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N2NL   SOAB LP   556,9562002-09-29 16:49:39
My first serious RTTY contest.

It was kind of interresting, in a perverted sort of way. It was real tough with
low power at home (stealth antennas only), and I got CQed in the face alot.
Other times I had some decent runs and some real good stuff checked in, even
some UA9's on 40. It was real frustrating hearing the signal of someone calling
and not getting any copy at all. CW is defenitely a much better mode when weak
signals are concerned, and my KAM+ was on the receiving end of alot of profanity
from me during the weekend "Darnet - I can hear him perfectly....why can't you,
you stupid....whatever you are".

Pileups and weak guys were fun. You have to be able to pick calls from
".sxkdhgfkewhrlty34hfj3f" during those times. A good mental SCP is a must. One
guy came back to me sending my call as WH2/N2NL. He must have been using a SCP
of the computer type, with a very old callsign database to boot.

I Ended up with some decent runs, but the rate no matter how fast is still much
slower than on CW. Its pretty cool to be able to watch TV with the volume up
and still be working guys.

Overall it was an interresting - and dare I say enjoyable? - experience. I'll
probably be back. It's pretty neat to work a whole different group of callsigns
- it's like a completely different subculture within the hobby of contesting.

thanKS for the QSOs!
73, Dave N2NL
 
OL5Q   M/S HP   2,680,9252002-09-29 17:01:25
All band open - good contest
http://home.zcu.cz/ham/
 
NB1B   SOAB LP   306,5922002-09-29 17:06:59
Did this mostly to learn the software- before the contest, my RTTY QSOs totaled
2, so I thought I'd play for awhile. Worked a bunch of JAs on 10M- nice to see
the band open again. This test is exactly 28 days before CQWW SSB and I'll be
part of the VC2C team in zone 2, so if condx repeat themselves we should have a
good time.

One thing that is still strange to me- audbily, one signal often sounds very
much like another, but the software will decode one and not the other. Some
very weak signals- so weak that they don't even show on the waterfall display-
will be decoded perfectly. Others are S9 and the software won't decode it. I
haven't quite figured out why- maybe distortion products or?- but just by
listening to the signal you can't tell why it wouldn't decode.
 
VA3PC   SOAB LP   563,2722002-09-29 17:31:59
Found out my standby computer (P-166 with 16bit sound card) won't cut it in a
RTTY contest, so had to load the software in the office computer. Hope I get my
motherboard back for the hamshack computer this week... ;-)
Had fun (even with all the interruptions).
cu next year.
 
AA5AU   SOAB HP   3,733,0742002-09-29 17:38:56
That was one helluva contest!
 
CK6WQ(VE6WQ)   SOSB/20 HP   577,7282002-09-29 17:40:59
Good conditions, but maybe should have been on 15 as things seemed more active
up there. Special prefix may have helped push the score just over the current
SOSB20 world record, but just... All log times off by 1 hour so some work ahead
yet!
 
K7SV   SOAB LP   921,0782002-09-29 17:46:19
Had I known how well the station would play and how good the condx were, I would
have arranged my schedule to do a serious effort! Ten was in fairly good shape,
and at the same time 80 wasn't too bad. Surprised at working some of the dx I
did on 80. Seeing a number of contesters who normally stick to cw and ssb in
this one!
 
VE3BUC   SOAB LP   977,0402002-09-29 17:54:58
Station Description: Yaesu Mark V (at 150 watts)
Antenna(s): TA33-Jr., R5 vertical, DX/DD inverted-vee
Operators: VE3BUC

Comments:
No other Rtty contest in the past has come close to this one for me.
Not much station-wise has changed. Still using low power, and a small yagi
at 10m with a P133 computer and Writelog. The only difference was the
integration of MMTTY with WriteLog and that seemed to handle the weak
signals better. I often copied signals clearly that did not appear on the
S-meter and were even difficult to hear audibly without cranking up the
volume. I did forget a few times to shut off the AFC and return the frequency
to center when going from running to S&P. Thanks to Don AA5AU who reminded
me that I was off frequency early in the game so hopefully this did not cause
too many problems after that.

Conditions this weekend bode well for the CQWW phone contest. Hope to see you
all then.

de Don VE3BUC
 
W3SE   SOAB LP   859,8262002-09-29 18:01:18
What a great contest, with what I thought was better than to be expected
propogation. Speaking of which I noticed a rather ODD swing on Saturday
afternoon around 12;00 Noon Local.. I was on a 10Mtr run freq. starting at 1849Z
with DL,OE,SP,W0,W5,ZL,A3,W0,W4,DL,9A ending at 1900Z. I found that rather
interesting 10 minute period. I was pleased with my 80Mtr results, not bad for
a sloper @ 30' looking at ZS6.

Did much better that last year. Thanks to all the Q's and the FUN.

73

Wes, W3SE

A3 @ 30' FT-1000MP
 
VE3NE   M/S HP   1,966,2932002-09-29 18:06:15
Hi,

We wanted to make sure our RTTY set-up is ready for the CY0MM DX-pedition.
Everything went pretty smooth. We missed about 8 hours because of family
obligations.
Good condx except on 80 meters where managed to work only a few EU.
See you again in one month.
By the way Nick, VE3EY is going to Zone 2 for the CQWW SSB. Look for VE3EY/2.
For CY0MM visit:
http://www.dipole.com

73 es DX

Lali VE3NE (ex VA3RU)
 
VE9DX   SOAB LP   517,6082002-09-29 18:13:13
Same ole vertical for all bands and 50 watts.

Lesson learned... leave well enough alone. Picked up a Rigblaster Plus and went
to add it to the system so I could do FSK... Well it received well but I was
unable to get it to work on Xmit. This all after the contest started.
Several 5 band qso's.. Thanks to all for the Q's
73 Andy (VE9DX) ve9dx@rac.ca
 
W2YC   SOAB(A) HP   1,750,6402002-09-29 18:25:36
Super conditions!!
 
VA3DX   SOAB HP   2,088,2902002-09-29 18:44:13
This has become challenge to stay awake, now with the 48 hr format.
Should sleep be curtailed to obtain a big score, or in my case
the 33 hours was the best that I could manage.
Conditions were terrific on all bands, altho my crummy 80 Inv V sucked.
Best DX that I couldn't work was YB0AI on 40 meters, did get a few JA's
though. Good stuff that actually worked me, were;
VR2BG AH0B 5N0NHD , T77CD (3 bands), OA4O BX4AF TR8CA UK9AA
VU2WAP TA1BM TA1EQ TA9J MD3LCR/P TF3AO JX7DFA ZC4DW PZ5RA
FR5GS SV5/G4OBK C31PM, and VK6GOM & VK6HD.
Strange no other VK's other than 6 land !
Worked Norm VK6GOM on 20 lp at dinner time and was pleased to get
ZC4DW on 40 mtrs with abit of a struggle. In the end I broke the
Canadian SO/HP/AB record held by a buddy VE3XO...
Even managed to squeeze in my daughters ( 27th ) birthday and cake on
Saturday evening... Had a great time with the conditions, just wish I was
about 30 years younger ( I am nw 52 )..Cu in the next one..73 Glenn VA3DX
PS- Tks GU0SUP VE9DX, and others for qsys !!! va3dx@sympatico.ca
Final score subject to Cabrillo and UBN's ....
 
6J1KK(XE1KK)   SOSB/10 LP   352,1842002-09-29 18:55:54
Some frecuencies were hard to use: CW and PSK31 QRMing if you come close to
"their" segments and CBers/truckers/taxis from XE, PY, W and some even from
Asia.

Anyway had a lot of fun.
 
W6KY   SOAB LP   131,4462002-09-29 19:38:14
Gotta get a RTTY Contest program that includes a RTTY decoder. Using two
computers is a bear, especially calling CQ. Hello WriteLog!
Art - W6KY
 
LP7H(LU9HS)   SOSB/20 HP   282,4162002-09-29 19:49:01
QSL VIA MY MANAGER : EA7FTR ( ONLY )
 
6J2AC(XE2AC)   SOAB LP   211,7172002-09-29 20:29:49
1st time on this Contest, Superb condx to Europe,Tons of Fun !!
 
P3F(5B4AGN)   SOAB HP   2,837,9162002-09-29 20:47:19
What a time to go down with a stomach bug! Too much time spent writhing in
agony due to intestinal spasm and frequently abandoning good runs on the bands
to run to the small room!

My plans for a semi serious effort were necessarily scaled back to just 29
hours. Oh well, the best laid plans!
 
K6OWL   SOAB LP   155,1552002-09-29 21:16:23
Great way to end the summer time propagation blues.
Copious openings on all bands all weekend!
Excellent paths from US west coast to Europe.
Good number of JAs.
Fewer than expected from Asia and Ocenia.
73 de Mark
 
W6ZL   SOAB LP   300,3122002-09-29 21:48:28
Made 31 more Q's and 100k more points than last year. Thanks to HC8N and KH7X
for all bands. Amazing how well EU hears my small station over the pole. 100W to
a KT-34M2 only 30 feet high. Dave / W6ZL
 
NI6T   SOAB(A) HP   847,7402002-09-29 22:07:16
I only intended to operate a few hours this year, and to cherry-pick some
RTTY DX I knew would be QRV, but I kinda got caught up in it, and put in
23.5 hours! AS you all know, once the adrenalin starts flowing, the world
falls away, yielding to the Zen of contesting.

