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NB1B   SOSB/80 HP   75,5552003-09-28 08:08:07
Zones Worked: 3,4,5,,,8,9,10,11,14,15,16,20,31,33,35. Never heard any others.
States Missed: De, NM, Mt, Nv, Wy, Ia, and ND.
Provinces Worked: NB, QC, On, Mb, Sk, Ab, BC.
Best DX: D4B, JY9QJ

Never could get an XE to QSY to 80M for the double mult!

My first serious RTTY effort. From what I can see, it may become my second
favorite mode after CW, of course. I used the MMTTY plug-in for Writelog and
still don't think I have everything optimally set up. There were a number of
weak signals that would have been easy CW contacts that the software and
hardware I was using just would not decode. Many weak sigs would alternate
between copy and no copy, and with repeats I could pull them through, but some
weak signals would not get copied no matter what I did.

I am interested in any suggestions that more experienced MMTTY users would have
in setting up MMTTY. All those setup options are there for a reason, but, for
most of them, I don't really have a feel for how any "tweaks" would affect the
ability of the program to decode weak signals.

Interesting contest.
 
M2Z(M5RIC)   SOSB/15 HP   123,8302003-09-28 15:40:39
The first day wasn't very good at all for me, band was full but no-one calling.
Second day was a different story, more people about, nice run to JA in the
morning and mixed NA/EU throughout the day. The band seem to start to empty
after about 19z so made working weaker stations easier.

Mixed amount of DX about, managed to break the 5N0 pileup, lots of W6/7 which
was good, and highlight was being called by DP1POL on Sunday afernoon.

Thanks to all who called.

Richard, M5RIC

Equipment:

TS-570DG
Acom 1000
Driven ele from A3S @ 40ft
Writeloig 10.42C with MMTTY module - both worked great all weekend!
 
WBØO   SOAB HP   268,1762003-09-28 16:38:59
Modem - Baycom $49
Software - Hamcomm shareware $25 donation
Computer - 368 cruising in DOS at 25 mhz (.025 ghz), 100 MB hard drive $0

The perfect contest format for here in the center of North America. The
infinitely variable filters on the IC746PRO really work well!

73, Bill WB0O in North Dakota
 
N6NT   SOAB HP   156,6482003-09-28 17:06:02
This was just for practice. No sense making a serious effort at anything from
CA! But there were some surprisingly good openings on 10 and 15. This is the
first time I've heard EU of any sort on 10m since last April.
 
OL5Q(OK1HRA)   SOSB/40 HP   277,2402003-09-28 17:10:54
http://home.zcu.cz/ham/
 
AG4TJ   SOAB HP   74,5362003-09-28 17:14:05
tnx for the contest. 73
 
UT9FJ   SOAB(A) LP   745,7602003-09-28 17:14:15
TS-430S ABT 100W
ANT: INV.V 80M, GP 40M, INV.V 20M (10M,15M WITHOUT ANTENN HI)
NICE CONTEST! BUT MANY STATION NO SEE TO SCREEN AND
SEE TO MASTER.FILE AND TRANSMIT MY CALL AS UT9F (MY CLUB STATION CALL)
UT9F WAS NOT WORKING NOW MORE THEN ONE YEAR.
THANKS FOR ALL WHO ANSWER ME WITH MY LOW POWER.
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE VERY NICE OP'S HC8N FOR 5 BAND QSO.
73! SAM SOROKIN UT9FJ
 
WA6BOB   SOAB HP   91,5532003-09-28 17:18:14
Great DX conditions....Now for the same results on CQP KB Bob
 
T94DO   SOSB/40 LP   68,5402003-09-28 17:23:59
IC-765 -100w
ANT- Pyramid
 
K6UFO   SOAB(A) HP   217,1382003-09-28 17:45:03
Spent a couple hours each evening and morning looking for new countries.
All search-and-pounce and looking for DX. Propogation seemed much better on
Sunday. Thanks for all the contacts.
 
W6ZZZ   SOAB LP   75,6562003-09-28 17:48:33
Thanks to K9NS for my only 5-band contact.

Best catch for me was VK9NS.
 
VE3NZ(@VE3NE)   M/S HP   1,197,2172003-09-28 17:54:50
Rig IC-706, Dentron 400 Watts, A4S + 2EL Beam for EU on 40m, inv Vee on 80 m.
Conditions were not as good as last year. All bands were very poor early morning
Sunday. Thanks for the nice contest to everyone, it was lot's of fun.

73's
VE3NZ Ben
 
VA7ST   SOAB LP   101,3042003-09-28 18:00:46
Gear: FT920, DF4SA spider beam, G5RV
N1MM Logger v3.0.91

I just love the race to the finish in the last half hour of this contest. Last
year was spectacular, and this year it was pretty good.

By 23:30z Sunday, if you haven't already worked out the band, it's like being a
kid in a candy store with so many stations, so many last-minute points to chase.
I try it a lot but never have much luck calling CQ. After hitting my goals with
10 minutes to spare, I devoted the final 10 minutes to calling on a frantic 20M
band to hand out the BC mult to anyone who could hear me. Worked a bunch in a
row, which is always a thrill for this op.

Highlights and Observations:
----------------------------
Didn't hear D4B all weekend, then found them low on 20M with few callers with 20
minutes to go. Six continents. Gotta like that. A minute earlier I stumbled upon
HC8N just up the band. Two good mults from the unexpected file. Only managed the
Galapagos lads on 20, 15 and 10 this time out. Last year I think it was a
five-bander.

Was called by VR2BG in the last hour, too, up on 15M. Nice surprise there.
Managed a few short runs of JA stations on 15. Only VK/ZL was ZL2AMI -- always
appreciate the contacts (last year, also only 1 ZL, 0 VKs). Of course, anyone
with a hank of wire out the window would have heard KH7X -- big signals!


Comparisons from last year:

2002 80' G5RVs
2003 28' tribander, 30' G5RV, same rig but N1MM added (super software!)

QSOs Mults Time Score Pts/hr QSOs/hr
2002 397 280 30 hrs 268,520 8,951 13.2
2003 257 168 16 hrs 101,304 6,331 16.1

With much lower antennas at the home QTH, and conditions not nearly as good
now(10M was good for 101 Qs last year, only 10 this year), I expected to fare
worse than in 2002. Sure, that's exactly what happened, but it was helpful to
compare the home vs. "contest QTH" experiences.

The numbers indicate that while my hourly average rate was better this year
(more domestic contacts?), the home QTH's low tribander and G5RV don't pull in
the mults as well as an 70'-high G5RV and Extended Lazy-H. We'll see what the
ol' spider beam does when I get a tower set up, hopefully for next year's
contest high season.

Even operating out of B.C.'s RF black hole can be a lot of fun. But I think I'll
be back among the tall trees in the country for CQWW CW, hi.

Hope to hear everyone in CQP next weekend!

-- Bud, VA7ST (VE7ASK)
 
PR7AR   SOSB/20 LP   50,3882003-09-28 18:03:41
IC-706 70W
DELTALOOP ANTENA
 
VE3XD   SOAB LP   1,025,3522003-09-28 18:06:17
Best yet in this one. Had been watching my Qs from last year and at one point
was 100 ahead of last year. Then the rate started to slow and near the end I was
wondering if I could even beat last year. But I did and also exceeded 1M points
for the first time in the CQWW RTTY.

On Sunday morning during a good run on 10m my neighbour called to report RFI in
the TV, radio and telephone. At that point I gave up 10m and stayed in the lower
bands the remainder of the contest. RTTY seems particularly bad for TVI etc.
Gotta move to the country.

Best band conditions for quite awhile and hopefully the cycle will hold up for
the phone one. Good to meet all my RTTY friends this weekend.

73,
Don VE3XD (VE3BUC last year)
 
PR7AYE   SOSB/15 LP   1,9172003-09-28 18:07:27
IC-706 100W
3 ELEMT 3 BAND YAGY
 
K8AJS   SOAB(A) LP   9,1502003-09-28 18:43:37
First time out in a RTTY contest. It's some fun, I'll have to put in a more
serious effort next time.

FT1000MP 100 watts
3 el quad for 20 thru 10
G5RV for 80 and 40
WriteLog contesting software

73, John
K8AJS
 
KH6DV   SOSB/40 LP   22,6732003-09-28 19:01:18
From every comment I hear it looks like conditions were very decent and
everyone had fun. Just a little Dx hunting on 40M in my spare time for
here. S&P is always fun when activity is up and there is a good variety
of stations to work.
 
XE2AC   SOAB(A) LP   611,1752003-09-28 19:25:29
Wow ! condx a lot better than expected lead to score 3 times the target!

80M: A wall noise, nothing worked
40M: Decent openings to Europe
20M: The static crashes inhibited better runs
15M: The best band, wide open to Europe.
10M: The great surprise! better openning on Sunday

Condx on Sunday better on Sunday allowed 2/3 of the total QSO's.

