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RSGB IOTA 2010 – my take

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I was hoping for one or more contests to work before the Ohio QSO Party. I had looked at the WA7BNM Contest Calendar and saw the IOTA contest. For some reason or another I dismissed this as a “limited audience” contest and thus did not plan for it. I had other obligations this weekend.

Yesterday, out of curiosity, I actually went and read the rules of this contest and realized that it is open to everyone and that you get points for ANY station, island or not, that you can work — with actual registered IOTA-registered islands providing increased points and acting as multipliers. I was kicking myself. I knew I couldn’t operate 24 hours or even 12 hours, but I decided I was going to get on.

I’m glad I did. I worked about 4.7 hours of this contest off and on, on 15/20/40 with 100w and the 40-10m wire. Mostly 20m activity with a smattering of 15m and some 40m. Worked a handful or two of new DXCC entities (if they happen to decide to confirm via LOTW).

If I had read the rules and realized that the IOTA contest would have been as active as it was, I may have planned to spend more time. It’ll be on my list of contests to work next year. Definitely a fun time and worth the planning.

IOTA Contest 2010

Call: AA8IA
Operator(s): AA8IA
Station: AA8IA

Class: SO(A)12Mixed LP
QTH: Toronto OH
Operating Time (hrs): 4.7

Band CW Qs CW Mults Ph Qs Ph Mults
40: 23 12
20: 41 14 20 10
15: 2 1
Total: 66 27 20 10 Total Score = 29,082

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

July 25th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Posted in Contesting

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