 1 33 0.4
--------------------------------------------------------------
Total 71 509 1844 1265 2326 1436 7451

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 81
4 2493
5 2948
6 1869
7 25
8 14
9 19
10 2

------------------ C o u n t r y S u m m a r y ------------------
Country 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------------
3A 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
3DA 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
3V 1 1 0 1 1 1 5 0.1
4L 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.0
4O 0 0 2 1 2 2 7 0.1
4X 0 0 1 1 6 1 9 0.1
5B 0 1 2 2 3 4 12 0.2
5H 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
5R 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
6W 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 0.0
6Y 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.0
7X 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.0
8P 0 1 0 1 2 3 7 0.1
9A 2 5 8 18 22 19 74 1.0
9H 0 1 1 3 3 6 14 0.2
9J 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.0
9K 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
9M2 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.0
9V 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
9Y 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.0
A3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
A6 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 0.0
A7 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.0
A9 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.0
BY 0 0 3 0 2 0 5 0.1
C3 0 1 0 1 1 1 4 0.1
C9 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
CE 0 0 1 6 3 1 11 0.1
CM 0 2 2 0 5 2 11 0.1
CN 2 3 3 3 4 1 16 0.2
CT 2 4 9 10 12 5 42 0.6
CT3 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
CU 2 1 1 1 2 0 7 0.1
CX 0 0 1 3 1 3 8 0.1
D4 0 2 2 2 2 2 10 0.1
DL 2 50 108 127 250 227 764 10.3
DU 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
E7 1 1 7 5 5 4 23 0.3
EA 8 28 61 69 105 67 338 4.5
EA6 1 0 0 2 1 3 7 0.1
EA8 1 3 3 6 8 3 24 0.3
EA9 0 1 2 2 3 0 8 0.1
EI 2 3 10 12 13 16 56 0.8
ER 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.0
ES 0 1 3 4 5 1 14 0.2
ET 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
EU 1 2 9 7 13 4 36 0.5
F 1 14 37 62 84 64 262 3.5
FG 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0.0
FM 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0.0
FY 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 0.0
G 3 16 44 49 149 107 368 4.9
GD 1 1 2 1 2 4 11 0.1
GI 0 1 1 1 11 10 24 0.3
GJ 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.0
GM 1 1 5 5 12 8 32 0.4
*GM/s 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
GU 0 0 1 1 2 2 6 0.1
GW 2 2 4 2 8 9 27 0.4
HA 0 3 13 17 17 11 61 0.8
HB 0 6 12 19 29 21 87 1.2
HB0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
HC 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0.0
HH 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0.0
HI 0 2 3 1 3 1 10 0.1
HK 0 0 1 2 4 1 8 0.1
HP 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.0
HR 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
HS 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0.0
HZ 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 0.1
I 0 20 55 102 147 127 451 6.1
IS 0 2 2 3 5 7 19 0.3
*IT9 0 4 8 12 15 13 52 0.7
JA 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 0.1
K 25 190 988 192 678 298 2371 31.8
KG4 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
KP2 0 0 3 1 3 1 8 0.1
KP4 0 2 7 1 7 6 23 0.3
LA 0 0 7 3 2 3 15 0.2
LU 0 2 3 6 6 3 20 0.3
LX 0 0 1 2 4 1 8 0.1
LY 2 3 8 8 11 6 38 0.5
LZ 0 3 9 15 19 14 60 0.8
OA 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.0
OD 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.0
OE 0 2 9 14 19 14 58 0.8
OH 0 3 13 14 16 1 47 0.6
OH0 0 0 2 1 2 1 6 0.1
OJ0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.0
OK 0 9 26 37 41 23 136 1.8
OM 1 4 5 13 13 9 45 0.6
ON 1 7 18 21 37 27 111 1.5
OZ 1 2 8 11 6 4 32 0.4
P4 0 2 1 1 2 3 9 0.1
PA 2 18 21 34 49 52 176 2.4
PJ2 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.1
PJ4 0 1 2 1 1 2 7 0.1
PY 0 1 16 20 29 13 79 1.1
PZ 0 0 2 1 1 1 5 0.1
S5 1 9 26 14 22 20 92 1.2
SM 0 3 7 9 7 5 31 0.4
SP 1 10 29 32 54 27 153 2.1
SV 0 1 11 8 17 6 43 0.6
SV5 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
SV9 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.0
TA 0 1 1 4 9 1 16 0.2
*TA1 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0.0
TF 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 0.1
TG 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.0
TI 0 0 5 2 4 1 12 0.2
TK 0 1 3 1 3 3 11 0.1
TY 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
UA 0 12 26 52 83 33 206 2.8
UA2 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.0
UA9 0 1 3 16 5 0 25 0.3
UK 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
UN 0 1 2 3 4 0 10 0.1
UR 0 4 33 35 66 31 169 2.3
V2 0 1 1 1 0 1 4 0.1
V4 0 1 0 1 1 1 4 0.1
VE 2 12 62 30 35 15 156 2.1
VK 0 0 2 6 1 0 9 0.1
VP2M 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.0
VP5 0 1 0 1 2 2 6 0.1
VP8 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.0
VP9 0 0 1 0 2 1 4 0.1
VR 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.0
VU 0 0 0 4 3 1 8 0.1
XE 0 1 4 1 2 2 10 0.1
XW 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.0
YB 0 0 0 2 7 1 10 0.1
YL 0 2 0 5 2 1 10 0.1
YN 0 1 1 0 1 1 4 0.1
YO 0 3 7 11 19 11 51 0.7
YU 0 8 9 10 19 6 52 0.7
*Z6 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
YV 0 0 5 3 9 6 23 0.3
Z3 0 0 1 2 2 0 5 0.1
ZA 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
ZD8 1 1 0 1 1 0 4 0.1
ZF 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.0
ZL 0 0 1 9 2 0 12 0.2
ZP 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.0
ZS 0 0 0 7 1 0 8 0.1
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Total 71 509 1844 1265 2326 1436 7451

------------ M u l t i p l i e r S u m m a r y ------------
Mult 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------
14 29 158 358 444 788 636 2413 32.4
05 14 127 538 142 383 222 1426 19.1
15 8 89 232 319 427 302 1377 18.5
04 13 67 425 72 265 92 934 12.5
16 1 18 68 98 165 67 417 5.6
20 0 9 32 44 76 38 199 2.7
03 0 6 87 4 64 0 161 2.2
08 0 10 19 13 27 19 88 1.2
11 0 1 16 21 29 13 80 1.1
09 0 4 15 11 18 15 63 0.8
33 5 9 9 13 17 7 60 0.8
13 0 2 4 10 8 7 31 0.4
17 0 1 4 12 8 0 25 0.3
07 0 1 7 3 6 3 20 0.3
21 0 0 2 2 7 4 15 0.2
35 0 3 3 4 2 2 14 0.2
28 0 0 1 2 9 1 13 0.2
32 0 0 1 10 2 0 13 0.2
12 0 0 1 6 3 1 11 0.1
06 0 1 4 1 2 2 10 0.1
02 0 1 2 4 2 0 9 0.1
30 0 0 2 6 1 0 9 0.1
38 0 0 0 8 1 0 9 0.1
18 0 1 1 6 0 0 8 0.1
22 0 0 0 4 3 1 8 0.1
24 0 0 4 0 3 0 7 0.1
36 1 1 0 1 1 1 5 0.1
10 0 0 1 1 2 1 5 0.1
25 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 0.1
40 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 0.1
26 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 0.1
37 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 0.1
27 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
A4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
NW8U 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
39 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 71 509 1844 1265 2326 1436 7451

Multi-band QSOs
---------------
1 bands 3262
2 bands 794
3 bands 384
4 bands 199
5 bands 109
6 bands 18

The following stations were worked on 6 bands:

KC1XX WE3C NV9L EI9E K3ZU WK1Q
N5DX CR5T W3LPL OM8A OT5A E7DX
K3LR 9A1P DR1A PI4CC M6T LY4A


------- S i n g l e B a n d Q S O s ------
Band 160 80 40 20 15 10
----------------------------------------------
QSOs 20 121 906 514 1103 598
 
K1XM(@W1KM)   SOAB(A) HP   1,419,1352016-10-31 15:36:27
Originally I was going to join a multi-op but I found out that W1KM's station
was otherwise not going to be on the air. I could make some points for YCCC
and it had been a while since I had done this contest single-op from the US.

Monday before the contest I woke up with a bad sore throat. Tuesday my cold
was bad enough that I left work early.

Thursday I was at the doctor's office. They gave me some pills and an inhaler.
I asked about whether it was OK to drive and they said these medicines don't
cause problems. I asked about what I could do on the weekend and they said
that I didn't have to worry about overdoing it because if I exerted myself I
would cough so much that I would have to stop.

Friday I was at W1KM. The station was set up for two radios but the audio
wasn't right on one so I operated SO1R. More importantly I found I could not
run - I could only talk for a short while before I started coughing too much.

So I started calling people. I'd work some, and then have to stop until I
could talk again, and I would work some more. I concentrated on multipliers
figuring that would help my score - if nothing else I would try to at least
make a Meg.

Conditions were awful. I hoped that the bands and my health would improve as
the weekend progressed.

I tried calling CQ a couple times Saturday wasn't able to keep at it long
enough to work anyone. On Sunday I was more successful. I had two runs, one
for 7 minutes (12 QSOs) and one for 11 minutes (25 QSOs). In both cases I had
to get off the air for a while after. The other 892 QSOs were S&P. But
conditions did get better, even giving us a short European opening on 10.

Now I just need to get healthy before the CW contest. I expect to be on from
Jamaica, probably as 6Y9X. See you on all the bands!
 
WO1N   SOAB(A) HP   29,4562016-10-31 15:44:16
Station: FTdx5000, C3-SS@38', 40MDipole@50'

Heard a lot of frustration in the voices of the serious ops out there.
Just couldn't commit to this one, so I ran 200W and raked 32 bags of leaves.
Oh wait, mixing efforts, I mean ran assisted.

Good effort by all you that toughed out the conditions.

73,
Ken - WO1N
 
PQ5B(@PP5CFS)   M/S HP   9,473,1862016-10-31 15:45:53
High winds three weeks before the contest swept almost half of our antenna farm,
but we still could achieve a reasonable score.

Thanks to everyone who QSO'd with us. See you all next year.
 
K6GHA   SOSB/20 LP   17,4002016-10-31 15:58:26
Just for fun. Not enough time to get serious, and had a mission to try to
contact Tom I1/KW6S QRP. Spent more time doing that than really doing the
contest. Alas, no contact as conditions to Europe were stinko.

Had a few fun contacts to some unusual Pacific Islands, and made a few around
the world. A good few hours.
 
KB7KYK   SOAB Classic LP   17,2202016-10-31 16:09:42
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty Pt/Q
3.5 3 5 3 3 1.7
7 11 22 7 8 2.0
14 30 69 13 14 2.3
21 36 100 13 19 2.8
28 3 9 2 2 3.0
Total 83 205 38 46 2.5
Score: 17,220
1 Mult = 1.0 Q's
 
TM7X   M/S LP   2,647,7922016-10-31 16:13:01
Thanks for the contact during the ssb part, and we hope to meet you during the
cw part with a better propagation !
73's
 
W7XQ   M/S HP   561,8352016-10-31 16:13:52
Conditions were pretty crappy. Well, let's be honest, it was worse than crappy.
But, it got better for a good JA run on 15M at the end of the test.

Run station: FT-2000, AL-1500, 3 element SteppIR at 70 feet, 525 foot skywire
for lowbands, 30-40 feet up

Mult station: FT-1000D, ground mounted Butternut vertical

Time to get ready for the CW test!

73;
Mike, W7VO and Steve, W7XQ
 
K2TE   SOAB LP   7,3082016-10-31 16:27:31
Wow, that was painful! The only good thing: I spent most of the time
entertaining my grandsons without feeling guilty, hi. The only Europeans I
could hear and work were on the Atlantic coast.
 
VE4EV   SOAB LP   40,0402016-10-31 16:27:37
I didn't feel bad only working less than half the contest!
First time using the new call - made for some interesting questions a few times
- been called some other guys too :-)
I had to put a sheet with BIG LETTERS next to my monitor for my callsign to
remind myself to use the right call! ... hopefully I didn't bork anyone else's
call ... had a few runs busy - but beyond that - don't know what to say. I
could tell the conditions were bad - heard some of the other guys commenting as
well, so I did about the same as last year I suspect - maybe less considering
the time. Had to walk outside one day to see if my antennas had come down --
my noise floor dropped considerably all of a sudden! ... then back to normal.
Sunday mid afternoon was a bit of an opening.
Enjoyed it - but also was aggravating -- who knew?!
73, Dan VE4EV (VE4DRK)
 
W9RE   SOAB HP   2,304,5892016-10-31 16:28:09
Probably the worst conditions in my 40+ years of serious contesting. I kept in
the game thinking things would get better but they never did.

Thanks to all the Caribbean and South Americans stations that at least kept
things interesting.

Only one hour over 100 and that was Sunday on 20. I worked 10 JA's on 20 and 1
on 40.
 
W1IE   SOAB HP   3,2682016-10-31 16:29:02
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
LOCATION: VA
CALLSIGN: W1IE
CLUB:
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 3268
OPERATORS: W1IE
NAME: gerald knowlton
ADDRESS:
ADDRESS-CITY:
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE:
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE:
ADDRESS-COUNTRY:
CERTIFICATE: YES
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5931.0
END-OF-LOG:
 
AG4W   SOSB/160 HP   5,1092016-10-31 16:30:10
FTDX-5000D, AL-1200,Vertical- top loaded, 2 beverages. Friday night had much
better opening to Europe than Saturday. Very little heard to the west except
KH6J.
 
ED7O   M/S HP   9,876,0342016-10-31 16:32:47
thanks to all the team for the support and work

Thanks to MOMO-BEAM AND OM-POWER big antenas and amplifiers.

HAMBUY CONTEST STATION DREAMSSSSSSS

www.hambuy.es

73s
 
N5CR   SOSB/20 HP   122,2102016-10-31 16:34:18
I'm looking forward to a CQWW with K=0 all weekend!
 
W1DYJ   SOAB(A) LP   142,1702016-10-31 16:49:10
100% S&P
Log: N3FJP's CQ WW DX Contest Log Ver 5.2
Rig: TS-2000
Antennas:
160 trapped 80M dipole @ 7m (it doesn't really load)
80 trapped 80M dipole @ 7m (sort of works)
40 40M dipole @ 7m (too low)
[the above three are a modified Alpha Delta DX-CC]
20 HB Moxon @ 12m (Fine)
15 Rotatable Dipole @ 11m (just OK)
10 HB 5el yagi @ 10m (only really competitive antenna)

Noise, noise, noise! With little pistol antennas I didn't hear very much.
Friday night started out very slowly on 80 & 40 with 13 total Qs between
8pm and 11pm. Spending an hour at 4am local got me another 4 Qs! My best
rate was Saturday around 1pm when I hit a max of 60/hr on 20 for a short
period -- that was fun. (My normal rate was somewhere around 15-20/hr.)
10M was not too bad to the south. 15M was just OK. I usually get both a
US and Canadian Q on 160M -- using my trapped 40/80M dipole -- for 3-4 mults
and 2 points, but I couldn't get any 160 Qs this year. (I've calculated that,

with an SWR of no better than 10:1 in the shack, I'm probably getting no
more than 30 watts to the 80M loaded dipole. According to TLW, the SWR
at the antenna is ~26:1.) I was very happy to have many Canadian Qs this
year!

I actually did about normal (for me) on 80 & 40 -- but I spent twice the
chair time on these bands achieving these meager totals. My total on 20 was
down a bit but not bad. 10 was about half the usual number of Qs -- and
therefore about 1/4 the score contribution. 15 was somewhere between 20
and 10 for this year's contribution. My goal was 277K -- 25% over last year
for the YCCC improvement award.

Guess I don't have to worry about that award this year... :)

73 -- Larry -- W1YDYJ
 
AA9A   M/S HP   1,857,7772016-10-31 16:49:27
50% less Q's, 30% less mults and 33% of last years score made very disappointing
and frustrating weekend.
Conditions were absolute terrible especially this far north deep in the Black
Hole. Unable to get any runs going except for a couple of short SA runs. Other
than EA's EU signals were nonexistent here. Most of the weekend was S&P.

Congrats to NV9L and K9CT with grinding it out with nice scores considering
such terrible conditions.

Hoping CW weekend conditions will improve.
 
KK4VA   SOAB QRP   1,4752016-10-31 16:50:41
KX3
BUDDIPOLE CONFIGURED AS A DIPOLE
ON SECOND DECK SCREENED IN PORCH
 
K3IE   SOAB(A) HP   504,0752016-10-31 16:52:34
Flex 6300
AL-82
Hexbeam @ 24 ft
40 mtr moxon
G5RV
 
YU6DX(@YT3X)   SOSB(A)/20 HP   893,8722016-10-31 17:06:52
Nice weekend behind me.
Propagation was very poor to NA, band closed early both days.
Thanks to Mr. Murphy visited me and did his best this time.
Anyway had fun and met many friends on the air.

A big thanks to Miki YT3X for hospitality and tehnical support.
Thanks to everyone called me.

73s Alex, YU6DX
 
V26B   M/S HP   9,788,0402016-10-31 17:14:06
Only two ops this year. I hope we can get more interest in coming down next
year. AA3B and I have been doing a work week every September and as a result
this week we had a great time on V2 swimming with the stingrays and going on
sightseeing cruises instead of having to work on the station all week.

Conditions not so good though. I guess we did OK for only two ops. Our
multiplier station was only manned part of the time.

Brian N3OC
 
K4MI   SOAB(A) LP   10,4282016-10-31 17:14:23
Did not get to operate as much as I would have liked, for a couple of reasons.
The biggest factor was the band conditions were terrible (few to no sunspots!),
and many DX stations had trouble copying me, and I had to repeat several times
to get the correct call. The other reason was I was involved in some National
Parks OTA activity on Saturday. That was a once in a lifetime event, which I
felt took precedence over a contest that can be entered annually. Though any
score is better than none.
 
PY2UD   SOSB/15 LP   708,1502016-10-31 17:22:03
My first contest at 15 meters, only 30 days I'm active in the band, and it was a
good experience.


Setup - FT-2000
        4 Elem. Owa - 14 meters height
        N1MM


Thank you all for contact,

Until the next

73

Vaz - PY2UD
 
K7YDL   SOAB Classic HP   208,5682016-10-31 17:28:48
New radio, antenna, linear almost made up for terrible band conditions!
 
KM5PS   SOSB/10 HP   5,9282016-10-31 17:55:00
Just got on for short time. Just S&P, I usually don't do SSB but was
recovering from a lower back injury, so had some spare time to operate.
Couldn't sit in the seat very long without lower back hurting. Looking forward
to CQWW CW. Thanks for the Q's.

John-KM5PS
 
WA6URY   SOAB Classic HP   58,1562016-10-31 18:00:17
Casual operation between other weekend activities. Tnx for the Qs ! 73, Dan -
remote in Tokyo
 
WO9S   SOSB/15 QRP   3,6402016-10-31 18:06:28
Just testing out QRP abilities. Could work most S9 stations. Only EU
heard was CR6T. Enjoyed bagging D4C on the first call.
 
KM4JA   SOAB HP   58,7862016-10-31 18:12:06
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty Pt/Q
7 25 63 10 20 2.5
14 49 126 11 27 2.6
21 75 193 13 34 2.6
28 20 60 8 10 3.0
Total 169 442 42 91 2.6
Score: 58,786
1 Mult = 1.3 Q's
 
AB3CX   SOAB(A) HP   1,593,9002016-10-31 18:14:39
Short time for me, not my choice but circumstances prevented full commitment. TY
for the fun!
 
PS8ET   SOSB(A)/15 LP   33,6602016-10-31 18:15:02
[log removed from comments]

CLUB: Teresina DX Group
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: 15M
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 33660
OPERATORS: PS8ET
NAME: JOSE DE JESUS MOURA COSTA
ADDRESS: Q-25 C-17
ADDRESS: PARQUE PIAUI
ADDRESS-CITY: TERESINA
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: PI
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 64025-090
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: BRAZIL
CERTIFICATE: YES
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5327.0
END-OF-LOG:
 
N2CU   SOAB(A) HP   232,5842016-10-31 18:15:06
Although conditions were punk, it was actually fun to operate a little SSB. All
S&P, basically looking for multipliers first and then working the bandmap
for QSOs. Let's hope for better conditions on the CW weekend.

Thanks for the QSOs, especially the Caribbean and South American stations who
made up the majority of my QSOs.

K3, L7 @ 700W, TH6DXX @ 15m, 40m Delta Loop (apex @ 15m), 80m Wire Vertical,
160m Inverted L, N1MM Classic.

73, Tom N2CU
 
N4ZZ   SOAB(A) HP   652,9782016-10-31 18:33:32
Condx were better than I expected they would be. Thanks for the Qs 73, Don n4zz
 
WA7PRC   SOAB LP   29,1032016-10-31 18:40:43
Another FB CQWW SSB. There were many VERY loud signals. Not all of them heard my
LP signal but, I was surprised that some weaker stations heard me.
 
KP4LCE   SOAB Classic LP   352016-10-31 19:17:02
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CALLSIGN: KP4LCE
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-OVERLAY:
CLAIMED-SCORE: 35
NAME: LYMARIS CARDONA
LOCATION: PR
ADDRESS: HC 60 BOX 29007
ADDRESS: AGUADA, PUERTO RICO 00602
ADDRESS-CITY:
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE:
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE:
ADDRESS-COUNTRY:
EMAIL: lymcardest@gmail.com
CLUB:
CERTIFICATE: NO
CREATED-BY: ADIF2CABR V.3.10 (C) SP7DQR
X-SOURCE: CQWW LOGCHECK
END-OF-LOG:
 
NA8V   SOAB LP   795,9252016-10-31 19:23:48
Going in I knew it would be rugged - but not this bad. The past few years it's
seemed the big contests had best condx. Oh, well. As bad as it was, every
once in a while something good would happen to keep one motivated although I
did start to take some short breaks the 2nd 24 hours. Managed to get 23 QSOs
from CQing. Probably half of those were W's. I also started to favor 160/80
and 20/10 over 40 and 15. I'm sure that hurt my score a bit but it did
maximize the enjoyment. 80 and 160 had some decent conditions and activity,
especially to the south. On Sunday, managed to work 4 EU on 10 (EA/EA6/CT)
which was actually a thrill given what had been happening and it was the 2nd
day.

Two weeks ago I had 160 DL contacts in the WAG in a very part time effort.
This weekend I had 8. One each on 80/40 and 6 on 20. That pretty much tells
the story. Looking thru the post-contest reports what i *didn't* work stands
out more than what I did.

While it was a struggle, it was still the CQWW. Thanks for the contacts!

greg/na8v
 
WØAIH   M/M HP   2,404,4792016-10-31 19:44:47
Tough conditions from the northwoods of Wisconsin! But everyone who came out
had a fun time as usual. Always fun to hang out with Paul for the weekend!

The highlight of the weekend was giving the new W0AIH yagi the smoke test. And
reports from the guys who used it was that it was a good 2-3 S units stronger to
Europe than the 4-square which isn't too shabby an antenna in itself! So things
look promising. For this contest, rotator cables hadn't made it up to the
chalet yet, so it remained fixed on Europe. 43 of the 315 qso's were with
Europe under horrible absorption conditions and K index of 3-5 all weekend.

40 meters had its big gun antenna (3 elements @200 feet) on the disabled list.
Luckily there is a 3 element @75 feet and Rhombics to get by! Only 53 Europe
and a midnight run to zone 15 and 16 that netted some new multipliers.

20 meters was the money band and made 294 contacts with Europe, but only 30
with Japan. Highlights were a great Sunday morning run to Europe along with a
run of 3 to zone 22 VU during that same timeframe! By comparison, Saturday was
much worse.

15 meters only netted 62 European contacts and all were made skew path 110
degrees.

10 meters had ZERO European QSO's. 178 of its 265 contacts were South
America.
Justin K9MU reported that the OH0TEN/B beacon was coming in loud and clear for
about an hour Saturday evening 0230Z. But CQ's pointed north didn't attract
any callers. He did make ONE JA qso ...with the stack pointed at 190 degrees!
(direct path is 320)

Paul, W0AIH reported tough noisy conditions on 160, but dug out 162 contacts.
6 with Europe and 8 with Africa. 11 more to South America.

