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SM6D(SM6DER)   SOSB15 QRP   6242003-03-30 11:36:27
Very funny condx. No stations heard from Europe. Only could work
stations in the 2200 - 3000 km range.
 
OZØJ   SOAB HP   222,7802003-03-30 12:26:46
Very poor condx. Best on MiddleEast and Africa, but there are not many stations
to work. Sporatic condx to Asia but it was hard work.

Low band was not possible. 100% QSO with local burglar alarm on 40 - 160 M.

OZ0 prefix is still new for many stations.

Logsearch and QSL information at www.roemming.dk/oz0j
 
K4MA   SOAB LP   119,8002003-03-30 14:27:42
Part time effort due to family commitments, so I decided to do
low power 100% S&P effort. It was a nice change to just tune around &
work guys casually.

Overall conditions and participation seemed markedly down.
It would have been really easy to find a good CQ spot.
No band including 20M was wall-to-wall CQing from top to bottom.

73, Jim K4MA
 
K7JJ   SOAB LP   291,3682003-03-30 15:22:27
Condx fairly good on Saturday. Lots of activity. 20 is still a tough nut to
crack.
 
KP4AH(WP3C)   SOSB20 LP   1,509,4702003-03-30 15:51:12
See you next CONTEST!!

Att Alfredo Velez WP3C
 
AA3B   SO(A)AB HP   718,5852003-03-30 16:01:14
I had not planned on operating this contest, but the lousy weather kept me
indoors all weekend with not much to do, so I decided to get on and pass out
some points.

73 Bud AA3B
 
NA4W(K4WI)   SOSB10 HP   559,9122003-03-30 16:03:27
Worse contest ever! Murphy hit everything. Limped along and ended up with about
20% of last years score. Bummer!
 
K3MD   SO(TS)AB HP   1,192,0482003-03-30 16:03:52
Conditions not very good. Could not CQ Europe at all.
 
PY5JO   SO(A)SB10 HP   477,2042003-03-30 16:04:24
Radio Kenwood TS50s, 600W Power Output, Antenna Yagi 5 Elem Mono.
 
LY4CW(@LY1YK)   M/2 HP   6,637,7522003-03-30 16:11:05
Very bad propagation on 10M

www.qsl.net/ly1yk

Roli Ly2fy
 
VK4WPX   SOSB10 HP   2,205,2552003-03-30 16:12:44
Lots of fun for me beating my personal best by a considerable margin. Probably
the best that 10 metres has been for quite some time. My most enjoyable contact
was when I beat the pileup to work 5H3RK , a very rare one down here.
 
WN6K   SOAB LP   634,3822003-03-30 16:13:21
More Q's this year - Less Mults - and barely ANY EUs = Lower Score than last
year
 
NA9D   SO(TS)AB HP   1,244,4962003-03-30 16:14:20
Well, it sure is easy to tell the difference between this test and 2 years ago
which is when I last put in a serious effort and even more dramatic over 3 years
ago! There was hardly any openings to Europe from the Black Hole of the
midwest. I think I can count the number of German stations worked on 2 hands.
In the past I've worked hundreds! Worked more Japanese on Sunday afternoon than
any other European countries. It was nice to see the good participation from
South America this year. Worked a good number of Brazil and Argentine stations.
The best was working a 9A on 80m with my crummy dipole, and having several
African stations call me when I was CQing on 15 and 20. All in all, I couldn't
get totally motivated to do this test this year, but I forced myself. Only
worked 23.5 hours of the test. Had a major personal committment Sunday morning.
This is my last contest with my venerable TA-33. It's coming down next weekend
to be replaced with a new Bencher Skyhawk. I'm told I'll be amazed at the
difference! I could have used it this weekend.
 
VE3HG   M/S HP   1,453,4012003-03-30 16:17:20
Broke in some new guys. Found the beam has SWR troubles under high power.
Couldn't get the voice keyer working. Conditions sucked. Had a great time as
always. 73 the Oakville Battling Beavers.
 
NF4A(@N4PN)   M/S HP   7,578,3602003-03-30 16:19:21
10 Meters sucked....Lost rotor on 40 meter beam and mult tribander...had minor
CT problems with numbering...it certainly isn't last year's score but had a
great time, ate a lot and drank numerous 807's....and chewed a little Red Man.
 
PY2NDX   SOSB15 LP   3,504,3032003-03-30 16:20:00
Equipament: TS-450s
100w
Ant: TH7DX

73/DX PY2NDX Rafael
www.py2ndx.hpg.com.br
 
WS4NC(@KG4NEP)   M/S HP   4,359,5822003-03-30 16:29:51
Casual M/S effort from KG4NEP. The station is set up annually for a full effort
in CQWW, but we decided to put in an effort in WPX as well. Don Edwards, WS4NC,
was kind enough to lend his rare call, and we got help operating from our WW
crowd, albeit with fewer people giving their whole weekend.

Other than a few loglights (water in coax on 40m beam, mult amp giving up the
ghost, requiring replacement) the contest went well. Maybe with a few more ops
for the whole weekend, we'll be able to actually place.

Equipment:
Rigs-2x TS850, TS820 for spotting
Amps-2x SB220 SB221 (that failed, I'm glad we had another)
Antennas:
10m-3 element Delta Loop at 35', Cushcraft A3S at 30'
15m-5 element Homebrew Yagi at 50', Cushcraft A3S at 30'
20m-5 element modified Cushcraft 20-5BA at 60', Cushcraft A3S at 30'
40m-2 element Cushcraft 40-2BA at 70'
80m-inverted vee, apex at 75'
160m-shunt feed on 70' tower

KC2TX magnetic receive loop

Misc:
1 ripped cot for WS4NC and N0KTY
9 Yeungling model 807s
1 case Natural Light
12 Keystone Lights
1 case Dr. Perky (for the kids)
4 pizzas
assorted snacks


73,
KG4CZU reporting for the WS4NC contest group
 
N8IE   SOAB QRP   475,9602003-03-30 16:32:14
Great fun running QRP.

10M was not our friend. No opening to Europe and plenty of QSB.
Had a great last minute surge on 40M at the end.

73
Dan, N8IE
 
WØGU(@N2IC)   M/S HP   5,127,7472003-03-30 16:37:30
Thank goodness for all the USA, Canada and South American activity ! Terrible
EU and JA condx on all bands at all times ! The worst JA condx I have ever
heard in a contest from Colorado ! Nevertheless, it was still a fun weekend.

The 40 meter beam, 80 verticals and 160 sloper have already been taken down in
preparation for the upcoming move, but I don't think it mattered this weekend.

Congratulations to K0DU and crew for the great Colorado competition !
 
VE3XD   SO(TS)AB LP   755,7392003-03-30 16:42:03
Not a lot of fun when conditions go into the cellar but there were a few
propagation comebacks over the weekend resulting in my 3rd best score in the
WPX. Nice to have 3D2IZ come back to me when managing to do a short run on 10m.
Thanks to every one for the contacts. See you in the next one.

Don VE3XD (VE3BUC)
 
KO8HIO(@K8ZT)   M/2 LP   1,631,3312003-03-30 16:46:38
First attempt at Multi Op.
 
W2QOB   SO(A)AB LP   78,7292003-03-30 16:52:29
Great contest idea, and N1MM Logger makes it even more fun! Lots of data to
choose contacts from.
 
PY4PW   SOSB10 LP   75,2762003-03-30 16:58:30
Out of contest for a period of 24 hours due to computer problems.
 
N6ZZ   SOAB HP   739,2762003-03-30 17:02:08
Yeah, conditions weren't great, but it's time to get used to it. Still
interesting to find a few qsos where/when you wouldn't expect 'em. In any case,
always a pleasure to work old friends in a contest!

73 - Phil, N6ZZ
 
NX9T   SO(TS)AB HP   470,3992003-03-30 17:09:36
I only had 8 hours to operate this time around. Missed the short openings to
Europe each morning on 15m. The hours that I did operate resulted in many of my
Q's being from NA...and a greatly reduced score. I had figured this would be
the outcome...but didnt' want to miss out totally so just got on and played when
I could. All the best.

Always enjoy the contest.

73,
jeff NX9T

Vist my homepage for station information:

www.qsl.net/nx9t
 
NS3T   SOAB LP   127,2802003-03-30 17:09:42
In between lots of work and some basketball, I had a little
fun. The propagation seemed odd at times (good thing it wasn't
a DX contest, because my mult total would have been REAL low.)

I finished by actually holding a frequency on 40 for an
hour late in the contest, a major change from my usual
100% S&P tactics...but my inverted vee (up 55 feet) plays
well, so it netted me about 30 more mults. It's been 20 years
since I did anything like that (W4DFU - Univ of Florida)
so it was a lot of fun. I had to laugh when someone yelled
"Europe! Europe!" at one point. I finally set up a split
frequency and kept pushing the A/B button to monitor
two frequencies at once. Can't wait for the day when the
broadcasters are gone and 40 is just filled with CQ's.

73s Jamie NS3T

IC-706
100 w
40/15 m inv vee up 55 feet
20 m inv vee up 45 feet
HF6V vertical
 
AA5NT   M/2 HP   6,555,1362003-03-30 17:11:16
Condx were not very good. Only 4 EU stations on 10m. We had fun though, and
beat last years score by a small margin.
 
W6ZZZ   SOSB15 LP   23,9402003-03-30 17:31:46
100% S&P.
Got a few new ones like Guam.
 
AA4GA   SOAB LP   21,8442003-03-30 17:35:25
Playing around with the SO2R box...a DXD, finally figured out how to get it
working in PTT mode!

Man, SO2R on phone would really be easier with a voice keyer! ;-)
 
W3LL   SO(TS)AB LP   676,9042003-03-30 17:38:17
Accomplished goal of improving on last years score. Higher QSO count on low
bands with less on 10m.
All search & pounce with 100w IC706MKIIG and dipoles - no tribander.
 
KØDU   M/S HP   5,238,9182003-03-30 17:44:05
THIS WAS OUR FIRST WPX EVER. WE HAD A GOOD TIME!
 
K7ZSD   SOSB40 HP   521,7662003-03-30 17:46:15
Decided to operate the contest a couple of hours after it started, 40m only,
thought I'd spend 3 or 4 hours playing around, work some DX, well, stayed up
until 3 am the first night, and 5:30 am the second, got into it and had fun!
Working Europe required many cups of green tea and honey, one goes hoarse
getting heard through the east coast wall. The new homebrew 3 el beam and prop
pitch with Orion controller worked great. I expected more JA activity, again,
alot of green tea and honey, maybe I'll try a voice recorder next time. Saturday
night the static crashes came up to S-9, and with strong Canadian stations in
the DX band, made listening down below difficult, added some Brandy to the
tea.


%
SA 19 3.8
NA 252 50.9
AF 9 1.8
EU 28 5.7
OC 43 8.7
AS 144 29.1

FT-1000D
SB-220
3 el 40m beam
green tea & honey
pint of Brandy
 
WD4AHZ   SO(TS)AB LP   332,0822003-03-30 17:55:40
Rig: FT1000MP @ 100W
Antenna: A4 Tribander at 37'

Very "part time" effort. Made my goal of 500 Q's, so I was satisfied.

Was it just me, or where there a lot of lousy sounding over processed audio
signals on the air? Thanks to the many folks who took the time to give me a
"nice audio" report ... at least I know I didn't sound bad!

73, Ron
 
WI4R(NQ4I)   SOSB80 HP   66,3142003-03-30 18:00:51
Part time effort...just playing around...
 
WA7BNM   SOSB10 LP   208,7102003-03-30 18:04:55
Most I've operated in any contest since CQWW SSB last fall.

Although this was only a semi-serious effort, I don't think my score would have
been much higher by operating longer -- there just wasn't that much activity on
10 meters. Worked more VK/ZLs than JAs. Managed one EU QSO late in the contest
on some sort of skewed path.

73 de Bruce, WA7BNM (bhorn@hornucopia.com)
 
W4A(AI4B)   SOAB HP   86,0362003-03-30 18:18:26
Operated Special Event Station W4A to introduce new amateurs in the area to
contesting. Had a great time.
 
KW9N(N9RV)   SOAB HP   5,298,4262003-03-30 18:42:58
Huge storm broke just as the contest started. Passed very
quickly and weather was not an issue for the rest of the
contest.

Or maybe it was. Something or other provoked line noise at
first light on Sunday. I kept at it for a while, but with s9
QRN it was obvious that there were several layers of callers
that I could not pull through. Pulled the plug at 15z after
several very poor hours spent listening to noise.

Interesting conditions, to say the least. Had good success CQing
on 20 with the beams pointed SE on Friday night. Great activity
from South America. 15 meters was very strange on Saturday. I
had a pipeline to the Balkans, and everything east of Moscow.
Later the opening switched to Poland. But I could not work a
German or a UK station for anything. I worked my first G4 of any
kind on Sunday morning.

Probably the most fun I had was on 75 meters the second night. Had
a good run of W/VE with an EU reply every third or fourth QSO.
By that time, all the serial numbers had gone out to 4 digits, and
passing those through the QRN was quite a challenge.

I've got all summer to work on this line noise, so I'll be back
for another try at this contest. Thanks for the QSOs, and thanks to
K9MI for the loan of the club call.

- Pat
N9RV
 
VE9DX   SOAB LP   6,6722003-03-30 18:47:42
Obviously not a serious effort. Just gave out a few points.
Condx very poor. Spent most of Sunday listening to Auroral
signals on 6 meters. Knew it was bad when came across A61AJ
very early into the contest very Auroral. Even with the
Aurora... sounds like some great scores from down South.
Rig: 30 watts to a vertical
Software: Writelog 10.40 (as always)
73 cu all on CW...
Andy
 
N3HBX   SOSB15 HP   1,464,6002003-03-30 18:58:23
Horrible conditions! No propagation into western Europe (worked no G's or EI's
and very few EA, F, or DL stations) all weekend. The band died out completely
for long periods several times. Added to that was the misery of thunderstorm
static Saturday evening and snow static much of Sunday. Came very close to
quitting several times.....
 
YL6W(YL2GD)   SOAB HP   3,403,7762003-03-30 19:01:40
Bad CONDX to USA on high bands,
worked only few on 15M and struggled for every
QSO on 20M like usualy on low bands.
10M was almost closed excepting "big guns"
from Middle East, Africa and South America.

73 and will see in WPX CW !
Gunar, YL2GD
 
ABØMV   SOAB LP   40,6892003-03-30 19:03:43
I was calling CQ and AB0VM called me. Thought someone was pulling my leg at
first. At least we have different sounding voices on SSB!

Was great to hear lots of contest friends and many new calls. I was just waking
up (no coffe yet and 50% unconscious) when called by name. I had no clue until
he identified himself as the OM of a YL contest friend of mine using a club
call.

My dog's shoulder seems healed this weekend. SSB still seems to be his favorite
mode. He loves the sound of all the different voices.
 
N4NTO   SOAB LP   4,8752003-03-30 19:10:09
Wish I could have spent more time on the contest, but it's always fun to
participate!
 
KØUK   SO(A)AB LP   249,6962003-03-30 19:30:55
HAD LOTS OF WORK TO DO AT HOME, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. DID WHAT I COULD PLUS
HELPED OUT AT K0DU M/S. HAD FUN BOTH PLACES..PTL GOD BLESS, K0UK BILL BROWN
 
WØRK   SO(A)AB LP   58,9162003-03-30 19:32:31
The first time I've worked a WPX, and I only spent 3 hours in this contest, I
wish I would have spent more time. Lots of stations out there to work with
pretty good conditions, at least while I was on. As with the last couple of
contests, 15m was the best one for me. See you next year.
 
W5LL   SOAB HP   99,2672003-03-30 19:38:24
Very casual working the contest in spare time between everything else I had
going on this weekend. First contest with the new amp hence the reason for
being in the high power category.
 
LW9EOC   SOSB10 LP   3,072,9182003-03-30 19:41:50
Hi to all. The band were very bad here, Nothing EU.

Where was SM,OZ,PA,G,GM,EI??? the condx very but very poor.

CU next contest, 73 de TIM (LW9EOC)

FT840 100w - 6el monoband at 17m up.
 
W1EBI   SO(A)AB LP   117,5762003-03-30 19:45:39
No wonder this is such a popular contest--it's the 10M contest times six! No
pressure, just a lot of fun. Work a WA5, then an A5 (or wish I had).

George W1EBI
 
AD6WL   SO(R)AB HP   1,389,2052003-03-30 20:00:29
As suspected 15 meters was the best band. Conditions overall were poor with
some strange propagation at times. Lots of QSB, flutter and skewed path.
Worked AE9B and VE7SCC on all bands. CU in wpx CW.
 
K8UP   M/S HP   481,8152003-03-30 20:01:50
here is a small breakdown.


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

NA 0 25 51 139 157 33 405 64.3
SA 0 0 4 20 15 29 68 10.8
AF 0 0 3 8 3 3 17 2.7
OC 0 1 0 3 1 0 5 0.8
EU 1 1 19 26 82 0 129 20.5
AS 0 0 1 0 4 0 5 0.8
 
WX3B   M/M HP   3,492,1142003-03-30 20:12:29
A personal best for Team WX3B. Thanks to all team members that made this a fun
and memorable event.

Special warm welcome to our two new operators, K3DNE and K1RH for many hours of
support. Honorable mention goes to AK3Z for supplying two radios for the
effort. Technology innovation award goes to N3SB for taking a broken on-off
switch of the 10 meter amplifier and re-assembling it so it was broken on.

See you in the next contest(s),

73,

Jim Nitzberg and the WX3B Team
 
KI6IV   SOAB HP   66,4172003-03-30 20:28:20
Rig: FT-1000MP, SB-220, 3el Tribander, inverted V for 80m, Writelog worked
perfect, except for some RF causing problems to the CAT program, shut down and
re-started solved the problem. Was on only a few hours Fri. night, Sat. night
and Sun. afternoon. 80 very noisy Fri. night plus got a late start due to work.
No EU's heard, a few JA's, mostly on Sunday p.m.
 
K6OWL   SO(TS)AB LP   76,0762003-03-30 20:31:18
I was just going to check in for a few Q's but got caught
up in the event and kept coming back. Interesting condx with
lots of fading, skewed paths, etc. Didn't find any openings to EU or AF.
Fortunately lots of prefixes in USA and SA.
 
F5IN   SO(A)SB15 HP   139,5672003-03-30 20:32:34
TS-940S + SB220 1 Kw

5 ele monobander beam

very bad condx
 
NR6O(@N6RO)   M/M HP   14,198,8282003-03-30 20:36:32
Glad to have our usual first team. We actually beat last year's QSO total, but
the lack of EU really cut into the mults and QSO points. Many
computer/rig/logging program problems in the first hour were eventually fixed
and we cruised on. High points were the barbecue both afternoons, orchestrated
by WX5S. Note that Matt operated here, and his call was loaned to the W6YX
operation. Most of us operated many bands, prime operators are listed below. We
low-banders look forward to the condx expected in the next five years!

BAND QSO QSO PTS PTS/Q PREFIXES OPS

160 161 214 1.3 21 WA6O, K2RED
80 627 1488 2.4 68 N6RO, WX5S, WA6O
40 720 1858 2.6 69 WX5S, K2RED, K6CTA
20 1687 3071 1.8 382 K3EST, K2RED,K6AW
15 2084 3733 1.8 395 N6BV, K2RD
10 1601 2474 1.5 171 K6AW, K2RED
--------------------------------------

Totals 6880 12838 1.9 1106 = 14,198,828

Continent Statistics

NR6O CQ WORLD WIDE PREFIX CONTEST Multi Multi 31 Mar 2003 0000z

160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL percent

SSB
North America 163 503 533 1073 1353 1247 4872 69.8
South America 1 8 21 55 63 123 271 3.9
Europe 0 2 21 198 98 2 321 4.6
Asia 0 114 120 290 510 170 1204 17.2
Africa 0 3 5 20 10 7 45 0.6
Oceania 0 6 35 60 78 80 259 3.7
 
VE7IN   SOAB LP   970,8002003-03-30 20:47:15
WPX has always been one of my favourite contests,although this year my
motivation wasn't as high as usual to really get in. When I did get in the chair
I found myself going for it anyway.

Friday conditions here sure wouldn't help to inspire enthusiasm for staying in
the chair. They did improve each day though, with for me Sunday morning opening
on 15 to some Eruope beening a bit of a highlight.

Time for some additional antennas rather than the side mounted 4 element 15M at
45 feet.

Thanks all for the Q's.

