(And for those not familiar with what a QSO is, click on the words for a reference).
Anyways — it’s a relatively short contest (noon to midnight). Single operators have a maximum of 10hr operating time, and teams have the full 12 hours. Since my antennas work best on the higher bands, I worked everything I could at first, 10, 15, 20 and then switched to 40,80 later in the day. I spent the full 10hrs working the contest – unfortunately didn’t find anyone on 160 – could have used some more mults I think. My QSO rate was not what I was hoping – even with running for a while, it wasn’t what I was expecting – I may have left it too late.
The cool thing about this contest is that we’re all on a level playing field, so to speak, at least in terms of power. Everyone runs low power – which means 100 watts maximum — or there is the QRP route (5 watts maximum). Naturally, what dictates the score is how good an antenna system one has, as well as location/height. To separate the men from the boys, operating skills come into play.
I ran with two antennas — a G5RV and a ground-mounted vertical — switched back and forth to check which was best for different conditions/etc — found the majority of the contacts were better with the G5RV, but for the odd one, the vertical proved much better, go figure. (I had to make a note which antenna was on which port, as I had switched them around just prior to the contest after making some small mods.
Heard the usual VE4 guys on – not as much as the Canada Winter Contest – but was good to hear local activity.
Was kinda nice, I had my dinner delivered to me in the basement where my rigs are, so I was able to continue operating while muching down some grub. (Thanks Miss).
So, the posted scores are as such:
Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 10hr
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Club: Radiosport Manitoba
As you can see, 15 was rockin’, but 20 came up a bit more.
Used the new N1MM logging software – works quite well on this new(ish) laptop. Now that I have the SSD drive installed and the OS working the way I want it, time to transfer all the goodies over to this machine and setup the digital side of HF things …
Until the next set … time to get the setup changed 🙂
73, Dan, ve4drk