For this contest, as we have been doing for several years, we divided up into 2
man band teams. Each team keeps his band humming and schedules there own
operating and sleep times. Seems to work pretty well!

This years team: (missing a few regulars)

10/40 W0UC and K0MPH
15/80 K9MU and K0BBC
20 NE9U and KK9K
160 W0AIH

N9ISN floated around the bands for the Saturday night shift, and AA0EE was out
for Sunday afternoon to help out on 10, 15, and 40 after a couple guys went
home.

See everyone in CQWW CW!

Scott NE9U


http://www.qth.com/w0aih/
 
KC1XX   M/2 HP   9,094,1882016-10-31 19:46:24
This year was a return of most of last year's team, with the addition of Bob
WA1Z and Sandy DL1QQ. The rest of the team consisted of Matt KC1XX, John W1FV,
Martin DL4NAC and Rich K1CC.

We went into the contest with the expectation of poor conditions and they lived
up to their promise. There were some moments of joy when we actually managed
to run Europe on 10m on Sunday and run JA's on 20m on Sunday evening, though we
never worked one on 15m. Working Europe on 40 after European sunrise with the
high antenna (300 ft) always brings a big smile and some surprised voices in
Europe. All in all, we managed a reasonable rate for most of the contest,
except around 01Z the second day when we all put down our headphones, looked at
each other and all shrugged our shoulders -- there was just nothing to work!
The low band conditions the second night had to have been some of the worst
that any of us had ever experienced.

Matt's station worked almost flawlessly with the exception of one trip up the
tower on Sunday morning to free up a stuck Tailtwister. Unlike the new and
improved K1LZ high-tech automated station, our antenna switching and selection
system is decidedly low-tech. Congratulations to Sandy (as a first-time
operator) for being a quick learner in mastering the complexity of antenna
selection (of which there are many!) and band changing. The payoff of manual
switching is hopefully improved station reliability and Matt's station
engineering did not let us down once again.

Our thanks to Matt and Juana for their wonderful hospitality and for what
turned out to be a very enjoyable weekend, despite the conditions.

--- Rich K1CC for the KC1XX team
 
YN5Z(K7ZO)   SOAB HP   4,375,8002016-10-31 20:12:55
Well that was interesting. This is my fourth CQWW SSB from Nicaragua. I knew
this year was certainly going to be different than the prior three. The natural
progression of the solar cycle would ensure that. But, wow! I am not sure I
could have predicted what unfolded.

Coming into CQWW SSB 2016 I promised myself to "just have fun this
year". Besides propagation there were other unknowns. I had heard through
the grapevine that the empty lot I use for my low band verticals was now being
used by a condo developer. So, until I showed up, I was not even sure what
bands I would be QRV on. As it turns out the lot was still available, and after
paying two machette wielding guys for two hours of hard work, it was cleared of
6 months's worth of growth. So, I had the same station I have had in prior
years. (You can read about it on the YN5Z QRZ page or in prior year's
3830Scores postings. I will pass on a description this year.) In my station
checkout I did discover I still have some sort of RFI problem on 160 that
prevented me from using a live mic. I could play recorded messages, but not
talk live. So I effectively was not on 160 - the one QSO I managed was done via
coordination on 80 with a patient and understanding operator. After that one I
decided not to try it again for the weekend.

Another part of my "just have fun" plan was showing on site up a day
later than normal. This left me almost no time to get on the bands before the
contest started. (Remeber all of my operations are "Field Day" style
-- I setup and tear down the station each time. And this year the setup and
teardown went smoother than ever before.) I think in total I made about 150
pre-contest QSOs. From that I could tell clearly propagation was poor -- but I
also knew there were disturbed solar conditions that were supposed to get
better by the weekend.

So, the contest start rolled around and I was really wondering how things would
go. As one sign of the times, for the first time ever, I started on 20M. In the
past I always started on 15M. 20M was good for an hour until it shut down to
the north -- where all the people are. I took a little break to go see how the
World Series was going -- not good for a Cubs fan like me. (This was also part
of my just have fun strategy -- taking World Series breaks were ok.) I came
back and did some S&P on 10 and 15 for mults south of me. Even that dried
up by 0200. So I was sitting there pondering "Now what". I can't
believe I have to go to 40M at 0200. That would be 4 hours earlier than what I
have done in past years. I just couldn't bring myself to do that. So, I went
off and watched the World Series again. And, that was going even worse than the
bands. So, at 0230 I was on 40M. Guess what. So was everyone else!. I managed a
couple small runs in the mosh pit below 7200 then deciced to just go above 7200
and work the US and whomewver else could be QRV there. I had good rates there
for 90 minutes then, as I knew sunrise was working across EU, I needed to jump
back into the craziness in the lower part of the band. I had a reasonable run
at 7188 for 30 minutes then, at the suggestion of a European station (LZ5T?)
went to 80. EF8U was logged S&P easily and then IK2YCW. I settled in at
3786-ish, called CQ, and for the first time in my YN5Z contest life started
running with EU's calling in! I also had several Africa stations call in along
with VK and ZL. Keep in mind my 80M antenna is a 30 year old HF2V vertical with
30 short radials. So, for me, this was really fun. The 45 minutes I was running
on 80M then were probably the most fun part of the contest for me. In the
process I totally destroyed my 80M mult records. When the run died out -- it
was time for my planned three hour sleep break.

I was up and on the air again at 1000 UTC. I spent 45 minutes on 80M and then
moved to 40M. Got a few JA's on 40 but none on 80. At dawn it was time to see
how the contest was really going to play out. In past years I usually jumped
right to 15M or even 10M as the bands opened that early to Europe. Based on my
little bit of pre-contest monitoring I knew that was not going to happen this
year. So, I went to 20M and crossed my fingers. 20M was open to Europe -- so
that was good. I S&P'd a few of the loud stations and then started running
down low with a good rate. After about an hour it, at 1330 UTC, it was time to
check 15M. It also wss open and I easily got a nice run of European stations
going down low in the band. After an hour of that it was time to check 10M. I
found a few loud Carib and US stations, quickly S&P'd them, then headed
back to 15M for 45 minutes until moving again to 10M at 1545 UTC. I quickly got
a run going at 28458 and was pleased when and EA9, EA8, and CN called in during
the first few minutes. But, it was soon after that, when I knew my spots were
well progagated around the world that it was clear there was not going to be a
strong 10M EU opening today. A couple EA's called in around 1600 -- so at least
I was reaching out to there. But, when I moved off 10M over three hours after
starting on 10M I had a total of 14 Europe QSOs -- 12 in the F, CT, EA region
with two mysterious 9A QSO's being the outlyers. At this point I was thinking,
"This is poor but the bands are supposed to be better tomorrow". On
the positive side though the 10M rate into North America was pretty solid.

The move to 15M at 1900 UTC was unremarkable. At this point the band was pretty
much closed to Europe and it was too early for JA's to call in. So, it was
essentially a North/South event with a steady stream of W/VE callers and the
occasional South American coming in off the back of the SpiderBeam. JA's
started calling in low numbers about 30 minutes after their sunrise. I stuck it
out on 15M as long as I could. Propagation to the north closed amazingly fast as
my sunset approached. Within 10 minutes I went from working strong stations to
nothing being heard. I could still hear stations south of me, but everything
north was gone. So as the first day ended I found myself back on 20 just where
I started the contest. I was still thinking and hoping - Day 2 is supposed to
be better.

That hope lasted about 30 minutes when 20M also closed to all points north.
Even earlier than the first day. Once again I was telling myself "I just
can't bring myself to go to 40M this early". So -- I went and watched the
World Series for an hour. Once again the Cubs made this as frustrating as being
on the bands so I headed back to 40M. I settled in at 7203 expecting to run W/VE
and other countries that can operate above 7200. As always happens a few
Europeans called in. Despite trying to get them to QSY and/or tell them they
can't work me here I ended up logging them. Since they likely don't speak
English very well and I don't speak their language, this was the only way I
could resolve the situation. I did comply with a few requests to QSY down for a
specific QSO and in the process lost my run frequency -- which made me grouchy.
Though, thinking how much fun 80M was the first night working Europe, I headed
there. But, after 30 minutes of trying only a couple lone W's were in the log.
Scanning the band I heard nothing from Europe. At this point, all signs were
pointing to the bands being worse on day 2 than day 1. I went back 40 -- trying
to get something going below 7200 but couldn't. And, I was not hearing many
Europeans as I did the first night. So, I went back above 7200 and ran stations
until 0500 when I made an executive decision within my "just have fun"
mandate to have a 5 hour sleep break instead of a 3 hour sleep break.

I was up and on the air again at 1015 UTC. I started on 80 again and stayed
there to my sunrise since I suspected QSO rates would be better there than on
40. Except for a couple of KH6's everyone I worked was in North America. So,
for the 3rd time in 4 years I missed a JA mult on 80. It could be that band was
open but they were all operating in segments I can't get my HF2V tune into --
and the classic sub-band from 3791-3804 for the last several years is the
hangout for the large US M/M stations who put their CQ machine on repeat for
hours on end with little to nothing to show for it -- at least when I have been
listening.

Faced with a Day 2 with likely worse band conditions than Day 1 I was
scratching my head on what to do. I tried 20M down low at 1200 UTC with very
little to show for it. I then checked 15 at 1245 - 15 minutes earlier than on
Day 1. I S&P'd a few Europeans, tried to get a run going, with no results.
So, back to 20M where I somehow squeezed it at 14199.9. After about 30 minutes
of working down the screaming hordes of S9+ North America stations European
stations started appearing in the log. Not high numbers but enough to fill the
3 point QSO and mult counts. At 1400 I went back to 15M and managed to get a
slow run going into Europe. Signals were not loud but the local noise was low
as well -- so I was making QSOs. The band opened to western Europe and the UK
as well -- an area I heard essentially nothing from on Day 1. So many new mults
were made. However the opening fizzled out at 1430 -- about 45 minutes earlier
than on Day 1. In hindsight 15M could very well have been open to Europe at
some point between 1300 and 1400 when I was on 20M and I missed the opening. I
was going to study this one some more.

At 1430 I moved to 10M with the opening essentially being only North/South. A
few European stations called in. Several F's, EA' (though mostly only from the
5 and 7 regions -- need to figure this one out at some point), and CT's. I hit
my target of 1,000 10M QSOs at 1715 and then took a 45 minute lunch break. I
was back on at 1800, checked 20M with nothing positive to say. (My pre-contest
strategy was clear "Don't be on 20 at this time of day" but I guess I
had to see it for myself.) At this point I had 1,200-ish QSOs on 15 and 1,000 on
10M. So, where to go? I ended up going to 15 and had really good rates for 90
minutes mostly into North America. At 1945 I gave 10M a try again also with
good rates for 90+ minutes. It was now approaching 2100 UTC and I had pretty
lopsided band totals. More than 800 on 40M, 1,600 on 15M and 1,100 on 10M, but
only 600-ish on 20M. So I had to head off to 20M to do something about that.

Somehow I established a run at 14314 relatively quickly. This made me the
classic CQWW "Sunday afternoon, new mult, fresh meat" station and I
had the hordes descend on me. It took me 20-30 minutes of hard work using my
best pileup management skills to get it to the point my rate started climbing.
At one point I know I got so frustrated I said "I am not going to work
anyone until I get this KA3 in the log so everyone else why are you still
calling?". But, I eventually did get the worst of it under control and was
rewarded with great rate. Several stations commented "you are loudest
signal on the band" -- gotta love that whether true or not. I also walked
several stations through the mechanics of making a contest QSO, explained the
contest to them, etc. That hurt my rate for sure but who knows maybe I kicked
off the career of a new contester or two.

At some point on Day 2 I set a personal goal of getting to 5,000 QSOs. This
seemed like a worthy target. I made 6,498 last year. So, not bad with all the
propagation challenges. Soon after I broke the 1,000 QSO barrier on 20M I also
crossed the 5,000 QSO line, Then I decided to stick with 20M until I exceeded
my 10M QSO total. I got there about 2245 UTC. At this point I was ready to wrap
up shop. I had a 2355 schedule with W9RE on 40M so I couldn't totally shut
things down. But I did get up and walk around for about 15M. I sat back down at
2300 intending to spin the dial and work whatever mults I could find. In the
process I happened to tune past 14154 and found it to be dead quiet! A totally
clear frequency. This was a gift I could not turn down so I was off and running
again on 20. I intended to just keep going until my QRZ went unanswered which
happened 25 minutes later after working 120 stations. That then was pretty much
it exepct for attempting my schedule at 2355 with W9RE.

Thinking back now at the whole content I have a few major thoughts - for me in
Zone 7:

* This contest was essentially a "Fall ARRL DX SSB" contest. Fully
86% of my QSOs were with North America.
* Propagation was very limited to paths mostly shorter and North/South. For
example:
- I had 61 QSOs with Japan, 1 with HL then nothing into Zone 24(BY), Zone 19,
and 18 - all of which are longer paths than to JA.
- I have 12 Zones with which I made 0 QSOs. They generally are the more
distant zones.
- I had 416 QSOs with Europe -- one third were with EA/F/CT which is the
shortest and most southern path for me.
- On 10M and 15M the path to Europe was even more selective -- out of 209
QSOs there almost 50% were with EA/F/CT.
* I have to give credit to the YV hams. For everything going on in their
country I made a total of 24 QSOs with YV stations.
* And yes, in the end, I did meet my goal of "Just have fun".

Scott/YN5Z/K7ZO
 
W2TV   SOAB(A) HP   276,8872016-10-31 20:15:22
Amp failed at 0002Z Saturday and I opted not to troubleshoot during contest.
 
CW5W(CX6VM)   SOAB HP   6,719,2962016-10-31 20:33:45
 
KG7ASQ   SOAB(A) HP   44,9652016-10-31 20:38:49
My first solo contest effort, on my first home station... mostly to learn but
also to have fun. My computer's time was off and so a final log correction was
needed, hope it is pretty close... lesson learned: sync your time at the
beginning.
 
K8AZ   M/S HP   2,369,8852016-10-31 20:46:17
Two of my longest-held and dearest friends, K8NZ and N8AA, each of whom can
claim a half-century of CQWW experience (and I am not too far behind
them),emphatically agreed that these were the worst CQWW conditions they have
ever experienced here in the Midwest.

So, we decided to have fun instead. After all, we're in Cleveland, and the
Cleveland Indians were on TV Friday and Saturday nights, at Wrigley Field -- as
big underdogs -- in games 3 and 4 of baseball's World Series. What better
excuses to divert one's attention from radio? So we played radio, watched two
intense games, used the contest to break in some of the less experienced local
operators .... and overall had a blast.

Big thanks to the entire crew for helping to get the station ready. Special
thanks ..... every contest .... to the unsung hero, Dave, W9PA, who remotely
maintains and upgrades all the computers, eliminating that often time-consuming
chore from the chief op's list.

See you in CW!

Tom, K8AZ
 
VE7SCC   M/2 HP   1,073,0862016-10-31 20:47:09
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty Pt/Q
3.5 221 435 11 25 2.0
7 690 1410 16 37 2.0
14 1047 2203 22 55 2.1
21 401 876 14 36 2.2
28 1 3 1 1 3.0
Total 2360 4927 64 154 2.1
Score: 1,074,086
1 Mult = 10.8 Q's
 
W7TVC(@WS7L)   M/S HP   396,8822016-10-31 20:50:34
The zone counts pretty much tell the story. It was hard to find widespread
propagation. Did not work EU on any band except 20 meters, for instance.
Usually they're a sure thing at least on 40 through 15. Very difficult to scare
up any business by CQing so we worked a lot of S&P.

Run station: K-line + DB18 at 65 feet, HF-2V for 80m
Mult station: 756 Pro III + AL811H + Cushcraft R-6000 vertical

73 and thanks for all the Q's!
The W7TVC team.
 
9K2HN   M/S HP   11,756,3162016-10-31 21:00:22
We hardly operated on 10m due to bad conditions
 
KT8K   SOAB QRP   7442016-10-31 21:07:48
i don't know if it was the conditions, or my new station, but i was having a
terrible time being heard. it's a tough weekend, what with Halloween and all,
too, so ... that's the breaks and i will be making a stronger effort next year.

That said, i'd like everyone to know, i recently released my latestham radio
tune: "If you ain't runnin', you ain't winnin'",now on my youtube
channel www.youtubecom/themandolinmaniac. the direct link is
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e2pO3XibMvE
i hope you enjoy it, and good reception to all! (and don't forget my other
ham radio tune, "I Want a Big Tower")

kt8k station
Tentec Orion w. WGA headset
ancient XP laptop

antennas:
- tribander driven element , vertical in tree, feed point at abt 36 feet
- 43' vertical w. 3 43 ft radials, feed point at 12 feet, fed w. ladder line by
a Z-11 autotuner.
 
WRØU   SOAB Classic LP   3,9772016-10-31 21:10:47
START-OF-LOG: 3.0
LOCATION: IA
CALLSIGN: WR0U
CLUB:
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 3977
OPERATORS: WR0U
NAME: Scott Augsburger
ADDRESS: 1005 Westwood Drive
ADDRESS: Westwood
ADDRESS-CITY: Mt Pleasant
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: IA
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 52641
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: UNITED STATES
 
XE2G   SOAB(A) LP   75,2842016-10-31 21:20:14
Many thanks to all the fellow operators who answered to my call.
73
Antennas : Wilson tribander, Delta-Loop 40M, Inverted V dipple 80M

Cabrillo Statistics (Version 10g) by K5KA & N6TV
http://bit.ly/cabstat

CALLSIGN: XE2G
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
OPERATORS: XE2G



-------------- 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 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0300 0 0 0 15 0 0 15 15 4.9
0400 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 17 5.5
0500 0 6 0 0 0 0 6 23 7.5
0600 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 24 7.8
0700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 7.8
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 7.8
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 7.8
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 7.8
1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 7.8
1200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 7.8
1300 0 0 0 7 0 0 7 31 10.1
1400 0 0 0 0 0 13 13 44 14.3
1500 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 49 16.0
1600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 16.0
1700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 16.0
1800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 16.0
1900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 16.0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 16.0
2100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 16.0
2200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 16.0
2300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 16.0
0000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 16.0
0100 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 51 16.6
0200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 51 16.6
0300 0 0 0 93 0 0 93 144 46.9
0400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 46.9
0500 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 146 47.6
0600 0 0 17 0 0 0 17 163 53.1
0700 0 0 37 0 0 0 37 200 65.1
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 200 65.1
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 200 65.1
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 200 65.1
1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 200 65.1
1200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 200 65.1
1300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 200 65.1
1400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 200 65.1
1500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 200 65.1
1600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 200 65.1
1700 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 202 65.8
1800 0 0 0 0 0 34 34 236 76.9
1900 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 237 77.2
2000 0 0 0 0 46 0 46 283 92.2
2100 0 0 0 0 24 0 24 307 100.0
2200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 307 100.0
2300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 307 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 8 56 118 71 54 307

Gross QSOs=307 Dupes=0 Net QSOs=307

Unique callsigns worked = 277

The best 60 minute rate was 93/hour from 0242 to 0341
The best 30 minute rate was 184/hour from 0312 to 0341
The best 10 minute rate was 210/hour from 2056 to 2105

The best 1 minute rates were:
2 QSOs/minute 5 times.
1 QSOs/minute 39 times.

There were 9 bandchanges and 0 (0.0%) 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 6 51 102 63 34 256 83.4
South America 0 1 3 9 4 12 29 9.4
Europe 0 1 1 3 0 0 5 1.6
Asia 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0.7
Africa 0 0 0 1 1 6 8 2.6
Oceania 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 1.0
??? 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 1.3
--------------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 8 56 118 71 54 307

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 2
4 158
5 102
6 44
9 1

------------------ C o u n t r y S u m m a r y ------------------
Country 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------------
5H 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.3
6W 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.7
8P 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.3
9Y 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0.7
A5 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.3
CE 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0.7
CM 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 1.0
CT 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.3
CX 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 1.0
D4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.3
EA 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.3
EA8 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0.7
FY 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.3
HC 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.3
HI 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.7
HK 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 1.0
I 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.7
K 0 3 46 97 53 19 218 71.0
KH6 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.7
KL 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.3
KP4 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0.7
LU 0 0 0 2 1 3 6 2.0
P4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.3
PJ4 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.7
PJ7 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.3
PY 0 0 1 2 1 2 6 2.0
S9 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.3
SM 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.3
TI 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.7
VE 0 0 3 2 4 6 15 4.9
VK 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.3
VU 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.3
XE 0 3 1 3 0 1 8 2.6
YV 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.7
ZD8 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.3
ZF 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 1.0
??? 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 1.3
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 8 56 118 71 54 307

------------ 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
-------------------------------------------------------------
05 0 0 16 38 25 22 101 32.9
04 0 3 13 41 27 3 87 28.3
03 0 0 20 20 5 0 45 14.7
08 0 0 1 0 5 6 12 3.9
09 0 1 2 1 2 5 11 3.6
13 0 0 0 4 1 4 9 2.9
06 0 3 1 3 0 1 8 2.6
11 0 0 1 2 1 2 6 2.0
00 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 1.3
14 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 1.0
35 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1.0
12 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0.7
33 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0.7
15 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.7
07 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.7
22 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0.7
31 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.7
36 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.7
10 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.3
37 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.3
01 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.3
29 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.3
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 8 56 118 71 54 307

Multi-band QSOs
---------------
1 bands 249
2 bands 26
3 bands 2
4 bands 0
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 7 43 97 57 45
----------------------------------------------
 
S57DX   SOSB(A)/20 HP   891,3972016-10-31 23:12:50
Worst conditions than last year. First day was good but second day disaster.
Almost nothing from NA. I mist KH6 for last zone....
Some DQRM from time to time but doesnt matter too much.
Anyway I did my best and I enjoy it very much.
73
Slavko S57DX
 
C4A(@5B4AKR)   M/2 HP   16,091,1562016-10-31 23:36:36
Irrespective of conditions, this will always be a great contest! We had a lot of
fun on the bands and enjoyed the opportunity to get all our contest team
together.

See you in the next one!

FT-1000MPs, 2x ACOM 1000,
C-31XR@15m (10/15/20), TA-33Jr@10m (10/15/20), 40-2CD@17m (40), 80m vertical,
dipoles for 80/160 + Beverage (320deg)
 
YT8A(YU1EA)   SOSB/80 HP   210,3752016-10-31 23:56:56
Very bad conditions on 80m, this is the first time I made more JA's instead of
USA's.Vema did a very good job with beverage's antennas, I heard almost all
stations from SA/Carribien area and Pacific but did not manage to get them.
I thank you Vema for nice hospitality.
73's
CU in WW CW!
Dusan YU1EA
 
NR6Q   SOAB HP   972,3602016-11-01 00:50:02
THANK GOD FOR 15 METERS
 
KG1E   SOAB(A) HP   1,714,2542016-11-01 01:24:25
Not much to report. For the first time in a while, nothing major went wrong and
we were able to operate as planned. However propagation was very poor due to a

geomagnetic storm. Could not work anyone in Europe on the high bands except
some stations from the southern countries such as Italy and Spain. Signals on
the low bands were way down.Almost all contacts were S&P except for two
small runs on 20 meters Sunday morning.Conditions were such that only 44% of
our contacts were with Europe and 26% with South America and 20% with North
America. The largest amount of contacts were with PY (127)(55 on 10M) followed
by Italy with 106, Spain 98, and LU 57.It was a little tiresome and frustrating
at times but also very interesting. Someday we'll upgrade our 2 El Tribander and
try to do a little better and have more fun with a better radio.

Force 12 C3 Tribander dipoles TS930S SB220

Alex KG1E
 
OLØM(OK1CDJ)   SOSB/80 HP   308,8642016-11-01 01:39:44
First time on 80m HP. The condx was really bad. I have only 105 USA stations.
Great highlight was when i was called by 2x ZL and then by AH0K on saturday
around our sunset.

Tx ant: 4sq slopper dipole + dipole

Beverages:
1) 2 x 290m , QTF 320 deg USA phased
2) 205m, QTF 305 deg USA
3) 180m, QTF 90 deg E
4) 170m, QTF 45 deg JA
5) 235m, QTF 0 deg N
6) 200m, QTF 180 deg S
7) 220m, QTF 245 deg SA
8) 280m, QTF 270 deg Caribian

+ K9AY loop

The remoteqth.com products ware used for station control and switching. All
works great. Thank you.