73 Earl VE7IN
 
K2UOP   SOAB HP   686,7812003-03-30 21:14:05
I had fun! When I heard how bad condx were, I decided to work at a casual pace
and have an enjoyable time mainly S&P'ing up and down the bands. Went to bed
0230 Sunday morning and at that time there was a little snow flurry. When I got
up 0700 Sunday morning there was 6+ inches of white stuff on the ground. I
should have known not to have taken off the snow tires last week. Snow static
wasn't too bad but condx sure were very poor. No Europe at all on 10M from
here. Now I can't wait for WPX CW.
 
AC7LX   SOAB HP   344,4002003-03-30 21:35:31
Wasn't going to operate, but found a few hours, mostly Sunday.
Fun being fresh meat Sunday afternoon.
 
N9ADG   SOAB LP   612,4642003-03-30 21:58:07
First contest with a directional antenna of any kind -- a tribander with rotor
suspended between two trees. Had to swap E and W in all bearings, but it worked
okay! Enjoyed hearing many areas that I haven't been able to before, and
actually worked into UAE and parts of Africa. Too bad I took the antenna down
right after the contest. Mentioned it's going to be hard to go back to Wire
antennas again -- my wife replied "Guess you'll be taking them all down then?".
Smart one, she is.

80m was a surprise, it's not a band I use that much. I am intrigued by 160. NR6O
provided my only contact there. It seemed easier to work into South America on
40m at night than the US. Was pleasantly surprised with TI5N called ME on that
band. Got 5 bands worked with quite a few folks. Missed nr6o only on 15M.

My wife certainly dreads contest weekends now...

Thanks to all who heard and worked me. I'll try not to mess up the "Mode" blank
on any QSL cards I send out for THIS contest (Sent out a batch of cards saying
CW for phone contacts for the Sprint, very embarrassing).
 
NR7DX(K7ABV)   SOAB HP   200,5922003-03-30 22:05:03
Conditions in Mt seemed very poor to Eu and Asia...did plenty of S and P
operating...I hope people who want QSL's will send SASE's as our group has a
very low budget for stamps hi hi..K7ABV
 
ZS6DX   SOAB QRP   1,562,7832003-03-30 22:44:32
First try at WPX SSB, QRP does work even on SSB !!, only wished for high power a
few times. Low bands not so great with QRP. It was great to work so many fine
operators. Had power failure so missed last 7 hours of contest.
 
YU1ZZ   SOSB80 HP   701,0382003-03-30 22:48:00
TX: 1Kw out
ANT:Vertical with 6 radials, Low Dipole.

73`s Milan, YU1ZZ
 
AG1RL(@K6IDX)   M/2 HP   4,474,3882003-03-30 22:52:36
The noise free haven that is K6IDX was rudely interrupted by S9+ hash coming
from 310 degrees. A fairly import direction in N. California! The net effect was
to reduce our normally huge run of JA to a trickle of top tier stations. Still,
for our first effort signing AG1RL we felt it was a great success and much fun!
The 15M opening to EU Sunday saved the day for mults and a solid run of U.S.
stations on 10M and 15M rounded out the QSO points Sunday afternoon.

All in all, a real blast under interesting conditions.

K0BEE, WJ6O and W1SRD

P.S. - Those who checked QRZ.com (almost 500 at last count), Chinois Nu
translates to "Chinese girl".
 
OH7M(OH4XX)   SOSB15 HP   2,183,2592003-03-30 23:27:33
Pretty bad aurora during this weekend. Anyhow it was quite fun race since there
was tight local battle with OH5BM and OH2JTE@OH0B. Thanks for QSOs and CU in
next ones.

73,

DE Mikko OH4XX



Rigs:

FT1000MP + 2*QB3.5/750 AMP
6 over 6 yagis + KT34XA
N1MM Logger
Http://www.qsl.net/oh7m
 
S56A   SOAB LP   649,4752003-03-31 01:07:18
Low bands improving! Nice to work USA on 80 m with 100 W and 78 m Windom.

73 de Mario, S56A, N1YU
 
WA1RR(@K1JN)   M/S HP   2,001,6992003-03-31 02:18:50
First attemp at multi-single from the home station. Had a ball and learned a
lot. Used the CT RI Contest Group club call.
 
WZ7ZR(W7ZR)   SOSB15 LP   419,4812003-03-31 02:28:32
No Time...No Propagation
 
NJ2YL(@N2ED)   M/S HP   1,950,1442003-03-31 03:40:55
NJ2YL, Ashley is a ten year old YL op and budding contester who was operating
here this weekend along with NJ2OM, her father and both did a fine job. Even
with the conditions being down Ashley had fun and it was great fun watching her
operate.
 
KE8RO   SOAB HP   170,5202003-03-31 04:05:09
I was only able to operate part of Sunday. Heard DX from all directions however;
bands seemed pretty poor. The band of choice was 15 followed by 10 meters.
Highlights were having J5UDX and A35WE come back to my CQ. It was great to work
several new prefixes. Until the next contest...
 
HL1/WX8C   SOAB LP   113,4602003-03-31 04:06:01
Pretty decent conditions to Europe and NA west coast. The east coast and
mid-west have just about disappeared on 10 and 15 with the decline in
sunspots.

I worked one ham in an un-named location that would not give me a report unless
I made an anti-war statement. I can't blame my low score on that, but it didn't
help.

73s,


Harry
 
OL5Y   SOSB15 HP   2,290,5352003-03-31 04:31:29
Thanks to Jiri, OK2RZ, for his nice QTH! Very bad CONDX, band crowded,
a lot of QRM (thans for patience!). But a lot of fun!
Ant: 6el OWA @ 23m
Rig: IC-756 + PA ACOM
 
W3KLG(K3ND)   SO(TS)AB HP   111,4752003-03-31 05:15:29
very strange conditions. Just played around for a few hours.
 
LN8W(LA5KO)   SOSB80 HP   909,0512003-03-31 05:31:25
Some of our best operators were gathered for a Multi/Single entry to set a new
LA record, but our CT version couldn't manage the serial numbers in the multi
station set-up. The numbers were all garbled up during the first minutes of the
contest, so we had to go on with a single station entry. Guess if some good ops
went home disappointed ...
Since LA8W/LN8W members already held all Single Op High Power LA records except
80M and 160M, we decided I should go for the 80M record. And I guess I made
it.
Conds were down. Nice visible Aurora when the contest started. VERY few DX heard
here up north. Lucky you guys further south ...
Fun for me, anyhow !!!
Equipment: 1kW + GP + Beverages. Antennas by LA7SL.
Thanks to everybody who gave us the points.
73 de Roy / LA5KO
 
A61AJ(SM7PKK)   SOAB HP   10,875,2252003-03-31 05:43:35
Had good fun at the station. I did not have good enough prescence on 40m to be
able to keep a frequency with all the EU stations but on 80m it was a blast.

73 de Mats SM7PKK/5X1Z
 
YP3A(YO9GZU)   SOSB20 HP   2,560,9492003-03-31 05:58:53
Not such good condx as I expected. JA's almost didn't exist, and to NA the band
wasn't really opened. Sorry for thoes I couldn't take from QRM. I would
appreciate the lots of VK's worked saturday and sunday morning. Tnx to TG6N for
having a second contact, because I didn't loged him in the first, and tnx to all
who gave a call, even if I could't take them all!
Please also call YP3A in the CW one!

73 - Tibi, YO9GZU
 
T94DO   SOSB160 LP   106,3232003-03-31 06:18:25
Kada bih znao razlog napustanja date lokacije mozda bih mi sve lakse palo, ovako
ostaje sjecanje i sivo iskustvo za buduca takmicenja, i naravno sjecanje da sam
bar jedno vrijeme imao dobar rezultat.Nadat se da cu iduce godine uspiti preci
160.000 pts. u LP i naravno da necu imati opet ovako iskustvo da naprasno moras
da prekines s radom .
 
NT6K   SOSB80 HP   272,2052003-03-31 06:41:46
SSB
North America SSB 0 441 0 0 0 0 441 85.8
South America SSB 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 0.8
Europe SSB 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.4
Asia SSB 0 63 0 0 0 0 63 12.3
Africa SSB 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.4
Oceania SSB 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.4


First Contest from the new QTH in Modoc County. Only have a 140 foot
center feed dipole up 45 feet in a tree. With a ridge to the
north and west of me a mile away I was suprised how well I could
hear JA. Highlight: CQ9K called me. Can't wait to get a tower
and tribander / monobanders up! All in all I did manage to have
fun and stayed up both nights and got to see what 80 is like, not
having spent a lot of time on that band in the past. Guess it only
gets better from here on down the cycle. The new MFJ voice keyer
seemed to do the trick, but doesn't sound as good as others.

FT1000MP MK-V
SB-221 @ KW
140 center feed dipole at 45 feet

See everyone in WPX CW

Dave NT6K
 
VE6ZT   SO(TS)AB LP   724,3722003-03-31 06:44:32
Some of the worst condx I have ever operated a contest in! Only heard/worked a
handful of European and Asian stations. I worked about 12 JA stations where
normally I work around 150!! Had a brief opening to EU on Sunday morning but it
fizzled out quickly. Condx to the South were pretty good for most of Sunday but
were tough Friday night and Saturday. Thankfully US stations count as 2 points
for us and there is no end to the possible mults.
Ended up with my second highest score ever thanks to all the US stations!
Thanks all.....see you in CW in two months!

Rig: FT-1000D running 80 Watts
Ant: TH7DX @ 40Feet
Butternut Vert.

73, Don VE6ZT
 
WO4O   SOAB LP   552,2402003-03-31 06:57:40
Exceeded my QSO and Score goals for part time effort as I ease
back into the chair for longer periods of time during the healing
process. For the past few years Mark/K0EJ borrowed my call sign
and operated from his home station in this game but this year
afforded me the opportunity to see how the op and station would
perform given the circumstances. Stayed on 10/15/20 meters
with one TH7. TU for the Qs & Ms! 73, Ric - Wo4o - Ridgetop, TN USA
 
KM4M(@K4JA)   M/S HP   1,619,2002003-03-31 06:59:46
Eric was able to break away from DC for a little bit. So we decided to get on
and have some fun. We found things that worked before but now need to be checked
out before the next big effort.

73, Paul
 
NT1N   SO(TS)AB HP   955,0802003-03-31 07:00:10
Conditions made me feel like I was back in W9 again!

Best QSO was with KG6DX long path on 15 at 0352Z (nearly 11 PM)

Thanks to all the folks who put on new prefixes!
 
W4ARM   SO(A)AB HP   623,7452003-03-31 07:23:17
Seemed like 20m never opened from when I started the contest, which was Saturday
night until Sunday night. Had an amp problem that stopped a terrific run
Saturday night at 0100 for 3 hours ran 100 per hour. Got the amp back on Sunday
AM and was back in business. I am pleased with my total q's considering I only
operated one day of the contest! However the total number of prefix's worked
seemed low primarily due to not being able to hear or work Europe. At least 15m
was fair. Looking forward to WPX CW, but first look for me in the Florida QSO
Party!!

Kudo's to Joe W4SAA for helping me get WriteLog set up in my station, a terrific
contest aid!

Thanks to all who worked me!
 
W1TO   SOAB HP   156,8002003-03-31 08:07:25
I was surprized at how late 15 opened to Europe on Sunday. Ten was pretty much
North - South propogation here.
 
IL7/IK7YTT   SOSB20 LP   219,6042003-03-31 09:30:43
Unfortunatly the call was too long and complicated plus the equipment was only
Ft100d and a Vertical.
 
DL4RCK   SO(A)AB LP   202,4002003-03-31 10:17:13
73 de Walter
 
KC5FU(W5WW)   SOAB HP   461,4142003-03-31 11:01:36
Just a part-time effort to see what was broken and what was working. Most
everything is working except the amplifiers. Had a great time just playing
around.

73 de ww
 
YZ1KA   SO(R)SB15 HP   1,582,9762003-03-31 12:37:38
RIG: Yaesu FT101ZD
QRO: Home Made 700w
ANT: QUAD 4 el


73`s Buco,YZ1KA
 
YU1JW   SOSB15 HP   1,986,0242003-03-31 12:42:15
RIG:Kenwood TS830S
QRO:Home Made 1,4 Kw
ANT:4 el QQ


73`s de Lazo,YU1JW
 
YT1RA   SO(R)SB80 LP   47,1682003-03-31 12:45:31
RIG: Kenwood TS830S,100w
ANT: Dipole


73`s Aco,YT1RA
 
K5TR   SOAB HP   6,493,6322003-03-31 12:52:26
Whew, I am tired. The WPX has really turned into quite the rate
contest since the addition of getting points for working
your own country. And given the condtions this weekend
it sure is a good thing that most of my log is made up
of W/K contacts. Conditions were tough to europe - not
much worked in that direction compaired to what it is like
with more normal conditions.

I tended to lean to going for the high rate several times
during the weekend - at times when it might have been better
to go for high score - but what can I say - It is fun to run.

There were a few moments of good conditions hidden away
here and there during the weekend - usually on 20 meters.

The best opening seemed to be right at the end on sunday when
Japan was coming in quite well on 10 meters - too bad it had
to stop at 0z.

Congraulations to all the ops that had a great time this weekend
and also to those that stuck it out in some trying conditions.

Station:
http://www.kkn.net/~k5tr/blanco/k5tr_station.html

Lots of numbers.....

Callsign Used : K5TR
Operator : K5TR
Category : Single Op All Band High Power

BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points Prefixes
_____________________________________________________

160SSB 4 4 4 1
80SSB 66 66 134 9
40SSB 132 132 448 28
20SSB 1237 1225 2193 425
15SSB 1430 1408 2653 423
10SSB 694 691 1114 106
_____________________________________________________

Totals 3563 3526 6546 992

Final Score = 6493632 points.



160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL
--- -- -- -- -- -- ---
USA calls 4 48 62 687 716 436 1953
VE calls 0 6 8 80 102 62 258
N.A. calls 0 5 9 28 37 25 104
S.A. calls 0 4 9 37 41 94 185
Euro calls 0 2 12 202 220 2 438
Afrc calls 0 0 1 20 17 8 46
Asia calls 0 0 1 50 22 1 74
JA calls 0 0 25 64 217 41 347
Ocen calls 0 1 5 57 36 22 121

Total calls 4 66 132 1225 1408 691 3526



HR 160 80 40 20 15 10 HR TOT CUM TOTAL SCORE
-- ----- ------- -------- -------- -------- -------- ------ --------- -----
0 --- --- --- 29/15 167/116 2/1 198/132 198/132 0.05M
1 --- --- --- 173/83 8/6 --- 181/89 379/221 0.13M
2 --- --- --- 51/18 72/39 --- 123/57 502/278 0.24M
3 --- --- --- 35/18 59/33 --- 94/51 596/329 0.36M
4 --- --- 5/2 112/40 3/2 --- 120/44 716/373 0.49M
5 --- 19/5 8/4 66/18 --- --- 93/27 809/400 0.61M
6 --- 3/1 1/1 60/24 --- --- 64/26 873/426 0.72M
7 --- --- 6/3 100/55 --- --- 106/58 979/484 0.96M
8 4/1 20/2 --- 57/33 --- --- 81/36 1060/520 1.13M
9 --- --- 20/5 52/27 --- --- 72/32 1132/552 1.31M
10 --- --- --- 4/1 --- --- 4/1 1136/553 1.31M
11 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 1136/553 1.31M
12 --- --- 21/5 11/7 --- --- 32/12 1168/565 1.41M
13 --- --- 9/2 2/1 37/7 33/16 81/26 1249/591 1.59M
14 --- --- --- --- 96/24 11/5 107/29 1356/620 1.77M
15 --- --- --- --- 101/34 23/5 124/39 1480/659 2.00M
16 --- --- --- --- 88/20 50/8 138/28 1618/687 2.25M
17 --- --- --- --- 27/11 80/11 107/22 1725/709 2.44M
18 --- --- --- --- 14/3 83/10 97/13 1822/722 2.59M
19 --- --- --- 2/0 7/0 81/16 90/16 1912/738 2.74M
20 --- --- --- 5/2 --- 18/2 23/4 1935/742 2.78M
21 --- --- --- --- 19/3 1/0 20/3 1955/745 2.82M
22 --- --- --- --- 75/14 9/4 84/18 2039/763 3.02M
23 --- --- --- --- 81/15 8/2 89/17 2128/780 3.23M
0 --- --- --- 2/1 73/13 5/1 80/15 2208/795 3.42M
1 --- --- --- 105/16 15/1 --- 120/17 2328/812 3.61M
2 --- --- --- 139/14 1/0 --- 140/14 2468/826 3.82M
3 --- --- 13/3 28/3 29/2 --- 70/8 2538/834 4.00M
4 --- --- 3/0 82/16 --- --- 85/16 2623/850 4.18M
5 --- 3/0 20/1 41/6 --- --- 64/7 2687/857 4.31M
6 --- 10/0 15/1 --- --- --- 25/1 2712/858 4.34M
7 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 2712/858 4.34M
8 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 2712/858 4.34M
9 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 2712/858 4.34M
10 --- 4/0 4/1 58/24 --- --- 66/25 2778/883 4.63M
11 --- --- 4/0 --- --- --- 4/0 2782/883 4.64M
12 --- 7/1 3/0 10/3 22/6 5/0 47/10 2829/893 4.78M
13 --- --- --- --- 67/19 6/2 73/21 2902/914 5.02M
14 --- --- --- --- 76/15 2/0 78/15 2980/929 5.23M
15 --- --- --- --- 75/9 6/2 81/11 3061/940 5.43M
16 --- --- --- --- 69/12 11/1 80/13 3141/953 5.64M
17 --- --- --- 1/0 60/9 20/1 81/10 3222/963 5.83M
18 --- --- --- --- 48/7 50/2 98/9 3320/972 6.01M
19 --- --- --- --- 10/1 27/2 37/3 3357/975 6.08M
20 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 3357/975 6.08M
21 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 3357/975 6.08M
22 --- --- --- --- --- 54/4 54/4 3411/979 6.20M
23 --- --- --- --- 9/2 106/11 115/13 3526/992 6.49M
D1 4/1 42/8 70/22 759/342 854/327 399/80 2128/780
D2 0/0 24/1 62/6 466/83 554/96 292/26 1398/212
TO 4/1 66/9 132/28 1225/425 1408/423 691/106 3526/992


Unique callsigns worked = 2663

The best 60 minute rate was 207/hour from 0002 to 0101
The best 30 minute rate was 222/hour from 0004 to 0033
The best 10 minute rate was 258/hour from 0004 to 0013

The best 1 minute rates were:
6 QSO's/minute 5 times.
5 QSO's/minute 26 times.
4 QSO's/minute 100 times.
3 QSO's/minute 319 times.
2 QSO's/minute 632 times.
1 QSO's/minute 745 times.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 9
4 1093
5 1365
6 1020
7 4
8 16
9 15
10 4

Multi-band QSO's
----------------
1 bands 2048
2 bands 431
3 bands 134
4 bands 37
5 bands 12
6 bands 1

The following stations were worked on 6 bands:

AE9B

----- S i n g l e B a n d Q S O ' s -----
Band 160 80 40 20 15 10
----------------------------------------------
QSOs 2 12 55 721 877 381
 
NW4V(@W4MYA)   M/M HP   10,827,6162003-03-31 13:35:51
Thunderstorms on Saturday, snow and rain static most of Sunday morning made for
it a long weekend. Only 2 EU on 10M worked Sunday afternoon.
Congrats to NR6O and his crew.
Thanks for the QSO's
Take care
73/Bob
W4MYA
 
SU9NC   SO(TS)AB LP   11,500,0002003-03-31 13:37:37
No NA on 10m; and only about 200 on other bands combined. Knew something was
wrong when I kept receiving serial number 34 from more than a few European
stations on 10M. Activity from SA was pretty good as were signals. JA was ok,
but better on Sunday, still low activity. 15M was strange, no NA first day, and
Sunday worked midwest before east coast, it never did open up properly.

Most interesting QSO: VK9NS on 40M LP while listening for USA, at first thought
it was K9NS, which would have made sense at 05 UTC. Confirmed it was real when
working him on 15M just 10 min later.

Most frightening moment: spilling coffee on the keyboard during best 15M run-
quickly inverted and drained it, somehow it kept working, and run went on
undisturbed.

After operating ARRL and Russian contest, and some casual operating activity, am
getting fewer skeptical callers asking for exact QTH in Cairo. Not sure if the
answer, Maadi, helps. But QSL via OM2SA also seems to reassure them.

Station performed well and still feel operator limited, except perhaps 40M (at
least SSB), but who doesn't want more signal on 40.

Looking forward to the CW version.

Tom SU9NC
 
ZW5B(PY5EG)   SO(A)AB HP   12,780,3202003-03-31 14:01:43
The main objective this time was to test SO2R plus a 3rd radio for 40 meters all
connected with one single computer with 3 serial ports.
For the first time the operation was fully automatic with cluster together.
I really enjoyed!!
Oms PY5EG
 
KM3T(@KC1XX)   M/2 HP   10,329,2002003-03-31 14:22:17
Met Dick, WC1M and Rafael, KP4WW for the first time on Friday, and they both did
really well and had a great time. We all kept each other going. And sleeping.
Both are welcome newcomers to the XX Ranch.

