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F6FYA   Single Op Assisted HP   440,1002013-01-27 03:12:45
Due to family obligations I had only few hours. The first thing was to have fun
and I had a lot with DX. The second was to test the antena's receiving system
to found the problem I have each time to the east. But no more step to found
it... I will try to change this bev's position. So see you next year, always
with pleasure. Best 73 to all and thanks for points.
 
FM5BH   Single Op HP   393,6002013-01-27 03:17:15
The second night I went to the bed at 2:30 pm but I never come back to the
radio.
I was too tired. Nevertheless I spent a good time as usual on this noisy band.
Condition was less good the second night.
 
N6KI(@W6HCD)   Single Op Assisted HP   61,1842013-01-27 03:23:50
Contest Logging Computer refused to let me get rig control so after 2 hours
of computer hell, went to the backup laptop. Had S9+5 noise both nites and
still struggled to pull many stations out of noise even with K3 Noise Reduction
and also tried using 6 ft RX Loop. Worked all states except elusive South
Dakota.
Worked 10 countries and best DX was Azores and Chile. No VK, ZLs or JAs for me
this year but quitting both nites at 3 to 4 AM sacrificed a bunch of Qs I am
sure.
Local area Noise was so bad, I tried both the K3 and IC-7800 and worked hard to
pull MANY stns out of noise

K3, IC-7800, ACOM 2000A, Full Size 160 mtr Inverted V dipole at 70 ft in tower

and 6 ft RX Loop

73, Dennis N6KI
 
A65BD   Single Op Assisted HP   302013-01-27 03:24:01
My SPE Expert 1K-FA lasted for just 2 QSOs then went phut. 160 dipole swr is
not that bad!

Hoping for better luck next year but at least I tripled my 160m country score!
 
OU2I(OZ1BII)   Single Op LP   73,7022013-01-27 03:35:03
Rig: Elecraft K3 at 80 Watt
Ant: 20 meter LongWire as Inverted-L

Great activity all the way up to 1900 KHz.
Nice to meet EY8MM, 4L5O and UP2L as the three greatest distances for me.

Meet you next year.
Best 73 de Henning /OU2I
 
KA3DRR(@W6SL)   Single Op HP   84,1342013-01-27 03:49:05
Personal best.

Missed CT, RI, VT, and DC.

ICOM IC-756PRO
Alpha 89
Full Size Loop, Vertically Polarized
N1MM Contest Logger
 
WØPAN   Single Op LP   5122013-01-27 03:50:52
It was a struggle with a G5RV Antenna for 10-40 tuned to 160 but pulled it off.
160 is a new band for me - this is the most contacts I have had on 160 since I
was licensed in 1953! Got to get some more wire strung around the fruit trees.
 
KØUK   Single Op Assisted HP   14,6882013-01-27 03:59:01
Noise, noise and more manmade noise from neighbors. Didnt call a single CQ. No
point. If your signal wasnt over S9+10 you didnt come thru the noise. Thanks
PTL bill K0UK
 
OZ1IKY   Single Op Assisted HP   421,0702013-01-27 04:09:26
My first contest where only working 160 meter. different but cool!
A great thanks to Jan OZ1ADL and Andrew OZ1XJ for letting me borrow the Super
Contest Station OZ5E for this brand new expirience.
 
AE4O   Single Op LP   18,6192013-01-27 04:42:38
Ten Tec Eagle @ 85w. Random wire. N1MM. S&P.
 
KS4L   Single Op LP   14,8352013-01-27 05:15:26
Elecraft K3/100 to 80m inverted vee. Thanks for the Q's!
 
KE3X   Single Op Assisted HP   24,4402013-01-27 05:23:28
Handed our a few hundred QSO's to make sure DC was well represented, along with
Pete, K2PS. Also spent some time at N4RV's this weekend - boy what a
difference between our two stations. Jack was running Europeans and the big
thrill for me was being called by G4BUE :-) 73,

Ken KE3X
 
KØZR   Single Op HP   242,7042013-01-27 05:25:03
Deveoped a heat/power related problem in inv-L antenna during contest which is
still unresolved. Will troubleshoot before ARRL DX in February.

Experienced the most outstanding conditions on 160m I have ever witnessed. EU
stations coming in at S-9 and greater was the norm.

Great contest overall even with the technial issue.
 
AA1K   Single Op HP   808,0632013-01-27 05:28:57
Great openings both nights to Europe. Worked 493 ten-pointers, our best ever in
this contest. But no DX from Pacific area other than KH6.

New Broadside/Endfire vertical array working nicely. Details at www.aa1k.us.



Date Hour Total 1_8 Running Total
2013-01-25 22 110 110 110
2013-01-25 23 90 90 200
2013-01-26 0 86 86 286
2013-01-26 1 84 84 370
2013-01-26 2 85 85 455
2013-01-26 3 60 60 515
2013-01-26 4 95 95 610
2013-01-26 5 95 95 705
2013-01-26 6 70 70 775
2013-01-26 7 68 68 843
2013-01-26 8 45 45 888
2013-01-26 9 27 27 915
2013-01-26 10 38 38 953
2013-01-26 11 27 27 980
2013-01-26 12 35 35 1015
2013-01-26 13 4 4 1019
2013-01-26 21 8 8 1027
2013-01-26 22 13 13 1040
2013-01-26 23 45 45 1085
2013-01-27 0 25 25 1110
2013-01-27 1 28 28 1138
2013-01-27 2 34 34 1172
2013-01-27 3 51 51 1223
2013-01-27 4 49 49 1272
2013-01-27 5 71 71 1343
2013-01-27 6 38 38 1381
2013-01-27 7 31 31 1412
2013-01-27 8 17 17 1429
2013-01-27 9 15 15 1444
2013-01-27 10 19 19 1463
2013-01-27 11 19 19 1482
2013-01-27 12 21 21 1503
Total All Hours 1503 1503 0

Zones:
Zn Total 1
3 86 86
4 405 405
5 508 508
6 3 3
8 8 8
9 5 5
10 1 1
12 1 1
14 218 218
15 188 188
16 60 60
20 15 15
31 4 4
33 1 1
Total 1503 1503
 
N3QE   Single Op Assisted HP   338,3122013-01-27 05:36:15
Wow, the openings both nights to EU were wonderful. Those 10 pointers really
start racking up the score. Did not find the holy grail of Alaska for WAS, and
notably SK and BC were missing among the mults too (and I had gotten them
easily last year and in other 160 contests earlier this year).

Lots of station improvements since the last year. Lots and lots of copper on
the ground for radials. AL-811H amp. K9AY loop. More than doubled Q's, and
amazingly I got SIX TIMES the score.

Did it assisted using reversebeacon spots, worked wonderfully. Did a fair
amount of running too (seemed much harder to find a run frequency second
night!). First night I did most of the EU by S&P, second night had a lot more
running while open to EU. Had dreams of doing SO2V when things slowed down
second night, but never got around to it.

Still a long way to go, but this gets me a little closer to 160M DXCC, thanks
everyone!
 
KR4F   Single Op Assisted HP   102,3332013-01-27 05:44:28
Part Time Effort. Still fighting line noise. Happily, several europeans were
loud enough for me to hear on Sat night!

73
Johnny, KR4F
 
VE3HG   Single Op QRP   27,9362013-01-27 06:01:44
Worked everyone who could hear me at 5 watts into a sloper. Nice conditions.
 
K2ZR/4   Single Op LP   1862013-01-27 06:03:51
Rig: K2 @ 20 watts
Ant: 40M Windom w/short element clipped to my condo's gutter. Bingo,had power
out at 3:1 SWR. Ran 20W to save my neighbors from any possible RFI.
What can a setup like this do on 160M?...... a few challenging Qs.
Thanks to PJ2T, K0DI, N4UA, 6Y3M, HK1R & NU4I for digging me out of the fray.
Fun experiment!
73,
Dick, K2ZR/4 Key West IOTA NA-062
 
VE3CV   Single Op LP   132,5342013-01-27 06:15:44
Personal best for CQ160, but a planned power outage for Sunday morning had me
pulling the plug before 2nd EU sunrise after all nighter Fri/Sat. Condx seemed
worse on Sunday. Missed only OR in USA and BC,SK,MB,LB,YT,NU,NWT here. DX was
KV4 PJ2 6Y3 HK(2) XE(2) FM(2) G(2) CE CS F EI(3) OK OM S5 SN DR CO HD KH6(2).

Heard way more than I could work with 100 watts, but a big thanks to those OPs
with great stations and ears and patience! Still wish those running the CQ
machines would stop to listen though the QSB cycles, but I guess you have to
hold your frequency....sometimes I couldn't even finish one call before the
next CQ started....and I'm a 2x2!

Still lots of fun as usual.
73
Jeff, VE3CV
From the boonies of Huron County

FT1000MP with 250 Hz filters 100W.
Rigblaster pro
TX Antenna - 80m doublet at 50ft apex used as top-loaded vertical against 11
130ft radials.
RX Antennas - 550ft Beverages to NE and S.
 
WX3B   Single Op Assisted HP   234,5462013-01-27 06:16:33
This was a spectacular CHERRY PICK of 160 meters. Got on at 1130pm Friday night
to what could best be described as the sound of a solid European opening...ON A
HIGH BAND!!! E7DX, several UK stations and DR1A were so loud when they called
I laughed out loud, it just couldn't be possible.

The last time I experienced great EU runs on 160 was during that sunspot
minimum - and Friday evening sure had a similar feel. Good conditions out west
as well, though I never did hear KL7RA.

On Saturday I spent a few minutes near our sunset then settled back in front of
the radio at about 1:30zulu and spent a few quality hours waiting for that good
EU sunrise propagation...and caught another good EU run and called it a night.


A very high excitement value per hour of operation in the perfect 7 hours on
160!

Heard an awful lot of PVRCers out in this one, and counted at least a
half-dozen serious entries - can't wait to see what was possible this year.

73,

Jim WX3B
 
N3AM   Single Op Assisted HP   72,8702013-01-27 06:17:24
EU signals were loud the first night and much easier to work than during the
second night. Band noise extremely low here until 0815Z the first night, when
the noise floor came up about 10db (propagated EU sunrise noise?).
 
K3WW   Single Op Assisted HP   631,6542013-01-27 06:27:31
Worst start for rate I can remember, but real good EU rates at times both
nights.
 
WA3F   Single Op Assisted HP   74,6252013-01-27 06:33:33
Short effort this year
Was in NH skiing all week and spent 10 hours on the road Sat to get home. So, I
missed the first night. Kept falling asleep on Sat night (must be getting too
old for the long drive, then staying up), but band was awesome. Lots of EU and
actually worked a few new ones
See you in the CQ 160 PH
73
Dave
WA3F
 
KØRI   Single Op LP   86,2552013-01-27 06:37:12
160 Tee Ant @ IC-7700 at 150w
 
W7ZR   Single Op Assisted HP   71,8902013-01-27 06:48:12
A real test with a trapped inverted vee at 55' for transmit and receive. Better
antennas maybe for next one. Thanks for the Qs.
 
K1ZZI   Single Op HP   34,2002013-01-27 06:48:16
Got on for a while the 2nd night. Lots of activity. Wish I planned more
operating time. My big surprise was when OM7M called and busted thru on the
back on my Beverage with a huge signal. This is always a fun contest.

73, Ralph K1ZZI
 
K3OQ   Single Op LP   19,0002013-01-27 06:49:34
Heard much better with the receive antenna, but the reconfig on the transmit
antenna seems to make it more NVIS. I could hear, but evidently, with some
exceptions I was not heard in EU as well as I had hoped. But had fun...and
that is what counts.

Rig: FT-2000
Antenna: TX: 170 foot Long Wire. RX: Small Magnetic Loop.
 
WA1FCN   Single Op LP   114,2402013-01-27 06:50:05
Last qso kh7x ....Tnx for hanging in with me.
I felt like I am getting a bit old for these
all night events ! Sure worked many guys from
my radio club ACG.
73 BoB WA1FCN
 
K2TTT   Single Op HP   110,9522013-01-27 07:09:34
Not much time this year
 
KØPY   Single Op HP   89,2802013-01-27 07:21:53
Thanks for the contacts.
 
W7RH   Single Op LP   70,3442013-01-27 07:25:21
It was a tough first night with continuous light rain static taking the very
weak signals below the noise. Conditions were rather spotty. However, there was
a good increase in South American activity for a change.

The rain stopped late Saturday evening just in time for a good grey line
opening to Western Europe. It was nice to work a couple new ones and some long
time players. EU DX has been scarce this season.


As always I had fun, and it worth the 3.5 hour drive home.

Thanks to all the contacts.

Hope to see you again on 160

73

Bob, W7RH
 
KCØW   Single Op HP   12013-01-27 07:26:21
'

Fun but nearly wore out my F1 key on the second night. Made probably 70% of my
total Q's during the first 9 hours of the 'test. I think we all were trying to
find the proverbial, "fresh meat", by the time Saturday night (local time)
rolled around.

Sorry for the ones I just couldn't pull out of the noise. Problems with my
newly installed circle array receiving system. Had to use my transmit antenna
for receive at just one hour into the 'test. Fiddled around with it Saturday
afternoon but need to spend more time troubleshooting it. Should have it up &
running by the time the 160 SSB rolls around.

Lost both of my 140' phased array towers for 160 meters in an ice storm from
hell back in November. This was the starting point of the planned 160 meter
4-square here. Heart breaking to say the least since I did 100% of the work
getting the array up & operational by myself. Have been using their former 3+
miles of ground radials under my temporary 160 antenna. Used this setup for
ARRL 160, Stew Perry & now CQ 160.

DX propagation on Friday night (from here at least) was non-extant except for
being called by KH6CC, KH6LC & KH7X. All three were 5NN+ but still nothing
coming outta VK/ZL/JA land. Great hearing the rarer states of WY, SD & MT being
so well represented, thanks guys!!! I worked a grand total of ONE other North
Dakota station. Thanks Alex.

Worked 49 states with Alaska being the sole holdout. Funny since I worked
Alaska 8 - 10 times in the ARRL 160 CW 'test.

The usual suspects (usually coming outta Colorado) had tremendous signals all
weekend. Nice to hear so many people who are true Top Band enthusiasts. A
special "atta boy" goes out to W6BH for his 3 element wire beam......He was a
needle bending (is that possible on a K3?) 40+ over here all weekend.

Thanks for all the Q's & hope you had fun. Best to everyone from the heart of
the oil patch here in south western North Dakota. We are now the nations #2
leading oil producing state. Not bad, huh?........We are coming after ya
Texas!!!



As always, the KC0W contesting disclaimer:


*** I contest for the FUN of it from here in North Dakota & not to collect any
awards, plaques or "wallpaper". I use my general logging program to track
the total number of QSO's made & leave it at that. This is why I have no
information regarding my total number of mults or a final score. ***



Tom KC0W


'
 
K4WW   Single Op Assisted HP   73,7002013-01-27 07:26:50
If I could only hear better! However, I know that living on a 60X110,
subdivision lot, I will never have the room for efficient receive antenna. I
credit my DX to the excellent receive capabilities of "the other stations". For
those, I'm grateful, and for those that I couldn't hear, I apologize. I didn't
have much success to West or Northwest, so I missed NE, MT and several VE
provinces! Regardless, excluding the times I had a N8 and K9 station CQ "in my
face", it was fun. Thanks to all for the contacts.
 
W8AKS   Single Op LP   18,9002013-01-27 07:26:51
Going to have to get the receive antenna out off the shack and into the yard. Go
away snow! Missed EU opening both nights. Bumme ; but had fun! Tks for the q's.
 
N1EN   Single Op Assisted LP   44,7222013-01-27 07:31:10
K3, 100 watts, 160m Carolina Windom zig-zagged through trees + inverted L of
random length.

Heard lots of DX; I just wish more DX stations had been able to hear me.
Plenty of QRM, QRN, QSB, and even some QLF; hopefully a few QSLs will result as
well.

I went to bed tired a bit after midnight Saturday night, figuring that I was
done, but the dog woke me a few hours later, and I was pleased to hear some
workable West Coast stations.
 
N4PN   Single Op Assisted HP   254,1762013-01-27 07:32:14
What great conditions!!
Unfortunately, I had a business meeting on Friday night at 7pm CST
in Cullman, AL...decided to drive back after the meeting and arrived
back home at 4:25am EST...had stopped for enough coffee that I could
get the ole BIC and make a few contacts....

From all I see, Friday night was really great...don't usually get
both nights of a 160 contest to cooperate...most times one good
night and one not so good....

Saturday night was super here...ended up with 97 ten-pointer and
14 five-pointers....missed KL7 for the U.S. and NF, LAB, SK, BC,
NWT and YT for Canada...

Best DX was R7LV, C4N (only Asian)and four KH6's...No JA's even heard.

Thanks to all...it was really a lot fun....great to work some friends
that I only hear on during this contest...i.e., Ken, K4TEA.

73, Paul, N4PN

FT1000MP/AL1200 - 1400W
Tx/Rx antenna - Inverted Vee at 85' (apex in pine tree)
3 direction EWE and one short (very short) "Beverage"
Logging w/CT
 
K5RT   Single Op HP   92,1252013-01-27 07:36:11
Missed VT for WAS. Knocked off both nights before EU sunrise giving up several
mults. The band was absolutely wall to wall
 
K5KG   Single Op Assisted HP   212,8002013-01-27 07:39:42
What a difference a day makes! Friday night/Saturday morning condx were
excellent. Signals were strong, but the QSO rate dropped significantly by
0900Z, and I was out of gas, so I went QRT for the night.

Started up again Saturday evening at 2200z, and the band seemed ok. However, as
the evening wore on band condx deteriorated. Solar flux dropped to 99, the A
index rose to 18, and K was 2. I was able to work a some Europeans during
their sunrise. After that, Stateside signals tailed off significantly so I
went QRT shortly after 0800Z. I had hoped to operater through sunrise, but that
didn't happen.

Best overall catch for me was 3V8BB, although he was never more than a whisper.
Kudos to CE1/K7CA for his romping signal. I wonder what he is running!

Stn:
K3 + Acom 2000A
Inv-L
No rx antenna

73, George, K5KG
 
W2IRT   Single Op Assisted HP   75,7612013-01-27 07:43:42
Just a small part-time S&P effort this year. Using an inverted-L for TX (45'
vertical radiator) and a recently-repaired K9AY loop for receive. Everything
worked great, signals were loud from Europe but I had a harder time working
them than I have in the past. Nice warmup for ARRL-CW in a couple of weeks.
 
WD5R(N5ECT)   Single Op HP   333,2162013-01-27 07:45:25
TSUMAMI report

Around midnight, just when we look forward
to things slowing down so we can
get a little cat nap,
this chicken farm was blown away
by a Tsumami of signals from EU.
Some of you guys may have experienced
such a phenomenon, but let me tell you,
this old guy ain't never seen such a thing
in the 40 years we've been on this farm.
I was blown away by all the loud signals,
stumbling with 'fat fingers',
gasping for breath, expecting the roof
to be blown away any second.

Fortunately there are some really
wide awake state side guys on the 160 band.
Since it was so obvious I was overloaded
with the DX,
the W's and N's came rushing to my rescue
and insisted they be put in my log
before I totally lost the whole farm.

Ah just hope my audio recorder
didn't suffer the same overload as I.
It will be interesting to listen
to the crushing sounds and pick out
some of those guys that were so intent on helping.

The experience was too much for this old man,
so M and I decided I better go to bed
and not take a chance of having to go through
the same thing when the JA's start coming through.

That worked out very well.
By time I got up this morning
it was very easy to find a cq'ing freq
and there was definitely no stress of working any dx.

Special thanks to
ZL1BYZ, ZL4AS, J77A, 5k1MW, HI8MA
for insisting I get them in the log.
There were others but I've lost them in the 'fog'.

To all the EU's .
I now understand the problem you guys have
picking my signal out of 5 layers of state side calls.

No doubt Tree will be overwhelmed
by necessity of reworking the contest
logging check program to accommodate the huge scores .

Hey Guys, get ready,
the real WD5R
will be on 160 SSB in couple weeks.

Doug, n5ect
2nd in command at WD5R
 
K5WA   Single Op HP   129,5192013-01-27 07:46:50
Woooof!! In comparison to the fantastic conditions south Texas had 3 years ago,
this was miserable. No eastern EU however the band was extremely quiet with NO
storm activity around here. I sure miss at least hearing stations I might not
be able to work but I didn't even hear stations I couldn't work. It was nice
to have a few G and EI stations call in while I was CQing. Missed RI for WAS.

I ran across K5NA (Mr. 160) early in the contest and told him I wasn't going to
hang in unless EU was loud. I could hear him ROTFL all the way from Austin.
;-) He was right, as usual.

I had been on a business trip the week of the contest and was dead tired at the
start so only managed to stay awake until 2 AM the first night. When I heard so
little activity the second night, I packed it up and went home which made a few
brownie points for me with the XYL. See you in both CW and SSB (my first) NCJ
Sprint.

73,
Bob K5WA
 
N2MM   Single Op HP   190,8002013-01-27 07:47:24
Missed ND....Friday night to EU much better than Saturday night. Difficult to
keep focused due to numerous visits to the shack by my 12 year old grandson. He
was not interested in the contest; just the snacks that I had!
 
K9CT   Multi-Op HP   569,0882013-01-27 07:51:12
Everything was good except the conditions. Best DX condx was the second evening
for an opening to EU. NA signals were very good for most of the contest but
west was more difficult on the second night.

This year we had two first time operators at K9CT, John,K9DX and Carl, K9CS.
Thanks to all of the team members for their contributions of teamwork, food and
good conversation. Our goal was to surpass last year's effort which we did by
200K!!

Refinements included call stacking by second op for the run op, second rx
antenna setup for the second radio, ACOM 2S1 automatic commutator to share the
amplifier, vertical array and dipole between both stations. Each radio was TX
inhibited by the 2S1 and the K3 Inhibit circuit.

We had 209 10 pointers and 88 5 pointers...rest were 2 pointers. Thanks to the
tremendous patience of the DX stations for staying with us to get the call and
exchange through.

Set up..

2 - K3 dual rx
2 - microKeyer II
Alpha 87 A
ACOM 2S1
5 element vertical array...Reflector, Driven and Director in 4 directions
180' dipole
N1MM software

Thanks again to K9CS, K9DX and K9ZO!!

73, Craig K9CT
www.k9ct.us
 
WØETT   Single Op LP   9,7992013-01-27 07:53:21
Couldn't get on for much in the test due to XYL's birthday and other family
activities. There must have been a good EU opening as heard a lot of east
coasters going back to Europeans when they were CQing. I only heard on DJ...
Nice to work KV4FZ Sat. evening, heard PJ2T working EU, and logged XE2S and
KH6CC Sunday morning - thanks for the rare mults guys!

73 Ken, W0ETT

Rig: IC756pro3 with 100w to shunt fed tower/vert. with 40 radials.
 
NØKE   Single Op Assisted HP   78,1202013-01-27 07:53:30
Not much DX out west and we didn't have many JAs either.
 
KØEJ   Single Op HP   53,0002013-01-27 08:00:35
just a few hours Saturday nite (~2130-0230Z). Forgot to write down the score
when I left mountain QTH.
FT1000MP->TT Titan->70' top-loaded vertical, 5 elevated radials
73, Mark K0EJ
 
W6SX   Single Op Assisted HP   31,3042013-01-27 08:04:53
K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with MB-V-A, N1MM.
 
WDØECO   Single Op LP   14,1202013-01-27 08:05:15
I really need a 160m antenna...and the space to install it.

K3 100 watts, 135 feet OCF dipole, N1MM.
 
N3BM   Single Op HP   11,0252013-01-27 08:07:51
IC-7600
AL-80B
Inverted L @ 48'
WriteLog v11.08B
 
NA6E(WT6P)   Single Op QRP   23,0552013-01-27 08:08:15
More wire, longer wire! Had a great time and tks to everyone for their great
ears and patience.

Mark - WT6P/NA6E
 
WU6W   Single Op HP   7,1942013-01-27 08:09:17
160 is about hearing - Lot of DEAF stations out there !!
 
N8UM   Single Op Assisted HP   289,1002013-01-27 08:11:30
Did not expect conditions and participation to be as good as it was. Got lots
of sleep both nights. Heard EU all evening but not a chance to break through
until 2 hours before their sunset. Worked over 100 EU stations the second
night with a very strong peak and sudden drop off at EU sunrise. First time
using the vertical without an antenna tuner. Sure was nice to not constantly
fiddle with the tuner! Heard RU0FM but no joy and no JA or Asia.
 
K3STX   Single Op Assisted HP   161,0702013-01-27 08:14:16
WOW!!!! Was that fun or what!! I have only been a real fan of 160 for about 5
years or so, but I have NEVER heard such strong signals from Europe! It was
great. I even had new Eu mults call ME while I was running along working USA. I
spent WAY too much time chasing the Eu instead of simply running, but it was
just too much fun (and challenging) to work all the great DX. In the end my
score was better than last years score by 20,000 and I had 100 less QSOs.
Managed 79 10 point QSOs, by far my best showing. Thanks to my neighbor Tim,
N3QE, for encouraging me to stay up till 0200Z for the European sunrise on the
second night. I was just too tired the first night to stay up past 0100Z.

73,

paul K3STX
new Kenwood TS-590S (I LOVE IT!!! FILTERS ARE GREAT.)
Ameritron AL-811 400 watt amp
Inv. L with 80 feet vertical, 50 feet about horizontal with about 20 radials
(none more than 66 feet long).
Pennant RX antenna directed at Europe

Thanks to all the guys who stuck with me. I only have a single Pennant to
Europe, no other RX antenna for South or West. Maybe next year.
 
KØEU   Single Op HP   78,4642013-01-27 08:22:32
Most Q's came during some nice runs Friday night. Couldn't find much rate
Saturday. Surprised to get called by (and hear) quite a number of DX mults.
Never heard Africa or Europe. Nice to have quiet band conditions both nights.
73
Randy K0EU
 
KU7Y   Single Op QRP   8,3972013-01-27 08:23:09
QRP on 160m is always fun but with an inverted Vee at only 24' at the center and
the ends at about 3', it's even more fun! The little KX3 did a great job. I
could copy weak station very close to loud ones with no problem. Thanks to
everyone for digging my little signal out of the noise!
Ron, KU7Y
 
N7AT(K8IA)   Single Op Assisted HP   220,2522013-01-27 08:26:45
As someone who has been significantly noise limited since October, it was great
to hear most of the noise gone, me able to work 160 again and get the Arizona
Outlaws Contest Club a few points.

With all the AOCC activity, there should be very few of the active CQWW160 CW
entrants that will say, "I still need AZ/NM on Topband". Tnx to all our members
for their efforts.

Next up here will be CQWPX RTTY, as a Single Op and then another M/2 N7AT
effort in ARRL DX CW. CU all then!

73, Bob K8IA
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club
 
VE4VT   Single Op LP   24,1562013-01-27 08:28:14
I am glad some folks had great conditions but they sure weren't here. Friday
night was better than Saturday by a far cry but Friday would be considered
poor.

The only DX worked were PJ2 and HK. FM5CD was booming in here Friday night but
he CQ'ed relentlessly in my face. Herb KV4FZ is normally a strong station with
fantastic ears but I only copied him momentarily before the QSB took him away.
Not a peep from Europe despite hearing the east coast and even midwest guys
running them like crazy.

Saturday night was like somethrough a major attenuating blanket over me. All
signals (not including the noise) were severely attenuated. A=18 and K=4 may
have had something to do with it.

A sloper for transmitting and magnmetic loop for receiving are not optimum for
160 but for us real estate challenged city dwellars, thats about the best we
can do.

On the positive side, while all you were all hguddle at the radios trying to
pull out the next bit o 160m dx, we enjoyed a fabulous display of the northern
lights on a crystal clear Winter night.

Ed
 
W8AV   Single Op Assisted HP   45,4412013-01-27 08:33:37
Very limited operating time this year due to the fact that my XYL and I had too
many things to do over the weekend. So I decided that I would concentrate on
the DX and not run any stations. Out of 101 QSO's only 10 were with W/VE
mainly to say hi to friends. Had a lot of fun working the DX.

Conditions on the first night to EU were quite good here as I could easily work
the second tier of EU on the band. The second night seemed to have pretty good
propagagtion as well but I had already worked out most of the EU stations on
the first night. Missed KL7, OH0, IS0 that I know of. Heard SK7DX calling CQ
but could not get him to hear me.

Thanks to C4N and ER5AA for hanging in there to pull my call out. Both were
weak here and both had QRM and QRN on their ends.
 
LY7Z(LY2TA)   Single Op QRP   5,7962013-01-27 08:35:32
TS850S/At + wire


TNX QSO's

73! Andy LY7Z
 
AA3B   Single Op Assisted HP   513,8142013-01-27 08:36:17
10 point QSOs: 308
5 point QSOs: 60
2 point QSOs: 711

Amazing conditions here.
 
W4NF   Single Op Assisted HP   488,1802013-01-27 08:39:18
That was a blast, but as usual I am exhausted. That was a great EU opening and
as a result my second highest score in this contest. I ended up with 66 5
pointers and 228 10 point contacts. The highlight was being called by both 5N
and HZ during the Friday/Saturday run.

FT 2000, Alpha 8410 at 1500W, Inverted L with 60 ground radials, 2 500 foot
Reversible Beverages NE/SW and NW/SE.

Thanks for the Qs and 73, Jack W4NF
 
AG4W   Single Op HP   204,7922013-01-27 08:51:18
FTDX5000D,AL-1200, 58 foot top loaded vertical. Used 40 meter vertical array on
receiving. Looking for multipliers was like looking for the pileups. They
seemed bigger this year. I plan to put up some beverages in the spring. The 40
meter array helped with Europe. I really appreciated the Europeans that called
me. I was surprised that Nevada was the last state I worked this year.
 
VE3CX   Single Op Assisted HP   334,4622013-01-27 08:52:05
As Ed - VE4VT noted, Saturday night was pretty brutal. I
would call guys that were 20 over S9, and they would CQ in my face.
On a brighter note, I stuck with it, and caught the grey line opening
in Europe. Managed to S&P a bunch or Europeans over the course of a
few hours once the band decided to co-operate :-)

Thanks for the QSO's

Tom - VE3CX
 
K9NR   Single Op Assisted HP   305,5142013-01-27 08:56:36
Condx to Europe good both nights...best on Saturday night.
West coast was weak both nights...go figure.
Low QRN was limited by neighbor's plasma TV crud.
 
N2ZN   Single Op HP   403,6232013-01-27 08:56:48
Best result ever in this contest operating from home. Thanks to all who called
me. I took some off time at some times when I probably shouldn't have, but no
regrets.

Great conditions overall. Missed AK for WAS in one weekend.

Highlights were the great EU runs both nights and having some good mults like
SV9, 5N, ZF, HK, PY, KH6 call me, plus working many good friends whom I only
seem to see at Dayton every now and then.

Station:
FT-1000 MK V, Alpha 76A, 5 560' beverages pointing NE, E, SE, S, W.

73, Ken

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

CALLSIGN: N2ZN
CONTEST: CQ-160-CW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL HIGH CW
OPERATORS: N2ZN

-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y ---------------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Rate Total Pct
--------------------------------------------------------------------
2200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0000 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 24 2.4
0100 92 0 0 0 0 0 92 116 11.6
0200 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 150 15.0
0300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 150 15.0
0400 71 0 0 0 0 0 71 221 22.1
0500 106 0 0 0 0 0 106 327 32.7
0600 83 0 0 0 0 0 83 410 41.0
0700 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 440 44.0
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
1200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
1300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
1400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
1500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
1600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
1700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
1800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
1900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 440 44.0
2000 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 453 45.3
2100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 453 45.3
2200 55 0 0 0 0 0 55 508 50.7
2300 59 0 0 0 0 0 59 567 56.6
0000 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 568 56.7
0100 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 580 57.9
0200 75 0 0 0 0 0 75 655 65.4
0300 69 0 0 0 0 0 69 724 72.3
0400 75 0 0 0 0 0 75 799 79.8
0500 69 0 0 0 0 0 69 868 86.7
0600 71 0 0 0 0 0 71 939 93.8
0700 44 0 0 0 0 0 44 983 98.2
0800 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1001 100.0
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
1200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
1300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
1400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
1500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
1600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
1700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
1800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
1900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
2100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1001 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 1001 0 0 0 0 0 1001

Gross QSOs=1036 Dupes=35 Net QSOs=1001

Unique callsigns worked = 1001

The best 60 minute rate was 108/hour from 0452 to 0551
The best 30 minute rate was 114/hour from 0510 to 0539
The best 10 minute rate was 138/hour from 0201 to 0210

The best 1 minute rates were:
4 QSOs/minute 5 times.
3 QSOs/minute 21 times.
2 QSOs/minute 120 times.
1 QSOs/minute 225 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 760 0 0 0 0 0 760 75.9
South America 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.5
Europe 234 0 0 0 0 0 234 23.4
Asia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Africa 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
Oceania 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
--------------------------------------------------------------
Total 1001 0 0 0 0 0 1001

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 2
4 535
5 319
6 143
8 2

------------------ C o u n t r y S u m m a r y ------------------
Country 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------------
5N 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
6Y 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
C6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
CE 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
CM 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
CT 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
DL 67 0 0 0 0 0 67 6.7
E7 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.3
EA 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.6
EI 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.3
ES 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
F 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.7
G 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 2.0
GI 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
GM 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
GW 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.3
HA 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.4
HB 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
HK 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
I 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 1.0
K 711 0 0 0 0 0 711 71.0
KH6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
KP2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
LY 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.5
LZ 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
OE 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
OK 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 2.4
OM 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.8
ON 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.3
OZ 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.4
PA 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.4
PJ2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
PY 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
S5 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 1.4
SM 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.4
SP 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 1.3
SV 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
SV9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
UA 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
UR 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 1.0
VE 44 0 0 0 0 0 44 4.4
YL 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
YO 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
YU 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.6
ZF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Total 1001 0 0 0 0 0 1001

------------ 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
-------------------------------------------------------------
14 126 0 0 0 0 0 126 12.6
15 90 0 0 0 0 0 90 9.0
OH 54 0 0 0 0 0 54 5.4
PA 50 0 0 0 0 0 50 5.0
VA 46 0 0 0 0 0 46 4.6
IL 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 3.3
NY 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 3.0
MD 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 3.0
NC 29 0 0 0 0 0 29 2.9
ON 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 2.8
FL 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 2.8
MI 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 2.7
TX 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 2.7
MA 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 2.4
TN 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 2.3
WI 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 2.2
CA 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 2.2
GA 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 2.1
IN 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1.8
NJ 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1.8
NH 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1.6
MO 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1.6
AZ 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1.6
AL 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 1.5
MN 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 1.4
CO 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 1.4
IA 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 1.2
16 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 1.2
KS 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.9
CT 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.9
NM 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.9
WV 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.8
SC 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.8
KY 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.7
QC 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.7
AR 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.7
WA 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.6
20 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.6
ME 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.5
08 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.5
NV 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.4
DE 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.4
NE 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.4
LA 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.4
MS 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.3
OK 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.3
NB 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.3
RI 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.3
SD 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
NS 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
OR 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
09 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
AB 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
VT 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
UT 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
11 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
BC 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
DC 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
MT 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
12 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
PEI 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
WY 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
35 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
31 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
ID 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
ND 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
------------------------------------------------------
Total 1001 0 0 0 0 0 1001

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
--------------------
0 74 7.4
1 68 6.8
2 67 6.7
3 84 8.4
4 129 12.9
5 54 5.4
6 29 2.9
7 35 3.5
8 96 9.6
9 75 7.5
--------------------
Total 711 71.0
 
W7WHY   Single Op LP   1,8242013-01-27 09:06:45
Had to work Saturday so didn't do much Friday night, Think it was better than
Saturday night.