I would like to say big thanks to my friend Jan OK2ZAW, Pavel OK1MU and others
from OL7M for big help with building antennas and station setup.


Thank you also for calling me and congratulation to OE6Z for great result.

73 Ondra OK1CDJ/OL0M
 
IQ4BQ(IK4AUY)   SOSB(A)/20 HP   194,5442016-11-01 02:04:30
ARI BOLOGNA club call 70th anniversary operated by IK4AUY (qth loc JN54QM).
IK4AUY Station: TS-590SG, 3el yagi Ultrabeam 17m, power out max 500W. Log
Qartest. QSL Manager IZ4FUE (Via Buro or direct, No e-qsl).
 
PY1PL   SOSB/10 LP   66,2362016-11-01 02:28:58
Maricá City
 
VK2IUW   SOAB QRP   1,3322016-11-01 02:37:01
IC-718 5w dipoles
 
OE2E(OE2GEN)   SOAB Classic LP   536,6482016-11-01 03:27:46
It's no fun any more!
But not because of bad conditions.
Only more ignorants, teachers, no manners, elbow technique, etc.
Hope in CW under better conditions and .....

73, Gerald
OE2GEN, ....
 
KG9Z   SOSB/40 HP   2,6682016-11-01 03:47:25
Condx seemed poor. Antenna was a OCF dipole at 40 ft. FT-2000 and SB-220.
Stateside "guys" need to understand some need to work you for your
zone...!! Just work and don't whine and argue. Stopped having fun so QRTd.
 
LP1H(@LU5HM)   M/S HP   11,782,4612016-11-01 04:18:41
Thanks to Ramon LU5HM, Ramuco LU7HE and Monica LU8HFO for hosting this
operation.
Tnx everyone for the QSOs.

73,

LP1H
 
VP5DX(@VP5KE)   M/S HP   10,995,6842016-11-01 04:20:40
We managed to put the fallen tower up before the contest, rebuilt the beam that
was damaged. 2-Tribander's , 40 meter vertical, 40 meter dipole, 80 meter
dipole, 80 meter inverted L (that didn't work very well at all), and 160 meter
inverted L with only 33 foot vertical. Radio's Ic-756pro, and AL-1200, TS-950S
and AL-1200. The TS-950S would drop to only 10 watts of output power every once
and a while and receive would drop down also. A tap with the hammer on right
rear of the case would bring it back (sometimes it took multiple hits) The
hammer sat right next to the keyboard for quick repair. What fun, BIG pile ups
and many commented how loud we were. WHAT LUCK. Wish we had more antennas up
and better condx on 10 meters. Thanks to all (many 6 banders) Had a couple of
visitors in shack before the contest, WA2BOT Jeff, and Chris VP5/W8CTB. Also
VP5/AA4FL made many satellite contacts with his arrow antenna and 5 watts. 73
VP5DX crew.
 
HA3OU   SOSB/20 HP   187,7922016-11-01 04:55:30
Thanks for the calls and QSO-s guys!
73/DX
Joco
Ha3oU
 
9A1P   M/S HP   11,036,7402016-11-01 05:47:45
Stormy geoactivitiy with low flux = terrible condx

but who cares?? We had great fun.
Thanks for 9A3LG & 9A7DX for join us again and S55M for amazing preparation
work.
Great weekend with radio friends.
Nice competition with IR4M & ED7O on live scores. Too bad OM7M & OM8A
didnt join the fun.

Simply: I love this game

73 Dave 9A1UN
 
D4C   M/S LP   15,432,0512016-11-01 07:37:58
Every contest participation is a challenge, and from D4C station is no exception
as well.
This year Murphy visited us already in the organization process having two team
members to be absent due to small surgeries that did not enable them to come. We
wish them good recovery.

The team was composed by 3 OM that already successfully took part in the CQ WPX
SSB:
DF7ZS Helmut, SQ9D Piotr, SQ9CNN Rafal as guest op and HB9DUR Andrea and IZ4DPV
Massimo as D4C crew.
New entry was SQ9UM Alex that in a matter of a second entered with ease into
Monteverde feeling.

IZ4DPV, SQ9D and SQ9UM arrived on Monday and started station checks and
preparation work outside and inside the shack. The generator was tested and
each Momobean antenna verified with analyser.
The weather was still dry and with the typical outstanding view from Monteverde
mountain. Tuesday was the day of beverages and Inband antennas. So far so good.
On Wednesday work continued and some activity was made signing as D4Z. In the
late afternoon HB9DUR arrived along with DF7ZS.
Those guys brought bad weather and it started to rain.
Thursday was station cabling and testing. With heavy rains ongoing life became
difficult and the road to Monteverde started degenerating.
On Friday we were thinking that Murphy was ready to knock our door again as the
road conditions deteriorated further and that whole competition was at risk.
Anyway, this was the hot test day with all equipment ready for the fight but
after some time of work the generator stopped without apparent working .Murphy
eventually came without knocking. We tried several times to having it back
without success.
This lead to an unexpected and forced category change into MS low power. This
was very unfortunate because the situation of the other competitors in Z33
would had led to an interesting game on cqcontest.net although we discovered
later that nobody of them was on.

The whole team did not lose motivation, actually it was just the contrary: A
new target was set. To get the 2015 year World record MS LP achieved by FY5KE.
Additionally, it was a wish of the team to get more entries. So above our
declared.
D4C was on the board since the beginning but practically alone apart the first
few hours with WP3C.

As post contest comment, we could just copy-paste Herve F5HRY last’s year
comment on 3830: Terrible on low bands with 100W, extremely difficult to work
some multipliers and our wire inband antenna fed with 100W sometimes was trying
to do miracles (thanks to the operators).
Luckily 15m was our go band tough an Saturday was way better than on Sunday.

We will provide more insight in our next newsletter including some interesting
pictures. To join the newsletter subscribe here
http://d4c.us12.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=669cf19ca483f248630249aaa&id=8b892738ce

I take the opportunity to introduce our e-commerce page that enables us to rise
founds for a local program in Mindelo: www.shop.d4c.cc

Needless to say, we are thankful for the determination of our Guest Operators
Friends that helped D4C to do something new.

A note must be said to our antenna park as well. Momobeam antennas are still
performing well after 19 months of heavy weather conditions (see results...).
We are proud to deliver the D4C harsh environment location for field test to
serious companies (and friends).


Best 73's and CU in the next one

Andrea HB9DUR (one of D4C - Monteverde contest club)
You call, We answer
 
WJ2D   SOSB/40 HP   39,6002016-11-01 07:41:25
The same condx as everyone else here, zip for EU and AS at my QTH. I did hook a
V6 and a bunch of VK/ZL stations. Hopefully the condx will be better for the CW
test. All s&p as working a freq was too slow for me!
 
N2MTG   SOAB LP   75,5172016-11-01 07:53:08
Propagation was terible especially to Europe and Asia
 
VA4HZ(VE4HAZ)   SOAB LP   13,0202016-11-01 08:01:58
Nothing like a contest to show you the weaknesses in your station. Despite
checking everything before still had issues with the station and had to pull
out much to soon. Now to get ready for the next contest.
 
HB2ØAA(HB9ARF)   SOAB(A) LP   301,3502016-11-01 08:14:26
Elecraft K3 100 Watts

Antennas : Force 12 C-4s ( 2 elements on 28/21/14 MHz - Dipole on 7 MHz )
Dipole for 3.5 MHz and Inverted L used on 1.8 MHz

Thanks to all for qso's and hope to hear you in the CW legs
but this time with my own callsign and maybe with a better propagation.

73's
Phil - HB9ARF
 
HB9PUE   M/S HP   2,564,5502016-11-01 09:16:38
73 de HB9PUE
 
KE3X(@N3HBX)   SOAB(A) LP   1,882,1392016-11-01 09:38:07
Many thanks to John N3HBX for hosting and his ongoing quest for excellence in
hardware engineering at The Farm. Tower 2 was stuck on Europe, but it did not
impact the score. Also thanks to Rich NN3W and Jon KL2A for splitting our
original Multi-Single plan into 3 Single-Ops, and to Mark KD4D for help with
setup.

After a visit from Mr. Murphy during Worked All Germany, I hoped he was done
visiting Maryland for a while. He was not. Last week I had read some
reflector posts about 'Denial of Service' attacks on Telnet posing a risk to
cluster connectivity. Operating Assisted, I would be a dead duck. In fact,
exactly that began 2 hours before the contest, when the VE7CC node began
dropping out. Switching to other 'reliable' nodes like W3LPL, WR3L, W4ML, K3NC
and K1TTT had no effect.

So for the first 24 hours of the contest, I sprinted repeatedly from the
operating position around to the internet computer server every 15-minutes to
re-set the Telnet connection. So who says Radio Contesting is not a physical
sport? In desperation late Saturday I tried the K3WW packet node, which
mercifully delivered a stable connection until 2000Z on Sunday, whereupon
during the final 4 hours it was back to sprinting and resetting Telnet again.
I have no explanation why K3WW would have worked and the other nodes not.

Note: For a 'wireless' hobby like ham radio, it seems the skill sets required
now are 'software engineer', 'networking expert' and 'hardware integrator'.
See K1LZ's post which speaks to this. As one who received a 'C-' in Assembler
Language Programming in college, I find the current trend quite discomforting
...

The actual error message was:

"A Telnet Communications Error Occurred."
"Error 11001. Authoritative answer : Host not found."
"Telnet failed. Winsock State = 4"

Has anyone else experienced this and knows the solution? If so, please shoot
me an email. Our configuration is N1MM Classic across a network which has
worked reliably for many years.

As for the contest itself, I had been disappointed in my CQWW results in 2015,
so I went back to basics, including reviewing an old K5ZD recommendation to
start the contest S&P'ing 20 and 40. I am sure this is a sound strategy
under normal conditions, but this weekend it resulted in a whopping 36 QSO's in
the first hour. A long weekend of tuning and clicking followed, with 99%
S&P overall. I tried running at 11AM Sunday on 15 meters, but after only
7 stations called me in an hour I went back to tuning and clicking again.

Although 42 hours were spent sitting in front of the radio, the 'Off Times'
window showed only 37 hours of actual operating. Yikes. To quote the motto
of many Multi-Single teams at The Farm from years past under similarly horrible
propagation ... "We're too stupid to quit!" I can't say it better
than that.

73,

Ken
 
W6US   SOAB LP   95,1302016-11-01 09:42:30
Europe was not heard in the intermountain west... did get a couple of alltime
new ones. Had a S-9 noise level to the southeast, but the power company could
not find anything.
 
LY7Z(@LY2TA)   SOAB(A) LP   1,500,0002016-11-01 09:51:31
40 hours of nightmare.
Only 23 USA QSO's and 4 JA's at all.
Cheap 1 point QSO's and easy EU mults
all bands helps to improve score a bit.

TNX QSO's

73! Andy
EA8/LY7Z
 
3V8SS(KF5EYY)   SOAB LP   5,167,6502016-11-01 09:58:42
All signs were telling me; my previous personal records won’t be broken in
this year’s WW SSB despite the recent improvements on the station’s setup.
A 7300 is being used as main radio. The second radio is more efficient now with
the lined up LBS filters and triplexer (manual coax switching). A new antenna
installed for 160m band. A second computer was used with a separate keyboard
for dual CQing…

Apart from propagation indexes, the weather satellite map was showing lightning
approaching Sousse city which means an awful low bands operation.
Contest start on 40 and 80 was slow and I can tell, I had to wait 20 minutes to
make the second QSO!!

After sunrise, the conditions on high bands were less bad than expected. The
curve against 2015 objective showed that I’m more or less following last
year’s performance. Day 1 ended up with 2.2 kQSOs.

I got 3 hours of sleep at midnight dreaming of more than 2000 Qs next day but
conditions were bad enough to widen the gap against 2015 numbers. This year’s
score is 24% less than last year. I got a unique JA station in my log!! (vs 240
last year and 160 in 2012). The MUF plot by a close ionosonde did barely exceed
28 MHz for a short time and was below 21 MHz most of the time (Day 2).

On Day 1, only few S&P Qs were made on 10. On Sunday, I heard quiet few EUs
and decided to start a run for the short skip. A pileup kicked off! Signals were
extremely weak in an extremely quiet band but readable enough to log QSOs (Tnx
7300!).

My 44-hours contest operation was comfortable. I didn’t feel any ‘strong’
need to sleep. Storing sleep remains a theory but for me it is proven by
experience. Getting 8.5 hours of sleep in each of the 7 nights preceding the
contest helped a lot. (On Friday night I could only sleep one hour after a
stressful working day and 130 km drive to Sousse).

I appreciate everyone’s band moves which worked at 90%. Thanks to CT1ILT,
N6TV, 3V/F4HJD, 3V/KG5OUE for the help and support.

See you all in the CW leg Insh’Allah!

73 Ash 3V/KF5EYY
www.kf5eyy.info (with MUF plots)
 
YT1A   SOSB/20 HP   870,0002016-11-01 10:34:27
LESS ZONE 1 and 31!!!
tks for all,
YT1A,
VLAD
 
KU2M   SOSB/15 HP   234,2642016-11-01 10:34:41
Horrible conditions. I really hate sounding like a complainer, but probably my
worst score in this category and without doubt the worst first nite in my
contesting experience...EVER. I had been hoping that the bands would have
recovered from the Coronal event that sent the A index soaring in combination
with extremely low sunspot numbers earlier in the week, but although conditions
recovered a bit, it wasn't enough. At the start of the contest Friday night, 15M
was a graveyard. I mean, NOTHING heard across the entire band... that had to be
a first. I wondered - is the antenna plugged in? Is my clock wrong? Did I have
a massive stroke? With nothing else to do, I started CQing. After a full hour
of that, I had worked exactly 3 stations... K3OO, KR2Q, and WE3P, for 2 mults
and zero points. At 9 PM I realized I was wasting my time (and my electric
bill) and quit.

Saturday and Sunday may have been the worst contest weekend I've ever heard in
terms of prop to Europe on 15M. The A index was sky high, and the sunspot
number was Death Valley low. I heard stations in South America and the
Caribbean running lots of Europeans, but for the most part I could not hear
them at all. I could hear some of the EU "big gun" stations with the
beam turned south, but it didn't matter... they couldn't hear me. Finally, I
was able to run a few EAs and Italians, but that was it. Southern Europe only.
Practically no northern Europeans could be heard, and those that were worked
were extremely weak and marginal. But however poor things were with regard to
Europe, they were even worse to Japan. In contrast to the days of yore when
there were JAs galore and you could run scads of them on 15M, and now and then
a UA0 or even a BY or two, there was not one JA heard the entire weekend!

All in all, not a good harbinger of things to come on the HF bands, namely 15M
and 10M, for years to come. I asked myself: will this make doing 15M monoband a
crazy idea? Well, it may be a lousy job, but somebody's got to do it!

Here's hoping that next year will be better!
 
DJ7WW   SOSB/15 HP   167,3602016-11-01 10:56:12
First contest ever without any JA station on 15m.
 
9Y4D   SOSB/20 HP   1,688,8172016-11-01 11:17:33
By far the hardest contest I ever did with this poor propagation, I did almost
the same score as my low power assisted score in 2013 although we use only 300
to 500 watts for high power in contest from an old Drake l7.
Well with that said if the propagation's are not better next year I sure as
hell will not take part and hope to be within the first 5 with this score.

THIS CONTEST WAS DONE IN MEMORY OF FRANK 9Y4VU ....GOD REST HIS SOUL..
 
PR2W(PT2AW)   SOAB LP   99,1602016-11-01 11:36:17
This is a great contest to take part! Thank you all a see you on CW.
 
IO4W(IZ4AFW)   SOAB(A) HP   1,004,5982016-11-01 11:40:39
Part-time effort this time. Conditions were worse than I thought.
I was hoping for better propagation to West Coast, just to say hello to my
friends in CA, but I've not been able to hear them.
See you next time, hoping for better conditions!
Thanks for the QSOs!
Fabio IZ4AFW / IO4W / NZ1W
 
YP7P(@YO7LFV)   M/S HP   2,780,5052016-11-01 11:44:19
Disastrous propagation conditions,I did not understand a word of this
propagation.
Bypassing this major problem it was a nice contest.
Thanks Bob (yo8rni/yr8e) for movement made and super equipment brought with him
,
thanks Stefan (yo7mgg/yp7a) for the effort to be there with us and set up new
antennas and test my location Polovragi and equipment brought with him .
Next time will be better working on it with yo7bga .
73! Robert yo7lfv
 
KB4LHP   SOAB Rookie HP   21,5222016-11-01 11:49:35
Rookie
 
K4VBM   SOAB LP   1,0292016-11-01 11:53:18
All QSOs on Friday evening/nite - gone for the weekend.
 
K7SV   SOAB LP   117,5002016-11-01 12:20:46
Very limited available (fortunately!) for this one. Highlight was getting the
160M Inv L moved back to the front yard and working CN2AA at the very end of
the contest!
 
F4DSK   SOAB(A) HP   822,5682016-11-01 12:38:21
Only few hours to take part this year but always a pleasure.
Equipment :
TS-950SD 500W Optibeam 11-5, 2 elts DX Beam on 40m and Inv. V dipoles on 80 and
160m.
Poor conditions with NA sunday (UTC) on 15m.

73 Dimitri F4DSK
 
N3XF   SOAB HP   8,7782016-11-01 12:38:25
That was ugly!!!
 
PT4T   M/S LP   2,890,0882016-11-01 12:59:39
We operate completely self sustained energy by two generators and solar panels.
The station was completametne mounted on Friday with 3 FT 2000 Triplexer and
monoband filters, connected in a 8x2 antenna switch.
The antennas had available to one spider beam 10,15 and 20 meters in triplexer
to 40 meters a dipole inverted V and the band 80m, with an upright vertical
component 17 meters and 3 meters at "L".
We thank all colleagues who have provided this great experience especially when
Fabricio PY4WZ that gave its premises in to Home install the PT4T.
we see again the same conditions in CQWW CW with PT4T TEAM!
 
SP4PBI(@SP4Z)   M/S HP   1,421,2442016-11-01 13:01:58
Propagation was awfull, but meeting with youngsters - fantastic
We had really fun

Wes SP4Z
 
ED3V   M/S LP   3,582,2342016-11-01 13:11:35
Two french operators spending a weekend near Barcelona Spain .. It was fun
despite the poor propagation, but managing a M/S with only two operators is
really a challenge.

Speaking of challenge, the first one was "how to do M/S at a station that
is basicaly designed for DX'ing" .. or in others words, how to manage the
limitation of having just one coaxial cable going out of the shack, and all
antenna switched from the top of the tower ..
To get full use of the big beam OB17-4, I had the idea to try the LBS
quadriplexer. since I didn't want to invest a lot, I choose the 200w version
and therefore it was decided to enter the LP category. Together with passband
filter, we were able to use the OB17-4 from the running and the multiplier
station. This works great and we manage to work a lot of multiplier from the
second radio .. Of course, during the night, just one band can be active at a
time, and we had to remove the quadriplexer from the coaxial to get it work ..
no automation, and a lot of PL connecting/disconnecting during the whole 48h !
another limitation was the same beaming for all 4 bands .. generally not an
issue except on late afternoon/evening when 15/20m was opened to US and rare
multi/Asia were appearing on 40m .. a challenge situation on what to do during
this time !

Since we arrived at 20h00 on friday evening at the station, we didn't had much
time to test everything .. and we discover the footswitchs will not be usable
.. so we had to do the whole contest with the handmic of the tranceivers ..

Appart from this, it was really fun to crack multipliers pileups with our 100w
on 40m .. the 3elts on top of the mountain is really a killing antenna !

See you from next one

73 de Vincent F4BKV

Working conditions:
Elecraft K3 and Kenwood TS480
Optibeam OB17-4 (with Low Band System quadriplexer)
2 Sloopers for 80m
Wire for 160m
+ some tapas food and catalan beers to keep us in good shape ! :)
 
G4FKA   SOSB(A)/15 HP   20,7322016-11-01 13:19:55
After spending most of the week on holiday visiting National Trust sites in
Cornwall, this was just a part time single band dabble on Sunday. 15 opened
very late and there was virtually nothing to the far east. Very rare for me to
use the clusters as I like the challenge of true S&P but it was to no avail
as I couldn't hear what was being spotted from further south in Europe anyway.
Brazil arrived early and it was the presence of a good selection of Central and
South American stations that kept the interest up for a few hours. Very little
penetration into North America just a few east coasters. As I said in the RTTY
commentary what a difference a year makes to the conditions at this part of a
rapidly declining solar cycle.

Usual low key station: IC756 ProIII, Expert 1KFA, fixed wire inverted V at 6m.
One very relaxed operator after the best part of a week walking the gardens and
estates!

Let's hope for a bit more action in CW.
 
KD7PCE(@K7ABL)   SOAB HP   420,2102016-11-01 13:45:30
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
LOCATION: WWA
CALLSIGN: KD7PCE
CLUB: Willamette Valley DX Club
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 420210
OPERATORS: KD7PCE
NAME: Stephen Davis
ADDRESS: 1301 NW 34th Ct
ADDRESS-CITY: Battle Ground
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: WA
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 98604
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: UNITED STATES
CERTIFICATE: NO
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5966.0
END-OF-LOG:
 
4U1WB(AJ3M)   SOAB HP   193,0302016-11-01 13:45:50
Part-time effort from the 4U1WB club station at the World Bank.
Thank you for the QSOs.

Rig:
Icom IC-706MKIIG
Alpha 78
Antenna
Hy-Gain TH7DX
Inverted V

73,

Masa, AJ3M
 
SP7V   SOSB/40 LP   8,0002016-11-01 13:59:08
First CQWW SSB in new QTH. Only dipol for 40m 6m over ground. Only 100W -
IC7100. Thank you for your patience correspondents for LP

best 73
de SP7V
 
DL2ARD   SOSB(A)/15 HP   483,6582016-11-01 14:03:27
Nothing to say abt the condx.
9 % NA and only 9 US stations on sunday says all .
First UA9 hrd sunday morning. Happy to become a call frm 3 JA's also on
sunday.
Never hrd a spotted JA on the band.

But live goes on .
See you in the future.
Tnx for the calls.

73 de Oliver
dl2ard
 
N4NQY   SOAB Classic QRP   2802016-11-01 14:32:44
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty Pt/Q
7 4 6 2 2 1.5
14 4 10 3 3 2.5
21 2 4 2 2 2.0
Total 10 20 7 7 2.0
Score: 280
1 Mult = 1.0 Q's
 
S51A   M/S HP   3,426,0352016-11-01 15:14:55
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty Pt/Q
1,8 220 234 7 56 1,1
3,5 508 616 13 73 1,2
7 783 1076 32 119 1,4
14 1066 1905 34 129 1,8
21 410 723 33 128 1,8
28 132 211 18 77 1,6
Total 3119 4765 137 582 1,5
Score: 3.426.035
1 Mult = 4,3 Q's

The propagation didnt play it with us, our antenna system is just a little bit
short in comparison to big guns, so we just played along with the propagation,
but couldnt force a run USA on 7 or 21 at all any day. 2 JA on 21 Mhz!!! in the
log and only got our first VE on sunday evening on 21 Mhz...

Managed to make the lowest ever of USA station on 7 and 21.

The station worked ok and the Alpha 87a that my friend fixed worked flawlesy -
after 2 years it's back on air!
K9AY helped us work finnaly some DX on 160m, where we now can actualy hear
something :P Thx S57L for that!

Thanks for all for the qso's and hope you had fun too!

We love this game!

Bostjan - Ian S55O


Log on lotw!
 
HK1T(@HK1R)   SOSB/20 HP   2,182,7642016-11-01 15:16:07
Thanks to all, a lot of fun, not great conditions but workable, see you on next
contest.

Sal.
Hk1t
 
9Z4Y   SOAB Rookie HP   101,9562016-11-01 15:25:36
My very first contest ever, really enjoyed it, thanks to everyone that made
contact with me accross the weekend, propagation was not very good but made the
best out of it.