Rig:FT-1000MP
Antennas: C4SXL (40-20-15-10) and Alpha Delta DX-A
Laptop 486/75Mhz running DOS 6.1
Software: WF1B 5.02
 
WA1Z   SOAB LP   749,0702003-09-28 20:07:22
Running IC-746 100w
80 Meters Dipole and 1/4 Vertical
40 Meters Two Full-wave Loops
20 Meters Two Bi Squares
EU-Fixed Homebrew 3 element wire yagi
15 Meters Phased Collinear Verticals
10 Meters Two Bi Squares
JA-Fixed homebrew wire LPDA 20 through 10 Meters
 
WB6BWZ   SOAB QRP   58,4642003-09-28 20:32:52
http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/RTTY%20Rules%202003.pdf


1. WAC, 27 unique DXCC (incl KH6), 33 of 48 "W" states, 6 "VE" provinces.

2. CQ Zones worked: 3-6, 8-10, 13-15, 18, 31, 35.

3. 5-banders (80M-10M):

a. HC8N, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, http://www.hc8n.info/
b. K7WM, Arizona

4. Best DX: RK0AXX/Asiatic Russia, 20M, 0233Z, 28-Sep-2003
(6225 mi, 1245 mi/watt)

Yaesu FT-817 QRP transceiver, 5 watts, to 5-MHz OCF 28-ga insulated wire stealth
antenna up 40 feet in heavy foliage trees next to I-75 in downtown Atlanta
industrial area. SGC SG-237 autotuner. WriteLog 10.42C with RTTYrite,
Tigertronics SignaLink SL-1 sound card interface.

--Matt, WB6BWZ
 
SV1XV   SOSB/40 LP   44,5712003-09-28 20:52:27
I managed to work a new one (V8A), plus a new one (SV9)
in RTTY mode.

I also have a few QSOs on 20 m, which shall also included
in my log as a checklog.

Radio: IC-706 MkII
Antenna: wire dipole

73 Costas SV1XV
 
AEØQ(@NØLM)   SOAB HP   298,4102003-09-28 21:57:49
Equipment:
Kenwood TS-450S, PTC-2, RCK-RTTY, "Alpha 99" (Protoype of new model)
Antenna: Mosley TA53, 80m dipole, Ten Tec 238 tuner
 
ABØMV(@NØLM)   SOAB HP   216,7562003-09-28 22:06:04
Equipment:
Kenwood TS-450S, PTC-2, RCK-RTTY, "Alpha 99" (Protoype of new model)
Antenna: Mosley TA53, 80m dipole, Ten Tec 238 tuner

Shared station with my husband AE0Q. It was interesting to see the changes in
propagation between operating times.

Along with my hair getting more and more grey, I am finding I need a lot more
sleep during contest weekends! Very nice to get away from the attic dipole and
use a nice station.
 
KI6DY   SOAB HP   958,0502003-09-28 23:41:36
Not my best effort but was sick Sat. morning so missed abt 4 hours there. Had
more mults than last year but QSO total was down and only did better on 80 and
15 compared to last year. Pretty good condx considering we are at in the cycle.
Maybe going hi power was a mistake because alot of qso's were made on the 2nd
radio at low power, probably didn't need the extra watts. Even with the new
AA5AU rtty.dta file there are still alot of undetected calls. Great, means more
new RTTY contesters!

See ya in JARTS where I plan to just mess around.

Bob KI6DY
 
OH2BP   SOAB HP   1,482,1502003-09-29 00:16:09
What a Blast. Conditions improved just for the Great Weekend.
Wrked rarities in chronolocigal order: CN8KD /CH8LI, PJ2P, P43P /P43W, HC8N,
KH7X, FG/EA2RY, EX9A, YV4A, J45XB, 4L1DA, OH0's, 9H3M, A71EM, D4B, HS1PDY,
4K1DI
9M2/G4ZFE, TF3AO, Ct3FQ, AP2IA, KP2D, 5N0NHD, VU2SJV, CE8DGQ /CE8SFG, XE3RCC,
BD5RI (40M), DP1POL (Antarctis)

TNX fer Qsos / 73
 
JH8KYU/1   SOAB LP   280,5002003-09-29 00:22:31
My IC756Pro worked bad in the contest. The power was strictly reduced down to 20
watts! But I appreciate 441 stations to receive my weak signal.

I participated in CQWW RTTY as KH0/JH8KYU in 2000 and TI5U in 2001. And I
planned to operate at somewhere in Africa last year, but it was canceled because
of the preparation of my wedding. I hope I can QRV somewhere abroad again.
 
PI4CC   M/2 HP   3,362,3102003-09-29 00:27:30
First M2 rtty contest. Will do it again next year
More info at http://www.pi4cc.nl
 
S54A   SOSB/40 LP   60,6102003-09-29 00:37:26
On Sunday morning FT 990 went out off (maybe CPU). New RTTY on 40 mtrs V8A, and
N7GYD as new zone. Hope to repair FT 990 untill WW SSB/CW.
 
DL6FBL   M/M HP   3,535,2082003-09-29 01:15:48
40m: Yaesu FT-1000MP + PA + 2-el Quad @ 24m
20m: Yaesu FT-1000MP + PA + 3-el Quad @ 24m + 3-el Quad @ 18m
15m: Kenwood TS-850S + PA + 3-el Quad @ 24m + 3-el Quad @ 18m
10m: Kenwood TS-850S + PA + 3-el Quad @ 24m
80m: Shared station with 10m. Ant: Titanex Vertical + K9AY Loop

Four networked IBM Thinkpad notebooks (Windows XP Prof.) + Writelog v10.42 +
MMTTY 1.65 Plugin; Packet over TELNET (tnx PI4CC).

This was the first RTTY contest for most of the team. Only DL6FBL had operated a
few hours in SCC RTTY contest last month. We had to learn many things, and had
some software problems. Especially since using CW filters in LSB mode required
"low tones" and working with the RIT. The transmit and receive frequencies were
never "transceive", and very often MMTTY switched back to 2125 Hz mark instead
of staying at "low tones". Stations calling in could not be decoded before the
software settings were corrected. Sorry for us being lids... ;-) I'm sure there
is a setting inside the radio to provide easy RTTY operating, but we simply
didn't find it.

We wished we had one or two more operators. Only DJ9MH was there all the time,
DK1MM had to leave Sunday afternoon, DL4NER operated the first 9 and last 3
hours, DL6FBL only operated the night shifts. So we could not man all stations
all the time. Especially during dusk and dawn, one operator had to control two
stations simultanously, but this worked quite nicely.

Hopefully the propagation will be as fine during CQ WW SSB next month!

73 Ben
DL6FBL
http://www.dl6fbl.de
 
GUØSUP   SOAB LP   574,8162003-09-29 01:53:35
Great fun! Thanks to all for the points.
73 de Phil GU0SUP
 
S53ZO   SOAB LP   8,0602003-09-29 01:55:47
Ant:
80,40: Vertical dipole
20,15,10: Dummy load vertical

Rig:
FT100D 50W

Software:
N1MM logger
 
F6IRF   SOSB/80 LP   40,8242003-09-29 03:02:23
Station: IC706 (@5w output) + 4CX250 homebrew PA - 150W
Antennae: inv-V dipole @20m - 1/2wl H cap. hats loaded vertical (EI7BA style)

Software: mixW2.08 - MMTTY as second decoder
Part time effort - had to go to bed from saturday 20z to sunday 1:30z due to a
strong/long thunderstorm (really unusual for the season here). Then lost the
motivation and switched to the F1 Grand-Prix on sunday, then to bed 2 hours
before the end.
Big improvement compaired to last year: did not have to worry about rig
temperature, and could do endless CQ sequences with almost 6dB more power...
(love the 706 VFO in 1Hz resolution, but 30~40W is the most you can get on TTY
for long CQ sequences, even with additional cooling fan).
mixW did a fine job: the mixW bandmap associated with the CAT and the advanced
waterfall is the most usefull thing you can think about for S&P, and despite a
better sound card on the second machine, mixW decoder performance almost as good
as MMTTY...
Thought I would suffer from the lack of a receiving antenna (next in projects
list) and the high level of QRN, but in fact several US stations heard could
never copy me (not even a QRZ?), so my reception may not be the worst in the
world, even taking into account the 10dB power factor between LP and HP
categories...
A pity that after an endless summer with very few T-storm, this one came just
when I had invested some efforts on the 80m band...
CU soon on the bands - Patrick
 
TF3KX   SOAB LP   59,2762003-09-29 03:34:46
Condx fairly good, compared with the SAC last weekend.
Could only put in 8 hours, but had a good time.

Rig: IC-746, 100W
Ant: Inv-V
RTTY: MMTTY with N1MM Logger
 
W3BP   SOAB HP   811,6992003-09-29 04:21:49
My first RTTY contest. Thanks for all the QSOs.
Good to see 10M come alive for this one.
Software - Writelog - MMTTY
Rig - Orion - ACOM2000A
Antennas - 4 monobanders on single rotating tower + 80M vertical
 
N1MGO   SOAB LP   436,2542003-09-29 04:23:43
Great contest! Thanks to all that worked me.
Had a new dipole that I put up just before the contest for 15 meters.
It worked much better to europe than the G5RV type antenna that I was using
I used the G5RV for all other bands.
Equipment: IC 756 PRO II, Writelog 10.41b, mtty engine 1.64

Lots of fun, much better rate than last year, and ran 6 more hours so my totals
are much better than last year!!
See you in the next one!!
 
VA3DX   SOAB(A) HP   443,7162003-09-29 04:48:26
Contest started with weak, watery signals on 20 mtrs...
So went to 40 meters for the first 3 1/2 hours until
the first of 4 different lightning storms hit this
qth. Ended up shutting down at about 0400 until the
last storm passed at about 1300 gmt.....

