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CQ WW DX CW 2010 – Summary

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Not much to report. I turned on the radio at the start of the contest and heard very little if any DX on any band, 10m through 80m. That was enough for me. If I wanted to work US stations, I could only manage 4 or 5 contacts per band to count for anything since you don’t get points for working other US stations. And the DX just wasn’t there.

Since my best operating is done at the start, and since the start proved to yield very slim pickings, I said screw it. I decided I would not even bother. I checked out the SFI and A/K indexes, and things didn’t look good for the high bands, and I don’t have 160m capabilities and my 80m wire is lousy for DX. It didn’t make sense to try to put any kind of effort in given the minimal return I would get. I’m greedy now… aside from QSO parties, if there is a CW contest that I don’t think I can get 400+ Qs on, it isn’t worth my effort.

In checking the DX spots today, there was DX but not nearly as much as I would have expected to see being spotted by NA stations. Of course, on http://www.getscores.org there were some stations with 2500-4000 Qs, and I’m sure there were likely others with more Qs not reporting to GetScores. But most of them were non-US and were multiop superstations. The SOLP guys weren’t doing very well. I suspect my wires weren’t going to yield much fun.

Hey, I’m not crying the blues. I always feel compelled to participate in contests, and in fact i end up enjoying it when I do for the most part, but it’s a total relief to not even think about turning on the radio all weekend. After all, it is the holidays. I now have the whole weekend to do other things, or nothing. It’s great.

No more big contests this year, at least none that I would participate in. The ARRL 160m contest is out of my reach at the moment. I may stick up a rotatable dipole at 40 ft if there is any chance that 10m looks like it may have some increased propogation for the ARRL 10m Contest, but I’m not counting on it.

So for all intents and purposes, I’m done with contests until next year. The DX will always be there though, so I’ll just chase some of it when I feel the urge.

Written by Mike

November 27th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

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  1. I’m depressed. It’s time for me to cry the blues now. I’m watching the summaries flow into 3830, and it’s obvious that things weren’t dead as a doornail. How would I have faired in a contest with so many active participants and the goal of making as many DX Qs as possible? Well, at least for this contest I’ll never know. I am a jackass. I suspect I may have actually been able to pull off a few hundred Qs with a minimal effort. I really don’t know what I was thinking.

    When K8GL posted propogation forecast info to the reflector, it looked bleak. I didn’t take into account (1) the fact that I really don’t know shit about reading propogation forecasts and (2) paths to DX are often open but unknown unless there are people on the bands. And for #2, there certainly were a ton of ops on the air. K3LR is a superstation so you expect them to get great scores, but they got DXCC on 5 bands and were 2 shy of DXCC on 10m. Obviously I wouldn’t be privy to working all of the stations that K3LR did, but it’s a good indicator that there was some propogation and that things weren’t nearly as bleak as I had read.

    Considering this was the last real contest of the year, I am now officially depressed about giving up before I even made an honest effort. Wow, I let myself down bigtime. Needless to say I’m pissed off!


    29 Nov 10 at 12:10 AM

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