I reluctantly used Telnet, as I did not want to miss the KH0 that was on,
but, otherwise, it was useless.

I purchased WriteLog a year ago specifically to do RTTY contests, but had
yet to do one, dreading that learning curve. I more-or-less got my stuff
together in the last 24 hours, and of course had to do some readjustments
along the way, as the screen setup was driving me crazy, and numbing out my
mouse hand. The fellows on the WL Reflector, including our own Eric, K6EP,
were a big help. Now that I have been blooded, I will refine the setup.

I have an intermittent problem in the 17/15m section of my F12 DXer that was
a PITA on 15--I could not apply power to the antenna until it stopped
moving. The tree climber will be here in a week. I also discovered that my
87A does not like the high RTTY duty cycle on ten meters, and, when it got
hot, something kept poppin. I had to back off to half-power to keep it from
tripping. Brick-on-the-key, my butt. I also was remembering how we melted a
matching network on an R7 at 3B9R with 1500W, and backed off on my R5
secondary antenna, as well.

Had great JA runs on 10 (Friday) and 15 (Saturday), but domestic chores kept
me QRT Saturday morning, which was not a good thing. Activity was generally
pretty good, but there were almost no Africans, save EA8 and EA9, few VK's
(I did not get any) and the last cuppla hours were slower than Sunday
morning, which had a lot of Euros on 10 and 15. Should have foregone dinner
Sat night and stayed on 40...but there are things you learn as a married
man...
 
HA9RU   SOAB HP   225,0002002-09-29 23:19:22
Ant:
10 Lazy-h 15mh
15 6el,4el Yagi 17mh,15mh
40 GP
tcvr;TR7,PA: GU43B 1kw
 
IK2FIL   SOSB/15 HP   363,8342002-09-29 23:31:18
Antenna : 3 El. YAGI Tribander 10, 15, 20 m.
Tranceiver : ICOM IC-756 PRO-II
Software : MMTTY + WRITELOG

Thanks to UT7QF and N5IN for supporting me via Dx Cluster.
 
ON4ADZ   SOAB LP   1,676,3902002-09-30 00:18:32
eq : ft1000mp mkV @150w th6dxx@24m inv v for 40/80@24m
writelog and mmtty plug in module

My second cq ww/rj in this mode learned a lot the first such as UBN 's .

Super condx at the second day.
I managed to get nice runs, got several stations at 5 bands.

HC8N how are doing it ? Huge signals on all bands AND hearing vy well.

Sorry for my cq 's in the psk part... .

Comments welcome at d.desloovere@skynet.be

TNX for calling and/or qsy ing.

73 de ON4ADZ

DIRK DESLOOVERE
 
GUØSUP   SOAB LP   516,3362002-09-30 00:25:36
Excellent! What more can you say about this contest?
Some nice DX, a few new ones, plenty of band-fills, and good conditions.
Thanks to all in the log.........
73 de Phil GU0SUP
 
RK3AWL   M/S HP   4,150,0002002-09-30 00:29:50
RIG: IC-756PROII, IC-756, IC-746
ANT: RQ-4444, RQ-63, RQ-440, RQ-280S
AMP: PV-1, PV-3
WEB: www.rk3awl.ru
 
W8UL   SOAB LP   862,9202002-09-30 02:26:43
Forty-eight hours is too long of a period for a single operator station operator
to endure. I worked 32 hours of the contest and, at times, without due
diligence. Writelog, the 756PRO, and Force 12 performed flawlessly..
Among my five band QSO's was HC8N who had a mammoth signal into central Ohio.
Finally snared JX7DFA and also pleased to work JY9NX again.
 
WB6BWZ   SOAB QRP   108,3352002-09-30 02:46:16
My ham activity for the weekend was to participate in the Alabama, Louisiana and
Texas QSO Parties. (I live in Georgia but my home QTH is still in Alabama.)

The QSO parties were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. There would be no
conflict for me to participate in the CQ/RJ WW RTTY Contest "part-time" (Friday
evening, Saturday and Sunday mornings EDT during the QSO party off-times).

That appeared to be reasonable plan, i.e., to operate RTTY part-time, because of
my QRP and very modest station status -- great for PSK31 but not RTTY (I was
made to believe).

I used RTTY before but mainly for traffic handling (MARS, CD/ARES/RACES and
ragchewing). This was my first RTTY contest, first time I have been on RTTY
since 1987 when I moved to Alabama from California, and very first time using
RTTY with the WriteLog-Sound Card computer system. (Many thanks to AA5AU and
K9JY for sharing WriteLog assistance on their websites.)

I expected the bands to be blanketed with wall-to-wall RTTY stations that would
bury my QRP sigs. But that was not the case. The pace was leisurely and actually
enjoyable. And my QRP sigs were getting through -- amazing! Bottom line: No QSO
parties for me this past weekend. I just had to come back for more RTTY. <g>

Band conditions were really great. At times I thought the rig on 10 meters was
operating in squelched mode. Quite unusual for my QTH.

I could not believe I was having RTTY DX contacts with Alaska, Japan, Hawaii and
European countries, especially Russia, with my wire antenna and QRP sigs. The
QSO's were much, much easier on RTTY than on CW/SSB. I am now curious to see if
PSK31 will have similar results.

Thanks to all the participants who had the patience and skill to copy my QRP
sigs. Also thanks to the organizers and sponsors who made this event possible.

Equipment: Yaesu FT-817 QRP transceiver, 5 watts, to OCF 28-ga insulated wire
stealth antenna up 40 feet in trees next to interstate in downtown Atlanta
industrial area. Dell Latitude CPx 650 MHz Pentium III laptop, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB
HD, WinME, WriteLog 10.35F, Tigertronics SignaLink SL-1 interface.
 
ES7AAZ   SOSB/10 LP   173,1602002-09-30 03:05:51
The band was OK to Japan and North America from Estonia (KO28)
but very low traffic from Canada. South America was very quiet.
Just few very strong stations from South America started in the
middle of day till the band was closed. One VK and one ZL ???
First day CQ'ing (Japan and USA) didn't work for me much, second
day I met a great traffic. It was a little difficult sometimes to
break trough EU pile-up's as low power (70W out) operator but
2 el. Cubical Quad @ 1 1/2 seemed to work fine and I didn't missed
no CQ'ing multipier I heard.
All in all it was a very great experience and I like to thank everybody
I had a QSO with.

P.S. Fun: in second evening after hard two day one OM from VE gave me
his province as VE2 and I was unable to remember where the VE2 is from.
I asked him his province. He gave me VE2 again. I was repeating my question
and he typed me manualy: "Look at my report. VE2 is Quebec." Sorry I didn't
knew it because the traffic was too high then :)

2el. Cubical Quad
70W output
Writelog + MTTY plugin

CU next year,
de Riho, ES7AAZ
es7aaz@hot.ee
 
ZC4DW(GØDEZ)   SOAB LP   1,856,5402002-09-30 03:07:33
Most are saying good condx, some say better than 2001. I disagree.

Score is 400,000 down on last year. Worked slightly less Zones, less DX,
however managed to bag a few more State/Prov this time. Make of that what
you will!

Crucially, different antenna this year, definitely contributed to the
lower score. After only first 2 hours I could see the QSO rate was
not as high as 2001. I had a realtime spreadsheet running on MS Excel
with last years rate compared to this year on a graph. BAD IDEA. It made me
more demoralised as every hour passed I kept falling further behind.

Last year, I used a doublet, invereted-L, and monoband 10m ground-plane.
This year, just the inverted-L.

To be fair, it's a lot to ask of a single antenna - to perform well
80-10m, but it was a challenge trying and with 75 Watts.

Biggest difference I noticed was couldn't get any decent runs on 20m,
and that was where the missing Zones and DX are compared to last year.

It was frustrating to copy several big signals, especially from Texas and
Louisiana on 40m but they couldn't not copying me.

Always a pleasure to make those QSY's - P3F being the first of several
5 banders. Must say respect to ON4ADZ for the only ON 5 bander in my log,
and great score too OM.

Heard Zone 2 but couldn't crack the pile-up. Several other pile-ups were
huge and, it was satisfying when I craked any - although often I would
have to make several visits back until finally working some of them.

Didn't find any Zone 12, 23, 30, hardly no Africa, not much VK activity.
Can't believe I never heard my neighbouring Zone 21 on any band.

Thanks to all those who called, those who QSY'd, and those North Americans
who have excellent ears.

42 hours was a breeze, and still needed 2 hours after the contest to come
down with the adrenalin sky high.

73

Dez

FT-1000mp, 75 Watts
Inverted-L (consisting 33 feet vertical + 66 feet horizontal towards EU/NA).
Writelog
KAM TNC
 
S56A   SOAB LP   1,093,8482002-09-30 03:16:40
Nice condx, MixW2 worked fine, TVI problems but a lot of fun!

73 de Mario, S56A
 
K4WW   SOAB(A) HP   1,229,2652002-09-30 03:39:28
Anyone else not work KY? :( Excellent conditions and activity! Necessary to
"claim" high power, as it was used on 20, 40 and 80, but most activity on 10 and
15 were in/around "125", necessitating use of low power. No problem..no
frequency fights..and lots of activity. Sleep requirements, "domestic
tranquility" issues and "grandfatherly duties" limited operation to about 6
hours less than planned! Exceeded last year's score, which makes it a "success"!
 
