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CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest   2016   Feb 13   Claimed Score

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Call: P49X
Operator(s): WØYK
Station: P4ØL/P49Y

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: FKal52
Operating Time (hrs): 30
Location: South America
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandQSOs
80:289
40:756
20:542
15:1162
10:1063
Total:3812Prefixes983Total Score14,250,551

 

Club: Northern California Contest Club

Comments:     [email]     2016-02-15 06:22:37
[log removed from comments] Another fun WPX RTTY weekend! Propagation was good on all bands from Aruba, though Sunday was problematic on the high bands, accentuated by lower participation. Actually, it seemed to me that participation was down in general, especially on the low bands. I had excellent propagation into Europe and North America, but there were very few stations on 40 and 80. My totals are down on those bands. OTOH, others are reporting that activity seemed up to them. With the K-index forecast to drop from 4 to 2 over the weekend, I was hopeful that propagation would improve. Unfortunately, the forecast didn’t materialize. Thursday’s CME clearly affected Sunday’s conditions, if only in this part of the world. Ten and 15 were pretty good Saturday, but not on Sunday when signals would be S9 to S9+20 one minute, then in the noise floor the next minute. Some QSOs could not be completed when a rapid fade occurred. This, coupled with less available stations, dropped the QSO rates to almost half. On the upside, there were no total RF blackouts and though some QSOs faded into the noise, there were other propagation paths working quite well all the time. Of course the perspective here on the equator is different than most QTHs that depend on more east-west propagation. I don’t expect there will be glowing reports of 10 meters in many of the 3830 soapbox comments. RTTY Skimmer has really evolved nicely and I can depend on seeing my callsign appear on the bandmap less than 30 seconds after my first CQ in a new location. One benefit of this is that there is virtually no penalty for moving to a new frequency. The potential QSO rate is achieved instantly. There seemed to be a lot of off-frequency callers and some of those callsigns have established a solid reputation for this over the years. I abhor AFC, so they have to wait until I’ve worked everyone else before I use the RIT to tune them in. And, while I love for people to send their callsign only once or twice, that is not enough time when they are also way off zero-beat. There are also a lot of excessively wide signals that make it very unpleasant for close-by stations. This also decreases the number of running stations that can fit on the band. As, I’ve opined before, good signals with suitably narrow transmission are penalized because the wider signals can move in close and QRM them without the reverse being true. If only they could endure the QRM they impose on others. I’m reminded of my old Volkswagen repair manual written by a free-spirited Californian a few decades ago. The author suggested that if drivers were strapped to the front bumper of their cars, they would likely drive more reasonably and safely. As normal, there were plenty of challenges. I began preparation by neglecting to pack one of my laptop computers. That meant I had to completely configure the logging and other software on a borrowed PC. There was the potential for lots of issues, but it worked out well without much effort. The cottage phone line went dead, the toilet broke and I had numerous PC software problems, a few of which were self-inflicted. Even so, I had a load of fun and hope everyone else did too. Thanks to all the participants. Next up are the CQ WPX SSB and CW sections which I’ll probably operate from home"a very different experience. Ed Rigs: Elecraft K3/P3 (2) Amps: Alpha 86, Alpha 91B Logging software: WriteLog 11.34b on three networked PCs, one for each SO2R radio plus one master for backup and running cc-user to a Telnet Packet node. Tower 1: 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 Tower 2: 2 (yes, two!) elements on 10 meter interlaced with 5 elements on 15 meter at 55 feet Tower 3: C31XR at 43 feet RX antennas: four 400-500 foot beverages using K9AY switching box/preamp Cabrillo