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Worked All Europe (WAE) RTTY 2010 Summary

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Let me start off by saying that I wasn’t sure I wanted to put a significant effort into this contest. Thursday night we get a call to say we are invited to dinner at my niece’s places on Saturday. She is an hour away and the dinner was set for 4 PM. That put the icing on the cake. I not only couldn’t refuse the generous invitation, but I wouldn’t want to. It’s always a pleasant time up in beautiful Carroll Co. I also knew that Sunday the family would be gathering here, which is what happens most Sundays. Between those two events, that’s 8 hours of daylight missed.

I also didn’t want to force myself to wake up nice and early Sat/Sun just to work the contest. In order to work any DX for mults and to pass QTCs, I needed to work 10/15/20m for the most part. My 80m doublet doesn’t do much DX on 40/80 in contest pileups. Of course, it’s not actually a “performer” on 20-10m either. I do have an Alpha Delta DX-EE that I switch in and out on those bands, and i use whichever one provides the best receive signal on the station I’m wanting to work. However, the DX-EE is even lower (average 20′), which doesn’t cut it for DX.

Because of all of the above, I knew I wasn’t going to get much DX nor pass much QTC traffic. One great thing about WAE DX RTTY is that any station can work any station and QTCs can be passed between any two continents. This provides much more competition since there are many more participants than there would be if you could only work European stations.

Being as ill-prepared as I am, I did not test the QTC system in N1MM prior to the contest, which means that some non-NA station was going to be my guinea pig. That just happened to be DQ4W, who was extremely strong. They sent me 10 QTCs. I copied/pasted them into the RQTC window. I then sent them ALL OK and closed the QSO. After the fact I realized that N1MM would not save the QTCs because one of the callsigns didn’t appear legit [because it didn’t have a number]. I didn’t know at the time that I could hold down CTRL and click Save to save the QTCs, and so I put in a fake call and saved it. But, by that time I was already done with the DQ4W QSO and wasn’t going to contact them again to try and ask for a resend of QTC 8 out of batch ##/##. I don’t like creating undue hardship for other stations who are actually trying to win the contest.

I accepted QTCs four more times, and everything went well each time. I did not get a chance to send any QTCs [although I had many to send]. I didn’t think any DX signals on 10/15/20m were strong enough at the time for me to judge that they would hear my signal adequately to copy 10 QTCs without a lot of fills, so I did not nag any DX to accept any from me.

I have to wonder if conditions just weren’t great this weekend on 15/20m. Certainly there were stations, but they were always the same stations and rarely were S9+20. Of course, I didn’t expect 10m to be booming. I did figure I’d see stronger signals on 15m though.

To be honest, I’m sure a lot of it had to do with the times I was attempting to operate on 10/15/20m. As mentioned before, I didn’t wake up bright and early to work the contest, and I missed many afternoon hours on both days that would have been good hours for working 10/15/20m.

I was ill-prepared for this contest, which is unfortunate since I really love the WAE rules and format, especially the QTC activity. I’m sorry that I missed out on so much.

To be fair to myself, I worked less than 8 hours in this contest [out of a possible 36 hour total]. But even so, I should have been able to do another 50-100 Qs and passed a significantly larger number of QTCs than I did. So, I’m disappointed in myself. I guess everyone has their bad days :)

My Results:

WAE DX Contest, RTTY

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

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Toronto OH EN90QL
Operating Time (hrs):

Band QSOs Pts QTCs Mults
80: 11 11 0 36
40: 34 34 0 39
20: 5 25 20 10
15: 68 108 40 66
10: 14 14 0 14
Total: 132 192 60 165 Total Score = 31,680

Club: Mad River Radio Club

Written by Mike

November 15th, 2010 at 9:52 am

Posted in Contesting,Posts

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