Condx on 10 and 15 were amazing, had lots of fun..
decided I was not serious so used packet to call in a few
good ones...saw a post for 9J2KC on Rtty; so spent
some time looking for him on 15 mtrs..finally found
him and worked him for an all time new one on
Rtty mode , number 315 !!! Sunday morning spent a few
hours working JA's on 40 and then up to 10 meters
for a few more. Shut down and went 80 miles of here
for my daughters birthday...hopefully Jarts will be
in as good a shape ..cu there ! Glenn VA3DX
 
5B4AGN   SOAB HP   3,706,0262003-09-29 05:59:09
Social committments and the need for sleep limited operating to 36 hours but
what a blast this was! After a week or more of dire conditions things really
stirred up for the weekend. 10 metre propagation was way beyond my expectations
with lots of loud signals. I hope we do as well for the CW event in November.

Thanks for all the qsos. It was a heap of fun.

73

Bob, 5B4AGN
 
W1ZT   SOAB HP   2,705,7022003-09-29 06:45:11
Conditions went from good to excellent with much more activity than I expected.
My best effort and results to date; even with the decline in 10m propagation.
There were a few moments when I really thought a second radio might be nice to
have. But then a new mult appeared or the rate picked up and I continued to
enjoy a simpler setup. Lost my new Ten Tec 422A amp 19 hours into the contest.
Replaced it with my "old" 422 and ran with no trouble for the next 25 hours...
Hmmm, must be the new black paint.

Thanks to all who made the contest possible and to all the guys who traveled to
the new places to put a station on the bands. Lots of good RTTY DX activity
from everywhere.
 
WO4O   SOAB LP   33,8802003-09-29 06:55:42
First time to try this one and, unfortunately, limited time to play.
 
GM4FDM   SOAB HP   1,053,3042003-09-29 07:08:54
Much better condx on Sunday - nice opening to USA on 10m
 
VE9DX   SOAB LP   606,1712003-09-29 07:20:23
*Low power is a hard way to go.
*Hrd KH7X on 80 and 40 and D4B on 80 but no Q.
*Never did hear Phil, GU0SUP.
*Got called in to work 2 AM Saturday, 14 hour later...
*Bands were great. Nice to see 10 and 15 come to life.
Several asked me to QSY. Always happy to do so.
73 Andy (VE9DX)
Tx: 30 watts
Logging: Writelog.
 
OK2ZC   SOSB/20 HP   266,5462003-09-29 07:43:11
CONDX ON 20M TO W/VE NOT GOOD THIS YAER

ONLY 1 NEW ONE ... FO/DL1IAN ......GOOD COPY IN EU IN SATURDAY

FT-1000MP
750W
2EL. QUAD AT 14M

N1MM ---- SUPER LOG !!!

DE LUDEK OK2ZC

WWW.QSL.NET/OK2ZC
 
VE1OP   SOAB HP   807,8292003-09-29 07:51:28
AMAZING condx is the only word I can think of to describe this weekend...EU and
UA land just boomed in here everywhere all the time...Couldn't believe my
ears...This was by far the most fun of all the RTTY contests I've been in...

Absolutely NO planning for this one as I knew a month ago that work and other
committments would take up most of the weekend...Only planned to get on and
chase a few goodies, but I quickly changed that plan when the pileups just never
went away...Rate meter was hitting 150 a few times, and averaged 69 over the 13
hours I was able to operate...It is dissappointing that I couldn't get on more,
could've had a decent score...Only made it to 80 metres for 1 QSO, and spent
very little time on 40...Too much fun running on 15 to S&P looking for mults, so
they are way down...Next year there will be a more serious effort from here...

Thanks to 5N0NHD for continuing to call in an afternoon pileup...I saw the call
a couple times but figured it got mangled in the mess...It then hit me who it
was...Glad I didn't miss that one...

Equipment: 1 Mark V, amp at 400-500 watts, 4 element yagi and a couple scattered
dipoles...Used Writelog/MMTTY as usual, worked great except for the nagging and
persistent problem with MMTTY crashing periodically...I'm getting more convinced
that the soundcard is the culprit, as when it does crash, I still transmit OK,
but the MMTTY scope locks...Simply closing Writelog and immediately re-opening
it always cures the problem...I'm assuming that the soundcard just needs to be
re- initialized...I've gotten used to it and can get it working again usually
without missing a QSO or losing my frequency...

Speaking of losing frequencies, to the DL station that seemed to enjoy trying to
steal my frequency Sunday afternoon, I was copying you 15 over 9, so I know you
could hear me...Every other EU station could hear me, so I assume you could
too...Your claim of being there for an hour did not fly as I was on that
particular freq for 2 1/2 hours...Anyway...

One suggestion to some ops...Please just give your callsign when answering a
CQ...Coming back with your call AND report before you are acknowledged just
messes up everything for the station running...I realize there are lots of new
RTTY'ers (and that is great), so maybe it's merely a "newbie" problem...

It was fun, thanks for all the calls, and see you in the next one...Lets hope
propagation stays up for the Winter...

73, Scott VE1OP
 
DLØOV   M/S HP   1,174,0982003-09-29 07:52:25
First big team work with DL0OV.
Wow that was a good time.
Using N1mm Logger. It is fantastic.
 
9A7P   M/S LP   381,7102003-09-29 08:42:57
TS440S (100W), 2L Quad + wires

Short time on the air.
9A5AEI played a bit on saturday and I did the rest on sunday after returning
from Bologna DX Meeting (http://rkp.ice.hr/hrle/bologna/ for pix).

10m finnaly opened all the way to west coast.

Hope for same in WW SSB/CW...

Hrle - 9A6XX
http://rkp.ice.hr/hrle
 
VE6SV   SOAB HP   166,6852003-09-29 09:21:04
This was my "first" time entry into a RTTY contest.Sporting a major head cold
this was a good contest to try. Interesting experience this RTTY stuff, one
can drink, eat, watch TV, talk on the telephone and even talk to the wife
and still operate without really missing a beat!!!

Need to investigate this RTTY stuff....

Thanks for the Qs

73, Gord VE6SV
 
DL5NAM   SOAB(A) HP   587,8362003-09-29 10:33:57
was a real fun this weekend

Equipment:
FT1000MP M5
Alpha 87A
10m: 5x5 Ele
15m: 5x5 Ele
20m: 6 Ele
40m: 3 Ele
80m: Dipole
Log: RCKRtty
PTC II
 
ND5S   SOAB(A) HP   1,208,7462003-09-29 11:13:39
Thanks for all the Qs and apologies to those I could not dig out.
 
NR3X(N4YDU)   SOAB HP   46,4642003-09-29 11:18:20
Friday afternoon I decided to hook up my rtty stuff. In addition I needed a
program to run for the contest. I got a copy of W1FB off of the web, hooked up
the soundcard interface and a few hours later I had things working.

It was ncie to see 10M open to Europe. Hopefully the SSB and CW CQWW will have
the same conditions or better.

Radio: IC 716
Amp: 500 watts
Antennas:Tribander at 35 feet and wires.
Software: MMTY and W1FB
 
DL2DBH   M/S LP   1,483,4822003-09-29 11:37:18
CQ World-Wide DX Contest

Callsign : DL2DBH
Multi Ops : DL2DBH, DJ9DZ
Loc./DXCC/Cont. : TATE / DL / EU
Category : Multi Op. / All Band / Single TRX
Mode : RTTY
Club Competition : Rhein-Ruhr-DX-Association
Power : LOW 100 Watt
Contest Date : 26.SEP 2003
Default Exchange : 599
Operating Time : 45:31 h
Software : RCKRtty V3.00

BAND QSOs Valid QSOs Points DXCC QTH ZONE
10 115 115 329 34 26 18
15 415 414 1104 72 52 30
20 282 282 685 71 33 26
40 194 194 426 58 15 18
80 197 195 382 43 4 7
-----------------------------------------------
1203 1200 2926 278 130 99

Final Score: 2926 * (278 + 130 + 99) = c

Equipment:
TS-870, FT-1000, 2 el. Quad 10-20m, Dipol 40/80, Groudplane 10-80M
 
NM1W   SOAB LP   262,5002003-09-29 12:23:58
Decided to try so2r; hooked up the rigs afsk and should have *really* tested it
before the contest :) switched to fsk saturday morning and found I really
enjoyed the contest and challenge of using 2 rigs;

equipment: 765pro, 765, writelog, mmtty, dxtelnet;
antennas: m2 10-30lp8, and carolina windom 160
 
OE2GEN   SOAB LP   449,6942003-09-29 12:34:25
Just a few hours activ during QRL and a wedding
Testing equipment between soundcard and PTC-IIpro
Low power is a hard way to go
Good opening 10 Meters on sunday to westcoast

Call: OE2GEN
 
W2UP   SOAB HP   3,949,5062003-09-29 12:37:03
I don't understand the good conditions you guys are talking about. Here, the low
bands were incredibly noisy Fri and Sat nights (apologies to those that called
who I couldn't pull through). Sunday, the low bands recovered, but with only an
hour of darkness at the end of the contest, there's not enough time to make up
for the other nights. 10 meters only partly opened on Saturday, and on Sunday,
while open, it wasn't for too long. I did hear a lot of west coast working
Europe on 15. Guess when it's good for you guys, it's mediocre for us :.)
Another odd thing - the Africans (9J and 5N) were fluttery, as if they were
coming over the pole. Overall, I guess I shouldn't complain. Nothing broke and
it looks like a new record for SO/HP from NA (sorry Don).

