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CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW   2017   Nov 25   Claimed Score

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Call: KQ2M
Operator(s): KQ2M
Station: KQ2M

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: CT
Operating Time (hrs): 33
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOsZonesCountries
160:551234
80:2291566
40:87729100
20:118833102
15:7582291
10:23910
Total:3130120403Total Score4,723,736

 

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-11-29 17:45:09
Let me wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year! I realize that this is a very belated writeup but work and severe health problems intervened as usual. Over the past few years I have operated in the CLASSIC category in CQWW - a reality now that severe health issues prevent me from being able to compete in the "Iron-Man" category - SOABHP. However, station and contest preparation remains the same since in order to maximize your score you need to be able to maximize your signal and operating capabilities on all 6 bands regardless of operating 24 hours with one radio or 48 hours with two radios. Actually, this is even more important in the CLASSIC category since with 24 hours of operating you only get ONE chance at many band openings. Unlike SOABHP where you drive yourself really hard for as close to all 48 hours as possible and you get what you get with propagation, with only 24 hours of operating and fickle bottom of the cycle propagation, a minor blip in the geomagnetic field and your expected band opening vaporizes or with a slight drop in the A and K indices, a marginal opening can suddenly become a torrent of qsos and mults! The 2017 CQWWCW had both extremes, and against this backdrop was the typical rate dropoff from Day 1 to Day 2. So with the time-limited CLASSIC operating category you are not just attempting to guess the propagation trends of Day 1 vs. Day 2 to decide the allocation of operating hours, but you also have to take into account that if propagation is poor on Day 1, many casual contesters either don't bother to turn on the radio on Day 2 or they operate only a little - so even if the bands are open you might not get the expected benefit of saving that extra operating time for Day 2. Likewise, rates are higher on Day 1 because most everyone that wants to operate in the contest wants to operate Friday and Saturday when activity is highest. Further complicating the operating time decisions is the fact that with one radio your operating choices are binary - run or tune - you can NOT do both! So even if you have saved your operating time for a tough band opening and that band obliges with stations and mults that you need, you could literally miss the entire opening by being on another band - this is especially true with greyline openings that may only be 5 - 10 minutes long. Or it could be longer but with ZERO sunspots, even the tiniest solar " burp " or change in the auroral oval and the opening disappears in seconds. All these factors makes every minute of operating of this 24 hours SPRINT an URGENT and stressful situation - and VERY exciting! I attempted a new health regime this year to answer some longstanding questions. It began with using the treadmill on a daily basis in December 2016 and then gradually progressing to leaf raking, posion ivy eradication and finally chainsawing and brush clearing on teh hot SUmmer days. Starting with 15 minutes of slow treadmill in December 2016 and progressing to 3+ hours chansawing and brushclearing on 90+ F degree days by June and continuing into the Fall, I lost 41 lbs and became physically stronger with more stamina. The boost in energy and physical flexibility was welcome but, disappontingly, the underlying health problems actually worsened. This was concerning and frustrating. So the daily activity which was undertaken in an effort to reclaim my health, became necessary to help manage the severe pain and discomfort. It also had an enormous benefit to my station. I cleared out dozens of large trees which were growing around and through my tower guy wires and cleared 1 1/2 acres of poison ivy, brush and cleaned up a lot of the woods. The wire antenna farm benefitted