Rough weekend. Trapped in an auroral zone all weekend. I might rather do 1-3
in a Federal pen.

We're pretty spoiled in the Northeast, and especially in New England. But, if
this is what being in the Black Hole is like (I think the Black Hole is really
worse), then I really hand it to the guys who do really well from there!

20m and the low bands salvaged things a bit for us. One JA on 15m. Ouch! And
Europe on 15m was not there at all until approx. 16Z Saturday. The sunspots are
definitely going away. Soon we'll al lbe heating up the ionosphere over Africa
working each other scatter-path.

We discovered an open in the 80m EU antenna system Friday before the contest. I
climbed up to the 150' position, where the main feedline connects, and all
seemed well. Conferred with GQ and XX. Decided to bag it and work on it
Saturday. Beamed SE all Friday night and listened on the EU Beverage. Ironman
K1GQ climbed up no Saturday to check and see if the hardline center pin had
pulled back from the connector. He climbed up 150' to find out it hadn't. That
only left 1 likely possibility...the splice. Which on the surface appeared
fine. But under all the tape and coax seal it was not. :-) GQ and XX fixed it
and we were back in business for Saturday night.

No packet this weekend. Hopefully it will be a trend that other multi-ops will
adopt. Packet isn't much of a factor in a contest like WPX, anyway. But it's
more fun to find the mults yourself in CQWW and ARRL anyway. And it was a
pleasure not to watch spot after spot of busted callsigns. What other multis
will step up to the plate and ditch packet? If the spot supply dwindles,
what'll be left? :-)

Thanks to all the stations who got on this weekend and worked us, and everyone
who stuck it out despite what was pretty bad propagation in the northern
latitudes and elsewhere. And three cheers to the WPX Contest for doing a M/2
category!



Continent Statistics:

KM3T CQ WORLD WIDE PREFIX CONTEST Multi Two 30 Mar 2003 2359z

160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL percent

North America SSB 17 340 111 750 460 423 2101 51.5
South America SSB 1 7 11 80 83 123 305 7.5
Europe SSB 1 274 163 743 232 4 1417 34.7
Asia SSB 0 1 1 102 17 0 121 3.0
Africa SSB 0 4 11 13 7 5 40 1.0
Oceania SSB 0 3 7 49 9 24 92 2.3


Rate sheet:

BREAKDOWN QSO/mults KM3T CQ WORLD WIDE PREFIX CONTEST Multi Two

HOUR 160 80 40 20 15 10 HR TOT CUM TOT

0 ..... ..... ..... 107/76 99/65 ..... 206/141 206/141
1 . 1/0 . 88/41 57/29 . 146/70 352/211
2 . 98/74 . 87/24 . . 185/98 537/309
3 . 66/34 1/0 68/18 . . 135/52 672/361
4 . 47/21 27/12 11/6 . . 85/39 757/400
5 . 70/21 13/4 3/3 . . 86/28 843/428
6 14/2 8/0 9/5 15/7 . . 46/14 889/442
7 . 21/3 6/2 24/9 . . 51/14 940/456
8 ..... 5/0 3/2 17/5 ..... ..... 25/7 965/463
9 . 25/10 . 4/1 . . 29/11 994/474
10 . 6/0 7/2 76/41 . . 89/43 1083/517
11 . . 5/0 114/57 16/8 3/2 138/67 1221/584
12 . . . 85/28 17/4 8/2 110/34 1331/618
13 . . . 84/26 18/3 37/6 139/35 1470/653
14 . . . 26/9 15/3 28/5 69/17 1539/670
15 . . . 14/2 37/7 65/13 116/22 1655/692
16 ..... ..... ..... 21/6 62/15 13/1 96/22 1751/714
17 . . . 25/9 61/12 9/0 95/21 1846/735
18 . . . 19/8 52/15 10/0 81/23 1927/758
19 . . . 43/13 35/1 14/1 92/15 2019/773
20 . . . 75/16 4/0 45/8 124/24 2143/797
21 . . . 63/15 2/2 68/12 133/29 2276/826
22 . . . 28/7 4/0 35/2 67/9 2343/835
23 . 15/1 30/9 5/1 1/0 28/3 79/14 2422/849
0 ..... 29/7 32/4 ..... ..... ..... 61/11 2483/860
1 . 35/2 10/1 . . . 45/3 2528/863
2 5/1 30/4 1/0 . . . 36/5 2564/868
3 . 46/3 21/3 . . . 67/6 2631/874
4 . 27/2 10/3 3/0 . . 40/5 2671/879
5 . 34/5 . 29/4 . . 63/9 2734/888
6 . 30/2 25/2 10/0 . . 65/4 2799/892
7 . 8/0 27/4 4/1 . . 39/5 2838/897
8 ..... 8/1 19/0 7/0 ..... ..... 34/1 2872/898
9 . . 10/1 32/6 . . 42/7 2914/905
10 . . 2/0 109/29 16/10 . 127/39 3041/944
11 . . 5/0 62/10 16/4 . 83/14 3124/958
12 . . . 26/2 25/5 6/2 57/9 3181/967
13 . . . 24/1 17/1 12/3 53/5 3234/972
14 . . . 27/3 12/0 9/0 48/3 3282/975
15 . . . 6/2 35/4 19/1 60/7 3342/982
16 ..... ..... ..... ..... 56/8 58/6 114/14 3456/996
17 . . . 52/5 17/0 21/2 90/7 3546/1003
18 . . . 44/4 61/7 8/0 113/113659/1014
19 . . . 37/2 13/2 38/5 88/9 3747/1023
20 . . . 72/11 3/0 28/2 103/133850/1036
21 . . . 44/7 25/1 . 69/8 3919/1044
22 . . . 9/1 13/3 11/1 33/5 3952/1049
23 . 10/0 39/1 16/0 17/2 5/2 87/5 4039/1054
DAY1 14/2 362/164 101/36 1102/428 480/164 363/55 ..... 2422/849
DAY2 5/1 257/26 201/19 613/88 326/47 215/24 . 1617/205
TOT 19/3 619/190 302/55 1715/516 806/211 578/79 . 4039/1054
 
IO4T(IK4VET)   SO(TS)AB HP   3,920,8402003-03-31 14:51:10
Nice contest, first time as SOAB runnig full time. Thank's to Alessio IZ4EFN who
helped me before contest, I tried to operate SO2R. Somethig to improve but nice
experience.

Saturday first hours on 40m low rates and big problem to find a quite free fx.
(As often is) so i decided to S&P. 80m pretty good, some W's logged too. (used
a dipole).
Worked 40m during mornig but low rates. 10m very poor only south america, Russia
and some European Big one. A bit better 15. Good opening to far east on 15
during afternoons. Evening good 20m but never really opened to JA's and later to
US too.
Sunday 40m still difficulty to keep a fx. I think is needed more power. Mornig
vy good to JA, i haven't heavy pile up but long row vy nice to work.
Still bad 10m where worked just a US station (KQ2M) beamig to south east (!)
On 15m still logged JA's in the afternoon, nice to receive A35WE call. Opening
to W's starded with some W6, W7, W0 qsos (!) with vy heavy QSB. Bad evening on
20m just some south american qso so I tried 40 an 80 to finish.
Very tired but great fun!


Setup:
ANT:
KT34A + 40m loop + dipoles
RIG: TS 950 + TS 850
PA: TL 922

5 QRX: 4+1+4+1+2 HOURS.

any comment to ik4vet@amsat.org

Andy
IK4VET
 
N3AD   M/S HP   4,957,8782003-03-31 15:20:17
I had a bad cold all weekend as anyone who heard me trying to run knows. We
could't get the the soundcard to record messages on one of our stations with
Writelog. So Art did most of the heavy lifting and did a great job. Still a fun
contest in spite of the poor comditions on ten and fifteen. Art had some nice
European runs on eighty. Hope to be back for CW.

Alan/N3AD
 
K7ZS   SO(TS)AB HP   1,657,1522003-03-31 15:56:27
Received and installed a 3 element SteppIR Yagi @ 50' on Thursday evening, so a
great chance to test it! VERY impressed with the results compared to my
previous antenna, a 2 element 5 band quad. A personal best score! Antennas for
40,80 are dipoles, and for 160 an inverted L. First relatively serious effort
from new QTH. (missed Saturday mid-day due to a quick trip to the ER by the
XYL! She's fine and I swear I didn't beat her up - a question they ask!!!)
More to come!
 
NO5W(@K5NZ)   M/S HP   7,374,3752003-03-31 16:33:15
Thanks to CW op Chuck, NO5W, for allowing us to abuse his call and for operating
in his first SSB contest!

Poor 10m condx in this contest almost levels the playing field.

We had an interesting exchange with EO6F, with N5RP winning that debate!
And ringing up every new mult over the air on Sunday kept us laughing.

Here are some numbers from the K5KA crunch. Thanks to all for the fun... nz

-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y --------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------
0000 0 0 0 0 149 52 201 5.4
0100 0 0 0 58 87 6 151 4.0
0200 0 0 0 153 34 0 187 5.0
0300 0 0 0 49 29 0 78 2.1
0400 0 0 13 85 2 0 100 2.7
0500 0 0 12 70 0 0 82 2.2
0600 0 18 56 13 0 0 87 2.3
0700 0 26 13 40 0 0 79 2.1
0800 0 0 35 41 0 0 76 2.0
0900 0 2 7 64 0 0 73 1.9
1000 0 0 26 17 0 0 43 1.1
1100 0 0 24 8 0 0 32 0.9
1200 0 0 17 16 28 0 61 1.6
1300 0 0 0 2 80 13 95 2.5
1400 0 0 0 11 51 41 103 2.7
1500 0 0 0 0 45 62 107 2.9
1600 0 0 0 28 57 1 86 2.3
1700 0 0 0 22 65 5 92 2.5
1800 0 0 0 4 85 1 90 2.4
1900 0 0 0 0 55 52 107 2.9
2000 0 0 0 0 86 4 90 2.4
2100 0 0 0 0 86 3 89 2.4
2200 0 0 0 19 47 1 67 1.8
2300 0 0 0 2 33 39 74 2.0
0000 0 0 1 1 66 0 68 1.8
0100 0 0 11 60 13 0 84 2.2
0200 0 0 0 81 9 1 91 2.4
0300 0 0 1 37 35 0 73 1.9
0400 2 0 0 60 5 0 67 1.8
0500 0 48 6 1 0 0 55 1.5
0600 0 42 14 16 0 0 72 1.9
0700 0 17 48 2 0 0 67 1.8
0800 0 0 35 9 0 0 44 1.2
0900 0 7 6 5 0 0 18 0.5
1000 0 0 0 57 0 0 57 1.5
1100 0 0 18 7 0 0 25 0.7
1200 0 0 0 6 19 0 25 0.7
1300 0 0 0 24 32 0 56 1.5
1400 0 0 0 3 33 34 70 1.9
1500 0 0 0 2 18 12 32 0.9
1600 0 0 0 12 57 0 69 1.8
1700 0 0 0 24 0 84 108 2.9
1800 0 0 0 0 0 79 79 2.1
1900 0 0 0 7 0 54 61 1.6
2000 0 0 0 23 0 23 46 1.2
2100 0 0 0 28 1 34 63 1.7
2200 0 0 0 19 28 34 81 2.2
2300 0 0 0 1 41 37 79 2.1
------------------------------------------------------
Total 2 160 343 1187 1376 672 3740


Unique callsigns worked = 2700

The best 60 minute rate was 201/hour from 0000 to 0059
The best 30 minute rate was 216/hour from 0010 to 0039
The best 10 minute rate was 246/hour from 0015 to 0024

The best 1 minute rates were:
6 QSO's/minute 5 times.
5 QSO's/minute 23 times.
4 QSO's/minute 113 times.
3 QSO's/minute 246 times.
2 QSO's/minute 698 times.
1 QSO's/minute 1009 times.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 16
4 1172
5 1491
6 1003
7 13
8 24
9 16
10 5

Multi-band QSO's
----------------
1 bands 2053
2 bands 380
3 bands 170
4 bands 68
5 bands 29
6 bands 0

----- S i n g l e B a n d Q S O ' s -----
Band 160 80 40 20 15 10
----------------------------------------------
QSOs 2 41 166 703 819 322
 
LV7H(LU7HF)   SOAB LP   4,678,0022003-03-31 16:40:18
QSL VIA EA7FTR ONLY
 
VO1MP   SO(TS)AB HP   3,901,7162003-03-31 16:48:33
CQ WORLD WIDE PREFIX CONTEST -- 2003


Call: VO1MP
Category: SO/TS
Power: High Power
Band: A/B
Mode: SSB
Country: Canada

BAND QSO QSO PTS PTS/Q PXES


160 0 0 0.0 0
80 248 1399 5.6 160
40 124 634 5.1 31
20 1014 2720 2.7 335
15 351 762 2.2 170
10 20 43 2.2 6
---------------------------------

Totals 1757 5558 3.2 702 = 3,901,716


All reports sent were 59, unless otherwise noted.
Equipment Description:

FT 1000MP & ALPHA 78
CLASSIC 33 at 40 ft
Trap Dipole for 40/80 on Hilltop Tower.

Conditions not great especially on 15 --
10 was virtually non existent, obviously an indication
of things to come.
Trying to squeeze in and CQ on forty meters with a dipole is
seemingly an exercise in futility !
My delta loops used to do fairly well on that band, I guess they
need to go back up again . Large beams don't stay
up here on my hill top location so a yagi is out hi!
Am puzzled how I can work more DX stns and Europeans on
80 than on 40 especially when using the trapped end of the antenna. ?

With the preponderance of heavily ( over) processed audio
on the low bands and band width at a premium, especially on 40,
the audio issue during contests,is becoming increasingly a problem.

Hopefully the proposed 40 Meter band expansion
will quickly eventuate and help ease/eliminate ? this trouble.

Conditions seemed to improve considerably on Sunday afternoon
otherwise I might have quit and watched TV hi!

Back to antenna work when weather breaks and hope to get
some monobanders back up again.

73 C'Y'all Next one GLWCDR
Gus VO1MP
 
PX5E(PP5JR)   SOSB15 HP   12,764,8632003-03-31 17:15:40
NICE CONTEST, FIRST TIME WITH PX5 CALL, FOR ME SOUNDS BETTER THAN ZX5,
SECOUND DAY POOR CONDITIONS,
THANK YOU TO ALL
PP5JR/PX5E
 
AI9U(K9JS)   SO(A)AB HP   686,7842003-03-31 17:44:50
Third time operating this test this year though my Q total is 22% lower, my
score is down 45% from last year, (after a 20% drop from 2001, this is not
improvement!?!) at least this year I have a valid excuse (back surgery 45 days
ago still prevents me from sitting long periods of time) also I sure miss 10M.


Started as Low Power Tribander/Wire catagory looking to repeat last years 1st
place in 9th district, (have only tried contesting seriously since 2000 SS,
thanks to K9PG!) after Friday's dismal score decided to turn on the amp on
Saturday, (silly to have an Alpha 89 available and not use it right?) and after
numerous distractions Sunday I telneted into a cluster for the last couple hours
looking for familiar calls and/or mults I wanted to work.

Personally I am sick of hearing stations asking to be spotted,(that is a
violation of the rules, no?) waiting a milisecond to start a CQ after a cursory
QRL?, (if at all!), and just generally crappy overdriven audio, (does the OO
program still exist?). Makes me a little embarrassed to call myself a contester
at times

Still a lot of fun, and I'll be back for more I am sure.
 
ZP4ØZ(@ZP5AZL)   M/S HP   5,907,2862003-03-31 18:46:32
Thanks to my friend Jorge (CX6VM) who come from Uruguay to play with me this
weekend, and Anibal ZP5VAY, who give us a nice help operating most of the nigth
time.

Conditions the first day was very very poor, never a decent run, again with
problem with my 15 meter beam.

Second day conditions improve and get some nice runs..many of the stations give
to us very low reports like 59 /30 59/12..seem like was not to much activity..

I put for this contest two new beams..the 6 el for 10 work awesome!! great, but
the 4 el of 20 sem like is not with good altitude and dont work as we
espected.

Thanks my friend Luis ZP5WBM who did the week before all the antenas work!!

Seem like the sun spot decrease is getting up..we will miss the nice high bands
runs...

Thanks to all the friends to come to our cq call.

73 de Tom
ZP5AZL //ZP6Y // ZP40Z



BAND QSO QSO PTS PTS/Q PREFIXES


160 0 0 0.0 0
80 0 0 0.0 0
40 13 46 3.5 5
20 824 2380 2.9 304
15 678 1922 2.8 265
10 885 2505 2.8 288
--------------------------------------

Totals 2400 6853 2.9 862 = 5,907,286




Continent Statistics
ZP40Z CQ WORLD WIDE PREFIX CONTEST Single Operator 30 Mar 2003
2359z

160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL percent

SSB
North America SSB 0 0 5 342 360 307 1014 41.4
South America SSB 0 0 8 47 57 78 190 7.8
Europe SSB 0 0 0 242 184 396 822 33.6
Asia SSB 0 0 0 184 80 90 354 14.5
Africa SSB 0 0 0 16 5 30 51 2.1
Oceania SSB 0 0 0 7 5 2 14 0.6
 
UA9AM   SO(A)AB HP   7,819,8382003-03-31 19:54:07
Poor conditions on NA, so not a much prefixes from there.
 
WAØMHJ   SO(TS)AB HP   469,9002003-03-31 19:58:53
Brutal, and it's only going to get worse!!
 
WA7LT   SOAB HP   2,030,0682003-03-31 19:59:59
Not only were conditions bad (especially on the low bands), but the local (5
mi.) 50 Kw broadcast station had a problem and was really splattering with
"birdies" on all bands! It made conditions seem much worse.
 
NJ7I   SO(A)SB10 HP   625,8202003-03-31 20:03:24
Having a 2 X 1 is more fun than a 1 X 3
 
WB6BWZ   SOAB QRP   107,1152003-03-31 20:06:33
<http://home.woh.rr.com/wpx/WPXRules2003.pdf>


My first CQWW-WPX-SSB: WAC, 35 unique DXCC (including KH6 & KL)

Best DX: ZL6QH, 10M, 8180 mi (1636 mi/watt)
JH4UYB, 15M, 7115 mi (1423 mi/watt)

Only 5-bander: K0DU

Heard very, very few European stns. Worked only four between 1824z-1909z,
30-Mar-2003:

15M: Italy (IR4T), Germany (DF9ZP & DL5RMH), Hungary (HG6N)


Yaesu FT-817 QRP xcvr, 5 watts into a 5-MHz OCF 28-ga insulated wire stealth
antenna up 40 feet in trees next to I-75 in downtown Atlanta industrial area.
SGC SG-237 autotuner. Heil Proset Plus! Manual logging with WriteLog 10.40J, no
CAT interface.

--Matt, WB6BWZ
 
OM6RM   SO(TS)AB LP   769,5882003-03-31 21:13:26
TCVR: IC-706Mkii
PWR: 100W
ANT: W3DZZ
 
N6HC   SO(TS)AB LP   69,0302003-03-31 21:16:23
"Hurricane" force winds (60mph+) in Orange county CA kept my tower down and N6HC
off the air on Friday & Saturday. Calmer wx condx on Sunday and I entered the
fray for a few hours of fun. Limited my activity to 10 & 15 meters and low
power. I hope the weather cooperates for the CW-WPX.
73 Arnie
 
OK2CLW   SO(R)AB LP   481,1842003-03-31 21:41:44
FT-840, 100W, 3.el.3band YAGI and FD-4
 
AE9B   M/M HP   6,054,4502003-03-31 22:37:06
KCDXC CLUB EVENT.
Second time we operated this contest from here.
Participation, propagation and activity all seemed down.
I guess exiting the peak offers some doom and gloom but we increased our low
band totals on 40,80 and 160M but the numbers on the high bands were not there,
nor the DX. Thanks to all those who had to work to make these Q's happen.
Congrats to all who participated and learned from this event.

Tom
AE9B
 
KI5DR(@K5NA)   M/2 HP   9,796,4752003-03-31 22:45:10
It all started with an idea - do a Multi-Multi from South Texas. No band-change
rules, just pure, un-interrupted operating fun!

Plan B - do a Multi-Two category operation with three stations and just have fun
doing it.

For this, we had some great operators from South Texas -
Phil, NA4M
Marty, W5MF
Richard, K5NA
Susan, K5DU
Ken, WM5R
Scott, KI5DR (Just little ol' me)

Richard and Susan once again made their station and their home open to us
visitors, many thanks!