F6IRF   SOAB LP   673,2142002-09-30 04:24:13
TRX: IC706 barefoot - (50W on S&P / 25W on runs)
Antennas: OB6-3M trapless tribander@12m, trap-dipole 40/80@17m (re-oriented
NW/SE after the SAC !), R7 vertical@6m (often useful when the beam is not in the
right direction - I.E. on 14Mhz, where the Moxon-rectangle of the OB6-3M gives a
tremendous F/B ratio).
MMTTY 1.62 (many thanks to JE3HHT for bringing this nice piece of software free
to the ham community... what an example of ham-spirit!)

SOAPBOX (nobody force you to read this part - but I love reading the others
comments, so I guess there are a few others like me around!)
This is a part-time / TTY-rookie effort...
My only previous experience in a TTY contest was in 1997 from 4U1ITU (*)
(F6HYE/IOC, TY1PS and OM1AM had hard time to convince me - must say, for me
contest=CW ;-)
I thought, I that I would look for a few DX's and "basta"... what a mistake!
The first "shock" , right at the start (magic sunrise on low bands!) was to work
HC8N - at the first attempt !- both on 80 and 40... I Thought : A mode that can
give you this sort of "orgasm" can't be that bad ! Fortunately had no important
commitment so I continued, and must say that I really enjoyed it...
I was not planning to do anything else but S&P, but S&P is really slow and
boring on TTY, so I finally "cracked" and tried a few runs... the problem is
that the poor 706 (had no other transceiver with VFO precise enough) even at
50W was getting so hot (especially on 10/15m), that I had 2 options - to reduce
to 25 or limit my runs to 10mn (quickly added a fan over the TRX which
helped...). It is really amazing to see the DX's you can work calling with 25W
in this mode. Before this contest, I thought that TTY was only good with
high-power, but this must have been true before DSP's, waterfall displays and
so on... Now even with 25W, modest antennas and surrounded by big-guns the guys
find you (hope this could be true also in CW!).
Found condx great, 10m widely and late open to states and JA, good BS on EU
stations (thought it would be hard to work BS with LP small ants and that the
echo would even make this impossible in TTY, but no... Logged quite a few "over
MUF" stations on 10/15). As I had many states missing on 20m, late plans were to
finish the contest on this band, but tried a few CQ without success and as I was
too tired for the effort of scrolling the band once again, I went to bed before
2200z... sorry for those who missed F on 20m (did not hear more than 3 or 4
stns active from my country)
Finally, thanks to this contest who made me discover that TTY is far from being
an obsolete mode (and see you next year... For sure I will borrow a PA to get
to the 150W LP-limit... ). 73's Patrick

PS: Really feel sorry for the poor guy who spent his weekend sending "CW only"
on 40 and 80... Probably he did not realize that, for a large majority of
TTY'ers, CW is nothing else than a blue line on the waterfall display (I must be
the only one still listening at the audio. CW habit; can't operate without
listening). Personally I tried to avoid going outside of IARU recommended
data-segments, but of course, it is not always possible to resist when you hear
a "new one"... HI !

(*)Looking at the archive saw that we did 787 Kpts... And it was a new EU record
at that time... For sure something has changed for the TTY world!

NB: please QSL only via E-qsl.cc if you can (my log will be uploaded soon), and
avoid direct cards (still haven't got cards reprinted, and yet too many QSO's
since march...), Sorry but I prefer being active on the air rather than doing
secretary-job meanwhile waiting for a cluster-alarm ! (if you insist I'll try to
do an effort, but pse don't blame me for the delay, card-management is a real
nightmare for me...)
 
LY5A(@LY2ZZ)   M/M HP   8,000,0002002-09-30 05:17:36
Nice condx
3 ops (of 7) with no RTTY expierence at all (before contest)
6 ops never seen WF1B soft before
1 op with 12 years gap in contesting (and HF bands)
zoo of radios, modems, computers, but nothing broke (it works for beginers
only?)
HC8N with +40 db on 80m!

73! Arunas, LY2IJ
 
YL8M(@YL2KL)   M/2 HP   5,370,0082002-09-30 06:55:01
in first 24 hours loose one amplifier and rest contest stay with IC-775 only and
IC-756 + amplifier......loose power supply for 3 rotors and all 4 yagies stay
fixed to Carribian region...anyvay FB propagation
 
KU4J   SOAB(A) HP   433,0452002-09-30 07:30:08
First time to operate in CQ/RJ contest, had a blast!

Had some h/w issues that prevented me from using Writelog so had to use
DXBase/Hamscope :(

Awesome conditions to JA on 10m. I could actually 'run' a little to JA. This
was mainly a DXCC fishing trip for me. Highlights: Busting pileups to 7Z,VR and
5N! Worked 13 new countries on RTTY!
 
LRØN(@LU1NDC)   M/S HP   2,516,6322002-09-30 08:03:44
Hi, Good propagation, bad wdx. Very stromgs statics noise. not has been easy
work on 80 and 40 m. Many tnx to all stations for the qso's. 73 and CUL de
LR0N. Tha QSL information via LU2NI. GL & DX.
 
6J2AUB(XE2AUB)   SOAB LP   270,6782002-09-30 08:49:22
Had a lot of fun with nice conditions and well behaved ops. TNX to everybody for
such a nice time.
 
JY9NX(JM1CAX)   SOSB/20 HP   357,8672002-09-30 08:58:05
Had to work at the airport in the early Saturday morning, missed a
good W/VE opening. Sunday was, as usual, just another Monday here in
JY and could not take a day off. The night condition seemed
attracting and I feel pity that I was not able to work full-time.

Heard (saw) VO2NS Zone 2 once but missed and no Africa except for
EA9IB. Missed OZ as the only "should be a piece of cake" mult in EU.
Wonder what happened to them.

All in all, Asia record for SO20 seem to be replaced.

QSL via JH7FQK (now new photo QSL)

73 KOJI JY9NX/JM1CAX/OJ4S
CU all in CQWW SSB (Not from JY though)
 
K4GMH   SOAB HP   2,464,1282002-09-30 09:11:13
Station Description: IC-746; 4CX1600B (1200 Watts)
Antenna(s): TH7DX @ 125 ft; TH6DXX @ 65 ft (fixed on Europe); Moseley S402 @ 135
ft;
80 Inverted Vee 2 120 ft

Remarks (Biggest thrill in Contest, funniest story, comments, etc.):
Great conditions! I beat my last year's score by ~ 600,000 points. However,
expect everyone to have better their last years score due to the FB
propagation.

Thanks to all who were kind enough to work me. I appreciate all the QSOs. Hope
to see you after the contest to have longer QSOs.

Activity was great. Never heard the signals spread out so much over the band.
Here is what I heard: on 80ty, they were starting at 3570 and going to 3600;
40ty 7030 to 7060; 20ty 14072 to 14122; 15 21072 to 21120; 10 28073 to 28121.
Wall to wall loud signals.

This is definitely a SO2R dream contest. Sure the scores of those stations will
be very good this year.

Nice to see Dick, 7J1BBC (exKD6AZN), from his new permanent QTH.

Again, thanks to all whom I worked and to the contest committee who has the job
of sorting out all the long lists of scores.
 
K3PP   SOSB/15 HP   14,6642002-09-30 09:24:06
Little time to play, but it was fun to ba able to hand out some QSOs to the
deserving. CU in the PA QSO Party and CQWW!!
73 de Glenn K3PP
 
W1ZT   SOAB HP   2,406,2622002-09-30 09:35:58
Great conditions and plenty of worldwide activity. Historical "sub bands" were
overloaded on most bands.
 
VE3AGC   SOAB LP   353,3402002-09-30 10:20:31
Usual logging problems (Writelog coming) so 3 different versions of RTTY program
to get one to work with YPLog. Mostly S&P with some good 40M. discovered 80M
would not tune down far enough after rain. RTTY is new mode with lots of QRM.Tnx
to those who worked me. XYL kept radio on so I could hear my TVI warbling.
Neighbour left for the day. I'm looking forward to more digital contesting.

Equipment:

Mark V with AD DXLB+ at 13m, Hamscope 1.4&YPLog, Signalink interface,
 
K4RVH   SOAB(A) LP   110,6382002-09-30 10:41:17
Antenna: Mini-vertical, no beam :(
 
W2UP   SOAB LP   3,322,1602002-09-30 11:18:51
600K better than last year's score, which was a new NA record last year!
Unbelievable activity levels, however, seemed to me that stateside
activity was down. Maybe it was just band condx, but I had 20 fewer US/VE mults
than last year, with 200+ more QSOs. I just couldn't find them...
Glad AA5AU decided on HP this year. He probably would have beat me this year,
with propagation to Europe so good to the midwest and west on 10 and 15.
 
AH6OZ   SOAB LP   1,028,2802002-09-30 11:19:12
Best condx I've ever seen for a RTTY contest from here. Wall to wall
signals on all bands. Great fun.
 
MØBEX   SOAB LP   315,8402002-09-30 11:36:59
WOW! Give me more of this. Tremendous conditions and a great contest, all done
S&P. Thanks to all who logged me. A 58% increase in QSOs on last year.
John M0BEX
 
ON4UN   SOAB(A) HP   3,025,1132002-09-30 12:01:01
I was only able to operate 30 hours, but did ALMOST as good as 2 years ago when
I operated the entire contest.
Antenna improvements and SO2R optimization must be the answer, as well as good
conditions.
 