too as, starting in October, I began rebuilding all my wire antennas - 160 Inv L, 80 M 4-square, 40 M 4-square, and 40 M 3L wire beam. For the first time since I began living here in CT (1994), my 3 L 40 meter wire beam actually is somewhat level - and this showed in the performance. I also had a lot of cables to rebuild and station issues to resolve at the last minute. On Thanksgiving I had diagnosed a failure of the K7 relay of my 20 M stackmaster, which was why position 2 was dead.I made two pigtails out of control cable and trailer connectors to the control box and the run to the shack. Then it was off to Thanksgiving dinner. I couldn't get a heat gun to shrink the marine grade heat shrink wrap on my connectors (all stores closed on Thanksgiving), but during Thanksgiving dinner, I had an idea to use the pack of two butane fireplace lighters (purchased for $1 at Dollar Tree in Baltimore) to try to shrink the wrap. When I got back from dinner I spent 30 minutes using the two butane lighters and IT WORKED! Just after sunrise on Friday morning of the contest, I taped everything together, mounted the box, took out the South dipole and moved the bottom 2 20's over a position. I tested the stackmaster and IT WORKED! Unlike CQWWSSB, where I could only use ONE 20 meter antenna at a time with NO stacks, for CQWWCW I would have my 20 M stacks again - necessary for the " Zoo " :-) After that, it was on to completing the restringing of the 80 M 4-square and 40 M wire beam, an unpleasant task now that all the Deer ticks had returned in force after inexplcably being gone for the previous and welcome four month respite. By 5 PM of Friday of the contest, my outdoor antenna work was complete. But the deterioration of geomagnetic cndx was not. I decided to start the contest by S & P rather than running - which I am still not sure was the right move. I went with my strength - 80 M with the 4-square I had but signals were weak and EU stations routinely cqed in my face. I went to 40 at 0027z continuing the S & P. Stations were louder and 2 - 4 deep on each freq. I picked up lots of mults but they were mostly the same ones that were available later on although I could not know this at the time. I had two 80+ hours at 00 and - 01z, a respectable start for poor band cndx and no 40 meter yagi. I tried running high in the band around 02z but signals had an ominous polar flutter including the US signals! NOT GOOD! I tried to run on 80 at 0215z with modest success but signals were poor and the band noisy. I stayed on 80 expecting the MUF to drop and help the 80 m signals. Activity picked up significantly and S & P was paying big dividends and a good mult total with steady rates of 70+ per hour. I kept moving from 80 to 160 back to 80 and alternating between S & P and run as the cndx kept changing. The qsb was rapid and fierce. By 0445z, it was apparent that with K = 4, the expected EU Sunrise enhancement was not happening and signals were weakening instead of strengthening on 80 and 160. I had a brief run high up on 40 but then had to S & P on 80, and 160. I checked my favorite 20 M opening and was pleased to be able to work some Pacific stations - ZL, VK and FK8IK - by beaming SOUTH with a few good SA mults XR6F and RI1ANC, but then it was back to 80 meters for a modest run and then to 160 for a few mults. Although I was doing well with the mults, the 04 - 06 hours yielded a poor 42, 49 and 44 qso's, about half of what I would normally expect. I continued mostly s & p and went back to 40 M for a decent run starting at 0707z, producing my only 100 hour of the night ( 103 ) with another 96 qsos in the 08z hour. I noticed that at time my 40 M wire beam was as much as 3 s-units louder than the 4-square and some of the Russians that I was working were completely inaudible on the 4-square! This made me briefly feel good about all the weeks of work that I had put in over the Summer months, but then 40 went long and my wire beam, which is far too low, became ineffective. I reflexively checked 20 meters and was surprised to find it open shortpath to 20! The K=4 and the SSN was ZERO and 20 was open to EU shortpath at 0920Z? HUH? WOW! I tried to run but not much happened - the EU stations were busy working each other and the US was