Of course, I had to do something silly - I arrived at Richard's Friday afternoon
after a marathon trip to Philadelphia to fix a piece of Cisco software, and had
only slept 4 hours since Wednesday morning.

Conditions were marginal for much of the weekend. At times, it seemed like
flares had soaked up all of the signals, and it would become quiet from the
bottom to the top of the band. Minutes later, it would return. Band noise was
OK on the lower bands, and beverages helped on 40 and 80. For reasons unknown
(See the Sleep-Deprived Dementia above) we never made any contacts on 160m, even
though Richard has an incredible 160m setup. Maybe next year.

After a wonderful warm-up meal, we hit the bands running. Our first 5 hours
were 273 / 250 / 188 / 185 / 109 respectively. Our last 5 hours were 79 / 110 /
102 / 103 / 141. We concentrated on running more on the current band and less
on making the band changes to work mults this weekend, but figured the mults
would come easily during the weekend.

The station consisted of two Yaesu FT-1000 MkV's for everything except 20m,
where we employed the old standby, rock solid Icom 765. The Yaesu's were
matched to a pair of AL-1500s, and the IC-765 had a perfectly performing Henry
2K classic.

Antennas were
10m 5el Cushcraft @110'
15m (4)5el Cushcraft monobanders topping out at 185'
20m 5el Cushcraft @195'
40m (3) 2el Cushcraft topping out at 190'
80m Pair of ON4UN phased wire verticals, sloper, dipole.
160m (unused) full-sized 1/4 wave vertical, elevated radials.
Misc - Cushcraft X9 tribander @80' shared between 10m and 20m

The 15m stack worked perfectly, and was once again the money-band. 20m was
quirky - I caught a 45-minute opening to EU while trying to work a South America
station right after 0600z Sunday morning, including some long-path contacts to
VK/ZL pointing NE. Woohoo!

Overall we had a great time. Susan seems to have developed a following.
Several times while on 10m Sunday stations chimed in "Put Susan back on! Put
Susan back on!"

Thanks for all the great contacts, and looking forward to next year!

73,
Scott - KI5DR

5117 / 9113 / 1075 = 9,796,475

NA - 3660 (71.5%)
AS - 444 ( 8.7%)
EU - 524 (10.2%)
SA - 272 ( 5.3%)
OC - 152 ( 3.0%)
AF - 62 ( 1.2%)
 
WD5K   SO(TS)AB LP   1,949,7282003-03-31 23:20:50
FT1000mp 100w
TH7DX @ 50'
40m Dipole
80m Inv V
 
ES5TV   SOSB80 HP   899,2562003-03-31 23:49:46
It was fun although aurora was superheavy again:) Almost no US answered to CQ
and could only pick up the big guns. Half of them did not answer although I
heard them 59:( KW and 4Square was not enough:)

Heard absolutely no JAs, only YB0A from Oceania.

Many stations don't have the courtesy to ask if frequency is in use before
starting CQ. They just land on your frequency and start calling when you are
trying to copy a weak PY answering you. It happened countless times. Quite
dissapointing indeed.

73
tonno
es5tv

160 80 40 20 15 10 30 17 12 ALL
--- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ---
USA calls = 0 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
VE calls = 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
N.A. calls = 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
S.A. calls = 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Euro calls = 0 825 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 825
Afrc calls = 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
Asia calls = 0 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49
JA calls = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ocen calls = 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
 
DAØED(DL4YAO)   SO(TS)AB HP   75,0752003-04-01 00:00:03
TS870, K2, 8877, Fritzel multiband vertical.

Condx mixed.. worked some nice DX on 40m (HC8, ZL2, PY0 etc.)
but almost no USA on 15m and on 20m.. also not many JA's.
Only NA-West heard (not worked) was NK7U and a weak VA7..
Sometimes it was even difficult to get the attention of
the PY's...

High point: QSOs with SU9, ST0, 5U7 and others.

73,
Chris DL4YAO
 
NH7S(K9NW)   SOSB15 HP   7,614,0962003-04-01 00:15:30
Ended up 30K short of Oceania 15M record. FB condx to JA and W/VE (as one might
expect from the Pacific) but almost no EU openings.

Thanks to KH7R for providing the chair, KH6ND for setting things up, NH7S for
use of the call, and KH7U and K9QQ for logistical support.

Thanks for the QSOs!!


73, Mike K9NW
 
S59W   SOSB15 LP   1,523,6762003-04-01 01:27:15
I came on WRTC 2000 (DL1IAO - DL2MEH) location with strong cold and some
temperature. Without DVK my contest acctivity could be finished before Saturday
evening, hi. Special thank's go to my brother who solve all critical mechanical
solutions at my new 15m Yagi's. Ted/S51TA and Marco/S57MW deserve beer/pizza at
least by helping at both antenna lift. See you in CW part.
 
OK1DSZ   SOSB20 HP   851,3262003-04-01 03:05:31
Stolen elements of 40m 4SQ forced us to cancel OL5T M/2 operation. Some members
of the team did semiserious so/sb efforts. 20m was not in good shape this time.
I was listening to several stations not so far south from us working east coast
Ws in a row without hearing anything here. Family commitments forced me to close
sunday afternoon when band was wide open. Anyway I had a lot of fun. Tnx to all
for QSO.

rig TS570+AL800H, 4 el quad @18m
 
LY5W(LY1DR)   SO(TS)AB HP   1,622,2922003-04-01 04:25:08
What a boring weekend! Poorest propagation in my all time contesting (26 years
in HAM Radio). Every USA/JA QSO was like discovery!
 
4N1K(YU1WS)   SOSB15 HP   1,686,4982003-04-01 04:56:31
RIG:ICOM IC751
QRO:Colins 1 Kw
ANT:5 El beam 10m boom
QTH:Zlatibor 1040 m/asl

73`s Dugi,YU1WS
 
K5TWJ(@W5KFT)   SO(R)AB HP   1,333,7282003-04-01 04:58:32
I outscored my score from last year by 3x. A Big key this year was knowing how
to call CQ. Another thing that helped was the propagation to South America. I
started the contest late. Next year, I will plan to start on time and take
longer breaks.
 
OM7M   M/S HP   9,529,5482003-04-01 05:16:45
Great fun despite poor condx on 10m. Lost abt 2 hours by fixing the rotator on
our 15m ant system on saturday morning.
Thanks everybody for calling us and see you all in CQ WPX CW.

Some observations from OM5RW:
We have used separate serial numbers for each band, so we did not need to skip
when new mult went into the log. It was very funny listening to the other
stations always entering M/S category to skip some numbers when they were
working mults on the other band. But one of these familiar calls was skipping
numbers right till the end of the contest. When I was on S&P mode for new mults
on sunday I took a closer look to this entrant. When continuosly checking their
running station freq I was able to find the other station on the same band using
the same call sign making contacts!!! I think this is a violation of the
rules-two signals on the same band at the same time. Is this what satisfies you?
Well this is my msg to you then:
Hey Guys you are no.1 in Southern area just off our country border!
 
OD5/OK1MU   SO(A)AB HP   9,951,3602003-04-01 05:31:43
Worst CONDX to USA after 4 last years from Lebanon - only 105 QSO on ALL bands
(last year abt 600..)! JA standart, abt 330 QSO. Fine numbers QSO in DL - 510
QSO,OK-293,UA-393 and I-234.

Mr. Murphy again sleep on my shack - 2 best morning hours not QRV, becasue some
hoooot job in my QRL office, also BIG problems whit TVI on my 15m monobander
(some local gentlemans realy not happy, hi), DX cluster working only 3,5 hours,
because some BIG local problem whit phone lines,etc., SRI...

Never the less this contest weakend is fine - many good friends on the air,
nice EU opening on 10m on sunday and also 6 news band points.

This SSB WPX is SURE my last from OD - realy many thanks for ALL QSOs and spots.
If stille need my QSL, send ALL via my mngr OK1TN (OK DX Foundation).

73 de Pavel


wwww.qsl.net/ok1mu
 
M2Z(M5RIC)   SOSB15 LP   52,6322003-04-01 05:35:17
15M sounded pretty good during the week when I was putting the station together
but it was the worst I've heard it for a while during the contest. Slow start on
Saturday with little JA activity with mainly Russians on the band. Going through
to the afternoon it never seemed to pick up and it was the same people on the
band most of the time. Biggest shock was there was no NA, the only signal I
could hear was KG6DX but no others at all. Not many of the other stations were
working them so it wasn't just me, looks like we were all in the same boat.

Some great signals from the Far east, 9M2TO had to be the loudest followed by
9V1YC. Good opening to Africa too and nice to hear so many people active at one
time.

Sunday seemed a little better with some EU signals that I hadn't heard the day
before but still not many that I could hear. It seemed Russians were the main
chunk of contacts looking at the log. Again no opening to NA in the afternoon
but still plenty of YB's on the band. Worked a few more from Africa when at
about 19:00 I could hear PY's and LU's coming through finally. After a few
minutes I had them in the log along with P40 and FM. Couldn't break the pileup
of 9G5MD, 9S1X, YE1D and XX9TRR, maybe next time.

Selection of contacts(some called me :-)

ST0RY, 5U7JB, 5H9IR, ZS0M, CQ9K, SU9NC, 3V8BB, 9V1YV, TO3M, 9M2TO & A61AJ.

Equipment -

Rig - TS-570DG
Power - 100W
Antenna - TH-3 @ 45ft
Software - Writelog 10.40J

I have put some audio recordings on my website of the QSO's, will be uploading
more as I edit them. http://www.qsl.net/m5ric/recorded_files.htm Also a bit of a
writeup and some pictures are at http://www.qsl.net/m5ric/cq_wpx_ssb_2003.htm

73

Richard, M5RIC / M2Z
 
9A5E   SOSB20 HP   4,214,3702003-04-01 06:18:22
Few things suprised me .
Bad condition to NA (708 qso's) .
Excellent to OC (64 qso's).

Lost three hours of work because of non existing propagation on the end
of contest.

73
Robert

p.s. worked with two of three WRTC hosts . s52zw, oh2bnx and missed k6gt
 
KC8VC   SOSB40 HP   177,7042003-04-01 07:28:58
I was the first to use our new club call in a contest. This was my first WPX
contest in 44 years of contesting and it was a great way to end the season.
 
PY7ZY   SO(TS)AB HP   5,064,8612003-04-01 08:27:05
Poor propagation. I worked only 1 QSO in 80 mts under 30DBs QRM.
In 40, only 3 stations worked, with QRM around 20 DBs.
In the others bands, worked only 4 japaneses and not heard VL, ZL or others
pacific areas.
I'm sure that in CW will be better!!!

CU in May!!!

73

PY7ZY - Ciro
 
NN5P(W5PR)   SOSB10 HP   1,552,9022003-04-01 10:19:50
Conditions were stinko compared to last year. At least I managed to eek out 9
European contacts. Conditions to JA picked up for the last couple of hours.
Statistics below:

Continent Statistics
NN5P CQ WORLD WIDE PREFIX CONTEST Single Operator 30 Mar 2003 2359z

160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL percent

North America SSB 0 0 0 0 0 1249 1249 72.8
South America SSB 0 0 0 0 0 180 180 10.5
Europe SSB 0 0 0 0 0 9 9 0.5
Asia SSB 0 0 0 0 0 127 127 7.4
Africa SSB 0 0 0 0 0 34 34 2.0
Oceania SSB 0 0 0 0 0 117 117 6.8

QSO Counts By Band-Country

NN5P CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST Single Operator 30 Mar 2003 2359z

PRFX 160 80 40 20 15 10


3B8 1

3D2 1

5B 1

5H 1

5U 1

8P 1

9G 1

9Q 2

9Y 1

A3 1

C5 1

CE 11

CE9 1

CM 1

CP 2

CT3 1

CX 7

D4 2

DL 1

DU 4

EA 1

EA9 1

FG 2

FK 1

FM 2

FO 3

FY 1

H4 1

HA 1

HC 1

HC8 1

HI 2

HK 4

HP 1

HR 2

IT9 1

J3 1

J5 1

JA 125

K 1069

KH2 1

KH6 12

KL 8

KP2 3

KP4 6

LU 58

OM 1

P2 1

P4 4

PJ2 1

PY 73

S5 1

S9 1

SP 2

SV 1

T30 1

TI 3

TI9 1

UA9 1

V4 1

V5 3

VE 136

VK 56

VP2V 1

VP5 4

XE 3

XT 1

YB 5

YJ 1

YS 1

YV 13

ZF 1

ZK1/s 1

ZL 28

ZP 2

ZS 17


BREAKDOWN QSO/mults NN5P CQ WORLD WIDE PREFIX CONTEST Single Operator

HOUR 160 80 40 20 15 10 HR TOT CUM TOT

0 ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... 153/90 153/90 153/90
1 . . . . . 71/33 71/33 224/123
2 . . . . . 27/10 27/10 251/133
3 . . . . . 8/4 8/4 259/137
4 . . . . . 3/1 3/1 262/138
5 . . . . . . . 262/138
6 . . . . . . . 262/138
7 . . . . . . . 262/138
8 ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... 262/138
9 . . . . . . . 262/138
10 . . . . . . . 262/138
11 . . . . . . . 262/138
12 . . . . . 37/29 37/29 299/167
13 . . . . . 67/39 67/39 366/206
14 . . . . . 93/37 93/37 459/243
15 . . . . . 112/32 112/32 571/275
16 ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... 75/25 75/25 646/300
17 . . . . . 69/14 69/14 715/314
18 . . . . . 61/19 61/19 776/333
19 . . . . . 67/17 67/17 843/350
20 . . . . . 65/14 65/14 908/364
21 . . . . . 55/18 55/18 963/382
22 . . . . . 50/19 50/19 1013/401
23 . . . . . 70/15 70/15 1083/416
0 ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... 24/5 24/5 1107/421
1 . . . . . 36/8 36/8 1143/429
2 . . . . . 14/5 14/5 1157/434
3 . . . . . . . 1157/434
4 . . . . . . . 1157/434
5 . . . . . . . 1157/434
6 . . . . . . . 1157/434
7 . . . . . . . 1157/434
8 ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... 1157/434
9 . . . . . . . 1157/434
10 . . . . . . . 1157/434
11 . . . . . . . 1157/434
12 . . . . . 6/5 6/5 1163/439
13 . . . . . 20/5 20/5 1183/444
14 . . . . . 53/20 53/20 1236/464
15 . . . . . 38/16 38/16 1274/480
16 ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... 37/11 37/11 1311/491
17 . . . . . 45/8 45/8 1356/499
18 . . . . . 62/12 62/12 1418/511
19 . . . . . 55/13 55/13 1473/524
20 . . . . . 45/7 45/7 1518/531
21 . . . . . 38/5 38/5 1556/536
22 . . . . . 43/9 43/9 1599/545
23 . . . . . 98/14 98/14 1697/559
DAY1 ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... 1083/416 ..... 1083/416
DAY2 . . . . . 614/143 . 614/143
TOT . . . . . 1697/559 . 1697/559

Chuck, W5PR
 
OE2S(OE2VEL)   SOAB HP   4,273,8392003-04-01 10:52:05
Bad experience to hear OE8SKQ running US on 15m sunday afternoon without hering
any station.
 
GW4BLE   SOAB HP   449,8142003-04-01 11:13:27
We had planned a "Contest Academy" quasi-multi single from here, signing GW7X,
but due to other commitments by the ops it ended up with me running just a few
100 Qs under my own call. Fortunate that we weren't too serious, as my
old-fathful 30 year old SB220 popped a tube after the first hour!

SO2R too - hey, a big shot with TS-440S and ground-mount 12AVQ for the second
station ;-)

Steve
GW4BLE
 
KTØR   SOAB HP   770,4002003-04-01 11:49:20
Always enjoy this contest, fun handing out the KT0 mult. Conditions were poor,
but I guess that is the sunspot cycle for awhile now. Only operated a few hours
on Saturday afternoon and late Sat night and Sunday morning. Worked mostly USA.
Best hour was 141 q's. Lack of DX really hurt the score. Still fun running.
Thanks for all the Q's.

See you all in CW.

Vry 73 Dave KT0R
 
LU1NDC   M/S HP   8,440,5242003-04-01 13:13:04
QSL via EA7FTR

Website www.qsl.net/lu1ndc
 
PY3MHZ   M/S HP   2,211,3812003-04-01 13:22:21
Great test with great friends!
Rig
TS950SD
Amp
FL2100z
Ant
10 5el yagi homebrew
15 3el tribander 3dx3
20 3el tribander 3dx3 + delta loop
40 quad

vy 73,
Miguel
PY3MM
Member of PY3MHZ crew
 
OK1RI   SOAB HP   8,430,3002003-04-01 13:29:53
Poor propagation - but it is nothing new.
A lot of competition in SO/HP in Eu this year, wonder what SO2R, YT6A, RK4FF
etc... done.
I had a feeling that the broadcasters on 40m were the worst I remember. Was it
due to propagation or YI ?
Openings to NA were very short, on 15m in Sunday only about 50 minutes, saturday
was better almost 2 hours ! Propagation to JA on 15 was decent, more than 5
hours with reasonable signals, but there is not enough of stations, so the runs
were slow !
On 10m I worked from USA only N4BP who was very surprised that such a station
as me made it.
Maybe I should have spent more time on 20m (as seen from 9A5E's posting), I
spent more time on 15, the rate was definitely smaller than on 20m but I belive
it produced more points. One has also to make the pauses sometimes and this year
the propagation was so strange I was unable to decide when so I have chosen
quite untraditional times, if it was good or bad decision....
Since I found I have no chance to make sufficient number of QSOs I was S+Ping a
lot to make at least some multipliers, if it worked out remains to be seen.

Thanks for contact ot everyone, sorry for those I could not hear.

Some statistics:
North America SSB 3 27 166 295 397 1 889 28.8
South America SSB 0 6 20 21 53 63 163 5.3
Europe SSB 110 258 207 432 251 42 1300 42.2
Asia SSB 0 12 46 126 398 16 598 19.4
Africa SSB 0 6 5 15 20 23 69 2.2
Oceania SSB 0 0 8 15 32 8 63 2.0

Best hour 171 ONLY on 15m to NA in saturday at 16Z.

73 !

Jiri
OK1RI
 
DL6FBL   SO(A)AB HP   5,359,8162003-04-01 13:51:25
Hi all,

most popular smalltalk subject during the contest were CONDX,
of course: "Propagation sucks" or "Conditions are a f*cking
piece of shit" were favored and often heard flowery phrases.

OK, I had not really believed, that big stateside pileups
would occur on 10 meters, but I also had not really believed,
that even 15 meters was almost unusable: Early Sunday
afternoon, normally a good time for nice runs on 15 meters,
I even took a break from 1327z thru 1509z... I was stuck at
1800 something QSOs and 800 prefixes at that time.

But between 1509z and 2250z (my personal end of the contest)
I could add another 642 QSOs to the log, having some nice
pileups on 40m (EU) and 15m (USA) with short-time rates of
200+. Too bad, that not the whole contest went like this...

Even the night before I was frustrated big time and took a
break from Sat 2317z thru Sun 0321z, normally a good time for
stateside runs on 40 meters. Oh, 40 meters. 40 meters sucked
big time. KQ2M is really right in his posting concerning his
personal ARRL SSB contest a few days ago. Even my fullsize
2-ele Quad @ 24m did not help. Too much chaos. The hottest
funny farm is a nice and calm place compared to the mayhem
on this band. I really hope that we will get 7100-7300 kHz
in Europe soon !!!!!!!!!! Then 40 SSB will be fun again.
At least I'm looking forward to 40 CW in two months...

Well, this time Germany was in the famous "Black Hole".
I guess, every 100 kilometers south or better south-east
were worth 250k points... Or did somebody do a test on that
new "E-Bomb" here in ole Europe ????????? ;-)

----------------------------------------------------------

Station 1: Yaesu FT-1000MP + Acom 2000A
Station 2: Yaesu FT-1000MP + Acom 2000A

182 second-radio QSOs, of which 61 were multipliers...
I only started this on Sunday morning. I really was not
in the mood before... :-(

160: Dipole @ 17m
80: Titanex Vertical on the aluminium rooftop
40: 2-ele Quad @ 24m
20: 3-ele Quad @ 24m + 3-ele Quad @ 18m
15: 3-ele Quad @ 24m + 3-ele Quad @ 18m
10: 3-ele Quad @ 24m

I hope it will be "alles gut" in the CW part...