73s
 
N4TZ/9   SOAB LP   822,8702016-11-01 15:39:25
Boy, I seem to be really "snake-bitten" this year!
I thought my prop-pitch rotor problem (it ended up pointing
in the wrong direction in IARU, and was intermittant for
a while afterward) was resolved, but Friday afternoon it
ended up pointing about 120 degrees off, and then it wouldn't
respond at all to the controller. So, out to the tower with
a 12 volt battery to turn it back to EU, where the top 20 &
40 meter antennas sat parked for the weekend. Shortly after
the contest began, I found that the lower shorty-forty on
the ring-rotor had no signals at all. Frequent switching on
the antenna switch control for 40 resulted in it starting to
work about 0315, and it continued to work the first night.
The second night it never worked, so I got some more sleep.

After the contest I found that mice had chewed the control
cable to the 40m switch box. Replacing the cable and moving
the box out of the wiring cabinet onto the base of the tower
fixed the problem with the lower 40 antenna. I have ordered
a new prop-pitch controller so will see if that fixes that
problem.

I was unable to string up my second 160 m vertical in the
SE direction because the new tower (still barren of antennnas)
is in the way. My substitute second antenna is to the SW
of my existing tower and seemed to never play competitively.
The tower and antennas provide a fair amount of directivity
on 160, and probably some gain. I could definitely see
the Canadians much weaker on the SW antenna.

My wife's computer developed some problems about the time
of the Windows 10 deadline. Even though she still has
Windows 7 64 bit, it seems to run much much slower now.
A complete reinstall to initial condition resulted in
like-new performance, but over the ensuing weeks as
Windows performed its automatic updating the performance
got even worse. So, my laptop computer which I was using
to record the contest now sits on her desk. Fortunately,
I didn't make the top three so that was not a problem 8^)


2016 CQ-WW-SSB N4TZ
Continent List

160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL
--- --- --- --- --- --- ---
USA calls = 2 2 1 1 1 3 10
Canada calls = 16 23 11 22 5 2 79
NA calls = 6 18 27 41 51 34 177
SA calls = 3 16 21 37 61 59 197
Euro calls = 1 15 25 123 40 3 207
African calls = 2 10 12 11 18 7 60
Asian calls = 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Japan calls = 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Ocean calls = 0 6 8 2 11 2 29

Total calls = 30 90 105 245 187 110 767
 
YT9X(YU1ZZ)   SOSB(A)/40 HP   556,3192016-11-01 15:45:26
73 de
Milan,YU1ZZ
 
AI1W   SOAB LP   2,8562016-11-01 15:46:20
Very limited participation due to COMEX prep. However, I could not help myself
and log a few QSOs.
 
K7VIT   SOAB(A) HP   41,8102016-11-01 16:10:48
My time was somewhat limited again. Band conditions seemed quite poor Friday
evening local time. QSO's and score are down significantly from last year. For
me, the band conditions finally seemed to recover on Sunday somewhat.

Thanks to all who answered my calls. 73, Jerry
 
K2QB   SOAB(A) HP   68,1502016-11-01 16:28:49
Radio: FT2000
Amplifier: Acom 1010
Antennas: Optibeam OB9-5; Cushcraft R7; 120ft. End Fed Wire
 
ZD8W(W6NV)   SOAB HP   10,739,3862016-11-01 16:46:03
Huge pile ups from North America and Europe at the same time. Of course, the
callers could not hear each other.

See you in the CQWW CW later in November. K0AV/ZD8V will join the fun as a
'clasic' M2 operation, without internet. Spread out a bit when trying to work
us.

Thanks for all the contacts.

Oliver, W6NV/ZD8W
 
WUØB   SOSB(A)/40 LP   4,6442016-11-01 16:49:58
As always, a wonderful time. Had lots going on this weekend, so wasn't able to
devote too much time, but enjoyed it nonetheless. Contacts were almost
exclusively with the Americas, with a few in Africa and only one or two in
western/southern Europe. Never did hear northern or eastern Europe.

Kenwood TS-940 @100W into a horizontal 80m loop @30ft. N1MM+ for logging.

Thanks for the QSOs and see you next year.
 
KK7AC   SOSB(A)/40 LP   13,2722016-11-01 16:55:36
Too much World Series and beer + no EU X low JA activity = low score.
 
VU2DED   SOAB Classic LP   109,5122016-11-01 16:59:47
Working conditions: Icom IC-707, barefoot with trap Dipole antenna, 40M through
10M and Yaesu antenna Tuner FC-700.

See you next year.
73
VU2DED
Ajaya
Mumbai - India
 
KC4TEO   SOAB Classic LP   188,9312016-11-01 17:27:47
Band conditions could have been worse but I couldn't get into Europe very
easily.
Elecraft K3S, A3S tribander, wires.
 
N7DD   SOSB(A)/20 HP   185,4902016-11-01 18:29:44
UGH!
 
XW1IC(E21EIC)   SOAB HP   1,829,0542016-11-01 19:48:11
Vy poor propagation.
No W1,2,3,4,5,8,9,0
No KL7
No VE
:(

73, Champ, E21EIC/XW1IC
 
VA3TPS   SOAB LP   87,7042016-11-01 20:01:21
Limited time due to family matters but fun as always!
 
K3ZJ   SOSB/20 HP   191,1152016-11-01 21:08:14
The 20 meter reflector fell off the C31XR tribander the day before the contest.
But the remaining director & driven element seemed to be useable as a
2-element beam with the short 13.6 foot (4.14 meter) spacing. Given
conditions, I decided to go 20 meter SOSB notwithstanding the impaired antenna.


Most QSOs were S&P because I was never able to run despite multiple tries.
I had trouble working EU all weekend. But there were a couple of notable hours
during which I felt that the antenna worked miracles. During the hour or two of
Pacific propagation early Sunday morning I woke me up to hear and work multiple
VK/ZL as well as rarer VP6AH, A31MM, T32AZ, VK6NZ for zone 29, and FR4NT long
path for zone 39. Then near the end of the contest UP2L in zone 17 broke
through VERY late, at 2230; and an hour later B7K in zone 24 answered my first
call through a horrendous pileup.

The final score is less than 1/2 the score I made two decades ago when I last
operated 20 meters single band in this contest. But notwithstanding the poor
result, it always is a pleasure to get on the air and greet friends and
acquaintances old and new.
 
KM6I   SOSB(A)/80 LP   1,1272016-11-01 21:16:44
K3, dipole @ 60 ft
 
XE2B   SOAB LP   809,9192016-11-01 21:19:55
Enjoyed the outstanding challenging conditions.
Thanks for the Q's
 
N2VW   SOAB HP   161,2402016-11-01 21:48:56
I rarely give excuses. I believe results speak for themselves.

However,I feel like explaining this score. Two weeks before the contest I had
eye surgery that didn't turn out OK. Friday of the contest weekend my surgeon
looked at the resulting symptoms and scheduled remedial surgery for the Monday
after the contest.

It was an interesting experience trying to operate with one good eye and one
nonfunctional eye. So here are some points ... As the little old lady said when
she p....d in the sea: Every little bit helps! GO FRC!
 
NU6S(@WA6GFY)   SOSB/20 HP   118,5242016-11-01 23:05:10
Conditions down, but had fun at Lockheed Club Station in Sunnyvale.
(Ft 1000, TH7 @ 85 ft, KW)
 
KH6J(@KH6YY)   M/M HP   13,105,9802016-11-02 00:01:17
Thanks to KH6YY for graciously hosting us once again.

Mahalo for all the Qs!
 
KH6BE   SOAB QRP   6,9122016-11-02 00:44:10
I didn't know what to expect from Hawaii with a 5W Yaesu FT-817 and a Buddipole
vertical dipole, especially on SSB. I was surprised at how many of the big guns
actually heard my peanut-whistle station in the middle of the Pacific. I hope to
have even better results in the CW weekend.
 
WØMB   SOSB(A)/80 HP   4,2002016-11-02 01:36:17
I didn't get the beam up in time for the contest. I just did search and pounce
on 80 meters. The antennas were tuned for rtty and didn't play right. Maybe
next year! :(
 
II1K(IZ1RYS)   SOSB(A)/80 HP   47,6282016-11-02 02:31:04
First expirience in 80 meter band tryng a "new location.....
Only few hours contesting
Vertical antenna and 3x ewe rx antenna
 
EIØR   M/S HP   1,306,4072016-11-02 03:06:07
Conditions poor!!!!
 
K1DJ   SOAB(A) LP   29,6942016-11-02 04:08:54
Ran 100 watts into low-slung wire dipoles and a vertical, with my new SteppIR
3-element beam with 30/40 meter driven element fully assembled but still on the
ground, awaiting the help to put it up!
 
YTØW(YU1JW)   SOSB/20 HP   543,4002016-11-02 04:11:20
73 de Laki
YU1JW-YT0W
 
M5ZAP   SOAB Classic LP   117,1242016-11-02 04:36:27
Icom 7300
Gap Titan DX
No antenna for 80/160m
First SSB contests for quite a few years.
All S&P, Mainly European stations worked conditions made for a challenging
contest.
 
HA3LN   SOSB/20 HP   425,2672016-11-02 04:48:05
FT-1000MP > AL-811 > 4el YU7EF OWA @15m

Tubes were replaced in the PA and was ready to be back in business again. With
this 500W I could enter the HP category to check the station competitiveness
against the big guys.

At the beginning it was very suspicious that the band is full with strong EU
stns. …checked the solar status and knew why… Actually this screwed the
first hours + made band openings very late for me on both days. I heard lot of
strong signals but could not start run. On top of the GM storm I had S9+ man
made noise started with the sunset from 40 up to 180 degrees to East direction
and finished with the sun came up again. I guess this might be the public LED
lights on the streets. Luckily there was a “hole” on the noise wall around
14243kHz where a clear spot found to try AS and OC with not much success
anyway.

This contest was a real HW destroying activity.
- foot-switch broke at 05z, during the 30mins of fixing time needed to switch
to VOX and might have sounded really LID as it went on TX every instance I made
a small noise.
- RF leaked back to the DVK interface somehow and sticked the ant relay on TX
and was difficult to get it back to RX fully. This happened on cases when I
stepped off the foot switch too quickly.
- …as a consequence of this above the DVK interface blown up @20:20z on Sun.
The last couple of hours were really chord intensive.

Had really nice pile-ups on the first day towards W-EU and NA with 140+/hours.
Felt strong all the way despite on Sunday NA prime time. I could not hold CQ
spot at all, NA missed completely. A bunch of VE9’s called but nothing
further. Tend to explain this with the bad condx but I heard a lot of strong US
stns calling other EUs. The huge QRM and the pretty wide stns made me move to
S&P. 500W was great improvement from LP but still is not enough to protect
the running freq for long. :-)

I made 45 hours in the operating chair with only 1 short 15mins blackout period
on Sat. However, the last 2-3 hours was really tough but it did worth to hold on
as I managed to find finally OA4A and ZD8W as a double and ZP6A and PZ5K as cty
mult. On the other hand, have no clue how I managed to miss V2/PJ7/ZF2/V4...
Not to mention the VK6 an FR/5R combo. I turned down several times but not in
the proper time to catch them...

What surprised me very much, I did receive 3(!) real RS(T)s for the contest
reports. I know this is how should be done but not really happened to me yet.

I will enter any contest is organized by G/DL/PA. 30%+ (554) of the QSO were
from these countries, amazing activity, thanks a lot for that.


Was good fun but still a lot of room for improvements.

Thanks to my family who stood again the all night long shouting. :-)
...and of course thanks for the cluster spots and All who called me.

73!
Csaba HA3LN
http://ha3ln.hu/
 
MD1E(MMØGOR)   SOSB(A)/20 HP   125,2352016-11-02 05:32:20
1st time dxpedition to Scarlett Point Tower Isle of Man by MM0GOR (MD1E) and
M0UTD (MD1U). We will be returning for CQWPX SSB 2017.
 
VE2IM(VE3DZ)   SOAB HP   3,496,4752016-11-02 05:39:18
The first disappointment when I arrived to the location and started to check
everything was 40 m beam.
It showed decent SWR at first, but when I applied a bit of a power it went sky
high and never came back.
Definitely a bad connection somewhere. Spent almost all day on Wednesday
climbing the 65 feet tower at and trying to troubleshoot the failure, but only
could confirm that the coax was good and the problem cojkd be either with the
driven element itself or the connection point to it. In either case there was
no easy fix - the dtiven element is too far from the tower and in order to
reach one needed a boom truck ("Cherry Picker") or the whole antenna
needed to be taken down. I couldn't reach any of the local guys to get any help
so I decided to put up just a sloping dipole towards EU for the Contest. I did
it on Thursday. Fortunately, the weather cooperated - it was only -2 C outside
both days with bright sunshine.
Everything else worked just fine - all other antennas, the radio, the amp, the
laptop with logger and interface and even the audio recording.
The second disappointment was, of course, the conditions. Honestly, I can't
recall something like that in my previous 17 years of Zone 2 Contesting. When
conditions like that happen you try to go South, not North.
In my case the most affected bands were 40 and 80. Actually, 10 was better
than expected, especially on the 2nd day. 15 was also better on Sunday. But on
40 it looked like someone just turned the Europe off. I could hear some
stations at about S 3-4 level, but most of them were not reacting to my calls
simply CQ'ing in my face. I couldn't get things going and when the rate was
dropping to the shameful 10-15 Q's per hour I was simply taking a few hours
break on both nights for the nap.
But I guess almost everybody in the World was affected by these conditions one
way or another (except the ones who were closer to equator, I think) so I
shouldn't complain, though my score this time is not even a half from what can
be done from here.
It is what it is, and I'm trying to stay positive thinking that my trip might
have helped somebody to work a rare zone. :-)
Thanks again to all who went extra mile and moved to another band for me and
especially to:
- Teddy VP2ETE with whom we made qsos on 4 bands in just 2 minutes!
- Oliver ZD8W for a 3 band double multiplier in 2 minutes.
Special thanks go to Igor VE3ZF/VE2IDX who helped me a lot before, during and
after this trip. As usual, local guys VA2RDK, VA2FGG and VA2VVV were very
helpful.
I really appreciate every contact in these difficult conditions. Good luck to
everyone in CW part.
 
YU3EEA   SOAB Rookie LP   142,1542016-11-02 06:26:25
My first CQWWDX contest !

73 de
Janko YU3EEA
 
IR4M   M/S HP   8,944,7962016-11-02 06:42:13
Most part of Friday was spent trying to figure out the reason of failure
of internet connection, who worked fine until the day before.
After LAN debugging we discovered a cable nibbled by a rodent :)

Apart from that, everything else worked flawlessly... except
propagation, the worst we remember since the foundation of IR4M.
Not only high bands were impacted (K1LZ was the only USA worked on
10m!), but also low bands suffered a lot due to the storms of the days
before. As a result, we can't hear NA on 40m for most part of the
nights, and zone 3 was only worked the second night with just two QSO
(thanks N2RD and K5RR).
On 160m Jeff VY2ZM was barely audible, and that says it all...

On 15M Saturday morning no JA at all, I think that never happened before!
During the afternoon conditions towards NA improved, while Sunday
worsened forcing us to stay on 20m...
Compared to last year conditions have been awful, and that reflects on
our score.

In the team we had a few young operators (a rarity, nowadays), who are
still learning, but did very well.

Congrats to 9A1P, our neighbors on the other side of Adriatic Sea for
their outstanding result, really unreachable for us. Thanks for the
challenge on cqcontest, a pity OM7M and OM8A were missing.

Thanks to Paolo I4EWH for the great food, and to Claudio IK4DCW and
Walter I4KLY for technical assistance.

See you in CW leg, and on our Facebook page.
 
AB1J   SOAB(A) LP   45,4252016-11-02 07:21:09
I'm not a fan of phone contests. On the other hand, it's fun to be part of such
a huge competitive event, perhaps the biggest there is in the world in any
sport (in terms of participants), so there's that to consider. In any case, I
showed up. I concentrated on 10m and 15m while I still could as I am fond of
them and will miss them dearly in the upcoming years. Does anyone know any
propagation "rain" dances?

Conditions weren't all that good. Still, there was enough life left in 10m that
we may be able to squeeze out some fun in the December RTTY and ARRL contests.
Hope so.

I was a spectator and a participant. For the first time I uploaded my log to
the live contest scores web site in real time and checked occasionally to see
how I and others were doing. That's a nice feature and kept me involved with
the contest as a whole.

Blooper and full disclosure: I got up Saturday morning in my usual fog and
worked a station right off the bat, then called ZF9CW who informed me I was out
of band. Ah, yes, I was on 21157, not 14157. Wrong band. Oops. Well, it gave
me a chance to use the Cabrillo X-QSO feature. I hope the QSO still counts for
LT1F.

Thanks for the Qs and for digging my signal out of the deep doo-doo. I'll see
you in the CW contest in a month where things generally flow better for me.

73,
Ken, AB1J

Flex 6500 N1MM+
Various and sundry wires running hither and yon
 
CN3A   M/2 HP   33,838,1842016-11-02 07:29:16
Another Great Contest from CN3A!!! See you the next one!
Thanks to ARRAM Mr.Kacem

Stefano,IK2QEI Matteo,IK2SGC Marco,IK2LFF

CN3A Contest Team
 
EA9LZ   SOSB/40 HP   1,973,6822016-11-02 08:57:29
Fun I was looking for and Fun I found..... fun and fun.

First seious contest with our new antennas set up, the stack of 3 over 3 full
size from OptiBeam antennas, really works very very well, the worts was have
not antenna for second direction but I will not spend time to talk about what I
have not.

As always, thank you very much to best friend Mariano EA9LS and his excellent
help and hospitality.

kenwood TS990S
OM 4000A
3@48mtr over 3@27mtr full size both OptiBeam OB2040X
Stack match by QRO remoteqth.com

Thank you very much to all the stations call me.
73s
Jorge
EA9LZ
 
VY2ZM(K1ZM)   SOAB HP   6,550,5202016-11-02 09:46:37
Conditions were a problem here as well - especially on 15 and 10M. I knew at
the time that those to the SOUTH and WEST had better prop than I did - so I
spent more time on 20M to compensate - it helped somewhat.

Despite the wretched condx - there were some HIGHLIGHTS!

1) Having JT5DX call me at my sunset on 40M Phone - thanks Ken!!!!!!

2) Hearing and working VR2XAN on 40M longpath at my SR on Sunday.

3) Hearing B7P well over S9 at my SR on 40M along with VR2XAN - unfortunately
B7P just could not hear me - but he was surely LOUD here!!!

Thanks to all for the qso's - cu again soon I hope!

73 JEFF K1ZM/VY2ZM
Monticello, PEI
 
TM2T(F4DSD)   SOSB/15 HP   342,4322016-11-02 10:43:32
73 ' all
Emmanuel
F4DSD
 
T48K   M/2 HP   10,182,5852016-11-02 10:55:51
Thanks to CO8DM and CO8ZZ for inviting us down to operate CQWW with them in
Cuba. We had a great time and learned a lot about Cuba while we were there.
Our operation was field day style, with seven antennas setup at the beach near
Playa Blanca in Holguin, Cuba. We had a 160M inverted J (inverted L that was
bent by the constant and strong winds), an 80M inverted J, 40M ground plane, 20
vertical dipole array (VDA), 15M VDA, 10M VDA, and a short tribander for the
mult station. We had two amplifiers that gave us around 300 to 400W out.
Conditions weren't the best and we did not have a spotting network or internet.
We needed to improve our 160M antenna situation, as others had difficulty
hearing us. We did great on 15M with the VDA and probably would have done the
same on 10M, but there wasn't that much propagation. We noticed that we were
constantly spotted incorrectly as something like T40K, T480, or something like
that, even though we IDd after every Q. About 4% of our Qs were dupes.
 
OH8X(OH6UM)   SOSB/20 HP   910,6242016-11-02 11:01:59
Now that was an Interesting weekend. The 20m band was pretty well open to NA
just minutes before the contest start, but then almost exactly at 0000z all
signals started to go down. This is *not* happening, no way! But it was.
Should I still change to 15m SB like last year? Quick check. Well no, that
band was completely silent.

The first 12 hours produced less than 500 Q's. No propagation to the East at
all. No sign of any JA's. Lucky to get through to some EU. This must have
been the worst first 12 hours ever for me in any CQ contests.

Luckily enough, the propagation started to improve a bit, and at 0000z on
Sunday morning I had 1500+ Q's logged. And what? - The JA's started to come in
now? - Already this early! Not many, but the ones I heard and worked were quite
loud. Finally we are getting somewhere! This is going to be such a great
morning and day! :) Well, after 40+ JA's and some NA and other Q's it was all
done. Nothing to do but go to sleep.

Sunday. Yet another day with practically no real openings to the East. Had
hopes for better propagation to the West / NA on Sunday evening, but managed to
get only some short occasional runs going.

There were still several higlights and interesting learning lessons for me, for
example:

The "XE/zone 06 moment" when I suddenly picked up 4 XE's in a short
period of time after having just been wondering where are all the XE's. Same
kind of thing happened with zones 07 and 10. Nobody heard from those areas and
suddenly I had logged a couple of stations from each. :)

My "African moment" on Sunday when I was called by a 3B8, 5R8, ST,
3DA and several ZS's during rather a short period, by a 5H a little earlier,
and me ending the "moment" by picking up a FR. Logging a SU earlier
in the morning totalled my zone 34 qsos up to 2 - probably my personal
"Worked zone 34" all time record!

My "Pitcairn moment". I'm pretty sure I've *never* ever been called
by a VP6 before. :)

Just to mention a few.


All in all this was a *FUN* weekend, and I'm already looking very much forward
to the CW weekend! The steam is already on!


TNX for the Q's and CU all in the CW pile-ups, too! CW IS!

73 de Pasi OH6UM @ OH8X
 
MD2C(MDØCCE)   SOAB(A) HP   382,6762016-11-02 11:23:21
Just a part time effort, mostly S&P, although "pounce" might be a
misleadingly aggressive term given the conditions. On 160, conditions were
particularly harsh and the only NA station raised was WE3C, although others
were weakly heard and called.

Parts needed for a 40M 4-square were ordered more than two weeks in advance and
shipped by "Fed Ex Priority" but managed to turn up on Tuesday after
the contest. Hopefully, it will be operational in 4 weeks' time!

My thanks for QSOs with those who heard me, and my admiration for those who
battled with the conditions for the full contest!

73
Bob MD0CCE
FT5K, Quadra, 4-el SteppIR at 80ft, 40m inverted vee, Titanex vert on 80m/160m
 
N8FYL   SOAB Classic LP   2,0162016-11-02 11:32:08
After observing the "less than optimal" band conditions, I don't feel
so bad about not having ANY antenna up for the first 20 hours of the contest!
My wire fell down 2 weeks ago and didn't have opportunity to get it back up
until Saturday. Sometimes life gets in the way of radio, and sometimes its the
other way around!
 
9A9R   SOSB(A)/40 HP   353,7062016-11-02 11:39:44
High Aurora index. High noise level, very poor propagation's to east coast and
USA. Operate less hours then last year, but almost same result. I have to find

how is possible to operate 46 hrs...Please advise. Next year I will erect
DIPOLE and DELTA loop for various type of propagation.
It was a fun clicking spots for multipliers..Then you can see how strong is
1250w output to 2 el yagi at 110 feet. Thank you for calling me, and please
excuse if I was not replaying on yours calls. QRM and QRN was strong .
CU next year
GH Vlatko 9A9R
 
LZ7A(@LZ1KAA)   M/2 HP   3,026,2202016-11-02 11:44:01
Very good contest, crowded bands, lots of fun and lots of QRN on 40m.
 
9A1A   M/M HP   14,386,0862016-11-02 11:50:15
We were very glad to have well known contesters N6AA, N6VI and W6XD as our
guest
operators. Also we had in our team youngsters in age 16 to 20 - OE3FTA,
OE3VVU,
9A7MIM and 9A7CDZ.
Poor propagation caused quite closed high bands and runs towards USA/VE and JA
were not typical like in former years. A&K index were too high.

As usualy we did our the best that our guest operators were feeling well
during
their stay on Kozjaca and in Zagreb too. We enjoyed to be with them.
Food & drinks service made by ourselves was good as it is in any our
contest participation with good grill and cooked food.

Thanks to all who called us

See you in CQ WW CW
9A1A team
 
KP4KE(DK8ZB)   SOAB(A) LP   4,308,8562016-11-02 13:09:24
Condx not good plus noise and an antenna problem.
But had fun.
Tks for the calls !