Must have been a lot of ops doing the BARTG as participation seemed way down.
NO3M must have some kind of receiving setup as Ty always seems to hear my LP
signal.

Still don't understand why people send B4 if I call them. If I called you,
you're not in my log! Maybe I busted your call or you didn't actually work
me, but it's easier just to work me and move on instead of arguing that we
worked before when you're not in my log.

73 and thanks for the Q's.
Tom W7WHY
 
VE6BMX(@VE6JY)   Single Op Assisted HP   147,3282013-01-27 09:14:15
Operating the contest at VE6JY (Don Moman) site. His 160m 4 square performed
flawlessly and sure was a pleasure to hear only 1 to 2 "s" units of static out
in the country compared to my S7 in the city off my measley inverted L. Was
able to really pull out the weak ones. Unfortunately, the 2nd evening band was
dead as I could hear only a handful of USA stations on the band working
stations that I could not hear and ended up watching the hockey game and
calling it. No EU or OC (other than Hawaii) was heard. Quite an experience for
me to be able to operate from this huge operating site. Thank you Don. 73 to
all.
 
N4FP   Single Op LP   4,6802013-01-27 09:30:24
Flex 3000, 100 watts through SG-237 at base of 22' flagpole vertical. Okay 160
receiving antenna, not so good for transmitting!! Still, a lot of fun in a
restricted antenna community. Thanks to the many who successfully endured to
copy my report. Band activity looked amazing on the spectrum display.
 
KN4Y   Single Op LP   19,2032013-01-27 09:43:04
Started out S & P'ing, got bored so found a quiet spot up the band and called
CQ with great results. Did not hear many western States. I am not a fast
contestor, I am not a slow contestor, I am a half fast contestor and I enjoyed
the contest.
 
MØCFW(JK3GAD)   Single Op LP   5,3682013-01-27 09:56:02
Usual Equipment: K3, 5 meter wire on flag pole with ATU, Win-Test 4.10 running
on Win8 lenovo laptop

Couple of weeks ago, I found my MFJ ATU can tune 160m despite wire is too
short. So I just tried several hours. Most of Qs are within zone 14 but several
15 and 20. Heard several US stations at sun rise on Sunday here.

73 Kazu M0CFW, JK3GAD
 
WB8YYY   Single Op LP   39,1762013-01-27 09:58:13
I confess I had no interest in spending much time toward a larger score, but
merely wanted to experience the waves jumping off and onto my 36 foot tall
vertical. Don't be amazed that indeed the ions can allow me plenty of contacts
near and far. Thanks to the DX with good ears who had a lot of characters in my
call to discern amidst the noise. 73 CUL. Curt
 
K4IKM   Single Op Assisted HP   258,1102013-01-27 10:00:15
What a great event! I bettered my score from 2012 by about 20%. The new antenna,
a top loaded "T" which replaced my Inverted-L, performs better plus I'm
improving my running. Looking forward to CQ 160M SSB next month!

Kudos to all the great contesters I worked, thanks for the Q's!

Go FRC!

Steve...K4IKM....73!....
 
OK6RA   Single Op LP   75,0242013-01-27 10:01:44
Hello everybody.
Very nice 5 hours with my poor balcony antenna and 100W. But I was working
with 5 continets.It was great. I was very surprised that called many stations
to my CQ.

So maybe next year I will try contest for full time.

RIG:
FT-1000MP MarkV Field
100W
15m vertical antenna on the balcony(2nd floor), tuned by PI Match and grounded
on the heating :-)

See you in the next contest.

Vaclav OK6RA (ex. OK1WMV,OL9R)
 
G4MKP   Single Op Assisted HP   200,0602013-01-27 10:06:37
Thanks for the Qs
Cheers,
Terry/G4MKP
 
RA3A   Single Op Assisted HP   289,2192013-01-27 10:06:56
S&P - 632 QSO
RUN - 82 QSO
 
K5LH   Single Op LP   32,6482013-01-27 10:10:25
All S&P. New VE2DPE-type antenna performed well. Pleased about working both
KH6CC and KH6LC this morning. Conditions generally poor with only one EU
station heard and New England weak. Thanks for all the QSOs. Was fun.

Chris, K5LH
 
N9TF   Single Op LP   41,2162013-01-27 10:13:59
This ended up being even lower power than I thought it would be. First contact
out of the gate with 100 watts wiped out the main Direct TV receiver in the
family room. Went 10 years plus with the old DTV system with no problems. Now
with all the new fancy software and options, and poorly shielded receivers, i
have RFI problems that were non existent for more than 10 years. Ended up
running no more than 25 watts to a low hanging inverted U. Any more than that
and WHAM! Refomating the DTV receiver kicked in.

On the positive side I was able to work at least 5 new DX on 160. Conditions
were really great for a couple hours late Saturday night into early Sunday
morning for EU, and the band was relatively quiet for a change at my location.
I have never been able to hear as many EU and other DX with my small station as
I heard Saturday night.

West coast was a bit lite and I never heard any ID, MT, UT, ND, AK or HI.
By about 4am local time Sunday morning my CQ's were going unanswered for long
periods of time, all the signals on the band calling were in the log, and the
noise level was now picking up to and S9. That was my call to pull the plug and
call it a contest.
Despite having to turn down the power level, all in all it was a good time.
It's always fun to work some new DX, and always a good time to make Q's with my
SMC brothers and sisters.
I'm sure there will be some big scores out there with conditions as they were
to EU and a relatively quiet band.

Station conditions: Icom 756 ProIII 25 watts to a Inverted U 33' vertical along
side of short tower, 75' horizontal to tree in corner of lot sloping down to 25
above ground, then 20' vertical to fence with last 8' laced on wood fence
running back towards tower.

73 Gene, N9TF
 
W8OHT   Single Op HP   33,9902013-01-27 10:16:21
During 6.5 hours elapsed, got 12 countries. This was a record for me in any
previous 160m contest. Spent one midnight session last night, which was a DX
grab bag. Used a shortened receive beverage with a commonly used preamp, which
worked great. Used my new homebuilt antenna selector/preamp protector which
worked good with no preamp burnout (in my small back yard). Tx'd 1100W to
quarter wave ell at 50 feet. Worked three other WV stations.
 
WQ5L   Single Op LP   79,8042013-01-27 10:16:26
100W / inverted L / no RX ant

Nice quiet band all weekend. Went to bed early the first night having worked
quite a few in Carib/CA/SA but no transatlantic Qs besides CS2F. Second night
started out not so good (K index was high and it showed), slowly improved, and
then when I woke up from a nap around 0645Z the band had broken wide open.
Easily worked several loud western EU stations as the grey line swept through,
and then found no shortage of stateside Qs until I pooped out around 1015Z.
Lots of big signals from the west coast during that time, and I had KH6CC and
KH6LC both call in.

Mults --
USA: all except MT (never heard) and DC (heard)
Canada: NS PEI QC ON AB
DX: CE CT DL EI FM GM HC HI HK J7 KP2 KH6 ON PA PJ2 V3 XE

73,

-- Ray WQ5L
 
KU8E   Single Op LP   157,9922013-01-27 10:19:15
FT-1000MP - Inverted L - 60 feet vertical with four full size elevated radials.

Fantastic conditions. If it was possible to run EU running 100 watts and be
heard at time other than their sunrise it would have been perfect. I did have a
few EU answer my CQ's so I guess that's positive considering that I have a
peanut whistle station! Congrats to all the big scores. Can't wait to see
VY2ZM.

Worked all states except AK. DX worked
EU - CT,DL,E7,EI,F,G,GM,HA,I,OK,OM,S5,SP,YO
NA - 6Y,C6,CM,FM,HI,J7,KP2,V3,XE,ZF
SA - CE,HC,HK,PJ2
OC - KH6

Jeff KU8E
 
WAØMHJ   Single Op HP   16,7322013-01-27 10:21:23
Either the "good conditions" the east coast experienced never made it this far
west, or I was on at the wrong times. Tough going.
 
N3RS   Single Op Assisted HP   465,1362013-01-27 10:23:41
Conditions were marvelous! At times it sounded like I was on 80M instead of
160M. Some very nice sustained European runs with a sizable pileup. This is
unheard of here on 160M. Too bad I need so much sleep. Only stayed up until 1
AM on Saturday morning and 2 AM on Sunday. Europe was still strong when I shut
down both days. I'm glad I had some testing to do on a new low band receiving
array. It is still a work in progress, but seems to be a good start. See you
all in the ARRL DX CW Contest. Many thanks for all those who called in.

73 de Sig, N3RS
 
N4RV   Multi-Op HP   552,3452013-01-27 10:26:35
Great conditions - openings to Europe seemed better the seocnd night. Band was
very quiet. We went Multi-Single since neither of us had the whole weekend to
spare. 286 10-pointers.

Tremendous activity and lots of new calls.

73,

Jack N4RV and Ken KE3X
 
K3MJW   Multi-Op HP   100,5842013-01-27 10:32:48
Had big fun
 
N7RK   Single Op HP   55,0742013-01-27 10:34:55
Fun contest. Added a 60 foot piece of wire to the top of my 70 foot vertical and
eliminated the base loading. Even worked a new country for 160 DXCC. Big
surprise was working Europe as they have been scarce out west the last few
years. Also worked all states for the first time. Have always missed one or
two.

73, Dave N7RK
 
NE7D   Single Op LP   16,4902013-01-27 10:36:22
K3, N1MM, MA-160V w/elevated radials
 
KØIO   Single Op LP   36,0492013-01-27 10:44:50
K-3 and 180 feet of wire fed by a series capacitor. The wire is 20 feet out to
a pole, vertical for 60 feet and the rest slopes downward to about 3 feet off
the ground. I had a serious noise problem, which was solved by unplugging my
DSL modem (we're lucky to have touch-tone phones out here in the sticks --
fibre optic cable ends two miles away, served by a different phone company.)
"IO"
 
K9FY   Single Op HP   276,6402013-01-27 10:49:57
Thanks for a another fun contest!
Inv L w 4 raised radials contributing.
 
W4AU   Single Op HP   21,6902013-01-27 10:57:43
Only had time to get on for a short while Saturday night. Conditions seemed
exceptional and the band was wall-to-wall with big signals. I sat on a good run
freq ~1818 for a little less than an hour before being run off needing to get
some sleep. I wish that I would have had more time to operate, but any time
with good rate is better than none!

tnx es 73 - John, W4AU
 
N4DU   Single Op Assisted HP   197,8002013-01-27 11:04:06
Antenna is Inverted L at 70 ft with two elevated radials and 500 w.

Missed AK and the usual (for me) Provinces (NU,NT,YK,MB,LB, SK, etc.)

Thanks for all the qso's and HNY to all.

Jim N4DU
 
K3NM   Single Op Assisted HP   143,2532013-01-27 11:09:06
Friday night everything great then on Saturday amp quit at 8pm shut everything
off and relaxed. K3 and full size delta loop thanks for the contacts.
Joe
 
K9DR   Single Op Assisted HP   17,1082013-01-27 11:14:45
Still relatively new to 160, but learning. Tough working close to 1817 thanks
to 5 mile away S9+60dB N7AT. My mobile IC7000 wasn't designed for this sort of
operation and the 20 dB attenuator only marginally helpful. Need to look at
other radios for this high RF environment.
 
G4IIY   Single Op Assisted HP   381,1992013-01-27 11:15:26
Conditions seemed good overnight on Friday/Saturday, with some great runs into
the States from about 0445 on Saturday. The Sunday morning opening to the
States never really happened, but one of the last ones to call me was from
Utah, which was a good mult on which to finish the morning session.

I was hoping to improve my rather low, all time DXCC score on 160m, which is
only at 92. However, the only new DXCC worked all weekend was Cuba.

Inverted L aerial - 14m vertical.

FT1000MP, plus amp (400w)
 
NO3M   Single Op HP   688,9652013-01-27 11:16:28
Excellent EU runs both nights. Only PAC DX worked was KH6/7 and ZL4AS. Never
heard KL7 or any JAs. Always fun to snag a certain group of "weak-signal" west
coasters, thanks guys!

354 10-pointers, 203 second radio QSOs, best rate 175/hr @2202-2302Z.

73 - Eric NO3M

TX Ant: 88ft top loaded vertical
RX Ant: 2x1000ft broadside arrays (E, SE, S, SW, W), 2x1100 ft end-fire arrays
(N, NW), 3x1000ft broadside array (NE), 8-circle vertical array.
 
W2GPS   Single Op Assisted HP   43,3812013-01-27 11:18:27
Rig: Elecraft K3 + P3 with AL-1500 amplifier

Antennas:
160 meter "W3ZZ" antenna.
Hi-Z 3-element steerable vertical array
 
W4WWQ   Single Op LP   28,8482013-01-27 11:19:35
K3, Sharpshooter P3, Inverted L over 6 radials. Missed MS and DC back here in
the east. Never heard Europe. Need better receive antenna system.
 
KG9Z   Single Op HP   14,1962013-01-27 11:20:00
Part time effort. Antenna is a Inv "L" 40 ft vertical/80 ft horizontal. Amp
AL-80B running 400 watts. Rig Yaesu FT-1000 MP Mk V.
 
W9OP   Single Op QRP   40,9362013-01-27 11:20:40
A special thanks to all who patiently took the extra time to listen for weak
signals.
 
VA3RKM   Single Op QRP   4,8452013-01-27 11:32:09
K2, 5w, 1/4 wave wire at 20'. Thanks for the contacts.
 
N2IC   Single Op HP   210,8222013-01-27 11:39:06
160 is my least favorite band. Fortunately, I had daytime activities on
Saturday, so I needed to sleep half of Friday night. Unfortunately, I didn't
learn my lesson, and operated the full night on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
This is the most time and most QSO's I have ever put into this contest as a
single-op. I won't repeat that mistake. The difference in propagation between
the western and eastern USA is just too demoralizing.

73,
Steve, N2IC
 
VA7ST   Single Op LP   19,1762013-01-27 11:46:53
Didn't have the multiplier production I wanted, but considering the poor antenna
setup, I could expect much.

This year's inverted-L has six short radials on ground, with one tied into
about 150' of chainlink fence around the back yard, generally not near the
inverted-L's vertical section.

Year Qs Mults Score Time on avg/hr
------------------------------------ -------- ------
January-13 SOLP 115 34 19,176 4.1 hrs 28.0
January-12 SOLP 74 20 7,329 2.5 hrs 29.6
January-11 SOLP 67 22 7,040 4.0 hrs 16.7
January-10 SOLP 247 52 60,528 9.5 hrs 26.0
January-09 SOLP 244 50 59,100 5.5 hrs 44.4
January-08 SOLP 240 49 55,762 -
January-07 SOLP 145 39 27,027 8.5 hrs 28.2
January-06 SOLP 220 48 50,400 7.0 hrs 31.4
January-05 SOLP 342 54 88,182 10.6 hrs 32.3
 
DJ8OG   Single Op Assisted HP   226,9622013-01-27 11:52:56
To bad my antenna crashed 4 hours before the end of the contest. Nice conditions
this year, just wanted to test my new 160m antenna. It was ok until I wanted to
call a T6 a hour ago. Tryed to fix it but without success, to much snow and to
dark to find the failure. Anyway nice contest even it was just a part time
entry for me.
Thanks for all calls, sorry for those I couldnt hear. No RX antenna here.
CU in SSB again,
73 Matt - DJ8OG
 
N4ZR   Single Op Assisted LP   68,7462013-01-27 12:03:15
Barefoot K3 to shunt-fed 97-foot Rohn 25 tower with about 8 radials on the
ground.
No RX antenna
N1MM Logger 13.01.02

Fabulous conditions on Friday night. Little trouble hearing even with no RX
antenna, and Eu QSOs started before sunset (EI7M). Lots of easy DX QSOs. In
retrospect, my lack of RX antenna may have been a good thing. If I could hear
'em, I could probably work 'em.

Little time Saturday evening and couldn't get back up for European sunrise on
Sunday, So I just pushed for domestic QSOs until the sun rose here. My best
effort in several years, I think.
 
N2CU   Single Op HP   306,2852013-01-27 12:04:00
Had no plans to operate but couldn't resist a few hours on my favorite band.
Managed to work a new one, 3V8BB, for #202 on topband. 1/3 S&P, 2/3 Run.

K3, Drake L7 (1KW), 46' Inv. L with 97 radials, K9AY loops, N1MM.

73,
Tom N2CU <><
 
HD2A   Multi-Op HP   250,1282013-01-27 12:05:58
A nice one! The first day was a blessing. First signals began to be heard 2
hours before our sunset. Even EU. CS2F was worked with no problems as soon as
they were heard.
Downside: Despite multiple attempts, we weren't able to log the following
booming stations: YU1LA, YT0A, 9A1A, 9A1P, 9A4M, OL7W, OM3GI, OM2KI, K0HA,
KC0W, ES5RR, JA3YBK.
Wehope to work you all the next year.
73 and GL
HD2A Team
 
W9RE   Single Op HP   451,7722013-01-27 12:12:30
Obviously the best 160 conditions here in the Midwest ever in a a contest.

I only used 1 radio and ran on 1822 for the first 9 hours with 0 S and P Q's.
Quit at 0900z but got back up to work a KH6 and surprised no other Pacific was
heard. Didn't get back on seriously until 0320z on Saturday night and still
experienced very good conditions to Europe probably better then Friday night.

Friday night opening to Europe started late for me as I didn't work a European
until 0202z.

85 Europeans on Friday and 108 on Saturday night.

64- 5 pointers
202-10 pointers

Radio IC-7800
Amp Alpha 87A
Transmit antenna 1/4 wave vertical
Rx antennas: 8 direction short vertical EFBS array for 160 one ear and 8
direction short vertical EFBS array for 80 in the other ear.
 
N4KG   Single Op Assisted LP   43,1272013-01-27 12:23:59
Only worked Saturday night from 7pm to 2am CDT with one break.

Ran Barefoot at 70-100 Watts output depending on how well the lousy Molex power
connector was engaging contact on the back of the radio. Molex Connectors lose
contact tension due to heating, especially after RTTY Contests!

Only used my inverted L up 80 ft (150 ft ESE of a 130 ft tower which probably
acts as a sub-optimal reflector beaming towards ZS. ALL of my Beverages were
broken by falling trees in the last 2 years Storms/Tornadoes. Someone recently
bought the woods to the NE where I had Beverages at 45 and 60 degrees so I will
need to come up with some new RX Antennas.

Missed ALL of W7 except for 4 AZ stations - where were they Saturday?
Missed SD and ND (heard a weak SD stn doing S&P)

I was surprised and pleased to work 19 countries with LP, including 9 in EU.
CE1/K7CA was S9 on my meter at times. RI1ANF also had a good signal (and
pileup).

Tom N4KG in North Alabama
 
AL9A   Single Op HP   3,1362013-01-27 12:25:10
Very part time. A index of 27 on Sat. night killed the band for me.
 
N5UM   Single Op LP   17,6462013-01-27 12:29:09
Only 3 hours of op time, but it was all good. Was able to work lots of US and
Canada easily even with my crummy antenna. DX worked: CS2F, 6Y3M, PJ2T, HK1R
but heard a few more. Only worked ON and QC in Canada. Missed states ME, NH,
DE, AK, and HI (but I did hear NH). Conditions seemed very good with lower
noise than usual. Been thinking of getting a PixelSat loop to help with
receive, but at this QTH I have no way of doing much better with a transmit
antenna. Even so, there were bursts of excellent QSO rates when running.

73,
Al N5UM
 
N9AUG   Single Op HP   95,2652013-01-27 12:30:05
Mr Murphy decided to take up residence on Murphy Road this weekend.
I went to the shack Thursday to make sure everything was working properly.
Noticed a high SWR on the Inverted L. Too dark to see, so I went out Friday
morning to check it and found it laying on the ground. I still had the 265'
dipole to use, so was able to operate the contest.
Entered the contest as single op High Power.

Equipment - Yaesu FTdx-5000 to Yaesu VL-1000 to Maxi Tuner to ladder line to
the dipole. Was cranking along Friday night when N5CW commented that my keying
had problems. Called a friend up the road to listen to my signal. He said it
sounded like the radio keyed before the amp cut in and sent an extra dot.
Think I had a problem between the amp and the tuner.mPossibly RF.
So that took me down to 200 watts for my HP entry. This cut down on DX hearing
me.

Saturday afternoon, I decided to check out and clean the the tuner. Since it
was on tol of the shelving, I climbed on the table to access it. BIG
MISTALKE!!! The table collapsed in the middle and equipment ended up all over
the basement. Got the rig, tuner and computer back up and operating Saturday
at 0000z. Kinda took the fun out of operating so I packed it in at 0400z and
went to bed. At least, I got a good nights sleep.
Larry N9AUG
 
K2CYE   Single Op Assisted HP   12,8452013-01-27 12:35:03
This was a work weekend(nights)for me so I only had about an hour and a half
from 4:30PM to 6:00PM local time on Saturday afternoon to get on. I played for
a few minutes this morning and was glad to have KH6CC call me! See you all in
the ARRL DX CW from W2RE.

73,
Mike K2CYE
 
K4QPL   Single Op LP   29,1212013-01-27 12:35:32
Do not have good 160M antenna but enjoyed good conditions. Heard a lot more DX
than I could work.
 
W2DAN   Single Op HP   4,1762013-01-27 12:46:42
This was my first attempt at this contest. Hope to do more.

Dave
W2DAN
 
K8KI   Single Op Assisted HP   12,7682013-01-27 12:52:43
Good conditions here, save for the lame inverted L with a couple of radials.
My Flex5k recorded the strongest signal ever heard at this QTH, that coming
from KG4CUY at about 77dB over S9. I now have much better appreciation for
blocking dynamic range. Congrats, Tom!
 
DL8MBS   Single Op QRP   25,5782013-01-27 13:03:42
After a gruel work-week and with some activities for the weekend it was not in
the cards to go the full nightly program - somewhat eased by the fact that the
late night/early morning directions are severly attenuated by buildings
blocking all from 170 to 340 degrees (failed even with the uncounted visits to
the two Irish stations heard and the only F-station, only one G worked :-(

Big workout for the bandmap as many powerhouses had to be visited very often to
finally earn the qso - thanks for all the good ears and receiving systems.
Darkest moment were CQs in the face from a station whopping 4.6 km away -
immediately followed by a 15 (?) second qso without repeat over 1400 km. QRP
with less than mediocre antenna (45 m lw sloping down from 12 m and up again in
V-shape) lets one feel the impact of receiving situations and even the fast
minor up- and downswings of condx. Perhaps irrelevant for the bigguns - but it
was fascinating to hear by the changing sound of a signal (not strength) how
workable a station was. Did I miss a 3,5KW-amp? No. As someone wrote in another
case: Hard work but so much more fun than with the real work.
 
NØIJ   Single Op HP   72,5342013-01-27 13:11:55
Started out looking for DX, but got hooked and had lots of fun. Poor for DX
from NW Wisconsin--especially 2nd night. Only able to get on in several small
chunks.

73
John, N0IJ(/9) operated via remote control
 
N8VW(@K8MK)   Single Op QRP   156,0002013-01-27 13:14:24
Thanks to K8MK for the use the station and the excellent vertical. Elecraft, K2
still works.
 
N5RZ   Single Op HP   253,7042013-01-27 13:15:39
A fun, albeit frustrating weekend. Seems those mean ole East Coasters stole
most of the Europeans and left precious few for us out here in the Wild West.
I did get 29 the second morning, which was better than the first when I only
worked 5.

Only 15 JA's, all the first morning between 0919Z-1032Z with a straggling
JH5FXP at 1155Z. No local sunrise peak either morning and KH6/KL7 the only
other western DX.

Good condx to the south, but no Africa. Worked all states & missed VE5 VO1 VO2
VY1 VE8 & VY0 for the domestic sweep. Good stateside activity kept the rates
up.

The Hi-Z 8 circle RX array continues to amaze. Better than the beverage over
90% of the time. Band was very quiet - virtually no atmospherics & only a
litte tad of line noise to the Southwest.

Biggest experiment was the radio used. I recently picked up a FlexRadio
Systems FLEX-3000 and have been using it the past month. Decided to try it in
the contest and I must say I was very impressed. Too many details to describe,
but it is excellent for SO2V. The bandscope is great. Was neat to have N1MM,
PowerSDR (the "radio" window) and the Elecraft W2 Wattmeter window all right in
front of me on a 27" monitor. Used a DX Engineering RTR-1 interface for the RX
Antennas & I was off to the races. Make a few "cockpit operator errors" along
the way, but pretty much had the system tamed by the second day.

Thanks to all for the QSO's. CU in the CW Sprint next weekend, then K5RZA & I
will be off to KP2 to do the CQ WPX RTTY contest - hope to see all you RTTY
types then.

73, Gator

Equipment:

FlexRadio Systems FLEX-3000 + Alpha 99. DX Engineering RTR-1 RX Antenna
Interface

Transmit Antenna: Inverted L, Base elevated 5' with 4 elevated 130' radials.
It is vertical for 60' & horizontal for 110'

RX Antennas: Hi-Z 8 circle + 580' NE beverage thru a RAS-8 combiner

N1MM Logging Software + K1EL Winkeyer USB + Bencher Paddle
 
N5FO   Single Op HP   122,2682013-01-27 13:23:01
This was my first arrempt at CQ160CW as a Single Op, having served once before
on the NI5T Multi Team.
My main interest was in testing two new beverage antennas (aimed at Europe & JA
land) for better receive. They performed as expected and made copy of weak and
QRM plagued stations much easier than on the dipole.

The contest definitely highlighted the lack of a decent transmit antenna.
Busting pileups on S&P was difficult to impossible, and very few DXC's while
running.

The early part of Friday night was lots of fun with decent rates, but as time
wore on, and especially Saturday night, things were slow and boring.

If we had a "run" out here either night of Europe of JA's, I didn't observe it,
only hearing a handful of stations from each area. My lack of experience could
be part of that, not being sure when & where to look for those higher mults.
 
KSØMO   Single Op QRP   21,2402013-01-27 13:24:01
qrp 2.2 watts ... MEASURED/CALIBRATED OUTPUT! ... really played well ...
casual play this year .... avg rate 40/hour .. good ears out there !!!!
 
K3ZM   Single Op HP   891,6002013-01-27 13:24:06
The Disease Spreads

Elke Guttenfunk tried to determine just when it was that she had lost her
husband. Dieter Guttenfunk, a world-renowned psychiatrist, had become a
different person. It all started a year ago when they lived in the States.
Dieter had taken a position as a visiting Fellow at the medical center in
Richmond, Virginia. He never discussed his patients with Elke, but she knew
that he had treated a very troubled gentleman with some rare affliction. In an
attempt to gain further understanding of this man's difficulty, Dieter had
traveled with him to Cape Cod to meet with other members of his family. That
was when it really began to go downhill for Elke.

Dieter had started to exhibit strange behavior. For example, he did odd things
with the car radio. They used to enjoy listening to beautiful music on the FM
radio when they went for drives in the countryside outside their home in
Bremen. Now, he always insisted on listening to the AM radio. And he never
simply picked a station and stayed with it. He was always tuning around as he
drove, saying weird things like, "I can’t believe how well Radio North Sea is
coming in today on ground wave!" It was even worse when they drove in the city.
He tuned the knob constantly, listening to some kind of buzzing noises.

Then there was their adult life. The early morning was always a special time
for Dieter and Elke, a time for romance. But lately, he always sneaked down to
the basement before sunrise. In fact, he did the same thing in the late
afternoon. This behavior was especially common during the winter months.

He still stayed in touch with his patient in Virginia. In fact, he was having
an internet chat with him at this very moment.

K3ZM: How are the Morse code lessons going, Dieter?

Dr. Guttenfunk: They are going very well. My new friends at DARC provided me
with some practice sessions that I downloaded to my iPod. I am finally
learning to hear entire words.

K3ZM: Excellent! You will have much more fun once you master CW. Have you
told Elke about the tower yet?

Dr. Guttenfunk: Heavens, no. I am treading lightly. In the meantime, I was
thinking about requesting a vanity callsign.

K3ZM: Do you have anything in particular in mind?

Dr. Guttenfunk: I thought I might go for my initials, the way some of you
Americans do.

K3ZM: But you are in the first call district.

Dr. Guttenfunk: Yes, that is true.

K3ZM: That means you would be DL1DG.

Dr. Guttenfunk: Yes, exactly. It has an elegant sound to it, don't you
think?

K3ZM: That callsign is just not going to work, Dieter. Pick another one.

Dr. Guttenfunk: What is the problem?

K3ZM: It's a long story.

Dr. Guttenfunk: Is this about your girlfriend again?

K3ZM: I am afraid so. . .




Special thanks to Don, N4DJ, who provided wonderful help to me with my new
listening array. Thanks also for advice on the same from K7TJR, W4ZV and
AD4J.

I have been having lots of fun with various equipment that is commercially
available to help with listening. I am impressed by the clever circuitry and
especially the flexibility available within each unit simply from moving one or
two jumper wires. I am waiting for the day when they say that I can convert my
Ameritron remote antenna switch to an FM transceiver by repositioning JMP1 and
JMP3.


Snow began to fall steadily at the start of the contest, creating some mild
static. This was quite livable, but the sunset opening was completely
unproductive with virtually no EU's worked. Only the well-equipped big guns in
EU had good signal levels. So, I cast my gaze across the fruited plain and
tried to gather points from NA stations.

At 0330Z to 0400Z, the band cracked wide open to EU. There was a furious
collection of DX callers. It was almost like the 2009 Contest for the Ages,
but with slightly lower signal levels and more QSB. And not a single UA9 or
UA0, despite dozens of UA and UR stations. At one point, the meter gave a rate
of 110 for the last 100 worked, and practically all were EU's.

At bedtime Saturday morning, I had worked 293 EU's (includes a few dupes), 50
countries and 57 States with a total of 973 contacts and 482,998 points.

Best DX was two ZL's on Friday night. Some nice DX was 5N7M, 7Z1SJ, and 4Z8SM.
No A6, A7, A9, D4, CN8. Missed EY8MM. Did not hear ZS.

Never heard a VK or JA. I might have worked only one VE7. Did not get VE5 or
VO2. I have never worked the VE8 stuff.

Total EU's worked was 544, which includes many dupes. I don't mind this,
because it helps to keep my frequency clear in EU.

My Alpha 91B failed two hours into the contest and I had to swap in the
AL-1200. Gosh, those things are heavy. Only lost 20 minutes, and it was not
during a EU opening.

So, another big CQ 160 contest is in the books. Time to get back to the XYL.
Speaking of which, it says right here in the manual provided by Stepford &
Company that I can transform her into a feisty blond by moving JMP2 from pin 3
to pin 1. . .

73,

Peter K3ZM

P.S. Way to go, Jon, AA1K. Great score!
 
NQ4I   Multi-Op HP   660,7442013-01-27 13:39:43
First off, thanks to station owner Rick who was unfortunately overseas on work
commitments and was unable to operate with us during this year’s test.
However, he was able to make some refinements to the normal M/M configuration
to give us a multiplier operating position with a 1/4 wave vertical that worked
flawlessly during the weekend.

Compared to recent conditions on 160, conditions were good but not outstanding.
Although Asia was easily workable in the weeks leading up to the contest, we
did not work a JA on either night. JH4UYB was audible early on Saturday but
that was the only time we heard JA. We did work NH0Z Saturday morning and
RU0FM Sunday for our only far eastern Q. On the plus side we did work both VK
and ZL which is rare. The European openings were enjoyable on both nights with
Saturday evening being somewhat better and allowed us make some critical EU
country Q’s to bolster the multiplier count. Signals did not peak strongly
and it seemed that a fair amount of work was required to secure each Q in the
log.

Domestically, conditions were good with widespread activity and we worked all
of the states and provinces we were going to work on Saturday. Our first hour
of 169 was a station best for this contest. Ended up missing VE5, VO2, VY1,
VE8.

Thanks for all who were able to dig our signal out of the noise and look
forward to seeing everyone in the ARRL DX CW test.

vy 73, Jim VE7ZO
 
DJ1YFK   Single Op LP   4,5802013-01-27 13:42:02
TS-590, Dipole

Just a quick run in the last hour. Pity I didn't have more time for this one!

73
Fabian DJ1YFK
 
KH6LC   Multi-Op HP   355,7182013-01-27 13:57:09
Conditions were better than expected the first night, especially with the threat
of thunderstorms looming in the distance...the band stayed very quiet. Our
second night, while still quiet, started out slow...then got slower, with only
37 Q's in the first 6 hours!!! After midnight, things picked up with some nice
DX rolling in as sunrise approached. We worked only one European. It's a shame
T6LG, 4L5O, EY8MM and UA4M couldn't hear us. I guess it's time to put a little
more work into out transmit antenna.
Hope to see everyone in the ARRL DX CW where we'll be a Multi-Multi.

Mahalo & Aloha, K3
Lloyd KH6LC Alpha 77
Roby NH6V TX: Vertical
www.KH6LC.com RX: 4 Square
Beverages
 
NC4S   Single Op HP   20,7002013-01-27 13:57:42
Conditions were great, unfortunatley I was unable to put in many hours of
operation.
 
W9PA   Single Op LP   51,0602013-01-27 14:04:17
K3, P3, Doublet. Win-Test
Conditions to the west did not seem as good as last year
 
VE3RCN   Single Op LP   36,9722013-01-27 14:04:34
Very surprised that this full wave loop close to the ground was received by
Jamaica and Colombia! See everyone at the CCO luncheon next week.

73, Kevin, VE3RCN
 
VE9AA   Single Op HP   111,5732013-01-27 14:05:08
By far my most exciting QSO was with Nodir, EY8MM...found him (mostly) CQing and
working the odd DL or OK station. PEaked up real loud just about the time my
electric fence QRN abated. No NA stations calling at all. Wham ! In the
log.... I was pleased as punch.

Electric fence or HV line QRN was nearly s9 the first night. Way up the band I
could use the NB to knock it down to s1 or less, but down in the band had the
AGC pumping like crazy, so I just checked the band off and on all w/e and hit
it when the QRN was low. At times I used a dple @ 20' for receiving which was
slightly better--but not by much.

73 de Mike VE9AA
Inverted L, IC-746, 750w, N1MM
 
VE3KI   Single Op Assisted HP   481,6442013-01-27 14:06:54
K3, KPA500, inverted L, K9AY loops
 
KD9MS   Single Op LP   14,5822013-01-27 14:07:37
Good to hear Europe and South America. 150 watts isn't much and the last 40 min
of the contest is just about 1 hour before sunset so I could hear a lot of
stations, but no one came back. Too much daylight I suppose. Thanks to W9IU for
hearing me 5 minutes before the contest ended and giving me the IN multiplier!
It was only about 500 points worth, but 500 points is 500 points!

Thanks to all the great CW OPS working this weekend. Had to work so not many
contacts, but still fun and couple this with the BARTG RTTY Sprint it made for
a fun weekend!

73,
Craig KD9MS
 
EI2CN   Single Op Assisted HP   773,7812013-01-27 14:07:51
This was fun. First dawn seemed best for N.A. but second dawn provided four
California QSOs. No JA, ZL or VK and not so many UA0. Thanks to A92IO aka
EI3IO for coming up and giving me another multiplier during the last hour.

There was a fair bit of competition in EI land with EI7M, EI0W and EI6IZ so I
expect to be down the pecking order. It was great fun.

