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CQ Worldwide VHF Contest   2017   Jul 15   Claimed Score

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Call: K1HTV
Operator(s): K1HTV
Station: K1HTV

Class: SOSB/6 HP
Operating Time (hrs):
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:11065Total Score7,150


Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-07-17 16:11:52
I decided to operate only on 6 Meter this contest using only digital modes. Of the 110 QSOs made, 94 were with the new FT8 mode and the rest using MSK144. FT8 worked great for Es contacts and MSK144 for meteor scatter. Local Saturday was the best day for Es. At the beginning of UTC Sunday, double hop QSOs were made with 19 western EO, CM, CN, DL, DM & DM grids between 00Z and 03Z. The latest version of WSJT-X software containing the new FT8 mode was only released to the public earlier in the week. Judged by the amount of 6 Meter activity on the designated FT8 frequency of 50.313 MHz, the new mode was a big hit. I wouldn't be surprised to see the use of JT65 slowly fade away and FT8 take over, especially during Es propagation. I had gotten on the HF bands 5 days before the VHF contest to become more familiar with the mode under battle conditions. 20 Meters was packed most of the time but with a tribander and wire antennas I managed to work 66 countries including 9G, A6, A9, TR, VP8(F) and YI which is not bad for 50 Watts. I believe that the new FT8 mode is going to play a big part in future VHF contest when Es propagation occurs. 73, Rich - K1HTV