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KC7V   SOAB LP   37,3102016-09-25 17:46:27
Running low power with a vertical did not make for a lot of fun in this one.
PY2KC   SO(A)SB15 LP   179,2002016-09-25 17:46:45
Rig:TS 870 Kenwood
Antenna SP7GXP ( 3 EL ) 15M
VA3WU   SOAB LP   88,1642016-09-25 17:47:28
[log removed from comments]

NAME: Rick Barron
ADDRESS: 8 Swayze crt
N6AR   SO(A)AB HP   951,0802016-09-25 17:48:29
Lots of fun. Need more expeditions to Africa, Oceamia, etc.
N6RV   SO(A)AB HP   235,8302016-09-25 17:48:42
It took a year to put in the new tower. Right now I have one antenna, a DB-18E.
Soon the 4 element SteppIR will be up on a rotating ring, 80 and 160 will be
going up, and SO2R will be going full steam.

Conditions were down and I was not full time and I did not chase the local
mults. I missed the mornings. In SSB we will be going 48 hours. 40 meters was
great! I will operate SOAB(A) in the RTTY contest. It is fun to run around and
work DX!
K7XC   SOAB HP   161,2102016-09-25 17:48:53
Turned out to be a true field day experience as there were no antennas up when
the contest started due to 3 days of high winds immediately before. Beginning
Friday morning I managed to cobble together a 2ele 20M Yagi /15M rotatable
dipole and installed them on the newly relocated tower trailer. Next I strung
up a dual band fan dipole for 40/80M between a pair of 30' masts in the back
half of the 5 acre lot. Sitting down at the station at sunset Friday is when I
discovered there was no logging software installed on my new Core I5 PC! So off
to download the latest versions of N1MM+ & MMRTTY. After the initial
install began all the wonderful fun of configuring the software to actually
send RTTY and log correctly. Some 45 minutes later everything was percolating
well. The new 20M ant at 25' played well till the band closed, Dead tired I
made some 40M Qs till midnight and went to bed exhausted. That's a lot of work
for an old man that walks with a cane.
Saturday proved great fun with the 15M rotatable dipole working quite a bit of
DX at only 30' high. I took a break to install the dual band dipole late
Saturday afternoon just before a beautiful NV sunset. The effort to get it in
the air was well worth it as I worked an additional 40 Qs on 80M. Staying up
till 430AM Sunday I elected to punt and get some sleep. Waking up at 10AM I
checked the bands and spent the day bouncing between 15M, 20M, and the TV
catching up on what the NFL was doing! GO Steelers.
The station is a shadow of its former self but I have plans for lots of wire
antenna over the next coup[le months. Station: IC746, IC706mkIIg, AL-80B amp @
500W out. See you in CQ WW DX SSB next!
W6SX   SO(A)AB HP   159,2642016-09-25 17:49:45
K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, MMTTY,
2Tone, GRITTY, N1MM+
W9PA   SO(A)AB LP   162,0002016-09-25 17:50:50
K3, P3, K-POD, 80M Dipole
Software: DXLog by 9A5K V2.3.9 - MMTTY & 2TONE

Beams are out of action awaiting installation of new coax jumpers from the
beams to the hard line. It was slow going with just the 80M Dipole and a head
cold. I quit when I reached some round numbers.

I'm concerned something isn't right with the antenna. The K3 was matching
whatever odd impedance is at the end of the feedline and putting out full power
- and then Saturday afternoon it suddenly wouldn't match on 15M. I got the
feeling it wasn't working as well on the other Bands afterwards. I thought I
worked DX on 20 & 40 a lot easier before this - it was a real struggle
VE3BR   SOAB LP   181,7162016-09-25 17:51:46
Radio: Ten-Tec Jupiter
Antenna: DX-Eng 80/40 Thunderbolt 55ft Dual Band Vertical
Software: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5924.0 + MMTTY 1.68A + 2Tone 15.05a
N3AO   SOAB HP   9452016-09-25 17:52:28
First effort at RTTY contesting.
W1ZD   Classic SOSB15 LP   59,9942016-09-25 17:53:18
Band condx on 15 were good Saturday, not so much Sunday.Could only do 8 hours,
a few points for the club. Tnx for the Q's.
NG7M   SOSB20 HP   6,6002016-09-25 17:53:38
Just playing around on 20 meters when not slacking around with a remote multi
single @ W7CT's QTH via RRC. 73 de Max NG7M
NØBUI   SOAB HP   349,1402016-09-25 17:54:14
Wish the bands would have been better on Sunday.
Thanks for all the Qso's.

73, Mike N0BUI
K3WYC   SO(A)AB LP   43,8782016-09-25 17:55:09
Why doesn't 3830 summary use the same format at N1MM??
VE3XD   SO(A)AB LP   50,0502016-09-25 17:55:20
25 watts to attic mounted dipoles. Variable conditions but managed to get both
ZL and JA in the log.
N7AT(K8IA)   SO(A)AB HP   1,800,9292016-09-25 17:55:49
Not my year for this one. Very tough condx. Pulled the plug early Sunday.

CU CQWW SSB, with our usual M/2 crew.

73, Bob K8IA
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club
ACØMN   Classic SOAB LP   117,8752016-09-25 17:56:24
Not a bad result. 55 DXCC entities, 37 states but only 4 VE provinces. Entirely
S&P. Our long-wire is too low to work even marginally well on 80. That,
coupled with long propagation on 40, hurt the close-in mult count. 100 watts
and a wire works pretty well if you are persistent.

Saturday was decent to northern/southern EU but not Sunday. Sunday was okay to
southern EU and good to Central/South America. Asia was nearly a no-show. I
never heard anything on 10 and worked a few mults, with good signals, on 15.
Everyone seemed happy hammering away on one another on 20.

Apologies to all for Saturday morning QLFs. Heavy rain Friday night caused RF
issues into the computer that meant the keyboard locked up, sending multiple
calls or multiple exchanges and I had to shut the rig down for the ESC key to
stop the nonsense. Clamp-on ferrites took care of most of the problem but it
was still embarrassing.
K4IU   SO(A)AB HP   65,8762016-09-25 17:57:04
If I had known propagation was going to be so poor Sunday I would have spent
more time on the bands on Saturday. Listened several times on 10 when DX moved
me but didn't hear or see anything on the waterfalls. Good luck to everyone as
the contest season begins!
NS3L   SO(A)AB HP   624,3932016-09-25 17:59:30
Marginal to lousy conditions at best.. But managed..
K6LRN   SOAB LP   131,2002016-09-25 18:00:27
Low power with these condx definitely not the way to do it. More proficient at
hitting the 'wipe' button than one should be.
Many seem to have antenna pointed at 3 pointers ignoring those that might need
the state.
Thanks for the Qs.
N4BCD   SO(A)AB HP   101,8082016-09-25 18:00:30
A few hours here and there during a busy weekend. Station worked great except
for tuner running out of L on 80m. Thanks for the Q's. Mark N4BCD
K3AJ   SO(A)SB20 LP   9,6992016-09-25 18:01:11

Radio - K3/P3 100W
Antenna - 3-el SteppIR at 50 ft.
N1MM+ Logger/MMTTY AFSK/Win 10 PC
N7IR   SOAB LP   447,5792016-09-25 18:01:13
Very slow at times on Sunday. Glad to work my own zone and state on 10 meters!
Not much else was happening there.

Thanks for the contacts and your patience.

Gary, N7IR
AE7VA   Classic SOAB HP   176,9452016-09-25 18:01:33
I had a good time. Thanks to everyone who worked me!!
WV6I(N6WM)   SO(A)AB HP   247,3652016-09-25 18:02:58
Wanted to shack down the K6LRG station prior to CQP next week. We had K7NV over
last week to repair our broken rotor, and the station has been somewhat dormant
during the off season so wanted to battle test it a bit.

500q's did the trick, I am confident the station is ready for the season and it
performed well. I expect to see some monster scores if I was able to do this
while otherwise preoccupied.. conditions seemed to fluctuate but glad to have
EU there on 15,20 and 40. 80 saturday was not great from my location.

8 hours of run run.. and about 30min picking off a few mults.

@K6LRG.. 500w kpa 500 for High(quarter)power.
204ba/F12 EF415/Cushcraft 402CD
remote to station from Fremont CA.

73 and seeya next time

N1KEZ   SO(A)AB HP   755,9342016-09-25 18:03:09
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 52 57 4 3 29 1.1
7 261 450 23 43 44 1.7
14 511 1164 27 76 46 2.3
21 176 495 19 24 11 2.8
Total 1000 2166 73 146 130 2.2
Score: 755,934
HSØZIA   SOSB20 LP   106,0002016-09-25 18:03:26
My second attempt at RTTY - just got the new 7300 running on RTTY using LSB mode
but selectivity was a killer. Really deep QSB - one minute the pan display was
full of strong sigs and the next minute empty.

Really nice to compete in a CQ WW where all the competitors are scored the same
way. 73 Bob
K9GY   SO(A)AB LP   4,8162016-09-25 18:04:29
Disappointing effort mainly due to WriteLog never sending/receiving with IC-7300
and/or microKeyerII... Spent over eight hours trying to get settings correct
with no luck. Had hoped to make 200-300+ QSOs this weekend in order to build up
my RTTY DXCC totals. Finally decided to use the RTTY message feature in IC-7300.
Might be time to switch from WL to N1MM.... not interested in paying $30/yr for
software I can't get to work! Temps outside are going to cool off this week so
that must mean the real contest season is starting?! CQ CONTEST! 73, Eric
AA3B   SO(A)AB HP   4,945,6682016-09-25 18:06:38
7644 QSOS points.
KV4QS   SO(A)SB20 LP   41,2832016-09-25 18:07:15
Vertical Dipole / FT-897 / N1MM+ / MMTTY My 500Hz filter definitely made
participating in this contest possible. RTTY contests are always fun. I lost
large chunks of operating time due to frequent afternoon t-storms. Many thanks
for the Qs! KV4QS
NN4RB   Classic SOAB LP   11,1752016-09-25 18:08:43
Not enough time in chair. Other fires kept popping up. Operating time was
Saturday late afternoon and the last hour and half of the contest. Was fun
while I operated.


Vertical on metal shed
90 meter OCF 45' high and fed with ladder line with tuner at the base.
KØMD   SO(A)AB HP   276,0482016-09-25 18:09:14
Part time effort after spending significant time getting RTTY to work with my
7800, the Microkeyer II, n1mm+ and MMTTY.

Rig: Icom 7800
Amp: Acom 2000a
Antennas: Force 12 Yagi stacks:
15 meters: 7/7/7
20 meters: 4/4/4
40 meters: 2/2

Band conditions were better Friday night and early Saturday before the solar
eruption that hit on Sunday.

The yagi stacks work well and I only turned the rotating tower once to work
Asia on Sunday afternoon.

I appreciate the assistance from my friends at setting up the RTTY station -
especially K4IU and NV9L.
K8KI   SOAB HP   140,4152016-09-25 18:11:07
first rtty contest with new rig (F6500)and amp (A9500). Lotsa fun for just a
little while. Thanks for all the Q's.
WA1FCN   SO(A)SB40 LP   131,1312016-09-25 18:11:57
I spent the previous two weeks on a major tower/antenna project
and finished on Friday morning. Also I had gotten a cold on Thursday
so by contest start time I was in poor shape !
I am still amazed by what a 2 el beam on 40 mtrs at 70 ft. can do.
Of course you still need to keep your BIC to make it all worth while.
I hope to see many of you next weekend in CQP !!!
WI9WI   Classic SOAB HP   164,2202016-09-25 18:12:44
Spent most of the weekend organizing and putting back together all my feedlines
and control cables here at the cabin. We recently had our commercial power
buried after 40 years of overhead service and I had to basically take
everything down for this. Taking it down took about 6 hours 2 weekends ago.
Putting it back up will seemingly take forever ;>). Good fun when I could
get on and make some Qs.

W7VO   M/S HP   483,4262016-09-25 18:14:03
Well, except for destroying the 15 meter traps on my TH6DXX due to overheating,
and losing an expensive 3CX1500A7 right before the start in the afternoon
"pre-test", the contest went better than I could have dreamed. Band
conditions were much better than expected (15M was back!), the lowbands were
very quiet for here, (which was a NICE change). I've been adding multiple
ferrite common mode chokes to all the low band antenna feeds in recent weeks,
maybe they are working!

In retrospect, we spent a LOT of time in mult hunting today rather than
running, and that might have cost us. The goal we set was 500K points from this
"tribander and wires" station, so we came in pretty close. We might
had made it, except the 15M antenna trap failed for good with just under 1/2
hour to go, so we went to low power (80W) for the end and lived with the 6:1

Thanks to all the operators at the other end. It was a first class test in
every way.

Scappoose, OR
WO7V   SOAB HP   310,2122016-09-25 18:14:39
I consider this the first contest of the season. So everybody welcome to
contest season! Yea baby, after a long drought DX and contest season has
finally arrived! Oh and the band conditions, well they could be worse… but
not by much, and we have all seen them a heck of a lot better. For those who
know how to wait there were some openings to Europe. Fifteen meters actually
opened up to South America and Asia late in the contest. No equipment failures
here which was nice. Strictly QRO here though. With Fall in the air, no need
for a heater as the Alpha kept the shack nice and cozy. I did end up with
about half the QSO's I was shooting for. And if I hadn't violated the first
rule of contesting (Keep your butt in the chair!!!) I might have done a lot
better. I will attribute that to my advancing age which is a wonderful
universal excuse! Now if I can get the sound of RTTY out of my head, which
will probably take a week, I will feel a lot better and get ready for the next
big one; damn how I hate the thought of a phone contest! For me, a couple
807's and and to bed. Hope you did better than me! 73, C-U-in the next
N3HEE   SO(A)AB HP   98,0002016-09-25 18:15:01
No time for a serious effort this weekend. Just working out some kinks in my
SO2R setup for RTTY. Lots of activity and lots of fun. K3 & TS-590SG @
100-750 watts. Wire antennas.
W7ZR   SO(A)SB20 HP   340,1712016-09-25 18:16:57
DAY 1 559 34 93 55
DAY 2 362 0 7 2
VA3DF   SO(A)AB LP   1,100,3282016-09-25 18:18:20
Things started out badly! Realized (30 minutes from start time) that my band map
was not working - likely due to a recent Windows upgrade - but then I shouldn't
be judgemental. Couldn't do a fast fix so ended up starting the contest without
a working band map. Not a big deal, but definitely got me out of my comfort
zone. A fix would have to wait until the wee hours of the morning when things
were slow enough that I could sort out the problem.

Hours 2,3 and 4 produced the highest rates of the contest and the low bands
seemed to be in great shape (more on that later). Went until about 3 AM local,
fixed the band map and them had a nice 3 hour nap! Things were smokin' on
Saturday morning, lots of really cool DX from Asia and the Far East i.e. Laos,
Thailand, Japan, India etc. 15 m. definitely exceeded my expectations and was a
pleasant surprise. Finally called it a day at 0329Z as I wanted to be fit for
the morning opening to EU - little did I know!

Sunday started well with a VK9 but then it hit the fan and propagation started
to stink (badly). A strong man would tough it out during poor propagation
conditions - I took a nap! Eventually things started to improve....

Bottom line - not too bad. QSOs down but mults were very close to last year.
Those naps really kill the qso numbers...

We have had a very hot dry summer! The ground is baked like cement so it
figures that a couple of weeks ago, I would decide to install a Beverage
antenna. Toughed it out installing the 4X4 support posts (with a manual post
hole auger) on one of the hottest days of the year but WOW what an antenna! At
430 feet, it's too short for a good 160 antenna but on 80 it is, shall I say,

All in all, good to get the old keyboard warmed up for the contest season and
hope everyone had a great time.

PS: This RTTY thingy is really kinda neat.


VA2UP   SOAB LP   1,059,6302016-09-25 18:21:26
Could only work the 15 hours and had to leave the station saturday afternoon.
For the time I was on I found conditions to be ok. This is the first time I
have to cut short on the CQWW, I had fun anyways. Better luck next year I hope.
Thanks for the Qs. 73
Fabi va2up
N4CF   SOAB LP   74,9002016-09-25 18:22:48
Good conditions on 20 and 40, with 80 decent on Saturday night. 15 was helpful
on Sunday afternoon.
HP3/VY2SS   SOAB HP   1,870,3042016-09-25 18:23:08
500W. 3 elment yagi at 75 feet. 40M inverted vee. 80M 250 foot loop.
WU6W   SOAB HP   55,4612016-09-25 18:24:29
6 Hours on and off.
First contest after 2 year lay off
KSØM   SOAB LP   122,2652016-09-25 18:25:22
A lot of fun and no problems with N1MM/MMTTY. All q's were made S&P.
W4AAW   M/M HP   2,935,4722016-09-25 18:26:25
This was another Totally Remote effort. Usually, M/M stands for
"Multi-Multi." In this case, M/M should stand for,

Ninety minutes before the contest start, the coax to the 40M yagi was severed
at the top of the tower when UV-degraded zip ties apparently failed, allowing
the service loop to be drawn across the tower top. So! We had no 40M antenna
Friday night!

Saturday, Jay-WS7I suggested we get some kind of 40M vertical going. So, a
wire vertical with four radials was quickly made up andraised. It worked
surprisingly well.

We also had massive rotor control box issues. These caused the 15M and 10M
yagis to be parked on EU and South America, respectively. Eventually, we were
able to re-calibrate the boxes and all yagis then turned. "But," we
ask, "Why did all this crapola happen minutes before the contest?"
Only the Contest Fairy knows.

The Internet connection worked flawlessly.