F6FJE   SOSB/20 LP   185,3102002-09-30 12:44:51
Hard to catch new stations on the sunday part.
Tnx to all for QSO's.
Peter
 
G4RS(GØURR)   SOAB LP   1,412,3972002-09-30 13:05:24
WOW,Now that was what i call a contest. Operated 35 hours, longer than ever
before, managed over the magic 1000q's with time to spare, and there was just
too much DX to pick out anything specific. Thanks to all the guys at the Royal
Signals HQ for the use of the station and for all the help and support before
the contest. Looks like i have a new contest location to develop. Tu everyone
who appeared in the log 73s G0URR
 
WW7OR(W7GG)   SOAB HP   1,951,6672002-09-30 14:02:40
Cndx great all bands from the NW but station performance was not. Gremlins
killed a serious SO2R effort early Saturday. Patched thing together to continue
single station effort but losy 6 hours trying to fix the SO2R setup but no luck!
Did beat last years score but fell well short of my goals.
 
KI5XP(@W5WMU)   M/S HP   1,972,8392002-09-30 14:09:08
We figured if we worked AA5AU, we must have been on the correct band!
 
3Z7TTY   M/2 HP   5,556,4602002-09-30 14:25:01
Great conditions!!!! Lots of activity. We worked all US states and so many
stations.
We had network problems and lost 4,5 hours. Never try to run WriteLog on Win 98
(first station) and Win 2000 (second station). After moving to 2xWin 98
everyting was in the end OK but it costed us too much time to solve the problem
(good lesson for the future).

Equipment:
2xFT-1000MP + 2xPA
80m: vertical, dipole, beverages, K9AY loops
40m: 2el Quad, dipoles, beverages
20m: 4x4el Quad, 4el Quad, 2 el. Quad
15m: 4x4el Quad, 4el Quad, 2 el. Quad
10m: 5x5x5x5el Quad, 5el. Quad, 2 el. Quad

Yes.... Great thanks goeas to Chris SP7GIQ who let us participate from his
wonderful QTH of Quads.

Thanks to all who made a QSO with our station. QSL for 3Z7TTY goes via SP5ZCC
-OK via the bureau (we also made some activity - mostly CW - before and after
the contest).
Regards to all - thanks for the fantastic weekend.
 
K5AM   SOAB HP   1,764,3782002-09-30 15:58:23
Location: Horse Mountain vacation cabin.
34N, 108W, 7900 ft (2400 m).
 
AG4TJ   SOAB LP   94,7522002-09-30 16:50:52
First chance I've had at a contest, although the YL only allowed operating
before breakfast and after dinner. The conditions were great, but my QTH limited
me to a pair of terminated vees up to only 22 feet. Tnx to everyone for QSO's,
see you at the next one.
73,
Jeff
 
KØBX   SOAB(A) HP   283,6132002-09-30 17:52:45
Wow!! what a contest! I wish I had more time, but sure nice to see 10 meters
hoping. Ran about 80 watts output. Didn't need the amp for S&P.
Rig IC-706MK2 (to see how it would work in a contest) other half of contest
TS-850S/AT. 850 better but 706 held it own.
Ant 10/15 Hygain DB12/17 retuned to 10/15 (4 on 10, 3 on 15 on common boom)
20 meter Hygain 204BA 4 element monobander.
Software Writelog with MMTTY Plugin. computer 1.7 gig.
Use a Rascal Interface.
I called CQ for the first time during the last hour of the contest, 2300-2400Z,
and worked 77 stations on 20 meters. Maybe I should call CQ more often!!

Joe K0BX
STL
 
VE3IAY(@VE3FU)   SOAB LP   1,404,1682002-09-30 19:16:57
Rig: TS-950SD running 100W AFSK
Antennas: tribander, 4square on 40, inv. vee on 80 + Beverages
Software: MixW 2.06k

It was great to operate from a station with real antennas! MixW worked fine,
seemed to decode much better than my old TNC used to and did a great job of
picking out the call signs and exchanges from the incoming data stream. In the
end it looks like I fell just short of the Canadian SOABLP record score,
although my QSO count was higher.

Highlights: being called by 4K6DI and 9M6LSC. Worked half a dozen other new
ones. A great weekend! Thanks to Chris (VE3FU) and his wife for their
hospitality.

Rich VE3IAY
 
UP5P(UN5PR)   SOAB HP   3,338,2982002-09-30 21:27:25
Excellent propagation. Claimed new Asian record. Nice opening to USA on 40m,
especially in the end of contest, but no so many station from there looked for
the band. Very low activity from Africa, I didn`t have on 40/80 even zone 33.
Nice opening to North America second evening on 10m. Nobody from zone 6, 12, 23,
34, 36, 37. Thanks KH7X for zone 31 on 40 and 80, but missed this zone on 20m
:-) Very good activity on 40m, 63 countries is not limit. Have state ND on 15m,
but missed few simple states. Thanks to 4K6DI for new one on 80m RTTY and A35XX
for new one on 10m RTTY. Many stations worked on 4 or 5 bands.
See you in JARTS.
 
W4UEF   SOAB LP   852,0932002-09-30 21:40:44
Mani thanks to the Contest Sponsors and all the participants. The propagation
deity was very kind during the contest. I never had so many 5 banders in a any
contests. It was a thrill to work KH7X on 80 meters. See ya in the next one.
 
N1MGO   SOAB HP   184,6672002-09-30 21:54:15
Very limited time to operate, had prior commitments that had to be done!
Best conditions I have seen for rtty contests.

Writelog/mmtty worked great, need better antennas.
 
WB8K   SOAB LP   1,397,5342002-09-30 22:05:38
Modest conditions at the start, 10/20 meters were poor but 15,40 and even 80
worked well. Sunday morning the bands began to even out with 10 & 20 meters
coming back a bit. Noticed the W/VE count was down from last year but DX was up.
Signals over the pole were mostly watery - the RITTY front end with Writelog
really shined here. Was using a PK-232 as second decoder with the audio split
off the MP and RITTY was the hands down winner.
For me & my limited station this year was quite an improvement. More than
doubled last years score and I felt at least a bit more competitive, even
without the benefit of the 'east coast advantage'. It was a thrill to be able to
run stations and actually hold a frequency for a few short periods with low
power: some real gentelmen/ladies in this contest.

Will be back again next year.

Same setup as last year:

Writelog/RITTY
FT-1000MP (80 watts)
Cush Craft A3S @ 50'
40 vertical wire loop (top at 45')
80 Meters - Shunt fed 50' tower
The 160/80/40 listening wire is down on the ground thanks to the fallen trees.

73 & thanks for the qso's

Denny WB8K
 
DK2GZ   SOSB/20 LP   63,5802002-09-30 22:22:22
TS570D, 400Hz Inrad-Filter, Butternut HF9V on the balcony
Because of other dutys during the weekend only a spare time
entry, had fun anyway, cuagn in CQWW CW
 
N7ON   SOAB LP   129,0482002-09-30 22:30:20
Fantastic conditions and great ops. I'm a stealth operator, but there was
plenty of fun to be had with low power and hidden wire antennas.

Entered the contest hoping to increase my RTTY DXCC totals and to pass Nevada
out to as many stations as possible. Success on both counts.

73,

John
 
K4RO   SOAB HP   586,3202002-09-30 22:35:09
About 14 hours total operation, during a VERY busy weekend.
My first try at this contest. Seemed like outstanding activity.
Conditions also seemed great. I'm glad this sunspot cycle decided
to give me another chance with the double peak. Except for
CQWW CW Day 1, there have been some VY FB conditins this year.
RTTY contesting is more fun each time I do it. I still have
a LOT to learn. Thanks for your patience and your QSOs!
CU next RTY contest...

73,

-Kirk K4RO
 
9A5E   SOSB/10 HP   481,2792002-10-01 00:09:45
Get back to rtty after 15 years break. Remember first rtty with ZX spectrum and
hand TX/RX switch.
I plan to do SOAB but after first half hour and problem with radio A I give up
and decide to move to single 10M. Much easy but less station in log.
Almost same number of contacts on both days (540 / 500 with double)
 
VE7ASK   SOAB LP   268,5202002-10-01 00:20:55
Absolutely the best radio weekend ever! (OK, in a long time). I planned for this
one for weeks -- even got the wire antennas up to a decent height at the
"contest" QTH, and what a difference 60 to 70 feet in the Ponderosa pines makes
compared to the 30 feet I can get at home.

I managed over 100 more contacts in this one than my total for ANARTS, SARTG and
SAC combined. All hail high wires! (Alas, I can't use 'em for every contest).

Excuse the long post, but there was a lot to note over this weekend. If you're
not up to reading a novel, the highlights are:

-- Wow!
-- Wall to wall signals 40-10. And 80 was no slouch.
-- The station's still no hell.
-- Me and the gear are getting better every time out
(and that's what matters, right?)
-- RF makes funny noises in a undersized tuner.
-- Too much sleep, not enough awakeness.
-- Check your station clock (i.e. computer). If you
find it is, let's say, 12 minutes fast, correct it early.
-- Points/QSOs on 80/40 were amazingly equal.
-- Points on 20/15/10 were amazingly equal.