73 Ben
DL6FBL
http://www.dl6fbl.de
 
LX7I(LX2AJ)   SOSB40 HP   3,310,5302003-04-01 14:26:13
The rotator broke just before the contest.The beverage for ASIA was missing and
thats why I missed some JA stations which were calling me.The propagation was
nice but not as good as in the ARRL phone contest
 
NB1B(@W1KM)   SOAB HP   4,556,2002003-04-01 14:57:53
Conditions were certainly lousy. Made 3 European QSOs on 10M- all long path. I
never heard a short path European this contest. Thanks to T99W, SO9W, and HA7UG
that somehow found me while I was running South America on 10M. JAs on 15M?
Never heard a one. Made a grand total of 11 JA QSOs (all on 20M), against over
300 last year.

You know conditions are weird when 15M opens to SP/UA at 1100Z with loud
signals, then another European isn't heard on 15M until after 1500Z. You know
conditions are weird when KL7RA is S9+20dB on 15M- at 7:30AM local time!

It took me a good part of the first day to figure out that this wasn't going to
be a DX WPX contest- it was going to be a Sweepstakes WPX! It was also nice to
see more low band activity than WPX usually provides.

See you all again next year!

Dennis NB1B
 
VE7SV   M/S HP   9,163,3952003-04-01 15:33:21
Conditions were poor, but we had a good time. As someone of us said,
guess we could have done better, but we're CW ops so what do we know???
The station played well, with the only technical difficulty being
the band decoder that did funny things when we transmitted on 10 meters.

Thanks for all the Q's. See you all in CW.
 
VC1R(K6IF)   SOAB HP   8,773,1282003-04-01 15:51:48
Well, I tried to follow Chad's instructions, I really did. Pointed the antennas
at Europe, called CQ, nothing happened :-) If you had told me before the
contest that I would have more EU contacts on 80 than on 15, I would have
laughed at you. Only 14 EU contacts on 10 and 15 combined! Turns out there is
a time to go to Nova Scotia, and there is a time to go to Aruba - and this
weekend was one to go to Aruba! The aurora may be pretty, but it plays havoc
with radio.

Band QSO's Points Mults Pts/QSO
160 23 79 6 3.4
80 213 870 53 4.1
40 564 2580 201 4.6
20 1745 4325 550 2.5
15 491 1025 88 2.1
10 235 494 38 2.1
---------------------------------------------
3271 9373 936 2.9 = 8,773,128 claimed

VC1R was (at VE1JF, tower about 200' from a 150' cliff)
C-51XRN @ 110'
C-31XR @ 75'
C-51XRN @ 45'
Sloper and vertical on 80 meters
2 x FT-1000MP + 2 x Alpha 87A
Writelog and the W5XD MK-1100 keyer for SO2R control

Thanks a million to all for the QSO's and kind words!

A huge thanks to Jim, VE1JF, for the use of his fine station. If you are
looking for a great place to operate a DX contest, drop Jim a note!

Lots more detail at http://www.k6if.com for those with interest.

***dan
 
VE1OP   SO(TS)SB20 HP   352,7792003-04-01 16:03:08
Purely a S&P (sit and play) effort...Wx was nice for a change so had the
motorbikes out and did other outdoor things for the first time since Fall,
including pulling down the dipoles for the annual Spring checkover...Managed a
few hours operating here and there...

Planning a full time effort for WPX CW, one of my favourites...

73, Scott VE1OP
 
PX2W(PY2YU)   SOSB10 HP   7,057,9682003-04-01 16:50:40
Station Description: IC-706MKII, with original hand mic. (no voice keyer),
TMC amplifier (vy old amp.) running 350 watts.

Antenna: 5 el. monoband home project/made with 6.7 meters boom (short) at 13
meters high.

Operators: PY2YU - Ton

Remarks (Biggest thrill in contest, funniest story, comments, etc.): Hi gyus,
thanks all who calling me during
WPX SSB contest. Most of few station from Europa was with no signal, only the
voice, my S-meter was in zero hi...hi!

Where was the DL, G, GW, GM, GI, GD, EI, LA, OH, SM, PA, ON, LX, OK, LY, YL, EU,
ES, HL and many others countries? I
cant work more mults because there was no EU! Most part of my QSOs were made
with USA/VE stations.

Lots of brazilian activity, was great to be answered by brazilian stations, many
multipliers also.

I had a good "fight" with "big guns" like ZX2B, CX5BW, LU1HF and others, now
Ill wait their scores.

See you all in WPX CW!

73/DX

PY2YU - Ton
PX2W in contest (since 2000)
py2yu@terra.com.br
ICQ: 94816835
Sorocaba, SP
Brazil

Callsign: PX2W
Category: SINGLE-OP 10M HIGH SSB
Contest: CQ-WPX-SSB
Operators: PY2YU

-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y --------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------
0000 0 0 0 0 0 209 209 7.8
0100 0 0 0 0 0 111 111 4.1
0200 0 0 0 0 0 88 88 3.3
0300 0 0 0 0 0 20 20 0.7
0400 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0.2
0500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
1000 0 0 0 0 0 28 28 1.0
1100 0 0 0 0 0 66 66 2.5
1200 0 0 0 0 0 68 68 2.5
1300 0 0 0 0 0 94 94 3.5
1400 0 0 0 0 0 111 111 4.1
1500 0 0 0 0 0 100 100 3.7
1600 0 0 0 0 0 96 96 3.6
1700 0 0 0 0 0 34 34 1.3
1800 0 0 0 0 0 73 73 2.7
1900 0 0 0 0 0 68 68 2.5
2000 0 0 0 0 0 105 105 3.9
2100 0 0 0 0 0 83 83 3.1
2200 0 0 0 0 0 132 132 4.9
2300 0 0 0 0 0 84 84 3.1
0000 0 0 0 0 0 52 52 1.9
0100 0 0 0 0 0 37 37 1.4
0200 0 0 0 0 0 18 18 0.7
0300 0 0 0 0 0 16 16 0.6
0400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
1000 0 0 0 0 0 38 38 1.4
1100 0 0 0 0 0 77 77 2.9
1200 0 0 0 0 0 44 44 1.6
1300 0 0 0 0 0 66 66 2.5
1400 0 0 0 0 0 64 64 2.4
1500 0 0 0 0 0 34 34 1.3
1600 0 0 0 0 0 77 77 2.9
1700 0 0 0 0 0 75 75 2.8
1800 0 0 0 0 0 62 62 2.3
1900 0 0 0 0 0 48 48 1.8
2000 0 0 0 0 0 75 75 2.8
2100 0 0 0 0 0 99 99 3.7
2200 0 0 0 0 0 98 98 3.7
2300 0 0 0 0 0 119 119 4.4
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 0 0 0 0 2675 2675

Gross QSO's=2677 Dupes=2 Net QSO's=2675

Unique callsigns worked = 2675

The best 60 minute rate was 211/hour from 0002 to 0101
The best 30 minute rate was 236/hour from 0002 to 0031
The best 10 minute rate was 252/hour from 0019 to 0028

The best 1 minute rates were:
6 QSO's/minute 2 times.
5 QSO's/minute 15 times.
4 QSO's/minute 66 times.
3 QSO's/minute 211 times.
2 QSO's/minute 497 times.
1 QSO's/minute 697 times.

There were 0 bandchanges and 0 probable 2nd radio QSO's.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 6
4 632
5 1115
6 856
7 19
8 24
9 17
10 6

Multi-band QSO's
----------------
1 bands 2675
2 bands 0
3 bands 0
4 bands 0
5 bands 0
6 bands 0

----- S i n g l e B a n d Q S O ' s -----
Band 160 80 40 20 15 10
----------------------------------------------
QSOs 0 0 0 0 0 2675
 
KY5R   SOSB15 HP   2,328,2432003-04-01 17:36:55
Strange weekend. Had propagation all over the world except fer the UK. Wrkd G6PZ
fer only UK prefix. Had a great time fer the time I had to spend.
 
N3UM   SO(TS)AB HP   1,170,7502003-04-01 17:52:24
Prefer CW; only my second SSB WPX, this time with amp, beam, and
tower: definitely more fun than barefoot with wire in the trees,
as in '00, and > triple the score. Propagation fair at best, poor
on 15 Sun. to EU; 20 to EU much better Sun. 40 SSB painful as
always, but a few good mults and 6-pointers. 80 much less painful,
also productive. Spent very little time on 10, mostly PY and LU.
Lost an hour to t-storm Sat.; SNOW on Sun., S-3 P-static drowned
out the weaker stations. Fun to have VK, ZL, and A6 answer CQs.
 
XE2AUB   SOAB LP   1,591,1642003-04-01 18:24:52
Conditions not good but many stations with nice operators, I had a great time
 
K6III   M/S HP   303,5522003-04-01 18:33:32
Casual operating. Lots of breaks. Best DX = A61.
 
VE6SV   M/S HP   4,996,4612003-04-01 19:10:52
What can I say! But, again Mother Nature provided distrubed conditions for us at
53 deg. north latitude. With a K index of over 5 for 18 plus hours makes the
Sierra Victor Team a very grumpy group.

We could not establish a run hold into Europe or Japan on any band! All paths to
these locations were extremely skewed. Saturday night's Aurora display was seen
south of us in brillant colors of green and red.

Here's our QSO breakdown:

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

NA 14 183 415 55 659 470 1796 72.3
SA 1 5 17 18 38 27 106 4.3
EU 1 0 54 72 41 5 173 7.0
AS 0 0 39 56 193 49 337 13.6
OC 0 1 11 3 16 10 41 1.6
AF 0 0 8 10 9 5 32 1.3

Anyways enough crying, on behalf of the Sierra Victor Team we thank all stations
who worked us over the weekend. It was time well spend on fine tuning
contest operating skills for the future. In closing the team approves the new
M/S rules for 2003, it was more fun.

73, Sierra Victor Team
 
P4ØY(AE6Y)   SOAB HP   15,458,0702003-04-01 20:37:36
Whew! This was a tough contest. High power line noise and poor conditions to
EU made this a frustrating effort. Apologies to those (particularly the JAs on
15 and EUs on 40) that I just couldn't copy through the noise.
In contrast to last year at ZF2AF, where 36% of my QSOs were with EU, only 16%
were EU this time. This led to a lower multiplier total and also probably a
lower contact total, as I had to try to mold my operating strategy around the
search for European openings.
There was quite a shootout on Aruba this year, with Jackie (P43P) as P41P,
John (KK9A) as P40A, and myself (AE6Y) as P40Y. Jackie operated from his own
fine station on the north shore of the island, John from his villa at the
norhwest tip, and I from the ex-P40V QTH now owned by myself and W6LD. However
the great Aruba shootout turns out, I think John wins a moral victory for doing
it low power!
Here are my QSO stats:

QSOs 10 15 20 40 80 160 Total
US 1239 812 1105 314 13 0 3483 (71.90%)
VE 68 73 73 21 2 0 237 (4.89%)
NA 14 17 30 11 1 0 73 (1.51%)
AF 4 4 13 0 0 0 21 (0.43%)
JA 0 27 40 0 0 0 67 (1.38%)
AS 1 7 29 6 0 0 43 (0.89%)
EU 1 282 406 68 0 0 757 (15.63%)
OC 11 10 38 1 0 0 60 (1.24%)
SA 23 31 30 15 2 0 101 (2.09%)

Equipment: One radio -- FT1000D, Alpha 87A
4 el 10/15 at 50 feet
4 el 20 and 2 el 40 at 60 feet
C31 at 50 feet
80m dipole
Software: CQPWIN ver. 9.30

73 and thanks for the Qs,
Andy, AE6Y, P40Y
 
ES5RY(@ES5Q)   SOSB15 HP   1,300,0002003-04-01 22:21:13
Terrible....rrrr condx.
Working only 70 americans(mostly central,Florida and west coast)!!!
Western Europe absolutly missed:
DL-6,F-4,G-4,PA-1,ON-2.... ohh,(mults missed 100)
Summary:
QSOs by continent: 480-AS,41-OC,32-AF,55-SA,88-NA and 294-EU.
Rig:ICOM 775DSP + GU43
Ant:2x6el OWAs 30m and 23m.
73!
Tom ES5RY
es5ry@erau.ee
 
4L6AM(@4L8A)   SO(R)SB20 HP   4,530,0482003-04-01 22:56:59
Only first day use high power second day I using only FT100OMP because
electricity problem
 
LZ9W   M/M HP   14,820,0002003-04-02 00:49:51
First time ever a M/M operation from LZ9W. Contest team started two years ago
with single radio and one TL922.Thanks mainly to great efforts of Krassy LZ1ZD
plus these of other team members after two years we ended with decent multi
multi set up. Through this period LZ1ZD and Alex LZ4AX ( now operating from K3CR
) have built WA3FET 6L yagies for 20,15 and 7L for10m plus HB9CV for 40m. Before
last year CQWW we built 2 phased Inv.Vees for 80m plus an Inv.Vee for 160m. We
were not able to build on time TX-RX BPFs so we have chosen to use 3 IC 735 with
RX BPF filters ( THANKS to Andy LZ2HM for a hard work to build them on time
despite his other commitments at work). There was no time to build even RX
filters for 160m and 20m so we went without such filters on these bands.
Fortunately IC 735 on 160m and mine IC746 on 20m survived without any damages.
We had no voice keys at 3 places and only one at 20m operating place, so CQ
noise in a single room (24 sq m) was quite high and we eventually lost another
300 or so QSOs because of the "CQ" QRM caused by operators themselves :-)))).
For next contest we will fix this - this time there was no time and funds for
this. So equipment set up was :
IC 735 + TL 922 - 160m / 10m (tnx LZ2UU and LZ1ZD)
IC 735 + Alpha 91b - 80m / 15m (tnx LZ2HM and LZ1HD)
IC735 + Alpha 91b - 40m (tnx LZ2PO and LZ1JK)
IC746 + ACOM 2000A - 20m (tnx LZ2CJ)
From all 4 radios only IC746 has SSB filters. All IC735 have no additional SSB
filters installed. This has made operation especially on 40m a torture which I
and Danny LZ2UU (LZ0A) have successfuly passed through :-(((.
However Murphy was there and conditions in this WPX were awfull, but we still
had fun. Until first sunrise we had abt 37 QSO on 20m and only abt 200 on 40m.
Calling on 160m with TL922 and Inv.Vee was not so big experience but we kept
going and finally taking upon consideration poor condx we would say we did
well.
Special THANKS to technical support guys - Vesko LZ1HD,Vesko LZ5VK and ANDY
LZ2HM for keeping things running without big problems. K1EA CT have caused some
problems with numbering and Andy LZ2HM has had some difficult periods, but
solved the problems fast and efficiently.

So, THANKS everyone for calling us and look for LZ9W in WPX CW in May on all 6
bands again.
Soon the web site will be placed on qsl.net with lot of photoes and an article
about this operation will appear in NCJ until the end of 2003.

73's de Wally LZ2CJ ( LZ8T) one of LZ9W contest team
 
LZ2BE   SO(TS)AB LP   524,0972003-04-02 01:39:55
A perfect contest as usual. Unfortunately I was busy with my work and I had
possibility to operate only morning and evening time (14h total).
73 de Bob
 
G6UW(5B4AFM/MØBBB)   SOSB15 HP   257,4042003-04-02 04:15:40
Many thanks to Martin, G3ZAY, for letting me use his radio and amplifier over
the weekend. This was mostly a S&P effort. Hopefully conditions will be better
in the CW leg.
 
OH2U(OH6EI)   SOAB HP   4,751,6592003-04-02 06:26:45
Comments on propagation have been very clear so far. What more can I say? Well:
linear's blower blows, while contest sucks!

Thanks for hospitality to station host Pekka OH2HE and of course everyone for
QSOs
 
W6TK   SO(TS)AB HP   2,566,8102003-04-02 06:31:44
Great time...but limited. Bands were kind of puny but lot of big scores...lots
of fun as always. Great to see hear lot of stateside activity and prefixes.
Can't believe worked more Eu than JA's...thanks to all.
73's
 
K8IA   SO(TS)SB15 LP   744,8002003-04-02 06:36:14
IC-765 to 3 el SteppIR at 24m
 
A45WD(YO9HP)   SOAB LP   8,293,3802003-04-02 07:09:07
Great contest from my point of view. I would say I had poor propagation with USA
(excepting 21 MHz) and Japan (excepting 1 hour good opening on 28 MHz), but the
balance was the excellent conditions with Europe.
I ran about 50 watts during daytime hours due to some inteference with local
devices and 100 watts during night time. Very hard to struggle with "big guns"
on 3.5 and 7 MHz, even when using a "new multiplier" callsign.
Thank you for calling me and see you in WPX-CW !
73!
Alex, A45WD - YO9HP
 
KS9K(N4TZ)   SO(A)AB HP   2,595,4502003-04-02 07:16:45
With the decline in solar activity this year, I decided
to use this contest weekend as an opportunity to check
out how things work with high power. But, since I still
don't have 240 volts in the ham shack, I didn't feel the
time was quite ripe for moving up to the SO HP class. I
figured that M/S offered a lot of possibilities, especially
with the 48 hour time period. That way, I could operate
the entire weekend and use packet to observe when the
best off times would be when I go single op. The idea
was to check out the SO2R setup with high power; the
second op would spell the first op (a traditional type of
M/S).

First, I had to get a packet station running. The week
before the contest I got a temporary 24' mast topped with
a mag mount antenna to squirt my 10 watts toward N9RV's
packet station. Check.

Then, I had to get some power to the shack. I made a
125' long extension cord of #8 Romex to connect to the
30 amp clothes dryer outlet. The shack end of the cord
had a dual breaker box feeding a pair of 20 amp outlets
for two amps. Since I was planning on a totally unskilled
2nd op (to qualify as M/S), I used a TenTec Hercules II
automatic band switching 500 watt amp for the second radio.
A TenTec Titan would serve the run radio. Both amps
were tested on Wednesday. Check.

Better pull those Dunestar bandpass filters out of the
closet. I never used them for Low Power contesting because
I didn't want to lose another dB, but when driving the
amps the insertion loss is a plus, reducing the chances
of overdrive. The stubs were already in place from the
low power setup. Check.

Friday afternoon. Disconnect the clothes dryer, plug in
amplifiers. Give a couple of "oh-lahs" in each radio to
observe the Christmas tree pattern on the dual monitor scopes.
Program the DVK. Check.

Take a nap. Eat dinner. Plop into chair at 2330z. Tune
across the bands. Give a couple of quick calls to DX
stations to assure them that they are getting out ok.
Make a last minute run to the Gentlemen's room. Check.

Go to the kitchen to fill the cooler with pop. Notice the
wind is really blowing and the rain is coming down, Don't
see any lightning. Check.

0000z. CQ Contest. Pop-bam-Boom! Golly, Gee, Batman, what's
going on here? Both monitor scopes are showing modulation
even though I'm transmitting on just radio with the SO2R box
which switches the mike to one, and only one, radio at a time.
Furthermore, both Daiwa dual-needle SWR meters are swinging
wildly, showing very high SWRs on both feedlines. Finally,
both Top Ten band decoders (which are driven by the logging
computer's parallel ports) are showing multiple bands selected!
Some LEDs are fully lit, others are dimmer.

Stop talking. The light display continues. Then a breaker
pops on the run radio's power supply, which happens when the
rig is running into a high SWR. I power down the amps.

Turn the run radio back on. I can hear lots of stations in
each ear. Give a cautious QRZed. Move lights, needles waving,
graphic scope displays. Stop talking. The RF continues until
I the audio drive fully off.

I pull the plug, and walk downstairs to tell my XYL she doesn't
need to worry about learning the script to make a QSO for my
M/S operation. Find the cat cowering under the table from
the storm. Decide to go back to the shack to see if I can
figure out what needs to be fixed or replaced after the contest.

I disconnect everything. I mean everything. The only thing
still powered up was the logging computer on a UPS. Then, one
cable at a time I rebuilt the station. The station is fully
symetrical, but the cables for one side do not reach the other
side. Each type of cable has a different connector (DB9, DB25,
DB15, etc) to eliminate misconnection. After each cable is plugged
in, I test the results. Finally, I had a complete SO2R, high
power station fully functional again. Apparently nothing damaged
but my composure! I operate gingerly the first night, pausing
every couple of contacts to sniff things over. Saturday
morning I check the outside part of the station. No apparent
damage either at the Polyphaser bank at the house nor at the
wire termination cabinet at the base of the tower. No sign
of the remains of a suicidal squirrel shorting out a terminal
block. I asked the wife if she had moved a spool of rope, which
was about 200 feet from where it was Friday afternoon. The spool
"anchors" the horizontal part of my 160m inverted L. No, she
said, the wind must have moved it. All the yagis on the tower
looked ok.