No QSOs were made from the W4AAW shack. Operators and their remote locations
were as follows:

AA5AU - Louisiana
MM0LID - Scotland
W4TMO - North Carolina*
N1MGO - Massachusetts
ND3D - Maryland*
KU1CW - Singapore (9V1) Airport Passenger Lounge!!
W3UL - New Jersey*
WS7I - Washington State
K4XD - North Carolina*
K4UB - Utah
W6IHG - Virginia*
W4AAW - Virginia* (* indicates PVRC member)

Some pretty remarkable QSO totals were turned in. Especially noteworthy was
Scott-MM0LID's effort with 617 Qs in his very first outing with us. Gordon,
N1MGO used his secret BIC tactics to produce 460 Qs. Big thanks for Don-AA5AU
for setting up our positions for diversity decoding and for advice on other
RTTY operating issues.

In the last two hours of the contest, Patrick-K4UB plunged in, operating his
first RTTY contest, and from Utah to boot! He's a quick learner.

Thanks to W0YK for overseeing this great contest. And thanks for all the Qs
and Mults.

We look forward to another Totally Remote effort in the CQWW SSB DX test at the
end of October.

Murphy, please stay away!

73 TeamW4AAW

KT5MR   Classic SOAB LP   14,2802016-09-25 18:31:39
Very casual effort. Did S&P the entire time. Concentrated on looking for
DX and practicing trying to pull weak stations out of the noise. Was surprised
to hear anyone on 10 meters! I really need to fix my 40 meter antenna; I missed
that entire band!
K3MJW   M/S HP   2,334,6152016-09-25 18:33:12
Had big fun.
WA3EKL   M/2 HP   1,175,4362016-09-25 18:35:39
We would all like to thank our host WA3EKL and N3DPB for allowing our crew to
partake in the competition.

This was a contest of challenges. This is the first time that this station was
ever run on a RTTY
Contest. Alan our host and Engineer spent over 20 hours on the top of the
tower repairing damages on a 40 beam that had taken a lightning strike.
Much of the work was finally completed less than 8 hour before the contest.

Our crew was all excited as this was the FIRST RTTY contest for the majority of
the operators.

Conditions on the band were interesting as we did have a really short 10 meter
opening. We are all learning how to properly use the equipment to maximum

Much to look forward to in future contests.

We can always know that we all did our best and are pleased with the results.

Until the next time:



Pat K0OO



Mark KD4D

Mike W3MBC

Susan N3DPB
K3EST(@N6RO)   M/M HP   2,676,1062016-09-25 18:36:31
As we did last year, Bob and I decided to to a casual M/M, as we couldn't
recruit other RO team ops to do a real M/M, and wanted to avoid the band
change limitations of M/2 or M/S. We used three K3s; one SO2R station and
another one dedicated mostly to 20m, where EST did his usual ironman job.
Bob put in 41 hours, and I did about 30, favoring a strained
shoulder muscle.

Condx on Friday night were great, with dozens of EU on 40m, and
even 8 EU Qs on 80m, which is unusual for this time of year from
the west coast. Saturday night was dismal, no EU Qs at all on 40 or 80m.
Sunday was even worse, with no stateside prop on 15 or 10m, other
than a few local or scatter Qs. 20 and 15m were open to JA all three
afternoons, and almost half of our Qs were from Asia.

We lost some time on Friday eve with software issues, but got it all going
with telephone aid from NA6O. So all in all, a good time. Thanks for
the Qs, and CU all in CQP next weekend.

N6O in CQP
K3NC   SOAB LP   26,4292016-09-25 18:36:49
Great fun with the Flex-6700/Maestro combo!
KE8M   SO(A)AB HP   633,1802016-09-25 18:39:15
CQWWRTTY Summary Sheet

Start Date : 2016-09-24

CallSign Used : KE8M
Operator(s) : KE8M

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
Assisted Category : ASSISTED
Band : ALL
Power : HIGH
Mode : RTTY
Default Exchange : 04 OH
Gridsquare : EN81RG

ARRL Section : OH
Club/Team : None
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5924.0

Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 75 116 7 14 28 1.5
7 110 244 17 40 24 2.2
14 279 777 28 84 16 2.8
21 205 584 24 72 7 2.8
28 3 9 2 3 0 3.0
Total 672 1730 78 213 75 2.6

Score : 633,180
Rig :Elecraft K3s + Ameritron ALS 1300 @ 400-600 W
G3YYD 2 Tone

Antennas : 10M - Hy Gain LJ 105CA @ 45 ft
15M - Hy Gain LJ 155CA @ 42 ft
20M - Hy Gain LJ 204CA @ 50 ft
40M - dipole @ 40 ft
40M - full size ground plane @ 25 ft
40M - full size ground mounted vertical 120 radials
80M - full size ground mounted vertical 175 radials
N3QE   SO(A)AB HP   2,264,5292016-09-25 18:40:22
Stupendous 15M opening on Saturday.

In all - 101 unique DXCC's worked, and all 50 states.

Ten-Tec Eagle + AL-1500 + 130 foot doublet up 80 feet.
VE3KI   SO(A)AB QRP   486,3362016-09-25 18:44:48
I decided to try QRP again, but assisted this time. Elecraft K3, 5 watts. TA-33,
80m dipole, and ZS6BKW doublet for 40m. 100% search and pounce.

I was very pleasantly surprised by how good 15m was on Saturday. On Sunday the
15m opening was much weaker. Most of Sunday was spent looking for traces on the
waterfall bandmap that didn't have grey (already worked) call signs beside them.
Pretty slow going, so I took the afternoon off to watch the Blue Jays beat the
Yankees. I copied some nice DX, but being QRP did not have much chance of
working the rarer ones once they had been spotted. My own best DX contacts were
4X, UA0 and JA.
N6SS   SO(A)SB10 HP   4,8262016-09-25 18:48:38
Did a 10m single band entry to test a new monoband Yagi. Condx were abysmal and
good print was challenging. Best copy was on the K3 display. Tnx to all for the
Pres, N6SS
NA6O   SO(A)AB HP   1,1472016-09-25 18:50:19
TS-590s, KPA500, verticals, low dipoles, N1MM+

Busy weekend. Dropped in to work a few new rtty DX, some old friends, and local
club members.
K2AL   Classic SOAB LP   259,1702016-09-25 18:51:31
IC-746, 100 watts,
2-el mini-beam for 20-15-10.
N1MM+, MMTTY, SignaLink, W10.
40 meter "ladder-line" dipole for 40 and 80.
Thoroughly enjoyable.
Most contacts I made in a contest to date. Will try to keep improving.
20 meters open late on Saturday.
N1DID   SOAB LP   261,7382016-09-25 18:53:57
Not sure how the form works for this contest
KK9EJ   SO(A)AB LP   5,2252016-09-25 18:54:54
Limited time in the chair, but fun overall.
WUØB   SO(A)SB40 LP   15,8252016-09-25 18:57:22
Had lots going on this weekend, but was able to make some contacts in the
evenings. Really my first time doing an RTTY contest and found it very
enjoyable. Will certainly be doing more in the future.
N5AC   SO(A)AB LP   83,7202016-09-25 19:01:09
This was the first time I'd run this contest at my QTH. Antenna is a 10-80m
Windom at about 15' strung through the trees in my HOA neighborhood. FLEX-6700
with Maestro running 100W. I had so much fun running assisted last year, I
decided to give it a try this year as well. But I didn't want to use Internet
spots since I have no idea if I could work those spots. Instead, I ran RTTY
Skimmer on two bands at a time (I could do four) from the DAX IQ output of the
radio (over Ethernet) and then pointed N1MMs telnet window to RTTY Skimmer.
RTTY Skimmer showed the SNR of each spot from the same radio I was using. I
found that with SNRs of around 28dB or higher I could work the stations with
little difficulty. I received spots with SNRs as low as 6dB, but simply could
not work those folks -- I could hear them, but they couldn't hear me. It was
nice to be able to run assisted with all spots generated from my own receiver.

Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 38 42 5 4 21 1.1
7 66 101 12 18 24 1.5
14 206 275 17 27 40 1.3
21 13 37 5 11 0 2.8
Total 323 455 39 60 85 1.4
Score: 83,720
1 Mult = 1.8 Q's
AEØEE   SOAB LP   10,5602016-09-25 19:02:02
45 W, dipoles up 6 m.

I was only able to get on for Sunday daytime, but managed to get a few contacts
in the log. For much of the day, 15 m seemed pretty dead, though there were a
few openings to Central and South America. I tried running a little bit, but
without much success---mostly I was operating search-and-pounce.

This RTTY contest seemed more active than they usually do, though it may be
because I only operated on Sunday and didn't stay long enough to really pick
the bands clean.
KB3Z   SO(A)AB HP   229,9922016-09-25 19:02:43
Nice Contest! Best score for me!
K7NN   M/S HP   37,5362016-09-25 19:03:05
Some propagation on 15, some on 40 and mostly 20 meters.
N8HM   SO(A)AB LP   2,0722016-09-25 19:05:57
Rig - Yaesu FT-450D
Antenna - MFJ-1786 Magnetic Loop
PP1CZ   SOAB LP   41,4762016-09-25 19:06:27
Just few hours on the air, but pleasant as usual.
Thank you for the contacts guys.
Best 73 from PP1CZ - Leo.
KY7M   SO(A)AB HP   1,333,2122016-09-25 19:14:54
Very disturbed conditions, especially on Sunday. 15m was useless on Sunday
until the afternoon opening to Asia. No European stations were worked on
Sunday morning on 15m and there were only a few signals heard from Central and
South America. If 15m was usless, 10m was more useless from the west coast.
The bulk of my Qs were on 20m. My score was down from last year due to the
lack of multipliers to work on 10m and 15m.
W4NBS   SOAB HP   2,7732016-09-25 19:15:06
150W; 80m dipole @ 30ft
NV9L(@WB9Z)   M/S HP   2,739,4202016-09-25 19:23:52
This was my very first time participating in CQ WW RTTY. I loved it...especially
using the new Flex as the run station. Wish prop was better so I could've used
the LOGTHENPOP more often. Not sure why we weren't comparable to others in 40m
QSOs. Obviously, 20 meters was our money band this weekend. de NV9L
W4VIC   SOAB HP   442,2332016-09-25 19:28:29
Love this contest! N1MM LoggerPlus is a remarkable tool -- certainly not your
fathers contest logging. Congrats to those who made contesting grow through
those days of AM, hand keys, poor selectivity, and paper logs. We stand on the
shoulders of giants!

I want to get my score in before all the heavy hitters (deservedly) steal the

Thanks to all for good contest behavior and thanks for the Qs. 73, Vic, W4VIC
W9VQ   SO(A)AB LP   68,5722016-09-25 19:32:22
Was going to concentrate on working only 80 and 40 but the coax to the dipole
had a unexpected traumatic separation from its PL259 connector on Saturday
K6NV   SO(A)AB HP   221,2002016-09-25 19:35:00
Was going for 500 q's, Sunday morning a disaster, could not get any sort of run
going and had a tough time with the east coast wall to EU.

TNX for the Q's...............Bob

KPA 500
3-el tribander yagi
Dipole and sloper for 40m.
Dipole for 80m
VK3JA   SOAB HP   281,5802016-09-25 19:46:21
Only limited time this weekend but good to hear the good old RTTY tones again.
Thanks to all who called. I hope my zone 30 helped a few.
73 Steve VK3JA ex VK3TDX
W7YAQ   SOAB HP   880,9922016-09-25 19:56:55
I wonder what CW4MAX was using on 10 meters. His was the only DX station heard
and worked, and heard him all 3 afternoons. I enjoyed working WH0RU and M0VIE.
Got more out of 15 meters than I expected, with good condx to Asia.

CU from Del Norte county next weekend in the CQP.

W4WWQ   SOAB LP   55,4402016-09-25 19:58:20
Too many things happening this weekend . . .
K3NDM   SOAB LP   79,0322016-09-25 19:59:41
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3.5 46 79 7 14 16 1.7
7 63 144 11 25 16 2.3
14 82 173 12 35 20 2.1
21 18 48 8 12 2 2.7
Total 209 444 38 86 54 2.1
Score: 79,032
1 Mult = 1.2 Q's
SV8CS   SOSB15 HP   138,8522016-09-25 20:01:19
Part time operation, due to QRL. High level electric power lines noise. 73 to
all and tnx - Spiros SV8CS.
NA2U   SO(A)AB HP   71,1002016-09-25 20:02:54
Flex 6300, AL-80B (500w), ground-mounted Tarheel 200A-HP screwdriver vertical,
dipoles/Inv-Vees at ~18 feet.

Crappy condx but further proof that I LOVE contesting.


K6LL   SO(A)AB HP   831,8242016-09-25 20:04:32
I just got home from being away all summer, so I didn't plan to do much in this
contest. I started out just wanting to make sure everything was working after
a 3 month hiatus. In fact, everything was working fine, and my background
noise level has decreased significantly compared to what it was when I left,
which was a pleasant surprise. I put in 17 hours, spread over the whole
weekend, which isn't much really. I didn't even get up early for the 40 meter
JA opening on Saturday.

Since it was a casual operation, I wasn't using SO2R, it got kind of boring on
Sunday afternoon with just one radio, so I quit for a while. I invited Mike
W6RW, over to show him how RTTY works, and he had fun making a bunch of QSO's
using his own call sign. After Mike left, I got on again and had an impressive
JA run on 15 and 20, right until the end of the contest. So much for the old
adage that "JA's don't show up on Sunday afternoon." Maybe they have
mostly retired now, and don't have to go to work on Monday. Whatever the reason,
it was fun!
VE3UTT   SO(A)AB HP   534,9852016-09-25 20:05:35
K3 / Optibeam / Dipole - Remote

First QSO was 1023 UTC Saturday not much time available but good fun.
N8FYL   SO(A)AB LP   117,3162016-09-25 20:13:20
I was targeting 24 hours of operating time, but when I discovered around 1700z
on 25th that the dead tree holding one of my antennas had lowered itself to the
ground, I was forced to take a break and deal with it. Well, I did as little as
possible while rescuing the antenna, which, fortunately, suffered no damage! It
also seemed like more "one way propagation" this year than last. I
could hear many stations CQs and QRZs loud and clear, but no response to my
calls. :-)
OG7A(OH6MW)   SO(A)AB HP   1,150,3392016-09-25 20:16:48
Thank You. 73 Ari OH6MW OG7A
WB6JJJ   SOAB HP   75,4802016-09-25 20:21:47
I hate Microsoft... I tried to start the computer Saturday afternoon but it
forced an update which took many hours. We went out for a nice dinner. Then
it had to update after a restart - what a !!!???!!!... It is supposed to allow
auto downloads but manual installs. I wish the logger gurus would write a great
program for my Mac.
Once in the game, it was a lot of fun.
This afternoon I sent one CQ on 15 Meters and had a 65 Q run of JAs - more
I was surprised that 10 Meters seemed dead. The band was open to South America
with good signals from the only two stations heard and worked. You can't work
them if they don't show up.
K2PO   M/M HP   1,733,1162016-09-25 20:25:11
The weekend was originally to have been a multi-single. But one op had a last
minute business trip, another had a family event, and life otherwise intervened
with others. So I started-off as single op. WQ3I dropped by for a station
visit with his 5 year old son, but didn't operate. But then KF7FME was able to
join me for 80 minutes on Saturday evening.

By then I'd made multiple band changes without regard to the band-change
limitations. So I'll submit this log as a multi-unlimited, although there were
never two signals on their air, nor more than one op active at a time.

No matter - 'just out for a fun weekend. And to double the pleasure, I doubled
(or more accurately, quintupled) the power - running the KPA-500 amplifier for
the first time in a contest.

Conditions were fine to start - given the low expectations that come with this
part of the solar cycle. But then the K-index spiked twice to 5.

The first spike seemed to ruin our chance to work 40m Europeans on the 2d
night. (The log has 7 EUs on 40m the second night, as compared with 59 the
first night.)

The second spike in the k-index seemed to torpedo 15m on Sunday. The band
didn't open until after 3:00 in the local afternoon, and then just weakly -
with no stateside stations, and only the big-gun DX stations that were already
in the log.

Three 10m QSOs were logged - two with local club members, and a third
"ESP" QSO (I think) with N6SS in Arizona. Nothing else was heard.

28% of my contacts were S&P. 420 of my 1676 raw QSOs (25%) were Japanese
stations. 351 were Europeans (21%). And 644 were US stations (38%).

Last year, my best band was 15m - by a wide margin. This year 15m was a
distant #3.

Tnx to the RTTY fraternity for turning out this weekend, and to the volunteer
log processing staff for the work that's about to begin.


/Bill, K2PO
YY2GAL   SOSB15 LP   334,0482016-09-25 20:32:47
[log removed from comments]

NAME: Geraldine Liccioni
ADDRESS-CITY: San Cristobal
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5924.0
WR7Q   SOAB HP   24,9662016-09-25 20:41:16
Had a lot of fun, but too many interruptions to get a serious score.
VA7ST   SOAB HP   786,9732016-09-25 20:41:34
15M open to Europe Saturday. Dead on Sunday (A = 17). Heard two XE stations late

20M opened to Europe both days, but Sunday was very poor. Domestic Qs were
difficult, but JA was stronger even off the back of the beam. Steppir
bi-directional mode worked great for these conditions. Loved being called by
WH0RU near the end for the double mult.

40M was good Friday evening, with a few European mults. Saturday was much

80M was disappointing for state mults -- 10 fewer mults than last year's
unstellar outing. One JA worked, and it was difficult.

Surprised at what staying in the chair will do. I was on track for a best-ever
weekend until Sunday morning. Then the mult opportunities disappeared. I just
kept pushing and ended up with my second-best CQWW RTTY score, slightly better
than 2014. Only the third time over 1,000 Qs but the sections and countries
couldn't support an all-time best run.