Setting Up:
===========
Preparation started Thursday night -- early to bed, gear packed in the truck. I
left work an hour early Friday afternoon to drive straight to the weekend site
(my parents' country farm, with great big pines). Arrived at 23:30z (4:30 p.m.)
and immediately ripped down the experimental Lazy-H antenna to throw the
supports an extra 20 feet into the treetops.

The slingshot worked just fine, but the rod and reel I was using didn't. Two
hours after the contest start, I had the Lazy-H at about 70 feet -- wires
running about east-west with a great shot to the south and north over the pole.
I would have taken another 30 minutes to string up the ready-to-go G5RV, but it
was dark and I was already behind. I would regret that decision later.

I spent a frenzied hour unloading the truck (radio, cables, tuner, software,
keyer (just in case), PS, etc.), installing software in the "guest" computer
(Celeron 500) and getting the first QSO under my belt: KL7AC, Andre up in North
Pole, Alaska. Not DX from BC, but at least the Lazy-H was working on 15M.

First Night Blues:
==================
The high bands were falling away by 10:30 p.m. local, so I moved to 40M just
before 11 p.m. to work Don, AA5AU, and stayed there. The Lazy-H is a great
antenna, but really needs a hefty tuner. All I had on hand was a Heathkit
low-power unit that tried its best but just couldn't cut it with more than 30
watts. RF was buzzing and snapping when I pushed things too far, so low power it
was for the night. With just 50 QSOs logged, I decided to sleep a while and get
the doublet into the trees at first light.

Should have set the alarm. Woke up at 7:30 a.m. Too long away from the rig.
Spent a long hour with the slingshot to put up the G5RV -- managed to get it 60
feet at one end, nearly 90 feet at the other (flat top, over sloping ground)
running from SE to NW. Somehow, on receive it was an improvement over the
Lazy-H, and the FT920 liked it much better on all bands. With adequate height,
the antenna actually has direction (at home, 30ft means it's pretty much
omnidirectional). Unfortunately, while the antenna generally aimed a signal at
Europe it also made Stateside QSOs harder off the ends. I will put up a second
one next time, aimed at the Midwest and Eastern seaboard beyond.

It is a very modest antenna setup, but at times that high hank of wire allowed
me to work everything I heard -- from the Canary Islands to Uruguay. It's the
first time I have experienced that in 20 years, and it was great!

The Rest of the Way:
====================
Despite having a fun run all day Saturday, the quiet bands lulled me to sleep at
1:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Lesson not yet learned, once again I slept way too
long, waking up at 8 a.m. swearing at the alarm clock I didn't set.

I didn't pay a lot of attention to the running totals, but was surprised to see
my 80/40 QSO count ended up almost identical (46 Qs each, with 22 State/Provs
each). My 20/15/10 count was almost identical, too (101, 101 and 103). Goes to
show how steady the bands were.

Some time Sunday morning I paused: the QSO count was at 319. Equal to my
best-ever contest -- a CQWW CW test years ago. Like the guy in Lord of the
Rings, I reminded myself that if I took another step I would be the farthest I
had ever been. Then I kept going.

The End-Game:
=============
Seeing the computer clock ticking down to 23:50z on Sunday, I felt that
now-familiar panic -- only 10 minutes to go.... And I was at 389 Qs. Could I
break 400? I sure tried, but by 23:59z I was only at 392.

At 00:00z, I expected 20M to go totally silent. It didn't. Minutes after we
should all bave been sitting back wishing we could do it all again, stations
were still running strong.

I ran upstairs and checked the clock on the stove. Should have said "5:03 p.m."
but it said "4:51 p.m." The computer's clock was 12 minutes fast! It ran back to
the radio, but the frenzy on 20M was so hot I didn't know who to work. Everyone
seemed to be in mid-QSO. No time to listen, just tune to the next. Who's calling
CQ? K9JY for #395. MW2I in Wales gave me 396. Then, in a dazed flash, I realized
I was going to have to MANUALLY subtract 12 minutes from every QSO time. I
recovered with moments to spare -- working LR0N in the final minute for #397. I
was trying to get VE7SW for a new mult when the real zero-hour arrived, and 20M
fell silent at last.

Later, I ended up exporting my log as text and using Excel to do the time
recalculations and formatting to cabrillo.

Summing Up:
===========
Every band was wide open, and plenty of semi-rare stations and great ops made it
a pleasure to be on the air. Thanks to all for the QSOs. I know most stations
worked more QSOs and got higher scores, but I am pretty sure no one had more fun
in this one than I did. If anyone enjoyed it more, I hope it was you.

Surprises: HC8N on all bands, no VKs, 1 ZL, few JAs. Worked lots of new DX
including JY9NX, EA6BH, Z37M, CX4SS, EC8AUZ and so many more.

See you in the PSK Rumble, California QSO Party, NA Sprint, WAE RTTY, JARTS
RTTY, November Sweeps, CQWW CW.... Oh, what a great time of year!

-- Bud, VE7ASK
 
DL6LAU   SOAB(A) LP   114,4502002-10-01 00:24:03
RIG: FT1000MP V @ 120W
Lambda/4 cut for 40m (matched with the inbuild tuner)
MMTTY Software

... my first RTTY experience but real fun! Was nice to work 9M6, HC8,
ZL2, HC, FR, HP, VK6, KP2, PJ2, XE, KH0, HS0 and KH6 (beside many
others) with this antenna ...
 
EA5DFV   SOAB HP   1,259,2112002-10-01 01:12:18
Nice conditions. The MMTTY pluggin with the Writelog perform very well for me.
I hope some year I will spend all the time on this contest, but this one
I have a lot of family "work".
Many thanks for all people that call me.
Best 73 de Jose
 
S5ØA   SOSB/40 HP   259,0042002-10-01 03:27:33
A lot of pushing F1 for this amount of qsos. Mult number low due to inactivity -
no Africa. JE4VVM was heard at 1230 UTC (mid day).
Single band operation due to unavailability of all antennas because the house is
in reconstruction.

Tine Brajnik S50A
 
ND5S   SOAB(A) HP   2,004,4532002-10-01 20:36:51
Great contest. Used WriteLog for the very first time. Very impressed with the
software. Used in combination with my PK232 (FSK) and my new Icom756ProII which
turns out to be a pretty nifty RTTY rig. Had one hour with a rate of 90, a
personal best. Thanks to all who worked me.

Equipment: WriteLog V 10.35f
AEA PK232
ICOM 756ProII
Alpha 87A
10/15/20 Lightning Bolt 2 element quad up 15 meters
40 Rotatable dipole up 20 meters
80 Titanex vertical 20 meters tall

Ron ND5S
 
VE6YR   SOAB HP   1,112,0342002-10-01 20:38:09
This was my best contest effort ever. Thank you to the propagation gods, the
sponsors and volunteers and to everyone who contacted me or tried to contact me.
It was great to work the Big Guns on five bands, like HC8N and AA5AU, but if was
the JA's, the D's, G's and W's that boosted my number of QSO's. It was old
friends and new who gave me the multipliers, like GU0SUP Phil, ZS6ANZ, VU2WAP,
the VK's, the ZL's, and so many other stations, several that I worked for the
first time. I hope I gave you a multiplier and helped increase your score. It
was fun.

73 de Bob VE6YR
 
K7ZUM   M/S HP   1,430,6002002-10-01 21:24:58
What a fun contest this was !! still chuckling to myself at the site of
watching our Russian guest operator (AC7LX) munching on Pizza and drinking
beer with one hand, running q's with the other hand, and in between bites of
pizza and beer.... B.S.'ing !! what a way to contest ! it just don't get no
better than this !!

73.... Ken..... K7ZUM
 
OK2ZC   SOSB/80 HP   34,1602002-10-01 23:29:42
TS-50 + PA 100W-700W
dipole 2x20m
MTTY

Nice contest but litte acitivity here from W/VE.
Next year SOAB HP, see you !
 
9A7P   M/S LP   1,917,1862002-10-02 01:43:22
TS440S(100W), 2L Quad+Dipoles
WF1B v5.02 + ritty
We scored way better then we expected, only 300k behind actual M/S LP EU record.
We sure needed the mult station.
Lot of space for improvements in next years.
 
W2FU   M/S HP   4,046,6802002-10-02 05:13:58
First time on rtty from this station with new rtty contest team.
 
W1AW(WS7I)   SOSB/15 HP   449,0652002-10-02 05:32:28
First contest experience from the East Coast. Planning on moving soon! Very
special to be at W1AW.
 
WA1Z   M/S LP   857,1412002-10-02 07:07:18
First time trying Multi-Single for an all band contest. First time doing a
contest with my Dad in 5 years!!! Had a blast!!!
 
6F1LM(XE1YJS)   SOAB LP   306,8802002-10-02 09:29:26
6F1LM IS AN SPECIAL CALL, OF THE FEDERACION MEXICANA DE RADIO EXPERIMENTADORES,
A.C. 70th. ANIVERSARY.

WAS OPERATED IN THE CQ/RJ WW RTTY Contest BY JOAQUIN SOLANA "XE1YJS" IN MEXICO
CITY , (EK09JK)
http://www.fmre.org.mx
 
P43W   SOSB/20 HP   307,3502002-10-02 10:31:33
Rig: TS870S
Amp: Ameritron AL-811H
Ant: Dipole


After only getting equipment to work on thursday prior to contest and not having
done any rtty prior to this contest, am satisfied with results.
73 and good luck to all in next contest de Randy Geerman, P43W.
 