Well, might as well have some fun this weekend, since I went
to all this trouble. Ended up operating about 30 hours, more or
less. I got a lot of sleep, so never did find out what the best
off time strategy would have been. It was really interesting
watching all the packet spots. In fact, because I was "watching"
I generally didn't listen on the second radio. I used the
second radio to work some spots on another band, and to work
people on 75meters. My four square was still tuned for CW
(we had a big snow before the ARRL SSB contest so never got it
retuned) and I only have a 100watt dummy load on the Comtek box
so I didn't want to fry anything with the big amp. It was
nice to generally work people on the first call for a change.
On 40m, I found that it was often difficult to get the DX's
attention barefoot. The 500 watt amp usually did the job, but
a couple of times I switched over to the 1500 watt amp. Always
got throught the next call then. With the outside temperatures
hovering around freezing, the amp put out enough heat that
I never needed to turn on the heat in the shack. I figure the
total electrical energy used was therefore about the same as
when I run low power, at least during the winter contest season.

Last year, my low power station yielded 427 European contacts
and 40 JA QSOs on ten meters. None this year with the amps.
Never heard the JAs spotted on Sunday afternoon. Worked a lot
fewer JAs on 15, too. My overall total score, from a
less-than-all out effort, was almost identical point-wise to
last year's low power score. Last year, 80% of my contacts were
DX; this year, calling CQ a lot more, 60% of my contacts were
DX.

Because of the early-contest problems, I didn't have to worry
about the score, so I just had fun. Isn't that what the contest
is about?


Continent List Continent Report 2003 WPX SSB KS9K

160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL
--- -- -- -- -- -- ---
USA calls = 25 33 58 272 274 87 749
VE calls = 3 10 4 31 38 11 97
N.A. calls = 0 4 1 23 37 33 98
S.A. calls = 1 1 3 39 67 79 190
Euro calls = 0 7 18 118 324 0 467
Afrc calls = 0 3 3 13 16 3 38
Asia calls = 0 0 1 7 12 0 20
JA calls = 0 0 0 4 13 0 17
Ocen calls = 0 1 0 7 7 12 27

Total calls = 29 59 88 514 788 225 1703
 
WX5S(@W6YX)   M/2 HP   6,953,5182003-04-02 10:23:59
I'd like to thank Mark, K6UFO, for organizing our effort in this contest. We
had almost everything working by Wednesday evening before the contest due to
Mark's guidance. The final touch was getting the director and reflector
replaced on our 4-element 40-meter M2 Yagi by John, W6LD, just 2 hours before
the contest started. Thanks to Matt, WX5S, for letting us use his callsign
again even though he ended up at NR6O this year. We appreciated the efforts of
several rookie operators and look forward to their continued participation in
future contests.

The two bands that really worked well for us were 20 and 10 meters. For some
reason 15 meters just didn't play well for us this weekend. Maybe it's time to
retire the old Telrex 6-element and to get the 155CA up higher than 30 feet now
that the sunspots are declining.

Our fear in this contest was that we wouldn't get any (or many) European
prefixes because of the solar flux levels. Last year 15 meters was open to
Europe mornings and evenings, but this year we just had brief openings in the
mornings.

Our only QSO on 160 meters was NR6O, our only 6-bander.

On 80 we had some good stateside runs with N6DE and K6ENT operating the first
night. We had a small JA run on Saturday morning and more JAs on Sunday. We
had no operators scheduled between 0715Z and 1100Z on Sunday so we could have
done a little better on 80. No Europeans were worked and the only Africans were
islanders - CQ9K, EA8AH, and EA8ZS.

We heard several Europeans on 40 on Saturday but only worked EA5DFV. We worked
another 16 Europeans on 40 on Sunday, about half of which were new prefixes. We
only worked 95 JAs on 40, partly because of the off-time on Sunday and also
because we had to divide time between 80, 40, and 20. I'm looking forward to CW
weekend when it's much easier to work both EU and JA on 40.

20 meters was the band where we had our highest rates of the contest with 3
consecutive hours of 100+ per hour including a 156 hour at 0200Z the first day.
Russians and other former Soviet republics were very loud between 0330Z and
0530Z. We heard JAs CQing on 20 much of the day, but mostly worked them between
0400Z and 1100Z. 20 meters was open to non-Russian Europe between about 1300Z
and 2000Z here. We were able to work most EU stations, but we were never heard
by YL6W, HG6N, GM7V, and IU9S despite calling many times.

15 meters was disappointing because of the short EU openings and only 282 JAs.
On Sunday the band opened earlier to EU, but only to the former Yugoslavia (9A,
YU) to begin with. We only seemed to be able to work EU countries on a line
from Finland down to Italy except for ED5KB in Spain. Other EU worked on 15
were OH, OH0, SP, OK, OM, HA, YU, Z3, S5, 9A, ER, EN, and I. One highlight on
15 was having 5U7JK call us.

10 meters faded in and out. When it was good we could work several per minute
but this was never sustained for more than a few minutes at a time. Quite a few
stations faded out completely before exchanging reports. We worked one European
on 10, OH3RR. I was surprised to be called by two V51 stations within 10
minutes of each other. On Sunday we were plagued by a persistent local
jammer.

Looking at the continent distribution I was struck by the fact that we worked
fewer EU than either VE or South America.

160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL
--- -- -- -- -- -- ---
USA calls = 1 156 145 682 500 883 2367
VE calls = 0 23 18 59 53 57 210
N.A. calls = 0 11 10 35 38 44 138
S.A. calls = 0 4 13 52 65 117 251
Euro calls = 0 0 17 125 41 1 184
Afrc calls = 0 3 5 13 8 7 36
Asia calls = 0 6 2 49 38 1 96
JA calls = 0 28 95 82 282 107 594
Ocen calls = 0 2 12 38 67 41 160

-Mike, N7MH
 
9A7V(@9A7A)   SOSB80 HP   1,932,3002003-04-02 10:31:31
Kenwood TS950s + Pivio1(h.m.) = 1 kW
4 square Vertical, beverage USA(300m) JA(100m)

EU 969 qso (DL-137,UA-114,OK-87,SP-57,G-51,UR-51........)
NA 156 qso (K-131,VE-15,KP4-3,VP5-2,CM-2,HI,V4,ZF)
AS 68 qso (UA9-35,JA-12,HL-6,A4,A6........)
AF 10 qso (EA8-4,CT3-2,3V,ST,CN,D4)
SA 9 qso (LU-3,YV-2,PY-2,HC8,FY)
OC 3 qso (YB-2,ZL)
 
L44DX(LW1DTZ)   SOSB15 LP   2,638,0502003-04-02 11:00:02
***************
FT-890 100W
TH6DXX @18M
QSL Via LU4DRC
***************
 
9A7P(9A5AEI)   SO(A)AB LP   651,6512003-04-02 12:39:30
Good conditions on all bands! :)
99.9 % qso S&P...
RTX: TS440S - 100Wtts
ANT's: DIPOLE - 80/40m, 2 EL. QUAD - 20,15,10 + 3 band GP
SOFTWARE: CT 9.89.02 ... from today FREEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!! + WintelnetX (TNX
K1EA)
73 and cu all in CW part,
Patrick 9A5AEI
 
VE6JY(VE5MX)   SOSB20 HP   1,886,6902003-04-02 15:46:06
BAND 20
---
USA calls = 549
VE calls = 34
N.A. calls = 34
S.A. calls = 53
Euro calls = 377
Afrc calls = 9
Asia calls = 95
JA calls = 34
Ocen calls = 28

Poor conditions to start with and then got worse.
 
PJ2T(N8BJQ)   SOSB15 LP   4,917,8402003-04-02 15:46:27
Very strange contest. Started out like gangbusters with 650Q' in the first 4
hours on Friday. Went to bed thinking this was going to be fun and I'd wake up
to a nice European run Saturday AM. Boy was I wrong. The rest of the weekend
was NOT fun. I probably averaged 2 - 3 CQ's per Q most of the rest of the time.
Should have brought the voice keyer. Some stations were very loud but could
not hear me. I called A61AJ for 15 minutes and never got any response - later
on he would call in when he was not nearly as loud. Western Europe was not
heard until Sunday around 3:00. I had a 1.5 hr spurt into EU then which got
about 50 much needed mults and made the score a bit more respectable. At 2230
the power went out. N8NR, who was having even more fun on 10M low power as
PJ2C, and I waited a few minutes for it to come back on while we weighed the
option of dragging out the generator and firing it up for the last hour, or to
go to supper. Guess which option won (SUPPER). We stumbled around in the dark
to shower and headed into town with our wives for a gourmet meal at Denny's.
Thanks to all the US guys who worked me and to the EU guys who were very patient
when I did manage to get thier attention.
 
KQ2M   SOAB HP   7,239,0152003-04-02 16:45:49
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times". HA! Worst propagation I
can remember in this contest since 1987! What would we have done without
stateside?

The biggest reason that WPXSSB is my favorite contest is that EVERYONE can work
EVERYONE! I shudder to think what this weekend would have been like without
those 1 point US qso's. A better description of propagation this past weekend
can be found in DL6FBL's post. Quite funny too! Good comment by NT1N also in his
post.

I have been so busy lately that I didn't even bother to hook the station back up
until Friday morning. I knew better but I didn't want to think about it. This
resulted in real panic when I discovered that one of my FT1000MP's would not
transmit! I sent off a desperate plea for help to the reflectors after spending
an hour systematically troubleshooting (almost) everything. I suspected a
simple problem and simple cure (it almost always is) and fortunately, N2MG told
me the obvious, which is was and saved me from an SO1R fate this weekend.
THANKS MIKE!!!! I should also add that I called Yaesu tech support, spoke to a
VERY nice tech named Michael, who actually called me back 90 min later to give
me details of what the problem could be. What a GREAT experience with Yaesu
tach support. MANY THANKS!

On to the contest.... With the Sunspot count quite high and the flux quite high
I was pretty confident that the bands would recover quickly from the coronal
hole and nasty aurora. At least that is what used to happen... I gave up on
hoping the aurora would subside after the third day! It never dipped below 7
and was often "Pegged" at 10!

Cndx were SO bad that it wasn't until about 15z on Saturday that I actually
heard an EU station on 15, skewpath of course. 10 was, well, basically dead.


The bands never really recovered much during the weekend although there were a
few almost normal hours late on Sunday.

On Saturday evening my XYL, Barbara, came downstairs to bring me dinner, which I
promptly devoured. Since the rates were so pitiful, I was able to call cq, eat
dinner, play with my 3 1/2 year old daughter Melissa and talk to my wife at the
same time. I was feeling pretty proud of myself for competently juggling all
this - "Gee what a great contest op I am!" :-), that was, until I moved the
plate which jammed the ctrl key on my keyboard and promptly locked up my
computer. OOPS! So I restarted the computer and called cq and worked a few EU
stations which I paper logged. No problem until I looked over at the computer
and noticed that the CT serial number NOW was showing 4895 instead of 1818! OH
SH-T!!! I didn't feel so smart anymore! :-(

I took a few minutes off to try to figure out what to do. For the version of CT
that I was using, there was no way to reset the serial number, and obviously
giving out a serial number of 4895 on Saturday evening was NOT going to work
either. After a few more pathetic attemps to reboot the computer hoping that
the problem would go away (which of course it did not!), I had a brainstorm...

What if I just skipped a bunch of numbers and then SUBTRACTED 3000 from the
serial number on the computer screen? Well that's what I did for the next 24
hours. So while DK5AP was given #4898 on the computer, he was actually given
#1898 in the contest. I am sure that K6AW will love this! Sorry Steve!

With the bands so poor that most of the time SO2R was largely ineffective (only
about 300 q's on the 2nd radio) I got a chance to listen a lot to KM3T, K5TR and
others. Every time I tuned past K5TR he was running guys really well. The
upsetting part was that he was working EU stations that I could not hear. On
15, on 20, during the day, during the night - didn't seem to matter. Always
running and always pulling away in q's. Ok, obviously not a good year for
competitive NE scores. Must have been REAL UGLY in the Midwest and elsewhere!

But then all of a sudden I would tune across other stations in the SW, and NW
and Midwest and they would be running guys that I could not hear either - some
even in EU! The best part was when I repeatedly got thumped on 15, 20 and 40 by
EVERYONE into Africa. Even the midwest repeatedly kicked my butt in EU on 40!
It felt like the twilight zone!

80 played well until the rain/snow static came - clearly no band and no run was
to remain unscatched for long! :-) It was almost laughable after a while.

With not much left to work on 80, I figured there had to be a few VE's on 160 to
call. That's when I discovered that my 160 antenna was dead. Actually, I was
very curious to hear the level of activity on 160 given how poor cndx were on
the other bands. Usually that's the place to go when there is no place left to
go. I will have to remember to check my antennas on Thursday next year. :-)

I got excited on Saturday when I actually heard and worked not one, but TWO JA's
on 15! I even worked TWO skew path EU stations on 10 on Sunday!

Looking at the scores and postings of other guys, I must have called in pileups
only at times when everyone else was louder than me and I must have tuned across
stations only when they were running EU stations that I could not hear. :-)
Actually, propagation was SO WEIRD and changeable that this may have been
actually what was happening.

Often the band noise would change and signals would come up all of a sudden and
I would work 5 - 10 EU's in 2 - 3 min, and then almost nothing. Then the next
wave and then nothing. Since I was working guys in bursts, I couldn't afford to
really listen to the second radio. I was really only listening when it was time
to band change or give up on the run, which was of course the time when I knew
that I was NOT runnning and the other stations I tuned across were running!
Maybe they had the same experience?

Some examples of the weird propagation:

Sunday 1648z VERY slow run with almost no stateside/EU. Then a REAL S9 T30ONM
calls me. Huh? He said he was using a vertical.

Satuday on 40 about 0330z - I can't run EU but ST0RY calls me! Then a little
later, 5U7JB.

Often during the weekend a LOUD EU station would call me and tell me I was
S9+20, S9+30 (and he would be equally loud) and NO ONE else would be calling.
Not before and not after. It appeared random.

On Sunday, 15 opened about 1100z and there were LOUD UA/UN/LY/UR stations. Real
S7 - S9+. Ok, sounds like a good band opening right? WRONG! You call cq would
2 - 3 weak UA's and that's it! Occasionally a loud UA9 would call in and
NOTHING ELSE. Not a DL, not an IK8, not a S5, NOTHING! It was like that for
the next few hours. Calling cq continuously on 15 produced awful rates of 40 -
60/hr of which more than 1/2 was stateside. I actually had to take offtime in
the middle of what should have been a primetime EU run.

I decided to finish out the contest and try to make my score respectable by
concentrating on the 6 pt q's and the SA mults. I had no hope of being #1 and
with many other stations giving out 3000+ numbers hours before the end, I
figured I would be lucky to have a Top 5 (US) finish.

I was truly shocked to see K5TR with a 6.5 meg score and realize that I had 7.2
meg! Even more shocking was that I actually had a few more mults than George!
This was almost incomprehensible given how many more US and JA stations he must
have worked. (I worked 42 JA's and 1217 US stations). Obviously, I worked many
more EU stations which are chock full of mults. But you don't know any of these
details DURING the contest - all you hear is the Serial number.

Clearly 40 and 80 made the big difference up here with all the EU stations.
With EU counting 6 pts on the low bands, working 100 EU's was worth the same
number of point as working 600 US stations!

This is clearly a huge advantage for a Northeast station on the lowbands in an
SSB contest. It also introduces a huge stategy element in this contest......
Not only do you have to successfully pick the right on and off times which is
tough enough given the erratic propagation, but you need to carefully consider
the point value of the stations you are working as well as whether or not they
might be mults. I always focus on the low bands precisely because the only way
you can make up for those EU 6 pointers is to work lots more mults. It is a
luxury we usually have in the NE, but generally not elsewhere.

WPXSSB is really a wonderful contest because lots of interesting DX shows up and
is more easily workable due to reduced pileups. In addition, the SA stations
really enjoy using many new and unusual prefixes and they get on with great
zeal. On a weekend like this you really appreciate all that LU, PY, CX, YV and
other SA and Caribbean activity. There is plenty of room to cq, there is time
to sleep and there is the ability of most guys to be "a mult" in the contest.
Of course, everyone can work everyone else and that is really the best part of
all!

I hope that eeveryone had as much fun as I did and will be back next year.
Congrats to K5TR, V47KP - way to go Joe and Alex!, and everyone else who stuck
it out this weekend. A special thanks to those stations that traveled to put a
new prefix out on the air! CU in WPXCW.

73
Bob KQ2M
 
VK8AA   SOAB HP   4,958,5252003-04-02 17:05:55
Very average conditions on 29th, and this time the proven tri-bander resonated
at 200kHz high on 20m. Lots of mutterings heard on 1863khz, but no qso's made.
On 30th, propagation seemed back to normal, but even with a better 40m antenna
this year, qso's on that band were way down. Worked just 4 US stations from the
1 and 2 districts !!

It was lot's of fun, and spending a week in the tropics was quite a change.

Logistics, the original flight from Sydney to Darwin was cancelled when the QRM
in YI land started, and the return flight was forced down with an airconditioner
fire in Alice springs for 5 hours. Sitting with a VE7 licensed pilot who flies
for the UN in 4W6 helped, but it was nervous and uncomfortable when all the
smoke alarms went off in the 767.

I'm home and wife is happy.
 
N4JED   SOAB LP   366,9152003-04-02 17:48:11
Did not want to be in Saturday with weather in the 70's then had to take time
off Sunday to shovel snow. Could not believe how much snow could stick to the
side of a vertical.
 
NZ1U(@KB1H)   M/S HP   2,560,0642003-04-02 17:57:12
Boy, condx were tough. Low bands were great, goor runs on 75 both nights.
Thanks for the Q's and CU in CW
 
PR7AR   SOAB QRP   24,5432003-04-02 18:20:14
My first participacion in QRP category.
 
VP55W   M/S HP   6,790,2302003-04-02 18:30:05
Thanks to Fred on Grand Turk for making this unique event happen.
Three guys with 400 watts and a tribander had a FABULOUS time.
Bill KX4WW, Bruce W4OV, Joe W4SAA
 
VE3OJ   SOSB10 LP   123,1202003-04-02 19:04:37
Like pulling teeth, but great fun!
 
XE2AC   SOAB HP   138,6242003-04-02 19:56:59
Forced to stop after few hours due to sudden hospitalization of my
father-in-law.
 
TO3M(T93M)   SOAB HP   13,690,0832003-04-02 20:42:19
160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL percent

SSB
North America SSB 0 8 268 1079 907 866 3128 65.7
South America SSB 0 3 23 32 40 74 172 3.6
Europe SSB 0 7 364 456 475 9 1311 27.5
Asia SSB 0 0 10 33 16 3 62 1.3
Africa SSB 0 0 2 9 13 12 36 0.8
Oceania SSB 0 0 3 27 9 11 50 1.1


I was wondering what would be my score from 3 point location like PJ2,P4 etc.
To my surprise it is more than 3 mil points difference.
Some Eu stations were so loud and I could not understand why they do not have a
pile up....strange propagations.
Only 9 EU stations made into my log on 10M but compensated it with 364 on
40M.
27.5% of EU is not that bad but qso number is lower then last year when I made
600+ more qso's as T93M/HI9.

Anyway, thanks to FM5BH and his great station I was able to enjoy another great
contest.
73 Danny Horvat T93M
http://www.t93m.com
 
S5ØA   SOSB40 HP   4,311,2502003-04-02 21:36:06
Could be better :-)

73 Tine Brajnik S50A
 
HA3NU   SO(A)SB15 HP   2,306,5122003-04-02 22:12:23
RIG: FT990 + 1.2K P.A., antenna: 6 ele Yagi
 
G4FKA   SOAB LP   82,7032003-04-02 23:36:06
Station: IC706 MkIIG, 100w. 10m sloping doublet, ends at 5m and 1m, centre at 3m
AGL.

A few jolly hours searching and pouncing in between watching rugby and football
on UK TV. Low antenna and manual logging made every QSO a challenge, fighting
through the pile-ups. 28MHz was (almost) a dead loss, with propagation only down
to the eastern Mediterranean. 21MHz closed early on Saturday, but was better on
Sunday afternoon with good propagation to South America.

Approximate QSO count by Continent: EU 204; AF 13; NA 19; SA 16; AS 15; OC 1.

Thats it; see you all next time.