Gear all worked perfectly. The rebuilt SB221 was flawless no matter what I did
to it (even ran it on 20M into the 40M quad for a few seconds Saturday evening
with no ill effects).

Had my fun for a weekend -- even got the lawns mowed on Saturday morning, and a
few other chores completed. Long sleep ahead.

Thanks for the contacts everyone.

QSOs Pts Cty ZN Sec Score
2016 1046 2467 116 60 143 786,973 29.5 hrs HP
2015 838 2081 143 62 141 720,026 29.0 hrs HP
2014 1003 2227 95 70 185 779,450 27.0 hrs HP
2013 1558 3925 185 85 201 1,848,675 35.0 hrs HP
2012 777 1759 119 67 168 622,686 21.5 hrs
2011 619 1345 110 67 171 468,060 18.0 hrs
2010 799 1846 128 63 155 638,716 29.0 hrs
2009 703 1643 107 55 126 473,184 26.5 hrs
2008 784 1750 111 55 135 526,750 29.0 hrs HP
2007 599 1295 74 46 119 309,505 23.0 hrs HP
IZ4AFW(@IO4W)   SO(A)AB HP   1,288,4522016-09-25 20:52:43
Still jet-lagged for a long trip, decided to participate in a part-time effort
in the contest. Many, many stations on the air! Great fun! See you in the CQWW
SSB and maybe WAE RTTY!
Ciao, 73
Fabio IZ4AFW / IO4W / NZ1W
W4UAT   SOSB20 HP   118,5512016-09-25 20:52:55
Lots of Multi Pat on most European Signals both Saturday and Sunday. Had
several interuptions but had a good time.
N5XZ   SO(A)AB HP   250,4362016-09-25 20:53:21
Part time fun!
K7VIT   SO(A)AB HP   234,2672016-09-25 20:56:44
Thanks to all who answered my calls.
KK7A   SOSB20 QRP   6602016-09-25 21:11:34
5 watts to an attic dipole. Heard some fantastic signals from all over, but they
couldn't hear me. :-)
NA5NN(K2FF)   SOSB80 LP   13,3332016-09-25 21:15:02
Always nice to hand out "MS"...especially on 80m RTTY!
N6HI   Classic SOAB QRP   4,6442016-09-25 21:15:25
Ran 2 Watts to a 20 foot piece of wire thrown into a tree out my window. Band
conditions were certainly not the best, but I had lots of fun, and was pleased
to work a few stations on the elusive 15 meter band! I am beginning to enjoy
RTTY contesting! However, I do think we should really be using Domino or
Contestia or similar modes instead for our "digital" contesting! 59
QSOs is now my "personal best" for a RTTY contest, so I have nowhere
to go but up! Thanks to all for the QSOs. GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS! 73, John N6HI
N4CW   SOSB20 LP   101,1502016-09-25 21:16:33
Wow! That was a lot of work! I'm just glad I wasn't QRP; heard many (needed)
stations calling CQ that just couldn't hear me. Note: if a station is weak it
doesn't mean you're weak at his station...worked lots of weak
lots of really big signals. Stateside, W7RN was ALWAYS the loudest! For DX, it
was HK1T!
Station: K3, SignaLink USB, T-8 Log Periodic at 30 feet. No Telnet's more fun that way!
73, Bert N4CW
W6QU(W8QZA)   SOAB QRP   144,2562016-09-25 21:42:46

Radio: Yaesu FT-817, 5 Watts.

10-15-20 Meters: 3 el Stepp-IR up 32 feet
40 Meters: DX-LB trap dipole up 30 feet
40-80 Meters: Butternut HF-2V Vertical with 3 radials


The conditions are steadily getting worse, and it is easy to see in my score
compared to last year. Despite 5 more hours of op time, my Qs dropped from 341
to 329. This is a 3.5% drop in Qs, but this was accompanied by a 20.7% drop in
score! This is because the quality of the Qs dropped as well as the number of
Qs. For example, the percent of my European Qs dropped from 20.8% to 8.5%! And
the percent of North American Qs increased from 47% to 59%!

Well, I'm sure it is bound to get worse before it gets better!

It is clear to everyone that there was some sort of solar storm which virtually
shut down 15 Meters on Sunday morning. (10 M was already dead!) 15 M seemed
normal an hour or so after sun rise here in San Diego. An hour later it was
dead with only one or two sigs on the band! It recovered a lot in the last
couple hours of the contest. But for most of Sunday there was only one band
operating: 20 Meters!!!

On the other side of things, on Saturday night 15 was as open as I have ever
seen it to the Pacific. I worked stuff like 9M6's, T88ON, YB, DU's as well as
the usual KH6, VK, and ZL. I usually can never work this stuff with my QRP.

As far as problems go, I had a remarkable one that ruined the first 1 1/2 hours
of the contest. I found I simply could not work stations that I should be
working. Finally one op told me that I was transmitting about 110 cycles off
frequency! It made sense because occasionally ops would seem to shift their
frequency to work me. My RIT was off and I could NOT figure any way to check
this out! So I finally just turned off the FT-817 and the N1MM logging program
and turned them back on. It seemed to fix the problem and I was never troubled
by it again. But what the %#$@&!!!!

DXCC was only 55 and WAZ was only 25. In 2012 I was 67 and 27, so the drop is
not really dramatic.

My most unusual Q was on 10 Meters. I only had 4 Qs on 10 M: 2 were local
backscatter and one was CW4MAX who seemed to have a signal on for the entire
contest despite the horrible condx on 10 M!

However, the fourth Q on 10 meters was like science fiction. After checking 10
M ever hour or two and finding it dead all Fri and Sat, I suddenly found YC9GWR
with a strong sig on Saturday evening and worked him in one call. I can never
work stuff like that on 10 Meters, let alone on a dead band.

The other cool Q was finding D66D calling blank CQs on 15 M near noon on
Saturday. He was not strong but easy to work on one call.

I also found VK9NZ on 15 M in the last minutes of the contest and despite the
fact that he was VERY weak, he had no callers and I got him.

So it is stuff like that that keeps us contesting, ....even near the bottom of
the cycle!

See you next month for the CQ WWDX Phone contest! This is the one that keeps my
family up at night with "Whiskey Six Quebec United" echoing in the
house, although the digital voice recorder has helped that a lot!

...Bill W8QZA - W6QU
K7ZS   M/S HP   1,123,0202016-09-25 21:43:45
FUN! Bands better than hoped, a little solar action to remind you to never
assume the bands will be the same or better 'tomorrow'..

Thanks to Andy KE7AUB for an incredible effort, and pulling an all nighter to
reap the rewards of the first night Asia opening on 40m.

Jim KI7Y for his help and keeping the conversation lively - which is the fun
part of RTTY contesting - not only can you whistle while you work, you can eat,
drink, talk on the phone and tell jokes at the same time!

Only had one Ampli-Fire ... RTTY will 'smoke out' anything that isn't hardened
and ready for battle - thank god I have plenty of Hot Swap spare amps! (That's
what I get for not just going to the Alpha's straight away)

73 and see you all in the SSB test

-Kevin K7ZS
ZM2B(ZL2BR)   Classic SOSB15 HP   158,1802016-09-25 21:48:13
Target was to beat my SOSB15 PB set last year, but came up well short, qso's
were not far behind but dxcc mults were very hard to get.

Eastwards propagation just about finished around the Ural Mts, UA0's were easy
but even UA9's were rare with only a couple in my log. Total for Europe was
just 27:
Zone 14 - 1
Zone 15 - 19
Zone 16 - 7

Westwards, it was the Appalachian Mts that was about the limit, just five New
England qso's, one ON and nil QC. NA total was 165:
Zone 3 - 77
Zone 4 - 59
Zone 5 - 29

Zone 25 was a happy hunting ground with 216 qso's, another good one was zone 25
with 18 qso's, contest activity from YB has increased significantly in recent.

800 watts into C3SS beam
W6JBR   SOAB LP   50,5162016-09-25 21:59:13
Conditions were not great, but it was still fun.
TS-450SAT 50W
G5RV 30'
Thanks for the Qs... see you next time!
73, JR
WN6K   SOAB LP   554,9642016-09-25 22:08:12
As some of you know, the SteppIR has been having problems that come & go and
we can't seem to find what's wrong. Just before this contest, who knows why but
it was working again.

No need for answers - just get things set up & DON'T shut anything down.

First day was good and certainly offered lots of promise over the doldrums of
the past quarter. Then all good things do end as Sunday morning, there was a
distinct change in the band sound. A quick ck on the applet on the task bar
showed an A of 22 & K of 5! That made Sunday a long slow day. The last hour
kind of perked up a tiny bit which kept interest to the bitter end.

Missed last year's score by 100k and QSOs by 89. 67 DXCCs were found.

CQP Next weekend - see you there.

WN6K, Paul

160/80 Buck OCD @45ft.
40-6m SteppIR DB18 @55ft.
OH2V(OH4KA)   SOSB20 HP   423,3602016-09-25 22:17:11
Testing 20M stack antennas, Fun as always 73 Kari
W7RN(WK6I)   SOAB HP   2,545,0502016-09-25 22:30:38
First 24 hours - zowie! Second 24 hours - ouch, where did it all go?
WS7L   SO(A)AB HP   51,8882016-09-25 22:31:37
Gotta remember to mark this on the calendar for next year. I let too much other
stuff get in the way!

Bands were pretty darn good!

73 and thanks for the Q's
Carl WS7L
OL9R(OK6RA)   SOSB40 LP   47,6582016-09-25 22:44:33
I was working only 8 hours on Sunday for fun. but nice activity.

FT-1000MP MARK-V Field
GP 20mH
Win-test + MMTTY

See you int the CQ WWs.

73 Vaclav OK6RA / OL9R
SP4LVK   SOSB15 QRP   13,8002016-09-25 23:14:32
RIG:FT-950 PWR:5 ANT:2el DeltaLoop
ACØC   SOAB HP   1,483,8152016-09-25 23:20:22
Except for the short op time this year, station gear worked without incident
save for a minor problem with a preamp on the RX antennas. Recently reworked
antennas here were the elevated 4-square and the 8-circle, both showing very
good results. N1MM+ was pretty well behaved. Amps (the usual troublemakers)
ran just fine.

Now the propagation, well, that is a different story... 15 was pretty solid
the first day and dead the second but I could not get back in the chair until
Sunday afternoon so I may have missed most of the disappointment the storm
surely brought to those pushing the max time.

Thanks for the QSO! Always a great contest.

RM3F(UA4LCQ)   SO(A)AB LP   1,522,1562016-09-26 00:01:23
K4WW   SOAB HP   380,8742016-09-26 01:04:14
Time was spent is 2-3 hour segments, on both days. I didn't expect much from 15,
but I did expect much better from 40. Not only were the DX contacts difficult,
but many of the domestic contacts required repeats. Thanks to all for the
contacts, and to those I couldn't print, I apologize.
ON6NL   SO(A)AB QRP   540,5082016-09-26 01:26:56
Planned a relaxed S&P participation after being active as 5X8C so why not
try QRP. Conditions on Saturday were just too good so got carried away! Sunday
was a roller-coaster with storm on the sun but a small opening to South America
on 10.
Always a surprise what you can work with 5W (KH0, JA on 40) and what not
(Europe on 15).
Rig: IC756Pro2
Ant: 4 el tribander, dipoles
Software: N1MM, VE7CC, 2Tone, FlDigi
9AØZ(@9A5K)   M/2 HP   3,773,2052016-09-26 01:27:41
First time for us in M/2 category in CQ WW RTTY.
Propagations could be better, but anyway it was big fun.

Thanks all for qsos and CU in next one.

Chris - 9A5K
EA8DED   M/S LP   3,103,2002016-09-26 01:32:02
Friday morning the multinational team had a lot to do to fix all set-up befor
the M/S operation. Finally we however failed to get the second radio to work,
so we remain without the multiplier station and had to go a Sole One TX Low
Power operation.

Operator list: Ewe SM7BHM, Juris YL7A, Vaino OH9GIT, Jorge EA8TL and Kari

Equipment in use. IC-7800 (IC-7300), SteppIR 3 el @ 5M / 140 M ASL, Windom.

Casa Vuokko, Norther coast of Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz.

This happy team is still satisfied to the final result and appreciate every
single QSO - TU.

Best regards to our Fellow competitors, next time we'll improve for sure.
UW6E(UR6EA)   SO(A)SB15 QRP   34,7882016-09-26 01:58:12
W1ZK   SOAB HP   288,8762016-09-26 02:35:01
My first head cold in close to 20 years. If I thought 15 would die on Sunday I
would have stayed longer on the band on Saturday!
IT9CLN   SOSB40 LP   86,0002016-09-26 02:35:22
Homemade vertical, IC 718, MicrokeyerII, QarTest
G8X(G4FJK)   SOSB80 LP   86,3602016-09-26 02:37:38
The RTTY ringing in my ears hasn't stopped yet !
FT2000D - backed down to 100w, running cool
80m half-wave inv.V at 16m - and - HF2V with elevated radials
4Z4AK(@4X4REM)   SOSB15 HP   649,3562016-09-26 02:39:13
A3S, PA500W, TT Eagle599
TU! GL! 73!
5P9X(OZ9GA)   SOAB LP   634,6892016-09-26 03:03:21
RTTY Radio HF-station OZ9GA
Contestcall 5P9X

RX/TK IC 7700
Interface Microham Microkeyer II
Microham Station Master for antenna swits and rotator control.
MSI Laptop
WriteLog 11.29 with Mtty

On tower 11M over gr.
Mosley TA-54-XLN-6 for 10, 15, and 20 Meter Bands
Optibeam OB1-4030 for 40 Meter bands
Rotor Yaesu G-2800DXC

Dipole for 80 Meter Band

All Q’s are on LOTW

Tnx fer the contacts.
73 de OZ9GA (5P9X)
OK3RM   SOSB20 HP   779,6362016-09-26 03:08:40
again after a long time on RTTY, beautiful moments with equipment, thanks to
everyone for QSO

used equipment

Icom 765
Timewave DSP-599zx
Wintest and MMTTY/2Tone
Sound card in a laptop

4el rotating antenna at 18m
3el fixed east, antenna at 20m
5el rotating antenna at 10m
2el fixed south, antenna at 8m

PA KVZ 1 AP 2x 3-500Z

divider 1 in to 3 out from QRO.CZ
antenna switch QRO.CZ

Thanks to all for a wonderful weekend
HG7T   M/S HP   4,679,6422016-09-26 03:12:44
Vy 73! Tibi HA7TM
WX1S   SOSB40 LP   40,9842016-09-26 03:13:11
I worked one band with a limited amount of time. Still had fun!
AB3WS   Rookie SOAB QRP   174,4602016-09-26 03:14:12
I definitely enjoyed 80m this go around. For some reason, propagation and
antennas just seemed to click. I managed to catch a few Pacific Basin openings
on 20m early and 15m on Saturday and Sunday. I also caught a couple brief
openings on 10m as well, but there didn't seem to be a lot of stations I could
hear. Even though I managed more Qs on 20m, 80m was my favorite. 40m just felt
like a bit of a slog until late Sunday, where I caught some good greyline. I
managed to put a few ATNOs in the log as well, so that's a plus. Thank you to
everyone for their patience!

Elecraft KX3
Inverted-V 10-40m
Center-fed Lazy Inverted-L 40-80m
SignaLink USB
LY5W   SOSB40 LP   253,9822016-09-26 03:24:48
Tried at home QTH.
Not too bad, but when I look to USA/VE multipliers list - I see 20 possible
non-worked easy mult's.

TNX for QSO's. Next one? Maybe CAQP and VK/ZL/OC contest.

73, Sam LY5W
VE3CV   SOSB80 LP   7,5902016-09-26 04:19:08
Couldn't be on during the day, so went for SOSB 80m. First contact was Italy,
so thought a good night was in store, but then a kidney stone decided my fate.
Bummer. Too hard to stay in the chair. Had to skip Saturday night. Got on a
bit on Sunday morning, but no DX. Not one Caribbean station worked. P49X must
have had QRN. Oh well, good to get the contest juices flowin' to
get other stuff to flow!
Thanks for the Qs
Jeff VE3CV
N4KG   SO(A)AB LP   246,2282016-09-26 05:00:03
Low Power is definitely a Waiting Game on RTTY !
A No-Heavy-Lifting Restriction hampered changing out amps :-(
As usual, my focus was on working DX with NO CQing.

Glad to see that 9V1YC was active. Singapore is one of the 35 countries I've
never heard in my 10 years of RTTY activity. Hope to catch you soon James !

Tom N4KG in North Alabama
SM7MX(SM5MX)   SOSB80 LP   52,0082016-09-26 05:07:43
Rig: TS-850S, MK-II
Ant: GP
W1IE   SO(A)AB HP   230,0792016-09-26 05:08:52
[log removed from comments]

NAME: gerald knowlton
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5924.0
N7BT   SOAB HP   35,6312016-09-26 05:11:30
My plan was to do a 15M single band entry but conditions were such that I had to
go to 20 and work a few there just to get some Q's!
S51A(@S53APR)   M/2 HP   5,924,1602016-09-26 05:13:07
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3,5 549 1150 14 63 17 2,1
7 1146 2734 31 99 49 2,4
14 1211 3014 31 103 55 2,5
21 599 1597 30 94 38 2,7
28 90 217 16 39 1 2,4
Total 3595 8712 122 398 160 2,4
Score: 5.924.160
1 Mult = 5,3 Q's

It was fun, pitty for a faliure in the 21Mhz beam at the beginning of
Still did what we could and got some nice results.

My hat is of to the guys from 4O10A, amazing score on this kind of conditions.

Thanks to k9ct, dr5n, lx7i and others for a nice race on Live
scores surely increse the fun for the ops that are off duty :)

Log on lotw soon.

We love this game.