DL4RCK   SOAB LP   579,9502002-10-02 11:03:42
Thanks to all who worked me.

73 de Walter, DL4RCK
 
KL7AC   SOAB LP   619,5522002-10-02 18:45:41
Had a wonderful time in THE RTTY test this year. I have never seen as many
signals occupying the spectrum as I did this year. 15M was absolutely smashing
and signals where heard from just about everywhere. Having VU2WAP call me was a
big surprise. 10M was a bit disappointing from up North as never did hear any
EU's and the East Coast as well as the Mid-West were not as strong as hoped.
Still was a blast.

Rig here is an IC-756PRO at 90W, Th-11DX at 70 feet and a dipole at 80 feet for
40M.

73,
Andre Clay KL7AC
 
K8OSF   SOSB/10 LP   5,6762002-10-02 19:52:37
First time for Single band on 10M. Only had time for about 3 hours ops. Thanks
to all ops that came back to my call. Jim
 
T93Y   SOAB LP   381,2252002-10-03 02:43:56
Equipment: KENWOOD TS-690SAT + KENWOOD DSP-100
Antenna : Cushcraft R-6000 @80m
Logging : P-III@850 + Writelog v10.35f

73's Boris T93Y
 
6J1YYD(XE1YYD)   SOAB LP   421,1202002-10-03 07:10:05
SPECIAL PREFIX FOR 70 YEARS ANIVERSARY OF LMRE/FMRE
CALLSIGN XE1YYD
SPECIAL 6J1YYD
NAME MIGUEL ANGEL VALDIVIEZO MIJANGOS
MEMBER OF MEXICO DIGITAL GROUP

QSL CARD VIA EA5KB PEPE ARDID
 
LN1HQ(LA6FJA)   SOAB HP   1,309,7622002-10-03 08:04:09
Station Description: TS850S AL80B 1KW, AMD K7-1,4 GHZ + RASCAL soundcard
interface KW13RY-R
Antenna(s): KLM KT34XA up 27m 10-15-20 6el YAGI + Battle Creek 80-40 Home made
27m high.

Operators: LA6FJA, Rag/Stein Roar Brobakken


To be the first who may operated with LN Prefix into CQ WW from Norway. :)
And all the good openings and long endless Pile-up for LN1HQ :)

And that I'm during the night knocked my head into the radio :)

And I thought that something big disaster happen while I work the contest, a
fighter plane came in full speed over my tower, maybe they got a hot Yagi on
their radar, who knows hi hi
 
GW7X(GW3LEW)   SOSB/15 HP   215,7962002-10-03 10:10:49
First operation of GW7X on RTTY
 
W3MEL   SOAB LP   506,5202002-10-03 12:43:42
Great Contest Once Again!! Started slow and finished red hot!! Thanks for
running this outstanding contest again. Always look forward to it.
Best 73,

W3MEL
 
NØNI   M/S HP   2,460,0002002-10-03 16:25:07
We are learning. More to come.
 
KU1CW   SOAB(A) HP   1,842,1262002-10-03 19:55:48
Just started RTTY a few month ago. Second RTTY contest for me. Lost a couple of
hours of the contest trying to get SO2R running at last minute-too much stuff to
do, did not succed this time-will try later. Looks like a slim chance to get it
done-my antennas only 30ft apart on the same tower. Rules still the same :
everything should be ready to go 2 weeks before contest... but it never happend
to me(Hi-Hi).
Very little to none of DX cluster use- WL was locking up cluster with MMTTY
window open. Same problem anyone?
Thank you everybody for the contacts see you in the next RTTY(or CW) contest.

73! Alex KU1CW ex EU1CW.
 
SV1XV   SOAB(A) LP   74,2852002-10-05 12:59:06
Excellent conditions to the west of North America continent
during Saturday, especially on 14 and 21 MHz. Glad to see
28 MHz open again. QSOs with AH0B and Japan very easy on 21 MHz.

This was a limited operation, hunting for DX and unusual stations.
Thanks to JA2VUP for AH0B - a new one in any mode and KJ7TH for
Idaho (new state). Unfortunately I missed Alaska and Zone 1 again.
I was also glad to meet some BARTG members as well.

Power: 100 W
Antennas: Verical (40/20/15/10) & dipole (80m)
Software: Writelog 10.34.

73 Costas SV1XV
 
MØTTT(@MØTTT/P)   SOSB/10 HP   416,8322002-10-05 14:01:56
First big effort in a RTTY contest.

73 DE M0TTT
 
IV3TMV   M/2 HP   3,215,6932002-10-06 03:54:17
nice condition propagation .
nice opportunity operation on 2 station first test rtty in M/2
setup
first station

ts 850 modem THB prg. WF1B filter Dunestar
105 hy-gain
155 hy-gain
205 hy-gain
delta loop 40 mt
dipole 80 mt

second station

ts 850 modem THB prg. WF1B filter Dunestar
kt34xa
delta loop 40 mt
dipole 80 mt
 
P43P   SOAB LP   5,015,0122002-10-06 16:31:56
2002
CQ World-Wide RTTY DX Contest

CALL: P43P
QSL INFO: I2MQP

.
QSOs Points Zones DX States
80m: 36 103 9 9 21
40m: 280 831 19 50 44
20m: 565 1686 23 68 49
15m: 893 2650 32 80 50
10m: 1019 3033 24 75 51
Total: 2793 8303 107 282 215
total mults: 604
total points: 5015012

Station Description:
Radio 1: Yaesu FT1000MP with PK232
Radio 2: Kenwood 570S with PK232
Writelog
WX0B Stackmatch on each Radio
2 Top Ten Band decoders controlling the WX0B 6x2

Antenna(s):
Force 12 Magnum 510/510 @75ft
Force 12 Magnum 520/340 @60ft
Force 12 C4XL @ 30ft (sidemounted pointing stateside)
Force 12 c3++ @ 18 ft (sidemounted)
Inverted V for 80


Some quick stats:
at 0048: 4 q's per minute (240/hr)
at 1253: 31 q's per minute (186/hr)
at 1806: 144 per hour (Best Hour)
Total q's: 2901 Average 60/hour


Soapbox:
Did mostly only station preparation on the computer in the shack before this
contest.

Since I don't like working contests with continuous clicking of the mouse and I
am a handson (=don't lift your hands from the keyboard) type, I was still
debating if I would use WF1B or Writelog for the 2002 CQ RJ RTTY contest.
I always liked the simple WF1B interface, the lack of lost windows real estate
on the screen and how the WF1B callsign detection always had worked better that
the Writelog call detection algorithm.

Anyways, with mixed feelings, I decided to give writelog another try.

My aim was to get everything for the upcoming SO2R RTTY operation to work on
1 computer. This meant that the radio's had to be computer controlled
for the frequency (RS232 COM1 & 2), the PK232 TNC's each needed a COM port
(3&4)
and the writelog needed additional comports to send PSK while receiving
with WINRTTY AND everything had to be working withut crashing (a dificult task

to accompish in WINDOWS)

Thanks to Don's (AA5AU) very informative site, it was pretty straightforward
to
setup the 2 radios and additional listening windows for writelogs WINRTTY. So
final setup was a networked computer backing up all the logs and showing the
rates, scores and some other windows.

The main computer screen was connected to the radios and had the 4 rtty decoding
screens, the actual log entry window, as well as some additional windows. Not
having done two radios with RTTY before, it took me a little getting used to
this idea. Sure was fun though and pretty soon I got a hang of things and was
able to get my rates up pretty high, even though I was running low power.

I did find some quircks with the Writelog program and hope that these will be
solved by the next rtty contest. Besides these minor hiccups, Writelog worked
without a hitch.

Conditions were fantastic and even though my W/Ve multipliers could have been
better, overall the results were inline with what I had expected for my SO2R LP.
Rates at certain times were quite a bit higher than possible while running
single radio.
Even though we did get some tropical depressions pass through the area, we
expected a lot more rain than what we finally got. My qth ended up with about
4/10" of rain, just enough to wash down the salt from all the light poles in the
neigbourhood and definitelly cut down on local powerline interference.

I wish I could have operated more hours, but I did have to work on Friday and
was not able to rest the way I wanted before the contest. This did take a toll
on the amount of hours I could go non-stop for this test and lost some prime
time on 20, 40 and 80m operation. I ended up being able to work about 40 out of
the 48 hours. With an extra 6 to 8 hours of on the air time, it would have been
interesting to see what the results would have been.

There were quite some surprise openings to JA and even saw a few JA's being
worked on 40m, but even though I seached for the JA station on 40, I never saw
him again. Like they say in Dutch "Jammer"...
Nice to see 10m open up till late towards EU. Also saw the big difference
running the PK232's on both the 1000MP compared to the Kenwood 570S. Even though
the 570 had all the cw filters and was in PSK mode, the filters in the 1000M
were much more tolerant of nearby QRM. Will eventually try to find out how many
q's I had on the Kenwood vs the MP1000.


Lots of familiar callsigns during the test and it was nice to be active again
for the CQWW RTTY test after having missed last years contest.

At a certain moment, while operating at an exact multiple frequency between 40m
and 20m, it was quite interesting to see my 40m cq's (7048.25) appear in the
20m (14096.51) window. I innitially though someone was playing a joke or
something, but soon realized if I moved only one Hz up or down, the problem
disapeared. Hmmmm...