apparently not easy to hear off the side of their antennas. So now I had a quandry - take off time (a minimum of one hour ) to preserve valuable operating time but possibly miss the beginning of a 20 M run, or continue operating with poor low band cndx and take the chance that I could wind up with very low rate hours and few low band Asian and Pacific mults due to the polar path shutdown? At 1005z I opted for off-time with a decent ( under these conditions ) 683 qsos and 251 mults. I awoke at 1115z and made my food quickly knowing that I was likely missing 20 meter run. I got downstairs at 1129z and the run began somewhat slowly but then picked up. I was surprised and disappointed that there were no zone 17 stations calling in. What was remarkable was how sharp the dividing line was between zones 16 and 17. I worked SIX Asiatic Russian stations ( UA9S and UA9T ) in Zone 16 and NONE in zone 17! Although 20 was hot at 1245z (producing 76 and 171 hours at 11 and 12z, with a K=4 ), it was imperative to get to 15 as early as possible and stay as long as possible because Saturday morning might be the only opening. Even though there were very few Russian stations that were heard, moving to 15 was the only sensible choice and I was rewarded at 13z with a 201 clock hour! (204 peak hour ) with a peak last 10 rate of 297.5 / 221.9 last 100 rate! But the intense rate was short lived as cndx almost immediately started to deteriorate with the 14 and 15z hours bringing 124 and 130 q's and very few mults. I had to qsy to 20 at 16z with 172 q's with some loud Northern EU stations and a surprising JA3YBK calling in at 1607z and a loud TF3GB at 1608z, but then I had to leave a good 20 meter run for the possibility of picking up SA and Carib. mults on 10 and 15 - ( remember no 2nd radio) ! While 10 was an almost complete bust, 15 was very productive and then it was back to 20 but the run was GONE! Only S & P was left on 20! The pileups on the 6W1SU, 7Q6M and 5X1NH were ENORMOUS and many callers would not shut-up and listen - calling continuously in what I suspect was an intentional action to qrm the ability of others to hear the DX station. With rates poor and the mults mostly worked, I took off-time at 1857z to preserve the rapidly dwindling operating time that was left. A 2033z I attempted an early ( for my station ) 40 meter run and was pleasantly surprised at securing a good freq. and HUGE pileup! The rate was intense but by 2135z, after being called by OX3XR, the MUF dropped and rate disappeared. The 20 z hour produced 67 q's in 27 min followd by another 55 q's on 40 in 35 min, but then dxing on marginal paths on 20 and 10 produced 9 mults on 5 qsos in 18 minutes. With the K index dropping to 0 ! I expected excellent cndx on 20 and an Asian run. I was wrong. Too soon for a rebound. Only 25 qsos and 13 mults in the 23z hour with YE2C ( longpath ), RI1ANO notable on 20 and EA8CMX on 160. I tried an 80 meter run at 2350z with only 12 minutes of success. Cndx sucked. More offtime taken from 0001z. I ended the DAy 1 with 19.9 hours operated and 1840 q's and 433 mults. I was pleased with the mults and disappointed with the qso total. And the worst part was that now I only had 4.1 hours of operating left with some really good cndx coming with K = 0 ! I had gambled on cndx getting worse ( the hangover effect of a K = 4 ) and instead the K had dropped to ZERO !, a rarity and now cndx would be much better at EU sunrise in a few hours than they were the day before. I took offtime until 0306z and decided to hunt mults for maximum effect. I worked R9PA for zone 18 on 40 and then 11 mults on 160 including breaking the massive ZA1WW pileup. The EU stations were loud on 160 but copying poorly. I decided to get up early and try the Asian path on 40 and 80 which I had completely missed on Saturday morning. Up at 1030z to make my breakfast and set up my meds, I tuned 40 at 1103z picking up HS0ZAR lp for a double mult - thanks FRED ! then worked VK2GR and HC0E for doubles. Strangley enough I did not hear any JA's on 40 or 80 but worked KL0R for another double on 80 and then VK4DX, BG3UPA (longpath) and UP0L for doubles as well as VE2IM and J35X. With no audible JA or KH6, it as time to qsy to 20 at 1131z and I was expecting to work all the