Bostjan - Ian S55O
K4WDR   SOAB LP   87,1292016-09-26 05:20:49
I spent more time off (27 hrs) than in the seat (21 hrs) - Started Late, Ended
Early - So the low score was predictable. For one reason or another this
contest really tested my endurance. I found that after 50 years old - I just
don't have any .... hi hi

Worked the contest with a Kenwood TS-480 SAT and a 160m Doublet (240' long)
tuned with a Dentron Super Tuner and I generally kept my exciter power down
from anywhere to 8 to 12 watts or so and used my Ameritron AL-811H amplifier to
bring my power up to just shy of the 100 watts maximum for the LP category
according to my Palstar PM2000A watt meter. Maybe next year I can do better but
perhaps the score will be useable for the SECC Group overall.
K4WI   SOSB10 LP   1,1882016-09-26 05:29:18
wow, well I knew that it would be slow going on 10 but I had
no idea that it would be this slow! Ten was open just no one
there for the most part. NR4M was only USA qso. Equip: Ft2000
to KT36 at 150 ft. TU for the q's and 73's Cort K4WI
K1RCT   SOAB LP   93,7862016-09-26 05:30:29
TS450SAT, OCF up in the trees 45', AFSK/FLDigi & N1MM+.

Many Honey-Do Projects limited my chair time, about 8 hours of on & off
operating. 20 minutes here, an hour there. Still propagation was pretty good.
Glad to hear 15M open. Even heard strong EU stations on 10M but no joy there.
Missed the JA window due to hunting with my youngest.
K9QJ   Classic SOAB LP   9,2402016-09-26 05:56:20
Very casual contest. Already have a couple of new RTTY countries confirmed.
Thanks to those who upload to LOTW.
KT1I   SOAB LP   202,4362016-09-26 06:08:37
As usual a great contest. A part time operation for me this time but everything
worked well. I'm still getting used to N1MM Logger Plus. Ten meters was
absolutely absent here.
VY2LI   Classic SOAB HP   274,2612016-09-26 06:11:09
A recreational effort at best. Still one of my favorite contests. Nice to work
some old and new calls.Chased W5/VY2TT for the elusive VY2 mult, but didn't
catch him! Thanks for the Q's.73,Bill

The gear:
Alpha 374A,FT-950,Rigblaster+,N1MM+
Tribander @ 20M, 40M rotatable DP @ 70',80M 1/4 vert.
LZ7A(@LZ1KAA)   M/2 HP   3,959,6042016-09-26 06:18:46
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3,5 447 920 12 57 11 2,1
7 782 1730 28 88 33 2,2
14 1139 2663 34 98 51 2,3
21 469 1207 29 87 26 2,6
28 58 146 13 27 0 2,5
Total 2895 6666 116 357 121 2,3
Score: 3 959 604
1 Mult = 4,9 Q's
K4XL   SO(A)AB HP   577,0662016-09-26 06:32:29
Still too much time spent S/P early in contest when I should have been running.
Many interruptions, as usual, and had to quit a couple of hours early due to a
dinner party. Conditions were mediocre, but there was some good DX
available...and I even managed to work some of it. 8*) Thanks for the Qs and
can't wait for next year!
WØPV   SOAB LP   155,0882016-09-26 06:36:20
Sorry for the logging data error on some 80m QSO's caught on eQSL. The eQSL data
has been changed and re-submitted. The CABRILLO log file submitted was
double-checked and has always had the correct data. 73 de John
ON3DI   SOSB80 QRP   47,1872016-09-26 06:37:52

What a week! The days before the contest I checked the antennas and my
computer. The antennes were ok, but the screen of my laptop was stuck. I tired
to connect another screen but I guess the videocard was stuck. Luckely I had
another laptop at home but I need to do the configuration, not my strongest
part. At my new computer I had only one connection for the mic and headset. I
thought I could solve this with a USB soundcard device, but it didn't work out,
frustrating. Thank god there is Facebook, I became a member of the dxlab group.
Yeah I know not that very logical to use dxlab to contest, but it worked in the
past and I was happy about that. I asked for some help and soon W2IRT, Peter and
AA6YQ, Dave helped me. Step by step they did the configuration with me, also
with a lot of patience, they were incredible! Anyway the problem wasn't solved.
When I was transmitting I had no power, receiving wasn't a problem. The next
days I had to solve this problem on my own but I didn't found the solution. In
my head I knew the contest would be without me, I should not be able to defend
my title on 80m QRP. The thursday before the contest my dad, ON2WVD, suggested
to buy another cable instead of the USB soundcard. After my work on Friday I
would buy it in a local store here, my last hope. I bought a jack adapter cable
and a USB sound adapter. The last one was the right one. When I was
transmitting I had power and could receive, finally some hours before the
contest it was sure that I could be qrv!

And now about the contest! Months before the contest DK6SP, Phil, challenged me
for a batlle on 80m QRP assisted. I won that category last year with a new world
record. The problem was I had no internet and no connection to the cluster and I
had no interest to fix that after all the problems with the configuation. And
honestly I knew Phil would be strong with all his antennas, I was pretty sure
that I could'nt beat him. I saw also that the world record unassisted was
doable, decision made! I was qrv on 80m QRP unassisted!
The start of the contest was good, I tried to call CQ as much as possible. The
first 6 hours I had circa 20 qso's/hour with a max of 31. K1SFA, came back to
my call, always nice! I worked also V31MA and P49X, I had to call only once!
Unfortunatly I wasn't able to work VA2UP (just like last year), K3LR, N4RM,
AA3B, ..., calling and calling but they did'nt copy me. I worked only four
states: PA, CT, MA and MD, last year I had 5 states.
After the first shift I was happy, the conditions were pretty good! On
Saturdayevening I was soon qrv on 80m but it was slow, very slow and that for
the rest of the contest. Despite the conditions I worked easily RG9A, nice
multiplier. On sundaymorning I heard USA staions but I wasn't able to worked
them numerous; I worked only AA3B and K3LR, finaly!
Rates were about 10/hour, that is slow and I was all the time fighting against
the sleep. The shift from 15 utc on Saturday to sundaymorning 6 utc without a
stop was hard, extremely happy that I could go to bed.
Sundayevening was again poor, trying to work some new contestdxcc. I worked 49
dxcc, normally 10 states (not sure about RW0A) and 4 states, that is combined
better then last year (44-7-5), happy about that result!

I was the first time that everyone was active between 3560 and 3615, band was
crowded, think RTTY is gaining interest. Anyway I still love it.

I stopped with 379 QSO's, that is also better then last year when i had 334
qso's. Normally I may claim a new world record, for the second time in a row. I
have almost 100 QSO's and 16 multipliers more then HA1WD during his world
record. Hopefully I have beaten my opponents!
One thing is also sure, I lost my world record 80m QRP assisted, to Phil DK6SP,
he has a really nice score!

Thanks to my parents for everything
Thanks to W2IRT and AA6YQ for all the help
Thanks to DK6SP for the company during the contest, it kept me awake
Thanks to all who worked me

Now fingers crossed for the raw scores, it will tell me a lot!

All the best!


Pieter ON3DI
KØYQ   SOAB LP   164,9642016-09-26 06:38:49
I spent Sunday living in the past wishing again for Saturday. Great time
W7CT   M/S HP   179,6702016-09-26 06:46:52
NG7M was remote.
WJ2D   SOAB HP   907,8202016-09-26 07:03:37
I was trying for dxcc in a weekend but I came up 3 countries short... Seems like
many of the usual countries were not present. The likes of C6,vp2v,ZF and a host
of others I did not hear at this QTH. I fried the xformer in my amp on Saturday
but was able to continue with low power (200 watts) until I repaired the amp on
Sunday. All in all I had a good time but my score suffered somewhat because of
the amp issue. Thanks to all that answered my call and I'll see you in the next
CT1AOZ   Classic SOSB80 HP   84,1922016-09-26 07:07:17
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
3,5 408 877 15 60 21 2,1
Total 408 877 15 60 21 2,1
Score: 84.192
1 Mult = 4,3 Q's
KF6HI   SOSB15 HP   30,9142016-09-26 07:15:25
Limited time to operate. Fairly good conditions Saturday. Highlight was
coming across D66D high in the band and workable.
Solar wind kicked up the magnetic field and flattened the band Sunday morning
and early afternoon.
W4GE   Classic SOAB HP   484,2872016-09-26 07:40:15
Great Contest!! The rig and N1MM plus with MMVARI software ran flawlessly.
Condx were much better than I expected. Thanks to all for your professionalism
and politeness and for answering my calls!

Rig: K3, P3, KPA500, KAT500, Acom 1500
Antennas: K4KIO Hex beam @ 11m, 43ft vertical, OCF dipole for 80 and 40.

See you next year!
YO4NF   SO(A)SB40 LP   228,6532016-09-26 07:43:26
IC7600 and dipole.
Thanks everyone for QSO. 73!
VE6WQ   SO(A)SB20 LP   298,0622016-09-26 07:46:47
Operated from home this year. Original plan was to go 20m assisted but due to a
problem with a parameter error in Writelog bandmap window I started out in the
non-assisted category. Reloading the program on Saturday night solved the
problem and switched to assisted for Sunday. Conditions here started out quite
good on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Excellent runs to Eu running LP.
By about 0000Z on Sunday I knew something was amiss as the band dropped out
very early compared to the previous evening. When I got up early Sunday morning
a saw a K of 5 and 4 for the previous 6 hours and 20m was quite dead and never
really recovered up here. Only a handful of Eu QSOs and even the US stations
were not good until about 1800Z. Had to quit early Sunday afternoon due to
other commitments. Missed a number of states/provinces. Heard several DX mults
on Sunday but just couldn't get through with the poor condx.

Equipment ICOM 756ProIII, 3-el SteppIR@48ft
K8AJS   Classic SOAB LP   130,4102016-09-26 07:56:30
Disappointing contest; propagation seemed punk making contacts not as plentiful
as I would have liked. Even running low power, I usually am able to achieve
moderate success running, but not so much this time. A much larger percentage
of contacts were made using S&P than I'm used to.

Poor propagation and inability to run as much as I wanted made the whole thing
not so very much fun, so after 12 hours in the chair I decided to hang it up.
Looks like with solar conditions being what they are, and will be for a few
years, I'll have to approach contesting with a different attitude and different
objectives. Well, it is what it is and I'll make it work however I can...:-)

Rig: Elecraft K3/P3 100 watts
Antennas: 204-foot G5RV, 40-meter inverted vee, 3-ele quad
Software: WriteLog v11.23L
W9ILY   SOSB15 HP   113,2882016-09-26 08:03:28
Optibeam OB-9/5 at 18m and phased verticals. Condx on Saturday were fantastic.
Sunday a real disappointment.
OK7W(OK1CID)   SOSB15 HP   450,9042016-09-26 08:12:53
Thanks to OL7M team for help!
W4UK   SOAB HP   289,8722016-09-26 08:13:56
Wire dipoles in pine trees.

The score, zones, and DX values come from WriteLog. It doesn't report states -
I am guessing around 40 and entered it above because 3830 must have an entry. I
have no idea how it calculates the score.
K7JR   M/2 HP   1,403,8402016-09-26 08:17:08
Fun time firing up the K7JR Snake River Remote Contest Club station for this
contest. Shook the cobwebs out of some things here and cleaned some rust off
things there.

As others have said this one was certainly the tale of two days. Things started
off great during the first 24 hours: nice openings to Europe on 40M Friday night
and on 15M during Saturday day, nice Japan openings on 40 and 15 as well the
first day. Then came Saturday night everything shut down. The MUF to Japan
droppped below 7MHz and we lost even 40M propagation to Japan -- something that
happens usually only at the bottom of cycles. 15M was essentially shut down to
everywhere for us all day on Sunday -- only a couple QSOs to the southeast and
a small JA opening toward the end. 10M? Forget about it.

Still we enjoyed the openings we had and had fun. One thing about remote
contesting is, if the bands suck, you can just wander off and doing something
else around the house that is more enjoyable.

Scott/K7ZO for the SRRCC Crew
K7EG   SO(A)AB HP   7,3802016-09-26 08:18:05
IC-7851 & Alpha 9500. SteppIR DB-18E

Minimal effort. 100% S&P.
W6RLL   SOSB20 HP   42,6122016-09-26 08:36:49
Thanks for the QSO's. 73 de Joe.
W1DX(@W1AN)   M/2 HP   2,609,6312016-09-26 08:37:27
Nice conditions most of the weekend. A good way to open the contest season.
K1LZ(K3JO)   SOAB HP   3,270,7742016-09-26 08:47:30

-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y ---------------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Rate Total Pct
0000 0 0 70 18 0 0 88 88 3.2
0100 0 19 63 15 0 0 97 185 6.8
0200 0 42 48 0 0 0 90 275 10.1
0300 0 56 50 0 0 0 106 381 14.0
0400 0 44 57 0 0 0 101 482 17.7
0500 0 46 51 0 0 0 97 579 21.3
0600 0 35 38 0 0 0 73 652 24.0
0700 0 14 29 0 0 0 43 695 25.6
0800 0 4 17 0 0 0 21 716 26.3
0900 0 0 0 5 0 0 5 721 26.5
1000 0 0 7 81 0 0 88 809 29.8
1100 0 0 0 86 48 0 134 943 34.7
1200 0 0 0 60 92 0 152 1095 40.3
1300 0 0 0 45 98 0 143 1238 45.5
1400 0 0 0 50 88 0 138 1376 50.6
1500 0 0 0 54 76 0 130 1506 55.4
1600 0 0 0 54 65 0 119 1625 59.8
1700 0 0 0 42 37 3 82 1707 62.8
1800 0 0 0 50 43 0 93 1800 66.2
1900 0 0 0 40 25 0 65 1865 68.6
2000 0 0 14 51 12 0 77 1942 71.4
2100 0 0 39 49 0 0 88 2030 74.7
2200 0 0 28 8 33 0 69 2099 77.2
2300 0 0 38 0 53 0 91 2190 80.5
0000 0 1 20 8 4 0 33 2223 81.8
0100 0 39 37 0 0 0 76 2299 84.6
0200 0 27 35 0 0 0 62 2361 86.8
0300 0 12 22 3 0 0 37 2398 88.2
0400 0 11 9 0 0 0 20 2418 88.9
0500 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2419 89.0
0600 0 12 15 0 0 0 27 2446 90.0
0700 0 10 33 0 0 0 43 2489 91.5
0800 0 9 10 0 0 0 19 2508 92.2
0900 0 2 4 0 0 0 6 2514 92.5
1000 0 0 6 14 0 0 20 2534 93.2
1100 0 0 18 57 3 0 78 2612 96.1
1200 0 0 0 31 12 0 43 2655 97.6
1300 0 0 0 23 34 0 57 2712 99.7
1400 0 0 0 4 3 0 7 2719 100.0
1500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2719 100.0
1600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2719 100.0
1700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2719 100.0
1800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2719 100.0
1900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2719 100.0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2719 100.0
2100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2719 100.0
2200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2719 100.0
2300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2719 100.0
Total 0 383 759 848 726 3 2719

Gross QSOs=2785 Dupes=66 Net QSOs=2719

Unique callsigns worked = 1919

The best 60 minute rate was 158/hour from 1209 to 1308
The best 30 minute rate was 170/hour from 1226 to 1255
The best 10 minute rate was 204/hour from 1446 to 1455

The best 1 minute rates were:
5 QSOs/minute 2 times.
4 QSOs/minute 54 times.
3 QSOs/minute 243 times.
2 QSOs/minute 535 times.
1 QSOs/minute 694 times.

There were 1445 bandchanges and 892 (32.8%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

----------------- C o n t i n e n t S u m m a r y -----------------
160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
North America 0 233 290 180 106 0 809 29.8
South America 0 1 6 8 11 3 29 1.1
Europe 0 146 441 624 530 0 1741 64.0
Asia 0 1 10 25 76 0 112 4.1
Africa 0 0 3 4 1 0 8 0.3
Oceania 0 2 8 7 2 0 19 0.7
??? 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
Total 0 383 759 848 726 3 2719

GM4FDM   SO(A)SB40 HP   61,9502016-09-26 09:05:00
Not a serious effort at 8 hours, but just playing around with a quarter wave
vertical with two elevated radials. Been a while since I was on 40m so my
propagation was a bit rusty. Almost all of the time was S & P and never got
a great deal of runs going. Short on watts I suggest!
YO9HP   SO(A)AB HP   3,217,6802016-09-26 09:20:59
The propagation exceeded my expectations, especially on Saturday. 10m band was
dead on Saturday, but I managed some SA/NA multipliers on Sunday. I had to run
Low Power during evening hours due to some TVI issues, right when NA openings
were at peaks. It is not my best score in CQWWRTTY contest, but overall I am
happy with the results. Congrats to SP7GIQ for his great result! See you in
next RTTY contest! 73, Alex YO9HP
8P2K(8P6SH)   SO(A)AB LP   583,8812016-09-26 09:24:25
To be fair, the conditions were better this week-end than I have experienced in
the last several months. But propagation was still basically bad. Low power
doesn't help.

There was a lot of noise at my QTH but I believe that had to do with
propagation and not being generated locally.

A few hours into day 2 I was smelling that smell of smoke being let out of
components. I thought it might have been the bandpass filters but after some
checks both bandpass filters appeared to be fine. Next 40m transmission and
there was a BIG BANG. Initially I couldn't figure out what had happened but it
turned out to be the power supply for the FT950. Initially this had been
configured to be on 20m for the entire contest but I had moved it to 40m to
possibly try and work both 40m and maybe move some mults to 80. Nothing good
came of the 80m antenna so I left the 950 on 40 and moved the main FT2000 to
run 20m.