73 de barney kp4ee/dk8zb
 
K4WI   SOSB(A)/10 HP   35,1122016-11-02 13:16:02
Turned out a tad bit better than I expected with the solar numbers being as low
as they were! Nada Friday evening; Saturday was all S+P and point/click from
the cluster. Actually worked two Euro's, plenty of Africa, South America and
ZL/VK... nothing heard from Asia. Sunday morning was better with some Euro's...
actually could get some short runs going... 3 or 4 qso's... before going back to
S+P... but by noon band was going down so watched Nascar... last one in the log
was E51.. hard to get. Worked this contest handicapped with tribander stuck
north east... would have worked more mults and stations ... maybe next time!
lol.. thanks to all 73's Cort K4WI
 
OH5NQ   M/M HP   4,370,0352016-11-02 13:35:16
Peter OH5NQ will turn 80 years of age later in the year and has 65 years
anniversary in ham radio this year. Hence OH5Z group decided to arrange
something memorable for him. Decicion was taken to arrange a big crew of
Peter's friends to run CQWW SSB, his favorite contest, in Multi/Multi category.
Invitations were sent out and quite quickly we had the operator list mentioned
above. Both US operators are friends with Peter since 30-40 years ago and they
didn't think twice when they got the invite. Finnish operators are OH5Z
regulars added with some top Finnish operators and Peter's friends.

During the summer and autumn new receive antennas, new inband tower and
hundreds of meters of new coaxials were put up. On Thursday morning before the
contest rented container which would act as a 80 and 160m ham shack arrived and
few hours later OH5TS brought rented generator with him. We needed to rent both
the shack and generator since OH5Z is not designed for M/M, it's designed to
house either M/S or M/2 crews. Also AC mains is not strong enough for six high
power station transmitting at the same time. During Friday yet another 15m high
tower was put for a 10m 5-el beam which could be turned independently to other
antennas since often during low sun spots 10m QSO's come from odd scatter
directions.

The whole week before the contest we were watching sun indexes and started to
feel the worst. K-index was hovering in 6's and 7's and in Finland it means
that it's better to shut down radios and go out to look for visible aurora
borealis. As everyone knows conditions were as bad as expected when two massive
coronal holes face the earth.

At the 00Z station was almost ready, yet again contest started 2 hours too
early but all the stations which had band open were at least making QSO's. 10m
and 15m stations were ready and alive just before the bands started to open.

160m station operated by OH1RX and OH2BO were really working hard for every QSO
and multiplier. New beverages for RX really paid off since on transmit vertical
was S9+ noise throughout the contest.

80m station operated by OH9X, OH5LF and OH6XX was really struggling ini the
beginning. Even S9+30 Germans were CQ'ing at our face. We just couldn't break
the aurora belt and we felt that transmit antenna was broken. It still can be
broken but working couple zone 3 stations on Saturday afternoon greyline tells
another story. Same noise that was on 160m was affecting 80m also and basically
whole weekend was listened with beverages. A bit dissapoiinting result but that
was the best could do this time.

40m team was a mix of youth and experience. OH5CZ (age of 15) and OH6MW (CQWW
winner at PJ9A/PJ9W era) helped by other bands pulled 40m through nicely. There
weren't big NA or JA runs but that is SSB contesting on 40m from OH.

20m was birthday hero himself OH5NQ, OH5KS, OH7CW and K1RX. They did good job
in multipliers and conditions didn't allow them to do more QSO's. Same as on
40m big JA and NA runs were absent although on Sunday night finally Mark K1RX
got to enjoy a bit of a NA run and work his buddies from other side of the
bond.

15m was mainly operated by OH5TS and K9MA again helped by other bands. 15m was
some what open but nothing spectacular. Still DXCC in one contest with low sun
spots is really nice.

10m had only one dedicated operator OH6HZH but his pain was helped by others.
The new 5el beam was really an asset as we could point that the odd directions
were we anticipated the signals would come from. 42 countries is nothing
special but quite ok anyway.

We used K3's, TS-590's, FT5000 and a FT2000 rigs all together eight in total
with different variety of amplifiers. 20m and 40m stations had two operating
positions with RUN and SUPPORT possibility and other four bands were single
radio positions.

After putting up M/M and getting everything pretty much working it was really
rewarding seeing Peter enjoy his "birthday present", have chats with
his friends and see all the other operators with happy faces. Even the worst
band conditions in everyones memories couldn't kill the fun.

We will post pictures to OH5Z facebook page shortly.

Thank you everyone for QSO's and birthday wishes to Peter. Each and every were
passed to him either over Win-Test chat or verbally. OH5Z will return in CQWW
CW in either M/S or M/2 category.

73,
Juha OH6XX on behalf of OH5NQ/OH5Z crew.
 
NP2J(K8RF)   SOSB/160 LP   18,6032016-11-02 14:39:26
High points being called by ZD8W and CN3AA

Pleased with country total considering condx and only running 100 Watts

Thanks to all that called me, good to hear old friends!

73

Dan K8RF/NP2J
 
VP2MDG(K2DM)   SOAB HP   2,189,2392016-11-02 16:00:29
I had a wonderful time this year! My girlfriend, Karen, accompanied me to
Montserrat for her first trip to the Caribbean. Bright and early on our first
full day, we were both up on the roof installing antennas. Karen was a willing
and capable partner, so the TH6 went up quickly. Sadly, the rotator would only
turn the antenna in one direction. Basic troubleshooting strongly suggested
that the problem was at the rotator, so the remainder of Day 1 was spent
installing the spare. Happily, the spare rotator worked fine, and there were
no more gotchas installing the antennas. The only other speed bump was
figuring out how to get my new SPE 1.3K-FA amplifier's built-in antenna tuner
to work. A very helpful you tube video was, well, very helpful, so I was soon
all set up and ready to go with the Montserrat legal limit of 1KW for the first
time in 10 years.

I began the contest with the intention of putting in a full effort, but after
the first couple of hours on 20M Saturday morning I just didn't have the
motivation to slug away for the next 36 hours. So I took breaks - lots of
breaks, and I came back to the radio for about an hour at a time. I found
myself really enjoying the runs, and typically added well over 100 QSOs to the
log each hour that I operated during the day. I moved from band to band with
P40W, VY2ZM, and a few other stations. I continue to get energized whenever I
work an old friend or an exotic country, like Pitcairn Island, and I was
pleased to have a few friends from The Villages call. And it was great fun
having KK6ZM appear in the pileup on 80M.

So, for me it was a very enjoyable weekend.
73,
George K2DM / VP2MDG
 
AA5UK   SOAB(A) LP   14,4402016-11-02 16:03:08
Had fun despite mixed conditions! See you next year!
 
HK1AC(@HK1R)   SOSB(A)/40 HP   617,0162016-11-02 17:41:26
Thanks for all the stations and QSOs in my first contest!
 
K7RI   M/S HP   562,9922016-11-02 17:42:44
Rigs: FTdx5000 (NO MULT RADIO)

Towers: ONE

Antennas: TWO KT36XAs FOR 10/15/20 (82’ AND 41’); ONE 4 Element
monobander for 40 @41’; 2 quarter wave 80 meter slopers counterpoised
against the tower @40'(for CARRIBEAN & JAPAN); loading the tower for 160
meters

Remarks: Thanks to Walt, Dennis, Jonathan, Curt and Justin for sticking with
it during conditions that were among the worse in a CQ WW contest in all the
years I can remember. And thanks to everyone who worked or tried to work us.
 
HI3K(@HI3CC)   M/2 HP   9,882,8482016-11-02 17:57:12
Thank you every one for a nice contest, see you soon from Loma Del Toro DX
Club, 73
 
W3GK   SOAB HP   315,9002016-11-02 18:10:02
I almost didn't enter at call due to being treated for Cancer-6 months of Chemo
and 5 weeks 5 days a week of Radiation. The radiation is wiping me out causing
sleeping 14 hrs per day. I expected to make 50 Q's and be done but somehow
operating an hour or 2 and sleeping for a while I managed to keep going and had
hoped I might make 100K but due to lots of Caribbean and South American
multipliers I managed 300K. Normally I am in the 1 meg range when high bands
are open and working 40 Hrs. I just had my lad radiation so hopefully I might
get back to normal by the CW weekend.
 
K1VR(KC1CWF)   SOAB(A) HP   1,879,4522016-11-02 18:14:56
SOAB(A)(R)

Well it was fun!

Thanks to K1VR for letting me use his great station, and Icom America for
letting me borrow a pair of IC-7300s to use for the contest. This was my first
time ever doing a very serious single op for any of the big few contests, as
well as my first time operating the full CQ WW. I was able to put in a large
amount of work at K1VR leading up to the contest installing a new 160m array,
and repairing his 80m phased verticals. Sadly, there was so little 160 prop,
that it was pathetic. Obviously as everyone has said, condx were terrible, and
I had quite a few low rate hours. Also, in the days leading up to the contest,
the antenna switching system failed, which lead to me not being able to use the
second tower at K1VR which was planned to be used as a South tower on the high
bands.

There were time where I just couldn't get rate running, but could get plenty
searching and pouncing. I only got 2 decent runs in Saturday, although it got
better Sunday. Friday night was the worst, and I went to bed after EU sunrise
with less than 200 QSOs in the log.

Highlights:
10m EU opening Sunday
Amazing runs on the last hr on 40 while calling mults on 80.
Crazy late night openings on the high bands to JA/ZL that were better than the
low bands.

Mistakes:
Although I really wanted to run a ton, there were a lot of times I didn't. I'm
still not sure if I really couldn't or just thought I couldn't.

Because of the above, I didn't push the second radio very hard, as SO2R S&P
is harder than what I can handle at the moment.

Not staying motivated as I should when rate got slow.

Good job everyone, and see you on CW (I'll be home)
 
8P5A(W2SC)   SOAB HP   14,590,2242016-11-02 18:30:31
Went into this weekend with the intent of trying some new operating techniques.
Challenging conditions forced even more adjustments, including starting on 40
for the first time ever. Had a good night on the low bands but could not make
up for not having a couple big hours on 20 to open the contest. 10 and 15 the
next morning were not as good as last year, but still productive. Thought I
could get back on pace if 20 stayed open later on day two, but it did not
happen. It was clear at that point that there was no chance for a personal
best. After another good lowband night, 10 and 15 did not even seem as good as
the day before. After struggling to work Europe all morning, the furious North
American runs began. Once again 20 closed early and had strong finish on 40
with a number of Asian mults and a US run.

Despite the conditions, the station hardware and software all worked well.
Only big issue was incorrectly seting the alram clock. Hoped for a brief 10
minute nap, but fortunately woke up on my own after 40 minutes.

Thanks for all the Q's and mults

Also thanks to my wife Kathleen for keeping me calm during the busy days
setting up before the contest

Hopefully we will be back for CQWW CW and the celebration of 50 years of
independence for the nation of Barbados, whose fine people have been so
supportive and friendly to us over the years.

QSL via LoTW or NN1N

73, Tom W2SC
 
W5MX   M/S HP   731,0982016-11-02 18:33:20
Lousy condx as we have seen in about every post. Struggled to get any kind of
run going on most bands. We were heavy on s&p like many others have stated.
Station performed well although still have not finished towers 3 and 4 (will
continue as long as wx permits this winter). At about the 1/2 way point of
stacking each tower so all the difficult ground prep, concrete cure and initial
stacking work is done.
Had 2 persons on the team who are new to contesting (Ken KM4FRM and George
KM4QOY). Always a pleasure to work with the new folks and watch them gain
confidence with every Q. Nice to have new blood in the contest community, we
could use it! John K4FT does a great job working to generate interest in
contesting in the central KY area. We will always have a place for these folks
to participate in a multiop at the station.
Thanks to all for the Q's and see you all in the CW event!
Best 73's all and see you in CQWW CW from II9P!
Bryan W5MX
 
T46A   M/S HP   4,942,9982016-11-02 19:15:09
Equipament:

Run - FT747GX + Homebrew amp 600 W (80-15 mts) and 300 w in 10 mts
Mult - TS430S + FL2100B 400 W (80-10 mts)

In 160 only the radio power.

Antenna's:
160- Inv L at 8mts
80 - Dipole at 10mts
40 - 2 element vertical array
20 and 10 TH3-JR at 8 mts
15 2 element homebrew yagui at 5 mts

Runnig the N1MM and 2 laptop for 300 mts to the cost ... The position is very
low noise in the low band and good condicition. The propagation is very bat,
low signal in 80 to EU and JA, in 10 meter bat propagation.

Tanhks to all QSO and see you for the next contest...73DX for the all operator
of T46A....
 
VE5KS   SOSB(A)/20 LP   15,0042016-11-02 21:15:46
It was a battle against the elements. My overall rate was 10 Q's per hour and
almost everyone was a hard fought one.
Only worked 2 stations in Europe. I could hear everyone else working them but
could not hear most of them or those that I did hear were too weak to hear me.
Hopefully the CW portion will be much better.

73's
John
VE5KS

Rig: Kenwood TS 140S
Antenna: Cushcraft A3S at 40 ft.
 
W3LPL   M/M HP   9,526,9682016-11-02 21:28:54
Congratulations to the K3LR team for another winning effort
and to the WE3C team for significantly improving their
competitiveness.

The W3LPL station was hit by an EF0 tornado on June 21,
destroying the 200 foot 10 meter tower and all of the
6, 10, 80 and 160 meter antennas attached to it. Rebuilding
began just a few weeks later.

Special thanks to N3RR who donated a 200 foot heavy duty
AB-105 tower and K3LR and W8WWV who shared the design details
of their latest 8 element 10 meter OWA Yagi.

Thirty-six members of the Potomac Valley Radio Club and
the Columbia Amateur Radio Association worked countless
hundreds of volunteer hours over the next four months clearing
the wreckage of the old tower and antennas and installing the
new 200 foot tower and antennas. They included:

W1TRT WA3AER K3AJ N3CMS AB3CV K3CXW W3DF K3DUA K3EJJ WA3EKL
ND3F W3FGD N3HEE W3IDT K3IT K3KU W3KX WA3LKT W3MR KF3O
N3OC WR3R K3RA AA3S K3SC N3ST K3TM K3TN K3UOD W3UR
KB3VQC W3YVV WR3Z N4QQ KG4USN K4ZA

Brief station description:

160M: Two K3 transceivers with lockouts to prevent simultaneous xmit
3-1000Z 1500 watt output monoband amplifier
Full size 4-square transmitting and receiving array
W8JI/W5ZN 8-circle passive receiving array, 105 meters in diameter
Three 580 foot Beverage antennas: NE, South and West

80M: FTdx5000 and K3 transceivers with lockouts
3-1000Z 1500 watt output monoband amplifier
Four full size 2 element quads 50 meters high NE S SW and W
Two element Moxon Rectangle 40 meters high pointed NW
W8JI/W5ZN 8-circle passive receiving array, 53 meters in diameter
Three 580 foot Beverage antennas: NE, South and West

40M: FTdx5000 and K3 transceivers with lockouts
3-1000Z 1500 watt output monoband amplifier
2 full size stacked rotating 3 element Yagis, 30 and 60 meters high
W8JI/W5ZN 8-circle passive receiving array, 27 meters in diameter
Three 580 foot Beverage antennas: NE, South and West

20M: FTdx5000 and K3 transceivers with lockouts
3-1000Z 1500 watt output monoband amplifierr
2 stacked K3LR 6 element OWA Yagis on a 40 meter high rotating tower
Three stacked K3LR 6 element OWA Yagis on a 60 meter tower
4-square receiving array 300 meters south of the transmit antennas


15M: Two K3 transceivers with lockouts
3-1000Z 1500 watt output monoband amplifier
3 stacked K3LR 7 element OWA Yagis on a 40 meter high rotating tower
Three stacked 6 element Yagis on a 60 meter tower
4-square receiving array 300 meters south of the transmit antennas


10M: Two K3 transceivers with lockouts
3-1000Z 1500 watt output monoband amplifier
3 stacked K3LR 8 element OWA Yagis on a 40 meter high rotating tower
K3LR 8 element OWA Yagi 60 meters high
Two stacked 6 element T-matched Yagis, 12 and 24 meters high
4-square receiving array 300 meters south of the transmit antennas


Score details:

BAND QSO CQ DXC DUP POINTS AVG OPERATORS
-------------------------------------
160 349 14 49 5 404 1.16 K1DQV N3HEE
80 591 26 99 14 1405 2.38 N4QQ AC6WI
40 1156 34 118 37 2338 2.02 WR3Z KD4D
20 1654 36 140 8 4535 2.74 N1SZ W3LPL N4QQ K4ZA
15 917 29 124 14 2371 2.59 K3AJ N3QE
10 595 23 67 24 1499 2.52 N1SZ W3UR
--------------------------------------
TOTAL 5262 162 597 102 12552 2.39
======================================

TOTAL SCORE : 9 526 968


-------------- 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 34 34 72 37 1 1 179 179 3.4
0100 36 56 80 17 0 0 189 368 7.0
0200 39 31 65 8 0 0 143 511 9.7
0300 21 33 32 0 0 0 86 597 11.3
0400 26 31 50 0 0 0 107 704 13.4
0500 16 34 43 0 0 0 93 797 15.1
0600 7 23 65 0 0 0 95 892 16.9
0700 8 54 50 0 0 0 112 1004 19.1
0800 10 16 40 2 0 0 68 1072 20.4
0900 8 10 52 1 0 0 71 1143 21.7
1000 16 7 25 6 0 0 54 1197 22.7
1100 8 20 17 65 2 2 114 1311 24.9
1200 0 0 14 99 37 31 181 1492 28.3
1300 0 0 0 130 35 36 201 1693 32.2
1400 0 0 0 83 45 64 192 1885 35.8
1500 0 0 0 44 129 32 205 2090 39.7
1600 0 0 0 90 87 23 200 2290 43.5
1700 0 0 0 86 60 33 179 2469 46.9
1800 0 0 2 69 53 63 187 2656 50.5
1900 0 0 25 47 36 62 170 2826 53.7
2000 0 0 32 51 59 28 170 2996 56.9
2100 0 0 33 34 38 40 145 3141 59.7
2200 0 14 41 25 9 1 90 3231 61.4
2300 9 11 50 57 0 0 127 3358 63.8
0000 16 12 45 16 0 0 89 3447 65.5
0100 12 16 49 17 0 0 94 3541 67.3
0200 16 11 41 2 0 0 70 3611 68.6
0300 7 14 24 3 0 0 48 3659 69.5
0400 8 4 25 4 0 0 41 3700 70.3
0500 16 39 12 0 0 0 67 3767 71.6
0600 10 41 13 0 0 0 64 3831 72.8
0700 7 9 5 0 0 0 21 3852 73.2
0800 1 6 4 0 0 0 11 3863 73.4
0900 4 11 17 0 0 0 32 3895 74.0
1000 3 3 7 2 3 0 18 3913 74.3
1100 5 25 10 55 12 0 107 4020 76.4
1200 0 0 3 114 43 2 162 4182 79.5
1300 0 0 0 74 48 13 135 4317 82.0
1400 0 0 0 45 24 16 85 4402 83.6
1500 0 0 0 40 48 43 131 4533 86.1
1600 0 0 0 49 29 31 109 4642 88.2
1700 0 0 0 48 24 21 93 4735 90.0
1800 0 0 0 18 29 30 77 4812 91.4
1900 0 0 5 49 25 16 95 4907 93.2
2000 0 1 26 28 24 6 85 4992 94.9
2100 1 0 17 37 9 1 65 5057 96.1
2200 4 8 39 67 7 0 125 5182 98.5
2300 1 17 27 34 1 0 80 5262 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 349 591 1157 1654 917 595 5263

Gross QSOs=5364 Dupes=101 Net QSOs=5263


Unique callsigns worked = 3535


----------------- 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 265 188 507 251 210 150 1571 29.8
South America 11 33 99 131 185 348 807 15.3
Europe 63 318 402 1154 421 55 2413 45.8
Asia 0 8 17 67 13 0 105 2.0
Africa 7 14 37 28 56 30 172 3.3
Oceania 3 30 95 23 32 12 195 3.7
--------------------------------------------------------------
Total 349 591 1157 1654 917 595 5263


------------------ C o u n t r y S u m m a r y ------------------
Country 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------------
3A 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
3B8 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
3V 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 0.1
4L 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.0
4O 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
4X 0 0 0 8 4 0 12 0.2
5B 0 2 2 4 3 0 11 0.2
5H 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
5R 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.0
6W 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.1
6Y 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
7X 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.1
8P 1 1 2 2 2 2 10 0.2
9A 2 10 10 23 12 0 57 1.1
9H 0 1 1 2 2 0 6 0.1
9J 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.0
9K 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 0.1
9Y 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 0.1
A3 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
A6 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 0.1
A7 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
A9 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
BY 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.0
C3 0 1 1 2 1 0 5 0.1
C9 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0.1
CE 1 4 5 15 18 29 72 1.4
CE0Y 0 0 0 2 1 2 5 0.1
CM 2 3 10 7 11 2 35 0.7
CN 4 3 4 3 5 2 21 0.4
CP 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
CT 3 6 12 17 13 12 63 1.2
CT3 1 1 2 2 5 2 13 0.2
CU 2 2 2 5 2 1 14 0.3
CX 0 2 5 6 9 15 37 0.7
D2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.0
D4 0 1 2 2 2 2 9 0.2
DL 16 69 50 161 20 1 317 6.0
E4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
E5/s 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 0.1
E7 0 3 4 9 3 0 19 0.4
EA 5 32 55 84 109 17 302 5.7
EA6 0 1 1 2 1 1 6 0.1
EA8 2 4 13 8 15 13 55 1.0
EA9 0 1 1 1 2 2 7 0.1
EI 3 5 6 12 4 1 31 0.6
ES 0 0 2 4 0 0 6 0.1
ET 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
EU 0 3 1 3 0 0 7 0.1
F 5 31 27 77 36 12 188 3.6
FG 0 1 1 1 1 3 7 0.1
FM 0 0 0 3 3 3 9 0.2
FR 0 1 0 1 2 0 4 0.1
FW 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
FY 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.1
G 2 16 21 97 12 2 150 2.9
GD 0 1 1 2 0 0 4 0.1
GI 1 4 2 9 1 0 17 0.3
GJ 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
GM 0 3 1 15 1 0 20 0.4
*GM/s 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
GU 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
GW 1 5 4 9 3 0 22 0.4
HA 0 2 10 20 5 0 37 0.7
HB 2 8 10 32 8 0 60 1.1
HB0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
HC 0 2 2 4 2 3 13 0.2
HH 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
HI 2 4 2 5 4 4 21 0.4
HK 0 3 8 5 8 9 33 0.6
HP 1 0 1 2 2 4 10 0.2
HR 0 0 1 2 3 2 8 0.2
HS 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
HV 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
HZ 0 1 2 1 1 0 5 0.1
I 5 24 53 153 97 5 337 6.4
IS 0 1 0 2 5 0 8 0.2
*IT9 1 6 8 16 11 1 43 0.8
J6 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
JA 0 0 2 27 1 0 30 0.6
JW 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
K 189 90 313 88 85 68 833 15.8
KH0 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 0.1
KH2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
KH6 3 7 11 6 9 5 41 0.8
KL 0 0 1 4 0 0 5 0.1
KP2 2 3 4 2 4 4 19 0.4
KP4 4 6 14 14 18 21 77 1.5
LA 0 1 1 12 2 0 16 0.3
LU 2 7 17 28 34 65 153 2.9
LX 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
LY 1 3 1 6 1 0 12 0.2
LZ 1 4 8 18 3 0 34 0.6
OA 0 2 3 3 3 5 16 0.3
OD 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.1
OE 0 2 4 20 7 0 33 0.6
OH 0 1 4 26 7 0 38 0.7
OH0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.1
OJ0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
OK 3 10 12 29 4 0 58 1.1
OM 2 3 4 17 3 0 29 0.6
ON 1 10 10 17 2 0 40 0.8
OX 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
OZ 0 3 3 8 0 0 14 0.3
P2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
P4 1 2 4 2 3 4 16 0.3
PA 3 9 12 43 2 0 69 1.3
PJ2 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
PJ4 2 2 2 2 2 2 12 0.2
PJ7 0 0 0 1 2 2 5 0.1
PY 0 2 34 49 85 193 363 6.9
PZ 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
S5 2 10 19 41 12 0 84 1.6
SM 0 3 5 19 3 0 30 0.6
SP 0 7 7 22 2 0 38 0.7
ST 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
SV 1 1 5 13 1 0 21 0.4
SV5 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
SV9 0 1 1 2 2 0 6 0.1
T32 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
TA 0 2 1 5 0 0 8 0.2
*TA1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
TF 0 0 2 4 1 0 7 0.1
TG 0 0 2 2 1 1 6 0.1
TI 2 3 7 5 5 5 27 0.5
TK 0 2 1 2 2 1 8 0.2
UA 0 2 3 33 1 0 39 0.7
UA2 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 0.1
UA9 0 0 2 6 1 0 9 0.2
UN 0 0 2 3 0 0 5 0.1
UR 0 3 2 20 0 0 25 0.5
V2 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
V3 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
V4 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
V6 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 0.1
VE 54 64 130 96 49 12 405 7.7
VK 0 8 65 5 8 1 87 1.7
VP2M 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
VP2V 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
VP5 2 2 2 2 2 2 12 0.2
VP6 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0.0
VP9 1 1 1 1 1 0 5 0.1
VR 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
VU 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 0.1
XE 0 3 8 5 7 8 31 0.6
YL 0 0 1 6 1 0 8 0.2
YN 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.1
YO 0 2 2 11 2 0 17 0.3
YU 1 5 8 16 7 1 38 0.7
*Z6 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
YV 3 3 12 8 14 13 53 1.0
Z3 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 0.1
ZD8 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.1
ZF 0 1 1 1 2 1 6 0.1
ZL 0 11 14 8 8 5 46 0.9
ZL7 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
ZP 0 1 2 3 2 4 12 0.2
ZS 0 0 12 2 15 3 32 0.6
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Total 349 591 1157 1654 917 595 5263


