Friday, February 17, 2012

Opening thoughts about ARRL CW contest

Before you knew it 00:00 came and the ARRL international CW contest was a go. During my first 1/2 hour 20m was open but only to non DX to me. So it was off to 40m's and it was alive and hopping! Here at VE3WDM the contest power is 5 watts or less. The band was crowed and the pileups long I did give a few DX stations a call but the KW powered stations going back to the DX really gave me no chance. I did hang in for the whole 1/2 hour but it was just not happening to night. I shut the rig down for the evening just to crazy out there, once the contest adrenaline cools I will get back on. I am looking at Saturday to give 10m, 15m and 20m a go for some DX soup.
Until then....contest on!!

6 comments:

  1. Same here Mike! After a day at work, my brain's not ready to deal with 40 WPM, anyway. Tomorrow should be better. Good luck!

    Larry W2LJ

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  2. Good luck to you as well Larry!

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  3. Look for me on 40M tonight. I've set the CQ to 24 WPM and am glad to slow down and chase the weak ones (when I can hear them). GL!

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  4. Hello Mike,
    I had limited time today, but with a maximum power of 2.7 W from my FT817, I made 9 QSO with North America, which are all good for more than 1000 MPW. hi
    73, Bert

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  5. Good evening Casey, I was on 40 until 8pm local time as I was getting tired but I did contact TI5w...do you know them?? Hope to catch you on Sunday.

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  6. Hello Bert, I had great luck on 15 meters today with 500mW's. I was making many contact but for some reason 20m was just not doing it I had to raise the power to 5 watts to get any contacts.

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