Statistics (Version 10g) by K5KA & N6TV http://bit.ly/cabstat CALLSIGN: P49X CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE CONTEST: CQ-WPX-RTTY OPERATORS: W0YK -->Exchange missing from the following line: -------------- 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 51 98 0 0 149 149 3.9 0100 0 0 66 93 0 0 159 308 8.1 0200 0 0 78 76 0 0 154 462 12.1 0300 0 33 84 0 0 0 117 579 15.2 0400 0 36 86 0 0 0 122 701 18.4 0500 0 41 50 0 0 0 91 792 20.8 0600 0 34 40 0 0 0 74 866 22.7 0700 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 869 22.8 0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 869 22.8 0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 869 22.8 1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 869 22.8 1100 0 0 0 4 14 0 18 887 23.3 1200 0 0 0 35 90 10 135 1022 26.8 1300 0 0 0 0 93 85 178 1200 31.5 1400 0 0 0 0 102 96 198 1398 36.7 1500 0 0 0 0 65 100 165 1563 41.0 1600 0 0 0 0 92 94 186 1749 45.9 1700 0 0 0 0 89 95 184 1933 50.7 1800 0 0 0 0 79 77 156 2089 54.8 1900 0 0 0 0 83 75 158 2247 58.9 2000 0 0 0 0 34 47 81 2328 61.1 2100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2328 61.1 2200 0 0 0 46 39 0 85 2413 63.3 2300 0 0 35 89 7 0 131 2544 66.7 0000 0 0 28 63 0 0 91 2635 69.1 0100 0 16 51 16 0 0 83 2718 71.3 0200 0 16 42 0 0 0 58 2776 72.8 0300 0 43 60 0 0 0 103 2879 75.5 0400 0 36 51 0 0 0 87 2966 77.8 0500 0 28 32 0 0 0 60 3026 79.4 0600 0 4 1 0 0 0 5 3031 79.5 0700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 79.5 0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 79.5 0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 79.5 1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 79.5 1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3031 79.5 1200 0 0 0 12 19 0 31 3062 80.3 1300 0 0 0 10 58 33 101 3163 83.0 1400 0 0 0 0 61 72 133 3296 86.5 1500 0 0 0 0 52 60 112 3408 89.4 1600 0 0 0 0 51 66 117 3525 92.5 1700 0 0 0 0 60 67 127 3652 95.8 1800 0 0 0 0 54 57 111 3763 98.7 1900 0 0 0 0 20 29 49 3812 100.0 2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3812 100.0 2100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3812 100.0 2200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3812 100.0 2300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3812 100.0 ------------------------------------------------------ Total 0 289 756 542 1162 1063 3812 Gross QSOs=3862 Dupes=50 Net QSOs=3812 Unique callsigns worked = 2399 The best 60 minute rate was 200/hour from 1359 to 1458 The best 30 minute rate was 218/hour from 1425 to 1454 The best 10 minute rate was 240/hour from 1311 to 1320 The best 1 minute rates were: 6 QSOs/minute 5 times. 5 QSOs/minute 43 times. 4 QSOs/minute 200 times. 3 QSOs/minute 434 times. 2 QSOs/minute 517 times. 1 QSOs/minute 431 times. There were 2346 bandchanges and 1523 (40.0%) probable 2nd radio QSOs. Number of letters in callsigns Letters # worked ----------------- 3 6 4 1219 5 1599 6 958 7 22 8 5 9 3 Multi-band QSOs --------------- 1 bands 1553 2 bands 478 3 bands 213 4 bands 111 5 bands 44 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 75 277 194 546 461 80M 40M 20M 15M 10M Total % NA 208 515 449 485 588 2245 58.9 EU 77 218 39 598 442 1374 36.0 AS 1 11 37 41 2 92 2.4 AF 0 2 2 9 6 19 0.5 SA 2 8 4 20 24 58 1.5 OC 0 2 11 10 1 24 0.6 80M 40M 20M 15M 10M Total 4J 1 1 4X 1 1 1 3 5B 1 1 6Y 1 1 9A 3 3 1 9 6 22 BV 1 1 BY 1 1 CE 1 1 1 4 5 12 CM 1 5 5 11 CT 2 3 3 8 CT3 2 2 CU 1 1 CX 1 1 1 3 DL 17 30 8 143 115 313 E7 1 1 1 3 2 8 EA 6 13 3 23 21 66 EA6 1 1 EA8 1 2 5 5 13 EI 1 1 1 3 ER 2 2 ES 1 4 5 EU 2 4 6 1 13 F 6 9 1 23 19 58 FG 2 1 3 G 2 4 2 36 25 69 GI 2 2 GM 1 1 1 4 6 13 GM/s 1 1 GU 1 1 GW 1 1 2 4 HA 1 4 1 11 6 23 HB 1 4 1 3 5 14 HC 1 1 HK 1 1 HZ 1 1 2 I 4 22 2 58 55 141 IS 1 1 IT9 4 1 1 6 JA 1 28 27 56 K 186 467 399 439 553 2044 KH6 2 1 1 1 5 KL 4 4 2 10 KP4 2 1 1 4 LA 2 1 5 6 14 LU 1 1 1 8 11 LX 1 1 2 3 7 LY 1 3 8 4 16 LZ 2 4 1 6 3 16 OA 1 1 2 OE 1 2 1 11 6 21 OH 1 1 2 14 9 27 OK 1 8 19 17 45 OM 3 6 2 11 ON 2 2 1 12 7 24 OZ 1 3 5 9 P4 1 1 PA 1 5 9 11 26 PJ5 1 1 PY 1 1 11 8 21 S5 3 2 2 9 7 23 SM 3 2 12 8 25 SP 5 10 1 39 25 80 SV 6 5 5 16 SV5 1 1 SV9 1 1 TA 2 2 TA1 1 1 TF 1 1 2 4 TI 1 1 1 3 TR 1 1 UA 2 18 4 48 17 89 UA2 1 1 UA9 1 4 5 8 18 UN 4 4 UR 6 27 2 34 20 89 V6 1 1 VE 19 29 38 40 30 156 VK 3 3 VP8 1 1 VU 1 1 1 3 XE 1 5 1 2 3 12 YB 7 7 14 YL 4 3 7 YO 5 12 4 21 YU 11 6 4 21 YV 3 1 1 5 Z3 2 2 4 ZL 1 1 ZS 2 1 3