------------ M u l t i p l i e r S u m m a r y ------------
Mult 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------
14 44 210 225 628 224 47 1378 26.2
15 17 92 153 420 186 8 876 16.6
05 147 61 190 83 34 56 571 10.8
04 88 71 200 83 53 14 509 9.7
11 0 3 36 52 87 197 375 7.1
08 17 25 41 43 55 48 229 4.4
13 2 9 22 34 43 80 190 3.6
03 8 18 50 13 47 9 145 2.8
09 8 13 30 21 31 32 135 2.6
20 2 12 19 64 18 0 115 2.2
33 7 10 21 16 29 19 102 1.9
30 0 6 59 5 8 1 79 1.5
12 1 4 5 17 19 31 77 1.5
16 0 8 6 57 1 0 72 1.4
07 4 5 13 13 13 14 62 1.2
32 0 12 16 10 11 6 55 1.0
31 3 8 12 7 10 5 45 0.9
38 0 0 12 2 15 3 32 0.6
06 0 3 8 5 7 8 31 0.6
10 0 4 6 7 5 8 30 0.6
25 0 0 2 27 1 0 30 0.6
21 0 4 6 6 3 0 19 0.4
02 1 4 4 6 1 1 17 0.3
35 0 3 3 3 3 3 15 0.3
40 0 0 2 6 1 0 9 0.2
39 0 1 0 2 4 1 8 0.2
36 0 1 1 1 2 3 8 0.2
29 0 2 6 0 0 0 8 0.2
17 0 0 2 6 0 0 8 0.2
27 0 2 1 1 3 0 7 0.1
37 0 0 0 3 3 1 7 0.1
01 0 0 1 4 0 0 5 0.1
22 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 0.1
24 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 0.1
19 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.1
28 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
26 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
18 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
34 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 349 591 1157 1654 917 595 5263


Multi-band QSOs
---------------
1 bands 2637
2 bands 449
3 bands 225
4 bands 116
5 bands 59
6 bands 49

Special thanks to the 49 stations who worked us on six bands

6Y4V 8P5A CN2R CN3A CQ8M CR3A CR5T CR6K DR1A EC2DX
ED1R ED3X ED8W EF8U HI3K HI3TEJ KH6J KH6LC KH7M KP2M
KP3Z KP4KE LP1H NP3U P40L PJ2T PJ4Q PJ4X PZ5K T46A
T48K TI1T TI5M TM6M V26B V3A V47T VE2BWL VE2IM VE3EJ
VE3RA VE9AA VE9CB VP2MDG VP5DX VP5S WP3C YT5A YW4D
 
AI4QQ   SOAB LP   16,5602016-11-02 22:17:23
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty Pt/Q
7 20 48 8 18 2.4
14 13 30 7 12 2.3
21 30 76 11 24 2.5
28 10 26 4 8 2.6
Total 73 180 30 62 2.5
Score: 16,560
1 Mult = 1.0 Q's
 
A62A   M/2 HP   8,548,1282016-11-03 00:22:57
Tough conditions, esp on 80m
Stations:
2x TS590SG, OM 2500A
Log Periodic @21m, Homebrew 15m Monobander @12m, 2 el vertical 40m, 2el
vertical 80m, single vertical 160m, 2 beverages.
Thanks to all for the QSOs.
 
LZ3ZZ   SOAB(A) HP   511,4422016-11-03 01:40:11
Tnx for QSO!
LZ3ZZ/Aleko
 
LY4A   M/2 HP   4,838,1482016-11-03 01:46:15
Hello

For first thanks for QSO's for all...
Propagation is to bad and its to hard but anything we have are good time with
our guest operators for this contest LY1FW YL1ZF ES5RY 9A5BWW UR9QQ UR3QCW
US2YW US0YW .
Contest is finished without any problems for equipment just we lost in saturday
for few hours 15m east antenna and on sunday upper antenna what we destroy the
cable and needed to fix it.

Thanks for Valerijus LY2QT for help of geting faster Visa for UR9QQ and UR3QCW
after some errors at VISA aplication submiting time.

Thanks Alekas LY3VP for help 2 weekends with making some changes of antennas.

Thanks Ruslan UR3QCW for moving on the 2 towers at sunday to fix 15m cable and
look at 20m because thinked what is some problem but its ok.

Thanks Sergeij UR9QQ for cooking :) with its Ukrainian soup.

Thanks for all our guest what is have big distance to drive with cars to
position.

Thanks for Alius LY2BKT for its electronic works with comutators and Switches.


See all in CQ WW CW 2016...

Added many photos to my FB page click on bottom link...

--
Rolandas LY4A
skype: rolkaxx
QRZ_com: https://www.qrz.com/db/ly4a
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rolkaxx
 
ES5TV   SOAB LP   2,167,0742016-11-03 05:52:17
This was an experimental operation. I was erecting antennas till late Friday
night and had caught cold as well so had no energy to undertake a serious 48h
SOAB effort. Conditions promised to be poor as well so decided to try first
time LP which would presumably require less energy (less Qs) and allow some
hours of sleep without big damage. I was also quite interested to see what
score is obtainable in my station with punctual 100W.

Well, what a choice of time for LP!:) I had already lost 90% of my voice by
midway yelling for hours into the microphone hoping it would help to get any
attention of those low band 59+ eastern multipliers like numerous YB's, B's,
etc on 40m. Well, it did not help. How frustrating to hear all those strong
stations including southern EU mults on 160 CQing into your face. The Aurora
curtain surely made things worse.

Only very agressive QSYs and 2nd radio operation helped to get the multiplier
count to acceptable level. Over 1000 2nd Radio S&P QSOs in the log.

High bands were luckiliy providing at least quite good rates to EU when NA and
JA were completely missing. Was lucky to hear finally a few JA's on Sunday and
quite accidentally catch JH4UYB for double mult late on Sunday on 20m. Missed
JA on 40m althouth heard a few. Screamed myself almost to death trying to catch
the attention of 59 JA3YBK calling CQ split on 80M with no answers. Nothing...

15M was horrible to west. Nothing up from zone 9 ever heard till late Sunday
night when the magic 21z 30 minute opening gave over 10 US stations and other
mults. Some guys were 59 20+ to dissapear soon into an empty band. Amazing.
Heard Ramon XE1KK answering to EU runners but never caught him. Only XE ever
heard during the weekend.

And when 15m fun was over 20M opened for a good hour over the pole for me.
First time in the contest I got US answers to my CQ!:) And now they said great
signal:)

Only US heard and worked on 40M was W3LPL Saturday after my sunrise. No US
heard on 80M.

Best low band ears award goes to V47T for sure. They heard me right away on 40
and 80m! Exceptional!

There were some magic moments though like getting a call from 5A1AL on 15m and
several other goodies.

And several very nice multiband QSYs. OY1OF calling in late on Sunday on 20m
resulted in 5 band mult as his 160m antenna was broken. He first thought trying
15m is pointless but when we moved to the totally empty band he was 59+60!! The
biggest signal of the contest. And then 59+40 on emtpy 10m. Simply amazing.

15m H Frame proved very useful for working central EU till late on Sunday. Just
kept it on 230-240 degrees and logged a constant stream of DL's, OK's, etc for
several hours when nothing else was producing.

CU in CW as ES9C M2!

73
Tonno
ES5TV

ES5TV
By band - By mode
QSOs (with dupes) - By time

| Hr | 160 | 80 | 40 | 20 | 15 | 10 | Total |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
| 00 | 22 | 44 | 18 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 87 |
| 01 | 48 | 21 | 8 | | | | 77 |
| 02 | 1 | 44 | 22 | | | | 67 |
| 03 | 4 | 18 | 86 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 111 |
| 04 | 1 | 22 | 33 | | | | 56 |
| 05 | | 11 | 31 | 2 | | | 44 |
| 06 | | | 22 | 29 | | | 51 |
| 07 | | | 10 | 17 | 18 | 2 | 47 |
| 08 | | | | 67 | 10 | 21 | 98 |
| 09 | | | | 35 | 30 | 15 | 80 |
| 10 | | | | 3 | 70 | 19 | 92 |
| 11 | | | | 17 | 8 | 20 | 45 |
| 12 | | | | 66 | 25 | 18 | 109 |
| 13 | | | | 72 | 17 | 1 | 90 |
| 14 | | 1 | 44 | 28 | | | 73 |
| 15 | 23 | 11 | 3 | 32 | | | 69 |
| 16 | 1 | | 40 | 18 | | | 59 |
| 17 | | | 12 | 11 | | | 23 |
| 18 | | 22 | 32 | | | | 54 |
| 19 | | 31 | 48 | | | | 79 |
| 20 | | 21 | 26 | | | | 47 |
| 21 | 19 | 2 | 2 | | | | 23 |
| 22 | 16 | 3 | | 3 | | | 22 |
| 23 | | | | | | | |
| 00 | | | | | | | |
| 01 | | | | | | | |
| 02 | | | | | | | |
| 03 | | | | | | | |
| 04 | 8 | 16 | 8 | | | | 32 |
| 05 | 3 | 76 | 11 | | | | 90 |
| 06 | | 1 | 69 | 24 | 15 | | 109 |
| 07 | | | | 21 | 33 | 2 | 56 |
| 08 | | | | 31 | 22 | 4 | 57 |
| 09 | | | | 71 | 19 | 32 | 122 |
| 10 | | | | | 41 | 48 | 89 |
| 11 | | | | 28 | 16 | 3 | 47 |
| 12 | | | | 33 | 20 | | 53 |
| 13 | | 1 | 1 | 38 | 23 | 2 | 65 |
| 14 | | | | 19 | 54 | | 73 |
| 15 | | | | 14 | 66 | | 80 |
| 16 | | | | 19 | 32 | | 51 |
| 17 | 3 | | | 56 | 3 | 1 | 63 |
| 18 | | | 13 | 59 | 2 | | 74 |
| 19 | 42 | 4 | 3 | 29 | | | 78 |
| 20 | 5 | 49 | | 3 | 9 | | 66 |
| 21 | | 3 | 1 | 76 | 3 | | 83 |
| 22 | | 1 | 7 | 19 | 2 | 2 | 31 |
| 23 | 3 | 14 | 36 | | | | 53 |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
| | 199 | 416 | 586 | 942 | 540 | 192 | 2875|

ES5TV - Continents
By band - By mode
QSOs (with dupes)

| Band / Mode | EU | NA | SA | AF | AS | OC |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
| 160 SSB | 95.0% | | | 1.5% | 3.5% | |
| 80 SSB | 93.8% | 0.7% | 1.0% | 1.2% | 3.4% | |
| 40 SSB | 87.7% | 2.0% | 2.7% | 1.9% | 5.1% | 0.5% |
| 20 SSB | 75.9% | 12.8% | 1.6% | 1.7% | 7.9% | 0.1% |
| 15 SSB | 74.4% | 2.0% | 3.7% | 4.8% | 12.8% | 2.2% |
| 10 SSB | 87.5% | | | 6.3% | 6.3% | |
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Worked DXCC

DXCC | CT | 160 | 80 | 40 | 20 | 15 | 10 | TOTAL
=============================================================
3V | AF | | | 1 | 1 | 1 | | 3
3W | AS | | | | | 1 | | 1
4J | AS | | 1 | 2 | 1 | | | 4
4L | AS | | | 1 | 1 | | | 2
4O | EU | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 7
4X | AS | | 1 | 1 | 4 | 5 | 2 | 13
5A | AF | | | | | 1 | | 1
5B | AS | 3 | 2 | 2 | 3 | 3 | 3 | 16
5H | AF | | | | | 1 | | 1
5R | AF | | | | | 1 | 1 | 2
6W | AF | | | | 1 | 1 | | 2
8P | NA | | | 1 | 1 | | | 2
9A | EU | 2 | 8 | 9 | 9 | 8 | 1 | 37
9H | EU | | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | | 4
9K | AS | | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | | 4
9M2 | AS | | | | | 2 | | 2
9V | AS | | | | | 1 | | 1
9Y | SA | | | | 1 | | | 1
A4 | AS | | | 1 | | | | 1
A6 | AS | | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 1 | 11
A7 | AS | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 6
A9 | AS | | | | 2 | 1 | 1 | 4
BV | AS | | | | | 2 | | 2
BY | AS | | | | | 6 | | 6
C3 | EU | | | 1 | 1 | 1 | | 3
C9 | AF | | | | | | 1 | 1
CE | SA | | | 1 | 1 | 2 | | 4
CN | AF | 1 | 3 | 3 | 3 | 5 | 3 | 18
CT | EU | 2 | 3 | 2 | 11 | 6 | 6 | 30
CT3 | AF | 1 | 1 | 1 | 3 | 1 | 1 | 8
CU | EU | 1 | | | 1 | | | 2
CX | SA | | | | | 2 | | 2
D2 | AF | | | | | 1 | | 1
D4 | AF | | | | 1 | 1 | 1 | 3
DL | EU | 23 | 51 | 85 | 107 | 83 | 35 | 384
DU | OC | | | 1 | | 1 | | 2
E7 | EU | 1 | 3 | 6 | 6 | 4 | 1 | 21
EA | EU | 7 | 12 | 20 | 42 | 35 | 9 | 125
EA6 | EU | 1 | | | 1 | 1 | | 3
EA8 | AF | 1 | 1 | 4 | 4 | 9 | 2 | 21
EA9 | AF | | | 1 | 1 | | 1 | 3
EI | EU | 3 | 6 | 3 | 4 | 1 | | 17
EK | AS | | | 1 | | | | 1
ER | EU | | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 6
ES | EU | 1 | 4 | 2 | 4 | 6 | 3 | 20
ET | AF | | | | | 1 | | 1
EU | EU | 8 | 8 | 2 | 3 | 1 | 1 | 23
EX | AS | | | | 1 | 1 | | 2
EY | AS | | | | | 1 | | 1
F | EU | 2 | 14 | 14 | 32 | 2 | 5 | 69
FG | NA | | | | 1 | | | 1
FR | AF | | | | 1 | 1 | 1 | 3
FY | SA | | 1 | | 1 | | | 2
G | EU | 3 | 10 | 12 | 18 | 4 | 1 | 48
GD | EU | | 2 | 2 | 1 | | | 5
GI | EU | | 1 | | | | | 1
GM | EU | 2 | 3 | 3 | 1 | | | 9
GW | EU | 3 | 1 | | | | | 4
HA | EU | 7 | 12 | 17 | 20 | 8 | 2 | 66
HB | EU | 5 | 11 | 8 | 12 | 10 | 6 | 52
HB0 | EU | | | | | | 1 | 1
HC | SA | | | 1 | | | | 1
HI | NA | | | 1 | 2 | | | 3
HK | SA | | | 2 | 1 | | | 3
HS | AS | | | 1 | 1 | 4 | 1 | 7
HZ | AS | | | 1 | 2 | 3 | 1 | 7
I | EU | 8 | 25 | 29 | 102 | 54 | 19 | 237
IS | EU | | | 1 | 5 | 1 | | 7
IT9 | EU | 1 | 4 | 8 | 12 | 7 | 2 | 34
JA | AS | | | | 1 | 3 | | 4
JT | AS | | | | 1 | 1 | | 2
K | NA | | | 1 | 99 | 11 | | 111
KP2 | NA | | | 2 | 2 | | | 4
KP4 | NA | | 1 | 2 | 2 | | | 5
LA | EU | 1 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 1 | 1 | 15
LU | SA | | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2 | | 5
LX | EU | | 1 | | | 2 | | 3
LY | EU | 10 | 11 | 4 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 30
LZ | EU | 2 | 3 | 7 | 14 | 7 | 11 | 44
OA | SA | | | 1 | | | | 1
OD | AS | | | | 1 | 1 | | 2
OE | EU | 2 | 7 | 8 | 13 | 13 | 2 | 45
OH | EU | 9 | 8 | 2 | 8 | 2 | 2 | 31
OH0 | EU | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 6
OJ0 | EU | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 6
OK | EU | 9 | 14 | 29 | 30 | 30 | 2 | 114
OM | EU | 4 | 5 | 10 | 13 | 5 | 1 | 38
ON | EU | 3 | 8 | 9 | 12 | 2 | 1 | 35
OY | EU | | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 5
OZ | EU | 1 | 4 | 6 | 3 | | | 14
P4 | SA | | 1 | 1 | 1 | | | 3
PA | EU | 6 | 17 | 13 | 24 | 2 | | 62
PJ2 | SA | | | 1 | 1 | | | 2
PJ4 | SA | | 1 | 2 | 1 | | | 4
PY | SA | | | 5 | 5 | 13 | | 23
PZ | SA | | | 1 | 1 | | | 2
S5 | EU | 4 | 13 | 17 | 14 | 11 | 4 | 63
SM | EU | 3 | 14 | 5 | 6 | 1 | 1 | 30
SP | EU | 11 | 25 | 33 | 23 | 9 | 1 | 102
SU | AF | | | | 1 | | | 1
SV | EU | 3 | 3 | 4 | 13 | 1 | 1 | 25
SV9 | EU | | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 5
T7 | EU | | | | 1 | 1 | 1 | 3
T8 | OC | | | | | 1 | | 1
TA | AS | 2 | 3 | 4 | 9 | 4 | 2 | 24
TA1 | EU | | | | 1 | | 2 | 3
TF | EU | | | 1 | 1 | | | 2
TI | NA | | | 1 | | | | 1
TK | EU | 1 | 2 | 1 | 3 | | | 7
UA | EU | 10 | 25 | 57 | 57 | 21 | 11 | 181
UA2 | EU | 1 | 2 | 1 | 1 | | | 5
UA9 | AS | | 1 | 8 | 32 | 12 | | 53
UK | AS | | | | 1 | | | 1
UN | AS | 1 | 3 | 3 | 8 | 3 | | 18
UR | EU | 15 | 19 | 46 | 44 | 19 | 7 | 150
V2 | NA | | 1 | | | | | 1
V4 | NA | | 1 | 1 | 1 | | | 3
VE | NA | | | 1 | 11 | | | 12
VK | OC | | | 1 | | 6 | | 7
VP5 | NA | | | 1 | 2 | | | 3
VR | AS | | | | | 2 | | 2
VU | AS | | | 1 | 1 | 5 | | 7
XU | AS | | | | | 1 | | 1
YB | OC | | | 1 | 1 | 3 | | 5
YL | EU | 3 | 3 | 1 | 4 | 1 | 1 | 13
YO | EU | 6 | 8 | 9 | 12 | 17 | 16 | 68
YU | EU | 2 | 9 | 12 | 10 | 12 | 4 | 49
YV | SA | | | | 1 | 1 | | 2
Z3 | EU | | | 4 | 1 | 3 | | 8
Z6 | EU | | | | 1 | | | 1
ZD8 | AF | | | 1 | | 1 | 1 | 3
ZF | NA | | | 1 | | | | 1
ZL | OC | | | | | 1 | | 1
ZS | AF | | | | | 1 | | 1
=============================================================
| | 199 | 416 | 586 | 942 | 539 | 192 | 2874

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Worked zones

| 160 | 80 | 40 | 20 | 15 | 10 | TOTAL
======================================================
01 | | | | | | |
02 | | | | 1 | | | 1
03 | | | | 6 | | | 6
04 | | | | 28 | 7 | | 35
05 | | | 2 | 75 | 4 | | 81
06 | | | | | | |
07 | | | 1 | | | | 1
08 | | 3 | 9 | 11 | | | 23
09 | | 3 | 7 | 8 | 1 | | 19
10 | | | 2 | | | | 2
11 | | | 5 | 5 | 13 | | 23
12 | | | 1 | 1 | 2 | | 4
13 | | 1 | 1 | 1 | 4 | | 7
14 | 66 | 162 | 184 | 275 | 152 | 67 | 906
15 | 79 | 159 | 197 | 284 | 178 | 49 | 946
16 | 33 | 52 | 104 | 103 | 42 | 20 | 354
17 | 1 | 3 | 9 | 31 | 6 | | 50
18 | | 1 | 2 | 11 | 12 | | 26
19 | | | | | | |
20 | 16 | 21 | 28 | 58 | 39 | 38 | 200
21 | 1 | 4 | 10 | 11 | 11 | 4 | 41
22 | | | 1 | 1 | 5 | | 7
23 | | | | 1 | 1 | | 2
24 | | | | | 10 | | 10
25 | | | | 1 | 3 | | 4
26 | | | 1 | 1 | 6 | 1 | 9
27 | | | 1 | | 2 | | 3
28 | | | 1 | 1 | 6 | | 8
29 | | | 1 | | 1 | | 2
30 | | | | | 5 | | 5
31 | | | | | | |
32 | | | | | 1 | | 1
33 | 3 | 5 | 10 | 12 | 15 | 7 | 52
34 | | | | 1 | 1 | | 2
35 | | | | 2 | 2 | 1 | 5
36 | | | 1 | | 2 | 1 | 4
37 | | | | | 2 | 1 | 3
38 | | | | | 1 | | 1
39 | | | | 1 | 2 | 2 | 5
40 | | | 1 | 1 | | | 2
======================================================
| 199 | 414 | 579 | 931 | 536 | 191 | 2850
 
IY1A(@IQ1RY)   M/S HP   5,103,4002016-11-03 06:53:30
I think that the propagation has played a major role observed on the our
contest.
This time it happened, I do not remember another contest with a suffering so
40m on US and 15m on JA and US...
The only US workable on 10m was K1LZ
Thanks to all the team and see you in CW leg.

Flavio
 
W1WMU(W5WMU)   SOAB HP   446,6842016-11-03 07:25:25
Many problems....Acom went out. Vox circuitry on K3 went bizarre...Ant.
switching became erratic during rain storm, and of course conditions. No Europe
on 20 Fri evening., etc., etc... Hope repairs will be quickly done for SSCW.
C'est La Vie! Pat
 
NØKE   SOAB LP   461,6022016-11-03 08:17:28
Pretty good conditions for a flare a few days earlier
 
OM7M   M/S HP   9,069,0452016-11-03 08:59:05
Nice competition as usual with three Moravian guests (OK2PAY, OK2ZI, OK2BFN) and
guys from close area. Lack of propagation we compensated with excellent Moravian
fruits not only in solid form. Brand new 2el.80m Yagi works great and open up
new possibilities. Due to the farm work during the contest, we could not fully
use our beverage RX system. Missed a couple of mults there. Message to the
IR4M&9A1P: Regarding the online score, next time we'll be there.
 