I recently loaned the spare PS to another ham friend so I would have to
continue the contest with a single rig. I was quite put off though so I did a
quick look inside the Samlex PS to see if I could find the source of the
fireworks. Looks like a transistor may have overheated - it has certainly been
really hot over the last several weeks and my shack just happens to be in the
hottest part of the house. Hopefully it's a simple repair.

The fireworks made me suddenly feel very wary and it was a big effort several
hours later to resume the contest.

In the end the numbers are just about 50% of my plan. I know I needed at least
a few dozen Q's on 10 and ideally 100+ in order to achieve my goal. That never
happened. It felt lie 10 was wide open as I was hearing dozens of stations in
EU but very few ever responded and only a few responded to my extended CQ's.

Finally a few thoughts. Thanks to the Italians - it feels like half my contacts
were with Italians. In reality it was Italy and Gerbany together accounting for
50% of EU stations that accounted for 48% of all Q's. This was just 2 QSO's
more than total NA stations (48%) with the balance coming mainly from SA and

No thanks to the several stations that answered my CQ's and then took over my
frequency. That happened so many times I wondered if it was a sprint contest.
In the future I am thinking not to log such calls. It is most frustrating
especially as a LP station.

Finally it was a pleasure to welcome 8P6ET into the RTTY contesting fold. He
operated as 8P1W and while I didn't work him at least I heard him once on twice
on 20m. Thanks to everyone for the nice Q's, your patience and for all the

Dean 8P6SH / 8P2K
P49X(WØYK)   SOAB HP   8,292,6172016-09-26 09:33:27
Solar conditions defined this contest, as they often do. Two big geomagnetic
storms depressed propagation on Sunday. The first storm started at the end of
Saturday UTC, peaking in the early hours of Sunday UTC. I assume that was
responsible for the short, but terrific 10 meter opening from 20-22z Saturday.
During that time, there was the best JA opening on 15 meters that I’ve ever
experienced from Aruba. The Caribbean is difficult for JA, but I’ve worked
the big stations which still only have very weak signals here, typically S1-2
but copiable. In this 3-hour opening Saturday late afternoon, 9 out of 10 JAs
were literally moving the K3 S-meter to 20-25 dB over S9! I worked 74 of them.
SO2R was key to my running JA on 15 while making the most of the 10 meter
opening to NA and EU. I worked 29 states and a half-dozen EUs plus the usual
handful of South Americans.

The second geomagnetic storm hit around 18z Sunday. Prior to that, however, at
14-15z there was a second short 10-meter opening that netted some more states,
notably as far west as AZ, as well as broad penetration into Europe. This
opening is typical from Aruba and is usually followed by a second peak a couple
hours later. Both the late-Saturday and early-Sunday 10 meter openings were
limited more by low participation than by propagation potential. Sunday, in
general, had very weak signals on 10, 15 and 20. There was some QSB where
stations would call, I’d send a report and then nothing. But, there were
just as many times when I’d struggle to get their call sign initially and
then have them come back much stronger. Overall, conditions were much more
suppressed than Saturday.

The low bands were outstanding both nights but far less productive Saturday
night with fewer new stations to work. In the last 2 hours of the contest,
P43A ran the bands with me and I went barefoot to the 3 bands I wasn’t
running on just for the quick QSO. For some reason JP didn’t show up on 40
but while I was CQing there for him, I picked up several stations, including 2
mults I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten (since I had planned to finish the
contest on 15 and 20). Improved low band conditions is our consolation prize
during the solar cycle minimum.

The vast majority of RTTY signals continue to be far too wide and/or dirty.
While this has always been the case, it wasn’t much of a problem until rigs
such as the K3 started filtering their FSK and AFSK for the narrowest bandwidth
needed for quality communication. This means that users of those radios, as
well users who use narrow encoder filtering, are now punished for their good
deed to the community. The wide signals can move in close causing QRM to the
narrow signals, while not hearing a thing from those narrow signals. It’s
like a boxer with a foot longer reach! And, this problem is exacerbated by
high power. All of this is easily observed on a good bandscope like the P3.
The CW and SSB sections of CQ WW have started disqualifying stations with
excessively dirty signals. I think RTTY needs to follow suit, though it means
more work for the contest volunteers.

The weekend was very enjoyable, despite the final score being next to the
lowest I’ve ever done in this contest from Aruba. I’d like to believe that
this is mostly due to the solar cycle. Still, my biggest unmet challenge is
sleep deprivation. My cognitive ability evaporates after 24 hours in front of
the radios, following more than 12 hours after I last slept. The early stages
of hallucination start setting in and I know it goes quickly downhill. Around
03Z, I realized that I could fight it for several more hours on 40 and 80, or I
could get some good sleep so I’d be in shape for the high bands all day
Sunday. I realized I was sacrificing 4-5 hours of good low band potential, but
that time would have been painful and as much so the next day with sleep
deprivation. Besides, contests are supposed to be fun, so I opted for maximum
fun across the weekend and went to bed for 8 hours! It really paid off in the
sense that I felt at the top of my game solidly through Sunday, which was a
total blast. It just feels weird to sleep that much in the middle of CQ WW!

I realized this weekend that it is that point in the solar cycle for a SO3R
setup where one radio is dedicated to 10 meters. That makes it easy to monitor
10 meters continually and have instant QSY ability when unpredictable openings
pop up, or I think I can move a mult there. This weekend, I had to interrupt a
run on one of the radios to check 10 periodically. I have a pretty good idea of
10 by how 20 and 15 are doing but the sure confirmation is operating on 10
itself. In fact, I usually have to CQ there for a while because an empty
bandscope could simply mean that few, or no, stations are there transmitting.
I know I could have worked many more stations in the two openings if more
stations had gone to the band. During the two 10-meter openings this weekend,
I announced my 10-meter frequency to every QSO made on 15 meters. That helped
get a few more stations in the log via 10 meters.

Multiple decoders continue to shine, with only 1-2 of the six printing
correctly a significant amount of time. It takes thousands of QSOs to see and
appreciate this. Trying a variety of decoders on one contest will mislead one
into thinking certain decoders are superfluous. I know people who have tried
the Hal DXP-38 during a contest and declared it was “inferior”, so they
removed it. Many times this weekend the EXP-38 copied clearly when none of the
MMTTY and 2Tone decoders got anything useful. This is especially true for
off-frequency stations. Contesters and DXers like to say, “you can never
have too many antennas” for exactly the same reason.

I’ve never used a remote tuning knob like the Pig Knob because I didn’t see
any advantage to it over the tuning knob(s) on the radio. Well, I’ve become a
believer with the new Elecraft K-pod. It is so much easier to tune the RIT or
the second receiver with the knob close to my trackballs which, in turn, are
close to my keyboards. The subtle difference is that my hand is not suspended
mid-air across the keyboard to the radio while trying to make fine adjustments
to frequency. It was hard for me to see the benefit until I used this
configuration all weekend.

There are two debilitating noise problems at the station which we’ve yet to
crack. There is a horrendous inter-station RFI problem on a couple of band
relationships, e.g., 40 clobbering 20 and 20 clobbering 10. There has been no
impact on the problem by low power band pass filtering, high power band pass
filtering, stubs, ferrites, bonding, etc. Starting out Friday night, I was
doing pretty good with 20 and 40, finding a dip in the 20m meter RFI spectrum
in which to operate. Then I reached up to reduce the air conditioner cooling a
bit and the RFI instantly jumped up another 10 dB. I quickly tried other A/C
adjustments including turning it off, but nothing changed the now greater RFI.
This has happened before and we’ve never found a connection.

The second problem is man-made noise that comes on for up to 2-3 hours at a
time. Saturday morning it appeared around 8am and stayed until 9am. It
rendered 15 meters unusable and was detectable on all bands. That is
unacceptable at the peak rate for 15 meters.

I forgot to submit my log for RTTY Round-Up this year, first time ever doing
that. So, today right after dinner and before going to bed, I submitted this
weekend’s log. Hope I can make this a habit.

Thanks to everyone who troubled themselves to move bands for me. This
obviously helps for mults, but also for QSO count as well. Many stations
worked me on 4-5 bands. There would have been more 5-banders if 10 meters had
been better. My appreciation as always to station owners John P40L/W6LD and
Andy P49Y/AE6Y. (The upgrade to hot shower water with a Chinese flash heater
is luxurious.)

Ed P49X/W0YK


Rigs: Elecraft K3s (2), K-Pods (2), P3s (2)
Amps: Alpha 86, Alpha 91B
FilterMax III low power band pass filters (2)
4O3A high power band pass filters
SixPak, StackMatch (2), BandMaster III decoder (2)

Tower 1: C31XR at 43 feet
Tower 2: 2 elements on 10 meters / 5 elements 15 meters at 55 feet
Tower 3: 4 elements 20 meter at 68 feet
2 elements 40 meter at 76 feet
1 element 80 meter Sigma 80 at 64 feet
160 meter "Double L" vertical at 67 feet
Four 400-500 foot beverages using K9AY switching box/preamp (JA/W6, W1, EU and

Logging software: WriteLog 12.09F on three networked PCs

RTTY Decoders (each K3): MMTTY, 2Tone (2), Hal DXP-38 on main receiver
MMTTY, 2Tone on second receiver
(setting both receivers on same frequency
yields 6 parallel decoders)


Cabrillo Statistics (Version 10g) by K5KA & N6TV


-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y ---------------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Rate Total Pct
0000 0 0 18 121 33 0 172 172 4.0
0100 0 0 107 113 0 0 220 392 9.0
0200 0 0 101 81 0 0 182 574 13.2
0300 0 73 91 1 0 0 165 739 17.0
0400 0 65 92 0 0 0 157 896 20.6
0500 0 53 84 0 0 0 137 1033 23.8
0600 0 29 56 0 0 0 85 1118 25.7
0700 0 12 40 6 0 0 58 1176 27.1
0800 0 20 20 0 0 0 40 1216 28.0
0900 0 19 14 0 0 0 33 1249 28.7
1000 0 9 10 9 0 0 28 1277 29.4
1100 0 0 0 67 54 0 121 1398 32.2
1200 0 0 0 50 78 0 128 1526 35.1
1300 0 0 0 47 102 0 149 1675 38.5
1400 0 0 0 42 112 0 154 1829 42.1
1500 0 0 0 45 94 0 139 1968 45.3
1600 0 0 0 40 79 2 121 2089 48.1
1700 0 0 0 21 85 4 110 2199 50.6
1800 0 0 0 53 73 0 126 2325 53.5
1900 0 0 0 37 63 2 102 2427 55.8
2000 0 0 0 0 63 36 99 2526 58.1
2100 0 0 0 0 67 53 120 2646 60.9
2200 0 0 0 0 61 24 85 2731 62.8
2300 0 0 0 74 41 0 115 2846 65.5
0000 0 0 0 33 0 0 33 2879 66.2
0100 0 0 0 57 0 0 57 2936 67.6
0200 0 26 38 27 0 0 91 3027 69.7
0300 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 3031 69.7
0400 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 69.7
0500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 69.7
0600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 69.7
0700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 69.7
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 69.7
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 69.7
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 69.7
1100 0 0 0 16 0 0 16 3047 70.1
1200 0 0 0 48 69 0 117 3164 72.8
1300 0 0 0 54 103 0 157 3321 76.4
1400 0 0 0 28 88 35 151 3472 79.9
1500 0 0 0 0 71 28 99 3571 82.2
1600 0 0 0 36 69 1 106 3677 84.6
1700 0 0 0 37 81 0 118 3795 87.3
1800 0 0 0 15 53 6 74 3869 89.0
1900 0 0 0 51 36 0 87 3956 91.0
2000 0 0 0 76 26 0 102 4058 93.4
2100 0 0 0 73 33 0 106 4164 95.8
2200 0 0 11 49 33 2 95 4259 98.0
2300 0 0 0 51 36 0 87 4346 100.0
Total 0 306 686 1458 1703 193 4346

Gross QSOs=4422 Dupes=76 Net QSOs=4346

Unique callsigns worked = 2707

The best 60 minute rate was 222/hour from 0101 to 0200
The best 30 minute rate was 228/hour from 0115 to 0144
The best 10 minute rate was 240/hour from 0136 to 0145

The best 1 minute rates were:
6 QSOs/minute 2 times.
5 QSOs/minute 51 times.
4 QSOs/minute 206 times.
3 QSOs/minute 464 times.
2 QSOs/minute 634 times.
1 QSOs/minute 595 times.

There were 2295 bandchanges and 1428 (32.9%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

----------------- C o n t i n e n t S u m m a r y -----------------
160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
North America 0 183 408 904 712 112 2319 53.4
South America 0 2 10 20 40 28 100 2.3
Europe 0 118 251 424 798 52 1643 37.8
Asia 0 1 9 91 131 0 232 5.3
Africa 0 0 2 7 7 1 17 0.4
Oceania 0 2 6 12 15 0 35 0.8
Total 0 306 686 1458 1703 193 4346

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
3 10
4 1455
5 1653
6 1188
7 10
8 15
9 12
10 3

------------------ C o u n t r y S u m m a r y ------------------
Country 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
4O 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
4X 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0.1
5B 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.0
8P 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 0.1
9A 0 3 5 4 11 0 23 0.5
9V 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.1
CE 0 0 2 3 2 2 9 0.2
CM 0 1 9 6 8 0 24 0.6
CN 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
CT 0 1 3 4 6 2 16 0.4
CT3 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.1
CX 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 0.1
DL 0 23 44 72 161 5 305 7.0
DU 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
E7 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
EA 0 6 5 10 36 3 60 1.4
EA6 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.0
EA8 0 0 2 4 3 1 10 0.2
EI 0 0 0 2 6 0 8 0.2
ER 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.0
ES 0 1 1 0 4 0 6 0.1
EU 0 0 2 10 8 0 20 0.5
F 0 6 13 13 31 7 70 1.6
FM 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
G 0 6 5 24 47 3 85 2.0
GI 0 0 0 1 3 0 4 0.1
GJ 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0.1
*GM/s 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
GM 0 0 3 3 7 0 13 0.3
GU 0 0 0 3 2 0 5 0.1
GW 0 0 2 2 5 0 9 0.2
HA 0 2 4 4 14 3 27 0.6
HB 0 2 3 5 10 0 20 0.5
HB0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.1
HC 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
HI 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
HK 0 1 2 1 1 1 6 0.1
HL 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
HS 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 0.1
HZ 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 0.1
I 0 13 25 50 98 10 196 4.5
IS 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0.1
*IT9 0 3 5 5 12 2 27 0.6
JA 0 1 5 65 114 0 185 4.3
K 0 161 355 814 646 107 2083 47.9
KG4 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.1
KH2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
KH6 0 2 5 4 2 0 13 0.3
KL 0 0 4 2 0 0 6 0.1
KP2 0 1 2 2 2 0 7 0.2
KP4 0 1 3 2 3 0 9 0.2
LA 0 2 2 5 9 0 18 0.4
LU 0 0 1 8 9 11 29 0.7
LX 0 2 1 2 4 1 10 0.2
LY 0 1 5 7 10 0 23 0.5
LZ 0 0 2 1 5 1 9 0.2
OA 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.0
OE 0 0 3 3 10 0 16 0.4
OH 0 2 5 19 13 0 39 0.9
OH0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
OK 0 1 8 9 24 1 43 1.0
OM 0 2 2 4 4 0 12 0.3
ON 0 2 1 3 13 1 20 0.5
OX 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
OZ 0 2 4 6 6 0 18 0.4
P4 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0.1
PA 0 7 11 28 35 0 81 1.9
PY 0 0 1 5 20 10 36 0.8
S5 0 3 6 7 15 3 34 0.8
SM 0 1 5 9 16 0 31 0.7
SP 0 9 9 25 41 2 86 2.0
SV 0 1 4 3 8 2 18 0.4
SV5 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
SV9 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
TA 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
*TA1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
TF 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.0
TG 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
TI 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
UA 0 5 26 36 41 3 111 2.6
UA2 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0.1
UA9 0 0 1 14 4 0 19 0.4
UN 0 0 0 3 1 0 4 0.1
UR 0 8 24 23 43 0 98 2.3
V3 0 1 1 1 1 2 6 0.1
VE 0 16 27 69 46 2 160 3.7
VK 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.0
VU 0 0 1 3 2 0 6 0.1
XE 0 0 1 4 3 0 8 0.2
YB 0 0 0 4 11 0 15 0.3
YL 0 1 1 2 6 0 10 0.2
YO 0 1 5 6 13 1 26 0.6
YU 0 1 3 3 3 2 12 0.3
YV 0 1 4 1 3 0 9 0.2
Z3 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 0.1
ZB 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0
ZL 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.1
ZP 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
ZS 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
Total 0 306 686 1458 1703 193 4346

------------ M u l t i p l i e r S u m m a r y ------------
Mult 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
05 0 88 151 360 315 61 975 22.4
04 0 65 150 345 279 46 885 20.4
14 0 60 103 196 402 22 783 18.0
15 0 43 85 148 273 23 572 13.2
03 0 25 81 177 100 1 384 8.8
16 0 13 52 69 95 3 232 5.3
25 0 1 5 66 114 0 186 4.3
20 0 2 12 10 33 4 61 1.4
08 0 5 18 12 15 1 51 1.2
11 0 0 1 6 20 10 37 0.9
13 0 0 1 8 11 13 33 0.8
09 0 2 6 3 5 2 18 0.4
28 0 0 0 5 13 0 18 0.4
33 0 0 2 6 6 1 15 0.3
17 0 0 1 8 3 0 12 0.3
18 0 0 0 9 0 0 9 0.2
31 0 1 4 3 1 0 9 0.2
12 0 0 2 3 2 2 9 0.2
07 0 1 3 1 1 2 8 0.2
06 0 0 1 4 3 0 8 0.2
01 0 0 4 2 0 0 6 0.1
22 0 0 1 3 2 0 6 0.1
32 0 0 1 2 2 0 5 0.1
26 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 0.1
40 0 0 0 3 1 0 4 0.1
21 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 0.1
30 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.0
27 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.0
38 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
10 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.0
19 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.0
54 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.0
02 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
Total 0 306 686 1458 1703 193 4346

Multi-band QSOs
1 bands 1681
2 bands 621
3 bands 240
4 bands 122
5 bands 43
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 63 204 585 795 34

80m Summary
3 4 5 7 8 9 14 15 16 20 25 31



40m Summary
1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
20 21 22 25 30 31 32 33



20m Summary
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 25 26 27 28 30 31 32 33 38



15m Summary
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
19 20 21 22 25 26 28 31 32 33 38 40



10m Summary
3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 20 33


SZ1A   M/S HP   4,124,7452016-09-26 09:33:34
Eventhough conditions were not as good as last year, we managed to make a better
score. No 10m opening to W/VE.
K9CT   M/2 HP   6,240,4652016-09-26 09:35:27
Thanks to our team members for all their contributions. All are experienced RTTY
operators and like-able persons.