Worked all through Friday night but on Saturday night went horizontal from
02:00 to 05:00 and then returned to battle. Well this was costly but maybe
best for my body and mind.

K3 with P3
Acom 2000A running legal contest limit of 1500 W
Antenna was inverted L with raised radials but most of the radial are off due
to weather damage and I did not crank the tower up so height was 25M.

Receive antennas are all down except for Hi-Z four square which performed
pretty well and saved the day. I certainly missed the Beverages.

Micro Keyer II
Win-Test

Thanks to all I will go to my sleep tonight feeling pretty happy! The band
was better than feared.
 
K8MR   Single Op LP   38,5052013-01-27 14:08:08
Operated Friday night and Sunday afternoon as K8MR. I did Saturday as W3USA.
Thanks to the CQ committee for not having the ARRL's phobia of somebody having
too much fun by using two different calls during the contest!

I used the Special Event signal report of 499 (for most qsos) in honor of the
San Francisco 49ers appearance in the Super Bowl. Hope that did not make
anybody stark Raven mad.

73 - Jim K8MR
 
N3XL   Single Op HP   6032013-01-27 14:08:23
Thanks to those who were still working the last two hours of the contest and
that were able to work me.
 
KE1F   Single Op HP   46,8092013-01-27 14:08:37
Why do U.S. stations call CQ TEST on DX station's frequency?
I will have to have a RX loop antenna for the next 160 cw contest.
Enjoyed the contest. Lou
 
N1DC   Single Op LP   12,6402013-01-27 14:09:46
Great fun with limited hours. DX couldn't hear me except for EI7M.

Station : TenTec Omni 7 @ 100W, 80M dipole fed with ladder line @ 35 ft,
N1MM

I need an inverted L for this band.

Thanks for the QSO's !

73 Rick N1DC
 
WA2JQK   Single Op LP   59,2142013-01-27 14:09:47
I had ongoing power line QRN. S9 noise level all weekend made it tuff !
Thanks to recv antenna ..I could reduce the QRN.. Cold Wx didnt help..it got
down to 7 degrees here in ENY..

Tnx to all that patiently listened for my 100 watt signal!

73 ! Bob de WA2JQK
 
KN3A   Single Op Assisted LP   49,5952013-01-27 14:11:00
Had very low expectations in this contest because of the compromise antenna I
put up a couple of weeks ago in my space restricted yard. What I found this
antenna did sure surprised me with what I was able to do with less than 100
watts and a dipole. I worked all states except for ND, SD, AK, HI, ID, OR and
WY. That's simply incredible for me considering the antenna I have. Thanks to
all the ops with the sharp ears. What was even more surprising was the fact I
worked DXCC countries of Belize, Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Curacao, Martinique,
Colombia, Portugal, England, France, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Bulgaria,
Germany, Slovak Reppublic, Estonia, Ireland and Scotland.

Usually I just dabble in this contest and work mostly the midwest to east coast
only. This made the contest the most fun.

73 Scott
KN3A

Kenwood TS 450SAT
Dipole
N1MM Software
 
W3USA(K8MR)   Single Op LP   56,7152013-01-27 14:12:56
Started over Saturday evening using the W3USA club call. Much more fun with
everybody being new vs. dragging out qsos with those not worked the first
night. Conditions seemed pretty decent, though with lots of local noise.


73 -- Jim K8MR
 
E7DX(@E77DX)   Multi-Op HP   1,546,4792013-01-27 14:13:24
Condx were much better as expected!

It was another great weekend with good food and drinks....maybe even to much!

Nice competition with S51V, 9A1P, 4O3A, YT0A, OL7M, EI7M and others
on www.cqcontest.ru ! Great service!!! TNX!!!

Unfortunatly missing some scores there from big guns like 9A1A, DR1A, UU7J,
UZ2M etc etc......maybe next time!


Thanks for QSOs!

73s
es best dx
de E7DX
 
K9NW(@K9UWA)   Single Op Assisted HP   292,0262013-01-27 14:15:00
I was still traveling back home from PJ2 on Friday night - all QSOs were made
after 0100z Saturday night. Guess I picked a good night to be QRV!

142 EUs + ten other 10 pointers.....great stuff! Too bad the nice condx didn't
carry forward to Sunday morning. Only thing heard here from Pacific/Asia was
the KH6 stations.


73, Mike K9NW
 
WØPC   Single Op LP   19,3502013-01-27 14:16:13
Lots of fun handing out Qs to the Big Guns. Look for everyone on the next one.
73, Rick
 
EI6IZ   Single Op Assisted HP   691,1692013-01-27 14:17:52
Antenna TX: Inverted L
Antenna RX: 1x Bidirectional beverage 175M long (NE/SW) The other one is
broken!

TRX K3 (in RX Diversity mode for most of the contest)
Amp: Acom 1000

Many interruptions, issues with Precipitation static and thunder storms on
Saturday Night.
Sunday was marred by issues due to lighting induced damage at work that kept we
away from the radio during the Grey line.
 
VE6BBP   Single Op HP   128,7652013-01-27 14:23:08
160 always presents interesting challenges. This year was no exception.
Thanks to all for the QSO’s

73 Eric
 
W1UE(@W1KM)   Single Op HP   861,8002013-01-27 14:23:28
Now that was fun! Nice runs to Europe both nights. QSO breakdowns:
2 pts- 845
5 pts- 66
10 pts- 493
Best DX: East 7Z, South RI1/ZS, West KH6, North OH0, So Amer PY
Of the normally workable S/P, missed VE4, VE5, and VO2.

W1KM and I spent last Monday hooking up all the beverages, and it sure helped.
Using just the 4-square, the noise level was S6. With the beverages, it was
down to S4. Still, I wonder what I couldn't hear. The 61 zone 16 stations was
a record for this station.

Nice scores by AA1K and K3ZM, and I'm sure good ones will soon be coming in
from K1DG and VY2ZM.

Thanks to all for the Qs, and to Greg W1KM for the use of his station.

Dennis W1UE
 
WD5COV   Single Op HP   290,1682013-01-27 14:24:36
Lots of strong signals on Top Band this year. Managed to work a few handfulls of
EU's. I noticed from my QTH that the opening to JA Friday started about 0930Z
and produced good signals. Station from BY were very loud here. On Saturday,
the opening started much later but ended with a flurry of JA, HL, and UA's.
Still a big difference from working 100's of 10 pointers from the east coast!

CU next year.

Dave WD5COV
 
N4UA   Single Op HP   483,2542013-01-27 14:25:11
I never thought I'd wind up with more DL's than VE's in this contest! There will
be some nice scores in this one.
 
KS4X   Single Op LP   49,3352013-01-27 14:27:52
Missed ND and AK but wkd 3 from HI.
 
YU/S56A   Single Op LP   7,9172013-01-27 14:29:12
I returned from Z6 to YU and made few QSO with 27 m of shorted coax as sloped
L/4 radiator. Balcony guard rails used as ground. High urban noise level. C4N
ODX. Melodic YU/ is much easier to copy than Z6/S56A :-)

73 de Mario, YU/S56A
 
K3JT   Single Op HP   297,8912013-01-27 14:29:31
Highlight was 3V8BB for a new one! Thanks.
 
VY2ZM   Single Op HP   1,661,5802013-01-27 14:33:12
Condx disturbed on Friday night here - much more normal on 2nd night.

Nice to see old friends again.

CU in the next one.

73 JEFF VY2ZM
 
KG7H   Single Op HP   112,2512013-01-27 14:36:55
Conditions were poor second night, but still managed worked all states. Missing
provinces were SK, NFL, MB and the Canadian Arctics. 73 to all de Craig KG7H
 
W4PK   Single Op Assisted HP   239,6062013-01-27 14:37:19
Highlight of the contest was being called by 9A2AJ/QRP on Friday night.
Low-light was not being able to connect with 3V8BB. Pileups were horrendous on
Friday night so I elected to wait until Saturday night. But the band folded
early and I missed him. Friday night was the better of the two for Europe but
even then I struggled to make the contacts that I did make.

Propagation to Asia was non-existent here, at least when I was on. I was up at
sunrise both mornings when conditions are good for JA but this year nothing.
Propagation overall was just average or below average this year.

I live out in the country where it is quiet and with plenty of room for
Beverages so I can hear better than be heard. That is, if I have the right
Beverage selected. I have 11 possible selections, and I can combine any two of
them. I would usually leave one toward Europe and the other either west or
northwest. However, often I would hear just a whisper and had to send AGN AGN
while I flipped through the other directions. My apologies to those of you I
did this to as you were quite strong when I finally found the correct
Beverage.

But as always I had fun, didn't lose too much sleep, and thanks again for all
the Q's!

73, Sam w4pk
 
KP2DX(KP2BH)   Single Op QRP   7,0742013-01-27 14:43:07
Just operate a couple of hours.Iam not a a good cw operator specially
in contest but had a lot of fun.many US stations. Inverted L with radials
and 5 watts.
 
KØPK   Single Op LP   57,5822013-01-27 14:43:15
Worst 160m conditions I've seen in a long time. Friday night started out poorly
and I hoped for better prop on Saturday/Sunday, but it only got worse. My
northern latitude, as usual, compounded the weak signals - coming and going.
Glad I went LP (100w) instead of QRP for this one. Had fun but it was a bit of
a slog. Maybe SSB weekend will be better!

Thanks for the Q's! 73 - Paul, K0PK
 
Z6/S56A   Single Op LP   59,8502013-01-27 14:43:20
Two enjoyable days at Kosovo Batlava lake despite fresh snow. Two wires droped
from second floor balcony as sloped Vee dipole. Another L antenna was made
from 27 m of RG-6 coax with 10 m fishing pole. The site was closed toward
North so no WVE heard but 3V8BB was booming. Other DX were C4, EY, UA9 and UN.
Nice EU pile-up around Sat midnight at 1845.56 kHz was partly spoiled by strong
nearby YU using my callsign. I overslept Sun morning grey line and returned to
YU early.

73 de Mario, S56A
 
W4QO   Single Op QRP   23,3552013-01-27 14:47:34
Very enjoyable. Worked about 5 small (2 hour or less) sessions.
QSOs came pretty easy with few asking for "fills" from my QRP.
Most were first calls when I was not competing against another
station. If I heard another station calling a station, I just
waited for the next opportunity. The highlight for me was
"running" a freq for over 40 minutes early Saturday morning
with consistent results. OR and NV answered my CQ!

Using the Elecraft KX-3 throughout and a 3/8 wave inverted L at
100' to the "bend", then 80' horizontal, 12 radials of 60',
matching at the base.

Worked 40 of the continental states plus KH6LC and PJ2T. The
latter had a bit of trouble getting my call but not much. LC
came right back on my 2nd call. This brought my state totals
on 160 to 46 QRP (5 watts). I'd say "or less" but on 160, I use
the full HALF PINT!

As always, thanks for digging me out!

jim/w4qo
 
N4DJ   Single Op HP   193,6802013-01-27 14:47:46
I got my three beverages working just in time. Great conditions Friday night. I
had good long runs. One was 5 hours averaging 59 plus QSOs per hour. The most
fun was a run around 0700Z which included 25 Europeans plus KH6 in one hour!
Overall, working 83 10 point QSOs is a personal best for me, also my highest
number of QSOs in a 160 contest, but I ended with only 27 countries which was
not my best in a 160 test. With the conditions so good I should have tuned
around more, but running Europe on 160 was a dream for anyone like me who
remembers the Topband in 1964!

Rig: K3 driving Drake L7 at 700 watts
Transmitting antenna: Inverted L driven element with half square reflector.
RX Antennas: Three Beverages (NE, W and S)

73,
Don
N4DJ
 
KØWA   Single Op Assisted HP   49,1312013-01-27 14:52:09
Fun contest for just a hunk of wire. Highlight was working KH6CC. Great fun.

Lee - K0WA
 
K1ZO   Single Op LP   42,4962013-01-27 14:53:17
That was fun! Newly installed K2AV Folded Counterpoise worked great. Now I have
to work on some receive antennas.

Doug - K1ZO
 
NM1J   Single Op QRP   852013-01-27 14:53:46
During setup I found a shorted cable and had to switch over to my Alpha Delta
DX-CC. The traps weren't happy with 100 watts with swr through the roof. So I
decided to run qrp - not a great outcome but at least I made a few qso's and
had some fun.
 
N4AF   Single Op HP   419,6282013-01-27 14:54:43
Really intended to not put that much time in but condx were too good-at least to
Eu. Full breakout @ http://n4af.net/stats/2013%20CQ-160-CW%20N4AF/

73, Howie N4AF

CQ-160-CW SUMMARY SHEET

CONTEST: CQ-160-CW
START DATE: 25-01-13
CALLSIGN USED: N4AF
LOCATOR: FM15

CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: CW
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
CLUB: Potomac Valley Radio Club
NAME: Howard Hoyt N4AF
ADDRESS: 549 Bluebird Trail
ADDRESS-CITY: Blounts Creek
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: NC
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 27814
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: USA
EMAIL: N4AF@N4AF.NET

OPERATING TIME: 14:27:41
CQ COUNTER: 2394
RUN/SEARCH: 925/125 Qs
UNIQUE CALLSIGNS: 1024

SOFTWARE: TR4W v.4.247 http://www.tr4w.com

BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Mults Countries
__________________________________________________________
160CW 1050 1024 4114 56 46
__________________________________________________________

Totals 1050 1024 4114 56 46

Final Score = 419628 points.
 
NI7R   Single Op HP   18,2042013-01-27 14:57:45
Conditions were much better with my short vertical Friday night than Saturday
night. Friday night I was able to work most eastern W/VE stations called and a
few DX stations, including CS2F. Most eastern W/VE stations and no DX stations
could not hear my tiny signal Saturday. Therefore, Friday was fun and Saturday
was frustrating.

K3, AL-811H, portable vertical with coil and 15 foot whip with ladder/radials
as counterpoise
 
N6ML(@K6LRG)   Single Op Assisted HP   15,2112013-01-27 15:00:46
K3, KPA500 (500w), inv-L, remote

Just a few hours on Friday evening. 500w is not enough on TB! Condx seemed
poor.

DX: CT, JA, UA0, 6Y, FM, KL7, KP2, XE, KH6, CE, HC, HK, PJ2, PY
 
NA2M   Single Op HP   56,7802013-01-27 15:06:03
One of my favorite contests.

Rig: Elecraft K3/KPA500 500 Watts
Ant: Inverted "L"
 
VE3GFN   Single Op LP   14,3702013-01-27 15:09:17
Missed Friday night and only spent 2 hours on Saturday night/Sunday morning, but
it was fun! My Elecraft K3, 80 watts and my Butternut vertical.
 
N4YDU   Single Op LP   78,9882013-01-27 15:13:15
Super conditions this year. The bulk of my score came in the first five hours -
limited time the rest of the weekend.

Station:
Ten Tec OMNI VI, 260' Inverted L (65 feet vertical, 195 horizontal).

73,

Nate/N4YDU
 
N9LYE   Single Op LP   33,8402013-01-27 15:15:11
Putting up 2 EWE receive antennas was a dramatic improvement to my noise
problem.
 
VE3NE(@VE3FAS)   Single Op HP   705,8542013-01-27 15:16:21
I missed the first night completely due to work...:-(( May be next time...
Thanks to Phil, VE3FAS for letting me use his fine 160m station.
Some EUs were extremely strong on Sunday morning.

See you in the ARRL CW


73

Lali, VE3NE
 
4O3A   Multi-Op HP   1,207,0662013-01-27 15:18:54
Less than expectations.

First night was very strange. Nothing to complain about, but simply we did not
have good USA propagation. We finished with 850Qs, and 250k behind E7DX and
S53V and this difference we could not catch up. Just 26 States, and none West
coast.

Only 240USA and 42 JAs in total. New 4SQ is nice improvement, and hope to enjoy
in it for many years in future.

ANTs - 4SQ and dipol "Sirotanovic"
3 x Beverage
Legal power

73

CU in ARRL CW

Ranko
 
K3WA   Single Op HP   55,9372013-01-27 15:20:24
Soapbox: About 4 hour part time effort. Minimal DX but good domestic
conditions. Non-stop fun.
 
KB1EFS   Single Op Assisted HP   210,4902013-01-27 15:22:30
160m set-up IC7600/AL1500, Driving 2-phased verticals,(NE/SW) back up Ant.1/4
wave open wire fed Inverted vee.(NE/SW)listening with 2-700ft. bi-directional
beverages config. NE/SW and NW/SE they work Awesome! Did'nt get in all the time
I planned on, kept falling asleep at the wheel!! Had fun, thanks to all!!
 
DLØTUM(DL7LIN)   Single Op Assisted HP   48,5902013-01-27 15:23:58
Contest : CQ World Wide 160-meter Contest
Callsign : DL0TUM
Mode : CW
Category : Single Operator - Assisted (SOA)
Overlay : ---
Band(s) : Single band (SB) 160 m
Class : High Power (HP)
Zone/State/... : 14
Locator : JN58SD
Operating time : 11h42

BAND QSO DUP DXC S/P POINTS AVG
--------------------------------------
160 244 3 40 3 1130 4.63
--------------------------------------
TOTAL 244 3 40 3 1130 4.63
======================================
TOTAL SCORE : 48 590

Doppel-QSOs nicht gewertet und ohne Einfluss auf Schnitt

Operators : DL7LIN
CLUB : Bavarian Contest Club
Soapbox :
 
N7IR   Single Op LP   123,8242013-01-27 15:26:45
Unstable characterizes this year's CQ 160 CW contest. One second the station
answering you is there and the next it's not. One minute you're working the
east coast easily from Arizona and the next you struggle to work a guy in
California (news flash east coasters: that's like working any one of more than
a dozen states from Alabama). One day you're running stations well and the
next you can't buy a run for anything.

On the up side, the weird ionosphere allowed some good DX into the
unfashionable 160 meter backwater of western NA. South America showed up with
some loud signals both nights as did Europe, although the latter only briefly.
As a result I worked a new DXCC counter this year - contest bonus!

Elecraft K3 with diversity RX
TX antenna: 22 meter top-loaded, shunt-fed tower
RX antennas: K9AY loop array and N6RK 4 meter diameter tuned loop

Thanks for the contacts and your patience.

73
Gary, N7IR
 
YU1AAV(YT1HA)   Single Op Assisted LP   158,0402013-01-27 15:28:20
I had great time with YAESU FT 1000 MP mark V Filed,100W,antenna tuner and 40 m
of wire from balcony to a street light.(similar as OK6RA described).
First night was to tired to be awake all night,only 46 qso and went to sleep.
Second night decided to work untill morning,and it was fun.
Worked 20 US stations and 11 states,thanks for listening and thanks for great
ears guys!
Second day worked one hour and so and worked 70 qso and that was it.
FM5BH was a nice new one here on 160,tnx!
Thanks to all,see you next time from YU5R.
73 Zik YT1HA

QSL VIA LOTW -EQSL - BURO

Worked DXCC

DXCC | CT | 160 | TOTAL
==========================
1A | EU | |
1S | AS | |
3A | EU | |
3B6 | AF | |
3B8 | AF | |
3B9 | AF | |
3C | AF | |
3C0 | AF | |
3D2 | OC | |
3D2/c | OC | |
3D2/r | OC | |
3DA | AF | |
3V | AF | 1 | 1
3W | AS | |
3X | AF | |
3Y/b | AF | |
3Y/p | SA | |
4J | AS | |
4L | AS | 1 | 1
4O | EU | 1 | 1
4S | AS | |
4U1I | EU | 1 | 1
4U1U | NA | |
4U1V | EU | |
4W | OC | |
4X | AS | |
5A | AF | |
5B | AS | 1 | 1
5H | AF | |
5N | AF | |
5R | AF | |
5T | AF | |
5U | AF | |
5V | AF | |
5W | OC | |
5X | AF | |
5Z | AF | |
6W | AF | |
6Y | NA | |
7O | AS | |
7P | AF | |
7Q | AF | |
7X | AF | |
8P | NA | |
8Q | AS | |
8R | SA | |
9A | EU | 9 | 9
9G | AF | |
9H | EU | |
9J | AF | |
9K | AS | |
9L | AF | |
9M2 | AS | |
9M6 | OC | |
9N | AS | |
9Q | AF | |
9U | AF | |
9V | AS | |
9X | AF | |
9Y | SA | |
A2 | AF | |
A3 | OC | |
A4 | AS | |
A5 | AS | |
A6 | AS | |
A7 | AS | |
A9 | AS | |
AP | AS | |
BS7 | AS | |
BV | AS | |
BV9P | AS | |
BY | AS | |
C2 | OC | |
C3 | EU | |
C5 | AF | |
C6 | NA | |
C9 | AF | |
CE | SA | |
CE0X | SA | |
CE0Y | SA | |
CE0Z | SA | |
CE9 | SA | |
CM | NA | |
CN | AF | |
CP | SA | |
CT | EU | 1 | 1
CT3 | AF | |
CU | EU | |
CX | SA | |
CY0 | NA | |
CY9 | NA | |
D2 | AF | |
D4 | AF | |
D6 | AF | |
DL | EU | 79 | 79
DU | OC | |
E3 | AF | |
E4 | AS | |
E5/n | OC | |
E5/s | OC | |
E6 | OC | |
E7 | EU | 6 | 6
EA | EU | 3 | 3
EA6 | EU | |
EA8 | AF | |
EA9 | AF | |
EI | EU | 4 | 4
EK | AS | |
EL | AF | |
EP | AS | |
ER | EU | 2 | 2
ES | EU | 2 | 2
ET | AF | |
EU | EU | 13 | 13
EX | AS | |
EY | AS | 1 | 1
EZ | AS | |
F | EU | 3 | 3
FG | NA | |
FH | AF | |
FJ | NA | |
FK | OC | |
FK/c | OC | |
FM | NA | 1 | 1
FO | OC | |
FO/a | OC | |
FO/c | NA | |
FO/m | OC | |
FP | NA | |
FR | AF | |
FR/g | AF | |
FR/j | AF | |
FR/t | AF | |
FS | NA | |
FT5W | AF | |
FT5X | AF | |
FT5Z | AF | |
FW | OC | |
FY | SA | |
G | EU | 6 | 6
GD | EU | |
GI | EU | 1 | 1
GJ | EU | |
GM | EU | 1 | 1
GM/s | EU | |
GU | EU | |
GW | EU | |
H4 | OC | |
H40 | OC | |
HA | EU | 21 | 21
HB | EU | 3 | 3
HB0 | EU | |
HC | SA | |
HC8 | SA | |
HH | NA | |
HI | NA | |
HK | SA | |
HK0/a | NA | |
HK0/m | SA | |
HL | AS | |
HP | NA | |
HR | NA | |
HS | AS | |
HV | EU | |
HZ | AS | |
I | EU | 17 | 17
IG9 | AF | |
IS | EU | |
IT9 | EU | 2 | 2
J2 | AF | |
J3 | NA | |
J5 | AF | |
J6 | NA | |
J7 | NA | |
J8 | NA | |
JA | AS | |
JD/m | OC | |
JD/o | AS | |
JT | AS | |
JW | EU | |
JW/b | EU | |
JX | EU | |
JY | AS | |
KG4 | NA | |
KH0 | OC | |
KH1 | OC | |
KH2 | OC | |
KH3 | OC | |
KH4 | OC | |
KH5 | OC | |
KH5K | OC | |
KH6 | OC | |
KH7K | OC | |
KH8 | OC | |
KH8/s | OC | |
KH9 | OC | |
KL | NA | |
KP1 | NA | |
KP2 | NA | |
KP4 | NA | |
KP5 | NA | |
LA | EU | 2 | 2
LU | SA | |
LX | EU | |
LY | EU | 15 | 15
LZ | EU | 6 | 6
OA | SA | |
OD | AS | |
OE | EU | 2 | 2
OH | EU | 6 | 6
OH0 | EU | 2 | 2
OJ0 | EU | |
OK | EU | 33 | 33
OM | EU | 17 | 17
ON | EU | 3 | 3
OX | NA | |
OY | EU | |
OZ | EU | 4 | 4
P2 | OC | |
P4 | SA | |
P5 | AS | |
PA | EU | 8 | 8
PJ2 | SA | |
PJ4 | SA | |
PJ5 | NA | |
PJ7 | NA | |
PY | SA | |
PY0F | SA | |
PY0S | SA | |
PY0T | SA | |
PZ | SA | |
R1FJ | EU | |
S0 | AF | |
S2 | AS | |
S5 | EU | 26 | 26
S7 | AF | |
S9 | AF | |
SM | EU | 8 | 8
SP | EU | 22 | 22
ST | AF | |
SU | AF | |
SV | EU | 6 | 6
SV/a | EU | |
SV5 | EU | |
SV9 | EU | |
T2 | OC | |
T30 | OC | |
T31 | OC | |
T32 | OC | |
T33 | OC | |
T5 | AF | |
T7 | EU | |
T8 | OC | |
TA | AS | 1 | 1
TA1 | EU | |
TF | EU | |
TG | NA | |
TI | NA | |
TI9 | NA | |
TJ | AF | |
TK | EU | |
TL | AF | |
TN | AF | |
TR | AF | |
TT | AF | |
TU | AF | |
TY | AF | |
TZ | AF | |
UA | EU | 55 | 55
UA2 | EU | 1 | 1
UA9 | AS | 6 | 6
UK | AS | |
UN | AS | 2 | 2
UR | EU | 47 | 47
V2 | NA | |
V3 | NA | |
V4 | NA | |
V5 | AF | |
V6 | OC | |
V7 | OC | |
V8 | OC | |
VK | OC | |
VK0H | AF | |
VK0M | OC | |
VK9C | OC | |
VK9L | OC | |
VK9M | OC | |
VK9N | OC | |
VK9W | OC | |
VK9X | OC | |
VP2E | NA | |
VP2M | NA | |
VP2V | NA | |
VP5 | NA | |
VP6 | OC | |
VP6/d | OC | |
VP8 | SA | |
VP8/g | SA | |
VP8/h | SA | |
VP8/o | SA | |
VP8/s | SA | |
VP9 | NA | |
VQ9 | AF | |
VR | AS | |
VU | AS | |
VU4 | AS | |
VU7 | AS | |
XE | NA | |
XF4 | NA | |
XT | AF | |
XU | AS | |
XW | AS | |
XX9 | AS | |
XZ | AS | |
YA | AS | |
YB | OC | |
YI | AS | |
YJ | OC | |
YK | AS | |
YL | EU | 3 | 3
YN | NA | |
YO | EU | 13 | 13
YS | NA | |
YU | EU | 12 | 12
YV | SA | |
YV0 | NA | |
Z2 | AF | |
Z3 | EU | 1 | 1
Z6 | EU | |
Z8 | AF | |
ZA | EU | |
ZB | EU | |
ZC4 | AS | |
ZD7 | AF | |
ZD8 | AF | |
ZD9 | AF | |
ZF | NA | |
ZK3 | OC | |
ZL | OC | |
ZL7 | OC | |
ZL8 | OC | |
ZL9 | OC | |
ZP | SA | |
ZS | AF | |
ZS8 | AF | |
==========================
| | 481 | 481


MTPL
| 160 | TOTAL
====================
CT | 1 | 1
MA | 4 | 4
ME | 1 | 1
NH | 1 | 1
RI | |
VT | |
NJ | 2 | 2
NY | |
DE | 1 | 1
PA | 2 | 2
MD | 1 | 1
DC | |
AL | |
FL | |
GA | |
KY | |
NC | |
SC | |
TN | |
VA | 5 | 5
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 | |
ND | |
NE | |
SD | |
NB | |
NS | |
NF | 1 | 1
PEI | 1 | 1
LB | |
QC | |
ON | |
MB | |
SK | |
AB | |
BC | |
NT | |
YT | |
NU | |
====================
| 20 | 20


qsl via LOTW,eqsl,buro
 
DR1A   Multi-Op HP   1,335,6202013-01-27 15:28:42
We are unsure about a comment on the CONDX... The first night we felt like
propagation was VERY bad, because there was not much DX, and the W/VE signals
were only marginal. Heavy struggling on most QSOs across the pond. Yet after
the first night the log showed 215 W/VE QSOs (out of 850 total). But the only
states west of the Mississippi were MN, MO, CO, TX and NM (and N7DD AZ, but
that's another story... ;-). Other DX in the first hours included EY8MM, 3V8BB,
some 5B, UA9 and UN/UP stations. PS2T and EA8/IK1PMR called, followed by EA8CN.
T6LG, 7Z1SJ and EA9EU were bagged. 5N7M called in. The first US station was
K3WW at 00:55z. VY2ZM and VE1ZZ were worked much earlier, but they rather count
as some of the westernmost European stations... :-)
At 01:17z RI1ANF went in the log, followed by 4L5O and PJ2T. At 01:53z 4U1ITU
called in, but we are unsure because we never saw a cluster or RBN spot of that
call later. At 02:50z A92IO was found, and TA2FE, ZS6EZ and P49V followed just
minutes later. Around 03:30z "loud" US signals were at the ESP level (did K3ZM
work QRP again? ;-), and that gave time for queueing up in some pileups for
KV4FZ, FM5BH and HK1R who were worked within 7 minutes. Only minutes later 6Y3M
called in. V31YN came through at 04:40z, and FM5CD made it at 05:56z. Shortly
before sunrise XE1RCS was logged, and we stopped operating at 09:00z (1.5 hours
after sunrise).

After 5 hours break we started again at 14:00z (two hours before sunset), and
slowly started collecting nearby European stations. The first out-of-EU
stations were UD8A, RY9C, UN9LW and RT9S around sunset. At 20:00z JT5DX was
becoming workable, and later VU2BGS called in. It was a good sign that the
first W/VE station in the second night already showed up at 22:08z (K2QMF NY).
Yet it took several more hours before CONDX really improved. CE1/K7CA called in
at 00:05z (we had called him without success in the first night... ;-)
Around 03:00z W/VE propagation really improved, and we were able to put more
western states in the log: W5 and W0 got almost completed (ND and SD missing).
When sunrise was coming, the band also gave way through to W6/7: a total of 7x
AZ, 2x UT, 1x ID, 2x WY, and 2x CA (N6RZ and W6BH) were worked with other DX
like HK3O and ZF2BJ. The second night ended at 09:00z with 1603 total QSOs.

The last evening is always very painful: endless CQs with only a few scattered
answers. Every "new" (regular) station showing up on the band is creating a
tremendous pileup. It's becoming a matter of seconds to hop on a cluster or RBN
spot and catch the fresh meat (or have to wait 5-10 minutes... ;-) While CQing
and clicking European spots, 4X4DK and A65BP called in. Very fast clicks
allowed QSOs with TF4M and T77C before the crowd arrived...
My personal down-point was trying to get this obligatory JA contact in the log.
JH4UYB was good to hear, but we called with no success. Only tail-ending
stations found a way in his log. After 10 minutes we gave up, and tried JA3YBK
instead - who was worked on the first call. While struggling to find a hole in
the 1810-1825 JA windows, we came across VK6LW and got a good contact. In the
very last minute of the contest EA6FB called in for the last multiplier.

Multipliers heard, but not worked: HS0ZEE, A45XR, 4K6FO.
The W/VE total QSOs are 431, which is about the level of two years ago.

73 Ben
DL6FBL
 
SEØX(SMØMDG)   Single Op LP   222,7592013-01-27 15:29:55
I decided to try low power in CQ160 CW for the first time. I didn't know what to
expect, but was prepared to spend lot of time with S&P in the QRM.

To my surprise I hit off running with a nice pace on Friday evening, but then
everything slowed down on Saturday. The rate was miserable and all hope of a
respectable score went out the window. But something happened Saturday evening
at 2100 when the band woke up again, and during the following two hours I was
able to catch up everything lost during the day. I was again ahead of my plan
and was feeling great. Then at midnight it all came to a halt and Sunday was
tremendously slow. I guess by then I had already worked most of the stations
that I could reach with my low power setup, and the only action on Sunday where
casual contesters and a few DX. The only joy on Sunday where a few needed
multipliers found through S&P.

I didn't expect to log much DX, but to my surprise I did work some nice ones
including JA, FM, and a very few NA. The most memorable contacts where logging
EY8MM using only 10 watts (SM power restriction above 1850 kHz) and breaking
through a dense pileup of HP stations fighting to get through to AB65BP (thats
a guy with good ears).

The result is just a few points below the current SM record (well 4k below). I
worked more contacts but came in a little low on multipliers. With most of
active EU countries covered, the difference would be to snag a few more states.
 
NA9A   Single Op HP   10,2572013-01-27 15:37:13
Been on 160 since late December 2012. This was my first 160 contest. Not full
time.
 
WS7L   Single Op Assisted HP   58,2782013-01-27 15:41:10
Condx seemed pretty good ... the noise level on my TX antenna is usually about
S9 and it was more like S7. Good prop coast to coast most of the first night
and I was able to get at least one hour of 50 Q's, which is about my best rate.
Second night, I quit for a nap around 0700 because I couldn't get farther than
NM. But after two hours' rest, the band was great across NA. Only missed CT and
DC for the US. DX was pretty tough, though I did manage a single EU contact
(CS2F), which I have not done in CQ160 since the glory days of 2010. That was
my only new one. Heard another couple newbies but could not penetrate. RX was
mainly on the TX vertical with just a little help from loop-on-ground. The
latter helps a lot with domestic and Pacific contacts but does nothing for EU
so I suppose I need something directive.

Great ops for the most part ... seems like in the last few years the runners
and searchers have both accustomed themselves to the ins and outs of the band,
and I had very few "iffy" QSOs. Some were tough, but I usually either got a
"NIL/SRI/LTR" response or they stuck with me until we had a clear exchange.
We'll see if the log checker agrees :)

73 and thanks for the calls.
Carl WS7L
K3 + KPA500 + 15 m top-loaded vertical + loop on ground
 
NG7A   Single Op LP   62,4032013-01-27 15:41:23
Antenna: K2KQ Double L running 100 watts.

Had a lot of fun.

QSO Breakdowns

2 pts: 343
5 pts: 37
10pts: 15
 
NE9U   Single Op HP   229,0502013-01-27 15:43:49
Operated from my Up Nort Florence County cabin.

Luckily drove up Thursday night as last weekends 50-60 mph winds ripped my
inverted L down that I left up after ARRL 160. My pulley/Halyard didn't do the
job! Spent Friday morning with the torch/Solder repairing the damage.

Conditions seemed pretty good Friday night, although never seemed to hear a ton
of Europe...think i worked 7 or 8 Europe.

Saturday night later was much better...worked more Europe that I ever have in a
160 contest. 47 dx in total. 31 from Europe. I know that pales compared to
some of the guys to our south and East, but I was happy from the NorthWoods!

The first 4 hours or so of Saturday evening were horrible. Signals were very
weak and I had a LOUD buzz across the entire band that eventual diminished by
around 1500Z. That had to have been the Aurora covering Northern
Wisconsin????? And then when it went away the band opened gangbusters.
Strange. Wonder if anyone else from Northern Wisconsin, Minnesota or U.P.
heard it?

Thanks for all the QSO's and see you all in a few weeks in WQP/mobile. MNQP
for next weekend isn't looking good for me....but you never know!

Scott NE9U


Equipment:

Inverted L (30-35 vertical)
K9AY Loop
FT1000D
LK-500ZC
 
N2QT   Single Op Assisted HP   182,0202013-01-27 15:45:39
All q's (well except for 3) were S&P. My receive antenna seemed to have lost
all directivity so that made it harder than it should have been. I also quit
early on Friday when that appears to have been the better night for Europe from
here. This must be the first non VHF contest where I didn't work a single VE7.