Highlights include getting called by 4K6DI and VQ9LA on 40m, JW7XK on 15m, and
5N0NHD on various bands for double mults . Worked VP5JM at 2359Z for my final
mult (and a 5 band sweep). Had many stations worked all 5 bands. Many thanks to
all those who QSYed on request. Funny how pumped up we get from an exotic mult,
yet I only got NJ on 80 in the last hour - it's not the same thrill even though
they count equally...

Lowlights include some overly territorial CW guys complaining, by QRMing, about
RTTY in "their" subbands on 40 and 80. Also, the usual "QSO before" responses to
a few calls. When are these guys going to get it? If I'm calling, you're not in
my log. This happened with a few LUs and VE2SB (called him twice and he
wouldn't listen to reason). My apologies to duping RK2FWA Sunday on 80, whose
call I did bust on Fri night (see, all that noise did take its toll).

Rig: Yaesu FT-1000D, FT-990
Amp: Acom 2000A
Ant: 80 3 el sloper array
40 Cushcraft 402-CD @ 86 ft
20-10 TH7 x 3 @ 25, 40 and 76 ft. Upper 2 phased, lower for second radio
(everything on 1 tower - NQN bandpass filters and stubs switched by Top Ten
Devices boxes)
 
LA6FJA   SOAB HP   113,4842003-09-29 12:40:35
Rig TS 850SAT Interface Buxcommo Rascal KW13RRY~+ MMTTY AL 80BX 1kw ~
Antennas KLM KT34XA 6el yagi at 20m + 2el YAgi 40m at 23m
GP 80m

Sorry to not be into the whole contest, coz SAC SSB which I needed to be into
with coz of the mults I could give there also. I got 1th place last year with
LN1HQ and it made me geared up on RTTY more. I hope the SAC will not be on same
weekend as CQ/RJ next year. I would like to be 48 hours for this great contest.
as a extra I mounted a large fan on my amp to cool it. so it sound like I sat
into a big aeroplane instead of my shack!

else I was very suprised over the extremly good opening on 10m sunday
afternoon.
wkd many good dx pieces and also 40m was crowded by DX! V8, HS +++++

ok see you next year!

73 de Rag

GO WWYC !!!! www.wwyc.net

www.qsl.net/la6fja
 
IKØYVV   SOAB(A) HP   704,1102003-09-29 12:45:47
Great cndx on 10m ! That's the most important event of the last week end here .
Due to a Work meeting on Saturday i was unable to join the contest as i wanted
so i decide to have a spare-time week-end . Saturday afternoon at 1200z (1hr
before my work duty) i found 10m alive with NA ,but i had to leave and come back
at 1800z .... again NA on 10 still going strong . Luckly i have programed not to
join the contest seriously since at 0100z the national black-out arrived and i
had back the power at 1130z ...it would have been too much if i was having a
full effort.In 18hrs on i found even 15m on good shape (mainly Sunday) while 20m
closed very early or better never opens well to NA . It seems that the RTTY
activity is increasing year over year , that's another great new!Maybe soon the
CQWWRJ 's score will be closer to its big brothers (SSB/CW) in what means QSOs
numbers.I found 2 all-time new one (9J/V8) and that's make me really happy !
Thanks to everybody who called me , see u sn!
73s de:
IK0YVV
Marco
 
DL4RCK   SOAB LP   185,7302003-09-29 12:59:32
73 de Walter, DL4RCK
 
VE5CPU   SOAB HP   450,5842003-09-29 13:32:20
First serious run on RTTY at my new QTH. Vistits from "Murphy" caused a failed
fan in my computer, my T/R relay in radio and some components on my amp on Sat
at 12:00z and caused a few lost hours as they seem to happend one after the
other. Despite that, not a bad run and conditions during the 2nd half were much
better than anticipted. Now to get my gear fixed and a few more antenna changes
before the snow sets in... thanks for all the Q's and look forward to working
you all again in the next one.

Bart, VE5CPU
 
NO2T   SOAB(A) HP   1,549,6742003-09-29 13:33:48
Good propagation! Loved the 10 meter opening on Sunday. Wish I were younger. Had
to take more break times than I would like to have done. Thunder storms hurt the
low bands the first and second evenings. Had to shut down when the "S" meter
started to pin with noise bursts.

CU in the RTTY RoundUP
 
OK2CLW   SOSB/40 LP   135,9082003-09-29 13:41:41
Hello contesters.
Many thanks for the very nice contest. Very good propagation here on 40m and I
was very pleased for make QSO with many stations. But I started at saturday
night and only with 100W and it was see in score. I heard a lot of NA stations
on S-meter and was S9 but no copy me... Many stations from JA and thanks for a
NEW ONE as V8A and KL7AC! I am very happy that my new antenna Rotary Dipole at
30m doing a very fine job. So all the very best for all HAM and see all in JARTS
contest. BYE de Milan OK2CLW
 
K9JS(@AI9U)   SOAB LP   84,3352003-09-29 14:11:07
Very nice to see 10M open, very low key effort but still a lot of fun

thanks for the Q's
 
N6TQS   SOAB(A) LP   261,8002003-09-29 14:27:22
40 was great, I need an amp if I want to play on 80.
 
W6ZL   SOAB LP   193,7322003-09-29 14:52:30
FT-990 @ 100W
KT-34A w/M2 Mods @ 30'
HV-2V
Writelog 10.42 / MMTTY 1.65
Log has been uploaded to ARRL LoTW
 
WW7OR(W7GG)   SOAB HP   1,838,2752003-09-29 15:20:53
Conditions a lot better than I expexted....especially Sunday!

Record 90+ temps outside made for oppresssive hewat inside and
more than normal visits by Murphy. RTTY mode always shakes the old
station up a bit.

As usual no access to DX spotting networks at my remote radio QTH
hurt the old Mult totals! Nevertheless great fun as always!
 
XE2AUB   SOAB LP   119,3942003-09-29 16:11:12
Very good condx, better than expected.
 
K5AM   SOAB HP   1,378,8552003-09-29 16:46:43
Horse Mtn vacation cabin site, 7900 ft (2400 m).
Honda generator power.
Tribander and low wires.
 
NA5Q   SOSB/40 HP   39,9002003-09-29 17:39:07
WORKED 80M AND 40M THIS TIME AROUND. COULD NOT WORK LONG HOURS, SO CONCENTRATED
ON LOW BANDS FOR DXCC AND GIVING OUT CONTACTS TO OTHER CONTESTERS. TURNED IN 80M
CHECK LOG. I LIKE THIS CONTEST AND IT REALLY TEACHES GOOD CONTESTING SKILLS.
CONDITIONS WERE GOOD.
 
AI9T   SOAB HP   1,697,9282003-09-29 18:09:22
Great Contest and Great conditions after Friday night, when two lines of severe
weather passed my QTH.

Worked almost 200 contacts over my goal of 1200 and worked all states except
IOWA. Heard Larry (W0ETC IA) on 15 but was to busy to try and work him at the
time. MY mistake!!!

Larry,, you need to train more IA stations to work RTTY contest.

Thanks to all who worked me.

73

Steve AI9T
 
AA5AU   SOAB(A) HP   2,405,7602003-09-29 18:36:22
After last year's SOHP win, there wasn't much to motivate me this year. The
idea was to go Assisted to keep an eye on the cluster to make sure the 3C0
didn't show up on RTTY somewhere, anywhere - especially the WARC bands and to
miss an opportunity to work them on RTTY. So I filtered 3C0V out along with my
RTTY spots.

My head & heart were not totally into this year's contest. It didn't make
matters any better when condx were crap for the first half of the contest. At
0000Z or so at the start of Sunday, the A dropped to 6 and the K was 2. This
picked up my spirits with thoughts of major runs on Sunday on 10 and 15 meters
into Europe. Afterall, Friday night and Saturday morning were the pits. I
wasn't having fun and when it's not fun, there little point in playing. But I
hung in there and as condx got better, I started having fun again. But it was
it too late to salvage the score. The damage was already done.

I'll never go Assisted again in this contest. It took away from my
concentration and my lack of experience using the cluster in a major contest
hurt me. I was chasing stuff I shouldn't have been even looking for.

I couldn't get any good runs going. So very rarely did I CQ on both radios at
the same time. I had good success at hunt & pounce. The newly acquired PC I'd
tested in SARTG was so sluggish I couldn't stand it and after a few hours I
stopped the contest and changed it out to my old machine on the A radio.

When I went to 80 Friday night the network kept disconnecting between the two
PC's due to RFI. I had changed my old 10base T hub out a few weeks earlier with
a new 100base T unit. So I had to stop and replace the new hub with the old
hub.

A line of thunderstorms came rolling through about an hour before the contest.
The bands were so noisy it hurt my ears. 40 & 80 were practically useless but I
continued on, hoping for a good EU/JA run on 20 just past EU sunrise. Well that
never happened either.

Saturday morning when I woke up there were no signals on 20 meters. But 40 and
80 had quieted down and there were a fair amount of stateside signals to work.
20 never did open Saturday or Sunday morning. I saw spots coming from the East
Coast for EU on 15 meters almost 2 hours before I even heard a signal on that
band. This was discouraging. Finally 15 opened and it was OK. Good signals
from EU. No great runs, but it was the best band. 10 was pathetic Saturday.
15 got better toward Saturday afternoon and evening and then the propagation
numbers came out confirming the bands were better.