Geoff G4FKA
 
D4B(4L5A/D44TT)   SOAB HP   26,431,3202003-04-03 01:44:04
Its the fun to be Nr 1 in country hi
 
9M2RPN   M/2 HP   7,896,5122003-04-03 03:19:24
This was a new experience for both operators: for Richard 9M2/G4ZFE, my
co-operator, since he does all his contesting on CW; for me, my first major
contest from a QTH below 57 Degrees North. Having heard all about the conditions
from operators during the contest, and on the reflectors afterwards, I shudder
to think what this event would have been like from my home station.
We could muster a legal 400W on one station and more or less 400w on the other.
On 40 and 80 we used a low trap dipole. The TH3 at 30-something feet worked well
enough on 20m and 10m, but was crocked on 15m. 15m was left with my 'IOTA
expedition' vertical dipole. This actually worked surprisingly well, all things
considered. Although in the center of KL, the station, which is located at the
National Planetarium, has a superb 360 degree location and is electrically
quiet.
LOT of T-storm noise and static on Saturday, especially on 10 and 15m and mostly
the signals were very weak. When the 'average' callers from central and eastern
Eu were mostly S 0.5, it was amazing to hear some well know Contest stations 20
over 9 on 10m at the same time. Some reasonable rates on (GMT) Saturday, but
Sunday was desperately slow. The comments on 40m have been interesting, though
it's been like that for years and it is just the same out here....I was rather
surprised. I sympathise with the regular Asian, and other, contesters who call
loud Eu's on 40m SSB and get ignored. What a mess. We, too, were deaf on 40m.
Low antenna and QRM+++, especially up in the US phone band.
No (or virtually no) QRZeding by 9M2RPN, but OH! WHAT A PAIN IN THE BUTT THE
'LAST TWO' MERCHANTS ARE!
A good time was had by both and we hope we made a few other contesters happy.
Rich and I owe a big thanks to Sangat, 9M2SS, for his hospitality and allowing
access to 9M2RPN.

Best wishes,
Keith 9M2(for a few more hours only)/GM4YXI
 
SZ3PTR   M/S HP   3,128,3442003-04-03 06:56:08
It was a nice contest. We all enjoy the contest. We run it from Patra, the West
gate of Greece to Europe. The local club organized it very well, in a wonderful
place in the sea, with plenty of view to North. We had a vertical ant and
dipoles for all bands. We must note the very bad propagation on ten meters. We
are all happy after the contest. We had some new operators before but now we
have some new but experienced operators to play again.
QSL via SV3AQN. Best 73. CU next year
 
IQ2CJ(IK2NCJ)   SOSB80 HP   1,300,0002003-04-03 08:27:00
Back to low bands contesting with a very high activity.
Very much satisfied in working some VK's and JA and YB's with very good
signals
Worked with a single vertical with elevated radials and two 200 meters
beverages. From my location low activity from US a think due to low propagation.
K3ZO was only s8 into my antenna instead of the usual +20.

Congrats to 9A7V for the incredible score and for possibility to have a 4 square
array on 80m up and so effective. For me it's already very difficult to keep
working a single vertical......

CU on CW

Luca IK2NCJ
 
K5ZO   SOAB HP   1,256,8772003-04-03 10:06:59
Limited time operation. condx poor

Lloyd
 
PT2ND   SOAB LP   2,240,2382003-04-03 16:34:04
Although conditions were not good, still enjoyed the contest...
Equip: TS-440s, A3S @ 10m
73,
Noel
PT2ND
 
N8II   SOAB HP   1,831,6982003-04-03 17:00:34
I returned from pleasure trip to Texas Thurs PM; lot's to do Friday including
planting a bunch of bedding plants left me not motivated for a full effort.
I operated as I felt like it, but put in quite a few hours after Sat AM.
Condx
were extremely poor at worst to weird at best. The only JA operning was very
brief Sat at JA sunrise on 15M. Sat AM on 15M was Western Asia/Eastern Eu only
for a very long stretch. It was quite a while before an Italian even crept into
the log and around 16Z before first weak German was logged. Sat afternoon, I had
a good run on 10 M primarily to Western USA with quite a few Carib/SA answers
thrown in; I have never had a better run to the South. Sunday morning was
absolutely the pits with at least S7 precip static roar from snow on all
antennas except low South yagi. The snow detuned the yagis as well. Just as
the noise abated, a huge disturbance hit, ruining any Q's with Eu on 15/10M.
By 16Z things finally came around a bit, but the disturbance was evident
thru the end of the test. This is a fun contest, always hope for new mults with
every caller. The rule change giving 1 point for USA Q's really helped make it
more interesting especially with the very poor polar condx.
 
KR7X   SOAB LP   17,3722003-04-03 19:37:29
Worked 6hrs with a non-resonant wire dipole @35'. Had some fun and nice to hear
the stations that I could hear and work.
 
VA3XRZ   SOSB15 LP   160,4892003-04-03 20:34:33
This time it was 99.7% S&P, I actually got one reply to my CQs! The beauty of
single band contesting is that I don't have to worry about switching antennas or
choosing the right time for a particular band, I should do it this way more
often.
Overall one of the weirdest conditions I have ever seen: very few europeans most
from I/9A/HA/S5/YU plus a very good number of SP (yes, I'll work the SPDX this
weekend you earned it), and absolutely no
EI/ER/ES/G/GI/GM/GW/HB/IT/LA/LX/ON/OZ/SM/SV/UA2/YL... not only I did not work
any I did not even hear any and I can barely recall hearing any NA sttns calling
any of them. At one point in time I was only copying I and S5, it looked like
there was some sort of duct ending up in that part of Europe.
Activity from SA was not bad at all, LU and PY showed up in big numbers and with
all sorts of nice prefixes followed by YV/HR/XE/CX. But the bulk of QSOs came
from the US and VE, neither JA nor VK made it into my log, just a couple of ZL.
Little activity from Africa this time.

TS-830S 90W
R5 and 40/80m trapped dipole
N1MM Logger V2.1.74 *** No packet ***
IBM 600E C366 256MB Windows NT 4 SP6

73 de Julio VA3XRZ
 
WH7Z(K9QQ)   SOSB80 HP   1,270,6362003-04-04 00:10:40
New Oceania record! Conditions were excellent the first night. WM4RM and
NT6K
were S9+ here almost an hour before local sunset. Rates were excellent once the
band really opened and stayed there through the Asia opening. The second night
was a different story. Mainland guys were loud again before sunset, and I heard
an S5 TM5C, but as the band openned static quickly built up to S9 and stayed
there all night. It never dissipated and made for a loooong night. There were
at least 30-40 stations, especially toward Asia that I could tell
were calling below the static, but just couldn't understand.

Thanks to Ken, KH7R, for making the station available and Mike, KH6ND, as
always, for his
herculean efforts getting things set up.

Thanks for all the Q's

73, Brian
K9QQ/KH6
 
S53O   SO(A)AB HP   4,249,0002003-04-04 07:26:45
ant:160-tower
80-half sloper
40-phased vertical
20-4el yagi
15-5el yagi
10-5el yagi
 
EA5DFV   M/2 HP   5,483,6642003-04-04 08:37:12
Very difficult to try a M/2 operation with only 3 operators. We running with
only monooperator for about 6 hours, but we get a lot of fun. Bad conditions on
10m all the contests, and we discover that just after lose 45 minutes in the
saturday morning puting up the 4 element monoband for 10m to EU and AS, just for
make till
sunday evening less QSOs that in 160m :-{

Now, with the wire dipole for 80m working quite well, we suffer some RFI on TV.
We can't run on 80 till very late and suffer from some interaction between the
two radio.

Many thanks to Victor, EA5KV and Duncan, EA5ON for spend his time operating my
station and try with this first WPX M/2.

73 de Jose
 
S57DX   SOSB20 HP   2,064,8482003-04-04 12:54:31
YAESU FT1000MP mark V, Commander HF2500
5 el. Yagi at 100 ft

Poor conditions....
 
S51NZ   SO(TS)AB LP   520,1142003-04-04 13:09:40
RIG:TS 440S - 80W OUT
ANT: EKO 3EL. 3BAND BEAM, INV.V DIPOLE

73 Hubert Tratnik, jr.
 
FO/W3SE   SOAB LP   102,0372003-04-04 13:19:49
What a hoot. Made a three day stop over in FO/ on my way to ZL. I have moved
to Auckland for a while for work. What a coincidence the Contest just happend
to be on the same weekend I decided to fly out.

The station was a FT-100D / ATAS-100 on the Outbacker Outpost Tripod mount stuck
out in the garden of the hotel. with an open view to the north, with the open
water 500 yards away.

Finding the PTT for licensing was an event in itself, but found them and they
had al my paperwork on top of the stack since I had faxed them a month prior.

73 es GL to all. See you from ZL

Wes, ZL/W3SE
 
7S7V(SM7VZX)   SOAB LP   301,8002003-04-04 14:11:00
FT-990
6 x Inv Vee @ 10m on 25m high building
 
PU5HAS(@ZX5J/PP5JR)   SOSB160 LP   1682003-04-04 15:10:20
MY FIRST CONTEST, 160M VERY DIFFICULT, SO MUCH QRM.
BEST 73 TO ALL
EMILIO PU5HAS
 
AB9FK   SO(A)AB LP   38,5562003-04-04 18:59:57
Please let me know if this was reported appropriately. I have only been active
with amateur radio for 16 months even though I have been licensed for 21 years.
This is my first time in this contest and have only participated in about 4
other contests, however this is my first time over 50 QSOs. Again please let me
know if I should do something different in the way I put my report together.

Thanks for a great event, I had a lot of fun.

Terry Lenehan
AB9FK
Frankfort, IN 46041
 
VE3AGC   SO(R)AB LP   1,017,2282003-04-04 20:57:25
TVI next door wiped out 6 productive hours Saturday! Bands were strange, with
first EU contact Saturday morning 9am. Sunday the higher bands finally opened a
bit. But no JAs at all. A good run on 40 the last hour recouped some of the
losses after the computer crashed and paper log used.

Equipment: 1000MP MkV, Alpha Delta DXLB+ inverted V @ 10 meters.
 
D44TD(IV3TAN)   SOAB HP   21,950,1242003-04-05 04:42:36
A lot of problems with the 2 el. yagi on 40 meters just two days before the
contest. A lot of hard work (alone) to resolve the problems and i srarted the
contest very tired.
Extremely poor and strange propagation during the first day and a lot of
difference between my station (located in the flat Sal Island)and D4B (on the
top of mountain in S. Vicente Island).
Second day much better than the first day and same propagation conditions (as
usual) between me and Alex (D4B/4L5A).
Best 73
D44TD/IV3TAN Alberto
 
KC1F   SO(A)AB HP   552,6242003-04-05 05:22:12
Ugh. I operated as long as it was fun. 7 1/2 hours says it all. My family was
happy I didn't operate more !

73 Stu KC1F
 
WS7V   SO(TS)AB LP   530,7502003-04-05 10:06:31
Thanks to the solar cycle, my score was down (only) 1.2M from 2000.
 
OL8R(OK1FCJ)   SOSB80 HP   472,9952003-04-05 12:40:43
Great time, unfortunately during day had some to do activities and could not
work longer. Having just LW80m + PA not bad results IMHO for 16 hours :)
See you next time. QSL via home call.
73 Petr
 
UUØJM(@UU7J)   SOSB40 HP   2,246,1752003-04-05 13:02:25
QSL PSE VIA W1TE
 
LTØH(LU3HY)   SO(TS)AB HP   6,998,6582003-04-05 13:03:23
HI

Toward a lot of time that could not make so many hours in a competition, but
this almost everything for different reasons it left well, alone the small
Murphy visits that He cannot lack Hi Hi HI

N1MM logger as always fantastic.

Tnx to all QSO
PSE QSL VIA EA7FTR

Tnx 73 de Juan LT0H (op LU3HY)
 
KM7W(KL9A)   SO(TS)AB LP   112,0002003-04-05 14:21:14
My Heil broke.

I hate SSB.

-Chris KL9A
 
VA7RR(@VE7SZ)   SOSB20 HP   3,376,2202003-04-05 14:55:58
Many thanks to Allan, VE7SZ, for the use of his station and 20 meter stacked
antenna array.
My story is the same as many others. Compared to 2002, QSOs were up,
multipliers were down, and the final score declined.
I thought that conditions were actually not too much different from 2002,
except for one really important issue --lack of JAs in the log. I worked less
than 100 the whole weekend, which is really pathetic. Would have expected at
least 250. I was pretty much shut out to that area of the world. Logged a JT1,
but did not work a single DU, BY, BV, 9V, HS, etc., and only a few HLs and
YBs.
I called lots of EU stations that responded by calling another CQ! I think
this might have been because conditions were so bad that the EU stations were
working each other instead of beaming toward North America during the North
American (non) opening. It was interesting to hear the big guns in EU
complaining, during the openings, about the poor rates into the USA.
It was mostly S&P for the Europeans on Saturday (was able to work them
starting at about 1730Z), and I was surprised to get a 10 minute run of
one-a-minute during the 2200Z hour (yup, that was the day's highlight).
Sunday was a bit better, but not much. I'd call CQ and get one EU, then
call CQ for three to five minutes before the next one would answer. I had, I
thought, clear frequencies--tried high in the band, low in the band, and in the
middle, and although those who called said my signal was ok, there was no
sustained rate whatsoever.
Thanks to all for the QSOs!

73,

Gary VA7RR
 
S52ZW   SO(A)AB LP   2,057,6642003-04-06 00:58:58
RIG:TS850S

ANTENNAS: 160m vertical
80m dipol
40m 2el yagi
20m 4 el yagi
15m 6 el yagi
10m 6 el yagi
tribander for 20,15,10


HAMS, ANYWHERE... TNX! Fredi
 
AY9H(LU9HO)   SOAB LP   2,143,6242003-04-06 05:26:06
QSLs VIA LU9HO
 
NU5A(K5GN)   SOSB10 HP   1,422,9602003-04-06 17:49:53
Started as a mostly goofing around effort, but decided at last minute to give
local 10m specialist W5PR (NN5P) a chase. Condx were really punk, which meant
that the nagging mid-S-meter line noise that came and went all weekend was a
limiting factor for the backscatter Q's. Gotta try again with the local line
utility co.

Chuck jumped out ahead of me while I was fixing a failed tee-connector on a test
antenna for JA (another long sob story on the tower), and then pulled way ahead
while I was remembering how to operate 'phone. Spent the rest of the weekend
closing, dropping back, closing again. Never did catch him. He knows the band
well and is a better 'phone op and it shows!

Decided that if DX was MIA, I'd better work a lot of 10m phone-only USA
stations. Got a lot of Number 1 QSO's, many of whom came by later as dupes.
Started out turning them away, then realized that they may not have logged the
first one, so just worked them all straight up (unless they called a third or
fourth time). Result: over 60 dupes in the log.

Only a few Europe, and the really good JA condx were Sunday afternoon when most
of them are at work on their Monday. Data below:

160 80 40 20 15 10 ALL
--- -- -- -- -- -- ---
USA calls = 0 0 0 0 0 1004 1004
VE calls = 0 0 0 0 0 122 122
N.A. calls = 0 0 0 0 0 44 43
S.A. calls = 0 0 0 0 0 177 177
Euro calls = 0 0 0 0 0 13 13
Afrc calls = 0 0 0 0 0 23 23
Asia calls = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
JA calls = 0 0 0 0 0 100 100
Ocen calls = 0 0 0 0 0 88 88

Total calls = 0 0 0 0 0 1571 1571

Not a huge country total from this one, but some cool calls like 9S1 and S9. No
long path of any kind.

QSOs MADE IN EACH COUNTRY

CQ WPX SSB K5GN 10M SB

Prefix 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Percent
------ --- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----- -------
3B8 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
3D2 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
3X - - - - - 1 1 0.06
8P - - - - - 1 1 0.06
9A - - - - - 1 1 0.06
9Q - - - - - 1 1 0.06
9Y - - - - - 1 1 0.06
A3 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
C5 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
CE - - - - - 11 11 0.70
CM - - - - - 3 3 0.19
CP - - - - - 2 2 0.13
CT - - - - - 2 2 0.13
CT3 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
CX - - - - - 9 9 0.57
D4 - - - - - 2 2 0.13
DL - - - - - 1 1 0.06
DU - - - - - 5 5 0.32
EA8 - - - - - 2 2 0.13
FK - - - - - 1 1 0.06
FO - - - - - 3 3 0.19
FY - - - - - 1 1 0.06
H4 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
HA - - - - - 1 1 0.06
HC - - - - - 2 2 0.13
HC8 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
HI - - - - - 1 1 0.06
HK - - - - - 2 2 0.13
HP - - - - - 1 1 0.06
HR - - - - - 4 4 0.25
IT9 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
J3 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
J5 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
JA - - - - - 100 100 6.37
K - - - - - 1004 1004 63.91
KH2 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
KH6 - - - - - 14 14 0.89
KL - - - - - 3 3 0.19
KP2 - - - - - 2 2 0.13
KP4 - - - - - 12 12 0.76
LU - - - - - 53 53 3.37
OH - - - - - 2 2 0.13
OM - - - - - 2 2 0.13
ON - - - - - 1 1 0.06
P4 - - - - - 5 5 0.32
PJ2 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
PY - - - - - 74 74 4.71
S9 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
SP - - - - - 1 1 0.06
T30 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
QSOs MADE IN EACH COUNTRY
CQ WPX SSB K5GN 10M SB

Prefix 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Percent
------ --- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----- -------
T9 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
TI - - - - - 3 3 0.19
TI9 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
TR - - - - - 1 1 0.06
V4 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
V5 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
VE - - - - - 122 122 7.77
VK - - - - - 38 38 2.42
VP2V - - - - - 1 1 0.06
VP5 - - - - - 4 4 0.25
VP9 - - - - - 1 1 0.06
XE - - - - - 2 2 0.13
XT - - - - - 1 1 0.06
YB - - - - - 7 7 0.45
YV - - - - - 13 13 0.83
ZF - - - - - 2 2 0.13
ZK1/S - - - - - 1 1 0.06
ZL - - - - - 14 14 0.89
ZP - - - - - 2 2 0.13
ZS - - - - - 9 9 0.57

Rate was never wild, but the first few minutes on the air were really fun. Then
there would be bursts of a whole lotta Q's in just a few minutes, followed by
long periods with no answers.

HOUR 10SSB TOTAL ACCUM
---- ------ ----- -----
0 78 78 78
1 48 48 126
2 11 11 137
3 0 0 137
4 0 0 137
5 0 0 137
6 0 0 137
7 0 0 137
8 0 0 137
9 0 0 137
10 0 0 137
11 0 0 137
12 21 21 158
13 72 72 230
14 94 94 324
15 125 125 449
16 74 74 523
17 62 62 585
18 55 55 640
19 64 64 704
20 64 64 768
21 47 47 815
22 60 60 875
23 57 57 932

0 36 36 968
1 31 31 999
2 23 23 1022
3 2 2 1024
4 0 0 1024
5 0 0 1024
6 0 0 1024
7 0 0 1024
8 0 0 1024
9 0 0 1024
10 0 0 1024
11 0 0 1024
12 14 14 1038
13 22 22 1060
14 38 38 1098
15 31 31 1129
16 36 36 1165
17 63 63 1228
18 39 39 1267
19 43 43 1310
20 58 58 1368
21 50 50 1418
22 71 71 1489
23 82 82 1571

All in all, even though it was a 'phone contest, it was a pretty good way to
spend a weekend. Hope condx improve by the CW event, but the 27-day rotation is
likely to bring the crud around again close to that weekend.

GN
 
TM5C(@F6CTT)   M/S HP   10,393,4922003-04-06 21:49:34
Well,
1500 Q's and 9 Million under 2002 claimed score...
Testing a new type of propagation for the next future contests.
Tks for calling us,
73.
 
I2IFT   SOSB40 LP   529,5502003-04-07 15:16:23
Poor condition with USA, good with EU, SA and Carrabean area.
Thanks to all and see you in the next WWPX CW.
 
VE7FO   M/M HP   659,3522003-04-07 22:42:19
Readers of my ARRL DX SSB story may remember that, instead of going all out on
my own, I decided to do a M/S and use it for introducing HF contesting to VHFers
in a club I belong to. Only had one taker but he had a ball. Well, decided to
do the same M/S thing for WPX SSB. Still had only one taker, the same one.

While cndx were pretty poor Fri night I did manage 287 Qs and 181 mults before
going to bed at about 0230 PST. Things improved on Sat but kept falling asleep
around 1500 local so went and slept for 3 hours. Pretty well all S&P as I
wanted to give the trainee some experience running. Figured that way he'd be
fresh meat when he got here. To bed at 2300 local so I can get up for the Eu
opening at dawn. 461 Qs and 280 mults. Not that great but maxing the score
isn't the objective this time.

0430 local - can't sleep so turn on the rig to see what's happening. Not much.
No JAs on 40, a few Ws on 20.

0700 local - trainee arrives. So does Europe. Quickly get him in the chair and
off he goes, S&P. Was sure fun watching him bang off those Eus and pointing to
the country names displayed by TR as he worked them. Too bad there were only
about 30 of them. One particularly memorable one was A61AJ.

1253 local - 549 Qs, 276 mults. Time to introduce him to the joys of running.
Provided some brief explanation including auto CQ and logging then sat down to
(ahem) show him how it's done. To my surprise and pleasure, it wasn't long at
all until I had the short term rate up to 180. At this time I pointed to the
rate meter, got out of the chair and sat him down. He did very well for a first
time, including getting the short term meter up to 102 for a little while.