Anyway need to work on my cw and rx antennas and maybe then I won't be too
chicken to try running. But first, time to get ready for WPX RTTY!

Elecraft K3 Alpha 87A
shunt fed 64ft tower, ewe rx (?) antennas
 
OK2BFN   Single Op LP   345,6272013-01-27 15:49:43
IC746 Inv. L (22m vert.) ant.

Conditions must have been excellent, had a small U.S. pile up before the SR.
(RBN makes wonders)

TKS, Tom
 
K3TN   Single Op HP   127,6962013-01-27 15:52:30
K3, KPA500, 51' T antenna

Great conditions - at least they were great after I went out and swept the snow
and ice off of the plastic bin acting as a dog house for the base of the wire T
I use for a 160 antenna. That was shorting my vertical to ground about 1 foot
up.

I only got on in spurts, mostly when doing the old fart wake up in the middle
of the night thing - which luckily coincided with very nice openings to EU on
both nights. Nice to work DX using fast CW on 160 - most DX contacts on 160 are
very slooow CW.

The little bit of running I did I went SO2V with the aux receiver in the K3,
scanning the band for new stations in my right ear. I came across K0RF as a new
one but had to send another CQ first. As that ended I heard K0RF in the left ear
answering that CQ - threw me for a loop at first. I guess SO2Rers have that
happen all the time.

Bernie W3UR as J77A calling in was a highlight. Missed AK and NE for the single
contest WAS. Worked a jillion VE3s - Ontario must be a forest of inverted Ls
these days.
 
AC4CA   Single Op HP   66,9902013-01-27 15:57:18
Wish EU condx were better fer TX. Had fun. Tnx to all fer Q's. de John/AC4CA
 
W7YAQ   Single Op LP   5762013-01-27 16:06:15
See you from 3D2 (Feb 2-7) and 3D2/R (Feb 8-21) if all goes as planned.

Will have an MA160V. Hoping for decent condx!

73,
Bob W7YAQ / 3D2NB / 3D2RX
 
N2BJ   Single Op Assisted HP   17,8652013-01-27 16:06:54
amp and antenna problems, QRN
Part time only S&P
 
N1TA   Single Op Assisted HP   3,5622013-01-27 16:12:05
Casual effort this time around. Just enough to test some station improvements.
Tnx for the QSOs.
 
K1LT   Multi-Op HP   536,1402013-01-27 16:23:51
Although I am typing this report, the contest is not yet finished.
The opportunity exists to make another 10-20 QSOs during the last hour
or two, depending on participation, and whether or not the power comes
back on.

WB8JUI came down from lands north to multi-op with me, which hasn't
been done here since 2010. I hope he recovers from the shock of
having to manipulate 2 keyboards in order to make QSOs.

Two weeks ago I had an open weekend, so I was thinking about what to
"improve" in preparation for this test. Building or acquiring new
equipment is almost always the most fun way to improve the station,
but getting rid of the intermittent "northwest noise" would have the
greatest effect.

Previously, I had declared that the "northwest noise" came from the
southeast. Further investigation seems to suggest that there are 2
separate noise sources that have roughly the same effect prior to the
deployment of the second phased vertical array, which makes
distinguishing the noises possible. The true "northwest noise" seems
to come from a bearing of about 300 degrees from here. Also, the
"northwest noise" appears to be very temperature sensitive, and gets
stronger as the temperature get lower. The past week has been quite
cold as 21st century winters go around here.

So, to combine the fun of new equipment with the goal of mitigating
power line noise, I bought a KX3 to use as a portable receiver for
noise hunting. Thus far, I've been using the car radio on 1700 kHz
for general searching and an MFJ aircraft band receiver for pole to
pole investigations. But I need some gear for the range in between.
I also obtained a small ultrasonic receiver, which has yet to prove to
be useful.

The weekend prior to the contest was consumed by another event, but I
had a chance to drive around a bit and found that there is a
considerable amount of noise coming from several power lines, both
transmission and distribution that cross near an awkward intersection.
The intersection is hazardous because the north-south road runs the
gradient of a steep hill and intersects the approximately east-west
road that follows a contour of the hill. The distribution lines
follow both roads and intersect at the road intersection, while the
transmission line crosses both distribution lines at an angle, about
1000 feet to the southwest.

The first night was mostly normal, once the we got past the very slow
start. Both contest participation and station owner performance was
less than expected. I had a cold virus, which seemed to be at its
worst on Thursday, and I had a short fever episode which greatly
depressed my motivation, which was further depressed by the relatively
low activity at the very beginning of the contest. Even at the
busiest time, the band was never "full" on Friday night.

Once Rick arrived, we could trade off operating and "supporting" and
we kept the rate up reasonably well all night. Furthermore, we were
able to run a few Europeans, although not like the great years 2009
and 2010. The noise covered signals from 300 degrees although the new
2x2 broadside/end-fire array could see 330 degrees (KL7 and JA) pretty
well. Nevertheless, we didn't hear any JA or KL7 or even VE7. On the
other hand, Rick worked the ZL that I demanded of him while I snoozed.

The second night was also mostly normal but the European run was
pretty good. We had a 71 QSOs during the 05Z hour and 51 QSO during
the 06Z hour with relatively few ESP level signals, although the
multiplier count was not like years past (I've been badly spoiled by
those 2 good years). However, the northwest noise was very intense,
to the point that 330 degrees and even 270 degrees were obliterated.

Since we were active in the multi-op class, we used the spotting
network to fullest advantage (like shooting fish in a barrel, and I
can now finally understand what everybody is complaining about in
terms of busted spots). That means despite the noise, I think we
worked nearly every W6 and W7 available. We didn't work VE7 until
after the Europeans were done, and later VA7MM was quite a struggle to
copy (thanks for your persistence!). I chased KL7RA all over but was
never able to hear him, not even a hint of a signal.

Other than using two pairs of ears to decode ESP level signals, we
didn't try any other multi-op tactics (like run versus mult radios).

Just prior to typing this report, I was eating my lunch (Rick had
already departed) and scanning 3830 when the power went off. Since it
was exactly noon, I assumed the power company was doing some emergency
maintenance. However, after 15 minutes the power was still off. The
power company outage website shows a pushpin at the location of my
local substation, which is about half a mile southeast of the noisy
intersection I described above. The pushpin says "2995 customers
affected" which suggests to me that the substation is off-line.
However, the noise is still there on the radio, exactly as before. I
threw the now marvelous KX3 into the car and ran my simple search
pattern, and the noisy locations are the same as before the outage.
My conclusion is that the noise emanates from the transmission line,
but is coupled into the distribution lines and re-radiated. Of
course, the noise I hear from my station may be directly radiated by
the transmission line, but I don't know that yet.

Since the power is still off, I am now wondering if I will be able to
finish the contest. I can drag out the generator and hook it in to
the house wiring, but I've never tried running the amp on the
generator. It might not be worth risking the tube filaments for a
dozen 2 point contacts. Gasp! Low power???

Breaking news: the power came back after 2.7 hours and the final hour
netted 21 additional 2-point QSOs.

DX worked: 3V, 4O, 6Y, 9A (3), C6, CE, CT (3), DL (53), E7 (2), EA
(9), EI (4), EU (4), F (7), FM (2), G (22), GM (3), HA (9), HC, HI, HK
(5), I (9), J7, KH6 (3), KP2 (2), LA, LX, LY (8), LZ (2), OE (2), OH
(2), OK (14), OM (6), ON (2), OZ (2), P4, PA (5), PJ2, PY, S5 (10), SM
(3), SP (12), SV (2), UA (4), UR (16), V3, VP8/h, XE (4), YL, YO (5),
YU (7), ZF, and ZL. Saw realistic spots for EA9, ES, GI, OH0, and T7
but heard none of them.

Contact breakdown: 2-point: 1007, 5-point: 72, and 10-point: 250. No
surprise multiplier this year, unless Rick was surprised by the ZL.

Equipment: K3, ETO 91B (thanks PJ2/K8ND!); 65 foot "Tee" over 70 (and
counting, down) 125' radials; Beverages every 30 degrees (actually,
2-wire Beverages every 60 degrees); 4 broadside x 2 end-fire phased
array 900' wide; 2 broadside x 2 end-fire phased array 300' wide;
Writelog; new computers (a deluxe pain to make work).

Running yearly comparison:

Year QSOs States DX Hour Raw score Ops
2013 1329 58 58 32 536,140 2
2012 1297 59 47 30 396,016 1
2011 1471 59 67 30 670,320 1
2010 1559 58 75 39 776,587 2
2009 1416 59 71 30 757,510 1
2008 1350 58 64 38 553,758 2
2007 1063 58 68 32 422,100 1
2006 764 58 47 26 260,505 1

Thanks, Rick!
 
WA1Z   Single Op LP   249,7802013-01-27 16:30:52
110 10-pointers. Worked all states except AK and SD.

EU sunrise on Sunday morning was going fairly well until about 0630z when I
suddenly couldn't work anyone. Forty-five minute stretch with no QSOs despite
a lot of effort.

Two Elecraft K3s (one receive only for feeding band map)
Inverted L, vertical section about 80 feet, 120 radials
92 Meter long Beverages NE, SW and NW.
 
KX7L   Single Op LP   3,1972013-01-27 16:32:28
Spent some time in 3 contests this weekend: CQ160, BARTG Sprint and the Classic
Exchange. 3 different experiences, for certain. Consequently I didn't stay up
too late for this one - lots of QRN here, and I just wasn't hearing much east of
the Mississippi. Still, thanks for the Q's!
 
K3YDX   Single Op HP   19,5652013-01-27 16:34:19
Getting the radials re-connected following squirrel chew throughs made my low
Inv. L happier, either that or conditions were much better than I recall the
past few years. Origionally I blamed my 6 year old grandson for snipping the
radials but since he wasn't here for the latest episode the squirrels take the
heat!
I found switching in the butternut vertical for receive really cut down the
noise and let the signals appear in many cases where otherwise there would have
been no copy.

Thanks for the Q's.

Hank K3YDX
 
N6VR   Single Op Assisted HP   181,1042013-01-27 16:39:29
Casual operation. Nice to work 13 EUs, fair amount of Caribbean & SA activity.
CS2F was heard at many times. Heard ZL1BYZ once.

Slept thru the first night of JA opening, haven't been on a 160M contest in a
long time, still learning.

Rig: FT1000MP, AL1200 amp - 1400W
TX ant: 67 ft GP with 2 50ft top hat wires and 110-135ft radials
RX ant: HI-Z 4 SQ, with electric fence noise to EU.
 
W1AN   Single Op HP   221,3762013-01-27 16:39:51
I enjoyed the quiet band conditions. Zero static crashes made for easy copy.
Fewer 10 pointers and 10 less DXCC countries compared to last year. This was
probably due to running unassisted this year and doing less S&P, but total
score ended 30K higher. I'm hoping for the same quiet conditions for the SSB
test.
73,
John W1AN
 
VE1ZA   Single Op LP   112,5002013-01-27 16:41:45
I entered to give the NS mult and to see if the old TS-520S with 300Hz filters
could cope. I did 80% of the contest with the TS-520S and then switched to the
FT1000 MkV. Well friday night was bedlam, and conditions were good, but it was
too crowded, and I was tired so I packed it in after S&Ping 100Q's.
Interestingly there was a force field right at the Mississippi and had only a
handful of stations passed the great river. I think I worked everyone in MD
and PA!!

Saturday night was good, and stayed up till about midnight (again the
Mississippi force field was working), hoping to wake up at 5AM. Well, 5 AM
came and went, and only made it at 6:30--well it was just great and had a nice
run till about 8:00AM. Worked past the Mississippi this time, but just could
not get all the mults. The 5 call area was a black hole for me, except for TX.
No OK, SD, or ND. The best highlight was KH6LC calling during the
grayline!!--Thanks and made my day.

Thanks for the Q's everyone. In the end, the 520 is a good Mult radio, but I
will have to stick with the 1000.

TS-520S
FT1000mkv
N1MM
Inverted-L with 4 elevated radials
 
KT3Y   Single Op HP   485,5202013-01-27 16:42:18
Had nice runs into EU both nights from 04-08Z working 338 EUs.
Other than that, operating time was limited.

73,

Phil KT3Y


Station:
75 ft wire vert Tee over many radials
EU beverage (400 ft)
K3, Acom A2000
 
W1NN   Single Op LP   120,8132013-01-27 16:42:56
Operated remote from my apartment in Tokyo using a TS-480 and a dipole at about
45 feet. This radio is totally inadequate for eliminating the zillions loud US
stations CQing on top of EU DX, but most of those EU stations can't hear me
anyhow. The best thing about operating this contest for me is that it is
entirely a daytime contest, starting at 7 AM local and going through bedtime.
But with no chance of doing very well, I just operated part time and took a lot
of breaks for meals, walks and watching the final two days of the January Sumo
tournament on TV.

Conditions were great as far as I could tell. No significant noise and very
strong signals from the west coast and EU. Not surprisingly, only the loudest
EU stations can hear me and mostly at their sunrise. I missed the EU sunrise
on the first day but quite a few managed to pull me through on the second night
and I even had 3-4 EU stations answer my CQs.

I managed to work 47 states (missed MT)and 8 provinces. I worked a couple of
KH6 stations with this same setup in CQWWDX last November but I only heard two
very weak stations S&Ping so no KH6 in the log this time. No AK heard.

This event really brings the stations out of the woodwork. I always work a lot
of calls I never work in other contests. It just continues to get better and
better.

73, Hal W1NN
 
VO1HP   Single Op Assisted HP   245,1872013-01-27 16:52:19
Conditions were horrible first night but Saturday night...whoa what an
improvement...who turned on the lights.! Exceeded last years results by wide
margin. Being almost in Europe helps a lot! ..Started hearing Eu sigs on
Saturday around 18Z.

Looks like NF mult was in demand...heard VO1TA and VO1BQ as well.

Very pleased with results. The Gear: Elecraft K3 (400hz + 1000hz); ACOM1010;
Inv "L" + Folded Counterpoise ( by K2AV - no radials); K9AY; North pennant;
East pennant.

LoTW + ClubLog + eQSL.
 
VA2AM   Single Op Assisted HP   104,7972013-01-27 16:52:21
Strong local noise with bad propagation with A index 17-18 both days. Signals
were down by 12-24 db below normal. Often propagation was only one way. Friday
evening was better than Saturday.
 
W2XL   Multi-Op HP   504,3502013-01-27 16:52:56
Great conditions , both nights. Best score ever from this QTH.
 
KQØC   Single Op HP   25,0022013-01-27 16:58:01
Part time entry as I wanted to be in bed early enough to ski both days...
conditions seemed OK for the US but wasn't able to hear much DX... what I could
hear I worked. 47 states... missed RI, HI, AK. Generally I have to stay up
pretty late to work AK of HI.
 
KIØI   Single Op LP   116,4002013-01-27 17:02:00
Band QSOs Pts StP DXC
1.8 636 1552 56 19
Total 636 1552 56 19
Score: 116,400
Man what a hot bed of activity on the top band.Havent been in very many of the
160 contests but reading some of the soapbox comments it was a good weekend to
be there.
A lot of huge signals here that I had to get as far from as I cud. Had a hard
time finding a hole to CQ in as the band was full all the way to around 1880 on
both nites! Great to hear so many sigs on.
Fri. nite only copied a few loud EU,but Sat. nite they were all up and down the
band.I wrked the big sig of EI7M on 1865 and YO3APJ on 1881!
My highlight and heart stopper was being called by ZL4AS as I was cq on 1808
with 100w to a HYTOWER with a top loading wire off the stinger. The
Unterminated Bev. was luckily looking his way or I cud have missed that call.
A lot more work to do here on antennas but having a blast with what I have!
Sounds like a good time was heard by all and thats the outcome we all desire.
Thanks to all who heard me and the answers to my CQ. 73 Mark KI0I
 
VK6LW   Single Op HP   54,2642013-01-27 17:09:29
Hard going both nights to USA, did not hear anything at all from East Coast,
worked only 2 West Coast W's and they were very weak. The disturbance made a
big difference on this path. Opening to EU was OK though and good to get VY2ZM
and VE1ZZ on long path right on my sunrise, second morning.

Antenna 90ft top loaded vertical with elevated radials and 2 beverages @ 600ft
each.

Kevin, VK6LW
 
ED3O(EA3GXJ)   Single Op LP   228,8332013-01-27 17:10:58
NICE CONDX, HEARD LOTS OF DX THAT COULDN'T WORK BEING LOW POWER :(

THANKS FOR ALL THE QSOS!!!

RIG OLD IC740 ANT DOUBLE "L" VERTICAL DIPOLE
 
N3QQ   Single Op HP   25,6712013-01-27 17:14:29
Could not get to mountain top, too much snow. Took 3 hours to dig out my way
down. Operated from "portable" position, Bay View State park. Nice cabins and
minimum customers, close to salt water.
Antennas:
Abt 70ft wire up the tree with radials and pair of relatively short beverages
~500ft ea. Tripped breaker during first night and no access to electrical
panel.
Got a key for 2nd night from park Ranger and had to use it twice.

73,

Yuri
 
VA3WU   Single Op LP   5,4742013-01-27 17:20:47
START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: N3FJP's CQ WW 160 Contest Log 3.0
CONTEST: CQ-160-CW
CALLSIGN: VA3WU
ARRL-SECTION: ON
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: CW
CLAIMED-SCORE: 5474
OPERATORS: VA3WU
NAME: Rick Barron
ADDRESS:
EMAIL: va3wu@cogeco.ca
 
N3UA(@W4DR)   Single Op Assisted HP   816,2502013-01-27 17:21:01
Many thanks to Bob W4DR for letting me operate his station .
 
KØDI(@N2CEI)   Multi-Op HP   609,6872013-01-27 17:26:50
Another FB run. Me thinks this result is what the past has been about, so end
of saga!

Eu the first night was grand, but not much West coast action either morning.
Eu the second night came with QRN and higher A index...difficult to run EU with
so much stateside activity not hearing EU.

Great fun and fellowship, with lots of tasks for everybody, but all agree that
more refinements are needed in an evolution from a balloon vertical to,
well...

...the older gear, before current high-tech set-up was:

RX: Drake 2b with homebrew 160m receive converter
TX: Johnson Viking Ranger II
ANT: Wire to homebrew tuner

We have come a long way baby!

73, K0DI, WJ9B, N2CEI, K4SME, L1KA (aka, The Hound)
 
K9MMS   Single Op LP   141,1202013-01-27 17:30:13
K3 @100W ; Win-Test logging
TX Ants: Inverted L ; Sloping Marconi
RX Ants: EWE; short reversible custom; Hi-Z 2-3 triangular array

Probably spent too much time tuning for multipliers. Operated S&P mode for 45%
of the total QSOs.

Western USA stations were rather sparse much of the time. Good rates on Friday
night, but rates were much slower on Saturday. Could not get any good extended
CQ runs going the second day. Lost CQ frequencies several times due to being
LP and getting “bullied” by HP encroaching CQers not asking QRL? and others
not moving if I replied yes to QRL? Part of the territory with LP at times.

Worked 48 contiguous states plus a few DC stations and three KH6, but never
heard KL7. Only worked 6 Canadian sections -- missed NS, NF, LB, MB, SK, NT,
YT, and NU.

DX was much better the second day. A very good opening to EU on Saturday night
-- earlier that a shorter opening on Friday night. Operated at my sunrise both
days, but never heard any JA, VK, or ZL stations.

DX worked (no AF or AS):

NA: 9 QSOs (7 countries)
6Y3M, FM5BH, FM5CD, HI0UD, KV4FZ, V31YN, XE1RCS, XE2S, and ZF2BJ

SA: 4 QSOs (3 countries) ; CE1/K7CA, HK1R, HK3O, and PJ2T

OC: 3 QSOs (1 country) ; KH6CC, KH6LC, and KH7X

EU: 26 QSOs (14 countries)
CT, DL (5), EA, EI (3), ES, F (2), G (4), OK/OL (3), OM, ON, OZ, S5, SP, and
UT.

As always, any top band contest is fun. Thanks for the Qs and Ms.
73,
Gary
 
VA2EW   Single Op HP   794,0652013-01-27 17:32:31
Very difficult conditions with some short openings to Europe. When open, the
signals were very strong, a sort of binary gate.

Here at Montreal I was really able to feel in real time the perturbations of
the ionosphere and the fast changing conditions: crystal clear strong signals
succeeding to high absorption, sudden openings to a small area of USA moving a
few seconds later to Europe etc...

I do not believe that this year will be a big vintage in the history of the
CQWW 160.

Thanks for the calls

Gilles VE2TZT / VA2EW
 
K1DG(@N1LI)   Single Op HP   901,5602013-01-27 17:40:12
“Are you going up to Maine for the contest?”
“That’s my plan.”
“Didn’t you have a tough time last year in this one? As I recall, the best
part of it was the writeup you posted. And what about the December
contest…you didn’t even operate the whole time as I recall.”
“True, but I’m rested and I have a hunch conditions will be better than
last year.” I didn't really have a hunch, but it seemed like a good excuse.
“You realize that it’s only 6 degrees out, and the windchill is like a
millions below zero, right? You still want to go? Why don’t you stay home and
operate from here?”
“Yeah, I know it’s cold, but I’ll be indoors and I'll have heat. Trust
me, operating from here is not the same as operating from there. Besides,
you’re going to be tied up Friday and Saturday at the women’s retreat. You
won’t miss me.”
“Just be careful…especially if you have to fix anything outside.”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah…see you Sunday night.”

One of my island neighbors was on the 10 AM boat with me. She asked why I would
want to go out to the island in this freezing weather. “Long story, but it’s
a ham radio thing going on this weekend.” Her polite response didn’t hide
her obvious opinion that I was out of my mind.

It was pretty cold as I stepped off the ferry. When I got to the house, I set
about the task of inspecting things and getting ready. Hmmm…the contractors
hadn’t gotten around to their work, so the radios were still covered with the
plastic sheet I had put on them in December to protect them from plaster dust. I
uncovered them for the weekend. Outside, I noticed the NE element of the
transmit antenna was drooping, and the bottom 10 feet or so were lying on the
ground. One support rope was broken and the wire was draped over a few smaller
trees. No climbing in this cold, so I just pulled the bottom of the wire out to
get it off the ground. I hoped that would be sufficient.

The NE/SW two-wire Beverage seemed OK, and I found the wire from last year’s
unsuccessful NW/SE Beverage experiment under the snow. I decided to hook it up
as a single-wire BOG, aimed at KL7RA.

Got everything ready by about 2 PM and laid down for a nap for a couple of
hours.

Contest started off OK…mostly Ws in the log for the first couple of hours.
Then the NE/SW Beverage went deaf. This would be bad if it didn't come back to
life. I decided to take the time to fix it, and tracked it down to a corroded F
connector at the feedpoint. I almost did not need the flashlight with the full
moon illuminating the woods. It was cold, but with no wind it was quiet and
calm. It did not portend the coming mayhem on the band.

Back in the chair, the Beverage was working again, and I was getting some
callers from Europe. I noticed that there was almost zero QRN. A few minor
issues with line noise came and went, but the band was very quiet. At 0300
things really started to heat up, and the rate meter went through the roof.
Some signals were way over s9. Last year, I worked only a handful of DX the
first night. This was reminiscent of the 2009 contest.

They kept coming. And coming. When the last Gs, Fs, and EAs finally dropped
out, it was back to running Ws. The states piled up, but when the sun came up I
was still missing VE4, 5, and 7, and ND. Score at “halftime” was about 450k,
compared to about 160k last year.

I got back on in the 2100 hour,. Things started off slowly, behind last’
year’s rate, and never really picked up until the 03 hour. In between, the
most frustrating episode of the contest occurred. Around 0000z, I heard EY8MM
start CQing about 200 Hz below me, perfect copy, no QSB. I slid down and
called, but he just CQed in my face. After a few minutes, VE1ZZ showed up,
called once, and got through. I guess the extra 500 miles was too much. I
called a few more times with no success, then gave up. I figured I’d check
back every few minutes and catch a QSB peak, but it never happened. Just like
the first night, at 0300 the switch was thrown and at one point the pileup was
like something from 20 meters. Another night with zero QRN, so I could hear
even the weakest callers. I turned up the keyer and let it fly. In the middle
of it all, ZS6EZ called in with a nice signal, louder than usual. Ten minutes
later, ZS4TX almost knocked my headphones off thundering in at s9+. Then ‘EZ
called in again, around s9, just to tell me I was loud.

When Europe finally reached full sunlight, it was the usual 25 Q/hour slog to
our sunrise. I tuned all over the band on the second VFO looking for the
missing states to no avail. A few NA and SA multipliers called in, as well as
KH6, ZL, and a VE7. Tuning the band I found KH7X with a huge zero-beat packet
pileup… tuned up 100Hz, cranked the keyer up to 35 wpm and Mike pulled me
through on one call. And with dawn breaking, ND called in for the missing
state. Slept a few hours, watched the second half of the Celtics game on TV,
then caught the afternoon boat back to Portland and drove home.

Heard, but not worked in addition to EY8MM: someone working 4U1ITU, EA(EU (who
started CQing just above me then disappeared. Always amazed at 3830 reports
from the guys I never heard…A6, Z3, HZ, RI1, VE4, another ND, and more.

IC781, AL1200. 2-element phased vertical wire array for transmit. 500-foot
two-wire reversible NE/SW Beverage, 250-foot BOG aimed at KL7RA (who I never
heard).

Congrats to Peter the Zen Master, Dennis, and Jon on terrific scores and great
multipliers. Same time next year.
 
K2CJ   Single Op Assisted HP   51,3752013-01-27 17:40:33
Inverted vee @ 45' apex for both tx and rx
Thanks to all for the Q's !
 
N2NT   Single Op HP   510,9522013-01-27 17:43:02
Nice to see scores back up in the Million range again after a couple of down
years. Looks like some great battles in USA for Single Op and Multi Op, coming
down to log checking. Also in EU I think, waiting for more scores.

Conditions were good both nights from 03-08z for EU from here. I operated W9RE
style with one radio and limited time CQing mostly. 350 10 pointers, but with a
4 square pointing mostly at EU, nobody calls off the back :( Need my inverted
vee, but too cold to put that back up.
Highlight was being called by EY8MM near his sunrise. Thanks Nodir!

Hope everyone had fun, and look forward to doing the writeup early this year,
while the contest is fresh in my mind!

73, Andy N2NT
 
KD2MX   Single Op LP   63,0962013-01-27 17:54:26
I hadn't planned on spending too much time on this one but conditions to EU were
quite good. Anytime I can work EU easily with my puny antenna and 100W is an
excellent night and here I had two of them back-to-back. Also was happy to
finally work ID leaving only AK for my 160M WAS. One of these days...or make
that nights.
 
N7DD   Multi-Op HP   367,3282013-01-27 17:59:43
Conditions on both days were very poor. Worked a few "G" stations the first
night at their sunrise. JA was not too bad but the band was noisy. Many of the
regular Asia stations were down by 30 db and couldn't work the HL. The east
coast was weak.

Second night was worse except for a surprise opening to Europe. It started at
0608z and closed at 0716Z. Europeans were S9! Worked 15 different European
countries during that period! Saved the contest for us. No JA except for a few
at my sunrise and that's really poor from here.

Always a pleasure to watch Tom, W8TK (PJ2T operator) running the pileups. It's
magic to see.

Thanks for the "Q's.
 
NHØZ(JA1LZR)   Single Op HP   114,5702013-01-27 18:20:25
NH0Z locating Tinian, Northern Marianas operated by Joe JA1LZR with K3/800watts
amp and 1/4wave vertical (TX) and paralleled pennant antenna (RX)beaming to
NorthAmerica. This is second time operation from here for this contest.
Unfortunately the band condition was not nice as expected earlier. Sunday was
terrible! Worked only big gun from 6 states FL, GA, CO, AZ, CO and CA. No
Western part of EUs at all. But I enjoyed WW160 again . Topbanders! Iwill come
back next year for sure. CU WW160 2014 GL 73 Joe JA1LZR
 
K1QO   Single Op QRP   1,9262013-01-27 18:27:08
CQ160CW Score Summary Sheet

Start Date : 2013-01-27

CallSign Used : K1QO
Operator(s) : K1QO

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
Band : 160M
Power : QRP
Mode : CW
Default Exchange : NH
Gridsquare : FN42LU

Name : Ann Byers
Address : 8 Bartlett Street
City/State/Zip : Newton NH 03858
Country : USA

ARRL Section : NH
Club/Team : YCCC
Software : N1MM Logger V12.12.2

Band QSOs Pts StP DXC
1.8 49 107 18 0
Total 49 107 18 0


Score : 1,926
Rig : K3

Antennas : OCF Dipole multi-band

Soapbox : I've been out of the hobby for a couple of years but spent
about 3 1/2 hours having fun and getting
some of the rust out and gaining back a little confidence. Conditions were
great!!!! Gee...shoulda' woulda' coulda' put
up my ant for Friday but it's been brutally cold here...with the 24 degree
"heat wave" on Saturday I was happy to have
something in the sky within a few hours. Thanks everyone for taking the time
to pull out my signal!!!
72/73/88 de K1QO (Ann)
 
W4SVO   Single Op Assisted HP   312,0322013-01-27 18:31:58
Condx from here ok but not great. No Ja's. Europe was better second night. I was
hoping to have a phased array going, but after raising the 48 top loaded
vertical on Thursday, the lowest freq was 2.375. Did not have enough coil under
the 12 foot top hat. So just did not have enough time on Friday to fool with it.
Two wkends ago a pipe broke in the kitchen wall and now I have to redo all the
cabinets. So washing dishes in the tub and only a microwave and crockpot for
cooking. And I just finish painting the house a day before thinking now I have
time for antennas! Wrong! I came here three years ago after my Dad passed away
(W4PZV). I also take care of my 93 year old mom. Trying to find time for radio,
etc. seems to take a back burner. Anyway did break my own record by 6000 pts.
Hopefully will have the array going by SSB portion. Well back to work. Mark,
W4SVO
 
T6MO(K9GY)   Single Op LP   9,0442013-01-27 18:46:25
This contest was motivation to put the 160m W8AMZ reduced 1/2 sloper antenna. On
Weds night it was up and ready to test...with good results too! Eleven JA on the
first night so that was very encouraging. Then work got in the way, hah! Trip to
Lashkar Gah on Fri and Sat resulted in missing the first five hours of darkness.
The second period of darkness (1313z-0239z) had some crummy propagation (high K
index). Then a trip to Garmsir District early Monday (and preparation for it)
wiped out the third period of darkness. Also had a LTC here so had some
training for her etc. So high hopes and expectations met the reality of
work...Thanks for all the QSOs! 73, Eric
 
K9FO(WILL)   Single Op QRP   50,5802013-01-27 18:56:56
Conditions much better than anticipated. Quiet in the midwest for a change. My
first entry in the CQ 160 CW was 1959! Have had fun in them all. Thanks
everyone for listening for QRP. 72/73, Will, K9FO
 
N6AR   Single Op HP   137,6832013-01-27 19:02:01
Friday night was mucvh better here than Saturday night. Band seeemd to close so
early Saturday night. Ironic that Sunday AM was much more lively than it was
Saturday AM. Lots of fun, but a few more DXpedityions to the Caribean and CA
would really help!
 
VE3OSZ   Single Op LP   24,3042013-01-27 19:07:38
S&P only.
 
W1FJ   Single Op HP   140,9522013-01-27 19:15:19
Just a token effort from the home Qth, great conditions. Thanks all for q's
 
ACØC   Single Op Assisted HP   181,7962013-01-27 19:23:13
EQ: FT-5000 + Alpha 76pa @ 1KW
TX ant: 68' elevated vertical top loaded with 10 elevated radials
RX ant: Hi-Z pro 4-8 vertical array and single 660' beverage fixed on EU

First time running 160 from this QTH with all antennas and gear operational.
What a blast! Lots of DX around midnight and clear local conditions on both
nights were a real treat.

73/jeff/ac0c
 
K2PS(@W3DQ)   Single Op HP   271,6002013-01-27 19:36:40
A fun contest. Good runs and a sweet EU path both nights. But I learned why
having some good receive antennas makes a lot of difference. Trying to dig
those weak EU signals out of the mud made my brain hurt.

Had all continental USA but Utah, and missed LB, SK, NWT. 15% of the Qs were
EU. Glad to give out DC.

Thanks much to Eric, W3DQ, for hosting me.

73, Pete, K2PS/3 in DC
 
KB9OWD   Single Op LP   28,4762013-01-27 19:37:56
Was able to get on Saturday evening for a bit. It has been a number of years
since I had a 160 antenna up at home. On Saturday, I bit the bullet and
wandered out in the cold and threw up some wire. Got in up maybe 25' to let me
get on a bit. My 100 watts didn't do alot but still nice to get on the top
band! That little bit of wire ran down 40 states. Missed DE, ND and all of 7
land with the exception of AZ and WY. This was a result of not being able to
keep my eyes open. I had to pull the plug about 1:30 A.M. local time as I was
falling asleep at the rig. Only mult heard that I could not work was ID
stateside. Also heard PJ2 and HK1 but my 100 watts and low wire could not make
the trip.

Speaking of the rig, something happened to my FT-1000MP with the new antenna
that the rig did not like. I got everything up and hooked the antenna up, was
hearing great. I keyed the rig to tune up and when I went back to receive,
there was nothing there! Not good!! Changed out antennas, nothing, on any
band. Something blew but not alot of time to do an overall look at it yet to
see what happened. Dug out the OLD 738 from the closest, hooked it up, tuned
up and it worked flawless all evening.

Thanks for the QSO's!

73,

Ryan KB9OWD
 
W2VJN   Single Op HP   5472013-01-27 20:10:45
I was testing a temporary antenna that we will bring to St Croix for the ARRL dx
tests. My regular antenna is a shunt fed 114 foot tower with lots of radials.
The test antenna is 1/4 wave of wire that goes up 30 feet and then bends over
and goes out to 20 feet above ground. It has nine 40 foot radials and matches
50 ohms with no extra components.

I switched back and forth many times and called CQ on each many times. I was
amazed that the difference was never more than 2 or 3dB. Worked were 13 JAs,
an HL, 2 UA0s, a VK and some easier stuff. The VK was only readable on the
temporary antenna (and a beverage).

George, W2VJN
 
AC6DD   Single Op HP   153,4262013-01-27 20:19:57
I was back a the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse (www.piedrasblancas.org) for another
CQ 160 CW portable operation.

The weather can be pretty rough out there.
It was raining on and off on Thursday, Sunny on Friday, extremely windy on
Saturday.

On Thursday I first set up a RX 4 square, than a receiving loop which I was
hoping to use with a second radio during slow times,
and the TX vertical attached to the Lighthouse.
After the antennas were up I set up the radio equipment and returned home for
the evening.

On Friday around Noon I laid some extra radials for the vertical to the NE
direction, and was also going to add radials towards the NW.
Since I was getting short on time I decided to set up a single beverage towards
EU instead.

By the time I got into the action at around 00:30 everything was working
excluding the beverage, which was completely dead.
The loop was pretty weak compared to the DXE 4 square and it was never used.
The band conditions were not too hot, the only mainland EU heard was OL7M,
pretty slow night really.
By morning it was a bear to work any of the Chinese stations. Geat try by
BY4BBS who spent a ton of time trying to copy me but kept getting stuck on
AC6BD with no QSO.

Heard but unable to work OL7M, HL5IVL, VE9ML for missed multipliers.


On the second day I tried to add some antenna radials to the NW, but got almost
blown off by the wind which has picked up considerably.
A parts bag was blown out of my hand never to be seen again. After a few
unsuccesful tries and a pile of tangled wires I abandoned the plan for the
radials.