40 & 80 were OK Saturday night but signals from EU on 40 were not very strong.
The band was crowded but mostly with NA signals. And I didn't get the EU/JA
opening at 0700Z that night either. At about this time I was really apathetic
and went into a leisure operating mode.

Sunday morning again spots from the US East Coast for EU on 15 and 10 were
coming out two hours before any signals appeared from here. I was stuck with
very little to work on 40 & 80 and weak Europeans on 20.

15 was very good into EU on Sunday and 10 was spotty. There were no great runs
like I had last year. At this time I don't remember how many Q's I had but I
set a goal of 1800 Q's but even setting the goal didn't motivate me. When the
NASCAR race came on I shut one radio down, set the other on auto-CQ and watched
the race. I'm a big Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan and his effort to come back from a
mishap in the pits and being a lap down to almost winning the race even wasn't
enough to motivate me. So I guess mentally I was shot. There will be more
contests in the future. Just because I had a bad one isn't the end of the
world. I will bounce back!

Congratulations to W2UP on what is surely to be a new NA record and possibly
even the win (I haven't checked scores on 3830 yet). Even George, W1ZT, had a
tremendous single radio effort. It goes to show that the East Coast is the
place to be when propagation is marginal for the rest of us. Congrats to the
crew at K9NS for a great effort - you guys were loud everywhere.

Thanks to everyone who worked me and I apologize to those that called that I
couldn't hear.

73, Don AA5AU
 
KØBX   SOAB(A) HP   155,2502003-09-29 18:50:43
Conditons very good, 15 meters was hot.

New ones on rtty YI and 9M2. Just wish I had move time.

Joe K0BX
 
N5KR(@N5YA)   SOAB LP   384,4222003-09-29 20:48:38
Thanks to all for the contacts. My apologies to those I just could not pull
out. I was not able to work the entire contest. We are in the process of
retooling the N5YA station for CQWW SSB. I spent part of the time working on
the same equipment I was contesting on. None the less, I had fun during the
time I was behind the rig.

73, Matt Burke - N5KR
 
E21EIC   SOSB/15 LP   4,6442003-09-29 22:41:48
RIG: KENWOOD TS-940S
PWR: 50 WATTS
ANT: MALDOL THM-05 (MOBILE ANTENNA) 20mH.

CU in the next Contest!
73, Champ E21EIC
 
KI5XP(@W5WMU)   SOAB HP   1,874,1722003-09-29 22:43:28
Lots of highlights, lots of lowlights. First, I think i ticked off at least one
operator of every other digital mode at least once. I got chewed by the
PSK'ers, an argument with someone in New York about where MFSK should and
shouldnt be, packet operators and a CW operator. Guess thats contesting. Maybe
20 meters should be known as the special interests group band and to hell with
anyone that wants to use it for whatever reason they want to use it for, because
someone else thinks its theirs.

That being said. Seems that I wasnt the only one with problems with RFI.
Reading Larry's post on the reflector makes me thank my stars that I work SO2R
with 2 computers (thanks for the suggestion Don, it saved me). For some reason
this contest is the first time in a year that my homebuilt PC decided to exhibit
RF interference. Was especially bad on 80 and 20 for some reason. First the
mouse would move all over the place but got rid of the Microsoft one for a
Logitech. Thought I was smoothe sailing until spontaneously it rebooted. At
that point I froze (what must have happened to poor Larry) and it came back up
(For anyone debating whether or not to use Windows XP/2000/NT and NTFS vs.
95/98/ME and Fat16 or Fat32, try "no scandisk on restart" as a good
reason)immediately, but of course the Writelog database was hosed and was
reverting back to the adi backup file. Well, i panicked and couldnt figure out
yes or no if i wanted to restore.. i did and lost about the last 10 q's somehow.
Fortunately a simple restore of the connection to the other computer synch'ed
the logs and all was normal. This reboot, restore cycle basically continued
throughout the entire weekend and i learned to live with it sometime Saturday
morning as it was apparently not going to stop.

No other problems, so highlites. Working BD5RI in the last minutes. I actually
saw the call come across the screen and had to look several times (bad rtty.dta
and couldnt get internet at the contest station to update it, didnt find out
till Sunday night!!) because it didnt highlight, but came to the conclusion it
wasnt static and bad MMTTY. Working Jordan was excellent, as was Nigeria
(several others that I hope will use LOTW or Buro QSL's for DXCC). Several all
banders, thanks for moving (tried KA4RRU on 10 at the last minute, but couldnt
hear). Congrats to W2UP and W1ZT, who even had time to chat with me for a bit
when things had slowed and he still whooped me. Gotta prepare next year by
sleeping all Friday or something.. works going to have to wait for contests.

Thanks to all who worked me, and thanks to the guys who present the contest and
tally the scores.. we wouldnt be here without yall.

Charlie
KI5XP
 
SQ9UM/QRP   SOSB/10 QRP   26,2282003-09-30 01:26:49
Rig: TRX for 10m
Ant: GP for 10m
Pwr: 5W

I was not able to make contest on all bands but conditions on 10m were better
than expected (nice Sunday's opening into States). I'm very glad to see many
interesting stations in my log: EX9A, FR5GS, A71EM, D4B, P43P, YB0WWW, YB5QZ,
KP2D, CE8DGQ, DP1POL, 7X0AD, YV4A, PJ2P, HC8N, 5N0NHD, XE3RCC, 9H3M, CN8LI,
CN8KD especially that I worked with 5W and GP. It was not easy but very great
fun.

Tnx for points and nice contest. I hope to see You again..........

73! de SQ9UM < ALEX >
 
S5ØA   SOSB/40 HP   364,1552003-09-30 01:28:03
Score this year higher than last despite high bands was open long to the nights.
It seems that more and more stations are qrv also rtty.
Worked a number of interesting mults (V8A, VR2BG, ZA3R, P29KM/P, KL7AC, KH7X,
two TFs, 3W, 9M2,) but still noone from Z 22, 27 and AF (except 33 and 35).
Missed JY9QJ who is usually easy one. Sorry for those who couldn't be pulled out
of the EU QRM.

73, Tine Brajnik S50A
 
OL7R   M/M HP   3,784,0002003-09-30 02:08:57
Hello!

There is our toys...

80m: TS-850, 750W, dipol, vertical 23m, 1 beverage NW.
40m: TS-870, 500W, 2 element Moxon beam 15m UP
20m: FT-920, 600W, 5 element yagi 22m UP @ 3el tribander 13m UP.
15m: TS-850, 600W, 5 element yagi 10m UP
10m: TS-870, 400W, 5 over 5 stack.10@15m UP


On the same working place was 80@15m - 40@10m - 20m.


soft: WF1B...
modems: 2xPK-232
1xKAM

It was very nice contest, but was not more operators here for M/M category,
because they dont like RTTY.It was again problem with FT-920.After push down
PTT, radio don lisened and don trasmited on 14Mhz.It was sunday morning.We had
to change this TRX with TS-850 which was on 80@15m.

So see you in the CQ WW SSB and CW ... Vaclav OK1WMV @ OL7R team
 
N2WK   SOSB/40 HP   151,3402003-09-30 02:19:00
I had no time to do an all band effort this year. I had a golf tournament
Saturday and a football game Sunday, (my Bills lost), so I did SB/40.
Conditons were pretty good. Worked V8A for an all time new one. What surprized
me was working 300 new stations on 40.

Thanks for all the 40 meter Q's and sorry to the staions that called me and I
could not pull out.

Cheers,
Wayne N2WK
 
DK3GI(@DLØWW)   SOAB(A) HP   2,223,0512003-09-30 02:19:19
Got close to panic when I realized Sunday evening that I missed New Jersey on
15m and the band was almost closing. Finally KC2KWK prevented NJ getting on the
Most-Wanted-States list.
 
WX4TM   SOAB LP   1,826,2402003-09-30 03:35:37
I fully echo all the comments about the unexpected great props... with
one exception: somebody said that 10M was pretty good Sun but I sure
didn't see it here. Last year, I racked up 404 Q's on 10M and this year
I only got 151. That could partially be because I wasn't running the
kilowatt that I did last year.

I really tried to make up the difference with more Q's on the other
bands.. and I did.. getting more on each of the other bands than I did
last year. But it wasn't quite enough to equal my last year's total Q'
and score. On the other hand, that's understandable since I wasn't
running high power like I did last year.

Last year I had a total of 1543 Q's and a claimed score of 1,875,974
running high power. This year I almost equaled that with 1528 Q's and a
claimed score of 1,826,240 running low power with an hour or two more
on-air time!! Which leaves a big question in my mind: HOW and WHY? I
don't have any kind of reasonable explanation except that maybe the
props were extra good but I'm not so sure they were that much better
than last year; and maybe I had a tad bit of improvement from some
antenna tweaking the last 9 months or so but not that much! Or maybe it
had something to do with the drought we were in last year versus all the
rain we've had this year and the subsequent wet ground around here. Or
maybe it was a combination of the all the above. Or maybe it was just
pure luck! At any rate, I'm very satisfied with my 36 hr SO1R SOABLP
effort.