Russians that I had not heard the day before. Sure enough, by 1140z the Russians were LOUD and the rate exploded producing 86 q's in the 11z hour and 194 qsos in the 12z hour (203 in 60 minutes) with a peak last 10/ last 100 rate of 297.5 / 221.5 ! and several 5 qso minutes. For the first time ever, I had 200+ hours on both Saturday and Sunday and on two different bands! But 20 started to die quickly and it was clear from the sudden reduction in callers that people were moving to 15. I waited until 1333z to qsy and quickly had a pileup but the qsb became very heavy. K index of 0 or not, 15 was in worse shape than on Saturday! The 13z hour had a great rate of 174 but the 14z saying a dying 15 and only 106 q's. By 1449z I was back on 20 and the 14 and 15z hours produced 134 q's but I was already past the 24 hour limit. After 24 hours of operating - the CLASSIC maximum alloted time period - my score was: 2385 qso's 111 Z 363 DX = 3,273,444 in 24 hrs NON-assisted ONE radio Since I was still having fun, I continued to operate - but I wanted to remain consistent - so I continued to operate NON-assisted with ONE radio rather with two radios. I alternated between s & p and runs. I began having problems with repeated computer crashes, my ACOM 2000a tripped out hundreds of times and then N1ANR, was 599+, began a 20 minute campaign of non-stop calling cq - contest on either side of me for reasons I do not understand. Whenever I swung the top 20 South while keeping the other 2 antennas in the stack at Europe, he would go away, only to reappear when I turned the antenna back North. I really do not understand why people behave this way - what is the point of needlessly antagonizing someone and being qrm'ed by their pileup? Certainly it is NOT a fun way to operate! and such liddish behavior is entirely unnecessary. The 16z hour produced 90 qsos on 20 and then I mostly watched football as I operated on and off expecting 20 to open well to EU which it did not, producing 64 q's and then 7 SA/Carib and African mults on 15. By the 18z hour EU was almost completely gone on 20 and I alternated between 15 and 10 picking off the few mults left. I was mostly s & p on 20 at 19z for a UP2L and 9G5W double, RW0A and a few Carib/SA. I was waiting for an early 40 meter opening at 20z and was pleased with a solid run of loud EU and Russian stations starting at 2012z with 113 and 114 hours at 20 and 21z and 95 qsos in the 22z hour. ZS2NF was a welcome double mult caller at 2046z with TF3GB calling in at 2048z. It was a pleasure to work Serge, EK4JJ at 2129z and R8TT at 2143z. I continued to run on 40 into the 23z hour with mults MI4I, MU0FAL and double mult LU2WA calling in. but the MUF was dropping and the band fading fast. I made a quick qsy to 20 and worked NH2DX but was surprised to see how weak the JA and other Asian stations were. NO chance to get the BY, 9M6, 9M2 stations through the wall of mid-west and West coast. Finally I checked 160 and was pleased to see many fairly workable stations even if they were having trouble copying. I quickly worked CR3OO, OH2XX, PI4CC and LX7I for new mults and tried to run at the end on 80. And then it was over: 3130 qsos 120 z 403 DX = 4,723,736 in 33 hrs NON-assisted ONE radio Naturally the low bands were outrageous at EU sunrise on Saturday night / Sunday morning, producing those 100+ hours on 40 and 80 that were absent on Friday night / Saturday morning (and while I was taking required off-time). And while I was enjoying a very nice run on 40 M on Sunday afternoon, I was missing the only decent 20 M opening to JA and Asiatic Russia. That is life in the CLASSIC 24 hour category with one radio. Feast or Famine. However, With ZERO sunspots and K = 4, I was AMAZED to be able to make 582 qsos on 15 in 19 zones and 65 countries in 4 hours on Day 1 with ONE radio! In my wildest dreams I would never have thought this possible! Nor would I have ever expected that it would be the first time in the same weekend that I worked 200+ hours on BOTH Day 1 and Day 2 and on two different bands (15 and 20) ! The advances in station design, equipment quality, computers, shortened callsigns and vast improvements in operating skill including SO2R, have made today's results and FUN, inconceivable to us from 40 years ago! I LOVE this radio stuff. I can't wait to see what next year brings! Tnx for the qsos and the mults - HNY! 73 Bob KQ2M kq2m@kq2m.com www.rlsfinancialgroup.com BREAKDOWN QSO/mults KQ2M CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST Single Operator HOUR 160 80 40 20 15 10 HR TOT CUM TOT 0 2/4 32/24 50/36 ..... ..... ..... 