With my extensive skills I easily fixed the Beverage problem - it was missing
a coupling in the feed cable which could be seen from a Helicopter.
The Beverage worked good, about 1200' long, made of 28 gauge kynar wire, six 5'
tall supports.

The conditions seemed much better on the second day, I was able to use
Diversity reception during the EU opening, and was able to contact a few
stations.

After the EU sunrise everything went downhill.
The wind damaged the vertical, the RX 4 square was cutting in and out, when it
was in it sometimes had directivity sometimes not, the amplifier was shutting
down.
I went out trying to find the problems but the wind was too much. At around
11:45z it finally all broke down.

Called many times but never worked OZ7YY, DR4A, F6FYA for missed multipliers.

Missed SD for US.

DX: 6Y, FM, HI, KL7, KP2, XE, ZF
CE, HC, HK, P4, PJ2, PY
BY, JA, UA9
KH0, KH6, VK, ZL
CT, EA, G, GM


Lots of work for little show.


Niko - AC6DD
 
WDØT   Single Op LP   3,7412013-01-27 20:20:58
Operated part time at KD0S multi-op, and this was at home station. Not much
for rig and antenna, a TS-450S with NO CW filter, and a open wire fed 200 ft
per leg Vee beam.. I used an MFJ tuner to end feed the open wire tied together,
NO ground radials, .. it worked, somewhat..

All Q's were S/P, didn't even try to run as no one would likely hear me.

Thanks for all the GREAT ears out there to hear my weak signal, and the
patience to pull me through.. Top Band is very interesting, some of the loudest
signals CQ in my face, and some of the weaker signals have NO trouble pulling my
weak signal out, go figure, thats what makes it fun!

Great job to all the big scores, 73 God Bless, Todd WD0T at WD0T
 
N7GP(N5IA)   Single Op HP   302,0362013-01-27 20:29:58
Lots of things to say and no time to put it all into the usual narrative.

The conditions were just about what I expected. The station performed as I
hoped it would.

CU all in the SSB 'test at the end of February.

Thanks for all the Q's.

de Milt, N5IA
 
OMØM(OMØWR)   Single Op Assisted HP   863,1582013-01-27 20:33:19
Every qso digged out from noise TNX.
VY 73 DX Peter OM0WR.
 
YO8RNI   Single Op Assisted HP   117,6242013-01-27 20:52:24
Better results than last year for me, wich is very nice for someone with little
experience on cw:-)I wkd with 500w and an inv L antenna while reveiving on a
K9AY.
Thanks for every one for qso.
 
W1SJ   Single Op HP   232,5442013-01-27 20:57:02
Not too terribly shabby for a single night venture with a low dipole for an
antenna. Luckily, I picked the better night (Sat). Lotsa week Eu's answering
the CQ's - even managed to work a few! Challenging conditions with heavy QSB,
but this was much better than the stony cold silence we often get on this band
when things aren't to good!
 
KL7RA   Single Op HP   16,4862013-01-27 21:03:43
Pretty much a blow out here. WinTest indicates just a few hours but didn't count
the CQ's off and on throughout the night. Never heard New England although the
W3LPL skimmer was able to detect and read my CQ's. Cycled F1 into and past W1-3
sunrise but no joy. Few JA's worked and no Europe. 98% of the Q's were made in
just a few hours early Friday evening. N5RZ was the most consistent signal
heard outside of the W7/6 stations. I remember some station in Fla asked why my
signal
from Alaska was so loud in the 2009 contest. I wish I knew so I wouldn't have
to
suffer these bad years.

73 Rich KL7RA
 
N6RO   Single Op Assisted HP   116,5842013-01-27 21:10:11
Operated in short spurts, mostly running and picking off cluster spots.
Good prop to East Coast Friday night, but only one EU. Short opening Sat AM
abt. 11Z, netted 35 JAs, and BY about 14Z.
Condx worse Sat. night, but managed one more EU, VK. Could not hear EY8, JT,
HS, 9M, all spotted by JAs. Quit an hour before SR, don't think I missed
much.

K3, AL-1200, wire 4 Square. Didn't bother with beverages, SO2V and diversity
RX, no headset. Just a lazy operation in-between hockey games and Aussie
tennis finals!

CU in Sprint.
 
NA3M   Single Op Assisted HP   216,2132013-01-27 21:12:15
S&P only with local skimmer. Total number of callsignes decoded by skimmer
during the contest - 23041 (only 989 of them were unique though). Icom-746,
MLA-2500 (300 Watt only on 160 meters), L antenna for both RX and TX. Thanks
for the Qs and see you next time!
 
W6DR   Single Op Assisted HP   28,0442013-01-27 21:44:15
Not very into it this year.
 
SP1NY(@SP1PEA)   Single Op HP   375,7062013-01-27 22:26:38
Very nice opening to W/VE sunday morning, but I oversleept at least one hour
from the begining.
Also missed saturday sunset because had to fix problem with PA's dead cooling
fan.
Had to ended up early so last 2,5 hrs was not for me.
No chance for rx ant. as SP1PEA is located in the middle of large condo which
is usual man made "noise generator" thus missed some mults buried in noise.
Only advantage was height of antenna - dipole stretched between two 11 storey
buildings @ 40m high with clear shoot to all directions.

Rigs:
FTDX-5000 + PA 500W
1/2 wave dipole

Thanks to all for QSO's.

73, Mirek SP1NY



CALLSIGN: SP1NY
CONTEST: CQ-160-CW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 160M HIGH CW
OPERATORS: SP1NY

-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y ---------------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Rate Total Pct
--------------------------------------------------------------------
2200 82 0 0 0 0 0 82 82 9.8
2300 78 0 0 0 0 0 78 160 19.2
0000 56 0 0 0 0 0 56 216 25.9
0100 43 0 0 0 0 0 43 259 31.1
0200 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 291 34.9
0300 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 325 39.0
0400 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 355 42.6
0500 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 379 45.5
0600 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 409 49.1
0700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 409 49.1
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 409 49.1
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 409 49.1
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 409 49.1
1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 409 49.1
1200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 409 49.1
1300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 409 49.1
1400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 409 49.1
1500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 409 49.1
1600 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 412 49.5
1700 43 0 0 0 0 0 43 455 54.6
1800 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 488 58.6
1900 43 0 0 0 0 0 43 531 63.7
2000 44 0 0 0 0 0 44 575 69.0
2100 31 0 0 0 0 0 31 606 72.7
2200 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 629 75.5
2300 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 631 75.8
0000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 631 75.8
0100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 631 75.8
0200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 631 75.8
0300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 631 75.8
0400 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 649 77.9
0500 41 0 0 0 0 0 41 690 82.8
0600 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 722 86.7
0700 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 725 87.0
0800 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 726 87.2
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 726 87.2
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 726 87.2
1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 726 87.2
1200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 726 87.2
1300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 726 87.2
1400 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 734 88.1
1500 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 759 91.1
1600 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 780 93.6
1700 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 799 95.9
1800 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 809 97.1
1900 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 833 100.0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 833 100.0
2100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 833 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 833 0 0 0 0 0 833

Gross QSOs=844 Dupes=11 Net QSOs=833

Unique callsigns worked = 833

The best 60 minute rate was 82/hour from 2200 to 2259
The best 30 minute rate was 116/hour from 2208 to 2237
The best 10 minute rate was 156/hour from 2214 to 2223

The best 1 minute rates were:
4 QSOs/minute 1 times.
3 QSOs/minute 26 times.
2 QSOs/minute 148 times.
1 QSOs/minute 455 times.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 3
4 257
5 369
6 199
7 2
8 2
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
-------------------------------------------------------------------
3V 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
4L 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
4O 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
5B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
6Y 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
9A 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 1.0
CT 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
DL 148 0 0 0 0 0 148 17.8
E7 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 1.0
EA 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.6
EA9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
EI 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.5
ER 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.4
ES 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.5
EU 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 2.2
EY 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
F 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.6
FM 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
G 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 2.6
GI 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
GM 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.6
GW 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
HA 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 2.6
HB 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
I 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 2.2
*IT9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
JA 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
K 77 0 0 0 0 0 77 9.2
KP2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
LA 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.5
LY 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 3.8
LZ 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.6
OE 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
OH 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 2.4
OH0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
OK 44 0 0 0 0 0 44 5.3
OM 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 2.5
ON 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.7
OZ 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 1.1
PA 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 2.2
PJ2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
S5 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 3.6
SM 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 2.0
SP 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 4.0
SV 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.6
UA 86 0 0 0 0 0 86 10.3
UA2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
UA9 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 1.7
UN 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.4
UR 69 0 0 0 0 0 69 8.3
VE 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.8
YL 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 1.1
YO 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 1.3
YU 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 1.8
Z3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Total 833 0 0 0 0 0 833

------------ 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
-------------------------------------------------------------
15 273 0 0 0 0 0 273 32.8
14 251 0 0 0 0 0 251 30.1
16 180 0 0 0 0 0 180 21.6
20 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 2.6
17 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 1.4
VA 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 1.0
MD 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 1.0
PA 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.8
NY 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.8
ON 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.7
MA 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.6
OH 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.6
NC 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.5
08 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.5
CT 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.4
FL 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.4
NH 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.4
MI 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.4
18 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
33 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
IN 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
IL 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
KY 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
RI 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
GA 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
TN 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
DE 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
NJ 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
PEI 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
21 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
ME 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
09 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
SC 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
WV 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
VT 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
DC 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
AZ 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
25 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
------------------------------------------------------
Total 833 0 0 0 0 0 833

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
--------------------
0 1 0.1
1 15 1.8
2 15 1.8
3 15 1.8
4 15 1.8
5 3 0.4
6 0 0.0
7 1 0.1
8 9 1.1
9 3 0.4
--------------------
Total 77 9.2
 
N6HI   Single Op QRP   3852013-01-27 22:29:23
QRP 5W, ANT = 20 foot End-Fed Wire out the window + indoor loading coil!
GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS !
 
W6BH   Multi-Op HP   387,7832013-01-27 22:49:21
Thanks to Lee, W6BH, for letting us use the station.
 
OV3X(OZ8AE)   Single Op HP   229,5152013-01-27 22:50:33
Put up a 1/4 wave coax L-antenna - designed by NZ4O. - Only 6-7 meters of it
vertically. The remaining wire over a flagpole and to a tree. 3 elevated
radials. Rig IC-775DSP plus Ameritron AL-811 with max 400 watts output. Condx
with QRN and heavy QSB making it diffecult to dig out signals at times. Condx
changed very fast. A better RX antenna could have helped. Did only work the
East coast of US. The last hour 2100-2200 UTC the band was so nice and quiet.
Was called by VE1ZZ and had a fine QSO. Last time was in 1984 when I worked him
from OY. 73 Joergen OZ8AE
 
E71A   Single Op HP   762,4982013-01-27 23:02:12
Setup:
Tower 30m + sloping wire 27m,
TS590 + 1.5 KW

QSL via QRZ.com

73 CU in Contest,s
Emil
 
DL8ZAW   Single Op Assisted HP   140,4302013-01-27 23:22:26
Better than expected! Not a very high score, but my personal best. 10 times
higher compared to my entry last year. I've only a very low dipole, slooping
from 12m to 6m above ground, so I'm very happy that even some DX came back to
my calls.
Next year I hope to have the vertical project ready.

The only disadvantage was the noise generated by our own plasma TV. Over S9,
when it was switched on. Had some discussions with the XYL to convince her not
to watch TV in the evenings of the whole weekend. Oh boy, that was tough....
Maybe I should buy her some flowers? Or, better a new TV....

73 and thanks to all who come back to my calls!

Frank, DL8ZAW
 
WQ6X   Single Op LP   662013-01-27 23:44:24
This was another WQ6X ad-Hoc setup running an ICOM 7000 into a pair of 80/40
hamsticks on a pole about 5mh. I want to thank all the stations who LISTENED
carefully for my virtually non-existent signal. It allowed me to officially
play around on 160 this weekend. Next year I should have a real 160 antenna
setup.
 
9A1P   Multi-Op HP   1,317,0842013-01-28 00:05:41
Nice contest as always. Good DXes and lot of laughing, eating, drinking.

We used 30m GP with 50 radials + 5 beverages

Weird condx but with great hour to mid-west/west USA on our sunday's sunrise.

Lack of JA QSOs (only 8) - tyipcal for our station.

It's a bit frustrating to know that there were multipliers calling us and we
didnt RX. Another frustration is when DXes doesnt hear us and starts CQing into
our face on our freq - and then RBN pile up shows up :-)

Compliments to all our neighbours for great scores E7DX, S51V, 4O3A, 9A1A,
YT0A, 9A4M...

73,
9A1P team
 
S5ØA   Single Op HP   584,4922013-01-28 00:07:43
Only part time operation.
73, Tine Brajnik S50A
 
YU7AV   Single Op HP   859,6602013-01-28 00:47:19
1 EL Delta Loop (USA), Beverages

AS 6% (JA - 19)
NA 12% (K,VE - 165)

73! Voja
 
OLØA(OK1CZ)   Single Op LP   253,8722013-01-28 01:03:33
As I could not go to my country QTH this time I operated from my home city QTH.
Condx were very good, enabling me to work 24 states around my sunrise time.

RIG IC-9100, 100W
ANT: halfwave OCF at 14m and 1/4 wave inverted L
 
HG7T   Multi-Op HP   819,0262013-01-28 01:06:21
Tnx Tibi HA7TM
 
W5JR   Single Op Assisted HP   179,6912013-01-28 01:20:46
Well, that was fun! The station played well and the band was amazingly quiet
both nights although EU was not very strong here the first night. Much better
on the second night and worked everyone I could hear, doubling last year's
country count. Used my 40m vertical loop for the receive antenna and it worked
much better for RX than the TX antenna. Real RX antennas ought to work even
better next season!! Passed up the KL7 first night (huge pileup) expecting to
get one later or the second night. Never heard or saw a spot again. It was
the only "state" missed as KK0SD answered my CQ Sunday morning to complete the
lower 48 sweep - THANKS!!! Worked 8 Provinces. Not sure how many were
represented, but I worked all I heard or saw spotted. Was not available for
local sunset either night and may have missed a few countries but doubtful.
Almost the same BIS as last year (19 vs 18 hours), a few more Q's (740 vs 706 -
an "hour's" worth!), nearly equal ST/P count (56 vs 54) but double the country
count (33 vs 17) and thus 70k more points this year. I did add one NEW country
to my count - gotta love that!

During the boredom of calling CQ the second night after EU sunrise, I began
playing with SO2V in N1MM. Quite a bit more complicated than SO2R, but I did
manage to make a few extra Q's using it. It is particularly useful if
operating assisted. Allowed me to "queue" a workable spot to the second VFO,
check that Op's sequencing during my RX time and quickly work them if the
timing was right, then get back to CQ'ing on the other VFO. Kind of like having
my own in band "multiplier station". But that non-stero dual reciving and
keeping the proper VFO focus correct is a challenge to manage (and learn
*during* the contest). I'll be using that again in single band contests when
the running gets slow. My crude, manual, low tech SO2R (a "vintage" IC-735!) is
obviously better for multiband contests.

See everyone next month in the ARRL.

Icom 756ProII (now using SO2V!), Alpha 78, TX - Inv L, RX - 40m vert loop,
N1MM, ample supply of Diet Cherry Dr Pepper
 
S57DX   Single Op LP   394,5242013-01-28 01:32:44
Very hard with low power as always. Good condition to NA both nights. Even some
of them reply to my CQ... Heard a lot of multipliers but cant break pile ups
with my tiny signal. Endless CQ-ing but thats the only way to have enough
contacts in my log.
73 de Slavko S57DX
 
YT2AAA(@YT2AAA/P)   Single Op LP   266,8252013-01-28 02:07:10
RIG: IC-745
ANT: INV-L (15m Vert.), 10 radials

IC-745 without any filters is not a very good choice for this contest :)
 
OH5Z(OH5TS)   Single Op HP   382,6502013-01-28 02:17:30
That was tough. First day conditions were strictly to Europe. Sunday was better.
The K9AY was hit by snow and was mainly unusable. So most listening was with the
vertical tower. I missed working a JA since it was impossible to get there on
the Japanese band and certainly no JA managed to run his own pile up there.
This year was the worst in my remembering of the intruders taking your
frequency. Just the jungle laws existed. Maybe the next step is to send
computer viruses to those ordinary station to stop them reserving valuable
frequencies from the best.
I missed some multipliers but most of them were S/P. I think i will get back to
low power if I run this contest any more. The rig FT1000mp Field plus Alpha 91B,
strictly set at 1500 w' and a shunt fed tower with 4 elevated radials.
Thanks and good luck, 73 de Kari OH5TS
 
DL4YAO   Single Op LP   32,3752013-01-28 02:37:39
IC7800, 12m T-Ant in the snow
 
UT4XXA   Multi-Op HP   571,3322013-01-28 02:38:49
Setup:
Rig: TS-590+PA
Ant: GP 25m+Bev
 
W1TO   Single Op HP   16,0862013-01-28 03:19:22
Part time effort from home before and after KB1W participation.
 
K8FH   Single Op LP   231,8452013-01-28 03:29:47
All my years operating on 160, I have never before experienced the openings we
had early morning Saturday and Sunday in the contest. European signals were
stronger than stateside signals on the receive antennas for about an hour
Sunday morning, strange propagation. Nothing big deal to the West except Hawaii
(KH6CC, KH7X, & KH6LC). Very much fun!

K3
1/4 wave 160 vertical w/120 radials
DX Engineering 4 square receive antenna
N1MM logging software
Lots of Pepsi

73, Fred 108 more days till DAYTON!!
 
YT9X   Multi-Op HP   525,0422013-01-28 03:30:25
73's
Milan YU1ZZ
 
SM7MX(SM5MX)   Single Op LP   193,3722013-01-28 03:31:51
Rig: TS-850SAT
Ant: 18 m T-vertical
S/W: TR4W

73,
Rolf
SM5MX
 
K6CSL   Single Op LP   2,3252013-01-28 03:43:41
10 QSO's short of my station best score in 2010. The only DX I heard or worked
was XE2 and KH6(1 each) I heard some of the big guns working JA's, but I didn't
hear any. TNX to all the KB'ers who gave me points. Bert, K6CSL
 
KB1W(@K1TTT)   Multi-Op HP   734,4002013-01-28 04:11:03
Thanks to K1TTT for the use of his fine station.
 
W1UJ   Single Op LP   7,6162013-01-28 04:14:09
Passing through shack with quick sweeps through the weekend.
 
G5W(G3BJ)   Single Op HP   1,123,9742013-01-28 04:51:22
An interesting contest ! Curate’s egg " good in parts. But some moments of
boredom as well.

I'd been doing some modelling at GM3POI's suggestion, of the effect of the
nearest tower on the vertical, and found that at some heights it gave a 12 dB
attenuation to the North East! So before sorting that out by resonating the
tower elsewhere (it models as naturally resonant when at full height on about
1.8 MHz) I lowered it completely for the contest.

The first evening got off to a bad start when I found an arc fault detected by
the linear " during the evening it had been snowing again (unknown to me) and
the vertical was standing in snow. Once that was cleared, the first night was
quite good, with solid signals to Europe and near-Asia but I heard no JA. The
US was late to get going, and it wasn’t until 04.00 that the rate began to
climb. No California the first night, but pretty good overall.

Saturday evening was a disappointment. Many signals were in the mush most of
the time " Europeans were weak - and no JA again although HS0ZAA was an
enormous signal. 9M6YBG was a reasonable signal, but did not seem to be hearing
Western Europe - or at least me. The A index at 17 was probably not helping
propagation.Things were so bad by 00.30 and tiredness was beginning to take
hold, so I elected for 90 minutes sleep. It was not much better at 02.15, but
by 04.00 the US was again appearing in volume and this continued through to
08.00. At 06.00 my noise level suddenly shot up, with a sound like static rain.
I went outside and checked " no rain. But when it faded away about ten minutes
later, it had all the characteristics of static rain " reducing to a few
spikes and then stopping. Perhaps rainless static rain ?

In the run to 08.00, several of the westernmost states appeared, but I missed
out on NV and OR. The icing on the cake was being called by ZL3IX at around
0802.

Sunday evening was a bit of a mess. A few new mults from the East, again no JA
for me until right at the end. T6LG refused to hear me, as did VU2BGS who had
a huge pile. For me, European callers were steady but not fast. The challenge
in the evenings is to work the Far East over the heads of the rest of Europe
and that remains quite tricky. But the Sunday evening was notable for being
able to hold a frequency with little adjacent QRM just inside the top of the JA
window. It was a nice quiet spot, and quite a few mults found me there.

A civilised contest, with daytime sleep periods. Operating manners left
something to be desired in some cases and some appalling clicks on a few
signals. I have a list !

Looking at the past year’s results, the QSO count I ended with is not too
bad, but the mults are poor " I hope because of the DX conditions and not the
operator.

Reflections: at last I am content with the receive antennas, which acquitted
themselves well. The FT5000 continues to impress on cluttered big-signal
bands.

Thanks to everyone for the Q's.

73

Don, G3BJ

Equipment: FT5000+linear+ 90ft vertical
K9AY and two bi-directional beverages for receive
Win-Test (of course)
Total scoring QSOs: 1457 Score: 1.123M
Mults: DX: 75 States/Provinces: 48

Outside Europe countries:
XE, PY, CE, HK, HC, KV4, FM, V3, PJ2, P4, 6Y, D44, EA8, 3V8, CT3, EA9, 4X, 5B,
A65, HZ, ZL, TA2, HS, JA, VK6, A9, UN, 4L, EY, UA9,
 
NZ1U(@KB1H)   Multi-Op HP   156,9102013-01-28 05:09:31
Limited operating due to our Annual Barnstormer's Christmas Party. Conditions
seemed good especially the second night. Worked all the 10 & 5 pointers mostly
between 0500Z - 0700Z the second night.

Thanks for the QSOs.

Dick - KB1H
 
9A1A   Multi-Op HP   1,189,4222013-01-28 05:18:28
Good progatation on Saturday to NE/E. Worked 33 JAs, and BD,BV,HS,VK,VU,9M6, all
of them came on CQ. On Sunday no any JA. South Americans were also solid.
But situation towards NW was no so good. Something happened with beverage coax,
because we did not heard sigs from "classical" states like
MS,OK,MN,NE, and others had unusual low sigs. Coax is quite long and under cca
70 to 80cm freezed snow, we could not do anything.
Could not get A45XR and T77C, to much crowded freq by callers.

Congrats to all our neighbours having excellent scores.

73
9A1A team
 
SP2LNW   Single Op HP   429,0242013-01-28 05:20:34
73 Slaw SP2LNW
 
W6IZT   Multi-Op HP   460,2782013-01-28 05:24:36
Thank's to everyone for the contacts. Conditions were OK on Friday to EU and
much improved on Saturday with a good EU run. No openings to JA or VK/ZL on
either day, but managed to work RU0FM on Sunday morning.

We had a great time and plan to be back next year.

73
 
OZ7YY   Single Op HP   801,3502013-01-28 05:27:12
Still far too many stations with (deliberate?) heavy CLICKS.
I made a list of some, (not all) of the worst clickers:
OK7K, YT0A, SN2M, LY2MM, HG5A, LY7M, 9A1P, ES5RR, 8S0DX, YL2TB, UX1UA,E7DX,
DK6WL, SP1NY, S53O, YU7AV, DD2ML, OL7M, UU7J, SN3R, OK5Z, DL1WA, SP1GZF, DL5SE,
9A4M, SP4INT, 9A8M, HG7T, LY5R, DL4UNY, EW1WA, DL4MCF.
CQ promissed last year to do something to get rid of bad signals, ie. clicks
and splatter. With the net of SDR receivers around the world, it should be easy
to check for the worst signals!
It would be much more fun to be in the contest if all signals were without
clicks.
Yes, I know that it is much easier to keep your frequency when your transmitter
makes it impossible for others to hear anything +/- 1 kHz or more from your
frequency. It is not ham spirit to have so bad signals!
Finn
oz7yy
 
UU7J   Multi-Op HP   1,210,6082013-01-28 05:30:18
CQ 160 CW is one of our favorit contest.
This year we prepared next configuratin:
2 el USA\VK, 2 el JA\SA, GP
first field RX antennas 8x 330-550 m beverages,
second field RX antennas 5x 500-850 m beverages,
third field 4 SQARE RX K94 by RA6LBS.
Trancevers was 2xFT1000D, K2, K3

Some statistic bellow:

Worked States/Provinces
| 160 | TOTAL
====================
CT | 5 | 5
MA | 20 | 20
ME | 2 | 2
NH | 8 | 8
RI | 4 | 4
VT | 1 | 1
NJ | 8 | 8
NY | 19 | 19
DE | 1 | 1
PA | 30 | 30
MD | 20 | 20
DC | |
AL | 1 | 1
FL | 15 | 15
GA | 3 | 3
KY | 1 | 1
NC | 6 | 6
SC | 3 | 3
TN | 2 | 2
VA | 23 | 23
AR | 1 | 1
LA | |
MS | |
NM | 1 | 1
OK | 1 | 1
TX | |
CA | |
AZ | |
ID | |
MT | |
NV | |
OR | |
UT | |
WA | |
WY | |
MI | 2 | 2
OH | 6 | 6
WV | 5 | 5
IL | 4 | 4
IN | 4 | 4
WI | 2 | 2
CO | 1 | 1
IA | |
KS | 1 | 1
MN | |
MO | |
ND | |
NE | 1 | 1
SD | |
NB | 2 | 2
NS | 4 | 4
NF | 1 | 1
PEI | 1 | 1
LB | |
QC | 4 | 4
ON | 11 | 11
MB | |
SK | |
AB | |
BC | |
NT | |
YT | |
NU | |
====================
| 224 | 224

DXCC | CT | 160 | TOTAL
==========================
1A | EU | |
1S | AS | |
3A | EU | |
3B6 | AF | |
3B8 | AF | |
3B9 | AF | |
3C | AF | |
3C0 | AF | |
3D2 | OC | |
3D2/c | OC | |
3D2/r | OC | |
3DA | AF | |
3V | AF | 1 | 1
3W | AS | |
3X | AF | |
3Y/b | AF | |
3Y/p | SA | |
4J | AS | 1 | 1
4L | AS | 2 | 2
4O | EU | 1 | 1
4S | AS | |
4U1I | EU | 1 | 1
4U1U | NA | |
4U1V | EU | |
4W | OC | |
4X | AS | 4 | 4
5A | AF | |
5B | AS | 2 | 2
5H | AF | |
5N | AF | 1 | 1
5R | AF | |
5T | AF | |
5U | AF | |
5V | AF | |
5W | OC | |
5X | AF | |
5Z | AF | |
6W | AF | |
6Y | NA | 1 | 1
7O | AS | |
7P | AF | |
7Q | AF | |
7X | AF | |
8P | NA | |
8Q | AS | |
8R | SA | |
9A | EU | 12 | 12
9G | AF | |
9H | EU | |
9J | AF | |
9K | AS | |
9L | AF | |
9M2 | AS | |
9M6 | OC | 1 | 1
9N | AS | |
9Q | AF | |
9U | AF | |
9V | AS | |
9X | AF | |
9Y | SA | |
A2 | AF | |
A3 | OC | |
A4 | AS | 1 | 1
A5 | AS | |
A6 | AS | 1 | 1
A7 | AS | |
A9 | AS | 1 | 1
AP | AS | |
BS7 | AS | |
BV | AS | |
BV9P | AS | |
BY | AS | 4 | 4
C2 | OC | |
C3 | EU | |
C5 | AF | |
C6 | NA | |
C9 | AF | |
CE | SA | 1 | 1
CE0X | SA | |
CE0Y | SA | |
CE0Z | SA | |
CE9 | SA | |
CM | NA | |
CN | AF | |
CP | SA | |
CT | EU | 5 | 5
CT3 | AF | |
CU | EU | |
CX | SA | |
CY0 | NA | |
CY9 | NA | |
D2 | AF | |
D4 | AF | |
D6 | AF | |
DL | EU | 212 | 212
DU | OC | |
E3 | AF | |
E4 | AS | |
E5/n | OC | |
E5/s | OC | |
E6 | OC | |
E7 | EU | 11 | 11
EA | EU | 15 | 15
EA6 | EU | |
EA8 | AF | |
EA9 | AF | 1 | 1
EI | EU | 7 | 7
EK | AS | |
EL | AF | |
EP | AS | |
ER | EU | 3 | 3
ES | EU | 6 | 6
ET | AF | |
EU | EU | 25 | 25
EX | AS | |
EY | AS | 1 | 1
EZ | AS | |
F | EU | 10 | 10
FG | NA | |
FH | AF | |
FJ | NA | |
FK | OC | |
FK/c | OC | |
FM | NA | 2 | 2
FO | OC | |
FO/a | OC | |
FO/c | NA | |
FO/m | OC | |
FP | NA | |
FR | AF | |
FR/g | AF | |
FR/j | AF | |
FR/t | AF | |
FS | NA | |
FT5W | AF | |
FT5X | AF | |
FT5Z | AF | |
FW | OC | |
FY | SA | |
G | EU | 33 | 33
GD | EU | |
GI | EU | 3 | 3
GJ | EU | |
GM | EU | 5 | 5
GM/s | EU | |
GU | EU | 1 | 1
GW | EU | 3 | 3
H4 | OC | |
H40 | OC | |
HA | EU | 36 | 36
HB | EU | 4 | 4
HB0 | EU | |
HC | SA | |
HC8 | SA | |
HH | NA | |
HI | NA | |
HK | SA | 2 | 2
HK0/a | NA | |
HK0/m | SA | |
HL | AS | 2 | 2
HP | NA | |
HR | NA | |
HS | AS | 1 | 1
HV | EU | |
HZ | AS | 1 | 1
I | EU | 48 | 48
IG9 | AF | |
IS | EU | |
IT9 | EU | 3 | 3
J2 | AF | |
J3 | NA | |
J5 | AF | |
J6 | NA | |
J7 | NA | |
J8 | NA | |
JA | AS | 70 | 70
JD/m | OC | |
JD/o | AS | |
JT | AS | 1 | 1
JW | EU | |
JW/b | EU | |
JX | EU | |
JY | AS | |
KG4 | NA | |
KH0 | OC | 1 | 1
KH1 | OC | |
KH2 | OC | 1 | 1
KH3 | OC | |
KH4 | OC | |
KH5 | OC | |
KH5K | OC | |
KH6 | OC | |
KH7K | OC | |
KH8 | OC | |
KH8/s | OC | |
KH9 | OC | |
KL | NA | |
KP1 | NA | |
KP2 | NA | 1 | 1
KP4 | NA | |
KP5 | NA | |
LA | EU | 7 | 7
LU | SA | |
LX | EU | 1 | 1
LY | EU | 35 | 35
LZ | EU | 16 | 16
OA | SA | |
OD | AS | |
OE | EU | 5 | 5
OH | EU | 22 | 22
OH0 | EU | 2 | 2
OJ0 | EU | |
OK | EU | 72 | 72
OM | EU | 34 | 34
ON | EU | 7 | 7
OX | NA | |
OY | EU | |
OZ | EU | 11 | 11
P2 | OC | |
P4 | SA | 1 | 1
P5 | AS | |
PA | EU | 22 | 22
PJ2 | SA | 1 | 1
PJ4 | SA | |
PJ5 | NA | |
PJ7 | NA | |
PY | SA | 3 | 3
PY0F | SA | |
PY0S | SA | |
PY0T | SA | |
PZ | SA | |
R1FJ | EU | |
S0 | AF | |
S2 | AS | |
S5 | EU | 42 | 42
S7 | AF | |
S9 | AF | |
SM | EU | 23 | 23
SP | EU | 55 | 55
ST | AF | |
SU | AF | |
SV | EU | 12 | 12
SV/a | EU | |
SV5 | EU | 1 | 1
SV9 | EU | 1 | 1
T2 | OC | |
T30 | OC | |
T31 | OC | |
T32 | OC | |
T33 | OC | |
T5 | AF | |
T7 | EU | 1 | 1
T8 | OC | |
TA | AS | 2 | 2
TA1 | EU | |
TF | EU | 1 | 1
TG | NA | |
TI | NA | |
TI9 | NA | |
TJ | AF | |
TK | EU | |
TL | AF | |
TN | AF | |
TR | AF | |
TT | AF | |
TU | AF | |
TY | AF | |
TZ | AF | |
UA | EU | 196 | 196
UA2 | EU | 2 | 2
UA9 | AS | 58 | 58
UK | AS | 1 | 1
UN | AS | 10 | 10
UR | EU | 126 | 126
V2 | NA | |
V3 | NA | |
V4 | NA | |
V5 | AF | |
V6 | OC | |
V7 | OC | |
V8 | OC | |
VK | OC | 1 | 1
VK0H | AF | |
VK0M | OC | |
VK9C | OC | |
VK9L | OC | |
VK9M | OC | |
VK9N | OC | |
VK9W | OC | |
VK9X | OC | |
VP2E | NA | |
VP2M | NA | |
VP2V | NA | |
VP5 | NA | |
VP6 | OC | |
VP6/d | OC | |
VP8 | SA | |
VP8/g | SA | |
VP8/h | SA | 1 | 1
VP8/o | SA | |
VP8/s | SA | |
VP9 | NA | |
VQ9 | AF | |
VR | AS | |
VU | AS | 1 | 1
VU4 | AS | |
VU7 | AS | |
XE | NA | |
XF4 | NA | |
XT | AF | |
XU | AS | |
XW | AS | |
XX9 | AS | |
XZ | AS | |
YA | AS | 1 | 1
YB | OC | 1 | 1
YI | AS | |
YJ | OC | |
YK | AS | |
YL | EU | 10 | 10
YN | NA | |
YO | EU | 31 | 31
YS | NA | |
YU | EU | 23 | 23
YV | SA | 3 | 3
YV0 | NA | |
Z2 | AF | |
Z3 | EU | 2 | 2
Z6 | EU | 1 | 1
Z8 | AF | |
ZA | EU | |
ZB | EU | |
ZC4 | AS | |
ZD7 | AF | |
ZD8 | AF | |
ZD9 | AF | |
ZF | NA | |
ZK3 | OC | |
ZL | OC | 3 | 3
ZL7 | OC | |
ZL8 | OC | |
ZL9 | OC | |
ZP | SA | |
ZS | AF | 1 | 1
ZS8 | AF | |
==========================
| | 1398 | 1398

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PA3FYM   Single Op Assisted HP   639,7342013-01-28 05:32:39
Thanks to the hospitality of Richard PA7FA and his wife Marion
I was able to participate in this contest for the second time.
Lessons learned from 2012 were addressed. A lot of effort to
build up the station, but also a lot of fun.
TX-vertical/T-antenna (25m) worked good.
RX-antennas: two reversible Bevs (NW/SE and NE/SW) ~200m long.
To improve: reception E/W (an additional reversible bev?)
Very difficult to keep 'your' running frequency during quick S&P's.
Being a moderate CW-operator, my running speed was ~22 wpm.
 
N4XD   Single Op HP   420,6652013-01-28 05:35:09
Equipment:
K3, Alpha 91b, shunt fed tower, multiple beverages.

My best single op score so far. Working on the beverages earlier really paid
off!

The start Friday night was slow. Or at least I thought so. That said still had
a respectable 1st hour. Took a break at 10 and when I came back found the band
had opened nicely to Europe. I had worked the 1st EU at 0056 (ON4IA) but after
11PM local found a steady flow of European stations.