About the only negative thing I noted was the increase in number of
dupes. We're all guilty of blowing a few calls, or making an error here
or there for one reason or another. But I had what I felt was an unusual
number of stations call that I'd already worked. Too many, I feel, had
blown my call. Associated with this, I think, was that many stations
never sent my call (or any call other than their own) when sending their
report. I tried many times (RPT RPT) without getting them to send my
call. Perhaps I should have never logged them in the first place. The
subject of dupes has always intrigued me. I never understood why anyone
wanted to send the "WKD B4 THIS BAND" response. Hey man, if he's calling
me, that means I'm probably not in his log; therefore the earlier QSO I
'think' we had is NO GOOD! So why not work him again for GOOD QSO
credit?? All of this really wasn't much of a problem, just an ocassional
distraction.

All in all, I thought it was a great, no make that fantastic contest.
Many thanks to all who called me and those who answered my call. I
really appreciate the Q's and enjoyed working each and every one of you.

73,
Tom WX4TM
 
WØLSD   SOSB/20 HP   160,1752003-09-30 06:25:24
Didn't have a lot of time this year, so decided to do single band. Obviously
should have done 15 with the great condx on 15. Prop pretty good in CO on
saturday, but Sunday heard weak/watery signals from EU, but they couldn't hear
me. Killer when we cannot work all those EU multipliers like East coast can.
 
K7ZO   SOSB/15 HP   33,1802003-09-30 06:53:18
Could only squeeze in 4 hours or so among chores. 15M seemed in great shape on
Saturday. Hope it repeats for CQWW SSB. Sunday was maybe not as good but I was
not on during prime time. Was able to get runs going into Europe both days --
always fun for me from the west coast and with a minimal station. During the JA
run on Saturday night the rate meter hit 100 -- something you don't see in RTTY
contests very often. Using a home brew 4 ele OWA 15M beam with all parts but the
balun purchased at Home Depot at about 20', FT1000MP, Quadra amp, and Writelog.
 
SN5N(@SP5KP)   SOSB/20 HP   147,5492003-09-30 08:31:50
Rig: FT1000MP+PA 500W
Ant: 2 el QUAD
Soft: Write Log+MTTY
 
WØHW   SOAB HP   797,8882003-09-30 09:33:09
Enjoyable contest. Great conditions.
 
ES5KJ   M/S LP   650,0002003-09-30 09:35:07
Soft and PC problems.
Sorry.
73!ES5RY
 
S57IIO   SOSB/15 HP   461,6412003-09-30 09:56:31
Claimed score comparison 2002/2003

Score: 548856/461641 Continent breakdown (Stn wkd / %) <2002/2003>
QSOs: 1111/987 SA 34(3.1) 29(3.0)
Points: 2904/2579 OC 21(1.9) 10(1.0)
Pts/Q: 2.61/2.61 EU 422(38.0) 311(32.2)
Zones: 36/32 AS 218(19.6) 225(23.3)
CTYs: 98/92 AF 8(0.7) 6(0.6)
States: 55/55 NA 408(36.7) 385(39.9)

Started at same hour as last year (03z), but there was plenty of time
to read some magazines until sunrise. Last year had more than 40 Qs, mostly
with SA, this year 2, with local big guns. I was lucky to find KH7X
calling, while the antenna was being turned to catch a EA8 station, on long
path,
the peak signal was s9+5, well didn't get the EA8, but the double mult was
in the nest. I was waiting to catch some nice JA run in the morning, but it
was awful. Best signals were JAs, and they weren't so loud, EU was terrible
to listen and hard to copy. The antenna was turned several times, to catch
some backscatter or something. This contest was the most hard one for my
rotator. Later on, the band developed into a nicer one. Particulary west
coast was loud, and had really fun listening to W6/7s. Time to time I checked
the states, for missing ones, and there were still some. Waited untill really
late, almost at band closing to work SC an WY. The funny thing is that at the
begining of sunday USA time, worked three SC in a row in a couple of minutes.
Luck... Despite this didn't manage to work NV and DE. So states mults were same

as last year. Sunday morning was interesting and was concentrating to work
more JAs, first day number stopped at 70. I was CQing in that direction until
1240z, and managed to work 80 more. Even some other mults showed up, so
it was worth it. While CQing on 076 for some time, a signal 120hz away came
up, and a CQ appeard on my screen. "Oh no, another QRMer...", was the first
thing in my mind. Well, not really the next seconds revealed that this
was VK9NS... Worked him, and with a big smile went searching for a new clear
spot. Later was almost routine, just the big number of west coast on the
first day changed to almost only east... Well, not really routine. While
beating the F2 key, I fell asleep for few seconds and woke up, trying to
realize
what was happening, normally i was still pounching the key, and some stations
were answering, worked a 5B4/G station, but looking back in the buffers saw
also VE6WQ calling. Luckily, later on he called again. And I was not
sleeping...
Few more houndred CQs and the band was silent...

See you next time !

Kristjan, S57IIO
 
WD9EWK/7   SOAB LP   38,8362003-09-30 10:33:41
This was my first RTTY contest in almost 2 years, and the first contest with my
IC-756Pro2 at home. A nice opening to Europe on 15m Saturday morning, plus some
luck on 40m in the evenings. No all-time new ones went in the log this time,
but I did get a few new ones on different bands. This was only a part-time
effort, on Friday evening and throughout much of Saturday.

Thanks for the contacts, and 73!


Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
http://www.wd9ewk.net/
 
LTØH(LU3HY)   SOAB(A) HP   1,863,5432003-09-30 12:29:33
HI

The propagation in general was very good Saturday, but a strong electric storm
starting from 23 UTC of Saturday made that everything changed and until 20 UTC
of Sunday everything became very difficult. -
Thank you to all, I regret not to have been able to take those that called me
and I could not take but the 57 59 of noise for moments prevented me to make
it

PSe QSl via EA7FTR is 100% OK.

73īs Juan LT0H (op LU3HY)
 
NP3D   SOSB/20 LP   44,7202003-09-30 14:00:24
After 25+ years of Hamming I discovered RTTY for myself, oops! First time ever
operated digital mode, liked it and will keep going. Used TS-570DG with an attic
dipole and Writelog for logging. Worked on Sunday only. Thanks to Sergey, W2WB
for his great help in installing all the components. See you all later!
73 Andrei NP3D
 
VE3GSI   SOAB LP   618,0762003-09-30 16:46:29
Great band conditions.
 
W4GKM   SOAB HP   1,878,5442003-09-30 17:46:34
Congrats to Barry W2UP for a great score. Don said it well that the east coast
seems to do well when we are struggling in this area. I did better than last
year but hope to keep improving on my scores. It is going to be a while until I
can get into the same arean as Don, Barry and some of the the other operators.

Thanks for all the respectful operators that worked me while I struggled with
two radios and sometimes 3 when conditions were slow. I'm looking forward to
the next one and it's good to see lots of new calls on the screen.

And I just want to say that the RTTY operators are really polite, I did not
experience anything but complete politeness at anytime during the contest.
 
W9HLY   SOAB LP   915,9002003-09-30 19:26:28
Good propagation, good activity and good and long. Not bad for the back side of
the 11 year cycle.
 
K6OWL   SOAB LP   73,9502003-09-30 21:29:09
Surprisingly good propagation but vexed by high power line and atmospheric
noise most of Sunday.
 
VK1AA/4   SOAB HP   769,1042003-10-01 00:42:20
20m was a black hole. The strongest USA was K9NS on all bands and the strongest
EU was S50A on 40m followed by YT6A.

Trustworthy MLA2500 gave up in the middle of contest.
Contest highlights: to be called by JW7XK and D4B, also to run South American
on
15m long path.

CU in CQWW CW from this promising new location in VK4.

Nick VK1AA/4
 
PI4COM   M/2 HP   3,771,4142003-10-01 02:24:53
First 12 hours we had Murphy around practicly eliminating one of the two
stations. The remaining 36 hours were more or less trouble free.
Although not finished rebuilding the station we try to be in most big contests
this season and this is one of them.

Pictures and info at www.qsl.net/pi4com

Cu all next contest.
 
M3DXL   SOAB LP   8,4482003-10-01 03:17:40
Best DX - FM

Power - 10 watts into a 3 band dipole / vertical
 
KA4RRU   M/M HP   3,828,0522003-10-01 06:52:18
KA4RRU RTTY Contesting school
Fall Semester 2003
cqww rtty contesting 101

6 ops with 0 rtty exper,
3 ops with 1 rtty contest exper,
7 ops with 4 rtty contest exper,
1 op with alot of rtty contest exper.

Cu in Jan. de Mike ka4rru
 
HC8N   M/2 HP   9,735,0202003-10-01 07:58:28
WAS on 10, 15 and 20.
 
WK6I   SOAB HP   1,320,5222003-10-01 10:18:39
great conditions! - 73 jeff wk6i
 
N1NB   SOAB LP   189,2442003-10-01 10:46:20
There's good new and bad news. The good news is I was able to get into CQWW RTTY
for the
first time in many years. I've had a string of the darndest conflicts...out of
the country, out of town,
mandatory family engagements etc. So it was really nice to be around this year.
The bad news
was I couldn't get on the air until 13:00z Sunday morning to work most of last
10 hours of the test.

Conditions surprisingly good. Had a good time. Couldn't get much in the was of
any runs going
until the very end with a nice run of 96 on 40M to end the contest.

Not a spectacular score, of course, but pretty satisfying for 100 watts and 2
wires. The delta
loop for 40M at 65ft. pointed at Europe has really worked out great.
 
7S6N(SM6CNN)   SOAB HP   1,707,1922003-10-01 13:58:12
Surprised to find 10m in such good shape with very strong signals from KH7X. Now
I need some better antennas for 40 and 80...
I really enjoyed the contest.
 