1430 local - 665 Qs, 358 mults. I think it was somewhere around this time that
he had to leave. I carried on figuring that maybe I could make 800 Qs. Rate
started to fall off really badly so bounced around between 10, 15 and 20 trying
to get something going.

1600 local - 701 Qs, 366 mults. Say, isn't there something in the rules having
to do with 10 minutes or something? Check the rules, check the log. Hey, guess
what, I just did my first multi-multi! What a joke, 1 MkV, 2 guys, 200 watts
(50 on 15), 1 tribander, 2 dipoles.

Boy, KC1XX, W3LPL et al are sure going to be shaking in their boots when they
see VE7FO showing up in their category in the score listings! Say, maybe I can
get them on a technicality. The multi-multi rules clearly state that, "Maximum
power allowed is 1500W TOTAL output power." Not max 1500W per transmitter,
1500W total. Now, total means that you are adding things up, in this case,
watts. So, if the big guys are running 2 or more 1 kW rigs their total power
output at times is surely going to be more than 1500W. Boy, we could be the
only multi-multi that operated within the rules and should, therefore, be at the
top of the list! Maybe I could get Hashafisti Scratchi to plead our case with
Hon. Ed! (Old timer's joke referring to a CQ columnist from a few decades
ago.)

Relax, guys, not serious here.


A little contest humour:

Heard a guy Giving a JA his number in what I took to be Japanese. The response
was, "Huh? What? Pardon? Again?" Well, maybe not all of those, but you get
the idea.

Worked AE9B and tried to say "Thanks, Tom," but it came out, "Thanks, Dave."
The op said, "How did you know it's Dave?" Best I could do was lamely say, "Oh,
I get around." I bet he's still wondering how I "knew."

Best call sign pun: The YL signing AG1RL. Later heard an OM signing the same
call. Tried to work him so I could ask, "How come you're signing with a girl
call?", but didn't get him. Probably just as well.

As mentioned, can only get about 50W out on 15 due to MkV problem. On 15 I turn
the RF Power knob down until the output drops off a little, the hope being that
by doing that I won't be overdriving anything. Was working 15 and decided to
switch to 20. Worked C5P, which was pretty exciting in itself, but even more so
when I realized we hadn't adjusted the MkV power after the band change and had
worked him with 50W.

5 banders
AE9B, K0DU, KD9ST, NO5W, NW4V, VE7SV

Last year 136 JA calls, 52 JA mults
This year 29 JA calls, 18 JA mults

My trainee informs me his cw is getting up there. I told him that when he hits
15 wpm I'll loan him an old HQ180 Rx. Better get it out and make sure it works
'cuz it won't be long.


See you in WPX CW, solo this time.

73 de Jim Smith VE7FO
 
OH8L(OH8LQ)   SOSB20 HP   2,078,5752003-04-08 23:37:43
More information on www.qsl.net/oh8lq
 
NK7U   M/2 HP   4,772,6172003-04-09 05:53:16
More or less a leisure class M/2 effort. WriteLog showed only 31 hours on the
air. We decided to move to M/2 because WriteLog could not manage the serial
number management in the M/S class with a separate mult radio. This is a general
problem with any serial number oriented contest where you have a mult or second
in-band radio but need a single serial number sequence across both radio & PC's.
We didn't find the note from N8BJQ about this issue and relieving M/S entries
from the single serial number string requirement until after the contest was
over. We had fun though. As a M/2 with three ops, and K7ZO was only there the
first day, it pretty much meant you could just sit down and operate whenever you
wanted.

We can't add much to the postings to date. What can you say when you had more
QSO's with CM or YV than we did with DL, G, F, I, or EA? Basically this contest
turned into a high power NAQP. Still fun for sure with long sustained rates of 1
and 2 point QSO's. Our score certainly suffered from the lack of staffing during
late night hours and the consequent lack of 6 point JA QSO's on 40M. (We had 1,
though we did have 39 on 80M and Joe did spend time running them at our sunrise
both days.) Looking at some of the logs there certainly is a wide range of
average points/QSO that suggest differences in operating strategy, propagation,
and hardware capabilities. For example:

* NK7U: 1.60 points/QSO -- about the lowest around, minimal 40-160 operation
* N7GYD: 2.78 points/QSO -- up near Seattle, how did he do this? As a single op
he beat our score with 800 fewer QSO's and 50 less prefixes.
* W6TK: 3.24 points/QSO -- one of the highest around, double our rate! Was
propagation that different down south?

We also thank Dan, K6IF, for making the recording of the contest at VC1R
available. Was fun to listen to ourselves from the other end.

Scott/K7ZO for the NK7U crew
 
NR3X(N4YDU)   SOAB HP   4,082,7702003-04-09 06:46:44
First I have to thank Howie, N4AF, and his wife Lynn for having me over for the
weekend.

This was the first time I've been able to operate from an awesome station as a
single op. Even though conditions weren't the greatest, the runs were good and I
had a blast.

15M was pretty neat on Saturday morning. There was tons of asians coming in
early one, but a big Europe run never really happened. Some rare ones called in
throughout the contest. On Saturday night, and A35 and T30 answered my cq at the
same time!

I really enjoyed the early 20M openings to Europe around local sunrise. From
home all of the Europeans are whispers for me at that time. It was a different
story with eight elements almost 100 feet tall pointed NE.

Now I'm spoiled. Four towers and directive antennas on 80 through 10 meters sure
makes my TA33JR on top of my house look laughable!

Equipment:

FT 1000MP and Alpha 89
80M: 4 square
40M: 2 elements at 140'
20: 4 element rotatable yagi at 100+ feet, 8 element wire yagi at 85 feet
15M 4 element rotatable yagi at 115'
10M 4 element rotatable yage at 85 feet

also a KT34XA for 10-15-20 around 90 feet

Thanks for all of the qsos.

73,

Nate/N4YDU aka NR3X
 
OK1KCI   M/2 LP   888,2342003-04-09 06:52:45
Rig: IC746, TS570D
Ant: 160&80m inverted V
40m dipole @ 12m
 
J5UDX(IV3NVN)   SO(TS)SB10 LP   3,615,7202003-04-09 08:49:55
Radio: YAESU FT-890
Antenna: 3 el. Tribander by PKW
Power: 20 watts


PS: About power; I used mainly 20 watts, some times 5 watts and one hour a day
I could use 100 Watt.
As power supply I used a Truck battery and Solar Pannel.
The generator were scwitched on only between 20z and 21z, so in this hour
I could work with 100 watts, but the propagation was nearly gone (.....but
it is always worth looking around, so I could get 2 multipliers, KH7U and
VK8AA).

Very difficult situation in Guine'- Bissau, to get the gasoline for the
generator, you need to drive 6 hours (one-way)in a very rough street to
get to the petrol station.

In the Catholic Mission in Caboxangue, where I was host, they need the
electricity for living, so I feel very bad in asking to switch the
generator on for my hobby.
Hope you can understand the situation.

Next time will try to resolve this problem.

Having a great time in the contest working EU with 5 watt.
Sorry for JA's and pacific station if I could not put a decent
signal in your direction.

Thankyou to all of you who called me and a big thanks to
Padre Gianfranco J59OFM for giving me the opportunity to use
his station.

See you next time.

Simone IV3NVN
 
IKØYVV   SOSB20 HP   2,374,6322003-04-10 05:07:32
As all the others reported the main event during this event was the very bad
cndx ! Score is surely lower than expected , never had a really good open cndx
to NA , 60% of the qsos are with EU , band closed few hours before contest ends
, i lost 3 hours on Saturday during the EU afternoon cause of some duties ,
probably i should have 200 qsos more in the log ... but really far from previous
year cndx! Congrats for 9A5E's score ! Some central EU sig were really very rude
..... so unclear to have +/- 5khz of splatters ! However great fun !
See u in the CW part!
73s de:
IK0YVV
Marco
 
WM4RM(@W4RM)   M/2 HP   5,126,9122003-04-10 07:59:08
Equipment Description: Two FT-1000MP, Two - Alpha-99, Rotatable 80M dipole
at 118 ft, 3 ele 40M Beam @ 112ft , C31XR @ 72 ft fixed on EU, C31XR @3.5 ft on
Sawhorses (not used) , WARC-7 WARC band beam (Tuned up and used for 10M and 15M
for the second radio) @40 Ft fixed on EU
 
IU9S(IT9BLB)   SOSB20 HP   3,604,1252003-04-10 09:27:17
Poor conditions to the main DX areas (USA, JA),
some booming signals from JA but just few
stations.... where all the others?
Big problems to copy several USA stations
because prevailing european signals.
The band was really crowded in EU with a lot
of very strong/wide signals; some struggles
needed to "survive" on my frequency :-)
See you on next one!
 
V47KP   M/2 HP   16,652,7742003-04-10 17:37:25
Alex ask me to down to St. kitts for this contest and it sure was a blast this
was my first contest away from home. I cant wait to go back again.
Thanks for all the contacts.

Alex W2OX/V47KP
Joe K3NM/V47NM
 
K3PN   SOAB HP   2,052,0502003-04-10 18:39:37
North Hemisphere DX propagation was poor, although I had a good run to Europe
on 15M on Saturday. South America was pretty good. I was suprised to work KL7 on
both 15M and 10M without much trouble. However because of the poor DX
propagation I had to break my usual rule of not calling domestic stations. I
would have spent a lot of time idle otherwise. Averaged a little over 2 points
per Q as a result. 80M was almost like SS. I spent more time on 80M and 40M than
usual.
 
KP4KE   SOSB15 QRP   22,7642003-04-11 09:23:14
CQ WORLD WIDE PREFIX CONTEST -- 2003


Call: KP4KE/QRP
Category: Single Operator QRP SINGLE Band SSB
Country: Puerto Rico

BAND QSO QSO PTS PTS/Q PREFIXES


160 0 0 0.0 0
80 0 0 0.0 0
40 0 0 0.0 0
20 0 0 0.0 0
15 93 271 2.9 84
10 0 0 0.0 0
--------------------------------------

Totals 93 271 2.9 84 = 22,764


NO TIME TO RUN A FULL CONTEST BUT MAKE SOME QSO FOR ME
IS IMPORTANT TO PARTICIPATE IN WPX CONTEST!!
73&DX DE KP4KE
 
KL7RA   M/S HP   6,116,9762003-04-11 17:17:04
Very low rates for most of the contest, few JA runs on any band this year.
Interesting 10 meter opening to USA East coast at 3 am local when beaming
dead South. Still plenty to work and lots of multipliers. Thanks to everyone
that gets on Sunday afternoon to hand out rare ones. Took me 15 minutes of
calling on 20 meters before I worked Jeff's WC4 prefix but that was okay as
the band was picked clean of both new calls to work and new prefixes. Also
thanks to all of the contest regulars that drop by to work KL7RA each and
every contest and say hello. Wigi and Larry did most of the work, I did the
night shifts. Toss up on who ate all the super contest stew, "we" think it was

our rate man Wigi as he was alone with the pot for a few hours. NEVER leave Wigi
alone with a stew pot. 73 Rich KL7RA.
 
C56TA(LY2TA)   SOAB HP   3632003-04-13 02:26:12
Just decided to give new mult to friends :-)

73! Andy LY2TA/LY7Z
 
II8A(@IC8JAH)   SOSB15 LP   10,1202003-04-13 11:35:42
nice contest goud propacation on 15 m
 
WT4Q(@W2RE)   M/S HP   5,284,6562003-04-15 16:06:05
First time doing this and it was fun! Will do it again next year.

73 Ray W2RE
 
ZZ8Z   M/S HP   2,467,4742003-04-15 17:36:16
First Northern Brazilian M/S effort.
QSL via Bureau for each first mode/band QSO.
Direct request via PY8AZT.
 
NZ6Q   M/S HP   2,479,2042003-04-15 18:06:33
The return of the Filly Contest Group, a Truckee, CA literary society
loosely affiliated with DXHPDS. Conditions were like a fleet of powerful
vacuum cleaners. Ten meters, where hast thou gone? When whilst thou
return?
 
FY5FY   SOAB HP   16,764,4162003-04-16 13:53:13
Thanks for QSO with me!

Noise on the low bands with the raining season under equator.

No condition with the northern Europe on 28 the first day , better
on sunday.

TS850 / AL1500

5EL YAGI @12M AND 3EL QUAD @17M ON 28
3EL QUAD @17M ON 21 AND 3EL YAGI @21M ON 21
3EL YAGI @22M ON 14
ROTARY DIPOLE ON 7
VERTICAL DIPOLE ON 3.5

SEE YOU DURING THE WPX CW :I WILL OPERATE IN QRP...
 
CB4Y(CE4FXY)   SOSB10 HP   3,283,8482003-04-18 16:57:37
In general, there were bad prop condx for South America, especially during
all Sunday. I think there were few stations participating on 28 MHz this year.

Anyway, I could manage more than 1700 QSOs and several new DXCC countries.
So it was very very fun. See you in October in CQWW as CE4Y. 73 de Ferdy!

I used the CB4 prefix which is very rare.

My rigs: M2 10M7 @ 20m high, Cushcraft A4 @ 22m high, Ham-IV rotor,
Kenwood TS-830S, Kenwood TL-922, Heil mic, PC + CT 9.87.

http://www.qsl.net/cb4y
 
ZSØM   M/S LP   3,903,2162003-04-19 14:07:12
Our best contest ever !
Looking forward for the CW part in May .

73

ZS6MG-Vlado,ZS6EGB-Emil and ZS6JR-Daniel
 
P4ØA(KK9A)   SO(TS)AB LP   14,400,0002003-04-21 06:54:58
This was my second L.P. WPX effort from Aruba and this time I had a real tower
to work with. I am located near the water on the N.W. tip of Aruba and I have a
very clean shot to the U.S. and Europe. Conditions during the preceding week
were poor so I never expected the explosive start that I had. This was a
contest that Ill never forget. Somehow by Friday evening I was hundreds of
QSOs ahead of all of the H.P. stations that I heard, with the exception of D4B
who was already a hundred ahead of me. Even more strange was that I received
many reports my signal was very weak, yet the pileups continued. During the
nights 15 opened occasionally and 20 was in decent shape. With 100 watts to
dipoles on the low bands I chose to stay on the higher rate upper bands. With
such a great start I was too excited to sleep early Saturday morning and didnt
take as much off time as I had planned. There really was no morning Europe
opening for me on Saturday so I kept the beam pointing NW and continued to log
North American stations. Finally late on Saturday I found a good European
opening on 20m and luckily also a quiet frequency so I quickly filled my log
with many new multipliers. Sunday my rates slowed up a lot and I didnt seem
to have a real presence in Europe. I continued to work mostly N.A. and listened
on the second VFO for multipliers. I tried hard to break the 1000 prefix mark,
but fell short. There is a lot of strategy in this contest and I think I got
pretty lucky with my choices. I came close to a ten year old low power record
which I may have beat had I spent a little more time on 40m and taken a little
more off time Saturday morning. Conditions to North America were pretty good
and accounted for about 85% of my QSOs. AI6V / P40V permanently left the
island and Ill miss his participation. Fortunately he shared a few WPX tips
with me. After the contest I enjoyed a waterfront dinner with P40Y / AE6Y and
P41P / P43P. I like to thank everyone for the QSOs. Photo QSL cards are
available via WD9DZV.

73,
John KK9A / P40A
p40a@iguanavilla.com
http://www.iguanavilla.com
 
OE3A   M/S HP   5,626,0442003-04-22 01:30:50
CQ WORLD WIDE PREFIX CONTEST -- 2003


Call: OE3A
Category: Multi Single
Power: High Power
Band: All Band
Mode: SSB
Country: Austria

BAND QSO QSO PTS PTS/Q PREFIXES


160 0 0 0.0 0
80 560 1365 2.4 283
40 207 668 3.2 64
20 567 1083 1.9 167
15 1061 2713 2.6 371
10 121 273 2.3 37
--------------------------------------

Totals 2516 6102 2.4 922 = 5,626,044



All reports sent were 59, unless otherwise noted.

Operator List: OE1EMS,OE1WWA,OE3FKS,OE3MWS,OE3WLB

Equipment Description:FT-1000MP
Home Made AMP with GS-35B 1000W
Generator
80m Delta Loop
40m Delta Loop
20m 15m 10m KT34A

Comments:
Our new HF location...we operated in like in Fielday....
no permanent power and all setup (anntenas and equiopment)
was build only for the contest.
bad condx except to JA on 15m


Club Affiliation: Sarajavo Contest Group
 
ZY2Z(PT2FM)   SO(A)SB10 LP   438,1802003-04-22 10:23:39
Was a pleasure to take part on it.

Just a question:
Where was europe?!

73,Phil
ZY2Z
PT2FM - ex PT2PS
 
K8GT   SOAB LP   25,4802003-04-22 20:22:50
Very part time effort, but still fun.
 
LY5A(LY2PAJ)   SOSB40 LP   1,114,4522003-04-23 05:37:34
RIG: IC-746
ANT: 3 ele YAGI @40mh, 2 ele delta loop

73! Jonas LY2ZZ
 
VP5V(W5AO)   SOAB LP   9,819,9002003-04-23 08:59:02
Poor conditions on Saturday, mults were down. Thanks for all the Q's.
 
KR1ST   SOSB160 QRP   1002003-04-28 18:52:09
Entering as a SB160 QRP entry just for giggles. Never thought QRP SSB was even
possible on 160, but I was apparently wrong. Not a shocking score, but maybe the
only one. ;)

73,
--Alex KR1ST
 
OT3A(@ON4LIR)   M/M HP   17,279,9882003-04-29 23:35:55
Crew OT3A:
DF3TJ DH5HV DJ7EO ON1AEI ON1AWB ON1CIM ON1DLJ ON1GL ON1OD ON2AIM
ON2BIG ON2BJC ON4AID ON4AMI ON4ASB ON4AWU ON4AWV ON4BAA ON4BAG
ON4CCM ON4CDE ON4CFQ ON4CHO ON4CMT ON4DB ON4FG ON4FI ON4LN ON4LO
ON5CD ON5DH ON5OT ON5UM ON6LK ON6MR ON6PU ON7AW ON7NB ON9CC ONL10577
PA1BX PA3FDO PA7BT PA9JB DANIEL DAVID FRANCOIS JONAS MIA NANCY
RUPERT
Equipment description:
160m - TS950/TL922/Homemade PA/PC/Dip./Vert./2 Beverages
80m - TS850/Homemade PA/SB200/2xPC/Vert./2 Dip./2 Beverages
40m - TS850/TS570/Homemade PA/FL2100Z/2xPC/2xDip./3el.mb.fs.yagi
20m -
FT1000/FT1000/FL7000/Homemade/2xPC/5el.fs.ws.mb.yagi/5el.205BA/Vert.
15m - FT1000/TS440/SB221/Homemade PA/2xPC/5el.yagi/ 5/5el.yagi /Vert.
10m - FT1000/TS850/TL922/Homemade PA/2xPC/6el.yagi/ 5/5el.yagi/Vert.
PANDORA-BOX & Cimlog network
 
JA8RWU   SOAB HP   3,139,1542003-04-30 09:07:14
The last three hours were the worst rate in years. Anyway always
nice to say "Hi" in the test and happy to know you are there and
I am here! QRV is everything. Let's continue to enjoy as possible
and cu in the next one.

73's Akira, JA8RWU / KH2V / K6A@WRTC1996 / S513A@WRTC2000 / etc
 
LA6FJA   SOSB15 HP   25,2002003-04-30 10:11:57
Used a Kenwood TS 2000 DSP + Ameritron AL 80 BX
Antenna KLM KT34XA 6el 10 5el 15/20 meter @ 25m AGL (M2 KT36-M2 antenna)
 
IR4B(IK4AUY)   SO(TS)AB HP   1,550,7922003-04-30 13:45:37
Equipment Description:TH7, wire morgain dipole 40-80
SRC-02 FRONT-END,Kenwood TS-570DG,500w.Tetrode Linear
Amp.
CT 9.87 by K1EA real time logging
Club Affiliation: MCC MARCONI CONTEST CLUB
I enjoied very much this contest. Better conditions the second day, but poor
conditions on 10 meters. Did not operate all the time leaving off times for
sleeping!
Best 73, Sergio IR4B (op IK4AUY).
QSL VIA IK4AUY (Buro or direct).
http://www.qsl.net/ik4auy/
 
K6ACZ   SO(A)AB LP   101,9962003-05-11 18:44:33
Equipment Description: IC-746, 100 watts
Antenna: 10/15/20: MFJ-1786 36 inch loop disguised as a T.V. antenna
40 meters: Cushcraft R-7000 at 10 ft.