As I was operating on Friday night/ Saturday morning around 0600Z suddenly the
swr jumped VERY high. Took a look outside and....the matching network for the
shunt fed tower was..... ON FIRE!! A quick run back to the house to bring out
some water and the flames were out....and so was the motor drive for the vacuum
variable in the gamma match. Put a tuner in the shack and continued on. Not
ideal but enough to get me going again.

Something gave up the ghost later and had to shut it down before dawn. Saturday
rebuilt the matching network using an old wind shield motor from my spare parts
car for the race car. Of course it had sleeted overnight so had to dig it out
of the car shell. Got it adapted to the vacuum variable (of course the shaft
of the motor was just a bit more then 1/4" so had to carefully drill out a
coupler to fit. NOT what I wanted to be doing after operating all night!).

Got it all done and re-installed at the tower base before 10 AM local so could
now grab some sleep. The good news is it continued to work perfectly for the
remainder of the contest which was great as it allowed me to work up and down
the band tuning the cap remotely to keep the swr low.

Both nights had great openings to Europe. Some random notes:

N7GP in quite early from AZ with a FB signal (0039Z)
PC5M quite loud
CS2F VERY loud. So loud I was startled and missed the call the first time!
F8GB also quite loud

Never heard any JA or KL7 (I've read others saying the same thing). Never found
the ZL or VK that other's have reported working so sorry to miss them.

As a general note, a very fun contest with action throughout making it pretty
easy to stay awake. Not always the case:)
 
KØTV   Single Op Assisted HP   414,2602013-01-28 05:39:47
This year the traditional operating team here decided to go it from home so I
decided to do a SO(A) effort. I'm not as good at scanning the band while
calling CQ as some of the other operators that have run here. I've found that
the trick of using the spotting tools like packet cluster and skimmer are that
a significant number of calls from both sources are bad. Then there are the
spotting wars that some people fall into.

My Drake L-7 power supply fried during the ARRL 160 contest but I decided to
upgrade it with a Harbach diode/capacitor board. The upgrade not only runs
cooler but there's a bit more output from the amp. It now does just about 1400
watts on 160. The amp runs just as cool as before but the power supply needs a
small fan to blow off the heat in the bleeder resistors. I can't speak highly
enough of the Harbach board and the upgrade. I've owned this L-7 since new and
it's a real winner. While I was at it, I replaced the burned out bulbs behind
the meters and it looks a great as it works now.

A few last minute "honeydo" list items kept me from starting promptly at 2200Z
but I dove right in as soon as they were satisfied.

For operating, I was surprised to get WY as my very first state in the 7th call
area and ended up working 49 states missing only AK. I think OR was my last
state to finish 7 land. Surprisingly VT and RI came after WY and UT. Many
European stations were quite strong here this year and it was a pleasure to see
"great ears!tnx" on one of the European spots. Mike, N1IW, made me a balun a few
years ago for an Off Center Fed Dipole which I have been using here as my
primary antenna. The phased inverted Ls won't stay up long here in the New
England winters. Looking back against last year's Multi effort, I was suprised
to get not only more mults but more Qs as well. Not as much sleep as I'd like
but managed to stay put behind the radio without falling asleep calling CQ (I
think we've all done that a few times).

I'll probably get on for the SSB running but not as serious as CW. Thanks to
everyone who called in hope to see everyone in ARRL DX.

73, Jerry
 
K4FJ   Single Op HP   337,3922013-01-28 05:39:52
Went to bed too early Friday night!
 
AA4NC   Single Op Assisted HP   132,1122013-01-28 05:40:10
Got on for a few hours after hearing the reports of great conditions. Europe was
booming but propagation to the west was not so hot.
 
K1HTV   Single Op LP   250,2602013-01-28 05:50:17
Radio: Elecraft K3
Antennas:
Shunt fed, guyed house-bracketed 77 ft. Rohn #25 tower
with triband yagi as capacitive top hat and 8 quarter wave radials
35 ft high, Inverted-L (works FB on high angle QSOs)
Bi-directional 500+ ft Beverages (NE-SW, E-W & N-S)

Comments:
With the solar flux hovering around or below the 100 mark, Topband conditions
were great both nights, even with a K Index of 4 on the 2nd night. I spent the
first 2 hours of the contest calling CQ at the bottom of the band. The rate
meter showed my best 1 hour rate of 114, with peak 10 minute rates of 168/HR.
Did some S&P around 00Z for an hour at a good clip, picking off the guys who
only call CQ as well as a half dozen DX mults. At 01Z I went back to calling
CQ for another hour before settling down to hunting for DX mults until the last
European sunrise had passed the UK. It paid off with over 5 dozen DX QSOs in the
K1HTV log the first night.

The second night didn't get started until after 00Z, when I returned home from
our church's spaghetti supper with my Ham family, XYL K1WSN, son K1RA, his XYL
KZ1AMY & our 8 year old granddaughter (no call yet). Worked mostly NA and some
SA stations before the band opened up to more European DX. With the K-Index at
4, it was interesting to hear EY8MM calling CQ for about 10 minutes with best
sigs on the E-W Beverage. W2GD & W3BGN with their KWs and me with my 100 watts
called and called but Nodir didn't hear us. The band opened up well again to
the east as the sunrise swept across European countries, with another three
dozen 10 pointers in the K1HTV log. Added a couple dozen more QSOs in the last
90 minutes before the contest ended at 22:00Z. The extra Q's raised the K1HTV
score to my quarter of a million point goal. I wonder why so many PVRCers ended
the contest early and posted their scores at sunrise instead of after the
contest. Guess they had other plans for their Sunday afternoon.

Managed to work 41 countries in 56 States/VE Provinces. DX countries were
heard, but not worked, including EY8, 5N, 4U1ITU, SM, UZ & OH. Worked all
States but MT. Also did not hear Alaska, VE4, VE5 or any of the rare VE8/VY0
mults.

Now I'm warmed up for the ARRL CW DX contest at the 160M position at W3LPL. See
you in the pileups.

73,
Rich - K1HTV
 
PJ2T(K8ND)   Single Op HP   1,709,3752013-01-28 05:52:23
This is the 7th time I've operated this contest from the PJ2T station, and the
third time I've done it as a single-op. My PJ2T multi-op partner (and boss) Jim
W8WTS is busy populating our new factory with amazing tools and robots, and I
was unable to convince my old W8LT topband teammate Victor K1LT to make the
trip. Maybe next time.

In the week before the contest, it was obvious that the ambient noise level
here was *much* lower than usual. There was no rain during that week, which is
very unusual, and the lack of storm activity locally and on the nearby South
America mainland made for a very pleasant operating experience where entire
callsigns were heard and logged without "letter-mining"!

This was critical, as I did not have my full complement of receive antennas.
Since I was here alone, I did not have the ability to deploy our DX Engineering
4-square RX array, which is installed "Field Day Style" for each contest. If the
ground were grassy field, I might have been able, but the terrain is coral rock
topped by aggressively thorny vegetation, and pulling 1000-feet of RG-6 through
that is a challenge. Plus, I am not in the best physical shape, and temperatures
are in the mid- to high-80s. The chances of completing a successful installation
and tear-down convinced me that it was not practical. With the quiet band, I was
able to hear South America and Pacific stations on the transmit antenna, and on
an 80-meter inv-V that I wired into my RX antenna switching system as a
temporary RX antenna.

I'd heard that HK1R was gunning for my old SOHP South America record (from
2006), so I decided that I would defend it rather than repeating an effort in
SOHP-Assisted. I do loves me my Skimmer technology, but all four DSRs (SDR-IQ x
3, Perseus) sat un-powered on the table next to me for this contest! Jorge is a
capable and driven contester with a much bigger station than PJ2T, and I was
prepared to be challenged on my favorite band.

It was much harder this year to establish a run frequency. Just when things
started to look like I might be able to work some stations, a strong US or
European station would power-up CQing on me (within 100 Hz) with no
preliminaries. Most ignored protestations. (HK3O zero-beated me and CQed as my
sunrise period started Sunday, ignoring me. I was/am annoyed.).

I miss the concept of a DX window. While I'm generally loud enough to not need
it, many weaker DX stations have no protection from strong European or North
American CQ Machines working others locally. This hurts the low-profile
stations in the US and Europe who want to work some "new ones" during the
contest. Of course, the current rules in this contest have no mention of a DX
Window, and bandplans have eliminated it as well. Stew would not approve.
Sigh...

I had one extended and uninterupted period of an EU run Sunday from 0400Z to
about 0730Z on 1845. It was as if someone had thown a switch at 0400Z, with a
seemingly never-ending stream of European Russians mixed with others. All were
copiable as full calls without repeats needed, which is always a pleasure!

I CQed exclusively. High point was being answered by EY8MM and T6LG in quick
succession. D44TIB and RI1ANF called in. Five JAs on Saturday, but I opted to
not to move down into the very-crowded JA transmit window (1810-25) on Sunday
as I already had the multiplier. One VK and two ZLs, all on the transmit
antenna Sunday morning. 31 South Americans in 11 countries: great turnout! 310
European stations logged in 35 countries, but missed some I'd hoped to see:
GD/GI/GU/GW, CU, 4O, TF, and even LA! Of the States and Provinces, I worked WAS
(except for AK), but missed Canadians LB, SK, NU, NWT, and YT: sorry!

I worked many members and former members of CCC (the club which built and
operates Signal Point PJ2T), and many operators from around the World who have
operated with us here! It's always nice to see those callsigns pass by in the
log! Thanks to the CCC for continued support of the station and my operations!

My score was a 30% improvement on the South American record for SOHP set in
2006. It was even more than 18% larger than my SOHP-Assisted score from last
year!

Radio: Elecraft K3
Amp: AL-1200
TX Ant: Inv-L (60-feet vertical, sloping up to 90-foot level) ~60 radials
RX Ants: 1000-foot EU Beverage
590-foot US/JA Beverage
80m inv-V
 
NW2K   Single Op LP   214,3682013-01-28 06:05:45
TS-590, inv L at 65' with 16 70' ground radials, one Beverage facing west.

10 pts = 85 QSOs, did not hear AK or HI

Congratulations to WA1Z!
 
LZ2DF   Single Op LP   396,7802013-01-28 06:20:00
Band QSOs Pts StP DXC
1.8 857 4668 19 66
Total 857 4668 19 66
Score: 396,780
 
NA8V   Single Op LP   212,3032013-01-28 06:25:20
Great contest!

Hadn't planned to put full time in but couldn't resist.

Great EU opening Saturday night, the EU stations were as loud as or louder than
the W's!

Worked 54 EU, 20 Fri and 34 Sat. 63 total 10 pointers. 59 5 pointers. Down
100 US from last year, mostly in 2 and 4 call areas. Missed MT, SK, MB, KL7.
Heard half a dozen more EU mults.

TS850, Inv L (35' vert, 100 horiz), 2x 450' bev to EU.

greg/na8v
 
KD4D(@N3HBX)   Single Op LP   420,1842013-01-28 06:27:12
Great Fun! Thanks again to John Evans for letting me use the "farm" again. He
has installed a new "HiZ" vertical 4-element array - this helped a LOT with the
snow static and various types of band noise.

When I arrived, the 3-element K3LR vertical wire array wouldn't accept 500
watts without having the SWR jump up and, sometimes, "stick". What to do? I
decided to try LOW POWER. This was a first for me in the contest. I had no
idea what to expect.

What did I learn from this? As I've read before, "Attitude is everything".
This didn't change my operating technique a lot.

1) I was able to run - even a rather productive European run for over two
hours Saturday night! :-)
2) I did get pushed around the band a bit more.
3) I could work MOST of what I could hear. I did not have much luck calling
Europeans on our sunset - many CQ'd in my face.
4) I could bust most of the pileups. I had to work at it though - listening
to see what the DX station was responding to, varying speed and frequency,
etc.. Running high power, I have to do less of this. Breaking the pileup on
3V8BB Saturday (couldn't get through Friday) was a highlight of the contest for
me.
5) Don't work the Friday before the contest starts. I knew this one, but...
:-) I fell asleep after our sunrise Saturday for about 20 minutes.

The band was very good Saturday before European sunrise. I worked KH6 but no
other DX west - no ZL/VK, JA, KL7, etc.. Zero Asia QSO's!

Rates and multiplier information follow. Thanks for the QSO's!

73,

Mark, KD4D

1/25/2013 179
22 87
23 92
1/26/2013 587
0 84
1 30
2 42
3 63
4 42
5 31
6 41
7 51
8 45
9 25
10 30
11 27
12 19
13 2
21 7
22 28
23 20
1/27/2013 327
0 29
1 34
2 19
3 24
4 43
5 44
6 39
7 19
8 15
9 8
10 17
11 18
12 18
Grand Total 1093

Continent Breakdown
AF 2
EU 186
NA 894
OC 4
SA 7
Grand Total 1093

Count by Country
K 832
VE 50
DL 47
G 19
OK 15
S5 10
UR 8
YU 7
F 7
I 7
EA 6
SP 6
HA 6
OM 5
LY 5
PA 5
9A 4
KH6 4
XE 3
HK 3
EI 3
CT 3
GW 3
SM 2
YO 2
UA 2
OZ 2
FM 2
ON 2
GM 2
V3 1
4O 1
LZ 1
OH 1
KP2 1
OH0 1
E7 1
HI 1
ES 1
HC 1
CE 1
6Y 1
LX 1
J7 1
CM 1
3V 1
YL 1
PJ2 1
PY 1
C6 1
EA9 1

Count by Section/Province
OH 69
VA 63
PA 61
NY 50
MD 39
FL 37
MA 34
IL 33
ON 33
NC 31
TN 30
MI 27
TX 24
CA 23
NJ 23
GA 22
AZ 20
NH 20
AL 17
MN 16
IN 16
WI 16
MO 13
WV 13
CT 13
IA 12
CO 11
KS 9
SC 9
NM 9
WA 8
RI 7
ME 7
QC 7
VT 6
DE 5
KY 5
AR 4
UT 4
NB 4
LA 4
NV 3
NE 3
OR 3
NS 2
OK 2
ID 2
AB 2
ND 2
DC 2
MS 2
SD 1
MT 1
WY 1
BC 1
PEI 1
Grand Total 882
 
VE3CUI   Single Op HP   61,4102013-01-28 06:27:45
My very first contest entry in some 2 years, no thanks to that fateful day
almost 24 months ago that I purchased an Apple computer that is non-friendly
with my duping programme of choice, i.e. "SD"! A recently-acquired new HP
laptop has (gratefully!) remedied all that. Not a serious entry here---I only
got on in the pre-dawn to dawn hours of Sunday---but it was great sport
none-the-less for me...
 
W1XX   Single Op HP   271,0352013-01-28 06:36:03
Great condx both nights...lotsa 10 pointers answering my CQs in the nosebleed
part of the band. Antenna was the remains of the t-vertical that got "topped"
by Hurricane Sandy and "klug'ed" to work with some base linear loading + coil +
tuner. Will be spring-time project to get it back up to snuff. Only complaint:
1830 - 1835 is usually a good spot to find weak EUs...but big time statesiders
camped out there. Is this not still an operational DX window? Or is this now
kaput? Biggest surprise was working Hawaii Sunday at SR in a horrendous pileup
with LP while the amp was acting up. Musta been the RI multiplier advantage.
CQ WW Top Band SSB coming up next month. 73!
-- John, W1XX
 
UA4M(RW4PL)   Single Op Assisted HP   683,8442013-01-28 06:53:31
rw4lyl.ru
 
KC4D   Multi-Op HP   405,8252013-01-28 07:01:56
Always great fun!!! Family obligations once again limited my BIC time, but a
respectable score for the time operated. Still have some "low hanging fruit",
projects to improve my RX S/N & expect to pursue those soon. We'll be back
next year better equipped to do battle. Thanks to Bill DeLage, K1SE, for his
able assistance, and to all who called. 73, Bill, KC4D
 
N8EA   Single Op Assisted HP   248,4902013-01-28 07:09:16
2 X 570
5 X 44
10 X 115
 
NR4M   Multi-Op HP   827,1752013-01-28 07:13:57
Top band always keeps us guessing!

Based on the first few hours things weren’t looking good. Just couldn’t get
much going, rate nothing like past events. When the Europeans picked up
everything changed. Great runs to Eur both nights.

Many commented on terrific conditions. We thought they were fairly good to Eur,
with a lot of quick, deep qsb. We had absolutely nothing from beyond the west
coast other than three KH6s. Didn’t hear a peep out of KL7 or JA and no
VK/ZL. The first night we worked just enough weak stations to log for the
primary Scandinavian mults, while the second night signals from them were quite
a bit better.

Ken, K4ZW, Steve NR4M and I had a great time playing with the new 8 circle
active receive antenna!

Thanks to everyone for the Qs!

de Larry, K7SV
 
N3RR   Single Op Assisted HP   448,4262013-01-28 07:18:45
N3RR CQ160CW Score Summary Sheet

CallSign Used : N3RR
Operator(s) : N3RR

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP ASSISTED
Band : 160M
Power : HIGH
Mode : CW
Default Exchange : MD

ARRL Section : MDC
Club/Team : Potomac Valley Radio Club
Software : N1MM Logger V13.1.1
Operating time: 25 hours

Band QSOs Pts StP DXC
1.8 1038 4114 56 53
Total 1038 4114 56 53

Score : 448,426

Called CQ almost the entire the time. I did some spend time listening to my
2nd receiver in SO2V mode to S&P the band map between CQs, but as you see in my
rate sheet posted below, made few Qs on 2nd VFO. Only S&Ped the band map a
couple times this weekend, unlike what I'd do in a multi-band contest.
And only jumped to a few spots, otherwise I was CQing.

Friday night had the least noise of the weekend. Most of the rest of the
weekend the band had lots of noise with plenty of relatively slow QSB at my
QTH. Even with my Beverages, had to send & ask for weak callers to repeat
their calls twice (or more) in a row to be able to copy the complete calls -
typical though for 160. This was especially noticeable in the busted calls on
the Skimmer cluster putouts on Saturday night as the Skimmers copied what they
heard through the noise. Lots of dupes on those broken cluster calls as
assisted stations clicked on the spots without watching the band maps for
busted spots.

Sat night was first time I used all of the DSP processing capability in the
4 months I've owned my IC-7800. Without that capability, I could not have made
the Qs through that heavy noise heard here.

Highlights included working 3V8BB and RI1ANF through the big pileups.

I've posted my statistics below. In summary, 72% of my Qs were USA (747), 4%
Canada (45), leaving 24% for the rest of the world (246), including 51 DLs & 17
Gs.

Date Hour Total VFO 1 VFO 2 Running
Total
2013-01-25 22 85 84 1 85

2013-01-25 23 94 93 1 179

2013-01-26 0 75 73 2 254

2013-01-26 1 40 40 0 294

2013-01-26 2 30 30 0 324

2013-01-26 3 26 26 0 350

2013-01-26 4 33 33 0 383

2013-01-26 5 44 44 0 427

2013-01-26 6 50 50 0 477

2013-01-26 7 40 38 2 517

2013-01-26 8 48 41 7 565

2013-01-26 9 45 43 2 610

2013-01-26 10 7 7 0 617

2013-01-26 22 37 37 0 654

2013-01-26 23 60 58 2 714

2013-01-27 0 53 51 2 767

2013-01-27 1 56 56 0 823

2013-01-27 2 42 42 0 865

2013-01-27 3 28 28 0 893

2013-01-27 4 28 27 1 921

2013-01-27 5 24 24 0 945

2013-01-27 6 37 37 0 982

2013-01-27 7 18 18 0 1000

2013-01-27 12 18 18 0 1018

2013-01-27 13 1 1 0 1019

2013-01-27 20 6 6 0 1025

2013-01-27 21 13 11 2 1038

Total All Hours 1038 1016 22 1038

Prefix Total
3V 1
4O 1
5B 1
6Y 1
9A 4
C6 1
CE 1
CM 2
CT 2
DL 51
E7 2
EA 5
EI 4
ER 1
ES 1
EU 2
F 8
FM 2
G 17
GI 1
GM 3
GW 1
HA 9
HC 1
HK 3
I 13
J7 1
K 747
KH6 1
KP2 1
LX 1
LY 4
LZ 2
OH 1
OK 18
OM 9
ON 3
OZ 2
P4 1
PA 7
PJ2 1
PY 3
S5 13
SM 1
SP 8
SV 1
UA 4
UR 6
V3 1
VE 45
VP8/h 1
XE 3
YL 2
YO 3
YU 9
ZF 1
Total 1038

73,

Bill, N3RR

______________________________________________________________
 
OL7M   Multi-Op HP   1,198,4402013-01-28 07:26:09
Superb contest with relaxed atmosphere without BIG Mr. Murphy visit.

A lot of time spent with beverages preparing. Together 5 days of work mean 9
directions and in sumary 5km of beverage wires... :)

Quit a bad conditions to east,only 14 x JA and missing many easy mults. Normal
conditions to west, 260 x NA.

Congratulations to OM7M, E7DX, S51V and many others miloners :-)

Thanks for ALL QSOs, see you soon.....
 
HA8BE   Single Op LP   241,4902013-01-28 07:38:11
Rig: IC-756
Ant: Vertical(28m)
Rx ant: EWE

Tnx!
 
CE1/K7CA   Single Op HP   647,7002013-01-28 07:47:59
This year it seemed like propagation was very different than normal. Last year
was unique because there was an X class solar flair a few hours before the
start of the contest but not this year. Friday night things started off
normally with PJ2T in the log about an houur before sunset and I started
working US stations around sunset. I even heard a few weak EU just after sunset
and thought that there would probably be a good EU opening at their sunrise. But
that did not happen. It seemed like there was a wall between EU and Chile
because I couldn't even hear any of them even though I heard stations up north
working them like crazy. Also there was a lot of storm activity just to the
east of me in northern Argentina which made qrn levels quite high. However,
there didn't seem to be much of the normal Amazon jungle storm activity which
PJ2T noted made for very low noise condx much farther north. You can see where
the storms are from this map:
http://webflash.ess.washington.edu/AmericaL_plot_weather_map.jpg
A couple of hours before sunrise the Argentina storms died out and my noise
floor dropped over 20 dB. So I thought there would be a great opening to JA
with such low noise. Again, there seemed to be a wall between Chile and JA. I
didn't even hear one JA.
Saturday night was a different story. Right at sunset, with summer qrn still
low, the band opened up to EU. I was able to put 16 EU countries in the log in
the next hour. I have a EU beverage at 60 degrees and a USA bev at 340
degrees. I almost never hear EU on the EU beverage because signals are almost
always skewed north and the 340 bev is better. In fact, EU signals almost
never can be heard on the EU beverage. But Sat night at sunset the EU signals
could only be heard on the 60 deg EU beverage. That is a new bev that I just
put up this year so maybe that happens often at sunset and I'll have to study
that path more. However, about an hour after sunset, EU signals dropped and
could no longer be heard on the EU beverage and were starting to be skewed
north again with much weaker levels. The rest of the night, there were no more
EU signals heard on the EU beverge, just like normal. I wonder if this effect
has something to do with the intense ionization south of the equator forming a
vertical gradient which skews the 160m signals around the gradient which makes
them come from the north instead of NE. I have noticed that I get
transequatorial propagation beginning an hour or so after sunset here on 6m
quite regularly.
Again there was little Amazon storm activity and when the storms in northern
Argentina died down a few hours before sunrise there was almost no summer qrn.
But unfortunately, the JA path just did not materialize. Only 3 JA stations
made it in the log. Just when you think it's over, about 2 minutes before
sunrise, I got called by DU7TET. He wasn't strong and it took about 10 minutes
to get his call but he never gave up and we finally made it.
There was quite a lot of South American activity which is really great to see.
Special thanks to CE6SAX for the rare CE mult (at least for me) and also RI1ANF
for getting in the contest. Hopefully the new plaque for top southern
hemisphere score will continue to add some excitement to a normally difficult
operation down here. This may be one of my last years contesting from here as
I've decided to sell my 7 acres on the beach but it may take a couple of years
to sell. Plans are to be down here again at least one more season. Thanks for
all the contacts. 73, Al CE1/K7CA
 
K3WI(@W3LPL)   Single Op HP   774,2402013-01-28 08:00:57
My great thanks to Frank Donovan - W3LPL- for the use of his world class station
for this event. Excellent activity and superior band conditions to EU on the 1st
night followed by really good conditions on night 2. Thanks to everyone who
called .
 
VE3MGY   Single Op QRP   223,8202013-01-28 08:37:34
Not the greatest condx this year again - however it was not even close to being
as bad as last year. Noise levels were higher than normal both nights and that
made for some tough copy on both sides at times. Europe and South America were
definitely louder Saturday night / Sunday morning.

73,
Brian
VE3MGY
 
EY8MM   Single Op HP   904,0362013-01-28 08:42:44
This year condx was not as good as I hoped. Few technical problems with BV
during contest badly affected my RX ability. Two BV was not working most of the
contest. Murphy law hit me suddenly as I have checked all antennas before
contest. Used backup PA this year which is just a little more than 1000 Watts
when mains power gets to normal voltage.

Setup:
Vertical Quad with reflector screen to EU/NA @ 50 meters.
Half Square East-West @ 55 m.
Beverages 320, 240, 160 m long. 6 directions.
Elecraft K3, PA 1 KW.

I missed last two years of WW 160 so was very happy to be back. Even my station
did not operate on full capability I had a lot of fun.

Most of time I spent calling CQ with rare S&P when I was pushed from frequency
by deaf CQer.

As usual highlights of the contest for me are DX stations who pull out my
signal on the crowded band and answered my CQ: VU2BGS, ZL1BYZ, 9M6YBG, YC0LOW,
KH2/N2NL, VK3EW, VK6LW, OY9JD, 4U1ITU, ZS6EZ and many others.

Missed few mults which I heard: KH6, FM, HK. Better luck next time!

Best RX award goes to PJ2T and N2NT this year! :)

CU WW 160 2014!

73, Nodir EY8MM

www.ey8mm.com
 
OL5Y   Single Op Assisted HP   111,1502013-01-28 09:14:50
Just several hours on Saturday night for fun...
RIG: IC-756, Acom 2000A, inv.V @ 20m
 
PI4W(PA3GVI)   Single Op Assisted HP   532,4962013-01-28 10:04:53
Comments:

We build the 90 foot vertical on Thursday ahead of the contest with other PI4W
team members on a snowy surface.
Couldn’t install the NA beverage in the field where we planned the array
because of a blockage by the farmers sheep .
Unfortunately I did not hear the JA’s and JT5DX but NA went very well both
mornings.
Highlights where: 6Y, FM, KP2, PJ2, XE and several West Coast on Sunday morning
during our Greyline.
Besides that, the large European runs where a thrill!

See you all next year!

Rob/PA3GVI
 
SP4ELN(@SP4Z)   Single Op LP   37,2602013-01-28 10:12:06
I visited my friend Wes SP4Z in the saturday evening
and he got me proposition to start this contest
I am newbe in computers logging so Wes had a nice lesson
of true contesting, then I tried myself, wow it is very hard
but minute by minute I saw a lot of nice practice
Thanks Wes
I had to improve my CW skills on computer programs next

73, Richard SP4ELN
 
SP4Z   Single Op Assisted HP   451,7642013-01-28 10:15:33
Tnx Contest
Ben DL6FBL: Your story on DXing in 160m during Contest
from DR1A super station was fantastic lecture
I very like it!!!

73 Wes SP4Z
 
K5NA   Single Op Assisted HP   115,7522013-01-28 10:16:29
I wasn't up to doing any serious effort for this contest though it is one of my
favorites. So I just puttered around. I had two goals, work all the states and
break 100K. I managed both goals. I never called CQ and I only did S/P and
chased DX spots.

Of the easier multipliers I missed VE4, VE5, and VO1. I heard a VE4 that was
calling people but don't think he ever CQed. I saw some spots for VO1 but never
was able to hear one. I was away from the radio for long periods and slept both
nights and probably missed the opportunities for those mults.

Friday night the conditions to Europe were pretty bad. But Saturday we had a
very nice opening to Europe just before their sunrise. That's when I picked up
enough mults to break my 100K goal.

Maybe next year we can be serious again.

73, Richard - K5NA
 
LY2IJ   Single Op LP   449,5502013-01-28 10:42:42
Good start, slow Saturday evening, good NA opening on Sunday morning,
very strong JA3YBK and JH4UYB on Sunday SS.
2 x K3, big TX antennas and 4 Beverages:
http://www.qrz.lt/foto/main.php?g2_view=core:ShowItem&g2_itemId=1448630&g2_GALLERYSID=08eb7879eab087c01f2cd36aad0b69e9

73 and TU!
Arunas
 
OM7M   Multi-Op HP   1,490,7502013-01-28 10:59:31
We should claim for 'flu category' because half of the team has been down with
the flu. Peter,OM3PA stayed at home in bed and ran as single from his own QTH.

This year we added the second radio with the Acom switch for the multipliers
but we didn't use it at all. The interference between 2 radios was pretty high
especially when you received on beverage antennas, distance between TX-RX
antennas wasn't big enough. First night before the break we finished with cca
900Q/61/30. About 176 us+ve stations after the first night. Second night was
good from the point of view of multipliers but not from the point of view of
number of QSOs. Some nice mults were added to the log:
9M6,VK,ZL,HS0,BV,BD4,7Z,DU7,YC0,T6…. Around 01Z the band was totally closed
so we decided to search&pounce for a while. Gradually the propagation was
getting better and the solid opening was between 05:45-06:30. In that time new
mults has been added: TX,MS,OK,CO,IA,NE,MO,AR…
Anyway despite of 'flu epidemic' we had a good time and congrats to other
competitors from the nearby region:
OL7M,E7DX,9A1P,9A1A,UZ2M,S51V,DR1A,UU7J,4O3A,…and others

Thanks for all QSO's

CU in ARRL DX
Lubo,OM5ZW on behalf of OM7M

DXCC | CT | 160 | TOTAL
==========================
1A | EU | |
1S | AS | |
3A | EU | |
3B6 | AF | |
3B8 | AF | |
3B9 | AF | |
3C | AF | |
3C0 | AF | |
3D2 | OC | |
3D2/c | OC | |
3D2/r | OC | |
3DA | AF | |
3V | AF | 1 | 1
3W | AS | |
3X | AF | |
3Y/b | AF | |
3Y/p | SA | |
4J | AS | 1 | 1
4L | AS | 1 | 1
4O | EU | 1 | 1
4S | AS | |
4U1I | EU | 1 | 1
4U1U | NA | |
4U1V | EU | |
4W | OC | |
4X | AS | 3 | 3
5A | AF | |
5B | AS | 2 | 2
5H | AF | |
5N | AF | 1 | 1
5R | AF | |
5T | AF | |
5U | AF | |
5V | AF | |
5W | OC | |
5X | AF | |
5Z | AF | |
6W | AF | |
6Y | NA | 1 | 1
7O | AS | |
7P | AF | |
7Q | AF | |
7X | AF | |
8P | NA | |
8Q | AS | |
8R | SA | |
9A | EU | 12 | 12
9G | AF | |
9H | EU | |
9J | AF | |
9K | AS | |
9L | AF | |
9M2 | AS | |
9M6 | OC | 1 | 1
9N | AS | |
9Q | AF | |
9U | AF | |
9V | AS | |
9X | AF | |
9Y | SA | |
A2 | AF | |
A3 | OC | |
A4 | AS | |
A5 | AS | |
A6 | AS | 1 | 1
A7 | AS | |
A9 | AS | 1 | 1
AP | AS | |
BS7 | AS | |
BV | AS | 1 | 1
BV9P | AS | |
BY | AS | 3 | 3
C2 | OC | |
C3 | EU | |
C5 | AF | |
C6 | NA | |
C9 | AF | |
CE | SA | 1 | 1
CE0X | SA | |
CE0Y | SA | |
CE0Z | SA | |
CE9 | SA | |
CM | NA | 1 | 1
CN | AF | |
CP | SA | |
CT | EU | 6 | 6
CT3 | AF | 1 | 1
CU | EU | |
CX | SA | |
CY0 | NA | |
CY9 | NA | |
D2 | AF | |
D4 | AF | |
D6 | AF | |
DL | EU | 292 | 292
DU | OC | 1 | 1
E3 | AF | |
E4 | AS | |
E5/n | OC | |
E5/s | OC | |
E6 | OC | |
E7 | EU | 13 | 13
EA | EU | 21 | 21
EA6 | EU | |
EA8 | AF | 2 | 2
EA9 | AF | 1 | 1
EI | EU | 6 | 6
EK | AS | |
EL | AF | |
EP | AS | |
ER | EU | 3 | 3
ES | EU | 7 | 7
ET | AF | |
EU | EU | 24 | 24
EX | AS | |
EY | AS | 2 | 2
EZ | AS | |
F | EU | 16 | 16
FG | NA | |
FH | AF | |
FJ | NA | |
FK | OC | |
FK/c | OC | |
FM | NA | 2 | 2
FO | OC | |
FO/a | OC | |
FO/c | NA | |
FO/m | OC | |
FP | NA | |
FR | AF | |
FR/g | AF | |
FR/j | AF | |
FR/t | AF | |
FS | NA | |
FT5W | AF | |
FT5X | AF | |
FT5Z | AF | |
FW | OC | |
FY | SA | |
G | EU | 58 | 58
GD | EU | |
GI | EU | 5 | 5
GJ | EU | |
GM | EU | 8 | 8
GM/s | EU | |
GU | EU | |
GW | EU | 6 | 6
H4 | OC | |
H40 | OC | |
HA | EU | 39 | 39
HB | EU | 14 | 14
HB0 | EU | |
HC | SA | 1 | 1
HC8 | SA | |
HH | NA | |
HI | NA | |
HK | SA | 2 | 2
HK0/a | NA | |
HK0/m | SA | |
HL | AS | 1 | 1
HP | NA | |
HR | NA | |
HS | AS | 2 | 2
HV | EU | |
HZ | AS | 1 | 1
I | EU | 65 | 65
IG9 | AF | |
IS | EU | |
IT9 | EU | 2 | 2
J2 | AF | |
J3 | NA | |
J5 | AF | |
J6 | NA | |
J7 | NA | |
J8 | NA | |
JA | AS | 29 | 29
JD/m | OC | |
JD/o | AS | |
JT | AS | 1 | 1
JW | EU | |
JW/b | EU | |
JX | EU | |
JY | AS | |
KG4 | NA | |
KH0 | OC | 1 | 1
KH1 | OC | |
KH2 | OC | |
KH3 | OC | |
KH4 | OC | |
KH5 | OC | |
KH5K | OC | |
KH6 | OC | |
KH7K | OC | |
KH8 | OC | |
KH8/s | OC | |
KH9 | OC | |
KL | NA | |
KP1 | NA | |
KP2 | NA | 1 | 1
KP4 | NA | |
KP5 | NA | |
LA | EU | 10 | 10
LU | SA | |
LX | EU | 1 | 1
LY | EU | 32 | 32
LZ | EU | 14 | 14
OA | SA | |
OD | AS | |
OE | EU | 12 | 12
OH | EU | 25 | 25
OH0 | EU | 2 | 2
OJ0 | EU | |
OK | EU | 73 | 73
OM | EU | 37 | 37
ON | EU | 12 | 12
OX | NA | |
OY | EU | |
OZ | EU | 17 | 17
P2 | OC | |
P4 | SA | 1 | 1
P5 | AS | |
PA | EU | 36 | 36
PJ2 | SA | 1 | 1
PJ4 | SA | |
PJ5 | NA | |
PJ7 | NA | |
PY | SA | 2 | 2
PY0F | SA | |
PY0S | SA | |
PY0T | SA | |
PZ | SA | 1 | 1
R1FJ | EU | |
S0 | AF | |
S2 | AS | |
S5 | EU | 47 | 47
S7 | AF | |
S9 | AF | |
SM | EU | 25 | 25
SP | EU | 58 | 58
ST | AF | |
SU | AF | |
SV | EU | 8 | 8
SV/a | EU | |
SV5 | EU | 1 | 1
SV9 | EU | 1 | 1
T2 | OC | |
T30 | OC | |
T31 | OC | |
T32 | OC | |
T33 | OC | |
T5 | AF | |
T7 | EU | |
T8 | OC | |
TA | AS | 2 | 2
TA1 | EU | 1 | 1
TF | EU | 1 | 1
TG | NA | 1 | 1
TI | NA | |
TI9 | NA | |
TJ | AF | |
TK | EU | |
TL | AF | |
TN | AF | |
TR | AF | |
TT | AF | |
TU | AF | |
TY | AF | |
TZ | AF | |
UA | EU | 164 | 164
UA2 | EU | 2 | 2
UA9 | AS | 42 | 42
UK | AS | |
UN | AS | 7 | 7
UR | EU | 114 | 114
V2 | NA | |
V3 | NA | 1 | 1
V4 | NA | |
V5 | AF | |
V6 | OC | |
V7 | OC | |
V8 | OC | |
VK | OC | 3 | 3
VK0H | AF | |
VK0M | OC | |
VK9C | OC | |
VK9L | OC | |
VK9M | OC | |
VK9N | OC | |
VK9W | OC | |
VK9X | OC | |
VP2E | NA | |
VP2M | NA | |
VP2V | NA | |
VP5 | NA | |
VP6 | OC | |
VP6/d | OC | |
VP8 | SA | |
VP8/g | SA | |
VP8/h | SA | 1 | 1
VP8/o | SA | |
VP8/s | SA | |
VP9 | NA | |
VQ9 | AF | |
VR | AS | |
VU | AS | |
VU4 | AS | |
VU7 | AS | |
XE | NA | |
XF4 | NA | |
XT | AF | |
XU | AS | |
XW | AS | |
XX9 | AS | |
XZ | AS | |
YA | AS | 2 | 2
YB | OC | 1 | 1
YI | AS | |
YJ | OC | |
YK | AS | |
YL | EU | 11 | 11
YN | NA | |
YO | EU | 27 | 27
YS | NA | |
YU | EU | 21 | 21
YV | SA | |
YV0 | NA | |
Z2 | AF | |
Z3 | EU | 1 | 1
Z6 | EU | 1 | 1
Z8 | AF | |
ZA | EU | |
ZB | EU | |
ZC4 | AS | |
ZD7 | AF | |
ZD8 | AF | |
ZD9 | AF | |
ZF | NA | 1 | 1
ZK3 | OC | |
ZL | OC | 1 | 1
ZL7 | OC | |
ZL8 | OC | |
ZL9 | OC | |
ZP | SA | |
ZS | AF | |
ZS8 | AF | |
==========================
| | 1487 | 1487
 
3V8BB(KF5EYY)   Single Op HP   1,273,5452013-01-28 11:07:15
The band was fine on first night with nice opening to US! then it became more
noisy, QSBying and signal were getting weaker in the following nights.