F5CVI   SOSB/40 LP   174,5922003-10-01 17:14:08
Equipments: Yaesu FT 1000
ANT 2 ELEMENTS BEAM FORCE 12 AT 30 Meters hight
KAM V 7.0
Category : Single Op. / Single Band / LP / 40m
Mode : RTTY
Club : cdxc
Power : 150 Watt
Contest Date : 27.09.2003
Default Exchange : 599
Operating Time : 27:40 h
Software : WF1B
 
K5PI(@W5KFT)   SOAB HP   242,2822003-10-01 18:45:40
A part time effort while I played around in the Texas QSO Party. Much better
conditions than I expected.
 
DL6JZ   SOSB/80 HP   54,5792003-10-01 23:22:27
This was my first for ever serious effort as a SOSB (FT-1000MP, 400 watts,
dipole 83 mtrs long, no man made noise). The participation on 80m was quite well
but not extraordinary. The conds were not really good on this band. The absolute
lowlight: worked only 5 stns from NA and never heard HC8N. The highlight was
D4B. I think I will do some antenna work and try it again next year.
But nevertheless I really enjoyed this weekend. Thanks to all who worked me.
73 + 55
Wolf, DL6JZ
 
OHØKAG   M/S HP   540,2492003-10-02 00:20:39
Check 3830 mailing list for more information later.
 
G3URA   SOAB LP   91,7282003-10-02 03:35:24
Thought condx were poor on Saturday but much improved on Sunday. Ten did open up
for me but others seem to have found the openings. Caught some nice DX but
missed even more, as usual!

Thanks to all who managed to pull me in, es CU all in JARTS.
73s.. Dick.. G3URA..
 
RL3A(@RK3AWL)   M/S HP   3,616,5062003-10-02 04:44:35
www.rk3awl.ru
 
RU1A   M/2 HP   5,407,8662003-10-02 05:12:38
During the contest RU1AA,UA1ARX,UA1ANX,RA1AR also made
our new super project 144 EME antenna 16x5WL crossyagi.

Equipment Description: 2 el wire -80 ,
4 el yagi, 3el yagi -40
4*5 el yagi, 7 el yagi , 5 el yagi -20
4*4 el yagi , 5/5 el -15
4*5 el yagi , 7 el -10

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

EU 305 388 493 325 133 1644 52.6
AS 31 97 165 194 17 504 16.1
SA 2 14 24 29 31 100 3.2
NA 7 148 246 325 92 818 26.2
AF 2 2 5 9 8 26 0.8
OC 0 5 15 13 2 35 1.1
 
YT6A   M/2 HP   3,502,2242003-10-02 07:14:29
YT6A for the first time on RTTY with 3 youngsters and S56A help.
Nice condx on Sunday with 10 m opening all the way to the West Coast.
Some WWYC confussion with RIT and AFC. Few QSO missed, few duped with MixW2.
We had a lot of fun at the hilltop house in the middle of Boka bay.

UE DE MARIO, S56A, N1YU

P.S. W/VE states included in DX claim.
 
DL4MCF   SOAB HP   2,841,3002003-10-02 11:04:22
Good condx, much better than expected.
TNX to everybody for calling ! SU in next contest !

vy 73 de Tom, DL4MCF

www.qsl.net/dl4mcf
dl4mcf@web.de
 
N7GYD   SOSB/40 HP   83,7002003-10-02 18:03:47
My first RTTY contest. Being somewhat new to this mode, the first few hours
felt like walking around my house with a blind fold. Once I re-oriented my ears
to a band full of warbles, it turned out to be great fun.

Loud static and static crashes the first night made it rough for the equipment
to read some signals (sorry guys); I kept thinking, if this were phone, I'd have
no trouble copying! Conditions the second night were quite good with many big
signals from Europe! But where did all the JA's go? Very few heard the first
night. I decided not to stay up that late the second night to try again.


Thanks for all the q's! And to KH6DV for encouraging me to get on the fun!
Congratulations to those big high and low power European scores!
 
K7WM   M/2 HP   2,685,3452003-10-02 19:19:09
Had two ops who had never operated RTTY before who did outstanding job. They
were thrilled and amazed at people on RTTY. I think maybe conversion has been
done..
 
NØKE(@WØTM)   SOAB HP   1,021,1282003-10-02 19:21:18
It was hard to concentrate on operating as the view out the shack window at the
W0TM QTH at 8600 ft ASL on Bellyache ridge, 15 miles west of Vail Colorado, was
outstanding with the Aspens if full fall colors. I had a doe and her twins
grazing in the yard and the doe had her nose almost on the glass looking at me
operating 6 feet away. I also saw several different hawks riding the updrafts
and saw a bald eagle and on the way down the hill a couple of elk casually
wandered in front of my car. It was nice to see 10m show some life Sunday after
being pretty slow Saturday. A decent opening to Europe (for this point in the
cycle) and somewhat to JA. It was nice to have VR2BG answer a CQ on 80! 40 was
much better the 2nd night into Europe. My 2nd full RTTY contest as single OP.
Thanks to Gary Yantis, W0TM for the use of the station. 73 Phil N0KE
 
K3GP   SOAB LP   547,8752003-10-02 21:04:59
Murphy made his usual appearance during the contest, but with a particularly
sadistic twist - he arranged for me to be recalled to work for emergencies TWICE
in the first 12 hours of the contest. The first interruption cost me prime
operating time, the second, prime sleeping time!
On the plus side, first ever SO2R effort - what a blast!
 
OK2PMS   SOAB LP   1,117,5512003-10-02 22:24:14
TS-570D 100W
ANT GP, LW 62m
SW WF1B
 
WB6IYM   SOAB LP   102,9602003-10-02 22:38:15
Had a great time! Although the low sunspots and Butternut HF6V vertical antenna
with minimal ground system makes for a challenging QSO rate.

Highlights were working V8A for DXCC entity #228; CN8LI on 10 with only 30 watts
output; and VE2SGO zone 2!

I am a new member, and don't have any logging software as of yet (Yes, some of
us are still in the dark ages!). So I was wondering if my low score (compared
to some others that have posted), is worth writing up and turning in.

Hope to cu all agn soon in the next contest, vy 73 de Charles, WB6IYM
 
OM5M(@OM3KFF)   M/S HP   3,745,0002003-10-02 23:31:47
this is just the raw score.
amazed with condx on 15m and 10m, signals from w6/7 was very nice also
fb poening to JA on 15m and 2nd day into w on 10m. Missed lot of mults on 20m.
thanks to all who called and spotted us. Cu next contest.
 
D4B(EY8MM)   SOAB HP   7,896,5642003-10-03 02:25:15
Thank you very much to Al 4L5A for letting me use his station.

73 Nodir EY8MM
 
TAØKA(DJ6QT)   SOAB HP   2,397,8742003-10-03 02:46:41
Sorry for those who could not get me. No antenna was higher than 10m.
80m apex. 7.50m.
2 power-breaks. 20m was not as I expected - perhops the low hight of FB33.
See you next year agn.
 
LY5A   M/M HP   6,285,5462003-10-03 07:47:34
Comparing to last year effort (new EU rec):
- same number of ops, but much more expierence now
- 4 operating places (vs 5 last year) - IC 746, 751, 756, 756PRO with PAs
- 48 hours cluster (sporadic last year)
- minus 776 QSOs (+ 191 on 80&40, -967 on 20-10)
- minus 29 states (deficit on all bands except 15 m)
- the same No of countries and zones (!?!)
- 2 M points less
- a lot of fun (as last year)
- computers not networked, mix of WF1B (3) and WL (1)

Other:
- just Nevada missed for 15m WAS
- still no simple way found how to merge logs - ADIF doesn't work as no <CQZ>
output from WF1B log
- I hope some algorithm will be applied to determine packed users - same calls
heard calling DX just right after spot appeared - much to often not to be true

Thanks to everybody
73
Arunas, LY2IJ
 
VA3XRZ   SOAB LP   260,4902003-10-03 19:39:10
Note: State/Prov numbers above include DX as well.

Very good conditions here this time, a nice surprise to find 10m open, not what
I was expecting at this point of the solar cycle.

Thanks HC8N for an all time new one in 80m.

Thanks HC8N and K7WM for QSOs in all five bands.

Thanks EU1DX, FO/DL1IAN, FG/EA2RY, JY9QJ and OH0KAG for new ones in RTTY.

Note to KH7X: sorry I could not copy you in 20m, PJ2J was running a few Hz from
the freq you told me, I tried to call you a bit higher but no luck... maybe next
time.

Rig : TS-830S
Antennas : R5 and 40/80m DP
Software: N1MM Logger V3.0.91

73,
Julio VA3XRZ
 
IV3TMV   SOAB HP   1,948,2402003-10-04 13:52:47
Great my first test in soab .
not energy for 5° hours in the morning de Sunday
but not problem have new stimulus for next year
cu 73 de Flavio iv3tmv
 
J45XB(DJ9XB)   SOSB/15 LP   23,7442003-10-05 04:29:25
No change to build antennas on the roof of the hotel or beside expect one 15m-
dipol 2 m height from the ground!

Contest without antenna makes no fun !!!!
 
HS1PDY   SOAB LP   341,1702003-10-05 07:50:45
That was fun.. See you in the next one.

