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CQWW WPX Contest, CW   2014   May 24   Claimed Score

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Call: G5W
Operator(s): 5B4WN G3BJ G3WGN N6GQ
Station: G3BJ

Class: M/2 HP
QTH: Woolston
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: Northern Europe

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:5144Prefixes1366Total Score16,453,212


Club: Chiltern DX Club

Comments:     [email]     2014-05-26 05:19:27
This was a contest of highs and not-so-highs at G5W. We elected to try, for the first time, the M2 category, having done MS in CQWW for years. But we had rarely done a multi-op entry in WPX, so this M2 entry was a first. Marios, 5B4WN, David, G3WGN and Jeff, N6GQ (who was passing through the UK on business) joined me to make the team of four. David and Marios had operated here before, so familiarisation issues were minimal. Starting the contest, the A index was 11, rising to 19 later on the Saturday. This made for some tricky conditions, and long sustained runs were hard on any band. Signals from the 'banker' spots like JA and W were distinctly down, and every mult had to be worked for. Happily the Sunday was better, but I doubt this will go down as one of the best CQ WPX’s, altho ugh the rapidly increasing creativity in some countries to generate new prefixes means the PFX count is rising each year. Still some really rough signals on the band, and what seems like an increasing prevalence to go off and S&P and then expect to return to the run frequency some minutes later and expect it still to be free ! We had a few shoot-outs here, although won all but one of them ! A few "Murphy" interventions caused moments of concern: -appalling weather in Shropshire brought static rain which seemed to impact 10 and 15 quite badly for a while - a fault with one of the LED monitor screens caused it to lock up - we suspect RF was to blame, and I'll be applying clip-on ferrites to effect a cure. - whilst rummaging around the monitor, we managed to pull a plug lead on the CAT to one of the transceivers, which meant loss of band data and a running repair on the Sunday - and most mysteriously, the band decoder for antenna selection threw a wobbly in the middle of a QSO and refused to allow connection to the 20m antenna. After a quick investigation, it cleared itself and never returned. Weird. Given the difficulty of sustaining a fast run, this M2 effort was more akin to a MS entry, with a lot of mult-chasing, and even finding it more productive to work through the band map of non-mults and tune the band rather than to keep pressing the f1 key! Good support from the RBN and associated skimmers meant that spots were plentiful, but it was still necessary to comb the bands from time to time. The Saturday was quite busy, despite the conditions and at the half-way point we had 1100 mults. On the Sunday the rates were a little lower, but the score rose nicely with the multiplier bell being brought into service to keep up motivation later in the day! All in all an enjoyable weekend’s radio. Thanks to Marios, David and Jeff for joining in the fun, and to everyone for the QSOs. Usual equipment here: 2 x FT5000+ linears 10-40 yagi at 80ft 10-20 yagi @ 60 ft 160/80 dipoles @ 80 ft 90ft Titanex K9AY and beverages for receive Networked Win-Test for logging - rock-solid as ever We don't expect this to be as high a score as the leading stations in Southern Europe, as they enjoyed better conditions, but it would seem to be the best so far in the UK for M2