I'll trow in some more stats for those of you that lime to look at numbers. I
always like to put up these numbers on the web, like that I'll have an easy
reference to how conditions were that year and it is nice being able to compare
with other stations.

Would also have liked to provide some additional analysis on the log but
Cabrillo stats program would not read the Writelog cabrillo output file. Soo
much for standards....

Special thanks to Mario I2MQP for doing an excellent job as my QSL manager.
Of course thanks to all of you for the q's, especially those that changed bands
upon request and to the organizers for hosting the CQ/RJ WW RTTY contest.
See you on the air for the CQWW SSB test as P40B or next year at Dayton 2003.

Now some info for those of you who like to look at numbers:

80m Summary
Zones
3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 31

Countries
HC8 HP K KH6 P4 PY VE XE YV

States/Provinces
CT MA NH RI NY PA KY NC TN VA LA TX
CA ID UT IN CO IA MO NB ON

40m Summary
Zones
1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16 17
20 22 31 32

Countries
4X 8P 9A DL EA EA6 ER EU F G
GI GM GW HA HC8 HK HP I IT9 K
KH6 KL LA LU LY OK OM ON P4 PA
PY S5 SP SV9 TA1 UA UA2 UA9 UN UR
VE VU XE YL YO YU YV Z3 ZC4 ZL

States/Provinces
CT MA ME NH RI NJ NY MD PA AL FL KY
NC SC TN VA AR LA OK TX CA AZ ID OR
UT WA WY MI OH WV IL IN CO IA MN MO
NE ND NB NS PQ ON SK BC

20m Summary
Zones
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 22 25 26 31 40

Countries
4X 5B 8P 9A 9H CP CT DL EA ER
ES EU F FM G GI GM GU GW HA
HB HK HP HS I IT9 JA JX JY K
KH6 KP2 LA LU LY LZ OE OH OK OM
ON P4 PA PY S5 SM SP SV SV9 T9
TF TI TK UA UA2 UA9 UN UR VE VP5
VU XE YL YO YU YV Z3 ZL

States/Provinces
CT MA ME NH RI NJ NY DE MD PA AL FL
GA KY NC SC TN VA AR LA MS NM OK TX
CA AZ ID OR UT WA WY MI OH WV IL IN
WI CO IA KS MN MO NE NS PQ LAB ON AB
BC

15m Summary
Zones
1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 22 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 35 36
38 40

Countries
4X 5B 5N 8P 9A 9H 9M6 CT CX DL
EA EA6 EA9 EI ER ES EU F FO G
GI GM GU GW HA HB HC8 HK HP HS
I IT9 JA K KH0 KH6 KL LA LU LX
LY LZ OE OH OK OM ON OZ P4 PA
PY PZ S5 SM SP SV SV5 SV9 T9 TF
TK UA UA2 UA9 UK UN UR VE VK XE
YB YL YO YU YV Z3 ZC4 ZD7 ZL ZS

States/Provinces
CT MA ME NH RI VT NJ NY DE MD PA AL
FL GA KY NC SC TN VA AR LA MS NM OK
TX CA AZ NV OR UT WA WY MI OH WV IL
IN WI CO IA KS MN MO NE NB NS PQ ON
AB BC

10m Summary
Zones
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16
17 20 25 27 29 31 32 33 40

Countries
4X 5B 8P 9A 9H CT CX DL EA EA6
EA9 EI ER ES EU F G GI GM GU
GW HA HB HC HC8 HP I IT9 JA K
KH0 KH6 KL KP2 LA LU LX LY LZ OE
OH OH0 OK OM ON OZ P4 PA PJ2 PY
S5 SM SP SV SV5 SV9 T9 TA1 TF TK
UA UA2 UA9 UN UR VE VK XE YL YO
YU YV Z3 ZC4 ZL

States/Provinces
CT MA NH RI VT NJ NY DE MD PA AL FL
GA KY NC SC TN VA LA MS NM OK TX CA
AZ MT NV OR UT WA WY MI OH WV IL IN
WI CO IA KS MN MO NE NB NS PQ ON MB
SK AB BC

----
QSO/Zn+Dx+St by hour and band

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

D1-0000Z --+-- --+-- 66/47 13/20 --+-- 79/67 79/67
D1-0100Z - - 42/15 11/9 2/3 55/27 134/94
D1-0200Z - 28/25 57/15 7/3 - 92/43 226/137
D1-0300Z - 40/23 23/6 - - 63/29 289/166
D1-0400Z - 39/10 29/7 - - 68/17 357/183
D1-0500Z 5/8 28/11 57/9 - - 90/28 447/211
D1-0600Z 1/2 24/11 36/7 4/4 - 65/24 512/235
D1-0700Z 4/5 14/5 7/0 - - 25/10 537/245 21
D1-0800Z --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- 0/0 537/245 60
D1-0900Z - - - - - 0/0 537/245 60
D1-1000Z 4/4 17/6 4/1 8/5 - 33/16 570/261 2
D1-1100Z - - 20/5 37/14 25/15 82/34 652/295
D1-1200Z - - - 57/19 72/28 129/47 781/342
D1-1300Z - - - 45/12 63/15 108/27 889/369
D1-1400Z - - - 24/9 71/12 95/21 984/390
D1-1500Z - - - 22/2 49/7 71/9 1055/399
D1-1600Z --+-- --+-- --+-- 44/9 47/4 91/13 1146/412
D1-1700Z - - - 49/5 80/14 129/19 1275/431
D1-1800Z - - - 45/9 67/11 112/20 1387/451
D1-1900Z 1/1 1/1 - 57/6 43/4 102/12 1489/463
D1-2000Z - - 1/0 54/1 25/3 80/4 1569/467
D1-2100Z - - - 58/5 41/5 99/10 1668/477
D1-2200Z - 2/0 4/1 43/2 25/0 74/3 1742/480
D1-2300Z - 21/7 54/3 12/1 - 87/11 1829/491
D2-0000Z --+-- --+-- 17/4 63/10 --+-- 80/14 1909/505
D2-0100Z - 1/0 3/0 30/1 - 34/1 1943/506
D2-0200Z - 8/2 24/4 6/3 - 38/9 1981/515
D2-0300Z - 12/2 17/2 - - 29/4 2010/519 27
D2-0400Z - - - - - 0/0 2010/519 60
D2-0500Z - - - - - 0/0 2010/519 60
D2-0600Z - - - - - 0/0 2010/519 60
D2-0700Z - - - - - 0/0 2010/519 60
D2-0800Z 11/12 15/3 --+-- --+-- --+-- 26/15 2036/534 6
D2-0900Z 4/2 5/1 - - - 9/3 2045/537 36
D2-1000Z 4/2 9/1 - - 4/1 17/4 2062/541 20
D2-1100Z 1/1 6/0 1/1 1/1 49/5 58/8 2120/549
D2-1200Z - - 11/1 - 34/2 45/3 2165/552
D2-1300Z - - - 19/3 49/0 68/3 2233/555
D2-1400Z - - - 15/1 26/3 41/4 2274/559
D2-1500Z - - - 22/0 16/1 38/1 2312/560
D2-1600Z --+-- 1/2 1/1 7/2 40/2 49/7 2361/567
D2-1700Z - - - 15/0 37/3 52/3 2413/570
D2-1800Z - - 1/0 12/3 38/5 51/8 2464/578
D2-1900Z - - - 34/2 35/3 69/5 2533/583
D2-2000Z - - - 42/0 39/2 81/2 2614/585
D2-2100Z - 1/1 42/3 13/0 3/0 59/4 2673/589
D2-2200Z - - 34/6 24/1 - 58/7 2731/596
D2-2300Z 1/2 8/2 14/2 - 39/2 62/8 2793/604

Total: 36/39 280/113 565/140 893/1621019/150
-----
Breakdown by Continent:
80M 40M 20M 15M 10M Total %

AS 0 8 45 61 67 181 6.5
EU 0 106 295 455 538 1394 49.9
NA 31 153 214 331 383 1112 39.8
SA 4 8 8 27 23 70 2.5
AF 0 0 0 4 1 5 0.2
OC 1 5 3 15 7 31 1.1
 
J49XB(DJ9XB)   SOAB LP   959,5142002-10-07 09:32:54
Strong tempest for 2 hours: the appartment 2 cm water on the floor, groundplane
40-10m down... after that always thunderstroms till second morning !
In this sonny Crete !!!!!!
 
OM5M(@OM3KFF)   M/S HP   4,456,2212002-10-07 23:50:59
Station Description: FT1000MP x2, TS850
Antenna(s): 10m 6el OWA, 15m 6el. OWA, 20m 5el Yagi, 40m 2el HB9CV, 80m dipole
Operators: OM3RG, OM2RA, OM2KW, OM4DW
Comments: Excelent conditions on high bands.