73 de HS1PDY
 
K4SAC   SOAB LP   28,7982003-10-05 09:25:54
I just started on digital the week of this contest so I was still trying to
figure out macros, etc. I had a blast and that's what counts! 73 and see you
guys next year
 
VA7SW   SOAB(A) LP   502,6862003-10-05 18:02:45
amp went dead just before contest first time using low power

band conditions strange at times

worked 5 new countries

hopew i can do better than this total next year

from last down by almost 50 percent in score and almost 50 percent in qsos

but had to look after the dogs

where is the xyl during contest time out shopping
 
9A5W   SOSB/15 HP   720,7782003-10-05 20:17:53
Condx during Saturday were bad , on Sunday they became better.
Any way final score is better then last year.
 
9H3M   M/2 HP   3,811,8082003-10-06 07:52:16
80m Summary
Zones
5 14 15 16 17 18 20

Countries
5B 9A 9H CT DL EA EU EX F G
GW HA HB I IT9 JY K LX LY LZ
OE OH OK OM ON OZ PA S5 SP SV
SV9 T9 UA UA2 UA9 UR YL YO YU Z3

States/Provinces
MA PA NC

40m Summary
Zones
3 4 5 10 11 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 24 25
28 32 33 35

Countries
4J 4X 5B 9A 9H BY CN CT D4 DL
EA EI ER ES EU EX F G GJ GU
GW HA HB HC8 HL I IT9 JA JY K
LA LX LY LZ OE OH OK OM ON OZ
PA PY S5 SM SP SV SV5 SV9 T9 TA
TA1 UA UA2 UA9 UK UN UR V8 VE YL
YO YU Z3 ZL

States/Provinces
MA ME NH RI NJ NY PA AL FL NC SC TN
VA LA MS OR WA MI WV IL IN MN ON

20m Summary
Zones
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 24 25 30 31 33 35 39

Countries
4U1V 4X 5B 5N 9A 9H BY CE CN CT
CT3 CX D4 DL EA EA6 EA8 EI ER ES
EU EX F G GI GM GU GW HA HB
HC8 HK HL HP I IT9 JA K KH6 KP4
LA LU LX LY LZ OE OH OH0 OK OM
ON OZ P4 PA PJ2 PY S5 SM SP SV
SV5 SV9 T9 TA TA1 UA UA2 UA9 UN UR
VE VK VP5 VQ9 XE YL YO YS YU YV
Z3 ZL

States/Provinces
CT MA ME NH RI VT NJ NY DE MD PA AL
FL GA KY NC SC TN VA AR LA MS NM TX
ID WA MI OH IL IN WI KS MN MO NS PQ
ON SK AB

15m Summary
Zones
2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 24 25 28 31 32 33 35 36

Countries
4L 4U1V 4X 5B 7X 9A 9H 9J CN CT
CT3 CX D4 DL EA EA8 EI ER ES EU
EX F FG G GI GM GU GW HA HB
HC8 HK HL I JA JY K KH6 KP2 KP4
LA LU LX LY LZ OE OH OH0 OK OM
ON OZ P4 PA PJ2 PY S5 SM SP SV
T9 TA UA UA2 UA9 UN UR VE VR XE
YB YI YL YO YU YV Z3

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

10m Summary
Zones
1 3 4 5 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
20 22 25 28 33 35 38

Countries
4X 5B 5N 9A 9H CE CN CT D4 DL
EA EA9 EI ES EX F FG G GI GM
GW HA HB HC HC8 I IT9 JA K KP2
LA LU LY LZ OH OH0 OK ON OZ P4
PA PJ2 PY S5 SM SP SV T9 UA UA2
UA9 UN UR VE VP5 VU YB YL YO YU
YV

States/Provinces
CT MA ME NH RI NY DE PA AL FL GA NC
SC TN VA LA MS NM TX CA AZ WY MI OH
IL IN WI IA MO NE SD NB PEI PQ ON
 
NT1Y   SOAB(A) HP   1,035,7202003-10-06 08:23:02
"DX" totals in the box score above include states & provinces as well as
countries. Also, the total Pts figure is not correct (neither listed on the
N1MM Logger summary). This was my first contest under my new call (old call
AA6TT). Just playing around to test new antennas and stress test N1MM Logger
software (both worked quite well). Nice JA run on 15m Saturday PM and solid 10m
openings to EU. Hope conditions are this good for CQWW Phone & CW. 73, Bill
NT1Y
 
IK4MHB   SOSB/15 HP   489,1512003-10-06 15:17:25
Good conditions Saturday, unfortunately as all the Italians I have lost the
Sunrise of Sunday. The blackout has been extended since 01.00z up to the 07.30z
in my city, in other zones as IT9 it has been worse also. Few the African
stations. Any way it has been a good contest. Thanks to I4LEC Clay and IK4NPD
Francesca for the hospitality.
 
AH6OZ   SOAB LP   224,1362003-10-07 06:42:02
With social duties and my duaghter visiting from Seattle there was not time for
a full effort.

The ten hours on were a blast. Great conditions to everywhere.

73 es Aloha,

Walt
 
L44DX(LW1DTZ)   SOSB/15 HP   404,9102003-10-07 17:38:00
FT-890C
FL-2100B 400W
TH6DXX

73īs de Esteban, LW1DTZ

QSL Via EA5KB
 
IZ8DVD   SOAB LP   449,1522003-10-09 12:34:47
Equipment:
rtx : TS850S 100W
ant : GP HM 10-15-20;
VERT HM 40-80
rckrtty + mmtty

and... 5 hours of ITALian BLACKOUT
 
VE2SB   SOSB/20 LP   190,8482003-10-10 02:37:06
Life is too short for not rtty contesting.
 
FG/EA2RY   M/S LP   2,029,8482003-10-11 11:40:04
This year we were decided to go of vacations to the island of Guadeloupe, and of
step to make the great aid of rtty of the year.

He was a little difficult since neither it was our equipment nor we are
customary to that everybody calls to us great pile-ups that they did not let to
us make or our work and to top it all the equipment used without the necessary
filters we amused much in this great aid. next year from........

A greeting and thanks to all those that contacted with FG/EA2RY.

73 and tnx
 
SV1DPI   SOAB(A) LP   237,0492003-10-15 09:37:18
I HAD ONLY A FEW TIME ON SATURDAY.
I LOST THE SUNDAY OPENING.
I AM BACK ON RTTY AFTER ONE YEAR.
AND I KNOW THAT I WILL HAVE BETTER SCORES SOON.
 
LU1NDC   SOAB(A) HP   1,701,8432003-10-15 12:43:51
QSL pse via EA7FTR
 
IT9BLB   SOSB/20 HP   396,7422003-10-17 07:42:54
Equipment:
Yaesu FT1000-MP, Ameritron AL-1500,
RCKRtty v3.01 running PK232 + MMTTY
5 el.yagi @ 21mt. + 2el.yagi @ 5mt.

Comment:
The incredible blackout that hit Italy for a lot of hours, killed my
goal to set a new world/continental record on SOSB20: everything
was going in the right way but, ending with only 30 operating hours,
it was a real pain!
 
LZ9R(@LZ3YY)   M/S LP   1,169,9402003-10-21 04:47:09
TS 850SAT 100W
3el A3s,80/40 half sloper NW

Only one radio (no mult. station) this year.Due to lack
of free operators,we decided to join from my station and
we have a lot of fun!It seems that 20 was poor for us
in eastern EU as seen from others claimed scores.Last year
46 states worked on 20,this year only 10 :(.Very pleased to
work NB1B and W2UP on 80.W2UP was the only US station worked
on 5 bands (TNX).Both D4B and HC8N were loud on 80 but could not
hear my tiny signal.The only zone 3 QSO on 40 was with N7GYD,he
was booming and patient to pull me out from the QRM.(TNX)I think
this is my only zone 3 QSO on 40 RTTY ever.
Sunday morning AL1G was very loud on 20 but QSY to 40 for sked
and missed me.We had a blast , tnx for all the QSO's and specially
to new ones on RTTY.Can't wait for next one,may be UKRAINIAN DX
or WAEDC.
73 and CU de Nasko,LZ3YY
 
W4UK   SOAB HP   763,0022003-10-26 17:24:01
Wire dipoles only.
 
ON4ADZ   SOAB LP   2,127,9512003-10-27 01:40:00
I prepared this one well.
I extended my 40/80 m ant. with a switchable (dir/refl.) second element.
Condx where not so great as previous year, the bands opened later an closed
earlier. In the local morning hours rates where slow. During the first morning
I was considering to go for a single band entry e.g. 20 m !
I missed many EU multipliers on 10 m most EU stations where overshooting the EU
continent. I left 10 and 15 m earlier and went for 20 and 40 m.
I remarked the growing participation of well known contest (multi) stations.

Highlight: a JA opening on 20 m sunday afternoon.

My equipment was working flawlessy, the family supported me in this effort.

This is my best score in this contest after 3 participations.
The day after was a heavy one at work.

Equipment used : FT1000MP Mark V @ 150 w, TH6DXX at 24 m, 2 el wire inv v for
40m apex @ 24 m, 2el wire inv v for 80 apex @ 24 m
software : writelog and mmtty combo

73
DIRK
ON4ADZ
d.desloovere@skynet.be
 
K4G(K4HV)   SOAB LP   8,7122003-10-28 13:24:54
Arrived home night before the contest to find shack had taken a power or
lightnng hit and wiped out 90% of the station. Had to stop the contest early to
assess the damage and start tearing out equipment.