I'm happy with the 147 W/K stations in my log but also disapointed not to work
EA8, TF, JA and any South American Station! Looking at DR1A posting to 3830
talking about worked DXCCs deepened my deception - Great job guys! :)

I only S&Pied at the end of contest but this doesn't really brought me a lot.

Two things to consider for the future: RX Antenna and... SO2R!

THANK YOU for the Qs!!!

73

Ash 3V8BB/KF5EYY
www.kf5eyy.info (with log analysis)
 
W6JTI   Single Op LP   83,2812013-01-28 11:21:41
Big thrill: CS2F answering my (100w) CQ.
 
DF1LX   Single Op Assisted LP   138,5102013-01-28 11:31:03
Low Power 100W - nice condx (for my conditions :) )
 
DJ4AX   Single Op Assisted HP   112,9702013-01-28 11:38:52
Looked for multipliers with S&P only.
 
ES5RR(ES2RR)   Single Op HP   1,084,4842013-01-28 11:39:24
Several members of the ES9C multi-op team were not able to participate and I had
a chance to work this one as a single-op for the first time. Had two FT-5000's
and two 4-squares to play with so I decided to try inband SO2R. Made 131 S&P
QSOs with the second radio out of the total of 1625 (with dupes). Finding mults
in the QRM without cluster/skimmer was tough even with the second radio. Tried
to call several Caribbean and South American multipliers on Saturday but
couldn't brake the pile-ups, then decided it was a waste of time and
concentrated more on run and just picked up QSO's with the second radio.
Luckily most multipliers called me and I ended up working only 11 mults on
S&P.

Openings to NA were nice but short on both days, worked a total of 160 W/VE
stations, mostly East Coast but even one AZ with a big signal!

Propagation to the East was more or less OK. Worked 39 JA'a and a number of
interesting mults from APAC. Especially Sunday night proved to be very
productive when during a decent JA-run within an hour and a half I was called
by KH2, KH0, HL, DU, BV, two UA0's and a couple of VK's.

QRM made the copying often difficult as no separate Rx-antenna was used. My
apologies to those who had to send multiple repeats or who I missed
completely.

Thanks to all for the QSOs and many thanks to ES5TV for letting me use his
QTH!

73, Toivo, ES2RR
 
SN2M(SP2XF)   Single Op Assisted HP   680,2782013-01-28 11:41:33
TNX everybody for the call.

Setup:
IC 775, IC 765 + PA

Antennas: INV L with 64 radials + 164m horizontal delta loop. Home made power
splitter.
RX: 7 Beverage's 320-480m ; 1xK9AY n,s,w,e
That's about 3,5km of wire and more than 1,1km of coax...

Great fun, much better activity and propagation than last year. 124 QSO's
during 1st hour of the contest.

Lot's of "low band" work were done on the station since December, but still
lacking some extra dB's on TX side... Much better than in 2012, but sloping
wire from the tower is just not the same bussines as free standing vertical...
Calling rare DX multipliers like T6, VK, BA7, YC0... was a waste of time, only
62 countries in total. So my score bases mostly on good receiving system,
honestly I remember only few weak callers that I could not peak up at all.

Very surprising opening to North America on sunday morning, total 137 W/VE's in
the log, including AZ, MO, CO, NM and many other states that I had for first
time on Top Band. Also heard NH7O.

Band was very crowded and yes, I know, it's not easy to find a good frequency
for run, but it doesn't mean that starting CQing on someone's frequency is a
solution. In this case HG5A was the worst situation I've experienced. I don't
know who is the operator of this club station but I do mention his call sign,
because last year happened excately the same!!

73's
Mac SP2XF (SN2M)
 
OM3GI(@OM8A)   Single Op HP   1,145,6162013-01-28 11:48:09
Great fun. Thanks to all who called.
73, Jozef OM3GI
 
N4WW   Multi-Op HP   292,1102013-01-28 12:00:46
I thought conditions were pretty bad but reading comments on 3830 I guess I am
wrong.
My ability to copy the second layer europeans is very poor. My beverages seem
compromised by line noise and interaction with radial fields underneath them
from phased verticals.
I am afraid my enthusiasm to remedy this problem is very poor hence n4ww on 160
will be a poor contender in the future.
 
WA3MKC   Single Op LP   78,1442013-01-28 12:07:03
Great conditions. Looking for the elusive KL7 to finish the WAS award, but
nothing heard.Spent a lot of time Dx'ing for new ones - the score suffered.
 
OM2KI(@OM2IB/OM2KI)   Single Op Assisted HP   938,1902013-01-28 12:14:00
Field day style operation from west Slovakia.
I have spent whole thursday and friday walking in snow, frost and wind.
After 2 days of hard work a I finally installed vertical(21m high, with
capacital hat) for TX and some beverages for receiving.
Installation of beverages worsened considerably in recent years.
All this resulted in fever and illness. I was so tired, that I had to break my
operation many times during the 2nd night.
I probably missed some good openings to NA in the morning. Nice, but short
openings to the east - 23xJA and some nice mults (VK, BY, BV, HS, etc. ) called
in.
Due to missing beverages to the S, SW and W and just "wanna be" beverage to
310 deg. I could not hear many multipliers.
Anyway, it was nice contest and under the circumstances I am satisfied with my
result.

Thanks to all for QSO.

73
Milan/OM2KI
 
K9YC   Single Op Assisted QRP   13,3012013-01-28 12:15:51
In my ongoing protest of scoring rules that make any serious operation in this
contest from the west coast a waste of time, I ran QRP, with the objective of
making WAS. I chose my operating hours during those brief periods when stations
I wanted to work might actually be listening in my direction.

QRP teaches one a lot about propagation, and about which of those stations on
the band with big signals are alligators, and which have put serious effort
into receiving. At 1.5kW, I can work some stations on the east coast during the
evening hours. Running 5W, I've got to catch the propagation peaks, AND the
times when they're listening west.

When you're running QRP, it's the other guy who is doing the heavy lifting,
both with careful, patient listening during the QSO, and before the QSO by
building a decent RX system and chasing down and killing RF noise. Among the
guys who did that Sunday morning were PJ2T, 6Y3M, AA1K, K1DG, W1MK, 6Y3M,
VE2OJ, W2GD, K4LTA, VE3NE, VE3CX, W1XX, NQ4I, KB1W, N3IQ, VY2ZM, K1LZ, W4SVO,
N1LN, K1LT, W4RYW, W2XL, K0DI, NR4M, and NO3M. Thanks to their patience and
their good ears, my WAS count is up to 44. I'm missing WV, SC, MS, CT, VT, and
KY.

And it sure would be nice if W6BH and AC6DD would clean up their signals, which
were often wiping out stations with their clicky, phase-noise filled sidebands.


73, Jim K9YC
 
IV3BCA   Single Op HP   118,6562013-01-28 12:36:08
HELLO
FIRST CONTEST ON TOP BAND
Rig Yaesu FT 1000 D + PA Kenwood TL 922 Antenna double "L"
TNX
73 de IV3BCA Paolo
 
AA4V   Multi-Op HP   324,6212013-01-28 12:41:37
I've been away from serious 160 for nearly two years due to extensive
construction including a new pier and dock. I finally had enough of Titanex's
poor quality and service so after using (abd repairing) the V80E for many
years, I built a DX Engineering DXE-7580FS-VA-2 vertical on the end of my 150
foot long pier. Although it is advertized as 'free-standing', I put one single
set of guy lines at the 40 foot level. We had 30-40 MPH winds and it was solid
as a rock. The mount supplied with the DXE vertical works really well and
putting the antenna up and down is a one-man job.....very convenient. I used
the Titanex matching network which worked perfectly. The ground system is two
resonant radials extending from the end of the pier to land about 6-10 feet
above the salt water (depending on the tide level). I am going to experiment
with some other grounding ideas over the next few months. Unfortunately,
transmitting was not really our problem.

This island setting is usually a fairly quiet place to operate. I had 4
different receiving set-ups this time including the transmit antenna, a
Pixeltech rotatable magnetic loop, a home brew set of Pennants pointing NE and
W, and a Hi-Z 2-element switchable vertical array pointing NE and SW. At the
start of the contest, the noise level from all of the receiving antennas was
very high (S4-S6) and sounded like electrical noise although the NB/NR did
little or nothing to solve the problem. The transmit antenna had an S5-S7 noise
floor. The test started very slowly for us and, at times during the evening, one
receiving antenna was superior to others pointed in the same direction and after
a while, that changed to another antenna being better for receive. At times, the
transmit antenna was superior for receiving to all the other arrays.
We did manage to work a number of DX stations on Friday night and Saturday
night but had any number of stations calling but the noise prevented us from
completing a QSO. Our apology to those whom we could not pull out.

We worked 57 states and provinces and missed KL7, BC, VO2, NU, NWT, SK and YT.
Our 42 countries included RI1 (South Shetland), 3V8, KH6, 5B, YO3 and the usual
suspects. No Scandinavia heard or anything further west than KH6. We had 131 10
point contacts in all with 897 W and 52 VE.

The gear on this end included Elecraft K3, P3, ACOM 2000A using N1MM.

Congradulations to most of the other M/S stations who cleaned our clock.
Special well done to Drubber, W4IX, John, K4BAI and Jim, VE7ZO for a great
performance from NQ4I's QTH. I had the pleasure of working the 2012 CQWW Phone
from there in October and Rick has a beautiful set-up.

It is always a pleasure to operate with my friend, Gay, N4SF, who came in to
the Isle of Palms from his home in CA. CU all in the ARRL CW and Phone from
here....no trip to KH6 this year.
 
N1SZ   Single Op Assisted HP   56,9102013-01-28 13:10:08
Lots of fun this contest. Really nice opening to EU on Friday night, sadly I
missed Saturday's. Family obligations limited my time in this contest, but it
sure was fun!

Jim, N1SZ
 
K5AF   Single Op Assisted LP   36,1682013-01-28 13:32:48
Conditions in South Texas were dynamic....that is a polite way of saying that
this weekend was a propagation roller coaster. I'd have periods when every
station called would come back immediately, and other periods when it seemed
like everyone CQed in my face! Nonetheless, I only missed ND for a
"continental" WAS, KL7 and KH6 were never heard. DX was better than most
previous efforts.

OBSERVATIONS:

1. The FCP is for real. How else could I explain the performance of such a
marginal antenna? My inverted L extends only 25' vertically above the FCP and
runs horizontal for 50'across my back yard and then between two 30'+ high
two_story houses, then zig zags its way down to 6' above ground. Despite the
up and down propagation, this antenna really performed! I worked 12 Europeans,
several on the first call.

2. K2AV makes the point that you cannot overbuild antennas or antenna
components for 160M. His design for the FCP calls for heavy-duty conductors and
transformer materials, and they make a difference! In comparing my low dipole
with the L, I found on RBN that the L was consistently 3-5 dB better than the L
on paths 1000 miles out or greater. By strengthening materials for the dipole
(larger conductor size on the feeders, and more robust parts in the tuner) I
was able to close the performance gap with inverted L by about 2dB. I did find
certain paths where the dipole became the antenna of choice, CE1/K7CA being one
example.

3. Finally, these small improvements matter! A dB or two might just get you
above the noise level at some distant point in the world. I know my
improvements have seemed only marginal over the years, but I can sense the
overall performance improving. Given the increased activity on Top Band over
the years, that is a real plus.

For a very casual effort, CQ160 was a great ride this year! Paul, K5AF
 
KØRF   Multi-Op HP   300,0002013-01-28 13:45:27
We did our usual thing. George did the running and I TRIED to work the mults.
Mostly had CQs in my face when calling EU. I've never felt so weak. Even the
East coast asked for repeats. Finally when the band opened to EU for 45
minutes on Saturday night, my second station amp (Alpha 87A) crapped out, so we
had to give up the run and chase mults. Ten more EU countries heard us, but lots
didn't. Pretty dismal country count.
The strangest thing was that I couldn't hear any signals the second night until
after sunset. The first night there was a band full of stations starting two
hours before sunset. Oh well, that was the best we could do this time. See
you next year.

73,

Chuck
 
N2WN   Single Op LP   51,1002013-01-28 14:18:16
Had friends in all weekend, but managed to sneak in a bit of time Saturday
night. Mostly S&P with some stop and run too.

DX was pretty impressive in EU, many loud signals and new calls for me on 160.
Best DX was 3V8, SA was so-so other than HK1. New England and Canada were
weaker than usual in a contest.

Hope to have more time for the SSB version.
 
K9AY   Single Op LP   52,9202013-01-28 14:24:59
Just part time this year. Got a good start but became distracted by unfinished
work and phone calls. The mediocre condx made it a little too easy. On the
positive side, I got a lot of other stuff done.

Anyway, glad I got to say "5NNWI" to a bunch of friends!

73, Gary
K9AY
 
K8BL   Single Op LP   223,8362013-01-28 14:31:59
My best effort ever in this Contest! The condx were great with DX coming
in as if it was 80M on a good evening! Not very much noise except for short
periods of snow static.

I don't think I ever got out of the teens with DX in previous efforts and
this time I hit 36. During some of my late runs there were EU stations
actually calling me! 3V was a new one for me. Only missed KL7, ND, VE4,
VE5 and VO2 of ones likely to encounter.

This year, I added 3 elevated radials to my Bazooka Feed Inv L which
already has an elevated feed point (6'). I also added 2 shorter radials
which I grounded at the ends. Finally, in addition to tying my ground
point to my rear neighbor's chain-link fence, I connected his fence to
the neighbors' on each side of him with auto jumper cables (which I've
since removed before they saw them inquisitively). There was no obvious
change in the loading/SWR, but I thought it would be fun to try something
new. Maybe it lowered my radiation angle and accounted for increased DX??

Observations:
- Several stations insisted on NOT sending the 599 & only their QTH which
I feel violates the Exchange Rule.
- It always amazes me how many stations call way off freq and almost beyond
my filter skirts.
- Another amazing thing is how many stations can Contest within 80KHz or so!
- Watching the GeoClock Display, you knew exactly what stations would be
dropping out as if throwing a switch.
- There no longer seems to be a "DX Window" and DX could be found all over
the Band.
- A significant number of 2x3 Calls which seems to indicate that a lot of
newer Hams have caught on to the joy of CW.
 
N2GC   Single Op HP   201,6302013-01-28 14:55:54
IC756PROIII, AL-1200, Horizontal double L @35'

That was fun! Wish I could have spent more time in this one. 100 ten pointers
is a new high for this cloud warmer of an antenna I have. With no receive
antennas here I was definitely an alligator at times. Thanks to all that hung
in there until I could pull your call through the noise.
 
YL2QN   Single Op QRP   34,9682013-01-28 15:24:44
5W + Inverted L with four elevated radials. The first night was skipped due tech
problems. For last night work only few hours. Really lot of fun. Thanks to all
for QSO!
 
K7KU(KØKR)   Single Op HP   186,4622013-01-28 15:50:45
It was the typical 160m tale of two nights, each having its own, individual
points of good news and bad news.

FIRST NIGHT

Good news: pretty fair conditions; 636 Q's; 49 states (missing only KL7).

Bad news: no EU sunrise opening for me.

SECOND NIGHT

Bad news: dull and flat conditions overall; only 261 Q's (yes, there's always
the frustrating 160m second-night syndrome, but this was somewhat worse that
usual); still no KL7 for me.

Good news: spectacular (if brief) EU sunrise opening granted me a welcome boost
to my mult and points totals.

For the casual op in the U.S. inter-mountain west ("interior west," if you
prefer), CQ160CW can be a joyful frolic in the park -- make a few hundred Q's
and turn off the rig. After that, a strong dose of diminishing returns must be
swallowed. This makes it harder and harder for some of us to stay in the chair
as the hours pile up, and creates a risk that good openings will be missed. I'm
afraid that I myself succumbed to the lure of a few too many non-radio things to
do during the course of this contest, limiting my on time and costing me points.
Oh, well.

On a pleasing note, there was plenty of WY activity this year: I was lucky
enough to work W6KGP, N7NG, WC7S, and WY7FD. Glad to hear each of you fine
fellows!

Thanks to one and all for the valuable Q's, and for patient and needed
repeats.

73,

Bob, K0KR (op of K7KU)
 
W1WBB   Single Op Assisted LP   58,8962013-01-28 16:18:44
**Low Power Assisted effort** No category officially exists for SO*LP*(A) in
this event...that should change!

Very part-time effort. Only able to get on near 0600Z Friday night so missed
alot of the GREAT opening to Eu. Other family events had me away from radio
Saturday night until 0445Z so much was again missed. Condx here to Eu on
Saturday were not nearly as good as first night. Missed S/R both days...slept
in. Three hours op-time each night plus two hrs at contest end.

Alot of S&P QSOs for DX... 40 10-point QSOs made -- much better than in 2012.
Nice to see multiple strong sigs from SA -- HK, HC, CE & of course PJ2. Less
focus on domestic mults due to limited op-time.

'Murphy' caused significant intermittent problems with my computer-generated CW
keying seriously affecting my ability to call CQ and run...still to be resolved.
 
N6TQ   Single Op LP   8,1302013-01-28 16:31:38
There's a first time for everything and thought it might be fun to wade into the
160m CW contest. Set a goal of 100Qs and thanks to all for helping me reach that
marker. Best moment was exchanging reports with Herb (KV4FZ), after having tried
to work him on countless occassions before.

Thank you for hanging with me ... 73s, Jim Colletto, N6TQ

Rig - Elecraft K3 @ 150W
Ant - 160m short dipole at 30 feet.
 
N1LN   Multi-Op HP   766,2902013-01-28 16:34:59
Was 160 open to EU this weekend or what?

The contest started with a few bumps in the road. Just before noon on Friday
the snow started to fall. That would have been fine, but it quickly turned to
sleet and then freezing rain. I had already decided to leave work by about
1600 UTC and suggested the rest of the team come over early before the roads
got bad. By 2100 UTC everyone had arrived and we just watched the ice buildup.
The next bump did not show itself until we were about 2 hours into the contest
and selected the west beverage for the first time. It was not totally dead,
but stations from the west were stronger on the NW beverage. A few quick
checks were made, both inside and out, but any additional maintenance would
need to wait for daylight on Saturday. The next, and last, issue was with the
SWR. It seemed higher than usual and with the ice building up on the verticals
and the radials there was nothing that could be done. The ACOM 2000A was still
happy, so as long as the antennas did not come down we moved on. So, move on we
did. After 4 hours we were more than 8% behind last year. NOT GOOD.

OK, now it is time for good news as visits from Mr. Murphy were done for the
weekend. The rest was clear sailing and lots of fun.

As there were four of us we operated in our normal 2 hr on and 6 hrs off
rotation. If the runs were good everyone had the opportunity to share. And,
if the runs were just not there, you knew the pain would not last. It also
allowed for plenty of conversation, time to eat, time to drink and even time to
sleep. Speaking of eating, we had the opportunity to enjoy another Chef Archie
dinner on Saturday evening. The roast pork loin (and all the fixings) was so
tender you could cut it with a fork. Bert and Dan just happened to bring
bottles of the same Malbec wine, so it was easy to just keep opening another
bottle and pouring without changing glasses. Little did we know that the 2
hour shifts and same wine would not be the only things that were in balance
over the weekend. I have read some postings about the Sunday EU sunrise being
better than Saturday. The schedule worked out so Jack and I had Saturday and
Bert and Dan had Sunday. Saturday had 171 ten point Qs and Sunday had 185.
Yes, better but not by much. Here again the 2 hour shifts allowed everyone to
enjoy the outstanding EU openings.

Remember that 8% issue with last year? Well, by hour 10 we were ahead of last
year in Qs, sections, countries and never looked back. Our points per QSO
increased by almost 1 full point this year and our score increased by 66%.
What could have been better? Well, if we had a KL and JA in the log would have
been nice. However, based on some other postings that I have read, we are not
alone there.

Congrats to the other M2 entries. Some great scores already posted and I am
sure there are a few more yet to come. A big thanks to W0UCE - Jack, N4CW -
Bert, and N3ND - Dan for making this a fun weekend.

Rig: K3 / Acom 2000A
Ant: 2 phased verticals with elevated radials
RX: simple beverages with the west one now working.

73,
Bruce - N1LN
 
WI9WI   Single Op HP   21,2062013-01-28 16:47:45
This is the first time I have operated this contest from home in Madison in 30
years. Ordinarily I go to my cabin in far northern Wisconsin where I have
pindrop noise, a full sized dipole and inverted L and 3 beverages. I guess I
missed some very good conditions. Thirty years ago in Madison I had a farm
behind my house and very low noise. I could hear JAs and UA9s and UA0s easily
with a simple wire receiving antenna. In the last 30 years the farm is deceased
and there is a large high tech research park behind the house. I now have
persistent S7 noise to the west from various electronic and mechanical devices
there. The east is better, but not much. Hence I'm quite deaf, and quite the
alligator. I apologize. I did manage to work most of the continental US except
for most 7s. All signals west of Colorado or so fade into the noise. I have to
receive on a small terminated loop, otherwise I can hear only loud midwestern
stations. I managed only 3 CA, 2 AZ and a couple of NM to the west. I did
manage to work HK3R, EI7M and PJ2T. I could hear a few other European and
Caribbean stations but they couldn't hear me. The EI was a surprise. Next year
I'll be back up north.

Gear: K-3, 400 watts amp
Transmit top loaded 33 ft wire
Receive small terminated loop.

Thanks to all

Jim WI9WI
 
W2GD   Multi-Op HP   990,5922013-01-28 17:07:36
Station Location: On Barnagat Bay, 20 miles north of Atlantic City, NJ
Run Position: K3 xcvr, + 2nd K3 RX only; Alpha 99, 1.4 KW
Mult. Position: K3
ACOM 2S1 Interlock Switch.
Contest Software: Win-Test Ver. 4.n
TX Antennas: Two element Vertical Wire Beams NE and WSW @ 240 feet, attached
to 300' Rohn 55G tower, surrounded by tidal saltwater, plus back-up Inverted-L

RX Antennas: Beverages NE 900' (2 ele phased array), East/West 560' (unterm),
South/North 465'(unterm), SW 560', West 560', NW 560', and 20' RX vertical

OUR STORY:

After six+ work parties the past two months we finally had most of the damage
from Hurricane Sandy repaired. It was great fun enjoying the fruits of our
labor this past weekend, but even at mid-contest, we were still discovering
problems and making emergency repairs. A randomly fluctuating SWR condition on
the TX array had us wondering all weekend if it would fail (thankfully it
didn't).

The problems identified during the Stew last month were repaired during a work
party last Monday....the warmest day of what turned out to be the coldest week
in over three years here. This let us concentrate Friday morning on other
station bits and pieces which had had lower priority. The reinstalled Inverted
L base terminations were rebuilt and the antenna tuned, and all of the beverages
were walked prior to the contest. A 20 foot short vertical (W5ZN/N4HY design)
was installed about 1000' away...for diversity reception. Wiring the station
with three K3 radios on the table took a little longer than anticipated....and
one K3 came up with a bad 2nd RX module (it ended up at the Mult. positon). We
tried four different diversity antennas during the contest without reaching a
consensus on which performed the best.

A note about staffing. Some have commented in the past about the "cast of
thousands" that appear in our list of operators. With three operating
positions to keep manned, it takes a sizable team of operators - not unlike any
M/M. And about half of the ops listed are part-timers, many only can give us a
few hours during a contest weekend. The core team includes W1GD, K2TW, KU2C,
W2CG, W2GD and W2NO, and W2RQ, all FRC members. N2OO is our SJDXA liasion.
Bob is President of the SJDXA, lives two miles away, and organizes the annual
N2CW CQ160 PH entry. This year we were happy to have K9RS and N2NC join us
... lending us their operating talents on Friday and Saturday evenings
respectively.

So what about what really happened during the contest? To get a broad view of
conditons around the world I recommend reading 3830 posts.....including Ben's
detailed writeup of the DR1A entry for a great EU prospective, CE1/K7CA's
account of far S.A. propagation, Jeff's comments on Caribbean conditions at
PJ2T, Ash's African prospective from 3V8BB, and of course the wonderfully
detailed stories posted by top USA competitiors including AA1K, K1DG,
W1UE@W1KM, K3ZM, NQ4I, K9CT, W9RE, K0RF and others.

From the SNJ salt marshes, conditions were neither terrible nor
extraordinary...maybe average or a little below average would be about the
right description. The signal from CS2F was heads and shoulders above all
others from EU the entire weekend, S51V and E7DX were the next tier, and DR1A,
403A, and DR4A were notable for consistency (these are all Multis...none of the
top EU single-op entries seemed to rise to the same signal levels). From S.A.
CE1/K7CA, HK1R and PJ2T were the loud guys.

We started somewhat slowly ... only a few EU per hour called in during the
first several hours, conditions were clearly down from earlier in the week.
But when the EU opening got rolling in earnest about 0330 it was off to the
races for the next four hours. It seemed the band was quieter than normal
worldwide and this just enhanced the fun...even the 2nd and 3rd tier stations
were making it into the log as they rode up and down waves of QSB. We managed
308 ten pointers the first evening and 216 the second night....clearly an
improvement over 2012.

Conditions to the west were not very good. W0s, W6s, W7s were notably weaker
than during the Stew a few weeks earlier. KL7RA was a whisper. Only the 7's
in UT and AZ seemed to sound normal. When sunrise came, we never heard a VK,
ZL, NH2, or JA. Just one of those nights. The east coast breakfast crowd kept
us operating until 1500 but at times we had some reception issues. Sorry.

At sunset Saturday evening, conditions were not much changed, a few EU were
coming through but nothing particularly loud or notable. Participation in
general seemed down somewhat this weekend, rates were lower than what we
remember or expected.

Several hours were spent waiting for EU to open.....and we knew the team at
K1LZ, our primary competition, was slowly eating away at the 20K lead we'd
enjoyed at sundown. By 0100 the teams were dead even, and then over the next
two hours the LZ team opened an 18K lead....by virtue of working more EU and an
extra mult. But then the tide turned. During the 0300, 0400 and 0500 hours,
the lead changed back in our favor again by virtue of a strong EU run, peaking
out at a 55K point advantage (an amazing 73K score swing in just three hours).
But we couldn't hold the lead. The K1LZ ops chipped away until we were
virtually even again by 0800. The plus side for us, we didn't let them make it
a runaway as had happened last year...the downside, our inability to build and
keep the lead.

Things got pretty slow the last few hours of darkness following EU sunrise.
Propagation to the west coast was marginal and the rates were dismal for
several hours. We never heard VE5 or LB if they were active. No sunrise
enhancement to the Pacific either. We vote to end the contest at 1800 UTC.

Congrats to the K1LZ team and thanks for providing a great competiton. With
under 9K seperating our scores (less than 1%), the winner of this year's USA
multiop competition will be decided by log checking. This is just another
example of why the CQ160 CW is the most competitive Multiop event in all of
contesting.

During our group breakfast Sunday morning, we identified a large number
maintenance projects and several potential changes for next season. Since this
is seemingly a game of inches.....we're always looking for that incremental
improvement that might provide the winning edge. :-)

We again thank the owners of WYRS-FM for hosting our 160 meter maddness all
these years, and members of the SJDXA who have worked with us to repair
Hurricane Sanday damage. Be sure to look for N2CW during the Phone part.

And most importantly thanks go to all of the stations world-wide who joined us
in the 2013 CQ160 CW....the BIG ONE when it comes to 160M events!

73,

John, W2GD/P40W for THE 160 TEAM
 
WE9V   Single Op LP   18,6302013-01-28 18:15:31
Spent most of the weekend moving back into the house/station.
Only managed a couple hours in the chair before being to
exhausted. Seems like I missed a great weekend.

Chad WE9V
 
WO1N   Single Op LP   223,0082013-01-28 18:42:46
Rig : FT1000D, N1MM
Antennas : Inv-L @ 60', Shielded loop RX ant

Soapbox :

That was good fun. Hadn't done a serious effort from the home station in this

contest since 1999. Now I remember why. Deploying a temporary 160 set-up on a
15000 sqft suburban lot is hard!

N1MM says about 25 hours. Was able to do the 2nd night straight through with
out a break, the first night I crashed about 4 am local. I've experienced
that
same sleep sequence on several contests now, despite taking Friday off from
work.

As I've been supporting the local Multi-ops my own station slowly slid into
dis-repair. Spent alot of time since November installing some upgrades,
chasing gremlins in the FT1K, deploying 3000' of temporary radials and
generally getting it back together. Was ready to go at the open and
managed 3 consecutive 60Q hours low in the band.

I've got a video documenting S9 line noise with a peak at S9+20 around 1840.
So I was counting on the shielded loop but it was down on signal strength
during the contest. I ended up doing 80+% of the Qs listening on the Inv-L.
Felt like I had my head stuck in a jet engine all weekend! I dare say you
won't find any Qs between 1830 and 1841 in my log!

I thought I had the loop sorted out and even managed to de-louse a squealing
power supply whenever the RX Ant was selected on the FT1000 during Saturday
afternoon, but it just did not play. The squeal was caused by a combination
of the RCS-4 controller puting 3.5VAC on the radio side port and then
selecting the separate RX Ant via the front panel switch. I'm not sure if
it is some sort of ground loop that gets set up but the quick fix was to
move the Inv-L to port 4 where the RCS-4 uses 0V to select the relays.

Scoring breakdown included 592(2) pointers, 54(5) pointers and 97(10)
pointers. The Saturday evening opening into Eu was memorable with a nice
run high up in the band. In fact it seemed easier to work Eu all weekend
than it was to work the West coast of the US.

Missed MT and AK. Was rewarded at our sunrise grey line with KH6LC stopping
by to work me while calling CQ.

My apologies to the stations I couldn't pull out of the noise, there
were alot.

CU in the next one,

Ken
WO1N
 
N8KD(K7DR)   Single Op LP   4,1182013-01-28 19:12:10
Yaesu FT-450 80w 70 ft end-fed wire.



Just got on to make a few contacts late Saturday night. Condx were good to the
west, worked several AZ and NM stations, however had rapid QSB at times almost
like 6m Es with signals going from 20 over to S6 and back to 20 over during a
couple CQ's. Used the repeater club call to exercise it a bit on HF for first
time in a few years.

73 Dave K7DR / N8KD
 
N5BG   Single Op Assisted HP   39,4242013-01-28 19:59:32
My main experience in cw contests is multi operator type. I have been the Search
& Pounce person and hosting guest operators at my QTH. We used our club call of
NI5T. Had the super operators IE N2IC, K7IA, N5IA etc. hi hi. This time I began
operation on Friday evening doing search and pounce. Did not make all that many
qso's. Well Saturday I finally got brave and started running. In half the time,
made double the contacts of the first night. Felt much more confident in N1MM
running after a couple hours. Wish I had started Friday doing run. It is all a
learning process, and I feel I am getting better. Many thanks for all the
contacts. de Larry N5BG
 
AI6O   Single Op LP   3,1002013-01-28 21:19:35
I strung a drooping 160 dipole in the rain, parts of which were laying on the
pergola, etc. With the tuner it was under 1.3 SWR and about 25 khz wide, so
even with 100 watts got some decent results. Lots of fun! Great to add a
country to my short 160 list (PJ2).

Rig: TS2000, LDG AT600Pro, Dipole and MixW software
 
WØAIH(KØTG)   Single Op Assisted HP   337,9952013-01-28 21:37:06
Paul had to work Sunday, so I was Single OP this weekend. I decided to take a
stab at SO Assisted. As the contest started I was not crazy about the idea.
After I got into it a bit it was more fun. I used Writelog on my laptop and it
was great to see all of the blue on the bandmap. All stations worked that were
spotted and then some that were not.

The first night there was not much EU heard. Things opened before their
sunrise. I could only work less than half of what I could hear. Frustrating!


2nd night things did not look all that great. The K was 4. Not a peep heard
from EU all night until about 0430Z when a DL station answered my CQ. I had a
fabulous 45 minute run! Now time for some S&P to close things off and grab more
mults. The country count doubled in that time. I ended the first night with 26
countries and I doubled that. It also added over 100K to the score in that
time. The run went on to about 01715Z. I never expected anything like that at
the beginning of the evening.

On the complaint side, what is with stations that look for an open freq, send a
couple question marks then after a 1 second delay (if you can call it that)
start CQing. This always happens when you are listening to the response from
the station you are working. Then it is impossible to tell them that you had
the freq before they got there. I ran into that situation a lot this weekend.
More than normal. Listen for more than 5 seconds please!