M6T(@GØKPW)   M/M HP   8,288,8152016-11-03 09:11:50
Bob G4BAH was the driving force behind the G0KPW/M6T station from the late
1980s, collecting crankup towers, antennas, rigs and all the paraphernalia
necessary for a multi-multi station. CQWW Phone was always the focus of his
efforts. We started entering M/M in 1991, the station was put together 'field
day style' each year and all the towers cranked to full height a few days
before the contest. We had a change of location in 1997, and in 1999 we set the
European M/M record which stood for 12 years. However, we had to leave the
second site after the contest in 2000 and the equipment was stored in various
locations for several years. In 2006 Bob bought a new QTH and we slowly moved
the gear in. This third, final home for M6T has hosted many single-op,
multi-single and multi-2 entries but we never had the resources to return to
multi-multi.

Very sadly, Bob died in early August this year. I had been talking with him
about returning to M/M with a largely new team of operators, and he was
enthusiastic. So after our very sad loss we determined to go ahead and enter
multi-multi, in his memory. Only three operators from the original team remain
- myself, Andy G4PIQ and Steve G0AEV. With lots of preparation work in the
preceding weeks and months, everything went together well and we were ready for
the start of the contest. As we all know, conditions were the worst for very
many years and we really are too far north when conditions are so disturbed;
while no-one in Europe had it good, we could hear those further south such as
9A and E7, running USA stations that we couldn't hear. LZ9W lamented that only
13% of their QSOs were with North America - our figure was an abysmal 7%
despite beaming that way throughout the 'openings'.

Nevertheless the team worked very well together and had a lot of fun, and we
were proud to operate the contest in memory of Bob. We will be back for CW,
this will be the first CW multi-multi at M6T.

Dave G4BUO
 
OL6P(OK2PP)   SOAB(A) HP   537,7312016-11-03 09:22:20
A few QSOs for fun.
Thanks all for QSOs!

73, Petr
 
I2WIJ   SOAB(A) HP   184,1462016-11-03 10:06:09
New antennas still on the ground or in the box!! Aaarrrgghhh.....
Enjoyed "listening" some great pile-ups despite poor conditions.
 
OK7K(OK1BN)   SOSB(A)/40 HP   652,6742016-11-03 10:28:21
My first serious contest on 40m band. I used our new 2el antenna which worked
fantastically.

Used equipment:
FT-1000MP + PA
2el yagi @ 24m (YU7EF desing, 2el 40m full size with 3el 30m full size on one
8.1m boom}
wire dipole @ 15m

Thanks to everyone who called me during this contest!!!


73 Petr OK1BN / OK7K

http://www.ok7k.estranky.cz/
http://www.qrz.com/db/ok7k
 
W3HKK   SOAB HP   144,8462016-11-03 10:52:12
Strategy: To poke around looking to maximize zones and countries on all bands,
using my all wire antennas, with special emphasis on 160. A rare attempt at
running didn't get much on 160m, but was thankful for KH6J's reply.

Rig: IC7600 to TenTec Centurion=1kw

Ants: brand new 52 ft mast strapped to a walnut tree out back, supporting qtr
wave inv-L's ( all 22 radials still coiled up at base of tree!) for 160 and 80m
fed by 300 ft of common coax; 2 el phased GP arrays for 40 & 20m; & a
10m GP. 15m was covered by a surprisingly effective 20m PA (phased array) that
got replies on 90% of my calls.

Pleasant Surprises:
80m: pulling out FR4NT early, and then VK6NC @1157z on the 30th with the new
52 ft vertical- qtr wave invL (no radials deployed.)
160m: none, but cn2-cq8m-cr6k was as close to EU as I got. Only heard a
couple of very weak Euros.
40m: wkd 9 vk/zl's most up around 7250 away from the fray.
20m: RW0CN, ZD8W, ZS1TMJ showed that good sigs were mostly from the tropics.
Wkd a handful of very weak continental euros , that was it.
15m:Best band overall
10m: caught a nice opening around 2pm into SA and Carribb.
 
HA3DX(HA4XH)   SOAB(A) HP   2,582,9162016-11-03 10:59:03
Rig: YAESU FT2000 PA:HENRY 3K Premier
Antennas : 5 el monobander Long John Yagis for 28-21-14MHz and 4 el/3 band
Trival Quad on 20/15/10 mtrs.
Lazy-H antennas for 7 MHZ (NW-SE/SW-NE)
Single Quads for 3,5MHz (SW-NE)/NW/SE/ + NVIS for 3,5 MHz (N/S)
Delta loops for 1.8-Mhz (NW-SE/SW-NE) / K9AY

Overall bad CONDX for DX but good for EU.

Thanks for nice contest!
Best regards from Hungary

Charlie HA4XH
 
UN9L   SOAB HP   648,4622016-11-03 11:48:24
HIGH POWER /ASSISTED. mny tnx all for PILE UP ! 73 Paul
 
9A8M(9A7DM)   SOSB(A)/80 HP   380,3122016-11-03 12:06:48
A lot of QRN. First few hours was great. Then nothing. Like fishing in
draw-well.
I used simple quarter lambda vertical antenna for TX,and a system of beverages
and k9ay for RX. Rig was old FT-1000D by Yaesu + PA.
73, 9a7dm
 
LU2DKT   SOSB/160 HP   17,6582016-11-03 12:22:53
Even though propagation was strange, I was able to work many 160 friends this
time and also some new ones.

I had a lot of fun on this contest on 160

First night it was almost impossible to get out America continent. No way to
hear or to be heard from Europe. Only OZ4MD got into the log. On the other hand
signals from Caribbean stations were abnormally loud.

At times, it looks signals were arriving at very high angle because all
beverages gave almost the same signal without any FB or FS.

Second night was just a little different and better to Europe. I put LZ9W in
the log after one year of pending assignment.

Across the whole contest, the typical fast and short spot propagation showed,
where some part of a call was loud the rest weak and when QRZ nothing comes
back at least for many more minutes for the same station (if it comes back).

Again when I average the time I heard big guns like K3LR, W3LPL and KC1XX,
they clearly rank in that order. WE3C was very strong many times.

Big surprise was to be called at my SR by the team of AH2R with a big signal
!!!

Another big surprise was during my SR on Sunday, the band was almost death, and
NV9L appeared like in VHF at full volume with a huge signal that made me jump in
the chair and awake me up suddenly!!

Meet you all on the next one, ’73…. Eddie.-
 
WQ6X   SOSB(A)/10 LP   3362016-11-03 13:30:25
This was a WQ6X portable operation from the 6th floor of the
Clarion Hotel in Concord, Ca. - East Bay Section - Zone 03.
Signal levels were HORRIBLE.
You can read my writeup about this event at: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.com
 
WE3C   M/M HP   10,313,0162016-11-03 14:12:13
The all-FRC team at WE3C had a lot of fun in the contest, despite horrible
conditions.

Station improvements this contest included new radios and a lot of work spent
detuning towers and the booms of the six element 20m yagis, which eliminated
interaction with the 80m stacked dipoles. A TOP-BEAM HWF-300 was used for RX
on 80m with great results.

We kept watching the NOAA Wing-Kp 4 hour projection for some hope for lower
absorption, but were disappointed until Sunday afternoon when conditions seems
to perk up a bit on the high bands. The low bands all exhibited long periods
of high absorption which drove down activity. 10m opened to Western Europe at
about 15Z on Sunday and stayed open on that path until 17Z, a welcome addition
to the C/Z count on that band. And 15m displayed the well known opening to
Scandanavia late in the day, when many OH, SM, and LA stations were worked, as
well as ES5TV. RU1A at 2030Z was the only Russian station worked on 15m all
weekend.

The team is excited about the results, and is already looking forward to CW at
the end of the month.

73 - Dave N3RD for the WE3C Team

Band QSOs ZN Cty Operators
1.8 290 18 51 NN3Q+W8FJ+WE3C
3.5 672 28 103 WA3LRO+N3RD+W3EA
7 1112 34 122 KQ3V+K3PP+K2CYE+NN3Q+WE3C
14 1967 35 142 K9RS+K2CYE+N3DXX+K3PP+NN3Q
21 1084 30 126 N3RD+K2CYE+W8FJ+NN3Q
28 513 24 69 NY3B+W8FJ+WE3C
Total 5638 169 613 Score: 10,313,016

Radios: Pair of 7851s + Single Alpha 8410 all bands
Antennas:
1.8 4 square, Bev RX
3.5 Stacked dipoles, 4 square, Bev and HWF RX
7 3 stack 40M4, 40M4XL, 3 square, Bev RX
14 20M6 & 20M5 Four Stacks, TH7s RX
21 15M8 Four Stack, 15M6 Three Stack, TH7s RX
28 10M8 Four Stack, 10M5 Three Stack, TH7s RX

----------------- 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 224 180 541 394 280 152 1771 31.4
South America 12 33 94 145 213 271 768 13.6
Europe 44 401 399 1263 487 53 2647 47.0
Asia 0 9 18 111 9 1 148 2.6
Africa 7 20 33 29 56 30 175 3.1
Oceania 3 29 27 24 38 6 127 2.3
--------------------------------------------------------------
Total 290 672 1112 1967 1084 513 5638

-------------- 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 26 77 67 87 6 5 268 268 4.8
0100 26 62 100 11 1 0 200 468 8.3
0200 34 47 45 4 0 0 130 598 10.6
0300 21 43 24 1 0 0 89 687 12.2
0400 21 48 33 0 0 0 102 789 14.0
0500 19 39 46 0 0 0 104 893 15.8
0600 9 28 28 1 0 0 66 959 17.0
0700 9 35 71 0 0 0 115 1074 19.1
0800 3 12 34 3 0 0 52 1126 20.0
0900 6 8 17 6 0 0 37 1163 20.6
1000 9 10 1 12 6 0 38 1201 21.3
1100 7 13 7 160 18 0 205 1406 24.9
1200 0 0 30 165 67 30 292 1698 30.1
1300 0 0 19 135 61 45 260 1958 34.7
1400 0 0 16 84 73 53 226 2184 38.8
1500 0 0 16 52 124 34 226 2410 42.8
1600 0 0 0 56 109 34 199 2609 46.3
1700 0 0 0 73 48 31 152 2761 49.0
1800 0 0 0 66 48 64 178 2939 52.1
1900 0 0 9 66 46 32 153 3092 54.9
2000 0 1 23 59 47 10 140 3232 57.3
2100 1 0 29 66 33 21 150 3382 60.0
2200 3 13 46 49 15 1 127 3509 62.3
2300 12 20 55 64 0 0 151 3660 64.9
0000 23 7 34 43 0 0 107 3767 66.8
0100 16 11 31 17 0 3 78 3845 68.2
0200 4 12 47 8 0 0 71 3916 69.5
0300 3 16 12 3 0 0 34 3950 70.1
0400 6 13 13 1 0 0 33 3983 70.7
0500 6 37 7 0 0 0 50 4033 71.6
0600 2 52 7 0 0 0 61 4094 72.6
0700 5 18 3 3 0 0 29 4123 73.2
0800 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 4126 73.2
0900 5 5 1 3 0 0 14 4140 73.5
1000 8 6 4 5 0 0 23 4163 73.9
1100 5 0 5 130 9 0 149 4312 76.5
1200 0 0 6 115 53 0 174 4486 79.6
1300 0 0 11 103 62 4 180 4666 82.8
1400 0 0 17 77 40 11 145 4811 85.4
1500 0 0 22 56 40 57 175 4986 88.5
1600 0 0 11 17 41 26 95 5081 90.2
1700 0 0 21 10 25 13 69 5150 91.4
1800 0 0 22 18 32 17 89 5239 93.0
1900 0 0 20 26 32 15 93 5332 94.6
2000 0 0 11 26 24 7 68 5400 95.8
2100 0 0 14 16 8 0 38 5438 96.5
2200 0 8 36 47 10 0 101 5539 98.3
2300 0 30 40 22 5 0 97 5636 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 290 672 1112 1967 1084 513 5638

------------------ C o u n t r y S u m m a r y ------------------
Country 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------------
3DA 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
3V 0 1 0 2 1 1 5 0.1
4L 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.0
4O 0 1 1 2 1 0 5 0.1
4X 0 1 1 3 3 0 8 0.1
5B 0 2 2 5 2 1 12 0.2
5H 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 0.1
5R 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.0
6W 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.1
6Y 1 1 1 1 1 2 7 0.1
7X 0 0 2 1 1 0 4 0.1
8P 1 1 2 2 2 2 10 0.2
9A 2 10 12 14 9 0 47 0.8
9H 0 1 2 2 3 0 8 0.1
9J 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.0
9K 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
9Y 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 0.1
A3 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
A4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
A6 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 0.1
A7 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
A9 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
BV 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.0
BY 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.0
C3 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
C9 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 0.1
CE 1 4 5 15 19 24 68 1.2
CE0Y 0 0 1 1 1 2 5 0.1
CM 3 3 8 6 12 3 35 0.6
CN 3 4 4 4 5 4 24 0.4
CP 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
CT 3 7 13 15 16 10 64 1.1
CT3 1 3 2 3 4 1 14 0.2
CU 2 1 2 4 2 1 12 0.2
CX 1 1 6 8 8 12 36 0.6
D2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.0
D4 0 1 2 1 2 2 8 0.1
DL 7 85 42 175 19 0 328 5.8
DU 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
E5/s 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
E7 1 3 5 9 4 0 22 0.4
EA 7 41 44 89 121 24 326 5.8
EA6 0 2 1 3 4 1 11 0.2
EA8 2 5 13 12 14 13 59 1.0
EA9 0 1 2 1 2 2 8 0.1
EI 4 6 6 12 4 1 33 0.6
EK 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
ER 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
ES 0 0 1 3 1 0 5 0.1
ET 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
EU 0 2 1 5 0 0 8 0.1
F 2 34 34 70 47 9 196 3.5
FG 0 1 2 1 1 4 9 0.2
FM 0 0 0 3 4 1 8 0.1
FR 0 1 0 1 2 0 4 0.1
FW 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
FY 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.1
G 1 20 23 127 19 0 190 3.4
GD 1 2 1 5 0 0 9 0.2
GI 1 4 3 13 2 0 23 0.4
GJ 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
GM 1 3 3 20 2 0 29 0.5
*GM/s 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
GU 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
GW 2 7 2 10 2 0 23 0.4
HA 1 5 9 21 2 0 38 0.7
HB 0 11 11 30 12 1 65 1.2
HB0 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
HC 0 2 2 3 2 2 11 0.2
HH 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 0.1
HI 2 2 3 5 4 4 20 0.4
HK 0 4 8 6 9 7 34 0.6
HP 0 0 1 3 3 3 10 0.2
HR 0 1 2 1 3 2 9 0.2
HS 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
HZ 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.1
I 0 41 47 150 113 4 355 6.3
IS 0 1 1 3 7 0 12 0.2
*IT9 0 5 8 19 14 1 47 0.8
J3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.0
J6 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
JA 0 1 3 69 1 0 74 1.3
JW 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
K 150 71 307 222 151 75 976 17.3
KG4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
KH0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
KH2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
KH6 2 6 6 10 11 1 36 0.6
KL 0 0 1 4 0 0 5 0.1
KP2 3 4 4 4 4 4 23 0.4
KP4 5 5 13 15 20 19 77 1.4
LA 0 2 1 16 1 0 20 0.4
LU 2 6 13 26 40 52 139 2.5
LX 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0.1
LY 0 5 1 9 1 0 16 0.3
LZ 0 6 9 15 1 0 31 0.6
OA 0 2 4 2 4 4 16 0.3
OD 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
OE 0 3 3 20 5 0 31 0.6
OH 0 0 3 27 10 0 40 0.7
OH0 0 1 1 2 2 0 6 0.1
OJ0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
OK 1 15 10 25 3 0 54 1.0
OM 0 3 3 7 4 0 17 0.3
ON 1 12 14 37 3 0 67 1.2
OX 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 0.1
OZ 0 1 2 12 0 0 15 0.3
P4 2 2 2 3 4 3 16 0.3
PA 1 12 14 69 2 0 98 1.7
PJ2 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
PJ4 2 2 2 2 2 2 12 0.2
PJ7 0 0 1 2 2 2 7 0.1
PY 0 3 33 60 98 144 338 6.0
PZ 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
S5 0 8 18 28 15 0 69 1.2
SM 0 3 4 28 3 0 38 0.7
SP 0 12 6 29 1 0 48 0.9
SV 2 1 7 10 6 0 26 0.5
SV9 0 1 1 2 2 0 6 0.1
T32 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
TA 0 2 2 7 0 0 11 0.2
TF 0 0 2 4 1 0 7 0.1
TG 0 0 3 2 1 1 7 0.1
TI 2 5 7 5 5 6 30 0.5
TK 1 2 2 2 3 1 11 0.2
UA 0 2 4 50 1 0 57 1.0
UA2 1 1 1 2 0 0 5 0.1
UA9 0 0 1 6 0 0 7 0.1
UN 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.0
UR 1 6 4 22 0 0 33 0.6
V2 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
V3 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.1
V4 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
V6 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.0
VE 49 72 172 94 43 8 438 7.8
VK 1 11 13 2 9 1 37 0.7
VP2E 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
VP2M 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
VP5 2 2 2 2 2 2 12 0.2
VP6 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 0.1
VP8 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.0
VP9 1 1 1 2 3 0 8 0.1
VR 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
VU 0 0 1 6 0 0 7 0.1
XE 2 5 4 8 7 7 33 0.6
YB 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
YL 0 1 1 6 1 0 9 0.2
YN 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.1
YO 0 3 3 11 2 0 19 0.3
YU 1 6 10 15 10 0 42 0.7
*Z6 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
YV 2 3 11 11 18 10 55 1.0
Z3 0 1 1 3 1 0 6 0.1
ZD8 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.1
ZF 0 1 1 1 2 1 6 0.1
ZL 0 11 5 6 10 3 35 0.6
ZL7 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
ZP 0 1 2 4 4 3 14 0.2
ZS 0 1 4 0 16 1 22 0.4
 
N5YA   M/2 HP   1,183,2342016-11-03 14:41:39
Worst conditions that I can remember for the WW. We had fun anyway.
 
YU1EW   SOSB(A)/40 HP   165,1462016-11-03 15:09:46
Part time operation. Worst conditions in decades!
 
OR2F(ON8LDS)   SOAB LP   1,187,3042016-11-03 16:28:25
What the challenge weekend !

Strange behavior on high bands too ...
A lot of calls from West I didn't heard and versa - a lot of stations from the
East don't copied me at all or I couldn't break the pile-ups.
Perfect lane (as usual) to SA (CQ= 09, 10, 11, 12 & 13) and to Middle East
(CQ= 20 & 21)

Only few stations have been reached on all 6 bands :
CN2R , EF8U , LZ5R , M6T , PI4CC , PI4DX , SN8B & YT5A.

Huge number of 5-band Q's ... this time mostly with 160m band is missing.

Thanks to all who called and replied !

C U in WW CW,
73
 
IB3A(@IV3BAZ)   M/S HP   1,569,0902016-11-03 16:34:19
Rhein Rhur DX Association
We participated for fun !!!
Bad propagation !!!
Anyway we had fun !!!
Working conditions:
ICOM 7300
OPTIBEAM 12/4
VERTICAL HOME MADE 80m.

73's
==========================================

CQWW SSB 2016 - IB3A M/S one radio
Op. IV3BAZ - IV3BTY - IV3ZXQ
ICOM 7300
OPTIBEAM 12/4
VERTICALE Home Made 80m
op. IV3ZXQ, IV3BAZ, IV3BTY

E' stato davvero divertente partecipare al CQ WW senza velleità di punteggi,
rate ecc. Grande divertimento ed concluso alle 19.30 utc.
Ringrazio Fabio per averci invitato e piacevole compagnia con Andrea IV3BTY.
Come sempre pazzìa e divertimento ci hanno fatto ottima compagnia, oltre alla
birra e a tutto il ben di Dio che ci siamo sbaffati. Ottime le pennichelle
ahahahaha
See you next one!!!
 
KB2HSH   SOSB(A)/10 QRP   1,1132016-11-03 17:40:41
LOUSY CONDX!!!!!

Still had a great time as always.


73 de West Seneca NY
 
AHØK   M/2 HP   8,267,6502016-11-03 18:15:07
This year at AH0K we had a record number of operators as BG9XD, JE1CKA, OH6DX,
OH6RX and OH7WV teamed up to put an effort from the nice Pacific location in
Tinian island.

The propagation was worst ever we have seen from KH0 but we still managed to
run a fairly decent score. Especially 10m was a huge disappointment and the
biggest factor to end up with much lower than normal score. Usually we have
made 3000+ QSOs on 10 and 15.

The team worked really well together and it was a pleasure to operate in this
team.

We had some mechanical difficulties with putting up the 40m and 80m wire beams
and that required some unexpected extra physical effort from the whole team but
eventually we had everything up. All equipment worked flawlessly through the
contest.

Looking forward to CQWW CW!
 
K3CCR(N3UM)   SOAB Classic HP   526,2242016-11-03 18:58:08
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care
retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. For the
CQ WW SSB only I (N3UM) was available. I went with the Classic
overlay as I did in 2015 and put in 20.2 hr.

Activity was good but 10 and 15 m. propagation was much worse
than last year with SFI down to 76 vs 106. Last year I got
long runs of EUs on 20 thru 10 m but this year I never heard
an EU on 10 and got only 54 EUs in one 54-min. run on 15, and
91 EUs in a 74-min. run on 20. The result: 435 fewer QSO points
and 59 fewer mults on 15 and 10 this year, not nearly offset by
189 more points and 7 more mults on 20.

Only excitement on 15 m. was CE0, Easter Island, and on 10 m.
ZD8, Ascension Island.

Low-band numbers were down slightly this year, maybe because
the k index was up. Weak signals on 40 and 80, could not run.
I never heard any Mid East stations on any band except for one
TA QSO on 20 m.
 
UA4S(UA4HTT)   SOAB(A) HP   2,781,6042016-11-03 22:33:14
Many thanks to ALL for the fun, Qs, spots !!

73'es CU in CQWW CW
de Slava UA4S


http://www.facebook.com/UA4HTT
 
XE2MX   SOAB LP   52,0602016-11-04 00:23:22
Hice algunos contactos y la propagación muy mala
Pepe
 
R4RE(RT4RO)   SOAB(A) HP   1,717,5002016-11-04 06:31:45
Wow!(((
 
DFØHQ   M/M HP   10,190,8802016-11-04 08:15:01
according to lz9w etc: we have 7% NA only... congrats to 13%
more VKs than VEs in the log...
cuagn in CW, 73
 
N7VD   SOAB HP   107,4002016-11-04 09:25:38
N7VD's Contest Summary Report for CQ-WW
Created by N3FJP's CQ WW DX Contest Log
Version 5.2 www.n3fjp.com

Total Contacts = 249
Total Points = 107,400

Operating Period: 2016/10/29 00:39 - 2016/10/30 23:55


Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
80 0 32 0 32 13
40 0 35 0 35 14
20 0 55 0 55 22
15 0 90 0 90 36
10 0 37 0 37 15
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 0 249 0 249 100
 
WB2R(W2MFT)   SOAB QRP   33,9662016-11-04 09:42:38
SSb QRP is always a challenge...Throw in poor propagation and Aurora into the
mix sure makes for an interesting test!
Thanks to all who listened so hard for my qrp signal!
Antennas were Steppir Vertical and 80 meter inverted L....Great Fun.
 
PJ4X   M/2 HP   28,006,0202016-11-04 10:13:51
Wow! What a great time. 10m was a total and happy surprise. 10m and 15m were
so productive, it was hard to find times to move to 20m. 40m the last 90
minutes of the contest was WIDE open to Asia. Lots of exciting mults to work.
We made major progress with our RUN/MULT paired radios on each RUN band, along
with a stand alone MULT band. The 2S1's and Custom lockout boxes worked to
perfection. We added additional RX antenna options, and again, welcome
additions to the options already available to each operator. Congrats to PS2T
for their great effort from SA. And unless we decide to move the station to
North Africa, like the existing and growing collection of stations has done, it
is unlikely there will be any M/S or M/2 #1 World winning scores again from
South America. We will just marvel at their local access to EU countries and
the advantage it gives them. Maybe US states should become multipliers too!
Loads of fun. See you in CQWW DX CW. 73 from Radio Mountain Bonaire.
Straight Outta Rincon!
 
ISØNHT   SOAB LP   130,5002016-11-04 11:34:36
NO COMMENT!!......:-(
 
KR2Q   SOAB QRP   593,6002016-11-04 12:27:40
Well, it was 2012 when I last did a full out effort QRP all band (SSB). Then
hurricane Sandy hit and took out my main tower and antennas. After that, I
limped along with mono-band efforts using my home brew 2L quad at 55 feet, all
CW only. The quad is fed with RG58. Really (hey, I am QRP).