80m Summary
Zones
4 5 7 10 14 15 16 17 18 20 25 33

Countries
5B 9A DL EA EA9 ER ES EU F G
GU GW HA HB HC8 HP I IT9 K LA
LX LY LZ OH OK OM ON S5 SM SP
SV SV9 T7 T9 TK UA UA2 UA9 UN UR
YL YO YU Z3 ZC4

States/Provinces
RI(KI1G) NJ(W2YC) NY(W2FU) PA(W2UP) VA(K4GMH) FL(N4CC) LA(KI5XP)


40m Summary
Zones
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 25 28 29 32

Countries
4X 5B 9A CT DL EA EA6 ER ES EU
F G GM GU GW HA HB HC8 HP I
IT9 JA JY K LA LU LX LY LZ OA
OE OH OH0 OK OM ON OZ P4 PA PY
S5 SM SP SV SV9 T7 T9 TA1 TK UA
UA2 UA9 UN UR VE VK VP5 XE YB YL
YO YU YV Z3 ZC4 ZL

States/Provinces
CT MA ME NH RI NJ NY MD PA FL GA KY
NC TN VA AR LA MS NM OK TX CA AZ MT
OR WA MI OH WV IL IN WI CO IA MN MO
NE SD NB NS PQ ON AB

20m Summary
Zones
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
40

Countries
4J 4X 5B 9A 9H 9M6 BV CM CT CU
DL DU EA EA9 ER ES EU F FO G
GI GM GU GW HA HB HC8 HK HL HP
HS I IT9 JA JY K KH0 KH6 KL KP2
LA LU LX LY LZ OE OH OK OM ON
P4 PA PY S5 SM SP SV SV9 T7 T9
TA TA1 TF TK UA UA2 UA9 UN UR VE
VK VP5 XE YB YL YO YU YV Z3 ZC4
ZL

States/Provinces
CT MA ME NH RI NJ NY MD PA AL FL GA
KY NC SC TN VA AR LA MS NM OK TX CA
AZ ID MT NV OR UT WA WY MI OH WV IL
IN WI CO IA KS MN MO NE SD NB NS PQ
LAB ON MB SK AB BC

15m Summary
Zones
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 30 31 32 33
35 38 39 40

Countries
4J 4X 5B 5N 8P 9A 9H 9M2 9M6 CT
CX DL EA EA6 EA8 EA9 EI ER ES EU
EX F FK FR G GD GI GM GW HA
HB HC8 HL HP HS I IT9 JA JW JY
K KH0 KH6 KL KP2 KP4 LA LU LY LZ
OA OE OH OK OM ON OY P4 PA PY
S5 SM SP SV SV5 SV9 T7 T9 TA TF
TK UA UA2 UA9 UN UR VE VK VP5 VR
VU XE YB YL YO YU YV Z3 ZC4 ZL
ZS

States/Provinces
CT MA ME NH RI VT NJ NY MD PA AL FL
GA KY NC SC TN VA AR LA MS NM OK TX
CA AZ ID MT NV OR UT WA WY MI OH WV
IL IN WI CO IA KS MN MO NB NS PQ LAB
ON MB SK AB BC

10m Summary
Zones
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16
17 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 30 31 32 33 36
38 39 40

Countries
4J 4X 5B 8P 9A 9M2 9M6 A3 BV CN
CP CT CX DL EA EA9 EI ER ES EU
F FM FR G GM GW HA HB HC HC8
HL HP HS HZ I IS IT9 JA K KH0
KH6 KP2 LA LU LX LY LZ OE OH OK
OM ON P4 PA PJ2 PY S5 SM SP SV
T7 T9 TA TF TK TR UA UA2 UA9 UK
UN UR VE VK VP5 VU XE YL YO YU
YV Z3 ZC4 ZS

States/Provinces
CT MA ME NH RI VT NJ NY MD PA AL FL
GA KY NC SC TN VA LA MS NM OK TX CA
AZ ID NV OR UT WA WY MI OH WV IL IN
WI CO IA KS MN MO NE ND SD NB NS PQ
ON MB AB
 
9A5W   SOSB/15 HP   668,0522002-10-09 04:30:26
I did during the first day more then 900 QSOs.The second day had worse
propagations from 9A.Anyway activity from year to year is better and better.
WF1B + K6STI worked again excellent.
 
N6OJ   SOAB LP   837,7262002-10-09 13:59:47
Hi All
Well I hope this is correct, the total is but not sure about the breakdown
Murphy was here The computers locked up and gave me some bogus frequencies
and I had to reboot several times.

On 10 meters I was going to run 10 on Sunday well I started and the SWR went out
of site I tried all but the best I could get was to S&P 2 contacts let er cool
and get another 2
Had a good time and will be back with some RF Filtering and a new balun on the
10 meter ant.


Chuck
N6OJ
 
G3URA   SOAB LP   100,2002002-10-10 03:39:03
Should have done much better allowing for the condx. Heard a lot of DX, and
failed to work a lot of DX.. Still, I had fun which is the main thing, and that
is why I contest!

Biggest problem was with the laptop which lost time - not just a minute or two,
but two whole years! Between QSO's the logged year dropped back to 2000 so I
ended the contest two years before starting it!

Will have a bash in the JARTS, so may see some of you then.
73s.. Dick.. G3URA..
 
LW8EXF   M/S HP   795,8042002-10-10 06:36:41
Low Profile MS Effort.. we are rebuilding the station, but more time eating than
working contest neither working with antennas...
 
W4UK   SOAB HP   1,185,3752002-10-10 12:01:25
Wire dipoles only.
 
L44DX(LW1DTZ)   SOSB/15 LP   327,0602002-10-11 11:14:18
Software: RTTY by WF1B v5.02
Computer: P100 32 MB Sound Blaster 16

FT-890
Power Output: 100
TH-6

Club Participation: LUCG

QSL via LU4DRC

"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 Awards Committee."

Date 11/10/2002 Esteban Toribio - LW1DTZ
 
KI1G   M/2 HP   6,005,8802002-10-12 05:18:09
(2) FT-1000D (2)AL-1200 LK-780

80 meters - 1/4 sloper NE, 1/4 sloper W, N/S dipole @ 95'
40 meters - 40-2CD @ 103'
20 meters - 4/4 @ 110/55', 4 ele on 32' boom @ 62'
15 meters - 4/4 @ 77/43'
10 meters - 4 ele @ 45', 4 ele @ 60'

Beverages - 580' NE, 290' S, 290' W

Software: RTTY by WF1B v5.02

Multi-2 switching built around WX0B SIXPAK


What a contest !! Conditions were great and lots of dx activity. 200+ JA's on
RTTY from the east coast tells you something about band conditions.

Thanks to everyone who worked us, and a special thanks to those who moved from
band to band with us !


This is a good contest to smoke test the station before the
SSB and CW contests come along, and to work out any last bugs such as RFI,
bad relays, bad coax, inetrmod. We found a few minor things that will be
repaired prior to the SSB contest. Only let the smoke out of one amplifier !

This score beats the old North America M/2 record by about 3 Meg.

Congrats to N5KO, AD1C and K6AW on a super M/2 score from HC8N.

See you all on SSB in a few weeks.

73,
Rick KI1G
 
OE5FDM   SOAB(A) LP   79,2182002-10-13 10:33:29
It was a good contest for me with little groundplane and 100 watts.
I was surprised to hear some stations like AH0B,P43P,HC8N,KL7AC... and other
DX
so loud.
Special Thanks to AH0B,P43P(10/15m),HC8N(10/15/20),YV4A,HP1XVH(15/20m),KL7AC,
T77CD and KP2D for new DXCC on RTTY and TNX to many others for QSO.

See you in CQWW-SSB 2002! 73/gl de Daniel, OE5FDM
 
WØETC   SOAB HP   1,565,1932002-10-13 14:06:08
Not much I can say about this except it is the best I could do from the center
of the country with what I have.
 
HC8N   M/2 HP   10,956,8432002-10-13 22:27:08
Condx good, activity up (except for US.) ThanKS for the Q's.
 
OH2BP   SOAB HP   2,268,8902002-10-16 23:20:56
Summary sent today to the Contest Committee
 
LZ9R(@LZ3YY)   M/M LP   2,576,2882002-10-23 23:16:28
Actually,this was a M/2 LP operation,but WF1B software does not show
the TX id,so we must be reclassified as M/M.We had lot of fun,at our
first try as M/2.Condx was good,with lot of activity.
Station1:FT990,kam+,3el A3s yagi,CP6 trap vert.,40m half sloper
Station2:TS870,kam+,Various wires in field day style,10m vertical.

73 CU in WAEDC de Nasko (LZ3YY) for LZ9R crew.
 
PJ2EL   SOSB/10 HP   559,7052002-10-28 04:11:27
Initially I would not participate this year but beginning of september I
received a certificate for last year participation (first South American on 20m)
and I decided to participate in 2002. The week before contest I became ill, my
XYL(medical doctor) strongly suggested to not start because I needed to rest and
participation would make it even worse. I started and I admit that the
the first hours were horrible(fever, headache,etc) at a point that I was
thinking about stopping, but saturday afternoon I started feeling better
(adrenaline effect from contest?). Even if I was not fit I managed to give
multipliers from PJ2 to about 1200 stations on 10m. Thanks to all participants
and sorry to those who asked for a band change where I was in general not able
to do it.
 
ZW5B(DJ6QT)   SOAB HP   2,245,3082003-03-10 22:41:18
WAS A HONOR TO RECEIVE MY OLD BROTHER WALTER DJ6QT ON MY QTH

OMS PY5EG
 
PY4PW   SOSB/10 LP   9,5042003-03-10 22:41:18
All RST Exchange are 599/11.
Potency: 20W
TRX: Yaesu FT840
Antenna ground plane 5/8 of wave
Software MixW 2.06