Worked all the states. I noticed a lot of activity from ND and SD. Lets hope
they keep it up for more contests. VE sections missed were: LB, NU,YT.

DX worked:

NA:
6Y, CM, FM, HI, J7, KL, KP2, TG, V3, XE, ZF

SA:
CE, HC, HK, PJ2, PY

EU:
4O, 9A, CT, DL, E7, EA, EI, ES, F, G, GM, HA, I, LY, LZ, OK, OM, ON, OZ, PA,
S5, SP, UA, UR, YL

Asia: UA9

Oceania: KH6, VK

AF: 3V, 5N

Sunday AM I heard a JA station. Apparently no one else did as they were not
calling them. But I could not get thin in the log either.

Thanks to Paul for giving me have a big iron weekend!

Oh, driving home in the snowstorm was fun too. :)

http://www.qth.com/w0aih/


73, John K0TG
 
PC5M   Multi-Op HP   750,0002013-01-29 00:47:39
Nice contest, condx to US/VE seemed to be better 2nd night for us. Managed to
work 211 US/VE initials nicely divided between both stints. Although we
specially put up this time a second beverage towards JA, no JA worked...Also
interesting to watch the band opening, around 03:00 UTC in 10 minutes time the
bandmap went from almost no US/VE (local)skimmer spots to fully loaded ....

Have a look at our online log at 160.pc5m.com to see if you are in....

Station is field day style. We build the station mainly during Friday and
dismantle it on Sunday afternoon. Last part of contest on Sunday evening we
operated barefoot and with low inverted L TX ant.

TX: 90 feet/28 mtrs vertical, 40+ radials
RX: single 300 mtrs beverage (US/VE) and 200 mtrs bidirectional beverage
(JA/PY).

Tnx for all calling and see you next year,

73's PC5M contest team.
 
DMØB   Multi-Op HP   643,6922013-01-29 04:03:38
Rick NQ4I was to the business trip in south-west Germany these days and we
invited him to join us. However he needed to change his flight planes quickly,
so we were not able to host him for the contest. A real pity, it would have
been very nice...

We are a bit short on DXCC mults, but we were simply not able to hear many of
spotted stations, probably while located in an industry zone. 2 x K3
intelocked, 50m Inv L (VH=~30m) & 1/4 WL sloper, 90m Beverage N/W and a 130m
BOG N/E, helped up to get 179 NA stations (14,3%) and 2,3% AS (no single JA) in
the log. 83% EU.

No big issues with QRM; K3 was good always to find a clear spot in the
spectrum. We tested for the first time Beverage On the Ground (BOG) which seems
to be an interesting and specially behaving antenna that we will go on using. It
surprisingly improved well our RX capabilities to the east. RI1ANF was
relatively strong. Other goodies: 6Y, FM, HZ, KP2, PJ2, TF and a few more. Many
thanks everybody for the QSOs.

We were motivated by coming close to DR4A score in a certain moment, but the
night SA/SO made the difference. Congrats to our Germany competitors and all
other top scorers!

On behalf of the DM0B Team
SG Stern Rastatt

73 Suad, DK6XZ
 
WX9U   Single Op Assisted HP   67,8042013-01-29 04:04:55
Part-time; getting really frustrated with the neighbor's
plasma TV creating almost 24/7 S9 QRN (all bands)
 
8SØDX(SMØDSG)   Single Op Assisted HP   440,0662013-01-29 04:10:23
This was indeed enjoyable - first time for me to take part in this top band
contest and certainly not the last.
In OZ7YY soapbox comments he noted broad key clicking from many nearby
stations, as well as from my own signal, and I will certainly check my TX.

TX = 600 watts

TX-ant = top-loaded vertical with radials placed on top of the ice in the
Baltic Sea.

RX-ant = beverage towards USA (by mistake I charged it with 50 watts in the
middle of the contest = out of order for the rest of the test)

73s de Leif
 
LY5W(@LY3V)   Single Op Assisted LP   94,0802013-01-29 05:01:17
This time from city QTH. QRM, no RX antenna's, no power! Just 3 times on - first
night, second few hours, and last hours to finish.

Sam LY5W
 
W3TS   Single Op HP   442,8902013-01-29 06:52:54
Far too many stations still have a key click problem.

Rig: Ten-Tec Orion plus 2x 3-500Z at 1200 watts.
TX Ant: 60 foot high 80M/40M fan dipole used as an 1/8 wave Tee over 70 x 70
foot long radials.
RX Ants: 300 foot NE/SW short beverage and 300 foot SE/NW beverage and a NE
and NW Flag. The best I can do on a 150 x 200 foot town lot with the help of
understanding neighbors.
Logger: N1MM
 
N1KWF   Single Op Assisted HP   113,3342013-01-29 07:33:30
Fun contest for Friday night and a little bit both mornings. New TX antenna
(shunt fed 96'tower) worked well. HI-Z 4sq RX array also worked flawlessly.
Rig - K3
Alpha 76PA converted to (2) 3cx800's
 
DJ7WW   Single Op QRP   113,9042013-01-29 08:06:56
Thanks to all who answered my call.

Equipment used:

Flexradio SDR-1000
Elevated GP with reflector http://www.pbase.com/image/148523045

S&P only.

73
Peter
 
HI3EPR   Single Op LP   2,6032013-01-29 08:10:24
At the same time i was the CW operator of the HI0UD special call.

I was participating for a while in a half hour.

The conditions was not bad.

73s DE HI3EPR.
 
OH4X   Single Op Assisted HP   395,4602013-01-29 08:55:53
WCY AURORA FIGURE A = 27
 
VA3DX   Single Op Assisted HP   100,9592013-01-29 10:10:24
Have the dreaded flu
This is about all I felt I could manage..
 
S53F   Single Op Assisted LP   71,7622013-01-29 10:12:13
73 de Vinko s53f
 
T6LG(LZ1CNN)   Single Op Assisted HP   85,4412013-01-29 10:14:46
TX Antenna: Inverted Vee @ 15m;
RX Antenna: Delta pennant designed by N4IS;
Tranceiver: FT-897 + ACOM 1000 (1000W only within 19:30Z to 02:30Z time slot
due to RFI).
Congratulations on getting my call for PJ2T, K1LZ and VY2ZM. Thanks to all for
calling!
CU in next contest!
Ilian, T6LG
 
YU5R   Multi-Op HP   512,9522013-01-29 12:18:34
RIG: FT1000
PWR: 400w
ANT: TX-Vertical 23m high
RX- 2 short beverages

Our new vertical ant is almost finished, 23m high, but only 40khz wide for this
contest. Spent 25h on the air, great fun we had.

Tnx to our host Lui YT3PL and Goran YT2FSG for technical support.

CU in ARRL CW, 73s to all!

Alex YU6DX, Zoki YU9DX
 
W1HIS   Single Op HP   130,3932013-01-29 13:43:09
My only antenna was a sloper, 70 ft (21m) long and 20 ft (6m) high, kinda short
and low for this band; and I couldn't hear well 'cuz I'm in a densely
populated neighborhood, surrounded by RF-noisy streetlights and houses full of
switching power-supplies, plasma TVs, etc., including three houses within 100
ft of my antenna. My background noise level, indicated by my receiver's
S-meter when I tuned to a channel devoid of signals was always over S9.
 
OHØR(OH2PM)   Single Op HP   673,4162013-01-29 14:59:32
Very masochistic trial under strong aurora spiced with unusually many
high clicking signals. I fully agree with Finn, OZ7YY, who listed a number
of heavy clickers from Europe. On Finn's list I would like to underline one
UU7 and a LY7 call.
I have noticed that in many modern commercial radio(TX) the default rice time
is byfar too short. I use 6 ms rice time in my FT5000, that is the maximum in
that radio, I would prefer 8 ms. The default is 4 ms and that is absolute too
sharp.
I was QRV 14 hours on both days and did take 2 hours nap around 00z on both
nights, there was no DX propagation and Europeans went to bed as well.
The first 3 hours produced almost 450 QSOs and then rates went very low.
In S&P several huge pile-ups were found and as usually in these days it was
very difficullt to hear who the DX is. I got only a handfull of DX calls logged
during the first day but on the second day propagation was somewhat better
however far down from what is was a few day earlier.
Maybe my personality has developed further towards masochism, I namely enjoyed
the contest just as much as ever before.
Many thanks for all who patiently did stay with me for several repeats.

See in future contests again, Pertti, OH2PM
 
VA2WA(VA2WDQ)   Single Op HP   446,5922013-01-29 15:11:50
TS-590S + AL-1200 (1.3 kW)
ANT: 16.5m top loaded Vertical

That was first contest experience from the new location in a small village near
Drummondville. That was a nice try but I didn't get full time participation. I
took a day off on Friday and started my vertical installation at noon. Got it
installed only around 19:30 local time. So I missed 2.5 hours in the very
beginning. I need to remove few treas to make a space for the vertical. My land
is very wooded by toll trees. After 6 hours of hard work outside (the temp was
-16-18C ) I got tiered and felt to sleep at 4:30 in the first day and right
after 1:00 on the second ))). The first day installation was not complete
because top loaded wires got hanged on a nearest trees. So I left it
temporarily for the first night and put the vertical down and re-install it on
the next day. As you see I have almost 10 hours missed. So I consider that as a
part-time testing participation.

Unfortunately DX propagation was not good. Later I check up from my Android
phone the Solar-Terrestrial Data from the CGQ site and found on Friday and
Saturday there were 2 high latitude magnetic storms right in the EU window
time. So I can't evaluate how good is the new set up ((( Anyway that's
obviously a big improvement comparing to what I have at home. The air is
amazing there!! The 160 m band noise is the only around 2-3 S-units without
Attenuation! I can hear well on my vertical many EU stations CQ-ing in a row
right under NA stations! So I decided not to spend time on a 300 meters BV
antenna installation since I found I could hear better compare to EU stations
didn't hear well my "modest" 1.3 kW signal!

The best DX was ZS6EZ who called me with a really loud signal could be compared
to a local NA station.

Thank you for all the QSO's!

73!

Victor

VA2WDQ / VA2WA

http://www.contestgroupduquebec.com
 
W5MX   Multi-Op HP   519,1642013-01-29 19:56:00
John K4FT came over for some multiop action at my modest station. Great openings
to EU, especially Sunday AM. 230 EU Q's in this one which is good from central
KY. Should have spent more time chasing mults, would have improved final score
considerably. Had fun! Thanks to all for the contacts, see you in the next one!
Bryan W5MX
 
KØTT   Single Op LP   112,6802013-01-29 22:08:50
Started late Friday evening, around 10PM local, but had all but 4 states in the
log by 3AM local time on Saturday. Rates were slow but steady. Band was very
quiet, and I thought propagation was quite good throughout the entire contest.
Heard quite a few Europeans, but could get the attention of a few, as I was
running low power. Heard east coast stations running Europe at times, but could
only hear a few of the callers. Missing a few Canadian provinces, noteably SK
and MB. Might have been some sort of blackout in that direction, as all AB
stations heard were quite weak.
 
RL3A(@RK3AWL)   Multi-Op HP   1,108,2502013-01-30 02:09:59
It was very strange porpogation.
We catch very short opening to NA at first mornign during 2h,in witch we
take almost 130 K/VE and 29 state/prove. In next night prop to NA was only on
SR peak in 10-20 min. Anyway we take 5 new states.
It was surprising prop to VK\ZL. ZL1BYZ was booming, at first moment I think
that is european signal. And 6 VK in WW160 is our record :)). 2xYB, kh0, 9m6,
9m2 in saturday evening was also surprising. However we didn't get any luck to
JA neither first evening neither second... only 47 JA's.

We miss some easy mults like t77c, ve1zz. Did heard any trace from tg9
v31...

Equipment:
TX: NA: 2 el vertical dipoles;
East and South: sloping dipoles with chimney as reflector( which give a
10-15dB F-B different, but some loss in worming of chimney);
S&P: Inv-L
RX: Beveredges.
PA: GU78B

Anyway It's was our best WW160. We broke 1Mpoints boundary. It's was very
interesting to hear many frendes and enjoy to work with them. Thanks to our
competitors for this interesting and dynimic contest, especially to UZ2M UU7J
and 4O3A(Whitch result we check avery 10 min on cqcontest.ru :))

CU in SSB part! Some satistics formed by WintTest you can find below.

73's Yury RL3FT

Worked DXCC

DXCC | CT | 160 | TOTAL
==========================
3V | AF | 1 | 1
4J | AS | 1 | 1
4L | AS | 2 | 2
4O | EU | 1 | 1
4U1I | EU | 1 | 1
4X | AS | 3 | 3
5B | AS | 2 | 2
5N | AF | 1 | 1
6Y | NA | 1 | 1
9A | EU | 13 | 13
9M2 | AS | 1 | 1
9M6 | OC | 1 | 1
A4 | AS | 1 | 1
A6 | AS | 1 | 1
BV | AS | 1 | 1
BY | AS | 5 | 5
CE | SA | 1 | 1
CM | NA | 1 | 1
CT | EU | 5 | 5
DL | EU | 233 | 233
E7 | EU | 9 | 9
EA | EU | 15 | 15
EA8 | AF | 1 | 1
EA9 | AF | 1 | 1
EI | EU | 5 | 5
ER | EU | 4 | 4
ES | EU | 6 | 6
EU | EU | 23 | 23
EX | AS | 1 | 1
EY | AS | 2 | 2
F | EU | 11 | 11
FM | NA | 2 | 2
G | EU | 51 | 51
GI | EU | 1 | 1
GM | EU | 6 | 6
GW | EU | 2 | 2
HA | EU | 35 | 35
HB | EU | 7 | 7
HC | SA | 1 | 1
HK | SA | 2 | 2
HL | AS | 2 | 2
HS | AS | 1 | 1
HZ | AS | 1 | 1
I | EU | 47 | 47
IT9 | EU | 2 | 2
JA | AS | 48 | 48
JT | AS | 1 | 1
KH0 | OC | 1 | 1
KP2 | NA | 1 | 1
LA | EU | 11 | 11
LX | EU | 1 | 1
LY | EU | 35 | 35
LZ | EU | 17 | 17
OE | EU | 4 | 4
OH | EU | 29 | 29
OH0 | EU | 2 | 2
OK | EU | 69 | 69
OM | EU | 33 | 33
ON | EU | 7 | 7
OZ | EU | 16 | 16
P4 | SA | 1 | 1
PA | EU | 24 | 24
PJ2 | SA | 1 | 1
PY | SA | 3 | 3
PZ | SA | 1 | 1
S5 | EU | 36 | 36
SM | EU | 27 | 27
SP | EU | 58 | 58
SV | EU | 6 | 6
SV5 | EU | 1 | 1
SV9 | EU | 1 | 1
TA | AS | 1 | 1
TF | EU | 1 | 1
UA | EU | 153 | 153
UA2 | EU | 6 | 6
UA9 | AS | 78 | 78
UK | AS | 2 | 2
UN | AS | 10 | 10
UR | EU | 128 | 128
VK | OC | 6 | 6
VU | AS | 1 | 1
YA | AS | 1 | 1
YB | OC | 2 | 2
YL | EU | 13 | 13
YO | EU | 28 | 28
YU | EU | 26 | 26
Z3 | EU | 1 | 1
ZL | OC | 2 | 2
ZS | AF | 1 | 1
==========================
| | 1408 | 1408

Worked States/Provinces

| 160 | TOTAL
====================
CT | 4 | 4
MA | 11 | 11
ME | 3 | 3
NH | 6 | 6
RI | 1 | 1
VT | 1 | 1
NJ | 7 | 7
NY | 11 | 11
DE | 2 | 2
PA | 16 | 16
MD | 13 | 13
DC | 1 | 1
FL | 9 | 9
GA | 4 | 4
KY | 1 | 1
NC | 8 | 8
SC | 1 | 1
TN | 2 | 2
VA | 13 | 13
AR | 1 | 1
TX | 2 | 2
MI | 3 | 3
OH | 8 | 8
WV | 3 | 3
IL | 5 | 5
IN | 4 | 4
WI | 3 | 3
IA | 1 | 1
NE | 1 | 1
NB | 1 | 1
NF | 1 | 1
PEI | 1 | 1
QC | 3 | 3
ON | 10 | 10
====================
| 161 | 161

RL3A
All bands - All modes
QSOs (without dupes) - By time

| Hr | |
-----------------
| 22 | 203 |
| 23 | 175 |
| 00 | 102 |
| 01 | 59 |
| 02 | 41 |
| 03 | 51 |
| 04 | 94 |
| 05 | 87 |
| 06 | 6 |
| 07 | 4 |
| 08 | 4 |
| 09 | |
| 10 | |
| 11 | 2 |
| 12 | 10 |
| 13 | 11 |
| 14 | 25 |
| 15 | 37 |
| 16 | 48 |
| 17 | 68 |
| 18 | 52 |
| 19 | 41 |
| 20 | 44 |
| 21 | 33 |
| 22 | 42 |
| 23 | 28 |
| 00 | 16 |
| 01 | 15 |
| 02 | 10 |
| 03 | 10 |
| 04 | 16 |
| 05 | 20 |
| 06 | 8 |
| 07 | 6 |
| 08 | 1 |
| 09 | 2 |
| 10 | |
| 11 | 1 |
| 12 | |
| 13 | 7 |
| 14 | 7 |
| 15 | 16 |
| 16 | 18 |
| 17 | 27 |
| 18 | 28 |
| 19 | 23 |
| 20 | 16 |
| 21 | 16 |
| 22 | |
| 23 | |
-----------------
| | 1530 |
 
DJ5QV   Single Op Assisted HP   425,6842013-01-30 02:22:58
That was fun. Although in the beginning it was looking almost as bad as in
the previous year. Fortunately I did not go to bed Sunday night. The condx
Sunday morning were quite impressive. Almost felt like being on 40m. Looking
at some US skimmers the 10-20db advantage of some EU big guns melted down
quite a bit at that time. Maybe some high elevation angle propagation.

Without decent (any) RX antennas it was not too easy to dig the DX stations
out of the rather chaotic pileups. So quite happy to work A9, HZ, A6, 5N,
PJ2, RI1ANF, FM, KV4FZ, 6Y, TF. Highlight was being called by booming XE1RCS.
No way to get T77C who popped up "last minute" driving the crowd crazy. Also
missed LX.

Antenna: Inv-L, 12m+28m, only 8x10m radials
TRX: IC-7400 + amp

Thanks for the contacts & cu next time,
Matthias - DJ5QV
 
W3SO(W3YOZ)   Single Op HP   158,4002013-01-30 02:23:33
Missed MT for states and MB, SK, BC, NWT, YT and NF
for provinces.

Thanks for the Q's.

Marty, W3YOZ
 
USØHZ   Single Op Assisted HP   128,4002013-01-30 04:20:20
RIG: FT 2000
ANT: 1/2 Vertical romb 162m long 40m hign

73 Stan US0HZ
 
S57L   Single Op Assisted LP   388,5882013-01-30 06:40:49
The antenna was set few weeks prior contest, with a clear intention of operating
multi operator (2 that is) and high power. I became single op few days before
contest due friend's business assignment. And heavy snowfall almost prevented
me from attending, as walking final 500m through forest, covered with 70cm of
untouched snow took about 45min. That is the point, when i became low power, as
the amplifier was too heavy to reach the summit, carried by a single person.
Luckily the inverted v was strong enough to hold all the snow, being 5cm in
diameter.
Croud contest with hefty pileups, exhausting for low power. Enjoyed it in spite
of all the difficulties.
Inverted v at 25m + TS850s

73 de Jane s57l
 
K7XC   Single Op LP   7,4622013-01-30 12:41:47
Worked only the last 3 hrs of darkness before sunrise Sunday. K3, 100W, Inv L
35' tall & 170' long.
 
OK5Z   Multi-Op HP   1,042,5902013-01-30 12:42:20
pictures and video will be later at our www
http://www.ok5z.cz/

again with crane GP antenna

thanks for QSOs

73 Ludek OK2ZC and others from club OK5Z






-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y ---------------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Rate Total Pct
--------------------------------------------------------------------
2200 131 0 0 0 0 0 131 131 8.4
2300 109 0 0 0 0 0 109 240 15.4
0000 90 0 0 0 0 0 90 330 21.1
0100 86 0 0 0 0 0 86 416 26.6
0200 59 0 0 0 0 0 59 475 30.4
0300 50 0 0 0 0 0 50 525 33.6
0400 53 0 0 0 0 0 53 578 37.0
0500 56 0 0 0 0 0 56 634 40.6
0600 63 0 0 0 0 0 63 697 44.6
0700 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 725 46.4
0800 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 742 47.5
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 742 47.5
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 742 47.5
1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 742 47.5
1200 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 743 47.6
1300 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 754 48.3
1400 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 774 49.6
1500 41 0 0 0 0 0 41 815 52.2
1600 50 0 0 0 0 0 50 865 55.4
1700 53 0 0 0 0 0 53 918 58.8
1800 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 951 60.9
1900 49 0 0 0 0 0 49 1000 64.0
2000 49 0 0 0 0 0 49 1049 67.2
2100 45 0 0 0 0 0 45 1094 70.0
2200 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 1132 72.5
2300 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 1164 74.5
0000 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 1184 75.8
0100 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 1197 76.6
0200 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 1214 77.7
0300 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1230 78.7
0400 44 0 0 0 0 0 44 1274 81.6
0500 41 0 0 0 0 0 41 1315 84.2
0600 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 1353 86.6
0700 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 1366 87.5
0800 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 1370 87.7
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1370 87.7
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1370 87.7
1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1370 87.7
1200 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1371 87.8
1300 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 1375 88.0
1400 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 1379 88.3
1500 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 1400 89.6
1600 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 1432 91.7
1700 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 1462 93.6
1800 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 1492 95.5
1900 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 1511 96.7
2000 26 0 0 0 0 0 26 1537 98.4
2100 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 1562 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 1562 0 0 0 0 0 1562

Gross QSOs=1637 Dupes=75 Net QSOs=1562

Unique callsigns worked = 1562

The best 60 minute rate was 131/hour from 2200 to 2259
The best 30 minute rate was 140/hour from 2203 to 2232
The best 10 minute rate was 174/hour from 2203 to 2212

The best 1 minute rates were:
4 QSOs/minute 8 times.
3 QSOs/minute 61 times.
2 QSOs/minute 284 times.
1 QSOs/minute 779 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 208 0 0 0 0 0 208 13.3
South America 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
Europe 1267 0 0 0 0 0 1267 81.1
Asia 76 0 0 0 0 0 76 4.9
Africa 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
Oceania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
--------------------------------------------------------------
Total 1562 0 0 0 0 0 1562

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 4
4 412
5 702
6 427
7 7
8 4
9 5
10 1

------------------ C o u n t r y S u m m a r y ------------------
Country 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------------
3V 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
4L 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
4O 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
4U1I 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
4X 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
5B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
5N 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
6Y 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
9A 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0.8
A6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
BV 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
BY 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
CE 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
CT 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
CT3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
DL 273 0 0 0 0 0 273 17.5
E7 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.7
EA 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1.0
EA8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
EA9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
EI 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
ER 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
ES 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
EU 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 1.6
EY 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
F 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.8
FM 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
G 49 0 0 0 0 0 49 3.1
GI 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
GM 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.6
GU 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
GW 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
HA 36 0 0 0 0 0 36 2.3
HB 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
HK 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
HL 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
HS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
HZ 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
I 67 0 0 0 0 0 67 4.3
*IT9 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
JA 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1.2
JT 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
K 186 0 0 0 0 0 186 11.9
KP2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
LA 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.5
LX 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
LY 31 0 0 0 0 0 31 2.0
LZ 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1.0
OE 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.8
OH 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 1.5
OH0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
OK 73 0 0 0 0 0 73 4.7
OM 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 2.2
ON 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.6
OZ 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0.9
PA 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 1.9
PJ2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
PY 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
S5 43 0 0 0 0 0 43 2.8
SM 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 1.4
SP 60 0 0 0 0 0 60 3.8
SV 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.6
SV5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
SV9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
TA 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
TF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
UA 149 0 0 0 0 0 149 9.5
UA2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.2
UA9 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 2.1
UN 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
UR 108 0 0 0 0 0 108 6.9
V3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
VE 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 1.1
VP8/h 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
YA 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
YL 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.7
YO 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 1.7
YU 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 1.8
Z3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
*Z6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
ZS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Total 1562 0 0 0 0 0 1562

------------ 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
-------------------------------------------------------------
14 467 0 0 0 0 0 467 29.9
15 458 0 0 0 0 0 458 29.3
16 288 0 0 0 0 0 288 18.4
20 60 0 0 0 0 0 60 3.8
17 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 1.9
PA 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 1.5
25 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 1.2
MD 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 1.2
VA 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 1.2
NY 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 1.0
MA 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0.9
FL 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.8
OH 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.6
18 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.5
NC 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.5
NH 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.5
ON 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.5
GA 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
IN 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.4
21 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
NJ 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
MI 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
TN 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
IL 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.3
33 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
08 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
CT 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
QC 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
24 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
ME 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
09 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
DE 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
WV 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
TX 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
RI 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
AL 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
NS 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
KY 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
MO 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
13 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
NF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
35 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
PEI 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
SC 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
DC 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
23 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
26 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
38 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
12 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
NB 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
VT 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
WI 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
AR 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
OK 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
07 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
40 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
19 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
------------------------------------------------------
Total 1562 0 0 0 0 0 1562

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
--------------------
0 6 0.4
1 31 2.0
2 25 1.6
3 46 2.9
4 36 2.3
5 9 0.6
6 2 0.1
7 1 0.1
8 17 1.1
9 13 0.8
--------------------
Total 186 11.9
 
CT1AOZ   Single Op LP   11,3152013-01-31 06:47:54
Nice to hear a lot of good friends on top band. Will try to have more power next
time now was only 65 watts and a 160 doublet antenna.See all of you in next
one... 73 Jose
 
EW1WA   Multi-Op HP   656,6842013-01-31 12:17:46
1 Tunisia 3V 1 - - - - 1 0.08
2 Georgia 4L 1 - - - - 1 0.08
3 Montenegro 4O 1 - - - - 1 0.08
4 ITU HQ 4U1I 1 - - - - 1 0.08
5 Israel 4X 1 - - - - 1 0.08
6 Cyprus 5B 1 - - - - 1 0.08
7 Croatia 9A 13 - - - - 13 1.03
8 United Arab Emirates A6 1 - - - - 1 0.08
9 China BY 2 - - - - 2 0.16
10 Portugal CT 4 - - - - 4 0.32
11 Fed. Rep. of Germany DL 219 - - - - 219 17.33
12 Bosnia-Herzegovina E7 8 - - - - 8 0.63
13 Spain EA 14 - - - - 14 1.11
14 Ceuta & Melilla EA9 1 - - - - 1 0.08
15 Ireland EI 7 - - - - 7 0.55
16 Moldova ER 4 - - - - 4 0.32
17 Estonia ES 9 - - - - 9 0.71
18 Belarus EU 23 - - - - 23 1.82
19 Tajikistan EY 1 - - - - 1 0.08
20 France F 9 - - - - 9 0.71
21 Martinique FM 1 - - - - 1 0.08
22 England G 32 - - - - 32 2.53
23 Northern Ireland GI 1 - - - - 1 0.08
24 Scotland GM 4 - - - - 4 0.32
25 Guernsey GU 1 - - - - 1 0.08
26 Wales GW 2 - - - - 2 0.16
27 Hungary HA 28 - - - - 28 2.22
28 Switzerland HB 4 - - - - 4 0.32
29 Colombia HK 1 - - - - 1 0.08
30 Thailand HS 1 - - - - 1 0.08
31 Saudi Arabia HZ 1 - - - - 1 0.08
32 Italy I 40 - - - - 40 3.16
33 Sicily *IT9 6 - - - - 6 0.47
34 Japan JA 18 - - - - 18 1.42
35 Mongolia JT 1 - - - - 1 0.08
36 United States K 68 - - - - 68 5.38
37 US Virgin Islands KP2 1 - - - - 1 0.08
38 Norway LA 8 - - - - 8 0.63
39 Luxembourg LX 1 - - - - 1 0.08
40 Lithuania LY 32 - - - - 32 2.53
41 Bulgaria LZ 12 - - - - 12 0.95
42 Austria OE 7 - - - - 7 0.55
43 Finland OH 25 - - - - 25 1.98
44 Aland Islands OH0 2 - - - - 2 0.16
45 Czech Republic OK 62 - - - - 62 4.91
46 Slovak Republic OM 28 - - - - 28 2.22
47 Belgium ON 9 - - - - 9 0.71
48 Denmark OZ 11 - - - - 11 0.87
49 Netherlands PA 22 - - - - 22 1.74
50 Curacao PJ2 1 - - - - 1 0.08
51 Slovenia S5 42 - - - - 42 3.32
52 Sweden SM 24 - - - - 24 1.90
53 Poland SP 47 - - - - 47 3.72
54 Greece SV 7 - - - - 7 0.55
55 Crete SV9 1 - - - - 1 0.08
56 Asiatic Turkey TA 1 - - - - 1 0.08
57 European Russia UA 159 - - - - 159 12.58
58 Kaliningrad UA2 2 - - - - 2 0.16
59 Asiatic Russia UA9 44 - - - - 44 3.48
60 Uzbekistan UK 1 - - - - 1 0.08
61 Kazakhstan UN 8 - - - - 8 0.63
62 Ukraine UR 114 - - - - 114 9.02
63 Canada VE 7 - - - - 7 0.55
64 Australia VK 2 - - - - 2 0.16
65 Afghanistan YA 1 - - - - 1 0.08
66 Indonesia YB 1 - - - - 1 0.08
67 Latvia YL 10 - - - - 10 0.79
68 Romania YO 22 - - - - 22 1.74
69 Serbia YU 16 - - - - 16 1.27
70 Macedonia Z3 1 - - - - 1 0.08
71 Kosovo *Z6 1 - - - - 1 0.08
72 New Zealand ZL 1 - - - - 1 0.08
73 South Africa ZS 1 - - - - 1 0.08

160 80 40 20 15 10 30 17 12 ALL
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
USA calls = 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 68
Canada calls = 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
NA calls = 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
SA calls = 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Euro calls = 1095 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1095
African calls = 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Asian calls = 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 65
Japan calls = 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
Ocean calls = 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

Unknown calls = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Total calls = 1264 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1264
 
OG6N(OH6NIO)   Single Op Assisted HP   91,5752013-01-31 15:44:58
I was using a low temporary dipole and just giving out a few points.
 
K4RO   Single Op HP   230,1842013-01-31 17:00:31
Nice to hear the KH6CC call sign on 160m again. Jack was my first Hawaiian QSO
on Top Band. His fist was instantly recognizable, and his signal was always
impressive. The 0500z hour the second night featured the best opening to EU
that I have ever experienced from this station during a contest. A 154 hour the
first night was a lot of fun too. Only regret was that I didn't have more time
to put in during a busy weekend.

73, Kirk K4RO
 
NY6DX   Single Op Assisted LP   234,8832013-01-31 17:34:49
Ant. 1/4 wave wire vertical 1237 feet
Radio ft 1000 mp mark v

Great time from the ball park. height is everything. Thanks to the Long Island
Ducks baseball team
 
VE3FU   Single Op HP   15,6622013-01-31 18:47:50
2.5 hours of distracted S&Ping Friday night.

TS-590, TL-922, Inverted-L, 2x Reversible Beverages (NE/SW, NW/SE).
 
OK7K   Multi-Op HP   292,0772013-02-01 03:15:12
After 13 hours we had to stop the contest because of technical ussues.

We used:
FT-1000MP MarkV-Field + Acom 2000A
Vertical @ 34m

6x Beverages (360m long) USA, CARRIBEAN, SA, AF, VK, JA,
1x Beverage (260m long) to 015 deg
1x Beverage (170m long) to 120 deg
K9AY loop to 030/120/210/300 deg.


See you in SSB part of CQWW160.

www.ok7k.estranky.cz

On behalf of OK7K group - Petr OK1BN
 
OM7RU   Single Op HP   514,2572013-02-01 08:52:15
This year I participate although I still miss RX ANT.

I made big deal of QSOs during first night. I miss JA, but few K/VE was in the
log.
Second night was good, JT, JA and KV4FZ mults was in my log on Saturday
evening. I waited for NA opening after midnight, but there was only very weak
signals which I digged from the noise. Fortunately, very late but nice opening
started at 0400 UTC produced 32 K/VE plus PJ2T multiplier.
Sunday evening was more effective than usualy, with 5 additional multipliers.

Last year I engaged in building of tower mast, bearings, rotary antennas and
rotator, so there was not enough time to build of RX antenna. It will be goal
of this year together with completing of station automation equipments.
I am quite satisfied with this year result. Result is adequate to my setup: no
RX antenna and less than 1500 W from my ACOM 2000A.

It's no chance to compete with guys from Balkan and Eastern EU with 599 +50 dB
on my S-meter and parasit signals and clicks 2-3 kHz up and down.

Thanks to everybody, who took part!

Used equipments:
Yaesu FT-1000MP MarkV Field
ACOM 2000A (1,5 kW OUT)
MicroHAM microKeyer, StatioMaster, WinTest

Antenna:
Vertical (35 m tower + 2 elevated radials)


73!
Riki, OM7RU

www.tucek.sk/om7ru
 
YTØA(@YU1EXY)   Multi-Op HP   1,035,8272013-02-01 14:01:20
This was our first effort in 2013th. YT0A/YU1EXY contest site is at the suburban
area of Belgrade. We started to build the station primarily for low band DX-ing
and contesting 10 years ago. In this 10 years we got neighbors all over around,
with nice, new, two store houses. Every of our eight beverages got one, hi.
Beverages are a bit short for a top band, around 170-180 mtrs long, but worked
well. There was two operating sites in the room, interlocked of course, with
independent receiving capability during RX sequences, but not very useful this
time. Operators were totally out of phase (sorry N7DD). European 1810-1830 zoo
does not allow breaks greater than few seconds, or you loose your running freq.
The most valuable improvement regarding previous years was G59 SDR receiver
(YU1LM design) with GSDR software (a PowerSDR variant by YT7PWR). This was
first serious effort as we use it. Comparing to the FT1000MKV as RUN and
TS950SDX as MULT radios, showed clear advantage of the SDR receiver with
capable PC DSP processing over classic radios. Especially during JA openings
with very strong EU signals very near. It looks like it is true that SDR has
very large dynamic range even 100 Hz of the receiving pass band. It was no
problem at all to find clear frequency. There is a post by OY7YY regarding key
clicks we produced. He is the only one who told us that, post contest. But it
might be. I don't know if this Mark V has key clicks modification done. We will
check it .
In any case, this contest was not very demanding and we had a real good time.
We made over a million, which is good score. Maybe we can do a bit better, but
not too much!
Live contest score server at contesting.ru is cool thing. Although a bit
disappointing when you see competitors are doing much better!
Thanks all calling us! Excuse for all of you we did not get throught EU QRM!

73
Zoran, YU1EW
 
N6QQ   Single Op Assisted HP   73,3812013-02-06 21:33:27
QTH: Carl - WU6D and Cathy - K6VC
 
S57EA   Single Op Assisted LP   80,4442013-02-11 02:22:47
This year again with 100W (FT-897D) and G3YCC (20m helix + 20m wire)7m high
only,
CQ WW 160 CW is a great challenge. Still heard quite a lot of stations
that I couldn't worked them. Need some more PWR for RX/TX balance.
I'm happy with the result, even I oversleep most of 2nd night and loose my
goal
in this contest: beat my last year results. Most importantly, I had a lot of
fun again !!

73 de S57EA, Miran