So it was with great anticipation that I once again, with the main tower back
up and a new antenna system, was ready to go for SSB QRP in 2016. Of course,
the sun gods had other ideas. Can you imagine how bad it was when, from NJ, no
DLs or LZs on 15m? No OH, no SM, and no SP. Not even a UA or YU. Sigh.

But I was psyched and kept on plowing through. I was very excited to find an
opening on 10m to Europe….well, mostly to EA (33 of them!). Spotlight
propagation on 10m. Love it.

And let’s hear it for South America. Where would we be without them? Yay
SA! I’m sure we are going to see lots of winners from below the equator this
time around (everybody gets their chance to win…eventually).

Having a 3L yagi on 40m is a whole new world for me. Wow, it really does play
well. Unfortunately, I somehow ran out of time and had nothing on 160.
Happily, one of the locals could hear me on TOP band. Good for 2 more mults.
And about my coax to the main tower - all replaced with 7/8 inch Heliax.

Working DX on 80m was different too. I got a good number of South Americans
and zone 8 guys. I called lots of EU on 80, but after many, many calls, they
didn’t ever hear me. Not even an “again” or “who”. Off the top of
my head, I think I worked just one EU on 80: S57AW. It was like a miracle. I
called him one time and he came back instantly. Wow…how did that happen?
Great ears, I guess.

So I’m ready for CW (the only real mode, right?). Gosh, but I do hate
phone. LOL

Elecraft K3/10

de Doug KR2Q
 
VE2IDX(VE3ZF)   SOSB(A)/80 HP   35,9702016-11-04 13:48:12
 
TK9R(IK8UND)   SOAB HP   4,819,8782016-11-04 15:58:06
Many thanks to my mate Patrick, TK5EP, for the borrowing me the contest site,
the neverending patience and great help. I also have to extend my gratitude to
Franco, iz8gce, for his unpayable antennas making support.
I thought 40 meters could be the key to keep high rate and fun, but I've never
experienced so bad conditions. The band most of the time appears absolutely
dead, and it has never been like that in the past. Btw, as usual, it has been
great fun!! Congratulations to the winners, and i really thanks very much
everyone who called me, you all were the irreplaceable part of my fun.
73
Sal, ik8und (tk9r)

Elecraft K3
OM Power 2500 HF
10/15/20 homemade Raibeam
40 homemade linear loaded rotatable dipole
80/160 base loaded vertical (18 meters high)
 
KK6L   SOAB LP   37,2602016-11-04 16:04:29
Fun with N1MM+ logging and a borrowed Yaesu FT-1000MP MKV.
 
NP3U   M/M HP   7,494,0642016-11-04 16:45:28
MI CASITA Y EL COMBETE CONTEST STATION, KP4CPC, NP4RA, NP3RE, NP4WW, NP4EG,
WP3GW, WP3HP, WP4U, WP4OFO, WP4MLX
 
KW3Z   SOAB HP   113,2852016-11-04 17:00:26
START-OF-LOG: 3.0
LOCATION: DE
CALLSIGN: KW3Z
CLUB: Frankford Radio Club
CONTEST: CQ-WW-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 113285
OPERATORS: KW3Z
NAME: Patrick Ryan
ADDRESS: 905 Short Lane
ADDRESS-CITY: Seaford
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: DE
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 19973
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: USA
 
D4E(N6KT)   SOAB LP   2,609,0282016-11-04 19:45:09
Set up at a small hotel on Brava Island. 100 watts and dipoles made for low
rates for most of the contest.
Many thanks to Duane, W6REC, who joined me on this trip. His knowledge,
experience, and support were invaluable.
 
AJ5E   SOAB Classic LP   18,1832016-11-04 20:34:47
Kenwood 480 running 100W into 40m off-ctr dipole.
Thanks for the contacts!
73 Robert AJ5E
 
P4ØA(KK9A)   SOAB Classic LP   2,767,0002016-11-04 21:02:10
 
EF8R   M/S HP   28,223,8252016-11-05 00:49:41
Just 1% difference with CN2AA's score...but the CW part is coming soon...

Jack, R2AA
 
N2GZ   SOAB(A) HP   153,3612016-11-05 02:45:02
With great weather and lousy band conditions spent more time making station
improvements than operating.
 
ED1R   M/S HP   7,675,2002016-11-05 04:14:13
Station in reconstruction, assemble antennas 2 days before CQWW, we knew we
would not be competitive, only 3/4 ops active all time, the propagation was
very bad this time, we spent at least 6 or 7 hours in the night from Saturday
to Sunday where we had no chance of adding QSOs in any band (anyone closed
prop?) suddenly everything stopped and started again at dawn, we hope to be
back with more force next year :-/

Thanks for the QSO to everyone who contacted us, thanks for the online
competition ED3X and ED7O. Congrats also great scores 9A1P, IR4M, EI7M, and
others.

Stations worked in 6 bands:

9A1P , 9K2HN , A73A , CN2R , CR3A , D4C , DF0HQ , EF8R , II9P , K3LR , K3ZU ,
M6T , OM8A , UB7K , W1NA , W3LPL , WE3C , YT5A

CU next CONTEST, on the CW part if is possible.

73 de ED1R Team
Follow us in Facebook and Twitter.
 
KH2RU/KP4(JAMES)   SOSB/20 LP   31,1682016-11-05 06:34:32
Unable to make the complete run but had a short blast. Not much to say but will
be back full blast next year! LOL...
 
FY5KE   M/S LP   14,907,6402016-11-05 07:14:37
Another M/S LP event from FY5KE, after having broken the world record last year.


Of course, it has been a pleasure to break it again this year, just before
seeing that this stupid generator felt down at D4C before the contest ! ;-)

D4C : Congrats guys for your effort, impressive number of mults, you got the
WR
now !

Besides this challenge, a brief soap box :

- This year (and for the coming ones), we had a restricted access to the zone
where we used to set our beverages. So, we had only 3 shortened ones this
year,
one of those being close to a football (soccer for NA) playing field, and
which
suffered from ballons and humans all 2 days long !

- Rather bad conditions on 10m, but probably better than we expected

- A slightly better result on 160m compared to 2015, but this band, LP and
SSB,
is just hell in FY ...

- Looooong struggle to work some mults. We assume the fact that FY is far away
from EU, but it has been more terrible than ever this year. A multiplier PA
would be appreciated \O/

Next one : CQWW CW, 3 SOSB planned. Stay tuned.

On behalf of the FY5KE Team,

73,
Herve F5HRY
 
N9RV   SOAB HP   585,7922016-11-05 08:23:01
No plans to go full tilt in this one. And no temptation to deviate from the
plan, especially when the amp on the second radio failed right at the contest
start. Amazing how many s9 Europeans on 20 meters had no idea I was calling
them. 40 meters was broken to JA from here. I think I might have worked one
Russian. So it goes!
 
PJ2T   M/M HP   29,031,0002016-11-05 09:11:21
It’s called the WORLDWIDE contest for good reason, and this year PJ2T had a
truly worldwide team. Check out our team list:

Kei, JJ1RJR, lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia, and traveled AROUND THE
WORLD to Curacao in order to spend 3.5 days at PJ2T. He made that monster trip
from Jakarta, to Kuala Lumpur, then Amsterdam, then Aruba, and finally
Curacao,
and then back, solely to operate with us. This was not a work related trip
�" it was just for the contest! In our long PJ2T history nobody has
come
farther, although RW0CN comes close. Kei spent four days traveling in order to
spend three days operating in Curacao.

Uli, DL8OBQ, is a many years CCC/PJ2T member from Rinteln, Germany, and served
as our operating leader.

Heiko, DK3DM, also has many contests at PJ2T under his belt and made the
journey from Warstein, Germany.

Ton, PA1CC, came to Curacao on KLM from his home in Tilburg, Netherlands and
has also been at PJ2T multiple times before.

Tom, VE3CX, lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Check that out on the map. That’s
a lonnnnng way from Toronto and other major hubs, yet he made the trip a
second
time to be part of PJ2T.

I (Geoff, W0CG) live in Coeur d Alene, Idaho. That’s so darned remote that
it
takes me more total clock time (34 hours) and more flight segments (four and
sometimes five) to get to Curacao than our friends from Europe.

Rich, W3ACO, joined our team for the second time, traveling from Cedar Rapids,
Iowa. That sounds like it should be easy, but he was delayed out of CID by
American Eagle and had to spend an unplanned night in Miami.

Pete, K8PGJ, came to the island from Detroit, his first trip to PJ2T, taking a
chance on a place he had never been and a bunch of guys he had never met. He
fitted in instantly and was a huge asset to the team.

And finally there is long time CCC/PJ2T member Jack, N4RV, traveling from
Washington Dulles who has been operating from the Coral Cliff neighborhood of
Curacao for some half a century, earning multiple World #1 single op titles
from that neighborhood. Jack and Gwyn in fact spent their honeymoon in the
famous PJ9JT, now PJ2T house. His long experience was of priceless value to
the
team.

So in the best spirit of the contest our CQ Worldwide team really was
worldwide. In the space of a few hours on Tuesday before the contest we met
Uli’s KLM 747 at the airport, Heiko’s Air Berlin flight from Dusseldorf,
Ton’s slightly later KLM flight from Amsterdam, and multiple American
Airlines flights from the States. Kei arrived Thursday on Tui Airlines from
Amsterdam via Aruba. Just add up the miles they traveled collectively to be
able to sit down at our desk on Friday night and start giving out the five
nine
nines that you heard all weekend.

All of us in this sport are fascinated that it’s a different contest every
time. The solar forecasts were for active to disturbed conditions. The
forecasts were correct. We noted suppressed conditions on many bands. Polar
paths suffered the most. In years with peak sunspots conditions are so good
that everyone works everyone, and in those conditions the contest is usually
dominated by the Zone 33 teams who are very close to Europe and thus are able
to benefit from huge availability of many nearby mults on the low bands, while
at the same time being able to run North America like crazy. In years at the
bottom of the cycle it sometimes seems like nobody is working anything and we
all ask ourselves why we’re not home watching football. But in the in
between
years like this year, we benefit in the Caribbean. Zone 33 is able to still
rack
up tons of mults, particularly on the low bands, but have some problems
working
North America, especially on 10. When the States is not able to run Europe
vigorously, attention turns to the Caribbean, and we benefit as you can see
from our QSO counts. Also, we have the benefit of the north-south path and
thus
10 sounds great to us when it seems nearly dead for east-west paths. So in
conditions like this year our ability to make very large numbers of QSOs into
North America makes up and then some for Zone 33’s ability to harvest lots
of
low band mults. How that all balances out awaits final corrected scores, but
one
has to admit that the changing landscape of the contest, year by year, is
endlessly fascinating.

PJ2T is now beginning our 17th continuous year of contesting from the former
PJ9JT / W1BIH John Thompson QTH. We have only missed one major contest in all
that time, that one because of a last minute medical problem. Doing so
requires
major support of all kinds from our dedicated CCC club members, and I am happy
to be able to thank all of them here publicly for all those years of effort.
The composition of our membership has changed over all that time,
understandably, as life situations change, but our accomplishments in this
contest and in this contest season are a result of the accumulated support of
all those people over a long period of years. I thank and salute them all.

For this specific CQWW SSB 2016 effort, a special thanks to Uli, DL8OBQ, a
highly accomplished operator and leader, who coached the team, led the on-air
strategy, crafted the operating schedule, went all weekend with nearly zero
sleep, and kept us all on our game. Thanks also to veteran Jack, N4RV, for his
inputs from a half century of Curacao experience before and during the
operation, for his incredible pileup ears, and for keeping everyone laughing.
I
also thank Heiko, DK3DM (“The Loudspeaker”) for his tirelessness and
stamina
on the air, Ray, NM2O, for unparalleled analytical analyses, Kei, JJ1RJR for
his
long travel, great operating skills, and spoken Japanese during those JA runs.
Ton, PA1CC, is an incredibly friendly and articulate gentleman and a
whisper-quiet operator, and you would almost not even notice he is sitting
there except that the rate meter at times glows red when he’s operating.
Rich, W3ACO, doubled as our incredible chef for the week and also did a
masterful job on the air, patiently carrying runs and chasing mults, and Pete,
K8PGJ, adapted to the station immediately and distinguished himself by being
willing to do ANYTHING at any time for anyone that could help the team on the
air, my work, trips to the airport, antenna work at a local, slogging in the
hot sticker bushes and cactus, or anything else that needed to be done. Tom,
VE3CX is a seasoned, highly experienced contester and he was a huge asset to
the on-air team and we were very lucky to have his presence, and he also made
an embarrassingly large unsolicited cash contribution after he got home to
help
keep PJ2T on the air.

Finally, I again thank our member Rick, N0YY, who with W0AWL and W0GXA in Iowa
built our beautiful new operating consoles and much of the new antenna
switching system, and Mal, NP2L, who has, without ever having been asked,
contributed very significant amounts of cash over a period of many years to
the
PJ2T effort. We are also indebted to Tom, W8TK, for enormous donations of
equipment in our early years and to Yaesu for helping us to obtain two
FT-2000s
on attractive terms. These, together with many other contributions and efforts
too numerous to mention individually, have kept us going and have resulted in
the fairly recent addition of our 4O3A triplexer system, a high power antenna
switch from W9NJY, the new operating desks, and the pushbutton antenna
switching system that have greatly improved our on air operability, and all
shows in this year’s score.

Also always in our thoughts are our departed members Noel, W9EFL (SK), Joe,
W9JUV (SK), our QSL Manager Scott, N9AG (SK).

For 48 magic hours all of us around the world in the contest are part of a
fellowship of friends bound by passion and shared interest, respect, and
admiration. Nothing in the world could have made me more proud or feel more
privileged than to stand at PJ2T’s kitchen sink with my arms crossed and a
broad smile and watch this great group of friends in our shack engaged with
all
of you in this wonderful worldwide family.

QSLs via W3HNK and LotW. See you on the CW weekend.

59 9 from Curacao, and thanks!

- Geoff, W0CG, PJ2DX, Coeur d Alene, Idaho
 
KF6I   SOAB HP   58,4402016-11-05 10:07:29
Great contest as always. Very few Europeans heard on west coast due to band
conditions. All signals generally weaker this year.
 
KH7M(N6TJ)   SOAB HP   4,466,3762016-11-05 12:58:17
Thanks again to my hosts Max and Kathy for their wonderful hospitality.
And congratulations to N6GQ for soundly kicking my butt at KH6LC. I know from
numerous first-hand experiences, Lloyd's station really plays, and in the hands
of a skilled SO2R operator, nicely done.
I had to quit the contest 2 hours early to catch a red-eye flight back to
California. Not fun.
Great to work Pitcairn on 3 bands. Can't remember ever working Pitcairn in a
contest before. And nice to work Oliver @ ZD8W on six bands. That QTH I found
for him there on Ascension seems to really play.
I only worked 11 Europeans, compared with 200+ last year. JA's were up by 100+
compared to 2015, and for me, it's always a pleasure to work so many skilled JA
operators. And it was great working so many contest friends, world-wide.
I'm already looking forward to 2017 WW SSB. And always positive that conditions
will surely be better.
Vy 73
Jim Neiger N6TJ
 
IZ8FDG   SOSB(A)/20 HP   192,5002016-11-05 15:51:34
ANTENNA 2 ELEM QUAD TRX KENWOOD TS 590 MAX LEGAL POWER

EU: 820 ( 80,9 %)
AS: 71 ( 7,0 %)
AF: 18 ( 1,8 %)
OC: 4 ( 0,4 %)
NA: 88 ( 8,7 %)
SA: 12 ( 1,2 %)
RATE
10 min 198 33 1715...1724 29/10
20 min 177 59 1701...1720 29/10
30 min 168 84 1701...1730 29/10
60 min 134 134 1646...1745 29/10
120 min 107 214 1533...1731 29/10
 
NX5M   SOSB(A)/10 HP   33,3362016-11-05 21:18:18
Shake-down and tweaking effort of new 10m stack. Most of the weekend spent
stacking another tower and getting more antennas ready.
 
W1JCW   SOAB LP   149,5862016-11-05 21:23:31
Terrible conditions!
 
JR5YCE   M/S HP   2,815,8442016-11-06 02:53:31
No match in bad condition.
We expect to CW PART.
 
LY5I   SOSB/80 LP   32,8652016-11-06 06:42:15
73
 
DL1A   M/2 HP   5,290,9362016-11-06 11:44:21
worst ever condx. only 13% of QSOs with NA. Heavy QRM on crowded bands in
Europe.
Really looking forward to the CW part...

73
Maik DJ2QV for the DL1A team
 
CR5C(OK4PA)   SOSB/20 HP   1,160,6002016-11-06 12:39:54
TNX to Jiri OK1RF that he allowed me to gain next experiences from excellently
equipped QTH. Something which I cant learn from middle of Europe.
Extraordinary fun for me as everytime.

To disposition was: 4el @13m + 4el@27m stack
4el @ 25m

I also would like to express big thank to stations which called me :-)

TNX to David CT1DRB for support during administration.

73 TNX
Pavel OK4PA
...still a lot of to learn.
 
W5WZ   SOAB(A) HP   63,9452016-11-06 13:06:09
Sure missed being with the K8AZ team in Ohio! I managed to squeeze a few
minutes of operating into the family event filled weekend.
 
K5ZZR   SOAB HP   43,2902016-11-06 14:51:03
Whew, what a contest...
 
4O3A(9A3A/E73A)   SOAB(A) HP   4,966,9202016-11-07 01:16:06
The worst propagation ever spoiled real fun, making it till the end despite all
challenges is what matters. The score has been reduced proportionally compared
to the last year, as most of the other scores...

Thanks to all for calling 4O3A, CU CW!

Ivo I7/9A3A
 
IZ3NVR   SOAB(A) QRP   330,7522016-11-07 03:14:40
It has been definitely a tough weekend. Conditions were not good and that hurted
all weekend long. Initial thoughts were to leave the QRP category this year and
move on to the Classic Low Power one. Fact is that I could not get the
recording going on the new radio (FT-950) and had to switch to an Assisted
category since I couldn't have the recording of the contest needed for the
Unassisted. As it turned out I operated more than 24 hours as well so at least
I had more time to have fun, despite conditions.
The contest itself has not been planned since I had my major degree
dissertation just 3 days before it. CQWW was not exactly my main source of
concern :)
The contest weekend had some ups and downs both on conditions and on
accomplishments.

10m showed some action that was not present since a few. Mainly the band was
silent but during a couple of openings there were workable stations (EU mostly
with a couple of well known AF stations and very little to no Asia). While the
"NA opening" happened I just couldn't hear anyone on the band.
One good thing of 10m during this weekend was the fact that 10m had almost no
noise. Signals were affected by deep fading and strong S9 stations could come
and go in a matter of seconds. Fun!
15m, my usual best band, was the worse in my opinion. Almost no US heard,
imagine how many worked. Not a single JA or Oceania station. On the other hand
I could hear with a great signal a 5T4 station (new one DXCC for me) during
almost all saturday. Of course I couldn't work it and I kept being called CQ in
the face even when there were no other competitors.
As a positive thing, while I was bus with other stuff in the shack I left the
DVK goiung with some CQ (when you are desperate enough you even get to that
point). I was astonished when PZ5K came back to my CQ and even more astonished
when a friend of mine texted me few minutes later telling me he recorded a
video of PZ5K coming back at me!!!
Thanks for the video and especially thanks to PZ5K operator that made me
litterally fall off the chair.
Of course after such an episode nothing else exceptional happened and I spent
endless CQs that went obviously unresponded. That only answer made me pround
indeed!

Less packed than usual was 20m as well. Very few NA and a VK station heard
solidly working EU but of course couldn't make a dent in it either.

The most remarkable thing is the number of 160m QSOs. That made up for all the
frustration of the weekend. 14 contacts on the Top Band with my modest setup is
indeed a great thing for me.
Of course all the contacts are from neighbourhood countries that are
"easy" to work but still...its on 160m!

Sunday might have been a bit better than saturday but very slow indeed. Ended
up the contest with a smaller score than last year, less QSOs but more
multipliers (maybe I understood how to properly play assisted). N1MM says 28
active hours but the real BIC time should have been around 30-32 indeed.

I am quite amazed to see really huge scores in such a contest at QRP level.
It's likely one of the main reasons for me to move up on a different category.
Even if I definitely like QRP I see that it has some vulnerabilities in the
checking process. "Power" problems are not related only to QRP of
course but I sense the fact that might be quite underestimated in here. I guess
I should back up a friend's saying that the "Just for fun chacklog"
category is the fairer.
Anyway I will be active in the upcoming CQWW CW trying to maximize my fun and
hoping for improved conditions.

Stefano

RTX:
FT-950 @5W
Ant:
3el FB33
AVT3
40-80m dipole
80-160m "ugly" Inverted L
 
VE6SV   M/S HP   1,559,1242016-11-07 17:35:54
 
WN6K   SOAB LP   282,9752016-11-07 18:16:01
SORRY I WAQS LATE POSTING...THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK????


WN6K, PAUL
 
AD7UP   SOSB/20 LP   5272016-11-07 22:14:06
Conflicts limited my operating time. Thanks to all who gave me a contact.

73 es 88,

Caroline
 
OV3X(OZ8AE)   SOAB HP   207,0252016-11-08 11:35:20
A very hard time. Zone numbers speak for them selves. Where did the NA SA and JA
hide and how about ZL. Only worked ONE VK station. - Really a hard time.
Propagations from northern Europe very hard and have never ever seen this since
I started back in 1981. Hope others had better luck and had a great weekend. See
You next Year, hopefully with better condx. 73
 
CR6T(CT1ESV)   SOSB/15 HP   1,129,9342016-11-11 16:13:00
Score was bigger than expected, propagation prior to the contest did not predict
my score, but numbers kept increasing hour after hour, although only 24 hour of
propagation .

No Ja in the log, and with no propagation to that part of the world means also
no HL,DU,JT,KH2 or KH0 usual mults in the log. The first time ever i didn't log
zone 19.

But it was nice to be called by juicy mults like
3V,3W,A9,5A,FR,HS,OD,TY,V5,VR,XU,XW,XX9,ZA and YA.

No KL7 this time, and KH6 was only possible because i took a chance during west
coast pile up when signals were S9 to stop calling CQ to look for a KH6, lucky
me that found KH6LC just few kc below my CQing freq, for a double mult :-)

Some antenna work was done , replace tip of 5 el that had broken few weeks
before contest and major job was to replace the tower where the stack was
located for bigger one, Stack now works much better @15/30 mt and switching by
remoteqth.com worked flawlessly and as expected.

My big thanks to my none Ham friends Sergio, Jose, Filipe and my father CT1DVV
for their big big effort allowing this to happen, without them none of this
would be possible.

Equipment:
YAESU FT1000MP MKV(2nd VFO was very helpfull to increase number of qso and
mults)
PA ALPHA 91B
ANTENNAS:
5 el (rotatable)
6 el (JA)..but no JA's :-(
6/6 (NA)
all stack and switching by remoteqth.com

Thanks for all that called see you on the air
CR6T CT1ESV
Tony
 
VA7RR(@VE7SZ)   SOSB/20 HP   538,1242016-11-12 17:54:23
Conditions were so-so here in British Columbia, and so was the score.

Missed many garden variety European countries, and worked only three total
on CQs the entire weekend. Every other EU (about 75 total) was S&P (and
many others of them could not hear me and called CQ in my face). Worked
probably 50x JAs on CQ.

Was a complete shutout to zones 28, 29, 26, 22, 21, and 18. Was very lucky
to find JT5DX at the right time to work him at around 0330 on Friday night, and
UP2L called with a 1/2 hour to go for Z17.

It's normal for me on 20M in this contest to be called by around 50 or so
EAs while running USA. This year I was called by zero of them.

The only saving grace was being able to run lots of Ws, but the weak guys
were REALLY weak this time out. I was thankful to achieve 2.1 points per QSO.

Many thanks go as always to Allan, VE7SZ, for hosting me for another CQWW
contest effort. The station itself played fine given the mediocre conditions,
and the line noise that sometimes causes trouble for us was not to be heard.

See everyone for CW.

73,
Gary
VA7RR