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CWops CW Open 2011 Inaugural Summary

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Worked late. Bed at 4 am. Set alarm for 7:45 am. Didn’t manage to wake up til 9 am and so I got a late start. I’m not used to early AM contesting, and so I really didn’t know where to start. I picked 40m. 80m was not operational at all this weekend due to me swapping out dipoles and not being able to tune up on the CW portion of 80m. [low ant, ends within a few feet of fence rail, parallel and 12′ away from the house. I need to get it moved away from the house and the ends raised some more].

I was trying to participate in at least two CWO sessions as well as work some of NAQP SSB. So really it’s a blur to how it went.

What I can say is that for this being the first year, I thought the turnout was really good. Recognized a lot of the stations, but I also noticed quite a number of calls that I do not remember working in any other test. So it looks like some people really came out of the woodwork for this!

The CWOps events are always a lot of fun. Not as hectic as the sprints, and overall a more casual feel than most other tests. Just what i like.

I played in slots #1 and #2, but buttoned everything up before slot #3 since bad weather was forecast.

Thanks to the creators/sponsors of this find test. I’d declare it a success! It was great to work everyone.

CWops CW Open – 1200Z-1559Z

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

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Toronto OH EN90ql
Operating Time (hrs): 2:50

Summary:
Band QSOs Mults
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160:
80:
40: 16 16
20: 48 36
15: 33 16
10:
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Total: 97 70 Total Score = 6,790

Club: Mad River Radio Club

CWops CW Open – 2000Z-2359Z

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

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Toronto OH EN90ql
Operating Time (hrs): 1:18

Summary:
Band QSOs Mults
——————-
160:
80:
40: 9 9
20: 36 30
15: 12 12
10:
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Total: 57 51 Total Score = 2,907

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

August 21st, 2011 at 6:32 pm

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Upcoming Operating Events

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Below are some of the upcoming operating events I am interested in. For full details on any of these [and many others], check out the WA7BNM Contest Calendar

CWops Mini-CWT Test
1300Z-1400Z Wed, Aug 10
1900Z-2000Z Wed, Aug 10
0300Z-0400Z Thu, Aug 11

Hard for me to find time midweek for these short ones, but they sure are fun and help break up the monotony between the weekend tests.

WAE DX Contest, CW
0000Z Sat, Aug 13 to 2359Z Sun, Aug 14

Single-op stations can operate up to 36 hours, multi-op up to 48 hours. I forgot all about this one. I had a blast last year, but I struggled learning the whole QTC thing. I don’t think I’ll be any better off in that regard this year. The EU ops are brilliant, patient, and eager to take QTCs.

Maryland-DC QSO Party
1600Z Sat, Aug 13 to 0400Z Sun, Aug 14
1600Z-2400Z Sun, Aug 14

Two time periods. I want to make some Qs in this one since MD-DC is “just down the road” from me and they make contacts in the OhQP for us.

SARTG WW RTTY Contest
0000Z-0800Z Sat, Aug 20
1600Z-2400Z Sat, Aug 20
0800Z-1600Z Sun, Aug 21

This same weekend is the CW Ops Open inaugural and the NAQP SSB. I will have to sit out the SARTG WW this year.

CWOps CW Open
1200Z-1559Z Sat, Aug 20
2000Z-2359Z Sat, Aug 20
0400Z-0759Z Sun, Aug 21

I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve only operated once or twice in the mini tests, and they are great. I want to be there with bells on for this event.

Three separate four-hour tests. Work any or all three slots.

North American QSO Party, SSB
1800Z Sat, Aug 20 to 0600Z Sun, Aug 21

Single-op stations work 10 of 12 hours, Multi-op work all 12 hours.

SSB typically isn’t my game. Mediocre stations make poor SSB contesting stations. However, this is a domestic constest and is limited to 100w, so there will be lots of mediocre stations just like mine operating. I’ll play in this one.

Written by Mike

August 8th, 2011 at 1:13 am

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