84/64 84/64 1 . . 81/36 . . . 81/36 165/100 2 . 55/17 15/3 . . . 70/20 235/120 3 3/4 64/19 . . . . 67/23 302/143 4 11/12 19/5 12/4 . . . 42/21 344/164 5 2/2 24/4 16/2 7/11 . . 49/19 393/183 6 12/6 8/5 24/13 . . . 44/24 437/207 7 2/1 1/0 100/0 . . . 103/1 540/208 8 ..... ..... 96/4 ..... ..... ..... 96/4 636/212 9 3/1 2/2 5/4 32/29 . . 42/36 678/248 10 . . . 5/3 . . 5/3 683/251 11 . . . 76/14 . . 76/14 759/265 12 . . . 136/6 35/22 . 171/28 930/293 13 . . . . 201/20 . 201/20 1131/313 14 . . . . 123/7 . 123/7 1254/320 15 . . . . 130/3 . 130/3 1384/323 16 ..... ..... ..... 172/12 ..... ..... 172/12 1556/335 17 . . . 30/4 39/29 10/9 79/42 1635/377 18 . . . 34/21 14/9 1/2 49/32 1684/409 19 . . . . . . . 1684/409 20 . . 67/1 . . . 67/1 1751/410 21 . . 55/2 5/6 . 1/2 61/10 1812/420 22 . . . . . . . 1812/420 23 1/2 12/3 . 12/8 . . 25/13 1837/433 0 ..... 2/0 ..... ..... ..... ..... 2/0 1839/433 1 . . . . . . . 1839/433 2 . . . . . . . 1839/433 3 14/11 . 1/2 . . . 15/13 1854/446 4 . . . . . . . 1854/446 5 . . . . . . . 1854/446 6 . . . . . . . 1854/446 7 . . . . . . . 1854/446 8 ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... 1854/446 9 . . . . . . . 1854/446 10 . . . . . . . 1854/446 11 . 2/2 9/12 75/0 . . 86/14 1940/460 12 . . . 194/2 . . 194/2 2134/462 13 . . . 74/0 100/8 . 174/8 2308/470 14 . . . 13/0 93/4 . 106/4 2414/474 15 . . . 134/6 . . 134/6 2548/480 16 ..... ..... ..... 90/5 ..... ..... 90/5 2638/485 17 . . . 48/0 16/7 . 64/7 2702/492 18 . . . 26/0 7/4 5/2 38/6 2740/498 19 . . . 20/6 . 6/4 26/10 2766/508 20 . . 111/3 2/1 . . 113/4 2879/512 21 . . 113/2 1/0 . . 114/2 2993/514 22 . . 95/0 . . . 95/0 3088/514 23 5/3 8/0 27/5 2/1 . . 42/9 3130/523 DAY1 36/32 217/79 521/105 509/114 542/90 12/13 ..... 1837/433 DAY2 19/14 12/2 356/24 679/21 216/23 11/6 . 1293/90 TOT 55/46 229/81 877/129 1188/135 758/113 23/19 . 3130/523 BREAKDOWN in mins/QSO's per hr KQ2M CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST Single Operator HOUR 160 80 40 20 15 10 HR TOT CUM TOT 0 4/33 23/82 33/90 ..... ..... ..... 60/83 60/83 1 . . 61/80 . . . 61/80 121/82 2 . 46/72 13/70 . . . 59/71 180/78 3 4/49 57/68 . . . . 60/67 241/75 4 19/35 28/41 14/50 . . . 61/42 301/69 5 5/23 29/50 15/65 10/43 . . 59/50 360/65 6 22/33 10/46 28/51 . . . 60/44 420/62 7 3/46 4/15 55/109 . . . 62/100 482/67 8 ..... ..... 58/99 ..... ..... ..... 58/99 540/71 9 6/30 4/31 8/36 43/45 . . 61/41 601/68 10 . . . 4/77 . . 4/77 605/68 11 . . . 31/147 . . 31/147 636/72 12 . . . 46/176 14/151 . 60/171 696/80 13 . . . . 60/202 . 60/202 756/90 14 . . . . 60/123 . 60/123 816/92 15 . . . . 61/127 . 61/127 878/95 16 ..... ..... ..... 59/175 ..... ..... 59/175 937/100 17 . . . 21/84 32/74 6/93 60/79 996/98 18 . . . 32/63 22/38 2/27 57/52 1053/96 19 . . . . . . . 1053/96 20 . . 27/146 . . . 27/146 1080/97 21 . . 40/83 13/23 . . 53/70 1133/96 22 . . . . . . . 1133/96 23 5/12 10/70 . 45/16 . . 60/25 1193/92 0 ..... 0/343 ..... ..... ..... ..... 0/343 1193/92 1 . . . . . . . 1193/92 2 . . . . . . . 1193/92 3 26/33 . 2/33 . . . 27/33 1221/91 4 . . . . . . . 1221/91 5 . . . . . . . 1221/91 6 . . . . . . . 1221/91 7 . . . . . . . 1221/91 8 ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... 1221/91 9 . . . . . . . 1221/91 10 . . . . . . . 1221/91 11 . 7/16 21/25 29/157 . . 57/90 1278/91 12 . . . 60/195 . . 60/195 1338/96 13 . . . 28/158 32/187 . 60/173 1398/99 14 . . . 11/68 49/114 . 61/105 1459/99 15 . . . 59/136 . . 59/136 1518/101 16 ..... ..... ..... 61/89 ..... ..... 61/89 1579/100 17 . . . 42/68 18/52 . 61/63 1639/99 18 . . . 35/44 15/29 10/30 60/38 1699/97 19 . . . 40/30 . 8/44 48/33 1747/95 20 . . 48/138 5/22 . . 54/126 1801/96 21 . . 60/112 0/327 . . 60/113 1861/96 22 . . 60/95 . . . 60/95 1921/96 23 13/23 9/51 26/62 9/13 . . 58/43 1980/95 DAY1 1.1/32 3.5/62 5.9/88 5.1/100 4.1/131 0.1/83 ..... 19.9/92 DAY2 0.6/29 0.3/42 3.6/98 6.3/107 1.9/114 0.3/37 . 13.1/99 TOT 1.8/31 3.8/60 9.5/92 11.4/104 6.1/125 0.4/52 . 33.0/95