We appreciate the competition on It is a lot of fun horse-racing
with our fellow ham teams, 4O10A, LX7I, and S51A. And they kept us in our seats
and making QSOs....lots of fun.

Conditions were not any where near as good as last couple of years but we made
the most of it. The last 24 hours were tougher than the first. 15m was much
weaker and 10 had only a few moments of QSOs available.

We had rebuilt all the antennas from the ice and wind damage from late last
year just the week before. There was also a lot of lightning damage in the
prior weeks that had been repaired. So it was a very good test of the station
after all of this work.

The was the first time we used the FlexRadio setup for M/2 RTTY and we were
very pleased. Lots of great comments from the team members.

Thanks for the QSOs

73, Craig K9CT
GUØSUP   SOAB LP   288,8282016-09-26 09:44:50
As Robb G0URR was here (as GU0URR) and wanted to operate the contest, I thought
I would play it low-key and let him have some fun.
Most of the time I was S&P apart from a few short sessions when I called

The bands were strange at times, working JA and then G stations on 20m. Sunday
was definitely poorer, but there were some nice openings, even if only
It was great to catch VK2RT on 20m at 1417UTC, much later than I would have
expected. Also great to catch Bud VA7ST - our first contact since January of
this year.

I was also surprised to see 10m open late on Sunday afternoon, and 9J2HN was a
nice catch.

A lot of Rookies in the contest I guess, as many didn't appear to know my call.
Had a few think I was GI or just G and it took a while for some to get the call

Worked Robb GU0URR on 3 bands (40/20/15), and got MJ5Z on 3 bands (20/15/10).

A lot of familiar calls seemed to be missing, but I see that many were
operating from other stations.

Thanks to all for the fun, and see you in the next one...

VE7KW(@VE7UF)   SO(A)SB20 LP   361,3402016-09-26 09:45:07
Thanks to Duane for letting me use the VE7UF station.
WA7LNW   SOAB HP   122,2102016-09-26 09:50:23
20/40/80 meter conditions excellent on Friday - Saturday, a bit fluttery Sunday
morning to Asia. Wish I could have carved out more operating time.
73's de Jack, WA7LNW
W2YR   SO(A)AB HP   291,0042016-09-26 09:58:56
Used new ICOM IC-7851 in contest and the selectivity was amazing with the narrow
1.2kc roofing filter.
CW4MAX(CX2DK)   SOSB10 HP   353,0802016-09-26 10:19:54
K3LR   M/S LP   3,503,7222016-09-26 10:20:55
G4FKA   SOSB15 HP   115,9102016-09-26 10:48:21
What a difference a year makes. Conditions have dropped significantly since this
event in 2015. The usual bread and butter Z15/16 and USA/VE QSOs just weren't
there due to the propagation. Using a single fixed low antenna didn't help the
longer skip stations and it took a lot of patience to make some of the QSOs.
States, provinces and zones all well down on last year although the DXCC count
was similar. Still there were a couple of all time new ones in there and a few
new RTTY slots so some good results did come of it.

Usual low key set-up. IC756 ProIII. Expert 1K-FA. Fixed wire inverted V at 6m.
One patient operator!

See everyone in SSB and CW.
N2BJ   SO(A)AB HP   585,8442016-09-26 10:55:18
My Alpha 87A took a dump on 75M Saturday nite and the problems continued all day
Sunday trying to get the alternate rig with Microham Keyer and N1MM working
properly. Had to run Low power on the solid state amp as I was able to get on
for the last hour of the contest.
Also had company here all weekend from NY as well as the grand kids and my
daughter and her husband.
It was a nice day on Saturday and my wife convinced me since I couldn't get all
the equipment running to spend the day at the pool with the family which I ended
up doing.
This weekend was not meant to be contesting and my score shows it. Now to start
repairing the amp and my Flex TX relay which appears to have got hosed.
W3FIZ   SO(A)AB HP   617,3152016-09-26 10:59:23
Lots of fun. Bands not so great AGAIN. See All CQWW SSB From KP2M

OH5C(@OH5CW)   M/M HP   3,249,8622016-09-26 10:59:37
NO2T   SO(A)AB HP   897,5072016-09-26 11:10:57
After a slow start, was able to get going reasonably well. Had trouble on 80
meters. for some reasons had a high loss factor. Signals were very low, and I
guess my signal was also. Look at ten meters a few times but the numbers of
signals did not warrant my moving over, Running a single radio (SO1R) means
losing time and QSO's. Enjoyed myself and at 87 years of age that means
something. Thanks to all that answered my calls. You are the important ones,
W8AKS   SOAB LP   4,6402016-09-26 11:31:37
New Radio, New Antenna, Old Operator
SP4Z   SO(A)AB HP   509,7552016-09-26 11:50:39
Good activity, 10m was open a little on Sunday afternoon
My respect to Chris SN7Q - fantastic score on his "made in home"
all equipment gear except radios TRCV.

Good idea to work witx QSX up by D66D, rate was very high then.

Wes SP4Z
LN7TTT(LA5LJA)   SO(A)SB40 LP   150,6212016-09-26 12:27:33
My goal for cqww rtty was to make 600 qsos on 40 mtr.
This is new Norwegian record for 40 mtr low power catagory.
This time assisted with dx-cluster . I missed only 2 mults.
I was not able to break the pile-up of a EA6 and a SV9 station.
Hardest to work was LZ9W he was VERY deaf. C37NL was not easy either.
Some station running afsk with very high audio setting and makeing very
wide/splattering signal. They should be disqualified in my eyes.
Some station also doing a lot of selfspotting,some of the worst must be
Z35T and Z36N they have 50 spots from Z32ID in cq ww rtty contest this
weekend, hope they get disqualified....ore maybe someone should explain the
contest rules for their one language....
K9NW   SO(A)SB40 LP   7,5352016-09-26 12:37:17
An hour and change Friday night. Had to leave for a work trip Saturday

Tnx QSOs!

73, Mike K9NW
DJ8OG(@DJ6QT)   Classic SOAB HP   1,273,5362016-09-26 12:41:56
I chose the classic category for the first time. I had to drive 430km before and
after the contest, so 48h was not an option. To bad I missed the 10m opening on
sunday evening and all 13 QSOs were hard work on that band. All other bands
were fun with my favorite 40m this time.

Hope to hear you again in WAG in a couple of weeks.
Thanks for all QSOs
Vy73 Matt - DJ8OG
M5ZAP   Classic SOAB LP   153,8462016-09-26 12:46:16
99% S&P - First contest for 15 yrs. Good fun!!
Icom IC-7300, Gap Titan DX Vertical

73 Andy M5ZAP
OG2P(OH2PM)   SOAB HP   2,056,6202016-09-26 12:47:30
On Saturday I was spending a lot of time for testing my re-tuned 20 meter
Conditions deteriorated from Sunday morning hours onwards. On Sunday I had to
take almost every hour 10 to 20 minute break to find motivation to
continue.Thus the effective operating time was about 30 hours.
Still uncertain if RTTY is the right mode for me.
The station worked fine. The hours spent in antenna towers and crane payed
back.I am now satisfied for the performance of the 20 meter antennas.

Thanks for all the QSOs and see you again in contests.. The next one for me
will be The Scandinavian Activity Contest SSB.

Pertti, OH2PM
F5RD   SOAB LP   160,0502016-09-26 13:01:27
Transceiver - IC751AF 80 Watts CAT controlled
Antenna - Center-fed 2x20m 80 to 10m - GP 20/15/10m - HB9CV 10m
Software - N1MM Logger+ V1.0.5924.0
I started Saturday at 17:00 and I participated 12 hours.
The conditions was good on all bands with few south american stations on 10m
Sunday afternoon.
Thanks to all who worked me.
See you again next year.
F5RD Bernard
KB8O   M/2 HP   1,649,0852016-09-26 13:34:24
Friday night started off good as this time we finally started on time.
Conditions were good and low band noise was manageable. Saturday I spent more
time in the tool box while Doug oped. Conditions Saturday early (7AM) was great
on 20 and 15m. I was repairing a couple baluns , insulators, and at the end on
Sunday a steppIR controller blow up. Short of all the repairs to fix the
station now, we are only short a couple coax stubs to make it complete. Hope
next time is maintenance free. Thanks for all the Q's and the Europeans for
hanging in there Sunday when the bands were not so great...

Jay KB8O
Doug AB8M
K7BTW   M/S HP   1,826,0462016-09-26 13:38:09
Condx pretty good Friday evening and Saturday, but a solar flare Sunday morning
made that day very difficult until the afternoon when 15 opened to JA. Also,
with 10 not open we lost all those band mults that we got in prior years so our
score was down a bit from last year and way down from 2014. Same conditions for
everybody, however.

We used the 2nd station for mult hunting only. We thought about doing
multi-two, but since much of the time only one band was open, it is good that
we stuck with M/S.

Everyone had fun, and that's the bottom line.
W2GR   SO(A)AB HP   403,1762016-09-26 13:39:18
Conditions not real good here and I wish I had more time! Thanks for the Q's!
ND3N   SOAB LP   54,6632016-09-26 13:46:22
As always a nice contest. Learning from past mistakes, I made sure that
everything worked several days before the contest started. Fortunately I
didn't have any problems with the system or the software this time around.

Rig: Kenwood TS-590
Antennas: GAP Challenger DX and Wires on 40/80M
S/W: WriteLog Version 12.07H and 2-Tone as the decoder.
KI6DY   M/2 HP   774,6482016-09-26 14:13:10
Last time Raj and I did a multi-2 op in this contest was 15 years ago, right
after 9/11. I guess sometimes life gets in the way of ham radio. I'm sure glad
we got together to do it again. It was alot of fun and alot of work before and
during the contest.

The score is no where near 2001's but then again the solar flux is not over 200
like it was then. I really think the station we put together this time was
better than 2001, but propagation didn't cooperate. There we alot, and I mean
ALOT, of CQs that went un-answered. Think we saw one station (total) on 10
meters that we could not raise. 15 meter propagation was long, mostly to SA but
we were able to log some EU.

Thanks to all that gave us a call. We plan on teaming up again more often.

Station #1:
Yaesu FT-1000D
Heathkit SB-220

Station #2
Kenwood TS-590SG
Kenwood TL-922A

20 15 10 Force 12 C31-XR at 56 ft
40 Force 12 Delta 140 Rotatable Dipole at 60 ft
80 Inv Vee at 56 Feet

Writelog v12.08 networked

73 de Bob (KI6DY)

P.S. Any unsportsmanlike like conduct was Raj's fault.
DK6SP   SOSB80 QRP   63,7002016-09-26 14:42:16

Only one word ... WOW!

I've never believed that you can achieve such a score with QRP on a single band

Many thanks for super hospitality by DO3UR and DG8MG!

Setup: YAESU FTDX-3000 (5W), 3 different antennas (Monoband Dipole, L-Antenna,

QTH: bavarian countryside (~ 600m over sealevel), 360 degrees free takeoff, S0

Many thanks for all the QSOs during contest!
Vy 73 de Philipp, DK6SP
4U1WB(AJ3M)   SOAB HP   562,3202016-09-26 15:05:23
Thank you for the QSOs.


K6KNS   SOAB HP   33,0302016-09-26 16:16:43
RTTY is always fun. You never know who will answer your CQ.

Kenwood TS990s / ALS-600 / Hex beam / 40M inverted V
WP3C   SOAB LP   2,881,8902016-09-26 16:17:30

Thanks everyone for the qso's. I wanted to work more hours of the contest but,
a thunder storm attacked on saturday and sunday, so I had to stop. From this
November my station here in PR will ve available for rent. More info here

Alfredo WP3C
K1SFA(@K1TTT)   M/S HP   4,638,9642016-09-26 16:27:19
Thanks to K1TTT for the use of his fine station.
WB8JUI   SOSB40 LP   39,2852016-09-26 17:06:08
73 - Rick WB8JUI
N8VCF(@NW8U)   M/S HP   447,7042016-09-26 17:16:48
We only operated 25 hours do to technical issues and a flu bug. All in all we
did ok and had a lot of fun. We are new to RTTY contesting with this being
our 2nd major contest although we have participated in a few sprints and FD.
Looking forward to the next one.
N9VPV   SO(A)AB LP   6,6302016-09-26 17:36:33
Not my best effort. spent less than 2 hours at 3 different times starting about
0135 9/25 1300 9/25 and 2000 9/25.
Good rates while running, bud did some S&P to trying to pick up some new
countries in my limited time available. Low power (75w), Alpha-Delta DXCC fan
dipole at 28 ft. Lots of fun, just no time to Operate.
WB9KPT   Classic SOAB HP   256,2752016-09-26 17:43:32
Pretty good weekend, although propagation was better on Saturday. Wish that 15M
had been better...
NR4M   M/M HP   6,836,5442016-09-26 17:45:20
Not a totally smooth weekend...

Had a HUGH crew, but some were in/out and we had SIX 'newbies'. Some of them
had not done any RTTY before, so there was a bit of slowing down and explaining
things and a bit of hand holding. This is not a bad thing necessarily, but with
6 beginners in major contest, some allowances were made. I would not have any
issue having each one of them back again.

About 0200 Z on Sunday morning (10 PM local), the SWR on the 80 meter delta
loop array went sky high. A cursory inspection with a flashlight didn't show
anything I could fix in the dark, in the middle of the field. This is our
'bread and butter' antenna for EU. This is 4 elements suspended from a 300
foot long catenary at 190 feet, fixed on EU.

Our other really good 80 meter antenna was not really usable, as the 7 foot
long tuning stubs at the top of 2 of the 4 four square elements had fallen off.
Apparently, over the years, the fasteners had vibrated out from wind, etc. The
fellow with the bucket truck who was going to help with the repair, suddenly got
ill and is under a doctors care. <sigh> Using it at 1500 watts would have
quickly boiled the oil out of the dump load.
The 80 meter inverted VEE at 72 feet, is my stateside antenna and was not real
useful for the DX. (I guess it works for US as a fellow in PA asked what we
were using for power and antenna, as we were 60 over at his QTH.)
So, our 80 meter numbers are severely lacking as we missed about 9 hours with
effective antennas.

Sadly, Bruce, N7TY, worked his last contest at NR4M, as he's moving to AZ for
work. We wish him the best of luck with the AZ Outlaws.

Sunday, 15 was way late opening from here, but it did hang in there most of the
day. Two of the three antenna on the 15 tower would not rotate and the one that
did was the lowest one.

10 was a struggle, to say the least.

And, we never did get the p/p rotating on the top 40, so we were limited in
where we could point the top antenna in the stack. Luckily, it was on EU.

We all had fun, played nicely and shared the 'toys'.

Thanks for all the Q's and I hope we didn't inconvenience too many of you with
'rookie mistakes'.

73 de Steve, NR4M and the whole 'goat farm' gang.
NY6DX   SO(A)AB LP   315,2282016-09-26 17:47:58
Wonderful contest. Need some 80 meter antenna work other wise every thing was
K6GHA   SOSB20 LP   103,1032016-09-26 17:50:01
Fun, limited, challenging, and unexpected. That pretty well sums up my curtailed
effort for this years event. It was interesting at times when the bands either
came up or dropped out. The east coast wall was present, and sometimes
impenetrable. However, it opened other opportunities which made some contacts
Running with no spotting assistance made the rarer contacts even that much more
fun when found before the masses.
All in all, a shorter that expected effort, which gave some good results for
running just 20m. Looking forward to CQP!
AA5UK   SOAB LP   22,1132016-09-26 17:53:12
Part time effort to give the SMC club points. I wanted to work 100 contacts or
fifty countries. I managed to work both.

15m was up and down. Propagation to SA was often open but only a few contest
stations were on that band.
20m was the money band when it was open.

Fun time as always. Looking forward to next year!
NØHJZ   SO(A)AB LP   215,7402016-09-26 18:38:40
A fun weekend on the bands. I wish the conditions of Saturday would've hung
around for Sunday!
CE3WW   M/S HP   1,053,2822016-09-26 20:28:44
It was our first rtty contest with my friend ce3ww, great experience
VU2LBW   SO(A)AB HP   506,5382016-09-26 20:43:28
A slow start with conditions mediocre on 20M, but 15M was open and was the
mainstay through the weekend. Surprisingly, 10M was was quite active too.

I was plagued with severe QRN which made edecoding weak signals difficult,
resulting in many retries. I probably never heard a few of you too - my
apologies. Power outages through Sunday killed any chances of a good QSO

It was good to work VU2CDP on RTTY this weekend. It was also good hear the
regulars - VU2PTT & VU2NKS, as well as VU2IBI, VU2AE and VU2MUD making
QSO's on the contest.

My thanks to all the stations who called - especially to those of you who
persevered through my RX woes.

73 de Lucky / VU2LBW
Bangalore, INDIA
VU2PTT   SO(A)AB HP   257,2922016-09-26 22:26:30
Decided to spend more time in the RTTY version of CQWW - but missed most of the
prime time on 15 and 20m due to prior commitments. Look forward to spend more
time next year. It was amazing to see 20m and 15m jam packed all the way upto
150. So also on 40m, I saw some signals above 7100, just speaks for the growing
popularity of the mode.

Running AFSK Tx on 2Tone running under N1MM, Gritty 2nd decoder, TS-590SG +
AL80B (400 w), 40m 2-el phased verticals, 20m dipole, 15 & 10m fishing pole
verticals, all antenna at 60' on a small rooftop.

Due to the prime time breaks, decided to turn this into a mult hunting affair.
Worked many good mults on 40m including HP3, C37, FM, FG which are pretty tough
from out here. 20m and 15m sounded decent but could not spend much time there.

Good to hear several VU stations including the RTTY masters VU2NKS and VU2LBW
along with a host of new contest regulars like AE, IBI, MUD etc.

Odd one which I hope hthe organizers will fix - KP4BD was sending his ITU zone
11 instead of CQ zone 08. I logged as sent by him :)

Thanks to all who called in and also decoded my not so great signals.

73 de Prasad VU2PTT
NN6XX   SOAB HP   572,5082016-09-26 22:54:21
LX7I   M/M HP   7,416,4862016-09-26 23:09:23
Wow, now you can really tell that we are on the downslide of the sun cycle. This
year we finished CQWW RTTY with a claimed score two million points below last
year’s claim! Especially here in the north we were hurt by almost zero 10m
openings into state side on both days. Ten meter seemed totally wiped out for
hours during bright sunshine.

Apart from the score it was a fine weekend. We had a great crew with 3 new
operators @ LX7I and a lot of fun all the time. As always, Philippe LX2A
prepared a very nice station for us and we had very little setup work on
Friday. Due to station rebuilding work there was some interference between the
stations that made the use of certain band combinations impossible, but it will
be addressed shortly.

I cannot agree more with some of the comments on the CQ reflector about the
efficiency of many many well cut macros. The number of useless code being
transmitted seems to be decreasing every year.

Thanks to the station owner Philippe for putting such a fine station together
and to the entire team for a flawless weekend. Congratulations to 4O10A and
IQ9UI who outperformed us this time.

I wish live scoring would be mandatory for the TOP 10 in each category, it adds
so much FUN to the game!

Thanks to everyone who called us and sorry for the ones we could not decipher.

Radios: 2x IC-7700, 1x IC-7850 and 1x FTDX-5000 (backup never used)

Antennas: visit

Operators: LX2A, DL8LAS, DJ6GI, DL9OLI, DK5ON, DL6ZBN, DL8LR and DF7ZS.

73 and see you in WAEDC RTTY!

Helmut DF7ZS
N4WW   SO(A)AB HP   1,475,5842016-09-27 00:35:35
I always think I can compete in this contest until Friday night. I am always a
slow starter without the morale boosting Multi op category.

I didnt know until Friday but my wife left town to babysit the grand kids and
I had no excuses. So I dragged my butt into the ham room and did my
work/passion. Starting slowly and trying to qso every multiplier you can find
on 80 through 15 which took up most of Friday night. Then too tired to stay up
for apparently a great Saturday morning on 15. Took my 3-4 hour nap and hit it
hard with motivation to not look incompetent compared to other guys in the
club. I dont like "Butt in the chair" operating and running. But that
is what wins so finally by Saturday night and Sunday morning I made myself
"BIC" and run them ponies in Europe.

As my favorite baseball manager Joe Maddon says "Try not to suck" and
I passed this contest.

By the way, if you really like to be a "BIC" man, any contest that
has "CQ" in the contest name on HF generally will make any conditions
and the number of entrants go up by a factor of 10. Very good openings with no

(Quick condition summary) 10 didnt open that I could tell, except to South
America but didnt listen on Saturday. Sunday, Europe started slow on 15 with
mostly South Europe until about 11 am and then all of Europe until 2-3 pm. 20
was good all night friday and both days. 20 did close for a couple hours
Saturday night. 40 was quite good and even at 5-6 pm Sunday euros were calling
me. 80 meter static made decoding a problem but openings to europe are always
there by 1-2 hours after dark until euro sunrise.
S57AW   SO(A)AB HP   3,500,0002016-09-27 04:16:11
Not a full time remote operation (location is about 20 miles away), about 400 W
with IC-2KL, 20m most of the time 100W only. A lot of activity .... congrats
for great scores.

73 Robert, S57AW
LY7Z(@LY2TA)   SO(A)AB LP   1,626,3002016-09-27 04:20:29
First RTTY contest as Single Op.


73! Andy

CR3W   M/M HP   10,624,8602016-09-27 04:25:54
10m rare condx ... but top weather condx ...
... FLEX-6700 radio used very successful first time ...
... also contest proven TS-590-DSB used with fun ...
IQ6AN(IZ6TSA)   SO(A)SB40 HP   693,2432016-09-27 06:16:08
I began to prepare this contest a few weeks ago, when I realized that an All
Band effort would have been impossible from the new station. After raising the
3 elements yagi @37m height in July, this was to be the decisive band for a
serious entry. For the occasion I also set up a rotary dipole fixed on Europe,
two beverages and a vertical 250m away for inband. The target was certainly the
world record settled last year by my friend Filippo IZ1LBG from IQ1RY.

Friday night before the contest, once arrived at the station, I made the last
tests before going to rest and surprisingly the 3el was not working. I spent 3
hours to figure out where the problem was, and after climbing in the tower and
not having accomplished anything, I decided to turn the dipole to the north
america and use just that during the first night. The first night went well
although with only the dipole, many QSOs made in S&P with the second radio.
In the morning hours when I had to sleep I fixed the antenna with the help of
the rest of the station crew and after 3 hours of work the yagi was running
again. The rest of the contest was unfortunately slow, a lot of S&P and
very few Run qsos even if i had a good signal reported by RBN. The impression
was that a lot of entrants have been limited to calling so much that I dropped
several times my run frequency to make S&P with both radios to be more

At the end the yagi has worked well, i've never heard so many JA stations on
40m as in this case and obviously it's a killer breaking multiplier pileups.

Thanks to Italo IK6JNH and Franco IK6RYU who helped me to fix the yagi, Andrea
IK6VXO who helped me lay the beverage and the cable for the vertical inband and
Salvatore IK8UND who passed for a greeting bringing specialties from Naples.
Without you I would never be able to achieve this new claimed world record.

See you next year. Maybe multi-op from IR6T.

73 de IZ6TSA Nicolò -
VE7JH(@VE7UF)   SOSB80 HP   41,3442016-09-27 06:40:51
Due to QRL during daylight hours I entered 80m only form VE7UF's contest
station. Had good coverage to North America, but unfortunately there aren't
many 80m RTTY stations in Central America and the Pacific, so the DXCC mult
count suffered accordingly.
I think conditions were about average on 80m, the few Asians I worked had nice
signals here in Zone 3.
Thanks for al the QSOs!
Gabor, VE7JH
3Z9M(SQ9UM)   SO(A)AB LP   2,520,6502016-09-27 07:43:19
Partially assisted only and too many software and equipment problems but despite
of this the fun was great.
WH6YH   SOAB LP   105,8302016-09-27 07:47:39
Icom 7410 with a dipole at 50ft. Started late and ended early as I could not get
away. This was a fun contest but a little challenging barefoot. Will look to an
amp next year. Thank you for the QSO! 73, Mike
K2YG   SOAB QRP   383,5032016-09-27 08:17:55
K3, tribander, dipole.
YT1X(@YT3X)   SO(A)SB20 HP   726,5702016-09-27 08:51:38
TNX FB contest & YT3X for sharing UFB location (Visak)... IC-7700 + Graco
LPA + 5el Yagi @ 25m
K4VBM   SOSB40 LP   62016-09-27 09:52:13
Struggled to set-up MMTTY software and get it working having never done RTTY
before. Never got automatic logging working. Happy to have made a few contacts.
Hopefully will work out the bugs for next time!
WØLSD   M/S HP   1,876,6602016-09-27 10:15:12
Sailing along until Sunday AM and 15 meters goes totally dead. Sun event wiped
out stateside and all but a few SA stations for the rest of the contest. At one
point there were no signals on 15, even checked the antenna to see if it had
blown down. Needless to say 152 Qs on 15 is not going to take you very far.
When your mult chaser radio has nothing to chase for the last 10 hours it makes
it rough. Last year we had 757 Qs on 15. Up until that point, other than 10
meters, the conditions were decent. Hey at least I got to watch the Broncos
beat the Bengals!! Congrats to those with the big scores.
AH6KO   SOSB40 LP   93,1042016-09-27 11:21:39
40 meter band was very good here in Hawaii, especially Friday night (local
time). The action was continuous, well past sunrise on the east coast of the
US. Was fun to contact several Mediterranean stations and EA8. Mahalo for the

73 and Aloha~
Stan AH6KO
VC3S   M/S HP   3,955,1162016-09-27 11:23:45
Had fun chasing K1SFA all weekend. Although outgunned with hardware, and facing
a decided geographical advantage, we hung in there and were competitive until we
lost our Mult amp Saturday night. At that point we started falling behind with
no hope of catching up. Congrats to the K1SFA team for a nice score!

The last Canadian CQWW record from 1999- VY2SS MS score of 3.693meg- may have
just fallen. We beat that score by 6.6%, so if the UBN gods don't reduce our
score by that a new Canadian MS HP record will be in the books.

We saw many stations spotted on 10M this weekend, but heard very few. We did
manage to work 2 stations on 5 bands: P49X and NR4M. That was it.

Station Setup:
Rigs: IC7300 (FSK generated by MK2R+) and K3 (FSK generated by TinyFSK)
Amps: HF2013DX, Alpen
Antennas: (All on 1 Tower) KT36XA@105ft, 40M-4 @ 95ft, 80M Dipole @80ft, OCF
dipole for 40/20/15/10 @ 50ft.
Triplexer and HP BPFS: VA6AM Design.
Logging: N1MM+
RTTY Decoders: 2Tone Selectiv, 2Tone Flutter, MMTTY, Gritty

We were VERY pleased with the performance of GRITTY. It often decoded 100%
when no of the others would. We varied the BW of the radios from 400-700Hz,
depending on conditions, with both being at 700Hz most of the time.

This was also a first session with the high power triplexers and BPFs built by
VA6AM. They worked quite well with 1500 watts of RTTY at probably better than
a 50% duty cycle, at least on one band. We had no interaction between
20/15/10m when both were using the KT36XA, and often there were close to 3000
watts of RTTY going from the triplexer input to the antenna. No failures, no
signs of heating in either the boxes or the coax to the antenna.

Thanks to Ian VE3JI and Jim VE3AJ, for joining us. The extra hands worked out
well. And a big thanks to Rudy VE3EID (N2WQ) for hosting our weekend.

Dennis W1UE
KA6BIM   SO(A)AB HP   1,299,3482016-09-27 12:47:50
Conditions great 1st 1/2, deteriorated after that. Sure miss 10 meters! First
time in 25 years I put in full 48 hours. Boy is that tough!
F4DSK   SOAB LP   1,580,5352016-09-27 13:39:07
Always a pleasure to take part to CQ WW RTTY.
Equipement was IC-7600, running SO1V with 80w, without interface, all decoded
with internal decoder, and all callsigns typed on keyboard to send and to log
(backup never used). Hadn't enough time to configure Microham USB III and
with the tranceiver, before the contest. Will improve it for the next year...
Antennas OB 11-5 for 20/15/10, 2 elts on 40m and inverted V dipole for 80.
Propagation could have been better especially on 15m sunday afternoon UTC when
K index dropped to 5 and so conditions to NA were reduced to minimum. In the
same time 10m offered a short and good surprise with reports S 9+ with West
indies, SA, AF, Middle East and some parts of EU. Unfortunately, to many
contesters don't take care about 10m opening during minimum solar cycle so we
could have had many more stations to work during this nice opening.
Result is satisfying in this conditions as I made almost same score (1.673.000
last year) with more QSO but less multipliers (that said I think that I could
have made much better on 15m even with this propgation).
C U next year.
Dimitri F4DSK
ZB2TT   Classic SOAB LP   747,0062016-09-27 15:21:56
First RTTY contest for many years and first effort from ZB2.

Had to operate first 24hours due to family commitments on Sunday, so my hours
of operation where non-optimal.

Poor antenna for 40m, which barely radiated on 80m (hence low QSO counts on
these bands.)

73 de ZB2TT / M0TTT
W4PK   SO(A)AB HP   1,525,5002016-09-27 15:57:54
Score this year was about 58% of what I had achieved in 2011. Of course a lot
of this was due to 10M being open to Europe back then and 15M being wide open
around the world. But the lower score also was due to my inability to stay up
late anymore. I called it quits about 10:30 each night and took naps both
afternoons. But I did manage to get up before daybreak on both mornings to take
advantage of the paths to Asia on both 40 and 80M.

I had some decent runs going on Saturday morning but Sunday morning was a
different story. 20M was jam-packed with stations from 14080 to 14150,
including the packet portions! It was late on Sunday morning before I had any
success at running, but not nearly at the rate as I had Saturday morning. To
me the propagation on 15M was down from Saturday. I never did get any runs
going on that band.

The highlight of the contest was being called by VU2LBW on 20M late Sunday
morning! One low-light was that my home-brew control box's SO2R audio routing
system started "chattering". Fortunately this did not affect the
audio to my sound cards so it didn't affect copy, only my ability to hear. I
temporarily bypassed it by using the speakers on the radios, but I must admit
that I did miss the earphones.

Early in the contest my computer locked up two times while I was running SO2R
and I do apologize to those of you who were affected by that. The software
(latest version of N1MM+) ran without any lockups for the rest of the contest,
and I am happy to report that overall N1MM+ ran flawlessly! I was monitoring
my CPU Performance Meter and I did note that it had peaked up to 100% when it
locked up. Otherwise it ran about 12-16% on average. The fault clearly is in my
computer and not N1MM+.

One thing I did notice was that occasionally "N/A" would pop up in
the "State/Provence" field when running foreign stations. This was a
very minor annoyance and when this happened I would just click in that field and
hit the delete key.

The most important thing about this contest is that I had fun! I am getting
too old (not to mention my equipment) to put in a serious effort any more. My
2011 score (placed #6 North America, #4 U.S.) is my personal best!

Thanks to everyone for all the QSO's!

73, Sam WW4PK
KM4JA   SOAB LP   44,2472016-09-27 16:15:36
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP Pt/Q
7 48 101 10 18 15 2.1
14 67 141 11 28 18 2.1
21 35 101 6 21 2 2.9
Total 150 343 27 67 35 2.3
Score: 44,247
1 Mult = 1.2 Q's
KQ4LA   SOAB LP   77,1212016-09-27 16:57:02
KQ4LA's Contest Summary Report for CQ-WW-RTTY
Created by N3FJP's CQ WW DX RTTY Contest Log
Version 1.4

Total Contacts = 210
Total Points = 77,121

Operating Period: 2016/09/24 01:20 - 2016/09/25 23:59

Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
80 0 0 38 38 18
40 0 0 74 74 35
20 0 0 65 65 31
15 0 0 33 33 16
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 0 0 210 210 100

Total Contacts by State \ Prov:

State Total %
----- ----- ---
117 56
IL 12 6
VA 7 3
PA 6 3
MD 5 2
ON 5 2
BC 4 2
FL 4 2
MA 4 2
VT 4 2
MN 3 1
NC 3 1
OH 3 1
WA 3 1
AZ 2 1
KS 2 1
NV 2 1
QC 2 1
RI 2 1
TN 2 1
TX 2 1
AB 1 0
CO 1 0
CT 1 0
HI 1 0
IA 1 0
KY 1 0
LA 1 0
MB 1 0
MI 1 0
MO 1 0
NB 1 0
NY 1 0
OR 1 0
PEI 1 0
WI 1 0
WV 1 0

Total = 36

Total Contacts by Country:

Country Total %
------- ----- ---
USA 77 37
Canada 15 7
Italy 14 7
Federal Republic of Germany 13 6
Spain 10 5
Slovenia 6 3
Hungary 5 2
Netherlands 5 2
Brazil 4 2
Czech Republic 4 2
Poland 4 2
Colombia 3 1
Croatia 3 1
Luxembourg 3 1
US Virgin Is. 3 1
Aruba 2 1
Belgium 2 1
Bulgaria 2 1
Chile 2 1
England 2 1
European Russia 2 1
Panama 2 1
Venezuela 2 1
Wales 2 1
Argentina 1 0
Balearic Is. 1 0
Crete 1 0
Cuba 1 0
France 1 0
Greece 1 0
Guatemala 1 0
Hawaii 1 0
Ireland 1 0
Jersey 1 0
Madeira Is. 1 0
Martinique 1 0
Mexico 1 0
Montenegro 1 0
Morocco 1 0
Portugal 1 0
Puerto Rico 1 0
Scotland 1 0
Serbia 1 0
Sicily 1 0
Switzerland 1 0
Ukraine 1 0
Uruguay 1 0

Total = 47

Total Contacts by Continent:

Continent Total %
--------- ----- ---
NA 102 49
EU 90 43
SA 15 7
AF 2 1
OC 1 0

Total = 5

Total Contacts by CQ Zone:

CQ Zone Total %
------- ----- ---
05 44 21
14 44 21
15 39 19
04 33 16
03 15 7
09 7 3
08 6 3
11 4 2
20 4 2
07 3 1
16 3 1
12 2 1
13 2 1
33 2 1
06 1 0
31 1 0

Total = 16
VE3KTB   SOAB LP   3,6452016-09-27 18:34:22
Only had some time on Sunday afternoon to actually get on. It's my first RTTY
contest and it was a lot of fun!
KR6N   SOAB HP   10,1252016-09-27 18:51:45
Busy weekend but managed to sneak in some radio time.
KØAP   SO(A)AB HP   109,0112016-09-27 19:47:04
One of my favorite contests.

73 Dragan K0AP
W4AAA(KK9A)   SOSB20 HP   756,0002016-09-27 20:58:03
I recently replaced one of my shack computers and I still needed to set it up
for contesting. Also, I have been wanting to upgrade my second computer’s
operating system to Windows 7 so I decided to make that change and reload the
software just days before the contest. The installation went perfectly. I could
not imagine setting up RTTY's 2Tone and MTTY without AA5AU's excellent website Thank you Don for all of your hard work on the
site! I connected the antennas, turned on the equipment and suddenly the
amplifier started smoking and then it tripped the circuit breaker. This
occurred before I even made a test transmission. I had not used the station
since March so I guess it is not surprising that something failed. Contesting
seems conducive to equipment and antenna failures, luckily this was my only
issue and I had a working backup amplifier. I operated 20m single band which
had the most activity during this part of the sun spot cycle. Conditions were
reasonably good, especially on the first day. More than half of my QSOs were
with Europe. The band was open to this region for most of the daytime hours and
the rates were very high during my sunrise and their sunset. The CQWW RTTY rules
are unique compared to other WW modes as they allow some points and multipliers
for working other US stations. About 1/4 of my QSOs were with US stations. The
path from North Carolina to Asia is a difficult one. The signals are usually
weaker, sometimes difficult to decode and rates are slower but that makes this
even more challenging. Not knowing what station in which country you will work
next or what path the signal will arrive on really makes this exciting. About
10% of my contacts were with Asia. During slower times, I used the Elecraft K3S
sub-receiver to look for new stations and multipliers. I set the SO2V up as a
second radio in Writelog using N6EE's instructions. This worked very well and
switching between the two receivers or listening on both simultaneously could
not be easier. Unfortunately, being a single transceiver meant that both
receivers were muted during transmissions. Depending on the timing of the QSOs
in progress, this was sometimes frustrating to use while running on the main
transceiver. However, it was still quite useful for finding new stations and it
kept me from being bored. There was no shortage of activity in this contest and
I am happy with my score. This is definitely a fun RTTY contest!

73 and thanks for the QSOs,

John KK9A aka W4AAA, WP2AA, P40A etc

Please QSL via WD9DZV
XE2B   SOSB20 LP   16,3772016-09-27 22:04:03
Very nice rates, only able to work acouple of hours. Thanks for the Q's

CQ WorldWide RTTY - 2016-09-24 0000Z to 2016-09-26 0000Z - 135 QSOs
XE2B Max Rates:

2016-09-24 0128Z - 3.0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 180 per hour by XE2B
2016-09-24 0133Z - 2.0 per minute (10 minute(s)), 120 per hour by XE2B
2016-09-24 0258Z - 1.3 per minute (60 minute(s)), 77 per hour by XE2B
4O1ØA(@4O3A)   M/2 HP   8,388,6562016-09-28 00:08:55
CQ WW DX RTTY contest took place on 4O3A (with a special call this year: 4O10A)
»superstation« location on Obosnik hilltop in Montenegro. IARU's YCP (Youth
Contesting Program) gives young hamradio operators the chance to operate on
world-known stations with help from experienced operators, who are eager to
teach them what they need to learn about RTTY contesting. Mentors, S52X Tadej,
S50XX Kristjan and Miloš S53X, were on location early to prepare and teach
every one of the participants how to operate the RTTY contest on 4O3A Ranko's
amazing station. They organised the time schedule fort the contest, motivated
youngsters and even prepared delicious meals though the time of the contest.
Yougsters were from four IARU R1 state members: Serbia (YU5EEA, YU3AWA),
Slovenia (S57BM), Croatia (9A5LEA) and Bosnia (E79AA, E73CRK).
One year ago YCP also took place on this location and participants learned as
much as mentors could teach them. The score was very good with a second place
standing in Multi Two All Bands High power category.
This year was better in many ways, even the weather was sunny all the time HI.
Station equipment was also updated this year. New Flex radios were introduced
to yougsters with very positive feedback.
And the results of everything the youngsters learned, new radios, motivation
and excellent teamwork was one of the top standings in MultiTwo All Band High
power category in the world.
With so much better results than the year before it's sure to know that next
year will be even better. Every one of the participants in this year's IARU
Youth Contesting Programme went home with a smile on their face and a wish to
participate again on 4O3A's location next year.

73's de 2016 4O10A Youth Contesting Programme Team
EA9LZ   SOSB20 HP   1,030,2542016-09-28 00:41:04
as always looking for fun and fun I've got, except sunday middle of the day,
during around 6 hours, really very bad propagation.
Due the situation of my leg, because my recent knee surgery.... I decide go to
20meters, but was also difficult.... as I says, fun and fun.

Luso Tower 48mtrs.
Optibeam 5@48mtr over 5@21mtr. Stack Match.
Kenwood TS990
Wintest and Mtty.

Finally I want to give my speciall thanks to my brother Mariano EA9LS and his
wife, with him, this dream became real.
IQ9UI(@II9P)   M/2 HP   8,537,7602016-09-28 05:42:53
Tnx everybody for qsos,wx was not nice but funny contest....See you soon!!
Carmelo it9aug@ii9p.
I4DZ(@IR4M)   M/S HP   7,287,4982016-09-28 06:07:16
Thanks to I4DZ to let us use his nice short call. (In Italy for some
reasons we can use our special 2x1 callsigns: IR4M just for a handful of
contests, and the CQWW RTTY is not one of these).
The last-minute defection of a couple of operators left the team with
only four operators, one of them at his very first contest experience.
This forced us to change initial plans to more stressing shifts.
It's been a fun contest as usual, with a lot of participation from all
over the world.
Nice conditions the first day, with very productive low-bands: on 80 we
were even able to work XE2X and some west coast with K3EST from CA and
N7AT in AZ. Unfortunately, Idaho is missing as AA7UN didn't copied our
long answer to his CQ.
Saturday 15m in very good shape, with good opening towards JA and NA.
Poor conditions on 10m with only some Caribbean and South America.
No USA, even if at a certain point we have been spotted by the K3LR skimmer.
Different story on Sunday... due to some solar flares, conditions
worsened and so did rates.
Highlight was VP8NO, worked on 10m and QSYed on 15m for a double
multiplier. Thank you Michael!
CR3W was worked in all bands without problems, except on 15m, where for
some reasons he wasn't able to hearing our call, even if their signal
was huge. We insisted a lot, without success. What happened guys ?
Nice fight on the score table with our friends at IQ1RY, good job guys!
However, we wish there was more participation on CQContest!
Logistics and kitchen were superbly directed as usual by Paolo I4EWH,
while professional technical assistance was led by Nicola IZ4NIC.

See you in SSB leg, this time as IR4M!
W7AC(NC7M)   SOAB LP   288,2402016-09-28 06:13:50
Used Willamette Valley DX Club call W7AC. That was fun
Lost a radio about way through . Everything else seemed to work okay. Thanks
for the QSOs. 73 Marc NC7M
KP2/WE5DX(@KP2M)   M/S HP   3,181,0802016-09-28 07:14:58
We loved operating here from the islands and still find some kind of way to
learn something new each time we come down. Thanks to everyone for all of the
Q's and Mults.

80M: Well 80 was really bad from the islands. The noise level was high and
the static crashes really made it tough to get any runs going. The runs we
attempted were bogged down with retries so we just went back to 40 meters.
40M: Even though 80 meters was a mess, 40 meters was in great shape. The EU
runs were massive Which brought the rate down however we were able to pick off
a VU from India which is a nice from this part of the world.
20M: Bread and butter is all I can say about 20 meters. Was the all around
work horse of the contest. We did work an VU and a UN as well but was a bit
easier than 40 meters. The noise level was a ton lower from here so we really
enjoyed the runs to EU and NA.
15M: WOW, 15 meters was a really good high capacity QSO machine. The rates
were great to EU and some NA was to be had as well even though most was EU in
the mornings. JA's were spotted but not really heard much here.
10M: Well we did not expect much with 10 meters however we did get one opening
to EU around 14z on Saturday morning. EU was very strong and easy with lots of
stations calling. Beyond this opening there Was not much happening here. We
had the mult station listening often but that was the only opening to be had
from here.
N1HTB   SOAB LP   112,5122016-09-28 10:49:24
First RTTY contest...lots of fun, I can not wait for next year!
YT2AAA   SO(A)AB LP   859,2212016-09-28 10:53:07
ICOM-746 PRO + wires on balcony
G3TXF   SO(A)AB HP   387,2002016-09-28 10:54:44
Part time dabble (QRV just 17 hours) in CQWW RTTY, using only S&P.
Didn't CQ once.
73 - Nigel G3TXF
KO7SS   SO(A)AB HP   3,1622016-09-28 11:07:38
THE best format for any contest - everyone works everyone and lots of mults.
Too bad I had to work Fri and Sat. Sun AM was not a good time to look for
an EU opening!

73, Bill KO7SS
IK4AUY   SO(A)AB HP   638,8202016-09-28 12:41:06
Good conditions on 15meters and 20 meters. Some South America on 10m. Very glad
to partecipate mainly on sunday and just a few hours on saturday
I'm starting now to enjoy rtty mode/digital modes as well. Power out
was below 500W, most time at 400watts out. Antenna 3 el Ultrabeam up 17m and
40-80 morgain wire dipole at about 15m. up. Best 73 de Sergio IK4AUY
PY2MSR   SOSB15 QRP   31,6232016-09-28 13:12:08
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JA1BPA   SO(A)SB15 HP   446,5902016-09-28 17:39:19
The propagation was better than expected, but deteriorated in the
final 12 hours.

The best opening was on Saturday both toward EU and toward NA.
I heard many UK and north-western European stations loud on
Saturday morning UTC. The East Coast of the U.S. was also strong
on Saturday night/Sunday midnight UTC, but there seemed not many
stations on the air. I heard and called, but missed ME and NH.
Surprisingly worked VT (k1VMT), which is usually the most difficult
state to work from here. K1SFA @K1TTT had the best signal from
New England.

For those interested in WWFF/JAFF Award Program, QSO in this
contest will provide a credit as JAFF-0209.

Hope to see you again in CQ WW CW Contest. We plan to be
Multi-Single from JG1ZUY contest station.

Best 73,
Icko, JA1BPA
KØVG   Classic SOAB HP   17,4722016-09-28 18:24:43
Only able to operate the start of the contest Friday night.
Conditions were OK Friday night. New computer and rotor worked without any
SM7CIL   Classic SOAB LP   174,1442016-09-29 03:11:25
Rig: K3 100W
Ant: Vertical dipole for 40, 3 el yagi fixed at 300 degrees (W/VE) for 20/15
MMTTY for logging and TrueTTY as print support when weak sigs or QRM.

OL9A(OK2ZAW)   SOSB80 HP   255,4802016-09-29 07:33:59
More at:
MJ5Z(JK3GAD)   SOAB LP   1,612,6292016-09-29 12:57:40
80m: dipole
40m: dipole - obviously not working properly
20-10m: Optibeam

2 x K3, MK2R+, 2 x OMBPF6, INRAD triplexer, Win-Test

Frustrated by defective 40m dipole and sixpack antenna switch, but overall
enjoyed the contest.

From last year's score which is EU record,
QSOs down by 1,000
Score is halved

Thanks everyone for QSO!

73 Kazu
KG3V   SO(A)AB LP   1,1782016-09-29 17:22:00
Just had a little time Friday evening to fire up RTTY and make a few contacts.
Hopefully I have more time for contests as the Season gets going. 73
VU2DED   SOSB15 LP   17,4352016-09-30 00:28:20
Wanted to work two full days, but was qrl with morning qth. Could work only for
few hours on 25th.
Working conditions: Icom IC-707, barefoot with trap Dipole antenna, 40M
through 10M and Yaesu antenna Tuner FC-700. Home-brew digital interface with
AMD dual core desktop computer. Software used DM-780.

See you next year.
Mumbai - India
SP5XOV   Classic SOAB LP   27,3002016-09-30 11:03:12
TS-590 Ant LW ab 24m
HK1T   SOSB20 HP   1,127,2702016-09-30 12:04:02
Tks To All, a lot of fun, like always..! see you on SSB.
VY2/W5AJ   SO(A)SB40 QRP   119,0002016-09-30 12:56:52
5 watts, 4 element yagi at 145 feet, quiet location. arrived at Ken's station
early (2am) on Thursday with my son Spencer along to help cook and vacation
together. loaded up MMTTY into writelogv12 with no issues using the USB audio
from K3. Cloned 2tone. could not get transmit to work via the USB probably due
to the serial port already in use by rig control. Had FSK cables ready in
standby and added those in to complete the operator logging setup Thursday.

Great contest, just right speed for my RTTY learning curve. VY2 is next door
to EU and with the 145 foot tall yagi was a dream. I'd run when possible, then
break and S&P the band, CQ then S&P. There were some that just couldn't
hear me. Others the QSO got out of sync and I didn't copy the "TU" or
CFM from them and had to spend time getting attention for that.

With the 5 watts and going west into Pacific (more than one hop) wasn't good.
ZL3TE tried for several minutes to pull me out and did get home call but not
VY2/ -> he must have good receive conditions as he was only station that far
that showed any hope of copy... over the pole to UA0 or JA seemed futile.
Second night I turned in earlier rather than try to get anything into far
Pacific. Good rates with new multi's in last two hours of test on 40.

Looking forward to next year
73 Robert W5AJ
WØMB   SO(A)AB HP   579,9362016-09-30 13:18:59
Notes to self! 9/24 sfi 86-4-1 9/25 85-5-1 at 21:oo GMT 85-22-5 and 9/26
85-23-4. Bands seemed fair at the start and were a little better Sunday then
the noise came along. I need to spend some real time with the n1mm+ program.
Need to spend more time in planning off times and band changes as well s/p
faster. Well I beat my 2014 score by 101 and the 2015 score by 450 so i am
doing better. TH5 and dipoles this year and will have 2 elements on 40 next
year! Hopefully there will be next year to look forward to. Maybe if all else
fails move to dx location!
DH8BQA   SO(A)SB15 HP   377,5682016-09-30 14:12:26
Elecraft K3, PA + 6 ele OWA Yagi

Condx better than anticipated on Saturday (532 QSOs) but really bad on Sunday
(just 232 QSOs). Even worked a few U.S. West Coast guys on Saturday (220 x NA
in total) while even easy East Coast didn't make it into the log on Sunday
except 2 or 3 Florida stations. Nevertheless had fun, that's what counts ...
;-) 73, Olli 'BQA
KB4KBS   SO(A)AB LP   25,3122016-09-30 15:20:03
Part time effort - 0400-0600 Local (EDT) Sunday AM and Sunday afternoon.

Wanted to get some new band/countries on 80.

MFJ 939
N1MM w/FLDigi
W4ML(W4MYA)   SO(A)AB HP   79,8252016-09-30 16:41:00
Run em
PY2KJ   SO(A)SB20 HP   20,9282016-09-30 21:05:29
Thanks for all contacted stations.

See U on the next !


Best 73, health + peace !


IV3TMV   SOSB15 HP   328,3672016-09-30 21:53:35
hello guys ,
tnx for many qsos .
Cu in new rtty test
73 flavio
IZ3NVR   SO(A)SB80 QRP   1,0452016-10-01 00:19:09
Been away from home the entire weekend for other duties. Got home on sunday
evening and did a few QSOs on 80m from 18 UTC.

Had some fun replying to some strong stations.

See you next contests
9A7Ø1A(@9A1A)   M/M HP   10,634,3042016-10-01 00:37:40
Poor propagations on 15 and 10 meters, what will be expected in coming years.
8 members of our team have age between 17 to 20. They realy enjoyed in RTTY

Thanks to all who called us.

See you in CQ WW SSB.

9A701A/9A1A team
NØKE   SOAB HP   18,0002016-10-01 07:30:07
very part time
AB1J   SO(A)SB80 LP   29,8422016-10-01 12:08:10
I joined the YCCC recently and this is my first log for them. I do mostly single
band contests, so my scores are small but I hope they help out.

Thanks for the Qs. Lots of fun, less of sleep.

Ken, AB1J
NP3RE   Classic SOSB40 QRP   76,6382016-10-01 15:47:51
VY2/WJ5DX(W5AJ)   SO(A)SB15 HP   12,6632016-10-01 22:07:57
VY2/WJ5DX was second callsign in use at VY2 rental, I couldn't sleep all day
(the main operation was 40 meter SB) Was great fun and was hoping to pass out
the VY2 multi on ten but conditions were not great there.
comment on the large pan-adapter screen, this was amazing tool during rtty
contest. Easy to find clear spot, Easy to see if someone was too close, etc.
made qso's on 10,15 and 80 (one on 40) with VY2/WJ5DX

Got to get one for home station

73 and hope had fun in WW RTTY, Robert W5AJ
IQ1RY   M/S HP   5,610,4052016-10-04 13:25:56
Despite condition were not so good we had great time!
Propagation was outstanding on 80m on Saturday nigth, where also Weast Coast US
were heard and worked, also 15m were quite open to US until late. On the other
hand on Sunday condition were poor but we manage to work many multiplier thanks
to a 2 hour opening on 10m.
Nice run on with our friends I4DZ/IR4M, their score is really
outstanding! Congrats guys!

Thanks to all for calling!
To the next one!

on behalf of IQ1RY team
Filippo IZ1LBG